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UK government backs birth control for grey squirrels

UK government backs birth control for grey squirrels

Science
The UK government has given its support to a project to use oral contraceptives to control grey squirrel populations. Environment minister Lord Goldsmith says the damage they and other invasive species do to the UK's woodlands costs the UK economy £1.8 billion a year.The bizarre-sounding plan is to lure grey squirrels into feeding boxes only they can access with little pots containing hazelnut spread.These would be spiked with an oral contraceptive.Lord Goldsmith says the damage from squirrels also threatens the effectiveness of government efforts to tackle climate change by planting tens of thousands of acres of new woodlands. On Tuesday, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) told BBC News: "We hope advances in science can safely help our nature to thrive, includ...

Football news LIVE: Trippier handed ten-week ban, Eriksen transfer listed, Keown says Arsenal in ‘free fall’, Cech backs Arteta, Ancelotti on Man United approach

Sports
[unable to retrieve full-text content]Keep up to date with all the latest sports news and football gossip, as well as expert opinion on all the big talking points. Plus, we’ll bring you both of tonight’s Carabao Cup quarter-finals on our network. Stoke vs Tottenham will be live on talkSPORT 2 at 5.30pm, while Everton vs Manchester United is on […] talkSPORT

Mourinho fumes at Tottenham performance, West Ham star man Antonio suffers injury blow, Leeds star Bamford backs Rashford knighthood

Sports
[unable to retrieve full-text content]Follow the latest football news, gossip and expert opinion on the big talking points in the game. Plus, we’ll bring you the reaction from the Europa League where Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester, Rangers and Celtic were all in action. News Headlines Michail Antonio faces at least a month on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring […] talkSPORT
Microsoft backs Fortnite developer in legal battle with Apple

Microsoft backs Fortnite developer in legal battle with Apple

Technology
Microsoft is supporting Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite, in its battle against Apple, according to a new legal declaration.Epic is engaged in a serious corporate dispute with Apple after the iPhone maker took action against it for slipping a new payment system into the iOS version of the hit online shooter. It is suing Apple to prevent it from revoking its access to iOS and MacOS development tools, which both Fortnite and even more crucially its Unreal Engine game engine depend on. In a new court filing, Epic states that many of the thousands of other game developers who use the Unreal Engine had been in touch to express their concerns about the impact Apple's actions would have on their games.Microsoft has now also filed a declaration in support of Epic, describing Unreal as "...
Bank of England boss Bailey backs end of furlough scheme

Bank of England boss Bailey backs end of furlough scheme

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device The Governor of the Bank of England has backed the government's decision to end its furlough scheme in October.Andrew Bailey told the BBC it was important that policymakers helped workers "move forward" and not keep them in unproductive jobs.He said coronavirus would inevitably mean that some jobs became redundant.The Bank also predicted the economic slump caused by Covid-19 will be less severe than expected, but warned the recovery will also take longer.More than nine million jobs have been furloughed under the government's job retention scheme, but the Bank expects most people to go back to work as the economy recovers.Trade unions have urged Chancellor Rishi Sunak to extend the scheme, which pays...