Britney Spears’ father Jamie will retain control of her personal life, career and estate, despite the singer having requested that he be removed as her conservator.Spears’ conservatorship has been extended until at least February 2021, a judge determined in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday (19 August).
Robert Pattinson tried and failed to keep his Batman role a secret from Christopher Nolan.The actor was shooting Nolan’s highly-anticipated new film Tenet when he attempted to sneak away from the set for a screen test for The Batman, but Nolan saw straight through his excuse.
The Duchess of Sussex may not receive the vital support of her friends as witnesses in her court battle over claims that her privacy was breached, it has emerged. Lawyers for Meghan have said it would be “an unacceptably high price” for the Duchess to be forced to identify the friends in pursuit of her legal claim against the Mail on Sunday (MoS) and that it would be a “cruel irony” should she be required to pay it. She is arguing that naming them would breach their privacy under the European Convention on Human Rights, while the newspaper argues that they must be disclosed as a key principle of "open justice". But it is claimed that the prospect of being named in court - as normal procedure would require - has left them reluctant to take the witness stand voluntarily on Meghan's behalf. Documents submitted to the court by the Duchess’s legal team state: “It is not certain that the friends will be witnesses at the trial of this claim and the Court cannot be required to second-guess the result of any application for anonymity.” Describing the friends as "innocent third parties", the Duchess’s lawyers go on to state that they “are not parties to this action but unwilling participants.” They add: “To force the Claimant, [the Duchess] as the Defendant [Associated Newspapers] urges the Court to do, to disclose their identities to the public at this stage would be to exact an unacceptably high price for pursuing her claim for invasion of privacy against the Defendant in respect of its disclosure of the Letter. “On her case, which will be tried in due course, the Defendant has been guilty of a flagrant and unjustified intrusion into her private and family life. Given the close factual nexus between the Letter and the events leading up to the Defendant’s decision to publish its contents, it would be a cruel irony were she required to pay that price before her claim has even been determined.” The Duchess has applied for an order on behalf of the five that their names remain confidential, as part of her battle with the paper and it’s publishers, Associated Newspapers, but there is no certainty this will be granted by the trial judge, Mr Justice Warby. The five – who can be identified only by the initials A to E, but are all described as “young mothers”– gave briefings to People magazine, a US publication, last February. At the time Meghan was "heavily pregnant", "vulnerable" and being subjected to what she claims was bullying by parts of the media. People revealed the existence of a letter to her father which was subsequently published in MoS, prompting the ongoing High Court action for breach of privacy and copyright. Justin Rushbrooke QC, barrister for the Duchess, told the High Court that she had been forced to identify her friends in a legal request by Associated Newspapers and added that the five were entitled to "a very high level of super-charged right of confidentiality". Antony White QC, representing Associated Newspapers, told the court: "The five individuals have already been identified, not under compulsion but as part of the response to the request for further information. The question is not should their identities be disclosed – that has happened – it is should they be anonymised in these proceedings? "There is no proper evidential basis [for the application]. There is no evidence at all from four of the five friends, and the evidence from the fifth [Friend B] has been shown to be unsatisfactory." In an embarrassing moment during the application Mr Rushbrooke accidentally let slip the surname of one of the five. Mr Justice Warby, who is expected to rule on the matter in August, immediately directed that the individual's name was not to be reported. It was disclosed earlier that the Duchess had agreed to pay in full £67,888 in costs to Associated Newspapers after the publisher successfully argued that elements of her case be struck out - a fraction of a multi-million legal bill which is expected should the case go to a full trial next year.
Bill Nye the Science Guy has released a coronavirus PSA urging people to wear face masks – referring to the protective equipment as “a matter of life and death”.The engineer and TV presenter shared a video on TikTok to highlight the importance of masks when it comes to limiting the spread of the virus.
Authorities in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, have officially banned the eating of all wild animals, it was announced today.The local administration in the Chinese city said on Wednesday that along with the consumption ban, Wuhan would become a "wildlife sanctuary" where virtually all hunting of wild animals was banned with the exception of measures for "scientific research, population regulation, monitoring of epidemic diseases and other special circumstances".
The family of a 74-year-old woman who had been declared dead due to coronavirus learned she was in fact alive, after the hospital treating her discovered they made a mistake.On March 27, Alba Maruri was admitted to an intensive care unit with a high fever and difficulty breathing. Later that same day, doctors told her family she had died and were shown the body from a distance.
Brad Pitt surprised SNL viewers on Saturday (25 April) when he made his first appearance as Dr Anthony Fauci.Saturday Night Live was returning for a second at-home episode after a first instalment two weeks prior.
Drake has reportedly been forced to self-isolate after partying with NBA player Kevin Durant, who recently tested positive for coronavirus.According to Page Six, Drake is now holed up in his mansion after hanging out with Durant just days before the Brooklyn Nets basketball player was diagnosed.
A video of Cardi B expressing fear about coronavirus has been remixed and turned into a smash hit song that is climbing the iTunes charts.The US rapper went viral last week in a video posted to her Instagram, in which she revealed that she was worried about the pandemic, adding through cackles: “A bitch is scared – s*** is getting real.”
Harvey Weinstein once suggested Jennifer Aniston “should be killed”, newly unsealed court documents have revealed.The documents, reviewed by The New York Times and unsealed on Monday afternoon, include emails and other communications.
A nine-year-old Australian boy who prompted a public outpouring of support after being bullied at school for his dwarfism has led out an all-star indigenous rugby league team as crowdfunding for the child nears the half a million mark.Quaden Bayles, who lives with dwarfism-causing genetic disorder achondroplasia, was filmed by his mother Yarraka in a state of distress as she attempted to highlight the pain that bullying can cause.
Prince Harry has spoken out about leaving the royal family and revealed he’s in therapy during a speech, according to reports.The former royal was introduced by Gayle King at the JPMorgan-sponsored Alternative Investment Summit in Miami, Florida, on Thursday, according to the New York Post.
Princess Anne's daughter Zara Tindall has been handed a driving ban after speeding through the Cotswolds in her LandRover.
Lady Gaga has discussed the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) she suffered after being “raped repeatedly” at the age of 19.The singer talked at length about her mental health in an interview with Oprah Winfrey as part of the presenter’s 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus tour.
K-pop singer and former Kara band member Goo Hara has been found dead at her home, according to the Gangnam Police Department.“We received a report on November 24, 6:30 pm KST about a death,” they said in a statement. “We are currently investigating the cause.”
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn stripped his 34-year-old consort of all royal and military titles on Monday evening, in a shock move less than three months after she became the first woman to be anointed with the noble rank in nearly a century.
A bride and bishop were shot during a wedding ceremony after a gunman burst into a church and opened fire.Stanley Choate, 75, who was presiding over the wedding, was shot in the chest, while the bride, 60-year-old Claire McMullen was shot in the arm.
A vegan in Western Australia who took her neighbours to the supreme court in a failed bid to stop them from using their barbecue has said she is considering further legal action.
Doctors have started prescribing pot plants instead of pills in a new scheme for patients in Manchester.A GP practice is harnessing the well-known feelgood effects of greenery and gardening to treat people suffering from anxiety, depression and loneliness.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants to make clear that vaping, green tea and fancy coffee drinks are off limits under the religion's dietary code, which is meant to keep members from consuming unhealthy substances.Mormon leaders pointed to an article in its youth magazine New Era which reminded readers that the Word of Wisdom prohibits “hot drinks”, understood to mean tea and coffee, and harmful or habit-forming substances.E-cigarettes are highly addictive, “iced tea is still tea” and any drink ending in “-ccino” probably has coffee and breaks the rules, the church wrote.Recreational marijuana is also banned but medical marijuana and opioids are fine when used as prescribed by a doctor.The Christian sect - widely known as the Mormon church \- had previously said it approved of medical marijuana in certain circumstances, but last year it opposed a medical marijuana bill in Utah that it said went too far.Experts and church members said the clarifications raised as many questions as they answered.For example, there is still confusion over why is iced tea off limits if it's cold, what the church's stance on coffee-flavoured desserts is and whether drinks with green-tea extract are allowed. Lauren Lethbridge is a student newspaper editor at Brigham Young University, which is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For her, following the Word of Wisdom is about obedience to the church.She said several of her friends drink juices with green-tea extract. Many of them feel fine about the extract but one friend vowed to throw out her drinks immediately.“I think people are still concerned and a little stressed about 'does this qualify?' or 'is this bad?' ” said Ms Lethbridge. “But I think less people are having it be a major concern for them.”The Word of Wisdom is a section of the Doctrine and Covenants, one of the church's four volumes of scripture. Mormons believe God revealed the foods and substances that are good and bad for people to consume in 1833. Liquor, tobacco, tea and coffee were prohibited.Heber Grant, a church president, decided in the 20th century to drill down on the rules and to make adherence a prerequisite for entering a Mormon temple, said Gregory Prince, a historian of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Beer and wine were initially acceptable, while liquor was not. Eventually all alcohol became off limits.Church members in recent years have debated whether soda, which typically has caffeine, is prohibited.After prominent church member and then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney attracted attention in 2012 for drinking Diet Coke on the campaign trail, the church clarified that it has no rule against caffeine itself.Mormon has dance off with Michael Jackson impersonator - London LivThe church tends to issue clarifications when it gets a lot of questions about the same substance or when it realises members in different locations are not on the same page, Mr Prince said.He said church members also vary in how closely they follow the Word of Wisdom, which he called “a living document".Adhering to the dietary rules signals to others that someone is a church member, Mr Prince said. He said the practice is similar to how Jews might keep kosher as a way of demonstrating their faith.“That this is how we self-identify within our tribe,” he said. “This is your outward living of your inward religion.”Jana Riess, author of The Next Mormons, said there is a generational gap: older Mormons are more likely to be dogmatic about the Word of Wisdom.Independent Minds Events: get involved in the news aA study Ms Riess conducted found 40 per cent of millennial or Generation X church members said they had consumed caffeinated coffee in the past six months. Thirty-eight percent of members with permission to enter the temples said they had consumed at least one of the forbidden substances.Despite the continuous debate about interpretation, Ms Riess said the Word of Wisdom is not supposed to be a list of commandments with defined borders. She cited a quote from church founder Joseph Smith that she said was meant to guide members' dietary choices: “I teach them correct principles, and they govern themselves.”“People really want to know what the rules are, where the boundaries are, how far is too far,” Ms Riess said. “I feel sorry for the leaders of the church in trying to respond to this because I think that they would much rather have members understand that they have good principles and can govern themselves.”The Washington Post
McDonald's have admitted that their 'eco-friendly' paper straws cannot be recycled, while previous plastic ones could be.
Three students have been banned from their end-of-year prom after skipping revision classes to attend a school climate strike. Ellie Kinloch, Tyler McHugh, and Isobel Deady, all 16, missed school to take part in a climate change youth protest in Manchester city centre on Friday 24 May.When they returned to Albany Academy in Chorley, Lancashire, they were told by headteacher Peter Mayland that they would not be allowed to attend the end of year prom on 28 June. But all three pupils said they informed the school of their plans beforehand and belive the protest should have been considered an “exceptional circumstance”.Mr Mayland says their attendance at the Youth Strike 4 Climate protest represents an “unauthorised absence”, for which the pupils should be disciplined.The students' parents met with the headteacher and offered to pay a fine, have their children go to detention or embark on some sort of environmental project to help the school.School officials have refused to reverse their decision.Ellie's mother, Karen Fogg, said: “They've done nothing wrong in five years at this school, they’ve never been in trouble once.“You’ve got children [going to prom] with worse disciplinary records who have done far worse than skip school for something they believe in.“We accept it as an unauthorised absence but we don’t accept the weight of the punishment.”The 24 May protest was inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and was open to students who believe in combating climate change.Karen Kinloch, Ellie's mother, said: “The day before the protest they were told it was not authorised and that it would put everything at risk.“But the school told this to the girls and not us as parents.“If they had told me in advance I would have made a decision, we've spent £500 on Ellie for the prom in dresses, tickets, transport.“Ellie is devastated. We all are. We’ve never felt so strongly about anything like this.“The others are livid with it all, everyone is pretty upset.”The students were told about the prom ban on Monday 3 June, which was the first school day after returning from half term and the first school day after attending the protest.Ms Kinloch added: “The girls don't drink or smoke, they are good kids. This is what they believe in and what they’re passionate about. It’s a good thing.”Mr Mayland said: “Albany Academy has an excellent reputation, based on the high standards we have, especially for students' attendance, behaviour and safety.“Our rule on attendance during exams has been in place for many years: Year 11 children need to be in school to prepare fully for their GCSEs.“Where a student has unauthorised absence, we apply sanctions. We do this fairly and we always take into account the needs of individual students and their specific circumstances.“We make our expectations to parents and students very clear, both verbally and in writing.“For Year 11 students, our prom is a voluntary privilege, and one element of our celebrations of their time at Albany Academy.“This privilege may be removed in the event of poor attendance or poor behaviour during the final term of Year 11.”Wendy Bicknell, Ellie’s godmother, warned that it set a bad precedent for being honest with schools on such matters.She said: “It tells me that honesty isn’t the best policy.“If they had just said they were ill and not told the truth this wouldn’t be happening.”Janine Deady, Isobel’s mother, said she feels the school is “making an example of our daughters for taking strike action”.She said: “We hear so often that young people are apathetic but it’s not the case. The girls are an example of that.”Ms Deady said Isobel decided to join the protest after seeing a lot of things in the media about environmental damage, including the Our Planet documentary with Sir David Attenborough.She said: “Isobel considered very carefully taking the day off for the strike action, it was not taken lightly at all.“She considered it very carefully before making the decision because there is nothing else open to them at their age as a way of expressing themselves.“They can’t vote and will be the generation most affected by damage to the planet.“We consider it was exceptional circumstances. It comes as the government has declared a climate emergency. I was happy for her to express herself and join the youth fight.“The punishment doesn’t fit the crime. This was her first unauthorised absence in her five years there.”A petition has been launched Change.org by Ms Bicknell in a bid to have Mr Mayland reverse his decision.SWNS
A British man who lost his wife and two children in the Sri Lanka terror attacks has paid tribute to his “wonderful, perfect” family. Anita Nicholson, a Singapore-based lawyer, her son Alex, 14, and daughter Annabel, 11, were having breakfast at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo, when one of seven suicide bombers struck on Easter Sunday. Ben Nicholson confirmed his family’s deaths in a statement released on Monday.