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Nearly 2,000 people are taking part in coronavirus clinical trials

Sir Patrick Vallance told today’s government press conference that the trials were taking place across 100 hospitals.Over 1,900 patients are taking …

Nearly 2,000 people are taking part in coronavirus clinical trials

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Netflix introduces new rules and features for parents

Parents will be able to monitor what their children have watched on Netflix. The streaming giant is introducing a number of new parental control …

Netflix introduces new rules and features for parents

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Number of new cases falls for second day in a row

The number of UK cases has dropped for the second dayThe number of new cases has fallen for the second day in a row, the government has confirmed. …

Number of new cases falls for second day in a row

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Coronavirus: at a glance | World news

Key developments in the global coronavirus epidemic today include: Global cases exceed 1.4 million and the death toll exceeds 82,000 There are …

Coronavirus: at a glance | World news

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Coronavirus: Stena Line cuts off ferry services to Belfast during the crisis

Copyright of the imageStena line Caption of the image Stena announced that it would have to lay off 600 employees and 150 layoffs in the UK and …

Coronavirus: Stena Line cuts off ferry services to Belfast during the crisis

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Chelsea legend John Terry and Jamie Redknapp deliver food to the needy during coronavirus pandemic

JOHN TERRY and Jamie Redknapp delivered food to the needy on Tuesday to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic. The two former England stars played …

Chelsea legend John Terry and Jamie Redknapp deliver food to the needy during coronavirus pandemic

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Sadio Mane EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool superstar would understand if Reds are denied title as Premier League pales in comparison to wider coronavirus crisis

Liverpool star Sadio Mane has told talkSPORT he would understand if the Reds were denied the Premier League title due to the coronavirus crisis. …

Sadio Mane EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool superstar would understand if Reds are denied title as Premier League pales in comparison to wider coronavirus crisis

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Conor McGregor continues to train in self-isolation amid coronavirus as UFC star teaches fans pull up techniques

CONOR McGREGOR gave fans some pull up tips as he continues to train in self-isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic. The former two-weight UFC …

Conor McGregor continues to train in self-isolation amid coronavirus as UFC star teaches fans pull up techniques

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Marvel Releases Its Iconic Comics For Free To Entertain Self-Isolated Fans – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Image via Giannis Papanikos / Shutterstock.com Marvel fans who are stuck at home can find something new to do besides binge-watching shows on Disney+…

Marvel Releases Its Iconic Comics For Free To Entertain Self-Isolated Fans

Marvel Comics – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

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Gary Lineker has a message for Aston Villa and Liverpool

Gary Lineker urged Aston Villa and his Premier League rivals not to put personnel on the run. Match of the Day host said top clubs should avoid …

Gary Lineker has a message for Aston Villa and Liverpool

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Gwyneth Paltrow Unveils Best Sex Toys To Spice Up Self-Love During Lockdown – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Image via Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed a list of her top vibrators for individuals and couples to try during the …

Gwyneth Paltrow Unveils Best Sex Toys To Spice Up Self-Love During Lockdown

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Morning Motivation – #PositiveCoronavirusNews – What if today is the day?

Morning all..

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Cardiff During Lockdown…

Whilst out on my 1 hour exercise in Cardiff on Sunday I stopped to take some pictures of Mill Lane in the City Centre and Mermaid Quay In Cardiff Bay. The sun was shining but both the city centre and the bay were warily quite as people in Cardiff were generally adhering to the Lockdown rules, at least as far as I could see!

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Work from Home Advice…

With the Coronavirus/ COVID-19 affecting everything from international travel to the availability of hand sanitiser, mitigating COVID-19 across the globe has become a growing concern. That’s why many Government are telling companies to let as many employees as possible work remotely until the virus can be slowed.

Plenty of people fantasise about working from the comfort of their own home, foregoing their daily commute in favor of more sleep, family or exercise time.

Working remotely however can be a double-edge sword.

On the plus, you get to stay home and spend more time with your family but it can be harder to focus on actually working. Whether it’s a pile of laundry that suddenly looks more appealing than your bosses’ to-do list, or a quick three-hour Netflix binge, staying productive at home can take a bit more effort.

Plus, the isolation can quickly become a downer for those used to socialising at work. Some people, would prefer to stay in the office.

So, first thing’s first: you should probably sit up straight, eat some breakfast and get dressed.

How else can you stay focused on the job and mentally healthy while working remotely?

Here are some tips from work-from-home veterans and workplace experts.

Set a dedicated work location

Try to find yourself a dedicated and comfortable spot to work in that you can associate with your job and leave when you’re off the clock — that means get off the couch, and definitely out of bed. A dunning room table or home office can work well.

It definitely helps if you have a dedicated space for working from home.

Setting up a dedicated home office where you can close the door and shut out distractions can pay dividends.

You can also go to local libraries to take advantage of their free Wi-Fi etc. out if Lockdown conditions, but under lockdown then staying at home is a must.

Find a Buddy Or Colleague that you can call when needed…

You might find it easier to be productive without your most chatty coworkers constantly buzzing in your ear but social interactions, even with colleagues, can alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Durham University’s Dr. Thuy-vy Nguyen, who studies the effects of solitude, thinks the psychological effects of working remotely for extended periods is often overlooked or ignored, despite it being an essential factor in our mental well-being and team bonding.

“We’re used to social interaction,” she says. “It facilitates cooperation and closeness.” 

To help fill the socialising gap while working remotely, Nguyen recommends finding a colleague you can call when you’re feeling the need to chat with someone. Alternatively, buddy up with a friend who works elsewhere and is going through the same experience. Hopping on a social video call or phoning, instead of just texting or emailing can be a good idea too.

Have a Work from Home Plan…

Nguyen also recommends that, when working alone, you should keep a more structured daily schedule than usual.

“Usually our time and the structure of our day are influenced by other people,” she says. “You’re going to experience your day as lacking the normal structures that you usually have. People might have a hard time dealing with it. So one of the things that we found in our trying to understand solitude, is that time spent alone is better if it’s structured.” 

Remembering to schedule multiple breaks throughout the day, in order to do some things that you enjoy, can help to keep you productive for the long term..

Think About How You’re Communicating

Haughey says it’s important to go beyond email and use other digital tools that can better replicate the in-person office experience and provide for clear communication.

“There will be a sense of isolation of course, and it depends on how well your team communicates, or how much they’re willing to amp up communication using other tools besides face-to-face conversations,” he says.

Harvard Business School’s Prithwiraj “Raj” Choudhury, who studies remote work and the relationships between geography and productivity, found an interesting solution to boosting camaraderie among remote workers: pizza parties. While researching remote work habits at the U.S. Patent Office, which implemented a more robust “work from anywhere” policy in 2011 — Choudhury discovered a manager who hosted weekly lunches via videoconferencing.

“She would order the exact same pizza to be delivered at the same time so the team would have that bonding experience and still feel like a team,” says Choudhury. “This is the future of work, so we cannot just keep doing stuff in the old familiar ways, we have to create new processes.”

Furthermore, better communication while remote can help maintain your relationship with your colleagues, managers, and direct reports. It’s also important for managers to encourage employees to share their opinions or concerns about a particular project so they don’t feel like they’re being dismissed just because they’re not in the same room.

Remember Everyone Works Differently

Managers should remember that not every employee actually wants to work from home, a shift that can be stressful for some. As companies increasingly have more and more employees working from home, during the coronavirus outbreak, and maybe even beyond, it’s key that they get their employees to communicate with each other as much as possible and especially try more to help employees that are struggling with the change, says Nguyen.

“If management actually forces people to stay at home, then that would add another layer of stress,” she says. “Giving employees as much information as possible can ease the burden caused by the disruption.”

Still have regular meeting…

If you need to still have regular meeting then utilise me a Face to Dace meeting app like Zoom can ensure that you and your team can get together to chat regularly in order to keep that team spirit and camaraderie together.

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Welsh Music Event At Ffos Las Postponed #WelshEvents

The rock band were due to perform at Ffos Las in Carmarthenshire next month but the gig has been postponed due to Coronavirus.

Kaiser Chiefs were due to perform at Ffos Las racecourse in May.

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How the Welsh Regions are shaping up for next seasons Pro14 season…

Some quality signings and the return to fitness of big names could produce scintillating rugby for Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Scarlets and Dragons supporters next season in Europe and the Guinness PRO14

Nick Tompkins was excellent for Wales

Nick Tompkins could soon be bringing his excellent Wales form to Cardiff Blues(Image: Ben Evans/Huw Evans Agency)

Welsh rugby fans don’t know when their favourite sport will return but there’s plenty to excite them about next season.

Some super signings have been made by the regions and other captures, like new Wales star Nick Tompkins, are being heavily touted.

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Cristiano Ronaldo says Lionel Messi makes him better, Wenger wanted him at Arsenal and Pep Guardiola thinks he’s the best around

Pep Guardiola once said about Lionel Messi’s supreme ability: “Don’t write about him, don’t try to describe him, just watch him.” There are simply …

Cristiano Ronaldo says Lionel Messi makes him better, Wenger wanted him at Arsenal and Pep Guardiola thinks he’s the best around

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Positive Coronavirus News as Queen Gives Rallying Speach…

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People in Leicester watch the Queen deliver her address

Image captionPeople across the UK gathered to watch the Queen’s address

There have been difficult royal speeches and addresses in the past – times when the wrong word or the wrong phrase could have undermined the message or let slip a critical opportunity.

The broadcast after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997 for example, or the speech the Queen gave on her visit to Ireland in 2011.

The Palace could have played it safe, stressed unity and given thanks. It would have served. 

This was a different and much more ambitious broadcast, designed to reassure and to inspire.

But most of all to recast the coronavirus crisis as a defining moment for a nation which will forever remember its collective effort to save the lives of its vulnerable. 

Given the number of Second World War metaphors and comparisons that are around at the moment – a war the Queen remembers well – the temptation might have been to draw parallels to that conflict.

But the only direct reference was to her first ever radio broadcast, in 1940, when the Queen – then a young princess – and her sister Margaret, spoke to children who had been evacuated. 

The Queen:

Video captionThe Queen: “We will be with our friends again, we will be with our families again, we will meet again”

It was a reminder, not just of the innocence of childhood and of the sacrifices of an earlier generation, but of her long perspective on Britain’s history.

Echoes of that struggle of the 1940s, which for so long defined Britain and its self-image, ran through the broadcast.

Winston Churchill said, after the fall of France in 1940, that even after a thousand years it would still be said of Britons that “this was their finest hour”.

Today the Queen spoke of how history would judge the nation – that “those that come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any”.

“The pride in who we are is not part of our past,” she said, “it defines our present and our future”.

The Queen did not revert to talk of Blitz spirit; instead she celebrated the communal feeling that exists today.

The applause for care and essential workers she said is “an expression of our national spirit” and “its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children”.

There was no talk of fighting, of struggle, of conflict. Instead she spoke of more peaceful national traits – “self-discipline”, “quiet, good-humoured resolve” and “fellow-feeling”.

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Prince Charles

Image captionThe Queen’s eldest son, Prince Charles, spent seven days in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus

This was not a warrior-queen’s speech; it was about collective effort.

“Together we are tackling this disease,” she said. “If we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it.”

“We will succeed,” she insisted, “and that success will belong to each and every one of us”.

There was time for some great-grandmotherly wisdom; she, who occupies an often lonely position, offered her thoughts to those who are now alone though self-isolation.

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Hard times, she acknowledged, but also perhaps an opportunity “to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation”.

And at the end, one more echo of the conflict that so often this crisis has been compared to. The defining song of the Second World War was for many Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again – a longing for better times to come.

“Better days will return,” said the Queen. “We will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”

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Lockdown could be lifted soon if you ‘play your part and stay at home’

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said the end of the lockdown is in sight (Picture: BBC/Splash News)Sweeping social distancing measures could …

Lockdown could be lifted soon if you ‘play your part and stay at home’

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‘No-brainer’ – £ 170 million Paul Pogba and Jack Grealish could be up for grabs for Man United

Former Aston Villa star Andy Gray believes it would be “child’s play” for Manchester United to replace World Cup winner midfielder Paul Pogba to sign…

‘No-brainer’ – £ 170 million Paul Pogba and Jack Grealish could be up for grabs for Man United

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Wayne Rooney told off by police for breaking coronavirus lockdown with repeat offender Kyle Walker

WAYNE Rooney was told off by police for breaking the coronavirus lockdown with repeat offender Kyle Walker, we can reveal. The former Manchester …

Wayne Rooney told off by police for breaking coronavirus lockdown with repeat offender Kyle Walker

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Italian gran, 104, who survived Spanish flu pandemic becomes world’s oldest person to overcome coronavirus

A WOMAN of 104 has become the world’s oldest person to survive coronavirus. Italian Ada Zanusso is on the mend after fighting off the killer bug. …

Italian gran, 104, who survived Spanish flu pandemic becomes world’s oldest person to overcome coronavirus

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The Manchester Marathon was canceled, so runners took it to their back gardens

The runners who were supposed to compete today in the Manchester Marathon instead took the event to their back gardens. About 26,000 people were …

The Manchester Marathon was canceled, so runners took it to their back gardens

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COVID-19’s oldest known survivor: A World War II veteran who also survived the 1918 flu – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

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COVID-19’s oldest known survivor: A World War II veteran who also survived the 1918 flu

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Italy starts to look ahead to ‘phase two’ as COVID-19 death toll slows

MILAN — Italy reported its lowest daily COVID-19 death toll for more than two weeks on Sunday as authorities began to look ahead to a second phase …

Italy starts to look ahead to ‘phase two’ as COVID-19 death toll slows

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