Ukip demands ban on wearing full-face veils in public

Ukip is to propose a ban on full-face veils like the burqa as part of an “integration agenda” Press AssociationUkip is calling for a ban on wearing full-face veils in public as it attempts to shore up its core vote and addresses an alarming slide in the polls. The party’s leader, Paul Nuttall, said that the burqa and niqab harm social cohesion and pose a security risk. The move, touted as part of a new “integration agenda”, follows similar bans in France and Belgium. ‘I don’t believe you can integrate fully and enjoy the fruits of British society if you can’t see people’s faces’ BBCMr Nuttall, who said in 2013 that Ukip would not pursue a blanket ban against face-covering veils, this morning denied that the about-turn amounted to an “attack” on Muslims. He said that he wants fines to be imposed on people who wear veils in public, telling the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show: “We have a heightened security risk at the…

April 23, 2017 05:48 UTC

Living with history in Simon Carter's home

Simon Carter is recounting the history of his collection of mid-century glass which glows ruby red in the spring sunshine. Photograph: James Balston for the ObserverHome is similarly unassuming: a 19th-century terrace house in south London which he bought 20 years ago. It’s here that you find Taylor baking cakes for the couple’s joint venture, the award-winning Dalhousie coffee house in Crystal Palace, south London. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Red alert: part of Carter’s collection of mid-century Whitefriars glass. Photograph: James Balston for the Observer“I like things that are a bit worn around the edges, like old friends,” says Carter.

April 23, 2017 04:52 UTC

Cut flowers (almost) for free

Nothing brightens up a room or makes a more personal gift than a bunch of fresh flowers. But if you get your species choice right, cut flowers can be among the easiest of all crops to grow. Capable of coming back year after year from just a single purchase of seed, they are far cheaper, too, some arguably free. In late summer, you can’t beat the blousy, bang-on-trend blooms of dahlias that will churn out a continuous flow of flowers right up to the first frosts. They last ages, smell incredible and have a dual purpose – perfect multitasking plants for when space is short.

April 23, 2017 04:52 UTC

The eco guide to fast fashion | Lucy Siegle

The workers died in the overcrowded and poorly constructed building while working to meet our demands for fast fashion. Across the world conscious consumers will join – a vibrant global civil movement focused on cleaning up the $3trn fashion industry, based primarily in low-wage economies. Campaign groups aggregate these complex initiatives and publish transparency league ratings of brands to try to help us navigate the high street. The NGO also invests in GMO-free agricultural production and sustainable tourism projects, managed by the Maasai themselves. Maasai jewellery From £216, alama-project.comEmail Lucy at or follow her on Twitter @lucysiegle

April 23, 2017 04:52 UTC

It’s time to see things differently… to improve your life | Beau Lotto

The death that we all fear is less the death of the body and more the death of perception. Yet most of us don’t know how or why our brain evolved to perceive the way it does. We don’t know what’s going to happen, so these situations cause our bodies and our minds to react. Uncertainty is the problem that our brains evolved to solve. Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently by Beau Lotto is published on 27 April by Weidenfeld & Nicolson at £20.

April 23, 2017 04:52 UTC

Russia targeted Trump adviser in bid to infiltrate campaign: report

Former aide Carter Page one of several Trump advisers whose contact with Russian officials raised suspicion of intelligence agencies, says CNNRussian operatives tried to infiltrate Donald Trump’s presidential campaign through his advisers, including former foreign policy aide Carter Page, CNN reported on Saturday. CNN said this emerged through FBI intelligence gathering, which triggered an investigation into any possible coordination between Trump campaign operatives and Russian officials. Former Trump adviser Carter Page held 'strong pro-Kremlin views', says ex-boss Read moreA Russian agent would likely have concealed his or her true role or identity while speaking with Page, who himself has vigorously denied any collusion with Moscow. Page was one of several Trump advisers who US and European intelligence revealed had been in touch with Russian officials and other Russian agents frequently and extensively enough to raise suspicions, according to CNN. Federal prosecutors said that Page met in 2013 with Victor Podobnyy, who turned out to be a Russian operative living in New York.

April 23, 2017 04:48 UTC

Geriatric criminal Neddy Smith sneaks past guards in hospital

He was apparently not handcuffed to the bed when he reportedly took advantage of his distracted guards and walked out. According to News Corp, one of the guards had fallen asleep and the other was using a laptop. In a statement, a spokeswoman for Corrective Services NSW said it was investigating the allegation that Smith “attempted to get out of his bed”. Inmates are routinely shackled or handcuffed to the hospital bed in all Australian jurisdictions. Comatose Indigenous man handcuffed and shackled to hospital bed Read moreSmith has been in prison since 1989, when he was jailed for murdering tow-truck driver Ronnie Flavell by running him down in 1987.

April 23, 2017 03:22 UTC

Acid attack suspect Arthur Collins is arrested

Collins, 25, held on suspicion of attempted murder and another man charged with grievous bodily harm after liquid was thrown into London nightclub crowdPolice have arrested key suspect Arthur Collins over the east London nightclub acid attack that left two revellers partially blinded and others disfigured. Collins, 25, was arrested at an address in Rushden, Northamptonshire, on Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder. Police sought Collins after a noxious substance was sprayed inside the Mangle club in Dalston on 17 April. Detective Inspector Lee McCullough of Hackney CID said: “The noxious substance used has not yet been confirmed but samples retrieved from the scene have been sent for analysis. A 24-year-old old man arrested in north London over the attack on Friday had since been released, police said.

April 23, 2017 03:00 UTC

Erin Moran, actor who played Joanie Cunningham in Happy Days, dies at 56

Moran, who played Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham character’s sister in sitcom set in 1950s, had endured numerous struggles in recent yearsErin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi, has died. Upon arrival of first responders, it was determined that Erin Moran Fleischmann was deceased. She had nearly a decade’s worth of experience when she was cast in 1974 in Happy Days as Joanie Cunningham, the kid sister to high school student Richie Cunningham, played by Ron Howard. Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) Such sad sad news. “Such sad sad news.

April 23, 2017 02:30 UTC

Peter Dutton sticks to account of Manus Island trouble despite fresh evidence

The minister said the account he had given of the incident was “true” and he suggested he had different advice to the Manus Island regional police commander. I think some of the local residents were quite angry about this particular incident and another alleged sexual assault,” he said. Dutton insisted on Sunday the incident involving the child, and a separate sexual assault, contributed to elevating the “mood” on Manus Island before the violence. Dutton was asked on Sunday whether he would release the footage, and he said the normal practice would be followed. They run Manus Island, as you know.”

April 23, 2017 01:52 UTC

Is ‘sub-two-hour’ Nike marathon attempt just a clever marketing stunt?

This could be the pitch for Sunday’s London marathon when some 38,000 runners take to the capital’s streets in an event watched by millions. London Marathon 2017: what's your reason to run? Read moreThe attempt will not take place at any of the world’s six renowned marathon courses – London, Boston, Berlin, Tokyo, New York and Chicago – collectively known as the majors. “Oxo provided the official refreshment for runners in the 1908 London Olympics marathon,” Polley said. “Watching them go round and round for two hours is not the most absorbing, whereas Sunday’s marathon has got real stories of real people.”

April 22, 2017 23:03 UTC

How to hack your workout

A study in California found that subjects lost an average of 11.3cm round their waist after eight treatments over four weeks jem mitchell/trunk archiveNo matter how many spin classes you sweat through, no matter how many squat thrusts or donkey kicks, don’t you find there is always that one bit — that one bulge of flesh — that refuses to budge? Well, a new biohacking form of LED-enabled exercise may just hold the answer: a precise kind of training, coupled with innovative red-light technology, is producing remarkable results. “I describe the red-light programme as Swiss-watch fine-tuning rather than a sledgehammer,” says the celebrity trainer Jon Denoris, who has teamed up with the biotech entrepreneur Andrew Barile to launch the PureLight programme at Club 51 in London — the first of its kind in the UK. Barile is behind the science side. Fascinated by the many uses of red-light therapy —…

April 22, 2017 22:52 UTC

Five of UK’s richest men bankrolled Brexit

The battle over whether Britain should be in or out of the European Union was funded mostly by multimillionaires, according to an analysis by the team behind The Sunday Times Rich List. Almost two-thirds of the cash that bankrolled the successful Brexit campaign came from just five of the country’s richest businessmen. The quintet together channelled nearly £14.9m to Brexit-backing campaign groups. Eurosceptic organisations received a total of £24.1m in donations and loans between February 1 and polling day from all sources. The “Brexit Big Five” are headed…

April 22, 2017 22:52 UTC

Mauritius: the new paradise on buyers’ radars

British sunseekers are running out of options, as old hotspots become no-go areas due to fears of terrorism, Greek tragedy or zika. But there’s a new paradise on buyers’ radars: Mauritius. Most people know the Indian Ocean island, 700 miles east of Madagascar, as a honeymoon destination, and think of it as French. And it was — until 1810, when it became a British colony, which it remained until it gained independence in 1968. English is spoken in parliament (though French and Creole are used on the streets).…

April 22, 2017 22:52 UTC

Vunipola shows his true colours

Steve Hansen, the All Blacks head coach, would not have thought much of a semi-final in which nine of the Lions touring party were on the pitch. It would have been far too claustrophobic for New Zealand rugby tastes. This Champions Cup tie was old-style, northern-hemisphere rugby that might well conquer Europe but will not frighten those that dwell beneath the long white clouds. What Hansen will have noted, however, was the form of Billy Vunipola. The Saracens and England No 8 revealed his true…

April 22, 2017 22:52 UTC

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