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Clusters: 68
Articles: 232
Average tonality: 3.3836203
Entity mentions: 36514
Comments: 56563
Average tonality: 1.2910383
'Lord of misrule': Australian thinktank delivers scathing assessment of Trump
Lowy Institute’s executive director Michael Fullilove says Australia should do what it can to ‘stop America going full Trump’
Articles: 15 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: -1.2
Top entities
Comments: 2963
Tonality: -0.18832265
  • Both men objected to Trump’s decision to hire Anthony Scaramucci as the White House communications director.
  • Trump repeatedly tries to coach Peña Nieto on how to mislead the press, urging him to stop repeating Mexico’s refusal to pay for Trump’s proposed border wall.
  • A White House transcript of the contentious 28 January phone call was published by the Washington Post on Thursday.
  • The president is also increasingly threatened by the investigation headed by the former FBI director Robert Mueller into links between his administration and Russia.
  • Both the President of Mexico and two top leaders in the Boy Scouts have denied phoning Trump to praise him, as he claims in this interview.
  • Just begun reading "The Making of Donald Trump" by David Cay Johnston (2016) an investigative journalist who has know every twist and turn of Trumps life for over 30 years.
  • A man out of his depth, lazy, self obsessed, bored by Presidential stuff, the White House a dump, enjoying manipulating people for sport just to keep himself amused.
Articles' vs. comments' controversy: Entities' controversy: Crosslingual rank controversy:
0.5 5.1 0.385
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3 1.9
Maduro has stopped torturing democracy in Venezuela – by killing it
Only collective action by regional players can stop the slide to totalitarianism, says Columbia’s School of International and Public affairs lecturer Christopher Sabatini
Articles: 15 (Rank: 2)
Tonality: -6
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Comments: 1007
Tonality: -1
  • He is the author of Comandante: Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela THE MADURO FILE Born Nicolás Maduro Moros, 23 November 1962, in Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Meanwhile international pressure mounted on Maduro as his country and government became increasingly isolated, after two top political opponents under house arrest were dragged from their homes in midnight raids.
  • Maduro has convened a national vote to elect a Constituent Assembly to redraft the country’s constitution.
  • In Venezuela, the people govern.” Observers warn that the country teeters on the edge.
  • Chavez was not forced into firing all foreign and many Venezuelan oil workers for which Venezuela's oil industry has still not recovered.
  • This sham constituent assembly does not provide food, medicine and security for the people of Venezuela, it consolidates the government's lock on power in the face of overwhelming public dissatisfaction.
  • The history of South America over last 100 years is democratically elected governments being overthrown by right wing millitary dicatorships(with support from CIA) and murder on a mass scale of cvillians by their paramilitary forces.
Articles' vs. comments' controversy: Entities' controversy: Crosslingual rank controversy:
2.6 6.2 0.365
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3.5 1.2
Trump vows 'all necessary measures' to protect allies from North Korea, says Abe
The US president has assured Japan of total support as tensions increase in east Asia, the prime minister says
Articles: 5 (Rank: 12)
Tonality: -7
Top entities
Comments: 1046
Tonality: -4
  • “China is aware they must act,” Haley said, urging Japan and South Korea to increase pressure and calling for an international solution.
  • “I am very disappointed in China,” Trump tweeted on Sunday.
  • Some experts believe Beijing is increasingly worried Trump might launch military action against North Korea.
  • The test prompted the lastest Trump Twitter assault on China.
  • On Saturday, US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, accused China and Russia of bearing a “unique and special responsibility” for the growing North Korean threat.
  • General Macarthur had planes on the runway at Guam loaded with nuclear weapons, primed to bomb and set fire to a 50mile wide strip on the North Korean border with China.
  • The only conclusion I can reach is that China should annexe North Korea and decapitate the Kim regime, destroy the nuclear arsenal and invest in rebuilding the infrastructure to avoid mass migration and famine.
  • It's North Korea constantly making threats towards the US and its allies, firing missiles towards Japan, sinking South Korean naval vessels, etc.
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1.5 3.8 0.027
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6.7 3.2
Sam Shepard was wild at heart and mapped the American soul
From Paris, Texas to Buried Child, Shepard’s writing hits you in the gut. He never failed to show audiences something they’d never seen before
Articles: 4 (Rank: 15)
Tonality: 5
Top entities
Comments: 456
Tonality: 9
  • From Paris, Texas to Buried Child, Shepard’s writing hits you in the gut.
  • Buried Child is an “American family play”, but it’s also one that bucks and kicks against the tropes of those plays with howls of violence and anger.
  • One of his earliest great plays, Geography of a Horse Dreamer, was staged at the Royal Court after Shepard moved to London in the early 70s.
  • • Samuel Shepard Rogers, writer and actor, born 5 November 1943; died 27 July 2017
  • A straw man argument crowbarred onto the end of a piece celebrating his life and work.
  • RIP Sam Shepard, saw Lie of the Mind at the Royal Court back in 1987 with Miranda Richardson , Great stuff, talented man.
  • So sad that a great playwright and actor has died.
  • So too Sam Shepard- his sadness and sensitivity made him more real than the average actor.
  • What a great actor, always enjoyed his movies.
  • A true great and an icon in American theatre, he will be truly missed.
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2 9 0.025
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6.5 10.4
Brazil's president keeps job as congress votes against corruption charges
Lawmakers overwhelmingly oppose charges for Michel Temer despite broad popular support, as observers condemn ‘bankruptcy of political system’
Articles: 3 (Rank: 26)
Tonality: -9
Top entities
Comments: 0
Tonality: 0
  • Rousseff denounced her impeachment as a coup and accused Temer, her former vice-president, of conspiring to usurp her.
  • That aide, Rodrigo Rocha Loures, was later recorded intervening with an antitrust organ in a business dispute and filmed furtively exiting a São Paulo pizzeria with more than $150,000 in a suitcase.
  • An enormous graft scheme at the state-run oil company Petrobras was first unveiled in 2014 and enveloped members of Rousseff’s Workers’ party and its congressional allies.
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0 0 0.038
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3.4 8.4
Queen of cool: how off-duty Diana became style’s new muse
Diana has always been a style icon – but only now has she has become truly hip. Rihanna, Beyoncé and Alexa Chung have all been referencing her look and celebrating her at her most alive
Articles: 6 (Rank: 7)
Tonality: 6
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Comments: 1122
Tonality: 0
  • Diana has always been a style icon – but only now has she has become truly hip.
  • Former cadet who became Britain’s longest-serving consort to enjoy a fitting farewell with tribute to royal marines.
  • There was the famous Panorama interview, but there were also private tapes made with her voice coach, Peter Settelen, which are the basis of a Channel 4 documentary Diana: In Her Own Words.
  • Spencer is believed to have complained the documentary would hurt Diana’s sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
  • Pass the bucket and enough already with the endless tedium that is the royal family.
  • You suspect this is a failed damage limitation exercise by our ridiculously cosseted and protected Royal family and little to do with protecting Diana.
  • She had blue blood, a future king husband, fawning press & public, and she still couldn't manage cool.
  • Plenty of men have pinboards full of press cuttings and photos of Diana.
  • Style icon.Anyone can be one if the taxpayer is funding endless spending.
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3.1 6.7 0.065
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5.7 0.1
Jeanne Moreau, star of Jules et Jim, dies aged 89
The legendary screen actor became synonymous with the French New Wave, appearing in works directed by Louis Malle and François Truffaut
Articles: 3 (Rank: 27)
Tonality: 9
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Comments: 329
Tonality: 8
  • The Jules et Jim star had a world-weary presence that created a space for a new type of female actor in French film.
  • But it was Truffaut who dispelled the gloom, making Moreau smile again as the skittish Catherine in Jules et Jim.
  • In the 1950s she moved to film, and achieved national recognition with starring roles in two Louis Malle movies: the film noir Lift to the Scaffold and the drama Les Amants (The Lovers).
  • And that has to emerge.” Moreau is survived by her son.
  • Wish I spoke French to truly appreciate her worth.
  • A great actress and beautiful film star, Jeanne Moreau has died.
  • And all this within the guarded discipline of the role - as both an immensely skilled technical actor, inhabiting the character with deceptive, almost insouciant ease, and as a strangely detached, wayward presence.
  • Incidentally, Jules et Jim is a true story, later told by one of the two female character's lovers, the French one, Henri-Pierre Roché, in the novel which Truffaut adapted.
Articles' vs. comments' controversy: Entities' controversy: Crosslingual rank controversy:
0.7 5.6 0.037
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10.2 4
John Oliver: 'No one is better than Trump at claiming victory from defeats'
On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver returned form a brief hiatus to recap some of the latest controversies engulfing the Trump White House
Articles: 12 (Rank: 3)
Tonality: 6
Top entities
Comments: 5777
Tonality: 0
  • Kelly is replacing former chief of staff Reince Priebus.
  • Trump’s communications director began his tenure with an air-kiss to the White House press corps.
  • Anthony Scaramucci’s tenure lasted 10 of the 193 days Donald Trump has been president.
  • “It’s like Donald Trump is a tornado and the White House keeps hiring new maids.
  • “Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House communications director,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
  • That they would let Trump withdraw from the Paris Agreement?
  • The Trump loves to hire and to fire With consequences ever so dire Scaramucci's foul talk Led Donald to baulk At that which he claimed to admire.
  • The White House have recognised the emergency and have handed control to unidentified responsible adults They are getting rid of the clowns who were appointed by the clown in chief.
  • Trump removes Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director Each week fire another advisor until no one is left?
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2.9 6.1 0
Cross-party group of MPs hope to force a vote on UK staying in EEA
Kinnock, Umunna and Alexander look at working with Tories to try to force PM to yield on post-Brexit transitional period
Articles: 8 (Rank: 4)
Tonality: 5
Top entities
Comments: 13627
Tonality: 0
  • Jeremy Hunt insists the cabinet is united in approval of a gradual Brexit – but that hardly chimes with the Brexit hardliners.
  • Hammond appears to have the support of other cabinet members, like Amber Rudd who has made clear that EU citizens will still be free to come and work in the UK after 2019 so long as they register.
  • Councils ask Treasury to replace lost EU regeneration funds after Brexit.
  • Philip Hammond denies UK will become low-tax, deregulated Singapore-style economy after Brexit.
  • The muddle started when Cameron was unable to control the anti EU mob on the Tory benches and promised a referendum to shut them up.
  • Cancel Brexit, and publicly humiliate Boris Johnson, Farridge, Liam Fox and all the other lying twats that treated hard up people with such disdain.
  • A Labour government would leave the single market because it is “dependent on membership of the EU” but seek a trade deal that mirrored the free trade benefits, Jeremy Corbyn has said.
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2.4 3.4 0
Kensington’s empty homes show why ownership must be transparent
The UK needs more openness about who owns property and land, say blogger Guy Shrubsole and computer programmer Anna Powell-Smith
Articles: 8 (Rank: 5)
Tonality: 3
Top entities
Comments: 2035
Tonality: 0
  • The UK needs more openness about who owns property and land, say blogger Guy Shrubsole and computer programmer Anna Powell-Smith There’s something deeply sad about the words “empty home”.
  • Now the Guardian has established that there are 1,652 empty homes in the borough, 64 in the same ward as Grenfell Tower.
  • Even the prospect of collecting £10,000 a month is not enough to encourage wealthy owners to fill their vacant properties There is something odd about Kensington and Chelsea.
  • They furter build their capital stock with that income, enabling to acquire access to even more people's wages by extracting rent on further property they acquired.
  • Having a land or property sat empty/undeveloped facilitates no rental or lease income, possibly incurs Council tax plus maintenance costs.
  • What sort of society allows it's stock of homes to become the asset store for crime and held empty for decades whilst it's people are homeless?
  • In Spain, around 80% of people live in owner-occupied housing.
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1.5 7.9 0
Universities must pay attention to diverse students in their response to sexual assault
There’s a lot to cheer in the universities sexual assault report. But I’m wary of how accurately the survey reflects the reality for international students
Articles: 7 (Rank: 6)
Tonality: -5
Top entities
Comments: 71
Tonality: -2
  • Australian universities respond to the long-awaited report from the Australian Human Rights Commission on campus sexual assault
  • To establish the extent of university sexual assault and harassment is a critical step, with the survey released this week revealing high numbers of students affected by sexual assault or sexual harassment in the past 12 months.
  • There’s also something more fundamental at stake.
  • It was commissioned by The Hunting Ground Australia Project in conjunction with the national student survey by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), which was released on Tuesday.
  • Lots of news about this survey on air and the ABC yesterday.
  • Firstly, it is a "opt-in" survey, so you have lots of people opting in that have encountered issues.
  • With Univ Students particularly in Clubs and Societies and University Halls of Residence the Power Relationship is essentially replaced by the meeting of equals.
  • The survey differentiated between sexual harassment, which you were rather lightly referring to, and sexual assault which is commonly called rape.
  • It may not necessarily be representative of the entire university student population.
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1.7 0 0
England prepared to silence Dutch wall of noise in Euro 2017 semi-final
England coach Mark Sampson has done his meticulous best to make sure his players are ready to face Holland in the Euro 2017 semi-final
Articles: 6 (Rank: 8)
Tonality: 15
Top entities
Comments: 412
Tonality: 3
  • “Silencing a hostile crowd is the best feeling ever.” Mark Sampson, the England coach, certainly seems ready to confront, and confound, a wall of Dutch noise.
  • With Wiegman’s defence holding similarly firm, Sampson’s leading striker, Jodie Taylor lacked early chances to challenge her Arsenal team-mate and good friend, Holland’s goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal.
  • Miedema, newly signed by Arsenal from Bayern Munich, had no hesitation in heading beyond the England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain.
  • The football was pretty dire and England gave the ball away far too often by hitting long aerial hopeful punts upfield rather than play through midfield.
  • The article is clearly about women's football and Sampson is trying to "build the best team on the planet".
  • No complaints, England's limitations were expertly picked apart by a buoyant Dutch team who have been the most entertaining team in the tournament by a mile.
  • The Dutch women were bigger, faster and stronger than ours.
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5.9 10.6 0
How can PSG pay £200m for Neymar? What happened to financial fair play?
Uefa will be looking closely at a deal that takes Neymar to PSG for a fee that could buy a couple of super yachts
Articles: 6 (Rank: 9)
Tonality: 13
Top entities
Comments: 2826
Tonality: 3
  • Uefa will be looking closely at a deal that takes Neymar to PSG for a fee that could buy a couple of super yachts Paris Saint-Germain have decided that a single footballer is worth £200m?
  • Luis Suárez followed Lionel Messi by posting an Instagram message to Neymar.
  • Barcelona and the Spanish league will start a crusade against PSG and the French club fears it could be spurned by Europe’s top clubs.
  • “It is with immense joy and pride that we welcome Neymar to PSG,” he said.
  • If you don't like money 'ruining football' go and watch your local non league team as all the clubs you mention (and more) are in it together and as bad as each other.
  • The premier league will spend more on managers combined wages this season than PSG will Neymar's.
  • I think Barca needed the money; Qatar is involved in both PSG and Barca; Real Madrid get Mbape, who doesn't have to suffer under quite so much expectation.
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5.2 6.6 0
I'll vote in favour of marriage equality if bill gets to parliament, Liberal MP says
Renewed push for a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage gains ground as Victorian Liberal MP Jason Wood says party is no longer bound by plebiscite
Articles: 6 (Rank: 10)
Tonality: 10
Top entities
Comments: 4681
Tonality: 1
  • Longtime marriage campaigner Warren Entsch called for a Liberal party room discussion, claiming he was ambushed by Tony Abbott during the 2015 marathon party room debate when the former prime minister insisted more conservative National MPs take part.
  • Cormann backed Turnbull’s comments on the right of Liberal MPs to cross the floor.
  • Malcolm Turnbull is giving public assurances the plebiscite remains government policy.
  • The Liberal senator Dean Smith has signalled he will bring forward a marriage equality bill when parliament resumes after the winter break in early August.
  • Labor MP's have a conscience vote on this.
  • Assuming a marriage equality bill is before the House and Liberal Party MPs cross the floor, two things could happen.
  • Wonder if the real truth here is that SSM proponents are simply petrified that despite all the polling to the contrary, the people might vote against marriage equality in a plebiscite.
  • Gillard allowed a bi partisan vote in 2012 for ssm The liberal party cowards like Turnbull voted no Turnbull excuse was Tony Abbott would have sent him to the back bench.
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4.2 4.1 0
England turn screw on South Africa and close in on third Test victory
England’s attack made early inroads into South Africa’s batting order again to leave the tourists facing defeat after being set a target of 492
Articles: 5 (Rank: 11)
Tonality: 13
Top entities
Comments: 916
Tonality: 8
  • England’s attack made early inroads into South Africa’s batting order again to leave the tourists facing defeat after being set a target of 492 This England side has kept us guessing this summer.
  • As ever it was Stokes who had the crowd roaring the loudest.
  • Joe Root and his squad now head to Old Trafford in a buoyant mood after this copybook victory, which came at a rush, with a Moeen Ali hat-trick polishing off the innings.
  • Thus Roland-Jones had set England on their way.
  • Ballance in for Malan Ballance was the third-fastest player for England to pass 1000 Test runs.
  • All round good performance from England with some encouraging debutants.
  • I'd be telling him to focus on that and forget red-ball cricket.
  • Certainly the pitch became increasingly benign, but take out the Stokes-Bairstow partnership from that game and England could have been left needing a huge 2nd innings score to stave off an innings defeat.
  • Stokes is a better test bowler than Mark Wood.
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2.2 6 0
Usain Bolt warns fellow athletes: stop doping or the sport will die
Usain Bolt has issued a stark warning to his fellow athletes that they must stop doping otherwise track and field will die
Articles: 5 (Rank: 13)
Tonality: 3
Top entities
Comments: 438
Tonality: 7
  • When asked about his relationship with De Grasse, Bolt feigned disinterest.
  • But Ujah is hoping the London organisers do not create an atmosphere resembling a retirement party for the Jamaican because he has been there before.
  • Overall, though, this is a riveting and revelatory film that will explain to future generations the greatness of Usain Bolt in the way that Senna and When We Were Kings also do.
  • Yet when he was questioned about perhaps his biggest rival for 100m gold, Andre De Grasse, he bared his teeth.
  • Great documentary, and what a wonderful person it revealed him to be, but I don't think it had the tension of When We Were Kings/Senna/Hoop Dreams.
  • I love Bolt, but there are Muhammad Ali quotes that carry more meaning than the whole of the Bolt film.
  • What's Bolt got to do to star in the best *sports* documentary - kill someone?
  • Enjoyable film but I'd say Zidane: a 21st century portrait is head and shoulders above any other sports documentary.
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2 5.1 0
Kevin Myers is just another product of the toxic controversy industry
Professional provocateurs – and the organisations that employ them – turn comment into a race to the bottom, says writer and commentator Nesrine Malik
Articles: 4 (Rank: 14)
Tonality: 7
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Comments: 0
Tonality: 0
  • The paper’s editor, Martin Ivens, said the piece should not have been published, and later added that Myers would not write again for the Sunday Times Ireland.
  • “Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price, which is the most useful measure there is of inveterate, lost-with-all-hands stupidity.
  • Myers couldn’t simply have a different take on the gender pay gap.
  • “Kevin Myers inadvertently stumbled into an antisemitic trope.
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0 0 0
'Come and talk': Sydney's homeless respond to 'uncomfortable' NSW premier
Rough sleepers reveal domestic violence, lack of permanent housing and being close to services among the reasons they camped in Martin Place’s ‘tent city’
Articles: 4 (Rank: 16)
Tonality: -8
Top entities
Comments: 699
Tonality: -2
  • But on Wednesday residents of the Martin Place tents told the premier to come and listen to their stories.
  • She told reporters in Sydney the residents had refused the offer of alternative accommodation and called on the lord mayor, Clover Moore, to “move them on”.
  • Instead of investing in more social housing in our area, they’ve kicked people out of their homes and sold them to the highest bidder.
  • On Tuesday, Berejiklian said homeless people sleeping rough in the city centre made her “completely uncomfortable”.
  • Pray tell Gladys, what is the "right reason" for homelessness? -Insufficient public housing? -Poor public transport? -Developer/LNP greed? -Cutting Centrelink?
  • NSW premier says homeless people in Martin Place make her 'completely uncomfortable' I understand your discomfort totally.
  • The government's failure to house and transport people in Sydney is obviously going to make them feel uncomfortable.
  • Still can negative gear and own social housing to rent out to poor/ homeless people.
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2.5 7.9 0
Incident 'resolved' after officers said to have lost control of two wings at prison
Riot officers sent in to the Mount, a category C prison in Hertfordshire, after disorder erupted on same day report said it struggled with ‘severe’ staff shortages
Articles: 3 (Rank: 17)
Tonality: -12
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Comments: 0
Tonality: 0
  • “Specially trained prison staff have been deployed to HMP The Mount to resolve an incident involving a number of prisoners.
  • The trouble flared less than a week after figures laid bare the scale of the safety crisis that has engulfed prisons across England and Wales in the last year.
  • The trouble, said to have spanned two wings which house 227 inmates, erupted on the same day that a report warned the prison has struggled with “severe” staff shortages.
  • There are also farms and gardens at the prison.
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0 0 0
First They Killed My Father: watch the trailer for Angelina Jolie's controversial drama
The film, directed by Jolie, depicts life in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge regime, but has attracted criticism for its casting methods
Articles: 3 (Rank: 18)
Tonality: 18
Top entities
Comments: 0
Tonality: 0
  • The excerpt sparked outrage online, with some accusing Jolie of exploitation.
  • Directed by Jolie, the film is an adaptation of Cambodian author and activist Loung Ung’s memoir of the same name.
  • It described an audition process for the made-for-Netflix film, which is adapted from author Loung Ung’s memoir of life under the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.
  • Since this article was published, Angelina Jolie has rejected the account given in Vanity Fair of the casting process for First They Killed My Father.
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0 0 0
'I died in hell': sacrifice of war dead remembered at Passchendaele
Centenary of Passchendaele battle, synonymous with the horrors of the first world war, marked by 54,000 blood-red poppies falling from the Menin Gate
Articles: 3 (Rank: 19)
Tonality: -6
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Comments: 0
Tonality: 0
  • He died at the age of 80 in 1979.
  • While the huge loss of life was tragic and unimaginable to us, the heroic defence of Ypres was crucial to the outcome of the war, thus the three battles fought there.
  • And a letter misspelled the poet Ellis Humphrey Evans’s parents farm, Yr Ysgwrn, as Yr Ysgwyrn ( The tragedies of Ypres remembered, 31 July, page 24).
  • • In Monday’s paper, an editorial about Brexit said the Passchendaele commemoration was being held in Mons.
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0 0 0
First trailer for Luc Besson's Valerian released
Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan and Ethan Hawke star in time-travelling science fiction film based on French comic strip from the 1960s
Articles: 3 (Rank: 20)
Tonality: 13
Top entities
Comments: 389
Tonality: 6
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets also stars Ethan Hawke, Clive Owen, Rihanna and Rutger Hauer, with John Goodman as the narrator.
  • From The Fifth Element to Lucy, Besson’s gender-splicing sci-fi films have never played by Hollywood’s rules.
  • Terrible because Cara Delevingne can’t really act, and Dane DeHaan, who supposedly can, doesn’t.
  • The film is based on a French comic first published in 1967, Valérian and Laureline.
  • Luc Besson hasn't made a decent movie for quite some time, & it's easy to dress mutton as lamb with a trailer.
  • I am quite reluctant to see the film, mostly because I love the Valerian comic books so much I believe I will surely be disappointed.
  • In the 'world cinema' fantasy film context, in my opinion Guillermo Del Toro has made better films than Besson and probably still has some decent output up his sleeve.
  • Does that mean the film is better or standards are worse?
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3.5 8 0
Andrew Little resigns as New Zealand opposition leader weeks from election
Deputy leader Jacinda Ardern is expected to take over the Labour leadership as polls place support for Labour at just 23 to 24%
Articles: 3 (Rank: 21)
Tonality: -0
Top entities
Comments: 371
Tonality: 1
  • Hours after taking office, the young Labour leader faced down pundits asking if she planned on starting a family, a question rarely asked of men in politics Age: 37.
  • Former Labour party president Mike Williams told Radio New Zealand he expected Ardern to take over the leadership role with Kelvin Davis as her deputy.
  • Little has endorsed his deputy leader Jacinda Ardern to take over the Labour leadership.
  • In the past Ardern has said she in not interested in being prime minister because of the pressure it puts on home and family life.
  • In New Zealand men and women have equal parental leave and pay rights.
  • At lot of countries would be far better off if the leader took 6 months paternity/maternity leave.
  • Jacinda Ardern was unanimously elected as Labour leader on 1 Aug. . .. the youngest Labour leader in the history of the country.
  • I am not sure why many people feel it is neccesary to ask whether a woman employee plan to have a child, or take maternity leave shortly after she is given a job.
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0.7 8.5 0
Nemanja Matic may be Manchester United’s most important summer signing
Matic is a classic José Mourinho second-season purchase who should bring the midfield stability and control the manager seeks and allow Paul Pogba to shine
Articles: 3 (Rank: 22)
Tonality: 13
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Comments: 1761
Tonality: 6
  • Matic was a key component of Chelsea’s title-winning team in 2014-15 after Mourinho brought him back to the club from Benfica for £20.75m.
  • José Mourinho expressed his delight at signing the midfielder by telling United’s website: “Nemanja is a Manchester United player and a José Mourinho player.
  • Chelsea were particularly keen to drive a hard bargain with United after missing out to them over the signing of Romelu Lukaku.
  • Matic said: “I am delighted to have joined Manchester United.
  • With Matic, Mourinho has acquired a player with the nous to constrict games, and to play a 343 or wingback system should United choose to go that route.
  • Matic central to Chelsea winning the league last season??
  • No current United player, with the exception probably to Lukaku, can go into Chelsea's lineup.
  • It says a lot for the quality of the Premier League that a really tired and leggy player, who played most of the season for his team, won the league.
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Nissan dispute could go down as most vicious anti-union crusade in decades
Nissan’s efforts to stop workers from forming a union in Mississippi is an all-too-familiar story of how corporations divide and conquer, writes Bernie Sanders
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  • “Workers are numb to it,” says Mock.
  • The NLRB alleged that Nissan had violated the law in these anti-union sessions by warning that workers would lose wages and benefits if they supported the union.
  • The vote, a fiercely contested effort by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union to represent a foreign automaker’s US plant, is planned for Thursday and Friday this week.
  • The truth is Nissan is an all-too-familiar story of how greedy corporations divide and conquer working people.
  • Would Nissan ever expand this plant or expand in Mississippi?
  • Protests at Nissan dealerships would deliver two messages to Nissan, that Americans care about American workers regardless of the state in which they live and that Americans can personally impact a corporation that abuses and attacks its workers.
  • Bernie Sanders described Socialist-ruled Venezuela as a more suitable exemplar of the American dream than the United States.
  • I personally know of people who moved from Alabama to MS for jobs in this area with a major manufacturer of earth moving equipment.
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England fans keep the faith despite defeat for Lionesses in Euro 2017
Semi-final defeat for the England women’s football team is greeted with disappointment but followers believe interest in the game will build
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  • First, if the Lionesses can conjure two more victories, starting in the semis, they will become the first senior England football team to win a major tournament since the World Cup winners of 1966.
  • In De Grolsch Veste, fans who had travelled to the game said the team would learn from the defeat and build for the future.
  • It is amazing to think that England’s Football Association banned women from using its facilities until 1971 because the game was deemed “quite unsuitable for females”.
  • First, if the Lionesses can conjure two more victories, starting in the semis, they will become the first senior England football team to win a major tournament since the World Cup winners of 1966.
  • Men are easily wound up by the idea of equal pay.
  • Far more fun on average to watch US women play soccer compared to US men.
  • Women's hockey is 20 X more exciting, the Holland V England game had the whole family jumping about and cheering.
  • Will women's football ever be that special?
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Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp demands more from Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah
Despite Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah’s influence in Liverpool’s 3-0 win against Bayern Munich, Jürgen Klopp believes they need to be fitter for the new Premier League season
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  • The injury-prone Liverpool striker chipped an exquisite finish over Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich in the 83rd minute of the Audi Cup game at the Allianz Arena.
  • That, as much as anything else on display at the Allianz Arena, bodes well for the coming season with Klopp stating Liverpool’s overall defending must improve.
  • Mohamed Salah and substitute Sturridge completed a hugely encouraging night for Klopp ahead of Friday’s draw for the Champions League play-off stage.
  • The one sour note on Liverpool’s night.
  • Not bad at all for a club of Liverpool's stature, as a united fan scraping into the champions league having won only a couple of trophies was a poor session by our standards.
  • Except liverpool just won the Asia cup, a task that involved beating two premier league sides, making it worth twice the value of that other pre season trophy, the community shield.
  • Still, great performance in a game that actually looked more competitive than any pre-season fixture i've seen.
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Don’t infantilise pregnant women. Tell them how tough breastfeeding can be
Of course British attitudes need to change, but let’s be honest, telling women about how wondrous breastfeeding can be is to tell only half the story, writes Guardian journalist Lizzie Davies
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  • The report spells out the human and economic cost to countries that fail to support breastfeeding.
  • Hard work by Unicef in delivering its Baby Friendly Initiative has improved initiation, but sustaining breastfeeding remains a challenge for the UK.
  • The government must take the lead on ensuring that terms and conditions of employment do not deter women who wish to breastfeed.
  • Women, their partners and families must feel comfortable about breastfeeding as a normal, natural part of everyday life.
  • “Above all, social attitudes towards breastfeeding must improve,” they write.
  • Promoting breastfeeding should not include demonising women who don't want to.
  • When working at Strathclyde University at the start of 21st century I knew a lecturer in nutrition in the science faculty whose first year students, women and men, refused to hear him lecture on breast feeding.
  • I was feeding my son a bottle of expressed breast milk once and was approached by total strangers who told me what a terrible parent I was, and what a disgrace to feed my baby that way.
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Man on trial over death of Lynette Daley 'repeatedly' sexually assaulted her, jury told
Adrian Attwater, who pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, tells police ‘girls will be girls, boys will be boys’ in an interview played at the trial in Coffs Harbour
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  • Accused man Adrian Attwater later told police “girls will be girls, boys will be boys”, an interview played at the NSW supreme court in Coffs Harbour on Monday reveals.
  • “He said, ‘Yeah, she’s a trooper’.” Attwater then patted Daley on the leg and winked at him, Mr Gallagher said.
  • Maris, 47, has pleaded not guilty to aggravated sexual assault in company and hindering the discovery of evidence.
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Liverpool fans and Shrewsbury plans signpost way ahead for safe standing
With Liverpool supporters voting on an emotive subject and Shrewsbury given approval for rail seating, campaigners are now confident of its widespread introduction
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  • A Shrewsbury Town fans’ group has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £75,000 in order to install 550 rail seats at their New Meadow ground.
  • This week events around these two football stadiums may well change the direction of dialogue about safe standing at grounds in England.
  • The Spirit of Shankly sought views from Liverpool fans.
  • The English Football League has backed clubs in Leagues One and Two that wish to install rail seats and its chief executive, Shaun Harvey, wished Shrewsbury “every success” with its fundraising.
  • We currently have thousands of people standing all game in seating areas.
  • With the tv deal Pl clubs could afford to let fans in for a fiver.
  • That clubs in other countries can operate standing areas safely is just further proof that people standing to watch football matches is not inherently unsafe.
  • Absolutely no blame has been attributed to Liverpool fans, why can't people accept this???
  • The discussion within Liverpool's support is growing in favour of safe standing.
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At least 60 UK drug deaths in past eight months linked to fentanyl
National Crime Agency repeats warning to be vigilant after synthetic opioid found in toxicology tests of 60 who died
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  • All were charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
  • Michelle Fraser, whose son Robert died shortly after he turned 18, said more needed to be done to tackle fentanyl dealers on the streets.
  • On Tuesday, the NCA repeated its warning to be vigilant, recommending people read guidance issued by Public Health England so they could “protect themselves and their loved ones”.
  • Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is up to 100 times stronger than heroin and is sometimes prescribed as a painkiller for the terminally ill.
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Item in Rashan Charles's throat 'did not contain controlled substance'
IPCC investigates circumstances leading up to death of young black man following violent clashes with police in Hackney over incident
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  • Unverified footage on social media appeared to show at least one police officer attempting to restrain Rashan Charles, 20, on the floor of a shop in east London before he died later in hospital on 22 July.
  • His death sparked violent clashes with police in Hackney on Friday as demonstrators hurled bottles and fireworks at officers.
  • In the IPCC statement, the commissioner overseeing the investigation, Cindy Butts, said: “Since the tragic death of Rashan Charles ….there has been much public speculation and anger.
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FT journalists vote for industrial action over gender pay gap
NUJ members at Financial Times agree to possible strike if newspaper does not end its almost 13% pay gap
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  • The company, which is owned by Japanese group Nikkei, said its workforce is split 50/50 between men and women.
  • More than 40 of the BBC’s most high-profile women wrote to Tony Hall, the director general, calling on him to urgently correct the gender pay gap.
  • The NUJ statement, which was passed unanimously, said: “Journalists at the FT are increasingly concerned that the gender pay gap at the Financial Times is worsening and that senior managers are not taking this seriously.
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Why bitcoin and its digital cousins are under increasing scrutiny
Cryptocurrencies are still more investments than way to pay, but their mainstream acceptability continues to grow, proper regulation will follow
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  • The money, presumably moved by the hackers, was taken from three bitcoin wallets associated with WannaCry, according to tracking firm Elliptic.
  • Last week the Russian national Alexander Vinnik, who allegedly defrauded early adopters of millions of pounds’ worth of bitcoins, including funds obtained from the hack of failed bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, was arrested in Greece.
  • The Russian authorities have become increasingly concerned about the potential for digital currencies to be used for illicit means, but remain undecided about whether it is a currency or a financial asset.
  • Crypto 'currency' is more like gold, or silver.
  • I would argue strongly bitcoin is less anonymous than folding money.
  • There are exchanges across the world where people buy and sell cryptocurrency for "real money".
  • Contrary to your claim, government regulation is the only thing that can give crypto-currency markets the stability and backing they need to succeed, long term.
  • Bitcoin is just a gambling game of pass the parcel people buy into.
  • Folding money says more about you than virtual dosh ever can!
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Sir James Munby: family courts chief not afraid to challenge government
Leading judge’s warning of ‘blood on our hands’ if a suicidal girl is forced out of care is latest example of his outspokenness
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  • In June, Munby also drew attention to the “inhumanity” of splitting up elderly couples when one or both are moved to a care home.
  • The NHS has pledged to create 150-180 extra beds, adding to the existing 1,459, to meet growing demand for in-hospital mental health services.
  • Earlier this year he drew attention to the plight of women in the family courts who are subjected to direct questioning by men who had previously abused them violently, and called on the government to ban the practice.
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Darron Gibson says Sunderland are ‘shit’ and criticises team-mates
The Sunderland midfielder Darron Gibson has claimed his team are ‘shit’ and has accused a number of his team-mates of not being committed to the club
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  • Gibson responded, “Right, there’s one,” when the name of Koné was put to him; when Lens and Khazri were mentioned he responded “Next one” on both occasions.
  • Gibson was filmed on Saturday evening, after Sunderland’s 5-0 friendly defeat at home against Celtic, in conversation with a group of supporters.
  • Sunderland did not comment on the video although Grayson is expected to address Gibson’s remarks this week, before Friday’s Championship opener against Derby County.
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Royal College of GPs warn profession could reach 'breaking point'
British Medical Association say government pledge to increase numbers by 5,000 within three years is ‘unachievable’
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  • Dr Richard Vautrey said the government must “urgently address the underlying issues, particularly the unsafe workload pressure, behind the recruitment and retention crisis”.
  • In their annual report, The Royal College of GPs has warned that people in the profession “could reach breaking point” as recruitment numbers fell since September 2016.
  • Dr Richard Vautrey, the British Medical Association’s GP committee chair, said: “Despite the GP workforce shrinking again last year, the government has continued to promise 5,000 extra GPs to patients.
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Yes, Labour had a great election. But they got a leg-up from the Tories
A new study shows that a shoddy Conservative election campaign gifted votes to Labour, writes strategy advisor Deborah Mattinson
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  • A new study shows that a shoddy Conservative election campaign gifted votes to Labour, writes strategy advisor Deborah Mattinson The British Election Study, published this week, tells a positive story for Labour.
  • The latest set of data from the study team found that Brexit far outstripped any other single issue in the minds of voters prior to the election.
  • It confirms that Labour did a great job of winning remain voters, and appealing to those who favoured a softer Brexit – despite its own lack of clarity about the single market.
  • The BES report also blows out of the water this daft line being spun by Britain Thinks and elements of the PLP that people voted Labour because they knew Corbyn would lose.
  • If Corbyn continue to fight for socialism, and offers a pro working class brexit, (something that the Tory Blairites are desperate to stop) Corbyn will win .
  • The same thing happened with Labour when they banned it and spent huge amounts of political capital on an issue that the majority of the electorate really couldn't care about.
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Lenny Henry urges Ofcom to impose BBC diversity targets
Actor and comedian attacks watchdog’s ‘strangely passive decision’ not to force corporation to increase workforce diversity
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  • The BBC is failing to meet its own targets on diversity.
  • To change things we need to look beyond our TV screens, writes comedian and actor Lenny Henry When the BBC revealed statistics showing the gender pay gap of their top earners, it made international news.
  • Having met many black and minority individuals from our industry, I know they would all welcome the chance to compete on a level playing field.
  • An Ofcom spokesperson said: “We completely agree with Sir Lenny that diversity must increase across the industry.
  • Different question because (like the alleged BBC gender pay gap) you are choosing people on the subjective criteria of talent - plus an element of "Can we sell the idea/show they are offering?"
  • Maybe when white people stop complaining about being marginalised.
  • Count the number of people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds featured in adverts.
  • On BBC factual programming the representation of BAME contributors is - from the stats I've seen - greater than the actual ethnic balance of the country.
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Trophy hunting is vile. Stan Kroenke’s TV channel must be banned
The Arsenal owner’s launch of My Outdoor TV has sickened the public, says author and journalist Chas Newkey-Burden
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  • The Arsenal owner’s launch of My Outdoor TV has sickened the public, says author and journalist Chas Newkey-Burden As an antelope strides majestically through long grass at dusk, a hunter spots it.
  • He says the hunts shown are “ethical, fair chase”.
  • “The channel claims to show ‘ethical, fair chase and legal’ hunting.
  • Philippa King, the chief operating officer of the League Against Cruel Sports, called the launch of the channel a “massive own goal” for Kroenke and the club.
  • Conserving things to shoot them is simply sadistic, there's little evidence trophy hunting benefits wildlife, there are perhaps a few reserves that exist only because of trophy hunting that offers habitat for some endangered species.
  • Hunting (or culling) herbiverous species is significantly less effective at controlling grazing animals than predators in terms of nutrient cycling, prey selection and species behavior so people hunting antelope is a distant second in effectiveness.
  • Most of these sicko 'hunters' don't shoot animals which have been bred on converted soy farms.
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70 years after independence, the India I know is losing its way
AIndia is turning its back on the tolerant society I remember growing up in Mumbai, writes the author Mihir Bose
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  • The growing intolerance has seen books considered remotely critical of Hinduism or great Hindu heroes banned.
  • In August 1947 the British left the Indian subcontinent and divided the country into India and Pakistan.
  • Independent India never got rid of the colonial policy of banning books.
  • This despite the fact that both my parents, children of rich Hindu landowners, had been forced to abandon all their ancestral wealth when the India of their home became Muslim Pakistan.
  • • Mihir Bose is the author of From Midnight to Glorious Morning?
  • People often forget or fail to even perceive how big and diverse this country is - now that I'm retired I could afford to reflect on this, and it is humbling. .
  • India has remained a secular, very tolerant country and exaggerating hindu extremism is unfair.
  • The progress since India stopped listening to the British Left accounts for most of it: Exponential growth of the Indian economy since liberalisation in 1991.
  • When I think of India I think of corruption, povety, and people sleeping on the streets.
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'Pipe bomber' stopped at Manchester airport let on plane two days later
Court told Nadeem Muhammad was allowed on later flight despite earlier trying to smuggle device on to Ryanair plane
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  • The “crude improvised explosive device” was found in the zip lining of the hand luggage of Nadeem Muhammad, 43, as he went through security at Manchester airport on 30 January.
  • Muhammad, of Bury in Greater Manchester, denies possession of explosives with intent to endanger life or property and an alternative charge of possession of explosives under suspicious circumstances.
  • Muhammad, who was attempting to board a Ryanair flight to Italy, was questioned by counter-terrorism police but not arrested.
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Man discovers his uncle was 'killed in sex session', not accidental house fire
Christopher Murgatroyd found footage on Peter Fasoli’s computer two years after his death showing him being bound, gagged and killed, Old Bailey jury told
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  • An inquest in August 2013 – before the video was uncovered – recorded a verdict of accidental death.
  • Marshall, of East Ham, east London, denies murder.
  • The prosecutor Edward Brown QC told jurors that on 26 January – less than three weeks after Fasoli’s death – Marshall murdered Vincenzo Iale in his flat in Rome.
  • The defendant first got in contact with Fasoli, a computer repairman, through a dating website and offered to arrange a threesome, the court heard.
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The Guardian view on adjusting DNA: a new world
Editorial: A hope that embryos could be purged of a genetic disease has been fulfilled in part. However, we are some way off reimplanting modified embryos into their mothers – for all the right reasons
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  • Editorial: A hope that embryos could be purged of a genetic disease has been fulfilled in part.
  • The scientists used a powerful gene editing tool called Crispr-Cas9 to fix mutations in embryos made with the sperm of a man who inherited a heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM.
  • In the US, Congress has barred the Food and Drug Administration from even considering human trials with edited embryos, while in the UK it is illegal to implant genetically modified embryos in women.
  • DNA can't be faulty, but individual genes can be faulty, leading to genetic disorders which greatly reduce life expectancy of those affected.
  • And I do not buy the argument that doing gene editing to remove bad genes will inevitably lead to designer babies having lots of good genes inserted.
  • I think people over-romanticise "natural" defects.
  • I'll help you: "Scientists have modified human embryos to remove genetic mutations that cause heart failure in otherwise healthy young people."
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Robert Hardy, Harry Potter actor, dies at 91
Star’s 70-year career included roles as Cornelius Fudge, Churchill, and Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small
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  • • Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy, actor, born 29 October 1925; died 3 August 2017
  • They paid tribute to an actor whose theatre, film and television career spanned 70 years.
  • His early career as a leading light at both Stratford-upon-Avon and the Old Vic, though, suggested he might follow his great friend Richard Burton to even greater glory.
  • He played Churchill in French, in Paris, in a play called Celui Qui A Dit Non (1999).
  • His Siegfried in All Creatures Great and Small one of my favourite tv depictions ever.
  • Robert Hardy's Siegfried Farnon held the perfect balance between being an astute business partner, strict boss and guiding fatherly figure.
  • Godspeed heavenwards and on to New Horizons dear Robert Hardy.
  • I remember watching All Creatures Great and Small as a kid; sad news about Robert Hardy.
  • Having got that off my chest he was a truly wonderful actor and will be remembered for many great performances, Harry Potter a mere footnote to his career.
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Murray-Darling basin: NSW government changes could be causing water loss
Rules put in place before the national Murray-Darling basin plan favour larger irrigators, say experts and farmers
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  • “The bigger issue is the failure of the Murray Darling Basin Authority to review the 2012 Barwon-Darling water-sharing plan,” Clements told Guardian Australia.
  • This followed Daily Telegraph reports that the Nationals MP had been urging his Liberal colleague, the environment minister, Gabrielle Upton, to change the Barwon-Darling water-sharing plan retrospectively to favour large irrigators.
  • The paper reported the change would retrospectively give irrigators like National party political donor Peter Harris more water rights under the law.
  • The intergovernmental war over water management has deepened as it has emerged that Barnaby Joyce has nominated an irrigation lobbyist to the board of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA).
  • The ABC interviewed Tom Rooney, one of the founding directors of the water broking firm Waterfind Australia, based in Adelaide.
  • Environmental damage, and the needs of competing producers and others who rely on the river and aquifer water supply become impediments to the cotton growing industry.
  • The 'cost' of the water skyrockets on paper.
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One in five high-street estate agents risk going bust, study claims
Up to 5,000 traditional agents are struggling to survive amid growing threat from low-cost, fixed-fee online firms and larger rivals, say accountants
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  • Almost 5,000 estate agents are showing signs of “financial distress”, said accountancy firm Moore Stephens.
  • Traditional companies are likely to have higher property and staff costs and are struggling to compete with low-cost, fixed-fee online agents, said the report.
  • Revenues and profits at Foxtons also fell in the first half as the London-focused estate agent pointed to “unprecedented” economic and political uncertainty hitting the property market.
  • Older people, sitting in five-bedroom houses much too large for them?
  • Fixed fee estate agents don't have an incentive to keep inflating house prices so a much better business model for the housing market.
  • Going by my son's recent experience they don't even bother to check that the seller owns the property before putting it on the market.
  • I don't get the hate people have for estate agents.
  • I so love it when a TV show introduces "local property experts" and they turn out to be a couple of badly dressed, oily estate agent con artists.
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Now the election is over, politicians have sidelined social care again
A long-term funding plan and a care worker recruitment drive are desperately needed. Why isn’t the government acting?
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  • Collaboration between the health service and local government is essential to modernise care, but tensions between the two are growing The financial crisis engulfing health and social care risks driving the NHS and local government apart.
  • A long-term funding plan and a care worker recruitment drive are desperately needed.
  • If you’re looking for a social care job or need to recruit staff, visit Guardian Jobs.
  • Slapping an arbitrary target on councils contributes nothing to solving these issues; it simply exacerbates underlying tensions between health and local government.
  • May, Hunt and the Tories have dumped Social Care "
  • Tories want you to work for poverty wages until their extended age for "retirement", having been extremely healthy the whole time so not burdening the NHS, then drop dead.
  • Fixing social care is going to cost increasing amounts of money because older people are simply living longer.
  • I had hoped Labour may have the moral drive to address some of this but the more i listen to Corbyn and McDonnell/Abbott the more disappointed i am.
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Lucy Siegle’s great green quiz
Find out if you are a paragon of virtue or recycling refusenik
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  • Ethical living columnist and awards founder Lucy Siegle on the 11th Observer Ethical Awards In the 10 years since An Inconvenient Truth, the Observer Ethical Awards have highlighted that change is not only desirable but possible too.
  • For more information and terms and conditions, go to observer.co.uk/ethical-awards
  • Our Ethical Living columnist Lucy Siegle asked leading environmental NGOs to set the questions.
  • Feel free to attach pictures, a short film or relevant links.
  • And we have an outstanding panel of judges to help choose the best.
  • I don't really feel this quiz assesses a persons actual "greenness" it is more a reflection of how much time they spend immersed in environmental issues in the media.
  • Perhaps if all providers of single use straws were compelled by law to print pictures of dead dolphins on their products, people would get the message.
  • I'd like to nominate the men and women who work 12 hour shifts on oil rigs to keep our cushy lifestyle in place.
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Labour MP becomes first serving politician to be registered as lobbyist
Barry Sheerman chairs Policy Connect, a London-based firm that has held meetings attended by businesses and ministers
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  • Barry Sheerman chairs Policy Connect, a London-based firm that has held meetings attended by businesses and ministers A veteran Labour MP has become the first serving politician to be officially registered as a lobbyist.
  • Letters: Paul Bristow says MPs ought to be banned from consultant lobbying.
  • It follows an inquiry by Alison White, the registrar of consultant lobbyists, into whether informal parliamentary groups have been used to gain access to government.
  • He maintains that Policy Connect is a social enterprise providing a service for industry experts and ministers.
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Euro 2017: Denmark stun holders Germany as Austria edge Spain
Germany’s run of six consecutive European Championship wins was halted after they were defeated 2-1 by Denmark, while Austria beat Spain on penalties
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  • There seemed little danger for Germany after Kerschowski, whose shot was misjudged by Stina Lykke Petersen in the Denmark goal, opened the scoring.
  • Sarah Puntigam slotted the winner to send the tournament debutants through to the final four to face Denmark.
  • Austria forward Lisa Makas went off injured before half-time, and moments later Spain spurned the best chance of the half, with Silvia Meseguer sidefooting Amanda Sampredro’s cross wide.
  • The goalkeeper Stina Lykke Petersen took the plaudits, making two saves to clinch victory.
  • Great goals from Denmark but another miserable blunder from a goalkeeper when Germany scored.
  • Why Denmark Ladies against Austria Ladies if it's the Women's World Cup?
  • Uefa's official site just says Denmark 0-0 Austria.
  • Previous German teams outplayed the opposition through their excellent team play, focus and desire.
  • I have been watching football since 1970, but this was easily the poorest performance I have ever seen by a Germany national side, men or women, expecting Steffi Jones to step down immediately.
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Guardian Public Service Awards 2017: what happens next
Entries have now closed for nominations to this year’s awards. Here’s what happens next
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  • Full timeline for the awards and all your questions answered What are the key dates for the Guardian Public Service Awards 2017?
  • The group or individual who entered the project will be the contact for further information should the project or initiative be shortlisted.
  • There are 10 categories in this year’s awards.
  • In nine of the categories, the winners are chosen by our judges, who also pick an overall winner.
  • In addition, the Public Servant of the Year Award is chosen through a public vote (see below).
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Price cap still possible, government warns energy companies
Ofgem told to act fast to safeguard poorer households after British Gas announces 12.5% electricity price rise
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  • The company, owned by Centrica, left its gas prices unchanged, which means the average annual dual fuel bill will rise by 7.3%, or £76, to £1,120.
  • Ministers expressed concern about the rise, which they said should not be blamed on government policy, and said they were not ruling out future steps to “increase fairness for customers”.
  • The former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said British Gas was taking for granted that many customers would not switch tariffs.
  • So British Gas has to pay more for the transportation.
  • By introducing public companies to offer 'competitive' low pricing, government reclaims control of utility prices and makes them accountable to the people.
  • Set up a Government Energy Company not for profit where the price will be cheapest, then watch millions switch over and the current shark energy businesses will fold!
  • So, after not having passed on cuts in prices that might have reflected the fall in energy costs, those poor gas companies are now feeling the pressure to increase prices.
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Can you solve it? Are you smarter than a forester?
A puzzle about planting trees
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  • A puzzle about planting trees Hello guzzlers, Your mission today is to design an arrangement of trees on a desert island, like the one below.
  • Today’s puzzle was written by Daniel Griller, a teacher and puzzle designer whose book of maths problems, Elastic Numbers, is highly recommended.
  • Problem 2 What is the highest possible number of people that can stand on the island, with each person seeing a different number of trees, when the island has 6 trees ?
  • Next place the person that will see 3 trees on the west coast and trace 3 from that point roughly towards east.
  • Unless they stand so close to a tree that the tree's width covers the line of sight to all the other trees.
  • This means that all the trees residing in that fov area behind it are effectively hidden and the observer only sees one tree if the other five are in that area.
  • Person who sees 3 stands a bit closer to the four tree line and the rest are easily arranged.
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Passengers facing delays and long queues at some European airports
Holiday destinations such as Madrid, Lisbon and Mallorca affected amid shortage of border staff and tighter security checks
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  • Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, Palma in Mallorca and Paris-Orly airport have been particularly affected.
  • Understaffing and tightened security checks brought in under European regulations after the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks are causing the delays, according to A4E which represents airlines including easyJet, British Airways and Ryanair.
  • He said the police had increased the number of employees working at airports, while Aena had provided more equipment at the facilities, with extra staff to inform and assist passengers before going through passport control.
  • Border staff must now check passenger details against databases – such as the Schengen information system and Interpol’s record of stolen and lost travel documents – as they arrive and leave the affected countries.
  • Just come back from Nice airport and there was an extra passport check after security (within Schengen flight) - lots of people queue jumping, including English who should know better.
  • Currently passport checks in the Schengen countries for flights from non Schengen EU members are lighter than they are for non EU states.
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Al-Qaida frees South African man held in Mali for six years
Stephen McGown was kidnapped from a Timbuktu hostel in 2011 but South African government says he is back home
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  • Stephen McGown, who was released on Saturday, was the longest-held of a number of foreigners seized by Islamist extremists in Mali, where several armed groups roam the west African country’s north.
  • McGown’s mother, Beverley McGown, died after an illness in May. McGown’s father told reporters on Thursday his son would “ pick himself up” and rejoin life at home .
  • The video showed six foreign hostages shortly before the French president, Emmanuel Macron, arrived for an anti-terror summit.
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Rory McIlroy dropped caddie JP Fitzgerald ‘to preserve their friendship’
Rory McIlroy has explained how the maintaining of a valued friendship with JP Fitzgerald was key to the Northern Irishman parting company with his caddie of nine years
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  • Phil Mickelson parted company with his caddie, Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay in June after an association that lasted 25 years and realised five major championships.
  • I would much rather be angry at myself for making a wrong decision than being angry at him.” McIlroy also stated that Fitzgerald had not been “fired, sacked or axed”.
  • Diamond has caddied for him before, notably at the 2008 Dubai Desert Classic.
  • The loyalty seemed justified two months later when McIlroy won the US Open.
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Father of Afghan robotics team captain killed in Isis attack
Death toll from attack on Herat mosque climbs to at least 36, including father of 14-year-old Fatima Qaderyan
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  • The attack was a rare incursion into western Afghanistan by Isis, who are primarily concentrated in a few pockets in the mountainous eastern region.
  • More than 1,700 civilians have been killed in attacks in Afghanistan so far this year, hitting confidence in the government of President Ashraf Ghani.
  • That’s why we killed them in their so-called mosque in Herat, and will continue to attack them in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he said.
  • “Nothing has been done to secure Shia holy areas since the attack.
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Are you a woman in your 60s affected by changes in retirement age?
Women aged between 60 and 62 are an average of £32 a week worse off due to changes in the state pension age. We’d like to find out how this affects you
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  • Women aged between 60 and 62 are an average of £32 a week worse off due to changes in the state pension age.
  • The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) also highlighted a significant boost to the public finances from the government’s move to lift the pension age for women from 60 to 63 between 2010 and 2016.
  • The increased state pension age was lifting employment and therefore the earnings of affected women but that was only partially offsetting reduced incomes from state pensions and other benefits, the IFS said.
  • I get filled with despair when i hear the government say people need to buy pensions and save when they know fine rightly millions of people are living on the edge because that's all their jobs allow.
  • Many women use their retirement to care for elderly relatives.
  • I understand that they needed to raise the pension age, but a seven year hike will leave a lot of women struggling on unemployment benefit for several years.
  • Women have longer life expectancy, so it should actually be men to get a pension earlier.
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Jeremy Hunt has repeatedly failed to meet pledges on mental health care
Latest funding announcement is too little, too late. Failure to prioritise and ringfence mental health resources has led to a crisis in provision
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  • The real giveaway is in regard to Hunt’s rhetoric on the workforce.
  • In early July, NHS mental health trust bosses said services were so overwhelmed by soaring demand that patients were facing long delays to access care.
  • Hunt defended the continued pay rise cap for nurses, saying this was in part why the government could afford to recruit more people.
  • Indeed, we have seen the opposite; more than 50% of clinical commissioning groups planned to cut their mental health budgets last year.
  • It is pointless, tragic and shameful to throw large sums of money at a scheme unless it is properly organised and resourced to pinpoint the services exactly where they are needed.
  • GPs can prescribe antidepressants and make referrals to community mental health where a patient will be diagnosed with conditions worse than depression and prescribed medications.
  • Real NHS doctors are bound by strict codes but, doctors working for specific private firms are protected by BMA and GMC.
  • Big pharma controls UK policy and this is why we have a mental health crisis.
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'My bursary was essential': readers on ending healthcare training bursaries
Scrapping NHS bursaries will free up £800m a year for more nursing roles, but you say introducing tuition fees could make recruitment more difficult
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  • I received a full NHS bursary, £450 a month, for three years.
  • I think the removal of the bursary will have a particularly negative impact on mental health and learning disability nursing, which tend to be more appealing to older students with some life experience rather than school leavers.
  • Nursing students are are now going to be expected to in effect “subsidise” the NHS by working for free whilst accruing debt that their potential wages mean that they will be unable to ever pay off.
  • If students are made to pay to work for the NHS they should insist on a supernumerary status with no voluntary overtime, bearing in mind it would afford them far less invaluable and essential hands on experience.
  • OK, so explain why a number of NHS trusts removed the option of full-time employment from many newly qualified nurses, OTs and psychologists?
  • All staff attitudes in the university and NHS administration and management concerned with these placements ultimately impact on patient care as much as everybody else's in a clinical team.
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Talking Horses: best bets for day one of Glorious Goodwood
Big Orange is the favourite for the first running of the Goodwood Cup as a Group 1 race but Stradivarius has improved with every step up in trip
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  • With the Nassau Stakes switched from Saturday to Thursday, the first three afternoons now have a Group One feature event.
  • Victory for Big Orange and his equally popular jockey would get Goodwood’s new era off to the perfect start.
  • Big Orange is still the most likely winner but the one I like against him at the prices is Stradivarius, the winner of the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot last time out.
  • The driving force behind Goodwood’s rapid progress in recent seasons is fairly simple: money.
  • It suited the MSM, pearl clutchers and their mindless readers / cheerleaders to blame FIFA wholly and give a free pass to venal Western politicians and business.
  • Sheikhzayedroad was the Guardian's nap for the Ascot gold cup and the trainer blamed the fast ground for the poor run....E.W maybe?
  • Unfortunately, it seems to be a too prevalent feature of many of the big race meetings these days.
  • This stat means only Big Orange, Pallasator, Sheikhzayedroad and Wicklow Brave make the veryshortlist.
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Chatterbox: Monday
The place to talk about games and other things that matter
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  • The place to talk about games and other things that matter It’s Monday.
  • Greetings I had 3 games of PUBG last night.
  • Games - I am lost to Destiny three years after everyone else.
  • Never played 4 so I don't know if its dungeons are as bad and would need surgically removed from any remake.
  • Has anyone else deleted a game before even playing it properly due to the interminably dire intro/cut scenes/"acting" if you haven't You've never played Need for Speed.
  • Morning, Almost finished channel trailer for my YouTube GTA show last night.
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Ashes saved as peace deal is brokered in Australian cricket pay dispute
The Ashes series will go ahead as scheduled later this year after a peace deal was finally brokered between Cricket Australia and the players’ union
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  • Australia captain Steve Smith said on Tuesday he was confident of a deal being brokered, but confirmed players would not travel to Bangladesh for a two-Test tour starting this month until the dispute was resolved.
  • However, the relationship between unemployed players and administrators has strained on several fronts throughout the saga.
  • CA chief executive James Sutherland proposed taking the matter to binding arbitration if a deal was not struck by early this week.
  • But Smith said Warner has nothing to fear regarding potential retribution from Howard and Sutherland.
  • Elite sportsmen and women have a limited working life and deserve every dollar they can negotiate given the amounts of funds wasted upon administrators and corporate hangers on.
  • The Cricket board is a tail, which has attempted to wave/monster the dog, aka players.
  • Booo to money hungry Cricket Australia, who seem to think they own the game.
  • You can try and ignore it but it's impossible to miss: A big fail for CA which aimed to bust the players union and ended up strengthening it.
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'Three musketeers' convicted of plotting terrorist attack
Four Midlands men found guilty of planning to use pipe bomb and meat cleaver against police or military target
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  • Ali, Hussain and Rahman were watched for months before their arrests.
  • The court heard the bag was discovered in the course of a sting operation, in which West Midlands police and MI5 set up a fake courier company in Birmingham and hired Ali and Hussain.
  • The prosecution said the four defendants were likely to have been planning an imminent “Lee Rigby-style” attack on a police or military target.
  • MI5 bosses ordered the men to leave the depot urgently because of the pipe bomb.
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Stephen Curry overcomes slow start to card 4-over 74 in professional golf debut
The two-time MVP bogeyed three of his first five holes but finished strong for a 74 at the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic
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  • The long read: Tommy J Curry thought forcing a public discussion about race and violence was part of his job.
  • When a recording of the talk resurfaced in May, people thought the tenured professor was telling black people to kill white people.
  • At his new university, Young had swiftly earned a reputation as an able navigator of public-relations crises relating to racism.
  • That evening the professor wrote an email to Young with a headline that was provocative, if a bit misleading: “Rod Dreher retracts”.
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The current tax rules for family trusts are a joke. Finally Shorten tackles this abuse
Discretionary trusts are grossly unfair to other taxpayers and cause large losses of revenue. The policy Labor proposes isn’t perfect but it’s a good start
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  • Discretionary trusts are grossly unfair to other taxpayers and cause large losses of revenue.
  • It is a similar issue that arises where a company retains taxed profits, and it has some shareholders on marginal rates above and some below the flat company tax rate.
  • Bowen said the only way ordinary small businesses would be affected by the new policy was if the discretionary trust was making distributions to people not employed in the business.
  • In the end, Labor ought to be congratulated for tackling the discretionary trust stain on our income tax system.
  • No doubt Peter Strong would prefer an environment where small business owners can hire and fire at will, pay poverty wages and pay no tax.
  • "The lobby group representing small business will ask Labor to exempt “fair dinkum” people from their new policy to tax distributions from discretionary trusts..."
  • Perhaps a more expedient method for government would be [if legally constitutional] to tax Discretionary Trusts as a wholly separate legal entity, whereby distributions are merely after tax dividends.
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Les Murray, SBS football commentator, dies aged 71
The commentator, who was a tireless advocate for Australian football and played a major role in the game’s development, dies after a long illness
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  • Regarded by many as the voice of Australian football, Murray had been battling a long-term illness, according to his long-term employer SBS.
  • Upon arriving in Australia with his family as refugees from Hungary, football was a lifeline, a connection with his past, his homeland, with all that he had left behind.
  • Murray, born László Ürge in Budapest in 1945, came to Australia with his family after the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary.
  • This is a devastating loss for all of us at SBS.
  • You made "The beautiful game" available in Australia's living rooms, without Soccer life wasn't much fun for those like me who loved the game.
  • Les Murray brought the world game to Australian homes.
  • Nine's Sunday News show before switching to the dulcet tones of Martin Tyler purring about Van Basten, Maradona, Gullitt and Serie A, followed by the equally dulcet Les and the On the Ball gang.
  • RIP Les, you were and will remain Australian football's guardian angel.
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