A football coach who spent several years working at Newcastle United “cynically manipulated his position” of authority to groom and sexually assault young boys over a 25-year period, a jury has been told. George Ormond, now 62, is charged with 38 criminal sexual offences against 19 victims who were youth footballers at the time. Beattie told the jury that Ormond left Newcastle United following allegations made by a former youth player about him. Beattie said the alleged victims had explained different reasons for why they did not previously make complaints about Ormond’s conduct. Beattie told the jury that he denies that any of the alleged incidents happened at all.
May 23, 2018 18:11 UTC
Rice will become less nutritious as carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rise, potentially jeopardising the health of the billions of people who rely on the crop as their main source of food, new research suggests. These rings were either supplied with carbon dioxide, or not. The concentration of carbon dioxide the plants were exposed to was monitored at the centre of each ring, and the rice produced by each crop was collected and analysed. Photograph: Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty ImagesBut with some of the varieties of rice apparently showing little change in levels of certain nutrients, the researchers say it might be possible to find or develop types of rice that will remain nutritious as the climate changes. Among the countries expected to be worst hit by a lower nutritional content of rice would be Bangladesh and Madagascar.
May 23, 2018 18:00 UTC
Yulia Skripal paid tribute to staff at Salisbury hospital in her first public statement since she was discharged last month following a nerve agent attack that left her in a coma for 20 days Dylan Martinez/ReutersYulia Skripal has said she is lucky to be alive and intends to return home to Russia after she and her father Sergei, a former MI6 spy, were left critically ill by a nerve agent attack. Speaking publicly for the first time since her discharge from hospital last month, she said that her life had been turned upside down. She said she did not, however, require the assistance she has been offered by the Russian embassy. “We are so lucky to have both survived this attempted assassination,” she told Reuters. The fact that a nerve agent was used to do this is shocking.”Ms Srkipal, 33, gave statements in English and Russian from the secret location in…
May 23, 2018 17:48 UTC
But I always loved the Zuckerman novels, in which “Nathan Zuckerman” leads a parallel existence to that of his creator. Maybe, in the end, the Zuckerman novels are novels for writers, or for readers who dream of being writers. The only writer in the entire canon of very, very high literature – I’m talking should’ve-got-the-Nobel-prize high - who is properly funny, laugh-out-loud funny, Peep Show funny, is Philip Roth. Howard Jacobson: Is American Pastoral Philip Roth at his best? Her songs include From Philip Roth to R ZimmermanJoyce Carol Oates on Roth’s legacyPhilip Roth was a slightly older contemporary of mine.
May 23, 2018 17:24 UTC
After Brexit and Trump I don’t give much weight to polls, so while I’m glad recent figures show that Ireland is on track to vote to repeal the eighth amendment to the Irish constitution (Report, 21 May), it concerns me that so many are still undecided on how to vote this Friday, or considering not using their vote. To do either is to say you are happy with the status quo. Due to the bravery of so many who have spoken about the impact the eighth has had on their lives, we know what that will mean for the women and families of Ireland – a woman with a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality will be forced to travel to get the care they need; doctors can take a woman to court while she is in labour over the method of birth; a family may have to go to court to get their daughter’s/wife’s life support switched off if she was pregnant; a survivor of rape who is pregnant as a result will have the additional trauma of being forced to travel abroad; and our mothers, daughters, sisters and wives who can’t travel will continue to put their lives in danger and risk jail time by seeking out unsafe methods out of desperation. Surely no one wants to continue living in such an unsafe and cruel country? Mairéad Ní RiagáinLondon (previously Cork)• Join the debate – email email@example.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters
May 23, 2018 16:41 UTC
The post-Brexit customs model favoured by Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and Michael Gove could cost business as much as £20bn a year, the head of HMRC has said, a verdict that delivers a huge blow to the Brexiters’ hopes of a complete departure from the customs union. Theresa May’s preferred option, the customs partnership model, under which the UK would collect tariffs on behalf of the EU, would be virtually cost-free because businesses could claim back the levies, Thompson said. Q&A What is a customs union and why does it matter? By doing this, they can help avoid the need for costly and time-consuming customs checks during trade between members of the union. “Leaving the customs union is the right policy, but whatever the solution we come up with must not be hugely costly and burdensome to British business.
May 23, 2018 16:30 UTC
The ride-hailing service said a new insurance policy, to be provided free to its drivers, would give them “peace of mind while preserving the flexibility they value”. The cover starts in June for drivers who have completed 150 trips in the past two months, or Uber Eats couriers who have completed at least 30 deliveries. Payouts for a baby are £1,000; sick pay for injured drivers after a week is capped at £1,125. “It’s good to see Uber is reacting to the pressure piled on by the IWGB’s campaigns and legal action,” he said. Announcing the move in Paris at President Emmanuel Macron’s Tech for Good summit, Uber’s chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, said drivers were “at the heart of the Uber experience”.
May 23, 2018 16:07 UTC
Emery was unveiled at the Emirates Stadium today and delivered his first press conference David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty ImagesUnai Emery pledged last night that his fearless approach would transform Arsenal into Premier League and Champions League challengers as the club’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis described the final seasons of Arsène Wenger’s 22-year tenure as unacceptable. The head coach has been given a three-year contract with a brief to return Arsenal to a place among the global elite after a withering assessment by Gazidis of the end of the Wenger era. “I don’t think anybody thinks finishing sixth, for a club the size of Arsenal, is acceptable,” Gazidis said. “The ambition is to be in a position to be a candidate to win the biggest trophies in England and Europe.”Arsenal finished fifth and sixth in the Premier League in the final two seasons…
May 23, 2018 16:02 UTC
David Lewis said he wanted to start a debate about “what happens when you say that someone’s gender depends only on what they say”Labour has suspended an activist who tried to become a women’s officer by claiming that he identified as female on Wednesdays. David Lewis, 45, faces an internal investigation after he tried to run as a candidate for the women-only role in his constituency Labour party (CLP) in Basingstoke. He made the claim that he identified as a woman between 6.50am and midnight one day a week to start a debate about the status of trans women who had not legally changed gender. His candidacy was accepted by his local party, but the national party suspended him after he gave an interview. Labour said it would not tolerate members attempting to subvert the purpose of all-women shortlists.
May 23, 2018 16:02 UTC
There has been a significantly harder edge to England’s practice at Lord’s this week. It has been noticeable to observers and those involved on the periphery. Coaches have monitored bowlers in the nets much more carefully and practice has been prescriptive rather than self-governed, much of the new direction and oversight seemingly at the behest of the players themselves. As if they want to be chivvied along rather than left to their own devices. One of the regular commentaries from international players across the formats over the past year has been the contrast between England’s one-day set-up and Test team — the former being slick, intense and well drilled, the latter meandering along without clear direction — as seen in the ICC rankings, top of the pile…
Amir, left, and Imam could be key players for Pakistan in this series ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty ImagesMohammad AmirLeft-arm fastTests 31 Wickets 100 Average 31.95The big name, not always for the right reasons, of course, and the big man in Pakistan’s bowling attack. His opening partner Mohammad Abbas may have a ridiculously good first-class bowling average of under 21 but it is the left-arm swingers of Amir that England will fear most. Pakistan will hope his knee holds up. Shadab KhanLeg-spinning all-rounderTests 2 Wickets 5 Average 47.80Yasir Shah, out with a hip injury, will be much missed but the 19-year-old Shadab, another product of T20 cricket if the truth be told, is a hugely exciting replacement, even if this will only be his third Test. Babar AzamRight-handed batsmanTests 12 Runs 548 Average 24.90Mickey Arthur once compared him to Virat…
The WHO is organising ebola vaccinations in the port city of Mbandaka EPAPatients infected with ebola fled from the isolation ward of a hospital on the Congo River as health workers sought to manage fear and panic as well as preventing the deadly virus from spreading. Two patients who were taken out of quarantine in Mbandaka, a busy port city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, by relatives and taken to pray, were later found dead. A third case was traced and the patient is back under observation. At least 27 people have been killed by the virus since the first outbreak in early May EPANews of the incidents emerged amid warnings that the DRC’s ninth ebola outbreak had reached “a critical point” and highlighted the challenge facing emergency teams attempting to implement an experimental vaccination campaign and convince infected patients to stay away from their families. “It is normal for people to want…
Germany’s handling of its huge asylum backlog has sparked protests from refugees and opponents of migration Alexandra Beier/Getty ImagesThe head of Germany’s migration agency, Jutta Cordt, is facing calls to resign over a bribery scandal involving the unlawful approval of at least 1,200 asylum requests that has cast further doubt on a system that processes hundreds of thousands of refugees. At least two of the migrants who were granted asylum had either fake papers from an area of Syria controlled by Isis or issued in Raqqa, once the de facto headquarters of Islamic State, according to Spiegel magazine. Prosecutors were tipped off that officials in Bremen had allegedly granted asylum to mainly Kurdish Yazidis from Syria in return for favours that included restaurant visits. Jutta Cordt is accused of being slow to disclose bribery claims which predate her taking office Felipe Trueba/EPAAn investigation was launched into the head of the Bremen office, who has been suspended, and three lawyers and…
The water company is losing the equivalent of 65,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools every yearSevern Trent has received £31 million of penalties after a rise in the amount of water it is losing from leaks and interruptions in supplies. The money is meant to go back into lowering bills, but eight million customers across the Midlands can still expect their charges to rise by another 3 per cent to 4 per cent this year and next. This comes at a time when shareholders are taking out dividends that will increase by 6.2 per cent this summer. Households struggling to keep up with their bills also sent bad debts at the company up by 25 per cent in the year. Severn Trent is one of the largest of the ten regional water supply and sewerage monopolies.