India need six more wickets to secure a final-day victory in Adelaide James Elsby/APAustralia face an uphill task to salvage the first Test against India after ending day four requiring 219 runs with six wickets remaining. India, who have never before won the first Test of a series in Australia, resumed their second innings on Sunday in a commanding position on 151 for three and added a further 156 runs to leave Australia a daunting target of 323. Two wickets each for Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami then strengthened the tourists’ position as the hosts lost openers Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris, as well as Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb, before closing on 104 for four. Nathan Lyon, who removed India captain Virat Kohli late on day three, had earlier given Australia a chance of a comeback with…
December 09, 2018 12:33 UTC
Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp's side are on track to win the Premier League titleLiverpool manager Klopp saw his side move one point clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table on Saturday afternoon. Liverpool also had Chelsea to thank on a pulsating day of Premier League football. And McAteer believes Klopp also has Jordan Henderson and James Milner to thank for keeping them on track. “James Milner and Jordan Henderson, obviously they’re at the forefront of that and making sure that happens. Liverpool news: Jordan Henderson and James Milner's dressing room influence has been praised
December 09, 2018 12:33 UTC
Boris Johnson was one of two senior Tories who refused to rule out a leadership run this morning Jeff Overs/BBCBoris Johnson has said that Britain should withhold half of its £39 billion Brexit divorce payment until the EU agrees a trade deal that avoids a hard Irish border. The former foreign secretary laid out his alternative to Theresa May’s strategy and refused to deny that he would run in a leadership election should the prime minister resign or lose a confidence vote. This morning Esther McVey, the former welfare secretary, became the first Tory to openly declare her intention to run for the leadership. Mr Johnson’s later television appearance will be interpreted as the effective launch of his latest campaign for No 10. Asked if he would promise not to stand against the prime minister, Mr Johnson told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show: “I…
December 09, 2018 12:05 UTC
The NHS is using medical gloves made in Malaysian factories where migrants are allegedly subjected to forced labour, forced overtime, debt bondage, withheld wages and passport confiscation. Migrants claim recruiters lured them into forced labour at top Qatar hotel Read moreThe Guardian interviewed 16 Top Glove workers and three from WRP. The workers also claimed they were “trapped” and not allowed to leave the WRP factory, except on Sundays. Top Glove factory is mental torture.”Facebook Twitter Pinterest Activists accused Top Glove of taking advantage of the desperation of migrant workers. The NHS uses more than 1.5bn boxes of medical gloves annually – each box often containing hundreds of pairs – with a value of over £35m.
December 09, 2018 11:15 UTC
Show Hide Theresa May quits The prime minister resigns after a humiliating defeat. An interim prime minister would have to be chosen while the Tory party plans a leadership contest. Many Tory MPs are pushing her to do so. If Labour officially backs the idea, a second referendum –as suggested by Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary – could happen. McVey argued the party’s support for May as prime minister was conditional on renegotiation.
December 09, 2018 10:39 UTC
Thirteen years ago, Yorgos Lanthimos made a micro-budget film called Kinetta. “Starting in Greece,” he says, “you couldn’t really say, ‘I’m going to become a film-maker.’ A 15-year-old boy in Greece in the 80s and 90s? Since his extraordinary second feature, Dogtooth (2009), Lanthimos has been notorious for a wild imagination and a sometimes aggressive form of absurdism. When he first read The Favourite, Lanthimos says in impeccable English, he knew nothing about the times it depicted. She’s a bit of a nomad.”How do Lanthimos and Labed feel about living in the UK on the brink of Brexit?
December 09, 2018 09:56 UTC
Yet for most of his life, Tiger has remained an enigma, hiding in full view. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty ImagesA World Cup year is a chance to live in the there and then as well as the here and now. My favourite football book of 2018 was Simon Hart’s World In Motion (deCoubertin Books, £16.99), the last word on the most divisive World Cup of all: Italia 90. Ewan MurrayThe problem with books about Tiger Woods is that the greatest chapter may be left untold. England did rather well in a World Cup whose omens, at the outset, suggested a very different outcome.
December 09, 2018 09:56 UTC
HS2 Ltd is welcoming its third chairman in the last five months after the departure of Sir Terry Morgan. HS2 maintains that parliamentarians, planners and the thousands of skilled construction workers who haven’t yet departed for Poland can still deliver this ambitious infrastructure on time. Crossrail, of course, was what did for Morgan, who had valiantly attempted to combine chairing both companies since August. Morgan’s feet were barely under the table at HS2, but such a controversial project could ill afford to have a figurehead who let the last major project slide so near to the finish line. Though concerning now to some investors, the prospect of a lower oil price might be good news in the long run.
I have wanted to write about Qasr al-Yahud since 2016, when I first heard of the plan to clear its minefield. Tradition holds Qasr al-Yahud to be the spot where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist. At Qasr al-Yahud, though, I can’t help but feel just the smallest bit optimistic. Photograph: Dalit Shacham for the ObserverBefore my visit to Qasr al-Yahud, I make house calls on some of those with a stake in what’s happening there. Thrillingly, I have him to myself for 40 minutes: a clear sign of how important the work at Qasr al-Yahud is.
But more importantly, they ended four decades of Spanish exceptionalism and showed that the country’s fabled immunity to far-right politics had finally given out. The middle and upper-middle class voters of Los Remedios – many of whom are older people – have long been loyal to the conservative People’s party (PP). In the last Andalucían election three years ago, the PP took 61% of the vote in the barrio, with Vox limping far behind on 3.2%. And then there was the issue that forms one of the main planks of the Vox platform: immigration. “The Spanish right is super-competitive at the moment: there are three parties and there’s not enough cake to go round,” said Jurado.
After six rounds it was too close to call, even if the breathless commentariat gave short shrift to Pedraza’s effective work. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Vasiliy Lomachenko evades a punch against José Pedraza during Saturday’s lightweight title unification fight. Then came the 11th when Lomachenko hurt Pedraza early on with a flush body shot, sending his opponent reeling and the audience to their feet. “I believe the fight was pretty close until the 11th round,” said Pedraza through a translator in the aftermath. He made it two titles in seven outings, another record, when he stopped Rocky Martinez at 130lbs.
December 09, 2018 07:42 UTC
They helped bring the Windrush scandal to public attention and continue to support all who unfairly fall foul of the immigration system – from legal assistance to accommodation – and promote fairer policies. Like many of the Windrush generation, he was never given, and didn’t claim, documents that would prove his citizenship. After the Windrush scandal broke, Hackney Community Law Centre helped him challenge the Home Office. “If it weren’t for the law centre, I wouldn’t be sitting here,” he says. She contacted several solicitors recommended by the Home Office, but was repeatedly ignored; only Islington Law Centre offered them support.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose for the ObserverThe first of Sonos’s popular multiroom speakers to come loaded with Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa. “The best all-round music-focused smart speaker available in the UK,” says the Guardian. FitnessTangram Smart Rope (£80)Facebook Twitter Pinterest Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose for the ObserverNo ordinary analogue skipping rope, this tracks your fitness data as you jump. RobotAnki Vector (£200)Facebook Twitter Pinterest Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose for the ObserverAn update on the toy company’s Cozmo, the Vector is a listening, talking, seeing, always-on robot “companion”. SmartphoneHuawei Mate 20 Pro (£900)Facebook Twitter Pinterest Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the GuardianWith its triple-lensed Leica camera, 3D face-scanning software and an in-screen fingerprint sensor, Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro is, as the Guardian says, “cutting-edge brilliance”.
Neil Libbert, who has worked for the Observer and the Guardian for nearly 60 years, took this photograph of ice-skaters in Central Park in December 1960. Libbert took the photo at the very end of a four-month trip across the country, starting in Oregon, accompanying the celebrated Guardian journalist WJ Weatherby. Of all the thousands of wonderful photographs that Libbert has had published in the Guardian and the Observer in the 58 years since, this one, he suggests, remains a perennial favourite. At a recent show of his work at the Michael Hoppen gallery in New York, prints were snapped up by American collectors. If the influence was there, he says, it was unconscious: “I think I just thought it looked like a good black-and-white image,” he says.