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      Boss of US firm given £4bn in UK Covid contracts accused of squandering millions on jets and properties

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 12:00

    Rishi Sunak’s team helped fast-track deal with firm founded by Charles Huang, who says contracts generated $2bn profit

    In California, state of sunshine and palm trees, a small group of men are locked in a big legal fight over the money made by a US company selling Covid tests to the British government. The founder of Innova Medical Group says his business collected $2bn (£1.6bn) in profits, one of the largest fortunes banked by any medical supplier during the scramble for lifesaving equipment in the early months of the pandemic.

    In a storm of claims and counter-claims, Innova’s boss, Charles Huang, is accused by former associates of “squandering” or moving $1bn of those profits, spending lavishly on luxury aircraft, an $18m house in Los Angeles and “homes for his mistresses”.

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      Angry? Disappointed? Heartbroken? Think twice before you call the feelings police

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 10:00 · 1 minute

    Faced with ‘bad’ emotions, it’s natural to want to lock them up. As a therapist and a patient, I’ve learned to let them run

    Not so long ago, one of my best friends was sitting at my kitchen table, crying. He and his partner had just broken up, and I could feel his desperate sadness and the crushing weight of grief at losing someone he loved so much. I stood by the counter feeling so helpless. Confronted with his suffering, I was desperate to lift him out of his misery, to tell him that they would get back together, that things would be OK. It felt like an emotional emergency, and I wanted to call in the feelings police to lock his bad feelings up.

    One of the hardest things for me to do, when I was training to be a psychotherapist, was to stop trying to make my patients feel better. It is of course a very natural response, if someone we are with is feeling bad, to want to make them feel good. We feel it in our bones – feeling bad is bad, feeling good is good, and we want only good things for those we care for. Emergency! Shut this thing down!

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      Dating apps took over my life – so I ditched them and learned to live in the moment | Anya Ryan

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 09:00 · 1 minute

    I used to remove myself from experiences in favour of chasing matches. Now I’m fulfilled by the company of real people

    Swipe. Swipe. Swipe. For a while I was swiping so much I was barely thinking. Dating apps had hijacked my fingers, brain and evenings. I’d swipe left, mindlessly and without even looking, under the table at group dinners or during TV ad breaks. I’d fanatically check my new matches at the end of each day. “This is modern dating,” I’d tell myself. “It’s a job. I have to keep on going. This is the key to my happy ending.”

    For months, this was my normality. But unsurprisingly, the lifelong romance I was looking for never materialised. As I sat on my sofa on yet another Sunday night ready to swipe until I ran out of steam, I decided I’d finally had enough. Even if my screen was flooded with likes or messages, my forays into dating app culture had rarely ended with in-person dates. I’d spend hours agonising over a single response – I needed to be funny, cool and captivating but not give too much away. But why was I so desperate to impress a distant stranger trapped behind a screen? What was I doing all the monotonous swiping for? I decided I needed to go cold turkey and figure out why I had been sucked in so completely.

    Anya Ryan is a freelance journalist

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      ‘We wouldn’t let animals die in misery. Why should humans?’: Susan Hampshire on why dying must be a choice

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 06:00 · 1 minute

    The actor argues that the law has changed elsewhere; now it’s time for the UK to show compassion

    I’ve been campaigning and raising money for assisted dying for decades, but now we have an icon like Esther Rantzen talking about it, suddenly the game has changed. My mother died in 1964 and some time after that I decided to join the Euthanasia Society, which is now called Dignity in Dying. When I looked after my mother-in-law, she was begging to get off the planet but nobody would help her. After that there was my husband Eddie [Kulukundis, theatre and sports philanthropist] who had dementia. He was such a gentle man, a pleasure to look after for 14 years. But 18 months before he met his maker, he said in an aggressive way, which was quite unusual for Eddie, “I just want to die.”

    I cared for my two sisters, both of whom lived well until they were 94. But the last five weeks of my sister Anne’s life was horrendous because of how much agony she was in. Every few minutes she was saying, “Please help me. Why can’t they help me to go now? I’m not going to get any better. I have no future. I will never move again. Please.”

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      Sussex NHS trust apologises for cancer treatment delays before man’s death

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 05:00

    University Hospitals Sussex admits errors, failures and surgeon disagreements in case of Ken Valder

    A troubled NHS trust has apologised to the family of a man who died after a series of delays led to him waiting four times longer for an operation than a national cancer target.

    Before he died in November 2022, Ken Valder, 66, a former tax inspector and voluntary steward at Brighton & Hove Albion football club, complained of “delays after delay” to his treatment for oesophageal cancer.

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      The Guardian view on the climate crisis and heatwaves: a killer we need to combat | Editorial

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 16 June - 17:30 · 1 minute

    Britain may be chilly, but from Greece to India, people are dying due to record temperatures. The death toll will grow without urgent action

    While Britons don jumpers and complain about the unseasonable cold, much of the world has been reeling due to excessive temperatures. India has been in the grip of its longest heatwave in recorded history, with thermometers hitting 50C in some places. Greece closed the Acropolis in the afternoon last week as temperatures hit 43C; never has it seen a heatwave so early in the year. Soaring temperatures in the Sahel and western Africa saw mortuaries in Mali reportedly running short of space this spring , while swathes of Asia suffered in May .

    Mexico and the south-west of the US have also endured blistering conditions; it was particularly shocking to hear Donald Trump pledge again to “drill, baby, drill” at a rally that saw supporters taken to hospital with heat exhaustion. These bouts of extreme weather are increasing as the climate crisis worsens . Although the El Niño weather pattern contributed to heatwaves over the last 12 months, they are becoming more frequent, extreme and prolonged thanks to global heating. By 2040, almost half the world’s inhabitants are likely to experience major heatwaves , 12 times more than the historic average.

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      Almost half of UK adults struggling to get prescription drugs amid shortages

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 16 June - 15:37

    Survey finds more people blame Brexit than anything else for supply problems

    Almost half of adults in the UK have struggled to get medicine they have been prescribed – and more people blame Brexit than anything else for the situation, research shows.

    Forty-nine per cent of people said they had had trouble getting a prescription dispensed over the past two years, the period during which supply problems have increased sharply.

    One in 12 people (8%) have gone without a medication altogether because it was impossible to obtain.

    Thirty-one per cent found the drug they needed was out of stock at their pharmacy.

    Twenty-three per cent of pharmacies did not have enough of the medication available.

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      Boom in cataract surgery in England as private clinics eye huge profits

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 16 June - 13:00

    With nearly 60% of NHS cataract operations outsourced, critics say it is sapping funding for more serious conditions

    Hundreds of thousands more NHS patients a year are having cataracts removed in England in a boom driven by private clinics – but funded by taxpayers.

    Doctors say the trend, which now means nearly 60% of NHS cataract operations are outsourced to private providers – up from 24% five years ago – is piling pressure on already stretched NHS finances and sapping the funds needed for more serious conditions that can lead to blindness.

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      The loneliness trap: it is as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. So will it shorten my lifespan?

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 16 June - 13:00

    Lonely people are more likely to get heart disease, strokes, anxiety, depression, dementia … Add it all up, and they’re 26% more likely to die early. How do you avoid joining the unhappy millions?

    I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about a lonely old age. Closing in on my 61st birthday, eight years into a very happy marriage, I’ve got a wife, two teenage stepkids, an older daughter by an ex, a grandson and four siblings. Most of them at least tolerate me; a few even tell me that they love me. But maybe I’m taking too much for granted. People die, drift apart, fall out – and anyone who knows me will tell you that I can be very irritating.

    Fifteen or 20 years from now it’s not inconceivable that none of my family will want to have much to do with me.

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