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Chelsea v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

17 Feb 2020, 9:52 pm | The Guardian

90+3 min: Ighalo misses a great chance to score! Fred put him through with a nice short pass, and Ighalo poked an instinctive shot that was blocked by the outrushing Caballero. He probably should have scored.

90+2 min Diogo Dalot replaces Bruno Fernandes, who had another encouraging game and made the second goal.

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Concerns over safety at Amazon warehouses as number of incidents rise

17 Feb 2020, 9:30 pm | The Guardian

Figures obtained by GMB show safety at its UK warehouses could be worsening

More than 600 Amazon workers have been seriously injured or narrowly escaped an accident in the past three years, prompting calls for a parliamentary inquiry into safety at the online retailer’s vast UK warehouses.

Amazon, whose largest shareholder is the world’s richest man Jeff Bezos, recently launched an advertising campaign fronted by contented staff members, after a string of embarrassing revelations about working conditions.

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Weatherwatch: The downs and ups of plane contrails

17 Feb 2020, 9:30 pm | The Guardian

Changing altitude to avoid humid air can help reduce airlines’ contribution to climate crisis

Anyone living in Britain will be familiar with the white contrails that aircraft produce as transatlantic flights cross the country. Some days they disappear in seconds, but on others, when the air is already full of moisture, they join together to form cirrus clouds which can linger for up to 18 hours. They make the sun hazy and prevent heat escaping back into space from the atmosphere, adding to climate warming.

Scientists from Imperial College London calculate that these contrails add as much again to heating the atmosphere as the carbon dioxide produced by the aircraft but have found a solution. By altering the altitude of aircraft flying into humid air up or down by 2,000ft (610 metres) to reach drier layers, the formation of contrails and the resultant warming is cut by 59%.

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Boris Johnson adviser quits over race and eugenics controversy

17 Feb 2020, 8:58 pm | The Guardian

Andrew Sabisky says he is stepping down as ‘contractor’ to No 10 after fierce criticism across political spectrum

A controversial new adviser to Boris Johnson resigned on Monday night after MPs and experts accused No 10 of condoning his controversial claims that intelligence is linked to race.

Andrew Sabisky, who was brought into Downing Street by Johnson’s senior aide Dominic Cummings as part of his appeal for “misfits and weirdos”, became the subject of intense media scrutiny after details emerged of his views on subjects ranging from black people’s IQs to whether benefits claimants should be encouraged to have fewer children.

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Jürgen Klopp wants Liverpool to show worth as European contenders

17 Feb 2020, 8:52 pm | The Guardian

  • Liverpool play Atlético Madrid in last 16, first leg
  • Klopp: ‘We want to be there in Istanbul if possible’

Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool return to the scene of their sixth European triumph not with the confidence of Champions League holders but to prove they are contenders to defend their crown in Istanbul.

The reigning European champions face Atlético Madrid at Estadio Metropolitano on Tuesday 262 days after defeating Tottenham to win their latest Champions League title. Klopp has claimed Juventus and Paris Saint Germain are bigger favourites for this season’s competition than his runaway Premier League leaders, who will become the first English team in history to reach three consecutive European Cup/Champions League finals should they reach this season’s showpiece at the home of their 2005 triumph. But he admits there is no better place or opponent for Liverpool to reaffirm their European credentials than away at Diego Simeone’s Atlético.

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Manchester City backers are not the sort to take punishment lying down

17 Feb 2020, 8:45 pm | The Guardian

There is resentment among City fans about their treatment and word is that Abu Dhabi will be fighting back against Uefa

In 2011 Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the emir of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, received a letter. It came from a group of Emirati intellectuals inspired by the recent wave of pro-democracy protests sweeping through the Middle East and north Africa, and requested a range of modest reforms, including an extension of the voting franchise which at the time encompassed just 2% of the country’s population.

No marching on the streets. No popular unrest. Certainly no disorder of any kind. Just a letter. Nonetheless, with a regime petrified to the point of paranoia by the spectre of political Islamism, the reprisals would be swift and merciless.

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England supporters urged to take stand against Championship cuts

17 Feb 2020, 8:03 pm | The Guardian

  • Nottingham chairman wants action in Ireland game
  • ‘Rest of the rugby community should not be forgotten’

England supporters have been urged to take a stand against the Rugby Football Union’s swingeing 50% cuts to the Championship’s funding during Sunday’s Six Nations match against Ireland.

In a move that could cause great embarrassment to the RFU, supporters have also been encouraged to carry out a two-minute applause at this weekend’s matches across the country to thank “supporters, players, coaches, volunteers and the rest of the rugby community should not be forgotten”, in an open letter from the Nottingham chairman, Alistair Bow.

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NSA whistleblower who leaked Russian hacking report petitions for clemency

17 Feb 2020, 8:01 pm | The Guardian

Reality Winner was sentenced to five years in 2018 after leaking classified report about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election

Supporters of Reality Winner, a National Security Agency whistleblower who leaked classified information about Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, petitioned Donald Trump on Monday for her early release from prison.

Alison Grinter, an attorney representing the former US air force intelligence specialist, announced at a press conference in Dallas that she had submitted 4,500 letters of support to the federal office of the pardon attorney, the division of the Department of Justice that advises the US president on executive clemency decisions.

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The Call of the Wild review – old-fashioned shaggy-dog story with bite

17 Feb 2020, 8:00 pm | The Guardian

Disney’s adaptation of the classic Jack London adventure, starring Harrison Ford and a pack of CGI critters, is enjoyably corny

Beethoven meets Gladiator in this old-fashioned doggy adventure from Disney, which basically jumps out of the screen and starts licking your face. It’s digital in its effects but analogue in its heart.

A big, silly, sloppy, adorable pet St Bernard collie called Buck is forced to toughen up and find his inner survivor-warrior after he is effectively sold into slavery by evil dognappers in early-20th-century North America. He is put to work on a sled team in the freezing Klondike, where the gold rush has drawn thousands of desperate souls searching for riches. At first Buck has to be one of the dogs in the rear, behind a mean alpha canine called Spitz. And that joke about the view not changing unless you are lead dog originates from this very story. But Buck finds a soulmate and pal in a grizzled old prospector called Thornton – played by Harrison Ford – who has sadness in his heart and cares more for freedom than for gold. Ford also supplies the growly narration.

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Chelsea's Fran Kirby reveals debilitating virus is cause of mystery absence

17 Feb 2020, 7:36 pm | The Guardian

  • Forward says pericarditis left her devoid of energy
  • 26-year-old has been absent for three months

The England forward Fran Kirby has revealed details of the debilitating medical condition that has sidelined her for much of the season and left her sleeping for 15 hours a day and unable to “even get up to make food”.

The 26-year-old has been mysteriously absent from the Chelsea match-day squad for three months with a virus, which is now said to have caused pericarditis – inflammation of the fibrous sac that surrounds the heart, known as the pericardium.

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Questions raised over attorney-general’s independence

17 Feb 2020, 8:41 pm | World

Lawyers warn over attack on ‘unaccountable judges’ by Suella Braverman in blog post

No 10 adviser quits in row over comments about eugenics

17 Feb 2020, 8:09 pm | World

Andrew Sabisky had questioned black people’s IQs and called for ‘universal contraception’

Reopening of Beeching rail lines faces long delays

17 Feb 2020, 7:11 pm | World

Tory manifesto pledge aimed at ‘levelling up’ the regions of Britain faces uphill struggle

Mifid II review aims to boost euro trading in commodities

17 Feb 2020, 6:57 pm | World

Two years on from landmark legislation, Brussels prepares series of tweaks

UK Brexit chief rejects EU’s ‘level playing field’

17 Feb 2020, 6:56 pm | World

Negotiator David Frost says Britain will never agree to oversight in exchange for a trade deal

EU rejects Facebook’s proposals for online regulation

17 Feb 2020, 6:28 pm | World

Social media company warned that it will have to accept more responsibility for illegal content

EU in fresh effort to enforce UN arms embargo on Libya

17 Feb 2020, 6:15 pm | World

New Mediterranean naval mission to be launched by end of March

Coronavirus mapped: the latest figures as the outbreak spreads

17 Feb 2020, 6:14 pm | World

The countries affected, confirmed cases and number of deaths  

The US-China tech-trade tangle

17 Feb 2020, 6:10 pm | World

SoftBank hedge fund shift, tech week ahead, solar-plus-storage, Signal stronger

Globe staff photos of the month, January 2020

1 Feb 2020, 5:23 pm | Big Picture

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: the run-up to the Iowa Democratic caucus, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Boston’s State of the City address, celebrations of the new year, and the end of the Patriots’ season.

Delphie Condensa of Austin, Texas, visited the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston on January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)

Globe staff photos of the month, December 2019

2 Jan 2020, 7:06 pm | Big Picture

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: holiday seasonal events, the death of Pete Frates, Boston city council results, winter weather, and high school football championships.

Isaac Holbert (left) enjoyed the company of Santa Claus, portrayed by Eddie A. Brimage at the Black Market in Boston on Dec. 7. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)

Globe staff photos of the month, November 2019

6 Dec 2019, 5:52 pm | Big Picture

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: Thanksgiving holiday, the loss of a firefighter, Women Veterans Appreciation Day, and high school sports playoffs.

Paul Jehle, president of the Plymouth Rock Foundation and a Mayflower descendant, prepared for the opening ceremony of the Annual Thanksgiving Parade in Plymouth on Nov. 23. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)

Globe staff photos of the month, October 2019

13 Nov 2019, 5:15 pm | Big Picture

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: fall colors, the king tide in Boston Harbor, Halloween celebrations, the Head of the Charles Regatta, high school sports, and the start to the Celtics’ regular season.

Cleanup began following the 15th Annual BU Physics Pumpkin Drop on Oct. 25. Approximately 50 pumpkins fell from the roof of the Metcalf Science Center. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)

Globe staff photos of the month, September 2019

2 Oct 2019, 5:29 pm | Big Picture

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: the aftermath of hurricane Dorian’s landfall in the Bahamas, students head back to school, confrontations at the Straight Pride Parade in Boston, the end of the Red Sox season and the Patriots off to a 4-0 start.

A golden sunrise by the Eastern Point lighthouse in Gloucester on Sept. 17. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)

Globe staff photos of the month, August 2019

9 Sep 2019, 7:04 pm | Big Picture

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: the annual Caribbean Parade in Dorchester and Roxbury, President Trump’s “Keep America Great” reelection campaign rally in Manchester, funeral services for Saoirse Roisin Kennedy, a new Orange Line train on its first day of service, the Newport Jazz Festival, and the Patriots in pre-season action.

Ashanti Sadm, of Fall River, wore her mask as she waited with her group for the start of the annual Caribbean Parade through the streets of Dorchester and Roxbury on Aug. 24. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

Globe staff photos of the month, July 2019

6 Aug 2019, 4:14 pm | Big Picture

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: public art in Lynn, the Sand Sculpting Festival in Revere, beating the summer heat, a traveling youth circus, July 4 celebrations, a 100 year-old baseball park in Pittsfield, and the start of the Patriots training camp.

Jaxxon Hand, 8, of Dalton (right) chatted with Pittsfield Suns player Connor Berry before the July 10 game between the Suns and the North Shore Navigators at Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, which is turning 100 this year. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

Photos of the country’s only traveling youth circus

30 Jul 2019, 11:09 am | Big Picture

Talented kids. Professional coaches. Life on the road. Adoring 5-year-olds, sitting around the ring just feet from the stars of Circus Smirkus, where big kids have been the stars of the show of this Vermont-based company for 32 years now.

Frederick Buford, 13, adjusted his bow tie before performing in Circus Smirkus’ Big Top Tour in the heat of a Hanover, N.H., afternoon. This is Buford’s first season with Circus Smirkus. (Erin Clark for The Boston Globe)

Globe staff photos of the month, June 2019

2 Jul 2019, 3:33 pm | Big Picture

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: opening of the Encore casino, greasy pole competition in Gloucester, refugees from Congo in Portland, Me., John Farrell working his lobster boat, debating a abortion rights bill in Rhode Island, and the Bruins loss in the NHL finals.

A man passed by a large mural on the side of a building on Denby Road in Allston. Called Fuzzy Creatures, it was painted by Boston artist Caleb Neelon. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

Recent photos of the ongoing migrant struggle

27 Jun 2019, 12:30 am | Big Picture

The drowning deaths of a migrant father and young daughter at the US southern border showed the tragic peril of those trying to seek asylum. Here is a selection of images from this month focused on the continuing immigration issue.

A migrant mother and children rode in a freight train on their way north in Palenque, Chiapas state, Mexico. The group’s next stop will be Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state. Mexico has deployed 6,500 National Guard members in the southern part of the country plus another 15,000 soldiers along its northern border in a bid to reduce the number of migrants traveling through its territory to reach the United States. (Marco Ugarte/Associated Press)