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Ask Amy: I’m sick of my husband lying to me about his co-worker

Dear Amy: My husband of 13 years is having boundary issues with a colleague. They became close when he had a depressive episode last year and confided in her instead of me. Amy Dickinson He said a lot of things to her that made me uncomfortable, including comments about our relationship and our finances. I read his messages and have proof. I confessed to him that I read his messages, and we talked about it. He said that he no longer considers her “a friend.” I am still reading his messages because I don’t trust him, and today I read a reply from him to her where he said he would “love to see her.” He hasn’t told me about it. Hmmm. They aren’t friends? I don’t believe him. We have a close and intimate partnership otherwise, and I never make him feel unsafe with his issues. I know they don’t

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Mum drove to beach for son’s birthday as she ‘didn’t think it would do any harm’

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video A mum who travelled 56 miles to a beach in lockdown to celebrate her son’s fourth birthday says she ‘didn’t think there was any harm’ in it. Laura McGhee has insisted her group trip from Oldham, Greater Manchester to Formby beach in Liverpool, Merseyside was reasonable, saying she ‘wasn’t doing another birthday in lockdown’. But police have blasted ‘reckless and irresponsible’ behaviour after turning more than 100 cars away and issuing 20 fines in the area at the weekend. Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Ms McGhee said: ‘He’s only four so I’m not doing another birthday in lockdown.’ Pointing to her kids, she added: ‘We’ve don...

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Universal internet access essential to prevent another coronavirus, says Tony Blair

The former prime minister has said universal internet access will be essential for preventing future pandemics (Photo: Getty)Universal internet access will be key to defeating future pandemics and must be available by 2030, said former prime minister Tony Blair. The former Labour leader said closing the digital divide would boost economic growth and improve the lives of ‘billions of people’, and must be a priority for political leaders. In the foreword to a new report by the Tony Blair Institute, Blair suggested the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted how reliant many different aspects of life are on internet access. More than 3.5 billion people live without access to the online world. The report calls on the G20 to make a coordinated effort to stimulate demand for connectivity techn

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Netflix Delivers an Explosive Anime ‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel

NetflixGuillermo Del Toro’s 2013 hit Pacific Rim was a case of two entertaining things that went well together—namely, enormous Godzilla-style monsters and equally gargantuan robot animé mechas. It was a hybrid concept predicated on scale, with titanic armored warriors dubbed Jaegers doing thunderous weaponized and hand-to-hand combat with creatures known as Kaiju who’d appeared on Earth through interdimensional Pacific Ocean portals. Operated by two pilots (via a mind-meld process called “The Drift”), the Jaegers were striking humanoid machines inspired by those found in Gundam, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Macross (not to mention Robotech and Voltron), while their Kaiju adversaries resembled distant cousins of Japan’s most famous radioactive beast, as well as his various land-sea-air adv...

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TRANSFORMING USER EXPERIENCE IN BANKING: Here are the strategies winning financial institutions are using to deliver a superior user experience

Summary List Placement This is a preview of the Insider Intelligence Transforming User Experience In Banking research report. Purchase this report here. Insider Intelligence offers even more banking coverage with our Banking Briefing. Subscribe today to receive industry-changing banking news and analysis to your inbox. As digital channels become a more critical part of the overall banking journey, banks' design teams need to strategize on how best to create user experiences (UX) that resonate with their customers. A strong UX enables banks to deliver a simple, intuitive, and frictionless digital banking experience.  A superior UX can also help banks improve customer satisfaction and bring in new customers. Offering a wide range of in-demand mobile banking features, for example, can sati

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Harriette Cole: My pushy schoolmate has gone too far

DEAR HARRIETTE: A guy who went to college with me calls every six months or so, always wanting me to hook him up. By the second sentence of the call, the ask is there, and it’s always for a significant favor that is far beyond my scope of interest, network or anything else. Harriette Cole This guy is pushy and gross, as far as I am concerned. But we do share the bond of going to the same college a thousand years ago. I do my best to help anybody from my school that I can. But this has gotten out of control. How can I get him to back off? I have tried so many things, including hardly ever being able to help — not because I am holding back, but more because I really can’t. Enough DEAR ENOUGH: It is OK to stop engaging this man. If he has shown himself to you to be a taker and a user without

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This Vacuum May Be Small, But My Home Has Never Been Cleaner

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonIn the new year, I have implemented the one minute rule (from Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project.) If something can be cleaned up in one minute, just do it — this will help your future self. This goes for dirty dishes, laundry piled up on the chair in the corner of my bedroom, and coffee grounds spilled all over the floor in a sleepy morning haze. The laundry and dishes haven’t been a problem, but the spills are a whole other issue. Dirt, dust and crumbs— all of these hit my counter or floor on a daily basis. Since I live in a small space without much carpet, I never found it necessary to buy a large vacuum. But recently, I decided to follow this new rule, and found the perfect vacuum for the job. The Eufy HomeVac is a tiny vacuum th...

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If Jan. 6 Was ‘Domestic Terror,’ Who Was the Terrorist In Chief?

bstirtonFBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday painted a picture of a massive threat facing America. But at the center of that picture was a force so dark and scary that apparently no one on either side of the political aisle dared to speak his name. Wray, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the first time in two years, and taking questions from lawmakers for the first time since the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, could not have been more clear about the scope or nature of the threat that the FBI now says is its top priority. It is domestic terrorism. But while Republicans tried to change the subject and Democrats tried to focus on it, no one said much about Donald J. Trump. It would have been like having a hearing after 9/11 and discussing airline security procedures w...

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London eyes major rule changes to cash in on the SPAC boom as Amsterdam targets top spot after Brexit

Summary List Placement A major review has recommended an overhaul of London's rules to welcome SPACs. The UK has lagged far behind the US, and major players are eyeing Amsterdam as Europe's hub. The British government wants to show the benefits of leaving the EU. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. After falling behind New York and even Amsterdam, London is eyeing a major overhaul of its stock-listing rules so it can cash in on the boom in SPACs and reassert its financial power after Brexit. A major review into the City of London has recommended the removal of a rule that currently deters special-purpose acquisition companies from listing in the UK's financial hub. SPACs have continued to boom in 2021, with around 180 so-called blank-check companie...

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Democrats Fume That Neera Tanden Mess Dragged Down Equality Act

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyPresident Joe Biden’s agenda for his first 100 days can’t be criticized for a lack of ambition. But as key components of his policy priorities, from raising the national minimum wage to wage discrimination against workers with disabilities, have fallen victim to the filibuster, stakeholders in the Equality Act—one of his key legislative goals—grew increasingly frustrated with the White House’s white-knuckle commitment to an item that never appeared on his long list of commitments to voters during the campaign: confirming Neera Tanden as director of the Office of Management and Budget. For reasons both high-minded and mundane, Tanden’s nomination to the position hung by little more than a single thread, pinched in the ambivalent fingers of Sen. Li...

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Miss Manners: This news changes my long feud with my sister-in-law

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have been in a tiff with my sister-in-law for about a year, when her ill-considered words rocked my marriage. We are still healing, and my husband continues seeing a therapist. Good thing they live on the other side of the country. But that is not the issue, just the background. I just learned that my sister-in-law’s elderly mom looked so bad she was sent directly to the hospital. Coughing, feverish, low energy, no appetite, food has no taste … The COVID test came back negative. What they learned was so much worse. Her mother is dying of stage 4 cancer and has only a short time to live. Having cared for my father during his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma chemotherapy before he passed, I really have sympathy for my sister-in-law’s situation. Is it wrong to express condolence or

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Manchester United demand one of two Inter Milan players after failed Romelu Lukaku payment

The Red Devils are still owed a massive sum for the Belgian striker (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester United have asked Inter Milan for either Milan Skriniar or Lautaro Martinez after the Serie A club failed to pay part of Romelu Lukaku’s transfer fee, according to reports in Italy. The Belgian forward swapped Old Trafford for the San Siro back in August 2019 in a £74million deal which featured a host of bonuses and performance-related clauses. Lukaku has been in fine form for the Serie A leaders this season, netting 18 goals in 23 appearances, and according to Corriere dello Sport he has triggered a clause which means Inter must immediately pay the remaining fee of the deal. United could waive the fee they are due for Lukaku if they get Skriniar instead (Picture: Getty)But Inter

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Matt Selt stunned by Stephen Hendry performance after ropy practice sessions

Matt Selt was thoroughly impressed with Stephen Hendry (Picture: WST)Matt Selt was pleasantly surprised with how well Stephen Hendry played against him in his comeback match at the Gibraltar Open after not being impressed at all with what he saw from his good friend in practice. Hendry was playing his first match back on tour in nearly nine years, retiring from the sport in 2012 but accepting a two-year wildcard to return at the start of this season. That return was finally made in the first round of the Gibraltar Open on Tuesday night and, although he suffered a 4-1 defeat to Selt, the Scot looked good, making a break of 107 in the one frame he won. Selt was clearly delighted to pick up the victory but was also pleased that his pal is playing well again on his journey back into p

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Fall Guys planning cross-play, hints at free-to-play after Epic Games buyout

Fall Guys is under new ownership (pic: Mediatonic)Mediatonic is now the property of Fortnite creators Epic Games, although they’re insisting that won’t change anything just yet. Barely six months after it became a surprise success on PlayStation 4, after being given away free via PlayStation Plus, Fall Guys has become such a success that its developer has been bought out by creator Epic Games. Not even just developer Mediatonic but their parent company Tonic Games Group, which also includes publisher Irregular Corporation (who have just signed a publishing deal for SWERY’s The Good Life) and developer Fortitude Games, who are new and haven’t released anything yet. At the moment though Mediatonic is keen to emphasise that the deal will change nothing from a player’s point of view,

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