こんにちは, Warren Murray with you at the midway mark.
Downing Street’s official response to movements such as Black Lives Matter has suggested the UK should be seen as “a model for other white-majority countries”. The assessment – which has raised eyebrows – emphasises the academic achievements of children from minority ethnic backgrounds, saying many do as well or better than their white peers. And it pushes back against the idea of structural racism: “The well-meaning idealism of many young people who claim the country is still institutionally racist is not borne out by the evidence.”
Race equality experts have described the preview of the report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities as “extremely disturbing” and offensive to black and minority ethnic key workers who have died disproportionally during the pandemic. A spokesperson for Black Lives Matter UK said that while the report focused on education, “it fails to explore disproportionality in school exclusion, eurocentrism and censorship in the curriculum, or the ongoing attainment gap in higher education. We are also disappointed to learn that the report overlooks disproportionality in the criminal justice system – particularly as police racism served as the catalyst for last summer’s protests.”
The report notes some communities are still very affected by historical racism, creating “deep mistrust” in the system, 追加: “Both the reality and the perception of unfairness matter.” It concludes that the term BAME (黒, Asian and minority ethnic) is “of limited value” and should no longer be used by official bodies. As expected, it also calls for a move away from unconscious bias training. On pay and other work-based disparities, the report calls this “an improving picture … We found that most of the disparities we examined, which some attribute to racial discrimination, often do not have their origins in racism.”
Forests felled at devastating rate – The rate of the world’s forests being destroyed increased sharply in 2020 with at least 42,000 sq km of tree cover gone from key tropical regions. The University of Maryland and Global Forest Watch say it was the worst year for forest destruction 以来 2002 when monitoring began. Losses were most acute in the vital carbon sinks of the Amazon, Congo and south-east Asia. イギリスで, 2020 was the third good summer in a row for butterflies and the 10th best since records began – but one-third of Britain’s species are still in long-term decline. Common species such as the brimstone, orange tip and marbled white had good years, while rare butterflies targeted by conservation efforts also thrived including the large blue, silver-spotted skipper and Duke of Burgundy.
> Labour has renewed calls for a full investigation of David Cameron’s role in the collapsed Greensill finance empire after a business card appeared to confirm its founder, Lex Greensill, had a role at the heart of Downing Street in the Cameron era.
> G Gordon Liddy, a mastermind of the Watergate burglary, 年齢で亡くなりました 90.
The former FBI agent and army veteran spent over four years in prison after his role in the burglary that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon as US president. After his release Liddy became a radio talkshow host.
> After a year of Covid, our Crisis Watch economic series reports that Britain may be able to bounce back from recession quicker than it did in the 1980s. But Andy Haldane from the Bank of England warns there is a risk of workers facing the “jobs equivalent of long Covid” and structural, skill-focused policies need to be rapidly deployed.
> People who consume up to 14 units of alcohol a week, especially red wine, may have less chance of developing cataracts, a British study has found. Antioxidants found in wine might explain it. The usual caveat: there appeared to be a close association, but no definite causal link.
> A “phenomenal” summer without overseas crowds beckons, tourism chiefs have promised, after a bleak 2020. The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) says there will probably never be another chance for people to experience museums, galleries, zoos, castles and theme parks so easily, when outdoor attractions in England reopen in April and indoor ones in May.
Human rights are back post-Trump – The US secretary of state, アントニーブリンク, is turning a page from Donald Trump on human rights. “Standing up for human rights everywhere is in America’s interests,” said Blinken, presenting the state department’s first report on the issue under President Joe Biden. Blinken said the administration was coordinating with allies over abuses around the world: “genocide” against Uighurs by China, Beijing’s clampdown in Hong Kong, and Russia’s alleged poisoning of dissident Alexei Navalny. He voiced alarm over the deadly Myanmar coup, and did not spare longstanding US allies: pointing to allegations of unlawful killings and torture in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, as well as “torture, mistreatment and arbitrary detention” in Narendra Modi’s India. In a shift in tone from Trump, Blinken said the United States acknowledged its own challenges, including “systemic racism … That’s what separates our democracy from autocracies: our ability and willingness to confront our own shortcomings out in the open, to pursue that more perfect union.”
Answer Arcuri claims, PM told – Boris Johnson does have a case to answer over failing to declare personal interests following allegations made by US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri, according to the chair of an independent standards panel that rebuked him when he was mayor for failing to declare an interest in the mother of one of his children. On Monday Johnson’s press secretary, アレグラ・ストラットン, claimed that he acted with “honesty and integrity” as mayor and had “no case to answer” over Arcuri’s allegations. Johnson is expected to be asked to appear before the London assembly’s oversight committee when it resumes its inquiry into the allegations later this year. に 2020 the Independent Office for Police Conduct said Johnson should not a face criminal investigation into allegations that he favoured Arcuri. But it did criticise his failure to declare an interest in her.
Egg loan hatched – Three Imperial Easter eggs created by Carl Fabergé are being lent by Moscow to the UK for the first time as part of an exhibition exploring the often overlooked success in London of the tsars’ favourite jeweller. The V&A has announced details of an exhibition, opening in November, that will display some of the most jaw-dropping ornaments ever produced.
より多い 200 objects will go on display, with the show-stopper being three eggs lent by Moscow Kremlin Museums. They include the largest Imperial egg, the Moscow Kremlin egg, which was inspired by the architecture of the Dormition cathedral in the Russian capital. Fabergé took over the family jewellery business and created a firm that became indelibly linked to the romance, glamour and tragedy of the Russian imperial family.
The gigantic cargo ship the Ever Given blocked the world’s busiest shipping lane for a week. Michael Safi reports on what the costly nautical traffic jam can tell us about global trade.
“I longed for novels about female desire – women empowered by sex and their expressions of lust. So I sat down and wrote my own.” Daisy Buchanan on how horny heroines are starting a new sexual revolution.
Gareth Southgate has said England, who play Poland tonight, stand no chance of winning big matches and tournaments if they fail to find the right balance between defence and attack. Daniel James’s late header gave Wales a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic in a World Cup qualifier in which both sides had a player sent off, while James McClean broke a long international goal drought in Ireland’s 1-1 draw in a friendly in Qatar. Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal in the 2022 qualifying campaign but then missed a sitter as Portugal were forced to come from behind to beat Luxembourg 3-1.Trans women who weigh more than 90kg (14st 2lb) – or are more than 170cm (5ft 7in) tall – could face an assessment by a coach to see whether they pose a safety risk to other players before being allowed to play women’s rugby in England.
The women’s world No 1, Ash Barty, missed most of the 2020 tennis season due to Covid concerns but is back on court in Miami for her first overseas event of the year. As the county cricket season prepares to burst into life on 8 April with the first round of Championship matches, the ECB revealed that it is pondering the use of Covid passports once crowds are again allowed into grounds. Organisers of the Women’s Six Nations are giving serious consideration to making it a standalone event for the foreseeable future as well as reintroducing a round-robin format. そして a heated back-and-forth between NBA star Kevin Durant and the actor Michael Rapaport exploded into public view after Rapaport posted screenshots of direct messages in which the Brooklyn Nets forward appeared to use homophobic, misogynistic and profane language.
A survey shows China’s factory activity rebounded in March from a three-month slowdown as export orders rose. The monthly index of manufacturing rose to 51.9 from February’s 50.6 on a 100-point scale, on which numbers above 50 show activity expanding. Japan’s Nikkei 225 dipped in morning trading, while Australia’s S&P/ASX gained, South Korea’s Kospi was little changed, and the Hang Seng and Shanghai Composite slipped. The pound is worth $1.372 and €1.172 while the FTSE should open flat or a few points down.
ザ・ ガーディアン leads today with “Ofsted plea for power to check for abuse in private schools ignored”. The chief inspector of schools in England asked for but was denied greater powers to monitor independent schools over “potential safeguarding issues”, we can reveal. Despite concerns raised by Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s chief inspector, it was later stripped of its role in overseeing the inspections of private schools now engulfed in the wave of sexual assault allegations.
Like others the ガーディアン shows people leaping into sunny freedoms. Six in one group or two households, outside sounds reasonable – but what happens when everyone does it at once? ザ・ Mirror is among papers showing people thronging public spaces: “Keep your cool”, it says, adding that sunseekers are being “warned not to break coronavirus rules”.
“Some people are in the park – they think it’s all over!” – nice world cup reference in the Mail, which leads on “Britain’s race revolution” as it appears to swallow whole the verdict of Tony Sewell’s commission. On that one the タイムズ says “Diverse UK hailed over narrowing of race gap”. Across the top it runs “Politicians criticised as Met’s policing of Everard vigil cleared” – the Guardian reports though that campaigners feel it only further erodes women’s confidence in the police. ザ・ Metro headlines its story “Sarah vigil demo: cops in the clear”.
“Banks’ $20bn Archegos fire sale sparks scrutiny from regulators” – bet you didn’t guess that’s the Financial Times, here’s the Guardian version. Thierry Henry tells the Sun he’s quitting social media over its failing to protect users from “racists and bullies”. ザ・ Telegraph leads with “Merkel and Macron turn to Putin for vaccines” – partly because Germany’s having second thoughts about the AstraZeneca shot. And the i’s front page goes to “UK vaccine warning from Oxford jab pioneer” – going in on Prof Adrian Hill saying we need more manufacturing capacity.
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