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Prince William and Kate reveal Charlotte and Louis' latest obsession

<p><span>Prince William and Duchess Kate are both fiercely protective parents over their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis.</span><br /><br /><span>However they do tend to share a few details about their adorable clan, and most recently they have revealed that Princess Charlotte has a new obsession.</span><br /><br /><span>At 5-years-old, it may come as no surprise that little Char has developed a new love for construction equipment.</span><br /><br /><span>While the proud parents spoke to employers helping people find jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic, they met Lloyd Graham, the community engagement manager for construction company Keltbray.</span><br /><br /><span>He told the royal couple the company is hiring workers and offering apprenticeships for demolition work.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837941/royal-kids-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/623ecfffa9814dfca18e481ede0fc8c9" /><br /><br /><span>"The children — especially Louis — would love to come and watch that, to see the diggers, they love it," Prince William said.</span><br /><br /><span>Kate, then jumped in adding: "Don't forget Charlotte! She'd love it too."</span><br /><br /><span>Prince William previously revealed their two-year-old son is also a big fan of tractors.</span><br /><br /><span>"We've been lambing with the children this week," the 38-year-old admitted after the Wales vs France Six Nations Match in February.</span><br /><br /><span>"Charlotte wasn't sure at first, but George was straight in there. Louis loves the tractors. They love seeing the lambs and feeding the lambs."</span></p>

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Bindi Irwin shares sweet update on her pregnancy

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Bindi Irwin has shared the latest on how she's feeling in her first trimester of pregnancy.</p> <p>She's currently expecting a baby with her husband Chandler Powell and gave fans a sneak peek into how she's coping.</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/CFNxWaSh7SV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFNxWaSh7SV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a> on Sep 16, 2020 at 4:03pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"I was taking one of those lovely pregnancy naps the other day (first trimester, tired all the time right?) and jumped a mile when I woke up," Irwin captioned the photo of a bird staring at her through the window. "This guy was watching me out my window, right next to my head! Had to share..."</p> <p>She announced that she was expecting her first child on August 11.</p> <p>"Baby Wildlife Warrior due 2021," she captioned a photo holding a tiny Australia Zoo uniform. "Chandler and I are proud to announce that we're expecting! It's an honour to share this special moment in our lives with you. Though I'm still in my first trimester, we really want you to be part of our journey from the beginning of this new life chapter. We couldn't wait to share the news as this beautiful little being has become the most important part of our lives. Your support means the world to us. Please let me know your best advice and send good vibes &amp; prayers to our little sweetheart. Love &amp; light."</p> <p>The couple were wed on March 25th with a small number of family and friends due to coronavirus restrictions.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Family tragedy unites rivals Lisa Curry and Tracey Wickham

<p><span>After the loss of Lisa Curry’s daughter Jaimi Kenny on Monday, tributes have flown in to the family.</span><br /><br /><span>A joint statement from Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny revealed their beloved oldest daughter Jaimi had passed away in hospital that morning after a battle with a long-term illness.</span><br /><br /><span>While many across the nation shared their condolences to the family, there was one from a long-time rival that particularly stood out.</span><br /><br /><span>Tracey Wickham and Curry were both swimming stars the 1980s, and won more than 20 international gold medals combined.</span><br /><br /><span>Despite the Aussie duo dominating between the lanes, out of the pool their relationship was far from friendly.</span><br /><br /><span>This was obvious when media caught wind of a frosty moment the two shares ahead of the 1982 Commonwealth Games when Curry slow clapped her rival as she walked out to the pool.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837918/snake-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e95e8d8a81734f4588f289f9d1211eff" /><em>Wickham (left) and Curry (middle)</em><br /><br /><span>But after the tragic announcement of Jaimi’s death, Wickham put their rivalry aside and reached out to Lisa.</span><br /><br /><span>“Lisa, my heart breaks for you and your family,” she wrote on Curry’s Instagram.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s a tragic time when losing a child. I can’t believe we both have lost our beloved daughters.</span><br /><br /><span>“God bless you and hoping everyone holds you tight. Big hugs … much love. Tracey.”</span><br /><br /><span>Wickham lost her daughter Hannah Ciobo in 2009 after a five-year battle with the rare disease, synovial cancer.</span><br /><br /><span>Hannah, 19, was first diagnosed with synovial sarcoma — a rare and aggressive cancer — in 2004.</span><br /><br /><span>While she did beat it after several operations and rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, it sadly returned for the final time in early 2009.</span></p> <p><span>She died three hours after achieving her final wish — marrying Tom O’Driscoll in a hospital wedding.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair met two years earlier in a cancer ward.</span><br /><br /><span>Wickham said her daughter was in a hospital gown and on oxygen, but was aware of the ceremony.</span><br /><br /><span>The heartbreaking nuptials were attended by 20 family and friends including Hannah’s dad and brother Daniel.</span><br /><br /><span>“There was love in her eyes,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Tom was alone with her, and he saw her slip away.</span><br /><br /><span>“She was too young to die. Hannah was a fighter until the end, just like her mother.</span><br /><br /><span>“She passed away peacefully with family and friends.”</span><br /><br /><span>Curry thanked the outpouring of love after she made the heartbreaking announcement of her daughter’s death.</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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFLUI5KDRgA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFLUI5KDRgA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lisa Curry AO (@lisacurry)</a> on Sep 15, 2020 at 5:10pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>She also issued advice to fellow parents in an Instagram post.</span><br /><br /><span>“Right now, go and give your children the biggest hug and tell them how much you love them, and do that everyday because you’ll never know if it’s the last day,” she wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>Sadly Curry was forced to hit out on social media when a fundraiser was set up by internet scammers.</span><br /><br /><span>“SOME PEOPLE !!! Someone has started a go fund me page on Mark Andrew Tabone FB page … this is NOT US,” Ms Curry wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s also sending friend requests. PLEASE DO NOT OPEN ANYTHING FROM THIS FAKE ACCOUNT.”</span></p>

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Lisa Curry begs parents to do one thing in memory of her daughter

<p>Devastated Olympian Lisa Curry is struggling to come to terms with the death of her daughter Jaimi, who passed away from an unspecified illness at the age of 33.</p> <p>Lisa has called on parents to hug their children and tell them they love them after her heartbreaking loss.</p> <p>She's also thanked her fans for the "outpouring of love and strength" as they have flooded her social media with kind messages.</p> <p>“There are so many messages from so many people and it’s difficult to get back to all of you but in time we’ll try,” Lisa wrote.</p> <p>“Sadly, I know that we are not the only parents who have lost a child...</p> <p>“So to all the parents who have lost a child, and to those who will, today, tomorrow.... somehow I guess we get through it.</p> <p>“The grief is immense and we are allowing it to take its course.</p> <p>“If I can ask you to do something [for] Jaimi ... right now, go and give your children the biggest hug and tell them how much you love them, and do that every day, because you’ll never know if it’s the last day...</p> <p>“Our beautiful Jaimi. Resting peacefully now.”</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/CFLUI5KDRgA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFLUI5KDRgA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Thank you so much for the outpouring of love and strength we are receiving. There are so many messages from so many people and it’s difficult to get back to all of you but in time we’ll try. Sadly, I know that we are not the only parents who have lost a child... so to all the parents who have lost a child, and to those who will, today, tomorrow.... somehow i guess we get through it. The grief is immense and we are allowing it to take its course. 😞💔 If I can ask you to do something from Jaimi... right now, go and give your children the biggest hug and tell them how much you love them, and do that everyday because you’ll never know if it’s the last day... 😞 Our beautiful Jaimi🌸Resting peacefully now🌸</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/lisacurry/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Lisa Curry AO</a> (@lisacurry) on Sep 15, 2020 at 5:10pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Lisa announced on Monday that her daughter had passed, saying she was "heartbroken".</p> <p>“Jaimi will forever be remembered as a caring, bright and loving soul who always put others before herself,” Lisa said.</p>

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Ryan and Tatum O’Neal reunite after 17 years

<p>Ryan O’Neal was reunited with his once estranged daughter Tatum and her three children on Sunday, as they posed happily for their first family photo in 17 years.</p> <p>The Hollywood star looked frail but thrilled in the picture as he sat beside his grandson Sean and Oscar winner Tatum.</p> <p>Tatum’s other children Kevin and Emily were also in the snap.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram to share the photo, Sean celebrated his family being together after so long.</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/CFFYep5nONL/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFFYep5nONL/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">This is one of the most memorable photos of my life. The last time we were all together was at the 30-year Paper Moon Anniversary in 2003. I could cry tears of gratitude that everyone in this photo is still alive and that we were all able to come together again after so many years of hardship. The entire West Coast is burning, but if the O’Neals can reconcile, truly anything is possible 🙏🏻☺️💛#Reconciliation #Forgiveness #Wholeness #Love #FAMILY</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sean__mcenroe/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Sean McEnroe</a> (@sean__mcenroe) on Sep 13, 2020 at 9:52am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“This is one of the most memorable photos of my life,” he wrote. “The last time we were all together was at the 30-year Paper Moon Anniversary in 2003.</p> <p>“I could cry tears of gratitude that everyone in this photo is still alive and that we were all able to come together again after so many years of hardship.</p> <p>“The entire West Coast is burning, but if the O’Neals can reconcile, truly anything is possible.”</p> <p>At a mere 10-years-old, Tatum became the youngest person to win an Academy Award, which she won alongside her father for the 1973 comedy-drama Paper Moon.</p> <p>Both father and daughter have suffered from substance abuse and had a famously volatile relationship that resulted in a falling out that lasted nearly 25 years.</p>

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Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell share first sonogram of baby

<p>A pregnant Bindi Irwin and her husband Chandler Powell have shared their first sonogram of their baby, saying they are “the size of a hummingbird now”.</p> <p>On Sunday, the loved-up pair shared photos holding a koala and kangaroo joey, and said that the animals were excited to meet their “human joey”.</p> <p>“We can’t wait to teach our little one about the importance of protecting our planet and the beauty of the wildlife and wild places we love so much,” Bindi said.</p> <p>“Thank you for your kindness and support on this magical journey.”</p> <p>The couple announced they were expecting in August, writing on Twitter: “Baby Wildlife Warrior due 2021”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The animal joeys we care for are excited to meet our human joey. ❤️<br />We can’t wait to teach our little one about the importance of protecting our planet and the beauty of the wildlife and wild places we love so much. Thank you for your kindness and support on this magical journey. <a href="https://t.co/Sys4UPwGt3">pic.twitter.com/Sys4UPwGt3</a></p> — Bindi Irwin (@BindiIrwin) <a href="https://twitter.com/BindiIrwin/status/1304875038202425344?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 12, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“Though I’m still in my first trimester, we really want you to be part of our journey from the beginning of this new life chapter,” Bindi wrote.</p> <p>“Please let me know your best advice and send good vibes and prayers to our little sweetheart.</p> <p>Bindi and Chandler tied the knot back on March 25 at Queensland Australia Zoo.</p> <p>Just hours before weddings attended by more than five people were to be banned, the pair had already said “I do”.</p> <p>In her vows, Irwin described her relationship with the 23-year-old - who proposed on her 21st birthday - as “genuine, unconditional love”.</p> <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/CDvqncwhmXJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="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/CDvqncwhmXJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a> on Aug 11, 2020 at 2:56am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“A love like this is meant to be felt, in every part of our soul,” she said.</p> <p>She also referred to her late father Steve, who died in 2006 when she was eight years old.</p> <p>“My dad used to say that I couldn’t marry anyone unless he could swim across the croc pond first,” she said.</p> <p>“And now, here you are, helping us during our regular crocodile demonstrations.”</p>

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Prince William's relatable COVID parenting confession

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Prince William has made a parenting confession many can relate to, as he's exhausted raising three children while being under strict lockdown in the UK.</p> <p>He spoke to guests who attended an event in Belfast on Emergency Services Day and opened up about how tough it has been looking after three excited children.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2020090996912/prince-william-shares-relief-children-return-school/" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>HELLO!</em></a>, William explained to a police officer, "I think every parent is breathing a sigh of relief that school has started again."</p> <p>He added: "Five months – it's been wonderful, but it's been a long five months."</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/CBs47LKlPig/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBs47LKlPig/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Thank you everyone for your very kind wishes on The Duke of Cambridge's birthday today! 🎂 🎈</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kensingtonroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Duke and Duchess of Cambridge</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Jun 21, 2020 at 8:00am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>With three children under the age of ten, with George, 7, Charlotte, 5 and Louis, 2, homeschooling has been intensive.</p> <p>This has been confirmed by the Duchess of Cambridge herself, as the children have been bickering.</p> <p>"George gets very upset because he just wants to do all of Charlotte's projects. Spider sandwiches are far cooler than literacy work!" She told ITV's <em>This Morning</em>.</p> <p>She also has been running a tight ship, as she's kept schoolwork going during the Easter holidays.</p> <p>"Don't tell the children, we've actually kept it going through the holidays. I feel very mean," Kate told <em>BBC Breakfast</em>.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Perfect harmony: Newton-Johns delight with car-ride duet

<p>Olivia Newton-John and her daughter Lattanzi Chloe have surprised fans with a sweet video of the pair singing together in the car.</p> <p>34-year-old Chloe shared a funny video of the pair heading to the dentist, with a catchy jingle to match.</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/CEz0TujjRYq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CEz0TujjRYq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">What we do when we do anything. #sing @therealonj</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/chloelattanziofficial/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Chloe Lattanzi</a> (@chloelattanziofficial) on Sep 6, 2020 at 2:10pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>"On the way to the dentist, where I will get drilled," the women sing in perfect harmony.</p> <p>"On the way to the dentist, I'd rather have a pill," they continue.</p> <p>"What we do when we do anything. #sing @therealonj," Chloe captioned the post.</p> <p>Fans were thrilled with the glimpse into the daily life of the duo.</p> <p>"So lovely to hear you both sing together. Please post more songs together to brighten the spirits of those in Melbourne in lockdown," a second asked.</p> <p>"Beautiful mother-daughter duo and harmonies," a third said.</p> <p>The pair are incredibly close, with Chloe saying that seeing her mum is "good medicine".</p> <p>"I love seeing my mum. It's good medicine. When I don't see my mum for a long time, it's like I feel ill," Chloe told <em>The Australian Women's Weekly</em> last year.</p> <p>"When I'm with her, it feels like all is right with the world. She makes me feel safe."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Frustrated parents call out Duke and Duchess of Sussex

<p>Concerned parents are questioning why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were able to visit a pre-school in LA during the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>The parents were told they can't enter their children's schools but were frustrated to hear that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were able to "just turn up" at the preschool.</p> <p>The royal couple visited the Assistance League Preschool Learning Center on Monday to honour the 23rd anniversary of Harry's mother Princess Diana's death.</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/CEl2R8JgFKC/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CEl2R8JgFKC/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Assistance League of LA (@assistanceleagueoflosangeles)</a> on Sep 1, 2020 at 3:57am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"They have no respect for the rules as they are 'humanitarians' they are the exception?" a frustrated parent vented online.</p> <p>"Kids in the US have no clue what a Duke/Duchess even is, but they can come in when I can't.. for a pic?!?"</p> <p>Photos showed the couple wearing protective face masks and interacting with children, but this did little to ease the anger of parents as there are strict restrictions on them due to the pandemic.</p> <p>"I can't take a pencil to my child right now. NO visitors. No exceptions," one parent wrote.</p> <p>Others were critical that the pair brought a photographer along with them to capture the event.</p> <p>"I think any charity for children is lovely, kudos for that," one social media user wrote. "But... did they really need to have their favourite photographer there?"</p> <p>The couple planted forget-me-nots, which were Princess Diana's favourite flower.</p>

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Gorgeous Princess Mary marks the end of summer holiday with family photos

<p>Princess Mary of Denmark has marked the end of summer with a new set of family portraits.</p> <p>The royal did not shy away from sharing her holiday with royal watchers across the world, as she posted a picture of her and her husband Crown Prince Frederik looking loved up.</p> <p>The couple is joined by their four children, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, who are all beginning to look more grown up than ever.</p> <p>The portraits include one of the whole family standing in a doorway, and separate images of the children paired off, with their arms wrapped around each other.</p> <p>The series was incredibly captured by photographer Franne Voigt, who wrapped up the shoot with a photograph of the family of six walking through a garden together.</p> <p>"Then another summer passed," the caption begins, according to a translation.</p> <p>"We have all enjoyed it around Denmark, and here on the last summer day of the year we send a late summer greeting.</p> <p>The family has enjoyed a "staycation" during the summer months, holidaying in Denmark rather than travelling to another country.</p> <p>The Tasmanian-born princess and her family spent time in Skagen, a popular tourist town, and at their summer residence in Gråsten.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see the Danish royal family.</p> <p><strong>Images: Instagram @detdanskekongehus / Franne Voigt</strong></p>

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"Hitting rock bottom": Mick Fanning reveals life after punching shark

<p>Despite fighting off a Great White shark live on television in South Africa five years ago, Mick Fanning says that fatherhood has been the greatest challenge yet.</p> <p>The shocking footage was watched by thousands of shocked onlookers, with Fanning suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and nightmares of the accident for years afterwards.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/anhRxIQutZ8"></iframe></div> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>It hasn't stopped Fanning from living his life, as he and fiance Breeana Randal welcomed their son Zander Dean Fanning just three weeks ago.</p> <p>Fatherhood has been 'mind-bending' for the Penrith-born surfer, and is the pinnacle of a tough few years since the shark attack. </p> <p>"For me, 2015 was such a down year," Fanning shared on <em>60 Minutes</em> on Sunday night. </p> <p>"I went through a divorce, had the shark incident and then at the end of it all I lost my brother. I was just totally empty at the end of it. I was done."</p> <p>Fanning was also unprepared for the publicity storm after the attack.</p> <p>"That was the one that just floored me. I was like 'what else? What else can be taken in a year?' At the end of 2015, I just hit rock bottom," he said.</p> <p>Fanning opened up about the "emptiness" he felt for the 18 months afterwards.</p> <p>"I felt like I had nothing to give, nothing to give myself, or to the people around me, or to family or friends. I just didn't see a way of coming back," he said. </p> <p>"I've never felt that empty before, I just lay in bed, did nothing, wouldn't leave the house."</p> <p>Five years on from the experience, he is now living with his wife-to-be and wants to grow his family.</p> <p>"It's incredible,' he said of fatherhood. "Just the love and care that you can give to a human, it's wild. So mind-bending."</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/CEAhTT6nmra/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CEAhTT6nmra/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">If you need me I’m here!! @breeanablue</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/mfanno/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Mick Fanning</a> (@mfanno) on Aug 17, 2020 at 4:02pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>As part of his much-needed healing process, Fanning travelled to the Bahamas to confront his fears by swimming with sharks.</p> <p>"I never hated sharks, I respected them and was scared of them, but never hated them... they're a very powerful creature," he said.</p> <p>"I'm definitely still scared of them."</p> <p>Fanning admitted he still isn't comfortable back in the water and has accepted his limits.</p> <p>'In the past, I would've pushed my instincts to the side and said ''no I'm just being soft'', where now if I feel those instincts come up, I just go. I don't have to prove myself to anyone,' he said. </p> <p>Fanning previously told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theaustralian.com.au/weekend-australian-magazine/after-the-year-from-hell-mick-fanning-confronts-his-traumas/news-story/409bbc16ae919318f99c528dab4d5d86" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">The Australian</a> he had post-traumatic stress disorder and "freaks" out whenever somebody splashes behind him in the water as it was a reminder of the six-metre beast that attacked him back in 2015.  </p> <p>"I mean, it's like I'm in the actual position I was in, it's a reality dream," he said.</p> <p>"You sort of learn your body can do so many things to make things real and not real and I just had to learn, 'OK, that moment's been done. It's not real. These dreams are just coming back'."</p> <p>He says sharing with his friends and family for support helped him get through the experience.</p> <p>"I thought I was going to die. I guess everyone watching on from the beach that day, and on the live broadcast all over the world, thought the exact same thing," Fanning said.</p> <p>"That's what helps, talking about it," he said.</p> <p>"Not being shy to ask for help. There were times throughout the year where I was trying to hide stuff and my friends would be like 'what's up'. It wasn't just for the one, two weeks. It was six months, 12 months, 18 months."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Don’t leave me: Dog tries to stop trainer from retiring

<p>Viral footage from China has captured the touching moment a detection dog tried to stop its retiring handler from leaving.</p> <p>The German Shepherd, named Bei Bei, can be seen holding onto the officer’s duffel bag with its mouth, unwilling to let go.</p> <p>It even tries to stop the car door from closing, and chases the moving vehicle after the trainer bids a tearful goodbye to his loyal friend.</p> <p>Millions of social media users were moved by the animal helper and the “true comradeship and love” between the sergeant and his four-legged partner.</p> <p>The retiring sergeant, Zhang Wei, was leaving the barracks in China’s north-western region Xinjiang when the <a rel="noopener" href="https://weibo.com/tv/show/1034:4542480302145580?from=old_pc_videoshow" target="_blank">footage</a> was filmed, according to Chinese media reports.</p> <p>During his retirement ceremony, the officer is seen handing over the sniffer dog to his colleague as he prepares to leave.</p> <p>As Zhang hugs another officer to say goodbye, Bei Bei suddenly bites the corner of his duffel bag, seemingly trying to stop its handler from leaving.</p> <p>The sergeant immediately bends down and gives the detection dog a kiss, trying to hold back tears.</p> <p>After Zhang climbs into the military van, Bei Bei barks profusely before eagerly running towards the officer again.</p> <p>The hound is seen resting its paws on the vehicle door, unwilling to move, as the officer rubs its head and waves goodbye.</p> <p>Bei Bei even tries to chase the moving car carrying its beloved best friend, before being pulled back by another officer.</p> <p>The heart-warming video has touched millions of Chinese citizens, with one commenter writing: “This has brought me to tears. This is the kind of real and inseparable friendship!”</p> <p><strong>IMAGES:</strong> Weibo/js7tv</p>

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Rare snap of Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise’s daughter

<p>Isabella Cruise is all grown up and has shared a rare selfie to Instagram to prove it.</p> <p>The adopted daughter of actors Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise has largely been out of the spotlight alongside her brother, but on Wednesday the UK-based artist did not shy away from the camera.</p> <p>Donning a baker boy cap and black top while posing in front of the mirror, she posed for the camera.</p> <p>“All that glitters is gold. oh wait, it’s just another Instagram filter,” she captioned the post.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CEUtpbSAdlx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CEUtpbSAdlx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bella Kidman Cruise (@bellakidmancruise)</a> on Aug 25, 2020 at 12:14pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The daughter is notorious for maintaining her private life and took and mainly only uses social media to showcase images of her designs, sold on T-shirts, phone cases, and prints via her company BKC, which stands for Bella Kidman Cruise.</p> <p>Along with her 25-year-old brother Connor Cruise, who was adopted in 1995, Bella was adopted by her parents in 1993.</p> <p>She reportedly has a tense relationship with Kidman since the star’s highly publicised divorce with Cruise.</p> <p>Kidman, 53, and Cruise, 58, separated in 2001 after a decade of marriage.</p> <p>At the time Bella was just eight years old and Connor was six.</p> <p>The exes initially shared custody of their children, however Connor and Bella, both loyal Scientologists just like their dad, allegedly turned their back on Kidman after the split.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837562/nicole-kidman.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/af8e85b384cb416c9b189b3d35c08e9f" /></p> <p>Kidman hinted in a 2007 interview that the relationship was somewhat strained.</p> <p>“My kids don’t call me mummy, they don’t even call me mum. They call me Nicole, which I hate and tell them off for it,” she said.</p> <p>However, Connor, who has worked as a DJ, told Woman’s Day in 2014 that he still had a relationship with his mother even if they aren’t seen together.</p> <p>“I love my mum,” he said.</p> <p>“I don’t care what people say, I know that me and Mum are solid. I love her a lot. My family means everything. Yeah, I love my music, but the family comes before everything else.”</p> <p>Bella also rubbished estrangement rumours in 2016, telling New Idea: “Of course (we talk), they’re my parents”.</p> <p>She added that anyone who believed the rumours of their estrangement was “full of sh*t.”</p> <p>Bella married IT consultant Max Parker in a secret ceremony in 2015, which neither Cruise or Kidman attended.</p> <p>Over the years, the Big Little Lies star has remained largely silent about her strained relationship with her adopted children.</p> <p>“I’m very private about all that. I have to protect all those relationships. I know 150 per cent that I would give up my life for my children because it’s what my purpose is,” she previously told Who magazine.</p> <p>Isabella and Connor have three younger half-siblings, Suri Cruise who is 14, Sunday Kidman who is 12 and Faith who is 9.</p>

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Mum's sweet name for baby born at 18,000 feet

<p>Chrystal Hicks has a unique story to tell her son who was born at 18,000 feet in the air.</p> <p>She was 35 weeks pregnant and unexpectedly started contractions in her small town of Glennallen, Alaska.</p> <p>“At about 7 or 8 p.m., [the contractions] really started getting stronger, and then finally my neighbour came over and called 911,” she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.businessinsider.com.au/alaska-woman-son-name-sky-birth-on-plane-2020-8" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">Insider</a>.</p> <p>On August 5th, she boarded a Lifemed Alaska plane and her water broke 20 minutes into the flight at an elevation of 18,000 feet.</p> <p>“I had to push right away,” Hicks said. “I rolled over on my back, and then all of a sudden, he was out.”</p> <p>At first, she wasn't sure what to name her fourth child, but her cousin gave her a great idea.</p> <p>Hicks came up with the name Sky Airon which describes succinctly where he was born and the unique story he came with.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837533/baby-body.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c871a24112354244ac850c0190b16517" /></p> <div class="body_text "> <p>Her delivery was shocking for the Lifemed Alaska team, who said that onboard deliveries are rare.</p> <p>“In my 20-plus-year career, I can think of maybe four [births],” Lifemed Alaska’s Chief Operations Officer, Steve Heyano, told Insider.</p> <p>However, the plane flies with an Isolette, which is an incubator that has life-support capabilities just in case a birth does happen on board.</p> <p>Patients on flights are also in good hands with onboard care providers, including neonatal nurse practitioners, flight paramedics and nurses.</p> <p>Despite Sky's exciting start to life, he initially had respiratory problems and was placed on a breathing machine in a neonatal intensive care unit in Anchorage, Alaska.</p> <p>He has since been discharged after two weeks and is safely at home with mum and his new siblings.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: </em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.businessinsider.com.au/alaska-woman-son-name-sky-birth-on-plane-2020-8" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">Insider</a></em></p> </div>

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Dad jailed for sadistic disciplining of kids

<p>A dad has been jailed after tormenting his two children to horrifying discipline tactics with extreme mental and physical punishments.</p> <p>The sadistic dad forced his daughter to write “I am a liar, I’m a stealer” 1000 times and forced his kids to shave their heads and pour vinegar onto their wounds.</p> <p>Shane O’Brien, 54, left his children “feeling less than an animal” and with severe trauma.</p> <p>The siblings, who are now adults, told a court the ordeal left them suffering flashbacks.</p> <p>Shane’s partner - the children’s stepmother - Denise O’Brien, 49, was spared prison after turning a “blind eye” to the abuse.</p> <p>Both had previously two counts of child cruelty and were sentenced at Oxford Crown Court.</p> <p>Alexandra Bull, the prosecutor on the case said the crimes involved "physical abuse, sadistic punishment, emotional abuse and neglect".</p> <p>She revealed the mistreatment took place between July 2014 and December 2016 in the Berkshire and Oxfordshire area.</p> <p>The two siblings recalled multiple accounts of cruelty at the hands of their father, Shane, it was said.</p> <p>One example was a time when he forced them to hold up placards with the world “liar” written on it, and endured beatings with a whip and a belt.</p> <p>The daughter was also made to write "I am a liar, I am a stealer" 1,000 times on a piece of paper and was later "whipped" by Shane.</p> <p>In another violent episode, he repeatedly “bashed” his son’s head against a wall after he downloaded games onto a phone while the couple were not at home.</p> <p>The court was also told the boy was forced to shave his head and was told “it was a sign he was a liar”.</p> <p>The daughter also had her cut while she begged them to stop, an incident which she said made her feel “worthless”.</p> <p>The boy was also refused food and not allowed to use the toilet on occasion, having to use a bottle in his room.</p> <p>In a victim personal statement, he said he like he was “less than an animal” during the abuse.</p> <p>When the children began to self-harm, Shane poured vinegar onto their wounds and said “"that will be a lesson not to self-harm again".</p> <p>They were also not allowed to have friends and had numbers deleted off their phones.</p> <p>At a police interview following the allegations Shane called his son a "manipulative and a pathological liar" but both later admitted their role in the offences.</p> <p>Sentencing Judge Nigel Daly said the cruelty involved "gratuitous degradation" as well as "significant force used".</p> <p>Shane, of Chepstow, Wales, was jailed for 26 months.</p> <p>Denise, of the same address, was handed an eight-month jail term, suspended for 18 months.</p> <p>She must also complete 150 hours of unpaid work and 20 rehabilitation days.</p>

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Actress reveals Tom Cruise's plan to "lure" daughter Suri to Scientology

<p>Tom Cruise has been estranged from his daughter Suri Cruise for nearly a decade now, but former Scientologist Leah Remini believes the actor has a “master plan” to get her back.</p> <p>Speaking to the<span> </span><em>New York Post</em>, the actress things Cruise will “lure” his daughter away from his ex-wife Katie Holmes and convert her to the Church of Scientology when she’s older.</p> <p>Holmes divorced Cruise in 2012 and ever since then, she has had sole custody of their daughter, who is now 14-year-old.</p> <p>The last time Cruise was spotted with Sure was in 2013.</p> <p>“Scientology considers Katie a suppressive person which is an enemy and therefore Tom believes, like all Scientologists, that he can’t be connected to Suri,” Remini said.</p> <p>“I’m sure his master plan is to wait until Suri gets older so that he can lure her into Scientology and away from her mother.”</p> <p>The<span> </span><em>King of Queens</em><span> </span>actress also said she was “really proud” of Holmes “for getting her daughter out of something that would have been potentially very toxic and dangerous for not only Suri but for their relationship.”</p> <p>“I knew Katie when she was in [Scientology] and she seemed very indoctrinated into Tom’s world,” Remini said.</p> <p>“But as time went on, and I understood why she did what she did to protect her daughter … I’m only assuming that there’s some type of agreement to protect her daughter.”</p> <p>Remini was raised as a Scientologist but left the organisation in 2013.</p> <p>The 50-year-old has since been extremely vocal as she advocates against the belief system.</p> <p>Criuse is said to be close to his two children, Isabella, 27, and Connor, 25, who he adopted with now ex-wife Nicole Kidman — both are devout Scientologists.</p> <p>In an 2018 interview with<span> </span><em>Who</em><span> </span>magazine Kidman said she loved them regardless of their beliefs.</p> <p>“They have made choices to be Scientologists and as a mother, it's my job to love them,” she said.</p>

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

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

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