Sounds like Charlie has a lot on his mind!
Sounds like Charlie has a lot on his mind!
A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin story. Reports in state media signal an intensifying propaganda effort to place the birth of the virus in other countries
Transport for London (TfL) has been urged to review the name of a railway station in the capital over fears about its "offensive" association with slavery. Newham councillors have called on the transport body to consider renaming Maryland station during a discussion over electoral ward names in the borough. If approved, the move could pave the way for other rail and underground stations to be reviewed, with stops such as East India and Canning Town also highlighted for its past associations with the slave trade. Maryland, which sits on the Great Eastern Main Line connecting London with eastern England, was allegedly given as the station's name through a slave-holding family who owned plantations in the Mid-Atlantic state. The name has now been proposed as a new ward in the borough following a boundary shake-up, but Labour councillors say it could cause "deep disappointment" to Afro-Caribbean residents. An alternative suggestion of New Town has been put forward. In a council report, politicians said they would consult with TfL with regards to renaming the railway station. Newham mayor Rokhsana Fiaz said the current Maryland name was a “disservice to the diversity of the borough”. While Anthony McAlmont told members the use of Maryland is “offensive” because: “Anything that has some connection to slavery does offend some of us.” It has been suggested the name originates with the merchant Richard Lee, who owned plantations in the American colonies, and may have brought back the name Maryland from his estates there. A boundary commission report states: “We received suggestions from the Council and a resident that Maryland ward should be renamed New Town because of the name’s possible links to a prominent figure in the colonial governments of North America." It does however add that: “Other evidence casts doubt on the origins of the name and points to earlier place name derivations. “The Council acknowledges that there is uncertainty about the matter.” It has been argued that British places deriving their names from American locales is extremely rare, and the most likely origin of “Maryland” is in fact the Old English word “mære” meaning boundary.
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Coronavirus measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing haven’t just helped stop the spread of Covid-19, they’ve also slashed cases of cold weather illnesses by up to 50 per cent, according to new data from Germany. Instances of flu, bronchitis and pneumonia have all significantly decreased in north-eastern Germany, which includes Berlin, according to a study by health insurer AOK Nordost. From September until mid-November, the number of people taking sick days off work due to the flu was halved compared to previous years. Absence due to acute bronchitis fell by more than half, the study found, while sick days as a result of pneumonia and gastrointestinal infections dropped by a third. The authors said this was likely due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions. “The corona protective measures including masks, washing hands and keeping your distance did not prevent the second Covid-19 wave,” said the report. “The rules, however, have at least severely contained the spread of flu and other infectious diseases in the autumn.” The authors also speculated that an increase in flu vaccinations may have also contributed to the decline in infections. The study, which was released on Sunday, took into account more than 63,000 sick leave requests throughout autumn in the north-eastern German states of Berlin, Brandenberg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The three states are home to just over 7.5 million people. That period includes two weeks of Germany’s ‘lockdown light’, which began in November. This month saw harsher coronavirus measures introduced nationwide – including closing bars, restaurants and cafes, along with strict curbs on meeting in groups, travelling and leisure activities. The authors found a more significant decrease in sick leave in the larger, more rural states than in Berlin. In Brandenberg, sick days decreased by around 15 percentage points and in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania by 12. They fell by only 8 percentage points in the German capital, which the authors attributed to continuing public transport usage. “Even under the contact restrictions, more people meet in Berlin than in the greater states - for example in the U-Bahn, S-Bahn and buses,” the report said. “More contact means more opportunities for infectious diseases to spread.”
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Britain could be just seven days away from leaving the European Union without a trade deal, Downing Street warned on Saturday night. In a candid assessment issued "at the start of what may be the final week of trade negotiations", Number 10 warned that a "significant gap" still exists on fisheries, adding: "No deal is arguably underpriced." The comments mark a toughening of the UK's position on the talks which have dragged on for months and have seen various deadlines missed.
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Harvey Weinstein's appeal against his rape and assault convictions has been hampered after the disgraced former movie mogul's two ex-wives reportedly froze £4.5 million of his remaining assets. Weinstein, who was given a 23-year jail term at a court hearing in New York in March after being convicted of rape and sexual assault, is allegedly no longer able to pay the lawyers working on his appeal. Weinstein's two ex-wives, Eve Chilton, whom he divorced in 2004, and Georgina Chapman, a British fashion designer who left the producer after assault allegations against him emerged in 2017, have reportedly taken legal action to freeze his accounts. According to the Daily Mail, the pair filed a motion in April raising concerns over the state of Weinstein's finances and provided evidence in July in the form of private jet receipts and expenses related to his criminal trial. The two women also reportedly provided the court with evidence of large deposits that had been made into Weinstein’s bank account as well as proof of insurance fees he was set to collect.
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