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Shift workers at higher risk of diabetes, study finds - http://www.theguardian.com/society...
Shift workers at higher risk of diabetes, study finds
Shift workers at higher risk of diabetes, study finds
Research finds shift work carries 9% higher risk of type 2 diabetes, especially in men and those with rotating shift patterns Medics, police officers and firefighters could be at increased risk of developing diabetes, experts have said after research linked shift work to a heightened risk of being diagnosed with the condition. Compared with normal office hours, working shifts carries a 9% higher risk of developing diabetes, the study found. Continue reading...
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Guardians of the Galaxy review a whip-smart, risky space romp - http://www.theguardian.com/film...
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A new troupe of intergalactic comedy badasses sets out to save the universe in Marvel's self-satirising superhero movie More on Guardians of the Galaxy Having amassed a huge pot of money from all those superhero movies, Marvel can afford to have a bit of fun and take some risks, and the result is this irrepressibly rollicking space romp which is likely to fill those coffers even more. Movies like this are usually described in terms of popcorn but a better comparison would be Space Dust: it's fun, wacky, explosive and bursting with artificial colours. The latter certainly gave the make-up department plenty to do. As befits a comic book story, this galaxy is populated by a rainbow nation of humanoids with bright skin tones, coloured contact lenses, ornate body art, zany hairstyles and even zany eyebrow styles. Earth figures only in the prologue, circa 1988, when our future hero, Peter Quill, is abducted by a spaceship, moments after his mother's death. All he can take with him is his...
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Single-dose radiotherapy could transform breast cancer treatment - http://www.theguardian.com/society...
Single-dose radiotherapy could transform breast cancer treatment
Single-dose radiotherapy could transform breast cancer treatment
Intrabeam radiotherapy, which has go-ahead for NHS use, is given during surgery, eliminating need for additional hospital trips Tens of thousands of breast cancer patients could benefit from a new type of radiotherapy which could be delivered during surgery instead of making them take a course of treatment. Intrabeam radiotherapy has been given a provisional go-ahead for NHS use by the health finance watchdog. Continue reading...
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Kim Dotcom: 'The Internet party will abolish mass surveillance' - http://www.theguardian.com/technol...
Tech tycoon believes politicians need to work harder to engage the youth vote, and says 'internet is the biggest gift of mankind' Tech tycoon Kim Dotcom has told the Guardian that "governments want to engage in mass surveillance and have total citizen control", before a crowd fundraising event for the Mana Internet party, the political party he founded to contest New Zealand's September 20 elections. Dotcom also reiterated his promise that five days before the election, the world will "witness a moment of truth" at an event alongside Glenn Greenwald, the former Guardian journalist who broke the NSA revelations with Edward Snowden. "We're about to make history", he said. Taking off to PARTY PARTY in Christchurch with 1000 party people tonight :-) pic.twitter.com/axDpliI1tN Hanging at the Internet Party @InternetPartyNZ @KimDotcom @lailaharre pic.twitter.com/MAYNx9PHdZ Continue reading...
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RBS reports largest profits since bailout as share price soars - http://www.theguardian.com/busines...
RBS reports largest profits since bailout as share price soars
RBS reports largest profits since bailout as share price soars
Royal Bank of Scotland opens 10% up on market as figures reveal £1.3bn profit largest since taxpayer rescue in 2008 Royal Bank of Scotland has reported its highest first-half profits since its 2008 taxpayer bailout, after an improvement in the economic backdrop and lower bad debts. Shares in the 81% taxpayer owned bank jumped 14% after it was forced to issue its figures a week early as a result of improvement in profit to £2.6bn in the six months to the end of June. Continue reading...
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BSkyB to buy Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland for £4.9bn cash - http://www.theguardian.com/busines...
BSkyB to buy Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland for £4.9bn cash
BSkyB to buy Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland for £4.9bn cash
Broadcaster to buy Fox's 57.4% interest in German firm, while Italian purchase to use cash and National Geographic sale BSkyB is to become a pan-European broadcasting company after agreeing to buy Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland from their parent group, Fox, for a combined £4.9bn in cash. Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox will maintain its 39% stake in the enlarged Sky, which will bring together 20 million customers in three of Europe's richest economies. Continue reading...
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Air Algérie AH5017 crash brings week's airliner death toll to 450 - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Air Algérie AH5017 crash brings week's airliner death toll to 450
Air Algérie AH5017 crash brings week's airliner death toll to 450
Airliner comes down in north Africa with 116 on board, including 51 French, after departing Burkina Faso for Algiers An Algerian aircraft carrying 110 passengers and six crew crashed in northern Africa early on Thursday with the apparent death of all on board the third airliner disaster in a week. Flight AH5017 operated by Air Algérie vanished from radar screens around 50 minutes after taking off from Burkina Faso en route to Algiers. It had reportedly asked to divert from its planned course because of heavy rain and poor visibility over northern Mali. Continue reading...
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Malaysia ferry sinks with loss of life - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Malaysia ferry sinks with loss of life
Malaysia ferry sinks with loss of life
Three bodies recovered and eight people missing as boat taking Indonesians home for Eid al-Fitr sinks off southern Malaysia At least three people died after an overloaded boat ferrying Indonesians home for the Eid al-Fitr festival sank off southern Malaysia, according to officials. Three bodies were recovered, 10 people were rescued and eight more remained missing in the incident, which took place early on Thursday the latest in a string of boat accidents in the run-up to the Islamic holiday. Continue reading...
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Why I'd like to be Chewbacca in Star Wars - http://www.theguardian.com/film...
Why I'd like to be  Chewbacca in Star Wars
Why I'd like to be  Chewbacca in Star Wars
He's a giant dog/bear with a blood-curdling howl who oozes cool as he flies spaceships around the Star Wars galaxy and shoots clone fascists with lasers plus he saved me from the terrors of Watership Down Why I'd like to be Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink Why I'd like to be Linda Fiorentino in The Last Seduction Why I'd like to be Val Kilmer in Tombstone My parents named me after Luke Skywalker, so it's a happy coincidence that I love Star Wars with a ferocity located somewhere between distracting and actually dangerous. If I didn't, the first time someone quipped, "Luke, i am your father" would have been just as tiresome as the billionth; as it stands, I don't mind people making the association, and do nothing to dissuade them from their belief that they've coined a Wildean zinger of bon mottery. But it's not my force-flinging namesake that made the biggest impression on me. No, that dubious honour goes to the great walking carpet himself, Chewbacca. Or, to give him his full and...
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Colorado cattle drive protects fragile ecosystems in pictures - http://www.theguardian.com/artandd...
Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson documents Steve Pargin, a third generation rancher, as he and a crew led by his head cowboy, David Thompson, herd cattle from mountain range to mountain range, preventing them from damaging fragile ecosystems by grazing there too long Continue reading...
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Hackers exploiting Internet Explorer to expose security flaws on a huge scale - http://www.theguardian.com/technol...
Exploits can expose software and security systems, researchers warn, helping hackers attack remote machines undetected Hackers and cybercriminals are using flaws in Microsofts Internet Explorer to search computers to discover what kinds of security software they are running and how to take control of them, security researchers claim. The exploits are allowing digital reconnaissance to be performed on a massive scale, across whole companies, computers, web servers and users without their knowledge, exposing holes in their security and allowing criminals to intelligently attack vulnerable machines. Continue reading...
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An 'audience with' David Mitchell or Stephen Fry? I'd rather have more gags - http://www.theguardian.com/stage...
An 'audience with' David Mitchell or Stephen Fry? I'd rather have more gags
An 'audience with' David Mitchell or Stephen Fry? I'd rather have more gags
Increasingly, big-name comedians are swapping the usual standup format for something that seems more intimate, honest and a bit of a get-out When is a standup gig not a standup gig? David Mitchell's announcement this week of an upcoming tour offers some clues. It's not a comedy show, it's more of a book tour. But it's not a conventional book tour, either. "[Mitchell's] appearances," according to the comedy journo Jay Richardson on Chortle.com, "will have an 'audience with' format instead." It's increasingly common: a well-loved comic returning to the live arena after some time away, but in the "An audience with " format, which isn't obliged to be primarily funny, rather than a gloves-off comedy show. We've had An Evening With John Cleese, Dawn French's "something between a play, a monologue and an autobiographical slide-show", and Sandi Toksvig's "uniquely witty evening of stand-up, stories and fascinating facts" . And there are live events with Stephen Fry, to promote the publication...
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Bolivia's child labour law shames us all - http://www.theguardian.com/global-...
Bolivia's child labour law shames us all
Bolivia's child labour law shames us all
Children aged just 10 are now permitted to work why do we keep denying children their right to a childhood? It is depressing to hear that Bolivia has become the first country to legalise child labour, reducing the minimum age of employment from 14 years old to just 10. Continue reading...
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JK Rowling makes rare appearance as her pseudonym Robert Galbraith - http://www.theguardian.com/books...
JK Rowling makes rare appearance as her pseudonym Robert Galbraith
JK Rowling makes rare appearance as her pseudonym Robert Galbraith
Harrogate Crime Writing festival steps up security as besuited Rowling/Galbraith takes the stage to answer questions about her/his mystery novels There are reports of the euphoria that attended reading tours by Charles Dickens during his time as the world's most popular novelist. And, in that sense, there was a Dickensian atmosphere in the Royal Hall in Harrogate last week, as JK Rowling was interviewed on stage. Although, to be strictly accurate, crime writer Val McDermid was actually talking to "Robert Galbraith", Rowling's pseudonym (broken far more quickly than she had hoped) for two mystery novels about one-legged, ex-army private eye Cormoran Strike. In honour of her male alias, Rowling wore a suit and tie. The words "rare public appearance" are as abused by the literary publicity industry as the phrase "return to form". But chances to see Rowling are genuinely infrequent; she tends to come out once or twice for each book, and her chat in Harrogate (a huge coup for the...
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Initiate countdown five, four, three, two, one and blast off! Five extra-planetary objects for astronauts little and large Continue reading...
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West Bank erupts over Gaza bloodshed as UN deplores deadly school attack - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Palestinian Authority calls for 'day of rage' after women and children are killed by Israeli shelling while seeking shelter The violence of the conflict in Gaza spread to the West Bank on Thursday with at least two Palestinians killed and scores wounded in one of the biggest clashes seen for several years. Further protests in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are expected following noon prayers on Friday, the last Friday of Ramadan, after the Palestinian Authority called for a day of rage over the bloodshed in Gaza. Continue reading...
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Tesco and Tony Blair: two eras brought low by hubris - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
New Labour and the supermarket rose to power together and, eerily entwined, fell victim to the same delusional thinking Decades, it is sometimes said, transcend mere numbers. According to the late historian Arthur Marwick, the long 60s stretched from 1958 to 1974. Just to make things that bit more complicated, other people think the period that is shorthanded as the 50s might actually have begun in 1945 and ended in 1962. The long 90s perhaps commenced with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, were seriously fractured by the events of 11 September 2001, and finally came to a close circa 2007. In between, in western Europe and the US at least, there was a giddy, amazingly superficial period that still looms large, not least at Westminster: our fortysomething politicians often seem to offer the promise that once our financial problems are out of the way, we might somehow be transported back to that era. Continue reading...
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Nightlife reports: a tour of Glasgows bars and clubs - http://www.theguardian.com/travel...
Glasgows nightlife scene has spawned everyone from post-rockers Mogwai to electronic music star Hudson Mohawke. We go for a night out with the citys Lucky Me label, who have produced an exclusive mix of the citys best club music for us More in the series: clubbing in Paris with DJ/producer Para One Its 11pm on a Friday night and Im sitting at the bar of Glasgows delicately named drinking spot, Nice N Sleazy, with Dominic Flannigan and Clair Stirling - AKA DJ Eclair Fifi - of the citys trendsetting record label and art collective Lucky Me. Dominic - who had previously been making excuses for not wanting to go to crazy that evening - has just placed a round of Buckfast in front of us. Barely a sip later and Clair has already knocked hers over. Now thats a blessing in disguise, she says. I think thats what youd call a Freudian slip. Continue reading...
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To mock President Putins pride and test his paranoia is folly - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
The downing of flight MH17 was clearly an accident. This tragedy should not be used as an excuse to punish Russia. Continue reading...
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The daily quiz: Eurovision and economics - http://www.theguardian.com/news...
The daily quiz: Eurovision and economics
In our weekly reader-set quiz, MJ Cusack tests your knowledge of lakes, Eurovision, Fellini and Easter Island Follow @GuardianQuiz on Twitter for daily notifications Would you like to set the quiz? Email 10 questions to daily.quiz@theguardian.com along with your name, and they may be used in the weekly Friday readers' edition Continue reading...
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Blake Lively's Preserve website made me want to eat the rich - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
Rich people selling each other useless items is one of the modern economy's bottomless wells of entertainment. Lively's site, Preserve, is a shining example of this It's been said that hatred of something in common is the easiest way to bring people together. Over the past few days, the internet has shown how true this is, speaking with an uncommon unity to convey one important message: Blake Lively's new website, Preserve, really sucks. The internet is right: Preserve is awful, and so eminently mockable that I can't rid myself of the suspicion that a team of researchers assembled it to test new methods for attracting haters. Part "e-commerce hub" and part "philanthropic endeavour", it has this to say about itself: Preserve is all of us, together, championing the goods, makers and legends that instill meaning inside the moments of our lives. We are aware that a lot of what we are selling is outlandish in a world where people are starving and have nowhere to sleep. This is a real...
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Lowest cost matters most in Britain's immigration detention centres - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
Britain's privatised detention centres have a 'prison culture', refugee advocates say. And when detainees are released, it's often into poverty and insecurity Yarls Wood is a Serco run immigration removal centre in Milton Ernest, built in an industrial park more than an hour from central London. Allegations have been made against Serco staff, including of sexual assaults by guards against detainees, yet the British government continues to use the facility. During a visit inside the centre, I briefly experienced the prison-like conditions suffered by immigrants on a daily basis. After submitting myself to a biometric reading of my index finger a Serco brochure in reception helpfully informed me that the information could be kept indefinitely because the Data Protection Act is so vaguely worded I met a young couple from Sri Lanka who were confused and anxious. Continue reading...
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Benedict Cumberbatch dominates DreamWorks panel at San Diego ComicCon - http://www.theguardian.com/culture...
Event had been intended to promote the upcoming film Penguins of Madgascar but Sherlockmania took over Community at Comic Con: cast and crew reveal clues about season six Continue reading...
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Arsène Wenger regrets demands of Arsenals pre-season friendlies - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
Manager says commercial demands are affecting players The best thing to do is stay and not travel too much Arsène Wenger has criticised the demands of Arsenals pre-season tour, saying it will be impossible to prepare his squad properly for the upcoming Premier League campaign, which begins on 16 August. Wenger, whose squad is in the US for a friendly against the Major league Soccer franchise New York Red Bulls before heading to Austria for a training camp and then returning to London for the Emirates Cup, is concerned at the demands of the clubs pre-season schedule, especially given that some players are returning later than normal after World Cup duty. Continue reading...
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Queen photobombs Hockeyroo Jayde Taylors Commonwealth Games selfie - http://www.theguardian.com/sport...
Australian hockey player shares selfie taken in Glasgow The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!! #sheevensmiled Continue reading...
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Floyd Mayweather granted promoters licence by Nevada Athletic Commission - http://www.theguardian.com/sport...
Unbeaten welterweight now free to put on fights on his own Mayweather has used Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions Floyd Mayweather Jr can now organise and market fights in Nevada all on his own. The Nevada Athletic Commission voted on Wednesday to grant the undefeated welterweight champion a promoters licence. The 37-year-old Mayweather has previously worked with fight promoters Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions in his televised matchups in Las Vegas. Continue reading...
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Lloyds Banking Group faces fine of up to £300m over Libor rigging - http://www.theguardian.com/busines...
Lloyds Banking Group faces fine of up to £300m over Libor rigging
Lloyds Banking Group faces fine of up to £300m over Libor rigging
Bailed-out bank is latest firm penalised by regulator the Financial Conduct Authority over rigging benchmark interest rate Bailed-out Lloyds Banking Group appears poised to become the latest financial firm to be penalised for rigging Libor and is said to be facing a fine of between £200m and £300m. The bank, 24% owned by the taxpayer, is expected to pay the fine to the City regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, as well as regulators in the US, which are involved the extensive investigation into the potential rigging of the benchmark interest rate. The penalty for Lloyds comes more than two years after Libor manipulations at Barclays were exposed and regulators on both sides of the Atlantic imposed a £290m fine. Continue reading...
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Toys are we: 250 years of royal childhood at Buckingham Palace - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news...
Toys are we: 250 years of royal childhood at Buckingham Palace
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Baby progress books, milk teeth, rocking horses, a polo mallet and mini Aston Martin go on display A lifetime of speeches for the monarch has meant dutifully delivering the scripted words of others, a practice she perfected in the pushchair, it would seem. For the first words the Queeen uttered, aged 13 months, were "mama" and "bebe", according to her baby progress book. Which is surprising, given that her parents had set sail to Australia five months previously and had yet to return to her. The book, which notes her first tooth (26 January 1927), when she began to crawl (11th April 1927) and her first pram outing (at 10 days old), is one of hundreds of items, including outfits, toys, christening paraphernalia, lavish gifts and previously unseen family film, now on public display at an exhibition at Buckingham Palace charting 250 years of royal childhood. Continue reading...
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School PE lessons putting girls off sport, MPs' report finds - http://www.theguardian.com/educati...
School PE lessons putting girls off sport, MPs' report finds
School PE lessons putting girls off sport, MPs' report finds
With 2 million fewer women than men playing regular sport, MPs call for schools to take girls' exercise more seriously Girls are being put off sport by PE lessons and must be offered more "imaginative" activities including dance and cycling, the Commons culture, media and sport watchdog has concluded. With 2 million fewer women than men playing regular sport, the cross-party group of MPs will call on the government to force schools into taking girls' exercise more seriously, especially in light of growing inactivity in children. They said this could be done by amending the public sector equality duty for schools to make clear that an equal amount of attention must be given to sport for girls as boys. Continue reading...
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Immigration MPs call for more action to stop sham marriage 'industry' - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news...
Immigration MPs call for more action to stop sham marriage 'industry'
Immigration MPs call for more action to stop sham marriage 'industry'
Give registrars power to refuse to conduct suspected bogus weddings and ask embassies to issue warnings, says committee Registrars should be given the power to refuse to conduct marriages they believe are bogus, MPs have said, in a warning that more needed to be done to counter what had become an immigration scam "industry". The number of suspect couples being referred annually to the Home Office has more than doubled in three years to 2,135 and the true figure is almost certainly far higher due to under-reporting, the Commons home affairs committee said. But registrars receive too little information from immigration officials about what action is being taken, leaving them obliged to officiate at ceremonies they believed to be fraudulent, and should be give more discretion to act unilaterally, it concluded. Continue reading...
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