Late April snow slammed the northern part of Flagstaff, Arizona on Tuesday, April 27. The footage was filmed and posted on social media by @mitchstrohman.
Late April snow slammed the northern part of Flagstaff, Arizona on Tuesday, April 27. The footage was filmed and posted on social media by @mitchstrohman.
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A 21-year-old man has been charged with the murder of police community support officer Julia James in Kent. Callum Wheeler, from Aylesham, is due to appear at Medway Magistrates' Court via videolink on Tuesday. The body of Ms James was discovered in Akholt Wood near her home in Snowdown on 27 April.
A disastrous defeat in the Hartlepool by-election and the loss of more than 300 English council seats in last week's local elections has prompted an immediate reshuffle of Sir Keir Starmer's Labour team. Despite the sudden reshuffle, there are warnings of a leadership challenge for the Labour leader, while others have suggested that Mr Starmer is the cause of Labour's crisis, not the solution. Where has it gone wrong for Labour and can the party bounce back under Sir Keir Starmer's leadership? Read on for the best discussion points from our readers and share your own view in the comments section. 'Labour is so far removed from reality' @Mark Chisholm: "I'm from the North East. My family were miners, shipyard workers and factory workers. All solid Labour men with some being shop stewards. "I work in the offshore construction industry - probably the last bastion of old fashioned male working environment with many of the men working in it from the shipyards and heavy welding firms of old. In my office right now is a bloke from Newcastle who is one of our welding inspectors. "And none of them understand Labour anymore. Through gritted teeth admittedly they have all said they won't vote for them because they are no longer a party that represents the non London working class. The bloke with me voted Tory last time - the first in his life. "Labour have allowed themselves to become the party of the woke student left. Working men and women look at these people who bang on about social justice with utter amazement at how far removed from reality they are. These normal people are angry at the way in which their party has been taken over by the radicals who look down upon the very people they are supposed to represent. Labour is the party for the well off Notting Hill media crowd, not the average worker trying to get by. "The Tory party are simply more in tune with most people in the UK." 'No unified set of policies' @Peter Williman: "Unfortunately for them the Labour party cannot articulate a unified set of policies. "It is split between woke irrelevance and out of date stances on 'workers' and people's realities, hopes and needs at this time." 'Starmer should have the skills to tear Boris apart' @Andrew Turner: "On paper, Starmer should have destroyed Boris, an ex-QC and the ex-Director of Public Prosecutions, he should have had the skills to set up traps in question time and tear Boris apart. "The fact that he hasn't shows just how much pride Britain has in both Brexit and the vaccine rollout, how Britain is rejecting woke politicians and lastly how Boris has a Teflon skin that covers every inch of his body." 'Starmer is yesterday's man' @Paul Hughes: "For decades we have had politicians who had an easy life. A political career was easy money: Oxbridge, PPE or the law, political aides, a safe seat, back bench then front bench and when it was your turn, government. "Suddenly though the country needs proper leadership and real bold decision making, the like of which we have not seen for decades. "Brexit has changed everything, and Covid has demanded better from our politicians. The international political landscape is changing rapidly. Boris is learning fast, but Starmer was already yesterday’s man when he was elected leader of the Labour Party." 'No leader' @Stuart Wilson: "Starmer isn't a leader. He's a professional lawyer who is more interested in trying to trick Johnson at the dispatch box than doing anything to move the country forwards." 'The party as it is can hardly stay together' @Nick Little: "Anyone who doesn’t think Starmer is a massive part of Labour's problems and a symbol of the metropolitan, woke cult that they’ve become is deluding themselves. And unless they get their act together in the next few years, Labour will go the same way as the Liberals 90 years ago. "The party as it is can hardly stay together, and if Starmer does actually stand up to the Corbynite mob a split is absolutely inevitable. As it is, not only are the North and the Midlands deserting Labour in droves, but the woke urban mob are making it perfectly plain that good old Keir can’t hold a torch to the fallen idol Corbyn. "Starmer simply has nowhere to go now and is haemorrhaging support from all sides, with many Corbynites defecting to the Greens. "With former Brexit Party voters shoring up the Tory vote in the North, what’s left of the red wall will soon be wiped out completely and the greens may well start making very significant inroads into Labour urban strongholds such as London, Bristol etc. I can easily see them plummeting to less than 150 seats at the next general election, unless something changes fast, with a Tory majority to rival Thatcher's in the 80s." 'Could have played it differently' @Joseph Shand: "I think Starmer has had the chance to be very significant during the pandemic, but chose to be malign. "Labour could have played it differently. It has spent the entire lockdown prowling for ways to pounce, when it really was not the right thing to do. It does not seem to have done itself any good, but has had a great role in getting the government into such a defensive mode." 'Starmer hasn't got anywhere to go' @Brian Corbett: "Boris has firmly parked his tanks on Labour's lawn with policies that owe more to Blair than Thatcher. Starmer simply hasn't got anywhere to go apart from further to the left. And we've seen what the result of that is." 'The issues started before Starmer' @Nicholas Mills: "To suggest the problems of Labour are due to Starmer is wrong. It has become the party of divisive identity politics way before Starmer arrived. "This nasty Labour has been around a fair few years. They showed contempt to the working class as uneducated and bigoted prior to Brexit. They’ve hated English nationalism for several decades at least. "The mistake they made was placing a supposed moderate to lead the party." 'Lose Starmer' @Paul Driscoll: "For me, Labour was deeply affected by Brexit following the betrayal of their Labour MPs who, despite being in constituencies that wanted to leave, still did all they could in their power to stop that democratic vote. "If Labour wants to truly survive, then lose Starmer and pick someone not seen as one of the architects as the Brexit betrayal and then build on the radical bold manifesto that served Labour so well." 'Ordinary people would rather go for a pint with Boris' @M Hunt: "My dad once told me the PM should be a bloke, or woman, who you would like to go for a pint with, but also like to stick up for and represent your country. "I think a lot of ordinary people would much rather go for a pint with Boris, and would much rather have him sticking up for Britain, something Starmer and Labour have not done for four or five decades." 'They are politically illiterate' @Susan Kennedy: "Labour is finished and therefore anything Starmer does is just rearranging the furniture on the Titanic. "They can't be trusted. I mean who would think to put up a Remainer candidate in a leave voting constituency. They are politically illiterate." Where has it gone wrong for Labour and Sir Keir Starmer? Have your say in the comments section below.
A new coronavirus variant of concern known as B.1.617.2, first identified in India, appears to be less likely to be vaccine resistant than other variants, English Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on Monday. Whitty said the B.1.617.2 variant was a concern and health officials were keeping a close eye on it. "Our view is that this is a highly transmissible variant... (but) at this point in time, our view is it is less likely to be able to escape vaccination than some of the other variants," he said at a news conference.
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A black fungus with a mortality rate of 50 per cent is increasingly infecting recovered Covid-19 patients in India, with doctors forced to remove parts of the face of some sufferers to save lives. Mucormycosis, caused by a mucor mould commonly found in soils and decaying vegetables, infects the sinuses, the brain, and the lungs of immuno-compromised people. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, mucormycosis was extremely rare, with just a few cases annually. But, leading hospitals across India are now seeing multiple cases daily. If it is feared that the mucor will spread to the brain then invasive surgery is a last-ditch recourse, with Indian doctors being forced to remove the infected jaw bone, nose, and eyes of patients. “The situation here has improved in terms of numbers of Covid-19 patients requiring admission but mucormycosis is now playing absolute havoc,” said Dr Prashant Rahate, the Chairman of SevenStar Hospital in the city of Nagpur, which has treated more black fungus patients than any other facility in central India.
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The Spanish government and opposition blamed each other on Monday after crowds of mostly maskless youths partied in the streets of Madrid and Barcelona when a state of emergency imposed to curb the pandemic ended at the weekend. Imposed last October amid an alarming second wave of infections, the state of emergency allowed the temporary suspension of some civil liberties, including a nationwide curfew and local travel bans. Its expiry, partly because the minority government of Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez would struggle to win a majority in parliament to prolong it, spurred celebrations as well as concerns that such behaviour could lead to another spike in cases.
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As its vaccination drive reaches a third of adults and COVID-19 infections ease, Europe is starting to reopen cities and beaches, raising hopes that this summer's holiday season can be saved before it is too late. With 200 million vaccine doses delivered, the European Union is on track to achieve its goal of inoculating 70% of its adult population by summer, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted on Sunday. And, in Germany, a first weekend of summer sun lifted spirits after Health Minister Jens Spahn declared the third wave of the pandemic finally broken.
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The government of French President Emmanuel Macron reacted with fury on Monday after a group of serving French soldiers published an open letter warning that "civil war" was brewing over his "concessions" to Islamism, weeks after a similar message from elements in the military rocked the elite. The letter, posted on the website of the right-wing Valeurs Actuelles magazine late Sunday, echoes the one published by the same publication last month but appears to have been written by an unknown number of younger troops still in active service.Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, a close ally of Macron, accused the anonymous signatories of the second letter of lacking "courage" while Defence Minister Florence Parly dismissed it as part of a "crude political scheme".Prime Minister Jean Castex meanwhile told Le Parisien newspaper that the letter was a "political manoeuvre" by the "extreme right".But it was welcomed by far-right leader Marine Le Pen, seen as Macron's main rival for next year's presidential election.She had also been blamed by some in the government over the previous letter, which was signed by a handful of officers and around 20 semi-retired generals.'Generation of fire'"We are not talking about extending your mandates or conquering others. We are talking about the survival of our country, the survival of your country," said the latest letter, which was addressed to Macron and his cabinet.The authors described themselves as soldiers from the younger generation of the military, a so-called "generation of fire" that had seen active service."They have offered up their lives to destroy the Islamism that you have made concessions to on our soil," they wrote.They claimed also to have served in the Sentinelle security operation within France, launched after a wave of jihadist attacks in 2015.They charged that for some religious communities "France means nothing but an object of sarcasm, contempt or even hatred"."If a civil war breaks out, the military will maintain order on its own soil... civil war is brewing in France and you know it perfectly well," the letter said.In contrast to the previous missive, the latest letter can be signed by the public, with Valeurs Actuelles saying more than 160,000 had done so by Monday afternoon.'Is this courage?'A high-ranking officer in military headquarters told AFP the armed forces would not let the letter go without a response."A firm reminder will be made by the command on the respect of duty," said the officer, who asked not to be named, adding that remaining apolitical was essential to maintain the military's credibility."One can have personal convictions but the armed forces are apolitical and have absolute loyalty to the elected president. If you feel bad, you can leave the army with a clean conscience," the officer said."I believe that when you are in the military you don't do this kind of thing in hiding," Darmanin told BFM television. "These people are anonymous. Is this courage? To be anonymous?""It is part of a crude political scheme," Parly told the same channel. "It uses all the rhetoric, the vocabulary, the tone, the references which are those of the extreme right."Analysts say Macron has tacked to the right in recent months to prevent Le Pen and her National Rally party from exploiting a series of attacks in late 2020 blamed on Islamist extremists who recently immigrated to France.Civil war "is brewing," responded Le Pen during a visit to western France. "In any case, it is a risk. Of course, there is always a risk of civil war," she said, adding that she welcomed the second letter as she had the first."It is clearly not a call to insurrection," she said. "Otherwise I would not be supporting it."Castex had labelled the rare intervention in politics by military figures in last month's letter "an initiative against all of our republican principles, of honour and the duty of the army".Armed forces chief of staff General Francois Lecointre said those who signed it would face punishments ranging from enforced full retirement to disciplinary action.(AFP)
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Starmer moves to calm Labour tensions with shadow cabinet addressAs the dust settles from weekend’s reshuffle, the leader said the party must now concentrate on winning votes Keir Starmer leaving his home on Monday morning. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images