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All rights reserved. 2021 The Hunturdeals Covid-19 cases in England 'must fall to ease NHS pressure' /world/2021/jan/28/covid-cases-in-england-must-fall-faster-to-ease-nhs-pressure <p>Imperial College study notes decline in week to 22 January but fall is slower than in first national lockdown</p><ul><li><a href="/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>Cases of coronavirus have started to decline in England but must fall faster to relieve pressure on the NHS, scientists behind a Covid infection survey have warned.</p><p>Researchers at Imperial College London analysed more than 160,000 swabs taken between 6 and 22 January and found that while cases fell nationally in the past week the rate was not dropping swiftly enough to reduce strain on the health service.</p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/28/covid-cases-in-england-must-fall-faster-to-ease-nhs-pressure">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus UK news Imperial College London NHS Epidemics Health Infectious diseases Health policy Society Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:01:00 GMT /world/2021/jan/28/covid-cases-in-england-must-fall-faster-to-ease-nhs-pressure Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Hunturdeals Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Hunturdeals Ian Sample Science editor 2021-01-28T00:01:00Z Thursday briefing: Spectre of vaccine 'trade war' between Britain and EU /world/2021/jan/28/thursday-briefing-spectre-of-vaccine-trade-war-between-britain-and-eu <p>Brussels explodes over UK getting doses while continent runs short … Biden orders sweeping climate action … wallets open for Bernie Sanders crochet doll</p><p>Hi, I’m Warren Murray and I am just going to leave this here.</p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/28/thursday-briefing-spectre-of-vaccine-trade-war-between-britain-and-eu">Continue reading...</a> Thu, 28 Jan 2021 06:30:36 GMT /world/2021/jan/28/thursday-briefing-spectre-of-vaccine-trade-war-between-britain-and-eu Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP Warren Murray 2021-01-28T06:30:36Z US takes aim at China territorial claims as Biden vows to back Japan /us-news/2021/jan/28/us-takes-aim-at-china-territorial-claims-as-biden-vows-to-back-japan <p>US president smooths over Trump-era complaints to deepen Japan security alliance as new secretary of state rejects Beijing’s South China Sea claims</p><p><a href="/us-news/joebiden">Joe Biden</a> has vowed to strengthen the US’s alliance with <a href="/world/japan">Japan</a> to counter growing Chinese military activity in the volatile Asia-Pacific region, including a commitment to defend the Senkakus, a group of islands in the East China sea administered by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing.</p><p>The US president and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga agreed during a phone call that their countries’ security alliance was “the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in a free and open Indo-Pacific”.</p> <a href="/us-news/2021/jan/28/us-takes-aim-at-china-territorial-claims-as-biden-vows-to-back-japan">Continue reading...</a> Biden administration Yoshihide Suga US news Japan Joe Biden Senkaku Islands China Asia Pacific World news Thu, 28 Jan 2021 04:56:47 GMT /us-news/2021/jan/28/us-takes-aim-at-china-territorial-claims-as-biden-vows-to-back-japan Composite: Reuters/REX/Shutterstock Composite: Reuters/REX/Shutterstock Justin McCurry in Tokyo 2021-01-28T04:56:47Z Crochet artist turns viral Bernie Sanders image into a doll that sells for $20,000 /us-news/2021/jan/27/bernie-sanders-meme-crochet-doll- <p>‘I really hope he thinks this is something cool,’ said Tobey King, who made the doll and plans to donate the proceeds to charity</p><p><a href="/us-news/bernie-sanders">Bernie Sanders</a> went from becoming a hit meme to a nearly $20,000 crochet doll in less than a week.</p><p>After an inauguration day image of the Vermont senator <a href="/us-news/2021/jan/24/bernie-sanders-mittens-meme-sweatshirt-charity">went viral</a>, showing him sitting on a folding chair, socially distanced from other guests, hunched against the cold wearing chunky knitted mittens, Tobey King in Texas got to crocheting. She turned the sensational meme that trended for days into a crochet doll.</p> <a href="/us-news/2021/jan/27/bernie-sanders-meme-crochet-doll-">Continue reading...</a> Bernie Sanders Craft US politics US news Texas Thu, 28 Jan 2021 02:50:43 GMT /us-news/2021/jan/27/bernie-sanders-meme-crochet-doll- Photograph: Billy Calzada/AP Photograph: Billy Calzada/AP Hunturdeals staff and agencies 2021-01-28T02:50:43Z Witness claims seeing Giulio Regeni in Cairo police station before death /world/2021/jan/28/witness-claims-seeing-giulio-regeni-in-cairo-police-station-before-death <p>Man also alleges hearing Egyptian security officials discuss tampering with Italian student’s mobile phone</p><p>A man who claims to have witnessed the arrest of Giulio Regeni has told the Hunturdeals how he heard and saw the Cambridge PhD student inside a police station in Cairo before he was found dead by a roadside.</p><p>The witness, who is regarded as credible by investigators in Rome, said the security officials alleged to have detained the Italian behaved as if they were above the law. “Those people that took Giulio were different,” he said. “Everyone is afraid of [Egypt’s] National Security Agency.”</p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/28/witness-claims-seeing-giulio-regeni-in-cairo-police-station-before-death">Continue reading...</a> Egypt Italy Europe World news Africa Middle East and North Africa Thu, 28 Jan 2021 05:00:02 GMT /world/2021/jan/28/witness-claims-seeing-giulio-regeni-in-cairo-police-station-before-death Photograph: Facebook Photograph: Facebook Ruth Michaelson and Lorenzo Tondo 2021-01-28T05:00:02Z UK electricity from renewables outpaces gas and coal power /environment/2021/jan/28/uk-electricity-from-renewables-outpaces-gas-and-coal-power <p>In 2020 wind turbines provided almost a quarter of electricity, and in EU renewable energy outperformed fossil fuels</p><p>The UK’s renewable electricity outpaced its fossil fuel generation for the first time in 2020 and could remain the largest source of electricity in the future, according to an independent climate thinktank.</p><p>The thinktank behind the report, Ember, revealed that renewable energy generated by wind, sunlight, water and wood made up 42% of the UK’s electricity last year compared with 41% generated from gas and coal plants together.</p> <a href="/environment/2021/jan/28/uk-electricity-from-renewables-outpaces-gas-and-coal-power">Continue reading...</a> Renewable energy Greenhouse gas emissions National Grid Biofuels Wind power Solar power Hydrogen power Energy UK news Business Energy industry Utilities Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:01:01 GMT /environment/2021/jan/28/uk-electricity-from-renewables-outpaces-gas-and-coal-power Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Hunturdeals Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Hunturdeals Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent 2021-01-28T00:01:01Z Italy 'failed to protect life' in 2013 drowning of 200 people, rules UN /global-development/2021/jan/28/italy-failed-to-protect-life-in-2013-drowning-of-200-people-rules-un <p>Authorities had duty under international law to respond immediately to calls from boat that came under fire and capsized </p><p>Italy failed in its duty to protect human life by delaying a rescue mission for a sinking boat in the Mediterranean, the <a href=";LangID=E">UN Human Rights Committee found</a> on Wednesday.</p><p>More than 200 people who had been on board drowned on 11 October 2013 after repeated requests for help were ignored, according to a ruling by the committee on a case brought by Syrian and Palestinian survivors who lost their relatives.</p> <a href="/global-development/2021/jan/28/italy-failed-to-protect-life-in-2013-drowning-of-200-people-rules-un">Continue reading...</a> Human rights Global development Migration Italy Libya Europe World news Africa Middle East and North Africa Refugees Thu, 28 Jan 2021 06:28:07 GMT /global-development/2021/jan/28/italy-failed-to-protect-life-in-2013-drowning-of-200-people-rules-un Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA Kaamil Ahmed 2021-01-28T06:28:07Z GameStop's three largest shareholders earn over $2bn amid stock surge /business/2021/jan/27/gamestop-three-largest-shareholders-earn-over-2bn-amid-stock-surge <p>Shares rise as video game retailer is at the center of a frenzied dual between Wall Street and small investors</p><p>The three largest shareholders in GameStop, the video game retailer at the center of a frenzied dual between Wall Street and small investors, have made more than $2bn from the company’s astronomic recent share rise.</p><p>Stock in the company <a href="">continued its vertiginous rise on Wednesday</a>, hitting a fresh 52-week high of $354.83, making the 13% stake held by Ryan Cohen, 34, GameStop’s largest single shareholder, worth more than $1.3bn.</p> <a href="/business/2021/jan/27/gamestop-three-largest-shareholders-earn-over-2bn-amid-stock-surge">Continue reading...</a> Business Games Culture Thu, 28 Jan 2021 07:00:04 GMT /business/2021/jan/27/gamestop-three-largest-shareholders-earn-over-2bn-amid-stock-surge Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters Edward Helmore 2021-01-28T07:00:04Z Dating app Bumble to ban users for body shaming /lifeandstyle/2021/jan/28/dating-app-bumble-to-ban-users-for-body-shaming <p>App updates guidelines and will use algorithm to flag derogatory language mocking physical appearance</p><p>The dating app Bumble will ban users if they are deemed to be “body-shaming” others in their profile details or in conversation with potential partners.</p><p>It comes amid growing concern about abuse on dating apps. One in four (23%) of people in Briton have been body-shamed online on a dating app or social media, according to a Bumble survey of 1,003 people.</p> <a href="/lifeandstyle/2021/jan/28/dating-app-bumble-to-ban-users-for-body-shaming">Continue reading...</a> Dating Body image Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:01:00 GMT /lifeandstyle/2021/jan/28/dating-app-bumble-to-ban-users-for-body-shaming Photograph: Jaap Arriens/Alamy Photograph: Jaap Arriens/Alamy Sarah Marsh 2021-01-28T00:01:00Z Review of UK workers' rights post-Brexit is axed in sudden U-turn /politics/2021/jan/27/review-of-uk-workers-rights-post-brexit-is-axed-in-sudden-u-turn <p>Only last week, new business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng confirmed consultation was going ahead</p><p>A controversial review into how EU employment rights protections could be changed after Brexit is no longer going ahead, the business secretary has announced.</p><p>In an interview with ITV’s Peston, Kwasi Kwarteng said: “So the review is no longer happening within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). I made it very very clear to officials in the department that we’re not interested in watering down workers’ rights.”</p> <a href="/politics/2021/jan/27/review-of-uk-workers-rights-post-brexit-is-axed-in-sudden-u-turn">Continue reading...</a> Kwasi Kwarteng Brexit Ed Miliband UK news Alok Sharma Conservatives Trade unions Politics Business Wed, 27 Jan 2021 23:59:05 GMT /politics/2021/jan/27/review-of-uk-workers-rights-post-brexit-is-axed-in-sudden-u-turn Photograph: Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images Photograph: Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images Edna Mohamed 2021-01-27T23:59:05Z Man prises crocodile jaws from his head while swimming in suburban Cairns /environment/2021/jan/28/man-prises-crocodile-jaws-from-his-head-while-swimming-in-suburban-cairns <p>The man escaped with minor injuries after feeling the ‘sudden impact’ of the crocodile bite to the top of his head during a swim in Lake Placid </p><p>A man has escaped with minor injuries after reportedly prising the jaws of a crocodile off his head during an attack in far north Queensland.</p><p>Paramedics say the 44-year-old man was bitten by a crocodile near Lake Placid Road, in the Cairns suburb of Caravonica, about 12.45pm on Thursday.</p> <a href="/environment/2021/jan/28/man-prises-crocodile-jaws-from-his-head-while-swimming-in-suburban-cairns">Continue reading...</a> Crocodiles Queensland Animals Australia news Environment Thu, 28 Jan 2021 05:37:57 GMT /environment/2021/jan/28/man-prises-crocodile-jaws-from-his-head-while-swimming-in-suburban-cairns Photograph: Joanne Weston/Alamy Photograph: Joanne Weston/Alamy Australian Associated Press 2021-01-28T05:37:57Z ‘We’re expendable’: my father died with Covid after four-hour wait for ambulance /world/2021/jan/27/were-expendable-my-father-died-with-covid-after-four-hour-wait-for-ambulance <p>Cliff Anderson’s daughter is furious with the government over the 88-year-old’s death, saying it has taken too many risks with people’s health</p><ul><li><a href="/politics/2021/jan/27/health-experts-bereaved-shocked-johnson-defence-uk-covid-crisis-handling">‘An insult’: fury at claim ministers did all they could</a></li><li><a href="/world/2021/jan/27/key-questions-pm-must-answer-on-his-handling-of-covid-crisis">Questions PM must answer on handling of crisis</a></li></ul><p>My dad, Cliff Anderson, 88, was twice misdiagnosed and sent home from hospital a week before he died with Covid.</p><p>On the first occasion he was diagnosed with hypoglycaemia. He was diabetic, but religious in taking his medication, so I thought that was rubbish.</p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/27/were-expendable-my-father-died-with-covid-after-four-hour-wait-for-ambulance">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus Wales Health UK news Boris Johnson Society Wed, 27 Jan 2021 19:00:07 GMT /world/2021/jan/27/were-expendable-my-father-died-with-covid-after-four-hour-wait-for-ambulance Photograph: Sarah Dodd Photograph: Sarah Dodd Sarah Dodd 2021-01-27T19:00:07Z Britons look 'beyond usual UK hotspots' this summer /travel/2021/jan/28/britons-look-beyond-usual-uk-hotspots-this-summer <p>Less familiar destinations expected to benefit from pent-up demand as many opt not to go abroad</p><p>Britons who were planning a trip to Mallorca, Dubai or the Maldives would not normally be expected to settle for Kidderminster, Coventry or Skipton instead.</p><p>But after the vaccines minister, Nadhim Zahawi, suggested that it was “far too early” to be booking summer holidays abroad, many unlikely UK-based destinations are hoping to find a silver lining, amid growing signs that holidaymakers are giving up on the beach and finding alternatives closer to home.</p> <a href="/travel/2021/jan/28/britons-look-beyond-usual-uk-hotspots-this-summer">Continue reading...</a> Travel UK news England Scotland Coronavirus Thu, 28 Jan 2021 07:00:05 GMT /travel/2021/jan/28/britons-look-beyond-usual-uk-hotspots-this-summer Photograph: Richard Saker/The Observer Photograph: Richard Saker/The Observer Archie Bland 2021-01-28T07:00:05Z Coronavirus live news: WHO says Covid 'war' can be won; White House predicts 90,000 more deaths by March /world/live/2021/jan/28/coronavirus-live-news-who-says-covid-war-can-be-won-white-house-predicts-90000-more-deaths-by-march <p><a href="/world/live/2021/jan/28/coronavirus-live-news-who-says-covid-war-can-be-won-white-house-predicts-90000-more-deaths-by-march?page=with:block-6012000a8f08bf384c764350#block-6012000a8f08bf384c764350">US CDC chief says 90,000 could die in next four weeks</a>; <a href="/world/live/2021/jan/28/coronavirus-live-news-who-says-covid-war-can-be-won-white-house-predicts-90000-more-deaths-by-march?page=with:block-601200598f088e475bc893c1#block-601200598f088e475bc893c1">‘We are in the fight of our lives,’ says WHO</a>; <a href="/world/2021/jan/28/white-house-great-concern-over-covid-origin-misinformation-from-within-china">White House: ‘great concern’ over Covid origin ‘misinformation’ from China</a></p><ul><li><a href="/world/2021/jan/28/new-zealand-covid-test-centres-quarantine-hotel-closes-auckland">Fears for New Zealand’s Waitangi celebrations after fresh Covid cases</a></li><li><a href="/world/2021/jan/28/white-house-great-concern-over-covid-origin-misinformation-from-within-china">White House: ‘great concern’ over Covid ‘misinformation’ from China</a></li><li><a href="/world/2021/jan/28/covid-cases-in-england-must-fall-faster-to-ease-nhs-pressure">Covid cases in England ‘must fall faster to ease NHS pressure’</a></li><li><a href="/news/2021/jan/28/could-we-cure-disease-with-trillion-dollars-coronavirus">Could we cure all disease with a trillion dollars?</a></li><li><a href="/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2021-01-28T07:00:52.178Z">7.00am <span class="timezone">GMT</span></time> </p><p>Good morning from London. <a href="/profile/carolinedavies">Caroline Davies </a>here, and I will be running the blog for the next few hours. You can get in touch on</p><p class="block-time published-time"> <time datetime="2021-01-28T06:49:42.200Z">6.49am <span class="timezone">GMT</span></time> </p><p>Here are the key pandemic developments from the last few hours: </p> <a href="/world/live/2021/jan/28/coronavirus-live-news-who-says-covid-war-can-be-won-white-house-predicts-90000-more-deaths-by-march">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus World news US news Thu, 28 Jan 2021 07:00:52 GMT /world/live/2021/jan/28/coronavirus-live-news-who-says-covid-war-can-be-won-white-house-predicts-90000-more-deaths-by-march Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters Caroline Davies(now) and Helen Sullivan(earlier) 2021-01-28T07:00:52Z Japan faces Olympian task with slow start to Covid vaccinations /world/2021/jan/28/japan-faces-olympian-task-slow-start-covid-vaccinations <p>With a vaccine-hesitant public and jabs yet to begin, there are fears immunisations are off the pace</p><ul><li><a href="/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p><a href="/world/japan">Japan</a> was among the first countries to report cases of Covid-19 after the world was <a href="/global-development/2020/dec/31/wuhan-covid-china-anniversary-who-coronavirus">alerted to the virus</a> in December 2019. But just over a year later, it is the last major economy to deploy a vaccine – a measure widely acknowledged as the best hope for a return to something resembling normal life.</p><p>The first round of jabs is not expected to begin in Japan until the end of February, months after the US and UK – which have recorded far higher death tolls and caseloads – began their vaccination programmes.</p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/28/japan-faces-olympian-task-slow-start-covid-vaccinations">Continue reading...</a> Japan Coronavirus Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 Vaccines and immunisation Asia Pacific World news Thu, 28 Jan 2021 01:00:01 GMT /world/2021/jan/28/japan-faces-olympian-task-slow-start-covid-vaccinations Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images Justin McCurry in Tokyo 2021-01-28T01:00:01Z Doctors call for better targeting of Covid vaccinations in UK /world/2021/jan/27/doctors-call-better-targeting-covid-vaccinations-uk <p>BMA head says more sophisticated approach is needed to protect some of most deprived and at-risk people</p><ul><li><a href="/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>The failure to take a more sophisticated approach to the Covid vaccination programme is leaving some of the most deprived and at-risk individuals, including ethnic minorities, unprotected, the head of the British Medical Association has warned.</p><p>The UK government is aiming to offer everyone in the <a href="">top four priority groups</a> as set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) – everyone over the age of 70, care home residents, health and social care workers and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals – <a href="/world/2021/jan/18/when-how-will-i-get-covid-vaccine-uk">a first dose by 15 February.</a></p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/27/doctors-call-better-targeting-covid-vaccinations-uk">Continue reading...</a> Health policy Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Health UK news Race Poverty Social exclusion Society Politics Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:08:14 GMT /world/2021/jan/27/doctors-call-better-targeting-covid-vaccinations-uk Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images Haroon Siddique 2021-01-28T00:08:14Z Martin Lewis calls for bailout for charities at risk of collapse due to Covid /society/2021/jan/28/martin-lewis-calls-for-bailout-for-charities-at-risk-of-collapse-due-to-covid <p>MoneySavingExpert founder says government help is needed as some charity sectors face ‘existential risk’</p><ul><li><a href="/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>Martin Lewis, the MoneySavingExpert founder who is giving away more than £10m of his fortune, has warned that many charities are at risk of collapse as a result of Covid-19 and has called for an urgent government bailout.</p><p>The financial adviser has funded a study into the sector, which faces, according to some estimates, a £10bn black hole in its balance sheet as charity shops remain shut and fundraising events continue to be cancelled.</p> <a href="/society/2021/jan/28/martin-lewis-calls-for-bailout-for-charities-at-risk-of-collapse-due-to-covid">Continue reading...</a> Charities Voluntary sector Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:01:00 GMT /society/2021/jan/28/martin-lewis-calls-for-bailout-for-charities-at-risk-of-collapse-due-to-covid Photograph: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock Photograph: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent 2021-01-28T00:01:00Z 'It’s disappointing': Britons frustrated at Covid quarantine rules /world/2021/jan/27/its-disappointing-britons-frustrated-at-covid-quarantine-rules <p>Those returning to UK share views on requirement to quarantine in hotels at their own expense</p><ul><li><a href="/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>The home secretary, Priti Patel, has announced further <a href="/world/2021/jan/27/arrivals-in-uk-from-high-risk-countries-to-pay-for-hotel-quarantine">Covid travel restrictions</a> requiring anyone returning from high-risk countries to quarantine in hotels at their own expense. Three Britons have expressed their frustration with the new policy.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="/world/2021/jan/27/how-quarantine-rules-work-and-what-uk-government-is-planning">How quarantine rules work and what UK government is planning</a> </p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/27/its-disappointing-britons-frustrated-at-covid-quarantine-rules">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus UK news Air transport Travel Travel & leisure Wed, 27 Jan 2021 20:07:37 GMT /world/2021/jan/27/its-disappointing-britons-frustrated-at-covid-quarantine-rules Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA David Batty and Rachel Obordo 2021-01-27T20:07:37Z Boris Johnson hopes schools in England will reopen from 8 March /world/2021/jan/27/englands-schools-will-not-reopen-straight-after-half-term-says-pm <p>PM tells Commons a firm decision about date will be taken in week of 22 February </p><ul><li><a href="/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>Boris Johnson signalled that England’s strict lockdown will continue for at least another five weeks, as he warned that 8 March was the earliest date on which schoolchildren could return to the classroom.</p><p>When schools were closed to most pupils earlier this month, the prime minister said it would initially be until after the February half-term.</p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/27/englands-schools-will-not-reopen-straight-after-half-term-says-pm">Continue reading...</a> Education policy Schools Health policy Coronavirus Education UK news Politics Society Health Children Wed, 27 Jan 2021 19:56:12 GMT /world/2021/jan/27/englands-schools-will-not-reopen-straight-after-half-term-says-pm Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Heather Stewart and Sally Weale 2021-01-27T19:56:12Z Cash injection: could we cure all disease with a trillion dollars? /news/2021/jan/28/could-we-cure-disease-with-trillion-dollars-coronavirus <p>Could such a large amount of money end the Covid pandemic? Eradicate disease? Provide universal healthcare and fund vaccine research?</p><p>You know that daydream where you suddenly come into a vast fortune? You could buy a castle or a tropical island hideaway, help out all your friends, do a bit of good in the world. But what if it was a truly incredible sum? What if you had $1tn to spend, and a year to do it? And what if the rules of the game were that you had to do it for the world – make some real difference to people’s lives, or to the health of the planet, or to the advancement of science.</p><p>A trillion dollars – that’s one thousand billion dollars – is at once an absurdly huge amount of money, and not that much in the scheme of things. It is, give or take, 1% of world GDP. It’s what the US spends every year and a half on the military. It is an amount that can be quite easily rustled up through the smoke and mirrors of quantitative easing, which is officially the mass purchase of government bonds, but which looks suspiciously like the spontaneous creation of money. After the 2008 financial crash, more than $4.5tn was quantitatively eased in the US alone. All the other major economies made their own money in this ghostly way.</p> <a href="/news/2021/jan/28/could-we-cure-disease-with-trillion-dollars-coronavirus">Continue reading...</a> Science Vaccines and immunisation Tuberculosis Coronavirus Polio Air pollution Climate change Climate change Health Health policy US Medicare Thu, 28 Jan 2021 06:00:04 GMT /news/2021/jan/28/could-we-cure-disease-with-trillion-dollars-coronavirus Illustration: Hunturdeals Design/Hunturdeals Design Team/Getty Images Illustration: Hunturdeals Design/Hunturdeals Design Team/Getty Images Rowan Hooper 2021-01-28T06:00:04Z Beverley Bryan: the British Black Panther who inspired a generation of women /society/2021/jan/28/beverley-bryan-the-british-black-panther-who-inspired-a-generation-of-women <p>After her friend Olive Morris was assaulted by police in 1969, Bryan joined her in the civil rights group. Then she decolonised her classroom – and contributed to a groundbreaking book</p><p>In the mid-60s, Beverley Bryan was a prefect at Lavender Hill secondary modern in south London. One of her responsibilities was to stand at the school gates and scribble down the name of any student who was late. One such girl was <a href="/world/2020/jun/12/which-black-britons-should-we-be-commemorating-william-cuffay-mary-seacole">Olive Morris</a>, who would become one of the country’s leading anti-racism activists. Bryan, meanwhile, would follow in the younger girl’s footsteps, becoming a British Black Panther, a founder member of the Brixton Black Women’s Group and, in 1985, the co-author of the seminal book The Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain – which helped educate generations of women about the struggles and triumphs of Black women in Britain.</p><p>“She was always very fierce,” Bryan says, over a video call from her home in Jamaica, of her friend Morris, who died in 1979. “She was always a strong person, a strong personality.” Bryan and Morris had much in common – both were born in Jamaica before emigrating to London as young children – and they quickly became friends who reminisced with a laugh about their early dispute.</p> <a href="/society/2021/jan/28/beverley-bryan-the-british-black-panther-who-inspired-a-generation-of-women">Continue reading...</a> Black Lives Matter movement Society World news Race Race in education Education Thu, 28 Jan 2021 06:00:04 GMT /society/2021/jan/28/beverley-bryan-the-british-black-panther-who-inspired-a-generation-of-women Photograph: William Richards/The Hunturdeals Photograph: William Richards/The Hunturdeals Tobi Thomas 2021-01-28T06:00:04Z 'Cosy gives you security': love them or hate them, Uggs are back /fashion/2021/jan/28/cosy-gives-you-security-love-them-or-hate-them-uggs-are-back <p>Global fashion search platform Lyst’s quarterly report shows search for slippers up 242% compared to 2019</p><p>The cosy sheepskin Ugg boot was inescapable at the height of its <a href="/fashion/2016/mar/30/ugg-the-look-that-refused-to-die">popularity in the early noughties</a>. And now with the end of lockdown still some way off, love them or hate them, Uggs are back.</p><p>Perhaps it’s the desperate <a href="/fashion/2018/jan/26/furry-friends-ugg-boots-threaten-fashion-comeback">nostalgia for a simpler time</a> when WAGs and reality TV stars sported velour tracksuits tucked into Ugg mini boots; or the general need for feeling simultaneously comfortable and put together as more of us <a href="/business/2020/oct/26/working-from-home-is-proving-to-be-a-revolution-in-our-way-of-life">work from home</a> indefinitely; or the cold weather – maybe it’s all of the above. But no matter how derided they have been in the past, there’s no doubt that Uggs have made a comeback.</p> <a href="/fashion/2021/jan/28/cosy-gives-you-security-love-them-or-hate-them-uggs-are-back">Continue reading...</a> Fashion industry UK news Fashion Life and style Ugg Business Thu, 28 Jan 2021 07:00:05 GMT /fashion/2021/jan/28/cosy-gives-you-security-love-them-or-hate-them-uggs-are-back Photograph: Kumar Sriskandan/Alamy Photograph: Kumar Sriskandan/Alamy Lucy Campbell 2021-01-28T07:00:05Z ‘My Antifa Lover’: I read the weirdest Trump-era erotica so you don't have to /books/2021/jan/28/erotica-fan-fiction-for-the-trump-era-chuck-tingle-jessica-stranger <p>The Trump years were a powerful creative muse for self-published erotic and romance literature. We review four of the most memorable</p><p>If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to, say, have a sexual encounter with Mike Pence, Kindle has you covered.</p><p>In recent years, Amazon’s e-books market has nurtured a <a href="">flourishing cottage industry</a> of self-published romance and erotic literature –<strong> </strong>and the Trump years have inspired many to put pen to paper. The most successful authors (most write under pseudonyms) are known for their prolific publication, thesaurus-aided descriptions of the human anatomy, and <a href="/politics/2016/jul/01/pounded-by-the-pound-brexit-erotic-novel-chuck-tingle">responsiveness</a> to current events.</p> <a href="/books/2021/jan/28/erotica-fan-fiction-for-the-trump-era-chuck-tingle-jessica-stranger">Continue reading...</a> Books Culture Donald Trump US news Thu, 28 Jan 2021 07:00:06 GMT /books/2021/jan/28/erotica-fan-fiction-for-the-trump-era-chuck-tingle-jessica-stranger Composite: PR images, Hunturdeals Design Team Composite: PR images, Hunturdeals Design Team J Oliver Conroy 2021-01-28T07:00:06Z Hot property: Jamie Demetriou on the rise of Stath Lets Flats /stage/2021/jan/28/jamie-demetriou-on-stath-lets-flats-it-started-on-stage <p>In the first of a series exploring the stage origins of hit comedies, the actor remembers creating the delusional letting agent at Bristol University</p><p>“For a lot of series one, I don’t like Stath as a character,” says Jamie Demetriou, the comedian, actor and writer behind triple Bafta-winning sitcom Stath Lets Flats. “His behaviour is terrible. Even with a character you dislike, you should sympathise. I had to remember what I’d learned on stage – when characters exuded hope or delusional self-belief, the audience were endeared to them.”</p><p>When we speak, Demetriou is in LA filming The Afterparty, a new show with Tiffany Haddish. It all sounds far from the basements and pubs of UK live comedy, but that’s where Demetriou started out and where the character of chaotic Greek-Cypriot letting agent Stath, who is set to return in a third series for Channel 4, first began to take shape.</p> <a href="/stage/2021/jan/28/jamie-demetriou-on-stath-lets-flats-it-started-on-stage">Continue reading...</a> Comedy Stage Theatre Culture Comedy Television Television & radio Thu, 28 Jan 2021 06:00:05 GMT /stage/2021/jan/28/jamie-demetriou-on-stath-lets-flats-it-started-on-stage Photograph: Jack Barnes/channel 4 Photograph: Jack Barnes/channel 4 Rachael Healy 2021-01-28T06:00:05Z Forget Ratatouille, here's Ratatoing! The rise and rise of the 'mockbuster' /film/2021/jan/28/ratatouille-ratatoing-world-mockbuster-internet-hit <p>If there’s a big animated film coming out, a studio somewhere will be rushing to release a cheap imitation. But who makes them? Are they proud of their work? And how did they become an internet hit?</p><p>It is hard to describe what happens 24 minutes into Ratatoing, an animated children’s movie from 2007. Four unnerving rats – one with a handlebar moustache, another in pearls – begin to jump up and down and grunt in a restaurant, in order to alarm the human clientele. “La, la, la, la, la,” they sort of sing while sort of dancing. They then do the can-can and shout “HA, HA, HA!” before making ghostly noises. Ratatoing is not, it is safe to say, a good movie. It is barely even an acceptable movie. It was created in just four months by Brazilian animation studio Vídeo Brinquedo, to be released in the same month as <a href="/film/2007/oct/12/animation.bradbird">Ratatouille</a>, the restaurant-and-rat-themed film that went on to win Pixar the Oscar for best animated feature.</p><p>“I don’t have regrets but I’m not proud of it,” says Ale McHaddo, one of Ratatoing’s producers. He says Vídeo Brinquedo had a budget of just £75,000 to script, cast, animate and score each movie he worked on. These included The Little Cars (released the same year as Pixar’s <a href="/film/2006/jul/28/">Cars</a>) and Little Bee (released two years after DreamWorks’ <a href="/film/2007/dec/14/">Bee Movie</a>). Ratatouille’s budget, by comparison, was £112m. “I was young and needed to produce some films,” says the 37-year-old from São Paulo. “I thought, ‘I have plenty of ideas – but OK, I need to pay my bills.’”</p> <a href="/film/2021/jan/28/ratatouille-ratatoing-world-mockbuster-internet-hit">Continue reading...</a> Film Culture Animation in film Ratatouille Cars Family films Thu, 28 Jan 2021 06:00:03 GMT /film/2021/jan/28/ratatouille-ratatoing-world-mockbuster-internet-hit Composite: Disney/Sportsphoto Ltd/Allstar; Video Brinquedo Composite: Disney/Sportsphoto Ltd/Allstar; Video Brinquedo Amelia Tait 2021-01-28T06:00:03Z 'Black resistance endured': paying tribute to civil war soldiers of color /artanddesign/2021/jan/27/black-civil-war-soldiers-visual-history-book-photographs <p>In a new book, the often under-appreciated contribution that black soldiers made during the civil war is brought to light with a trove of unseen photos</p><p>A classic tintype photo from the 19th century showing a civil war soldier, whose garments are hand-colored in gold paint. The soldier, crowned by a gold frame, looks forward, holding a gun over his chest.</p><p>But rather than just any war portrait, it’s part of the overlooked history of African American soldiers who fought during the period. This one and more are featured in a new book called <a href="">The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship</a>.</p> <a href="/artanddesign/2021/jan/27/black-civil-war-soldiers-visual-history-book-photographs">Continue reading...</a> Photography Books Art Art and design Culture American civil war US news Wed, 27 Jan 2021 17:40:42 GMT /artanddesign/2021/jan/27/black-civil-war-soldiers-visual-history-book-photographs Photograph: Photographer: W. H. Leeson; Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division Photograph: Photographer: W. H. Leeson; Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division Nadja Sayej 2021-01-27T17:40:42Z How Captain Cook described the weather on Antarctica voyage /australia-news/2021/jan/28/how-captain-cook-described-the-weather-on-antarctica-voyage <p>Journal tells of ‘an unusual Snow white brightness’ as explorer’s ship made its way through icy islands</p><p>James Cook is already within the Antarctic Circle on 28 January 1774, in “a gentle breeze of Wind, attended by a thick Fogg and snow and then Showers of Snow and Sleet. Continued our course to the South till 11 o’Clock PM, when falling in with Some Ice Islands, and the fog being very thick we hauled the wind to the Eastward.”</p><p>Within an hour, say the Journals of Captain Cook, edited for the Hakluyt Society by JC Beaglehole, HMS Resolution is heading south again. At 4am on 30 January he perceives “the Clowds to the south near the horizon to be of an unusual Snow white brightness which denounced our approach to field ice, soon after it was seen from the Mast-head and at eight o’Clock we were close to the edge of it which extended East and West in a streight line far beyond our sight”.</p> <a href="/australia-news/2021/jan/28/how-captain-cook-described-the-weather-on-antarctica-voyage">Continue reading...</a> Captain Cook Antarctica World news Thu, 28 Jan 2021 06:00:04 GMT /australia-news/2021/jan/28/how-captain-cook-described-the-weather-on-antarctica-voyage Photograph: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive Photograph: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive Tim Radford 2021-01-28T06:00:04Z Why Brazilians are having to take the Covid crisis into their own hands – podcast /news/audio/2021/jan/28/why-brazilians-are-having-to-take-covid-crisis-into-own-hands <p>Tom Phillips, the Hunturdeals’s Latin America correspondent, looks at the surge of infections in the Brazilian state of Amazonas that has left many hospitals without the most basic supplies and has prompted yet more protests against Bolsonaro</p><p><strong>Rachel Humphreys </strong>talks to the Hunturdeals’s Latin America correspondent, <strong>Tom Phillips</strong>, about the Covid crisis in Brazil. A surge in infections linked to a new and seemingly more contagious variant has overwhelmed hospitals in Amazonas state, leaving many without the most basic supplies. Circumstances were so bleak that oxygen tankers <a href="/world/2021/jan/18/venezuela-nicolas-maduro-oxygen-brazil-covid">were rushed over the border from Venezuela</a>, the economically collapsed nation next door, with its leader, Nicolás Maduro, decrying what he called “Jair Bolsonaro’s public health disaster”.</p><p>Tom tells Rachel about the way the public have reacted to Bolsonaro and his government’s handling of this latest wave of infections. <a href="/world/2021/jan/18/bolsonaro-rival-hails-covid-vaccinations-as-triumph-of-science-against-denialists">Inoculation began</a> last Sunday, weeks after other Latin American countries such as <a href="">Chile and Mexico</a>. But Brazil, which has 212 million citizens, has so far secured only 6m doses of China’s CoronaVac shot and 2m of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine.</p> <a href="/news/audio/2021/jan/28/why-brazilians-are-having-to-take-covid-crisis-into-own-hands">Continue reading...</a> Brazil Coronavirus Americas Jair Bolsonaro World news Thu, 28 Jan 2021 03:00:02 GMT /news/audio/2021/jan/28/why-brazilians-are-having-to-take-covid-crisis-into-own-hands Photograph: Marcio James/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Marcio James/AFP/Getty Images Presented by Rachel Humphreys with Tom Phillips, produced by Hannah Moore and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Nicole Jackson and Phil Maynard 2021-01-28T03:00:02Z Behind closed doors: Filipina workers trapped by the pandemic /news/audio/2021/jan/27/behind-closed-doors-filipina-workers-trapped-by-the-pandemic <p>Journalist Corinne Redfern discusses the impact the pandemic has had on the Filipino women trapped overseas, including Mimi (not her real name) who works for a wealthy family in London for just £5 an hour. Mimi was asked to keep working through the first lockdown with the family coaching her on what to say if the police stopped her. In her spare time, Mimi helps other overseas workers escape situations where they are being abused</p><p><strong>Anushka Asthana</strong> talks to the journalist <strong>Corinne Redfern </strong>from The Fuller Project about the impact the pandemic has had on the thousands of Filipino women who are stranded overseas. The Philippine government says that approximately one third of its 10 million citizens overseas are women working in “elementary” jobs – a term widely interpreted as referring to domestic workers who are paid low wages to clean homes, cook meals and care for wealthy families, often under horrendous conditions. <a href="">Human Rights Watch</a> has long described migrant domestic workers, thousands of miles away from home and hidden out of sight in strangers’ houses, as one of the world’s most vulnerable demographics. </p><p>The UK issues approximately 23,000 visas to foreign domestic workers every year, half of whom come from the Philippines, <a href="">according to reports</a>. In the first two months of the coronavirus outbreak, more than half of the Filipino migrant workers surveyed in the UK had lost their jobs, according to <a href="">a report</a> compiled in June by Dr Ella Parry-Davies and the Kanlungan Filipino Consortium – a London-based consortium of grassroots organisations advocating for Filipino migrants’ rights. Corinne tells Anushka about <strong>Mimi </strong>(not her real name), a Filipino woman who works for a wealthy family in London who pay her just £5 an hour and asked her to continue to work during the first lockdown, which was illegal. Corinne also tells Anushka about <strong>Rowena</strong>, who is trapped in Bahrain by an employer who has sexually harassed her. Her boss has promised to pay for her flight home, but he hasn’t told her when, and so Rowena is currently unable to return to her daughter and her grandson in the Philippines. </p> <a href="/news/audio/2021/jan/27/behind-closed-doors-filipina-workers-trapped-by-the-pandemic">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus Human rights Slavery Philippines Asia Pacific World news Wed, 27 Jan 2021 03:00:19 GMT /news/audio/2021/jan/27/behind-closed-doors-filipina-workers-trapped-by-the-pandemic Photograph: Veejay Villafranca/Getty Images Photograph: Veejay Villafranca/Getty Images Presented by Anushka Asthana with Corinne Redfern, produced by Mythili Rao and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Nicole Jackson and Phil Maynard 2021-01-27T03:00:19Z Vaccine hesitancy: what is behind the fears circulating in BAME communities? /news/audio/2021/jan/26/vaccine-hesitancy-what-is-behind-the-fears-circulating-in-bame-communities-podcast <p>Several national surveys suggest people from black, Asian and minority backgrounds are far more likely to reject having the Covid-19 vaccine than their white counterparts. Nazia Parveen and Annabel Sowemimo explain the root causes of this hesitancy</p><p>There are now more than 6 million people in the UK who have had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine as efforts to speed up the inoculations process continue to intensify. But as more of those in the highest risk age groups get their jabs, there are growing concerns in government about the rates of vaccine hesitancy in some black and minority ethnic communities. </p><p>The Hunturdeals’s communities correspondent <strong>Nazia Parveen </strong>tells <strong>Rachel Humphreys </strong>that, despite evidence that those in minority groups were hit hardest by the first wave of Covid-19 last year, they are among the least likely to take up the offer of a vaccine. Misinformation circulating on social media including false rumours that the vaccine may contain alcohol or pork have spread widely and are proving difficult to counter. But perhaps more challengingly, there are structural, cultural and language barriers to overcome too. </p> <a href="/news/audio/2021/jan/26/vaccine-hesitancy-what-is-behind-the-fears-circulating-in-bame-communities-podcast">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Society Inequality Race Health NHS Tue, 26 Jan 2021 03:00:50 GMT /news/audio/2021/jan/26/vaccine-hesitancy-what-is-behind-the-fears-circulating-in-bame-communities-podcast Photograph: PA Photograph: PA Presented by Rachel Humphreys with Nazia Parveen and Annabel Sowemimo; produced by Courtney Yusuf, Tobi Thomas and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Phil Maynard and Nicole Jackson 2021-01-26T03:00:50Z At Davos, the global elite should ensure the whole world can access Covid vaccines | Larry Elliott /commentisfree/2021/jan/28/davos-elite-world-covid-vaccines-healthcare <p>We risk creating healthcare apartheid, where the virus still rages in poorer nations. Ultimately, this will harm all of us</p><ul><li><a href="/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>In different times, the president of South Africa would have been one of the world leaders in Switzerland this week for the annual gathering of the global elite in Davos. But the January talkfest has been online-only, and covered less avidly than usual by the media.</p><p>That’s a pity in Cyril Ramaphosa’s case because of what he had to say about the dangers of “<a href="">vaccine nationalism</a>”: that while the leaders of the world’s richest countries keep insisting that Covid-19 is a global virus that respects no borders, they are simultaneously hogging vaccines for their own use.</p> <a href="/commentisfree/2021/jan/28/davos-elite-world-covid-vaccines-healthcare">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Health Science World news Poverty Thu, 28 Jan 2021 07:00:05 GMT /commentisfree/2021/jan/28/davos-elite-world-covid-vaccines-healthcare Photograph: Jérôme Delay/AP Photograph: Jérôme Delay/AP Larry Elliott 2021-01-28T07:00:05Z All countries should pursue a Covid-19 elimination strategy: here are 16 reasons why | Michael Baker and Martin McKee /world/commentisfree/2021/jan/28/all-countries-should-pursue-a-covid-19-elimination-strategy-here-are-16-reasons-why <p>Countries trying to eliminate the virus have been far more successful and economically better off than those that have tried to suppress it</p><ul><li><a href="/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>The past year of Covid-19 has taught us that it is the behaviour of governments, more than the behaviour of the virus or individuals, that shapes countries’ experience of the crisis. Talking about pandemic waves has given the virus far too much agency: until quite recently the apparent waves of infection were driven by government action and inaction. It is only now with the emergence of <a href="/science/2021/jan/24/the-new-mutants-what-we-know-about-the-covid-variants-worrying-health-officials-worldwide">more infectious variants</a> that it might be appropriate to talk about a true second wave.</p><p>As governments draw up their battle plans for year two, we might expect them to base their strategies on the wealth of data about what works best. And the <a href="">evidence to date</a> suggests that countries pursuing <a href="">elimination of Covid-19</a> are performing much better than those trying to suppress the virus. Aiming for zero-Covid is producing more positive results than trying to “live with the virus”.</p> <a href="/world/commentisfree/2021/jan/28/all-countries-should-pursue-a-covid-19-elimination-strategy-here-are-16-reasons-why">Continue reading...</a> New Zealand Asia Pacific World news Coronavirus Thu, 28 Jan 2021 01:37:38 GMT /world/commentisfree/2021/jan/28/all-countries-should-pursue-a-covid-19-elimination-strategy-here-are-16-reasons-why Photograph: VCG/Getty Images Photograph: VCG/Getty Images Michael Baker and Martin McKee 2021-01-28T01:37:38Z Anarchy, in-jokes and trolling: the GameStop fiasco is 4chan-think in action | Dan Dixon /commentisfree/2021/jan/28/anarchy-in-jokes-and-trolling-the-gamestop-fiasco-is-4chan-think-in-action <p>The redditors’ logic is one I recognise from my teens: intentionally senseless, a joke rather than a philosophy. And nobody wants a joke explained</p><p>During my late teens, around 2005, a group of high school friends and I (boys, nerds; mean together, meek apart) discovered the website 4chan and it occupied us for a couple of years. Its appeals: anarchy, in-jokes, and abrogation of responsibility.</p><p>4chan hosts a variety of image boards with subjects ranging from “pornography” to “alternative sports”, but we were enamoured with /b/. This was the “random” board, where users were permitted to post anything as long as it wasn’t illegal, and every post was anonymous. Whenever a trend emerged its origin was, by design, impossible to locate. Every idea, every joke format, every new target, seemed collectively agreed upon, with no single leader or accountable party; ants swarming a carcass. Everyone was a puerile cynic, adopting a posture of ironised defensiveness, an attempt on the part of the deeply uncool to create a virtual world over which they ruled. Here I first encountered memes, lurkers, shitposting, trolling, and much else that would eventually erupt from this niche like pus from a wound.</p> <a href="/commentisfree/2021/jan/28/anarchy-in-jokes-and-trolling-the-gamestop-fiasco-is-4chan-think-in-action">Continue reading...</a> Internet 4chan Stock markets Business Reddit Thu, 28 Jan 2021 03:41:20 GMT /commentisfree/2021/jan/28/anarchy-in-jokes-and-trolling-the-gamestop-fiasco-is-4chan-think-in-action Photograph: AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images Photograph: AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images Dan Dixon 2021-01-28T03:41:20Z Boris Johnson reserves right to carry on without learning anything | John Crace /politics/2021/jan/27/boris-johnson-reserves-right-to-carry-on-without-learning-anything <p>PM resorts to churlish and defensive safe place while Starmer plays it cool</p><p>If not now, then when? With the UK having passed the unwanted “world-beating” milestone of <a href="/world/2021/jan/26/why-has-britain-suffered-more-than-100000-covid-deaths">100,000 coronavirus deaths</a> the previous day, it was inevitable that prime minister’s questions would be dominated by Keir Starmer asking what lessons Boris Johnson had learned about his government’s handling of the crisis.</p><p>“I take full responsibility,” said a downbeat, almost abject Johnson. The few MPs inside the chamber did a quick double take. Boris had never previously shown any signs of taking responsibility for anything in either his private or public life, so why the personality transplant? Was it really possible that the man whose life had been devoted to the pursuit of his own hedonistic ambition might finally come clean about his own failings?</p> <a href="/politics/2021/jan/27/boris-johnson-reserves-right-to-carry-on-without-learning-anything">Continue reading...</a> PMQs Boris Johnson Keir Starmer Politics UK news House of Commons Wed, 27 Jan 2021 18:44:00 GMT /politics/2021/jan/27/boris-johnson-reserves-right-to-carry-on-without-learning-anything Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK PARLIAMENT/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK PARLIAMENT/AFP/Getty Images John Crace 2021-01-27T18:44:00Z Ranch dressing improves everything. So I tried to improve ranch dressing | Adrian Chiles /commentisfree/2021/jan/28/ranch-dressing-improves-everything-so-i-tried-to-improve-ranch-dressing <p>After the success of my inauthentic soda bread recipe, I decided to formulate a less unhealthy, vegan take on an American classic</p><p><br><a href="">This Is Us</a>, on Amazon Prime Video, has been a quiet joy during lockdown. It is one of those television series where it starts to feel as if you might actually be in it, rather than merely watching. The other night, while many of the characters were going through a stressful time gathered in a hospital waiting room, one of their number tried – unsuccessfully – to lighten things up with a question: what food is improved by neither ranch dressing nor chocolate? I can’t say I engaged with this, but it did lead me to meander off into some half-hearted research on ranch dressing. Do we have it here? Or is it just an American thing? What’s in it? The recipe I found called for mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon, onion and garlic powder as well as dried parsley, dill and chives. I made it and it was great, if not the healthiest.</p><p>Having enjoyed some success sharing my inauthentic Irish soda bread recipe during lockdown 1.0, I couldn’t resist applying myself to the creation of an inauthentic, less unhealthy, vegan version in lockdown 2.0. So, with apologies to Steve Henson, the plumber who apparently developed<sup> </sup>what is now known as ranch dressing in the 1950s while working as a contractor for three years in the remote Alaskan <a href="" title="The Bush (Alaska)">bush,</a> here is my version. It uses fresh herbs instead of dried, and tofu instead of the mayonnaise and cream. It’s not unimprovable, but it’s a start.</p> <a href="/commentisfree/2021/jan/28/ranch-dressing-improves-everything-so-i-tried-to-improve-ranch-dressing">Continue reading...</a> Adrian Chiles Snacks Food Thu, 28 Jan 2021 07:00:05 GMT /commentisfree/2021/jan/28/ranch-dressing-improves-everything-so-i-tried-to-improve-ranch-dressing Photograph: bhofack2/Getty Images/iStockphoto Photograph: bhofack2/Getty Images/iStockphoto Adrian Chiles 2021-01-28T07:00:05Z The Hunturdeals view on Britain's pandemic record: a monument to failure | Editorial /commentisfree/2021/jan/27/the-guardian-view-on-britains-pandemic-record-a-monument-to-failure <p>The terrible scale of the tragedy cannot be attributed to misfortune. It is a product of negligent government</p><p>In Soho, central London, stands a replica of a 19th-century public water pump without a handle. The missing part is not a result of vandalism but a tribute to John Snow, the physician who correctly surmised that the pump, supplying contaminated water, was a <a href="" title="">super-spreading device for cholera</a>. Snow mapped case data and lobbied the local parish authorities for the pump’s deactivation.</p><p>The coronavirus is a different kind of pathogen (cholera is a bacterial infection), but our understanding of today’s pandemic owes a debt to Snow’s methods. Boris Johnson and his ministers claim to have been led by science over the past year, and mostly they have, but often too late, as well as grudgingly and inconsistently. When evidence has clashed with ideology, the latter has frequently prevailed. Mr Johnson’s fear of upsetting Tory MPs has often seemed stronger than his care for good public health policy.</p> <a href="/commentisfree/2021/jan/27/the-guardian-view-on-britains-pandemic-record-a-monument-to-failure">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus Boris Johnson Politics Infectious diseases Conservatives Medical research Science Wed, 27 Jan 2021 19:24:52 GMT /commentisfree/2021/jan/27/the-guardian-view-on-britains-pandemic-record-a-monument-to-failure Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK PARLIAMENT HANDOUT/EPA Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK PARLIAMENT HANDOUT/EPA Editorial 2021-01-27T19:24:52Z Oliver Burke shocks Manchester United with Sheffield United winner /football/2021/jan/27/manchester-united-sheffield-united-premier-league-match-report <p>Manchester United were insipid, Sheffield United impressive in a display that doubled the bottom-placed team’s victory tally: the substitute Oliver Burke’s 74th-minute winner summing up why the home side deserved to lose.</p><p>David de Gea failed to clear and instead handed John Lundstram possession near goal. The visitors were allowed too much time, even after Burke’s initial shot, and Lundstram found the player again inside the home side’s area with zero pressure – Paul Pogba the nearest offender – and the No 14 hit a first Premier League goal in off Axel Tuanzebe.</p> <a href="/football/2021/jan/27/manchester-united-sheffield-united-premier-league-match-report">Continue reading...</a> Premier League Manchester United Sheffield United Football Sport Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:23:15 GMT /football/2021/jan/27/manchester-united-sheffield-united-premier-league-match-report Photograph: Jon Super/The Hunturdeals Photograph: Jon Super/The Hunturdeals Jamie Jackson at Old Trafford 2021-01-27T22:23:15Z Thomas Tuchel offers fresh direction and glimpse of hope for Havertz | Barney Ronay /football/blog/2021/jan/27/thomas-tuchel-offers-fresh-direction-and-glimpse-of-hope-for-havertz <p>During a 0-0 draw with Wolves, Chelsea’s new manager was probably the most animated presence inside Stamford Bridge</p><p>Welcome, then, Thomas. At times such as these it is traditional to say something along the lines of: “If the manager wasn’t aware of the task facing him in the white heat of this, the English Premier League, then he will be now.” These are of course anything but ordinary times. But at the end of this enervating, slow-burn <a href="/football/2021/jan/27/chelsea-wolves-premier-league-match-report" title="">0-0 draw with Wolves</a>, during which Chelsea’s new appointment was probably the single most animated presence inside Stamford Bridge, it seemed unlikely Thomas Tuchel would find himself struggling with the fabled “intensity” of English football.</p><p>Instead a debut Tuchel selection reconfigured into an attacking back three looked quite a lot like the last few selections of the sadly departed Frank: a team still baffled by its own shadow, and lacking clear idea of how it wants to play. As is often the case on these occasions, the greatest point of interest was the new head coach himself, this agreeably angular and awkward footballing technocrat who seemed determined to make an uncharacteristically breezy first impression.</p> <a href="/football/blog/2021/jan/27/thomas-tuchel-offers-fresh-direction-and-glimpse-of-hope-for-havertz">Continue reading...</a> Chelsea Football Sport Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:55:27 GMT /football/blog/2021/jan/27/thomas-tuchel-offers-fresh-direction-and-glimpse-of-hope-for-havertz Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Hunturdeals Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Hunturdeals Barney Ronay 2021-01-27T22:55:27Z Olympic and Euro 2020 chiefs confident events will go ahead this year /sport/2021/jan/27/olympic-games-and-euro-2020-chiefs-confident-events-will-go-ahead-this-year <ul><li>IOC’s Thomas Bach: ‘Our priority is to ensure a safe Games’</li><li>Uefa’s Ceferin optimistic Covid will be under control<br></li></ul><p>Organisers of the Olympic Games and Euro 2020 are increasingly bullish the two biggest sporting events of the year will go ahead, although the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, has conceded for the first time that fans might have to miss out on the Tokyo Games to ensure they are safe.</p><p>There have been growing concerns that both events were in peril because of the steep rise in Covid-19 cases and the slow rollout of vaccines. However, Bach dismissed suggestions the <a href="/sport/2021/jan/22/tokyo-olympics-covid-putting-real-pressure-on-japan-says-australia-pm-amid-cancellation-rumours">Olympics may have to be cancelled or moved</a> and said the fact that sporting events had already taken place safely gave him growing confidence.</p> <a href="/sport/2021/jan/27/olympic-games-and-euro-2020-chiefs-confident-events-will-go-ahead-this-year">Continue reading...</a> Sport Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 International Olympic Committee Olympic Games Euro 2020 Football Coronavirus Uefa Wed, 27 Jan 2021 20:07:22 GMT /sport/2021/jan/27/olympic-games-and-euro-2020-chiefs-confident-events-will-go-ahead-this-year Photograph: IOC/Greg Martin HANDOUT/EPA Photograph: IOC/Greg Martin HANDOUT/EPA Sean Ingle 2021-01-27T20:07:22Z French Brexit travel rules raise fears over Six Nations matches /sport/2021/jan/27/six-nations-rugby-union-fears-france-matches-brexit-travel-red-tape <ul><li>French government yet to issue travel exemptions</li><li>Organisers confident but have contingency plans<br></li></ul><p>Fresh doubts over whether the Six Nations will go ahead as scheduled have emerged with Brexit red tape presenting a stumbling block to the tournament. Organisers have revealed they are still waiting on approval from the French government over travel exemptions – required with the UK no longer part of the EU – 10 days before the championship begins.</p><p>After the French authorities updated their regulations this week, all travellers from non-EU countries are subject to mandatory seven-day quarantine, including French citizens. That threatens France following their match at Twickenham as well trips to Paris for Scotland and Wales.</p> <a href="/sport/2021/jan/27/six-nations-rugby-union-fears-france-matches-brexit-travel-red-tape">Continue reading...</a> Six Nations France rugby union team Rugby union Brexit Sport Wed, 27 Jan 2021 18:56:56 GMT /sport/2021/jan/27/six-nations-rugby-union-fears-france-matches-brexit-travel-red-tape Photograph: Guinness Six Nations/INPHO/REX/Shutterstock Photograph: Guinness Six Nations/INPHO/REX/Shutterstock Gerard Meagher 2021-01-27T18:56:56Z Chelsea set WSL unbeaten run record with comfortable win at Aston Villa /football/2021/jan/27/aston-villa-chelsea-womens-super-league-match-report <p>Chelsea became record-breakers at Aston Villa on Wednesday night when they extended their unbeaten run in the Women’s Super League to 32 games. Two years to the day <a href="/football/blog/2019/jan/28/womens-super-league-talking-points-from-the-weekends-action" title="">from their last WSL defeat</a>, Emma Hayes’s “Invincibles” returned to the top of the table by cantering to the most comprehensive of 4-0 wins at Aston Villa.</p><p>“When you consider the quality we have to face it’s an unbelievable record,” said Hayes, whose defending champions are now in front of second‑placed Manchester United on goal difference with a game in hand. “It gets harder and harder and harder playing with a target on your back. I don’t think we’ll recognise just how good this team is until much later on.”</p> <a href="/football/2021/jan/27/aston-villa-chelsea-womens-super-league-match-report">Continue reading...</a> Women's Super League Chelsea Women Aston Villa Women Women's football Football Sport Wed, 27 Jan 2021 21:27:52 GMT /football/2021/jan/27/aston-villa-chelsea-womens-super-league-match-report Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Louise Taylor 2021-01-27T21:27:52Z Jordan Pickford's error helps Leicester make their point at Everton /football/2021/jan/27/everton-leicester-premier-league-match-report <p>Leicester could have gone level on points with Manchester City and Everton spent the best part of an hour fourth in the virtual table and ended up seventh, but while clubs with lofty ambitions could both rue a missed opportunity, perhaps a draw only had one real loser: Jordan Pickford.</p><p>As Brendan Rodgers, sacked by Liverpool 90 minutes after a Merseyside derby draw, can testify, a 1-1 at Goodison Park can have damaging consequences. The England goalkeeper blundered in front of the watching Gareth Southgate, gifting Youri Tielemans an equaliser and meaning James Rodríguez’s sumptuous strike became a subplot.</p> <a href="/football/2021/jan/27/everton-leicester-premier-league-match-report">Continue reading...</a> Premier League Everton Leicester City Football Sport Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:23:11 GMT /football/2021/jan/27/everton-leicester-premier-league-match-report Photograph: Michael Regan/PA Photograph: Michael Regan/PA Richard Jolly at Goodison Park 2021-01-27T22:23:11Z Calmer Mourinho flatters Liverpool but still finds time to aim Klopp dig | David Hytner /football/2021/jan/27/calmer-mourinho-flatters-liverpool-but-still-finds-time-to-aim-klopp-dig <p>The Tottenham manager talked of the benefits of his new approach and why he expects Liverpool to soon find their form </p><p>José Mourinho made the point that he could speak only about himself and his own behaviour on the touchline rather than that of Jürgen Klopp, with whom he clashes on Thursday night at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.</p><p>The way the Spurs manager tells it, he is glad to have calmed down, to have “felt an evolution on the emotional control”. It is fair to say Klopp has yet to undergo the conversion; he remains an energetic and sometimes volcanic presence. Mourinho called him out for it last month, after <a href="/football/2020/dec/16/the-best-team-lost-mourinho-takes-aim-at-klopp-after-liverpool-snatch-top-spot" title="">Spurs’ 2-1 defeat at Anfield</a>, claiming Liverpool’s manager had gone beyond the bounds of acceptable exuberance.</p> <a href="/football/2021/jan/27/calmer-mourinho-flatters-liverpool-but-still-finds-time-to-aim-klopp-dig">Continue reading...</a> Tottenham Hotspur José Mourinho Jürgen Klopp Liverpool Premier League Football Sport Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:30:54 GMT /football/2021/jan/27/calmer-mourinho-flatters-liverpool-but-still-finds-time-to-aim-klopp-dig Photograph: Mark Cosgrove/News Images/REX/Shutterstock Photograph: Mark Cosgrove/News Images/REX/Shutterstock David Hytner 2021-01-27T22:30:54Z Players' union survey claims widespread racism in English cricket /sport/2021/jan/27/players-union-survey-claims-widespread-racism-in-english-cricket <ul><li>38% of BAME respondents say they have experienced abuse</li><li>PCA survey taken as part of wider education programme</li></ul><p>More than one-third of black, Asian and minority ethnic cricketers say they have experienced racism in the game, a survey of professional players in England has found. The response came as part of a programme undertaken by the Professional Cricketers’ Association to tackle racism in the game.</p><p>Twelve of the 24 black and minority ethnic players to respond to the survey – of which 12 are current professionals, the other 12 are made up of past and academy players – said they had experienced racist abuse, something the PCA says equates to 38% of BAME members. In the survey, which was sent to 600 current and former professionals, but received only 173 responses, 11 players who identified as white or caucasian also said they had experienced racism.</p> <a href="/sport/2021/jan/27/players-union-survey-claims-widespread-racism-in-english-cricket">Continue reading...</a> Cricket Sport Race Wed, 27 Jan 2021 15:29:32 GMT /sport/2021/jan/27/players-union-survey-claims-widespread-racism-in-english-cricket Photograph: Nick Wood/TGS Photo/REX/Shutterstock Photograph: Nick Wood/TGS Photo/REX/Shutterstock Paul MacInnes 2021-01-27T15:29:32Z UK car production in 2020 slumped to lowest level since 1984 /business/2021/jan/28/uk-car-production-in-2020-slumped-to-lowest-level-since-1984 <p>Covid pandemic resulted in output drop of 29%, the ‘worst in a generation’, say industry experts</p><p>UK car production slumped to its lowest level since 1984 last year amid the turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and Nissan overtook Jaguar Land Rover as the biggest British manufacturer.</p><p>The output of British car factories dropped by 29% compared with the year before – to about 921,000. It was the first time annual production had fallen below 1m since 2009, during the depths of the financial crisis.</p> <a href="/business/2021/jan/28/uk-car-production-in-2020-slumped-to-lowest-level-since-1984">Continue reading...</a> Automotive industry Manufacturing sector Coronavirus Brexit Nissan Jaguar Land Rover UK news International trade Business Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:01:01 GMT /business/2021/jan/28/uk-car-production-in-2020-slumped-to-lowest-level-since-1984 Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images Jasper Jolly 2021-01-28T00:01:01Z Government lawyer tells court M15 officers could authorise murder /uk-news/2021/jan/27/government-lawyer-tells-court-m15-officers-could-authorise <p>Admission came hours before bill allowing continuation of controversial powers passed the Commons</p><p>Government lawyers have told a court that MI5 officers could authorise an informer to carry out a murder under controversial powers that ministers want to see continued contained in a bill that passed the Commons hours later.</p><p>The admission came in a court of appeal hearing on Wednesday when Sir James Eadie, representing the government, was asked if there was “a power for a Security Service officer to authorise an agent to execute an extremely hostile individual”.</p> <a href="/uk-news/2021/jan/27/government-lawyer-tells-court-m15-officers-could-authorise">Continue reading...</a> MI5 UK news Espionage Wed, 27 Jan 2021 20:39:42 GMT /uk-news/2021/jan/27/government-lawyer-tells-court-m15-officers-could-authorise Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Dan Sabbagh Defence and security editor 2021-01-27T20:39:42Z East Anglian beetles shed light on UK climate 4,000 years ago /culture/2021/jan/28/east-anglian-beetles-shed-light-on-uk-climate-4000-years-ago <p>Beetles donated to Natural History Museum found to be 4,000 years old indicating climate used to be warmer</p><p>Rarely is finding a pair of wood-eating beetles in a dusty cabinet a cause for celebration. But when Natural History Museum curator Max Barclay chanced upon the dead insects, in one of the museum’s specimen drawers, he spotted an opportunity to solve a decades-old mystery: why a pair of foreign beetles had been submerged in an East Anglian bog. The answer sheds light on the state of the UK’s climate almost 4,000 years ago.</p><p>The beetles were donated to the collection in the 1970s, by an East Anglian farmer who found them inside a piece of old wood he had dug up in one of his fields, and was splitting for firewood. Alarmed by their size, and curved long, threadlike antennae, and concerned that his farm might be infested with wood-boring insects, he contacted the museum for advice.</p> <a href="/culture/2021/jan/28/east-anglian-beetles-shed-light-on-uk-climate-4000-years-ago">Continue reading...</a> Natural History Museum Culture Museums Science UK news Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:01:00 GMT /culture/2021/jan/28/east-anglian-beetles-shed-light-on-uk-climate-4000-years-ago Photograph: NHM Photograph: NHM Linda Geddes 2021-01-28T00:01:00Z Too rude for Facebook: the ban on Britain's historic place names /technology/2021/jan/27/too-rude-for-facebook-the-ban-on-britains-historic-place-names <p>The social network’s oversensitive hate speech filters have made it impossible to mention respectable locations like Devil’s <em>Dyke</em> and Plymouth <em>Hoe.</em> The residents are not amused …<br></p><p><strong>Name:</strong> British landmarks.</p><p><strong>Age: </strong>Ancient.</p> <a href="/technology/2021/jan/27/too-rude-for-facebook-the-ban-on-britains-historic-place-names">Continue reading...</a> Facebook Technology Social media Travel Life and style Digital media Social networking Wed, 27 Jan 2021 17:44:28 GMT /technology/2021/jan/27/too-rude-for-facebook-the-ban-on-britains-historic-place-names Photograph: Terry Mathews/Alamy Photograph: Terry Mathews/Alamy 2021-01-27T17:44:28Z Manchester Arena security firm not to blame for staff's inaction, inquiry told /uk-news/2021/jan/27/manchester-arena-security-firm-not-to-blame-for-staffs-inaction-inquiry-told <p>Any failures by Showsec stewards could not be attributed to a lack of proper training, inquiry told</p><p>The firm responsible for stewarding and security at Manchester Arena was not to blame if its staff “missed opportunities” to prevent the bombing, the public inquiry into the attack has heard.</p><p>Jonathan Laidlaw QC, representing Showsec, said on Wednesday that “primacy” for safety lay with the state and the police rather than the firm. He added that the firm “was not seeking to shift blame or to scapegoat” either.</p> <a href="/uk-news/2021/jan/27/manchester-arena-security-firm-not-to-blame-for-staffs-inaction-inquiry-told">Continue reading...</a> Manchester Arena attack UK news Wed, 27 Jan 2021 19:56:50 GMT /uk-news/2021/jan/27/manchester-arena-security-firm-not-to-blame-for-staffs-inaction-inquiry-told Photograph: Kenny Brown/REX/Shutterstock Photograph: Kenny Brown/REX/Shutterstock Alex Mistlin 2021-01-27T19:56:50Z Inquest finds mother took overdose after removal of benefits /uk-news/2021/jan/27/inquest-finds-mother-took-overdose-after-removal-of-disability-benefits <p>Coronor says Philippa Day’s experiences with DWP were ‘predominant factor’ in her decision</p><p>A severely mentally ill young mother died from a deliberate overdose after the removal of her disability benefits left her destitute, trapped in a months-long state of high anxiety and haunted by suicidal thoughts, an inquest has concluded.</p><p>The coroner, Gordon Clow, said Philippa Day’s <a href="/society/2020/nov/05/family-of-mentally-ill-single-mother-accuse-dwp-of-failing-to-protect-her">long struggle with the benefits system</a> had been a “stressor” in her decision to take the overdose in August 2019. She was found unconscious at home by her sister and father, and died in hospital two months later after not recovering from a coma.</p> <a href="/uk-news/2021/jan/27/inquest-finds-mother-took-overdose-after-removal-of-disability-benefits">Continue reading...</a> UK news Mental health Society Wed, 27 Jan 2021 19:08:52 GMT /uk-news/2021/jan/27/inquest-finds-mother-took-overdose-after-removal-of-disability-benefits Photograph: family handout Photograph: family handout Patrick Butler Social policy editor 2021-01-27T19:08:52Z Homecare workers in England still not being tested, say families /society/2021/jan/27/homecare-workers-in-england-still-not-being-tested-say-families <p>Vulnerable people ‘playing Russian roulette’ as carers have not had Covid tests </p><ul><li><a href="/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>Around 120,000 of England’s most vulnerable families are being forced to play “Russian roulette” with Covid because care workers who visit their homes are not being tested, despite a government pledge.</p><p>Personal assistants who deliver care at the homes of people with chronic conditions such as cerebral palsy and quadriplegia are not being screened for the virus and have transmitted infection, families say.</p> <a href="/society/2021/jan/27/homecare-workers-in-england-still-not-being-tested-say-families">Continue reading...</a> Care workers Coronavirus UK news Social care Disability Society Vaccines and immunisation Health Wed, 27 Jan 2021 15:56:59 GMT /society/2021/jan/27/homecare-workers-in-england-still-not-being-tested-say-families Photograph: Sue Pringle Photograph: Sue Pringle Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent 2021-01-27T15:56:59Z UK travellers to be questioned at border on reasons for going abroad /world/2021/jan/27/arrivals-in-uk-from-high-risk-countries-to-pay-for-hotel-quarantine <p>PM also confirms British citizens returning from high-risk countries will have to quarantine in hotels at their own expense</p><ul><li><a href="/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>UK travellers will be interrogated at the border on their reasons for going abroad, Boris Johnson has said, as he confirmed that British citizens returning from high-risk countries must quarantine in hotels at their own expense.</p><p>The government is facing criticism from the Scottish and Welsh governments, as well as scientists, for rejecting a more comprehensive hotel quarantine system. They are warning that it could allow as yet unknown new variants to slip through the gaps.</p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/27/arrivals-in-uk-from-high-risk-countries-to-pay-for-hotel-quarantine">Continue reading...</a> Health policy Coronavirus Transport policy Airline industry Boris Johnson UK news Politics Transport Priti Patel Wed, 27 Jan 2021 18:19:54 GMT /world/2021/jan/27/arrivals-in-uk-from-high-risk-countries-to-pay-for-hotel-quarantine Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Jessica Elgot, Ian Sample and Jasper Jolly 2021-01-27T18:19:54Z British ex-soldier given 14 years in jail for role in kidnapping of French heiress /world/2021/jan/27/british-ex-soldier-given-14-years-in-jail-for-role-in-kidnapping-of-french-heiress <p>Philip Dutton was one of 13 men involved in plot to kidnap Jacqueline Veyrac</p><p>A former British soldier has been sentenced to 14 years in jail for his part in the <a href="/world/2021/jan/04/british-ex-soldier-and-12-others-on-trial-over-kidnap-of-french-millionaire">kidnapping of a French Riviera hotel heiress</a>.</p><p>Philip Dutton was one of 13 men involved in the plot in which Jacqueline Veyrac was snatched off the street outside her home and held in a van for 48 hours.</p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/27/british-ex-soldier-given-14-years-in-jail-for-role-in-kidnapping-of-french-heiress">Continue reading...</a> France Europe World news Wed, 27 Jan 2021 19:25:30 GMT /world/2021/jan/27/british-ex-soldier-given-14-years-in-jail-for-role-in-kidnapping-of-french-heiress Photograph: Valéry Hache/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Valéry Hache/AFP/Getty Images Kim Willsher 2021-01-27T19:25:30Z Labour failing to win back enough Tory voters, officials warn /politics/2021/jan/27/starmer-labour-failing-to-win-back-tory-voters-england-may-polls <p>Low expectation of ‘standstill’ result at May local elections as only 4% of Tories switch </p><p>Just 4% of Conservative voters are switching to Labour almost a year into Keir Starmer’s leadership, polls suggest, and Labour insiders fear the party could lose a slew of council seats in May’s local elections.</p><p>Labour officials have been briefing that a “standstill” result, where the party gains no seats and minimises losses, would be a good outcome. </p> <a href="/politics/2021/jan/27/starmer-labour-failing-to-win-back-tory-voters-england-may-polls">Continue reading...</a> Labour Keir Starmer Local elections Local politics Politics UK news Scotland Wales England Wed, 27 Jan 2021 17:59:30 GMT /politics/2021/jan/27/starmer-labour-failing-to-win-back-tory-voters-england-may-polls Photograph: WPA/Getty Images Photograph: WPA/Getty Images Jessica Elgot 2021-01-27T17:59:30Z Poland to implement near-total ban on abortion imminently /world/2021/jan/27/poland-to-implement-near-total-ban-on-abortion-imminently <p>Move comes three months after original ruling prompted country’s biggest protests in recent history</p><p>A controversial ruling that <a href="/world/2020/oct/22/poland-rules-abortion-due-to-foetal-defects-unconstitutional">imposes a near total-ban on abortion</a> in Poland will come into effect imminently, the government has announced, three months after the original ruling prompted <a href="/world/2020/oct/30/pro-choice-supporters-hold-biggest-ever-protest-against-polish-government">the biggest protests in the country’s recent history</a>.</p><p>The announcement led protesters to gather again in Warsaw and other cities on Wednesday evening. “We are inviting everyone, please, go out, be motivated, so we can walk together, make a mark,” said protest group leader Marta Lempart.</p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/27/poland-to-implement-near-total-ban-on-abortion-imminently">Continue reading...</a> Poland Abortion World news Wed, 27 Jan 2021 18:41:00 GMT /world/2021/jan/27/poland-to-implement-near-total-ban-on-abortion-imminently Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters Shaun Walker Central and eastern Europe correspondent 2021-01-27T18:41:00Z Russian police raid Alexei Navalny's home and offices /world/2021/jan/27/russian-police-raid-alexei-navalny-home-and-offices <p>Pressure rises on Kremlin critic as mass protests investigated for alleged lockdown breaches</p><p>Police have raided Alexei Navalny’s apartment and the headquarters of his Anti-Corruption Foundation in Moscow after investigators opened a new inquiry into alleged breaches of coronavirus restrictions during last week’s <a href="/world/2021/jan/23/alexei-navalny-supporters-join-protests-across-russia">mass protests</a>.</p><p>According to several Russian media outlets, police detained Navalny’s brother Oleg, who previously served a three-and-a-half year prison sentence in what the Kremlin critic called a “hostage” situation. It is not yet clear why he would be detained.</p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/27/russian-police-raid-alexei-navalny-home-and-offices">Continue reading...</a> Russia Alexei Navalny Europe World news Wed, 27 Jan 2021 18:12:14 GMT /world/2021/jan/27/russian-police-raid-alexei-navalny-home-and-offices Photograph: Valery Sharifulin/Tass Photograph: Valery Sharifulin/Tass Andrew Roth in Moscow 2021-01-27T18:12:14Z Thai police arrest 89 foreigners for Covid breach at Koh Phangan party /world/2021/jan/28/thai-police-arrest-89-foreigners-for-covid-breach-at-koh-phangan-party <p>Citizens from US, Britain, Switzerland and Denmark face charges for attending event police say was illegal under emergency laws</p><p>Police have raided a party at a bar on a popular resort island in southern Thailand and arrested 89 foreigners for violating coronavirus regulations.</p><p>The Tuesday night raid on the Three Sixty Bar on Koh Phangan also netted 22 Thais, including one identified as the bar’s owner and another who sold drinks there, said police Col Suparerk Pankosol, superintendent of the provincial immigration office.</p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/28/thai-police-arrest-89-foreigners-for-covid-breach-at-koh-phangan-party">Continue reading...</a> Thailand Coronavirus Asia Pacific World news Thu, 28 Jan 2021 02:22:45 GMT /world/2021/jan/28/thai-police-arrest-89-foreigners-for-covid-breach-at-koh-phangan-party Photograph: AP Photograph: AP Associated Press 2021-01-28T02:22:45Z More than 700 pelicans found dead in Senegal world heritage site /environment/2021/jan/28/more-than-700-pelicans-found-dead-in-senegal-world-heritage-site <p>Rangers are investigating mystery deaths at Djoudj bird sanctuary, a migratory pitstop for hundreds of bird species</p><p>Seven hundred and fifty pelicans have been found dead in a Unesco world heritage site in northern Senegal that provides refuge for millions of migratory birds, the country’s parks director has said.</p><p>Rangers found the pelicans on Saturday in the Djoudj bird sanctuary, a remote pocket of wetland near the border with Mauritania and a resting place for birds that cross the Sahara into west Africa each year.</p> <a href="/environment/2021/jan/28/more-than-700-pelicans-found-dead-in-senegal-world-heritage-site">Continue reading...</a> Wildlife Animals Senegal Birds Migration Africa Environment Thu, 28 Jan 2021 01:04:58 GMT /environment/2021/jan/28/more-than-700-pelicans-found-dead-in-senegal-world-heritage-site Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images Reuters 2021-01-28T01:04:58Z Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says platform will halt political suggestions /technology/2021/jan/27/facebook-earnings-stocks-revenue-fourth-quarter <p>The announcement comes on the heels of the company’s earnings report, which exceeded analyst’s predictions at $28bn</p><p>Facebook will halt algorithm-driven recommendations of political Facebook groups around the world and is looking into reducing political content in its News Feed, according to chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg.</p><p>“People don’t want politics and fighting to take over their experience on the platform,” Zuckerberg told investors. “We’re going to focus even more on being a force for bringing people closer together,” he added.</p> <a href="/technology/2021/jan/27/facebook-earnings-stocks-revenue-fourth-quarter">Continue reading...</a> Facebook Technology US news Stock markets Business Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:12:01 GMT /technology/2021/jan/27/facebook-earnings-stocks-revenue-fourth-quarter Photograph: Dado Ruvić/Reuters Photograph: Dado Ruvić/Reuters Kari Paul 2021-01-27T22:12:01Z G7 urged to create permanent fund to deal with future crises /world/2021/jan/27/g7-urged-to-create-permanent-fund-to-deal-with-future-crises <p>Fund would get money to where it was needed more quickly, say humanitarian groups</p><p>A permanent disaster fund to deal with future pandemics, the climate crisis and natural disasters should be proposed by the G7, senior UN and humanitarian figures have said.</p><p>Such a fund would reduce the need to resort to an emergency begging bowl. When Covid-19 hit the globe just 2% of the needed funding was ready in advance, advocates of the plan say.</p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/27/g7-urged-to-create-permanent-fund-to-deal-with-future-crises">Continue reading...</a> G7 UK news United Nations Natural disasters World news Wed, 27 Jan 2021 21:00:52 GMT /world/2021/jan/27/g7-urged-to-create-permanent-fund-to-deal-with-future-crises Photograph: Hugh Hastings/Getty Images Photograph: Hugh Hastings/Getty Images Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor 2021-01-27T21:00:52Z Fears for New Zealand's Waitangi celebrations after fresh Covid cases /world/2021/jan/28/new-zealand-covid-test-centres-quarantine-hotel-closes-auckland <p>Māori party pulls out of festivities, saying risk to vulnerable communities too high, as quarantine hotel at heart of outbreak is closed</p><ul><li><a href="/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>The Māori party has pulled out of New Zealand’s Waitangi day festivities, saying the risk of spreading Covid-19 to vulnerable and impoverished communities is too high in the wake of three new cases this week.</p><p>The move came after health officials closed the quarantine hotel in Auckland at which all three cases stayed and raced to trace contacts of Wednesday’s cases, an adult and a child in the north of Auckland.</p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/28/new-zealand-covid-test-centres-quarantine-hotel-closes-auckland">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus Infectious diseases New Zealand Thu, 28 Jan 2021 03:24:05 GMT /world/2021/jan/28/new-zealand-covid-test-centres-quarantine-hotel-closes-auckland Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images Eleanor de Jong in Queenstown 2021-01-28T03:24:05Z White House ‘monitoring’ GameStop share surge as US hedge fund pulls out /business/2021/jan/27/gamestop-stocks-us-hedge-fund-pulls-out-after-heavy-losses <p>Melvin Capital Management had bet on failure of store before small investors sent shares soaring<br></p><ul><li><a href="/business/2021/jan/27/gamestop-stock-market-retail-wall-street">How GameStop found itself at the centre of a battle between Wall Street and small investors</a></li></ul><p>The White House has said it is “monitoring” the extraordinary surge in the share price of ailing video games retailer GameStop and other companies amid a surge of bets by small investors discussing their investments online.</p><p>Wednesday’s announcement by the press secretary, Jen Psaki, came as the Treasury and the Securities and Exchange Commission said they were “aware of and actively monitoring the ongoing market volatility in the options and equities markets”.</p> <a href="/business/2021/jan/27/gamestop-stocks-us-hedge-fund-pulls-out-after-heavy-losses">Continue reading...</a> Stock markets US news Business World news Hedge funds Retail industry Reddit Wed, 27 Jan 2021 23:20:51 GMT /business/2021/jan/27/gamestop-stocks-us-hedge-fund-pulls-out-after-heavy-losses Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Mark Sweney, and Dominic Rushe in New York 2021-01-27T23:20:51Z Apple records most profitable quarter ever as sales soar amid pandemic /technology/2021/jan/27/apple-profits-latest-quarter-surge-pandemic <p>Company announces sales for last three months of 2020 totalled $111.4bn, fueled largely by release of latest iPhones</p><p>Apple finished 2020 with its most profitable quarter ever as sales of its high end iPhones, tablets and laptops soared amid the pandemic.</p> <a href="/technology/2021/jan/27/apple-profits-latest-quarter-surge-pandemic">Continue reading...</a> Apple Technology Business Tim Cook Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:24:15 GMT /technology/2021/jan/27/apple-profits-latest-quarter-surge-pandemic Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters Dominic Rushe 2021-01-27T22:24:15Z Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was an FBI informant /us-news/2021/jan/27/proud-boys-leader-enrique-tarrio-fbi-informant <p>Extremist leader repeatedly worked undercover for investigators after his arrest in 2012, former prosecutor and court files reveal</p><ul><li><a href="/info/2018/sep/17/guardian-us-morning-briefing-sign-up-to-stay-informed">Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email</a></li></ul><p>Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys extremist group, has a past as an informer for federal and local law enforcement, repeatedly working undercover for investigators after he was arrested in 2012, according to a former prosecutor and a transcript of a 2014 federal court proceeding obtained by Reuters.</p><p>In the Miami hearing, a federal prosecutor, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and Tarrio’s own lawyer described his undercover work and said he had helped authorities prosecute more than a dozen people in various cases involving drugs, gambling and human smuggling.</p> <a href="/us-news/2021/jan/27/proud-boys-leader-enrique-tarrio-fbi-informant">Continue reading...</a> US news The far right US Capitol breach FBI Wed, 27 Jan 2021 16:35:17 GMT /us-news/2021/jan/27/proud-boys-leader-enrique-tarrio-fbi-informant Photograph: Gamal Diab/EPA Photograph: Gamal Diab/EPA Aram Roston for Reuters 2021-01-27T16:35:17Z Climate crisis: world is at its hottest for at least 12,000 years – study /environment/2021/jan/27/climate-crisis-world-now-at-its-hottest-for-12000-years <p>Scientists say temperatures globally at highest level since start of human civilisation</p><p>The planet is hotter now than it has been for at least 12,000 years, a period spanning the entire development of human civilisation, according to research.</p><p>Analysis of ocean surface temperatures shows human-driven climate change has put the world in “uncharted territory”, the scientists say. The planet may even be at its warmest for 125,000 years, although data on that far back is less certain.</p> <a href="/environment/2021/jan/27/climate-crisis-world-now-at-its-hottest-for-12000-years">Continue reading...</a> Climate change Climate change Oceans Environment Science World news Wed, 27 Jan 2021 16:00:46 GMT /environment/2021/jan/27/climate-crisis-world-now-at-its-hottest-for-12000-years Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Damian Carrington Environment editor 2021-01-27T16:00:46Z UN global climate poll: ‘The people’s voice is clear – they want action’ /environment/2021/jan/27/un-global-climate-poll-peoples-voice-is-clear-they-want-action <p>Biggest ever survey finds two-thirds of people think climate change is a global emergency</p><p>The biggest ever opinion poll on climate change has found two-thirds of people think it is a “global emergency”.</p><p>The survey shows people across the world support climate action and gives politicians a clear mandate to take the major action needed, according to the UN organisation that carried out the poll.</p> <a href="/environment/2021/jan/27/un-global-climate-poll-peoples-voice-is-clear-they-want-action">Continue reading...</a> Climate change Environment Australia news Fossil fuels Energy Moldova Brazil Indonesia Veganism Renewable energy Farming United Nations Wed, 27 Jan 2021 05:01:22 GMT /environment/2021/jan/27/un-global-climate-poll-peoples-voice-is-clear-they-want-action Photograph: John Giles/PA Photograph: John Giles/PA Damian Carrington Environment editor 2021-01-27T05:01:22Z EU revealed to be world's biggest live animal exporter /environment/2021/jan/27/eu-revealed-to-be-worlds-biggest-live-animal-exporter <p>Bloc exported more than 1.6 billion chickens, pigs, sheep, goats and cattle in 2019, but faces criticism over welfare failings</p><p>New analysis suggests the EU could be responsible for up to 80% of the global trade in live farm animals, which continues to be linked to animal welfare failings.</p><p>Global data provided to the Hunturdeals by the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) indicates that 1.8 billion live chickens, pigs, sheep, goats and cattle were moved across a border in 2019. The EU was estimated to be responsible for more than three-quarters of that total.</p> <a href="/environment/2021/jan/27/eu-revealed-to-be-worlds-biggest-live-animal-exporter">Continue reading...</a> Live exports Environment Animal welfare European Union Animals Europe Farming Wed, 27 Jan 2021 07:00:24 GMT /environment/2021/jan/27/eu-revealed-to-be-worlds-biggest-live-animal-exporter Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images Sophie Kevany 2021-01-27T07:00:24Z Lupita: the indigenous activist leading a new generation of Mexican women – video /world/video/2021/jan/05/lupita-the-indigenous-activist-leading-a-new-generation-of-mexican-women <p>In a country where indigenous people are increasingly displaced and journalists are killed at an alarming rate, a courageous new voice has emerged:&nbsp;Lupita, a Tzotzil-Maya woman​ ​at the forefront of a Mexican indigenous movement.&nbsp;Twenty years after Lupita lost her family in the Acteal massacre in southern Mexico, she has become a spokesperson for her people​ and for a new generation of Mayan activists. She balances the demands of motherhood with her high-stakes efforts to re-educate and restore justice to the world</p> <a href="/world/video/2021/jan/05/lupita-the-indigenous-activist-leading-a-new-generation-of-mexican-women">Continue reading...</a> Mexico Indigenous peoples World news Americas Tue, 05 Jan 2021 10:00:54 GMT /world/video/2021/jan/05/lupita-the-indigenous-activist-leading-a-new-generation-of-mexican-women Photograph: the guardian Photograph: the guardian Monica Wise Robles Eduardo Gutiérrez Pérez Morena Pérez Joachin Mar Jardiel Charlie Phillips Lindsay Poulton 2021-01-05T10:00:54Z Insurrection and inauguration: Joe Biden's new political era - video /us-news/video/2021/jan/22/insurrection-and-inauguration-joe-bidens-new-political-era-video <p>Following the US Capitol riot, Oliver Laughland and Tom Silverstone travel to Washington DC for the week of Joe Biden’s inauguration to find a downtown area under what is essentially military occupation and a city coming to terms with the trauma of Donald Trump’s final days in office.&nbsp;</p><p>They speak to lifelong residents in the outer suburbs as well the US congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who tells of her harrowing experience of the 6 January riot. Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton rails against criticisms of the Republican administration’s handling of the domestic terrorism threat</p><ul><li><a href="/us-news/2021/jan/22/ilhan-omar-capitol-attack-congress-trump">'I didn’t know if I would make it out that day': Ilhan Omar on the terror of the Capitol attack</a></li></ul> <a href="/us-news/video/2021/jan/22/insurrection-and-inauguration-joe-bidens-new-political-era-video">Continue reading...</a> Biden inauguration Joe Biden US Capitol breach US news Ilhan Omar John Bolton Donald Trump Washington DC Fri, 22 Jan 2021 12:00:47 GMT /us-news/video/2021/jan/22/insurrection-and-inauguration-joe-bidens-new-political-era-video Photograph: The Hunturdeals Photograph: The Hunturdeals Oliver Laughland, Tom Silverstone, Nicolas Pollock and Charlie Phillips 2021-01-22T12:00:47Z The healthy nurse who died at 40 on the Covid frontline: 'She was the best mom I ever had' – video /us-news/ng-interactive/2020/dec/31/lost-on-the-frontline-covid-nurse-coronavirus <p>Yolanda Coar was 40 when she died of Covid-19 in August 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. She was also a nurse manager, and one of nearly 3,000 frontline workers who have died in the US fighting this virus, according to an exclusive investigation by the Hunturdeals and Kaiser Health News.</p><p>The Hunturdeals has profiled hundreds of healthcare workers in a year-long project. <a href="/us-news/ng-interactive/2020/aug/11/lost-on-the-frontline-covid-19-coronavirus-us-healthcare-workers-deaths-database"><strong>Read their stories here</strong></a></p> <a href="/us-news/ng-interactive/2020/dec/31/lost-on-the-frontline-covid-nurse-coronavirus">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus US healthcare US news World news Thu, 31 Dec 2020 14:25:00 GMT /us-news/ng-interactive/2020/dec/31/lost-on-the-frontline-covid-nurse-coronavirus Photograph: Kathleen Caulderwood/The Hunturdeals Photograph: Kathleen Caulderwood/The Hunturdeals Kathleen Caulderwood 2020-12-31T14:25:00Z How will everyone in the world get access to a Covid vaccine? – video /society/video/2020/nov/27/will-everyone-in-the-world-have-access-to-a-covid-vaccine-video-explainer <p>The hunt for a&nbsp;<a href="/world/ng-interactive/2020/nov/10/covid-vaccine-tracker-when-will-a-coronavirus-vaccine-be-ready">coronavirus vaccine</a>&nbsp;is showing promise but it is premature to say the end of the pandemic is nigh. Several rich countries have signed a 'frenzy of deals' that could prevent many poor nations&nbsp;<a href="/world/2020/nov/03/rich-states-covid-deals-may-deprive-poor-of-vaccine-for-years">from getting access to immunisation until at least&nbsp;</a><a href="/world/2020/nov/03/rich-states-covid-deals-may-deprive-poor-of-vaccine-for-years">2024</a>. Also, many drug firms are potentially refusing to waive patents and other&nbsp;<a href="/law/intellectual-property">intellectual property</a>&nbsp;rights in order to secure exclusive rights to any cure.</p><p>Michael Safi, the Hunturdeals's international correspondent, explains why 'vaccine nationalisation'&nbsp;could scupper global efforts to kill the virus and examines what is being done to tackle the issue</p><ul><li><a href="/news/series/todayinfocus">Today in Focus</a><a href="/world/audio/2020/nov/25/a-vaccine-revolution-podcast">: A vaccine revolution</a><br></li><li><a href="/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul> <a href="/society/video/2020/nov/27/will-everyone-in-the-world-have-access-to-a-covid-vaccine-video-explainer">Continue reading...</a> Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus Infectious diseases Pharmaceuticals industry Health World Health Organization Intellectual property Medical research Global development Poverty Africa Canada UK news US news India China Asia Pacific World news Fri, 27 Nov 2020 11:26:00 GMT /society/video/2020/nov/27/will-everyone-in-the-world-have-access-to-a-covid-vaccine-video-explainer Photograph: Hunturdeals Design Photograph: Hunturdeals Design Michael Safi, Elena Morresi, Nikhita Chulani and Katie Lamborn 2020-11-27T11:26:00Z Rugby union and dementia: is the sport facing a crisis? – video explainer /sport/video/2020/dec/08/rugby-union-dementia-thompson-popham-video-explainer <p>Steve Thompson, who won the Rugby World Cup with England in 2003, former Wales back-rower Alix Popham and nine other ex-internationals – all under the age of 43 – have launched what could be a <a href="/sport/2020/dec/08/steve-thompson-former-rugby-union-players-dementia-landmark-legal-case">landmark legal action</a>&nbsp;against World Rugby, the RFU in England and the Welsh Rugby Union after being diagnosed with early onset dementia.&nbsp;</p><p>In revealing and at times harrowing interviews with the Hunturdeals, both Thompson and Popham speak of the challenges they have faced, struggling to remember playing on the world stage and what changes they want to see brought in to the game, as senior reporter Andy Bull examines the links between rugby and dementia.</p><p>At the last count, in 2014, there were 1,339 people in the UK from the player's age demographic who had been diagnosed with the condition – or one in every 9,500 - presenting a sobering contrast with these latest cases from the sport.</p><p>A spokesperson<i>&nbsp;</i>for<i>&nbsp;</i>the game’s governing body said:&nbsp;'World Rugby takes player safety very seriously and implements injury-prevention, management and education strategies based on the latest available knowledge, research and evidence.'</p><ul><li><a href="/sport/series/rugby-union-and-dementia---a-special-report">Rugby union and dementia – a special report</a></li></ul> <a href="/sport/video/2020/dec/08/rugby-union-dementia-thompson-popham-video-explainer">Continue reading...</a> Rugby union England rugby union team Wales rugby union team World Rugby Concussion in sport Sport Tue, 08 Dec 2020 14:02:19 GMT /sport/video/2020/dec/08/rugby-union-dementia-thompson-popham-video-explainer Photograph: Hunturdeals Design Photograph: Hunturdeals Design Andy Bull, Nikhita Chulani, Jamie Macwhirter and Katie Lamborn 2020-12-08T14:02:19Z How 'voodoo' became a metaphor for evil /culture/video/2020/nov/26/how-voodoo-became-a-metaphor-for-evil <p>'Voodoo' has come to represent something evil when it appears in popular culture. 'Black magic', witchcraft – it's always portrayed as something to be feared. But in reality, Vodou, as it's correctly written, is an official religion practised by millions of people. Why has it been vilified for so long? Josh Toussaint-Strauss looks back over the history of Vodou and its portrayal to find an answer<br></p> <a href="/culture/video/2020/nov/26/how-voodoo-became-a-metaphor-for-evil">Continue reading...</a> Film Culture World news Religion Thu, 26 Nov 2020 14:41:08 GMT /culture/video/2020/nov/26/how-voodoo-became-a-metaphor-for-evil Photograph: Hunturdeals Photograph: Hunturdeals Josh Toussaint-Strauss, Joseph Pierce, Francesca de Bassa, Grace Shutti, Ryan Baxter and Paul Boyd 2020-11-26T14:41:08Z 'I was pretty crushed': Mitch Benn wrote two novels – then stopped. What happened? /books/2021/jan/28/mitch-benn-wrote-two-novels-then-stopped-what-happened-terra <p>The standup won a book deal after an idle tweet. Two books later, his love for publishing was over. He talks about why he’s persisting with the third book in his scifi trilogy<br></p><p>A decade ago, a bored tweet landed standup comedian and singer Mitch Benn a book deal. What made him lose another isn’t quite so clear.</p><p>“I am a big, shambling doofus,” says Benn, a fixture on TV and radio, especially BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show. “It’s quite possible somewhere along the line I said the wrong thing to the wrong person, I don’t bloody know.”</p> <a href="/books/2021/jan/28/mitch-benn-wrote-two-novels-then-stopped-what-happened-terra">Continue reading...</a> Books Culture Mitch Benn Science fiction books Stage Fiction Self-publishing Comedy Comedy Thu, 28 Jan 2021 07:00:06 GMT /books/2021/jan/28/mitch-benn-wrote-two-novels-then-stopped-what-happened-terra Photograph: Steve Ullathorne Photograph: Steve Ullathorne David Barnett 2021-01-28T07:00:06Z The Great British Art Tour: time at last to pay Anna Bilinska proper attention /artanddesign/2021/jan/28/the-great-british-art-tour-bath-victoria-art-gallery-anna-bilinska <p>With public art collections closed we are bringing the art to you, exploring highlights from across the country in partnership with Art UK. Today’s pick: Bath’s Anna Bilinska by Emmeline Deane<br></p><p>This <a href="">enigmatic portrait of Anna Bilinska</a> in mourning is one of the best-loved exhibits at Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery, despite its sombre subject matter and monochrome palette. It is an arresting painting that quietly demands attention; the sitter’s aura of profound melancholy is both moving and intriguing.</p><p>Bilinska was a talented Polish artist whose father had recently died when the portrait was painted in 1886. Dressed in deep mourning, she holds what might be a black feather on her lap. She met the British artist <a href="">Emmeline Deane</a> in Paris when they were both training at the celebrated Académie Julian. This was one of the few art schools in Europe that was open to female students in the 19th century. We don’t know anything about their relationship, but given the compassion evident in this painting, it’s fair to assume that artist and sitter were close. Bilinska studied and taught at the forward-thinking and innovative Parisian art school. She had ambitions to open a similar school for women in Poland, but died tragically young in 1893 from a heart condition, aged 36.</p> <a href="/artanddesign/2021/jan/28/the-great-british-art-tour-bath-victoria-art-gallery-anna-bilinska">Continue reading...</a> Art Art and design Painting Culture Heritage Museums Women Life and style Poland Thu, 28 Jan 2021 06:00:05 GMT /artanddesign/2021/jan/28/the-great-british-art-tour-bath-victoria-art-gallery-anna-bilinska Photograph: Victoria Art Gallery Photograph: Victoria Art Gallery Katharine Wall, collections manager, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath 2021-01-28T06:00:05Z Lupin's Omar Sy: 'We wanted to show what the French are capable of' /tv-and-radio/2021/jan/27/lupin-omar-sy-louis-leterrier-netflix <p>The actor stars in Netflix’s biggest French-language hit as a gentleman thief. He and the director, Louis Leterrier, explain how the drama drew in 70 million fans worldwide<br></p><p>“We wanted to show what the French were capable of in terms of making a series, but frankly we didn’t expect it to do what it has.” Omar Sy, the star of the latest Netflix smash hit, Lupin, is speaking over the phone from Senegal. The line between London and Dakar isn’t great, but the charm that has helped his slick, charismatic character – a modern day gentleman thief – connect with audiences around the world is still evident.</p><p>Streaming services have been the dominant source of cultural output in the past year, so the chances are that you have at least heard of Lupin, even if you haven’t got round to bingeing Netflix’s biggest French language hit to date. Ranking in the Top 10 on the platform in multiple countries – climbing to No 2 in the UK and the US – as well as being projected to have reached 70 million households in the first month of streaming, Lupin is a family-friendly show – perhaps one of the elements that has given it an edge over the likes of Bridgerton and The Queen’s Gambit.</p> <a href="/tv-and-radio/2021/jan/27/lupin-omar-sy-louis-leterrier-netflix">Continue reading...</a> Television Television & radio Drama Netflix Culture France TV crime drama Wed, 27 Jan 2021 11:06:16 GMT /tv-and-radio/2021/jan/27/lupin-omar-sy-louis-leterrier-netflix Photograph: Emmanuel Guimier Photograph: Emmanuel Guimier Iman Amrani 2021-01-27T11:06:16Z Cloris Leachman, who played Phyllis on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, dies at age 94 /us-news/2021/jan/27/cloris-leachman-dies-94-mary-tyler-moore <p>Oscar-winning actor known for The Last Picture Show holds Emmy nomination record </p><p>Cloris Leachman, a character actor whose depth of talent brought her an Oscar for the The Last Picture Show and Emmys for her comedic work on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and other TV series, has died. She was 94.</p><p>Leachman died of natural causes at her home in Encinitas, California, her publicist Monique Moss said Wednesday. Her daughter was at her side, Moss said.</p> <a href="/us-news/2021/jan/27/cloris-leachman-dies-94-mary-tyler-moore">Continue reading...</a> Film US news Television Culture Television & radio US television Thu, 28 Jan 2021 01:46:53 GMT /us-news/2021/jan/27/cloris-leachman-dies-94-mary-tyler-moore Photograph: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Photograph: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Associated Press 2021-01-28T01:46:53Z A1 upgrade could mar views of Angel of the North, says Gormley /artanddesign/2021/jan/27/antony-gormley-a1-upgrades-view-angel-of-the-north <p>Artist insists to Highways England that his sculpture must remain completely in view</p><p>Sir Antony Gormley has said he fears that planned improvements to the A1 south of Gateshead will have a “heartbreaking” impact on views of his sculpture the Angel of the North.</p><p>A planning report concluded there would be a “worsening” of the view from the northbound carriageway, although Highways England said steps were being taken to mitigate the impact.</p> <a href="/artanddesign/2021/jan/27/antony-gormley-a1-upgrades-view-angel-of-the-north">Continue reading...</a> Antony Gormley North of England UK news Art and design Transport Transport policy Politics Culture Wed, 27 Jan 2021 17:48:33 GMT /artanddesign/2021/jan/27/antony-gormley-a1-upgrades-view-angel-of-the-north Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Alex Mistlin 2021-01-27T17:48:33Z Cannes film festival officially delayed from May until July /film/2021/jan/27/cannes-film-festival-officially-delayed-from-may-until-july <p>The annual celebration of cinema will move from its traditional time in May to July, giving it a head start on autumn’s top film festivals</p><p>Cannes 2021 just got hotter. The annual film festival, which prides itself on launching the premieres – and careers – of some of the world’s top directors, will now take place at the height of summer, following concerns over the Covid pandemic.</p><p>The festival had been scheduled to take place from 11-22 May; now it will run from 6-17 July. “As announced last autumn, the Festival de Cannes reserved the right to change its dates depending on how the global health situation developed,” explained a press release on Wednesday.<br><br>Variety had reported last week that July was the most likely choice, with organisers extremely keen to host a physical edition of the festival after last year’s was <a href="/film/2020/may/11/cannes-abandons-physical-festival-for-2020-but-will-select-films-for-screening-elsewhere">called off following a series of postponements</a>.</p> <a href="/film/2021/jan/27/cannes-film-festival-officially-delayed-from-may-until-july">Continue reading...</a> Cannes film festival Festivals Culture Film Film industry France Sundance 2021 Europe Wed, 27 Jan 2021 17:13:38 GMT /film/2021/jan/27/cannes-film-festival-officially-delayed-from-may-until-july Photograph: Sébastien Nogier/EPA Photograph: Sébastien Nogier/EPA Catherine Shoard 2021-01-27T17:13:38Z The hybrid work model: time to retire six popular misconceptions /the-new-rules-of-work/2020/dec/01/the-hybrid-work-model-time-to-retire-six-popular-misconceptions <p>The pandemic has prompted millions of people across the country to combine remote and in-office working. But making the adjustment can be difficult without the proper tools and support</p><p>Since the coronavirus crisis began, many of us have adjusted to a hybrid work life that combines working from home with time in the office. But combining these two different styles of working can be a challenge, and employees and employers each have important roles to play to ease the transitions and dispel some common misunderstandings about how to be effective in a rapidly evolving working environment.</p><p>Below are some of the popular misconceptions about hybrid working that may be ready for retirement.</p> <a href="/the-new-rules-of-work/2020/dec/01/the-hybrid-work-model-time-to-retire-six-popular-misconceptions">Continue reading...</a> The new rules of work Tue, 01 Dec 2020 15:52:59 GMT /the-new-rules-of-work/2020/dec/01/the-hybrid-work-model-time-to-retire-six-popular-misconceptions Illustration: Hollie Fuller/Hunturdeals Illustration: Hollie Fuller/Hunturdeals Hattie Gladwell 2020-12-01T15:52:59Z Keep clean and keep your distance: the new rules of workplace etiquette /the-new-rules-of-work/2020/nov/25/keep-clean-and-keep-your-distance-the-new-rules-of-workplace-etiquette <p>From the tea round to video calls, the Covid pandemic has changed the way we work and interact with colleagues. Here’s how to navigate the dos and don’ts</p><p>Workplace etiquette was a minor minefield before the pandemic. Now, in the wake of Covid-19, navigating an ever changing “new normal” of office interactions has become a major conundrum. Can you stop for a conversation in a one-way space? Should you get a colleague a cup of coffee? What can you do to make remote workers feel like fully integrated team members?</p><p>There’s no pre-written rulebook for pandemic work etiquette, so let’s look at a few tips for navigating the new manners landscape.</p> <a href="/the-new-rules-of-work/2020/nov/25/keep-clean-and-keep-your-distance-the-new-rules-of-workplace-etiquette">Continue reading...</a> The new rules of work Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:07:52 GMT /the-new-rules-of-work/2020/nov/25/keep-clean-and-keep-your-distance-the-new-rules-of-workplace-etiquette Illustration: Hunturdeals Illustration: Hunturdeals Rhymer Rigby 2020-11-25T10:07:52Z No touchscreens, more space: welcome to the post-pandemic office? /the-new-rules-of-work/2020/dec/01/no-touchscreens-more-space-welcome-to-the-post-pandemic-office <p>With new safety protocols prompting design changes, traditional office spaces may be a thing of the past</p><p>The pandemic has shown us that work can go on without a workplace. If it can be done online, it can be done from virtually anywhere with an internet connection. At the same time, however, the move to remote work has revealed the value of the workplace, as many employees hanker to return to the office.</p><p>In light of these two opposing trends, what might the office of the future actually look like?</p> <a href="/the-new-rules-of-work/2020/dec/01/no-touchscreens-more-space-welcome-to-the-post-pandemic-office">Continue reading...</a> The new rules of work Tue, 01 Dec 2020 15:54:16 GMT /the-new-rules-of-work/2020/dec/01/no-touchscreens-more-space-welcome-to-the-post-pandemic-office Illustration: Hollie Fuller/Hunturdeals Illustration: Hollie Fuller/Hunturdeals Hattie Gladwell 2020-12-01T15:54:16Z Bullied back into the office? Why managers need to avoid putting pressure on staff to return /the-new-rules-of-work/2020/dec/03/bullied-back-into-the-office-why-managers-need-to-avoid-putting-pressure-on-staff-to-return <p>It can be counterproductive for businesses to add to their employees’ anxieties during the Covid pandemic. Here’s how companies can put their employees’ mental health first</p><p>Jill was on her way back from a funeral in September, when the message from her line manager arrived in her inbox. It explained that the insurance company she works for had decided that staff needed to begin returning to the office to help keep the business functioning.</p><p>“It was very uncomfortable as I have two children with underlying health conditions,” she says. “If they got sick, it could be deadly, but my manager was adamant that I needed to return.”</p> <a href="/the-new-rules-of-work/2020/dec/03/bullied-back-into-the-office-why-managers-need-to-avoid-putting-pressure-on-staff-to-return">Continue reading...</a> The new rules of work Thu, 03 Dec 2020 10:54:20 GMT /the-new-rules-of-work/2020/dec/03/bullied-back-into-the-office-why-managers-need-to-avoid-putting-pressure-on-staff-to-return Illustration: Hollie Fuller/Hunturdeals Illustration: Hollie Fuller/Hunturdeals David Cox 2020-12-03T10:54:20Z Waitrose's bubbly 'special offer' didn't check out /money/2021/jan/28/waitroses-bubbly-special-offer-didnt-check-out <p>It all went rather flat when I noticed on the receipt that I’d been charged the full price</p><p><strong>At the end of December, I placed a Waitrose online order for delivery a week later. Before I reached the checkout, a message headed “before you go” told me that I could order various bottles of champagne with up to a third off. I took advantage of this, and the online checkout applied a £21 discount.</strong></p><p><strong>On the day of the delivery, the receipt showed I had been charged the full amount. Customer services told me the offer had expired before my delivery date. Nowhere does it say that the advertised price might change, and I had entered the delivery date before the offer popped up. <br></strong><em><strong>SMW, London</strong></em></p> <a href="/money/2021/jan/28/waitroses-bubbly-special-offer-didnt-check-out">Continue reading...</a> Money Consumer affairs Consumer rights Waitrose Online shopping Retail industry Business Thu, 28 Jan 2021 07:00:06 GMT /money/2021/jan/28/waitroses-bubbly-special-offer-didnt-check-out Photograph: NetPhotos3/Alamy Photograph: NetPhotos3/Alamy Anna Tims 2021-01-28T07:00:06Z Monique Coleman says she wore headbands because TV crew styled Black hair 'poorly' /fashion/2021/jan/28/monique-coleman-tv-crew-styled-black-hair-poorly <p>Actor sparks debate over racism in fashion and entertainment industry after saying crew didn’t know how to style Black hair</p><p>Actor Monique Coleman has ignited a debate over racism in fashion and the entertainment industry after saying her character in the High School Musical television show wore headbands because the crew did not know how to style Black hair.</p><p>Taylor McKessie, Coleman’s character in the film franchise, wore headbands with almost every outfit at Coleman’s own suggestion.</p> <a href="/fashion/2021/jan/28/monique-coleman-tv-crew-styled-black-hair-poorly">Continue reading...</a> Fashion Television Race Culture US news Thu, 28 Jan 2021 07:00:05 GMT /fashion/2021/jan/28/monique-coleman-tv-crew-styled-black-hair-poorly Photograph: Chelsea Lauren/REX/Shutterstock Photograph: Chelsea Lauren/REX/Shutterstock Priya Elan 2021-01-28T07:00:05Z I find it difficult to be assertive. How can I change to become a more confident person? | Leading questions /lifeandstyle/2021/jan/28/i-find-it-difficult-to-be-assertive-how-can-i-change-to-become-a-more-confident-person <p>You can become more confident in much the same way you became less so: by honing your act, writes advice columnist <strong>Eleanor Gordon-Smith</strong></p><p><strong>I’m 35, well-educated and world travelled. Yet I find it difficult to be assertive and question myself all the time. Whenever someone has a different thought/opinion to me, I end up conceding verbally, even if in my head I know for a fact they’re not right. I don’t come across as sure of myself and that’s affecting my professional life.</strong></p><p><strong>Now that I am working from home, my husband says he doesn’t even recognise me on the phone or in video conferences. He says I become submissive and coy. I believe a part of it is that I am female, have been mansplained to and gaslighted many times before, shushed for laughing too loud and was repeatedly told in my childhood/teenage years to be less impulsive. How can I change to become a more confident person?</strong></p> <a href="/lifeandstyle/2021/jan/28/i-find-it-difficult-to-be-assertive-how-can-i-change-to-become-a-more-confident-person">Continue reading...</a> Life and style Women Wed, 27 Jan 2021 16:30:49 GMT /lifeandstyle/2021/jan/28/i-find-it-difficult-to-be-assertive-how-can-i-change-to-become-a-more-confident-person Photograph: Album/Alamy Photograph: Album/Alamy Eleanor Gordon-Smith 2021-01-27T16:30:49Z Orange appeal: 17 mouth-watering ways with marmalade /lifeandstyle/2021/jan/27/orange-appeal-17-mouth-watering-ways-with-marmalade <p>From cake to pudding to panna cotta to pork ribs, this seasonal treat is endlessly flexible. And let’s not forget the cocktails …</p><p>We may never know how many surplus jars of marmalade were created during the lockdown year, just for something to do. There is, however, still time for one final push: <a href="/lifeandstyle/2018/feb/12/marmalade-recipe-seville-oranges-felicity-cloake">marmalade – as detailed in this masterclass recipe</a> from Felicity Cloake – is traditionally made with sour Seville oranges, which have a notoriously short season, due to end in just a few weeks’ time. </p><p>You don’t have to use Seville oranges, of course. You can make perfectly serviceable marmalade from regular oranges, or even from spent orange rinds, <a href="/food/2019/nov/16/oranges-are-not-only-fruit-the-many-uses-of-orange-peel">following Tom Hunt’s example</a>. Non-traditional marmalades can also be derived from other fruits, such as <a href="/lifeandstyle/2016/jan/17/nigel-slater-marmalade-recipes">pink grapefruit, as Nigel Slater demonstrates</a>.</p> <a href="/lifeandstyle/2021/jan/27/orange-appeal-17-mouth-watering-ways-with-marmalade">Continue reading...</a> Food Life and style Fruit Wed, 27 Jan 2021 13:03:09 GMT /lifeandstyle/2021/jan/27/orange-appeal-17-mouth-watering-ways-with-marmalade Photograph: Tim Gainey/Alamy Photograph: Tim Gainey/Alamy Tim Dowling 2021-01-27T13:03:09Z Britney Spears: how her fans made me feel lucky to be alive /music/2021/jan/27/britney-spears-music-fandom-mental-health <p>Continuing our series on powerful music fandom, Alim Kheraj explains how finding like-minded Spears fans helped him turn the page on a dark chapter in his life</p><ul><li><a href="/music/series/the-fandom-that-made-me">Read more from our series: The fandom that made me</a></li></ul><p>I have been a <a href="/music/britneyspears">Britney Spears</a> fan for more than two-thirds of my life. Raised on Top of the Pops and fixated on the Spice Girls, eight-year-old me was primed for the 1999 release of Spears’s debut single, the game-changing … Baby One More Time. I still remember going to Woolworths in Crystal Palace with my dad to buy the single on cassette, and my excitement as we played the song in the car on the way home. I don’t know exactly when I saw <a href=";ob=av3e">the video</a>, Spears powerfully strutting down that high-school corridor – midriff exposed, hair in bunches – but I do remember that I was desperate to recreate that schoolgirl look. It was no surprise to my parents when, aged 13, I came out as gay.</p><p>While Spears’s music was a constant presence throughout my childhood and adolescence, my affinity didn’t mutate into devotion until I was in my late teens and she released her 2007 album, <a href="/music/2007/oct/26/">Blackout</a>. Despite the media circus around her at the time, <a href="/world/2007/feb/18/">trailing her</a> during a reported breakdown as if it were sport, here was this fascinating, dank, grungy pop record that eschewed soul-searching in favour of hedonism and raw sexuality. I was gripped, and soon I was frequenting fan forums, revisiting her back catalogue and exploring the treasure trove of online leaks.</p> <a href="/music/2021/jan/27/britney-spears-music-fandom-mental-health">Continue reading...</a> Pop and rock Britney Spears Friendship Sexuality Music Culture Celebrity Mental health Health Society Life and style Wed, 27 Jan 2021 11:56:19 GMT /music/2021/jan/27/britney-spears-music-fandom-mental-health Photograph: Chris Polk/FilmMagic Photograph: Chris Polk/FilmMagic Alim Kheraj 2021-01-27T11:56:19Z Kim Jones Fendi show: Kate Moss and daughter Lila grace catwalk /fashion/2021/jan/27/kim-jones-fendi-show-kate-moss-daughter-lila-grace-catwalk <p>Designer’s first Fendi womenswear collection modelled by top names from Demi Moore to Naomi Campbell</p><p>One has been a British fashion superstar for 30 years; the other is a British designer who is becoming fashion’s next global power player.<br><br>A rare catwalk turn by Kate Moss marked the moment that <a href="/fashion/kim-jones">Kim Jones</a>, lauded with industry awards but a little-known name in the wider world, took his place at fashion’s top table with his first womenswear collection, for Fendi haute couture. Moss was joined by her daughter Lila, 18, the first time the pair have walked a catwalk together. The actor Demi Moore opened the show in off-the-shoulder black satin; Naomi Campbell closed it in a silver cape with cathedral-length train. Such stellar casting, on a show filmed behind closed doors with no live audience, was an unmistakable flexing of strength.</p> <a href="/fashion/2021/jan/27/kim-jones-fendi-show-kate-moss-daughter-lila-grace-catwalk">Continue reading...</a> Fashion Kim Jones Paris fashion week Kate Moss Demi Moore Naomi Campbell UK news Fashion weeks Wed, 27 Jan 2021 16:54:17 GMT /fashion/2021/jan/27/kim-jones-fendi-show-kate-moss-daughter-lila-grace-catwalk Photograph: Stéphane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Stéphane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images Jess Cartner-Morley 2021-01-27T16:54:17Z Are you trying to return to the UK before quarantining in hotels is required? /world/2021/jan/25/tell-us-are-you-still-flying-in-and-out-of-the-uk <p>We would like to hear from those who are travelling back to the UK before they are required to isolate in government-provided hotels</p><p>People travelling to the UK from 22 countries will soon have to <a href="/world/2021/jan/27/arrivals-in-uk-from-high-risk-countries-to-pay-for-hotel-quarantine">isolate in hotels provided by the government for 10 days</a>, at their own expense. Affected countries include South Africa and South America where new variants pose a risk, and the policy is expected to take several weeks to implement.</p><p>If you are trying to return to the UK before travellers are required to quarantine in hotels, we’d like to hear from you.</p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/25/tell-us-are-you-still-flying-in-and-out-of-the-uk">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus Flights Wed, 27 Jan 2021 14:09:09 GMT /world/2021/jan/25/tell-us-are-you-still-flying-in-and-out-of-the-uk Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA Hunturdeals community team 2021-01-27T14:09:09Z Teachers and parents in England: share your thoughts on delaying the return to schools /education/2021/jan/25/uk-teachers-and-parents-share-your-experience-of-education-during-the-second-covid-wave <p>We’d like to hear from parents and teachers on their thoughts on the government’s latest announcement</p><p>The prime minister announced on Wednesday that the majority of children will <a href="/politics/live/2021/jan/27/uk-covid-live-boris-johnson-lives-lost-coronavirus-deaths-labour-latest-updates?page=with:block-60116bf58f0869215d931d0d#block-60116bf58f0869215d931d0d">not be returning to school immediately after half term</a>, but that he hopes they will return on 8 March. </p><p>We’d like to hear from parents and teachers on their thoughts about schools not fully reopening until March. </p> <a href="/education/2021/jan/25/uk-teachers-and-parents-share-your-experience-of-education-during-the-second-covid-wave">Continue reading...</a> Education Wed, 27 Jan 2021 13:55:00 GMT /education/2021/jan/25/uk-teachers-and-parents-share-your-experience-of-education-during-the-second-covid-wave Photograph: Leah Willingham/AP Photograph: Leah Willingham/AP Hunturdeals community team 2021-01-27T13:55:00Z Living in the UK: have you booked a holiday after being vaccinated? /business/2021/jan/26/living-in-the-uk-have-you-booked-a-holiday-after-being-vaccinated <p>We would like to hear from older people who have been vaccinated and are thinking of going on holiday abroad</p><p>The travel and insurance company for those who are over-50, Saga, has said customer retention levels have recently jumped to 86% showing the <a href="/business/2021/jan/26/saga-holiday-covid-vaccine-travel">“pent-up demand for cruises among our guests who will benefit from the first round of vaccine rollout”</a>.</p><p> If you live in the UK and have been vaccinated, or will be soon, and are looking to book a holiday abroad, we would like to hear from you.</p> <a href="/business/2021/jan/26/living-in-the-uk-have-you-booked-a-holiday-after-being-vaccinated">Continue reading...</a> Travel & leisure Coronavirus Tue, 26 Jan 2021 13:40:36 GMT /business/2021/jan/26/living-in-the-uk-have-you-booked-a-holiday-after-being-vaccinated Photograph: Peter Titmuss/Alamy Stock Photo Photograph: Peter Titmuss/Alamy Stock Photo Hunturdeals community team 2021-01-26T13:40:36Z Tell us: have you been helping people emotionally through the pandemic? /world/2021/jan/27/tell-us-have-you-been-helping-people-emotionally-through-the-pandemic <p>We would like to hear from those who have helped people emotionally through the pandemic – in an official or unofficial capacity</p><p>The emotional effects of the Covid pandemic have affected people in different ways over the last year, such as missing the ability to socialise in person and <a href="/lifeandstyle/2021/jan/24/lost-touch-how-a-year-without-hugs-affects-our-mental-health">not being able to hug a loved one or friend</a>.</p><p>We would like to hear from those who have been working in the community – in an official or unofficial capacity – to help people get through the pandemic emotionally.</p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/27/tell-us-have-you-been-helping-people-emotionally-through-the-pandemic">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus Wed, 27 Jan 2021 10:14:31 GMT /world/2021/jan/27/tell-us-have-you-been-helping-people-emotionally-through-the-pandemic Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock Hunturdeals community team 2021-01-27T10:14:31Z On Swampy ground: a brief history of protest tunnelling in the UK /environment/2021/jan/27/on-swampy-ground-brief-history-protest-tunnelling-tunnels-uk-hs2 <p>As HS2 protesters dig down in London, veteran activists explain why the tactic can be so effective</p><ul><li><a href="/environment/2021/jan/27/hs2-protesters-hope-to-occupy-euston-tunnel-for-weeks">HS2 protesters hope to occupy Euston tunnel for weeks </a></li></ul><p>Protest tunnelling, back in the spotlight thanks to <a href="/uk-news/2021/jan/27/hs2-protesters-dig-100ft-tunnel-under-london-park-at-risk-from-rail-project">subterranean anti-HS2 demonstrations</a> in London, became a national preoccupation in the 90s when environmental activists dug a complex series of tunnels in the path of an extension to the A30 in Fairmile, <a href="" title="Devon">Devon</a>, resisting attempts at eviction by police.</p><p> Swampy, the nickname of the well-known environmental activist <a href="/environment/2019/oct/09/eco-warrior-swampy-on-extinction-rebellion-it-gives-me-hope">Daniel Hooper</a>, was one of a group of protesters demonstrating against rerouting the road, and spent seven days and nights in the tunnel. He was the last to emerge.</p> <a href="/environment/2021/jan/27/on-swampy-ground-brief-history-protest-tunnelling-tunnels-uk-hs2">Continue reading...</a> Environmental activism Environment HS2 Protest UK news Rail transport Transport London Wed, 27 Jan 2021 18:30:59 GMT /environment/2021/jan/27/on-swampy-ground-brief-history-protest-tunnelling-tunnels-uk-hs2 Photograph: Reuters Photograph: Reuters Diane Taylor 2021-01-27T18:30:59Z How GameStop found itself at the center of a groundbreaking battle between Wall Street and small investors /business/2021/jan/27/gamestop-stock-market-retail-wall-street <p>The video game retailer has become one of the hottest stocks this year in a tale that illustrates the changing face of investing</p><p>The coronavirus pandemic hit GameStop hard. Like many retailers, already suffering from the shift to online sales, the video games chain is losing money and plans to close 450 stores this year. And yet, surprisingly, GameStop has become one the hottest stocks of the year.</p><p>The 37-year-old chain store group is now the focus of a David-and-Goliath battle between an army of small investors and Wall Street that shows no signs of abating and has highlighted some fundamental shifts in investing.</p> <a href="/business/2021/jan/27/gamestop-stock-market-retail-wall-street">Continue reading...</a> Stock markets Business Technology Amazon US news Retail industry Wed, 27 Jan 2021 10:00:28 GMT /business/2021/jan/27/gamestop-stock-market-retail-wall-street Photograph: Nam Y Huh/AP Photograph: Nam Y Huh/AP Edward Helmore in New York 2021-01-27T10:00:28Z How Japanese American internees formed Wyoming's greatest football team /sport/2021/jan/27/japanese-american-internment-second-world-way-high-school-football-team <p>Thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to Wyoming during the second world war. They overcame displacement and achieved athletic excellence</p><p>Tamotsu “Babe” Nomura, the quarterback of the Heart Mountain High School Eagles football team, took the snap on a warm October day in Wyoming nearly 80 years ago. Once poised for athletic success in Los Angeles, Nomura was now at Heart Mountain because the US government had established it as one of multiple <a href="/us-news/2020/feb/20/california-japanese-internment-camps-apology">internment camps for the 120,000 Japanese Americans</a> it suspected of disloyalty during the second world war.</p><p>A barbed-wire fence surrounded Heart Mountain and its drafty wooden barracks, all placed under constant guard. Yet on 1 October 1943, the Eagles scored a victory for human dignity. In the team’s first-ever game, Nomura threw a last-minute touchdown pass and kicked the extra point for a 7-0 win. They would go on to an undefeated season. This remarkable team is the subject of <a href="">The Eagles of Heart Mountain</a><em>,</em> a new book by Bradford Pearson.</p> <a href="/sport/2021/jan/27/japanese-american-internment-second-world-way-high-school-football-team">Continue reading...</a> US sports Sport Wyoming US news Second world war Wed, 27 Jan 2021 10:00:28 GMT /sport/2021/jan/27/japanese-american-internment-second-world-way-high-school-football-team Photograph: US national archives Photograph: US national archives Rich Tenorio 2021-01-27T10:00:28Z Amazon seeks to block workers from voting by mail in landmark union drive /technology/2021/jan/27/amazon-seeks-to-block-workers-from-voting-by-mail-in-landmark-union-drive <ul><li>5,000 workers in Bessemer, Alabama, to vote in landmark effort</li><li>Mail ballots used in similar votes because of coronavirus</li></ul><p>Amazon is attempting to force workers planning to unionize at an Alabama warehouse to vote in person rather than by mail as it fights off a landmark attempt by its staff to organize.</p><p>The company is <a href="">appealing</a> against a ruling by a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) officer to permit 5,800 employees at Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, to begin casting ballots by mail to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.</p> <a href="/technology/2021/jan/27/amazon-seeks-to-block-workers-from-voting-by-mail-in-landmark-union-drive">Continue reading...</a> Amazon US unions Alabama Business US news Coronavirus Wed, 27 Jan 2021 10:00:28 GMT /technology/2021/jan/27/amazon-seeks-to-block-workers-from-voting-by-mail-in-landmark-union-drive Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images Michael Sainato 2021-01-27T10:00:28Z 'I want to go home': Filipina domestic workers face exploitative conditions /world/2021/jan/27/domestic-workers-philippines-coronavirus-conditions <p>Many of the Filipina women we interviewed across Asia, Europe and the Middle East lost jobs or had salaries cut since the pandemic – others were subjected to physical abuse</p><p><em>This story is published in partnership between </em><em>the Hunturdeals and </em><em><a href="">the Fuller Project</a>. Listen to this story in our <a href="/news/audio/2021/jan/27/behind-closed-doors-filipina-workers-trapped-by-the-pandemic">Today In Focus podcast</a></em></p><p>Every morning, Rowena wakes early on the pile of blankets where she sleeps, curled up against a desk in the corner of the office she used to clean. It’s not yet 7am, but if her manager catches her alone in her pyjamas, he’ll try to grope and stroke her, as he’s tried to do several times a week for the past six months.</p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/27/domestic-workers-philippines-coronavirus-conditions">Continue reading...</a> Gender Domestic workers Philippines UK news World news Wed, 27 Jan 2021 08:00:26 GMT /world/2021/jan/27/domestic-workers-philippines-coronavirus-conditions Illustration: Susie Ang/The Hunturdeals Illustration: Susie Ang/The Hunturdeals Corinne Redfern 2021-01-27T08:00:26Z Life in hotel quarantine: 'I'm on day two. It's around day 11 things get difficult' /world/2021/jan/26/life-in-hong-kong-hotel-quarantine-im-on-day-two <p>Ian Samson, originally from Edinburgh, describes his experience of Hong Kong’s strict isolation rules for travellers</p><p>I have a pile of 20 bananas in my hotel room here in Hong Kong, a spin bike I’ve had delivered and some rapidly dying flowers that the hotel gave me on the first day as a morbid reminder of how little sunlight I would be getting for the next 21 days.</p> <a href="/world/2021/jan/26/life-in-hong-kong-hotel-quarantine-im-on-day-two">Continue reading...</a> Coronavirus Travel Hong Kong UK news World news Scotland Asia Pacific Tue, 26 Jan 2021 18:11:45 GMT /world/2021/jan/26/life-in-hong-kong-hotel-quarantine-im-on-day-two Photograph: handout Photograph: handout Amelia Hill 2021-01-26T18:11:45Z Black on both sides: the African diaspora around the world – in pictures /artanddesign/gallery/2021/jan/28/african-diaspora-sasha-phyars-burgess-untitled-in-pictures <p>Sasha Phyars-Burgess’s Untitled features essays, poems and stunning photographs that delve into the black experience and the true meaning of ‘home’ </p> <a href="/artanddesign/gallery/2021/jan/28/african-diaspora-sasha-phyars-burgess-untitled-in-pictures">Continue reading...</a> Photography Art Art and design books Society books Culture Social history Race Black Lives Matter movement Women Feminism Art and design UK news Society Books World news Life and style US news Poetry Thu, 28 Jan 2021 07:00:06 GMT /artanddesign/gallery/2021/jan/28/african-diaspora-sasha-phyars-burgess-untitled-in-pictures Photograph: Sasha Phyars-Burgess Photograph: Sasha Phyars-Burgess Elena Goodinson 2021-01-28T07:00:06Z Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupts – in pictures /world/gallery/2021/jan/28/indonesias-mount-merapi-volcano-erupts-in-pictures <p>The country’s most active volcano has unleashed a river of lava, searing gas and ash down its 3,000m slopes on Java island, threatening vulnerable villages </p><ul><li><a href="/world/2021/jan/27/mount-merapi-volcano-erupts-indonesia">Mount Merapi volcano erupts</a></li></ul> <a href="/world/gallery/2021/jan/28/indonesias-mount-merapi-volcano-erupts-in-pictures">Continue reading...</a> Indonesia Photography Volcanoes Asia Pacific Thu, 28 Jan 2021 01:52:29 GMT /world/gallery/2021/jan/28/indonesias-mount-merapi-volcano-erupts-in-pictures Photograph: Agung Supriyanto/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Agung Supriyanto/AFP/Getty Images 2021-01-28T01:52:29Z Holocaust Remembrance Day – in pictures /world/gallery/2021/jan/27/holocaust-remembrance-day-in-pictures <p>As the pandemic has forced the cancellation of most large gatherings, many institutions including the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial museum in Poland, Yad Vashem museum in Israel and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC are marking Holocaust Remembrance Day this year with online events </p> <a href="/world/gallery/2021/jan/27/holocaust-remembrance-day-in-pictures">Continue reading...</a> Holocaust Second world war World news Europe Germany Wed, 27 Jan 2021 13:38:38 GMT /world/gallery/2021/jan/27/holocaust-remembrance-day-in-pictures Photograph: Jens Schlueter/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Jens Schlueter/AFP/Getty Images 2021-01-27T13:38:38Z Police remove HS2 protesters from Euston site – in pictures /uk-news/gallery/2021/jan/27/police-remove-hs2-rebellion-protesters-euston-square-gardens-in-pictures <p>Police and bailiffs have started to clear protesters from HS2 Rebellion, an alliance of groups and individuals campaigning against the planned high-speed railway, from a site at Euston Square Gardens, a green space outside Euston station</p><ul><li><a href="/uk-news/2021/jan/27/hs2-protesters-dig-100ft-tunnel-under-london-park-at-risk-from-rail-project">HS2 protesters dig 100ft tunnel under London park</a></li></ul> <a href="/uk-news/gallery/2021/jan/27/police-remove-hs2-rebellion-protesters-euston-square-gardens-in-pictures">Continue reading...</a> HS2 London Rail transport Transport UK news Environmental activism Environment Wed, 27 Jan 2021 12:22:48 GMT /uk-news/gallery/2021/jan/27/police-remove-hs2-rebellion-protesters-euston-square-gardens-in-pictures Photograph: Sean Smith/The Hunturdeals Photograph: Sean Smith/The Hunturdeals Matt Fidler 2021-01-27T12:22:48Z India's Republic Day and the Delhi farmers' protest – in pictures /world/gallery/2021/jan/26/indias-republic-day-and-the-delhi-farmers-protest-in-pictures <p>India’s annual 26 January Republic Day celebrations featured spectacular military and cultural pageantry, despite being curtailed by Covid restrictions, but in New Delhi thousands of protesting farmers threatened to overshadow the celebrations</p> <a href="/world/gallery/2021/jan/26/indias-republic-day-and-the-delhi-farmers-protest-in-pictures">Continue reading...</a> India World news South and Central Asia Photography Tue, 26 Jan 2021 14:20:19 GMT /world/gallery/2021/jan/26/indias-republic-day-and-the-delhi-farmers-protest-in-pictures Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images Guy Lane 2021-01-26T14:20:19Z Capital gains: communities of 90s London - in pictures /artanddesign/gallery/2021/jan/26/capital-gains-communities-of-90s-london-in-pictures <p>Roy Mehta’s black and white photographs of communities in west London 20 years ago emphasise interaction and togetherness – some things don’t change</p> <a href="/artanddesign/gallery/2021/jan/26/capital-gains-communities-of-90s-london-in-pictures">Continue reading...</a> Photography Art and design Culture London Immigration and asylum Tue, 26 Jan 2021 07:00:56 GMT /artanddesign/gallery/2021/jan/26/capital-gains-communities-of-90s-london-in-pictures Photograph: Roy Mehta Photograph: Roy Mehta 2021-01-26T07:00:56Z