Sir, The science and technology committee is not being logical in suggesting that the ban on vaping on public transport should be reversed (report, August 17). It is clear that vaping is a less harmful source of nicotine than tobacco. As smoking is already banned on public transport, allowing vaping will only increase people’s nicotine intake, as well as exposing non-addicts to chemicals. As a retired respiratory physician, I am aware of the immense harm caused by smoking. E-cigarettes are being produced in various appealing flavours — and this is not to appeal to cigarette smokers.
On this day August 20, 1918Someone once said that a wet Bank Holiday caused more loss of life through colds and rheumatism than the average battle, and on the same principle an omnibus strike like that which began on Sunday is infinitely worse in its effect on the public mind and temper than the most successful air raid. The strike has arisen out of the demand on the part of the women conductors to receive the bonus of five-shillings recently awarded to the men. There are thus two motives involved: the ordinary economic motive to be paid at the same rate for equally good work as anyone else, and the motive of establishing sex equality. In both the strikers will, broadly, have the sympathy…
Military personnel helped with the investigation into the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury CHRIS J RATCLIFFE/GETTY IMAGESA City body that represents the financial and professional services industries has been criticised by one of its own members over a plan to collaborate with Russian financial groups, despite tensions between London and Moscow over the deadly nerve agent attack on British soil. The City UK’s project to work with Russia’s central bank and the state-backed Moscow International Financial Centre also involves the UK government, because the British embassy is involved and public funds administered by the Foreign Office are set to be used to send UK-based business people on trips to Moscow. A member of The City UK, who did not wish to be identified, described the initiative starting on September 1 to help the Bank of Russia and the Moscow financial group…
UnforgottenITV★★★★★Eight Go RallyingBBC Two★★★☆☆For a minute there I thought the finale of Unforgotten was going to disappoint. No twist and all tied up with half an hour to go? However, 20 seconds later we got the last, horrible flourish — less a twist, more an acute darkening of an already dark plot. Tim Finch, a friendly GP, was in fact a serial killer going back decades (ring any bells?). He had a lifelong penchant for adolescent girls and grandiosely corrected DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) that his victims were not “children”.
Abuse at Winterbourne View nursing home was exposed by the BBC PAHealthcare staff from consultants to porters will be taught to recognise the signs of abuse or neglect in adult patients. Guidance has been designed to counter forms of abuse such as “cuckooing”, when criminals take over a vulnerable person’s home, possessions and finances. Staff will also be taught the signs of people-trafficking and modern slavery and internet abuse such as a patient being the subject of non-consensual online pornography, as well as domestic abuse. The guidance, compiled by the Royal College of Nursing on behalf of NHS England, outlines professional standards for all staff at healthcare organisations to meet within three years. Dawne Garrett, professional lead for older people and dementia at the RCN and lead author of the new guidance, said: “Following a plethora…
It was a little after 3pm on a cloudy, warm afternoon when Ben Stokes walked to the crease to muted applause and the odd boo, hardly a ringing endorsement of his return to the ranks but not an unduly critical one either. The indifference may have been because the broader picture was fascinating, the cricket having reverted to type after the one-sided aberration at Lord’s, and because England’s position was increasingly worrying. Two hours later, Stokes could be seen at the heart of the team huddle giving an urgent rallying cry, after England had been bowled out in a session to concede a massive first-innings lead. Neither by word nor action, though, has the all-rounder had the kind of effect that the selectors were looking…
John Brennan threatens to sue Trump over stripped security clearance Read moreIt was the moment when the phrase was coined that might be said to sum up the spirit of the Trump era: “Truth isn’t truth.”Truth isn’t truth. “Truth isn’t truth? And then it came, like manna from heaven, the glorious mantra for which Trump’s White House has been waiting so long. “No, it isn’t truth!” Giuliani roared. “Don’t do ‘Truth isn’t truth’ to me,” Todd replied, still scarcely holding it together.
August 19, 2018 17:56 UTC
Before the England innings began, you thought that the following, for varying reasons, required a score: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler. That is a lot of question marks, but it also says an awful lot about how England’s batting has been faring for an awful long time. When England were all out for 161, having lost all ten wickets in the afternoon session for 115, only Buttler could really look back at his work with any satisfaction, top-scoring with 39, but even his innings, coming off just 32 balls with a couple of sixes, was a flight of desperation, left to chance his arm with the tail. That is what can happen when you have a specialist batsman at…
August 19, 2018 17:03 UTC
The passenger was aboard the Norwegian Star cruise ship when she fell into the waterA British woman has been rescued 10 hours after plunging from a cruise ship into the sea off the coast of Croatia. The woman was pulled exhausted from the water 60 miles from land after ending up in the Adriatic Sea shortly before midnight last night. Lovro Oreskovic, the captain of the rescue ship that found her, said she was swimming when she was discovered. The woman has been taken to a hospital in the Croatian town of Pula. A spokeswoman for Norwegian Cruise Line, which operates the Norwegian Star vessel, said: “On the morning of August 19th, a guest went overboard as Norwegian Star made her way to Venice.
August 19, 2018 17:03 UTC
No one doubts that Mr Xi remains in control. But the strength and breadth of concern is prompted by China’s increasingly repressive turn at home, and forcefulness abroad. Yet Australia, so dependent on China economically, has sounded the alert about “sharp power” and covert influence operations. In Singapore, there are increasingly obvious nerves about China’s influence. In any case, in the age of Mr Trump, climate change and a globalised economy, working with China is not a choice, but a necessity.
August 19, 2018 17:03 UTC
Bravo, Gary Younge (Jeremy Corbyn needs to take on his critics with a major speech… , 17 August). Yes to making central the history of opposition to oppression by Corbyn and the Labour party. Toby WoodPeterborough• Su and Eric Seeley (Letters, 17 August) should think themselves lucky they didn’t have our cat to take to the vet. Karin NuttingLeeds• Join the debate – email firstname.lastname@example.org• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters• Do you have a photo you’d like to share with other Guardian readers? Click here to upload it and we’ll publish the best submissions in the letters spread in our print edition
August 19, 2018 16:30 UTC
But now, as he revealed in the Daily Telegraph last week, he is going “back on the road to campaign once again”. The prime minister’s Chequers plan amounts, he says, to “a set of ideas that are nothing more than a cowardly sellout”. Just as Trump has long raged against “crooked Hillary”, so Farage has taken to condemning “Theresa the appeaser”. He and his cronies will be further enraged by the news that the co-founder of Superdry, Julian Dunkerton, has donated £1m to the People’s Vote campaign for a fresh referendum on the final deal with Brussels. This is precisely the narrative that the People’s Vote campaign has been seeking to encourage: that nothing is inevitable, that true democracy is all about absorbing and responding to new information, that there is, in Dunkerton’s words, a “genuine chance to turn this around”.
August 19, 2018 16:30 UTC
Woman taken to hospital in Pula, Croatia, after being found in seaA British woman has been rescued after spending 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night having fallen from a cruise ship, according to Croatia’s coastguard. She fell from the Norwegian Star cruise ship about 60 miles (100km) off Croatia’s coast shortly before midnight on Saturday as the vessel was making its way to Venice in Italy. Facebook Twitter Pinterest The Norwegian Star Cruise Ship. It comes weeks after a cruise ship worker fell overboard while travelling on the Norwegian Getaway – also run by Norwegian Cruise Line – and was left stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. A search was called off in May after an 80-year-old Australian man fell off the Sun Princess cruise ship while journeying from Indonesia to Malaysia.
August 19, 2018 15:18 UTC
The bomb dropped on a school bus in Yemen by a Saudi-led coalition warplane was sold to Riyadh by the US, according to reports based on analysis of the debris. CNN reported that the weapon used was a 227kg laser-guided bomb made by Lockheed Martin, one of many thousands sold to Saudi Arabia as part of billions of dollars of weapons exports. The defense department has said it does not make tactical targeting decision for the Saudi-led coalition but does provide support to improve targeting. The Trump administration has given unstinting support to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, echoing their portrayal of the Houthis as Iranian proxies. The ranking Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee, Bob Menendez, has held up a sale of 120,000 guided munitions to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
August 19, 2018 14:24 UTC
At the time, the force was heavily criticised by the government for delays in background checks, which meant thousands of would-be NHS workers, carers and teachers could not work. Police checks failed to unearth his past, prompting reforms in the national vetting system for people working with children and vulnerable adults. Scotland Yard said: “The Met rejects the suggestion that cases were improperly closed placing the most vulnerable in danger. “In June 2016, the Met confirmed that there were over 81,000 outstanding cases with an average waiting time of 59 days. “Alternatively, an unsuitable employee could take up employment before local police checks were completed.
August 19, 2018 14:15 UTC