Bafta TV Awards 2020 – live:All the winners as Stath Lets Flats beats Fleabag and Derry Girls for Scripted Comedy award

The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. This year’s Bafta TV Awards were a strange, subdued affair thanks to social-distancing regulations – but there were some deserving and unexpected winners. Stath Lets Flats beat out tough competition in the form of Fleabag and …

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In Canada, hockey’s return is a partial sign of normalcy during precarious times

Having an entire postseason tournament in Canada, where the sport is woven into so many aspects of life, is welcome for many Canadians. More than 4.3 million of them watched the two exhibition games involving Canadian teams Tuesday night, the most-watched exhibition games in the history of Sportsnet. But even as most citizens here embrace …

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Did a third of the economy really vanish in just three months?

In other words, 32.9 percent is how much the economy would shrink if the business closures and spending cuts of the second quarter increased at a compounding 9.5 percent for an entire year, after adjusting for seasonality. Think of what an apocalypse that would be. Annualization assumes the businesses closed this quarter would remain closed …

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Birmingham City appoint Aitor Karanka as manager on three-year contract

The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. Birmingham City have appointed Aitor Karanka as the club’s new manager, replacing Pep Clotet who departed earlier this month. The 46-year-old Spaniard has signed a three-year contract at St Andrew’s. Karanka has previously managed fellow Championship …

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Nats’ Tres Barrera, hit with 80-game suspension for banned substance, fires back with lawsuit

Then, at the end of last week, that suspension was officially issued under the Joint Drug Agreement between MLB and players’ union. Barrera, a 25-year-old catcher for the Washington Nationals, has now sued MLB, MLB’s commissioner’s office, the director of an anti-doping lab and two league-contracted labs in Utah and Montreal. Barrera is alleging that …

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Should all American kids get a free school lunch? The pandemic might make that a reality

The Cares Act $600 unemployment benefit ended this week and moratoriums on eviction are lifting many places on Saturday. The first round of the Small Business Administration’s PPP loans expired at the end of June, as did the Pandemic EBT program, a debit-card benefit for food-insecure households. The Republicans’ Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and …

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Friday's transfer news: Man United poised to sign Raul Jimenez as Jadon Sancho agreement nears, Arsenal offered £9m Coutinho deal

The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. Follow the latest transfer updates live from the Premier League summer window as clubs look to strengthen throughout the summer ahead of the start of the new season. Manchester United look set to be one of …

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In Washington’s QB competition, the first pivotal step is learning to speak the language

So Rivera wanted a plan. “I had one sheet,” quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese said in a video conference call with reporters Thursday. “Because it is not easy, but the steps aren’t hard. … There’s an urgency and there’s an on-the-clock mentality with a young guy that they have to share. If you have to drag …

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Uncertainty, anxiety and sleepless nights for the unemployed as Congress lets $600 benefits lapse

To many economists, the extra $600-a-week in unemployment benefits that Congress created in March, which help stabilize income for tens of millions of unemployed workers, is one of the main reasons that the financial crisis is not even worse. Banks have not seen a deluge of defaults on consumer and corporate loans, personal debt is …

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Trump threatens Portland protesters with 'very strong offensive force'

The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. Donald Trump on Friday threatened protesters in Portland, saying federal police he sent there are ready to use “very strong offensive force.” “If it doesn’t clear up, we’re going to do something very powerful,” the president …

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