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Officer in charge of match charged with manslaughter and ex-chief constable Sir Norman Bettison charged with misconduct
Six people, including two former senior police officers, have been charged with criminal offences over the deaths of 96 people at the Hillsborough disaster and the alleged police cover-up that followed.Continue reading...
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at the first PMQs of the new parliament
Amid the confusion over the government’s public sector pay plans, the Conservative MP, John Penrose, tells the BBC there is cross-party consensus that more money needs to be spent on public services.
He was asked what the government’s position was on the pay freeze. Perhaps hinting that he believes it should end, he says the government should pay heed to the general election result.
And Ian Jones of the Press Association has a more general breakdown. Note that, as was perhaps expected, no Conservative MPs voted with the Labour party.
All 10 DUP MPs voted with 313 Tories to defeat the amendment. Those voting in favour: 256 Lab, 35 SNP, 12 Lib Dems, 4 PC, 1 Green, 1 Ind.Continue reading...
Exclusive: Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardising oceans, coastlines and other environments
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A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change.
New figures obtained by the Guardian reveal the surge in usage of plastic bottles, more than half a trillion of which will be sold annually by the end of the decade.
Wayne Marques swung at terrorists despite temporarily losing sight in one eye when he was stabbed in head
A police officer has told how he fought off the three London Bridge attackers with his baton despite being temporarily blinded in one eye after he was stabbed in the head.
Speaking publicly for the first time since the terrorist attack earlier this month, Wayne Marques, who received several major knife wounds, said the adrenaline prevented him from realising how badly he had been injured.Continue reading...
Sinn Féin accuses DUP of refusing to change tack in opposition to an Irish language act
Talks to restore a power-sharing devolved government in Northern Ireland are on course to fail after Sinn Féin accused the Democratic Unionist party of refusing to budge in its opposition to an Irish language act.
Sinn Féin also dismissed suggestions that the discussions could be extended beyond Thursday’s deadline when, if there is no agreement, Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire may reimpose direct rule from London.
Labour MEP says mandatory biometric residence documents will meet tough opposition from Michel Barnier
The UK’s plans to introduce mandatory biometric residence identity cards for EU nationals and new rules on family members joining them are expected to prove major flashpoints in the next set of Brexit talks in a fortnight’s time, a leading British MEP has warned.
Claude Moraes, chairman of the European parliament’s civil liberties committee and a member of the parliament’s Brexit steering committee, says the UK offer on citizens’ rights has introduced a number of unexpected stumbling blocks into the negotiations, particularly those which seem to leave EU nationals as “second-class” citizens in Britain.Continue reading...
Six-month-old Leena Belkadi died along with both parents and eight-year-old sister, inquest hears
A six-month-old baby was found dead in her mother’s arms after the Grenfell Tower disaster, in which at least 80 people died or are missing presumed dead, an inquest has heard.
Leena Belkadi’s body was found in a stairwell between the 19th and 20th floors of the 24-storey high-rise block, Westminster coroner’s court was told.
As the NHS comes under increasing strain, the number of staff taking time off has risen, with mental health conditions among the main reasons
NHS staff are taking more time off work because of illness, with the total now close to 17m days a year.
US president accepts Emmanuel Macron’s invitation to attend ceremony marking 100th anniversary of America’s entry into first world war
Macron’s office said on Wednesday that the US president would attend the traditional Paris military parade as part of the commemoration marking the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into the first world war. US troops will join French soldiers in the annual display of military might on the Champs Elysées.Continue reading...
Government reportedly seeking EU approval of drastic changes to asylum procedures after surge in refugee arrivals
The Italian government is considering blocking boats carrying migrants from landing at its ports after nearly 11,000 refugees arrived on its shores in five days.
It has been reported that the government has given its ambassador to the EU, Maurizio Massari, a mandate to raise the issue formally with the European commission to seek permission for a drastic revision of EU asylum procedures. One idea being discussed is denying docking privileges to boats not carrying Italian flags that seek to land in Italian ports, mainly in Sicily or Calabria.Continue reading...
Scientists find male birds performing alone with small sticks before female audience, with calls, periodic blushing, and raising feathers on their crests
Researchers have captured the first footage of cockatoos bashing out drum solos with little sticks and seedpods in what are believed to be musical displays to impress the opposite sex.
Scientists took the extraordinary footage after stalking the shy and elusive creatures for seven years through the unspoilt wilderness of the Cape York peninsula in far North Queensland.Continue reading...
Channel 4’s news anchor says he can’t remember leading a pro-Corbyn chant at Glastonbury. But he is serious about impartiality – and sometimes what looks like bias is simply independent thought
There is a long list of reasons Jon Snow could have given for allegedly singing “Fuck the Tories” while at Glastonbury: he could have said it was a reporter’s cultural camouflage, just as you would recite the Lord’s Prayer if you were reporting from a church, or pretend to know what a bikini wax felt like if you were at Ascot. He could, in the absence of any video evidence, have denied it, quite plausibly because it never happened. Instead, he went with 60s-liberalism-meets-Nixonian-impunity: he couldn’t remember chanting anything at Glastonbury, or, for that matter, singing anything. I’m only guessing, but I think this is his way of saying, “Move along, Guido Fawkes and forgettable Tory MPs, pearl-clutching tabloid editorialists and prim commentators who wouldn’t be able to distinguish between bias and independent thought if they took a much-needed qualification … all of you lot, just move along, and stop being so silly.”
Snow wasn’t on air when he did or didn’t chant or sing, so the rules binding his behaviour weren’t of neutrality; rather, broadcasters are asked to “be careful” about what they do in their own time. But the right has been on his case as a potential red-under-the-bed (or, for fairness and accuracy, pinko-inside-the-TV) since his internet-only broadcast – badged with Channel 4’s name but not shown terrestrially – about Gaza in 2014. He made a series of points about the humanity of scatterbombing a place where you know the average age to be 17, and, therefore, how many of your victims are likely to be children. To my ears and most likely yours, they read as utterly uncontroversial. However, Israel and Gaza is, joint with climate change, the issue on which broadcasters effectively demand not balance but something quite different: equal voice given to the staunchest proponent of each side. For want of finding someone who could defend the killing of the children of Gaza, it is much easier to stay silent on the subject, and this marked a distinct downturn for the channel’s explorations into new media, with its looser regulation.Continue reading...
This long and solemn hagiography seems concerned only with bolstering the sainthood of the murdered hip-hop star
Demetrius Shipp Jr gives a very accomplished impersonation of Tupac Shakur in this long and solemn hagiography, similar in its piety to the 2003 documentary Tupac: Resurrection. It has similar material – with similar scenes and similar tropes – to F Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton, about NWA, but with less passion and less energy.
The same old story is rehearsed: the brilliantly talented rapper becomes a very rich and aggressive uber-celebrity obsessed with respect, who then gets involved in a deeply charmless and unedifying bi-coastal feud with rival rapper Biggie Smalls, played here by Jamal Woolard, who also in fact played Biggie in the 2009 film Notorious. Eventually, Tupac is killed, in a shooting that is still unsolved.Continue reading...
Lord Pattern says the former prime minister always made her bed when travelling – but not many of us bother to tidy at all, according to hotel staff
She may not have been a friend to miners, but it seems Margaret Thatcher was quite the champion of chambermaids. Chris Patten, the last governor of Hong Kong, recently revealed that Thatcher was the only guest to ever make her bed during diplomatic visits to the former British colony. Patten said it showed Thatcher’s “extraordinary normality” that she always made her bed in the morning, despite having a staff of 50 on hand to do it for her.
But is this really such extraordinarily normal behaviour? The only time most of us have staff to clean up after us is when we are staying at a hotel. And how many people make their own beds or thoroughly tidy their rooms then?Continue reading...
Flitting from breathless dancehall to hook-laden EDM pop, Rihanna has honed a shapeshifting persona to become the definitive 21st-century megastar
Released in 2005, Pon de Replay’s intoxicating mix of dancehall, reggae, electropop and Bajan Creole introduced the world to one of the defining pop stars of the last decade. One of the handful of demos she had recorded in New York after being discovered by producer Evan Rogers in Barbados, the song’s brilliance almost cost her a deal with Jay Z, CEO of Def Jam Recordings at that time. “When a song is that big, it’s hard [for a new artist] to come back from,” he told MTV. “I don’t sign songs, I sign artists.” As it happened, he wasn’t that bothered … allegedly locking her in his office until she signed a six-album deal on the spot. In the end, he had a point – listening back to Pon de Replay now, it’s amazing how it already contains so many of the distinct flavours that would make Rihanna’s singles so incredible. First, and most importantly, there’s the voice, a supple, perfect pop instrument that winds its way through the song emanating both a breathless sexuality and an almost blank guideline in which the listener can fill in the colours. Rather than saturate every second with vocal histrionics, the song is allowed space to breathe and expand. It also links directly back to her heritage – a theme she’d return to throughout her discography – while continuing the DJ shoutout lyrical theme previously explored by both Madonna (Music) and Jennifer Lopez (Play).Continue reading...
In 2010, the Peruvian graphic designer Leonardo Leamoretti posted a Photoshop tutorial, in which he explained how to make a fake Time magazine cover. You know – if you are mucking about for your mate’s birthday. Or, you are a future president who wants to radiate status by displaying it as real in many of your resorts.Continue reading...
• Ferrari driver handed 10-second penalty but FIA are investigating
Sebastian Vettel is being investigated by the FIA for the incident in which he hit Lewis Hamilton in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday.
During the race Vettel was deemed by the stewards to be guilty of driving dangerously when he turned into and collided with Hamilton’s Mercedes. The German was given a 10-second stop-go penalty at the time but now faces a more severe sanction, possibly including a fine, grid drop or even a race ban.Continue reading...
• Dani Alves set to join City after terminating contract at Juventus
Manchester City are increasingly confident of signing Alexis Sánchez for a potential fee in the region of £50m, despite Arsenal’s reluctance to sell, because of the forward’s desire to play under Pep Guardiola.
Although Arsène Wenger is minded against allowing his finest player to leave, he is aware of Sánchez’s desire to join City. If the Arsenal manager does not sanction a sale this summer he faces losing Sánchez in 12 months on a free.Continue reading...
• Steve Hansen has made two enforced changes for second Test
Steve Hansen has made two enforced changes in his All Blacks side for Saturday’s second Test against the Lions, with Ryan Crotty and Ben Smith having to sit out the match through injury.
Smith suffered his third concussion of the season during New Zealand’s victory in the first Test at Eden Park, while Crotty was hit with a hamstring injury in the same game.Continue reading...
Thanks to the long overdue publication of the Garcia report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, we now know that England’s efforts to secure the 2018 tournament amounted to “a form of bribery”. Obviously, the only thing less surprising than the fact that England break the rules is how bad they are at it. If an England bid team ever gets within 30 sniffs of actually winning a World Cup bid again, no effort should be spared in investigating how they do business. They are, in the words of pursed-lips grandmas, no better than they should be.
For now, however, England remain as likely to win a World Cup bid as they do to win a World Cup, and we must turn our thoughts to more pressing questions raised by the report by Fifa’s then chief ethics investigator. Namely – and I don’t mean any disrespect to the emir and his accidental vagina stadium – is the Qatar World Cup a thought experiment?Continue reading...
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Half-time reading, featuring Pepe.
An excellent half of football. There should have been two or three goals.Continue reading...
Introducing this year’s teams: the leaders, the heritage and the names to watch out for
Twenty years ago Ag2r were a little known sponsor of a small regional team but nowadays they are part of the Tour de France scenery, and to mark two decades of commitment and steady progress they’d love to take just one more upward step. They don’t do corporate statements or anything remotely trendy but show them a hill or two and they’re off in search of glory. A squad that realises the fans come to be entertained and that’s what they provide by being present in all the classifications, green jersey excepted. The clash of colours would be horrendous so let’s keep it authentic.Continue reading...
Three weeks on from the Virgil van Dijk tapping-up scandal and the predictable news has emerged that Liverpool are expected to escape any punishment from the Premier League. Southampton had kicked up a storm by complaining about an alleged illegal approach and Liverpool were forced into making an embarrassing apology for overstepping the mark, yet the dust soon settled on a row that was never likely to go anywhere.
The reality is that at the time the tapping-up story broke, on the back of newspaper stories about Van Dijk being won over by Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp, the majority of people working in the game will have wondered what all the fuss was about. “So what?” pretty much summed up the football world’s response to reports that Liverpool had been sounding out Van Dijk without Southampton’s permission.Continue reading...
Today, few doubt Wayne Smith’s passion for the All Blacks jersey. But it was not ever thus for the side’s cerebral assistant coach, whose command of defence, counterattack and skills was to the fore as New Zealand defeated the British & Irish Lions in the first Test. “In 2001 I got sacked as All Blacks head coach,” he says. “NZ Rugby’s then CEO told me John Mitchell had the job. When I asked him why, he replied: ‘He showed more passion than you.’ I said: ‘Maybe he wears his on the outside; mine’s on the inside.’”
In the lead-up to New Zealand’s 2015 Rugby World Cup final win against Australia, both Conrad Smith and Ma’a Nonu were of the belief that Smith, who will leave the All Blacks this year, was the best coach they had ever had. Tana Umaga, now Blues coach, is also a fan. “Smithy’s had a big influence: the old master. [It’s] his work ethic, what he’s done to be the coach he is. But first and foremost, he’s just a good man,” says Umaga, hailing Smith’s “better people make better players” mantra. “Smithy treats everyone with respect, and sees the good. He wants to keep teaching. That’s what engenders everyone’s trust; buy-in from players. That’s why people think he’s one of the best coaches in the world, if not the best.”Continue reading...
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Pattinson has a wicket at Trent Bridge. He’d be no fun under lights. Weatherley gone and Kent are 167 for six. Darren Stevens has now retired hurt (he was hit earlier on the head by Gurney). Notts are 167 for six. Still 24 behind.
Still hope in Hove.
Further inspection to take place at 8.30pm. Mopping-up has started and the rain has stopped.#GOSBTSContinue reading...