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Jamaica moves to decriminalise marijuana, with eyes on medical use - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Fears of international sanctions have faded now that US states and other countries have made similar moves Jamaica has drafted legislation to decriminalise marijuana, the islands justice minister said on Tuesday. Mark Golding told reporters that MPs should make possession of two ounces (57 grams) or less a petty offence before the end of 2014. He also expects decriminalisation for religious purposes to be authorised by then, allowing Rastafarians to ritually smoke marijuana, which they consider a holy herb, without fear of arrest. Continue reading...
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Eric Holder raises concerns over privacy advances by tech companies - http://www.theguardian.com/society...
US attorney general suggests an increase in privacy protections may thwart attempts to crack down on child exploitation US attorney general Eric Holder said on Tuesday he was worried that attempts by technology companies to increase privacy protections were thwarting attempts to crack down on child exploitation. Speaking at the biannual Global Alliance Conference Against Child Sexual Abuse Online in Washington, Holder warned that encryption and other privacy technologies are being used by sexual predators to create more opportunities to entice trusting minors to share explicit images of themselves. Continue reading...
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David Cameron pledges to protect the English NHS budget in real terms - http://www.theguardian.com/politic...
Prime minister attempts to remove the public health service from becoming Labours potential election-winning weapon David Cameron will on Wednesday try to prevent the health service becoming Labours election-winning weapon when he guarantees that a majority Conservative government will protect the English NHS budget in real terms from 2015 to 2020. It is the first time the prime minister has pledged to ringfence the health service from spending cuts for the next parliament, but his promise will still leave the NHS under massive cost pressures due to soaring demand for NHS services largely caused by an ageing society. Continue reading...
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Police searching for missing teenager Alice Gross find a body in river Brent - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news...
Family of missing girl has been informed after police investigating the disappearance find body in a London river Police searching for the missing London teenager Alice Gross have found a body in the River Brent. Scotland Yard said they had updated the family of Alice, 14, about the development which happened late on Tuesday. Continue reading...
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Educate women and their community will prosper. Deny them education and the world will suffer - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
We both grew up in Australia, where our education provided strong foundations to meet our potential as female leaders. Millions of girls throughout the world deserve the same chance If you educate a man, you educate one person. If you educate a woman, you educate a nation. Its an often heard quote in development circles, and the eve of the opening of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly is a good time to pause and consider what it really means. We know that educating boys and girls, men and women, is morally right. But educating girls and women is especially effective because when we educate them, the benefits are felt throughout the whole community. Its a magic multiplier in the development equation. Continue reading...
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Walrus mass in vast numbers on Alaska beach as sea ice retreats - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Concern that warming climate is responsible for gathering of about 35,000 walrus in north-west Alaska Continue reading...
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Billy Connolly review Older, frailer but Big Yin is still a maestro - http://www.theguardian.com/culture...
Aberdeen Music Hall The show is not the work of a man with a diminished sense of humour its classic Connolly, culled from a 50-year career Theres a beautifully funny routine midway through Billy Connollys new show, in which the young Connolly then a folk musician is playing a charity gig in a hospice. Hes on the autoharp, thrumming Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow Tree, when one member of his audience slowly expires before his eyes. Aghast, Connolly still twanging his zither beckons a bandmate to corroborate. Were laughing and laughing by this point, at Connollys consternation, everyone elses obliviousness, at the daft instrument hes continuing to play and at the comic skill that can take a mans death and, without a shred of meanness of spirit, fashion a hilarious story from it. Continue reading...
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Secret service allowed armed man with assault charge into elevator with Obama - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Damaging new evidence comes hours after Director Julia Pierson faced barrage of questions at congressional hearing Secret service chief vows unacceptable intruder breach will not happen again The US secret service allowed an armed man with a criminal record for assault to enter an elevator with president Barack Obama, it was disclosed on Tuesday, hours after officials admitted they missed three chances to deter an intruder who broke into the White House earlier this month. The Washington Post revealed that the man, a security contractor, was carrying a gun when he was in the elevator with Obama on a 16 September visit to the US Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Continue reading...
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Brendan Rodgers: Daniel Sturridge is fit for Liverpool but not for England - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
Liverpool manager still angry about strikers injury Whether hes available for Liverpool or not, he wont be fit Sturridge picks up thigh injury during England training Brendan Rodgers is on a potential collision course with Roy Hodgson after telling the England manager that Daniel Sturridge will not be fit for the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers even if he plays for Liverpool this weekend. Sturridge will miss Liverpools Champions League tie against Baselon Wednesday with the thigh injury he suffered while training with England last month. It is the sixth game the 25-year-old has missed for his club with the problem and there remains considerable anger at Liverpool over Englands treatment of the player during the last international break. Continue reading...
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David Luiz and PSG spoil Xavis record-breaking night for Barcelona - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
Paris Saint-Germain made light of the absent Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a sub-standard start to the season to claim a 3-2 Champions League victory at home to Barcelona. Barça had not conceded a goal this season but David Luiz, Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi all punctured their defence to give the French champions three points. Continue reading...
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Lifestyle changes could prevent half of all cases of diabetes during pregnancy - http://www.theguardian.com/science...
Smoking, poor diet, inactivity and being overweight increase risk of developing gestational diabetes by up to 48%, says study Nearly half of all cases of diabetes during pregnancy could be prevented if women ate well, exercised regularly and stopped smoking before and during pregnancy, according to a study. Gestational diabetes is a common pregnancy complication that has long-term adverse health implications for both mothers and babies. Continue reading...
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California Makes it Law: Label Toxic Flame Retardants in Furniture - http://www.ewg.org/envirob...
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Nemanja Matics header proves decisive for Chelsea at Sporting Lisbon - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
Sporting Lisbon 0-1 Chelsea José Mourinho strode on to the turf at the final whistle, marching pointedly into his opponents half to offer his hand to the Sporting goalkeeper, Rui Patrício, as he trudged away from the goal-mouth digesting defeat. The gesture told some of the story of Chelseas utter dominance as they delivered a first proper statement of intent on a group they now lead. The scoreline may have been tight, but this was something akin to a one-goal thrashing. Yet the suspicion remained this was also a manager seeking to deflect attention. His side should have run up a cricket score in Lisbon against a youthful yet horribly naive opponent but, instead, were undermined by profligacy and forced to endure the odd pang of anxiety in stoppage time at the end. From the second minute to the 92nd, this had been a procession of Chelsea chances spurned, their only reward secured by the outstanding Nemanja Matic, a former Benfica player, from one of the more awkward opportunities they...
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First Ebola case diagnosed in the US - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Centers for Disease Control says patient is being treated in Dallas, Texas, and had recently returned from Liberia West Africas Ebola crisis: the Guardian briefingUS hospitals unprepared to handle infectious Ebola wasteFDA cracks down on firms making Ebola treatment claims Medical officials in the United States announced on Tuesday the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed outside Africa in the latest outbreak, which has killed more than 3,000 people this year. The patient, who has not yet been identified, is being treated in Dallas, Texas. Continue reading...
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Roma hold Manchester City after Francesco Totti becomes oldest scorer - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
The best images from the Etihad Stadium Jamie Jackson: five talking points It has become the recurring theme of Manchester Citys difficult and largely unsatisfactory Champions League story, and the longer it goes on the harder the impression becomes of a team struggling to know what to do to put it right. This is the fourth successive season they have failed to win their first home game in the competition and, while the damage is not grievous, there is already evidence that they might have to re-invent themselves if their latest European campaign is not going on to become another chastening experience. Continue reading...
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Chanels Karl Lagerfeld cheered and jeered for feminist fashion statement - http://www.theguardian.com/fashion...
Fashion press hails catwalk models mock demo but critics accuse designer of co-opting feminism to sell costly clothes On Tuesday 30 September 2014 the unthinkable happened: feminism entered the realm of high fashion. In the finale to the most anticipated show of Paris fashion week, Chanel models strutted down the catwalk brandishing placards demanding womens rights, in a faux protest that was simultaneously hailed as a breakthrough for a new wave of feminism and decried as consumerist claptrap. Under the soaring roof of the Grand Palais, along a catwalk fashioned to look like a chic Parisian boulevard, Karl Lagerfelds models swapped handbags for banners; pouts for protests against machoism. The worlds highest-paid models Gisele Bündchen and Cara Delevingne shouted through megaphones encased in lush leather padding, and heavily branded with the Chanel logo but when they used the traditional rally cry: What do we want?, the answer, according to those in the audience, was indistinct....
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Kei Miller wins Forward poetry prize - http://www.theguardian.com/books...
Judges praise Millers distinctive voice as The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way To Zion takes £10,000 prize Kei Miller: My productivity is linked to what could be called a disability The Jamaican poet Kei Miller has won the prestigious Forward prize for the best poetry collection of 2014 for his standout book based on dialogue between a mapmaker striving to impose order on an unfamiliar land and a Rasta-man who queries his project. The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way To Zion took the £10,000 prize, with judges relishing Millers ability to defy expectations and set up oppositions only to undermine them. Continue reading...
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Richard Cockerill determined to do it my way at struggling Leicester - http://www.theguardian.com/sport...
Leicesters director of rugby says, I aint going anywhere, despite his sides poor form and worrying injury list Crisis, what crisis? Talk to Richard Cockerill, Leicesters director of rugby, about the Tigers grim injury list and below-par recent results and the crackle of defiance is remarkable even by his own passionate standards. I am here for the battle, I aint going anywhere. If I am going to get the sack, I am doing it my way, he says. When we get through to the other side and we will we will be better for it. If we are sitting here in May having a chat, then I am right. If not, Ill have a really tidy garden. Continue reading...
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Live well with 50p less: Sainsburys sales strategy slip up - http://www.theguardian.com/busines...
The supermarket is exhorting staff to get shoppers to spend an extra 50p on every visit but it accidentally made the plan public Would you like a crusty poppy seed baton with that? How about a delicious scotch egg or a pair of parsnips? This could be the new mantra at Sainsburys checkouts after a secret new strategy to boost sales was accidentally revealed by a member of staff at the grocers Romford branch. The supermarket is exhorting its staff to get shoppers to spend an extra 50p on every visit but the cunning plan was mistakenly made public when a poster designed for the supermarkets staff room was instead pasted in the grocers window for all to see. Continue reading...
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Microsoft unveils Windows 10: 'It wouldn't be right to call it Windows 9' - http://www.theguardian.com/technol...
New operating system comes three years after launch of the poorly received Windows 8 and skips 9 altogether Microsoft is to put some numerical distance between its poorly received Windows 8 operating system and its replacement by calling the new version Windows 10. The new operating system, expected to be released next year, comes three years after the launch of Windows 8. It was announced at an event aimed at business users in Seattle. Continue reading...
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I cant afford house prices in the capital but I dont want to be a post-Londoner - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
Why not set up a miniature London in the middle of nowhere, sell each other overpriced cocktails in jam jars and put on retrospectives of obscure artists in the village hall? Soon the house prices will go through the roof and we can all move back With a pregnant wife and a job that doesnt pay me in truckloads of gold bullion, I currently find myself faced with a stark property choice: I can either move out of London to raise my family or keep my baby in a filing cabinet. Im joking, of course. This is London. I could never afford somewhere with enough room for a filing cabinet. So leaving London it is. And, for once, this is no idle threat. Traditionally, when Londoners want to punish themselves which is often, in my experience theyll go and visit a property website. Continue reading...
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Suddenly there is this beyond weird like THING in our kitchen - http://www.theguardian.com/lifeand...
How the prime ministers wife might have reacted to being introduced to Jim Messina Well we sent Danny round with a scented candle then Dave rang & the queen admitted he HAD actually heard a strange sound? Except it was not exactly a purr? So Dave was like I hope you can forgive me your majesty for disclosing our private talks which I find so tremendously stimulating etc etc. She was like, we entirely blame ourself Mr Cameron, we should not fall asleep when you ring, we recall Mr Churchill could always fend off narcolepsy with his pleasantries. Btw, Mr Cameron, how kind to think of our eyes now the nights are drawing in, but Buckingham Palace was electrified in 1896? Im like, well at least it was not Jo Malone :))) So poor Dave goes back to copying out his speech, I mean I said to Mummy, talk about under the cosh, I know conference matters but that is literally two Doctor Whos in a row he has missed? And Mr Cobber is like, Sabrina sweetheart, word in your shell-like? Im like, PLEASE...
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Lionel Shrivers tale of Kenyan calamity wins BBC national short story award - http://www.theguardian.com/books...
Kilifi Creek, which tells of a gap-year travellers near-death experience, beats stories by Zadie Smith and Rose Tremain Lionel Shriver has won the BBC national short story award for a story about a near-death experience in a Kenyan river inspired by her own near-miss encounters. Shrivers Kilifi Creek beat stories by major names including Zadie Smith and Rose Tremain to win the £15,000 prize this evening. It tells of a gap year traveller, Liana, who, while outstaying her welcome with a teeny-tiny-bit-pretentious photographer and her retired safari-guide husband when travelling in Kenya, takes a late swim which nearly kills her. Years later, she is reflecting on the experience, and tells the story for the first time. Continue reading...
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Blades of grass inspire advance in organic solar cells - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
Blades of grass inspire advance in organic solar cells
Using a bio-mimicking analog of one of nature's most efficient light-harvesting structures, blades of grass, an international research team has taken a major step in developing long-sought polymer architecture to boost power-conversion efficiency of light to electricity for use in electronic devices.
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Both the Tories and Labour can see a clearer path to defeat than victory - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
In conference land, frustration is mounting with party leaders who appear powerless to shape events in 2015 In the vaulted chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster, Ann Taylor, a young Labour whip, finds the Liberal member for Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles in silent contemplation. She sounds him out on whether his party would side with the Tories in a vote of no confidence. Can I give you a bit of advice? he says. A Conservative government always eventually falls because they believe themselves entitled to power and Labour governments always fall because they dont. The scene is from James Grahams play This House, dramatising intrigue in the parliamentary whips offices in the 1970s. The dialogue is fiction. The audience laughed because it is also true. That was a different generation, but politics is stuck today and parliament likely to stay hung next year because those two old conditions pertain: the Tories radiate an arrogant assumption that Conservative rule is the...
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Gordon Brown accuses David Cameron of setting trap for Scottish voters - http://www.theguardian.com/politic...
Former PM says Tories want to limit Scottish MPs voting rights in the Commons, which would put union at risk Gordon Brown has accused David Cameron of setting a trap for Scottish voters by trying to dupe them into accepting significant cuts in voting powers for Scottish MPs at Westminster. The former prime minister opened up fresh divisions with the Tories by claiming that they wanted to offer Holyrood full control over income tax because that would allow them to demand a limit on Scottish MPs voting rights in the Commons, particularly on budget day. Continue reading...
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Why stop at Isis when we could bomb the whole Muslim world? - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
Humanitarian arguments, if consistently applied, could be used to flatten the entire Middle East Continue reading...
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Karl Lagerfelds new look for Chanel: feminist protest and slogans - http://www.theguardian.com/fashion...
The designers typically elaborate show at Paris fashion week featured a faux street, complete with banner-waving models and guard rails. What was he trying to say? Karl Lagerfeld, who once dismissed concerns over size-zero models as the whinings of fat mommies with bags of crisps, is an unlikely champion of feminism as a fashionable issue. How, then, to interpret his Chanel catwalk show at Paris fashion week, which closed with a megaphone-wielding Cara Delevingne leading a model army chanting for freedom, the Kardashian-clan catwalk star Kendall Jenner holding a banner reading Womens Rights are More than Alright, and a sea of placards reading Ladies First, History is Her Story, We Can Match the Machos and Boys Should Get Pregnant Too? Continue reading...
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Leading Hong Kong activist accuses Cameron of selling out campaigners - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
PMs criticism of Chinese crackdown weak, says Martin Lee who argues Beijing is violating 1997 deal with UK over Hong Kong One of Hong Kongs leading pro-democracy campaigners has accused David Cameron of selling out activists in the territory for 30 pieces of silver, and said that the British prime minister has not been strong enough in his criticism of Beijings response to the crackdown on protesters. On Tuesday Cameron said he was deeply concerned about the situation in Hong Kong, but the prime minister has failed to back the demands of the pro-democracy campaigners, who argue that Chinas tight restrictions on candidates for the post of chief executive ahead of 2017 elections violate the joint agreement signed by Britain and Hong Kong in 1997. Continue reading...
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Protest leaders and Hong Kong government refuse to budge - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Tens of thousands gather for third night of demonstrations on eve of national day and neither side is willing to compromise Live blog: Tuesdays developments in Hong Kong Pro-democracy protest leaders in Hong Kong and the regions government refused to budge as a critical day approached for the mass demonstrations. Tens of thousands packed the citys downtown areas for a third night on Tuesday, chanting We love Hong Kong and giving new meaning to the nickname umbrella revolution as they stood through a thunderstorm. Previously they used them to ward off teargas and shelter from the sun. Continue reading...
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