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England’s Mings slams UK’s home secretary over racism remarks

England’s football player Tyrone Mings says Patel ‘stoked the fire’ with her comments about players taking the knee.

England’s football player Tyrone Mings has criticised Home Secretary Priti Patel, saying she had “stoked the fire” by defending fans who booed Black players taking the knee during Euro 2020 final with Italy.

Patel had previously said taking the knee was “gesture politics” and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has enthusiastically waged verbal war on so-called woke politics, had also equivocated for days over the issue.

Patel had said on Monday the online racial abuse of the three Black players – Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka – after missing penalties in the shoot-out defeat by Italy was “disgusting”, but Mings issued a stinging response.

“You don’t get to stoke the fire at the beginning of the tournament by labelling our anti-racism message as ‘Gesture Politics’ and then pretend to be disgusted when the very thing we’re campaigning against, happens,” he tweeted.

England’s Mings slams UK’s home secretary over racism remarksPatel had previously said taking the knee was ‘gesture politics’ [File: Hannah McKay/Reuters]

The allegation of hypocrisy levelled against the government by Mings and even some Conservative MPs is particularly dangerous for Johnson, as the England team basks in widespread sympathy after its agonising loss.

Rashford had become a hero to many inside and outside football by successfully lobbying Johnson to provide free school meals for underprivileged children during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m Marcus Rashford, 23-year-old black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester. If I have nothing else I have that,” the Manchester United forward wrote on Twitter.

“I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in but I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from,” Rashford added.

Images on social media showed a mural honouring Rashford in Withington had been defaced before locals covered the hateful language with messages of support.

“Seeing the response in Withington had me on the verge of tears,” Rashford said, as sympathisers planned a protest at the mural later on Tuesday.

Premier League teams have taken the knee since last year following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in the United States.

‘The painful truth’

Patel’s fellow Conservative legislator and former defence minister Johnny Mercer said: “The painful truth is that this guy (Mings) is completely right.

“Very uncomfortable with the position we Conservatives are needlessly forcing ourselves into.”

England manager Gareth Southgate said the online abuse was “unforgivable”, and team captain Harry Kane also lashed out at the trolls.

“Three lads who were brilliant all summer had the courage to step up and take a pen (penalty) when the stakes were high,” he said.

“They deserve support and backing, not the vile racist abuse they’ve had.

“If you abuse anyone on social media you’re not an England fan and we don’t want you.”

The racist attacks have also been strongly condemned by the English Football Association. Its president, Prince William, said he was “sickened” by the abuse.

‘Urgent need for action’

At a cabinet meeting, Johnson told his ministers that “the abuse was utterly disgraceful and has emerged from the dark spaces of the internet,” according to his spokesman.

He said that in his meeting later on Tuesday with representatives of social media companies, the prime minister will “reiterate the urgent need for action, ahead of tougher laws coming into force” in the UK.

The government’s planned “online harms bill” will, for the first time, bring firms such as Facebook and Twitter within the orbit of the UK’s communications regulator.

Under the bill, if social media companies fail to take down abusive content promptly, they could be fined up to £18 million ($ 25m) or 10 percent of their annual global turnover, whichever is higher.

England’s Mings slams UK’s home secretary over racism remarksStreet artist Akse P19 repairs the mural of Manchester United striker and England player Marcus Rashford on the wall of the Coffee House Cafe on Copson Street, in Withington, Manchester [Jon Super/AP]

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White House scrambles to manage fallout of Biden’s ‘tandem’ remarks

White House scrambles to manage fallout of Biden’s ‘tandem’ remarks

According to two sources familiar with his efforts, Ricchetti told Republicans that the White House was going to clarify the comments.

A White House official disputed the notion that Ricchetti suggested Biden may have misspoke — an impression that those two sources said was left. The official said that the president’s team anticipated dustups during the early phases of the process and noted that White House press secretary Jen Psaki several times during Friday’s briefing took a softer tone than Biden did on Thursday.

But the clean up was not to the degree some Republicans hoped. During her daily briefing, Psaki said it shouldn’t have been surprising to the GOP senators that Biden planned to proceed on “two tracks,” a point that didn’t address their concerns about Biden’s implicit veto threat.

By mid-afternoon, the fury over the president’s remarks had subsided for some after an afternoon phone call between the key Senate negotiators on the package. But others remain frustrated, and the episode underscores the delicate nature of both the deal itself and the relationships among the principals involved. Even for Biden — who proudly touts his capacity to glad-hand — it has proven difficult to maintain consensus among a small group of moderate senators from both parties.

That may be because the path to passing either of these plans is painfully thin. While Republicans scoffed at Biden for pledging that he would only sign the infrastructure bill “in tandem” with another reconciliation package that Democrats expect to pass on their own, liberals cheered him on. After months of fears that they would lose out on some of their top priorities if the White House worked with Republicans, the president had provided them with a clear path forward for moving climate change legislation, Medicare expansion and many more progressive priorities.

Inside the White House, there is a belief that Senate Republicans outside the group of negotiators are keen on finding any means they can to kill the deal. And senior Democrats portrayed Republicans as feigning outrage over something they should have known to be the case all along.

“Some of this is performative – those Republicans presumably read the occasional newspaper and knew that the 2-bill thing was the only ticket,” Third Way’s Matt Bennett wrote in a text. “So I think they’ll get over their shock (SHOCK) at Biden’s making it plain.”

But, elsewhere, the White House gave off hints of trying to walk back Biden’s comments without acknowledging they were doing so.

The president personally spoke to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on Friday — the top negotiator for Democrats — and told her he would “fight to pass the Bipartisan Agreement, as he committed to the group,” according to a White House readout of the call. The statement was careful to note that Biden had mentioned his support for the reconciliation bill while standing alongside the group of senators during a press availability outside of the White House Thursday.

Psaki, meanwhile, never explicitly reiterated Biden’s threat to not sign the infrastructure bill if the reconciliation package didn’t come, too. She told reporters that the president “fully expects, hopes, plans to sign both into law and he will leave it to leaders in Congress to determine the timeline and the sequencing.”

Republicans weren’t pleased with the line from Psaki and pushed back on the idea that they would have agreed to their deal if they knew it was conditioned on the partisan bill. But Democrats remained confident that the infrastructure package is not in jeopardy.

“I still think there is a better chance that this gets to 70 votes than it gets to 69 because all those members negotiated in good faith for months,” said Jon Kott, a former senior adviser for Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Chris Coons. “Nothing has come out today that people didn’t know yesterday.”

Alex Thompson contributed to this report.

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Biden delivers remarks after CDC says fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear a mask outside

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Biden delivers remarks after CDC

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — U.S. health officials Tuesday said fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear masks outdoors anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers, and those who are unvaccinated can go without a face covering outside in some cases, too.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the updated guidance Tuesday in another step on the road back to normal from the coronavirus outbreak that has killed over 570,000 people in U.S. This was unveiled ahead of a speech by President Joe Biden on the state of the pandemic response.

Biden delivers remarks after CDC says fully vaccinated Americans don't need to wear a mask outside
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For most of the past year, the CDC had been advising Americans to wear masks outdoors if they are within 6 feet of each other.

“There’s increasing data that suggests transmission is happening indoors rather than outdoors,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said. She added recent studies point to indoor settings leading to infections in more than 90% of the observed infections.

The CDC guidance says that fully vaccinated or not, people do not have to wear masks outdoors when they walk, bike or run alone or with members of their household. They also can go maskless in small outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated people.

But from there, the CDC has differing guidance for people who are fully vaccinated and those who are not.

Unvaccinated people — defined by the CDC as those who have yet to receive both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson formula — should wear masks at outdoor gatherings that include other unvaccinated people. They also should keep using masks at outdoor restaurants.

Fully vaccinated people do not need to cover up in those situations, the CDC says.

However, everyone should keep wearing masks at crowded outdoor events such as concerts or sporting events, the CDC says.

“In those settings where you have that [crowd] density we really do worry about protecting the unvaccinated people,” Walensky said.

The agency continues to recommend masks at indoor public places, such as hair salons, restaurants, shopping centers, museums and movie theaters.

She added the growing number of vaccinated Americans, declining case rates, and studies about transmission motivated the change in recommendations.

More than half of U.S. adults have gotten at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, and more than a third have been fully vaccinated.

About 95.9 million people, or 28.9% of the U.S. population, have been fully inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer Inc/ BioNTech SE, Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson, according to CDC data. 42.5% of the U.S. population or 141 million adults had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Officials said a focus in the coming weeks will be on easing guidance for vaccinated people, both in recognition of their lower risk and to provide an incentive to get shots.

“We’re excited about the progress we’ve made, and the opportunity ahead of us, and because of the vaccination program we built we’re further along than almost anyone predicted,” said White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients in a Monday interview. “It means we’re closer to returning to normal.”

One of Biden’s first actions in office was to increase the federal government’s orders for the vaccines to ensure supply for all Americans by early summer. Now the U.S. is able to turn to sharing some of the supply with the world, as the White House announced Monday it would do with roughly 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced in the U.S. but not yet authorized for use there.

At the same time, the White House was instrumental in an agreement reached with drugmaker Sanofi on Monday to help scale up production through next year of Moderna’s two-dose shot, which makes up more than 40 percent of doses administered in the U.S.

Believing most Americans who have yet to get a shot would do so if it were easier, the White House has deployed billions of dollars toward ads encouraging shots, community programs to bring doses to the hardest to reach Americans, and tax credits to encourage employers to give their workers paid time off to get protected.

“In this next phase we’ll focus on increasing accessibility, building confidence, continuing to put equity at the center of everything we do,” Zients said of the push to maximize the number of Americans vaccinated in coming months. “It’s not going to be easy, but neither was getting to 200 million shots in less than 100 days, and we did that.”

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Naga Munchetty dismisses fans’ remarks about her time on Strictly ‘It was a long time ago'

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Naga Munchetty dismisses fans’ remarks about her time on Strictly ‘It was a long time ago'

The BBC presenter then attempted to get the conversation back on topic as she asked Sadie about Tony.

Naga said: “So right Laila, Maddie, and Jemima. I heard them all in the background, hello. Let’s talk about grandad Tony.

Sadie divulged: “Well a lovely dad and just a wonderful grandad. He and my mum have looked after our girls while we have been working, all their lives. 

“So they have just got such a great relationship with each other, you know.”

Naga appeared on Strictly five years ago alongside ballroom professional Pasha Kovalev, and the pair finished the contest in 12th place.

Reeta Chakrabarti: BBC News anchor hits back at Jeremy Paxman’s 'any fool' remarks

Reeta Chakrabarti: BBC News anchor hits back at Jeremy Paxman’s 'any fool' remarks
Reeta Chakrabarti, 56, wasn’t impressed with her BBC colleague Jeremy Paxman’s comments on news readers, after he stated “any fool” can do it. But Reeta believes it’s an art, and having worked as a main presenter on BBC news since 2014, she has it mastered.
But in a recent interview, she wanted to address the University Challenge host’s remark, disagreeing whole-heartedly.

“It’s his opinion, but I wonder why he says it when he spent quite a few years himself reading an autocue,” she wondered, referring to Jeremy’s former role presenting Newsnight.

“And if I’m presenting the one o’clock news, I’ve written a lot of what I’m reading out. Those aren’t someone else’s words.”

She added: “I’m a journalist, I know what the stories are, I discuss them with the editor and the correspondent, and I pride myself on being able to write with simplicity and clarity.

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“Maybe ‘any fool’ can do this, but I think it’s a skill.”

One of Reeta’s most memorable moments as anchor was during the height of the pandemic last October, when she had to pad out the show for a whopping three hours after a Downing Street press conference was delayed.

Laughing, she admitted: “It was a good job I didn’t know the delay was going to happen when I walked through the newsroom doors on that particular day, as I’d have been more jittery!

“With live news, you just have to cope and manage.”

 “I could have done with a stiff gin, but I still had the ten o’clock news to present, so I had to wind down with a Diet Coke.”

The presenter has worked throughout the entirety of the pandemic and revealed she wasn’t all that “nervous” about doing so even when things were uncertain.

“I’m careful, I follow all the rules, but I’m not a nervous person,” she told Radio Times.

“Actually, I’ve felt grateful because those of us who’ve continued to go in have changed in our attitudes.”

She went on to explain that at the beginning she and her co-stars used to “do our work and dash off”, but as lockdown is easing and people are becoming more adaptable to this new way of life, things are starting to change.

“Now, we talk to each other more and, occasionally, you’ll find that a colleague is having a hard time or knows someone who’s passed away,” she said.

“We’ve become more caring, and that can only be a good thing.”

Reeta’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.

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Piers Morgan furiously backed against 'disgraceful' remarks under Shirley Williams eulogy

Piers Morgan furiously backed against 'disgraceful' remarks under Shirley Williams eulogy

While many fans paid homage to Shirley and her life’s work in the comments section, others felt the need to defend Piers after he came under fire from “trouble-makers” wanting to “cause a scene”, making it clear it wasn’t the time nor the place for such comments.

One retorted: “So she was everything you are not,” as someone else hit back: “Such a lovely chap aren’t you.”

The troll replied: “Unlike Morgan,” with the fan further defending the presenter: “And yet, here you are on his Twitter.”

A second disgruntled user used the same analogy, snapping: “Yes she was a wonderful character but not you Piers.”

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A.D.L. Calls for Tucker Carlson's Firing Over 'Replacement Theory' Remarks

A.D.L. Calls for Tucker Carlson's Firing Over 'Replacement Theory' Remarks

The Anti-Defamation League called on the Fox News host Tucker Carlson to resign in an open letter published on Friday, accusing him of giving “an impassioned defense of the white supremacist ‘great replacement theory.’”

Mr. Carlson, in an appearance on Fox News on Thursday, referred scornfully to the term “white replacement theory,” which describes a racist conspiracy theory[1] popular in far-right circles, while arguing that the Democratic Party was “trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters, from the third world.” He added that naturalized citizens were “diluting” the political power of him and other Americans.

“Everyone wants to make a racial issue out of it, ‘Ooh, the white replacement theory,’” Mr. Carlson went on. “No, no, no, this is a voting rights question. I have less political power because they are importing a brand-new electorate. Why should I sit back and take that? The power that I have as an American, guaranteed at birth, is one man, one vote. And they are diluting it.”

The A.D.L. letter, signed by Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the Jewish advocacy group’s chief executive, said that the language by Mr. Carlson “was not just a dog whistle to racists — it was a bullhorn.”

“This is not legitimate political discourse,” read the letter, addressed to Suzanne Scott, the chief executive of Fox News[2]. “It is dangerous race-baiting, extreme rhetoric And yet, unfortunately, it is the culmination of a pattern of increasingly divisive rhetoric used by Carlson over the past few years.”

Asked on Friday, a representative for Fox News declined to comment beyond highlighting Mr. Carlson’s remarks that said the matter was a voting rights question.

Mr. Carlson has previously claimed that white supremacy is a “hoax,”[3] and prominent companies distanced themselves[4] from his show last summer after comments he made about Black Lives Matter protests.

“This may be a lot of things, this moment we are living through,” Mr. Carlson said at the time. “But it is definitely not about Black lives, and remember that when they come for you. And at this rate, they will.

The “replacement theory” is predicated on the notion that white women are not having enough children and that falling birthrates will lead to white people around the world being replaced by nonwhite people.

An analysis published this week[5] found links between the theory and those arrested in connection with the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6.

“You see a common pattern in the Capitol insurrectionists,” said Robert Pape, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago. “They are mainly middle-class to upper-middle-class whites who are worried that, as social changes occur around them, they will see a decline in their status in the future.”

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Monty Don hits out at 'old-fashioned' Gardeners' World viewers over wife remarks

Monty Don hits out at 'old-fashioned' Gardeners' World viewers over wife remarks

“But I was deeply unhappy. There was a discontent that travelled with me.

“I felt chronically but vaguely unwell. My temper veered from the irascible to the unreasonable,” he added in his book The Jewel Garden.

As he grew older he began to notice his anger more, despite seeming to have it all.

Monty and Sarah initially lived in Islington, London, while they ran their jewellery business together before they were declared bankrupt.

He continued: “This as I hit my early thirties was the way life was. I had a wife I loved and who loved me well, one adored child and another on the way.

“Yet I was angry with my own skin. Nothing suited.”

Coleen Nolan shuts down rumours that her 'diva' remarks were about Loose Women co-stars

Coleen Nolan shuts down rumours that her 'diva' remarks were about Loose Women co-stars

However, Coleen shared that she was not talking about Loose Women bosses, continuing: “I think that’s the tragedy really, I am very lucky that Loose Women, whether you’re a fan or not, it’s the only show on telly that has women of all ages, all sizes, all colour.

“Outside of that, because sometimes people go, ‘It’s obviously not sexist because you’re on telly every day’ – yeah but from half 12 to half one.”

“But name anyone my age in primetime co-hosting a show, you just don’t see it and I think that’s really sad,” she divulged.

Coleen has been a host on Loose Women since 2000 and is loved by fans for her honest approach to topics and a refreshing sense of humour.

Naga Munchetty scolds co-star over disputed remarks 'Some things shouldn't be said on-air'

Naga Munchetty scolds co-star over disputed remarks 'Some things shouldn't be said on-air'

Naga continued to explain that one of the gallery team had rushed out to try and find her, and when they eventually came across her heading back from the toilet, queried where she had been.

“They came out and were like, ‘Where did you go?’ ‘I went to the loo, I told you,’ ‘You didn’t press the right button,'” she relayed the conversation so listeners understood what had happened.

“I just hadn’t timed and judged the tea and coffee balance right this morning, so I apologise to Nick, who’ll be listening going, ‘There she is!'”

“As long as you hadn’t dozed off, that’s the main thing!” her co-star cheekily added.

Naga’s Radio 5 Live show airs weekdays at 10am.