The Daily Populous

Monday August 20th, 2018 night edition

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Couples raising two children while working full-time on the minimum wage are falling £49 a week short of being able to provide their family with a basic, no-frills lifestyle, research has found.

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) called for an increase in the government’s “national living wage” to allow families to have an acceptable standard of living.

Its Cost of a Child report, published on Monday, showed an 11% weekly shortfall for a couple raising two children at the point they are aged three and seven.

Worse, however, was the deficit for lone parents, who every week fall 20% short of being able to provide a level of living for their children defined as acceptable by public opinion.

The charity blamed rising prices, freezes on benefits and tax credit, the bedroom tax and the rollout of universal credit for hitting “family budgets hard”.

Gains from increased minimum wages were offset by a freeze in tax credit support, the research showed.

The overall cost for a couple raising a first child until they are 18 fell from £155,100 to £150,800. »

Simone Biles wins every gold medal at U.S. Championships

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BOSTON — All the gold medals for Simone Biles.

The four-time Rio Olympic gold medalist became the first woman to win all five golds at the national gymnastics championships since Dominique Dawes in 1994.

Biles won her first national title on uneven bars, the only event on which she did not earn a medal in Rio or at any world championships. »

latest step in fight to save net neutrality

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We are proud to be a leader in the fight for net neutrality both through our legal challenge in Mozilla v. FCC and through our deep work in education and advocacy for an open, equal, accessible internet.

That means that the FCC needs to accept statutory responsibility in protecting those user rights — a responsibility that every previous FCC has supported until now.

Additional Mozilla v. FCC briefs will be filed by various parties who are intervening or friends of the court through November. »

Morgan Freeman converts his Mississippi ranch into a giant sanctuary for wild bees

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The actor has turned his 124-acre Mississippi ranch into a sanctuary for wild bees, in an effort to help support population growth for the little pollinators.

Freeman started beekeeping in 2014 with 26 hives of buzzing babies, and he explained that tons of bee-friendly plants have been planted on his property.

Back in 2014, Freeman talked to Jimmy Fallon about his new hobby during an appearance on “The Tonight Show.” »

Summer weather is getting 'stuck' due to Arctic warming

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Rising arctic temperatures mean we face a future of ‘extreme extremes’ where sunny days become heatwaves and rain becomes floods, study says.

“This summer was where we saw a very strong intensity of heatwaves.

“Short-term heatwaves are quite pleasant, but longer term they will have an impact on society. »