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Top story: “Very low” risk for children at school

Good morning all. I’m Martin Farrer and these are the main stories from this Monday morning.

Boris Johnson has come out of his vacation in Scotland in an attempt to reset his government’s education policies by personally urging parents to send their children back to class in England next month. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, damaged by the current A-level results fiasco, the Prime Minister was seen by senior Tories as trying to regain public trust in the government. Johnson said it was “vitally important” for children to return to school, and cited the chief medical officer ‘s comments that keeping children at home could be more dangerous than “very low risk” »To contract Covid-19 in a classroom. Schools reopened in Scotland earlier this month. Labor will keep pressure on ministers to expand the holiday support program with new analysis claiming virus-linked job losses in areas such as retail and manufacturing will widen the north-south divide. The travel sector has already lost 18% of its 200,000 or so jobs, the industry says today. The opposition also criticized the government for forcing the NHS to spend £ 15million on visa fees for much needed frontline staff from overseas. Police plan to impose hefty fines to crack down on raves after another weekend of illegal gatherings across the country.

The Chinese government has administered a trial vaccine to selected groups of key workers since July, a health official has revealed. In the United States, Donald Trump has authorized the use of convalescent plasma for patients with Covid-19, a treatment used to treat influenza and measles. He also took a hit on “the deep state or whoever” for delaying approval of a vaccine. Naturists at a popular French seaside resort have been exposed to a coronavirus outbreak with more than 100 people testing positive. You can follow all the overnight pandemic developments around the world on our live blog.

Audience de Christchurch – The Christchurch Mosque shooters sentencing hearing has started in the New Zealand city under enormous security in the presence of survivors and relatives of the victims. The High Court heard an official account for the first time of how Brenton Tarrant, 29, murdered 51 people in two mosques in the city last March and how he planned to burn down the two places of worship and attack a third mosque before being arrested. The Australian admitted to the massacre and was flown to Christchurch by military transport plane yesterday to deal with his victims for the first time. The hearing is expected to last a week with 66 victims reading the impact statements.

Fake news ‘pandémie’ – The BBC is “vital to democracy” and has “never been more necessary” to counter the spread of fake news, the broadcaster’s outgoing chief executive, Tony Hall, is expected to say in a speech broadcast live at the television festival from Edinburgh later in the day. Hall will describe disinformation as a pandemic that must be tackled by public service broadcasters and will also argue that BBC reporting can help overcome suspicion among some people and promote uptake of Covid-19 vaccines. The festival begins amid a warning that streaming services such as Netflix are using the global virus-driven shortage of new programming to outbid traditional broadcasters for the rights to new shows.

Kellyanne Conway. Photographie: Andrew Harnik / AP

Conway leaves – Kellyanne Conway, one of Donald Trump’s longest-serving advisers, leaves the administration at the end of this month, citing the need to focus on his four children. His departure ahead of the November elections comes at a crucial time for the president and leaves him without one of his most fervent and outspoken supporters.

Keep track – A judge has dismissed a legal challenge from activists who wanted to stop drivers of 4 × 4 vehicles using off-road tracks in the Lake District. An alliance of walkers, cyclists and horse riders had appealed to the High Court against a ruling allowing cars and motorcycles to use two former farm and quarry trails in the Langdale and Coniston valleys. But the judge ruled that the group could not prove that the activity had made the area less attractive.

Cried musician – Justin Townes Earle, the famous American singer-songwriter, has died at the age of 38. Earle, who was the son of country rock legend Steve Earle, made eight albums and was honored twice at the Americana Music Awards, most notably for his most famous song, Harlem River Blues. Writing on Twitter, his friend and collaborator Jason Isbell said, “I had a lot of good times and made a lot of good music with JTE. So sad for his family tonight.

Crying scandal – The town of Danbury, Connecticut is renaming its sewage plant after British comedian John Oliver in retaliation for a crass rant on his HBO show about his allegedly racist jury selection process. “We are going to rename it the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant,” said the Republican Mayor of Danbury. ” Why? Because it’s full of bullshit like you, John.

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Kingsley Coman’s header on time was enough for Bayern Munich to beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 to win the Champions League for the sixth time. Thomas Müller didn’t do much in Lisbon that fell within the approved statistical records, but he was still key to Bayern’s triumph, while the loss of coach Thomas Tuchel went on to play down any suggestions that he could sign Lionel Messi. Jimmy Anderson enters the fourth day of the final test with just two casualties from the 600 wicket bar and after an evening of three bowling catches in conditions that his teammate Dom Bess considered dangerous.

Sophia Popov’s victory in the Women’s Open was so comfortable that her status as an underdog was easily forgotten. This means the 27-year-old becomes the first German to win a major title on British soil. Novak Djokovic sent Flushing Meadows a thrill of worry when he pulled out of the doubles at the Western Open and moved South with neck strain, a week before the start of the US Open. Paul Pogba will not be sold by Manchester United this summer and talks about a new contract will begin soon, according to French midfielder agent Mino Raiola. And Japanese rider Takuma Sato claimed his second Indianapolis 500 victory, fending off Scott Dixon before winning on bail on an empty circuit.


Dividends paid by the world’s 1,200 largest companies fell between April and June as they battled the coronavirus crisis. Total payments to shareholders have fallen 22% globally to £ 82.6 billion. The FTSE100 is expected to rise 0.5% this morning, while the pound will buy $ 1.309 and € 1.11.

The papers

The Prime Minister’s appeal to parents is the common thread of many newspapers. the Telegraph said “the Prime Minister’s request to parents to return to school” and the Mirror the main title is “Send your children back to school”. the Guardian has a larger context with ‘Johnson takes control of schools agenda after exam chaos’, Time “Teachers spread the virus more than their students”. the is splashes with “Get the kids back to school, Johnson says”.

Front page of the Guardian, Monday August 24, 2020

Photographie: The Guardian

the Mail a “Hospital accused of concealing baby deaths” and the Express is foaming on the Proms: “Fury at the BBC tried to chop Land of Hope and Glory”. FT focuses on the latest from the United States with “Trump plans to speed up British vaccine against Covid-19 before election”. In Scotland, the national to the SNP’s warning “Vote to quit the cabal leading the country towards the Brexit ‘disaster’ Scottish leads with ‘Ads to stay closed as Aberdeen breaks free from lockdown’.


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