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José Mourinho just the latest casualty in Ed Woodward’s failing regime | Daniel Taylor
Manager did not help himself but the man in charge, the owners and the players at Manchester United have to share the blameIf you ever needed to know what a mess Manchester United have made of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, perhaps we can start with the tragicomedy that there are still 194 days before the six-year contract handed to David Moyes was supposed to lapse. Moyes lasted nine months and, in the process, seemed to age 10 years.Louis van Gaal gave Old Trafford two seasons of drift. And now José Mourinho is history, too – with his lip curled, his bank account swelled by a reputed £15m in severance pay and a very public decline in which he demonstrated that the higher a man climbs the more you see of his backside. Continue reading...
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Film director and TV star Penny Marshall dies aged 75
Marshall’s Big was first female-directed film to gross $100mFrom 1976 to 1983 she starred in ABC’s Laverne and ShirleyPenny Marshall, who starred in Laverne & Shirley before becoming one of the top-grossing female directors in Hollywood, has died. She was 75.Marshall’s publicist, Michelle Bega, said Marshall passed away in her Hollywood Hills, California, home on Monday due to complications from diabetes. Continue reading...
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Belgian PM Charles Michel resigns after no-confidence motion
Biggest party in his coalition government quit last week in row over UN migration pactBelgium’s prime minister, Charles Michel, has announced his resignation after socialists and greens tabled a motion of no confidence in his minority government.Michel relaunched his government a week ago as a minority administration after the Flemish N-VA, the biggest party in his coalition, quit in a dispute over signing the UN migration pact. Continue reading...
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Yemeni mother kept from seeing dying son by travel ban is granted US visa
Mother was unable to join toddler because of Trump’s order barring most citizens from several Muslim-majority countriesA mother from Yemen has been granted a visa to see her dying toddler in California after US officials issued a waiver from its ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority countries, supporters said.Two-year-old Abdullah Hassan, a US citizen like his father, suffers from a rare genetic brain condition and is on life support in a hospital in Oakland, California. Continue reading...
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Grenfell: England's building safety system 'still unfit for purpose'
Plans for reforms announced but architects say changes should have happened by nowArchitects have criticised post-Grenfell plans to reform building safety, pointing out that the system remains largely unchanged and still unfit for purpose 18 months on from the fire that claimed 72 lives.Ministers announced the proposals to overhaul building regulations on Tuesday, including tougher sanctions for those who disregard residents’ safety, more rigorous standards and guidance for people doing building work, and a stronger voice for residents. Continue reading...
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England’s rising star Sam Curran becomes an IPL King for £800,000
• All-rounder joins Kings XI Punjab at auction• Curran one of five English IPL newcomersSam Curran emerged as the big winner from the English hopefuls in Tuesday’s Indian Premier League auction, capping his meteoric rise in international cricket this year with an £800,000 deal to play for Kings XI Punjab.The Surrey all-rounder, 20, will be one of five English newcomers in the IPL next year, with Jonny Bairstow signed by Sunrisers Hyderabad for £245,000, Liam Livingstone securing a £55,000 deal at Rajasthan Royals, and Joe Denly (£110,000) and Harry Gurney (£80,000) heading to Kolkata Knightriders. Continue reading...
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Theresa May within 20 votes of sealing Brexit deal, say senior Tories
One cabinet minister believes success hinges entirely on last-gasp bid to convince DUPTheresa May will be within 20 votes of winning a parliamentary majority for her Brexit deal if she can gain assurances from the EU that will persuade the Democratic Unionist party to back her deal, senior ministers and Tory MPs believe.One cabinet minister said they believed the success of the prime minister’s deal hinged entirely on a last bid to win round the DUP. Another MP said they saw the Northern Irish party as the “British standard” who would give them the reassurance they needed to fall in behind. Continue reading...
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I’ve been linked to a crime, just for clickbait | Jamelia
My name is in all the headlines though I’ve no connection to the story. It’s hurting my family and my health, and I don’t deserve itHow was your weekend? Mine should have been one full of celebration. My youngest daughter turned one, my mum celebrated her birthday and my grandparents had their 60th wedding anniversary. Yet these celebrations were unexpectedly tarnished as a huge cloud descended over us all, in the form of a barrage of articles flung out by national newspapers linking me to a 2015 “gangland” killing. The link? My mother had a relationship (never married) with the offender’s father when I was two years old – I’ll be 38 in January.I have never dismissed or denied my connections, but I find the fact that I am always used as the peg or promotional tool for these stories to be both damaging and careless. Continue reading...
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Mourinho in Manchester ended up feeling like a loveless celebrity marriage | Barney Ronay
His style at United has been defence-heavy and excitement-free but problems exist in all areas of the clubFarewell, then, José. It’s been fun. Or if not exactly fun then fitful, tedious and wreathed in a familiar sense of entropy. Either way José Mourinho’s abrupt departure from Manchester United on Tuesday morning completes a familiar three-year cycle of doomed hope, doomed decline and, by the end, simply doom.There was at least an inevitability about the end. It has been clear since the summer that Mourinho was preparing for this moment, using his public pronouncements to shift blame, distance himself from the squad of players assembled, and tend to the one element that really matters: his glorious but increasingly distant legacy. Continue reading...
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Removing sweets from checkouts could help tackle obesity – study
Positioning of snacks near supermarket tills increases their sales, research showsRemoving sweets and crisps from supermarket checkouts could dramatically cut the amount of unhealthy snacks bought to eat on the go, say researchers.Under pressure to act because of rising childhood obesity, some supermarkets have moved snacks away from the till, where people queuing – often with children – are tempted to put them in the shopping basket as they wait their turn. Continue reading...
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Trevor Noah on Stephen Miller's hairline: 'Bit of a migration happening'
Late-night hosts examined Miller’s new hairstyle and Trump’s chief of staff pick, budget director Mick MulvaneyLate-night hosts addressed Stephen Miller’s new hairstyle and Trump’s pick to replace outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly. Related: Noah: 'Law and order' becomes 'break the law in order to become president' Continue reading...
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Hodeidah residents dare to hope as first day of ceasefire holds
UN-negotiated ceasefire in Yemeni port city seen as litmus test for other measuresResidents trapped in Hodeidah were daring to hope on Tuesday that the misery facing the besieged Yemeni city was abating, after the first day of a UN-brokered ceasefire appeared to hold.Both Houthi rebels in control of the city and forces loyal to Yemen’s exiled government agreed to a cessation of hostilities at midnight on Monday night. Continue reading...
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Leicester City v Manchester City: Carabao Cup quarter-final – live!
League Cup quarter-final updates from the 7.45pm GMT matchDe Bruyne denies exhaustion caused six-week absenceAnd feel free to email Scott with your thoughts 6.51pm GMT Leicester City: Ward, Simpson, Soyuncu, Maguire, Fuchs, Choudhury, Iborra, Ndidi, Gray, Ghezzal, Iheanacho.Subs: Jakupovic, Ricardo, Morgan, Mendy, Albrighton, Maddison, Okazaki.Manchester City: Muric, Walker, Stones, Aguero, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Foden, Garcia, Diaz.Subs: Ederson, Sterling, Gundogan, Delph, Jesus, Sandler, Nmech. 4.48pm GMT Well wasn’t that a day to remember? But life goes on in Manchester, and as managerless United contemplate their next move, rivals City tonight take on Leicester City at the King Power in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.The hosts hope to make it to the semis for the first time since 1999-2000. But that could prove a big ask. They’ve lost all four of their previous League Cup ties with Manchester City, who beat them at this stage both last season and in 2013-14. They’ll most likely not face a weakened team, either, with Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne expected to get some sort of run-out on their journeys back from injury. Leicester’s old boy Riyad Mahrez could also play, too. Continue reading...
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Geordan Murphy appointed Leicester head coach despite dismal run
• Tigers have lost eight games on the bounce• “We are working hard to improve performances and results”Geordan Murphy has been appointed as Leicester’s permanent head coach despite a run of eight straight defeats which has left the Tigers at “their lowest ebb”, according to the former Ireland full-back.Murphy, who has spent 21 years at Leicester as a player and coach, was handed the role on an interim basis when Matt O’Connor was sacked after the first game of the season but has managed only four wins from his 15 matches in charge. Continue reading...
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The Guardian view on Instagram’s troll farms: meme warfare | Editorial
Mark Zuckerberg downplayed the role of his fastest-growing arm of his social media empire in Russian troll operations. Why? And what ought to be the consequence?When Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the United States Congress earlier this year, the Silicon Valley billionaire focused on the role of the social media platform he founded, Facebook, in the face of criticism that lax protection of users’ data jeopardises democracy. The reckoning had been a long time coming: Facebook’s data-harvesting machine has been at the root of the company’s failure to stamp out fake news and various forms of Russian meddling. Yet in his prepared statement to US senators, Mr Zuckerberg skated over the threat to society posed by Facebook’s fastest-growing division: Instagram. That might have been because the danger was too small to worry about. But perhaps there was a commercial reason to conceal the hazard. It is a matter of great concern that this week two reports for the United States’ Senate intelligence committee highlighted that Instagram played a much bigger role in Russian manipulation of US voters than the company has previously discussed, and was a more penetrating tool than hitherto acknowledged.Although Russia’s trolling on Facebook received more attention in the mainstream press, more nefarious content was created on Instagram. Overall Instagram troll engagement exceeded that of Facebook. The researchers issued a clear warning: Instagram would be a key to Russian disinformation in future US elections. This is worrying as Instagram is attracting new users faster than Facebook’s platform and is on track to exceed 2 billion users within the next five years, about the size of Facebook today. Instagram’s audience is also younger than its parent, making it more attractive to advertisers. And unlike Facebook, Instagram is still growing in the US. Mr Zuckerberg likes to say that any firm which has grown at the speed of his was bound to make mistakes. Yet the problems of Instagram are hiding in plain sight. Instagram’s privacy settings are far from ideal. The network allows anonymous accounts; a user’s profile and all its content are either public or limited to approved followers. It’s open enough to invite harassment, but without the built-in protections to stop the abuse from suppurating. Even worse, a year ago Instagram moved from putting posts into a users’ home feed just from the accounts they followed to putting up posts based on those that have been liked by other accounts a user follows. Continue reading...
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Rise in homelessness not result of our policies, says housing secretary
James Brokenshire blames factors such as family breakdown and drug useRising rough sleeping in Britain is not the result of government policy, but is being driven by factors including the spread of psychoactive drugs like spice, growth in non-UK nationals on the streets and family breakdown, the housing secretary James Brokenshire has claimed.The number of people sleeping rough has more than doubled since 2010 to 4,751 according to the government’s own figures, and the charity, Crisis, believes this a fivefold underestimate and that 24,000 people will this Christmas sleep on the streets, in cars or sofa-surf. Continue reading...
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Cuomo’s promise to legalize marijuana 'once and for all' welcomed by advocates
Campaigners call for legislation to include expunging the records of people previously convicted of marijuana crimesCampaigners to legalize marijuana have welcomed New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s promise to make the drug legal in the state, pushing it to the top of his legislative priorities next year.“Let’s legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana once and for all,” Cuomo said in a speech Monday in Manhattan laying out his priorities as he prepares to begin a third term. Continue reading...
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Global pay gap will take 202 years to close, says World Economic Forum
Gender equality has stalled, says WEF, as women globally are paid 63% of what men getThe global pay gap between men and women will take 202 years to close, because it is so vast and the pace of change so slow, according to the World Economic Forum.The WEF, which organises the annual meeting of business and political leaders in Davos, said the global gender pay gap has narrowed slightly over the past year, but the number of women in the professional workplace has fallen. In 2017, the WEF estimated that it would take 217 years to close the pay gap. Continue reading...
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Readers' favourite theatre of 2018
From rapping and rambling to Victorian female boxers, via Liverpool’s Dream, Asian football casuals and a teenage dance troupe, here are some of our readers’ top shows of the yearDorfman, London Continue reading...
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McCann case may put bookies’ treatment of winning punters in the spotlight
• Teenager not paid after winning bets totalling nearly £1m• Remote Gambling Association denies ‘cartel-like’ behaviourThe legal case in which Megan McCann, a young punter from Northern Ireland, is suing the online bookmaker Bet365 for more than £1m in unpaid winnings promises to put the entire betting industry’s treatment of successful punters in the spotlight after her legal team submitted an amended statement of claim which is understood to allege “cartel-like” activity by major online operators.McCann’s case took another step towards a full hearing last Friday, when Bet365 was granted four weeks to consider whether it will continue with an attempt to strike out key parts of McCann’s claim. The parties will reconvene at the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast on 18 January when it is possible that a date will be set for a full hearing of the case in the spring. Continue reading...
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Parliament begins to eat itself with no Brexit resolution on horizon
Meaningless Westminster debate has turned into more of a Brexit Anonymous therapy sessionWe’ve reached the point where only four diagnoses are now left. The prime minister is in a delusional, psychotic state and is in urgent need of help. Or the prime minister is focused purely on her own short-term survival: even she can’t be so far gone as to believe she has a long-term future. Or the prime minister is a sleeper agent for a hostile government committed to the destruction of the UK. Or the prime minister is totally incompetent.Examine the evidence of the last few weeks. First, she is incapable of keeping almost every commitment she gives: it is now safer to plan for the opposite of what she says will happen. Then she goes to the EU summit and manages to come away with an even worse deal than the already bad one she had secured. Continue reading...
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How Cardi B joined the fightback against vitriolic fan culture
Fandom has ruled this decade’s pop culture – but now celebrities are warning their devotees not to go too farFamiliar outrage spread when the rapper Offset invaded his ex-wife and fellow rapper Cardi B’s headline set at a festival this weekend, begging for her to take him back. Here was a man stealing a woman’s big moment, just like the guy who interrupted his girlfriend running the New York City marathon in November to propose to her. But Cardi had a nuanced response to those castigating Offset: she said no man could ever love their daughter the way he does, so she needs him to be happy – not abused by her fans, who have mistaken vengeance for supporting Cardi, and who then attacked her for apparently defending him.Who owns a celebrity’s narrative? Pop stars were once remote, but now soap opera arcs create careers. Heroes and villains reign at the box office, and the line between reality and confection means that onlookers – often bored teenagers – treat real people with the same armrest-thumping fervour as they do cinema’s bad guys. The comedian Pete Davidson received such extreme vitriol after he and the singer Ariana Grande split, she was forced to beg her fans to be gentler. Continue reading...
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How to protect your digital privacy from new Christmas presents
Just unwrapped a gift of an internet-connected device? Don’t just turn it on and plug it in – you might be giving the manufacturer all sorts of information you don’t need toJeff Bezos knows when you’ve been sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows when you’ve been bad or good, because you didn’t change the default privacy settings on the Amazon smart speaker you set up in your bedroom, for goodness’ sake.This Christmas, families will be unwrapping various internet-connected devices, and, knowingly or not, wiring up their homes for levels of surveillance rarely seen outside the Soviet bloc. But you still have a bit of control. Here are the best tips to protect your digital privacy, without resorting to Christmas gifts whittled from wood. Continue reading...
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Museum to shed light on women who shaped transport in London
Project aims to explore untold stories of important women in male-dominated workforceThey include the women of Willesden bus garage who sparked a nationwide strike over equal pay in 1918, Joy Jarvis, who designed London Transport’s distinctive “roundel” seat fabrics, and Hannah Dadds, the first female tube driver.The often untold or little-known stories of important women in the history of London transport are being highlighted as part of a new project, titled Where are all the women? Continue reading...
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South African ad watchdog bans colonisation spoof
Chicken Licken advert showed a black man finding a foreign land and naming it EuropeSouth African regulators have banned a television advert that showed a black man discovering a foreign land and naming it Europe, ruling that colonisation is “not open for humorous exploitation”.The advert, for a chicken restaurant chain, tells a spoof story how the man leaves South Africa in 1650, sails overseas and, after many adventures, comes ashore and meets white local people wearing three-pointed hats and waistcoats. Continue reading...
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Michelle Obama topples David Walliams to secure Christmas No 1
The former first lady’s memoir Becoming sold 92,000 copies last week – well ahead of Walliams, who was the bestselling author for the previous two years Michelle Obama has unseated David Walliams as Britain’s Christmas favourite, with her memoir Becoming set to be the UK’s bestselling book during the festive period, after shifting 92,000 copies in the final shopping week before Christmas Day.Christmas is a crucial period for UK booksellers, with the four weeks of December accounting for approximately 15% of annual book sales. Continue reading...
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Ralph Koltai obituary
Influential stage designer who created groundbreaking sets for the Royal Shakespeare Company and English National OperaBy instinct and inclination the designer Ralph Koltai, who has died aged 94, was a sculptor, but he chose the theatre as his workplace. His marvellous talent for the display of objects in space created many unforgettable and beautiful images; and the stage benefited for more than half a century from a talent distinct from that of his British contemporaries.He also worked ceaselessly for a wider appreciation of the profession to which he belonged. As head of theatre design at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London (now Central Saint Martins, 1965-72), he was the valued mentor of many distinguished designers of later generations. Continue reading...
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Trump Foundation to shut down after lawsuit exposes ‘pattern of illegality’
New York attorney general says charity functioned ‘as little more than a checkbook to serve Trump’s business and political interests’Donald Trump has agreed to shutdown his personal charity, the Trump Foundation, in the wake of a succession of scandals and a looming lawsuit which exposed a “shocking pattern of illegality”.Trump had used the charity to pay off legal settlements within his business and even to buy a painting of himself to hang in one of his golf clubs. Continue reading...
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Briton arrested in Bali over cannabis oil 'could face 15 years in jail'
Pip Holmes, 45, said he had ‘foolishly crossed the line’ by using the oil for his arthritisA British man who was arrested in Bali for possession of cannabis oil says he is now living a “terrible nightmare” as he faces a jail term of up to 15 years.Pip Holmes, 45, was arrested on 3 December for possession of what he described as “a tiny amount of THC oil”, which he had sent to him in Indonesia to help with his arthritis pain. Continue reading...
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The best audiobooks to enjoy this Christmas - books podcast
On this week’s show, we lend an ear to our favourite audiobooks. From Philip Pullman to Lincoln in the Bardo, Claire and Sian review the most creative and compelling listening experiences and debate whether audiobooks are “cheating” (spoiler: they are not). Continue reading...
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Give young people the vote – they might do a better job | Letters
Prof Priscilla Alderson believes children understand serious decisions. Alison Leonard highlights the need for political education. David Ashton thinks children could restore politics and Andy Stelman draws comparisons with criminal responsibilityZoe Williams (Six-year-olds voting? It’s not a crazy idea, 18 December) contends that no one “would say that a six-year-old could be capable of consent”, “or could be given responsibility for anything”. Our research has found that younger children are capable of consent, in terms of understanding what is involved, and making and being committed to a decision.For example, some four-year-olds with type 1 diabetes can understand why they need daily injections. One told me, “Insulin is the key that turns sugar into energy”. She had been weak and ill for months before being diagnosed. She therefore deeply understood how her injections helped her, and she administered some herself. Continue reading...
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Why do stories about morning sickness inspire such rage? | Zoe Williams
Medicine has a history of minimising female pain, even more so when the female is pregnant – there’s a savagery directed at the whole maternal packageYou can tell when the Daily Mail disapproves of something because it puts it in capital letters, so it feels as though you, the reader, are being shouted at, which is confusing. How can it be your fault? You only just found out.Anyway, the Mail is very angry with pregnant women: 20,000 ambulances (or “up to”, so it could be any number) are despatched every year for morning sickness. What a shameful waste of NHS resources. Those women should just eat a ginger biscuit and stop moaning, like it says in baby manuals from the 50s. Continue reading...
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Russia, Turkey and Iran reach agreement on Syria committee
UN says Russia rejected five names its envoy wanted included in proposed panelThe three self-appointed guarantors of the Syrian peace process – Russia, Turkey and Iran – have spurned efforts by the UN to change the composition of a committee due to write a new constitution for the country.The 150-strong committee, due to start work next year, could pave the way for UN-supervised elections and a possible peace process that would encourage millions of refugees to return to their homeland. Continue reading...
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Turning wilderness into theme parks: the great national parks debate
Governments hail nature-based tourism as a win-win but conservationists say Australia’s wild places belong to everyone and shouldn’t be sold outMy favourite national park: tell us why it’s important to youThe development planned for Cradle Mountain in Tasmania’s north-west is arguably the most high profile example of the dilemma faced by governments dealing with the growing popularity of nature-based tourism in national parks.Visited by more than 268,000 tourists in 2017, and with visits growing at 12% a year, the facilities at Cradle Mountain were stretched to the limit. So the Tasmanian government pledged $160m to build a new visitor centre and tourism village on the edge of the heritage area. Continue reading...
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Plan to scrap FA Cup fifth-round replays is brought forward to this season
• FA makes move to reduce fixture congestion for top six sides• Fifth-round games will move to midweek from 2019-20 seasonPlans to scrap FA Cup fifth-round replays have been brought forward to include this season, the Football Association has announced.The decision had previously been made to get rid of fifth-round replays from the start of next season, deciding last-16 ties with extra time and penalties in order to create space in the calendar for a winter break from February 2020 onward. Continue reading...
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Anti-drone technology could be introduced in English prisons
Government U-turn likely after successful trial of SkyFence system in GuernseyThe government could introduce an anti-drone system to stop drug smuggling in English prisons after a successful six-month experiment in Guernsey prompted ministers to consider a U-turn about the technology.Prison governors and officers and the chief inspector of prisons have expressed frustration at the failure of HM Prison Service to use technology to prevent drone smuggling fuelling the growing drug problem in jails. Continue reading...
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Top 10 art exhibitions of 2018
A Tacita Dean triple whammy, Picasso’s banner year, a shabby swimming pool and Glasgow queered up by Tai Shani• More best culture 2018National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy, LondonIt could have been too much, an act of artistic hubris, for Tacita Dean to have three interrelated exhibitions this year. At the NPG, she made a new film portrait in which actors David Warner, Ben Whishaw and Stephen Dillane appear to react to one another, while never in fact being in the same room or the same country. Dean’s portrait films dwell on the subjects in the way paintings might. David Hockney smokes, Mario Merz sits in his garden, poet Michael Hamburger examines his apples, choreographer Merce Cunningham sits absolutely still in his dance studio. Nothing happens, except time, being, presence. Continue reading...
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From drab to fab: the six quickest ways to get Christmas party-ready
Statement hair clips, matt red lipstick and sparkly socks – how to transform an everyday outfit into something festive, fastParty season is reaching its peak but you’re all out of jazzy wardrobe ideas – sound familiar? Fear not. There are cheap and easy tricks to make any outfit appropriately festive and they’ll fit in your bag to come to the rescue for last-minute plans too. Continue reading...
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Transfer news: sacking ends José Mourinho's record 895-day hotel stay
The former Manchester United manager has been living in a £600-a-night hotel since July 2016 – racking up an enormous billName: The Lowry hotel.Age: Opened in 2001. Continue reading...
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Colombia: six killed at site of notorious 1990s massacre as violence returns
Latest atrocity at Mapiripán may be linked to drug traffickingFormer guerrillas and paramilitaries operate in areaSix people have been killed in a remote Colombian town notorious as the site of one of the worst massacres of the country’s civil war, stoking fears that the brutal violence of the past has returned.President Iván Duque tweeted confirmation of the massacre which took place in Mapiripán, in Colombia’s eastern plains on Monday night. Initial reports say one minor was among those murdered. Continue reading...
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This was the year of Brexit v Westminster – and there was only one winner | Rafael Behr
Party loyalties were trumped by leave and remain, with whips left clueless. May and Corbyn will struggle to regain controlThe ancient Egyptians mummified their pharaohs and sealed them in pyramids. Russian revolutionaries pickled Lenin and displayed him in a mausoleum on Red Square, where he lies to this day. Now Brexit Britain has taken that macabre tradition to the next level, embalming its leader while she is still alive. A waxen Theresa May is entombed in office, still performing basic functions of a prime minister although the last animating breath of her authority has expired.To survive a confidence vote among Conservative MPs last week, May promised not to lead her party into a general election. The result of the ballot was still close enough to be perfectly disabling. She won enough support to continue as leader, but not enough to regain control of the agenda. An astringent European summit then bleached away hope of improvements to her Brexit deal. That document, like its sponsor, is trapped in parliamentary limbo. Continue reading...
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What do most artists have in common? A second job
There’s no way to make ends meet in the arts, where part-time work is the new normal. But how best to manage the side-hustle?A short video was recently posted to Twitter showing a dancer performing outside Hamleys toy store in London dressed as an elf. The slightly snippy caption reads: “‘Leading role they said. West End location they said.’” The post prompted a flurry of supportive tweets, including one from Irish actor Nicola Coughlan, who wrote: “When I finished drama school I was incredibly broke. Things I did in jobs included: dressing up as a cow and walking around Covent Garden, making bath bombs at birthday parties for wealthy kids, handing out Froyo. Acting is really hard to break into, more power to you Mr Elf.”‘Leading Role they said. West End location they said.’ pic.twitter.com/10xkvpSaLh Continue reading...
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Jailing J Hus for possessing a knife won’t solve the problem | Franklyn Addo
We should be working with those at risk of offending and supporting their talent rather than compounding their traumaIn June, the musician J Hus was arrested for possessing a knife. He has now been given an eight-month prison sentence, much to the disappointment of many of his fans. I share the frustration in this sentencing decision – apart from the fact that locking people up in often overcrowded, understaffed prisons ought not to be a cause for celebration, such penal measures often fail to acknowledge the context of the crime and therefore fail to resolve it in the longer term.J Hus’s trajectory has been at once triumphant and tumultuous. On one hand he has pioneered an authentic, distinctive and eclectic sound. But despite deservedly rocketing to stardom and releasing an era-defining album Common Sense, covetable earnings, chart success and accolades such as Brit and Mercury award nominations are starkly contrasted by moments of misfortune. He has six previous convictions, and was stabbed five times in 2015. More recently, his friend was stabbed and consequently paralysed this year – it was just six days afterwards that J Hus was caught carrying the weapon for which he has been imprisoned. Continue reading...
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Hungary’s opposition plans more protests after ‘slave law’ passes
Opposition parties collaborate on joint strategy to put pressure on PM Viktor OrbánHungary’s beleaguered political opposition has vowed to keep up the pressure on the country’s far-right prime minister Viktor Orbán, after a week of protests that saw thousands come onto the streets of Budapest on several evenings, and four MPs roughed up by security guards after attempting to get their demands across on state television.The protests were triggered by a so-called “slave law” passed amid chaotic scenes of protest in the Hungarian parliament last Wednesday, which allows employers to force employees to work overtime, and allows them to delay payment for up to three years. It was passed together with legislation that provides for greater government control over the court system, the latest move by Orbán’s Fidesz party to capture independent state institutions. Continue reading...
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Christmas shoppers warned to avoid plastic toys due to toxin levels
Toys feature in more than half of EU alerts for products containing banned chemicals Christmas shoppers are being warned to avoid plastic toys after they appeared in more than half of EU intergovernmental alerts for products containing banned chemicals this year.In all, 290 of the 563 warnings sent out on the EU’s rapid alert system concerned toys with illegally high levels of toxins, most of which were plastic dolls, and all of which could be on sale on British high streets. Continue reading...
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France facing up to clamour for rugby to change after spate of tragedies | Andy Bull
After three deaths in five months in France and with politicians now demanding answers, has the sport become too brutal?Last Wednesday Nicolas Chauvin was killed after he was injured playing rugby. Chauvin was 18, a student at the Paris Descartes University, and a flanker in the academy at Stade Français. He was playing for their under-21 team against UBB when he was caught in a two-man tackle that broke his neck, caused a cardiac arrest, and cut off the oxygen supply to his brain. Chauvin had only signed with the club in June, but had made such a strong impression that he’d already been training with the senior squad. His family said the last six months were the happiest of his life. Related: 'He doesn’t play in a dinner suit': the 25 best rugby union quotes of 2018 | Robert Kitson Continue reading...
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The Favourite rules roost with 10 nominations at London critics awards
Olivia Colman’s royal comedy leads a pack that includes Rupert Everett’s The Happy Prince, while Hollywood big-hitter Vice only scores two nods Related: 'Awards chat makes me sick': Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz on new film, The Favourite The Favourite has maintained its early season momentum in the awards race as it emerged at the head of the pack in the nominations for the London Film Critics’ Circle awards. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, the comedy drama of 18th-century court intrigue scooped 10 nods, including film, director and screenwriter of the year. Colman and Weisz were also nominated for actress and supporting actress of the year respectively. Continue reading...
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A war on women is raging in the UK – the femicide statistics prove it | Julie Bindel
Last year, 139 women died in the UK as a result of male violence. This misogyny is not inevitable, it’s preventableThe latest census on femicide – women killed by men – has shown that during 2017, a staggering 139 women in the UK died as a result of male violence. But nobody joined the dots between these cases except for feminists campaigning against male violence towards women. Despite there being an obvious link between the misogynistic culture under which brutal – and often fatal – male violence occurs, the UK government has never made the connection that these women die because men’s violence towards women and girls is a global pandemic.The resistance to legally making misogyny a hate crime (currently under review) is partly down to the fact that it is such a huge everyday reality that it seems impossible to enforce. If the police did their job and treated every domestic violence incident as a potential fatality, we might prevent some deaths of vulnerable women and children. But to end the deaths of women relating to domestic violence, there needs to be a robust criminal justice response that intervenes at the earliest stages. Continue reading...
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