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I don’t care what people say – family isn’t everything

Mum thanks stranger for lying on the floor to stop her autistic son having a meltdown Don't look down on me for joining the queue for Primark Couple wins £3,000,000 home after 40 years in two-bed semiIt’s important not to be stuck in the family narrative of how one should be. The world needs to see you unadulterated and we all need to find our own idiosyncrasies, otherwise, what has your life been about? I have learnt that I’m far more independent than my family would have had me believe. I don’t want my extended family to dictate and write my life story. No one’s going to hold that pen, but me. The Truth Is... Metro.co.uk’s weekly The Truth Is… series seeks to explore anything and everything when it comes to life’s unspoken truths and long-held secret

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The Crown’s Tobias Menzies says ‘a lot of forces were at play’ within Prince Philip ahead of royal funeral

Tobias Menzies has spoken out about Prince Philip after playing him in The Crown (Picture: Netflix/PA)Tobias Menzies has spoken out about Prince Philip’s ‘contradictory nature’ after the royal’s death last week. The actor, 47, played the Duke of Edinburgh in popular Netflix series The Crown and spent many months studying interviews of the Queen’s husband in preparation for the role. He told the Guardian’s Today in Focus podcast: ‘There’s a lot of different forces at play within him. ‘He was someone who was very wary to show his feelings, and yet, atmospherically, he’s not a cool presence, he’s quite hot… He’s abrasive. He’s challenging. He’s funny.’ The star added that these different qualities were always at play within the royal, saying the Duke felt like he was often giving

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A self-flying Cessna just completed a fully automated flight with no pilot input as startup Xwing seeks to revolutionize aviation

Summary List PlacementFully self-flying planes are moving closer and closer to becoming an everyday reality. Xwing, a Bay Area aviation startup, just completed its first "gate-to-gate" autonomous flight with its flagship aircraft, a Cessna Grand Caravan 208B. All pilots had to do was sit back and monitor while the plane started up, taxied out, took off, flew, landed, taxied back, and shut down all on its own. The flight took place in February 2021 at Buchanan Field Airport in Concord, California just outside of San Francisco. A pilot was inside the aircraft but merely to watch over the systems, talk to air traffic control, and take over for the automated system if need be. Another pair of eyes was keeping close watch from Xwing's "mission control center," to where data from the aircraft ...

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Borenstein: 27 Bay Area transit agencies! No wonder travel is so hard

The Bay Area is served by 27 transit agencies. Twenty-seven. From bigger ones such as VTA, BART, AC Transit, Capitol Corridor, SFMTA and Caltrain to more-local systems such as LAVTA, WestCAT, County Connection and Tri-Delta Transit, getting around on buses, trains and ferries requires struggling with a confusing maze of agencies, schedules, uncoordinated connections and differing fare structures. Little wonder transit was used for only 12% of all commute trips in 2018 while 75% used cars. And then the pandemic struck — and transit patronage plummeted. Meanwhile, Bay Area residents pay dearly through taxes, tolls and fares for transit agencies that have some of the proportionately highest administrative expenses in the country and costliest and slowest capital projects. Without a complete r

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Biden’s infrastructure plan includes massive investments in care for children and the elderly. Here’s how much workers in those jobs are paid.

Summary List PlacementCaregivers, like home health aides and personal care aides, are a big component of President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan.  But many of the people responsible for caring for America's most vulnerable make less than the median annual salary of all occupations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program provides May 2020 data for almost 800 different detailed occupations. Insider decided to look at five different kinds of jobs that provide care to children, disabled Americans, and the elderly to see how much these jobs typically pay. For our set of care jobs we looked at caregivers, childcare workers, and various nurses and medical professionals who may provide basic care in addition to other responsibilities. For instance,...

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The founders of Europe’s leading digital asset VC firm share their 5-step crypto start-up investment strategy — and the 3 qualities they look for when founders pitch them

Summary List PlacementMost venture capital firms tend to be ultra secretive and exclusive, which leaves many on the outside guessing the firm's most recent investments, potential exits and returns. However, the crypto world always likes to do things a little bit differently. One of Europe's leading digital asset venture capital firms, KR1, is instead incredibly public and listed on the Aquis stock exchange. KR1 launched in 2016 with the goal of providing more investors with access and exposure to the crypto space as well as to raise capital, said George McDonaugh, CEO and co-founder of KR1. The firm started with a small equity raise of £200,000 ($280,000) and has now raised £2.7 million ($3.7 million), in total, he said. "We're proud of our transparent track record because we're public,...

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How Denmark’s only supercar maker plans to go from a niche brand building 5 cars per year to a global name

Summary List PlacementThe ultra-luxury supercar space is a busy one. Bugatti is, arguably, king of the hill with the 1,500-horsepower, $3 million Chiron, although McLaren, Aston Martin, Porsche, Ferrari, and Mercedes all have, at one point or another, produced similar cars. All of those automakers are attached to huge parent companies (Bugatti and Porsche are under Volkswagen, for example), seeped in history, or both.  Then there's Zenvo. Zenvo is Denmark's only car manufacturer, and it doesn't mess around — even its entry-level vehicle produces more than 1,100 horsepower.  You'll be forgiven for not having heard of Zenvo, because while its cars are incredibly powerful, only a handful are made each year. The company's founder and chief technical officer, Troels Vollertsen, said the fir...

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Join the News4Jax team in supporting the fight against ALS

As our WJXT family continues to mourn beloved executive producer Sharon Siegel-Cohen, who lost a courageous battle last year with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS, we keep her memory alive by participating in The Walk to Defeat ALS. ALS, a disorder that affects the function of nerves and muscles, tends to strike people between the ages of 40 and 70. Sharon was 62 when her valiant struggle ended in 2020. CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO SHARON’S SONGBIRDS A Jacksonville native and a friend to hundreds, Sharon made a huge difference in countless lives, eventually becoming an advocate for a cure for the muscular disease. WATCH: Sharon Siegel-Cohen: How one woman meant so much to so many We would like to continue raising money in Sharon’s name, in hopes of finding a cure for ALS. Approximately 5,000 peop...

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What channels are showing Prince Philip’s funeral?

Prince Philip’s funeral is being held today (Picture: Danny Lawson – WPA Pool/Getty Images)Prince Philip will be laid to rest today, a week after his death aged 99. The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral is being held at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at 3pm, with his coffin being moved at 11am from the Queen’s private chapel to the castle’s inner hall by members of the Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. Some 700 members of the armed forces will gather in the grounds of Windsor Castle to oversee the most important royal funeral since the Queen Mother’s death in 2002. The world will be watching a scaled-down version of the event due to the coronavirus pandemic, which only allows 30 guests to attend. The Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Ann

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Advertising confessions: 9 current and former staffers at companies like WPP and Publicis share stories of pandemic burnout

Summary List PlacementAd agency workloads have increased during the pandemic, leading some to work up to 75 hours a week and others to burn out and leave the industry, ad pros told Insider. When the pandemic hit, many marketers shifted messaging, leaving agencies to have to deliver digital ads in days and hours. Even after the crisis subsided, some agency employees said, clients have come to expect quicker response times and tighter turnarounds on deadlines.  Some said it's been tough to get PTO during the pandemic. They said they're afraid to push back on increasing demands out of concern for their jobs, and agency leaders don't push back for fear of losing business in an already tough business climate that's been marked by layoffs. The pandemic has worsened conditions in an industry a...

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How to make your own (slightly cursed-looking) caterpillar cake

Behold, a cursed caterpillar creation (Picture: HomeHow)With M&S suing Aldi because Cuthbert the Caterpillar ‘is too similar’ to their iconic Colin the Caterpillar, bug-themed cakes are very much in the spotlight. Sure, you can choose which side to pledge your allegiance, or go rogue and buy a Clyde from Asda or Waitrose’s Cecil. But why not skip the supermarket politics entirely by simply making your very own caterpillar cake, that you can name whatever you like (as long as you don’t sell it, for that could attract another lawsuit)? The team over at HomeHow got in touch with us to share their recipe for making a caterpillar cake. At first we were intrigued, then they sent us the photos. We’re going to be real with you: the end result of this recipe is haunting. The

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Jimmy Carr mocks Cheryl for ‘lip syncing’ next to bandmate Nadine Coyle on I Can See Your Voice

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Jimmy Carr roasts Cheryl in front of her former Girls Aloud bandmate Nadine Coyle on tonight’s I Can See Your Voice. Nadine is the guest investigator on tonight’s panel, joining Jimmy, Amanda Holden and Alison Hammond as they attempt to help two contestants figure out who is a good singer and who is a bad singer from a line of mystery performers.  However, Jimmy was hoping to have somebody who was a bit more skilled at lip-syncing. As host Paddy McGuinness asks the panel how they’re doing, the comedian says: ‘I’m alright. I’m a little bit disappointed that Nadine’s here if I’m honest.  ‘I thought, if we wanted...

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The co-founder of ETF giant WisdomTree shares how the 2008 financial crisis opened his eyes to Bitcoin — and breaks down the 2 types of digital assets his crypto hedge fund is betting on

Summary List PlacementRayne Steinberg sees a lot of similarities between exchange-traded funds and digital assets.  In the early 2000s, Steinberg worked with his elder brother Jonathan Steinberg to build WisdomTree Investments, a new type of asset management company that would solely focus on ETFs.  "There was a lot of resistance to founding an ETF company back then from traditional asset managers," Steinberg said in an interview. "When we were trying to launch low-fee investor-friendly products like ETFs, they had high-fee products. Imagine how disruptive that was and how hard it was to do. This is what we are doing now in digital assets." Today, WisdomTree has grown into a $70 billion ETF giant, but Steinberg has moved on to set up yet another new type of asset management company: a c...

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Choreographer suspended from Royal Ballet over ‘sexual misconduct’ dies aged 35

Liam Scarlett’s family have shared a statement following his untimely death (Picture: Getty/Rex)Internationally-renowned choreographer Liam Scarlett has died at the age of 35 after he was suspended from The Royal Ballet amid claims of inappropriate behaviour. A statement from his family said: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the tragic, untimely death of our beloved Liam. ‘At this difficult time for all of our family, we would ask that you respect our privacy to enable us to grieve our loss.’ More to follow. Need support? Contact the Samaritans For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website. ...read more Sou...

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Nurse charged with threatening to kill Kamala Harris after Secret Service intercept menacing videos sent to her jailed husband

Summary List PlacementA Florida nurse was arrested Friday for threatening to kill Vice President Kamala Harris, Miami Herald reported. Niviane Petit Phelps, a 39-year-old mother from Miami, is accused of recording and sending several videos to her husband in which she discussed murdering the vice president, according to a criminal complaint seen by CNN. She "knowingly and willfully made threats to kill and inflict bodily harm upon the Vice President of the United States" between February 13 and February 18, the complaint said. Read more: Inside three battles that prepared Vice President Kamala Harris to tackle immigration at the US-Mexico border A Secret Service special agent intercepted communications between Phelps and her incarcerated husband on JPay, a communications platform that ...

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