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Nearly 19,000 NHS patients left waiting for three days in A&E over 12 months

Channel 4s Dispatches film shows harrowing scenes in emergency department of Royal Shrewsbury hospital Almost 19,000 NHS patients were left waiting in A&E for three days over a 12-month period, an investigation has revealed. Between April 2023 and March 2024, nearly 400,000 people were left waiting more than 24 hours across A&E departments, a 5% rise on the previous year. Channel 4s Dispatches programme also found that 54,000 people had to wait more than two days, a freedom of information reques

24 Jun 2024 4:34 am
Poorer high-ability UK children fall behind peers at school from age of 11

Study finds critical period between ages of 11 and 14 is when things seem to start going wrong compared with wealthier group A critical three-year period between the ages of 11 and 14 has been identified as the point at which talented children from low-income backgrounds fall behind their wealthier peers at school, according to new research. The study tracked high-ability children from the age of five, from the lowest and highest income groups, and found that they progressed at similar rates unt

24 Jun 2024 4:31 am
100% penalty: Clarke criticises referee after Scotland crash out of Euro 2024

Facundo Tello waves away claims for late spot-kick Clarke: If we get the penalty it can be a different night Steve Clarke took aim at the Argentinian referee, Facundo Tello, after Scotland bowed out of the Euros with a late defeat by Hungary. Clarke suggested this tournament should be refereed only by European officials. Scotland felt Stuart Armstrong was due a penalty after tumbling under a challenge from Willi Orban in the 78th minute. Tello waved away the claims. Hungary broke Scottish hearts

24 Jun 2024 4:05 am
Scotland teams unheroic failure ends fans noisy, sozzled party

Germanys bar-holders will miss the tartan army of supporters, few will miss Steve Clarkes sides football Some day, perhaps, the run will end. Some day Scotland will make it out of the group at a major tournament. But not yet, not this year. They earned a single point, failed to have a shot on target in three of the six halves of football they played in Germany, and scored just twice, one of them a freakish own goal that was gifted to them. Brewers and bar-holders will miss their fans, but few wi

24 Jun 2024 3:51 am
Climate protesters storm 18th hole during final day of Travelers Championship

Protesters spray powder as golfers line-up putts Scottie Scheffler wins tournament after interruption A group of climate change protesters stormed as the leaders were lining up their putts on the final hole at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut on Sunday, delaying the finish for about five minutes. The protesters sprayed white and red powder, leaving stains on the grass before Scottie Scheffler, Tom Kim and Akshay Bhatia finished their rounds. At least one of the group was wearing a white

24 Jun 2024 3:15 am
Harry Kane gives history lesson to suggest he will peak in the knockouts

Striker has misfired in the group stages before but has backed his teammates to find their form at Euro 2024 For Harry Kane, it has always been about peaking at the right time in tournaments in other words, the knockout rounds. The England captain has suggested previously that he might have gone too soon at the 2018 World Cup, lighting up the group stage with five goals and then, in his own words, not having the best performances in the quarters and semis. As he finds himself at the centre of t

24 Jun 2024 3:00 am
Scotland heartbreak as Hungarys 100th-minute winner knocks them out of Euro 2024

Scotland needed a win to secure a spot in the knockout phase of a major tournament for the first time, save some form of arithmetic cruelty. Hungary had faint hopes of progression with a win. The teams looked destined to play out a mutually unsatisfactory, ragged scoreless draw until Hungary notched a 100th minute winner. Put bluntly, neither team deserves a place in the last 16 of Euro 2024 based on this. Scotland huffed and puffed. Hungarys play generally broke down 25 yards from goal. Steve C

24 Jun 2024 2:50 am
Germany relieved to qualify top after Fllkrug denies Switzerland at the last

It was a humbler and wiser Germany that stepped from the turf here at full-time: euphoric after Niclas Fllkrugs injury-time header, relieved at topping the group, but with perhaps a more realistic idea of where they are and what they are capable of. Like one of its trains, Germanys Euro 2024 journey stuttered and stumbled here, even threatening an unscheduled diversion. And so this goal was worth more than one Group A point. It averted a last-16 tie at Berlins Olympiastadion probably against th

24 Jun 2024 2:45 am
Ex-Trump security adviser backtracks on proposal to send all Marines to Asia

Robert OBrien explains his outline to sever US-China economic ties would only be to send in fighting force Donald Trumps former national security adviser Robert OBrien tipped to play a leading role if the ex-president returns to the White House backtracked on parts of his proposal to sever US-China economic ties, an aspect of which called for sending the entire US Marine Corps to Asia. OBrien, who recently submitted a 5,000-word article outlining his thinking to Foreign Affairs , explained on

24 Jun 2024 2:30 am
Suranne Jones: Investigating Witch Trials review the misogyny will make you want to smash furniture

The actor is an engaging, funny host for this thoughtful documentarys journey into witch-hunts and their underlying sexism. Its eye-opening TV Suranne Jones claims that she has always been fascinated by witches, so she is the perfect choice to present Investigating Witch Trials. It is a two-part documentary, looking at how women throughout history have been labelled as witches and persecuted thereafter. The runtime, for once, is generous allowing a more reflective approach than the usual slalom

24 Jun 2024 2:30 am
At least 1,300 hajj pilgrims died during extreme heat, Saudi Arabia says

Riyadh says more than four-fifths did not have permit to make pilgrimage to Mecca, where temperatures hit 51.8C At least 1,300 people have died during the hajj pilgrimage, which took place during intense heat, Saudi Arabia has said, adding that most of the deceased did not have official permits. Regrettably, the number of mortalities reached 1,301, with 83% being unauthorised to perform hajj and having walked long distances under direct sunlight, without adequate shelter or comfort, the official

24 Jun 2024 1:35 am
Series of US mass shootings brings weekend of death and mayhem

One dead and 34 wounded as incidents in New York, Alabama, Missouri and Ohio swell 2024 mass shooting tally A series of mass shootings rocked the US early on Sunday, leaving at least one dead and 34 others wounded in just four cases reported in New York, Alabama, Missouri and Ohio. The shootings came amid a broader spate of recent mass shootings, including the one at an Arkansas grocery store on Friday that left four dead and nine wounded as well as another at a nightclub in Kentucky on Saturda

24 Jun 2024 1:21 am
Chris Jordan basks in a special one after hat-trick sets up England rout

Barbados-born bowler excels in familys home town My nephew said make sure you take three wickets Never up, never down has been the outlook that has served Chris Jordan well as a Twenty20 death bowler and even when asked about recording a hat-trick for England in the country of his birth, Barbados, he tried to deflect attention back on to the teams performance. But eventually, fresh from wiping out the tailenders Ali Khan, Nosthush Kenjige and Saurabh Netravalkar in the space of three balls to se

24 Jun 2024 1:12 am
Alessandro Bastoni vows Italy will play without fear in Croatia showdown

Defeat could mean early elimination for Italy Croatia must win to have chance of progress The Italy centre-back Alessandro Bastoni has promised that they will cast fear to one side when they try to avert the embarrassment of an early exit from Euro 2024. A defeat against Croatia would almost certainly mean the reigning champions have to sweat on the shakedown of third-place finishers, with the chances high that more than four teams will finish on three points. They could even finish bottom of Gr

24 Jun 2024 1:09 am
Too famous to play football? Ronaldo has outgrown the sport that made him | Barney Ronay

The sport has not come to terms with his celebrity status. After the pitch invasion drama, Uefa must deal with it There was something disconcerting about the man being grabbed and jostled and hauled away by security guards on the concrete causeway below the executive boxes half an hour after full-time at BVB Stadion Dortmund on Saturday night. For one thing the man seemed unusually well groomed, brilliantly ear-ringed, dressed in full shiny Portugal tracksuit. He was also beaming relentlessly, s

24 Jun 2024 12:46 am
Phil Foden says intensity has gone up in England training for Slovenia game

Foden: We expect more from ourselves Stones backs City teammate to produce against Slovenia Phil Foden has said that the intensity in training has gone up as England look to build their physical condition before facing Slovenia on Tuesday. Gareth Southgate raised concerns about the level of Englands pressing after their disappointing 1-1 draw with Denmark but Foden has been encouraged by the preparations for the teams final match in Group C. Continue reading...

24 Jun 2024 12:30 am
From 15 to 50: Sky Brown seals Olympic place with veteran Andy MacDonald

GB skateboarding team will feature 35-year age difference Lola Tambling, 16, also included in team for Paris Great Britains skateboarding team will feature a 35-year age difference between athletes at the Paris Olympics this summer after Sky Brown, Andy MacDonald and Lola Tambling were confirmed as qualified for the Games on Sunday. The 15-year-old Brown, who became Great Britains youngest Games medallist in winning bronze at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, will compete in France alongside the 50-ye

24 Jun 2024 12:06 am
Pressure on Rishi Sunak as election betting scandal grows

Senior Tories call for suspension of those being investigated and Labour demands to know names in gambling circle Rishi Sunak is facing a growing clamour to come clean about the betting scandal engulfing Westminster after a fifth figure was drawn into the row. Senior Conservatives were among those calling for candidates and officials to be suspended pending the result of investigations, while the prime minister was urged to get a grip on the drip-drip of revelations. Continue reading...

24 Jun 2024 12:03 am
Gunmen kill at least six police and a priest in attacks in Russias Dagestan

Simultaneous shootings target a synagogue in city of Derbent and police in regions capital Makhachkala Gunmen opened fire in two cities in Russias north Caucasus region of Dagestan, targeting a synagogue, two Orthodox churches and a police post and killing at least six police officers and a priest, officials said. In the city of Derbent, gunmen attacked a synagogue, home to a Jewish community in the predominantly Muslim region. Russias state media Tass said the attackers also shot at two nearby

23 Jun 2024 11:38 pm
NHS patients affected by cyber-attack may face six-month wait for blood test

Only urgent tests to go ahead in short term after hospitals in south-east London hit by Russian gangs seizure of data Patients denied a blood test because of a Russian cyber-attack on the NHS may have to wait up to six months to have their sample taken, the Guardian has learned. The delays are so long that some patients have decided to pay to have their blood taken and analysed by a private clinic rather than remain on the NHS waiting list. Continue reading...

23 Jun 2024 11:27 pm
Jay Slater search: Tenerife police focus on outbuildings near last phone signal

Officers search around two structures at bottom of ravine in rugged Rural de Teno park Outbuildings close to where the missing teenager Jay Slaters phone last picked up signal are the current focus of a police search in Tenerife. As the hunt for the 19-year-old continued for a seventh day on the Canary island, his mother thanked those who had together donated more than 30,000 to a GoFundMe page, exceeding its target. Continue reading...

23 Jun 2024 11:04 pm
Laura Smyth: Living My Best Life review a comic with swagger and the popular touch

Hackney Empire, London The east Londoners show majors in blunt putdowns of anything the ebullient standup finds to be up-itself or overrated Im doing alright for myself, gang! Thats quite the understatement. Laura Smyth at Hackney Empire is more than just a comedy show, its a triumphal procession for the east Londoner returning to home turf. Her rise has been dizzying if not without difficult detours, the former teacher winning the Funny Women award six months after her first gig, appearing on L

23 Jun 2024 11:00 pm
Scotland v Hungary: Euro 2024 live updates

Group A game in Stuttgart kicks off at 8pm (BST) Follow Germany v Switzerland with Rob Smyth Share your thoughts with Scott via email For a country of Scotlands size, the complete list of their major tournament qualifications is lengthy and proud. Championnat du Monde de Football Suisse 1954. VM Fotboll Sverige 1958. WM 74. Argentina 78. Espaa 82. Mxico 86. Italia 90. Uefa 92. Euro 96. France 98. Euro 2020(1). Sadly the complete list of the times theyve failed to get out of the group is exactly

23 Jun 2024 11:00 pm
Switzerland v Germany: Euro 2024 live

Group A match in Frankfurt kicks off at 8pm (BST) Scotland v Hungary live with Scott Murray Share your thoughts with Rob via email Hello and welcome to live, minute-by-minute coverage of Switzerland v Germany in Frankfurt. This particular rubber is both dead and alive. Dead because the two teams have qualified for the last 16*, alive because of what happens next. Germany need to avoid defeat to win the group and secure a theoretically easier game in the last 16. Heres where it gets complicated.

23 Jun 2024 11:00 pm
China-owned British Steel said to have requested 600m of taxpayer support

Company is looking for help from next government to upgrade to less polluting technology Chinese-owned British Steel has reportedly submitted a request for a package of taxpayer support worth 600m as it looks for assistance from the next government to upgrade to less polluting technology. Government officials are due to review plans that set out the costs of switching from blast furnaces to electric arc furnaces at the companys steelworks in Scunthorpe , Lincolnshire, the Sunday Times reported.

23 Jun 2024 10:58 pm
The Guardian view on councils in need: voters should be told what the parties plans are | Editorial

Some of the most acute public service problems are local ones. But plans for local government are missing from this election From social care to special educational needs and homelessness, many of the most urgent public service challenges confront local rather than national government. Some of these are highly visible and obvious: rising numbers of rough sleepers, deteriorating roads, hospital waiting lists caused in part by social care shortages. Other problems are more hidden, except from thos

23 Jun 2024 10:56 pm
The Guardian view on the right to fail in the arts: a principle that must be upheld | Editorial

Not every great work of art is an instant hit just look at Stephen Sondheims Tony-winning Merrily We Roll Along The triumph of Stephen Sondheims Merrily We Roll Along in last weekends Tony awards is the latest milestone on a long and winding road of theatre history. The original Broadway production in 1981 had more than 40 previews, as its very young company struggled to get it right, but closed after just 16 performances. That failure put an end to a 20-year collaboration between Sondheim, who

23 Jun 2024 10:56 pm
England seal T20 World Cup semi-final spot as Jordan and Buttler punish USA

England (117-0) beat USA (115 all out) by 10 wickets Jos Buttler hits 78no after Chris Jordan hat-trick It may have been a mismatch on the day a battering to use Harry Brooks phrase of choice and one that booked Englands place in the semi-finals of the mens T20 World Cup with minimal fuss. But when Chris Jordan completed a hat-trick to send the final dregs of USAs innings down the plughole, the feels out in the middle were real. Kensington Oval is where Jordan caught the bug as a kid, be it th

23 Jun 2024 10:51 pm
John Lewis is back on track, says outgoing chair Sharon White

Return to profit will enable significant investment, including Waitrose refurbs and more convenience stores The outgoing chair of John Lewis has insisted that the retail group is back on track and more fit for the future with an improving financial position enabling it to spend money refurbishing Waitrose supermarkets and opening convenience stores. Sharon White , who will retire as chair of the John Lewis Partnership in September, said the upmarket Waitrose brand was underrepresented in conveni

23 Jun 2024 10:48 pm
Texas woman allegedly tried to drown Palestinian-American girl, aged 3

Civil liberties group calls for hate crime charges against suspect in alleged racist attack at apartment complex pool The USs largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization is calling for hate crime charges to be filed against a Texas woman accused of trying to drown a three-year-old Palestinian-American girl while saying that the childs mother wasnt really American. For now, the suspect in the case has been booked on counts of attempted murder and injury to a child. Continue reading..

23 Jun 2024 10:44 pm
Labour to add dozens of peers to back its policies and improve gender balance

Exclusive: Party has pledged to abolish House of Lords but plans initial appointments to bolster its benches Labour is to appoint dozens of peers within weeks in an attempt to push through its policies and improve the representation of women in the House of Lords, the Guardian has learned. Senior Labour figures have drawn up a list of peerages to bolster the party benches and help implement its legislative programme if it wins the election on 4 July. The Conservatives have 104 more peers than La

23 Jun 2024 10:30 pm
Trump freewheels towards debate as Biden rehearses at Camp David

Political surrogates hit Sunday talkshows as candidates take different approaches before next weeks face-off Presidential political surrogates fanned out across the Sunday talkshows to prepare the ground for next weeks televised debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump , which could help the Democratic incumbent and his Republican predecessor focus the minds of undecided or unengaged voters on Novembers election. But the candidates themselves are taking strikingly different approaches. Biden is

23 Jun 2024 10:19 pm
Wolf attack at French zoo leaves woman fighting for life

Woman ended up in safari zone while staying at lodge within Thoiry zoo about 25 miles west of Paris Three wolves in a zoo outside Paris attacked a 37-year-old woman leaving her fighting for her life, a source familiar with the case and local prosecutors said. The woman was bitten on the neck, the calf and the back at the Thoiry zoo about 25 miles (40km) west of the French capital, the source told Agence France-Presse. Continue reading...

23 Jun 2024 10:11 pm
Albanias Daku gets two-game ban for anti-Serbia and North Macedonia chants

Striker used megaphone for nationalist chants Daku to miss final group game against Spain The Albania striker Mirlind Daku has been banned for two matches after using a megaphone to join supporters in nationalist chants after Albanias draw with Croatia . Albania have also received fines for three offences committed at that fixture and their opponents have been sanctioned on two separate counts. Dakus actions may prove costly to Albanias prospects of making history this summer. He will miss their

23 Jun 2024 10:08 pm
Derek Birdsall obituary

Graphic designer and typographer who was the art director of Nova and the Independent magazine The graphic designer, typographer and art director Derek Birdsall, who has died aged 89, was one of the professions old guard, a survivor from the pre-digital age. His work, highly regarded by his peers, reached a varied public over more than five decades. The new woman of the 1960s was offered fashion with consciousness-raising articles in the monthly Nova, which Birdsall art-directed for a time; Macm

23 Jun 2024 10:00 pm
Labour needs to think again on care home beds | Letters

Johnbosco Nwogbo of We Own It, John Harvey and Rodney Smith on the funding and allocation of social care beds In light of Labours failure to address in any serious way the issue of NHS funding in its manifesto, the new plan to hand already limited NHS resources to private care homes is puzzling. After 15 years of government cuts to local authority budgets, social care is dominated by private-equity-owned companies, extracting billions in profits from the social care system. Handing NHS cash to t

23 Jun 2024 9:58 pm
The Lost King and Baby Reindeer: turning fact into film fiction is a tricky business | Letters

The BBC film and the Netflix series made easily avoidable blunders, write Peter Grimsdale and Mike Pitts The rows about The Lost King and Baby Reindeer should not have a chilling effect on factual drama ( What does Steve Coogans Lost King case mean for future biopics?, 17 June ). Both ofthem contained easily avoidable blunders that were bound to get them into trouble. Netflixs billing of Richard Gadds compelling drama as unequivocally a true story is a hostage to fortune. Thanks to the wonders o

23 Jun 2024 9:55 pm
23 Jun 2024 9:48 pm
Worlds Ugliest Dog contest 2024 in pictures

The Worlds Ugliest Dog contest has been going strong for more than 30 years and is evidence that pedigree does not define the pet. This world-renowned annual event celebrates the imperfections that make all dogs special Continue reading...

23 Jun 2024 9:34 pm
Open letter in India calls for withdrawal of go-ahead to prosecute Arundhati Roy

Over 200 signatories urge government to reverse decision enabling action against writer under anti-terrorism law More than 200 Indian academics, activists and journalists have published an open letter urging the Indian government to withdraw last weeks decision sanctioning the prosecution of the Booker prize-winning author Arundhati Roy under the countrys stringent anti-terrorism law. We deplore this action and appeal to the government and the democratic forces in the country to ensure that no

23 Jun 2024 9:29 pm
Euro 2024 innovations make refereeing easier but human element remains | Paul MacInnes

Snicko and semi-automated offside mean quicker checks but some players and one manager have been left unhappy International football tournaments have often delivered innovation, be it in playing styles, tactical approaches or the Romania team all dyeing their hair blond at France 1998. In recent years we have been able to enjoy (if thats the right word) another type of novelty: the technological developments that aim to help officials effectively apply the rules. This summer in Germany has conti

23 Jun 2024 9:28 pm
US ambassador accuses Hungarys PM of using anti-LGBTQ machinery of fear

David Pressman describes personal experience in speech condemning Viktor Orbns legal and rhetorical attacks The US ambassador in Budapest has accused the government of Hungarys far-right prime minister, Viktor Orbn, of using a machinery of fear to launch legal and rhetorical attacks on the LGBTQ community. Fear is something those who seek to undermine democracy trade on, and their currency is too often you and your families, David Pressman said at a family Pride event at the ambassadors residenc

23 Jun 2024 9:25 pm
Harry Kane hits back at ex-player critics and brings up their past England failures

Captain says a lot of these players were part of past flops They know how tough it is to play in these tournaments Harry Kane has hit back at Gary Lineker by saying that pundits and former players need to show more responsibility, remember that they wore the shirt and were part of Englands failures at previous tournaments. Lineker, who is the lead anchor of the BBCs coverage of Euro 2024, has caused a massive stir within the England camp after describing the teams performance against Denmark as

23 Jun 2024 9:17 pm
On the Shadow Tracks by Clare Hammond review a train to Myanmars dark heart

On a 3,000-mile journey, the journalist meets disparate peoples and discovers a world too often veiled, piecing together a fascinating modern history of a country blighted by corruption and conflict Clare Hammond began her career as a journalist covering the financial markets in Hong Kong, before moving to Myanmar. From 2014 to 2020, she worked freelance for various news outlets and as digital editor of Frontier , a Yangon-based magazine of investigative reporting. Her work covering the countrys

23 Jun 2024 9:00 pm
DWP algorithm wrongly flags 200,000 people for possible fraud and error

Exclusive: Two-thirds of housing benefit claims marked as high risk in last three years were legitimate, figures show More than 200,000 people have wrongly faced investigation for housing benefit fraud and error after the performance of a government algorithm fell far short of expectations, the Guardian can reveal. Two-thirds of claims flagged as potentially high risk by a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) automated system over the last three years were in fact legitimate, official figures

23 Jun 2024 8:30 pm
Max Verstappen holds off Lando Norris surge to win F1 Spanish Grand Prix

Red Bull driver pushed to line by McLaren pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton third, George Russell fourth after early lead Max Verstappen won the Spanish Grand Prix with a strong performance for Red Bull after being chased to the line by the hugely competitive McLaren of Lando Norris, who was disappointed he could manage only second in a very quick car. In a tense, gripping race in Barcelona Mercedes Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were third and fourth, another good result for the team, and Ferraris

23 Jun 2024 8:30 pm
UK says importers making deliberate errors on forms to avoid Brexit border charges

New checks for plant and animal goods from the EU came into force on 30 April The government has accused businesses importing goods from the EU of making deliberate and criminal errors on key documentation in a bid to avoid new Brexit border charges. In a notice sent out to traders this week, the government said it had been made aware that some traders and logistics companies were repeatedly filling out forms incorrectly, and vowed to crack down on the behaviour. It comes just weeks after the go

23 Jun 2024 8:21 pm
A wonderful example Pepe takes Euros by storm at the age of 41

Most people came for Cristiano Ronaldo but it was the defender who was applauded by all after Portugals win over Turkey Turkey crossed the ball into the box, Pepe headed it clear and there was a cheer from the Portuguese fans. So Turkey crossed the ball into the box again, Pepe headed it clear again and there was another cheer, a little louder this time. So Turkey crossed the ball into the box for a third time, Pepe headed clear a third time and there was an even bigger cheer. This time it came

23 Jun 2024 8:14 pm
USA v England: T20 World Cup live updates

Follow the 3.30pm BST Super 8 game in Barbados Sign up to The Spin | Email your thoughts to James Right then, Reece Topley has the ball in his hub cap sized hands. Aaron Taylor and Andries Gous will open up for America. The latter started slowly against South Africa but showed his ability to go through the gears and really gave the Proteas a fright a few days ago with his 80*. A rapid 29 off 16 against West Indies in the last match also showed he can get off to a flier too. PLAY! The players are

23 Jun 2024 8:14 pm
Thirteen people appear in Greek court on charges of causing Hydra forest fire

Fireworks allegedly launched from superyacht led to blaze that destroyed large swath of islands only pine forest Thirteen people were brought before a Greek public prosecutor on Sunday after being arrested in connection with a forest fire ignited on the island of Hydra by fireworks allegedly launched from the pleasure boat they were sailing on. Local media showed the 13 crew members and passengers arriving at the criminal court in Piraeus to answer charges of causing the blaze on Friday night. C

23 Jun 2024 8:13 pm