BORIS Johnson today vowed to block the European Super League, insisting it would not be "good news for fans". The PM said he'll work with the football authorities "to make sure this doesn't go ahead in the way that it's currently being proposed". ⚽ Read our Football live blog for the very latest news from around the grounds Speaking during a visit to Gloucestershire, he said clubs are more than "great global brands" and must have a link with their fans and communities. And he even refused to rule out drastic measures, such as making those teams that break away repay state-backed Covid loans. The PM said: "We are going to look at everything that we can do with the football authorities to make sure that this doesn't go ahead in the way that it's currently being proposed. "I don't think that it's good news for fans, I don't think it's good news for football in this country. "These clubs are not just great global brands - of course they're great global brands … [Read more...] about European Super League: Boris Johnson vows ‘I’ll make sure’ new league doesn’t go ahead
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IT’S a film about fossils, dinosaur remains and the beautiful Dorset coastline – and features passionate same-sex romps between its two main characters. New movie Ammonite promises a scorcher of a romance between pioneering 19th-century palaeontologist Mary Anning and her younger married lover Charlotte Murchison. But the film, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Charlotte, has angered some of Mary’s descendants, as there is no evidence to show she was a lesbian, or anything more than just friends with Charlotte. Even so, Kate, 45, said: “It was very clear to me that they were quite capable of passionate moments , and Saoirse and I both wanted to embody that . “And for me, at the age I am now, t hat felt quite good, actually .” Saoirse added: “I had a wonderful time. I’ve never done a sex scene so intense and full-on before.” But Mary’s descendant Barbara Anning posted on an online discussion: “I do not believe there is any evidence to back up … [Read more...] about Kate Winslet on passionate same-sex romps and ‘lesbian’ controversy over new film Ammonite
The science is clear: If catastrophic global warming is to be averted, global greenhouse gases have to be reduced — and fast. A 2019 United Nations Environment Program report warned that the world must cut emissions by 7.6% annually until 2030 in order to keep temperature increases below the 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) ambition outlined in the Paris Agreement. If the world continues at its current pace, heating is predicted to reach almost double that. And much of the power to make a difference lies with the big emitters. So are they making progress? USA: Tides of change Though the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis led to a drop in energy use in 2020 compared to the previous year, the United States is still second only to China in terms of global CO2 emissions. Transportation, electricity and industry are the main drivers behind the country's poor record, according to figures from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2019, fossil fuels … [Read more...] about Climate: Are major greenhouse gas emitters ambitious enough?
Flawed but dynamic independent cinema at its most hypnotic, Mogul Mowgli follows a talented British-Pakistani rapper Zed ( Riz Ahmed ) is based in New York and is on the verge of huge career success as he prepares to go on a life-changing world tour. Heading back to the London to set the tour in motion he also pays a visit to his family members, who still refer to him as by his birth name Zaheer and who feel he carries contempt for his background as he tries to forge his own path, particularly from his father Bashir (Alyy Khan). However, Zed’s plans are turned completely upside down as he begins to experience troubling symptoms of weakness and pains that lead to a devastating diagnosis that changes his life forever. Throughout this vicious new health battle, Zed begins experiencing visions of his father’s past after the partition of India and Pakistan, along with visitations from a semi-mythological figure. Can Zed reconcile his past, his father’s and their shared futures or … [Read more...] about Mogul Mowgli review: Riz Ahmed delivers ‘an electric performance’
Authorities in India recorded the world's highest daily tally of 314,835 infections on Thursday, as a new wave of the pandemic spreads faster than ever across the country, threatening access to medical supplies and an ailing health system. Health officials in the north and the west of the country said they were going through a crisis, with most hospitals full and running out of essential supplies. India has reported nearly 16 million infections since the start of the pandemic, with the death toll nearing 185,000. Doctors in some areas were advising patients to stay at home. A crematorium in the eastern city of Muzaffarpur said it was being overwhelmed with bodies and grieving families had to wait their turn. "Right now there are no beds, no oxygen. Everything else is secondary," Shahid Jameel, a virologist and director of the Trivedi School of Biosciences at Ashoka University, told Reuters. "The infrastructure is crumbling." The previous record one-day rise in cases was … [Read more...] about Coronavirus digest: India records world’s highest daily rise in infections