The Biden administration is moving to cap credit card late fees at $8, which now cost consumers about $32.5th March 2024 14:13
'Clean' property, private lenders could be Trump's best option to get $540 million for legal judgments
Donald Trump has just a few weeks to put up more than $454 million in cash or bonds to stave off his collectors while he appeals his New York civil fraud case.5th March 2024 14:09
Estonia, France and Poland issue call for ‘urgently’ increasing Europe’s defence readiness in new European Defence Industrial Strategy
Along with the new strategy, the Commission has proposed a European Defence Industry Programme to “bridge from short-term emergency measures, adopted in 2023 and ending in 2025, to a more structural and longer-term approach to achieve defence industrial readiness,” the Commission said in a statement.
The programme will mobilise €1.5 billion of the EU budget for 2025-2027.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 14:01
The top two candidates of any party will emerge out of the crowded California primary race for a U.S. Senate seat.5th March 2024 14:00
Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell review – jewel of slow cinema is a wondrous meditation on faith and death
Much is open-ended about this realist yet dreamlike exploration of midlife crisis and regret set in Vietnam
The question of what the title means, or what the movie means, remain open; even so, this is a quietly amazing feature debut from 34-year-old Thien An Pham, born in Vietnam and based in Houston, Texas. It’s a jewel of slow cinema set initially in Saigon and then the mountainous, lush central highlands far from the city; it is a zero-gravity epic quest, floating towards its strange narrative destiny and then maybe floating up over that to something else. It’s compassionate, intimate, spiritual and mysterious in ways that reminded me of Tsai Ming-liang or Edward Yang.
Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell is presented in a calm, unforced realist style with many long, unbroken middle-distance shots, with closeups a rarity. There is a flashback and a dream-sequence presented in exactly the same way, leading to the woozy feeling that past and present, reality and reverie are all folding in on each other. The refusal of explicit emotion does not prevent one fiercely erotic kissing scene, or a moment where a young woman declares her adoration for Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life and wonders aloud: “Why can’t they make movies like that any more?” I can actually imagine Bob Rafelson making this film in 1972 (at half the length) with the same narrative structure, the same elements of midlife male crisis and regret.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 14:00
Venture capital funding for companies founded by women has been trending up. Incubators for women founders and more new companies founded by women have helped.5th March 2024 14:00
Leaders from Hamas expected to hold further talks with Egyptian and Qatari mediators over prospect of reaching ceasefire deal
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that malnutrition in northern Gaza is “particularly extreme”.
“The situation is particularly extreme in northern Gaza,” Richard Peeperkorn, WHO representative for Gaza and the West Bank, said.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 13:54
Goldman Sachs believes it is too early to call a decisive end to a battery raw materials price plunge.5th March 2024 13:53
Met commissioner hits back at handling of marches, saying police can’t be both ‘woke and fascists’ – UK politics live
Sir Mark Rowley responds to implicit criticism from Rishi Sunak about how police have handled pro-Palestinian marches, saying officers feel undermined
Sir Mark Rowley has hit back at Rishi Sunak’s criticism of the policing of anti-war protests, dismissing claims officers are failing to enforce the law as “inaccurate” and claiming officers were being branded as “woke and fascist” at the same time.
The Metropolitan police commissioner spoke out on Tuesday after police leaders were last week summoned to a summit at Downing Street.
We’re always operating in a very challenging political environments where tensions remain high and hate crime is still a long way above pre-October 7 levels.
Policing is used to being criticised. But where it isn’t justified, I do worry about the impact it has on our officers and staff, and on public confidence as we strive to operate without fear or favour.
A variation of that same question which more explicitly notes that the cuts would be on taxes that “everyday people pay” closes the gap considerably, with 41% supporting tax cuts in this scenario, although this is still lower than the 47% who would prefer to put money towards public services.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 13:53
The ‘enforcer’ role had looked like it was slowly being eliminated from professional hockey. Then a hulking New York Rangers rookie emerged
Near the start of the third period on Saturday night in Toronto, it finally – and inevitably – happened. Leafs’ tough guy Ryan Reaves squared-off at centre ice with Matt Rempe, the hulking New York Rangers rookie. Rempe, a 6ft 7in, 240lbs centre, has one goal and one assist in his first seven games in the NHL. He also has 37 penalty minutes, five more than he’s spent actually playing on the ice. He’s what most people would call an “enforcer” – a role that in recent years has been more or less phased-out of the NHL. That’s not to say there aren’t guys around still who are willing to drop the gloves or play a more physical than finesse game – every team has at least one. But what Rempe is doing is different.
Rempe has, so far, spent most of his time fighting. This kind of thing hasn’t been seen in the NHL for years for a few reasons. For one, guys were dying. The off-ice deaths of enforcers Derek Boogaard, Wade Belak, and Rick Rypien within just months of each other in 2011 were a catalyst for change. In the years since, the case against the so-called “goon” has strengthened. Multiple studies have, for instance, linked fighting to CTE – even though the NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman, still disputes the link. But there was another change in hockey around the same time: analytics. In recent years, every player and prospect has become subject to intense data-based analysis, and teams search endlessly for quantifiable metrics – alongside human scouting reports – to chart a path to victory. An enforcer doesn’t easily fit within this new matrix. They rarely generate points and they typically don’t skate well or quickly enough, let alone create things like consistent successful zone entries.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 13:35
Funky design, fun software, decent performance and long battery life provide a lot of phone for the money
London-based tech firm Nothing’s latest Android attempts to shake up the budget phone market with something a little more interesting.
Costing from £319 (€329/A$529) the Phone 2a aims to take the cool design and intrigue that made its higher-end models stand out and package it up into something cheaper but still novel, sits alongside the full-fat Phone 2 costing £579.
Screen: 6.7in 120Hz FHD+ OLED (394ppi)
Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro
RAM: 8 or 12GB
Storage: 128 or 256GB
Operating system: Nothing OS 2.5 (Android 14)
Camera: 50MP main and ultrawide, 32MP selfie
Connectivity: 5G, eSIM, wifi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.3 and GNSS
Water resistance: IP54 (splash resistant)
Dimensions: 162 x 76.3 x 8.9mm
Weight: 190gContinue reading... 5th March 2024 13:30
One of the greatest dramatists of the 20th century, Bond – who has died aged 89 – confronted audiences with ‘the crisis in the human species’
Edward Bond, who has died aged 89, was a phenomenal dramatist who wrote more than 50 plays, many of which helped change the face of contemporary theatre. If, in his later years, he was more honoured abroad than in the UK, it was for a variety of reasons.
One was his own intransigence, which led him to fall out with many of the major theatrical institutions. Another was that his self-declared mission to confront audiences with “the crisis in the human species” found more willing hearers in France and Germany than at home. Yet he remains one of the great post-second world war dramatists.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 13:03
Death announced of writer whose searing and controversial plays included Saved and Early Morning
Edward Bond, the theatrical firebrand who blew up his own career with his refusal to compromise his scorching poetic vision, died on Sunday aged 89. The death of the playwright, known for Saved, Lear and Bingo, was confirmed by the agency Casarotto Ramsay and Associates.
“I write of the rape of a corpse with a beer bottle to bring back some dignity to our theatre,” wrote Bond in a programme note to his 2016 play Dea, a retelling of Medea, which piled incest and necrophilia on to the myth’s more familiar crime of infanticide. Typical of his later career, its world premiere was not at a major institution, but at the embattled Secombe theatre, in the south London suburb of Sutton, which closed weeks later.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 13:00
New Yorkers rail against luxury tower blocking Empire State Building: ‘The mighty dollar rules the sky’
Amid a nationwide housing crisis, residents say 262 Fifth Avenue – a batch of condos for the wealthiest – is ruining the view downtown
Tom Clark’s Lower East Side apartment comes with a prime view of the Empire State Building. “I can see it from my couch,” he said. Well, he used to be able to catch a glance – before an ultra-thin luxury tower dubbed 262 Fifth Avenue came along.
Now the 860ft residential tower, which is still under construction, blocks the Empire State Building from most vantage points south of 28th street. Many New Yorkers (and tourists) can no longer catch a glimpse of the celebrated landmark, all because of some poorly placed – and incredibly expensive – condos.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 13:00
Bowie’s 1999 album Hours… was the first to go on sale online before hitting regular stores – and his experimentation caused horror in the music industry
It is far from his best album, and not even his best album of the 1990s, but Hours... is David Bowie’s most significant album that decade. Not because of the music, however, but how it was released: the first album by a major artist on a major label to emerge as a download before it arrived physically.
Writing about the album in August 1999 ahead of its September release, Rolling Stone called Hours… a “cyber-coup”: a continuation of Bowie’s fascination with releasing music online, which he started with the Telling Lies single in 1996. He had also enthusiastically embraced webcasting and created his own internet service provider with BowieNet in 1998 “I couldn’t be more pleased to have the opportunity of moving the music industry closer to the process of making digital downloads available as the norm and not the exception,” is how Bowie explained the Hours… release at the time. “We are all aware that broadband opportunities are not yet available to the overwhelming majority of people, and therefore expect the success of this experiment to be measured in hundreds and not thousands of downloads. However, just as colour television broadcasts and film content on home video tapes were required first steps to cause their industries to expand consumer use, I am hopeful that this small step will lead to larger leaps by myself and others ultimately giving consumers greater choices and easier access to the music they enjoy.”Continue reading... 5th March 2024 13:00
People trapped in the world’s largest refugee camp hope to seek new lives elsewhere despite threats facing them as they attempt to leave Bangladesh
Even as dehydration was getting to their passengers, the traffickers using boats to carry hundreds of Rohingya away from refugee camps in Bangladesh thrust phones into their hands and demanded they ask their relatives for money.
It was only after 28-year-old Rehana Begum’s relatives had paid almost £2,000 to the traffickers that they agreed to continue their journey, but a few days later, still onboard the boat, she fell unconscious and later died from dehydration.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 13:00
The method of voting "uncommitted" was used in Michigan to protest President Biden's response to the war in Gaza.5th March 2024 13:00
Apple has been fined a whopping €1.8bn by the EU, but it still claims it’s done nothing wrong. Plus, what happens when open source software gets into the wrong hands of some crypto fans
The tech industry is one of the most valuable sectors on the planet, but it ultimately rests on the unpaid labour of an alarmingly small amount of hobbyists.
That reliance is the blessing, and the curse, of open source software – coding projects put up on the internet for anyone to use, freely, in their own work. Some open source software solves simple problems elegantly enough that no one wants to redo the work unnecessarily; others tackle complex tasks that few have ever attempted.
the most consequential figures in the tech world are half guys like steve jobs and bill gates and half some guy named ronald who maintains a unix tool called ‘runk’ which stands for Ronald’s Universal Number Kounter and handles all math for every machine on earth
A project called tea.xyz promised people they could “get rewards for [their] open source contributions”, complete with a flashy website describing how it would “enhance the sustainability of open-source software”.
So far, it’s achieved the exact opposite. Promising to reward open source contributors with crypto tokens, the project asked users to verify their access to open source projects by merging in a YAML file containing their crypto wallet address.
The fine is nearly four times higher than expected in a move by the European Commission to show it will act decisively on tech companies who abuse their dominant position in the market for phones and online services.
The European competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, said a smaller fine would have been nothing more than the equivalent of “a parking fine” and was designed to act as “a deterrent” to such practices for Apple and others.
If a developer sells physical goods, serves ads in their app, or just shares an app for free, they don’t pay Apple anything.
When it comes to doing business, not everyone’s going to agree on the best deal. But it sure is hard to beat free. But free isn’t enough for Spotify.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 12:50
It's the Christian Horner paradox: F1 is now hideously dull, but the drama has never been better | Marina Hyde
Who cares if the races lack competition – you can tune into the Red Bull boss’s personal life for the latest episode of Keeping Up With the Carkrashians
Episode two of the new season of Drive to Survive begins with an at-home scene of Father Christmas visiting Red Bull team principal Christian Horner’s house. It’s a charming vignette for the Netflix show – literally just Horner, his wife, Geri Halliwell, his two young children and a TV crew with at least two cameras so they can get both wide and cutaway shots. Those childhood opportunities to be part of father’s content farm are so precious, and Santa begins by asking the children: “Has Dad been good this year?” No, would now seem to be the answer.
Not to break out the journalese or anything, but the boss of Formula One’s entirely dominant team is currently embroiled in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, thanks to a mushrooming scandal that I have very little legal leeway in terms of being able to discuss fully here. It’s all very Keeping Up With the Carkrashians. Let’s just say that Horner was accused of controlling behaviour by a female Red Bull employee, was cleared last week by a resolutely opaque internal probe, only for a cache of messages said to be between the two to be leaked.
Marina Hyde is a Guardian columnist
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Darel Galorenzo was sentenced to nine to 15 years in prison on the manslaughter charge, far exceeding the state's sentencing guideline of three years.5th March 2024 12:38
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Extraordinary footage shows Bryce Carden rescuing driver from stricken trailer hanging over Ohio River
The Kentucky firefighter who abseiled off a bridge to rescue the driver of a tractor-trailer as it dangled precariously over the Ohio River said he played only a small part in the successful rescue.
The Louisville firefighter Bryce Carden credited teamwork as he talked about the rescue on Good Morning America on Monday.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 12:35
The 27-year-old has had to overcome obstacles to reach the French top flight with Guingamp. Now she wants change
On a bleak Monday in February, Sabitra Bhandari set off to warm up as soon as the coach made the sign. The clock was nearing the hour mark at the Stade Jean-Pierre Delhomme in the outskirts of Bordeaux and, just two days after signing for Guingamp, Bhandari was set to make history.
And so it happened. Samba, as she’s called by everyone back home, became the first Nepalese player – male or female – to play a European top-flight fixture, coming on in the 76th minute. It was a giant leap for the South Asian nation, whose direct footballing connection with Europe is limited to a few managerial tenures, youth trials, and reported interest in young footballers who ultimately do not make the move. “I always had that dream to play in Europe,” the 27-year-old tells Moving the Goalposts. “Now is the time to prove myself, put those dreams to reality by doing well at the level that I grew up watching.”Continue reading... 5th March 2024 12:30
Global gender gap is far bigger than previously thought, as annual World Bank report takes childcare and safety issues into account for first time
No country in the world affords women the same opportunities as men in the workforce, according to a new report from the World Bank, which found the global gender gap was far wider than previously thought.
Closing the gap could raise global gross domestic product by more than 20%, said the report.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 12:08
Figures on right of party fear move could have unintended impact on those with socially conservative views
Downing Street is facing a backlash from Conservative MPs and peers over moves to create a broader of definition of extremism in response to what Rishi Sunak describes as the threat of “mob rule”.
Michael Gove, the communities secretary, is expected to unveil plans next week that would allow the government, universities and local authorities to cut off links to groups identified as “extremist”.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 12:03
Trump’s apologists say it doesn’t matter if he’s guilty of insurrection. That’s not true | Mark Graber
Conservatives who used to rail against rulings that freed criminal suspects on technicalities now say the question of Trump’s guilt doesn’t affect whether he can be president
Donald Trump may be the only person about whom prominent conservatives think innocence is irrelevant. Voters in many states filed lawsuits arguing that Trump was constitutionally disqualified from the presidency, under section 3 of the 14th amendment, having committed treason against the United States when resisting by force the peaceful transfer of presidential power. The Colorado supreme court agreed. Trump and his lawyers responded by waving numerous constitutional technicalities that they claimed exempted traitors from constitutional disqualification, while barely making any effort to refute charges that the former president committed treason on 6 January 2021.
On Monday, all nine justices on the US supreme court agreed that Donald Trump should remain on the presidential ballot even if he is, in the words of Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson, “an oathbreaking insurrectionist”. No one challenged that finding.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 12:01
A satellite with a climate solutions mission blasted off on a SpaceX rocket Monday. It's on a mission to detect planet-heating methane pollution from the oil and gas sector.5th March 2024 12:00
Allan Lichtman, who has correctly predicted outcome of every US election since 1984, disagrees with decision on Colorado ballot
The US supreme court “erred badly” in ruling Colorado was wrong to seek to remove Donald Trump from the ballot for inciting the January 6 insurrection, a leading historian and analyst of presidential politics said.
The court handed down its unanimous ruling on Monday, a day before Colorado became one of 16 states and one US territory to hold a Super Tuesday primary.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 12:00
I’ve spent decades loving a band you’ve probably never heard of. But there are 199 others who get it | Zoe Williams
Remember My Life Story? They managed to fill one of London’s most iconic venues on Saturday. So what if it’s also one of the smallest?
About a thousand years ago, I was really into a band called My Life Story. It was 1996: Britannia was about to be very cool and everything that happened in Camden was cool, even an inexpert piercing that immediately became infected, and they were good, goddammit. They were witty and splashy and knowing and pretentious, intensely melodic and defiantly unbothered by the impossibility of making any money if you went around with a 12-piece orchestra.
Looking back, they nearly made it a bunch of times – their debut album, Mornington Crescent, was No 2 in the indie chart in 1995, whatever the hell that meant, and they signed to Parlophone the year after, which is where all the hip cats were.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 12:00
The TV audience may be in decline, but a passionate community of amateurs has been monitoring every tremor of buzz long before the ceremony
Jason Turer has been an Oscars obsessive since he was a teenager. The first Academy Awards he watched was the controversial 1999 ceremony, when Shakespeare in Love took home the best picture gong over Saving Private Ryan; since 2001, he’s attempted to predict Oscar nominees and winners every year. For many Oscars fans, predictions often take the form of, say, an office sweep or game between friends; others might make a list in their notes app and check off correct predictions on the night.
But for the past 10 years, 36-year-old Turer has been predicting the Oscars competitively on the industry blog and fansite Gold Derby – an outlet for awards season fanatics to score points based on their predictions in a game that combines the frivolous glitz of the Oscars with the obsessive, stats-based fandom of fantasy football. He describes his experience of the site, where he counts as an “all-star user” because of his high success rate, as one of “friendly competition – we’re all having fun here,” before conceding: “One of my life goals is to correctly guess every single category one year.”Continue reading... 5th March 2024 12:00
There is an England team capable of competing at Twickenham but Steve Borthwick needs to put it together
There are weeks when the art of selection becomes more about psychology than anything else. Put the data to one side for a second and consider the players the opposition would least fancy facing. How can you make your own team feel more optimistic and less weighed down by negativity? And, in doing so, send an extra frisson of excitement down the spines of your own fans when they see the team sheet?
So let’s huddle up tight and, ahead of the penultimate weekend of this Six Nations, consider what a down-at-heel England should do next. Their final two games are against Ireland and France and, even allowing for the problems in the French camp, the time has come to change the mood music at Twickenham. Simply sticking to what they have done so far is not going to be enough.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 11:45
Filmmaker held to account for dismissing claim of 1983 sexual assault against Charlotte Lewis as ‘heinous lie’
The French-Polish filmmaker Roman Polanski will be tried in France on Tuesday over allegations that he defamed a British actor who accused him of sexual abuse in the 1980s.
The 90-year-old is wanted in the US over the rape of a 13-year-old in 1977 and faces several other accusations of alleged sexual assault dating back decades and past the statute of limitations – all claims he has rejected.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 11:41
Osbourne joined the house with Louis Walsh and the Princess of Wales’ uncle – but have any of them really thought this through? It feels like the beginning of the end for TV’s most ridiculous reality show
It is 9.15pm and Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne – formerly of The X Factor fame – are standing in a colourful makeshift house on the outskirts of west London. “What are we doing?” whispers Louis as he grips Sharon’s shoulders, who has the frozen, bewildered look of someone who agreed to briefly appear on TV again for a princely sum without fully thinking it through. And then, the two of them are ushered into a hideaway in another section of the Celebrity Big Brother house, where they secretly watch people such as Love Island’s Ekin-Su and the Princess of Wales’ uncle clink champagne glasses and make small talk around a sofa.
It is a strange start to an undoubtedly strange show – not least because it’s 2024. This is the era of carefully managed TikTok accounts, of Notes app apologies and glossy scripted “reality” television and Instagram accounts awash with branded content for jade rollers and vitamin gummies. We’re not used to seeing celebs – and I use that word fairly loosely here – talk in their natural intonation, with all the awkward silent gaps and self-conscious expressions that can come from any candid real-life interaction. At one point, the camera cuts to Louis and Sharon again. “I just like nice simple food,” says Louis, shrugging. “I can make tea and I like takeaways.” Sharon nods stiffly. “I can do baked potatoes,” she says.
Big Brother is on ITV 1 and ITVXContinue reading... 5th March 2024 11:25
A new study finds that the gap between white and nonwhite voters is growing fastest in places that were stripped of federal civil rights-era voting protections by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling.5th March 2024 11:17
The scenes from Haiti may look familiar, as heavily armed gangs trade fire, and civilians cower in fear. But there is something different about this latest episode.5th March 2024 11:13
The arrival of Crew 8 sets the stage for four other Crew Dragon fliers to return to Earth next week to wrap up a nearly 200-day flight.5th March 2024 11:08
The idea got a boost from the pandemic, when an array of cash relief helped cut child poverty and keep people housed. Researchers are studying how much money, for how long, may have lasting impact.5th March 2024 11:03
Sinking of warship near Kerch strait would deal further blow to Moscow’s naval power and its control over Black Sea
Ukraine has sunk a Russian warship near the Kerch strait in occupied Crimea, it said, in a further blow to Moscow’s naval power and its control over the Black Sea despite Ukrainian losses elsewhere.
The HUR military intelligence agency in Kyiv said it attacked the Sergei Kotov on Monday night with naval drones. The vessel, which was on patrol, suffered damage to the stern, right and left sides, and then sank, the agency said.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 11:03
The country's premier announces a round of fiscal stimulus to boost employment, but warns its legions of bureaucrats to gird themselves for a period of fiscal austerity.5th March 2024 11:01
JetBlue and Spirit said it'd be best if they remain separate companies as they don't believe they'll be able to merge by the time the agreement is up in July.5th March 2024 11:00
The Biden campaign says it sees a chance to win North Carolina in November. In the primary campaign, Democratic voters say new restrictions on abortion are motivating them to get to the polls.5th March 2024 11:00
Record numbers are off sick, many others are on strike. But there is a way to turn the miserable business of working on its head
- James Timpson is the CEO of Timpson
Looking around at the state of businesses in Britain, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the way we work now isn’t working. According to the Office for National Statistics, 2.8 million people in the UK are off work with long-term sickness – 700,000 more than before the pandemic. Employees at Deliveroo and Uber Eats are striking over pay and conditions. Teachers complain that the hours of unpaid overtime they are expected to work amount to “daylight robbery”. In February, the government responded to a huge trial of reduced working hours by 61 organisations by saying, “We have no plans to introduce a four-day working week,” regardless of how successful the pilot had been. It seems that, across sectors, many workers are feeling disrespected and burnt out, and neither bosses nor policymakers can imagine doing anything differently. But in my experience, work doesn’t have to be this way.
Timpson, the business I joined in 1995, is both successful and takes care of its employees. In fact, I’d argue that we are successful precisely because we take care of our employees. This year we will open 50 new shops, on high streets and in retail parks, recruiting an extra 160 colleagues. I believe that in any business, if you have a strong culture and keep investing in your colleagues, you can survive disruptive times.
James Timpson is the CEO of the five-generation, family-owned company Timpson and the author of The Happy Index: Lessons in Upside-Down ManagementContinue reading... 5th March 2024 11:00
Long lunches, casual friendships, no one to worry about: solo holidays are brilliant for older women like me
I’ve been travelling alone for 15 years – and loving it. Now that others are catching up, here’s how to make the most of all that me time
It’s a midweek morning and I’ve just woken up in a hotel room in Madrid on the first day of a minibreak. The day stretches deliciously ahead: shall I go first to the Prado, or the Reina Sofía museum? Shall I have brunch and a late-afternoon main meal, or tapas here and there? The Gran Via is just up the street; I fancy a wander around the shops, but I’ll probably leave that till later in the day.
The fact is, I can do exactly what I want, when I want, because I’m holidaying alone. Like an increasing number of older women in the UK and across the world (I’m 61), I’ve discovered the huge benefits solo travel has to offer. It helps me to recharge my batteries, it’s empowering and it doesn’t have to be horribly expensive (I generally travel off-season and midweek). It takes me out of my comfort zone in just the right way, allowing me to have the experiences, the food and the fun that I want.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 11:00
With limited access to pads, medicine and toilets – not to mention privacy – Palestinian women talk about the extreme difficulty of managing their periods during Israel’s assault
Mona, 17, used to manage intense period pain by making hot drinks, swaddling herself in blankets and knocking back painkillers. Now, sheltering in a crowded refuge in Rafah, she cannot even rely on getting hold of sanitary pads or access to a toilet.
She often vomits because of acute menstrual cramps, and has to manage that as well as bleeding, in a small house crammed with 45 displaced people where there is no privacy.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 11:00
The artist’s Birkenau cycle is based on the only pictures taken by prisoners at the Nazi death camp. As it goes on show next to its source, does it still have the power to shake us?
At the opening of a new exhibition hall in the Polish town of Oświęcim last week, a curious crowd of visitors seemed impressed with the purpose-built architectural structure: a minimalist, Aldo Rossi-like building that feels more like a tomb than a gallery. They initially remained more sceptical of the artworks inside, however. “Is it a painting or not?”, some people asked each other. “Take a closer look – can you make out what it’s made of?”
Obscurity is in the essence of German artist Gerhard Richter’s Birkenau cycle, arguably the single most important artwork by one of the most influential artists alive today. It is hard to look beyond the surface of these four 260 x 200cm pictures, which the artist covered with thick layers of paint that were then scratched off, reapplied and scratched off again multiple times with a squeegee, before veiling them in black, grey, green and red. You can stand in front of them for hours before you start to make out the more figurative paintings underneath the abstraction, depicting several naked bodies, some of them lifeless.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 11:00
Despite growing awareness that the party drug is dangerous, the social media company is open to promotion of the drug in treating mental health.5th March 2024 11:00
A state of emergency has been declared after gangs stormed two prisons and freed thousands of inmates. What will it take to restore order?
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On Sunday, after criminal gangs stormed Haiti’s two biggest jails and freed more than 3,800 criminals, the government declared a 72-hour state of emergency and a night curfew. But with gangs now exerting de facto authority over about 80% of the capital, and senior figures including the prime minister and acting president, Ariel Henry, out of the country, the government’s future appears increasingly uncertain.
In theory, Haiti’s path back from anarchy lies with an international UN-backed security force, led by 1,000 Kenyan police officers, to bring the gangs to heel – but the prospect of their arrival has led to a non-aggression pact between the warring gangs, and a declaration that they will seek to capture the police chief and government ministers.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 10:34
Audiences are finding sharp resonance and emotional comfort in Patrik Lazić’s moving and funny play Our Son, about topics still sensitive in the Balkans
The hurling of a salad bowl to the floor might not sound like the most dramatic of moments, but it sent a ripple of recognition through the audience at the National theatre in Pirot, south-eastern Serbia, on a mid-February evening.
The salad bowl incident took place midway through Our Son, a moving and funny play by Patrik Lazić, a young writer and director from Pula in Croatia, about the relationship between a young gay man (Amar Ćorović) and his parents (Dragana Varagić and Aleksandar Đinđić). The play takes place over the course of an emotionally fraught family dinner, in which it is very apparent the young man’s parents are still struggling to come to terms with his sexuality. They continually blame each other and themselves. Eventually things spill over. Tears are shed. Salad bowls are upended.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 10:24
Rural households led by women lose about 8% more income to heat stress than male-led families, data shows
Women in rural areas suffer substantially greater economic losses from the impacts of climate breakdown than men in developing countries, research has shown, and the gap is likely to widen further.
Households headed by women in rural areas lost about 8% more of their income to heat stress than male-headed households, and their reduction in income when floods struck was about 3% greater than the loss to men, according to data released by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 10:00
A small plane that crashed on a grassy median just off Interstate 40 and behind a Costco in Nashville, killing all five people on board, authorities said.5th March 2024 09:37
‘The Bene Gesserit can kill with their voices. That’s what I try to do’: the musicians mining Dune for tunes
Iron Maiden, Fatboy Slim and Grimes have all made music inspired by Frank Herbert’s 1960s sci-fi epic. So what makes ‘Dunecore’ different to other interpretive genres?
Harry Potter might have “wrock” (AKA “wizard rock”), Doctor Who fans “trock” (“Time Lord rock”) and Star Wars “jizz” (don’t ask) but you could argue that few works of sci-fi or fantasy have influenced the history of popular music as much as Dune. Since the novel’s release in 1965, countless huge artists, from Iron Maiden to Grimes, have released songs or entire records inspired by Frank Herbert’s epic tale of war, colonialism and human morality. Although the book is particularly beloved fodder for 70s and 80s prog musicians, its influence has leached into everything from underground pop to Fatboy Slim’s No 2-charting 2001 hit Weapon of Choice, with successive generations finding new ways to reinterpret Herbert’s images of monstrous sandworms, blue-eyed freedom fighters and superhuman nuns through music.
Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris first read Dune when he was in his early teens. Despite thinking “it was a bit odd going for the first 20 pages”, because of Herbert’s unusual terminology, he ended up loving the series and reading a number of its sequels. Over a decade after reading the first novel, Harris incorporated the language of Dune into one of his songs, ending Iron Maiden’s 1983 album Piece of Mind with a churning epic inspired by the series’ messianic protagonist Paul Atreides: “He is the Kwizatz Haderach / He is born of Caladan / And will take the Gom Jabbar.”Continue reading... 5th March 2024 09:10
Make a jar of this killer lime and pepper sauce, and it will keep for months, on hand and ready to perk up all sorts, including this super-simple mackerel with baked beans
For many in the Caribbean, hot sauce is part of everyday life. While locals in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana are hardened to the punch of scorpion, wiri wiri or scotch bonnet peppers, I have more than once made the mistake of drizzling chilli-based condiments a little too liberally on my food. The citrus in my lime and pepper sauce offsets the intensity of the chilli, making it more palatable for the hot sauce-averse yet still delicious for existing fans. It goes really well with this Caribbean play on beans on toast.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 09:00
Christian Horner lived by the scripted entertainment product, and his tenure may die by the scripted entertainment product
Sad times. Maybe even end times. The vultures are circling. The barbarians are at the gate and everything that was once sacred is being made profane. Mohammed ben Sulayem, the president of the FIA, believes recent controversies are beginning to damage the sport. Toto Wolff, the team principal of Mercedes, identifies “a problem for the whole of Formula One”. The global head of Ford Performance Motorsport has reminded Red Bull of the “very high standards of behaviour and integrity” that will be expected of their future engine partner. Who else, in this moment of turmoil and tumult, will stand up for the impeccable good name and sound values of the sport Christian Horner described only last year as “the Kardashians on wheels”?
Certainly it has been vaguely amusing over the last few weeks to behold some of the moral squeamishness and knotted indignation generated within the paddock by the Horner affair. The apparent surprise that a product packaged and sold as a schlocky personal soap opera has somehow degenerated into a schlocky personal soap opera. The sheer disbelief that a sport owned and run by rich, unaccountable men and held in some of the world’s most repressive dictatorships might occasionally be lacking in transparency. The belated discovery that there might actually be such a thing as bad publicity, negative publicity, the kind of publicity that does not emerge fully formed from the editing suite, complete with pumping soundtrack and pre-written storylines.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 09:00
Primary contests represent last chance for Nikki Haley to deny Trump, while Biden glides towards being Democratic nominee
Donald Trump’s grip on the Republican nomination for president is all but certain to be confirmed on Tuesday, as 16 US states and one territory hold primary votes. From Alabama to Alaska and from Arkansas to American Samoa, “Super Tuesday” represents Nikki Haley’s last chance to deny Trump a third nomination.
But the former South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador is way off the pace, her only win in Washington DC, and in need of a political miracle if she is not to be forced to finally end her campaign.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 09:00
Looking to travel this spring with your little one? These tips and tricks can make the journey not just manageable, but enjoyable. Travel experts explain how to navigate packing, air travel and tourism with a kid under age 2.5th March 2024 09:00
Proposals to build a cable car to access the retreating glacier have sparked a debate about the future of this low-key resort loved by ski tourers
There’s nothing like scrambling along a jagged granite ridge resplendent in russet and lime-green lichen, when it should be covered in snow, to remind you that the climate crisis is in full swing. My guide, Maxant Danilo, and I are at an altitude of more than 2,500 metres in the Hautes-Alpes, but even though it’s late January, conditions on south-facing slopes such as these feel more like late spring. Our snowboards are strapped to our backpacks instead of our feet.
Danilo, who works for a guide collective based in nearby La Grave, tells me the resort actually had one of the strongest starts to a winter season in recent years, with plenty of snow and low temperatures from November until the middle of January. The problem is, the constant mild weather since has melted much of the snowpack.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 08:00
The influential photographer befriended the transgender people he shot in Paris – and found common ground with famed sculptors and young people in povertyContinue reading... 5th March 2024 08:00
An intercepted meeting on sending Taurus missiles to Ukraine suggests the west is on the brink of a risky and futile escalation
The German armed forces are mad. The leaking by Moscow of a 38-minute discussion between the head of the Luftwaffe and senior officers on sending Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine suggests that Nato’s will not to escalate the current war is weakening. The meeting, reportedly held on an unencrypted line, had all the secrecy of a teenage groupchat. It boosted Vladimir Putin’s claim that this is a war of the west against Russia, with Ukraine as mere proxy.
The west’s justified objective in Ukraine was to help foil Putin’s attempt to topple Kyiv’s elected government. This was achieved in a matter of months, thanks to the Ukrainian army, with western logistical support. At no point did Nato risk that timeworn precursor of so many past European wars, the reckless escalation of a local conflict into a continent-wide one.
Simon Jenkins is a Guardian columnistContinue reading... 5th March 2024 08:00
Australia urges Israel to provide evidence for allegations UNRWA staff were involved in 7 October attacks
UN ambassador says Australia also wants details of UNRWA reform before humanitarian funding is restored
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Israel should “cooperate fully with UN investigators” and “provide all available evidence” for its allegations that United Nations staff were involved in the 7 October terrorist attacks, Australia’s ambassador has urged, saying the government wants to resume funding to the agency providing aid in Gaza.
The overnight intervention at the UN comes as the prime minister, Anthony Albanese, shrugged off an Australian law firm’s request for the international criminal court to consider investigating him for alleged complicity to genocide over Israel’s actions in Gaza. Albanese claimed the request from Birchgrove Legal “has no credibility”, dismissing its calls to probe government actions including pausing funding to UNRWA.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 07:23
Rishi Sunak wants to convince children that the system is not rigged against them – but he’s arguing against the reality of their own lives
Youth is fearless. Or, it’s meant to be, anyway. Half the point of being young is to feel invincible, not ground down like your boring old parents: to be convinced you’re going to do things differently and better. Yet more than half of British teenagers think they won’t be as well off by the age of 30 as their parents were, according to a survey of 14- to 17-year-olds by the children’s charity Barnardo’s.
This ought to set off alarm bells. It both confirms something we’ve long known – that it’s getting harder for young people to tick what were once considered the boxes of successful adulthood, such as being able to buy a home – but also highlights something less frequently discussed, which is the emotional impact on children of watching their own parents struggle to get by, no matter how hard they try.
Gaby Hinsliff is a Guardian columnistContinue reading... 5th March 2024 07:00
Chain of private members’ clubs under pressure as it reports full-year results this week, with some claiming rapid expansion has robbed it of its exclusivity
There is a Soho House meme account on Instagram with 128,000 followers. Among its recent posts are ones lampooning the exclusive private members’ club for supposed frat boy behaviour and a video with the caption: “Love it when £200 leaves my bank account then I’m told to wait four hours for a table at 3pm.”
It has hit a nerve with some members and investors worldwide. “It’s like this every time, every time I come,” says Zach, an “every house” member, which means he can access all of the 42 houses across the world for £2,920 a year. “You can never get a table, it takes ages to get served, and you’re paying a lot for the privilege of being a member. I don’t really know what the point is any more. It doesn’t feel special, I don’t feel special.”Continue reading... 5th March 2024 07:00
Economists say 5% target is ambitious, as premier Li Qiang tells annual gathering that global economy and problems at home are presenting hurdles to recovery
China has set its target for GDP growth at 5%, in line with analysts’ expectations for another year of historically modest ambitions for the economy, amid regional tensions and its demographic crisis.
China’s premier, Li Qiang, spoke of the “challenges” facing China’s leaders as he delivered his annual government work report on Tuesday. He cited the global economy and regional tensions as hurdles for China’s recovery, as well as domestic issues such as low consumer demand in a challenging labour market.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 06:09
More and more Britons are putting their money where their mouth is, whether it’s in the form of Swarovski crystals or ‘grills’ made with gems and precious metals. What’s the appeal – and what are the dangers?
It’s Imogen Campbell’s first time having tooth gems, although she booked the appointment twice. She got cold feet ahead of the first one, worried what her employers might think. “I was a bit hesitant, because I work in financial services,” says the 25-year-old.
“It’s very old-school, you know, people wearing suits and stuff to work. Obviously, I’m kind of like this …” she says, gesturing at her baggy trousers and padded jacket. Campbell is now feeling braver, and is here at a tooth-gem studio in east London armed with sketches of her dream dental designs.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 06:01
Britain spent about £26bn in three years on low-carbon measures, less than Italy, Germany, France and Spain, Greenpeace finds
The UK spends less on low-carbon energy policy than any other major European economy, analysis has shown, despite evidence that such spending could lower household bills and increase economic growth more than the tax cuts the government has planned.
Spending on low-carbon measures for the three years from April 2020 to the end of April 2023 was about $33.3bn (£26.2bn) in total for the UK, the lowest out of the top five European economies, according to an analysis by Greenpeace of data from the International Energy Agency.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 06:01
‘If we can’t fish any more, we’re going to die’: the volunteer sea patrols protecting precious Philippine waters
Dedicated groups called Bantay Dagat aim to conserve the abundant marine life surrounding their thousands of islands, which has been under pressure for years from intensive overfishing
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It is midnight on a beach in southern Negros Oriental, a province in the central Philippines, and everything is dark and silent. Except, that is, for the scene playing out in front of a small guardhouse made of bamboo. There, seven people have congregated: one middle-aged man is splayed on a bench, a man and a woman in sports vests hug their knees to their chest while chatting, and others walk back and forth barefoot with torches and green laser pointers shining out beyond the sand. All eyes are set on a portion of the ocean loosely cordoned off by some white buoys.
These are the Bantay Dagat, the sea patrol, a team of village-appointed volunteers who take turns staying up all night to guard their waters. They fend off any local people trying to illegally fish in the community marine sanctuaries, and any commercial fishers trying to trespass into municipal waters within 15km (nine miles) of the coastline.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 06:00
More people have been imprisoned for rioting during a single day in Bristol in 2021 than in any other protest-related disorder since at least the 1980s. What was behind this push to prosecute so harshly?
On the afternoon of 21 March 2021, Fleur Moody hurried through the graffiti-sprayed backstreets of Bristol. She and her partner were on their way to join a march against proposed laws that would give the police extensive new powers to clamp down on protests. They caught up with the march just before it streamed into a park overlooking the city’s harbour.
Moody, who was 26 at the time, was getting her life back on track after years of mental health problems and addiction. She sat on the grass with friends sharing food and drinks in the last of the sunshine. “I was quite fragile,” she told me recently. “But I’ve always believed people have a right to protest and have their voices heard.”Continue reading... 5th March 2024 06:00
Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong confirmed an ‘arrangement’ for Singapore to be the only stop on Swift’s south-east Asia Eras tour
Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong has defended an incentive provided to Taylor Swift by his government, to make the country the only stop in south-east Asia on her world tour, saying it was not a hostile act towards its neighbours.
“[Our] agencies negotiated an arrangement with her to come to Singapore and perform and to make Singapore her only stop in south-east Asia,” Lee told a press conference in Melbourne, where he is attending a regional summit.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 05:53
The lawsuit says not paying severance and bills is part of a pattern for Musk. Representatives for Musk and San Francisco-based X did not immediately respond to messages for comment.5th March 2024 05:26
The win comes one day after Nikki Haley won the Washington, D.C., Republican presidential primary, her first victory in 2024.5th March 2024 04:21
After an Alabama supreme court judgment, the biggest IVF clinics in the state closed, leaving prospective parents desperate. Jessica Glenza reports
When Gabrielle Goidel and her husband turned to fertility treatment they had already endured the grief and pain of three miscarriages. The couple, who had recently moved from Texas to Alabama, turned to IVF. It was stressful, uncomfortable and very expensive but they were determined to start a family. But just when Gabriele’s treatment had progressed to the stage where her eggs were about to be retrieved they hit an unexpected hurdle.
In February, Alabama’s Supreme Court made a ruling in a case in which embryos in an IVF clinic were accidentally destroyed. In their judgements, they classified the embryos as “extra uterine children”. That decision had the potential to change everything about the use of IVF in the state. If embryos were children, with the same rights, what would that mean for the storage and transportation of embryos? What about embryos that are discarded, either because a previous embryo has already been implanted in the patient, or because they are not viable?Continue reading... 5th March 2024 04:00
SpaceX launched three Falcon 9 rockets within 20 hours, including two Monday just one hour and 50 minutes apart.5th March 2024 02:59
Anthropic on Monday debuted Claude 3, a chatbot and suite of AI models that it calls its fastest and most powerful yet.5th March 2024 02:35
The increase in illegal entries from January indicates that migration is rebounding heading into the spring, when migrant arrivals have spiked in recent years.5th March 2024 02:14
Apple muzzled streaming services from telling users about payment options on their websites, which avoids a 30% fee charged when people pay through apps downloaded with the iOS App Store, the EU said.5th March 2024 02:08
Massachusetts Air National Guard member Jack Teixeira pleaded guilty Monday to leaking highly classified military documents containing national security secrets. Scott MacFarlane reports.5th March 2024 02:08
Relentless snowfall and hurricane-force winds pounded the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Northern California and parts of Nevada. The Weather Channel meteorologist Chris Warren looks at when blizzard conditions will finally break and where it's headed next.5th March 2024 02:03
Heavy snowfall and powerful winds hit regions of California and Nevada over the weekend, leading to road closures and power outages for thousands. Carter Evans has the details.5th March 2024 01:59
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Donald Trump can stay on Colorado's primary ballot. And it's not the only case justices will hear involving the former president. Jan Crawford and Robert Costa break down how the ruling could impact the 2024 presidential race.5th March 2024 01:56
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that Colorado can't keep former President Donald Trump off the ballot during the 2024 election. The three liberal justices issued an opinion concurring with the ruling but said the other six justices went too far in dictating how section 3 of the 14th Amendment can be enforced. Robert Costa reports.5th March 2024 01:56
Here's a look at the top stories making headlines on the "CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell."5th March 2024 01:50
Bald eagle Jackie laid three eggs in January. Since then, she and Shadow have taken turns keeping the eggs warm as thousands have watched via a live cam.5th March 2024 01:45
A new lawsuit claims a falling utility pole caused the tragic Smokehouse Creek fire in the Texas Panhandle.5th March 2024 01:06
The club owned by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney is leading the push to bring free-to-air EFL matches to the US
Every sport today, from cricket to padel, wants to crack America. Soccer is already a major cultural force across the US, but its incursion into the American sporting psyche has been led by MLS and the top leagues of Europe, the English Premier League in particular. If you’re a club battling away in the English Football League Two, how exactly do you stand out to the median US soccer fan? What place does a midweek cup fixture between Accrington Stanley and the Fulham Under-21s have in a footballing world of volcanically hyped top-flight matchups and potential super leagues?
One solution for a lower league club fighting for international attention might be to get bought by Hollywood celebrities and launch a slickly produced, multi-season documentary about the club’s quest for promotion through the lower tiers of British football on a popular US cable network. That, of course, is the solution that Wrexham famously devised to build its following among the American public, with the third season of Welcome to Wrexham set to premiere in the US on 18 April. Now the Welsh club, owned by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney and currently sitting third in League Two, wants to build on its recent successes to help all 72 clubs across the three tiers of the English Football League gain a foothold in the American market.Continue reading... 5th March 2024 01:00
"Beloved Dave, do NATO and Biden have a secret plan to help us," an unnamed person asked retired Army officer David Slater in one message.5th March 2024 00:46
The state law known as SB4 would empower Texas officials to stop, jail and prosecute migrants on state criminal charges of illegal entry or reentry.5th March 2024 00:43
Mechanism used to open the gate of some Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks could short circuit, GM said.5th March 2024 00:02
- 3,000m world indoor champion wants to see fresh investment
- Gold medallists at championships in Glasgow earned $40,000
Josh Kerr has hit out at the lack of money in track and field, calling the $40,000 (£31,500) on offer to gold medallists at the World Athletics Indoor Championships “crazy” compared to other sports, and urged fresh investment – whether it is from Saudi Arabia or elsewhere.
The 26-year-old, who won the world 3,000m indoor title with a storming performance on Saturday, also made it clear he backed Michael Johnson’s recently announced plans to set up a new US-funded athletics league in 2025. Johnson, a four-time Olympic gold medallist, is said to have already raised millions in an attempt to revolutionise the sport with a TV-friendly team-based format, and last week joined forces with global sports marketing firm, Winners Alliance.Continue reading... 4th March 2024 23:30
- Quarterback’s career in Denver was brief and unsuccessful
- Wilson signed five-year, $242.6m extension in 2022
The Broncos have brought an early end to Russell Wilson’s expensive and unsuccessful time in Denver by announcing they will cut the quarterback from their roster.
“We spoke with Russell Wilson today to inform him of his release after the start of the league year [which starts next Wednesday],” Broncos general manager George Paton and coach Sean Payton said in a joint statement.Continue reading... 4th March 2024 23:10
JetBlue and Spirit Airlines had appealed a federal judge's decision to block their merger earlier in January.4th March 2024 23:09
American's order includes 85 of Boeing's yet-to-be certified 737 Max 10 aircraft.4th March 2024 22:48
The Atlanta-based fast-food chain is cautioning patrons about a mislabeled sauce, saying it could contain wheat and soy allergens.4th March 2024 22:23
The report, which fell short of a full U.N. investigation, said rape likely occurred at at least three sites on Oct. 7. Some hostages held in Gaza were also subject to sexual violence, the team found.4th March 2024 22:22
As the IRS bolsters its cryptocurrency expertise, tax professionals are bracing for increased scrutiny of digital currency. Here's what to know.4th March 2024 22:17
The airline declined to provide profit or revenue forecasts for the first quarter or full year.4th March 2024 22:17
The pop star is being sought out for baked goods she made for the Super Bowl winners.4th March 2024 22:07
Brazil looks to short-term and long-term strategies to fight a disease so painful it's known as "breakbone fever." The outbreak is part of a global wave of dengue triggered in part by climate change.4th March 2024 22:00