'Ask what you can do for your country' : Prayer in the times of COVID
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'Ask what you can do for your country' : Prayer in the times of COVID
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Amy Klobuchar says ‘stakes could not be higher’ as deadlocked committee vote signals battle ahead on For The People Act and filibuster
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The world's largest and most powerful space telescope unfolded its giant golden mirror for the last time on Earth on Tuesday, a key milestone before the $10 billion observatory is launched later this year.
Thomas Tuchel claims Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needed to be in a “top squad” to win the trophies his talent deserves. Ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Arsenal on Wednesday, the German has revealed his admiration for the Gunners striker, who he managed at Borussia Dortmund. Tuchel revealed he remains in contact with Aubameyang, who is facing the prospect of missing out on Europe with Arsenal this season – and has just one FA Cup to show for his three years at the Emirates.
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A young British woman was strangled in front of her baby daughter during a violent robbery in Greece. Officers confirmed that the mother was born in Greece but had a British passport. Greeks are used to gangland killings but the strangling of the woman in front of her child has shocked the region.
Modelling by Imperial College's COVID-19 Response Team also found there could be a "small wave" of hospital admissions and about 9,000 additional deaths by June 2022 if steps three and four of the roadmap continue as planned. "Given the high vaccine uptake observed so far, most deaths are predicted to occur in vaccinated individuals, because of imperfect vaccine efficacy," the report said. Dr Anne Cori, from Imperial College, said the predicted small third wave may be "considerably larger" if variants of concern are imported into the UK.
“We are reaching the goal,” French Prime Minister Jean Castex laid out the rules Monday for the next steps toward the ending of France’s third nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, with the reopening of restaurant and café terraces, cultural venues and non-essential shops set for May 19. “I say it in the clearest way possible: We are finally in the process of emerging from this health crisis on a long-term basis,” Castex said in an interview with the Le Parisien newspaper on Monday. “This exit will take place in a gradual, careful and guided way. But the trend is clear, we are reaching the goal and that’s good news.”France is sticking to the schedule for easing its lockdown that President Emmanuel Macron announced on April 29. The government first lifted a 10km limit on movement from home on May 3. The second step in a planned return to normalcy will be the reopening of restaurant, bar and café terraces, cultural venues and non-essential shops, but with rules.France has averaged 17,000 new Covid-19 infections per day over the past week, still far above the 5,000 threshold that the government had set to end the second lockdown in December.The finance ministry has announced it will continue to aid companies in sectors hit hardest during the pandemic, but at a reduced level between June and August.• The nightly curfew will roll back from 7pm to 9pmFrance’s nationwide curfew, which the government has adjusted several times since October, will roll back from 7pm to 9 pm on May 19, and continue ending each morning at 6am. The new hours are the same as those in place last autumn, before France’s second lockdown began on October 29.France wants to further roll back the soon-to-be 9pm start to 11pm on June 9, and lift the curfew entirely on June 30.• Restaurant, bar and café terraces to reopen at 50 percent capacityThe reopening of restaurant, bar and café terraces, which Health Minister Olivier Véran confirmed Monday, will be at half of their total capacity from May 19.“There will be a limit of 50 percent capacity,” Castex said to Le Parisien. The prime minister also said that patrons must be seated, with no more than six at a table.“I imagine that there could be some misbehaviour, but I trust my fellow citizens to respect the rules,” Castex said. “There will be police checks.”Indoor service will resume at half-capacity on June 9, he said.• Capacity limits for cultural venues and spectator sports“Every third seat in a cinema or at a show may be filled, with a limit of 800 people per room,” Castex said. Museums may also reopen on May 19, with the rule that each visitor be accorded 8 square metres of space.Outdoor and indoor facilities for spectator sports may also reopen from next week, with limits of 800 people indoors and 1,000 outdoors.• Shops, covered markets and open-air markets may open with limitsFrance’s shops have been subject to different rules in recent months, depending on their size and location. They “will all reopen, including the large shopping centres” on May 19, Castex said, according to the same rule as museums: 8 square metres per customer.Covered markets will also need to provide 8 square metres of space for each shopper, while open-air markets must provide 4 square metres.Limits on the number of customers inside shops will be lifted on June 30, the PM said.(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
Leading Tories have backed Gordon Brown’s plan to save the UK, after the SNP told Boris Johnson that a new referendum would happen on Nicola Sturgeon’s timetable. William Hague, the former Conservative leader, said that Mr Brown’s proposal for a permanent forum to hand the UK nations and regions more influence “merits serious consideration”. Andy Street, the West Midlands mayor, also backed the idea. The former Labour Prime Minister this week launched a new campaign to persuade “middle Scotland” to stick with the UK and declared he is not afraid of a new referendum, following the SNP’s landslide election win. He believes "patriotic" Scots, who are neither nationalists or committed unionists, will decide the future of the country and can be persuaded to reject separation. The UK Government does not plan to allow a new referendum to take place, but Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, dodged questions over whether Tory ministers would seek to block a new vote organised by Holyrood in the Supreme Court. Mr Brown believes a new body should be set up which would see the Prime Minister, UK First Ministers and regional mayors collaborate on key priority areas for Britain. “The Prime Minister may be stalling but support for change is growing,” Mr Brown, who welcomed support from the two Conservatives, said. “That forum, if made permanent, could be a first step to a new constitutional settlement for the UK.” In the Commons on Tuesday, Ian Blackford, the SNP’s Westminster leader, said there was a clear mandate for a new referendum. He added: "It's the people of Scotland and our Parliament that will determine when that independence referendum will take place." He told Mr Johnson: "The Prime Minister needs to reflect on this reality. A fight with democracy is a fight he will never, not ever, win."
IN THE PRESS – Tuesday, May 11, 2021: After a day of violence in Jerusalem and Gaza, left-wing paper Haaretz writes that "Israelis don't need more lethal muscle-flexing". Papers in Europe react with resignation to the "unending confrontation". Also, Nepal's prime minister appeals for help with the country's coronavirus outbreak. Fearing contamination, China plans to draw a "separation line" at the summit of Mount Everest, but authorities in Nepal are puzzled over how it could be enforced. Plus, French dictionaries weigh in on whether Covid-19 is masculine or feminine.
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SNP ministers and exam chiefs have been accused of presiding over a "grotesquely unfair" assessment system which has school pupils "stressed to the point of being ill". Although teenagers across Scotland were promised they would not have to sit exams this year after the immense disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, teachers and students claim the 'internal assessments' imposed in their place are exams in all but name. And because schools across the country are assessing pupils at different times, it has emerged that students who have already sat the ‘exams’ have been sharing information about the questions on social media. The plan was designed to avoid a repeat of the results day chaos seen last August, when pupils had their results arbitrarily downgraded by a Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) algorithm that disproportionately affected poorer students. Usual tests were cancelled at short notice due to Covid-19. It resulted in the SNP being forced into an embarrassing u-turn following an outcry from students, while Education Secretary and deputy First Minister John Swinney came close to losing his job.
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LONDON (Reuters) -Brexit forced Britain to relinquish 2.3 trillion pounds ($3.25 trillion) in monthly derivatives trading, leaving New York the global winner in a shake-up of that market, consultants Deloitte and data company IHS Markit said in a report on Tuesday. Banks and other market participants in the EU are no longer allowed to use platforms in London to trade swaps, while Brussels has given the United States permission to serve EU investors. Initial figures in January showed that chunks of trading in interest rate swaps left London for EU and US platforms, and the report on Tuesday confirmed that trend has become embedded.
Officials suspect Goiat the bear of Catalan livestock attacksVal d’Aran regional government in Spain believes there are ‘several indications’ animal is responsible Goiat the bear in 2016, shortly after being brought over from Slovenia to the Val d’Aran. He lost his GPS collar in October, making him impossible to track. Photograph: Conselh Generau d’Aran
Alex Rodriguez is said to be shocked that Jennifer Lopez has been spending time with former fiance Ben Affleck. Lopez, 51, and Affleck,48, were spotted on a trip to a luxury ski resort in Montana over Mother’s Day Weekend, and have sparked rumours of a rekindled relationship. Rodriguez, the 45-year-old former New York Yankees player who dated J-Lo for four years, is said to be shocked that the former couple - once dubbed ‘Bennifer’ - have reunited just a month after he and the Love Don’t Cost A Thing singer called off their engagement.