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Olympic snowboarder appeals for help over stolen laptop - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news...
Olympic snowboarder appeals for help over stolen laptop
Olympic snowboarder appeals for help over stolen laptop
Jenny Jones says she is devastated to have lost her photos from Sochi Games after MacBook was stolen from car in west London The Olympic snowboarder Jenny Jones has appealed for help after her laptop including all of her photographs of the Sochi Games was stolen from her car. The 34-year-old, who became the first Briton to win an Olympic medal in a snow event after taking bronze in slopestyle at this year's Games, said she was devastated to have lost her photos. She said the laptop was stolen from her car when it was broken into in Hammersmith, west London. Continue reading...
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White British more likely to get university offers than other ethnicities - http://www.theguardian.com/news...
Twelve of the 14 minority groups included in analysis were less likely to receive offers than white British applicants Read: ethnic minority students get fewer university offers, research shows A new report has strengthened earlier findings that there are significant differences in university offer rates for ethnic groups, relative to white British applicants. The research, which examines the question of ethnic differences in university offer rates using UCAS admissions data from 2008, determined that applications from 12 of the 14 minority groups included in the analysis were significantly less likely to result in an offer than applications from white British applicants. Continue reading...
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Payday lender withdraws ad that encourages 'worry-free' borrowing - http://www.theguardian.com/money...
Payday lender withdraws ad that encourages 'worry-free' borrowing
Payday lender withdraws ad that encourages 'worry-free' borrowing
Advertising Standards Authority bans email that pushes 'irresponsible' borrowing for birthday parties An email from payday lender Pounds to Pocket has been banned for encouraging customers to use a short-term loan to fund birthday celebrations. The email arrived with a subject line reading "Happy birthday from Pounds to Pocket", and went on to say: "We'd like to wish you the best on your special day! Now you can apply for the money you need to enjoy your birthday worry-free." Continue reading...
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Britain will never be a champion of democracy while it sells arms to tyrants - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
Britain will never be a champion of democracy while it sells arms to tyrants
Britain will never be a champion of democracy while it sells arms to tyrants
A glance at the countries the UK's heavily subsidised weapon industry sells to Russia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt should rid you of any illusions about our foreign policy Kaye Stearman: This year's DSEI arms fair needs to be the last Attention is focusing on British-made weapons being sent to Moscow, and understandably so. Vladimir Putin was once a friend of Britain, given cover by Tony Blair as he razed Chechnya to the ground, but now in the typically Orwellian manner of British foreign policy he has been transformed into enemy number one. And yet David Cameron's definitive claims that an absolute arms embargo has been put in place against Russia have been torpedoed: according to a cross-party group of MPs, there are more than 200 licences in place to sell arms to Putin's government. If you have even a shaky belief in British foreign policy as a force for democracy, even a cursory glance at the list of destinations for British arms should swiftly lead you to part with your...
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60s girl groups: 10 of the best - http://www.theguardian.com/music...
Girl groups might have been responsible for the sweetest 60s music, but their lyrics covered everything from teenage pregnancy to frightening dogs, as this playlist shows Continue reading...
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Whitney Houston's family on biopic: 'please please let her rest' - http://www.theguardian.com/music...
'No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or her relationship with Bobby,' says the singer's mother Cissy Houston about planned Lifetime film Family of Aaliyah reportedly plan to block a TV biopic Whitney Houston's mother has issued a statement regarding a forthcoming Lifetime biopic that is said to focus on the late singer's relationship with former husband Bobby Brown. Explaining that her family are "exhausted" by "continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her", Cissy Houston goes onto plead with film-makers: "Please, please let her rest." Despite initial objections from the singer's family, the US cable and satellite television channel has reportedly decided to proceed the movie. In a statement issued to Entertainment Tonight, Cissy Houston said: No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby. In the two years since Whitney's death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close...
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Manchester Uniteds Wilfried Zaha ready to impress Louis van Gaal - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
England winger included on summer tour to USA Zaha: I definitely feel like this is a clean slate Wilfried Zaha believes he can make an impression in his second season at Manchester United after being sent out on loan to Cardiff last season. Signed for £15m from Crystal Palace in 2013, Zaha made just two Premier League appearances last season before joining the Welsh side in January. He has been included on Uniteds pre-season tour to the United States and the England international admitted he is determined to impress the new manager Louis van Gaal. Continue reading...
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Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood to star in remake of Westworld - http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-...
Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood to star in remake of Westworld
Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood to star in remake of Westworld
The iconic Yul Brynner film about psychotic robot denizens of a theme park is getting the long-form TV treatment from HBO, produced by JJ Abrams HBO, the US TV network behind The Sopranos, Girls and True Detective, is to remake 70s sci-fi thriller Westworld with a host of blue-chip talent: Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood will take starring roles, and JJ Abrams will produce. Westworld, set in the near future, imagines a theme park that recreates the Wild West, complete with artificially intelligent cowboys that visitors can shoot and kill, as well as pliant robots who agree to sexual encounters. A malfunction spreads through the robots, causing them to turn violently against the park's human visitors with a robot gunslinger played by Yul Brynner most lethal of all. Released in 1973, it was directed by Michael Crichton, and was an early adopter of CGI. Continue reading...
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Will 2014 be the hottest year on record? - http://www.theguardian.com/environ...
After the hottest May and June ever recorded and with a looming El Niño predicted to cause global temperatures to spike, Karl Mathiesen, with your help, asks are we living through the hottest year since records began? Let us know your thoughts. Post in the comments below, email karl.mathiesen.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @karlmathiesen 11.22am BST El Niño is the name given to weather events caused by an enormous swelling up of warm water from the depths of the eastern Pacific Ocean. This event, which occurs every 5 or so years, affects every global weather system. Every continent is influenced differently, but generally El Niño causes a rise in temperatures, which has traditionally seen the global average spike. Conversely, La Nina, El Niño's counter-event, causes a dip in temperatures. The past two years have been La Nina years. The general increase in global temperatures has meant that 13 of the hottest 14 years on record have occurred since 2000. The only outlier is 1998,...
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John Kerry defies flight ban to attend Israel ceasefire talks - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
John Kerry defies flight ban to attend Israel ceasefire talks
John Kerry defies flight ban to attend Israel ceasefire talks
US secretary of state arrives in Tel Aviv to meet with political leaders in hopes of ending hostilities in Gaza US secretary of state John Kerry has arrived in Tel Aviv for to push for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas as fierce fighting continues in Gaza. Continue reading...
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Gangs, guns and Judas Priest: the secret history of a US-inflicted border crisis - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
Central America didn't always have a gang epidemic. We exported that Visiting El Salvador over the past year, it was hard not to think the country's number-one job is standing around outside with a gun. In the region from which child migrants are fleeing to the US, personal security is largely a question of what you can afford to pay. El Salvador has, by one estimate, 25,000 private guards in a country with 20,000 police officers. In Honduras, which boasts the highest murder rate in the world and has seen the largest exodus of young people to the American border this year, guards outnumber cops five to one. Wealthy Salvadorans can retreat to residential compounds that resemble a militarized version of a Palm Beach retirement community, complete with golf carts. Behind high walls and even higher voltage wires, one economist gushed to me: "This place has everything we never have to go outside!" For the rest, those who stay and those who get sent back, gangland drama is a fact of life....
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A book for the beach: Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger - http://www.theguardian.com/books...
A book for the beach: Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger
A book for the beach: Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger
A sojourn with Salinger's family of squabbling siblings may be exhausting, but it is never dull Franny and Zooey is just 157 pages long. I write that not to advocate it as a quick read or even to suggest that it might be cheap (although both might be handy for the beach). I point it out because its length is wildly deceptive. For within what Salinger himself described as a "pretty skimpy-looking book", he manages to steamroll a sizeable chunk of the human condition. Published in the New Yorker in 1955 and 1957 as a short story and a novella, Franny and Zooey first appeared together in 1961. The curtain rises on Franny as the eponymous fresh-faced American college girl, Frances Glass, arrives by train to meet her boyfriend, Lane, ahead of a big university football match. But over lunch, Franny's skittish, intellectual gaiety begins to crack, revealing a bitter abhorrence of phony experts, narcissistic ambition and above all, ego. Continue reading...
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A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Ten historians from 10 countries give a brief history of the first world war through a global lens. Using original news reports, interactive maps and rarely-seen footage, including extraordinary scenes of troops crossing Mesopotamia on camels and Italian soldiers fighting high up in the Alps, the half-hour film explores the war and its effects from many different perspectives. You can watch the documentary in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic or Hindi Warning: contains images some viewers may find disturbing Continue reading...
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Inside the famous Phnom Penh cinema that has become a living nightmare - http://www.theguardian.com/cities...
The Hemakcheat was once one of Cambodias most beloved cinemas and Meas Sopheap one of its star dancers. Today it is a notorious slum, and Meas one of hundreds who shelter there In early summer, as the rainy season approaches Phnom Penh, the faintest wind shakes Meas Sopheaps home a creaky shelter in the once-grand building. Water seeps through the roof, fashioned from plastic sheets and corrugated iron, into a mound of sodden rubbish underfoot. At 87, her body bears the scars of an untreated skin disease and she scratches herself constantly as she tells her story. A few decades ago Meas Sopheap was a star, and the Hemakcheat was one of the countrys most beloved cinemas. Continue reading...
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Peaches Geldof was a heroin addict, inquest told - http://www.theguardian.com/culture...
Peaches Geldof was a heroin addict, inquest told
Peaches Geldof was a heroin addict, inquest told
Geldof had been taking methadone over two years before she started using heroin again in February, husband tells hearing Peaches Geldof was a heroin addict who had been taking the substitute drug methadone in the two-and-a-half years before her death, an inquest has heard. The journalist, model and television presenter had started using heroin in again in February this year, her husband, Thomas Cohen, told the hearing. Continue reading...
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How teachers should start to address FGM in schools - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
Teachers have a duty to tackle female genital mutilation and keep girls safe. We must transform the way we approach the issue in schools On Tuesday, the prime minister came to our school, Walworth academy in south London, to announce that teachers and other public servants like me will have a new duty to tackle female genital mutilation. Some will see this as another example of schools acting as surrogate parents, but I believe that as educators, we have a moral obligation to act. Our students should be fully aware of the risks of FGM and our parents need to be in no doubt about the stance of our school. To paraphrase RH Tawney, what a parent would want for their daughter, the state should want for all our daughters. Continue reading...
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Tour de France 2014 stage 17: Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary Pla d'Adet live! - http://www.theguardian.com/sport...
Latest standings and stage results Rogers breaks away for victory on Stage 16 The Global Cycling Network's Stage 17 fly-through Send your emails to john.ashdown@theguardian.com 10.26am BST 10.23am BST A short mountain stage of the kind Christian Prudhomme likes to throw in to ensure action from the gun. Three first-category mountains typical short, sharp Pyrenean climbs plus the hors-categorie ascent to one of the toughest finishes in the Pyrenees, should see the top men in the standings fighting out the stage win. The stamina of old stagers such as Alejandro Valverde could well come into play. 10.17am BST Continue reading...
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Gay marriage conversion process has 'no heart', say same-sex couples - http://www.theguardian.com/society...
Gay marriage conversion process has 'no heart', say same-sex couples
Gay marriage conversion process has 'no heart', say same-sex couples
Couples start petition calling for Nick Boles to rethink ceremony by which civil partnerships may be converted into marriages The government's proposed process for converting civil partnerships into full marriages has come under fire from some same-sex couples who say they have "no heart" and are more like getting a car tax renewed than a wedding. Continue reading...
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The strange relationship between global warming denial and... speaking English - http://www.theguardian.com/environ...
Polling from IPSO Mori shows US clearly the worst in its climate denial, followed by UK and Australia, reports Climate Desk Here in the United States, we fret a lot about global warming denial. Not only is it a dangerous delusion, it's an incredibly prevalent one. Depending on your survey instrument of choice, we regularly learn that substantial minorities of Americans deny, or are sceptical of, the science of climate change. The global picture, however, is quite different. For instance, recently the UK-based market research firm Ipsos MORI released its "Global Trends 2014" report, which included a number of survey questions on the environment asked across 20 countries. (h/t Leo Hickman). And when it came to climate change, the result was very telling: Continue reading...
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Subtweeting: what is it, and how to do it well - http://www.theguardian.com/technol...
Talking about someone behind their back on Twitter is complex. What does it take to master the subtle art of the subtweet? Subtweeting: its the internet equivalent of talking about someone behind their back or at least thats how people usually explain it. But in truth, the art of subtweeting consists of many different strokes. Its not something that can be so succinctly defined. Subtweeting can be brilliant, it can be cruel, it can be rude, it can be annoying as hell. @ladyhaja !! Why do some people use #subtweet hashtags on subtweets? Silly. #subtweet Continue reading...
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Glasgow ready for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony - http://www.theguardian.com/sport...
Glasgow ready for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
Glasgow ready for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will attend Celtic Park ceremony where Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle will be among performers Competing at the Commonwealth Games could provide a breakthrough for young athletes, Sir Chris Hoy has said, as Glasgow prepares for an opening ceremony that Scots believe will recapture the excitement of the curtain-raiser of the London Olympic Games. Hoy, whose six cycling golds make him Team GB's most successful Olympian, said part of him wished he was competing, but he realised he was past his best. Continue reading...
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The Honourable Woman: a great show let down by dated opening credits? - http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-...
Hugo Blick's drama is hugely impressive so far, but its title sequence, which feels like a poor man's Homeland, is overcooked. What's the secret to a great opening sequence? Were not yet halfway through The Honourable Woman but its clear writer/director/producer Hugo Blick has assembled his political thriller with rare confidence and control. Dense, deliberate, harrowing and opaque, it already feels comparable to the most-admired US dramas of recent years while retaining its own unique UK flavour, possibly due to Blicks instinct to surprise and subvert. Its just a shame the title sequence feels both over-egged and second-hand, like it was found down the back of the sofa in the Homeland writing room. From a technical perspective, its state-of-the-art stuff: a herky-jerky montage of ominous images, snatches of isolated dialogue and classified documents being redacted before your eyes, soundtracked by unsettling strings and a squelchy heartbeat. Its intended to invoke the confusion of...
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Worries about weak wages led Bank of England to vote 9-0 to leave interest rates unchanged business live - http://www.theguardian.com/busines...
Latest MPC minutes show some policymakers are concerned about weak wage growth MPC: market reaction to economic and geopolitical risks is surprisingly low Weakness of wages is 'striking'.... ... but 'small' rate rise could test reactionBank minutes released - details start here Paul Fisher: Bank delivered the recovery In other news: Spain revises growth forecasts UP But French industrial confidence still weak 11.37am BST A reminder that Mark Carney will be speaking in Glasgow this lunchtime, at the Commonwealth Games Business Conference. Governor Mark Carney speaks today at #Glasgow2014Biz Text at 12:45pm on @bankofengland website http://t.co/tXksxgtGD3 pic.twitter.com/3Hv3QbVS12 11.19am BST BBQ and summer clothes boosting UK sales, according to the CBI.....well that factor wont last long! 11.19am BST Takings at Britain's retailers have jumped this month, and shop managers are more optimistic about the prospects for August as well. The CBI's monthly survey "distributive trades...
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Costa Concordia says goodbye to Giglio as it embarks on final voyage - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Costa Concordia says goodbye to Giglio as it embarks on final voyage
Costa Concordia says goodbye to Giglio as it embarks on final voyage
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Salvage operation engineers rotate refloated cruise ship for its voyage to Genoa, where it will be broken up for scrap The Italian port of Giglio echoed with the sound of sirens and applause on Wednesday as the rusting hulk of the Costa Concordia left for its final voyage, two and a half years after its disastrous sinking in which 32 people died. Locals, tourists and journalists packed on to the jetty leading out to sea from the picturesque Tuscan port as technicians coordinating the final stage of the most ambitious maritime salvage operation in history began rotating the cruise ship to prepare for departure. Continue reading...
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Andy Carroll to miss rest of West Hams pre-season tour with ankle injury - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
England striker withdrawn as a precautionary measure Injury is not the same as ruled him out last season Andy Carroll will miss the rest of West Hams pre-season tour to New Zealand after a suffering a new injury. The England striker was withdrawn from the squad to face Wellington in a friendly on Wednesday as a precautionary measure after reporting a sore left ankle during training. He is not expected to miss the start of the new season. Continue reading...
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MH17: Rebels likely shot down plane 'by mistake' live updates - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
US says no evidence of Russias direct involvement Eyewitnesses tell the Guardian of likely Buk system in TorezEU foreign ministers line up new sanctions on RussiansInternational teams receive trains carrying bodies in KharkivHeavy fighting roils on near Donetsk and Luhansk Continue reading...
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iPhone 'backdoors' can be used for surveillance, warns researcher - http://www.theguardian.com/technol...
Expert says 'forensic services' could allow access to personal data, but there is no proof these have been used for surveillance A researcher has revealed what he claims to be previously undiscovered ways that users can be surveilled through their iPhone. Research released by iOS exploitation expert Jonathan Zdziarski at the Hackers On Planet Earth conference in New York last week showed there were a number of previously undocumented forensic services and surveillance mechanisms within iOS. Continue reading...
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Trojan horse inquiry was politically motivated, says former Park View chair - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news...
Trojan horse inquiry was politically motivated, says former Park View chair
Trojan horse inquiry was politically motivated, says former Park View chair
Tahir Alam says Peter Clarke, who led the investigation, did not visit some of the Birmingham schools mentioned in the report The Trojan horse investigation into an alleged plot to infiltrate Birmingham schools by Islamic hardliners was a politically motivated offensive led by Michael Gove, the former chairman of a Birmingham education trust has said. Tahir Alam, who until his resignation last month was chairman of Park View Educational Trust, said Peter Clarke, the former Metropolitan police counter-terrorism command who led the investigation, had not even visited some of the schools mentioned in his report. The report said Alam's trust had allowed an "aggressive and intolerant" Islamic ethos in its schools. Continue reading...
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Alberto Contador out of Vuelta a España due to Tour de France injury - http://www.theguardian.com/sport...
Contador tweets that he will not recover in time for Vuelta Bad day. The healing of the wound is getting complicated Rogers wins stage 16 of Tour de France for Tinkoff-Saxo Alberto Contador has given up hope of competing in next months Vuelta a España. The Spanish rider withdrew from the Tour de France after crashing on stage 10 and his recovery is taking longer than expected. Continue reading...
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Woody Allen: Pacino, De Niro, Nicholson 'too busy' to work with me - http://www.theguardian.com/film...
Woody Allen: Pacino, De Niro, Nicholson 'too busy' to work with me
Woody Allen: Pacino, De Niro, Nicholson 'too busy' to work with me
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Magic in the Moonlight director lists the Hollywood greats he would love to work with in his first ever podcast appearance. If only they had the time ... More on Magic in the Moonlight Woody Allen longs to work with Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson, but they are always "too busy" to collaborate, the film-maker has revealed. Allen said he had approached all three Hollywood icons in the past, but had come up empty handed. Promoting his new film Magic in the Moonlight, the prolific director was speaking to Josh Horowitz of Happy Sad Confused, marking his first appearance on a podcast. Continue reading...
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