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‘It should be the same as other absence’: What to do if you need to step back from work for your mental health
After Olympian Simone Biles withdrew to ‘focus on her mental health’, Kate Ng speaks to employers and HR managers about how workers can broach the subject of taking time off for their wellbeing
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Microsoft: Global chip shortage will ‘constrain’ Windows and Surface products until next year
It comes as the company is promoting its upcoming operating system, Windows 11, which will require many users to buy new computers
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Tokyo Olympics: Greek commentator fired for racist remark about South Korean athlete
Greece’s state-run broadcaster has fired a sports commentator who made a racist on-air remark about a South Korean athlete competing in the Tokyo Olympics.
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The healthy habits that men who want to be dads should adopt
Women are told to lead healthier lifestyles when trying for a baby, but there are things men should do too
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Woman found guilty over £4.2m heist after diamonds swapped for pebbles
Lulu Lakatos, 60, posed as a gem expert to steal the precious stones using sleight of hand.
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Tokyo 2020: Spain beat Argentina and hosts Japan knock out France to reach quarter-finals
The eight quarter-finalists are now set, with just two more wins required for a medal
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Lil Nas X hits back at claims he's pretending to be gay as a publicity stunt
Lil Nas X recently released the music video for Industry Baby and has been hitting back at any backlash
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Woman guilty of stealing £4,200,000 of diamonds and swapping them with pebbles
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Borussia Dortmund chief drops Haaland hint after Mino Raiola transfer talks
Haaland could leave Borussia Dortmund next season for a cheaper price, but clubs - including Chelsea and Manchester City - aren't certain to wait that long to secure his signature
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World Hepatitis Day: The treatments that can clear the virus in weeks
Campaigners highlight major medical breakthroughs in treating hepatitis C
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Tokyo 2020: ‘Double Olympic champion sounds pretty good’ – Tom Dean savours historic success
Dean won the men’s 200m freestyle before claiming gold in the men’s 4x200m relay
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Woman turns her Fiat 500 into a tiny campervan - and did it all for just £150
Hannah Hughes wanted a campervan but couldn't afford one as she was saving for a house, so instead she converted her car as she thought it was the next best thing - despite being a Fiat 500
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OK, But Can We Talk About Yusra Mardini’s Olympics Story For A Sec?
You should know the name Yusra Mardini. The 23-year-old is not only impressing in the Tokyo Olympics, but has a seriously awe-inspiring backstory that spans different oceans and continents.Yusra, who is originally from Syria, came third in the Women’s 100m over the weekend, representing a fairly new group – the Refugee Olympic Team. Made up of 11 athletes who now live and train in 13 host countries, this team has been around since the 2016 Olympics in Rio, which was Yusra’s first time competing as a swimmer. Her prowess in the pool was inspired by her dad, who was also a swimmer for the Syrian Olympic team, and raised both of his daughters to love the water. But their training came to a halt when the family were stopped from going to the pool, with dad Ezzat being arrested and beaten up by regime soldiers.Despite wanting to stay in their home in Damascus, the war in Syria encroached on their lives until the family had no choice but to make plans to leave.In 2015, the then 17-year-old and her sister Sarah were told to leave as it was impossible for the whole family to escape together. Yusra’s parents knew people who could get the sisters to Turkey and help them kickstart their new lives. The journey was a treacherous one.Ezzat had trained his daughters to be the best swimmers “on earth” and their skills were tested as they had to rescue a migrant boat by swimming it to safety.Just after Yusra and Sarah had got on a dingy that smugglers had arranged, it started to sink, threatening the lives of the 20 people on board. The boat had been designed to fit only seven. What were we going to do? Let everyone drown? We were pulling and swimming for their lives,Yusra MardiniThe sisters instinctively took to the freezing waters to keep the boat afloat, helped by two other refugees. The group swam for over three hours, towing the boat with rope towards the island of Lesbos in Greece.“We used our legs and one arm each – we held the rope with the other and kicked and kicked. Waves kept coming and hitting me in the eye,” Yusra told Vogue in an interview. “That was the hardest part—the stinging of the salt water. But what were we going to do? Let everyone drown? We were pulling and swimming for their lives.”Their journey didn’t stop there - the sisters then walked from Greece to Germany on foot, before eventually finding a refugee camp in Berlin.It was here Yusra got back into a swimming pool. After hearing about a club training young athletes, she joined the team and a trainer helped the sisters get papers to stay in Germany.Yusra now proudly represents the refugee team and became the youngest Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. While Yusra won’t progress to the next stages of the Butterfly competition, she is proud of her work. “I am so proud of the fact that I am representing 80 million refugees around the world knowing I am sending a message of hope to all of them doing what I love, also showing the world that refugees won’t give up easy and will keep on dreaming even after going through tough journeys,” she wrote on Instagram. “As for my race, I didn’t swim the time I hoped for but my journey isn’t over.”Watch this space.Related...Simone Biles Says Naomi Osaka Inspired Her To 'Focus On My Mental Health'Tom Daley Sends Inspiring Message To LGBTQ+ Community After Olympic Gold WinThe Syrian Girl From 'For Sama' Just Had Her First Day Of School
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Tokyo Olympics 2021 medal table and count: Latest results, prediction total, how it works and odds
Team GB enjoyed another medal haul on day five at the Tokyo Olympics.
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David Harbour admits being married to Lily Allen is a steep learning curve
Stranger Things actor David Harbour moved in with wife Lily Allen and her two children last year and has admitted he is learning a lot from his ready-made family
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Celebrating 120 years of female Olympians with Rebecca Adlington
The celebration continues with one of Team GB's most successful athletes
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Hidden railway station restored to feature Hollywood film set cafe
Cumbria’s Bassenthwaite Lake station, where the last train pulled out in 1966, has been transformed in a two-year project.
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Latest information on tickets for Peter Kay's comeback show in Manchester
The veteran funny man is back in action and here is how you can get your hands on tickets to the gigs for a very special cause.
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What is cookie jarring? The problematic dating behaviour seen on Love Island
‘The cookie feels all safe and snug inside the jar, when really, they don’t know they are one of many options,’ says dating expert
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Cricket and football fans can watch games and get Covid jabs at the same time
The clinic is open until 7pm this evening (Wednesday July 28)
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Council 'failed to provide education' to boy for 10 months
An investigation found the council had ‘not shown any consideration of the boy’s individual circumstances’
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‘I’m going to kiss her’: Love Island’s Liam Reardon and Lillie Haynes lay out their feelings as Millie Court sees that postcard
Things are heating up in Casa Amor.
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Sky One closing down after nearly 40 years as bosses unveil replacement channel
Sky One will be replaced by Sky Showcase from September which will be used to broadcast what the network deems the best of its content
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Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend to death 'had note saying "f*** all men'
Charlotte Kerr, 35, denies murdering Giovanni Wallace, 29, after the pair argued because she woke him up early on a Sunday morning - Kerr claims she stabbed the father-of-two in self-defence
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Manchester United academy player signs first professional contract
Man United have moved to tie one of their promising youngsters down to a professional deal.
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'Cover-up culture’ still rife at Labour-run council where hundreds of children abused
A RAMPANT cover-up culture still exists at a Labour-run council where hundreds of children were abused over decades, one of its own councillors has claimed.
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FTSE 100 latest: Stocks soar as UK ditches quarantine for double-jabbed arrivals
A frustrating summer of ever-changing quarantine rules was put to one side today as airline stocks rallied sharply on the potential return of lucrative transatlantic and European trade.
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EastEnders star Rukku Nahar hospitalised with tummy issues
The actress updated fans on her reasons for being in hospital.
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Should men be banned from standing outside changing rooms in lingerie stores? A mother makes a case
‘I know there’s no shame in shopping for bras/it shouldn’t be embarrassing it just seems a bit unnecessary for men to be there’ the mother wrote
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Police officer Michael Fanone receives sinister threatening call on back of explosive January 6 commission testimony
Network plays uncensored voicemail because ‘people need to hear the kind of attacks these officers are facing right now just for telling the truth about January 6’
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Russia are lucky to have 10 athletes competing at the Tokyo Olympics, Sebastian Coe claims
Ten athletes will compete under the banner of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), without their flag or national anthem in case of a victory, in keeping with all sports at the Games
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Royal backlash: Angry anti-monarchists hatch £16k plan to install 12 offensive billboards
ANTI-MONARCHY group Republic has listed exactly where in the UK it will post its offensive anti-royal billboards, which see Prince Charles and other royals brutally mocked.
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Fact checkers debunk Biden ‘butt’ clip sent viral by conservatives
The president’s words are muffled by helicopter noise
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Airline and travel stocks soar as UK ditches quarantine for double-jabbed arrivals
A frustrating summer of ever-changing quarantine rules was put to one side today as airline stocks rallied sharply on the potential return of lucrative transatlantic and European trade.
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Bolsonaro’s 1,000km Amazon railway will cause climate chaos. It must be stopped | David Miranda
This project would rapidly deforest large areas of the Amazon, which would wreak havoc on the planetDespite increasing global concern, Jair Bolsonaro is determined to expand his exploitation of Brazil’s crucial natural resources. His latest project, one of the most destructive yet, would rapidly deforest large areas of the Amazon.Bolsonaro’s plan? To construct a 1,000km railway system extending right into the heart of the Amazon rainforest – with trains passing within 500 metres of 726 official environmentally protected areas. The new railway, called Ferrogrão, would also entail construction within 10km of another 18 priority conservation areas established by the ministry of the environment. Continue reading...
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Wales slate landscape granted World Heritage status
It becomes the UK’s 32nd Unesco World Heritage Site and the fourth in Wales.
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Corrie and Hollyoaks stars in crossover as they make film in Manchester
Sam Retford, who is best known for his role in Ackley Bridge and is currently starring in Corrie, and Channel 4 soap actor David Tag are working together
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Dozens missing and seven dead after cloudburst triggers flash flood in India’s Jammu and Kashmir
Eight people died in another cloudburst incident in northern Himachal Pradesh state on Wednesday
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Lady Gaga turns heads as she totters around in New York impossibly high heels
Pop star Lady Gaga was pictured out and about in New York this week and she upped her fashion game by stepping out in sky-high black platform heels. The singer didn't put a foot wrong and managed to get to and from her car without falling over
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Manny Pacquiao warned he faces "daunting task" against Errol Spence
American promoter Lou DiBella has predicted that boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has a 'daunting' challenge ahead as he faces leading welterweight Errol Spence in a Las Vegas super-fight
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US fears soar over China nuclear buildup after new report reveals plans for 110 new silos
CHINA is constructing more than 100 new silos for its nuclear arsenal, a worrying new report has revealed, raising already heightened tensions with the United States.
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Deaf wedding guest cries 'tears of joy' thanks to bride and groom's kind gesture
A bride who ensured that a deaf wedding guest would be able to follow along with the speeches moved her long-time friend to tears with the thoughtful gesture
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Biden: Future cyberattacks could spark ‘real shooting war’ on US
President Joe Biden’s warning a future cyberattack on the United States could spark what he describes as a “real shooting war” with a “major power”.
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‘I can die’: Olympic tennis matches moved after players complain over hot weather conditions
World number two Daniil Medvedev was one of many players to struggle in the extremely hot conditions
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Bob Odenkirk: Celebrities and fans show outpouring of support for Better Call Saul star after collapse
Actor is currently in hospital after incident on set
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