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Dawn French and Lenny Henry lived with police officers due to racism

LONDON - APRIL 26: Dawn French and Lenny Henry pose in the press room at the BAFTA Television Awards 2009 held at The Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre on April 26, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Dawn French and Lenny Henry at the Bafta Television Awards 2009. (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Dawn French has revealed she and ex-husband Sir Lenny Henry were forced to have police officers live in their home due to “continual racism”.

Henry, who was knighted in 2015, has often spoken about the racism he has suffered in his life, and French, who was married to him for 25 years, has now spoken of the shock of witnessing it first-hand.

Speaking on Times Radio, she said: “I had never experienced anything like that until I met him and I just couldn’t believe the continual racism that happens in his life, the casual, insidious racism which I found really offensive.  

Read more: Dawn French has regained weight and doesn’t care

“But then the big giant ‘let’s smear s**t on your door and try to set fire to your house’ kind of racism, and I was

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Southern CT Gas ends non-contract home repair visits due to pandemic


Southern Connecticut Gas has quietly stopped doing what it terms non-contract or “charged” service on natural gas fueled furnaces and other appliances, a move a company spokesman said is designed to protect employees who do the work.

SCG technicians will still make repair calls for customers who have service contracts, according to Ed Crowder, a company spokesman. But for those without a contract, SCG is urging them to call in a plumber or a heating ventilation and air conditioning contractor, Crowder

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Home Spaces Reimagined Due To Pandemic

When people have lots of time on their hands, they tend to get creative. 

That has certainly been true during the pandemic when DIY projects have become super popular, with home improvement stores seeing a boost in sales. Sheltering in place has inspired many homeowners on Long Island to reimagine and improve the look and function of their dwellings. 

Working from home and remote learning have meant that families have had to create dedicated spaces in a jiffy, while some parents have been busy repurposing rooms, attics, and basements for their grown kids, who were suddenly leaving college dorms and city pads and moving back home. 

According to a recent survey of nearly 1,000 U.S. homeowners on Houzz, 70 percent reported reported they were thinking about making changes that could help them enjoy

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PIOJ reports negative impact to real sector growth due to COVID-19

As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to negatively impact the prospects for gross domestic product (GDP) growth, the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) in its latest assessment of economic activities reported contractions across all major sectors in the services and goods-producing industries.

In a quarterly briefing on Wednesday last, the country’s chief planning agency said that the economy declined by 18 per cent for the April to June quarter, four percentage points more than it had previously projected, when it estimated a 12-14 per cent decline in its outlook while reporting on the January to March quarter earlier this year.

Director general of the PIOJ, Dr Wayne Henry, said that the out-turn for the April-June quarter was as a result of the implementation of measures to manage the pandemic along with the associated impacts, ranging from border closures, restricted movements, business closures, job losses, weakened demand and reduced economic

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