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Covid: Brazil has more than 4,000 deaths in 24 hours for first time

Covid: Brazil has more than 4,000 deaths in 24 hours for first time

World
EPABrazil has recorded more than 4,000 Covid-related deaths in 24 hours for the first time, as a more contagious variant fuels a surge in cases.Hospitals are overcrowded, with people dying as they wait for treatment in some cities, and the health system is on the brink of collapse in many areas. The country's total death toll is now almost 337,000, second only to the US.But President Jair Bolsonaro continues to oppose any lockdown measures to curb the outbreak.He argues that the damage to the economy would be worse than the effects of the virus itself, and has tried to reverse some of the restrictions imposed by local authorities in the courts. Covid vaccines: How fast is worldwide progress?What is the Brazil variant and do vaccines work against it?Political crisis and Covid surge rock Bra...
Deforestation, human activities accelerated soil erosion 4,000 years ago

Deforestation, human activities accelerated soil erosion 4,000 years ago

Science
Oct. 29 (UPI) -- New research suggests human activities resulted in accelerated soil erosion some 4,000 years ago. At millennial time scales, rock weathering and soil erosion is dictated by the movement of the planet's tectonic plates and changing climate patterns. But across shorter time scales, the local impacts of human activities on erosion can be measured. For the new study, scientists wanted to determine whether human-influenced erosion can be measured at global scales. To find out, they analyzed the layers of sediment cores collected from 632 lakes from all over the globe. "Lake sediments are considered natural archives of erosion activities," Jean-Philippe Jenny, scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Germany, said in a news release. "All fluxes and processe...
Exoplanet tally set to pass 4,000 mark

Exoplanet tally set to pass 4,000 mark

Science
The number of planets detected around other stars - or exoplanets - is set to hit the 4,000 mark.The huge haul is a sign of the explosion of findings from searches with telescopes on the ground and in space over the last 25 years.It's also an indication of just how common planets are - with most stars in the Milky Way hosting at least one world in orbit around them.That's something astronomers couldn't be certain of just 30 years ago.The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia, run by the Observatoire de Paris, has already passed the 4,000 mark.Dr Françoise Roques, from the observatory, who is on the scientific board of the encyclopedia, told BBC News: "The great news is that we shift from a starry sky to a planetary sky, as there are more planets than sta...
Canada Pension Funds may drive in Rs 4000 crore to India

Canada Pension Funds may drive in Rs 4000 crore to India

Finance
Canada-based pension funds PSP Investments and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) are in talks to invest Rs 4,000 crore in an investment platform co-promoted by the government of India-sponsored National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), persons directly familiar with the matter said. The funds could invest in a special purpose vehicle (SPV) floated by NIIF to fund toll and annuitybased road projects, they said. The three parties are currently negotiating the structure of the partnership, which could entail the creation of a supervisory board in which the funds will have representation. The board will monitor investments made by the SPV. NIIF may invest a similar amount of money in the SPV to acquire a proportionate equity holding in the investment platform or may rope in ot
Wilko opens redundancy talks with nearly 4,000 staff

Wilko opens redundancy talks with nearly 4,000 staff

Business
High-street retailer Wilko has begun a redundancy consultation with nearly 4,000 staff members as it reorganises its business.Up to 1,000 senior supervisor roles and a "significant amount" of customer service posts will be created under the plans, the firm said.The chain, whose headquarters is in Worksop, saw pre-tax profits fall 80% to £5.1m, in the year up to 28 January.The GMB trade union is also being consulted over the changes.The firm, which sells homeware and household goods, has more than 400 stores across the UK.'Not positive results'Retail director Anthony Houghton said the changes would help it "stay relevant" to customers.He added like-for-like sales had increased "despite the challenging retail landscape", but said this was "not translating into positive results".Wilko's move