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Sarah Ferguson’s poignant message on coronavirus

<p>Sarah Ferguson has taken to social media to share a spring-themed message that has hit home with her followers.</p> <p>Amid the coronavirus lockdown, the Duchess of York shared a picture of a tree in blossom, writing Mother Nature has taken back control and sent us to our rooms like spoilt children.</p> <p>“She gave us time and she gave us warnings. She was so patient with us. She gave us fire and floods, she tried to warn us but in the end she took back control. </p> <p>“She has sent us to our rooms and when she is finished clearing up our mess. She will let us out to play again. How will we use this time?”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Mother Nature has sent us to our rooms.. like the spoilt children we are. She gave us time and she gave us warnings. She was so patient with us. She gave us fire and floods, she tried to warn us but in the end she took back control. <a href="https://t.co/vOg1dZvj8E">pic.twitter.com/vOg1dZvj8E</a></p> — Sarah Ferguson (@SarahTheDuchess) <a href="https://twitter.com/SarahTheDuchess/status/1242563967991586820?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>It is not known where the gorgeous picture was snapped but we can assume it most likely would have been at the Duchess’ residence with Prince Andrew at Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park.</p> <p>“Exactly my thoughts ..." one follower wrote in agreement. "I said a few months back that Mother Nature was tired ...... and something was in the air , a strange feeling.”</p> <p>Another went on to say: “Went outside for the first time in 12 days after being ill, cut the lawn and marvelled at the bees, frogs and all of their spawn and a couple of butterflies. Spring has sprung!!!”</p> <p>“Maybe the only positive to all this - letting Mother Nature get a gasp of fresh air,” another follower added.</p> <p>The 60-year-old Duchess is thought to be in isolation with her ex-husband Prince Andrew at their royal residence.</p>

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How to stay fit and active at home during the coronavirus self-isolation

<p>The extensive social distancing policies put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 mean most people will have to spend much, if not all, their time at home.</p> <p>Self-isolation means far fewer opportunities to be physically active if you are used to walking or cycling for transportation and doing leisure time sports.</p> <p>But equally worryingly, the home environment also offers abundant opportunity to be sedentary (sitting or reclining).</p> <p>While self-isolation measures are necessary, our bodies and minds still need exercise to function well, prevent weight gain and <a href="https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/more-evidence-that-exercise-can-boost-mood">keep the spirits up</a> during these challenging times.</p> <p>Exercise can help keep our immune system become strong, <a href="https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/45/12/987">less susceptible to infections</a> and their most <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743519300775?via%3Dihub">severe consequences</a>, and better able to recover from them.</p> <p>Even before the restrictive conditions were announced, physical inactivity cost <a href="https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(12)61031-9/fulltext">5.3 million</a> lives a year globally.</p> <p>So we should consider ways to limit the effects of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as its wider impact of contributing to the long-term chronic disease crisis.</p> <p><strong>How much physical activity?</strong></p> <p>Global recommendations are for all <a href="https://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/factsheet_adults/en/">adults</a> to accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, as well as muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week.</p> <p>Any activity is better than none, and more activity provides more physical and mental health benefits.</p> <p>As several countries are <a href="https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/19/coronavirus-which-countries-are-under-lockdown-and-who-s-next">already under lockdown</a>, it is uncertain for how long you can go outside for a walk, run or cycle. The key question is how can people meet these guidelines when restricted to the home environment?</p> <p><strong>Sitting, standing and movement</strong></p> <p>Take <a href="https://www.heartandstroke.ca/articles/5-simple-ways-to-reduce-sedentary-time">regular breaks</a> from continuous sitting in front of your computer, tablet, or smartphone every 20 to 30 minutes.</p> <p>For example, you could take a few minutes break to walk around the house, take some fresh air on the balcony, in the garden or yard, or play with your dog for a few moments.</p> <p>Alternate periods of standing while working/studying with sitting by creating your own stand-up desk area.</p> <p><strong>Make stairs your best friend</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6627027/">Using the stairs</a> is an extremely <a href="https://theconversation.com/dont-have-time-to-exercise-heres-a-regimen-everyone-can-squeeze-in-111600">time-efficient</a> way to maintain fitness. As little as three 20-second fast stair climbs a day <a href="https://nrc-prod.literatumonline.com/doi/10.1139/apnm-2018-0675">can improve fitness</a> in only six weeks.</p> <p>If you live in an apartment, avoid uncomfortable lift encounters with other self-isolating neighbours by using the staircase for any necessary outdoor journeys. Take care to avoid much contact with handrails.</p> <p>Internal stairs also offer more stairclimbing and <a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/7-quick-stair-exercises-to-do-at-home/art-20390063">strength exercise</a> opportunities.</p> <p><strong>Use your own bodyweight</strong></p> <p>A <a href="https://academic.oup.com/aje/article/187/5/1102/4582884">2017 British study</a> found home based strength exercises that utilise your own bodyweight – such as press-ups, sit-ups and planks – are <a href="https://theconversation.com/strength-training-can-have-unique-health-benefits-and-it-doesnt-have-to-happen-in-a-gym-84904">as important for health</a> as aerobic exercise.</p> <p>There are many great resources for such <a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/7-quick-stair-exercises-to-do-at-home/art-20390063">indoor</a> bodyweight exercises for <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ">people of all ages</a> <a href="https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/strength-exercises/">online</a>.</p> <p>Aim for at least <a href="https://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/factsheet_adults/en/">a couple of own bodyweight sessions per week</a>, with <a href="https://insights.ovid.com/pubmed?pmid=21694556">each session involving</a> two to four sets of eight to 15 repetitions of each strength-promoting exercise. Make sure you take a two to three minutes rest between sets.</p> <p><strong>Dance the COVID-19 blues away!</strong></p> <p>An increasing number of live <a href="https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/9335531/coronavirus-quarantine-music-events-online-streams">concerts</a> are streamed online. Use the <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17437199.2019.1627897">stress-releasing</a> magic of music and dance at home like nobody’s watching (which is not unlikely).</p> <p>Dance alone like no one is watching.</p> <p>Dancing is an excellent way to <a href="https://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(16)00030-1/abstract">protect the heart</a> and maintain fitness as it can reach <a href="https://journals.lww.com/acsm-msse/Fulltext/2000/09001/Compendium_of_Physical_Activities__an_update_of.9.aspx">moderate and vigorous intensity</a> and can even imitate high-intensity interval training.</p> <p>Dancing also has established <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0197455613001676">mental health</a> benefits to help us cope with the coronavirus-imposed solitude.</p> <p>Whether it’s electronic beats, rock or traditional Irish music that floats your boat, it will not be difficult to turn up the volume of your stereo a little higher and turn your lounge or kitchen into a little dance hall every now and again.</p> <p><strong>Give them the play time they’ve always wanted</strong></p> <p>Social-distancing is a good opportunity to bond more with the little two and four legged members of your family through active play. Both children and dogs will love you replacing some of your online media and sitting time with playing in and around the house with them.</p> <p>Dogs thrive on human attention and, given the opportunity, they would keep you on your feet 24/7. Take advantage of the extra time you will be in and around the house. There are many <a href="https://www.puppyleaks.com/easy-ways-to-keep-your-dog-busy-indoors/">great indoor games</a> to keep you active and improve your dog’s well-being.</p> <p>No matter <a href="https://activeforlife.com/49-fun-physical-activities-to-do-with-kids-aged-2-to-4/">how young or how old your children</a> are, there are <a href="https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities">many fun activities</a> you can do together indoors and in the garden.</p> <p><strong>Just do something!</strong></p> <p>Left unattended, the self-isolation imposed by COVID-19 will likely skyrocket sedentary time and will drastically reduce the physical activity levels for many. Our suggestions are only a few examples of ideas that need no special equipment and can be done within limited space.</p> <p>For more ideas take a look at the online resources of reputable organisations such as the <a href="http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-technical-guidance/stay-physically-active-during-self-quarantine/_recache">World Health Organisation</a>, the <a href="https://www.exerciseismedicine.org/support_page.php/stories/?b=892">American College of Sports Medicine</a>, <a href="https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home">Sport England</a> and the <a href="https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/getting-active/25-ways-to-get-moving-at-home-infographic">American Heart Association</a>.</p> <p>The end goal during self-isolation is to prevent long term physical and mental health damage by sitting less, moving as often as possible, and aiming to maintain fitness by huffing and puffing a few times a day.</p> <p><em>Written by Emmanuel Stamatakis, Dr Andrew Murray, Fiona Bull and Kate Edwards. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/how-to-stay-fit-and-active-at-home-during-the-coronavirus-self-isolation-134044">The Conversation.</a></em></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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Her Majesty the Queen set to deliver historic address

<p>Queen Elizabeth II is set to give a rare special address to the nation for only the fourth time in her nearly 70-year reign.</p> <p>The 93-year-old monarch is preparing to give a televised speech to the United Kingdom, which will focus on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>The Queen has not made a similar special address since her mother’s death in 2002. She also addressed the nation after the death of Princess Diana in 1997 and during the Gulf War in 1991.</p> <p>According to <em><a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-queen-plans-national-address-as-royals-leave-london-s2qc9kkxg">The Times</a></em>, the monarch is likely to share words of encouragement.</p> <p>“The value of an address by the Queen is that it is so rare – it’s a case of when is the optimum time to do it. The Queen wants to get it right,” a source told the outlet.</p> <p>The address is expected to be delivered over the coming weeks.</p> <p>The Queen released a special statement about the new coronavirus last week, encouraging the British public to do their part in limiting the spread.</p> <p>“At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal,” she said in the statement.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">A message from Her Majesty The Queen.<a href="https://t.co/xVJmB7aU40">https://t.co/xVJmB7aU40</a> <a href="https://t.co/HLHqRnZGIP">pic.twitter.com/HLHqRnZGIP</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1240677957657677824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 19, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“Many of us will have to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain that we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part.”</p> <p>She also relocated from London to Windsor Castle around the same time with husband Prince Philip and minimal staff, <em><a href="https://people.com/royals/queen-elizabeth-preparing-to-address-the-nation-as-shes-never-done-before-amid-coronavirus-crisis/">PEOPLE</a> </em>reported.</p>

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Toilet paper profiteers will be prosecuted warns Peter Dutton

<p>The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australia Border Force (ABF) have teamed up to catch hoarders of supermarket goods who are selling them on the black market.</p> <p>In recent weeks, the camaraderie and community spirit shared by thousands of Australians during the devastating droughts, bushfires and floods has been almost completely abandoned as <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/the-great-aussie-shit-fight-over-toilet-paper/">people fight over toilet paper in supermarkets</a>, get arrested, and strip the supermarket shelves of more than they personally need in a panic-stricken <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/the-racism-in-australias-response-to-the-coronavirus/">response to Coronavirus</a>.</p> <p>Profiteering</p> <p>Now the AFP, ABF and State police forces are turning their attention to catching <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/they-are-going-to-be-dealt-with-dutton-puts-hoarders-on-notice-20200319-p54bq6.html?fbclid=IwAR0VzW42oq0SBaIDMQDRcQ3Y1mJKaOG5TSjt4oAKM0CZk-GydjX9cJh3pvU">those who’ve been hoarding for profit</a>; that is, capitalising on people’s fear and panic by selling supermarket goods on the black market to those desperate for items that are unavailable in supermarkets. There have been reports of 24-packs of toilet paper selling regularly for more than $100 online.</p> <p>Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has sent out a stern warning to anyone wanting to make a quick buck: “I think they are either selling some of the product overseas or they are selling it in a blackmarket arrangement in Australia. I’m going to come after those people and I’ll give them a fair warning now: it won’t be a pretty experience when we deal with them.”</p> <p>And Dutton has pointed to <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/criminal/legislation/crimes-act/participate-in-criminal-group/">criminal laws against participating in a criminal group</a> to back up his warnings.</p> <p>Profiteering during hard times is nothing new. We certainly saw it during the droughts, when <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/man-sent-to-prison-for-defrauding-desperate-farmers/">scammers were taking money from farmers for stock feed which never arrived</a>. During the <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/scammers-looters-and-arsonists-the-dark-side-of-the-bushfire-tragedy/">bushfires, fraudsters disguised as charity collectors took cash</a>, willingly handed over from innocent people wanting to help, to line their own pockets.</p> <p>What is a black market?</p> <p>Purchasing and selling products with a hefty profit margin, might be immoral, but in itself, it is  not illegal. But, it becomes illegal if the products are illegal, or if the products are legal but stolen or illegally purchased, or sold through an unregistered business and / or without paying taxes. The internet and social media have made it possible for the black market to thrive.</p> <p>While there is absolutely no question that if people are found to have broken the law, they should be punished … but any action by our police and border forces won’t return products to the supermarket shelves where they are desperately needed most. And unfortunately, their collective actions won’t do anything to restore common sense and measured decision-making, because, as we have all witnessed in the last month or so, when people aren’t able to get what they need, panic sets in. And panic begets panic. Then it becomes hysteria, which is not helpful in a time of crisis.</p> <p>Plus, these investigations will take time and expensive government resources away from other pressing issues.</p> <p><a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/will-coronavirus-lead-to-a-rise-in-domestic-violence-offences/">Domestic Violence support services are already reporting a spike in reported incidents</a> of domestic and family violence as victims are locked in isolation with their abusers as a result of ‘self-distancing’ measures being encouraged by health authorities.</p> <p><strong> What is the offence of participating in a criminal group?</strong></p> <p>Participation in a criminal group is an offence under <a href="http://www5.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/ca190082/s93t.html">section 93T of the Crimes Act 1900 </a>which carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison</p> <p>To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:</p> <ol> <li>You participated in a criminal group,</li> <li>You knew or ought reasonably have known it was a criminal group, and</li> <li>You knew or ought reasonably have known that your participation contributed to the occurrence of criminal activity.</li> </ol> <p>The maximum penalty increases to 10 years where:</p> <ul> <li>You directed the activities of a criminal group,</li> <li>You knew it was a criminal group, and</li> <li>You knew or were reckless as to whether that participation contributed to the occurrence of criminal activity.</li> </ul> <p>A 10 year maximum is also applicable where:</p> <ul> <li>You assaulted another person, or destroyed or damaged property of another, or intended to do so, and</li> <li>Intended by that action to participate in a criminal group.</li> </ul> <p>The penalty increases to a maximum of 14 years where the person assaulted was a law enforcement officer in the execution of his or her duty.</p> <p>The maximum increases to 15 years where:</p> <ul> <li>You directed the activities of a criminal group,</li> <li>Those activities were organised and ongoing,</li> <li>You knew it was a criminal group, and</li> <li>You knew or were reckless as to whether that participation contributed to the occurrence of criminal activity.</li> </ul> <p>A ‘criminal group’ is one which is comprised of 3 or more people whose objective is to:</p> <ul> <li>Obtain material benefits from conduct that constitutes a ‘serious indictable offence’, including conduct outside NSW which would amount to such an offence if committed within the state, or</li> <li>Commit ‘serious violence offences’, including conduct outside NSW which would amount to such offences if committed within the state.</li> </ul> <p>A ‘serious indictable offence’ is one that carries a maximum penalty of at least 5 years in prison</p> <p>A ‘serious violence offence’ is one punishable by at least 10 years which involves:</p> <ul> <li>Loss of a person’s life or serious risk thereof,</li> <li>Serious injury to a person or serious risk thereof,</li> <li>Serious damage to property where a person’s safety is endangered, or</li> <li>Perverting the course of relating to a case involving any of the above</li> </ul> <p>Defences to these charges include duress and necessity.</p> <p>Could criminal activity become more prevalent?</p> <p>On the back of the recent natural disasters, some economic experts are predicting a recession worse than the GFC which could mean for some people, job losses, financial strain, becoming homeless, turning to theft as a way to survive.</p> <p>As travel bans and lockdowns continue, and opportunities for social engagements dwindle, there’s an increased likelihood of mental and emotional health problems too.</p> <p>These are definitely unprecedented times and many people are already feeling the tension of the current situation and as yet there is no end in sight.</p> <p><em>Written by Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/toilet-paper-profiteers-will-be-prosecuted-warns-dutton/">Sydney Criminal Lawyers.</a></em></p>

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What's next for Meghan and Harry?

<p>While royal watchers are slowly being fed details about the life of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after stepping down as senior royals, there is still a lot of information we just don’t know.</p> <p>Buckingham Palace has confirmed Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will cease using their HRH titles from the beginning of Spring 2020, adding that as a part of the new agreement, the couple “understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments. They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7830114/meghan-harry.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e85705396e074b218541790f9e1f87af" /></p> <p>“With the Queen's blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.</p> <p>“The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.”</p> <p>The Queen also confirmed before fleeing Kensington Palace that the couple’s plan to spend their time away from the UK would result in them bunkering down in Canada.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7831150/meghan-harry-south-africa-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b1bf3bcd0c32447b9648c6bf90b51240" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The Duke of Duchess of Sussex in South Africa.</em></p> <p>Harry and Meghan will remain members of the royal family but they are no longer “working” members. So, this means the line of succession will not affect Prince Harry as he is still the sixth in line, while his son Archie is seventh.</p> <p>To support themselves, the couple will rely on financial support from Prince Charles for a year as they transition into becoming “regular” working people.</p> <p>“The substantial cash injection is expected to come from his own private investment income rather than revenue generated by the Duchy of Cornwall estate which has traditionally funded the heir to the throne and his two sons,” <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-family/2020/01/19/prince-charles-fund-prince-harry-meghan-year/" target="_blank">The Telegraph's Victoria Ward wrote.</a></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 280.9070958302853px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7833771/meghan-harry-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ee91f638116b4bd1911444bf0d4d5613" /></p> <p>“However, a source close to the Prince of Wales suggested that this was not an inexhaustible source of funds,” she added.</p> <p>Royal biographer Robert Lacey has <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://nypost.com/2018/11/17/the-obamas-are-becoming-a-billion-dollar-brand/" target="_blank">told the </a><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://nypost.com/2018/11/17/the-obamas-are-becoming-a-billion-dollar-brand/" target="_blank">Times </a>that their achievements could mean a lot of success for the couple: “They will have success in America. And that success will redound to the benefit of the royal family. The fact remains that Harry is bringing British royal qualities and aptitudes to a new frontier. I believe there is cause for optimism.”</p> <p>The clock continues to tick down in anticipation for the Prince Harry and Meghan’s independence that comes on April 1.</p>

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Knitting fans: Lisa Curry shows off quirky way she’s protecting herself from coronavirus

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Olympic swimmer Lisa Curry has encouraged her followers to make their own face masks after the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>The 57-year-old took a selfie of herself with her husband Mark Tabone on Wednesday as they donned her handmade knitted facemasks.</p> <p>She urged fans to use “whatever” they had to fashion themselves a face mask like she had after experts urged the public not to purchase masks worldwide.</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/B92sAyHBIEo/?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/B92sAyHBIEo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">If you need a mask or can’t buy a mask ... then make one ! 😷Crochet, knit, use an old shirt and cut it up with some elastic, use a bandana ... whatever.🤷‍♀️ And .... STOP HOARDING FOOD and 🧻 💩 Just buy the food you need for a week at a time . And..... STOP abusing sales staff in supermarkets... it’s completely unnecessary and very Un-Australian.👎 A few of my friends work in supermarkets and they are completely drained. Don’t bite the hands that feed you !! Take care of each other and continue to support local businesses. 😊</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/lisacurry/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Lisa Curry AO</a> (@lisacurry) on Mar 17, 2020 at 5:14pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“If you need a mask or can't buy a mask... then make one,” Lisa wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>“Crochet, knit, use an old shirt and cut it up with some elastic, use a bandana. Whatever!”</p> <p>Curry then went on to condemn people for “hoarding food” as well as “abusing” supermarket staff.</p> <p>“Stop hoarding food and just buy the food you need for a week at a time. And stop abusing sales staff in supermarkets. It's completely unnecessary and very un-Australian.</p> <p>“A few of my friends work in supermarkets and they are completely drained. Don't bite the hand that feeds you. Take care of each other and continue to support local businesses,” she said. </p> <p>Although we applaud Lisa's creativity and encouragement, according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/18/face-mask-coronavirus-covid-19-facts-checked" target="_blank">The Guardian</a></em>: "wearing a face mask is certainly not an iron-clad guarantee that you won’t get sick – viruses can also transmit through the eyes and tiny viral particles, known as aerosols, can penetrate masks. However, masks are effective at capturing droplets, which is a main transmission route of coronavirus, and some studies have estimated a roughly fivefold protection versus no barrier alone (although others have found lower levels of effectiveness).</p> <p>"If you are likely to be in close contact with someone infected, a mask cuts the chance of the disease being passed on. If you’re showing symptoms of coronavirus, or have been diagnosed, wearing a mask can also protect others. So masks are crucial for health and social care workers looking after patients and are also recommended for family members who need to care for someone who is ill – ideally both the patient and carer should have a mask.</p> <p>"However, masks will probably make little difference if you’re just walking around town or taking a bus so there is no need to bulk-buy a huge supply."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Cindy Crawford’s daughter gets creative while quarantining

<p><span>Social distancing measures have led many to stay cooped at home in an effort to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. </span></p> <p><span>But it does not stop Cindy Crawford’s model daughter from having fun and getting creative.</span></p> <p><span>Kaia Gerber, 18, is currently under self-quarantine in LA with her friends, including actor Tommy Dorfman – and they are making the most out of the homestay with beauty and dance challenges.</span></p> <p><span>Dorfman took to Instagram on Tuesday to share pictures of the two friends after doing each other’s makeup.</span></p> <p><span>“Getting decent at makeup during this time! Good to have hobbies and loved ones and family while quarantining,” Dorfman wrote.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9z2et3DwBE/?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/B9z2et3DwBE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">getting decent at makeup during this time! good to have hobbies and loved ones and family while quarantining. also add me on tik tok. (kaia did my beat, i did hers)</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/tommy.dorfman/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> tommy dorfman</a> (@tommy.dorfman) on Mar 16, 2020 at 2:48pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>“Kaia did my beat, I did hers.”</span></p> <p><span>Dorfman and Gerber also carried out a dance challenge to King Princess’ song <em>Hit the Back</em>.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B947fSVDH0r/?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/B947fSVDH0r/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">HIT THE BACK @tiktok CHALLENGE @kingprincess69 ✌🏻#kaiagerber #tiktok #socialdistancing #quarentine</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/tommy.dorfman/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> tommy dorfman</a> (@tommy.dorfman) on Mar 18, 2020 at 2:09pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Meanwhile, Gerber’s mother Crawford said she is working from home amid the pandemic.</span></p> <p><span>The 54-year-old mother-of-two shared some snaps from her home office on Tuesday.</span></p> <p><span>“Working from home on Instagram vs. working from home IRL...” Crawford wrote on the caption.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9zbZuQlsA_/?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/B9zbZuQlsA_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Working from home on Instagram vs. working from home IRL... Hope everyone is staying healthy, and staying calm. It’s important we take it seriously and work together, so that we can keep others - especially people who are at risk and vulnerable - from getting sick ❤️</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/cindycrawford/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Cindy Crawford</a> (@cindycrawford) on Mar 16, 2020 at 10:52am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>“Hope everyone is staying healthy, and staying calm. It’s important we take it seriously and work together, so that we can keep others - especially people who are at risk and vulnerable - from getting sick.”</span></p>

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Why the Queen may not attend Princess Beatrice’s wedding

<p>Queen Elizabeth might not be able to attend her granddaughter Princess Beatrice's wedding due to Coronavirus fears.<br /><br />With just 11 weeks to go until Beatrice weds property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, at St James Palace in London, the UK is struggling to navigate in a world plagued by a pandemic.<br /><br />While the country is grappling with the COVID-19 health crisis, there is talk Her Majesty may have no choice but to skip out on attending her granddaughter’s nuptials for the sake of her health.<br /><br />As of Tuesday morning, 1391 people have been tested positive with the virus, and 35 have lost their lives as a result.</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/B9zYXTHp5kE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; 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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/B9zYXTHp5kE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Celebrities LifeStyle (@celebritieslifestyle_)</a> on Mar 16, 2020 at 10:25am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br />The 93-year-old monarch announced last week she would be cancelling all meetings and public engagements within the seven days due to the outbreak.<br /><br />“As a sensible precaution and for practical reasons in the current circumstances, changes are being made to the Queen’s diary commitments in the coming weeks,” a statement from Buckingham Palace revealed.<br /><br />“In consultation with the medical household and government, Her Majesty’s forthcoming visits to Cheshire and Camden will be rescheduled,” the Palace statement continued. “Audiences will continue as usual.”<br /><br />To make matters worst, there are several reports believing the Queen may take another precaution and ask her granddaughter to cancel the wedding. </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/B9vvTwbB9pN/?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; 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This may include demands for elderly people to self-isolate.<br /><br />This means Her Majesty and her husband Prince Philip may be forced to self-quarantine in Windsor Castle or even Sandringham, as they are in their nineties and are of high risk.<br /><br />England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said in a statement that the virus outbreak will have a peak in approximately 10 to 14 weeks, and with Beatrice's wedding just a mere 11 weeks away, this could spell disaster.<br /><br />Queen Elizabeth’s cancelled visits included a trip to the Camden area of London and to Cheshire in northwest England.</p>

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Outrage as Morrison continues inaction on violence towards women

<p>The horrific quadruple murder of Hannah Clarke and her three young children by ex-partner Rowan Baxter <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-09/hannah-clarke-children-funeral-service/12024138">on 19 February</a>, drew national attention to the ongoing crisis of violence against women and their children, which annually takes the lives of many more than any local terror actions do.</p> <p>Following the recent killings, PM Scott Morrison <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/09/domestic-violence-womens-safety-advocates-say-coalition-is-ignoring-experts?fbclid=IwAR2MvkAJZvrPkfYPYzkKFMD80cjK05X3p1IVVrsvahcJwpbeSD5_WOvLLsM">said</a> all levels of government and the judiciary should reflect on them. And last Friday, women’s minister Marise Payne <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/payne-ruston-call-special-meeting-with-states-on-domestic-violence-20200228-p545dx.html">convened</a> a special pre-COAG meeting of state and territory women’s safety ministers, where no ideas were “off the table”.</p> <p>But, nothing happened. No new plans were forthcoming. Instead, social services minister Anne Ruston <a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/government-to-put-20-million-into-loan-program-for-domestic-violence-survivors">announced</a> on International Women’s Day that the government is investing in a much criticised microloan scheme that was already launched <a href="https://ministers.pmc.gov.au/odwyer/2018/greater-financial-support-women-experiencing-family-and-domestic-violence">back in late 2018</a>.</p> <p>The loan scheme, and <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/pms-retrograde-domestic-violence-counselling-an-interview-with-wdvcas-hayley-foster/">a counselling program</a> announced last year, have been criticised for placing the onus on the victims of domestic violence. However, they’re probably in line with the views of a PM <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/a-pms-faith-shouldnt-be-steering-a-secular-nation/">who sees women’s empowerment</a> as tantamount to men losing their place at the table.</p> <p>And on Wednesday afternoon, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/womenssafetynsw/videos/420111632154330/?v=420111632154330">a video</a> started doing the social media rounds, which saw <a href="https://www.womenssafetynsw.org.au/">Women’s Safety NSW</a> chief executive Hayley Foster condemning the government for having ignored the advice of the experts and failing to commit to any “serious action in addressing domestic violence”.</p> <p><strong>Serving up seconds</strong></p> <p>“Governments already have expert recommendations before them, which have not been acted upon to address our country’s domestic violence crisis,” Foster made clear, “but have chosen not to proceed with these recommendations due to ‘competing priorities’.”</p> <p>“Women and children’s safety advocates across the country were hopeful that there would be meaningful commitments made at” the pre-COAG meeting,” she told <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/about/specialist-lawyer-guarantee/">Sydney Criminal Lawyers</a>.</p> <p>However, what the government served up was an old response. This involves $20 million in funding a interest free loan scheme that would provide women fleeing domestic violence situations with a one-off $2,000.</p> <p>Women’s Safety NSW is part of the <a href="https://awava.org.au/">Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA)</a>, which is a collaboration of specialist women’s organisations funded by the government, which provided the women’s safety ministers’ pre-COAG meeting with five key recommendations to consider.</p> <p>“Not only were the recommendations of AWAVA ignored. Not only did the government commit to no new measures to tackle this urgent problem,” Ms Foster continued. “But, the key measure re-announced actually sent a very disturbing message about whose responsibility it is to address this.”</p> <p><strong>Victim blaming</strong></p> <p>The issue with the loan scheme, as Foster puts it, is it says to DV survivor-victims that “you got yourself into this mess, you can get yourself out of it.” It places extra financial hardship on the woman involved, and the advocate notes that the amount is hardly going to solve the problem.</p> <p>This follows on the Morrison government’s last big announcement regarding the prevention of violence against women, when it committed $10 million in funding <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/pms-retrograde-domestic-violence-counselling-an-interview-with-wdvcas-hayley-foster/">last April</a> to a counselling and dispute resolution program for couples dealing with domestic violence.</p> <p>Again, this sort of program places some of the responsibility as to why violence is occurring upon the victim on the receiving end, as it sees a couple discuss the reasons behind the male partner’s violence, in a manner that implies the female partner may have done something to lead to it.</p> <p>Foster explained last year that when it comes to domestic and family violence, society has long moved past the idea that the victims have done something to cause it, and therefore have to take “mutual responsibility for resolving it”.</p> <p>“Funding these programs is therefore extremely irresponsible,” Ms Foster went on. “It is also inconsistent with the government’s rhetoric around tackling gender inequality and disrespect towards women.”</p> <p><strong>The ignored recommendations</strong></p> <p>Following the recent murder of an entire Brisbane family, AWAVA consulted with its advisory body and came up with an approach to tackle gendered violence. It “went to the heart of what were apparent as failings in the system” in relation to the recent tragedy, Ms Foster explained.</p> <p>The five key recommendations made include fully funding specialist women’s safety services and holding violent men to account. Removing the “presumption of equal shared parental responsibility” from family law. And initiating a national screening, risk assessment and referral process.</p> <p>The alliance also recommends improving apprehended violence order (AVO) standards so as to ensure that women and children can rely on them, as well as making sure that all women reaching out for help can access assistance that’s suitable to her situation.</p> <p>On improving AVOs, Ms Foster emphasises that there needs to be a move away from the practice of relying on non-custodial penalties for men who breach them. The AWAVA is not calling for mandatory sentencing, but rather specialist DV magistrates and police prosecutors.</p> <p>And the other recommendation that Foster drew attention to was removing the presumption of equal shared parental responsibility in law, as she explains that at present regardless of how violent a partner is, a woman entering the system is warned that he will get some form of access.</p> <p><strong>The real domestic threat</strong></p> <p>According to Ms Foster, those working on the frontline in NSW are currently supporting over 50,000 women a year, who are accompanied by around 45,000 children. And as their services are stretched as it is, they can’t do anymore.</p> <p>Meanwhile, as the government constantly rolls out further legislation to curb the threat of terrorism, it consistently makes token attempts at dealing with the much greater threat to the community, which arises within many households, and is often dealt with by a glance in the other direction.</p> <p>“Why is the government preaching about gender equality and respecting women and yet completely dismissing women experts on women and children’s safety?” Ms Foster asked.</p> <p>“You’d really have to ask them that question,” she then remarked in conclusion. “We’d be interested in the answer.”</p> <p><em>Written by Paul Gregoire. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/outrage-as-morrison-continues-inaction-on-violence-towards-women/">Sydney Criminal Lawyers.</a> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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Duchess Meghan's secret engagement before bidding goodbye to royal life

<p>Since returning to the UK, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s last royal engagements have been highly publicised and closely followed by media and royal watchers.</p> <p>However, there was one final hurrah that the Duchess of Sussex managed to sneak in after attending the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.</p> <p>At Buckingham Palace, the royal met with a group of students from 11 Commonwealth countries – Malawi, India, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Pakistan, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka.</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/B9nDemBpDaT/?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/B9nDemBpDaT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Earlier this week The Duchess of Sussex, in her role as Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), met with the bright minds from across the Commonwealth to hear about their commitment to tackling the global challenges we all face. The Duchess spoke with Scholars studying and researching important areas surrounding; cleaning up plastic pollution in our oceans, helping to build more sustainable cities, improving health outcomes for citizens, and supporting decent work and economic growth. Paving the way as the next generation of leaders, these inspirational scholars, are spread far across the Commonwealth from Malawi to Malaysia, Ghana to Sri Lanka – all of whom will use the skills and knowledge they gain while studying in the UK to make a difference when they return to their home countries. The Duchess, who also attended university with support of a scholarship, is a strong advocate of accessible education for all. As the Royal Patron of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (@The_ACU_Official) since January 2019, The Duchess has met and engaged with students, academics, and staff from ACU member universities across the Commonwealth to learn more about the vital work they do to address global challenges. As President and Vice President of The @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess thank all those who are working to give access to education for all.</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/sussexroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Mar 11, 2020 at 3:33pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It was there the group discussed the importance of sustainability and climate change and was a meeting that lasted around 30 minutes according to reports.</p> <p>The visit was kept private and intimate as it was not mentioned on the Court Circular and any details surrounding the secret meeting did not emerge until days later.</p> <p>A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2020031186167/meghan-markle-meets-commonwealth-scholars-before-leaving-uk" target="_blank">Hello!</a><span> </span>that the Duchess “was thrilled to have the chance to meet inspirational scholars doing ground breaking work in the fields of climate change and the environment, sustainable cities, health and innovation and technology.”</p> <p>“As a university graduate who also benefited from attending with support from a scholarship, the Duchess of Sussex is a strong advocate of accessible education for all,” the spokesperson added.</p> <p>It is reported the students were delighted by her interest and participation for their causes.</p> <p>The video shared to the Sussex Royal Instagram account featured Duchess Meghan alternating between talking to the group appearing animated and excited, to attentive and interested in the student’s words.</p> <p>Meghan is reported to have returned to her son Archie in their home back in Canada.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see Duchess Meghan's colourful outfits.</p>

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Queen Elizabeth honours Prince Edward’s 56th birthday with sweet throwback pic​

<p>Queen Elizabeth has shared a sweet photograph for Prince Edward’s 56th birthday.</p> <p>The image is a throwback one with her youngest child in 1972 – taken when he was just eight years old.</p> <p>The Earl of Wessex is listening carefully as Her Majesty speaks to him in the photograph and was snapped during the Trooping of the Colour ceremony.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Happy birthday to The Earl of Wessex, who celebrates his 56th birthday today. 🎈🎉<br /><br />📸 The Earl of Wessex (then Prince Edward) with The Queen during Trooping of the Colour in 1972. <a href="https://t.co/r9kzhBnYsK">pic.twitter.com/r9kzhBnYsK</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1237278653286924288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 10, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The Queen paid tribute to her son on all of the royal family social media accounts, with the caption: “Happy birthday to the Earl of Wessex, who celebrates his 56th birthday today.</p> <p>“The Earl of Wessex (then Prince Edward) with the Queen during the Trooping of the Colour in 1972.”</p> <p>Another post snapped of the royal showed him cutting a birthday cake as his wife, Sophie watched on in delight.</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/B9i3sMAH7Sm/?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/B9i3sMAH7Sm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a> on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:32am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Later in the day, the Duke and Countess of Wessex travelled to Essex where they meet with locals and schoolchildren as well as members of the community at the Mersea Island Community Centre.</p> <p>Prince Edward has been a busy-working royal since 2017, when he took on more public engagements as his father Prince Philip retired.</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/B9kJnFuHFoZ/?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/B9kJnFuHFoZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Essex today, where they met schoolchildren and members of the community at the Mersea Island Community Centre. Thank you to the children from Mersea Island Primary School for coming out to say hello! 👋 . At Wilkin and Sons, @tiptreephotos, The Earl and Countess learned about farm to factory production. 🚜🍊Wilkins have farmed in Tiptree for almost 300 years: the estate produces unusual fruits such as medlars, mulberries and quince – as well as strawberries, raspberries, cherries and plums. These fruits are then made into preserves and jams in the factory.</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/theroyalfamily/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:27pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Duke has succeeded Prince Philip as president of the Commonwealth Games Federation and has been vice-patron since 2006. He has also taken over his father's role in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.</p>

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Is the dress green or red? Planet-friendly couture won’t be for everyone but it can lead the way

<p>Hollywood legend Jane Fonda hit the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony stage this week in a beaded red dress by Elie Saab – a gown she had <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/jane-fonda-wore-the-same-oscar-dress-she-wore-7-ye">previously worn at Cannes in 2014</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bafta.org/film/news/ee-rising-star-award-in-2020">Rising star</a> Kaitlyn Dever walked the Oscars red carpet in a deep scarlet Louis Vuitton dress she told reporters was “<a href="https://www.teenvogue.com/story/kaitlyn-dever-oscars-2020">completely sustainable</a>” thanks to fibre technology.</p> <p>Two very different fashion approaches towards saving the planet – but how effective are they at mitigating the environmental impact of fashion? The first comes from an activist trying to be more sustainable, the second from a designer label making production changes.</p> <p><strong>Size of the problem</strong></p> <p>The fashion industry creates in <a href="https://truecostmovie.com/learn-more/environmental-impact">excess of 80 billion pieces</a> of clothing a year and is responsible for <a href="https://www.unece.org/info/media/presscurrent-press-h/forestry-and-timber/2018/un-alliance-aims-to-put-fashion-on-path-to-sustainability/doc.html">10% of global carbon emissions</a>.</p> <p>Chemical dyes in fashion create <a href="https://www.unece.org/info/media/presscurrent-press-h/forestry-and-timber/2018/un-alliance-aims-to-put-fashion-on-path-to-sustainability/doc.html">20% of global waste water</a> and crops such as cotton use <a href="https://www.unece.org/info/media/news/forestry-and-timber/2018/fashion-is-an-environmental-and-social-emergency-but-can-also-drive-progress-towards-the-sustainable-development-goals/doc.html">24% of global insecticides</a>.</p> <p>Microfibers and micro plastics from laundered garments have contaminated our <a href="https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es201811s">beaches</a>, <a href="https://orbmedia.org/stories/Invisibles_plastics">bottled drinking water</a>, and <a href="https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Microplastics-in-aquatic-food-chain-%3A-sources%2C-and-Hollman-Bouwmeester/e4eb91427fafd7953d17ad6fca9352ae362039f1">aquatic food chain</a>.</p> <p>Fast fashion promotes the reckless over-production and over-consumption of cheaply made clothing, and is reliant on <a href="https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/un-alliance-sustainable-fashion-addresses-damage-fast-fashion">exploiting inexpensive labour</a>.</p> <p>Less than 1% of fabrics can be <a href="https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/assets/downloads/A-New-Textiles-Economy.pdf">recycled</a> and fibre-to-fibre recycling technology is still in its infancy, without the infrastructure to address the vast amount of garments produced.</p> <p><strong>A ‘completely sustainable’ dress?</strong></p> <p>Dever’s dress was made from a material called “Tencel Luxe”, with lyocell fibre created from sustainably-grown trees. The wood is cut into tiny pieces, dissolved in a solvent and extruded into a soft cellulose fibre.</p> <p>This process was first developed in 1972 to create a cheap cotton substitute, often blended into cotton and polyester in inexpensive fabrics. Over time, lyocell improved to make a fabric more appropriate for luxury products.</p> <p>The sustainability of the fabric has also improved significantly. Today, 99% of the solvent used in the manufacturing process is recyclable. The fabric itself has the same challenges as cotton when <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B978008102041800007X">it comes to recycling</a>. The length of the fibres break down and shortens over time, lowering the quality when recycled into new fabrics – unless virgin material is added.</p> <p>Indeed, lyocell fabric is far from perfect, and requires a large amount of energy in its production. Just substituting one material for another does not solve sustainability problems.</p> <p>Dever’s dress was made over <a href="https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-02-09/oscars-2020-red-carpet-green-dress?_amp=true">1,900 hours</a> by a team of artisans with 14,400 Swarovski crystals and glass beads. A gown this opulent uses so much material, energy and labour that its carbon footprint becomes excessive.</p> <p>The sustainability measure of a garment must include how it is recycled after its life. At present, some cutting edge <a href="https://www.blocktexx.com/News/Recycling-International">fibre-to-fibre recycling</a> technologies exist but Louis Vuitton is yet to offer recycling services.</p> <p>The Louis Vuitton group hosts the <a href="https://vivatechnology.com/partners/lvmh/">Viva Tech Conference</a> for exhibitors working on sustainable concepts to showcase their developments. It is encouraging that the company’s chairman and chief executive Bernard Arnault <a href="https://r.lvmh-static.com/uploads/2019/09/lvmh__ra_environnement_2018_gb-1.pdf">believes</a>“sustainable, globalised growth is possible” and a priority for the company.</p> <p><strong>A second outing</strong></p> <p>With her commitment to climate change activism, Fonda has said she will <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/why-jane-fonda-keeps-wearing-red-coat-getting-arrested-1252315">no longer buy new clothing</a>.</p> <p>In a world that demands novelty, Fonda’s bold act of choosing an old gown that tastefully fits into today’s trends truly brings “vintage” clothing to the red carpet.</p> <p>Fonda used her celebrity influence to turn a dress on the red carpet into a political symbol.</p> <p>Her <a href="https://www.marieclaire.com.au/jane-fonda-fire-drill-fridays-explained">vow</a> not to buy new clothing was <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/dec/06/jane-fonda-joining-climate-fight-greta-thunberg-trump">inspired</a> by teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who Fonda said showed that we can’t just “go about our business” in the face of a climate emergency.</p> <p>No stranger to being <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/dec/06/jane-fonda-joining-climate-fight-greta-thunberg-trump">arrested</a>, Fonda’s real world activism is the type needed to change government policies in ways that reign in the fashion industry.</p> <p>Activists can petition governments, watch over corporations and form grassroots community groups to organise change. Celebrities who straddle the red carpet and the picket line such as Jane Fonda (or Emma Thompson for Extinction Rebellion) are key to a sustainable fashion industry.</p> <p><strong>Think before you shop</strong></p> <p>It is inspiring to see these two stars’ dresses become talking points.</p> <p>It shows the public’s growing awareness of climate change and their willingness to change their behaviour to make a difference. The fashion industry will determine significant aspects of the future of our environment and the lives of over 40 million workers around the world.</p> <p>From developing new green technology to changing consumer consumption behaviour and outlawing exploitative labour practices that make fast fashion possible, we are still a long way from a “completely sustainable” industry.</p> <p>Corporations will need to evolve and adapt to customers who demand sustainability. They will have to offer services that recycle garments after they have been used, and embrace recycled materials. Celebrities bring these issues to the public and give them steps they can take right now.</p> <p>When asked by a reporter about what people could do right now to be more sustainable, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W70vbDdC2cc">Dever said</a>, “it’s just a matter of letting it be a part of your lifestyle”.</p> <p><em>With fashion, I think you can think a little before you buy something brand new, and I think can also support vintage – I think that’s really, really important. And also look into the brands you’re supporting.</em></p> <p>This is a great starting point which hopefully continues into a deeper conversation about how far we yet have to go.</p> <p><em>Written by Mark Liu. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/is-the-dress-green-or-red-planet-friendly-couture-wont-be-for-everyone-but-it-can-lead-the-way-131469"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p> </p>

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Want to sound like the Queen? Here's how in three easy steps

<p>According to cultural expert Claire Larkin, becoming posh is easier than many people think.</p> <p>Humans make snap judgements on other people’s accents in as few as seven words and favour those we perceive to be “posh” or “high class” says a recent<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.inverse.com/article/60299-pronunciation-class-study" target="_blank">study</a>.</p> <p>Larkin told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7674233/Can-posh-Language-expert-reveals-exactly-mimic-Queens-English.html" target="_blank">Femail</a></em><span> </span>about why the British royal family are considered “high class”.</p> <p>“Even today, important figures from across society – particularly the royals – use British Received Pronunciation, and it's still regarded by many as the "proper" way of speaking, and a marker of prestige and ability.”</p> <p>You can easily fool people into thinking that you’re posh by using phrases from the hit show on Netflix<span> </span><em>The Crown</em>.</p> <p>She defines a posh accent as having three elements involved.</p> <ol> <li>A clear pronunciation of the letter H at the beginning of words such as “hat” or “hamper”</li> <li>Making the letter R inaudible in words such as “car” or “heart”</li> <li>Using long vowels which require an incredibly high palate</li> </ol> <p>Some of the key phrases to mimic a posh accent include:</p> <p><strong>“Who we are is not what we wear or what glitters. It’s the spirit that defines us”.</strong></p> <p>This line, delivered by Philip Mountbatten in Season 2 is a good sentence to practice, according to Larkin.</p> <p>“It's a sentence to use when practicing your long vowels, and skipping your 'r's.”</p> <p><strong>“It is better to be patient and get what you desire in the right time, than have high office thrust upon you when you are not ready.”</strong></p> <p>“This quote, from Season 1, will allow you to really practice that 'ah' sound, and to emphasise your 't's,” explains Larkin.</p> <p>“This will help you to sound and feel like a royal as you philosophise about your regal duty and understand what it means to wear the weight of the Crown.”</p> <p><strong>“Look, I'm strong. You know that. And I can cope with the truth. I just demand to know the truth. It's when people don't tell me the truth that I can't bear it.”  <br /></strong></p> <p>“This dramatic statement, delivered by Queen Elizabeth in Season 2, is the perfect way to practice your high 'oo' sound in the word truth, which should sound more like 'trooth' in this sentence,” said Larkin.</p> <p>'You can also practice skipping your 'r's and sharpening your 't's, to sound like a very well-spoken truth-seeker.”</p>

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High school student apologises to Prince Harry for “cuddling” Duchess Meghan

<p>A British high school student made news around the world after he hugged the Duchess of Sussex during the royal’s visit to a school on Friday.</p> <p>Now 16-year-old Aker Okoye has apologised to Prince Harry for embracing his wife.</p> <p>Okoye, head boy at Robert Clack School in east London, came up on stage after Duchess Meghan invited a “brave young man” to volunteer to discuss the importance of International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on March 8.</p> <p>Okoye leaned in for a kiss on the cheek before telling his classmates, “She really is beautiful, innit.”</p> <p>The Duchess gave him a hug after he made his comments about the day. “Incredible confidence, don’t you all agree,” she said after Okoye left the stage.</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/tv/B9eqhs3J2uP/?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/tv/B9eqhs3J2uP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">The Duchess of Sussex visited Robert Clack School, to celebrate the women of the future, and also highlight the important role men and boys play in International Women’s Day. The Duchess asked a young student to come on stage and share his perspective on the importance of the day, and whilst much attention has been focused on his initial comment, what he shared beyond that was compelling and true. Please watch the full video and tag a man in your life, and have him share what #IWD means to him</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/sussexroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Mar 8, 2020 at 9:23am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In a written letter to the Duke of Sussex published on <em>The Sun</em>, Okoye said he hoped his actions weren’t out of line.</p> <p>“I hope you didn’t mind me cuddling your wife,” he wrote, noting he was “just overwhelmed and shocked to see her arrive at my school”.</p> <p>Okoye said it was “a pleasure to hear [Meghan’s] speech and to speak in front of her as well. She is truly inspirational”.</p> <p>In an interview with <em>Good Morning Britain</em>, the student told host Piers Morgan: “It was one of those moments which I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”</p> <p>The Duchess’ surprise visit to the school was her last solo official engagement as a senior royal before she and Harry step down on March 31.</p>

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Meghan Markle adopts new styling trick from Kate during her final appearances

<p>The Duchess of Sussex has adopted a styling trick used by Kate Middleton on royal tours by wearing the national colours of the British Flag during her final official appearances.</p> <p>Markle has paid her respects to the country as she has stepped out in red, white and blue outfits over the last few days.</p> <p>After wearing a turquoise Victoria Beckham dress for her first appearance in the UK, Markle has since opted for chic white and cream pieces while visiting patronages and stood out in a bold red gown for the Mountbatten Festival of Music.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7835015/body-meghan.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fabb348eaf894e1b92dbb507d72424ef" /></p> <p>Many royal fans believe she is following the lead of the Duchess of Cambridge after opting for a series of green outfits and shamrock charm jewellery after her royal tour in Ireland.</p> <p>She also adopted a similar tactic ahead of the Cambridges’ royal tour Pakistan and wore their national colours while visiting the Aga Khan Centre in London.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7835017/kate-green.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/deeb92d6b61647108faafb2b9b3d61d0" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The appearances over the last week have marked the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes’ first official trip to the UK. The couple have a number of appearances scheduled which will finish tomorrow as they join the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Commonwealth Day service in London.</p> <p>Their royal roles officially come to an end on March 31st.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Grant Denyer and wife Chezzi renew their vows on 10th wedding anniversary

<p>Grant Denyer and his wife Chezzi celebrated their wedding anniversary by renewing their vows with their two daughters by their side after 10 years of being married.</p> <p>The couple who tied the knot in 2010, were surrounded by their closest friends and family, in an intimate gathering celebrating their love for the second time. Taking to Instagram, Chezzi shared an emotional video where the pair were seen delivering their vows.</p> <p>Chezzi opted for a long-sleeve, white wedding dress, while Grant chose a formal grey suit and white shirt. Their two young daughters, Scout and Sailor, stood right by their parent’s side wearing matching white dresses.</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/B9VL8sgltV6/?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/B9VL8sgltV6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">SURPRISE 🎉 We got hitched AGAIN!! And it was MAGICAL. Seriously special.. This time we got to share our special day with our beautiful little girls - My heart feels so full it could burst! • You can read all about it in this week’s @whomagazine out today. ❤️•❤️•❤️•❤️•❤️•❤️ A big thank you to the following amazing wonderful people for their help.. ✨Amy Gullifer from @we_eloped_ for helping me organise &amp; plan THE MOST memorable country ceremony.. ✨Makeup: @tiarna_elliott ✨Hair: @platinumhairdesignbathurst ✨Arbor: @bespokeandco.bathurst ✨Celebrant: Kirralee Bourke ✨Flowers: @devilmaycareflorals More pics to come! xx</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/chezzidenyer/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> chezzidenyer</a> (@chezzidenyer) on Mar 4, 2020 at 3:59pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I think you are amazing. A wonderful husband, father, my best friend. You really are my soulmate,” Chezzi told Grant as she became visibly emotional.</p> <p>“I love living life with you. I adore watching you with our two beautiful girls. I feel incomparable loss when we can’t be together and when you’ve been in pain, I felt that too.”</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/B9VN9OlFyRA/?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/B9VN9OlFyRA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">We have been married for 10 years. There’s nothing we don’t know about one another. I love you more today that I ever knew I could when we married a decade ago. Renewing our vows was one of the most special days I’ve every experienced. I still get teary and emotional when I think of all we have been through, and all that we have survived. Loving you has been the greatest chapter of my life’s story. ❤️❤️❤️</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/chezzidenyer/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> chezzidenyer</a> (@chezzidenyer) on Mar 4, 2020 at 4:20pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>And that wasn’t all, as Chezzi wrote a declaration of love about Grant on Instagram.</p> <p>“We have been married for 10 years,” she wrote. “There’s nothing we don’t know about one another. I love you more today that I ever knew I could when we were married a decade ago.</p> <p>“Renewing our vows was one of the most special days I’ve every [sic] experienced. I still get teary and emotional when I think of all we have been through, and all that we have survived. Loving you have been the greatest chapter of my life’s story.”</p> <p>The beautiful post and video of their vow renewal garnered plenty of attention from fans as they congratulated the couple.</p> <p>“Congratulations to you both,” @gypsy_gianna wrote. “Thank you for sharing your lives with us and putting a smile on our faces … enjoy your special day, we all love you.”</p> <p>“Omg that’s just beautiful and congrats on 10 years married,” @dozza0407 said.</p> <p>“So beautiful and special you guys … you all look amazing,” @judywwalters3541 added.</p>

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Why are people stockpiling toilet paper? We asked four experts

<p>As coronavirus continues to spread <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/03/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance-death-toll">around the world</a>, anxiety is rising in Australia. Shoppers fearful of quarantine measures have been stocking up on supplies to last out a week or two of isolation.</p> <p>Recent days have seen reports of shortages of <a href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/supermarket-shelves-stripped-of-hand-sanitiser-as-coronavirus-panic-sets-in/news-story/5c281d75c72afff8370996c77a95f7e0">hand sanitiser</a> and warnings that <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/22/from-batteries-to-shutters-australian-firms-eye-potential-coronavirus-shortages">batteries and other electronic items</a> could be next. However, the surge in demand for one particular commodity has seen supermarket shelves stripped bare: toilet paper.</p> <p>I honestly thought it was some nutty over-exaggerated rumour but it’s all true</p> <p>It’s not just Australians. Shops in <a href="https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/02/29/national/toilet-paper-tissue-coronavirus/">Japan</a>, the <a href="https://mynorthwest.com/1741807/shoppers-hand-sanitizer-toilet-paper-coronavirus/">US</a> and <a href="https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/410658/crowds-rush-to-some-supermarkets-as-covid-19-enters-nz">New Zealand</a> have also run low on the precious sanitary rolls. In Hong Kong, ambitious thieves <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/53e2de26-5146-11ea-90ad-25e377c0ee1f">held up a supermarket</a> to steal a delivery.</p> <p>But why toilet paper? The question has <a href="https://twitter.com/RabeeTourky/status/1226042219213180928">been in the air</a> for at least the past month, but it’s now become hard to avoid. We asked four experts for their thoughts.</p> <p><strong>Niki Edwards, School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology:</strong></p> <p>“Toilet paper symbolises control. We use it to “tidy up” and “clean up”. It deals with a bodily function that is somewhat taboo.</p> <p>“When people hear about the coronavirus, they are afraid of losing control. And toilet paper feels like a way to maintain control over hygiene and cleanliness.</p> <p>“People don’t seem interested in substitutes. Supermarket shelves are still full of other paper towels and tissues.</p> <p>‘The media has a lot to answer for in regards to messages around this virus and messages to the public. While honesty about threats is critical, building hysteria and promoting inappropriate behaviours is far from ideal.”</p> <p><strong>Brian Cook, Community Engagement for Disaster Risk Reduction project, University of Melbourne:</strong></p> <p>“It’s an interesting question. My suspicion is that it is to do with how people react to stress: they want an element of comfort and security. For many Westerners there is a “yuck factor” associated with non-toilet paper cleaning.</p> <p>“I expect there is also a pragmatic element. Toilet paper is a product that takes a lot of space, and is therefore not something people have a lot of under normal circumstances.</p> <p>“A lot of people likely also use toilet paper as a tissue, and therefore imagine themselves needing a lot if they have the flu or a flu-like illness.</p> <p>“Stocking up on toilet paper is also a relatively cheap action, and people like to think that they are “doing something” when they feel at risk.”</p> <p><strong>David Savage, Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle:</strong></p> <p>“I think it is the perfect product. It is completely non-perishable and one of the few products that you can stock up on that you are guaranteed to use eventually.</p> <p>“I don’t know for certain but I suspect that most people only buy toilet paper when they just about run out, which could be a problem if you need to stay isolated for two weeks.</p> <p>“So I think this is just a preparation process, because we have seen that toilet paper has become a shortage item elsewhere.”</p> <p><strong>Alex Russell, School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Central Queensland University:</strong></p> <p>“There are a few factors at play here. People aren’t only stockpiling toilet paper. All sorts of items are sold out, like face masks and hand sanitiser. Things like canned goods and other non-perishable foods are also selling well.</p> <p>“People are scared, and they’re bunkering down. They’re buying what they need and one of the items is toilet paper.</p> <p>“I think we’re noticing the toilet paper more than the other things because toilet paper packs are big items that take up a lot of shelf space. Seeing a small product sold out at the supermarket (such as hand sanitiser) is not that unusual, and it’s only a small hole in the shelf that is often temporarily filled with nearby products.</p> <p>“But if the toilet paper is gone, that’s a massive amount of shelf space that can’t readily be replaced with other things nearby.</p> <p>“A second reason we might be noticing it more is because there aren’t easy substitutions. If the supermarket is out of a particular ingredient for dinner, you can just get something else, or an entirely different dinner.</p> <p>“But if there’s not a roll of toilet paper, then that’s pretty frustrating for everyone. Sure, tissues or paper towels, but it’s not quite the same, is it”</p> <p><em>Written by Michael Lucy. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/why-are-people-stockpiling-toilet-paper-we-asked-four-experts-132975">The Conversation.</a></em></p>

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Talk about creepy! Erin Molan shares bizarre social media request

<p>Sports presenter Erin Molan has definitely received her fair share of odd message requests on social media, however this bizarre series of requests have undoubtedly taken the cake for “most creepy”.</p> <p>The Channel 9 star took to Twitter to share a series of obsessive, relentless and cringe-worthy messages spanning over a number of years.</p> <p>The admirer appeared to have an intense foot fetish and was persistent in messaging Molan about her feet.</p> <p>Dating back to September 2018, Molan shared the messages which read: “You have such beautiful toes!”</p> <p>“Can I buy feet pics?”</p> <p>“How much $$ for feet pics?”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I get some weird stuff but this is up there... anyone know current going rate for feet pics? Asking for a friend... <a href="https://t.co/4ueGIXyWS5">pic.twitter.com/4ueGIXyWS5</a></p> — Erin Molan (@Erin_Molan) <a href="https://twitter.com/Erin_Molan/status/1234968753424625664?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 3, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Molan was able to see the humour in the messages, captioning the post, “Anyone know current going rate for feet pics? Asking for a friend …”</p> <p>Sydney FC Footballer and Greater Western Sydney player Ellie Brush admitted she too had received “these messages as well,” along with Journalist Melinda Farrell who confirms she too has gotten requests from men online for feet pics.</p> <p>“I was telling friends about this! I’ve had loads of foot fetish guys in my mentions over the past few years. I never knew it was such a big thing,” she tweeted.</p> <p>Foot fetishism is also known as podophilia and is an oddly common obsession.</p> <p>Molan is a central member of Nine’s Wide World of Sports, who has covered the Australian Open, NRL Premiership and Fast5 Netball World Series.</p>

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Burnt is out, ‘skinscreen’ is in: How sunscreen got a beauty makeover

<p>Under Australia’s harsh sun, we’ve long slapped on sunscreen to protect ourselves from skin damage and cancer.</p> <p>Now the product, once known for protecting skin against harmful UV rays, is becoming part of beauty routines. Sunscreen products are described as <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8xsloAFPbi/">rich</a>, <a href="https://www.mecca.com.au/mecca-cosmetica/to-save-face-spf50-superscreen-75g/I-020875.html">luxe</a>or <a href="https://www.sephora.com.au/products/fresh-sugar-lip-treatment-sunscreen-spf-15/v/icon">nourishing</a>.</p> <p>When did the cultural perception of sunscreen as a health imperative shift towards a lifestyle “must have”? And will this new pitch work to keep us sun safe?</p> <p><strong>Campaigns of old</strong></p> <p>Sun safety promotions work to combat dangerous tanning behaviour.</p> <p>The iconic <a href="https://www.sunsmart.com.au/tools/videos/past-tv-campaigns/slip-slop-slap-original-sunsmart-campaign.html">Slip, Slop, Slap campaign</a> paved the way for how we see sun protection today. In the 1980s, it was instrumental in educating Australians about sun exposure and skin cancer.</p> <p>Sid the Seagull in full flight.</p> <p>The campaign’s mascot, Sid the Seagull, sang and danced on our screens, encouraging us to slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat.</p> <p>The slogan was extended to <a href="https://www.sunsmart.com.au/tools/videos/current-tv-campaigns/slip-slop-slap-seek-slide-sid-seagull.html">Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide</a> in 2007, adding two more tips to preventing sun damage: seeking shade and sliding on sunglasses.</p> <p>These campaigns aimed to refocus Australians’ attitudes to sun protection as a necessity, despite our traditionally sun-drenched lifestyle.</p> <p>In the 1990s, advertisements shifted their tone from catchy jingles to sexual appeals. The <a href="https://www.sunsmart.com.au/tools/videos/past-tv-campaigns/leave-your-hat-on1.html">Leave Your Hat On</a> campaign took inspiration from a striptease scene in the film <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091635/">9/12 Weeks</a>, reversing it with a couple putting on sunscreen, clothes, hats and sunglasses.</p> <p>Take it all off – no wait, put it back on again!</p> <p>The campaign targeted young men, as they were most at risk of developing skin cancer. However, the messages of these advertisements did not stick in the minds of Australians. The <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/310537900_Australian_young_adults'_tanning_behaviour_The_role_of_ideal_skin_tone_and_sociocultural_norms">cultural norm of tanning</a> remained steadfast.</p> <p><strong>Education through fear</strong></p> <p>When sex didn’t work to implement sun safety practices, campaigns used scare tactics instead. In the summer of 2003, skin cancer was branded as <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrenZCKMgjc&amp;feature=youtu.be">killer body art</a>and the effects of sunburn, even if only mild, were portrayed as creating a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=witly6zMCVw&amp;feature=youtu.be">timebomb</a> under the skin.</p> <p>These “<a href="https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-45596-9_17">slice of death narratives</a>” – where the advertisement’s focus is on the negative consequences of poor decisions – highlighted the potentially fatal results of sun exposure. In 2007, <a href="https://www.sunsmart.com.au/tools/videos/past-tv-campaigns/clare-oliver-no-tan-is-worth-dying-for.html">Clare Oliver</a>, battling end-stage melanoma, shared her story to highlight the dangers of solariums and the cultural ideal of tanning.</p> <p>The true story of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1P1po6bH3w&amp;feature=youtu.be">Wes Bonny</a>, told by the relatives of a 26-year-old man who died from melanoma in 2010, spoke volumes about skin cancer affecting an everyday “Aussie guy”.</p> <p>In 2016, Melbourne mother <a href="https://www.sunsmart.com.au/about/media-campaigns/current-campaigns/belindas-story">Belinda</a> shared her story before her death from melanoma.</p> <p>Melbourne mother Belinda urged others to learn from her story.</p> <p>The campaigns were created to increase people’s vigilance with sun protection, and sunscreen became a product critical to protecting one’s health.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25794474">Evidently</a>, these messages were effective. Research showed <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4732951/">lower sunburn rates</a>across the population, and sun protective behaviours improved.</p> <p>Moreover, research into the investment into such campaigns <a href="https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0147665">found</a> every A$1 invested brought a return of A$3.85 by lowering treatment costs and increasing productivity. The campaigns reduced the rates of illness and death and the economic burden of skin cancer.</p> <p><strong>A new beauty product?</strong></p> <p>As consumer demand bloomed, the perception and branding of sun protection products changed.</p> <p>The Australian sunscreen market is expected to tip <a href="https://www.cosmeticsbusiness.com/news/article_page/Asia_Pacific_Australia_Sun_Care_Market_Report_2017/128516">A$159.3 million this year</a>. By marketing sunscreen as a key step in a daily skincare routine, brands are repositioning sunscreen as a beauty essential.</p> <p>The new buzzword “<a href="https://www.whyhellobeauty.com.au/2019/06/20/sunscreen-or-skinscreen/">skinscreen</a>” has been coined for products that combine skincare and sunscreen. To persuade women to add skinscreens in their beauty regimes, products are marketed with appealing fragrances and textures, and are encouraged to be worn under makeup.</p> <p>Beauty influencers on social media have jumped on-board the skinscreen craze. It is now marketed to highlight its anti-ageing <a href="https://annals.org/aim/article-abstract/1691733/sunscreen-prevention-skin-aging-randomized-trial">benefits</a>: preventing age spots, fine lines and wrinkles.</p> <p>There are pros and cons to luxe skinscreen messaging. It may encourage frequent sunscreen application, but it also suggests women’s beauty and youth are inextricably linked and women’s value lies chiefly in their appearance.</p> <p>Despite sunscreen’s new home in the beauty aisle, health messaging has not completely disappeared. The social media initiative <a href="https://www.calltimeonmelanoma.com.au/">Call Time on Melanoma</a> aims to spread awareness about skin cancers and protecting skin from harmful rays.</p> <p>With more than 21,000 Instagram followers, the account encourages people to wear sunscreen everyday, get regular skin checks and debunks myths about sunscreen. The initiative builds awareness by sharing the story of Natalie Fornasier, a woman who was diagnosed with stage III melanoma at age 20.</p> <p>Skincare brand La Roche-Posay was an <a href="https://www.laroche-posay.com.au/article/la-roche-posay-the-official-sunscreen-partner-of-australian-open-2019/a36405.aspx">official sunscreen partner</a> for the 2020 Australian Open. They offered a UV Experience to educate tennis fans about sunscreen protection and ran a campaign to raise awareness of the daily UV index.</p> <p>Although important questions should be asked about the re-branding of sunscreen creating additional appearance-based pressures and “beauty work” for women, sunscreen appears to be more popular than ever. Sunsmart campaigns may have laid the health messaging groundwork, but today’s skincare brands continue to build awareness. This is a welcome step towards keeping Australians sun safe.</p> <p><em>Written by Lauren Gurrieri. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/burnt-is-out-skinscreen-is-in-how-sunscreen-got-a-beauty-makeover-131292">The Conversation.</a></em></p>

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