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12-07-2019 06:07

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Confronted with a defeat in the courts, Donald Trump abandoned any attempt to ask a question about citizenship in the US census. Rather, it issued a decree asking federal agencies to make public the number of citizens, non-citizens and undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

The president was criticized for trying to "militarize" the census. "It's clear that he just wanted to sow fear in immigrant communities and revive the efforts of Republican gerrymandering by diluting the political influence of Latin American communities," said Dale Ho of the American Civil Liberties Union, adding that Trump's new efforts to compile citizenship data would be closely linked. scrutinized by the ACLU. Trump had previously admitted to reporters that the proposed issue was part of a long-term Republicans plan to tilt constituencies in their favor.

Meanwhile, immigration officials in the United States have announced that raids targeting the expulsion of thousands of families will take place in major cities in the United States, starting Sunday. The ACLU filed a lawsuit, arguing that many of the people involved may not even know they were expected in court.

"The best of Britain" – Jeremy Hunt asked British diplomats to continue to "tell the truth in front of power and defend British interests" despite the consequences of the resignation of the United Kingdom's ambassador to Washington. In what will be perceived as a reprimand coded by Boris Johnson, Hunt congratulated the outgoing US ambassador, Sir Kim Darroch, greeting him, along with fellow diplomats, for "Britain's best". Johnson, the new prime minister's favorite, has been heavily criticized by other Conservatives for his alleged abandonment of Darroch. Hunt said he had telephoned Darroch about the "absolutely shameful" leak of candid diplomatic telegrams written by the ambassador.

Key of the cell door – Prisoners may be encouraged to adopt good behavior, as governors are asked to put more emphasis on rewards and less on punishments. Cooking their own meals, spending more time at the gym, choosing to take a shower, having access to cell phone keys, and more time to meet visitors are among the possible benefits. Those who do not abide by the rules would still lose privileges, said the Justice Department.

Google workers listening – Google admitted that its staff listened to what people were saying about its Assistant software and devices, including conversations caught by accident. The Belgian public broadcaster VRT has obtained more than 1,000 audio clips containing identifiable information, such as the address of a person, a family discussing their grandchildren, another user describing their love life and a user reporting the speed with which a child was growing up. . The recordings may put Google in breach of the EU's general data protection regulations limiting information that may be held on consumers.

Kinder for chickens? KFC will become the first UK fast food chain to adopt the new European standards for welfare for farm chickens. The new requirements include more space in the barns and an environmental "enrichment" such as poles, straw and vegetables to peck and daylight. The standard stipulates a commitment to purchase slower growing breeds, in an area where overly large and fast-growing birds sometimes collapse under their own weight. This decision puts pressure on companies like McDonald's, which will follow, as well as supermarkets, which are responsible for most of the chickens sold in the UK.

Lunar Shot of India – A rover named Pragyam will move to the moon's surface in September if the Chandrayaan 2 lunar mission unfolds as planned. The trip begins Sunday with the launch of the rocket carrying the lander, called Vikram, from the Satish Dhawan Space Center, located on the southeast coast of India. This is India's first attempt at a soft landing on the moon, making it the fourth, after Russia, the United States and China.

Podcast Today in Focus: Why are stops and searches on the rise?

The first stop and search for Jamal took place at the age of 11 years. He is now 24 years old and has been arrested many times. More recently, a judgment has become aggressive and he was hit in the face with a pair of handcuffs, then charged and convicted of assaulting a police officer. There is little evidence that the fight against violent crime is effective and that it disproportionately targets young black men.

Midday reading: Kubrick on marital happiness

"Marriage is like a long meal with a dessert served at the beginning": one of the sentiments that led Stanley Kubrick to sketch out recently-released story projects about the post-marriage conflict. The mix of typed, manuscript and annotated texts contemplates three films: Married Man, The Perfect Marriage, and Jealousy.

Stanley Kubrick on the set of A Clockwork Orange in 1971.

Stanley Kubrick on the set of A Clockwork Orange in 1971. Photography: Allstar / Alamy photo library

The treasure dates from 1954 to 1956, when Kubrick had marital problems with his second wife, Ruth Sobotka, actress and dancer. The material has recently been transferred to the Kubrick Archives of the London University of the Arts. In the comments, there would be ideas that would end up in Eyes Wide Shut four decades later – especially in Jalousy, an argument with a woman after returning from a drunk man at home, and in The Perfect Marriage, in which Kubrick wrote: "Setting Xmas. Woman preparing Christmas party at night. S & # 39; embarrass. Depressed husband by Christmas. Wedding story, loyalty, cheating. "


Eoin Morgan admitted that the idea of ​​reaching the final of the World Cup Cricket in England would have been laughable four years ago. But after his players moved away from Australia with a ruthless semi-final, the joke became a reality. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are again facing the Swiss who need a quick kill as his knees may not be up to Nadal's stratagem, which brought his semi-final to Wimbledon at five sets. Serena Williams happily agreed that her brief collaboration with Andy Murray had helped her reach her 11th singles final in SW19. The British Grand Prix should be careful not to clash with other major sporting events, Lewis Hamilton said before the meeting this weekend. The Netball World Cup starts today in Liverpool. Australia seems suddenly beatable and England hopes to be successful. And the youngsters impressed Liverpool in the traditional preseason friendly match against Tranmere at Prenton Park, while Rhian Brewster scored two in a 6-0 win.


Donald Trump announced that he was "not a fan" of Bitcoin and other crypto – currencies, claiming on Twitter that "they are not money" and that they are based on letter powder. The president – who had already held a social media summit at the White House with a crowd of handpicked conservative commentators – also criticized Facebook's move to the banking sector and said that these companies must submit to a appropriate lender regulation.

In the markets, Asian stocks have stagnated, ahead of key trade data with China. The FTSE100 is expected to show a rise of 0.4% today, while the British pound would rest at 1.254 USD and 1.111 EUR.

The papers

England's overwhelming victory over Australia is the unifying theme of the fronts today. Away from the sport, newspapers splash various stories.

Guardian home page, Friday 12 July 2019

Guardian Home Page, Friday, July 12, 2019.

the Time reports on new measures to encourage inmates to behave well: "Inmates must be given the key to their cell". the guardian The 30 whistleblowers who will testify before the European Court of Human Rights: "Dozens of others will testify about trade union antisemitism". the Telegraph Will Jeremy Hunt respond to Iran's attempts to prevent the passage of a British ship into the Gulf. Its title is "Hunt: the Iranian crisis shows that we must strengthen the navy".

the FT worried about the latest front of Trump's trade war, warning that "France and the United Kingdom must face US tax plans on technology". the Mail asks "How can this be justice?" in response to the news that a pedophile will be released from prison, while the Sun is pleased that Boris Johnson is joining his campaign for veterans. the Express Meanwhile, revelations about the mistreatment of House of Commons staff are revealing: "An overwhelming investigation denigrates MPs' bullying."

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