Friday Briefing: Vulnerable Children Left in Dirty Cells, Guard Overseer Says | World news


Top story: Fears for young people, the disabled and the disadvantaged

Hello, Warren Murray ends the week with an exceptional briefing on Friday.

Children with Down syndrome and autism are among those left for hours in court cells awaiting legal representation or transportation, a custody watchdog has revealed. Lay Observers (LO), who inspect court custody and transport arrangements in England and Wales, said the treatment of some young people was unacceptable.

John Thornhill, LO’s national president, said: “It is clear that some people have to appear in court after having traveled hundreds of kilometers; others are not taken care of with their medical conditions or disabilities; some are then kept in dirty cells for hours. It is a question of embarrassment in a modern criminal justice system. The justice ministry says it is concluding new contracts to “place more emphasis on improving the decency and well-being of those in detention and reducing the time spent in cells.”

‘I’ll hold them accountable’ – President Emmanuel Macron, visiting Beirut, pledged aid for the destroyed city of France and the world, but demanded a “new political deal” from Lebanese leaders and pledged to pressure them to change. “I’m going to talk to them… I’m going to hold them accountable,” Macron said. Anger against the Lebanese leadership has boiled over since the explosion, blamed on 2,750 tonnes of highly explosive ammonium nitrate carelessly stored in a warehouse for years. Meanwhile, Lebanese security forces clashed with anti-government protesters on a ravaged street leading to parliament. Tuesday’s explosion killed nearly 150 people, injured at least 5,000 and destroyed entire neighborhoods of the capital. More bodies are expected to be recovered in the ongoing search and rescue operations.

Saudi Murder Squad Complaint – A former senior Saudi intelligence official has accused Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of sending assassins to Canada to kidnap him, just two weeks after the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A US lawsuit by Saad Aljabri against the crown prince and other Saudi officials claims that a so-called “tiger squad” of the heir’s personal mercenaries attempted to enter Canada secretly on or around October 15, 2018. this date with “intent to kill” Aljabri, but was stopped by Canadian authorities.

Latest coronavirus – Leaders of doctors and surgeons have warned that the NHS must not interrupt normal care for tens of thousands of patients when a second wave of Covid-19 strikes. Dr Chaand Nagpaul of the British Medical Association (BMA) said: “If someone needs care – for example for cancer, heart problems, breathing problems or a neurological problem – they should receive it when they need it. need.” In our latest global roundup: The World Health Organization has warned of “vaccine nationalism,” warning those who keep treatments to themselves they can’t expect to stay safe if poor countries remain exposed. More than a million Africans have been infected with the virus as it continues to spread across the continent. South Africa has recorded 529,000 of these cases and has the highest number of deaths on the continent (9,604), followed by Egypt (4,951) and Algeria (1,273). For further developments, stay tuned to our live blog.

Tiananmen Vigil Charges – Twenty-five Hong Kong democracy activists, including well-known figures Joshua Wong and Jimmy Lai, have been charged with participating in the traditional June candlelight vigil marking China’s Tiananmen crackdown in 1989. City authorities banned the event in June for the first time in 30 years, as the Chinese government moved to impose sweeping “national security” laws on Hong Kong. In the UK, an all-party group of MPs and peers called on Uyghurs fleeing the widely documented abuse and mistreatment in China to automatically receive refugee status from the UK government.

Brothers dominate poll – Sri Lanka’s ruling Rajapaksa clan won a two-thirds majority in parliamentary elections, bulldozing opposition parties and gaining powers to unravel democratic guarantees. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) won 145 seats and can count on the support of at least five allies in the 225-member legislature. Rajapaksa, 74, and his brother Gotabaya, 71, who was elected president in November, needed a two-thirds majority in order to overturn constitutional measures designed to decentralize power and prevent the power of strongmen.

Screws tighten on TikTok – The US Senate unanimously passed a bill prohibiting federal employees from using TikTok on their government-issued devices. Donald Trump, who is expected to sign the bill to legalize it, separately issued an executive order banning U.S. companies from negotiating with the app’s owner, ByteDance of China, and Tencent, the Chinese owner of WeChat. TikTok faces a September 15 deadline to sell its U.S. operations into U.S. hands or face an outright ban due to national security concerns over the availability of its users’ data to Chinese spy agencies.

Hit me with a feather – A Canadian brewery and leather shop in New Zealand found themselves in a hairy situation after unwittingly using a Maori language word for pubic hair, fur, to name their brands. They had wanted an alternate meaning: it can also be used for feather, wool or fur. “If you sell leather call it leather, don’t call it pubic hair unless you sell pubic hair and don’t call beer pubic hair unless you do it with pubic hair,” Te Hamua Nikora said , an exponent of the Maori language.

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Lunch read: The NRA surpasses itself

The National Rifle Association has been the most powerful gun lobby in the world since its former president Charlton Heston taunted gun control supporters that they would only take their guns “from my cold, dead hands.” . He fought to suppress research on the danger of guns in society, keep loopholes open for background checks on gun sales, and even for guns to be present in schools. . He has been an electoral ally of Donald Trump, spending $ 30 million to help him defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Participants at the 148th Annual Meeting of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in Indianapolis, April 2019. Photograph: Lucas Jackson / Reuters

But now New York Attorney General Letitia James is suing to bankrupt the NRA – alleging that senior executives have used charitable donations for family trips to the Bahamas, private jets and lavish meals that have cut back $ 64 million on the organization’s three-year track record, turning a surplus into a financial crisis. David Smith reveals how the NRA shot themselves in the foot.


England face an uphill struggle to escape the first test against Pakistan with all but a loss following a heartwarming spectacle from tourists on day two of play at Old Trafford. Tiger Woods started the US PGA Championship with a 68, his lowest first round in a major since 2012, as Jason Day led the field after shooting a five-under-65 at Harding Park. Wolves ‘Europa League odyssey will continue in next week’s quarter-finals with a grueling victory over Greek champions Olympiakos, but Rangers’ campaign ended with a loss to Bayer Leverkusen. This year’s London Marathon, which had been postponed from April to October, will no longer be a mass-participation event. John Higgins only took the 11th maximum break in World Championship history but saw his fifth title hopes shattered by a 13-11 second round loss to Kurt Maflin. And BT’s sports chief, Simon Green, believes one of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic will be to dampen the inflationary value of television sports rights, which over the past 30 years has increased with every new agreement is negotiated.


Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp posted a loss of US $ 1.5 billion as its Australian and UK newspaper business suffered sharply lower revenues and its Foxtel pay-TV business in Australia bleeding subscribers, new financial results for the 2019-2020 show. News Corp Australia and News UK revenues fell 16% and 13% respectively for the year. The results come in a tumultuous week for News Corp after James Murdoch resigned from the board citing “disagreements” over editorial content. Asian shares were mostly lower. Investors await a U.S. jobs report later Friday for another indicator of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The pound is worth $ 1.311 and € 1.108, while the FTSE has a downtrend of around 20 points at the time of writing.

The papers

Our Guardian the print edition leads today with ‘Doctors warn: do not again interrupt normal NHS care to fight Covid-19’. the Express a “Boris: the economy shows signs of strength” with a photo of the Prime Minister lifting a dumbbell with the number 10. He quotes two of them on the front page of the Telegraph which leads with: “Look back as students earn the stay of calls” – catch up on that story here.

Front page of the Guardian, Friday August 7, 2020

Front page of The Guardian, Friday August 7, 2020.

the Time “The British on their way to France risk quarantine” while the FT has its eye on TikTok, claiming that Microsoft wants to buy not just its US arm, but “the entire global operation.” the Subway splashes with “Mother Flack’s fury at the cop” during the assault investigation in which the host committed suicide.

the Mirror a “Watchdog is called upon to probe Cummings’ ‘second lockdown trip'” – the Guardian’s Matt Weaver covers it here. the Mail splash is “Priti: send navy to tackle migrant crisis” – The Guardian today has coverage of increasingly brutal tactics being used by smugglers transporting thousands across the Channel in small boats .


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