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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance cancelled by Netflix days after Emmy award
The series has been cancelled after one season.
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I have a property to rent out and a choice of tenants - which one should I pick?
Most landlords want to find a long-term, reliable tenant who will pay rent on time and can move in on specific dates
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Mum makes shower screen sparkle with simple Fairy Liquid hack
She says the soap scum disappeared before her eyes.
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World’s first zero-emission plane could be here by 2035
Three new hydrogen-powered concepts from Airbus
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Premier Inn owner Whitbread warns it could axe up to 6,000 jobs
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Having coronavirus and flu at same time makes you 6 times more likely to die
New research from Public Health England reveals those who had Covid-19 and flu at the same time during the initial peak in March  had a significantly higher risk of death
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UK told ‘work from home if you can’ as new restrictions to be announced
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Whitbread to cut 6,000 jobs as Covid-19 hits UK economy - business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as Whitbread announces thousands of job cuts across its Premier Inns, Beefeater and Brewers Fayre sitesWhitbread: Cutting 18% of jobs due to ‘subdued’ demandBoris Johnson to announces new restrictions todayMore than £50bn knocked off FTSE 100 yesterday 7.22am BST Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.We start with bad news from the UK - Whitbread, the hotel and restaurant chain, is cutting 6,000 jobs. It’s the latest in a string of firms across the leisure sector to cut headcount since the pandemic began.With demand for travel remaining subdued, we are now having to make some very difficult decisions, and it is with great regret that today we are announcing our intention to enter into a consultation process that could result in up to 6,000 redundancies in the UK, of which it is hoped that a significant proportion can be achieved voluntarily.In line with our longstanding values of treating our people fairly, our priority is now to ensure that this process is clear and transparent for all colleagues and that everyone impacted is supported throughout. Related: Pubs and restaurants across England to be forced to shut at 10pm Related: Fears over second Covid lockdown wipes £50bn off FTSE 100 Related: US stock markets continue falling amid Covid fears as Dow drops 510 points “We remain committed to using our tools to do what we can, for as long as it takes, to ensure that the recovery will be as strong as possible, and to limit lasting damage to the economy,” European Opening Calls:#FTSE 5829 +0.43%#DAX 12601 +0.47%#CAC 4812 +0.42%#AEX 538 +0.42%#MIB 18925 +0.70%#IBEX 6738 +0.69%#OMX 1782 +0.64%#STOXX 3176 +0.47%#IGOpeningCall Continue reading...
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Michael Gove tells Britons to work from home as No10 abandons plan to return to the office
MICHAEL GOVE confirmed that the Government has abandoned plans to try and get workers back into the office following a spike in coronavirus cases.
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What are we waiting for? We must increase lending to the world's poorest now
Africa looks set for its worst recession in decades due to Covid. International banks needs to act fast – or pay the price laterThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts Africa will suffer its worst recession since the 1970s. For the first time since the 1990s, extreme poverty will increase. The annual death toll from HIV, tuberculosis and malaria is set to double. We also fear a near doubling in the number of people facing starvation. Many girls out of school will never go back. Life expectancy will fall.All this will fuel grievances, and in their wake conflict, instability and refugee flows, all giving succour to extremist groups and terrorists. The consequences will reach far and last long. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and G20 nations will feel the blowback just as some start to see light at the end of the Covid tunnel. Continue reading...
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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson’s back to work message to be scrapped in latest u-turn
Staff will no longer be told to go back to the workplace to save the economy, in another government U-turn as coronavirus infections surge again.
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Brit who had ear bitten off during drinks row on Ryanair flight 'traumatised'
The Bridge Group owner Neil Endley, of Solihull, Warwickshire, was looking forward to a weekend away in Majorca when he was attacked by a drunken man
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Coronavirus map LIVE: PM shamed by brutal academic letter - Boris to address nation TODAY
BORIS JOHNSON has been urged not to place the UK in a crippling second lockdown by a group of academics ahead of his announcement today.
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Madeleine McCann prime suspect's lawyer says he has evidence that will clear him
Paedophile Christian Brueckner is being investigated in connection with the abduction of the three-year-old but his lawyer said he has evidence that will make you 'fall off your chair'
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Premier Inn owner Whitbread warns it could axe 6,000 staff
BREAKING: Premier Inn owner Whitbread has warned it could axe up to 6,000 jobs as the coronavirus crisis continues to hit demand for hotel stays.
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Taiwan's Tsai visits base following Chinese show of force
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen is visiting a military base on one of Taiwan’s outlying islands in a display of resolve following a recent show of force by rival China
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AP PHOTOS: Moria, the migrant crisis that shook the EU
Moria refugee camp was never far from crisis.
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Theresa May issues ferocious attack on 'reckless, irresponsible' Boris Johnson
The former Prime Minister delivered a stinging rebuke to her successor in the House of Commons for wanting to break international law - fuming: 'So much for global Britain'
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Piers Morgan slams 50k COVID cases a day by October warning as 'scaremongering'
Piers Morgan ranted about Chris Whitty's startling prediction that COVID cases would rise to 50,000 a day by October as Susanna Reid said it was just supposed to scare us
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Plans to allow thousands of sports fans back are paused due to Covid spike 
Pilot events have been taking place with a maximum of 1,000 fans in each stadium, with the intention of returning all English venues to 30 percent capacity by the start of next month.
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Face shields ineffective at trapping aerosols, says Japanese supercomputer
Simulation using world’s fastest supercomputer casts doubt on effectiveness in preventing spread of coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePlastic face shields are almost totally ineffective at trapping respiratory aerosols, according to modelling in Japan, casting doubt on their effectiveness in preventing the spread of coronavirus.A simulation using Fugaku, the world’s fastest supercomputer, found that almost 100% of airborne droplets of less than 5 micrometres in size escaped through plastic visors of the kind often used by people working in service industries. Continue reading...
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Insurers banned from charging you more when you renew car or home cover
The move from the Financial Conduct Authority should save customers £1.2billion a year as the practice of sneakily increasing prices for people renewing polices is set to be outlawed
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Barman wins '£1m' in out of court settlement after losing arm in keg explosion
Jye Parker, 29, from Newcastle, Australia, has been involved in a lengthy legal battle with the Bar Beach Bowling Club following the horrific accident in 2014
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Premier Inn owner Whitbread to axe 6,000 jobs
It comes as hospitality sector has been pummelled by coronavirus.
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The top 10 Covid-19 hotspots in Greater Manchester as cases rise across region
Two areas in the same borough top the chart
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WWE RETRIBUTION members and names confirmed as stars get official contracts for Raw debut
The faction's members have been named.
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Sadiq Khan calls for compulsory face coverings in all public places in London
The mayor of London is also pushing for workers in the capital to work from home again.
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Face masks could be mandatory in all public places in London
Sadiq Khan is also pushing for workers in the capital to work from home again.
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Meghan Markle leaves lookalikes out of the job as Sussexes popularity PLUMMETS post-Megxit
A ROYAL fan who is the spitting image of Meghan Markle has said her career as the Duchess' lookalike may be coming to an end after the Sussexes moved to the US.
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Dr Hilary warns you are six times more likely to die if you have COVID and flu
In a heated discussion with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, GMB's Dr Hilary Jones warned COVID-19 and flu together are a huge risk to life
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Everything you need to know about the shared ownership scheme
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Britons fume over 10pm pubs curfew as new measures loom
Baffled Brits have poked fun at plans to enforce a 10pm curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants from this week. Boris Johnson is set to address the country today, but many say they'll drink faster.
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EastEnders spoilers: Mitch Baker confronts Kheerat Panesar over Chantelle’s death
Mitch wants answers, and he believes Kheerat can give them to him.
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Emmerdale spoilers: Huge conflict for Aaron Dingle and newcomer Ben tonight
Ben makes his first appearance in tonight's episode.
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EastEnders spoilers: Mitch Baker and Gray Atkins come to blows over Chantelle’s death
Mitch is horrified by what Gray says.
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Jade Thirwall says Little Mix don’t have ‘personal vendetta' against Simon Cowell
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Emmerdale spoilers: Chas Dingle cheats on Paddy Kirk with Al Chapman in huge twist?
Harmless flirting or the beginning of something bigger?
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Hollyoaks spoilers: Grace Black fumes over Felix Westwood’s betrayal
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Keir Starmer has to abandon Corbyn's promise on student fees | Steven Fielding
Sooner or later, the Labour leader will realise that spending at least £6bn a year on free tuition won’t break down inequalityAs he makes his first leader’s speech in the unusual context of an online Labour party conference, Keir Starmer’s position is rock solid. Since his election, the party has pulled almost level with the Conservatives in the polls, and more Britons think he would make a better prime minister than Boris Johnson. He has had a good Covid crisis.But the hard work of rowing his party away from the wilder shores of Corbynism has yet to begin. Starmer has so far fought shy of criticising Labour’s 2019 manifesto, apart from suggesting it was “overloaded” – and has yet to say which of its policies should be unloaded. Most people still do not know what he stands for. Continue reading...
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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman; The Diver and the Lover by Jeremy Vine – review
A retirement village in Kent and 50s Catalonia provide the backdrops for two popular TV hosts’ very different debut novels In a recent YouGov survey concerning British TV celebrities, Richard Osman emerged as the ninth most popular telly personality – the words most often used to describe him were “likable, clever, quick-witted and charming”. Fans of Osman were, the survey suggested, most likely also to admire Dawn French, Judi Dench and appliances made by Russell Hobbs. All of which data no doubt helps to make Viking Penguin, the publisher of Osman’s first novel, comfortable with its decision to invest a “seven-figure advance” in a two-book deal, safe in the knowledge that the Pointless co-presenter is well on the way to national treasure status.The Thursday Murder Club might double as a final application for that accolade. The club of the book’s title meets every week in the jigsaw room at Coopers Chase, a superior gated retirement village in rural Kent; the puzzle the members attempt to solve, however, is not the “two thousand piecer of Whitstable harbour” left unfinished on the coffee table, but rather one of several cold murder cases brought to their attention by Penny, a resident in the village and a former police inspector. What follows threatens to become the Famous Five in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, or a Midsomer murder for a whole gang of Miss Marples. Could there be a more seductive pitch to the readers of middle England (or to the producers of Sunday evening drama)? Continue reading...
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Are your eyes playing tricks? The early work of Olivo Barbieri – in pictures
The Italian photographer shot the everyday – from cars in the suburbs to stacks of watermelons. Yet somehow his images make you question reality... Continue reading...
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Why the UN’s 75th general assembly could be worse than the world’s worst Zoom meeting
The worst parts of UN events will be on display, the endless speechifying first among them, but none of what normally makes the general assembly indispensable It has been billed as the world’s worst Zoom meeting, but the United Nation’s 75th general assembly could be even worse than that.It is called the “general debate” but, unlike a Zoom meeting, there will be no discussion – just a week-long procession of pre-recorded video messages from the world’s leaders, stating their positions, very much with their domestic audience in mind. They were supposed to have sent their videos at the end of last week. As of Monday, only half had been turned in. Continue reading...
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Ngozi Fulani: 'Black women don't want to risk their abusers being murdered'
The founder of a domestic violence charity for African-Caribbean women on why she has more clients yet they refuse to go to the police The number of women accessing a specialist domestic violence service for those of African and Caribbean heritage has increased by more than 300% since lockdown, according to its founder, Ngozi Fulani.Across the UK domestic violence spiked during lockdown, not least because perpetrators and their victims were spending more time at home together. But Fulani, who set up London-based Sistah Space in 2015, says her clients tend to face additional pressures. Continue reading...
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'Learning that a fertility doctor was my biological father was painful – but on the upside I have hundreds of new siblings' | Fiona Darroch
A joke in the tearoom at work led to a shocking discovery that challenged my entire identity – but slowly I have made peace with itI was born in Durban, South Africa, in November 1962. My parents tried for a baby for more than five years before hearing about Dr Walker and his miracle babies. They were always a bit vague when explaining how he had helped Mum to conceive but clearly held him in high esteem, so much so that he became my godfather.My brother arrived two years later, and my younger sister was born just before my sixth birthday. We had a very happy childhood and my godfather, Tony, and his wife, Molly, played a big part in our lives. He and I became close after our family moved to Cape Town. We sent letters to one another and he visited often. My mother typed his novels. Continue reading...
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DVLA failed to reply after my partner passed away
I needed to register the car in my name but I faced a series of delaysI have just read your letter about the DVLA during lockdown. My partner passed away on 23 March. In April – after failing to make contact – I sent the logbook, a death certificate, my partner’s driving licence and a covering letter to register the car in my name. I have still have not had a reply.In the meantime, I have part-exchanged the car for a new one but this cannot be sold due to lack of documents. Continue reading...
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'My home was burning, it was like hell': The children traumatised by the Lesbos migrant camp fire
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Man United can do with Jadon Sancho what they did with Bruno Fernandes
Man Utd have had a terrible start to the new season but a deal to sign Jadon Sancho could change the mood at the club instantly.
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Man City have a new player setting the standard Guardiola demands
Manchester City's lack of pre-season caught up with them in the second half but they had enough quality and determination to win the game
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