Matt Healy scored four tries as Kieran Keane’s side maintained their unbeaten record in Europe and remained on course for the Challenge Cup quarter-finals. There was only brief glimpses of Brive’s talents in this game as Connacht ran riot in the second half with Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion and Tom Farrell all scoring tries against the below strength Top 14 side. Carty kicked a perfect nine from nine off the tee for Connacht, while he was composed and inventive in open play, the prime example was his quickly taken penalty five minutes from time that sent Farrell in for his team’s seventh. Connacht immediately turned up the pressure on Brive. The French side didn’t help themselves with four early penalty concessions, and with Quinn Roux…
FAMILY FAREParents prank their kids in the gentle hidden-camera fun of Born Silly (Today, C4, 4.50pm). The Lego Story — Brick By Brick (Monday 18, C5, 8pm) follows the history of the world-beating toy. There are plenty of classics returning, including The Farmer’s Llamas (Christmas Eve, BBC1, 1.45pm) and The Gruffalo (Wednesday 27, BBC1, 3.45pm). By yuletide TV law, The Snowman is on Christmas Eve (C4, 5.20pm), and a new animation based on Julia Donaldson’s The Highway Rat is a Christmas Day highlight (BBC1, 4.45pm) — hopefully, the furry star of that won’t also make an unwanted appearance in Ratburger (Christmas Eve, Sky 1, 6pm). CHRISTMAS SPIRITWhat better way to get into the true spirit of things than with 5,000 voices raising the roof…
The aim is to offer children lessons that prepare them for the modern world ALAMYPrimary school children could be offered lessons on “sexting”; being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender; and domestic violence and sexual harassment under government plans to be published this week. They follow new legislation, unveiled earlier this year, that will make sex and relationship education compulsory in all schools. The aim is to offer children lessons that prepare them for the modern world. Faith schools are likely to object to teaching some of the issues being proposed. Critics say that parents, rather than schools, should be responsible for teaching children about sexuality and…
It was not a mere coincidence of timing that, as Brussels and London got down to serious arm-wrestling over the terms of the Brexit separation, another process with far-reaching implications for the future of the EU was being quietly brought to completion by its defence ministers, including our own Leo Varadkar. On November 13, all but four of the European Union’s 28 member states agreed to participate in a “permanent structured co-operation” (Pesco) designed to put the future defence of Europe on a new footing. Three weeks later, Ireland and Portugal also signed up. Of the 27 member states that will remain in the EU following the UK’s departure, only Denmark and Malta are staying out. This is a priority project for big EU countries.…
He was one of the best-known archaeologists of the 20th century — a long-time professor at Edinburgh University famous for his insights from excavations he oversaw at Skara Brae, who joined the dots of European prehistory. But for MI5 he was a 40-year enigma. Now new research has shone a spotlight on a curious episode in the gifted, mysterious, muddled life of Vere Gordon Childe, when famous figures in the Scottish archaeology and art scene took on the security services and the wartime Scottish establishment, and won. In 1942 Childe, an Australian-born Briton, professor of archaeology at Edinburgh for 15 years and the country’s leading archaeologist, was blocked from a commissioner’s seat on the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.
A powerful earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Java has killed at least three people and caused damage to hundreds of buildings. People ran into the street in panic in many areas and Indonesian television showed heavy traffic on roads as people fled coastal areas. There were also reports that buildings had collapsed in the city of Tasikmalaya in West Java. Jakarta resident Web Warouw, 50, was on the 18th floor when the quake struck just before midnight local time (1700 GMT). About 170,000 lives were lost when a 9.1-magnitude quake and tsunami struck Aceh province in December 2004, which also hit coastal areas as far away as Somalia.
December 16, 2017 11:06 UTC
“What this is all about is nothing more than the Republican party very generously rewarding their wealthy campaign contributors,” he said. Government is not there for you.”The legislation, which has now been merged to form a single version from earlier Senate and House bills, marks the most substantial redrawing of taxation in America since Ronald Reagan’s 1986 tax cuts. Sanders’ claim that the tax cuts are a thinly disguised reward to billionaire extreme rightwing donors is supported by the statements of some Republican politicians themselves. The Koch network has thrown its muscle behind the tax cuts this year. Sanders said the tax cuts were particularly punishing for those working Americans who had voted for Trump last November partly on the expectation that his promised tax cuts would ease their financial burdens.
December 16, 2017 10:52 UTC
This week’s question:I’m 23 years old with a 2:1 degree in politics, but am really directionless on my future career. I’m now thinking of teaching Tefl for a year in Spain or Italy. But I worry I’m just putting off getting a proper job. Do employers recognise any value in a year working abroad? Email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at Money, The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU
December 16, 2017 06:56 UTC
Despite her technical brilliance, Burke has found herself repeatedly in the bottom two – as voted for by the British public. This week Burke received an apology from the BBC Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans over the fact that she had been in the bottom two the week before. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Makosi Musambasi, sixth from right, with the rest of the housemates on Channel 4’s Big Brother 6. “Alexandra is a self-assured black woman who is infiltrating a world of entertainment that is seen as an extremely white space,” she added. “To the British public, how can this black woman be better than her white counterparts, show emotion and be beautiful?”
December 16, 2017 06:00 UTC
More than 200 hand-crafted flowers inlaid into pavement, metres from where deadly standoff unfolded three years agoA memorial to honour the victims of the Lindt cafe siege has been unveiled at Sydney’s Martin Place during an emotional ceremony attended by survivors and families. “No Australian will ever forget the heartbreaking events that unfolded at Martin Place three years ago. Facebook Twitter Pinterest The Martin Place memorial for the Lindt cafe siege is made up of 210 individual boxes with flowers embedded in the granite pavement. The tribute, designed by Professor Richard Johnson and artist Jess Dare, was inspired by the sea of flowers that blanketed Martin Place following the 17-hour stand-off. An estimated 110,000 bunches of flowers were placed at the site in the eight days after the siege.
December 16, 2017 02:15 UTC
Uber allegedly engaged in a range of “unethical and unlawful intelligence collections”, including the theft of competitive trade secrets, bribery of foreign officials and spying on competitors and politicians, according to an explosive legal document published on Friday. It’s the latest chapter in the discovery process for the company’s messy legal squabble with Waymo, Google’s driverless car spin-off, which has accused Uber of stealing trade secrets. Uber did not provide the letter to Waymo as part of legal discovery before the trial started. Among those was the allegation that “Uber used the marketplace analytics team to steal trade secrets at least from Waymo in the United States”. Jacobs said that the team primarily worked overseas, but in the US had researched “protest and threat groups targeting Uber”.
December 16, 2017 00:57 UTC
Transfer of production of Robinsons and Fruit Shoot to different UK locations ‘a hammer blow for workers’, says unionBritvic’s factory site in Norwich is to close, affecting hundreds of jobs. The drinks manufacturer said it would be transferring production of Robinsons and Fruit Shoot from Carrow Works to other locations across the UK, with the site to close towards the end of 2019. It said it would offer every employee affected redeployment opportunities at its other sites and help to find alternative employment. Colman's Mustard could cut ties with Norwich as Unilever mulls closure Read moreThe firm said it has informed Unilever, which co-owns the site. The Unite union described the announcement as a “hammer blow for the workers and the economy of Norwich in the run-up to Christmas”.
December 16, 2017 00:16 UTC