The former Mormon and Helen Clark staffer is the youngest woman in history to lead New ZealandFull name: Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern. Position: Prime minister of New Zealand. 'I've got what it takes': will Jacinda Ardern be New Zealand's next prime minister? She worked in Tony Blair’s cabinet office and was a staffer for former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clarke. Play Video 3:37 'Honoured and privileged': Jacinda Ardern on being New Zealand's next PM – videoWhat they didn’t: Inexperienced and untested.
October 19, 2017 06:17 UTC
‘The Indian star tortoise has been engineered to be small by nature: it has shrunk down over many generations from much larger ancestors. My patience in waiting for the tortoises to come out of their shells paid off, and I was surprised how easy it was to photograph them. I like how the texture of their front legs and heads morph into those of the walnuts’
October 19, 2017 06:00 UTC
Peter Hambro said that his family fund had taken an Apprentice-style approach to choosing new investments Micha Theiner/CityAM/REX/ShutterstockPeter Hambro has joined Roman Abramovich and Jon Moulton on the shareholder register of a company behind an organic weedkiller. Weedingtech uses hot water and a natural foam to kill weeds, avoiding the use of glyphosate, the basis of most weedkillers, which the European Union is considering banning — to the consternation of companies such as Monsanto. Mr Hambro, who this year was ousted by activist investors from Petropavlovsk, the Russian goldminer he founded in 1994, said that his family fund had taken an Apprentice-style approach to choosing new investments. “I have a farming business as well and glyphosate is a very contentious issue in the farming community. Roundup [Monsanto’s product] has been the lifeblood of the farming industry for a long time and losing…
October 19, 2017 06:00 UTC
“The Home Office did nothing [to prepare social services] and social workers were taken by surprise. There have also been concerns about children who came under EU Dublin regulations, which allow for family members to be reunited. People working with these young people say some were placed with family members they barely knew or hadn’t seen for years. Photograph: The GuardianThe Guardian focuses on the FA racism and blackmail row, plus a hefty chunk about the ecological Armageddon. Sign upIf you would like to receive the Guardian Morning Briefing by email every weekday at 7am, sign up here.
October 19, 2017 05:26 UTC
It needs to be remembered that Sean Hughes was not the man one saw on TV. “More than most, he was obsessed with money,” remembers one old friend. He would see flashes of the old Sean, “but I’d always try to be the voice of reason. He’d talk about art like he talked about football.”The last time I saw Sean, he was not drinking. I shall go to his funeral on Monday, and I will still be asking myself: who was my old friend?
October 19, 2017 05:02 UTC
Some 200 children were brought to the UK under Dubs, with more transferred under the EU’s “Dublin” regulations, which allow asylum seeking family members to be reunited. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Mariam, centre, with two more young asylum seekers on Brighton beach. There were similar problems with arrivals of so-called Dubs children in Manchester, says the solicitor Kate Ormsby. In the past year, the UK has granted asylum or another form of leave to over 9,000 children and more than 42,000 children since 2010. We are constantly striving for ways to improve the efficiency of the asylum system, while ensuring we maintain quality in decision making.
Britons are making healthier drink choices, driving on safer roads and achieving higher exam scores with the help of a nudge, according to a report. They include tests based on behavioural economics to improve policy areas from health and welfare to consumer affairs. The findings come a week after Richard Thaler, one of the founding fathers of “nudge” theory, was awarded the 2017 Nobel prize in economics for his work exploring behavioural economics. Although focused on the UK, the nudge unit has expanded globally since its was partially spun out from government in 2014, opening offices in New York, Sydney, Singapore and Wellington. Projects overseas in the past year include work to increase tax declarations in Mexico, involving 750,000 businesses, and improving court communications in Australia to cut reoffending rates for domestic violence.
A penetrated eye that needed surgery is just one of an “extraordinary” spate of magpie-inflicted injuries in Melbourne, and one hospital has issued a warning about the swooping birds. The number of eye injuries caused by the bird has risen significantly, according to the emergency director of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear hospital, Dr Carmel Crock. “But in July we saw 14 cases of bird eye injuries. There have been 3,253 recorded attacks and 518 injuries linked to magpies across the country in 2017, according to the Magpie Alert website. Of the total, 702 attacks occurred in Victoria, which ranks third behind New South Wales and Queensland for number of attacks.
October 19, 2017 02:48 UTC
Joshua Browder rents the same house in Palo Alto, California, as the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg once did STEPHEN LAMJoshua Browder says his inbox is bursting with hate mail from lawyers, which seems a bit unfair as the London-born Stanford University student is nothing if not likeable and polite. On the other hand, Browder, 20, has unequivocally stated his desire to undermine the core business model of the legal profession. For Browder, who many will view as a precocious upstart, the model of highly trained and professionally qualified human beings giving considered legal advice — and charging their clients by the hour for the privilege — is as outmoded as the steam railway engine. The problem for the profession is that Browder does not just talk a good game around disrupting traditional legal working practices. He is already putting theory into action.
October 18, 2017 23:03 UTC
Normally, an expectation of growing demand in China would mean only one thing for the price of copper. An increase and more rubbing of hands by the world’s big miners. Anglo American fell 31½p to £14.18, Antofagasta dropped 19½p to 992½p, BHP Billiton fell 25p to £13.90 and Fresnillo closed 12p down at £14.01. Copper prices breached the $7,000 barrier in London for the first time this week. Guy Wolf, of Marex Spectron, cautioned that many investors with an eye on the Far…
Officials will have to approve individual patients as the health service faces increasing pressure to save money CLARA MOLDEN/PRESS ASSOCIATIONSeverely obese patients must put forward their own case for weight-loss surgery in the latest round of NHS cuts. Panels of NHS officials will have to approve individual patients case by case as the health service faces increasing pressure to save money. The move comes despite guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), which says that weight-loss surgery should be extended to avoid diabetes, high blood pressure and heart attacks. Local areas took over responsibility for weight-loss surgery from NHS England this year and several have decided it should not be routinely available, saying that patients must make individual requests for funding. Neil Mortensen, vice-president of the Royal College of Surgeons, called on officials to “urgently” reconsider.
Karen Eastwood was awaiting trial for another drink-drive charge Cavendish Press (Manchester) LtdA road safety group criticised magistrates yesterday after a grandmother escaped jail for drink-driving despite being more than five times the legal alcohol limit. At the time Eastwood, a hospital worker, had been awaiting trial for another drink-driving charge. She had been found asleep at the wheel of her Skoda outside the hospital five months earlier while more than three times the limit. However, Eastwood, from Denton, Greater Manchester, was yesterday given a suspended sentence by Tameside magistrates. After the case a spokesman for the Campaign Against Drink Driving said: “Drivers such as…