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Prince Edward Island elevates Green party to opposition in Canadian first
‘My god, I love this island,’ says leader Peter Bevan-Baker after news party will form official opposition A Green party will form the official opposition for the first time in Canadian history, following a closely watched election in the province of Prince Edward Island. The unprecedented result signifies a major milestone for the environmentally oriented political party.Following weeks of vigorous campaigning in Canada’s smallest province, the Progressive Conservatives (PC) emerged victorious on Tuesday evening with a thin lead in the province’s legislative seats. Continue reading...
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Terror in Sri Lanka – podcast
On Easter Sunday, explosions across Sri Lanka killed hundreds of people and wounded many more. As the country reels in shock, Michael Safi describes reporting in the aftermath. Plus: the Guardian’s chief political correspondent, Jessica Elgot, on what to expect from Brexit now parliament is back On Easter Sunday, eight explosions killed more than 321 people in Sri Lanka, including 45 children, and left over 500 wounded. It was among the worst terrorist attacks worldwide since 9/11. The Sri Lankan government has been criticised for a serious security lapse before the suicide bombings, after it was alerted that the terrorist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath was planning to attack churches, but failed to take action against them or pass on the warning. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bombings, though as yet there is no evidence to back this up. Sri Lanka’s defence minister said it appeared the attacks were in retaliation for the recent mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. Continue reading...
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Possible 'marsquake' detected for first time on red planet
Nasa probe InSight picks up slight tremor that fits profile of similar episodes on the moonA Nasa probe has detected and measured what scientists believe to be a “marsquake”, marking the first time a likely seismological tremor has been recorded on another planet, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.The breakthrough came five months after robotic probe InSight, the first spacecraft designed specifically to study the deep interior of a distant world, touched down on the surface of Mars to begin a two-year seismological mission. Continue reading...
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Indian officials travel deep into jungle so lone holy man can vote
Polling station set up deep inside Gir wildlife sanctuary for Shiva priest who looks after isolated templeIndian officials travelled nearly 70km (45 miles) through jungle this week to ensure a 69-year-old holy man got to cast his vote in the Indian general election.Four election officials, accompanied by a policeman, set up a special polling station deep in the Gir wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat state so a sole voter – Bharatdas Darshandas – could take part in the world’s biggest democratic exercise. Continue reading...
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The Kiwi dream: city-weary New Zealanders flock to the regions
Smaller towns such as Timaru are targeting priced-out city dwellers as well as international migrants to shore up their ageing populationsMichelle Marshall and her husband, Zane, returned to New Zealand after living in London, ready to settle down, buy a house, have a child and live “the Kiwi dream”.But the young couple quickly realised the Kiwi dream was becoming elusive in Auckland, the country’s largest city. No matter how hard they worked and saved there, their goal of buying a home and starting a family was slipping away. Continue reading...
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'No right to livestream murder': Ardern leads push against online terror content
New Zealand PM launches ‘Christchurch Call’ to build support to eliminate extremist material on social mediaNew Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern is to spearhead a push to combat violent extremism and terrorism on social media in the wake of the Christchurch attacks, saying the gunman did not have “a right to livestream the murder of 50 people”.Ardern and French president Emmanuel Macron will host a summit in Paris on 15 May, rallying tech companies and other concerned countries to commit to a pledge known as the “Christchurch Call” – a vow to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online. Continue reading...
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Fewer than one in four homeowners saving for future care – survey
Government should provide free personal care for everyone, charity recommends in reportFewer than one in four homeowners are saving for their future care needs, despite more than half fearing they could lose their homes to pay for care in later life, research has found.A survey commissioned by the Independent Age charity found more than 143,000 older people – more than one-third of the 421,000 currently in residential care – are likely to face costs of £100,000 or more to pay for their care. Such costs have been described as “catastrophic”. Continue reading...
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Virgin Trains calls for airline-style fares and seating for all
Unions say proposal is a ‘recipe for chaos’ and a ‘mirror of the deregulated bus market’Virgin Trains has called for a new national rail ticketing system with airline-style fares and reserved seats for every passenger on long distance services, ending the current practice that can involve standing for extended periods.The firm, which has run the west coast line – the UK’s biggest intercity service, since privatisation in 1997, also proposed that to stimulate competition on long distance routes operators should bid for bundles of station departure slots for train services – as airlines compete for landing slots at airports – rather than franchises. Continue reading...
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May to ban Huawei from supplying 'core' parts of UK 5G network
Chinese telecoms supplier will be allowed to supply some ‘non core’ technology, but decision risks agitating Beijing Theresa May has ordered that Chinese telecoms supplier Huawei is to be banned from supplying core parts of the future 5G mobile phone network, following a meeting of ministers on the National Security Council (NSC) on Tuesday.Huawei will be allowed to supply some “non core” technology to UK phone companies insiders said, but several ministers in the meeting raised concerns even about that concession, arguing instead for a total ban on the supplier. Continue reading...
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Poorer children 'twice as likely to be out of work in later life'
Adults who had free school meals worse off than similarly qualified peers, charity findsDisadvantaged children who qualify for free school meals are twice as likely to be out of work in later life than their better-off peers, and even when they get good qualifications at school the employment gap remains, according to research.A report by Impetus, a venture philanthropy charity that aims to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, found that 26% of those on FSM were not in education, employment, or training (Neet) after leaving school, compared with only 13% of non-FSM youngsters. Continue reading...
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All My Sons review – Sally Field and Bill Pullman deliver a Miller for our times
Old Vic, LondonIn an era of fake news and moral uncertainty, this fine production of Arthur Miller’s play rings as true as everWhy the spate of Arthur Miller revivals? And why now? Watching Jeremy Herrin’s fine production of Miller’s first Broadway hit – a joint Headlong/Old Vic affair with a star cast headed by Sally Field, Bill Pullman and TV’s Victoria, Jenna Coleman – I thought I detected an answer. At a time of flux and fakery when lies masquerade as truth, we find reassurance in Miller’s moral rigour.Miller is also admired for his theatrical carpentry, although in this 1947 work you can occasionally see the joins. The play focuses on Joe Keller, a thriving businessman who escaped a wartime charge of issuing defective cylinder heads to combat planes by letting his partner take the rap. Exonerated but hardly guilt-free, Joe is suddenly confronted by the consequences of his actions. His wife, Kate, is obstinately convinced that their son, Larry, missing in action, is still alive. And when their other son, Chris, decides to marry Larry’s fiancee, Joe and Kate realise that the pretences by which they have lived are destined to be exposed. Continue reading...
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Avengers: Endgame review – unconquerable brilliance takes Marvel to new heights
The climactic movie in the Avengers series is an irresistible blend of action and comedy, guaranteeing a sugar rush of delirious enjoyment of its many pleasuresThe previous Avengers movie, Infinity War, stunned believers and unbelievers alike with its sheer stupendous scale, and that devastating ending in which the evil Thanos appeared to have gained victory by getting hold of all six of the Infinity Stones, causing a crumbling-to-dust of many key players: a terrible cosmic loss, irreparable, irreversible, surely?We were of course promised wild new surprises with this colossal climactic movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directed by the Russo brothers, Joe and Anthony. But would these surprises be .... new ways of coming to terms with the unchangeable disaster? Unexpected coping strategies? Novel means of simply accepting the Avengers’ stunningly permanent defeat?Or could it be … something else? Paul Rudd, who plays Ant-Man, was challenged on TV about the possibility of his character shrinking to a tiny size, flying into some convenient orifice of the evil Thanos, and then grossly enlarging himself to make the great villain go splat like Mr Creosote. Rudd declined to be drawn.Well, I won’t disclose how things progress here,other than to say it allows the main players to revisit some of the scenes of their most spectacular franchise triumphs. And I have to admit, in all its surreal grandiosity, in all its delirious absurdity, there is a huge sugar rush of excitement to this mighty finale, finally interchanging with euphoric emotion and allowing us to say poignant farewells. Continue reading...
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Pep Guardiola hits back at Ole Gunnar Solskjær over ‘foul’ accusations
• United manager claims City foul early to avoid yellow cards• Guardiola says opposite number might be trying to sway refereePep Guardiola has reacted to Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s suggestion that Manchester City’s players will push the boundaries in Wednesday’s derby and accused the United manager of trying to influence the referee.Solskjær’s belief is that City will press hard at Old Trafford and foul United high up the pitch because there is less chance of them being booked for misdemeanours in those areas. “You don’t get the yellow cards [there], do you? But that’s just because they commit so many players forward and you can clearly see that they’ve got them in that mould of trying to win the ball back, and they do make fouls,” the United manager said. Continue reading...
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Snapchat beats Wall Street predictions with user growth for first time in a year
Shares closed the day up 4% at $11.99 while revenue increased 39% to $320m in the first quarter of 2019Snapchat announced user growth on Tuesday for the first time in a year, beating Wall Street predictions and sending shares soaring in after hours trading.Snap Inc’s shares closed the day up 4% at $11.99. Revenue increased 39% to $320m in the first quarter of 2019, compared with $230m the prior year. Shares were up more than 10% in after hours trading following the report. Continue reading...
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Surgeons: At the Edge of Life review – Warning: not for the faint of heart!
This bloody, gory and awe-inspiring series reveals the astonishing medical procedures that change lives every day – just steer clear if you’re squeamishMost programmes focusing on the NHS are, unsurprisingly, frantic. From 24 Hours in A&E to Ambulance, viewers, much like the medical staff, are presented with patient after patient, and trauma after trauma. These documentaries effectively convey the sense that there is never quite enough time. Thankfully, Surgeons: At the Edge of Life (BBC2), which focuses on astonishingly complex surgical procedures at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, is able to take its time. This is a pared-back version of the usual rapid-fire hospital doc, seeing only two patients through surgeries that are as astounding as they are unvarnished.Each episode has a subtitle, establishing the theme, and, in this episode A Risk Worth Taking has a double meaning. It shows surgeons assessing the risk to the patient and the patients assessing the risk to themselves – these procedures are so impossibly complex that they may cause paralysis or death – as well as the financial implications for the NHS. It is galling to hear patients discussed in terms of their immediate and long-term cost, as if they are investments. But that is the crude reality right now, and it is important to hear how jarring it sounds. The care these doctors take, to press for expensive procedures that could change the lives of people who are suffering, is heartening, and the show itself takes a more philosophical and measured approach to what suffering means and the value of a person’s quality of life. Continue reading...
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Christian Eriksen grabs the points for Spurs as Brighton wilt at the last
Amid all of the excitement at Tottenham’s upcoming Champions League semi-final against Ajax, it has been possible to forget that their target for the season remains a top-four finish in the Premier League. There was no room for a slip-up against Brighton, no scope for their focus to drop and, on a night of high tension, they got the result that they wanted. Yet how late they left it. Related: Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton: Premier League – live! Continue reading...
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Shane Long scores after 7.69 seconds in Southampton’s draw at Watford
Southampton made the brightest start to a game in Premier League history here, but their wait to secure top-flight survival still drags on and on. This had seemed like their moment, the visitors having scored from Watford’s kick-off courtesy of Shane Long, a striker suddenly prolific, before carving out the better opportunities through the contest which ensued. Then, just as caution set in, they were hauled back to parity at the death. Related: Christian Eriksen grabs the points for Spurs as Brighton wilt at the last Continue reading...
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Labour says Theresa May unwilling to offer key Brexit concessions
Little progress as talks resume, with Labour seeking changes to political declarationLabour has accused Theresa May of failing to offer any substantive changes to her Brexit deal in cross-party talks, as Downing Street’s hopes of a breakthrough in time to avoid taking part in European parliamentary elections waned.Brexit talks resumed on Tuesday, between a team of ministers and shadow ministers. But Labour sources said the government team again appeared unwilling to countenance changes to the political declaration, which sets out the UK’s future relationship with the EU. Continue reading...
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UN waters down rape resolution to appease US's hardline abortion stance
Measure on sexual violence in conflict passes after Trump administration threatened to veto document over references to reproductive healthThe UN has backed a resolution on combatting rape in conflict but excluded references in the text to sexual and reproductive health, after vehement opposition from the US.The resolution passed by the security council on Tuesday after a three-hour debate and a weekend of fierce negotiations on the language among member states that threatened to derail the process. Continue reading...
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Seamus Jennings on a political class at risk of extinction – cartoon
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Secretive hard Brexit Facebook campaign got 1m responses
Ads run by Lynton Crosby firm may have collected emails, says information commissionerA million Britons responded to a secretive Facebook campaign for a hard Brexit overseen by Lynton Crosby’s company, according to the information commissioner, who said the respondents’ email addresses may have been harvested for future use.Elizabeth Denham told MPs her investigation into the Mainstream Network campaign group had raised concerns about how valuable voter data was being collected by the under-the-radar campaign, potentially in breach of data protection rules. Continue reading...
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Concern for England as Jason Roy retires hurt in Surrey win over Essex
• Batsman withdraws with back spasm after four overs• Aiden Markram stars as Hampshire beat MiddlesexSurrey’s 65-run win over Essex at the Oval – their first Royal London One-Day Cup win of the season – came at a price as Jason Roy, Ollie Pope and Rikki Clarke sustained injuries.The opener suffered a back spasm after only four overs, Pope hurt a shoulder in a boundary-edge dive and Clarke damaged a finger while attempting a catch. Roy’s problem will concern England given the World Cup starts next month. He has also struggled with a hamstring injury and missed Surrey’s County Championship opener. Continue reading...
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Manchester United can still inflict telling blow on City’s title hopes
In a game that may decide who wins the Premier League, United’s players have a chance to react with the race for the top four still wide openThis is the one, this is the one – we have waited for. Although perhaps not quite like this. There have been plenty of epic-scale, thunderously-billed, pundit-gurgling Manchester derbies in the Premier League years, games to match Old Trafford’s stirring pre-match soundtrack. But never one as apparently empty of red-shirted hope as Wednesday’s meeting, a game that will come close to deciding the destiny of the league title. Related: Liverpool and Manchester City are both deserving of title-winners’ confetti | Barney Ronay Continue reading...
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Like Bradman, Hobbs and Lara, Robert Percival’s record may never be broken
Wisden states the all-rounder once threw a cricket ball 140 yards and two feet, a distance that several tried to reach and none have been confirmed as betteringSome numbers are records fixed in the minds of every cricket fan. Bradman’s 99.94, Hobbs’s 197, Lara’s 501 – anyone who ever nosed around a Wisden will know those like they do the digits of their parents’ old home phone. They’re fossilised at the top of the lists in the back of the Almanack, and, since it is unlikely they’ll ever be beaten, will stay that way until the ravens finally fly the Tower of London.And then there’s Robert Percival’s 140.2, which has been around longer than any of them. Wisden publish that one every year, too, in an obscure corner called Miscellaneous Records, but if you know what it represents, your youth really was wasted on you. Continue reading...
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Four Premiership rugby players tested positive for cocaine last season
• Premiership Rugby denies cocaine problem after revelations• Rugby union is the most sanctioned sport by UK Anti-DopingFour top-flight players tested positive for cocaine last season but Premiership Rugby has denied there is a “broader problem” with use of the drug.The Rugby Football Union’s report has attributed the cases to players suffering “dislocation” from their clubs owing to injury or falling out of favour and said that the rise – there were three positive tests for cocaine the previous season – was a reflection on society. “All of the positives were associated with alcohol abuse and reflect the risk that 18 to 35-year-olds are exposed to when they go out socially,” said the RFU’s medical services director, Dr Simon Kemp. Continue reading...
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Sisi wins snap Egyptian referendum amid vote-buying claims
Voters given food boxes to back constitutional changes that could extend Sisi rule to 2030Supporters of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi have claimed victory after almost 90% of Egyptian voters backed sweeping constitutional changes that could result in him ruling until 2030.Election officials claimed 88.8% of voters had confirmed the changes, with a turnout of 44%. The results overhaul the 2014 constitution: they extend presidential term limits to six years, allowing Sisi to run for re-election in 2024; expand presidential control over the judiciary, and enshrine the military’s role in politics. Continue reading...
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Greek PM's criticism takes shine off Weber's push for EU's top job
German MEP begins campaign in Athens after Alexis Tsipras claims he is ‘anti-Greek’Manfred Weber has launched his campaign to become president of the European commission in Athens, but faced excoriating criticism from the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, before he had even arrived in the Greek capital.In a tweet intended to cause maximum embarrassment for the German leader of the conservative European People’s party group in the European parliament, Tsipras insinuated that Weber harboured racist and authoritarian tendencies. He said that at the height of Athens’ debt crisis, Weber had pushed for “Grexit” and thus proved himself to be “anti-Greek”. Continue reading...
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Labour endorses Extinction Rebellion activists after week of protest
Shadow health secretary pledges to make climate change a central policy focusLabour has backed the Extinction Rebellion protesters who have carried out a week of civil disobedience and occupations to highlight the ecological emergency, likening them to the Chartists, suffragettes and anti-apartheid activists.Speaking in response to an urgent question in the Commons on Tuesday, the shadow energy minister, Barry Gardiner – who also holds the international trade role – said that alongside the school strikes, the protests organised by Extinction Rebellion were reminiscent of previous memorable struggles. Continue reading...
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Alun Wyn Jones close to Ospreys new deal and ‘50-50’ for Cardiff Blues clash
• Wyn Jones has been injured since Wales won Grand Slam• George North could also return against CardiffThe Ospreys hope Alun Wyn Jones will return for Saturday’s derby against Cardiff Blues at the Principality Stadium and that the lock, who has not played since leading Wales to the grand slam last month, will by then have signed a contract that will keep him at the region for the rest of his career.The Scarlets’ coach, Wayne Pivac, who takes charge of Wales after the World Cup in the autumn, missed a media conference on Tuesday that was held to promote the two regional showdowns in Cardiff on Saturday – the Scarlets take on the Dragons in the other – because he was at a Professional Rugby Board meeting discussing player contracts, including Jones’s, which ends after the World Cup. Continue reading...
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Our Brexit limbo has given us two new parties, but the same old politics | Rafael Behr
Never mind the insurgent ‘outsiders’. What we need is better politicians, not anti-politics, to get us out of this messImagine that, for some reason, you want to lose an election. You need a vote-repellent campaign, something really unsupportable. You would probably form the Establishment party – passionately in favour of the system, cheering for the status quo. Your candidates would boast of their credentials as career politicians. Their slogan would be “business as usual”.This imaginary party is the perfect adversary, the most beatable thing in British politics – which is why real-life parties all want to run against it. Everyone claims to be the new politics and pins the despicable badge of oldness on their rivals. Continue reading...
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