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Kate Garraway’s husband returns home after a year-long battle with Covid-19

Kate Garraway’s husband returns home after a year-long battle with Covid-19

Entertainment
PA MediaKate Garraway's husband has returned home after more than a year in hospital being treated for Covid-19.Former political adviser Derek Draper, 53, was admitted in March last year with coronavirus symptoms, before having to be put into a coma.ITV presenter Garraway said on Friday that he "absolutely knew he was home" but had not yet regained his speech and will require round-the-clock care.She and her young family all "burst into tears" when he arrived home."As we pulled up, I could see two little faces, Darcey and Billy [their children] looking out the window, and I could literally see them go, 'He's here,'" she told her Good Morning Britain colleagues."And they sort of ran out and ran forward, opened the door, and he immediately burst into tears."There was a lot of hugging and we ...
Remote working: Is Big Tech going off work from home?

Remote working: Is Big Tech going off work from home?

Technology
Getty ImagesOn Wednesday last week, Google's Fiona Cicconi wrote to company employees.She announced that Google was bringing forward its timetable of moving people back into the office. As of 1 September, she said, employees wishing to work from home for more than 14 days would have to apply to do so. Employees were also expected to "live within commuting distance" of offices. No cocktails by the beach with a laptop, then. The intention was very clear. Sure, you can do more flexible working than you did before - but most people will still have to come into the office. That thinking seemed to fly in the face of much of what we heard from Silicon Valley executives last year, when they championed the virtues of remote working. For example, Twitter's Jack Dorsey made headlines across the world...
Bangladesh at 50: Why climate change could destroy my ancestral home

Bangladesh at 50: Why climate change could destroy my ancestral home

Science
As Bangladesh celebrates 50 years of independence, Qasa Alom reflects on how the country his British-Bangladeshi family still calls home is being affected by climate change. "Can you turn the air-con on?" I asked over and over but none of the grown-ups seemingly could hear me. "It's so hot!" My mum shot me a look that suggested I would have more than the heat to worry about if I carried on moaning. We had come to Bangladesh, the country of my ancestors, to see my grandparents, visit our village and, as I was constantly reminded, to "learn about my roots".As a child, I had spent my holidays roaming our lands - exploring the rice paddies with my younger brother, watching the farm hands tend to the cows and fishing in one of several fushkunis, or small lakes. It was a giant playground, full o...
British Airways and Mirror publisher become latest to signal home working switch

British Airways and Mirror publisher become latest to signal home working switch

Business
British Airways and the newspaper group behind the Daily Mirror have become the latest big companies to signal a major switch to working from home.BA said it was considering selling its headquarters near Heathrow because the shift means it may not need so much office space. Reach, the company behind the national Mirror and Express newspapers as well as more than 100 regional titles, said three-quarters of staff would now be entirely or mainly home-based. Image: Many firms have been forced to switch to home working during the pandemic Highly-regarded titles in places such as Leicester will no longer have their own offices.BA and Reach are the latest major employers who have decided to make permanent, at least in part, some of the chang...
Women borrow more for home purchase than other assets : CRIF Highmark

Women borrow more for home purchase than other assets : CRIF Highmark

Finance
Indian women are focusing more on building hard assets than comforts. They are availing more credit in the form of home loans as compared to personal and auto loans, data from credit bureau CRIF Highmark shows. Women account for 29 per cent of the Rs 20 lakh crore worth home loans extended by Indian lenders as of December 2020. While their share in Rs 4.6 lakh crore auto loans and Rs 5.9 lakh crore personal loans is as at 16 per cent each, according to the credit bureau. But the pandemic seems to be forcing women to go for unsecured personal loans. Active personal loans to women borrowers have spiked by 23% year-on-year or y-o-y as of December 2020, while that for home loans has increased 5% y-o-y. Active auto loans to women borrowers have reduced by 4% during the period. A total of 1.8 cr...