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Olivia Newton-John gives heartfelt cancer update

<p><span>Olivia Newton-John has shared with fans a rare update on her ongoing battle with cancer.</span><br /><br /><span>The <em>Grease</em> superstar told </span><em>Closer</em><span> magazine this week she feels "very good" and attributes that to her husband, John Easterling, who is helping her manage the pain.</span><br /><br /><span>"There are a lot of herbs that I take," Newton-John told the UK magazine.</span><br /><br /><span>"And over the last 10 years, I've used cannabis. My husband makes me tinctures that help me immensely with pain, inflammation, sleep and anxiety. I'd like to research all that and find out what else is going on because I feel good."</span><br /><br /><span>In the interview, the 72-year-old also opened up about her diet that was inspired by her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi.</span><br /><br /><span>"I've also been eating vegan because my daughter was visiting me and she's a vegan," Newton-John added.</span><br /><br /></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/CQO9buxDdDE/?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/CQO9buxDdDE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Olivia Newton-John (@therealonj)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>"I feel very good. I try to do something for myself every day that I love, like seeing my horses or sitting in the garden."</span><br /><br /><span>The Australian actress was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992.</span><br /><br /><span>She was then diagnosed for the second time in 2013, as this time the cancer spread to her shoulder.</span><br /><br /><span>Despite the actress once again overcoming the illness, she was sadly told in 2017 that it had metastasised and spread to her bones.</span><br /><br /><span>Newton-John remains positive despite the cancer diagnoses throughout the years, telling </span><em>People</em><span> Magazine back in February that she still feels so blessed.</span><br /><br /><span>"I'm so lucky to still be doing all these things," she admitted.</span><br /><br /><span>"I don't think I imagined living this long! I feel very blessed.</span><br /><br /><span>"I'm very lucky to be married to a wonderful man who is a plant medicine man, and he has great knowledge.</span><br /><br /><span>“Now he's growing medicinal cannabis for me, and it just has been wonderful. It helps me in every area.”</span></p>

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Princess Charlene’s sad reality without her kids

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Princess Charlene of Monaco has given a glimpse into her recovery from surgery, after weeks of “painful” separation from her husband and children. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 43-year-old former Olympic swimmer took to Instagram to share several snaps from her call with her two twins, six-year-old Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Spending time with Jacqui and Bella,” she wrote. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Making blankets for the crèche next door. Wish me luck,” she added. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Princess Charlene has been in her home country of South Africa for the last few months to undergo anti-poaching work while her husband, Albert and their children remained behind in Monaco. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The royal sported skinny jeans, a green turtleneck jumper and tan boots while blowing kisses to her children via a FaceTime call. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842429/princess-charlene-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e2d60b3631c84397a7b28a8b600e7fe1" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In another photo, Princess Charlene is seen showing several colourful wildlife conservation posts on the wall. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Zimbabwe-born royal sadly developed a worrying ear, nose and throat infection that required surgery in May. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The royal had a second surgery a month later “to address complications from a previous operation,” the palace confirmed in a statement to<em> PEOPLE Magazine. </em></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Charlene will remain in South Africa “indefinitely” to undergo more procedures, meaning she has not seen her kids and husband since early June when they last came to visit the conservationist royal. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842430/princess-charlene-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c2bbd37e7daf4da59a30b5bcc0c1045b" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her recovery also prevented Charlene from returning to Monaco to celebrate her tenth wedding anniversary with Prince Albert on July 1. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"This year will be the first time that I will not be with my husband on our wedding anniversary in July, which is difficult and saddens me," she said in a statement shared prior to the big day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"However, Albert and I had no choice but to follow the instructions of the medical team, even if it was extremely difficult. He has been the most incredible support to me," she added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842428/princess-charlene-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e7f728f8f32e4091ab9eb121f56f79ce" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Charlene also opened up about the painful reality being separated from her husband and kids.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's been a trying time for me. I miss my husband and children dearly," she told South African News Channel24.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Albert is my rock and strength and without his love and support I would not have been able to get through this painful time."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Albert and the twins are planning to visit Princess Charlene in South Africa. </span></p> <p><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Three-year-old dies after dental visit

<p><span>A mother in the US has been left broken-hearted and in desperate need of answers after a simple dental procedure for her three-year-old son resulted in his passing.</span><br /><br /><span>Nancy Valenzuela, a mother of three from Scott City, Kansas, said she took her son, Abiel Valenzuela Zapata, into Tiny Teeth Pediatrics Dentistry for a check up.</span><br /><br /><span>A simple procedure was necessary – a teeth extraction after a nasty gum infection.</span><br /><br /><span>“We didn’t expect to come out of there without a child,” Valenzuela explained.</span><br /><br /><span>Abiel died on Tuesday after being transported to a Wichita hospital.</span><br /><br /><span>Valenzuela revealed she and her son had visited two dental offices in southwest Kansas, but was told both times that her son needed to have teeth pulled.</span><br /><br /><span>She sadly went on to say her boy was fine before he went into surgery, and only asked for comfort while getting a shot.</span><br /><br /><span>“I told him, ‘Papi, everything’s going to be okay. You know you’re fine,’” said Valenzuela.</span><br /><br /><span>Wichita police officers later reported that the anesthesiologist claimed Abiel was doing fine for about 30 minutes under sedation.</span><br /><br /><span>However, disaster slowly ensued for the family.</span><br /><br /><span>While the specific details surrounding Abiel’s procedure, the doctor reported he’d never seen “anything like that”, especially in someone so small without any known allergies.</span><br /><br /><span>Valenzuela said she didn’t know there was a medical emergency at the office for her son until he was brought out to the ambulance.</span><br /><br /><span>“As a mother, you feel like you failed him because you didn’t do anything to protect him,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I really thought that I made the right choice.”</span><br /><br /><span>Valenzuela sadly never saw her son alive again, but that didn’t stop her from making one final promise to him.</span><br /><br /><span>“‘I couldn’t do anything for you, but I will investigate.’ It’s what I told him. It’s the only thing I can do and bring awareness,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>The mother said it’s been difficult on her other children, including Abiel’s older brother.</span><br /><br /><span>“I asked him later on in the night, ‘Where is Abiel,’ and he pointed up, and he said he is with God,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>She said the family would have to take it one day at a time.</span><br /><br /><span>“He’s in a better place, he was just so young, and we loved him a lot,” said Valenzuela.</span><br /><br /><span>Police officer Trevor Macy said in a statement that there is no criminal investigation underway “at this time.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry has released a statement on the three-year-old’s death.</span><br /><br /><span>“Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry is devastated by the death of Abiel Valenzuela Zapata,” the statement reads.</span><br /><br /><span>“Like Abiel’s family, we, too, want to understand how this tragic event may have occurred.</span><br /><br /><span>“Our practice has never experienced an incident like this, and we had no reason to expect this procedure would be anything other than routine.</span><br /><br /><span>“We would like to thank the EMS first responders who arrived only a few minutes after we called 911.</span><br /><br /><span>“They continued the CPR efforts we had begun and worked feverishly to save Abiel.”</span><br /><br /><span>The family has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for funeral costs.</span></p>

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Russell Crowe spotted queueing up for COVID jab

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One of Australia’s top film stars has been spotted in the queue with thousands of Sydneysiders waiting to get vaccinated.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Russell Crowe has spent much of the COVID-19 pandemic in New South Wales and took to Twitter to confirm he was one of tens of thousands to get the jab over the weekend.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“How I spent my Sunday. Lining up with 7000 good citizens to get shot 1 of vaccine,” he tweeted on Tuesday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Book yours via NSW Health,” he added, along with a link to the Service NSW website.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">How I spent my Sunday. Lining up with 7000 good citizens to get shot 1 of vaccine. <br /><br />Book yours via NSW health <a href="https://t.co/WcppFuTlFO">https://t.co/WcppFuTlFO</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZyON96npWu">pic.twitter.com/ZyON96npWu</a></p> — Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) <a href="https://twitter.com/russellcrowe/status/1414704323544555520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 12, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Karen Price, President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) applauded Crowe for publicly supporting the vaccine rollout, responding: “Follow Russell’s example and roll up your sleeve to get your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It doesn’t matter if you are an accountant, construction worker, small business owner or Hollywood movie star - we all have a role to play in fighting this pandemic.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since the end of February, about 2,728,897 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the state. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">20,749 of the doses were administered in the last 24 hours.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Russell Crowe / Twitter</span></em></p>

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Veteran with terminal cancer speechless after Blue Wiggle’s kind act

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Queensland army veteran has been left lost for words after finding out about how one of Australia’s biggest music stars plans to set his young family up for life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wiggles member Anthony Field has pledged to donate the royalties from the group’s new album, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lullabies With Love</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, to Brendan Nikolajew’s wife and children.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nikolajew is in palliative care as he combats late-stage terminal cancer at home in Moreton Bay.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I never thought that I’d be receiving support and admiration from such a legend,” Nikolajew said of Field’s kind act on Instagram on Tuesday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Anthony has given so much and it’s too humbling.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For this to be put into words is the hardest part … Just a massive thanks to everyone involved!”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 30-year-old war veteran, who served in Afghanistan, has been battling cancer for more than three years after a small lump was found on one of his testicles.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After treatment of the lump, his cancer returned in November last year and was found in other areas of his body.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite undergoing immediate chemotherapy treatment, he was recently given the terminal diagnosis and is making himself as comfortable as possible at home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His friend, Matthew James, spoke to 7NEWS in July, describing Nikolajew as “a positive guy”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He’s the guy in the group who would try to pick you up if you were feeling down,” James said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He’s definitely the most genuine bloke you could meet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For the past three or so years he’s been really going through it, it’s never really sunk in.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He’s always been a positive guy. It’s kind of really starting to hit home. It’s a really rough time.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Field, the blue Wiggle who started the beloved children’s group in the 1990s, also served in the military.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His gesture will be set to benefit Nikolajew’s wife Leah, their four-year-old daughter Georgie, and their two-year-old son Roman.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">More than $12000 has also been raised through a GoFundMe for the family.</span></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/CQ9SMwzhuxc/?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/CQ9SMwzhuxc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Brendan Nikolajew (@brendans.cancer.fight)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“These two and my wife, are the reasons I fight/fought so hard, so long and gave whatever it took,” Nikolajew said on Instagram recently.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I also lived my bloody life, which I’m proud of.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Brendan Nikolajew / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Queen makes first in-person public appearance

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Queen has been captured beaming at a royal fan as she arrived in Manchester for a day of official events.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After conducting much of her business online from Windsor Castle during the pandemic, Her Majesty is clearly enjoying being able to see the public and carry out royal duties in person.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the clip, the Queen can be seen arriving at Victoria Station in Manchester.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You okay? Coming home, Lizzy!” he can be heard saying in the video shared to Twitter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“God save our queen. It’s coming home,” he captioned the video, in an apparent reference to England’s victory in the Euro semi-final against Denmark.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">God save our queen 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 it’s coming home <a href="https://t.co/VNuO6xblTt">pic.twitter.com/VNuO6xblTt</a></p> — Samo (@callumsamoright) <a href="https://twitter.com/callumsamoright/status/1413087354429050884?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 8, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Queen then visited the set of </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Coronation Street</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> as the show celebrates 60 years of being on the air.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In her first visit to the show since she dropped by in 1982, the Queen toured the set and studios and met members of the cast and crew.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">📺 Today The Queen is visiting the set of the world’s longest running soap opera: Coronation Street. <br /><br />🎉 Last year <a href="https://twitter.com/itvcorrie?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@itvcorrie</a> celebrated its 60th anniversary. <a href="https://t.co/LJL75vxmte">pic.twitter.com/LJL75vxmte</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1413126095122014220?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 8, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prince Charles has also visited the set.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Queen spoke with actor Bill Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, telling him “It’s really marvelous you’ve been able to carry on” filming during the pandemic.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Well, ma’am, you’re the one who has carried on,” he replied.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After visiting the set, the Queen went to Manchester Cathedral to meet community representatives who have supported people affected by the pandemic.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Queen helped unveil a plaque commemorating both the visit and the 600th anniversary of the Collegiate Church of Manchester, which became a cathedral in 1847.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Coronation Street / Twitter</span></em></p>

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Tragic final moments of newborn captured

<p>Heartbreaking photos have emerged of a baby taking her last breaths in the hospital after her father allegedly beat her while her mother was in the hospital.</p> <p>Del’Shawn Banks, 23, is accused of killing seven-week-old Del’Luna Banks after she suffered a fractured skull.</p> <p>The baby's mother, Cortney Jones, had been in hospital with birth complications and received a call saying her baby "wasn't breathing".</p> <p>“I’m sitting in the wheelchair waiting to get rolled back to the room and I get the call my baby wasn’t breathing and the dad’s crying,” she told US news outlet <a href="https://www.wave3.com/2021/06/25/complete-monster-louisville-mother-mourning-7-week-old-daughter-childs-father-charged-with-murder/"><em>Wave3</em></a>.</p> <p>“They tell me her heart has stopped and she’s not breathing and they are going to do a CT scan to see what’s wrong.</p> <p>“They do the CT scan and see she has bleeding in her head, she has a skull fracture, and that they believe somebody hurt her.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842154/baby-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ec169c2c5d064d1bbee6b86df3fddd90" /></p> <p>The father allegedly admitted to shaking his baby daughter and throwing her on the ground.</p> <p>Cortney is disgusted by him, calling him a "monster".</p> <p>“I don’t understand how you could hurt our baby girl in any shape, way or form,” she said.</p> <p>“The one time I’m gone for more than two hours, this happens. A complete monster.</p> <p>“You’re expecting to live a long life with your child, to make memories, and I have only two months’ worth of memories.</p> <p>“That’s just not enough.”</p> <p>Banks appeared in court on Tuesday, with his bail set for $332,000.</p> <p><a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/justicefordelluna-funeral-expense-fund"><em>Photo credit: GoFundMe</em></a></p>

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Woman praised for “witchcraft” hack to get stovetops gleaming

<p>A woman has shared her incredible stovetop transformation hack, earning a heap of praise online.</p> <p>Anyone with plate covers can find they look rusty and worn after years of use, however a cleaning angel has come to get our kitchens shining like new again.</p> <p>The woman took to a Facebook cleaning page to show just how easy it was to transform her stovetop, revealing she only used a few products from Bunnings, Woolworths and Ebay.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842102/stove-top.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/40bef6cf54704eaf9e4acb31a42be864" /></p> <p>“It may have taken a bit of effort, but seeing it look this good is so satisfying,” the woman wrote said alongside photos of her stovetop before and after the major transformation.</p> <p>She said that she used Ajax wipes and Bar Keepers Friend from Woolworths for the stainless steel.</p> <p>She then used Hillmark ShineOn Solid Hotplate Protector from Bunnings for the hotplates.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842100/stove-top-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/66d33cd4416646938ebb140751112420" /></p> <p>She ended up replacing the covers for $20 through Ebay.</p> <p>Shocked onlookers took to the comments to praise the women for her drastic transformation with one writing: “What kind of witchcraft is this?”</p> <p>"Looks amazing," another person said.</p> <p><em>Images: Facebook</em></p>

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Prince Harry makes surprise appearance

<p>Prince Harry has delivered a stirring speech at a virtual ceremony for the Diana Awards.</p> <p>Named after the Duke of Sussex’s late mother Princess Diana, the annual awards pay tribute to young people for their hard work and humanitarian services.</p> <p>Harry landed in the United Kingdom on Friday ahead of the unveiling of a Diana statue at Kensington Palace this Thursday.</p> <p>The royal paid tribute to his mum and even mentioned his distant brother, Prince William.</p> <p>“I’m truly honoured to be celebrating your work, your commitment to change making and the vital role that you’ve taken on representing a new generation of humanitarianism,” he began.</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/CQJqdwaHZBJ/?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/CQJqdwaHZBJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Prince Harry (Info) (@harry.dukeofsussex)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Later this week, my brother and I are recognising what would have been our mum’s 60th birthday, and she would be so proud of you all for living authentic life with purpose and with compassion for others.</p> <p>“Our mum believed that young people have the power to change the world.</p> <p>“She believed in your strength because she saw it day in and day out and in the faces of young people exactly like you, she witnessed a boundless enthusiasm and passion,” he added.</p> <p>“And I too see those same values shine through as it has done for 21 years now, The Diana Award carries her legacy forward by putting young people at the centre of our future - and this has never been more important.”</p> <p>Harry went on to honour the Diana Award recipients and thanked them all for “inspiring him” with their “brilliance, determination and compassion.”</p> <p>“You are putting the ‘do’s’ behind the ‘say’s’, and this is the personification of our mother’s legacy.”</p> <p>“Never be afraid to do what’s right. Stand up for what you believe in and trust that when you live by truth and in service to others, people will see that just as they did with my mum,” he added.</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/CMukeyRnt0D/?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/CMukeyRnt0D/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Prince Harry (Info) (@harry.dukeofsussex)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Harry will attend a scaled-back ceremony at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden to unveil the statue of Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday.</p> <p>A statement by Kensington Palace reads: “Prince William and Prince Harry will attend a small event to mark the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace on Thursday July 1.”</p> <p>“In addition to close family of Diana, Princess of Wales, members of the statue committee, the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, and garden designer, Pip Morrison, will also be present.”</p>

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The touching reason Ash Barty joined the standing ovation for her opponent

<p>Australian tennis legend Ash Barty touched hearts after she joined in the standing ovation for her opponent Carla Suárez Navarro.</p> <p>She wanted to pay tribute to Navarro who was playing in her 11th and final Wimbledon after intensive cancer treatment.</p> <p>Suárez Navarro, a former world No 6, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma last year and underwent eight sessions of chemotherapy.</p> <p>Barty ended up winning the match 6-1, 6-7 (1) and 6-1.</p> <p>“She’s a hell of a competitor, a hell of a fighter,” Barty said. “It was a privilege to be able to share that moment, share that court with her. I hadn’t had the opportunity to play Carla. It was really special to be able to experience what she can bring from the other side of the court.</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/CQt0h5Wh0on/?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/CQt0h5Wh0on/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ash Barty (@ashbarty)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I think all credit goes to her for her resilience and her nature as a competitor, to be able to come back from the adversity that she has, and to be able to have that moment with her was nothing shy of remarkable.”</p> <p>Barty joined in on the standing ovation at the end of the match as well.</p> <p>“I just said to her: ‘It was a pleasure to share the court with you.’ She’s an exceptional person, a great fighter, a great competitor, and very well loved and respected in the locker room. She’s going to be sorely missed.”</p> <p>Suárez Navarro explained that she enjoyed the experience despite not winning the match.</p> <p>“I think I played a really good game,” she said. “I was enjoying the match. I’m trying to do my best. I know what I have to do to win the match, but my body is not the same as it was two years ago. When I spend time on court, I feel tired.”</p> <p>Wimbledon has always had a special place in her heart as it's "so beautiful".</p> <p>“This is one of the most beautiful tournaments of the year. Always when I come back, I’m really happy to be here. Everything is so beautiful.”</p>

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Wedding guest mortified by awkward blunder

<p>A woman has taken to the social media app TikTok to share the stunningly awkward moment she arrived at a wedding with the exact same dress as the bridal party.</p> <p>Lisa Marie Torres (<a href="https://www.tiktok.com/@lisalovesrandom?is_copy_url=1&amp;is_from_webapp=v1&amp;lang=en">@lisalovesrandom</a>), regularly posts bridal content to her page, but this time she had to share her own embarrassing blunder.</p> <p>Lisa told her followers that while she was skimming through an article that articulated why it was inappropriate to wear the same colour as the bridesmaid, she had the sudden realisation that she had made a terrible mistake.</p> <p>“If you’re not a bridesmaid, wearing the same colour as the ‘maids can make you look like a wannabe,” the website read.</p> <p>Lisa then went on to share photos of the bridal party from a wedding she recently went to, and herself in the same-coloured dress.</p> <p>“[My fiancé] was a groomsman, I wasn’t a bridesmaid,” she wrote.</p> <p>Fans took to the comments, with one follower asking how guests are supposed to know about the bridesmaid’s colours.</p> <p>“That’s what I asked too,” Lisa replied.</p> <p>“It’s often on the wedding website. Also, the invitation usually shows wedding colours.”</p> <p>She also said she didn’t know that it was “against the rules” to wear the same-coloured dress as the bridal party.</p> <p>The bride whose wedding Lisa had attended commented on the post, saying that she was fine with the incident.</p> <p>“Girl I didn’t even notice,” she wrote. “You looked great!”</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

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Insider breaks silence on Princess Diana's last words

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A fire chief who was one of the first people to help Princess Diana after her fatal car crash in Paris has spoken for the first time about her final moments.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sergeant Xavier Gourmelon told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Daily Mail</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that when he arrived at the scene in August 1997, Diana was still “moving and talking”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She spoke in English and said, ‘Oh my God, what’s happened?’ I could understand that, so I tried to calm her. I held her hand,” Sergeant Gourmelon said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sergeant Gourmelon had given his statement to police but this marks the first time he has spoken to the press about the tragedy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The impact of the car hitting an underpass - estimated to have been travelling at around 105 km/h - had instantly killed driver Henri Paul and Diana’s new boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, according to the </span><a href="https://pagesix.com/2021/06/22/fire-chief-reveals-princess-dianas-last-words-after-fatal-crash/?_ga=2.19266616.1498306002.1624268608-1323037306.1590418386"><span style="font-weight: 400;">New York Post</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sergeant Gourmelon recalled that Diana seemed physically fine besides an injured shoulder - but he had no idea he was trying to save a princess.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It was only after he had helped load Diana into an ambulance that he found out who she was from a captain also at the scene.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He tells me who she is and then, yes, I recognise her, but in the moment I didn’t,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The same was also true for the first person to help her, off-duty doctor Frederic Mailliez, who had come across the crash while driving home from a party.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He saw “two [victims] were already apparently dead” and two others, including Diana’s bodyguard, “were seriously injured but still alive”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He helped Diana first, who was in the back of the Mercedes on the floor.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I discovered then she was a most beautiful woman and she didn’t have any [serious] injuries to her face. She was not bleeding [then] but she was almost unconscious and was having difficulty breathing,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She looked fine for the first minutes,” he recalled.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So I began to speak English to her, saying I was a doctor and that the ambulance was on its way and everything is going to be alright.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since he left the scene once emergency workers arrived, he said: “I left the scene without knowing who I had been treating.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Prince Harry / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Friends star fighting late-stage cancer

<p>James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther on Friends, has revealed his Stage 4 prostate cancer diagnosis while appearing on the Today show.</p> <p>"I was 56 years old at the time, and they screen for PSA, which is prostate-specific antigen," Tyler said. "That came back at an extraordinarily high number. So I knew immediately when I went online and I saw the results of my blood test and blood work that there was obviously something quite wrong there. Nearly immediately, my doctor called me and said, 'Hey, I need you to come in tomorrow because I suspect that you may have quite a serious problem with your prostate.'"</p> <p>Tyler recently appeared via video call on the HBO Max special Friends: The Reunion.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 250px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841929/1-2021-06-22t104132927.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1b44a0de82ab4ceaaf2a2c043b74407c" /></p> <p>"I wanted to be a part of that, and initially I was going to be on the stage, at least, with them, and be able to take part in all the festivities," he said. "It was bittersweet, honestly. I was very happy to be included. It was my decision not to be a part of that physically and make an appearance on Zoom, basically, because I didn't wanna bring a downer on it, you know? I didn't want to be like, 'Oh, and by the way, Gunther has cancer.'"</p> <p>The actor is undergoing chemotherapy to combat the cancer, and is urging men to get early screenings in order to battle it through an early diagnosis.</p> <p>"There are other options available to men if they catch it before me," he said. "Next time you go in for just a basic exam or your yearly checkup, please ask your doctor for a PSA test. It's easily detectable. If it spreads beyond the prostate to the bones, which is most prevalent in my form, it can be a lot more difficult to deal with."</p>

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World's most premature baby celebrates first birthday

<p>A baby born weighing less than a pound has beaten the odds and celebrated his first birthday, becoming the most premature baby to survive, according to Guinness World Records.</p> <p>When Richard Scott William Hutchinson was born five months prematurely - recognised by Guinness as the world's most premature baby - his doctors prepared his parents for the worst.</p> <p>Richard was born at Children's Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after his mother, Beth Hutchinson, suffered medical complications that caused her to go into labor.</p> <p>Richard was born 131 days before his due date, weighing just 11.9 ounces, and was so small he could fit in the palm of his parents' hands.</p> <p>“When [his father] Rick and Beth received prenatal counseling on what to expect with a baby born so early, they were given a 0% chance of survival by our neonatology team,” Dr. Stacy Kern, Richard’s neonatologist at Children’s Minnesota, told Guinness World Records.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841920/screen-shot-2021-06-21-at-32350-pm.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a640249cdf7246af8f0dcc3730ce074f" /></p> <p>“I knew the first few weeks of Richard’s life would be very difficult, but I felt that if he could make it through that, he would be a survivor.”</p> <p>Due to the pandemic, Richard's parents were unable to stay overnight with him at the hospital, and his other family members couldn't see him either.</p> <p>So the parents traveled daily from their home in St Croix County, Wisconsin to Minneapolis, according to Guinness.</p> <p>“We made sure we were there to give him support,” Rick told Guinness World Records. “I think that helped him get through this because he knew he could count on us.”</p> <p>Rick and Beth Hutchinson did not reply to CNN’s request for comment.</p> <p>In December 2020, after spending more than six months in the hospital, Richard was able to go home with his family.</p> <p>“The day Richard was discharged from the NICU was such a special day. I remember picking him up out of his crib and just holding him with tears in my eyes,” Kern said.</p> <p>“I couldn’t believe this was the same little boy that once was so sick, that I feared he may not survive. The same little boy that once fit in the palm of my hand, with skin so translucent that I could see every rib and vessel in his tiny body. I couldn’t help but squeeze him and tell him how proud I was of him.”</p> <p>On June 5, the lucky baby got to celebrate his first birthday surrounded by family and their three dogs.</p> <p>“It doesn’t feel real,” Beth said about Richard breaking the record. “We’re still surprised about it. But we’re happy. It’s a way we can share his story to raise awareness about premature births.”</p>

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“We are making history”: World’s first recipient of new Alzheimer's drug

<p>A man from Rhode Island, USA, has become the first patient in the world to receive an infusion of a controversial Alzheimer's disease drug.</p> <p>Marc Archambault, 70, has been treated with aducanumab, which was approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 7th.</p> <p>The drug works by removing the sticky deposits of a protein called amyloid-beta from the brains of patients in the earlier stages of Alzheimer's.</p> <p>Critics aren't happy with the decision, saying clinical trials were mixed and question if the approval process of the drug was too quick.</p> <p>Archambault is happy with being treated.</p> <p>"I am a happy guy but hearing that the FDA had approved Aduhelm and that I am eligible for the treatment, I am living happier of course," Archambault said in a statement.</p> <p>"The thought that the last stage [of Alzheimer's] may now be far away for me, or even that I might stay as I am, is incredible. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to receive this treatment."</p> <p>Dr Stephen Salloway, who oversees the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital has said that 100 patients will be given the drug once a month.</p> <p>"Today, we're making history," he said at a press conference on Wednesday.</p> <p>"We're opening a new era in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease."</p> <p>10 out of 11 members of the FDA advisory board voted against the drug's approval in November, but the FDA is allowed to make decisions that go against the board's vote.</p> <p>The controversial rollout also caused three members of the board to step down from their positions.</p> <p>"[Aducanumab] probably the worst drug approval decision in recent U.S. history," Kesselheim wrote in a letter to FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock on Thursday, per <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.statnews.com/2021/06/10/third-member-of-fda-expert-committee-resigns-over-controversial-alzheimers-therapy-decision/" target="_blank">Stat News.</a></p> <p>"It is clear to me that FDA is not presently capable of adequately integrating the Committee's scientific recommendations into its approval decisions."</p>

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Fireman encounters worst nightmare at fatal crash

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Welsh fireman Adrian Smith responded to an emergency call on Sunday, he encountered every emergency worker’s worst nightmare.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Smith attended the scene of a triple-car pile-up to find his 21-year-old daughter Ella’s body being pulled from the wreckage.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ella had been driving home from the beach at Broad Haven in Pembrokeshire when the accident occurred, </span><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/15282074/fireman-horrific-crash-discovered-beautiful-daughter-dead/"><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sun </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">reports</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her 47-year-old father was on duty nearby when he was called out to the three-car crash, discovering that a car had smashed into the passenger side of the car Ella was in.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The driver, along with a man and woman in another car, suffered serious injuries, but Ella died at the scene.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It must have been a complete nightmare for Adrian to find his own daughter was the victim,” a family friend said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Ella was a lovely girl, they are a lovely family - everyone is in shock and totally devastated.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hours after the accident, Mr Smith broke the news of his daughter’s passing by sharing a picture of him and her dancing together at a party when she was a little girl.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are utterly devastated at losing our beloved Ella,” the family wrote in a statement released by local police.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She was a much-loved and caring daughter, sister and granddaughter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She was a beautiful girl who will be missed by all.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tributes flooded in for the young victim, who worked at a bakery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A friend described her as a “gorgeous person” while another said she was “the kindest soul you could ever meet”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I loved every minute of speaking to you Ella, you never failed to make me laugh,” another friend said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police have asked for any other drivers at the scene to share any dashcam footage from the incident, in an effort to find out more about the cause of the crash.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Facebook</span></em></p>

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Prince Edward's wife breaks down mid-interview

<p>Prince Edward's wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, revealed that Prince Philip's death has left a "giant-sized hole" in the royal family.</p> <p>She also spoke about the pandemic has "slightly skewed things", which means that the royal family haven't been able to grieve properly.</p> <p>Despite the Duke of Edinburgh passing away "peacefully" at Windsor Castle on April 9th, the family aren't coping properly two months on from his death.</p> <p>She spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live and said that Prince Philip's death left a "giant-sized hole in our lives".</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qrc-By4JnSY"></iframe></div> <p>“Well he has left a giant-sized hole in our lives," she began.</p> <p>“I think the pandemic has unfortunately slightly skewed things in as much as it’s hard to spend as much time with the Queen as we would like to.</p> <p>“We’ve been trying to, but of course it’s still not that easy.</p> <p>“And of course the normal way of things isn’t normal yet so we’re not necessarily doing the things that we would normally have done with him.</p> <p>“So I think the whole grieving process is probably likely for us to take a lot longer. It may be the same for many other families out there.</p> <p>“Because if you’re not living with somebody, 24/7, the immediate loss isn’t necessarily felt in the same way, as if somebody was in the house with you all the time.”</p> <p>Interviewer Naga Munchetty saw that Sophie's eyes began to fill with tears and asked her if she was okay.</p> <p>Sophie responded: “It’s only when you would do the normal things that you would have done with them, and you suddenly realise that they are not there, that you really start to have an ‘oh my goodness’ moment.</p> <p>“Just talking to you now, it’s a bit of an ‘oh my goodness’ moment. I think they’ll come and go. But you have to let them come and go.”</p>

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Parents share heartbreak after kissing their daughter goodbye

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A mum has opened up about having to make the heartbreaking decision to turn her daughter’s life support off following a crash.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chloe Lee, her parents Geoff and Sommar, and her younger brother Declan were injured in a crash in the Western Australian Wheatbelt region on May 30.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The family was rushed to hospital after being cut from the vehicle.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Geoff came away from the accident with broken ankles, spinal injuries, and internal injuries while Somamar suffered a broken pelvis, wrist, and broken legs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chloe suffered head and spinal injuries and was put on life support at Perth Children’s Hospital.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to a </span><a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/e3e94c-help-the-lee-family?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&amp;utm_medium=sms&amp;utm_source=customer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">GoFundMe started for the family</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Chloe’s life support was turned off days after the accident when the family was well enough “to kiss their baby girl goodbye”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In an update on the fundraising site, Sommar wrote about the difficulty of the decision she and Geoff made.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Where do I even begin, how do you go on when one of the [two] halves of your heart is gone?,” she wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When you are lying in your broken body unable to move to save your precious child.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Being told that your beautiful, sassy, amazing 10-year-old is being kept alive by life support and no it’s not like on TV, a miracle is not going to save her.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The decision was made even more difficult with the knowledge they had to tell their son, Declan, that his big sister “has to go to heaven”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Having to tell our son, that his other half, his best friend and sister, has to go to heaven. That the machines breathing for her and keeping her precious heart pumping, needs to be turned off, is the hardest thing we had to do,” she continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Especially not being able to hold him in our arms, barely able to hold his hand.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sommar also thanked the “amazing doctors and nurses” who helped at the scene of the accident and in the hospital while the family underwent treatment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. There are no words to describe the place you will always have in our hearts.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sommar said the family is now “stuck in limbo” as they recover from their injuries and mourn Chloe.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Lee family had recently moved to WA from Queensland for a “change of life”, with the fundraiser aiming to help them return to Caboolture in Queensland.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Geoff and Sommar also wish to return Chloe to Caboolture for a funeral with her friends and family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The fundraiser has raised more than $64,000 in donations.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: GoFundMe</span></em></p>

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Are your grandkids safe? It’s far too easy for abusers to exploit smart toys and trackers

<p>The wearable technology market is booming, with <a href="https://news.strategyanalytics.com/press-releases/press-release-details/2021/Strategy-Analytics-Half-Billion-Wearables-Sold-Worldwide-in-2020/default.aspx">half a billion wearables</a> sold globally in 2020. Apps on these devices, or the devices themselves, often claim to monitor our health to spot illnesses, track our workouts to help us reach our fitness goals, or keep an eye on our children’s whereabouts to enhance their safety.</p> <p>But they’re also divisive. Supporters of wearable technology claim that health trackers should be <a href="https://theconversation.com/why-the-nhs-should-prescribe-wearable-fitness-trackers-60817">prescribed by the NHS</a> and could even deliver an <a href="https://theconversation.com/wearable-fitness-devices-deliver-early-warning-of-possible-covid-19-infection-143388">early warning</a> of a possible COVID-19 infection. GPS tracking devices designed to be worn by children, meanwhile, are seen as a <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-04/digitally-tracking-kids-more-parents-use-devices/10957906">safety asset</a> for parents.</p> <p>Yet studies have found fitness trackers to be too <a href="https://theconversation.com/why-fitness-trackers-may-not-give-you-all-the-credit-you-hoped-for-128585">inaccurate</a> and <a href="https://theconversation.com/do-fitness-trackers-make-you-fitter-52404">misleading</a> to be used by <a href="https://eu.usatoday.com/story/tech/2019/08/14/how-doctors-really-feel-data-your-apple-watch-fitbit/1900968001/">medical professionals</a>, and that, because they’ve been rushed to market, wearables of all kinds are an insecure “<a href="https://theconversation.com/why-health-apps-are-like-the-wild-west-with-apple-just-riding-into-town-103512">Wild West</a>” region of technology that requires urgent regulation.</p> <p>In <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/978692/The_UK_code_of_practice_for_consumer_IoT_security_-_PETRAS_UCL_research_report.pdf">a recent report</a>, we looked at the security risks associated with wearable devices, as well as “smart toys” that can record children in their homes. We found a concerning lack of security – especially for devices aimed at children – which lack even the most basic cybersecurity precautions, leaving them open to abuse.</p> <p><strong>Fitness trackers and personal data</strong></p> <p>One key issue with wearables is the data they generate and share. For instance, many fitness trackers rely on data on a person’s location to map their workouts. That’s great if you’re keen to track the distance of your jogs, but it’s not especially sensible if you’re embarking on those jogs <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42853072">from a military base</a> in hostile territory.</p> <p>Beyond that specific example, which caused some embarrassment for the US military in 2018, it’s clear that sharing your location publicly, even in a safe civilian setting, comes with significant risks.</p> <p>And it’s not just the real-time tracking of your running route that could expose your whereabouts. Because these trackers upload your workouts to an app and share them publicly, it’s possible for predators to use historic running, biking or hiking routes to predict where you might be at a given time. This safety issue isn’t only restricted to workouts. Even something as innocuous as <a href="https://www.wareable.com/wearable-tech/terms-and-conditions-privacy-policy-765">sharing a photo through your Apple watch</a> can give away your geolocation.</p> <p><strong>Are trackers safe for children?</strong></p> <p>Even more concerning are devices designed to be worn by children, sales of which are expected to reach <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/in/news-releases/global-kids-smartwatch-market-valued-at-364-3-million-us-in-2018-and-will-reach-873-5-million-us-by-the-end-of-2025-at-a-cagr-of-13-19-between-2019-2025-valuates-reports-814713277.html">$875 million (£620 million)</a> by 2025. These watches are marketed as wearable tech to keep kids safe, tracking their location and alerting parents when the watch’s onboard “SOS” button is pressed – or if the child travels beyond a geofenced area.</p> <p>Smart watches as safety devices on children’s wrists may sound like a <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/wearable-gps-tracking-for-children-to-ease-parents-minds/">boon for anxious parents</a>, but a <a href="https://fil.forbrukerradet.no/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/watchout-rapport-october-2017.pdf">2017 survey</a> of children’s smart watches found that the all-important “SOS” button either got stuck or didn’t work at all in most cases.</p> <p>Additionally, flaws in some smart watches’ accompanying apps have raised <a href="https://www.which.co.uk/news/2019/11/which-tests-for-security-flaws-in-kids-smartwatches/">serious safety concerns</a>. <a href="https://consumerfed.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/smart-watch-security-assessment.pdf">Security researchers</a> have found they could not only easily access children’s historical route data – like their path to and from school – and monitor their geolocation in real time, but they could also speak directly to the child, through the watch, without the call being reported in the parent’s app.</p> <p><strong>Connected toys</strong></p> <p>Fears that internet of things devices can give people unauthorised access to children also extend to <a href="https://theconversation.com/4-ways-internet-of-things-toys-endanger-children-94092">the “smart toy” market</a>. Some of these toys contain hidden cameras and microphones which, if hacked, could be used to record the interior of your home, including children’s rooms.</p> <p>In 2017, German regulators recognised this danger by <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39002142">banning the sale</a> of the Cayla “smart doll”, labelling it as the kind of “de facto espionage device” that Germany’s <a href="https://www.bundesnetzagentur.de/SharedDocs/Pressemitteilungen/EN/2017/17022017_cayla.html">Telecommunications Act</a> legislates against. In an unusual and unsettling move, the regulator went further by asking parents who’d bought one to <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/german-regulator-tells-parents-to-destroy-spy-doll-cayla/a-37601577">destroy the doll</a> to prevent illicit surveillance.</p> <p>Even if the manufacturers of smart toys and children’s smart watches can guarantee far better security than that which led to the Cayla ban, there remain other surveillance concerns. In 2019, a <a href="https://www.unicef.org/innovation/reports/memoAIchildrights">UNICEF-led report</a> highlighted how children’s rights – to creativity, freedom of choice and self-determination – are challenged by smart devices. Present in schools, at home, and on the wrist, this kind of round-the-clock surveillance, the report argues, restricts carefree childhood and hurts kids’ development.</p> <p><strong>Making trackers safer</strong></p> <p>Trackers and toys can be made safer. Before we allow these devices to flood the market, it’s essential <a href="https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10117734/">we standardise</a> the minimum security requirements that manufacturers must comply with – no matter where in the world these devices are made.</p> <p>Key among these standards should be the removal of <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/971440/Code_of_Practice_for_Consumer_IoT_Security_October_2018_V2.pdf">factory-default passwords</a> on devices – which, like “admin” or “1234”, are easily guessed or discovered by even the most novice hacker. Manufacturers should also publish a <a href="https://www.iotsecurityfoundation.org/expanding-the-view-of-consumer-vulnerability-disclosure-practice/">vulnerability disclosure</a> to help users understand risks, and make regular software updates in response to vulnerabilities unearthed by security researchers.</p> <p>Clearly, monitoring people’s health via wearable trackers has the potential to radically improve access to medical care. Likewise, every parent wants their child to be safe, and smart devices, like mobile phones before them, could be a reliable tool for checking in with them. But without safety standards, these devices have the potential to cause more harm than they offset. Regulators must act fast to stop this growing market from leading to significant harms.</p> <p><em>Written by <a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/saheli-datta-burton-1061974">Saheli Datta Burton</a>, UCL and <a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/madeline-carr-1148007">Madeline Carr</a>, UCL. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/its-far-too-easy-for-abusers-to-exploit-smart-toys-and-trackers-161946">The Conservation.</a> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p> </p>

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