Tipping point for northern lockdown ‘may have rested on only 14 extra positive tests’

The majority of furloughed workers have returned to work ahead of the first phaseout of the scheme this weekend, new research has shown. Despite official figures saying that 9.5 million workers are furloughed, this is “wide of the mark” as more than half of these have returned to work, new research by the Resolution Foundation, […]

Inmate escapes from Oklahoma jail using linens as rope

An accused murderer shimmied down a makeshift rope made of tied-up bedsheets to make a daring, Hollywood-style escape from the Oklahoma County Jail early Friday, officials said. The escapee, Pablo Daniel Robledo, 34 — booked for first-degree murder and several other charges — along with another inmate, broke a 12th-floor window in their bid for […]

Women in Xinjiang shine a light on a campaign of abuse and control by Beijing

A former resident of Urumqi, the capital of China’s western Xinjiang region, the 38-year-old Uyghur woman said she was fined 18,400 yuan ($2,600) in 2018 for having three children, one more than she was allowed to under Chinese rule. When she went to pay the fine, Dawut said she was told she’d also need to […]

Google’s $10 billion Investment in India Should be Inclusive of Persons with Disabilities — Global Issues

Unless diversity is accepted and inclusion becomes everyone’s business, it will be impossible to achieve the goal of universal health coverage because 15% of the global population who have some form of disability will be left behind. Credit: Bigstock. Opinion by Ifeanyi Nsofor, Shubha Nagesh Thursday, July 30, 2020 Inter Press Service Jul 30 (IPS) […]

The pandemic as a pretext for widespread digital surveillance

The COVID-19 response across Europe has seen the widespread introduction of technological surveillance and tracking measures which infringe on civil liberties and human rights, and while some drastic actions could be justified in an unprecedented situation, the broader concern is that the various aspects of digital authoritarianism that have been imposed will remain intact beyond […]

Coronavirus live news: Australia suffers deadliest day as Japan lifts ban on foreign re-entry | World news

8.08am BST08:08 Hong Kong authorities opened community centres for residents to eat inside after a virus-induced ban on indoor dining at restaurants forced many workers to have their meals outside on pavements under sweltering heat and rain. The restaurant ban, which took effect on Wednesday, barred any outlet from allowing dine-in patrons to curb the […]

SIMMONS: The Family Jones: The bubble boys of the NHL and NBA in Toronto, Edmonton and Orlando.

Article content continued What did the Jones family do during the months away from the NHL and the NBA? They did what we all did. They watched all the episodes of The Last Dance, the terrific documentary about Michael Jordan and they talked about it a lot. “We’re definitely a sports family,” Amy said. “Seth […]

Peter Hope Jones obituary | Birds

Peter Hope Jones, who has died aged 85, was a much-loved figure in Welsh ornithology, but his most important contributions to seabird conservation were made while working in Scotland. In Orkney between 1976 and 1978 he lived on the edge of Scapa Flow, established trial cliff sites for annual monitoring of guillemots, razorbills and other […]

Your Wednesday Briefing – The New York Times

Moscow is accused of spreading pandemic disinformation Newly declassified U.S. intelligence accuses Russia of spreading misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, as it tries to influence Americans with the November election approaching. The English-language propaganda and disinformation pushed by the G.R.U., Russia’s military intelligence agency, includes the amplification of false Chinese arguments that the virus was […]

A Look Inside the Justice Department’s National Security Priorities

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