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Should ‘pandemic winners’ pay a solidarity tax?

While the super-wealthy have seen an increase in their net wealth in the past year and many people saw their savings levels rise, not everyone has been a ‘pandemic winner’. In fact, some have lost heavily. So is there merit in imposing a temporary tax on those who have done well in lockdown?

Press play for Petflix: boom in gadgets for pandemic puppies as owners return to work

The realities of ownership are dawning as the UK’s lockdown eases and the dogs left at home need to be looked after

Pet cameras and activity trackers are flying off the shelves. Demand for anti-chew sprays, automatic feeders and water fountains for pets has rocketed, and dog walkers and sitters are being inundated with inquiries.

As lockdown restrictions ease, dog owners are snapping up products and services that will enable them to monitor and care for their pets while they are out at work.

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One adventurer’s peak performance

Some of us see mountains as scenery, others see them as a challenge. And then there’s Colin O’Brady, whose attempt to climb the “Seven Summits” and trek to both the North and South Poles now has a special place in the history books. Lee Cowan reports.

Tokyo 2021: Olympic chief to visit Japan to approve safety amid Covid cases surge

Thomas Bach expected to give Japan the all-clear to host the Games, as PM secures extra vaccine doses from Pfizer to fight new virus wave

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The head of the Olympic movement will visit Japan in May as the nation struggles to contain a surge in Covid-19 cases before the start of the Games, with Pfizer agreeing to supply extra vaccine doses to the country.

Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, will attend a torch relay ceremony in the western city of Hiroshima on 17 May and meet prime minister Yoshihide Suga the next day, Kyodo News agency said on Saturday, citing sources close to the matter.

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