• Bank of England warns ‘no-deal’ Brexit fears have risen – business live
    by Graeme Wearden on Giugno 26, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial newsLatest: Mark Carney is facing MPs nowCarney: Rates would rise after smooth Brexit……but no-deal could require more stimulusEarlier:Introduction: Oil and bitcoin rally in nervous marketsBitcoin smashes through $12,000 to a 15-month high 11.05am BST Mark Carney adds that the housing market has suffered from Brexit uncertainty, as the deadlines for Britain’s departure have been pushed back.[prices in London and the South East have been falling for several months] 11.01am BST Q: Do you think the risk of a no-deal Brexit is growing?Carney turns the question deftly back onto the Treasury committee — pointing out that it’s the government’s job to plot the path forwards, and parliament’s job to approve it or not. Continue reading… […]

  • ‘If I can hear you, I can find you’: the woman teaching kids to dodge bullets in their neighborhood
    by Abené Clayton in Richmond, California on Giugno 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Elana Bolds has held ‘active shooter’ drills for decades in her northern California community, where exposure to gun violence is almost inevitable“Boom, boom, boom,” Elana Bolds called out. Continue reading… […]

  • Emma Stone denies injury caused by fall at Spice Girls concert
    by Andrew Pulver on Giugno 26, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    Star hurt shoulder in a slip at home, says source, not in Wembley gig mishap – and claims forthcoming Cruella movie shoot will not be delayedLa La Land star Emma Stone has denied that a shoulder injury that may disrupt the new 101 Dalmatians prequel Cruella was the result of a fall at a Spice Girls concert.The Sun reported that Stone broke her shoulder after falling to the ground as she was sitting on a friend’s shoulders at the concert on 13 June at Wembley; she had been photographed with group member Emma Bunton before the show. The report also stated it took Stone a few days to realise the extent of the injury. Continue reading… […]

  • Creature comforts: has the US’s emotional support animal epidemic gone too far? – video
    by Richard Sprenger, Alex Healey, Jem Talbot, Ken Macfarlane and Katie Lamborn on Giugno 26, 2019 at 8:30 AM

    Emotional support animals, or ESAs, have exploded across the US in recent years, with rising numbers of pet owners getting their animals certified online. Unlike in the UK, ESAs have legal status in the US on a tier below traditional service animals, but the backlash has begun – with critics complaining the system is being abused by regular pet owners who want to take their animals into unsuitable public spaces. The Guardian’s Richard Sprenger – animal lover but pet sceptic – meets ESA owners and their animals across North America. Continue reading… […]

  • Faces of war: Kurdistan’s armed struggle against Islamic State
    by Joey Lawrence on Giugno 26, 2019 at 7:18 AM

    Since March 2015, the photographer and author Joey Lawrence has had unprecedented access to Kurdish guerrilla organisations fighting Isis, embedding himself into the Iraq and Syrian civil war. His powerful portraits of the fighters give a different perspective to the conflictWe came from fire, and we will return to fireThe war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has flooded our daily news with troubling statistics of massacres and mass migrations, yet there are faces and human stories at the heart of the conflict. Joey L wrote: “From Iraq, one crosses the Tigris River into war-torn Syria, and is catapulted into a worldview crafted by the guerrilla.” Continue reading… […]

  • Austrian far-right leader searched on suspicion of forming terrorist group with Christchurch shooter
    by Jason Wilson on Giugno 26, 2019 at 6:47 AM

    Investigation widens to include Martin Sellner’s fiancee Brittany Pettibone following her contact with Australian far-right figure Blair CottrellThe Austrian identitarian leader, Martin Sellner, has been subjected to further searches by Austrian police in connection with the Christchurch shooter, according to Austrian media reports and videos on Sellner’s own YouTube channel.The investigation has also reportedly widened to include Sellner’s US-based fiancee, Brittany Pettibone, and her own alleged connections with Australian far-right figure Blair Cottrell. Continue reading… […]

  • Mueller to testify before House committees in July
    by Guardian staff on Giugno 26, 2019 at 6:40 AM

    Special counsel agrees to testify in open session on 17 July, chairmen of judiciary and intelligence committees sayThe special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before Congress next month.Mueller agreed to testify before the House judiciary committee and House permanent select committee on intelligence in an open session on 17 July, the chairmen of the committees announced on Tuesday, in what is likely to be the most highly anticipated congressional hearing in years. Continue reading… […]

  • Apocalypse now: images of a world in turmoil
    on Giugno 26, 2019 at 6:00 AM

    Agence MYOP are taking over an abandoned school in Arles to exhibit images showing the major social, ecological and humanitarian crises we face MYOP is at Rencontres d’Arles, France, 1-7 July Continue reading… […]

  • Is it ethical for a woman to date a man for a free dinner? Only if they’re very upfront | Arwa Mahdawi
    by Arwa Mahdawi on Giugno 26, 2019 at 6:00 AM

    A third of heterosexual women have resorted to the ‘foodie call’ – including one who asked all her Tinder matches to send pizzaWhen it comes to dating and relationships, a lot of women want only one thing: free food. According to a groundbreaking study, up to a third of heterosexual women have dated men they’re not romantically interested in simply because they want a free meal – a phenomenon known as the “foodie call”. The research found that women who subscribe to traditional gender roles and score highly on the “dark triad” of personality traits (psychopathy, machiavellianism and narcissism) were more likely to engage in them.I’m not sure what the point of this study was, but it’s worth noting a number of the researchers behind it came from Azusa Pacific University, an evangelical Christian university in California whose stated mission is to develop “disciples and scholars prepared to impact the world for Christ”. And, while Jesus was a big fan of giving food to the hungry, you imagine he would not have been too keen on scamming snacks. Continue reading… […]

  • Someone accused the US president of rape. The media shrugged | Arwa Mahdawi
    by Arwa Mahdawi on Giugno 26, 2019 at 6:00 AM

    Why the relative quiet around E Jean Carroll’s allegation? Is it sexism? Outrage fatigue? Journalistic cowardice? All of the above?Donald Trump once boasted he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone without losing any votes. While this thesis hasn’t been tested – yet – I suspect he’s probably right. Just look at the muted reaction to the allegations the president once sexually assaulted a woman on Fifth Avenue. Just look at the depressing and predictable way the E Jean Carroll story is fizzling out.On Friday, New York magazine published an excerpt from Carroll’s forthcoming book in which the writer recalls encountering Trump in Bergdorf Goodman, a Manhattan department store, in the mid-1990s. Carroll alleges that Trump violently forced himself upon her in a dressing room after asking for advice on a present he was getting for a female friend. “I have never had sex with anybody ever again,” she wrote. Continue reading… […]

  • Bryan Stevenson: the lawyer devoting his life to fighting injustice
    by Jamiles Lartey on Giugno 26, 2019 at 6:00 AM

    Michael B Jordan is to play him in a new film – but first a documentary tells the incredible true story of a man taking on America’s criminal justice systemIn the 30 years since he founded the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, Bryan Stevenson has worked to free more than 100 inmates facing unjust convictions – especially black Americans, who are disproportionately found at every stage of the criminal justice system.For most of that time, Stevenson eschewed the limelight. “For years I was one of these people – I just wanted to put my head down and do my work. I didn’t even have a sign on the door,” he says. Continue reading… […]

  • Illegal drug classifications are based on politics not science – report
    on Giugno 26, 2019 at 6:00 AM

    Global Commission on Drug Policy calls for a reclassification of drugs including cocaine, heroin and cannabisIllegal drugs including cocaine, heroin and cannabis should be reclassified to reflect a scientific assessment of harm, according to a report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy.The commission, which includes 14 former heads of states from countries such as Colombia, Mexico, Portugal and New Zealand, said the international classification system underpinning drug control is “biased and inconsistent”. Continue reading… […]

  • ‘We’re using children’s blood as detectors’: how the US fails with lead exposure
    by Anna Almendrala in Los Angeles on Giugno 26, 2019 at 6:00 AM

    Hundreds of thousands of children in the US remain at risk of exposure to lead, which causes cognitive and behavioral deficits Antoinette Catholdi-Dow, a 30-year-old mother of two, first started noticing little bite marks on the window sills in 2015, when her son was about two and a half years old.The window sills were the perfect height to help her toddler pull himself up to stand and walk. Eventually, Catholdi-Dow would enter the room and catch her son nibbling along their edges. Continue reading… […]

  • Why I’m climate striking against Fox News on Friday | Alexandria Villaseñor
    by Alexandria Villaseñor on Giugno 26, 2019 at 6:00 AM

    The news media is society’s alarm clock – it needs to wake us upThis past Saturday, I was among hundreds of activists with the group Extinction Rebellion NYC who protested outside the New York Times headquarters in midtown Manhattan to demand better coverage of the climate crisis. Protesters lay down on Eighth Avenue, staging a “die-in” to block traffic. We draped a banner the length of the Times building that declared, “Climate Emergency = Mass Murder”. Sixty-seven of us got arrested.Somewhat to our surprise, our protest received a good deal of news coverage. CBS, CNN, the Guardian, and the Associated Press ran stories. The Times even published one, a Reuters dispatch that quoted a Times spokesperson defending the newspaper’s coverage. “There is no national news organization that devotes more time, staff or resources to producing deeply reported coverage to help readers understand climate change than the New York Times,” the spokesperson said. Continue reading… […]

  • How apartheid killed Johannesburg’s cycling culture
    by Njogu Morgan in Johannesburg on Giugno 26, 2019 at 5:30 AM

    Racial segregation meant cycling lost status in South Africa earlier and more intensely than in the rest of the western worldCycling Cities: the Johannesburg Experience is published by the Foundation for the History of Technology“The writer counted, in the space of only four minutes, 93 native cyclists riding past the Astra theatre,” wrote a journalist for the Star newspaper in July 1940. Standing almost 80 years later on the same corner of Louis Botha Avenue at the same time and day of the week – 6.30pm on a Monday – it is hard to imagine. The theatre is long gone and not a single cyclist is to be seen on the car-choked thoroughfare.What happened to Johannesburg’s once vibrant commuter cycling culture? The dominance of the automobile marginalised the bicycle in many cities around the world through the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s but that process was accelerated in South Africa by apartheid. When policies of spatial segregation forcibly moved black people to faraway townships at the periphery of the city, the distance between work and home increased dramatically and cycling collapsed as an everyday practice. Continue reading… […]

  • Hong Kong protesters call on foreign leaders to raise crisis at G20
    by Verna Yu on Giugno 26, 2019 at 5:04 AM

    Demonstrators march on consulates to petition overseas governments to assist in fight against ‘authoritarian regime’ Hundreds have gathered at a rally in Hong Kong and marched to foreign consulates to lobby international governments about the city’s political crisis during the G20 summit this week.President Xi Jinping of China and the US president, Donald Trump, are expected to meet at the summit in Japan amid heightened trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies. Continue reading… […]

  • Virtual visits: how Finland is coping with an ageing population | Sarah Johnson
    by Sarah Johnson on Giugno 26, 2019 at 5:00 AM

    Online lunch clubs are the start of a remote care revolution to reduce the spiralling costs of caring for older peopleIt’s 11.30am on a midweek June morning in Helsinki, Finland. Duvi Leineberg, a remote care nurse, is doing the lunch rounds. But instead of jumping in a car and visiting each person one by one, she is sitting in an office looking at a large computer screen where she can see into seven people’s homes. Most are sitting at a table preparing to tuck into some food. Related: Personal care should be free for over-65s, says thinktank Continue reading… […]

  • Paul McCartney on Linda’s best photos: ‘Seeing the joy between me and John really helped me’
    by Alexis Petridis on Giugno 26, 2019 at 5:00 AM

    Linda Eastman was the award-winning photographer who captured a generation of rock stars before marrying a Beatle. He discusses how her work changed his life‘I always used to joke that I ruined Linda’s career,” says Paul McCartney, sitting on a sofa in his office in Soho, London, with a selection of his late wife’s photographs spread on the table before him. “She became known as ‘Paul’s wife’, instead of the focus being on her photography. But, as time went on, people started to realise that she was the real thing. So, yeah, she eventually did get the correct reputation, but at first it was just blown out of the water by the headline-grabbing marriage.” Continue reading… […]

  • Trans, black and loved: what happened when I returned to the deep south after transitioning
    by Imara Jones on Giugno 26, 2019 at 5:00 AM

    Imara Jones left Georgia to discover herself as a trans woman. Two decades later, she returns to meet her family as her whole selfThere is one essential truth about human beings: we all come from somewhere. Me? I’m a black trans woman who left the deep south at 18.It’s September 2018, two decades later, and I’m in a car headed back to Georgia for the first time as my whole self – with a new body, and a whole new way of being – to meet my 95-year-old great aunt Mama Rose and the rest of my family. Continue reading… […]

  • Jewish district inspires Tom Stoppard in ‘personal’ new play
    by Mark Brown Arts correspondent on Giugno 26, 2019 at 5:00 AM

    Playwright will return to West End with Leopoldstadt, based in old Jewish quarter of Vienna Tom Stoppard, whose four Jewish grandparents and much of his family from his parents’ generation died in Nazi concentration camps, is returning to the West End with what is likely to be his most personal play.The 81-year-old playwright has spent the last year writing Leopoldstadt, his first play since The Hard Problem at the National Theatre in early 2015. It is set in 1900 in Vienna, then the most vibrant city in Europe where about a 10th of the population were Jewish. Continue reading… […]

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