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Zoe Ball: Sport Relief challenge to raise mental health awareness

Zoe Ball has said the death of her boyfriend last year left her with “lots of questions,” as she prepares for a cycle challenge to raise mental health awareness. Cameraman Billy Yates, found dead at his home last May, had been living with mental health issues for years. Ball will also film a documentary about mental health while taking part in the Sport Relief challenge. “I wanted to do something for him,” said Ball. Speaking to Chris Evans on his Radio 2 Breakfast Show, she added: “One in four people…

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Jose Mourinho urges Manchester United to ‘raise the bar’ next season

Jose Mourinho vowed to use the rest of the campaign as a catalyst for an improved Premier League title charge next season after effectively conceding this year’s crown to Manchester City. This is comfortably United’s best league campaign since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as a champion in 2013, yet Pep Guardiola’s swashbuckling side boast an eye-watering 15-point cushion at the summit. The Reds Devils have been City’s nearest rivals throughout the campaign but Mourinho concedes the gap is almost certainly insurmountable with 13 games remaining, saying United “need points to…

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Boris Johnson to raise case at summit

Boris Johnson is to raise the case of a British-Iranian mother jailed in Tehran with his Iranian counterpart at a summit in Brussels. The foreign secretary will discuss Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s case with Mohammad Javad Zarif when the pair meet for the second time in two months. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, from London, has been held in a Tehran prison for 21 months on spying charges she denies. The international summit itself will focus on Iran’s nuclear deal. Mr Johnson will attend alongside French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel…

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Boots pharmacists raise staffing concerns

Some Boots pharmacy staff say they are under too much pressure and fear mistakes will be made. One whistleblower, a former manager, said he resigned in 2015 after he took his concerns to the independent industry regulator. Several current Boots pharmacists told BBC Inside Out that understaffing could pose a risk to patients. But the chain said its pharmacies were not understaffed and it had an industry-leading patient safety record. Greg Lawton, who worked for Boots between 2008 and 2015 and in his final role was part of the manpower…

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Sydney seaplane crash: Operation to raise wreckage begins

Australian authorities have begun recovering the wreckage of a seaplane that crashed near Sydney, killing six people. On Sunday, high-profile UK business leader Richard Cousins, four members of his family and a Canadian pilot died when the plane plunged into a river. Part of the plane was being lifted by a crane on to a barge on Thursday. It has also emerged that a plane with the same serial number was involved in a fatal crash in 1996. On Thursday, local news broadcasts showed the De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver being…

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How Augmented Reality Is Helping Raise Awareness About One of Armenia's Most Endangered Species

In the early summer of 2017, visitors to Yerevan Botanical Garden in Armenia’s capital were likely to come across an unusual sight: one of the country’s last remaining Caucasian leopards, patiently awaiting guests on his outdoor perch. Often he’d sit, occasionally he’d pace, and once in a while he’d roar. Despite the animal’s sharp teeth and fearsome claws, people stopped to pose with him, pat his back and even challenge him to a game of chess. Yerevan’s ‘urban wildcat’ was actually a part of an environmental campaign called “Take a Photo…

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