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Sonia Elks


Thomson Reuters Foundation

Sonia Elks is a sub-editor and former Thomson Reuters Foundation correspondent.

February 09, 2022

British photographer Paul David Smith had long toyed with the idea of switching all his staff to a four-day week, but it was the flexibility and reliability they showed in the pandemic that gave him the confidence to take the plunge.

Almost a year later and his trust has been rewarded.

October 20, 2021

Are you a he or a she? A they or a ze? Telling the world who you are is getting easier as social networking sites from LinkedIn to Instagram roll out pronoun options in profiles to help users clearly express their gender identity.

But what is the aim - and why are corporations so keen to jump on the bandwagon? Here are the key details.

September 09, 2021

When her first electricity bill arrived, Hollie Osborne's dream of a "forever home" for herself and her two-year-old son began to disintegrate.

She had been delighted to receive a flat, just a few doors down from her mother, in a new social housing development built in a handsome red-brick former school in Glasgow.

The home represented a chance for the single mother to rebuild her life, after a period of struggling with serious mental-health issues.

But as the harsh Scottish winter set in, she found the flat's heating needed to be on constantly to stay warm - and the 150-pound ($200) monthly bills that began arriving represented half her income.

March 11, 2021

How much would you pay to own a piece of art that doesn't exist in the real world? For some people, the answer is millions.

And that's before you count the environmental cost.