The Week V. 1340

The best of the media in one magazine. Each issue stitches together news and views from more than 200 global news sources into an utterly enjoyable, informative read.

País:
United Kingdom
Língua:
English
Editora:
Dennis Publishing UK
Periodicidade:
Weekly
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9 minutos
the main stories… …and how they were covered

What happened Freedom day Boris Johnson confirmed this week that almost all remaining legal Covid restrictions in England will end on Monday – but urged the public to exercise “extreme caution” when enjoying their new freedoms. Indoor venues such as cinemas, theatres and pubs can operate at full capacity, and masks will no longer be mandatory (though they will remain so on London transport and possibly in other cities). The PM’s decision was taken despite growing case numbers, which government scientists said could lead to hospital admissions rising above January levels to 4,800 a day, with up to 200 daily deaths within weeks. Johnson urged people not to be “demob happy” following the relaxation in rules. “This is not the end of Covid,” he warned. Restrictions will also be eased slightly in Scotland…

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2 minutos
politics

Controversy of the week Patel’s asylum plan In 2012, Gulwali Passarlay, a teenage Afghan refugee, proudly carried the Olympic torch on its way to the London Games, said Kenan Malik in The Observer. Only six years earlier, he was a desperate 12-year-old caught in the crossfire between Taliban and US forces in Afghanistan. His mother paid a smuggler to take him on a “gruelling 12,000-mile trek” which ended up with him entering Britain in a refrigerated lorry. Yet had Home Secretary Priti Patel’s new Nationality and Borders Bill been law in 2006, Passarlay would have committed a criminal offence just by coming here. This cruel bill proposes a two-tier system for refugees: those with “papers or permission to enter” will be allowed to claim asylum; those arriving as Passarlay did could be…

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1 minutos
spirit of the age

The Entomological Society of America (ESA) has cancelled the gypsy moth. The ESA is reviewing “inappropriate or offensive” insect names and has decided to “remove” the pest’s common name, because it uses a derogatory term for the Romani people. It will now be known only as Lymantria dispar. The Oriental rat flea, the Asian needle ant and the West Indian cane weevil are also being re-considered. “We don’t want to associate invasive pests with particular regions of the world or particular ethnic and cultural groups,” said the ESA. A mint condition copy of the video game Super Mario 64, dating from 1996, has sold at auction for more than $1.5m (£1.1m), making it the most expensive video game ever sold.…

1 minutos
good week for

Rewilding, after a baby beaver was born on Exmoor for the first time in 400 years, to two adults successfully reintroduced to the Holnicote Estate by the National Trust in 2020. Discarded Lego pieces, with the release of an app called Brickit. It allows users to scan a jumble of pieces with their smartphone camera and discover what can be built, using a database of more than 1,500 models. Daytrippers, with the news that Buckingham Palace’s gardens are now open to the public. Ticket holders will be able to roam around much of the Palace’s 39-acre grounds, and examine the Queen’s 156-metre herbaceous borders.…

1 minutos
bad week for

Southern Water, which has been fined a record £90m for deliberately dumping billions of litres of raw sewage into protected seas over several years, for its own financial gain. Over nearly six years, the water company poured a total of between 16bn and 21bn litres of untreated sewage into the seas off north Kent and Hampshire, so as to avoid financial penalties and the cost of upgrading and maintaining infrastructure. Dundee, which has been named as the Covid-19 capital of Europe. Over the past fortnight, over 1% of Dundee’s 150,000 residents have tested positive, the continent’s highest rate. The Nag’s Head, a pub in Sutton-in-Ashfield, which was hit by a crash-landing hot-air balloon on Sunday morning. It escaped with a few broken tiles; one passenger suffered a nosebleed. The pilot Andrew Davidson…

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foreign aid vote

Boris Johnson this week saw off a Tory rebellion over his plan to cut UK spending on foreign aid. MPs voted by a majority of 35 to keep the overseas development budget at 0.5% of national income, and not to reinstate the 0.7% figure that was in place until this year. Ministers insist that the cut – which will reduce aid by around £4.4bn – is a temporary move to alleviate pandemic pressures. But critics accused the PM of abandoning a manifesto promise at the expense of the world’s poor. In total, 24 Conservatives voted against the Government, including the former PM Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt.…