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Delay tax rises plea as the chancellor prepares to reveal dire economic forecasts

Delay tax rises plea as the chancellor prepares to reveal dire economic forecasts

Business
Rishi Sunak must not try to raise taxes in this parliament, the leader of the group of northern Tory MPs has told Sky News.When the chancellor delivers his spending review later, he will also unveil a set of dire forecasts. These are likely to show the lowest growth for 300 years, with a long-term permanent gap of around £40-50bn between cash raised in taxes and money spent. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player What is the spending review? MPs believe Mr Sunak will say the gap needs to be closed, preparing the ground
Bengals, Falcons, Dolphins reveal COVID positives, close facilities

Bengals, Falcons, Dolphins reveal COVID positives, close facilities

Sports
Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A trio of NFL teams announced Friday that players or staff members tested positive for COVID-19, which resulted in altered practices and meetings for the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals. The Falcons were the first team Friday to announce positive COVID-19 results. The NFC South franchise said a member of the football staff tested positives. The team decided to halt all in-person work at IBM Performance Field and meet virtually. Advertisement The team said the positive test result does not affect the status of its Week 9 game. The Falcons are to host the Denver Broncos at 1 p.m. EST Sunday in Atlanta. The Dolphins said they were informed Friday that an assistant coach tested positive for COVID-19. The coach is now in quarantine. The Dolphins conducted...
NHS figures reveal long waits for routine ops in England

NHS figures reveal long waits for routine ops in England

Health
The number of patients admitted for routine treatment in hospitals in England was down 67% in June compared with the same time last year, NHS figures show.The number of people going to accident and emergency units in England in July was also down on last year, by 30%.The coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption to many areas of the health service.But patients are being urged to seek help from the NHS when they need it.NHS England said local staff were working hard to restore non-Covid services and record numbers had received help during the pandemic through NHS 111.'Alarming backlog'Meanwhile, the number of people going to their GP with symptoms of cancer and being urgently referred to a specialist is rising but still nearly 20...
‘Invisible’ words reveal common structure among famous stories

‘Invisible’ words reveal common structure among famous stories

Science
Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Storytelling requires a narrative arc, but the trajectory of a dramatic arc isn't always obvious. By tracing the abundance of "invisible" words -- pronouns, articles and other short words -- researchers were able to identify patterns shared by a diversity of stories, from Shakespeare to Spielberg, according to a study published Friday in Science Advances. Advertisement "Over the years, these 'invisible' words have been found to be related to a whole mess of psychological processes -- how people use small words like articles and pronouns tell us about a person's mental health, thinking style, their social status, and even how well they get along with other people," study lead author Ryan Boyd told UPI. "In many ways, it was a natural progression to look at what these words ...
Ancient genomes reveal 7,000 years of demographic history in France

Ancient genomes reveal 7,000 years of demographic history in France

Science
May 26 (UPI) -- According to new genomic analysis, France was populated by a pair of ancient migrations: the first during the Neolithic period, roughly 6,300 years ago, and the second during the Bronze Age, some 4,200 years ago. "There were almost no data from ancient populations on the territory of present-day France and our study begins to fill a gap that leads to a clearer picture of the evolution of populations throughout Europe," Eva-Maria Geigl, a researcher with the Jacques Monod Institute in Paris, told UPI in an email. For the new study, researchers in France generated and analyzed the mitochondrial genomes, Y-chromosome markers and genotypes of 243 individuals, whose remains were recovered from dig sites across present-day France. The dates of the individuals comprised a period...