Obituary: Andrea Levy

Image copyright Daily Herald Archive Image caption Levy’s father was aboard the Empire Windrush when it docked at Tilbury in 1948 Andrea Levy was born in London on 7 March 1956. She grew up in a council flat in north London, in the shadow of the Arsenal stadium. Both parents, Winston and Amy, were Jamaican-born of mixed descent. With both black, Scottish and Jewish grandparents, Levy knew she wasn’t white but didn’t think of herself as black either. Her light-skinned parents wanted to integrate and rejected a black identity. Andrea simply saw herself as “a bit dark” and knew “she needed to be careful”. Childhood was spent, she said, eating sweets and watching soap operas. She passed the 11-plus and, …

Matthijs de Ligt: Ajax’s latest homegrown hero

(CNN)There are few football clubs like Ajax. There are even fewer, perhaps, with as clear a pathway between academy and greatness. Matthijs de Ligt is the latest — not so much a cab off the rank as a Rolls Royce. He might just be the ultimate product of his environment. Ajax All-access: The Past They are the words of a natural leader, albeit one who was still four years from birth when Patrick Kluivert scored to clinch Ajax’s most recent European crown in 1995. The notion that age is but a number, perhaps, rings true nowhere more than at a club spearheaded by this impressive teenager. “Of course it’s an extra responsibility being captain of a club like Ajax,” he …

Many black pupils’ education ‘dumbed down’

Prof Steve Strand analysed data on six million children in England’s schools between 2005 and 2016. Social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) are a type of special educational needs that covers support with mental health problems and challenging behaviour. Motor maintenance Challenging behaviour is a big factor in pupil exclusions and shifts to alternative provision. Prof Strand said: “Black Caribbean children may be suffering an inappropriate and narrowed curriculum, from unwarranted over-identification, particularly [in] secondary schools. “This might mean they get less academically challenging, more vocationally orientated work perhaps,” he said, “like being shifted from maths to motor maintenance, or experience a lowered expectation of what they can do. “From the factors that we have measured – socio-economic background, …

Howard Schultz: Americans need more opportunities

(CNN)It is difficult to find Americans who believe the government is working for them. Luckily, I inherited my mother’s optimism that I could make a better life for myself. I also grew up at a time when access to education and a first job helped me earn success. After I became the first in my family to go to college, I got a job in sales, where I learned what it means to be accountable. Since then, and throughout my career, I have worked with teams of talented people to address many of our country’s challenges by making opportunities like access to health care, jobs, and education available to more people. Over its history, Starbucks has employed some 3 million …

The Lover And The Fighter: Cory Booker And Elizabeth Warren Embody The 2020 Divide

LAWRENCE, Mass. ― As Sen. Democrat wants voters to know about her, it’s that she’s a fighter. The word “fight” is in the title of both of the books she’s written while in the Senate (A Fighting Chance and This Fight Is Our Fight). In the 40-minute speech she delivered Saturday, she used the word 28 times. “This is the fight of our lives,” Warren said to the crowd of 3,500 who gathered at a historic mill in freezing temperatures here, after telling a story about immigrant women striking for better pay and working conditions. “The fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone. I am in that fight all the way.” Warren’s team …

India wants to make medical tourism a $9 billion industry by 2020

New Delhi (CNN)There are many reasons people go to India: the culture, the food, the weather. But in recent years, another factor drawing visitors is health care. By 2017, the number of arrivals more than doubled to 495,056, government figures show. Visa rules have also been changed to encourage applications. “The e-tourist visa regime has been expanded to include medical visits as well. Medical and medical attendant visas have been introduced to ease the travel process of medical tourists. The maximum duration of stay in India under the e-medical visa is a longer duration of six months,” Alphons said. Still, it’s important to be cautious when it comes to predictions, said Johanna Hanefeld, an associate professor of health policy and …

Gov. Ralph Northam Responds To Criticism Over ‘Indentured Servants’ Remark

While speaking with “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King, the embattled Democrat was prompted to discuss his experience in dealing with his own public admission to having worn blackface in 1984. “Also known as slavery,” she said. Indentured servants were men and women who signed a contract that stipulated they would come to America and work for a certain number of years in exchange for passage, room, board and freedom dues. Northam, in a statement Monday, noted that a historian had told him the use of “indentured” to describe the arrival of the first Africans to Virginia was more “historically accurate.” “Virginia needs someone that can heal,” Northam said he’s learned several things since the controversy began unfolding, including that he …

Salacious new book says homosexuality is rampant at the Vatican

(CNN)Early in his salacious new book about homosexuality in the Vatican, the French journalist Frederic Martel asks a source to estimate the number of Vatican clergy who are “part of this community, all tendencies included.” While there has been no shortage of sexual scandals in the Catholic Church, mostly concerning the abuse of children, there are no reliable studies on the number of gay Catholics in the priesthood, mostly because church leaders won’t allow them. In that sense, Martel’s book could have provided valuable insights. He says he talked to 1,500 sources, including 41 cardinals, 52 bishops and 45 current and former Vatican ambassadors, or nuncios, during his four years of reporting the book. But is that 80% figure really …

‘This fight is madness’: Macron-Salvini spat threatens to boil over

Paris (CNN)After months of simmering tensions between Rome and Paris, the battle for the soul of Europe just got a lot uglier. On Thursday, France recalled its ambassador to Rome for the first time since 1940, when fascist leader Benito Mussolini declared war. This time the French foreign ministry blamed a war of words — “the repeated accusations, baseless attacks and outlandish claims” of Italy’s populist government. The diplomatic row now threatens to spill over into the world of art. Leonardo da Vinci’s legacy — long a source of friction between Italy, where the renaissance master spent most of his life, and France, where he sought refuge and died — is now being fought over all the more viciously. The …

The Feds are spending $48 million to move his village. But he doesn’t want to go.

Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana (CNN)The plans are grand — a brand new community with homes, baseball fields, fishing ponds, a meeting hall and a solar farm to generate electricity to sell. The land used to be sugarcane fields, but now it will be a “hugely important pioneer project,” says Pat Forbes, executive director of Louisiana’s Office of Community Development. The people of Isle de Jean Charles will not be the last to have to move because of climate change. Because it’s the first government project of its kind, it will be more expensive but it also offers opportunities, Forbes says. “One of the main objectives is to enhance the culture that the community once had and help them have …

Inside the illegal world of dogfighting

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA BBC undercover investigation revealed an international dogfighting network. Warning: Contains distressing scenes of animal cruelty A BBC investigation into the dark world of organised dogfighting discovered an illegal trade of fighting dogs stretching from Eastern Europe to Wales. The fighters face each other, ready. One rushes forward into a clash of jaws. The ground is already flecked with blood. The lighter one is winning, locked onto its opponent. The black one has lost the ability to fight back. Now, it simply fights for survival. Eventually it attempts to walk, but collapses, legs giving way, head hitting the ground. The fight is over. It dies the next day. In 2016 the BBC …

Author Rosamunde Pilcher dies at 94

Her first novel as Rosamunde Pilcher, A Secret to Tell, was published in 1955. The Shell Seekers, considered one of her most famous works, was published in 1988. It centres on Penelope Keeling, an elderly British woman who reflects on her life and her relationships with her adult children. The book won her international recognition, becoming one of her biggest successes and selling more than five million copies worldwide. Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.

Online news sites ‘should be regulated’

Last local paper closes, so ring MP for news Amol Rajan’s media predictions for 2019 The independent review, undertaken by former journalist Dame Frances Cairncross, was tasked with investigating the sustainability of high-quality journalism. Its recommendations include measures to tackle “the uneven balance of power” between news publishers and online platforms that distribute their content. Services like Facebook, Google and Apple should continue their attempts to help readers understand how reliable a story is, and the process that decides which stories are shown should be more transparent, it said. “Their efforts should be placed under regulatory scrutiny – this task is too important to leave entirely to the judgment of commercial entities,” according to the report. A regulator would initially …

6 Books, Movies And Shows That Break Down Why Blackface Isn’t Just Offensive It’s Dangerous

In recent weeks alone, three prominent white male politicians from Virginia ― Gov. Ralph Northam (D), state Sen. Tommy Norment (R) and Attorney General Mark Herring (D) ― have been asked to answer for their use of or association with blackface in decades-old photos. And two major fashion houses, Gucci and Prada,  The deluge of controversy is a reminder that blackface isn’t just a historic offense relegated to the pages of yearbooks. It’s a modern reality with deeply misunderstood roots. Northam, whose 1984 medical school yearbook page shows  But that’s the thing about blackface in 2019: Conversations about the racist act still revolve around its inherent offensiveness and how mocking portrayals of black people date back to 19th century minstrel performances (we’ve written about that …

Did Trump pull a switcheroo? Roundup of SOTU commentary

(CNN)CNN asked commentators for views on President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the authors. View more opinion articles on CNN. But alas, we have seen, heard, and read the tweets of the unscripted Trump. Just a few hours before this speech, he hosted a lunch with TV anchors where he, according to a New York Times report, attacked Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren and John McCain — a national hero who has been dead for over five months. Then there was the part during the speech where he railed against illegal immigration, which he said results in lower wages for the American working class. Has he …

No local papers ‘means elderly ring MP’

The Harlow Star, the last of three local papers in his constituency, had recently stopped printing, the former minister said, cutting an important thread holding the local community together. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A quarter of local and regional papers have closed in the past decade Charities for the elderly have warned that older people can be particularly affected by the loss of local services, such as High Street shops, post offices, libraries and pubs. Nyree Ambarchian, who volunteers with the Contact the Elderly charity, said: “I see first-hand that these issues are contributing to feelings of isolation. “Slowly but surely, the local fabric of our communities is being eroded by things like the decline of local newspapers, …