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The one “backhanded compliment” Deb Knight is sick of receiving

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>As Deborah Knight moves from strength to strength when it comes to her career, she likely fields unsolicited commentary on her wardrobe and makeup choices.</p> <p>After moving on from<span> </span>Today, Knight has started a new radio gig and her on-the-job styling has changed from hour-long sessions with a range of stylists to a more low-key look.</p> <p>However, it is something that her followers on social media can’t help but point out.</p> <p>"To those who comment that I 'look so different' when I post pics without the full TV hair and makeup - no s--- Sherlock!" the 2GB Afternoons show host tweeted.</p> <p>"An hour with a professional hair and makeup artist is time well spent for good reason. Always feels like such a backhanded insult.. Au naturel is OK too tho."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">To those who comment that I “look so different” when I post pics without the full TV hair and makeup - no sh** Sherlock! An hour with a professional hair and makeup artist is time well spent for good reason. Always feels like such a backhanded insult.. Au naturel is ok too tho..</p> — deborah knight (@deborah_knight) <a href="https://twitter.com/deborah_knight/status/1229720006516039682?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 18, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Knight has previously spoken about her preference for a more natural look, explaining to<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://honey.nine.com.au/latest/deborah-knight-tv-makeup-torture/e6d6009d-7e24-455d-918c-67913e419c4a" target="_blank">9Honey</a><span> </span>that the first thing she does after coming off-camera is wiping off her makeup.</p> <p>"Because while a suit of TV armour is essential, nothing beats going au naturel," she wrote.</p> <p>"I've never been a fan of personal grooming that requires excessive time and attention. I don't enjoy the fussing at a hair salon, the smell of fake tan makes me feel ill, and I never find massages all that relaxing."</p> <p>Knight explained that in her “normal life”, she allots no time at all for hair and makeup.</p> <p>"I smother myself in moisturiser, but I don't wear makeup as I don't like the feeling of foundation or powder on my skin," she wrote.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5bsgVzB0LB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5bsgVzB0LB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Deborah Knight (@deborah_knight)</a> on Nov 28, 2019 at 6:34pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"And on the rare occasion that I do apply mascara or eyeliner, it always inexplicably ends up smudged or smeared nowhere near where it was meant to go."</p> <p>As for styling her hair?</p> <p>“Running a brush through my wet mop after a shower is pretty much my styling regime."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Reese Witherspoon could be her daughter’s twin in stunning ski selfie

<p>Reese Witherspoon’s 20-year-old daughter, Ava Phillippe is growing up to look exactly like her after her mother took to Instagram to share a sweet snap of the duo on a skiing trip.</p> <p>Looking more like sisters rather than mother-daughter, Witherspoon captioned the selfie “Weekend ski bunnies” as the photograph overlooked the mountains.</p> <p>Ava showed her appreciation in the comments, writing, “I love youuuu”.</p> <p>The pair are known to have a close relationship with the actress regularly sharing snaps of the two on her Instagram page.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8orIcvAzGT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8orIcvAzGT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Weekend ski bunnies 🎿</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/reesewitherspoon/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Reese Witherspoon</a> (@reesewitherspoon) on Feb 16, 2020 at 9:06am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Ava, who is currently in her second year of college at the University of California, Berkeley, also shared a photo of her mum while she was visiting her on campus.</p> <p>Phillippe is also her mother’s biggest supporter. In December last year she posted a congratulatory caption on Instagram after Witherspoon was honoured with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The<span> </span><em>Hollywood Reporter’s<span> </span></em>annual Women in Entertainment gala.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5HYpgFn6kt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5HYpgFn6kt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">quick visit from my cute mama ❤️</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/avaphillippe/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Ava</a> (@avaphillippe) on Nov 20, 2019 at 9:15pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Major congratulations to my mama, who received an award today for her leadership in the industry that she cares so deeply about improving. I’m so grateful to have a mom this thoughtful, passionate, and courageous, and I’m glad other people can recognise how special she is!” she wrote.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B58gwMDJcKT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B58gwMDJcKT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Major congratulations to my mama, who received an award today for her leadership in the industry that she cares so deeply about improving. I’m so grateful to have a mom this thoughtful, passionate, and courageous, and I’m glad other people can recognize how special she is! 💐</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/avaphillippe/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Ava</a> (@avaphillippe) on Dec 11, 2019 at 12:26pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Phillippe’s dad, actor Ryan Phillippe, told<span> </span><em>Entertainment Tonight</em><span> </span>in 2017 that he finds it strange to be constantly told how his kids, Ava and Deacon, look exactly like their parents.</p> <p>"I mean, it's weird, because isn't that obvious?" he joked. "Who else are they going to look like, you know? I always find that such a weird thing, like, [Ava] looks exactly like her mother, who else is she going to look like? It's an odd thing that people fixate on that."</p>

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Jane Fonda on more plastic surgery: “I’m not going to cut myself up anymore”

<p>Jane Fonda, 82, has decided to fully embrace her age and has urged her fans she has sworn off cosmetic procedures.</p> <p>“I can’t pretend that I’m not vain, but there isn’t going to be any more plastic surgery - I’m not going to cut myself up anymore,” she admitted to <em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.ellecanada.com/culture/celebrity/jane-fonda-elle-canada" target="_blank">Elle Canada</a>.</em></p> <p>The star debuted a stunning new white hairdo at the 2020 Academy Awards, and later said she has had to “work everyday to be self-accepting; it doesn’t come easy to me.</p> <p>“I try to make it very clear that it has been a long and continuing struggle for me. I post pictures of me looking haggard - and once with my tooth out!</p> <p>The Grace &amp; Frankie Netflix star went on to show one of her incisors to the magazine and told them: “This is a fake tooth. It came out in a restaurant in Portugal, and I posted it.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8mEt3iFnhp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8mEt3iFnhp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by EQUIPMENT (@equipmentfr)</a> on Feb 15, 2020 at 8:52am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Fonda took to the stage at the Oscars this year to present best picture, where she debuted her new silver icy blonde hue that blew away fans.</p> <p>Her hair colorist Jack Martin shared that “her goal color was a silver icy blonde to surprise everyone at the 2020 <em>Oscars</em> presenting the final award winner for the movie of the year."</p> <p>Choosing to embrace her skin and age is not new to the actress, who told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/may/21/jane-fonda-youth-plastic-surgery-sex-cannes" target="_blank">The Guardian</a></em><span> </span>in 2015 she believed she “brought myself a decade with plastic surgery,” but ultimately walked away from cosmetic procedures altogether.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8X9ldhAkos/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8X9ldhAkos/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jane Fonda (@janefonda)</a> on Feb 9, 2020 at 9:20pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In her new HBO documentary Jane Fonda In Five Acts, the title film star expressed some regret at having turned to plastic surgery for her face.</p> <p>“I love older faces. I love lived-in faces. I love Vanessa Redgrave's face. I wish I was braver,” she said.</p>

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Bit off the top: Prince Harry visits hair loss clinic in London

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Prince Harry caused a stir when he visited a top hair-loss clinic in London.</p> <p>According to insiders, he underwent thickening treatment at the prestigious Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic in London’s Mayfair.</p> <p>The 35-year-old struggles with hair loss like his brother Prince William and his dad Prince Charles.</p> <p>One expert is claiming that his bald patch has doubled since he married former actress Meghan Markle, but others are saying that his hair has appeared to have thickened after his visit toward the end of last year.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B2zxgEGH_Rv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B2zxgEGH_Rv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a> on Sep 24, 2019 at 2:25pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Harry’s visit caused a real stir,” an insider said.</p> <p>“This company is so prestigious. It’s one of the best places in the world. It’s got a whole range of different treatment plans.”</p> <p>“The richest, most famous and well-connected use it. The meeting with Harry went well.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B2bFlARniq9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B2bFlARniq9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a> on Sep 15, 2019 at 12:19am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“It would be very expensive. It’s the place to go in London and it’s right in the heart of Mayfair.”</p> <p>The Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.philipkingsley.com/" target="_blank">website</a><span> </span>says that they have treated royalty, actors, models and athletes in the past.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“I’m so proud”: Olivia Newton-John holds back tears watching daughter Chloe Lattanzi

<p><span>Olivia Newton-John was nearly brought to tears as her daughter Chloe Lattanzi made her debut on <em><a href="https://10daily.com.au/entertainment/tv/a200209vkmoa/i-am-so-proud-olivia-newton-john-praises-daugher-chloes-dancing-with-the-stars-debut-20200209">Dancing With The Stars</a></em>.</span></p> <p><span>In the premiere of the competition’s second season, Newton-John was on the front row of the audience to watch Lattanzi’s performance of Foxtrot with dance partner Gustavo Viglio.</span></p> <p><span>When presenter Amanda Keller asked the <em>Grease </em>star what she thought of her daughter’s dance, she said, “I am so proud, I’m so proud and my heart is beating so fast and I’m trying not to cry.</span></p> <p><span>“You were so beautiful darling. You did such a wonderful job. It was just gorgeous.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Nothing like a little love from mumma bear 😍<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DWTSau?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DWTSau</a> <a href="https://t.co/Awvomd0yho">pic.twitter.com/Awvomd0yho</a></p> — Dancing With The Stars Australia (@DancingOn10) <a href="https://twitter.com/DancingOn10/status/1226434350847332352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 9, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>Lattanzi said she joined the reality show to overcome her fear of performing that she suffered after finishing third place on the MTV series <em>Rock the Cradle</em>.</span></p> <p><span>“I wanted to be voted off every week because I was so terrified,” she said. ”I feel like it really traumatised me but I miss creativity, I miss music... here I am, I faced my fear and I couldn’t be happier!”</span></p> <p><span>Lattanzi danced alongside fellow contestants Claudia Karvan, Ed Kavalee, Celia Pacquola, Dean Wells, Travis Cloke, Dami Im, Angie Kent, Beau Ryan and Christian Wilkins for judges Sharna Burgess, Tristan MacManus and Craig Revel Horwood.</span></p>

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Genetic secrets of almost 2,700 cancers unveiled by landmark international project

<p>Scientists have revealed the detailed genetic makeup of thousands of cancer samples, yielding new insights into the genes that drive the many and varied forms of the disease.</p> <p>The results, <a href="https://www.nature.com/collections/pcawg/">published in a landmark collection of research papers in the journal Nature</a> interpret the complete DNA sequences, or cancer genomes, of 2,658 cancer samples. This will further our understanding of the crucial “driver” mutations that underpin cancer development and offer potential as targets for treatments such as chemotherapy.</p> <p>It is the work of some 700 scientists around the world, as part of an international project called the <a href="https://dcc.icgc.org/pcawg">Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes</a>.</p> <p>The hallmark of a cancer cell is its unregulated growth. The mechanism that allows these cells to escape normal cellular growth regulation involves the introduction of mutations into the cancer cell’s DNA. The collection of mutations present in a particular cancer genome is thus known as that cancer’s “mutation signature”.</p> <p>Each advance in our capacity to accurately and completely sequence whole cancer genomes, and to analyse the sequence data, has enabled a more in-depth analysis of these mutation signatures. Each step forward has revealed further diversity in the mutation processes that underlie the development and progression of cancer.</p> <p><strong>Diverse mutations</strong></p> <p>It is seven years since the <a href="https://theconversation.com/cancer-signatures-offer-hope-for-treatment-and-prevention-17045">previous landmark advance in this field</a>. Back in 2013, researchers reported on the genetic makeup of 7,042 cancers of 30 different types, and identified 20 distinct mutational signatures.</p> <p>Today’s reports involve fewer cancers, but an increase in the number of cancer types to 38. But this latest advance is not really about numbers.</p> <p>The real step forward is in our understanding of the diversity of DNA mutations and mutation signatures within cancer genomes. This is primarily the result of improved methods for analysing the DNA sequence data, compared with the state of the art in 2013.</p> <p>As a result, important DNA sequence alterations that could not be detected in previous work have now been described. Each contributes important new details about each cancer genome.</p> <p>Until recently, cancer DNA mutation analyses had been focused on small alterations in “coding regions” of DNA - the roughly 1% of DNA that is responsible for making proteins. The new analyses reported today have identified non-coding driver mutations – some of them large structural mutations that can be as big as entire chromosomes.</p> <p>These new analytical capabilities have enabled the identification of 97 mutation signatures, five times more than previously known. The improved detail boosts our understanding of the diversity of cancer genomes. It also provides important new information about the order in which these mutations accumulate during cancer development.</p> <p>However, there is good evidence to suggest that more work is still required to characterise the full spectrum of cancer DNA mutations. It is anticipated that all cancers will have at least one, and perhaps as many as five, driver DNA mutations. Despite the extensive array of analytical approaches described in these new reports, the researchers were still unable to identify any driver mutations in 5% of the cancers in their study.</p> <p>The research has also shown that similar mutation signatures are present in cancers that arise in different tissues. This has implications for cancer treatment. For example, a drug successfully used to treat a breast cancer may be as effective for treating a pancreatic cancer if the two cancers share the same mutation signature.</p> <p>These data will greatly advance our ability to identify cancers with the same or similar origins via their mutation signature. It has enormous implications for diversifying the current suite of drugs available for gene-targeted cancer treatment.</p> <p>But, perhaps more significantly, it also offers the opportunity to expand our strategies for preventing cancer before it starts.</p> <p><em>Written by Melissa Southey. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/genetic-secrets-of-almost-2-700-cancers-unveiled-by-landmark-international-project-131197"><em>The Conversation.</em></a></p>

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Riding on the kangaroo’s back: Animal skin fashion, exports and ethical trade

<p>The Versace fashion house recently <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/15/versace-bans-kangaroo-skin-after-pressure-from-animal-activists">announced</a> it had stopped using kangaroo skins in its fashion collections after coming under pressure from animal rights group <a href="https://www.lav.it/en">LAV</a>.</p> <p>Kangaroo meat and skin has an annual production <a href="http://www.kangarooindustry.com/industry/economic/">value</a> of around A$174 million, with skins used in the fashion and shoe manufacturing industries.</p> <p>There are legitimate questions regarding the ethical manner in which kangaroos are killed. But Indigenous people have long utilised the skins of kangaroos and possums. Versace’s concerns may have been allayed by understanding more about our traditions and practices.</p> <p><strong>Reviving skills</strong></p> <p>There has always been concern around how native animals are treated while alive and how they are killed to cause as little distress, pain and suffering as possible. Campaigners say <a href="https://www.lav.it/en/news/australia-versace-kangaroos">2.3 million</a> kangaroos in Australia are hunted each year. Official <a href="https://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/wildlife-trade/natives/wild-harvest/kangaroo-wallaby-statistics/kangaroo-2000">sources</a> cite this figure as the national quota, but put the number actually killed at around 1.7 million.</p> <p>Australian Aboriginal people have for many thousands of years utilised native animals, predominantly kangaroos and possums. Consciously and sustainably, every part of the animal was used. The kangaroo meat was eaten, the skins used to make cloaks for wearing, teeth used to make needles, sinew from the tail used as thread.</p> <p>The cloaks were incised with designs on the skin side significant to the wearer representing their totems, status and kinship. Cloaks were made for babies and added to as the child grew into adulthood, and people were buried in their <a href="https://www.nationalquiltregister.org.au/aboriginal-skin-cloaks/">cloaks</a>when they died.</p> <p>Aboriginal women from New South Wales and Victoria have begun <a href="https://sydney.edu.au/museums/images/content/exhibitions-events/where-we-all-meet/djon-mundine-essay-sectioned.pdf">reviving</a> the tradition of kangaroo and possum skin cloak-making to pass down knowledge of this important practice to future generations. Interestingly, possum skins can only be purchased from New Zealand for these crafts. As an introduced species, they have wreaked havoc on NZ animal populations and the environment, but are a protected species in Australia.</p> <p><strong>Culls and trade</strong></p> <p>In Australia, kangaroos are not farmed but are harvested for meat and fur in the wild under a voluntary <a href="https://www.viva.org.uk/under-fire/cruelty-kangaroos">code of conduct</a>. The code is difficult to monitor and enforcement is <a href="http://s3.amazonaws.com/thinkk_production/resources/29/Kangaroo_Court_Enforcement_of_the_law_governing_commercial_kangaroo_killing_.pdf">complicated</a> by federal and state sharing of responsibility. This code is currently under <a href="https://www.agrifutures.com.au/kangaroo-commercial-code-review/">review</a>.</p> <p>The export and import of wildlife is <a href="https://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/wildlife-trade/natives">regulated</a> under Australia’s national environmental law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 Act.</p> <p>In practice, kangaroos are shot in the wild by professional licensed shooters with an intended single shot to the head to kill them quickly.</p> <p>There are <a href="http://thinkkangaroos.uts.edu.au/issues/welfare-and-enforcement.html">concerns</a> over whether shooters should be trained better and whether nighttime shoots with poor visibility result in the killing of alpha males or mothers with joeys in their pouches.</p> <p>If mothers are accidentally shot, the code dictates the joey should be shot too. Sometimes the shot does not kill them instantly and they are then clubbed over the head. Traditionally, Aboriginal people speared kangaroos. This was unlikely to kill them instantly, so they were swiftly killed with a blow to the head by a <em>boondi</em>(wooden club).</p> <p><strong>Why kangaroo?</strong></p> <p>Kangaroo skin is extremely strong and more flexible than other leathers, including cow hide.</p> <p>It is routinely used in the production of soccer boots as they mould to the feet extremely well and don’t need to be worn in like harder leathers. This has led to an <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2006-07-12/kangaroo-skin-hits-fashion-capitals/1799602">increase</a> in the use of kangaroo.</p> <p>LAV <a href="https://www.lav.it/en/news/australian-fire-our-actions-to-save-animals">reports</a> Italy is the biggest importer of kangaroo leather in Europe, where it is used to produce soccer shoes and motorbike suits. They are <a href="https://www.lav.it/en/news/australian-fire-our-actions-to-save-animals">lobbying</a> brands Lotto and Dainese to stop using kangaroo, arguing that shooting animals is not sustainable given the estimated <a href="https://theconversation.com/bushfires-left-millions-of-animals-dead-we-should-use-them-not-just-bury-them-129787">1 billion</a> creatures killed in bushfires this season.</p> <p>In terms of environmental sustainability, kangaroos cause less damage to the environment than cattle. Cows contribute methane gas, their hard hooves destroy the earth, they eat the grass to a point that it does not regenerate. Kangaroos eat the grass leaving a small portion to re-flourish, they bounce across the land without causing damage to it, and don’t produce methane gases.</p> <p>The use of kangaroo skins in fashion can be done ethically if the code is reviewed in consultation with Aboriginal people and enforced properly. The industry has the <a href="https://www.publish.csiro.au/an/EA03248">potential</a> to produce and support sustainable business opportunities for Aboriginal communities.</p> <p>While celebrities are <a href="https://www.idausa.org/campaign/wild-animals-and-habitats/fur/latest-news/kardashians-shamed-among-10-worst-celebrities-fur-animals/">shamed</a> for wearing fur fashion, this relates to the unregulated and inhumane treatment of coyotes, chinchillas, foxes, mink, rabbits, and other fur-bearing animals. In contrast, scientists <a href="https://www.publish.csiro.au/an/EA03248">consider</a> kangaroo harvest as “one of the few rural industry development options with potential to provide economic return with minimal environmental impact”.</p> <p><strong>Only natural</strong></p> <p>Versace, along with most fashion retailers across the high-end to ready-to-wear spectrum, use synthetic fibres in their fashion products. Such materials eventually <a href="https://theconversation.com/time-to-make-fast-fashion-a-problem-for-its-makers-not-charities-117977">cause more damage</a> to the environment than natural fibres and skins. They don’t biodegrade and many of these fibres end up in landfill, our oceans or in the <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0269749119348808">stomachs of fish</a>.</p> <p>Animal skins will always be used in fashion and other products because of the unique properties the skins bring to design and function.</p> <p>While the bushfires have killed millions of Australian native animals, kangaroo culls are managed to have limited impact on the population.</p> <p>We should focus our energy on saving Australian native animals that are <a href="https://theconversation.com/australias-bushfires-could-drive-more-than-700-animal-species-to-extinction-check-the-numbers-for-yourself-129773">close to extinction</a> and lobbying for a stricter ethical code for shooters that can be legally enforced to ensure kangaroos are killed humanely.</p> <p><em>Written by Dr Fabri Blacklock. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/riding-on-the-kangaroos-back-animal-skin-fashion-exports-and-ethical-trade-130207">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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Catherine Zeta-Jones farewells father-in-law Kirk Douglas: “I miss you already”

<p>Catherine Zeta-Jones has shared a touching tribute to her late father-in-law Kirk Douglas, following his death on Thursday at 103 years of age.</p> <p>The actress had a close bond to the Hollywood star and they immediately got along after she married his son, actor Michael Douglas, in 2000.</p> <p>“To my darling Kirk, I shall love you for the rest of my life. I miss you already. Sleep tight,” the actress wrote on Instagram underneath a heartwarming photo of the pair sharing a touching moment.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8NOuvqnhbi/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8NOuvqnhbi/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">To my darling Kirk, I shall love you for the rest of my life. I miss you already. Sleep tight...</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/catherinezetajones/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Catherine Zeta-Jones</a> (@catherinezetajones) on Feb 5, 2020 at 5:18pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Zeta-Jones has always been close to her father-in-law, with the star regularly posting photos of the pair on social media.</p> <p>In December, she shared a photo of them embracing to mark his 103rd birthday.</p> <p>“This guy on my knee, is 103!!!!!! Happy Birthday Pappy!!! I love you with all my heart.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B52P6e6H5UE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B52P6e6H5UE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">This guy on my knee, is 103!!!!!Happy Birthday Pappy!!! I love you with all my heart. 😘❤️</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/catherinezetajones/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Catherine Zeta-Jones</a> (@catherinezetajones) on Dec 9, 2019 at 2:03am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>When Catherine and Michael tied the knot close to 20 years ago, many people questioned the relationship due to the 25-year age gap between them.</p> <p>But one person remained firmly on their side: Kirk.</p> <p>On the couple’s 19th wedding anniversary in November last year, Catherine shared a sweet note Kirk had given them to mark the milestone occasion.</p> <p>“Dear Michael and Catherine, Happy anniversary!” read the note typed on Kirk’s personal stationary.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B0dugHvnMuz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B0dugHvnMuz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">And that was lunch 👍🏻</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/catherinezetajones/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Catherine Zeta-Jones</a> (@catherinezetajones) on Jul 28, 2019 at 7:53am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Michael, you have learned a very important lesson, to stay married you must obey your wife! Keep practicing what I do with my wife.”</p> <p>After splitting from Michael’s mother, Diana Douglas in 1951, Kirk went on to marry Anne Buydens in 1954. They remained married for 66 years up until his death.</p>

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Surprise! Duchess Kate reunites with old friends on royal visit

<p>The Duchess of Cambridge was treated to a sweet surprise on a royal outing on Tuesday when she was reunited with a few of her old teachers in a Welsh crowd.</p> <p>Kate was visiting the Royal National Lifeboat Institution with William when she spotted two familiar faces.</p> <p>Standing outside Joe’s Ice Cream parlour on the pier, stood former prep school (primary school) teachers Denise Evans-Alford and Kevin Alford.</p> <p>The husband and wife stood in the cold as they waited for their former student, a top-tier alumni, to notice them.</p> <p>It’s reported that the couple drove 30 miles and managed to exchange a few words with the Duchess after they slipped a note to her security.</p> <p>The teachers taught Kate at St Andrew’s prep school in Pangbourne, Berkshire, where Kate and her siblings completed primary.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><em>Hello!<span> </span></em>Mrs Evan-Alford was Kate’s netball coach, while Mr Alford taught her French and German.</p> <p>They had reunited after over 20 years, and managed to quickly catch up with Kate telling the duo, “I want to instil in my children what I learned at St Andrew’s.”</p> <p>The husband and wife couldn’t have been happier with the exchange.</p> <p>“Kate hasn’t changed at all, you can tell, Pippa and James are wonderful too. I’ve been waiting 20 years for this,” Denise said.</p> <p>“We saw her once when she came back to school when she was 14, and we haven’t seen her since. Obviously, we’ve been following her career. She was in such a wonderful class of girls and they got on so well together,” added her husband, Kevin.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery below to see Kate reunite with her teachers after 20 years.</p>

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Happy Birthday Princess Mary! Stunning new portrait released

<p>Australia’s very own fairy tale princess has celebrated an important day with her family as she turns 48-years-old.</p> <p>A stunning new portrait has been released to mark the Danish royal's 48th birthday on February 5.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8MkItxCyHx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8MkItxCyHx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Princess👑Royal Family❤ (@love_princess_world)</a> on Feb 5, 2020 at 11:06am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>After meeting a handsome Prince Frederik at a bar in 2000 during the Sydney Olympic Games, they immediately hit it off and were hitched in May of 2004.</p> <p>The two conducted a long-distance relationship and were seen together in both Australia and Denmark, before tying the knot and Mary was no longer a commoner.</p> <p>Princess Mary had to relinquish her Australian citizenship, convert to the Danish Lutheran Church and give up her rights to her children if a divorce were to occur.</p> <p>Together, the pair welcomed their first child in October 2005 to a baby boy, named Prince Christian Valdemar.</p> <p>Princess Isabella Henrietta followed in April 2007, and after came along by twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine in 2011.</p> <p>In 2019 the royal was appointed as a rigsforstander, a monarch or regent that stands in for another while the ruler is out of the country.</p> <p>She is the first person not born to the royal family to be bestowed the incredible honour since 1972.</p> <p>Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine are receiving a 12-week period of schooling at the international school Lemania-Verbier in Switzerland. Princess Mary is staying with her children in Switzerland until the end of the schooling period.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see Princess Mary throughout the years.</p>

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Woman ordered to pay $530,000 for “plainly untrue” google review

<p>We’re living in a time when it’s easy to get caught up in our emotions, and the moment, to consider ourselves ‘untouchable’ keyboard warriors and let our fingertips do the talking with smart remarks online.</p> <p>But, if ever there was a good reason to learn to pause, take a breath and consider very carefully what you’re posting, it’s a <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/courts-we-attend/supreme-court-of-nsw-king-street-courthouse-corner-king-and-elizabeth-streets-sydney/">New South Wales Supreme Court</a> Ruling which orders a Sydney woman to pay over half a million dollars in damages plus legal costs to a Sydney doctor she left an untrue Google review for</p> <p><strong>The case</strong></p> <p>Cynthia Imisides had already received a nose-job when well-known plastic surgeon, Kourosh Tavakoli, operated on her nose and cheeks in February 2017. She subsequently failed to attend all but one follow-up appointment before telling her ex-husband she’d been charged for an unperformed cheek reduction.</p> <p>Mr Imsides then posted an untrue negative 1-star Google review online.</p> <p><a href="https://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/nsw/NSWSC/2019/717.html">The Supreme Court of New South Wales heard</a> that Dr Tavakoli, who bills himself as “the household name for elite plastic surgery in Australia” posts before and after pictures of his “mummy makeovers” to his 156,000 Instagram followers and that his surgery has a 4.8-star rating on Google, over more than 100 reviews.</p> <p>But in the week after Ms Imisides’ review went live on Google, traffic to Dr Tavakoli’s website dropped almost 25 per cent. Her review stated she was “extremely unhappy” with her nose job and alleged the surgeon had no morals.</p> <p>Ms Imisides left the review up for three weeks, refused to apologise, and threw out court documents served upon her.</p> <p>A week before the trial was due to begin in November 2018, she posted a second, untrue Google review in contravention of court orders.</p> <p>When told by Mr Tavakoli’s lawyers to take the review down, she told them to “piss off” and that “I don’t have any money to give you greedy people”.</p> <p>On 24 June 2019, Justice Rothman ruled that the allegations made by Ms Imisides were “plainly untrue”, “extremely serious”, went to the heart of Dr Tavakoli’s exemplary reputation and caused “more than significant” hurt to his feelings.</p> <p><strong>The orders</strong></p> <p>His Honour then made the following orders:</p> <p>“(1) The first defendant [Ms Imisides] shall pay the plaintiff $530,000 as damages for the defamation published and referred to in these reasons for judgment as the first Google review;</p> <p>(2) The first defendant shall pay the plaintiff’s costs of and incidental to the proceedings on an indemnity basis;</p> <p>(3) Neither defendant [being Ms Imisides and her ex-husband] shall create a website of or concerning the plaintiff;</p> <p>(4) The first defendant shall not publish or allow to remain published her Google review, first published on or about 1 September 2017;</p> <p>(5) Neither defendant shall publish, re-publish or allow to remain published any matter containing imputations in or to the effect of those contained in the Google review and prescribed in [40] of the Statement of Claim, filed in these proceedings on 15 September 2017, being:</p> <p>(a) any allegation that the plaintiff charged the first defendant for a buccal fat procedure that he did not perform;</p> <p>(b) any allegation that the plaintiff acted improperly in relation to a buccal fat procedure for the first defendant;</p> <p>(c) any allegation that the plaintiff acted incompetently in relation to a buccal fat procedure for the first defendant;</p> <p>(6) The first defendant shall pay to the plaintiff interest at 4% per annum on $530,000 from 1 September 2017 until the date of judgment and thereafter…</p> <p>(7) The first defendant shall pay to the plaintiff interest on the costs…”</p> <p>But this is not the first time a negative Google review has <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/dentist-sues-over-google-review/">resulted in a defamation suit</a>, and it’s unlikely to be the last.</p> <p><strong>Civil defamation in New South Wales</strong></p> <p>The  <a href="http://www6.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdb/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/da200599/">Defamation Act 2005</a> (NSW) is essentially replicated in all Australian jurisdictions.</p> <p>For defamation to be established, three distinct components need to be proved on the balance of probabilities.</p> <p>They are:</p> <p><strong>1. Publication</strong></p> <p>Material must be published (which includes orally communicated) to at least one person other than the party who was allegedly defamed.</p> <p>The publication can occur orally or in writing, whether in print, by way of digital communication or otherwise, but it must be comprehensible.</p> <p><strong>2. Identification</strong></p> <p>The material must identify the allegedly defamed person either directly or indirectly, or be capable of doing so.</p> <p><strong>3. Defamatory meaning</strong></p> <p>The material must be ‘defamatory’ to the ‘ordinary, reasonable’ person, which means it must be likely to:</p> <ul> <li>cause the person to be shunned, shamed or avoided by others;</li> <li>adversely affect the reputation of the person in the minds of right-thinking members of society; or</li> <li>damage to the person’s professional reputation by suggesting a lack of qualifications, skills, knowledge, capacity, judgment or efficiency in his or her trade, business or profession.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Defences to civil defamation</strong></p> <p>Part 4, Division 2 of the Defamation Act lists the statutory defences, which <a href="http://www6.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/da200599/s24.html">section 24</a> makes clear are additional to any others available under the law.</p> <p>The statutory defences are:</p> <p>1. Justification</p> <p>2. Contextual truth</p> <p>3. Absolute privilege</p> <p>4. Public documents</p> <p>5. Fair reporting of proceedings of public concern</p> <p>6. Qualified privilege</p> <p>7. Honest opinion</p> <p>8. Innocent dissemination</p> <p>9. Triviality</p> <p>Time limit</p> <p><a href="http://www5.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/la1969133/s14b.html">Section 14B</a> of the Limitation Act 1969 (NSW) provides that ‘an action on a cause of action for defamation is not maintainable if brought after the end of a limitation period of 1 year running from the date of the publication of the matter complained of.’</p> <p>However, <a href="http://www5.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/la1969133/s56a.html">section 56A(2)</a> allows a court to extend that period to up to 3 years from the date of publication, ‘if satisfied that it was not reasonable in the circumstances for the plaintiff to have commenced an action in relation to the matter complained of within 1 year from the date of the publication’.</p> <p>Parties that cannot be defamed</p> <p>Under <a href="http://www6.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/da200599/s9.html">section 9</a> of the Defamation Act, companies with 10 or more employees or which are formed for something other than financial gain cannot sue for defamation.</p> <p><a href="http://www6.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/da200599/s10.html">Section 10</a> precludes anyone from asserting, continuing or enforcing a cause of action for defamation in respect of a deceased person, or from suing the estate of a deceased person.</p> <p><strong>Offers to make amends</strong></p> <p>Part 3, Division 1 of the Act sets out a range of rules for resolving civil defamation disputes without litigation.</p> <p>The part provides mechanisms for <a href="http://www6.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/da200599/s13.html">offering to make amends</a> without resorting to legal proceedings, and makes clear that any such offers, or admissions made therein, <a href="http://www6.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/da200599/s19.html">are not admissible</a> in any ensuing litigation.</p> <p><strong>Criminal defamation in New South Wales</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www5.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/ca190082/s529.html">Section 529</a> of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) sets out the offence of ‘criminal defamation’.</p> <p>Section 529(3) prescribes a maximum penalty of 3 years’ imprisonment for anyone who, without lawful excuse, publishes a matter defamatory of another living person:</p> <p>(a) knowing the matter to be false, and</p> <p>(b) with intent to cause serious harm to the victim or any other person or being reckless as to whether such harm is caused</p> <p>Section 529(4) provides that a defendant has a lawful excuse lawful excuse if, and only if, he or she would, having regard only to the circumstances happening before or at the time of the publication, have had a defence for the publication if the victim had brought civil proceedings for defamation.</p> <p>Section 529(5) makes clear that the prosecution bears the onus of negativing the existence of a lawful excuse if, and only if, evidence directed to establishing the excuse is first adduced by or on behalf of the defendant.</p> <p>Section 529(7) requires the consent of the DPP before proceedings can be instituted under the section, and subsection (9) states that a prosecution under the section does not a bar civil defamation proceedings.</p> <p><em>Written by Sonia Hickey. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/woman-ordered-to-pay-530000-for-plainly-untrue-google-review/"><em>Sydney Criminal Lawyers.</em></a></p>

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Touching moment 90-year-old superfan kisses the Duchess of Cambridge’s hand

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Duchess Kate has continued to win the hearts of the people in South Wales as she met a 90-year-old superfan on her latest royal outing.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeting people who lined up on a pier in Swansea, where the Duchess made a beeline for Harvey Bentley from Swansea.</p> <p>Harvey was there with his son-in-law Mike Sutton Smith and Harvey chatted with the duchess before taking her hand and placing a kiss on the back of it.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none"> <p dir="ltr">Thanks to <a href="https://twitter.com/mikesuttonsmith?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mikesuttonsmith</a> who shared this lovely clip of Kate meeting his father-in-law Harvey Bentley, 90, and got William to come and say hello too: <a href="https://t.co/1Dq8Ijn8er">pic.twitter.com/1Dq8Ijn8er</a></p> — Emily Nash (@emynash) <a href="https://twitter.com/emynash/status/1224714549724688387?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 4, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Duchess Kate bent down to talk to Harvey, asking if he was warm enough due to the “chilly wind”.</p> <p>Duchess Kate said to Harvey: “I hope you're keeping warm enough. You've wrapped up well? It's that chilly wind.</p> <p>“Thank you for coming to say hello to us. Very nice to meet you. I'll get William to come and say hello.”</p> <p>The Duke of Cambridge then came over to greet the retired mechanic.</p> <p>Harvey was over the moon with the meeting, saying that “they are the nicest people you could meet”.</p> <p>His son in law was impressed as well.</p> <p>“William told Harvey he didn't look a day over 60!' said Mike, according to<em> <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7966103/Touching-moment-90-year-old-royal-superfan-pecks-Duchess-Cambridges-hand.html" target="_blank">The Daily Mail</a></em>. “This is the most exciting day Harvey has had in many years. We are so impressed with them, they are incredible.”</p> <p>Mike then thanked the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Twitter.</p> <p>“William and Kate, each of you paused to look my father-in-law in the eye today, to listen to him and be his friend for a few timeless beautiful minutes,” he wrote.</p> <p>“You are the real deal and he and our family will never ever forget. Thankyou xx”</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Twitter <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://twitter.com/emynash/status/1224715890672967682" target="_blank">@emynash</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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“You look beautiful too Will!”: Cheeky fan compliments the Duke of Cambridge at BAFTAS

<p>A video of a cheeky royal fan has gone viral after he told Prince William he “looked beautiful” as the Cambridges walked the red carpet at the BAFTAS.</p> <p>The clip has been widely shared on Twitter and captures the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walking up the stairs outside the Royal Albert Hall ahead of the awards show.</p> <p>Duchess Kate, dressed in a recycled gold-embroidered Alexander McQueen gown, was showered in compliments from the fans until one noticed that Prince William was left out.</p> <p>“You look beautiful Kate,” fans can be heard saying.</p> <p>“So do you, Will!” another fan quickly shouted.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8EzQvKlY9a/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8EzQvKlY9a/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">You know that time I made @kensingtonroyal laugh??? Oh yeah...tonight at @ee @bafta ❤ #eebaftas🤵</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/matim84/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Maciek Zielinski</a> (@matim84) on Feb 2, 2020 at 10:45am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Duchess Kate couldn’t help herself as she giggled and Prince William seemed thrilled with the compliment, saying “that’s nice, thank you!”.</p> <p>The video was first shared by Maciek Zielinski to his Instagram account.</p> <p>“You know that time I made @kensingtonroyal laugh??? Oh yeah...tonight at the BAFTAs,” he cheekily captioned the video.</p> <p>Royal fans were thrilled with the video.</p> <p>“This is the best royal video ever, thank you!” one fan commented.</p> <p>“At least they do have a sense of humour” another agreed.</p> <p>“I love his response, such a beautiful couple,” another fan said.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess have been regulars of the BAFTAS since Prince William was made president of the British Awards in 2010.</p>

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Duchess Meghan to star in Netflix reality show

<p>The Duchess of Sussex’s first post-Royal TV gig will be a Canadian reality show about second weddings, revealed<span> </span><em>The New York Post</em>.</p> <p>The 38-year-old is said to make a number of appearances on<span> </span><em>I Do, Redo</em> joining her best friend, Toronto wedding stylist Jessica Mulroney, who is the star of the Netflix show, according to a source close to the production team.</p> <p>The source revealed that Meghan’s role will be “sporadic” but didn’t reveal if the Duchess would be getting paid.</p> <p>Union scale for a guest role on Canadian TV is $588 a day, which could kickstart the couple’s newly announced effort to become “financially independent”.</p> <p>The 10-part series “revisits first-time wedding disasters before remaking the wedding dreams of 10 devoted couples,” reads a press release.</p> <p>No one can deny that the former actress, who was once divorced before marrying Prince Harry, is perfect for the job as the role helps brides remarry their own Prince Charming in the wedding of their dreams.</p> <p>The American had her own fairytale wedding only two years ago in a star-studded ceremony in Britain, which cost over $42 million. Her bespoke wedding dress was designed by French luxury brand, Givenchy, and her custom-made engagement ring was made from a diamond sourced from Botswana and two smaller stones from Harry’s mother – Princess Diana’s – collection.</p> <p>Meghan is currently residing in a billionaire’s mansion in Vancouver with her son, Archie since her and Harry announced their separation from the British royals in January.</p> <p>It is believed that she is looking for a Hollywood agent, according to reports.</p>

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Special problems faced by women in prison

<p>According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the flow of women into Australian prisons, and the amount of time they spend in there, has been steadily increasing for many years.</p> <p>From 1995 to 2002, the imprisonment rate for women increased by 60%. This increase has been influenced by changes in criminal behaviour, legislation, policing, prosecution, conviction, sentencing, and the availability of appropriate correctional facilities.</p> <p>Women inmates are a complex group of disadvantaged people with specific needs relating to education, health and emotional support. The <a href="http://www.correctiveservices.justice.nsw.gov.au/Documents/nsw-inmate-census-2011.pdf">2011 NSW Inmate Census</a> found that a “typical” <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/notorious-australian-female-criminals/">female inmate</a> tended to be young, poorly educated and unemployed, and that they were most likely to have committed property and illicit drug offences.</p> <p>Despite the increasing number of women in prison, women made up just 8% of our prison populations in 2015. <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/do-women-get-lighter-sentences-than-men/">Smaller numbers overall</a> means there are limited facilities and programs designed specifically for women. This often places women in prison in a vulnerable position, where access to health and emotional support services is difficult and they are geographically further away from the community they come from, making it more difficult for visitors to travel to see them.</p> <p>Deidre Hyslop, who was the Principal Advisor for Women Offenders at Corrective Services NSW, told the <em>Australian Women’s Weekly</em> that women face more isolation as a result of a prison sentence:</p> <p><em>“One of the biggest issues is rejection from family and community. I think it’s because they’ve committed a criminal offence—but then also an additional offence against society’s views of what being a woman is.</em></p> <p><em>“The men get huge support from family. [At Long Bay prison] there would be trails of women coming to visit; partners, mums, aunties, and children. But the women inmates don’t get the same thing. More often it’s friends they met in custody coming back to visit them.”</em></p> <p>Women in prison are prone to suffer more health problems than male inmates. They are more likely to experience mental health issues, with almost 40% having attempted suicide, they have substance abuse problems and associated infectious diseases like hepatitis C, as well as higher rates of serious and chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and asthma.</p> <p>Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women make up only 2% of the general population, yet they represent 30% of the female prison population. Men and women from these communities experience devastating health problems— both in and out of the prison setting.</p> <p>Women also require specific care relating to pregnancy, birthing, and parenting. The <a href="http://www.justicehealth.nsw.gov.au/publications/2009-ihs-report.pdf">2009 Inmate Health Survey</a> reported that just under half of the women in Australian prisons are mothers of children younger than 17 years of age.</p> <p><strong>Pregnant Inmates</strong></p> <p>Women who are pregnant while in prison are provided with ante-natal and post-natal care. Health services for pregnant inmates is usually provided under shared care arrangements with local hospital maternity units, where women can also be admitted for giving birth if they’re still incarcerated.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.correctionalservices.nt.gov.au/documents/useful_links/aust-stand_2012.pdf">Standard Guidelines for Corrections in Australia</a> states that all inmates should be provided with access to health care, to the same standard as in the community, in response to need, with an appropriate range of preventative services, and promoting continuity with external health services upon release.</p> <p>However, a <a href="http://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2393-14-214">2014 study by Jane Walker and others</a>, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, found that women who are pregnant while in prison were less likely to have initiated pregnancy health services before 20 weeks, and less likely to be booked into hospital for the birth, than women in the general population.</p> <p>The research showed babies born to mothers who have been in prison during pregnancy are more likely than even other disadvantaged women to be born pre-term, have low birthweight, be admitted to hospital, and spend time in intensive care.</p> <p>This study was unique in that the control group were similarly disadvantaged, comprised of other women who had been to prison, but were not incarcerated while pregnant. The study concluded that prison health services are not able to deal with the complex factors that cause women inmates to suffer disadvantage throughout their lives.</p> <p><strong>Mothers and Children in Prison</strong></p> <p>The Department of Social Services says there is no data about the number of children who have a parent in Australian prisons. In 1999, Dr Michael Levy, from the NSW Corrections Health Service, reported that on any given day, more than 11,000 children in NSW had at least one parent in prison. Due to increasing prison rates, that figure is probably much higher today.</p> <p>Sadly, there is insufficient research into families where a primary caregiver is incarcerated, which makes it difficult for correctional facilities to plan and implement effective support and education programs for parents in prison. These programs are vitally important for developing life skills that can break intergenerational cycles of inappropriate parenting, dysfunctional family relationships and imprisonment.</p> <p>Correctional Services NSW acknowledges the information gap, but recognises the importance of preserving families to the rehabilitation of inmates and their children’s future nonetheless. In an effort to improve family outcomes for these vulnerable families, NSW prisons have support services and programs that engage parents and children in appropriate activities.</p> <p>It is accepted that mothers play a crucial role in the lives of their babies and young children. Prison programs are important for providing women with opportunities to acquire new parenting skills in a supervised environment that offers guidance and support.</p> <p>Each of Australia’s states and territories apply their own legislative framework to the correctional facilities they administer. All jurisdictions provide for the accommodation of young children to be with mothers in prison no other primary carer is available.</p> <p>The Standard Guidelines for Corrections in Australia states that if a facility does allow babies and children under school age to reside with their primary caregiver in prison, “comprehensive and well structured policies and programmes should be developed where the interests of the children are paramount.”</p> <p>In NSW for example, children who are assessed as being able to reside with their mother in prison can be accommodated full-time in a rural and domestic setting in purpose-built minimum-security Jacaranda Cottages adjacent to Emu Plains Correctional Centre and at Parramatta Transitional Centre. Children of school age up to 12 years may be accommodated at weekends and during school holidays.</p> <p>Young mother, Keisha, told the Australian Women’s Weekly that a routine health test on admission to prison revealed she was pregnant, and that she gave birth under guard at a nearby public hospital. She said she feels lucky to have been accepted into the mothers and children’s program, and that:</p> <p><em>“My life’s good at Jacaranda… because I have been able to bond with my newborn son.”</em></p> <p>The assessment process for the residential program is focused on the best interests of the child, and applications are determined by a Mothers and Children’s Committee which includes representatives from the Department of Human Services, SHINE For Kids, and Justice Health. Final decisions are made by the Correctional Services NSW Commissioner.</p> <p>Children entering prisons to spend time with their mothers is a contentious issue. Many people argue that any prison environment is no place for children.</p> <p>Whether children spend time with their mothers in prison facilities or not, they are usually disadvantaged by having a parent sent to prison. A research paper titled <em>Meeting the Needs of Children of Incarcerated Mothers: The Application of Attachment Theory to Policy and Programming</em>, published by professor Dianna Kenny of the University of Sydney in 2012, states that:</p> <p><em>“Children of women prisoners are an under-studied and under-resourced group of young people who are at serious risk of developmental, behavioural, educational and psychiatric problems. When a mother is incarcerated, the child may lose not only her mother, but also her home, school, friends and familiar community if it becomes necessary to re-locate the child for care purposes. These young people are therefore themselves victims of (their parents’) crimes whose needs are rarely considered in the justice and welfare systems.”</em></p> <p>What is agreed is that programs and policies aimed at preserving the family relationships of women inmates should always centre on the best interests of their children.</p> <p><em>Written by Ugur Nedim. Republished with permission of </em><a href="/According%20to%20the%20Australian%20Bureau%20of%20Statistics,%20the%20flow%20of%20women%20into%20Australian%20prisons,%20and%20the%20amount%20of%20time%20they%20spend%20in%20there,%20has%20been%20steadily%20increasing%20for%20many%20years."><em>Sydney Criminal Lawyers.</em></a></p>

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More than skin deep: Beauty salons are places of sharing and caring

<p>What happens when people visit beauty and hair salons? Are trips to the salon simply about shaping how one looks on the outside, or can these spaces involve something deeper?</p> <p>Research shows that beyond “beauty”, salons can be spaces for clients to have intimate conversations with salon workers.</p> <p>This means beyond technical hair and beauty skills, working in the industry involves listening to and managing the emotions of clients.</p> <p>In my <a href="https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/gender-and-sexuality-studies-research-network/2019/09/19/hannah-mccann-on-crisis-treatment-and-the-role-of-the-beauty-salon/">research</a> and interviews with salon workers between 2017 and 2019, most described themselves as makeshift counsellors. One sign in a Melbourne shopfront even read “<em>Therapy is expensive, get a haircut instead, we’re great listeners.”</em></p> <p><strong>Beyond the technical</strong></p> <p>Research conducted in the United States shows salon workers can act as “<a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28388338">lay health educators</a>”. Workers have close physical contact with clients and potentially access to different and diverse communities, depending on the salon.</p> <p>Some US salon workers have even been engaged to assist public health campaigns, educating the general public about health issues such as melanoma, diabetes, and unintended pregnancy.</p> <p>Salon workers can develop a “<a href="https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/002224299906300405">commercial friendship</a>” with clients as they maintain close physical proximity with the client over a long period. But they are neutral figures in relation to emotional disclosures.</p> <p>This relationship means clients may disclose more details about the troubles in their lives than they would to friends or family. <a href="https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0038038501035004007">UK research</a> also shows salons are spaces where workers often provide clients with emotional support.</p> <p>It’s appropriate then that initiatives have emerged across the globe to train hairdressers and other salon workers to respond to client disclosures.</p> <p>In Victoria the <a href="https://www.edvos.org.au/">Eastern Domestic Violence Service</a> has been running a program called <a href="https://www.edvos.org.au/hair-3rs/">Hair-3R’s</a> (recognise, respond and refer), to train salon workers to safely manage client disclosures of family violence.</p> <p>In some US states, “cosmetologists” (hairstylists, manicurists and other salon workers) are <a href="http://chicagosaysnomore.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/ChicagoSaysNoMore-2016-12-NewLawSalonProfessionals.pdf">legally required</a> to do formal training in domestic violence and sexual assault awareness every two years to renew their salon licenses.</p> <p><strong>What workers signed up for?</strong></p> <p>Expecting salon workers to respond to issues such as family violence is asking a lot. Low wages and sometimes <a href="https://theconversation.com/health-risks-beneath-the-painted-beauty-in-americas-nail-salons-41660">dangerous working conditions</a> persist in the beauty industry.</p> <p>When I interviewed <a href="https://www.edvos.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/EDVOS-HAIR-3Rs-RESEARCH-REPORT-2019.pdf">salon workers trained in the Hair-3R’s program</a>, I found they were relieved to be able to have frank discussions about the nature of their work, and grateful to receive support and guidance in negotiating these issues.</p> <p>Research has shown salon workers are likely to have clients <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26813297">disclose intimate partner violence</a> to them at some point. But workers I spoke with also mentioned a huge array of different issues clients bring up.</p> <p>Marriage breakdown, mental health, suicidal ideation, gender transition and job loss were among the client issues reported by workers.</p> <p>While the majority of conversations a worker has in a day or even over the course of a week may not be so “heavy”, they will likely encounter diverse and sometimes distressing stories, given the huge segment of the community they come into contact with over months and years. Many workers suggested the Hair-3Rs training was the first time they’d spoken about the emotional aspects of their work or had it recognised as something they negotiate daily.</p> <p><strong>Beyond the surface</strong></p> <p>Feminists <a href="https://www.penguin.com.au/books/the-beauty-myth-9780099595748">writing about beauty</a> have long focused on the gender expectations maintained in these spaces. From this perspective, salons have been seen as reinforcing stereotypes of how women should look and how they should maintain their bodies.</p> <p>A reframing of this perspective notes the beauty industry is highly feminised, dominated by workers who are working class and often migrant women. Salon workers are represented as low-skilled “bimbos” in popular culture and the media. It is therefore no surprise the emotional nature of this line of work has remained largely hidden and both economically and culturally undervalued.</p> <p>As the beauty industry continues to boom – a day spa, nail salon or laser hair removal clinic on almost every Australian street corner and dotted throughout our shopping centres – we might speculate people are accessing these services for reasons beyond maintaining appearances.</p> <p>While some may <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-05/economics-of-beauty-industry/10182320">lay the blame</a> on an increasingly image-soaked world due to the popularity of social media such as Instagram, we might also look to what kind of emotional refuge the salon is providing for a <a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/dateline/from-9-11-to-christchurch-earthquakes-how-unis-have-supported-students-after-a-crisis">world in crisis</a>.</p> <p>Further research is needed to identify what can be done to support workers in this industry, who may accidentally find themselves acting as untrained social workers or therapists with little community support or recognition.</p> <p><em>Written by Hannah McCann. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/more-than-skin-deep-beauty-salons-are-places-of-sharing-and-caring-127006">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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Beautiful people don’t always win in the workplace

<p>Research has shown people deemed attractive <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2015.04.002">get paid more</a>, <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/S0167-8116(99)00014-2">receive better job evaluations</a> and are generally <a href="https://www.doi.org/10.1287/mnsc.2014.1927">more employable</a>. It’s even been shown that <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2357756">good-looking CEOs bring better stock returns</a> for their companies.</p> <p>In part, this may be because companies believe consumers are more likely to buy things from beautiful employees, which is perhaps why <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/06/02/the-rise-and-fall-of-abercrombies-look-policy/">retailers like Abercrombie &amp; Fitch</a> have used looks as criteria in their hiring process. Abercrombie says it <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2015/04/24/abercrombie-ditches-shirtless-models-with-new-policies.html">stopped doing that</a> in 2015.</p> <p>There’s some evidence, however, that this worker “beauty premium” may be wearing off – at least when it comes to employees who interact with consumers. In television commercials, for example, <a href="https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/10/18/17995804/bumble-spotify-dove-real-people-in-advertisements">retailers and other companies are increasingly using real people</a> – with all their physical flaws – rather than photoshopped models to give their brands an “authentic” feel.</p> <p>Research several colleagues and <a href="https://udayton.edu/directory/business/management_and_marketing/zhang-chun.php">I conducted</a> recently suggests that companies may be wise to take this approach with customers. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jretconser.2019.04.016">Our studies</a> show occasions where the beauty premium doesn’t hold – and can even backfire.</p> <p><strong>Beauty can create distance</strong></p> <p>In our first study, we wanted to better understand how consumers respond to attractive service employees.</p> <p>We invited 309 college students to read the same description of being served dinner at a restaurant and then look at an image of a person we described as their waiter.</p> <p>Participants randomly viewed either a male or female server whose facial features were edited to depict high or low levels of attractiveness, based on <a href="https://doi.org/10.1086/676967">prior research defining beauty</a>. Separately, we used similar objective measures of attractiveness to rate participants on the same scale.</p> <p>We then asked participants to rate the attractiveness of the server and how “psychologically close” they felt to him or her. Participants also graded customer satisfaction, the service quality and the likability of the waiter on a scale from low to high.</p> <p>We found that how close a consumer felt toward the waiter correlated with how they rated the quality of service they received. That is, if they felt distance from the waiter, they were more likely to give him or her poor marks. Furthermore, we found that people who thought the server was attractive but were themselves not good-looking – using our objective beauty assessment – were more likely to feel distance.</p> <p>We wanted to know whether this distance was actually more about how they perceived themselves than any objective measure. So we conducted a second similar study for which we recruited 237 people who were waiting to board a flight at China’s third-largest airport, located in Guangzhou. We asked them to read a scenario about receiving meal or other service from a flight attendant while aboard the plane and view a picture of the employee. Just as in the first study, participants randomly viewed either “attractive” or “unattractive” flight attendants.</p> <p>They then rated the attractiveness of the attendant as well as themselves and indicated whether they believe there’s a connection between beauty and skill. They also rated the service received.</p> <p>We found that participants who saw themselves as less good-looking felt more distance from an attractive flight attendant and were also more likely to perceive the service as lower quality. In addition, participants who said there isn’t a connection between beauty and skill also tended to assess attractive employees’ service as low quality.</p> <p>A third and final study, in which we surveyed consumers at a shopping mall who had just had a face-to-face encounter with a service employee, further confirmed the results of the first two. In each study, we found a clear connection between beautiful workers and unpleasant customer experiences for people who are less attractive.</p> <p>So in a world that admires and hires beautiful people, our research suggests there’s a potential downside, at least in the service sector.</p> <p><em>Written by Chun Zhang. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/beautiful-people-dont-always-win-in-the-workplace-123235"><em>The Conversation.</em></a></p>

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