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  • Harvey Weinstein: the women who have accused him
    by Caroline Davies and Nadia Khomami on May 25, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    A growing number of actors and others in the film industry have made accusations against the Hollywood film producerHarvey Weinstein in court over charges of rape and other sexual offenceMore than 50 women have made allegations against Harvey Weinstein and the number continues to grow each day. Among the Hollywood mogul’s accusers are household names who were still looking to establish themselves when the alleged offences took place. Below are some of the allegations made public so far. Related: What Harvey Weinstein tells us about the liberal world | Thomas Frank Related: Women, we should stop gaslighting ourselves and trust our instincts | Mona Chalabi Related: Moguls and starlets: 100 years of Hollywood’s corrosive, systemic sexism Related: The Secret Actress: I've lost count of the unwanted hands that have touched me Related: #MeToo named the victims. Now, let's list the perpetrators | Jessica Valenti Related: As a young, powerless woman trapped alone with a predator, I did not run | Van Badham Continue reading... […]

  • Ireland abortion referendum: close result expected in historic vote
    by Harriet Sherwood, Emma Graham-Harrison in Dublin, and Lisa O'Carroll on May 25, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Taoiseach says he is ‘quietly confident’ as Ireland goes to the polls after hard-fought campaigns by both sidesThe people of Ireland are voting on Friday in a historic referendum on whether to repeal or retain a constitutional clause protecting the rights of the unborn that has produced one of the most restrictive abortion regimes in the world.Polling stations across Ireland opened at 7am and close at 10pm. At 6.55am in Dublin, voters were already waiting in the entrance of Our Lady’s Clonskeagh Parish secondary school. Related: Ireland’s abortion debate has already succeeded in shifting my position | Gaby Hinsliff I'm coming #HomeToVote ! Will be traveling 5,169 miles from LA to Dublin and will be thinking of every Irish woman who has had to travel to access healthcare that should be available in their own country. Let's do this, Ireland! #repealthe8th #VoteYes lovely son is coming #hometovote. This poor student used his birthday money to buy plane ticket home. Just messaged me "we will get you to the Emerald City on Friday" ❤️ He will #voteyes with his Dad. For his sister, his Mum & women of Ireland #togetherforyes @Men4Yes Continue reading... […]

  • Touts using football resale sites rip off fans and put them at risk
    by Rob Davies on May 25, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Guardian investigation finds vast numbers of tickets being sold on again despite it being illegalFootball tickets are being touted on resale websites in vast numbers, a Guardian investigation has found, prompting warnings that fans are being ripped off and their safety put at risk.Undercover filming has revealed how websites including Viagogo and Ticketbis exploit alliances with professional touts to bypass laws drawn up to improve fan safety, and prevent touting, following the Hillsborough disaster. Related: Secondary ticketing: how it works, law, pitfalls and future Continue reading... […]

  • Windrush scandal: 'You don't need that passport, they said'
    by Josh Halliday in Kingston, Jamaica on May 25, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Melvin Collins, 72, who spent decades in Britain, is living off handouts in Jamaica unable to go back to the UK after Gatwick took his crucial passportMelvin Collins never expected to spend his retirement surviving on handouts. But after 52 years living and working in Britain, the 72-year-old finds himself reliant on goodwill and generosity to keep food on the table and a roof over his head.In December, he says, he hit rock bottom. Christmas Day was spent alone in a two-room flat owned by his 92-year-old aunt, Lena, 7,400 miles from his daughter, son, brother, sister, nephews and nieces in Britain. Continue reading... […]

  • Windrush scandal: 'I had no roof over my head, no money'
    by Josh Halliday in Kingston, Jamaica on May 25, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Ken Morgan recounts day when his passport was taken without explanation at Jamaica airportIt is 25 years since Ken Morgan’s British passport was taken without explanation at Kingston’s Norman Manley airport, but he remembers as if it was yesterday. The 68-year-old Londoner was visiting Jamaica for a family funeral when he was stopped at check-in on his way back to the UK.The officer took a long glance at his black British passport, which he had used to travel the world, and confiscated it. He told Morgan, 68, he would have to go to the British high commission in New Kingston to get it back.In November last year, Paulette Wilson (left), who has lived in the UK for more than half a century, spoke to the Guardian's Amelia Gentleman about her treatment at the hands of the Home Office - and revealed that she had been held at Yarl’s Wood detention centre and threatened with deportation. It was the first of a series of stories that developed a picture of how many members of the Windrush generation were being mistreated by the government under the so-called ‘hostile environment’ policy. By February, with other examples mounting, the government had relented in Wilson’s case, but faced acute criticism from Caribbean diplomats who urged the Home Office to adopt a “more compassionate” approach. Related: 'It’s like a death sentence': ex-NHS worker billed £4,388 for treatment Continue reading... […]

  • Windrush citizens trapped in Jamaica criticise British officials
    by Josh Halliday in Kingston, Jamaica on May 25, 2018 at 5:00 am

    High commission accused of ‘heartless’ behaviour towards people trying to return to UKThe British high commission in Kingston has compounded the misery of Windrush victims by failing to resolve their cases for over two decades, the Labour MP David Lammy has said.The Guardian has heard testimony from a number of British citizens who said they were dealt with dismissively when they asked for help at the UK’s diplomatic base in the Jamaican capital. Related: Windrush scandal: 'I had no roof over my head, no money' Continue reading... […]

  • Weinstein to surrender to NYPD on charges of sexual misconduct: reports
    by Amanda Holpuch in New York and agencies on May 24, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Former film producer is expected to turn himself in Friday, according to multiple reports that cite law enforcement officialsThe Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities on charges of sexual misconduct on Friday, according to multiple reports. More than 70 women have accused Weinstein, co-founder of Miramax studio and the Weinstein Company, of sexual harassment and assault, including rape. Related: Harvey Weinstein to plead not guilty to charges of rape and other sexual offences Continue reading... […]

  • Obese patients more likely to survive infection in hospital
    by Sarah Boseley Health editor on May 24, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Study reveals obesity paradox where normal weight patients are less likely to recover from pneumoniaObesity can shorten lives, but obese people who are hospitalised for infectious diseases, pneumonia and sepsis have a better chance of surviving than those who are of normal weight, according to new research.The so-called “obesity paradox” was illustrated by three separate presentations at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna. A study of more than 18,000 people admitted to hospital with an infectious disease in Denmark found those who were overweight were 40% less likely to die, and those who were obese 50% less likely to die, than those of normal weight. Related: 'The Mediterranean diet is gone': region's children are fattest in Europe Continue reading... […]

  • Donald Trump cancels North Korea nuclear summit
    by Julian Borger in Washington and Benjamin Haas in Seoul on May 24, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Trump letter to Kim Jong-un says talks are ‘inappropriate’ but North Korea says it made utmost effort to hold summitUpdate: Trump says North Korea summit could be back onDonald Trump has cancelled his planned summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, blaming his decision on a threatening statement from the Pyongyang regime, and warning that the US military is “ready if necessary”.The abrupt decision, which came as a surprise to US allies in the region, came after an exchange of menacing statements from US and North Korean officials. Related: Trump's letter to Kim Jong-un to cancel summit: read it in full Sadly, I was forced to cancel the Summit Meeting in Singapore with Kim Jung Un. Related: North Korea 'destroys' nuclear test site as world's media watches Continue reading... […]

  • Pollutionwatch: Air contamination drops by 30% in China
    by Gary Fuller with Yiqun Han, King’s College, London on May 24, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    WHO database lowers Beijing’s particulate ranking from 40th worst in world to 187th, as coal plants flagged as key culpritBeijing is slowly shedding its image as the world’s most polluted city. In 2013, it ranked as the 40th worst city for the particulate PM2.5 in the World Health Organisation global database. Four years on, thanks in part to a crackdown on polluters, it stands in 187th place. Air pollution in the 62 Chinese cities tracked by the WHO dropped by an average of 30% between 2013 and 2016. China’s air pollution problems are often blamed on the country’s rapid industrial growth but the problems probably date back to the 1950s. Related: China tops WHO list for deadly outdoor air pollution Continue reading... […]

  • Bank ready to act if UK faces disorderly Brexit, Mark Carney says
    by Richard Partington Economics correspondent on May 24, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Bank of England governor prepared to respond in ‘whatever form it takes’Mark Carney has signalled the Bank of England would be prepared to cut interest rates – or freeze plans to increase them – in order to support jobs and economic growth should Britain be plunged into a disorderly Brexit. Outlining the options available to Threadneedle Street as the UK moves closer towards leaving the European Union from next year, the bank’s governor said the institution was ready to respond to Brexit in “whatever form it takes”. Continue reading... […]

  • Is BT remuneration committee measuring the right things? | Nils Pratley
    by Nils Pratley on May 24, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    For all the talk of triumph in the boardroom, the share price has more than halved in two yearsShareholders in BT may be under the impression their company had a lousy time last year. Investors did. BT’s share price fell by a third in a rising stock market and sits at its lowest level since 2012. The dividend was merely held, making a nonsense of the chief executive Gavin Patterson’s confidence a couple of years ago that double-digit increases were in prospect. Staff, too, may be less than cheerful. Some 13,000 are about to lose their jobs as Patterson confronts the fact that BT’s revenues are falling again.But, no, it turns out that 2017-18 was a triumph, at least in the boardroom. The victory wasn’t the maximum possible under the terms of the executive bonus scheme but the outcome was “above target”, says the annual report. Even Patterson seems to have sensed that finding looks perverse because he volunteered for an “at target” score, meaning his bonus was £1.3m not the £1.6m that the mechanical formula said it should be. Related: BT paid chief £2.3m shortly after revealing 13,000 job cuts Continue reading... […]

  • UK 'chasing a fantasy' in Brexit talks, top EU official warns
    by Daniel Boffey and Jennifer Rankin in Brussels, Pippa Crerar in London and Lisa O'Carroll in Dublin on May 24, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Senior official involved in talks says EU will not negotiate under threat, after a fraught week in BrusselsThe EU has accused the British government of “chasing a fantasy” and warned that it will not negotiate under threat, after a fraught week of Brexit talks in Brussels that have raised serious concerns about the future of the negotiations.The whole approach of the UK government to the discussions was castigated by a senior EU official involved, who further warned that the bloc would not be forced into positions that were against its interests. Continue reading... […]

  • The failed Trump-Kim summit: the story of a trainwreck foretold
    by Julian Borger world affairs editor on May 24, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Washington and Pyongyang were talking at cross purposes, and the debacle began and ended with gut decisions made by TrumpThe short, turbulent history of the Trump-Kim summit, from its surprise announcement in March to its abrupt cancellation on Thursday, is the chronicle of a trainwreck foretold.The debacle had been predicted by just about anyone with an experience of negotiating with North Korea, and experts who repeatedly warned that Washington and Pyongyang were talking at cross purposes. Related: Donald Trump cancels North Korea nuclear summit It soon became apparent Trump had no grasp of the North Korean interpretation of what denuclearisation meant Related: The Guardian view on the North Korea summit: a crisis foretold | Editorial Continue reading... […]

  • Lloyds investors rebel against bank's executive pay report
    by Richard Partington on May 24, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Fifth of investors refuse to back report in first significant rebellion post-state ownershipLloyds Banking Group has suffered its first significant shareholder rebellion since fully exiting state ownership last year, after more than a fifth of investors refused to back its remuneration report. Almost 21% of Lloyds investors voted against the bank’s executive pay report for 2017, which was seen as a landmark year for the company after it ended almost a decade of taxpayer ownership. Continue reading... […]

  • Morgan Freeman accused of sexual harassment by eight women
    by Jake Nevins on May 24, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    A new report alleges that the actor subjected women to sexual and verbal harassment on film sets and at his production companyMorgan Freeman has been accused of sexual and verbal harassment by eight different women.According to CNN, the women, who say Freeman subjected them to inappropriate remarks about their bodies, allege that he harassed them on the set of his films, at his production company Revelations Entertainment and at press junkets. Related: How #MeToo revealed the central rift within feminism today Related: 94% of women in Hollywood experience sexual harassment or assault, says survey Continue reading... […]

  • Sites block users, shut down activities and flood inboxes as GDPR rules loom
    by Alex Hern and Jim Waterson on May 24, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Some companies push new onerous terms of service on users as GDPR rules come into force on FridayDozens of websites shut down their activities completely, others forced users to agree to new terms of service, and inboxes have been flooded with emails begging customers to remain on mailing lists as the GDPR rules come into force on Friday.The biggest update in data protection laws since the 1990s is posing major challenges for developers and businesses – while giving substantial new powers to consumers. Related: Businesses resort to desperate emailing as GDPR deadline looms How has becoming compliant played out in your workplace? What short and long term effects will the process have on the business? Related: Most GDPR emails unnecessary and some illegal, say experts Continue reading... […]

  • Birds had to relearn flight after meteor wiped out dinosaurs
    by Hannah Devlin and agencies on May 24, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Fossil records suggest only flightless birds survived when T rex was wiped off the EarthBirds had to rediscover flight after the meteor strike that killed off the dinosaurs, scientists say.The cataclysm 66m years ago not only wiped out Tyrannosaurus rex and ground-dwelling dinosaur species, but also flying birds, a detailed survey of the fossil record suggests. Related: Want to know about T rex? Chase an ibis around a track, scientists say Continue reading... […]

  • Boys who plotted UK school shooting guilty of murder conspiracy
    by Helen Pidd and Josh Halliday on May 24, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Two Columbine-obsessed teenagers stockpiled bomb-making materials, court heardTwo teenage boys have been found guilty of plotting to kill pupils and teachers at their North Yorkshire school after developing an obsession with the Columbine massacre.The boys, who were 14 when their plans were uncovered last October, intended to shoot pupils and teachers “to clear out the underclass” and had begun stockpiling bomb-making equipment to blow up the school in Northallerton, Leeds crown court heard. Continue reading... […]

  • Life sentences for men who murdered four children in arson attack
    by Frances Perraudin North of England reporter on May 24, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Victims’ mother called police at least five times in the weeks before attack, court hearsTwo men have been given life sentences for murdering four children in a petrol-bomb attack at the home of their older brother, with whom they were feuding.Zak Bolland, 23, and his friend David Worrall, 25, were each convicted of four counts of murder at Manchester crown court on Thursday. Each was handed four life sentences, with Bolland told he would serve a minimum term of 40 years and Worrall serving a minimum of 37. Continue reading... […]