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Andy Murray considering Davis Cup U-turn as Leon Smith calls up four players

Andy Murray previously suggested he’d skip the Davis Cup this year (Picture: Georg Hochmuth GEORG via Getty Images)Andy Murray admits he could still be convinced to play in the Davis Cup next month despite previously ruling himself out of contention. Captain Leon Smith has announced Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski will all represent Great Britain in this year’s tournament and has left a fifth space open. Tennis fans will be hoping Murray fills that spot, but earlier this month the Scot suggested he wouldn’t feature as he wanted to allow his body to rest ahead of the 2022 season and also felt he didn’t merit a spot based on his current level of performances. But having beaten Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3 at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna on Monday – hi...

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Science

A whirlwind year in distribution

Dave Doherty, president of distributor Digi-Key Electronics looks at what 2021 meant for electronics distributors and what’s ahead in 2022 2021 has been a whirlwind of a year, bringing both new challenges and opportunities to the high service distribution industry. Distributors, suppliers and customers alike have all faced new and sometimes unforeseen obstacles and openings throughout the past year, with unpredictable market conditions upending “business as usual” in many areas. One of the biggest lessons learned in 2021 is that the market has the potential to be more unpredictable than anyone thought. The year brought nearly every possible type of challenge to the electronic components industry: decreased production due to the Covid-19 pandemic, extended shipping times due to delays at p

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The Cuban missile crisis remains October’s scariest time

In this Oct. 22, 1962, file photo, President John F. Kennedy makes a national television speech from Washington concerning the Cuban missile crisis. | Associated PressAmericans remain preoccupied domestically, and largely ignore foreign policy. This puts our nation in peril. October is the scary month, and not just because of Halloween. Nearly six decades ago, the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear holocaust. During Oct. 22-28 1962, Washington and Moscow sparred on the edge of thermonuclear war. The lessons remain of fundamental importance. They include difficulty of securing accurate intelligence, and the unpredictability of events. On Oct. 14, 1962, U.S. reconnaissance photos revealed the Soviet Union placing offensive nuclear missiles in Cuba, despite contra

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Business

Sunny, cool and breezy keeps the forecast easy

Sunny and breezy this afternoon.  A mild morning under clear skies will become sunny and breezy this afternoon.  Wind west-northwest 10-15 mph, with gusts reaching 25 mph.  Mostly clear overnight with patchy fog inland.  Near seasonal temperatures with increasing clouds late Wednesday.  Showers with storms will push through early Thursday followed by much cooler temperatures. Today:  Sunny and breezy.  Afternoon highs in the upper 70s to low 80s.  Mostly clear and cool overnight with patchy fog inland. Wednesday:  Patchy fog under mostly clear skies.  Wake up temperatures in the 50s to 60s.  Becoming partly cloudy with highs in the 70s to low 80s.  Clouds will increase overnight with showers, storms expected early Thursday morning. Looking ahead:  A cold front will push through Thursday w...

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Entertainment

Meet the Painter Creating Eye-Catching Art On Female Bodies

“Gate Keeper” (Body Painter: Pashur, Photo: Gracie Williams) If you were to body paint a nude woman, which would you choose—a model with large breasts or more modest sized? The answer is that it depends, according to Pashur, recipient of the first ever Hall of Fame Award at the Paintopia Body Paint Festival in the UK, and a four-time body paint award winner at Fantasy Fest here at home. “You have models who have large breasts, those are really good for designs like lingerie where you’re trying to sell that aspect of it,” he tells us. “When you’re creating art, all sizes of the canvas, you need them—larger, smaller, bald, sometimes you even need a model who’s missing a leg. I’m always looking for models with smaller breasts for theatrical stuff. And if it’s for a magazine cover, or some

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All Time Low deny sexual assault allegations: ‘We stand collectively for truth’

(L-R) Jack Barakat, Zack Merrick, Rian Dawson, and Alex Gaskarth issued a joint statement (Picture: Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)All Time Low have denied sexual assault allegations levelled against them, describing the claims as ‘absolutely and unequivocally false’. The band, made up of frontman Alex Gaskarth, guitarist Jack Barakat, bassist Zack Merrick, and drummer Rian Dawson, all 33, issued a joint statement on social media. The statement came after allegations about Barakat circulated social media. One anonymous Twitter user accused the guitarist of sexual assault and claimed Barakat ‘took advantage’ of them a week after their 15th birthday. It begins: ‘The allegations being brought against us are absolutely and unequivocally false. ‘When a TikTok video gained tr...

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Your cat’s weird behaviour explained by an expert

If their tail starts twitching – they might be getting irritated (Picture: Getty)Cats are mysterious creatures. Private, majestic… and sometimes just downright weird. Whether they’re jumping about at 3am, giving you the cold shoulder for no reason, or suddenly obsessed with something that you can’t see in the corner of the room, the way cats behave is frequently baffling. This weirdness isn’t just a quirk of your feline friend – the unpredictability of cats can be behavioural or evolutionary. And while we may see these traits as simply silly and entertaining, our cats might be telling us what they want and what they hate, too.  In our eternal quest to gain the affections of our kitties, we decided to ask an expert to explain what these strange quirks actually mean. Eleonore Ha

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Ask Amy: I don’t want my husband using my name anymore when he does this

Dear Amy: I need some advice. For the last five years, my husband has been churning credit cards (opening up credit card accounts solely for the opening bonus, then closing them after the bonus is received). He opens cards in both his name and mine. This is legal, as far as I know. He’s very organized, and we’ve never accumulated any interest or any fees. I’ve recently started to feel uneasy about this and want him to stop doing this using my name. Related Articles Ask Amy: It makes me sick to think that my best friend violated my privacy Ask Amy: I know I sound delusional, but I’ve decided to sever all my friendships Ask Amy: As the senior neighbor on the street, I should have been told about the death

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Why Gunther was the most relatable of all the Friends

Over 10 seasons, Gunther was witness to the highs and lows of all the Friends (Picture: David Tarling)Were you a Monica? A Rachel? A Ross, Joey, Phoebe or a Chandler? No matter who you most closely identified with in the nineties/noughties – and the many years of Friends being broadcast on TV that followed – chances are that today you’re also a little bit of a Gunther. Gunther, played by James Michael Tyler, who sadly passed away on Sunday, was the peroxide blond manager of Central Perk. Over 10 seasons he was witness to the highs and lows of all the Friends. We’ve all been the one on the outside looking in, wishing we were part of the gang, but not accepted. Since the rise of social media, we can spend hours each day following the most intimate details of other people’s lives wit

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Manchester United coaching staff ‘concerned’ by Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s lack of development since £50m arrival from Crystal Palace

Aaron Wan-Bissaka joined Manchester United in 2019 for £50m (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s lack of development since his £50m move to Old Trafford has left Manchester United insiders ‘concerned’, with some of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s backroom staff feeling the defender has failed to apply himself. The right-back joined the Red Devils two years ago from Crystal Palace after a sensational debut campaign for the Eagles in the Premier League. Wan-Bissaka is widely regarded as one of the best one-on-one defenders in the league but his attacking quality has been roundly criticised, with opposition teams often allowing the defender to come forward with the ball. The defender was largely helpless to stop United’s 5-0 mauling against rivals Liverpool on Sunday and ...

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Andreas Christensen in two-month contract standoff with Chelsea

The defender’s contract runs out in the summer (Picture: Getty Images)Contract talks between Chelsea and Andreas Christensen have reportedly reached an impasse, with a lack of contact between the two parties over the last two months. The Denmark international has been a key figure under Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge, but his current deal at the west London club is due to expire in the summer. Without a new contract penned, Christensen is able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from January 1. Tuchel has praised the Denmark international (Picture: Getty Images)According to Goal, there is an offer on the table of a four-year deal including the option of an extra year, but it would keep the centre-back among the lower earners in the squad. The report sta

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Emma Raducanu calls for patience after going from ‘zero to the top of the game’

Emma Raducanu is back in action at the Transylvania Open this week (Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Emma Raducanu has called for patience as she begins the next chapter of her tennis career following her meteoric rise to becoming US Open champion last month. The 18-year-old became the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam as she went the entire tournament without dropping a set in what was only her second ever appearance at a Grand Slam. Raducanu began her US open campaign ranked 150 in the world rankings but shot up to the world No. 23 spot with her title and has ultimately become one of the sport’s biggest stars in just a few weeks. Her first appearance since winning in New York ended in defeat at Indian Wells as she suffered a straight sets loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovic

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Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack is broken as fans complain of frame rate issues and input lag

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack – not a seamless launch (pic: Nintendo)The launch of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack has not gone well, judging by the number of complaints on Twitter and Reddit. The Expansion Pack for the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service, which adds support for N64 and Mega Drive games, is already controversial for its high price, so it really needed a problem free launch to justify its cost – but that’s not what’s happened. In theory, adding support for two new formats shouldn’t cause any problem, since Nintendo Switch Online has been around for years now, and indeed there don’t seem to be any problems with the often-emulated Mega Drive games. N64 games are re-released far less often though and it’s them that are causing the problems.

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Harriette Cole: She made inappropriate jokes about my mom

DEAR HARRIETTE: My brother and I were jokingly poking fun at our mom the other day. My brother’s girlfriend kind of laughed with us, but now she thinks that she can join in as well. Harriette Cole The jokes that we make at my mother’s expense are funny only when we, her kids, make them. It’s inappropriate for an outsider to join in. Should I say something to her, or should I ask my brother to say something? — Stay Out of It DEAR STAY OUT OF IT: Someone definitely needs to speak to her about this situation. You cannot expect her to know that these jokes are off-limits to her. She is not a mind reader. Ideally, it should come from your brother. Speak to him about it. Remind him of the scenario that recently occurred and what was said. Point out that you consider your inside jokes with your

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I’m A Celebrity 2021 advert slammed by PETA as Ant McPartlin rides pony: ‘Leave animals in peace’

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Another said: ‘Ant is far too big/heavy for that little pony much as I love A&D this is cruel & not at all funny!!’ A spokesperson for I’m A Celebrity told Metro.co.uk: ‘The pony used in the promo is professionally trained to work in the film and television industry.  Throughout the shoot the horse master and a team of expert handlers were on location at all times. The safety and wellbeing of the horses and pony used for filming were of utmost priority to everyone.’ More: I'm A Celebrity BBC Radio 1 presenter Adele Roberts diagnosed with bowel cancer I'm A Celebrity contestants warned not to harm protected bats flying a...

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