‘Where is Priti Patel?’: Downing Street under pressure to explain Home Secretary’s startling absence from daily coronavirus press conferences

‘At a time like this, we therefore expect to see the Home Secretary and senior officials demonstrate public leadership and transparency and to be ready to answer public questions without delay.’

The Sixteen Trees of the Somme review – secrets of the wooden heart

Mytting follows up Norwegian Wood, his bestselling study of chopping logs the Scandinavian way, with a mystery novel that fits together like a piece of fine marquetry. Edvard Hirifjell is a young mountain farmer haunted by a smorgasbord of family secrets: the strange death of his parents when he was a child, a missing inheritance […]

A Taxonomy of Ricky Gervais’s Offensive Golden Globes Jokes

“It’s an honor to be here in a room of what I consider to be the most important people on the planet. Actors. They’re just better than ordinary people, aren’t they? We all know that. Imagine a world without actors. It doesn’t bear thinking about. Imagine if they ever went on strike. You couldn’t replace […]

Tom Brady leaves Patriots for Buccaneers: TB12 tells Howard Stern that Bruce Arians was big factor in decision

“To all my teammates, coaches, executives and staff, Coach Belichick, RKK and the Kraft family and the entire organization,” Brady wrote in a statement. “I want to say thank you for the past twenty years of my life and the daily commitment to winning and creating a winning culture built on great values. I am […]

Is ‘flattening the curve’ enough? Graphs shows the U.S. also needs to ‘raise the bar’ by increasing hospital capacity and staff to slow the spread of coronavirus

HHS awarded automaker General Motors Co a contract for $489million to produce 30,000 ventilators, while it also announced a $646.7million contract given to Dutch health technology company Philips to produce 43,000 ventilators by year end, including 2,500 ventilators by the end of May.

Andrew Cuomo’s star turn is part of a long cinematic tradition

And yet it’s Cuomo who has emerged as an unlikely, maybe even undeserving star, with his daily appearances in Albany’s magisterial state Capitol serving as vectors for numbers and statistics – diagnoses, hospitalizations, fatalities – and badly needed check-ins for the worried well. Usually dressed in an impeccable blue suit (polo shirts on weekends), Cuomo […]

International return for Kolpaks would need CSA to ‘swallow their pride’ – Simon Harmer

The UK’s expected departure from the EU has clouded the issue of Kolpak status, however. Harmer is contracted to Essex until the end of the 2022 summer, but may have to feature as an overseas player from next year – something which would potentially allow for a South Africa comeback. Speaking to ESPNcricinfo for a […]

Religious discrimination act to form part of Coalition election platform

Key points:The federal Coalition will introduce a dedicated religious discrimination act if re-elected next yearMalcolm Turnbull initiated a review into religious freedoms following the same-sex marriage surveyThe Federal Government has now accepted 15 of 20 recommendations from the review

Inside the coronavirus tracker that receives ONE BILLION hits a day: Johns Hopkins director explains how the team gathers data about the virus’s spread without reliable information from the US government

People should clean their hands after coughing or sneezing; when looking after ill people; before, during and after preparing food or eating; after going to the toilet; after handling animals and whenever they look dirty.

What You Missed At Obama’s Mic-Drop White House Correspondents’ Dinner

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 1, 2016 On Bernie SandersObama joked that Sanders, who was in attendance, was “the bright new face of the Democratic party,” but also complained about how the senator was trying to distance himself from White House policies, deadpanning how “that’s just not something that you do to your comrade”: