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1. Unions battling Government’s plans to end pingdemic

Union leaders have launched a battle against Government plans to end the pingdemic in a move that threatens a summer of disruption for holidaymakers, shoppers and commuters.

Critical workers are able to avoid self-isolation via a Government scheme launched amid fears key infrastructure could collapse under the pressure of hundreds of thousands being told to stay at home by the NHS app. Read the full story.

2. UK weather: London sees months worth of rain in three hours flooding tube stations and motorways

A month’s worth of rain fell in three hours in London, flooding tube stations and forcing drivers on motorways to abandon their cars.

Motorists along the A406 were left stranded with emergency services telling some drivers no help would be available until late in the evening as thunderstorms battered the South East. Read the full story.

3. Vaccine passports for work considered by nearly a third of major businesses

More than 30 per cent of large UK firms have signalled that staff may be asked for proof of vaccination before they can physically return to work.

It comes after the Government appeared to suggest that the NHS App should be used by businesses to ensure office workers had received both jabs. Read the full story.

4. Alex Yee takes triathlon silver after shambolic false start caused by speed boat

Britain’s grip on the Olympic men’s triathlon is over – but only just. Four years ago, Alex Yee posted a message to himself on social media: “Do your best in what you love and maybe one day you’ll be the greatest.”

For so long it looked as though he was about to deliver on those words by following in Alistair Brownlee’s footsteps and becoming Olympic champion. That he ended up with silver behind Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt was a significant achievement. Read the full story.

5. Weed Thriller: Garden of weeds takes home gold at Royal Horticultural Society show

A garden full of weeds has been awarded a gold medal at a Royal Horticultural Society show despite its creator expecting to receive “nil points”.

The plot – named Weed Thriller – was handed the award at Tatton Flower Show in Cheshire on Wednesday. Read the full story.

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