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Published: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:03:24 GMT2017-03-28T22:03:24Z

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Bill O'Reilly criticized after mocking congresswoman's 'James Brown wig'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:23:21 GMT2017-03-28T19:23:21Z

Fox News host apologizes after saying he could not hear what Maxine Waters was saying because he was looking at her hair, as channel displays images

The Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has been criticized after he mocked Maxine Waters’ appearance, accusing the congresswoman of wearing a “James Brown wig”.

O’Reilly was appearing on Fox & Friends on Tuesday morning when he was invited to comment on a speech Waters gave on the House floor.

Related: Fox & Friends in the henhouse: how Trump's beloved show wields power

Related: Ted Koppel tells Sean Hannity he is 'bad for America'

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ECB starts process for new T20 format but county official reveals ‘gun to head’ tactics

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:17:00 GMT2017-03-28T18:17:00Z

• Essex chairman John Faragher says: ‘I am uncomfortable still’
• ECB is confident of sparking a bidding war over broadcast rights

Colin Graves, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, has triggered the process required for the creation of the new domestic Twenty20 tournament from 2020 onwards, describing it as a “watershed moment” for the sport.

While there has been grumbling behind the scenes – one county official told the Guardian some of the tactics employed had been “gun to the head stuff” – only a postal ballot of the 41 ECB members remains before the ECB can sell television rights for the competition that will feature eight new regional teams and run during the school holidays.

Related: Fudge over new T20 tournament will damage England’s World Cup chances

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Title of world’s oldest parliament in dispute | Brief letters

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:14:05 GMT2017-03-28T17:14:05Z

Tynwald | Growing up Catholic | Sweden | Cannabis trade | Alcohol consumption | Unusual words

The UK parliament is not the oldest in the world as Theresa May claimed (Report, 24 March); that is the Tynwald in the Isle of Man. Tynwald is of Norse origin, meaning “place of the assembly”. It’s more than 1,000 years old.
Rosemary Bentley
Egham, Surrey

• Noel Hodson (Letters, 28 March) was fortunate in his Catholic upbringing, as in the small Scottish town where I grew up we were “belted” for missing Sunday mass. Our old drunk of a priest would resoundingly punch any child foolish enough to own up. No turning the other cheek there, and unbelievers, ie our nice non-Catholic neighbours, were destined for the fires of hell.
Geraldine Blake
Worthing, West Sussex

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UK government signals it will block second Scottish independence referendum until early 2020s - as it happened

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:09:07 GMT2017-03-28T17:09:07Z

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenLunchtime summaryMundell signals London will block second referendum until early 2020sScottish independence debate - Summary 6.02pm BST Well, there has indeed been a surge in support. But it’s not a surge in support for independence. But it’s a surge in support for Theresa May. Because Nicola Sturgeon has achieved something remarkable for an SNP politician and the first minister of Scotland. She has boosted the popularity of a Conservative prime minister with the people of Scotland. She has created the situation where the first minister is not just less popular than Ruth Davidson. She is now less popular than Theresa May with the people of Scotland. [See 5.03pm for the figures.] 5.45pm BST This is what David Mundell, the Scottish secretary, told the BBC.We won’t be entering into any negotiations at all until the Brexit process is complete. Now is the time for the Scottish government to come together with the UK government, work together to get the best possible deal for the UK, and that will mean for Scotland, as we leave the EU.We are not entering into negotiations on whether there should be another independence referendum during the Brexit process. We don’t have a crystal ball as to how long that process will take. We don’t recognise, for example, 18 months as being a key point in the journey. It will be a journey that will involve the negotiations with the EU, it may be a journey that involves transitional measures, it may be a journey that will involve significant implementation. It is not appropriate to have a referendum while people do not know what the future relationship between the UK and the EU is. And they won’t know that until the Brexit process is complete. 5.26pm BST David Mundell, the Scottish secretary, has given an interview to the BBC that significantly hardens up the government’s opposition to a second independence referendum.Until now Theresa May has just said that “now is not the time”. Her comments have been taken as meaning she would oppose a referendum while the Brexit talks are going on.David Mundell on tonight's Holyrood vote before Brexit process is complete is unfair, so can't be agreed. Nor will there be any negotiations in response to such a request 5.10pm BST MSPs have backed the motion, as amended, by 69 votes to 59 votes. 5.09pm BST MSPs are now voting on the main motion saying there should be a second referendum. 5.08pm BST MSPs defeat the Lib Dem amendment by 100 votes to 28 votes. 5.08pm BST MSPs are now voting on the Lib Dem amendment. 5.08pm BST The Green amendment is passed by 69 votes to 59 votes. This says 16 and 17-year-olds should be able to vote in the referendum. 5.06pm BST MSPs are now voting on the Green amendment. 5.06pm BST The Labour amendment is defeated by 100 votes to 28. 5.06pm BST MSPs are now voting on the Labour amendment. 5.05pm BST The Conservative amendment is defeated by 97 votes to 31 votes. 5.05pm BST They are voting first on Ruth Davidson’s amendment. (See 2.36pm.) 5.04pm BST Swinney says Scotland is being marched “step by step to a hard Brexit and over the cliff”.He says that approach does not reflect his values. 5.03pm BST John Swinney, the deputy first minister, is winding up the debate now.He says the UK government has acted in bad faith. It has refused to engage with the Scottish government and accept any of its Brexit proposals, he says. 5.03pm BST Here is the poll Murdo Fraser was talking about. (See 4.47pm.)This is the poll @murdo_fraser was talking about, showing @theresa_may and @RuthDavidsonMSP with higher ratings than Nicola Sturgeon. 4.53pm BST Fraser says the Scottish Greens originally proposed that there should be a second independence referendum only if 100,000 people backed the idea in a petition. Party managers changed that, because they did not like the idea, and the manifesto s[...]

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Channel 4 to stay in public hands amid pressure to relocate

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:35:06 GMT2017-03-28T16:35:06Z

After major review, culture secretary rules out privatisation but says broadcaster should move influence beyond London

The culture secretary has ruled out privatising Channel 4 following a protracted review of its long-term future, but in return wants the state-owned broadcaster to relocate some or all of its operations outside London.

Karen Bradley will use a speech in Salford to announce that the new home of The Great British Bake Off will remain publicly owned, while increasing pressure for it to move large parts of its business from its existing headquarters.

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What the Daily Mail means when it talks about May and Sturgeon’s ‘pins’

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:33:39 GMT2017-03-28T13:33:39Z

The language used in the newspaper’s coverage of the two most powerful politicians in the UK is a by-numbers attempt to reduce women to objects

Just for the avoidance of doubt, those things that Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon both share, the “finest weapons in their physical arsenal”, as the Daily Mail’s Sarah Vine called them in a column on yesterday’s meeting between the two women, they are just legs. Millions, even most, women have them. They are not a “vast expanse”; that’s just how big legs are. If you want smaller limbs, try arms.

Nor are they “extremities”, which, the last time I checked, were toes (of course, it is possible to cross or otherwise manipulate those in a flirtatious or dominant fashion, but, you know, shoes get in the way). What the Mail seemed to be objecting to, or analysing, or merely just noting in passing (in gigantic letters, as a front-page splash!) was that these two women had legs.

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Theresa May refuses to comment on Daily Mail 'Legs-it' front page

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:07:29 GMT2017-03-28T13:07:29Z

No 10 spokesman rebuffs question about whether paper’s focus on leaders’ bodies instead of Brexit talks is appropriate

Theresa May’s official spokesman has refused to comment on the Daily Mail front page that prompted political outrage after declaring: “Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!”

The newspaper headline, over an image of the prime minister with the Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has been criticised as sexist and offensive by a string of politicians – although the Mail told its critics to “get a life!”

It's 2017. This sexism must be consigned to history. Shame on the Daily Mail.

Related: The bigots are on the march – and with ‘Legs-it’ the Daily Mail bears the flag | Owen Jones

Isn't it routinely the job of the PM's spokespeople to comment on what's on the front of newspapers? How can the PM have no view on sexism?

The 1950s called and asked for their headline back.#everydaysexism

But what's this @DailyMailUK ? No Legs-it headline for Scotland? Is it just women in England & Wales you think live somewhere in the 1950s?

Apparently, some mild interest in politicians' legs today; here are mine. They're a bit short. But with a lovely Aboyne vista here. #Legs-it

This is what happens when you let that drunk, pervy uncle at a wedding edit a newspaper.

I'd like to think in an alternative brexit-verse far far away this is what everyone's getting cross over #dailymail

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Frank Delaney obituary

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:07:18 GMT2017-03-28T13:07:18Z

Irish author, arts broadcaster, scholar and literary prize judge who delighted in being called ‘the most eloquent man in the world’

The author and broadcaster Frank Delaney, who has died aged 74 after suffering complications from a stroke, liked to think of himself as a democratiser of the written and spoken word. In 1978 he launched his Bookshelf programme on BBC Radio 4, and in the following six years interviewed more than 1,000 authors on the programme, including John Updike, Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Christopher Isherwood and Anthony Burgess. His aim was to bring out what was interesting for listeners rather than for literary critics and academics. The large following he gained was owing in part to the clarity of thought he imparted with a distinct Irish accent: it marked him out as possessing a strong literary heritage in English, while remaining classlessly independent of the literary hierarchies of England itself.

On Radio 4 he also presented Poetry Please, and in 1992 started Word of Mouth, about the English language and how it is spoken; after six years Michael Rosen took over, and the programme continues today. On BBC TV Frank fronted the weekly arts series Omnibus and a six-part series, The Celts (1987), originally seen in 40 countries. He later presented The Book Show for Sky News.

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The bigots are on the march – and with ‘Legs-it’ the Daily Mail bears the flag | Owen Jones

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:16:11 GMT2017-03-28T10:16:11Z

The paper’s leering front page featuring Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May is part of a wider attack on liberal values. We must be prepared to fight back

Perhaps the Daily Mail should be sued for damaging people’s health? Across the nation, millions have cringed so hard at its audaciously sexist front page that they’ve strained their face muscles, or given themselves a migraine from slamming their heads repeatedly against the nearest wall.

Related: Martin Rowson on Paul Dacre and the Daily Mail – cartoon

Related: 'Reliability is all for Wikipedia, which is why the Daily Mail was banned'

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Daily Mail 'Legs-it' front page criticised as 'sexist, offensive and moronic'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:22:37 GMT2017-03-28T09:22:37Z

Politicians join public in condemning and ridiculing newspaper headline that leers at Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May

A Daily Mail front page that declared “Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!” next to a photograph of Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon and British prime minister Theresa May has prompted widespread outrage.

Related: The bigots are on the march – and with ‘Legs-it’ the Daily Mail bears the flag | Owen Jones

It's 2017. Two women's decisions will determine if United Kingdom continues to exist. And front page news is their lower limbs. Obviously

Moronic! And we are in 2017!

It's 2017. This sexism must be consigned to history. Shame on the Daily Mail.

This is what happens when you let that drunk, pervy uncle at a wedding edit a newspaper.

Breaking news: two women have four legs between them. Forget their brains - utterly immaterial. United by being unwitting pin-ups

We're living in the most political unstable era of my lifetime, and the Daily Mail are writing sexist articles about our leader's legs.

The Prime Minister of the UK meets with the First Minister of Scotland and the Daily Mail has this on their front page. #LegsIt

I'd like to think in an alternative brexit-verse far far away this is what everyone's getting cross over #dailymail

I fixed it. #dailymail

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Creator of that viral tube sign: 'I didn't think people would think it was real'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:19:16 GMT2017-03-28T09:19:16Z

John Moore, who posted the sign to his Facebook page, said he wanted to pay tribute to the emergency services using a well-known internet meme – which ended up being read out in the House of Commons

At 8.41pm on the day that terror hit Westminster, a doctor in Windsor called John Moore posted a picture he made on a well-known tube sign generator site to his Facebook page.

It said: “All terrorists are politely reminded that THIS IS LONDON and whatever you do to us, we will drink tea and jolly well carry on. Thank you.”

Related: Fake tube sign read out on BBC News and in Commons after Westminster attack

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50% of Brits don't feel the message on THAT London Underground sign was diminished by the fact the photo was fake

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The Guardian view on counter-terrorism: strong encryption makes us all safer | Editorial

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:51:06 GMT2017-03-27T18:51:06Z

There are many things the web giants could do to help combat terrorism, but weakening privacy protection is not one of them

The home secretary has made a hash – or what she would call “a hashtag” – of her efforts to appear to be doing something in the wake of last week’s Westminster terror attack. Amber Rudd’s demand that the big digital companies weaken the encryption they use on their messages is unrealistic and – if it ever became real – self-defeating. It is unrealistic because encryption cannot be selectively weakened, any more than the value of pi could be stipulated as 3.2 for the state of Indiana alone as proposed by some proto-Rudd politician in 1897. Mathematics is universal, and the mathematics on which strong encryption depends is quite as inflexible as that which specifies Earth’s orbit round the sun. If the encryption on terrorists’ messages were weakened so that the government could read them, the same weakening would apply to everyone else, however innocent. If the government believes it can prevail upon the likes of Facebook (which owns WhatsApp) to issue a specially weakened version of the program to British users only, it is being even more fatuously optimistic than in its approach to the Brexit negotiations. No company would sacrifice its reputation (and so its market share) in such a way, and real criminals could always find alternatives.

Even if these powers were delivered by some miracle to our government and to no other they would still prove self-defeating. Terrorists and their active sympathisers form a tiny minority of any community. Their criminal messages and phone calls to each other form an infinitesimal fraction of all the chat and gossip on the internet. To find them at the moment is like searching for a needle in a haystack. The task won’t be made easier by dumping another haystack full of chaff on to the needle, which would be the effect of Ms Rudd’s proposal if it were ever practicable. The more thoughtful members of the security community know this already. The power that they really need, which is to know all about the friendship networks of suspected terrorists, is one they already have. What’s known as “metadata” tells them everything about a message except its content, and this is extraordinarily revealing. But the government has its own reasons for pursuing a noisy attack on the internet companies.

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Positive images of Africans are missing from Comic Relief | Letters

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:18:44 GMT2017-03-27T18:18:44Z

Related: Africa deserves better from Comic Relief | David Lammy

I read David Lammy’s article (Africans deserve better from Comic Relief, 24 March) with “earnest relief” at this overdue challenge to our attitudes and beliefs about Africa. Our national discourse about a diverse and complex continent is reduced by Comic Relief to the “us” and “them” narrative of western celebrities, and it’s time we changed our tone. Having worked as a doctor in Malawi in 2014, when I watch Comic Relief the images evoke a few of my memories, but where are the rest? Where is my savvy and articulate medical colleague telling me about the barriers to export trade in her cash crop? Where are the middle-class Africans at all, and why aren’t we hearing from them about their priorities for their countries – about trade, about governance? Where are the African pop stars? What about talking about the effects of aid done badly and the importance of getting it right – about learned passivity, unhealthy cultures and distorted markets? We need to stop thinking of this “country of Africa” as a place of helplessness and start engaging as partners, with equals.
Dr Claire Ingham

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Netflix poses no mortal threat to cinemas | Letter from UK Cinema Association

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:15:17 GMT2017-03-27T18:15:17Z

Ellen E Jones paints a picture of a cinema industry under mortal threat (Go fullscreen: can Hollywood ever fight back against Netflix?, G2, 24 March).

Happily the facts tell a very different story. Last year both the UK and US box office reached record levels. This year already promises to be even better.

Related: Go fullscreen: can Hollywood fight back against Netflix?

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Peter Johns obituary

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:23:33 GMT2017-03-27T13:23:33Z

Guardian photographer whose distinctive style helped to define a new wave of British photojournalism in the 1960s

The photographer Peter Johns, who has died aged 86, brought a distinctive artistic approach to his work for the Guardian and other newspapers over a period of some 20 years. He was part of a new wave of British photojournalists who emerged in the 1960s and 70s, including Don McCullin, Ian Berry, Philip Jones Griffiths and Neil Libbert, yet was never part of the competitive Fleet Street pack.

One of his biggest stories was his series on the Aberfan disaster in 1966, in which 140 people were killed, 116 of them children. Here, he didn’t just follow the press into the village, but climbed the mountain high above to get his stunning and evocative photographs of the collapsed coal tip that engulfed a school, farm and several houses.

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Netflix can't get enough Adam Sandler as new four-film deal signed

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:39:17 GMT2017-03-27T11:39:17Z

The streaming giant, which financed and released Sandler’s recent films The Ridiculous 6 and The Do-Over, has commissioned more of the same

For Netflix, at least, it seems there is no such thing as too much Adam Sandler. The streaming service has signed up the much maligned comic for a further quartet of films, to go with the four it has already financed. According to Deadline, Netflix will finance and produce the films, which will be available exclusively on the platform.

“Love working with Netflix and collaborating with them,” Sandler said in a statement. “I love how passionate they are about making movies and getting them out there for the whole world to see. They’ve made me feel like family and I can’t thank them enough for their support.”

Related: The Ridiculous 6 review – Adam Sandler's latest dopey inanity

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Backdoor access to WhatsApp? Rudd's call suggests a hazy grasp of encryption

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:35:22 GMT2017-03-27T10:35:22Z

UK home secretary wants police to be able to access WhatsApp, but any backdoor also makes services vulnerable to criminals

Tech companies are facing demands from the home secretary, Amber Rudd, to build backdoors into their “completely unacceptable” end-to-end encryption messaging apps. Speaking on Sunday, just five days after a terror attack in Westminster killed five and injured more than 50, she said “there should be no place for terrorists to hide”.

This may sound familiar. Two years ago, after the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, the then British prime minister David Cameron said Britain’s intelligence agencies should have the legal power to break into the encrypted communications of suspected terrorists. He promised to legislate for it in 2016.

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PBS is the only network reporting on climate change. Trump wants to cut it | Dana Nuccitelli

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:00:04 GMT2017-03-27T10:00:04Z

During a record-breaking hot presidential election year, American news networks failed to report on climate change

Media Matters for America has published its annual review of American evening newscast climate coverage for 2016, and the results are stunning:

In 2016, evening newscasts and Sunday shows on ABC, CBS, and NBC, as well as Fox Broadcast Co.’s Fox News Sunday, collectively decreased their total coverage of climate change by 66 percent compared to 2015

ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox News Sunday did not air a single segment informing viewers of what to expect on climate change and climate-related policies or issues under a Trump or Clinton administration. While these outlets did devote a significant amount of coverage to Trump’s presidency, airing 25 segments informing viewers about the ramifications or actions of a Trump administration as they relate to climate change, all of these segments aired after the election.

In a year when the American people were deciding who our next leader should be, you would think there would have been more discussions about climate change in our news programs, not less. This isn’t just shameful, it’s irresponsible. The climate is changing, and it’s affecting everything from the weather to our national security and our economy. Its impacts are already being felt and the American people deserve to know more about it.

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When terror strikes, our reporters need to be quick – but they must also be accurate

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:35:42 GMT2017-03-27T09:35:42Z

Westminster attack: how did our newsroom negotiate the swirl of rumours, distressing images and pressure to keep readers up to date?

People sometimes presume that newsrooms are noisy places; that when major news stories break, banks of journalists shout information across to each other, furiously debating the strongest news line or frantically flagging they’ve got someone interesting on the phone.

There is a grain of truth in that, of course. But when something like the Westminster attacks happen, the overwhelming sense in the newsroom is of something quite different. It’s of focus and order.

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