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December 13th, 2017 by admin

Former deputy chief of Arts Council England was only candidate for all-white board rejected by culture secretary last year

The government has appointed Althea Efunshile, a former deputy chief executive of Arts Council England (ACE), to the board of Channel 4, in a dramatic U-turn after the culture secretary blocked her appointment a year ago in favour of four white men.

Efunshile was the only one of five candidates for Channel 4’s board rejected by Karen Bradley last November.

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December 13th, 2017 by admin

Everton are unbeaten in their last four games but their form will really improve when Yannick Bolasie and Seamus Coleman return and give them some pace

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

“They had three shots on target, we had two. That shows how we mastered a really good side.” Sam Allardyce’s summary of events at Anfield on Sunday was more than a little biased, but the result was more important than the performance for the new Everton manager and rightly so at this early stage of his tenure. Everton are unbeaten in their last four matches – with the 1-1 draw at Liverpool coming after a 4-0 win over West Ham, a 2-0 win over Huddersfield and a 3-0 win over Apollon Limassol – but Allardyce knows better than anyone that he still has a huge task on his hands.

Everton’s strongest system, let alone their starting line-up, is still a mystery. They have deployed nine different formations in the league this season, which sums up the issues with this muddled squad better than anything. The fact that 22 different players have started for them in the league shows this is a side lacking an identity. Allardyce has managed to take them into the top half of the table but establishing a clear vision for his players will take time.

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December 13th, 2017 by admin

Aharon Yehudah Leib Shteinman, a key religious figure and political kingmaker, has died aged 104

Aharon Yehudah Leib Shteinman said he would be content if 10 people came to his funeral. On Tuesday, tens of thousands attended the commemorations for the leader of the Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, one of Israel’s most influential rabbis, who has died aged 104.

Images from the funeral procession in Bnei Brak showed packed streets filled largely with men dressed in the typical black and white clothing of the ultra-Orthodox.

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December 12th, 2017 by admin

Samuel Armstrong, chief of staff for Craig Mackinlay, abused his position to attack woman, says prosecutor

An MP’s chief of staff raped an intern working for him in the Houses of Parliament after a night of drinking, a court has heard. Samuel Armstrong was accused of attacking the woman in the office of their boss, the Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay, last year.

The jury heard Armstrong recruited the woman and later used his position of power over her. After the attack, the court was told, she fled through the Palace of Westminster, before asking a cleaner to call the police for her.

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December 12th, 2017 by admin

The New Yorker short story encapsulates the dynamics of the #MeToo discussion, where at last the voices of women’s experiences are being heard

It is not every day that a short story goes viral. Indeed, it is not every day that many people pay attention to short stories at all. As a form, in Britain at least, they are notoriously difficult to get published, and their authors are rarely granted the effusive praise that is dished out to the long form novelist.

Yet this week, Kristen Roupenian’s first story to be printed in the New Yorker was greeted with unparalleled enthusiasm on social media and off it as well. But why? There are no stylistic fireworks on display in Cat Person, a simply written tale of Margot, a 20-year-old college student’s sexual encounter with 34-year-old Robert. Nor are there daring experimentations with form or structure.

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December 12th, 2017 by admin

Rent controls mean public sector workers and those on lower pay can afford to live and work in the Austrian capital

Vienna effortlessly tops the world’s most liveable city surveys, and for good reason. Its citizens – 1.8 million at the last count – enjoy affordable public transport, abundant greenery and rents UK citizens could only dream of. In fact, acccommodation in Vienna is plentiful and cheap, making it one of the most affordable places to live. In this compact city, dominated by four- and five-storey, walk-up mansion blocks, tenants have been known to snag flats with palace views, free heating and Alps mineral water on tap. More than 80% of residents rent, and two-thirds of Viennese citizens live in municipal or publicly subsidised housing. Eight out of ten flats built in the city today are financed by Vienna’s housing subsidy scheme. This quality and range helps push down rental prices, meaning low-paid workers can afford to live in the Austrian capital, even in the city centre. They often live centrally and enjoy its cheap amenities, short commutes and, thanks to a sound economy, jobs – even when renting on the partially regulated private market.

Related: Oh Vienna: world heritage status​ threatened by high-rise

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December 12th, 2017 by admin

Residents in Kensington, where many of New York’s Bangladeshi Americans live, say they now fear an increased police presence – and possible deportations

New York City breathed a collective sigh of relief on Monday after Akayed Ullah’s botched bombing attempt in the early morning.

But for Bangladeshi Americans in the city, the attempted attack could have longer-term consequences than the injuries Ullah, 27, managed to inflict on himself and three other people in a Times Square subway station.

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December 12th, 2017 by admin

Comedian and author David Walliams recently revealed he has clung on to the friends he invented as a child – something that can help even adults make sense of emotions, says psychotherapist Philippa Perry

Comedian and children’s author David Walliams recently said that the make-believe companions of his childhood were still with him. “They’re still my friends – they’re not imaginary, are they?”

Being a psychotherapist with no sense of humour, I am going to answer Walliams’s question seriously.

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December 12th, 2017 by admin

Man suspected of detonating pipe bomb on Monday was born on island of Sandwip, near Chittagong

Police in Bangladesh are interrogating relatives including the wife of the man who allegedly detonated a pipe bomb in a crowded New York subway corridor on Monday.

Officers picked up Jannatul Ferdous Jui, the wife of suspect Akayed Ullah, along with her parents from a neighbourhood in the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka, on Tuesday afternoon.

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December 12th, 2017 by admin

As the temperature fell to -13c in Shawbury at the weekend, older locals were reminiscing about harsher winters past

They were doing a roaring trade at Shawbury service station. Hats and gloves, coal, logs and screenwash were flying off the shelves as the temperature plunged in the Shropshire village to -13C, the lowest in the UK this year.

It’s officially the coldest night of the year so far with a freezing minus 13 °C at Shawbury in Shropshire #brrrr pic.twitter.com/wMiM1rGv2E

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