Japan avalanche kills seven students and teacher

More than 40 others injured after avalanche struck while students were climbing near Nasu Onsen ski resort north of TokyoSeven high school students and a teacher have died and more than 40 people have been injured after an avalanche hit ski slopes in Japan. Seven students and one teacher were found with no vital signs, rescue officials told AFP. These are all a recipe for avalanche creation.”The Nasu Onsen family ski resort, which has two lifts and one rope-tow, ended its ski season on 20 March. The climbing trip reportedly began on Saturday and involved students from seven high schools along with instructors. In a separate incident in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, a 70-year-old man was found unconscious after an avalanche on Monday afternoon.

March 27, 2017 04:35 UTC

India move closer to Border-Gavaskar Trophy victory - as it happened

12:28One of the great Test series of modern times will end tomorrow, mostly likely with an Indian victory. The home side took a stranglehold on this match by dismissing Australia for just 137 in their second innings, leaving them just 106 for victory. Umesh Yadav, R. Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja each took three wickets at dreamy economy rates to deny Australia any momentum. Earlier, Jadeja surfed his own wave of positive energy to propel India into a handy first innings lead, one that was not erased until three Australian wickets had fallen. The last rites of this magnificent series will be read around lunchtime tomorrow.

March 27, 2017 03:30 UTC

Barnaby Joyce wants Australia's Leadbeater's possum off endangered list to boost logging

We... https://t.co/VQhstNZmqjHe said the decision “will cost jobs and ruin the forestry industry”, and suggested that an increase in the number of sightings of the Leadbeater’s possum in the past five years indicated that its numbers had recovered. About 1.2% of previously harvestable mountain ash forests have been designated possum buffer zones since 2014, making them unavailable for logging. Leadbeater’s possum, Victoria's state emblem, one step away from extinction Read moreIn a confidential report to Australian Sustainable Hardwood’s parent company, the Hermal Group, in 2014, VicForests said the major reason for the reduction in sawlog volume was the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires and dismissed industry claims that protection of Leadbeater’s possum had caused the “supply crisis”. A spokesman for Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum, Steve Meacher, said the organisation would oppose any logging in protected mountain ash forests and was taking advice on mounting a possible legal challenge if the transfer went ahead. About 30% of remaining Leadbeater’s possum habitat is in areas that are currently logged, and Meacher said opening up more areas for logging would have a devastating effect.

March 27, 2017 03:28 UTC

BT broadband hit by record penalty

The next biggest single telecoms fine by Ofcom was £3.7 million, which was issued to Vodafone last October. The regulator found that between January 2013 and December 2014 BT had reduced compensation for other telecoms providers after late installations. The installations provide the link to Openreach’s high-speed cables that most telecoms companies in Britain use to provide broadband for customers. BT will also have to pay an estimated £300 million in compensation to the affected companies within the next twelve months. Gaucho Rasmussen, Ofcom’s investigations director, told Radio 4’s Today programme: “BT broke…

March 27, 2017 00:45 UTC

Ted Koppel tells Sean Hannity he is 'bad for America'

Veteran newsman criticised Fox News host during interview about fake news and the polarisation of the USVeteran newsman Ted Koppel has told Fox News commentator Sean Hannity that he is “bad for America” in an interview that aired on CBS. During the interview, Koppel, the former ABC Nightline anchor, said that the conflation of opinion and editorial content was dangerous. Referencing talk show hosts who tread a fine line between news and comment, Hannity said: “Do you think we’re bad for America? You think I’m bad for America?”“Yeah,” Koppel replied. https://t.co/prynzE2yLQSean Hannity (@seanhannity) If you pay attention Ted was saying ALL opinion shows are bad for America.

March 27, 2017 00:22 UTC



The storm chasers hunting bolts in Australia's Top End

“We should probably get in the car,” says Mike O’Neill, the veteran Darwin storm chaser who has led me here. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Storm chaser Mike O’Neill, one of many avid storm photographers in Northern Territory. That’s when you get the bolt.”Awe-inspiring lightning storms – in pictures Read moreIf someone in the vicinity of a storm notices their hair standing on end, that’s a foreboding sign. “I used to be mad keen on just getting the lightning bolt in the centre of the frame but everyone does that now,” he says. Photograph: Jonny Weeks for the GuardianOn my final night in the NT, Owen and I find a picturesque storm cloud building at sunset.

March 27, 2017 00:14 UTC

AMA accuses Pete Evans of endangering lives with unscientific health advice

Australia’s peak medical body criticises My Kitchen Rules star’s ‘extreme advice’ on fluoride and calcium, saying celebrity chefs shouldn’t ‘dabble in medicine’The Australian Medical Association has accused the celebrity chef Pete Evans of endangering lives with his unscientific advice on fluoride, calcium and sunscreen. “What do you need a qualification for to talk common sense?” Evan said on Sunday night when asked why he gave medical advice when he had no qualifications. But reaction to his health advice from the medical profession was swift. The AMA took the unusual step of tweeting its disapproval after the interview aired on Seven on Sunday night: “Pete Evans [is] putting his fans health at risk with extreme advice on diet, fluoride, calcium. Celebrity chef shouldn’t dabble in medicine.”The peak Aboriginal health body National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation branded Evans “the kitchen version of Pauline Hanson”.

March 26, 2017 23:55 UTC

Half of extra £2bn for NHS went private

Some operations were outsourced to the private sector because NHS hospitals did not have the capacity CHRISTOPHER FURLONG/GETTY IMAGESNearly half of the £2 billion promised to the NHS three years ago was spent on treating patients outside the health service, an analysis has revealed. The extra money in the 2014 autumn statement by George Osborne was said to be an attempt to win over wavering voters before the general election the following year. The investment was hailed by Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, as No 10 listening to his request “to sustain frontline NHS services”. The analysis of health service data for the Financial Times suggests that operations and other medical activities were outsourced to private health providers because NHS hospitals lacked the capacity. The analysis, carried out by the Health Foundation, an independent charity, showed that health commissioners spent £900…

March 26, 2017 23:48 UTC

Hit-and-run girl saves two lives as donor

A four-year-old girl fatally injured in a hit-and-run crash has saved two lives after her family donated her organs. Violet-Grace Youens died in her mother’s arms on Saturday after being knocked down by a car on Friday afternoon while walking home from school with her grandmother in St Helens, Merseyside. Police are appealing for information to help them trace the two occupants of the Ford Fiesta who were seen running away on CCTV footage. Violet’s grandmother Angela French was in a “serious but stable” condition while her mother, Rebecca Youens, posted a tribute to her daughter on Facebook yesterday. She wrote: “My beautiful baby girl passed away in my arms on 25/03/2017 at 23:38.

March 26, 2017 23:48 UTC

Dustin Johnson defeats Jon Rahm to win WGC Match Play

With little over a week to the Masters the world No1 secured a third victory in as many starts by seeing off Jon Rahm in what developed into a thrilling final of the WGC Match Play. Jon Rahm demolishes Soren Kjeldsen to reach WGC Match Play semi-final Read moreJohnson’s second WGC success of 2017 means he has completed the clean sweep of the elite events regarded as second only to majors in prominence. As used to be the case with Woods, Johnson has now been established as the clear, short-priced favourite to prevail on Sunday week. At the 16th Rahm brilliantly holed from 31ft, meaning Johnson was suddenly only one hole ahead with two to play. Tanihara’s memorable week continued with a hole in one at the 7th during his third place play-off match with Haas.

March 26, 2017 23:41 UTC

Martin strikes late to rescue Strachan’s job

Gordon Strachan’s reign as Scotland manager lives on, but, boy, nights like this cannot do much for his health. His P45 was being placed inside an envelope for imminent delivery as a game unanimously regarded as “must win” — by himself and by his bosses at the SFA — was slipping away against Slovenia at a half-full Hampden Park last night. Scotland were fizzling out and heading for more dropped points when Chris Martin, a slightly disparaged forward whose arrival as a late substitute had generated some low groans and jeers in the stands, popped up with a huge winning goal. Just how big a moment it will be in Scotland’s campaign remains to be seen, but on the night it was enormous. Victory was…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

Watches worth €27,000 land Fillon in fresh row

Mr Fillon, 63, the conservative favourite is already being investigated for fake jobs he allegedly gave his British wife, Penelope, and two of their children at taxpayers’ expense. He confirmed that he had received a Swiss Scuderia Ventidue watch from Pablo Victor Dana, a Swiss-Italian financier, in 2009. At the time he was prime minister in President Sarkozy’s administration. He also accepted a watch from the Swiss watch brand Rebellion in 2013 when he was an MP for Paris. Mr Fillon was given the watches by businessmen JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/GETTY IMAGESIt came after Mr Fillon acknowledged that he had accepted three bespoke…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

Don’t backtrack on water charges, EU warns

A meter system for water use has been called “double taxation” by opponents SAM BOAL/ROLLINGNEWSA penalty system for excessive use of water may not be enough to allow Ireland to escape EU fines for wastage, according to the European environment commissioner. Karmenu Vella wrote to Brian Hayes, the Fine Gael Dublin MEP, outlining his position that Ireland cannot revert to paying for water through the general taxation system and only impose fines on those who use too much. The intervention will be seen as a setback for the special Oireachtas committee on water chaired by Pádraig Ó Céidigh. It has until April 14 to agree a motion that will then be put to a Dáil vote. An independent legal expert due to report to the committee today is expected to say that existing laws on fining excessive users are…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

What we learnt from the Melbourne Grand Prix

The fastest lap at Melbourne was around 2.5sec quicker than last year and the general view is that the cars will be another 1.5sec quicker by the end of the year Srdjan Suki/EPAMore speed indeedYes, it is obvious as speed was central to the 2017 regulation changes, but this year’s cars do look very fast. The fastest lap at Melbourne this year was around 2.5sec quicker than last year and the general view is that they will be another 1.5sec quicker by the end of the year. Cornering at more than 200mph makes for good viewing. Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas all said the track that they were looking forward to this year was the British Grand Prix in July, because Silverstone is a high-speed circuit. Overtaking issuesAfter the race Hamilton said it was harder than ever to get close behind cars, Max Verstappen echoed his thoughts, and Bottas admitted that overtaking would prove…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics by David Goodhart

David Goodhart doesn’t get it. Well, he ignored the rules and has written a book that is thoughtful, well argued and dangerously moderate. Goodhart’s basic thesis is that Britain has split into two tribes: Somewheres and Anywheres. Last year’s EU referendum was the revenge of the Somewheres on the Anywheres. The big mission is to heal the divide — and that requires the Anywheres to stop being so heedless of the interests and voices of the Somewheres.

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC




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