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Queen Elizabeth’s subtle tribute to Prince Philip over live video stream

<p><span>The Queen has long been a fan of making subtle but succinct statements with her jewelry, and as her husband remains in hospital, she has paid tribute to him in the best way she knows how.</span><br /><br /><span>While on a live video call, the 94-year-old monarch donned a sentimental brooch which she first wore in her official 1947 engagement photos.</span><br /><br /><span>The stunning Diamond Clematis Brooch has been featured several times throughout the years and has six distinctive diamond petals.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840056/queen-elizabeth-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/35cc5caddc9f47b49e7626d7624f5c2c" /></p> <p><em>Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, 1947. </em><br /><br /><span>It comes as Philip recovers in a London hospital after he admitted himself over two weeks ago with complaints of an infection.</span><br /><br /><span>The Queen and Philip received their COVID vaccines in early January, and the monarch is urging Britons to get the jab, claiming it “didn’t hurt at all”.</span><br /><br /><span>She was joined by people overseeing the vaccine rollout, including Dr Emily Lawson, chief commercial officer of NHS England and Derek Grieve from the Scottish Government’s vaccinations division.</span><br /><br /><span>“Once you’ve had the vaccine you have a feeling of, you know, you’re protected, which is I think very important,” the Queen said.</span><br /><br /><span>“And the other thing is that it is obviously difficult for people if they’ve never had a vaccine or they’ve had to um, but they ought to think about other people rather than themselves.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Queen and her husband have been staying at Windsor Castle while seeing through England’s current coronavirus lockdown.</span></p>

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Why Prince Philip summoned Prince Charles to his bedside

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>As Prince Philip, 99, continues to recover from an infection in his longest-ever hospital stay, he's summoned Prince Charles by his side to talk about the future of the royal family.</p> <p>A former press spokesman for the Queen, Dickie Arbiter, told True Royalty TV's weekly<span> </span><em>The Royal Beat</em><span> </span>that the Duke of Edinburgh would've wanted to speak to Prince Charles to "lay the ground".</p> <p>"He was just saying to Charles, 'one day you are going to be the leading man of the family'," Arbiter said.</p> <p>Mr Arbiter told The Royal Beat: "I think it was at the request of the Duke that the Prince of Wales visited.</p> <p>"To lay the ground. Look the man is 99, he is in with an infection.</p> <p>"My guess is that he will come out, he will walk out and he will go back to Windsor.</p> <p>"But eventually he is going to die and he was just saying to Charles, ‘one day you are going to be the leading man of the family’".</p> <p>Prince Charles was the first member of the royal family to visit Prince Philip since he was admitted to the hospital for observation and rest.</p> <p>Buckingham Palace has released a statement saying that the Duke of Edinburgh was going to remain in the hospital for "several days more".</p> <p>“The Duke of Edinburgh remains at King Edward VII's Hospital where he is receiving medical attention for an infection.</p> <p>“He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days.”</p> <p>The Queen is allegedly leaning on "loved ones for support" after an insider spoke to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/the-queen-is-leaning-on-loved-ones-amid-philips-hospitalization/" target="_blank"><em>US Weekly</em></a><span> </span>about how she was handling her husband being in hospital.</p> <p>“It’s a lot to take on, but as usual, Elizabeth is handling the stress and sadness with dignity," the insider said.</p> <p>“Prince William, Duchess Kate, Duchess Camilla and Prince Charles and Princess Beatrice are rallying around Elizabeth, even Princess Eugenie who has just given birth is checking in.</p> <p>"Prince Charles, in particular, is making an effort to step up. Elizabeth is the first to admit that he has been her pillar of strength."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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The most important things that will occur when Prince Philip passes away

<p><strong>1. Operation Forth Bridge</strong></p> <p>Just as there is a plan in place for precisely what will happen upon the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II (Operation London Bridge), Operation Forth Bridge dictates what will happen when the Queen’s husband, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, passes. The Duke has been closely involved with the details of the Operation Forth Bridge, just as the Queen has been with Operation London Bridge. The name refers to a suspension bridge linking Edinburgh to Perth; the Queen and the Duke attended the dedication ceremony for the bridge in 1964.</p> <p><strong>2.</strong><span> </span><strong>We might hear of it before it happens</strong></p> <p>Customarily, the public is forewarned that a royal is on his or her deathbed via Palace bulletin, as was the case with Queen Victoria and George V, reports<span> </span><em>The Guardian</em>.</p> <p><strong>3. But nothing really happens without a Royal Command</strong></p> <p>At that time, whoever is the Lord Chamberlain (the Head of the Queen’s household; currently, it is The Earl Peel) will consult with the Prime Minister (currently, Boris Johnson) and then seek the Queen’s specific commands regarding the death announcement and the funeral. No other action is taken until the death is formally announced by Buckingham Palace. If the Queen predeceases her husband, then these commands will be made by the reigning sovereign (most likely Prince Charles).</p> <p><strong>4. How and when the news will reach the public</strong></p> <p>It’s expected that all of this coordination will happen, and Buckingham Palace will announce Prince Philip’s passing to the media within hours. If death occurs overnight, however, the announcement will come most likely at 8 am. Traditionally, the BBC was the first to know of the death of a member of the Royal Family. That is no longer necessarily the case, with the announcement going out as an alert to the Press Association.</p> <p><strong>5. We will see pre-recorded news segments</strong></p> <p>Almost every major news organisation have pre-recorded films, articles and news segments already recorded or written. “The Times is said to have 11 days of coverage set to roll out, while Sky News and ITN, which have been practising for years substituting the name ‘Mr. Robinson,’ have signed contracts with royal experts who will speak exclusively on their channels,”<span> </span><em>The Week</em><span> </span>reports.</p> <p><strong>6. A national period of mourning will begin</strong></p> <p>Upon the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, the United Kingdom (which includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) will enter a national period of mourning that will last until the funeral, according to The Greater London Lieutenancy. The national mourning period is to be “observed by all,” including national representatives serving abroad.</p> <p><strong>7. What happens during a national mourning period</strong></p> <p>During the national mourning period:</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">Flags will be lowered to half-mast, with the exception of the Royal Standard flag, which flies above Buckingham Palace and will not be lowered because it never is (since it represents the monarchy, which is continuous).</li> <li class="li1">The ceremonial “mace” will be draped in black or adorned with a black bow.</li> <li class="li1">Members of Parliament will wear black armbands (8.25cm wide) on their left arm and, in the case of male members, black ties.</li> <li class="li1">Local governments (cities, towns, villages, etc.) will be asked to give “careful thought” to their carrying on of official business.</li> </ul> <p><strong>8. What we’ll see the royals doing during national mourning</strong></p> <p>As soon as the death is announced, members of the royal family, royal households, and representatives of the royal family will be required to wear dark colours and mourning bands, which is why they pack such things when travelling. During the national mourning period, all social engagements will be cancelled, but official engagements may be fulfilled.</p> <p><strong>9. The Queen’s mourning period</strong></p> <p>During the national mourning period, the Queen will most likely not conduct any affairs of state, which, among other things, means no new laws will be passed.</p> <p><strong>10. The funeral</strong></p> <p>As the Queen’s Consort, Prince Philip is entitled to a state funeral (which involves lying in state in Westminster Hall and burial at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle). But it is believed Prince Philip has elected a private military style funeral at St. George’s Chapel with burial at Frogmore Gardens, where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are interred.</p> <p><strong>11. Who will attend the funeral?</strong></p> <p>Based on Prince Philip’s wishes, it is expected that only his family, friends, and heads of state from the Commonwealth countries will attend the funeral service, according to the<span> </span><em>Independent</em>.</p> <p><strong>12. Everyone will stand when the royal family enters the funeral</strong></p> <p>The funeral of Prince Philip will be one of the rare occasions when the royal family attends a private funeral. Traditionally, they only attend state funerals, sending royal representatives to private funerals instead. When the royal family enters the chapel, the entire congregation will rise as they make their way to their seats, according to Debrett’s, a leading expert on British etiquette.</p> <p><strong>13. After the funeral</strong></p> <p>After the funeral of her husband, it is expected that the Queen will resume her royal duties. However, there is no guarantee that she will. After Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, passed in December 1861, Victoria remained in seclusion for years, not even appearing for the opening of Parliament (the Queen is expected to open each session of Parliament). When she did finally appear, she refused to speak (as is customary), leaving that to the Lord Chancellor instead.</p> <p><strong>14. The line of succession won’t change</strong></p> <p>Since Prince Philip was not in the royal line of succession, it will not be affected by his death. Queen Elizabeth II will remain on the throne until her death, at which time Prince Charles, her eldest son, will ascend to the throne.</p> <p><em>This article originally appeared on<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/14-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-philip-dies?pages=2" target="_blank">Reader's Digest Australia</a>.</em></p>

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Olivia Newton-John finally speaks out about missing ex-boyfriend

<p>It's been 16 years since Olivia Newton-John's boyfriend Patrick McDermott disappeared under baffling circumstances from a fishing charter.</p> <p>His body has never been recovered and there have been multiple alleged sightings of him with a new girlfriend over the years in Mexico.</p> <p>For Olivia, Patrick's disappearance has become year another tragedy in her troubled life.</p> <p>"The why's and what-ifs of Patrick's disappearance have troubled Olivia for years," says a source.</p> <p>"She's never really had closure – or lost hope."</p> <p>According to Woman's Day, the 72-year-old is coming to terms with the tragedy by writing a memoir with her close friend, Patrick's ex-wife, detailing the fallout of the 2005 incident.</p> <p>Titled<span> </span><em>What Are The Chances</em>, a play on the name of Yvette and Patrick's now 28-year-old son Chance, Yvette says, "[This is a] memoir that's been screaming to 'get out of me' for many years now, so I decided to put it all out there. I'm not alone, and that's what keeps me going."</p> <p>It's been reported that the book, which currently does not have a release date, is being written with the help of Olivia, who reported Patrick missing when he failed to return from the Freedom vessel when it docked in LA's San Pedro harbour.</p> <p>"Yvette and Olivia have become very close over the years," says a source. "They're bonded by their grief and confusion over the whole thing."</p>

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Why the Queen hasn't visited Prince Philip in hospital yet

<p><span>Buckingham Palace has made a public announcement finally revealing the cause behind </span><span>Prince Philip’s hospitalisation.</span><br /><br /><span>A week after the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted, the palace said he is “receiving medical attention for an infection.</span><br /><br /><span>"He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days."</span><br /><br /><span>Sources have always ruled out the possibility of Prince Philip’s illness being COVID-related as he and the Queen received their first vaccines in January.</span><br /><br /><span>Many have wondered if Her Majesty has had the chance to visit her husband, but it seems only Prince Charles has been able to visit his 99-year-old father as a “precautionary measure”.</span><br /><br /><span>Prince William has since told journalists, "Yes, he’s OK, they’re keeping an eye on him," with a wink while he visited a vaccination centre in eastern England.</span><br /><br /><span>Prince Edward also told Sky News his father is "a lot better".</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840020/daily.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1291db43b4534382bb2fcf8e6c97a8a2" /><br /><br /><span>"He’s looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing, so we keep our fingers crossed," the Earl of Wessex said.</span><br /><br /><span>When asked if his father was frustrated in the hospital, Edward laughed and said "just a bit."</span><br /><br /><span>"I think that gets to all of us, and then, you can only watch the clock so many times and the walls are only so interesting," he said.</span><br /><br /><span>"We’ve had some brilliant and lovely messages from all sorts of people, and we really appreciate that and so does he," the earl added. "I’ve been passing them on. It’s fantastic, thank you."</span><br /><br /><span>The Palace initially said Prince Philip was expected to stay there "for a few days of observation and rest" when he was first admitted.</span><br /><br /><span>The Queen has been isolating at Windsor Castle, with Buckingham Palace yet to announce whether Her Majesty will make the 41km journey to visit her husband. With visitors only allowed in "exceptional circumstances",  royal fans worry that the moment the Queen does visit Philip, it could be a clear sign that his condition has seriously worsened.</span><br /><br /><span>The Duke was last hospitalised in December 2019, where he spent four nights in hospital before Christmas.</span></p>

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Serena Williams tearfully quits press conference after loss

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Tennis legend Serena Williams made a tearful exit from a press conference after losing to Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semi-finals.</p> <p>Osaka defeated Williams 6-3 6-4 in a match that only lasted 75 minutes.</p> <p>Rumours were flying as Williams made an emotional exit after the loss by putting her hand on her heart and waving goodbye to the crowd at Rod Laver Arena.</p> <p>“I don’t know. If I ever say farewell, I wouldn’t tell anyone, so...” she said, keeping quiet.</p> <p>The press conference quickly turned as a reporter asked about her performance against Osaka.</p> <p>“The unforced errors through the match, considering how well you played to get to this stage, what do you feel caused that? Was it just one of those bad days at the office?” he asked.</p> <p>Williams barely responded and she began tearing up, leaving the room and ending her press conference early.</p> <p>“I don’t know. I’m done,” she said, getting out of her seat as she finished speaking.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Tennis star Serena Williams broke down in tears and cut short her post-match news conference after her semi-final defeat to Naomi Osaka.<br /><br />Read more here: <a href="https://t.co/QcGhpSkfDC">https://t.co/QcGhpSkfDC</a> <a href="https://t.co/AYJgHfLVGL">pic.twitter.com/AYJgHfLVGL</a></p> — Sky News (@SkyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/1362357518937321475?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 18, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Before Williams' departure, she admitted unforced errors were the difference in winning the match.</p> <p>“Honestly, it was opportunities where I could have won. I could have been up five-love. I just made so many errors,” Williams said.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="upper-row"></div> </div> </div>

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Ashley Judd opens up about traumatic incident in Congo jungle

<p>Ashley Judd has gone into detail about her horrific experience after shattering her leg in the Congolese jungle, revealing it was locals who saved her.</p> <p>The beloved actress, who was in the Congo to track endangered Bonobos, explained that she sustained “massive catastrophic injuries” after tripping over a fallen tree. “What was next was an incredibly harrowing 55 hours,” she said. She then told fans how she lay on the forest floor in agony, with the belief that her “internal bleeding would have likely killed her".</p> <p>However, she says she owes all her thanks to a man named Dieumerci, who “stretched out his leg and put it under my grossly misshapen left leg to try to keep it still. It was broken in four places and had nerve damage. Dieumerci (“Thanks be to God”) remained seated, without fidgeting or flinching, for five hours on the rainforest floor.”</p> <p>The actress then described another local man named Papa Jean who spent five hours searching for her, gave her a stick to bite on, then went on to readjust the shattered pieces of her leg.</p> <p>“It took five hours, but eventually he found me, wretched and wild on the ground, and calmly assessed my broken leg. He told me what he had to do,” she wrote.</p> <p>“I bit a stick. I held onto Maud. And Papa Jean, with certainty, began to manipulate and adjust my broken bones back into something like a position I could be transported in, while I screamed and writhed. How he did that so methodically while I was like an animal is beyond me. He saved me.”</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/CLW2-QohZps/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CLW2-QohZps/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ashley Judd (@ashley_judd)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She then went on to say a group of men improvised a hammock and spent three hours carrying Judd through the forest to find transportation.</p> <p>The actress’ story does not end there though, as she told fans that her dear friend, a man named Maradona, volunteered to ride with her for six hours on a motorbike and kept her from falling off.</p> <p>She wrote: “Didier drove the motorbike. I sat facing backwards, his back my backrest. When I would begin to slump, to pass out, he would call to me to re-set my position to lean on him. Maradona rode on the very back of the motorbike, I faced him.</p> <p>“He held my broken leg under the heel and I held the shattered top part together with my two hands. Together we did this for six hours on an irregular, rutted and pocked dirt road that has gullies for rain run off during the rainy season. Maradona was the only person to come forward to volunteer for this task.”</p> <p>Judd wrote that she made the decision to come forward about the accident as a way to spread the word about “what it means to be Congolese in extreme poverty with no access to health care, any medication for pain, any type of service, or choices.”</p> <p>“The difference between a Congolese person and me is disaster insurance that allowed me, 55 hours after my accident, to get to an operating table in South Africa,” she says, adding that villages in<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://deadline.com/tag/congo/" target="_blank">Congo</a><span> </span>lack not only electricity but “a simple pill to kill the pain when you’ve shattered a leg in four places and have nerve damage.”</p> <p>The actress now lies in her hospital bed in South Africa, saying: “I wake up weeping in gratitude, deeply moved by each person who contributed something life giving and spirit salving during my gruelling 55 hour odyssey.”</p>

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Six-week-old baby dies of heart attack following baptism

<p>There are growing calls for Romania's Orthodox Church to overhaul its baptism ritual after a six-week-old baby tragically died.</p> <p>The baby went into cardio-respiratory arrest on Sunday, after was immersed three times during his baptism at a church in Suceava, north-eastern Romania.</p> <p>“The boy was crying, but the priest immersed him three times in water and he inhaled water,” the child’s distraught father told local media.</p> <p>Over 61,000 people have signed a petition demanding an overhaul of what they believe is an "absurd" tradition.</p> <p>“Given the tragic situations in which infants died after immersion in the water in the baptismal font, the CHURCH must urgently regulate this practice,” the petition reads.</p> <p>“We do NOT demand the cancellation of the practice of Baptism but its modification, so that these are prevented from unnecessary and even absurd risks!</p> <p>Vasile Bănescu, a spokesman for the Romanian Patriachate emphasised that priests are trained to use a specific technique during the baptism.</p> <p>“It is, without a doubt, a tragic case, a case that will have to be investigated. Let’s not imagine that a child can be put in water without covering his nose, mouth and ears,” told Antena 3 Monday.</p> <p>“There is a technique that an experienced priest always uses. This is how a baptism is celebrated with the utmost care “, Bănescu added.</p> <p>Vladimir Dumitru, who started the online petition, told CNN that he did not want to abolish the ritual of Orthodox baptism “but to change that sometimes brutal practice that involves the risk of drowning, especially in the case of children with health problems.”</p> <p>“The petition is not directed against the institution of the Church or against the priests but has a constructive intention,” he told CNN.</p> <p>“Through this petition we want the practice of baptism to be symbolic by sprinkling the baby on the top of the head and not its complete immersion three times, and this non-invasive practice to become mandatory in all Orthodox Churches in Romania and in the Diaspora,” he said in an email.</p>

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"Feeling great": Olivia Newton-John provides update on cancer battle

<p>Olivia Newton-John has plenty to be grateful for.</p> <p>Newton-John has been battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer since 2017, but that hasn't dimmed her light despite being diagnosed with the disease three times.</p> <p>"I'm so lucky to still be doing all these things," Newton-John told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/music/olivia-newton-john-feeling-great-after-cancer-diagnosis-looking-forward-to-daughters-wedding/" target="_blank"><em>People</em></a>. "I don't think I imagined living this long! I feel very blessed."</p> <p>The 72-year-old revealed she has been "feeling great" and credits the unwavering support she has received from her husband John Easterling.</p> <p>"I'm very lucky to be married to a wonderful man who is a plant medicine man, and he has great knowledge," she said. "Now he's growing medicinal cannabis for me, and it just has been wonderful. It helps me in every area."</p> <p>Newton-John has been quarantining in California with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi. The actress has admitted that she's been enjoying spending quality time with her.</p> <p>"I worked my whole life, and the longest period I can remember being home was my pregnancy with Chloe and the first year or two of her life," Newton-John said. "So it's been wonderful reconnecting with my baby. She is my reason to be."</p> <p>Newton-John established a foundation to finding new ways to fight breast cancer. The actress has been through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation in her fight to beat the disease.</p>

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Frightening photo shows why children should never wear blue while swimming

<p>This terrifying photo shows how important it is for children to wear bright-coloured clothing while swimming as a child in a blue swimsuit is near impossible to spot.</p> <p>At first glance, the photo seems to show an empty swimming pool.</p> <p>But at closer look, a dark patch can be spotted which turns out to be a child wearing pale blue swimming shorts.</p> <p><img style="width: 498.9539748953975px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839750/screen-shot-2021-02-04-at-1-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8a8d48619b6343f8abe58d77d162d3f1" /></p> <p>The Australian Facebook group CPR Kids, which is run by registered nurses, posted the photo and issued a warning to parents, advising their child should be dressed in bright colours so they are visible in a pool.</p> <p>Nurse Sarah Hunstead also said it was “vital” to “actively supervise” kids and learn CPR.</p> <p><img style="width: 498.9561586638831px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839749/screen-shot-2021-02-04-at-1-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d36cecb4938f4c98abfb207ea007db56" /></p> <p>Hundreds of people have shared or commented on the image.</p> <p>“That is so scary! I couldn’t see the child at all,” one woman said.</p> <p>“Oh my god, how terrifying,” another said.</p> <p>A third wrote: “This makes me feel sick.”</p> <p>But many parents pointed out how difficult it is to find brightly coloured swimwear when shopping for children - especially boys.</p> <p>“Would be great if you could tell the manufacturers of swimwear!” one wrote.</p> <p>“Once kids get to 7yr it’s all blue/black/white.”</p> <p>Others who came across the photo promised to only dress their children in fluorescent colours.</p> <p>“All future swimwear is going to be hideous and fluoro,” one mum tagged her husband and wrote.</p>

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Dolly Parton hasn't received vaccine despite donating $1 million

<p>75-year-old Dolly Parton has confirmed that she hasn't received the vaccine for COVID-19 yet, but is waiting patiently.</p> <p>This is despite the country music legend donating USD $1 million to vaccine development.</p> <p>"I'm going to get it, though," she said Thursday to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/02/entertainment/dolly-parton-vaccine-super-bowl/index.html" target="_blank"><em>CNN</em></a>. "I didn't want to jump line. I didn't donate the money so I could be protected. I did it for everybody."</p> <p>This is despite the singer learning that her donation helped fund Moderna's promising vaccine at the same time as the rest of the world.</p> <p>She was beaming with pride at the news when she found out.</p> <p>"Praise the lord!" she told "Today" hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager. "I'm just very grateful that this is happening, and if I had anything to do with it, that's great."</p> <p>"I just felt so proud to have been part of that little seed money that will hopefully grow into something great and help to heal this world," she said. "I'm a very proud girl today to know I had anything at all to do with something that's going to help us through this crazy pandemic."</p> <p>The Moderna vaccine is thought to be 94.5% effective against coronavirus, with the company tracking new mutations in COVID-19, including the highly contagious UK, South African and Brazilian strains.</p>

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Queen releases statement after Captain Sir Tom Moore's death

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The Queen has paid her respects to Captain Sir Tom Moore after he passed away from coronavirus.</p> <p>The 100-year-old World War II veteran raised millions for the UK's National Health Service by doing laps in his backyard, lifting the spirits of millions around the world.</p> <p>He passed away on Tuesday after being hospitalised with COVID-19.</p> <p>“Her thoughts and those of the Royal Family are with them,” a Tweet from Buckingham Palace read.</p> <p>“Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Captain Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The Queen is sending a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore. <br /><br />Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Captain Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year. Her thoughts and those of the Royal Family are with them. <a href="https://t.co/nl1krvoUlW">pic.twitter.com/nl1krvoUlW</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1356638839020740609?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 2, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Captain Sir Tom Moore was admitted to hospital on Sunday after testing positive to COVID-19 and he had been battling pneumonia.</p> <p>His family released a statement on Wednesday that he had passed away.</p> <p>“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore,” the statement read.</p> <p>“The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.</p> <p>“Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Foster mother to 300 children killed by COVID-19: “They’ve already lost their family

<p><span>A woman who was a foster parent to over 300 children has tragically died following her COVID-19 diagnosis.</span><br /><br /><span>Susan Braley devoted decades of her life giving kids a second chance at a happy family, and adopted 7 children along the way.</span><br /><br /><span>And now, the hundreds of children taken under Braley’s wing are mourning the beloved mother’s death.</span><br /><br /><span>Braley died after contracting COVID-19 and being rushed to hospital with low oxygen.</span><br /><br /><span>However, even through her pain, she worried for her family.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839711/1280x720.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bba06c546fdf450ca7e254152805b264" /><br /><br /><span>During the ride there she told her grandson, Thomas Bartholomew, to make sure the family keep holiday traditions and always make sure to care for and feed anyone in need.</span><br /><br /><span>"Right before my grandmother passed, I got to talk to her, you know, when they were wheeling her out, first thing I wanted to tell her was that I love you and thank you for everything you've done in my life," Bartholomew said, via ABC News 4.</span><br /><br /><span>"And she said, 'I love you too'."</span><br /><br /><span>Sadly, Braley's husband was later admitted to hospital as well. Braley died soon after her husband arrived at the same hospital as her.</span><br /><br /><span>Now he's battling the virus in ICU as the hundreds of children they helped raise are grieving Braley and hoping for her husband's recovery.</span><br /><br /><span>"They've already lost their first family, this is their second family and we have kids who are older who understand that," said Bartholomew.</span><br /><br /><span>"Like Jazmin, who's 18 years old, she lost her mother and now she's lost her second mother. We don't want them to go through that experience."</span><br /><br /><span>An online fundraiser has been set up to help raise money to support Braley's family.</span><br /><br /><span>In just seven days, it has attracted over $24,000 in donations.</span></p>

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Children in Darwin are more worried about their safety than their grades

<p>At a time when the world has been in chaos, it’s easy to forget young people might have completely different, yet significant and real, worries. We asked children about their sense of safety and what they worry about in their community.</p> <p>In July to August 2020 we used anonymous surveys with 176 young people aged between five and 15 from several schools in Darwin, Northern Territory. These data were collected at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, so it is likely concerns were heightened generally.</p> <p><strong>Here is what kids want you to know</strong><br />In the NT, addressing community perceptions of safety and concerns about crime levels has long been a priority. We asked students what they were worried about in their day-to-day lives with some specific questions on their sense of safety in the community.</p> <p>This was an open question in which students could freely respond with three worries of importance to them.</p> <p>We put children into two groups: 30 children aged ten and under, and 146 children aged 11 and over. Around 30% who responded were male across both age groups. Overall, the major themes that emerged about their worries were:</p> <ul> <li>personal safety (44%)</li> <li>crime (16%)</li> <li>bullying and school behaviours (10%)</li> <li>mental and physical health (8%)</li> <li>school performance (8%)</li> </ul> <p>More than half of students under ten (66%) and over 11 (53%) worried about safety in their local community.</p> <p>Some of what children said about personal safety was:</p> <p><em>I worry about drinking and fighting outside on the street.</em></p> <p><em>I am scared walking home by myself.</em></p> <p>Another common worry was a fear of being exposed to crime and racial violence:</p> <p><em>I worry about getting kidnapped while walking home from school.</em></p> <p><em>I am scared of people breaking into our home and attacking us.</em></p> <p>Health was also a worry and reflects the timing of the survey with references to parent mental health, COVID-19 and death of family members.</p> <p>This community of schools had delivered some campaigns to support children and their families about domestic violence and resilience. Some children said:</p> <p><em>I am worried that mum might hurt herself.</em></p> <p><em>I worry about this pandemic throughout the world.</em></p> <p>In the consent process for our surveys, we offered access to supports for children who might have disclosed concerning worries.</p> <p>School performance and behaviour at school were a concern for 10% of young people aged over 11.</p> <p>Middle-school students told us:</p> <p><em>I worry about passing the year.</em></p> <p><em>I’m worried about what people think of me, my grades and schooling.</em></p> <p><strong>How students help themselves</strong><br />We also wanted to understand how emotionally aware the young people in our survey were. So we asked them: “When you get upset at school, can you make yourself feel OK or good again?”</p> <p>We also asked where they learnt these strategies and where they sought help.</p> <p>Only 14% in the over-11 age group reported not being able to feel good again once becoming upset at school. And only 3% of children under ten reported not being able to make themselves feel good again.</p> <p>Of those who said they were able to calm down in the over-11 group, 58% said they “just know how to do it” and 19% reported “learning it from their family”.</p> <p>In the under-ten group, 45% “learnt it from a teacher” and 23% “learnt it from their family”.</p> <p>This suggests young children have greater need for explicit instruction when learning how to self-regulate.</p> <p>Among children in the under-ten group who said they can’t calm themselves, 42% selected they “get help from a teacher”.</p> <p>This reinforces the critical role of teachers in these formative years and the time children are likely to be most receptive to help.</p> <p>Only 3% of students over 11 identified teachers as a source of support. While 39% said they “mostly want to be alone”, 20% “get help from a friend” and another 20% said they “get angry”.</p> <p>It is reassuring 87% of young people over 11 reported “good” and “very good” family relationships. And 86% said they have three friends they can turn to when in need.</p> <p>We should appreciate how real children’s concerns are to them and check in with how they are feeling.</p> <p>Teachers, parents and other adults need to know how to support young people with their worries, and access information to help them develop self-regulation and problem-solving strategies.</p> <p>A reliable resource for this information is Be You.</p> <p><em>This research was conducted by Charles Darwin University. Written by Amy Graham and Georgina Nutton. This article first appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/children-in-darwin-are-more-worried-about-their-safety-than-their-grades-153306">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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Captain Sir Tom Moore tests positive for COVID

<p><span>Captain Sir Tom Moore has tested positive for Covid-19 and is in hospital where he is being treated for pneumonia.</span><br /><br /><span>His daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore revealed in a statement that the beloved 100-year-old, who has raised millions of pounds for the NHS, was taken to a hospital in Bedford on Sunday.</span><br /><br /><span>Following his bout with pneumonia for some time, he tested positive for Covid-19 last week.</span><br /><br /><span>Moore’s family said he was being treated at his home until he needed additional help with his breathing.</span><br /><br /><span>The statement continued: “The medical care he has received in the last few weeks has been remarkable and we know that the wonderful staff at Bedford hospital will do all they can to make him comfortable and hopefully return home as soon as possible. We understand that everyone will be wishing him well. CNN</span><br /><br /><span>“We are of course focusing on my father and will update you when we are able to.”</span><br /><br /><span>A spokesperson for the Moore’s family told the BBC that he had not yet received a Covid-19 vaccine because of the medication he has been taking for pneumonia.</span><br /><br /><span>Moore is an iconic figure in the UK, raising £38.9 million for NHS charities in April of 2020 after pledging to walk 100 laps of his gardens before his 100th birthday.</span><br /><br /><span>He went on to break two Guinness world records by becoming the oldest person to get a No 1 single in the UK charts and raising the most money ever for doing a charity walk.</span><br /><br /><span>He has also been knighted by the Queen.</span><br /><br /><span>If that was not enough, the 100-year-old also published an autobiography, <em>Tomorrow Will Be a Good Day</em>, and a children’s picture book, <em>One Hundred Steps.</em></span><br /><br /><span>On his birthday he received more than 225,000 birthday cards and a bombardment of gifts, while in September the centenarian signed a film deal to have a biopic made of his life.</span><br /><br /><span>Boris Johnson took to Twitter to wish the 100-year-old well wishes: “My thoughts are very much with Moore and his family. You’ve inspired the whole nation, and I know we are all wishing you a full recovery.”</span><br /><br /><span>Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, wrote: “The whole nation hopes you get well soon. You’ve been an inspiration to us all throughout this crisis.”</span><br /><br /><span>In an interview with the Guardian in December Moore told reporters he was not frightened of the virus, saying he was “not a worrying sort of person”.</span><br /><br /><span>He added: “I’ve always believed things will get better. The sun will shine again, the birds will sing and we’ll all have a lovely day tomorrow.”</span></p>

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Larry King's wife Shawn King reveals real cause of his death

<p>Larry King's wife, Shawn King, has revealed his cause of death as well as the final words she spoke to him.</p> <p>The iconic television host passed away over the weekend at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles at the age of 87, leaving behind his three children: Larry Jr, Chance, and Cannon - as well as his wife, Shawn.</p> <p>At the time of his death, no cause of death was given but it was suspected his passing was due to COVID-19 as he was hospitalised with the virus a few weeks prior.</p> <p>But now in a new interview, his wife revealed the broadcaster did not die from coronavirus.</p> <p>“It was an infection, it was sepsis,” Shawn, 61, told<span> </span><em>Entertainment Tonight</em>. “Well, he was finally ready to go, I will tell you that. You know, he never wanted to go but his sweet little body was just, it had just been hit so many times with so many things and once we heard the word COVID, all of our hearts just sunk. But he beat it, you know, he beat it, but it did take its toll and then the unrelated infection finally is what took him, but boy, he was not gonna go down easily.”</p> <p>Shawn said King's mind "wasn't right" and his "body was going", noting it was a difficult thing to witness.</p> <p>During the time of his passing, the actress and King were in the middle of a divorce, with King filing for divorce in August 2019 after 22 years of marriage.</p> <p>She confirmed the pair’s divorce was “never finalised”.</p> <p>“In my heart, I didn’t think it was really going to happen and it never did. We were partners in every sense of the way, in business, and in, well, first in our family and then in business. But we’re a close family. You know, family is the most important thing, and God,” she said.</p> <p>Shawn also touched on King’s final moments in the hospital. She said she and King’s kids were able to FaceTime him.</p> <p>“And it was hard for him to talk, but the one message that he wanted to make sure I heard was, ‘I love you, take care of the boys,’” she said.</p> <p>King's family laid him to rest in a private funeral this week. She said she still feels his strong presence around her.</p> <p>“I can very, very distinctly feel him around me and around us. I’m sure he is so happy at the coverage that his passing has gotten,” she said.</p> <p>“Larry was a little boy in so many ways. And he used to always, you probably have 30 different sound bites of him saying, ‘I pinch myself every day. I can’t believe this is my life.’ And he really, really did.</p> <p>“So all of these beautiful tributes, you know, I’m sure he’s thrilled, and the family, we’re all just so happy and so proud of him for all the wonderful things that he did. He did a lot.”</p> <p>King was married a total of eight times through his life, to seven different women. Shawn was his last marriage and his longest.</p>

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Couple married for 70 years die hand-in-hand in hospital

<p>A couple married for 70 years have died hand-in-hand at an Ohio hospital after they both contracted coronavirus.</p> <p>Dick and Shirley Meek, aged 89 and 87, were scheduled to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on January 19 but unfortunately, succumbed to the virus before receiving the jab.</p> <p>The pair met in high school and "fell in love at first sight", according to daughter Debbie Howell.</p> <p>They went on to raise five children, 13 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren before travelling the world together as an inseparable couple.</p> <p>“They never had to go through ‘until death do us part’,” Ms Howell told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/22/us/a-couple-married-70-years-dies-of-covid-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">CNN</a>. “They never had to do that because they were together and we’re ever so grateful.</p> <p>"They weren't your typical 88- and 90-year-old. They were both very, very healthy, very vibrant people with of all their faculties. They just went down so fast."</p> <p>The couple tested positive on Boxing Day after they felt unwell over the holiday period. They were placed into an urgent care facility where their conditions rapidly took a toll on them.</p> <p>"From January 8 to the end it just kind of went up and down," Ms Howell continued. "There were days that we were really optimistic that they were going to get through, but their lungs kept failing more and more each day."</p> <p>When hospital staff told Ms Howell her parents only had a few short days to live, the family requested they be placed side-by-side to experience the final moments of their life together.</p> <p>“We didn't want them separated because that was their biggest thing in life that they would be together," said Howell. "We wanted them to be holding hands. We wanted them to be together. We wanted their favourite music to be playing softly in the background," she told CNN. And the hospital staff made it happen.</p> <p>"The nurse put my mum's head on my dad's shoulder. And she walked over and she rubbed my dad's shoulder and said 'Dick, you can go now. Shirley's waiting for you’,” Ms Howell said. "And within minutes, he was gone."</p> <p>The world has identified 97.5 million coronavirus cases, with the US suffering the highest losses with 427,635 deaths as of January 24.</p>

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