Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II
Of Queen Elizabeth II Today’s funeral is at Westminster Abbey. The visitation begins at 11am London time (6pm in Hong Kong, 8pm in Sydney), ending a 10-day period of official mourning in the UK.
Dignitaries have come from all over the world to pay their respects to Britain’s longest-serving monarch. A huge audience around the world will watch. Tens of thousands of people will line up for the grand procession from London to Windsor Castle, where the queen will be buried.
How to watch: BBC will broadcast the procession live on TV and on its website, where it will be available to followers from around the world. Broadcasts will be shared with international affiliates. In Australia, funerals will live on ABC.
“Queue”: For days, tens of thousands of people waited up to 24 hours to see the queen lying in state. Their individual acts of mourning became a broad national expression of the deceased – and, for many, the ultimate expression of British democracy.
Hong Kong: A memorial to the queen has given the inhabitants of the former British colony a rare stage for the public, if quiet, different opinions.
Typhoon Nanmadol brought torrential rain and the threat of destructive landslides to Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost main island. It is expected to traverse almost the entire length of Japan in the coming days.
Japan’s meteorological agency has classified the storm as a “severe typhoon”, the most severe type of typhoon. Heavy rain is a major safety concern, but high winds can cause strong waves. CNN quoted the agency as saying that the storm could cause unprecedented high tides and “massive disaster.”
Details: Officials say some areas of Kyushu are expected to see 20 inches (50 centimeters) or more of rain, a rainfall not seen in the region in decades.
Discontinuity: About 190,000 households lost power. All Kyushu bullet train services have been suspended and hundreds of domestic flights cancelled. By yesterday evening, several injuries had been recorded but no deaths.
The jaguar returns to India
70 years ago, cheetahs became extinct in India. Their habitat has been destroyed and they are hunted for sport.
On Saturday, eight people arrived on a flight from Namibia, part of a trial to determine if populations of the top predator can be restored. Despite some debate as to whether preparations have been adequate, many conservationists consider the plan crucial to protecting the species.
The stakes are very high. Cheetahs have been found in large numbers throughout Africa, Arabia and Asia. Now, scientists estimate that there are fewer than 8,000 left, halving in the past four decades, and now live almost exclusively in Africa.
“It is the only large mammal that India has lost,” said the secretary of the National Tiger Reserve of India. “It is our moral and ethical responsibility to bring them back.”
Details: The cheetahs will live in the Kuno National Park, in the state of Madhya Pradesh. This is a gift from Namibia; India plans to spend around $11 million on further transfers until around 40.
Story: The British cleared India’s forests before the end of their colonial rule, resulting in loss of cheetah habitat, CNN reported. The Indian nobility also shot them for sport.
Politics: This plan also reflects the nationalism of Narendra Modi. The Prime Minister welcomed the big cats on his 72nd birthday.
New York is recovering slowly. So its reputation is the city that never sleeps.
“It’s hard to put your finger in,” said the owner of Katz’s Delicatessen, who recently reverted to a 24-hour post-pandemic weekend schedule. “But you know, it really feels like New York has accomplished its PTSD in so many ways.”
ARTS AND IDEAS
American democracy faces twin threats
The United States has experienced many times of deep political turmoil before that over the past century. But each time, the basic dynamics of American democracy remained. Now, writes David Leonhardt in an analysis, American democracy faces two distinct threats.
There is a growing movement within one of the country’s two major parties – the Republican Party – that refuses to accept defeat in an election. Six Republican candidates for governor and Senate won’t commit accept this year’s election results.
Yascha Mounk, a political scientist at Johns Hopkins University who studies democracy, told David: “It is likely that for the first time in American history, a legally elected president will not be able to take office. office.
And the government’s policy-making power has become increasingly disconnected from public opinion. David notes that just look at the far-reaching but politically unpopular decisions of the Supreme Court recently, or the fact that two out of four presidents took office despite losing the popular vote.