Top story: Gunman did not object to the sentence
Hello, Warren Murray bringing you the key stories from Thursday.
The terrorist who killed 51 faithful Muslims in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole – the first time in modern New Zealand that such a sentence has been handed down. “You have offered no apologies or public acknowledgment of the harm you have caused,” Judge Cameron Mander told Brenton Tarrant, 29. “While I appreciate that you have given up on using these procedures as a platform, you do not appear contrite or ashamed. . ”
Tarrant pleaded guilty and was not represented in the sentencing process, but called in a deputy lawyer to tell the judge that he “did not oppose the request for a life sentence without Conditional liberation”. Dozens more were injured in the March 2019 attacks, the country’s worst peacetime massacre. The sentence came after the court heard three days of emotional statements from the victim in which more than 90 of those bereaved or injured in the attacks turned to court. Throughout that morning in Christchurch, dozens of members of the public gathered outside the courthouse. Many carried signs representing big red hearts or reading: “We are one”.
Kenosha rugit – Two people were shot dead when suspected members of the White Militia opened fire on protests in Kenosha town that were sparked by the shooting and serious injuries to Jacob Blake. Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was arrested for shooting by protesters. The NBA playoffs have been suspended after a team boycotted their last game in protest of the shootout. Jacob Blake admitted to having a knife when he was shot by police, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said. The attorney general said police tasered Blake without success before an officer shot him seven times in the back. The knife was recovered from the floor of the car Blake had leaned into when he was shot. Police officers from the scene have been placed on administrative leave while the matter is investigated, including Rusten Sheskey, the officer who fired the shots. At the Republican National Convention, reduced to almost a side spectacle on a tumultuous day in the United States, Vice President Mike Pence called for the restoration of law and order.
Latest coronavirus – A home care worker who was not wearing protective gear may have infected a client with a fatal case of coronavirus for weeks of conflicting government guidelines on PPE, an official investigation has revealed. Blacks and ethnic minorities trust government scientists and public health officials less than whites during the height of the coronavirus outbreak in the UK, according to a study by the Wellcome Trust. The results raise the question of whether more could have been done to better communicate with the different communities. Follow coronavirus developments on our global live blog.
«Insurvable» – Thousands of residents evacuated before Hurricane Laura hit coastal communities in Louisiana and Texas. Forecasters described the storm surge from the massive Category 4 hurricane as “insurvable.” The governors of Texas and Louisiana have urged residents along the affected coast to leave the area as the National Hurricane Center warned of storm surges of up to 20 feet along an expanse of 170 miles of coast.
Officials fall for A-level – Boris Johnson has been accused of presiding over the death of ministerial responsibility after No.10 removed the Education Department’s top official, its permanent secretary, Jonathan Slater, from his post following the fiasco of exams. A day earlier, Sally Collier stepped down as chief executive officer of the exams regulator Ofqual. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson was called on to resign but remained in office and repeatedly declined to say whether he had offered to resign. The two officials are the last to be frozen while Johnson’s ministers escape punishment.
Girls Worried About Image Online – A third of girls and young women will not post selfies online without using a filter or app to change their appearance, while a similar proportion have deleted photos with too few “likes” or comments, according to research. Girlguiding said 39% of 1,473 respondents aged 11 to 21 felt overwhelmed that they couldn’t look the same in real life as they did online. One respondent said, “I have a hard time going through Insta because everyone looks perfect and it lowers my confidence.” Girlguiding advocate Phoebe Kent has said she believes influencer culture is one of the most damaging phenomena on social media. Girlguiding submitted evidence to this year’s Women’s and Equality Committee’s body image investigation.
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On an extraordinary day for the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted Game 5 of their playoff series against the Orlando Magic to protest the police shootout of Jacob Blake, while other basketball figures staged their own protests and spoke of their support for the cause. In New York City, Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Western and Southern Open semifinals to protest racial injustice – and soon after, the tournament followed her lead by suspending the game of Thursday. The race to sign Lionel Messi is on, and if he could one day regret leaving Barcelona, the club certainly will, writes Sid Lowe. Wendie Renard scored the only goal of the match for Lyon and PSG were ruled out in the semi-final of the Women’s Champions League.
A women’s Super League match between West Ham and Arsenal as well as a men’s friendly Brighton this weekend are among a list of sporting events that will serve as further tests for spectators. A Sport Integrity Forum has been launched ‘to fix loopholes in the system’ following the gymnastics abuse scandal and other concerns about bullying, discrimination and corruption in UK sport. Sir Dave Brailsford called his relationship with Chris Froome “formidable”, despite his decision to omit the four-time Tour de France winner from his selection of the Ineos Grenadiers squad for this year’s race. And Matt Le Tissier says it’s “time to look forward to life’s next challenge” after being dropped, along with Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas, by Sky Sports.
Asian stock markets retreated as investors expect a speech from the chairman of the US Federal Reserve for signs of greater support for an economic recovery. Market benchmarks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul fell while Shanghai and Sydney were higher. The FTSE appears to be opening flat at a few more points at this point, while the British Pound is worth $ 1,320 and € 1,116 this morning.
The incendiary situation in Kenosha, Wisconsin is well illustrated on the Guardian on the front page today with the photo accompanying our story “‘Vigilante’ held after two gunshot deaths in the United States”. The main story of our print edition is ‘Germany abandons Brexit talks after’ wasted ‘summer with no progress’. the Subway a “Turtle Chaos” after Boris Johnson grabbed the “mutant algorithm” as the cause of the Level A debacle. The title requires an encrusted image of a ninja turtle to make it work, which usually doesn’t a good sign, and the caption makes a useful distinction between the PM and the cartoon character.
the Telegraph splashes with “Virus victims will be paid for quarantine” – our Guardian read on that is here. the is covers the purge of the civil service: “The PM swings again as the conservatives’ unrest grows over the U-turns” while the Mail helps CBI pressure Johnson to ‘save Britain’s ghost town’ and ‘bring the workers back to their desks’.
the Time carries a news line that continues to resurface during the pandemic in one form or another: ‘NHS data shows 15 million people on’ hidden waiting list ‘. the Mirror leads to a story that also appears on other fronts: “Girls Aloud Sarah’s Secret Cancer Hell”. the Express a “Insect sprays can kill virus, minister says” – although the findings on citriodiol from the Porton Down Army lab are cautioned. And finally in the FT, allegations of sexism and harassment at the Green Climate Fund: “UN-backed climate agency faces wave of complaints of abuse by staff.”
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