The Week V. 1344

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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51 Edições

nesta edição

9 minutos
the main stories… …and how they were covered

What happened “Code red for humanity” A landmark study called this week for the world to take urgent action to curb climate change before it was too late. The report by the UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) concluded for the first time that the evidence human activity was warming the atmosphere, oceans and land was “unequivocal”. It was now likely, it said, that by 2040, and possibly much earlier, the Earth’s average temperature would rise by more than 1.5°C above preindustrial levels – the limit set in the 2015 Paris Agreement. Heatwaves, droughts, floods and other extreme weather events will become more frequent, and sea levels would be “very likely” to keep on rising; rises of up to two metres by 2100 are possible. But the report added that drastic…

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3 minutos
politics

Controversy of the week Jabs for teenagers “Any parent can be forgiven for feeling perplexed, if not alarmed,” said Paul McKay in the Daily Mail. Three weeks ago, the government publicly ruled out the vaccination of healthy children. Yet now the NHS is pushing “full steam ahead” with plans to offer all 16- and 17-year-olds a dose of the Pfizer jab. But rest assured: there’s nothing sinister in this. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has just re-assessed its position in light of recent findings. Scientists are now confident the jab is safe for teenagers. And though it’s clear that the 1.4 million teens eligible for the jab are in very little danger of developing serious symptoms of Covid-19 themselves, they can still infect the vulnerable and unvaccinated. The Delta…

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1 minutos
spirit of the age

It was always likely that the pandemic, and its associated restrictions, would be a boon to streaming services, and so it has proved: new figures show that for the first time, a majority of British households (52%) are subscribed to Netflix. The streaming giant now has 14 million UK subscribers, three million of whom signed up in 2020. Overall, the average UK resident spent five hours and 40 minutes a day watching screen-based content, almost an hour more than in 2019. But traditional TV saw its audience share decline, from 67% to 61%. And while over-45s typically watched channels such as the BBC for more than three hours a day, those aged 16 to 24 tuned in for just 17 minutes, down from more than 60.…

1 minutos
good week for

Rihanna, who was named as the world’s richest female musician, with an estimated £1.2bn fortune. But though the singer has had a string of hits, most of her fortune derives from her cosmetics business. Rihanna (real name Robyn Fenty) launched Fenty Beauty in 2017, in partnership with LVMH. Her aim, she said, was to cater to “every type of woman”, with “all skin tones”. TikTok, which overtook Facebook Messenger to become the most downloaded app in 2020. The Chinese video-sharing platform was the only app in the top five not owned by Facebook. Space tourists, with news that Virgin Galactic is now taking bookings for its space flights. Prices start at $450,000 for a seat.…

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bad week for

David Cameron, who was forced to deny claims that over two-and-a-half years, he was paid $10m in cash and benefits by Greensill Capital. He also denied reports that he had lobbied Matt Hancock, the then health secretary, on behalf of a second firm, US biotech company Illumina, which later won a £123m genetic sequencing contract from the Government. Roaming, after Vodafone became the second mobile phone giant to say it planned to reintroduce fees for using UK phones in the European Union. The charges, of up to £2 a day, will apply to new and upgrading customers from January 2022. WFH, after Google employees in the US were warned that if they opt to work from home permanently, they may face a pay cut – dependent on where they live. “Our compensation…

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record a-level results

Pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have achieved the best A-level results ever, raising fears of a squeeze on university places. With exams cancelled for a second year, students were again graded by teacher assessment, though with modifications to the system used last year. And the trend for higher results persisted, with nearly 45% of entries receiving either an A or A* grade, compared with 38% in 2020 and 25% in 2019. The biggest beneficiaries were private school pupils, whose proportion of top grades rose nine points to 70%; at state schools, the rise was six points. In Scotland, the proportion of children getting A grades in their Highers and Advanced Highers also rose, to almost 20 points above pre-pandemic levels.…