Giant Boobs Appear Around London To Destigmatise Breastfeeding In Public
Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (en français) South Africa United Kingdom United States PARENTS 01/04/2019 15:36 BST Giant Boobs Appear Around London To Destigmatise Breastfeeding In Public “We know they’ll raise a few eyebrows.” 1.7k By Natasha Hinde Giant inflatable breasts have been spotted around London – and no, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. It’s actually for an important cause.
The boobs, which vary in size, shape and colour, appeared in four locations in the early hours of Sunday morning to coincide with Mother’s Day. They form part of a campaign to fight the stigma around breastfeeding and pumping milk in public.
Tania Boler, CEO of femtech firm Elvie, which came up with the campaign, said: “The #FreetheFeed campaign is an invitation to everyone to stand with all those women that have felt shamed or confined when breastfeeding or pumping.
“We know the giant boobs will raise a few eyebrows, but we want to make sure no one overlooks the way that this stigma has been used to repress women.”
Tom Nicholson One of the boobs cropped up at London’s Colombia Road flower market. The new campaign aims to empower women to feel safe and comfortable breastfeeding or pumping anytime, anywhere and encourage the British public to support them.
Sadly, stigma is still rife when it comes to breastfeeding and women are still being told to cover up while feeding their child in public.
A survey from earlier this year found one in three breastfeeding mums have been forced to use the toilet at work to express milk.
[Read More: 16 Things You Only Know If You’ve Breastfed An Actual, Human Baby ]
Tom Nicholson In the survey of 2,000 women who breastfed in the past five years, more than half had to pump in an unsuitable place – including the staff room, their car or at their desk – and highlighted a lack of workplace support after having a baby.
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It is hoped that the inflatable boobs – which are stationed at Tanja’s Roof, in the heart of east London, Neutral on Colombia Road, Ely’s Yard in Brick Lane and Huntingdon Estate, Shoreditch – will help kickstart conversations around breastfeeding and, ultimately, normalise it.
They certainly made passers-by look up.
“Let’s just take a quick detour up here. I want to get a photo.” Son: “Of what? Is there a giant boob statue or something?” “Actually, yes”. #FreeTheFeed pic.twitter.com/76rtJa7lPQ
— Emma Pickett (@makesmilk) April 1, 2019 Suggest a correction Natasha Hinde Reporter at HuffPost UK
United Unveils New Amenity Kits Featuring Buzzy Skincare Brand
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It’s been nearly three years since United announced the update to its hard and soft business class product, rebranding as “Polaris.” It’s now making a big adjustment to one aspect of the soft product by rolling out new amenity kits later this month filled with products from Sunday Riley, a cult beauty brand. Sunday Riley products will be featured on board, in United Polaris lounges and at United Club locations with shower facilities.
“Sunday and her team really took the time to understand how travel and the aircraft environment affects our customers and formulated an in-flight remedy that complements their journey with United from beginning to end,” said United’s Vice President of Marketing, Mark Krolick, in a statement.
United’s current amenity kits were introduced in 2017 and created in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue. They include skincare products from Soho House & Co’s Cowshed Spa.
Pictures reveal that not only will the contents of the kits change, but also the bags too.
There will be three different kits depending on what routes or class of services travelers find themselves in: United Polaris Business Class : Amenity kit will feature four Sunday Riley products: a lip balm with pomegranate seed oil and shea butter to boost hydration; a face cream with a blend of botanicals to hydrate and soothe skin in-flight; hand cream containing a blend of shea butter, cocoa butter and rose hip seed oil; and a facial cleansing cloth containing peppermint extract to balance oil and invigorate skin. United Premium Plus : Amenity kit will include the lip balm and hand cream. United Premium transcontinental : Amenity kit will include the lip balm.
If what’s in the amenity kit isn’t enough, lavatories in premium cabins will feature Sunday Riley face mist and hand cream in addition to other newly-added products, including Garment Groom 2-1 spot cleaner and a fabric freshener created by Murchison-Hume. Welcome on board, @SundayRiley . Try our new line of in-flight remedies made exclusively for United starting mid-April. https://t.co/1fTLZw5tWg pic.twitter.com/Sm37e6IE8t
— United Airlines (@united) April 2, 2019
On the ground, United Polaris lounges, arrivals lounges and United Clubs with shower facilities will feature Sunday Riley hand wash, shampoo, body wash and moisturizer.
As part of the launch, United is offering the chance to bid miles on a round-trip flight for two in Polaris business class to London , where the winner will enjoy three nights of accommodation and a Sunday Riley spa day. Bottom Line
American also recently revealed new amenity kits and it’s great to see that United is doing the same. That said, the announcement isn’t likely to be a game changer for those trying to decide what premium cabin they want to fly. If you do want to try the new products, read our ultimate guide to United Polaris to see how to get on board a Polaris-equipped aircraft (even with points and miles).
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King Ace finally gets his comeuppance
When Zuma appointed Magashule as premier of the Free State in 2009, the doors to the provincial treasury were flung open and “King Ace”, as some in the province refer to him, finally had unfettered access to the poor province’s largesse, writes Adriaan Basson.
There is a reason why former presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki both side-lined Ace Magashule to become premier of the Free State during their presidencies.
Although Magashule was the most popular politician in that province, both Mandela and Mbeki knew enough about him to keep him away from the keys to the top office in the Free State and, by extension, the provincial fiscus.
Yes, this feels long ago, but there was a time in the ANC when having corruption clouds hanging over your head actually disqualified you from being promoted by the organisation.
READ: ‘Mr Ten Percent’: How Ace Magashule captured the Free State
All of this changed in December 2007 when Jacob Zuma was elected party president in Polokwane with the help of rogues like Magashule who saw Msholozi as a get-out-of-jail ticket. They were right.
When Zuma appointed Magashule as premier of the Free State in 2009, the doors to the provincial treasury were flung open and “King Ace”, as some in the province refer to him, finally had unfettered access to the poor province’s largesse.
He became untouchable and pulled-off what some call the first capture of a state – the Free State.
When I visited Bloemfontein over the years to interview sources about allegations that Magashule was robbing the province blind, I was met with complete unsurprise. Yes, nothing gets done in this place without Ace’s approval or involvement, I was told.
Shortly after his appointment as premier, I received a tip-off that he demanded a R10m bribe to approve a transaction through the Free State Gambling Board. Although Magashule had no business involving himself in the transaction, the affected businessman was summoned to his office and had to elicit the assistance of Zuma ally Vivian Reddy to get his deal approved.
Opaque meetings at the Shell Ultra City in Kroonstad, bogus contracts typed on a laptop to formalise “facilitation fees”… it was all part of the reign of King Ace.
There was a tacit acceptance of the rotten state of affairs and a hopelessness that there was no chance for you to prosper as a businessperson or government official if you weren’t prepared to have your palms greased or do the greasing.
And this was before the Guptas arrived on the scene.
One of the saddest aspects of Magashule’s decade of Free State capture was the weak reporting on the province by the provincial and national media. Partly because of the declining media industry, including a weakened SABC, and partly because of Magashule’s active and aggressive attempts to influence and even purchase journalists and publications in Bloemfontein, the full extent of his activities remained largely under the radar.
Was it not for the reporting of Volksblad, the Afrikaans daily newspaper in the city, much of what Magashule and his gang were up to would have remained completely unreported.
I am exceptionally glad that former News24 investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh took the time and effort to produce his excellent book Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture , that finally blows the lid off Magashule’s reign of looting and deceit.
Read an extract from Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture
The book is a horror story of what happens to a province, particularly one in the rural parts of South Africa with little media attention, when a crooked politician takes the reins.
Coupled with evidence that is expected to be delivered to the Zondo Commission over the next few days and weeks, the truth about Magashule’s term as premier of the Free State is finally coming out.
Ironically, Magashule’s elevation to secretary-general of the ANC has weakened his grip on the Free State. He can no longer keep things under wraps from Luthuli House.
As the chief driver of the ANC’s election machine, these revelations will further damage the governing party’s chances to breach the 60% mark on May 8.
Voters would be justified to ask who exactly they are voting for if they put their crosses next to the ANC on the ballot paper. The “new dawn” of President Cyril Ramaphosa or the gangster state of Ace Magashule?
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Medical marijuana: More seniors turn to cannabis to deal with pain
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A new four-year study by researchers at UNSW on the use of cannabis and opioids to treat chronic pain has revealed some surprising results. July 3rd 2018 /display/newscorpaustralia.com/Web/NewsNetwork/Lifestyle – syndicated/Health/ Two 83-year-old girlfriends smoke medicinal marijuana together. Source:istock The group of white-haired folks — some pushing walkers, others using canes — arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village, an upscale retirement community in the picturesque hills that frame this Southern California suburb a few kilometres from Disneyland.
There they board a bus for a quick trip to a building that, save for the green Red Cross-style sign in the window, resembles a trendy coffee bar. The people, mostly in their 70s and 80s, pass the next several hours enjoying a light lunch, playing a few games of bingo and selecting their next month’s supply of cannabis-infused products.
“It’s like the ultimate senior experience,” laughs 76-year-old retired beauty products distributor Ron Atkin as he sits down to watch the bingo at the back of the Bud and Bloom marijuana dispensary in Santa Ana. A group of retired seniors from Laguna Woods Village form a line outside Bud and Bloom cannabis dispensary. Source:AP
Most states now have legal medical marijuana, and 10 of them, including California, allow anyone 21 or older to use pot recreationally. The Federal Government still outlaws the drug even as acceptance increases. The 2018 General Social Survey, an annual sampling of Americans’ views, found a record 61 per cent back legalisation, and those 65 and older are increasingly supportive.
Indeed, many industry officials say the fastest-growing segment of their customer base is people like Mr Atkin — ageing Baby Boomers or even those a little older who are seeking to treat the aches and sleeplessness and other maladies of old age with the same herb that many of them once passed around at parties.
“I would say the average age of our customers is around 60, maybe even a little older,” said Kelty Richardson, a registered nurse with the Halos Health clinic in Boulder, Colorado, which provides medical examinations and sells physician-recommended cannabis through its online store. A group of seniors from Laguna Woods Village consult with sales associates at Bud and Bloom cannabis dispensary. Source:AP
Its medical director, Joseph Cohen, conducts “Cannabis 101” seminars at the nearby Balfour Senior Living community for residents who want to know which strains are best for easing arthritic pain or improving sleep.
Relatively little scientific study has verified the benefits of marijuana for specific problems. There’s evidence pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, according to a 2017 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, but the study also concluded the lack of scientific information poses a risk to public health.
At Bud and Bloom, winners of the bingo games take home new vape pens, but Mr Atkin isn’t really there for that. He’s been coming regularly for two years to buy cannabis-infused chocolate bars and sublingual drops to treat his painful spinal stenosis since the prescription opiates he had been taking quit working.
It was “desperation” that brought him here, he said, adding his doctors didn’t suggest he try medical marijuana. But they didn’t discourage him either.
The dispensary is filled with the 50 people from the bus as they peruse counters and coolers containing everything from gel caps to drops to cannabis-infused drinks, not to mention plenty of old-fashioned weed.
Adele Frascella, leaning on her cane, purchases a package of gummy candies she says helps keep her arthritic pain at bay.
“I don’t like to take an opioid,” said Frascella, 70.
Fashionably dressed with sparkling silver earrings, Frascella confirms with a smile she was a pot smoker in her younger days.“I used to do it when I was like 18, 19, 20,” she said. “And then I had a baby, got married and stopped.” Bingo and bongs. Source:AP
She took it up again a few years ago, even investing in a “volcano,” a pricey, hi-tech version of the old-fashioned bong Gizmodo calls “the ultimate stoner gadget.” But these days, like many other seniors, she prefers edibles to smoking.
Renee Lee, another baby boomer who smoked as a youth, got back into it more than a dozen years ago after the clinical psychologist underwent brain surgery and other medical procedures she said had her taking “10 meds a day, four times a day”.
“And I wasn’t getting any better,” she said, adding she asked her doctors if she might try medical marijuana as a last resort. They said go ahead and she found it ended her pain.
In 2012, she founded the Rossmoor Medical Marijuana Club in her upscale San Francisco Bay Area retirement community.
“We started with 20 people, and we kept it really quiet for about a year-and-a-half,” she said, noting that although California legalised medical cannabis in 1996, it was still seen in some quarters as an outlaw drug.
Her group has since grown to more than 1000 members and puts on regular events, including lectures by pro-cannabis doctors and nurses.
People Ms Lee’s age — 65 and over — are the fastest-growing segment of the marijuana-using population, said Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and ageing at the University of California, Los Angeles. Two senior girlfriends, 83, smoke medicinal marijuana together. Source:istock
He believes more studies on the drug’s effects on older people are needed. And while it might improve quality of life by relieving pain, anxiety and other problems, he said, careless, unsupervised use could cause trouble.
“We know that cannabis can cause side effects, particularly in older people,” he said. “They can get dizzy. It can even impair memory if the dose is too high or new ingredients are wrong. And dizziness can lead to falls, which can be quite serious.”
Mr Richardson said Colorado experienced an uptick in hospital visits by older users soon after the state legalised cannabis in 2012. The problem, he said, was often caused by novices downing too many edibles.
That’s a lesson Dick Watts, 75, learned the hard way. The retired New Jersey roofing contractor, who keeps a winter home at Laguna Woods Village, began having trouble sleeping through the night as he got into his 70s. He attended a seniors’ seminar where he learned marijuana might help, so he got a cannabis-infused candy bar. He immediately ate the whole thing.
“Man, that was nearly lethal,” recalled Mr Watts, laughing.
Now when he has trouble sleeping he takes just a small sliver of candy before bed. He said he wakes up clear-headed and refreshed.
“And I have it up on a shelf so my grandkids can’t get to it,” Mr Watts said. This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission trending in lifestyle
Disney keeps using science as a substitute for young female personality
In Dumbo , Milly Farrier (Nico Parker) is solely defined by her interest in science. Disney Last year’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is mostly cinematic cotton candy, but it’s been stuck in my craw ever since I saw it. Despite not being a remake of, or a sequel to, any Disney movie I’d seen before, it gave me a powerful sense of déjà vu. Recently, it dawned on me why: The Nutcracker and 2017’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast each denote a progressive and feminist sensibility by outfitting their heroine in pants, and giving her exactly one personality trait: a fondness for science. I have no problem with Disney pivoting all of its live-action heroines to being science nerds. But the devil is in the details: Along the characters’ actual journeys, there’s no subtlety to the way these traits are integrated, or any use when it comes to their place in the story. In both movies, the leads demonstrate their love for science in facile ways, bluntly stating their interest or tinkering (to debatable effect) with some curio that would fit more comfortably on the floor of a steampunk convention. The use for their scientific pursuit is limited to scenarios engineered for them, rather than being a meaningful contribution. For instance, Belle comes up with a washing machine prototype at the beginning of Beauty and the Beast that never crops up again. Otherwise, the scientific method is largely forgotten. Belle (Emma Watson) and her father (Kevin Kline) in Beauty and the Beast . Disney Tim Burton’s new take on Dumbo cements this penchant for STEM topics as a trend, as that single trait once again defines its lead, Milly Farrier (Nico Parker). Repeatedly, she tells people about her love of science. She owns a chemistry set (that she never uses) and does a little animal training — the latter of which she constantly refers to as employing “the scientific method” or “the rules of science,” despite it bearing no discernible connection to the field. There’s no question that these characteristics are well-intentioned, but there’s a chasm between good intentions and affecting results. Science amounts to little more than a costume for Clara, Belle, and Milly. Their single interest doesn’t inform their growth. Instead, all three movies default to the same broad thematic arc about not doubting oneself. And yet, the lead’s interest in science is made to be such a big deal early in each story that the degree to which they ultimately don’t factor into the conclusion is jarring. At its worst, science feels almost like a last-minute character addition. The script for Dumbo tells us that Milly loves science, but has to twist itself into pretzels to hide the fact that her ultimate purpose isn’t to be unique, but to facilitate Dumbo’s flight — which doesn’t require scientific inquiry at all. If anything, the film could have made Dumbo’s gift and Milly’s scientific mind a source of friction. No such luck. I reserve some hope for future female leads with a knack for science. The Disney movies that don’t fall short in this respect are those in which that love is naturally integrated and engaged with, rather than used as a prop — but also, granted, they’re adapted from non-Disney source material. A Wrinkle in Time and Black Panther both feature young women with an interest in science and technology: Meg Murry (Storm Reid) and Shuri (Letitia Wright). Their passions make a dramatic impact on the problems they face. T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and Shuri (Letitia Wright) in her lab. Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios Meg’s parents are scientists, and she quite literally has to follow in her father’s footsteps in order to find him. Shuri’s interest in and talent for tech is just as much personal as it is part and parcel with her responsibilities as a princess. In Black Panther ’s big car chase sequence, she’s operating the vehicle remotely, working in real time to keep the tech (and the car) from crashing. By contrast, Disney uses book smarts and curiosity as a substitute for female independence in the same way that proficiency in martial arts or a leather jacket once signaled that female characters were “tough” and “cool.” They’re visual signifiers or traits not traditionally considered “girly,” but they’re also only surface-level indicators. Milly cites Marie Curie as a role model multiple times, but there’s no explanation of who she was or why she’s so significant to Milly as a scientific hero, beyond a diorama in which Curie is the only woman in a room full of men. The movie is taking advantage of the way the field of science was historically considered unsuitable for women as shorthand for how its young heroine is going against the grain, but places no emphasis on the actual work women did. Changing a character in thoughtful and rewarding ways isn’t impossible, but it can’t be done for the sake of lip service. Cinderella and Maleficent , for instance, both revisited and revitalized well-known characters by fleshing out the extant material (and an entire backstory, in the latter case) instead of “updating” these characters in a way that, ironically, comes across as directly contradictory to the “you are enough” message that these films are meant to send. Broadly speaking, the big thing these young women learn is that they’re more than good enough just as they are. Their shiny new interests suggest that someone thought otherwise, but ultimately just prove the point: To paraphrase Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin, sisters have to do it for themselves, not to keep up appearances with others. More From Polygon