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  • Boris Johnson blimp joins 9ft Farage on anti-Brexit march in London
    by Caroline Davies and Jedidajah Otte on July 20, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Pro-Europe grassroots groups voice opposition to a Johnson premiershipProtesters have taken to the streets in London for a “No to Boris. Yes to Europe” march days before Boris Johnson’s widely expected move into No 10.A Johnson toddler blimp was launched in Parliament Square at 10am on Saturday, featuring salmon-pink skin, the politician’s trademark “faux-dishevelled hairstyle”, mismatched running gear and a Brexit-bus T-shirt, according to March for Change. Continue reading... […]

  • First climate assembly in UK draws up wishlist for council action
    by Mark Rice-Oxley on July 20, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Camden council officials say they intend to implement at least some of the panel’s ideasBritain’s first climate “citizens assembly” opened its final session on Saturday morning at which more than 50 Londoners will decide on carbon-cutting measures they want their district to enact in order to confront climate change.Camden’s Citizens Assembly, convened to interrogate what locals, neighbourhoods and the council can do for the environment, is deliberating action that would reduce fossil fuel usage in homes and public buildings and on roads. Related: Could Camden's climate assembly help fix democracy too? Continue reading... […]

  • I turned detective to lift the lid on mystery mobile phone charges
    by Hugh Wheelan on July 20, 2019 at 6:00 am

    I found murky world where users can be charged for services, sometimes unaware that they signed upYou might want to check your mobile phone bill for mystery payments after reading about how I was stung for nearly £240. My vexing tale goes like this.I vaguely recall receiving some text messages on my phone about learning German.Mobile phone companies are piling into the online payment businessI’ve wasted bags of time and endured serial platitudes of 'understanding' and 'concern' from regimentally polite call operators Continue reading... […]

  • 'I had my leg amputated, but now I’m an athlete and motivational speaker'
    by Suzanne Bearne on July 20, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Jamie Gane, 25, on how he quit a full-time job for a role in which he can help inspire others Name: Jamie GaneAge: 25Income: £13,000 a yearOccupation: Motivational speaker, athlete, accountant and personal trainerI was 22 when I had my right leg amputated. Severe plantar fasciitis meant I’d been a full-time wheelchair user since I was 12. By the time I was 16 I just wanted my leg off. It took six years for the doctors to operate as they insisted on waiting until I was older and in a good enough place mentally. I held off until I finished my degree. Afterwards, with a prosthetic leg fitted, the world felt like a different place. I’d not walked in years. Suddenly I was a lot taller and no longer in any pain. Continue reading... […]

  • Cat food: should you spend more on posh brands?
    by Rebecca Goodman on July 20, 2019 at 6:00 am

    We look at the options from the budget to the pricey and ask: what’s the difference?Something of a revolution is under way in terms of what we eat, with growing numbers of people opting to go vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian. But what about the food we give to our pets? What’s in it, and is it worth spending more on premium brands?My two cats are generally not fussy eaters, but last year, after one became ill, I started to look into the ingredients in their food. Continue reading... […]

  • Benjamin Netanyahu becomes longest-serving Israeli PM
    by Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem on July 20, 2019 at 6:00 am

    ‘King Bibi’ beats David Ben-Gurion’s record, but with threatening clouds on the horizonBenjamin Netanyahu has become Israel‘s longest-serving prime minister, snatching the title from the country’s founding father and first leader, David Ben-Gurion.As of Saturday, the man referred to as King Bibi by both those who adore and detest him, has spent 4,867 days – more than 13 years – in office. Related: Benjamin Netanyahu: the enduring hardman of Israeli politics Continue reading... […]

  • Mortgages: switch now to cut your payments
    by Rupert Jones on July 20, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Homeowners could save £200 a month thanks to competitive rates and higher prices, says lenderMore than £26bn worth of mortgage deals are due to mature in October, the largest monthly volume of the year, according to new figures released this week.So if one of those thousands of home loans is yours, you might want to start thinking about looking for a new deal now – particularly as you may be able to make a chunky saving on your monthly payments. Continue reading... […]

  • As the pound dips, how to get best deal for your holiday cash
    by Miles Brignall on July 20, 2019 at 6:00 am

    No-deal Brexit worries have hit the pound. Here’s a guide to getting the best summer deals for your eurosThe timing couldn’t have been much worse. Ahead of yesterday’s school break-up and the big holiday getaway, the pound dipped this week to its lowest value against the euro since the start of the year.While it’s great news for tourists coming to the UK, Brits taking their summer holidays abroad in the next few weeks face bar bills that might make even Peter O’Toole think twice. Continue reading... […]

  • 'They sell duck eggs!' Waitrose shoppers react to closures
    by Zoe Wood on July 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

    As the supermarket closes another seven stores customers are told their branch of 40 years will become a LidlWaitrose to axe seven more stores putting 700 jobs at riskThe sign outside Waitrose offers a “sad goodbye” to Bromley residents who have been shopping in its Sundridge Park store for more than 40 years.The store is closing in the autumn because the supermarket says it “has been unable to find a way to make the shop profitable in the long term”. Continue reading... […]

  • Gulf crisis: story began with UK's seizure of Iranian-flagged ship in Gibraltar
    by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor on July 19, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Grace 1 was impounded over claim it was bound for Syria – but diplomats knew there might be consequencesThe morning after a group of 30 Royal Marines helped seize the Iranian-flagged Grace 1 in Gibraltar, tired Foreign Office officials did not look exactly jubilant. There was not exactly a sense of foreboding, but diplomats were aware of the wider bilateral consequences for British-Iranian relations. Related: Hunt 'extremely concerned' as Iran seizes two British-linked oil tankers Related: Is the US nudging Britain into dangerous waters with Iran? Continue reading... […]

  • Labour pledges to push councils into taking back local services
    by Larry Elliott Economics editor on July 19, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Biggest council shake-up since 1980s to dovetail with renationalisation of railways, Royal Mail and utilitiesCouncils will be expected to take rubbish collection, cleaning and school dinner provision back in-house under plans to reverse four decades of outsourcing to be announced by the Labour party today .In the biggest shake-up of local government since the Margaret Thatcher-inspired reforms of the 1980s, a future Jeremy Corbyn-led government would legislate to ensure that the default option was for the public sector to deliver its own services. Related: Why councils are bringing millions of pounds worth of services back in-house Lower costsA public sector ethosLonger time horizonsGreater scope for the co-ordination and integration of servicesEconomies of scaleGreater accountability and transparencyBetter management of risk. Continue reading... […]

  • Iran stokes Gulf tensions by seizing two British-linked oil tankers
    by Julian Borger in Washington, Patrick Wintour and Kevin Rawlinson in London on July 19, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    UK ships advised to avoid strait of Hormuz as Jeremy Hunt calls Iranian actions ‘unacceptable’ Iran seized two oil tankers – one registered in the UK, the other in Liberia – in the strait of Hormuz on Friday, marking a dramatic escalation in the worsening standoff in the Gulf.Iran’s Revolutionary Guards claimed to have taken the British-flagged Stena Impero into port with its 23-strong crew, and Iranian officials claimed it had infringed maritime regulations.In July 2015, Iran and a six-nation negotiating group reached a landmark agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that ended a 12-year deadlock over Tehran’s nuclear programme. The deal, struck in Vienna after nearly two years of intensive talks, limited the Iranian programme, to reassure the rest of the world that it cannot develop nuclear weapons, in return for sanctions relief. Continue reading... […]

  • 'Too few ships': UK ministers under fire over defence in Gulf
    by Patrick Wintour on July 19, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Former navy chief attacks decision to allow tankers through strait without escortBritish ministers are expected to face tough questions about the decision to seize an Iranian tanker two weeks ago, without ensuring that it could protect British-owned shipping in the strait of Hormuz.Iran seized two oil tankers – one registered in the UK, the other in Liberia, but owned by a company with offices in Glasgow – on Friday in the strait, which is the world’s busiest oil waterway, transporting as much as 17m barrels of crude per day. Related: The Guardian view on Britain and Iran: a game for losers | Editorial Continue reading... […]

  • Weatherwatch: harnessing heat to save for colder days
    by Paul Brown on July 19, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Scientists have designed a molecule that can capture the sun’s heat as it falls on glass windows during the day and release it at night – or store it up for winterThe ability to collect heat from the sun as it hits glass windows during the day, and release it at night when it gets cold, sounds a brilliant idea to combat global heating. It would be still better if heat could be stored until the following winter and used to warm homes and offices.A team of scientists has designed a molecule than can do both those things. It is made of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen and when hit by sunlight re-forms into a different molecule that stores the energy to be released later. Continue reading... […]

  • Donald Trump offers his backing to Boris Johnson to become PM
    by Kevin Rawlinson on July 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    US president says Conservative party leadership frontrunner will ‘straighten out’ BrexitDonald Trump has offered his backing to Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to become the UK’s prime minister next week, saying he will succeed in pushing through Brexit.The US president, who has been heavily critical of Theresa May’s attempts to reach a withdrawal deal, has previously sought to align his own populist politics with the UK’s vote to leave the EU, for which Johnson was a leading campaigner. Continue reading... […]

  • Jewish leaders accuse Labour of 'letting off' antisemites
    by Rowena Mason and Jessica Elgot on July 19, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Party says it is taking ‘decisive action’ after leaked draft of disciplinary process sparks further angerLabour has been accused by the Board of Deputies of British Jews of “letting off” people accused of antisemitism without sanction, after a leaked draft of the party’s disciplinary process showed that some members can avoid punishment in serious cases where they have apologised and agreed to undergo education.The Board of Deputies, a leading Jewish organisation, said Labour’s disciplinary processes were still not good enough and appeared too permissive towards antisemites, following the emergence of a draft of the party’s “antisemitism decision-making matrix” from March. Related: I challenged Corbyn on antisemitism a year ago. Things have only got worse | Margaret Hodge Continue reading... […]

  • Skepta: Dystopia987 review – flat energy in nightclub of the future
    by Daniel Dylan Wray on July 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Secret location, ManchesterCraft beer replaces ecstasy at this meeting of immersive theatre and rave, which lacks the abandon of a regular gig by the MCFor this performance in a secret location, the audience are escorted through Manchester city centre to a desolate post-industrial space scattered with barbed wire and cracked concrete. Mobile phones are locked in pouches before entering an old warehouse building to experience a dystopian vision from grime pioneer Skepta, working in collaboration with Foxfinder playwright Dawn King, design studio TEM and “immersive performance director” Matthew Dunster for this Manchester international festival show.Dystopia987 is pitched as “a waking dream that presents Skepta’s singular vision of the future: deep, dark, radical and riveting”. Once inside the multiroom cavernous space, the walls read “free energy”, “free your mind”, “free your ego”; headphones give audio instructions to “connect and let go”, asking: “When was the last time you made eye contact with a stranger?” Continue reading... […]

  • ‘Welcome home!’ Ilhan Omar returns to Minnesota amid Trump smears
    by Sabrina Siddiqui in Washington on July 19, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Congresswoman greeted by chanting supporters at airport as president defended rallygoers, saying they are ‘incredible patriots’Follow the latest in US politics – liveRepresentative Ilhan Omar was greeted by a throng of supporters as she arrived home in Minnesota, fresh off attacks from Donald Trump and his supporters that included chants of “send her back” at the president’s rally this week.As Trump renewed his criticism of Omar on Friday, the freshman lawmaker received a strong display of support from constituents in her district who greeted her at the Minneapolis-St Paul airport on Thursday with chants of “Welcome home llhan”. Related: How Trump distorts facts to make Ilhan Omar seem like an enemy to the US Continue reading... […]

  • Residents attack lack of organisation after crash at Stevenage car meet
    by Nadeem Badshah on July 19, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    ‘We’re not boy racers,’ says organiser after 17 injured, two seriously, after spectators were hitLocal people and witnesses to a crash at a car meet in Stevenage that left 17 people injured have said the event was not organised or policed properly.For 17 years, drivers of modified cars have gathered in the Hertfordshire town to parade their vehicles for fellow enthusiasts. Thursday’s event, which was raising money for a charity supporting bereaved parents, turned to disaster when some of the spectators watching from the side of the road were hit following the crash between a Nissan 350Z and a Toyota GT86. Continue reading... […]

  • Brussels to offer Boris Johnson extension on no-deal Brexit
    by Daniel Boffey in Brussels on July 19, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Exclusive: extra time could be used for renegotiation but will be billed as chance for no-deal planningBrussels is preparing to offer Boris Johnson a no-deal Brexit extension beyond 31 October in an attempt to help him keep the Conservative party together and provide one more chance to strike an agreement deal.The extra period of EU membership would be used for renegotiation but could be billed to Conservative Brexiters as an opportunity to prepare further for leaving without a deal. Related: I tried to find an upside to no deal. I couldn’t | Jonathan Freedland Continue reading... […]