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Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial newsIntroduction: Markets roiled by rising Covid-19 casesBerenberg; eurozone GDP could shrink if situation worsensSpanish unemployment jumps over 16%Market open: European stocks drop again
European politicians and officials have been hinting that fresh Covid-19 restrictions will be needed if infection rates continue to climb.
Belgium’s health ministry spokesman Yves Van Laethem told Belgian broadcaster RTBF last night that a decision on returning to lockdown would need to be taken by the end of the week.
“It will be necessary to decide by this weekend if we should go into total lockdown.”
“The additional measures should be targeted, temporary and focussed. And they should be taken as uniformly as possible across Germany and be generally understandable,”
“So far, our country has fared quite well during the coronavirus pandemic and it will be decided in the coming weeks whether it will stay that way. It’s in our hands.”
Hotel operator Whitbread is also suffering badly from the pandemic, despite managing to reopen almost all its UK sites by the end of July.
Given the fast-changing nature of the COVID-19 environment in which we are operating, and increased levels of local and regional lockdowns, near-term visibility remains limited.
However, as the situation evolves, Premier Inn remains well-placed to capitalise on the enhanced structural growth opportunities that will exist, driving attractive returns on investment in the long-term.Continue reading...
Amy Coney Barrett has been sworn in as a Supreme Court justice, swinging the nation's highest court to a conservative 6-3 majority.
People in most of 25 countries think governments failed to act well or quickly
People in most of 25 countries around the world think governments and leaders failed to respond either well or fast enough to the coronavirus crisis, a new global survey shows.
YouGov’s globalism survey of about 26,000 people in countries from Australia to Sweden, designed with the Guardian and carried out by the YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project between July and August, before the second wave hit in Europe and elsewhere, showed striking variations in approval for governments’ handling of the pandemic, which has killed nearly 1.1 million people.Continue reading...
The theories on social media give readers permission not to believe anything they see in traditional media
When Barack Obama recently told a rally in Pennsylvania that, were Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be elected, they – we – would no longer have to worry about “the crazy things” Donald Trump and his supporters say, he was addressing a thirsty crowd in need of reassurance that a cool draught of sensible was on its way.
“You’ll be able to go about your lives,” Obama said, “knowing that the president is not going to retweet conspiracy theories about secret cabals ruling the world … Think about that: the president of the United States retweeted that. What! What?!”Continue reading...
Five characters attempt to deal with a digital shutdown in New York in DeLillo’s strangely heartless novella
It’s not coincidental, I think, that two major novelists have published books this year in which Albert Einstein plays a prominent role. In Ali Smith’s Summer, the proto-fascist schoolboy Robert Greenlaw searches for traces of Einstein’s presence in England and, through his reading of Einstein’s work, comes to understand better his place in space and time. Now, in his 18th novel, The Silence, Don DeLillo gives us Martin Dekker, an intense and inscrutable young man who is “lost in his compulsive study of Einstein’s 1912 Manuscript on the Special Theory of Relativity”. Both novels ask us to consider what Einstein would have made of the unique strangeness of our technological world, particularly how the internet has changed our relationship to time.
The Silence opens on an aeroplane. Jim Kripps and Tessa Berens are returning from Europe when their plane drops out of the sky. It’s the first indication of the “communications screw-up” that has caused all technology to grind to a sudden and catastrophic halt. Jim and Tessa escape the crash landing with scratches and – in the strange, dreamlike logic of this slight, surreal novel – make their way to the New York home of Max Stenner and Diane Lucas. The year is 2022 and it’s the day of Super Bowl LVI, when most Americans would be huddled around their televisions. Instead, there’s no television, no internet, and so Max and Diane sit with Diane’s former student, Martin, and wait. Jim and Tessa arrive, the day passes, Martin quotes Einstein. The story ends with no resolution, and little explanation as to what has caused the shutdown.Continue reading...
Iowa's 3rd District House rematch between Cindy Axne and David Young may give a clue about how certain suburbs will vote in the 2020 election.
Tommy Tuberville touts himself as a strong backer of President Trump, who is popular in Alabama. Sen. Doug Jones needs to peel off GOP votes to win.
Robert Coltrain was arrested and charged with illegal transport of human remains and second-degree murder in the death of Brian Trotter.
Over more than 40 years, Carla Sozzani, the noted Italian editor, publisher and collector, assembled one of the country’s most important photography collections. Sozzani was a key figure in fashion, art and design in Italy, and his archive includes work by Erwin Blumenfeld, Steven Mesiel and Peter Lindbergh.Continue reading...
SS uniforms, firearms, parachutes among Nazi memorabilia targeted in apparent thefts to order
War museums across the Netherlands are scrambling to tighten their security after raids by highly organised thieves targeting memorabilia linked to Adolf Hitler’s Waffen-SS and other parts of the Nazi regime.
Amid huge global demand for second world war memorabilia, museums in Ossendrecht, in north Brabant, and in Beek, Limburg, have been ransacked in recent days and months.Continue reading...
Jason Kutt's girlfriend reported seeing a hunter in the area but it is unclear if he was involved in the shooting.
It’s not only Roe v Wade on the line. Parental leave, affordable childcare, equal pay, the Affordable Care Act - all are under threat
The pandemic and its collateral economic crisis have illustrated like never before that women are the backbone of America. Before Covid-19, women made up more than half the workforce, nearly two-thirds of minimum-wage workers, and the majority of caregivers. One in three jobs held by women has been designated as essential. Right now, millions of women are pulling off an impossible balancing act: working while trying to keep their families safe and healthy during a terrifying time. Others have lost jobs, have had their wages or hours cut, and more than 800,000 women have left the workforce.
This crisis is disproportionately burdening women, especially women of color. They need immediate relief, but instead of solving this crisis, Donald Trump and Senate Republicans have focused on one thing: pushing through a supreme court nominee who wants to take away healthcare for millions and strip away rights women have had for decades. And they’re doing it against the will of the majority of Americans, who believe that voters should decide who makes the next appointment to the court.Continue reading...
A ‘women’s pastime’ practised by Queen Victoria, ‘seaweeding’ spread from the UK to California – now the samples are providing a glimpse into history
On his first day as the new science director for the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California in 2016, a giant blue storage locker caught Kyle Van Houtan’s eye. The locker was obscured by a dead ficus plant and looked as if no one had opened it for years. But the label on it intrigued him: Herbarium.
He opened it and inside found hundreds of stacked manila envelopes. Each one contained a single piece of seaweed, pressed and preserved on white paper.Continue reading...
Photographer Kevin Cummins spent the 90s documenting the rise and fall of Cool Britannia for NME. In his new book he discusses the legacy of the era with key players from the time, including Noel Gallagher and Brett AndersonContinue reading...
At least three senior Colombian lawmakers have been accused of acting as surrogates for Donald Trump in Florida
The American embassy in Bogotá has warned Colombian politicians to “avoid getting involved” in the US election, amid a growing row over allegations that far-right lawmakers from the South American country are campaigning in support of Donald Trump.
At least three senior Colombian politicians have been accused of acting as Trump surrogates in Florida, a pivotal battleground state which has been flooded with political advertising and fake news aimed at Latino voters.Continue reading...
Campaigners seek judicial review of renewal of sales after court ruled them unlawful
Campaigners have filed for a judicial review of the UK government’s decision to renew arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) said the weapons would “fuel destruction and prolong the conflict” in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has employed widespread bombing in a war that has killed thousands of civilians.Continue reading...
Climate change is eroding beaches all over the Caribbean – even though the region contributes a tiny fraction of the emissions heating the planet
Sunbathing mothers keep an anxious eye out for children enjoying horseback rides, as groups of young men engage in energetic games of beach football and cricket. Further along, a boombox blasts as the smell of fresh fish wafts across the shoreline.
For years, this was the scene at the Hellshire Beach in Portmore, St Catherine, on a public holiday or weekend when Jamaicans and visitors alike would flock to one of the island’s most popular beaches. Today, however, parents no longer bring their children. The horses, along with most of the beachline, have long disappeared and the few visitors who come to Aunt Merl’s or Prendy’s on the Beach – two of the few remaining seafood restaurants left standing – are confined to the benches inside.Continue reading...
Trump battles for Pennsylvania as Biden leads in crucial state; Georgia sees record early voting as candidates vie for key state
At least 5 aides to Vice President Pence test positive for coronavirus; Trick-or-treating in the age of COVID
Two firefighters critically hurt battling one of them as forecasts call for renewed high winds.
U.S. government debt prices were higher on Tuesday, as investors closely monitored a fresh batch of economic data and Treasury auctions.
NBC's Gabe Gutierrez reports on the growing number of Covid-19 cases in South Dakota and the difficulty the state is having in its attempts to deal with it.
Oil firm beats forecasts but cuts asset values as it predicts prices will remain lowCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage
BP has reported better-than-expected financial results for the third quarter after making a modest profit of $100m (£76.8m), as oil markets begin to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The oil company’s underlying profit, which is most keenly watched by the market, has exceeded the $120m loss predicted by equity analysts before the results announcement. But the sum was a fraction of the $2.3bn reported for the same quarter last year.Continue reading...
From postwar London and empty afternoons to a perfect love affair, this masterly new collection is rich in beautiful phrases
Sean O’Brien, although familiar as one of our most garlanded poets (winner of the TS Eliot prize and, three times, of the Forward), is still in no way – to his credit – a known quantity. His masterly new collection, It Says Here, is partly about unknown quantities. In the title poem, he writes:
That the sky is a page where with a flourish
The birds write the truth in invisible ink
And the eye is too slow to be certain
That this word and that word are never to meet
In an extract from his new book about Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Jamie Jackson finds a future foretold during the Norwegian’s time as a Manchester United striker
See the three figures out on the green grass of Manchester United’s Carrington training base. Working in the hot June sun. Two are together, one stands apart. The two are practising finishing – the other encouraging, coaching, feeding them endless balls to try to score with. They are relentless in their quest to become better. They are Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Ruud van Nistelrooy. They are being schooled by René Meulensteen, a Dutch skills coach who will one day manage Manchester United reserves and have Ole as his assistant. Then one day René will be part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s inner circle, becoming first-team coach. For now, he is drilling Ole and his countryman Van Nistelrooy ahead of their coming internationals.Continue reading...
Opposition and rights groups criticise John Magufuli, who looks on course for second term
Opposition leaders in Tanzania have accused the government of undermining democracy and curtailing fundamental freedoms on the eve of elections in which John Magufuli, one of Africa’s most controversial leaders, could win a second term as president.
Magufuli, whose forthright style has earned him the nickname “the bulldozer”, won praise when he came to power in 2015 for his high-profile efforts to crack down on corruption and government spending, but he has since been accused of mismanagement of the Covid-19 pandemic and repression of dissent.Continue reading...
Children among those killed after explosives hidden in bag detonate
An explosion at a religious seminary in Pakistan’s northern city of Peshawar has killed at least eight people and injured 110 others.
The deadly blast took place at about 8.30am at the Jamia Zuberia religious school in Dir Colony, where about 500 students were gathered to hear a lecture by influential cleric Rahimullah Haqqani. Most of them were between 20 and 30 years old and from the Khyber Pakthunkwa and Balochistan regions of Pakistan, as well as some from Afghanistan.Continue reading...
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This intriguing history of the women’s movement – from leg-liberating bicycles to the poems Sylvia Pankhurst wrote on prison toilet paper – doesn’t neglect the struggle’s contradictions and blind spots
“We are not beautiful,” say the words on the leaflet, alongside a picture of a raging, cigar-smoking vixen with hairy legs. “We are not ugly,” they continue. “WE ARE ANGRY.” This leaflet was part of the protests against Miss World contests in the 1970s. It features in Unfinished Business, an exhibition that traces the history of the women’s movement through its signature, headline-grabbing flareups, but also through its imagery, philosophy and artefacts, with one eye always on the work left to do.
You can’t help but be struck by the vastness of the terrain: this movement needed its engineers as much as its crusaders, its poets and comedians as much as its scientists. It took a village, in other words, and then a load of other villages. It would be glossing the reality to say that it took all women, but it took enough of us that to tell its history means running headlong into an inconvenient truth: the trouble with women is we don’t all agree.Continue reading...
Many of us have struggled to maintain our fitness in 2020 – but not everyone. Here, four people explain how they improved their sleep patterns, diet and exercise regimes
Before Covid-19, an ordinary evening for Tim Ludford, a charity worker, looked something like this: after-work drinks with colleagues; an Uber home; a takeaway. “Not healthy takeaways, either,” says Ludford, 37, from London. He would polish off a curry for two people before nailing a bag of Maltesers or a packet of biscuits.
Ludford’s relationship with food began to deteriorate after the death from cancer of his father in 2013. “I was unhappy, first of all, and I was bingeing on food and alcohol as a coping mechanism,” he says. “A lot of it was related to my dad, but I was also stuck in a rut and food was an easy way to make myself feel good.” By the time lockdown was introduced, he was severely obese, with a BMI of 40. (A healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9, according to the NHS.) “Sometimes I’d do crazy things,” he says. “If I was on the way to meet someone for dinner, I’d go to KFC on the way. And then I’d eat dinner as well.”Continue reading...
Action comes after appearances by Franklin Graham were cancelled amid protests from LGBT rights campaigners
A conservative US evangelical organisation is taking legal action against UK entertainment venues that cancelled appearances by Franklin Graham, a preacher who has expressed homophobic and Islamophobic views, earlier this year.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) is suing venues in Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield and Wales for breach of contract. Franklin Graham told the Guardian in February that he was “being denied [a platform] because of religious beliefs”.Continue reading...
Legal observers among those arrested as Indigenous Australians express outrage after Djab Wurrung directions tree felled
The Victorian government has cut down a tree that was culturally significant to Australia’s Indigenous Djab Wurrung women to make way for a highway in the state’s west.
The yellow box, known as a directions tree, was felled on Monday. The government has defended its actions, saying the tree was not one of those listed as requiring protection in an agreement with the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation, and was not the sacred directions tree that is now subject to a federal court action.Continue reading...
Doctors say cases and dozens of deaths from the disease have occurred since August floods, with cases of malaria and cholera also on the rise
An outbreak of Rift Valley fever has killed dozens of people and infected more than 1,000 in Sudan’s Northern state, according to local doctors.
Doctors told the Guardian the disease has spread across the towns of Merowe, Al Dabbah and Karima, mainly among cattle herders.Continue reading...
One witness told CBS Philly that he and several others tried to get the man with the knife to drop it prior to the shooting.
This collection of Cooper’s newspaper columns from the 60s and 70s is bitchy, saucy, insightful and, most of all, great fun
Good journalism is easier to read than to write, especially the kind that has to do with (ugh) so-called lifestyle. It’s all about tone, and more hacks than you might imagine, not to mention their editors, have a tin ear in this regard. This kind of journalism tends, moreover, to go off faster than fresh fish.
All of which makes Between the Covers, a new collection of Jilly Cooper’s journalism, the more remarkable. Yes, there are columns here that will seem painfully dated to 21st-century eyes; women are no longer, thank God, expected to drop their girlfriends when they marry, and thereafter only to socialise as a couple. Some references, too, may be beyond younger readers: you have to be of a certain age (my age, probably) to know what she means when she describes sex as “only the liquid centre of the great New Berry Fruit of friendship”. But in the main, perky, clever and rather wise, these pieces still slip down as easily as a nice cold glass of something crisp and white. A certain kind of self-deprecation – we call it humblebragging now – can be extremely grating over 100 pages, or even, to be honest, over a paragraph. But not only is Cooper’s modesty completely genuine; she’s just as apt to deploy a little quiet pride here and there. She will never patronise her readers by posing as something she is not.Continue reading...
Four decades of work by the Irish photographer feature in a new photobook. His dignified images, according to his former editor Colm Tóibín, offer ‘a hesitant window into the soul’Continue reading...
The world’s second-most popular Muslim athlete retired at the top of his game on Saturday as the most dominant champion in UFC history. But the legacy he leaves behind is complex
“Alhamdulillah. God gave me everything.”
The Islamic phrase was among the first words spoken by Khabib Nurmagomedov following his submission victory on Saturday over interim lightweight champ Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. The words carried the weight of the last few months of the champion’s life, a period filled with the tragic passing of his father due to the coronavirus and the unyielding weight of expectations. Now, for the first time in his illustrious career, Khabib Nurmagomedov seemed relieved. He knew his time was up.Continue reading...
Tony Chung, 19, was on bail on suspected national security offences when he was reportedly ‘snatched away’
Tony Chung, a 19-year-old Hong Kong activist on bail after his arrest on suspected national security offences, has been detained by authorities while attempting to seek asylum at the US consulate.
A spokesperson for Chung’s now disbanded activism group later said two other members, Yanni Ho and William Chan, were also arrested later on Tuesday.Continue reading...
Planted by specimen collectors in the 18th and 19th centuries, arboretums are a ‘living library of trees’ that have become an invaluable public resource for recreation and education
Autumn’s blaze of glory, all flame-red leaves and burnt-gold foliage, offers an opportunity to marvel at the brilliance of the natural world before hunkering down for winter. Though, as nature goes into hibernation, forests, woods, parks and arboretums can often feel alive with walkers, joggers and families exploring them.
The experience of lockdown has changed many people’s relationships with nature and will undoubtedly extend our interaction with the arboreal beyond the traditional leaf-peeping season. Outdoor trends, such as forest bathing, awe-walks and even park strolls, have become a lifeline to many, and now the UK’s most spectacular spaces set aside for trees – arboretums – are seeing record numbers of visitors.Continue reading...
Severe thunderstorms, destructive winds and record rainfall have hit parts of New South Wales and Queensland. Heavy rain soaked some areas around Sydney and the north coast with more than 100mm within 24 hours. Almost 29,000 homes in south-east Queensland were left without power due to wild thunderstorms and windsDangerous storms forecast for south-east Queensland as NSW braces for more wild weatherStorm cuts power in Queensland as thunderstorm asthma alerts issued for southern NSW and CanberraNSW weather: flood rescues, power blackouts and transport chaos as storms lash state Continue reading...
The auteur’s bold and brutal 2000 adaptation of Hubert Selby Jr’s cultish novel about addiction remains an indelible and shocking act of provocation
I was 17, and just beginning university, when Requiem for a Dream descended on cinemas like an opaque, bruise-blue mist. Notwithstanding the no-under-18s restrictions stamped upon it by stern censors in the UK and elsewhere, I like to think I was the optimal age for it. Darren Aronofsky’s addiction drama may be cross-generational in its focus, but with its unremittingly punishing storytelling and frenzied, all-systems-go cinematic energy, it represents a very young person’s idea of how a very adult film looks, sounds and spasms. I loved it, even as it followed me through a tertiary arts education to the point of overkill: its poster gracing umpteen friends’ dorm rooms, its Clint Mansell/Kronos Quartet string theme – and its countless remixes – soundtracking all manner of student theatre pieces and presentations, its formal and literary flourishes seized upon by many a hip professor seeking a modish mutual reference point.Continue reading...
As part of a new series, the Guardian looks at Maricopa county’s transformation from conservative bastion to 2020 battleground
For years, Carlos Garcia would grab his bullhorn each afternoon and head downtown to the office of Joe Arpaio, the brash, hardline, anti-immigrant Maricopa county sheriff who became known as “the Donald Trump of Arizona”.
When Garcia’s protests began in 2007, just a handful of devoted activists joined him. A conservative firebrand, Arpaio was re-elected every four years by the mostly white residents of the state’s most populous county. He was seemingly untouchable.Continue reading...
Some are packing their next few weeks full of activities, while others just want a chance to decompressMelbourne lockdown rules and restrictions explained
After a long dark night, there always comes the dawn, and for many Melburnians that dawn is a good strong coffee.
That’s certainly what retiree James Green missed the most. Visiting his local cafe is on the top of his list of things to do on Wednesday when hospitality venues in Melbourne are finally allowed to reopen.Continue reading...
As a Welsh person living in England, I feel envious of my loved ones united behind a government they can trustCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage
On Friday Wales began a two-week national “firebreak” Covid lockdown in an attempt to give some breathing space to its health service, which risks being overwhelmed by the rise in cases. It has not been without controversy – a ban on supermarkets selling non-essential items was criticised over the weekend. In the English press, the first minister, Mark Drakeford, and the Welsh government have been labelled as “clowns” who are trying to turn Wales “into a wartime, command economy: East Germany, except not as efficient, and with more sheep” (note the tedious xenophobia).
The criticism over the essential items rule is less about lockdown and more about what individuals consider “essential” during times of crisis (the government has now indicated that supermarkets will be allowed flexibility – hardly the actions of a Soviet dictatorship).Continue reading...
As she releases a box set of her earliest recordings, in a rare interview Mitchell talks about life before fame, the correct way to sing her songs – and her long struggle to walk and talk again after an aneurysm
“I was lying in bed last night thinking about getting a cat,” says Joni Mitchell. It’s an early summer Sunday, and she’s sitting in her backyard patio, nicknamed Tuscany. Behind her a bird feeder is busy with hungry visitors. “And this guy shows up at the gate around midnight, meowing.”
A light-brown kitten with long white paws, only a few months old, leans contentedly against her shoulder. “I hope nobody comes to claim him,” she confides softly. They’re fast friends. Nearby Marcy Gensic, Mitchell’s longtime friend and associate, mentions they’ve papered the neighbourhood with lost notices. No calls yet. So with our midnight visitor, tentatively named Puss ’n Boots, tucked in the lap of this treasured artist, Mitchell is here to discuss the new set of early recordings she never intended to release: Joni Mitchell Archives Vol 1: The Early Years (1963-1967). For years she doubted their place in the revered canon of her carefully curated albums. “Some of the melodies are beautiful,” she told me in an interview in 2004, “but they’re very ingenue-y.” She seemed almost wistful. “God, they’re so vulnerable in these tough times. They’re like some ancient world.”Continue reading...
In November 2019, James Le Mesurier, the British co-founder of the Syrian rescue group, fell to his death in Istanbul. What led an internationally celebrated humanitarian to take his own life?
Just before sunrise in Istanbul on 11 November 2019, a determined thumping on her iron front door stirred Emma Winberg from a brief sleep. Blurry-eyed, she grasped at the empty space in bed next to her, pulled on a pair of trousers, fumbled with a bedside lamp, then ran across the bedsit to the kitchen next door. “James wasn’t there,” she said. “And that’s when I just knew.”
Winberg had slept briefly after an anxious night. As she drifted off, at about 4.30am, she had seen her husband staring at her from near the bedroom window of their third-floor flat. Now, startled awake, she dashed towards the same spot, her dread rising with every step. “I looked down and thought: ‘Thank God, nothing there.’ And then I looked left.”Continue reading...
Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Raytheon named along with US officials who played a role in weapons sales
China will sanction several major defence companies in retaliation for multibillion dollar US arms sales to Taiwan, the foreign ministry has announced.
Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Raytheon were named as targets of the sanctions, as well as “the US individuals and entities who played an egregious role”, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular press briefing on Monday, but did not provide further details.Continue reading...
Jared Goff passes for 219 yards as Rams win 24-10 over BearsChicago held to just 49 yards rushing in latest disappointment
Josh Reynolds and Gerald Everett caught touchdown passes from Jared Goff, and the Los Angeles Rams won a matchup of dominant defenses, beating the Chicago Bears 24-10 on Monday night.
Goff passed for 219 yards and Malcolm Brown rushed for a score for the Rams (5-2), who remained unbeaten at brand-new SoFi Stadium and reasserted themselves as NFC contenders with a rebound performance one week after a rough loss at San Francisco.Continue reading...
Canadian police officer tells extradition hearing Washington asked for phone and laptop to be put in ‘Faraday bag’ to prevent data being ‘erased remotely’
A Canadian police officer has testified about his arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on a US extradition warrant, revealing that Washington had requested that data on her phone and laptop be secured so that it could not be “erased remotely.”
Royal Canadian mounted police constable Winston Yep – the first witness to testify in the extradition case – arrested the Chinese telecom giant’s chief financial officer in December 2018 during a stopover in Vancouver.Continue reading...
The Guardian US reporter Kenya Evelyn grew up in Milwaukee, in the swing state of Wisconsin. She recently returned to see how this year’s pandemic, recession and Black Lives Matter protests are shifting the city’s politics
In recent years, Wisconsin has come to play a crucial role in deciding the presidential election. In 2008 and 2012, Barack Obama comfortably won there. But in 2016, Donald Trump took the state by a margin of just 23,000 votes. That year, 93,000 black voters in the city of Milwaukee stayed home on election day.
The Guardian US reporter Kenya Evelyn recently returned to her home city and tells Mythili Rao what she heard when she spoke to black voters about what this election means to them. The Democrats had expected to hold their convention in Milwaukee – but when the pandemic forced the party to go virtual, an anticipated $200m economic boom instead spiralled into a substantial loss. The pivot was also the final straw for many of the city’s African American residents. The coronavirus shutdown worsened national crises that disproportionately devastated black Americans across the country, exacerbating racial inequalities in Milwaukee. Many activists told Evelyn that it could stifle local efforts to solicit enthusiasm for Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris. It’s a warning for Democrats not to take black voters for granted.Continue reading...
An official said the phrase, popularised by Sacha Baron Cohen’s character, sums up the vast tourism potential of the nation in a ‘short, memorable way’
Kazakhstan, the home country of the fictional Borat Sagdiyev, has adopted the brash, moustachioed character’s catchphrase – “Very nice!” – for a new tourism campaign.
In the recently released Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, the fictional journalist depicts his homeland as misogynistic, homophobic and anti-Semitic –as he does in the original, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. In the first iteration Borat, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, worried that he would be executed if the film wasn’t a success.Continue reading...
Court sided with Republicans in 5-3 ruling, awarding party a victory in crusade against expanding voting rights and access
The US supreme court has sided with Republicans to prevent Wisconsin from counting mail-in ballots that are received after election day.
In a 5-3 ruling, the justices on Monday refused to reinstate a lower court order that called for mailed ballots to be counted if they are received up to six days after the 3 November election. A federal appeals court had already put that order on hold.Continue reading...
Barrett was confirmed in Senate by a vote of 52 to 48, with only one Republican voting against her.
Robert "Bob" Murray, known in the industry as the king of coal, died due to complications from lung disease early Sunday morning surrounded by his family in the Ohio Valley, his lawyer Michael Shaheen told CNN.
Two wildfires are raging out of control in Orange County. At least two firefighters have been hospitalized with severe burns.
Wisconsin is a key battleground state in the battle between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
A divided Supreme Court said Monday that mail-in ballots in Wisconsin could be counted only if they are received by Election Day.
8 days left in the 2020 Presidential election; Michigan election officials expecting huge turnout
Pelosi criticized the White House ahead of her latest coronavirus stimulus discussions with Steven Mnuchin and as cases hit record highs.
Senate’s confirmation of Barrett, 48, cements rightwing domination of court for years to come
The US Senate has confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the supreme court, delivering Donald Trump a huge but partisan victory just eight days before the election and locking in rightwing domination of the nation’s highest court for years to come.Continue reading...
Hours ahead of Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation vote, the Supreme Court announced it would consider Mississippi's petition for the hour to hear its 15-week abortion ban.
Rider taken to hospital after incident involving car said to be driven by Labour’s leader
Police are investigating a collision involving the Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, in which a cyclist was taken to hospital.
Starmer is understood to have been driving through north-west London around midday on Sunday when the crash occurred in Kentish Town.Continue reading...
Students at the university created a guide outlining the history of racism, capitalism and activism on campus.
Barrett could influence what kinds of arguments hold sway for years to come – and what cases the court hears in the first place
The confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett as a supreme court justice marks the advent of a bedrock conservative majority on the court that analysts expect to influence American life for a generation.
Barrett’s arrival on the court will make it easier for the conservative bloc to get to a five-vote majority on future cases involving everything from environmental regulations to voting rights. But, as the latest conservative judge to declare herself a constitutional “originalist” during confirmation hearings, Barrett could also influence what kinds of arguments hold sway on the court for years to come – and what cases the court hears in the first place.Continue reading...
Voting experts urged that declaring Election Day a federal holiday wouldn't solve any of the frustrating problems we're now seeing.
Figure has dropped by over a quarter in three months, fuelling concerns over reinfectionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage
The proportion of people in England with coronavirus antibodies dropped by more than a quarter in the space of three months, researchers have revealed, fuelling concerns over reinfection.
The findings come from the React-2 study, which is based on home finger-prick antibody test results from random participants across all 314 local authorities.Continue reading...
The launch will mark the first operational flight by SpaceX's commercially developed Crew Dragon spacecraft.
More than 62 million early votes have been tallied, already with a little over a week left until Election Day, and the figure tops all early votes cast in 2016. Ed O'Keefe reports.
As Judge Amy Coney Barret is set to become the ninth justice of the Supreme Court, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris discusses the future of the high court. Norah O'Donnell has more in this portion of their interview from "60 Minutes."
Nearly 3 million people have persevered in long lines to cast their ballots in Georgia — a state where, according to a new CBS Battleground Tracker poll shows, President Trump is tied with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Mark Strassmann has details.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 48, becomes the youngest justice on the Supreme Court by five years, and could help secure a conservative majority for decades to come. Nancy Cordes reports.
Tens of thousands of people have been forced from their homes in Orange County as the Silverado Fire becomes the latest wildfire to ravage Southern California. Jonathan Vigliotti has the latest.
The crisis prompted the state to dedicate part of the city's civic center as a makeshift care center for the ill.
In the last few days of the 2020 campaign, Mr. Trump is holding more big campaign events than Biden, who said that "massive crowds" aren't "appropriate" right now.
Voting advocates support it, but election experts say getting the day off isn't the right approach to bolster turnout.
Researchers have estimated that between 150 and 300 men, women, and children were killed, but have yet to find graves that hold their bodies.
Growing up to two inches long, this killer insect can decapitate 40 honeybees per minute.
"It was amazing. When I put that pen to the paper, I finally got a voice."
The comment was remarkably revealing despite its simplicity.
Tottenham’s prolific away form eluded them in an evenly contested encounter against bottom three Burnley, though the ever-reliable Son Heung-min came to their rescue with a an opportunist winner 15 minutes from the end. Son is now the Premier League’s top scorer with eight while Spurs shoot half a dozen places up the table as a result.Continue reading...
Stocks tumbled on Monday amid dimming hopes for a stimulus bill and rising coronavirus cases.
The top commanding general at Fort Hood army base in Texas has taken the unusual step of posting a message on Facebook asking seven anonymous noncommissioned officers (NCOs) to give him details of misconduct allegations they described in a news article.
The social media giant set a goal in June to help 4 million people register to vote in the upcoming election.
Rivera celebrated a his win over cancer with a hall full of doctors and nurses cheering him on.
Long after the "I voted" stickers go into the trash, there are a series of deadlines outlined in federal law and the Constitution that dictate what happens between Election Day and the inauguration.
In the past 30 days, Yes on Prop 22, backed by Uber and Lyft, has spent $3.7 million on Facebook ads in California.
As new cases accelerate in the Northern Hemisphere, particularly in the U.S. and Europe, some countries may need to impose stricter virus measures again, the WHO said.
Social network wants researchers to stop collecting data showing who is being micro-targeted by political ads.
The formation of Zeta puts the 2020 hurricane season one name storm away from tying the all-time record.
Two of the Department of Homeland Security's immigration enforcement agencies are preparing for the possibility of more civil unrest amid a contentious election, according to officials, part of a concerted effort by federal and local authorities to prepare for large-scale protests.
The separate interviews on CBS News' "60 Minutes" are set to air Sunday — just nine days before the U.S. election.
President Trump has repeatedly claimed that the rise in coronavirus cases is because of widespread testing, but that's not the full story.
The highly unusual arrangement had Musk offer up to $100 million from his personal funds in indemnity coverage for officers and directors for 90 days.
The Trump administration announced fresh sanctions and additional measures targeting Iran's petroleum sector.
General J.H Binford Peay II served as the school's superintendent for seventeen years.
The unspoken, unexamined decision of the Indian Premier League to ignore one country has turned the dressing room into a proxy battlefield, the auction into a theatre of war
Last week, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced it is in the process of organising the first official England tour of Pakistan in 15 years. This is, self‑evidently, the right thing to do. Since England’s last visit in 2005-06, Pakistan have toured this country eight times for various tournaments and series. From the ECB’s perspective, their decision to brave the pandemic and send a team this summer may well have proven the difference between financial ruin and mere recession.
And so naturally the decision to consider the possibility of maybe, potentially, exploring the idea of touring Pakistan for a very short Twenty20 series in early 2021 – subject to all the usual security and logistical caveats – has been spun in many quarters as an act of supreme munificence. Yet if England are genuinely keen on extending the hand of solidarity to Pakistani cricket, then there is something else it could do. It could politely but pointedly use its voice at next month’s International Cricket Council board meeting to ask why Pakistani players continue to be excluded from the world’s biggest cricket tournament.Continue reading...
For adjudicators from Guinness World Records, it takes some record-setting nerves to judge a world-record attempt as successful. Guinness may get a thousand applications every week to break a world record, and during a time of pandemic, when social distancing prevents mass-participation records, they have even set up weekly at-home challenges. But you have to go outdoors to pursue what one team in Colorado recently attempted: the world's largest fireworks shell ever launched. Lee Cowan reports.
According to a new CBS Battleground Tracker poll, the race for the next president is neck and neck in Georgia, a state President Trump won by 5 points in 2016. The survey shows Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is now tied with Mr. Trump at 49%. Mark Strassmann talked to voters.
An El Paso judge issued a curfew with the hopes of curbing COVID-19 hospitalizations. All ICU beds in the county are at capacity. David Begnaud reports.
The U.S. hit its highest daily number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began with more than 83,000 new infections, surpassing the previous record set during the summertime surge. Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of Brown University's school of public health, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the record daily cases and respond to recent comments from White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
In both Maine and Nebraska, a key district could split the state's electoral votes, giving some to President Donald Trump and some to former Vice President Joe Biden.
Corporate profits are performing at a record pace relative to expectations, but investors so far seem unimpressed.
Senate Democratic leaders said Pence presiding over the confirmation vote would be a "violation of common decency and courtesy."
Lizzo isn't the only celebrity who hit the campaign trail this weekend.
Officials called the alleged arson "a disgrace to democracy, a disrespect to the voters fulfilling their civic duty, and a crime."
U.S. Treasury yields fell on Monday as hopes waned that stimulus deal in Washington would be signed before the presidential election next week.
When a resident complained that her neighbour’s lovemaking kept her awake each night, Manchester city council had an unexpected response
Name: Natural noise.
Age: Hard to say. Since the beginning of time, I suppose. The big bang must have been naturally noisy.Appearance: Noise that is natural. Stop being so thick.What are we talking? Birdsong? That would count and people would rather enjoy it, but this natural noise is perhaps less welcome.Planes, trains, traffic? Some might see it as worse than that.Dogs barking? That’s irritating, but less embarrassing.What then? Nocturnal lovemaking.The old hotel room story? No, this is a resident in Manchester who has complained to the council that her neighbour’s nights of passion are keeping her awake. Every night? Yes.I can see that might get on your nerves. “It’s terrible,” says the neighbour. “Before lockdown, it wasn’t really every night. Since lockdown, it’s got worse.”Well, lockdown has been boring. Most of us have been satisfied with Netflix, or occasionally Scrabble if we are looking to ramp up the excitement.What does the council say? The complainant claims the council told her that sex is “natural noise”, although it did sent the neighbour two letters. The council says Covid-19 means environmental health officers can’t enter properties to listen in. However, after the complainant contacted the Manchester Evening News, the council sent officers to listen from the street. They couldn’t hear anything, so noise-monitoring equipment is being set up in the complainant’s home.She could always try earplugs. I can see whose side you’re on in this imbroglio, you sex maniac. The council accepts that natural noise can become a “statutory nuisance”.A tricky line to draw. Indeed. It should be entertaining when the row reaches the supreme court.Sex hasn’t been easy in the pandemic. I know what you mean. Romantic assignations have suddenly been curtailed.What are single people allowed to do? It depends on how tight the restrictions are where they live. In some places, they may be allowed to meet only outdoors – and even then social distancing will still apply. It could add a certain frisson, in a Dangerous Liaisons kind of way. Frisson will be the word come December.It’s going to end in ... Tiers, yes. I’d rather hoped we could get through without that tired line.Couples can always bubble. That will certainly add to the sexual excitement, although you can only form a support bubble if both parties live alone. The Manchester case is unclear, with the complainant alleging that her neighbour’s amorato doesn’t live at the property and only visits at night.There’s no answer to that. “At first I thought: ‘It’s going to stop, maybe she’s got a new boyfriend and the novelty will wear off,’” says the sleepless neighbour. “But it just never ended.”I feel a tinge of jealousy. Stick to the Scrabble. Think of the excitement of getting orgasm on a triple-word square.Continue reading...
Restaurant operator Inspire Brands looking to expand its growing portfolio of fast-food chains.
At approximately 21km long, Lake Cowal is the largest natural inland lake in New South Wales. After years of drought it began filling in March this year, and native and migratory waterbirds started returning to its wetlands. Above-average rainfall throughout the winter months have now filled the ephemeral lake to 40% of its surface areaAustralian Geographic nature photographer of the year 2020 – in pictures Continue reading...
For much of Popeyes’ history its Louisiana-style menu featured items like fried chicken, chicken tenders and fried shrimp. But after nearly 50 years in business, it hadn't sold a chicken sandwich nationwide.
Retailer gets legal jump on feds amid questions over whether its pharmacies may have fueled drug epidemic.
Sharp declines in enrollment for the 2020-2021 academic year due to the pandemic have taken a severe financial toll on many colleges and universities that could last for years to come.
Bradley Tusk, a start-up investor and political strategist, wrote a memo to portfolio companies, laying out his views on how election results will impact tech.
Implementing targeted restrictions now could forestall a worse coronavirus outbreak during fall and winter, former FDA chief told CNBC.
The updates to the AirPods will make it more like the AirPods Pro, with a shorter stem and replaceable ear tips, but will lack noise cancellation, Bloomberg said.
Award-winning actress Eva Longoria and activist Henry R. Muñoz III co-created the "Momento Latino" coalition, uniting over 130 organizations to take action on issues faced by the Latinx community. They are also two of the executive producers for a CBS special airing Monday night called "Essential Heroes: A Momento Latino Event." Longoria will also co-host the special along with Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin.
Shares of Dunkin' surged 15% after the company confirmed sale talks with Inspire Brands.
Families stuck at home have resorted to playing games again, and that's benefiting Hasbro.
The Guardian’s picture editors select photo highlights from around the worldContinue reading...
Around 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. Simulated nature is better than none - but it’s not nature
A recent study has determined that watching nature programming on TV or via a virtual-reality headset reduces feelings of sadness and boredom. According to researchers from the University of Exeter, scenes of nature soothe us – whether they are real video footage of a coral reef, to use the study’s example, or even just computer-generated graphics of the same.
“Our results show that simply watching nature on TV can help to lift people’s mood and combat boredom,” lead researcher Nicky Yeo said in a news release. “With people around the world facing limited access to outdoor environments because of Covid-19 quarantines, this study suggests that nature programs might offer an accessible way for populations to benefit from a ‘dose’ of digital nature.”Continue reading...
Start your kids on the road to independence early by teaching them to cook: these fun frittatas are a good way to get them used to different herbs and vegetables
I once met someone who had attempted to mash a raw potato. Cooking good food for one’s children without giving them the skills to cook their own is an easy trap to fall into, but the know-how to produce delicious, planet-friendly and affordable food is a basic human need. Besides, teaching cooking is fun, and puts the power into your children’s hands. Give them ownership of recipes – of seasoning and what herbs and vegetables to use – and you will be amazed at how they take to it.
Calls for boycott of French goods after president’s remarks at tribute to murdered teacher Samuel Paty
France has appealed for foreign governments to stamp out calls by what it calls a “radical minority” for a boycott of French products after Emmanuel Macron’s public backing of the Muhammad caricatures.
The appeal came as anger escalated across the Islamic world over the president’s remarks at a national tribute to the murdered high-school teacher Samuel Paty last week, with Turkish leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, calling on Monday for a complete boycott of French products in Turkey.Continue reading...
Survey showed a decline in populist tendencies during 2020 in all eight European countries surveyed
Support for populist beliefs in Europe has fallen markedly over the past year, a major YouGov survey suggests, with significantly fewer people across a range of countries likely to agree with key statements designed to measure it.
The YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project, a survey of about 26,000 people in 25 countries designed with the Guardian, showed a more or less steep decline in populist tendencies in 2020 in all eight of the European countries also surveyed last year.Continue reading...
Humanity is said to have just 10 years left to start seriously tackling the climate crisis before passing the 'point of no return' with multiple-degree temperature increases, rising sea levels and increasingly disastrous wildfires, hurricanes, floods and droughts predicted.
Scientists say the US is far off the path of what is necessary for the nation and the world to avoid catastrophic global heating, particularly as in the past four years Donald Trump has shredded environmental protections for American lands, animals and people.
As part of our climate countdown series, the Guardian's Emily Holden looks at the issue and examines why the Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, calls his rival a 'climate arsonist'Revealed: the full extent of Trump's 'meat cleaver' assault on US wildernessSign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter
Mexican photographer Alejandro Prieto has captured the diverse wildlife threatened by Donald Trump’s barrier, winning a number of awards, including the Fritz Pölking prize, with his project Border WallContinue reading...
In the UK, a pudding can mean so many things, savoury and sweet; in Italy, budino means this soft, moulded chocolate dessert – delicious in any language
Like most children growing up with two languages, my son, Luca, was slow to speak. Then, when he did, slowly, he mixed them. Not so much confused but resourceful; when he couldn’t find the word in one language he just used the other, creating Italian and English word-sandwiches, which, despite knowing better, made me smile – or worse, laugh, and he would scowl at me. But no scowl was greater than the one when I told him he was lucky that he was half-Italian and half-English. He scrunched his face up, but didn’t make any noise – just stared – then walked away. A few minutes later, he came back into the kitchen, reinforced with a toy. “I am half nothing,” he told me. “Sono tutto Italiano, and all English.”
This was a few years ago now, but I flash back often, especially when something I say or do is met with a dark scowl. Aged nine, he not only speaks two languages, but he is now the one laughing: at my imperfect Italian and Vincenzo’s great but accent-soaked English, but also at himself; his intentional mixing, bi-lingual swearing, his choice of two words from both languages.Continue reading...
New tablet looks stunning, is fast with long battery life, great 10.9in screen, speakers and video call camera
The latest tablet on the block is the totally revamped iPad Air with a modern design and plenty of power.
The fourth-generation iPad Air costs £579 and fits in between the £329 iPad and the £769 11in iPad Pro.Continue reading...
After four years of Trump, protected places such as national monuments and wildlife refuges have opened to oil drilling, new maps show – with more on the wayContinue reading...
This October marks 10 years since the launch of Instagram. Tech journalist Sarah Frier looks at how it went from a tiny startup to a multibillion-dollar business, and the impact the social media company has had on our lives
Sarah Frier is a tech reporter based in San Francisco who has watched the meteoric rise of Instagram, from its humble beginnings as a startup with a handful of employees to becoming a $100bn company. She talks to Rachel Humphreys about how the photo-sharing platform has become the most influential app of the past decade.
Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s co-founder, was 25 when he started his company with his friend, software engineer Mike Krieger. Systrom realised there was a gap in the market for an app that helped people quickly share pictures from phones, and with Instagram the app would also offer filters that people could use to make their photos – and by extension, their lives – look more appealing. In 2012, with just 13 employees, the company was bought by Facebook for $1bn. With the introduction of Instagram Stories, its growth accelerated, but the relationship between the two companies was complicated and Systrom and Krieger eventually left Instagram in 2018. Mark Zuckerberg now controls two of the most important social media networks in our lives.Continue reading...
A 20-year project to reintroduce the species across the peninsula has seen their numbers rise to 855
Spotty of coat, tufty of ear, and teetering on the verge of extinction less than two decades ago, the Iberian lynx is continuing to claw its way back across Spain and Portugal.
According to the latest survey, the lynx population on the peninsula has increased ninefold over 18 years, rising from 94 in 2002 to 855 this year. Experts say that if the current conservation and reintroduction efforts can maintain their momentum, the species could be out of danger by 2040.Continue reading...
The Strand has survived almost a century as perhaps New York's most famous bookstore, with its "18 Miles of Books" earning diehard loyalty from countless tourists and locals alike.
Angry over a newly imposed 11pm to 5am regional curfew, demonstrators in the southern Italian city of Naples threw rocks and bottles at police on Friday evening. The authorities responded with teargas.
The stricter measures come to curb the spread of coronavirus, which has killed more than 37,000 people in Italy since the start of the pandemic
It's been an unprecedented year for the firearms industry, which has seen a steady, pandemic-related surge in sales since Covid-19-related lockdowns began in March.
Joe Biden said he would not shut down the country in response to the coronavirus pandemic during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, reinforcing his answers during Thursday's presidential debate.
Donald Trump had claimed Biden would force a nationwide lockdown if he became president, but the Democratic nominee has repeatedly said he does not believe that will be necessary to get the virus under controlUS election: early voting could reportedly fuel highest turnout since 1908 – liveBiden and Trump diverge sharply on major issuesTrump v Biden: the key moments of the final presidential debate – video highlights Continue reading...
After a court ruling in Poland imposed a near-total ban on abortions, police used pepper spray against those protesting against the changes.
Polish photojournalist Kasia Strek, based between Paris and Warsaw, has covered the past few years of debate, protest and activism over Poland’s restrictive abortion laws as part of a wider project on abortion around the world
Poland, where the Catholic church remains hugely powerful, and rightwing social conservatives are in power, has some of the most restrictive abortion legislation in Europe, but one thing had seemed clear in recent years: attempts to tighten the rules even further were doomed to fail, due to public outrage.
In 2016, a huge grassroots movement led by women sprung up in cities across the country, when the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party flirted with the idea of backing draconian proposals put forward by rightwing groups seeking criminal liability for women looking to have abortions, and investigations into “suspicious” miscarriages.Continue reading...
The race in Ohio has long been a reliable guide to the US election: the state’s winner usually goes on to win the presidency. In 2016, it broke decisively for Trump, but this year there are signs that its voters are turning away from the president
For decades, the mid-western state of Ohio has been one of the classic bellwethers of US elections. Whichever candidate won there could usually expect to enter the White House. It remains true that no Republican candidate has ever taken the presidency without winning Ohio. In 2016, it more than moved towards Donald Trump – he won there by a clear 8 percentage points with promises to revitalise the state and bring back its vanishing industrial jobs.
This year, those same voters return to the polls amid rising cases of Covid-19, a flatlining economy and scant evidence of returning industry. The Guardian’s Oliver Laughland visits the city of Youngstown, where supporters of the president are still loudly confident despite the state now appearing too close to call. For John Russo, co-author of Steel Town USA: Work and Memory in Youngstown, there is evidence that working-class voters are deserting Trump amid broken promises and a growing sense of resentment and disengagement with politics.Continue reading...
We would like to know what you will be getting up to on 31 October
With coronavirus surging again, and much of the world either locked down or trying desperately to avoid it, this is no time to go traipsing the streets visiting strangers’ homes and asking them for sweets. But the loss of trick-or-treat will be a cruel blow for many of us, particularly children.
How will you keep yourselves – and the kids – entertained without this highlight of the autumn? Will you be reviving some of the older Halloween traditions on the 31, like bobbing for apples or telling ghost stories, or giving these a new twist, or coming up with something entirely new?Continue reading...
Female legal experts played key role in confronting far-right party’s violent tactics
Behind the bench, before her mostly male audience, as the marathon trial of Golden Dawn entered its last act, supreme court justice Maria Lepenioti did what she has done every week: she kept the peace.
It has not been easy. Emotions have often run high. Even as the curtain was about to come down on proceedings with a ruling on whether those convicted should be jailed pending appeal, the Greek judge, both laconic and low-key, has had to pull off an extraordinary balancing act presiding over a case that has put more Nazi leaders and sympathisers in the dock than at any time since Nuremberg.Continue reading...
Joe Biden has put an emphasis on the middle class in his economic plan, pledging to repeal President Donald Trump's tax cuts for the wealthy. Trump's major economic achievement as president was the 2017 tax cut, and he often points to the stock market as an economic indicator.
After winning the 2016 election, Donald Trump promised to deliver new jobs and economic prosperity to Youngstown, Ohio, a city suffering from decades of decline. But four years on those promises never manifested. Oliver Laughland and Tom Silverstone meet residents who lost their jobs and had their families split by economic necessity, and witness how the demise of the city’s only newspaper made it harder to hold politicians accountable for their failures
More from the Anywhere but Washington series:Civil rights and QAnon candidates: the fight for facts in Georgia – videoBattle for the suburbs: can Joe Biden flip Texas? – videoTroubled Florida, divided America: will Donald Trump hold this vital swing state? – video Continue reading...
As well as helping the economy recover after the Covid-19 pandemic, new jobs in clean-electricity generation and low-carbon heating solutions could help the UK meet its net-zero targets
Jobs that have a direct, positive impact on the planet traditionally involve renewable energy, electric transport, energy efficiency or nature conservation. But right now, as more sectors transition to low-carbon models, every job has the potential to become “green”.
With unemployment rising due to the pandemic, there’s now a chance to reconfigure the jobs landscape while putting the environment centre stage. The government’s £160m Build Back Greener investment scheme aims to create 2,000 new construction jobs to manufacture offshore wind turbines and upgrade ports.Continue reading...
Forward-thinking companies are increasingly focusing on reducing their carbon footprint in response to the climate emergency – and to attract a generation of talent with the same values
Peatland restoration and the creation of native woodland in the Scottish Highlands is just one step in BrewDog’s mission to be carbon neutral. “Sustainability should not be a bolt-on; it needs to be a core part of everyone’s role, regardless of their job title,” says James Watt, BrewDog’s co-founder.
As part of a £30m investment plan, the company is switching to a fleet of electric delivery vehicles and its brewery is wind-powered. Spent grain is transformed into fuel, and carbon dioxide produced during fermentation will be used downstream to carbonate beer.Continue reading...
If you’re looking for a job in a green industry, it’s important to know
how companies are improving their environmental credentials and how they
balance their performance and legal accountability with profit and purpose
When it comes to getting a job that leaves your conscience clear, a recommendation straight from a trusted source – a friend or contact at the company, for example – can’t be topped. But only the most avid networkers have fingers in so many pies. For the rest of us, ethical certifications, such as B Corporation, can help sort the genuinely responsible companies from the greenwashers.
What is B Corporation?
Certified B Corporations must meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. “It took six months for us to be fully certified,” says Emilie Vanpoperinghe, co-founder of Oddbox, a certified B Corporation that distributes boxes of surplus and odd-shaped vegetables directly to your door. “It started with a detailed questionnaire – more than 200 questions on governance, workers, community, environment and customers.”
As the UK moves towards a more environmentally conscious society, more roles will be needed in the emerging green jobs market. So which degrees best prepare graduates?
Leah Bennett has always wanted to make a difference. The 23-year-old graduate from Preston has volunteered to clean up beaches, investigated the politics behind the Amazon forest fires, researched alternatives to plastic packaging and given up her time to edit a digital magazine for the environmental organisation Louder Than The Storm.
Jobs with purpose wanted
Bennett isn’t alone in looking for graduate opportunities in the environmental sector. A 2018 survey from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy found that almost two-thirds (60%) of 18-24 year olds were interested in pursuing a career in the green economy. Even in other industries, this generation of young jobseekers wants to work for organisations that takes sustainability seriously. The graduate recruitment app Debut found that 89% of female and 80% of male students and graduates say they want to work for an organisation with a strong environmental policy. Increasingly, those credentials are being highlighted in job ads, even if the role itself would not be considered “green”.
More than 400 people in Chile have suffered eye injuries after being shot by police while protesting against inequality. They allege that police deliberately aimed teargas canisters and rubber bullets at protesters' faces.
We follow Carlos Puebla, a former construction worker who was blinded in one eye and subsequently lost his job. With Chile hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, he is struggling to pay the rent and feed his family. As Chile exits lockdown and inequality grows ever deeper, he heads back to the streets to seek justiceContinue reading...
Despite emergency measures by Thai authorities banning the gathering of five or more people, thousands have taken to the streets of Bangkok to continue anti-government demonstrations. Protesters are calling for the prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, to resign and for sweeping reforms to the government and the monarchyThousands defy ban to attend pro-democracy protest in Thailand Continue reading...
Shows such as I May Destroy You, Atlanta and Insecure depict a wide spectrum of black life, from hilarity to mundanity – but all these shows, at times, also have an impending sense of doom. This feeling of horror, this looming sense of dread, is intentional, but it plays on the common tropes we've been conditioned to expect. Josh Toussaint-Strauss discusses why audiences expect bad things to happen to black characters and explores how a new generation of black creators are using horror to subvert these negative tropesContinue reading...
Joe Biden won the nomination for president on the shoulders of older Black voters in the US south. But how do younger, progressive people of color feel about his candidacy in the southern state of Georgia, in play for the first time in decades? And will a dangerous campaign of QAnon disinformation have any bearing on the outcome of the election? Oliver Laughland and Tom Silverstone try to find outTroubled Florida, divided America: will Donald Trump hold this vital swing state? - videoBattle for the suburbs: can Joe Biden flip Texas? – video Continue reading...
The Guardian follows Parit Chiwarak, known as Penguin, one of Thailand's prominent protest leaders as he helps organise one of the biggest anti-government rallies in years. He and many other young people are risking prison to demand a significant democratic overhaul: they want the power and wealth of the monarchy curbed. Parit said he already faced 18 charges, including sedition, for his involvement in previous demonstrations. More rallies are expected in Bangkok on WednesdayThe king and I: the student risking jail by challenging Thailand's monarchyThailand protests: everything you need to know Continue reading...
After days of fierce protests, Nigeria's government announced the dissolution of the infamous 'Special Anti-Robbery Squad', commonly called Sars, a police unit plagued with allegations of extrajudicial killings, theft and abuse - and in its place revealed plans to set up a Special Weapons and Tactics team called Swat to 'fill the gaps'.
Amnesty International said on 14 October that at least 10 people have died in demonstrations against police brutality, as well as Sars itself and plans to create Swat. The Guardian's west Africa correspondent, Emmanuel Akinwotu, explains what sparked the #EndSars protests across the country, how the movement trended internationally on social media, and why demonstrators do not trust promises of reformNigeria to disband Sars police unit accused of killings and brutality Continue reading...
Separated from vice-president Mike Pence by plexiglass barriers, Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris called the Trump administration's response to the growing coronavirus pandemic 'the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country'.
Speaking directly to the camera, Harris said, 'They knew what was happening, and they didn't tell you.'Kamala Harris and Mike Pence clash over coronavirus response in vice-presidential debateWhat you need to know about the first and only vice-presidential debate Continue reading...
Clashes between police and demonstrators continued on the streets of Athens on Tuesday after a Greek court ruled that the far-right Golden Dawn party was operating as a criminal organisation, delivering a landmark guilty verdict in a marathon five-year trial. Police had earlier used water cannon and teargas to disperse an anti-fascist rally attended by more than 15,000 people outside courtGolden Dawn leader and ex-MPs found guilty in landmark trial
Texas is a rapidly changing state with the fastest growing population in the US. Hispanic Texans are expected to become the majority by 2022, but will this help Joe Biden flip a Republican stronghold? Oliver Laughland and Tom Silverstone travel to suburban Dallas and the border city of McAllen to look at the political impact of this diversification and the legacy of Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policiesTroubled Florida, divided America: will Donald Trump hold this vital swing state? - video Continue reading...
It's not often you see an elephant seal shuffling down a neighbourhood street, but residents of the Chilean town of Puerto Cisnes saw just that this week. A group of neighbours managed to herd the confused animal back to the ocean using large black tarpsContinue reading...
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The number of places which people need to self-isolate after returning from is growing. Share your experiences
We would like to hear from people about their experiences arriving at UK airports, ports and train stations from countries on the quarantine list, such as Croatia, France, Spain and Luxembourg.Continue reading...