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Kim Kardashian's husband says her family makes him more ambitious

Kanye West claims he stays ambitious because Kim Kardashian’s family is so successful as he calls himself ‘the greatest artist of human existence’

Kanye West has praised the Kardashians for keeping him motivated.

The 42-year-old rapper said that if Kim and her sisters did not work so hard every day, he may have chosen to relax more.

But because they are always staying on top of their brands, he has chosen to do so too the TV star said during the The New York Times DealBook Conference on Wednesday.

His view: Kanye West has praised the Kardashians for keeping him motivated. The 42-year-old rapper said that if Kim and her sisters did not work so hard every day, he may have chosen to relax more; seen leaving the FastCompany Innovation Festival in NYC on Thursday

He wants to… keep up with the Kardashians! All of the women in Kim’s family are very successful; the siren is seen here with Kourtney, left, and Khloe, right

West is married to Kim Kardashian with whom he has four children: North, six, Saint, three, Chicago, 21 months, and Psalm, five months.

And Kim has four sisters that all work very hard. In addition to starring on Keeping Up With The Kardashians they have other projects.

 Kourtney has Poosh, Khloe stars on her spinoff Revenge Body, Kylie is a $1B makeup mogul and Kendall is the number one supermodel in the world. 

Rambling man: West made his comments during The New York Times DealBook Conference on Wednesday. Seen with Steven Smith

‘I think if my family wasn’t so … if they didn’t work so hard and they weren’t so omnipresent, maybe I would just rest on my laurels of just being the greatest artist of human existence, and that would just be enough,’ the star said.

‘But that’s shown that that is not enough.’

He then said that staying fit and talking out problems is also on top of the list. 

‘You have to hit the gym, you have to communicate – it’s a modern-day Medici or Rome. It’s an era that people will remember for all of human existence,’ he added.

Motivated: The family seen together for Kris Jenner’s 64th birthday

The Heartless rapper is proud of his family, and says he can’t wait to launch his new project, which involves an ‘innovation community’ centered around his church.

Asked what he’s proud of at the moment, he added: ‘Looking at my daughters and looking at my family, and as we are starting this church and this innovation community where we’re doing education.’

Kanye also spoke about social media, and drew parallels between its addictive nature and cigarettes, though he made sure to note that social media is not as ‘negative’ as the latter. 

Mogul 1: Kim runs SKIMS and has KKW Beauty and KKW Fragrance

You glow, girl: Khloe runs Good American and has the show Revenge Body

‘I’ve done interviews often that if I post 100 posts, they’re like, “He needs to go to a hospital, he’s going crazy,”‘ he said.

‘But Instagram and different social media, they have the likes come back at a slower speed. 

‘They have a certain amount of posts that you should do to look normal.’

Kim and her mom also stopped by the NYT.

Mrs West discussed Instagram taking LIKES away with Andrew Ross Sorkin: ‘I think about when I raise my kids and screen time, phone time, what to post, what not to post, even posting things in real time. I learned from a bad experience that I had when I was robbed that people really knew my every move, they knew what I had, they knew where I was, what I was doing, and that to me really changed maybe the things that I post.

She has her own biz too: Kourtney runs the website Poosh

‘I still want people to feel like they’re along that journey with me, but I might video something and then post it like 30 minutes later, when I’ve left the location more for privacy. But as far as mental health, I mean it’s something that taking the likes away and taking that aspect away from it would be really beneficial for people. 

‘And I know that the Instagram team has been having lots of inner conversations with a bunch of people to get everyone’s take on that and is taking it really seriously. That makes me happy.’

She also talked activism: ‘I am really cautious about what I spend. So if I overspend on something and a paid post happens to come in at that time, I’ll weigh it out and think, O.K., well I have to pay for x, y, and z.’ 

IG 101: Mrs West discussed Instagram taking LIKES away with Andrew Ross Sorkin: ‘I think about when I raise my kids and screen time, phone time, what to post, what not to post, even posting things in real time’

 

 

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Strictly: Craig Revel Horwood makes a 'sly dig' at injured Neil Jones

Strictly Come Dancing: Craig Revel Horwood makes ‘savage dig’ at injured Neil Jones as he says Kevin Clifton and Alex Scott’s ‘accidental partnership is working wonders’

Craig Revel Horwood made a sly dig at injured Strictly Come Dancing pro Neil Jones during Saturday night’s live show.

The judge, 54, was giving comments to Alex Scott and Neil’s temporary replacement Kevin Clifton and claimed the pair’s ‘accidental partnership is working wonders.’ 

Critiquing the pair after they danced the American Smooth to Marvin Gaye’s Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Craig said: ‘I felt we saw you for the first time tonight I really do and I have to say this accidental partnership is working wonders.’ 

Strictly Come Dancing: Craig Revel Horwood made a ‘savage dig’ at injured Neil Jones as he said Kevin Clifton and Alex Scott’s ‘accidental partnership is working wonders’ on Saturday

Fans took to Twitter to show their dismay over Craig’s comments, as they critiqued him for ‘throwing shade’ at the injured dancer.

One viewer wrote: ‘I really love Alex but I really don’t agree with Craig about the partnership. I miss Neil and I love watching them more. Voting for her so I can see her with Neil next week.’

Another added: ‘Wow. That ‘accidental partnership’ quip but Craig was extra savage to Neil.’

Supporting Neil, one fan said: ‘Craig tryna say he doesn’t mind the Alex and Kev partnership. We do lol We love Kev but we want Neil back.’

Sad news: Strictly pro Neil missed another live show due to an knee injury, one week after Kevin stepped in to replace him again at the last minute (pictured on Friday’s It Takes Two)

Neil is currently unable to compete alongside Alex after getting a grade one strain in his calf, which has meant he needs to use crutches until he’s fully healed.

Continuing to praise Alex’s performance alongside Kevin, Bruno Tonioli said: ‘What I like, I like to see how you’re growing in confidence, you’re selling it! 

‘It’s getting better everything is getting better, what you have to work on is musical phrasing which means linking every section of the choreography without breaks, you have to keeping going as you do your purpose, but well done!’

High praise: Critiquing the pair after they danced the American Smooth to Marvin Gaye’s Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Craig said: ‘I felt we saw you for the first time tonight’

Out of action: Neil is currently unable to compete alongside Alex after getting a grade one strain in his calf, which has meant he needs to use crutches until he’s fully healed 

While Motsi Mabuse admitted she was ‘falling in love more and more’ with Alex’s dancing, as she’s seen a ‘huge improvement’ during her time on the show.

Shirley Ballas went on to add: ‘What you are today is miraculous, your frame, your centre line, there was a small mistake at the end, [but] a very good performance and you are a delight to watch.’

The pair’s impressive performance saw them earn a grand total of 31 points, which meant they place in the middle of the pack.  

Delighted: Motsi Mabuse admitted she was ‘falling in love more and more’ with Alex’s dancing, as she’s seen a ‘huge improvement’ during her time on the show

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Bradley Cooper Makes Rare Appearance With 2-Year-Old Daughter Lea De Seine


There she is! Bradley Cooper keeps his and Irina Shayk’s daughter, Lea De Seine, out of the public eye, but brought her to a Sunday, October 27, event in Washington, D.C.

The 2-year-old sat on the actor’s lap during the Mark Twain Prize Gala, where Cooper’s A Star Is Born costar Dave Chappelle was being honored. While the Grammy winner, 44, wore a black suit, his daughter sported a puffer vest, a star-patterned dress and white tights. Some of her blonde hair was pulled back, showing off her blue eyes — just like her dad’s.

Cooper and Shayk, 33, who welcomed their daughter in April 2017, split in June after more than four years of dating. “They both want to keep it civil for [Lea’s] sake,” a source told Us Weekly exclusively of the former couple following their breakup.

The insider went on to tell Us that the Hangover star and the model plan to share 50-50 custody of their daughter and have hired a lawyer to finalize their coparenting plans. “They both work and have a nanny,” the source revealed. “They’ll coordinate to make sure their daughter is always with one parent. When Lea has important events in her life, both Bradley and Irina will be there.”

In September 2018, Cooper gushed about becoming a dad, telling NPR, “Having a child, and having a family of my own — which is a miracle and something I’ve always dreamt of — has opened me up even more to the day, and to be present.”

That isn’t the only effect fatherhood has had on the Pennsylvania native. “It allowed me to embrace my childlike self without any sort of fear of judgment,” he explained to Ellen DeGeneres in April. “I can just play with toys all day long … or watch cartoons endlessly and not think I’m wasting my life. I love cartoons.”

As for his daughter’s personality, Cooper said he doesn’t “subscribe” to the terrible twos. He told DeGeneres, 61: “I don’t even know what that means.”

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Abbey Clancy's daughter Sophia, eight, makes her modelling debut

Abbey Clancy’s daughter Sophia, eight, makes her modelling debut as she poses with glamorous mother for new clothing collection campaign

Her mother is a successful model, former Britain’s Next Top Model star and fashion icon.

And Abbey Clancy’s daughter Sophia followed in her mother’s fashion footsteps as she made her modelling debut for Lipsy – on a collection the mother and daughter have worked on together.

Blonde beauty Abbey, 33, and Sophia, eight, whose father is footballer Peter Crouch looked uber stylish as they posed in matching black dresses in a stately home.

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Cute: Abbey Clancy’s daughter Sophia followed in her mother’s fashion footsteps as she made her modelling debut for Lipsy – on a collection the mother and daughter have worked on together

Natural: Blonde beauty Abbey, 33, and Sophia, eight, whose father is footballer Peter Crouch looked uber stylish as they posed in Christmas party dresses in a stately home

Little Sophia showed she was a natural in front of the camera as she cracked a sunny smile while posing in a pastel pink dress with an edgy feathered trim, paired with trainers.

Sophia was the spitting image of her model mother as the pair showed off their first collection together- with eldest child Sophia wearing a black flared dress with pumps as she held her mother’s hand.

Abbey wowed in her version of the look, a figure-hugging black satin ballgown with a sweeping skirt, with the star sporting tumbling caramel locks and glamorous make-up. 

Abbey’s third collection with Lipsy will feature a selection of mini me styles, all modelled by Sophia for Lipsy girl.   

Fashion debut: Little Sophia showed she was a natural in front of the camera as she cracked a sunny smile while posing in a pastel pink dress with an edgy feathered trim

Style star: Sophia looked adorable as she modelled a black top and houndstooth print skirt in another fun snap 


Natural: Sophia looked adorable in a scarlet lace dress and a pastel pink number as she got ready for the festive season with Abbey 

Matching: Abbey’s third collection with Lipsy will feature a selection of mini me styles, all modelled by Sophia for Lipsy girl

Strike a pose: Sophia looked stylish as she sported a black padded jacket and denim skirt

Sophia also showcased her sartorial credentials in a black top and chic houndstooth print skirt, paired with patent leather brogues in another stylish snap.

Meanwhile TV personality Abbey wowed in glittering dresses as she prepares for the festive season, with the star wowing in a sparkling burgundy asymmetric gown, with a daring thigh high split.

The beauty then flaunted her honed legs further in a champagne hued sequin-adorned playsuit paired with a dramatic smoky eye as she sultrily posed in front of some mirrors.


Model moment: The youngster looked sparkling in a sequin dress and tweed number during the shoot

Cut: The mother and daughter showed off their close bond as they hugged for the cameras

Kisses: Sophia planted a kiss on her mother in one sweet snap from the new shoot


Pastel pink: Sophia showed she was a natural in front of the camera as she posed in pastel pink outfits

Matching: The mother and daughter looked uber stylish as they showed their close bond

Leggy display: Abbey flaunted her honed legs in a burgundy thigh-split gown as she made her comeback to the fashion scene after welcoming son Jack in June

Glitz: The beauty looked incredible in a glittering champagne playsuit as she posed in front of some mirrors 

Abbey and husband Peter, 38, welcomed their fourth child Jack four months ago, and also share daughter, Liberty, four, and son Johnny, 20 months. 

Peter announced the birth of their child on social media: ‘Our beautiful baby boy was born Monday 3rd June mother and baby Divock Samrat Crouch are doing well.’

He later added: ‘Our boy is beautiful the name is still to be clarified unfortunately Abs not going for Divock Samrat.’ 

 Devoted mum: Abbey shares Sophia with husband Peter Crouch. The couple are also parents to daughter Liberty, four (above) and sons Johnny, 21 months and Jack, four months 

Matching: Abbey and Sophia showed their love for sequins as they modelled matching dresses

Wow: Abbey revealed her toned and tanned legs in a daring thigh-split scarlet dress 

Plunging: Abbey looked incredible in a gun-metal grey sparkling gown with a furry jacket as she modelled her latest collection

Whip my hair; Sophia looked sartorially savvy in a sequin dress as she whipped her hair around

Close bond: Sophia sweetly held her mother as the pair showed off their modelling prowess

After joking the nickname had ‘stuck’ a little over the weeks, the sportsman finally shared the update on the latest addition to the Crouch family in his column for the Daily Mail.

Peter wrote: ‘We have just welcomed our fourth child, Jack, into the family and the wonderful chaos that comes with a new baby means it hasn’t really hit me that I haven’t gone back for pre-season training. Life is hectic in a brilliant way.’ 

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline about her new arrival in August, the model said: ‘It was a bit of a surprise when we found out but I feel so lucky to have them and the age gap is actually great because the two little boys are going to grow up like twins basically.


On trend: Sophia looked trendy in a black dress and shiny jacket as she made her modelling debut 

‘They’re only a year apart and I was one of four so it doesn’t seem too unnatural to me.

‘It’s great, he’s fitted in really well with the family, the dynamic is great, all the others love him, there’s been no jealousy.’  

Abbey juggles a busy modelling and television career with motherhood and family life, with the star revealing she often struggles with working mum guilt. 

She said: ‘It is a juggling act, it is hard at times, that’s probably where I don’t do as well as I should. I’m still trying to figure out how to balance work and motherhood and not feel guilty about going back to work

Festive chic: Abbey looked sensational in a black lace top and leather skirt as she pulled off a sultry pose

Star; Sophia cut a cool figure in a fur-trimmed coat and skirt as she posed up a storm

Embrace: The mother and daughter looked trendy in their matching winter coats

Hugs: Sophia held her mother’s hands as she smiled for the camera 

Spotlight: Sophia was every inch the natural model as the cute youngster posed with Abbey


Supermodel style: Abbey showed off her modelling prowess in chic black ensembles as she posed up a storm

‘I think it’s natural for mums to do that. There’s days you don’t think you’re doing a good job because it’s hard, you’re tired, you have to go through it without thinking about it really.   

‘You’ve gotta do it and the key thing is to not beat yourself up or think you’re not doing well.’ 

The star has stunned her followers by revealing her svelte physique less than three months after giving birth, but Abbey said she refuses to put pressure on herself to get into shape. 

She’s got it: Sophia showed she was following in her mother’s fashion footsteps as she posed for the camera

She said: ‘I’ve been relaxed about getting back into shape this time because my baby’s only 10 weeks old so my focus is on my family and the baby, giving your body time to recover. 

‘It’s a big ordeal giving birth, especially so close together. I’m just focusing on that, trying to get as much sleep as I can. Eating well is good for energy and feeling good in yourself rather than a weight issue.’ 

Legs for days: Abbey looked incredible as she struck a sultry pose in a sequinned ballgown with a thigh split


Strike a pose: Abbey looked sensational in the figure-hugging outfits just four months after giving birth 

Glitz: Abbey oozed glamour as she posed in a glittering gold ballgown for another sultry snap 


Svelte: The star showed off her toned figure as she posed up a storm in the sleek ensembles

Wow: Abbey sizzled in  a sequin embellished black ballgown with a thigh split 


Wow: Abbey smouldered for the camera and flaunted her toned legs in a two tone sequined gown

Chic: The beauty showcased her lithe frame in a teal sequinned ballgown in another sultry snap 

Wow: Abbey channelled Twiggy as she posed in a 60s inspired check coat dress


Wow factor: Abbey’s collection features sequins, semi-sheer fabric and sleek silhouettes

Strut: Abbey showed off her sartorial credentials as she modelled a satin mini dress


Chic: Abbey looked glorious as she showed off her modelling prowess on the new shoot

Legs for days: Abbey showcased her toned legs in another glittering ballgown


Gothic glamour: Abbey looked incredible as she showcased her new looks

Work it: The star looked stunning as she modelled the glitzy new designs for her collection

 

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The HUGE amount Tammy Hembrow makes per Instagram post

REVEALED: The astonishing amount of money Tammy Hembrow makes per Instagram post after reaching 10 million followers …as she becomes Australia’s 11th most in demand star

Tammy Hembrow reached 10 million followers on Instagram last week. 

And not only does the huge audience make her Australia’s 11th most followed star on the app, she can now charge even more money per sponsored post. 

According to Influencer Marketing Hub, the 25-year-old can make an astonishing $33,000 per single upload to her Instagram profile. 

Big earner! Tammy Hembrow (pictured) reached 10 million followers on Instagram last week, and is now Australia’s 11th most followed star on the social media platform

The fee is estimated based both on Tammy’s current following, and the level of interaction from fans across her 12 most recent posts. 

Since October 8, Tammy’s 12 most recent posts have received a combined two million likes and 98,560 comments. 

While Tammy mostly uses her global platform to promote her own brand Saski Collection, she has several regular sponsors across fitness and fashion. 

Straight to the bank! According to Influencer Marketing Hub, a single upload to Instagram from the 25-year-old is now worth an astonishing $33,000 based on her current stats 

Businesswoman: While Tammy mostly uses her global platform to promote her own brand Saski Collection, she has several regular sponsors, including nutrition brand Woman’s Best

Last December, Daily Mail Australia revealed that in the last two years, Tammy had inked a deal with sports nutrition brand, Women’s Best.

For frequent promotion of their products, which is still on-going to this day, Tammy is estimated to be paid up to $45,000 a month for the advertisements.   

Tammy currently has a rumoured net worth of $2 million. 

AUSTRALIA’S MOST FOLLOWED STARS ON INSTAGRAM

1: Chris Hemsworth (38.5 million)   

2: Hugh Jackman (28.2 million)

3: Margot Robbie (17 million)

4: Ruby Rose (14.34 million)

5: Katherine Langford (14.3 million) 

6: Liam Hemsworth (14 million)

7: Iggy Azalea (13.3 million)

8: Miranda Kerr (12.2 million)

9: Troye Sivan (10.9 million)

10: Kayla Itsines (11.8 million) 

11: Tammy Hembrow (10 million) 

Not bad! For frequent promotion of Women’s Best alone, which Tammy has been promoting for over two years now, she is estimated to be paid up to $45,000 a month

After reaching 10 million followers last week, Tammy is now Australia’s 11th most followed celebrity on the social media app. 

Chris Hemsworth currently tops the list with 38 million followers, followed by Hugh Jackman with 28.2 million and Margot Robbie with 17 million. 

The top 11 is made up entirely of actors and musicians, except for Tammy and Perth-based fitness influencer Kayla Itsines, who has 11.8 million followers. 


Top names: Chris Hemsworth (left) is currently Australia’s most followed star on Instagram with 38 million followers. Hugh Jackman (right) is the second most followed with 28.2 million

Popular! Margot Robbie is Australia’s third most followed Instagram star, with 17 million fans

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Cheryl makes surprise appearance at Todrick Hall's Palladium show

Cheryl puts on a racy display in thigh-high leather boots as she performs her sexiest moves during a surprise appearance at Todrick Hall show

She made her musical comeback earlier this year after a four year hiatus. 

And Cheryl sent fans wild as she made a surprise appearance during Todrick Hall’s show at the London Palladium on Sunday night.  

The singer, 36, ensured all eyes were on her as she strutted around on stage in leather thigh-high boots and matching evening gloves. 

Wow factor: Cheryl sent fans wild as she made a surprise appearance during Todrick Hall’s show at the London Palladium on Sunday night

The Fight For This Love hitmaker complemented the boots with lycra cycling shorts, a thin Balenciaga belt and an oversized slogan T-shirt, which read: ‘You ain’t s**t’. 

She slicked her long brunette hair back into a tight ponytail and finished off her stage ensemble with gold hoop earrings and a red lip.

As she left the Palladium, the mother-of-one wrapped up in a long camel coat. 

Feeling the heat: Cheryl fanned Todrick, 34, down during their steamy performance

Born performer: The singer ensured all eyes were on her as she strutted on stage

Bendy: The singer showed off her impressive flexibility as she did a series of high kicks during her performance  

Working it: The Fight For This Love hitmaker complemented the boots with lycra cycling shorts and an oversized slogan T-shirt, which read: ‘You ain’t s**t’

Gorgeous: Cheryl slicked her long brunette hair back into a tight ponytail and finished off her stage ensemble with gold hoop earrings and a red lip

Showgirl: Despite having a four year music hiatus, Cheryl proved she has still got it as she pranced around on stage

Dramatic: The Girls Aloud star threw her head back after straddling Todrick

Taking to Instagram, Cheryl shared a snap of herself showing off her tremendous pins as she posed on a staircase with Todrick before her cameo performance.

She wrote: ‘Y.A.S..!! Thank you so much @todrick for having me on join your #hausparty2 .. love you so much!’ 

Cheryl also shared a slew of snaps on her Instagram stories of her killer performance. 

Strutting around on stage, the former Girls Aloud star wowed the crowds with high kicks before grabbing a large fan to cool herself down. 

Applause: The Greatest Dancer judge oozed confidence as she clapped with a group of backing dancers 

Todrick was clad in a sparkly black PVC catsuit, a chunky pearl necklace and hot pink gloves 

The singer has gone from strength-to-strenght since he first gained national attention on the ninth season of the reality singing competition American Idol. 

Starting with season 8, Hall became a resident choreographer on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and occasional judge. 

He is known for his bespoke costumes and urban fashion, elaborate sets, and extensive choreography 

Strike a pose: The Promise This songstress struck a number of poses while Todrick sang 

Strutting her stuff: Cheryl showed off her killer dance moves during her surprise appearance

So Vogue: Todrick caressed Cheryl’s face during the performance

Sweet: The songstress hugged Todrick as he talked to the crowd

Raising the roof: She threw her hands up in the air at one point and encouraged the audience to sing along 

 Cheryl has had a very busy year after making her debut as a judge on BBC’s The Greatest Dancer, as well as her music comeback.

Earlier this year, the singer spoke to MailOnline about how she manages to balance her hectic career and still be home for ‘bath time’ with her her two-year-old son, Bear, who she shares with ex-boyfriend Liam. 

Cheryl admitted that it’s ‘not easy’ and that it can be ’emotionally hard’ being a working mum, she said: ‘It’s not easy mostly, emotionally it’s hard but I just feel like I’m getting a good balance but it takes some time. 

Costume: Todrick was clad in a sparkly black PVC catsuit, a chunky pearl necklace and hot pink gloves 

Cheers: Cheryl appeared in awe of Todrick as she applauded him after finishing the dance

Inking: Cheryl’s leg tattoo was just visible as she wrapped her leg around Todrick 

Marching to the beat: The duo marched and opened their fans at one point during the show

Semi-finalist: Todrick has gone from strength-to-strenght since he first gained national attention on the ninth season of the reality singing competition American Idol

Showing her support: Cheryl and Todrick have been friends for a number of years 

He’s got style: Starting with season 8, Hall became a resident choreographer on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and occasional judge

Sparing no expense: Todrick is known for his bespoke costumes and urban fashion, elaborate sets, and extensive choreography

‘It’s not easy, it’s really not easy being a working mum. You just find it somehow, I’ll do things in the morning to make sure I’m there for bed and bath time, so I’ve woke him up for breakfast and I’m back for him going to bed. 

‘He doesn’t know any different at this point, he’s out playing, he doesn’t care. Even if I’m there, he’s not looking at me, he’s playing with his Lego or whatever he’s doing. His happiness is the main thing at the end of the day.’

Cheryl added that it will be funny trying to explain what she does to Bear when he’s older, although he’s already started recognising her and his famous father Liam on the television. 

High-octane performance: The songstress appeared in her element as she showed off her impressive dance moves


Special bond: Cheryl blew kisses to the crowd and listened to Todrick sing 

Designer: Cheryl cinched in her tiny waist with a thin Balenciaga belt 

Getting into the groove: The star couldn’t help but dance to Todrick’s catchy hits

Leggy: Taking to Instagram, Cheryl shared a snap of herself showing off her tremendous pins as she posed on a staircase with Todrick before her cameo performance 

Creating a stir: The singer was swarmed by adoring fans as she left Todrick’s Haus Party show

Keeping warm: Cheryl wrapped up a long camel wool coat as she left the theatre

You are a star! Cheryl also shared a slew of snaps on her Instagram stories of her killer performance and told Todrick, 34, he was ‘a star’

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Father, 40, makes plea for children to attend his daughter's birthday

Father, 40, makes a heart-breaking Facebook plea for children to attend his autistic daughter’s fifth birthday party after just two of her friends turned up

  • Remi Robins, five, was anticipating a play centre birthday party with 10 friends
  • But when only two joined her at the Eden Play Centre in Abertillery, south Wales, it threatened to ruin the autistic youngster’s big day
  • Her father PJ sent an invite out on Facebook and the day was saved by strangers

The father of an autistic girl has praised an ‘overwhelming’ response from good Samaritans who rallied around to save his daughter’s birthday party when her friends couldn’t make it.

Remi, five, was celebrating her birthday at the Eden Play Centre in Abertillery when only two of her young friends turned up. 

Her father, PJ Robins, explained: ‘We’d done some invites for a party for Remi, not many – just ten little friends.’

The 40-year-old added that two guests got in touch on the day to say they couldn’t make it through illness but others had not RSVP’d, adding: ‘It was really very sad that none of them had bothered to respond really.

‘One of the things with the autistic spectrum is that last minute changes are terribly distressing, especially to Remi.

Remi Robins, five, had her play centre birthday party rescued by the kindness of strangers

Autistic Remi would have had a hard time if the anticipated party had not happened

‘We’d already told her about the party and that we’d invited her friends so she was expecting her friends to be there.

‘At one point she turned around and said ‘Mummy, where are all of my friends?’ and that was like a knife in the heart.’

PJ, who moved to Abertillery in south Wales in 2017 with Remi’s mother Becki, then posted on a local community group on Facebook, asking for people to drop by.

In his post, he said: ‘Please, if anybody has some free time and has a child around my daughter’s age – would you be willing to help us make her party a day to remember.

‘We don’t expect anything, not cards or gifts, the party is all paid for and there’s plenty of food, we just want some children to come help our little girl celebrate.’

In response around 14 children and parents turned up and stayed at the party, and a number of others came up to wish Remi a happy birthday after seeing the post.

Mr Robins said ‘Remi was a little bit bewildered, if I’m honest. She had two friends there and then suddenly she had all these other people wishing her happy birthday’

Eden Play Centre in Abertillery in south Wales. Mr Robins praised the staff for their ‘wonderful support’

PJ Robins with his autistic daughter Remi, five

The post was shared more than 1,000 times and Mr Robins said he received around 60 messages from people who’d seen his appeal.

‘Remi was a little bit bewildered, if I’m honest,’ he said.

‘She had two friends there and then suddenly she had all these other people wishing her happy birthday.

‘She was just looking around like ‘what?’,’ he added with a laugh.

He said: ‘The response was truly overwhelming, and we’re still receiving messages from people in connection with the appeal, asking for our address so they can send cards, or drop in and meet Remi.

‘A lot of people have also reached out with their own stories of parenting children on the autistic spectrum, offering their support, playdates, and so on.’

‘The Eden Centre were fantastic as well, and their support was wonderful. I can’t praise them highly enough.’

He added: ‘Thank you to everybody who came down and brought their children.’

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Angelina Jolie Makes London 'Maleficent' Premiere a Family Affair

Working mom! Angelina Jolie celebrated the impending release of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil by having her kids tag along to the London premiere.

Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 11, joined the actress, 44, on the red carpet on Wednesday, October 9. Jolie’s older sons, Maddox, 18, and Pax, 15, were not present. The eldest is away at college in South Korea and reunited with his mother at the Japan premiere earlier this month.

The Oscar winner stunned in a gown that featured a cape, structured bodice and metallic details on Wednesday. Zahara wore a black dress, Shiloh sported a bomber jacket and pants, Knox rocked a black suit and Vivienne looked too cute in a black jumpsuit and white T-shirt.

The kids wrapped their arms around each other and Jolie as they posed for photos.

The Salt star’s father, Jon Voight, attended the Los Angeles premiere with her, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne last month. He gushed about his daughter at the time.

“It’s wonderful for me to spend time with Angie,” the actor, 80, told The Hollywood Reporter on September 30. “Any five minutes I get, I’m always appreciative, so this is great that I could come and hang out with her a little bit — and the kids, too.”

The Ray Donovan star went on to rave about Jolie’s acting chops. “I’m a father and a fan,” he said. “Like all really fine actors, Angie has got her own unique approach and, you know, set of understandings. She’s very strong about that. When she comes to a set, she’s so totally comfortable. She knows what she wants.”

The slew of red carpet appearances with the kids comes amid tension with their father, Brad Pitt. A source revealed in the new issue of Us Weekly that the Ad Astra star, 55, hopes to reconnect with estranged son Maddox with his ex’s help. “Brad has talked to Angelina about visiting Maddox in Seoul. Angelina has been trying to heal the rift between father and son,” the insider noted. “Maddox hasn’t been receptive.”

Pitt once doubted that Jolie was “making a concerted effort” on her end, but he now knows she is sincere, according to the source. “Brad remains upbeat that Maddox will reach out,” the insider added.

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January Jones Makes the Case for '90s-Era Lip Liner


January Jones is bringing back a ‘90s look we never thought we’d love to see again. But we do!

On Saturday, October 5, the Politician actress posted a selfie to Instagram, showing off her fresh (and enviable) makeup, which included a dusty rose lip with a visible, darker line tracing the edges. This standout addition gave Us total Kim Mathers at Eminem’s album release party in 2000 vibes. But apparently, for Jones, it called to mind someone else.

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“Dedicating this lip liner pic to all the girls in my high school,” she wrote in the accompanying caption, calling out on high school girl in particular. “Melanie Krumvieda specifically, wherever you are.”

At 41-year-old, the Mad Men star would’ve been a ‘90s teen. And even though we’d assume she’d be a trendy one, it turns out Melanie Krumvieda was the real trendsetter.

One of the most recognizable supermodels of the era, Linda Evangelista, commented on the actress’ post in support. “I’m still there…” she cheekily wrote.

Looks from this decade have been making a major comeback this year, with A-listers like Kim Kardashian and Tori Spelling getting on board. For instance, KKW Beauty launched a matte makeup collection in tribute to this nostalgic time and naturally it’s filled with lots of nude lipsticks and even more lip liner options to play around with. As for Spelling, as she taps back into her Beverly Hills 90210 stardom, the blonde beauty has been indulging in throwback ensembles, including Donna Martin’s favorite print: sunflowers.

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One of the most recent nostalgia trips is Will Smith’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air-inspired collection. The Bel-Air Academy clothing line features both modern and retro takes on ensembles Smith’s character would likely be seen wearing in the hit TV series.

Seems it’s time for another ’90s trend to come back. In fact, bring on all of ’em! Now excuse Us while we go dig up all the lip liner we can find.

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Cody Simpson calls Miley Cyrus his ‘baby’ as she makes him breakfast

Cody Simpson kisses Miley Cyrus and calls her ‘baby’ as she makes him breakfast… after she blasts ‘slut-shamers’ for labeling her a ‘w****’

Miley Cyrus, 26, addressed Thursday’s make-out session with Cody Simpson, 22, on Friday and spoke about how difficult it was for her to date in the public eye. 

And things appear to be going well for the beauty and Australian native, with Cody calling her his ‘baby’ on Saturday morning. 

The 22-year-old shared a photo kissing his new love on the head while thanking her for the breakfast she had made him.  

‘Baby’: Cody Simpson professed his love for Miley Cyrus on Saturday morning when he shared she had made him a healthy breakfast to start the day

‘Pre swim breakfast courtesy of baby,’ he captioned. 

The monochrome shot saw Miley wearing a thin white T-shirt for the morning photo. 

Her eyes were closed while the ex-boyfriend of Kylie Jenner and Gigi Hadid gave her a kiss on her head. 

Delicious! ‘Pre swim breakfast courtesy of baby,’ he captioned

Musician turned athlete: Cody’s breakfast comes ahead of his swimming race at USC later in the day

Miley’s skills in the kitchen saw her make Cody two slices of peanut butter toast topped with banana as well as a berry smoothie that had goji berries sprinkled over the top. 

Cody’s breakfast comes ahead of his swimming race at USC later in the day. 

The long-time friend’s social media post comes after the Mother’s Daughter singer shared a long post on Friday about how hard it was to date in the public eye while slamming ‘slut-shamers’ for calling her a ‘whore.’  

Speaking her truth: On Friday, Miley Cyrus took to social media to express herself about how she’s portrayed in the media, and her new relationship with Cody Simpson; the pair seen here in Miley’s Instagram post from 2015

For one of the topless shots of Cody, Miley captioned in the form of a checklist, listing out the hunk’s credentials: his age, Australian nationality (which she mentioned is ‘my type’ surely as a nod to her ex love Liam), and his ‘abs’.

‘I know the public feels invested in my past relationship [with ex Liam Hemsworth] because they felt like they saw it thru from the beginning,’ the star began her longer confessional.

‘I think that’s why people have always felt so entitled over my life and how I live it because they’ve watched me grow up.’

‘But I am grown now,’ Cyrus continued, ‘and make choices as an adult knowing the truth/details/reality.’ People only “know” what they see on the internet.’ 

Miley also addressed the inequity of how famous women are portrayed in their pursuit of love and intimacy, as compared to famous men.

‘Men (especially successful ones) are RARELY slut shamed. They move on from one beautiful woman to the next MOST times without consequence. They are referred to as “legends”, “heart throbs”,’ she continued, ‘where women are called sluts/whores! I am trying to just THRIVE/survive in a “mans” world.’

‘If we can’t beat em, join em!’ Miley concluded the section. ‘If our president can “grab em by the p***y…” can’t I just have a kiss and acai bowl?!?!’ 

After specifically responding to being recently spotted kissing Cody, she addressed the budding relationship on the next screen of her Instagram story. 

She’s into him: For one of the topless shots she posted of Cody, Miley captioned in the form of a checklist, listing out the hunk’s credentials

‘I refuse to recluse and “date” from home cause A. That’s not fun B. Extremely uncomfortable/puts me in a vulnerable position,’ the Slide Away performer expressed.

‘I would like to share an activity with someone I am dating and not be stuck at home with pretty much nothing to do but “Netflix and chill”.

‘This “dating” thing is new to me too. I’ve never been an “adult”/grown a** woman experiencing this… I was in a committed relationship for almost All my teens and early 20s; with the exception of a few breaks, which usually in those times I was working my a** off with not much R&R… and “meeting/trusting” people in my position is really tuff.’

‘Don’t f***ing pity me, not what I’m asking for,’ Miley concluded. ‘I have a great life I wouldn’t trade for “privacy” but PLEASE don’t make this awkward for me! I am trying to make light and like always MAKE FUN of myself/and the public’s perception of me! Get used to me dating – this is where I am at!’ 

Claiming what’s hers: Another of Miley’s adoring snaps of Cody on her Instagram story on Friday

This isn’t the first time the singer has used social media to vent. 

Shortly after her split from Liam Hemsworth was made public late this summer, Cyrus made a public statement on Twitter an Instagram that revealed some of her feelings about the split, and how it was important for her to set the record straight.

‘At this point I had to make a healthy decision for myself to leave a previous life behind,’ she tweeted on August 22. 

‘I am the healthiest and happiest I have been in a long time. You can say I am a twerking, pot smoking , foul mouthed hillbilly but I am not a liar.’

Setting it straight: This isn’t the first time the singer has used social media to vent

Miley Cyrus: A timeline of her dating history

Miley Cyrus was reportedly spotted locking lips with her old friend Cody Simpson in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The pair shared a ‘quick kiss’ during a ‘real quick’ stop at a grocery store, according to an eyewitness who spoke to E! News.

Her latest big news comes after she separated from her husband Liam Hemsworth and embarked on a brief summer romance with Kaitlynn Carter, the ex of Brody Jenner.

With all the recent turbulence in Miley’s love life, here’s a quick look at her storied relationship history.

Over: Miley announced in August that she has separated from her husband Liam Hemsworth, with whom she had a decade-long on-off romance

Nick Jonas: June 2006 – December 2007

Miley had a teenage relationship with her fellow Disney Channel star and pop singer Nick Jonas, who is only two months her senior.

When she was 16, she told Seventeen magazine that she ‘bawled for a month straight’ after she and Nick broke up.

‘We became boyfriend and girlfriend the day we met. He was on a quest to meet me, and he was like: “I think you’re beautiful and I really like you.” And I was like: “Oh, my gosh, I like you so much,”‘ she shared.

Throwback: Miley had a teenage relationship with her fellow Disney Channel star and pop singer Nick Jonas; pictured in February 2007

Justin Gaston: October 2008 – July 2009

The teen pop act had a nine-month relationship with underwear model Justin Gaston, who competed on Nashville Star, a show presented by Miley’s father Billy Ray Cyrus.

Miley and Justin broke up in early July 2009 just before she headed to Georgia to film her movie The Last Song, according to a People source.

‘Tears are words the heart can’t express,’ Miley tweeted in the wake of the split, which occurred when she was 16 and he 20.

‘How many tears are in there? They’ve gotta run out soon right?’ Justin responded on the social media platform.

Lovebirds: She had a nine-month romance with underwear model Justin Gaston, who competed on Nashville Star, a show presented by her father Billy Ray Cyrus

Liam Hemsworth, Part One: Summer 2009 – August 2010

Miley and Liam embarked on a real-life relationship while playing a couple onscreen in The Last Song.

An eyewitness told People they were ‘full-on making out’ at the Nashville airport in August 2009 after the wrap.

Their decade-long on-off relationship was born during the Georgia shoot of the film and she told Parade: ‘He’s my first serious boyfriend.’

They made their red carpet debut at the Oscars that March, but five months later, Liam announced through a representative that they had broken up.

Origin story: Miley and Liam embarked on a real-life relationship while playing a couple onscreen in The Last Song

Liam, Part Two: September 2010 – November 2010

Fans were delighted when the pair were seen out together in September 2010 only to be left heartbroken when news of their split emerged in November.

Josh Bowman: February 2011

Miley was glimpsed in 2011 cuddling in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park with Josh Bowman, her co-star in the 2012 comedy So Undercover.

The film was shot through December and January.

Another co-star: Miley was glimpsed in 2011 cuddling in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park with Josh Bowman, her castmate in the 2012 comedy So Undercover (pictured)

Liam, Part Three: April 2011 – September 2013

After spending a whole winter apart, it appeared that they came to the realization they couldn’t live apart, as they reunited in time for spring.

Shortly after Miley accompanied Liam to the premiere of his film The Hunger Games in March 2012, engagement rumors swirled as she was seen with a ring. However, she took to Twitter to shoot down the fevered speculation.

By June, the couple announced their engagement after Liam proposed with a 3.5-carat Neil Lane sparkler.

In February 2013, there appeared to be trouble in paradise once again, as Miley shot down cheating rumors. Despite her denials, the couple stepped out separately for high-profile Oscar parties, fueling breakup speculation. 

That September, Miley made the big step of unfollowing Liam on Twitter. Just days later, her spokesperson confirmed that the engagement was over.

His big night: Shortly after Miley accompanied Liam to the premiere of his film The Hunger Games in March 2012, engagement rumors swirled

Patrick Schwarzenegger: November 2014 – April 2015

By late in 2014, Miley was running around with the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a fling that became a social media sensation.

She was welcomed into the Schwarzenegger family fold, but by April 2015 their brief romance was through. 

‘It has a lot to do with being a feminist, but I’m finally O.K. with being alone.’ she told Time magazine that May.

Showbiz legacies: By late in 2014, Miley was running around with the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger; Miley and Patrick are pictured in February 2015

Stella Maxwell: June 2015 – July 2015

Miley was linked to model Stella Maxwell after they were seen out together. Not long thereafter, Miley shared that she was pansexual – and single.

Liam, Part Four: January 2016 – August 2019

The singer confirmed that she was back with Liam – and their engagement was on again – after she was seen with moving trucks at his home.

Miley and Liam made their first red carpet appearance together in more than four years in October 2017 at the Hollywood premiere of Thor: Ragnarok, starring his brother Chris.

They married in Franklin, Tennessee last December, a month after losing their Malibu home to the Woolsey Fire.

However, on August 10, a day after she was glimpsed kissing Kaitlynn Carter in Capri, Miley revealed she had separated from her husband.

Summer lovin’: Miley was linked to model Stella Maxwell after they were seen out together, but not long thereafter, Miley shared that she was single

Power couple: Miley and Liam made their first red carpet appearance together in more than four years in October 2017 at the Hollywood premiere of Thor: Ragnarok

Kaitlynn Carter: August 2019 – September 2019

Miley’s romance with Kaitlynn, the ex of Brody Jenner, went public during their Italian vacation in August.

As the month wore on Kaitlynn was spotted attending the MTV Video Music Awards with Miley, who performed at the Newark event. 

Rumors circulated that Miley had cheated on Liam during their marriage – a stream of conjecture she staunchly denied on Twitter.

By September, news broke that Miley and Kaitlynn had called it quits. 

Globetrotting: Miley’s romance with Kaitlynn Carter, the ex of Brody Jenner, went public during their Italian vacation in August

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Troian Bellisario Makes Promise About Climate Change To Her Daughter On Her First Birthday

Troian Bellisario is celebrating her daughter, Aurora‘s, first birthday by giving her a gift that will keep on giving.

In a touching Instagram, the Where’d Ya Go Bernadette? actress revealed that she’ll be giving a monthly donation towards an environmental group to combat climate change.

“These past 365 days have been the most challenging, hilarious, sleepless, giggle filled, food-on-the-floor, heart-beating-out-of-my-chest, WONDERFUL, life-changing days I have ever experienced,” Troian wrote with a sweet pic of the young girl. “Our daughter, Aurora is 1 year old today and she has already filled @halfadams and me with more joy and gratitude than our souls can handle.”

She continues, “All I want to do is return the favor, but the world we are giving her isn’t the world we grew up in. The oceans aren’t the same, the ice caps, the amazon rainforest, the hurricanes are more destructive, the summers burn hotter, the winters are colder, the animals are disappearing, the coral reefs bleaching, the very air we breathe is different.. changing in crisis. So today for your birthday, my daughter, I am making a promise.”

“Confronting climate change has to be a priority. For me and for our family. A daily fight. A monthly donation. At the front of our minds…. If you want to join me and wish her a happy birthday please consider following @fridaysforfuture and jointing the strikes OR joining me in donating some money (even a dollar a month!) to @nrdc_org or @davidsuzukifdn or any environmental fund that you love! This isn’t my world anymore. It’s hers. And it has to go better. I have to do better. ???.”

If you’d like to donate, you can check out Troian‘s links HERE.

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Vicky Pattison makes dig at ex-fiancé John Noble

Vicky Pattison says she ‘never dated someone nice’ before beau Ercan Ramadan… but admits she’s put on weight from having ‘too much fun’

Vicky Pattison has claimed she ‘never dated anyone nice’ before finding love with Ercan Ramadan, 26. 

The reality star’s world came crashing down when former partner John Noble was caught on camera grinding against a mystery woman in Dubai back last November.

Two months after a heartbroken Vicky, 31, dumped John found love with Ercan and last month moved in with him- but admitted she’s put on weight from having ‘too much fun’.  

Opening up: Vicky Pattison has claimed she ‘never dated anyone nice’ before finding love with Ercan Ramadan, 26

Vicky told Fabulous Magazine: ‘I’m a very smug little bear, I know it probably sounds really sickly but he’s just so nice, I’ve never gone out with someone really nice before, I didn’t know fellas like this existed.  

Admitting she is now in a better place, the honest television personality revealed her weight has crept up because she is having ‘too much fun’.

‘It wasn’t until too late that I realised, hang on, I’ve been having a bit too much fun and I can’t get away from the fact it’s written all over my body,’ she said.

The reality star’s world came crashing down when John Noble was caught on camera grinding against a mystery woman in Dubai back last November (pictured January 2018) 

Vicky added: ‘Everyone has that happy place- that number that they want to see on the scales or that clothes size they want to fit into… I like to be around a size 8-10 and I like to be strong.’   

Vicky is adamant she is the ‘best version of herself’ around Ercan but admitted the thought of ‘dealing with the fact that I expected to be married by now, with a kid on the way’ is ‘terrifying’. 

However, the former Geordie Shore star believes Ercan could be the one, saying: ‘I’m really happy, finally’.   

Two months after a heartbroken Vicky, 31, dumped John, found love with Ercan and moved in with him after eight months but admitted she’s put on weight from having ‘too much fun’

Vicky’s world was turned upside down in November when images and footage emerged, showing John getting up close and personal with a bevy of other women.

After the images came to light, the reality TV personality revealed she immediately threw him out of their home, which they bought together in 2017. 

Earlier this year, the reality star opened up about the split to MailOnline and said she doesn’t think about her former flame anymore.

She said: ‘I don’t think about him anymore. I don’t know that man. He’s rang me a couple of times since. Unfortunately we own a house together.

‘He’s very keen to get the money out of this house and have his ring back and just wanting to move on with his life. I think the ring is cursed, mate.’

John’s proposal was Vicky’s second, after her Geordie Shore co-star Ricci Guarnaccio, 32, popped the question during a Cancun MTV special in 2012.

I’m happy: ‘It wasn’t until too late that I realised, hang on, I’ve been having a bit too much fun and I can’t get away from the fact it’s written all over my body’ she said

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Woman makes £1.3M auctioning off her virginity to a London politician

Woman, 23, claims she’s sold her virginity for £1.3MILLION to a ‘Tory MP in his fifties’ through a notorious online escort agency

  • EXCLUSIVE: Lia, 24, from the UK, auctioned virginity through Cinderella Escorts
  • Says she dated politician as sugar daddy for two months before accepting offer
  • Claims man she has agreed to sleep with is ‘a gentleman’ and very educated
  • Lia says her mother supports her decision as ‘cash is better than a broken heart’
  • Will use money to move closer to London and remove financial strain of renting 
  • Believes ability to sell your virginity is ‘an important step towards emancipation’  

A young woman who claims to have made £1.3million by auctioning off her virginity to a ‘Tory MP in his fifties’ has revealed she intends to use the money to start up her own property portfolio. 

Lia, 24, from the UK, used the service provided by Cinderella Escorts and said she believes being able to sell her first sexual encounter is ‘an important step towards emancipation’.

The winning bidder, who allegedly won with his offer of £1.3m, had reportedly dated Lia as a ‘sugar daddy’ for two months beforehand, spoiling her with a monthly budget of £17,700.

After getting to know each other the politician, whom the company is unwilling to name due to its confidentiality agreement, ‘decided he wanted to have sex with Lia’.

Earlier this year, Cinderella Escorts made another unverified claim that it had secured the sale of Mahbuba Mammadzada’s virginity, one of Azerbaijan’s most successful models, to a politician in Tokyo. 

Lia, 24, from the UK, used the service provided by Cinderella Escorts to auction her virginity and said she believes the fact she was able to sell her first sexual encounter is ‘an important step towards emancipation’

Speaking in a video on the website, Lia explained how she decided to auction her virginity on Cinderella Escorts because she wanted to be able to afford to start her own property portfolio.

‘I’m already starting some master classes and seminars on this topic so I’m trying to learn as much as I can,’ she said.

‘It would be great to meet someone who has that kind of experience, I think that would be really great.’

As well as getting on the property ladder, Lia explained she wanted to move closer to the city of London, live ‘in a safer neighbourhood’ and not have ‘the financial stresses of renting’.

She added: ‘I would also like to start my own career in my graduated subject, which would be really cool because it’s sometimes mostly freelance and it’s quite tricky if you don’t have the financial gains.’ 

Lia said she currently resides with her mother, who knows about her plans and ‘supports her’.  

Lia admitted she ‘never expected’ to make so much money by auctioning her virginity and said it proves to her she ‘took the right step’

She told FEMAIL: ‘We have a good relationship and she understands that most women will eventually part with the man they had their first time with and will be disappointed. It is less painful to get money instead of a broken heart.’ 

The 24-year-old said the man she has agreed to sleep with is ‘a gentleman’ and very educated, with ‘extremely influential contacts in London’. 

‘It is exciting to meet a man with such power,’ she explained. ‘You don’t find that at my age. It impresses me that he even has his own driver and security. And a guy like that is interested in me – I find that totally flattering and I guess he will be gentle with me.’

Lia added that she has made it clear she only wants normal sexual intercourse for her first time.


Speaking in a video on the website, Lia explained how she decided to auction her virginity on Cinderella Escorts because she wanted to be able to afford to start her own property portfolio

‘I already had experience with his fetishes,’ she said. ‘For me they are strange. But maybe it’s because I am young and inexperienced. For example, he likes to pleasure my feet. 

‘[During] the two months in which we got to know each other, he wanted to try out a bunch of things unknown to me. However, I quickly showed him my limits. I like him a lot, but I think we live in two different worlds. Powerful men can get a lot, I think, so they are looking for something extraordinary.’ 

Lia said seeing other women sell their virginity on the site gave her the ‘courage’ to do the same

Lia, who is 8st 5lb and 5ft 1in, revealed she will also use the money to take care of her family and indulge in some of her passions, such as dancing and writing.

‘I completely understand that this is my body and look forward to having this very special exchange,’ she added.

In order to be listed on Cinderella Escorts’ auctions, girls must show us a doctor’s certificate confirming their virginity. Due to the large amount of money involved in Lia’s ‘sale’, the buyer is entitled to perform another test using a doctor of their choice. 

Having accepted the highest offer, of which Cinderella Escorts deducts 20 per cent as commission, Lia admitted she ‘never expected’ to make so much money and said it proves to her she ‘took the right step’.

‘I am looking forward to the night together and am happy to have auctioned my virginity,’ she said. 

‘Even though I don’t deal much with politics, I am looking forward to exciting conversations with the buyer and a passionate night.’ 

Lia went on to explain that she’d read about several other women who auctioned their virginity through Cinderella Escorts, which gave her the ‘courage’ to do what she wanted with her body and ‘feel good’ about it.  

She added: ‘I think being allowed to sell his virginity was a taboo in our society and was broken by this new trend to sell his virginity. It is an important step towards emancipation (sic).’

Lia insisted that she has made it clear she only wants normal sexual intercourse for her first time

In a statement, a representative for Cinderella Escorts said: ‘When our platform offered an escort service, this had already arrived in society 10 years ago, however, this service was still strongly frowned upon. 

‘But when we first auctioned off the virginity of a young woman, it was a huge scandal. No one wanted to allow a woman to decide for herself with whom and for what reasons she had her first time. 

‘Virginity was considered sacred and was a way of oppression. Women were forced for centuries to maintain their purity and were stamped immediately when they lost it. 

‘It is true that a movement of emancipation and the associated loosening of social views for women began before us in Europe, whereby she was allowed to lose her virginity even before marriage. 

The 24-year-old said the man she has agreed to sleep with is ‘a gentleman’ and very educated, with ‘extremely influential contacts in London’

‘However, we have helped to completely eradicate this issue and, when we read the numerous comments in the media, we realise that it has finally been accepted that a woman can do whatever she wants with her body. It was one of the last taboos of our time.’ 

In order to join Cinderella Escorts as a customer, you must have minimum assets of €10million. A representative for the organisation told FEMAIL that they will accompany Lia to a hotel and stay there until both parties decide that they want to spend the night together alone. 

For legal reasons, meetings only take place in countries where prostitution is legal, meaning Lia will travel abroad to lose her virginity. FEMAIL is unable to verify that the auction and subsequent sale took place.

In October last year we reported how a British teenager was selling her virginity through the site and expected to fetch more than £1million for her services.

Amy, a ‘verified virgin’ who did not wish to reveal her surname, said she planned to pay for her university fees and travel the world with her earnings, and had thought ‘long and hard’ about her decision. 

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Liam Payne makes red carpet debut with girlfriend Maya Henry in Paris

Liam Payne makes his red carpet debut with model girlfriend Maya Henry, 19, at pal Rita Ora’s Escada launch… after the couple were spotted kissing during dinner

He was seen passionately kissing his new girlfriend Maya Henry on Thursday night.

And Liam Payne appeared as smitten as ever as he made his red carpet debut with his beau at the ESCADA x RITA ORA capsule launch event during Paris Fashion Week on Sunday.

The singer, 26, looked dapper as he smoldered in front of the cameras while wearing a sharp black ensemble and bright white trainers.

Loved-up: Liam Payne, 26, and Maya Henry, 19, made their red carpet debut as a couple at the ESCADA x RITA ORA capsule launch event during Paris Fashion Week on Sunday

Social media sensation Maya, 19, donned a statement red jumpsuit and matching handbag for the event. 

The stunner looked elegant with a houndstooth jacket casually draped over her shoulders, standing out against her bold scarlet outfit. 

Liam opted for all black on Sunday, but added some character to his fashionable look by having a large pocket with a zip on the front of his short sleeved shirt.

Smitten: Liam has previously said Maya ‘helped him through stress and made him happy again’ and the couple appeared as happy as could be as they smiled at each other in Paris on Sunday


Say cheese: (L to R) Liam Payne, Maya Henry, Rita Ora and Vas J Morgan

During the event Liam and Maya spoke with Let You Love Me singer Rita Ora, who was also looking fabulous in red.

On Thursday the happy couple were seen kissing during a night out and dinner in Marylebone, London.

The singer, 26, could hardly keep his hands off Maya as they stood outside the restaurant. 

The musician and model first went public with their relationship earlier this month, marking 14 months since Liam split from Cheryl, 36.

Looking sharp: Singer Liam wore all black for the event with a pair of striking white trainers


Joker: Liam showed off both his funny and serious side as he posed for the cameras in Paris

Striking: Maya stunned in a red jumpsuit at the launch event and accessorised with a matching bold handbag


Leading the way: Liam held onto Maya’s hand as they arrived for the Escada x Rita Ora party in Paris on Sunday

Polished pair: The new couple appeared content as they stepped out in Paris on Sunday, three days after being seen kissing in London

In an Instagram post the Strip That Down singer revealed Maya ‘helped him through stress and made him happy again’.

The artist posted a loved-up snap as he cosied up to his girlfriend on a sofa while he beamed with happiness.

In his message he explained: ‘This one @maya_henry for always keeping the biggest smile on my face through all the stress and making me realise how perfect my life really is love you all’.

All together now: Liam and Maya spoke with Vas J Morgan and Rita Ora at the Let Me Love You singer’s launch event with Escada 


Black and red: Liam’s dark attire stood out against Maya, right, and Rita’s red ensembles

Appearance: Liam’s outing with Maya comes after Cheryl walked the runway for during the Le Defile L’Oreal show for Paris Fashion Week on Saturday 

Moving on: Liam first went public with his and Maya’s relationship earlier this month and shared an Instagram post about his beau

Liam’s outing with Maya comes after Cheryl walked the runway for during the Le Defile L’Oreal show for Paris Fashion Week on Saturday. 

While Liam and Cheryl are said to be on amicable terms, the hunk didn’t hold back from admitting that he feels more ‘relaxed’ with social media sensation Maya.

He said: ‘She’s awesome. It’s got to the point with my life where I’m like, screw this – it’s not worth my happiness. The different with her is she’s so relaxed that it helps me relax in a situation.’

Singers Liam and Cheryl dated between February 2016 and July last year, in which they welcomed their first child Bear in March 2017. 

Bundle of joy: The Strip That Down singer had previously been dating Cheryl between February 2016 and July last year, and they welcomed their first child Bear in March 2017

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Daniel Craig makes emotional speech to James Bond gang as No Time To Die wraps

Daniel Craig is hanging up his James Bond tux, with No Time To Die his last outing as the spy.

And the 51-year-old star reportedly got emotional at the 007 wrap party, as he bid goodbye to the team.

It has been claimed the dad-of-two made a drunken speech at the bash, telling director Barbara Broccoli and the gang just how much he would miss them all.

Which is quite sweet.

‘I just want to say, and I am really quite drunk now so I won’t go on for long, this has been the best, most wonderful experience I have ever had,’ he reportedly told the gang.

‘You have all done the most amazing job. I could not be more proud to work with every single one of you.

‘I would like to thank you for this evening, for Barbara, for putting it on,’ the Mirror states he added. ‘Thank goodness, we did this tonight.’

According to the publication, the cast and crew enjoyed a swanky dinner to celebrate the wrapping of the upcoming film in Matera, Italy.

And they chowed down on a Bond-themed cake, just in case they didn’t get the movie memo.

Daniel has been joined by a string of famous faces, including Rami Malek and Lashana Lynch in the upcoming instalment, with Naomie Harris and Lea Seydoux returning to the fold.

His final outing as the spy hasn’t gone without a hitch, as he was forced to halt filming after just two weeks on set, following an ankle injury.

Back in May, the Layer Cake star slipped and ‘fell awkwardly’ on his ankle during a fast-paced chase scene in Jamaica.

‘He was sprinting during filming when he slipped and fell quite awkwardly,’ an insider told The Sun at the time.

‘He was in quite a lot of pain and was complaining about his ankle.’

Filming was pushed back while the actor recovered, leading many to question whether No Time To Die – penned by Phoebe Waller-Bridge – would be finalised for the movie’s slated April 2020 release.

But it looks like the gang have managed it.

Metro.co.uk has contacted Daniel’s reps for a comment.

James Bond: No Time To Die will be released in cinemas on 3 April, 2020.

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United Airlines flight makes emergency landing after passenger gets stuck in bathroom

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A passenger’s trip to the bathroom ended in an emergency landing when she became stuck inside the lavatory.

A cross-country United Airlines flight from Washington D.C. to San Francisco was forced to land in Denver after the plane’s bathroom door would not open, trapping the passenger inside.

The flight landed in Colorado at 7:21 p.m. MDT, where officials boarded the plane to help the unidentified passenger get out safely.

In footage of the incident shared to Twitter by a passenger, two people are seen trying to pry open the lavatory door. According to the tweet, the Denver Fire Department was also called to retrieve the passenger from the bathroom.

“Well folks it’s never a dull moment on @united, we have to make an ‘emergency landing’ in Denver because a passenger got stuck in the bathroom. You can’t make this up," the passenger wrote.

In a statement from United Airlines to Fox News, a spokesperson said the airline has apologized to passengers for the delay.

A cross-country United Airlines flight from Washington D.C. to San Francisco was forced to land in Denver after the plane’s bathroom door would not open, trapping a passenger inside.
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“Flight 1554 from Washington D.C. to San Francisco diverted to Denver to assist a customer who was in the lavatory when the lavatory door became inoperative. The passenger was safely removed from the lavatory after landing, and customers have since continued on to their destination on a new aircraft. We are reaching out to all customers onboard and the customer in the lavatory to apologize,” the statement read.

This passenger isn’t the first to find herself locked in a bathroom. Last year, WWE wrestler Heath Slater became trapped in the lavatory on a flight to Florida the day before New Year’s Eve. A team of crew members had to unhinge the door to let him out.

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Crafty gadget makes light but expensive work of cutting things

One of the worst things about making clothes from scratch or creating delicate invitations is trying to cut the materials to the perfect size and shape without somehow buggering it up.

This is why the Cricut Maker exists. It cuts stuff for you and even operates a pen pretty nicely, so you just have to worry about the sewing and the wording.

The Cricut Maker connects to your device via Bluetooth and can cut a range of materials, including leather.

The machine works by connecting to your phone/tablet/computer via Bluetooth or USB and syncing with your Cricut account. You can upload or make your own patterns freely, but things can get expensive when you try to use the easy built-in designs. They start at $1, but most are $5-10, which can add up if you have a lot of projects, especially after you’ve bought the machine for $600 plus extra blades and accessories.

A way around that is to sign up to the Cricut Design Space subscription service, which gives you access to some patterns as part of the monthly or annual fee. It launches in Australia next month, though an American version is live now.

The quality of designs available in the subscription service varies wildly, with some that can only be described as being too Texan-suburban-soccer-mum. However, if you dig, you can find gems like a bowl cosy, Christmas stockings, bow ties and a selection of truly delightful Halloween decorations.

If those don’t tickle your fancy, there are other designs (including some curated by Martha Stewart) available for purchase. You can also find more further afield online or design them yourself.

If you have (or are willing to pay for) the pattern, you can cut material for all kinds of clothes.

I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to turn a simple JPG into a pattern ready to be cut out. It was significantly more challenging trying to make panels for a waistcoat from scratch, but I’m sure that skill will come with practice, and I perhaps shouldn’t have tried to run before I could crawl.

The machine itself is extremely easy to use. Once they’ve chosen a design, everyone from your technophobic father to a reasonably dexterous five-year-old will be able to place their material on the appropriate mat (there are two mats in the box; one for delicate materials and a stickier one for harder materials, and more are available separately) insert the appropriate blade or pen (maybe don’t let the five-year-old do that), and press the Create button when they’re ready to go.

Cutting card can make for great invitations and papercraft.

The machine lets you know if you have the wrong blade inserted for the task, which is helpful if you’re wanting to follow the design and materials exactly but less so if you’re trying to adapt it for a different material.

What impressed me was how competently the machine cut through leather and thin cardstock alike, and it also claims to be able to cut chipboard and delicate paper. Having attempted to use other brands of cutting machines to make lacy paper wedding invitations a few years ago (a memory that still haunts me), it’s wonderful to see how far the technology has come. While I didn’t get a chance to try fiddlier fabrics like chiffon, I’m sure any designer with the skill to create their own patterns in the software will find this a far better way to cut out their fabrics. I can think of several past contestants on Project Runway who might have benefited from the device.

In the end, those who dream of making clothes for their children out of a love of creation, rather than a desire to save money, will absolutely love this machine, as will all crafters who struggle to cut precisely.

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Prince Harry makes appearance at army conference

Prince Harry makes an unannounced royal appearance at Sandhurst to give a lecture on mental health at an Army conference

  • Prince Harry, 35, attended an army conference at Sandhurst yesterday 
  • Joined former footballer Rio Ferdinand and Olympic rower Heather Stanning 
  • Royal is believed to have given a ‘full briefing on mental health’ for soldiers 
  • Glenn Haughton OBA MBA shared a snap alongside the royal on Twitter 
  • The royal looked relaxed as he pointed at a hashtag #TimeToTalk sign  

The Duke of Sussex made an unannounced appearance yesterday at Sandhurst as he attended an army conference where he spoke about the importance of mental health for soldiers. 

Prince Harry, 34, was one of the guest speakers at the Field Army Health Conference staged at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst alongside former England footballer Rio Ferdinand.  

Soldier Glenn Haughton OBA MBA shared a snap posing alongside the royal on Twitter, writing: ‘Back together with the Duke of Sussex as part of the Field Army conference on optimising human performance.’ 

It comes after a busy week for Prince Harry, who travelled to Amsterdam to help launch Travalyst, a scheme that promotes environmentally-friendly tourism, despite facing backlash over his use of private jets in recent weeks. 

Prince Harry, 34, made an unannounced appearance at Sandhurst yesterday where he gave a lecture on mental health (pictured with Glenn Haughton) 

Solider Glenn Haughton OBE MBA said it had been ‘a brilliant conference, refreshing, modern, inspiring’ 

The royal looked relaxed as he attended the event at Sandhurst, donning a smart white shirt, blue blazer and black jeans for the occasion.

In one snap he posed alongside a fellow soldier Glenn Haughton OBA MBA, pointing to a sign that read ‘#TimeToTalk’.  

The duke’s visit to Sandhurst yesterday was also highlighted by a former Household Cavalry colleague who has taken on his own mental health project, carrying around a ball and chain to raise awareness about the issue.

Warrant Officer First Class Steve Parker, Command Corporal Major was asked to take on the challenge to help a new charity. 

Prince Harry attended Sandhurst Military Academy for army training (pictured at his Passing Out Parade in 2005)

‘My commanding officer strapped it on to me on Monday and said ‘you can’t choose when you have mental health problems’,’ said WO1 Parker, who served in the same Squadron as Harry when they were in the Household Cavalry’s Blues and Royals.

He added ‘It’s showing the burden we all have to carry.’

The senior soldier talked about his unusual charity task when he met the Duchess of Cornwall as she visited London’s Victory Services Club in her role as its patron-in-chief.

He handed over the three kilogram ball so Camilla could feel its weight and she said he was doing it for a worthy cause.

Warrant Officer First Class Steve Parker, Command Corporal Major met with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, yesterday and revealed Prince Harry was giving a ‘full briefing about mental health’ 

The 42-year-old senior soldier, from Sunderland, said about Harry: ‘He’s been in Sandhurst attending the Field Army Health Conference, he was giving a full briefing about mental health.

‘It’s really important we have that conversation now, it’s taken a long time.

He continued: ‘I don’t just think it’s about the military, society as a whole has an issue.’

He added how after he put his charity challenge on his Twitter account he was contacted by seven people asking for help.  

Prince Harry has long been passionate about supporting mental health, working with Meghan Markle and brother Prince William and Kate Middleton on the campaign Heads Together 

Prince Harry has long been passionate about supporting mental health, and worked together with Prince William, Kate Middleton and wife Meghan Markle on the Heads Together campaign. 

Harry has spent many years working with veterans across the world with the Invictus Games Foundation and the Endeavour Fund, and convened the top UK military service charities to work together. 

It comes after a busy week for the royal, who attended the launch of Travalyst, a scheme that promotes environmentally-friendly tourism in Amsterdam on Monday.

Prince Harry supported the launch of the scheme despite facing criticism last month after he and Meghan took four private jet journeys in 11 days to and from Nice and Ibiza, rather than opting for commercial flights – despite speaking out on environmental issues. 

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Shay Mitchell makes boyfriend wear pregnancy suit after he disagrees on epidural, breastfeeding

Shay Mitchell first announced that she was pregnant in June, surprising fans. (Photo: Presley Ann, Getty Images for Hulu)

The struggle is real when it comes to explaining pregnancy to male partners who aren’t physically carrying the baby.

Shay Mitchell knows this all too well and recently took matters into her own hands.

In the “Pretty Little Liars” star’s third YouTube episode of “Almost Ready,” she quite literally makes boyfriend Matte Babel walk in her shoes.

The couple goes for a hike and Babel wears a 30-pound pregnancy suit—exactly the amount of extra weight Mitchell is carrying, she says. She even puts devices underneath his suit that make him “feel the kicks” of a tiny human.

Mitchell, 33, was attempting to help Babel understand what she is experiencing during her first pregnancy. She’s expecting a girl with Babel, 38.

In the video, the two can’t agree on some major parenting decisions such as breastfeeding versus formula or whether to get an epidural during labor.

The discussions followed a “baby basics” class.

Breastfeeding or formula?

Babel shared strong opinions on breastfeeding being the best way to nourish the child. 

“If you can’t breastfeed, I completely understand…” Babel says, in which Mitchell replied, “Some women don’t want to.”

“I’m against that and I’m sure there’s a lot of women who are against it too,” Babel says. “I’m just thinking if you have the innate ability to breastfeed and the kid latches why would you not want the best for you baby?”

They bicker a bit before Mitchell explains, “because formulas are good, too.”

Babel goes on to share some benefits of breastfeeding, but ends with, “If you can’t do it, of course, that’s rough. I get it.”

‘You say no epidural, I say epidural’

In a later scene, the couple discusses their birth plan.

“I feel like we need to be more on the same page,” Mitchell says. “You say no epidural, I say epidural.”

“Am I partial to no epidural, yes,” Babel replies. “Why? Because I’m a hypochondriac. I’m afraid of drugs. My mom didn’t use an epidural…I meet women all the time who didn’t choose to use an epidural.”

Mitchell compares it to getting a root canal without medication, but Babel shoots down the analogy.

“As a woman your body is genetically engineered to give birth,” he doubles down.

It backfires.

“Well, listen, next time you can do this,” Mitchell says, then pulls out the pregnancy suit.

Mitchell is documenting the couple’s pregnancy journey in her YouTube series.

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Bella Thorne Makes Her Venice Film Festival Debut with Boyfriend Benjamin Mascolo

Bella Thorne looks gorgeous while attending a Venice Film Festival movie premiere for the first time!

The 21-year-old actress and author was joined by boyfriend Benjamin Mascolo at the premiere of the new film Joker on Saturday (August 31) in Venice, Italy.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Bella Thorne

“Venice Film Festival with babe,” Benjamin wrote on Instagram along with a photo of them on the carpet.

FYI: Bella is wearing a Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini dress.

35+ pictures inside of Bella Thorne on the red carpet…

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Katherine Heigl makes up cheer for kids’ first day of school. They’re so not impressed

Katherine Heigl shared a video of an adorable back-to-school chant she made up for her kids. She, of course, embarrasses them. (Photo: Jordan Strauss, Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

We think it’s great! Her kids? Not so much.

Katherine Heigl made up a back-to-school cheer this week for daughters Adalaide Marie Hope, 7, and Naleigh Mi-Eun, 10, which she sang for them on their way to second grade and middle school on the first day of school.

The “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Suits” actress shared the cheer in a video on Instagram and it goes like this:

“My name is Nay Nay, I’m 10 years old. Today’s my first day, of middle school…” her 10-year-old, at first apprehensive, flashed a smile and gave a quick wave. Then the camera panned to Adalaide.

Her eyes are as large quarters. What in the heck is this?

“My name is Addie, I’m 7 years old,” Heigl continued. “When God made me, he broke the mold!”

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First day of school for my gorgeous girls! Yeah…I came up with an embarrassing cheer this morning laying in bed and couldn’t wait to sing it for them. The good news is…I did not do this in front of their classmates! ?❤️

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Adalaide scrunches her face and frowns but Heigl presses on: “Today’s the first day, of second grade. I’m gonna be … “

“Super brave!” dad Josh Kelley finishes off camera.

And the look of delicious embarrassment Adalaide delivers is one that every parent has seen, which is exactly what Heigl was going for.

“First day of school for my gorgeous girls! Yeah…I came up with an embarrassing cheer this morning laying in bed and couldn’t wait to sing it for them,” Heigl captioned the post. “The good news is…I did not do this in front of their classmates! ?❤️”

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Blind long jumper makes giant leap in stunning pic from photography ‘heroes’ of the year competition – The Sun

A BLIND long jumper has leapt into winning place in a stunning picture from a photography ‘heroes’ of the year competition.

The best snaps of the year have been compiled from all over the world, capturing the beauty of our natural world and the people and animals within it.



Throughout the year, photographers from across the globe submitted images to match the themes of reflections, beauty, road trips and fun.

The broad array of snaps have been compiled by Agora Images in celebration of World Photography Day – an annual, worldwide celebration of the art, craft, science and history of photography.

Spanish sports photographer Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz captured the moment blind long jumper Xavi Porras strode across the finish line during a Para-Olympic event in Spain.

Siaz effortlessly caught the moment Porras realises a masterful jump mid-air.

British photographer Hugo Healy captured an ariel view of Indonesia’s largest waterfall from deep in the jungle with a backdrop of Semeru volcano.
He described the breathtaking scenery as: "Views straight out of Jurassic park."

Gorgeous images such as Michele D'Amico’s photo of a happy lion family shot in Tanzania feature in the collection.

Zaw Zaw Kaung San’s photo of two laughing elderly ladies from Myanmar titled ‘Smile’ picked up the top prize for the ‘Fun’ themed competition.















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Good lighting makes you likeable in job interviews

Good lighting could be the key to a successful job interview ‘as employers see you as more warm and competent’

  • Researchers at Loughborough University examined the impact of office lighting 
  • They tested more than 300 subjects in both Germany and the United States 
  • It has implications for the settings involving the evaluation of other individuals

Job-hunters are more likely to be deemed capable and likeable if the person interviewing them is happy with the lighting in the room.

That’s the conclusion of a new study by researchers at Loughborough University, who examined the impact of luminosity levels in professional contexts. 

The study, conducted by Dr Olga Kombeiz and Dr Erik Dietl from the School of Business and Economics, analysed more than 300 people to test their theory. 

Ultimately, they hope it’ll contribute to the design of better and fairer work settings. 

Data: Researchers at Loughborough University conducted two separate studies to test their hypothesis, which linked positive feelings and room lighting in a professional setting

HOW DID THEY REACH THEIR FINDINGS? 

Dr Olga Kombeiz and Dr Erik Dietl conducted two inter-connecting studies to test their hypothesis: a laboratory experiment and a field study in real working offices.

Both required participants to look at photos of male and female faces with neutral expressions and rate their level of warmth and competence.

One-hundred-and-sixty-one German university students took part in the first, which was hosted in a lab, while the second involved 175 full-time employees in the United States. 

 All participants were asked to rate the faces in the photos in terms of their perceived warmth and competence and rate how satisfied they were with the light in the office.

Lights of different brightness and colour temperatures were used during the experiments as the light settings considered to be the best or most satisfying to an individual is down to personal taste. 

The paper explores how positive feelings associated with and competence, which is characterised by intelligence, confidence, and assertiveness.

They addressed the theory that lighting relates to judgements of others’ warmth – how friendly and trustworthy someone is deemed to be – by conducting two inter-connecting studies: a laboratory experiment and a field study in real working offices.

Both required participants to look at photos of male and female faces with neutral expressions and rate their level of warmth and competence.

Results from a pilot study showed the images to possess ‘medium levels’ of attractiveness, warmth and competence.

One-hundred-and-sixty-one German university students took part in the first, which was hosted in a lab designed to represent an office, and the second study involved 175 full-time employees in the United States.

All participants were asked to rate the faces in the photos in terms of their perceived warmth and competence and rate how satisfied they were with the light in the office. 

Lights of different brightness and colour temperatures were used during the experiments as the light settings considered to be the best or most satisfying to an individual is down to personal taste.  

Dr Kombeiz and Dr Dietl found in both studies that the more satisfied participants were with the light in the office, the more likely they were to deem the faces in the photos as warm and competent.

They found the same pattern of results in the German laboratory experiment and the US field study, which they say demonstrates, at least in Western Culture, that the satisfaction with light appears to be related to positive judgements of other people.

Dr Kombeiz commented: ‘Person perception and the evaluation of others in work contexts are very important. The first impressions that we have about other people can impact judgements and decisions.

‘First impressions occur automatically and at least partly subconsciously and may be influenced by factors such as light in the office. Our research contributes to the understanding of how affective processes – satisfaction with light – relate to judgements of others.

‘From a practical point of view, this has implications for the design of settings involving the evaluation of other individuals.

‘For example, in order to avoid unfair or biased judgements of job applicants, the lighting conditions during a job interview should be the same across all applicants and/or decision-makers should be able to adjust the lighting conditions so that they are satisfied with them.

‘This research underlines the importance of subjective appraisals of our environment. In addition to light, we intend to take a more holistic approach by examining other features of the workplace.’

The full paper, titled ‘Light as a positive situational cue at work: Satisfaction with light relates to judgements of other’s warmth and competence’, was published on the Loughborough University website.

 

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Meghan Markle makes awkward typo as she promotes launch of her new clothing line on the Sussex Royal Instagram – The Sun

MEGHAN Markle released more details about the charitable workwear line she’s launching on Instagram – but fans pointed out the name of the organisation was spelt wrong.

The Duchess of Sussex recently announced she’s teaming up with charity Smart Works, in partnership with Marks & Spencer and John Lewis, to create a capsule collection.

The new venture focuses on women's workwear, and more details were published on their Sussex Royal Instagram page today – which included an awkward typo.

The lengthy post spelled the name of the charity wrong, calling it ‘Smart Works Chairty’, which has since been changed.

But fans quickly spotted the embarrassing blunder, claiming they couldn’t access the charity’s page when they tried to click the link.

The typo was mocked in the comments, with one person saying: “Great initiative, but u think you misspelled charity.[sic]

Someone else said: “Incredible idea, absolutely behind this!

“Tried to click on the Instagram link for @smartworkscharity but it was mis-spelt, would be great to rectify so people can properly follow this fantastic charity.”

And a third wrote: “@smartworkscharity tagging you as there seems to be a typo in the post.”

The latest Instagram upload said they were “proud” to be supporting a “very special” initiative.

The organisation helps women back into the workplace by providing them with new outfits, coaching and the confidence they need to shine at a job interview.

It said: “After quiet visits to Smartworks over the last year, The Duchess was moved by the impactful work being done by this non profit organisation that helps women into the workforce, equipping them with both the skills and clothes they need to feel job-ready.

“Throughout her visits she noticed that while the donations were plentiful, they were also notably a combination of mismatched items and colours which weren’t always the right stylistic choices or sizes that didn’t necessarily “suit” the job at hand: to make a woman feel confident and inspired as she walked into her job interview.

“As a result, launching this autumn, The Duchess will be supporting a collective to help equip the women of Smart Works with the key workwear essentials they need as they enter into the workplace.

“This initiative is supported by four generous brands who share the vision to empower the women of Smart Works to look and feel ? as they bravely venture in to what can often be a daunting environment for those who have been out of the job market.”

The 37-year-old wrote about her new venture in the September issue of Vogue which she is guest editing.

She said: “When you walk into a Smart Works space you’re met with racks of clothing and an array of bags and shoes. Sometimes, however, it can be a potpourri of mismatched sizes and colours, not always the right stylistic choices or range of sizes.

"To help with this, I asked Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw and my friend, the designer Misha Nonoo, if they were willing to design a capsule collection of more classic options for a workwear wardrobe.

"Taking the idea further, many of the brands agreed to use the one-for-one model: for each item purchased by a customer, one is donated to the charity.

"Not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together."

Smart Works helps more than 2,000 women each year back into work, with two offices set up in London.

More than one in two clients they help succeed at their interview, and if they’re offered the job women are able to return to receive more items too build a work wardrobe.

 

And here’s more information on Meghan Markle's new charitable workwear line.

In other royal news, we told you Meghan was branded "cheap, vulgar and irresponsible" by outspoken Lady Colin Campbell, who says "she was never an A-lister so needs to stop acting like one".

We also revealed royal fans have accused Prince Harry of having a "dig" at brother William after saying he’ll only have "two children maximum" in his planet-saving Vogue chat.

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Katy Perry makes a splash in a multicoloured swimsuit in Mallorca

Katy Perry makes a splash in a multicoloured swimsuit as she dives into the sea to go snorkelling during sun-soaked trip to Mallorca

She’s been enjoying a sun-soaked getaway to Mallorca with her fiancé Orlando Bloom.

And Katy Perry continued the fun in the Spanish Balearic island as she was pictured clutching a snorkel and diving off a boat into the cool, blue waters below.

The Roar singer, 34, slipped her stunning figure into a multicoloured swimsuit as she enjoyed a day out at sea with a plethora of pals on Saturday.


Making a splash: Katy Perry continued the fun in the Spanish Balearic island as she was pictured clutching a snorkel and diving off a boat into the cool, blue waters below

The one-piece, featuring pastel shades of pink, blue and yellow, perfectly highlighted the star’s slender frame,  while the low square neckline showcased her décolletage.

Ahead of her big jump, Katy had earlier shielded her eyes with a white visor with a rainbow pattern and clutched a yellow, quilted handbag. 

The singer also clutched her essentials for the day, including a brightly coloured sarong, a bottle of sparkling water and some sun tan lotion. 

Katy left her platinum blonde tresses to hang loosely in soft curls, while she appeared to wear minimal make-up for her action-packed excursion.  

Sizlling: The one-piece, featuring pastel shades of pink, blue and yellow, perfectly highlighted the star’s slender frame, while the low square neckline showcased her décolletage

Day out: Ahead of her big jump, Katy had earlier shielded her eyes with a white visor with a rainbow pattern and clutched a yellow, quilted handbag


Prepared: The singer also clutched her essentials for the day, including a brightly coloured sarong, a bottle of sparkling water and some sun tan lotion

Style: Katy left her platinum blonde tresses to hang loosely in soft curls, while she appeared to wear minimal make-up for her action-packed excursion

The singr appeared to be without Orlando, who popped the question to Katy on Valentine’s Day this year whilst they were having an intimate dinner at an Italian restaurant.

Katy later revealed that Orlando bought so many flowers for the proposal, she felt like they were Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

Detailing the proposal, Katy said on Capital radio: ‘It was Valentine’s Day and I had to work that day and I just remember meeting him at dinner at this place, at this Italian restaurant.

Let’s go: The singer got ready to dive in as she gazed out at the water during her current stay in Marbella 



One, two three: Katy had a snorkel in hand as she prepared for her jump into the Mediterranean on Saturday  

There she goes! Dasha Zhukova looked on as the American singer plunged into the cool water 

This is the life: Katy grinned as she joined a male pal in the Mediterranean during her latest outing on the Spanish island 


American dream: Katy appeared to be living her best life on Saturday, but there was no sign of Orlando Bloom as she frolicked with pals

 

‘Because when I get a pass I just want to stuff my face with pasta and so I get there and he’, clean shaven, he’s not wearing tennis shoes and I’m like ‘oh something is going down’.

Katy joked that she also had an inkling that Orlando was up to something due to the fact that he was okay with her ordering everything on the menu: ‘Well, I mean, he was letting me like… we were ordering everything and it was like “who is this person?”‘

Discussing how he felt during the night, she said: ‘He must have been so nervous – actually he was, he was going like this [takes deep breaths] – and then I thought I was going somewhere and I wasn’t and then I got on a helicopter and he asked me to marry him.



Step by step: The singer clambered up a set of metal steps at the rear of the boat following her dip in the ocean 

We’ve got you covered: Katy’s friends Dasha Zhukova and Stavros Niarchos looked on as she made her way back onto their luxury yacht 

Make way: The drenched star soon found herself back on the boat after frolicking in the ocean 

‘We landed on this building and then went downstairs and my family and friends were there and the most flowers you have ever seen. It’s like, you know when Kanye does that for Kim and you’re like ‘oh my god’? I was like ‘oh my god!’

Referencing their relationship, she said: ‘It’s great, he’s great, I love him very much.

However, Katy recently revealed that they won’t be rushing into marriage as they want to be emotionally ready before taking the next big step.

Shady: The singer stayed cool beneath a cap after drying off on Saturday 

Thirsty work: With temperatures soaring Katy ensured she had a bottle of mineral water to hand 

Let’s talk: The singer sought shelter from the sun while close pal Dasha chatted with partner Stavros Niarchos

The Swish Swish singer said on Australian radio show Kyle and Jackie O earlier this month: ‘I think we’re doing really great and we’re really doing the hard work and laying the beautiful foundation before we start to build a monster house.

‘I’m saying more figuratively, like emotionally. It’s important for us to really do the work before we go and take this really big next step. Because he was married before and It’s not the same in your 30s as you know.’

The couple – who have both been married before – announced their engagement in February and have not yet revealed any plans for their big day.

Katy was previously married to British comedian Russell Brand, 44, however they split in 2011 after 14 months of marriage, with Russell previously stating that their busy schedules and ‘the undulating nature of fame’ lead to their break-up.



Off they go: Katy and her pals were pictured climbing up stairs as they hopped back on deck


Legs for days: Another pal displayed her sensational figure in a black high-leg swimsuit

Russell has since remarried, tying the knot with Laura Gallacher in 2017, and the pair have two daughters together.

Meanwhile, Orlando’s first marriage to model Miranda Kerr, 36, ended in 2013 after two years. They share an eight-year-old son Flynn.

Miranda married Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel in 2017. They welcomed their first child together in 2018, and the model is currently pregnant with their second. 

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Ryan Thomas makes unexpected appearance at Jennifer Lopez’s 50th bash

Ryan Thomas makes VERY unexpected appearance at Jennifer Lopez’s 50th birthday bash in Miami… and ex Corrie star cannot contain his glee as he parties with hip-hop royalty

It was the hottest celebrity party of the year, with an A-list guest-list comprised of hip-hop royalty.

And Ryan Thomas was a long way from the cobbles of Coronation Street as he made a very unexpected appearance at Jennifer Lopez’s 50th birthday party in Miami on Wednesday.

The former soap star, 35, couldn’t contain his excitement as he travelled from Manchester to Miami for the icon’s gold themed bash, hosted by PrettyLittleThing owner and his BFF Umar Kamani. 

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Say what? Ryan Thomas was a long way from the cobbles of Coronation Street as he made a very unexpected appearance at Jennifer Lopez’s 50th birthday party in Miami on Wednesday

From Manchester to Miami: The former soap star, 35, couldn’t contain his excitement as he attended the icon’s gold themed bash, hosted by PrettyLittleThing owner and his BFF Umar Kamani

The Celebrity Big Brother winner looked in his element as he chatted with the On The Floor hitmaker, her fiancé Alex Rodriguez and a host of A-list guests including DJ Khaled and Ashanti at Gloria Estefan’s $32million Star Island home.

Showing his appreciation for the Hollywood superstar, Ryan whooped and cheered as she regaled the crowds with an impromptu duet with Hold You Down collaborator Fat Joe.

He looked dapper in a crisp white shirt, leopard print tie and sparkling white blazer, paired with black trousers as he bantered with J-Lo.

A-list circles: Ryan was seen chatting with DJ Khaled and Fat Joe at the glittering bash 

Front row seat: Ryan was in prime position as he captured J-Lo’s grand arrival to the party, hosted by his BFF and PrettyLittleThing owner Umar Kamani 

Centre of attention: Ryan captured the entire night on social media, as the birthday girl wowed in a gold gown

Work it: Ryan praised the star as she took to the decks with Hold You Down collaborator Fat Joe for an impromptu performance


Wow: J-Lo appeared to be working the camera for Ryan as she sultrily whipped her hair around during the performance

Documenting the night on social media, Ryan was merely feet away from the Hustlers actress as she arrived at the party, before taking to the dancefloor with her pals.    

Ryan joined J-Lo and 250 guests at an extravagant gold-themed bash to mark her milestone birthday.  

Jennifer looked simply sensational in a plunging gold ensemble, showcasing her age-defying figure in the revealing number.

Hip-hop royalty: Fat Joe and DJ Khaled addressed the crowds as Ryan filmed the moment


Dance dance: Jennifer looked sensational as she partied the night away 

Glittering: The party was held at Gloria Estefan’s $32million Star Island home


Performance: The songstress belted put one of her hits in a clip captured by Ryan

The birthday girl was the only person dressed head-to-toe in gold, ensuring she stood out from the crowd by asking her guests to stick to white.  

She showed off a liberal amount of skin in her sequinned skirt and bralet, flashing her defined abs and gym-honed physique. 

The daring attire boasted cross-body strap detailing, adding an edgy feel to the outfit, and was accessorised with giant hoop earrings and a gold clutch bag.

The star pulled her hair back in a high ponytail, serving to further highlight her incredible complexion and youthful visage. 

Wow: Jennifer was every inch the superstar as she took to the stage 

Dance: DJ Khaled regaled the crowds with a spontaneous dance performance

Cake: Jennifer was close to Ryan as she cut into her gigantic birthday cake 

Guests at the fabulous event featured a number of famous faces from the music industry, including Ashanti and DJ Khaled.    

The party included a gourmet dinner complete with white orchid centrepieces, before party-goers moved into another room and began dancing.

Naturally, JLo was the queen of the dancefloor, putting on an animated display as she showed her friends and family how it was done. 

The party was hosted at the luxe $32million Miami residence owned by power couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan, which happens to border a home owned by Lopez’s ex, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.  

Aside from the party, Ryan has been on cloud nine since getting engaged to Lucy Mecklenburgh during a romantic trip to Italy’s Amalfi Coast last month. 

Ryan, who shares daughter Scarlett, 10, with ex Tina O’Brien, had clearly pulled out all the stops for the proposal as he wined and dined the stunner with a romantic al fresco dinner by the sea.

Ryan also took to his Instagram shortly after with two romantic snaps, with the caption: ‘Welcome to the family @lucymeck1.’

The couple met on Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls in early 2017 and confirmed their romance in July after months of speculation. 

Watching on: Ryan filmed Jennifer cheering for DJ Khaled’s performance

 

 

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Baby Makes 5! Chelsea Clinton, Marc Mezvinsky Welcome 3rd Child

Another one! Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, welcomed their third child to the world on Monday, July 22.

“This morning we welcomed our son, Jasper Clinton Mezvinsky,” former president Bill Clinton’s daughter, 39, tweeted. “We are overflowing with love and gratitude and can’t wait to introduce him to his big sister and brother.”

She announced her pregnancy news on Twitter in January, writing, “Marc and I have loved watching Charlotte be such a wonderful big sister and we’re excited to watch Aidan become a big brother. We cannot wait to meet our newest addition later this summer.”

When asked if Bill, 72, and Hillary Clinton, were excited for their third grandchild’s arrival, the Governing Global Health author responded, “They are.”

She and the investment banker, 41, tied the knot in 2010 and started growing their family four years later. Charlotte arrived in 2014 and became a big sister when Aidan was born in 2016.

“Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude,” Chelsea wrote on Twitter after her eldest’s arrival.

The former first lady, 71, and her husband said to Us Weekly in a statement at the time: “We are blessed, grateful and so happy to be the grandparents of a beautiful girl. We are thrilled to be with our daughter and her husband as they welcome their daughter into the world. Chelsea is well and glowing. Marc is bursting with pride. Charlotte’s life is off to a good start.”

Before becoming a mother, the Arkansas native gushed about what a great time it was to bring a baby into the world. “I certainly feel all the better whether it’s a girl or a boy that she or he will grow up in world filled with so many strong, young female leaders,” Chelsea said in 2014. “I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child and hopefully children as my mom was to me.”

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Carol Vorderman, 58, makes VERY cheeky joke while posing in a cockpit

Carol Vorderman, 58, dons a sharp pilot uniform as she makes a VERY cheeky joke while posing in a cockpit at RIAT 2019

She has previously revealed that was unable to join the RAF during her university days because they didn’t accept girls at the time. 

But Carol Vorderman, 58, was certainly dressed the part as she attended The Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford, Gloucestershire on Friday. 

Clearly enjoying her time at the event, the former Countdown star couldn’t resist making a very cheeky joke as she posed in a cockpit. 

Air she is! Carol Vorderman, 58, was certainly dressed the part as she attended The Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford, Gloucestershire on Friday

Carol looked absolutely sensational as she donned a sharp RAF officers No. 1 uniform, complete with a fitted blazer and skirt.  

The TV presenter strutted along in a pair of classic black heels as she strutted along while her companion shielded her from the rain with an umbrella. 

The day before Carol documented her day at the convention on Twitter and uploaded a snap of her sitting comfortable in a Generation Tempest aircraft. 

‘I do love a cockpit’: Clearly enjoying her time at the event, the former Countdown star couldn’t resist making a very cheeky joke

She hilariously captioned the snap: ‘I do love a cockpit #Pilot…..sitting in one of the concept #GenerationTempest models at ⁦@airtattoo @BAESystemsAir @RollsRoyce @Leonardo_live #TopGun.’

⁩⁦Carol has previously discussed how she was left disappointed when she couldn’t join the RAF during her university days.

She said: ‘I wanted to join up as a fighter pilot when I was in my teens. I went to Cambridge University and I did an engineering degree.

Dressing the part: Carol looked absolutely sensational as she donned a sharp RAF officers No. 1 uniform, complete with a fitted blazer and skirt

‘But I wasn’t allowed to join the university squadron because I was a girl, back in the seventies. But I don’t bemoan this fact.

‘My daughter went to Cambridge University and she was allowed to join up.

‘She was in her squadron for four years. It’s a celebration for me that things have changed so much.’

⁩⁦’I wasn’t allowed because I was a girl’: Carol has previously discussed how she was left disappointed when she couldn’t join the RAF during her university days

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iPadOS makes Apple’s tablet a better computer, but not a replacement

iPadOS is a radical update to Apple's tablet operating system that brings some of the features we take for granted on a laptop to the iPad. With iPadOS installed, the iPad functions less like a blown up iPhone and more like a computer, provided you have the keyboard cover accessory to go with it.

We've been testing out the public beta ahead of the full release in September, and have put together some of the most compelling features that make the iPad a more useful computer, even if it's not yet a laptop replacement.

Better multitasking is one of the new features that brings the iPad closer to being a laptop replacement.

External storage support

Apple has finally opened the door for external storage on iPads, so you can browse through files stored on USB thumb drives, SD cards and external hard drives. Files such as videos, photos and documents can be opened directly from the external drive without copying them over first, so you can load up a bunch of movies on an external drive and watch them on your iPad without chewing up your internal storage. Third party apps have access to external storage as well, so Adobe Lightroom for instance can import photos directly without having to go via Apple's Photos app.

The process is seamless if you're using a newer model iPad Pro with a USB-C port, and we were even able to connect multiple drives and an SD card all at the same using a hub. However connecting external storage is impractical on a regular iPad as the ageing Lightning port doesn't deliver enough power for faster drives.

Improved multitasking

Split-screen lets you run two apps at once, side-by-side, but in iPadOS the functionality has been expanded so that you can run two instances of the same app. For example this allows you to compose an email on one side while having another email open for reference. Multiple apps can also exist in the new Slide Over window which can be moved around and swiped away. I found Slide Over to be useful for running utilities like the 'Files' app, so I could attach files to an email at any moment by simply dragging and dropping them over.

Desktop class browser

Browsing the web on iPadOS will no longer bump you down to the mobile version or ask you to use the app equivalent, and will instead give you the full fat desktop experience. However desktop sites are optimised for mouse input and not touch so you will come across some sites that don't behave how you expect them to.

That said, mobile sites and apps like Google Docs are quite limited when compared to their desktop counterparts, so being able to access the full blown version through a web browser on the iPad is a handy workaround.

iPadOS gives the tablet a look and feel distinct from the iPhone.

New and improved home screen

iOS never really utilised the additional screen real estate of an iPad, with the home screen displaying only four columns of icons, the same as on an iPhone. This, thankfully, has changed with iPadOS, where you can now fit 50 per cent more app icons on each page. Flicking from the left of the screen gives you the 'Today View' which you can customise with a whole host of useful widgets. For instance, the 'Files' widget will show any recently opened documents and files while the calculator widget will allow you to do some quick calculations without ever launching the app.

Gorilla arm

Whether you're using the keyboard cover or not, it simply isn't comfortable to use the iPad for extended periods on your lap or on a desk. I found myself constantly in the hunched position when using an iPad with my arm fatiguing after an hour or so from having to regularly reach for the touchscreen. The new gestures such as the three finger swipe for copy and paste don't feel particularly intuitive to use either.

Despite the ability to connect a mouse and keyboard, the iPad is still primarily a touch device (in fact the mouse support is very wonky and only designed as an accessibilty measure for folks who have difficulty touching the screen), and the operating system has been designed accordingly. Apple claims that by September it should be possible to use the iPad entirely from the keyboard, but that sounds like a lot of new shortcut combos.

Desktop class apps MIA

Apple claims that the iPad Pro is more powerful than the 13-inch MacBook Pro, but that is meaningless when there are no desktop class apps available on the platform to take advantage of all that power. This could change when Adobe finally releases the full version of Photoshop, which might just open the floodgates for others to do the same. Until then what we have is stripped down mobile apps that pale in comparison to their desktop counterparts.

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Japanese probe makes historic landing on far-flung asteroid

A Japanese spacecraft landed on a distant asteroid this week and scientists hope it will provide clues on the origin of the solar system.

It’s job will be to collect underground samples and report back its findings.

The Hayabusa2 spacecraft had already created a landing crater on the rocky asteroid in April by dropping a copper impactor. It landed inside that crater on Thursday and collected samples that scientists believe contain valuable data unaffected by space radiation and other environmental factors.

Hayabusa2 is the first spacecraft to successfully collect underground samples from an asteroid. A similar mission is planned by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration on another asteroid, Bennu.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said data show Hayabusa2 touched down and rose safely after collecting the samples. The moment the success was announced in the command center, everyone stood up, cheered and applauded.

‘It was a success, a big success,’ said Takashi Kubota, a Hayabusa2 project member. ‘We achieved success in all scheduled procedures.’

JAXA said the samples have been safely placed in a container, which will be moved to a capsule for secure storage.

‘We obtained pieces of the history of the solar system. We took a historic step,’ said Yuichi Tsuda, the Hayabusa2 project manager. ‘Nobody has collected and brought home underground materials from anywhere further than the moon.’

Asteroids are rocky remnants left over from the formation of the solar system. With one of its most critical missions now finished, the next task is to get Hayabusa2 to safely return to Earth with the samples, Tsuda said.

The asteroid, named Ryugu after an undersea dragon palace in a Japanese folktale, is about 300 million kilometers (180 million miles) from Earth. Hayabusa2 is expected to leave the asteroid later this year and return home at the end of next year. The asteroid, about 900 meters (yards) in diameter, is extremely rocky on its surface and has signs organic compounds, scientists say.

Hayabusa2 made a similar landing at another location on the asteroid in February and collected topsoil samples. The spacecraft started its gradual descent to the asteroid on Wednesday. In the final landing phase Thursday, it hovered at a height of 30 meters (100 feet) and quickly found its landing marker left from the earlier mission.

The actual landing lasted only a few seconds. It extended its sampling tube to the ground, shot a pinball-size bullet to break open the surface, and sucked up the debris that was blasted off. The landing was a challenge for Hayabusa2 because of the risk of getting hit by dust and debris remaining at the crater, Kubota said.

JAXA plans to send the spacecraft close to the asteroid again as early as next week to examine the landing site from above.

JAXA scientist Seiichiro Watanabe said Thursday’s success is significant in learning about the asteroid because samples taken from two sites and at different depths can be compared. Initial images transmitted from Hayabusa2 show sample pieces with different colors and sizes, a sign of diversity even on a tiny asteroid, he said.

‘It is extremely significant to be able to compare soil on the surface and from underground,” Watanabe said. “I’m so excited about finding out about all these unknowns.’

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