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Top story: “American dream” against “socialist agenda”

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Echoing many Republican speakers at the convention so far, Donald Trump has painted a grim picture of the dangers of electing Joe Biden as president. “This election will decide whether we save the American dream or whether we allow a socialist agenda to demolish our cherished destiny. Your vote will decide whether we protect law-abiding Americans, or whether we give free rein to the violent anarchists, agitators, and criminals who threaten our citizens … This is the most important election in our country’s history. At no time before have voters been faced with a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies or two programs. “

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Trump’s remarks were the cornerstone of a night when speakers focused on national security and safety, portraying the country as a country plagued by chaos and lawlessness on the streets. Speakers also introduced Trump as a longtime friend of the African American community and minorities. Few have mentioned the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 180,000 Americans. Trump himself delivered his speech to an audience of around 1,500 White House officials and supporters, seated together, few wearing masks.

The Japanese Prime Minister is likely to leave – In the latest news, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to announce his resignation soon for health reasons, according to reports. Abe has been to the hospital twice in a week and he is known to suffer from ulcerative colitis, a chronic condition that was partly responsible for forcing him to quit after only a year during his previous tenure as Prime Minister in 2007. Abe recently became Japanese. Longest serving prime minister – took office for the second time at the end of 2012.

Latest coronavirus – Up to 97% of primary schools plan to fully reopen to all pupils at the start of the new term next week in England and Wales, although a third have no additional provision for hand washing and no PPE for staff, according to a survey by the National Association of School Heads (NAHT). Most of the returning children will not have been to school for five months due to the coronavirus pandemic. NAHT General Secretary Paul Whiteman appealed to parents: “Please don’t let the difficulties and very public political arguments cloud your confidence in schools. School leaders and their teams continued to do whatever was asked of them. Through cooperation and understanding between home and school, we can achieve the best possible performance despite the political noise.

The risk of serious illness and death in children from Covid-19 is extremely low, according to the largest study to date of people admitted to hospital, which researchers say should reassure parents when they return to school.

The death toll from Covid-19 in personal care homes is being kept secret from the public by regulators in part to protect their business operators on whom UK elderly care depends, the Guardian can reveal. England’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Scotland’s Care Inspectorate refuse to disclose which homes or providers have recorded the most deaths. The UK recorded 1,522 new positive cases in one day, the highest number since June 12. Hospitalizations due to the virus remain low: only 767 people were in hospital due to Covid on August 25, the lowest number since March 27. Follow further developments on our live blog.

Homicide charges in Kenosha – Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, has been charged with two counts of first degree homicide for the shooting of three protesters in Wisconsin. Two men were killed and a third injured when a suspected member of a “militia” opened fire on protests against the Sunday police shooting of Jacob Blake, 29. The streets of small town Wisconsin, 40 miles south of Milwaukee, were quiet Thursday. after a night of peaceful protests and no widespread unrest for the first time since Blake’s shooting over the weekend.

Covid “cover for the crackdown on Maduro” – Venezuelan security forces are using the coronavirus pandemic as cover for a “forceful” campaign against dissidents, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch. He says dozens of journalists, medical professionals, human rights lawyers and government opponents have been arbitrarily detained and prosecuted. The HRW report says a bioanalyst was forced to resign and questioned after sending information to colleagues about a Covid-19 patient. Venezuela’s official death toll for Covid-19 is 351, compared to nearly 120,000 in neighboring Brazil – many fear the real situation is much worse than what President Nicolás Maduro’s government admits.

“British fear of failure” – UK children have the lowest levels of life satisfaction in Europe, with “a particularly British fear of failure” in part to blame, according to a major report on children’s happiness. More than a third of UK’s 15-year-olds have low levels of life satisfaction, according to the Children’s Society’s annual Good Childhood report. Rising child poverty and school pressures in the UK have been cited, alongside fears of failure, as reasons why only 64% of UK children were very satisfied with life – the number one figure. lowest of 24 countries studied by the OECD. Romanian children had the highest levels of life satisfaction (85%), just ahead of Finland (84%), while the UK was worse than Spain (82%) and the UK. France (80%).

Chill for holidays – Forecasters predict Monday could be the coldest August public holiday on record in parts of the UK, as temperatures are expected to be well below average for the time of year. Monday’s high temperatures could reach 19 ° C in London, while parts of Scotland will be colder with highs of 11 ° C, well below the average of 16 ° C usually seen in the country, according to the Met Office. The bank holiday Monday at the end of August last year was the hottest on record with 33.2 ° C recorded at Heathrow. A yellow warning for heavy rain over north-east England is expected to last until 10 a.m. today, while thunderstorms are forecast in parts of southern England and south Wales between 11 am and 8 pm, the sky clearing during the weekend.

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The 2020 Tour de France, scheduled to start Saturday in Nice, is approaching collapse after the Alpes-Maritimes region, site of the race’s first stages, was put on red alert due to the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. . A visibly shaken Harry Maguire claimed he was “afraid for his life” and believed he was kidnapped in an incident outside a bar in Mykonos. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has offered to step down if that means keeping Lionel Messi at the club. NBA legend Michael Jordan is said to have played a key role in the league coming back from the brink after speculation arose that players would boycott the season over Jacob Blake’s shooting by police .

Lewis Hamilton will compete in the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend after assuming he might retire and Naomi Osaka has decided she will head out onto the pitch to compete in her Western Open semi-final and South Friday after joining the widespread boycott by stars of various American sports. Andy Murray will face Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round of the US Open next week, a reasonable opening for the former world No.1. And Garry Kasparov will make a rare appearance when the now 57-year-old chess legend takes on the defending champion. , Magnus Carlsen, during the Champions Showdown 10-player invitation in September.


Asian markets were mostly higher after the Federal Reserve said it could keep interest rates low even if inflation rose, as part of a major overhaul of its strategy. Shares rose in Japan, South Korea, Shanghai and Hong Kong, but fell in Sydney. In London, the FTSE is expected to open higher. The pound is worth $ 1.327 and € 1.117 at the time of writing.

The papers

the Guardian the print edition leads with: “Covid-19 death toll kept secret ‘to protect home care providers'”. the is covers this too with a similar title. the Subway splashes with ‘Track and trace on vacation plane’ – the story of a man kidnapped by a Hazmat crew from a Ryanair flight due to leave for Italy after testing positive for coronavirus.

Front page of the Guardian, Friday August 28, 2020

Front page of the Guardian, Friday August 28, 2020. Photograph: Guardian

The anxieties of the Conservatives are manifested in the Time – “Put Britain back to work, Conservatives tell Johnson” – and the Telegraph, which says “Return to work or risk losing your job.” Here is the Guardian version.

the Mail smoked at “£ 465,000 in legal aid for the PC Harper killers”. the Express says ‘Brexit talks’ at the end of the day ” – his view is that EU leaders are imploring Britain for a Brexit settlement (which could be seen as a disagreement with the EU presidency ‘EU having canceled next week’s talks as unnecessary citing British perseverance). the Mirror a “Maguire: I was afraid for my life” and the FT leads with “The Fed is adjusting monetary policy with a move to tolerate higher inflation” – read about it here.


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