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Labour would make Britain ‘asylum capital of the world’

Labour would make Britain ‘asylum capital of the world’

[ad_1] Good evening. James Cleverly has claimed a Labour government would turn the UK into the “asylum capital of the world” – and an official has admitted that the Bank of England made “persistent and systematic” errors in its forecasts about inflation. Plus: Meet the hosts of our new podcast, The Daily T. Labour would make Britain ‘asylum capital of the world’ Speaking in Dover earlier today, Sir Keir Starmer announced that Labour would create a new Border Security Command unit which would treat people smugglers the same as terrorists. He also said a Labour government would scrap Rwanda migrant deportation flights “straight away”. But Mr Cleverly, the Home Secretary, hit back and claimed Labour would “create a haven for criminal gangs, not stop them”. Bank of England made ‘persistent and systematic’ errors Swati Dhingra was one of two officials to vote for a reduction in interest rates which were subsequently held at 5.25pc. Her comments came as the Bank of England’s chief economist warned about the risk of being “seduced” by data showing a …

All The Controversy Around This Year’s Eurovision Song Contest Explained

All The Controversy Around This Year’s Eurovision Song Contest Explained

[ad_1] If you asked most people what they associate with the Eurovision Song Contest, the chances are they’ll tell you it’s a night of fun songs, occasionally outlandish production numbers and, above all, some joyous escapism. However, this year’s competition is a somewhat different story. The Eurovision final is due to take place in Malmö on Saturday night, set against a backdrop of controversy and even calls for a boycott due to Israel’s continued presence in the contest, amid the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. For those who need a refresher on exactly why this year’s Eurovision has proved to be so divisive, here’s the story so far… Calls for Israel to be removed from the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest began last year As the conflict in the Middle East has continued, many fans have been putting pressure on the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), who help produce Eurovision ever year, to rescind Israel’s invitation. The Association of Composers and Lyricists of Iceland urged its own country’s national broadcaster RÚV to pull out of Eurovision …

Sweden celebrates ABBA at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest

Sweden celebrates ABBA at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest

[ad_1] MALMO, Sweden — The Eurovision stars aligned last year as Sweden claimed its seventh victory — a feat shared only with Ireland — bringing the song contest back to Abba’s home country this year, just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their 1974 win. In tribute to the band — Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad — Malmo is paying homage as the southern Swedish city hosts the 68th annual competition, which opened Tuesday and concludes with Saturday’s grand finale, for the third time. The celebrations coincide with a particularly fraught Eurovision after weeks of calls from artists and activists to ban Israel from participating over the war in Gaza. [ad_2] Source link

Eurovision 2024: The Netherlands’ entry Joost Klein not rehearsing ‘until further notice’ over ‘incident’ | Ents & Arts News

Eurovision 2024: The Netherlands’ entry Joost Klein not rehearsing ‘until further notice’ over ‘incident’ | Ents & Arts News

[ad_1] The Netherlands’ Eurovision entry Joost Klein is under investigation by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) due to an unexplained “incident” – and will not be rehearsing again until “further notice”. The Dutch singer, 26, missed his slot in the show’s penultimate dress rehearsal in Malmo, Sweden, on Friday, where he had been due to perform his track Europapa in fifth place, ahead of Israel’s Eden Golan, 20, with her song Hurricane. It is not yet clear if Klein will be performing in the Eurovision Song Contest’s grand final on Saturday. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:18 Israel performs at Eurovision semi-final The EBU said in a statement: “We are currently investigating an incident that was reported to us involving the Dutch artist. He will not be rehearsing until further notice. “We have no further comment at this time and will update in due course.” Klein had been part of the flag parade at the start of the rehearsal, and walked around the stage in full costume, but then failed …

Eurovision Dismisses Claims Producers Censored Booing During Israel’s Performance

Eurovision Dismisses Claims Producers Censored Booing During Israel’s Performance

[ad_1] Eurovision organisers have insisted they did not censor any booing from Israel’s performance on Thursday night. Israel’s presence in this year’s contest has been a contentious issue among Eurovision fans for a number of months now, as a result of the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, with many even calling for a boycott of the broadcast. During rehearsals for the second semi-final earlier this week, loud boos could be heard during Israeli singer Eden Golan’s performance. However, when she performed during Thursday’s live show, this was not the case, leading many viewers to suggest that Eurovision bosses could have using technology to censor the sound of the booing. BBC News also reported on this speculation after the second semi-final aired. A spokesperson told HuffPost UK: “Just like in all major TV productions with an audience, SVT [Sweden’s national broadcaster] work on the broadcast sound to even out the levels for TV viewers. This is solely to achieve as balanced a sound mix as possible for the audience; and SVT do not censor sound …

Protesters gather in support of Israel or Palestine during Eurovision contest in Sweden

Protesters gather in support of Israel or Palestine during Eurovision contest in Sweden

[ad_1] Just hours before the second Eurovision semi-final, on Thursday, May 9, Malmö looked like a city under siege: Helicopters buzzed overhead, while armored vehicles and hundreds of police officers roamed the streets. This unprecedented security detail had been deployed as two demonstrations were due to take place within hours of each other in the center of Malmö: one, called for by some sixty associations, to protest against Israel’s participation in the contest; the other, organized by the Jewish community, to support the Israeli candidate. The first demonstrators gathered mid-afternoon in Malmö’s main square, which was soon awash with a sea of Palestinian flags. Signs calling for a “ceasefire in Gaza,” an “end to genocide” and a “boycott of Israel” could be seen. Families came and the crowd swelled as trains came in bringing protestors from neighboring Denmark. Read more Subscribers only Malmö prepares for a high-tension Eurovision contest In their fifties, Jeanette Volfbrandt and her friend Karima (who, like many of those interviewed, did not wish to give her family name) came from Copenhagen, …

Thousands march in Sweden’s Malmo against Israel’s Eurovision participation | Israel War on Gaza News

Thousands march in Sweden’s Malmo against Israel’s Eurovision participation | Israel War on Gaza News

[ad_1] Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched in the Swedish port city of Malmo against Israel’s participation in the pan-continental Eurovision Song Contest. Protesters waving Palestinian flags packed the historic Stortorget square near Malmo’s 16th-century town hall before a planned march on Thursday through the city for a rally in a park several kilometres from the Eurovision venue. Police estimated that between 10,000 and 12,000 people took part. Among those in the crowd was Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Chanting “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” and “Israel is a terror state”, the demonstrators set off smoke flares in the Palestinian flag colours during a noisy but peaceful rally to criticise Israel and call for a ceasefire in Gaza. There was a large police presence, with a hovering helicopter, and officers on rooftops with binoculars. A smaller pro-Israel protest was also held on Thursday in a central Malmo square. Contest organisers, who try to keep Eurovision a nonpolitical event, have rejected calls to bar Israel over the war on Gaza. But they …

Eurovision Gripped In Controversy Amid Heckling, Calls For Boycott Over Gaza

Eurovision Gripped In Controversy Amid Heckling, Calls For Boycott Over Gaza

[ad_1] Via Middle East Eye The Eurovision Song Contest was mired in further controversy on Wednesday when the Israeli contestant’s dress rehearsal performance was met with boos and shouts of “Free Palestine” from the audience. Eden Golan’s performance of “Hurricane” ahead of the second Eurovision semi-final on Thursday took place as Israel plans its incursion into the southern Gaza city of Rafah where almost 1.5m displaced Palestinians have fled to. Singer Eden Golan representing Israel with the song ‘Hurricane’ performs on stage during the first rehearsal before the second semi-final of the 68th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest at the Malmo Arena in Sweden on 8 May 2024. Israel also faces accusations of war crimes and genocide for its ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip, which has left a reported more than 34,900 Palestinians dead, the vast majority civilians. “Easily the most booing I’ve ever heard at #Eurovision but no major disruptions of Israel at the first show with a crowd,” journalist Ben Rothenberg posted on X, formerly Twitter. One person who said they attended the show said several members of the audience left during …

I spent a few nights in Tampere, the ‘wannabe’ Eurovision city – and it put on the show of a lifetime

I spent a few nights in Tampere, the ‘wannabe’ Eurovision city – and it put on the show of a lifetime

[ad_1] I’ve been following Eurovision for years now, through the highs and given I’m a British fan the many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many lows. But one country that also doesn’t have a flawless record is Finland, who has only won the competition once, back in 2006 with the memorable Lordi and ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’. Now while I’m fully backing Olly Alexander and his song ‘Dizzy’ to allow the UK to host once again when it comes to 2025, following my three-night stay in Tampere, Finland, I would not be mad if Windows95man brings the crown back to the Scandinavian country. © Matthew MooreThe views on the frozen lake were mind-blowing After nearly snatching the title last year with Käärijä’s ‘Cha Cha Cha’, Eurovision fever has really swept Finland and you could feel that just walking around the city, which was already going all out from hosting Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), which is Finland’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. National landmarks were lit up in pink and purple, UMK’s signature …

Eurovision 2024: Politics pushes its way into the spotlight as final 10 acts announced ahead of grand final | Ents & Arts News

Eurovision 2024: Politics pushes its way into the spotlight as final 10 acts announced ahead of grand final | Ents & Arts News

[ad_1] Politics has thrust its way into this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, with several of the finalists referring to ongoing global disputes while speaking about their progression into the final stage of the competition. Latvian act Dons, whose song Hollow is about insecurity, was the first to use his platform to shine a light on to the troubled geopolitical landscape. Image: Latvia’s Dons. Pic: Corinne Cumming/EBU Appearing at a news conference following the selection of the final 10 acts on Thursday, he responded to a question from Latvian media asking him “What was your message tonight?” by saying: “Today was a special day in my life. I’ve never been so proud to be part of the Latvian nation. “Latvia is the only country in the world that is in the shape of a butterfly. Butterflies symbolise hope and freedom because to be a butterfly you have to fly and you have to be free. Every country in the world deserves to be free.” He received a loud round of applause within the room. The competition …