(ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.) OC Sheriffs Dept Report: Investigators in Orange County are asking for the public’s help to identify a man who allegedly pointed a handgun at a boy who was waking his dog in an isolated area in San Clemente last month, officials said Friday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.27: On Oct. 21 at about 3:30 p.m., the 10-year-old boy was near the greenbelt at Camino Celosia and Camino Silla when he walked past a man who pointed a gun at him and chased him a short distance, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said in a tweet.

KTLA.Com/ reports that other witnesses told deputies they saw a man in the area “exhibiting strange behavior” prior to the incident with the boy, officials said: The man was described as Hispanic, between the ages of 30 and 40, with spiky hair, a mustache and a stocky build.

Anyone who recognizes the man or who has information about the incident is urged to contact Investigator Sanders at 949-425-1844 or cysanders@ocsd.org.


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(BANGKOK), Thailand.) Thai authorities have escalated their legal battle against the students leading pro-democracy protests, charging 12 of them with violating a harsh law against defaming the monarchy #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.27: News of the charges comes as the Thai capital Bangkok girded for another rally Wednesday as the students push their demands that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and his government step down, the constitution be amended to make it more democratic, and the monarchy be reformed to be made more accountable: Police on Tuesday issued summonses for 12 protest leaders to answer charges of lese majeste, defaming or insulting key members of the royal family: The offence is punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment:

Students leading pro-democracy-protests have been 12 have been charged by authorities for violating a law against defaming the monarchy …..

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The law is controversial, because anyone — not just royals or authorities — can lodge a complaint, so it had in the past been used as a weapon in political vendettas. But it has not been employed for the past three years, after King Maha Vajiralongkorn informed the government that he did not wish to see its use: The king has not publicly commented on the law since then:

According to the legal aid group Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, the 12 suspects include top protest leaders known for their public criticism of the monarchy: Many in the student-led protest movement believe the monarchy holds too much power for a constitutional monarchy. But their challenge is fiercely opposed by royalists, who consider the royal institution an untouchable bedrock of national identity.One of the 12 protest leaders, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, posted his response to the summons on Twitter on Tuesday, saying: “I am not afraid anymore.

The ceiling (of our demands) is destroyed: Nobody can stop us now.”The protest movement late Tuesday night announced a change of venue for their latest rally, which was to put a focus on the monarchy. It had earlier announced that it would be held outside the offices of the Crown Property Bureau, which manages the vast fortune controlled by the king.

The target was switched to the head office of the Siam Commercial Bank, a publicly-held company in which the king is the biggest shareholder: The bank’s headquarters are in a different area of Bangkok, far from the district hosting the Crown Property Bureau and other royal and government offices: The protest movement announced the change of venue was to avoid a confrontation with police and royalist counter demonstrators, which they said they feared could trigger a declaration of martial law or a coup by the military.
Barbed wire had already been installed around the Crown Property Bureau offices and the government had declared an exclusion zone of 150 meters (500 feet) around the property into which it would be illegal for protesters to enter: The bank, as a commercial enterprise rather than a royal office, apparently would not fall into the legal category of areas where an exclusion zone could be declared:

A protest rally on Nov. 17 turned chaotic, as police employed water cannons and tear gas to block the protesters from entering the Parliament grounds: At least 55 people were hurt, including six reported to have had gunshot wounds, incurred in circumstances that remain unclear. Police denied firing live rounds or rubber bullets: The next day, several thousand demonstrators gathered outside the national headquarters of the police in central Bangkok to protest the use of force: The rally at police headquarters was nonviolent but fueled royalist outrage at the protest movement, as demonstrators defaced the Royal Thai Police sign and scrawled graffiti and chanted slogans that could be considered derogatory to the king:

Prayuth reacted by declaring that the protesters had gone too far and could now expect to be prosecuted for their illegal actions: While protest leaders have faced dozens of charges over the past few months, they have generally been freed on bail, and none have yet come to trial:

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Nov.27: 2020:

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(LONDON) Court Hearing Report: A man whose dangerous driving caused the death of a 13-year-old boy has had his sentence increased to 5yrs following intervention by the Solicitor General, Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.27: Liam Wilson, 21, had not passed his driving test when he bought a car for £250 in July 2020: Despite being told he would need to insure and MOT the vehicle immediately if he wanted to drive it, he chose not to do so: On Tuesday 7 July 2020, Wilson drove the car through Ashton-in-Makerfield. He drove the car around a bend at 58mph in a 20mph zone: Wilson lost control of the car and collided with Jack Worwood, 13, who died in hospital the following day: After colliding with the victim and crashing the car, Wilson fled the scene and hid from police: He was arrested the following day: Wilson was sentenced to 4 years’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for 5 years and 10 months on 4 September 2020 at Bolton Crown Court: Following a referral to the Court of Appeal by the Solicitor General, on 27 November the sentence was found to be unduly lenient and has been increased to 5 years’ imprisonment: The Court also increased Wilson’s driving disqualification to 6 years and 6 months:

Wigan man jailed for longer after killing 13-year-old-boy

Liam Wilson has had his sentence increased following intervention from the Solicitor General, Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP.

Attorney General’s Office

Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General said:

Wilson’s dangerous driving killed an innocent young boy who was on his way to play football. He fled the scene after the crash and showed little remorse. No sentence can repair the damage Wilson caused, but I hope the Court of Appeal’s decision today gives some closure to the victim’s family.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Nov.27: 2020:

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(BRIGHTON, U.K.) JUST IN: ALERT: Sussex Police Report: Search underway for ‘ missing 12yr-old-girl ‘ last seen around 10:30: am getting onto a train: Can you help ? #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.27: Police are urgently looking for a missing 12-year-old girl: Hope Stokes was last seen at around 10.40am this morning getting on a train at Moulsecoomb station, Brighton, heading towards Lewes: It is thought she will be using the train network to travel out of Sussex, police said; She is described as white, 5’ 2”, of slim to medium build with long, dark brown hair with light brown highlights: When last seen, she was wearing black leggings, a black hooded top, black trainers and a black puffer style jacket: She was also carrying a cream and grey coloured bag with gold chains on it:

Sussex Police Report: Hope Stokes, 12, missing from Brighton after boarding a train in Brighton this morning

Hope Stokes

Hope Stokes was last seen at around 10.40am this morning (Police)

Anyone who sees Hope or who has any information as to her whereabouts is asked to call 999 quoting serial 466 of 27/11:

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Nov.27: 2020:


(MINNEAPOLIS) #Coronavirus MDH Report: Health Officials confirm that there were another 101 new #COVID19 deaths setting a new record on Wednesday according to WCCO #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.27: Minnesota health officials on Friday reported that there were 5,704 additional COVID-19 cases and 101 more deaths as of Wednesday. It’s the first time the state has breached 100 in newly reported deaths: The data is as of Wednesday due to observation of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will also be releasing Thursday’s and Friday’s data collectively on Saturday: Therefore, newly reported case and death numbers may appear greater than normal on Saturday:

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The new data from Wednesday brings the state’s death toll to 3,476, with 2,355 being in long-term care: Sixty-five of the 101 additional deaths involved someone at a long-term care or group home situation:

Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm issued a statement following the update, calling it a sad development, but not surprising: ” For weeks we have been sounding the alarm about the dramatic growth in COVID-19 cases. We know that more cases leads to more hospitalizations and deaths, and today’s news reinforces that tragic pattern,” she said: Malcolm says every public activity is now more risky than it was even a few weeks ago, so the best way to slow the spread is to stay home: ” This is painful and frustrating, but every day we get closer to having safe and effective vaccines that should help resolve this crisis. We anxiously await that day, and until then we all must do our part to ensure that all of our loved ones, friends and neighbors can celebrate those days with us,” she said.

#COVID19 Additionl Data:

Total cases in the state is now at 295,001. Nearly 22,000 cases have been found amongst health care workers; 244,982 people who have contracted the virus no longer need to quarantine: The state’s health system continues to strain with more COVID-19 patients being admitted for treatment.

According to MDH data as recent as Nov. 24, there are 387 patients with the virus needing ICU beds and an additional 1,454 patients needing non-ICU beds. That’s a total of 1,812 patients currently needing treatment for the virus in the state. Both ICU and non-ICU bed use for COVID-19 patients continues to reach levels not seen before in the state, and have increased since mid-September. There were about 271 patients being treated for COVID-19 on Sept. 15:

As for testing, over 55,000 tests were completed on Wednesday: A total of 2.4 million people have been tested in the state so far:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.27: 2020:

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(WASHINGTON) #Biden Report: A Joe Biden White House could be a boon for union activists as the Democrat seeks to implement a controversial California labor law nationwide according to Washington Free Beacon #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.27: House Democrats passed the PRO Act in February 2020 in a mostly party-line vote. The bill empowers the National Labor Relations Board to fine employers for violations of employee rights and allows the classification of independent contractors as employees: It also weakens right-to-work laws in more than half of the states in the country:

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Michael Lotito, co-chair of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI), said that the adoption of the PRO Act on the federal level would be one of the most dramatic labor reforms in American history: ” It’s like putting 100 Christmases together as a gift to labor,” he told the Washington Free Beacon in a phone interview:

The bill is similar to California’s Assembly Bill 5, passed last year: AB5 created a three-step test to limit the employers’ ability to classify their employees as independent contractors. A report from Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute suggests a Biden administration could adopt similarly pro-union standards in 2021:

” The PRO Act is viewed by some as an attempt to restore organized labor’s role in Democratic Party policymaking,” the WPI report states: ” The act’s future depends on the two Senate races in Georgia that will determine control of the Senate.”

” If Republicans maintain control, the PRO Act will almost certainly fail to advance,” the report continues. “In that case, the Biden administration would have to shape labor policy by other means, including by flipping the National Labor Relations Board majority and appointing a Democratic general counsel during President-elect Biden’s first year in office.”

On his campaign website, Biden called for implementing California’s employer-classification standards to target the gig economy and other industries that rely on independent contractors: Federal labor laws would be more difficult to challenge in court than state labor laws, Lotito said:

” On a nationwide scale, the ABC test, or the situation in California, then becomes the law of the land in all 50 states,” he said. “The independent contractor model is going to be destroyed as a result of the ABC test.”

The adoption of the principles of AB5 on a national scale in the PRO Act would have widespread impact on how employees are classified: The California law is already being challenged in state and federal courts by small-business owners and franchise operations. Kerry Jackson, a California Studies fellow at the Pacific Research Institute, said the policies have already hindered the Golden State’s economy and could do even more damage if applied federally: ” AB5 has already wrecked the personal finances of many in California and stripped workers of their freedom,” Jackson told the Free Beacon. “It’s also a threat to any business that relies on independent contractors to be profitable. On a national basis, the damage would be even worse.”

A Biden presidency would be able to accomplish reforms through executive orders: Biden, who did not respond to request for comment, stressed his commitment to supporting worker unionization by saying he would impose “a personal price” on business leaders who resist attempts to unionise: ” I’m going to hold company executives personally liable for interfering with workers who are attempting to unionize. It’s not enough just to have their corporations pay a fine. If they’re part of the problem, they are going to pay a personal price,” he said:

Labor unions donated more than $1 million to Biden’s presidential campaign, and 87 percent of unions’ total contributions went to Democratic candidates or causes: Jackson said that Biden does not need control of Congress to enact regulations that will harm employers: I imagine he’ll use executive orders as much as the courts will allow him to,” Jackson said. “His boss of eight years was not shy about using his pen and phone to make rules he couldn’t legitimately get out of Congress.”

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(NEW DELHI, India.) JUST IN: Some 5,000 farmers were allowed to enter the capital on Friday for a peaceful protest under police escort as tensions remained high, with clashes between demonstrators and police continuing elsewhere in India according to RT News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.27: New Delhi police ask to convert stadiums into prisons as Indian capital grapples with thousands-strong farmer protest: Farmers across India are taking part in demonstrations against agricultural reforms: They fear that new rules of sale, storage and pricing — first introduced in September – will strip small growers of bargaining power and leave them at the mercy of big business: The ‘Dilli Chalo’ (On to Delhi) march was meant to bring the protest to the capital, but it was met with barricades, tear gas and water cannon: Police say the mass demonstrations pose a serious health risk due to the #Covid19 #pandemic



Earlier in the day, the police asked the New Delhi government to temporarily convert nine stadiums in the city into jails, where they could keep arrested activists. The petition was rejected.

Meanwhile clashes between farmers and police continue elsewhere in India. Protesters attempted to dismantle barriers at the Haryana-Delhi border and built a barricade at the Delhi-Bahadurgarh highway.



Water cannon and tear gas were also used at an inter-state border with Punjab. The governments of the two states have opposing attitudes towards the march, despite both having large agricultural sectors:


Farmers run as police fire tear gas shells near Ambala, India, November 26, 2020 © REUTERS/Stringer

Farmers hit with water cannon and tear gas as Indian police try to halt protest march on Delhi (VIDEO)

Punjab’s Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh welcomed the decision to allow protesters into the capital, while taking a jab at the Haryana authorities:


His counterpart, Manohar Lal Khattar, earlier accused Singh of spreading “lies, deception and propaganda” to fuel the protest:


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(WALES) #Coronavirus Report: Further national restrictions will come into force across the country after recent firebreak fails to limit the spread of #COVID19 First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced according to MetroUK #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.27: Cinemas, bowling alleys and other indoor entertainment venues will close, with restrictions on the hospitality sector also coming into force next week: Mr Drakeford said the ground gained during the country’s 17-day firebreak lockdown was ‘being eroded’, with the national incidence rate rising to 187 cases per 100,000 people: He said the hospital system in Wales was under ‘sustained pressure’, with more than 1,700 people with Covid-19 being treated:

Metro https://ift.tt/37djytp Gains made by the firebreak lockdown are ‘being eroded’ (Picture: Matthew Horwood)

Mr Drakeford said ‘as much headroom as possible’ was needed in advance of the Christmas period, when restrictions agreed across the UK will allow three households to meet for five days:

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(NEW DELHI, India.) JUST IN: Gujarat: Police rescue 2-year-old boy from Gondal ‘sold to couple in Co imbatore’ ………..The mother, a native of Maharashtra, who claimed that she had sold the boy as h e was proving to be an obstacle in her second marriage, was detained on Thursday according to Express News S ervice #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.26: A team of Gondal town police flew to Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu and rescued a two-year-old boy who had gone missing with his mother from Gondal town in December 2019: ““Our team went to Coimbatore and rescued the child from the custody of a childless couple in a village around 90 km away from the town. We had also took the boy’s father, Ajay Dharajiya, along to identify the child,” Gondal town police inspector Sanjyasinh Jadeja said on Thursday:

“After the father confirmed that the child was his two-year-old son Divyesh, we rescued the child on Wednesday and brought him to Gondal on Thursday: We have detained his mother, Jayshree alias Pooja, as as well as one Sonu Paiekrao who had acted as the middleman in Dharajiya’s marriage with Jayshree,” the inspector added: Police said that Paiekrao introduced Dharajiya, a 34-year-old casual labourer from Gondal, to Jayshree as his sister and arranged her marriage with him for a payment of Rs 2.4 lakh: After paying Paiekrao, Dharajiya and Jayshree tied the knot in Gondal in January, 2018. The couple later got the baby boy:

“Jayshree left with the child on December 7, 2019, without informing anyone in the Dharajiya family: Ajay approached us with an application stating Jayshree had ran away with Paiekrao. We questioned the two women from Gondal and Virpur and came to know that Paiekrao was from Maharasthra.

We traced him and he told us that he sold the child to a person in Ulhasnagar slum in Mumbai, as Jayshree did not like him since she wanted to marry again but her son was proving to be an obstacle,” Jadeja said: The Tamil Nadu couple were the third custodian of the baby boy, he said adding, “Months after she fled from Dharajiya’s home in Gondal, Paiekrao arranged Jayshree’s marriage with a man from Rajkot and she has been living with him since,” said the inspector.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Nov.26: 2020:

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(MOSCOW) #Coronavirus Report: The Russian national biathlon team has been allowed to take part in the opening stage of the 2020/2021 IBU (the International Biathlon Union) World Cup series in Finland this month, the press service of the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) reported on Thursday according to TASS News Agency #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.26: The Russian national biathlon team has been allowed to take part in the opening stage of the 2020/2021 IBU (the International Biathlon Union) World Cup series in Finland this month, the press service of the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) reported on Thursday: The RBU’s press office reported earlier in the day that national team’s biathlete Anton Babikov had been diagnosed with a positive case of the novel coronavirus:

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The Russian national team is no longer quarantined and the start of the World Cup will be skipped only by Babikov and [Russian biathlete Yevgeny] Garanichev,” according to a statement from the RBU press service: TASS reported earlier citing its sources that four positive COVID-19 cases were registered in the Russian national men’s biathlon team ahead of the opening stage of the 2020/2021 IBU (the International Biathlon Union) World Cup series in Finland’s Kontiolahti:

According to the previous reports the positive COVID-19 cases were registered with the national team’s doctors Roman Leifer and Yevgeny Shutov, massage therapist Valery Lashin and biathlete Anton Babikov: The first two stages of the 2020/2021 IBU World Cup are scheduled to be hosted by Finland’s Kontiolahti on November 27-29 and on December 3-6. The Russian national team lined up 14 biathletes for the opening stage of the World Cup series this week: Positive COVID-19 cases were also reported earlier in the national teams of Latvia, Moldova, France and Romania.

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(USA) #OnThisDay Of #Thanksgiving In his first presidential proclamation, George Washington designated November 26, 1789 as a Day of National Thanksgiving. The next president to issue a Thanksgiving Proclamation was Abraham Lincoln, who in 1863, also designated November 26 #AceHistoryDesk report

#AceHistoryReport – Nov.26: In his first presidential proclamation, George Washington designated November 26, 1789 as a Day of National Thanksgiving. The next president to issue a Thanksgiving Proclamation was Abraham Lincoln, who in 1863, also designated November 26. In October of his third year in office, Lincoln invited Americans to “set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise.”

Happy #Thanksgiving To All Friends, Followers & Readers & Here’s #OnThisDay In History November 26 in the Beginning:

November 26

Thanksgiving Day

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.” Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th. day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.

George Washington, October 3, 1789, Thanksgiving. Series 8, Miscellaneous Papers ca. 1775-99, Subseries 8A, Correspondence and Miscellaneous Notes. George Washington Papers. Manuscript Division

Thanksgiving was practiced in America by early British colonists. In a letter dated September 4, 1619, Sir William Throckmorton, Richard Bearkley, George Thorpe, and John Smyth gave Captain John Woodlief various orders, including one for an annual religious observance of thanksgiving at the newly established Berkeley Hundred plantation in Virginia:

Impr[imatur] wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrivall at the place assigned for planta[tion] in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetualy keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty god.

Sir William Throckmorton, Richard Berkeley, et al. Ordinances Direccons and Instructions to Captaine John Woodlefe. September 4, 1619. In The Records of the Virginia Company of London. Volume III, p. 207. Series 8: Virginia Records Manuscripts. Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1606 to 1827 . Manuscript Division

The origin of the American Thanksgiving tradition of feasting, though, is generally credited to the Pilgrims. As early as 1621, the Puritan colonists of Plymouth, Massachusetts set aside a day of thanks for a bountiful harvest. Throughout the colonial period and into the nineteenth century, official days of feasting and fasting commemorated periods of good and poor fortune.

By the honourable Gurdon Saltonstall, Esq; Governour of His Majesty’s Colony of Connecticut in New-England, a proclamation for a publick thanksgiving…New-London: Printed by Timothy Green, printer to his honour the governour and company, 1721. Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera. Rare Book & Special Collections Division

When Boston Harbor was closed in retribution for the Boston Tea Party, for example, Massachusetts authorities declared a fast day. The Virginia House of Burgesses ordered fasting in support of the Bay Colony. Complying with the proclamation, on June 1, 1774, George Washington noted in his diary, “Went to Church and fasted all day.”

Most early Thanksgiving days were spontaneous celebrations. However, by the mid-nineteenth century, an annual fall Thanksgiving meal was customary throughout much of the United States and its Territories. During the gold rush, miners far from home observed a day of thanks. On December 1, 1850, Alfred T. Jackson of Litchfield County, Connecticut described his California Thanksgiving:

Although there was nothing to show it, we observed Thursday as Thanksgiving, as that was the legal day in the States. All we did was to lay off and eat quail stew and dried apple pie. I thought a lot about the old folks and would like to have been home with them, and I guess I will be next year…

The Diary of a Forty-Niner, ed. by Chauncey L. Canfield. Boston, New York, Houghton Mifflin company, 1920. “California As I Saw It”: First Person Narratives of California’s Early Years, 1849 to 1900. General Collections

For more than a decade, writer and editor Sarah Josepha Hale pushed for an annual day of national Thanksgiving. From the helm of several prominent women’s magazines, Hale editorialized about the importance of a national Thanksgiving celebration. She also wrote to President Lincoln directly. On October 3, 1863, in the wake of Union victory at the Civil War battle at Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln decided to issue his first Thanksgiving Proclamation; his second followed in 1864. The President’s Hymn, composed in honor of the new holiday, rang out across the nation.

Give thanks, all ye people, give thanks to the Lord,
Alleluias of freedom with joyful accord:
Let the East and the West, North and South roll along,
Sea, mountain and prairie, One thanksgiving song.

The President’s Hymn. William Augustus Muhlenberg, words; J.W. Turner, music; Boston, Mass: Oliver Ditson & co., c1863. The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana. Rare Book & Special Collections Division

A Butcher Shop Window At Thanksgiving Time, Norwich, Connecticut. Jack Delano photographer, Nov. 1940. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives. Prints & Photographs Division

Since Lincoln in 1863, every President of the United States has issued an annual Thanksgiving Proclamation, each citing a specific date. While most proclaimed Thanksgiving for the fourth or last Thursday of November, Franklin D. Roosevelt chose the third Thursdays of November 1939 through 1941, for economic reasons. Late in 1941, Congress passed Thanksgiving legislation that Roosevelt signed into law on December 26, 1941. Public Law 77-379 set Thanksgiving Days from 1942 onward to the fourth Thursday in November. The Law also made Thanksgiving Day an annual Federal Holiday.

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Preacher, abolitionist, and women’s rights advocate Sojourner Truth died in Battle Creek, Michigan on November 26, 1883. The date of Truth’s birth is uncertain, but around 1797 she was born into slavery and called “Isabella” in Ulster, New York. Bought and sold four times, she escaped slavery in 1826 when her owner failed to fulfill his promise to free her before the date mandated by New York law.

Sojourner Truth… [Detroit, 1864]. Free to Use and Reuse: African-American Women Changemakers. Prints & Photographs Division

But we’ll have our rights; see if we don’t: and you can’t stop us from them; see if you can. You may hiss as much as you like, but it is comin’.

Sojourner Truth, Address to the Woman’s Rights Convention. In Proceedings of the Woman’s Rights Convention Held at the Broadway Tabernacle…New York, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 6th and 7th, 1853.. New York: Fowlers and Wells, 1853. p.77 National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection. Rare Book & Special Collections Division

Nearly twenty years later, she shed the name, Isabella Van Wagener, and adopted the moniker Sojourner Truth: A prophet and sojourning minister, she spoke out against sin and slavery. Encouraged by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she added the cause of women’s rights to her agenda. Today, Truth is most famous for her speech “Ain’t I A Woman.” She attacked the idea of the “weaker sex” reportedly saying,

I have plowed, I have planted and I have gathered into barns. And no man could head me. And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much, and eat as much as man—when I could get it—and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne children and seen most of them sold into slavery, and when I cried out with a mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me. And ain’t I a woman?

Sojourner Truth, “Ain’t I A Woman,” Address to 1851 Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio.

A. Lincoln Showing Sojourner Truth the Bible Presented by Colored People of Baltimore, Executive Mansion, Washington, D.C., Oct. 29, 1864. c1893. Photograph of a painting. Presidents of the United States: Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress. Prints & Photographs Division

When the Civil War began, Truth organized supplies for black volunteer troops. In 1864, President Lincoln received her at the White House. That same year, she advised former slaves on behalf of the National Freedmen’s Relief Association. She continued to offer advice in the 1870s, encouraging African Americans to migrate to the western states of Kansas and Missouri: Truth managed to reunite with most of her children. Three daughters joined her in Battle Creek, Michigan where she settled in the 1850s. When she died at age eighty-six, her funeral at the Congregational Church was thought to be the largest ever seen in that city.

#AceHistoryDesk report ……………Published: Nov.26: 2020:

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Press Release Statement Report: Health Secretary Matt Hancock: Announces rules on regional tiers as we come out of this lockdown with emphasis on protecting people and the NHS to enable those in higher tiers to be able to bring the virus under control: These following areas will be in each tier from the 2 December with a local tracker ….link below #Share2Care #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.26: On 23 November, the Prime Minister set out our COVID-19 Winter Plan in Parliament. Our COVID-19 Winter Plan puts forward the UK Government’s programme for suppressing the virus, protecting the NHS and the vulnerable, keeping education and the economy going, and providing a route back to normality: Thanks to the shared sacrifice of everyone in recent weeks, in following the national restrictions, we have been able to start to bring the virus back under control and slow its growth, easing some of the pressure on the NHS: We will do this by returning to a regional tiered approach, saving the toughest measures for the parts of the country where prevalence remains too high:

#Coronavirus Report: GOVUK Matt Hancock says now we are returning to a regional tiered approach from December.02: 2020:

A written statement from the Health and Social Care Secretary to the House of Commons on returning to local COVID restriction tiers in England.

Department of Health and Social Care

The tiering approach provides a framework that, if used firmly, should prevent the need to introduce stricter national measures. On 2 December we will lift the national restrictions across all of England and the following restrictions will be eased:

  • the stay-at-home requirement will end
  • non-essential retail, gyms, personal care will reopen. The wider leisure and entertainment sectors will also reopen, although to varying degrees
  • communal worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume
  • people will no longer be limited to seeing one other person in outdoor public spaces, where the rule of 6 will now apply

The new regulations set out the restrictions applicable in each tier. We have taken into account advice from SAGE on the impact of the previous tiers to strengthen the measures in the tiers, and help enable areas to move more swiftly into lower tiers.

The changes to the tiers are as follows:

  • in tier 1, the government will reinforce the importance that, where people can work from home, they should do so
  • in tier 2, hospitality settings that serve alcohol must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
  • in tier 3, hospitality will close except for delivery, drive-through and takeaway, hotels and other accommodation providers must close (except for specific exemptions, such as people staying for work purposes, where people are attending a funeral, or where they cannot return home) and indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres and bowling allies must also close. Elite sport will be played without spectators. Organised outdoor sport can resume, but the Government will advise against higher risk contact sports

These are not easy decisions, but they have been made according to the best clinical advice, and the criteria that we set out in the COVID-19 Winter Plan.

These are:

  1. case detection rates in all age groups
  2. case detection rates in the over 60s
  3. the rate at which cases are rising or falling
  4. positivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken)
  5. pressure on the NHS

The indicators have been designed to give the government a picture of what is happening with the virus in any area so that suitable action can be taken: These key indicators need to be viewed in the context of how they interact with each other as well as the wider context but provide an important framework for decision making – assessing the underlying prevalence in addition to how the spread of the disease is changing in areas: Given these sensitivities, it is not possible to set rigid thresholds for these indicators:

The regulations will require the government to review the allocations every 14 days, with the first review complete by the end of 16 December: We have been able to announce UK-wide arrangements for Christmas, allowing friends and loved ones to reunite, and form a Christmas bubble of 3 households for 5 days over the Christmas period: We have increased funding through our Contain Outbreak Management Fund, which will provide monthly payments to local authorities facing higher restrictions: We are also launching a major community testing programme, honing in on the areas with the greatest rate of infection: This programme is open to local authorities in tier 3 areas and offers help to get out of the toughest restrictions as fast as possible:

The following areas will be in each tier from the 2 December: This list will also be published on GOV.UK and a postcode tracker will be available for the public to check what rules apply in their local area:

#AceHealthDesk report …………….Published: Nov.26: 2020:

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(LONDON) MET REPORT: A man remains in custody after he was arrested by officers after reports of a ‘ teenager with a pole ‘ in Brixton around 15:30hrs and is presently being held in custody as enquire s continue #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.26: Man remains in custody following attack on teenager in Brixton: Police were called to Leigham Court Road, SW16, at 15.23hrs on Wednesday, 25 November, to reports of a man attacking people with a pole: Officers attended along with paramedics from London Ambulance Service (LAS)…………..A 13-year-old boy was found with a head injury. He was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital. His condition has now been assessed as non-life threatening and non-life changing: A 35-year-old man was arrested nearby on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm [GBH]. He was taken into custody where he remains: The crime scene has now been closed:

MET Officers have arrested a man on suspicion of attacking a teenager with a pole in Brixton after reports on Wed.25: Nov: around 15:30hrs and is held in custody …

Superintendent Ian Howells, Neighbourhood Lead for Lambeth and Southwark, said: “ This was a shocking incident and has caused alarm and distress among the local community: “We are supporting the family of the boy who was injured and have a number of officers in the area speaking with residents and also pupils from the school nearby who witnessed what happened: “We would like to reassure the public that this was an isolated and contained incident: “A man has been arrested and a thorough investigation into how the teenager came to be injured is underway: “We are continuing to work with the school, local authority and wider partners and community to ensure the school and community receive the necessary support following this incident.”

Anyone with information or dash cam footage which could assist the investigation is asked to contact police via 101 quoting CAD4356/25Nov:

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Nov.26: 2020:

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(LONDON) JUST IN: MET Speicialist Crime Command Report: Homicide Detectives have arrested a man in connection with a murder investgation launched following the death of a woman in Greenford on Wed.25: Nov: around and he is presently in custody as enquires continue #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.26: The 31-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of murder: He was taken to a west London police station where he remains at this time: Police were called at approximately 17:00hrs on Wednesday, 25 November to reports of a woman found injured at a residential address in Drew Gardens, Greenford:
Officers and London Ambulance Service, supported by the police helicopter, attended and found a 62-year-old woman suffering from head injuries
She was pronounced dead at the scene at 17:22hrs: Next of kin are aware and a post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course:
A murder investigation has been launched led by Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command [Homicide]

MET Update Report: A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the murder of a woman in Greenford on Wednesday

Met’s Specialist Crime Command DCI Chief Inspector Simon Harding said: “ At this early stage we retain an open mind around the circumstances surrounding this incident. However, we can confirm that the victim and the man arrested were known to each other, and we are not actively seeking any other suspects at this time.”

Chief Superintendent Peter Gardner of the Met’s West Area Command said: “This is a devastating incident and my thoughts are with the victim’s family at this difficult time: “ I would like to reassure residents who will have noted a large police presence in the area last night and throughout today: These officers are there to assist with the investigation and also to provide local reassurance and support.”

Enquiries into circumstances continue……

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4205, call 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 5251/25NOV:

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Nov.26: 2020:

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(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus Report: Global cases as at 25/11/2020 rise and surpass 60-million with sadly over 1.4-million deaths as US reaches nearly with 13-million cases and sadly over 250,000 deaths according to Johns Hopkins University #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.26: US COVID-19 Deaths Top 260,000 – Johns Hopkins University: WASHINGTON, November 25 (Sputnik) – The number of US deaths caused by the novel coronavirus disease #COVID19 has exceeded 260,000, John Hopkins University data revealed: The United States has confirmed more than 12.6 million cases of COVID-19 since the first infection was detected in late January, the data showed on Wednesday. The death toll now stands at 260,065, according to the data: It took the US a single week to add another 10,000 to its coronavirus death tally according to @Sputnik 25 November 2020 14:58:

  • Global Confirmed60,492,062
  • Global Deaths1,423,219
  • U.S. Confirmed12,778,254
  • U.S. Deaths262,283
  • Global MapU.S. Map


COVID-19 Data in Motion: Wednesday, November 25, 2020

A 60-second, daily summary of the most important data on COVID-19 in the U.S., updated every morning.

The UK government is providing 280 billion pounds ($373 billion) to help the country meet the epidemiological and economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: @Sputnik 25 November 2020 20:00

#AceHealthDesk report …………Published: 25 November 2020 14:58:

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(LONDON) GOVUK Press Release Statement Report: Chancellor Rishi Sunak Announces that Scotland will receive £2.4bn of new funding 2021/22 through the Barnett formula for devolved areas such as health & social c are, education and housing & in addition £8.2bn guaranteed to the Government in 2020/21, above the fund ing allocated at the Spring Budget earlier this year, in the face of the #coronavirus and its impact on the economy #AceFinanceDesk report

#AceFinanceReport – Nov.26: Chancellor Rishi Sunak today unveiled a Spending Review for the whole of the UK as he laid out plans to help every corner of Scotland to build back better and fight #coronavirus: The Chancellor announced that Scotland will receive £2.4bn of new funding from the UK Government in 2021/22 through the Barnett formula for devolved areas such as health and social care, education and housing: This is double the £1.2bn new funding provided for 2020/21 at the 2019 Spending Round: It is also in addition to the £8.2bn guaranteed to the Scottish Government in 2020/21, above the funding allocated at the Spring Budget earlier this year, in the face of the coronavirus and its impact on the economy: Scotland will also receive a significant boost from more than £100bn of capital investment across the UK in 2021/22, improving connectivity and productivity:

GOVUK Chancellor Rishi Sunak Announces Spending review to deliver for Scotland

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces £2.4bn of new funding for Scotland for 2021/22

Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said:

This Spending Review will help people in every corner of Scotland.

It will provide billions of pounds to fight coronavirus, deliver the peoples’ priorities and drive the UK’s recovery.

The Treasury is, has been, and will always be the Treasury for the whole of the United Kingdom. And this is a Spending Review for the whole of the United Kingdom.

Speaking after the Chancellor delivered the UK Government’s Spending Review, Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said:

The UK Government’s Spending Review delivers for all parts of the UK at this challenging time. Never before has the strength of the Union, and the role of the UK Treasury, been more important.

The UK Government pledged to bring funding decisions back from Brussels, and our plans for a new UK Shared Prosperity Fund will deliver on this promise. Communities across the UK have been hit hard by Covid, so I welcome the Chancellor’s announcement today of £220 million in additional funding in the coming financial year. This will be delivered by the UK Government across the UK, working in partnership with local authorities and communities.

We made a commitment to maintain funding for our vital rural and coastal communities and are fulfilling that through £570 million to support farmers and our rural economy, and £14 million to support Scottish fisheries. Additional funding for broadband will help boost the economies of some of Scotland’s most remote communities.

Accelerating the Tay, Moray, Borderlands and Islands growth deals is great news. It will help support jobs and drive economic recovery across swathes of Scotland.

The new UK Infrastructure Bank will help support our post-covid economic recovery. A billion pounds for our net zero climate change target will ensure the UK remains a world leader in climate action, ahead of us bringing the world to Glasgow for COP26 next year. And the new counter-terrorism operations centre will help keep people in all parts of the UK safe from global threats.

The Scottish Government will receive an additional £2.4 billion in Barnett Consequentials. This is over and above the £8.2 billion they have already been allocated since March this year. This additional funding will help support jobs and public services in Scotland while we fight the pandemic.

The UK Government will continue to do all it can to support people in all parts of the United Kingdom.

The Chancellor used the Spending Review to reaffirm his commitment to growth across Scotland – announcing an £11m acceleration of City and Growth Deal funding over each year remaining in four Scotland Deals: Tay Cities, Borderlands (Scotland), Moray and the Scottish Islands will be funded over 10 years, rather than 15 years, releasing funding more quickly to enable projects to come online sooner: By bringing forward the investment, Tay Cities will receive an additional £6.3m each year, Borderlands (Scotland) an extra £2.1m, Moray an extra £1.1m and the Scottish Islands an additional £1.7m.

Projects announced today include the Gigabit and Shared Rural Network programmes for better mobile coverage: The Gigabit programme subsidises the rollout of gigabit-capable broadband in the most difficult to reach 20% of the UK, while the Shared Rural Network programme is a partnership with industry that will deliver high-quality 4G mobile coverage across 95% of the UK by 2025.

Investment in new green industries will support green growth clusters, offshore wind capacity, port infrastructure, Carbon Capture and Storage and low carbon hydrogen: The global underwater hub, funded by £1.3m announced at today’s Spending Review, will eventually comprise of physical presences in the existing underwater engineering cluster in North East Scotland: Separately, institutions and companies in Scotland will also be able to access a £14.6bn UK-wide research and development fund:

The Government today confirmed funding for the next stage of the Plan for Jobs – including £1.6bn for the landmark Kickstart scheme in 2021/22, which will see the creation of up to 250,000 government-subsidised jobs for young people: The apprenticeship hiring incentive that launched in August will also be extended to 31 March 2021, offering employers up to £2,000 for every new apprentice they hire.

‘ Investment from EU Structural Funds is increasing in each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in 21-22 compared to this financial year ‘

‘ The Spending Review provides additional UK funding to help local areas prepare over 2021-22 for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Further details will be published in the New Year ‘

The UK Government has delivered on its manifesto commitment to maintain funding by providing £570m to support farmers, land managers and the rural economy, and £14m to support fisheries in Scotland: The Government committed to boost local economies by establishing at least one Freeport in each of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with locations to be jointly decided by the UK Government and the devolved administrations: And on the cultural front the Government announced £29.1m for Festival UK with projects expected across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The UK Government’s recent announcement of record spending on defence will also directly benefit Scotland as it finances the UK’s order of 8 Type 26 and 5 Type 31 frigates, which are currently being constructed on the Clyde, creating thousands of jobs:

At this Spending Review Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will benefit from UK-wide coronavirus support in health, including £15bn for Test and Trace with Barnett funding provided for England-only elements of the programme…..

#AceFinanceDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.26: 2020:

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(WORLDWIDE) #Care2Share ………Its not time to blame politicians or leaders for the present problems but for everyone to work together for the good of others …….🙏’s Friends, Followers and Readers Be safe Amen

Editor says …..As l read many blogs daily some are using their time and providing people of this world in may countries with information that could either save their lives or at least help someone to help another person.

But others readily tell us that governments knew that our health services were under-funded and under-staffed …OK I agree ….but blame does not allow us to gain.

If we work together to help those in our community the best way we can then maybe that will bring about the change we seek in our ❤️ And in so doing God by any name will be able to see we #Care2Share his love given by his sons crucification and help and guidance will come.

🙏’s Friends, Followers, Readers and All People of this World Amen

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(ANKARA, Turkey.) Court Report: Former military commanders & fighter jet pilots have been handed life sentences who bombed police compounds and the parliament building in the Ankara during a failed 2016 coup #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.26: The court in Ankara delivered the verdicts against 475 defendants, 365 of whom had been detained: Several former military officials and civilians individually received up to 79 life sentences for their role in the failed coup. A former brigadier general was sentenced to life in prison for providing fuel for F-16 jet fighters flown by the insurgents, while several of his colleagues received a similar sentence for instructing the pilots to strike specific targets in the capital: The pilots were likewise sentenced to life in prison for bombing police sites, the Turkish Parliament building and a state broadcasting company in the country’s capital. In one ruling, a former F-16 pilot received 16 life sentences for killing 15 people near the presidential compound: Another defendant, a former brigadier general, was handed a life sentence for detaining a military police chief during the coup:

Turkish courts previously sentenced 121 people to life in prison for their role in the coup in June and 151 last year.

German Navy frigates 'Hamburg' © AP Photo/Focke Strangmann

Berlin hits out at Ankara after Turkey prevents arms search on Libya-bound ship

On July 15, 2016, elements of the Turkish Armed Forces tried to seize control over key sites in Ankara, Istanbul and several other locations across the country, but were quickly overpowered. The government accused dissident cleric Fethullah Gulen of staging the coup. Gulen, who has lived in self-exile in the US since 1999, denied the allegations:

The Gulen movement is considered to be a terrorist group by Turkey: Security forces regularly conduct raids against the cleric’s supporters in different parts of the country:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………….Published: Nov.26:2020:

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(LAGOS, Nigeria.) JUST IN: Three Nigerians suspected of being part of a the cybercrime group (TMT) that targeted tens of thousands of victims around the world have been arrested today in the capital, according to Interpol #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.25: In a report disclosing its involvement in the investigation, security firm Group-IB said the three suspects are members of a cybercrime group they have been tracking since 2019 and which they have been tracking under the codename of TMT. Group-IB said the group primarily operated by sending out mass email spam campaigns containing files laced with malware:

To send their email spam, the group used the Gammadyne Mailer and Turbo-Mailer email automation tools and then relied on MailChimp to track if a recipient victim opened their messages:

The file attachments were laced with various strains of malware that granted hackers access to infected computers from where they focused on stealing credentials from browsers, email, and FTP clients:

#AceNewsDesk report …………………Published on November 25, 2020 at 06:45PM

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(LONDON) GOVUK Press Release Statement Report: Chancellor Rishi Sunak Announces todays spending review for one year …..with emphasis on jobs & building back better including growing the economy #AceFinanceDesk report

#AceFinanceReport – Nov.25: Mr Speaker,………Today’s Spending Review delivers on the priorities of the British people: Our health emergency is not yet over: And our economic emergency has only just begun: So our immediate priority is to protect people’s lives and livelihoods: But today’s Spending Review also delivers stronger public services: Paying for new hospitals, better schools and safer streets: And it delivers a once-in-a-generation investment in infrastructure: Creating jobs, growing the economy, increasing pride in the places we call home:

GOVUK Spending Review 2020 speech by Rishi Sunak on jobs & economy

The Spending Review 2020 speech as delivered by Chancellor Rishi Sunak

HM Treasury

On Monday, the Prime Minister set out the action we need to take between now and the start of December to control the spread of coronavirus:

Mr Speaker,

Our immediate priority is to protect people’s lives and livelihoods.

So let me begin by updating the House on our response to coronavirus.

We’re prioritising jobs, businesses and public services.

The furlough scheme, support for the self-employed, loans, grants, tax cuts and deferrals as well as extra funding for schools, councils, the NHS, charities, culture and sport.

Today’s figures confirm that taken together:

This year, we are providing £280 billion to get our country through coronavirus.

Next year, to fund our programmes on testing, PPE, vaccines – we are allocating an initial £18 billion.

To protect the public services most affected by coronavirus, we are also providing:

£3 billion to support NHS recovery, allowing them to carry out up to a million checks, scans and operations.

Over £2 billion to keep our transport arteries open, subsidising rail networks.

Over £3 billion to local councils.

And an extra £250 million to help end rough sleeping.

And while much of our coronavirus response is UK-wide, the government is also providing £2.6 billion to support the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Taken together, next year, public services funding to tackle coronavirus will total £55 billion.

Mr Speaker,

Let me turn to the OBR’s economic forecasts.

And can I thank the new Chair, Richard Hughes, and his whole team, for their work.

The OBR forecast the economy will contract this year by 11.3%, the largest fall in output for more than 300 years.

As the restrictions are eased, they expect the economy to start recovering growing by 5.5% next year, 6.6% in 2022, then 2.3%, 1.7% and 1.8% in the following years.

Even with growth returning, our economic output is not expected to return to pre-crisis levels until the fourth quarter of 2022.

And the economic damage is likely to be lasting.

Long-term scarring means, in 2025, the economy will be around 3% smaller than expected in the March Budget. 

Mr Speaker,

The economic impact of coronavirus, and the action we’ve taken in response, means there has been a significant but necessary increase in our borrowing and debt.

The UK is forecast to borrow a total of £394 billion this year, equivalent to 19% of GDP.

The highest recorded level of borrowing in our peacetime history.

Borrowing falls to £164 billion next year, £105 billion in 2022-23, then remains at around £100 billion, 4% of GDP, for the remainder of the forecast.

Underlying debt – after removing the temporary effect of the Bank of England’s asset purchases – is forecast to be 91.9% of GDP this year.

And due to elevated borrowing levels, and a forecast persistent deficit, underlying debt is forecast to continue rising in every year, reaching 97.5% of GDP in 2025-26.

High as these costs are, the costs of inaction would have been far higher.

But this situation is clearly unsustainable over the medium term.

We could only act in the way we have because we came into this crisis with strong public finances.

And we have a responsibility, once the economy recovers, to return to a sustainable fiscal position.  Mr Speaker,

This is an economic emergency.

That’s why we have taken, and continue to take, extraordinary measures to protect people’s jobs and incomes.

And it is clear those measures are making a difference.

The OBR now state – as the Bank of England and the IMF already have – that our economic response has protected jobs, supported incomes and helped businesses stay afloat.

They’ve said today that business insolvencies have fallen, compared to last year.

And the latest data shows the UK’s unemployment rate is lower than Italy, France, Spain, Canada and the United States.

And we’re doing more to build on our Plan for Jobs.

I’m announcing today nearly £3 billion for My Right Honourable Friend the Work & Pensions Secretary to deliver a new, three-year Restart Programme to help over a million people who’ve been unemployed for over a year, find new work.

But I have always said: we cannot protect every job.

Despite the extraordinary support we’ve provided, the OBR expects unemployment to rise to a peak in the second quarter of next year, of 7.5% – 2.6 million people.

Unemployment is then forecast to fall in every year, reaching 4.4% by the end of 2024.

Mr Speaker,

Today’s statistics remind us of something else: coronavirus has deepened the disparity between public and private sector wages.

In the six months to September, private sector wages fell by nearly 1% compared to last year. Over the same period, public sector wages rose by nearly 4%.

And unlike workers in the private sector, who have lost jobs, been furloughed, seen wages cut, and hours reduced, the public sector has not.

In such a difficult context for the private sector – especially for those people working in sectors like retail, hospitality, and leisure I cannot justify a significant, across-the-board pay increase for all public sector workers.

Instead, we are targeting our resources at those who need it most.

To protect public sector jobs at this time of crisis, and ensure fairness between the public and private sectors, I am taking three steps today.

First, taking account of the pay review bodies advice, we will provide a pay rise to over a million Nurses, Doctors and others working in the NHS.

Second, to protect jobs, pay rises in the rest of the public sector will be paused next year.

But third, we will protect those on lower incomes.

The 2.1 million public sector workers who earn below the median wage of £24,000, will be guaranteed a pay rise of at least £250.

What this means, Mr Speaker, is that while the government is making the difficult decision to control public sector pay the majority of public sector workers will see their pay increase next year.

And we want to do more for the lowest paid.

We are accepting in full the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission to increase the National Living Wage by 2.2% to £8.91 an hour; to extend this rate to those aged 23 and over; and to increase the National Minimum Wage rates as well.

Taken together, these minimum wage increases will likely benefit around two million people.

A full-time worker on the National Living Wage will see their annual earnings increase by £345 next year.

And compared to 2016 when the policy was first introduced, that’s a pay rise of over £4,000.  Mr Speaker,

These are difficult and uncertain economic times – so it is right that our immediate priority is to protect people’s health and their jobs.

But we need to look beyond.

Today’s Spending Review delivers stronger public services – our second priority.

Before I turn to the details, let me thank the whole Treasury team, and especially My Right Honourable Friend the Chief Secretary for their dedication and hard work in preparing today’s Spending Review.

Next year, total departmental spending will be £540 billion.

Over this year and next, day-to-day departmental spending will rise, in real terms, by 3.8% – the fastest growth rate in 15 years.

In cash terms, day-to-day departmental budgets will increase next year by £14.8 billion.

And Mr Speaker, this is a Spending Review for the whole United Kingdom.

Through the Barnett formula, today’s decisions increase Scottish Government funding by £2.4 billion, Welsh Government funding by £1.3 billion, and £0.9 billion for the Northern Ireland Executive.

The whole of the United Kingdom will benefit from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, and over time we will ramp up funding so that total domestic UK-wide funding will at least match EU receipts, on average reaching around £1.5 billion a year.

To help local areas prepare for the introduction of the UKSPF, next year we will provide funding for communities to pilot programmes and new approaches.

And we will accelerate four City and Growth Deals in Scotland, helping Tay Cities, Borderlands, Moray, and the Scottish Islands create jobs and prosperity in their areas.

Mr Speaker,

Our public spending plans deliver on the priorities of the British people.

Today’s Spending Review honours our historic, multi-year commitment to the NHS.

Next year, the core health budget will grow by £6.6 billion, allowing us to deliver 50,000 more nurses and 50 million more general practice appointments.

We’re increasing capital investment by £2.3 billion.

To invest in new technologies to improve patient and staff experience.

Replace ageing diagnostic machines like MRI and CT scanners.

And fund the biggest hospital building programme in a generation – building 40 new hospitals and upgrading 70 more.

We’re investing in social care, too.

Today’s settlement allows Local Authorities to increase their core spending power by 4.5%.

Local authorities will have extra flexibility for Council Tax and Adult Social Care precept which together with £300 million of new grant funding gives them access to an extra billions pounds to fund social care.

And this is on top of the extra billion pound social care grant we provided this year, which I can confirm will be maintained into next year.

To provide a better education for our children, we’re also getting on with our three-year investment plan for schools.

We’ll increase the schools’ budget next year by £2.2 billion, well on the way to delivering our commitment of an extra £7.1 billion by 2022-23.

Every pupil in the country will see a year-on-year funding increase of at least 2%.

And we’re funding the Prime Minister’s commitment to rebuild 500 schools over the next decade.

And we’re also committed to boosting skills.

With £291 million to pay for more young people to go into further education.

£1.5 billion to rebuild colleges.

£375 million to deliver the Prime Minister’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee.

And extend traineeships, sector-based work academies, and the national careers service.

As well as improving the way the apprenticeships system works for businesses.

And we’re also making our streets safer.

Next year, funding for the criminal justice system will increase by over a billion pounds.

We’re providing more than £400 million to recruit 6,000 new police officers – well on track to recruit 20,000.

And £4 billion over four years to provide 18,000 new prison places.

New hospitals, better schools, safer streets – the British people’s priorities are this government’s priorities.   Mr Speaker,

Today’s Spending Review strengthens the United Kingdom’s place in the world.

This country has always and will always be open and outward-looking, leading in solving the world’s toughest problems.

But during a domestic fiscal emergency, when we need to prioritise our limited resources on jobs and public services sticking rigidly to spending 0.7% of our national income on overseas aid, is difficult to justify to the British people especially when we’re seeing the highest peacetime levels of borrowing on record.

I have listened with great respect to those who have argued passionately to retain this target.

But at a time of unprecedented crisis government must make tough choices.

I want to reassure the House that we will continue to protect the world’s poorest:

Spending the equivalent of 0.5% of our national income on overseas aid in 2021, allocating £10 billion at this Spending Review.

And our intention is to return to 0.7% when the fiscal situation allows.

Based on the latest OECD data, the UK would remain the second highest aid donor in the G7.

Higher than France, Italy, Japan, Canada and the United States.

And 0.5% is also considerably more than the 29 countries on the OECD’s development assistance committee – who average just 0.38%.

And overseas aid is of course only one of the ways we play our role in the world.

The Prime Minister has announced over £24 billion investment in defence over the next four years, the biggest sustained increase in 30 years.

Allowing us to provide security not just for our country but around the world.

We’re investing more in our extensive diplomatic network, already one of the largest in the world.

And providing more funding for new trade deals.

We should, however, judge our standing in the world not just by the money we spend but by the causes we advance and the values we defend.

Mr Speaker,

If this Spending Review’s first priority was getting the country through coronavirus.

And its second was stronger public services.

Then our final priority is to deliver our record investment plans in infrastructure.

Capital spending next year will total £100 billion – £27 billion more in real terms than last year.

Our plans deliver the highest sustained level of public investment in more than 40 years.

Once-in-a-generation plans to deliver once-in-a-generation returns for our country.

To build housing, we’re introducing a £7.1 billion National Home Building Fund.

On top of our £12.2 billion Affordable Homes Programme.

We’ll deliver faster broadband for over 5 million premises across the UK.

Better mobile connectivity with 4G coverage across 95% of the country by 2025.

The biggest ever investment in new roads:

Upgraded railways, new cycle lanes and over 800 zero emission buses.

Our capital plans will invest in the greener future we promised.

Delivering the Prime Minister’s ten-point plan for climate change.

We’re making this country a scientific superpower.

With almost £15 billion of funding for research and development.

And we’re publishing today a comprehensive new National Infrastructure Strategy.

To help finance our plans, I can also announce we will establish a new UK infrastructure bank.

Headquartered in the north of England, the Bank will work with the private sector to finance major new investment projects across the UK – starting this spring.   Mr Speaker,

I have one further announcement to make:

For many people, the most powerful barometer of economic success is the change they see and the pride they feel in the places they call home.

People want to be able to look around their towns and villages and say, yes: our community – this place – is better off than it was five years ago.

For too long, our funding approach has been complex and ineffective.

And I want to change that.

Today I’m announcing a new Levelling Up Fund worth £4 billion.

Any local area will be able to bid directly to fund local projects.

The fund will be managed jointly between the Treasury, the Department for Transport and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government – taking a new, holistic, place-based approach to the needs of local areas.

Projects must have real impact:

They must be delivered within this Parliament.

And they must command local support, including from their Member of Parliament.

This is about funding the infrastructure of everyday life:

A new bypass.

Upgraded railway stations.

Less traffic.

More libraries, museums, and galleries.

Better high streets and town centres.

This government is funding the things people want and places need.   Mr Speaker,

Today I have announced huge investment in jobs, public services and infrastructure.

And yet… I cannot deny numbers alone, can ring hollow.

They stand testament to our commitment to create a better nation, but on their own they are not enough to create one.

When asked what our vision for the future of this country is, we cannot point to a shopping list of announcements and feel the job is done.

So, as we invest billions in research and development, we’re also introducing a new immigration system ensuring the best and brightest from around the world come here to learn, innovate and create.

As we invest billions in the building of new homes, we’re also simplifying our planning system to ensure beautiful homes are built where they are needed most.

As we invest billions in the security of this country, we’re also defending free speech and democratic rule, proving our values are more than just words.

And as we invest billions in public services, we’re also protecting the wages of those on the lowest incomes and supporting jobs because good work remains the most rewarding and sustainable path to prosperity.

The spending review announced today sets us on a path to deal with the material matters of government and it is a clear statement of our priorities but encouraging the individual and community brilliance on which a thriving society depends, remains, as ever, a work unfinished.

We in government can set the direction, better schools, more homes, stronger defence, safer streets green energy, technological development, improved rail, enhanced roads all investments that will create jobs and give every person in this country the chance to meet their potential.

But it is the individual, the family, and the community that must become stronger, healthier and happier as a result.

This is the true measure of our success.

The spending announced today is secondary to the courage, wisdom, kindness and creativity it unleashes.

These are the incalculable but essential parts of our future, and they cannot be mandated or distributed by government.

These things must come from each of us, and be shared freely, because the future, this better country, is a common endeavour.

Today government has funded the priorities of the British people, and now the job of delivering them, begins.

Mr Speaker, I commend this statement to the House.

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