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High story: ‘Kick the can and we kick the bucket’

Hiya, Warren Murray right here, as we go as soon as extra unto the briefing.

Boris Johnson will as we speak launch his lengthy dreamt-of marketing campaign to be prime minister. On Brexit, he’s anticipated to say: “After three years and two missed deadlines, we should go away the EU on 31 October … Delay means defeat. Delay means Corbyn. Kick the can and we kick the bucket.” Johnson, who has confirmed elusive within the management race up till as we speak, is anticipated to take questions from the media at his launch. A Guardian investigation has revealed the previous international secretary allowed arms gross sales to Saudi Arabia regardless of civilians being killed by its brutal bombing marketing campaign in Yemen.

Rory Stewart, an outsider within the management race, has develop into the primary contender to criticise the previous international secretary personally: “Is that this the individual you need writing the instruction to the nuclear submarines? Is that this the person that you really want embodying your nation and guiding you thru essentially the most troublesome selection we’ve confronted for 50 years?” Sajid Javid, one other management contender, can also be planning to launch his marketing campaign as we speak, calling for change on the high of the Conservatives.

‘Retract, retract’ – We’re overlaying the scenario reside in Hong Kong the place demonstrators are looking for to power a citywide shutdown over a proposed regulation permitting extraditions to mainland China. Politicians have briefly deserted their debate on the invoice after tens of 1000’s of individuals surrounded the legislative council constructing and swamped town centre to chants of “retract, retract” and “no retraction, no retreat”. The proposed regulation had been due for a second spherical of debate within the 70-seat legislative council as we speak. 1000’s of oldsters and academics known as for a boycott of labor and lessons to indicate their opposition to the proposed invoice, which might permit mainland China to pursue fugitives within the former British colony.

Faculties ‘go cap in hand’ for funds – The cash-strapped Downshall major college in Ilford, east London, has requested BBC Kids in Want for funding to assist deprived pupils. Its headteacher, Ian Bennett, stated it was “legal” that the varsity had been pressured to axe its group of two pastoral assist staff due to price range constraints, in addition to reducing again on studying assist and PE employees. A Guardian investigation not too long ago revealed greater than 1,000 colleges throughout England have turned to crowdfunding web sites and need lists to lift cash only for fundamentals. Kevin Courtney from the Nationwide Training Union stated: “Headteachers are having to go cap in hand to beg cash from wherever they will simply to maintain their heads above water.” The Division for Training stated whereas colleges confronted “budgeting challenges”, Downshall had obtained a rise per pupil, and within the subsequent spending evaluation the schooling secretary meant to “again headteachers to have the sources they want”.

Midweek catch-up

> Theresa Could will commit Britain to reaching web zero carbon emissions by 2050, making it the primary main financial system to take action. The measure will go earlier than parliament as we speak as an modification to the Local weather Change Act that doesn’t require a vote.

> Labour will lead an try to legislate towards a brand new prime minister forcing a no-deal Brexit. Britons declare in a YouGov survey that they’re avoiding the information due to Brexit protection – however within the media we’re discovering readers can’t get sufficient of it.

> The federal government has ordered Whirlpool to recall 500,000 tumble dryers offered as Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit over a long-known fault that may make them catch fireplace. The quantity to name is 0800 151 0905 and don’t use yours till it’s mounted.

> It’s 20 years since Nato troops had been deployed to maintain the peace in Kosovo. Tensions nonetheless flare between the Serbian and Albanian sides, and Dan Sabbagh writes that 3,500 international troops are nonetheless there – however with western consideration fitful, how for much longer will their mission final?

> The author of the Chernobyl miniseries has known as for vacationers, just like the Instagrammer who flashed her G-string, to indicate extra respect. “For those who go to, please keep in mind that a horrible tragedy occurred there,” stated screenwriter Craig Mazin.

‘They did their job, do yours’ – Jon Stewart has blasted Congress and its dealing with of advantages for 9/11 first responders and victims, telling US lawmakers their “shameful” inaction is “a humiliation to the nation”. The comic and former host of The Each day Present testified earlier than the Home judiciary committee at a listening to attended by solely a handful of lawmakers.

‘Shameful’: Jon Stewart’s emotional testimony to Congress over inaction for 9/11 responders – video

The US authorities has slashed funds to these sick and dying from the toxins launched throughout the assaults. Greater than 20,000 people have suffered or died from most cancers, respiration issues and different illnesses ensuing from 9/11. “They responded in 5 seconds. They did their jobs [with] braveness, grace, tenacity, humility. Eighteen years later, do yours,” stated Stewart, who obtained a standing ovation on the conclusion of his assertion.

Psychological well being toll of wars – One in 5 individuals dwelling in warfare zones have psychological well being situations, based on a World Well being Group paper printed in Lancet. “Psychological healthcare should be prioritised in international locations affected by battle, not least for the well-established hyperlinks between psychological well being, functioning and nation improvement,” says the paper. Armed conflicts reached an all-time excessive in 2016 – 53 in 37 international locations, says the paper. About 12% of the world’s inhabitants reside in a battle zone and 69 million individuals have been forcibly displaced by violence – the very best quantity for the reason that second world warfare.

‘Into the Bizarre Grownup Video Emporium’ – An environmentally minded grocery retailer in Vancouver is utilizing plastic luggage emblazoned with embarrassing slogans about porn and warts to try to discourage clients from asking for them. The one drawback is, individuals love them.

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Lunchtime learn: Hitting the mute button on the world

Uber is testing out new options for customers of its Exec service – together with a button you’ll be able to activate if you wish to mute your driver. “Quiet most well-liked” is the euphemism Uber is utilizing (you may as well toggle it to “pleased to talk”). It seems to convey the dream of with the ability to select who and what we take heed to a step nearer – however there’s rising proof that reducing ourselves off like this isn’t wholesome, consultants inform Richard Godwin.

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The USA kicked off their Ladies’s World Cup defence in model, with Alex Morgan scoring 5 targets in a document 13-Zero thrashing of Thailand, whereas lightning and torrential rain stopped play for 45 minutes as Sweden laboured to a 2-Zero victory over debutants Chile in Rennes.

The Bangladesh coach, Steve Rhodes, has bemoaned the shortage of reserve days on the Cricket World Cup after a tournament-record third abandonment within the area of 5 days. England’s Mark Wooden troubled West Indies on the spring tour of the Caribbean and is hoping to trigger issues together with his tempo once more when the groups meet within the World Cup on Friday. Pakistan’s captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed, doesn’t consider as we speak’s match will see a repeat of the jeering that has been directed at Australia’s former captain Steve Smith and former vice-captain David Warner.

Gareth Bale missed a sitter in Budapest the place Wales held out till the 80th minute earlier than Mate Patkai gave Hungary a 1-Zero win in Euro 2020 qualifying. And Tiger Woods has set himself a goal of a decade extra on the high degree as he appears to be like to overtake the majors document of 18 held by Jack Nicklaus.


Three Financial institution of England rate-setters have warned the UK stays on observe to lift rates of interest a number of occasions over the subsequent couple of years. Such a transfer would put the nation out of sync with different central banks as a result of the US Federal Reserve seems more and more unlikely to chop charges this yr. Asian markets drifted decrease in a single day forward of US inflation figures as we speak. Nearer to house, Nils Pratley charges Philip Inexperienced’s probabilities of getting his Topshop rescue by. The FTSE100 is ready to open down 0.25% whereas the pound is at $1.272 and €1.122.

The papers

Anger in regards to the announcement of the tip to free TV licences for old-age pensioners options on a number of the entrance pages as we speak. “Rage UK!” says the Solar and the Mail reviews the views of protesters: “We’ll go to jail over TV licences”.

Guardian front page, Wednesday 12 June 2019

Guardian entrance web page, Wednesday 12 June 2019.

Elsewhere, the main focus is on Boris Johnson, whom the i calls: “Prime Minister in ready”. The Telegraph says: “Boris faces Remainer plot to cease no-deal” and the Specific reviews: “Boris: We should stop EU by October 31”.

The Guardian has an setting story as its lead: “Excessive climate triggers quickest carbon emissions rise in a decade”, the FT has: “Woodford faces humiliation by being kicked off namesake belief”, the Occasions reviews: “Shamed Oxfam given three weeks to reform” and the Mirror says: “Harry: I’ll end my mum’s work on landmines”.


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