News archive from 16 December 2015

Martin Atkinson and Mark Clattenburg selected among Euro 2016 referees

Uefa has selected two English referees among the 18 officials who will handle matches at the 2016 European Championship. Martin Atkinson, who refereed the Europa League final last season, and Mark Clattenburg make England the only country with two...

Guardian, 13:40 in Sport

Sepp Blatter likens Fifa ethics committee to ‘Spanish Inquisition’

Sepp Blatter has likened the Fifa ethics committee process that could lead to him being banned from football for years to the Spanish inquisition in a letter that itself appears to breach the terms of his suspension. The Fifa president had resolved to...

Guardian, 13:40 in Sport

Grandma left standing as Katniss keeps up the pace at UK box office

For the first time in 2015, there is not a single new entry in the UK box-office Top 10. Distributors are, of course, running scared of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which arrives on 17 December. Overall, the market recorded its worst weekend of the...


For us student nurses, bursaries are a lifeline. We will fight against their cuts

Proposed changes to NHS student funding will mean students could be burdened with up to £65,000 of debt. Under the present system, a bursary allows those without financial means to go on to study and thrive as nurses, midwives and allied health...

Guardian, 13:44 in Health

BT TV complaints double after Champions League coverage starts

BT was the most complained about pay-TV service in the third quarter of the year, with the number of unhappy customers more than doubling following the start of its Champions League football coverage. BT TV has seen the number of complaints about its...

Guardian, 13:50 in Showbiz

Opera star Montserrat Caballé handed suspended jail sentence for tax evasion

The Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballé has been handed a six-month suspended jail sentence and fined more than €250,000 (£180,000) for tax evasion. The 82-year-old soprano, who made millions of new fans outside the world of classical music when...


What music psychs you up for life’s big challenges?

British astronaut Tim Peake has taken a 117-strong playlist on his six-month space mission, filled with lots of feelgood songs to keep the demons at bay as he and his fellow astronauts float around in space. He blasted off this morning to the sound of...


How first memories of cricket can forge a lifelong love of the game

I never met Pete Rocket, and even now know nothing about him, except what I read scrawled on the wall of the scorer’s hut at the ground where my father used to play. “Pete Rocket retired again.” Once I asked Dad what it meant. He laughed and told me...

Guardian, 14:07 in Sport

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins to hold talks with Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa has emerged as the favourite to succeed Garry Monk, with the search for a manager taking the Swansea chairman, Huw Jenkins, to South America. The former Argentina coach is a surprise contender to succeed Monk, who was sacked last week...

Guardian, 14:11 in Sport

Coal lobby boss says industry 'will be hated like slave-traders' after COP21

The head of Europe’s coal lobby has said that his industry will be “hated and vilified in the same way that slave-traders were once hated and vilified” as a result of the Paris climate deal, in an extraordinary diatribe sent to his members and press...


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Sea lion deaths linked to severe brain damage caused by toxic algae bloom

The mystery of why sea lions have been stranding in droves on US west coast beaches in recent years is closer to being solved. A new study suggests that sea lions have been eating crabs and small fish laced with the algal toxin domoic acid, which...


Hal Dalwood obituary

My older brother, Hal Dalwood, who has died of cancer aged 58, was an archaeologist with a passion for communicating his subject to as many people as possible, be they other archaeologists, students, members of the public, or family members old and...


Rory McIlroy voted European Tour Golfer of Year for third time

Rory McIlroy has been voted the European Tour’s golfer of the year for the third time in four seasons despite missing key tournaments through injury. The Northern Irishman was unable to defend his Open title at St Andrews after damaging ankle...

Guardian, 14:28 in Sport

TalkTalk hack could not have been prevented by government scheme

The huge hack on TalkTalk could not have been fully prevented, even if the company had been accredited by Cyber Essentials, a government-backed scheme to help organisations protect themselves against digital attacks, telcoms company’s chief executive...

Guardian, 14:29 in Business

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