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Luxury jewellery company designs $2 million face mask

<p>Face masks are quickly becoming an essential part of people's daily uniforms when they step outside, with some choosing to have a more luxurious face mask to protect them from coronavirus.</p> <p>Luxury Israeli jewellery brand Yvel has created a custom-made white gold 18-karat face mask with more than 3,600 white and black diamonds.</p> <p>The mask doesn't come cheap, with the white gold and diamond-encrusted face mask having a whopping price tag of $USD 1.5 million ($NZD 2.27 million).</p> <p>The buyer of the mask requested to remain anonymous but urged the jewellery brand to complete the mask by the end of the year.</p> <p>The mask will weigh 270g and is being fitted with N99 filters at the request of the client.</p> <p>“Money maybe doesn’t buy everything, but if it can buy a very expensive COVID-19 mask and the guy wants to wear it and walk around and get the attention, he should be happy with that,” the designer of the mask Isaac Levy explained.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837341/facemask-jewelerry-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/38e6dcfb24724539bef19df7452b2230" /></p> <div class="body_text "> <p>While Levy said he would not wear the mask himself, he is grateful his company was given the opportunity to create it.</p> <p>“I am happy that this mask gave us enough work for our employees to be able to provide their jobs in very challenging times like these times right now,” he said.</p> <p>The request for the expensive mask came from a businessman in America, and will "not be delayed" for its due date of 31st of December.</p> <p>“In these tumultuous days, every order we receive helps to preserve the company’s day-to-day operations on the one hand, and brings foreign currency into a country that needs all the help from us industrialists on the other,” Levy added.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: </em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gq.com.au/style/news/this-jewelery-company-has-designed-a-2-million-face-mask/image-gallery/c73646fbf49811739d9e89473c0fe2a0" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">GQ</a></em></p> </div>

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Science gave this rare lizard a name – and it may already be headed for extinction

<p>Bushfires are a threat to most animal species. But for one rare lizard living on a rocky island in the sky, a single blaze could wipe the species off the planet.</p> <p>The Kaputar rock skink (<em>Egernia roomi</em>) is thought to have have one of the smallest ranges of any reptile in New South Wales – at the summit of a single extinct volcano, Mount Kaputar.</p> <p>The existence of this mysterious skink was informally known for decades, and in August last year the species was finally <a href="https://journals.australianmuseum.net.au/sadlier-2019-rec-aust-mus-715-183197/">scientifically described</a>. But months later, it may already be headed for extinction.</p> <p>Late last year, bushfires are thought to have ripped through <a href="https://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/bushfire-recovery/priority-animals">more than half</a> the Kaputar rock skink’s habitat. We don’t yet know what this means for its survival, but the outlook is not good.</p> <p><strong>A very special skink</strong></p> <p>The Kaputar rock skink is handsome lizard, typically around 10 centimetres in body length, with dark chocolate brown and grey scales and an orange belly.</p> <p>It’s found in the Nandewar Ranges near Narrabri. The ranges – weathered remnants of ancient volcanic eruptions between 21 and 17 million years ago – rise out of the surrounding plains in a series of breathtaking rock formations.</p> <p>The <a href="https://australianmuseum.net.au/blog/amri-news/kaputar-rock-skink/">Kaputar rock skink</a> lives on one of these outcrops, Mount Kaputar. It exists on a narrow band of rock at the summit, more than 1,300 metres above sea level.</p> <p>This high elevation areas is cooler than the surrounding plains, which suits this cool-adapted species perfectly. But the species’ tiny range means it’s highly vulnerable. When danger strikes, the Kaputar rock skink has nowhere to go.</p> <p><strong>When the fires hit</strong></p> <p>Bushfires tore through the Nandewar Ranges in October and November last year, <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-29/giant-pink-slug-mount-kaputar-national-park-survived-bushfire/11911308">reportedly burning</a> more than 17,000 hectares of bush. More than half of Kaputar rock skink habitat is believed to have burned.</p> <p>The expert panel advising the federal government on bushfire recovery has named the skink as one of 119 severely-affected species needing urgent conservation intervention. But the species’ rugged, remote habitat, combined with COVID-19 restrictions, have delayed efforts to assess the extent of the damage.</p> <p>It’s likely that many Kaputar rock skinks died during the fires themselves, although we hope others survived by crawling deep into rock cracks.</p> <p>But after the fires, threats remain. Vegetation loss may make the skinks easy prey, and in a charred landscape, there may be little for the reptiles to eat.</p> <p>History tells us fires do affect high-elevation skinks. For example, fire is thought to have driven the rock-dwelling Guthega skink (<em>Liopholis guthega</em>) to become <a href="https://journalofherpetology.org/doi/abs/10.1670/13-194">locally extinct</a> at some sites on the Bogong High Plains in northeast Victoria.</p> <p><strong>A mountain of threats</strong></p> <p>Species restricted to a small area are vulnerable to any loss of habitat. And fire is not the only threat to the Kaputar rock skink.</p> <p>Climate change is a big concern. While many species respond to increasing temperatures by migrating uphill to cooler climes, that’s not possible for the skink, which is already precariously perched on a summit.</p> <p>Introduced goats may also be <a href="https://journals.australianmuseum.net.au/sadlier-2019-rec-aust-mus-715-183197/">taking a toll</a> as they trample through the rocky terrain.</p> <p><a href="https://media.australianmuseum.net.au/media/dd/documents/1716_complete.f27b407.pdf">Evidence</a> suggests humans are also a disturbance to the Kaputar rock skink’s habitat. The reptiles live close to the edge of cliff lines that are readily accessible by walking tracks. Trampling of low vegetation has been observed at many sites, as have disturbed rocks – the latter possibly from people wanting to find and photograph the species.</p> <p><strong>Where to now?</strong></p> <p>Scientists know relatively little about the Kaputar rock skink. One thing we’re sure of, though, is that the species’ existence is threatened.</p> <p>Surveys are needed at known skink locations, as well as surrounding areas where it might lie undiscovered. Understanding where the species occurs and how it responds to fires, drought and other disturbances is critical to conservation efforts.</p> <p>Of course it’s the middle of winter now, so the skinks may not be very active on their cold mountain top. But my colleagues and I hope to travel to Mount Kaputar soon to survey the skink’s habitat and find out how the species fared.</p> <p>It’s just months since science officially <a href="https://twitter.com/skinks_iucn/status/1168266798757662720">welcomed</a> the Kaputar rock skink to the world. It’s far too early to say goodbye.</p> <p><em>Dane Trembath, an Australian Museum biologist with a focus on reptiles, contributed to this article.</em></p> <p><em>Written by Jodi Rowley. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/a-few-months-ago-science-gave-this-rare-lizard-a-name-and-it-may-already-be-headed-for-extinction-140356">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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What is happening with the COVID-19 vaccine?

<p>Coronavirus cases around the world have now reached over a staggering 20 million, with 737,000 tragically dying from the disease.</p> <p>And the only way to beat the illness is to create a vaccine.</p> <p>But creating a vaccine is no easy feat, as the entire process requires vigorous testing meaning it’s still a long way away.</p> <p>At the moment, there are 139 candidates in the very early stages of pre-clinical trials - which means they’re not ready to be tested on humans.</p> <p>But it’s not all doom and gloom, as there is plenty of positive progress happening.</p> <p>Twenty-five students have moved into Phase One - that means they are doing small-scale safety trials on human volunteers.</p> <p>Seventeen have progressed to Phase Two - which includes expanded safety trials.</p> <p>Phase Three involves large-scale efficacy trials - and right now, there are seven studies around the globe tracking on that level.</p> <p>For those in Phase Three, the vaccine and placebo are tested on thousands of people to ensure it’s safe and to whether or not there are any side effects.</p> <p>“The most promising one is the one in the UK with the Oxford-developed vaccine,” said Professor Peter Collignon.</p> <p>“We need a vaccine that’s about 90-plus per cent effective to really have a big impact.”</p> <p>There are also hopes that a vaccine could be approved as early as Christmas this year.</p> <p>However, Professor Collignon warned that vaccinating enough of the population to climate the virus altogether is the biggest challenge.</p> <p>“If you look at diseases where we’ve been very successful - German measles, for instance - we really still need 90 per cent of the population either having had the infection or be vaccinated to be able to eliminate the disease - in other words, to not have it circulating,” Collignon said.</p> <p>To put that in a global context, we would need close to two billion doses worldwide.</p> <p>Australia also has their own trials underway, with Dr Paul Griffin overseeing Phase One for the University of Queensland’s vaccine and promising Novavax study.</p> <p>Dr Griffin agreed with experts saying people will have to most likely wait till the end of next year before they can get vaccinated.</p> <p>And we’re yet to see how it will be distributed.</p> <p>But Dr Griffin hopes that those who are at most risk - the most vulnerable - will be the first priority.</p> <p>“I would like to think that it’s going to be a bit of a prioritisation process,” Griffin said.</p> <p>“The parts of the world and the populations that derive the greatest benefit would get access first.</p> <p>“What that might look like would be vulnerable populations and the elderly and aged care homes - and perhaps our frontline healthcare workers.”</p>

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COVID hunters investigate frozen food risk

<p>Experts in New Zealand are racing to figure out just how the 100 days of the country being COVID-free could have ended.</p> <p>Virus hunters believe there is a possibility the disease could have been freighted back into the country in frozen food or even remains that had been frozen and left in a storage facility for weeks on end.</p> <p>The concerns have been sparked by the fact that one of the family members apart of the COVID outbreak that left experts wondering, worked in a cold storage facility.</p> <p>New Zealand’s director general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said on Wednesday that “environmental testing” is being conducted at the cold storage facility where the person worked.</p> <p>“We do know from studies overseas, that actually, the virus can survive in some refrigerated environments for quite some time,” he said.</p> <p>“We start by looking at all the options and ruling then out, and that’s the position we’re in at the moment.</p> <p>“In general the role of surfaces for transmitting the virus has probably been overemphasised in the past.</p> <p>“There’s much more focus now on transmission in indoor environments, and respiratory droplets and aerosols.”</p> <p>Bloomfield says there is evidence suggesting the virus could have been through food, freight or food packaging.</p> <p>“I know that the virus re-emerging in our community has caused alarm and the unknown is scary. That causes anxiety for many of us.</p> <p>“We are working hard to put together the pieces of the puzzle as to how this family got the virus. We are testing all close and casual contacts.”</p> <p>Wu Zunyou, Chief Epidemiologist of China’s Center for Diseases Prevention and Control, told Chinese state media earlier this year year that the virus can survive on the surface of frozen food for up to three months.</p> <p>However, infectious Diseases physician Professor Peter Collingnon told news.com.au that he was still sceptical COVID-19 had been “imported” into New Zealand through frozen food.</p> <p>“But I have always worried when people talk about elimination, it can be so mild in people in their 30s and 40s that it can just be there bubbling away without you knowing,’’ he said.</p> <p>The cold storage facility where the NZ man worked in Mount Wellington has been shut down for testing and cleaning with 160 staff across all the facilities tested for COVID-19.</p>

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Insider trading has become more subtle

<p>Insider trading comes in two main forms: arguably legal and clearly illegal.</p> <p>But, as with drugs in sport, it’s hard to tell when arguably legal ends and clearly illegal begins.</p> <p>It is generally accepted that it is wrong to buy shares in the company you run when you know something about it that the market does not.</p> <p>It’s especially wrong to buy shares when you are telling the market that things are much worse for the company than you know them to be.</p> <p><strong>Join 130,000 people who subscribe to free evidence-based news.</strong></p> <p>Get newsletter</p> <p>But what about suddenly sharing everything – an avalanche of information – in the lead-up to a share purchase in order to muddy the waters and create enough uncertainty to lower the price?</p> <p>Chief executives have enormous discretion over the tone and timing of the news they release, generally answering to no one.</p> <p>A linguistic analysis of twelve years worth of news releases by 6764 US chief executives just published by myself and two University of Queensland colleagues in the <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378426620300881">Journal of Banking and Finance</a> suggests they are using this discretion strategically.</p> <p>Not clearly illegal (how can oversharing be illegal?) their behaviour can have the same effect as talking down their share price while buying, something that is clearly illegal.</p> <p><strong>Spreads matter, as well as signs</strong></p> <p>Earlier analyses of insider trading have looked at only the “sign” of the information released to to the share market. On balance was the tone of one month’s news releases positive or negative?</p> <p>We have looked at the “spread”, the range from positive to negative as well as the net result.</p> <p>It doesn’t make sense to treat as identical a month’s worth of releases which are all neutral tone in tone (sending no message) and a month’s worth of releases of which half are strongly positive and half are strongly negative (stoking uncertainty).</p> <p>Our sample of discretionary (non-required) news releases is drawn from those lodged with <a href="https://web.stevens.edu/hfslwiki/index.php?title=Thomson_Reuters_News_Analytics">Thomson Reuters News Analytics</a> between January 2003 to December 2015. It includes firms listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the AMEX American Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ technology-heavy exchange.</p> <p>The archive scores the tone of each release as positive, negative or neutral.</p> <p>We used the <a href="https://www.thomsonreuters.com/en/press-releases/2014/thomson-reuters-starmine-model-predicts-us-stock-performance.html">Thomson Reuters Insiders Filing Database</a> to obtain information on chief executive buying, limiting our inquiries to significant purchases of at least 100 shares.</p> <p><strong>Strategic uncertainty</strong></p> <p>About 70% of the chief executives proved to be opportunistic traders in the sense that they bought with no particular pattern, rather than at the same time every year.</p> <p>We found that news releases by these chief executives increased information uncertainty by 5.8% and 3.6% in the months before they bought and in the month they bought.</p> <p>In the months following their purchases, the positive to negative spread of their news releases returned to the average for non-purchase months.</p> <p>The unmistakable conclusion is that their behaviour is strategic.</p> <p> We obtained similar results when we used other measures of buying and the tone of news releases.</p> <p>Our results provide no evidence to support the contention that chief executives behave in this strategic way when selling shares. This is consistent with other findings suggesting that the timing of sales is often out of the hands of the sellers.</p> <p><a href="https://scholar.google.com/scholar_lookup?title=Insider%20trading%20and%20voluntary%20disclosures&amp;publication_year=2006&amp;author=Q.%20Cheng&amp;author=K.%20Lo">Previous studies</a> have found only <a href="https://scholar.google.com/scholar_lookup?title=Voluntary%20disclosures%20and%20insider%20transactions&amp;publication_year=1999&amp;author=C.F.%20Noe">weak links</a> between executive share purchases and the news they release to the market. This might be because those studies have looked for more easily detected (and more clearly problematic) negative news releases.</p> <p>But that’s an old and (with the advent of linguistic analysis) increasingly risky approach.</p> <p>Our research suggests that by saying many things at once chief executives can achieve much the same thing.</p> <p><em>Written by Barry Oliver. Republished with permission <a href="https://theconversation.com/insider-trading-has-become-more-subtle-142981">of The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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White Island volcano survivor’s emotional plea during COVID lockdown

<p>Stephanie Browitt overcame extreme adversity as she lost her father and her sister in the White Island volcano eruption.</p> <p>As she lives in Melbourne, she has also been in lockdown and has shared a message of hope.</p> <p>"As someone who is grieving deeply and has essentially been in lockdown since early December, due to my six months admission in hospital, I truly believe that focusing on what you can’t change is wasted energy that could be used elsewhere," she explained to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/coronavirus/melbourne-strong-white-island-survivors-plea-to-lockeddown-melburnians/news-story/f1753533b79b0936d98763a58bb7ea33" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>The Herald Sun</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>She explained that her time in hospital was tough, but she kept sane by focusing on having her "normal day to day life back".</p> <p>As she was released when Melbourne is in lockdown due to COVID-19, she unfortunately hasn't had that experience.</p> <p>However, she doesn't let it get her down.</p> <p>"I’ve learnt one of the hardest lessons in life which is that you never know when you’re going to lose someone you love," she shared.</p> <p>"I lost my dad and sister so suddenly and I would do anything and everything to have them in lockdown with mum and I.</p> <p>"I feel as though people don’t realise how precious time is and that you don’t often get the chance to be with family like this," she said.</p> <p>Stephanie also explained that being in lockdown in Melbourne is something that "everyone is going through together".</p> <p>"It isn’t forever and that’s what I choose to focus on.</p> <p>"I choose to take it one day at a time and enjoy my time with mum. I choose to explore what I can do from home and get creative with my time. I choose to stay home and accept this because everybody deserves to feel safe," she said.</p> <p>She also urged people not to be selfish and be "team players".</p> <p>"We need to be team players to overcome this petrifying pandemic.</p> <p>"We just can’t afford to branch off on our own, at the risk of killing another or perhaps our own family members," she said.</p> <p>Her mum Marie said that Stephanie will require more painful and expensive surgeries as she has amputated fingers and burns to most of her body that require a compression suit and full face mask.</p> <p>“She won’t complain,” Marie said.</p> <p>That’s despite the fact “she’s disfigured and her fingers are chopped and she’s burnt all over … she’s just trying to stay alive”.</p> <p>The loss of family members seems to have hit the pair the hardest.</p> <p>“My youngest daughter passed away on the mountain and my husband suffered to death. My other daughter is horrifically injured … I can tell you, there is nothing more important than family … just having your family alive and healthy,” Marie said.</p> <p>“There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do — I would live in a gutter and give up anything — to bring my husband and child back.”</p> <p>The loss still impacts them to this day.</p> <p>“We cry daily, which doesn’t have anything to do with isolation, but because of our grief, our great loss, and our empty home which was once full of laughter and food and people,” Marie said.</p> <p>“Every week, I go to the cemetery where my husband and daughter lay, just so I can talk to them. ”</p> <p>Marie has some advice for Melbourne citizens who are struggling, which is to be safe with your loved ones.</p> <p>“There are people out there, ignoring laws designed to protect their own family’s survival. I can’t comprehend it.</p> <p>“If you have your family, and you have your health, you have everything. I just wish people could see that.</p> <p>“But there are people out there putting themselves and their families, and other families, at risk, complaining about being stuck, with their family, at home.</p> <p>“People are complaining about losing their businesses and the economy, and not being able to go shopping or out for a leisurely stroll, but these things don’t matter.</p> <p>“There is no amount of money, no possessions, that I wouldn’t give up to get some of what I had back, just to get a glimpse of my child or hear her voice or laugh again, to smell her smell.”</p> <p>“Material things you can always get back. You cannot get your family back … Death is irreversible.”</p>

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Queen Elizabeth still considered one of the most important women in Prince Harry's life

<p>After his mother died, Prince Harry had only a few close female relatives left. Fortunately, he was able to turn to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. </p> <p>As working royals, Harry and his brother, Prince William, were always spotted besides the Queen at family functions, such as Christmas services, weddings and birthday celebrations.</p> <p>However, Harry’s relationship with his grandmother hit a speed bump this year, when he and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, decided to step back from their working royal roles. </p> <p>While the decision was met with plenty of drama and debate, and claims that the Queen was blindsided by the decision, according to the forthcoming book Finding Freedom "the Queen was still one of the most important women in [Prince Harry's] life."</p> <p>The book discusses a private lunch between the Queen and Prince Harry on March 1, in the midst of the Prince’s final official royal engagements.</p> <p>This lunch apparently took on a more informal tone than previous meetings.</p> <p>“No titles,” an aide described in the book. “Just granny and grandson.”</p> <p>Sitting in the Queen’s private apartment in Windsor castle, Harry reaffirmed that despite his feelings towards royal life, his connection to his grandmother remained strong. </p> <p>According to Finding Freedom, "As they tucked into a roast lunch, the Queen made it clear to Harry that she would always support him in whatever he decided to do."</p> <p>This lunch was also the moment the Queen allegedly told Harry that he and Meghan could return to working royal life at any point. </p> <p>Though that seems unlikely as Harry and Meghan are now settled with their son in Los Angeles.</p> <p>Luckily, it appears the relationship between grandmother and grandson still remains strong.</p>

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Panic buying returns to NZ after four new mystery COVID cases declared

<p>Panic buying seems to have started back up again in Auckland as New Zealand’s largest city prepares to re-enter a quick stage three lockdown.</p> <p>Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed the country’s first coronavirus cases in over 100 days, saying the nation is prepared to fight the outbreak.</p> <p>As she spoke in depth about the four cases throughout the city, photos were shared online showing the long queues coming out of Auckland supermarkets with people stocking up for the next few days.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">There are already long lines at Auckland supermarkets.<br /><br />The below images are from inside the Grey Lynn countdown, lines outside Mt Eden Countdown, and about 200 people wrap around the Countdown building on Quay Street.<br /><br />More Covid-19 updates here: <a href="https://t.co/jR6f6LmJCW">https://t.co/jR6f6LmJCW</a> <a href="https://t.co/Bi0xrJ6ZsR">pic.twitter.com/Bi0xrJ6ZsR</a></p> — RNZ (@radionz) <a href="https://twitter.com/radionz/status/1293135683603664896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 11, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>One disturbing video shows people apparently ripping open the doors of a Countdown supermarket when security attempted to control the number of people rushing in.</p> <p>"That woman is saying she needs food for her kid. This ain't it Auckland," TVNZ's Matt Manukia wrote alongside the footage he posted on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">NZ right now...<br />Online shopping reportedly down.<br />These are apparently queues of cars racing to the supermarket. <a href="https://t.co/wj2OqGU4zU">https://t.co/wj2OqGU4zU</a></p> — Ruth Wynn-Williams (@RuthWW) <a href="https://twitter.com/RuthWW/status/1293128696383987712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 11, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Ardern made her announcement just before 9:30 pm local time. </p> <p>Auckland’s lockdown will begin from midday on Wednesday, with residents required to remain at home unless they need to visit a supermarket or exercise locally.</p> <p>Social distancing rules will also be strictly required, while employees will need to work from home unless it is not possible.</p> <p>Businesses are allowed to stay open but are not allowed to physically interact with customers at all.</p> <p>Public venues such as libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, playgrounds and markets will all close once the lockdown begins.</p> <p>Weddings, funerals and tangihanga - a traditional Maori funeral ceremony - can only be held with groups of up to 10 people who are physically distanced.</p>

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Scientists issue warning after Russia approves world first COVID vaccine

<p>Russia on Tuesday became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine, a move that was met with international skepticism because the shots have only been tested on a dozen people.</p> <p>President Vladimir Putin announced the Health Ministry’s approval and said one of his two adult daughters already was inoculated.</p> <p>He said the vaccine has gone through the required tests and proven to provide lasting immunity to the coronavirus, despite Russian authorities offering zero proof to back those claims.</p> <p>“I know it has proven efficient and forms a stable immunity,” Putin said. “We must be grateful to those who made that first step very important for our country and the entire world.”</p> <p>However, scientists in Russia and around the world have issued a warning, saying that speeding up the vaccine process before final-stage testing could have implications.</p> <p>Vaccines must go through a Phase 3 trial - which involves tens of thousands of people and can take months - and is the only way to prove if an experimental vaccine is safe and works.</p> <p>To compare, vaccines entering final-stage testing in the US require studies of 30,000 people each.</p> <p>“Fast-tracked approval will not make Russia the leader in the race, it will just expose consumers of the vaccine to unnecessary danger,” said Russia’s Association of Clinical Trials Organisations as they urge the government to postpone the approval process until advanced trials are conducted.</p> <p>While Russian officials have said large-scale production of the vaccine wasn’t scheduled until September, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said vaccination of doctors could start as early as this month.</p> <p>Mass vaccination may begin as early as October.</p> <p>“We expect tens of thousands of volunteers to be vaccinated within the next months,” Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive of the Russian Direct Investment Fund that bankrolled the vaccine, told reporters.</p> <p>The vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Institute in Moscow with assistance from Russia’s Defense Ministry uses a different virus called adenovirus.</p> <p>It has been modified to contain the genes for the “spike” protein that coats the coronavirus, as a way to prime the body to recognise if a real COVID-19 infection comes along.</p> <p>The technology is similar to vaccines being developed by China’s CanSino Biologics and Britain’s Oxford University, but unlike those companies, scientists in Russia have not published any scientific information about how the vaccine has performed.</p>

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Trump evacuated from White House briefing room after shots fired

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>US President Donald Trump was quickly evacuated from the White House briefing room by security after shots were fired outside the building. </p> <p>Trump confirmed a shooting after returning to the briefing room.</p> <p>"There was a shooting outside of the White House and it seems to be very well under control. I'd like to thank the Secret Service for doing their always quick and very effective work," Trump said when he returned.</p> <p>Trump had been midsentence during the first attempt at a briefing when security came into the room and asked him to leave.</p> <p>"Excuse me?" Trump asked when the security approached.</p> <p>"Step outside," the agent said.</p> <p>"Oh," Trump said before departing the room.</p> <p>When Trump returned to the briefing room, he said he has been taken to the Oval Office when he was evacuated.</p> <p>"I feel very safe with the Secret Service. They're fantastic people. They're the best of the best. They're highly trained," Trump told reporters when he returned. "They just wanted me to step aside for a little while just to make sure that everything was clear outside."</p> <p>The Secret Service confirmed on <a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/SecretService?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">Twitter</a> that an investigation of the shooting is "ongoing" but "at no time during this incident was the White House complex breached or were any protectees in danger".</p> <p>A senior administration official said that there was an active shooter near the White House and that the shooter is in custody. </p> </div> </div> </div>

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Simon Cowell recovering after breaking his back

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p><em>America's Got Talent </em>judge Simon Cowell is recovering after undergoing back surgery after an electric bike accident.</p> <p>“He broke his back in a few places,” a spokesperson for Cowell said in a statement to Deadline. “They operated overnight, the surgery went well, and he is in the hospital recovering.”</p> <p>According to sources quoted by <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/tv/simon-cowell-recovering-after-5-hour-back-surgery/" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">People</a>, the surgery lasted five hours, and the <em>America’s Got Talent</em> judge “has had to have a number of fusions and metal rod put into his back.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BJk_yXtBFxX/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BJk_yXtBFxX/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by @simoncowell</a> on Aug 26, 2016 at 9:08am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The TV personality is reportedly doing fine.</p> <p>“Simon had a fall from his bike on Saturday afternoon whilst testing his new electric bike in the courtyard at his house in Malibu with his family,” a spokesperson for the <em>AGT</em> and <em>The X-Factor</em> creator said.</p> <p>“He hurt his back and was taken to the hospital. He’s doing fine, he’s under observation and is in the best possible hands.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Air pollution could be making honey bees sick

<p>Whether it’s exhaust fumes from cars or smoke from power plants, air pollution is an often invisible threat that is <a href="https://www.who.int/health-topics/air-pollution#tab=tab_1">a leading cause</a> of death worldwide. Breathing air laced with heavy metals, nitrogen oxides and fine particulate matter has been linked to a range of chronic health conditions, <a href="https://theconversation.com/understanding-the-pollution-thats-hurting-our-health-25242">including</a> lung problems, heart disease, stroke and cancer.</p> <p>If air pollution can harm human health in so many different ways, it makes sense that other animals suffer from it too. Airborne pollutants affect all kinds of life, <a href="https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.en.27.010182.002101">even insects</a>. In highly polluted areas of Serbia, for instance, <a href="https://peerj.com/articles/5197/">researchers found</a> pollutants lingering on the bodies of European honeybees. Car exhaust fumes are known to interrupt the scent cues that attract and guide bees towards flowers, while also <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-41876-w">interfering with</a> their ability to remember scents.</p> <p>Now, <a href="https://www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.2009074117">a new study from India</a> has revealed how air pollution may be depleting the health of honey bees in the wild. These effects may not kill bees outright. But like humans repeatedly going to work under heavy stress or while feeling unwell, the researchers found that air pollution made bees sluggish in their daily activities and could be shortening their lives.</p> <p><strong>Unhealthy bees in Bangalore</strong></p> <p>India is one of the world’s <a href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/264662/top-producers-of-fresh-vegetables-worldwide/">largest producers</a> of fruit and vegetables. Essential to that success are pollinator species like the giant Asian honey bee. Unlike the managed European honey bee, these bees are predominantly wild and regularly resist humans and other animals eager to harvest their honey. Colonies can migrate over hundreds of kilometres within a year, pollinating a vast range of wild plants and crops across India.</p> <p>Researchers studied how this species was faring in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, where air pollution records have been <a href="https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/cover-story/you-think-delhi-is-polluted-bengalurus-pollution-levels-will-leave-you-breathless/articleshow/69065577.cms">reported as</a> some of the highest in the country. The giant Asian honey bees were observed and collected across four sites in the city over three years. Each had different standards of air pollution.</p> <p>The number of bees visiting flowers was significantly lower in the most polluted sites, possibly reducing how much plants in these places were pollinated. Bees from these sites died faster after capture, and, like houses in a dirty city, were partly covered in traces of arsenic and lead. They had arrhythmic heartbeats, fewer immune cells, and were more likely to show signs of stress.</p> <p>There are some caveats to consider, though. For one thing, areas with high pollution might have had fewer flowering plants, meaning bees were less likely to seek them out. Also, the researchers looked at the health of honey bees in parts of the city purely based on different levels of measured pollution. They couldn’t isolate the effect of the pollution with absolute certainty – there may have been hidden factors behind the unhealthy bees they uncovered.</p> <p>But, crucially, it wasn’t just bees that showed this trend. In a follow-up experiment, the study’s authors placed cages of fruit flies at the same sites. Just like the bees, the flies became coated in pollutants, died quicker where there was more air pollution, and showed higher levels of stress.</p> <p>The threat posed by pesticides is well known. But if air pollution is also affecting the health of a range of pollinating insects, what does that mean for ecosystems and food production?</p> <p><strong>Fewer cars, more flowers</strong></p> <p>Our diets would be severely limited if insects like honey bees were impaired in their pollinating duties, but the threat to entire ecosystems of losing these species is even more grave. Crop plants account for less than 0.1% of all flowering species, yet 85% of flowering plants are <a href="http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.464.6928&amp;rep=rep1&amp;type=pdf">pollinated by</a> bees and other species.</p> <p>Giant Asian honey bees like the ones in Bangalore form large, aggressive colonies that can move between urban, farmed and forest habitats. These journeys expose them to very different levels of pollution, but the colonies of most other types of wild bee species are stationary. They nest in soil, undergrowth or masonry, and individuals travel relatively short distances. The levels of pollution they’re regularly exposed to are unlikely to change very much from one day to the next, and it’s these species that are likely to suffer most if they live in towns or cities where local pollution is high.</p> <p>Thankfully, there are ways to fix this problem. Replacing cars with clean alternatives like electrified public transport would go a long way to reducing pollution. Creating more urban green spaces with lots of trees and other plants would help filter the air too, while providing new food sources and habitat for bees.</p> <p>In many parts of the UK, roadside verges have been <a href="https://theconversation.com/roadside-wildflower-meadows-are-springing-up-across-the-uk-and-theyre-helping-wildlife-in-a-big-way-120014">converted to wildflower meadows</a> in recent years. In doing so, are local authorities inadvertently attracting bees to areas we know may be harmful? We don’t know, but it’s worth pondering. From September 2020, Coventry University is launching a citizen science project with the nation’s beekeepers to map the presence of fine particulate matter in the air around colonies, to begin to unravel what’s happening to honey bees in the UK.</p> <p>Air pollution is likely to be one part of a complex problem. Bees are sensitive to lots of toxins, but how these interact in the wild is fiendishly difficult to disentangle. We know <a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13592-014-0308-z">cocktails of pesticides</a> can cause real damage too. But what happens when bees are exposed to these at the same time as air pollution? We don’t yet know, but answers are urgently needed.</p> <p><em>Written by Barbara Smith and Mark Brown. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/air-pollution-could-be-making-honey-bees-sick-new-study-144155">The Conversation.</a></em></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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How COVID-19 could impact travel for years to come

<p>In late 2019, <a href="https://www.iata.org/en/about/">the International Air Transport Association (IATA)</a> published its <a href="https://www.iata.org/contentassets/36695cd211574052b3820044111b56de/airline-industry-economic-performance-dec19-report.pdf">“Economic Performance of the Airline Industry</a>” report. It contained a 2020 forecast of 4.1 per cent growth in global air traffic demand and net post-tax profits for North American airlines of US$16.5 billion.</p> <p><a href="https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/consumer-business/us-consumer-2019-us-travel-and-hospitality-outlook.pdf">Travel industry consulting firms</a> predicted the continuing pattern of travel growth across all of the major components of travel including hotels, cruises and surface travel as well as air. The forecast for travel was sunny, with few clouds on the horizon.</p> <p>Fast forward to the summer of 2020, and the IATA is forecasting the worst financial performance in the history of commercial aviation, <a href="https://www.iata.org/en/pressroom/speeches/2020-06-24-01/">predicting a global loss of US$84 billion</a>. And the aerospace industry supporting airlines with equipment parts and services pronounced that 2020 is <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52468882">the gravest crisis the industry has ever known.</a></p> <p><strong>Permanent changes?</strong></p> <p>Let’s review the lessons being learned by the travel industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and how travel might be different as the world deals with the aftermath.</p> <p>Travel has evolved significantly in the past six months since the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. There will likely <a href="https://www.chicagobusiness.com/opinion/virus-will-make-everything-you-hate-about-flying-worse">be a number of current initiatives in passenger and facility hygiene and sanitation</a> that will stay in place post-pandemic.</p> <p>The woes of cruise ship operators, in the meantime, will continue as travellers continue to remain wary of travel in confined spaces.</p> <p>Public health officials have identified <a href="https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-aviation-guidance-for-operators#social-distancing">three societal practices that are key to controlling the spread of COVID-19</a>, each of which have an impact on the allure of travel — social distancing of two metres, frequent and intense hand-washing to reduce the risk of hand-borne transmission of the virus to the face, and face coverings in confined spaces.</p> <p>While it’s generally accepted that the minimum social distancing cannot be maintained while travelling in today’s commercial aircraft, some carriers — <a href="https://www.citynews1130.com/2020/07/03/air-canada-physical-distancing-flight/">though not all, including Air Canada</a> — have adopted <a href="https://news.delta.com/delta-blocking-middle-seats-pausing-automatic-advance-upgrades-and-more-enable-more-space-safer">a policy of leaving an open seat beside a passenger</a>.</p> <p><strong>Empty middle seats</strong></p> <p>This initiative has attracted the attention of both public health officials as well air transport executives and associations, resulting in <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/jeff-merkley-to-propose-bill-blocking-middle-seats-on-planes-2020-7">an attempts by an American legislator to regulate empty middle seats on flights</a>. Airline executives have predicted a <a href="https://www.foxnews.com/travel/ryanair-ceo-middle-seats-idiotic-airline-fly">dire financial impact</a> from this attempt to ease crowding on airliners.</p> <p>Quarantines are also being used by authorities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 from travellers arriving from jurisdictions that have a higher level of virus cases.</p> <p>These quarantines range <a href="https://www.newsweek.com/do-you-have-quarantine-after-flying-california-1518697">from in-country travel bans among states or provinces</a> to <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/12233400/spain-quarantine-travel-ban-france-germany-holidays/">national quarantines for travellers arriving from high-risk regions</a>. Typical quarantine provisions can range from seven days to 14 days of self-isolation, with some authorities imposing <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2020/03/17/alarming-coronavirus-surveillance-bracelets-now-in-peoples-homes-heres-what-they-do/#358eaa174533">strict adherence through personal monitoring systems</a>.</p> <p>Travellers’ health concerns are being reinforced by public health officials <a href="https://uspirg.org/sites/pirg/files/USP_Public-health_final-letter-shutdowns_V2.pdf">who are advocating for a return to lockdowns</a> and advisories to refrain from travel, including from the top infectious disease expert in the United States, Anthony Fauci, <a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/story/anthony-fauci-tells-marketwatch-i-would-not-get-on-a-plane-or-eat-inside-a-restaurant-2020-07-24">who has raised concerns about the risks of getting on an aircraft</a>. The debate between <a href="https://winnipeg.citynews.ca/2020/05/04/taking-temperatures-to-screen-for-covid-19/">public health officials and airline executives will undoubtedly remain tense</a> as the world continues to grapple with the first wave, and in some places a second wave, of COVID-19 outbreaks.</p> <p><strong>‘Travel bubbles’</strong></p> <p>A growing number of countries have allowed the travel industry to <a href="https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors#countries-and-territories-with-no-self-isolation-on-arrival-in-england">promote “travel bubbles” and “corona corridors” as first steps</a> to jumpstart air travel and tourism. These measures involve agreements with neighbouring regions that allow for travel across borders for non-essential trips without quarantining upon arrival.</p> <p>But there’s still the risk that such efforts will be short-lived given <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/25/reimposition-quarantine-hits-spain-struggling-tourism-sector">the resurgence of COVID-19 and the subsequent reimposition of quarantine practices in various parts of the world, including Spain</a>.</p> <p>The need to develop an <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/digital-contact-tracing.pdf">effective contact tracing platform</a> that would have global connectivity has been broached, but it remains in the discussion stage only. Issues such as <a href="http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200609000957">personal information rights and general distribution of location data have raised privacy concerns in a number of countries</a>.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.icao.int/about-icao/Pages/default.aspx">International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)</a> has recommended several data-sharing practices, but the UN body also acknowledges <a href="https://www.icao.int/covid/cart/Pages/CART-Take-off.aspx">that a global, harmonized deployment ought to be a guiding principle to successfully contain the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic</a>.</p> <p>IATA has also <a href="https://www.iata.org/contentassets/f1163430bba94512a583eb6d6b24aa56/covid-medical-evidence-for-strategies-200609.pdf">produced a set of guidelines for a gradual return of air services</a></p> <p>The consensus among public health officials and travel industry executives is that travel <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/karenrobinsonjacobs/2020/07/23/american-southwest-see-3-billion-in-red-ink-as-coronavirus-fears-keep-passengers-grounded/#34db0e9e31c3">will continue to stagnate until a COVID-19 vaccine is effectively administered globally</a>.</p> <p>But questions remain.</p> <p><strong>Will the industry survive until a vaccine?</strong></p> <p>How long until there’s a vaccine, and can the travel industry survive until then?</p> <p>What role should governments play in ensuring the survival of the travel industry as it waits for the vaccine?</p> <p>Will public health pressure be sufficient to overcome the reticence to share personal contact movement and information?</p> <p>As the world progresses towards a COVID-19 vaccine and the eventual control of the virus, the travel industry will most certainly <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2020/06/15/11-ways-pandemic-will-change-travel/">face demands from the travelling public to maintain several of the current safety and hygiene initiatives</a>.</p> <p>Cleanliness and sanitization will become the norm. Touchless interactions will proliferate, and technology will reduce human interaction.</p> <p>Will the joy and exhilaration of travel return? Yes, but with a <a href="https://explaincovid.org/other/think-about-flying-on-an-airplane">new value proposition built around safe and secure travel</a>. Much like air travel changed after 9/11 with security screening, so will COVID-19 change our demands for a safe, clean travel experience.</p> <p><em>Written by John Gradek. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/how-covid-19-could-impact-travel-for-years-to-come-142971">The Conversation.</a> </em></p> <p> </p>

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"Lucky to be alive": Australian in Beirut recounts moment of devastation

<p>Lebanese rescue workers are continuing to search for survivors in the wreckage of buildings after an explosion at a port in Beirut killed at least 135 people and injured 5000 more.</p> <p>Up to 250,000 have also been displaced, with no home to live in after the explosion shattered their windows and sent their buildings tumbling.</p> <p>Samah Hadid from Australia is among those affected.</p> <p>She’s been forced to evacuate her neighbourhood which sits “within the zone” - just one kilometre from the port.</p> <p>Her apartment has been left “completely destroyed”, but authorities have also issued a warning about the toxic fumes circulating in the air, putting Samah’s health at risk too.</p> <p>“I’m really lucky to be alive,” she told<span> </span><em>The Latest</em>.</p> <p>“The damage was so extensive that it ripped through the entire building and the apartment so I’m really lucky to escape injury.”</p> <p>When the explosion occurred, Samah thought it was either a bomb or an earthquake as her building began to shake.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDhu2u2lezp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDhu2u2lezp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">My sincere condolences and prayers go out to those affected in Lebanon 🙏🙏🙏🙏 #lebanon #beirut #beirutlebanon #beirut_lebanon #lebanonexplosion</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/vetmedmemesdaily/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> THE VET HUMOR PAGE</a> (@vetmedmemesdaily) on Aug 5, 2020 at 5:06pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“The ceilings came down. Furniture just ripped apart,” she said.</p> <p>Hadid escaped through the building’s stairwell but found “blood all over the staircase from people who were really severely injured”.</p> <p>“The hospitals were so overwhelmed and overcrowded that they should not accept any more people,” she said.</p> <p>“And this is happening in the middle of a pandemic where the health system here is already overstretched dealing with coronavirus and, to put it in perspective, Lebanon was already facing an economic crisis.</p> <p>“People were already living in poverty.</p> <p>“We’re already facing starvation, in my street alone, buildings have been destroyed, neighbourhoods have been ruined, brought to rubble.</p> <p>“The country has been brought to its knees. It’s facing crisis upon crisis.</p> <p>“It desperately needs support and needs international aid support, if people are going to be able to rebuild their lives.”</p> <p>The death toll is expected to rise from the blast that officials believe is due to a large amount of highly explosive material stored for years in unsafe conditions at the port.</p> <p>President Michel Aoun said 2,750 tonnes of seized ammonium nitrate, used in fertilisers and bombs, had been stored for six years at the port without safety measures.</p>

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Meghan and Harry fired baby Archie's nanny in the middle of the night

<p>In Omid Scoobie and Carolyn Durand’s new book<span> </span><em>Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family,<span> </span></em>it has been revealed that Meghan and Prince Harry let go of Archie’s nanny in the middle of the night.</p> <p>In the book, which details all the ins and outs of Meghan and Harry’s relationship, Scoobie and Durand claim the royals fired their night nurse for their son Archie Mountbatten Windsor.</p> <p>While the personal details were not expressed, the author’s claim it was because the aide was “unprofessional and irresponsible.”</p> <p>“Meghan and Harry were forced to let the nurse go in the middle of her second night of work for being unprofessional and irresponsible,” the book claims.</p> <p>The couple went on to hire another night nurse who did a “fine job,” however neither Meghan or Harry felt comfortable leaving their son in the care of another nanny due to the traumatising experience they had with their first one.</p> <p>The book noted that the pair ended up letting the new aide go as well.</p> <p> “Neither found themselves comfortable sleeping through the night without going to check on Archie regularly,” Scobie and Durand wrote.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837320/meghan.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fae763eb21af4ab09614e53cd7184a5e" /></p> <p>Though Harry and Meghan haven’t denied the claims in <em>Finding Freedom</em>, they both have made it loud and clear that neither of them had been interviewed for the book.</p> <p>They also said that any stories shared were solely from the author’s own reporting.</p> <p> “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to <em>Finding Freedom</em>. This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting,” Meghan and Harry’s statement read.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDwsTLrJJf7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDwsTLrJJf7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by instylemagazine (@instylemagazine)</a> on Aug 11, 2020 at 12:30pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Meghan and Harry tied the knot in May 2018 and later went on to have their first son in May of 2019.</p> <p>In January 2020, the pair announced their decision to step down as senior members of the British Royal Family, detailing they would be moving to Canada with Archie.</p> <p>“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” the couple wrote in a statement to their Instagram page, which left The Firm back at Kensington Palace in shock as they allege they were not made aware of any intention from the couple to step down.</p> <p>“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.”</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess have since relocated to Los Angeles, which is Meghan’s hometown.</p> <p>The couple have both dug deep into working and are currently living in director Tyler Perry’s former mansion as they search for their forever home.</p> <p>In their announcement in January, Meghan and Harry, who completed their final official day as senior royals on April 1, shared their excitement for being able to raise Archie in North America.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDdUrz9nETK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDdUrz9nETK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Uk royal family 🇬🇧 (@uk_royal.kidos)</a> on Aug 3, 2020 at 11:58pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages,” the couple wrote.</p> <p>“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.</p> <p>“We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”</p>

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Ricky Ponting reveals the moment he thought his son was dead

<p>Aussie cricket star Ricky Ponting has opened up on his son’s terrifying near-death experiences.</p> <p>Five-year-old Fletcher Ponting has come close to death twice in his short life, with his former Test captain father forced to watch helplessly on both occasions.</p> <p>When Fletcher was just six weeks old he fought off meningitis as he spent weeks in ICU clinging to life.</p> <p>The Ponting family’s world was turned upside down when at eight months old Fletcher contracted an infection during a hernia surgery.</p> <p>Ponting recalled the night the infection shut down his son’s body as the cricket great stood by while over 15 doctors and nurses attempted to save his life.</p> <p>“He was just limp. I thought to myself, ‘He’s gone!’ Every nurse and doctor from the level rushed into the room at the same time - it was like a code red,” Ponting told The Herald Sun.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B__Lqt5Bqk1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B__Lqt5Bqk1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Happy Mother’s Day to the best two mums in the world!</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/rickyponting/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Ricky Ponting AO</a> (@rickyponting) on May 9, 2020 at 5:28pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“It’s where your mind goes. Your body goes numb. You are helpless. There’s nothing scarier.”</p> <p>The MRSA infection left Fletcher in excruciating pain as it took hold of him.</p> <p>“I thought he was going to come out with his whole right side cut out. Luckily, they got it before it got into his flesh and took over his body.”</p> <p>Ponting said he was glad his wife Rianna wasn’t in the room that night because it would still be “haunting her to this day”.</p> <p>He said his family appreciates just how fortunate they were as Fletcher made it out alive out of two potentially fatal situations - especially after their experiences with the Ponting Foundation.</p>

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Hugh Bonneville’s remarkable transformation

<p><span>Hugh Bonneville has surprised fans after he reappeared from quarantine looking unrecognisable from his old self.</span><br /><br /><span>The beloved <em>Downton Abbey</em> actor made waves when he appeared on UK TV show, The One Show this week in a live cross from his home after months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.</span><br /><br /><span>Bonneville, 56, also reappeared with a completely new hairstyle which added to his radical transformation.</span></p> <p><img id="__mcenew" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837281/hugh-downtown-abbey-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/96410fbfb59448fbba851f1bfad01b2f" /><br /><br /><span>Rocking a trim buzzcut, the actor who plays Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in <em>Downton Abbey</em> had some fans and presenters doing a double-take.</span><br /><br /><span>Viewers took to social media to share their shock over seeing Hugh.</span><br /><br /><span>Fans wrote that he was showing off a “major glow up”.</span><br /><br /><span>“Almost didn't recognise Hugh Bonneville on #TheOneShow. Lost so much weight,” one viewer said via social media app Twitter.</span><br /><br /><span>“He looks totally different!” another said</span><br /><br /><span>“Wow, I didn't recognise Hugh Bonneville on #TheOneShow to start with! What a transformation!” gushed a third fan.</span><br /><br /><span>Hughis best known for playing Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in hit drama series <em>Downton Abbey.</em></span><br /><br /><span>His other notable roles include Mr Henry Brown in the <em>Paddington</em> movies and Ian Fletcher in the series <em>W1A.</em></span></p>

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New study places postmenopausal women at higher risk of COVID-19

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>A groundbreaking study has found that post-menopausal women with lower levels of estrogen appear to be at higher risk of developing severe coronavirus.</p> <p>The study, which was led by researchers at King's College in London found that higher levels of estrogen may have a protective effect against coronavirus.</p> <p>Estrogen interacts with the immune system in various ways, including how many immune cells are produced and how they respond to infection. </p> <p>Using data from the COVID Symptom Study App, researchers examined the rate of predicted COVID-19 among post-menopausal women, pre-menopausal women taking the combined oral contraceptive pill and post-menopausal women taking hormone replacement therapy.</p> <p>Results were taken from more than 500,000 women in the UK between May 7th and June 15th in 2020.</p> <p>Researchers hypothesised that estrogen could serve as a protectant against COVID-19.</p> <p>The study quickly found postmenopausal women had a higher rate of predicted COVID-19 than other studied women.</p> <p>Women in the 45-50 age group were most likely to be at risk, with reported symptoms of anosmia (inability to smell), fever and a persistent cough.</p> <p>Women who were using the combined oral contraceptive pill between 18-45 had a lower rate of predicted COVID-19 and corresponding reduced frequency of symptoms.</p> <p>The rate of hospitalisation was also significantly lower in this group.</p> <p>Hormone replacement theory in post menopausal women between 50-65 years was associated with an increased rate of predicted COVID-19 but not with hospitalisation. </p> <p>The researchers advised that hormone replacement therapy should be considered with caution due to the lack of information, route of administration as well as duration of treatment.</p> <p>Joint lead author Dr Karla Lee, from King’s College London, said: “We hypothesised that pre-menopausal women with higher estrogen levels would have less severe COVID-19 when compared to women of the same age and BMI who had been through the menopause, and our findings supported this.</p> <p>“Additionally, when we compared a younger group of women on the combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP) with a similar group not taking the COCP, we saw less severe COVID amongst those taking the COCP - suggesting hormones in the COCP may offer some protection against COVID-19.</p> <p>“More research is certainly needed to further our knowledge.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Why would you bother with a kettle?

<p>Kmart’s brand new $79 Instant Hot Water Dispenser hit shelves and online shops this week, to a clamour of rave reviews from early adopters of the magical speedy boiler.</p> <p>The machine claims to be able to boil a very respectable two litres of water in just three to five seconds – which is far, far quicker than anything else in your kitchen can promise.</p> <p>As a result, the positive reviews have been absolutely pouring in:</p> <p>“Goodbye kettle and the waiting,” one happy customer raved.</p> <p>“Jumped on the instant hot water dispenser bandwagon!” another shopper declared, “I’m loving it.”</p> <p>“Mine is on its way,” wrote another shopper who was a little slower on the uptake – but not by much.</p> <p>With three pour capacity options to choose from – 300, 200 or 150mL – and handy variable temperature settings of 98, 75 and 25 degrees, it’s been declared an instant bargain at just $79, with comparable high-end versions like the Westinghouse’s 2.7L dispenser selling for as much as $189.</p> <p>“I’m always amazed at the things Kmart comes up with. Take my money!” wrote another excited prospective customer – perhaps inadvertently borrowing from a recent KFC TV ad campaign.</p> <p>“It’s definitely hotter than the coffee machines,” chimed in another reviewer. “Highest temp on the machine is 95 and lowest 25.”</p> <p>“I'm so in love with my new Instant Hot Water Dispenser. Love that you can change the temperature to suit... Perfect for my green tea,” another happy customer shared.</p>

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"We couldn't wait": Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell reveal pregnancy

<p>Bindi Irwin and husband Chandler Powell excitedly announced on Instagram that they are expecting a "baby wildlife warrior due 2021."</p> <p>We couldn't wait to share the news."</p> <p>"Chandler and I are proud to announce that we’re expecting!" Irwin told her followers on Instagram on Tuesday night.</p> <p>"Though I’m still in my first trimester, we really want you to be part of our journey from the beginning of this new life chapter."</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDvqncwhmXJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDvqncwhmXJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Baby Wildlife Warrior due 2021. Chandler and I are proud to announce that we’re expecting! It’s an honour to share this special moment in our lives with you. Though I’m still in my first trimester, we really want you to be part of our journey from the beginning of this new life chapter. We couldn’t wait to share the news as this beautiful little being has become the most important part of our lives. Your support means the world to us. Please let me know your best advice and send good vibes &amp; prayers to our little sweetheart. Love &amp; light. ❤️</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/bindisueirwin/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Bindi Irwin</a> (@bindisueirwin) on Aug 11, 2020 at 2:56am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>She couldn't contain her joy and asked for "good vibes".</p> <p>"Your support means the world to us. Please let me know your best advice and send good vibes &amp; prayers to our little sweetheart. Love &amp; light," she wrote.</p> <p>Her husband excitedly commented that "you're going to be the best mother," with a heart emoji.</p> <p>The photo was a hit with fans, racking up more than 1.2 million likes.</p> <p>The pair got married on March 25, just hours before Australia banned weddings attended by more than five people.</p> <p>In her vows, Irwin described her relationship with the 23-year-old - who proposed on her 21st birthday - as “genuine, unconditional love”.</p> <p>“A love like this is meant to be felt, in every part of our soul,” she said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger’s baby name and first pic revealed

<p>After news broke of their baby’s arrival, Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger confirmed the birth of their first child together along with the newborn’s meaningful name.</p> <p>"We are beyond thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter, Lyla Maria Schwarzenegger Pratt," the famous parents announced on their individual Instagram accounts along with a photo of the two stars' holding their infant's hand.</p> <p>"We couldn't be happier. Both mom and baby are doing great. We are extremely blessed," the action star added, followed by Bible verses. </p> <p>The special name is particularly special as Katherine’s mother is the famous Maria Shriver. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDttZcOpOLG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDttZcOpOLG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">We are beyond thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter, Lyla Maria Schwarzenegger Pratt. We couldn’t be happier. Both mom and baby are doing great. We are extremely blessed. Love Katherine and Chris Psalm 126:3 The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Psalm 127:3-4 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/prattprattpratt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> chris pratt</a> (@prattprattpratt) on Aug 10, 2020 at 8:42am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The new bub is the couple’s first child, but joins older half-brother, Jack, Pratt’s 7-year-old son with ex-wife Anna Faris.</p> <p>Speaking to E! News a month ago, the expecting mum said: "I want to be a sponge always around my mom and just observe as much as I can from her because she has been the greatest mom and continues to be the greatest mom to all four of us. We're really lucky, so if I can be just a little bit of the mom that she is then I'll be lucky."</p> <p>Which makes sense as to why she paid tribute to her mother through her daughter.</p> <p>Shriver commented on Katherine’s Instagram post, saying:  "So happy for you Lyla Maria is so blessed to have you both as parents you are going to be a amazing mama you already are !!!"</p>

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Grandma’s awkward reaction to “ugly baby photo”

<p>A video of a grandmother’s awkward reaction to an “ugly baby” has gone viral - but the prank has sparked a huge divide.</p> <p>The grandma was filmed by grandson Stewart McGonigle who showed her a photo of the newborn.</p> <p>After making a foul expression when seeing the baby, Stewart told her he was on FaceTime with the parents, causing his grandma to try and undo any offence she may have caused.</p> <p>Fortunately, it was all a joke and he wasn’t really on video call, but the prank has divided those watching.</p> <p>The viral video was filmed in Glasgow, Scotland.</p> <p>“Oh nan look, Annie had a wean,” he says.</p> <p>Glancing at the photo, the gran pulls a face and says: “Did she? Oh god.”</p> <p>After her reaction, Stewart kickstarts his prank, telling her the parents of the child heard her.</p> <p>Clearly embarrassed, she attempts to backtrack, saying the baby is “nice” and then asking Stewart to take the phone away.</p> <p>While many thought the video was hilarious, others said it wasn’t funny to laugh at someone’s baby.</p> <p>“Not funny. That’s someone’s baby your laughing about,” one person commented.</p> <p>“Aww that’s so cruel,” another wrote.</p> <p>“Awww, whose baby is this though? Imagine your baby being used for TikTok,” one mum agreed.</p> <p>Despite the controversy, many labelled the video “hilarious”.</p> <p>“Hahaha Scottish grans are precious, brutal but precious,” one said.</p> <p>“That’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in along time,” someone else agreed.</p> <p>“That face when she says ‘oh gawdddd’, am crying,” one wrote.</p> <p>The baby photo prank has been making the rounds on popular app TikTok, with many being fooled just like Stewart’s grandma.</p>

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Paul McCartney opens up on why he sued The Beatles

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Paul McCartney has decided to clear up some "misconceptions" about The Beatles' infamous break-up in 1970 and shared why he decided to sue the band.</p> <p>“I suppose that when The Beatles broke up, perhaps there was a misconception that we all sort of hated each other,” McCartney, 78, told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/culture/article/paul-mccartney-interview" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>British GQ</em></a> in a new interview.</p> <p>“What I realise now is that, because it was a family, because it was a gang, families argue. And families have disputes.</p> <p>“And some people want to do this and some people want to do that.”</p> <p>At the time, the other three members wanted to make Allan Klein their manager, which McCartney disapproved of, calling Klein a "f***ing idiot".</p> <p>“The only way for me to save The Beatles and Apple – and to release <em>Get Back</em> by Peter Jackson and which allowed us to release <em>Anthology </em>and all these great remasters of all the great Beatles records – was to sue the band,” he explained.</p> <p>“If I hadn’t done that, it would have all belonged to Allen Klein. The only way I was given to get us out of that was to do what I did.</p> <p>“I said, ‘Well, I’ll sue Allen Klein,’ and I was told I couldn’t because he wasn’t party to it. ‘You’ve got to sue The Beatles’.”</p> <p>McCartney said it was horrible having to make the decision, but it needed to be done.</p> <p>“There was no way I was going to work that hard for all my life and see it all vanish in a puff of smoke. I also knew that, if I managed to save it, I would be saving it for them (the rest of The Beatles) too.”</p> <p>Despite Lennon, Harrison and Starr eventually turning on Klein, McCartney said that there was a time that he was the reason for the band's demise and that he almost blamed himself as well.</p> <p>“I knew that that was stupid and when we eventually got back together I knew it was silly, but I think it spawned a lot of people who thought that of me,” he continued.</p> <p>After the band split, McCartney decided to turn to alcohol.</p> <p>“I just took to booze. There wasn’t much time to have mental health issues, it was just, f**k it, it’s boozing or sleeping,” he said, adding that he was inspired by his first wife Linda to get himself out of his depression by telling himself, “OK, this is really bad and I’ve got to do something about it.”</p> <p>He added, “I think that’s how I got out of it, by persuading myself that it wasn’t a good idea to give in to my depression and my doubts.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Lucky escape" for Winston Churchill's great-granddaughter on Epstein's notorious island

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>One of Princess Diana's younger bridesmaids detailed her "very lucky" escape after she was a guest on Jeffrey Epstein's island.</p> <p>Clementine Hambro took two flights on Epstein's jet, including one dubbed the Lolita Express.</p> <p>On both occasions, she had been at Epstein's luxury homes where he spent many years abusing young girls.</p> <p>She also was at Epstein's Island Little St James in the US Virgin Islands, which was dubbed by locals as Paedo Island.</p> <p>Miss Hambro, a great-granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill, said she has been "completely horrified" by the revelations about the financier’s conduct and her "heart breaks for all the survivors".</p> <p>The now-married mother of four said she did not suffer or witness any abuse, but added that she hopes the victims "get the justice they so deserve".</p> <p>She issued a statement after flight logs, which were released as part of court documents, revealed that she flew on the jets to Epstein's visits to his ranch in New Mexico as well as the island.</p> <p>She made the trips back in 1999, where she was a 23-year-old employee at Christie's auction house in New York.</p> <p>In a statement last night, Miss Hambro said: "The first flight was a work trip with female colleagues to look at Epstein’s new home in Santa Fe to discuss what art he was going to buy.</p> <p>"The second trip, to Little St James, was a personal invitation, which I thought would be fun to accept, but I didn’t know anyone there, didn’t really enjoy myself, and never went back. My heart breaks for all the survivors, now I know what happened on that island.</p> <p>"In the course of those two trips, I was not abused, nor did I see anyone abused, or anything untoward happen, with minors or otherwise. I have been completely horrified about the revelations of his conduct since then. I was clearly very lucky, my heart goes out to those who were abused by him, and I trust they get the justice they so deserve."</p> <p>She also apologised for being "young and naive".</p> <p>"I was young and naive, and could not conceive of what was to unfold."</p> <p>She only travelled on the jets when leaving his homes, according to the logs. It is not known how she arrived at the ranch and the island.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Hidden cellar found at Maddie McCann suspect's house

<p>German police has reportedly discovered a hidden cellar at the former home of the suspect in the Madeleine McCann case.</p> <p>After digging for three days, using resources such as an excavator, ground penetrating radar, sniffer dogs and a drone, authorities were desperate for crucial evidence.</p> <p>The cellar was discovered as investigators dug a deep hole 15 meters wide in the garden of a secluded holiday chalet outside Hanover.</p> <p>Suspect Christian B, a German drifter, is thought to have lived in a camper van on the site in 2007, shortly after Madeleine vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal.</p> <p>One police theory is that the suspect took Madeleine with him as he drove back to Germany, a journey of more than 24 hours.</p> <p>The German prosecutors investigating Christian B’s alleged involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance have confirmed the search is part of the inquiry, but said nothing further.</p> <p>Thomas Dressler, who runs a water sports centre close to the riverside search site, said: "None of us really know the people that stay there.</p> <p>"Yesterday I saw they were doing the investigation and I thought about how young my daughter was at that time, oh God and so close. That gave me the fear and panic of a father.</p> <p>"I believe the police are looking for Maddie. It's gruesome and I find it chilling that it could happen and so close to us. But of course, I have never seen him myself."</p>

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Celine Dion stuns in futuristic photo shoot

<p>Celine Dion has proven once again that age is just a number by showing off some serious skin in a gilded photoshoot for her new 12th English-language album,<span> </span><em>Courage</em>.</p> <p>Taking to her Instagram over the weekend, Celine shared two photos of her rocking a gold bodysuit by French fashion designer Thierry Mugler.</p> <p>The 52-year-old captioned the post, “Live life by the golden rule”.</p> <p>The iconic singer credited her 34-year-old backup dancer - and rumoured love interest - Pepe Munoz for styling the look.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDq8CN9DLha/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDq8CN9DLha/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Live life by the golden rule ✨ - Team Céline . Vivez la vie en respectant la règle d’or ✨ - Team Céline . #Courage #Sunday #MuglerArchives . Styled by @p.e.p.e.munoz and @sydneylopez Hair: @dee_termined_girl Makeup: @justinstclairmakeup 📸: @paolakudacki</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/celinedion/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Céline Dion</a> (@celinedion) on Aug 9, 2020 at 6:52am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It didn’t take long for fans to flock to the comments section to praise her.</p> <p>“Ageless,” wrote one, while another called her, “My queen”.</p> <p>“So awesome. Such a strong woman,” added another.</p> <p>Others speculated on the inspiration behind Celine’s look.</p> <p>“Love this. Star Wars C3-PO?” proposed one.</p> <p>“Love the dress! Looks like one that Britney wore at the Circus Tour!” added another.</p> <p>“Beyonce vibes!” was another suggestion.</p>

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Bingeing Netflix under lockdown? Here’s why streaming comes at a cost to the environment

<p>Coronavirus lockdowns have led to a <a href="https://www.csiro.au/en/News/News-releases/2020/COVID-19-puts-brakes-on-global-emissions">massive reduction</a> in global emissions, but there’s one area where energy usage is up – way up – during the pandemic: <a href="https://which-50.com/an-extraordinary-period-in-internet-history-akamai-data-shows-30-per-cent-surge-in-internet-traffic/">internet traffic</a>.</p> <p>Data-intensive <a href="https://www.streamingmediablog.com/2020/04/cdn-traffic-update.html">video streaming</a>, <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gaming-usage-up-75-percent-coronavirus-outbreak-verizon-reports-1285140">gaming</a> and <a href="https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/04/01/a-message-to-our-users/">livestreaming</a> for business, university and school classes, is <a href="https://theshiftproject.org/en/lean-ict-2/">chewing up energy</a>.</p> <p>Estimates can be <a href="https://www.carbonbrief.org/factcheck-what-is-the-carbon-footprint-of-streaming-video-on-netflix">notoriously difficult</a> and depend on the electricity source, but six hours of streaming video may be the equivalent of burning one litre of petrol, due to emissions from the electricity used to power the <a href="https://theconversation.com/wheres-your-data-its-not-actually-in-the-cloud-its-sitting-in-a-data-centre-64168">data centres</a> which deliver the video.</p> <p>In fact, the energy associated with the global IT sector – from powering internet servers to charging smartphones – is estimated to have the <a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160811090046.htm">same carbon footprint</a> as the <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06610-y">aviation industry’s fuel emissions</a> (before planes were grounded).</p> <p>But Australia is a global leader in research to lower the energy used in IT, which is vital for meeting the streaming demand without the environmental cost.</p> <p><strong>Where does the data come from?</strong></p> <p>Video requires huge amounts of data, and accounts for around <a href="https://theshiftproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019-02.pdf">80% of the data</a> transmitted on the internet. Much of the energy needed for streaming services is consumed by data centres, which deliver data to your computer or device. Increasingly housed in vast factory-sized buildings, these servers store, process and distribute internet traffic.</p> <p>Research in 2015 found data centres may consume as much as <a href="https://www.mdpi.com/2078-1547/6/1/117">13% of the world’s electricity by 2030</a>, accounting for about 6% of global carbon dioxide emissions. And the European Commission-funded Eureca project <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/major-milestone-driving-energy-efficiency-data-rabih-bashroush/">found</a> data centres in EU countries consumed 25% more energy in 2017 compared with 2014.</p> <p>Imagine what those figures will look like at the end of this year of home-bound internet use.</p> <p><strong>Meeting demands with Moore’s law</strong></p> <p>The growth in IT is often taken for granted. In contrast to the old days of dial-up internet, we now demand a three-hour movie, in high definition, to download immediately. We want phones that can take video like a pro.</p> <p>None of this is free. Nor is it sustainable. Every year the number of computations, or transmission of information through space, done globally, <a href="https://science.sciencemag.org/content/332/6025/60">increases by 60%</a>, according to 2011 research.</p> <p>All this computation uses “transistors”. These are tiny switches that amplify electrical signals, and are made using silicon-based technology.</p> <p>For the past 40 years, our ever-increasing need for more computing was largely satisfied by incremental improvements in silicon-based computing technology – ever-smaller, ever-faster, ever-more efficient chips. We refer to this constant shrinking of silicon components as “Moore’s law”.</p> <p>For example, since the late 1970s the length of transistors reduces by about 30%, and the area by about 50%, every two years. This shrinks the energy used in switching on and off each transistor by about 50%, which is better for the environment.</p> <p>While each transistor uses only a tiny amount of energy, there are billions of transistors in a typical computer chip, each switching billions of time per second. This can add up to a vast amount of energy.</p> <p><strong>We need better chips</strong></p> <p>Recently it has become much <a href="https://www.sciencefocus.com/future-technology/when-the-chips-are-down/">harder</a> (and much more <a href="https://www.economist.com/news/2013/11/18/no-moore">expensive</a>) to pursue such trends, and the number of companies pursuing smaller components is dropping off rapidly.</p> <p>Globally, four companies manufactured chips with 14 nanometre (nm) transistors in 2014, but in recent years they’ve struggled to continue shrinking the size of silicon transistors. Global Foundries dropped out of this race altogether in <a href="https://www.anandtech.com/show/13277/globalfoundries-stops-all-7nm-development">2018</a>, and Intel experienced enormous <a href="https://www.anandtech.com/show/15580/intel-cfo-our-10nm-will-be-less-profitable-than-22nm">problems</a> with manufacturing at 10 nm. That leaves only two companies (Samsung and TSMC) making 7 nm transistors today.</p> <p>So the answer isn’t to switch off Netflix. The answer is to create <a href="https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/02/24/905789/were-not-prepared-for-the-end-of-moores-law/">better computer chips</a>.</p> <p>But we’ve got everything we can out of silicon, so we need to use something else. If we want computing to continue to grow, we need new, energy-efficient computers.</p> <p><strong>Australia is a leader in low-energy solutions</strong></p> <p>Australia is leading the world in this new field to replace conventional electronics. The ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (<a href="http://www.fleet.org.au/">FLEET</a>) was established in 2017 to address exactly this challenge.</p> <p>Michael Fuhrer explains topological materials and why they might change the world.</p> <p>Last year scientists at FLEET published research in Nature <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0788-5">revealing</a> the discovery that the “topological” material sodium-bismuthide could be the key to achieving ultra-low energy electronics.</p> <p>These so-called topological insulators, which led to a <a href="https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/physics/2016/summary/">2016 Nobel Prize in Physics</a>, conduct electricity only along their edges, and in one direction, without loss of energy due to resistance.</p> <p>This discovery is a first step towards the development of a low-energy replacement for conventional silicon-based electronics.</p> <p>Other top research centres in Australia are addressing different parts of this challenge. For example, <a href="https://tmos.org.au/">one centre</a> is working to reduce the energy used in ubiquitous communication of digital data. Another two are taking a different tack, developing an entirely new <a href="https://www.technologyreview.com/2019/01/29/66141/what-is-quantum-computing/">quantum technology for computing</a> which promises to enormously speed up, and improve the efficiency of, certain difficult computing tasks.</p> <p>Quantum computing expert Michelle Simmons explains why this research is so important.</p> <p>Other countries are equally focused on developing alternatives to the unsustainable need for better and faster electronics, since we cannot sustain the energy needed for these existing and future technologies.</p> <p>All of these technologies are still confined to specialised laboratories and are probably at least a decade away from finding their way into everyday devices. But we don’t expect the demand for computing to go away, and the energy problem in IT will only become more urgent.</p> <p><em>Written by Michael Fuhrer and Errol Hunt. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/bingeing-netflix-under-lockdown-heres-why-streaming-comes-at-a-cost-to-the-environment-143190">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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Are there ‘male’ and ‘female’ brains? Computers can see a distinction

<p>How useful are the well-known and hotly contested categories of “male brain” and “female brain”?</p> <p>Among experts, nobody really questions that anatomical sex differences in the brain exist. But since the advent of brain science, the scientific community has been divided over how many differences there are, which ones have been definitively proven, how large or small they are, and what they actually mean.</p> <p>And, over the past several years, a new debate has been brewing among experts. Do anatomical differences in the brain “add up” to two clearly recognisable (sex-specific) brain types? Or do they rather “mix up” and form idiosyncratic combinations or “mosaics”, independent of sex?</p> <p><strong>A mosaic of male and female features</strong></p> <p>The mosaic hypothesis was supported by the results of a <a href="https://www.pnas.org/content/112/50/15468">ground-breaking study</a> published in 2015 by Daphna Joel and her collaborators at Tel-Aviv University.</p> <p>Using brain scans of more than 1,400 participants, Joel and company identified the 10 regions showing the largest differences in size between men and women. Next, they classified each region of each brain as “male-typical”, “female-typical” or “intermediate”.</p> <p>Most of the brains turned out to be “mosaics” of male-typical <em>and</em> female-typical features, rather than being consistently male-typical (“male brains”) or female-typical (“female brains”). Joel concluded that brains “cannot be categorised into two distinct classes: male brain/female brain”.</p> <p><strong>Algorithms can ‘predict’ sex from brain data</strong></p> <p>Critics of the mosaic brain theory, however, point to <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/hbm.24462">machine-learning algorithms</a> that can use a brain scan to “predict” an individual’s sex with 80 to 90 percent accuracy.</p> <p>If an algorithm can classify brains into sexes so easily, the argument goes, it must be recognising some underlying difference.</p> <p>To some extent, this is a disagreement about what the terms “male brains” and “female brains” should entail. For Joel, using these categories would only be justified if, for example, knowing somebody had a “female” or “male” brain allowed you to predict other things about their brain’s features.</p> <p>But for Joel’s critics, the important thing is predicting the individual’s sex. It doesn’t matter whether or not slotting somebody’s brain into a sex category gives you more information about its structure.</p> <p>Most machine-learning classification algorithms are “black boxes”, which means they don’t reveal anything about <em>how</em> they combine brain features to define “male” and “female” brains. Despite the accuracy of the algorithms, their definitions may not even be consistent: <a href="https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2018.00399/full">some evidence</a> suggests the algorithms use different brain features when classifying different subpopulations of females and males.</p> <p><strong>Algorithms’ sex prediction may depend on head size</strong></p> <p>And now even this classification accuracy is under challenge. A research team led by one of us (Carla Sanchis Segura) published <a href="https://rdcu.be/b50w1">a new study</a> that considers a neglected complication. On average, women have smaller bodies, heads and brains than men.</p> <p>In the early days of brain science, these differences in body and brain were mistakenly taken as evidence of (white) men’s intellectual superiority. But in recent years, it has been recognised that head size variation poses a problem for neuroscientists interested in sex differences.</p> <p>When you see a female/male difference in the size of a brain region, how do you know if you are seeing a specific effect of sex? It might simply be a difference between larger brains (more of which belong to males) and smaller brains (more of which belong to females), or a combination of the two.</p> <p>Neuroscientists try to solve this problem by statistically “controlling” for head size. But exactly how is this done?</p> <p>There are several different statistical methods in use. The current “gold standard” for assessing their validity is comparing the sex differences in the brain they find with those obtained in selected groups of females and males matched to have similar head sizes.</p> <p>Using this “gold standard”, the Sanchis-Segura research team found, <a href="https://bsd.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13293-019-0245-7">in an earlier study</a>, that not all currently used methods are effective and valid. They also found that the method used has a major impact on the number, the size and even the direction of the estimated sex differences.</p> <p>Having worked out which statistical control techniques are the most valid, Sanchis-Segura and her team were able to investigate an important question: to what extent does the high accuracy of “brain sex” classification depend on head size variation?</p> <p>The researchers tested 12 different sex-predicting machine-learning algorithms with data that had been properly adjusted for head size variation, data that had been poorly adjusted, and data that had not been adjusted at all.</p> <p>The algorithms delivered highly accurate results when using both raw data and poorly adjusted data. But when the same 12 algorithms were fed with properly adjusted data, classification accuracy dropped to 10% above ‘chance’, at about 60% accuracy.</p> <p>One particularly deflationary finding of the study was that the algorithms achieved high accuracy if they were given just one piece of information – namely, head size!</p> <p>These new findings continue to challenge the usefulfness of the categories “male brain” and “female brain”. Sex certainly affects the brain, and sex effects are important to study. But current attempts to classify brains into the categories “male brain” or “female brain” using machine-learning algorithm seem to add little beyond what has been known since the inception of modern science – that men, on average, have larger heads.</p> <p><em>Written by Cordelia Fine. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/are-there-male-and-female-brains-computers-can-see-a-distinction-but-they-rely-strongly-on-differences-in-head-size-143972">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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Can you guess the movies that made these quotes famous?

<p>Test your knowledge of these famous lines and movie titles. Scroll to the bottom to check the answers.<br /><br /></p> <p><em>“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”</em><br />1. Forrest Gump<br />2. A Streetcar Named Desire<br />3. Gone With the Wind<br /><br /></p> <p><em>“Ogres are like onions."</em><br />1. Shrek<br />2. Monsters, Inc.<br />3. Antz<br /><br /></p> <p><em>“Put some Windex on it.”</em><br />1. Maid in Manhattan<br />2. Sunshine Cleaning<br />3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding<br /><br /></p> <p><em>“Why so serious?”</em><br />1. The Dark Knight<br />2. Avengers: Endgame<br />3. Suicide Squad<br /><br /></p> <p><em>“Are you not entertained?”</em><br />1. Braveheart<br />2. 300<br />3. Gladiator<br /><br /></p> <p><em>“She doesn’t even go here.”</em><br />1. Bring It On<br />2. Mean Girls<br />3. Freaky Friday<br /><br /></p> <p><em>“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”</em><br />1. 27 Dresses<br />2. Confessions of a Shopaholic<br />3. The Devil Wears Prada<br /><br /></p> <p><em>“Remember, the Force will be with you always.”</em><br />1. Star Trek<br />2. Star Wars<br />3. Battlestar Galactica<br /><br /></p> <p><em>“Here’s looking at you, kid.”</em><br />1. To Catch A Thief<br />2. Citizen Kane<br />3. Casablanca<br /><br /></p> <p><em>“You had me at ‘hello.’”</em><br />1. Jerry Maguire<br />2. As Good as It Gets<br />3. The Story of Us<br /><br /><br /><em>“They call it Royale, with cheese.”</em><br />1. The Hateful Eight<br />2. Pulp Fiction<br />3. Kill Bill: Volume 1<br /><br /></p> <p><em>“Go ahead, make my day.”</em><br />1. Unforgiven<br />2. Dirty Harry<br />3. Sudden Impact<br /><br /></p> <p><em>“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”</em><br />1. Dead Poets Society<br />2. Good Will Hunting<br />3. School Ties<br /><br /></p> <p><em>“I’ll have what she’s having.”</em><br />1. When Harry Met Sally<br />2. Sleepless in Seattle<br />3. You’ve Got Mail<br /><br /></p> <p><em>“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”</em><br />1. Ever After<br />2. The Princess Bride<br />3. A Knight’s Tale<br /><br /></p> <p><em>“You can’t handle the truth!”</em><br />1. Rules of Engagement<br />2. A Few Good Men<br />3. Men of Honour<br /><br /></p> <p><em>“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”</em><br />1. The Deep<br />2. The Shallows<br />3. Jaws<br /><br /></p> <p><em>“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”</em><br />1. Dirty Dancing<br />2. Footloose<br />3. Save the Last Dance</p> <p> </p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Answers</strong></span></p> <p><em>“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”</em><br /><strong>Gone with the Wind (1939)</strong><br />In Gone with the Wind, Scarlett runs down the stairs after Rhett Butler in the hopes of winning him back. She asks what she should do and where she should go, but he had enough of her antics and responded with, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” This is one of the most famous movie quotes of all time.</p> <p><em>“Ogres are like onions."</em><br /><strong>Shrek (2001)</strong><br />Shrek is one funny family movie that the whole gang will love. It features plenty of great one-liners, including, “Ogres are like onions.” The titular character further explains that ogres are like onions because both have layers.</p> <p><em>“Put some Windex on it.”</em><br /><strong>My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)</strong><br />We don’t think the characters in My Big Fat Greek Wedding know that there are plenty of things you should never clean with Windex. Still, the main character explains that her dad believes Windex cures everything from poison ivy to psoriasis.</p> <p><em>“Why so serious?”</em><br /><strong>The Dark Knight (2008)</strong><br />Hopefully, you guessed correctly because Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight is a hard performance to forget. It’s unsurprising that Rotten Tomatoes users voted this performance as the most memorable movie moment of the last 21 years.</p> <p><em>“Are you not entertained?”</em><br /><strong>Gladiator (2000)</strong><br />Although this movie is almost 20 years old, the pop-cultural references persist because it’s so ridiculously quotable. One of the most famous lines in the movie, directed by Ridley Scott is, “Are you not entertained?” If you don’t automatically lift your arms to mimic Russell Crowe’s character, then you probably got this question wrong.</p> <p><em>“She doesn’t even go here.”</em><br /><strong>Mean Girls (2004)</strong><br />Quotes from Mean Girls are still relevant and recognised even though the movie is from 2004. People also celebrate October 3rd as Mean Girls Day because of another infamous line from the movie.</p> <p><em>“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”</em><br /><strong>The Devil Wears Prada (2006)</strong><br />Meryl Streep is in at least 68 different movies, and her role in The Devil Wears Prada is just one of her many fantastic and memorable characters. Anyone who works in media, magazines, or fashion is especially familiar with the movie and the scene where Streep says, “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”</p> <p><em>“Remember, the Force will be with you always.”</em><br /><strong>Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)</strong><br />This quote might have thrown you for a loop. That’s because it’s one of the movie quotes most people get wrong. Many people think the quote is, “May the Force be with you.” In fact, it’s often attributed to Obi-Wan Kenobi, but he never said it in the original Star Wars films. General Dodonna says this line to his Rebel troops, and later, Han Solo says it to Luke before the latter flies off to take down the Death Star. Obi-Wan does say the line in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, too.</p> <p><em>“Here’s looking at you, kid.”</em><br /><strong>Casablanca (1942)</strong><br />Casablanca is a classic movie that people lie about watching. That might be part of the reason why it’s common for people to botch some of the famous quotes from the classic film. One that people mostly get right is, “Here’s looking at you, kid.”</p> <p><em>“You had me at ‘hello.’”</em><br /><strong>Jerry Maguire (1996)</strong><br />Although the movie does focus heavily on sports, the famous quote is more romantic than athletic. The titular character played by Tom Cruise goes on a long-winded rant to try and win back his ex, played by Rene Zellweger, but she cuts him off with, “You had me at ‘hello.’” It might not necessarily be one of best romantic movies of all time, but it’s certainly worth watching.<br /><br /><em>“They call it Royale, with cheese.”</em><br /><strong>Pulp Fiction (1994)</strong><br />Keeping track of the storylines in Pulp Fiction is part of the fun of watching the crime movie. The stars include John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, and Samuel L. Jackson, who says, “They call it Royale, with cheese.”</p> <p><em>“Go ahead, make my day.”</em><br /><strong>Sudden Impact (1983)</strong><br />Harry Callahan’s catchphrase, “Go ahead, make my day,” is something he says at the beginning and end of Sudden Impact. Callahan, played by Clint Eastwood, says this line to a robber to show that he could be easily provoked.</p> <p><em>“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”</em><br /><strong>Dead Poets Society (1989)</strong><br />If you’ve ever had an English teacher impact your life, you’re also a prime candidate for watching this 1989 movie. In the film, John Keating, played by Robin Williams, is an unorthodox teacher at an all-boys prep school. “Carpe diem,” he tells his students. “Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”</p> <p><em>“I’ll have what she’s having.”</em><br /><strong>When Harry Met Sally (1989)</strong><br />Although Meg Ryan stars in Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, it’s her performance in When Harry Met Sally that led to this famous quote. After Ryan’s character does some impressive acting of her own, an extra says, “I’ll have what she’s having.”</p> <p><em>“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”</em><br /><strong>The Princess Bride (1987)</strong><br />This film is based on a 1973 book by the same name, and although the book features one of the most romantic quotes, the movie quote that sticks out the most is about revenge. Inigo repeats this line more than once until he finally meets the man who killed his father.</p> <p><em>“You can’t handle the truth!”</em><br /><strong>A Few Good Men (1992)</strong><br />A Few Good Men has a few good movie quotes, but none are more memorable than, “You can’t handle the truth.” Jack Nicholson delivers this line during a heated courtroom interrogation.</p> <p><em>“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”</em><br /><strong>Jaws (1975)</strong><br />Police Chief Brody yells, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” during an iconic scene in Jaws after seeing the gigantic shark he hopes to catch.<br /><br /><em>“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”</em><br /><strong>Dirty Dancing (1987)</strong><br />Johnny Castle, played by Patrick Swayze, rescues Baby after her father tells her to sit away from the dance stage, in the corner. Castle takes her hand, so the couple dances and have the time of their lives.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>This article was originally published on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/can-you-guess-the-movies-that-made-these-quotes-famous" target="_blank">Reader's Digest.</a></em></p>

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Rare glimpse inside Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell's home

<p>Goldie has given fans a rare look into her beautiful home that she shares with her husband Kurt Russel.</p> <p>It is not the first time the actress has shared her home with loyal fans as thanks to lockdown the star has posted videos from her spacious living room and her workout room.</p> <p>Now the actress has also shared pictures of her large garden, which perfectly encapsulates her eccentric and bubbly personality.</p> <p>The lush green garden is filled with quirky décor, including a giant cow that has been spotted multiple times throughout her social media account.</p> <p>Now that lockdown restrictions have been eased, Goldie and Kurt have been able to allow visits from their family again, including Goldie’s daughter Kate Hudson.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CAtYhTgni0h/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CAtYhTgni0h/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn)</a> on May 27, 2020 at 4:08pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Doting grandmother Goldie was pictured with her grandson Ryder in July, and has five other beautiful grandkids to spoil and love.</p> <p>The actress previously told Australian Women's Weekly: "A good family is the answer to happiness. I look at our kids and grandchildren and there's nothing in the world that could make me as proud as I am of all of them."</p> <p>Goldie and her hubby Kurt, who is also an A-list actor, celebrated 37 years of blissful marriage together back in February.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDmlqJEH4gk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDmlqJEH4gk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn)</a> on Aug 7, 2020 at 2:21pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The celebrity couple are often asked about marriage, and Goldie previously revealed their reasons for not tying the knot.</p> <p>Speaking on Loose Women in 2015, the actress admitted: "I would have been long divorced if I’d been married. Marriage is an interesting psychological thing. If you need to feel bound to someone, then it's important to be married.</p> <p>"If you have independence, if you have enough money and sense of independence and you like your independence, there’s something psychological about not being married because it gives you the freedom to make decisions one way or the other.</p> <p>“For me, I chose to stay. Kurt chose to stay, and we like the choice."</p>

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Couple build dream “tiny home” for less than $35k

<p>A couple has revealed the inside details on to how they built their dream “tiny home” for a little less than $35,000.</p> <p>Trysh Martinez, 31, and her husband Saul Martinez, 32, says they began the build on their home back in August 2018, using materials they bought locally.</p> <p>“My husband and I both have student loans and we didn’t want to take out any more loans or a mortgage or pay for ongoing rent,” Trysh explained to <em>Jam Press.</em></p> <p>“The financial reasons were reinforced by our plans to be travel rehab therapists, like travel nurses, but rehabilitation therapists who work for 13-week hospital contracts all over the country.</p> <p>“By living tiny, we are seeking financial freedom and a more conscious and purposeful living with less material things to focus on the more important aspects in life.”</p> <p>The pair proudly took on a majority of their renovations and only looked for help when it came to the electrical, plumbing, roofing, and custom cabinets.</p> <p>They also loved the designing process and took it upon themselves to decorate the little home.</p> <p>“Saul did a lot of research and planning based on other YouTube videos,” Trysh said.</p> <p>“He had a general sense of the design plan, like dividing the house areas: kitchen, living area, bedroom loft, bathroom, storage loft, but the details of the build were build-as-you-go to adapt based on what materials we could find for reduced costs.”</p> <p>Trysh says her and her husband also developed a new-found strength within eachother.</p> <p>“I also think the whole project strengthened our relationship,” she said.</p> <p>“We got to see each other’s strengths and weaknesses.</p> <p>“I personally saw Saul’s character through the ups and downs of the build.</p> <p>“I was able to first hand see his tenacity, patience, and calm demeanour even in the most stressful moments, as well as his quick problem solving, resourcefulness, and very effective budgeting.”</p> <p>The most challenging part of their transformation was finding the right land.</p> <p>“Looking for land and the thought of having to move abruptly is pretty stressful,” she said.</p> <p>“Tiny house city ordinances in San Diego have recently changed and they are more lenient for allowing tiny houses now, but prior to that, we felt like we were walking on eggshells and feared having to move or getting cited by the city.</p> <p>“Should we decide to move, it would take another long and thorough search to find the perfect land we could park at and that makes the mobility aspect tougher in reality.”</p> <p>Trysh says anyone thinking of building their own home should thoroughly research before taking the leap.</p> <p>“Watch YouTube videos, ask other DIY tiny house builders, and look into all the different ways and approaches you could do to maximise your budget, time and space while making it as custom and unique as you’d want your house to be,” she said.</p> <p>“Identifying your priority areas - the areas you anticipate will be most frequently used in the house -always helps in deciding square footage and amenities.”</p> <p>Image: Instagram <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B_8YPvqhll3/" target="_blank">@tryshka</a></p>

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James Bond's glorious French chateau up for sale

<p>Sir Sean Connery is selling his glorious French chateau for a whopping $33.87 million.</p> <p>One of the big screen’s most iconic 007 British naval intelligence officers in the <em>James Bond</em> movie franchise, Connery bought the home in 1975, and with glorious views overlooking the city of Nice and Mediterranean sea, it’s not hard to see why he has held on to it for so long.</p> <p>The gorgeous home sits atop a  hill on the Cap de Nice and was used in several scenes of the Bond-movie Never Say Never Again that was filmed in Nice and nearby Monaco.</p> <p>By the time Connery actually into the French chateau, the actor had already achieved wealth in the hundreds of millions and was turning away movie contracts that would have paid him as much as US$450 million for one film.</p> <p>The property spans over one acre and features incredible landscaped terraces that have winding paths to the sea, bright green strips of lawn and a luxurious saltwater pool.</p> <p>The house is built on five levels with an elevator and rooftop terrace, with five bedrooms and baths are distributed between all the floors.</p> <p>The entrance itself is a wonder with floor-to-ceiling windows capturing more views of Nice, mountain and sea.</p> <p>Wrap-around and garden terraces invite lounging, sunset cocktails and dining under the stars.</p> <p>The actor’s home also has insanely beautiful details such as wide-planked parquet floors run throughout the building.</p> <p>Images:<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.knightfrank.com/" target="_blank">www.knightfrank.com</a></p>

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Anthony Hopkins sells off glorious Malibu retreat for eye watering price

<p><span>Renowned actor Anthony Hopkins is saying farwell to his longtime Malibu reatreat for an eye watering $10.5 million.</span><br /><br /><span>The gorgeous home that spans over one-acre, is located on Point Dume Bluff, and did not seem to be a difficult sell for Hopkins who listed it in February with a $11.5 million price tag.</span><br /><br /><span>The 4,010-square-foot home may not have left his hands for the extra million, it is a definite jump in profit from the $3.8 million he paid for the property back in 2001.</span><br /><br /><span>The main part of the home boasts a glorious four bedrooms and four bathrooms, along with a stunning white stone-framed fireplace in the living room.</span><br /><br /><span>The kitten is a marvel in itself and is fitted with stainless steel appliances, wood cabinetry, terra-cotta style floors and built-in shelving.</span><br /><br /><span>The property also includes a pool and spa, along with gardens and an impressive deck space.</span><br /><br /><span>On another part of the property, there is a spacious guest house which has a private one-bedroom, one-bathroom guest house, as well as a pool house..</span><br /><br /><span>Hopkins and his wife, Stella, are selling the home because they want to be closer to Los Angeles.</span><br /><br /><span>The couple already own three homes in the city.</span><br /><br /><span>Along with a two-bedroom Pacific Palisades condo, they also maintain a $6.6 million contemporary house in the neighborhood, which they bought in 2018.</span></p>

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