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Spain’s far-right vows to fight new Franco bill as past continues to haunt country

vows to fight new Franco billSpain’s left-wing coalition government approved a draft bill that outlaws supporters of the late dictator. The legislation applies to anyone who expressed support for General Francisco Franco and “denigrates or demeans the dignity of the victims” of the Spanish civil war (1936 -1939).

Francisco Franco was in power for nearly 40 years after winning a civil war against Republican forces.

The new bill could lead to the removal of the Francisco Franco Foundation, which has kept his legacy alive.

But the foundation issued a statement denouncing the bill and labelling it “unconstitutional”.

It said: “No one will be able to erase the enormous significance of Francisco Franco and his time both for what he avoided and for his achievements.

“This law is illegitimate and unconstitutional.”

Far-right Vox party, the third largest party in Spain’s parliament, said it would fight the bill in a legal process.

The bill is now set to go before Spain’s parliament for a vote, more than 80 years after the end of the civil war that left at least 500,000 dead.

It will impose penalties of between €200 and €150,000 to anyone who destroys evidence of burial pits or shows support for the dictatorship.

Félix Bolaños, minister for democratic memory, expressed his support for the bill during a press conference.

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State pension age: Women may be set for compensation as age review continues

State Pension age was previously set at 60 for women and 65 for men, however, this was considered to be unfair and the process of age equalisation commenced. Under the Pensions Acts of 1995 and 2011, many women saw their state pension rise to the higher age of 65. By 2018, both men and women’s state pension age was set at 65, with further increases planned. 

Some disagree with the change, while others have come to accept it, but debate the way in which the alteration was communicated.

Certain women have suggested they were not provided with ample enough time to prepare for these changes to take place.

Others claimed they did not receive any correspondence from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to let them know such a change was happening.

These women, often born in the 1950s, have described being financially impacted as a result, and some have said they struggle to make ends meet. 

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But the Ombudsman cannot share its findings until the investigation is complete.

This is because, by law, it investigates the matter in private, delving deeper into the concerns first brought to it.

Most importantly, the Ombudsman is to look at six sample cases which it states reflects the range of issues in the complaints sent to it.

The Ombudsman will not be able to recommend reimbursing “lost pensions”, neither will it be able to state whether anyone should receive their pension. 

There are three main stages which comprise an investigation carried out by the Ombudsman.

The first relates to the matter of maladministration, that is to say, if there were errors or poor service in the DWP’s communication of changes.

The Ombudsman is to evaluate what the DWP should have done to communicate changes, and whether these actions were carried out.

If maladministration is found, which of course is not a guarantee, then the second stage – injustice – is deliberated.

The second stage looks at whether maladministration led to an injustice for the complainant.

The Ombudsman explains: “At the second stage, we would also consider the complaints about DWP not adequately communicating the required number of years of national insurance contributions to receive a full state pension, as well as DWP’s and ICE’s complaint handling. 

“If we find there was an injustice that has not already been remedied then we will proceed to the third stage and make recommendations to put things right.”

While the Backto60 group have campaigned for the state pension age to revert to 60, the Ombudsman cannot make this recommendation.

This is also the case for the idea of a reinstatement of the state pension or compensation for the amount a person would have received. 

However, as the Ombudsman highlights, is recommendations may include compensation being paid – on a scale. 

It is not yet clear when a decision on maladministration will be made, and the Ombudsman has said it will throughly consider the evidence to make a “robust and impartial decision”. 

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US: Oregon wildfire continues to destroy area ‘larger than New York City’

The massive fire raging in southern Oregon for the past 10 days is likely to continue due to unstable weather. A ‘fire cloud’ collapsed threatening firefighters with strong downdrafts and flying embers.

Efforts to contain a vast blaze scorching the western US state of Oregon have failed, as forecasters said Friday that dry, unstable, and windy conditions were likely to keep fueling the massive wildfire.

The Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon, near the border with California, was just one among dozens of major fires raging across the drought-stricken western United States.

However, it grew overnight to 377 square miles (976 square kilometers) — greater than the size of New York City. The wildfire remains only seven percent contained.

“The Bootleg Fire perimeter is more than 200 miles long — that’s an enormous amount of line to build and hold,” said firefighter commander Rob Allen.

“We are continuing to use every resource, from ‘dozers to air tankers to engage where it’s safe to do so especially with the hot, dry, windy conditions predicted to worsen into the weekend.”

‘Fire cloud’ collapses

The inferno, which is growing by 4 miles a day, has forced 2,000 people to evacuate and is threatening 5,000 buildings, including homes and smaller structures in a rural area just north of the California border, fire spokeswoman Holly Krake said.

The fire is so large that it generates its own weather. “Fire clouds” are formed from superheated air rising to a height of up to 10 kilometers above the blaze, which can spawn lightning and high winds.

A photo taken with a drone provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, a pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, is seen over the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

Fire clouds are towering pyrocumulus clouds form from condensed moisture that is sucked up through the fire’s smoke column

One such fire cloud collapsed Friday, spreading embers and forcing the firefighters to flee the fire lines.

“We’re expecting those same exact conditions to continue and worsen into the weekend,” Krake said of the fire-induced clouds.

Impact on neighboring California

The fire also threatened the power supply in California where heatwaves in the past years have put a strain on the state’s grid.

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state was sending reinforcements to Oregon even as the state battled its own fires, his office’s emergency service said.

Demand for personnel and equipment across the Pacific Northwest has strained available resources. More than 1,900 firefighters and a dozen helicopters as well as airplane tankers and bulldozers were assigned to the Bootleg.

Caused by climate change

About 70 major active wildfires were listed on Thursday which has burned more than 1 million acres in 12 states, the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, reported.

The fire stands as the fifth largest on record in Oregon since 1900, according to state forestry figures.

Scientists have said the extremely dry conditions and heatwaves have been tied to climate change, making wildfires harder to fight.

Climate change has amplified droughts making the region warmer and dried in the past 30 years.

This has created the ideal condition for wildfires to spread out of control and inflict unprecedented damage, growing in both frequency and intensity.  

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Kate Garraway fears ‘slippery slope’ after Freedom Day as husband’s health fight continues

Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway shared her worries about the easing of lockdown restrictions in a chat with Charlotte Hawkins and guests Afua Adom and Isabel Oakeshott today. The host admitted she feared there could be a “slippery slope” as coronavirus cases continue to rise across Britain. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed the majority of restrictions will be eased on July 19.

He has called for the public to use their own judgement when it comes to wearing a mask and social distancing, but “expects and recommends” face coverings to be worn in enclosed places.

Speaking on the show today, 54-year-old Kate said not making masks compulsory could be a “slippery slope”.

She added: “If people think they’re not wearing a mask, the next thing is, the distancing isn’t the same, and then the next thing isn’t the same.

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“It’s a slippery slope.”

Guest Isabel agreed, but said she believes masks are “symbolic in the wrong way”.

“We do not need to keep perpetuating this state of fear and anxiety, just look at the state we’re in as of today.

“The NHS app are pinging so many people that businesses can’t function,” she continued, adding: “People are “needlessly self-isolating.

She explained on Good Morning Britain: “He’s very up and down, we’re certainly not a long way out of the woods.”

On why her spouse returned home earlier this year, she added: “Not because he was better, no.

“But being home has meant we’ve seen some things improve.

“Definitely having the family around, having the children around has provided stimulation and I think the problem is you latch on to the positives, which is good because you have to, but there’s absolutely no doubt that there’s huge challenges ahead.”

The mother-of-two added “things have improved but not much”.

In April, the presenter revealed how her children reacted to their dad returning home after more than a year in hospital.

She said: “As we pulled up, I could see two little faces of Darcey and Billy looking out the window and I could see Billy literally say ‘he’s here!’ and they sort of ran out and ran forward.

“He immediately burst into tears, there was a lot of hugging and got him inside. He absolutely knew he was home.”

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US continues to co-op with Turkmenistan in number of areas – US Embassy

BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 8

By Jeila Aliyeva – Trend:

The US continues to cooperate with Turkmenistan in the sphere of economic development in a range of areas, Stephen Guice, Public Affairs Officer of the US Embassy in Ashgabat told Trend.

Thus, these areas include: promotion of the private sector, the development of entrepreneurs, and increasing commercial ties between the two countries.

“The US also supports multilateral organizations and their wide range of programming in Turkmenistan,” he said.

Turkmenistan is actively promoting growth in the private sector, he noted.

The US is one of the important trade, economic, and foreign policy partners of Turkmenistan, with which cooperation is carried out in the field of regional security, combating serious threats and challenges, as well as in other areas.

In recent years, the US has taken a course towards rapprochement with Turkmenistan. Political consultations have become regular. Cooperation continues in such areas as the supply of agricultural machinery, modernization of the technical fleet of civil aviation in Turkmenistan, and import of electric power equipment.

In addition, the US administration supports regional gas pipeline projects of Turkmenistan, such as Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline (TAPI) and Trans-Caspian International Transport Route.

Diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and the US were established on February 19, 1992.

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Gold price in Azerbaijan continues to grow

BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 7

By Zeyni Jafarov – Trend:

The prices of precious metals, except gold, decreased in Azerbaijan on July 7 compared to the previous price, Trend reports referring to the data published by the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA).

The price of gold increased by 2.6095 manat or $ 1.53 (0.09 percent) and made up 3,060.1615 manat or $ 1,800.09 per ounce.

The price of silver shrank by 0.6168 manat or 36 cents (1.37 percent) and amounted to 44.5327 manat ($ 26.2).

The price of platinum went down by 29.376 manat or $ 17.28 (1.56 percent) and equaled to 1,857.403 manat ($ 1,092.59).

The price of palladium declined by 52.6235 manat or $ 30.95 (1.1 percent) and stood at 4,748.304 manat ($ 2,793.12).

In monthly terms, the price of gold fell by 146.3785 manat or $ 86.1 (4.6 percent) per ounce, silver reduced by 2.3928 manat or $ 1.41 (5.1 percent) per ounce, platinum dropped by 131.8945 manat or $ 77.58 per ounce (6.6 percent), while palladium lowered by 84.439 manat or $ 49.67 (1.7 percent).

On annual basis, the price of gold rose by 27.2935 manat or $ 16.05 (0.9 percent), silver grew by 13.551 manat or $ 7.97 (43.7 percent), platinum spiked by 455.2855 manat or $ 267.81 (32.5 percent), and palladium surged by 1,459.5095 manat or $ 858.53 (44.4 percent).










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Coronavirus latest: New York positivity rate continues to tick upwards

Spain’s coronavirus rates have shot up, fuelled by an increase in infections among younger people, as the country hopes to attract tourists to help kick-start its economy. The rate has risen to 204 infections per 100,000 over 14 days, just above levels in Russia, the health ministry said on Monday.

The Japanese government is under pressure to reverse course and hold the Tokyo Olympics behind closed doors as Covid-19 cases risel. After bottoming out at fewer than 400 cases a day in mid-June, new diagnoses climbed to almost 600 a day, raising fears of a surge when the games are held July 23-August 8.

Hospital admissions in the UK remain low as vaccines weaken the link between infections and hospitalisation, Britain’s chief medical adviser has said. “But it’s a weakened link, not a completely broken link,” Patrick Vallance said on Monday, adding that deaths are expected to rise as restrictions are eased. 

Efficacy of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine against infection with the Delta variant of coronavirus is lower than initially thought, a study has revealed. Data suggest the jab is 64 per cent effective at halting infection among those who are fully inoculated, down from a previous 94 per cent, Israel’s health ministry found.

An Airbus A380-800 aircraft, operated by Emirates, taxis at Dubai International Airport
An Airbus A380-800 aircraft, operated by Emirates, taxis at Dubai International Airport © Christopher Pike/Bloomberg

Emirates is leading a charge by airlines to escape hefty payment processing fees levied by the credit card industry, after the carrier adopted a rival system developed by Deutsche Bank. Iata estimates that prior to the pandemic, airlines paid $ 8bn a year to process payments to credit card firms.

Trade union Unite has added to calls for the UK government to keep the requirement to wear masks on public transport, warning that scrapping the rule would be an “act of gross negligence”. Boris Johnson, prime minister, on Monday unveiled plans to end mandatory face coverings in England.

Asset manager LGIM said private equity firms must not be allowed to acquire Wm Morrison for “wrong reasons”, such as profiting from the supermarket chain’s property portfolio. Buyout groups have announced at least 12 deals for UK-listed companies this year, as Brexit and the pandemic weigh on share prices.

The global chip shortage proved a roadblock to recovery for UK car sales last month, with new registrations still well below pre-pandemic levels. Some 186,128 new cars were sold in June, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, 28 per cent higher than the same month last year.

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Diversity of Pediatric Residents, Fellows Continues to Lag

Researchers acknowledged that some of the factors contributing to the low proportion of minorities in the pediatric workforce may include educational disparities starting in primary or secondary school, such as underfunded schools and lack of educational resources.

“Something I really appreciated about the paper is that this goes beyond a student stepping into medical school, finding a mentor in pediatrics, and then eventually matriculating into a pediatric residency,” said Christle Nwora, MD, an internal medicine–pediatrics resident physician at Johns Hopkins Urban Health Residency Program in Baltimore, who was not involved in the study. “I like the idea of knowing that people aren’t going into the field and being very critical as to why.”

Prior studies, including a 2019 study published in JAMA Network Open, has found that minority students remain underrepresented in medical schools. However, this most recent study, published in Pediatrics, is one of the first to report trends in the race or ethnicity of pediatric residents and fellows.

“It’s been pretty well documented throughout the medical literature that the representation of underrepresented [groups] in medicine is low among all specialties,” study author Kimberly Montez, MD, MPH, FAAP, said in an interview. “This is one of the first studies that [show this trend] in pediatrics, [but] we were kind of expecting [these findings] knowing the rest of the literature out there.”

Montez and colleagues examined self-reported race and ethnicity data from 2007 to 2019 for pediatric residents and fellows from the GME Census reports. The annual number of pediatric trainees increased from 7,964 to 8,950 between 2007 and 2019. For pediatric subspecialty fellows, that number increased from 2,684 to 3,966.

The number of underrepresented pediatric trainees also increased over time, from 1,277 to 1,478 residents and 382 to 532 subspecialty fellows. However, researchers found that the trend in proportion of underrepresented in medicine (URiM) trainees was unchanged in pediatric residencies – 16% in 2007 to 16.5% in 2019 – and, overall, decreased for URiM subspecialty fellows from 14.2% in 2007 to 13.5% in 2019.

“I was shocked at the fact that there has been no significant increase either over the last 12 years,” said Joan Park, MD, a pediatric resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, who was not involved in the study. “In the news, we’re seeing way more discussions in regards to racism and representation and the fact that that hasn’t really fueled or caught fire yet in medicine at all to really move that arrow is definitely really shocking.”

The recent study also pointed out that the percentage of underrepresented groups in pediatric residencies and fellowships is considerably lower in comparison with those groups’ representations in the U.S. population. For example, Black or African American people make up 13.4% of the U.S. population but just 5.6% of pediatric trainees. Meanwhile, American Indian or Alaskan Native people make up 1.3% of the U.S. population but make up 0.2% of pediatric trainees.

Montez hypothesized that the lack of underrepresented groups as pediatric trainees — or in the medical field, in general — may have to do with systemic barriers that span the entire educational continuum and affects them even before they reach medical school, including attendance at underfunded primary and secondary schools.

“Just think about all the barriers that exist for underrepresented minorities in medicine,” said Montez, assistant professor of pediatrics at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C. “We know that underrepresented minorities are accepted and matriculate at lower rates than [those of] their nonminority counterparts. All of this occurs even just before getting into the field of pediatrics. So multiple barriers exist.”

Those barriers may also include racism, bias, and discrimination, which may play out unconsciously when members of an underrepresented group are applying for residencies or med school, such as “recognizing a name that may be from a different ethnic or racial background and then unconsciously biasing yourself against that applicant, for example,” Montez explained.

Montez said that although there has been progress, there is still a long way to go. She hopes the study will help academic institutions and professional organizations recognize the importance of diversity in pediatrics. She noted that pediatric trainees are more likely to experience microaggressions, which could potentially cause them to leave a program.

“I hope this will galvanize pediatric programs to really think a lot about the environment that they create for underrepresented minority trainees and also about their recruitment process in terms of making sure it’s standardized, using a holistic review,” Montez explained.

In 2016, the Association of American Medical Colleges published a diversity and inclusion strategic planning guide to improve training programs. Furthermore, in 2019, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education instituted a new common program requirement on diversity that requires programs to focus on systematic recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive workforce of residents and fellows.

“The same way pediatricians are aware of how the environment will shape the way a child grows up, we have to be mindful of the way an environment that surrounds the medical student will shape where they eventually end up as well,” said Nwora.

The experts disclosed no conflicts of interest.

This article originally appeared on MDedge.com, part of the Medscape Professional Network.

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Tottenham next manager EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Mason put on standby as farcical search continues

Ryan Mason has been put on standby by managerless Tottenham to take charge of pre-season training. Former Spurs midfielder Mason was made interim head coach until the end of the season in April after Jose Mourinho was sacked, becoming the youngest manager of a Premier League club so far, at the age of 29.

But since then Spurs have been repeatedly foiled in their efforts to appoint a permanent successor to Mourinho.

Their players who were not involved in international duty are due to arrive back on July 5 for the start of pre-season training, in just ten days’ time.

The club have now put Mason and his team – with Chris Powell and Nigel Gibbs as interim assistants, Michel Form as interim goalkeeping coach, and Ledley King as first team assistant – on standby to take charge of preparations for pre-season, in case a new man is not appointed in time.

Tottenham’s latest managerial setback saw them spurned by Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui on Wednesday, despite making a “dizzying” offer.

In a search for a new manager that has become farcical, the club have failed to lure former manager Mauricio Pochettini back to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

They also had fruitless talks with former Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte, former Roma chief Paulo Fonseca, ex-Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso and Ajax coach Erik ten Hag, who instead signed a new deal in Amsterdam.

Brighton manager Graham Potter and Rangers coach Steven Gerrard have also been linked with the job.

Former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo and Potter are seen as the most viable candidates for the vacant role at present.

Mason, who had to retire from football in 2018 after fracturing his skull while playing for Hull, stepped up from his role as Head of Player Development at Tottenham in April to take over the first team.

In Mason’s spell in charge, Spurs played seven matches, winning four and losing three.

Speaking about his future back in May, Mason said: “My personal ambitions I have to put aside at this moment. I don’t really want to think about what I want or need.

“I have loved representing this football club, to be given this opportunity at this age has been amazing. Would I have said no to this football club? No.

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Lewis Hamilton responds to Max Verstappen pressure talk as rivalry continues at French GP

Lewis Hamilton is looking to silence any critics this weekend as Mercedes look to bounce back from two tough weekends in Monaco and Baku, admitting he feels ‘no pressure’ from Max Verstappen heading to the French GP.

Last time out, Hamilton made a very rare mistake in the car after the race had been red-flagged due to a tyre blowout from his main title rival and championship leader Verstappen.

The seven-time world champion lined up second on the grid for the restart, but plummeted to 15th after challenging Sergio Perez for the lead, accidentally activating a button on the car’s steering wheel – which changes brake bias settings and is used to heat the front tyres.

As a result, Hamilton locked up and went straight at turn one down the escape route, finishing P15 in Baku, and despite a DNF from Verstappen, due to Hamilton’s mistake, he walked away still leading the championship.

“Max wasn’t in the race at the time so I definitely wasn’t under pressure from him,” said Hamilton.

“I don’t even count it as a mistake and I don’t even know what the mistake before that was, but I don’t feel any pressure, I feel pretty relaxed. You can’t always be perfect.

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“A mistake is when you often drive off the track after missing your braking point or a hit the wall, but it as an unforced error.

“It was something we had that was sitting there that could’ve happened at any point, and it, unfortunately, bit us pretty hard.”

Ahead of the French GP, Mercedes say they are to introduce a change to avoid a repeat of the switch mishap that sent Hamilton off the track amid the dramatic end to the Azerbaijan GP.

“We’ve not moved it, we’ve just put a shroud around it just to make sure that I can’t accidentally touch it in the future, but that’s for the short term, obviously the wheels not too easy to change or to move buttons as it’s all designed,” added Hamilton.

“So we’ll look for a longer-term solution in the future.”

And Hamilton is confident he and Mercedes can turn things around this weekend.

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He said: “We continue to strive for perfection, we continue to unite and there is not really a lot we can’t do when we are together and united,” he said, “so I am looking forward to getting back onto a track where we probably won’t be as affected with tyre temps, for example.

“The last two races have definitely been really difficult for us as a whole, as a team. Fortunately, with two terrible races for us, we ended up being very, very close in points so the race is still very much on.”

Meanwhile, Verstappen, who was alongside the Briton in the press conference ahead of the French Grand Prix, agreed that due to the nature of the track at Paul Ricard, Mercedes would be stronger.

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