Europeans care more about elephants than people, says Botswana president | Global development

Many Europeans value the lives of elephants more than those of the people who live around them, the president of Botswana has said, amid tensions over potential trophy hunting import bans. Botswana recently threatened to send 30,000 elephants to the UK and Germany after both countries proposed stricter controls on hunting trophies. The country’s president,… Continue reading Europeans care more about elephants than people, says Botswana president | Global development

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Cancelled Glasgow book festival Aye Write receives lifeline donation | Books

Aye Write, the Glasgow literary festival that was cancelled last month after its funding application was turned down by Creative Scotland has announced that it will present a slimmed programme after an “unexpected, but very welcome” £65,000 donation. The donation, from a foundation set up by the late lottery winner Colin Weir, will help fund… Continue reading Cancelled Glasgow book festival Aye Write receives lifeline donation | Books

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Our Living World review – Cate Blanchett’s nature show is a rare ray of hope | Documentary

Our Living World begins with a cheesy inspirational quote: “Realise that everything connects to everything else.” Leonardo da Vinci said that, possibly. Soon, this nature series has glowing blue lines running across the screen, and Cate Blanchett on the voiceover, authoritatively announcing that the planet’s species are dependent on each other in ways we cannot… Continue reading Our Living World review – Cate Blanchett’s nature show is a rare ray of hope | Documentary

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Man with Down’s syndrome died from choking at care home, inquest hears | Bristol

A man with Down’s syndrome, severe learning disabilities and poor eyesight, who died after swallowing conkers hidden in rice as part of a sensory activity at a nursing home, had been left unsupervised though staff knew he was fascinated by food, an inquest has heard. Marcus Hanlin, 57, was on a regime at Cheddar Grove… Continue reading Man with Down’s syndrome died from choking at care home, inquest hears | Bristol

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Why has Hugh Grant settled his phone hacking claim against the Sun? | Phone hacking

Why did Hugh Grant settle his legal case against the Sun – even though he wanted to fight on?The actor has accepted an “enormous” settlement from the Sun in return for dropping his claim that he was illegally targeted by the newspaper’s journalists. Grant said he had wanted to fight the case and go to… Continue reading Why has Hugh Grant settled his phone hacking claim against the Sun? | Phone hacking

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‘Women are not usually seen to be resting’: Danielle Mckinney’s portraits of repose

The photographer turned painter specializes in images of Black female solitude, luxuriating in the importance of relaxing As a painter, Danielle Mckinney has just one subject: Black women in moments of repose. From that singular basis she has managed to produce years of acclaimed artwork, developing an enviable style that has drawn the attention of,… Continue reading ‘Women are not usually seen to be resting’: Danielle Mckinney’s portraits of repose

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Compensation payouts to UK rail passengers for delays hit £100m a year | Rail industry

Compensation paid to passengers for train delays in Britain has reached record levels, with annual payouts surpassing £100m and the number of claims for delayed or cancelled trains continuing to grow. Payouts to passengers for disrupted journeys reached £101.3m in the year to April 2023 – up by 155% from £39m in 2021-22. The latest… Continue reading Compensation payouts to UK rail passengers for delays hit £100m a year | Rail industry

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Pushing Buttons: The Fallout series doesn’t just look right – it feels like it was made by gamers, too | Games

I am a few episodes from the end of the series Fallout on Prime Video. It’s funny and gory, at times sentimental and at other times ridiculous. In other words, it’s just like the games, which veer between quiet, tragic moments exploring the vestiges of America, and being chased down a hill by irradiated scorpions… Continue reading Pushing Buttons: The Fallout series doesn’t just look right – it feels like it was made by gamers, too | Games

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As a Palestinian American, I can’t vote for Joe Biden any more. And I am not alone | Ahmed Moor

America is big, diverse and polarized. Yet, when it comes to the war in Gaza, opinions here are converging. A Gallup poll in March found 55% of respondents “disapprove of Israel’s actions”, up from 45% in November. Among registered Democrats, the figure is 75%. As the number of citizens voting “uncommitted” in Democratic primaries makes… Continue reading As a Palestinian American, I can’t vote for Joe Biden any more. And I am not alone | Ahmed Moor

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