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AOC blames RACISM after Sha'Carri Richardson's suspension for failed marijuana test and says anti-cannabis laws are an 'instrument of colonial policy'

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed anti-cannabis laws are racist and an 'instrument of colonial policy' while calling for Sha'Carri Richardson to be allowed to run in the Olympics 100m race.  The progressive congresswoman also slammed the International Swimming Federation for rejecting the use of Soul Cap, a brand of swimming caps designed for athletes with natural black hair, at the Olympics.  'The criminalization and banning of cannabis is an instrument of racist and colonial policy,' Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Friday. 'The IOC should reconsider its suspension of Ms. Richardson and any athletes penalized for cannabis use. This ruling along w/ IOC denial of swim caps for natural hair is deeply troubling.' Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, pictured, claimed anti-cannabis laws are racist and an 'instrument of colonial policy' while calling for Sha'Carri Richardson to be allowed to run in the Olympics 100m race The progressive congresswoman also slam

Football fans could drink pubs dry while watching England this weekend amid fears national driver shortage will hit booze supplies

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Celebrating  football fans risk drinking pubs and stores dry this weekend because of possible beer shortages. Deliveries of beer, fresh food and barbecue essentials to pubs, convenience stores and supermarkets are being hit by a national lack of drivers. The Campaign for Pubs and the Association of Convenience Stores say wholesalers are failing to make deliveries ahead of the busiest weekend of the year.  The situation has been exacerbated by a shortage of kegs and delays in deliveries of nitrogen, which is used to add fizz to some brews. Deliveries of fresh produce and milk to supermarkets have been interrupted or delayed, meaning tonnes of food has been dumped A national shortage of around 60,000 drivers is the key issue, but it is part of a wider crisis across the supply chain from farms to food processors. The impact of Brexit and coronavirus means the UK has lost thousands of workers from the EU.  At the same time, British drivers have been barred from training and taking tests t

Voters are ready to embrace the freedom of the July 19 reopening, but fears over a Covid surge means we could still have to wear masks

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A new poll suggest more than half of British voters back the removal of all restrictions come Freedom Day on July 19, but face masks may remain if Covid cases continue to spike. England's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, is privately predicting that face masks will remain in use, particularly in confined spaces after July 19, according to the Times. That's despite more than half (58 per cent) of those polled in a new YouGov survey who say they are in support of removing any remaining restrictions, with less than 30 per cent opposing. Although Whitty is comfortable as a backseat advisor while ministers make any final policy decisions, he has reportedly been telling colleagues that people might need to wear masks on public transport or in enclosed areas without social distancing. Half of voters in the new Times poll insist they will keep their face masks on even if it is no longer mandatory, with just a third saying they will definitely drop the face coverings. Bori

Fury of mother whose son, six, was killed by sepsis as doctor who missed his symptoms returns to work with no restrictions

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The mother of a six-year-old boy who died from sepsis told of her fury yesterday as the doctor who missed his symptoms was allowed to return to work without restrictions. Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, 43, was given a suspended jail sentence for the manslaughter of Jack Adcock after a court heard she made a ‘catalogue’ of errors. The paediatric specialist was later struck off – only to spark a backlash from doctors who argued she was being made a scapegoat for a hospital in chaos. She was allowed to return to work last November subject to a raft of restrictions. Undated handout photo issued by Leicestershire Police of Dr Hadiza Hawa-Garba. She was found guilty of causing the death of six-year-old Jack Adcock by gross negligence But yesterday a medical tribunal ruled she no longer had to work under supervision as she was now ‘performing above the expectations for her trainee level’. The decision was welcomed by doctors’ groups who said Jack’s death in 2011 had been ‘due to system-wide failure’.

White House stands by Kamala and insists she has a 'very challenging job' amid claims DEMOCRATS think she would lose to a Republican in 2024 and after aides claimed they are 'treated like s***'

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Amid defenses and recriminations following reports of dysfunction in the office of Vice President Kamala Harris is a concern among some Democrats that the political figure most prominently positioned to succeed Biden isn't up to the task.   Some Democrats fear that Harris, despite being in the public eye as Biden's partner and four years as a senator from California, might lack the ability to keep the White House.  A Democratic operative told Axios – which ran an explosive story that drew furious pushback Friday –  that the issue isn't: "'Oh, no, our heir apparent is f***ing up, what are we gonna do?’ It's more that people think, 'Oh, she’s f***ing up, maybe she shouldn't be the heir apparent.'"  Of particular concern is whether Harris, who has struggled to control the narrative on border issues Biden put in her portfolio, would be able to reassemble the coalition that drove Biden to victory in 2020. Senior White House staff rushed to defend Vi

Conservative gay rights envoy says Boris Johnson has told off his cabinet for getting into a culture war on LGBT issues and wants them to show 'kindness and tolerance'

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The Conservative gay rights envoy has claimed Boris Johnson has told off his cabinet for getting into a culture war on LGBT issues - and wants them to show 'kindness and tolerance'. Lord Herbert of South Downs was taken on as the Government's 'Special Envoy on LGBT rights' in May, with the hope of 'champion equality at home and abroad'. The Tory peer - and Britain's first openly gay MP - claimed the Prime Minister doesn't want ministers to 'take a side in what some are seeing clearly as a culture war'. Mr Johnson instead preached 'kindness, tolerance and openness' when discussing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, Lord Herbert said. In May, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said 'women have vaginas' during a conversation about trans rights issues - therefore implying gender should be based on physical characteristics. That same month, it was revealed that she wanted the Government to quit a diversity scheme

Not something to sniff at! Danish researchers find people's sense of smell change with age, with coffee and bacon fading away once you pass 55

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Danish researchers have found people's sense of smell changes as they get older and managed to to pin down which aromas get less pungent over time. Aromas of coffee, and bacon fade away once you pass 55, but smells of oranges, raspberries, and vanilla remain powerful.  Older people were also more likely to dislike coffee aromas, though they continued to enjoy smells of fried food. Scientists at the University of Copenhagen managed to pin down which smells fade, and which do not, through an experiment comparing 343 people aged 20 to 98.  Danish researchers have found people's sense of smell changes as they get older and managed to to pin down that coffee and bacon aromas get less pungent over time  They said the study showed people did not lose their sense of smell as they age, contrary to what science once suggested.    Lead researcher Eva Honnens de Lichtenberg Broge said: 'While their ability to smell fried meat, onions and mushrooms is markedly weaker, they smell orange,