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Greece again asks London to return the Parthenon marbles
Greece again appealed to Britain with a request to give away the Parthenon marbles exported from the country more than 200 years ago.
Marble bas-reliefs depicting the battle of the Greeks with centaurs make up about half of the frieze that adorned the ancient temple. They were taken to London by Lord Elgin, a British diplomat, in 1816 and sold to the British Museum. Now they are one of his most famous exhibits.
"The opening of our archaeological sites [after quarantine - ed.] Is an occasion for the international committees that advocate the restitution of the Parthenon marbles to again express their constant request and the request of the Greek government to return the marbles to their homeland," said Lina Mendon , Minister of Culture of Greece.
She added that Greece would never recognize the British Museum’s ownership of them.
Greece has been asking Britain for restitution of the Parthenon marbles for decades, but London does not agree, referring to the fact that the marbles were removed with the allowance of Porta, the power of the Ottoman Empire, which at that time controlled the territory of the country.
In recent years, Athens has offered to resolve the issue through the mediation of UNESCO, the British Museum does not agree.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, having assumed office, formally requested that the monument be loaned to Athens on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the celebration of the country's independence in 2021.
On May 21, the Parthenon International Sculpture Reunion Association sent a letter to the Greek Ministry of Culture with a proposal to renew pressure on the British Museum.
England eased strict quarantine: allowed meetings with friends in parks
In England, quarantine restrictions imposed to curb the corona virus epidemic have been loosened since Wednesday.
On Wednesday, milder quarantine measures which were announced on Sunday by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, after seven weeks of strict quarantine, began to take effect in England.
People who, by type of employment, cannot work remotely, from today can return to work. At the same time, they are asked to avoid using public transport as much as possible.
They allowed to open gardening centers that sell seedlings and related products.
From today it is allowed to go outside without time limits - for physical training, relaxing in parks and sports games (the latter - only with people living together). However, playgrounds remain closed.
In addition, you can go pick up the ordered delivery of goods or go to the station for the reception of secondary raw materials.
The meetings with people who do not live together are allowed - provided that it will be in the parks and in compliance with the two-meter distance.
Now you can also travel without restrictions to the country, to national parks or to the coast - within England. At the same time, it is necessary to avoid popular vacation spots and keep a distance, and spending the night at your dacha is still not allowed.
Violators of restrictions face a fine of £ 100, with a doubling in the event of a repeated violation - up to a maximum sanction of 3200 pounds.
London will be more convenient for cyclists
The city of London plans to make the city more convenient for cyclists and pedestrians to unload public transport during the quarantine period.
London Mayor Sadik Khan proposes to make the city convenient for cyclists and pedestrians in order to reduce the burden on public transport and, thus, reduce the risk of corona virus infection during quarantine. It is proposed to create more bike paths, existing bike paths, where necessary, to protect from traffic lanes. Also, expand the sidewalks, and in some areas — increase speed limits for transport.
“The capacity of our public transport in the aftermath of the epidemic will be drastically reduced due to the need to ensure social distance. The creation of temporary bicycle paths and the closure of individual roads for motor traffic will help millions of people to change their usual way of moving around the city,” Sadik Khan explained.
Some of these changes are planned to be maintained after quarantine.
According to the BBC, the London metro operator at the quarantine exit stage will reduce passenger transportation by more than six times to make it possible to maintain a safe distance between people. If before, during peak hours, up to 325,000 Londoners came into trains every 15 minutes, now it will be no more than 50,000 passengers.
VE celebrations during the lockdown in London.
You can see some fresh flags on the Cenotaph ahead of VE Day in London.
People there were going to do parades etc because of the 75th anniversary of VE Day but unfortunatelly events cancelled due to the corona virus. So how is the british population getting ready to celebrate this day?
Victory in Europe (VE) Day on 8 May 1945 saw Britain accept Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender after six years of Second World war.
This year the day falling on a Friday.
Due to lockdown every event has been cancelled but neighbours and families are creative and they have found different ways to celebrate.
Now pay attention and enjoy some of the preparations people have been making around England. There are some pictures of decorations in the UK, London. They are full of happiness and hope.
109 more die in London with the total death toll at 4,890.
As per the latest figures issued by NHS England on Wednesday, 109 more people have died in London. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 has reached to 4,890 mark.
The city has had the maximum number of deaths in the county with Midlands at 3,883, the North West at 2,909, and the North East and Yorkshire at 2,612. In the UK total of 601 people have died due to the infection, and the total stands at 22,300. The news comes after the Government announced it would unveil care home deaths across the UK.
Days are twice as busy as Christmas for London’s bins collectors.
Many unsung heroes deserve appreciation during the time we sit in as lockdown is still in place. The work is hectic for the bin collectors. So much so, it is twice as busier as Christmas.
Scott Forrester, who drives a bin lorry for Wandsworth Council, said in a statement that he mostly get on the road by 6 AM and normally finish by 1:30 PM. But nowadays the work goes beyond 3:30 PM. People are leaving a lot of waste out at the moment, and this is at the time when green waste has had to be put on hold. Normal rubbish and recycling collections are continuing as normal in Wandsworth, and more recycling sacks are being delivered to cope with an increase in demand.
Mobility report of London during lockdown showed by Google data.
Though the lockdown is continuing in London, people are heading towards parks and shops. The data from Google suggest that people are out of their homes, but it is still below the normal level.
The national numbers of people heading out of their homes have seen a similar rise. First Secretary of State Dominic Raab, acting in place of Boris Johnson, urged the nation to continue to follow government advice on social distancing. Google used location data to define trends in people’s movements in the home, retail, and recreation establishments along with grocery stores and pharmacies, public transport hubs, and parks, and green spaces. This is a second such report published by Google.
NHS Nightingale of London has treated 51 patients.
NHS Nightingale is the temporary field hospital that was built in east London’s ExCel centre that can hold as many as 4,000 COVID-19 patients. Though NHS is not confirming the number, but the reports suggest that 13 people have died in the hospital.
A spokesperson of NHS Nightingale said in a statement that it would be a mark of success if the hospital continues not to operate at full capacity. They added that it would mean the rest of NHS has managed well and because the public has helped in slowing down the virus, fewer people need care. The NHS confirmed that on 24 April, there were 26 patients at NHS Nightingale, with plans to take about 250 more in the coming weeks.
London looks sad and strange.
Trafalgar Square now stands almost empty, and the night is silent. It is usually filled with noisy tourists, but the place is now filled with clusters of homeless people who are waiting on the steps of the National Gallery for food to be distributed. But they are not the only ones who are having sleepless nights.
Central London sees a surge of the newly unemployed restaurant and pub workers forced to sleep on the street as they can no longer pay the rent. The government said in a recent statement that it had housed 90% of those who were sleeping rough nationally by paying for hotel rooms. But in the capital, hundreds of tents and cardboard box encampments remain, and conditions are getting much harsher for those still – or newly – on the streets.
One hundred twenty-six lives lost in a single day at hospitals in London due to COVID-19.
According to the latest reports, 126 more people have died in hospitals across London after contracting COVID-19. The total number of people who have died of COVID-19 in London has reached 4,426. NHS released the data on Friday. Across England, 587 deaths were reported, and the total death toll of the country is at 17,373. The patients were between the ages of 40 and 102 years. 34 of 587 died did not have any underlying health conditions. In a statement spokesperson of NHS England said that 587 people who were tested positive for the coronavirus have died. The families have been informed.