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Minute-by-minute report: Who will join the hosts Brazil in the final? Find out with Paul DoylePaul Doyle For a White House often accused of being lax on national security, the uproar over invasive security techniques at airports is a head-snapping swing in the other direction. base: ".", A report on the international travel industry has ranked Egypt the least safe of 140 tourist destinations, evidence of the toll that unrest has taken on the country’s tourist industry. BP said Tuesday that it will restart its suspended dividend payments, put its troubled Texas City refinery up for sale and sell another $13 billion in assets, a move aimed at covering costs flowing from last year's the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, those numbers are still very low, the newspaper reports, with just .22 hospitalizations for every 1,000 deliveries, but, still, the numbers have experts concerned. Mark Sanford, who turned the phrase “hiking the Appalachian Trail” into a euphemism for an affair, is one of 18 candidates vying for a South Carolina Congressional seat in a special election. Tom Zeller is a senior reporter with the Huffington Post, primarily covering energy and the environment. Henry Marcellus Cathey, who died on Oct. 8 at age 79, was a brilliant plant scientist who understood the world of horticulture far beyond the boundaries that his doctoral degree and study as a Fulbright Scholar offered. 'The reviewer is repulsed by the actor's "flabby bottom"; Everett attempts a cursory glance south, but can't be arsed to look beyond the side of his knee'Reading this on mobile? Click here to viewRupert Everett is currently riding a wave of critical acclaim for his portrayal of a middle-aged, waning Oscar Wilde in the West End. He's also starring in the current Kenco coffee ad. In it, Rupert potters around the kitchen dressed for no conceivable occasion in a white shirt-silky pyjama combo, archly shrugging off a fictional critical mauling. The reviewer is repulsed by the actor's "flabby bottom"; Everett attempts a cursory glance south, but can't be arsed to look beyond the side of his knee. The reason he isn't worried? His coffee. See, Rupert has achieved such perfection with his morning caffeine boost (or, rather, Kenco has), that he's prepared to cut himself a bit of slack elsewhere.Singing the praises of a cup of instant coffee might not seem like the most Wildean of gigs, but on closer inspection it isn't a million miles away from Everett's latest performance. Does the Kenco slogan – "When your coffee's this good, nothing else has to be" – not flawlessly embody all of Wilde's most radical ideas about prizing pleasure over integrity, idleness over purpose? No? Oh. Well, surely Wilde would approve of the blatant insincerity of the celebrity endorsement, especially the bit where you get paid handsomely for doing practically nothing at all. Accordingly, Everett doesn't make any effort to contradict the pretend critic's accusation that he is expressionless. Instead, he almost manages to avoid moving a single muscle in his face during the brief moments it's in shot. As a final hurrah, he even wriggles out of speaking the Kenco slogan at the end. Oscar would be proud.AdvertisingTelevisionTelevision industryRupert EverettRachel Aroestiguardian.co.uk 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds Over the past 13 years, Panama City has been racing to become a world-class metropolis, and for travelers, the changes have been enormous. The 'midfielder' has been denied a cap for Botswana only by the trifling fact that he has never played for AFC WimbledonI doubt I could ever love anyone who did not admire a sporting blagger.Two years ago, a red-faced Worcestershire County Cricket Club let go Adrian Shankar, when his sporting CV – and indeed his age – was discovered to have been not as billed. The details of Shankar's embellishments are well-documented, but it's the anecdotes from a "fellow" pro that force the bigger giggles. Luke Sutton had played with Shankar at Lancashire (he fooled them too) and recalled how Shankar had also claimed to have played for Arsenal's youth team, despite failing to impress when Lancashire had kickabouts during warm-up.After playing tennis against him in pre-season, Sutton couldn't help but wonder after Shankar's insistence that he had reached national level in that game too. As for his age: "One day I had it out with him and asked why there was this doubt," remembered Sutton. "His reply ... was that he'd been on a life support machine for the first three years of his life tyu therefore physically three years younger than he should be."And if you can't doff your hat to that, then you're probably the Worcestershire blazer who passed Shankar's registration documents to West Mercia police.Sport is supposed to be the purest form of meritocracy (except when you have to be able to afford a show jumper or whatever to do it). And these days, even middling competition has so many checks and balances that it's impossibly hard for even a committed chancer to game the system. Very occasionally, though, someone slips momentarily through the net, and I am indebted to the AFC Wimbledon fanzine Wise Men Say for drawing my attention to a spellbinding football tale.Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin the story of Bobby Shillinde.It would probably help if I told you who Bobby Shillinde is, but I am afraid that is a matter of some debate. The way Bobby has it, in multiple tweets, videos, and now Botswanan national newspaper interviews – don't worry, I'll explain in a minute – he is AFC Wimbledon's brightest hope. A star of the reserves, with eight first-team appearances under his belt, the 21-year-old Botswana-born Bobby is nearing the business end of a season during which he has picked up a man of the match award and made the League Two Team of the Week.Or, as AFC Wimbledon's press officer put it to me: "I've checked with a few people. This player has never played for AFC Wimbledon as far as we are aware. Just to point out also that AFC Wimbledon does not have an Under-21s squad at the current time nor a reserves squad, though we do have a development squad."Well, whoever they are, they have been forced to make do without Bobby's talents of late, as he pulled off his first international call-up last week, and flew out to join Botswana's training camp.This amusing development would appear to be the culmination of Bobby's two-year Twitter campaign to bring his vital contribution to Wimbledon to a wider audience. "The first tweet I remember was from our play-off final in May 2011," muses Wise Men Say's Charlie Talbot, who has chronicled the rise and rise of Shillinde in wonderfully deadpan fashion. "He was leaving the hotel with the team."Bobby's tweets are now protected, but thanks to the archive efforts of bemused AFC fans I have seen a photo of his team hotel room, as well as that Team of the Week achievement (in which his name has been Photoshopped into midfield space that was actually occupied by Wycombe Wanderers' Joel Grant), and much more. Elsewhere, there's a video of Bobby playing it cool with his man of the match ball "signed by the lads".Even a few weeks ago, our hero was hard at work. "Shillinde believes that he can only be known to Botswana if he can get a call-up to come showcase his skills," ran a helpful article in the country's Sunday Standard newspaper. And so he did.Quite how, I could not say, but it has something to do with Fifa's only licensed agent in Botswana, a chap by the name of Comfort "Big Fish" Ramatebele. The coup was even characterised by some as Bobby choosing Botswana over England (Botswana are 122 in the Fifa rankings.) Similarly mysterious is a lengthy quote singing Bobby's praises that purports to come from the AFC Wimbledon manager, Neal Ardley. "[Bobby] has plenty of first-team experience," this claims. "One thing I admire about the youngster is his persistence," says "Ardley" – and I hope you're starting to agree with him."I'm an unknown player in Botswana," breezed Bobby to the country's media, although he declined to add that he is an unknown player at Wimbledon too.Or rather, he isn't, as some seem rather sweetly to be embracing him. A Botswana flag fluttered among the away fans at Aldershot last Saturday. "Great result," tweeted their first-team coach, Simon Bassey, after the win, "and all without our star player Bobby Shillende [sic]."I'd love to be able to tell you this ended with Bobby starting against Malawi in Tuesday's friendly ahead of Botswana's World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia on Sunday. Alas, Botswana suddenly announced last weekend that Bobby would not be making his debut yet because of passport issues. It is total surmise, of course, but perhaps his performance at the Zebras' training camp was something akin to Adrian Shankar's in that tennis game against Luke Sutton.Either way, let us hope this is not the last we hear of the fantastical Bobby Shillinde. In an age where footballers are routinely stereotyped as lacking in application, his chutzpah is only to be saluted.And if you chance to read this, Bobby, please get in touch. I'm a huge admirer ty2u work and feel I MUST know more.AFC WimbledonCricketWorcestershireMarina Hydeguardian.co.uk 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds A new generation of Republican leaders is questioning the approach of an aggressive use of American power abroad as a policy imperative and a political advantage. "Health affects school performance," lead researcher Christopher Forrest tells U.S. News. "Special health care needs have manifold effects on school outcomes that increase the likelihood that these kids are not going to successfully transition to adulthood." Natural hybrid grass cuts water run-off by 50%, can feed livestock and resist extreme weatherA new grass that cuts the water running off from fields by half could help stem the rising floods that global warming is bringing to the UK. The roots of the grass, a natural hybrid of rye and fescue grasses, produce more pores in the soil than traditional types, meaning more water can be stored."The enormous savings that will be possible by mitigating flooding through planting [these] grasses dwarf any possible cost of producing them," said Professor Douglas Kell, chief executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, which funded the research, published in the journal Scientific Reports. The new grass has been tested for two years in the field and a related hybrid will be available to farmers this year.Extreme rainfall has already risen in the UK and 2012 was England's wettest year on record. But despite the government's own scientists highlighting flooding as climate change's greatest threat to the UK, the funding for flood defences remains significantly below 2010 levels, with hundreds of schemes unbuilt as a result.As well as inundated households, agriculture suffered from the sodden weather in 2012 with more than £600m of food lost, the worst apple crop in 15 years and a 75% drop in honey production.The new grass will help complement engineered defences with better land management. The hybrid was selected from hundreds of natural cross-breeds and tested in Devon.Kit Macleod, a hydrologist at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, and colleagues found that it reduced the run off from clay-rich test plots by about 50% compared to its parents. The rye grass used is commonly sown in fields grazed by cattle, whereas the fescue grass was known to grow deep roots."The changes in run-off were due to changes in the soil structure due to the growth and then die-off of the deeper roots of the hybrid," said Macleod. The pores left in the soil by the initial deeper roots enabled more water to be stored, he said, while the grass continued to grow successfully from shallower roots.With 69% of the world's agricultural land being grassland, Macleod said the new hybrid had significant potential as a plant that could simultaneously provide good forage for livestock, be resilient to increasingly extreme weather and provide flood protection.He suggested that with changes in European agricultural subsidies under consideration, farmers could be offered incentives to grow crops that help reduce flooding. The cost of flooding to the UK could rise to £10bn a year, according to the government's climate change risk assessment.FloodingNatural disasters and extreme weatherAgricultureFarmingClimate changeDamian Carringtonguardian.co.uk 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds A lawmaker in Greece’s right-wing Golden Dawn party was accused of trying to punch the mayor of Athens, but missing and hitting a 12-year-old girl instead. A bipartisan group of senators reached a tentative agreement on Thursday to change the way the federal government sets interest rates for its education loans. The negotiations followed a failed procedural vote on another student loan bill on Wednesday. Read full article Shares rose slightly after the earnings report because the dip in profits was not as great as expected. Here's a look at who is moving where. Mark Sheftic birdied the final two holes at rainy and windy Sunriver Resort for a share of the third-round lead Tuesday in the PGA Professional National Championship. David Bowie’s new album, “The Next Day,” to be released on Columbia on Tuesday, is receiving acclaim as the artist’s strongest effort in decades. Carmakers have offered the media a sneak preview ahead of the 83rd Geneva Motor Show, which opens to the public on Thursday Dr. Ross was president of Bell Labs when its mission changed radically in 1984, after the breakup of its corporate parent, AT&T. Polls show a majority of the French favor equal rights for same-sex couples, but critics of President François Hollande have used protests against the bill as a way to attack
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