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M&S worker sacked while off sick after being told to work weekends

Donna Gallagher had worked for Marks and Spencer since 1997 (Picture: @foodhallqueensdrive)A woman has won £15,000 after she was sacked from her job at Marks and Spencer while off sick.  Donna Gallagher, who had worked at the company for 23 years, was asked to change her hours and work weekends in 2019.  She said she couldn’t change her hours because she was a carer for her disabled mother, and was in discussions about this.  A hearing heard how she needed time off due to depression, which was ‘caused or exacerbated’ by the changes to her rota.  Mrs Gallagher joined M&S as a customer assistant in 1997 at Liverpool’s Bootle store before moving to the Queen’s Drive shop in 2016 where she worked just under 20 hours a week.  As well as this, she lived with and cared for her

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The Bobbi Brown drama shows why you should judge a foundation by its coverage

Bobbi Brown’s Jones Road What The Foundation has been the subject of controversy in the makeup world (Picture: Bobbi Brown)Bobbi Brown is an icon of the beauty world, with her ‘your skin but better’ looks beloved by celebrities and gracing the covers of Vogue and Elle. But the makeup artist has been embroiled in an internet drama this week, after a popular creator negatively reviewed one of her newly-launched products. Bobbi’s brand Jones Road released their What The Foundation tinted moisturiser in the US this week, sending out samples to influencers as is standard. Meredith Duxbury was one of these recipients, with over 15 million followers on TikTok who watch her makeup tutorials and look for inspiration. Her verdict on What The Foundation? ‘I’m gonna have to pass’. It’s

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Rebel Wilson reveals weight loss was inspired by desire to have a baby after fertility struggles

Rebel Wilson has opened up about her weight loss (Picture: Getty Images)Rebel Wilson has revealed her weight loss was inspired by her desire to have a baby. The Pitch Perfect actress, 42, has been open about her dramatic weight loss, and mission to become healthier, and has revealed it was after visiting a fertility doctor. She planned to harvest and freeze her eggs, but was ‘taken aback’ when a doctor told her: ‘You’d do much better if you were healthier.’ ‘I was taken aback. I thought, “Oh God, this’s guy’s so rude,'” she said. ‘He was right. I was carrying around a lot of excess weight. It’s almost like I didn’t think of my own needs. I thought of a future child’s needs that really inspired me to get healthier.’ Rebel, who has polycystic ovarian syndrome, said her goal wa

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Jose Mourinho claims Manchester United are not expected to win trophies

The Portuguese coach also responded to claims he could be Roma’s Sir Alex (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho has suggested Manchester United are not expected to win trophies and that the expectations placed on him to win silverware – both at Old Trafford and Tottenham – were unrealistic. United have not won the Premier League title in nine years, since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign in charge in 2013, while their only other trophy outside of Mourinho’s reign was secured by Louis van Gaal in the FA Cup in 2016. The Dutchman was dismissed shortly afterwards and replaced by the self-proclaimed Special One, who would go on to win the Community Shield, Carabao Cup and Europa League – which is the last trophy United have picked up in a barren five years. Mourinho is looking to win his f

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in talks with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain

Paul Pogba is set to leave Old Trafford on a free transfer this summer (Picture: Getty)Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is in talks with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain over a summer move. Pogba, 29, is out of contract at the end of the season and is set to leave Old Trafford with little prospect of a new deal being reached. In recent weeks, the Frenchman has been linked with Manchester City who are looking at replacements for the outgoing Ilkay Gundogan. However, according to the Daily Mirror, Pogba is likely to join either Juventus or PSG this summer, having opened talks with both clubs. The report goes on to say that Pogba has been offered £350,000-a-week to join PSG, with the French champions viewing the midfielder as a player who can take the club to a Champions League titl

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Ringling Bros. announces comeback tour but without animals

“The Greatest Show on Earth” is making a comeback — without animal acts — five years after shutting down its three-ring circus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced Wednesday. The interactive, live show will launch in September 2023, celebrating performers from around the world “displaying incredible feats that push the limits of human potential," the Florida-based company said in a news release. A global talent search seeks acts to bring the 360-degree show to life as a unique interactive experience for each audience, the company said. Rehearsals are set to begin June 23 for a 50-city North American tour. The circus ended its 146-year run in January 2017 when ticket sales declined after customers became conflicted about animal acts, and costly court battles with animal rights...

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How to flood-proof your home using DIY techniques

No one wants this (Picture: Getty Images)DIY can be a lot of fun, but it also can be entirely necessary and vital for the health and security of a home. Flooding management is one of those things. If you live in an area prone to flooding, incorporating design measures that help prevent or minimise water damage should be an important part of a renovation project. Julie Foley, director of flood risk strategy at the Environment Agency, shares her top ways to make your home more flood resilient using a DIY approach. Solid flooring Thinking about giving the floors a bit of a refresh? Julie says: ‘Solid floors like tiles and concrete are ideal, as it won’t be permeated by flood water. ‘If you want soft furnishings, a rug can be a good option, as it can be easily lifted an

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Teen dies after sand collapse traps him in hole on beach, sister survives

An 18-year-old died after a hole he dug in the sand collapsed on him and his teenage sister (Pictures: Fox 5/ Facebook)One teen died and another is injured after becoming trapped in the sand when a hole they dug collapsed on them, police said. Levy Caverley, 18, and his 17-year-old sister were digging a large hole in the sand at a beach on the Jersey shore when the ground gave way. Police and emergency medical services personnel in Toms River responded to the beach just after 4pm Tuesday. The ‘teens were reportedly digging a large hole when it collapsed and trapped both of them. Emergency crews from neighboring towns also responded to the scene to assist in rescue efforts,’ Toms River police said in a statement. Caverley was killed in the collapse while his 17-year-old sister...

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James Wade returns to Premier League Darts after hospitalisation in Germany

James Wade is back after a scary time in Germany (Picture: Getty Images)James Wade will return to the Premier League Darts stage on Thursday night after being hopitalised in Germany during the Interwetten European Darts Open in Leverkusen. Wade fell ill after winning his quarter-final match in Leverkusen on Sunday 8 May, experiencing nausea, high blood pressure and diziness. A statement released last Wednesday (11 May) informed us that Wade was still recovering in hospital and ‘being detained by the hospital team for observation and further treatment.’ The following day, Sky Sports confirmed that he was flying back to the UK although was not well enough to play in last Thursday’s Premier League in Sheffield. However, the Machine has recovered in time to toe the oche again as ...

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With Roe in doubt, some fear tech surveillance of pregnancy

When Chandler Jones realized she was pregnant during her junior year of college, she turned to a trusted source for information and advice. Her cellphone. “I couldn’t imagine before the internet, trying to navigate this,” said Jones, 26, who graduated Tuesday from the University of Baltimore School of Law. “I didn’t know if hospitals did abortions. I knew Planned Parenthood did abortions, but there were none near me. So I kind of just Googled.” But with each search, Jones was being surreptitiously followed — by the phone apps and browsers that track us as we click away, capturing even our most sensitive health data. Online searches. Period apps. Fitness trackers. Advice helplines. GPS. The often obscure companies collecting our health history and geolocation data may know more about us tha

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Russian soldier pleads guilty at Ukraine war crimes trial

A 21-year-old Russian soldier facing the first war crimes trial since Moscow invaded Ukraine pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing an unarmed civilian. Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin could get life in prison for shooting a a 62-year-old Ukrainian man in the head through an open car window in the northeastern Sumy region on Feb. 28, four days into the invasion. Shishimarin, a captured member of a Russian tank unit, was prosecuted under a section of the Ukrainian criminal code that addresses the laws and customs of war. Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova previously said her office was readying war crimes cases against 41 Russian soldiers for offenses that included bombing civilian infrastructure, killing civilians, rape and looting. It was not immediately clear how many of the suspects ar

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Jonathan Van-Tam misses ceremony to get knighthood after catching Covid

A familiar sight during the first years of the pandemic (Picture: Reuters)Jonathan Van-Tam had to miss the ceremony marking his knighthood after he caught Covid-19. The professor became a famous face after the pandemic began, regularly appearing at government briefings about the spread of the virus. He was given a knighthood in the New Year Honours list for his services to public health. But the formal ceremony will have to be rescheduled for when he’s no longer contagious. The former deputy chief medical officer for England, also known as JVT, delivered health messages with a dose of humour, particularly favouring football metaphors. He was supposed to receive his knighthood from the Duke of Cambridge at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle yesterday. Sir Jonat...

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Alex Garland and Jessie Buckley talk about creating the folk horror film, ‘Men’

By LINDSEY BAHR It wasn’t Jessie Buckley’s audition but an observation she made that got her the leading role in “ Men.” When speaking to filmmaker Alex Garland about his heady idea to grapple with masculinity and its foundational myths and virulent cycles within a folk horror construct, Buckley caught him off guard: She started talking about the metallic taste of blood and how the character might feel about it. It was strange and unusual and perfect, he thought. “It was quite an abstract way of thinking. It was also a very clear way of thinking,” Garland said. “It wasn’t trying to second guess either me or an invisible person who might be observing and judging the conversation. It was very unfettered and very instinctive and it just spoke to me. I thought, ‘Oh we’re going to be able to wo

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Who is Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez amid Amber Heard trial?

Johnny Depp is being represented by lawyer Camille Vasquez (Picture: AP)Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard is reaching the closing stages, after weeks of intense testimony. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor, 58, is seeking $50million (£40m) in damages against his ex-wife, 36, over an op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post in 2018. He is currently being represented by Brown Rudnick, with Camille Vasquez on hand to cross-examine his former partner on the stand. The case is being heard at the Fairfax County Courthouse – and is being livestreamed on YouTube by various channels. Who is Camille Vasquez? Ms Vasquez, reported to be 37, is a member of the Brown Rudnick team representing Depp in his libel case against Heard. Camille Vasquez has cross-exami

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Monterey school district reinstates mask mandate

Pacific Grove Unified School District reinstated the mask mandate in schools until further notice, the district announced Monday on Twitter. Earlier in April, the district’s school board approved a policy that would require all students and staff to wear masks indoors if cases and test positivity reached the “moderate” threshold. This would mean a seven-day test positivity greater than 5% and a seven-day average case rate of more than 10 cases per 100,000 individuals. Since the district hit this threshold, masks are mandated until test positivity and cases move back into the “low” category. Related Articles Education | Q&A: A parents’ guide to COVID booster shots for kids 5-11 Education | Teens could soon get COVID-19 vaccines without parenta...

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