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‘Exhausting road to my apprenticeship dream’

I decided that university simply wasn’t for me. Apprenticeships are a ladder of opportunity, bursting full of new chances and skills waiting to be experienced by keen individuals. I embarked on a quest to secure the right one, but how was I to do that? Apprenticeships down amid ‘frustration’ Firms relabelling low-skilled jobs as apprenticeships, says report Apprenticeships: Eight things you need to know Apprenticeships: ‘It’s the money that puts people off’ I found my journey to becoming an apprentice a challenging one and I believe this […]

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‘I’m a Muslim, visually-impaired boxer’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSannah Hussain tells how she “just fell in love with boxing” Fit, strong, and with a steely determination behind her eyes, Sannah Hussain has many of the traits you need to be successful in the boxing ring. But she is very different to your average amateur boxer. Sannah is a Scottish Muslim who wears a headscarf and dresses modestly and also lives with a series of debilitating health conditions. The 25-year-old was born with Albinism, a condition which affects […]

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Tesco ditches more ‘best before’ dates

Staff have been given training to help identify when produce prices should be reduced. A survey of 2,010 people conducted by independent market research agency Walnut Unlimited in August found that 53% of customers felt scrapping best before dates made a difference and helped them to keep fresh food for longer. Removing labels Labelling on fresh products such as meat, fish, dairy or poultry will remain the same. While fruit and vegetables come with best before dates, meat-based products come with “use by” dates. The key difference […]

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The rise of the payment app: ‘I hardly use cash any more’

Such P2P apps, like PayPal-owned Venmo, Zelle, Apple Pay, Facebook Messenger, WeChat Pay, and Square Cash, let you pay someone in seconds because they’re hooked up to your bank account, credit card or debit card. They are proving popular with young people wanting a convenient, cash-free way to pay friends back for coffees, takeaways or cocktails, but are also being used for larger payments. Image copyright Ondot Systems Image caption Rachna Ahlawat says consumers want the convenience of instant payments these days “All you need is a […]

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May’s mission to woo Africa after Brexit

To sweeten her offer, the prime minister is bringing along a delegation of 29 business leaders to promote “the breadth and depth of British expertise in technology, infrastructure, and financial and professional services,” Downing Street says. First stop: South Africa Mrs May begins her trip to Africa in her country’s largest trading partner on the continent, South Africa, where she will sit down with President Cyril Ramaphosa. She will use a speech in Cape Town on Tuesday to lay out her plans to partner with Africa using […]

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Labour: Ban early baby gender tests

Ms Shah, who is shadow women and equalities minister, said cultural practices in some communities like the South Asian community, have a preference for boys. She said this put great strain on women “forcing them to adopt methods such as NIPT to live up to expectations of family members”. NIPT involves taking a sample from the woman to look for DNA from the baby circulating in her blood, to gauge the risk of possible genetic conditions such as Down’s syndrome. It can also be used to determine […]

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Fresh crackdown on nuisance calls

“Our new laws mean people will now have to give consent to receive calls and have the power to choose where they seek compensation for personal injury claims or mis-sold payment protection insurance.” Previously consumers had to “opt-out” of receiving the calls by registering with the free Telephone Preference Service or by withdrawing their consent while actually on the call. However, the new powers will force the company making the phone call to check to make sure they have the recipient’s consent before calling. Anyone receiving an […]

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The podcast for women… that’s a hit with men

“We’ve had a bit of promotion from those guys,” says Kirk, “but the fact that male listeners have stayed listening is surprising. “The things we’re talking about – we’re not censoring it in any way. In our first episode we were talking about tampons! I thought at that point a lot of men would have switched off.” Far from it. Speaking to the BBC, Kirk says the majority of the people getting in touch with her and […]

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The podcast for women… that’s a hit with men

“We’ve had a bit of promotion from those guys,” says Kirk, “but the fact that male listeners have stayed listening is surprising. “The things we’re talking about – we’re not censoring it in any way. In our first episode we were talking about tampons! I thought at that point a lot of men would have switched off.” Far from it. Speaking to the BBC, Kirk says the majority of the people getting in touch with her and co-presenter Laura Gallop are men, telling them how much they […]

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Age: 43. Hobby: Lego. Rise of the middle-aged toy fans

“As a kid I was a massive fan of Lego, then I fell out of it. As an adult, the collection of mini-figures returned me to it.” Building sets, such as Lego, are the most popular toys for adults as a whole. At the upper end of the age range – among grandparents, rather than parents – there is a more popular pastime. Train sets, radio-controlled vehicles and racing circuits like Scalextric top the spending list. Visit the Orpington and District Model Railway Society in picturesque Pratt’s […]

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