Times Afternoon Briefing Friday 22nd September 2023

    enSeptember 22, 2023

    Podcast Summary

    • New British baccalaureate system proposed by UK governmentGovt proposes broader range of subjects, continued English & maths until 18. Labour views it as a distraction from other issues, including school safety and Home Office's unscientific age determination methods. Temperature-related deaths in UK have more than doubled since 1990.

      The UK government, led by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, is proposing a new British baccalaureate system for schools, which would require students to study a broader range of subjects and continue learning English and maths until they are 18. However, this announcement has been met with skepticism from the opposition Labour party, who view it as a distraction from the government's other failures, such as school safety concerns and the recent controversy over the Home Office using outdated methods to determine the ages of migrants. Another significant issue raised in the podcast is the increase in temperature-related deaths in the UK, which has more than doubled since 1990. Additionally, the Home Office's use of a Gillette report on the age men start shaving to determine the ages of migrants has been criticized as unscientific and inconsistent.

    • Ukraine's President Zelenskyy Appeals for Unity and SupportPresident Zelenskyy emphasized the importance of international cooperation and unwavering commitment, as the US announced a $325 million military aid package, while Currys hired over 1,100 employees for their busy period. These actions highlight the significance of unity, support, and preparation.

      Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed to American politicians for unity and continued support, expressing concerns about waning commitment from western backers. The $325 million military aid package announced by Joe Biden is crucial for Ukraine's war efforts against Russia, and without it, the prospect of defeating Russia could vanish. In other news, Currys is hiring over 1,100 employees in the UK and Ireland to support their busiest period, and UnitedHealthcare's Health ProtectorGuard insurance plans help manage out-of-pocket healthcare costs. This Mother's Day, 1 800 flowers offers savings of up to 40% on gifts, treats, and bouquets. Zelenskyy's plea underscores the importance of international cooperation and unwavering commitment, while Currys' recruitment drive highlights the importance of workforce support during busy periods. These stories illustrate the significance of unity, support, and preparation in various aspects of life.

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