Main article: UK ‘rejects possibility of joining EU vaccination program’
Good morning all. My name is Martin Farrer and these are the main stories of this Friday morning.
Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centers in England will be allowed to reopen in the next two weeks as the government continues to push the country back to what a minister has called “normal life”. The outdoor swimming pools can reopen from tomorrow and the indoor gymnasiums, swimming pools and sports facilities can open from 25 July. Pubs, cafes and restaurants will reopen in Wales from Monday, although they may see revenue drop after survey finds pubs and restaurants in England are trading at almost half their level normal after reopening last weekend. The Scots will once again be able to meet inside and spend the night from today. The gymnasiums of Northern Ireland reopen today. While quarantine rules for people entering Britain from countries considered “safe” have been relaxed today, vacationers have been urged by the government to avoid traveling on cruise ships during the pandemic, which worsens the unhappiness of the travel industry in crisis.
The UK has rejected the possibility of joining the EU’s coronavirus vaccination program due to ministers’ concerns over “costly delays”, sources say. WHO has warned that the pandemic is accelerating and has noted that infections have doubled in the past six weeks to more than 12 million. It is also setting up an independent panel to review its response to the epidemic. The latest high-profile coronavirus cases include the President of Bolivia and the influential leader of the Socialist Party of Venezuela as the epidemic accelerates in South America. It is also underway in Africa where cases have increased by 24% last week. For all nighttime developments from around the world, go straight to our live blog.
Race request – The police forces of England and Wales are under investigation to establish whether they discriminate racially against ethnic minorities in their use of force and in arrests and searches. Our exclusive story says that the Independent Office for Police Ethics (IOPC Fund) will use its official powers to investigate cases and then decide whether there is discrimination. He promised to bring about “a real change in the police force”. The investigation was sparked by a series of controversial cases involving arrests and searches. A black man, Andrew Boateng, says he was “humiliated” after being arrested while participating in a charity bike ride with his son.
Décision Trump – The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Donald Trump is not above the law and that a New York attorney investigating alleged hidden payments can obtain his financial records, including his tax records. The court ruled against the president’s argument that he was entitled to general immunity which would keep his finances secret. The mostly conservative judges on the nine-member bench have prevented Democrats in Congress from obtaining similar documents for the time being. But the decision could still blow Trump’s re-election hopes. Elsewhere in the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions against three senior Chinese officials – including a member of the political bureau – for the abuse and mistreatment of Uighurs in the western region of Xinjiang.
“Environment of fear” – Becky and Ellie Downie, Britain’s greatest female gymnasts, added their voices to the growing criticism of national team ethics, saying that they lived in “an environment of fear and mental abuse”. The sisters, who are the team’s top female medal hopefuls at next year’s Olympics, said the “cruel” behavior was “so ingrained in our daily lives that it has become completely normalized.” They claimed that they were faced with constant questions about their weight and attitude, as well as excessive training that had caused their bodies to fall repeatedly.
Universal problem – The cost of implementing universal credit delivery has risen to £ 1.4 billion, as there are more indications that the program is not achieving its central return-to-work goal. A report from the National Audit Office indicates that, although more claimants are paid on time, the much-criticized wait of five weeks for a first payment has continued to worsen the debt problems of many claimants.
Booze run – A man crossed a fence and escaped quarantine in New Zealand to be able to buy alcohol in the last breach of the isolation facilities of the country. The man, in his 50s, was arrested and scheduled to appear in Hamilton today. He arrived in New Zealand on July 1 and tested twice for the virus.
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West Indian captain Jason Holder aims for a century after reaching half his personal goal for the summer by taking six wickets while England was eliminated for 204 in the first test in Southampton. He also won the first versatile duel of the summer with Ben Stokes by removing the English captain. A rare goal by Paul Pogba helped Manchester United win 3-0 at Aston Villa to deepen the concerns of the host relegates. They remain rooted in the last three with Bournemouth who drew 0-0 with Tottenham. Six weeks after the start of the Tour de France, Chris Froome finds himself out of Team Ineos thanks to the clarity of the mission and the merciless compassion of team leader Dave Brailsford, according to our cycling expert William Fotheringham. Jamie Murray has become the latest player to voice concerns over participation in the US Open as the pandemic rages across America.
The heavy punishment inflicted on the retail sector shows no sign of abating after Boots and John Lewis announced that they would cut a total of 5,300 jobs. Burger King said up to 10% of its stores may have to close. The news came after the IFS issued an overwhelming verdict on Rishi Sunak’s £ 30 billion summer statement, saying it was out of sync and “out of focus.” The FTSE100 should slide 0.2% this morning, while the pound will bring you $ 1.258 and € 1.116.
Many are leading the way with the latest easing of lock restrictions. the Time says, “Now this is training to get the gyms started,” Telegraph “The salons reopen as normality approaches” and is predicts “swimming and back games for the summer”. the Mail finds a drawback, however, with the government’s warning about cruise vacations: “They sank our cruises.” the Guardian prefers a global line: “The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, warns the WHO”.
the Mirror leads with “Jobs Hell at High St Icons” and the FT has the same story: “Boots and John Lewis lead downward jobs while Sunak is under fire”. the Express yells “A kick in the teeth!” The BBC ends free TV licenses ”. the Daily recording leads with the death of artist Johnny Beattie – “The legend of Showbiz Johnny dies at 93” – while the Scottish has this story on the front but leads with “the milestone” of Sturgeon on the road out of the lock “.
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