Chris Packham: ‘Sometimes the best way to make a change is to make trouble’

Chris Packham cleared of assault in Malta after confronting bird hunters Read moreThis time, we went after the shooting season to show how the legislation to protect birds was being abused. I am a firm believer that sometimes the best way to make a change is to make trouble. I will be on Earth Day’s March for Science today because I strongly believe that evidence-based decision-making should be at the forefront of the political agenda. As proven by my experience in Malta, intimidation is possibly the worst thing my opponents can do, as it only shows their lack of reason. Whether this means saving the trees in Sheffield or the birds currently being slaughtered in Malta, we have to keep going.

April 22, 2017 05:00 UTC

Four recipes to get your kids eating more veg and less sugar | Cooking with kids

Apart from raw mushrooms (which don’t even count as veg), all she’ll eat is carrots, parsnips and potatoes. At any given moment they are either ravenous or repelled by the idea of eating, with no middle ground. “I don’t like sweet potato,” volunteers Florence, although you can’t taste the sweet potato. A few minutes later, she and her sister are trying the finished product, topped with maple syrup and squirty cream. Still, packing a dish with masses of veg under a nutty topping makes me, on some primal level, very happy.

April 22, 2017 04:52 UTC

Global 'March for Science' protests call for action on climate change

Speakers included Dr Angela Maharaj, lecturer at the University of New South Wales Climate Change Research Centre, and former Liberal party leader, Dr John Hewson, who told the crowd politicians’ ignorance of climate change was “an embarrassment beyond belief”. A preview of his speech on Friday said there were “major threats to the global culture of science” in today’s world. #marchforscience pic.twitter.com/3cQ0x36TdJThe marches, which take place on Earth Day, come one week before the Peoples Climate March, a series of large-scale climate change events that will be more overtly political. “Because attacks on science don’t just hurt scientists, they hurt scientists’ ability to protect the people, and climate change epitomises that. “Science has always been political but we don’t want science to be partisan,” he told the Guardian.

April 22, 2017 04:52 UTC

Isis leader behind Turkey nightclub attack is killed by US forces in secretive raid

Turkey nightclub shooting: Istanbul mourns as police hunt gunman Read more“It was a ground operation. Thomas said Uzbeki helped facilitate the attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve. Isis claimed it carried out the attack, saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria. Among those killed in the attack were Turks and visitors from several Arab nations, India and Canada. “We have clearly linked him with the New Year’s Eve Istanbul bombing,” Thomas said.

April 22, 2017 03:44 UTC

‘Urgent’ to reach agreement on loan for Greece, says IMF

Talks with IMF and eurozone have dragged on for months, but fresh funds needed so Greece can pay debt due in JulyIt is “urgent” to reach an agreement on a loan program for Greece but a commitment is still required from Athens on reforms and from Europe on debt relief, a senior IMF official said on Friday. “There is no doubt about that, it’s serious.”Talks between Greece, the International Monetary Fund and the eurozone have dragged on for many months. The eurozone says Greece can deliver a primary surplus of 3.5% of in 2018 but the IMF has said only 1.5% is feasible. The IMF also needs more clarification from Europe on how it will implement the promised debt relief for Greece, he said. She has stressed the fund cannot participate in any loan program unless the debt level of the country is considered sustainable.

April 22, 2017 02:03 UTC



Victorian-era ivory sex toy generates excitement at Irish auction

Over the weekend, Matthews auctioneers in County Meath, Ireland, is offering for sale an “antique carved ivory ladies’ companion in scarlet lined leather upholstered carry box with inset bevelled glass panel”. “It is a beautiful piece, which comes from one of the well-known Anglo-Irish families,” auctioneer Damien Matthews told the Irish Times. She would have got the box carved for it – there’s a stamp on the lock with the name of an Irish locksmith.”The Irish device is far from the only example of the Victorian-era interest in such matters. Matthews says the ladies’ companion being offered for sale “is a great rarity”. You do get the Victorian era massagers every so often that come up for auction, but nothing like this.

April 22, 2017 00:42 UTC

Rare parchment manuscript of US Declaration of Independence found in England

On Friday two Harvard University researchers announced they had found a parchment copy of the declaration, only the second parchment manuscript copy known to exist besides the one kept in the National Archives in Washington DC. Professor Danielle Allen and researcher Emily Sneff presented their findings on the document, known as “The Sussex Declaration”, at a conference at Yale on Friday, and published initial research online. “I was just looking for copies of the Declaration of Independence in British archives,” Sneff told the Guardian. “The closer we looked at it there were just things that made it a clearly unique and mysterious document,” Sneff said. Allen and Sneff first tried to deduce when and where the manuscript was made by analyzing handwriting, spelling errors and parchment styles and preparation.

April 22, 2017 00:09 UTC

Life’s so fast I wear heels on the treadmill, says superwoman

In an interview with The Times magazine, Joanna Coles, chief content officer at Hearst, revealed her secrets for keeping ahead Carl Timpone/BFA/REX/ShutterstockWant to get ahead? Take a tip from the most powerful British woman in New York: wear high heels on the treadmill and watch television on double speed. That’s the way Joanna Coles rolls. The former editor-in-chief of Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan advocates hitting the fast-forward button and enjoying all your favourite programmes in half the time. “You get the gist of it,” she reveals in an interview in The Times magazine.

April 21, 2017 23:07 UTC

UK sees first day of power without old king coal

Coal-fired power stations such as Ratcliffe-on-Soar were Britain’s biggest source of electricity as recently as 2013 Rui Vieira/PABritain has generated electricity for a whole day without burning coal for the first time since the Victorian era. The milestone indicates the decline of a polluting fuel that has been essential to the country’s energy production since the first coal-powered generating plant opened in London in 1882. Coal-fired power stations were Britain’s biggest source of electricity as recently as 2013 but are now in their death throes under the impact of environmental measures and subsidised renewable plants. Last year coal plants generated only 9.1 per cent of Britain’s electricity and the government plans to shut them all by 2025. Cordi O’Hara, director of UK system operator for National Grid, said that it was “a watershed moment in how our energy system is changing”.

April 21, 2017 23:07 UTC

Rates need to rise soon, warns Bank policymaker

Michael Saunders, an external member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee, said that he thought the headline rate of inflation is likely to reach 3 per cent by the end of 2017 PAA key policymaker at the Bank of England has hinted at his support for a rise in interest rates because he anticipates that economic growth and inflation are set to exceed expectations. Michael Saunders, an external member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee, said that he thought the headline rate of inflation was likely to reach 3 per cent by the end of 2017 and it was “natural” that the central bank’s policy should respond accordingly. The former head of European economics at Citigroup said that because there was little slack now left in the labour market and “slim” evidence of a productivity pick-up, a “modest rise in rates would still imply that considerable stimulus remains in place, helping to support output and jobs”.

April 21, 2017 23:03 UTC

Maguire excels in front of Preston poachers

There were 1,768 people at Richmond Park last night, yet there were only a couple of men whose opinion counted. Did Simon Grayson and Peter Ridsdale, the respective manager and chairman of Preston North End, see enough quality in Seán Maguire’s performance to follow up their interest with a firm offer? With Maguire, Cork are a complete side. Without him, their prospects of winning a first Premier Division title in 12 years would be seriously diminished. John Caulfield, Cork’s manager, has repeatedly said that…

April 21, 2017 23:03 UTC

1 in 6 Britons has chronic kidney disease

Britain has the world’s fifth highest rate of chronic kidney disease, according to an international survey that urges the NHS to do more to head off life-threatening complications. Patients with high blood pressure or a family history of heart disease have been warned that they should have their kidney function checked through simple blood and urine tests. Obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure damage kidneys because they struggle to filter blood. Chronic kidney disease is estimated to cause 12,000 heart attacks and 7,000 strokes a year. The report found that 10 per cent of people around the world have chronic kidney disease,…

April 21, 2017 23:03 UTC

Brighton goalkeeper’s own goals put title on hold

Stockdale was accredited with two own goals after the ball twice rebounded into the net off his back in the first half Simon Davies/ProSports/RexBrighton & Hove Albion were denied the chance to clinch the Championship title through two bizarre own goals from their goalkeeper, David Stockdale. The result also meant that Chris Hughton, their manager, is now unable to emulate his three-figure points tally when earning promotion with Newcastle United in 2010. Remarkably Norwich did not register a shot on target in the 90 minutes. “There is no blame at all on David,” Hughton said. “I expect him to take it as it is and look forward to the game next Saturday.

April 21, 2017 23:03 UTC

Poulter loses his tour card

Poulter will now rely on invitations to compete on the American tour Nigel French/PAIan Poulter has lost his PGA tour card after failing to make the cut at the Valero Texas Open. The Englishman hit a first-round 75 on Thursday, which meant that his one-under 71 last night was not enough to make it to the weekend. His failure to gain the £23,905 in prize money he needed — the equivalent of finishing in the top 30 — means that he will now rely on invitations to compete on the American tour. Poulter has been playing under a medical exemption having had foot surgery last year. He said after yesterday’s round that he thought he had actually played well and said that he would be back in action at the Zurich Classic next week.

April 21, 2017 23:03 UTC

Forty years of the Galway-Tipperary rivalry

The night of the 2008 National Hurling League final culminated in a curious victory cavalcade. Firstly, it took place not in Tipperary but in Kilkenny. Yes, a single-vehicle cavalcade. For years the foot soldiers of the Slievenamon Association had been travelling by minibus to Tipperary matches and frequently returning disappointed. Lord be praised, at last the journey back to Kilkenny was a mellow pleasure, with frequent refuelling stops en route from…

April 21, 2017 23:03 UTC




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