Judge calls decision not to revoke academy order ‘irrational’, as inspections halted during pandemic
A primary school in Sandwell, West Midlands, has become the first school to win a high court appeal against being forced to turn into an academy, arguing it could not demonstrate its improvement because Ofsted inspections were suspended because of Covid.
The governing body of Yew Tree primary school brought a judicial review against the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, following his refusal to revoke an academy order imposed on the school in 2019 after it was rated inadequate by Ofsted.
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‘Real prospect’ 1998 attack by dissident republicans could have been thwarted, says Mr Justice Horner
Security forces had a “real prospect” of preventing the 1998 Omagh bombing – the deadliest atrocity of the Northern Ireland Troubles – a Belfast high court has ruled.
Mr Justice Horner recommended on Friday that the British and Irish governments each undertake human rights compliant investigations into the bombing, which killed 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, and injured 220 people.
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Firm fined £2.6m for claiming clothes prevent Covid Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:39:21 GMT Australian activewear company Lorna Jane is branded "exploitative" and "predatory" by a judge. Match ID: 6 Score: 15.00 source: www.bbc.co.uk age: 0 days qualifiers: 15.00 judge
Firm fined for claiming clothes prevent Covid Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:39:21 GMT Australian activewear company Lorna Jane is branded "exploitative" and "predatory" by a judge. Match ID: 7 Score: 15.00 source: www.bbc.co.uk age: 0 days qualifiers: 15.00 judge
In the latest part of our mini-series, Michael Safi hears from Nina Lakhani on how 15,000 Mexicans including journalists and politicians appeared on a list of possible targets for surveillance
In March 2017, a 38-year-old freelance reporter named Cecilio Pineda Birto was shot dead in Altamirano, a town in the southern Mexican region of Tierra Caliente – a battleground for organised crime factions. His phone vanished from the crime scene. A few weeks earlier, a number connected to that phone had been selected as a possible surveillance target by a client of the spyware company NSO group.
The Guardian’s Nina Lakhani tells Michael Safi that this story is illustrative of the dangers faced by journalists in Mexico. The mobile numbers of 15,000 Mexicans including politicians, judges, activists and teachers appear in the data leak of possible surveillance targets. Included in that are at least 50 people linked to Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador – his wife, children, aides and doctor. Appearing on the leaked list does not mean that a number was attacked, or that an infection was attempted and NSO insists the database has “no relevance” to the company.
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AI and Robots Are a Minefield of Cognitive Biases Mon, 19 Jul 2021 13:00:00 GMT Humans anthropomorphize our technology, sometimes to our own distraction and detriment Match ID: 13 Score: 10.71 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 4 days qualifiers: 10.71 judge
Covid cases likely to accelerate through summer, new forecasts say
CDC director warns Americans in ‘another pivotal moment’ in pandemic
Republican lawmakers are under increasing pressure to tell their constituents Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective amid spread of the new, more contagious Delta variant.
Covid-19 vaccines are highly effective against the Delta variant, and remain the single most tool available to prevent infection with the highly contagious disease.
In recent news conferences and statements, some prominent Republicans have been imploring their constituents to lay lingering doubts aside. In Washington, the so-called Doctors Caucus gathered at the Capitol for an event to combat vaccine hesitancy. And in Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis this week pointed to data showing the vast majority of hospitalized Covid-19 patients hadn’t received shots.
“These vaccines are saving lives,” said DeSantis, who recently began selling campaign merchandise mocking masks and medical experts.
Republican Governor Kay Ivey has joined a growing chorus of Republicans urging people to get vaccinated. According to local TV station WKRG, she told a press conference Thursday:
The new cases of Covid are because of unvaccinated folks. Almost 100% of the new hospitalizations are with unvaccinated folks. And the deaths are certainly occurring with the unvaccinated folks. These folks are choosing a horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain,” said Gov. Ivey.
When asked how the state can get more shots into the arms of residents, Ivey did not hold back her displeasure with the lack of success previous plans have had.
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O2 Academy, Bournemouth The three-time Mercury prize nominees seemed stunned by the deafening reception at their first non-socially distanced show in two years
From the second you walk into Bournemouth’s O2 Academy, it’s clear that gigs are not as they once were. An hour before Wolf Alice are due to take the stage for their first full, non-socially distanced live show in nearly two years, the atmosphere already feels more like an evening’s sweaty climax. People are cheering everything, including the roadie who comes on stage to say “one-two-one-two” into the microphones and the music playing through the PA: each song is greeted by a bellow of enthusiasm and a mass singalong.
Under the circumstances, you get the feeling that Wolf Alice could come on stage and read out Stalin’s speech to the 1939 Soviet Communist party congress – in the original Russian – and still get a reaction like the Beatles got at Shea Stadium. Instead, they play a set heavy on songs from their new album: over half of Blue Weekend – nominated, like every album Wolf Alice have thus far released, for the Mercury prize – gets an airing.
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Speaker is locked in a battle of wills with Kevin McCarthy who is determined to change the political conversation, critics say
It was, Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday, one of the darkest days in America’s history – an assault on democracy, Congress and the constitution. “The American people want to know the truth,” she said.
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The Trailer: Whatever happened to Medicare-for-all? Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:14:11 EDT Whatever happened to Medicare-for-all, what's going on as Trump heads back to Arizona, and what's missing from summer congressional town halls. Match ID: 19 Score: 10.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 10.00 congress
Democratic bill would suspend Section 230 protections when social networks boost anti-vax conspiracies Thu, 22 Jul 2021 19:37:48 +0000 Two Democratic senators introduced a bill Thursday that would strip away the liability shield that social media platforms hold dear when those companies boost anti-vaccine conspiracies and other kinds of health misinformation. The Health Misinformation Act, introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), would create a new carveout in Section 230 […] Match ID: 20 Score: 10.00 source: feedproxy.google.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 10.00 congress
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Weak US Privacy Law Hurts America’s Global Standing Tue, 20 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Unrestrained data collection and selling doesn’t just harm citizens at home. It’s terrible foreign policy. Match ID: 24 Score: 8.57 source: www.wired.com age: 3 days qualifiers: 8.57 congress
What If Regulating Facebook Fails? Fri, 02 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 It seems increasingly likely that antitrust and content moderation tools aren’t up to the task. Here’s what we do next. Match ID: 32 Score: 1.43 source: www.wired.com age: 21 days qualifiers: 1.43 congress
Today's Cyberattacks Foreshadow Wars to Come Wed, 24 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT SolarWinds, the Florida water treatment hack, even Texas's grid outage: These are what threats to a nation's cybersecurity look like Match ID: 33 Score: 1.43 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 121 days qualifiers: 1.43 congress
Hanford Has a Radioactive Capsule Problem Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:00:00 GMT Researchers still don’t have a way to neutralize the former nuclear-weapons complex’s 1,936 capsules of radioactive cesium and strontium Match ID: 39 Score: 1.43 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 310 days qualifiers: 1.43 congress
U.S. Transportation Officials Seek Alternative Tech for GPS Fri, 24 Apr 2020 15:00:00 GMT Ten years after decommissioning the previous backup to the country’s global satellite fleet, government agencies are taking steps to create a new one Match ID: 41 Score: 1.43 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 455 days qualifiers: 1.43 congress
Here’s Where and How We Think China Will Land on Mars Wed, 25 Mar 2020 16:13:00 GMT China’s 2020 HX-1 Mars mission will draw on previous lunar explorations and human spaceflights Match ID: 42 Score: 1.43 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 484 days qualifiers: 1.43 congress
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