NEWS DIGEST 04.07.2020: In the UK, they’re deciding who stays and who leaves


All news featured here today comes from Facebook. It was revealed in Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper on the 1st July that Prince Charles, who is also the Duke of Cornwall, has received £1 million GBP from the estates of Cornish people who have died intestate, that is without a will in place, due to ancient laws, even though his Duchy salary is around £22 million per annum. Allegedly the money gained from the estates of deceased residents of the Duchy is used to fund the Prince’s charitable initiatives – Prince Charles bags £1m from Cornish people dying without a will under archaic rules (The Telegraph)

The UK prime minister Boris Johnson has urged his country’s people to be ‘sensible’ as its nationwide lockdown is being eased, reported BBC News. In reference to the lockdown rules as observed in England, non-essential businesses such as restaurants, hairdressers/barbers, pubs and cinemas will be allowed to open their premises to customers as of today. Customers are being urged to respect lockdown and social distancing parameters, including the staff serving them, and book restaurant and pub tables in advance – Coronavirus: PM urges people to be sensible as England lockdown eased (BBC News)

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The United Kingdom has made citizenship offers to residents of its former colony of Hong Kong disturbed by China’s tighter political grip on the city-state, BBC News reported. The prime minister Boris Johnson said that up to three million Hong Kongers could be permitted to leave and settle in the UK with a chance to gain British citizenship after remaining in the country for a period of time. The figures include 350,000 residents of the island country who already have UK passports. Under the government’s plans, all British Overseas Nationals and their dependants will be given right to remain in the UK, including the right to work and study, for five years. At this point, they will be able to apply for settled status, and after a further year, seek citizenship, the BBC said – Hong Kong: UK makes citizenship offer to residents (BBC News)

Scientists studying worldwide meteorological patterns are becoming increasingly ‘alarmed’ at high numbers of forest fires in the Arctic region as well as abnormally hot weather in normally frigid Siberia, where temperatures recently climbed to 34 degrees Celsius, according to The Washington Post. There are fears that the Arctic region is heading towards a rapid meltdown – Rapid Arctic meltdown in Siberia alarms scientists (The Washington Post)

British Home Secretary (interior minister) Priti Patel has been slammed by critics for her ‘shameful’ conduct in attempting to get a 11-year-old British girl of Sudanese origin deported back to her mother’s country despite her being at a high risk of experiencing female genital mutilation, which is illegal in the UK. Her department, the Home Office, had turned down the girl’s asylum request, despite her being settled in the UK and speaking English as her main language. Two of the girl’s sisters died after being exposed to the morbid tradition in Sudan. Human rights lawyers accused Patel of potentially putting the child’s life at risk – Priti Patel accused of ‘shameful’ bid to deport girl at risk of FGM (The Guardian)

Humorous entertainment magazine Bored Panda lists fifty ways students in class made a fool out of themselves with their more-than-obvious ignorance of the world around them. Highlights include a student in the US who thought every country on Earth has its own moon, and that the moon we all know very well belonged only to the US. There is a the student who used Google Translate to cheat in their French lessons, but sent in a homework assignment written in Spanish. Special nomination goes to the student named ‘RJ’ who failed to realised that the chicken we eat and the actual bird are one and the same thing. Thank goodness for education! – 50 Hilarious Times Students Took Stupidity To The Another Level (Bored Panda)

Lastly, Sky News has a warning for the UK as its lockdown is eased further today by urging the country to look across the Mediterranean Sea at Israel. The Middle Eastern country is struggling with a second surge of coronavirus infections after it eased its own lockdown. Israel was praised for its original handling of the pandemic, but now is experiencing sudden daily rises in new cases as people got used to the ‘new normal’ and begun to slacken around following the rules, such as wearing face masks in the right way – Coronavirus: Britain beware – Israel living the consequences of trying to return to normal (Sky News)




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