The Daily Populous

Monday September 27th, 2021 morning edition

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The Covid pandemic has caused the biggest decrease in life expectancy in western Europe since the second world war, according to a study.

The biggest declines in life expectancy were among males in the US, with a decline of 2.2 years relative to 2019 levels, followed by Lithuanian males (1.7 years).

A total of 27 experienced reductions in life expectancy.

Males experienced larger life expectancy declines than females across most of the 29 countries.

Most life expectancy reductions across different countries were attributable to official Covid deaths, according to the paper.

Life expectancy for males has fallen in England, from 79.5 years in 2015-17 to 79.3 years in 2018-2, and Scotland from 77 to 76.8.

But it has risen slightly in Northern Ireland from 78.4 to 78.7, while staying broadly unchanged in Wales at 78.3. »

Opinion : Taxing the rich is super popular. Democrats should talk more about it.

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“Over the past 40 years, the wealthy have gotten wealthier, and too many corporations have lost their sense of responsibility to their workers, their communities and the country.”

He then zeroed in on the tax slackers: “How is it possible that 55 of the largest corporations in this country paid zero dollars in federal income taxes?

How is it possible that the wealthiest billionaires in the country can entirely escape paying income tax on what they’ve made? »

Swiss vote 'yes' to same-sex marriage

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Official results show 64.1% voted "yes" to legalizing same-sex marriages, while 36% voted "no," according to initial results from the gfs.bern polling agency.

However, supporters have said it could take months before such marriages could take place, mainly because of the country's administrative and legislative procedures.

Switzerland decriminalized homosexuality in 1942, but local and regional police forces were known to have maintained "gay registers" until the 1990s. »

Kyle Rittenhouse's mom reportedly received a 'standing ovation' from the crowd at a Republican event in Wisconsin

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Wendy Rittenhouse, the mother of accused Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, reportedly received a standing ovation at a GOP event in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, on Thursday.

Rittenhouse was invited by conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, who was speaking at the event about "safety and self-defense" organized by the Republican Women of Waukesha County.

Wendy Rittenhouse, the mother of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who police say killed two people in an August protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, reportedly received a "standing ovation" at a local GOP event in Wisconsin on Thursday.". »