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Have you seen this pic before? Royal family shares sweet throwback snap of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Anne

<p>To celebrate the 69th birthday of Princess Anne, the Royal Family have shared a heartwarming throwback snap of the Princess Royal posing with her mother, Queen Elizabeth. </p> <p>The picture was taken by Annie Leibovitz in 2016 and appears to have been a snap from the monarch’s 90th birthday shoot. </p> <p>"Happy Birthday to The Princess Royal!" the Royal Family posted to social media. </p> <p>"The Princess Royal, the second child of Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, was born at Clarence House on this day in 1950," they added. </p> <p>Reports believe the Princess is spending her birthday alongside her mother and other family members, who may be in Balmoral with the Queen. </p> <p>Younger brother, Prince Andrew also took to social media to wish his big sister a merry birthday - along with a sweet snap of them as children. </p> <p>"Wishing Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal a very Happy Birthday!" he wrote with the Instagram post.</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/B1LjGleJ1Fa/" 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/B1LjGleJ1Fa/" target="_blank">Wishing Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal a very Happy Birthday! #happybirthdayhrh</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/hrhthedukeofyork/" target="_blank"> The Duke of York</a> (@hrhthedukeofyork) on Aug 15, 2019 at 2:58am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Princess Anne’s two children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall are not on social media, so royal fans were not treated to a gushing tribute for their mother. </p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Princess Anne and Queen Elizabeth throughout the years.</p>

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5 hidden things in your home that may be a fire hazard

<p>Keep your family and property safe by being mindful of these hidden fire dangers in your home.</p> <p><strong>1. Beware these hidden fire traps</strong></p> <p>Keep your family and property safe by being mindful of these hidden fire dangers in your home.</p> <p><strong>2. Smoke detector</strong></p> <p>Every year people die because their smoke detectors didn’t go off during a fire. That’s usually because the batteries were dead (or had been removed to stop false alarms) or the detector was past its useful life or was located where occupants couldn’t hear the alarm.</p> <p><strong>3. Cooking fires</strong></p> <p>A towel or curtains hanging too close to an unattended stove can ignite. The statistics: Cooking fires cause 23 per cent of home fires and 9 per cent of deaths. The grease in an unattended frying pan catches on fire and ignites nearby combustibles, which in turn ignite curtains, cabinets or anything else in the vicinity.</p> <p><strong>4. Extension cords</strong></p> <p>Overloaded extension cords, bad connections and other careless use of electrical devices can melt wire insulation and cause a fire. The statistics: Electrical equipment causes nine percent of home fires and 10 percent of deaths. Overloaded extension cords, hidden electrical shorts, bad connections and oversized bulbs and fixtures can ignite nearby combustibles and burn down your house.</p> <p><strong>5. Gas water heaters</strong></p> <p>Clothes piled too close to a gas water heater can ignite when the water heater comes on, especially if the protective doors for the gas burners are missing. Appliances (clothes dryers and gas water heaters) cause 7 percent of home fires and 4 percent of deaths. After problems with stoves and heaters, the biggest culprits in appliance fires are lint in dryers and combustibles near gas water heaters.</p> <p><em>Written by Nick Gerhardt. This article first appeared in <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/home-tips/20-hidden-things-in-your-home-that-may-be-a-fire-hazard?slide=all">Reader’s Digest.</a> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, h</em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V">ere’s our best subscription offer.</a></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Camembert hedgehog bread

<p>Ahh, the Camembert Hedgehog Bread—a stalwart of Twisted’s funk-cheese repertoire. Trust us, this will be your next dinner party show-stopper. Even the most amateur chef should feel right at home with this dish, but its ease is only half the appeal. All it takes is six ingredients, 10 minutes to make and 20 to bake, and boom, food heaven (and lots of weird dreams to boot).</p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong></p> <ul> <li>1 large, whole camembert for baking, all packaging removed</li> <li>1 large sourdough loaf (or any other large loaf of bread)</li> <li>2 tbsp finely chopped rosemary, plus a few small sprigs</li> <li>3 garlic cloves, finely chopped, plus a few slivers</li> <li>6 tbsp olive oil</li> <li>Sea salt flakes</li> </ul> <p><strong>Directions</strong></p> <p>1. Preheat the oven to 175ºC.</p> <p>2. Using the bottom of your camembert box as a stencil, cut a hole in the middle of the loaf. Tear away the bread to make the hole as deep as the camembert.</p> <p>3. Working around this central cavity, carefully cut your loaf in both directions almost all the way down to the bottom of the loaf (it’s important not to cut through the bottom crust). You want to have 1-inch (2.5-cm) squared individual segments (the perfect size for dunking).</p> <p>4. Score one side of the camembert and cut away the rind. Pop the cheese, cut-side up, in the bread hole.</p> <p>5. Mix the chopped rosemary and chopped garlic into the olive oil and spoon all over the loaf, encouraging the flavoured oil into all the slits. Cover the loaf liberally with sea salt flakes. Pop a few mini sprigs of rosemary and a few garlic slivers in the middle of the cheese, along with a little drizzle of olive oil.</p> <p>6. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes and get your mates round!</p> <p><em><strong>This is an edited extract from<span> </span></strong></em><a rel="noopener" href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Ftwisted-team-twisted%2Fprod9781849758444.html" target="_blank"><span><strong>Twis</strong><strong>ted</strong></span></a><em><strong><a rel="noopener" href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Ftwisted-team-twisted%2Fprod9781849758444.html" target="_blank"><span> by Team Twisted</span></a><span> </span>published by RPS, $16.99, and available nationally.</strong></em></p> <p><em><strong>Photographer: © Ryland, Peters &amp; Small</strong></em></p>

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Parallel worlds: Brilliant photo gallery hailed as "the best we've ever seen"

<p>Turkish graphic designer Uğur Gallenkuş is known for his famously confronting photographs, where he shows the juxtaposition of the East and the West. Using his art to raise awareness about the injustices happening in the present, he creates dramatic collages by combining two photographs from different parts of the world to reveal the stark contrast between those living a life of privilege, and those who are facing extreme poverty.</p> <p>The artist believes that images can speak a thousand words, saying: “The solution to a crisis can be described by many complicated words, but you don’t need to know a language to read and understand a work of art. Art is the master of all languages.”</p> <p>The activist was inspired by the idea of two different worlds, as his home country Turkey is located next door to one of the most dangerous regions in the modern world.</p> <p>The difference between the two, whilst next to each other, was dramatic, with many taking to social media to comment on the profound effect the images had on them.</p> <p>“Poignant and moving. I hope those of us who have the ability and privilege to make a change keep these images in their thoughts every day,” said one user.</p> <p>“I’ve been using Facebook for 10 years and these are the most brilliant, eye opening photos I’ve ever seen. Kudos to the creator,” said another.</p> <p>“Brilliant! These photos speak volumes. Such a unique way of portraying the massive contrasts that exist in our world,” wrote a third.</p> <p>“Wow, this creator has the power to make a bold statement of today’s society. I’m so moved,” said another.</p> <p>Warning: Some of these images may be confronting, but eye-opening nonetheless.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Uğur Gallenkuş’ brilliant work of art.</p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/ugurgallen/?hl=en">Uğur Gallenkuş</a>. </em></p>

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Aussie gem! Princess Mary’s week in pictures

<p>Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark was a sight to behold when she opened the Odense Flower Festival in Denmark on Thursday. </p> <p>The Aussie-born royal had a special flower named after as she greeted fans and for the “city’s most beautiful event.”</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/B1Mbr5Rl8_X/" 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/B1Mbr5Rl8_X/" target="_blank">A post shared by Fanpage of CPMary (@crownprincess_mary_ofdenmark)</a> on Aug 15, 2019 at 11:13am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The theme for this year’s festival was<span> </span><em>On a time travel: That brings a focus on time. </em></p> <p>First started in 1999, the Odense Flower Festival hosts a series of gorgeous flower creations for the Danish to indulge in. </p> <p>Princess Mary appeared in an flora-inspired frock, featuring wild flowers which was created by Rotate Birger Christensen. </p> <p>The pink hydrangea is known as the<span> </span><em>Princess of Passion<span> </span></em>and was named after the 47-year-old royal to mark the 20th anniversary of the event. </p> <p>The festival is Denmark's largest and attracts more than 230,000 visitors each year.</p> <p>Princess Mary has been patron of the Flower Festival since 2012, and jumped back into action for its anniversary after a memorable summer holiday with her husband, Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark along with their four children, Prince Christian, 13, Princess Isabella, 12 and twins, Princess josephine and Prince Vincent, 8. </p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Princess Mary’s action-packed summer.</p>

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What is exposure therapy and how can it treat social anxiety?

<p>Most of us experience a level of social anxiety at some point in our lives. We worry about what people think of us, about being excluded, about being judged or humiliated.</p> <p><a href="http://www.dsm5.org/Documents/Social%20Anxiety%20Disorder%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf">Social anxiety</a> is characterised by an excessive fear of negative evaluation or judgement, triggered by social or performance situations. For social anxiety to be considered a disorder, the person must also be distressed by their social concerns or report a disruption in their life. They may find it difficult to interact with work colleagues, to make friends, or even to have brief conversations with others.</p> <p>Excessive social anxiety <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27124713">makes us feel lonely</a> and <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12950433">reduces our quality of life</a>. Social anxiety disorder is the most <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18374843">common anxiety disorder</a> and begins as early as 11 years of age.</p> <p>Exposure therapy – where people face their feared social situations, with the guidance of a therapist – is one form of treatment that can be used to reduce excessive social anxiety symptoms. So how does it work?</p> <p><strong>Avoidance and safety behaviours</strong></p> <p>Although it’s normal to want to avoid social situations that make us uncomfortable, social fears almost always become worse when we avoid those situations.</p> <p>Avoidance can mean a conscious decision to avoid a dreaded social situation, such as deciding not to go to a party, or it can mean using “<a href="https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/behavioural-and-cognitive-psychotherapy/article/the-importance-of-behaviour-in-the-maintenance-of-anxiety-and-panic-a-cognitive-account/B3BAA0EFEF179C99BBCA5F983B05A534">safety behaviours</a>” to cope with or avoid a perceived threat.</p> <p>Overt safety behaviours might include wearing a hat to cover your face, away from scrutiny. Covert acts involve mental actions, such as excessive effort in memorising a speech before giving it.</p> <p>People with excessive social anxiety often attribute feeling safer or averting a distressing social situation to the fact they carried out these safety behaviours. For example, “no one looked at me in a weird way because I wore a hat”, or “the speech went OK because I made the effort to memorise it all”.</p> <p>The problem is, when safety rules becomes established, actions become conditional on them. For example, “the only way I can be safe from scrutiny is to keep my face hidden”. Safety behaviours need to be addressed, or they can <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0005789405800887">undermine treatment</a> and <a href="http://ac.els-cdn.com/S0005791607000055/1-s2.0-S0005791607000055-main.pdf?_tid=ac4c1996-8c24-11e6-ab6a-00000aab0f02&amp;acdnat=1475800161_24fbf140a28404d7a162e57ca6625247">end up maintaining</a> the person’s anxiety levels.</p> <p><strong>What is exposure therapy?</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0005796715300802">Exposure therapy</a> is where people face a feared social situation until their anxiety decreases or the anxiety-related expectancies are disrupted.</p> <p>It’s a <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15022272">well-researched treatment</a> for anxiety disorders and is usually done within <a href="https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-is-cognitive-behaviour-therapy-37351">cognitive behaviour therapy</a>, which also addresses the underlying unhelpful thoughts.</p> <p>Exposure to the source of social anxiety is confronting, but it’s possible to achieve your goals with professional guidance. A trained therapist is able to identify the source of these social concerns, how severe they are and whether this has stopped you from doing what you would like to do.</p> <p>More importantly, a trained therapist can identify and address any unhelpful thoughts and beliefs you may carry.</p> <p>There are different <a href="http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/anxiety/exposure-therapy-anxiety-disorders">variations</a> of exposure strategies and the choice of which type to use is dependent on the situation. Real world confrontation, such as speaking in front of a large audience, is one possibility, but it may not always be possible.</p> <p>Vividly imagining the feared situation, role-playing with the therapist and using technology such as <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Meta-analysis+of+technology-assisted+interventions+for+social+anxiety+disorder">virtual reality</a> can also deliver exposure. Other modes of delivery include flooding (tackling the most difficult task straight away) or systematic desensitisation (often combined with relaxation exercises).</p> <p>Therapists often grade the level of exposure to social situations that make the person distressed, from easiest to hardest, to ensure the process is safe and tolerable. There is, however, a risk that therapists deliver these treatments too quickly and too much, which can cause distress and a reluctance to try again. Treatment may also be approached in an overly cautious way, which slows down its <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0005796716301425">effectiveness</a>.</p> <p><strong>How does it work?</strong></p> <p>Say your feared social situation is going to a party. Here’s an example of how graded exposure therapy might play out:</p> <p>1) Rank how anxious you feel about going to different types of parties. You can use a 0 to 100 scale (0 refers to no anxiety at all or 100 very anxious) or rank it from lowest to very high anxiety (as below).</p> <p><iframe src="https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/puj2g/1/" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" oallowfullscreen="oallowfullscreen" msallowfullscreen="msallowfullscreen" width="100%" height="455"></iframe></p> <p>2) Select a task lower down on the list. This is a task that you find difficult but feel you can succeed in. If you are unable to stay engaged with this task, go back and select an easier task.</p> <p>3) Stay in the situation until your anxiety reduces.</p> <p>4) Repeat it until the task becomes easy. Only move to a more difficult task when you feel comfortable with your current task.</p> <p>5) Reflect on what happened and what you can take away from the exercise. Some of your predictions of social disasters, for instance, may not have occurred.</p> <p>Always target something you can succeed in. In this example, option two or three may be too difficult for you to work on. But you may be able to manage option four (having lunch with colleagues).</p> <p>Don’t rely on your safety behaviours. For example, you may find that you spend a lot of time fiddling with your mobile or drinking too much alcohol to feel more comfortable. If you feel a need to use any of your safety behaviours, first select a task you feel more comfortable with.</p> <p>Don’t feel like you have to get rid of all your anxiety. It is normal to feel socially anxious. And don’t expect your social anxiety to go away immediately.</p> <p>Finally, practise again until you feel more comfortable. You can move to a more difficult task only after you feel comfortable with the previous task.</p> <p>Keep in mind that individual cognitive-behaviour therapy is the single <a href="http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(14)70329-3/abstract">most effective</a> treatment for those with <a href="https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg159/chapter/1-Recommendations">social anxiety disorder</a>, more so than exposure therapy alone. So while exposure therapy may help, it’s best if it forms part of an individual cognitive-behaviour therapy plan.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-is-exposure-therapy-and-how-can-it-treat-social-anxiety-64483"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>. </em></p>

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International drug ring: Schapelle Corby’s relative caught up in biggest ever drug bust

<p>One of the people arrested in a $90 million drug bust is a relative of the convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby. </p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/crime-and-justice/corbys-relative-on-drug-charge-in-queenslands-biggest-ecstasy-raid/news-story/db0e51e6916fccb1938f31f28c35a176" target="_blank"><em>The Courier Mail</em><span> </span></a>reported Viliami Kisina - related to Corby through her half-brother - was one of six arrested on Monday during raids across south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales. </p> <p>There is no suggestion that Corby had any involvement in the drug operation.</p> <p>The raid uncovered a record-breaking 766 kilograms of MDMA powder which will prevent up to 12 million ecstasy tablets from getting into the hands of Australians all over the country. </p> <p>While police are refusing to reveal where or when they seized the mass amount of illicit drugs, they have revealed the powder had the highest purity ever recorded in Queensland and have a potential street value of up to $90 million. </p> <p>The drug bust is the largest of its kind in Queensland and the largest ever in Australia. </p> <p>Two British men, aged 51 and 40, have been arrested in Queensland and are to be charged with drug possession and supply. </p> <p>The supply uncovered represents approximately seven per cent of the 1.1 tonnes of ecstasy consumed annually in Australia.</p> <p>Corby spent over nine years in Bali’s Kerobokan Prison after 4.2 kg of cannibas was found in her bag in 2004. </p> <p>She was released in 2014. </p>

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“Absence of empathy”: Donald and Melania Trump under fire over photo with El Paso shooting victim

<p>A backlash is building over Donald and Melania Trump after the US first lady posted a photo on Twitter showing the couple smiling broadly while holding a two-month-old baby whose parents were killed in the El Paso mass shooting.</p> <p>On a visit to the Texan city last week, the president could be seen flashing a thumbs-up when posing with the infant as well as hospital staff and first responders.</p> <p>The child, named Paul, lost his parents Jordan and Andre Anchondo after they attempted to shield him from the bullets in the August 3 shooting. The boy was discharged from University Medical Center, but reportedly brought back at the request of White House for Trump’s visit.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I met many incredible people in Dayton, Ohio &amp; El Paso, Texas yesterday. Their communities are strong and unbreakable. <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@potus</a> and I stand with you! <a href="https://t.co/SHzV6zcVKR">pic.twitter.com/SHzV6zcVKR</a></p> — Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) <a href="https://twitter.com/FLOTUS/status/1159511786695069697?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 8, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The pictures have been widely slammed, with many people describing the Trumps’ gesture as insensitive. “Your husband is grinning like a game show contestant and giving a ‘thumbs up’ next to a baby orphaned during another mass murder,” one wrote in response to the first lady’s post. “If you had normal human empathy you’d realize how horribly odd this is.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 374.867px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7829452/trumpselpaso.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/283bb8aeae9d445fa7a6841180934a99" /></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Your husband is grinning like a game show contestant and giving a "thumbs up" next to a baby orphaned during another mass murder.<br /><br />If you had normal human empathy you'd realize how horribly odd this is.<br /><br />Then again, if you did you wouldn't be married to him.</p> — John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) <a href="https://twitter.com/johnpavlovitz/status/1159846976399298561?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 9, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I can’t look at this. I am just stunned &amp; horrified. How did this happen? Who thought releasing a photo of these monsters holding a newly orphaned infant, whose parents were killed thanks to their racist vitriol, with a grin &amp; thumbs up was somehow acceptable? They are heartless.</p> — Amie Wexler (@am_wex) <a href="https://twitter.com/am_wex/status/1159718367516712961?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 9, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">THE THUMBS UP. I’m nauseous. Bringing an orphaned baby back for a photo op. It’s all horrible. <a href="https://t.co/0Ls8jaRREt">https://t.co/0Ls8jaRREt</a></p> — Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) <a href="https://twitter.com/DanaSchwartzzz/status/1159883673102979072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 9, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>A hospital official told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/08/politics/trump-el-paso-victims-hospital-visit/index.html" target="_blank">CNN</a></em><span> </span>there was a general assessment among patients that the president acted with “an absence of empathy” during the visit. “Some people didn’t want any visitors. Some didn’t want to meet [Trump],” the official said.</p> <p>The president did not meet with any of the eight survivors still receiving treatment in the hospital. Five declined to see Trump, while three were in poor condition or do not speak English.</p> <p>According to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/09/trump-el-paso-melania-orphan-baby-thumbs-up" target="_blank"><em>Guardian</em></a>, doctors at the Del Sol medical center also said Trump appeared to “lack empathy” after he boasted about drawing a larger crowd at a January rally in the city than “crazy” 2020 Democratic presidential contender Beto O’Rourke.</p> <p>Tito Anchondo, the uncle of the baby, told The Associated Press on Friday that Trump “was just there to give his condolences and he was just being a human being”. He told the <em><a href="https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2019/08/06/el-paso-texas-family-grieves-parents-who-died-protecting-newborn-son-walmart-attack/1937865001/">El Paso Times</a> </em>that his late brother supported Trump.</p> <p>He said, “We should be coming together as a country at this time instead of threatening each other with hate messages.”</p>

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Mixed emotions in Folau household as Maria and Israel face their weekends

<p>The Folau couple have endured very different weekends as they have usually reserved Sunday nights for sport.</p> <p>Israel Folau was forced to watch on as his former Wallabies teammates secured a record-setting win over New Zealand at a whopping 47-26. This means that they are in the running to win the Bledisloe Cup.</p> <p>The Wallabies have secured bragging rights for the first time since 2002 and was a surprising outcome for Aussie fans and rugby players alike as they were forced to watch the same outcome for the last 17 years.</p> <p>One can only imagine how Israel felt as his former teammates have put on a memorable performance at the sport he used to play.</p> <p>Many rugby fans were curious as to how the Wallabies would fill the backline hole that was left by Israel’s absence, but if the rugby team can continue to perform as they did on Saturday night, he might not be as missed as much as everyone thought.</p> <p>As Israel continues to fight for his $10 million payout saying that he did nothing wrong and that he shouldn’t be punished for his post on Instagram saying that gay people are destined for hell if they don’t repent for their sins, it appears that the national team has moved on without him.</p> <p>Things were looking up for his wife, Maria, as she led the Adelaide Thunderbirds to a 71-59 win over the Queensland Firebirds on Sunday.</p> <p>Maria was efficient on the court, finishing with 35 goals from 38 attempts in front of a packed stadium in Queensland.</p> <p>“I was a fangirl of her when I was growing up and still am,” Thunderbirds centre Hannah Petty said of the New Zealand international to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/sport/rugby/israel-folau-and-wife-maria-endure-mixed-fortunes-over-the-weekend/news-story/996810094793fe53267232ee8468ec75" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p>“She's full of confidence and helps everyone around her.</p> <p>“Maria's the calmest customer I've come across. Every time you look at her when you're feeling a bit rattled, she says take a deep breath.</p> <p>“She makes everyone play better.”</p>

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The bizarre rule that could stop Prince William and Prince George claiming the throne

<p>When Queen Elizabeth's reign ends, it is <span>expected that Prince Charles will take the throne, with his eldest son Prince William, </span><span>37, next in line and then his 6-year-old grandson, Prince George. </span></p> <p>Following Charles, William and George is Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry, baby Archie, Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.</p> <p>However, there is a bizarre rule laid out in the laws of succession to the British throne which could spell the end of Prince William and Prince George’s claim to it. </p> <p>While birth order is important, succession can ultimately be determined in the constitutional developments of the 17th century, which resulted in the Bill of Rights (1989) and the Act of Settlement (1701).</p> <p>Both these acts forbid “Roman Catholic” people to be specifically excluded from succession to the throne. </p> <p>The royals are all members of the Church of England, a Protestant Anglican Church, and have been since the 16th century.</p> <p>While we are sure the royal heirs will not turn their back on the Church of England, if they did it could mean they lose claim to the throne. </p> <p>British royals have never had the ability to exercise religious freedom in their own lives, and when it comes to the younger royals, there is yet to be an issue. </p> <p>The Royal Family website explains the religious requirements expected of the British family. </p> <p>"Parliament, under the Bill of Rights and the Act of Settlement, also laid down various conditions which the Sovereign must meet.</p> <p>"A Roman Catholic is specifically excluded from succession to the throne.</p> <p>"The Sovereign must, in addition, be in communion with the Church of England and must swear to preserve the established Church of England and the established Church of Scotland.</p> <p>"The Sovereign must also promise to uphold the Protestant succession."</p> <p>The Succession of the Crown Act came into force in 2013 and ensures that if a royal member marries someone from the Roman Catholic church, they can still ascend to the throne – just as long as their children are raised in the Church of England.</p>

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“You are in charge of him”: Easyjet Flight attendant scolds’ family with unruly child and threatens $187 fine

<p>An EasyJet flight attendant has been secretly filmed on a flight scolding the family of a disobedient child.</p> <p>The footage shows the crew member on the flight ordering a woman to stop their child from standing on the seat.</p> <p>The clip captures the attendant mid-sentence as she argues with the alleged mother of the toddler.</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/B1JewOxHgf1/" 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/B1JewOxHgf1/" target="_blank">Here is the @easyjet jobsworth woman. Such bad form. For the record the seatbelt sign was NOT on, this family were not English &amp; their English was limited. It was totally out of order intimidating behaviour. The little boy was about 2 and standing on the seat facing backwards to see his family in the row behind. He wasn’t crying or making any noise or fuss, poor little mite &amp; poor parents! . . re all the comments about safety - she’s telling the child to stand on the floor in the footwell of the seat but not ON the seat, it’s nothing to do with sitting down or safety! If there was an air pocket or turbulence he would have still been hurt standing in the footwell. This is about throwing her weight around and being bossy! There are ways to speak to paying customers and I’m not sure this is it 🤔🤔😲😲 . . Everyone knows how hard a flight is with a toddler let alone having some idiot harass you. The first thing she said which I sadly didn’t get on camera was “IF YOU CAN’T CONTROL YOUR CHILD AND STOP HIM STANDING ON THE SEAT I WILL FINE YOU £100 FOR CLEANING” the little boy didn’t even have shoes on!! . . . If she said that to me I would have got £100 and stuck it in her big gob. Travelling with children is so stressful, all the bollocks about safety was a load of crap so she could attempt to justify her disgusting power trip. Give someone an orange uniform and BAM 💥 . . . What would you do if faced with this @easyjet woman?!</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/luisazissman/" target="_blank"> Luisa Collins (Zissman)</a> (@luisazissman) on Aug 14, 2019 at 7:46am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"... sit down. He needs to stand on the floor, but not on the seat. If you cannot control your child ..." she begins, before being interrupted by the toddler’s mother.</p> <p>"You are an adult. You are in charge of him. You need to make sure he is safe. I need to make sure he is safe. You do not stand ... "</p> <p>The video was filmed and made public by UK entrepreneur and reality TV star Luisa Zissman, who described the incident as “intimidating”.</p> <p>She spoke about the incident on her Instagram story.</p> <p>"On my flight home when I came back from France there was a really, really grumpy EasyJet air stewardess who basically had a go at this mum because her two-year-old was standing on the seat," Zissman said.</p> <p>"And said: who is in control of this child? If you don't get control of this child, I'm going to fine you £100 ($187) for having the seat cleaned.</p> <p>"It was so intimidating and so horrible. And the mum didn't speak English. I felt really sorry for her, so I started filming the woman, and then got in trouble for filming it."</p> <p>An EasyJet spokesman talked to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://travel.nine.com.au/latest/easyjet-flight-attendant-threatens-family-with-fine-if-cant-control-child/6cc9ba9c-a3f9-4ab1-9771-e031d2c2f8c5" target="_blank">9Honey</a></em><span> </span>about the incident.</p> <p>"It is clear from the video the crew member is concerned for the safety of the child so requested that they either stand on the floor or sit on the seat. We don't charge customers for cleaning.</p> <p>"We are sorry if the manner in which the crew member explained this caused offence.</p> <p>"The safety of our passengers and crew is our highest priority."</p>

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Venice heartache: Cruise ships asked to find a solution before it's too late

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Venice port authority has called on Europe’s most popular cruise ship destinations to tighten their rules as the dangers posed by the massive vessels are taking a serious toll. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Italy’s transport minister has proposed a plan to divert massive shops from porting at Venice’s historic centre after five people were injured when a 13-deck shop hit a tourist boat along the busy Giudecca Canal. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The incident resulted in protests calling for big ships to be banned from the gorgeous Venice lagoon all together. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ships weighing more than 1,000 tonnes will have to find a different waterway to settle into. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Venetians carried banners reading "Ships out of the lagoon" and "No big ships" while others turned to rowboats in the Venetian Lagoon. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Venice hosted 594 cruise ships in 2018, and critics argue the currents created by the vessels are causing costly damages to Renaissance buildings. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"They are destroying Venice, they are physically destroying Venice, physically destroying our lungs," activist Tommaso Cacciari told the </span><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-09/venice-bans-large-cruise-ships-from-city-centre/11398434"><span style="font-weight: 400;">ABC</span> </a><span style="font-weight: 400;">in March.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The  cruise ship ban follows after a lengthy campaign by Venice residents for a better and more sustainable tourism model. </span></p>

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How will we travel the world in 2050?

<p>If the aviation industry was a country, it would rank among the world’s <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/transport/aviation_en">top ten emitters</a> of carbon dioxide (CO₂). Aviation emissions have risen by 70% since 2005 and as demand increases in rich and poorer countries, they’re forecast to increase by between 300% and 700% by 2050.</p> <p>Arresting this incline will be the first step towards a sustainable system of international travel – but how could it be done? A frequent flyer tax would be relatively easy to implement but it could mean <a href="https://theconversation.com/we-cant-expand-airports-after-declaring-a-climate-emergency-lets-shift-to-low-carbon-transport-instead-120740">the richest can still afford to fly</a> while the poorest are priced out.</p> <p>Most plane passengers are already relatively wealthy. Only <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/to-fly-or-not-to-fly-the-environmental-cost-of-air-travel/a-42090155">18% of the world’s population</a> have ever flown and in any given year, an elite 3% of the world flies. That’s about 230m people, but flights carried four billion passengers in 2017. So the average flyer takes eight return flights and aeroplanes rack up <a href="http://www.darrinqualman.com/global-air-travel-climate-change/">seven trillion air miles each year</a>.</p> <p>Rationing might be a fairer and more effective alternative.</p> <p><strong>Flight rationing</strong></p> <p>Every person could be allocated a maximum number of “flight kilometres” each year. This allowance would increase the longer a person abstained from flying. The first year allocation would be 500km, then the following year it would be 1,000km and would double every year. It would take seven years to accumulate enough to fly from the UK to Australia and back.</p> <p>Buying a ticket for a flight of any distance would reset the allocation rate to year one, but the kilometres saved in a “flight bank” could still be used. Anyone not travelling could exchange their flight kilometres for money, but anyone exceeding their ration could be fined or banned from flying for some time.</p> <p>Expanded and improved high-speed rail lines could also replace many flights. These journeys could be as fast as aeroplanes in some instances and <a href="https://theconversation.com/southampton-to-shanghai-by-train-one-climate-change-researchers-quest-to-avoid-flying-120015">emit 90% less CO₂</a>. Solar-powered train journeys are already a reality in Australia. The Byron Bay Company uses solar panels on trains and platforms to power onboard batteries and <a href="https://byronbaytrain.com.au/">exported 60,000kWh</a>to the grid last year.</p> <p>Coupling low-carbon train travel with flight rationing would limit emissions in the short term, but people are accustomed to travelling half the world in a matter of hours, often at relatively low cost. The demand won’t go away, so what could replace carbon-intensive air travel?</p> <p><strong>Electric aeroplanes</strong></p> <p>Most electric plane designs are grounded on the drawing board, but there are some flight-ready aircraft. The world’s first all-electric commercial airliner was unveiled in Paris in June 2019. The craft is called Alice and it carries nine passengers for up to 650 miles (1,040km) at 10,000ft (3,000 metres) at 276mph (440km/h) on a single charged battery. It’s expected to enter service in 2022.</p> <p>The fossil fuel costs of small aircraft are about <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48630656">US$400 per 100 miles</a>. For Alice, the costs are projected to be as little as US$8 for the same distance, and if the electricity is from renewable energy – perhaps generated by solar panels at the airport – then the plane could be zero-carbon.</p> <p>How much energy each battery can store is <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/towards_the_battery_of_the_future_FB20_en.pdf">increasing rapidly</a>. But there are also strategies which can make electric planes <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/stem-awards/electrical/hybrid-electric-propulsion/">more efficient</a>. Capacitors are lightweight batteries that can hold a huge charge but only for short periods. They could be used for takeoff – the largest energy requirement of a flight – then more traditional batteries could power the majority of the flight.</p> <p>Innovation could deliver mass electric flight in the next few decades, but an alternative to fossil fuelled flight exists right now.</p> <p><strong>Bring back the zeppelin?</strong></p> <p>For as long as humans have <a href="http://www.historyofballoons.com/balloon-history/montgolfier-brothers/">taken to the skies</a> we’ve had a low carbon alternative to burning vast amounts of fossil fuels to keep us up there – balloons. The <a href="https://www.airships.net/hindenburg/disaster/">Hindenburg disaster</a> may have condemned the industry to relative obscurity for almost a century, but it has never really gone away.</p> <p>The balloons of most modern airships are filled with helium rather than the explosive hydrogen used in the Hindenburg. <a href="https://www.naturphilosophie.co.uk/helium-lighter-air/">Concentrated helium is lighter than air</a> and when divided into gas sacks, the vessel can stay aloft if any are breached while propellers powered by flexible solar panels can help navigation.</p> <p>Extracting enough helium fuel will be energy-intensive and there’s a <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/16/science/helium-shortage-party-city.html">looming global shortage</a>. Luckily, advances made since the Hindenburg now allow airships to fly on cylinders packed with hydrogen jet fuel, which is cheaper, lighter, and relatively abundant.</p> <p>Using hydrogen for fuel has become a lot safer since the 1930s – so much so that it’s now being considered for <a href="https://www.theengineer.co.uk/domestic-hydrogen-appliances/">use in the home</a>. Unlike jet aircraft, once airships are aloft they don’t need lots of energy to keep them there. At that point, the energy costs become <a href="https://www.withouthotair.com/cC/page_281.shtml">comparable with rail travel</a>.</p> <p>Airships won’t get passengers to their destinations very fast – the Hindenburg set the current record for a transatlantic crossing at <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/20/hindenburg-zeppelin-new-york-frankfurt-archive-1936">just under 44 hours</a> – but they do allow time to <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/6818676/airlander-10-blimp-luxury-bedrooms-en-suite-travel-plane/">enjoy stunning vistas</a>. Think of them instead as air cruises. In the romantic era of early commercial flight, airships were expected to become “<a href="https://medium.com/predict/flying-hotels-the-romantic-age-of-air-travel-blimps-zeppelins-dirigibles-63346f507bc7">flying hotels</a>” that could accommodate dining rooms and ballroom dances.</p> <p><strong>Orbital rings</strong></p> <p>There’s one more option, but you might struggle to believe it’s possible within the next thirty years. Still, the materials needed to build it already exist. An orbital ring is a strong steel cable in orbit just above the atmosphere – 80km above Earth. It rotates, creating forces which try to make the ring fly apart into space, while gravity tries to pull it down to Earth.</p> <p>If the ring is spun at the correct speed, the two forces balance one another, allowing it to rotate seemingly weightlessly. A “cuff” can be built around the cable which would hold itself in place, unmoving, by magnetic repulsion. The structure would be connected to the ground by cables, with an elevator giving access to the ring in less than an hour.</p> <p><a href="https://theconversation.com/can-magnetically-levitating-trains-run-at-3-000km-h-27615">Two Maglev train tracks</a> – which use magnets to move trains along without friction – on the underside of the ring and another on the outside could transport passengers at incredible speeds, reaching the other side of the world in 45 minutes.</p> <p>If these options sound unrealistic, then remember that our current course of expanding carbon-intensive air travel is unrealistic for avoiding catastrophic climate change. Bold ideas are one thing, we need radical action to revolutionise how we travel the world.</p> <p><em>Written by John Grant and Keith Baker. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/how-will-we-travel-the-world-in-2050-121713"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>.</em></p>

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Why leaving your phone at home this holiday will make you feel better

<p>What did we do before smartphones? Our devices have become an essential tool for modern life, even when we’re on holiday. In fact, technology is <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02508281.2005.11081482">revolutionising tourism</a>. We navigate with Google Maps, we use TripAdvisor to find good restaurants, we share our travel experiences on Instagram, and we instantly message people back home. Imagine if all of these things were taken away from you.</p> <p>That’s what we did to 24 people who volunteered for our <a href="https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0047287519868314">interview-based study</a> on what it’s like to give up your smartphone and travel digital-free. With a growing concern about the negative impact digital technology can have on people’s wellbeing, <a href="https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-14343-9_58">especially on holiday</a>, we wanted to find out if a digital detox would help. But we found that disconnecting on holiday comes with emotional challenges of its own.</p> <p>We asked our volunteers to keep a diary of their emotions and feelings before they disconnected, during their trip, and after re-connecting when they returned home. We also conducted interviews after their digital-free journeys.</p> <p>Individuals who choose to disconnect on holiday tend to be looking for some therapeutic rehabilitation. But we found the digital-free journey was not always easy. Travellers experienced different levels of emotions due to technology disconnection. Feelings of anxiety started to build with the anticipation of disconnecting, with worries about what would happen. One participant said: “To be honest, two days before the trip I was a little bit nervous about it.”</p> <p>The negative emotions escalated in the first few days of the disconnected holiday with a mixture of frustration, worry, isolation, and anxiety. The feelings were especially overwhelming for some tech-savvy travellers who were used to technology in their daily lives. They struggled to settle into a new environment without their usual support of technology. One participant mentioned their anxiety around safety: “There is a chance that I might be in danger or have an accident, and my family cannot reach me.”</p> <p>Travellers at this stage were forced to travel in an old-fashion manner, navigating using a printed map, talking to strangers, and reading printed bus timetables. Two of our participants even gave up at this stage as they found the emotional experience unbearable.</p> <p>The strength of emotions was not the same for everyone. In the research, we discovered several influencing factors. It was easier to disconnect in rural destinations, if participants had travel companions, if they had fewer work commitments back home, if they had strong motivations for disconnecting, or if their reliance on technology in daily life was low.</p> <p>Our participants overcame the initial emotions and then started to enjoy the digital-free experience. They found themselves more immersed in the destination, created more valuable moments with their travel companions, and had many more memorable and authentic encounters with locals.</p> <p>They felt free, happy, excited, and relieved. One participant said: “I feel quite good that I made it this far without technology. I feel quite liberated.” Without the disruptions of digital technologies, they were fully engaged with their holiday experience, demonstrating that a digital-free holiday can contribute to wellbeing.</p> <p><strong>Reconnecting to normal life</strong></p> <p>All detoxes must come to an end, and our travellers had to face reconnecting to technology at the end of their holidays. Many started to feel anxious or guilty, but others, although they enjoyed the disconnected experience, felt excited to reconnect.</p> <p>Interestingly, first time digital-free travellers felt disappointed as they anticipated the things they missed out on while disconnected, but then realised they had not missed much. Many reevaluated their relationships with technology. One of our participants stated:</p> <p>“It was rather disappointing turning my phone back on. Seeing Facebook likes and messages I had, I felt how superficial they were. Not important stuff. I started to think why am I so addicted to counting my likes and reading comments that don’t really have a huge impact on my life? Technology, especially Facebook, has become my life”.</p> <p>Understanding the emotions of tourists can also provide insights for tour operators and destination management organisations when developing either off-the-grid packages or tech-savvy tour products. Understanding what triggers consumers’ negative and positive emotions can help companies improve products and marketing strategies.</p> <p>Digital-free travel provides an opportunity for many travellers to re-examine their relationships with technology. Many participants reflected on their addictions and “<a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563216304125">fear of missing out</a>”, and considered bringing this digital-free idea into their daily life, or do it more during their holidays.</p> <p><em>Written by Brad McKenna, Lena Waizenegger and Wenjie Cai. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/leave-your-phone-at-home-this-holiday-and-youll-feel-better-after-you-feel-worse-121278"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>.</em></p>

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Olivia Newton-John “had to learn to walk again” amid breast cancer battle

<p>As she battles stage 4 breast cancer, Olivia Newton-John has provided fans with an optimistic health update.</p> <p>The 70-year-old star made an appearance at the Industry Dance Awards and Cancer Benefit Show at the Avalon Theatre and revealed that she is “doing great”.</p> <p>“I just want everyone to know, I’m here, I’m doing great,” she told<span> </span><em>Entertainment Tonight</em>. “I’m doing really well and I’m really healthy.”</p> <p>The<span> </span><em>Grease</em><span> </span>star has been diagnosed with cancer two times prior, making the most recent her third. Her first was in 1992, then in 2013. She was then told she had breast cancer in May 2017, where she was informed the cancer had spread to her bones.</p> <p>She also spoke about a few physical setbacks this year, and she’s focusing on remaining strong.</p> <p>“It was a challenging year because I broke my sacrum and I had to learn to walk again and everything,” she said. “But I am strong and I am back and I’m feeling good and loving every minute.”</p> <p>At the Industry Dance Awards and Cancer benefit, the triple threat was presented with a lifetime achievement award. She was also given a generous donation for her Cancer Wellness &amp; Research Centre in Heidelberg, Victoria.</p> <p>Newton-John passionately mentioned how she aims to help those receiving treatment at her facility.</p> <p>“It’s such an honour, and I am so grateful to receive that amazing cheque for my cancer wellness centre,” she said. “That it will help so many people with the programs to support them going through their cancer journey.”</p>

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The surprising reason newborn babies don’t cry tears

<p>Newborn babies cry a lot. It’s their only mode of communication to be able to tell mummy or daddy what they want and need. But what you may not have noticed, or noticed but never had the answer, is that newborn babies don’t produce tears. They just produce the sound of crying.</p> <p>Dr Phillipa Sharwood, a Brisbane paediatric ophthalmologist and member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, explains all the causes and effects of this interesting situation.</p> <p>And now for some biology, but bear with us here, it’s not as complicated as you might think.</p> <p>Tears are produced by tear glands that are small almond-shaped organs that sit under the top eyelid, above the eyeball.</p> <p>“It’s almost like a cloud that makes it rain. The tears then come down over the eye, and there’s a drainage system (the tear duct) in the inside corners of the eye that goes down into the nose,” Dr Sharwood told <a href="https://www.mamamia.com.au/newborn-baby-tears/"><em>Mamamia</em></a>.</p> <p>“How much we actually cry – as in how much spills down our cheek – depends on how good the drainage system is, versus how much tears the glands produce,” she went on to explain.</p> <p>Dr Sharwood shared that the tear production of newborns is limited: “Babies don’t produce a normal amount of tears when they’re born, because their tear glands aren’t completely developed yet.”</p> <p>She continued to discuss the overall function and development of a newborn’s eye, stating that they have the basic developmental features to maintain good eye health.</p> <p>“We have a few different types of tears, there’s a baseline level that keeps the eyes moist and healthy, newborns have that.</p> <p>“The next is reflex tears, which are the tears that form when you get something in your eye, or you sneeze or cough. They start to develop that in the first few weeks after birth,” Dr Sharwood continued.</p> <p>“Then there’s the emotional tears. That’s where newborns fall short. Emotionally triggered tears are produced at a higher volume, and their still-developing tear glands simply don’t have that output yet.”</p> <p>The doctor then shared her knowledge of when babies start developing the ability to produce emotionally driven tears.</p> <p>“Babies don’t produce enough from their tear glands to get full emotional tears, usually, until at least a couple of months after birth,” she revealed.</p> <p>Shockingly, there are very few people who never fully develop tear production. Although the situation is significantly rare, Dr Sharwood informs that it is a possibility.</p> <p>“As long as a child has nice, white, comfortable eyes, we wouldn’t be too worried,” she reassured.</p> <p>If there is any irritation or noticeable difference in a child’s eyes, they should be taken to a doctor.</p>

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Australian Mum relives horrifying moment before the big “what if”

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An Australian mother has re-lived a horrifying moment where she saved her young son from a Land Rover just seconds before it plummeted into a sinkhole in Indonesia. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Margie Rule was enjoying an adventure-packed holiday with her husband Michael and their 20-month-old son Sebastian in their 4WD along a busy road in Yogyakarta when their vehicle began to tilt. </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Kecelakaan kerja<br />lokasi di Kentungan Jl.Kaliurang Yogyakarta.<br />kecelakan dari arah barat ke timur, sedang antri macet dan disisi kanan ada penggalian ternyata jalan ambrol tidak bisa menahan kekuatan kendaraan.<br />korban 2 unit mobil.<a href="https://t.co/uouPKpimoJ">https://t.co/uouPKpimoJ</a> dan 1.Truk <a href="https://t.co/yjuNCtqv2m">pic.twitter.com/yjuNCtqv2m</a></p> — mbahmuhepapo (@agungepapo) <a href="https://twitter.com/agungepapo/status/1153557677722615809?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 23, 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We really didn’t realise how serious it was at the time,” she told </span><a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/australian-mum-relives-family-escape-sinkhole-indonesia-074713437.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yahoo News Australia.</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms. Rule was unaware a giant 10-metre long sinkhole was making its way up to the street, stunning horrified onlookers. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When it actually happened I had no idea. Michael turned to me and said ‘Get out of the car! Grab Sebastian and get out of the car!’” she recalled.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The mother said her husband was trying to “process” what to do after he glanced out the window and began to notice their Land Rover teetering over the edge. </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Jeep landrover dari wisatawan asing Australia, sopir truk &amp; yang didalam mobil Jeep semua selamat.<br />Hati-hati jika melintasi daerah pembangunan disana ya komandan semuanya. <a href="https://t.co/78pQv03NoA">pic.twitter.com/78pQv03NoA</a></p> — mbahmuhepapo (@agungepapo) <a href="https://twitter.com/agungepapo/status/1153558140475961344?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 23, 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Responding quickly, Ms. Rule followed her husbands demands and jumped out the passenger side and flung open the rear door to pull baby Sebastian from his seat. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In the footage you can see me take a couple of steps back and look at what it is and what’s happened and think: ‘no, no you need to get out!’”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr. Rule was able to get out of the vehicle by clambering over to the passenger’s side and escaping through the door. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Seconds later, the sinkhole swallowed the car. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">CCTV footage recorded the family’s dramatic escape to safety. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After the family was shown the clip, they realised how severe the situation was - and how close danger was. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We watched the footage and were like: ‘Oh my goodness, it was actually really bad and really close in time’.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mrs Rule said the response from local community members has been overwhelming as they brought them shoes and food - as their whole life lay before them in the ditch. </span></p>

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How to overcome 3 common barriers to mature age employment

<p><span><a href="https://www.smh.com.au/money/super-and-retirement/welcome-to-the-minefield-that-is-21st-century-retirement-20190409-p51c98.html">Retirement isn’t for everyone</a>. Growing numbers of Australians have consciously decided to <a href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/australians-delaying-age-of-retirement-working-longer/news-story/3fa00e382d5dc98a804a99536535505e">continue working</a>, although they are old enough to retire Some realise they are <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/too-poor-to-retire-more-australians-than-ever-will-work-past-70-20160408-go1ubf.html">too poor to retire</a>. Some have retired, but have become bored with the retired lifestyle. They’ve decided to come out of retirement and return to work.</span></p> <p><span>Some seniors are facing obstacles to continued employment after retirement age, despite the fact that experts have documented how older workers could significantly <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/retirement-income/older-workforce-could-boost-australia-economy/">boost Australia’s economy</a>. Common <a href="https://nationalseniors.com.au/uploads/201208_PACReport_Research_BarriersMatureAgeEmployment_Full_1.pdf">barriers to mature age employment</a> include the following:</span></p> <ul> <li><span> </span><span>Illness, Injury and Disability</span></li> <li><span> </span><span>Outdated Skills</span></li> <li><span> </span><span>Age Discrimination</span></li> </ul> <p><span>Let’s discuss solutions for these common problems senior Australians face as they seek to remain in the workforce.</span></p> <p><strong><span>How to prevent a disability that could keep you from working</span></strong></p> <p><span><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/body/back-pain-explained/">Lower back pain</a> is one of the most prominent <a href="https://www.woombyechiro.com.au/single-post/2017/05/18/Lower-Back-Pain---top-causes-of-Disability">causes of disability</a> in Australia. According to <a href="https://physioworks.com.au/Injuries-Conditions/Regions/lower_back_pain">J. Miller and Z. Russell at Physioworks</a>, lower back pain is one of the most frequent reasons Australians miss work or seek a doctor’s care.  So educating yourself about how to prevent lower back injuries is one step you can take to empower yourself to remain in the workforce longer. </span></p> <p><span>We’ve posted a helpful list of things you can do to <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/body/beat-lower-back-pain/">prevent lower back pain</a>. Familiarizing yourself with the items on this list, and implementing these suggestions, could help you to prevent serious lower back injury.</span></p> <p><span>Researchers have determined that people who stick to a regular exercise programme endure less back pain. In general, regular exercise is an important key to <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12424867">preventing and treating</a> a broad variety of injuries and disabilities. If your goal is to continue working past retirement age, it is essential for you to implement and adhere to an <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/retirement-life/the-exercises-you-need-to-do-to-stay-fit-over-60">exercise programme</a> that includes aerobic activity, strength training, and balance building exercises. </span></p> <p><span>If you’ve previously been sedentary, it’s wise to speak with your GP about this. Your GP is well equipped to advise you on how to incorporate a selection of proper exercises into your daily routine.</span></p> <p><strong><span>How to overcome outdated skills</span></strong></p> <p><span><a href="https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/01/the-secret-to-lifelong-success-is-lifelong-learning">“Lifelong learning”</a> has become one of the most vital buzzword phrases of the <a href="https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/03/continuous-learning-changing-world-work/">fourth industrial revolution</a>. </span></p> <p><span>In the past, it was standard for people to gain education in childhood and young adulthood. Then, later in adulthood, people applied what they’d studied as they pursued careers where that education could be put to good use.</span></p> <p><span>Experts at the World Economic Forum are warning us that this clear-cut transition from academic life to work life is fading. This is because shifting technologies are now creating constant demand for workers to acquire new skills. This, in turn, is making old skills obsolete at a rapid pace.</span></p> <p><span>Nowadays, what you know is becoming less relevant to remaining employable than ever before – because in the current technologically driven environment, much of what you know will inevitably become outdated soon. Today, your capacity to learn new skills is a critical key to remaining employable.</span></p> <p><span>Formal training is the most straightforward way to acquire the skills you may need for continuing to be employable. <a href="https://www.training.com.au/">College and university courses</a> are available for every type of instruction you could possibly desire. This could be an especially beneficial option for you if you never earned a university degree in the first place.</span></p> <p><span>Some other possible ideas for <a href="https://www.hays.com.au/blog/jane-mcneill/HAYS_1380884">upskilling</a> include participating in webinars, listening to podcasts, attending live events, starting a blog, reading and participating in social media.</span></p> <p><strong><span>How to combat age discrimination</span></strong></p> <p><span><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/legal/age-discrimination-in-the-workplace-and-how-it-affects-you">Age discrimination</a> is a <a href="https://www.smartcompany.com.au/people-human-resources/recruitment-hiring/ageism-employers-illegally-specify-age-limit-job-applications/">sad reality</a> that some older Australians are dealing with – despite the fact that ageism is illegal in Australia. The relevant law is the <a href="https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2017C00341">Age Discrimination Act 2004</a>. According to this legislation, it is unlawful to discriminate against individuals on the basis of their age.</span></p> <p><span><a href="https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/age-discrimination/publications/know-your-rights-age-discrimination-2012">Knowing your rights</a> is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself from age discrimination. Australian law specifies that employers must give fair consideration to all applicants for all jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships, regardless of age. Employers may not refuse to hire you or consider you for a job on the basis of your age.</span></p> <p><span>Additionally, you can <a href="https://www.cio.com.au/article/576064/7-ways-mitigate-age-discrimination-your-job-search/">mitigate age discrimination</a> by choosing stylish, up-to-date clothing to wear to work; emphasizing all your relevant work experience; leveraging your professional network; and looking for a senior-friendly company that would be an excellent cultural fit for your skills and expertise.</span></p> <p><span>Of course, these are not the only barriers you may face as you seek to remain employed past retirement age – but these are 3 of the most common obstacles senior citizens must typically overcome as they pursue ongoing employment. If you can successfully overcome these hurdles, there are many <a href="https://www.smartcompany.com.au/partner-content/articles/how-hiring-older-workers-is-good-for-business/">benefits</a> to your continued employment – both for you, and for your employer, who will benefit from your lifetime’s worth of accumulated expertise.</span></p>

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The one household chore that could break your relationship

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Household chores can bring even the most harmonious couple on the brink – and one task has come out as the worst offender.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A </span><a href="https://contemporaryfamilies.org/houseworkandrelationshipquality/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">study</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> from the </span><a href="https://contemporaryfamilies.org/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Council of Contemporary Families</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> looked at how the division of labour of specific houseworks impact relationship quality. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It discovered that various tasks affected men and women differently. Men reported greater sexual and relationship satisfaction when they split the task of household shopping with their partner, while women were more impacted by the duty of dishwashing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Women who found themselves doing the lion’s share of dishwashing reported significantly more relationship discord, lower relationship satisfaction, and less sexual satisfaction than women who split the dishes with their partner,” said Daniel Carlson, the study’s lead author and assistant professor of sociology at the University of Utah.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Carlson said, “Sharing responsibility for dishwashing was the single biggest source of satisfaction for women among all the household tasks, and lack of sharing of this task the single biggest source of discontent.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Carlson offered some theories as to why the task was detested. The first is the fact that it involves cleaning up after someone. “There is old, moldy food sitting in the sink. If you have kids, there is curdled milk in sippy cups that smells disgusting,” he told </span><a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/04/doing-dishes-is-the-worst/557087/"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>The Atlantic</em></span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another explanation was clean dishes do not exactly call for compliments. “What is there to say? ‘Oh, the silverware is so … sparkly’?” he joked.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dishwashing in itself can be quite a soothing exercise. According to a study published in the journal </span><a href="http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12671-014-0360-9"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Mindfulness</em></span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, those who took time to get in the zone – focusing on the smell of the soap, the warmth of the water and the feel of the dishes – reported a 27 per cent decrease in nervousness and a 25 per cent increase in mental inspiration.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But in the context of relationship, it seems best to make it a teamwork effort.</span></p>

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Signs your house is vulnerable to being robbed

<p><strong>How secure is your home?</strong></p> <p>Here’s how to make sure your home doesn’t become the latest crime statistic. It takes burglars on average five minutes to enter your home, so learn which aspects of your property put you at risk.</p> <p><strong>Your front door</strong></p> <p>This may seem too obvious to be true, but the majority of intruders come in through a door – and many of them are already open. Why? It’s easy access and burglars are all about doing whatever is easiest, says Jacob Paulsen, security expert. One in four homeowners confesses to frequently leaving the front door unlocked and half do it occasionally, according to a Nationwide Insurance survey. And considering that the majority of home burglaries happen in the daytime, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., knocking on your front door allows thieves to pose as salesmen or delivery people while covertly checking your doorknob. So, yes, it’s obvious, but we’ll say it again: Lock your door! In addition, replace any hollow-core or sectioned doors with ones made from a solid piece or wood or metal, Paulsen suggests.</p> <p><strong>Your porch</strong></p> <p>People stealing packages off your front porch – aka porch pirates – is one of the fastest rising crime trends. Nearly ⅓ of people have had packages stolen and over half of people say they know someone who has, according to a survey done by Comcast. Thieves have even been known to follow delivery trucks around neighbourhoods, stealing packages almost as soon as they’re dropped off. Having a doorbell camera may deter some would-be pirates but your best defence is not having your packages delivered to your porch, Paulsen says. “Have packages delivered to your office or to a neighbour who is home most of the time,” he advises. “If those aren’t options, consider putting delivery instructions on the order form to leave the package at a side door or in a special box.”</p> <p><strong>Your garbage</strong></p> <p>The good news: Property crimes have been decreasing steadily for the past decade, according to recent data. But that doesn’t mean you can let your guard down. Setting out the box from your new 60-inch HDTV or high-end gaming console on the kerb is basically advertising the fact that those items are in your home. As electronics are the second thing burglars go for (cash is number one), this makes your home a very attractive target, according to the study. So buy a cheap box cutter and invest the 30 seconds it takes to break down large boxes and bundle them together so their labels can’t be seen. Plus, your garbage collector will thank you!</p> <p><strong>Your street</strong></p> <p>Thanks to better lighting and increased traffic, homes in high-visibility places, like on corner lots, are far less likely to be broken into, Paulsen says. There are simply too many potential ways to be seen. But townhomes, houses in the middle of the block, or houses in a cul-de-sac are much better targets. This is especially true if your property backs up to a forest, open lot, or another unguarded area. The trick, he says, is to make your house as difficult as possible to access from all sides. How much? “You don’t have to be Fort Knox, you just have to be less appealing to a thief than your neighbour is,” he adds.</p> <p><strong>Your health</strong></p> <p>As the opioid epidemic rages, thefts of drugs, particularly prescription painkillers, are on the rise. And as heartbreaking as it is to say, both professional thieves and junkies know that people who are elderly or chronically ill often have lots of medication lying around. So if you are in these circumstances, it might be worth taking extra precautions (such as installing a good home security system) to make your house a less attractive target, Paulsen says.</p> <p><em>Written by <span>Charlotte Hilton Andersen</span>. This article first appeared in </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/think-your-sex-life-over-after-40-hardly"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine,</em> <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a></p> <p> </p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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What should you do with unexpected money?

<p><span>Perhaps you just won a lottery, landed a big client in your business, or simply received your tax refund. Either way, a sudden influx of cash is always welcome. </span></p> <p><span>But how can you best manage the incoming cash? Here are a few things you should consider.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Put it towards your top financial goal(s)</span></strong></p> <p><span>If you are working on paying off debt, saving up for a down payment or upgrading your car, the windfall may put you on the fast track or at least provide some shortcuts.</span></p> <p><span>If you have no specific goal in mind, putting a good chunk of the money aside as a fallback or emergency fund is a good idea in case of a rainy day.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Save it up</span></strong></p> <p><span>Park your cash in a savings account with your bank or financial institution. The interest rates may help your money grow, even at a modest pace.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Invest</span></strong></p> <p><span>Put your money to work by investing. There are a lot of options today, from shares and property to cryptocurrencies. Don’t forget to evaluate the risks and read the fine print.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Treat yourself</span></strong></p> <p><span>Budgeting does not always have to be dull and restrictive – if you feel like indulging yourself, set aside a small part of the extra cash for hobbies, trips, beauty treatments or other fun activities you’ve always wanted to do. </span></p> <p><span>You can also use this to buy more time for yourself – for example, instead of doing chores, outsource the task and allow yourself some relaxing downtime. Alternatively, depending on the size of your windfall, you can invest in a new car or white goods that will let you <a href="https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2019/07/what-to-do-with-unexpected-money/">complete tasks faster</a>. </span></p>

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Outrage over Cadbury changing iconic Dairy Milk chocolate recipe

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cadbury has released a “diet” version of their popular Dairy Milk chocolate bar and the country has reacted in blaze and fury. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are many of us who may be looking to cut down sugar intake, and the popular Cadbury brand has decided to cater to those looking for a healthier treat when they’re yearning for a sweet snack by creating a version of their all time favourite choccy with 30 per cent less sugar. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The news was not met with well wishes though and has caused a mass exodus of the brand on social media, with many customers asking “why?”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“WHAT HAS SOCIETY COME TO?!” one unhappy person commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Sendddd it back! No one wanted it!” another angry response read. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What’s bloody next?” One horrified customer wrote. “Cadbury could live to regret this decision.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another added: “Chocolate is meant to be a treat. Why make it healthy?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is the first time in 114 years the Dairy Milk recipe has been altered, a representative said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cadbury brand manager Katrina Davidson said there are people all over the country looking for a healthier alternative to an unhealthy snack.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And that’s why we have worked tirelessly to create a Cadbury Dairy Milk bar with 30 per cent less sugar, which still tastes great,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are committed to responding to relevant consumer trends, and are always striving to offer chocolate lovers greater choice through exciting innovations and portion control offerings.”</span></p>

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Robert Irwin being investigated over "cruel treatment" of animals

<p>In what seems impossible to believe, Robert Irwin has been named in a proposed animal cruelty investigation following his appearance on <em>The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon</em>.</p> <p>Animal rights organisation PETA has called for a ban on wild animals on the US TV show, saying that celebrities and other members of the public were not licensed to  interact with the wildlife.</p> <p>In a statement, PETA noted that Irwin handled various animals – including an alligator, a camel, and servals – for the show’s segments on various occasions.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ieFrIvFzJd8"></iframe></div> <p>The organisation also mentioned actor Kate Beckinsale, who poked an African bullfrog, and <em>Game of Thrones </em>star Jacob Anderson, who was locked in a phone booth with a python snake on the show.</p> <p>“Animals suffer every time they’re exposed to the chaos of a television set and passed around like props,” said PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange.</p> <p>The organisation called for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to investigate exhibitor Grant Kemmerer, who supplied the animals to the NBC show, as well as other shows, including <em>The Rachael Ray Show, The Wendy Williams Show </em>and <em>Good Morning America</em>.</p> <p>It said that Kemmerer should be banned from obtaining future permits for breaching the city’s health code.</p> <p>“PETA is calling on authorities to throw the book at this hack for brazenly violating – on camera – the clear conditions of his exhibitor permits,” Lange said.</p> <p>However, Kemmerer denied that he violated his permit requirements by allowing the animals to appear on the program.</p> <p>“[Host Jimmy] Fallon or Robert Irwin are not the public,” Kemmerer told <em>Page Six</em>.</p> <p>“It was deemed even people in the audience are not looked at as the public in the eyes of the USDA, because they’re paying for an entertainment show and expect this type of show … You’re not going to pull out a random animal and hope it goes OK.”</p> <p>Kemmerer said Fallon was a willing participant. </p> <p>“We are alleviating any potential risk, and for Jimmy Fallon, he’s not going into this unknowing.</p> <p>“He is a participating person in this. They’re having Robert on there to bring the animals.”</p>

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Why Princess Diana's niece Lady Kitty Spencer could lose her inheritance

<p>Princess Diana’s younger brother Charles Spencer has revealed he will be planning to follow a long-kept tradition in his family by leaving the Spencer family estate to his son despite having an older daughter. </p> <p>The father-of-seven admitted to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/" target="_blank"><em>The Sunday Telegraph</em></a> he wishes to leave Althorp Estate to his eldest son Viscount Louis Spencer, 25, instead of his eldest child, Lady Kitty Spencer, 28. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7829293/diana-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2b3611d3e9e74027b1c6d49cdc372959" />Charles Spencer and Princess Diana.</em></p> <p>The 9th Earl Spencer says he sees no issues with the decision, which is tied to the archaic tradition of male primogeniture where the eldest son inherits property, titles and fortunes. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7829294/diana-5.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a93e86f0fbe441b4a343cccb52badd98" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Victoria Aitken, Lady Kitty Spencer and Viscount Althorp. </em></p> <p>“Is it any fairer that the eldest child gets it instead of the eldest male? Whatever you say is a selection,” he said. </p> <p>Charles inherited the estate over his eldest sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes and Princess Diana.</p> <p>The Althorp Estate was the home of Princess Diana before she married into the royal family and it is located in the district of Daventry in Northamptonshire. </p> <p>The estate includes a Grade I listed stately home, along with 50 square kilometres of cottages, woodland and farms.</p> <p>Princess Diana’s grave can be found in the middle of an ornamental lake on the state – a location chosen to defend the royal’s remains from ghouls. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7829296/diana-6.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/950a5d30f14349b397267b2e3830d08c" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Charles Spencer and his wife Victoria Aitken (m. 1989-1997) with their 3 daughters : Kitty Eleanor, Eliza Victoria and Katya Amelia, attending a horse show at Althorp house, Northamptonshire.</em></p> <p>A memorial for visitors is available for those wishing to pay their respects to the beloved princess. </p> <p>The home recently became available to rent, however, it does come at a hefty price – just one night's stay will set you back a staggering NZD$46,000.</p>

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Madonna reveals hidden story behind iconic “Vogue” music clip

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Madonna’s hit </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vogue</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was the best-selling single of 1990, with more than 6 million copies flying off the shelves.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, despite the songs success, it was the accompanying film clip that really made waves.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The film clip is shot in black and white, and the singer drew inspiration from “vogue” dancing, which is created from eccentric model poses from </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vogue</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> magazine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The dance style at the time was little-known as it evolved from African-American drag queens of the Harlem ballroom scene in the early 1960’s.</span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GuJQSAiODqI"></iframe></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The impact that the video had on the underground scene will be spoken about in the upcoming second season of </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pose</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, with the show picking up at a time when Madonna’s video was released.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The FX drama details the history of drag ballroom culture that came to define New York. Co-creator Steven Canals said that season 2 would follow the reaction of drag culture making its way into mainstream pop culture. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If we’re looking at the history of ballroom and specifically that moment in time, what Madonna did was bring ballroom to the mainstream,” Canals told </span><a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/pose-cast-creators-madonnas-vogue-season-2-influences-1217365"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Hollywood Reporter</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. “She introduced the world to this community who, up until that point in time, had been a subculture.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a sneak peek of the first episode of the second season, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vogue</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> can be heard playing minutes into it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) gives a speech to the house full of critics.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Mark my words, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vogue </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">will make us stars,” she says. “Madonna lives on the edge for what’s next, and what’s newer than an entire world undiscovered brimming to the rim with guts, gorgeousness and raw talent?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">American theatre performer Billy Porter, who stars in </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pose</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, says that the industry still had to make strides before being accepted into society.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Without us Madonna would be nothing, Beyoncé would be nothing, Lady Gaga would be nothing,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The culture has been influenced by us since the beginning of time and now we get to reclaim that space.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Photo credit: Madonna, </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuJQSAiODqI"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vogue</span></a></p>

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Joan Collins on working in Hollywood in the 1960s: “The very thought was utterly repugnant”

<p>TV and screen legend Joan Collins appeared on CBS recently and opened up about many aspects of her life, including her career and courtships, to roles such as <em>Cleopatra</em> and the casting couch.</p> <p>The actress, 85, was candid about her experiences as a film star in the light of the #MeToo movement. She revealed she was promised one of the biggest roles in film history as long as she slept with the producer.</p> <p>“There were some very, very big people who promised me this role if I would be ‘Nice’ to them,” she explained.</p> <p>“This was the casting couch. I was dancing with one of the men who was the head of the studio. And he said, ‘I can put you up in a nice little apartment and I will come and visit you and you’ll not only get all the best roles at Fox, but we will see that you get <em>Cleopatra</em>.”</p> <p>Collins revealed in a column for <em>The Daily Mail</em> in 2017 that this man was Buddy Adler, the then head of 20<sup>th</sup> Century Fox.</p> <p>Collins responded quick-wittedly: “I said, ‘Great idea, and I am here with my agent, Jay Kanter, let’s go talk to him about it.’”</p> <p>Collins was questioned on whether she was aware of her actions of denying these propositions and Collins explained she had long held firm on her values.</p> <p>“I was never, ever, ever going to settle for giving my body to some old man for a role, or even a young man or anybody. I would never do that, ever, ever,” she reiterated.</p> <p>In the column she recalled Adler’s response to this remark. He said “Honey, you have quite a sense of humour.”</p> <p>She replied with the same wit, saying, “And a sense of humour is all you’ll ever get from me.” This response cost her the role of <em>Cleopatra</em>, as Elizabeth Taylor landed the coveted gig playing the Egyptian Queen.</p> <p>Collins further discussed her experience in a column for <em>The Daily Mail</em>.</p> <p>“The head of 20<sup>th</sup> Studio Fox at the time, Buddy Adler, and the chairman of the board – a Greek gentleman old enough to be my grandfather – bombarded me with propositions and promises that the role was mine if I would be ‘nice to them,’” Collins wrote for <em>The Daily Mail</em>.</p> <p>“It was a euphemism prevalent in Hollywood. I couldn’t and I wouldn’t – the very thought of these old men was utterly repugnant. So, I dodged and I dived, and hid from them around the lot and made excuses while undergoing endless screen tests for the role of Egypt’s Queen.”</p> <p>Collins further opened up about her romances, from her love affair with Warren Beatty and on-set romance with Harry Belafonte to ranking her five husbands in the interview.</p> <p>Collins alluded to Warren Beatty as one who relished in his press.</p> <p>“We used to stop on Sunset Boulevard at the newsagents and Warren would look through modern screen and see if we had pictures in a magazine,” she recalled.</p> <p>The screen legend was asked if she was in love with Beatty and replied: “I think so. It’s like Prince Charles said, ‘Whatever love is.’”</p> <p>Later, on the set of <em>Island In The Sun</em>, Collins met Harry Belafonte and romance soon followed. Although Collins revealed John Forsyth on <em>Dynasty</em> wasn’t her biggest fan.</p> <p>“John didn’t like me,” Collins revealed. “John is old school and misogynistic, and a bit sexist. He frankly didn’t like this English woman and every person saying that she made the show.”</p>

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Affect or effect?: How to use the terms

<p><span>It is one of the most popular conundrums in the English language. Choosing between the word “affect” and “effect” can indeed be confusing – they are both verbs and nouns, and their meanings overlap.</span></p> <p><span>To help quash any doubt, there is a simple trick. In most contexts, the acronym RAVEN – Remember Affect Verb, Effect Noun – can be applied.</span></p> <p><span>Affect is more often used as a verb, meaning to influence, produce a change, make a difference in something. For example, bad habits <em>affect </em>your health, an argument <em>affects </em>your relationship, and a nightmare will <em>affect </em>your mood. </span></p> <p><span>Effect is generally used as a noun, meaning a result or a consequence. The group warns of the <em>effects </em>of climate change. Cycling has positive <em>effects</em> on your health. The <em>effect</em> of the policies has been overwhelming.</span></p> <p><span>The word can also be used as part of phrasal verbs, such as take <em>effect</em> (rather than <em>affect</em>) and in <em>effect</em>. For example, the new rule may take effect soon and once it does, it is in effect.</span></p> <p><span>Keep in mind that some exceptions apply – affect can be used as a noun, and effect can be used as a verb. In the noun context, affect means a feeling or an emotion: “My friend has a sad affect”. Effect as a verb could be defined as to bring about or cause something to happen: “The government is unable to effect any change”, or “The tax cut is hoped to effect economic growth”.</span></p> <p><span>These cases are less common, but it is good to understand how the two words can be used in different ways.</span></p>

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