OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead guilty to three criminal charges – report

Guilty plea part of $8bn settlement, justice department saysPrescription painkiller helped touch off opioid epidemic Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8bn, justice department officials told The Associated Press. The company will plead guilty to a criminal information being filed Wednesday in federal court in New Jersey to three counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and violating federal anti-kickback laws, the officials said. Continue reading…

Greta Thunberg accuses MEPs of ‘surrender on climate and environment’

European parliament votes to continue payments to farmers with no green conditions attachedGreta Thunberg, the Swedish school strike pioneer and environmental activist, has accused MEPs of surrendering on the climate and environment by voting in favour of a watered-down reform of the EU’s common agricultural policy.The European parliament voted late on Wednesday in favour of proposals put forward by the main political groups that will continue 60% of the current direct payments to farmers with weak or non-existent green conditions attached. Continue reading…

Ana, a woman with albinism, in Barcelona: Paola de Grenet’s best photograph

‘I set up a fan to create movement with her hair. But Ana already had a great look – she always wears that shade of lipstick’I met Ana in a bar in El Raval, Barcelona, in 2003. I am from Naples and had just arrived in the city after a decade living in London. I had that energy you get when you’re in a new place and everything is a surprise. When I saw Ana, I felt compelled to photograph her.El Raval used to be called the Barrio Chino, the Chinese quarter. It’s a slightly edgy part of town, with people from all over the world and a 24-hour city life. You can buy your milk at midnight in the corner shops. El Raval is always alive. Continue reading…

South Yorkshire leaders condemn ‘tawdry’ tier 3 process

Council chief says government refused to allow funding to be used to top all workers up to minimum wageCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLeaders in the Sheffield city region have attacked the government’s “tawdry” and divisive approach to imposing tough coronavirus restrictions, saying its £41m deal is far less than needed and tied up in red tape.Chris Read, the leader of Rotherham borough council, said the region required £90m to help businesses, low-paid workers and for test and trace but that the government was not prepared to negotiate any higher than £41m. Continue reading…