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23 июля, 10:31

Ryanair profits fall as it warns of more strikes

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Airline warns passengers may face further disruption from flight cancellationsRyanair’s first-quarter profits have fallen by a fifth thanks to rising fuel prices, lower fares and staff pay rises, as it warned of further disruption to passengers over the summer.The no-frills airline continued to grow rapidly, reporting a 7% increase in passenger numbers to 37.6 million that pushed revenue up 9% to nearly €2.1bn (£1.86bn). Continue reading...

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23 июля, 10:19

Markets edgy as G20 warns that trade disputes threaten global economy – business live

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All the day’s economic and financial news, as G20 finance ministers warn that rising trade and geopolitical tensions are threatening growth 8.26am BST “To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war”, as Churchill put it.“Anytime that they want to sit down and negotiate meaningful changes, I and our team are available.” 8.19am BST The G20 meeting has provided fresh evidence that America and her allies (or ‘foes’, as Donald Trump sometimes sees them) remain split over trade policies.“Protectionism, I want to insist on that, is good for no one.“Trade wars are not easy ... they create no winners, only casualties.”“These meetings have been taking place in an international context which is very challenging. ... Trade tensions remain high and they threaten to escalate further. Continue reading...

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23 июля, 10:05

I'm a bisexual woman who has met a lovely man – but I can’t have penetrative sex

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This has been a problem for years and now it’s stopping me from getting close to my new partnerI am a 35-year-old bisexual woman who has never had penetrative sex with a man. Years ago I attempted it, but we gave up when it didn’t work. I presumed it was because I wasn’t relaxed enough, but since then I have tried penetration with vibrators when fully relaxed and lubricated and they won’t go in, and it is incredibly painful. I’ve recently met a lovely man with whom I’d like to be intimate, but I have avoided getting too close because of this.There might be a physiological or anatomical reason for this, so it is essential that you consult a doctor. It is possible that you may need a procedure that would remove a thick hymen or correct whatever physical feature may be preventing penetration. Continue reading...

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23 июля, 10:05

No-deal Brexit risks 'civil unrest', warns Amazon's UK boss

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Doug Gurr reportedly made comment in meeting with the Brexit secretary, Dominic RaabAmazon’s UK boss has warned the Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, that Britain would face “civil unrest” within weeks of a no-deal Brexit, adding the online retailer’s voice to a growing list of businesses voicing concerns.Doug Gurr, the retail giant’s UK manager, reportedly made the comment during a meeting between Raab and a group of senior business executives on Friday. Continue reading...

23 июля, 10:00

Netanyahu will be known as the first prime minister of Israeli apartheid | Aida Touma-Sliman

Palestinians like me know what his racist nation-state law means. That’s why I confronted him in the Knesset car parkAs the world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, Israel plans to demolish yet another Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank. Last week a law enshrining the status of Palestinians in Israel as second-class citizens was enacted. Today, more than ever, it is impossible to deny that apartheid is alive and well on both sides of the green line, as the pre-1967 armistice border is known. Related: 'One more racist law': reactions as Israel axes Arabic as official language Continue reading...

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23 июля, 10:00

Seven ways to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder

PTSD can be caused by a range of experiences, from a car crash to rape to surviving a terrorist attack. But how do you know if you have it and what can you do?Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after being involved in, or witnessing, traumatic events. A wide range of experiences can cause it, from being in a car crash, a traumatic childbirth, losing someone close to you in upsetting circumstances, being raped or assaulted, to surviving a terrorist attack or being in a war. Rachel Boyd, of the mental health charity Mind, says: “If you experience trauma, it’s natural that it has an impact on your life.” But not everyone will develop PTSD. However, she says, if you are affected for a long period or have intense symptoms – such as anxiety, reliving the event or nightmares – you could have PTSD. And it can take years for symptoms to emerge. Continue reading...

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23 июля, 10:00

Man Booker prize 2018: what are your predictions for the longlist?

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The grandest contest in British literature is about to begin. Whose numbers will come up this year?Sports fans still lamenting the end of Vladimir Putin’s football fiesta can perhaps console themselves with the opening round of the literary world’s favourite game: posh bingo. The Booker prize will unveil the runners and riders on this year’s longlist as Monday night turns into Tuesday morning.So who will it be? Jostling this year to fill the slots generally reserved for former winners are Michael Ondaatje – fresh from his Golden Booker triumph – Pat Barker, Peter Carey, Alan Hollinghurst and Julian Barnes. Lining up to feature as American invaders are Anne Tyler, Richard Powers, Rachel Kushner and Madeline Miller, who face off against established home-team names such as Aminatta Forna, Jim Crace, Andrew Miller and Rachel Cusk. And could this be the year that Ali Smith finally gets a Booker prize? Or indeed Kate Atkinson – maybe Transcription will dictate this year’s conclusion. Continue reading...

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23 июля, 09:30

Darwin comes to town: how cities are creating new species

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From the nut-cracking crows of Sendai to ‘Turdus urbanicus’ (the new urban blackbird), animals are changing their behaviour and evolution in cities – and in dramatic and surprising waysOn the eve of the Euro 2016 final between France and Portugal, ground staff at the gigantic Stade de France in Paris had left the stadium’s lights on, for security reasons. Attracted by the blinding floodlights, thousands upon thousands of migrating Silver Y moths descended into the empty arena. Those not killed by the heat of the lamps eventually ended up among the grass of the playing surface, where, after the lights were turned off, they hid throughout the day of the big match.As evening fell, 80,000 spectators took their seats and the lights were turned back on. The sleeping moths stirred, and soon thousands were zigzagging among the players. Photographs taken that night show annoyed football officials picking moths off each other’s suits, while the swarm blocked the lenses of TV cameras and hung from the goalposts. Perhaps the highlight came when Cristiano Ronaldo sat injured and weeping on the pitch, while a lone Silver Y sipped his teardrops away. Continue reading...

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23 июля, 09:30

The radical sheriff giving offenders a chance

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In Florida, Morris Young is spearheading a bold effort to break the cycle of reoffending by offering prisoners a new life. Photography: Fred R ConradGrowing up as black boys in rural Gadsden county, Morris Young and Jaron McNealy would have had the same instinct in their youth when they saw the police: run.“I saw them as a foe. They’d only come by to arrest,” said Young, whose younger self would be surprised to discover he is now a veteran sheriff of the same northern Florida county where he was born and raised. Continue reading...

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23 июля, 09:00

Three men arrested over acid attack on three-year-old boy

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Suspects detained in London on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harmThree men have been arrested in connection with a suspected acid attack on a three-year-old boy in Worcester.The suspects, aged 22, 25 and 26, were detained in London on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm, West Mercia police said. Continue reading...

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23 июля, 09:00

Where Isis stored weapons, Mosul now has a funfair – in pictures

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In April, an amusement park reachable only by ferry opened on an island in the Tigris. Construction had started in 2011 but stopped when Isis took control of the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014. Isis used the island to hide weapons and munitions Continue reading...

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23 июля, 09:00

Ctrl Alt Delete: How Politics and the Media Crashed Our Democracy – review

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Tom Baldwin’s account of the abusive relationship with the truth in media and politics is lucid, punchy and often funnyLet’s begin with the parable of the triple-breasted woman. A couple of years in advance of Donald Trump’s arrival at the White House and before the term “fake news” had caught on, a Florida woman calling herself Jasmine Tridevil made headlines around the world by posting pictures of herself with a third breast. Claiming she had undergone this unusual implant surgery in the hope of landing a reality TV show, her story was propagated by a spectrum of media including New York magazine, BuzzFeed, the New York Post, the Toronto Sun, Fox News, CBS Tampa, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Telegraph.As you will have surmised, the story was an invention by a woman whose website boasted that it was the “provider of internet hoaxes”. Tom Baldwin remarks: “The reason why so many respectable news organisations would run it anyway is because it was flying around the internet and the prospect of a few hundred thousand clicks was too tempting to waste time with checks.” This is one of many arresting examples that he cites in support of his contention that the battle for our eyeballs has debased a click-chasing media and led to even worse from vote-chasing politicians. Continue reading...