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Compensation body told Rotherham abuse victim she 'consented'

Sammy Woodhouse, who was groomed at 14, was initially refused a Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority payout<p>A woman who was sexually abused as a child by a Rotherham grooming gang was refused compensation by a government body that claimed she consented to it.<p>Sammy Woodhouse was told by the …

UK flouting duty to cut air pollution deaths, says UN human rights report

<b>Exclusive:</b> Special rapporteur’s mission finds government has violated obligation to protect people’s lives and health<p>The UK government is “flouting” its duty to protect the lives and health of its citizens from illegal and dangerous levels of air pollution, according to the UN’s special rapporteur …

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EU citizens in disbelief over UK's leaked Brexit proposals

Europeans living in the UK say they are disgusted by Home Office immigration paper revealed by the Guardian<p>EU citizens living in the UK have spoken of their disbelief, heartbreak and fear following the leaking of a Home Office document setting out post-Brexit immigration proposals.<p>Workers in both …

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Cruise ships showed contempt for customers by breaking clean air pledge, report says

German environment group says industry has not tried to cut pollution over the past year and reneged on a promise to install soot filters<p>The world’s cruise ships have done virtually nothing to reduce their pollution over the past year, with some still emitting as much particulate matter as 1m cars …

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Hidden iOS setting may stop you running out of storage space on your iPhone or iPad

Are you running out of space on your iPhone or iPad? There's a setting buried in iOS 10 that may put an end to running out of space forever.<p>Are you …

Joiner who has lived in UK all his life told he is not a British citizen

Home Office tells Shane Ridge he must leave country because English father never married Australia-born mother<p>A 21-year-old man who was born and raised in Britain has been told to leave the UK by the Home Office because he is not a British citizen.<p>Shane Ridge, a joiner from Colne in Lancashire who …

App detects pancreatic cancer from the whites of your eyes

Pancreatic cancer has a very low survival rate, with just nine percent of patients surviving past five years. A major contributor to this rate is the fact that once those with pancreatic cancer start to show symptoms, the disease is usually already quite advanced. But researchers at the University …

Judge condemns Amber Rudd for ignoring orders to release torture victim

Home secretary has failed to adequately explain delays in freeing asylum seeker from detention, says high court judge<p>A high court judge has said she is “deeply concerned” about the behaviour of Amber Rudd for failing to release a survivor of torture from detention despite repeated court orders …

Up to 12,000 patients may have been put at risk by check-up failure

Thousands of patients may have been put at risk after failing to be given crucial hospital appointments, an independent review claims.<p>The investigation, ordered by Portsmouth Hospital trust, found almost 12,000 patients may have been put at “significant clinical risk” because they did not have …

19th-century Gowanus townhouse seeks $2M after spiffy renovation

You would never guess that this home dates back to 1899<p>When it comes to Brooklyn townhouses, Gowanus might not be one of the top places that comes to mind but there are quite a few good ones to be found. Take this cute 19th century townhouse, located at 176 12th Street. It’s going for a steep $2.15 …

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Energy efficiency loophole risks major cost to the energy system

Britain’s landlords could cost the energy system hundreds of millions of pounds by using loopholes in the Government’s housing standards to avoid improving ­energy efficiency.<p>Landlords are expected to file for ­exemptions from the forthcoming efficiency guidelines to avoid shouldering the expense …

EasyJet 'sent passenger on futile tour of Morocco to recover bag'

Airline apologises after holidaymaker was told to collect suitcase from 200km away – even though it turned out not to be there<p>EasyJet has not only been attacked for overbooking this week – another passenger has described “the worst customer service I have ever experienced” after the airline failed …

The ultimate downsize: we sold our home (and now get paid £300 a month to live in other people's)

A growing number of retired people are supplementing their pension income by offering to stay in people's homes to look after their pets while they are away.<p>Some are paid to stay in luxurious homes for weeks at a time.<p>Janet and Steve Groom, from Biddenden, Kent, started to housesit five years ago …

Here’s what the first Tesla solar roofs look like in the wild

Customers are sharing photos of the new solar tiles—and how well they perform<p>When Elon Musk started taking preorders for Tesla’s solar roof tiles in 2017, he said they’d be installing the roofs on Tesla employees homes first as a way of test-driving the technology before it was available to the …

Cheshire East council admits air pollution data was falsified

Council apologises for serious errors in air quality readings over three years and says it is reviewing planning applications<p>A local authority has admitted its air pollution data was deliberately manipulated for three years to make it look cleaner.<p>Cheshire East council apologised after serious …

IKEA’s selling home storage batteries for its solar panels

A rooftop of solar panels generating clean energy is great and all, but having somewhere to squirrel away that free juice is even better. After stepping into the shade for a good few months, IKEA began selling solar panels again last year with new teammate Solarcentury (a company that specialises …

Clean Energy

Wealthy owners of empty homes in Grenfell borough revealed after council blunder

The owners of more than 1,500 empty properties in the same borough as the Grenfell Tower fire, including oligarchs, multimillionaires and foreign royalty, have been revealed after a council blunder.<p>The names of the vacant properties in Kensington and Chelsea, where hundreds of people have been left …

Owners of ex-local authority homes face horror of bills running into thousands

Leaseholders find themselves caught up in council drives to improve the condition of their housing stock, often at great cost<p>When Cat Whitehouse and her partner James Wooldridge bought their ex-local authority flat on the Roupell Park estate in Lambeth four years ago, they were told there were no …

Thousands sign petition for more transport cash for north of England

More than 29,000 people back petition that comes after transport secretary Chris Grayling ditched rail electrification plans<p>More than 29,000 people have signed a petition calling for more investment in transport in the north of England, after rail electrification plans across the country were …

Capita told graduates to pay £20,000 for leaving unpaid training scheme

Former trainees say they were told to repay money if they left scheme, which involved up to four months of unpaid training and had no guarantee of job<p>Capita, one of the UK’s largest outsourcing companies, has demanded payouts of up to £21,000 from graduates who tried to pull out of an unpaid …

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Kama Sutra — Malika Favre

The Kama Sutra<p>Personal work<p>Exhibition project exploring the Kama Sutra in 26 letters. The letters were first exhibited at the Somerset House as part …

Oxford council threatens homeless people with £2,500 fines over belongings

City council under fire after legal notices pinned to rough sleepers’ bags left in shop doorways<p>Homeless people putting their possessions in shop doorways in Oxford have been threatened with fines of up to £2,500.<p>Legal notices have been pinned on to bags belonging to rough sleepers, warning that …

Government's employment tribunal fees are 'illegal', Supreme Court rules

The Government's employment tribunal fees are "illegal" and preventing people access to justice, the Supreme Court has ruled.<p>Britain's highest court unanimously ruled that the fees contravene both EU and UK law and are "discriminatory" against women.<p>The Government will have to refund up to £32 …

Lack of mental health support leaving children stuck in hospital – thinktank

Figures show rise in number of ‘wasted days’ spent in hospital by young patients who have been declared fit for discharge<p>Children with serious mental health problems are becoming trapped in NHS psychiatric units, unable to leave because care is unavailable outside hospitals, a thinktank has …

Older people should be given dogs on prescription to increase activity

Older people should be given dogs on prescription to help increase their outdoor activity, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers at the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia (UEA) found that owning or walking a dog was one of the most effective ways to beat the usual decline in …

How to find free music and movies online

How to stay entertained without having to pay.<p>If you want to access endless entertainment for a reasonable fee, you can cough up some cash to Spotify for music or Netflix for movies. But if you're on a tight budget and can't part with even a dime, then don't fret—you can find plenty of free …

Hospital staff 'sick with stress' over crippling parking fines racked up every week

Dozens of doctors, nurses and support workers have been left suffering high levels of stress and sickness after a NHS trust authorised a private car park operator to pursue them through the courts over unpaid fines.<p>Several members of staff at the Cardiff trust are understood to have gone off work …

British expat in Spain fears losing access to healthcare after Brexit

Pensioner Tony Stone fears his future healthcare costs have become a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations<p>An 81-year-old British retired antiques dealer who lives in Spain has said he fears his marriage to his Russian wife could be destroyed because Theresa May’s proposals for EU citizens will not …

Turn your Mac or PC into a cheap and easy Apple TV

If you've got an old iMac lying around -- or any Mac or PC for that matter -- you can repurpose it as a cheap alternative to an Apple TV so you can stream your iPhone or Android phone to its larger display.<p>All you need is the Reflector 2 app, which is much cheaper than going out and buying an Apple …

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