Express Digest http://expressdigest.com News, Culture & Society Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:44:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 http://expressdigest.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/cropped-ExpressDigest_favicon-32x32.png Express Digest http://expressdigest.com 32 32 Weinstein Co. sale finalized, owners Lantern take over http://expressdigest.com/weinstein-co-sale-finalized-owners-lantern-take-over/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:44:58 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/weinstein-co-sale-finalized-owners-lantern-take-over/

Harvey Weinstein’s one-time production company no longer exists. 

On Monday, its new owners confirmed they had concluded the purchase of The Weinstein Company and introduced its successor, Lantern Entertainment.

The Weinstein Company was sold to Lantern Capital Partners for a reported $289million in a deal finalized nine months after Weinstein’s career went into free-fall over explosive allegations of sexual assault, rape and harassment.

The sale amounts to more than $20million less than the originally reported price of $310million.

‘Today, we turn the page to begin anew,’ said Lantern Entertainment co-presidents Andy Mitchell and Milos Brajovic.

Harvey Weinstein’s one-time production company no longer exists. On Monday, its new owners confirmed they had concluded the purchase of The Weinstein Co. and introduced its successor, Lantern Entertainment. Weinstein is seen in a New York court Monday

The new company, they said, would be ‘anchored by creativity in a meritocracy-based culture’ and across all disciplines, they were ‘extremely motivated to become a forward-thinking force in this industry.’

Last Thursday, The Weinstein Company announced that four of its five board members would step down upon the closing of the sale, including Weinstein brother and company co-founder Bob.

The sale gives Lantern a library of more than 270 films, which generated more than $2billion at the box office worldwide, as well as a television business that includes the hit reality fashion series, ‘Project Runway.’

Among the film titles are Oscar winners The King’s Speech and The Artist, as well as Inglourious Basterds, Silver Linings Playbook and The Hateful Eight.

Its unreleased feature films include The Upside, starring Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman and The Current War with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Andy Mitchell

Milos Brajovich

The Weinstein Company was sold to Lantern Capital Partners for a reported $289million. Lantern founder and CEO Andy Mitchell is seen left. Milos Brajovich, a managing director and partner of the firm, is seen right

Lantern Entertainment, with offices in Dallas, Los Angeles and New York, said it was committed to being a culture of ‘diverse professionals who will operate with the absolute highest level of ethics and standards.’

Lantern Capital, a Texas-based private equity firm, was the winning bidder when The Weinstein Company was forced to file for bankruptcy.

Weinstein’s career imploded in October in a blaze of accusations of sexual misconduct and abuse from dozens of women that triggered a major reckoning about harassment in the workplace and the #MeToo movement.

He is now fighting six counts of sexual assault and rape in New York, and risks a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if put on trial and convicted of the most serious charges. 

The former producer has pleaded not guilty.



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Lorna Jane Clarkson reveals the activewear you should wear for every sport  http://expressdigest.com/lorna-jane-clarkson-reveals-the-activewear-you-should-wear-for-every-sport/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:42:59 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/lorna-jane-clarkson-reveals-the-activewear-you-should-wear-for-every-sport/

When looking to invest in activewear, the sheer volume of tank tops, sports bras, leggings and shorts on sale can be confusing.

But did you know that there are in fact specific items best suited to certain sports, and pieces of clothing that don’t in fact work with others?

Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, activewear queen, Lorna Jane Clarkson, shared the different pieces of activewear you should wear for each sport – whether that’s yoga, HIIT, weight lifting or running.

The founder and CEO of Lorna Jane also shared the leggings type she would never wear.

Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, activewear queen, Lorna Jane Clarkson (pictured), shared the different pieces of activewear you should wear for each sport

When it comes to weightlifting (pictured), opaque fabrics are what you need to seek out in your leggings, as well as a supportive sports bra that allows you to move

When it comes to weightlifting (pictured), opaque fabrics are what you need to seek out in your leggings, as well as a supportive sports bra that allows you to move

The most important thing to think about with yoga gear is that while you might want something free flowing and natural, you don't want anything that will ride up 

The most important thing to think about with yoga gear is that while you might want something free flowing and natural, you don’t want anything that will ride up 

YOGA

Which activewear for which sport? 

* YOGA: Tops that are loose but can be tied up for practising yoga, breathable fabrics and printed tights.

* RUNNING: Maximum supports sports bra with adjustable straps, a close-fitting, lightweight tank and running shorts that open at the bottom.

* HIIT: Lightweight tank top, a supportive sports bra and tights that are quick-drying and moisture-wicking.

* WEIGHT LIFTING: Tights that stay opaque when deadlifting and squatting, supportive sports bra and with good coverage.

Source: Lorna Jane Clarkson 

For Lorna, the most important thing to think about when contemplating buying yoga gear is that while you might want something free flowing and natural feeling, you don’t want anything that will rise up when you’re doing the Downward dog.

‘Don’t buy a loose top unless you want it up in your face when you’re working through your flow,’ she told FEMAIL.

‘I favour those tops that come loose at the bottom but which you can tie up when you’re practising yoga. That way, you get the comfort and the feeling of being able to flow effortlessly, while still having something that fits well.’

When it comes to material, the activewear entrepreneur favours breathable fabrics ‘that wick moisture and sit close to your body’.

‘You want bras and tights with minimal seams and in fabrics that feel light while still offering support,’ she said.

'I favour those tops that come loose at the bottom but which you can tie up when you're practising yoga,' Lorna Jane told FEMAIL (pictured)

‘I favour those tops that come loose at the bottom but which you can tie up when you’re practising yoga,’ Lorna Jane told FEMAIL (pictured)

'For running and HIIT, it's all about support, so you need a maximum support sports bra with adjustable straps to customise your fit and support level,' Lorna said (pictured)

‘For running and HIIT, it’s all about support, so you need a maximum support sports bra with adjustable straps to customise your fit and support level,’ Lorna said (pictured)

RUNNING

The activewear CEO (pictured) also favours shorts over tights for running, which helps with breathability

The activewear CEO (pictured) also favours shorts over tights for running, which helps with breathability

More people than ever pound the pavements and the parks in search of a new running personal best time.

But what should you wear to ensure the best performance?

‘For running and HIIT, it’s all about support, so you need a maximum support sports bra with adjustable straps to customise your fit and support level,’ Lorna said.

On top of your supportive sports bra, you’ll want a tank top that’s ‘close-fitting, lightweight and easy to move in’.

‘You will also need bottoms that give you as much freedom to move as possible. Running shorts with openings at the side for maximum stride and pockets for any tech, keys or cash,’ Lorna said.

Sweat-wicking fabrics are good to look out for, as they will stop you from getting too hot and sweaty.

A sports bra (pictured) from Lorna Jane sells roughly every 60 seconds across the globe

Lorna said that a tight-fitting lightweight tank top (pictured) is perfect for HIIT

A sports bra (left) from Lorna Jane sells roughly every 60 seconds across the globe – Lorna said that a tight-fitting lightweight tank top (right) is perfect for HIIT

HIIT

While running and HIIT – or high intensity – sessions are much and the same, insofar as you will still need a tight-fitting top and supportive bra, Lorna said she favours tights over shorts for this sport.

‘You’ll likely be doing activities like burpees, squats, ab roll outs and more, so wearing tights is likely to be more discreet,’ she explained.

The 53-year-old said again, you should look for fabrics that are ‘quick drying, moisture wicking, breathable and have maximum stretch and recovery’.

Lorna said that a mammoth 1,100 pairs of leggings or tights are sold every day in Australia:

‘Our tights have to be tried on to fully appreciate the level of support,’ she said. ‘You feel as though you’ve gone down a dress size when you’re in them.’

Meanwhile, a sports bra from the brand is sold roughly every 60 seconds across the globe. 

'Weight training calls for ultimate support in your activewear, and for fabrics that stay opaque when deadlifting and squatting,' Lorna said (pictured)

She also recommends a chic cover up (pictured)

‘Weight training calls for ultimate support in your activewear, and for fabrics that stay opaque when deadlifting and squatting,’ Lorna said (left) – she also recommends a chic cover up (right)

WEIGHT LIFTING

If your sport of choice is lifting weights, then again the main requirement is support.

‘Weight training calls for ultimate support in your activewear, and for fabrics that stay opaque when deadlifting and squatting,’ Lorna said.

In this regard, she recommends the brand’s ‘Nothing 2 C Here’ fabric, where the tights allow ‘you to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that you’re always fully covered’.

‘Bras need good coverage and support, so that you can bend and move without having to adjust yourself between sets,’ she added. 

Finally, the activewear CEO (pictured) shared the type of leggings she will never personally wear - cropped tights; this is because, she said, they make her petite frame look shorter

Finally, the activewear CEO (pictured) shared the type of leggings she will never personally wear – cropped tights; this is because, she said, they make her petite frame look shorter

WHAT ABOUT THE ONE TIGHT TYPE LORNA WILL NEVER WEAR?

Finally, the activewear CEO shared with FEMAIL the type of leggings she will never personally wear.

‘It has to be the cropped tights that fall just below the knee,’ she laughed.

‘As a petite woman, they just don’t suit me and I always say that with activewear, you have to invest in pieces that make you look good.’

Lorna concluded by saying that sometimes it’s worth paying a little bit more, especially for something like a ‘printed tight – which can stretch in all the wrong ways if you buy too cheaply’.

‘We design 70-100 new styles per month, and a lot of that is down to the fact that we sell so many bras and tights,’ Lorna concluded.

‘We pay a lot of attention to detail on the fit and support of our bras, and recognise that women are different and so design for different body shapes and bust sizes.’

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Australian with ‘World Cup Winners, Croatia 2018’ tattoo says he has no regrets despite losing $3000 http://expressdigest.com/australian-with-world-cup-winners-croatia-2018-tattoo-says-he-has-no-regrets-despite-losing-3000/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:40:42 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/australian-with-world-cup-winners-croatia-2018-tattoo-says-he-has-no-regrets-despite-losing-3000/

A YouTube star who got a ‘World Cup Winners, Croatia 2018’ tattoo has no regrets despite also losing a $3,000 bet when France took the trophy.

The self-described ‘international madman’ from Perth said the loss means he will go double or nothing on the Balkan nation at the next World Cup in 2022.

Known as Jeffabel online, the 24-year-old picked Croatia and the amount he gambled at random by playing a game of beer pong.

Jeffabel said he has ‘no regrets’ about this years’ tattoo (pictured) and bet, and instead has said he back the same side at Qatar FIFA World Cup in four years 

YouTube star Jeff, from Perth, got a huge tattoo on his back reading 'World Cup winners Croatia 2018' and bet $3,000 on Croatia to lift the trophy

YouTube star Jeff, from Perth, got a huge tattoo on his back reading ‘World Cup winners Croatia 2018’ and bet $3,000 on Croatia to lift the trophy

‘We were going to win $22,000 and it was going to be the best experience ever but you know, that didn’t happen sadly,’ Jeffabel told Nine News.

He said he has ‘no regrets’ about this year’s tattoo and bet, and instead has said he would back the same side at Qatar FIFA World Cup in four years.

‘I was right. It might not be this cup, it might be the cup in 2022,’ he said.

Jeffabel, who has appeared in viral videos eating a cactus and a jellyfish, then promised to eat his hat live on film if Croatia let him down in 2022.

He chose the team and the amount at random by blindly selecting one of several ping pong balls and throwing it into a group of cups each assigned a quarter-final team.

The ball he selected was marked $3,000 – out of a range from $500 to $10,000 – and the cup he threw it into turned out to be marked Croatia.

Jeffabel, who has appeared in viral videos eating a cactus (pictured) and a jellyfish, then promised to eat his hat live on film if Croatia let him down in 2022

Jeffabel, who has appeared in viral videos eating a cactus (pictured) and a jellyfish, then promised to eat his hat live on film if Croatia let him down in 2022

The video of him playing the game, placing the bet and getting the tattoo went viral after he posted it to his YouTube channel Jeffabel and Friends.

He stood to win $22,500 if Croatia beat France on Sunday evening, but France won 4-2 instead.

Asked by Daily Mail Australia if he would laser remove the tattoo off if France win, he insisted: ‘Absolutely not.’

Jeff has been running his YouTube channel to which he uploads stunts such as eating a whole cactus for his 600,000 subscribers for five years. 

He describes himself as a part-time trucker and part-time international madman.  

The video of him playing the game, placing the bet (pictured) and getting the tattoo went viral after he posted it to his YouTube channel Jeffabel and Friends 

The video of him playing the game, placing the bet (pictured) and getting the tattoo went viral after he posted it to his YouTube channel Jeffabel and Friends 

 



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Would you stick a tube up your nose to stop yourself snoring? http://expressdigest.com/would-you-stick-a-tube-up-your-nose-to-stop-yourself-snoring/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:35:31 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/would-you-stick-a-tube-up-your-nose-to-stop-yourself-snoring/

A tube placed up the nose may be a new way to treat snoring. The silicone device, which is up to 6in (15cm) long, fits snugly into the nostril and is pushed through until it reaches the back of the throat.

The device, which you breathe through normally, keeps the airway open during sleep to prevent sleep apnoea, a condition that causes snoring.

Research from a pilot study showed that sleep apnoea symptoms fell by almost a third when sufferers used the device, and larger trials are under way.

Fact: Sleep apnoea affects 600,000 adults in Britain and occurs when throat tissue collapses repeatedly during sleep – blocking the airway for up to ten seconds at a time

Sleep apnoea affects 600,000 adults in Britain. It occurs when throat tissue collapses repeatedly during sleep, blocking the airway for up to ten seconds at a time. These incidents — called apnoeas — can happen more than 30 times an hour.

The snoring sound is produced as air is forced through the obstructed airway.

As well as disturbing sleep, the condition, if left untreated, can raise the risk of serious long-term problems such as heart disease and stroke. After lifestyle changes such as losing weight (fat can add pressure to the airway), patients are offered masks called continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices, which deliver pressurised air to keep the airway open.

Although these are effective, a third of patients stop using the CPAP masks, as they find them cumbersome and noisy.

The new device, called Nastent, could be a more convenient treatment. It is essentially a tube — available in six sizes to suit the user — that is inserted into one of the nostrils at bedtime.

Worth a try? Research from a pilot study showed that sleep apnoea symptoms fell by almost a third when sufferers used the device, and larger trials are under way

Worth a try? Research from a pilot study showed that sleep apnoea symptoms fell by almost a third when sufferers used the device, and larger trials are under way

The tube has a clip on one end that secures it to the outer part of the nostril, so it can’t be inhaled during sleep and is easily removed.

The Nastent device is pushed to reach the soft palate at the back of the throat. Once in place it acts like a tunnel for normal breathing, while also preventing the soft tissue from completely closing the airway.

In a recent study at Osaka University Hospital, in Japan, 29 patients used the device every night for a month. Results published in the journal Sleep showed that it was highly effective and led to a significant drop in symptom scores, from 22.4 to 15.7 on average. Two further studies are under way at Stanford University, in the U.S., and three hospitals in France, each testing the device in 30 patients with sleep apnoea.

In the U.S. study, patients will use the tube for seven nights at home and then be monitored in a sleep laboratory using the device — symptoms such as abnormal breathing will be compared before and after.

In the French study, snoring intensity and the number of apnoeas will be compared before and after patients have used the tube for a month.

Commenting on the device, Professor Jaydip Ray, a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘It is a very simple and interesting concept. If successful, it would alleviate a lot of problems in snoring sufferers without the need for invasive and expensive surgical interventions.’

Meanwhile, it seems that floppy eyelids may be a sign of undiagnosed sleep apnoea.

In a recent study at Loyola University, in the U.S., researchers found that 53 per cent of sleep apnoea patients also had a condition which caused rubbery, lax eyelids.

It is unclear why this should be the case, but one theory is that sleep apnoea is associated with low-grade inflammation, which causes degradation of elastin, a protein that helps skin maintain its shape. The eyelid test could in future be used to help diagnose sleep apnoea.

 



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Woolworths claims butter is Australian made when it is actually made in New Zealand http://expressdigest.com/woolworths-claims-butter-is-australian-made-when-it-is-actually-made-in-new-zealand/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:30:52 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/woolworths-claims-butter-is-australian-made-when-it-is-actually-made-in-new-zealand/

I can’t believe it! Woolworths is claiming to sell ‘Australian made’ spread – when it’s actually manufactured in New Zealand

  • Woolworths is selling a product marked as ‘Australian made’ on its website
  • Upon closer inspection the product is actually made offshore in New Zealand
  • New laws which came into effect on July 1 have cracked down on origin labels

Woolworths claims to be selling ‘Australian made’ butter which is actually made in New Zealand.

The ‘Essentials Salted Butter’ is described as being ‘Australian made’ on the supermarket chain’s website and is on sale for $2.80.

However the back of the product labelling clearly states it is a ‘product of New Zealand’.

The ‘Essentials Salted Butter’ is described as being ‘Australian made’ on the supermarket chain’s website and is on sale for $2.80

Under ‘product details’ on the Woolworths website the product is described as being ‘made in New Zealand’ but ‘packed in Australia’.

Reforms regarding country of origin food labelling came into effect on July 1, and state food products must display clearly where the product came from and where it was packed.

The Woolworths butter carries the new label, which states the product was made in New Zealand.

However it is still being listed as ‘Australian made’ on the supermarket’s website.

Under Australian Consumer Law, a product can be claimed as ‘made in’ a country if the company can demonstrate that it ‘underwent its last substantial transformation in the country claimed’.

Under 'product details' on the Woolworths website the product is described as being 'made in New Zealand' but 'packed in Australia'

Under ‘product details’ on the Woolworths website the product is described as being ‘made in New Zealand’ but ‘packed in Australia’

‘Unlike the ‘”grown in'” or “‘product of'” claims, the source of a product’s individual ingredients or components is not relevant to a ‘”made in'” claim,’ the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission guide to country of origin claims states.

‘This means that a good doesn’t need to contain any ingredients or components from a country to be able to claim that it was ‘made’ in that country.’

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Woolworths for comment. 

The back of the product labelling clearly states it is a 'product of New Zealand'

The back of the product labelling clearly states it is a ‘product of New Zealand’

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Grant Crapp strips down to reveal his six-pack in the middle of a clothing store http://expressdigest.com/grant-crapp-strips-down-to-reveal-his-six-pack-in-the-middle-of-a-clothing-store/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:29:33 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/grant-crapp-strips-down-to-reveal-his-six-pack-in-the-middle-of-a-clothing-store/

He may be thousands of kilometres away from the balmy climes of Mallorca, Spain.

But that didn’t stop Love Island winner Grant Crap, 22, from stripping off his shirt in the middle of a clothing store in Sydney on Monday.

Clearly unperturbed by the city’s wintry climes, Grant was spotted flaunting his chiselled six-pack as he carefully sifted through a pile of button-up shirts.

Ab-solutely ripped! Grant Crapp, 22, stripped down to reveal his six-pack in the middle of a clothing store on Tuesday

Rather than trying on the clothing in a dressing room, Grant decided to proudly flash his flesh next to a rack of trendy sweaters.   

The bronzed hunk also revealed his sprawling arm tattoo as well as a delicate inking positioned over his right pectoral. 

Assisting the Grant in his sartorial pursuits was fellow Love Island star Mark O’Dare, who wore a look of deep contemplation as he surveyed the designer garments.

Trendy tradey! Clearly unperturbed by the city's wintry climes, Grant was spotted flaunting his chiselled six-pack as he carefully sifted through a pile of button-up shirts

Trendy tradey! Clearly unperturbed by the city’s wintry climes, Grant was spotted flaunting his chiselled six-pack as he carefully sifted through a pile of button-up shirts

Inked: The bronzed hunk also revealed his sprawling arm tattoo as well as a delicate inking positioned over his right pectoral

Inked: The bronzed hunk also revealed his sprawling arm tattoo as well as a delicate inking positioned over his right pectoral

Later, Grant and Mark were spotted strolling around the shopping centre with their respective girlfriends Tayla Damir and Millie Fuller.  

Now safely covering up in a shirt, Grant looked slick in a pair of black chino trousers and some lace-up brogues. 

Mark also looked smart in his black puffer jacket and black skinny jeans.  

Proud: Rather than trying on the clothing in a dressing room, Grant decided to proudly flash his flesh next to a rack of trendy sweaters

Look at me! Rather than trying on the clothing in a dressing room, Grant decided to proudly flash his flesh next to a rack of trendy sweaters

Proud: Rather than trying on the clothing in a dressing room, Grant decided to proudly flash his flesh next to a rack of trendy sweaters

What do you think? Grant consulted Mark O'Dare and a shop assistant before making his decision 

What do you think? Grant consulted Mark O’Dare and a shop assistant before making his decision 

Does it suit me? Grant looked to be in deep thought as he slipped on a black button-up shirt

Does it suit me? Grant looked to be in deep thought as he slipped on a black button-up shirt

The whole gang's here! Later, Grant and Mark were spotted strolling around the shopping centre with their respective girlfriends Tayla Damir and Millie Fuller as well as fellow star Justin Lacko 

The whole gang’s here! Later, Grant and Mark were spotted strolling around the shopping centre with their respective girlfriends Tayla Damir and Millie Fuller as well as fellow star Justin Lacko 

Male model Justin Lacko also joined the group, making sure to kiss his former Love Island partner Millie on the cheek. 

The genetically-blessed group were all smiles as they chatted and joked together.  

Pageant queen Tayla turned heads in a leg-baring lace mini-dress and a white coat worn across her shoulders. 

Having the best time ever! Pageant queen Tayla was all smiles as she walked next to her man 

Having the best time ever! Pageant queen Tayla was all smiles as she walked next to her man 

Two peas in a pod! Male model Justin Lacko also joined the group, making sure to kiss his former Love Island partner Millie on the cheek

Two peas in a pod! Male model Justin Lacko also joined the group, making sure to kiss his former Love Island partner Millie on the cheek

She completed her look with a pair of tan-hued sandals and a collection of silver jewelry.

Professional dog walker Millie was also dressed to impress, donning a pair of form-fitting white trousers, a cropped black top and a sassy leather jacket.  

Despite the low-key nature of the outing, she opted for a pair of racy stiletto heels with ankle straps. 

Leggy lass: Tayla turned heads in a leg-baring lace mini-dress and a white coat worn across her shoulders

Leggy lass: Tayla turned heads in a leg-baring lace mini-dress and a white coat worn across her shoulders

Wonderful in white! Professional dog walker Millie was also dressed to impress, donning a pair of form-fitting white trousers, a cropped black top and a sassy leather jacket

Wonderful in white! Professional dog walker Millie was also dressed to impress, donning a pair of form-fitting white trousers, a cropped black top and a sassy leather jacket

Wonderful in white! Professional dog walker Millie was also dressed to impress, donning a pair of form-fitting white trousers, a cropped black top and a sassy leather jacket

Meanwhile, Justin layered a chic grey coat layered over white jeans and a black T-shirt. 

The group were also spotted chowing down on lunch at a restaurant, with Mark and Millie sitting opposite each other and Grant and Tayla following suit. 

While Millie and Mark’s relationship appears to be heating up, Grant and Taya’s romance hasn’t been smooth sailing in recent days. 

Chic: Justin layered a chic grey coat layered over white jeans and a black T-shirt

Chic: Justin layered a chic grey coat layered over white jeans and a black T-shirt

Dressing to impress! Despite the low-key nature of the outing, she opted for a pair of racy stiletto heels with ankle straps

Dressing to impress! Despite the low-key nature of the outing, she opted for a pair of racy stiletto heels with ankle straps

Speaking to The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Monday, Tayla admitted that she considered breaking up with Grant after discovering that Grant had a secret girlfriend while he was on the show.

‘[Dumping him] went though my mind, for sure, obviously finding that out was a big shock to the system and I was like, ‘Well, do you really love me?” she said.

‘We are trying to work through this, it’s obviously put a massive strain on our relationship. We’re trying to rebuild the trust.’

Tayla added that she even tried to contact Grant’s ‘secret girlfriend’ herself.

Double date- plus Justin! The group were also spotted chowing down on lunch at a restaurant, with Mark and Millie sitting opposite each other and Grant and Tayla following suit

Double date- plus Justin! The group were also spotted chowing down on lunch at a restaurant, with Mark and Millie sitting opposite each other and Grant and Tayla following suit

Trouble in paradise? While Millie and Mark's relationship appears to be heating up, Grant and Taya's romance hasn't been smooth sailing in recent days

Trouble in paradise? While Millie and Mark’s relationship appears to be heating up, Grant and Taya’s romance hasn’t been smooth sailing in recent days

Secret girlfriend shock: Speaking to The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Monday, Tayla admitted that she considered breaking up with Grant after discovering that Grant had a secret girlfriend while he was on the show

Secret girlfriend shock: Speaking to The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Monday, Tayla admitted that she considered breaking up with Grant after discovering that Grant had a secret girlfriend while he was on the show



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Facebook turns ‘blind eye to dangerous content’, early investor says http://expressdigest.com/facebook-turns-blind-eye-to-dangerous-content-early-investor-says/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:23:32 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/facebook-turns-blind-eye-to-dangerous-content-early-investor-says/

Mark Zuckerberg’s former mentor has claimed Facebook permits dangerous content because it is like ‘crack cocaine’ for web users.

Roger McNamee, who was an early investor in Mr Zuckerberg’s firm, has launched a scathing attack on the social media giant as undercover footage showed its moderators are told to leave horrific content online.

The probe found an image of a child being violently beaten as well as graphic self-harm and racist propaganda.

An undercover reporter for Channel 4’s Dispatches was told by a moderator at a Facebook training centre in Dublin: ‘If you start censoring too much then people lose interest in the platform. It’s all about making money at the end of the day.’

A one-time mentor to Mark Zuckerberg (centre),  Roger McNamee, says for Facebook dangerous content is the ‘crack cocaine of their product’

Mr McNamee said: ‘From Facebook’s point of view this is, this is just essentially the crack cocaine of their product right. It’s the really extreme, really dangerous form of content that attracts the most highly engaged people on the platform.

‘Facebook understood that it was desirable to have people spend more time on site if you’re going to have an advertising based business, you need them to see the ads.’

The Channel 4 footage shows a journalist posing as a moderator in order to understand how the firm polices its platform, which has hundreds of millions of users.

At Cpl Resources, the company used by Facebook for its moderators since 2010, the undercover reporter is repeatedly told that graphic and violent content is allowed to remain on the site – as long as those posting it do not include a description that endorses the image.

Richard Allan, a Facebook spokesman, said: ‘We strongly disagree with any suggestion that turning a blind eye to problematic content is in our interests.

‘Creating a safe environment where people from all over the world can share and connect is core to our business model. If our services aren’t safe, people won’t share and over time would stop using them.’

Of the Dispatches programme, Mr Allan added: ‘It’s clear that some of what is shown in the programme does not reflect Facebook’s policies or values, and falls short of the high standards we expect.

‘Where we know we have made mistakes, we have taken action immediately.’

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined US  Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in April

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined US  Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in April

 



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Paddy McGuinness breaks down in tears during sincere interview http://expressdigest.com/paddy-mcguinness-breaks-down-in-tears-during-sincere-interview/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:14:08 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/paddy-mcguinness-breaks-down-in-tears-during-sincere-interview/

He is best known for presenting ITV’s gameshow Take Me Out.

But Paddy McGuinness has given an honest account into his personal life during a sincere TV interview with John Bishop, which airs on W on Thursday. 

The 44-year-old opened up about the difficulties of bringing up children with autism and his recent marriage woes with wife Christine, 30 during the emotional talk with his fellow comedian.

Truthful: Paddy McGuinness, 44, has given an honest account into his personal life during a sincere interview with John Bishop

During the interview, Paddy couldn’t hold back the tears as he spoke out about his two children’s autism diagnosis and how he and Christine have experienced difficulties bringing up their offspring.

As the presenter took a seat on John Bishop’s show In Conversation With…, the father-of-three discussed the strain autism has had on his family life and how he longs for normality.

Paddy went on to cry as he referred to his life with twins Penelope and Leo, four, who have autism, and two-year-old daughter Felicity, who is now also showing signs of the condition.

He emotionally revealed: ‘It’s very, very, very, very difficult, you know any parent with ­children with any kind of special needs is very difficult.’

Time to talk: He opened up about the difficulties of bringing up children with autism and his recent marriage woes with wife Christine, 30

Time to talk: He opened up about the difficulties of bringing up children with autism and his recent marriage woes with wife Christine, 30

Day job: He is best known for presenting ITV's gameshow Take Me Out

Day job: He is best known for presenting ITV’s gameshow Take Me Out

Tearful: During the emotional interview, Paddy couldn't hold back the tears as he spoke out about his two children's autism diagnosis

Tearful: During the emotional interview, Paddy couldn’t hold back the tears as he spoke out about his two children’s autism diagnosis

While family life has been difficult, this has also put a strain on the TV star and his model wife’s marriage.

After Paddy was pictured out drinking with All Saints singer Nicole Appleton, 43, in February, Christine confessed on Loose Women that it had been ‘difficult recently’. 

He told John: ‘Some days it’s a wonder how we’re still together, me and Christine, because you can’t sort of do the normal things that you would as a couple.’

‘I can count on one hand the amount of times we’ve been on a night out together, because you can’t just have a babysitter. You can’t just say “I’ll drop ’em off at me relatives to look after” ‘cos it’s not like that.’ 

The Take Me Out host also divulged that he first dealt with the situation by going out to work and leaving Christine at home with the kids as he became depressed.

Family: As the presenter took a a seat on John Bishop's show In Conversation With..., the father-of-three discussed the strain autism has had on his family life

Family: As the presenter took a a seat on John Bishop’s show In Conversation With…, the father-of-three discussed the strain autism has had on his family life

Emotional: Paddy wept as he referred to his life with twins Penelope and Leo, four, who have autism, and two-year-old daughter Felicity, who is also showing signs of the condition

Emotional: Paddy wept as he referred to his life with twins Penelope and Leo, four, who have autism, and two-year-old daughter Felicity, who is also showing signs of the condition

Strained: While family life has been difficult, this has also put a strain on the TV star and his model wife's marriage

Strained: While family life has been difficult, this has also put a strain on the TV star and his model wife’s marriage

Paddy continued: ‘I think women with children are better than men. This is only my opinion. Might be ‘cos me Mum brought me up. I think maternally, they just take to being a parent quicker than men.

‘And when the kids were born, I had that strange working-class mentality of these kids are here now, I’ve gotta provide for ’em.

‘Christine wouldn’t leave them kids, she wants to be with them morning and night. I went out working, you know. And I could do, because I knew I was providing for ’em and I could go out working and I’d come home and I didn’t have a problem with that. 

‘Whereas Christine, as a mother, couldn’t bear to be away from ’em. And so that’s where we were different straight away.

He told John: 'Some days it's a wonder how we're still together, me and Christine, because you can't sort of do the normal things that you would as a couple'

He told John: ‘Some days it’s a wonder how we’re still together, me and Christine, because you can’t sort of do the normal things that you would as a couple’

He added: ‘And then with the autism, for me, the more I saw it and the more they had really bad days, I’d get so down, you know, I’d be like, depression and different things would wash over me.

Speaking about his career, Paddy also revealed that his first stint as a comedian on Phoenix Nights he was paid around £4,000, which he used to pay off debts, but then went on to make one million from his first stand-up tour. 

Paddy went on to praise Christine: ‘And Christine, she’s just fantastic. She helps me ‘cos she looks at things differently… I love the kids to bits and I do stuff with ’em, and they amaze me and I start seeing it from how Christine sees it. 

Confessions: The Take Me Out host also divulged that he first dealt with the situation by going out to work and leaving Christine at home with the kids as he became depressed

Confessions: The Take Me Out host also divulged that he first dealt with the situation by going out to work and leaving Christine at home with the kids as he became depressed

Paddy said he is now in the process of making a television programme about autism to try and help others to cope.

Speaking candidly to close friend John, Paddy emotionally wiped away his tears and added: ‘I feel for parents who don’t have help or some days it feels like you’re drowning and you can never get to the top. It can consume you because you don’t see an end to it.’   

Last week Paddy’s wife Christine gushed of how incredibly proud she is of their children in a poignant Instagram post that celebrated the end of their first school year on Friday.

Love: Paddy spoke out about his adoration for Christine as a mother and wife: 'I think women with children are better than men'

Love: Paddy spoke out about his adoration for Christine as a mother and wife: ‘I think women with children are better than men’

The Real Housewives of Cheshire star, 30, shared a sweet snap of herself and her three kids – twins Penelope and Leo, both five, and Felicity, one – kicking off the summer holidays with a stroll in some idyllic grounds.

She wrote alongside the image: ‘My babies are growing up so fast! Leo and Penelope have finished their first year at school and Felicity has settled so well into nursery.

‘This time last year I was fighting for the twins EHCP so they would get extra support at school. I still hadn’t decided on where to send them and I wasn’t feeling confident they were even ready to go.

‘They have surprised me so much and made me proud every day.’

Going on to praise her children’s teachers for their help, Christine added: ‘My superstars and shining brighter than ever.

Appreciating: Paddy went on to praise his love: 'And Christine, she's just fantastic. She helps me 'cos she looks at things differently'

Appreciating: Paddy went on to praise his love: ‘And Christine, she’s just fantastic. She helps me ‘cos she looks at things differently’

‘Thank you to all teachers, assistants and extra support in school. Please know that you are very much appreciated.’

Christine has spoken openly about the struggles of parenting children with autism, and told OK! magazine in April that after her twins were diagnosed, her and Paddy’s youngest child is starting the show the same traits.

She said: ‘Felicity can’t be diagnosed until she’s three. And she could be copying the twins’ mannerisms, but even at six months old she was tensing her body when she was excited.

‘She walks on tiptoes and she does a flapping arm movement when she’s happy or excited. These are common signs of autism.’

John Bishop In Conversation with… Paddy McGuinness will air on W on Thursday 19th July at 10pm 

Family life: Paddy emotionally wiped away his tears and added: 'I feel for parents who don't have help or some days it feels like you're drowning'

Family life: Paddy emotionally wiped away his tears and added: ‘I feel for parents who don’t have help or some days it feels like you’re drowning’



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Malia Obama shares a kiss with Rory Farquharson in Paris http://expressdigest.com/malia-obama-shares-a-kiss-with-rory-farquharson-in-paris/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:10:48 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/malia-obama-shares-a-kiss-with-rory-farquharson-in-paris/

Malia Obama was living her best life in Paris over the weekend, with the former first daughter enjoying what many might consider the perfect day.

The former first daughter, 19, was first seen on Sunday afternoon strolling the streets with her boyfriend Rory Farquharson in photos obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com.

Malia opted to wear her typical uniform of a mini-dress with combat boots for her leisurely day in the city of lights, and then headed back to her hotel to change before she and bae went to see Bey.

Paris j’tamie: Malia Obama and her British boyfriend Rory Farquharson (above) were seen walking the streets of Paris on Sunday in photos obtained by DailyMail.com

Malia and Rory

First daughter walks with boyfriend

A-malia: Malia wore a mini-dress and combat boots for the outing, which is her uniform of choice in the summer, while carrying a Monsur Gavriel baby bucket bag

Amour: Malia was first seen with Rory back in November, with the pair together at a Harvard football game

Amour: Malia was first seen with Rory back in November, with the pair together at a Harvard football game

Je t'aime moi non plus: The two shared a kiss on Sunday (above) during their day out in Paris

Je t’aime moi non plus: The two shared a kiss on Sunday (above) during their day out in Paris

En fuite II: The couple headed back to their hotel and changed before heading back out again to watch Beyonce in concert at the Stade de Paris (Malia talking to Les Twins above at the concert with Rory to the far left) 

En fuite II: The couple headed back to their hotel and changed before heading back out again to watch Beyonce in concert at the Stade de Paris (Malia talking to Les Twins above at the concert with Rory to the far left) 

Malia and Rory were joined by friends, her mother Michelle Obama and sister Sasha for the big concert, which took place at the Stade de Paris after the World Cup had ended on Sunday. 

That final went France’s way, and after some celebration in the stadium, Beyonce and Jay Z came out to perform their seat while the Obama girls danced by the stage with friends including Tina Knowles. 

Malia was seen in one photo chatting to two friends while Rory had his back turned to the group and looked up at the stage.

Mom Michelle meanwhile seemed to be having the best time of the three as she sang, dance and happily stared down every person who tried to snap secret video or photos of her at the show.

The patriarch of the clan could not make it sadly as he was opening a youth center in the village where his late father’s family lives in Kenya.

Blush is the warmest color: Malia has once again been interning in New York City over the summer break

Blush is the warmest color: Malia has once again been interning in New York City over the summer break

Malia

Rory

La Vie en Docs: Malia is a year-round fan of her Doc Marten boots, even in the warm summer months

The intouchables: Malia's mother and sister were also at the Beyonce concert on Sunday, as were Tina Knowles, Sophie Turner and all three Jonas Brothers

The intouchables: Malia’s mother and sister were also at the Beyonce concert on Sunday, as were Tina Knowles, Sophie Turner and all three Jonas Brothers

Malia and Rory in paris

Romantic walk in the City of Lights

The rules of the game: The former first daughter, 19, will be returning to Harvard next month to start her sophomore year at the prestigious Ivy League school

This will likely just be the beginning of Malia’s vacation, with the family heading to Martha’s Vineyard each August for two weeks.

Malia did not get to enjoy that trip last year however as she had to move into college during the break.

The family was joined by members of the Secret Service as they pulled up to Malia’s new residence in a two-SUV envoy last August, managing to avoid detection despite the thousands of people around the campus and in Cambridge.

That was due in large part to their timing, with the Obamas electing to get everything moved and Malia settled into her new digs during the solar eclipse.

Then it was time to say goodbye, which did not look easy for the parents of the 19-year-old freshman.

Barack and Michelle, who both went to Harvard Law School, had their sunglasses on long before they exited Malia’s dorm and kept their faces looking down as they rushed into their SUV, leaving their daughter behind to start her new life.

Malia’s father later confessed to shedding a lot of tears after saying goodbye to his oldest daughter.

 

 



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Women who say treatment after a smear test ruined their sex lives http://expressdigest.com/women-who-say-treatment-after-a-smear-test-ruined-their-sex-lives/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:09:59 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/women-who-say-treatment-after-a-smear-test-ruined-their-sex-lives/

Common: About 80,000 LLETZ procedures are performed in the UK, each year

After a routine smear test revealed that, for the second time in my life, I had abnormal cervical cells — cells that are more likely to develop into cervical cancer — I was referred to a colposcopy clinic in Glasgow.

The first time, my doctors had advised ‘watching and waiting’, with no treatment, as sometimes such cells get better on their own. 

But this time around, with the abnormal cells still there, I was advised to have a procedure called large loop excision of the transformation zone, or LLETZ.

The doctor said it was a minor treatment, involving burning off a ‘few’ cells to reduce my risk of cervical cancer. 

About 80,000 LLETZ procedures are performed in the UK each year and it is the standard treatment for abnormal cells spotted after a routine smear test. 

No one mentioned anything about potential side-effects, though I was given a leaflet telling me to wait four weeks before having sex to give the cervix time to heal. However, I waited longer after developing an infection following the procedure.

But that wasn’t the only problem: things afterwards just didn’t feel right — my stomach muscles were so weak it was hard to sit, and I lost all desire for sex.

After six weeks, I felt like I should try having sex and was shocked to discover not only was it painful, but at the age of 25, I’d lost the ability to orgasm — I could feel a muscle contract but without any associated pleasure.

Other symptoms included feeling exhausted and disassociated from my body. That was 13 years ago. 

In the intervening years, I’ve tried to heal my body through alternative therapies, including yoga and meditation, which helped with the constant tension in my hips. I was also lucky my partner Tony, 52, was understanding.

Side-effect: LLETZ  slightly increases a woman’s chance of having a late miscarriage or premature labour in subsequent pregnancies, possibly as it can weaken the cervix

Side-effect: LLETZ slightly increases a woman’s chance of having a late miscarriage or premature labour in subsequent pregnancies, possibly as it can weaken the cervix

In January last year I found a blog post by a UK-based woman called Asha who had similar symptoms to mine. Under her post there were dozens of comments from women who’d experienced the same thing.

The LLETZ procedure involves inserting an electrical wire loop into the cervix, the passage at the neck of the womb. This is heated and used like a scalpel to remove an area of cells typically 1-2cm in width and 5-8mm in depth. This is much more than ‘just a few’ cells.

Asha had been referred to several places in the UK in her search to find out what had caused her symptoms and ended up flying to California to meet Dr Irwin Goldstein, director of sexual medicine at Alvarado Hospital.

He is doing research into LLETZ after hearing several reports from his patients. He estimates that about 15 per cent of women have sexual problems after LLETZ as a result of nerve damage.

Dr David Goldmeier, leader of the Jane Wadsworth Sexual Function Clinic at St Mary’s Hospital in London, told me that women’s reports of sexual dysfunction are ‘indeed worrying’.

‘LLETZ goes deep in some patients,’ he says, ‘and it is possible that whatever surgical technique is used, these sexual side-effects might result.’

But, Dr Goldmeier adds, research is needed to show that the cause is in fact LLETZ. ‘This hypothesis needs to be tested by comparing LLETZ with other treatments. However, it is also important to remember that LLETZ is life-saving.’

A point emphasised by the director of cervical screening for the UK, Ruth Stubbs, who says the national cervical screening programme is estimated to prevent more than 2,500 premature deaths from cervical cancer each year.

‘We offer women a high quality screening programme to achieve our aim to reduce the number who develop invasive cervical cancer and the number who die from it,’ she says.

'I now don’t have smear tests, as I now know abnormal cells are not cancer, and I can’t face the procedure again. I know this is controversial, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take,' says Kate

‘I now don’t have smear tests, as I now know abnormal cells are not cancer, and I can’t face the procedure again. I know this is controversial, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take,’ says Kate

However, as Glasgow GP Dr Margaret McCartney has pointed out in her book The Patient Paradox, deaths were already falling before the screening programme was introduced — possibly due to overall improvements in hygiene and nutrition, and a decline in sexually transmitted diseases.

It’s also worth pointing out that a 2014 study at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden found that women treated with LLETZ or similar procedures such as laser (to destroy the abnormal cells) and cone biopsy — where a cone-shaped area of tissue is surgically removed — are still seven times more likely to develop cervical cancer than the general population, suggesting this procedure is no quick fix for eradicating cancer risk.

‘If you’re trying to prevent a hysterectomy because of cancer by doing LLETZ, then that’s one thing,’ Dr Goldstein argues. ‘But a lot of women don’t have cervical cancer when they do the LLETZ, they have abnormal cells.

‘It seems like the risk-benefit ratio is very different for women who have cancer than women who just have abnormal cells. That needs to be looked at — I am really shocked at the ability of this procedure to negatively impact on people’s lives.’

One thing that is known about LLETZ and which the NHS acknowledges is that it slightly increases a woman’s chance of having a late miscarriage or premature labour in subsequent pregnancies, possibly as it can weaken the cervix.

 Doctors need to be honest that the cervix is a sexual organ, and operating on it may hurt sexuality

The pregnancy charity Tommy’s suggests the risk may be higher if women have had repeated LLETZ treatments or a lot of tissue removed — more than 10mm. As a precaution, it advises telling your midwife if you have had a LLETZ or any other type of procedure to remove cells from the cervix.

Asha and I recently started a Facebook support group, Healing From LLETZ, and in a short time have already had more than 550 members who have had similar experiences.

We need doctors to be more open about what can happen with LLETZ — they seem to think this would frighten women away from it, but surely it means they can make an informed choice, which is their right.

‘Doctors need to be honest that the cervix is a sexual organ, and operating on it may hurt sexuality,’ says Dr Goldstein.

‘The patient has to be involved in the decision making.

‘It could be once we learn more, there are other ways to do a LLETZ, one that doesn’t hurt the nerves. But until people are honest and forthcoming about the sexuality of women and the relationship of the cervix to sexual functioning, we’re not going to advance.’

I now don’t have smear tests, as I now know abnormal cells are not cancer, and I can’t face the procedure again. I know this is controversial, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take.

It’s not just a matter of helping women to make a choice, but also about the help women need with rehabilitation if they do suffer nerve damage.

Asha was told by a top sexual health doctor in the UK that she had post-traumatic stress caused by the LLETZ, and that this was what had caused her sexual numbness.

When she was examined by Dr Goldstein in the U.S. he performed quantitative sensory testing — a way of assessing reactions to hot and cold temperatures — to ascertain if there was nerve damage to the area as well as physical examinations, which revealed numbness.

For women like Asha and me, it’s more than just an issue of lost sexual function. As Asha says: ‘It’s not just about sex, it’s about feeling good in your own skin. The excitement of attraction or being able to flirt, feeling “alive”.’

 



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Style Saves holds show during Miami Swim Week to raise money http://expressdigest.com/style-saves-holds-show-during-miami-swim-week-to-raise-money/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:08:05 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/style-saves-holds-show-during-miami-swim-week-to-raise-money/

Style Saves is a Miami-based non-profit organization that raises funds for underprivileged students globally. It is the passion project of former stylist and current Fashion Director of Miansai, Rachael Russell.

With a mission to unite fashion with philanthropy, the foundation held their 8th annual Style Saves Swim show during Miami Swim Week this past weekend. Money raised will benefit their back-to-school initiative.

More than 500 guests attended the sold-out affair at The Setai Miami Beach, hosted by model Jenny Lopez.    

Do good look good: Style Saves is a Miami-based non-profit organization that raises funds for underprivileged students globally. It is the passion project of former stylist and current Fashion Director of Miansai, Rachael Russell (pictured)

The show debuted the latest collections from Miami-based brands Eberjey and Onia, with accessories by Miansai and Artesano.

Guests listened to music by DJ YSL while enjoying the open bar featuring Health-Ade Kombucha cocktails with Tito’s Vodka and rosé from The Palm by Whispering Angel.

‘Our goal is to raise $80,000,’ said Rachael. This year Style Saves plans to send over 5,000 students in Miami-Dade back to school with necessities including new uniforms, accessories, and school supplies. 

Today (July 16), marks the launch of the organization’s international online auction presented by Charitystars.com. 

Items up for grabs include a wellness package and a staycation at the newly renovated Carillon Miami Wellness Resort; a stay at the 1Hotel South Beach, and a 3.1 Phillip Lim handbag. 

Additionally, supporters may bid on shopping sprees, luxury goods, event tickets, gift cards, as well as memberships and vacations at premier destinations.     

With a mission to unite fashion with philanthropy, the organization held their 8th annual Style Saves Swim show during Miami Swim Week this past weekend

With a mission to unite fashion with philanthropy, the organization held their 8th annual Style Saves Swim show during Miami Swim Week this past weekend

Hostess with the mostess: More than 500 guests attended the sold-out affair at The Setai Miami Beach, hosted by model Jenny Lopez 

Hostess with the mostess: More than 500 guests attended the sold-out affair at The Setai Miami Beach, hosted by model Jenny Lopez 

The show debuted the latest collections from Miami¿s favorite brands Eberjey and Onia, with accessories by Miansai and Artesano

The show debuted the latest collections from Miami’s favorite brands Eberjey and Onia, with accessories by Miansai and Artesano

The idea for Style Saves came to Rachael at the young age of 21. 

‘I was taking my brother back-to-school shopping. My dad had given me money and I told my brother he could pick out an outfit. I saw how good it made him feel and that’s when I thought that this would be a good charity.’

At 23 she made the idea a reality. 

‘I just wanted to give back through my resources. I was a stylist and I had relationships with brands; I had access to samples and dead stock, and I knew people in the service and hospitality industry. 

‘I was able to use my network to do some philanthropic initiatives and give back through something I cared about and liked to do.’  

Making a difference: 'Our goal is to raise $80,000,' said Rachael. This year Style Saves plans to send over 5,000 students in Miami-Dade back to school with necessities including new uniforms, accessories, and school supplies

Making a difference: ‘Our goal is to raise $80,000,’ said Rachael. This year Style Saves plans to send over 5,000 students in Miami-Dade back to school with necessities including new uniforms, accessories, and school supplies

Today (July 16), marks the launch of the organization's international online auction presented by Charitystars.com

Today (July 16), marks the launch of the organization’s international online auction presented by Charitystars.com

Style Saves is the largest supplier of back-to-school supplies in all of Florida.     

‘For prom we’re servicing about 500+kids and these are all graduating seniors that come from homeless shelters, are children of inmates, etc….

‘In order to graduate and go to prom you have to have at least a C+ average, so these are kids that against all odds have made it to the point where they have excelled enough academically to attend the prom.’

But going to the semi-formal event can be expensive. 

Fortunately, Style Saves has the inventory (dresses, tuxes, shoes, jewelry, handbags, etc..) at their Miami headquarters to dress students from head-to-toe. They also have the resources to have the teens’ hair and makeup professionally done.

Community first: Style Saves is the largest supplier of back to school supplies in all of Florida. 'For prom we're servicing about 500+kids and these are all graduating seniors that come from homeless shelters, are children of inmates, etc....' 

Community first: Style Saves is the largest supplier of back to school supplies in all of Florida. ‘For prom we’re servicing about 500+kids and these are all graduating seniors that come from homeless shelters, are children of inmates, etc….’ 

Dreaming big: At the age of 23, Rachael launched Style Saves. 'I just wanted to give back through my resources, 

Dreaming big: At the age of 23, Rachael launched Style Saves. ‘I just wanted to give back through my resources, 

‘We try to make it the nicest experience possible,’ said Rachael. ‘Stylists are on hand to help pick out outfits, clothes still have the tags on them and students leave with garment bags, dust bags, shoe boxes, etc..’ It’s like a regular shopping experience without buying anything.

The Style Saves headquarters is open year round. ‘Kids can come in if they need an outfit to wear for a job interview or an event like a gala.’

‘And while our main anchors are back to school and prom, we’re always working on different projects because we just can’t say no.

‘Recently we’ve been working with a lot of organizations that are servicing migrant families – kids being separated from their parents at the border. We send supplies and volunteers.’  

To help raise funds on a continual basis, the non-profit just launched the Community Collection, a clothing line by Isabela Grutman and Style Saves, featuring impactful words and slogans to inspire others to get involved in their communities.

One hundred perfect of proceeds raised from the line directly benefit underprivileged children locally and globally, and to support their international mission trips and disaster relief efforts.

Child sponsorships (as low as $100) are also available to help provide essential education supplies for boys and girls embarking on a new school year.

Good style really can save! 

SHOP THE COMMUNITY COLLECTION: 

Tax deductible: Sponsor two children for Back-to-School for $100

Tax deductible: Sponsor two children for Back-to-School for $100

Charitable act: Sponsor 20 kids for $1,000 or 100 kids for $5,000

Charitable act: Sponsor 20 kids for $1,000 or 100 kids for $5,000



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Travel: Venice, City of Love http://expressdigest.com/travel-venice-city-of-love/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:01:46 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/travel-venice-city-of-love/

Travel: Venice, City of Love

 

Where

Known as the ‘City of Love’, Venice is the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region. Its mix of Italian Renaissance art, distinctive Byzantine-influenced architecture and interconnected canals make it a truly enchanting place to explore.

What

Set across from the magnificent Santa Maria Della Salute – one of Venice’s grandest Roman Catholic churches – sits the historic building that houses The Gritti Palace; a 15th century palazzo hotel. After a scenic gondola ride along the Grand Canal, past the Rialto Bridge and buzz of tourists, we had arrived… and what a welcome.

As we walked into The Gritti Palace, the attentive concierge greeted us with such kindness, accompanied by a fragrant bouquet of yellow mimosa flowers to mark International Women’s Day (an occasion proudly celebrated by the hotel each year).

As the Interiors Coordinator at YOU Magazine, my attention instantly turned to the décor. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway, Somerset Maugham and Peggy Guggenheim, every detail has been carefully considered – it really is designed to perfection.

The Gritti Palace features 61 luxurious guest rooms and 21 private suites. As we entered our home for the next few nights, we were welcomed with warm, rich colours and exquisite textiles. Not to forget the spectacular view of the Grand Canal, lined with palaces and traditional gondolas.

Elegantly decorated in true Venetian style, from the Murano glass chandeliers to the antique ornaments and soft furnishings, our suite exceeded all expectations. Named after the renowned artist John Ruskin, who was once a regular visitor to The Gritti Palace, an oil painting hangs on the wall in his honour. The exquisite en suite is decorated in floor-to-ceiling marble and features a huge shower and bath – complimented by your own fluffy bathrobe and slippers, and products by Aqua Di Parma.

After exploring all corners of our suite, we made our way to the private lounge. For me, this was a particular highlight – a plethora of antiques are seamlessly arranged to provide a space that makes you feel like a princess. The attention to detail was evident with a welcome bottle of champagne and platter of fresh fruit.

The decadent interior was cohesively reflected throughout the hotel, walking to dinner via what’s known as the ‘Explorer’s Library’, we seized the opportunity to take a seat and revel in the sumptuous surroundings.

Our evening meal in the Club del Doge restaurant was a special experience, with the large windows slightly ajar and excellent views towards Santa Maria della Salute Church, we were able to just watch the world go by from the table. The standout dish that would have me returning again and again is the stuffed mozzarella ravioli in beetroot sauce with cheese and grated truffle – a definite must try.

With its winding waterways, architecture and endless experiences – Venice certainly lives up to its romanticised reputation as the ‘City of Love’. The Gritti Palace provides a slice of history in the city without compromising on luxury and the staff, décor and location made it a trip I will be talking about for a very long time.

 

YOU recommendation of things to do:

The hotel offers a unique spa experience, as well as a 24 hour fitness centre. Walking around the winding streets of Venice can be tough on your feet, so why not treat yourself to an Aesthetic Pedicure to rejuvenate and revive your soles for a new day of adventures.

Experiences outside of the hotel, where do I start! Other than the obvious, Rialto Bridge, Saint Mark’s Square and a famous Gondola Ride! I would definitely recommend a boat trip to the three islands, Murano, Burano and Torcello. You can’t leave without trying the most unbelievable hot chocolate that I have ever tasted, visit Caffe Florian, it’s a must.

 

Hotel Information

Low Season 570 €, High Season 850 €, Rates include buffet breakfast and VAT. Venice City Tax 5 euro per person per day (max 5 days), is additional. Go to www.luxurycollection.com/grittipalace

 

Flight Information

British Airways, a full service global airline, offering year-round low fares with an extensive global route network flying to and from centrally-located airports. Flights from London Heathrow to Mykonos from £255 one way (£510 return). For further information or to book British Airways flights, www.britishairways.com 

 

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Oregon woman who plummeted off cliff thought hikers were a dream http://expressdigest.com/oregon-woman-who-plummeted-off-cliff-thought-hikers-were-a-dream/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:59:26 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/oregon-woman-who-plummeted-off-cliff-thought-hikers-were-a-dream/

The 23-year-old Oregon musician who survived her Jeep plunging 250 feet off a cliff and spent the next seven days alone and screaming for help, says she thought the hiking couple who found her were part of a dream. 

Angela Hernandez described in detail how the ordeal happened, and that she now believes there is a bigger purpose for her, while sharing images of her injuries and her mangled white Jeep in a post to Facebook.

Angela says she was enjoying a beautiful drive down the coast to see her sister, Isabel, back home in Southern California on July 6 when she severed to avoid a small animal while passing through Big Sur.

‘I don’t really remember much of the fall. They say I fell somewhere around 250 feet.’ 

Angela Hernandez, 23, describes in detail her harrowing seven day ordeal that started when she swerved her car to avoid a small animal and plummeted 250-feet off a cliff in Big Sur, California. The accident left her with a brain hemorrhage and several broken bones 

'It didn't look like there would be any survivors,' said one of the two hikers who first came across Angela's car, before finding her, on their walk along the beach

‘It didn’t look like there would be any survivors,’ said one of the two hikers who first came across Angela’s car, before finding her, on their walk along the beach

Angela, pictured with Chelsea Moore just after Moore & husband Chad found the injured but happy to finally be found musician on the beach (posing with the license plate from her Jeep)

Angela, pictured with Chelsea Moore just after Moore & husband Chad found the injured but happy to finally be found musician on the beach (posing with the license plate from her Jeep)

Angela Hernandez, 23, went missing on Friday July 6 as she drove from Portland, Oregon to her sister's home in Lancaster, California 

Angela Hernandez, 23, went missing on Friday July 6 as she drove from Portland, Oregon to her sister’s home in Lancaster, California 

The next thing she remembers, she says, was waking up.  

‘I was still in my car and I could feel water rising over my knees. My head hurt and when I touched it, I found blood on my hands.’

Angela says the power was totally off in the car by now- so she grabbed the multi-tool she kept near her front seat and smashed open the window.

As she worked her way out of the car, she added that every bone in her body hurt. 

The first thing that came out of her mouth was her screaming her sister’s name, since the ‘only thing racing through my mind was my sister, Isabel’ she says. 

Angela jumped out of the car, and into the Pacific Ocean. 

The hiking couple, husband and wife Chad and Chelsea Moore who found her while they were strolling the beach told KION there is no beach at all during high-tide.  

With her shoes gone from her feet, she climbed up some rocks on the desolate beach and fell asleep.

She says the next few days she went between screaming at the cars above hoping someone passing would hear her, wrestling with tiny crabs, and around day three, she realized that dehydration was kicking in.

The 23-year-old says she knew she had a gallon of water in her car but she was never able to reach it. While searching the car she found a radiator hose that she tucked into her shirt.

Next, she found water dripping off moss, and tasted it.  

‘It was fresh!!!! I collected as much as I could in my little hose and drank from it for maybe an hour,’ she says.

The days passed and she says she kept walking up and down the beach, looking for human contact, screaming help, and collecting water, while looking for new high grounds.

‘My last morning on the beach was an especially good one.’

‘I woke up in the middle of the night because of shoulder pain, but looked up and noticed the big dipper in the sky.’

‘It was warm out and I finally woke up before the sun had gone down. When I sat up, I saw a woman walking across the shore. I thought she was a dream. (I had a few just like this during the past few days).’ 

While on the road on July 6 she swerved after seeing an animal on the road, lost control of her car, and plummeted down a 250 foot cliff in Big Sur, California, pictured above during rescue

While on the road on July 6 she swerved after seeing an animal on the road, lost control of her car, and plummeted down a 250 foot cliff in Big Sur, California, pictured above during rescue

She was spotted on Friday by two hikers who found her yelling for help on the remote Monterey County beach. Rescue crew arrived shortly afterwards to hoist her to safety

She was spotted on Friday by two hikers who found her yelling for help on the remote Monterey County beach. Rescue crew arrived shortly afterwards to hoist her to safety

‘I screamed, “HEEELLLPPPPP!” and then got up as quickly as I could and ran over to her.’

‘She was with a man and I don’t think they could believe their eyes. They acted so quickly. She ran down the beach and up a trail to go find help while the man stayed with me and gave me fresh water,’ she says of the miraculous exchange on the Monterey County beach.

‘He told me they were a married couple who loved the ocean and had been exploring when they had come across my destroyed vehicle. He pulled out some of my belongings from their backpack (some of the most important ones, I’m not even kidding).’

She says the rescue team was able to pull her up off the cliff and a helicopter took her to a hospital, where she was reunited with her family who had been frantically searching for her. 

While Angela was missing, her family searched by air and land for her, they had fliers made up and offered a $10,000 reward for information on her disappearance.  

Doctors told her she suffered a brain hemorrhage in the first few days of her crash.

She also had four fractured ribs, a lung collapse, blood vessels broken in both eyes, a fractured collar bone and intense sunburn to her hands feet and face.

She says, despite her injuries, the experience has given her life changing perspective. 

‘I feel like I have everything I’ve ever wanted. I’m sitting here in the hospital, laughing with my sister until she makes broken bones hurt.’ 

‘I’ve met some of the most beautiful human beings that I think I’ll ever meet in my entire life. I’ve experienced something so unique and terrifying and me that I can’t imagine that there isn’t a bigger purpose for me in this life.’

‘I don’t know, you guys, life is incredible,’ she concluded.

The hikers that found her seem to agree. 

In their interview with KION, Chelsea said when they first saw the car ‘It didn’t look like there would be any survivors.’

They collected the license plate from the Jeep to give to authorities in case it would help in a yet unknown search. They started to make their way back to their campsite when they came upon Angela. 

 ‘She looked like hell, but she was really happy to see us,’ Chad says.  

Chad says, speaking to Angela in the event she see their interview: ‘I can’t believe you’re alive, you’re a hero, that’s unreal. You made it.’

Chelsea added to Angela,’You are here for a reason and we were there for a reason, and we’re so glad you made it and that you’re going to be okay.’   

After her family couldn't reach her after July 6, a $10,000 reward for information on her whereabouts was posted 

After her family couldn’t reach her after July 6, a $10,000 reward for information on her whereabouts was posted 

A wide shot reveals the dangerous fall she took and miraculously survived despite crashing down the steep cliff into the rocky depths below

A wide shot reveals the dangerous fall she took and miraculously survived despite crashing down the steep cliff into the rocky depths below

She crashed in her white Jeep Patriot that was left completely destroyed in the 200ft plunge

She crashed in her white Jeep Patriot that was left completely destroyed in the 200ft plunge

Safe and sound: She was found breathing, conscious, and able to walk and talk 

Safe and sound: She was found breathing, conscious, and able to walk and talk 

Her sister shared her relief on Facebook saying: 'She's a fighter and she fought this long and she will continue to. It's not going to be an easy recovery'

Her sister shared her relief on Facebook saying: ‘She’s a fighter and she fought this long and she will continue to. It’s not going to be an easy recovery’

The Sheriff's office confirmed that she was found and transported to a nearby hospital

The Sheriff’s office confirmed that she was found and transported to a nearby hospital

Her rescue on Friday was a sigh of relief for her family.  

‘My sister is alive, she’s talking, and she’s still trying to come to understand everything. She’s a fighter and she fought this long and she will continue to. It’s not going to be an easy recovery. I hope everyone will have patience for her and her recovery,’ Angela’s sister Isabel Hernandez wrote on Facebook on Saturday.  

When she was found her car was partially submerged in the water and she was able to walk and talk as police scaled down the cliff on ropes to hoist her to safety on Friday.

‘Angela was found about 200 feet down a cliff. Her vehicle was partially in the water. She was found by two people walking in the area, who called 911,’ the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office shared on Facebook. 

She was transported by ambulance to a waiting helicopter and then to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, according to SFGate.

The 23-year-old raised alarm when she was unreachable by her family on July 6. 

The day prior stayed at a Safeway parking lot in Half Moon Bay where she slept for the night. On the morning of July 6 she texted her sister saying she was hitting the road before she suddenly went off the grid. 

She was last spotted on surveillance camera at a gas station that showed her vehicle near Carmel, California that Friday.  

The family started a GoFundMe page to aid in financing Angela’s search efforts that will now be used to help in her recovery process.

‘In her accident, she has lost everything. Including her car, which was her livelihood. I’m sharing this again because any little bit helps, it will all be going my sister who lost so much and gained so much all in one time. This is very traumatic and will be a slow recovery process,’ her sister Isabel wrote. 

‘Thank you all for everything … for her rescue and for bringing her up the cliff. She says she met so many beautiful people,’ Isabel added on Facebook thanking everyone who aided in the search and rescue effort.  



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Texas police find $4.8million worth of cocaine, meth and heroin hidden in a man’s tires http://expressdigest.com/texas-police-find-4-8million-worth-of-cocaine-meth-and-heroin-hidden-in-a-mans-tires/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:58:45 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/texas-police-find-4-8million-worth-of-cocaine-meth-and-heroin-hidden-in-a-mans-tires/

Texas police found more than 130 pounds of illegal narcotics worth $4.8million that had been hidden inside the metal casings of a man’s truck tires. 

Armando Martinez, 43, of McAllen, was allegedly speeding when he was stopped by officers from the Austin Police Department last Tuesday.  

During a press conference, an officer with the department said police also noticed that Martinez’s truck did not have a front license plate.

Texas police found more than 130 pounds of illegal narcotics (pictured) worth $4.8million that had been hidden inside the metal casings of a man’s truck tires

Once Martinez was pulled over, police said they asked Martinez a series of questions, but several of his answers didn't add up. Officers said they then asked Martinez for consent to search his vehicle, which he granted

An officer (pictured) is seen taking the tire casing off

Armando Martinez (left), 43, of McAllen, was allegedly speeding when he was stopped by officers from the Austin Police Department last Tuesday. An officer (right) is seen taking the tire casing off 

Once Martinez was pulled over, police said they asked Martinez a series of questions, but several of his answers didn’t add up. 

Officers said they then asked Martinez for consent to search his vehicle, which he granted.

While they were searching his truck, the officers noticed ‘anomalies on all four tires that led them to believe there could be some contraband hidden inside the tires’.

An officer’s drug-sniffing dog then gave a positive alert on the vehicle. 

Austin police said the tires had been modified with moon-shaped steel casings that had to be welded on. Each tire contained contraband.  

Authorities said they believe the casings were made in Mexico. 

Austin police said the tires had been modified with moon-shaped steel casings that had to be welded on. Each tire contained contraband. Police said it took them hours to get the casings off the truck 

Austin police said the tires had been modified with moon-shaped steel casings that had to be welded on. Each tire contained contraband. Police said it took them hours to get the casings off the truck 

According to a police statement, authorities discovered 82 pounds of cocaine, 50 pounds of methamphetamines and six pounds of heroin inside the tires

According to a police statement, authorities discovered 82 pounds of cocaine, 50 pounds of methamphetamines and six pounds of heroin inside the tires

Martinez (pictured) was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver

Martinez (pictured) was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver

Once police seized the truck, it took them several hours just to get the casings out of the tires. 

According to a police statement, authorities discovered 82 pounds of cocaine, 50 pounds of methamphetamines and six pounds of heroin. 

Martinez was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

He is currently being held in Travis County Jail. 

Police said they are still trying to determine where exactly Martinez was taking the drugs. An investigation is ongoing.  



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Heartwarming moment toddler who’s spent her whole life in hospital walks outside for the first time http://expressdigest.com/heartwarming-moment-toddler-whos-spent-her-whole-life-in-hospital-walks-outside-for-the-first-time/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:57:11 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/heartwarming-moment-toddler-whos-spent-her-whole-life-in-hospital-walks-outside-for-the-first-time/

This is the heartwarming moment a toddler who spent her whole life in the hospital was allowed to go home for the first time.

Two-year-old Mae Koslow-Vogel had spent her life with a trach hooked up to a ventilator at Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts due to a rare, genetic lung disease that left her unable to breathe on her own.

Last August, as her condition worsened, her parents, Courtney Koslow and Maura Vogel, from Somerville, put Mae on a double lung transplant list in the hopes that it could save her life.

In September, a match was found. The whole family – Mae, Koslow, Vogel and four-year-old Rosie – spent the whole night all together for the first time and, the next day, Mae underwent surgery. 

After a period of recovery, the toddler was finally able to breathe on her own and was cleared to go home.

In an interview with Daily Mail Online, Koslow and Vogel described the adorable moment their daughter stood in front of the hospital doors, dumbfounded by the idea that she was allowed to go through them.

This is the heartwarming moment two-year-old Mae Koslow-Vogel, who spent her whole life at Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts, was allowed to go home for the first time

Mae was born in February 2016 with a genetic version of child interstitial lung disease (chILD)

She was missing the ABCA3 gene, which helps create a protein that lines the lungs and makes breathing easy. She was unable to breathe without a trach or ventilator

Mae was born in February 2016 with a genetic version of child interstitial lung disease (chILD).  She was missing the ABCA3 gene, which helps create a protein that lines the lungs and makes breathing easy. She was unable to breathe without a trach or ventilator

Her parents, Courtney Koslow, 41 (left), and Maura Vogel, 45 (right), originally put Mae on a double lung transplant list when she was just three months old

Her parents, Courtney Koslow, 41 (left), and Maura Vogel, 45 (right), originally put Mae on a double lung transplant list when she was just three months old

Koslow, 41, carried Mae to full-term and there were no complications during the pregnancy or delivery in February 2016.

However, just an hour after she was born, the medical team saw that Mae was having trouble breathing, so she was taken to the neonatal intensive care unit. 

Originally, Mae was believed to be suffering from a bout of pneumonia but, four weeks later, doctors diagnosed her with child interstitial lung disease (chILD).

It is an umbrella term for a group of rare lung diseases that reduce blood oxygen levels and decrease lung function, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Mae’s condition was genetic. She was missing the ABCA3 gene, which helps create a protein that lines the lungs and makes breathing easy.

Unable to breathe on her own, Mae was fitted for a trach at just six weeks old and relied on a ventilator to provide oxygen to her blood.

‘[The diagnosis] felt like bottomless piece of information in a bottomless disease of no predictability to it of when she could go home,’ said Vogel, 45.

‘She was on life support, thriving in a lot of ways because of it but she was stuck in the hospital.’

Mae’s parents listed her for a double lung transplant when she was just three months old, but then decided to hold off in hopes that, like some children with ABCA3 deficiency, she might outgrow her symptoms.

However, as that option seemed less and less likely, Koslow and Vogel decided that the lung transplant was the best chance at saving Mae’s life. 

They decided to hold off in hopes that, like some children with ABCA3 deficiency, she might outgrow her symptoms. Pictured: Mae with Koslow shortly after her birth

However, as that option seemed less and less likely, Koslow and Vogel decided that the lung transplant was the best chance at saving Mae's life. Pictured: Mae shortly after her birth

They decided to hold off in hopes that, like some children with ABCA3 deficiency, she might outgrow her symptoms. However, as that option seemed less and less likely, Koslow and Vogel decided that the lung transplant was the best chance at saving Mae’s life. Pictured: Mae with Koslow, left, and right, shortly after her birth 

At around 18 months old, the couple put Mae back on the transplant list. Within 30 days, they got a call from Boston Children’s Hospital that they found a match. Pictured: Mae with Koslow and Vogel and her older sister Rosie

At around 18 months old, the couple put Mae back on the transplant list. Within 30 days, they got a call from Boston Children’s Hospital that they found a match. Pictured: Mae with Koslow and Vogel and her older sister Rosie

On the night of September 15, Koslow and Vogel and their four-year-old daughter Rosie had a sleepover with Mae - the first time the whole family had spent the night together. Pictured: Mae and Rosie

On the night of September 15, Koslow and Vogel and their four-year-old daughter Rosie had a sleepover with Mae – the first time the whole family had spent the night together. Pictured: Mae and Rosie

‘We realized we need this baby home. She’s too vibrant living in these hospitals,’ Koslow said.

At around 18 months old, the couple put Mae back on the transplant list. Within 30 days, they got a call from Boston Children’s Hospital that they found a match.  

‘I got the call and when I heard the doctor’s voice, I broke down sobbing onto the floor,’ said Koslow.

‘It was an amazing moment of relief, but I was guarded because it could turn out that it wasn’t a good match.

Vogel added that a wave of determination swept over upon hearing the news.

WHAT IS CHILD INTERSTITIAL LUNG DISEASE?

Children’s interstitial lung disease (chILD) is a group of rare lung conditions found in infants, children and teenagers.

It can affect the interstitium – a network of tissue that supports the air sacs.

Inflammation or scar tissue builds up in this tissue. 

This makes it harder for the lungs to inflate and for oxygen to get into the blood through the lungs.

There are more than 200 types of chILD. 

These conditions are long-term, but treatment can sometimes help prevent more damage and infections, and reduce symptoms. 

Oxygen therapy is a common treatment.

In rare, extreme cases where other forms of treatment have failed, the child may be offered a lung transplant.

Although lung transplants have been shown to be an option for some children, a high proportion who have the transplants develop serious complications.

Source: British Lung Foundation 

‘When Courtney called me, I thought: “Let’s do this, let’s go, she’s going to survive it and get through this,”‘ she said.

‘We had a nickname for her: Mighty Mae. And that’s what we referred to as all through this.’

On September 15, Koslow and Vogel and their four-year-old daughter Rosie had a sleepover with Mae at the hopsital – the first time the whole family had spent the night together.

The transplanted lungs arrived at the hospital at midnight on September 16 and Mae went in for surgery around 4am.

Koslow described the moment of finally seeing Mae with her new lungs as ‘miraculous.’

‘For several days after, she was significantly sedated and intubated. You don’t see your child, you just see the medically-induced version,’ she said.

‘But soon she was weaned off of the pain medication and very shortly after, she was completely breathing on her own without any help for the first time.’

Three weeks later, with no trach and no ventilator, Mae walked out of the hospital, ready to finally go home. 

‘When we were leaving, you could tell that Mae was a bit unsure like: “You can walk through this door?”‘ Koslow said.

‘Any time prior, to go to another hospital even down the street, would be a whole ordeal with an ambulance and a stretcher but never on her own. So that moment was really exciting.’

Prior to her transplant, Mae had been unable to talk independently, because of her trach, or walk on her own, because she would spend a lot of time in a hospital crib.

However, her parents say that her development has significantly improved since being home.

‘She got five hours of early intervention each week, so she’s hopping like a bunny down the street now,’ Vogel said.

‘She loves being outside, by the water, and she doesn’t stop talking ever and it’s the most amazing thing to hear her voice.’ 

Three weeks later, with no trach and no ventilator, Mae walked out of the hospital, ready to finally go home. Pictured: Mae in the days after the transplant

Three weeks later, with no trach and no ventilator, Mae walked out of the hospital, ready to finally go home. Prior to her transplant, Mae had been unable to talk or walk independently, but that has since changed. Pictured: Mae in the days after the transplant, left, and at home, right

Mae is still on medications and immunosuppressants to prevent rejection of her new lungs. Doctors hope that she'll have at least 10 years with these lungs before potentiality needing another transplant. Pictured: Mae and Rosie at home with their parents

Mae is still on medications and immunosuppressants to prevent rejection of her new lungs. Doctors hope that she’ll have at least 10 years with these lungs before potentiality needing another transplant. Pictured: Mae and Rosie at home with their parents

Mae is still on medications and immunosuppressants to prevent rejection of her new lungs. Doctors hope that she’ll have at least 10 years with these lungs before potentiality needing another transplant.

But the parents hope their story provides hope to others who are in a similar situation to theirs.

‘The concept of having a lung transplant is a frightening road to go down but it saved her life and it saved ours,’ Vogel said.  

‘When this happens to you, you never expect it. It’s hopeless and scary to be thrown into this new world of new language.

‘You just have to keep it together and even if things don’t look great, just have hope be an advocate for your child.’ 



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ASK THE GP: Why does my scalp hurt if I brush my hair or shower? http://expressdigest.com/ask-the-gp-why-does-my-scalp-hurt-if-i-brush-my-hair-or-shower/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:52:33 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/ask-the-gp-why-does-my-scalp-hurt-if-i-brush-my-hair-or-shower/

For the past six months I’ve had sporadic tenderness on the top left side of my scalp. My GP said it was a migraine and prescribed Migraleve, which did not help. I can’t touch the area without feeling discomfort; even showering and combing my hair is uncomfortable. I’m very worried and don’t want to be fobbed off by my GP again. I’m 43 and also have an underactive thyroid gland.

Shanaz Bobat, London.

Your description of a recurrent left-sided headache is what has lead your doctor to make the diagnosis of migraine.

However, on the basis of the information given, like you, I am not convinced this is the problem — migraine isn’t associated with scalp tenderness.

There is a more likely possibility; a cause of headache that’s rarer, but that fits your description better: occipital neuralgia. This condition is thought to stem from the irritation or trapping of one of three nerves supplying the head and scalp — the greater occipital nerve, the third occipital nerve and the lesser occipital nerve.

Fact: The pain of occipital neuralgia comes and goes, is of variable intensity, and may be triggered by activities such as hair brushing

This may occur due to muscle tension or injury. The condition is most common among those with neck problems, such as osteoarthritis, which may lead to inflammation which irritates the nerve — it is also more common among those with gout, infection (this causes inflammatory responses throughout the body), or, in rare cases, a tumour pressing on the nerve.

The pain of occipital neuralgia comes and goes, is of variable intensity, and may be triggered by activities such as hair brushing, or by the impact of shower water; exactly the symptoms you describe.

The sensation is usually on one side (although it may sometimes occur on both sides), starting at the point where the top of the neck meets the skull and spreading up towards the top of the head. 

There may be tenderness if you press on the affected area, and some patients report tingling as well as pain. You may also find that tapping your fingers over the affected region triggers painful spasms.

The diagnosis can be confirmed using the actual treatment for it — blocking each of the nerves in turn with local anaesthetic and steroid injections. This gives immediate relief that may last for weeks or even permanently, but it must be done by an experienced neurologist or neurosurgeon.

Treatment: The diagnosis can be confirmed using the actual treatment for it ¿ blocking each of the nerves in turn with local anaesthetic and steroid injections

Treatment: The diagnosis can be confirmed using the actual treatment for it — blocking each of the nerves in turn with local anaesthetic and steroid injections

Usually, the condition stops spontaneously weeks or months after it begins. If the procedure is ineffective, the cause of the pain is not occipital neuralgia and a specialist will need to evaluate your symptoms further.

My advice, therefore, is to consult your GP again, explain that the prescribed medication hasn’t helped and describe your symptoms once more.

Mention the tenderness of your scalp, your lack of visual symptoms and nausea (which many people with migraine will experience), and request a referral to a neurologist to consider the diagnosis I have mentioned.

I do not believe your underactive thyroid is related to the symptoms you describe.

My 16-year-old niece has been diagnosed with anorexia. I noticed last year that she was talking about calories a lot and was obsessed with exercising. Then it suddenly became a lot worse.

She is having weekly hospital appointments, but she’s not able to go to school because she is so underweight. My sister is devastated and it’s affecting the whole family: my niece has gone into her shell. Is recovery going to be a long process?

Name and address supplied.

People with anorexia nervosa avoid eating and may obsessively exercise to satisfy their drive to weigh less, even though the weight reduction they’re trying to achieve is under what is healthy.

However, they don’t see it like that, rather believing that they are fat and adopting complex strategies and abnormal behaviours to minimise or avoid eating.

Patients often wear baggy clothes to attempt to conceal how thin they are, and will vigorously deny that there is a health problem. The condition is often linked to poor self-esteem, and patients see thinness as a way to improve their worth.

People with anorexia avoid eating and obsessively exercise to satisfy their drive to weigh less

People with anorexia avoid eating and obsessively exercise to satisfy their drive to weigh less

But they are, in effect, starving themselves. As a result, malnutrition is common, so periods normally stop, bones may be weakened and heart rhythm irregularities can occur.

Normal brain function is also strongly affected, leading to depression and anxiety. Problems with sleep, memory and thinking clearly are typical, too — as is the social isolation or withdrawal you are seeing in your niece.

The cause of this condition, which affects about 0.3 per cent of adolescents and more than 2 per cent of adults, is not known, though there is some evidence of a genetic basis.

As the condition develops, the patient experiences changes in brain function, some of which can be identified in scans — though currently it’s unclear whether these changes are causal or an effect of the malnutrition.

Your niece will be under the care of a specialised unit, typically with a consultant psychiatrist specialising in eating disorders as team leader, assisted by specialist nurses, dietitians, clinical psychologists and psychotherapists.

It is unlikely to be a speedy recovery. Your niece may well be undergoing treatment for a year or two — or longer. UK research suggests that about 50 per cent of patients gain weight and have a good outcome, but others may continue to be withdrawn and resistant to treatment.

However, many of the studies that reveal these rather gloomy figures have been based in specialist hospital units, and it may be that outcomes are more favourable in those not so severely affected that they need inpatient hospital treatment.

Those who are able to remain at home with their families during the course of their treatment have better outlooks. With the right help, there is no reason your niece should not go on to have a healthy, happy life, free from anorexia.

I very much hope this proves to be the case.  

IN MY VIEW…BEWARE THE PHONE CONSULATION 

Recently I appeared in court as an expert witness following the death of a child from appendicitis. Over a number of days, the parents had consulted three GPs about the symptoms by telephone — there being no appointments available — and each time they were told ‘it is just a winter vomiting virus, there is a lot of it around’.

Not one doctor actually examined the child, despite their continuing to be so unwell.

This week, I heard that an acquaintance went to our local surgery with abdominal pain only to be met by someone who called themselves a ‘practitioner’ — not a nurse or doctor — who asked about the history of the symptoms but appeared to be reading questions from a typed list. No diagnosis was made and the patient left entirely unconvinced.

Neither story fills me with confidence. Practitioners are being brought in to shoulder much of the routine work of GPs, but they can never take the place of a doctor.

They’re like the police community support officers who were brought on to our streets to create the perception that we were being better protected; while they do a wonderful job, they’re not fully trained police officers.

Similarly, the use of practitioners leads to second-class medical care.

But clearly the current system needs to change — children should not be dying because they can’t get to see a GP.

My proposal is that GPs are no longer subcontracted, like small businesses, but paid a salary and housed in teams at local hospitals, with each GP given a stated patient list to ensure continuity of care.

Access for patients would inevitably improve, as would co-ordination with consultant care, and there would be better communication. There would be direct access to other services such as lab tests, scans, physiotherapy and other paramedical treatments, with one set of medical notes and improved out-of-hours care with properly structured covering arrangements.

To solve the crisis we face we need this sort of root-and-branch reform, rather than trying to heal the gaps in the current system with yet another sticking plaster.

 



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Putin REFUSED to touch the indictment naming his spies who meddled in Fox interview http://expressdigest.com/putin-refused-to-touch-the-indictment-naming-his-spies-who-meddled-in-fox-interview/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:39:40 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/putin-refused-to-touch-the-indictment-naming-his-spies-who-meddled-in-fox-interview/

Russian President Vladimir Putin vows his country has ‘never interfered with the internal affairs’ of the U.S. ‘let alone its elections’ in a long, testy back and forth with Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace. 

Wallace grilled Putin on the Justice Department indictment of 12 Russians accused of interference in the presidential election as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

The news anchor waved the indictment to Putin and tried to hand it to him but Putin just chuckled and waved his hand toward a table, which Wallace placed the paperwork upon.   

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace tried to hand President Putin a copy of the Justice Department indictment of Russian nationals for their role in the 2016 election

Putin chuckled and gestured to the table, where Wallace placed it

Putin chuckled and gestured to the table, where Wallace placed it

‘Let’s look at it this way,’ Putin said of the allegation Russia interfered in the presidential contest. ‘People are talking about the purported interference of Russia with the election process in the United States. I mentioned this in 2016, and I want to say it now again – and I really wish for your American listeners to listen to what I say. First of all, Russia, as a state, has never interfered with the internal affairs of the United States, let alone its elections.’

Wallace interrupted him and tried to question the Russian leader on specifics but Putin waved him off: ‘I will get to it. Just have a little bit of patience. Then you will get a full answer to your question. Interference with the domestic affairs of the United States — do you really believe that someone acting from the Russian territory could have influenced the United States and influenced the choice of millions of Americans?’

The president added: ‘This is utterly ridiculous.’

Wallace again tried to ask if Russia interfered and Putin said: ‘I’m about to answer. Well, this is the first point that I’m trying to make.’ 

The indictment charged the conspirators as belonging to the military intelligence service GRU. They were accused of a sustained cyberattack against Democratic Party targets, including the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign. 

The Russian leader made an interesting point about the hacked information from Democratic National Committee, saying it was ‘real’ and ‘true.’

The Russian president pointed out that the information showed how the Democratic president primaries were manipulated to help Hillary Clinton at the expense of Bernie Sanders.’

The hacked emails from the party committee and its leaders showed officials at the organizing body did favor Clinton’s candidacy and helped boost her over the Vermont senator.

Liberals were outraged by the revelations and some of the DNC leadership had to resign as part of the fallout. 

‘The information that I am aware of, there’s nothing false about it,’ Putin said at what came out of the hacking. ‘Every single grain of it is true. And the Democratic leadership admitted it — the first point. Now, the second point. If you don’t like my answer, you can give it to me straightway and I’ll just keep silent. And if you want Americans to listen to my opinion, could you please wait for a little bit?’

He went on to talk about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. 

‘First of all, Special Counsel Mueller has accused a certain private company in Russia – that is not even a very big enterprise, its core area of competence is a restaurant business. And now, this company hired American lawyers and defending its integrity and reputation in an American court. So far, American court has not discovered any trace of interference whatsoever. Do you know it or not? But let the millions of Americans know about it. And now, to the individuals from the indictment act. With the United States, we have a treaty for assistance in criminal cases, an existing treaty that exists from 1999. It’s still in force, and it works sufficiently. Today I referred an example of its sufficient work.’ 

Chris Wallace was the only American journalist to interview Vladimir Putin in Helsinki

Chris Wallace was the only American journalist to interview Vladimir Putin in Helsinki

Chris Wallace, on his interview: 'We engaged. We argued. I interrupted. He scolded me. You don't want to miss it

Chris Wallace, on his interview: ‘We engaged. We argued. I interrupted. He scolded me. You don’t want to miss it

 Wallace tried to ask another question but Putin brushed him off. 

‘Let me finish. Just let me finish. Well, you’re trying to drive, but I will finish. Why wouldn’t Special Counsel Mueller send us an official request within the framework of this agreement? Our investigators will be acting in accordance with this treaty. They will question each individual that the American partners are suspecting of something. Why not a single request was filed? Nobody sent us a single formal letter.’

Wallace then asked Putin why he thought Mueller released the indictment three days before he and Trump met. 

‘I’m not interested in this issue,’ Putin responded. ‘It is single bit. It’s the internal political games of the United States. Don’t make the relationship between Russia and the United States – don’t hold it hostage of this internal political struggle. And it’s quite clear to me that this is used in the internal political struggle, and it’s nothing to be proud of for American democracy, to use such dirty methods in the political rivalry.’

Wallace inquired if the Russian leader thought Mueller was trying to sabotage his relationship with the U.S. 

‘I don’t want to make any assessments about his operation. It is for Congress that appointed him to do this, to assess his performance,’ said Putin who incorrectly stated Congress’ role as it was the Justice Department who appointed Mueller. ‘And I think court actually had some doubts about the due procedure, about appointing Special Counsel Mueller to the post that he now held. I think that American court now believes that it was done with the infringement of the American legislation, but that’s none of my business. Please address it yourself.’  

Wallace called his talk with Putin ‘one of the most remarkable interviews I’ve ever done’ when he spoke with Fox News’ Shepard Smith earlier Monday afternoon. 

President Trump and President Putin met alone for almost two hours on Monday

President Trump and President Putin met alone for almost two hours on Monday

Chris Wallace said his interview was 'extraordinary' and covered a variety of topics

Chris Wallace said his interview was ‘extraordinary’ and covered a variety of topics

The Fox News anchor was the only American journalist to get a sit-down interview with the Russian president after his meeting with President Donald Trump.

Wallace said the interview took place at the Russian Embassy in Helsinki on Monday after the leaders’ press conference and lasted about 35 minutes. He said they covered a range of subjects including the war in Syria, relationships with NATO and the situation in the Ukraine.

‘We engaged. We argued. I interrupted. He scolded me. You don’t want to miss it,’ Wallace said. ‘It’s a very full interview and I think you get a real insight into Putin’s personality.’ 

The Fox News anchor pointed out that he last interviewed Putin in 2005 and asked the leader what had changed since then.

He said Putin explained: ‘The world changed. Talked very much about how NATO took advantage of the weakness of Russia in the early part of the 21st century to try to weaken the country economically, militarily, encroaching on its borders and he in effect had to stand up for Russia.’

Wallace noted: ‘It was pretty extraordinary television. I’ve been doing this almost half a century now. This is one of the most remarkable interviews I’ve ever done.’ 



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Australia’s south-east to be lashed by 120km/h winds http://expressdigest.com/australias-south-east-to-be-lashed-by-120kmh-winds/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:39:37 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/australias-south-east-to-be-lashed-by-120kmh-winds/

Australia’s south-east is set to be lashed by damaging winds, heavy rain and near-freezing temperatures as a fast-moving cold front sweeps across the country.  

Severe weather warnings were issued on Tuesday for parts of South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.  

The low pressure system will first hit South Australia mid morning, bringing 120km/h winds across parts of state. 

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michael Efron said Tuesday would be ‘very windy and chilly’ as the system moves east to Victoria by Tuesday afternoon.  

Australia’s south-east is set to be lashed by damaging winds, heavy rain and near-freezing temperatures as a fast-moving cold front sweeps across the country

Severe weather warnings were issued on Tuesday for parts of South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania as the system moves east

Severe weather warnings were issued on Tuesday for parts of South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania as the system moves east

‘A strong cold front will reach the west of the state during the morning and then rapidly cross the rest of Victoria during the afternoon and evening,’ he said.

‘Certainly very windy conditions expected. A very chilly day.’

Snow is also expected to fall above 1,000m along with ‘some useful’ rain.

Mr Efron said Melbourne would have a dry start before rain and thunderstorms as it heads to a top of 16C, after the city woke to temperatures around 5C.

Sydney can expect to feel the force of the system when it crosses south-east NSW later in the evening, or early Wednesday.

The city will see a sunny day with tops of 22C on Tuesday after near-freezing morning temperatures. The mercury was sitting at 2C in Penrith at 7am.  

Gusts in excess of 120 km/h are likely for alpine areas on Tuesday evening, with severe warnings in place in parts of Illawarra, the South Coast, Southern Tablelands and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts. 

The low pressure system will first hit South Australia mid morning, bringing 120km/h winds across parts of state. A woman is seen in Adelaide

The low pressure system will first hit South Australia mid morning, bringing 120km/h winds across parts of state. A woman is seen in Adelaide

One Canberra resident shared a photo of what the cold snap did to a leaking tap overnight 

One Canberra resident shared a photo of what the cold snap did to a leaking tap overnight 

A warning for damaging winds remains in place in Tasmania.

‘Strong north to northwesterly winds averaging 60 to 70km/h with peak gusts of around 100km/h are possible Tuesday afternoon before easing in the evening,’ the Bureau said in a statement.

‘Blustery conditions will continue for most of the week with particularly strong and gusty winds expected again Wednesday afternoon, which may result in another severe weather warning being issued.’

The State Emergency Service is urging people to move their cars undercover, secure loose items and keep clear of fallen powerlines. 

The fresh cold front comes after temperatures hit 60-year lows across parts of the country on Monday. 

The mercury plummeted to -5C in Sydney on Monday and stayed below zero even after sunrise, as residents awoke to frost and ice across lawns and on their car windscreens.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michael Efron said Tuesday would be 'very windy and chilly' as the system moves east to Victoria by Tuesday afternoon (stock)

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michael Efron said Tuesday would be ‘very windy and chilly’ as the system moves east to Victoria by Tuesday afternoon (stock)

The fresh cold front comes after temperatures hit 60-year lows across parts of the country

The fresh cold front comes after temperatures hit 60-year lows across parts of the country

In Canberra, a 6.30am reading of -7.3C set a new low for the year, after doing the same on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. 

Parkes and Cowra in New South Wales recorded their lowest minimum temperatures in 60 years, the mercury hitting -6.6 and -5.8 in both towns.

‘First time I’ve ever had ice on my windscreen in Sydney. 1C at 8am. Can’t remember it ever being this cold,’ a surprised car owner wrote on Monday morning.

‘Never seen frost in the inner west of Sydney,’ wrote another. ‘It’s proper cold.’ 

Meanwhile in Dubbo residents battled temperatures of minus six – the coldest in 78 years.

Brisbane and Melbourne also awoke to icy conditions on Monday, with gusty winds in Victoria heightening the discomfort.

Snow is also expected to fall above 1,000m in Victoria along with 'some useful' rain (stock)

Snow is also expected to fall above 1,000m in Victoria along with ‘some useful’ rain (stock)

The mercury plummeted in Sydney even after sunrise on Monday, and residents awoke to frost and ice across the city  (pictured is Monday morning frost)

The mercury plummeted in Sydney even after sunrise on Monday, and residents awoke to frost and ice across the city  (pictured is Monday morning frost)

In Sydney’s south-west Camden saw temperatures fall to -2C at 3am, dropping another 2.7 degrees within the next two hours. 

Richmond in the city’s north-west recorded an icy -4.7C, while the mercury hit -1.5C in Penrith and -1C in Bankstown an hour before sunrise.

Inland New South Wales also suffered through the cold on Sunday with Wagga Wagga recording morning temperatures of -0.3C.

A number of other regions in New South Wales recorded below zero temperatures including Richmond, 63.4km from Sydney, which had overnight temperatures of -3.8C.

While Camden, 65km south west of Sydney, recorded overnight lows of -4.3C, the lowest overnight temperatures for the area since June 2010.  

Cows were covered with frost on a chilly Morning morning in Guyra, New South Wales during the cold snap

Cows were covered with frost on a chilly Morning morning in Guyra, New South Wales during the cold snap

Elsewhere, the notoriously frosty city of Ballarat in central Victoria had its coldest July day in 24 years this week recording a maximum of 5C on Wednesday, one degree below the July average.

In the nearby city Bendigo, temperatures were also at a record low, freezing through its coldest July day since 1996 with a maximum recording of just 0C. 

The cold weather pushed well up into Queensland with the outback town of Blackall dropping to 1.2C while Lochington, near Emerald, was just 0.5C at 7.11am.  

Brisbane experienced temperatures of 5 degrees on Sunday morning, even Rockhampton, up on the state’s central coast, dropped to a low of 6.5C just before 7am.    

AUSTRALIA’S COLD SNAP – THE NEXT TWO DAYS IN YOUR CITY

SYDNEY                                                                              MELBOURNE 

TUESDAY: Min: 8 Max: 22                                             TUESDAY: Min 10 Max 16

WEDNESDAY: Min: 9 Max: 20                                     WEDNESDAY: Min 7 Max 15

CANBERRA                                                                       ADELAIDE  

TUESDAY: Min: -1 Max: 15                                            TUESDAY: Min 10 Max 16

WEDNESDAY: Min: -1 Max: 13                                     WEDNESDAY: Min 8 Max 17

PERTH                                                                                HOBART  

TUESDAY: Min 6 Max 18                                              TUESDAY: Min 7 Max 16

WEDNESDAY: Min: 8 Max: 19                                    WEDNESDAY: Min 5 Max 14

BRISBANE                                                                        DARWIN  

TUESDAY: Min 6, Max 23                                            TUESDAY: Min 20 Max 33

WEDNESDAY: Min: 7 Max: 24                                    WEDNESDAY: Min 20 Max 33

Source: Bureau of Meteorology         

Sydney recorded temperatures as low as 4.5 degrees at Sydney Airport and 5.1 degrees at Sydney's Observatory Hill on Monday morning 

Sydney recorded temperatures as low as 4.5 degrees at Sydney Airport and 5.1 degrees at Sydney’s Observatory Hill on Monday morning 

Some people took to social media to put a comical spin on the freezing temperatures the East Coast is enduring 

Some people took to social media to put a comical spin on the freezing temperatures the East Coast is enduring 



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Union opens probe into veteran Broadway actor’s suicide http://expressdigest.com/union-opens-probe-into-veteran-broadway-actors-suicide/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:39:03 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/union-opens-probe-into-veteran-broadway-actors-suicide/

Union opens probe into veteran Broadway actor’s suicide

NEW YORK (AP) – A Broadway union is investigating a veteran actor’s suicide, which happened about a week after his friends say he was subjected to a grueling, demoralizing rehearsal.

Actors’ Equity said it has retained a lawyer to examine the events surrounding the June 29 death of Jeff Loeffelholz, who held the position of standby actor for the role of tabloid reporter Mary Sunshine in “Chicago” since the show’s Broadway return in 1996.

In text messages and notes, the 57-year-old Loeffelholz said director Walter Bobbie asked him to sing Sunshine’s signature song, “A Little Bit of Good,” about five times during the June 22 rehearsal.

Bobbie was critical of the performance and stormed off at one point, according to Loeffelholz’s notes. Loeffelholz said the director suggested he break the contract guaranteeing him the standby job for as long as “Chicago” remained on Broadway.

“He was upset. It was his dream job,” said Loeffelholz’s friend, Brian Rardin. “It kind of broke his heart.”

Bobbie’s agent didn’t respond to a message.

“Chicago” music director Leslie Stifelman says she hopes to help “bring out the true circumstances of this tragedy.”

The producers of “Chicago,” Barry and Fran Weissler, had already hired their own lawyer for a separate investigation, which could wrap up by the end of the week. That lawyer, Judd Burstein, is interviewing cast and crew members and says he expects to have a report next week.

“In 22 years of production, we have not experienced the loss of a cast member while in our employ until June 29,” the Weisslers said in a statement. “Our entire Chicago family is grieving and doing what we can to support each other in healing.”

Loeffelholz’s friend, Mark Newman, outlined the notes and text messages on a blog, “Justice for Jeff.” A memorial service is scheduled for St. Malachy’s, known as the Actors’ Chapel, on Aug. 7.

Loeffelholz was a stalwart in a “Chicago” cast that has cycled through dozens of big stars, including Michelle Williams, Bebe Neuwirth and Patrick Swayze. Akin to a pinch hitter in baseball or an on-call doctor, he would step in and play Sunshine whenever the main performer couldn’t take the stage, ensuring the show would always go on.

“If Jeff’s legacy is anything, it’s that no one should have to go through bullying or intimidation or harassment from management or anybody,” Rardin said.

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NHS Health Heroes: The surgeon who’s helped 100 children walk http://expressdigest.com/nhs-health-heroes-the-surgeon-whos-helped-100-children-walk/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:38:07 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/nhs-health-heroes-the-surgeon-whos-helped-100-children-walk/

Ben Harcourt-Sharpe will never forget a school trip to the seaside when he was seven. As the other children played on the sand, Ben, who has diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy which causes constant tightness and stiffness in the muscles, sat with a teaching assistant on a sweltering bus because staff couldn’t get his wheelchair down to the beach.

‘Being excluded from doing things other children took for granted was just a normal part of life for me,’ says Ben, now 14.

He felt his future was mapped out for him: ‘I thought I would never be able to dress myself or go anywhere on my own and never have any kind of independent life.’

Saviour: John Goodden, a consultant neurologist from Leeds, has a special interest in a complex surgical procedures proven to help children with cerebral palsy

It’s a heart-rending scenario facing many children with cerebral palsy.

‘I always had to have an adult beside me to make sure I didn’t fall over,’ says Ben. ‘But no one wants to be friends with the kid who always has a teacher with him. When I approached a group of friends in the playground, they’d scatter.’

The day he met John Goodden, a consultant neurologist from Leeds with a cheery can-do attitude and a special interest in a complex surgical procedure proven to help children with cerebral palsy, Ben says his life ‘changed for ever’.

From spending most of his time in a wheelchair, Ben — who lives in Spalding, Lincolnshire — is now able to walk with sticks.

‘I can stand up straight where before I was all bent and hunched over. And I can go out with my friends instead of relying on my mum to do everything for me.’

Ben is in top sets for everything at his secondary school, and has set his sights on Oxford or Cambridge. ‘Without Mr Goodden and his team, I wouldn’t have those dreams,’ he says.

At 5ft 6in, Ben has reached a height he’d never have achieved without selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery.

Proud: Dr Goodden  has been nominated by the Harcourt Shars - Ben, Joanne,  Rob and Eleanor

Proud: Dr Goodden has been nominated by the Harcourt Shars – Ben, Joanne, Rob and Eleanor

‘When I went back to see Mr Goodden this month for my five-year review, I was able to look him in the eye,’ he says proudly. ‘He told me I’m one of the reasons he carries on; he was so happy to see the difference it’s made to my life.’

Mr Goodden, 45, became the first British doctor to bring this new surgical technique for cerebral palsy to the UK in 2010.

SDR involves removing tiny nerves in the spine that cause tight, stiff muscles — allowing children reliant on wheelchairs and frames to walk.

Although this highly skilled procedure has been performed in the U.S. since the Nineties, it’s not been routinely available on the NHS, so hundreds of British families have taken their children abroad to have the life-changing treatment, at a cost of around £30,000. Desperate to help his patients, in 2010 Mr Goodden travelled to St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri — at his own expense — to train in the technique.

Under a special agreement with Leeds Children’s Hospital, he’s since operated successfully on 93 children during his NHS working hours, with parents raising the £14,500 cost of a high dependency bed and intensive physiotherapy.

But this means that many children whose parents can’t raise the money have missed out.

So on top of his full operating and clinic schedule, any spare time Mr Goodden has — when he’s not using his days off to check on his patients — has been spent working tirelessly, collecting and analysing a huge amount of data from the five centres where the operation has been performed since 2016, to prove the procedure is cost-effective to the NHS.

His dedication has now paid off as, based on these findings, NHS England has just announced that SDR will be available for children aged between three and nine at hospitals in Leeds, London, Liverpool, Bristol and Nottingham. Many of the 30,000 children in the UK with cerebral palsy could now benefit from Mr Goodden’s efforts.

¿Being excluded from doing things other children took for granted was just a normal part of life for me,¿ says Ben, now 14

‘Being excluded from doing things other children took for granted was just a normal part of life for me,’ says Ben, now 14

Cerebral palsy is caused by a bleed in the brain or lack of oxygen during pregnancy or birth, resulting in muscles that are constantly, and often painfully, contracted.

SDR involves locating and cutting the tiny strands of sensory nerves causing the muscles to contract. But these nerves are just millimetres from motor nerves which control movement and which, even under a microscope, look identical. For the operation to be a success, enough of the sensory nerve needs to be cut to release the muscle; but cut too much, or accidentally cut the motor nerve, and a child will be paralysed.

‘I spend hours before a complex operation checking different surgical approaches, reading and re-reading textbooks and scientific papers to make sure my approach is the best one possible,’ says Mr Goodden.

‘Parents are trusting me to do a huge operation that should change their child’s life for the better, but which carries huge risks. Every time I operate I’m conscious that one small error on my part could result in their child being paralysed permanently.’

Mr Goodden, who insists his patients call him John, has two daughters, Anna, 17, and Bethany, 15.

He says: ‘I say to each and every parent: “I know how precious my girls are to me. So I have a very good idea how precious your child is to you. I promise I will treat them as if they were my own.” ’

The joy for him at the end of every four-hour SDR operation is ‘rolling’ the child off the operating table on to the bed ‘and their stiff legs move freely for the first time in their lives’.

‘It makes me grin inanely every single time,’ he chuckles. ‘When I see the improvement surgery makes to children’s lives, any stress I feel just fades away.’

A party is planned for all the children and their families when he reaches 100 SDR operations later this year.

‘It’s just such a pleasure seeing each one of them and watching their personalities grow and flourish,’ he says.

Ben, who was nine when he had his surgery, was one of Mr Goodden’s first patients (his local authority agreed to pay for it just before NHS England said it couldn’t be funded routinely). His mum, Joanne, a human resources administrator, and dad, Rob, 44, who works for a tyre company, first noticed a problem when Ben was eight months old. ‘His hands had started to turn in like claws and his legs were so stiff he couldn’t straighten them,’ says Joanne.

‘He got his first walking frame when he was three, but could only walk short distances by throwing each leg out stiffly to the side.’

The family moved to a bungalow because Ben couldn’t cope with stairs. ‘It broke my heart to think about the future because I could not imagine him ever living independently,’ says Joanne.

‘Mr Goodden has completely changed all our lives. Without the surgery, Ben’s life would have been pretty miserable.’

The surgery has even meant that Joanne has been able to return to work.

But aside from his considerable surgical skills, it is Mr Goodden’s love for his patients which sets him apart, says Ben.

‘He’s stayed in touch with every single child he’s ever treated. If you asked him who was his 64th SDR operation, he could tell you their name, age and level of spasticity.

‘When Mr Goodden looked at me, he didn’t see all the things I couldn’t do, like everyone else did,’ says Ben. ‘That meant a lot. I think his belief in me was as life-changing as the surgery.’

The kindness shows in small ways, too. After his operation in March 2014, Ben had to stay in hospital for six weeks — a strain for the family, because while Joanne stayed with Ben, his dad Rob and younger sister, Eleanor, then five, were at home 120 miles away.

‘We were desperate to have some time as a family,’ says Joanne. ‘Mr Goodden let us take Ben to our in-laws outside Leeds for a few days and phoned us regularly to check on us while we were there. His involvement with us as a family was just incredible.’

When Tracey Edward’s son Shane, 12, was diagnosed with an aggressive malignant brain tumour in 2012, Mr Goodden was his surgeon.

‘When the cancer returned two years later, Shane was under a different care team but John told him he’d do everything in his power to help him, says Tracey, from Bradford.

‘John came to visit him at home because Shane wanted to see him. He sat for an hour telling him he was in good hands, which made Shane feel so at ease.’

Mr Goodden’s adult patients love him just as much. He operated on Michelle Porter, 50, in 2015 to remove a slow-growing brain tumour.

‘I was very ill afterwards with a stroke and two heart attacks,’ says Michelle, who worked in the freight industry before her diagnosis.

‘I’ll never forget this man. I love his down-to-earth manner and his kindness. When I told him I wouldn’t have radiotherapy because I didn’t want to lose my hair, he said if he had to take me there himself, he would!

‘He even visited me on Christmas Eve when his daughter was in a school play.’

Dr Asim Sheikh, a senior registrar on Mr Goodden’s team, describes him as a ‘perfectionist’, both technically and when it comes to relationships with his patients.

‘If he’s counselling parents and they need three hours to fully understand what is happening to their child, then he spends three hours with them,’ says Dr Sheikh.

‘If it means explaining things ten times because they’re too distraught to take anything in, he’ll explain things ten times.

‘He often comes in his spare time at evenings or weekends to check on patients.

‘You couldn’t hope for anyone better to look after your child.’

It is that beyond-the-call-of-duty dedication to his patients that has led Joanne to nominate Mr Goodden for a Daily Mail Health Hero award.

He was training to be a GP when he did a stint in neurosurgery and felt a ‘wow’ moment.

Mr Goodden’s mother Rosemary was a nurse. His father Robert, an entomologist, ran a butterfly attraction and silk farm from their home near Sherborne, Dorset (it produced the silk for Princess Diana’s wedding dress and veil).

‘I grew up helping in my parents’ business,’ he says. ‘I often talk about butterflies with my patients. People think that if you touch a butterfly’s wings, it can never fly again. But it’s not true. As long as you pick it up firmly and gently, holding its wings in the right way, it will live to fly another day.

‘And that’s also true of the brain and spinal cord. If you respect them and know how to do things properly, you can get away with a great deal.’

Mr Goodden, who has been married to his wife Heidi, 45, a full-time mum, for 20 years, waves away any praise for himself.

‘Several other British surgeons went to train [in SDR] after me, I just managed to get through the red tape first,’ he says modestly.

But he could not be more proud of his young patients. ‘I feel privileged to have the chance to help people and I wouldn’t change a moment of it.’

A&E DOCTOR WHO PUT HIS OWN  HEARTBREAK TO GOOD USE…

Despite his gruelling work as an A&E consultant and even in the most testing of circumstances, Dr Ben Jordan is always ready with a smile and kind word. He is often the last to leave at the end of a shift, staying behind to make sure his patients are comfortable.

His dedication to his work doesn’t end at the door, as he spends what little spare time he has on his other passion: raising money to improve the hospital he loves. In the past three years alone, he’s helped pull in £80,000.

The inspiration is his older brother, Dr Guy Jordan, his colleague at Frenchay NHS Hospital in Bristol, where Guy worked as a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care — and where he was taken after a terrible accident.

Ben Jordan, consultant at Southmead Hospital, pictured with Ken Pattinson

Ben Jordan, consultant at Southmead Hospital, pictured with Ken Pattinson

Five years ago, Guy was knocked off his bicycle and went under the wheels of an oil tanker.

More than 100 medical staff — all friends and colleagues of Guy and Ben — battled for 17 hours to save him before he died, aged 41.

Ben was at his brother’s side when he passed away and describes it as ‘the worst experience of my life — both surreal and devastating’.

Determined some good must come of it, Ben set up the Guy Jordan Memorial Fund in May 2015.

As well as running the London Marathon and walking 700 miles along the South West Coast Path with colleagues and former patients, he has taken part in a Tough Mudder challenge — a gruelling ten-mile obstacle course — and helped organise a charity ball and an 874-mile charity bike ride from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.

‘I miss him every day,’ says Ben, a father of two. ‘Fundraising is important to help ensure he is not forgotten, and seeing the good that flows from it helps keep life positive.’

Ben and Guy, from Bristol, became work colleagues when Ben joined Frenchay Hospital in April 2013; Guy, five years his senior, had been working there since 2007.

‘Guy was a great sounding board and a sensitive doctor who always put his patients first,’ says Ben.

On the day of his accident, Guy was cycling with three friends — all consultants from Frenchay — when an oil tanker overtook him on a country lane. Ben was teaching a life-support course when a colleague called to say there had been an accident. At 2.30am the next day, the family — Ben [as a relative, he was not permitted to take part in his brother’s care] and parents Ann, 80, and Don, 84 — were told Guy couldn’t be saved.

‘I held his hand as I said goodbye,’ Ben recalls.

He decided to start raising money in Guy’s name.

The focus of the charity — which is part of the larger Southmead Hospital Charity, the hospital where Ben now works and where Guy was due to transfer — is on improving the hospital environment.

S o far it’s helped pay for a new room for relatives, with colourful sofas and tea and coffee facilities. ‘My experience fed into my desire to make this environment better for when relatives are receiving the worst news of their lives,’ says Ben.

In the paediatric area there’s a new cartoon mural, new interactive toys, a sensory room and special soft-play zone aimed at children with learning difficulties to help calm them. For patients with dementia, there are pictures of local historical events on the walls and easy-to-read clocks. ‘Research has shown this helps them feel more at ease,’ says Ben.

The charity is also working with the intensive care unit to fund an outdoor space where longer-term patients can be taken on a ventilator to experience, as Ben puts it, ‘fresh air, sunlight and hope’.

Then there is the 20ft long art installation designed to highlight the need for organ donation; Guy’s own eyes were used to help restore the sight of five people. It hangs in the atrium of Southmead Hospital and comprises an embroidered tree made up of quotes from relatives of patients who have become organ donors and from the recipients.

Among them is an inscription from the family of Ken Pattison, 70, a retired education officer from Bristol whose wife of 42 years, Jo, died of a brain haemorrhage in October 2013, aged 65. Her kidneys, liver and corneas were donated.

It is Ken who has nominated Ben for the Daily Mail’s Health Hero Award.

He explains: ‘I am in awe of the way Ben has used such sad circumstances to create so much good, and I am grateful to him for helping keep Jo’s memory alive and raising awareness of a subject she felt strongly about.’

Juliette Hughes, lead nurse in A&E and Ben’s colleague, says Ben is a ‘complete star’. ‘He is so kind to patients and goes out of his way to help junior doctors,’ she says. ‘His fundraising has made our hospital a better place. Through Ben’s work, a little bit of Guy lives on.’

Ben says modestly that he is simply ‘a figurehead for a lot of hard work by people who were also incredibly close to Guy. Raising money in his name seemed a natural thing to do.’

Southmead Hospital Charity is one of 250 charities across the UK that support NHS hospitals, community and ambulance services. To support them, go to nhsbig7tea.co.uk

 



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The unexpected signs that you’re suffering a worrying lack of iron… http://expressdigest.com/the-unexpected-signs-that-youre-suffering-a-worrying-lack-of-iron/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:34:33 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/the-unexpected-signs-that-youre-suffering-a-worrying-lack-of-iron/

Lack of iron is the most common vitamin and mineral deficiency in the UK — at least four million Britons are affected, including one in three hospital patients and one in ten of the general population, according to research published in the journal Blood and led by Toby Richards, a professor of surgery at University College London.

We tend to associate it with tiredness, however hair loss, brain fog, low sex drive, depression, heart palpitations, restless legs, even cravings for ice cubes, are just some of the other signs your body is missing out.

‘There is an iron deficiency epidemic in the UK — with potentially millions of people suffering the effects without knowing the cause,’ argues Professor Richards.

Did you know? Lack of iron is the most common vitamin and mineral deficiency in the UK — at least four million Britons are affected

‘The symptoms are easy to miss in busy people — they just dismiss their fatigue as general tiredness — or don’t know about the other symptoms, and GPs don’t test for iron deficiency enough.’

We need iron to make haemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that helps transport oxygen around the body in order to make energy in muscles — low levels can cause extreme tiredness as well as affecting other body functions.

But while lack of iron, or anaemia, is usually put down to diet — not eating enough red meat — or periods, there are a host of other potential causes, including medication and serious disease.

Anaemia is also more common in older people with chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer — these inflammatory illnesses disrupt the absorption of iron and its movement around the body.

When GPs suspect anaemia — usually because of tiredness and fatigue — they will give a blood test for haemoglobin. Technically speaking, ‘anaemia’ is a haemoglobin level of 120g per litre or less of blood in women, and 130g in men.

‘In the UK people usually have to wait until they are anaemic before they have treatment,’ explains Professor Richards. But some experts say because these tests don’t show levels of stored iron — or ferritin — they don’t give the full picture.

‘If you have anaemia your tank is empty of iron, but if you have low levels of ferritin (between 15 and 30) you’re heading that way and are already on the reserve tank and could still have symptoms,’ says Professor Richards.

People can be iron deficient with normal haemoglobin and so doctors shouldn’t rely on blood tests alone for making a diagnosis of iron deficiency or anaemia, says Dr Wayne Thomas, a consultant haematologist at University Hospital, Plymouth NHS Trust and a spokesman for the British Society for Haematology.

Risk factor: Anaemia is also more common in older people with chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer these inflammatory illnesses disrupt the absorption of iron

Risk factor: Anaemia is also more common in older people with chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer these inflammatory illnesses disrupt the absorption of iron

Even testing ferritin levels can be flawed, he says — ‘if you have a chronic illness your ferritin levels can actually be pushed up. Assessing low iron also has to be about taking a history and listening to a patient’s symptoms.’

Dr Thomas says up to 30 per cent of menstruating women will have low iron stores and although not anaemic, may have symptoms such as fatigue. Iron deficiency anaemia is a public health issue we could be dealing with better,’ he says.

Even when people are anaemic, the symptoms can be missed and go untreated for months, even years, says Professor Richards, who also runs the private Iron Clinic in London.

‘Treatment is mainly a healthy iron-rich diet including foods such as red meat, lentils, beans and chickpeas and taking iron supplements at a dose of 65mg a day. They should be taken on an empty stomach with a vitamin C source to aid absorption and you should wait one hour before drinking tea or coffee as this affects absorption,’ says Professor Richards.

‘For most people, diet and supplements will be enough to restore their iron levels although it can take up to nine months. However, iron supplements can cause stomach upsets and nausea — this is because only a fraction of the iron taken in the supplement is absorbed (about 5 to 10 per cent); the rests sits in the gut and causes stomach irritation.’

Another option is an iron infusion via a drip, which gives patients all the iron they need in one dose. ‘This is available in some areas of the country on the NHS, but it depends on local commissioning groups,’ says Professor Richards.

To help you work out if you could be lacking in iron, here, six people describe their very different experiences…

ICE-CRAVING FROM HEARTBURN PILLS

Scott Knight: He became severely anaemic after taking the drug omeprazole and developed ice cravings, loss of libido and fatigue, but after being treated is now in good health

Scott Knight: He became severely anaemic after taking the drug omeprazole and developed ice cravings, loss of libido and fatigue, but after being treated is now in good health

Scott Knight, 49, owns contract cleaning and waste collection companies, and lives in London with his partner.

Three years ago, I started to feel extremely tired. I’m usually full of energy, but suddenly I couldn’t even walk up to my flat on the fourth floor. I would sleep for 12 hours and wake up unrefreshed.

I also lost interest in socialising and my libido dropped. I didn’t know what was happening but thought it must be just age.

Around the same time I developed an unusual craving for eating ice cubes.

I’d go into the pub every day and just start piling them into my vodka and crunch whole ice cubes one after the other.

People would say it was strange — I couldn’t see the problem though I now know it was a symptom of a lack of iron. Eighteen months after my symptoms began, I decided to see my GP — blood tests showed I had anaemia. The GP didn’t explain why but prescribed iron tablets.

I took them religiously for a few months, but although my energy was restored a little, they made me feel nauseous and I kept having to stop taking them.

Nine months later I read about iron infusions by IV drip. They cost £600 but I was fed up with feeling lousy all the time so decided it was worth a shot. At my first appointment I mentioned to the doctor I had bad heartburn as a result of a hernia, and had been prescribed omeprazole to reduce my stomach acid — the doctor said the lack of acid could be the cause of my anaemia.

He also explained that the ice cube craving and low libido were symptoms of iron deficiency.

Suddenly it all made sense.

A week after having an IV drip I was literally jumping out of bed in the morning, raring to go. I’m feeling great now, I’ve got my sex drive back, can run up the stairs and no longer feel the need to crunch on ice cubes!

EXPERT COMMENT: ‘Scott’s ice craving symptoms are a form of pica, an unexplained and irrational desire to eat non-food items,’ says Professor Richards.

‘Ice cravings are really common in people with severe iron deficiency. I’ve had patients confess they eat earth out of plant pots or even tissues. Loss of libido is also a very common symptom of iron deficiency, possibly because of fatigue or being depressed.

‘Omeprazole is one of the most widely-prescribed drugs in the UK and shuts down acid production in the stomach — this affects iron absorption as iron needs acidity to be absorbed.

‘Many people, including doctors, are unaware and there is a real need to educate everyone about all the causes and symptoms of iron deficiency.’

HAIR FALLING OUT SIGNALS ANAEMIA

Ayu Avdji: She became Severly Anaemic and developed hair loss, fatigue and breathlessness earlier this year, but has now recovered due to an IV iron infusion

Ayu Avdji: She became Severly Anaemic and developed hair loss, fatigue and breathlessness earlier this year, but has now recovered due to an IV iron infusion

Ayu Avdji, 38, a hairdresser, lives with her husband, Veli, 40, a lawyer and two children, aged seven and five, in North London.

When my hair started falling out I knew something really was wrong. Six months ago I’d had a blood test for anaemia after weeks of terrible tiredness.

I could just about manage dropping my children at school but afterwards I’d have to stay in bed all day. I would go to bed at 8pm and wake up at 7am still feeling tired and had a low mood; walking any distance left me breathless. I was 38 but felt 78.

But the blood test showed my iron levels, although low, weren’t low enough to need supplements.

By March my hair started to fall out — over a few weeks I lost half the thickness of my medium length hair. I am a hairdresser, so this was particularly distressing and embarrassing.

My GP agreed to prescribe iron supplements — the side-effects, constipation and diarrhoea, were awful and as my energy wasn’t improving, I started to worry I might have cancer.

I had my ferritin levels tested privately — my stored iron was 10.2, below 15 is anaemia.

The doctor explained this was probably due to my heavy periods and depletion of iron from having two children quite close together. After an iron infusion, my hair loss has slowed down and I’m no longer depressed or breathless.

I’ve now had an implant to control my heavy bleeding. I’d had no idea that all these symptoms were connected to anaemia.

EXPERT COMMENT: Iron and ferritin (stored iron) deficiency are incredibly common causes of hair loss, especially in women of menstruating age, explains Anabel Kingsley, a trichologist at the Philip Kingsley clinic in London.

‘The body needs ferritin to produce the protein that hair is made of.

‘A deficiency can shorten the growth phase, so hairs fall out before they reach the length they’re capable of.’

Iron deficiency can take several years to develop so it might not be noticeable immediately after giving birth (up 1,400mg is taken up by the baby in pregnancy and breastfeeding), says Dr Thomas.

RESTLESS LEGS WERE A WARNING 

Rachel Sayer: The 49-year-old, from south London, became severely anaemic and developed restless legs and heart palpitations

Rachel Sayer: The 49-year-old, from south London, became severely anaemic and developed restless legs and heart palpitations

Rachel Toney, 49, works in cinema marketing and lives in South-East London.

The first sign of a problem was I had this random, uncontrollable urge to kick my legs at night; I struggled to get a good night’s sleep and the next day I’d be too foggy to make even the most basic decisions.

I’d also suffered from heart palpitations — like my heart was skipping a beat — and catching my breath. I put it down to too much coffee and stress, as I was really busy at work.

But a few months later I started suffering from very heavy prolonged and irregular periods that would last up to 18 days. After five months I finally went to my GP; I was referred straight to a gynaecologist, who diagnosed adenomyosis, where the womb lining breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus. I’d never heard of it, but apparently it affects 20 per cent of women.

The gynaecologist suggested a Mirena coil implant to control the bleeding, but I preferred having iron supplements to treat the anaemia.

I’m so glad I discovered the cause of my weird symptoms and didn’t just dismiss them, because thanks to the iron, the restless legs, brain fog and heart palpitations have all gone.

EXPERT COMMENT: ‘Heavy periods are a big drain on iron reserves — women can lose up to 30 to 50mg of iron a month,’ says Dr Thomas.

Normally, the body contains 3,000-4,000mg of iron and daily losses, through sweat for instance, are minimal (1-2mg). A recent survey conducted by Professor Richards found that brain fog was one of the most common symptoms of iron deficiency reported. Restless legs was also common.

One theory is that both occur due to reduced iron in the brain affecting its function.

‘Palpitations or a pounding heart is common with anaemia and associated with lack of haemoglobin and the heart having to work harder,’ adds Professor Richards.

TIREDNESS A SIGN OF BOWEL CANCER

Bill Barrow: He was diagnosed with anaemia and treated with iron supplements , but a later screening picked up bowel cancer, which had caused the anaemia

Bill Barrow: He was diagnosed with anaemia and treated with iron supplements , but a later screening picked up bowel cancer, which had caused the anaemia

Bill Barrow, 74, a retired commercial property lawyer, lives in Fleetwood, Lancashire with wife Sandra, 73, a former legal secretary.

I’ve always had a very busy, active life with work, but also playing saxophone and being an athletics coach.

I’d played sport all my life — football and rugby — and once I ran 117 miles to the Lake District over 36 hours.

But then I started suddenly feeling tired for no reason and one day I tried to go for a two-mile run with my daughter and she beat me for the first time. Sandra kept on at me to see my GP so eventually after a few months I did. Blood tests showed I had anaemia and was prescribed iron tablets.

Luckily at around the same time, I was sent a bowel cancer test kit in the post as part of the national screening programme.

I sent off a sample and got a call asking me to go to hospital for a check: they found I had a cancer that was too big to operate on.

I thought that was it. But in fact chemotherapy and radiotherapy have kept it under control — I’m so glad that I bothered to send off that stool sample; because of it I’ve had ten years of life I wouldn’t have had. I could have just gone on and on taking iron supplements not realising I had bowel cancer.

My energy levels are back to normal and I go to the gym three times a week and don’t wake up shattered any more.

EXPERT COMMENT: ‘The causes of anaemia in older men and women always needs investigating as it is sometimes a symptom of cancer,’ says Professor Richards.

‘In bowel cancer on the right side of the bowel you can have bleeding for a long time but it won’t be visible in your stools, so tiredness may be an early symptom.

‘This case underlines how important it is to take part in the national screening programme.’

ANAEMIA STRUCK ME AT MY FITTEST 

Elisabet Barnes: An endurance athlete, her whose performance dropped off and started to feel tired and fatigue - which was caused by lack of iron

Elisabet Barnes: An endurance athlete, her whose performance dropped off and started to feel tired and fatigue – which was caused by lack of iron

Elisabet Barnes, 41, lives in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, with her fiancé Sondre, 46, and owns a running shop and coaching business.

I thought I was invincible — I was the first woman to finish in the Marathon des Sables, the famous six-day ultramarathon across the Sahara, in 2015 and 2017.

But looking back I realise I was burning the candle at both ends, training and working hard at my job, drinking too much coffee and not getting enough sleep.

By last November my running times were slowing down and I didn’t seem to have enough fuel in my tank.

I ignored it, but in January I hit a wall. I also started getting repeated infections and suffered shortness of breath.

My ferritin levels were within the normal range — around 20, but still on the low side — but as far as the NHS was concerned I wasn’t sick enough to need treatment.

Yet I ended up having five months off work. Things improved by April, partly due to a healthier diet and giving up coffee and alcohol, but my iron levels were still on the low side, so my GP agreed to prescribe iron supplements.

I then paid for an IV infusion and have finally got my energy back –—I’m planning a 100km race in September.

EXPERT COMMENT: ‘Runners are at higher risk of anaemia partly because red blood cells burst in the muscles due to the pounding action of their feet.

‘They also sweat more and this also leads to iron loss and inflammation in the muscles due to exercise,’ says Professor Richards.

‘Fit runners might not realise the risks so if your times are dropping and you have low energy, don’t assume you’re too healthy to be anaemic.’

EXHAUSTED…AND MY VEGAN DIET WAS TO BLAME!

Rosie Riley: The 23-year-old's vegan diet caused her to become exhausted from anaemia 

Rosie Riley: The 23-year-old’s vegan diet caused her to become exhausted from anaemia 

Rosie Riley, 23, a student who lives in Burnley, Lancashire.

I decided to go vegan almost overnight when I was 17, because of animal welfare concerns. My mum and dad didn’t know anything about veganism so I cooked for myself.

For the first couple of years I just cut out meat and dairy and ate chips and other carbs with virtually every meal. I just didn’t think about alternative protein sources or what vitamins and minerals I might be missing out on.

By the end of the first year I’d come straight home from college and sleep for an hour, even though I’d had 12 hours sleep the night before.

I also developed bad acne break-outs and started feeling very grumpy and moody.

After two years I went to my GP — a test showed I was borderline anaemic; as I didn’t have heavy periods my vegan diet was probably the reason.

The GP said I didn’t need to be prescribed iron supplements as my haemoglobin was still in the normal range, but advised me to overhaul my diet and take a multivitamin with iron.

It was a wake-up call and I started eating breakfast cereals such as muesli fortified with iron, eating more vegan cheese as well as beans and lentils. I also take care to drink orange juice with food to boost absorption.

It took me six months to feel normal again but I now feel even better than when I was eating meat.

EXPERT COMMENT: When it comes to iron deficiency related to diet, young women in their early 20s are a particularly at-risk group, says Priya Tew of the British Dietetic Association. ‘This is probably due to a combination of periods and not eating as much meat.

‘Veganism is very trendy and while there’s no reason why you can’t be healthy, vegans needs to eat lots of pulses, lentils, chickpeas, seeds and nuts, because iron from plant sources isn’t as well absorbed by the body so you need to eat more.’

 



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Teancum Vernon Petersen-Crofts, 19, in hospital ‘psychotic state’ before murdering family Ellenbrook http://expressdigest.com/teancum-vernon-petersen-crofts-19-in-hospital-psychotic-state-before-murdering-family-ellenbrook/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:24:00 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/teancum-vernon-petersen-crofts-19-in-hospital-psychotic-state-before-murdering-family-ellenbrook/

A teenager accused of killing his mother and two siblings in cold blood was in a ‘psychotic state’ when he was reportedly turned away from a hospital just hours before the alleged murders.  

Teancum Vernon Petersen-Crofts has been charged with murdering his mother Michelle Peterson, 48, and his two siblings Bella, 15 and Rua, eight, at their Ellenbrook home in Perth’s northeast in the early hours of Sunday morning.  

The 19-year-old man reported to St John of God Midland public hospital on Saturday night in a ‘psychotic state’, but was turned away when the police became involved, WA Today reported.  

St John of God Midland Public Hospital said they were unable to comment due to privacy reasons.  

 

Teancum Vernon Peterson-Crofts (left) had a ‘psychotic episode’ in court after being charged with the murder of Michelle Petersen (right), her daughter, 15, and eight-year-old son in Perth

Rua (right), eight, also died at the home

Ms Petersen’s daughter Bella (left), 15, and her son Rua (right), eight, also died at the home

News of the horrific murders sent friends of the slain family into meltdown this week.  

A friend of Ms Petersen broke down during a heartbreaking tribute on Monday. 

‘My friend and her two babies were killed by her son who suffered from mental illness…and I’m so so devastated,’ Ms Ata said. 

Constantly wiping away her tears, she recalled the loving nature of her friend and children.

‘Shelly was my friend, she was kind, happy, loved her kids, all of them unconditionally. 

‘At times in her life she was rough, she was flawed, but we all are, no one is perfect and Shell tried.’

Ms Ata said she found out about the alleged murders from Ms Petersen's surviving daughter who was asking for 'a friend's number'

Ms Ata said she found out about the alleged murders from Ms Petersen’s surviving daughter who was asking for ‘a friend’s number’

She told news.com.au that she found out about the alleged murders from Ms Petersen’s surviving daughter, who was asking for ‘a friend’s number’.

Ms Ata responded to the daughter then wished her well in the girl replied saying: ‘Not really Aunty. Mum and Rua and Bella were killed this morning’. 

She had already known of the three alleged murdered bodies in Ellenbrook but after receiving the message, Ms Ata realised it was Ms Petersen and her ‘two babies’. 

Aliyah Grey, 14, Bella's friend, said that the family was a beautiful family

Aliyah Grey, 14, Bella’s friend, said that the family was a beautiful family

‘The little brother would always wave and say hi when he walked past and the mum was very nice’ (pictured Bella) 

The 19-year-old has been charged with three counts of murder over the deaths at the family home (pictured) in Ellenbrook, in Perth's north-east, in the early hours of Sunday

The 19-year-old has been charged with three counts of murder over the deaths at the family home (pictured) in Ellenbrook, in Perth’s north-east, in the early hours of Sunday

Bella (left), 15, and her son Rua (right), eight, were allegedly killed by Ms Peterson’s son

Aliyah Grey, 14, Bella’s friend, told Daily Mail Australia had kind words for the slain family.

‘They were a beautiful family, very friendly, caring and kind,’ she said. 

‘The little brother would always wave and say hi when he walked past and the mum was very nice. 

‘My heart goes out to all their friends and family.’

Aliya’s mother, Helen Grey also spoke to Daily Mail Australia and said the community was rallying together to support each other.

‘They were a loving family…Bella was an amazing big sister, always looking after her younger brother and older sister – they all looked out for each other,’ Ms Grey said.

‘Rua he was a gorgeous boy and he’s friends with my son.  

‘The community are coming together with the church to support each other.

‘It’s just really sad and unexpected.’  

Experienced police officers have described the scene that confronted them when they arrived at the family's home (pictured) as 'potentially the most horrific they had ever been called to'

Experienced police officers have described the scene that confronted them when they arrived at the family’s home (pictured) as ‘potentially the most horrific they had ever been called to’

Police performed a search around the property and found a pair of scissors in the front yard

Police performed a search around the property and found a pair of scissors in the front yard

Petersen-Crofts appeared in a Perth court on Monday morning charged with three counts of murder.

Appearing before Midland Magistrate’s Court without a lawyer, the accused murderer broke down and rambled over the top of Magistrate Greg Smith, before allegedly attacking security. 

‘He’s a criminal,’ Petersen-Crofts told the court, speaking of an unknown person.

‘He went to take me out bush. He did it. He came back from my family. 

‘I needed to because mama is with me… I was painting a picture of Jesus and stayed there for two months. He punched me so hard in the head. So hard.

‘I left because I was that scared he was going to kill me. Mama told me to save myself.’

When court security attempted to calm him, he allegedly hit out at a guard, WA Today reports.

‘What are you looking at, serial killer? He looks like a serial killer and he’s a security guard,’ he said.

Neighbours chat with a police officer at the scene of the crime in Ellenbrook, Western Australia

Neighbours chat with a police officer at the scene of the crime in Ellenbrook, Western Australia

The shattered friends of the family break down after hearing about the 'horrific' crime scene

The shattered friends of the family break down after hearing about the ‘horrific’ crime scene

Petersen-Crofts was remanded in custody to be held in a mental health unit until his next court appearance on Monday, July 23.

A day earlier, experienced police officers described the scene that confronted them when they arrived at the house as ‘the most horrific they had ever been called to’.

Police were first made aware of the crime when the teenager arrived at a 7-Eleven convenience store on The Broadway, a street in Ellenbrook, and asked the shop attendant to call for police.

Officers arrived at the shop about 1.30am on Sunday, before being led to the nearby family home.

There they allegedly found Ms Petersen and Rua inside, before discovering Bella in the backyard. She died on her way to hospital.

'A senior homicide squad investigating officer said to me today it is potentially the most horrific crime scenes he has ever been called to,' Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel said

‘A senior homicide squad investigating officer said to me today it is potentially the most horrific crime scenes he has ever been called to,’ Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel said

Police allegedly found Ms Petersen and her eight-year-old son dead inside the home (pictured), before discovering the critically injured teenage girl in the backyard. She died on the way to hospital

Police allegedly found Ms Petersen and her eight-year-old son dead inside the home (pictured), before discovering the critically injured teenage girl in the backyard. She died on the way to hospital

Heartbroken relatives have paid tribute to the mother and two children on Facebook, while a GoFundMe page already set up to help pay for their funerals.

‘Help us raise some much needed funds and relieve just a little of the load her surviving kids now have on their shoulders,’ the fundraising page reads.

‘Shelly was kind, happy, loved her kids, all of them unconditionally. At times in her life she was rough , she was flawed, but we all are, no one is perfect and Shell tried.

‘Let’s give Shelly, Bella and Rua a wonderful send off.’

It is understood Ms Petersen has several other children and relatives living in New Zealand who are now flying to Western Australia.

A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder after being arrested at Ellenbrook early on Sunday

A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder after being arrested at Ellenbrook early on Sunday

WA Police Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel described the crime scene to reporters on Sunday afternoon.

‘A senior homicide squad investigating officer said to me today it is potentially the most horrific crime scenes he has ever been called to,’ Mr Steel said.  

During a search around the property police found a pair of scissors, which they took away in an evidence bag.

Mr Steel said it could take days for the scene to be processed. 

According to records, the home is part of the state government’s public housing. 

Neighbour Matthew Schreck said he had heard a commotion about an hour before police arrived in the street.

‘I just heard a lot of screaming and yelling and a bit of fighting, and the cops flew past here and headed up this way,’ he told reporters. 

‘It was real loud yelling and screaming. It sounded pretty bad. It sounded like a man.’

The incident comes two days after neighbours called police who reportedly saw a man ‘aggressively waving a length of wood’ in the front yard, Nine News reported. 

Forensic Services officer attend a crime scene where three people have been found dead in Ellenbrook

Forensic Services officer attend a crime scene where three people have been found dead in Ellenbrook

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Charlotte McKinney dons flower print mini for beach time in Miami http://expressdigest.com/charlotte-mckinney-dons-flower-print-mini-for-beach-time-in-miami/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:23:37 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/charlotte-mckinney-dons-flower-print-mini-for-beach-time-in-miami/

Charlotte McKinney dons flower print mini dress for beach time with boyfriend Nathan Kostechko in Miami

Charlotte McKinney jetted to Miami this week for a romantic getaway with beau Nathan Kostechko.

The leggy beauty was the epitome of summer chic in a daisy print mini dress as she strolled the sand with her heavily tattooed beau. 

The 24-year-old Baywatch star looked effortlessly good with her long locks up in a bun and rocking some stylish shades. 

Barefoot beauty: Charlotte McKinney looked gorgeous as she enjoyed some sun in Miami on Monday

Still going strong: The 24-year-old model was seen with her tattoo artist boyfriend Nathan Kostechko as the walked along the sand together

Still going strong: The 24-year-old model was seen with her tattoo artist boyfriend Nathan Kostechko as the walked along the sand together

Charlotte carried a woven straw bag to complete her beach chic and walked barefoot alongside her beau of almost a year.

Nathan, a tattoo artist, showed off his numerous inkings in black shorts and a baseball cap. 

The Orlando, Florida native, who has modeled for Guess, chatted with Life & Style recently about what practices she follows to keep bikini-fit throughout the year’s hottest season.

She said a key to maintaining her curvy figure is keeping a consistent diet throughout the year, as ‘the days of crash-dieting are well and truly over.’

Summer style: Charlotte wore a cute daisy-print mini dress and her hair up in a bun

Summer style: Charlotte wore a cute daisy-print mini dress and her hair up in a bun

Summer style: Charlotte wore a cute daisy-print mini dress and her hair up in a bun

Beach chic: Charlotte carried a woven basket as she strolled alongside her heavily inked boyfriend

Beach chic: Charlotte carried a woven basket as she strolled alongside her heavily inked boyfriend

‘I found maintaining a balanced meal plan year round has been extremely beneficial for me,’ said McKinney, who cited delivery meal plans and services as tools she uses to eat clean.

‘Finding the time to work out is really important for me,’ she said. ‘I build into my schedule the week ahead and try not to skip on the commitment.’

As for skin care, McKinney told the magazine she’s ‘extremely cautious about [her] skin and sun protection, which is why sunscreen is so important to me.

‘My way to solve the summer glow look is that I have a natural base spray tan once a week at my home.’

Romantic getaway: Nathan showed off his many tattoos in some black shorts and a matching baseball cap

Romantic getaway: Nathan showed off his many tattoos in some black shorts and a matching baseball cap

 

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Explosion sends ‘lava bombs’ flying through Hawaii tour boat http://expressdigest.com/explosion-sends-lava-bombs-flying-through-hawaii-tour-boat/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:22:13 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/explosion-sends-lava-bombs-flying-through-hawaii-tour-boat/

Explosion sends ‘lava bombs’ flying through the roof of a tour boat in Hawaii, injuring at least 23 people

  • The explosion hurled lava bombs and debris onto the tour boat off Hawaii’s Big Island on Monday morning
  • Woman, 20, suffered major leg trauma, while other passengers were left with burns and scrapes
  • People were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean from the Kilauea volcano 
  • Hawaii County officials said a ‘basketball-sized lava bomb’ punctured the roof of the boat and left a gaping hole 

An explosion has sent lava bombs and debris flying through the roof a tour boat off Hawaii’s Big Island, injuring at least 23 people. 

A 20-year-old woman suffered major leg trauma, while other passengers were left with burns and scrapes following the incident on the Hot Spot tour boat early Monday morning.

The people were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean from the Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting for two months.

The explosion hurled lava bombs that left a gaping hole in the top of the tour boat off Hawaii’s Big Island on Monday morning

Hawaii County officials said a ‘basketball-sized lava bomb’ punctured the roof of the boat and left a gaping hole. Photo also showed debris littering the floor of the boat.

Four of the people on the boat were taken to hospital via ambulance and the rest were treated when the boat docked again. 

Officials have previously warned of the danger of getting close to lava entering the ocean, saying the interaction can create clouds of acid and fine glass.

The US Coast Guard in May instituted a safety zone where lava flows the ocean off the Big Island. It prohibits vessels from getting closer than 984 feet from ocean-entry points.

Hawaii County officials said a 'basketball-sized lava bomb' punctured the roof of the boat and left a gaping hole

Hawaii County officials said a ‘basketball-sized lava bomb’ punctured the roof of the boat and left a gaping hole

Photo also showed debris from the volcano littering the floor of the tour boat

Photo also showed debris from the volcano littering the floor of the tour boat

The people were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean from a volcano that has been erupting for two months

The people were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean from a volcano that has been erupting for two months

The agency allows experienced boat operators to apply for a special license to get up to 164 feet from where lava sizzles into the sea.

The molten rock is coming from the Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting from a rural residential area since early May and has destroyed more than 700 homes. 

Until now, the only serious injury was to a man who was hit by flying lava that broke his leg.

Officials were interviewing injured passengers at a hospital. 

The molten rock is coming from the Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting from a rural residential area since early May and has destroyed more than 700 homes

The molten rock is coming from the Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting from a rural residential area since early May and has destroyed more than 700 homes

The US Coast Guard in May instituted a safety zone where lava flows the ocean off the Big Island. The agency allows experienced boat operators to apply for a special license to get up to 164 feet from where lava sizzles into the sea

The US Coast Guard in May instituted a safety zone where lava flows the ocean off the Big Island. The agency allows experienced boat operators to apply for a special license to get up to 164 feet from where lava sizzles into the sea

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Pregnant women who wear perfume have kids that struggle to grasp ideas http://expressdigest.com/pregnant-women-who-wear-perfume-have-kids-that-struggle-to-grasp-ideas/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:16:02 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/pregnant-women-who-wear-perfume-have-kids-that-struggle-to-grasp-ideas/

Pregnant women who heat up food in plastic containers and wear perfume may be inflicting long-term damage on their unborn child’s brain development, a new study on rats suggests. 

A team at the University of Illinois baked cookies laced with phthalates, chemicals used in plastic and fragrances which are known to affect the way our hormones work. 

They fed the cookies to pregnant and nursing mice – and found that, when their offspring reached adulthood, they were not as cognitively sharp as their peers who weren’t exposed to the chemicals. 

Lead author Dr Janice Juraska, a professor of psychology in the neuroscience department, told Daily Mail Online she was shocked by how clear the impact was, and said she would now urge pregnant women to avoid plastics and fragrances of any kind. 

‘We pay a price for the convenience of modern life. We need to work out when the price is too high,’ Dr Juraska said.  

Researcher fed cookies to pregnant and nursing mice which contained phthaltes, the chemicals found in fragrances and plastics. When the offspring of the exposed mice reached adulthood, they were not as cognitively sharp as their peers who weren’t exposed

Dr Juraska, who has spent decades looking at how hormones affect our brain development and behavior, teamed up with her colleague Dr Susan Schantz who studies endocrine disruptors in modern products.  

Dr Schantz collected urine samples from local pregnant women to determine what kind of chemicals they – and their fetus – had been exposed to.

These findings were used to design the cookies for the new study, published today in the journal JNeurosi.

The team fed these cookies to a group of pregnant females rats on a daily basis throughout their gestation and for 10 days after they gave birth. 

They then monitored the offspring for the rest of their lives (about a year). 

The mothers were not affected at all. And, although previous studies have shown endocrine disruptors to affect puberty of exposed offspring, they saw no difference there; they all passed through that period as expected. 

However, once they reached around 90 days old (equivalent to a human in their 20s), the rats that had been exposed to the chemicals were markedly slower in their cognitive abilities. 

‘It affected their ability to be flexible,’ Dr Juraska said.  

The rats were presented with a maze to work their way through, and occasionally the research team would adjust some parts of it to see how quickly they would realize the difference.  

‘When the site changed, it took [the chemical-exposed rats] much longer to catch on than rats that haven’t been exposed,’ she said, adding: ‘I was surprised by the magnitude. I thought there would be an effect, but I was surprised by the magnitude.’ 

Taking a closer look at the neurobiology driving this shift, Dr Juraska, a skilled neuroanatomist, carefully counted each of their neurons and synapses in their pre-frontal cortex, the brain region which affects attention, planning, coordination, and impulse control.

We pay a price for the convenience of modern life. We need to work out when the price is too high 

‘There was a decrease in both of them in the rats that, all the way back in utero, had been exposed to these chemicals.’

Now, Dr Juraska and Dr Schantz are working to determine which phthalates in particular, of the many types we are exposed to, are particularly damaging to the pre-frontal cortex. 

They will also be administering these chemicals to rats during puberty to understand whether that has an impact on their neurodevelopment.  

In terms of what we can learn from this study, Dr Juraska said there is no point suggesting a ban on these chemicals.

‘We are not going to avoid them totally,’ Dr Juraska conceded. ‘We have a hard time of banning things that aren’t very immediately traumatic. This is a very long term thing.’

She did, however, suggest that pregnant women try to boycott anything containing these chemicals for the duration of their pregnancy and nursing period as much as possible. 

‘My advice would be for pregnant women to avoid plastic, avoid heating thing with plastics and avoid fragrances and air fresheners. Unscented everything is just better, because fragrances often contain these chemicals,’ Dr Juraska said. 

Doing that, she insists, will ‘minimize your exposure and minimize the exposure for the fetus. It will also minimize the exposure for infants in the house, how much they’re breathing in or nursing. It’s really an important thing. There’s probably no potent time than early development.’ 



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15-year-old girl with peanut allergy dies from eating a Chip’s Ahoy cookie http://expressdigest.com/15-year-old-girl-with-peanut-allergy-dies-from-eating-a-chips-ahoy-cookie/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:09:15 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/15-year-old-girl-with-peanut-allergy-dies-from-eating-a-chips-ahoy-cookie/

A 15-year-old girl died after eating a Chips Ahoy cookie that she had mistakenly thought was free of nuts.

Alexi Ryann Stafford, of Weston, Florida, was at a friend’s house when she saw an open package of the cookies. 

The top flap of the red package was pulled back and Alexi mistook the cookies for Chips Ahoy’s ‘Chewy’ version, which is also red. 

But after finishing just one cookie, Alexi knew something was wrong. These ‘Chewy’ Chip’s Ahoy cookies had been made with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups inside.

Alexi Ryann Stafford, 15, died after eating a Chips Ahoy cookie that she had mistakenly thought was free of nuts

Stafford, of Weston, Florida, was at a friend's house when she saw an open package of the cookies and mistook them for the brand's 'Chewy' version 

Stafford, of Weston, Florida, was at a friend’s house when she saw an open package of the cookies and mistook them for the brand’s ‘Chewy’ version 

The teen’s mouth began tingling and she immediately went home, where her condition rapidly deteriorated.

‘She went into Anaphylactic shock, stopped breathing and went unconscious,’ her mother, Kellie Travers-Stafford, wrote in a post on Facebook. 

‘We administered two EpiPens while she was conscious and waited on paramedics for what felt like an eternity.’ 

Within 90 minutes of eating the cookie, Alexi was dead. 

Travers-Stafford said the family’s hearts were broken and that they are ‘still in shock’. 

‘Our whole lives we dedicated to keeping our child safe from one ingredient, peanuts,’ she wrote. 

But the cookies were actually 'Chewy' Chip's Ahoy cookies with added Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. And after eating one cookie, Alexi realized her mistake 

But the cookies were actually ‘Chewy’ Chip’s Ahoy cookies with added Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. And after eating one cookie, Alexi realized her mistake 

Alexi's mother Kellie Travers-Stafford wrote a heartbreaking post explaining her death 

Alexi’s mother Kellie Travers-Stafford wrote a heartbreaking post explaining her death 

‘As a mother who diligently taught her the ropes of what was okay to ingest and what was not, I feel lost and angry.’ 

‘She knew her limits and was aware of familiar packaging, she knew what “safe” was.’

Travers-Stafford believes it wasn’t enough for the Chips Ahoy box to have a ‘small added indication’ on the familiar red package to point out that there were peanuts. 

‘The company has different colored packaging to indicate chunky, chewy, or regular, but NO screaming warnings about such a fatal ingredient to many people. Especially children,’ she wrote.  

Travers-Stafford believes it wasn't enough for the Chips Ahoy box to have a 'small added indication' on the familiar red package to point out that there were peanuts

Travers-Stafford believes it wasn’t enough for the Chips Ahoy box to have a ‘small added indication’ on the familiar red package to point out that there were peanuts

Now the devastated mother is hoping to share Alexi's story to make sure a similar tragedy doesn't happen to another family 

Now the devastated mother is hoping to share Alexi’s story to make sure a similar tragedy doesn’t happen to another family 

‘It’s important to us to spread awareness so that this horrible mistake doesn’t happen again.’ 

Travers-Stafford’s post has been shared more than 500 times, and reached one writer who contacted Chips Ahoy and shared Alexi’s story. 

The company said in a statement that it takes allergies ‘very seriously’ and that all products are ‘clearly labeled on the information panel of the packaging’.     

‘Across our Chips Ahoy! product portfolio, packaging color is indicative of product texture and is not indicative of the presence of allergens,’ the statement read. 

‘We always encourage consumers to read the packaging labeling when purchasing and consuming any of our products for information about product ingredients, including presence of allergens.’ 



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Croatian football team receive heroes’ welcome as they return to Zagreb http://expressdigest.com/croatian-football-team-receive-heroes-welcome-as-they-return-to-zagreb/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:07:26 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/croatian-football-team-receive-heroes-welcome-as-they-return-to-zagreb/

The World Cup finalists were given a heroes’ welcome as they arrived in Zagreb today after their defeat against France.

The Croatian football team were greeted with flares and cheering as they made their way to Bana Jelacica Square in the capital having reached the final for the first time ever.

Despite their 4-2 defeat against France, fans and players alike looked ecstatic at the result. 

Croatia have been in the World Cup five times since declaring independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, finishing in third place back in 1998. 

The Croatian football team wore their silver medals as they stood atop an open top bus in the capital

Thousands of fans crowded into Bana Jelacica Square in Zagreb to catch a glimpse of their heroes this evening

Thousands of fans crowded into Bana Jelacica Square in Zagreb to catch a glimpse of their heroes this evening

Fans held up a replica of the World Cup trophy as they cheered and screamed at the arrival of the Croatian football team

Fans held up a replica of the World Cup trophy as they cheered and screamed at the arrival of the Croatian football team

Croatia's captain Luka Modric celebrated enthusiastically despite losing 4-2 to France

Croatia’s captain Luka Modric celebrated enthusiastically despite losing 4-2 to France

After getting off the bus the team were greeted with confetti in the national colours

After getting off the bus the team were greeted with confetti in the national colours

The Croatian football team were given a heroes' welcome despite their loss to France, having reached the final for the first time

The Croatian football team were given a heroes’ welcome despite their loss to France, having reached the final for the first time

Earlier today Croatians held a giant banner with the national colours of the country

Earlier today Croatians held a giant banner with the national colours of the country

The team looked jubilant as they greeted crowds. Croatia have been in the World Cup just five times since declaring independence from Yugoslavia in 1991

The team looked jubilant as they greeted crowds. Croatia have been in the World Cup just five times since declaring independence from Yugoslavia in 1991

An estimated 100,000 people packed into the square in Zagreb to try and get a glimpse of the team after arriving home earlier this evening.

Team captain Luka Modrić said after the game yesterday: ‘I think we were the better team but sometimes better teams don’t win. 

‘I don’t really realise what has happened yet – the World Cup is a lot.

‘But I’m so proud of this team, the players, the staff. We were really united as a group. We did something incredible, we made history and we are going to enjoy it.’ 

Modrić was awarded the Golden Ball for being the tournament’s best player after the match.

Domagoj Vida, Luka Modric, Sime Vrsaljko, Ante Rebic, Mario Mandzukic and Vedran Corluka were seen celebrating on top of the bus

Domagoj Vida, Luka Modric, Sime Vrsaljko, Ante Rebic, Mario Mandzukic and Vedran Corluka were seen celebrating on top of the bus

Reaching yesterday's final was Croatia's best result since the team finished in third place back in 1998

Reaching yesterday’s final was Croatia’s best result since the team finished in third place back in 1998

The crowd gathered was estimated at 100,000 people earlier today

The crowd gathered was estimated at 100,000 people earlier today

Flares lit up the crowd as they welcomed home the nation's football team in the square in Zagreb

Flares lit up the crowd as they welcomed home the nation’s football team in the square in Zagreb

One fan climbed up the side of a pole to get a better view of the team among a sea of red and white chequered shirts

One fan climbed up the side of a pole to get a better view of the team among a sea of red and white chequered shirts

Supporters were seen on the roof of buildings and hanging flags from windows as they waited to see their heroes

Supporters were seen on the roof of buildings and hanging flags from windows as they waited to see their heroes

The 32-year-old midfielder told reporters yesterday he was ‘proud to have received the award for myself’ but wanted ‘to win a trophy with Croatia’.

Earlier today the Croatia side were snapped flying out of Russia with their silver medals on show at Moscow airport.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren shared footage on his Instagram of fans greeting the team as they travelled on an open-top bus.

Striker Mario Mandzukic was also pictured signing a policeman’s helmet as they celebrated their second place finish today.

Crowds of fans looked delighted as they greeted the Croatian team as they stood on top of an open top bus

Crowds of fans looked delighted as they greeted the Croatian team as they stood on top of an open top bus

A Croatian Air Force helicopter above the crowds flew the nation's flag over the square

A Croatian Air Force helicopter above the crowds flew the nation’s flag over the square

Team captain Luka Modri¿ said: 'I think we were the better team but sometimes better teams don't win'

Team captain Luka Modrić said: ‘I think we were the better team but sometimes better teams don’t win’

The players were seen sat on top of the bus holding flares as crowds attempted to catch a glimpse of them

The players were seen sat on top of the bus holding flares as crowds attempted to catch a glimpse of them



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Tragic socialite Annabelle Neilson in her own words http://expressdigest.com/tragic-socialite-annabelle-neilson-in-her-own-words/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:06:04 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/tragic-socialite-annabelle-neilson-in-her-own-words/

THE SOCIALITE, MODEL AND REALITY TV STAR – WHO WAS BEST FRIENDS WITH KATE MOSS, EX WIFE OF BANKER NAT ROTHSCHILD AND MUSE OF THE LATE ALEXANDER MCQUEEN – GAVE A WIDE-RANGING INTERVIEW TO THE DAILY MAIL IN 2015. HERE, SHE DESCRIBES THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF HER COLORFUL LIFE.

On best friend Alexander [Lee] McQueen, whom she met in the early 1990s while modeling.

Annabelle with ‘soul mate’ Alexander ‘Lee’ McQueen in 2009

‘Issie [late Tatler fashion editor Isabella Blow] brought me to Lee as a model. She presented me to him as his new girl. Lee loved me immediately and it felt like we knew each other straight away.

‘We were so alike. He was also dyslexic; he mirrored me in so many ways.

‘I remember our first shoot together when Lee had made me this exquisite torn lace navy dress that fitted perfectly.

‘When it turned up on the day of the shoot he’d sprayed it silver and it had shrunk. I had to be gaffer-taped into it.’

‘He was my brother, my boyfriend, my soulmate. Most of the time people called me Mrs McQueen. Quite often we were sharing a bed.’ 

‘The truth is I was happier with Lee than with anyone else. He asked me to marry him towards the end and I said no. I wish now that I had said yes.’ 

On being part of the infamous Primrose Hill set with Kate Moss, where all-night parties at Noel Gallagher and Meg Mathews’ Supernova Heights mansion were the norm.

Annabelle with 'bestie' Kate Moss in 2015

Annabelle with ‘bestie’ Kate Moss in 2015

‘I don’t know why I’m always called a wild child because I wasn’t a child at the time.

‘The truth is I’ve lived an amazing life. I was working with Lee [Alexander McQueen], Kate, Naomi and [John] Galliano.

‘It was a big time in my life and it was great fun. I was working with beautiful creative people.’

‘Kate is my best mate and I love her like a sister. Yes, she’s an icon but to me she’s just Kate.

‘We fight over stupid things, then we kiss and make up. We share clothes, we share everything and her fame has never been an issue.

‘She always looks out for me and I look out for her. We’ve got each other’s backs.

On getting together with Nat Rothschild, scion of the banking dynasty and the future fifth Baron Rothschild(Their marriage broke down three years later in the Dominican Republic, a turn of events Annabelle was legally not allowed to talk about.)

‘Nat and I had been together for four years and I was 26 when I married him. He first asked me to marry him half an hour after we met and then every day afterwards. Finally, we decided to do it.’

On how a gap year attack by a man who later went on to kill three women in Australia lead her heroin addiction at 16.

‘The attack lasted for two hours. I was tied to a tree and continually beaten. I looked like the elephant girl by the end of it.

‘I managed to escape with my life but I needed reconstructive surgery because my face was so disfigured.

‘After that, I fell into a serious depression and became a heroin addict because it provided an escape bubble and was the only way I could cope.

‘In a way, heroin saved me because otherwise I would have killed myself.’

On being thrown from the saddle of her racehorse while galloping around a training track in Sussex in June 2013. She endured a long recovery and the accident left her with chronic pain. 

The equestrian broke her back and pelvis after being thrown from her racehorse in 2013

The equestrian broke her back and pelvis after being thrown from her racehorse in 2013

‘I remember seeing the glint of a silver car and the horse getting spooked and jumping.

‘The next second I was flat on my back in the mud,’ she recalled. ‘The pain was horrendous and I started having convulsions. Worst of all, I couldn’t move my legs and I thought, “This is it, I’m paralysed.”’

‘I was lying on the hospital bed with a broken back and pelvis. I just said to myself, “You have to get up,” so I did.

‘The nerves down my right leg and hip were very badly damaged, but I got up, with help, and discharged myself.

‘The pain was so bad, but I was scared that if I didn’t get up there and then I might never walk again.’

 

 



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Amazon FINALLY acknowledges Prime Day outage hours after the site crashed http://expressdigest.com/amazon-finally-acknowledges-prime-day-outage-hours-after-the-site-crashed/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:45:43 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/amazon-finally-acknowledges-prime-day-outage-hours-after-the-site-crashed/

Amazon Prime members hoping to score the best deals today during the annual Prime Day sale have instead been greeted by error messages and pictures of dogs.

The site crashed across the United States shortly after the event began, leaving shoppers unable to make their purchases.

While it appears to be back up and running for most people, some customers are still running into issues.

Adding to the frustration, Amazon remained tight-lipped for the better part of the day, not publicly acknowledging the problems until around 5 p.m. (ET).

Amazon Prime members hoping to score the best deals today during the annual Prime Day sale have instead been greeted by error messages and pictures of dogs

‘Some customers are having difficulty shopping, and we’re working to resolve this issue quickly,’ Amazon tweeted hours after the site crashed.

‘Many are shopping successfully – in the first hour of Prime Day in the US, customers have ordered more items compared to the first hour last year.

‘There are hundreds of thousands of deals to come and more than 34 hours to shop Prime Day.’

Countless images shared by disgruntled shoppers on Twitter show what thousands of people have encountered upon trying to shop on Amazon today: ‘Sorry, something went wrong on our end,’ and ‘Uh-oh, something went wrong.’ 

And, in what some are considering a small silver lining, the error messages are accompanied by adorable pictures of dogs.

Some Amazon customers have found they can’t log in or access the site at all, while others made it all the way to the check-out before seeing the error message. 

Another bizarre glitch leaves shoppers in a loop; clicking a category such as ‘Electronics’ or ‘Home and Garden’ will simply redirect you to a page that says ‘Shop all Deals’ – and, clicking that will bring you back to the start.   

Amazon has crashed across the United States, leaving shoppers unable to make their purchases

Amazon has crashed across the United States, leaving shoppers unable to make their purchases

Countless images shared by disgruntled shoppers on Twitter show what thousands of people have encountered upon trying to shop on Amazon today: ‘Sorry, something went wrong on our end,’ and ‘Uh-oh, something went wrong’

In what some are considering a small silver lining, the error messages are accompanied by adorable pictures of dogs

Countless images shared by disgruntled shoppers on Twitter show what thousands of people have encountered upon trying to shop on Amazon today: ‘Sorry, something went wrong on our end,’ and ‘Uh-oh, something went wrong’

The outage began just after 3 p.m. (ET) and appears to only affect shoppers in the United States and some parts of Canada. 

Dailymail.com has contacted Amazon for comment. 

Prime Day launched this afternoon, offering incredible savings for Prime members.

This year, however, the event has been wrapped up in controversy.

Amazon workers in Germany, Spain, and Poland revealed a plan to strike during the huge sale, in protest over wages and working conditions at the fulfillment centers. 

Some Amazon customers have found they can’t log in or access the site at all, while others made it all the way to the check-out before seeing the error message

Some Amazon customers have found they can’t log in or access the site at all, while others made it all the way to the check-out before seeing the error message



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Muslim candidates run in record numbers but face backlash http://expressdigest.com/muslim-candidates-run-in-record-numbers-but-face-backlash/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:40:00 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/muslim-candidates-run-in-record-numbers-but-face-backlash/

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – A liberal woman of color with zero name recognition and little funding takes down a powerful, long serving congressman from her own political party.

When Tahirah Amatul-Wadud heard about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning upset over U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s Democratic primary last month, the first-time candidate saw parallels with her own longshot campaign for Congress in western Massachusetts.

The 44-year-old Muslim, African-American civil rights lawyer, who is taking on a 30-year congressman and ranking Democrat on the influential House Ways and Means Committee, said she wasn’t alone, as encouragement, volunteers and donations started pouring in.

Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., center, talks with Dondre Scott, right, during a visit to a community garden while campaigning in the Mason Square neighborhood of Springfield, Mass. Monday, June 18, 2018. At left is Ivette Hernandez, who is running for Mass. House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

“We could barely stay on top of the residual love,” said Amatul-Wadud, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal’s lone challenger in the state’s Sept. 4 Democratic primary. “It sent a message to all of our volunteers, voters and supporters that winning is very possible.”

From Congress to state legislatures and school boards, Muslim Americans spurred to action by the anti-Muslim policies and rhetoric of President Donald Trump and his supporters are running for elected offices in numbers not seen since before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, say Muslim groups and political observers.

Many, like Amatul-Wadud, hope to ride the surge of progressive activism within the Democratic Party that delivered Ocasio-Cortez’s unlikely win and could help propel the Democrats back to power in November.

Still, the path to victory can be tougher for a Muslim American. Some promising campaigns already have fizzled out while many more face strong anti-Muslim backlash.

In Michigan, Democrat candidate for governor Abdul El-Sayed continues to face unfounded claims from a GOP rival that he has ties to the controversial Muslim Brotherhood, even though Republican and Democratic politicians alike have denounced the accusations as “conspiracy theories.”

In Rochester, Minnesota, mayoral candidate Regina Mustafa has notified authorities of at least two instances where anti-Muslim threats were posted on her social media accounts.

And in Arizona, U.S. Senate candidate Deedra Abboud received a torrent of Islamophobic attacks on Facebook last July that prompted outgoing U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, the Republican lawmaker Abboud is hoping to replace, to come to her defense on Twitter.

“I’m a strong believer that we have to face this rhetoric,” said Abboud, who has also had right-wing militant groups the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights and the Proud Boys stage armed protests her campaign events. “We can’t ignore it or pretend like it’s a fringe element anymore. We have to let the ugly face show so that we can decide if that is us.”

There were as many as 90 Muslim-Americans running for national or statewide offices this election cycle, a number that Muslim groups say was unprecedented, at least in the post-9/11 era.

But recent primaries have whittled the field down to around 50, a number that still far exceeds the dozen or so that ran in 2016, said Shaun Kennedy, co-founder of Jetpac, a Massachusetts nonprofit that helps train Muslim-American candidates.

Among the candidates to fall short were California physician Asif Mahmood, who placed third in last month’s primary for state insurance commissioner, despite raising more than $1 million. And in Texas, wealthy businessman Tahir Javed finished a distant second in his Democratic primary for Congress, despite an endorsement from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.

Nine candidates for Congress are still in the running, according to Jetpac’s tally. At least 18 others are campaigning for state legislature and 10 more seek major statewide and local offices, such as governor, mayor and city council. Even more are running for more modest offices like local planning board and school committee.

The next critical stretch of primaries is in August.

In Michigan, at least seven Muslim Americans are on the Aug. 7 ballot, including El-Sayed, who could become the nation’s first Muslim governor.

In Minnesota, the decision by Keith Ellison, the nation’s first Muslim congressman, to run for state attorney general has set off a political frenzy for his congressional seat that includes two Muslim candidates, both Democrats: Ilhan Omar, the country’s first Somali-American state lawmaker, and Jamal Abdulahi, a Somali-American activist.

But historic wins in those and other races are far from assured, cautions Geoffrey Skelley, an associate editor at Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a nonpartisan political analysis website run by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

Omar’s chances of emerging from a field of five Democratic candidates in Minnesota’s Aug. 14 primary was bolstered by a recent endorsement from the state Democratic Party, but El-Sayed is an underdog in his gubernatorial race, he said.

Other Muslim-American candidates might fare better in Michigan, which has one of the nation’s largest Arab-American populations, Skelley added.

There, former state Rep. Rashida Tlaib has raised more money than her Democratic rivals in the race to succeed Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who resigned last year amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Former Obama administration official Fayrouz Saad is also running as a Democrat in the wide open race to succeed Republican Rep. David Trott, who isn’t seeking re-election.

Either could become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, which has only ever had two Muslim members: outgoing Ellison and Rep. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat seeking re-election.

Saad, who served most recently as director of Detroit’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, recognizes the importance of representing her community in an era of rising Islamophobia.

The 35-year-old broke from the conservative Republican politics of her Lebanese immigrant parents following the 9/11 attacks because she felt Arabs and Muslims were unfairly targeted.

“I felt the way to push back against that was to be at the table,” said Saad, adding that her parents’ political leanings have also since moved to the left. “We have to step up and be voices for our communities and not wait for others to speak on behalf of us.”

But not all Muslim candidates feel that way.

In San Diego, California, 37-year-old Republican congressional candidate Omar Qudrat declined to comment on how Islamophobia has impacted his campaign, including instances when his faith have been called into question by members of his own political party.

Instead, the political newcomer, who is one of at least three Muslim Republicans running nationwide this year, provided a statement touting his main campaign issues as faces Democratic U.S. Rep. Scott Peters in November: addressing San Diego’s high number of homeless military veterans, improving public education and expanding economic opportunities for city residents.

“Running for public office is about advancing the interests of your constituents and the American people,” Qudrat’s statement reads. “Nothing else.”

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Karoub reported from Detroit.

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This story has been corrected to show Qudrat is 37, not 36.

In this Monday, June 18, 2018, photo, attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, left, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., greets residents of an apartment complex while campaigning in Springfield, Mass. Muslim Americans are running for elected office in numbers not seen since before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

In this Monday, June 18, 2018, photo, attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, left, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., greets residents of an apartment complex while campaigning in Springfield, Mass. Muslim Americans are running for elected office in numbers not seen since before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., holds a campaign sign as she meets residents of an apartment complex in Springfield, Mass., Monday, June 18, 2018. Muslim Americans are running for elected office in numbers not seen since before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., holds a campaign sign as she meets residents of an apartment complex in Springfield, Mass., Monday, June 18, 2018. Muslim Americans are running for elected office in numbers not seen since before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., right, leaves her campaign office with intern Michael Lachenmeyer, a student from Loyola University, in Chicopee, Mass., Monday, June 18, 2018. Muslim Americans are running for elected office in numbers not seen since before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., right, leaves her campaign office with intern Michael Lachenmeyer, a student from Loyola University, in Chicopee, Mass., Monday, June 18, 2018. Muslim Americans are running for elected office in numbers not seen since before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., left, campaigns with Ivette Hernandez, who is running the Mass. House of Representatives, second from left, as they canvas a apartment complex with her staff in Springfield, Mass., Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., left, campaigns with Ivette Hernandez, who is running the Mass. House of Representatives, second from left, as they canvas a apartment complex with her staff in Springfield, Mass., Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., listens to volunteers during a visit to a community garden while campaigning in the Mason Square neighborhood of Springfield, Mass. Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., listens to volunteers during a visit to a community garden while campaigning in the Mason Square neighborhood of Springfield, Mass. Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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French WAGs join their partners for a World Cup victory party http://expressdigest.com/french-wags-join-their-partners-for-a-world-cup-victory-party/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:37:54 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/french-wags-join-their-partners-for-a-world-cup-victory-party/

They proudly cheered on their partners as they defeated Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday night.

And the wives and girlfriends of the victorious French team were still smiling as they arrived with the players for a star-studded party at the Elysee Palace, Paris, on Monday night.

The women, who brought the glamour in cocktail dresses and chic two-pieces, were seen waving to excited fans before disappearing into the official residence of French President Emmanuel Macron for a night of celebrations. 

The wives and girlfriends of the victorious French football team arrived at the Elysee Presidential Palace, Paris, on Monday to join the players for a star-studded reception party (seen: Rachel Legrain-Trapani, the girlfriend of defender Benjamin Pavard)

 Meanwhile Erika Griezmann, wife of striker Antoine Grizmann, opted for an asymmetric white dress and pearl-encrusted sandals, arriving with their little girl Mia

 Meanwhile Erika Griezmann, wife of striker Antoine Grizmann, opted for an asymmetric white dress and pearl-encrusted sandals, arriving with their little girl Mia

Midfielder Corentin Tolisso's girlfriend Sarah (left) and his sister Marine Tolisso put on an understated display as they arrived together

Midfielder Corentin Tolisso’s girlfriend Sarah (left) and his sister Marine Tolisso put on an understated display as they arrived together

The French WAGs looked in high spirits as they ascended the red carpeted steps of the palace in an array of effortlessly elegant ensembles.

Rachel Legrain-Trapani, the girlfriend of French national football team’s defender Benjamin Pavard, put on a chic display as she arrived to the bash.

The former Miss France opted for a baby blue shorts and blazer ensemble, teaming it with a white lace camisole and accessorising with studded sandals and a matching bag.

Meanwhile Erika Griezmann, wife of striker Antoine Grizmann, opted for an asymmetric white dress and pearl-encrusted sandals, arriving with their little girl Mia.

Midfielder Paul Pogba's girlfriend, Maria Zulay Salaues, (left) and the player's beaming mother, Yeo, who attended in traditional dress as she waved at bystanders

Midfielder Paul Pogba’s girlfriend, Maria Zulay Salaues, (left) and the player’s beaming mother, Yeo, who attended in traditional dress as she waved at bystanders

Midfielder Steven N'Zonzi's wife Lynda looked effortlessly stylish in a white blouse and black trousers (seen right)

Midfielder Steven N’Zonzi’s wife Lynda looked effortlessly stylish in a white blouse and black trousers (seen right)

Elsewhere midfielder Corentin Tolisso’s girfriend Sarah and his sister Marine Tolisso put on an understated display as they arrived together.

Stylish Sarah opted for flower-embellished harem trousers and a white vest, while Marine showed off her chic French style in  classic black trousers and a green vest.

Also arriving together were midfielder Paul Pogba’s girlfriend, Maria Zulay Salaues, dressed in jeans a t-shirt and toting a Louis Vuitton bag,  and the player’s beaming mother, Yeo, who attended in traditional dress as she waved at bystanders.

Rachel Legrain-Trapani, the girlfriend of French national football team's defender Benjamin Pavard, put on a chic display as she arrived to the bash

Rachel Legrain-Trapani, the girlfriend of French national football team’s defender Benjamin Pavard, put on a chic display as she arrived to the bash

 Bringing the glamour to the event, the women were seen waving to excited fans before disappearing into the official residence of the President of France for a night of celebrations (Erika Griezmann seen)

 Bringing the glamour to the event, the women were seen waving to excited fans before disappearing into the official residence of the President of France for a night of celebrations (Erika Griezmann seen)

Former Miss France Rachel opted for a baby blue shorts and blazer ensemble, teaming it with a white lace camisole and accessorising with studded sandals and a matching bag

Former Miss France Rachel opted for a baby blue shorts and blazer ensemble, teaming it with a white lace camisole and accessorising with studded sandals and a matching bag

Elsewhere midfielder Steven N’Zonzi’s wife Lynda looked effortlessly stylish in a white blouse and black trousers.

The group were soon joined by French President Emmanuel Macron’s wife Brigitte Macron, who appeared in high spirits.

Dressed in a navy shift dress, Brigitte was spotted playfully holding the trophy along with midfielder Paul Pogba, who looked dapper in a crisp suit and yellow-tinted shades.

Pamela Anderson, who is dating French player Adil Rami, was not spotted among the attendees 

The group were soon joined by French President Emmanuel Macron's wife Brigitte Macron, who appeared in high spirits

The group were soon joined by French President Emmanuel Macron’s wife Brigitte Macron, who appeared in high spirits

Dressed in a navy shift dress, Brigitte was spotted playfully holding the trophy along with midfielder Paul Pogba, who looked dapper in a crisp suit and yellow-tinted shades

Dressed in a navy shift dress, Brigitte was spotted playfully holding the trophy along with midfielder Paul Pogba, who looked dapper in a crisp suit and yellow-tinted shades

Pamela Anderson, whose boyfriend is French player Adil Rami, posted a sultry black and white picture of herself on Instagram ahead of the World Cup final and cheering on the team

Pamela Anderson, whose boyfriend is French player Adil Rami, posted a sultry black and white picture of herself on Instagram ahead of the World Cup final and cheering on the team

On Sunday night the Eiffel Tower flashed 1998-2018 to mark France’s two World Cup titles. 

The Arc de Triomph was awash in the national colours, lit with the rooster, the faces of the winning team and the words ‘Proud to be Blue,’ or French. The celebrations were spread across the nation. 

In honour of the victory several Paris metro stations had their names changed on Monday morning, with Champs-Élysées Clemenceau renamed Deschamps-Élysées, after coach Didier Deschamps.

The station of Bercy also has its name changed to Bercy les Blues, which sounds like Merci les Blues.

President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron posed with the team after the arrived at the palace, with captain Hugo Lloris holding the trophy

President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron posed with the team after the arrived at the palace, with captain Hugo Lloris holding the trophy

The team happily waved and held the World Cup trophy up high in the air as adoring fans cheered on their champions open tour bus parade

The team happily waved and held the World Cup trophy up high in the air as adoring fans cheered on their champions open tour bus parade

Thousands have partied on the streets overnight, proudly displaying the tricolor flag as they cheer 

Thousands have partied on the streets overnight, proudly displaying the tricolor flag as they cheer 

One fan was left covered in blood on the ground after being caught up in violent scenes in the wake of France's victory

One fan was left covered in blood on the ground after being caught up in violent scenes in the wake of France’s victory



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Male Golden State Killer victim speaks out http://expressdigest.com/male-golden-state-killer-victim-speaks-out/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:19:06 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/male-golden-state-killer-victim-speaks-out/

A 62-year-old logger is the first man to speak out about what he suffered at the hands of the Golden State Killer. 

Victor Hayes was 21 years old on October 1, 1977 when Joseph DeAngelo broke into his East Sacramento apartment, tied him up and raped his girlfriend. 

When Hayes learned about DeAngelo’s arrest in April, nearly 41 years after the worst night of his life, he said he was torn since the statue of limitations had run out on his case and he knew it wouldn’t be prosecuted. 

He also felt like he should have caught the killer himself. 

Victor Hayes, 62 (pictured), was 21 years old in October 1977, when the man later known as the Golden State Killer broke into his apartment, tied him up and then raped his girlfriend 

‘Since this guy got caught, I beat the s*** outta myself bad cause I shoulda found this guy a long time ago. This guy has been all around me,’ Hayes, a self-employed logger, told the San Jose Mercury News. ‘It’s shaped the way I’ve been my whole life. It’s made me distrustful of people in authority. I’m quick to be able to notice faults in people.’

He decided to tell his story to the Mercury News because he has found speaking out about the scarring incident therapeutic.

In the year before Hayes and his girlfriend were attacked, there had been nearly two dozen sexual assaults in the area, attributed to a single at-large suspect, nicknamed the East Area Rapist.

Like many in the area, Hayes took the threat seriously and added some extra security to his home. He sawed wooden 2x4s to create stoppers on all the windows and sliding glass doors on his home. He slept with a loaded revolver between his mattress and box spring and a 12-gauge shotgun against his bedroom wall. 

But the night that the Golden State Killer preyed on his apartment, Hayes went to bed early, and his girlfriend forgot to put a wooden stopper on one of the sliding glass door tracks.   

The Golden State Killer was finally identified in April, thanks to DNA submitted to a genealogy website. Joseph DeAngelo, 72, is seen above in court in June 

The Golden State Killer was finally identified in April, thanks to DNA submitted to a genealogy website. Joseph DeAngelo, 72, is seen above in court in June 

DeAngelo is believed to have killed at least 12 and raped at least  50. His home in Citrus Heights, California is seen above shortly after he was arrested 

DeAngelo is believed to have killed at least 12 and raped at least  50. His home in Citrus Heights, California is seen above shortly after he was arrested 

Around 1:30am, Hayes woke up to a flashlight shining in his face, a move that had become the rapist’s signature. Hayes said the man held the flashlight like a cop. 

‘Don’t move or I’ll kill you,’ Hayes recalled the intruder saying. 

In the masked man’s other hand was a revolver, so Hayes didn’t try to reach either of his firearms in the room. 

Hayes says the man ordered him to lie on his stomach and gave his girlfriend shoelaces to tie his hands behind his back before checking the knot. 

He then sent the girlfriend downstairs to fetch some dishes which he ordered her to place on Hayes’ back. 

The serial rapist told Hayes that if he moved, he would hear the dishes clash and kill him immediately. 

The masked man left and then proceeded to rape the girlfriend in another room. 

‘I got to listen to this. I’m … 21 years old, that’s my (expletive) girlfriend out there, and I got to listen to this bulls***. And this is really (expletive) pissing me off,’ Hayes said. 

Hayes says the man would periodically return to the bedroom to check that he hadn’t broken free of his restraints. 

During one such visit, Hayes says the man whispered in his ear, ‘I’m gonna party with Sharon’. Sharon was the name of Hayes’ mother.  

The couple got a lucky break around 2am, when some of Hayes’ friends came by the apartment after a night out drinking, and started banging on the door and ringing the doorbell and yelling his name.  

‘They drove him off,’ Hayes said. 

About five minutes later, Hayes called out to his girlfriend to see if he was gone and she said he had. He the untied himself and ran downstairs to find his girlfriend tied up in the living room.   

‘I got to see this look on her face,’ Hayes said, getting emotional. ‘Brutal man. Brutal.’

Hayes grabbed his gun and ran outside, to see if he could catch up to the suspect, but he was nowhere in sight. 

Knowing he couldn’t be far, he yelled an expletive and fired off his gun to send a warning. 

‘At the top of my lungs and as loud as I can, and that’s pretty loud, I drop the f-bomb as loud as I can … drop it,’ he said. ‘I’m hoping that he’s gonna hear me, running off in the distance, and then I discharge my weapon. And I’m hoping to this day if I ever get to talk to him … I’ve often wondered if he heard that because he wasn’t very far away. It kinda let him know, you ain’t as slick as you think you are.’

He then went back and untied his girlfriend.   

‘I comfort her. I tell her, “I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry,”‘ Hayes said. ‘I probably hold her and we talk and I wipe her tears away and ask her if she’s OK.’

Hayes tried to call the police, but realized the suspect had cut the line, so he had to get a neighbor to help. 

Hayes says he was pretty disappointed with how the police handled the incident. 

Hayes says he's upset that his case will not be brought to trial, because the statue of limitation has expired. DeAngelo is pictured above in his mugshot 

Hayes says he’s upset that his case will not be brought to trial, because the statue of limitation has expired. DeAngelo is pictured above in his mugshot 

He got angry when he overheard crime-scene techs laughing as they dusted his sink for prints. 

‘That was it for me … What could possibly be appropriate to be laughing at this time in my house after this just happened?’ Hayes said. ‘A thought goes in my head: “This is exactly why these dumb bastards haven’t caught the guy because they’re so damn unprofessional.”‘

This is partly why he didn’t mention the fact that the man threatened his mother. He didn’t trust the cops to take the threat seriously and didn’t want to scare his mom. Hayes also saw it as a potential way to get revenge.    

‘I go, “Hey, here’s my opening.” This guy’s going to come around and look for my mom. So, I’m just going to be vigilant and I’m gonna go over there. And I’m thinking to myself, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office can’t solve the crime. I should’ve already solved it, but I’m asking for a second chance. This is gonna be my second chance,’ Hayes said.

After the attack, Hayes said he would often visit his mom at night or sit outside her house with a handgun, but he never saw the man who raped his girlfriend again. 

That was until April, when DeAngelo was finally unmasked as the Golden State Killer through DNA evidence.   

Hayes was at a doctors appointment with his current girlfriend when he saw a news report on the 72-year-old arrest.  

‘I kinda felt like I got kicked in the crotch. I had to go outside,’ Hayes said.

Hayes says he spent about 90 minutes sitting in his car, swinging between satisfaction that DeAngelo was caught, and anger that he would never get justice because the statute of limitations had run out on his case. 

DeAngelo is seen in an undated photo when he was in the Navy on th eleft, and on the right during his sophomore year at Folsom High School

However, detectives are hoping to use Hayes in their criminal case against DeAngelo, to help establish a pattern of behavior. 

Hayes is no longer with the girlfriend who was attacked alongside him that night. And the Mercury News could not contact her to get her side of the story. 

Like many of Hayes’ relationships, theirs foundered after the attack.  

‘Our relationship didn’t work out for a couple reasons. Lot of shame, lot of embarrassment, lot of anger,’ he said.  

Hayes appears to be the first male victim of the Golden State Killer to speak out, which may be surprising considering men were present in about two-thirds of the attacks that took place throughout California in the 1970s and 1980s.

Paul Holes, a retired Contra Costa crime lab chief who helped capture DeAngelo says he’s noticed a difference between male and female victims of the Golden State Killer.   

‘I’ve found that men today generally want to bury their memories of the attacks, while women want to see the guy get caught,’ Holes said. 

‘In many ways the men feel like they’ve failed to protect their loved ones.’

Hayes isn’t ready to let what happened to him go though. 

He says he’s considering suing the Auburn Police Department, which he believes is partly responsible for not catching DeAngelo since he worked for them as an officer at the beginning of his crime spree. 

Hayes says he believes DeAngelo may have even been on-duty the night his girlfriend was raped. 



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Ninebot unveils new kit that can transform a Segway into a go-kart http://expressdigest.com/ninebot-unveils-new-kit-that-can-transform-a-segway-into-a-go-kart/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:16:07 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/ninebot-unveils-new-kit-that-can-transform-a-segway-into-a-go-kart/

You can now transform your Segway into a steerable go-kart.

Ninebot, the parent company of Segway, is expected to roll out a kit that attaches to its hoverboard model, the miniPro, according to Abacus News, which spotted the report on Chinese news site Weibo. 

The kit retrofits seats, a steering wheel and a front bumper, as well as rear and front wheels onto the Segway.

You can now transform your Segway into a steerable go-kart. Ninebot, the parent company of Segway, is expected to roll out a kit that attaches to its hoverboard model, the miniPro

The miniPro is a miniature version of the original, upright Segway, that’s similar to a hoverboard, but adds a padded steering stick in the middle of the device to allow for easier maneuvering. 

Segway first revealed the miniPro in 2016, but now appears to opening it up for new modes of transportation.  

Promotional images of the go-kart show a father and son riding side by side, suggesting that the steering wheel and seat can be adjusted based on the rider’s needs. 

The go-kart will also be equipped with electric brakes and run-flat tires, Abacus News noted.

It’s unclear when Segway plans on releasing the product or what it will cost, but Abacus speculated that it could be launched July 24, citing unnamed reports.

There’s no information on whether it will cost more than the miniPro, which is priced at $1,000.

The kit retrofits seats, a steering wheel and a front bumper, as well as rear and front wheels onto the Segway. Both the seat and the wheel can be adjusted based on the rider's needs

The kit retrofits seats, a steering wheel and a front bumper, as well as rear and front wheels onto the Segway. Both the seat and the wheel can be adjusted based on the rider’s needs

Segway has yet to comment on the product, beyond sharing some promotional images on its Weibo site. It remains unclear when it will be released or how much the go-kart will cost

Segway has yet to comment on the product, beyond sharing some promotional images on its Weibo site. It remains unclear when it will be released or how much the go-kart will cost

Segway has yet to comment on the product, beyond sharing some promotional images on its Weibo site. 

It comes about a month after Segway released a pair of self-balancing e-skates.

In June, Segway unveiled the Drift W1, a pair of e-skates that uses the same balancing technology used in the firm’s original devices. 

Segway plans to formally reveal the new product during the IFA 2018 tech show in Berlin on August 30.

For now, the company has posted a lifestyle page on its site along with a video of the skates in action.

The miniPro (pictured) is a miniature version of the original, upright Segway, that's similar to a hoverboard, but adds a padded steering stick in the middle of the device

The miniPro (pictured) is a miniature version of the original, upright Segway, that’s similar to a hoverboard, but adds a padded steering stick in the middle of the device

WHAT IS THE SEGWAY MINIPRO? 

Segway in 2016 unveiled the second generation version of its popular upright scooter, which first launched in 2002. 

The miniPro adds a steering stick — a vertical padded bar in the middle of the board.

Pushing one way or the other with the inside of your legs turns the board. If you’re a skier, it’s like carving around a mogul.

Segway says the miniPro's stick makes its board more of a 'personal transporter' similar to its classic upright, handlebar-equipped Segway

Segway says the miniPro’s stick makes its board more of a ‘personal transporter’ similar to its classic upright, handlebar-equipped Segway

Leaning forward causes you to accelerate; leaning back slows you down or starts a backward roll. 

Gyroscopes and electronics keep the board upright.

Getting on isn’t any more difficult than jumping on a skateboard.

Segway says the stick makes its board more of a ‘personal transporter’ similar to its classic upright, handlebar-equipped Segway. 

‘The tires are designed to improve stability and steering capabilities, and, combined with the high-quality materials including slip-resistance on foot mats, the product is designed for maximum comfort and fun,’ Segway wrote.

Prices are not yet known for the upcoming product, but the similar HoverShoes XI from InMotion retail at $499.

In January, Segway unveiled its adorable Loomo robot and the autonomous delivery version, Loomo Go, which appears a cross between a rideable hoverboard and a friendly robotic companion.

In June, Segway unveiled the Drift W1, a pair of e-skates that uses the same balancing technology used in the firm's original devices. The product will be formally launched in August 

In June, Segway unveiled the Drift W1, a pair of e-skates that uses the same balancing technology used in the firm’s original devices. The product will be formally launched in August 

Loomo is designed to be both a ‘mini personal transporter’ and an ‘intelligent robot.’ 

It uses Intel’s Realsense camera, giving it the power of depth-sensing, facial recognition, and person tracking.

And, with a self-balancing hoverboard-style base, you can even ride it. 



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Shocking moment an enormous bear breaks into a family’s car to steal their candy http://expressdigest.com/shocking-moment-an-enormous-bear-breaks-into-a-familys-car-to-steal-their-candy/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:11:39 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/shocking-moment-an-enormous-bear-breaks-into-a-familys-car-to-steal-their-candy/

Shocking moment an enormous bear skillfully opened a family’s car door to steal candy left inside

  • Jevon Nickerson and his family were vacationing in Tennessee at time of incident
  • The bear is seen in video opening the family’s car door as it tries to steal candy  
  • Nickerson’s family starts yelling at the animal, eventually throwing a can at it  

A South Carolina family recorded the moment an enormous bear broke into their car just to get its paws on their candy.

Jevon Nickerson caught the bear on video as it walked over to his stepmother’s vehicle. 

Nickerson and his family were on vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, on Friday when the incident occurred. 

The bear is seen opening the family's car door (pictured)

A South Carolina family recorded the moment an enormous bear broke into their car just to get its paws on some candy. The bear is seen opening the family’s car door (right) 

‘Bro, on everything I love, this bear just opened my dad’s door,’ Nickerson is heard saying as he and his father stand on the balcony of their cabin. 

Nickerson said the bear first broke into his dad’s truck by opening the door before moving on to his stepmother’s white car.  

He told Storyful that he initially thought it was his younger brother but then realized it was a bear.

‘Oh my God! Get out of there,’ Nickerson’s stepmother yells in the video. 

The family members are then heard yelling at the bear to try and scare it off but that didn’t work. Finally, Nickerson’s stepmother threw a can at the car and spooked the bear.

After the bear ran off into the woods, the family went downstairs to check on the vehicles and discovered the hungry bear had stolen their candy out of the truck.  

The family said they threw a can at the bear in order to get it to leave

The bear then became spooked by the bottle and fled the scene

The family members are then heard yelling to try and scare the bear off but that didn’t work. Finally, Nickerson’s stepmother threw a can (seen in the air, left) at the car and spooked the bear (right)

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Arkansas city tosses ‘Footloose’ law that banned dancing on Sundays http://expressdigest.com/arkansas-city-tosses-footloose-law-that-banned-dancing-on-sundays/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:53:04 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/arkansas-city-tosses-footloose-law-that-banned-dancing-on-sundays/

Now you CAN kick off your Sunday shoes! Arkansas city tosses out old-fashioned ‘Footloose’ law that banned dancing in public on the day

  • City leaders in Fort Smith, Arkansas recently took the law off of the books
  • Public dancing had technically been banned in the town on Sundays since 1953
  • Locals called it the ‘Footloose’ ordinance after movie starring Kevin Bacon  

Officials in a western Arkansas city say residents can finally kick off their Sunday shoes.

Fort Smith city directors recently repealed a 1953 ordinance that essentially outlawed public dancing on Sundays. 

Locals who knew about it called it the ‘Footloose’ ordinance, nicknamed for the 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon about a town that banned dancing and rock music.

A recently repealed ordinance that banned dancing on Sundays was known as the ‘Footloose’ law, after the 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon (above) in which a town banned dancing

City Director Andre Good introduced the repeal after a resident told him about the antiquated law, which barred the operation of public dance halls or any place with dancing on Sundays.

The law’s emergency clause said public dancing on the day ‘greatly endangers the public health, safety and welfare.’

Downtown Fort Smith including city hall (center right) is seen above. Officials say that there's not record of anyone being arrested or ticketed for dancing in over two decades

Downtown Fort Smith including city hall (center right) is seen above. Officials say that there’s not record of anyone being arrested or ticketed for dancing in over two decades

A city spokeswoman says no one’s been arrested or ticketed for cutting loose on Sundays in two decades.

Even so, Good says, the city shouldn’t be able to impose ‘some outdated, outmoded morality code.’

Fort Smith is the second largest city in Arkansas, with a population of about 86,200. 

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The Latest: Woman has major leg trauma after lava hits… http://expressdigest.com/the-latest-woman-has-major-leg-trauma-after-lava-hits/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:49:28 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/the-latest-woman-has-major-leg-trauma-after-lava-hits/

The Latest: Woman has major leg trauma after lava hits boat

HONOLULU (AP) – The Latest on lava injuring tour boat passengers off Hawaii (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

Hawaii officials say a 20-year-old woman has major leg trauma after an explosion sent lava flying through the roof of a tour boat off the Big Island.

FILE – In this May 20, 2018 file photo, lava flows into the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii. Officials say an explosion sent lava flying through the roof of a tour boat off the Big Island, Monday, July 16, 2018, injuring at least 13 people. The people were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava from an erupting volcano plunge into the ocean. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said at least 13 people were injured Monday. Other than the woman, passengers suffered burns and scrapes.

They were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean.

Officials have warned of the danger of getting close to lava entering the ocean, saying the interaction can create clouds of acid and fine glass.

The lava is coming from the Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting from a rural residential area since early May. Until now, the only serious injury was to a man who was hit by flying lava that broke his leg.

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Hawaii officials say an explosion sent lava flying through the roof of a tour boat off the Big Island, injuring at least 13 people.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said one passenger broke a leg Monday and others have been burned. It says the full extent of injuries isn’t yet known.

The people were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean. Several companies operate such tours.

Officials have warned of the danger of getting close to lava entering the ocean, saying the interaction can create clouds of acid and fine glass.

The lava is coming from the Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting from a rural residential area since early May.

Officials are interviewing injured passengers at a hospital.

FILE - In this May 20, 2018 file photo, people watch a plume of steam as lava enters the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii. Officials say an explosion sent lava flying through the roof of a tour boat off the Big Island, Monday, July 16, 2018, injuring at least 13 people. The people were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava from an erupting volcano plunge into the ocean. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

FILE – In this May 20, 2018 file photo, people watch a plume of steam as lava enters the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii. Officials say an explosion sent lava flying through the roof of a tour boat off the Big Island, Monday, July 16, 2018, injuring at least 13 people. The people were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava from an erupting volcano plunge into the ocean. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

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Friend breaks down Ellenbrook murders reveals heartbreaking message http://expressdigest.com/friend-breaks-down-ellenbrook-murders-reveals-heartbreaking-message/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:45:16 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/friend-breaks-down-ellenbrook-murders-reveals-heartbreaking-message/

A friend of the mother killed alongside her son and daughter has broken down during a heartbreaking tribute.

A devastated Toni Ata took to Facebook following the deaths of Michelle Petersen, 48, her daughter Bella, 15, and son Rua, eight, at their home at Ellenbrook, in Perth’s north-east, in the early hours of Sunday.

Teancum Vernon Petersen-Crofts, who is believed to be Ms Peterson’s son, has been charged with their murders. 

‘My friend and her two babies were killed by her son who suffered from mental illness…and I’m so so devastated,’ Ms Ata says as she weeps into the camera.

Constantly wiping away her tears, she recalls the loving nature of her friend and children.

Teancum Vernon Peterson-Crofts (left) had a ‘psychotic episode’ in court after being charged with the murder of Michelle Petersen (right), her daughter, 15, and eight-year-old son in Perth

Ms Petersen’s daughter Bella (left), 15, and her son Rua (right), eight, also died at the home

Ms Ata said she found out about the alleged murders from Ms Petersen's surviving daughter who was asking for 'a friend's number'

Ms Ata said she found out about the alleged murders from Ms Petersen’s surviving daughter who was asking for ‘a friend’s number’

‘Shelly was my friend, she was kind, happy, loved her kids, all of them unconditionally. 

‘At times in her life she was rough, she was flawed, but we all are, no one is perfect and Shell tried.’

She told news.com.au that she found out about the alleged murders from Ms Petersen’s surviving daughter, who was asking for ‘a friend’s number’.

Ms Ata responded to the daughter then wished her well in the girl replied saying: ‘Not really Aunty. Mum and Rua and Bella were killed this morning’. 

She had already known of the three alleged murdered bodies in Ellenbrook but after receiving the message, Ms Ata realised it was Ms Petersen and her ‘two babies’. 

Aliyah Grey, 14, Bella's friend, said that the family was a beautiful family

Aliyah Grey, 14, Bella’s friend, said that the family was a beautiful family

‘The little brother would always wave and say hi when he walked past and the mum was very nice’ (pictured Bella) 

The 19-year-old has been charged with three counts of murder over the deaths at the family home (pictured) in Ellenbrook, in Perth's north-east, in the early hours of Sunday

The 19-year-old has been charged with three counts of murder over the deaths at the family home (pictured) in Ellenbrook, in Perth’s north-east, in the early hours of Sunday

Bella (left), 15, and her son Rua (right), eight, were allegedly killed by Ms Peterson’s son

Aliyah Grey, 14, Bella’s friend, told Daily Mail Australia had kind words for the slain family.

‘They were a beautiful family, very friendly, caring and kind,’ she said. 

‘The little brother would always wave and say hi when he walked past and the mum was very nice. 

‘My heart goes out to all their friends and family.’

Aliya’s mother, Helen Grey also spoke to Daily Mail Australia and said the community was rallying together to support each other.

‘They were a loving family…Bella was an amazing big sister, always looking after her younger brother and older sister – they all looked out for each other,’ Ms Grey said.

‘Rua he was a gorgeous boy and he’s friends with my son.  

‘The community are coming together with the church to support each other.

‘It’s just really sad and unexpected.’  

Experienced police officers have described the scene that confronted them when they arrived at the family's home (pictured) as 'potentially the most horrific they had ever been called to'

Experienced police officers have described the scene that confronted them when they arrived at the family’s home (pictured) as ‘potentially the most horrific they had ever been called to’

Police performed a search around the property and found a pair of scissors in the front yard

Police performed a search around the property and found a pair of scissors in the front yard

Petersen-Crofts appeared in a Perth court on Monday morning charged with three counts of murder.

Appearing before Midland Magistrate’s Court without a lawyer, the accused murderer broke down and rambled over the top of Magistrate Greg Smith, before allegedly attacking security. 

‘He’s a criminal,’ Petersen-Crofts told the court, speaking of an unknown person.

‘He went to take me out bush. He did it. He came back from my family. 

‘I needed to because mama is with me… I was painting a picture of Jesus and stayed there for two months. He punched me so hard in the head. So hard.

‘I left because I was that scared he was going to kill me. Mama told me to save myself.’

When court security attempted to calm him, he allegedly hit out at a guard, WA Today reports.

‘What are you looking at, serial killer? He looks like a serial killer and he’s a security guard,’ he said.

Neighbours chat with a police officer at the scene of the crime in Ellenbrook, Western Australia

Neighbours chat with a police officer at the scene of the crime in Ellenbrook, Western Australia

The shattered friends of the family break down after hearing about the 'horrific' crime scene

The shattered friends of the family break down after hearing about the ‘horrific’ crime scene

Petersen-Crofts was remanded in custody to be held in a mental health unit until his next court appearance on Monday, July 23.

A day earlier, experienced police officers described the scene that confronted them when they arrived at the house as ‘the most horrific they had ever been called to’.

Police were first made aware of the crime when the teenager arrived at a 7-Eleven convenience store on The Broadway, a street in Ellenbrook, and asked the shop attendant to call for police.

Officers arrived at the shop about 1.30am on Sunday, before being led to the nearby family home.

There they allegedly found Ms Petersen and Rua inside, before discovering Bella in the backyard. She died on her way to hospital.

'A senior homicide squad investigating officer said to me today it is potentially the most horrific crime scenes he has ever been called to,' Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel said

‘A senior homicide squad investigating officer said to me today it is potentially the most horrific crime scenes he has ever been called to,’ Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel said

Police allegedly found Ms Petersen and her eight-year-old son dead inside the home (pictured), before discovering the critically injured teenage girl in the backyard. She died on the way to hospital

Police allegedly found Ms Petersen and her eight-year-old son dead inside the home (pictured), before discovering the critically injured teenage girl in the backyard. She died on the way to hospital

Heartbroken relatives have paid tribute to the mother and two children on Facebook, while a GoFundMe page already set up to help pay for their funerals.

‘Help us raise some much needed funds and relieve just a little of the load her surviving kids now have on their shoulders,’ the fundraising page reads.

‘Shelly was kind, happy, loved her kids, all of them unconditionally. At times in her life she was rough , she was flawed, but we all are, no one is perfect and Shell tried.

‘Let’s give Shelly, Bella and Rua a wonderful send off.’

It is understood Ms Petersen has several other children and relatives living in New Zealand who are now flying to Western Australia.

A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder after being arrested at Ellenbrook early on Sunday

A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder after being arrested at Ellenbrook early on Sunday

WA Police Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel described the crime scene to reporters on Sunday afternoon.

‘A senior homicide squad investigating officer said to me today it is potentially the most horrific crime scenes he has ever been called to,’ Mr Steel said.  

During a search around the property police found a pair of scissors, which they took away in an evidence bag.

Mr Steel said it could take days for the scene to be processed. 

According to records, the home is part of the state government’s public housing. 

Neighbour Matthew Schreck said he had heard a commotion about an hour before police arrived in the street.

‘I just heard a lot of screaming and yelling and a bit of fighting, and the cops flew past here and headed up this way,’ he told reporters. 

‘It was real loud yelling and screaming. It sounded pretty bad. It sounded like a man.’

The incident comes two days after neighbours called police who reportedly saw a man ‘aggressively waving a length of wood’ in the front yard, Nine News reported. 

Forensic Services officer attend a crime scene where three people have been found dead in Ellenbrook

Forensic Services officer attend a crime scene where three people have been found dead in Ellenbrook

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Paul Allen asks $150M for 122 acres of mountain in Beverly Hills http://expressdigest.com/paul-allen-asks-150m-for-122-acres-of-mountain-in-beverly-hills/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:21:59 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/paul-allen-asks-150m-for-122-acres-of-mountain-in-beverly-hills/

Paul Allen is trying to move mountains. 

The Microsoft co-founder has put his 122-acre hillside spread in Beverly Hills on the market, with an asking price of $150 million.

Allen, 65, bought the property back in 1997 for $20 million, and three years after that made the decision to raze the main home and all other structures on the property, with reports at the time suggesting the notoriously reclusive business magnate might be building one – or possibly even two – 50,000-square-foot-residences. 

That never came to be though, and Allen instead focused on improving the mile-long driveway that leads from the gates of the property to the main home and cleaning up the land.

That seemed to be enough to increase the purchase price almost eight-fold, which is a bargain of sorts compared to a nearby plot of land going for $250 million that is only 100 acres and completely undeveloped or cleared.

Both of the properties are listed by Hilton & Hyland, the real estate firm owned by Paris’s dad Rick Hilton.

Allen certainly does not need the money, with a net worth of approximately $22 billion and a real estate portfolio that is worth well over one-billion dollars.

 

Windows to the world: Paul Allen has put the 122 acres of land he purchased for $20 million in 1997 (above) on the market for $150 million, despite razing the main home and all structures three years after the sale

Excell-ent work: The property is located in Beverly Hills and Allen has worked on the mile-long driveway the leads through the property and terraced the lawns (property before the grass was in above)

Excell-ent work: The property is located in Beverly Hills and Allen has worked on the mile-long driveway the leads through the property and terraced the lawns (property before the grass was in above)

La La Land: The home looks out over the smog-soaked city of Los Angeles, where everyone is sitting in traffic all the time (above)

La La Land: The home looks out over the smog-soaked city of Los Angeles, where everyone is sitting in traffic all the time (above)

Fertile valley: These photos show the property at its peak, and not during a severe drought like those that have hit California in recent months (above)

Fertile valley: These photos show the property at its peak, and not during a severe drought like those that have hit California in recent months (above)

Macrosmart: Allen and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (above left in 1977) met in grade school and are both now billionaires 

Macrosmart: Allen and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (above left in 1977) met in grade school and are both now billionaires 

The 122-acre property, named The Enchanted Hill by its first owners, was built in 1925 by legendary silent film stars Marian Seldes and Fred Thompson.

The couple owned just 22 acres and used the property to house their stable of 12 horses and a massive 10,000-square-foot main home.

Their dream home quickly became a haunted house, however, in 1928 when Thompson stepped on a nail one day and within three weeks had died at the age of 38 – on Christmas day.  

Seldes listed the home within weeks and it sold a few months later for $580,000 to Lejeune Barnes, a Texas oil magnate who only held on to the property for 16 years before selling to Paul Kollsman.

The German-American inventor is one of the most successful inventors in history, having patented the barometer and most of the instruments used in air travel.

It was Kollsman who turned the estate into the property it is today, leaving the 10,000-square-foot home and 12 acres of gardens across the property untouched – expanding the size with the purchase of an additional 100 acres of land.

Six years after purchasing the home, another tragedy occurred when Kollsman’s wife Julie Dorothea Baronin von Bodenhausen, better known as Luli Deste,  passed away at the age of 49, just seven years after the two married.

Kollsman remarried and it was his widow Eva who sold he property to Allen.

When Allen decided to forego the massive homes on the property he elected to terrace multiple plots, giving the land an appearance similar to a golf course.

St Tropez in San Fernando: The 122-acre property, named The Enchanted Hill by its first owners, was built in 1925 (above) by legendary silent film stars Marian Seldes and Fred Thompson

St Tropez in San Fernando: The 122-acre property, named The Enchanted Hill by its first owners, was built in 1925 (above) by legendary silent film stars Marian Seldes and Fred Thompson

Cursed: Thompson died three years later, and the wife of the third owner also died suddenly just a few years after moving into the home, which Allen razed in 2000 to build one or two 50,000 sq. ft structures

Cursed: Thompson died three years later, and the wife of the third owner also died suddenly just a few years after moving into the home, which Allen razed in 2000 to build one or two 50,000 sq. ft structures

Squad: Allen, 65, certainly does not need the money, with a net worth of approximately $22 billion and a real estate portfolio that is worth well over one-billion dollars thanks to founding Microsoft with Bill Gates (Gina Gershon and Allen with Dave Stewart in 1998)

Squad: Allen, 65, certainly does not need the money, with a net worth of approximately $22 billion and a real estate portfolio that is worth well over one-billion dollars thanks to founding Microsoft with Bill Gates (Gina Gershon and Allen with Dave Stewart in 1998)

Laura Harring and Paul Allen

Paul Allen and a friend

Ladies on the arm: Allen, who has never married, is pictured with Mulholland Drive actress Laura Harring in 2005 at Cannes (left); with a lady friend this year in Cannes (right)

Serving up Serbian: Monica Seles and Allen at the 2003 AMfAR Gala at the Cannes Film Festival (above) in France

Serving up Serbian: Monica Seles and Allen at the 2003 AMfAR Gala at the Cannes Film Festival (above) in France

The listing stresses the property’s close proximity to the Beverly Hills Hotel and Rodeo Drive as the first key point, before stating: ‘Enter through the main security gates, gradually ascending a mile long drive past four flat lots situated privately at various sites along the way and finally arriving at the four acre main estate site. 

‘Each lot is uniquely positioned to take advantage of city, ocean, sweeping mountain or canyon views in the most private and tranquil setting imaginable. With access points at each end of the property, The Enchanted Hill affords limitless possibilities to create a unique compound. 

‘Build the Main Residence at the top of the hill and utilize the four additional estate sites for multiple Guest Houses, a state-of-the-art Fitness and Wellness Center and Spa, an Entertainment Complex, a Sports Arena, world-class Equestrian facilities, The Enchanted Hill Vineyard & Winery, and private hiking trails all spread over this unprecedented setting.’

It is unclear who might purchase the property, especially in Los Angeles, where massive estates like The Manor, Chartwell and Billionaire are all still sitting on the market over a year after being listed.

They are also all listed at over $150 million, meaning they would break sale records if sold, as would Allen’s land.

Here it goes: 'Enter through the main security gates, gradually ascending a mile long drive past four flat lots situated privately at various sites along the way and finally arriving at the four acre main estate site'

Here it goes: ‘Enter through the main security gates, gradually ascending a mile long drive past four flat lots situated privately at various sites along the way and finally arriving at the four acre main estate site’

Twist and turn: 'Each lot is uniquely positioned to take advantage of city, ocean, sweeping mountain or canyon views in the most private and tranquil setting imaginable.'

Twist and turn: ‘Each lot is uniquely positioned to take advantage of city, ocean, sweeping mountain or canyon views in the most private and tranquil setting imaginable.’

Climb e'ry mountain: 'With access points at each end of the property, The Enchanted Hill affords limitless possibilities to create a unique compound'

Climb e’ry mountain: ‘With access points at each end of the property, The Enchanted Hill affords limitless possibilities to create a unique compound’

Canyon: 'Build the Main Residence at the top of the hill and utilize the four additional estate sites for multiple Guest Houses, a state-of-the-art Fitness and Wellness Center and Spa, an Entertainment Complex, a Sports Arena, world-class Equestrian facilities, The Enchanted Hill Vineyard & Winery, and private hiking trails all spread over this unprecedented setting'

Canyon: ‘Build the Main Residence at the top of the hill and utilize the four additional estate sites for multiple Guest Houses, a state-of-the-art Fitness and Wellness Center and Spa, an Entertainment Complex, a Sports Arena, world-class Equestrian facilities, The Enchanted Hill Vineyard & Winery, and private hiking trails all spread over this unprecedented setting’

Allen has one of the most enviable real estate portfolios in the world, with properties around the globe and at sea thanks to his massive yachts. 

He owns at least 10 properties on Mercer Island near Seattle, Washington, where he was born and first met Bill Gates in grade school, and one island in the San Juan Islands chain.

Allen had owned two islands, but sold one for $8 million in 2013 when he learned how hard it would be to build on the site.  

He also owns a Beverly Hills mansion he bought the same year as Enchanted Hill, a 4,000-acre Idaho ranch, a 22,000 square-foot home near Silicon valley he bought for $27 million in 2013, a $25 million Malibu home he has since sold to Les Moonves for $28 million, and a $7.5 million Thurston Estate in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

And that is just the western holdings.

He also has $39 million of apartment across two floors in a Manhattan apartment building on Central Park, a $30 million mansion in St. Jean Cap-Ferrat in France as well as a pad in London’s Holland Park neighborhood.

Lastly, Allen also owns a 414-foot yacht called Octopus as well as the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks.

Octopus is the 14th biggest yacht in the world and has two helicopter pads, a submarine, a swimming pool, a music studio and even a basketball court.

His second yacht, Tattoosh, is 300-feet long.

Allen has donated over $2 billion to charitable causes over his life and was also revealed to be a big political donor over the weekend, having given $100,000 to Protect The House, a PAC set-up in order to insure Republicans maintain control of Congress. 



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David Davis blasts ‘slow and ineffective’ EU negotiators but is SILENT on Theresa May http://expressdigest.com/david-davis-blasts-slow-and-ineffective-eu-negotiators-but-is-silent-on-theresa-may/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:16:24 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/david-davis-blasts-slow-and-ineffective-eu-negotiators-but-is-silent-on-theresa-may/

David Davis launched a staunch defence of Britain’s Brexit negotiating hand amid bitter Tory infighting and claims the Government is ‘frightened’ of Leave-backing MPs.

The former Brexit secretary made his first speech since resigning from the Government over its white paper detailing its desired EU withdrawal plan, as ministers struggled to keep tensions in check.

Mr Davis urged MPs to back the Taxation (Cross Border Trade) Bill, also known as the customs bill, and the Trade Bill before arguing how business can operate post-Brexit.

He bemoaned the EU for being a ‘slow and not very effective’ negotiator of free trade agreements, as he claimed the UK has distinct advantages ‘over and above our economic weight’ – including the English language, law and the internet.

Former Brexit Secretary David Davis made his first intervention since his sensational resignation tonight, speaking up for the rebel amendments Mrs May has been forced to adopt.

Mr Davis’s remarks came after an emotive speech from Tory former minister Anna Soubry, as she urged Tory colleagues to have a ‘reality check’ on Brexit and how the party is conducting itself.

She also said a group of 40 ‘hard, no deal Brexiteers’ should be ‘seen off’ by the Government.

The stormy scenes in the Commons emerged after the Government said it would accept four amendments to the Bill, which allows the UK to establish a new customs regime and ensure VAT and excise laws operate as required upon Brexit, tabled by Eurosceptic Conservative backbenchers.

Ms Soubry was among those who said she could not support new clause 36 – which prevents the UK collecting tariffs on behalf of the EU unless the EU agrees to collect them from the UK – and amendment 73, which stops the UK from joining the EU’s VAT regime.

The PM insisted she was pressing ahead with the controversial proposals despite accepting amendments to the crucial Customs Bill that appear to damage them fatally

The PM insisted she was pressing ahead with the controversial proposals despite accepting amendments to the crucial Customs Bill that appear to damage them fatally

Tory former attorney general Dominic Grieve labelled the two amendments as ‘unnecessary’ and ‘useless’, adding the only reason behind their tabling was ‘malevolent’.

Speaking at the Bill’s report stage, Tory former Cabinet minister Mr Davis said ‘the most difficult issue’ was that of the border in Northern Ireland, adding: ‘There’s no way however that a UK Government is ever going to install a hard border in Northern Ireland.’

Surrounded by Brexiteers, Mr Davis also said: ‘There may be 300 border crossings, but there are only six ports. So rest of world imports can actually be surveilled and controlled very straightforwardly.

‘So the issue which has got much more difficult since becoming politicised, it was actually working quite well in negotiations before it became politicised is eminently soluble, soluble by technical means, soluble by co-operation between the two states.’

Boris Johnson resigned the day after David Davis

Boris Johnson resigned the day after David Davis

Mr Davis told MPs that what the UK would have to give up to join a customs arrangement with the EU ‘is much more than is imagined’.

He said: ‘The European Union is a slow and not very effective negotiator of free trade agreements, we keep hearing about their negotiating power, their size.

‘Actually the fact that they represent 28 different countries means they come up with sub-optimal outcomes all the time and actually we’re the country that does least well out of the EU free trade agreements.’

He went on to tell MPs that the UK had distinct advantages ‘over and above our economic weight’, he said: ‘We have the English language, we have English law, we’re leaders in life sciences, artificial intelligence, Internet, medicine, a whole series of areas.’

Ms Soubry was earlier told by Tory former minister Sir Edward Leigh she ‘ain’t no Margaret Thatcher’ after she praised the former prime minister for her support of free trade.

Dominic Raab is the new Brexit Secretary charged with getting May's vision through Parliament and the EU talks.

Dominic Raab is the new Brexit Secretary charged with getting May’s vision through Parliament and the EU talks.

Sir Edward’s remarks prompted shouts of ‘pathetic’ from some Tory backbenchers.

Ms Soubry later said: ‘This Government is in grave danger of not just losing the plot but losing a considerable amount of support from the people of this country unless we get Brexit right.’

Ms Soubry went on: ‘Members on the frontbench and across this place should be shaking their heads with shame – this is the stuff of complete madness.

‘And the only reason that the Government has accepted these amendments is because it is frightened of somewhere in the region of 40 Members of Parliament – the hard, no deal Brexiteers, who should have been seen off a long time ago and should be seen off.

‘These are people who do not want a responsible Brexit, they want their version of Brexit – they don’t even represent the people who actually voted Leave.

‘The consequences of this are grave, not just for our country but also for this party.’

Tory former chancellor Ken Clarke, on the Government accepting Brexiteer amendments, said: ‘If one week after the Government has set out a policy which I’m prepared personally to give a fair wind to, I find that they are going to accept amendments like new clause 73 and new clause 36 which promptly change the policy in a quite ridiculous way I shall despair.’

David Davis (left) and Boris Johnson (centre) both quit Theresa May's government after a showdown at Chequers, the prime minster's country residence in Buckinghamshire

David Davis (left) and Boris Johnson (centre) both quit Theresa May’s government after a showdown at Chequers, the prime minster’s country residence in Buckinghamshire



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The world’s most incredible bridges revealed in new book Bridges by David Ross http://expressdigest.com/the-worlds-most-incredible-bridges-revealed-in-new-book-bridges-by-david-ross/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:12:14 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/the-worlds-most-incredible-bridges-revealed-in-new-book-bridges-by-david-ross/

From huge viaducts to stone-built crossings, the world’s most incredible bridges have been revealed in a mesmerising new book.

Simply titled Bridges, it charts a whole range of crossings, from the ancient to the futuristic.

They include the stunning 7.6-mile-long Vasco da Gama bridge in Lisbon, Europe’s largest crossing, and the eye-popping 35-arch Pont du Gard aqueduct in France – Roman engineering at its most bombastic.

The tome also details a beautiful 17th-century wooden Japanese bridge, a bridge in Myanmar made from 1,086 pillars and a bridge in Bordeaux that has a vertical section that can be raised to allow ships to pass through.

The book, by David Ross, also explains how the technology of building bridges over the years has changed and how they have been catalysts for social change. 

Scroll down to discover some of the world’s most stunning and unusual bridges…

The Ponte Vasco da Gama is Europe’s longest bridge, crossing the Tagus estuary to bypass Lisbon. The cable-stayed main span is 420m (1,378ft) and the full length is 7.67 miles. It is built to withstand a major earthquake, and to have a life expectancy of 120 years

Built over the Gard River in France between 40 and 60CE, the Pont du Gard is 902ft long and is the highest Roman aqueduct (164ft), once carrying around 200,000 cubic metres of water a day on an imperceptible gradient of 1/3000. Its two lower levels were built without mortar. In use as an aqueduct until the sixth century, it owed its survival to being used as a roadway

Built over the Gard River in France between 40 and 60CE, the Pont du Gard is 902ft long and is the highest Roman aqueduct (164ft), once carrying around 200,000 cubic metres of water a day on an imperceptible gradient of 1/3000. Its two lower levels were built without mortar. In use as an aqueduct until the sixth century, it owed its survival to being used as a roadway

The five arches of the Kintai Bridge in Japan that seemingly float up from their solid stone piers present a superb example of all-wood construction, using Japanese zelkova, pine, cypress, chestnut and oak. In this form, the bridge dates back to 1673, though rebuilding was required in 1950 when the arches were washed away. Kintai means 'gold brocade sash'

The five arches of the Kintai Bridge in Japan that seemingly float up from their solid stone piers present a superb example of all-wood construction, using Japanese zelkova, pine, cypress, chestnut and oak. In this form, the bridge dates back to 1673, though rebuilding was required in 1950 when the arches were washed away. Kintai means ‘gold brocade sash’

Europe’s longest vertical-lift bridge, the Pont Jacque Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux, opened in 2013. It allows large ships to pass on the Garonne River. Its 2,600-tonne central lifting span is counter-balanced by 600-tonne weights in the four towers. The span is steel, the towers are concrete and the lighting systems emphasise its vertical lines

Europe’s longest vertical-lift bridge, the Pont Jacque Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux, opened in 2013. It allows large ships to pass on the Garonne River. Its 2,600-tonne central lifting span is counter-balanced by 600-tonne weights in the four towers. The span is steel, the towers are concrete and the lighting systems emphasise its vertical lines

Built in the late 18th century across the River Brathay, Slaters' Bridge in Cumbria is a combination of arch and slab and was on a pack-horse route to carry slates from quarries in the hills. The voussoirs (arch stones) are up to 4.3ft long. The width of only 4.2ft meant it required very careful passage

Built in the late 18th century across the River Brathay, Slaters’ Bridge in Cumbria is a combination of arch and slab and was on a pack-horse route to carry slates from quarries in the hills. The voussoirs (arch stones) are up to 4.3ft long. The width of only 4.2ft meant it required very careful passage

Carrying water to the Roman city of Emerita Augusta over the Albarregas River in Spain, the Aqueduct de los Milagros was built soon after 100CE, when Roman engineering reached a high point during the reign of Trajan. Nowadays, it is favoured by storks for nest-building. Its maximum height is 98.5ft and the longest span between piers is 14.8ft

Carrying water to the Roman city of Emerita Augusta over the Albarregas River in Spain, the Aqueduct de los Milagros was built soon after 100CE, when Roman engineering reached a high point during the reign of Trajan. Nowadays, it is favoured by storks for nest-building. Its maximum height is 98.5ft and the longest span between piers is 14.8ft

Between 1849 and 1851 the teakwood U Bein Bridge in Myanmar was built across the Taung Tha Man Lake, using timbers from a dismantled palace. In total 1,086 pillars support it but some of the originals have been replaced by concrete. It is 3,967ft long, with four wooden pavilions, and nine movable spans to allow boats to pass

Between 1849 and 1851 the teakwood U Bein Bridge in Myanmar was built across the Taung Tha Man Lake, using timbers from a dismantled palace. In total 1,086 pillars support it but some of the originals have been replaced by concrete. It is 3,967ft long, with four wooden pavilions, and nine movable spans to allow boats to pass

Part of a vast hydraulic irrigation system, the initiative of Franciscan friars, the striking Padre Tembleque Aqueduct in Mexico was built between 1555 and 1572. Its 68 arches cross the Tepeyahualco Ravine and Papalote River, with a maximum height of 111ft. The brickwork construction combined European technology and Mesoamerican building techniques

Part of a vast hydraulic irrigation system, the initiative of Franciscan friars, the striking Padre Tembleque Aqueduct in Mexico was built between 1555 and 1572. Its 68 arches cross the Tepeyahualco Ravine and Papalote River, with a maximum height of 111ft. The brickwork construction combined European technology and Mesoamerican building techniques

Spanning the outlet from Kunming Lake to the Yu River in the Summer Palace Complex, the Jade Belt Bridge's high arch was designed to allow passage to the imperial barge in Beijing. But it is also known as 'Moon Bridge': the arch and its reflection in the water making a full circle. Built between 1715 and 1764, its name comes from the decorated archivolts, said to resemble jade ornaments

Spanning the outlet from Kunming Lake to the Yu River in the Summer Palace Complex, the Jade Belt Bridge’s high arch was designed to allow passage to the imperial barge in Beijing. But it is also known as ‘Moon Bridge’: the arch and its reflection in the water making a full circle. Built between 1715 and 1764, its name comes from the decorated archivolts, said to resemble jade ornaments

The Dyavolski Most (Devil's Bridge) bridge in Ardino, Bulgaria, is one of numerous bridges that demonstrate the skill of Ottoman builders. Built between 1515 and 1518, set directly on bedrock, it carries the old Roman Via Egnacia, an ancient road that ran from the Aegean coast to northern Thrace, over the River Arda. Its main span is 185ft and the apex is 37.7ft above the stream. Its name comes from a legendary pact between its builder, Dimitar, and the Devil

The Dyavolski Most (Devil’s Bridge) bridge in Ardino, Bulgaria, is one of numerous bridges that demonstrate the skill of Ottoman builders. Built between 1515 and 1518, set directly on bedrock, it carries the old Roman Via Egnacia, an ancient road that ran from the Aegean coast to northern Thrace, over the River Arda. Its main span is 185ft and the apex is 37.7ft above the stream. Its name comes from a legendary pact between its builder, Dimitar, and the Devil

Spanning an arm of the Regnitz River, the arches of Obere Brücke (Upper Bridge) in Bamberg, Germany, are separated by a small island. The bridge replaced an older structure in 1455. The building is the rococo and half-timbered style Altes Rathaus or old Town Hall, built between 1744 and 1756, with a through passage for pedestrians. The central arch, of three, was destroyed in 1945 and rebuilt in 1956

Spanning an arm of the Regnitz River, the arches of Obere Brücke (Upper Bridge) in Bamberg, Germany, are separated by a small island. The bridge replaced an older structure in 1455. The building is the rococo and half-timbered style Altes Rathaus or old Town Hall, built between 1744 and 1756, with a through passage for pedestrians. The central arch, of three, was destroyed in 1945 and rebuilt in 1956

The Trans-Canada Highway was extended to Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada with the opening of this eight-mile bridge in 1997. Its spans are formed of post-tensioned concrete box girders, constructed on-site, and designed for a 100-year lifespan. Protection against surface and floating ice was a major issue in construction

The Trans-Canada Highway was extended to Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada with the opening of this eight-mile bridge in 1997. Its spans are formed of post-tensioned concrete box girders, constructed on-site, and designed for a 100-year lifespan. Protection against surface and floating ice was a major issue in construction

The Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye in Scotland make a dramatic background to this bridge over the Sligachan River. It was built by Thomas Telford around 1815 as part of a road improvement scheme, of local rubblestone, in the simple, solid style of his smaller bridges

The Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye in Scotland make a dramatic background to this bridge over the Sligachan River. It was built by Thomas Telford around 1815 as part of a road improvement scheme, of local rubblestone, in the simple, solid style of his smaller bridges

Also known as the Carioca Aqueduct the Arcos da Lapa in Rio de Janeiro was inaugurated in 1750, though begun in 1723 as part of a water supply system for the city. Its 42 two-storey arches, in austere military style, stretched for 886ft, at a height of 57.7ft. By the 1890s it was redundant, but found a new role as conduit for the Santa Teresa tramline

Also known as the Carioca Aqueduct the Arcos da Lapa in Rio de Janeiro was inaugurated in 1750, though begun in 1723 as part of a water supply system for the city. Its 42 two-storey arches, in austere military style, stretched for 886ft, at a height of 57.7ft. By the 1890s it was redundant, but found a new role as conduit for the Santa Teresa tramline

Between the two cable-stayed Bhumibol Bridges to the south of Bangkok is a multi-level spiral interchange above the Chao Phraya River, linking the north-south route over the bridges with the western approach, and reaching a height of 164ft. Both built to the same design, the bridges have concrete towers in elongated diamond shape

Between the two cable-stayed Bhumibol Bridges to the south of Bangkok is a multi-level spiral interchange above the Chao Phraya River, linking the north-south route over the bridges with the western approach, and reaching a height of 164ft. Both built to the same design, the bridges have concrete towers in elongated diamond shape

Named after Emperor Charles IV in Prague, before 1870 it was simply known as 'the Stone Bridge'. Built over the Vltava River between 1357 and 1402 of Bohemian sandstone, it has a fortified tower at each end. Its 16 arches vary in span, from 16.62 to 23.28m (54.5 to 84ft). The 30 statues that line it are now replicas of the originals

Named after Emperor Charles IV in Prague, before 1870 it was simply known as ‘the Stone Bridge’. Built over the Vltava River between 1357 and 1402 of Bohemian sandstone, it has a fortified tower at each end. Its 16 arches vary in span, from 16.62 to 23.28m (54.5 to 84ft). The 30 statues that line it are now replicas of the originals

The S2 Hulu Expressway takes to the sea for over 20.2 miles to link Shanghai with Yangshan Port. Opened in 2005, the S-shaped bridge is mostly of segmental concrete spans on double-column piers, with a cable-stayed main and three auxiliary navigational spans. An associated wind farm of 34 turbine towers, 446ft high, is projected

The S2 Hulu Expressway takes to the sea for over 20.2 miles to link Shanghai with Yangshan Port. Opened in 2005, the S-shaped bridge is mostly of segmental concrete spans on double-column piers, with a cable-stayed main and three auxiliary navigational spans. An associated wind farm of 34 turbine towers, 446ft high, is projected

Interstate Routes 105 and 110 in Los Angeles, California, meet at the Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange, where ramps and crossings on four levels allow traffic to enter and leave from any direction. Computers helped in planning the concrete construction, over 131ft high, which opened in 1994. It incorporates passage for light-rail trains and dedicated bus lanes

Interstate Routes 105 and 110 in Los Angeles, California, meet at the Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange, where ramps and crossings on four levels allow traffic to enter and leave from any direction. Computers helped in planning the concrete construction, over 131ft high, which opened in 1994. It incorporates passage for light-rail trains and dedicated bus lanes

Commissioned by Emperor Trajan in 98CE, the Puente Trajan in Spain was designed by Caius Julius Lacer, and built over the Tagus without mortar in 104–06CE. It has six arches, the total length is 596ft, width 28.2ft, and height 147.6ft. A triumphal arch above the central pier is inscribed: 'I have built a bridge which will last for ever'

Commissioned by Emperor Trajan in 98CE, the Puente Trajan in Spain was designed by Caius Julius Lacer, and built over the Tagus without mortar in 104–06CE. It has six arches, the total length is 596ft, width 28.2ft, and height 147.6ft. A triumphal arch above the central pier is inscribed: ‘I have built a bridge which will last for ever’

Testing new technology and design theories, since 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge's 1,280m (4200ft) span has crossed San Francisco Bay (total length is 2,737.4m, 1.7 miles), at 67m (220ft) above high water level. For 27 years it was the world’s longest suspension bridge, and remains one of the most elegant and best-proportioned of the many now existing 

Testing new technology and design theories, since 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge’s 1,280m (4200ft) span has crossed San Francisco Bay (total length is 2,737.4m, 1.7 miles), at 67m (220ft) above high water level. For 27 years it was the world’s longest suspension bridge, and remains one of the most elegant and best-proportioned of the many now existing 

All images taken from the forthcoming book Bridges, by David Ross. Published by Amber Books Ltd (RRP £19.99)

All images taken from the forthcoming book Bridges, by David Ross. Published by Amber Books Ltd (RRP £19.99)

 



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