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Welcome to the latest post in our ‘Day in the Life’ blog series in which product and engineering’s digital coordinator, Rasha Ardati, interviews a colleague from the department to reflect on their career and experiences at the Guardian.
‘We’re gonna need a new variant here’
Edmonton Oilers player Zach Hyman was lifted to light the top of a giant menorah in Edmonton in a ceremony to mark the start of Hanukkah on November 28.The event took place by the Holocaust memorial in the Alberta Legislature Grounds, with local news reporting the menorah to be 21 feet tall and 5,000 lbs in weight.Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi posted this footage on Twitter, wishing a “Happy Chanukah to Edmonton’s Jewish community,” and adding “May you all have a light-filled and prosperous holiday season.” Credit: Amarjeet Sohi via Storyful
The World Health Organization has called for a new international accord on tackling pandemics, following the emergence of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus.During a special session of the World Health Assembly on November 29, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the new variant “underlines just how perilous and precarious our situation is.”“Omicron demonstrates just why the world needs a new accord on pandemics,” he said. “Our current system disincentivizes countries from alerting others to threats that will inevitably land on their shores,” he said.Tedros called on richer nations to commit to vaccine equity in order to bring an end to the pandemic. “More than 80 percent of the world’s vaccines have gone to G20 countries. Low income countries, most of them in Africa, have received just 0.6 percent of all vaccines,” he said. “The longer vaccine inequity persists, the more opportunity this virus has to spread and evolve in ways we cannot predict.”Tedros also said South Africa and Botswana “should be thanked for detecting and sequencing and reporting this variant, not penalized,” and said it was not yet known whether the variant is associated with more transmissions, severe disease, or vaccine resistance. Credit: World Health Organization via Storyful
MLAs were told of a small town where an anti-poverty group said 40 households are unable to heat their home or feed their families.
ITV has confirmed it will host a special Christmas carol service led by the Duchess of Cambridge in a snub to the BBC. The event, hosted by Kate and supported by the Royal Foundation, will celebrate the work of “individuals and organisations” across the country who have “stepped up to support their communities during the pandemic”. The Westminster Abbey event was reportedly due to be hosted by the BBC, but the plans were given to ITV after the corporation sparked a furious row with Buckingham Palace over a documentary examining the relationship between Princes William and Harry and the media.
"The clock is ticking, which heightens the need for close cooperation with our partners and friends to thwart Tehran's ambitions," the UK's Liz Truss and her Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid wrote in the Telegraph newspaper on Sunday. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said earlier in the day that his country was "very worried" that world powers will remove sanctions on Iran in exchange for insufficient caps on its nuclear programme, as negotiators convene in Vienna on Monday in a last-ditch effort to salvage a nuclear deal.
The Silver Line, a service which helps older people in the UK battling loneliness, was inspired by Bob Lowe’s story of loneliness.
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Interior minister Gerald Darmanin said negotiations can resume ‘very quickly’ if the UK ends the ‘double speak’.
Thomas Schreiber seethed with resentment over how he felt couple treated him, jury hears
Conservative MP and former Attorney General Sir Geoffrey Cox has spoken for the first time since it emerged he had a second job advising the British Virgin Islands government. Asked if he had damaged trust in politicians, Sir Geoffrey said, "I can't see why… all I've been doing is pursuing an honourable profession". .
Teams of TfL enforcement officers were out in force across London on Tuesday and swooped on commuters without face masks on public transport. As the renewed requirement to wear face coverings kicked in officers stopped those flouting the rules and warned them they would face fines next time. Officers shouted “face coverings are mandatory on the network” as commuters passed through.
'Pursuing an honourable profession': Geoffrey Cox defends second job
A teenager has been charged with the murder of 12-year-old Ava White in Liverpool city centre, police have said. The youngster had been in the city with friends on Thursday following a Christmas lights switch-on when she suffered “catastrophic injuries” in an assault at 8.39pm, Merseyside Police said. A 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has now been charged with murder and possession of a bladed article.
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The government currently has "no plan to move to plan B" in their Covid response, after nine cases of the Omicron variant were found in England and Scotland. Health Minister Ed Argar said restrictions expected to come into force on Tuesday, including mask-wearing on public transport and in shops, were "proportionate" but "we will see cases rise".
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