A mother has credited her baby daughter with saving her life after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer while pregnant Jane
Heffey, 28, received the devastating diagnosis when she was 20 weeks
pregnant with Ciara last February, after having suffered excessive
bleeding.She said: 'At first I assumed it had something to do with being pregnant before, and that my body was readjusting.Ms Heffey, a nurse at Aintree Hospital, in Liverpool, said: 'If hadn't pregnant with Ciara, I might have brushed it off.
'I was worried that the bleeding meant was something wrong with Ciara. I never imagined it would be me.'
Lifesaver: Jane Heffey mother has credited her
daughter Ciara, now 11 months, with saving her life after she was
diagnosed with cancer while pregnant
After an initial check-up, Ms Heffey was given an examination at
Liverpool Women's Hospital, where she received the devastating news that
she had a 9cm tumour on her cervix. As baby Ciara developed in her womb, she was putting pressure on her cervix, causing heavy bleeding.But
there was more devastating news to come. The cancer had already spread
to Jane's lymph nodes and the medical staff were worried that it had
reached her bladder, too.She said: 'When the doctor was
delivering the news, it felt like an out-of-body experience. It was
like everything had been perfect. I had my house, my career, my partner
and my family. Then my whole world just crumbled. 'I
couldn't understand why it was happening to me. I went running, I ate
healthily, I didn't smoke. And then this happens, I found that very
hard.'Ms Heffey, who at
that point already had a nine-month-old daughter, Niamh, with partner
Stephen, 30, added: 'It wasn't just my life hanging in the balance.'Being pregnant with an eight month old baby, it was the worst news imaginable.'
Shock diagnosis: Ms Heffey was told she had a
9cm cervical tumour when she was 20 weeks pregnant. She had to undergo
chemotherapy while pregnant, which led to her shaving her head
In order to stop the cancer
Relief: Baby Ciara was born by C-section at 32
weeks. Despite her mother having to have chemotherapy while pregnant,
she was perfectly healthy
from spreading even further, Ms Heffey was told she would need to have
chemotherapy while she was still pregnant with Ciara.She
said: 'I signed the consent form and I was warned about the side
effects, like how the chemotherapy could affect Ciara's growth and her
hearing.'She was also
given the option to abort her daughter, which would have allowed her to
start intensive treatment sooner - something she immediately dismissed. She
said: 'Just one word could have ended Ciara's life, but there's no way
on earth I would have done that. Not when she's the one who had saved my
life.' Still reeling
from the news, she was introduced to Dr Karen Whitmarsh, a
gynaecologist who would supervise her treatment at The Clatterbridge
Cancer Centre, Wirral.Last March, while she was 24 weeks pregnant, she started her first cycle of chemotherapy.She said: 'The potential effect of the treatment on Ciara was terrifying, but this was my only option. It had to work.'
Gruelling: Three weeks after Ciara was born, Jane had to start intensive chemotherapy again
That same month Jane returned to hospital for the results of an MRI scan.Incredibly, the tumour had shrunk from 9cm to 5cm, while the cancer on her lymph nodes had been reduced by half.The
Clear: Her tumours have now disappeared completely, thanks to radiotherapy and chemotherapy
remainder of her treatment was put on hold until Ciara was born, as a
second round of chemotherapy could potentially harm her.At 32 weeks baby Ciara was delivered by caesarean on April 12, 2012 at Liverpool's Women Hospital.'When I woke up Stephen told me Ciara was fine. It was the best news in the world.''When I saw her for the first time she was curled up in an incubator. I just burst out crying. She was beautiful.'Three weeks after Ciara was born, Ms Heffey had to start intensive chemotherapy.Although she had been warned about hair loss, she was alarmed when Niamh pulled out a huge clump.
Ms Heffey said: 'That really
Fundraising: She is now planning to do a skydive to raise money for the cancer centre that treated her
frightened me, and I realised I needed to take control. I called Stephen
and he grabbed the clippers and that was it. We shaved my head and I
toasted my new look with a glass of champagne.'After weeks of gruelling chemotherapy, her next scan came in July, where she discovered the tumour had disappeared completely.But
she still needed 25 external sessions of radiotherapy across her
pelvis, as well as more chemotherapy to blast the cancerous cells still
left in her body.She said: 'I was whacked but Stephen made me laugh every day, and he was always there for me.'Seeing my daughters' smiles made the fight worthwhile.
'At times I felt vulnerable and ugly,
Priorities: She said: 'I used to be career orientated, but being a mum is my priority now'
but the nurses in the radiation unit were great. It's not always been
easy, and there are times when Ciara, now 11 months old, and Niamh, now
22 months old, are at the dinner table and there are peas flying
everywhere and both of them are crying.'At
times like that, me and Stephen just look at each other and we burst
out laughing. After the year we've been through, we're not about to
moan.' This month Ms
Heffey will be falling 10,000ft when she performs a sponsored charity
skydive for The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre with Stephen.She
said: "Any other time and I would be having a heart attack at the
thought of doing that. But now I feel like I can do anything.'I'm taking HRT to replace the hormones that would have been produced by my ovaries, which were destroyed by the treatment.'It's
only now that it hits me how bad it could have been. When I see a
funeral car I have a little panic. That could have been my future.'I
used to be career orientated. Being a mum is my priority now. Being
with my kids and cherishing every moment is so important.' To
donate visit www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Jane and more information about
the work at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is available at
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Seven simple steps can slash the risk
of dying from cancer or heart disease by up to 50 per cent, according
to a landmark study. Adhering to at least six of the 'Life's Simple 7' list of lifestyle
choices from the American Heart Association reduced the risk of an early death, say researchers. The seven golden rules are being
physically active, keeping a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet,
maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, keeping blood pressure down,
regulating blood sugar levels and not smoking.Scroll down for video
Living longer: Seven simple steps can slash the
risk of dying from cancer or heart disease by up to 50 per cent,
according to a landmark study
When smoking status was not considered,
people who met five or six of the remaining six factors had a 25 per
cent lower cancer risk than those who met none.The
list was originally compiled by the American Heart Association to ward
off heart disease. However, new research shows they can also help
prevent cancer. Lead author Laura Rasmussen-Torvik,
an assistant professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of
Medicine in Chicago, said: 'We were gratified to know adherence to the
Life's Simple 7 goals was also associated with reduced incidence of
cancer.'This can help
health professionals provide a clear, consistent message about the most
important things people can do to protect their health and lower their
overall risk for chronic diseases.'Adhering to six or seven of the factors reduced the risk of cancer by
51 per cent, compared with people who met none of the factors. Meeting
four factors led to a 33 per cent risk reduction and one or two, a 21 per
cent reduction.Life's Simple 7 is part of the
association's My Life Check campaign that advises Americans to adhere to
seven factors for a healthy heart.
BEING PHYSICALLY ACTIVE
Experts are increasingly concerned about the amount of time we spend sitting. Last month Kansas State University researchers warned that office workers could be risking their health simply by sitting at their desk.They
Exercising helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar
found that people who spend more than four hours a day sitting down are
at greater risk of chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart
disease.Those sitting for at least six hours were significantly more likely to have diabetes.Research
published last month from Leicester University recommended that people
at high risk of developing diabetes may be able to escape the condition
by cutting the time they spending sitting down by 90 minutes every day.They found important risk factors for Type 2 diabetes, such as blood
glucose and cholesterol levels, improved far more in people told to sit
less, compared with those doing required amounts of exercise.QUITTING SMOKING
'Quitting smoking is very important,' said Dr Rasmussen-Torvik
Harmful: Quitting smoking is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle
. 'It's never too late to
change, and if you make changes like quitting smoking and improving
your diet, you can reduce your risk for both cardiovascular disease and
cancer.'They come after German researchers
announced last month that quitting smoking in middle age or beyond still
has significant health benefits.Even lifelong smokers who gave up
smoking later on in life still experienced a massive 40 per cent
reduction in the risk of heart attack and stroke within just five years.The study followed nearly 9,000 German people aged between 50 and 74 years for ten years.Professor
Hermann Brenner and his colleagues from the German Cancer Research
Centre were able to show that smokers were at double the risk of
developing heart disease compared to non-smokers, but that former
smokers were at almost the same low rate as people of the same age who
have never smoked.Meanwhile,
a Canadian study published earlier this year demonstrated that people
who give up smoking by the age of 44 can live almost as long as those
who have never smoked.'Quitting
smoking before age 40, and preferably well before 40, gives back almost
all of the decade of lost life from continued smoking,' study leader
Professor Prabhat Jha.The
researchers found that people who quit smoking between the ages of 35
and 44 gained about nine years and those who quit between ages 45-54 and
55-64 gained six and four years of life, respectively.CONTROLLING BLOOD SUGAR
High blood sugar increases the risk
High blood sugar increases the risk of diabetes
of diabetes -and, in turn, complications of the disease such as
blindness, kidney disease and nerve damage. The risk of heart disease is five times higher in middle aged men with diabetes and eight times higher in women with diabetes.Diabetes
UK estimates that the life expectancy of someone with type 2 diabetes
is likely to be reduced - as a result of the condition - by up to 10
years.Results of a 30 year
study by the University of Pittsburgh, published in 2012, noted that
people with type 1 diabetes born after 1965 had a life expectancy of 69
years.KEEPING A HEALTHY WEIGHT
Having a BMI above the 'ideal' range of 22.5 to 25 increases the risk of an early death., according to a recent study.Above BMI of 25, each additional five units on the BMI scale increased overall mortality by around a third.The
Watching weight: A recent study in The Lancet
found that obesity and its associated diseases was one of the key
reasons for an early death
investigation, called the Prospective Studies Collaboration, pooled
information on 894,576 adults mostly from western Europe and North
America with an average age of 46 and an average BMI of 25.As well as looking at overall death rates, the researchers linked BMI scores with common causes of death through ill health.Each additional five BMI units corresponded with a 40 per cent increase in deaths from heart and artery disease and strokes.MAINTAINING HEALTHY BLOOD PRESSURE LEVELS
High blood pressure – or hypertension – means that your blood pressure is constantly higher than the recommended level. Over
Untreated high blood pressure can lead to heart failure
time, if it is not treated, the heart may become enlarged, making it
pump less effectively, which could lead to heart failure.A recent study in The Lancet found that smoking was the top reason for an early death in the UK,
accounting for 12 per cent, followed by high blood pressure, obesity,
lack of exercise, alcohol and poor diet. The alarming report shows that
despite huge advances in cancer screening, immunisations and a smoking
ban, life expectancy is not increasing as rapidly in Briton compared to
EATING A HEALTHY DIET
Eating a Mediterranean-style diet can
Eating a Mediterranean diet could add an extra three years to your life
cut heart attacks, strokes and death rates in people at high risk of
heart disease by as much as a third, research shows. Changing
the balance of foods in a diet can lessen the risk even before
heart-related illness strikes, according to a major Spanish clinical
trial.Meanwhile, Swedish researchers have calculated the regime could add an extra three years to your life.They say a Mediterranean-style diet is a rich source of chemicals called anti-oxidants that fight cancer, heart disease and can slow the ageing process. Scientists
who studied the eating habits of 1,200 over-70s found that those
following a Mediterranean-style diet tended to live for two or three
Mediterranean diet is widely recommended as a healthy eating plan by
doctors and nutritionists as it is high in fruits, vegetables, fish and
wholegrain cereals and low in meat and dairy, which contain large
amounts of saturated fats. Traditionally olive oil rather than butter is used in cooking, as well as for dressing salads and moistening bread.This is high in monounsaturated fat, which is thought to protect against heart disease.MAINTAINING HEALTHY CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
Too much cholesterol in the blood causes
Too much cholesterol in the blood causes the arteries to harden and narrow
the arteries to harden and narrow. This slows down and may eventually
block blood flow to the heart, causing a heart attack.Participants in the 'Life's Simple 7' list study
included 13,253 white and African-American men and women in the ongoing
Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, launched in 1987 in four U.S.
communities. They were interviewed and examined at the start of the study to determine which health factors they met or followed.About
20 years later, the researchers reviewed cancer registries and hospital
records and determined that 2,880 of the participants ended up with
cancer, primarily of the lung, colon or rectum, prostate and breast.The findings were published in the journal Circulation.
- 2013/03/21(木) 15:59:23|
Amazon's billionaire boss Jeff Bezos
has recovered what he believes could be the historic rocket motors that
took man to the moon.Bezos
funded the expedition to use a robotic submarine to recover the engines
from an Apollo mission from three miles below the surface of the sea.The team found and recovered engines - but have so far been unable to confirm which mission they were used on.Scroll down for video
One of the the corroded F-1 engines from
Apollo's Saturn V rocket, which sat more than 4 kilometers below the
surface of the Atlantic Ocean
The engines were discovered on the seabed using a robotic submarine - and were today recovered
Revealing the find, Bezos hailed the discovery as an incredible discovery.'What an incredible adventure,' he wrote on the Bezos Expeditions site.'We
Jeff Bezos also has his own exploration firm,
Bezos Expeditions, which made the discovery. He also runs Blue Origin, a
are right now onboard the Seabed Worker headed back to Cape Canaveral
after finishing three weeks at sea, working almost 3 miles below the
surface. 'We found so much. 'We’ve seen an underwater
wonderland – an incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines that
tells the story of a fiery and violent end, one that serves testament to
the Apollo program. 'We photographed many beautiful objects in situ and have now recovered many prime pieces.'Each
piece we bring on deck conjures for me the thousands of engineers who
worked together back then to do what for all time had been thought
surely impossible.'However, much to the teams disappointment, they have so far been unable to identify which mission the rockets were used on. It
is hoped they could be the F-1 engines on Apollo's Saturn V rocket
dropped into the Atlantic minutes after they launched astronauts Neil
Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on their historic voyage to
The turbine from one of the F1 rocket motors found by Amazon's billionaire boss
A battered heat exchanger from one of the 1969 missions
A rocket nozzle on the seabed, surrounded by fish
'Many of the original serial numbers
THE APOLLO ROCKETS
More than 40 years later, the Saturn V remains the largest and most powerful engine ever built.
of its five 12-foot F-1 engines is capable of generating about 32
million horsepower, burning 6,000 pounds of rocket grade kerosene and liquid oxygen every second.
are missing or partially missing, which is going to make mission
identification difficult,' admitted Bezos.'We might see more during restoration. 'The objects themselves are gorgeous.'The
team used a Remotely Operated Vehicles worked at a depth of more than
14,000 feet, tethered to the mothership ship with fiber optics for data
and electric cables transmitting power at more than 4,000 volts. 'We on the team were often struck by poetic echoes of the lunar missions. 'The buoyancy of the ROVs looks every bit like microgravity. 'The blackness of the horizon, the gray and colorless ocean floor. 'Only the occasional deep sea fish broke the illusion.'The team hope to eventually display the motors.
A gas generator and manifold from one of the rocket motors
'We’re bringing home enough major components to fashion displays of two flown F-1 engines,' Besoz claimed.'The upcoming restoration will stabilize the hardware and prevent further corrosion. 'We
One of the Saturn V Stage Structures used to hold the components together, pictured on the seabed
want the hardware to tell its true story, including its 5,000 mile per
hour re-entry and subsequent impact with the ocean surface. 'We’re excited to get this hardware on display where just maybe it will inspire something amazing.'Nasa hailed the find as historic.'Nearly
one year ago, Jeff Bezos shared with us his plans to recover F-1
engines that helped power Apollo astronauts to the moon in the late
1960s and early 1970s,' said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
Groundbreaking: NASA's mighty Saturn V rocket was used to launch the historic Apollo 11
'We share the excitement expressed by
Jeff and his team in announcing the recovery of two of the powerful
Saturn V first-stage engines from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
'This is a historic find and I
congratulate the team for its determination and perseverance in the
recovery of these important artifacts of our first efforts to send
humans beyond Earth orbit.
'We look forward to the restoration
of these engines by the Bezos team and applaud Jeff's desire to make
these historic artifacts available for public display.
'Jeff and his colleagues at Blue
Origin are helping to usher in a new commercial era of space exploration
and we are confident our continued collaboration will soon result in
private human access to space, creating jobs and driving America's
leadership in innovation and exploration.'The F-1 engines on Apollo's Saturn V
rocket dropped into the Atlantic Ocean minutes after they launched
astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on their
historic voyage to the moon.
More than 40 years later, the Saturn V remains the largest and most powerful engine ever built, according to space.com.
of its five 12-foot F-1 engines is capable of generating about 32
million horsepower, burning 6,000 pounds of rocket fuel every second.
says on his website that as a five-year-old he watched in amazement as
Apollo II launched into space, but a short time ago did he begin to
wonder about the rockets.
year or so ago, I started to wonder, with the right team of undersea
pros, could we find and potentially recover the F-1 engines that started
mankind's mission to the moon?' Bezos wrote on his website.
acknowledges the engines belong to NASA and hopes that one day they
will be displayed at the Smithsonian and perhaps at the Museum of Flight
in his native Seattle.His statement concludes: 'NASA is one of the few institutions I know that can inspire 5-year-olds.'It sure inspired me, and with this endeavor, maybe we can inspire a few
more youth to invent and explore.'
The Apollo 11 Saturn V launched Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on their historic voyage to the moon
The Apollo 11 is Bezos' second space-centred project.
Exhibit: A Saturn V like the one used in the launch of Apollo 11 draws crowds to the Kennedy Space Center
Origin, his spaceflight company partially funded by NASA, is developing
a commercial spaceship capable of flying people to and from the Earth's
orbit.This mission is just the latest in a long line of exploration attempts launched by deep-pocketed adventurers.Last
week film director James Cameron dived to the furthest depths of the
Pacific, while Virgin founder Richard Branson is hoping to start the
world's first commercial 'space airline'.
Inspiring: Bezos says the Apollo programme was an inspiration to him when he was a child
- 2013/03/21(木) 15:54:08|
Perched on a sofa in a typically
middle-class living room in Surrey, Nicola Hart bows her head and wipes
away the tears rolling down her cheeks.She has been talking about Barney, a dearly departed friend who she lost to cancer, for 15 minutes. Although
he died 17 years ago, Nicola feels the pain of his loss acutely and has
paid psychic Sarah Gumbrell to contact her soulmate ‘on the other
side’.‘Let it go. You
need to forgive yourself and move forward. I’m so proud of you,’ is the
message Sarah passes from Barney, at which Nicola nods gratefully.
Barney, it may be hard to believe, was an eight-year-old golden
Sarah’s psychic powers are not
Seeking solace: Nicola Hart, left, asked animal communicator Sarah Gumbrell to help her contact her beloved lost pets
infallible — she fails to pick up that Barney was neutered, for example —
but her descriptions of his character are, according to Nicola, spot
on.‘He still comes to
see you and loves to sit in his sunny spot in the garden, keeping an eye
on everyone, like he did in the old days,’ says Sarah. Barney
came into Nicola’s life when she was 19 and recovering from a traumatic
illness; she was on holiday in France when she suffered a ruptured
ovarian cyst which nearly killed her. Unconscious by the time she
reached hospital, she underwent major surgery and it was touch and go
whether she would pull through.Recuperating
at home, Nicola’s parents bought Barney in the hope he would cheer her
up. ‘He became my best friend,’ says Nicola. ‘He gave me a reason to get
up. When he passed away it was awful. He was covered in lymphomas and
in a lot of pain.
‘It’s really important to me to know he’s OK. That he realises we loved him.’Barney isn’t the only pet Nicola, 45, a reflexologist and mother-of-two from Box Hill, Surrey, has spoken to in afterlife.Nicola
Medium: Sarah said she has received messages from Nicola's pets
had a border collie called Basil who barely left her side when she was
diagnosed with a brain tumour 13 years ago, for which she underwent
surgery and lost her left eye. She came across Sarah speaking at a
conference about posthumous communication, so decided to give it a try.
The results, she says, were startling.‘Sarah passed on a message from Basil that my son, Jack, should continue his cartoon drawings. 'That
afternoon we had come back from Portsmouth University where he was
about to begin a degree in animation. People will be sceptical. But it
means the world to me and I believe Sarah is genuine.’While
Nicola’s experiences may sound ridiculous to some, she is not alone in
her admiration of pet psychics. Britain’s fascination in animal
spiritualists was brought to the fore recently when Coronation Street
actor William Roache appeared on ITV with psychic Jackie Weaver, through
whom he ‘spoke’ to his late Jack Russells, Poppy and Harry.
This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby struggled to contain their smirks.‘Animals
Missed: Nicola's golden retriever Barney, left, and border collie Basil, who she has tried to contact through a pet psychic
are very telepathic,’ Roache told them. ‘With your dogs you know when
they look at you there’s things going on, so I want to know my dogs
her experience with an animal psychic has been a huge comfort. ‘I was
very sceptical at first. It still doesn’t make any sense to me,’ she
says. ‘But Sarah told me things she couldn’t possibly have known.‘The
comment about the cartoons blew me away. Then she talked about the mad
five minutes Basil and Monty, my cat, had every evening. They’d run
around like lunatics — only our family could have told you that.’That
Sarah, 43, from Caterham, Surrey, is one of hundreds of animal
communicators in the UK speaks volumes about our appetite for
spiritualism. But while many genuinely believe they are helping owners,
and there is no suggestion Sarah is anything other than genuine, others
are not so scrupulous. A
survey revealed more than half of Britons believe it is possible to
communicate with the dead, and the psychic industry is worth an
estimated £100million a year in the UK — £10million of which is made up
of animal communication.But
while some pet psychics, like Sarah, truly believe in their vocation,
the industry is riddled with opportunists seeking to make a fast buck.
The Office of Fair Trading says
Taking advantage? Other pet psychics offer services on premium rate phonelines
Britons are conned out of £40million a year from ‘deceptive psychic
mailings’ (bogus letters promising spiritual enlightenment in return for
opportunists are catching on to the potential for exploiting animal
lovers. Even the reputable practitioners can take the breath away with
their promotional activities. Jackie
Weaver’s website is emblazoned with endorsements from celebrities and
media appearances and gives the user countless opportunities to spend
money on books, workshops and consultations.For £65 she will talk to your pet (alive or dead) with nothing but a photograph to prompt her. Consultations are done over the phone, for convenience and, one imagines, to reduce overheads.This
is normal practice for animal communicators, keeping their costs down
and profits up. Sceptics might feel Nicola’s traumatic life experiences
make her susceptible. Yet she maintains the £25 she paid for Sarah’s
services was money well spent.Other
pet psychics offer services on premium rate phonelines. Russell Grant,
the celebrity astrologer, hosts a ‘call a pet medium’ service for £1.53
per minute ‘plus network add ons’.
Trusted Psychics offers animal
Believer: Actor William Roache appeared on This
Morning with psychic Jackie Weaver, far right, through whom he 'spoke'
to his late Jack Russells, Poppy and Harry
communication via its ‘cheap psychic credit card service’ at 46p per
minute with the promise it ‘leaves no record of the call on your home
phone bill’. This service is run by LiveLines Ltd, a major adult
chatline operator with assets of millions of pounds. Its
operators are paid according to how much money they can squeeze out of
clients — the staff training document reads: ‘The longer you keep the
callers on the phone — the more money you earn!’The
only redress for those who feel ripped off is to take their case to
Trading Standards, though how they can prove an individual does not have
psychic powers is a moot point.
Another lucrative area is missing pets, which psychics claim to be able to track down using telepathy.They trawl the internet for appeals for help by traumatised owners and ring up to offer their services.One
Funeral for a friend
lovers are forking out £100 million a year on funerals for their pets,
with 200,000 owners paying for ceremonies each year
person with first hand experience of the process is Dawn Maw, who was
inundated with calls after she offered a £10,000 reward for the return
of her missing pedigree pointer Angel. ‘I’ve had enough Mystic Megs on
the phone to last a lifetime,’ she says. ‘All they’re after is money and
sometimes they won’t talk until they’ve got it.‘One
said Angel had been kicked in the ribs, bashed over the head with a
shovel and was slaving away on a puppy farm. Angel is spayed — she has
never had puppies and never will. What does it achieve to tell people
horrible things like that?’Colin
Butcher, a former policeman who runs the private investigators Pet
Detectives, says psychics contact pet owners in the majority of cases he
who are searching for lost pets are very emotional and extremely
vulnerable,’ he says. ‘They are a prime target for unscrupulous people
claiming they have the power to communicate telepathically.‘At
one point a client had us searching all the farms in the High Wycombe
area where they milked sheep because a psychic had told them their dog
regularly walked past one of them. We spent two days on that wild goose
chase.’There is no
doubt many working in this field believe in their vocation. Many more,
however, are out to make maximum financial returns for minimal physical
effort.It doesn’t take a clairvoyant to see there may be trouble ahead.
- 2013/03/21(木) 15:51:17|
She's come a long way since a video of her demonstrating 'How To Dougie' went viral.But Vogue covergirl Kate Upton obviously hasn't let her newfound fame go to her head.The beautiful blonde showed she's still just as much fun as she took to the stage at a promotional event on Wednesday night.
Look at this! Kate Upton slaps her bottom as she
dances while Flo Rida performs during The Samsung Spring 2013 Launch at
the Museum Of American Finance in New York on Wednesday
Despite the constricting nature of her blue bodycon bandage dress, Kate wasn't put off from joining in with the entertainment.After
posing demurely on the red carpet in New York, she was soon slapping
her behind and arching her back as she danced to rapper Flo Rida.Kate’s
body has been judged by the fashion industry and audiences as sometimes
too curvy, but in this ensemble, her legs looked as lithe as any
Dancing girl: She might be a Vogue covermodel but Kate isn't putting on airs and graces
It was the second promotional event for Samsung that day.In
That went well: The pair high five at the end of the track
a press release to promote the events earlier in the week the company
accidentally let it slip that Kate is to cover the June issue of Vogue
'The New Girl' by US Vogue in October last year, the 20-year-old has been featured
twice in the fashion glossy's inside pages after she shot to fame at the
start of 2012.
Blonde ambition: At only 20 years old, Kate Upton is set to appear on the cover of the June issue of Vogue US
Supermodel stance: Kate donned a bright yellow and white jacket paired with skinny jeans that accentuated her long, lean limbs
Growing up: Kate looked decidedly more mature
and demure in a covered-up outfit on Wednesday, suggesting that she's
ready for a more fashion-forward audience
the time, she was dismissed as a girl with 'the kind of face that anyone
with enough money can go out and buy,' by Victoria's Secret.But
now, as she lands her first US Vogue cover, there is little doubt that
the model is a bona fide member of the high fashion set.Perhaps
the celebration of Kate’s curvaceous figure as a cover model for the
fashion masses suggests a shift in the modelling industry that’s more
accepting of multiple body types, but only time will tell.
Blue jean baby: Though she's becoming even more
renowned as she garners coveted magazine covers, the rising star kept
her look down-to-earth by opting for a simple pair of denim skinny jeans
Keeping good company: Kate also posed with
football quarterback Eli Manning and hip-hop artist Flo Rida at
Samsung's launch event for the 2013 line of Smart TVs on Wednesday
- 2013/03/21(木) 15:46:04|
It seems Courtney Stodden has aspirations in the acting world.
The controversial 18-year-old donned a brunette wig to film a video purporting to be her 'half-sister Courtland'.Courtney, or Courtland if you prefer, is shown in the nearly three minute video spewing obscenity laced, often funny one-liners and mock tirades.Scroll down to watch video...
Wearing a red lace bra, a long-sleeved black leotard and ripped black fishnet stockings, Courtney's alter ego sits on the floor and talks to the viewer in a seemingly intoxicated slur.'Let me just say Courtney Stodden... do I have to go any further. Yeah, I kinda do. She's my sister and she's a slut. Let me just get one thing straight. 'Courtney and I are half-sisters. At least I have half of my f*** dignity left.
Meet Courtland: Courtney Stodden appeared in a new video as her alter-ego - and half-sister - Courtland
Not so ravishing: Courtney shows her dark side in a brunette and red-streaked wig
Blondes have more fun: Courtney is usually a blonde; on Thursday as her video was causing a sensation on YouTube she stepped out in short skirt and platform heels to run errands
'I'm not going to, like, my judgmental place but I'm from Washington state okay? I would never go and move to Hollywood and marry some bald washed up D-lister. I'm not a f*** whore. 'She says her hair is real, her lips are real, her eyelashes are real, her eyebrows are real, her nose is real, her face is real, really? My half-sister isn't real... REAL.'I'm babysitting my sister's dog named Dorky. Dorky? What the hell? She's dorky,' the rambling brunette says.
Ripped: Courtney is seen wearing a garish red bra, black leotard and ripped fishnet stockings
Too close and personal: 'Courtland' rambles that Courtney is her half-sister but that 'at least I have half my dignity left'
What was she thinking? Courtney also picks on her much older husband, 52-year-old Doug Hutchison, in which he's referred to as 'bald, washed up D-lister'
Courtney then starts strumming an imaginary guitar and next is seen lying on her back while holding the miniature pooch over her head.The aspiring singer - who is usually a platinum blonde - is also trying to break onto the music scene with her video Reality.Courtney is married to 52-year-old actor Doug Hutchison.
Not real: Courtney's alter ego states that the Reality singer is a phony
Intoxicating or intoxicated? Courtney seems a little out of it in her sometimes racy video
She met The Green Mile actor in an acting class he was teaching and ran off to Las Vegas to marry him when she was claimed to be only 16 years old and he was 51.Courtney is Doug’s third wife, and they gained even more notoriety when they became cast members in the second season of VH1's Couples Therapy.As the wannabe actress explained, the pair enrolled in therapy in order to resolve some issues that arose in the marriage due to the vast difference in their ages.
Dog-sitting: Courtney's bizarre alter ego said she's looking after the pooch whose name is 'Dorky'
Must love dogs: Courtney lifts the dog in the air and then gives it a big kiss
- 2013/03/08(金) 11:35:15|
A fifth of women reach the age of 45 without having a child, an official analysis revealed yesterday. It found that within a generation the likelihood of a woman becoming a mother at all has fallen by more than a third, with careers and the decline of marriage to blame.The finding concurs with a separate study which found that fewer than half of women in Britain are now married.Researchers checked the childbirth histories of women born in 1966 – who reached the age of 45 in 2011 – and found that one in five had not had children.Although there is a growing trend for women to have babies late in life, the researchers assumed that at 45 a childless woman will not have a family. The figure compares with one in eight childless women among what could be described as their mothers’ generation – those born on the eve of the Second World War in 1939.The proportion of women who do not have babies has not been so high since 1920, when many were denied marriage and family by the loss of so many men in the First World War.‘A wide range of explanations relating to circumstances and choices have been put forward for the increasing childlessness,’ the report from the Office for National Statistics said. ‘These include the decline in the proportion of women married, changes in the perceived costs and benefits of childrearing versus work and leisure activities, greater social acceptability of the child-free lifestyle, and the postponement of decisions about whether to have children until it may be biologically too late.’
'Not for me': Diana Boardman, 48, says she made a conscious decision not to have children
According to the ONS, on average a woman reaching 45 had 1.91 children, a level of fertility that compares with 2.36 children each for women born in 1939.
Happy families: Fewer than half of British women are married and one in five over the age of 45 are childless
Childlessness is now so common that it is the second most likely fertility outcome for women born in 1966, the report said. Just under two in five 45-year-olds in 2011 had two children, but fewer than one in five had larger families or just one child.
By contrast, women of their mothers’ generation, born in 1939, were more likely to have large families than to be childless.‘Overall, women born in the 1960s and 1970s have had fewer children by the time they were 30 than previous generations,’ the ONS report said.‘This reflects their postponement of childbearing to older ages.’ Women are now on average most likely to have a child just before their 30th birthday. The report said reasons for delay include the higher numbers going into higher education, delays to marriage and partnership formation, and ‘the desire to establish a career, get on the housing ladder and ensure financial stability before starting a family’.
'I NEVER FELT MATERNAL'
Diana Boardman, 48, says she has not felt the same social pressures as her mother’s generation to have a family.
She made a conscious decision not to have children herself – and does not feel any regrets.
Mrs Boardman, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, said she never even envisaged a life involving babies.
When she met husband John 15 years ago, she said they discussed the fact they never wanted children – even with secure jobs and a nice home – and they still don’t.
She said: ‘Having children is just not for me. I have friends who have kids and I’m pleased for them but not jealous.
‘I didn’t play with dolls when I was a child so I don’t think I have ever had a motherly instinct.’
Mrs Boardman said when she was younger a part of her wondered if the maternal instinct might take over, but it never did.
Never having had a high-powered job, she said her career did not influence her decision.
She added: ‘It has freed us up because we don’t have to have a well-paid job because we can afford to do the things we want to anyway.’
Fertility has increased in recent years and there are signs that in future years women will have more children. This is partly because of state benefits which act as incentives to have children, such as tax credits, introduced in the late 1990s – and because immigration has brought large numbers of young women into the country since the 1990s.Separate ONS research shows that less than half the adult women in Britain are now married.Just 49 per cent of women over the age of 16 were wives in 2011, the first time the proportion has fallen under the halfway point, the General Lifestyle Survey found.The proportion of married women was around three quarters at the end of the 1970s.The survey, based on 15,000 people, found the number of married women was lower than that of married men because women live longer.One in three unmarried women were living in a cohabiting relationship in 2011, the report said. The survey provided further evidence that cohabitations are short-lived compared to marriages.An average marriage that ends in divorce lasts for just under 11 years. The report said a cohabitation that breaks up rather than ending in marriage typically lasts less than four years.
30,000 WOMEN FORCED TO STAY IN WORK AFTER THEY TURN 60
Nearly 30,000 women in their 60s have been forced to keep working because of the increase in the state pension age.
Women had been entitled to start claiming their state pension from the age of 60 until the rules were ripped up three years ago.
Today they must wait until they are 61 and six months, and the age is continuing to rise. It will reach 66 in 2020 and will keep rising.
A report, from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, reveals the impact on women – and their partners – of the rise. A record 51.4 per cent of women aged 60 are working – the first time that the employment rate of this group has risen above half. At the start of 2010 the figure was 41.5 per cent.
The report looked at the difference between employment among those aged 60 in early 2010, when the pension age was still 60, and April 2012, when it was 61. Around 8,300 more men are in work ‘than there would otherwise have been’ as well as around 27,000 women.
Is this the death of feminism?
Most young women strongly object to being called a feminist – and say that they like men, say state-funded researchers.In fact, they believe that the aims of the feminist movement have all but been achieved in the Western world.Rather than supporting a movement for new rights and equality, they admire the notion of femininity.The study, funded by the taxpayer-supported Economic and Social Research Council, was based on in-depth interviews with groups of young women in both Britain and Germany.
Dr Christina Schafft says the term feminism provokes unease and hostility
It said that women who disliked feminism were reacting against the notion of man-hating and un-feminine campaigners.Researcher Dr Christina Scharff of King’s College, London, said: ‘The term feminism provokes unease and even hostility.‘Young women want to be treated equally and are aware of gender inequalities. Yet, even in countries that see themselves as being progressive on gender and sexuality, the term is often met with suspicion.’Dr Scharff said the young women she spoke to were from varied and different backgrounds, but were united in rejecting feminism. ‘They thought there was no need for it any more. Instead, they thought individual freedom of action was much more important and that they could deal with any discrimination they came across on their own.’The report is the latest in a number of studies which have found that feminism – which remains a major influence on politicians, in Whitehall, and on broadcast media – is unpopular among a large proportion of women.Two years ago a consortium of pressure groups including the feminist Fawcett Society and political freedom campaigners Amnesty International found that fewer than four out of ten women had ever experienced derogatory treatment because of their sex.
It is more than a decade since Tony Blair’s government launched a research project into bias against women at work that admitted it could find no evidence of any discrimination.The Scharff report said: ‘Increased opportunities to work and to decide when to have children allowed contemporary women to see themselves as empowered individuals who have benefited from social changes.’Those women who think women in poorer countries are passive victims of oppression take it as evidence that they are not oppressed themselves, the study added. It said: ‘In rejecting feminism, women are often seeking to position themselves within conventional norms of femininity and heterosexuality.‘Although none of the participants could point to specific individuals, most still viewed pioneers of gender equality as lesbian, man-hating feminists.’Despite Dr Scharff’s findings, a separate study found that women in the UK are less likely to be in work, and experience lower job security and greater pay inequality than their counterparts in other developed countries.The UK was ranked 18th out of 27 OECD countries in 2011 on five indicators of female economic empowerment, in a report by PwC. Progress has stalled since the beginning of the credit crunch in 2007.
UNFIT AND LAZY...ONE IN FIVE BRITISH WOMEN DO NO EXERCISE AT ALL
British women are the laziest and least fit in Europe, it is revealed. One in five admits to never doing any exercise or ‘exerting themselves at all’. And overall, fewer women in this country play competitive sport or do any vigorous physical activity, such as running or cycling, compared with those in most other major European nations.
The study shows that more than half – 54 per cent – of British women said they hadn’t done any exercise in the previous week, compared with one third in Denmark. The research by the World Heart Federation found 18 per cent of UK women say they are physically inactive.
The most encouraging finding was that 63 per cent of women aged 18 to 34 now take part in sport.
- 2013/03/08(金) 11:32:04|
No wonder she has such flawless skin.
Miranda Kerr appeared to be rubbing moisturizing cream into her slender arms as she exited her trailer to film a commercial in West Hills, California.
The Victoria's Secret model tweeted updates about her shoot on Wednesday and Thursday to keep her fans informed of her beauty secrets.
Self-care: Miranda Kerr on location in West Hills, California, on Wednesday
The 29-year-old took advantage of the attention her looks were receiving to pump her personal brand of beauty care via Instagram and Twitter.
Fresh for a reason: The super model appeared to be rubbing moisturizer into her smooth skin
On Wednesday the super model tweeted: 'Perfect way to start the day with my koraorganicsbymk products!'
And the following day had her posting a snap to Instagram of her beauty routine with the caption: 'Another day on location...'
The Australian mother-of-one looked fresh and casual for the shoot on Wednesday in a pair of pink skinny jeans and a thin white belt.
Another day on location: An inside look into Miranda's beauty enhancing routine, on Thursday
Her slender feet were kept comfy in orange flat heeled slip-ons that contrasted nicely with her pants.
The natural brunette completed her dressed-down look with a deep V-neck white T-shirt that hung loosely from her sun-kissed shoulders.
Looking fabulous: The mother-of-one showed off her slender physique in form-fitting pink jeans
She is currently a Victoria's Secret Angel.
Miranda is married to actor Orlando Bloom, 35, who she started dating in 2007.
The happy couple have a son together, born in 2011, named Flynn.
Taken: The famous model is married to actor Orlando Bloom
- 2013/03/08(金) 09:59:34|
Kelly Osbourne has been rushed to hospital after suffering a seizure.The 28-year-old daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne collapsed while filming her E! show Fashion Police on Thursday.She has now been taken to a Los Angeles based hospital.
Hospital dash: Kelly Osbourne is stretchered into an ambulance after suffering seizure in Los Angeles on Thursday
The reality-television-star-turned-TV-host was taken by stretcher into an ambulance that rushed to the E! television studios in Los Angeles.She is said to have been recording the latest episode of the style programme alongside Joan and Melissa Rivers, who has been covering for usual panellist Giuliana Rancic.Kelly reportedly turned to the star and told her she didn't feel well, before she fell out of her chair shaking.An audience member happened to be a doctor and reportedly fled to her aid.Kelly came around a few moments after the seizure, but her team wanted her to go to hospital for tests and supervision.
Covered: The TV star was shrouded into a white as she was loaded into the ambulance outside the E! television studios in Los Angeles where she was filming an episode of style programme Fashion Police
A spokeswoman for the star told MailOnline: 'Kelly Osbourne fainted on the set of E!’s Fashion Police today.
Panellist: Kelly gives opinions about celerities' fashion choices on the show
'She was taken to a local hospital for further testing and is awake, alert and in stable condition.
'She will be staying overnight for observation as a precautionary measure. There are no further details at this time.'Joan - who was on set during the scare - told TMZ this afternoon: 'She is fine.'
'She fine': Her co-panellist Joan River said Kelly is doing OK but her spokesman is yet to comment
Kelly has been in the wars lately, most recently being pictured with a cast on her leg after spraining her ankle.Kelly got her foot stuck in a rest room drain and opted to inflict a serious injury on herself rather than risk 'eating the toilet' in the germ-filled public convenience.She tweeted at the time: 'Got my shoe stuck in a bathroom drain. I was faced w/ spraining my ankle or eating the toilet! Guess what I picked?'She added: 'Just could not bare the thought of my face landing in a public toilet! However I'm now questioning my decision due to the pain!!!!! (sic)'
Kelly was also recently given an expensive bottle of champagne after rocks fell on her head at a hotel.
Writing on her Twitter page, Kelly revealed: 'I love it when rocks fall on my head from construction - just got given a $1,000 bottle of champagne & flowers from the hotel as an apology!'She added: 'I'm gonna give the champagne to my Mumma as it is her favorite kind!'
Filming: The seizure is said to have occurred as she was filming the E! show, before falling off her chair and shaking before being taken away in an ambulance
- 2013/03/08(金) 09:57:46|
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- 2013/03/08(金) 09:54:34|
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etc, you must pay more attention to choose and know how to wear Tiffany jewelry. Here I will introduce some suggestions for wearing Tiffany earrings.
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Long hair with long Tiffany drop earrings will make you look gentlewomanly; short hair with finished stud earrings can set off a woman's crackerjack; asymmetrical hairstyle with asymmetrical earrings can make a women look pleasing to both the eye and the mind. Anyway, wearing earrings is an art. As long as you choose the proper Tiffany earrings according to your own condition, every woman can be more beautiful.
- 2013/03/08(金) 09:52:56|
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- 2013/03/08(金) 09:51:29|