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Chancellor accused of ‘not levelling with people’ over budget plans

Chancellor accused of ‘not levelling with people’ over budget plans

Business
Rishi Sunak "isn't really levelling with people" about painful cuts that will be needed to repair the public finances, according to budget analysis by a respected economic think-tank.Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) director said "Santa Sunak… looks more like Scrooge Sunak" under plans for a squeeze totalling more than £50bn compared to the pre-pandemic outlook.That is the scale of spending cuts and tax rises over coming years compared to what the chancellor outlined in his first budget a year ago - implying a spending outlook that seems "implausibly low", Mr Johnson said."The chancellor isn't really levelling with people about the choices the government is making to repair the public finances," he added. ...
Ethnic minority Covid risk ‘not explained by racism’

Ethnic minority Covid risk ‘not explained by racism’

Health
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Look: Loona returns with ‘[12:00]’ EP, ‘Why Not?’ video

Look: Loona returns with ‘[12:00]’ EP, ‘Why Not?’ video

Entertainment
Oct. 19 (UPI) -- South Korean girl group Loona is back with new music. The K-pop stars made their comeback Monday by releasing the EP [12:00] and a music video for the single "Why Not?" Advertisement In the "Why Not?" video, the members of Loona show their "bad girl" side. The video features racing cars and also imagines the members dancing on the moon. In a press release, Loona said "Why Not?" is about "pursuing freedom and individualistic self." The song switches keys partway through to signify Loona's evolution and change. [12:00] also features the songs "12:00," "Voice," "Fall Again," "Universe," "Hide & Seek," "Oops!" and "Star (Voice English Ver.)." Loona said the album represents the group's idea of a Midnight festival, an event where no girl will feel silenced. "At this time, ...
Two million global coronavirus deaths ‘not impossible’ even with vaccine, warns WHO

Two million global coronavirus deaths ‘not impossible’ even with vaccine, warns WHO

World
The number of global coronavirus deaths could reach two million before a vaccine is found and widely used, the World Health Organisation has warned.It comes as the death toll in the nine months since the coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, nears one million. Dr Mike Ryan, director of the WHO's emergencies programme, said the figure could be higher without concerted action to curb the pandemic. "It's certainly unimaginable," he told a briefing. "But it's not impossible, because if we look at losing a million people in nine months and then we just look at the realities of getting a vaccine out there in the next nine months, it's a big task for everyone involved."There's the issue of funding these vaccines. There's the issue of distributing these vaccines and then the issues of acceptanc...
Esketamine spray for treating depression ‘not cost-effective’

Esketamine spray for treating depression ‘not cost-effective’

Health
A nasal esketamine spray for hard-to-treat depression has been rejected for use on the NHS for a second time because of uncertainty over cost.Despite a need for new treatments for adults, it is also not clear how well the drug works long term, the healthcare watchdog NICE said.Esketamine is a form of ketamine that targets a chemical linked with learning and memory.The treatment was first rejected in January by NICE.Following comments by experts and clinicians, a second consultation on the draft guidance for England and Wales has now been launched.The nasal spray, which contains esketamine and is also called Spravato and made by Janssen, costs about £10,000 per course of therapy.In the US, it was approved for sale last year as a treatment for depression de...