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Pret A Manger founder criticises Boris Johnson for ‘nonsense’ leadership

The founder of Pret a Manger and boss of the Itsu chain of restaurants has accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of a lack of leadership which has amounted to nothing more than “sitting down with his Union Jack talking utter nonsense”. Restaurateur Julian Metcalfe’s criticism is in response to the....
 

Sudan and Netherlands Agree on Establishing Gum Arabic Factories

ا. Khartoum Sept 23(SUNA)- Sudan and Netherlands have agreed on supporting and facilitating establishment of gum Arabic transformation factories in Darfur, Kordofan and other states. The objective of the suggested factories was for increasing the value added of Gum Arabic crop. This came when the Minister of Finance and National Planning Dr.

Ben Wallace says ‘illegal wars’ led to legal ‘mess’ for British troops

The Defence Secretary has claimed “illegal wars” instigated by Labour contributed to the legal “mess” faced by British troops. Ben Wallace made the remark during heated Commons exchanges with shadow defence secretary John Healey, who warned the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans)....

Sadiq Khan backs Marcus Rashford’s campaign to end child food poverty

Marcus Rashford is “more determined than ever” to eradicate child food poverty after receiving the backing of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. The 22-year-old Manchester United and England striker has formed a task force along with some of the UK’s biggest supermarkets and food brands designed to address....

Johnson & Johnson begins giant study of one-dose COVID-19 shot

A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose has begun, as top US health officials sought to assure a sceptical Congress and public that they can trust any shots the government ultimately approves. Hopes are high that answers about at least one of several....

Government refuse to promise nobody in Newcastle will be evicted due to Covid

The Government has refused to promise that nobody in Newcastle will be evicted because coronavirus has cut their income. Landlords were barred from evicting tenants during the Covid-19 lockdown, due to fears that many people would struggle to pay their rent after having their incomes cut, but the ban came to an end this week.

Premier League games to start earlier to help pub-going fans

LONDON The Premier League has pushed forward the starting times of its midweek games to ensure pub-going fans in England don’t miss the final minutes of matches amid ramped-up coronavirus restrictions in the country. The British government has announced that pubs must close at the earlier time of 10 p.

Trump tightens Cuba sanctions as he woos Cuban-American vote

WASHINGTON Americans won’t be allowed to bring home cigars and rum from Cuba under measures President Donald Trump announced Wednesday to financially starve the island’s government, a move taken as he tries to boost his appeal among Cuban-Americans, a crucial voting bloc in the battleground state of Florida.

Madrid wants military help, more doctors to fight virus wave

MADRID Authorities in Madrid want to hire more doctors and get urgent help from Spain’s military and police to fight a second wave of coronavirus infections that might force them into expanding restrictions on free movement that are already controversial.

UN rights experts calls on Mali junta to release officials

DAKAR, Senegal A United Nations human rights expert on Wednesday urged Mali’s junta to release former government officials they have held since a coup d’etat on Aug. 18. The call by Alioune Tine, U.N. independent expert on human rights in Mali, came as a mediator for the West African regional....

Dozens of Adoptable Pets Arrive in Massachusetts After Surviving COVID-19 and 2 Hurricanes

The 38 animals, a mix of cats and dogs, have struggled to get adopted from The Humane Society of St. Thomas ever since Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma each struck St. Thomas in 2017. And now, the COVID-19 pandemic has crippled tourism to the island, squashing their hopes of being adopted even further.

'More than 90 percent of the population remains susceptible' to COVID-19, CDC director says

The United States has recorded nearly 7 million coronavirus infections and has surpassed 200,000 deaths, with public health officials warning that most of the population remains at risk of contracting COVID-19. Trump administration health officials testified before the Senate Health, Education,....

The conservative case for phasing out hydrofluorocarbons

In 1987, the Montreal Protocol , ratified by President Ronald Reagan, set the gold standard for international cooperation on reducing harmful atmospheric pollutants. At hand was the issue of harmful, ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), often used as coolants in refrigerator and air conditioning units.

Ginsburg remembered as prophet for justice, American icon

WASHINGTON (AP) With crowds of admirers swelling outside, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was remembered Wednesday at the court by grieving family, colleagues and friends as a prophet for justice who persevered against long odds to become an American icon.

Montana student who killed 2 in dorm in 1990 denied parole

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) The Montana State University student convicted of shooting and killing two men in his dorm in 1990 was denied parole for the third time. On Tuesday, Brett Byers, now 49, was denied an early release from his 165-year sentence at the Montana State Prison.

Wells Fargo CEO apologizes for comments about diversity

NEW YORK (AP) Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf apologized Wednesday for comments he made about the difficulty of finding qualified Black executives. Scharf said that “there is a very limited pool of Black talent to recruit from” in corporate America. The memo to employees was written in June, but became public this week.

UN rights experts calls on Mali junta to release officials

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) A United Nations human rights expert on Wednesday urged Mali’s junta to release former government officials they have held since a coup d’etat on Aug. 18. The call by Alioune Tine, U.N. independent expert on human rights in Mali, came as a mediator for the West African regional....

Trump tightens Cuba sanctions as he woos Cuban-American vote

WASHINGTON (AP) Americans won't be allowed to bring home cigars and rum from Cuba under measures President Donald Trump announced Wednesday to financially starve the island's government, a move taken as he tries to boost his appeal among Cuban-Americans, a crucial voting bloc in the battleground state of Florida.

Arizona

Voter ID law: strict ID laws, photo not required. State mail-in voting status: any voter can request a vote-by-mail ballot (no excuse required) Early voting policy: no-excuse early voting is allowed. Felony voting law: voting rights are automatically reinstated to an individual with one felony....

Iowa

Voter ID law: ID requested, photo not required. State mail-in voting status: any voter can request a vote-by-mail ballot (no excuse required) Early voting policy: no-excuse early voting is allowed. Felony voting law: voting rights reinstated upon completion of sentence (including prison time,....

It is the highest number of daily cases reported since May 1

The number of daily coronavirus cases in the UK has risen to more than 6,000 for the first time since May, new figures show. The Government said that as of 9am on September 23, there had been a further 6,178 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, taking the overall number of cases confirmed to 409,729.

"It can't be for six months if we want to have professional rugby survive in the format that we know," he says

Gloucester chief executive Lance Bradley has offered a grim outlook for the Gallagher Premiership as clubs face at least six months of playing without crowds. The Rugby Football Union is forecasting losses totalling £106 million as a result of measures designed to limit a second wave of coronavirus....

Senate investigation: Hunter Biden received millions from former Moscow oligarch

While Democrats were pushing to impeach Trump, Grassley raised concerns about corruption linking Hunter Biden to millions of dollars in transactions taking place between the Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings, Russian oligarch Yelena Baturina, and Chinese businessmen with ties to Beijing's communist government.

GOP Senate report on Biden son alleges conflict of interest

WASHINGTON - Two Republican-led Senate committees issued a politically charged report Wednesday alleging that the work Joe Biden’s son did in Ukraine constituted a conflict of interest for the Obama administration at a time when Biden was engaged in Ukraine policy as vice-president.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes first woman to lie in state, remembered as 'a fighter, a winner'

WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts says the words that best describe the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are “tough, brave, a fighter, a winner” but also “thoughtful, careful, compassionate, honest.” Roberts spoke Wednesday during a private ceremony in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court.

The Latest: Fauci: Wear masks, keep distant after vaccine

WASHINGTON -- Dr. Anthony Fauci says Americans likely will need to wear masks and stay socially distance to protect themselves from the coronavirus after a vaccine becomes available. Fauci tells senators at a hearing that a vaccine won’t change conditions overnight.

Ageing and underfunded: $1.3 billion needed to future-proof Lower Hutt's water infrastructure

Years of underfunding means Lower Hutt will need to dig deep to find $1.3 billion to future-proof its ageing water infrastructure. With 60 per cent of the city’s three waters assets needing to be replaced over the next 30 years, Hutt city councillors will discuss investment options for the next decade at a Long term/Annual Plan meeting on Thursday....

Gloriavale leaver launches High Court civil proceedings against leaders

A former Gloriavale member is taking legal action against the West Coast Christian community, accusing leaders of “dereliction of duty” towards their followers. John Ready filed civil proceedings in the High Court at Greymouth on Wednesday seeking the removal of the trustees that govern Gloriavale....

Auckland speed limits: The street that shouts 50kmh when the sign says 30kmh

Auckland drivers are flouting speed limits on a city centre road but one expert says the road layout is to blame. Transport Engineer Tamara Bozovic found 95 per cent of vehicles on Symonds St broke the 30kmh limit imposed as part of a to cut death and injury.

Covid-19: On a different island winter of discontent looms

EDITORIAL: As the days warm up and alert levels come down in New Zealand, spare a thought for the place we used to call the Mother Country. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a raft of new restrictions to try to stop a resurgence of Covid-19 cases spiralling out of control as the country heads into winter.

Election 2020: Candidates under 30 on why they're running, what they stand for

Abe O’Donnell, 18, Green candidate for Selwyn. “I'm campaigning to return the Greens to Government to support farmers to transition to organic plant production to meet the demands of the food revolution. “I aim to bring change where fewer people get food-related chronic diseases and many sustainability problems are mitigated.
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