The Week V. 1342

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.

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United Kingdom
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English
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Dennis Publishing UK
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Weekly
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9 minutos
the main stories and how they were covered

What happened Covid: is the end in sight? There were cautiously optimistic predictions this week that the third wave of Covid infections in the UK may have peaked. The number of reported cases fell for seven days in a row and by Tuesday was down to 23,511 – almost half the previous week’s figure. Daily deaths climbed to 131, the highest number since March, but analysts said this might be the lagged effect of high infection rates in preceding weeks. In any case, the Government was careful to dampen expectations. “People have got to remain very cautious, and that remains the approach of the Government,” warned Boris Johnson. No one should “run away with premature conclusions” that the virus has been beaten. As part of its efforts to keep infections low, the Government…

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politics

Controversy of the week The Channel migrants “The disheartening truth is that France knows we’re a soft touch,” said the Daily Mail. Last week, the Home Secretary Priti Patel “bunged” the French £54m to crack down on illegal migration across the Channel. That’s on top of the £28m we paid them last year. But what are we getting for our money? The French navy continues to “cynically escort” migrant boats into UK waters, where “the Border Force offers a taxpayer-funded taxi service to Dover”. The numbers heading for England in small boats have surged, rising from just 299 in 2018 to 8,400 last year to more than 8,900 so far in 2021. “We welcome the Home Secretary’s plans for greater deterrents: boats turned back, asylum-seekers flown abroad as claims are assessed, penalties…

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1 minutos
spirit of the age

The heatwave in the US, and the lockdown-enforced closure of public leisure centres, has created boom times for Swimply – an app known as “Airbnb for backyard pools”. In Oregon, where summers are often wet and cold, one couple have made $111,000 in less than a year by renting out their 26-ft long heated pool for $75 an hour. Jim and Lisa Battan say they have had 2,700 guests. Developers of luxury flats in Los Angeles and New York are listing on-site therapists, healers and “spiritual concierge” services among their amenities, to attract millennials with an interest in “self care”. One estate agent explained that it’s a buyers’ market at the moment, and gyms and yoga studios are no longer enough to set a block apart.…

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good week for

A-list gossip, with news that pop superstar Jennifer Lopez and actor Ben Affleck are once again an item. The pair originally dated from 2002 to 2004, giving rise to the first celebrity relationship portmanteau: Bennifer. Lopez, now 52, confirmed rumours that Bennifer had been reborn on Instagram last week. Rumpole of the Bailey, who is returning to British TV screens, but this time as a woman. First shown in 1978, Rumpole of the Bailey starred Leo McKern as John Mortimer’s grumpy barrister. The gender-swapping reboot, being written by Mortimer’s daughters, Emily and Rosie, is expected to be screened next year. Northwest Wales, after its slate landscape was designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site. PM Boris Johnson had backed the UK bid, commending the area for its “remarkable uniqueness”. The designation was…

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bad week for

Oxford Street, after the Marble Arch Mound – a £2m artificial hill designed to attract shoppers back to central London – was deemed such a disappointment, visitors who’d bought advance tickets to climb it had their money refunded. In The Observer, Rowan Moore said the hill looked more like “an ensemble of ill-matched carpet tiles than a greensward”. But Westminster Council said the structure just needed time to “bed in and grow”. Sajid Javid, who apologised for tweeting that people should stop “cowering” from the coronavirus. The Health Secretary said he had not meant to minimise the impact of the pandemic.…

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care home cruelty

Lambeth Council presided over a “culture of cover-up” that led to the sexual abuse and mistreatment of hundreds of vulnerable children in care homes in South London, a report has found. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse found that abusers were able to infiltrate five homes from the 1960s to the 1990s, with “devastating” consequences for their victims. Many staff, it said, had a “callous disregard for the children they were paid to look after”. The Council, meanwhile, employed staff it knew posed a risk to children; ignored complaints about abuse; and turned a blind eye to the brutal regimes in its homes. The report concludes that the level of cruelty inflicted is “hard to comprehend”.…