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KLM tells breastfeeding women to expect to be asked to cover up
Airline provokes outcry with response after woman said its staff asked her to cover herselfThe Dutch airline KLM is facing a storm of protest after warning that women who breastfeed their babies on its flights may be asked to cover up to avoid offending other passengers.The company’s policy emerged after a woman claimed on Facebook she had been asked to shield herself from view while feeding her one-year-old on a flight between San Francisco and Amsterdam last month. Continue reading...
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Delays to safety reforms ‘risk a repeat of Grenfell disaster’
MPs say ministers must work faster as hundreds of towers still have dangerous claddingMinisters are risking people’s lives because safety reforms after the Grenfell Tower disaster have been too slow and “simply not good enough”, a cross-party group of MPs has warned.More than two years since the fire claimed the lives of 72 people, the government is taking too long to remove potentially dangerous cladding from hundreds of other housing blocks and, despite promising in July 2017 to “urgently assess” building regulations, it has taken 23 months to merely publish proposals for consultation, a damning parliamentary inquiry concludes. Continue reading...
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Feminist queen: show explores Victoria's transformation of monarchy
Queen Victoria began some of our best-known traditions, says curator of exhibition at Buckingham PalaceQueen Victoria was responsible for a “feminist transformation” of the monarchy and initiated some of its best-known traditions, according to the curator of a new exhibition at Buckingham Palace.The story of how Victoria and Prince Albert rebuilt the palace into the most glittering court in Europe is explored through paintings, sketches and costumes, and includes a Hollywood-produced immersive experience bringing to life the balls for which she was famed. Continue reading...
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Bolton players under ‘severe stress’ after not being paid for 20 weeks
• Club’s friendly match at Chester on Friday cancelled• Players and coaching staff of League One club issue statementBolton’s friendly at Chester on Friday has been called off after the players issued a statement claiming they have been put under “severe mental and emotional stress”.Members of the squad say they and the coaching staff have not been paid for 20 weeks. The League One club are in administration as prospective buyers attempt to complete a takeover. Continue reading...
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Zack Seckler's best photograph: wild Iceland from the air
‘The pilot flew me around the volcanic coast in his tiny homemade plane – with the door open and me hanging out taking pictures’I shot this off the southern coast of Iceland, from a ultra-light aircraft, in the days before drones were ubiquitous. I love the stark nature of the Icelandic landscape and its contrasts. Deltas form from glacial meltwater running down towards the shoreline, picking up silt and different materials along the way to create these ribbon patterns. There’s all sorts of wildlife too – birds, beautiful wild horses, seals.So a few years ago after a lot of research, cross-referencing Google Earth with books and photography by others, I took a red eye from New York to Reykjavik. It was kind of funny to take a jumbo jet, have three hours upon landing to rent a car, check into my hotel and nap for 20 minutes and then turn around to meet a pilot and spend the day up in the air again in his homemade plane. Continue reading...
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Atlético Madrid confirm signing of Kieran Trippier from Tottenham
• Defender signs three-year-deal at Wanda Metropolitano• He leaves Spurs after four years in north LondonKieran Trippier has completed one of the more eye-catching transfers of the summer to date after joining Atlético Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth at least £20m. Related: Transfer window 2019 – every summer deal from Europe's top five leagues Continue reading...
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James Doyle lands ride on Crystal Ocean for King George at Ascot
• Crystal Ocean is second-favourite behind Enable• King George will include at least half a dozen Group One winnersJames Doyle will climb aboard one of the best spare rides of the season on Saturday week, after he was booked to ride Crystal Ocean, the second favourite, for Sir Michael Stoute in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. Crystal Ocean is a 3-1 shot for British racing’s midsummer showpiece behind the odds-on favourite, Enable, who is 4-6 to extend a 10-race winning streak that dates back to May 2017.Frankie Dettori, Enable’s regular jockey, was aboard Crystal Ocean when the five-year-old registered his first win at Group One level in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, while Ryan Moore, who seems sure to be claimed to ride for Aidan O’Brien in the King George, was in the plate for his two previous wins in 2019. Continue reading...
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Drink your salad: the rise of the savoury smoothie
We’ve been putting veg in our smoothies for ages – but then sweetening them with fruits and milks. Now, on the back of the sugar-free movement, it’s time to go fully green Propelled by the sugar-free movement, it’s time to embrace – and imbibe – the savoury smoothie. As the US writer Sarah Barnes recently observed, “in the realm of edible stuff that might make me immortal, are we all drinking our salads now?”Of course, people have been putting veg – mostly green leaves – in smoothies for ages, but blending them with the likes of dates, bananas, berries, nut butters and milk. With savoury smoothies, veg takes centre stage, and is often the only ingredient. Think of it as a cold soup in a tall glass, your morning smoothie regreened, with no sugar rush and subsequent hunger pangs; the veg’s fibre hasn’t been juiced out of existence and you have a bank of classic salads from which to take inspiration. Continue reading...
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England’s World Cup win is the pinnacle, despite conflict with politics | Max Rushden
Jacob Rees-Mogg’s tweet was frustrating because we want sport to be pure, as it was at Lord’s in a game the Kiwis didn’t deserve to lose“I’m not sure anyone at the moment has a steady heart … Seven weeks of cricket, 48 games, one ball. Here’s Boult, they’re going to push, are we in for a super over? They’ve got to go quick, they’ve got to go quick. OUT! I’m sure he’s OUT! We’re going for a super over!”The ICC montage of the last moments of the Cricket World Cup final has almost four million views – which isn’t that impressive considering three million of them are mine. Ian Smith’s commentary, in that gravelly Kiwi drawl, is spine tingling to the last second. Continue reading...
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Out of this world: the best space-inspired fashion – in pictures
To mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, boldy go where no one has gone before with our selection of the best garments featuring the sun, moon and stars Continue reading...
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Kayaker finds rare Roman glass and pottery off Kent coast
Archaeological discovery could have come from possible shipwreck near RamsgateObjects from a possible Roman shipwreck have been found off the coast of Kent in one of the most unusual archaeological finds in living memory.The chance discoveries were made by a kayaker in the sea off Ramsgate. The tide was low enough and the water clear enough for him to reach down and pull out beautiful cobalt blue glassware and high-status Roman pottery, called Samian ware. Continue reading...
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Iran tanker capture: Gibraltar chief minister flies to UK for talks
Fabian Picardo to hold discussions with PM about potential release of the Grace 1Gibraltar’s chief minister, Fabian Picardo, has flown to London to hold talks with Theresa May about the possible release of an Iranian-owned tanker that was seized a fortnight ago by the Royal Marines.The detention of the Grace 1 and its cargo of 2.1m barrels of oil, which was believed to have been headed to Syria in breach of EU sanctions, has turned into a focal point of severe friction between Tehran and London as Iran threatens to take further steps way from the nuclear deal it signed in 2015 with the US, China, Russia and 3 EU states. Continue reading...
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Councils refusing to reveal data of rough sleepers to Home Office
Local authorities fear sharing data will lead to deportation of non-UK homeless people Local councils in England are refusing to share sensitive personal data of rough sleepers with the Home Office over fears it could result in their deportation, the Guardian has learned.A secret programme using homelessness charities to pass rough sleepers’ personal information directly to the Home Office without their consent was revealed by the Observer this month. Data shared through the scheme, which is currently in its trial phase, could lead to the deportation of non-UK rough sleepers in some cases. Continue reading...
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Impostor syndrome is a response to a world that doesn’t believe in women
New research shows the emotional exhaustion caused by it bleeds into our home life – but women are somehow expected to find a remedy within themselvesImpostor syndrome (originally defined, in 1978, as when “despite outstanding accomplishments, women [persist] in believing that they are really not bright and have fooled anyone who thinks otherwise”) has been a talking point for years. And while the discussion has been important, it has slowly reduced an all-too-real experience to a buzzword. As something that more often affects women – a recent study showed that 66% of women had experienced it, compared with just over half of men – perhaps it isn’t surprising it isn’t taken particularly seriously. But now, new research has shown that the very real, very negative effects of impostor syndrome are felt not just at the workplace, but at home. Employees experiencing impostor syndrome suffer from emotional exhaustion, which leads to a conflict between work and family life and dissatisfaction with the latter. While the idea that an issue at work can affect you at home may sound unsurprising, researchers hope that the results will finally add “legitimacy to discussing impostor phenomenon as an important talent-development issue”. And I hope it will add legitimacy to the conversation about impostor syndrome more generally. Continue reading...
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Chasing Cars was never No 1. How did it become the century’s biggest UK radio hit?
What can we learn about how to write an enduring pop classic from Snow Patrol’s success with a song that peaked in the charts below Paris Hilton?So, you want to write a record-breaking radio smash. Bad news: Snow Patrol beat you to it. Their song Chasing Cars has just been named as the most popular UK radio hit of the 21st century. But don’t despair, because we can still learn plenty from the song’s enduring success. Continue reading...
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Theresa May hits out at populists in farewell speech
Outgoing PM takes aim at absolutism and bemoans ‘descent into rancour and tribal bitterness’Today’s political developments - live updatesTheresa May has criticised absolutism in politics in what appeared to be a coded swipe at populist politicians such as Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump.The prime minister gave a valedictory speech taking aim at those who refuse to compromise and promote absolutist ideology, including those on both sides of the Brexit debate. Continue reading...
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Give free TV licences to D-day veterans, BBC told
Labour MP says BBC should create opt-out for anyone who took part in Normandy invasionBBC bosses have been told they should give free TV licences to all veterans of the D-Day landings, as the row over the withdrawal of the benefit for most over-75s continues.Labour MP Ian Lucas said the corporation should create a special opt-out for anyone who took part in the Normandy invasion to ensure they do not have to pay the £154.50 a year fee to watch television. Continue reading...
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Caleb Ewan wins Tour de France stage 11 as Julian Alaphilippe stays in yellow
• Ewan pips Groenewegen in mass sprint to win in Toulouse • Alaphilippe retains his overall Tour de France leadCaleb Ewan of Australia, riding for the Lotto-Soudal team, won the 11th stage of the Tour de France from Albi to Toulouse, the first of his career, despite his usual lead-out man Jasper de Buyst tumbling into a ditch only a few kilometres from the finish.The diminutive 25-year-old follows in the wheel tracks of Mark Cavendish, absent from this year’s race following his non-selection by the Dimension Data team, who was the last winner in Toulouse in 2008. Ewan’s acceleration in the Boulevard Lascrosses proved too rapid for his rivals Dylan Groenewegen and Elia Viviani, after a stage-long break was swept up in the closing kilometres. Continue reading...
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Man convicted of 2008 killing of Scarlett Keeling in Goa
Samson d’Souza faces decades in prison for culpable homicide of British teenagerA man has been convicted in relation to the death of 15-year-old Scarlett Keeling, more than 10 years after she was found dead on a beach in Goa.Fiona MacKeown, Scarlett’s mother, who described the past 11 years as an absolute nightmare, said she was shocked but delighted. Continue reading...
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Footage of Trump and Epstein together at a party in 1992 emerges
Video from the NBC archive shows Trump making friendly conversation with Epstein and pointing out womenFootage of a friendly exchange between Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein at a November 1992 party has surfaced after the president tried to distance himself from the wealthy financier who was arrested earlier this month for the alleged sex trafficking of minors. Related: Jeffrey Epstein: how US media – with one star exception – whitewashed the story Continue reading...
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FBI arrests 18 people in Sicily amid US-linked mafia investigation
Nineteenth suspect also arrested in US, in investigation into the Inzerillo clan in Palermo and the allied New York-based Gambino familyItalian and US police have launched a coordinated crackdown on a Sicilian mafia family that was seeking to rebuild its power base after years of exile in the United States, Italian investigators said on Wednesday.More than 200 police, including officers from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), arrested 18 people in Sicily as part of their investigation into the Inzerillo clan in the island’s capital Palermo and the allied New York-based Gambino family. Continue reading...
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Peeled eyeballs, isolation tanks and neuroplastic goals: is Grimes’s ‘training regime’ for real?
The musician and partner of Elon Musk has posted details of her supplement intake and exercise regime – plus a little eye-boggling surgery – that defy beliefName: Grimes.Age: 31. Continue reading...
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Chance the Rapper was The Lion King's 'nostalgia consultant'. That's not the oddest movie credit
From roach wrangler to orgy adviser, here are six surreal jobs you didn’t know the movies requiredChance the Rapper was brought on board The Lion King by Donald Glover as a “nostalgia consultant” – mostly, it seems, because he has been obsessed with the original cartoon since he was a kid. (Plus it got him a small speaking role in the film.) As Hollywood job titles go, nostalgia consultant is pretty impressive. Here are a few more. Continue reading...
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Archie Panjabi: ‘Not getting on Eastenders didn’t turn out too badly’
Rejected by the soap three times, the British star was told an ‘Indian actress’ wouldn’t make it in Hollywood. Now she’s in demand both sides of the Atlantic ... just don’t ask about The Good WifeIt says a lot about British actor Archie Panjabi that the best piece of advice she says she ever received was when an Indian agent told her that an Indian woman would never make it in Hollywood. It’s a story that would leave most of us shaking our heads at the sheer state of things. But for Panjabi, a gauntlet was thrown down. “It made me realise how hard it would be,” she recalls. A decade on from that advice, she is in London to promote her latest star-studded show, Departure, in which her ethnicity is as irrelevant as her stellar Hollywood status is germane. Panjabi’s fans, of course, won’t be surprised. The actor has a 25-year-long, Atlantic-spanning film and TV career under her belt, as well as a reputation for philanthropic clout. She guest-edited last year’s special race issue of the UK National Geographic; she’s been consistently vocal about women’s rights, working on everything from Amnesty International’s Stop Violence Against Women campaign to the 10x10 project to promote education for girls. While she is more effusive and gentle in person than most of the roles she’s famous for would suggest (at one point her PR sneezes during our interview; she’s instantly asking if he’s ok, offering him a drink, handing out throat lozenges …), you sense she’s as tough as any of the characters she’s portrayed. Continue reading...
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Stephen Colbert on Trump: 'Old school racism minus the school'
Late-night hosts continued to discuss the US president’s racist tweets and his attempts to prove that they were not racistLate-night hosts spent a second night attacking Donald Trump over his racist Twitter attack on four Democratic congresswomen of colour while also discussing his defence strategy. Continue reading...
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EU nations to be vetted on their adherence to the rule of law
EC announces decision as incoming president looks to assuage critics over ties to governments in Poland and HungaryEU nations are to be vetted annually on their adherence to the rule of law, in a renewed bid from Brussels to stop governments from firing independent judges and packing courts with pliable supporters.In a new effort to stop democratic backsliding, all EU countries will be subject to annual monitoring on the rule of law, the European commission announced on Wednesday, one day after its incoming president, Ursula von der Leyen, sought to assuage critics of her appointment with a pledge to uphold democratic values. Continue reading...
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Solskjær full of praise for Greenwood after Manchester United thrash Leeds
Greenwood scores as Man Utd beat Leeds 4-0 in AustraliaNewcastle beaten 4-0 by Wolves as Bruce appointed managerMason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford put Manchester United on course for a 4-0 pre-season win against Leeds in Australia. A fine move involving the impressive Paul Pogba and the £45m signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka led to 17-year-old Greenwood’s first senior goal and Ole Gunnar Solskjær said the young forward may even force his way into his starting lineup for the first match of the Premier League season, against Chelsea.“He’s got a chance of starting that one, definitely,” Solskjaer said. “He’s more than capable and will always be there, in and around the box, creating chances. And I won’t say that’s not a possibility, no, it’s a good possibility. If he keeps going as he does. It’s difficult to keep players out who perform well. Continue reading...
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Pro-choice groups raise concerns over possible delays of Northern Ireland abortion law
No 10’s document suggests it may take up to 18 months to implement legislationPressure groups have warned against lengthy delays to extending abortion rights to Northern Ireland following a landmark legal amendment last week, after a government document said the process could take as long as 18 months to implement.Downing Street has committed to introducing the abortion plan after an amendment to a separate Northern Ireland bill by the Labour MP Stella Creasy was overwhelmingly passed by the Commons. Continue reading...
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Gwen review – chilling mystery-horror down on the farm
Maxine Peake plays a woman whose property in the wilds of 19th-century Wales is threatened by a predatory mine ownerWilliam McGregor’s debut feature is an eerie hybrid of gothic drama and social realism. It comes on like a chilling mystery-horror in the tradition of The Innocents as a string of calamities befall a woman and her two daughters fighting to keep their farm in 19th-century north Wales. Is some kind of ghostly phenomenon at work? Or, isolated and alone, are the women slowly going mad? McGregor adds a further layer of ambiguity with the possibility that this is a story about female oppression and the struggle of the poor.Gwen is set in 1855 in Snowdonia as slate mining pushes out farming as the predominant way of life. Eleanor Worthington-Cox (The Enfield Haunting) plays teenager Gwen whose father is away fighting in the army. Her mother Elen (Maxine Peake) is hard and angry, although her grief-filled glances at her daughters when they’re not looking hint that she hasn’t always been like this. One morning, the family wakes up to find their sheep have been slaughtered. Next, the horse is lamed. Worse, Elen has epilepsy. There is ugliness in the responses at chapel when she has a fit mid-sermon. A predatory smile dances across the face of a powerful local mine owner who has been eyeing up Elen’s land. Continue reading...
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Boris Johnson's support for EU revealed in Leon Brittan letter
No 10 frontrunner wrote ‘pro-European letter’ to late Tory peer’s widow a year before campaigning for leaveBoris Johnson revealed his support for the European Union’s single market in “a pro-European” letter written the year before he decided to campaign for leave, it has emerged.The likely prime minister’s pro-EU market sympathies were said to be revealed in a letter of condolence to the wife of the late Tory politician Sir Leon Brittan, who died in January 2015. Continue reading...
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