Halfords boss ‘very concerned’ over shortage of mechanics for shift to electric

Graham Stapleton said there are only 35,000 technicians across the UK able to deal with these vehicles and called for training support.
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Villagers told ‘lock windows and doors’ after woman killed and husband fights for life
Freda Walker, 86, died after raiders targeted the neat semi-detached house she shared with ex-miner husband Ken, 88, at Langwith Junction, Derbys, on Saturday morning
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Dancing On Ice's Rachel Stevens says she's still in therapy over S Club 7 trauma
Singer Rachel Stevens, who's taking part in the new series of Dancing On Ice, has opened up about how she's still going through therapy to deal with her days in pop group S Club 7
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Taylor Wimpey plots share buyback after ‘excellent’ 2021
HousebuilderTaylor Wimpey has told investors to expect a share buyback in the coming months after what CEO Pete Redfern called an “excellent” 2021.
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Eamonn Holmes says it's easier for him to stay slim on GB News after This Morning axe
GB News host Eamonn Holmes is hoping to keep the weight off in his new role after his sudden This Morning exit
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Dan Walker, Gary Lineker and Hugh Grant slam ‘nut job’ Government amid plans to axe BBC licence fee: ‘It’s 43p per day’
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries hinted at the groundbreaking overhaul.
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Tens of thousands without power as winter storm sweeps through south-east of US
Tens of thousands were left without power when a winter storm made up of ice, high winds and snow battered the south-east of the US.
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Thomas Tuchel sends clear Chelsea transfer message after seeing title hopes ended
Tuchel saw his Chelsea side slip to defeat at Manchester City on Saturday, leaving them 13 points behind Pep Guardiola's men and all but out of the Premier League title race
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'Burning deadline!' Boris Johnson given just THREE WEEKS to keep energy prices down
BORIS JOHNSON has just three weeks to act in order to keep energy prices down as Brits brace for bills to soar, latest reports claim.
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Who’s a clever dog? Scientists study secrets of canine cognition
Dogs can figure out some things that even chimps can’t. Our science correspondent puts her puppy retriever to the testIt’s a cold winter’s day, and I’m standing in a room watching my dog stare fixedly at two flower pots. I’m about to get an answer to a burning question: is my puppy a clever girl?Dogs have been our companions for millennia, domesticated sometime between 15,000 and 30,000 years ago. And the bond endures: according to the latest figures from the Pet Food Manufacturers Association 33% of households in the UK have a dog. Continue reading...
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‘I have no intention of getting infected’: understanding Omicron’s severity
Experts on whether getting Covid is inevitable and why, despite claims of ‘mildness’, the variant is highly dangerousLeaders in the US have struck a pessimistic tone about the Covid-19 pandemic in recent weeks amid rapid spread of the Omicron variant.Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, recently testified before Congress that “most people are going to get Covid”. Dr Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to Joe Biden, has also said that Omicron “​​will ultimately find just about everybody” in terms of exposure, though vaccines make an important difference in who develops the illness. Continue reading...
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The Love Songs of WEB Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers review – desires of the downtrodden
The poet’s debut novel effortlessly evokes the dilemmas of African Americans as they struggle for advancementThe author Zora Neale Hurston once joked: “I am the only negro in the United States whose grandfather on the mother’s side was not an Indian chief.” In part, Hurston was alluding to the embarrassment some African Americans felt about their “debased” African lineage, a notion that lies at the core of the poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’s ambitious debut novel.Epigraphic reflections on race by WEB Du Bois, a founding father in 1909 of the interracial National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), who proposed that a “talented tenth” (an elite 10% of the African American population) would transform black people’s lowly standing, hover over chapters of the novel. Its breezy yet detailed 800 pages flit between a fable-like backstory of enslaved Africans who forged liaisons with Creek Native Americans (both brutalised by European traders) and a tragic, contemporary family saga of descendants of the enslaved. Continue reading...
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How to book a holiday during the Covid pandemic
Read the small print, particularly about cancellationsIt is essential to check what will happen if you need to cancel transport or accommodation, whether you are booking the different elements yourself or opting for a package. Many may offer free cancellation but read the small print carefully – there will be a deadline for this, and it could be several weeks before your holiday is set to start. Continue reading...
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Attack, attack, attack: Republicans drive to make Biden the bogeyman
The president has had to withstand a barrage from rightwingers – and for Republicans the formula might be workingIt seemed that Joe Biden would be bad for business in “Make America great again” world.In theory, the US president, a white man with working-class roots and moderate policy positions, was a more elusive target for Donald Trump’s increasingly extreme support base than other prominent Democrats. Continue reading...
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‘Christmas was awful’: on the Omicron frontline at the Royal Preston hospital
After nearly two years of pandemic, 5,000 inpatients and 1,000 deaths, the staff of one of the largest hospitals in north-west England are frustrated and exhaustedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAfter nearly two years on the Covid frontline, there is one image that haunts Prof Mohammed Munavvar. It is of a visit to Preston cemetery, where a friend had been laid to rest.There he saw a pristine row of gravestones, each planted in the last year. They were all his patients. He knew every single name: “That was terrible, really. It was very traumatic. Even now I think about that image.” Continue reading...
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All systems glow: 10 of the UK’s best winter light festivals
Gaze upon shimmering forests and postapocalyptic sunsets, chase the northern lights or let ancient tales guide you along city wallsLight trails and shows are more popular than ever this Covid-ridden winter: inventive and mostly outdoors, they brighten the long, dark nights. For those of us drawn to their sparkle, the good news is they’re not just for Christmas. These cities, gardens and resorts are hosting illuminated trails and festivals of light in January, February and March. Book ahead, and wrap up warm. Continue reading...
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Can I get a loan to renovate a cottage in my parents’ garden?
A reader asks if they can register such a property as a separate dwellingQ My parents own their house outright. In the garden there is a separate cottage that I would like to move into and renovate. Can I: (a) get a loan for the works; and (b) be able to eventually register it as a separate dwelling with my parents’ consent?JGA You could take out a personal loan to fund your renovations but you wouldn’t be able to take out a mortgage on the property because you don’t own it. A more sensible way of going about things would be first to establish whether your parents want to give you or sell you the cottage. If they don’t, it doesn’t make much sense to renovate it, especially if you have to take out a personal loan to pay for the work as they are much more expensive than mortgages. Continue reading...
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Why was I fined £90 for charging my electric car at Lidl?
A reader asks why they were penalised even though they paid to use the charger I live in London and rely on the public network to charge up my electric car, a Renault Zoe. A few years ago, Lidl introduced rapid chargers, which was great, and I started using its stores, leaving my car on charge while I shopped.On a Sunday in late October, I needed to charge my vehicle, and, as all units around me were in use, I drove to the Lewisham Lidl I normally use. I arrived at 8am, charged the car for an hour, paid, and left just after 9am. The store was closed at the time. Continue reading...
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How does a cougar cross a freeway – in pictures
Tracking a wild cougar and swapping its collar battery is all in a day’s work for the Olympic Cougar Project, a partnership between a coalition of Native American tribes, a renowned cougar expert and the Washington Department of Transportation Continue reading...
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Celine Dion cancels North America tour due to ongoing health issues
‘I was really hoping that I’d be good to go by now, but I suppose I just have to be more patient,’ singer said
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Russell Grant's predictions for today - one star sign gets a blast from the past
One star sign must rectify a mistake they didn't make while it's time for another to start planning a holiday, however others should be aware of being put in an awkward position
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Six things you missed from the Premier League weekend including another Jadon Sancho snub
There were fireworks on and off the pitch in the Premier League this weekend with no shortage of brilliant goals, heroic individual performances and ruthless decisions
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Denzel Washington ‘last to know’ about Tenet star son John David Washington’s acting career
He's the proudest dad for all his children's successes though.
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Hedgelaying is the unexpected way you can help nature – here’s how to do it
Get gardening.
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Rum and reggaeton: What’s it’s like to visit tropical Puerto Rico in January
There's no such thing as January blues on this rum-soaked island.
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Coronation Street spoilers: Tim plans for his own funeral in sad scenes
Tim pays a visit to George.
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Emmerdale spoilers: Meena returns for final revenge?
Beginning of the end?
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Manchester United have four perfect transfer targets for two problem positions
Manchester United have fallen far behind the leaders in the race for the Premier League.
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Man City are already preparing their ideal Ederson replacement
One day Manchester City will have to replace Ederson and they're already preparing for it.
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Piers Morgan slams Prince Harry for 'behaving like a shameless hypocrite'
Piers Morgan has hit out at Prince Harry's behaviour as the US-based Duke of Sussex says he can't return to the UK due to safety worries
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Pacific volcano: Daughter describes ‘helpless’ wait for news of parents after Tonga tsunami
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Texas hostage taker shot dead pictured for first time as family say they were 'liaising with FBI' from North West in new statement
Malik Faisal Akram, from Blackburn, held four hostages at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas
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Scream overtakes Spider-Man: No Way Home at the box office with a £22.3 million debut
No Way Home on the other hand grossed £15.2m in its fifth weekend of release
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Japan's Kishida says virus measures, defense top priorities
Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has said fighting the pandemic was a “top priority” for his government in his speech opening this year’s parliamentary session
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Police officer caught choking colleague who tried to stop him attacking suspect
Pullease turned aggressive as the police were arresting a verbally and physically resistive suspect
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Girl, 9, missing in Greenwich found, police say
A missing nine-year-old girl from south-east London who was the subject of a police appeal has been found.
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Former Lloyds boss Horta-Osorio quits Credit Suisse after investigation
Antonio Horta-Osorio received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the financial sector and mental health.
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Former Lloyds boss Horta-Osorio quits Credit Suisse after investigation
Antonio Horta-Osorio received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the financial sector and mental health.
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Revealed: many common omega-3 fish oil supplements are ‘rancid’
Independent tests find that a number of products on the market use oxidised oils, with the rancidity often masked by flavouringsMore than one in 10 fish oil supplements tested from among 60 large retail brands are rancid, while nearly half are just under the recommended maximum limit, according to independent tests.Conducted over several years by Labdoor, which analyses vitamins and supplements based on criteria such as purity, label accuracy and nutritional value, the tests measured common US-branded fish oils, available globally, against international voluntary standards of rancidity. Continue reading...
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Trailblazing Arab lawmaker shakes up Israeli politics
Arab politician Mansour Abbas broke a longstanding taboo when he joined Israel’s governing coalition last year
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Desperate, exhausted and poorly paid: Workers lift the lid on Greater Manchester's crumbling social care
Grandparents begging for carers to stay longer, unqualified workers and a staffing crisis are some of the factors workers are having to deal with
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Struggling Credit Suisse ousts chairman after Covid quarantine probe
Credit Suisse Group AG’s Chairman Antonio Horta-Osorio resigned after just nine months in the role, following a series of missteps including reported breaches of Swiss and UK quarantine rules that eroded confidence in his leadership (Bloomberg).
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Asian shares mixed after China reports slowing growth
Shares are mixed in Asia after China reported that its economy expanded at an 8.1% annual pace in 2021, though growth slowed to half that level in the last quarter
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Amber Rose backtracks on viral Kanye West tweet: ‘Kim Kardashian nor her sisters deserved that’
A tweet from 2015 recirculated social media amid Kanye and Kim’s drama.
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