Slashing queues, helping new mothers: NHS explores apps for care in a digital age

Imagine if there were an app that reduced accident and emergency waiting times, ensured women are followed up after childbirth and even identified when hospital patients need to be transferred to intensive care. These were some of the innovative ideas generated by more than 100 NHS doctors, dentists, technology developers, scientists and health economists at …

Out of the fog: ‘missing’ Monet found through the power of the web

Tracking down lost works of art usually involves poring over obscure documents in galleries, archives and libraries, searching for clues. But the curator of a forthcoming National Gallery exhibition on Claude Monet will be featuring a “missing” painting that he found through a startlingly straightforward route – a Google search. The art historian Richard Thomson …

Trump insists Republican tax cuts will make US economy ‘rock’

Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class and suggested – boldly – that it could lead to explosive economic growth, making the US economy “rock”. The legislation, which the GOP aims to muscle through Congress next week, would lower taxes on the richest Americans. Benefits …

Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick fires Real Madrid to Club World Cup glory

Cristiano Ronaldo’s superb free-kick gave Real Madrid a 1-0 win over Grêmio as the Spanish champions retained their Fifa Club World Cup title in Abu Dhabi. Ronaldo, who won the Ballon d’Or and player of the year awards this year, broke the deadlock after 53 minutes when he clipped the ball over the wall and into …

‘We only see politicians on TV’ – the district of Soweto in the ANC’s shadow

In Kliptown, morning comes early. By six o’clock, the South African summer sun is sending long shadows across the railway tracks, smoke is rising from the piles of flaming garbage, tinny gospel is blaring from a sound system, men are already drinking and Magdalene Masifako is cleaning her front step. The 49-year-old part-time cleaner was …

Filling seats to mopping floors: the drama of running a theatre on a budget

With the endless double entendres and “it’s behind you” jokes, pantos are designed to offer some old-fashioned festive cheer. For smaller theatres they can also be a much needed money-spinner. At the Bradford Playhouse, Aladdin premiered on 13 December – it’s the theatre owner’s first pantomime. “One of the key business plans was to have …

Brexit row leaves voters thinking Tories are more divided than Labour

The Tories are seen as more divided than Labour by voters, according to the final Opinium/Observer poll of 2017. Almost half of voters see the Conservatives as disunited (47%) compared with the 40% who see Labour as split. The findings come after a bruising period for Theresa May’s party over Brexit. The division were exposed …

Anya Shrubsole: ‘To have a female cricketer on the Spoty shortlist is special’

It was when switching on her phone after disembarking a flight from Australia that Anya Shrubsole found out she had made the 12-person shortlist for BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The 26-year-old was returning home after an unsuccessful attempt to regain the Women’s Ashes. Despite a valiant fightback from 4-0 and then 8-4 down …