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Swimming body apology over 'climate of fear'

British Swimming has apologised to Paralympic athletes after it was found that a former head coach “created a climate of fear”. It said an independent inquiry into complaints of bullying from 13 Para-swimmers found they and their families faced “unacceptable behaviours”. The governing body said the unnamed member of staff – understood to be ex-head coach Rob Greenwood – was found to have been “communicating with athletes in an abusive manner, as well as using derogatory terms to describe athletes”. Greenwood left his job before the investigation began, and it…

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Destiny 2 apology for 'Nazi-inspired' Kekistan flag

Destiny 2’s developer has apologised after featuring armour in the video game that resembles a flag associated with the alt-right and internet trolls. The item matches the design and colouring of the Kekistan flag – a banner made for a fictional country, which anti-racism campaigners say was modelled on a Nazi war flag. Developer Bungie said it had already removed some instances of the imagery. It added that others would be wiped by an update planned for next week. “It’s come to our attention that a gauntlet in Destiny 2…

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Bake Off: Paul Hollywood in Nazi outfit apology

Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood has apologised after being pictured wearing a Nazi uniform. The Sun on Sunday published pictures of the celebrity baker in a World War Two outfit, including a swastika armband. The 51-year-old said the pictures dated from 2003, when he went to a New Year’s Eve party as a character from the 1980s WW2-set BBC comedy series ‘Allo ‘Allo. In a statement he said: “I am absolutely devastated if this caused offence to anyone.” Iron Cross One picture shows Hollywood smiling in a photo…

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Social Q’s: Waiting for That Elusive Apology

Social Q’s By PHILIP GALANES A close friend asked me, jokingly, whether my 8-year-old daughter’s challenging behavior comes from her Down syndrome or from being a jerk. (My heart sank.) Later, when she was visiting, she reprimanded my daughter harshly for interrupting her. This didn’t go over well, and my daughter indicated that she didn’t want to share a sofa by kicking her. My friend became hysterical. I took my daughter to her room; my friend left, texting me that we could discuss the situation later. Since then, she has…

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Mother wins MoD apology over 'Snatch' Land Rover death

Media playback is unsupported on your device In July 2005, Sue Smith’s son, Pte Phillip Hewett, was killed by a roadside bomb while travelling in a lightly armoured “snatch” Land Rover in Iraq. He was the ninth of 37 service personnel to be killed in the vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan, which came to be known as “mobile coffins”. Twelve years later, following a legal battle that reached the Supreme Court, Sue has finally got her apology. “He didn’t die for nothing,” she says. Speaking exclusively to the BBC, Sue…

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Van Dyke apology: Were there worse UK accents on film?

US actor Dick Van Dyke has apologised for what he called his “atrocious Cockney accent” in Mary Poppins, more than half a century after he played Bert the chimney sweep in the 1964 film. But the peculiarities of UK accents seem notoriously hard for foreign actors to master – so who also stands out for their bad British delivery? 1. Dick Van Dyke – Bert, Mary Poppins (1964) Van Dyke, who is originally from the US state of Missouri, said he had been teased for years over his Cockney accent…

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Birmingham pub bombings: IRA suspect Hayes issues apology

Media playback is unsupported on your device A self-confessed IRA bomb maker who has said he was part of the group responsible for the Birmingham pub bombings has issued an apology. Twenty-one people were killed on 21 November 1974 when bombs exploded in two city centre pubs. Six innocent men were wrongfully convicted. No-one has ever been brought to justice for one of the worst single losses of life in the Troubles. Michael Christopher Hayes said he was sorry innocent people were killed. The 69-year-old, who now lives in south…

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