Human Geography

I was relaxed about Britain’s drug culture revolution – but not any more

With deaths at record levels, calls for legalisation feel simplistic. But we must do more to make drugs such as ecstasy safe<p>Thirty years ago this November, a DJ called Danny Rampling co-founded a club night in Southwark, London, that he called Shoom. Essentially, he was trying to capture what he …

Opinion

California Or Texas, Which State Has A Lower Poverty Rate?

Once again, California has the highest poverty rate in the nation, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report.<p>A little more than 1 in 5 Californians—20.4 percent—live in poverty. The national average is 14.7 percent according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure which accounts for regional …

Opinion

28 photos of sound systems through the ages

An intimate look at the evolution of sound system culture

Music

How Housing Intensifies the Racial Wealth Gap

The wealth of black families lags far behind whites, and housing markets play a key role.<p>There’s a great article from <i>The New York Times</i>’ Emily Badger about a new study that shows just how much Americans (especially white Americans) underestimate the gap in the economic circumstances between black …

Social Justice

Boredom is leading me to suffer from post-40 'I want a baby' syndrome

Earlier this week, husband#1 and I lay side by side in bed. It was 11pm. Down the corridor child#1 and #2 slept peacefully. I rolled over to …

Parenting

More tourists than ever in the UK as holidaymakers cash in on the weak Brexit pound

A record breaking number of tourists flocked to Britain this summer, official figures reveal.<p>Four million foreign visitors ignored the terrorism …

Tourism

UK draws record overseas tourists after pound's Brexit plunge

European and North American visitors lead the way in July, with spending also increasing, ONS figures show<p>Overseas visitors flocked to Britain in record numbers in July and spent more than ever before in response to the improved spending power offered by the low pound.<p>Non-UK residents made 4m …

Business

Primark set to take over BHS unit at Abbey Centre

Primark is set to take on a large empty store left behind with the closure of former retail stalwart BHS. The budget fashion chain is increasing the …

News (Ireland)

Factory orders fall due to rising import costs and Brexit uncertainty

The CBI said its monthly survey of manufacturers revealed a slowdown in orders driven by the food and drink sector<p>British factory orders grew in September at their weakest rate since April as rising import costs and uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations dented business confidence.<p>The CBI said …

Business

Tourist trips to UK hit record in July

<b>The number of overseas visitors to the UK topped four million in July for the first time, official figures show.</b><p>Travellers to the UK spent £2.75bn on their visits, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, another record.<p>The figures also show the number of visits abroad by UK residents fell 2% …

Tourism

Most Americans don’t know these basic science facts

We don’t have this down to a science.<p>Americans are ignorant about what’s going on in the scientific world, be it new health studies, climate change …

Pew Research Center

Trump to Replace Travel Ban; Restrict Visas

WASHINGTON — President Trump is preparing to ban or restrict visas for travel to the U.S. from about ten countries, the next step in what began as his travel ban from six Muslim nations, which expires Sunday.<p>"This is a very significant step forward in raising national security standards and …

Politics

China’s demographic divisions are getting deeper

IF DEMOGRAPHY is destiny, as Auguste Comte, a French philosopher, once said, then China has many destinies. As a result of 30 years of the …

China

Ancient human DNA in sub-Saharan Africa lifts veil on prehistory

Almost half of the team's samples came from Malawi, providing a series of genomic snapshots from the same location across thousands of years.<p>The …

Anthropology

President Trump’s claim that 10 refugees overseas cost as much as one in the U.S.

<i>“For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region.”</i> <b><br>— President Trump, address to the U.N. General Assembly, Sept. 19, 2017</b><p>In arguing for keeping refugees close to their home nations, rather than resettling them in other countries, the …

Politics

How popular is my name? Find out how your name has fared over the years

You can use this fun tool released by The Office for National Statistics to see how popular your name has been over the last century – unless of …

Geography

Britain's savings slump might not be so bad - statistics office

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's rock-bottom household savings problem, which has raised fears about unsustainable debt-fuelled spending, might not be …

Economy

One part of traditional marriage isn’t under attack

Americans still prefer men to put bread on the table.<p>Just over 70 percent of adults say it is very important for a man to be able to support a family …

U.S. Census

Donegal top destination for UK migrants; 100,000 more Irish born in UK than UK-born in Ireland

The number of Irish-born people living in the UK is nearly 100,000 higher than Ireland’s UK-born population, official analysis by the UK’s National …

Ireland

More foreigners than ever visit UK after Brexit hit to pound

LONDON (Reuters) - A record number of foreigners visited Britain in July, data showed on Friday, adding to evidence of how the weak pound has made …

Brexit

Muhammad Is Most Popular Male Baby Name in England for Fourth Straight Year

The name “Muhammad,” when taking into account minor variations in spelling, was the most common name for baby boys in England and Wales in 2016, …

Geography

How Americans Use Social Media to Access News in 2017

Most Americans now use social media to get at least some of their news, according to a recent report from the Pew Research Center.<p>The research was …

Pew Research Center

Surging stock market powers US wealth to $96.2 trillion

WASHINGTON (AP) — A healthy gain in the stock market and steadily increasing home prices boosted Americans' household wealth this spring, a trend that likely adds to the nation's inequality.<p>The Federal Reserve said that Americans' net worth rose 1.8 percent to $96.2 trillion in the April-June …

Finance

Government borrowing is at its lowest since 2007

The government borrowed £28.3bn between April and August, the lowest since 2007, official figures published today showed<p>The figure was £200m lower …

Economy

India’s Unique Enigma of High Growth and Stunted Children

Diane Coffey and Dean Spears’ <i>Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste</i> is a path breaking addition to the …

India

Trump-backed bill would hinder families' legal immigration to US

<i>Jennifer Kang Erwood, left, and her mother, Kyung Kang, go through a family photo album. The family came to the United States after Kang was</i> …

Immigration

Slight fall in number of non-Irish nationals in Ireland

The number of non-Irish nationals living in the country has shown a slight decrease, according to the latest Census publication.<p>The Migration and …

News (Ireland)

Game Of Thrones star Aidan Gillen to play comedian Dave Allen in new BBC drama

Aidan Gillen is set to play Irish comedian Dave Allen in an upcoming BBC drama.<p>Jonah Hill transforms into braided and tattooed bad boy in Netflix's …

Game of Thrones

Public sector pay cap: NHS staff real income cut by almost £2,000 over seven years of wage squeeze

The damage inflicted on the living standards of NHS staff by the Government's pay freezes and caps has been underlined by new figures, which show the …

Economics

Government borrowing at lowest August level for 10 years

<b>Bumper VAT receipts have helped government borrowing to fall to its lowest August level since 2007, according to official figures.</b><p>The government's deficit narrowed to £5.7bn last month, compared with £7bn a year earlier, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.<p>VAT receipts rose by 5.6% from …

Economy