Ian McKellen leads campaign against 'homophobic' Australian politician's appointment as U.K. trade envoy
Abbott has been strongly tipped to join the U.K. Board of Trade in an advisory role to help to secure trade deals after Britain leaves the European Union - with ministers welcoming his potential appointment in interviewers.However, LGBTQ+ campaigners have joined women's groups and environmentalists in decrying the move in a letter addressed to the government, due to Abbott's chequered political history.The letter, which has also been signed by former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies reads: "This is a man who described abortion as 'the easy way out', and suggested that men may be 'by phys...
Amid coronavirus woes, hospitalizations in Texas hold above 10,000
AUSTIN, Texas — More than 10,000 coronavirus patients remain hospitalized in Texas, state health officials reported Monday.The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 10,405 hospitalizations, just five fewer than the number of patients reported Sunday, marking the end of 14 consecutive days of record hospitalizations.The health agency also reported 43 new coronavirus-related deaths Monday, bringing the statewide death toll of the virus to 3,325.The number of new fatalities reported Monday is a decline from the previous week, when the health agency reported four straight days of roug...
An Open Letter to the Governor of Texas Concerning the Reopening of Schools
Credit: woodleywonderworksvia flickr.comMiddle school math classDear Governor Abbott,In the next few days or weeks, you will be making what may be the most important decision during your tenure as governor of the Great State of Texas, certainly the most fateful and consequential one.You will be deciding if, when and how to prudently and safely send five million Texas children back to school amid a raging coronavirus pandemic.In other words, reopening in some fashion “brick and mortar” schools to Texas children during a pandemic that is spreading like wildfire though our state and shows no sign...
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