The NSPCC said that social media sites such as Facebook were not doing enough to stop abusers contacting childrenFacebook has been accused of “enabling offenders” after 10,000 child grooming offences were recorded by police under new online harms laws. The NSPCC said that social media sites such as Facebook and Snapchat are not providing enough protection to stop abusers contacting children. The means of communication was reported by the police in 5,784 incidents, of which 55 per cent took place on Facebook apps, including Instagram, Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger. A further 1,060 took place on Snapchat. The charity called on the government to renew its pledge to introduce duty of care laws to protect children
For full TV listings for the week, see thetimes.co.uk/tvplannerViewing guide, by Dominic MaxwellSpace ForceNetflixIf you have a Netflix subscription, this should be the best news you’ve had for a while: a new comedy series created by Steve Carell with Greg Daniels, the writer with whom he worked on the American version of The Office. Not only that, Carell plays a four-star general who gets deployed to head up Donald Trump’s newly created “Space Force” to help to get “boots on the moon by 2024” (both real things). Lisa Kudrow plays the wife devastated to have to move from Washington DC to Wild Horse, Colorado, although, for reasons we don’t discover straight away, she soon ends up in prison. John Malkovich
Phil Neville says that he always intended to leave his role as the England Women head coach after three years, and believes he is now ready for club management. Neville, 43, will depart when his contract expires in July 2021. Before the coronavirus pandemic struck, he had been due to take charge of Team GB at the Olympics and the Lionesses at the home European championship finals in 2021, but the rescheduled calendar means that both tournaments will take place after his contract ends. “My plan was always to go for the three years and then get into the day-to-day running of a club,” Neville said, on beIN Sports’ Keys & Gray Show. “It’s been brilliant, but ultimately you don’t get to see the
The UK government’s advice to the public may have shifted to “stay alert”, but it’s the “stay at home” message that the public are continuing to follow, as shown by our study conducted after Boris Johnson’s announcement of the change in guidance on May 10. Four in ten people in the UK did not leave their home for five or more of the previous seven days, with one in seven not leaving their home at all. And we’re being even more careful with our children. Nearly half of children had not left their home on five or more of the previous seven days, including a quarter who hadn’t left home at all. This extraordinary level of compliance and caution is seen throughout the survey, from
Q While self-isolating during the coronavirus outbreak, our neighbours attached an ugly satellite dish to the front of their property. A Before putting up a satellite dish, homeowners may need the agreement of the building owner, planning permission or listed building consent. If they live in a block of flats, the occupiers will generally need permission to put up a dish. The outside walls of the block are unlikely to be included in the area of any individual flat, and leaseholders or tenants would be trespassing on their landlord’s land by putting up a dish. Many leases and tenancy agreements also specifically prohibit the installation of television aerials outside the property.
Government support for the bus network is enabling the operators to weather the coronavirus pandemic better than expected. The government has stood behind the mass furloughing of bus workers with the Covid-19 job retention scheme paying drivers, depot, maintenance and other staff 80 per cent of their salary. It has also finalised a £254 million package to allow regional bus companies to increase their number of services to enable more people to travel while adhering to government safe-distancing guidance and without the operators being out of pocket. Positive comments on this from two of the country’s leading operators, the listed companies Stagecoach and First Group, encouraged investors to step back aboard the passenger transport sector, one of the worst hit in the stock market’s pandemic
Whitehall’s two top scientists were invited to comment on l’affaire Cummings. Sir Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty made it clear they would sooner drink Wuhan bat soup, sooner thrust stinging nettles down their Speedos, sooner go on a romantic dinner with Carl Beech. Become tangled up in that politicised madness? Their recoiling expressions said, “We may be scientists but we’re not completely bonkers.”Boris Johnson was chairing the 5pm daily Covid conference. These have become the new evensong.
Relief is in sight for the thousands of patients who have suffered tooth pain in the pandemic, with the government authorising the reopening of NHS and private dental practices from June 8. All non-emergency appointments were cancelled on March 25 to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and high street practices were shut overnight. Patients in need of urgent dental care have been treated at emergency NHS hubs but the arrangement has drawn criticism owing to restrictive criteria as to what counts as an emergency. About 550 units across the urgent dental care network have been treating patients from more than 9,000 closed practices. Some patients claim to have resorted to drastic DIY home extractions using pliers; others who did not meet the criteria for
Seventy-nine per cent of those who tested positive reported no symptoms on the dayMore than two thirds of those who tested positive for coronavirus had no symptoms, in the first nationally representative sample. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the figure underlined the importance of social distancing to avoid catching the virus from those who felt well, amid warnings that the scale of infection without symptoms could make the NHS contact tracing system much less effective. However, other experts cautioned that many of the test results could be false positives, caused by the inherent difficulties of checking people at random for a disease that fewer than one in 400 people has at present. The results also show that only one in 15 people had antibodies, indicating that they had recovered from corona–virus, dealing another blow to hopes
As a child growing up in the Eighties, with the first female prime minister leading our nation, I always assumed women could do anything men could do. It never crossed my mind that being a girl would hold me back. I wasn’t aware of the fight it had been to get there. The fight in the Twenties for women to obtain the same voting rights as men; in the Seventies, statutory maternity pay and making it illegal to fire someone for being pregnant; and in the Eighties Margaret Thatcher ensuring wives would be taxed separately from their husbands, rather than as one unit. But in fact all of these things were questioned at the time and the modern, free society we live in today is
★★☆☆☆When the director Nisha Ganatra, the star Emma Thompson and the writer Mindy Kaling came together to make last year’s witty and resonant Late Night it was seen as a righteous expression of Time’s Up era frustration. It was about a middle-aged media star (Thompson) who was creatively stymied and struggling within the confines of a deeply sexist male-dominated industry, but liberated by the attitudes and youthful passions of a junior co-worker and biggest fan (Kaling). Before the film’s end they briefly fell out, but (spoilers) were eventually reunited in forgiveness, love, mutual respect and sisterhood. That Ganatra has revisited the same terrain within the space of a year is disappointing. That her film retreads the exact same narrative, with the same character
Jenny Johnson, 54, will appear at Lewes crown court in JuneThe former girlfriend of the Babes in the Wood murderer has appeared in court charged with perjury and perverting the course of justice. Jenny Johnson, 54, had a child with Russell Bishop and lived with him in Hollingdean, Brighton, at the time of the murders of nine-year-olds Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway. Ms Johnson appeared before magistrates yesterday accused of lying about a key piece of evidence in Bishop’s original trial at which he was acquitted. The killer was originally arrested in 1986 for the murders of the nine-year-olds, but was acquitted after a bungled police and forensic operation. He was later jailed after he throttled and molested a seven-year-old girl in Brighton, leaving her for dead.
I agree with President Donald Trump. There you are, six words I never believed I would write, say or think. But out of the tsunami of lunacy that flows from the president’s mouth there was one kernel of truth recently. The president said churches, synagogues, mosques and all places of worship should be opened immediately. He ordered America’s state governors to open these houses of worship; now whether he has the authority to impose such an order will be tested and whither it was a cynical political ploy to
Small businesses in Scotland are disadvantaged compared with their counterparts in EnglandNicola Sturgeon has been urged to honour her commitment to hand over in full a £2.2 billion settlement award to small businesses. Jackie Baillie, the Scottish Labour deputy leader, said ministers should lift a cap on business chains which disadvantages them compared with their counterparts in England and Wales. Controversy erupted in March after Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, announced a £20 billion UK-wide fund to help retail, hospitality and leisure companies with grants of up to £25,000 for every property operated by a business. The first minister said she would pass on “every penny” and Fiona Hyslop, the economy minister, said the Westminster policy would be mirrored. Within days it emerged that Scottish businesses would receive only one payment of £25,000, regardless of how many
New research has documented molecular changes in the blood during exercise in greater detail than ever beforeIf exercise were a drug, as doctors like to say, then everyone would prescribe it. A study suggests that it achieves this through a “molecular explosion” in the blood. The research, which documented in greater detail than ever before the changes in the blood following exercise, also found that a simple test of these molecules could show how fit you are. “Exercise has all these incredible benefits,” Michael Snyder, an author of the study by Stanford University, said. From heart attacks to dementia, keeping fit seems to protect against most diseases and ensure a longer life.