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feeling stressed? time to sleep it off

Research shows that lack of sleep can lead to burnout (Author: Gardener)

Research shows lack of sleep can lead to burnout Sleeping has been exposed as the best way adults use to relieve stress, as a third of 2,000 adults revealed that lack of sleep contributes to burnout at work. A new study commissioned by furniture retailer DFS showed that 42% of adults manage stress better when they get a good night's sleep, with 54% saying getting a good night's sleep helps them cope with life changes, big and small. The results show just how important sleep is for adults, after the study also revealed they aren't getting the seven to nine hours of sleep required by research -- a situation that's beginning to impact their performance at work. The study found that lack of sleep put a strain on adults' shoulders - 25% said they felt stress frequently, 41% said they felt stress sometimes, and 10% said they felt stress all the time. Because of this, 43% of respondents said their well-being suffered and 23% said their work performance was affected by lack of sleep. Much more worryingly, 33% of respondents said lack of sleep contributes to burnout at work. dr David Lee, clinical director at Sleep Unlimited, said it's "no surprise" that sleep is crucial for managing stress. "Mood, mental health and sleep are inextricably linked: in our clinical work with patients, we empower anyone with any type of mental health issue to get better sleep," Lee said in a statement. Read more: Fun Friday: Can a 'green building' get people back into the workplace? A spokesman for DFS added that it is encouraging to see how a good rest can impact mental health. “Sleep is important to so many aspects of our lives and well-being. It's encouraging to see people learning firsthand how much a good night's sleep can impact our mood and mental health," the spokesman for said in a statement. But what exactly keeps adults up at night? The report revealed that financial concerns top the list at 33%. "REM sleep helps us deal with the stress and strains we've experienced throughout the day - often people struggling with their mental health don't sleep well. To enable a good night's sleep and support your mental health, you need to identify the obstacles in your way," Lee advised. You've reached your limit - Register now for free for unlimited access. To read the full story, register Sign up now for FREE - START HERE Fun Friday: Oops!Our daily newsletter is FREE and keeps you up to date with the world of HR.Please fill out the form below and click subscribe to receive HRD's daily newsletter Asia.

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Venus and Pluto form an unlikely pair to spark an unlikely love affair

♈ ARIES March 21 - April 20 Realizing that you don't have to accept an offer exactly as is and adding your own ideas takes acceptance to a new level. This time you can make your way forward more confidently. ... (Author: Gardener)

VenusRealizing that you don't have to accept an offer exactly as is and can add your own ideas takes the agreement to a new level. This time you can make your way forward more confidently. In love, you are willing to make more demands that you know will benefit a relationship. The Saturn element in your Ambition Sector keeps you moving forward, even when obstacles come up. This can refer to romance. If you're starting the day alone, a glimpse of a tall twin might suffice . Rather than storing fear or frustration deep inside, Mercury helps you express it and take steps to reverse it and turn it into a strength. A creative working world, perhaps linked to music, comes closer when you connect with "S". Later, love could begin when you meet someone on their first day in a new job. You can find family in all sorts of places, including at work and among friends. Reaching out to people you think could be good for you is a great move while the moon is with you. Venus and Pluto form an unlikely pair to spark an unlikely love affair. As difficult as it feels, if you can hold onto your position in a job or personal negotiation, change can occur. However, try not to be too stubborn about a schedule when in love. Romance can surprise you with its twists and turns, especially on this evening. Work and money might not feel like the easiest combination right now, but Saturn adds resilience to help you push this forward. There is something adventurous about passion and a spontaneous get-together can be the starting point. You face people you've always given in to before, but at the same time you find ways to make up with someone you miss, even if it means making concessions. You are a love loner and partners love a challenge. Love is all about the little things: noticing the details in a relationship or partner and building on them. If you're still searching, the newest name on a familiar list can be a passion starter. This time you can share your heart in reasonable steps. But when someone new pops up in your social circle, think again. Together the two of you can be a powerhouse of success, with creative ideas so aligned and a shared vision of the world you desire. You have a unique strength of ambition, whether it's about work, love, or life in general. Right now it's important to focus on one goal at a time. Music linked to a TV show brings special happiness while love is ready for a romantic makeover . from tonight. Saturn's reserved effect on your imagination may feel difficult at first, but it can help you find your next big thing. Slowing down and considering all options equally is the key to success. When it comes to love, staying together can cement a couple's next step together. Thoughts of great transformation, first stirring in the morning, are well on the way to reality tonight, as the moon heightens your spirit of adventure. When passionate, your physical energy is so alluring - and an interesting "H" takes notice.

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“Non-systematic effort” sums up Dons, and what was up with the 150th anniversary celebrations?

"It's effort without a system." Nick Riewoldt's comments on Fox Footy at three quarters Friday night, with Essendon still getting plenty right... (Author: Gardener)

150thNick Riewoldt's comments on Fox Footy at three quarters Friday night, with Essendon getting a lot right but Carlton trailing by 28 points, basically summed up in three words what it takes me a few thousand to unwrap here. It hits all the bomber problems perfectly; the ease with which the ball sped out of their attacking 50 once they gave up possession, the open space down the middle through which the Blues found numerous targets every time they ventured, the number of times in which there were more navy knights in their own 50 on the counter than red and black. The Bombers gave it their all at MCG, perhaps spurred on by a rousing pre-game speech by Dyson Heppell and the emotion of the club's 150th anniversary celebrations. The first minute was the game in microcosm: the Bombers quickly won the ball from the middle, won a free kick and pumped it into the 50. The ball came down, the Blues cleared and would not lose the ball again until Jack Martin pocketed it 50 Seconds later after being marked in space by the big sticks. Once the Blues gained possession – or rather, regained it, as the Bombers dominated from the middle most of the night – Essendon either had no plan or no way to take the ball back from them. There's a reason they've dropped more points this year than North Melbourne or West Coast (they're amazingly penultimate behind Melbourne): They don't close off space nearly enough and routinely leave the best kicks in the opposition team to beat them to dismantle with precise passes. The Blues scored three of their four first-quarter goals from games that started in their defensive 50 without the Bombers getting a hand on them. The Blues dominated territory early, at 14-8 within the 50s per quarter, and largely held their own except for the transition games where Harry McKay and Charlie Curnow could lead any path into space. Jayden Laverde and Zach Reid co-wrote McKay, while Ridley's duel with Curnow was an intriguing subplot; But while playing them on the back shoulder was good to spoil hopeful balls for the Blues and prevented Tom Hawkins-like protection of the space below them from the stronger McKay, it made them vulnerable to the Carlton transition. Not having enough bomber midfielders able to cover space and not enough time to set up a defensive structure created problems given the speed at which the ball found its way down. I'm moving into tinfoil territory, but I think the Blues are big beneficiaries of modern umpires who favor key strikers over their opponents. A free-kick against Mason Redman to give McKay his third was soft at best - if it had been Cody Weightman social media would have been in an uproar - while a flying Tom De Koning cleared the field for McKay. Curnow and McKay are a killer double whammy in the best of times, and the modern game ensures the Blues get even more rewards than they might have five years ago. Jake Stringer was back – not that he was doing anything remotely close to his best – but the Bombers name fans must pine for even more is Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti. With him and Will Snelling - and now forever "Walla" - it's alarming to see how easily the Blues were able to keep the ball out of the way all night. Their best distributors - Sam Docherty and Nic Newman - snapped up 19 marks together; it's always a sign of a lack of pressure when a team can so easily get the ball into the hands of the players they want. Despite the Blues' early dominance with the game's first three goals, the Dons were only five down at quarter time. A tall forward with Peter Wright, Sam Draper and Harry Jones in offense seemed to trouble a Jacob Weitering-less Blues defense, particularly under high ball. Jones and Draper scored strong early major overheads for the Dons, while Wright the ball down for a clever Jones snap in the second. Even Draper was dangerous when the ball hit the ground, showing for the first time all year that he could be a viable long-range target in a two-ruck split. Feeding much of that was Dylan Shiel, who was certainly having his best game since his injury last year that allowed Darcy Parish to waltz to his best spot and dominate. A titan close at hand with 10 tackles, 15 contested possessions and eight clearances, none of that stood out - except for a monstrous goal from outside the 50 in the first term - but it was crucial for the Bombers to achieve, if not the most impressive of the year overshadowed midfield at the coal mine. The Bombers have good fundamentals despite the dismal start with 2:10: I would say that injuries and a bad game due to their performance at last year's finals are bigger factors in their bad record than just being a bad team. A fully fit stringer next year or even later this year should give them more momentum around the ball, allowing them to hit the ball right off the center rebounds and aim Wright wide instead of allowing for this year's slower builds that flood the opponent's back. Even as the Blues' midfield came out on top after halftime and eventually shadowed the clearances 35-32, the Bombers held on. Michael Voss was enough to give the Blues a massive spray after three quarters, but the result was never in doubt: The Bombers kept pressing but lacking the know-how to capitalize on the fading Blues, Carlton stoically held them tight Bay and a goalless final quarter ensued. I don't normally pay much attention to events off the field in this article, but I feel compelled to at least highlight the Bombers' 150th anniversary celebrations ahead of the game, which I feel kind of sums up why the club stepped up on the spot for almost 20 years now. It was pathetic at times - Adam Briggs did his best, but his performance as master of ceremonies seemed to take the focus too much away from the actual ceremony for my liking - but undoubtedly Dyson Heppell's pre-game speech to current and past bombers alike was stirring. Here's the problem though: why are these modern day greats the centerpiece of the night for Essendon Football Club's 150th anniversary and not – you know – the 16 premierships? As a Bulldogs fan, I know all too well why some clubs develop a certain cult of personality around their greats - that's all there is to celebrate. So it was confusing to see the Bombers, equally the most successful club in the history of that competition (and yes, the VFL is a continuation of the AFL), keeping all but one of their Premierships under wraps and making some modern greats their star of the show, especially when commemorating 150 years of history. Perhaps that's why Adrian Dodoro targets players with proven star power, from Jake Stringer to Devon Smith to Dylan Shiel, rather than those who can actually fill in the gaps on the team.

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Friday's Nations League predictions including Austria vs.

Sports Mole provides result predictions and previews for all today's Nations League matches including Austria vs France (Author: Gardener)

AustriaAzerbaijan host Slovakia in the UEFA Nations League on Friday night, knowing that defeat would realistically put them out of the hunt for promotion to Division B. Meanwhile, Slovakia enter the competition with a surprise defeat to Kazakhstan, putting the visitors at a disadvantage under pressure to recover in Group C3. With few goals in this group, there's a feeling this competition could go either way. However, we cannot ignore that Slovakia are by far the more respected team here and they have enough attacking quality to secure a hard-fought victory in Mardakan. After accumulating four points in their first two games, Moldova will look to maintain their unbeaten start when they take on Latvia on Friday. The visitors, meanwhile, improved Moldova's points tally after beating Andorra and Liechtenstein to top their Nations League group. Both sides will go into the competition with confidence after their respective unbeaten starts in the Nations League and with neither nation willing to give an inch to their promotion rivals we believe Friday's competition will see the points shared. Holders France, who are still looking for their first UEFA Nations League win of the 2022/23 season, will travel to the Ernst Happel Stadium in Leopoldstadt on Friday night to face Austria. Les Bleus have picked up just one point from their first two games in Group 1 of League A and are currently five points behind leaders Denmark, while Austria sit three points between the two nations. With Deschamps likely to call up some of his star players in the starting XI, France will be much stronger on Friday and the prospect of Mbappe and Benzema coming together in attack is sure to cause problems for Austria's defence. The hosts will not make it easy for the 2018 World Champion, but when comparing the quality of the two nations, we count on the maximum number of points from the guests. > How France could take on Austria Top-flight Denmark host Croatia for Friday night's UEFA Nations League encounter at the Parken stadium in Copenhagen. The hosts are currently top of Group 1 in League A after winning their opening two games, while the visitors are bottom of the table with just one point. Although Denmark will be seen as slight favorites on Friday, it's a hard-fought clash with Croatia still looking for their first win and hoping to repeat their dovish display against France, in which they salvaged a point. However, the Danes are currently in good form and we can see them getting away with maximum points to maintain their 100 per cent start in League A. Albania and Israel face off in the UEFA Nations League on Friday night and have a chance to move up to the top of Group B2. The first two encounters in this group of three ended in a draw, opening up the possibility for one of these nations to take full control with a win in Tirana. Belarus are aiming for their first win of the current edition of the UEFA Nations League against Kazakhstan on Friday. The visitors, on the other hand, are aiming for their third straight win after beating Azerbaijan and Slovakia in their first two games. Although Belarus have won their last two encounters with Kazakhstan, we believe the hosts will fail on Friday as they face Kazakhstan, who have kept their first two Nations League games clean. Both without a win in their first two games, Andorra and Liechtenstein will meet in the third round of UEFA Nations League fixtures on Friday. The hosts scored their first point on the board with a draw last time out, while their visitors will be looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats. Both sides will go with battered confidence after their difficult starts, but we're only handing the hosts the edge, who have shown a little more ability on the continental front.

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A zodiac sign suspects that a friend is not honest

Cancer is encouraged to trust their intuition while Sagittarius is reminded to be proud of how far they have come. Russell Grant's prediction every day on OK! (Author: Gardener)

SagittariusCancer is encouraged to trust their intuition while Sagittarius is reminded to be proud of how far they have come. Russell Grant's prediction every day on OK! Sagittarius are encouraged to be proud of who they are. Get the latest horoscope straight to your inbox. Something went wrong, please try again later. Thanks for subscribing!We have more newslettersShow MeAs the work week draws to a close, new beginnings may be on the horizon for some zodiac signs today, while Aries is encouraged to reach out and open doors with old friends, Libra is being asked to move out of outgrown relationships. There are 12 signs of the zodiac - Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces - and the horoscopes for each can give you an overview of what your future holds, be it in work , your love life, your friends and family or more. These daily predictions were compiled by astrologer Russell Grant, who has been reading zodiac signs for over 50 years. From Aries to Pisces, here's what today could bring for your horoscope - and what you can do to be prepared. Would you like to receive our daily horoscopes directly by email every morning? Sign up here. Reconnecting with old friends could make you aware of new opportunities and open doors that were previously closed to you. Money news is good. This makes you think about your future security. You could use some time to yourself as there are things you need to think about to understand more fully. This also gives you the opportunity to consider problems that have arisen unexpectedly. A joint project is a challenge when you work with someone who drives you more than usual. You may not have realized until now how capable you are of working so steadily and earnestly towards a goal. Take on a new challenge, even if it means facing your insecurities. Someone is thinking about retiring from a joint venture. When they finally announce this, it couldn't have come at a worse time. If you feel something is wrong, trust your intuition. Don't tell yourself everything is fine when it isn't. Friends and co-workers will do anything to please you. Someone close to you knows how to put a smile on your face. Some surprising romantic developments should make for a brilliant day. Conflicts in a business or personal relationship relate to different long-term goals. Take your time to consider what is coming up today as there will be no easy answers. This isn't the first time a close friend or partner has let you down. If a partner or friend isn't getting in touch with your wants and needs, it may be time to move on. You have outgrown this relationship. Your vision is clear and you have some big ideas about what to do next. It all looks so easy until you start putting plans into action. It's easy to find satisfaction in seeing your goals achieved, but if you really want to achieve them, you have to pay attention to the details. You've come this far, and the many accomplishments you can look back on will inspire you to keep going. Your flexibility and ability to adapt and grow makes you capable of even bigger and better things. You sense that a friend or work colleague is not being honest with you, although you cannot prove it. This whole thing is making you a little insecure. A fun project turns into hard work. A methodical approach brings further success. Spontaneous catching up might be less successful. Setting specific goals every few days should give you an achievable goal. Don't be surprised if your mind wanders as you continue with the work you do each day. There are some jobs you could do with your eyes closed. Your imagination can take you anywhere as you go about your usual routines, but make sure you don't let up or your boss will be watching you more closely.

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The special relationship is built on a common logic

Darren Turner had countless teammates during his long tenure as an Aston Martin works driver. But the three-time Le Mans 24 Hours class winner chooses Stefan Mucke as his favorite teammate in Autosport's ongoing series after five years of working together that have forged a lifelong friendship (Author: Gardener)

Darren TurnerIn his 17-year tenure as an Aston Martin works driver, Darren Turner says he has been “really lucky to have team-mates” who have helped him claim three class wins at Le Mans and a glittering string of honors in multiple championships. The title in the GT4 Pro-Am division of the British GT Championship added to that tally last year, while his success extends beyond sportscar racing as Turner was a three-time race winner in the 2007 British Touring Car Championship with SEAT alongside Jason Plato. But, according to Turner, his choice of Stefan Mucke as his preferred teammate isn't just driven by "that thing that's in the garage - there's so much more to it." "We travel a lot and you don't always notice that when you ask about his team-mate." Mucke was Turner's regular co-driver between 2011 and 2015 and mainly raced in the GT1 World Championship and the World Endurance Championship, but also took part in events the American Le Mans Series/IMSA, the Blancpain GT Series and the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. Turner says the two have "almost always been on the same page" and have a "similar passion for old cars, how things work and optimization." “His logic was the same as my logic, which isn't always the same with a lot of drivers,” explains Turner, who continues this year with Newbridge Motorsport in British GT's GT4 class. Turner and Mucke celebrated many achievements together as Aston Martin teammates, including winning the GTE Pro class at Sao Paolo in 2014. Turner and Mucke celebrated many achievements together as Aston Martin teammates, including winning the GTE Pro class at Sao Paolo 2014, Turner says they were also “very similar when looking at the overlays” in terms of braking and steering inputs, resulting in them having similar vehicle balance feedback. This proved crucial in helping them to six wins in the GTE Pro class in the WEC between 2012 and 2014, in addition to overall wins in the GT1 World Championship (Beijing Goldenport, 2011) and Blancpain (Silverstone, 2013). “We also had a very similar feeling for what the car balance should be like,” he says of Mucke, who recently drove a 1995 Opel Calibra DTM car in the DTM Classic series at the Lausitzring. “It really helps when you sit down and trust that the other rider is giving feedback that is also beneficial for you. You don't even have to be there when he has that conversation because you know from your own experience that it's going in the right direction.” The social element of traveling “and the fun we used to have on the way to the racetracks, on to the racetracks and back to the hotels,” allowed their working relationship to thrive. "He's the clumsiest guy you'll ever meet," laughs Turner. You go to the Starbucks drive-through, go back to the car and he's all over himself. "But it was an all-round package of two people who come from different worlds but just have the same love for the sport and enjoyment of racing for the right reasons." Turner says he "leaned more on [Mucke]," when they were stablemates in prototypes driving the Lola Aston Martin DBR1-2 and the ill-fated AMR One, as the German had more experience by that time, "and occasionally he leaned on me more in the GT stuff". Despite Mucke's propensity for the odd 'awkward moment' - like rattling Richard Westbrook on the Silverstone hangar straight in 2011 while gesturing at the Brit that he had flipped him on the previous corner, and qualifying for the San Luis FIA GT1 title decider crash has ruled them out of both races and championship fights - Turner says he "had his back because I knew he had my back". Turner says he knew he could trust Mucke and they both searched a car for similar things. Turner knew he could trust Mucke, and both would have looked for similar things in a car. What makes a really good teammate, and that's the trust Stefan and I had," he says. “The result on Sunday is reflected in the cooperation over the weekend. Compromising one's laps to give your teammate more track time or a different new set of tires is key to a good working relationship in sports car racing and we've both done that for each other on various occasions. “Thinking about the last lap on Sunday, thinking about the big picture and not thinking about the lap right now, you only get that when you have full trust in your teammate. Turner says they "did talk about it a lot back then" so understood his reasons - "I was just glad he found something that was at a high level" - but he enjoyed racing against him. “Competing against a friend at a race track is actually quite a lot of fun because sometimes I think you just give a little bit more because you want to have the last word at the hotel bar on Sunday night. You can race really hard and still have that respect which is even more fun.” Turner even stayed with Mucke's family for two nights when a change in Germany's COVID travel rules during his Nürburgring test threatened him no more the following week to return to a race. We have a friendship that will last us into old age when we retire from driving.” Turner says his friendship with Mucke will last long beyond their racing career Turner says his friendship with Mucke will last well beyond their racing career will exist

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The special relationship is built on a common logic

Darren Turner had countless teammates during his long tenure as an Aston Martin works driver. But the three-time Le Mans 24 Hours class winner chooses Stefan Mucke as his favorite teammate in Autosport's ongoing series after five years of working together that have forged a lifelong friendship (Author: Gardener)

Darren TurnerIn his 17-year tenure as an Aston Martin works driver, Darren Turner says he has been “really lucky to have team-mates” who have helped him claim three class wins at Le Mans and a glittering string of honors in multiple championships. The title in the GT4 Pro-Am division of the British GT Championship added to that tally last year, while his success extends beyond sportscar racing as Turner was a three-time race winner in the 2007 British Touring Car Championship with SEAT alongside Jason Plato. But, according to Turner, his choice of Stefan Mucke as his preferred teammate isn't just driven by "that thing that's in the garage - there's so much more to it." "We travel a lot and you don't always notice that when you ask about his team-mate." Mucke was Turner's regular co-driver between 2011 and 2015 and mainly raced in the GT1 World Championship and the World Endurance Championship, but also took part in events the American Le Mans Series/IMSA, the Blancpain GT Series and the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. Turner says the two have "almost always been on the same page" and have a "similar passion for old cars, how things work and optimization." “His logic was the same as my logic, which isn't always the same with a lot of drivers,” explains Turner, who continues this year with Newbridge Motorsport in British GT's GT4 class. Turner and Mucke celebrated many achievements together as Aston Martin teammates, including winning the GTE Pro class at Sao Paolo in 2014. Turner and Mucke celebrated many achievements together as Aston Martin teammates, including winning the GTE Pro class at Sao Paolo 2014, Turner says they were also “very similar when looking at the overlays” in terms of braking and steering inputs, resulting in them having similar vehicle balance feedback. This proved crucial in helping them to six wins in the GTE Pro class in the WEC between 2012 and 2014, in addition to overall wins in the GT1 World Championship (Beijing Goldenport, 2011) and Blancpain (Silverstone, 2013). “We also had a very similar feeling for what the car balance should be like,” he says of Mucke, who recently drove a 1995 Opel Calibra DTM car in the DTM Classic series at the Lausitzring. “It really helps when you sit down and trust that the other rider is giving feedback that is also beneficial for you. You don't even have to be there when he has that conversation because you know from your own experience that it's going in the right direction.” The social element of traveling “and the fun we used to have on the way to the racetracks, on to the racetracks and back to the hotels,” allowed their working relationship to thrive. "He's the clumsiest guy you'll ever meet," laughs Turner. You go to the Starbucks drive-through, go back to the car and he's all over himself. "But it was an all-round package of two people who come from different worlds but just have the same love for the sport and enjoyment of racing for the right reasons." Turner says he "leaned more on [Mucke]," when they were stablemates in prototypes driving the Lola Aston Martin DBR1-2 and the ill-fated AMR One, as the German had more experience by that time, "and occasionally he leaned on me more in the GT stuff". Despite Mucke's propensity for the odd 'awkward moment' - like rattling Richard Westbrook on the Silverstone hangar straight in 2011 while gesturing at the Brit that he had flipped him on the previous corner, and qualifying for the San Luis FIA GT1 title decider crash has ruled them out of both races and championship fights - Turner says he "had his back because I knew he had my back". Turner says he knew he could trust Mucke and they both searched a car for similar things. Turner knew he could trust Mucke, and both would have looked for similar things in a car. What makes a really good teammate, and that's the trust Stefan and I had," he says. “The result on Sunday is reflected in the cooperation over the weekend. Compromising one's laps to give your teammate more track time or a different new set of tires is key to a good working relationship in sports car racing and we've both done that for each other on various occasions. “Thinking about the last lap on Sunday, thinking about the big picture and not thinking about the lap right now, you only get that when you have full trust in your teammate. Turner says they "did talk about it a lot back then" so understood his reasons - "I was just glad he found something that was at a high level" - but he enjoyed racing against him. “Competing against a friend at a race track is actually quite a lot of fun because sometimes I think you just give a little bit more because you want to have the last word at the hotel bar on Sunday night. You can race really hard and still have that respect which is even more fun.” Turner even stayed with Mucke's family for two nights when a change in Germany's COVID travel rules during his Nürburgring test threatened him no more the following week to return to a race. We have a friendship that will last us into old age when we retire from driving.” Turner says his friendship with Mucke will last long beyond their racing career Turner says his friendship with Mucke will last well beyond their racing career will exist

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Does a four day week work? These companies are about to find out

In today's newsletter: Sixty UK companies are experimenting with a four-day work week in the biggest attempt of its kind - Nimo Omer finds out why (Author: Gardener)

four day weekHow much of today will you spend thinking about what you're going to do this weekend? Imagine a world where Thursday feels like the last day of the work week - and Friday is the first day of a three-day weekend. That's the reality for over 3,000 workers at 60 companies across the UK who started a six-month, four-day week trial on Monday. Think about it: you're probably asleep right now. It's not the first program of this kind, but it's the largest in the world. How does it work? And how can companies work while losing 20% ​​of their employees' time? I spoke to Joe Ryle, campaign manager for the 4-day-a-week campaign in the UK, and Mark Howland, marketing and communications manager at Charity Bank - a company taking part in the study - about how it's going and what we're doing will learn from the experiment. Ukraine | Two British men and a Moroccan national captured in the Ukrainian army in Mariupol have been sentenced to death by pro-Russian officials. Conservatives | Boris Johnson could face the prospect of another no-confidence vote within a year after Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee, refused to rule out changing the rules. Brazil | The sister of a British journalist missing in the Amazon said she still had hope he would be found. Sian Phillips was leading a vigil for her brother Dom when newspaper editors, led by the Guardian and the Washington Post, called for further action to be taken to investigate his disappearance with Indigenous Affairs Officer Bruno Araujo Pereira. US Politics | The chairman of the House special committee investigating the deadly attack on the Capitol said Donald Trump was at the center of a broader conspiracy to overthrow the election that culminated in a "coup attempt". smoking | The legal buying age in England should be raised by one year every year from 18 until finally nobody can buy tobacco anymore, says a government-commissioned review. Ministers are said to be skeptical about the implementation of the review's most radical proposals. The pandemic has changed the way we engage in our work. Flexible working is now the norm for many, commutes are still below pre-pandemic levels and companies are exploring ways to save office space. With the future of work hanging in the balance, activists and academics have seized the moment to pilot a four-day workweek across the country. Joe Ryle thinks a shift is long overdue: "It's been 100 years since the switch from a six-day week to a five-day week." Ryle is amazed that this hasn't happened yet: the working hours have has hardly shortened in Britain since the 1980s. “We all use smartphones now, we work 24/7. We're much more productive than in the past, but those productivity gains haven't been passed on to workers in the form of more free time," says Ryle. And workers are feeling it — a US survey found that burnout is increasing in the US, from 43% in 2020 to 52% in 2021. This is part of what the four-day workweek is meant to address: a core tenet of it The campaign works smarter, not longer. "I think there are very strong arguments for shorter working hours in the UK," says Ryle. "Workers feel stressed, they feel overwhelmed and that's why the policy is so popular." A survey conducted by Savanta ComRes found that 60% of adults support a four-day work week. You may think this is simple self-interest. But a growing number of companies seem to be seeing the same thing: Ryle says the campaign was "seated and inundated" with interest from companies when it was announced. "Over 500 companies have expressed an interest in participating, there were more than we could handle," says Ryle. What does it mean for employees? As for the process itself, there's no one-size-fits-all rulebook - so the truth is, not everyone will have started a long weekend today. Signed-up companies are free to adjust their policies and schedules as they see fit, to fit in with a world that's still largely operating normally Monday through Friday. Charity Bank, an ethical savings and loan bank, is one of 60 selected to take part in the study. The move was met with enthusiasm by the staff, if a bit of trepidation — "everyone was like, 'How am I going to do this?'" Mark Howland tells me. But addressing their concerns was easier than you might think. Howland says the first thing they did was eliminate all unnecessary duties, unnecessary travel and excessively lengthy bureaucracy. "We have shorter, more focused meetings," he says, "we're like, 'Do we need a meeting? Do we need that many people to attend the meeting? And they give employees the choice of when they want to have the long weekend, be it Monday or Friday. This means there are always people working so the bank doesn't have to close one day a week, and it also means there are three days when everyone is there for each other. Workers feel trusted and valued, Howland says, and they're already happier. He spends his extra day fulfilling one of his biggest goals: “I always dreamed of doing an Ironman triathlon. So on Monday I'm going to ride my bike and swim in the cold water.” Another on his team is doing an MA in illustration, another is spending more time with his pregnant wife. What does it mean for business? So if you work fewer hours does that mean you get less done? Not like that, says Ryle. Happier employees are more productive, he says: "When you're more rested, you have time to yourself and are more motivated to get work done." Not only did productivity not drop at Microsoft Japan over the four-day test week, it actually increased by 40% . It also works the other way around: the more we overwork, the less we get — “18 million workdays were lost from 2019-2020 due to work-related stress, depression and anxiety,” says Ryle. And there are some obvious ways the program can help businesses — a four-day workweek reduces overhead (in the same Microsoft Japan study, electricity costs fell by 23%, which is significant, especially right now). Howland also hopes this type of flexible work will attract a more diverse workforce and make it much easier to attract and retain talented workers. The benefits of this campaign are easy to see. In 2019, the Center for Policy Studies, a centre-right think tank, published a study which estimated that a four-day week for public sector workers would cost taxpayers £17bn. They argue that shortening the workweek before you increase productivity "puts the horse before the cart." Also, if the plans are not carefully implemented, the risk that people will end up working compressed hours is not reduced, resulting in an incredibly heavy workload each day that increases stress and burnout. And some workers, such as those on zero-hour or precarious contracts, could be left behind and unlikely to benefit from a four-day workweek. But Ryle believes these issues could be addressed through committed government legislation to ease the transition and ensure all workers are included in the plans. For him, the days of Dress-Down Friday are numbered — it's just a matter of when, not if. Howland isn't so sure, but as the first week of the process draws to a close, he's pleased to see that the company he works for is investing in its most important asset: its people. * Sirin Kale spent a day watching a Citizens Advice Center at work. The stories she hears are a stark indictment of the impact of the cost of living crisis. * In this brilliant interview, Ben Beaumont-Thomas spoke to singer-songwriter Beth Orton about her first new album in six years, Weather Alive. The play deals with grief, Orton's diagnosis of Crohn's disease when she was young and living in a new neighborhood. * The trial of the Bataclan raiders ends this month. Delaney explores how our relationship with getting sick has changed after 2 years of a pandemic. * Rachel Aroesti spears a weary TV image that identifies her as the Messy Millennial Woman: "A girl having a good time, tumbling from chaos to crisis, euphoria to despair." Archie Football | Uefa's head of security and the senior security official at the Champions League final were not actively involved in the Stade de France control center as the night descended into chaos, it has been claimed. cricket | Jack Leach was named to England's side for the second Test against New Zealand after suffering a concussion in the first game. The Guardian is among many reporting on Brits sentenced to death by pro-Russian officials, whom one MP called a "show trial" in Ukraine, but its headline read: "Low-paid workers can't afford gas to travel to... The Telegraph has 'captured British combatants sentenced to death', the i has 'sentenced British men to death in a 'show trial'' and the Daily Mail has 'British outrage as two Britons face firing squad ". The Daily Mirror has been 'sentenced to death by Putin' while Metro is betting on 'Putin's pawns'. The Times focuses on the upcoming 'summer of discontent', with the headline: 'Drivers join rail strikes as ballots roll.' will spread". The Daily Express looks at Boris Johnson's housing speech with "Millions given a chance to buy their own home". The FT examines the Chancellor's handling of mi t the country's debt with "Sunak has lost £11bn of taxpayers' money to debt failures, economists say". The Sun says 'just like Mama Diana' with a story about Prince William helping to sell copies of the Big Issue. Our critics' roundup of the best things to watch, read, and listen to right now It's both a real-life coming-of-age story and a superhero origination story. 16-year-old Kamala is an artist, vlogger, and die-hard fan of the Avengers in general and Captain Marvel in particular. We catch her enthusiastically recounting her latest animated story about her." - Lucy Mangan Angel Olsen - Big Time "Angel Olsen's albums range from the raw to the symphonic, but her music always has open wounds that no amount of production, no matter how polished, can cauterize . The Missouri singer-songwriter has lost both parents and has come out as queer since we last heard her, and her elegant response is a lush spread of orchestral folk-rock." - Damien Morris "It's got the intensely curated vibe from body-horror noir and at some point in the runtime you yourself might be awakened from your reverie of formless fear by a sudden, terrifying pang of violence. It's a blossoming of brutality, the meaning and motivation of which is never fully revealed as the story mysteriously revolves around and within itself.” – Peter Bradshaw “There's no thrill as the FT's Patricia Nilsson and Alex Barker die Examine finance and the business of porn. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (Sids), also known as cot death, affects 200 families in the UK each year. Hannah Devlin reports on a new study that has raised hopes for an explanation for parents. A little bit of good news to remind you the world isn't all bad A rare Galápagos species, the "fantastic giant tortoise," long thought to be extinct, has been officially identified in an area for the first time in more than a century , which scientists have dubbed a "big deal" for the famed islands' contested biodiversity. The newcomer was named Fernanda after the island of Fernandina, a largely unexplored active volcano in the western Galápagos archipelago that she calls home. "So it's a big deal that a species that we thought was extinct for a hundred years is suddenly turning up here." Finally, the Guardian's crosswords to keep you entertained throughout the day - with plenty more in the Guardian's Puzzles app for iOS and Android.

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Britney Spears is married! Madonna leads celebrity exits

Madonna became the first celebrity pictured attending Britney Spears' wedding to Sam Asghari at her home in Thousand Oaks on Thursday night. (Author: Gardener)

MadonnaBritney Spears' "cult-like" guardianship was terminated by a judge last November after her 69-year-old father, Jamie Spears, controlled her $60 million fortune and personal affairs for 13 years. And in the months before the arrangement ended, Britney revealed the true state of her relationship with Jamie, as well as her mother Lynne and sister Jamie Lynn. And now, as Britney lives her life estranged from her father, sister and mother, DailyMail.com looks back at how the conservatory tore the Spears family apart. Jamie was granted "temporary conservatorship" for his daughter in 2008 after the singer made headlines for erratic behavior — including THAT infamous head shaving — and eventually a nervous breakdown. Despite its initially temporary nature, the conservatory was extended indefinitely, leaving Britney under her father's control for the next 13 years. Though Britney has previously hinted that conservatorship feels "just like Groundhog Day every day" to her, the Lucky singer rarely spoke about the arrangement or the extent of her father's involvement in her financial, personal, and professional decisions. Obvious tensions between Jamie and Britney became public when the performer objected to him remaining her conservator the following year, even threatening to stop performing if he stayed in power. Though her offer to give Jamie the boot was turned down, Britney's fight to end her conservatorship as a while won in 2021 after the release of the New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears, which took an in-depth look at the controversial conservatorship gained momentum. Just a month later, Britney's attorney, Samuel Ingham III, filed for Jamie's removal and Jodi's takeover. In the 24-minute testimony, Britney slammed Jamie, claiming that the conservatory "allowed my father to ruin my life." She further claimed that Jamie and the rest of the family were staying at their home in Jackson Beach, Fla. at the time, and that her father "didn't want to ask what was going on at the time." Britney also told the court that she was "always extremely scared" of Jamie growing up because of his drinking problems. After learning he was quitting the role for good, Britney blasted the conservatory as a "family business" and thanked Jamie for "getting out of my life and finally allowing me to live mine!!!!" The following month, Jamie filed a petition to end the conservatory as a whole, noting that he "loves and supports his daughter unconditionally" — it was officially ended by a judge on November 12. In the months since the termination, Britney has taken to Instagram to express her grievances with her father, and her attorney also recently accused the Spears family patriarch of "bullying and harassing" Britney. Lynne Spears publicly expressed in a statement released in July 2021 that she fully supports her daughter's major decision to remove Jamie as restorer. But Jamie hit back, accusing Lynne of being an absentee mother and claiming Britney paid her $150,000 a year for her Louisiana mansion. "In stark contrast, Lynne seems to be the one who is unable to put her daughter's interests ahead of her own," Jamie Spears said in a statement. "Lynne has been largely uninvolved in her daughter's life for the past twelve years." Controversially, Lynne had published her own memoir Through The Storm: A Real Story Of Fame And Family In A Boulevard World in 2008, the year in which Jamie was named Britney's conservator following the pop star's months-long mental breakdown. Britney later accused her mother of "secretly" ruining her life and being the real mastermind behind her conservatory, in a now-deleted Instagram post published in November. "My dad started conservatory maybe 13 years ago ... but what people don't know is that my mom gave him the idea," Britney said, adding that Jamie "wasn't smart enough" to come up with it come idea. More recently, in a post published in April this year, Britney claimed that her mother "thrived on drama" and that she would argue with a "drunk" Jamie "every night of my life". Britney and her younger sister Jamie Lynn Spears have developed a highly contentious relationship over the years, which stalled when Britney's attempt to end her longtime conservator flared up in court. Jamie Lynn broke her silence on the matter in an emotional Instagram video posted in June 2021, in which she explained that she wanted nothing but "happiness" for her sister and that she had always been and will "always" support her will. The Zoey 101 star insisted she made a "very conscious decision" to participate in the singer's life "just as her sister" - and that she is not on Britney's payroll, as fans have previously accused her of being. The video appeared to anger Britney as she launched countless Instagram attacks against her sister Jamie Lynn and her mum and dad, one of whom saw the star threaten to embarrass her if she ever got a TV interview. Jamie Lynn publicly pleaded for "peace" while her sister posted the bombastic claims on social media, which later led to Britney unfollowing her "mean sister" on Instagram. In late 2021, Jamie Lynn announced that she would be publishing her own memoir entitled Things I Should Have Said. Then, while promoting the memoir, Jamie Lynn made a series of glaring allegations about Britney. Jamie Lynn claimed her older sister once locked them both in a room with a knife and once described their behavior as "erratic, paranoid and spiraling". Britney categorically denied the knife story and retaliated by calling her sister a "scumbag" for telling "crazy lies" about her. In the week following the book's publication, Britney's attorney, Jamie Lynn, sent a cease and desist letter over the "misleading or outrageous claims" in the memoir.

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Britney Spears, 40, MARRIES Sam Asghari, 28, in an LA mansion

Britney Spears officially tied the knot with boyfriend of five years, Sam Asghari, 28, on Thursday night at their sprawling home in Thousand Oaks, California. (Author: Gardener)

Sam AsghariBritney Spears officially tied the knot with boyfriend of five years, Sam Asghari, 28, on Thursday night at their sprawling home in Thousand Oaks, California. The 40-year-old hitmaker wore a bespoke Versace wedding dress created by legendary fashion icon Donatella Versace, who was also in attendance for the couple's "I Dos." Thursday's ceremony was a star-studded affair, with celebrities including Paris Hilton and actress Drew Barrymore arriving in their chauffeur-driven vehicles at Britney's 12,464-square-foot, five-bedroom, eight-bathroom Italian mansion. Britney's Versace wedding dress had "off-the-shoulder cap sleeves and a deep V-slit at the leg," according to E! Britney previously teased Donatella's potential involvement in her wedding dress awakening in an Instagram post published in March. According to PEOPLE, Britney made her way down the aisle of Elvis Presley's hit "Can't Help Falling in Love" in front of 60 guests. 'Queen Of Pop' Madonna, who shared a VERY hot kiss with Britney onstage during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, was among the stars who watched Britney and Sam exchange vows. Before the bride could be seen, party planning staff were caught loading a Cinderella-style carriage onto the property along with a beautiful Camarillo White Horse and hoards of other wedding decorations. Mum-of-two Spears has hired luxury catering company Contemporary Catering to provide food for the 80 guests expected at the wedding. An example wedding menu might include appetizers of Kobe beef sliders and ahi tuna tartare, followed by entrees like "a duet of seasoned, grilled, and sliced ​​flank steak" or Santa Barbara sea bass served with charred fennel, saffron, and a tomato sauce. Herb Cream Sauce . Paris Hilton, who was part of Britney's party crew in the early 2000s before establishing her conservatory position, looked ultra-glamorous for the occasion in a sexy cut-out black dress. The Paris In Love star, 40, arrived at the venue in a luxury black vehicle, shielding her eyes from the flashbulbs with oversized sunglasses. The sleeves of her dress were made of black mesh and decorated with glittery appliqués. Paris' light blonde hair was parted to one side and styled in straight strands that flowed past her chest. Shortly after her arrival, Paris jumped out of her SUV, giving the other attendees and wedding staff a clear view of her glamorous appearance. She stepped cautiously out of the front of the vehicle in a pair of black velvet heels with sparkling silver buckles. Paris was joined at the star-studded soiree by her mother, Kathy Hilton, 63. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star stunned in a nude mini dress with a black lace overlay. Kathy rocked a pair of heels with ankle straps and styled her hair just like her eldest daughter's. Donatella Versace, who reportedly helped bring Britney's Versace wedding dress to life, rolled into the wedding venue in a sleek black sports car with the window down. She had a big smile on her face as she took directions from a nearby wedding crew member. The 67-year-old fashionista was accompanied by a male companion. Donatella wore her signature bleach blonde hair parted to one side and in glamorous curls that flowed down her chest. She appeared to be wearing a sleeveless blue dress and accessorised with a gold necklace. Drew Barrymore was equally cheerful as she arrived with a friend in their own chauffeur-driven vehicle. The Never Been Kissed star, 47, appeared to be wearing a brown cape-like number and her auburn hair was center-parted and styled in waves. Britney's superstar lawyer Mathew Rosengart, who was instrumental in helping the star finish her long-standing conservatory last year, was seen driving to the wedding site himself. Maria Menounos wowed in a sleeveless teal velvet dress that showed off her enviably toned arms. The 44-year-old TV personality gave a friendly wave to guests and staff while her husband Keven Undergaro, 54, stayed behind the wheel. Missing from the action will be the 40-year-old Toxic singer's estranged family, including her ex-Conservator father Jamie Spears, 69, and younger sister Jamie Lynn Spears, 31. Britney's ex-husband Kevin Federline confirmed to TMZ earlier in the day that her sons Sean Preston, 16, and Jayden James, 15, would also be absent from the ceremony but were "happy for Britney and wish her and Sam all the best in the future." “. Just hours before the wedding began, Britney's ex-husband Jason Alexander was arrested by security forces after he bought the pop star's wedding at their Thousand Oaks home, which sits on a 50-acre lot, for US$7.4 million in October 2015. dollar had crashed. A photographer captured the moment when Alexander was arrested by security personnel and pinned to the ground. Minutes before he was arrested, Alexander managed to live stream himself on his Instagram profile as he walked through the hilltop paths as he approached the back of Spears' home. He claimed that Britney "invited" him to the event and that she was his "first and only wife," before proudly declaring he was there to "crash the wedding." Eventually, he managed to make it inside the wedding tent, which appeared to be decorated with pink roses, before being confronted again by armed security guards. Britney and Sam were removed from the premises, but they were later captured returning to their wedding venue when guests arrived. Britney hasn't revealed details of her wedding dress yet, but she was spotted meeting Donatella Versace back in March, so there's a chance she'll wear a dress by the acclaimed Italian designer. Sam and Britney got engaged in September 2021 after five years of dating. At the time, the pop star revealed the happy news via Instagram, sharing a smiling video of her flashing her bespoke four-carat engagement ring from Forever Diamonds NY while her husband-to-be looked in sideways. It didn't come long after news that her father Jamie Spears wanted to end her financial conservatorship - a ruling Britney previously revealed prevented her from getting married or having children with Sam. Sam's manager, Brandon Cohen, confirmed the news shortly after the lovebirds both posted to their Instagram accounts. "The couple today made their long-term relationship official and are deeply touched by the support, dedication and love shown to them," he said, adding that Britney's new ring was designed by New York jeweler Roman Malayev. The Baby One More Time singer has revealed that after finishing her 13-year conservatory last November she had a number of plans including getting married, buying a new home and having more children. She and Sam revealed they were expecting their first child together in April but tragically suffered a pregnancy loss in May. Both have expressed hopes for a child in the future. Iranian-born Sam first met Britney in October 2016 while they were working together on her video "Slumber Party," and they began dating soon after.

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