Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said Mr Cummings had “insulted” the sacrifices of the British public, and ten Tory MPs have called for him to resign. … [Read more...] about Shops may reopen and families could meet in contact ‘bubbles’ as Boris Johnson hints further lockdown easing next week
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The US - In 2018 and 2019, the US provided $893million - around a seventh of the agency's total yearly funding and around 15% of its annual budget. On Wednesday, April 15, Donald Trump announced he would halt funding to the agency, saying the WHO did not do enough to stop Covid-19 from spreading. Bill Gates - The charity that Microsoft founder runs with his wife, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, gives gives the second largest amount of money to the WHO. The billionaire entrepreneur said the organisation's "work is slowing the spread of COVID-19 and if that work is stopped no other organisation can replace them". UK - In the two years between 2020-2021, the UK will contribute £17.3m. The Uk provides the third biggest contributions to the WHO - around 7.79% of the annual budget - and contributed $435million between 2018 and 2019. China - The country gave donated around $86m in contributions between 2018-19. China has also committed to a further $57million in … [Read more...] about What does the World Health Organisation do and who funds it?
In Detroit, Charles Johnson, more commonly known as the Electrifying Mojo, commanded the airwaves via WGPR-FM. His unconstrained programming attracted a huge following, introducing his audience to obscure European imports and US acts including Prince. Kraftwerk were among the European artists receiving regular play on his show, where Numbers was a staple. In Motor City, the decline of the car industry led to a city-wide economic crash. Science fiction and technology provided optimism, a means to escape, a channel to a brighter future. The situation was similar in postwar Germany: by turning their gaze to the future, Kraftwerk offered hope and new beginnings. Their sound of the future, driven by American rhythms, resonated with the nonconformist presenter, and his support for the group was undoubtedly a catalyst contributing to the birth of techno. … [Read more...] about From Germany to Detroit and back: how Kraftwerk forged an industrial exchange
Feeling a civic responsibility to emphasise the positive, Cornelius ran a tight ship. The dancers were told: “Be on time, be tactful, be creative, be funky, be yourself.” Cursing, chewing gum and negativity were verboten. Unpaid and overworked (a month’s worth of episodes was filmed over a single weekend), dancers still queued in their thousands to audition, hoping to become mini-celebrities who taught the nation how to do the Robot, the Hustle and the Bus Stop. While inviting artists and activists to discuss political issues on the show, Cornelius practised what he preached by employing as many black directors and crew members as he could. He was like an adman whose product was blackness. … [Read more...] about ‘An ad for blackness’: how Soul Train made America do the Hustle
The Commonwealth boxing champion Stacey Copeland, who works in a Manchester secondary school, called for PE to be a core subject on the curriculum and for girls to have the same sports options as boys. “Many girls also don’t want to do PE in a little pleated skirt and T-shirt,” she said, “so let’s just remove the barriers, help them feel comfortable and put the emphasis on the social aspect of activity.” … [Read more...] about Getting girls active is key to women’s sport future, say players and coaches