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Is there a pilot on the plane?

We are already entering our tenth month of a global pandemic. One would have thought that governments would have learned from the mistakes of the first wave. Some have, others less.

At the federal level, the scarcity of restrictive measures to supervise the thousands of Canadian travelers is staggering. As in spring, airports are sieves. “Mandatory” quarantines are poorly monitored.

Screening tests imposed at the last minute under pressure from the media and from provincial governments are too late. Not to mention the famous $ 1,000 that can be paid, through the Canadian Health Benefit, to certain travelers who go into quarantine.

Again, it was through the media that the Trudeau government learned of the existence of such an aberration. Ditto for the bewildering images of “touristatas” having fun as if the pandemic did not exist, or the list of elected officials who also left, à la Marie-Antoinette, to bask in the South.

Political leadership sought

The work as a whole creates a deep sense of injustice among all those who, left behind, confine themselves as much as possible. Speaking of travel, we have to ask the question: is there a pilot on the plane at the federal level? Political leadership urgently needed.

Non-essential travel is “strongly advised against”, but very little is being done to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by returning Canadian citizens.

What about the vaccine? In Canada, take-off is slow. Very slow. In Quebec, barely 30,000 people have been vaccinated. In contrast, in Israel the goal is 150,000 vaccinations per day.

In New York, we are also starting to vaccinate people with intellectual and physical disabilities. Here, no news. If the Trudeau government does not seriously step up the pace of vaccination, the political price could be heavy.

From denial to procrastination

The reason is simple. The second wave is hitting hard and a new variant of COVID-19 is making it even more contagious. In Quebec alone, we exceed 8,000 deaths.

Hospitalizations are on the rise. The downsizing of “non-COVID” care raging since March 2020 is wreaking havoc in oncology and other specialties. Ultimately, other lives are threatened. Time is running out.

In short, the Legault government no longer really has a choice. The current semi-containment, according to several experts, should be extended beyond January 11. And travelers, much better supervised by the federal government.

In a letter published yesterday, more than 400 health experts also ask the federal and Quebec levels to recognize the importance of the transmission of COVID-19 by aerosols in poorly ventilated enclosed spaces.

And above all, act accordingly. Since the summer, Quebec’s public health, from denial to procrastination, has indeed dragged its feet on the subject. You lose your Latin.

The second wave hits hard almost everywhere. Other states are also being forced to re-limit. In the country, however, nothing justifies that there are still so many hesitations on the decision-making and operational levels.

Lives are at stake. The same goes for our health systems, our schools and our economy. Everything is inextricably linked.

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Political Landscape 2021: What Contests Will There Be in New York and Who Are the Candidates? | The State

2020 was left behind as one of the election years most intense of recent times, where the battle for the Presidency of the United States turned into a close fight between Trump and Biden, which still has the current White House tenant showing no signs of wanting to pack suitcases.

And although this 2021 has just begun, beyond the expectation that exists before the next possession of Joe Biden as national president, in the city of NY he electoral arena it is already in full action.

This year for the Big Apple it will be an election year large proportions, not only because New Yorkers will go to the polls to elect the successor of Bill de Blasio in the Mayor’s Office, by 2022, with more than a score of applicants for the second most important position in the country, but there are also other contests that will define the direction in which the city will head for the near future.

The biggest contest that will have a great impact at the political level in 2021 has to do with the Municipal Council, which will change its face. Of the 51 members that make up this body, a total of 29, that is, more than half will not be able to seek re-election due to a time limit, so they will be open races that will bring new politicians to the legislative arena, which currently has 48 Democrats and three Republicans.

27 Democrats and 2 Republicans will not remain on Council, and among those who leave, recognized political figures of the city stand out, who have influenced the destinies of recent years, such as the president of the legislative chamber, Corey Johnson, the president of the Transportation Committee, Ydanis Rodríguez and the president of the Immigration Committee, Carlos Menchaca, among others.

The primaries will not be in September, as is usually done, but will take place June 22 and the general elections are scheduled for The 2nd of November.

The fight for Mayor’s Office is joined by positions such as the Ombudsman’s Office, which holds Jumaane Williams, the presidencies of Manhattan, with Gael Brewer at the helm, and Queens, with Donovan Richard newly elected, as well as the Bronx, Staten Island and Brooklyn, for limited terms. Likewise, the Comptroller’s Office, currently held by Scott Stringer, and other positions have dozens of candidates starting engines in their campaigns.

Here is a list of several of the main races that will define the political map of New York City for 2021, with the candidates who hope to succeed after the upcoming elections.

New York City Hall
In this contest, more than twenty candidates of different political positions have emerged, including former officials of the De Blasio Administration, community activists, and current holders of public offices. On the list of contenders are several figures of Hispanic origin, such as council member Carlos Menchaca and community organizer Dianne Morales, who hope to make history with campaigns based on the power of communities, away from large corporations.

Applicants:

  • Eric Adams: Current Brooklyn Borough President, Democratic Party
  • Andrew Yang: Former presidential candidate for the Democratic Party
  • Shaun donovan: Former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and former US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Quanda Francis: President of Sykes Capital Management
  • Kathryn Garcia: Former New York City Sanitation Commissioner
  • Raymond McGuire: Citigroup executive
  • Carlos Menchaca: Chairman of the Immigration Committee of the City Council
  • Dianne Morales: executive director of a nonprofit organization and community activist
  • Scott stringer: New York City Comptroller
  • Loree sutton: Former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Veterans Services
  • Maya wiley: New School teacher, former attorney for Bill de Blasio, and former chair of the Civil Complaints Review Board
  • Other candidates are: Democrats Quanda Francis, Zach Iscol, Ray McGuire, Paperboy Prince, Joycelyn Taylor, Aaron Foldenauer, Kevin Coenen, and Eddie Cullen. Also, Republicans Bill Pepitone, Curtis Sliwa, Cleopatra Fitzgerald and Abbey Laurel-Smith.

Ombudsman
The office of the Ombudsman, held by former councilman Jumaane Williams, will be subject to electoral scrutiny and the current head of that portfolio is seeking his re-election. The special importance of this position is that in the line of succession of the Mayor of the City, if the municipal representative is absent, it is the Ombudsman who assumes power.

Applicants:

  • Jumaane williams: current owner of that office
  • Theo Chino: Democratic candidate, who serves as a computer engineer and activist
  • Anthony Herbert: Democratic candidate, who is serving as a community consultant

New York City Comptroller
This year, due to expiration of office limits, Comptroller Scott Stringer must leave his post and give way to new management of the body, which acts as fiscal director and auditor of the use of state and municipal government funds. Whoever wins the race will be in office for 4 years and can run for re-election.

Applicants:

  • Brian Benjamin: Democratic state senator for Harlem and the Upper West Side, who worked especially on issues like police reform
  • Brad lander: Councilor for Brooklyn, considered one of the most progressive voices on the legislative body
  • David weprin: Assemblyman for the 24th District of Queens in the NY State Legislature, since 2010
  • Kevin Parker: State Senator of the NY Legislature for Brooklyn’s 21st District

Manhattan District Attorney
For the position of prosecutor Cyrus Roberts Vance Jr. there are a dozen applicants, including several women. An assemblyman and two former officials of the Prosecutor’s Office appear among the contenders. This office is considered one of the most important prosecutors in the city in charge of analyzing police reports and deciding prosecutions.

Applicants:

  • Diana Florence: Democrat-affiliated, the prosecutor worked in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for 25 years where she managed the Construction Fraud Task Force. In dialogue with El Diario, the candidate assured that she is running for office to defend people who never thought they would have a chance to win their cases and fight “against the interests of the powerful and corruption.” The case of Carlos Moncayo, a 22-year-old undocumented Ecuadorian carpenter who “was buried alive in an unprotected 14-foot ditch in the middle of a multi-million dollar construction site in lower Manhattan” is one of his best-known cases.
    “Moncayo’s family deserved justice, and Florence prosecuted the company and the foreman for Carlos’s death. In her 25-year career, Florence was the first to prosecute a domestic violence case without the victim to testify in court, obtained the largest conviction for wage theft in the country, returning $ 6 million to 500 immigrant workers and fought against the landlords who deceive and harass people to get them out of their apartments ”, assured his campaign.
  • Lucy Lang: Aspiring Democrat, she joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office under then-Chief Robert Morgenthau, and has served as a senior prosecutor for homicide and domestic violence under prosecutor Cy Vance and a policy and project advisor.
  • Tahanie Aboushi: is a lawyer who has fought for the protection of civil rights, daughter of immigrants from Palestine.
  • Alvin bragg: Democrat-affiliated, the former deputy state attorney general and federal prosecutor, is running a progressive platform without accepting money from corporations for his campaign
  • Liz crotty: Democrat, former prosecutor in the Manhattan Division of Investigations under District Attorney Robert Morgenthau and current attorney
  • Janos Marton: Democrat, American Civil Liberties Union civil rights attorney and corruption investigator
  • Eliza orlins: She is a public attorney and former member of Legal Aid, who has been on reality shows like “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race.”
  • Dan Quart: Assemblyman of the State Legislature for the East Side of Manhattan
    Tali Farhadian: Democrat-affiliated, he was a prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, where he worked in justice for wrongful convictions. She was also the secretary to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Manhattan Borough Presidency
Before the departure of Gael Brewer due to a time limit in that office, the chair of that county will be empty and so far six candidates are in the competition, including councilors Mark Levine and Ben Kallos. In Manhattan there are more than 1.5 million registered voters, largely Democrats.

Applicants:

  • Lindsey boylan– Former Assistant Secretary for Economic Development and Special Advisor to the Governor and Former Candidate for New York’s 10th Congressional District in 2020
  • Elizabeth caputo: Former Chairman of the Manhattan Community Board # 7
  • Brad Hoylman: State Senator in the NY Legislature
  • Ben kallos: Councilmember for New York District 5
  • Mark Levine: President of the Municipal Council Health Committee
  • Kimberly watkins: Activist and progressive leader

Brooklyn Presidency
Eric Adams, county president and mayoral candidate, cannot seek his re-election for a limited term and among the list of Democratic candidates who aspire to that position there are more than a dozen names, including a couple of Latinos

Applicants:

  • Antonio Reynoso: Councilor of Dominican origin
  • Robert Cornegy: Municipal Councilor
  • Khari Edwards: communal activist
  • Robert Elstein: artist
  • Mathieu Eugene: councilor of Haitian origin
  • Shanduke McPhatter: activist
  • Jo Anne Simon: member of the State Assembly
  • Lamor Whitehead-Miller: Shepherd
  • Other applicants are: Pearlene Fields, Anthony Jones and Robert Ramos Jr.

Queens Presidency
Current county chairman Donovan Richards, who took office in December after winning a special election to replace Sharon Lee, the interim president who replaced current county attorney Melinda Katz, will seek full term reelection. .

Applicants:

  • Donovan Richards: current county chairman and former councilman
  • Stan morse: community organizer
  • Jimmy Van Bramer: City Council member for Queens

Presidency of The Bronx
The current president Rubén Díaz Jr., due to his limited mandate, cannot run for a fourth consecutive term, so his position will be free and 5 candidates, some councilors, are seeking to rise to the chair.

Applicants:

  • Fernando Cabrera: Latino councilman for that county
  • Nathalia Fernández: New York State Assemblyman for District 80
  • Vanessa Gibson: New York City Councilor
  • Activists Víctor H. Gutiérrez and Samuel Ravelo, they are also in contention

Staten Island Presidency
Republican James Oddo has a limited term, so he will not be able to seek re-election for a third term either.

Applicants:

  • Steven Matteo: member of the Municipal Council and Leticia M. Remauro seek the nomination for the position

city ​​Council
The Municipal Council, the body in charge of making the laws of the City of New York, will also be the scene of major disputes in 2021, since 29 seats of the 51 that make up that body will remain empty, meaning that the next Municipal Council will have a new face . A total of 27 Democrats and 2 Republicans will no longer be in that chamber.

Within the contests for the legislative body, that of the 10th District of Manhattan draws special attention, where the seat is empty because the incumbent, Ydanis Rodriguez, who is rumored to be added to the list of candidates for the Presidency of Manhattan, will not be able to seek his re-election due to term limits.

Applicants:

  • Carmen De La Rosa: Assemblyman of Dominican origin
  • Angela Fernandez: community organizer
  • Johanna garcia: activist and community leader
  • Other candidates are Josue Pérez, Manny De Los Santos and Nayma Silver-Matos

Councilors who will not seek reelection in 2021

  • District 1: Councilmember Margaret Chin
  • District 3: Councilman Corey Johnson
  • District 5: Councilor Ben Kallos
  • District 6: Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal
  • District 7: Councilman Mark Levine
  • District 10: Councilor Ydanis Rodríguez
  • District 14: Councilor Fernando Cabrera
  • District 16: Councilmember Vanessa Gibson
  • District 19: Councilor Paul Vallone
  • District 20: Councilman Peter Koo
  • District 22: Councilor Costa Constantinides
  • District 25: Councilman Danny Dromm
  • District 26: Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer
  • District 27: Councilmember Daneek Miller
  • District 29: Councilmember Karen Koslowitz
  • District 32: Councilman Eric Ulrich
  • District 33: Councilman Stephen Levin
  • District 34: Councilor Antonio Reynoso
  • District 35: Councilmember Laurie Cumbo
  • District 36: Councilman Robert Cornegy
  • District 38: Councilor Carlos Menchaca
  • District 39: Councilman Brad Lander
  • District 40: Councilman Mathieu Eugene
  • District 42: Councilmember Inez Barron
  • District 46: Councilman Alan Maisel
  • District 47: Councilman Mark Treyger
  • District 48: Councilor Chaim Deutsch
  • District 49: Councilwoman Debi Rose
  • District 50: Councilmember Steven Matteo

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Karan Johar’s pic with kids Yash, Roohi will light up your Sunday: ‘It wasn’t an easy year but there were many lessons learnt’


Karan Johar has shared a touching note on Instagram in order to wish his friends and colleagues a happy new year. He shared it with a lovely black and white picture with his two kids: Roohi and Yash. The picture has Karan huddled with his three-year-olds who are seen twinning in identical ethnic wear.

Sharing the picture, Karan wrote, “I am grateful for my family and friends for always having my back…to everyone in my company who are my extended family and am eternally grateful for their love and loyalty….yes it wasn’t an easy year but there were many lessons learnt and many steps taken…some ahead and some intentionally behind….I believe we all have the resilience to combat every obstacle and always emerge victorious ….love you all from me and mine #happynewyear.”

 

The post has received more than 174000 likes. All from Anil Kapoor, Malaika Arora, Ananya Panday, Sonu Sood, Jacqueline Fernandez to Sonali Bendre had showered the post with heart emojis. Riteish Deshmukh had called it, “absolutely adorable” while Ekta Kapoor commented, “Wat a pic.”

2020 was rather rough for the filmmaker who couldn’t start work on his multiple projects including the much-anticipated Takht. He was also heavily criticised for allegedly promoting nepotism in the film industry. Later, he found himself in the middle of a controversy when his former colleagues were named in a drug case. However, he safely distanced himself from them.

Karan recently announced an “epic series” as part of the “Change Within” initiative to celebrate 75 years of the country’s independence. On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Karan, along with filmmakers including Ekta Kapoor and Aanand L Rai, launched the initiative aimed towards creating inspiring content about the “valour, values and culture” of India. Filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi and producer Dinesh Vijan are also part of the initiative.

 

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Johar took to Twitter and shared the announcement, tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Happy to announce our first Epic series of #ChangeWithin initiatives to celebrate 75 years of Independence. Friends from the creative fraternity Rajkumar Santoshi, Dinesh Vijan and Mahaveer Jain come together to tell incredible stories of our freedom @narendramodi ji,” Karan tweeted.

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Arjun Rampal on entering his 20th year in Bollywood: I will write my autobiography soon, there’s so much I have experienced


He’s been around in the film industry for 20 years now, and actor Arjun Rampal says he is planning to write an autobiography because of the journey he’s had. “I will definitely, because there’s so much I have experienced! This industry has given me a lot, it takes a lot as well. Being someone who came, totally being an outsider, to an industry… getting a lot of love, going through a phase of complete transition as well.”

The 48-year-old started his Hindi film career with Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat in 2001, and over the years, dabbled in a lot of different roles. Some highlights remain Aankhen, Om Shanti Om as the antagonist, and of course Rock On!! (2008), which fetched him a National Award for best supporting actor. 

He counts it as the highest point in his career. “It came out of the blue. The lowest point is when you are looking for work, and you are not finding the kind you really want to be a part of, it either doesn’t exist or it is just like taken away from you. Those low points hit you, you get confused, and confusion I think is the worst thing to have. It seeps in levels of insecurities, your confidence going down, you become uncertain,” explains Rampal.

Talking more about how much of a roller coaster ride it is as an actor, he continues and says it all looks rosy initially, “Everybody joins the industry to become a star, and it looks so glamorous from outside. You feel this is going to be a great life, but it’s a lot of hard work, sacrifice, commitment and dedication. A lot of getting knocked down, and having the courage to get up again, it’s been all of that for me. I am still here, and in the best zone of my life right now, especially as an actor. For me, my journey was about wanting to be known for my work, and remembered for that. The choices I make now are purely with that in mind.”

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There could be a third stimulus check | The State

The distribution of stimulus checks has become a tool to provide financial relief to families.

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This past Sunday, President Trump signed a $ 900 billion stimulus package that includes a second stimulus check. This second check is much less than the first $ 1,200 that was issued, as it will consist of only $ 600 maximum per eligible person.

The second stimulus checks of $ 600 have already begun to be sent starting this Tuesday night, but President-elect Joe Biden has said he wants to hand over a third check.

During a press conference, Joe Biden pledged to propose a third stimulus check for 2021. “This bill is just the first step, a down payment, to address the crisis we are in,” Biden said.

When asked if a future stimulus package would contain a third stimulus check and how much money it would consist of if it did, Biden said: “That’s a bargaining point … But it will be done, yes, it will be done.”he said according to CNet.

Biden also said he plans to encourage Congress to pass a broader stimulus package after he is sworn in as president on January 20, 2020.

Since the crisis caused by the coronavirus began, more than 8 million people have fallen into povertyTherefore, the distribution of stimulus checks has become a tool to provide economic relief to families.

–You may also be interested: Why dead people could receive a second stimulus check for $ 600 dollars

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Baroness Doreen Lawrence says: I still talk to Stephen – I know his spirit is there

A sombre ritual on a leafy street in South-East London: three generations of one family gather, bow their heads in prayer, leave flowers.

Baroness Doreen Lawrence returns three times a year to the exact spot where her son Stephen was murdered by racist thugs in 1993 to place a small, colourful bouquet there — on Stephen’s birthday, on the anniversary of his death and at Christmas: 27 years of remembrance for a son whose bright young life was snuffed out for the simple reason that he was black.

This year the ceremony was more muted than usual: Lady Lawrence was there with daughter Georgina, 38, and granddaughter Mia, 16, to reflect on a life full of promise cruelly cut short.

‘It was just the three of us, in our Covid bubble,’ she says. ‘We placed our little bunch of flowers in Stephen’s favourite bright orange colours there. Sometimes I’ll see others have put flowers down, too. We didn’t stay long.

Baroness Doreen Lawrence, 68, (pictured) revealed the death of her son Stephen Lawrence and the long fight for justice has taken its toll physically

‘Most people are respectful. Others have been aggressive. I’m conscious of being watched, too.

‘I said a prayer. I told Stephen what’s happening in the family, although in my heart of hearts I know he can’t hear. But you have that belief. His spirit is there.

‘There isn’t a day when we don’t remember him, and Georgina still puts Stephen’s name in our Christmas cards. I think it’s a comfort to her.’

Lady Lawrence, 68, ennobled in 2013 for her charity work in Stephen’s name, is a shy, modest woman, petite in stature but possessed of Herculean courage and resolve. She does not parade her emotions. Tears are kept private. But her aura of reticence and composure belies her tenacity — and a mischievous sense of humour.

‘All of a sudden I was in the House of Lords. Oh gosh!’ she recalls of her elevation to the Upper House. ‘The doorkeeper was calling me “M’lady”.’

‘Do call me Doreen,’ she insists, when I ask how she prefers to be addressed. I wonder how she manages to deal with the endless, dry grind of committees.

‘I’m there for a purpose: to be the voice of the people, to do whatever I can,’ she says.

She also works tirelessly in the name of Stephen: her caring, sports-mad eldest child who wanted to be an architect, who as a boy rushed to church every Sunday so he could hold the flag in parades. He was studying for A-levels when he was stabbed to death aged 18, shortly after 10.30pm on April 22, 1993, as he and a friend waited for a bus home.

Stephen (pictured left) who was studying for A-Levels, was stabbed to death aged 18, shortly after 10.30pm on April 22, 1993, as he and a friend waited for a bus home

Stephen (pictured left) who was studying for A-Levels, was stabbed to death aged 18, shortly after 10.30pm on April 22, 1993, as he and a friend waited for a bus home

Lady Lawrence, a Labour peer, is talking to me at the end of a tumultuous year in which the Windrush scandal, the Home Office’s ‘aggressive’ immigration policies and Black Lives Matter have all had an impact on the people she speaks for.

Coronavirus has also afflicted black and Asian communities disproportionately — a Manchester University report found that black people and those of Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage are almost twice as likely to die from Covid-19 as white people.

She talks of her hopes for early vaccination for these groups. ‘Consideration needs to be given to whether BAME people need protecting just like other vulnerable members of society,’ she says.

She is outspoken on the Windrush scandal, which broke in 2018 when it emerged that Commonwealth citizens — particularly those from the Caribbean — who had been invited to live and work in Britain to plug labour shortages between 1948 and 1970 were being detained and deported because they did not have official paperwork. Her own mother Ruby, who came to Britain from her native Jamaica when Doreen was a baby, leaving her in the Caribbean in the care of her grandmother, was of that generation. So too was her stepfather Gersham.

‘It is unimaginable to think that people who were invited here to work, who took jobs British people did not want to do, were put into that situation,’ she says. ‘They worked extremely hard all their lives. They sacrificed, gave and asked for nothing back. Some served the country in the Armed Forces.

Baroness Doreen Lawrence revealed she lost much of her hair 'through stress'. Pictured: Stephen as a boy

Baroness Doreen Lawrence revealed she lost much of her hair ‘through stress’. Pictured: Stephen as a boy 

‘The Home Office has put them through hell. They’ve lost their jobs, their homes; their right to NHS healthcare. Some became destitute. Others have gone to the Caribbean for relatives’ funerals and not been allowed back. Some have died before any redress was made. And the same people (in the Home Office) who pursued the Windrush victims are now allocating their compensation. Can this be right?

‘I could so easily have been a Windrush victim. I was nine when I came to England from Jamaica, which was then a British colony. I travelled alone, on my own passport, and came to live with my mother in South London. But if I’d come over on my mother’s passport I might well have been a victim.’

When I ask her about Black Lives Matter, she smiles: ‘You don’t have to tell me that they do [matter].’

My daughter still puts Stephen’s name in our Christmas cards 

She has some sympathy with protesters who toppled the statue of Bristol slave trader Edward Colston: ‘He’d been put on a pedestal, lording it over generations who had suffered as a result of slavery for so long, and people felt strongly. I can see why they were frustrated. We wouldn’t have had the national debate, or be talking about it now, if they hadn’t done it.

‘I don’t criticise them too much. But I also believe strongly that we need to have these statues in museums and to hear the true story of the slave traders. We must make sure young people are educated about the British role in slavery.’

Today she is wearing a stylish red dress; her skin remains youthful, unlined. But her son’s death and her long fight for justice have taken its toll physically — she said in 2012 that she had lost much of her hair ‘through stress’.

Doreen believes if the police had done their job in the early stages, no one would know her name. Pictured: Neville and Doreen

Doreen believes if the police had done their job in the early stages, no one would know her name. Pictured: Neville and Doreen 

When Stephen died, Doreen, then happily married to Neville, was a busy mum of three, studying for a degree as a mature student. She could never have imagined that her face would one day be instantly recognisable, or that Stephen’s death would become a cause celebre.

But neither had she reckoned with the incompetence and racism of the police investigating her son’s murder. Doreen and Neville were treated with indifference bordering on contempt.

Although they gave police a list of suspects, no arrests were made until two weeks after Stephen’s death. Five men, including Gary Dobson and David Norris, were finally charged with the murder, but the charges were dropped in the summer of 1993 because of insufficient evidence. Doreen girded herself to fight for justice.

‘I would never have foreseen for myself the public role I’ve taken on since that day,’ she says now. ‘It was forced upon me and if the police had done their job in the early stages, no one would know my name. All I ever remember saying was, “My son will never be a statistic”.

‘I’m public property now. I’d love to be able to browse, to look around shops, but people stop me and say, “You’re Stephen’s mum”. They are being kind but I don’t want to share my grief.

‘I hate being vulnerable, exposing myself. So you bottle it up. I’d rather just stand at the bus stop and pass the time of day like I used to. But I’ve put myself out there and I find the attention . . . it’s difficult.

Doreen (pictured) revealed wearing masks have been a good thing because she finds having strangers know about her difficult

Doreen (pictured) revealed wearing masks have been a good thing because she finds having strangers know about her difficult 

‘I was proud when I saw the first students who graduated in his name as architects, but I thought: “It should have been Stephen walking across that stage”. Although I’m not working with the Trust any more, I’m delighted to have set up the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation.

‘But it’s strangers knowing about you I find hard, so the masks we’re wearing now have been a good thing.’

She smiles. ‘My granddaughter Mia and I were having a laugh about it the other day. I was walking along with my mask, my dark glasses and a hat and no one knew who I was!’

Doreen’s public profile grew after she and Neville pursued a private prosecution in 1994, which also failed to secure convictions.

But then an inquest into Stephen’s death in 1997 concluded that the killing had been ‘a completely unprovoked racist attack by five white youths’. This finding provoked a fearless headline in the Daily Mail. ‘Murderers: The Mail accuses these men of killing. If we are wrong, let them sue us,’ it ran, above photos of the five men. They did not sue.

‘Their silence was more eloquent than any denial,’ reflects Doreen.

Our front page prompted the Macpherson public inquiry into the botched handling of the case. Its report branded the Metropolitan Police ‘institutionally racist’. It paved the way, too, for the repeal of the double jeopardy law which decreed that, once acquitted, no one could be tried a second time for the same crime.

Dobson and Norris were found guilty of Stephen’s murder and sentenced to 15 years two months and 14 years three months respectively in 2012

Dobson and Norris were found guilty of Stephen’s murder and sentenced to 15 years two months and 14 years three months respectively in 2012

New forensic evidence was found — microscopic bloodstains, fibres and hairs — and in 2012 Dobson and Norris were found guilty of Stephen’s murder and sentenced to 15 years two months and 14 years three months respectively. None of the other suspects has been convicted and they have denied involvement in the murder.

In August this year, Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick officially closed the case.

Doreen attended a meeting at which the police chief told her the news: ‘She said the inquiry was now at an “inactive” phase. I didn’t really challenge her over it. I was very angry in 2012 when the other three weren’t convicted, but this time round it was difficult to argue the point when you knew nothing would come of it. I’m disappointed but resigned — but while the police may have given up, I never will.’

Her family remains the bedrock of her life. She talks with fondness of the grandchildren who have sustained her since her divorce: aside from Mia and her brother Ethan, ten, son Stuart, a former teacher who now works for his brother’s charity, has a son Theo, nine.

She and Neville were a strong, mutually supportive partnership until Stephen’s death fractured them.

‘As a mother I grieved differently from him. I had two other children whose needs I put before my own. Georgina was ten when her brother died, Stuart 16. I had to manage their lives and make sure they were happy, hold everything together.

Doreen said her grieving process involved disappearing into her room to cry because she couldn't cope

Doreen said her grieving process involved disappearing into her room to cry because she couldn’t cope 

‘Neville and I lived parallel lives; nothing brought us together. We no longer touched or connected in any way. I felt completely isolated.’

While Neville retreated into himself when he was alone, he was able to maintain a façade of cheerfulness when other people were around. Doreen, however, could not dissemble. ‘I would just disappear to my room and cry because I couldn’t cope,’ she recalls. ‘In the end the divorce came as a relief.’

It was a solace when Georgina came to live with her when Mia was a baby. ‘Mia and I had a special bond from her early years. She and Georgina lived with me for a long time, just the three of us.

‘I’d bathe Mia and she’d sit on my lap and say, “I love you a hundred times Grandma.” Then it was “I love you to infinity”.’

Georgina went on to take a master’s degree thanks to her mum’s support. Today she and her children live a short walk away from Doreen. ‘I didn’t see them during lockdown, which was hard, but now they’re in my bubble. Mia’s my ray of sunshine and yes, I do have moments of joy with all my grandchildren,’ she says.

‘We’ll talk about Stephen, too. Mia is very open and she’ll ask questions. I don’t sugarcoat the answers: she knows he was the victim of a racist attack but the others are too young to be aware.’

Since her marriage ended, Doreen has not had another relationship but she isn’t ruling one out.

Doreen (pictured) agreed to become the Labour party's race adviser earlier this year, after being asked by Keir Starmer

Doreen (pictured) agreed to become the Labour party’s race adviser earlier this year, after being asked by Keir Starmer

‘I think everyone would like companionship, someone to chat about the day with, wouldn’t they? I’m not sure why it hasn’t happened for me.

‘Perhaps men don’t see me as someone they’d invite on a date because I give off too much “Stay away!” ’ She laughs.

‘I haven’t made a decision not to have a romance. It’s just that my way of life doesn’t make it easy. I’ve had men-friends, certainly.

‘Georgina encourages me to do online dating but I’m too shy. I think “maybe that would be nice” but I don’t want to expose myself, to be identified on my profile. Perhaps I should post a photo of myself wearing a joke moustache,’ she says with a laugh.

‘Or your mask and sunglasses,’ I suggest. She chuckles.

Two years ago — on the 25th anniversary of Stephen’s death — she vowed to step back from her public roles. But here she is, doing more than ever. ‘I know, I know!’ she says with another smile when I point this out. ‘I told myself I’d shut the door but here I am, still speaking out.’

When Labour leader Keir Starmer asked her in April this year to be the party’s race adviser, she agreed. ‘I think the voice of the people needed to be heard,’ she explains.

We come back to her Justice for Stephen campaign and I know she will never give up. There is something unyielding about a mother’s love. It confers huge strength and endurance. It never wanes.

Doreen said looking at the Daily Mail front page about Stephen's assailants, makes her think they weren't wrong to fight for justice. Pictured: The teenager who was murdered in 1993

Doreen said looking at the Daily Mail front page about Stephen’s assailants, makes her think they weren’t wrong to fight for justice. Pictured: The teenager who was murdered in 1993

Then she tells me something surprising. At the foot of the stairs at home, she keeps that Daily Mail front page framed on the wall, proclaiming Stephen’s assailants ‘Murderers’.

Every day she confronts the images of the two men who killed her son.

She tells me the story of how she came by it: ‘I’d gone to visit Paul Dacre [then editor of the paper] to ask for his support in a campaign and I saw the front page framed on the wall in his office.

‘I said I’d like to have it and he sent it to me. Every time I look at it, it makes me think we weren’t wrong to fight for justice. It’s a form of vindication.’

Neville has said he forgives his son’s killers. Doreen demurs. ‘They haven’t repented,’ she says. ‘They continue to say they’ve done nothing wrong. So as far as I’m concerned, you can’t forgive someone unless they ask for forgiveness.’

Does she hate them?

‘No. I’ve never really hated anyone because I feel that when you’re hating it does something destructive to you.

‘I have a life; children and grandchildren. I don’t think about Stephen’s killers unless I have to. I wouldn’t allow them to intrude on my daily thoughts.’

She sits, composed, resolute. ‘I wouldn’t give them that satisfaction,’ she says.

Then she is off. It’s getting late and there is work to do.

To donate or find out more about the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, go to stephenlawrenceday.org

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After Storm Bella, parts of the UK are covered in beautiful snow – and there’s more to come

More winter snow is set to fall across the UK as the Met Office issues warnings across the country hours after Storm Bella ravaged much of the country.

Parts of the UK were already blanketed on Sunday after Bella brought high winds and heavy rain overnight on Boxing Day.

The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for ice and snow across Scotland, northern England, Northern Ireland and parts of north Wales.

The warnings come into effect at 3pm on Sunday and are due to remain in place until 6pm on Monday, with a band of rain, sleet and up to two inches of snow set to fall.

Snow and sleet is a possibility in Scotland from Sunday morning, and will move south throughout the day, bringing the risk of ice and bad driving conditions.

Red deer stand in the snow in Glence, Scotland, after much of the country was blanketed on Sunday in the wake of Storm Bella

Snow plough spreads grit as it passes through Killin, Stirlingshire, where the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings

Snow plough spreads grit as it passes through Killin, Stirlingshire, where the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings

Snow is set to fall in the UK as the Met Office issues warnings across the country hours after Storm Bella hit. Pictured: A snow plough travels along the A82 in Glencoe, Scotland on Sunday

Snow is set to fall in the UK as the Met Office issues warnings across the country hours after Storm Bella hit. Pictured: A snow plough travels along the A82 in Glencoe, Scotland on Sunday

Fresh snow covered Buachaille Etive Mor in Glencoe in white, as high winds and rain besieged much of the country with Storm Bella

Fresh snow covered Buachaille Etive Mor in Glencoe in white, as high winds and rain besieged much of the country with Storm Bella

Parts of the UK were already blanketed on Sunday despite Bella brining high winds and heavy rain overnight. Pictured: Red deer enjoying the snow at Glencoe, Scotland

Parts of the UK were already blanketed on Sunday despite Bella brining high winds and heavy rain overnight. Pictured: Red deer enjoying the snow at Glencoe, Scotland

Parts of the north west of England have seen snow and sleet this morning. Pictured: Nenthead in Cumbria on Sunday

Parts of the north west of England have seen snow and sleet this morning. Pictured: Nenthead in Cumbria on Sunday

The Met Office has issued a snow warnings for parts of Scotland. Pictured: A man clears snow from a driveway in Stirlingshire

The Met Office has issued a snow warnings for parts of Scotland. Pictured: A man clears snow from a driveway in Stirlingshire

Glencoe was covered in a thick blanket of snow while much further south people were also out clearing drives in parts of Stirlingshire in the Central Belt on Sunday morning. 

Nenthead in Cumbria was similarly wintry, with snow covering the hills of the village.

Through Sunday evening and into Monday, meteorologists are warning the snow and ice could also pose a risk to more central and southern areas of England. 

Further into the week and towards the New Year conditions will remain cold with sunshine and the possibility of wintry showers, the Met Office said, adding that rail journeys may be affected and roads are likely to be icy.

The Met Office yellow warning for snow and ice in Scotland and northern parts of England and wales on Saturday

The Met Office yellow warning for snow and ice across the UK on Monday

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for ice and snow across Scotland, northern England, Northern Ireland and parts of north Wales. It is due to in place until Monday, with a band of rain, sleet and up to two inches of snow set to fall

Snow storm: Storm Bella battered parts of the North West and Cumbria (pictured) this morning with strong winds and heavy snow showers. This comes as weather forecasters warn of weeks of wintery conditions which are set to hit parts of the UK

Snow storm: Storm Bella battered parts of the North West and Cumbria (pictured) this morning with strong winds and heavy snow showers. This comes as weather forecasters warn of weeks of wintery conditions which are set to hit parts of the UK

A cold snap and icy conditions still to come as Britain braces for a cold end to 2020. Pictured: hikers making the most of the stunning views in the Peak District

A cold snap and icy conditions still to come as Britain braces for a cold end to 2020. Pictured: hikers making the most of the stunning views in the Peak District

A motorist stops to take a closer look at the red deer in the snow alongside the A82 in Glencoe, Scotland, on a wintry day across the country

A motorist stops to take a closer look at the red deer in the snow alongside the A82 in Glencoe, Scotland, on a wintry day across the country

Snow surrounds the Falls of Dochart at Killin in Stirlingshire on Sunday as Britain braces for a cold spell with further snow and ice expected

Snow surrounds the Falls of Dochart at Killin in Stirlingshire on Sunday as Britain braces for a cold spell with further snow and ice expected

It warned that ice is likely to form on untreated surfaces within the warning area on Sunday following the heavy rain from Storm Bella, while colder weather in Scotland will turn showers to snow. 

On Monday, as rainfall moves south across England and parts of Wales, the rain may turn to snow, the Met Office said.

It added that there was a likelihood of 1-3cm or even 5-10cm of snowfall in some places. 

While skies are expected to clear overnight on Sunday, the ice is likely to remain. 

On Monday, as rainfall moves south across England and parts of Wales, more rain may turn to snow, the Met Office said

On Monday, as rainfall moves south across England and parts of Wales, more rain may turn to snow, the Met Office said

Hikers in light snow walk through Hope Woodlands Moor in the Peak district of Derbyshire, after days of wintry weather

Hikers in light snow walk through Hope Woodlands Moor in the Peak district of Derbyshire, after days of wintry weather

The snow came as winds caused by Storm Bella reached more than 100mph overnight, while rain lashed the UK. 

Two threat to life flood warnings remain in place in Northamptonshire after days of wintry weather across the Christmas break, with a cold snap with icy and wintry conditions still to come. 

People in areas that have suffered major flooding in recent days are among those who can expect snow, The Sun reported.

The top wind speed was recorded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight where it reached 106mph overnight on Saturday.

Much further south in Scotland, Killin in Stirlingshire was also covered with snow on Sunday

Much further south in Scotland, Killin in Stirlingshire was also covered with snow on Sunday

Hikers in snow on Bleaklow Moor in the Peak district of Derbyshire, after days of wet and wintry weather across the Christmas break

Hikers in snow on Bleaklow Moor in the Peak district of Derbyshire, after days of wet and wintry weather across the Christmas break

As well as the stormy conditions, temperatures will stay frosty in some parts into next week, prompting health professionals to offer advice on how to keep safe in colder weather.

Dr Ishani Kar-Purkayastha, consultant in public health at Public Health England said: ‘Heat your home to at least 18C if you can, particularly if you have reduced mobility, are 65 and over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease.’ 

Storm Bella follows relatively calm and cold conditions across the UK on Friday, which saw a white Christmas for some more northerly parts of the country.  

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Biden Warns There Will Be “Devastating Consequences” If Trump Does Not Sign the Stimulus Package | The State

Biden assured that this Saturday 10 million people will lose their unemployment insurance benefits.

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Joe biden, the president-elect of the United States, warned this Saturday that there will be “devastating consequences”For millions of citizens if Trump does not sign the economic stimulus package that Congress approved on Monday.

“This abdication of responsibility has devastating consequences. Today around 10 million Americans will lose unemployment insurance benefits“Says the message of the president-elect.

“In just a few days, government funding will expire, putting vital services and payments for military personnel at risk. In less than a week moratorium on evictions expires which puts millions of people at risk of being forced to leave their homes during the holidays, ”says a statement released this Saturday.

Biden emphasized that small businesses will not survive during this winter for lack of a rescue program they need and that Americans face longer delays in obtaining the direct payments they deserve that will help them cope with the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Related: Who will stop receiving unemployment benefits this Saturday, December 26?

After three months of negotiations on Monday, December 21, congressional legislators approved a economic stimulus package by $ 900,000 million, but a day later Trump rejected it, calling it “a disgrace” and requested an increase in direct aid for households despite the fact that the stimulus package was approved by a large majority of Democratic and Republican legislators.

Trump warned via Twitter that he would refuse to accept the bill if the bill does not increase the economic stimulus check by at least $ 2,000 dollars.

It will be until this Monday, December 28, when Congress will make a new attempt to modify the independent bill and authorize the increase in the payment of the second stimulus check.

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Malaika Arora opens up on quarantining with Arjun Kapoor, says ‘There’s never a dull moment with him’


Television personality Malaika Arora said that her boyfriend, actor Arjun Kapoor, kept her quite entertained during the coronavirus lockdown earlier this year. The couple came out victorious against the illness, after having contracted it around the same time in September.

In an interview, she was asked which actor she’d want to be quarantined with, only for entertainment purposes. Malaika replied by saying that she was, in fact, in quarantine with an entertaining actor in real life.

“He’s very entertaining,” she told Zoom in an interview. “I would want to be in quarantine with him, because I think he is extremely entertaining. There’s never a dull moment with him,” she added. “With me it’s more like… He keeps making fun of me.”

Speaking about her experience with Covid-19, Malaika had told Mumbai Mirror, “I wasn’t able to fathom what had happened. No one prepares for this and it hits you like a thunderbolt.”

Arjun, meanwhile, told Hindustan Times, “It took me six-eight hours to accept the situation before I could speak with the doctor. I calmed down when the doctor told me I was mostly asymptomatic. I felt mild symptoms coming in over the course so I guess it panned out alright.”

Also read: Malaika Arora models for Arjun Kapoor, he wants you to ‘check her out’. See pic

Arjun and Malaika made their relationship Instagram official in 2019. In an interview to Filmfare, he spoke about what made them decide to go public. “We’ve come out because we feel the media has given us dignity. There’s a certain understanding the media has… they’ve been respectful, kind, honest and decent about it. That is why I felt comfortable. You recoil when there’s a certain ‘gandhagi’ that comes with the territory. When purposely people irk you by saying, writing or asking things… there hasn’t been any of that,” he said.

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UAE weather: It is partly cloudy in Abu Dhabi and Dubai while there is a chance of rainfall in Northern areas.

UAE residents can expect an inclement weather today, there is a chance of rainfall in Northern areas so always bring your umbrella when going outdoors.

Today’s weather condition, according to the National Centre of Meteorology, will be fair to partly cloudy becoming cloudy at times over the sea, islands and some Northern areas with a chance of light rainfall. Motorists are advised to drive slowly due to slippery roads when wet.

Temperatures tend to decrease slightly. It is humid by night and Saturday morning Eastward.

We can expect some light to moderate winds becoming gradually fresh Northwesterly by afternoon and strong at times over the sea, might cause blowing sand and dust in suspension over the far Western areas.

The sea is predicted to be moderate to rough, becoming very rough at times in the Arabian Gulf and moderate in Oman

Current temperature in Dubai is 26 °C.

The maximum temperature in the country is expected to be between 22 and 26 °C. And, the lowest will be between 9 and 13 °C.