Daily News Briefing
Brief. Me - April 22, 2021 7:12 pm
Covid: Prisoners like ‘caged animals’ in lockdown jails
BBC News says prisoners in England’s jails have been locked in their cells for more than 90% of the day to keep them safe from Covid-19, the prisons watchdog says.
And the extra restrictions have led to a decline in their mental and physical health and a rise in drug-taking and self-harm.
Predictions up to 2,000 inmates would die in the pandemic in England and Wales without action have been avoided.
Half of UK exporters to EU are having Brexit difficulties, survey finds
The Guardian says half of British exporters to the EU are facing difficulties with mounting Brexit red tape and border disruption after a month of the new rules, according to one of the most comprehensive business surveys since leaving the bloc.
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said that 49% of UK-based exporters in a survey of 470 firms had suffered problems with post-Brexit arrangements since the start of the year, as companies struggled to adapt and faced higher costs due to extra border checks and paperwork.
EU chief admits to failings in Covid vaccine rollout, bloc was ‘too optimistic’
France24 says Ursula von der Leyen admitted the EU’s much-criticised approval and rollout of vaccines against Covid-19 could be partly blamed on the bloc being over-optimistic, over-confident and plainly “late.”
She defended the EU’s overall approach of trying to beat the pandemic with a unified vaccine plan for its 27 nations, even if she admitted mistakes in the strategy to quickly obtain sufficient vaccines for its 447 million citizens.
“We are still not where we want to be. We were late to authorise. We were too optimistic when it came to massive production and perhaps we were too confident that, what we ordered, would actually be delivered on time,” von der Leyen told lawmakers in the European Parliament.
Domestic violence doubles in Lebanon
Arab News says the economic and financial crisis in Lebanon is responsible for the country’s worsening domestic violence, according to women’s rights groups.
Four women have been murdered over the past month by male relatives as Lebanon is in the depths of a dire economic situation, exacerbated by Covid-19 lockdowns and the Beirut explosion.
“The reason behind this rise in violence is the economic and financial situation,” Hayat Mirshad, the co-founder and co-director at FE-MALE, told Arab News.
India says reached deal with China on border troop disengagement
Aljazeera says India and China have agreed to disengage troops from a bitterly contested lake area in the western Himalayas, the Indian defence minister said, in a breakthrough after a months-long standoff on the disputed border.
Rajnath Singh told Parliament on Thursday the accord had been reached after several rounds of talks between military commanders and diplomats.
“Our sustained talks with China have led to agreement on disengagement on the north and south banks of the Pangong lake,” he said.
Saudi Activist al-Hathloul Released After 1,000 Days in Prison
VOA says Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul was released from a Saudi prison after spending nearly three years behind bars, according to her family.
Hathloul, a 31-year-old activist who has called for reforms to laws governing women, was arrested in 2018 and sentenced to six years on terrorism charges that the UN had deemed “spurious.”
“Loujain is at home!!!!!!” her sister Lina tweeted Wednesday.
“We of course welcome her release,” United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.
Disturbing capital attack footage dominates Trump impeachment trial
TRT World says impeachment prosecutors have aired terrifying, never-before-seen footage of senior US politicians fleeing for their lives during the Capitol attack by Donald Trump supporters on day two of the Trump impeachment trial.
With painstaking, graphic presentations, Democratic impeachment managers on Wednesday walked senators through hours of video, some of which came from security cameras and police bodycams and was being aired for the first time.
The aim was to remind all watching just how bad January 6 got when a mob stormed Congress after Trump told a rally near the White House that his failure to win reelection was due to vote-rigging.
UK WEATHER FORECAST
A cold but dry and sunny day for many. Turning cloudier and windier over parts of Northern Ireland, Wales and south-west England later on. A chance of snow in the far south-west later.
Cold and clear for many, mainly in the eastern half of the UK. Turning cloudier and windier from the west, with a few snow showers in Northern Ireland. A few wintry showers in north-east Scotland.
Feel bad for people who got fit in quarantine but now have to STAY fit for like 7 more months before anyone sees. Shoulda paced yourselves
Feel bad for people who got fit in quarantine but now have to STAY fit for like 7 more months before anyone sees. Shoulda paced yourselves— Jeff Kasanoff (@JeffKasanoff) January 11, 2021
FROM WTX NEWS
Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore
Shift to green energy ‘could cost oil states $13 trillion’ by 2040 – BBC Business
COVID-19: Airlines warn of ‘second lost summer’ in reopening plea to PM – Sky Business
How ‘scale-up’ business became the engine of job creation – FT News
Uber reduces losses on food delivery expansion, modest uptick in ride bookings – Reuters
Everton beat Spurs after extra time in nine-goal FA cup classic – Read on
Australian Open: Sofia Kenin knocked out, Ashleigh Barty through – Read on
Record breaking Man City cruise past Swansea to reach last eight – Read on
NBA reacts to Dallas Mavericks stance with call for anthem to be played before all games – Read on
Rihanna’s Fenty fashion label to close down – Read on
Joss Whedon facing claims of creating ‘toxic’ work environments by Buffy actress – Read on
Oscars 2021 ceremony shake-up will see it take place from ‘multiple locations’ – Read on
Robin Thicke says fame led him to painkiller and alcohol abuse and ‘a bad place’ – Read on
YOUR QUESTIONS answered
what happened at the capitol?
On January 6, 2021, a mob of rioters supporting United States President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election stormed the U.S. Capitol, breaching security and occupying parts of the building for several hours.
After attending a rally organized by Trump, thousands of his supporters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue before many stormed the United States Capitol in an effort to disrupt the electoral college vote count during a joint session of Congress and prevent the formalization of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.
After breaching police perimeters, they occupied, vandalized, and ransacked parts of the building for several hours. The insurrection led to the evacuation and lockdown of the Capitol building and five deaths. – Read on
what does brexit mean?
Brexit was the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC or Euratom) at the end of 31 January 2020 CET.
To date, the UK is the first and only country formally to leave the EU, after 47 years of membership within the bloc, after having first joined its predecessor, the European Communities (EC), on 1 January 1973.
It continued to participate in the European Union Customs Union and European Single Market during a transition period that ended on 31 December 2020 at 23:00 GMT. – Read on
It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020 and a pandemic in March 2020.
Meaning of “coronavirus” and related terminology “coronavirus” means severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)