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kim kardashian slams media for 'demonising' kanye west and pushing mental health narrative

kim kardashian has accused the media of pushing a mental health narrative around her husband kanye west after he posted a stream of consciousness on twitter, where he voiced support for donald trump. the reality star claimed many people were trying to “demonise” her husband with their commentary on his tweets, where he has been painted as “erratic”. during his social media spree, kanye covered many topics including his fashion label yeezy, his family and his support for the us president, who he called his “brother”. kim then took to twitter herself to slam how reports of kanye’s tweets had been covered in the media, which also came amid a backlash from some of his fans for verbalising his support of trump. the ‘keeping up with the kardashians’ star was also quick to i...





people made homeless by grenfell trauma ignored in government figures

ministers stand accused of ignoring swathes of grenfell’s homeless by omitting from official figures those residents too traumatised to return to the area after the blaze last year.while communities secretary sajid javid regularly updates parliament on efforts to rehouse those hit by the north kensington fire, the government’s headline figure refers only to survivors whose homes were destroyed by the fire, and excludes a further 128 households from the wider lancaster west area.many of this group are too traumatised to return to their former homes. most lost a friend or relative in the blaze and watched the fire take hold from their window.while the royal borough of kensington and chelsea local authority has a strategy to rehouse the 128 households - from barandon walk, hurstway walk, ...





starbucks to start using paper straws in uk

starbucks is set to trial alternative solutions for plastic straws across 54 of its uk stores, testing public reaction to paper and biodegradable plastic straws.the announcement comes after a starbucks employee launched a petition calling on her employer to ditch plastic straws. stephanie muttillo, from new jersey, said the coffee chain had a duty to help tackle the growing problem of plastic waste. “i would like to see starbucks, the company i work for, help lead the way to shrink our footprint on the planet,” she explained. “plastic straws are too lightweight to be recycled, and oftentimes are made out of the same plastic as styrofoam, which cannot be recycled. there are many alternatives to plastic straws. many companies have started using compostable straws or paper straws.??...





10 lust-worthy pieces to fuel your stationery addiction

if you’re a stationery addict, you know full well you don’t need an excuse like national stationery week to fill your drawers with even more unnecessary completely necessary notepads, pens, pencil cases and desk pads.but seeing as there is a week dedicated to it, it seems only polite that we join in and treat ourselves to brand-spankingly new desk accessories to fill ourselves with joy - enjoy!spring desk padthis isn’t just a notepad, this is a desk pad to ensure your weekly plans are in order (with some space for doodles). it’ll make you more organised, promise. price: £7.95. from: oh deer. gel pen ink set 12-packmake your lists, notes, brainstorms and creative notes look beautiful with fine-tipped gel pens (no, they weren’t only cool when you were 12). price: £16.95. from:...





how donated wash bags bring comfort to survivors of sexual assault

in the waiting room for the haven, there are no magazines or music playing; instead the walls hang abstract artworks and a screen shows ocean waves gently lapping at a shore. great care has been taken to make this room a calming atmosphere and omit anything that may be triggering for those who pass through: victims of sexual assault and rape.one in four women and one in 10 men will experience sexual assault in the uk at some point in their lives. the haven, based at king’s college hospital in camberwell, south london, provides crucial support to sexual assault victims, while also obtaining forensic evidence so perpetrators can be caught and prosecuted.when the centre first opened its doors in 2000 it catered to adults of all gender identities, but since - and heartbreakingly due to th...





top 20 geographical names given to babies in the uk

if you’re looking for a unique baby name then why not look to the hundreds of countries, cities and states to find inspiration for naming your little one. sounds odd? fear not, geographical names aren’t a new thing - think brooklyn beckham, paris hilton and india hemsworth. consider also that kim kardashian and kanye west named their third child chicago and it doesn’t seem to be a trend that’s slowing down. so what are the most popular geographical names in the uk, according to recent official ons records? global babies trawled through the data to find out.top geographical names given to babies in the uk in 2016:1. austin (given to 812 babies in 2016)2. lincoln (given to 478 babies)3. savannah (given to 432 babies)4. hudson (given to 383 babies)5. jordan (given to 256 babie...





knife crime offences up 22% in england and wales

police have registered sharp increases in knife and gun crime amid mounting concern over spiralling levels of violence.official figures show forces in england and wales also recorded rises in homicide and robbery last year.in findings that will place the government’s efforts to make britain’s streets safer under the spotlight, statisticians reported that there had been an increase in “high-harm” violent offences.forces logged 39,598 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in 2017, a 22% increase compared with the previous year, and the highest number registered since comparable records started in 2010.offences involving firearms were also up, by 11% to 6,604 recorded crimes.these offences tend to be disproportionately concentrated in london and other metropolitan areas, the ...





the waugh zone thursday april 26, 2018

there was yet another lords defeat for the government on its eu withdrawal bill last night, as lord lisvane’s amendment curbing henry viii powers passed with a whopping 128 majority. yet again, it was a cross-party combo that did the damage, with 13 tory rebels and crossbenchers voting by six to one for the change. today, the commons has its own symbolic vote on staying in the eu customs union, though with government whips sending an abstain message out it will be the speeches not the result that we should watch for.the really big vote in the lords comes on monday, on an amendment giving parliament a ‘meaningful vote’ on the pm’s brexit deal with brussels. this is known among peers as ‘grieve plus, plus’, because it corrects some of the loose wording of dominic grieve’s amend...





tory candidate george stoakley suspended over 'sweating like a jew in an attic' tweet

a conservative council candidate who said he was “sweating like a jew in an attic” has been suspended by the party.george stoakley, who is standing as a candidate in fen ditton & fulbourn in cambridgeshire at next week’s local elections, made the comment in 2013.in another tweet the 23-year-old said: “some people call it aids, i just call it weaponised semen.”he also branded a girl a “faggot” for using snapchat to film the x factor final.in another tweet he said he would like to have jeremy kyle’s job so he could “shout at chavs all day”.stoakley, who describes himself as a “libertarian conservative” has since protected his twitter account from being seen in public.a conservative spokesman said: “george stoakley has been suspended and an investigation is underwa...





let's ensure the times' reporting does not have a long term impact on muslim foster carers

on the 28 august 2017 the times, a great ambassador for british journalism, press independence and accuracy, with an unrivalled heritage, ran a highly divisive, inaccurate and disturbing headline: ‘christian child forced into muslim foster care’.the piece was described, very accurately, by the head of the government inquiry into foster care, sir martin narey, as “dishonest”, and even a cursory look at the facts illustrated that the vulnerable child was being exploited for the sake of a human interest story. in an age of open islamophobia for many it came as no surprise but nevertheless the story was able to open up a genuine window into contemporary british society, and some of the xenophobic views which have become increasingly acceptable.despite the story being full of irony, w...





facebook reveals strong profits despite cambridge analytica scandal

the company’s net income also increased by three billion dollars to 4.9 billion for the quarter. the vast majority of this will have come from adverts that you see on the social network.what’s perhaps most surprising about the figures is that despite the hashtag #deletefacebook trending on social media, facebook has actually seen a rise in both its daily and monthly active users.over 1.45 billion people now use facebook every single day and 2.2 billion use it at least every month. both figures represent a 13% increase over the same period from last year.during the earnings call the social platform’s founder and chief executive mark zuckerberg acknowledged the scrutiny the company was currently under.“despite facing important challenges, our community and business are off to a stron...





parents will have control over what kids watch on youtube with new tighter controls

google is improving settings on its youtube kids app to give parents more control over what their kids are watching. the separate app for children, which launched three years ago, aimed to give kids a place to access videos, however there have been concerns over the access kids have to inappropriate content.in controls rolling out later this year, youtube has announced parents will be able to manually approve videos their children can access through the app, giving them the opportunity to handpick ones they feel are appropriate. also, starting this week, there will be the option for parents to change settings in the app so it only shows channels that have been vetted by human moderators - these will be collections of videos and channels from trusted channels, created by google. parents...





6-year-old told 'you can't play football you're a girl' leads england women's team and sheffield as mascot

a six-year-old has received an outcry of support after a tweet explaining how bullies told the youngster: “you can’t play football, you’re a girl” was posted by her mum online. jessie adams, from derbyshire, was having a casual kick-about on the field at school during lunchtime but was told to stop playing because she was a girl after tackling another pupil. her mum, anna adams, picked her up from school and was told her daughter had been visibly upset all day. within days of the mum’s tweet, the family were contacted by sheffield united ladies fc, who offered jessie the chance to lead the team out as mascot in their fixture against radcliffe.“i never expected it to go as far as it did,” said anna, 32. “sheffield united ladies got in touch straight away and wanted to go t...





prince harry names william as his best man at the royal wedding

prince william may have just become a father for the third time, but he can’t rest on his laurels just yet - his brother, prince harry, has just named him as his best man when he marries meghan markle. in a tweet on thursday kensington palace revealed the wedding would be a family affair, saying: “prince harry has asked his brother the duke of cambridge to be his best man at his wedding to ms. meghan markle.”the announcement was accompanied by several photos of the brothers. having one designated best man actually goes against royal tradition. long-standing royal commentator richard fitzwilliams previously told huffpost uk: “in the past, royal grooms have been allowed to choose two supporters - the equivalent of two best men.“when prince charles married diana in st paul’s,...





all parents can relate to prince william's struggle to stay awake during remembrance service

all parents will remember well the sleepless nights that come with the arrival of a new baby, and it seems no one is exempt from the tiredness.this is after the duke of cambridge was pictured supposedly trying to stop himself from falling asleep during the annual anzac day service at westminster abbey yesterday. eddie mulholland via getty images just two days after the duke and duchess of cambridge welcomed their third child, whose name is still yet to be announced, the father-of-three attended the ceremony with his brother prince harry and fiance meghan markle.during the readings, the duke seems to be struggling to keep his eyes open and parents have taken to twitter to send their support.even people who aren’t parents are sympathising. one person had a suggestion for him tryin...





kanye west's donald trump tweets spark unfollowing spree in the celebrity world

while the rumours that kanye lost as many as 10 million followers in the wake of his tweetstorm proved not to be true, a whole lot of celebs appear to have still unfollowed him on the site, including former collaborators rihanna, kendrick lamar, justin bieber, katy perry and nicki minaj.other famous twitter users who’ve seemingly had their fill of kanye include drake, kim’s pal chrissy teigen, john legend, ariana grande, harry styles, zayn malik, rita ora, migos, dua lipa and calvin harris.as you may have read by now, kim was quick to fire off her own tweets on the matter, insisting first of all that her husband doesn’t support all of trump’s policies and beliefs (though she was careful to keep that side of things vague), while also slamming the media for perpetuating a narrative...





does stress cause cancer? 2 in 5 people incorrectly believe it does

almost half of people mistakenly believe factors such as stress and food additives cause cancer, a new study has found.researchers at university college london (ucl) and the university of leeds surveyed 1,330 people in england and found that mistaken belief in mythical causes of cancer is rife.more than 40% wrongly thought that stress (43%) and food additives (42%) caused cancer, while one third incorrectly believed that electromagnetic frequencies (35%) and eating genetically modified food (34%) were risk factors.meanwhile 19% thought microwave ovens caused it and 15% said drinking from plastic bottles did too, despite a lack of good scientific evidence.among the proven causes of cancer, 88% of people correctly selected smoking, 80% picked passive smoking and 60% said sunburn.belief in ...





wildlife tourism has a dark side

in an industry worth approximately $250million per year with over 100million visitors, there’s a serious dark side.i’ve just returned from documenting thailand’s wildlife tourism industry. as an environmental photojournalist and filmmaker, i have spent the last decade observing the cruelty humans do to animals. yet what i witnessed in thailand was beyond the pale; a level of abuse that has no justifications. and the public needs to be made aware of it.worldwide, more than 500,000 animals are suffering for the sake of entertainment. many of them have been stolen from their families in the wild to lead a life in captivity. here they are dressed up, humiliated and forced to perform on a daily basis. behind the scenes they are beaten and forced to live in appalling conditions.the situati...





the 9 most relatable reactions to kanye west's latest twitter storm

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as a makeup artist, this is what i think of the instaglam trend

over recent years the world of social media has opened the door to a new generation of makeup artists. for better or worse instagram has been flooded with tutorials of a new one look fits all kind of makeup. instaglam makeup is perfectly adapted to photograph beautifully under a halo light and with a soft blur filter; the thick, full coverage foundation, perfectly contoured, glowing with highlighter and heavy pigmented eyeshadow. for many of the professional makeup artists i know, the move away from traditional editorial makeup (aka kate moss on the cover of vogue) sends a shudder through them. but for many others it’s opened a whole new world of opportunities. the question is: does our own professional opinion matter or should we be recreating what social media dictates? as of yet insta...