Finn Niskanen's 'sisu' delivers gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – One of the national characteristics the Finnish people are most proud of is what they call “sisu” – fighting spirit — and cross-country skier Iivo Niskanen displayed plenty of it to win the gruelling 50km Olympic mass start race on Saturday.

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‘Lloyds ruined my trip of a lifetime’

The bank blocked the only card a Guardian feature writer had while on holiday in the US

Congratulations to Lloyds Bank for launching a timely mental health awareness campaign this month. In the Channel 4 adverts, famous people (including Jeremy Paxman and Victoria Pendleton) and members of the public, wear sticky notes on their heads featuring words and phrases such as bipolar disorder, agoraphobia, depression and anxiety. The voiceover tells us: “Mental health problems affect one in four of our customers, of our staff, of everyone. Let’s get it out in the open. Lloyds Bank – by your side.”

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/feb/24/lloyds-debit-card-blocked-us-holiday

  


The Syrian teenager tweeting the horror of life in Ghouta – video

Muhammad Najem, a​ 15​-​year​-​old ​resident of the ​devastated rebel enclave on the outskirts of Damascus, is using social media to share videos of daily bombardments, and food and medical shortages. With hundreds of civilians killed this week alone, Muhammad’s latest posts have called on the international community to take action and accused President Bashar al-Assad of killing his childhood

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Russians fear doping has sunk their bid to fly flag at Games

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – A despondent mood swept through Russian athletes at the Pyeongchang Winter Games on Saturday, their hopes of being able to fly the Russian flag at the closing ceremony deflated by a second positive doping test.

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Olympics - Ledecka doubles up with historical PGS gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Ester Ledecka became the first person in Winter Olympics history to capture gold medals in unrelated events after the Czech won the snowboard parallel giant slalom on Saturday to go with her stunning Alpine skiing super-G gold.

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Julian Assange negotiations: Ecuador blames UK as talks break down

Ecuador’s foreign minister says: ‘To mediate you need two parties, Ecuador is willing, but not necessarily the other party’

Talks between the UK and Ecuador over the future of Julian Assange at its London embassy have broken down, the South American country’s foreign minister has said.

Maria Fernanda Espinosa suggested British officials had been unwilling to negotiate over the Wikileaks founder’s potential release.

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Skiers say gripping team event looks like it's here to stay

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Alpine skiing’s first ever Olympic team event threw up enough surprises and excitement on Saturday to suggest that the parallel slalom format will be back at future Games, even if some of the world’s best skiers decided to give it a miss.

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Militants attack Afghan army post killing 18 soldiers

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Taliban militants have attacked an Afghan army post and killed 18 government soldiers, the defence ministry said on Saturday, while a suicide bomber in the capital killed one person and wounded six.

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Olympics - Galmarini upgrades to men's PGS gold in Pyeongchang

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Switzerland’s Nevin Galmarini upgraded his silver medal from four years ago when he held off the challenge of South Korea’s Lee Sang-ho to win gold in the men’s snowboard parallel giant slalom on Saturday.

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Olympics - Ledecka creates history with PGS gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Ester Ledecka became the first person in Winter Olympic history to win gold medals in both skiing and snowboarding after winning the snowboard parallel giant slalom on Saturday to go with her Alpine skiing super-G gold.

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In an age of anger and cynicism, let me make the case for worthiness | Claire Armitstead

We are wary of being characterised as do-gooders. But good thoughts and deeds shouldn’t be cause for embarrassment

At a gathering earlier this week, I made a terrible social gaffe. I was enthusing to friends about a project I’ve been working on when the atmosphere curdled and the conversation faltered, as if I had spilled wine on someone’s favourite skirt or accidentally squashed the cat. “You’re making it sound worthy,” two of them chorused, as another quietly sidled away.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/24/anger-cynicism-worthiness-london

  


Olympics - Ledecka creates history with snowboard PGS gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Ester Ledecka became only the fifth person in Winter Olympic history to win gold medals in two separate events after winning the snowboard parallel grand slalom on Saturday to go with her skiing super-G gold.

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'Completely different context': Turnbull dodges gun control advice at Trump meeting – video

Australia’s prime minister tells Donald Trump ‘we certainly don’t presume to provide policy or political advice’ on gun control during a meeting at the White House. Malcolm Turnbull says that for their two countries it’s ‘a completely different context, historically legally and so forth. We are very satisfied with our laws, we maintain them.’ The US president again promoted the idea of arming teachers, saying they would be more effective than the armed guard who failed to prevent the Florida shooting because teachers ‘love their children’.

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Malaysian PM Najib lambasted for preferring expensive quinoa over rice

‘Election will be quinoa versus rice, clean government versus kleptocracy, and Najib versus people of Malaysia,’ opponent says

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has sparked storm of criticism after saying he had stopped eating rice in favour of more expensive quinoa.

Najib, who is facing a general election within months under a cloud of a corruption scandal, has been blamed for a rising cost of living since launching a goods and services tax in 2015.

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Apple moves to store iCloud keys in China, raising human rights fears

SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING (Reuters) – When Apple Inc begins hosting Chinese users’ iCloud accounts in a new Chinese data center at the end of this month to comply with new laws there, Chinese authorities will have far easier access to text messages, email and other data stored in the cloud.

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George Christensen calls for 'shackled' Nationals to split from ‘aimless’ Liberals

Outspoken Queensland MP says the compromise is becoming increasingly difficult to accommodate

George Christensen has used the resignation of Barnaby Joyce to call on the National party to formally end its coalition with Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberals.

The outspoken Queensland MP posted on Facebook that in the absence of an elected federal leader, the National party should push “the reset button” and slash the ties of their 95-year partnership with the Liberals.

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Three bombs rock Myanmar's northwestern city Sittwe, policeman injured

YANGON (Reuters) – Three bombs rocked the capital of Myanmar’s restive Rakhine State, Sittwe, early on Saturday, police said, adding that a policeman was slightly injured and the authorities were still working to determine who was behind the bombings.

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Friedrich pilots German team into gold position

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Francesco Friedrich piloted his four-man bobsleigh team to the top of the timesheets on Saturday with a blistering second run to give Germany a commanding lead heading into the final two runs of the competition on Sunday.

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Several beaches closed after ‘extremely rare’ shark attack in Botany Bay

Woman survives bite from great white shark, believed to have been more than three metres long

Beaches in Sydney’s south-east have been closed after a woman was bitten by a great white shark, which is believed to have been more than three metres long.

Late on Friday, the 55-year-old swimmer survived the first shark attack in Botany Bay in at least 25 years, and is recovering at St George hospital.

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Switzerland beat Austria to win inaugural team gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Pyeongchang individual medallists Wendy Holdener and Ramon Zenhaeusern led the way as Switzerland beat Austria 3-1 in the final to win the inaugural Alpine team gold at the Winter Games on Saturday.

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American team to boycott Russian World Cup meet over doping concerns

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – The U.S. team will boycott the season’s final International Biathlon Union (IBU) event next month in Tyumen, Russia amid continuing concerns about the lack of a functioning anti-doping agency there, the U.S. national biathlon association has said.

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Merkel's Bavarian allies warn SPD to stick to deal on migrants

BERLIN (Reuters) – Top officials in the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives on Saturday warned the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) that failure to stick to agreements on migrants could cause the collapse of the potential new German government.

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'Peace Games' are no game-changer for South Koreans

GANGNEUNG, South Korea/SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s self-styled “Peace Games” have been a sporting success but public reaction suggests it may have failed its bigger test — to generate the support its president needs to make bold moves to improve ties with old enemy North Korea.

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Vatican child abuse investigator meets with accused Chilean bishop

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – A Vatican investigator sent to Chile by Pope Francis to interview sex abuse victims met on Friday with Chilean Bishop Juan Barros about accusations that he covered-up sexual abuse of minors committed by a priest.

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List, Lovemark ahead in Florida as Woods lurks four back

(Reuters) – Luke List and Jamie Lovemark moved into a share of a one-stroke lead at a windy Honda Classic on Friday as Tiger Woods was left to rue a late lapse that left him four shots off the pace after he signed for a one-over 71.

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Trump company settles lawsuit over disputed golf club deposits

(Reuters) – A Florida golf club owned by U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on Friday to pay $5.45 million to settle claims by former members that it wrongfully refused to refund their deposits when they wanted to resign.

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