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Justin Long admits he previously thought wearing a wedding ring ‘would be stifling’

Justin Long admits he previously thought wearing a wedding ring ‘would be stifling’

Sign up to our free Living Well email for advice on living a happier, healthier and longer life Live your life healthier and happier with our free weekly Living Well newsletter Justin Long has revealed he had a change of heart about wedding rings. The He’s Just Not That Into You lead opened up about his previous concerns about wearing a wedding ring while co-hosting CBS’s The Talk on 16 February. Long, 45, tied the knot with Kate Bosworth about nine months ago. During the show, co-host Jerry O’Connell welcomed Milo Ventimiglia as the guest for the week. O’Connell asked him how married life had been going since the Gilmore Girls favourite just recently married Jarah Mariano. In response, Ventimiglia explained how he was so thrilled to be a husband that he hadn’t taken his ring off and didn’t plan to. This prompted Long to admit he initially wasn’t keen on wedding rings. “I thought it would be stifling and I wouldn’t be able to get it off. But I like it,” Long confessed. Knowing …

Labour accuses UK government of ‘stifling children’s creativity’ | Arts in schools

Labour has accused the government of “stifling children’s creativity and damaging the talent pipeline” for Britain’s creative industries by failing to provide proper arts and culture education. The party said the arts were being squeezed out of schools as a result of tightened budgets, teacher shortages and the decreasing importance of arts and culture subjects through school accountability measures such as English baccalaureate entries. It condemned what it called a “narrative at the top of the government” that the arts played second fiddle to other subjects, leading to low morale among teachers and a drop in arts provision, and pledged to put the creative and cultural sectors at the heart of its mission to grow the economy. Speaking at a panel on arts education at the Theatre and Touring Summit in London on Monday, the shadow arts minister, Barbara Keeley, will highlight the stark drop in the number of students taking arts GCSEs, which has fallen by 40% since 2010. There are now 12,000 fewer students taking music (a 27% reduction) – despite the UK …

The Biden administration says Apple and Google’s app stores are stifling competition

The Biden administration says Apple and Google’s app stores are stifling competition

The Biden administration is calling out Apple and Google’s app stores for stifling competition. A new report, issued on Wednesday by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), said it had investigated the competitive conditions in the mobile app ecosystem and found that it’s “not a level playing field, which is harmful to developers and consumers.” The report also made several policy suggestions that could improve the ecosystem and open up competition. The investigation had been initiated as part of a 2021 Executive Order on competition and involved consultations with various industry stakeholders in the private industry, civil society, and academia, NTIA said. It also included a review of over 150 comments filed in response to a request for public comment last April. The report summarizes what industry watchers already know: that the innovations made possible by mobile phones and downloadable apps have begun to be overshadowed by the barriers to entry to the market facing developers, the excessive and restrictive rules, the overcomplicated app review process, and the sizable commissions that developers …