Tuesday’s briefing: Johnson has trouble amid disagreement with masks

Top story: Morrisons and Sainsbury’s to enforce face covering

Good morning everyone. This Martin Freer brings you the best stories from home and around the world on Tuesday morning.

The dispute over new restrictions for Covid-19 appears set to escalate after police chiefs said They won’t dictate to wear masks in supermarketsIt is a measure burdened by ministers who strive to reduce the number of people infected with the disease. The government in England is also considering a ban on people Walking or exercising with anyone outside of their homeWhich would make supermarkets one of the very few places where people could contact others. Both Morrison and Sainsbury said they would Require the wearing of masks In their supermarkets, they deploy security guards at store entrances to challenge any customer who does not wear a mask or shop in groups. But despite strong hints from Health Secretary Matt Hancock, senior policemen said they would not be able to help enforce the policy because the rules were too vague and they did not have enough officers. This came as Hancock praised the opening Comprehensive vaccination centers The NHS confirmed that 2.3 million doses have been given. A quarter of hospital admissions were People under the age of 55, The latest numbers revealed.

Boris Johnson is under pressure because he seemed to be breaking the rules of the exercise By riding his bike around the Olympic ParkSeven miles from Downing Street. Number 10 denied that the prime minister violated any rules but was criticized Not to lead by example Amid constant concern about How compliance dwindles In the third national lockdown. WHO scientists who arrived in China on Thursday to investigate the root of the virus insisted that they were intended Not to blame. Professor Fabian Leanderz, a German epidemiologist, said: “This is not about condemning China or saying, ‘I started here, give or take three meters.’ This is about reducing risks.” In Malaysia the government has it Covid emergency was declared Amid political turmoil. Follow all night developments from all over the world in our life Blog Here.

Trump trial – Donald Trump faces a The second historic trial After the Democrats in the US House of Representatives accused him of “inciting the rebellion,” his presidency marched toward a chaotic end in the wake of Capitol Hill Riots. Also acting The head of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, has resigned From the Trump administration, he was the president again Accused With the accountability requirement met for “major crimes and misdemeanors” to spark the deadly riots last week. He was impeached by the House of Representatives in 2019 but has not been condemned by the Senate and the necessary two-thirds support once again appears to be difficult. Security in Washington was tightened before that Cheater Joe Biden Next week the FBI warned of another march on the Capitol Right-wing pro-Trump groups. Two police officers were at the Capitol hanging For their behavior during riots. Facebook targets the phrase Stop robbery On her site and says the ban on Trump’s account may be permanent.

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“Nature is under siege” – Insect numbers are declining at “frightening” rates Destroying the “fabric of life”According to a new volume of scientific studies. Insects, by far the most diverse and abundant animals on Earth, face multiple and overlapping threats including habitat destruction for agriculture, urbanization, pesticides and light pollution. The main analysis says: “Nature is under siege.”

Drop Shop – Saw UK retailers The biggest drop in sales in 25 years last year The shutdown of unnecessary stores during the shutdowns outpaced the online spending boom fueled by Covid-19. Figures released by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) today show that total sales fell 0.3% last year from the level recorded in 2019 – the worst performance since registrations began in 1995. Online and food sales performed well but couldn’t make up Massive volume Decreased spending on non-food items in shops, which decreased by 24%. The Retailers who worked better Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and B&M were among the hardest hit, while Greggs and M&S were among the worst hit.

Ireland Abuse Report – The shocking results of a report on decades-long abuse of mothers and children’s homes in Ireland It will be shared with survivors of the system on Tuesday. The motive behind the five-year investigation was the discovery of a mass grave of infants and children, revealing horrific death rates and cruelty in religious institutions that had multiplied as orphanages and adoption agencies. Taoiseach, Michéal Martin, will deliver an official apology from the state on Wednesday. Martin, who read the report, reportedly found the contents horrific and hard to read.

Welcome to Brexit – Brexit means Brexit, as it says in the phrase, but Brexit also appears to mean Brexit Pork sandwiches will be confiscated on entry to Europe. Yesterday, Dutch television showed footage of customs officers confiscating the offending snack from drivers arriving on a ferry from the United Kingdom under post-Brexit rules that ban personal imports of meat and dairy products into the European Union. A confused driver with several sandwiches wrapped in foil asked if he could give up pork while keeping the bread to tell him, “No, everything will be confiscated. Welcome to Brexit, sir, I’m sorry.”

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Emma Preston in her 1950s style home in Bolton

Emma Preston in her 1950s style home in Bolton. Photo: Courtesy of Emma Preston

“I closed the door in 1936.” So says Aaron Whiteside of Blackpool, who turned his home a decade ago to the point where it “resembles an old lady’s house”. However, our stained glass restorer is not alone Sirene Kali speaks with four other Britons whose homes go back to the past. They include Emma Preston, whose Bolton home is “mid-century American farmhouse style, with a tiki effect,” and Estelle Belson of Manchester who owns a chaise longue by Marcel Breuer.


Premier Rugby League announced a two-week break In a move that risked the ire of clubs who wanted to play the re-arranged league matches instead and threatening to disrupt the Six Nations Championship plans laid out by Eddie Jones. Manchester United will host Liverpool, the English Premier League champions In the fourth round of the FA Cup, the match took place a week after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team faced Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday. 20 years old, born in Leeds Francesca Jones scored her first Grand Slam qualifying victory From her career by defeating Romanian Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-2 to reach the second qualifying round of the Australian Open in Dubai. Denise Kudla has been quarantined In the Australian Open Qualifiers in Doha after testing positive for Covid-19. An accident in the middle of the race leads to angry words among the riders It is believed to be at the center of an investigation conducted by the aforementioned racing governing body Brioni Frost on Monday.


Posts on Twitter Dropped sharply After Donald Trump was permanently arrested following the attack on the US Capitol last week. The social media company lost $ 5 billion of its market value in Wall Street trading yesterday, as investors feared stricter future regulations for the site. Rishi Sunak be warned The British economy will deteriorate Before the coronavirus vaccine helps improve the outlook for jobs and growth. The FTSE 100 is set to rise slightly this morning while the pound buys $ 1,353 and € 1,133.

The papers

Boris Johnson comes up with some things about riding his bike around Olympic Park with a woman The starting header reads “Just get a grip” over a story of sighing what appears to be a baseline bow. The star It also weighs in by portraying the Prime Minister as a clown on a unicycle with the title “Honk Honk”. The guardian He also shows a picture of Johnson on his bike but the main story is “Police challenge ministers as clamor grows to impose new restrictions on COVID.” The Mail He is also concerned about introducing tighter restrictions, and asks “Are we heading towards the three-meter rule?”

Guardian front page, Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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Other titles try to make things more positive by using Expression Saying “The great British summer is on the way … let’s not blow it up!” And the Sun Focusing on the comprehensive deployment of vaccines. “On the march,” says splash. The telegraph “The pressure on the NHS for Covid vaccinations is around the clock,” he says while I am Also aligns with this line: “A 24/7 plan to achieve the goal on vaccines.” Covid is also driving in Scotland where Scotsman “Half a million faces weeks waiting on delaying the vaccine,” he says the National He has “royals ignore the Scottish government’s appeal to a scrapyard trip”. The FT Once again, events in the United States are seen for his prominence with “Merkel attacks the Twitter ban on Trump as a breach of freedom of expression.”


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