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Can pubs stand many more Dry Januarys?

Can pubs stand many more Dry Januarys?

Business
"As a small independent bar group, we do feel a hit at the start of the year," says Tom Jackman, director of the Northcote, Venn Street and Old Street Records bars in London. In January people are naturally recovering from the over-indulgence of Christmas, he explains, and have less cash to splurge on nice dinners, bottles of wine and going out. But he's faced an extra challenge over the last few years: Dry January. The charity campaign, which encourages people to stop drinking alcohol for the month, began in 2013 when just 5,000 people took part but an estimated 4.2 million Britons said they would participate this year. That may be good news for people's health but less so for pubs and breweries. Is it worth giving up alcohol f...
New Zealand beached whales: Why are so many getting stranded?

New Zealand beached whales: Why are so many getting stranded?

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The pictures are striking: dozens of whales lie stranded on an idyllic beach in a remote part of New Zealand.The group were found by a walker on Stewart Island earlier this week. And just a few days later, a further 51 pilot whales died after becoming stranded on a beach on the Chatham Islands.While whale strandings are not uncommon, they usually involve just a single animal rather than a whole group. The recent flurry of mass strandings has brought a renewed focus on the mysterious, and rare, phenomenon.So why does it happen? While the exact reasons remain unclear, experts say many different factors could play a part.Sickness and injury"Quite often animals that turn up on a beach are getting exhaus...
Chinese consumers aren't spending as much. Many are worried about the future

Chinese consumers aren't spending as much. Many are worried about the future

Finance
China's massive consumer base is feeling a chill that could have ripple effects throughout an economy that's already under pressure. While analysts say individuals are generally financially healthy, many are holding off on spending due to uncertainty about the future. "A decline in consumption is the biggest risk, because everyone already knows about the decline in investment, everyone also knows about the trade tensions," said Jian Guang Shen, chief economist at JD Digits, which was spun off from Chinese e-commerce company JD.com. He used to be the chief economist at Mizuho Securities Asia. ...
California wildfires: Why are so many listed as missing?

California wildfires: Why are so many listed as missing?

World
Over the last few days the number of people unaccounted for in the deadly Camp Fire in northern California has skyrocketed to more than 1,200. The sudden jump has led to some confusion among locals and officials alike.The confirmed death toll of 76 is already a state record, so could this huge number of missing people really still be added to that?The answer is not so simple, as authorities in the worst-hit area, Butte County, have openly admitted.On Friday, when the list first soared to over 1,000, Sheriff Kory Honea described the database as "dynamic"."The information I am providing you is raw data and we find there is the likely possibility that the list contains duplicate names," the sheriff said on Friday.Officials say the l...