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Four-day week trial: study finds lower stress but no cut in output
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Study of trial at New Zealand firm finds staff were both happier and more productive Analysis of one of the biggest trials yet of the four-day working week has revealed no fall in output, decreases in stress and increased staff engagement, fuelling hopes that a better work-life-balance for millions could finally be in sight.Perpetual Guardian, a New Zealand financial services company, switched its 240 staff from a five-day week to a four-day week last November and maintained their pay. Productivity increased in the four days they worked so there was no drop in the total amount of work done, a study of the trial released on Tuesday has revealed. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Lightsaber duelling registered as official sport in France
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Emulating Star Wars combatants will encourage young people to engage in regular exercise, says French Fencing FederationIt’s now easier than ever in France to act out Star Wars fantasies. The country’s fencing federation has officially recognised lightsaber duelling as a competitive sport, granting the weapon from George Lucas’s space saga the same status as the foil, epee and sabre, the traditional blades used at the Olympics.Of course, the LED-lit, rigid polycarbonate replicas can’t slice an opponent in half. But they look and sound remarkably like the blades that Yoda and other characters wield in the blockbuster movies. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Brexit causing ‘palpable decline’ in UK influence at the UN
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Diplomats suggest Britain’s leverage on world stage will be weaker after EU departureBrexit is already leading to a “palpable decline” in British influence at the UN, and that influence would be in freefall but for the UK’s commitment to spend 0.7 % of gross national income on overseas aid, a study has found.The report by the UK branch of the United Nations Association suggests Britain will lose political capital on the 15-member UN security council and the larger general assembly in New York because its campaigns will no longer be automatically aligned with those of the EU. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Maduro government and Richard Branson to hold rival Venezuela concerts
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Country to hold event just over border from Colombian fundraiser organised by billionaireThe government of Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro has announced that it will hold its own huge concert to rival one being organised by billionaire British businessman Richard Branson, a backer of the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó.The information minister, Jorge Rodriguez, said the government will throw a concert on Saturday and Sunday on Venezuela’s side of the border opposite one in Colombia organised by Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Salford politicians condemn racist graffiti and far right rally
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Salford mayor and local MP condemn ‘sickening’ racist message sprayed on doorPoliticians in Salford have said more needs to be done to drive racism from communities after a graffiti attack on the home of a 10-year-old boy and his father – and before a rally by the anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson is due to take place in the city.In a joint statement, the Salford and Eccles Labour MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, and Salford’s mayor, Paul Dennett, condemned the “sickening” racist message “no blacks” sprayed on the front door of Jackson Yamba and his son, David, just days after they moved in this month. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
'Young people hold the power': the movement against FGM – in pictures
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More than 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation and about 3 million more are at risk every year. Africa has the highest numbers, but its young people are fighting back Photographs by the Girl Generation Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Donald Trump's direct appeal to Venezuelan military to back opposition leader Juan Guaidó – video
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Donald Trump has used a speech in Miami, Florida, to issue a direct appeal to members of the Venezuelan military to back opposition leader Juan Guaidó. The influential Venezuelan military has so far remained largely loyal to current president,  Nicolás Maduro. The US president told the crowd, 'we seek a peaceful transition of power, but all options are open'Ditch Maduro or lose everything, Trump tells Venezuelan army Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Chuka Umunna hopes new party will be created by end of year
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Umunna, who was among seven MPs to quit Labour, hints that more MPs, including Tories, could follow suitFollow all the day’s political developments - live updatesChuka Umunna has said he hopes a new party will be created by the end of the year, after he and six other MPs quit Labour citing anger at the party’s Brexit policy and the issue of antisemitism. Related: Labour: Watson tells Corbyn he must change direction to stop party splitting Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Honda confirms Swindon plant will close in 2021
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Japanese carmaker will liaise with Unite union over loss of 3,500 jobsHonda has confirmed the closure of its Swindon factory with the loss of 3,500 jobs, dealing another huge blow to Britain’s car industry in the run-up to Brexit.The Japanese carmaker announced it would shut the factory, its only European production site, in 2021, when the current model’s production cycle ends. Continue reading... (The Guardian)
Labor threatens to abandon Coalition's $1bn deal to privatise visa processing
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Opposition warns it would ‘be dodgy’ to fast-track process and sign contracts before the electionLabor has threatened to withdraw from a $1bn contract if the Coalition pushes ahead with a controversial plan to privatise the visa processing system before the election.The opposition has consistently opposed the plan, citing the threat to national security, but the shadow finance minister, Jim Chalmers, has upped the ante by warning, if elected, Labor will examine “all responsible options” if contracts are signed. Continue reading... (The Guardian)