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Almost 60,000 more Covid-19 deaths could have occurred in England and Wales if white people faced the same risk as black people, report claims

Almost 60,000 more coronavirus deaths could have occurred in England and Wales if white people faced the same risk as black people, a damning report has claimed. Data has shown black people are two-and-a-half times more likely to die from Covid-19 than whites, according to the Office for National Statistics.  The Institute for Public Policy Research and Runnymede Trust said this is because black people face inequalities that leave them more exposed and vulnerable to the disease. These include unequal social conditions, such as public-facing jobs that force them to interact with strangers more often and crowded housing, where social distancing is impossible. Minorities also face unequal access to healthcare, and structural and institutional racism, according to the report.   Its authors called for ethnicity to be considered a risk factor when deciding who should be prioritised for Covid-19 tests alongside age, gender, occupation and underlying health conditions.  The report by the IPPR

What social distancing? Philadelphia Eagles fans start a brawl during their first game back in the stands

Philadelphia Eagles fans were filmed brawling on Sunday – the first day spectators were allowed back in the stands since the coronavirus pandemic closed stadiums due to social distancing measures. Last Tuesday the team announced a maximum of 7,500 people (15%) would be able to be at the Lincoln Financial Field at one time. Of those, 5,000 can be fans. Footage showed that COVID-19 rules didn't stop some fans from coming to blows during the game where they lost against the Baltimore Ravens. '1st game back in the stands for Philly scumbags and they are already fighting,' Barstool Sports tweeted. 'Nature is healing.' Philadelphia Eagles fans were filmed starting a brawl against a Baltimore Ravens supporter at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. At least four people attacked one man The clip shows a sparsely-populated outdoor venue before one NFL fan climbs over chairs to reach someone below. Someone is seen trying to hold back the instigator of the fight but before lo

Missing California mother, 38, is found alive 12 days since she disappeared in Zion National Park after she lost her nanny job due to the pandemic

A California mother who went missing earlier this month at Zion National Park was found 'alive and well' on Sunday, officials say. Holly Suzanne Courtier, 38, vanished on October 6 during a trip to the park in Utah. Twelve days later on Sunday she was located within the park after rangers received a tip from a visitor who claimed to see her, the National Parks Service said. Courtier left the park with her family on Sunday after she was found. However, officials haven’t offered any details on her condition or where she has been the last 12 days. California mother Holly Suzanne Courtier, 38, (left and right) who went missing on October 6 in Zion National Park in Utah, was found alive on Sunday. She was located within the park after rangers received a tip from a visitor who claimed to see her, the National Parks Service said On October 6 Courtier had taken a private shuttle into the park in the afternoon. She was scheduled to be picked up at 4.40pm but didn’t show up to the pick-u

Eight black former Iowa football players demand $20 million and the firing of head coach Kirk Ferentz 'after enduring racist discrimination' - but the school refuses to comply

Eight black former University of Iowa football players are demanding $20 million and the firing of head coach Kirk Ferentz over alleged racial discrimination they encountered while playing for the Hawkeyes, but the school is refusing to acquiesce.  The university general counsel's office released its response Sunday to a 21-page certified letter dated October 5 from civil rights attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who is representing the players. 'We respectfully decline your monetary and personnel demands,' read the letter from general counsel Carroll Reasoner.  The players also called for the firings offensive line coach Brian Ferentz, Kirk's son, and athletic director Gary Barta.  Solomon-Simmons' letter said if the demands are not met by Monday, the former players are prepared to file a lawsuit seeking damages for the unlawful mistreatment they said they endured. Solomon-Simmons did not immediately respond to The Associated Press' request fo

Barbara winds soar? Met Office says Storm Barbara has 'potential for severe gales' across the south east when it hits Britain on Wednesday

Locked-down Brits are facing more misery this week with 'severe gales' and downpours set to hit the south east. Storm Barbara is due to arrive in the UK on Wednesday, after making its way through southern Europe, and could bring wind and rain with it - a change from recent conditions which have been mostly dry and cloudy.   While a slight upturn in temperatures is expected, meteorologists are monitoring the development of the storm, which is bringing adverse weather to parts of Portugal and Spain on Tuesday. While there is not expected to be a major impact on the UK, there could be some downpours for those in the south east and possibly central England on Wednesday. A Met Office spokesman said: 'The development of this storm system is still relatively uncertain and therefore, although not currently expected, there is still the potential for severe gales to affect the extreme south-east of England during this period. Therefore, we are carefully monitoring the storm's dev

Crew of shuttered Carnival ship help rescue 24 people, including two children, from sinking boat off the Florida coast

A Carnival Cruise Line ship rescued two dozen people, including two children, from a sinking boat 37 miles off the Florida coast, the cruise line reported Saturday. It was not immediately clear why the smaller boat was in distress or what the vessel was doing in the waters, but its passengers were taken on board the Carnival Sensation when it started to sink. They were given life jackets, food, water and blankets. The Miami Herald said the passengers were later transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard after being helped by the cruise ship's crew.  A spokesperson for the coast guard told 'The disabled vessel reportedly left Freeport, Bahamas, with an unclear destination at this time. The disabled vessel sank and actions are currently being taken to coordinate the transfer of the individuals ashore.' The 855-foot-long cruise ship, which normally holds 2,000 passengers was in international waters 37 miles off the coast of Palm Beach operating with a skeletal crew, w

German man, 22, who came to UK in search of work 'shared ISIS propaganda videos of beheadings' before he was arrested at Stansted airport on terror offences, court hears

A German man who came to the UK in search of work was found sharing ISIS propaganda videos of horrific beheadings, a court heard. Florian Flegel, 22, was travelling back to Germany when he was stopped at Stansted Airport and arrested for terrorism offences, it was alleged. Police discovered Flegel had allegedly been sharing violent ISIS propaganda videos including footage of beheadings, the court heard. Florian Flegel faces five counts of suspicion of encouraging terrorism and dissemination of videos containing 'horrific violence'.  The German national was accused of being an IS supporter and to have sent videos and documents to support such terrorism between August and September this year. A German man who came to the UK in search of work was found sharing ISIS propaganda videos of horrific beheadings, a court heard. Westminster Magistrates Court pictured above  Flegel stood in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court today dressed in a grey jumper and sweatpants. He gav

Licence to sell! James Bond memorabilia including an Aston Martin DB5, first edition of Ian Fleming's book Moonraker and up to 200 film posters will go under hammer at Sotheby's

Nearly 200 film posters, more than 100 books and an Aston Martin DB5 will go on display at Sotheby's auction house ahead of a series of James Bond sales. Across four sales, Bond On Bond Street will trace 007 from the pages of Ian Fleming's debut novel Casino Royale to his 60 years on the big screen. Prices range from £100 to £120,000. This poster for the latest James Bong film, No Time to Die, will feature as part of a huge sale of James Bond film posters, books and other memorabilia at Sotheby's auction house later this month and next month as part of the Bond on Bond Street event The event will feature the sale of many valuable editions of Ian Fleming's famous spy novels including this 1962 first edition of The Spy Who Loved Me which includes an inscription to Robert Kennedy, the brother of then US President John F. Kennedy The sale will also feature this presentation copy of Casino Royale which is a first edition and expected to fetch up to £70,000 The first sale to