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Stephen Karanja: Kenyan anti-vaccine doctor dies from Covid-19

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:42
Dr Stephen Karanja repeatedly said that the jab was "totally unnecessary".

What we know about the Americans involved in the Israel stampede

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:33
President Biden said his administration was working to confirm that Americans were among the at least 45 dead and more than 150 injured after a stampede broke out during a Jewish celebration.

Welsh man who killed wife will not have five-year sentence increased

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:31

Labour MP Harriet Harman says she was surprised by decision after court of appeal ruling in case of Anthony Williams

A man who strangled his wife to death five days into the first UK lockdown will not have his sentence increased, the court of appeal has ruled.

Anthony Williams, 70, strangled his wife, Ruth, 67, at their home in Brynglas, south Wales, after a period of feeling depressed and anxious and later told police he had been struggling mentally with coronavirus restrictions, his trial heard.

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Portugal Opens World's Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge, And It's A Trip

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:21

The record-breaking bridge measures roughly 1,692 feet long and is suspended more than 570 feet above a rushing river. Officials in the town of Arouca called it "frighteningly beautiful."

(Image credit: Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

‘It is life-saving’: Elliot Page reveals happiness at having had top surgery

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:18
  • Juno and Inception star gives interview to Oprah Winfrey
  • ‘I feel like I haven’t gotten to be myself since I was 10 years old’

Actor Elliot Page has revealed how much happier he feels after having top surgery, and described transitioning as “life-saving”.

“I want people to know that not only has it been life-changing for me, I do believe it is life-saving and it’s the case for so many people,” the actor told Oprah Winfrey on her new show for Apple TV+.

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Why the Guardian is a paper worth waiting for – and sticking with | Letter

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:13

Sally Smith on how her lifelong appreciation of this publication began and has endured

When I was a little girl living in Truro in the 1950s, my parents couldn’t afford a daily paper. However, Truro City Library held an auction each year to sell off all the periodicals they had had for their readers.

My dad, a Manchester man, always bid for the Manchester Guardian and Punch magazine, and used to “collect” the precious papers each weekend (Letters, 27 April).

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Police examine threats against staff at London school accused of racism

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:12

Petition accuses Harris Academy Tottenham of discrimination against black students

A London school accused of institutional racism is at the centre of a police investigation after alleged death threats against its headteacher.

Harris Academy Tottenham issued a safety notice to staff after its executive principal became the focus of hostility.

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‘It’s unfathomable’: Israel mourns after deadly crush at holy festival

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:12

People tell of unfolding horror at Mount Meron as inquiry begins into one of the country’s worst peacetime disasters

Signs of the night’s tragedy were scattered everywhere. Crushed plastic bottles lined the narrow sloped path, barely 3 or 4 metres across. A metal handrail lay bent, completely ripped from the ground by the force of the crushing throng of people. And, further down the walkway, an unused body bag.

This thin passageway at a Jewish pilgrimage site in Mount Meron, northern Israel, was the scene of a horrific crush just after midnight on Thursday. Crowds of ultra-Orthodox men and children leaving a religious gathering, the first of its kind since nearly all coronavirus restrictions were lifted, slipped and trampled each other in the panic.

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A crucial independent inquiry into Covid is already under way | Letter

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:07

John Puntis, Tony O’Sullivan and Michael Mansfield draw readers’ attention to an inquiry that has been set up by Keep Our NHS Public

We welcome the fact that Justin Welby has added his name to the long list of individuals and organisations calling for an official inquiry into the handling of the Covid pandemic (Report, 21 April).

Recognising that the government would do everything it could to delay such an investigation where its actions might be subjected to criticism, an independent inquiry has been set up by Keep Our NHS Public. This has involved taking evidence from expert witnesses, frontline and key workers, bereaved families and others.

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Elliot Page Delivers on His Promise to Advocate for Trans Community

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:05
Courtesy: The Oprah Conversation

Elliot Page sat down for his first on-camera interview with Oprah Winfrey, discussing how he felt it was “crucial” to come out as transgender last year and how he can now breathe a sigh of relief when he looks at the mirror, to see himself and say, “There I am.”

During the 45-minute conversation that aired Friday, he also revealed how years of debilitating depression and anxiety over pressures to present himself as feminine once led him to collapse on the night of the Inception premiere in Paris, after he was presented with dresses to wear.

But to 34-year-old Page, the most important aspect of his talk was to deliver on his promise to use his platform to bring awareness and advocate for the rights of the transgender community, especially trans youth. “You really hope people can just look into their hearts,” he said. “You really hope people could just listen and educate themselves with the real information and have empathy and compassion.”

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Scandal upon scandal: the charge sheet that should have felled Johnson years ago | Jonathan Freedland

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:05

This is about so much more than wallpaper. A pattern of lying, betrayal and callousness is ruining lives

Yes, it’s a real scandal. Despite the apparent absurdity of a Westminster village obsessing over soft furnishings and the precise class connotations of the John Lewis brand, there is a hard offence underneath all those cushions and throws. By refusing to tell us who first paid for the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat, Boris Johnson is denying us – his boss – the right to know who he owes and what hold they might have on him.

Offence is the right word because, even before the Electoral Commission determines whether the law on political funding was broken, Johnson’s failure to come clean may well be, by itself, a breach of the ministerial code. That bars not only actual conflicts of interest between ministers’ “public duties and their private interests” but even the perception of such conflicts. In refusing to tell us who first paid that bill for overpriced wallpaper, or to give full details of who paid for his December 2019 holiday in Mustique, Johnson has offended the public trust.

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American politics are getting more European

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:00
Democrats are more aggressively seeking to build the kind of social democracy that exists in many European countries. Growing ranks of Republicans, meanwhile, are flirting with a brand of nativist populism already prevalent among the European far right.

Logan Paul v Floyd Mayweather is a payday boxing must treat with caution | Barney Ronay

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:00

Exhibition between YouTuber and 44-year-old is a destructive, easy source of revenue – and a troubling prospect for the sport

The phrase “(Person X) has a punchable face” is a horrible thing. There is so much wrong with it. The idea people have any say in what their face looks like. The suggestion punching is an acceptable human response. It’s degrading. It’s cowardly. It stinks of all the worst parts of the internet, humankind’s angriest medium.

And yet, with all due advisories, and having considered soberly all available evidence, it has to be said Logan Paul really does have a punchable face.

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Benin Bronzes: Germany to return looted artefacts to Nigeria

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:00
Priceless artefacts are to be returned from next year as a step towards "reconciliation".

Solskjær says fans must be heard as Manchester United prepare for protest

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:00
  • Supporters angry at Super League plans and ownership
  • Up to 10,000 expected at Liverpool match on Sunday

Ole Gunnar Solskjær stressed the importance of fans being heard as thousands of Manchester United supporters prepare to descend on Old Trafford for what the manager hopes will be a “peaceful” protest.

The departing executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward followed the co-chairman Joel Glazer in apologising to supporters for the club’s attempt to join the European Super League at an emergency fans forum on Friday and promised United “do not seek any revival of the Super League”.

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The Best New Launches From Adidas, Made In, and More

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:00
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/Vendors

New Kids on the Block helps you navigate all the new and exciting launches from our favorite brands, all in one place.

Pizza Steel: Made In, the makers of our favorite pan, just launched a pizza steel, perfect for making homemade pizza on the grill outdoors or in the oven inside. It’s made out of blue carbon steel and features 86 perforations to allow for optimal air flow, so you can achieve that brick oven-like crust.

Send Chinatown Love Digital Cookbook: Want to support the AAPI community and become a better home cook? Send Chinatown Love has helped create revenue streams to Chinatown businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and just launched a PDF cookbook. Umamicart, a great Asian online supermarket, is also offering kits to go along with the recipes, like the 886’s Taiwanese Sausage Fried Rice Kit and Wing Hing’s Baby Shrimp Fried Rice Kit.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Climate crisis: our children face wars over food and water, EU deputy warns

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 15:38

Exclusive: Frans Timmermans says older people need to make sacrifices to protect the future

Older people will have to make sacrifices in the fight against climate change or today’s children will face a future of fighting wars for water and food, the EU’s deputy chief has warned.

Frans Timmermans, vice-president of the EU commission, said that if social policy and climate policy are not combined, to share fairly the costs and benefits of creating a low-carbon economy, the world will face a backlash from people who fear losing jobs or income, stoked by populist politicians and fossil fuel interests.

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Want to ring the prime minister? Boris Johnson’s phone number reportedly available online for 15 years.

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 15:28
A contact number was listed at the bottom of a 2006 news release.

Stampede at religious festival in Israel leaves at least 45 dead, dozens injured

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 15:26
Dozens were killed and injured at a religious festival on Mount Meron in northern Israel when a crowd stampeded toward the exits.

‘No live music and a curfew’: Glastonbury opens Worthy Farm for tranquil camping

News Round-up - Fri, 04/30/2021 - 15:14

Festival regulars are poised to secure pitches when booking lines open

The announcement that a farmer in the English West Country is opening up his fields as a campsite for a few weeks in the summer does not usually cause a stir.

But when booking lines open for one site on Saturday, pitches at Worthy Pastures are expected to be snapped up.

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