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Tuesday briefing: Government could soften NHS England wage offer |


Headline: Vaccine passport compulsory for nightclubs

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NHS staff in England could be offered a 3% pay rise, although the government has previously insisted it can only afford 1%. An announcement is widely expected today before the House of Commons rises for its summer recess. Doctors and nurses who asked for increases of 5% and 12.5% ​​respectively to reward their efforts to fight Covid-19. A health union official said a 3% price would be “difficult” for unions such as the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Unison.

Vaccine passports will be required to enter crowded places such as nightclubs in an extraordinary U-turn announced by Boris Johnson hours after clubs were allowed to open for the first time in 16 months. In a move that prompted an immediate reaction from Tory backbench and entertainment MPs, the PM said that from the end of September, once all adults have had a chance to receive two vaccines , Covid vaccine certificates would be made mandatory in England. Dominic Cummings once again unloaded on the Prime Minister, this time telling the BBC that the Prime Minister denied that the NHS would be overwhelmed and insisted on reimposing the Covid restrictions because “the people who die are basically over 80 years old “.

National Grid disconnected – The government plans to strip National Grid of its role in keeping Britain fires as part of a proposed “revolution” of the electricity grid. Government officials have proposed replacing it with an independent “future network operator”. The plans are part of a series of new proposals to help connect electric cars, smart devices and other green technologies to the energy system, which government officials say could help save £ 10 billion a year by 2050 and create up to 10,000 jobs for electricians. , data scientists and engineers. The regulations aim, for example, to make it easier for electric cars to export electricity to the grid or to homes when needed, and to supply energy to storage batteries when energy production levels are low. solar and wind are weak.

The forecaster goes to the extreme – The Met Office has issued its first ever extreme heat warning for the UK, with temperatures reaching 33 ° C in western regions. The orange warning is in place for much of Wales, all of South West England and parts of southern and central England. He also warns of growing water safety concerns as six people died in incidents over the weekend. An orange warning is the second highest level of the Met Office’s new extreme heat warning service launched in June. He said temperatures in most areas covered by the warning would be between 20 and 30 degrees. A note accompanying the alert warned of the effects on the health of vulnerable people as well as heat exhaustion and sunburn in general.

“Just and sovereign” – Pedro Castillo, a rural teacher turned politician, became the winner of Peru’s presidential election after the country’s longest electoral count in 40 years. In his first comments as president-elect, he called for national unity. “I ask for efforts and sacrifices in the struggle to make this country a just and sovereign country,” he said.

Pedro Castillo makes a triumphant appearance on the balcony of the Peru Free party headquarters in Lima. Photograph: Gian Masko / AFP / Getty Images

Castillo defeated right-wing politician Keiko Fujimori by just 44,000 votes. Election authorities released the final official result in a televised ceremony on Monday, more than a month after the run-off election. Castillo will take office on July 28 for a five-year term as the head of the world’s second-largest copper-producing country.

Latest Pegasus project – The revelations about the use of spy tools sold to governments by NSO Group have sparked furious political feuds around the world. Apple’s stock price fell and the company insisted iPhones are “the safest and most secure consumer mobile device on the market.” Amazon said it stopped providing network services to NSO after learning of potential abuse of its technology. Other revelations from the Project Pegasus media consortium include that at least 50 people close to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador were included in the list of possible targets when he was an opposition politician. Rahul Gandhi, rival of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been selected twice as a potential target in the phone number data leaks. Carine Kanimba – the American daughter of Paul Rusesabagina, the imprisoned Rwandan activist who inspired the movie Hotel Rwanda – has been the victim of multiple NSO spyware attacks, according to a forensic analysis of her cell phone, although that Rwanda denies having NSO technology. Here are the responses from the NSO Group and national governments mentioned in the Pegasus Project report.

Clinton wanted naan no ma’am – Tony Blair’s “apologies” for the Irish famine on his 150th birthday were hastily drafted by assistants because they could not reach him to approve, reveal classified documents released by the National Archives. The words, read by actor Gabriel Byrne on County Cork TV, proclaimed: “Those who ruled in London at the time let their people down by standing idly by as a bad harvest turned into a enormous human tragedy. ” In other revelations, Bill Clinton turned down tea with the Queen and dinner at Checkers because he wanted to “be a tourist” and try an Indian restaurant on his first official visit to the UK during the Blair era. ; and Blair considered turning the Millennium Dome into a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.

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The Olympic softball teams of Japan and Australia will need to produce something close to a classic this week if they are to divert attention from an increasingly chaotic build-up towards the Tokyo Games. While Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova, the most promising young British gymnasts, carry out their final preparations before their first Olympics. They say their anticipation is further heightened by the possibility of finally being able to compete alongside Simone Biles. For the first time in several days, Table Mountain has disappeared under a veil of ominous gray cloud. The weather is expected to be clear and beautiful again by the weekend, but growing tension within the British and Irish Lions is in tune with the weather.

David Lappartient, president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), insists that there is “no reason to be in doubt” about the performance of Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar. Matt Parkinson had dark times earlier this year when he was the only English cricketer to undertake the entire three-month tour of Sri Lanka and India and did not win any selection for his problems. But on Tuesday, the effervescent Lancashire leg-thrower is set to play an international first at his Old Trafford home ground, with a Twenty20 streak against Pakistan on the line and a chance to assert his claims for a place in the England team for the World Cup in October. .


Large, wealthy economies such as the US, EU states, Japan and South Korea have invested in renewables to ensure a ‘green recovery’ from Covid and are on track to reduce their emissions – but countries like India, Indonesia, Latin America and other emerging economies are falling behind in investments in clean energy, according to forecasts released today by the International Energy Agency . In the markets, Asian stocks have fallen and the FTSE appears to be open flat. The pound is worth $ 1.367 and € 1.159 as we hit send during today’s briefing.

The papers

The specter of vaccine passports for crowded places is making headlines this morning. the Guardian continues his coverage of the abuse of the Pegasus phone hacking software with a “furious reaction” to the spy revelations, which he says have “sparked political feuds across the world.” It also gives pride of place to the announcement of Johnson’s U-turn that vaccine passports will be required to enter nightclubs and other crowded places. the I and the Independent also lead on passports with fairly straight holds. The Independent also has pride of place for ‘UK’s first’ extreme heat ‘warning’. “No jab no entry, Johnson warns youngsters” is the Time‘ big title.

Front page of the Guardian, Tuesday July 20, 2021
Front page of The Guardian, Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

the The telegraph of the dayS take on passports is that they will “make kids get stung”. the FTJohnson’s main story is the announcement of “key workers in the industry will be exempt from isolation rules” in an effort to alleviate staff shortages. the Daily Express asks “Freedom: but at what price?” in its title, while the Daily mail responds, calling the jab passports the “price of freedom.”

the Daily Mirror leads with Dominic Cummings’ assertion that the Prime Minister said “we cannot kill the economy just because of people dying after 80 years”. the Sun leads with the announcement of Prince Harry’s book which she says has “blinded” the palace. Subway covers clubbers, with the title “Free cheers”.

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