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Archaeologists discovered a hidden chamber in Roman emperor Nero's underground palace

Archaeologists have discovered a hidden vault in the ruins of Roman Emperor Nero's sprawling palace, hidden under the hills near Rome's ancient Colosseum.
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It’s a Lefty! Welcome to the World’s First Crispr Snail Baby
Most snails are righties. Now scientists have found genes that make some of them born with shells coiling the other way.
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VW to intensify talks with Northvolt on battery project: Boersen-Zeitung
Volkswagen is intensifying talks with Swedish startup Northvolt on plans to jointly build up battery cell production in Salzgitter, near its headquarters in Lower Saxony, one of its board members told a German newspaper.
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Austria scandal: Lawyer says he was part of Ibiza sting
The lawyer says it was a "civil society-driven project" but has not revealed who was behind it.
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UK's first black police chief asks why he remains the only one
Michael Fuller, who led Kent force, says many women have broken into top ranks but not black officersBritain’s first black chief constable has questioned why no one has been given the opportunity to follow his path, despite the talent available.Michael Fuller was expressing his concerns to an audience at Hay festival, where he also asked why the Football Association had not done more to combat racism against players, and revealed he was approached to join the Masons. Continue reading...
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Led by Donkeys show their faces at last: ‘No one knew it was us’
The four men behind the nationwide Brexit billboard phenomenon finally reveal their identities – in the pub where it all beganThe Birdcage pub in Stoke Newington, north London, seems an unlikely birthplace for a rebellion. On a midweek afternoon, the bar is almost empty. Spring sunshine streams through the windows; Spandau Ballet provide a gentle soundtrack; black-hatted men from the local ultra-Orthodox Jewish community pass by outside.The only customers are four men sitting at a table in an alcove. It was at this spot, more than five months ago, that this group of friends came up with an idea born from their collective despair over the “lies, lunacy and hypocrisy” of the Brexit process. Continue reading...
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Spice Girls review – nostalgia, branding and bad British values
Croke Park, DublinThe Poshless group give the fans what they want, but union jacks and product placement can’t cover a lack of materialOf all the things that might have derailed the Spice Girls’ reunion, a lack of interest wasn’t one – there are 80,000 people in Croke Park as their sold-out stadium tour commences. Nor was Victoria Beckham’s non-participation. The bombshell came this spring when Mel B revealed that she and Geri Horner had once slept together. Horner denied it, ruing that this came out “on Mother’s Day, of all days”, lesbian revelations perhaps being best saved for a monetisable Pride team-up.Amid a rumoured rift, it takes a while for the pair to go near each other, though eventually they join Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm in holding hands and exchanging knowing glances. The matter almost sneaks out: Mel C uses her powerful strength to pick up Mel B, who screams. Bunton declares, “She loves a good – cuddle. I was about to say something else!” The sense of a boundary almost being broken around a once-anarchic brand, now guarded with a rictus grin, is as nostalgic as the hits themselves. Continue reading...
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Leaked images reveal Microsoft’s purple Xbox One S for Fortnite fans
Microsoft appears to be readying a special Fortnite-style version of the company’s Xbox One S console. WinFuture reports that Microsoft will release a purple edition of the Xbox One S in the coming weeks, in a bundle designed for Fortnite fans. The Xbox One S Fortnite Limited Edition will reportedly include a new “Dark Vertex” skin and 2000 V-Bucks in-game currency. The bundle is also said to include a month of Xbox Live Gold, EA Access, and Xbox Game Pass. It’s not clear exactly when Microsoft will announce this new color variant, but it’s rumored to debut at $299 with 1TB of storage and the Blu-ray optical drive. This certainly isn’t the first time Microsoft has customized an Xbox One S console for a game. Microsoft created a special... Continue reading…
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UPDATE 2-Contest to replace May as British prime minister hots up
The contest to replace Theresa May as British prime minister hotted up on Saturday with five candidates now vying for a job whose central task will be to find a way to take a divided Britain out of the European Union.
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Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall
A federal judge in California has blocked President Donald Trump from building sections of his long-sought border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency. U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. on Friday immediately halted the administration’s efforts to redirect military-designated funds to build sections of wall on the Mexican border. His...
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Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for potato, coconut and peanut tikkis | The new vegan
These crisp Indian patties are great fun to make and will get even fussy children eating vegetables As much as I adore cooking, it is also often for work, or a means by which to get food on to the table. But to my toddler daughter, it is always fun. Smashing potatoes? Joy! Mixing and squidging a mixture into patties with our hands? What a hoot! Trying to get peas, which are bouncing and sliding all over the table, into a blender (one by one)? Hilarious! Although this recipe is a means to an end, it’s also a bit of fun – and, for that, it doesn’t matter how old you are. Continue reading...
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'Having a child doesn’t fit into these women's schedule': is this the future of surrogacy?
US doctors are seeing an increase in patients avoiding pregnancy or time off work by paying someone else to carry their baby – with no medical need to do soThe Pacific Fertility Center on Los Angeles’ Wilshire Boulevard is the place where the people who have it all make their babies. With its crystal chandeliers and plush velvet and leather upholstery in shades of cream and mink, you’d be forgiven for thinking the waiting room was the changing room of a high-end bridal shop. But the pictures on the flatscreen on the wall give it away: digital photos of newborns in scratch mittens, thank you notes, family Christmas cards, tiny heads cradled in grateful hands. The images float upwards and disappear like bubbles in champagne.In the 25 years Dr Vicken Sahakian has been practising, he has made families for thousands of the most privileged people in the world. He has worked with Hollywood stars, although he says he is too discreet to tell me names. (“You won’t hear it from me, but of course you would have heard of them.”) His clients are straight, gay, young and old, and they come to him from across the globe, particularly from China, or parts of Europe where surrogacy is either illegal or very tightly regulated. In the UK, surrogacy is legal, but surrogates can claim only expenses for carrying a child for another person. California law allows surrogates to earn a profit, and upholds the rights of intended parents over anyone else who is involved in the creation of their babies. It’s given the state a reputation as the most surrogacy-friendly place in the world. Continue reading...
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Courtney Love: ‘A Hole reunion? We are definitely talking about it’
As Live Through This turns 25, the band discuss the trauma and pop tactics that charged its release – as well as their comebackRaw, beautiful and extremely angry: 25 years ago the grunge movement birthed its most powerful album. A raging takedown of body fascism, self-doubt and sexual assault in pre-#MeToo America, Hole’s Live Through This was weaponised feminism with frontwoman Courtney Love as its seething general. Yet the release was marred by tragedy, going on sale just four days after the body of Love’s husband Kurt Cobain was found at their home in Seattle and two months before Hole’s bass player Kristen Pfaff died of a drug overdose.“When it came out, there was so much horrible other stuff happening in my life that I didn’t even think about it,” Love says of just how commercial a record dealing with brutal personal trauma came to be. Across the album’s 12 tracks, Love was dealing with her experience in the only way she and her non-college educated community knew how. “We were from the kick, punch, scream, yell until they leave us alone and/or a combo of that with a guitar kind-of generation; we didn’t have language for that kind of stuff,” she explains. Even so, ideas for lyrics came thick and fast. “It’s really about: ‘Do I have something to say?’” Love says of her approach to songwriting. “And when you’re young you have a lot to say.” Continue reading...
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For the unsinkable Serena Williams, the last step is proving the hardest
Coming back from childbirth was always going to be her biggest challenge, but the baggage of trying to become the all-time great is proving a formidable haul even for Serena Eight years ago, the documentary Venus and Serena followed the Williams sisters as they tried to survive the nadir of their careers. Venus prepared to do battle with Sjogren’s syndrome, while Serena plotted her way back from the first pulmonary embolism that had nearly killed her. During a quiet moment of the documentary, a quick break in the middle of practice, Serena noted to no one in particular that she had returned to the top 10 of the rankings. Isha, her sister, frowned and then responded with the question that has consumed all followers of the sport for 21 years: “Girl, how can you and Venus keep in the top 10 and y’all never play?”The question remains unanswered. This week, Williams returned to the top 10 for the second time this year, one year after her first grand slam competition following maternity leave. It is absurd. She has completed only one tournament in 2019, the Australian Open, withdrawing after one match in her last three events. Over the past 52 weeks, she has only completed five events. For much of her career, she loomed as large over the tour in her absence as when she was there, but now her absence seems normal. The sport goes on. Continue reading...
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Utah Judge Suspended Without Pay After Critical Quips About Trump
Judge Michael Kwan of Municipal Justice Court in Taylorsville, Utah, had said he was joking about President Trump and that he had a right to free speech.
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As a college counselor, I see students on their worst days — days that are now more common
Even accomplished students from supportive families can become unmoored in college. And data shows the student mental health crisis is getting worse.        
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5 digital marketing courses on sale for Memorial Day weekend
Digital marketing is one of the most sought-after, valued skills today. Period. (No disrespect to all the coders out there, of course.) That's because online marketing is now the lifeblood of any enterprise. Any stores — even brick-and-mortar ones — need an online presence to compete in today's fast-paced economy. And if you're in the business of making a living through content generation, then you already know how essential it is to drive traffic to your blog or webpage. Forget trolling forums or scouring random online courses on YouTube: we've compiled five quality pieces of training offering key instruction on today's most essential digital marketing skills. All the featured training bundles are already marked down, but you can use code WEEKEND60 to get an additional 60% off the sale price. Read more...More about Social Media, Digital Marketing, Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, and Tech
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Kitchen gadgets and cooking essentials on sale for Memorial Day
It's almost Memorial Day and you know what that means. Summer BBQs, lazy nights grilling, parties for which you have reason to cook up a storm like your favorite Chopped contestant. We're celebrating the occasion with a massive sale in the Mashable Shop on fifteen featured cookware, cutlery, and kitchen gadgets designed to make meal prep a breeze. All items featured below are already on sale, and you can use code WEEKEND15 at checkout to get an additional 15% off the sale price. Check them out below: 1. 20-Piece Non-Stick Cookware With Lids and Bakeware Set This Gotham Steel Cookware set features a proprietary Ti-Cerama coating (that’s titanium fused with ceramic), resulting in a nonstick and durable surface. It’s also PTFE- and PFOA-free, in case you’re concerned about chemicals. Read more...More about Gadgets, Cooking, Kitchen, Mashable Shopping, and Culture
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10 weekend sales on tools, toys, and funky gadgets
There are two types of people: Those who spend the entirety of their Memorial Day weekends catching up on lost sleep, and those who see it as a three-day-long opportunity to tackle all the odd jobs around the house they've been putting off since December.  If you're in the latter camp, we have a couple of important questions for you: One, will you bottle that motivation and sell it? We'll pay good money.  Two, do you want to save a lot of money on some new DIY accessories and projects? If the answer's a hearty "yes," you're in luck: We've hunted down some awesome Memorial Day bargains in the Mashable Shop on tools, kits, and crafts, and plopped them down below for your perusing pleasure. Just be sure to enter the coupon code WEEKEND15 to score those extra savings.  Read more...More about Drones, Diy, Tools, Mashable Shopping, and Tech
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Cricket’s coming home: World Cup offers England golden shot at rejuvenation | Vic Marks
Expect runs galore, twists and turns aplenty and maybe – just maybe – a tournament victory for EnglandHere comes the golden chance to rejuvenate the game in England, which now only comes around every two decades. All the best cricketers in the world have arrived and they are about to compete for the biggest prize in the international game. A festival of cricket awaits.Even the odd English cricketer has whispered that it would be preferable to win the World Cup rather than the Ashes, a view that was once considered a heresy. This makes sense. England may have won the Ashes too infrequently for our liking but they have done it several times. They have never won the World Cup despite being in the final on three occasions. Continue reading...
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Everest: British man among latest mountain deaths
Ten people have now died climbing the world's highest peak this season, amid reports of overcrowding.
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England v Australia: Cricket World Cup warmup – live!
Listen to the new episode of our podcast, The SpinFear and loathing in English cricket’s fraying heartlandAnd you can email Rob here with your thoughts 8.53am BST Hello and welcome to live coverage of the World Cup warm-up between England and Australia at the Ageas Bowl. The recent form of both teams is such that they might need to warm down rather than up, lest they burn this goddamn house right down before the World Cup has even started. But this game has been scheduled for months and the culture of our times dictates that you can’t cancel a match for no reason at 24 hours’ notice, so here we are.I have a confession to make: I shot the deputy an’ all I’ve never watched a World Cup warm-up game, so I’ve no idea what level of intensity to expect. It’s not an official ODI; it’s not even a List A game. But it’s England v Australia, so that counts for something. Continue reading...
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Refugee jailed for smuggling injured niece into UK reunited with family
Home Office releases Najat Ibrahim Ismail, an Iraqi Kurd who faced deportation three timesA man who brought his baby niece to the UK from a French refugee camp after she sustained serious burns has been released from detention and reunited with his family.Najat Ibrahim Ismail, 32, an Iraqi Kurd, faced three attempts by the Home Office to put him on a plane to Iraq in recent weeks. He is married to a British woman, Emma Ismail, and has three young British children, including a 10-year-old son who has autism. Continue reading...
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Child’s play: Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for cooking with kids
Let them get stuck in with pizza pinwheels, rainbow-layered bean dip and dangerously moreish brigadeirosI used to think that cooking with children – at least younger ones – must involve a foolproof plan that absolutely cannot be deviated from. Since having my own children, I’ve realised how wrong I was. Hands-on, messy and creative environments are a natural habitat for little hands and imaginative minds. The best thing to do is give children a platform to work from, allowing them to decorate, dot, splatter and layer as they please (aprons and old T-shirts are highly advisable). This creates a sense of ownership and accomplishment, making kids more inclined to eat what they’ve made. Continue reading...
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How we live together: 'I moved in when my mum died. I feel loved here'
The resident and her live-in assistantI moved in last summer as a live-in assistant, sharing a house with people with learning disabilities. I had met Kathy briefly some years ago, but got short shrift when I mentioned it, as she was adamant we hadn’t. Continue reading...
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Kate Nash: ‘The music industry has killed a lot of people'
The singer on mental health, asking Al Pacino to dinner and a teenage political awakening Born in London, Kate Nash, 31, attended the Brit school in London. In 2007, she had a hit with her single Foundations and her debut album, Made Of Bricks, went to No 1. In 2008, she won best female artist at the Brit awards. Her acting credits include the films Syrup and Powder Room, and she stars in the Netflix series Glow. Last year she released her fourth album, Yesterday Was Forever, and this year she tours the UK. She lives in Los Angeles.When were you happiest?British summers give me a really happy feeling. My bedroom at our family home in Harrow looks out on to our garden and a cricket field, and you just know when it’s the first day of summer. Continue reading...
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Disney's new 'Aladdin' is at best a pale imitation — and at worst, embarrassing
The real question the film has to answer is: Why remake “Aladdin” at all?
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EU fraud watchdog considering Nigel Farage investigation
Olaf agency is carrying out an assessment of payments made by Arron BanksThe European Union’s anti-fraud watchdog is considering whether Nigel Farage should be investigated for any illegal activity over lavish payment from Arron Banks, the Guardian has learned.The agency, which goes by its French acronym, Olaf, revealed it was carrying out an assessment, which could lead to a formal investigation. This “initial assessment … does not mean that the individuals in question are guilty of any wrongdoing”, it said. Continue reading...
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How about the ‘pro-life’ lobby get behind these life-positive causes instead? | Hadley Freeman
Banning abortion isn’t the most effective place to start if you want to save livesIt’s always more fun to be on the winning side, and in the US right now there is no question that the pro-life side is – well, “killing it” seems like the wrong term, so let’s say it’s enjoying some triumphs. Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio have banned abortion from six to eight weeks into a pregnancy – before many women even know they’re pregnant – and last week, 25 men passed a law in Alabama banning nearly all abortions, including in cases of rape and incest, which was then signed by the state’s female governor, Kay Ivey. I encourage all of you to look at a photo of these men and say their names out loud: Jabo Waggoner. Garlan Gudger. Shay Shelnutt. If Martin Amis were writing a book about a bunch of woman-hating morons, he would reject these as just too on the nose.It must be a real bummer to the smug bros (and Susan Sarandon) who insisted in the run-up to the 2016 election that there was no real difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Well, no difference to them, perhaps. But to millions of vulnerable women in the US, things are a little different. President Trump has effected a rightwing judicial wave across the US, filling the federal court system at all levels with deeply conservative judges. This includes, of course, the supreme court, with the appointments of justices Neil Gorsuch and the famously charming Brett Kavanaugh; “pro-life” law-makers are hoping to take advantage of this and overturn Roe v Wade. Continue reading...
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How can we say we love our pets when we treat them so badly? | Chas Newkey-Burden
There are so many ways we fail our pets – from daily neglect to the owner who had her healthy dog killed to be buried with herEvery year, more countries ban wild animals from being used in circuses. The fact that elephants, camels and zebras were kept in chains and driven around countries to perform tricks for the delight of roaring audiences already seems anachronistic. People wonder how past generations could have been so blind to the obvious cruelty and exploitation involved. Might humans one day feel the same about pets? Could it one day seem as cruel that people locked dogs up in houses, kept fish in tiny bowls, or forced birds to live their whole lives in small cages?The morality of pet ownership is in the news after it was revealed that the dying wishes of a dog owner in the US were to have her perfectly healthy pet put down and cremated to be buried alongside her. Despite the efforts of animal shelter workers to save the shih tzu mix, called Emma, she was killed and cremated. Her ashes were handed to the representative of the dead woman’s estate for burial. The woman probably thought she loved Emma but to most people her demand will seem barbaric and selfish. It’s easy to point the finger in this case but selfishness among pet owners is commonplace. Continue reading...
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The west turns a blind eye to Middle Eastern violence at its own peril | Dr Amr Darrag
In failing to hold Egypt and Saudi Arabia to account over the deaths of Giulio Regeni and Jamal Khashoggi, the west is making a rod for its own backThe parents of Giulio Regeni, the Italian doctoral student murdered in Cairo three years ago, last week wrote an emotionally charged letter to Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. “As long as this barbarism remains unpunished,” they told the Egyptian president, “until all those who are guilty, regardless of their position, are brought to justice in Italy, no one in the world can stay in your country and feel safe.”Regeni was found in a ditch in February 2016, less than 2km away from the national security agency headquarters. His body, naked from the waist down, bore clear signs of brutal torture. Regeni’s parents, who say they have yet to see any sign that the murder is being investigated, said they could only identify their son by the tip of his nose. They want those responsible extradited to Italy. Continue reading...
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Forget foam. This fluid-filled helmet mimics your brain to protect your head
Fluid Inside is a protective system for designed to prevent injuries not only to the skull of an athlete but brain trauma as well using an innovative approach that is adaptable to cycling, skiing, hockey, and other sports. The post Forget foam. This fluid-filled helmet mimics your brain to protect your head appeared first on Digital Trends.
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As stock Android spreads, is it time for Android manufacturer skins to die?
Many Android device manufacturers seem to be moving towards a stock Android look and ditching separate skins, but there are a few notable exceptions. Do manufacturer interfaces for Android still add value, or is it time for them to die? The post As stock Android spreads, is it time for Android manufacturer skins to die? appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Matt Hancock says he will stand for Tory leadership
Health secretary throws his hat into ring as Rory Stewart rules out serving in a Boris Johnson cabinetMatt Hancock, the health secretary, has become the latest cabinet minister to declare he will stand for the Tory leadership after Theresa May’s resignation.“Yes. I’m going to run to be the next prime minister,” Hancock told the BBC on Saturday morning. He promised to be “the servant of parliament” in delivering a Brexit deal – a conundrum that destroyed May’s leadership. Continue reading...
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This homecoming shows how far Yankees’ Luke Voit has come
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Luke Voit was back at Kauffman Stadium on Friday night, where the Missouri native took a significant step in his path to the majors. “This is where I had my first pre-draft workout,’’ Voit said before the Yankees and Royals had their game postponed by rain Friday night. “We stayed across...
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The schoolgirls fighting child marriage
In a plush living room of a home in a wealthy suburb of Lagos, three teenagers are huddled around a computer.
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Newest Met belts a homer in his first swing with new team
When May began, Aaron Altherr had only been with one organization since being drafted a decade ago. When he arrived in Queens on Friday, the outfielder was joining his third team in as many weeks. After being dumped by both the Phillies and Giants in a 15-day span, Altherr was at his home in Arizona...
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Ashley Judd says she's not part of Harvey Weinstein's $44 million settlement
Actress Ashely Judd will not be part of Harvey Weinstein's $44 million settlement over his alleged sexual misconduct. She says she'll see him in court.
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Cricket World Cup 2019: six players to watch in the tournament
Our writers pick the danger men who could decide the destiny of the World Cup as the 2019 edition gets under way next weekAmong the greatest challenges for batting sides taking on India in this World Cup will be overcoming Jasprit Bumrah, a fast bowler whose homespun action and laser-precise yorkers place him among the leading exponents at the death. Continue reading...
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Modern scrum-halves raising the bar with extraordinary workload | Ugo Monye
The demands on rugby players are increasing, and the No 9s bear much of the burden in their pivotal positionOver the last couple of weeks discussions over changes to the structure of rugby – both domestically and internationally – have taken place in terms of a 13-team Premiership and World Rugby’s Nations Championship proposal. It must not be forgotten that they are taking place at the end of another long, arduous season with gruelling preparations for a World Cup just around the corner after the players’ five-week mandatory rest period.All parties involved will talk loudly about a commitment to player welfare but the demands on modern-day players are huge and far greater than when I retired in 2015. There is no doubting the game has changed since then – it is quicker, the ball-in-play time is up and across the board players in every position are being asked to do more. If you look purely at how the workload for a scrum-half has increased in the past five seasons, however, the results are extraordinary. Continue reading...
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Covering the Sri Lanka attacks: 'It's about giving voices to victims'
The Guardian’s South Asia correspondent describes the challenges of reporting the recent atrocities in Sri Lanka and finding the words to justify intrusion into the lives of grieving familiesIn the immediate moments after the explosion, on a crowded street in Colombo, there was silence; the sound of thousands of people sharply inhaling. Then the screaming started, and people began to run.It was about five hours after I had landed in Sri Lanka, a day after nine suicide bombers had detonated themselves in churches and hotels across the country. I was outside the blown-out remains of St Anthony’s church, where a few minutes earlier, survivors of the blast had quietly been recounting Sunday morning’s horror. Continue reading...
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Mets won’t be able to get away with spackling over problems
Just enough spackle can create a beautiful illusion. Too much spackle, though? Eventually, those cracks prevail. So told the tale of your Mets, whose four-game winning streak came to a jarring end Friday night with a roller-coaster, 9-8 loss at Citi Field to the terrible Tigers — who halted a nine-game losing streak by beating...
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Cricket World Cup corruption 'low risk' - ICC chief
The ICC's anti-corruption chief says he cannot guarantee a clean World Cup but that it is "low risk" and he has contacted "corruptors" to tell them "not to come anywhere near" the tournament.
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The top 40 swimsuits this summer – in pictures
Whether it’s a one-piece or a bikini, florals or stripes, we’ve got you sorted when it comes to poolside style. Just add sun! Continue reading...
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'He didn't destroy me. We carry on. He lost': survivors of terror attacks look back
From London to Nice, Berlin to Oslo, 11 people caught up in attacks across Europe reflect on the horror, the hope – and the kindness of strangers. Portraits by Mathias Braschler and Monika Fischer Continue reading...
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Like many women before her, Theresa May was set up to fail | Stefan Stern
While men like Chris Grayling manage to keep their jobs, the prime minister’s failure will confirm to macho Westminster that women just can’t cut itYou can have sympathy for the person even while you are reading out a lengthy charge sheet. This is not a plea in mitigation for the departing prime minister. Theresa May was handed a difficult task and she botched it. By her own admission, she failed. But then there is no such thing as a good Brexit, and no one can achieve one.In a pattern familiar from senior appointments made in business and elsewhere, the step up to the top job proved a stretch too far. The qualities which seemed to have served May pretty well in her career to that point proved a weakness and a vulnerability in the highest office. Sadly, she (or her advisers) believed her own hype. May appeared to relish being labelled “a bloody difficult woman”, and saw obstinacy as a virtue – fatal at a time when flexibility and imagination were required. Continue reading...
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'A bitter and divided nation?': Owen Jones goes to a Brexit party rally – video
Owen Jones asks people attending a Brexit party rally in London's Olympia why they are turning up, what they think of Nigel Farage and what their rise tells us about modern politics  Continue reading...
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As Jamie's goes to the wall, we run the rule over other Italian dining chains
How do Franco Manca, PizzaExpress, Carluccio’s and Jamie’s Italian rate in our finance and food tests?Following the demise of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant empire, the Guardian has run a finance and food test on four Italian dining chains on the high street. Continue reading...
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The Earth’s magnetic north pole is shifting rapidly, but the northern lights will stay where they are (for now)
Like most planets in our solar system, the Earth has its own magnetic field. Thanks to its largely molten iron core, our planet is in fact a bit like a bar magnet. It has a north and south magnetic pole, separate from the geographic poles, with a field connecting the two. This field protects our planet from radiation and is responsible for creating the northern and southern lights – spectacular events that are only visible near the magnetic poles. However, with reports that the magnetic north pole has started moving swiftly at 50km per year – and may soon be… This story continues at The Next Web
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