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Extreme weather: October downpour sees UK’s wettest day on record

Extreme weather: October downpour sees UK’s wettest day on record

Science
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Chancellor defends Eat Out To Help Out scheme in face of UK’s second coronavirus wave

Chancellor defends Eat Out To Help Out scheme in face of UK’s second coronavirus wave

Business
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has defended encouraging people back to pubs and restaurants over the summer, prior to the government being forced to take fresh action to limit the spread of coronavirus.Mr Sunak's "Eat Out To Help Out" scheme handed Britons discounted meals during August, as ministers attempted to restart the economy after the UK's lockdown. Pubs, bars and restaurants - along with the rest of the hospitality industry - have since been handed a 10pm curfew as the government attempts to deal with a second wave of COVID-19 infections.Live coverage of the latest coronavirus news and updates Image: Rishi Sunak defended his Eat Out To Help Out scheme At the weekend, Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the meals discount programme fo...
£31bn sale of UK’s Arm Holdings is a ‘disaster’ says co-founder

£31bn sale of UK’s Arm Holdings is a ‘disaster’ says co-founder

Business
UK-based chip designer Arm Holdings is to be sold to America's Nvidia in a deal worth up to $ 40bn (£31bn).But the sale was described as a "disaster" by Arm's co-founder. Nvidia said the company - which licenses its chip designs for use by major electronics brands such as Apple - would remain based in Cambridge and its site expanded. Image: SoftBank bought Arm in 2016 However, Arm's co-founder Hermann Hauser told Sky News: "It's a disaster... for Cambridge, the UK and Europe."He pointed to a potential impact on UK jobs, damage to Arm's business model and the fall-out that would result from the products in which its technology is used being subject to US export controls.
Head of UK’s data watchdog working from home… in Canada

Head of UK’s data watchdog working from home… in Canada

Technology
The head of the UK's data watchdog won't be heeding Boris Johnson's plea to get back to the office - as it has emerged she is working in Canada, eight hours away from her team of more than 500.The news was greeted with fury from senior figures in the UK's data protection community, who accused Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham of abandoning her post at a moment when data issues are most central. "We are in a national crisis, and she has abandoned her post. She must resign," wrote tech policy analyst Heather Burns on Twitter.Data protection consultant Pat Walshe said: "I am taken aback by this revelation. We need urgent change at the ICO."The news that Ms Denham, who is Canadian, is working in the Canadian Pacific Time Zone, emerged in a Freedom of Information request sent to the In...
Climate change ‘driving UK’s extreme weather’

Climate change ‘driving UK’s extreme weather’

Science
Climate change driven by industrial society is having an increasing impact on the UK’s weather, the Met Office says. Its annual UK report confirms that 2019 was the 12th warmest year in a series from 1884. Although it does not make the top 10, the report says 2019 was remarkable for high temperature records in the UK.There was also a severe swing in weather from the soaking winter to the sunny spring.The temperature extremes were: A new UK maximum record (38.7° C) on 25 July, in Cambridge A new winter maximum record (21.2° C) on 26 February, in Kew Gardens, London - the first time 20C has been reached in the UK in winter A new December maximum record (18.7° C) on 28 December, in Achfary, Sutherland A new February minimum record