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Government urged to tackle online grooming

The government has to do more to force social media companies to tackle online grooming, the NSPCC has said. Over 1,300 offences were recorded in the first six months of a new child grooming law being introduced last year in England and Wales. The children’s charity, the NSPCC, said the number of cases was “staggering”. The Home Office said social media sites had to take all possible steps to prevent children being exploited on their platforms. Before the new offence of sexual communication with a child was introduced in April,…

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Employers urged to 'normalise' menopause in the workplace

Media playback is unsupported on your device Employers need to do more to “normalise conversations” about the menopause in the workplace, say experts. The comments came after a BBC survey found 70% of respondents did not tell their bosses they were experiencing symptoms. Some firms have brought in menopause-specific policies but experts said for many it was still a taboo subject. GP and menopause expert Louise Newson said it was a “silent issue for too many organisations”. The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer…

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Transfer gossip: Coutinho latest, Liverpool urged to sign Sanchez, Chelsea to sign £50m defender

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers and online… Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho believes he has played his last game for the club, but it will take an offer in the region of £133million for the playmaker to get his desired move to Barcelona this month. (The Times) Former Reds striker John Aldridge has urged the Reds to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal the replace Coutinho is the Brazilian leaves Anfield. (Irish Independent) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has opened the door to selling Chile forward Sanchez this month. (Daily Mirror) Naby Keita…

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Take three steps before visiting GP, public urged

People should take three steps to try to solve a health problem before seeing their GP, a doctors’ leader has urged. Patients should see if they can sort it themselves, see a pharmacist or use a reputable online source of information, the Royal College of GPs says. GPs “really feel the pinch” over winter because of demand, said chairwoman Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard. If just 10% of people did not visit their GP, it would make “a huge difference”, she said. GP leaders say there are not enough family doctors working…

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George Michael fans urged to 'raise a glass'

George Michael’s family have paid tribute to the former Wham! frontman a year after his death. A note posted on his website urges fans to “appreciate your family and friends” and to “raise a glass, enjoy his music and think of him fondly”. Michael died aged 53 on Christmas Day 2016 at his home in Oxfordshire as a result of heart and liver disease. His old band’s seasonal song Last Christmas returned to number three in the Christmas singles charts last week. The message, which refers to Michael using his…

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Brexit: PM urged not to let Eurosceptics 'dictate' talks

Theresa May has been urged not to allow Eurosceptic MPs in her party to “impose their own conditions” on negotiations amid signs of fresh Tory infighting. Nineteen Tory MPs who back a “soft Brexit” have written to her saying it is “highly irresponsible” for anyone to dictate terms which may scupper a deal. It follows some Tories backing the DUP’s decision to oppose a draft deal on the future of the Irish border. The PM has spoken to the DUP’s Arlene Foster to try to break the deadlock. The DUP…

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Asthma sufferers urged to wear scarves in cold to stop attacks

Asthma sufferers are being encouraged to wear a scarf over their nose and mouth to prevent asthma attacks this winter. Breathing in cold, damp air can make the airways tighten and trigger an attack in three out of four people, charity Asthma UK says. This can leave people coughing, wheezing and gasping for breath. The charity’s #Scarfie campaign says “a scarf can save a life” but it’s not a replacement for asthma medicines. Four million people with asthma in the UK say that breathing in cold winter air makes their…

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