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Roc-a-Fella’s Biggs Among Guests at Haider Ackermann

STARS IN STRIPES: At Haider Ackermann’s fall men’s wear show, a number of familiar faces including Caroline de Maigret, actor Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis and Olympic fencer Miles Chamley-Watson were showing sartorially the stripes they had earned in their respective fields.
Chamley-Watson, who has a move in fencing named after him, looked every bit the fashion plate in a striped blazer. “Luxury streetwear is my thing,” he replied when asked about his fashion move, laughing at the suggestion that his lack of a shirt was the street part of his chic ensemble of a striped blazer, black trousers and impeccable leather shoes.
With the Paris leg of the FIE world cup set for the weekend, the athlete looked to fashion as a “healthy distraction. That way, I’m not just in the hotel room thinking about competing.”
With discrete stripes on his sweater sleeves, Kareem “Biggs” Burke was looking forward to a week featuring “his comrades Jerry [Lorenzo] and Virgil [Abloh]” on the schedule. Despite having a vested interest in the matter with streetwear line Reasonable Doubt already out, and the launch of luxury line Redo96 and the relaunch of denim-oriented Fourth of November on his schedule, the Roc-A-Fella co-founder still keep a spirit of fair-play:

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Chinese Organized-Crime Ring Raided in Italy

MILAN – Italian law enforcement authorities arrested 33 Chinese people in a major bust in Prato, in the Tuscan region, on Thursday morning, according to Italian media reports.
Allegedly members of a Chinese mafia clan based in Prato, the individuals were charged with spearheading logistics and ground-shipment of Chinese products in Italy and southern Europe, including counterfeit goods. The investigation dubbed “China truck,” managed by the city’s police jointly with the anti-mafia investigation district office in Florence, was first kicked off in 2011.
Prato, long known as the heart of Tuscany’s textile industry, has changed dramatically over the last decade, with many garment businesses now run by Chinese immigrants, which has created cultural tension in the region.
The Chinese organization is believed to have conducted its business through an organized-crime ring, which backed up its operations with violence and intimidation and allegedly involving gambling operations, prostitution, trafficking in illegal drugs and the management of nightclubs.
The police also raided minor organizations in other Italian cities including Rome, Florence, Milan, as well as Padua and Pisa, in the Veneto and Tuscan region, respectively, believed to be linked with the one in Prato, according to media reports.
The “China Truck” operation also allowed authorities to identify Chinese organized-crime rings in France and Spain.
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Thom Browne Pre-Fall 2018

Call it designing for posterity: Thom Browne says he hopes the pieces in his pre-fall collection will withstand the test of time.
“They’re the type of items that I really hope and I do think will be in vintage stores in 20, 30 years,” he said of the designs, which combine his appreciation for high-quality fabrics with a conservative sensibility – notwithstanding the more conceptual pieces inspired by his fantasy-filled runway displays.
The designer’s men’s wear background informed the lineup, which had a strong tailoring element, from the short-sleeved camel pintuck jacket to a crisp striped shirtdress, feminized by the addition of bridal buttons at the sleeves and hem.
A flared gray wool dress was based on the one former First Lady Michelle Obama wore to the 2013 inauguration. Here, it was given a sporty twist with the addition of a down filling – a legacy of Browne’s recently-ended collaboration with Moncler – and his signature tricolor stripes at the elbows.
Preppy touches came by way of open-weave tweeds, based on his registered tartan, and gold buttons engraved with anchors. There was a Sixties flavor to bon chic, bon genre looks like an Irish sweater paired with a pleated skirt in school uniform gray

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M.X. Maxime Simoëns Men’s Fall 2018

From the locker room of his previous collections to the living room of his childhood is but one small step for Maxime Simoëns, who channeled retro gaming in this fall collection for his M.X. Maxime Simoëns label, dubbed “Forever Kid.” He evidently had a lot of fun in the process, and the collection, by moving into new territory, was his most accomplished for men to date.
Eighties tech fans will recognize the pixelated motifs, blocky lettered messages and screen noise patterns of the era. These were quite literal – without being overbearing – in all-over prints on shirting and outerwear, but were more abstract on other items, as in a striking red and black bomber woven from super-thin ribbons in a diagonal stripe, or with a sweatshirt fronted with elaborately twisted rabbit fur.
On more familiar territory, Simöens usurped classic men’s wear fabrics like striped blue-gray wool, turning it into casual pants, a parka and even a down jacket. The Eighties child may still relish the games of his youth, but after all, he is a grown-up now. Colorful rope belts, this time supersized, and extra long football scarves recalled the sporty elements of previous collections, while suiting was adorned with metal

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The Duke Of Cambridge Debuts Shaved Head

The Duke of Cambridge has debuted a new hair ‘do – his shortest ever.

Prince William sported a newly shaved head, when visiting the Evelina London Children’s hospital to celebrate the national rollout of the ‘Step into Health’ programme, on Thursday 18 January.

The Prince has had close crop for a while, but this is the closest shave he has had to date.

The Duke has kept his hair very short since June 2016. Here’s how his (already short) hair looked on Tuesday 16 January, when he visited Coventry Cathedral with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Here the couple are, along with Prince Harry, at the Grenfell tower National memorial service on 14 December 2017.
His hair was noticeably longer when he was GQ’s cover star back in May 2017.
Prince William discusses Diana’s death, mental health and Lady Gaga with @campbellclaret in our July issue. https://t.co/cyiUjZXTGPpic.twitter.com/u0tLeBxiGV
Perhaps this is all part of a plan to eventually embrace the completely bald look.       

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CFDA Introduces Tmall China Day

The CFDA is fulfilling its goal of creating more global connections.
The organization has signed a five-year partnership with Suntchi, a Shanghai-based fashion and entertainment management company to build better relationships between the Chinese and American fashion industries.
The first initiative will be in association with Alibaba Group’s Tmall, an e-commerce site. Called Tmall China Day, the event, which takes place on Feb. 7 at Skylight Modern, will showcase four Chinese designers: Li-Ning, Peacebird, Chenpeng and Clot, with runway shows and presentations from the brands throughout the day. From Feb. 5 to 7, the designers will set up shop in a space at Skylight Modern and a showroom will be available for buyers and media. Most pieces will be sold on Tmall, which has more than 500 million active users, following the show.
“China Day allows us to further expand the scope of NYFW: Men’s by showcasing the most exciting Chinese fashion talent to the American fashion community,” said Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA. “The initiative is part of the CFDA’s overall strategy to build international ties, which will in turn help us strengthen the impact of American fashion globally.”
The advisory board for this event included Kolb; Jessica Liu,

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Sundance Film Festival 2018: 15 Films You Need To See

Parka-clad indie darlings and Hollywood heavy hitters are descending upon Park City, Utah for the 34th annual Sundance Film Festival, which begins Thursday. Swag suites and all-night ragers aside, the 10-day independent film bonanza, founded by Robert Redford, still remains a hotbed for discovering emerging talent and breakout hits, like last year’s “Call Me By Your Name,” “Get Out,” “The Big Sick,” and “Mudbound.”
With a jam-packed program, the furry boot-sporting set should forgo sleeping in – especially on Saturday morning when the Respect Rally serves as a worthy wake up call in more ways than one, building off the success of last year’s well-attended March on Main and the burgeoning #Metoo movement.
The female-forward theme will be felt from the streets to the screens, thanks to strong women both onscreen and off – 38 percent of the program’s 121 feature-length films (30 in competition) have women at the helm. And with a slew of directorial debuts from actors, including Paul Dano and Idris Elba, there should be no shortage of drama both in and out of the theaters, where crowd-pleasers often ignite bidding wars between hungry dealmakers.
Here, WWD’s crib sheet to the best of the fest.

Kristen Stewart and Chloë Sevigny appear

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‘It’s Stage 4, You Have A Small Chance Of Success’

I walked into the consultant’s room knowing I either had Crohn’s disease or cancer. The possible diagnoses echoing in my head for five straight days (and nights) since a doctor first said them after I had my colonoscopy. Either way I knew it was going to be tough.

Then the moment came, when my eyes welled up. I wanted to crumble and wash away into the ocean. The doctor, gently nodded his head, and quietly said, “Yes, it’s cancer”.

In a short few seconds, several thoughts flashed through my mind. I once told a friend to stay strong, after hearing the C word. I had to listen to my own advice now, otherwise I’d be a hypocrite. I needed to be strong; strong for the doctor who just told me, for the nurse sitting opposite, for my sister who was with me, for my mum who was anxiously waiting at home for an update.

As the consultant went on to give more details, I was taking notes. As thoughts wandered, the realisation came to mind: my previous 10 years were in some way preparing me for what was going to be the biggest challenge of my life. Personal and spiritual development was high on my values list. I studied and trained with some of the leading personalities in the industry; Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, John Demartini, Gabby B and several others. I now had to take all that work and use it to get me through whatever was coming.

I left the hospital with pages of notes and information about the disease and potential plan of action, subject to a MDT meeting between several medical teams. I could no longer hold in the tears. Silently and aimlessly I walked up the high street trying to make sense of it all, as my tears merged with the rain drops.

I had two primary questions: What is the meaning of this? Do I choose to stay?

Following the MDT, the news was to get worse.

I met my oncologist, for the first time, who delivered to blow: “It’s Stage 4, you have a small chance of success.” Stage 4 meaning the very last stage of cancer, the tumour was too big to operate. Chemotherapy was to begin a week later on Christmas Eve, only four days after I my 32nd birthday. Anything but a happy time.

I began to share the shocking news; to family, to friends, to colleagues at work. The news was met differently each time; tears, questions, hugs, silence, and a common curiosity whether my hair would fall out. Hair was the last thing on my mind.

I thought I was going to die in nine months.

I was devastated, I was deflated, I was in despair. What was the point of even having any treatment given my slim chances? I questioned.

Feeling broken, I went to see Dr Kim, a friend and wise person, who is also an integrated physician. “Mo, your mind is more powerful than the words of any doctor.” Hearing those words and working under the guidance of Dr Kim, I slowly moved out of the disempowered state. I went on to have chemo, but in parallel I was determined to be a participant of my own healing.

I embarked on an integrated approach to my care, one that looked at my whole being; mind, body, heart and soul. I knew I had to heal on several levels. My psychology and thoughts were shattered. My emotions and feelings were torn. I was physically worn, and the chemo would only make things worse. I knew diet, nutrition and exercise were important in whatever I did. Staring death in the face, I also knew it was an opportunity to enhance my spiritual connection.

Three years on, it’s a miracle I’m still alive to share my story as I get ready to publish my book Choosing To Stay in the next few months.


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Nintendo Labo: What Is It? When Is It Out In The UK And What’s The Price?

Nintendo has unveiled its next big thing for the Nintendo Switch games console and we can tell you right now that it’s probably not what you were expecting.

Called Nintendo Labo, it is essentially a set of interactive cardboard models that you build yourself and then bring to life using the Switch’s controllers and main body.

Imagine creating a cardboard piano and then being able to actually play it, or creating a giant robot suit which then directly controls the robot within the game.

There are two packs available, the Variety Kit and the Robot Kit. Within each kit are a set of flat pack cardboard models that you then build yourself. There’s a range of difficulty levels inside each kit and all the instructions are shown as 3D animations on the Switch itself.

Once you’ve built them, all you have to do is add the Nintendo Switch’s various components and you’ve got yourself a brand-new creation.

Everything you need is included with the pack including the cardboard models and the software needed to make use of them.

They range in difficulty from a simply robot that moves around the room to a fully-wearable robot suit.

The kits will be available to buy on the 27th April 2018 and while we know that they cost $69.99 in the US Nintendo have yet to unveil a UK price just yet.

Judging by how Nintendo prices its products across regions we would estimate that they’ll launch with a price of anywhere between £49.99-£59.99.

Here’s what’s available in the Variety Kit:

Toy-Con Fishing Rod      

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Chris Tarrant Pleads Guilty To Drink-Driving

TV presenter Chris Tarrant has pleaded guilty to drink-driving, during an appearance at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (18 January).

The star was first charged with drink-driving after being pulled over close to his Berkshire home on 16 December.

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The court heard that Chris’s breathalyser reading was 50 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – which is 15 microgrammes over the legal limit.

After pleading guilty, Chris was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay a fine of £6,000.

Speaking outside court, he said (via the Evening Standard): “I made a mistake and I paid for it. I shouldn’t have driven. Full stop.

“I honestly didn’t think I was over, but apparently I was, so fair enough.”

He is also reported to have replied “yes” when asked if he thought the punishment was fair.

Chris is best-known for hosting ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ but more recently, he’s also fronted a programme on ‘Extreme Railways’ and guest-presented ‘The One Show’.


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How Capturing Memories Can Preserve Your Family History

Memories are funny old things – they stretch and distort over time, some are lost to the mists of the past, others solidified so real they could have happened yesterday, others lost entirely to age and memory loss.

I was talking this Christmas with my husband about our earliest memories and how strange it is to think that our nearly five-year-old daughter will forget most of the things she’s done and lived before now. My husband’s earliest memory is of sitting on his father’s shoulders watching a St Patrick’s Day parade in Canada when he was about two and a half. I can vaguely recall dancing around my old house in a tartan kilt and arran jumper when I was probably about three but my first solid memory is going to visit my newborn baby brother in hospital wearing that same arran jumper (I must have really loved that jumper for it to be in my two earliest memories!) and crossing the road in the snow holding my dad’s hand to get to the hospital. Even now I can see my mother’s pink flowery nightdress and recall how eager I was to see my brother’s little face.

Currently my daughter can remember her Aunty Lorna reading her Mog the Forgetful Cat when she was probably about two and a family holiday to Crackington Haven in Cornwall – indelibly written into her mind as the place where we went for ice cream and the shop had sold out, as well as the last holiday we had a family of three as I was heavily pregnant with my son at the time. She also has almost photographic recall of every ice cream she’s ever eaten and the intricate plot structures of various Disney films!

It is strange to think that some of these memories may fade for her – things that were once so important replaced with other more urgent recollections.

We too will forget some of these details that seem so important at the time. Already it is hazy the exact time she or her brother walked unaided or they got their first tooth. I recall their first proper words – ‘cat’ and ‘bus’ respectively – but can’t bring to mind exactly when they first said ‘mama’ or ‘dada’.

I do know that some of my strongest memories have been solidified for me by the photographs my parents took at the time. I can recall in great detail the shopkeeper game I was playing when a photo was taken of me with a pair of striped knickers on my head (I was – oddly for a four-year-old perhaps – a butcher!), or the dress up game with my cousins where we all dressed up as 80s rock stars or, years later, the day trip walking in the hills of Northumberland the day before my A-levels when my parents thought I needed a break from revision (how long my legs were and how I really loved that tie-dye t-shirt!).

From this photographic record I can piece together my family story and make tangible those half-recalled memories and fleeting glimpses of the past. And interwoven in those memories are the houses we lived in, the decor (my mother’s handcrafted 70s loop rug – I wish she’d kept that as I’d have purloined it by now: a retro style icon!), the childhood friends long since moved on, even the cars we owned (there’s an awesome photo of me washing my dad’s old Rover for pocket money wearing his overalls!). And that’s what I hope my portraits will do for my clients – and my own family. By documenting the everyday, photographs can solidify those memories in the mind so they aren’t forgotten. That gesture they used to make, that expression they used to pull when they were concentrating, that unaffected smile or leap of joy, those tears of frustration. All there. All laid bare. All remembered.

As a family photographer I hope to pass on that gift of memories made real, come to life, to my children when they are older as well as record their lives and our family story for me and my husband.

Memories aren’t made in a photography studio in your Sunday best smiling for the camera, they’re made at home, at play. No fixed grins or awkward poses, just natural, real, raw portraits that are truly you. Whether you take them on a phone or get a professional in for a documentary family photography session, get snapping, get capturing, get preserving!      

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Daniel Brühl Visited Dark Places for ‘The Alienist’

Daniel Brühl is back on television — and back in New York — following a departure for the big screen the last two decades.
“It felt very weird for me to be in New York, actual New York 2018,” says the Berlin resident, on a recent morning in Manhattan. The Spanish-German actor exhibits confidence in front of the camera, arriving in a crisp suit, accented by a peek of maroon socks.
The actor, 39, spent several months in Budapest last year filming the limited TNT series “The Alienist,” which he stars in as the titular character alongside Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. The show is set in the Gilded Age of New York, but all filming took place in the European city. The unfamiliar city provided not only a set for the show’s ornate scenes, but also for the cast to explore in their downtime. “Now I recommend to everyone: if you haven’t been to Budapest, you have to go.”
The show is based on Caleb Carr’s 1994 novel, which had been in film purgatory for many years; the project finally kicked into production because of the surge in the popularity of serial shows.
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Huishan Zhang Pre-Fall 2018

Huishan Zhang had dark romance, heartbreak – and resilient women – in mind for this collection that was heavy on velvet and lace, pleats and classic shapes, all with the designer’s signature feminine edge.
Black lace dripped from trouser hems, the edges of a black shearling coat and a dark green eco-leather dress, and popped around the collar and cuffs of a teal satin bomber.
Puffs of feathers on long dresses and an iridescent dark green fabric for a tiered dress gave the collection a Victorian edge, as did the white cotton lace tops with pouf shoulders.
Zhang also worked tweed into a variety of looks, such as tops with shredded edges, a snappy jacket with a white shearling peplum and dresses with velvet straps or sheer black sleeves. Pleats played a big role, too, appearing in the pink side panels of a trench coatdress or on wide trousers done in cotton or eco-leather.

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OAMC Men’s Fall 2018

The notion of homecoming, particularly in a post-war context, informed Luke Meier’s approach at OAMC who looked to the experience of artists Joseph Beuys and Ellsworth Kelly.
The lineup was a metaphor for recovery, or at least a yearning for it. Glistening rubbery touches, including all-rubber molded boots, evoked the fat in which Beuys was purportedly wrapped for his recovery, while the artist’s signature felt featured heavily on outerwear.
But the possibility for it remained uncertain. Shapes implied remoteness, both by their quasi-monastic simplicity but also by the space they carved around the body. Cue minimalist coats that cocooned the wearer; great knit shawls emblazoned with Gesamtkunstwerk — German for the concept of “total artwork” — wrapped around the shoulders, and a roomy yellow coat, cut from a malleable yet moldable overdyed jersey. Quilted sleeveless housecoats in prints featuring wallpaper and paintings that hinted at long hours spent indoors staring at walls and wishing for escape — from the house or the thoughts?
Military clothing, say an M-65 field jacket, floated like ghosts in light organza atop civilian garments. It was at once a note to the WWII Ghost Army that Kelly was part of, and a reminder of the permanence of experiencing war.

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30-Hour Free Childcare Scheme Has Increased Costs For Some, And Parents Are Divided

Parents are divided about the increasing costs they are being charged by nurseries due to the impact of the 30-hour free childcare government scheme.

Some completely understand the childcare providers need to cover their costs, while others believe it’s unfair it falls on them to pay.

Their reactions come after an online survey of over 1,600 childcare providers in England, conducted by the Pre-school Learning Alliance, found only 35% of providers are delivering 30 hours places ‘completely free’.

And 37% of providers have introduced or increased charges for additional goods/services – such as meals and snacks – as a result of the 30 hour offer.

In the survey, 66% of providers said they plan to make changes to how they offer the 30 hours over the next 12 months by increasing fees and charges.

And just over a third of providers were uncertain whether or not they will be offering 30 hours places in a year’s time.

“With the majority of providers forced to limit the number of genuinely ‘free’ childcare places on offer, and many set to increase additional charges for funded hours in the next year, it’s clear from these findings that the government’s flagship childcare policy is failing both providers and parents,” said Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

Leitch said the respondents have “laid out in black and white” that the 30 hours policy is “simply not working”, with a continued lack of adequate funding leaving many with no option but to pass the funding shortfall on to parents.

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A childcare provider involved int the survey commented: “We’ve had to increase fees from January 2018 and will be increasing again in April due to the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage.”

Another said: “We have implemented a registration fee to cover costs of daily diaries/name cards/learning journals/name cards/development records and to help with costs of consumables.”

And another provider commented: “It does not currently seem financially sustainable. If the funding rate does not increase, the only way we can still offer the places is by charging for extras a.k.a charging for the gap in underfunding.”

Jane Fear, 47, from Staffordshire is a childminder. She has a running cost of £4.25 per child and receives £3.85 per child from her local council for the free 30 hours.

“I make a loss on every funded hour that I provide,” she told HuffPost UK. “Obviously I can’t do this so my parents pay an additional charge (between £2.50-£3.50 per day depending on contracts) to cover my loss which is disguised as a charge for snacks, food, pick up and drop offs, craft items.

“All of my parents know that I make this charge and why. They all know that this is because the local authority rate doesn’t cover my hourly rate.

“I chose to do it this way and not pass on the loss to non-funded children because parents are benefitting massively from 30 hours and have been more than happy with the huge reductions in their monthly bills.”

One mum, Danielle Sinclair, didn’t mind paying the extra money. She wrote on Facebook: “Yes, we are being charged extra for meals at our nursery.

“But if it means they can still go though and enjoy the surroundings of nursery and make friends, then I’m happy to pay it.”

Amanda Wilson, 32, from West Yorkshire said she was frustrated when she had to pay extra at her daughter’s nursery than those children who weren’t receiving funded childcare.

She explained the normal charge for meals for those who pay for the childcare was £1.50 per meal, however those who used government-funded hours had to pay £2.50 per meal.

“I was annoyed,” she told HuffPost UK. “I had to pay more for meals than other parents and only lunch was a hot meal. Afternoon tea was only crackers and cheese or finger sandwiches.”

Whether parents are happy or not with the charges, this is an issue that needs recognition from the Government, argues Susanna Kalitowski, policy and research manager at the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY).

She told HuffPost UK childcare providers are acutely aware of how much parents struggle with childcare costs, and raising fees is usually a last resort.

“What we desperately need is a recognition from government of the true cost of providing childcare, and a long-term sustainable funding settlement for providers that offers families the affordable, high quality childcare they need,” she said.


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All Women Over 30 Should Be Tested For ‘Angelina Jolie’ Faulty Breast Cancer Gene, Say Experts

All women over the age of 30 should be tested for faulty genes known to increase breast cancer and ovarian cancer risk, experts have said.

Having a faulty BRCA gene – either BRCA1 or BRCA2 – is known to increase a woman’s risk of both cancers, although the exact percentage of risk increase is still unclear.

Currently, women are eligible for testing for the faulty genes if they have a close family history of cancer, usually meaning a parent or sibling has been affected.

But researchers from Barts Cancer Institute at Queen Mary University of London said screening all women could cut cancer cases in the UK.

Some women found to have a faulty BRCA gene, such as Angelina Jolie, choose to have preventative surgery, such as a double mastectomy, to limit their chances of a breast cancer diagnosis in the future.

In addition, women with a faulty BRCA gene and a family history of ovarian cancer sometimes opt to have their ovaries removed as a preventative measure.

The research suggests testing all women over 30 could result in up to 17,000 fewer ovarian cancers and 64,000 fewer breast cancers over a lifetime.

Previous studies have shown women carrying either a BRCA 1 or BRCA2 gene mutation have between a 17-44% chance of developing ovarian cancer and a 69-72% chance of developing breast cancer over their lifetime.

Among women who don’t carry the gene mutations, the risk of ovarian cancer is 2% while the risk of breast cancer is around 12.5%.

The researchers used mathematical models to compare costs and health benefits of different strategies for genetic testing.

They concluded that testing all women over 30 could not only reduce cancer cases and save lives, but also save money through the reduced need for cancer treatment.

Commenting on the findings, Dr Rosa Legood from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said:Our analysis shows that population testing for breast and ovarian cancer gene mutations is the most cost-effective strategy which can prevent these cancers in high risk women and save lives.

“This approach can have important implications given the effective options that are available for ovarian and breast cancer risk management and prevention for women at increased risk.”

Athena Lamnisos, CEO of The Eve Appeal, which funded the research, added:These research findings demonstrate the potential for both saving lives and costs. Whole-population genetic testing is cost-effective.

“If women identified as high risk act on the information that they’re given, in terms risk reducing surgery, their lifetime risk of developing these women-specific cancers can be reduced. The impact that this study could have on healthcare in the future for these cancers is promising and an exciting step forward in prevention.”

Professor Diana Eccles, Cancer Research UK’s expert on cancer genetics, agreed the study “provides useful insight into the potential cost-effectiveness of genetic testing” but warned we must “tread with caution”.

“We are probably some distance from safely implementing population genetic testing for cancer risk because there are still too many untested assumptions,” she said.

“For example. risk estimates are still not very precise for most of the genes suggested for inclusion in this scenario. And for some women, finding out they carry a mutation could cause unnecessary anxiety.

“We need to improve our understanding of what to do with this genetic information and work with the public to ensure there is a better understanding of the pros and cons of genetic testing.”

Genetic testing explained:

If a close family member (defined as a parent, child or sibling) has been diagnosed with cancer or been found to have a faulty gene, visit your GP to see if you’re eligible for genetic testing.

According to Cancer Research UK, your GP will refer you for a genetic assessment for BCRA genes if you have any of the following:

  • one first degree female relative diagnosed with breast cancer aged younger than 40 (a first degree relative is a parent, sibling or child)

  • one first degree male relative diagnosed with breast cancer at any age

  • one first degree relative with cancer in both breasts where the first cancer was diagnosed aged younger than 50

  • two first degree relatives, or one first degree and one second degree relative, diagnosed with breast cancer at any age (second degree relatives are aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, grandparents, and grandchildren)

  • one first degree or second degree relative diagnosed with breast cancer at any age as well as one first degree or second degree relative diagnosed with ovarian cancer at any age (one of these should be a first degree relative)

  • three first degree or second degree relatives diagnosed with breast cancer at any age

    Cancer Research UK advises speaking to your GP if you are unsure about your eligibility for predictive genetic testing or are worried about your cancer risk.


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This Is Why So Many People Want To Dress Like The Royal Family

In centuries gone by, the British Royal family would have been regarded as having a luxury lifestyle that the rest of us could only dream of.

While that is certainly still true of the palaces and diamond tiaras, the family is moving into a new era where they are arguably becoming accessible style icons.

Dubious? Just look at the evidence. The Duchess of Cambridge has an established track record for causing items to instantly sell out – there was that Zara coat, that Preen dress, an Orla Kiely number and of course the Alexander McQueen showstopper – and that is only looking at a six month window of public appearances.

Prince George cleared the shelves of dressing gowns and slippers after he wore his pyjamas to a meeting with Barack Obama that lasted less than ten minutes.

And since announcing her engagement to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has become the latest family member to fall into the familiar cycle of sell-out mania. You only need reference her public appearance in Brixton, when her entire outfit was traced back to source within hours.

She wore a Smythe coat, Burberry trousers, Jigsaw scarf and a £45 jumper by Marks & Spencer, which then went on to sell out within 60 minutes.

Clearly Markle is on track to be as influential as the Duchess of Cambridge in the style stakes, something which fashion PR Jamie Holloway told the HuffPost UK, is a “phenomenon” when experienced first hand.

Holloway, who represented Goldsign, a denim brand worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on her Canadian tour, said: “By the end of the day 100 pairs of the same jeans had been sold in London alone, bear in mind they are £250 a pair, and Twitter was ablaze. It was without doubt the biggest reaction to a celebrity wearing something I have ever witnessed.”

So why do the royal family have such an influence over the average consumer? Is it simply that they give an item a huge amount of publicity (as with any celeb) or something far more nuanced than that?

When you buy a jumper worn by Meghan Markle, you aren’t just buying the knit, you’re buying into a brand and lifestyle associated with her, says Holli Rubin, a psychotherapist for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) who specialises in body image.

Rubin says: “The desire to have a piece of royalty is so utterly appealing for the mere mortal. It is, in a small way, enjoying the fantasy of what it might feel like to actually be royalty.”

Louise Camp, a primary school teacher, from Luton, who bought Markle’s jumper from Marks & Spencer after seeing a a picture of her on Twitter wearing it, told HuffPost UK she agreed that she “couldn’t help” herself when she saw it was an affordable high street brand that she also had access to. Despite not necessarily shopping there normally.

Rubin says: “In reality, in most cases, wearing the same item of clothing or something by the same brand that a royal has worn, is the closest thing that your everyday person will ever get to feeling like a royal.”

So despite knowing that we will never have their live, for a small fee we can imagine what it might be like.

And although dressing up like a princess might seem like a childish ambition, Rubin says emulating the style of other people is intrinsically tied to self-esteem.

“All this gets very tied into identity, how one feels about themselves, how they project themselves and most importantly, how they want others to see them.”

“Aligning themselves with important people and emulating the royal look helps them to feel good about themselves and to feel a part of something bigger and perhaps more important than they feel they are in their own right.”

Rubin says that this emulation of celebrity style has been around forever, but the arrival of the internet has allowed it to become more accessible.

“Wearing a brand does say something about you,” she says. “It says that you are representative of whatever it is that that brand stands for,”

So even if the brand is high street, the fact that Markle has invested in it too, is enough for some people to feel validated in making that purchase.

In terms of the designer items, which obviously aren’t within everyones budget but none-the-less sell out following a royal wearing, Rubin says this is plain old one-upmanship, saying: “There is also an aspect of showing off and flaunting what you are wearing.”

Kate and Meghan have not commented on their sell-out effect, but whatever they’re doing it’s definitely working. And if wearing the same jumper as the Duchess or a Hollywood actress makes us feel better, then we’re totally here for it.      

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Wolf On The Loose In Berkshire After Escaping Conservation Sanctuary

Members of the public in West Berkshire have been warned to watch out for a wolf after it escaped from a sanctuary in Beenham.

Thames Valley Police (TVP) posted on Facebook on Thursday that they had been notified by a member of the public at 8am that a “wolf had escaped” from Picklepythe Lane.

The wolf, was one of 10 kept at UK Wolf Conservation Trust (UWCT), based in Butlers Farm.

TVP said officers “have sight of the wolf and are working with staff from the sanctuary to detain it” and urged members of the public not to approach the animal if they see it.

The sanctuary, which is around two miles from Bucklebury, is yet to comment on the escape.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton live in Bucklebury.

The late Roger Palmer, “a passionate lover of animals” founded the UKWCT wife Tsa, after visiting Alaska in the 1970s.

“There he encountered wolves for the first time and upon his return to the UK decided to acquire a wolf himself,” the UKWCT website notes.

Originally the sanctuary was in Dorney in Buckinghamshire, before it moved to Beenham in 1983.

Encouraged and inspired by Dr Erich Klinghammer, the founder of Wolf Park in Indiana, Roger and Tsa “were persuaded to form” the UK Wolf Conservation Trust in 1995, the website notes.

A Northwestern wolf at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust last week #Berkshire#wolf#wildlifephotography#photoofthedaypic.twitter.com/AQKi6cIjig
#wolf #wildlifephotography #animals #ThePhotoHour #photooftheday
Over the past 20 years, the sanctuary has reportedly raised 18 ‘ambassador’ wolves, delivered the birth of the first European wolf in the UK since they were wiped out in 1743 and in 2011 imported the first ever Arctic wolves to the UK.

The police advisory prompted calls for authorities not to shoot the wolf as had happened to an escaped Eurasian lynx, in Wales, in November.      

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‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Fans Divided Over Jess Impiazzi’s ‘World War 3’ Query

Making embarrassing slip-ups when it comes to general knowledge is all part of being human, and the good thing is that most of us are lucky enough that when we speak without thinking, there are no cameras around to catch us.

Unfortunately for ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ housemate Jess Impiazzi, this was not the case during.

In Wednesday’s (17 January) highlights show, Jess was seen talking with Amanda Barrie about living through World War II, the model was heard double-checking that “World War III” hadn’t happened yet.

Reflecting on her childhood during the war, Amanda told her housemate: “Up where we lived on the moors, my grandpa once took me up there to watch Manchester burning during the Blitz.

“It was a funny time. You took it for granted… you started to realise the anxiety around you.”

Jess then asked: “And there hasn’t been a World War III?”

A tickled Amanda then joked: “There might have been while we’re in here!”

Someone needs to let Jess know that world war 3 hasn’t broken out while she’s been in the #cbb house, she looks dead worried 😂
Omg Jess’s face when Amanda said he’s been through the war 😂 #cbb
😂😂😂@jess_impiazzi and there hasn’t been world war 3 😂😂no there hasn’t jess #CBB
@bbuk I love ditsy Jess she’s such a funny and lovely girl #CBB
@amandabarrie11@BigBrothrUK watching for first time in a while – love it “you were born before the war, I thought my Nan was the last war person” oh Jess! #CBB#CelebrityBigBrotherpic.twitter.com/AyPeIaBkNj— Alison Birch (@ab_redhead) January 17, 2018
i like @jess_impiazzi her naivety is cute. she’s funny and loves to learn things. #cbb
However, others were less impressed, suggesting she’d deliberately made the comment for airtime:
I liked her before she started acting thick now I think she is playing a game, “has there been a world war 3”
me @ everyone laughing at Jess’ fake, childish, stupid act and simpering voice #CBBpic.twitter.com/Iu9KWHjyvd
Jess just stop with this mask. Trying to act all cute and dumb, you ain’t cute sweetie. And that little innocent voice you put on every now and then it’s so ridiculous #Cbb

January 17, 2018
Oh PLEASE Jess “and there hasn’t been World War 3?” you know full well… #CBB#fiveplusone
Jess is faking being that thick #cbb#cbbjess honey it ain’t that cute
Does Jess remember we’ve seen her on #ExOnTheBeach? So why does she act so dumb/thick. It’s not cute or funny. Why do some women think acting dumb is a good thing? #cbb

January 17, 2018
With ‘CBB’ fans seemingly divided over Jess, she won’t be going anywhere just yet, having escaped being nominated for the second time earlier this week.

Five of her fellow housemates are currently up for the chop, with two of them set to leave in Friday (19 February) night’s double eviction.

‘Celebrity Big Brother’ airs nightly on Channel 5.      

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AMI Alexandre Mattiussi Men’s Fall 2018

Alexandre Mattiussi’s approach for fall was a steady continuation of his take on the male contemporary wardrobe. The designer checked off all the de rigueur references, both in the genre and his own glossary: suede and leather blousons, the duffle coat with rope toggles, the cropped trouser legs, a classic camel overcoat.
Most novel were the separates picked out of silhouettes and infused with punk notes, such as checked double breasted blazers, or slim-ish crop trousers.
Well executed, no doubt, but in a moment where many are reaching for elevated versions of the mundane, this was all too predictable.

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