Josep Borrell backs UN call for global ceasefire to allow the world to focus on pandemic
Sanctions should not stop the delivery of medical equipment and supplies to countries battling outbreaks of coronavirus, the EU’s top diplomat has said.
Josep Borrell, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs, made the comments in a declaration on Friday backing the UN’s call for an immediate global ceasefire to allow the world to focus on the pandemic.Continue reading...
Burnley have underlined the dire financial consequences of the coronavirus crisis on the Premier League by announcing they stand to lose around £50m from the continued suspension of the season.
The Turf Moor club are one of the better-run outfits in English football’s top flight and recorded a pre-tax profit for the third consecutive season for the year ending June 2019. Their wage bill of £87m represents 63% of turnover and is among the lowest in the Premier League.Continue reading...
Starmer beats Long-Bailey and Nandy to replace Corbyn, with Angela Rayner to be deputy leader
Sir Keir Starmer has won the Labour leadership election with more than 56% of the vote, bringing an end to Jeremy Corbyn’s almost five-year tenure at the top of the party.
Starmer, a former director of public prosecutions, beat Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy in the final leg of the race. Angela Rayner was elected deputy leader.Continue reading...
Expect the government’s incompetent handling of the coronavirus crisis to finally come under proper scrutiny
The country today gains an opposition leader who will for the first time subject the government’s competence in this coronavirus crisis to relentless scrutiny. The political landscape will be recast beyond recognition. Where there was no effective opposition, a void, a limbo, now in Keir Starmer the party has a grand prosecutor well qualified to hold the government’s feet to the fire. Until now Boris Johnson had nothing to fear from a four-times vanquished and demoralised foe, with a leader so discredited a plurality of his own voters tell YouGov he changed their party for the worse. From now on Johnson faces the challenge of an unrecognisably remade opposition. A trusted, tried and tested, big-brained grown-up arrives as a formidable opponent to this ramshackle, impromptu and patently incompetent prime minister.Continue reading...
Ice detainees isolated after one had Covid-19 symptoms tell the Guardian that cries for help and protection have gone ignored
Detainees in a US immigration jail are begging to be released after potential Covid-19 exposure, saying the conditions are so brutal that they would rather suffer deportation than remain locked up.
Three men incarcerated at the Winn correctional center in a remote part of Louisiana told the Guardian that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) has isolated 44 of them together after they were possibly exposed to coronavirus. Some of the detainees are so desperate to leave that they are seeking voluntary deportation. They say their cries for masks, hand sanitizer, gloves and cleaning supplies have gone ignored, including for elderly detainees and those with asthma.Continue reading...
A mature South Philippine dwarf kingfisher.
Francesco and Greta Innominati waved from the window of their Rome apartment on March 13 above a banner reading "Everything is going to be all right.”
Check your garden, path edges – even the back of your kitchen cupboard. Then get sprouting
The hungry gap is traditionally that moment when winter stores are dwindling and spring greens are not quite ready: just about now. Of course, when there’s a virus around as hazardous as Covid-19, it takes on a whole new meaning.
You probably have a larder full of pasta and tins by now, and perhaps a freezer full of peas; but fresh greens may be harder to come by. Growing super-quick windowsill greens will allow you to sprinkle nutrients and vitamins over dishes, adding flavour and boosting your immunity. Curried baked beans served with a delicate heap of fresh coriander and kale seedlings is a mighty lot more tasty (and healthful) than without.Continue reading...
I left Lisbon knowing I had reported their attempted rape to the police. Now I wanted the full story
In early 2017, I was invited to a four-week artist residency in Lisbon, Portugal. The residency was not particularly prestigious: it charged a fee for the room I was to stay in, a barely habitable space perched above a gallery behind a series of locked doors. The bed for my partner and I was a mattress on a stack of shipping crates; the kitchenette was little more than a microwave and a bar fridge.
To cover the residency fee, I applied for and received a small literary grant. In my application, I wrote that “engaging readers and collaborators internationally” would be a “vital step in my career development”. The residency would enable me to “learn new creative methodologies in transdisciplinary artistic workshops, alongside a host of international artists” and give me the opportunity to present my work “within an international context” for the first time.Continue reading...
Covid-19 has struck New York – and the world’s most dynamic city has become something strange and unsettling
“It is a miracle that New York works at all,” EB White once wrote. “The whole thing is implausible.”
Every New Yorker instinctively understands the truth of that observation. The city’s infrastructure is a disaster; its apartments are famously tiny; everything is overpriced; there are too many people in too small a space; and the whole city will one day have to reckon with the ravages of an encroaching sea.Continue reading...