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‘How do I stop losing my identity in a relationship?’

‘In many relationships, the boundary between “I” and “us” is blurred’ (Picture: Neil Webb)I’ve been single for a while and although I’m ready for a new partner, the thought creates some anxiety because I tend to lose myself in relationships. Lately, I’ve been reflecting on how I only have a small circle of friends, something I feel a little embarrassed about. In my last relationship, I saw my friends less because my ex wasn’t keen on them. When we broke up my friends were frosty but we’re on good terms again now. I also dropped a lot of my routine in that relationship and although it wasn’t unhappy, I can see now that it wasn’t healthy. What’s your advice? In many relationships, the boundary between ‘I’ and ‘us’ is blurred. ‘All couples become merged and although indiv

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Facebook has banned Myanmar’s military from its platform following coup

Summary List PlacementFacebook on Wednesday announced that they would be banning Myanmar's military from its platforms, including Instagram, following a coup d'etat in the country in early February.  Rafael Frankel, the director of policy for APAC emerging countries, wrote in a memo that Instagram and Facebook would no longer allow Myanmar's state-controlled media pages on its platforms, nor would it allow commercial entities linked to the state to advertise on its platforms.  The platform said the decision was made in acknowledgement of the military's "extreme human rights abuses," as well as "on-platform content and behavior violations."   "The coup," Frankel wrote, "greatly increases the likelihood that online threats could lead to offline harm." The ban follows news earlier this mo...

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The Latest: Alaska governor, state House member have virus

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska House Speaker Louise Stutes says a member of the Alaska House has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. She asked members and staff not to enter the Capitol on Thursday unless necessary to allow for contact tracing and cleaning to occur. Further details weren’t immediately available. The announcement came the same day that Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s office announced he had COVID-19. His office says the 59-year-old Republican is in quarantine at his home in the Wasilla area with mild symptoms. A Dunleavy spokesperson says the governor will work from home as he has been since entering self-quarantine on Sunday because of an recent virus exposure. At least nine U.S. state governors have tested positive for the coronavirus. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — ...

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Horoscope for Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

Moon Alert There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions. The moon is in Leo. Aries (March 21-April 19) Today you feel restless and you might not know why. Don’t worry. The sun is “hiding” in your chart and it is being stimulated by the electrical, unpredictable energy of Uranus. This makes you feel like you’re all dressed up with no place to go. Talk to someone younger for an interesting diversion. Taurus (April 20-May 20) This is an interesting day because you might encounter someone unusual either in person or online. This fascinating meeting could introduce you to new facts or hi-tech ideas? Alternatively, you might be surprised by someone you already know? Gemini (May 21-June 20) You value your freedom and don’t want to be told what to do, especially by parents or bosse

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A Spotify price rise could push consumers ‘back to online piracy’

Spotify has kept the £9.99 per month pricing for over a decade (Photo by Yu Chun Christopher Wong/S3studio/Getty Images)Raising the price of music streaming could risk driving people back towards illegal downloading, MPs were told earlier this week. Senior executives from Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music were grilled by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee about the economics of streaming. Most of the main players have resisted increasing prices beyond the £9.99 standard subscription and introduced alternative packages, such as family and duo combinations in a bid to lure more users, as well as a free ad-supported plan. Horacio Gutierrez, head of global affairs and chief legal officer at Spotify, warned that it was important to make sure paid music streaming

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High school boys basketball: Syracuse rallies for 6A first round win over Cyprus

MAGNA — It has been a tough season for the Syracuse Titans. They came into their opening-round game against Cyprus as the 22nd seed in the 6A boys state basketball tournament and had posted only one win — in overtime, no less — away from their home court all season. Coach Troy Anderson said they have been undersized against almost every opponent. But one thing the Titans can do is make free throws. On Wednesday night, Brandon Clark was asked to keep Syracuse’s season going, and he responded by making 5 of 6 charity shots, as Syracuse rallied to claim a 62-55 road win. “Give credit to Syracuse. Ramirez started it when he made those shots and they made the plays when they needed and earned it. Until we learn to do that, we’re always going to have this monkey on our backs.” — Cyprus coach Tre

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Qantas expects to start international flights in October

Qantas Airways does not expect to resume international travel apart from New Zealand until late October after the Australian population was vaccinated for COVID-19, the airline’s chief executive said on Thursday. The Sydney-based airline had been selling seats on international flights from July 1. But there has been a huge surge in COVID-19 cases around the world since those July flights went on sale in early January, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said. There were also new coronavirus variants emerging. Those tickets sold for flights after July 1 and before Oct. 31 are being refunded. “We are now planning for international travel to restart at the end of October this year in line with the day for Australia’s vaccine rollout to be effectively complete,” Joyce said. Australia’s immuniza...

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Watchdog reviews complaint about FBI surveillance warrant

The Justice Department's internal watchdog is reviewing a former Boeing engineer's allegations that he was unfairly investigated by the FBI on suspicion that he was spying for China, according to correspondence and court filings reviewed by The Associated Press. It's the latest challenge related to secretive surveillance powers used in some terrorism and espionage cases. The inspector general review is unfolding amid broader scrutiny of the FBI's process for applying for court-authorized surveillance in national security investigations. Errors in applications submitted during the Russia investigation of Donald Trump's first presidential campaign, as well as in a larger sample of applications subsequently scrutinized by the watchdog office, have spurred bipartisan concerns about government

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Watchdog reviews complaint about FBI surveillance warrant

The Justice Department's internal watchdog is reviewing a former Boeing engineer's allegations that he was unfairly investigated by the FBI on suspicion that he was spying for China, according to correspondence and court filings reviewed by The Associated Press. It's the latest challenge related to secretive surveillance powers used in some terrorism and espionage cases. The inspector general review is unfolding amid broader scrutiny of the FBI's process for applying for court-authorized surveillance in national security investigations. Errors in applications submitted during the Russia investigation of Donald Trump's first presidential campaign, as well as in a larger sample of applications subsequently scrutinized by the watchdog office, have spurred bipartisan concerns about government

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House poised to vote on legal safeguards for LGBTQ people

The Democratic-led House is poised to pass a bill that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation's labor and civil rights laws, a top priority of President Joe Biden, though the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate. The Equality Act amends existing civil rights law to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identification as protected characteristics. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas. Supporters say the law before the House on Thursday is long overdue and would ensure that every person is treated equally under the law. “In the absence of federal civil rights protection, there are members of the LGBTQ community who are fair game in the eyes of the law to be targeted, based on se

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Backlogged cases push California COVID-19 deaths past 50,000

Los Angeles County on Wednesday reported another 806 deaths from coronavirus during the winter surge, pushing California’s toll above 50,000, or about one-tenth of the U.S. total from the pandemic. The county, which has a quarter of the state’s 40 million residents, said the deaths mainly occurred between Dec. 3 and Feb. 3. The Department of Public Health identified them after going through death records that were backlogged by the sheer volume of the surge’s toll. “It is heartbreaking to report on this large number of additional deaths associated with COVID-19 and a devastating reminder of the terrible toll the winter surge has taken on so many families across the county,” Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County’s health director, said in a statement. Johns Hopkins University put California’s...

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Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

February is usually the peak of flu season, with doctors' offices and hospitals packed with suffering patients. But not this year. Flu has virtually disappeared from the U.S., with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades. Experts say that measures put in place to fend off the coronavirus — mask wearing, social distancing and virtual schooling — were a big factor in preventing a “twindemic” of flu and COVID-19. A push to get more people vaccinated against flu probably helped, too, as did fewer people traveling, they say. Another possible explanation: The coronavirus has essentially muscled aside flu and other bugs that are more common in the fall and winter. Scientists don't fully understand the mechanism behind that, but it would be consistent with patterns see

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Honduras leader warns drug cooperation with US endangered

TEGUCIGALPÁHonduran President Juan Orlando Hernández says that antinarcotics cooperation with the United States could “collapse” if U.S. authorities believe “false testimony” accusing him of cooperating with traffickers. Hernández spoke before the Central American country's Congress on Wednesday, a day after several Democratic U.S. senators backed a bill calling on President Joe Biden to impose sanctions on Hernández and “determine whether he is a specially designated narcotics trafficker.” Hernández has repeatedly denied testimony by witnesses in U.S. drug prosecutions — one of which convicted his brother — accusing him of taking bribes from traffickers. He has not been charged, however. On Wednesday, he again asserted that a group known as “Los Cachiros” were seeking vengeance against h...

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JPMorgan reveals the latest part of its $30 billion commitment to support Black and brown communities

Summary List PlacementOn Thursday, JPMorgan announced a new wave of investments as part of its $30 billion commitment to lift up Black, Latinx, and other underserved communities. Latinx is a gender-neutral alternative to Latino or Latina to describe people of Latin American descent.  The plan, which was announced in October of last year, appears to be the largest US corporate commitment to racial equity in the wake of George Floyd's murder, according to Insider research. The latest round will focus on Black and brown entrepreneurs and small business owners, according to the financial giant. "We look at diversity and inclusion as a business," Brian Lamb, JPMorgan's global head of diversity and inclusion, told Insider. "We want to drive sustainable change."  The firm said it would commit ...

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BYU’s Conner Mantz is one of the best distance runners in the world. Here is how he does it

BYU distance runner Conner Mantz runs on campus in Provo on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret NewsHe’s willing to run with pain that knocks others out of the race His coach calls it the Mantz Pain Chamber, among other things. It’s the place Conner Mantz, BYU’s world-leading distance runner, likes to take his competition. Not content to run with the pack at a more comfortable pace and waiting for a furious last-lap sprint, he goes to the front early and pushes the pace over the duration of the race, dropping runners who can’t handle it. It’s a painful way to race. “He takes them into the Mantz Zone,” says Ed Eyestone, his coach. “Or the Mantz Pain Chamber. He can handle running a race up front at a high intensity. He has a high tolerance for pain. Either that or he’s too

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