Jill Biden tells ‘dreamers’ she feels inspired by them

First lady Jill Biden on Thursday told young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children that she feels “inspired” by them because they didn’t just receive a college education, they “fought for it.” “Your journey from this day forward will be both heartbreaking and hopeful, bruised and beautiful. But you already know that the inner strength that got you here will serve you well,” the first lady said during a virtual commencement ceremony. Jill Biden, an English and writing teacher at Northern Virginia Community College delivered the keynote speech at a ceremony organized by TheDream.US, a scholarship providing organization for young immigrants often described as “dreamers.” Her speech took place nearly a week after president Joe Biden

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US judge may order Nevada to disclose lethal injection drugs

A federal judge said Thursday he may order Nevada prison officials to disclose the type of drugs they would use for the first lethal injection of a condemned prisoner in the state in 15 years, even if they haven’t finalized a plan for how the execution would be carried out. U.S. District Judge Richard Boulware II also said he might order the district attorney in Las Vegas to join attorneys for the state, convicted mass murderer Zane Michael Floyd and the local newspaper in hearings Boulware is holding on a request to block Floyd’s execution, possibly in late July. The judge appeared frustrated that Floyd’s attorneys were asking him, in his words, “to stay an execution that hasn’t been scheduled

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Windrush compensation claims taking five times longer to process than Home Office predicted, says NAO

Windrush compensation claims are taking five times longer to process than the Home Office predicted, which is leading to lengthy delays for those affected by the scandal, a watchdog report has revealed. The National Audit Office (NAO) found that of the 1,033 applications submitted since March 2020, only 10 per cent have reached the payment decision stages, and it has taken on average six months for claims to reach this stage. Overall, 70 per cent of claimants are yet to receive a payment. The delays are coming about despite the fact that the Home Office has received only a fifth (19 per cent) of the claims it estimated it might receive since the Windrush Compensation Scheme was launched in April

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Prince Harry says he can’t forget Diana crying while being chased by paparazzi in Oprah interview

Prince Harry has opened up about his memories of his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, saying he can’t think about her without recalling her unsettling experiences of being hounded by paparazzi. Speaking to Oprah Winfrey on a new Apple+ series The Me You Can’t See, the prince discussed how he remembers his mother – who died in a 1997 Paris car crash – and reflected on how she was treated by the media. “Unfortunately, when I think about my mum, the first thing that comes to mind is always the same one, over and over again. “Strapped in the car, seatbelt across, with my brother in the car as well, and my mother driving, being chased by 3, 4,

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William and Harry identified Princess Diana’s handwriting for Bashir inquiry

Prince William and his brother Harry helped to identify their late mother’s handwriting for an official inquiry into how a BBC journalist obtained an interview with her in 1995, it has emerged. The royals’ solicitors confirmed to Lord Dyson that the author of a note scrutinised by the probe was believed to have been written by Diana. The inquiry report, published on Thursday, concluded Martin Bashir was in “serious breach” of BBC rules by using fake bank statements to help gain the trust of Diana’s brother Earl Spencer and set up the 1995 interview. The note read: “Martin Bashir did not show me any documents, nor give me any information that I was not previously aware of. “I consented to

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MI5 chief accuses Facebook of giving ‘free pass’ to terrorists

Facebook is a giving a “free pass” to terrorists withs its plans for end-to-end encryption, the new head of M15 has claimed. Ken McCallum warned that the plans by the social media giant’s chief Mark Zuckerberg would enable terrorists to plot attacks without being visible to the security services. He told the Times Radio: “It is the case, especially around default encryption, that decisions taken in California boardrooms are every bit as relevant to our ability to do our jobs as decisions taken in Afghanistan or Syria,” he said. He said that if they had information someone was building a bomb or filming a martyrdom video in their living room they would be able to apply for a warrant from

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Joblessness soars in hard-hit tourism destinations during Covid

The UK’s top tourism destinations cannot be expected to “bounce back” without government help from the Covid crisis that has left businesses in debt and a disproportionate part of its workforce jobless, Labour has warned. The party produced a dossier showing that the 20 areas with the highest amount of tourism jobs have seen an average 150 per cent increase in people claiming out-of-work benefits during the pandemic, compared to a national average of 109 per cent. Worst-hit was the ski and hiking resort of Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands, which saw a 241 per cent increase in claimants, followed by Portree on the Isle of Skye (236 per cent), Kingsbridge and Dartmouth in Devon (233 per cent), Pitlochry and

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‘They let my mother down’: William and Harry’s statements on BBC’s Diana interview in full

Prince William and Harry have criticised the the BBC and the media after an independent inquiry that found journalist Marin Bashir used “deceitful behaviour” to secure his explosive 1995 interview with their mother Diana, the Princess of Wales. William, the Duke of Cambridge, said he was left with “indescribable sadness” to know the corporation’s shortcomings had “contributed significantly” to his mother’s state of mind in the final years of her life. And Harry, the Duke of Sussex, praised his “incredible” mother but added that the “ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life.” The brothers both released the separate statements on Thursday evening. The Duke of Cambridge’s statement on Lord Dyson’s report “I would

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Prince William launches scathing attack on BBC ‘lies’ over Bashir’s Diana interview

The Duke of Cambridge has condemned the BBC for its failings over a Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, which he said had fuelled the “fear, paranoia and isolation” his mother suffered in the final years of her life. Prince William said he felt “indescribable sadness” after an independent inquiry found that the corporation covered up “deceitful behaviour” by its journalist Martin Bashir to obtain the interview, while the Duke of Sussex said it was a “culture of exploitation and unethical practices” in the media which “ultimately took her life”. Their comments came after Lord Dyson’s investigation concluded that Mr Bashir committed a “serious breach” of BBC rules by using fake bank statements to help gain the trust of

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Billboard Music Awards 2021: When are the Awards this year and how can I watch them?

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards are almost upon us. This year’s ceremony is set to air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday 23 May at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. In the US, viewers will be able to tune into NBC or Peacock, NBC’s streaming service. Viewers in the US can also watch the show live through YouTube TV and Hulu Live TV. Hosted by Nick Jonas, this year’s show will feature performances from The Weeknd, Pink, Alicia Keys, BTS, Doja Cat, SZA, AJR, Bad Bunny and Karol G, DJ Khaled featuring H.E.R. and Migos, Duran Duran, Glass Animals, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis with Sounds Of Blackness featuring Ann Nesby and Twenty One Pilots. And

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