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US suicides dropped last year, defying pandemic expectations

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The number of U.S. suicides fell nearly 6% last year amid the coronavirus pandemic — the largest annual decline in at least four decadesBy MIKE STOBBE AP Medical WriterApril 8, 2021, 10:06 PM• 3 min readNEW YORK -- The number of U.S. suicides fell nearly 6% last year amid the coronavirus pandemic — the largest annual decline in at least four decades, according to preliminary government data.Death certificates are still coming in and the count could rise. But officials expect a substantial decline will endure, despite worries that COVID-19 could lead to more suicides.It is hard to say exactly why suicide deaths dropped so much, but one factor may be a phenomenon seen in the early stages of wars and national disasters, some experts suggested.“There's a heroism phase in every disaster period,...
Covid: Another lockdown ‘last thing in world’ that government wants

Covid: Another lockdown ‘last thing in world’ that government wants

Health
Getty ImagesThe "last thing in the world" the government wants is another lockdown, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said, adding it is on track with the lockdown easing plan.He said dates "could be delayed if the situation deteriorates" but ministers were confident in the "cautious path".It comes as the head of NHS England urged people not to "squander the gains" made in recent months.On Monday in England, two households or groups of up to six can meet outside.The "stay at home" guidance will also be lifted, outdoor sports facilities will reopen and small weddings can take place. The next stage - due no earlier than 12 April - will allow non-essential retail, restaurants and pubs to reopen.In Wales, the "stay local" rule was lifted on Saturday and six people were allowed to meet outsid...

Democrats want to send more unemployment benefits. Some workers never got the last round

Finance
Volunteers load shopping bags with food assistance for laid off workers at a food distribution event on Dec. 12, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesDemocrats are poised to send more unemployment benefits to laid-off workers. Meanwhile, some workers are still waiting on the last tranche, authorized months ago.A $ 900 billion Covid relief bill signed Dec. 27 extended jobless benefits to March 14 and raised them by $ 300 a week.In Wisconsin, officials estimate self-employed and gig workers won't get that extra aid until at least April 21 — almost four months later.Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwardsOther workers who had exhausted their state benefits just began receiving the extended aid on Thursday, according to Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development....
Europa League draw LIVE: Date and start time, latest updates and confirmed teams as Premier League sides discover last 16 opponents

Europa League draw LIVE: Date and start time, latest updates and confirmed teams as Premier League sides discover last 16 opponents

Sports
The draw for the Europa League last 16 is coming up today. Europe’s secondary competition is ramping up now with four British teams in the pot for the next round. Getty Images - Getty The draw for the Europa League group stages will take place on Friday, February 26 Tottenham smashed Wolfsberger to make it through on Wednesday night. On Thursday, Arsenal, Manchester United and Rangers joined them in advancing to the last 16. But there was misery for Leicester as they were dumped out by Slavia Prague. Ajax, AC Milan and Roma are among the big clubs who are still in the competition. There is no seeding at this stage and beyond or country protection, meaning there could be an all-Premier League tie. Teams in Europa League last 16 draw ...
Primark bets on last year’s fashion for April reopening

Primark bets on last year’s fashion for April reopening

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Getty ImagesPrimark owner Associated British Foods says it hopes to offload millions of pounds worth of clothing stock when its shops reopen in England on 12 April.The High Street giant does not offer online sales and says it expects to have lost £1.1bn in sales due to the latest lockdown closures.It plans to sell more than £400m of last year's stock to help plug the gap.Primark said its 153 stores would reopen in England on 12 April, and in Scotland on 26 April.Unlike rivals, the retailer had no online operation to shift stock when stores were closed during lockdowns.But Primark is not set up to sell online, and has said the costs involved in distribution and sales online would mean price rises for customers. Primark's £1.1bn sales drop contrasts with online only fashion retailers such a...