Italy's new prime minister was sworn into power as the head of a populist Eurosceptic coalition government this afternoon ending months of political chaos in the country. New Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is the anti-establishment Five Star Movement's pick to lead the country and his government has promised to cut taxes, boost welfare spending and overhaul European Union rules on budgets. Conte has appointed Matteo Salvini, the leader of the country's far-right party, as interior minister. Salvini said on Friday his first order of business is to revamp the nation's immigration policies. He wants to reduce the number of migrants arriving, increase the number of expulsions and cut the funds Italy spends tending to migrants. Scroll down for video: Italy's new Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte stands in front of President Sergio Mattarella during the ceremony to swear in a new government Giuseppe Conte (right) shakes hands with Italy's … [Read more...] about Italy swears in its new PM at the head of anti-EU populist government that is set to launch an immigrant crackdown, cut taxes but STAY in the Euro
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NEW DELHI: The country’s factory output slumped to its lowest level in nearly eight years, dragged down by sharp contraction in capital goods, manufacturing, mining and electricity sectors, and heaping fresh pressure on authorities to reverse the slowdown. Data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) on Monday showed the index of industrial production contracted 4.3% in September, the second successive month of decline after the fall of 1.4% in August and lower than the 4.6% expansion posted in the year earlier period. Between April and September, the sector grew an annual 1.3% compared with a 5.2% expansion in the year earlier period. This is the lowest monthly growth in the 2011-12 series, after the decline of 1.7% in November 2012. In the 2004-05 series, which cannot be compared to the 2011-12 series due to methodological changes, this was the sharpest decline since the 5% contraction in October 2011. The indication of a sharp slowdown was evident when the eight … [Read more...] about Industrial output contracts 4.3%, its worst fall in 8 years
2016 was the hottest year on record, setting a new high for the third year in a row, with scientists firmly putting the blame on human activities that drive climate change. The final data for 2016 was released on Wednesday by the three key agencies – the UK Met Office and Nasa and Noaa in the US – and showed 16 of the 17 hottest years on record have been this century. Direct temperature measurements stretch back to 1880, but scientific research indicates the world was last this warm about 115,000 years ago and that the planet has not experienced such high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for 4m years. In 2016, global warming delivered scorching temperatures around the world. The resulting extreme weather means the impacts of climate change on people are coming sooner and with more ferocity than expected, according to scientists. The natural El Niño climate phenomenon, which helped ramp up temperatures to “shocking” levels in early 2016, has now … [Read more...] about 2016 hottest year ever recorded – and scientists say human activity to blame
Pamela Duncan, David Pegg and Niamh McIntyre Tue 12 Nov 2019 13.43 GMT Last modified on Tue 12 Nov 2019 13.45 GMT Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Welcome to the digital dashboard, the Guardian’s twice-weekly guide to the twists and turns of the social media campaign trail. In the weeks before the general election, we will be putting the parties’ online campaigns under the microscope, looking at how they are setting out their stalls, which voters, constituencies and issues they are focusing on, and what is (and isn’t) cutting through with the public. Conservatives: digital campaign targets 30 marginals Although it’s early days, the Conservative party has tested adverts on specific demographics and geographies, giving an early indication of how its digital campaign could evolve. Its most successful advert – active since Monday costing just shy of £10,000 and garnering more than 800,000 impressions … [Read more...] about UK election: which parties are winning the online war for ads, cash and votes?
House Democrats’ formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump is moving into its public phase, with open hearings starting this week.Haven’t been paying attention during the more than a month of closed-door depositions? Neither have a lot of people. Let’s catch up.First off, what is the impeachment inquiry about?In August a whistleblower filed a complaint that Trump had abused the power of his office to coerce Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump’s possible opponent in the 2020 presidential election, and Biden’s son Hunter, who was a board member at a Ukrainian energy company. Ukrainian officials have said neither Biden is suspected of any wrongdong.Congress, and the public, learned about the whistleblower complaint in September, and the House later began its impeachment inquiry.The impeachment inquiry centers on a July 25 phone call between the two presidents, which happened while the Trump … [Read more...] about Haven’t been paying attention to the impeachment inquiry? Here’s your cheat sheet for the hearing
Source: Original cartoon by Alex Martin Without modern medical science, a baby’s sex would remain unknown until birth. But many mothers today know long beforehand whether a baby will be male or female. Routine ultrasound scans reveal fetal genitals a third of the way through pregnancy, and genetic tests identify sex even earlier. Yet basic questions remain. Is a baby’s sex like coin tossing, or can the male:female ratio be skewed? If sex bias occurs, does it happen through sperm sorting before fertilization or mortality differences in the womb after conception? Diagram of sex chromosomes in mammals Source: Wikimedia Commons; Author: de:user:Dietzel65. File ineligible for copyright and therefore in the public domain because it consists entirely of information that is common property and contains no original authorship. Do biased sex ratios occur naturally? All mammals share a universal mechanism for sex determination, so — other things being … [Read more...] about Boy or Girl: Couples Trying to Load the Dice