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One can only hope that Gavin Williamson is watching very carefully as Scottish school pupils return to full-time education. Nicola Sturgeon is under incredible pressure following the exam results “moderation” fiasco and she is reopening schools on the back of a low R number.It is well understood that the risks to the pupils are low, this is not so clear for the teaching staff or what effect this will have for the wider community infection rate. The current situation (as in England) is politically motivated, a necessary precursor to allow the economy to ramp up.
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As much of Britain continues to bask in sweltering temperatures, lightning storms have also begun to strike.This dramatic display was caught on camera as Scotland was battered by thunderstorms shortly before midnight on Tuesday.Torrential rain also caused flooding and travel disruption, with more downpours and storms predicted in parts of Northern Ireland, England and Wales from Wednesday afternoon.The Met Office has warned of potential damage to buildings from lightning strikes or strong winds and a chance of travel disruption due to flooding.It also warns of 30 to 40mm of rain falling in less than an hour in some places.But the heatwave in southern England is set to continue, with London and the South East expecting temperatures of up to 36C (96.8F) on Wednesday.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued a flood alert for Edinburgh and surrounding areas on August 11, as heavy thundery showers hit.Footage posted by Josiah Lockhart on Twitter shows a flooded street as water pours down from the top of some steps. “Never thought I’d see both a lake and a waterfall out front,” he wrote. Credit: Josiah Lockhart via Storyful
Donald Trump again mourned the deaths of “all the birds” that are allegedly killed by wind turbines each year, but failed to mention the 160,000 people who’ve died from Covid-19.The president focused on wind power when speaking to Sean Hannity on Fox News Tuesday evening following the announcement that presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden selected Kamala Harris as his running mate.
J.D Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin has demanded a top scientist publish evidence of the link between indoor drinking in pubs and coronavirus cases.Mr Martin's comments came after Aberdeen University Bacteriology Professor Hugh Pennington said that the recent Aberdeenshire outbreak was linked to drinking in pubs.
Scientists have said that getting coronavirus from another person remains by far the most likely route of infection, despite claims that new outbreaks in New Zealand and China are linked to surfaces. In New Zealand, the authorities are investigating whether the country's first local cases in 102 days come from imported freight, as one of the four infected family members works in a cool store in Auckland. In China, officials have again pointed to frozen fish as a potential source of transmission after the virus was found on seafood packaging in the city of Yantai. The product had come from the port city of Dalian, which has seen a recent surge of cases. Another city found the virus on imported shrimp from Ecuador, state media said on Wednesday. In June, China also said a new outbreak in Beijing was linked to traces found on a chopping board used by an imported salmon vendor. However, the World Health Organization website states there are currently no confirmed cases of coronavirus transmitted through food or food packaging. However, it does note that studies have shown that the virus can survive for up to 72 hours on plastic, and surface or fomite (contaminated surface) transmission is 'likely'.
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A former senior Saudi intelligence officer in exile filed a lawsuit in a US court last week accusing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of plotting to kill him. The allegations, including using children as bargaining chips, have sparked calls for President Donald Trump, in the thick of a difficult campaign season, to intervene on moral grounds.In September 2017, a former top Saudi intelligence officer living in exile was desperately trying to get his two children safely out of the Gulf kingdom. Picking up his iPhone, Saad Aljabri got on WhatsApp and contacted the most powerful man in his homeland, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.The WhatsApp communication between Aljabri and MBS – as the Saudi crown prince is widely known – is detailed in a lawsuit filed last week in a US court.While the allegations have not yet been verified in court, the lawsuit makes for a jaw-dropping and yet disconcertingly familiar read.“Tell me what you want in person,” texted MBS, according to the lawsuit, which includes a screen shot of the exchange in Arabic with an English translation.“I hope that you will consider what I have already sent you, because this issue regarding the children is very important to me,” replied Aljabri.Two minutes later, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler once again urged the former intelligence official in exile to return home. “I definitely need you here,” said bin Salman.Before Aljabri could reply, the crown prince added a terse, “24 hours!”A crown prince falls, a crackdown beginsFour months earlier, Aljabri, a close advisor to bin Salman’s arch rival, Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, had fled Saudi Arabia for Turkey. He was still in Turkey in June 2017, when his ex-boss, bin Nayef – a longtime former Saudi interior minister – was stripped of his latest post as the kingdom’s crown prince and replaced by MBS. In his new position as crown prince, the brash, young MBS had begun a crackdown against his rivals and opponents in the kingdom. As a right-hand man of Saudi Arabia’s former interior minister, Aljabri was a key link between Saudi and Western intelligence services and privy to highly sensitive information on the kingdom’s rulers.Bin Salman wanted him back in Saudi Arabia “where he could be killed”, the lawsuit alleges.Days after the Whatsapp exchange with MBS granting him "24 hours", Aljabri left Turkey for Canada. But two of his eight children, Omar and Sarah, were trapped in Saudi Arabia and are still being used as “human bait” to lure their father home, according to the lawsuit.The Saudi strategy failed to entice Aljabri back. Instead it caught the attention of US lawmakers who called on President Donald Trump to act.US senators remind Trump of a ‘moral obligation’Last month, four US senators on both sides of the aisle urged Trump to help secure the release of Omar, 21, and Sarah, 20, calling it a “moral obligation” to help the former Saudi intelligence official in exile.In a letter to the White House, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic senators, Patrick Leahy, Tim Kaine and Chris Van Hollen, described Aljabri as a “highly valued partner” of US intelligence and State Department agencies “who has been credited by former CIA officials for saving thousands of American lives by discovering and preventing terrorist plots”.The children’s fate also pushed their father, a 62-year-old former government official with nearly four decades of experience in the secretive world of national security and counterterrorism, to take the unusually public step of filing a civil lawsuit in a US court.‘Tiger Squad’ on a campaign to killThe lawsuit filed last week at US District Court for the District of Columbia alleges that bin Salman launched a state campaign to kill Aljabri that “has worked to achieve that objective over the past three years”.Aljabri bases his claim on two US laws: the Torture Victim Protection Act, which bans extrajudicial killing; and the Alien Tort Statute, which allows victims – including non-US citizens or residents – of such illegal operations to sue in US courts.The 170-page document details chilling but as yet unverified plots to target Aljabri. They include the arrival at a Canadian airport of a Saudi “Tiger Squad” hit team – similar to the one used to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey – to target Aljabri.The complaint also sheds light on the moves by global intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain some of bin Salman’s human rights excesses on foreign soil. In October 2018, for instance, just weeks after Khashoggi’s brutal killing, vigilant Canadian authorities stopped and questioned Tiger Squad members who arrived separately at Ontario airport, the lawsuit claims. Most of the team were sent back home to Saudi Arabia.Interpol snags ‘politically motivated’ warrant requestMBS, the lawsuit alleges, had warned Aljabri that he would use “legal measures as well as other measures that would be harmful to you”.But the Saudi crown prince’s attempts to use "legal measures" were stymied at Interpol, the global law enforcement agency based in the French city of Lyon, the US court document reveals.In a July 4, 2018 decision taken months before Khashoggi’s killing sparked an international furor, the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files (CCF) found Saudi Arabia’s arrest and extradition request for Aljabri was “politically motivated rather then strictly juridical”. While any person has the right to request Interpol data about them, the CCF decision on the Aljabri case was not publicly known before the lawsuit was filed last week.‘In the business of assassinating people’The Aljabri case once again casts a spotlight on Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations at home and against its citizens abroad.“It’s a lawsuit containing accusations that are not yet proved, but these are serious accusations against the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, which is a very powerful country. If the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is in the business of assassinating people, it’s very important,” said Rami Khoury, a journalism professor at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, in an interview with FRANCE 24.The crown prince's role in Khashoggi’s assassination has been a public relations nightmare for the oil-rich Gulf kingdom. While MBS has acknowledged that men working for him killed the Washington Post columnist inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, he denies involvement in the murder.His denials are widely disbelieved. In June 2019, an investigation into Khashoggi’s killing by UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur Agnès Callamard found “credible evidence, warranting further criminal investigation”, of the involvement of top Saudi officials, including bin Salman.The latest Aljabri allegations – which names bin Salman and several Saudi officials implicated in Khashoggi’s murder, such as Saud “Mr. Hashtag” al-Qahtani, as defendants – are strikingly similar to the slain journalist’s case.But the Khashoggi investigations so far have been impeded by political and diplomatic challenges.As a UN special rapporteur, Callamard works as a volunteer, not UN staffer, and her office is independent of UN institutions. The fiery French human rights lawyer has publicly criticised UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for failing to act on her investigation findings to set up a panel of criminal experts.Meanwhile the Trump administration has been stonewalling Congressional attempts to enforce accountability for Khashoggi’s murder while a Turkish trial on the case lacks international credibility, given the weaknesses of the Turkish justice system.‘Lost in the world of the rule of law’Aljabri’s extraordinary recourse in a US court of law opens the gates to a level of transparency that could, depending on the court proceedings, be damning for the crown prince, some experts believe.“The accusations against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be adjudicated in a US court using the instruments of the rule of law,” said Khoury. “This is being put into the public light. If a crown prince or ruler of a country is convicted as a criminal, that’s very important.”Khoury, like every Saudi expert, does not expect the crown prince to appear before a US court. Unlike criminal cases, civil suits pursue compensations, not prison sentences. On Friday, August 7, the US district court issued summons, or an official notice of a lawsuit given to defendants being sued. Saudi authorities have not responded so far to media organisations about the case.It’s an unfamiliar terrain for Saudi authorities accustomed to petrodollar diplomacy, including the use of top lobby groups during crises. “The Saudis aren’t used to it, they’re totally lost in the world of the rule of law. They operate on personal relations and don’t know how to deal with this shift into the chambers of Congress and into the chambers of courts,” explained Khoury.Kushner-Saudi way of doing businessThe Saudi way of doing diplomatic business found a perfect partner in Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who developed a personal relationship with MBS.“Trump and Kushner, both used to shady real estate deals, adapted quickly to Saudi Arabia’s system of patronage and clientelism: unwavering support from the Trump administration for the promise of weapons sales and other business deals,” noted Mohamad Bazzi, a New York University journalism professor, in a Guardian column.But the Saudis are keenly aware that in the US – unlike in their conservative country of glacial or paternalistic reforms – the winds of change can swerve abruptly.The Aljabri case filing comes barely three months before the November US presidential election, with the Saudis bracing for a potential change in the White House. Historically, a confluence of oil and business interests makes a Republican US president a better fit for Saudi interests.Joe Biden, the centrist, septuagenarian Democratic presidential candidate, is not expected to bring radical change if he wins the November 3 election. But unlike Trump, who protected MBS in the fallout of Khashoggi’s killing, Biden is unlikely to give the crown prince’s human rights violations a pass. “Joe Biden is more inclined to obey international law and follow public opinion and pressure from senators,” noted Khoury.The pressure is expected to mount as Aljabri's unusual lawsuit winds its way through US court proceedings before and after the 2020 presidential election.
Britons are braced for a week of thunderstorms, flash flooding and heavy rain as the UK faces a sixth day of sweltering temperatures during a historic heatwave.A yellow storm warning has been issued for the whole of England, Wales and areas in Scotland by the Met Office, meaning those regions could see flooding and power cuts from Wednesday afternoon until the end of the week.
CeeLo Green has criticised female rappers including Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion for making modern music “disappointing on a personal and moral level”.The “F*** You” singer, who is one half of musical duo Gnarls Barkley, told Far Out magazine that he felt the current music scene was too explicit and lacked nuance.
Norway said it would reimpose quarantine measures on travellers from more foreign countries and reiterated its advice that Norwegians should avoid going abroad amid a jump in the number of new coronavirus cases. "We're doing this now so that everyone as soon as possible will be able to live their lives as freely as possible," Prime Minister Erna Solberg told a news conference. "All foreign travel is associated with a risk of infection," Solberg said.
Joe Biden hit out at Donald Trump as he introduced senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, saying the president’s biggest skill is “whining” and slamming what the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said has been “no help” for his countrymen to combat the coronavirus.“It’s no surprise, because whining is what Donald Trump does best, better than any president in ... history,” Mr Biden said, adding the president has a problem with “strong women”.
World heavyweight challenger Kubrat Pulev believes his title fight against Anthony Joshua will take place in London because he is “scared” to box elsewhere, and has called on him to hurry up and set a date following the return of boxing.Joshua was due to defend the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight title against the Bulgarin on 20 June, before the fight was first postponed until July before being delayed indefinitely.
The German government has dismissed renewed threats of US sanctions and vowed to complete a controversial gas pipeline with Russia. “No country has the right to dictate energy policy to the European Union. And it will not work,” Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister said. “Sanctions are definitely not the right way to go between partners.” “We are incensed at these blackmail threats from the US,” Manuela Schwesig, the regional prime minister of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, said in the most outspoken response yet by a senior German official. “This is not how friendly countries treat each other.” The US is attempting to block the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will allow Russian gas to be pumped directly to Germany, and has threatened to impose sanctions on any business that takes part in the project.
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Sadiq Khan is urging Boris Johnson to take action to save the West End, as the coronavirus pandemic leaves central London businesses facing a “perfect storm”.The district is on course to lose a third of its retail and hospitality workforce and more than £5 billion in retail sales by the end of the year, business estimates suggest.
While switching up your beauty routine for summer is totally normal, that's probably the only normal thing about this summer. After all, extra sweat and humidity are common warm-weather concerns, but now it's not just about keeping makeup on your face but off your protective masks, too. To help you find the perfection solutions to the bevy of newfound concerns, we took a peek at the bestselling items at Sephora recently and found quite a few options that hold up amid heat (and mask-wearing), plus plenty of products to play up the features that aren't now covered every time you leave the house. And since protective masks are here to stay (at least for a while), you can rest assured these long-lasting summer goodies will also play up your eyes, cheeks, and brows in the fall and keep foundation and lip products off your masks for the foreseeable future. Ahead, check out 22 bestselling Sephora makeup products to add to your beauty bag now.