Hot News on 25/01/2023

Authorities say 67-year-old killed four and wounded one at a mushroom farm then killed three more at a trucking firm

An agricultural worker in northern California allegedly killed seven people as part of a “workplace violence incident”, the state’s third deadly mass shooting in little more than a week.

Police are questioning 67-year-old Chunli Zhao, who they say shot dead four and wounded one more on Monday afternoon at a mushroom farm where he worked in Half Moon Bay, a coastal community 30 miles south of San Francisco.

Most of the 1,047 Australians honoured are not famous but many of them have changed lives, if not the country

Most of the 1,047 names on the 2023 Australia Day honours list are not as recognisable as Archie Roach, Norman Swan or David Wenham.

But many of them have changed lives, if not the country. Take the solicitor Rodney Lewis, appointed to the Order of Australia for his “life-long contribution to human rights and civil liberties both in Australia and more broadly across our region”.

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A judge granted the roommate’s request for a restraining order in 2013.

Nottingham University Hospitals trust faces fine after pleading guilty to two charges of failures of care

The mother of a baby girl who died in hospital 23 minutes after being born has said she was “failed in the most cruel way” by an NHS Trust that has admitted failings in their care.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) prosecuted the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust after it admitted that its maternity services had not provided safe care and treatment to mother, Sarah Andrews, and her baby, Wynter Andrews.

Australian peak GP body says ‘overall picture’ of patients’ health will be lost if Medicare changes split care across multiple providers

Australia’s peak GP group is concerned serious conditions such as cancer could be missed if general practice is deprioritised under looming changes to Medicare funding, saying parts of their roles should not be transferred to other health professionals.

As allied health groups suggest nurses, physiotherapists or pharmacists could perform some work currently done by GPs, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners said it was “nervous” about patients visiting separate specialists without being monitored by a coordinating doctor.

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Maneskin has a new album, a best new artist Grammy nomination and a lot of thoughts on fashion.

After last year’s countdown was topped by a band for children, Saturday’s countdown is anyone’s guess – but we do have a few hunches

Last year was an odd one for Australia’s biggest music poll – believed to be the largest music poll in the world.

A children’s group who formed more than 30 years ago topped Triple J’s chart with a cover of a decade-old song, while Olivia Rodrigo and Doja Cat made up 10% of the total list between them – despite neither being the fare we would expect from the alternative youth station.

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We want to hear from parents and teachers about what is being done to educate pupils on misogyny in schools

The recent arrest of Andrew Tate made many aware of the controversial media personality and self-proclaimed misogynist for the first time. But Tate, and other internet figures promoting misogynistic values, have been circulating on the internet for some time, gaining popularity on TikTok, Twitter and Youtube. Among those drawn to Tate are children and young people, according to schools across the country.

Many schools are giving teachers training on how to talk to students about Tate and misogyny, while others are hosting assemblies or using personal social and health education lessons to encourage students to question the content such influencers put out.

Western allies have pledged to send at least 105 tanks, far less than Ukraine says it needs, and it may be months before they join the battle.

Today’s rumours have a sense of freedom

With Dean Henderson sidelined and the transfer window inching inexorably shut, Nottingham Forest are eager to sign a replacement goalkeeper on loan. A peripheral figure at Paris Saint-Germain these days, Keylor Navas has been identified as their main target. A three-times Champions League winner with Real Madrid, the Costa Rica international plays second fiddle to Gianluigi Donnarumma at PSG and has yet to start a Ligue 1 or Champions League game for the French club this season.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers wants to freshen up his squad and is ready to sanction a surprise move for Leeds United winger Jack Harrison, who has 18 months left on his contract and has also been linked with potential moves to Arsenal and Newcastle. Leicester are also hoping to bolster their back line by signing Harry Soutar, the Stoke City centre-half who was such a rock in the heart of Australia’s defence during the World Cup. Leicester have also been linked with Angers midfielder Azzedine Ounahi, but will have to duke it out with Leeds if they are to land the Morocco international.

Insurrection: A Work in Progress by Peter Brathwaite will highlight folk traditions as a form of resistance

A leading British opera singer is developing a work based on the music of his enslaved ancestors in Barbados as a way of examining complex historical events and highlighting forms of resistance.

Peter Brathwaite and the Royal Opera House (ROH) will present Insurrection: A Work in Progress to audiences in March, inviting feedback from the public that will shape the opera’s next stages.

Billions of us are due to vote in the next two years as the scourge of online misinformation grows ever worse. It’s time to regulate

As we look back on the erosion of democracy in recent years, it is becoming increasingly clear that technology platforms are playing a significant role in its downfall. The ability to incite insurrections and coups through these platforms has made a once difficult task alarmingly easy.

The dangers information pollution pose for democracy have long been acknowledged by civil society actors and regulators, but the storming of Brazil’s presidential palace earlier this month serves as a sobering reminder of just how real these dangers have become. More than 1,200 people were arrested in Brazil for attempting a military coup.

The Baruch Bearcats played their home opener on Tuesday under a new spotlight after George Santos’s lie about having played for the team resurfaced.

New campaign finance filings reported by Daily Beast do not shed light on real source of $600,000 in funding

In a new twist to one of the most bizarre American political scandals in decades, the New York Republican congressman George Santos appeared to admit on Tuesday that more than $600,000 in loans to his campaign did not come from personal funds, as was originally claimed.

But new campaign finance filings first reported by the Daily Beast did not shed light on where the funds actually came from.

Nurse denies murdering seven babies and attempting to murder 10 others at hospital in Chester

A “smiling” nurse offered to take photographs of a baby soon after murdering her on the fourth attempt, a court has heard.

Lucy Letby, 33, is accused of harming the newborn by injecting air into her feeding tube and bloodstream before she died at the Countess of Chester hospital on 23 October 2015.

  • Late Gio Reyna goal seals 2-1 win for Dormund over Mainz
  • Ousmane Dembélé guides Barça into Copa del Rey semis

Gio Reyna again came off the bench to score a late winner for Borussia Dortmund, securing a 2-1 victory at Mainz in the Bundesliga on Wednesday.

Reyna also scored Dortmund’s late winner in a 4-3 win against Augsburg on Sunday, and repeated the feat in Mainz after coming on with just under half an hour remaining.

Fellow substitute Sébastien Haller headed on a free kick for Reyna to sweep home in the third minute of injury time. The American ran toward the corner flag pointing to the sky with his right index finger. After celebrating with teammates, he faced fans with his fists to his ears, as if showing he’s blocking out the fallout from his family’s dispute with former US coach Gregg Berhalter that has led to turmoil at the US Soccer Federation.

Reyna’s goal, his fourth of the season, keeps Dortmund’s winning start to 2023 intact and moves the team five points behind league leader Bayern Munich, wh have drawn twice since returning from the winter break.

“We’re happy to come out of the starting blocks like that into the new year,” Dortmund coach, Edin Terzic, said. “We know we have a lot of work in front of us.”

It wasn’t pretty or convincing, and Dortmund had to rely on luck at times.

“We have to believe we can win a game in the 90th minute,” said Julian Brandt, who delivered the free kick before the goal. ”It’s something to build on, that at some point we’ll play the beautiful football that’s dormant within us.”

Emre Can started in place of the suspended Jude Bellingham, while Niklas Süle came in for Mats Hummels, who dropped to the bench. Julian Ryerson started at right back again for the second game since his transfer from Union Berlin.

Lee Jae-sung got Mainz off to a great start in the second minute with a header to a corner. Ryerson had allowed the South Korea midfielder too much space, but he atoned two minutes later with the equalizer after seeing his shot from distance take a deflection.

Dortmund had a couple of good chances early on but that was it as each team canceled out the other in midfield.

Terzic reacted in the 62nd by bringing on three forwards — Haller, Reyna and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens — at once. Haller was making his second appearance after treatment for testicular cancer.

“People always talk about his tumor and not the fact he makes us better,” Brandt said of the Ivory Coast striker’s first assist for Dortmund.

CEO of electric carmaker says finance was ‘not an issue’ but he did not have binding commitments from investors

Elon Musk expected strong financial support when he tweeted that he would take Tesla private in 2018, but lacked specific commitments from potential backers, according to testimony he gave on his third day of questioning in a San Francisco federal court.

Musk is accused of defrauding investors by driving up the price of Tesla stock by tweeting on 7 August 2018 that he had “funding secured” to take the electric carmaker private.

Berlin’s decision could unlock offers from Finland, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland and Norway to provide German-made machines

Germany’s offer of 14 Leopard tanks has prompted calls for more heavy armour by Ukraine’s government as it formally announced its forces’ retreat from the eastern town of Soledar after nine months of bloody battle.

While Kyiv lauded the decision from Berlin, along with reports the US was preparing to send its own Abrams tanks, aides to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, continued to push for further arms pledges from the west.

As Queensland cracks down on young offenders, experts fear ill-informed public sentiment is influencing policy

The head of the Queensland Family and Child Commission says he is “deeply concerned” at public sentiment calling for more punitive responses to youth crime in the face of clear evidence that “tough” approaches don’t work.

Luke Twyford, the QFCC’s principal commissioner, told Guardian Australia that the government and community needed to be “smart against crime, not tough on crime”.

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Move leaves British Museum and Science Museum isolated as arts institutions with fossil fuel sponsors

Campaigners have hailed a “seismic shift” in arts funding after the Royal Opera House confirmed it had severed its sponsorship relationship with BP after more than three decades.

The oil and gas multinational has been a sponsor of the ROH since 1988, most recently under a five-year deal that began in 2018. However, in a statement on Wednesday the opera house said there had been an “agreement” that the funding would not be renewed.

Also, China’s natural gas shortage and India’s efforts to quash a Modi documentary.
Officials at a public university cut the electricity before a planned screening, and the government has prevented clips from appearing online.

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“Shakira’s epic takedown of her ex, Gerard Piqué, has been a smash hit worldwide (certainly in terms of YouTube views),” writes Rashaad Jorden. “Has any other footballer been the subject of a diss track?”

Diss tracks are another part of modern life that we don’t really understand, but we’ve clicked on enough bait to know that they are increasingly commonplace – and that Piqué isn’t the first footballer to be on the receiving end.

Forest make three changes to the side named for the 1-1 draw at Bournemouth last weekend. Scott McKenna, Danilo and Sam Surridge are in; Orel Mangala drops to the bench, Ryan Yates is ill, and Chris Wood is cup-tied. The on-loan Dean Henderson remains injured, though he’d have been ineligible against his parent club anyway.

United make two changes to the starting XI selected for the 3-2 defeat at Arsenal. Tyrrell Malacia replaces Luke Shaw, while Casemiro returns from suspension to take the place of Scott McTominay.

The electric car company posted $24.3bn in fourth-quarter earnings, surpassing anticipated revenue

Tesla surpassed Wall Street expectations in highly-anticipated fourth-quarter earnings on Wednesday, bumping its stock price up 3% after markets closed.

The electric car company posted $24.3bn in revenue, higher than the $24.07bn anticipated by analysts and 33% growth year-over-year, demonstrating that the automaker may be doing a better job than anticipated of weathering concerns about slipping demand for its cars, logistical holdups, and ongoing legal drama surrounding its chief executive, Elon Musk.

The Biden administration had resisted sending tanks, which Ukraine says it needs, but the move is seen as likely to push Germany to approve the transfer of its own tanks.

National Highways faces third intervention by a local authority over infilling, after burying Congham bridge in Norfolk in tonnes of concrete

A controversial practice by the government’s roads agency of burying historic railway bridges in concrete has been dealt a fresh blow after a third council intervened over another infilled structure.

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk council has told National Highways it must apply for retrospective planning permission if it wants to retain hundreds of tonnes of aggregate and concrete it used to submerge Congham bridge, a few miles east of King’s Lynn.

Germany to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, according to reports; Ukraine government sees wave of resignations

The United States appears poised to start a process that would eventually send dozens of its M1 Abrams battle tanks to Ukraine, US media reported, in a reversal that could have significant implications for Kyiv’s efforts to repel Russian forces.

The move follows reports on Tuesday that Berlin has succumbed to huge international and domestic pressure and was set to announce that it will send German-manufactured tanks to Ukraine, and allow other countries to do the same.

The decision is expected to be made officially on Wednesday and Germany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, is due to be questioned in the Bundestag in the morning in a debate likely to be dominated by the tank decision.

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said he was confident the alliance will find a solution soon, after meeting Germany’s defence minister. “At this pivotal moment in the war, we must provide heavier and more advanced systems to Ukraine, and we must do it faster,” Stoltenberg said.

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday that Kyiv needed allies to decide on whether they would deliver modern tanks to strengthen the country’s defence against Russia. Zelenskiy said the issue was not about five, 10 or 15 tanks, as Ukraine’s needs are greater, but about reaching final decisions on real deliveries. “When the needed weighty decisions are made, we will be happy to thank you for each weighty decision,” Zelenskiy said.

In Ukraine, fifteen senior officials have left their posts since Saturday, six of whom have had corruption allegations levelled at them by journalists and Ukraine’s anti-corruption authorities. The deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said on Tuesday he had asked Zelenskiy on Monday to relieve him of his duties as part of the wave of government resignations and dismissals.

Deputy defence minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov, responsible for supplying troops with food and equipment, also resigned, citing “media accusations” of corruption that he and the ministry say are baseless. Deputy prosecutor general Oleksiy Symonenko has been removed from his post, and two deputy ministers resigned from Ukraine’s ministry of communities and territories development.

Five regional governors are also being removed from power: Valentyn Reznichenko, of Dnipropetrovsk, Oleksandra Starukha of Zaporizhzhia, Oleksiy Kuleba of Kyiv, Dymtro Zhivytskyi, of Sumy and Yaroslav Yanushevich, of Kherson. Kherson and Zaporizhizhia are two of the regions of Ukraine which the Russian Federation has claimed to annex.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has set its Doomsday Clock, intended to illustrate existential risks to the world, at 90 seconds to midnight, the closest to midnight the clock has ever been since it was first introduced in 1947. It is “largely” because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, they said.

Ukraine has enough coal and gas reserves for the remaining months of winter despite repeated Russian attacks on its energy system, prime minister Denys Shmyhal has said.

Finland’s foreign minister Pekka Haavisto has signalled a possible pause in discussions with Turkey over Finnish ambitions to join Nato alongside Sweden, which he says is due to the pressure of Turkey’s forthcoming election.

Supporters of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gathered for a protest in Berlin on Tuesday to highlight the prison conditions in Russia he is being kept in.

Russia does not plan to rebuild the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol which were the site of heavy bombardment in the early weeks of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year.

Russian football officials met their counterparts at Uefa on Tuesday as they tried to negotiate Russia’s return to international football in Europe. It has been banned by Uefa and Fifa since the invasion of Ukraine.

Polling comes amid Conservative backbench unrest at government plan to ban conversion practices

More than 400,000 people who are gay, transgender or non-binary have been subjected to someone trying to change, “cure” or suppress their sexual orientation or gender identity, according to new research that suggests a proposed ban on conversion practices will have a wider impact than previously thought.

Polling for Galop, an LGBTQ+ anti-abuse charity, found that one in five LGBTQ+ people and more than a third of trans people in the UK have been subjected to attempted conversion, which campaigners describe as abuse.

Minister says Northern Territory government responded too slowly and a First Nations body advising parliament would have delivered earlier intervention

The minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney, says the Northern Territory government responded too slowly to the spike in crime in Alice Springs, and she’s argued a voice to parliament would have prevented a problem escalating to a crisis.

Burney’s comments follow the announcement on Tuesday of new alcohol restrictions accompanied by more than $50m worth of community support to restore order and safety in Alice Springs. Dorelle Anderson has also been appointed as a central Australian regional controller, and will report on next steps to the prime minister and the NT chief minister, Natasha Fyles, on 1 February.

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Amid an escalation in gang violence in small California towns, families have usually been spared. But gangs there are increasingly working with violent Mexican cartels.

Mayor says she is concerned for safety of staff, but senator says he knows nothing of the group, which used his video warning of ‘climate lockdown’

The South Australian Liberal senator Alex Antic says he has “nothing to do” with a group that has distributed flyers with his image to promote a protest against a local council’s use of “Big Brother technology” to create an “open-air prison”.

The No Smart Cities Action Group (Noscag) is encouraging people to show up to a Salisbury council meeting next week to oppose the use of smart city technology, which is used for purposes such as notifying council workers when bins need to be emptied or toilets cleaned.

Alabama crew had ‘safety huddle’ about how to move around the plane and employee who was killed received warning to stay back

A worker at an airport in Alabama who died after being sucked into a jet engine this past New Year’s Eve had been warned repeatedly about the dangers of going near it, federal investigators revealed this week.

The Montgomery regional airport employee, along with other colleagues of the facility’s ground crew, had undergone a “safety huddle” about how to move around the plane at the center of the case 10 minutes before it arrived at the gate on 31 December, and there was another similar briefing just before the aircraft arrived at the gate, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a report Monday.

Index on Censorship lists UK as only ‘partially' open’ in every key metric for the year 2021

The UK has been ranked only in the third tier of a new global index of freedom of expression due to what was described as the “chilling effect” of government policies, policing and intimidation of journalists in the legal system.

Countries including Israel, Chile, Jamaica and virtually every other western European state were all ranked ahead of the UK in the measure compiled by the advocacy group Index on Censorship.

  • Further talks scheduled for Sporting right-back on Wednesday
  • Tottenham have option to buy Danjuma from Villarreal

Tottenham are closing in on their top January target, Pedro Porro, the Sporting right-back, after confirming the signing of Arnaut Danjuma on loan from Villarreal.

Negotiations over Porro have been back and forth since the start of the month, with Sporting determined to recoup €45m (£39.7m) – the value of his buyout clause. Spurs have tried to structure a deal that would see them pay less immediately, with a sell-on clause relating to Marcus Edwards discussed.

In an act of official retribution for how Democrats treated Republicans when they were in the majority, the speaker barred the Californians from the panel, arguing that they were not fit to serve.

Growing number of offenders on remand in England and Wales not offered support before being freed, prisons inspector says

Potentially dangerous prisoners are spending years on remand before disappearing into the community after their release without being properly monitored, the prisons watchdog has warned.

Charlie Taylor, HM’s chief inspector of prisons, said a restructuring of probation services last year failed to address the growing number of offenders held on remand who are not offered support before being freed.

News comes after unusual activity at the zoo that included one of its clouded leopards missing

A lappet-faced vulture at the Dallas zoo has died from a suspicious wound in its Wilds of Africa habitat. Officials called the mysterious death of 35-year-old Pin “devastating” and are offering a $10,000 reward for any information.

The announcement follows a bout of unusual activity at the zoo. Last week it shut down after it reported one of its two clouded leopards, Nova, was missing. A zoo spokesperson assured the public the 25lb cat didn’t pose a threat to humans and Nova was found later that day on zoo grounds near her habitat.

Solicitors launch case on behalf of civil servant dismissed after calling for resignation of cabinet secretary

A GCHQ employee who was sacked after publicly calling for the resignation of the UK’s most senior civil servant during the final weeks of Boris Johnson’s government is launching a legal claim under whistleblowing legislation.

The former mandarin of 17 years, known as Stuart, was forced out of his job at the spy centre after using a radio interview with James O’Brien to demand that the cabinet secretary, Simon Case, step down.

On the Lower East Side, guests at a Lunar New Year party talk fashion and goals for 2023.
Andrew Bagshaw, 47, and Chris Parry, 28, were part of an ad hoc cohort of foreigners who have gone to Ukraine despite little to no experience with combat situations.

Campaigners welcome vote by MSPs to close loopholes they say were smokescreen for illegal foxhunting

Animal welfare campaigners have hailed the decision by the Holyrood parliament to toughen anti-hunting laws as a wake-up call to Westminster.

Màiri McAllan, the Scottish government’s environment minister, said chasing and killing a wild mammal with a dog had “no place in modern Scotland”, as MSPs voted 90 to 30 for the hunting with dogs bill, which aims to close loopholes 20 years after a ban on foxhunting was first put in place, in 2002.

Sunak faces uncomfortable PMQs, with ‘too many impossible questions’ over ex-chancellor’s tax affairs

Rishi Sunak should encourage the Conservative party chair, Nadhim Zahawi, to resign because his position is untenable, a former Tory cabinet minister has warned.

David Gauke and the Conservative peer Lord Hayward both urged Zahawi to consider his position as he comes under increasing pressure over his tax affairs, with Sunak braced for a grilling at prime minister’s questions.

Jin Chung, 75, was taken to hospital with a leg injury while search continues for the actor, 65, who was reported missing 13 January

Rescue personnel in California have found a 75-year-old hiker who was lost on the same snow-covered mountain where actor Julian Sands is missing.

NBC LA captured images of Jin Chung, of North Hollywood, being loaded into an ambulance Tuesday afternoon. He had a leg injury and some weather-related injuries but was able to walk with assistance and was taken to a hospital, the San Bernardino county sheriff’s department said. His condition was not immediately known.

Thinktank says of advanced economies, only Greece would have lower public and private investment

If the north of England were a country, it would be second bottom of a league table showing levels of investment in advanced economies, according to a report by a leading thinktank.

Only Greece has lower levels of public and private investment in a ranking of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries compiled by researchers at IPPR North, the northern branch of the influential Institute for Public Policy Research.

The attack, which injured at least six other people, happened on a regional train in northern Germany.
A 74-year-old Spanish man was detained days after American and European officials said that Russian military intelligence officers might have directed the attacks.

And now I’m supposed to use an induction stove like some sort of animal?! It isn’t fair!!

Olaf Scholz confirms decision after weeks of pressure, with Berlin providing 14 tanks from military stocks

Germany will supply its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, it announced on Wednesday, overcoming misgivings about sending heavy weaponry that Kyiv sees as crucial to defeat the Russian invasion but Moscow cast as a needless provocation.

Pressure has been building for weeks on Olaf Scholz’s government to send the tanks and allow other Nato allies to do the same before expected spring offensives by both sides that could help turn the tide of the war.

Experts urge governments to reprioritise public health messaging amid fears the anti-vaccine lobby ‘has the floor’ on immunisation

Australia’s national vaccine advisory body is expected to decide within weeks if a fifth Covid vaccine dose will be made available to more Australians this year.

Meanwhile, infectious disease physicians have urged federal and state governments to reprioritise vaccine awareness campaigns, warning the “anti-vaccine lobby seems to have the floor”.

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