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Social mobility board quits over lack of progress

The board of the government’s Social Mobility Commission has stood down in protest at the lack of progress towards a “fairer Britain”. Ex-Labour minister Alan Milburn, who chairs the commission, said he had “little hope” the current government could make the “necessary progress”. Tory former cabinet minister Baroness Shephard is among three others to quit. In a resignation letter first reported by the Observer, Mr Milburn said ministers were preoccupied with Brexit. He said that meant the government “does not have the necessary bandwidth to ensure the rhetoric of healing…

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APNewsBreak: Doctor: Lack of drugs led to new execution plan

A scarcity of lethal injection drugs nationwide drove plans to use a never-before-tried three-drug combination for Nevada’s first execution in more than 11 years, the state’s former top doctor told The Associated Press. In his first interview since resigning a month ago, Dr. John DiMuro defended the protocol he developed as Nevada’s chief medical officer, saying he initially wanted to use a heart-stopping medication similar to what other states have used. “We couldn’t get the drugs. We had to work around being unable to obtain other drugs,” DiMuro said this…

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Worrying about insomnia may be worse than lack of sleep

Like millions of Australians, I have trouble sleeping. While sleep disturbances come in many forms, I used to think those of us who slept badly had on thing in common: we suffer for it the next day. Can’t sleep? Don’t stress. Photo: Stocksy Now a new review is casting doubt on that idea. The review was published in the journal Behaviour Research and Therapy in October this year. It found that, whether or not you sleep poorly, the way you function the next day has more to do with your attitude…

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Aluko 'disappointed' by lack of support from team-mates

Media playback is not supported on this device Eniola Aluko is “disappointed and surprised” England players have not supported her stance after former national boss Mark Sampson was found to have used racially discriminatory remarks. After three inquiries, Sampson was found to have used discriminatory language to two players – Aluko and Drew Spence The Football Association has since apologised for its handling of the case, adding there was “much to learn from this episode”. England striker Aluko, 30, has won 102 caps and lost her place in the team…

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Harvey Weinstein: Prosecutors defend lack of action

Media playback is unsupported on your device Prosecutors have defended their decision not to take action against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein after a woman complained about his behaviour in 2015. The Manhattan district attorney’s office says undercover audio of the complainant and Weinstein was “insufficient to prove a crime”. But they said the Oscar winner had a “pattern of mistreating women”. Weinstein says many of the accusations against him are false. In a statement, Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman-Agnifilo said: “If we could have prosecuted Harvey Weinstein for the…

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Lifestyle 

In Love With Romance Novels, but Not Their Lack of Diversity

Earlier this year, after having seen books like “Heroine Complex,” “Trade Me” and “Forbidden” fly off shelves at the Ripped Bodice, their Culver City, Calif., bookstore that specializes in romance fiction, Bea and Leah Koch got curious. Seven of the 10 best-selling novels from the time of the store’s opening in March 2016 through the end of that year were written by nonwhite women. So why was the overall percentage of books that were written by nonwhite women and released by the major romance publishing imprints, like Avon Romance, at…

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Sports 

World Cup 2018: Boss Gareth Southgate says England lack 'big players'

England manager Gareth Southgate says his squad does not contain “big players” because of their lack of success in Europe. Southgate admits he and the players he will take to next summer’s World Cup in Russia still have to prove their credentials at the highest level. England face Lithuania in Vilnius on Sunday in their final qualifier. They secured their World Cup place with an uninspiring 1-0 win over Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday. Butland to start against Lithuania World Cup 2018 – who needs what to qualify? Southgate is…

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