MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, has donated $1.7 billion of her wealth over the past year to causes including racial equality, LGBTQ rights, public health and climate change, she said in a blog post on Tuesday.
Ghislaine Maxwell has filed a desperate last-minute appeal to stop “embarrassing” confidential documents from being released, claiming the government wrongfully used them to bring criminal charges. US District Judge Loretta Preska had ruled that the files must be unsealed and released to the public by Thursday, but Ms Maxwell’s lawyers launched what they conceded was an “extraordinary request” for her to reconsider. The British socialite, 58, is currently answering a number of civil lawsuits brought by victims of associate Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier found dead in his prison cell last year. Her lawyers charged on Wednesday that prosecutors in a separate criminal case used confidential depositions she made in 2016 in the civil case that is now being consideration by Judge Preska. The defamation suit was filed in 2015 by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who alleges she was abused by Epstein and pimped out to powerful figures including Prince Andrew, and confidentially settled in 2017. The Duke of York has denied all allegations.
The comments follow a report about Boris Johnson's fears of a coronavirus resurgence.
One woman has died and a man is on life support following an unmasked social gathering which infected 14 family members with the coronavirus last month.The event’s host, Tony Green, now says the consequences were “a harsh lesson in the reality of Covid-19”, having earlier doubted the threat posed by the virus.
Surgeon James Marion Sims brutalised Anarcha Westcott and dozens of others. Now a statue to their memory could be built at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
NSW says coronavirus outbreak 'on knife’s edge' amid 19 new cases and growing clusters in Sydney's east. Premier Gladys Berejiklian takes swipe at Queensland counterpart over surprise border closure as cluster in Potts Point expands
The government now has orders for a total of 250 million doses of four different types of COVID-19 vaccine.
On the face of it, little progress has been made in negotiations on a UK-EU trade agreement. Michel Barnier warns that one is “unlikely” and that time is running out (again). Both sides gear up for a “no deal” cliff edge when the post-Brexit transitional period ends on 31 December.Behind the scenes, a different, more positive, picture is emerging. The resumption of face-to-face rather than the virtual talks during the lockdown has oiled the wheels. Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, has held four working dinners with David Frost, his UK counterpart, including one in London this week.
A large-scale coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong could lead to a collapse of the city's healthcare system, the leader has warned.The city is battling a worsening Covid-19 outbreak which has infected over 1,000 people in the last two weeks.
There is a very good reason why the people of the Balearic Islands feel particularly hurt by Britain's new rules on quarantine. As I flew into Mallorca, it was there beneath me.
The Crown and Anchor in Stone, Staffordshire, said it had an 'overwhelming amount of people visiting' on Saturday.
Scientists have discovered why coronavirus causes some patients to lose their sense of smell.Temporary loss of smell, or anosmia, is one of the earliest and most commonly reported warning signs of Covid-19.
Lovers of the night sky are in for a mid-summer treat Wednesday as the Delta Aquarids meteor shower reaches its peak, sending as many as 20 shooting stars an hour across the heavens. The spectacle is expected to go some way towards compensating holidaymakers for cancelled fireworks displays across France and elsewhere.While technically visible from 9pm until dawn, the Delta Aquarids – like all meteor showers – are best seen in dark, moonless skies and away from the light pollution of cities.The US space agency Nasa recommends that viewers lie down and stare up the sky between the zenith and the horizon (at a 45-degree angle) in the direction of the constellation Aquarius.Experts say it will take between 15 and 30 minutes for the eyes to properly adjust to the dark, and there is no need for binoculars or a telescope.Up to 10 percent of Delta Aquarids leave glowing ionised gas trails that shoot out for a second or two after the meteor passes.Because these meteors fly from the south, Pierre Cruzalèbes, an astrophysicist at the Côte d'Azur Observatory says looking towards the north, east or west will offer the best trail views."If you see them coming from the front, you will only see a simple flash, without any light trail,” he told FranceInfo radio – adding that the best time of night is just before dawn, when the sky is at its darkest and the glow of this week’s waxing crescent moon will be long gone. Annual spectacleThe Delta Aquarids meteors, which originate from the comet 96P/Machholz and move at a pace of 40 kilometres per second, can be seen from around the world every year between July and August, when the Earth ploughs through the debris of the comet.“This allows the bits to collide with our atmosphere where they disintegrate to create fiery and colourful streaks in the sky,” Nasa says on its website, adding the best vantage point is in the southern tropics, where Aquarius is high above the horizon. * Hubble beams back spectacular photo to flaunt 30 years of cosmic trailblazing * Mysterious object in space may have been swallowed by a black holeThe Ile-de-France Astronomical Association is offering maps to help stargazers locate the best observation spots, with minimal light pollution. For those unable to get a good view of the night sky, astronomy enthusiasts on YouTube will be live-streaming the meteor shower.While Wednesday marks Delta Aquarid’s peak, when those in the northern hemisphere can join in the fun, the meteors will remain active until 23 August.
Lawyers from both sides are arguing how the trial of the British socialite should be conducted.
Boris Johnson is reportedly “extremely concerned” that a second wave of coronavirus could hit the UK within the next two weeks, according to reports.Ministers have been warning of a possible new wave of the virus this winter but are said to now fear it could come sooner.
The first five Rafale fighter jets bought from France in a multi-billion-dollar deal landed in India on Wednesday, and the defence minister used their arrival to launch a veiled warning to neighbouring China over territorial tensions.
Maybe you don't think you know many people with a genital piercing, but you might be surprised to learn how popular they are. Whether you're considering getting one yourself or you're just curious to know more about them, we spoke to Elayne Angel, professional body piercer and author of The Piercing Bible: The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing, to find out everything there is to know about getting a vagina - technically called the vulva, since the vagina is all internal - piercing. What Are the Different Kinds of Genital Piercings? There are a number of different piercing placements for the vulva, but the most common piercing according to Angel is the vertical clitoral hood, or VCH, in the tissue above the clitoris. "It should be placed so that the jewelry rests beneath the hood, touching the clitoris, which can add sensation," Angel told POPSUGAR. "Most vulvas are suited to it, the area heals very quickly, and it looks really lovely, too." Another popular area is the triangle, which is a horizontal piercing that's placed beneath the clitoral shaft at the base of the hood. This is Angel's second-most-requested piercing, but since it's not a piercing that every vulva has the anatomy for, she frequently has to decline it. Additionally, there's the Princess Diana piercing, one that's similar to the VCH except it's slightly more asymmetrical; piercings on the inner and outer labia; the fourchette, a vertical piercing at the back edge of the vagina; and the Princess Albertina, which is a piercing in the urethra. Why Do People Get Genital Piercings? "When placed properly with the right jewelry on suited anatomy, piercings really can make a difference." Why anyone gets a vagina piercing depends on who you ask, as the motivation could be different for a lot of people. A common reason is that these piercings can increase sensitivity in the area and improve the sexual experience. "When placed properly with the right jewelry on suited anatomy, piercings really can make a difference," Angel said. "I've had clients who had primary anorgasmia (never had an orgasm before) who became orgasmic following piercing. That certainly validates my life's work right there." Of course, it's not always about sex. As Angel mentions in her book, some people also get them as a way to boost their self-esteem or make themselves feel good. "When an individual chooses to modify the appearance of their own genitals by piercing and adorning them with jewelry, it can be highly liberating," she writes. "For many it inspires harmony with their bodies that could not be achieved through any other means." Angel has also had couples request them as a way to add a spark to their relationships, while others have either gotten them simply for the aesthetic or as a confidence booster following breakups, abusive relationships, childbirth, and other life-changing occurrences.
Quarantine measures could be extended to a host of European countries as coronavirus outbreaks continue to emerge across the continent.Belgium and Croatia are among the nations being touted as the next destinations to be axed from the Government’s list of safe countries to visit after Boris Johnson said ministers were prepared to “take action where it is necessary”.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has arrived home this afternoon after his holiday in Spain was cut short. The MP will go into 14-day isolation and defends the sudden quarantine measures put in place by the government for travellers returning from that country.
Dreadlocks - preferentially known as "locs" - are a popular hairstyle that includes sections of hair that have been matted and knotted together to create a rope-like appearance. The style has been around for what feels like forever ( historians have dated its origins back as far as 2500 BC), but whether you've officially decided to lock your own hair or it's still something you're looking into, there's a lot you should know about the process and maintaining the look before you get started. If you're interested in trying the locs hairstyle but unsure of where to start, read ahead for a quick and easy-to-follow breakdown of everything you need to know.