• Wash Your Hands! Coronavirus prompts 2000% surge in sales of The Little Princess book
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    Wash Your Hands! Coronavirus prompts 2000% surge in sales of The Little Princess book

    Sales of a book from the Little Princess series, in which the popular children’s character learns to wash her hands, have surged by 2,000 per cent amid the coronavirus outbreak.According to The Guardian, publisher Anderson Press has seen “unprecedented” demand for I Don’t Want to Wash My Hands!, with sales prompting an “immediate hasty reprint of the title”.

  • Coronavirus: Madonna calls pandemic ‘the great equaliser’ in bizarre nude bathtub video
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    Coronavirus: Madonna calls pandemic ‘the great equaliser’ in bizarre nude bathtub video

    Madonna has called coronavirus “the great equaliser” in a sombre nude video taken while she’s in the bath.The pop icon is seen sitting in a milky bathtub filled with rose petals in the video, while she remarks that the pandemic doesn’t care if you are rich or poor.

  • Ready, Steady, Cook chef takes to social media to help shoppers struggling to cook from stripped supermarkets
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    Ready, Steady, Cook chef takes to social media to help shoppers struggling to cook from stripped supermarkets

    A chef from Ready, Steady, Cook has been doling out cookery advice to self isolators running low on supplies and those struggling to cook with produce from bare supermarket shelves. Ellis Barrie, who runs restaurants The Marram Grass and Lerpwl, said that anyone who sends him a tweet with the ingredients they have in their cupboard will get a recipe from him or one of his colleagues on the BBC show. Many are having to go outside their comfort zones to feed their family as shops struggle to stock staples including pasta, chicken and eggs. Mr Barrie told The Telegraph that he wanted to be able to use his skills to help the community. He said: "I'm on the front line, it's where I'm best actually. I like being in the action in a crisis." The chef is also delivering meals to families in Anglesey from his restaurant, including sausage casseroles and roasted meat and fish. Cooking with sparse ingredients could be an opportunity, he said, adding: "If you are needing to self isolate and whatnot you can have a bit of fun while you're doing it, thinking about the food you're going to eat it gives you something to aim for, you can get your family involved "I've noted lots of small suppliers we should be supporting are putting out deliveries selling fresh veg so we shouldn't be just sticking to tins." Many have asked him for quick recipes, Mr Barrie added, but said that the one thing self isolators have in bulk is time. He explained: "People keep asking me for quick recipes but you're stuck in your house! Take your time, enjoy your cooking, learn to use a knife. Look on YouTube! "Of course there's Ready Steady Cook on at half four every day which is perfect during this time." Many chefs have been using their skills to help the community as the country goes into quarantine. Roger Jones, who runs Michelin star restaurant The Harrow at Bedwyn has delayed his retirement to deliver free meals to the vulnerable in his community.

  • Kate Beckinsale claims Harvey Weinstein shouted at and punished her for wearing suit on red carpet
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    Kate Beckinsale claims Harvey Weinstein shouted at and punished her for wearing suit on red carpet

    Kate Beckinsale has told of her "huge relief" at Harvey Weinstein's prison sentence after revealing she was "punished" by the former movie mogul. Weinstein, 67, was sentenced to 23 years in prison by a judge in New York after being convicted of assaulting a production assistant at his apartment in 2006, and third-degree rape of another woman in 2013. Prosecutors in Los Angeles have started the extradition process to bring the disgraced Hollywood film producer to California. Beckinsale, 46, posted an image of herself on Instagram at the 2001 movie premiere for Serendipity. She wrote: "We all refused to go because holding a premiere mere weeks after 9/11 with the city still smoking felt like the most insensitive, tone deaf, disrespectful idea possible. "But Harvey insisted. We flew into New York and somehow got through it. The next morning Harvey called me and asked if I would like to bring my less than two-year-old daughter to his house for a play date with his similar aged daughter. I said OK. "I turned up and he immediately called for his nanny to take the babies to another room to play. I went to go with them and he said: 'No, you wait here.' "The minute the door closed he started screaming 'you stupid f---ing c--t, you c--t you ruined my premiere.' "I had no idea what he was talking about and started to shake. "He said, 'If I am throwing a red carpet you get in a tight dress, you shake your ass, you shake your tits, you do not go down it looking like a f---ing lesbian you stupid f---ing c--t.' "The shock made me burst into tears. I tried to say, 'Harvey, the city is on fire. People are still looking for their relatives. None of us even felt the premiere was appropriate, much less coming out dressed like it's a bachelor party.' "He said, 'I don't care - it's my f---ing premiere and if I want p---y on the red carpet that's what I get."' Beckinsale said she "managed to get myself and my child out of there and yes that was one of many experiences I had that there was no recourse for, and falls under no felony. "But I was punished for it, and for other instances where I said 'no' to him for years, insidiously and seeming irreversibly." Beckinsale continued: "Hearing that he has gone to prison for 23 years is a huge relief to me on behalf of all the women he sexually assaulted or raped, and I hope will be a deterrent to that sort of behaviour in this and any other industry. "Having said that, the crimes that are not crimes, the inhumane bullying and sick covert abuse for which there is still no recourse no matter who you tell (and I did tell), these too need to go." Beckinsale previously told how a robed Weinstein offered her alcohol when she was just 17. Scores of women have accused Weinstein of sexual assault, and he was found guilty of two attacks following a high-profile trial in New York. One of the actresses who alleged he attacked her, Mira Sorvino, said on Twitter that she "cried tears of amazement" after he was sentenced. She tweeted: "I literally cried tears of amazement, gratitude that the justice system has worked on behalf of all of his victims today."

  • Coronavirus: 'Confused' GPs using catering aprons because they have not been given protective equipment
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    Coronavirus: 'Confused' GPs using catering aprons because they have not been given protective equipment

    GPs are using catering aprons to treat patients presenting with coronavirus symptoms because they have not been issued the proper protective equipment, a doctor has said. Faye Kirkland, a BBC reporter who also works as a GP, told the BBC's Radio 4 Today programme GPs are also confused about who they should be treating at their surgery and who they shouldn't. She said: "Since the weekend I've been contacted by a number of GPs concerned about the current guidance. "There is clear guidance if you've been away in the past 14 days to a high risk area or if you've been in contact with someone with a known case of Covid-19. "But there is an increasing concern about those who have symptoms such as a fever or a cough but haven't been away or haven't had a known contact. "So I've been in contact with the Royal College of GPs and they're saying their members are experiencing some confusion about triage - so what patients they should be talking to on the phone and patients they should be bringing in and what steps GPs should be taking to manage these patients in the best way possible." Doctors are having to take matters in to their own hands in terms of their equipment too - with GPs using makeshift catering aprons as surgical gowns. She said: "Patients are calling 111, but they'll go through a whole set of questions. "And if they don't think they are at risk or don't fit the tightly-defined criteria for a swab then often those calls are passed to the GP and they might come and see the GP. "There's a difficulty in GPs in knowing. For the vast majority of patients - they can be spoken to on the phone. But there are circumstances whereby the patients will need to be examined. "I've heard of GPs trying to see those patients at the end of a list so they can be seen together, seeing patients and trying to use catering aprons to protect themselves because they haven't got the correct equipment." Equipment has not been widely shared among GPs, Dr Kirkland said. "I've heard from GPs desperately trying to contact the Public Health England and they're being passed to NHS England then to the local commissioning group," she told the BBC. "There has been a promise to get that in hopefully early next week. "But at the moment GPs are left in this position of trying to do things themselves but they need guidance on how to manage this." The Telegraph has learned that GPs were written to by NHS England on March 5 updating doctors on the Covid-19 situation. In the four-page letter, it stated 400 general use aprons, 300 pairs of examination gloves and 300 face masks, will be issued early next week to all practices. An NHS spokesman said: "In the first of a series of regular updates, the NHS has written to all GP practices across the country informing them that hundreds of protective kits would be sent to them from this week, with larger surgeries receiving repeat deliveries to ensure they are well stocked. "Anyone with concerns about coronavirus can use the NHS 111 online service, and while the 111 phone line is understandably busy, and people may have to wait longer than usual, all enquiries are being responded to thanks to hard working NHS staff."

  • Onward: New Pixar film banned in Middle East because of reference to lesbian relationship
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    Onward: New Pixar film banned in Middle East because of reference to lesbian relationship

    Pixar’s new animation Onward has been banned in a number of cinemas in the Middle East because of its representation of homosexuality, according to Deadline.The report states the film has been forbidden from cinemas in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia as a result of one of the film’s characters openly referencing their lesbian relationship.

  • HRT helps ward off heart disease in middle aged women, US study shows
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    HRT helps ward off heart disease in middle aged women, US study shows

    Hormone replacement therapy could help to ward off heart disease in middle aged women, a new study has shown. Scientists say that starting oestrogen steroid therapy within six years of the onset of menopause could help prevent clogged arteries and reduce cholesterol. Researchers in the US found the hormone oestradiol helped avoid atherosclerosis - a potentially serious condition where arteries become clogged with fatty substances called plaques. Oestradiol is a female sex hormone and a form of oestrogen often prescribed to treat the symptoms of menopause and to prevent osteoporosis. Women who took the hormone showed healthier arteries and were less at risk of cardiovascular problems. Study lead author Dr Roksana Karim from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles said: "Atherosclerosis is a major cause of heart disease, and cholesterol accumulation in the arterial wall is the predominant characteristic of atherosclerosis. "Our results show that oestradiol initiated earlier in menopause reduces atherosclerosis and appears to do so by directly reducing cholesterol accumulation in the arterial wall."

  • Konnie Huq’s plea to schools: Promote female science  role models
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    Konnie Huq’s plea to schools: Promote female science role models

    Former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq today urged schools to promote the achievements of female scientists to encourage more girls to follow careers in engineering, science and technology.Ms Huq, the longest-serving female presenter of the BBC show, was set for a career in science before she broke into television.

  • 'Gent' Prince William praised for stopping to take 'sweetest' selfie with fan
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    'Gent' Prince William praised for stopping to take 'sweetest' selfie with fan

    Prince William was heaped with praised on his royal tour in Irelandas he paused to take a selfie with a beaming fan.The Duke of Cambridge is bound by royal protocol which normally forbids pictures with well-wishers, but he took exception for Jennifer Malone on Thursday.

  • Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s PDA Is Out of Control and We Kind of Love It
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    Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s PDA Is Out of Control and We Kind of Love It

    It seems that some time out of the spotlight has done Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a world of good—and we have the PDA pics to prove it.The Duke and...

  • Kanye West’s six-year-old daughter North makes rap debut at Yeezy show in Paris
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    Kanye West’s six-year-old daughter North makes rap debut at Yeezy show in Paris

    Kanye West‘s six-year-old daughter North West performed on stage during a Yeezy show at Paris Fashion Week.The rapper, who was in the French capital to host his Sunday Service, announced the show as a surprise.

  • Lena Dunham writes emotional op-ed about Caroline Flack’s death: ‘I know what it feels like to be cast out’
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    Lena Dunham writes emotional op-ed about Caroline Flack’s death: ‘I know what it feels like to be cast out’

    Lena Dunham has written an emotional op-ed about Caroline Flack’s death, saying the news hit her with a “sickening power”.The Girls creator did not know the former Love Island presenter personally, but says she was a big fan of hers.

  • Harry and Meghan to make first official appearance together since ‘Megxit’
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    Harry and Meghan to make first official appearance together since ‘Megxit’

    The duke and duchess have not been seen side-by-side in the UK since early January.

  • Parents of two-year-old boy with cancer face deportation after being denied deferred action grant
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    Parents of two-year-old boy with cancer face deportation after being denied deferred action grant

    The parents of a two-year-old boy with cancer are facing deportation to Mexico under the Trump administration after their grant of “deferred action” was denied.Damaris Alameda Ramos and her husband Fabian Flores Aguirre applied for the grant, which allows migrant families to temporarily live and work in the country while they seek treatment for serious illnesses, so that they could continue to bring their son Fabian Flores Alameda to St Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, where he is receiving care.

  • Meghan Markle Escaping the Crown: New documentary to tackle duchess’s exit from royal family
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    Meghan Markle Escaping the Crown: New documentary to tackle duchess’s exit from royal family

    A new documentary will explore Meghan Markle’s headline-making exit from the royal family.Meghan Markle Escaping the Crown is scheduled for release on 10 March by Vice Media – which released the first trailer for the movie on Thursday.

  • Duffy: Celebrities and fans express support after singer says she was ‘drugged, raped and held captive’
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    Duffy: Celebrities and fans express support after singer says she was ‘drugged, raped and held captive’

    Fellow celebrities and fans have expressed their support after Welsh singer Duffy revealed she was drugged, raped and held captive in an ordeal that took place at some point in the past 10 years.“Of course I survived. The recovery took time. There’s no light way to say it,” she wrote. “But I can tell you in the last decade, the thousands and thousands of days I committed to wanting to feel the sunshine in my heart again, the sun does now shine.”

  • Eating fruit, vegetables and cheese linked to lower stroke risk, study finds
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    Eating fruit, vegetables and cheese linked to lower stroke risk, study finds

    The risk of suffering a certain type of stroke could be diminished through diet, one of the largest studies of its kind has suggested.Scientists observed how food related to two major types of stroke – ischaemic strokes which are caused by blockages causing a cutting off of blood supply to the brain, and haemorrhagic strokes when a bleed on the brain damages surrounding cells.

  • Piers Morgan hits out at 'staggering disrespect' of Harry and Meghan towards the Queen after dropping branding plans
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    Piers Morgan hits out at 'staggering disrespect' of Harry and Meghan towards the Queen after dropping branding plans

    Piers Morgan has hit out the “staggering disrespect” shown by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex towards the Queen.The controversial television host made the comments as Harry and Meghan dropped plans to use the brand “SussexRoyal” after conceding the word royal could not be used following their decision to leave the monarchy.

  • Giorgio Armani cancels Milan Fashion Week show over coronavirus fears
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    Giorgio Armani cancels Milan Fashion Week show over coronavirus fears

    Giorgio Armani is holding his Milan Fashion Week runway show behind closed doors on Sunday due to concerns raised by the coronavirus, and instead stream the event from inside the empty showroom. The fashion house said in a statement early Sunday that ''the decision was taken to safeguard the well-being of all his invited guests by not having them attend crowded spaces". A dozen towns in northern Italy have gone on effective lockdown after the deaths of two people infected with the new virus from China. Milan is the capital of Italy's Lombardy region, which reported 54 confirmed cases. The rest of Milan's runway shows scheduled for Sunday are to go ahead as planned, fashion officials confirmed. The Italian National Fashion Chamber said in a statement there were no indications from health officials that changes were necessary. It said it was up to individual brands to decide if they would go ahead. Armani announced overnight that as a precaution, his runway show on Sunday would be conducted in an empty showroom and streamed for the fashion public on the internet. It was the first time the 45-year-old Milan fashion house has taken such a step out of public health concerns.

  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry release 'saddening' details of post-royal life, withdraw trademark applications for 'Sussex'
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    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry release 'saddening' details of post-royal life, withdraw trademark applications for 'Sussex'

    The couple released further details, some of which were "saddening."

  • ‘I want Matt Hancock to look at this photograph’: Mother releases picture of her cradling stillborn baby who died because of NHS maternity failings
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    ‘I want Matt Hancock to look at this photograph’: Mother releases picture of her cradling stillborn baby who died because of NHS maternity failings

    With a tear rolling down her cheek, Stephanie Broadley holds her baby son Beau for the first and final time.Beau had been stillborn minutes before the photograph was taken, after avoidable mistakes by midwives at the hospital in Grimsby.

  • Naomi Campbell Shares Topless Photo for 'Selfie Sunday' After Walking London Fashion Week Runway
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    Naomi Campbell Shares Topless Photo for 'Selfie Sunday' After Walking London Fashion Week Runway

    Naomi Campbell, 49, Shares Topless Photo for 'Selfie Sunday'

  • Female domestic abuse survivors '44 per cent more likely' to die from any cause
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    Female domestic abuse survivors '44 per cent more likely' to die from any cause

    Women who have been subjected to domestic abuse are 44 per cent more likely to die from any cause than the wider population, a new study has found.Researchers at the University of Warwick and Birmingham discovered domestic abuse survivors are at increased risk of developing cardiometabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.