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A scheme set up by a Northern Ireland health trust is helping lonely older people.
www.bbc.co.uk | 12/10/18
Vicky Phelan exposed a health scandal in Ireland after discovering her smear test for cervical cancer had been misread.
www.bbc.co.uk | 12/8/18
Schools are relying on charities to provide services for children with mental health problems, MPs hear.
www.bbc.co.uk | 12/5/18
Gary Lightbody says it's "an unforgiveable act" to leave Northern Ireland without political leadership.
www.bbc.co.uk | 11/18/18
Snow Patrol star Gary Lightbody says he feels "angry" that Northern Ireland has no devolved government while mental health issues remain a problem.
www.bbc.co.uk | 11/18/18
Health service unions in Northern Ireland say talks with management and officials over pay are deadlocked.
www.bbc.co.uk | 11/11/18

Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel didn’t mince words on why people should look to Snapchat rather than Instagram, saying the Facebook-owned picture app makes users feel “terrible.”

“What people are experiencing on Instagram is, they don’t feel good about themselves. It feels terrible, they have to compete for popularity,” Spiegel said on Thursday.

The 28-year-old exec responded to a question from Andrew Ross Sorkin at Dealbook Conference in New York City. Sorkin asked how Snap has responded to Instagram “aping” — a polite way of saying “copying” — several Snapchat features — most notably Stories, its 24-hour pictures and video thread. Spiegel said Snap would’ve been better served showing why Snapchat was different from Instagram.

Also Read: Snap Partners With 17 British Brands to Launch 20+ Shows

“If we could do it over again, in hindsight, we probably would’ve done more to communicate, as you’ve said, how Snap is so different,” Spiegel said. “Because I think the most dangerous thing is, for people who haven’t experienced Snapchat yet, if they believe they’re getting the Snapchat experience on Instagram, they’re less likely to go try that experience on Snapchat.”

There’s evidence to back up Spiegel’s claim Instagram is “terrible” for its users. A study from Britain’s Royal Society for Public Health last year ranked Instagram the worst social media app for mental wellbeing. Instagram seems to be fully aware of this, with the company looking to add several members to its Wellbeing Team earlier this year, according to Quartz.

Snapchat’s user base has declined in back-to-back quarters, falling to 186 million daily users when the company reported its Q3 financials last week. Instagram, on the other hand, reported it has 400 million daily Stories users earlier this year. Still, despite the rivalry, Spiegel told Sorkin he’d “of course” grab a beer with recently departed Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger.

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www.thewrap.com | 11/1/18
One school principal says anxiety levels in young people today are "unprecedented".
www.bbc.co.uk | 10/29/18
The chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has written to the Department of Health over his concerns.
www.bbc.co.uk | 10/25/18
NI's first health hub for the homeless is to open in Belfast city centre.
www.bbc.co.uk | 10/18/18
The Health and Social Care board reports a lower number of applications in some health trust areas.
www.bbc.co.uk | 10/15/18
Legislation passed by the lower house of Parliament orders sweeping restrictions on how alcohol is sold and advertised.
www.nytimes.com | 10/6/18
A County Tyrone farmer became the first person to be convicted of TB fraud in Northern Ireland.
www.bbc.co.uk | 10/4/18
Ireland's health minister says failure to disclose audit results to patients was a "breach of trust".
www.bbc.co.uk | 9/12/18
The Health and Social Care Board chief blames pay differences between NI and the rest of the UK
www.bbc.co.uk | 9/5/18
Figures show the number of alcohol-related deaths in Northern Ireland is the highest on record.
www.bbc.co.uk | 8/14/18

Elle Macpherson has been with her new love for a while.

The supermodel, 54, was photographed kissing Andrew Wakefield in Miami, Florida, on Friday one year after her divorce from billionaire Jeffrey Soffer.

A Miami modeling source tells PEOPLE Macpherson and Wakefield, 61, “have been dating for a while and seem to have much in common.”

“Both are interested in alternative health practices and nutrition and sort of buck the norm to pursue their own idea,” the insider says. “They agree on many health and nutrition issues. But he is not that well known around Miami.”

The source adds Wakefield, a disgraced doctor who linked vaccines to autism in a retracted study, was married for many years before meeting Macpherson.

“Elle swept him off his feet after they met at a business convention last year,” the source continues. “They have kept things low-key but the romance is not new.”

Wakefield was a gastroenterologist in Britain before being removed from the UK medical register for unethical behavior, misconduct and fraud.

Macpherson’s camp has declined to comment on their relationship.

In 2010 the British General Medical Council barred Wakefield from practicing medicine after investigating inquiries that Wakefield acted dishonestly in his research and conducted invasive and unnecessary procedures on children. Afterward, his 1998 paper, in which he falsely claimed that the polyvalent measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine was linked to autism, was retracted.

He continued to defend his anti-vaccine views in 2011 saying that his findings and research were not fraudulent.

RELATED: Elle Macpherson Seen Kissing Andrew Wakefield, Who Linked Vaccines To Autism in Retracted Study

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no scientific study has found a link between vaccines and autism.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends vaccinations for Hepatitis B, rotavirus (RV) RV1, RV5, DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis), Haemophilus influenza type B, pneumococcal conjugate, inactivated poliovirus and influenza over the first year of a baby’s life.

Macpherson and Soffer split in June 2017 after nearly four years of marriage. A source close to Soffer tells PEOPLE the two “were pretty unhappy together the last few years” of their union.

“They had broken up but went back together after his accident,” the insider said, referring to a helicopter crash in 2012 that left Soffer injured and his friend dead. “It didn’t work out which is not surprising since they had already broken up.”

In the meantime, Macpherson has switched her lifestyle routine after finding a lump on her breast on her 49th birthday.

“I thought I had cancer. I was away shooting Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model so I couldn’t see my doctor and I was really panicking,” she told the Daily Mail in October 2015.

“It was four weeks before I got the biopsy results, so it was a long-drawn-out and stressful period of not knowing,” she said.

The source tells PEOPLE Macpherson has been doing well since then and has focused on taking care of her health.

“Elle has been in good shape for quite a while and seems really happy,” the source says. “She lives an extremely healthy life, eats well and likes to talk about it.”

people.com | 7/19/18

Meghan Markle is continuing her busy royal week.

On Tuesday, she joined Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and other members of the royal family to mark the 100th birthday celebrations of the Royal Air Force.

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The day after the christening of Prince Louis, the family attended a Westminster Abbey service to honor the world’s first independent air force, which was set apart from the British Army and Royal Navy on April 1, 1918.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were noticeably absent from Monday’s christening after the palace announced that the royal couple would not be in attendance. The decision, which was likely due to her busy schedule, was “mutually agreed” between the 92-year-old monarch and William and Kate “some time ago,” a palace source tells PEOPLE.

Palace sources say there is no cause for any concern about the health of either her or Philip, 97, and the Queen appeared in good spirits at Tuesday’s event. Following the service, the Queen and Charles, 69, stood on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace to present a new Queen’s Colour to the Royal Air Force.

During his military career, William served in the RAF Search and Rescue service in North Wales and was joined briefly by his brother at RAF Shawbury, where they both trained to fly helicopters.

After a short speech, the Queen headed back into the palace, where Meghan and the rest of the family were set to join her on the balcony to observe a thunderous flypast. The event is to feature 100 aircraft — including jet fighters, a WWII Lancaster bomber and the ceremonial Red Arrows — while below there will be a Feu de Joie, or mass rifle salute.

Meghan made her debut on the famous balcony for the annual Trooping the Colour in June, which celebrates the Queen’s birthday.

Soon after the flypast, Meghan and Harry — the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex — will head to Dublin for their first official overseas visit since their May 19 wedding. They are scheduled to touch down in Ireland around noon ET.

people.com | 7/10/18
A look at some of the numbers that make up Northern Ireland's health service.
www.bbc.co.uk | 7/5/18
Abortion is currently only permitted if a woman's life is at risk, or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health.
www.bbc.co.uk | 6/29/18
The 'Statement on Children's Rights in Northern Ireland' report highlights "systemic failures" in areas including education, poverty and mental health.
www.bbc.co.uk | 6/21/18
Extra funds will be included in the block grant but may not be ring-fenced for health spending.
www.bbc.co.uk | 6/17/18

Hilaria Baldwin is opening up about her childhood eating disorder and how she’s overcome her struggles with body confidence.

On Monday, the mother of four shared an unretouched bikini photo of herself and newborn son Romeo along with a message of celebrating all body types and empowering women to embrace their true selves.

“I opened up about growing up with an eating disorder. I turned to yoga, health and wellness to heal my body and my mind,” Baldwin said, referencing to her 2016 book The Living Clearly Method.

“I think back to my old self and how much I would have struggled with gaining weight during pregnancy and being patient with healthfully losing it. I’m so happy I can be a strong and happy mommy now, completely accepting of my body,” she added.

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Baldwin further opened up about the struggles with eating disorders on her Instagram Story.

“Eating disorders are founded in realty . Those of us who have struggled or who are still struggling use eating, not eating, bulimia, etc as coping for when we feel ungrounded or out of control,” she explained.

As for how she improved her relationship with the eating disorder, the star advised thinking of weight and health separately.

“I have found that being healthy is about not focusing on weight and rather on how I feel, how strong I am, and how healthy I am. Weight and how you look are side-effects. Not the main focus. When I started focusing on health, my obsession with weight went away. They should not be confused,” she said.

RELATED: Hilaria Baldwin Shows Off Post-Baby Body 12 Days After Childbirth: ‘I Just Started’ Working Out

Hilaria and husband Alec Baldwin welcomed their fourth child and third son together on May 17. The newborn joins siblings Leonardo Ángel Charles, 20 months, Rafael Thomas, 3 next month, and Carmen Gabriela, 4½. (The actor is also dad to daughter Ireland, 22, from a previous relationship.)

Since the birth of Carmen, Hilaria has continued to use social media to make a statement about body expectations after baby.

She first shared a mirror selfie in her underwear less than a day after Romeo’s birth, in keeping with her tradition of posting photos to her Instagram Story around the same time she delivered her two older sons.

“My purpose here is to normalize the postpartum figure and over the next days, weeks, and months, show you how I strengthen my body and return to my non pregnant self,” she said.

people.com | 6/11/18

In an open letter on Monday addressed to “Fellow Humans,” actress Rose McGowan urged people not to seek to blame Anthony Bourdain’s girlfriend, her friend Asia Argento, for his death by suicide last week.

“Many of these people who lost their ‘friend’ are wanting to lash out and blame. You must not sink to that level. Suicide is a horrible choice, but it is that person’s choice,” she wrote.

“Anthony was part of a ‘pull up your bootstraps and march on’ generation. The a ‘strong man doesn’t ask for help’ generation,” McGowan wrote in the letter, which she said was sent at the urging of Argento herself.

Also Read: Anthony Bourdain's Ex-Wife: 'I Hope You Are Having a Good Trip, Wherever You Are'

“I know before Anthony died he reached out for help, and yet he did not take the doctor’s advice. And that has led us here, to this tragedy, to this loss, to this world of hurt,” McGowan noted. “Do NOT do the sexist thing and burn a woman on the pyre of misplaced blame. Anthony’s internal war was his war, but now she’s been left on the battlefield to take the bullets. It is in no way fair or acceptable to blame her or anyone else, not even Anthony.”

Argento, who had been publicly linked to Bourdain for more than a year, had become the target of some online trolls speculating about the state of their relationship.

Hours before Bourdain’s body was found in a hotel room outside Paris, People reported, Argento had posted a now-deleted Instagram post of herself wearing a t-shirt that read “F— Everyone” with the caption “You know who you are.”

McGowan said that Bourdain and Argento “had a free relationship, they loved without borders of traditional relationships, and they established the parameters of their relationship early on. Asia is a free bird, and so was Anthony.”

Also Read: What's the Future of CNN's 'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown' After His Death?

McGowan also urged fans to focus on the unique challenges of depression as a mental illness. “Anthony was open with his demons, he even wrote a book about them,” she wrote. “In the beginning of their relationship, Anthony told a mutual friend, ‘He’s never met anyone who wanted to die more than him.'”

She added that Argento herself shared some of the same mental-health issues. “Through a lot of this last year, Asia did want the pain to stop,” she wrote. “But here’s the thing, over their time together, thankfully, she did the work to get help, so she could stay alive and live another day for her and her children.

“Anthony’s depression didn’t let him, he put down his armor, and that was very much his choice,” she wrote. “His decision, not hers. His depression won.”

Also Read: Suicide Prevention Calls Increase After Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain Deaths

Read her full letter here:

Dear Fellow Humans,

Sitting across from me is the remarkable human and brave survivor, Asia Argento, who has been through more than most could stand, and yet stand she does. She stood up to her monster rapist and now she has to stand up to yet another monster, suicide. The suicide of her beloved lover and ally, Anthony Bourdain. I write these truths because I have been asked to. I know so many around the world thought of Anthony Bourdain as a friend and when a friend dies, it hurts. Many of these people who lost their ‘friend’ are wanting to lash out and blame. You must not sink to that level. Suicide is a horrible choice, but it is that person’s choice.

When Anthony met Asia, it was instant chemistry. They laughed, they loved and he was her rock during the hardships of this last year. Anthony was open with his demons, he even wrote a book about them. In the beginning of their relationship, Anthony told a mutual friend, “He’s never met anyone who wanted to die more than him.” And through a lot of this last year, Asia did want the pain to stop. But here’s the thing, over their time together, thankfully, she did the work to get help, so she could stay alive and live another day for her and her children. Anthony’s depression didn’t let him, he put down his armor, and that was very much his choice. His decision, not hers. His depression won. Anthony and Asia had a free relationship, they loved without borders of traditional relationships, and they established the parameters of their relationship early on. Asia is a free bird, and so was Anthony. Was. Such a terrible word to write. I’ve heard from many that the past two years they were together were some of his happiest and that should give us all solace.

Anthony was 61, the same age my father was when he died. My father also suffered from intermittent deep depression, and like Anthony, was part of a “pull up your bootstraps and march on” generation. The a “strong man doesn’t ask for help” generation. I know before Anthony died he reached out for help, and yet he did not take the doctor’s advice. And that has led us here, to this tragedy, to this loss, to this world of hurt. Do NOT do the sexist thing and burn a woman on the pyre of misplaced blame. Anthony’s internal war was his war, but now she’s been left on the battlefield to take the bullets. It is in no way fair or acceptable to blame her or anyone else, not even Anthony. We are asking you to be better, to look deeper, to read and learn about mental illness, suicide and depression before you make it worse for survivors by judging that which we do not understand, that which can never fully be understood. Sometimes we are stuck in the unknowable, and that is where we are now, a massive wave of darkness that threatens to swallow everyone in its wake.

As I watch Asia do her job on set today, I see a pillar of strength who continues to work to put food on her children’s table. I see Elizabeth Taylor carrying on filming Cat on a Hot Tin Roof despite her love, her husband, dying in a plane crash. I see all of us who have carried on. Please join me in sending healing energy to Anthony on his journey, and to all who’ve been left behind to journey on without him. There is no one to blame but the stigma of loneliness, the stigma of asking for help, the stigma of mental illness, the stigma of being famous and hurting.

We must do more and be better. Anthony, our friend, would want it that way.

To the media and to the random commenter, Anthony would never have wanted Asia to be hurt, I’d like to think he would want us to have the collective conversation that needs to be had about depression. Blame is NOT a conversation, it is the shutting down of our collective growth. Which is where we are now. We have a choice as humans, shrink to our smaller, uglier selves, or be better and grow as only true Phoenixes can. I urge you to be that Phoenix.

With great sadness and even greater hope, I remain,

Rose McGowan

cc: Asia Argento

If you are considering suicide, reach out. We need you here. You matter. You exist. You count. There is help a phone call away, reach out.

Suicide Prevention Hotlines:

Argentina: +5402234930430

Australia: 131114

Austria: 017133374

Belgium: 106

Bosnia & Herzegovina: 080 05 03 05

Botswana: 3911270

Brazil: 212339191

Canada: 5147234000 (Montreal); 18662773553 (outside Montreal)

Croatia: 014833888

Denmark: +4570201201

Egypt: 7621602

Finland: 010 195 202

France: 0145394000

Germany: 08001810771

Holland: 09000767

Hong Kong: +852 2382 0000

Hungary: 116123

India: 8888817666

Ireland: +4408457909090

Israel: 1201 or 972-889-1333 from abroad

Italy: 800860022

Japan: +810352869090

Mexico: 5255102550

New Zealand: 045861048

Norway: +4781533300

Pakistan: 15 / 115 (Emergency)

Philippines: 028969191

Poland: 5270000

Russia: 0078202577577

Spain: 914590050

South Africa: 0514445691

Sweden: 46317112400

Switzerland: 143

United Kingdom: 08457909090

USA: 18002738255

For a USA Crisis Text Line, please text CONNECT to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.

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Hilaria Baldwin has been diagnosed with pneumonia just eight days after giving birth to her fourth child, son Romeo Alejandro David.

The fitness guru, 34, shared a sweet photo of herself cradling her newborn son as she opened up about the recent turmoil her family has been going through.

“It’s been quite an adventurous week with highs and lows … Romeo was born last Thursday and is a complete joy … however, I was also diagnosed with pneumonia,” she wrote in the caption.

Her health woes don’t stop there, as she revealed her two other sons, Leonardo Ángel Charles, 20 months, and Rafael Thomas, 3 next month, have the flu, while her oldest, daughter Carmen Gabriela, 4½, is also suffering from a bout of pink eye.

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“Rafa and Leo with the flu, Carmen came home from school with pink eye. Tumultuous to say the least, and, for a family that rarely gets sick, definitely a foreign experience,” Baldwin wrote.

“We are all on the mend, and fortunately, so far, Romeo is super healthy.”

RELATED GALLERY: And Baby Makes Six! Peek Inside Alec and Hilaria Baldwin’s Sweet Family Life

She continued, “It’s been tough getting our new family of 6 oriented with all of the necessary quarantining. The recovery from birth, the beginnings of breastfeeding again, the sleepless nights, taking care of sick toddlers, dr visits, my own health … I just keep on saying ‘we got this’ …. I have definitely had my stressed out moments and have had to practice lots of breathing and perspective, trying to stay as calm and positive as possible.”

“I’m looking forward to renewed health for my family, and one day, to look back and have a little laugh. #WeGotThis2018,” she added.

Her husband, Alec Baldwin, appeared on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan on Friday morning and opened up about his new life as a father of four.

RELATED: Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Welcome Newborn Son Home: “So Tired, But Happy”

“We just had a baby a week ago today. We have four kids, I have my daughter Ireland who’s 22, but we have four kids,” the Saturday Night Live actor said.

After receiving some light ribbing from Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest for having one baby every year, the 60-year-old agreed, saying, “We had four children in 4½ years, yeah.”

“In my house that’s the joke, ‘Oh, don’t sit under the sofa, there might be a baby under that cushion,’ ” he said, laughing.

RELATED VIDEO: Hilaria Baldwin Says Fourth Baby Was the First ‘Planned’ Pregnancy – And Why She’s Already Thinking About No. 5

The couple announced Romeo’s birth last week, with the fitness instructor captioning a hospital photo of herself and Alec, “He’s here! He’s perfect! 8lbs 2oz #wegotthis2018.”

Romeo made his big social-media debut on Monday when his parents shared the first face-forward photo of him with their fans and followers, as well as his name.

And Hilaria has been sharing too-cute photos and videos of their newborn since. “In case you need a Wednesday smile,” she captioned footage of their baby boy adorably smiling in his sleep.

On Thursday, the new parents of four celebrated their oldest child, daughter Carmen, graduating from preschool. “Our preschool graduate,” Hilaria captioned a sweet father-daughter photo, adding a party-popper emoji.

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Hilaria Baldwin is teaching daughter Carmen about the family business: yoga.

The fitness guru, who is seven months pregnant, shared a video on Instagram Wednesday night of the two practicing yoga while she led the 4-year-old through the motions.

“Obliques/sidebody/“spare tire” (I don’t like calling it that…but if it rings a , go for it. 10 on each side then hold the stretch for 5 seconds. #WeGotThis2018,” Hilaria, 34, wrote in the caption.

While the busy mom of three (soon to be four!) was teaching Carmen how to do obliques, her son Rafael, 2½, kept expressing his desire to attempt the moves with them.

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“Me too! I wanna do one too!” he yelled, while Hilaria said, “I know you can do it, one second!”

Carmen followed her mother’s every move – including the ones requiring a lot of skill and balance. Despite the difficulty, Carmen gave her mom an enthusiastic high-five as the lesson ended.

In November, Hilaria and her husband Alec Baldwin revealed they were expecting a baby boy. The baby will join older siblings Carmen, Rafael and 16-month-old Leonardo “Leo” Ángel Charles, as well as 22-year-old model Ireland from the actor’s previous relationship with actress Kim Basinger.

The mother of three has always been open about sharing her pregnancy body on Instagram and this one is no exception.

In January, she showed off her six-month baby bump in which she revealed she has “to remind myself every day how working out and eating well while pregnant will mean that I will have an easier pregnancy, delivery and recovery.”

RELATED VIDEO: Dare to Bare! Pregnant Hilaria Baldwin Shows Off Baby Bump While Wearing a Bra — and No Bottoms

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“I let myself slow down, but try to do an activity almost every day where I keep my circulation going, maintain flexibility and tone muscles,” she added.

The fitness instructor went on to encourage her followers to reach out to her and each other about health while keeping a positive discourse.

“Please talk to me and to each other about your experiences with this, questions and advice — no negativity — this is a namaste place. #WeGotThis2018,” she writes.

Hilaria concludes the post with, “In full disclosure, there is no filter, but I did brighten up the image a bit, since the bathroom in this hotel doesn’t have strong light.”

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Charities say the situation is exacerbated by Northern Ireland's ongoing "political dysfunction".
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Pregnancy looks amazing on Hilaria Baldwin.

The 34-year-old fitness guru and fourth-time mom-to-be showed off her baby bump in a mirror selfie shared to her Instagram account Friday — in which she’s wearing only a red bra and white robe.

“6 months with Baldwinito #4!” Hilaria captioned the image. “I have to remind myself every day how working out and eating well while pregnant will mean that I will have a easier pregnancy, delivery and recovery.”

“I let myself slow down, but try to do an activity almost every day where I keep my circulation going, maintain flexibility and tone muscles,” she adds.

Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Babies newsletter.

RELATED VIDEO: Kym Johnson Herjavec Shows Off Her 23-Week Baby Bump While Working Out: “Feeling Strong”

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But Hilaria — whose baby boy on the way will join her and husband Alec Baldwin‘s children Leonardo “Leo” Ángel Charles, 16 months, Rafael Thomas, 2½, and Carmen Gabriela, 4, plus Alec’s 22-year-old daughter Ireland — is also making sure her followers know she understands the need for gaining weight during pregnancy.

“I’m also completely at peace with the fact that I WILL gain weight, cellulite WILL happen, my body NEEDS fat and rest in order to grow a healthy baby,” she continues.

“Through 4 pregnancies, I have found balance and calm — embracing natural changes in my body, yet taking care of myself in a way where these changes are temporary, and once the baby is out, I will find my non pregnant self again.”

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The fitness instructor goes on to encourage her followers to reach out to her and each other about health while keeping a positive discourse.

“Please talk to me and to each other about your experiences with this, questions and advice — no negativity — this is a namaste place. #WeGotThis2018,” she writes.

Hilaria concludes the post with, “In full disclosure, there is no filter, but I did brighten up the image a bit, since the bathroom in this hotel doesn’t have strong light.”

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James (Jon) Castle - 7 December 1950 to 12 January 2018

Over four decades Captain Jon Castle navigated Greenpeace ships by the twin stars of ‘right and wrong’, defending the environment and promoting peace. Greenpeace chronicler, Rex Weyler, recounts a few of the stories that made up an extraordinary life.

Captain Jon Castle onboard the MV Sirius, 1 May 1996

James (Jon) Castle first opened his eyes virtually at sea. He was born 7 December 1950 in Cobo Bay on the Channel Island of Guernsey, UK. He grew up in a house known locally as Casa del Mare, the closest house on the island to the sea, the second son of Robert Breedlove Castle and Mary Constance Castle. 

Young Jon Castle loved the sea and boats. He worked on De Ile de Serk, a cargo boat that supplied nearby Sark island, and he studied at the University of Southampton to become an officer in the Merchant Navy. 

Jon became a beloved skipper of Greenpeace ships. He sailed on many campaigns and famously skippered two ships during Greenpeace’s action against Shell’s North Sea oil platform, Brent Spar. During his activist career, Jon spelt his name as "Castel" to avoid unwanted attention on his family.

Right and wrong

Jon had two personal obsessions: he loved books and world knowledge and was extremely well-read.  He also loved sacred sites and spent personal holidays walking to stone circles, standing stones, and holy wells.  

As a young man, Jon became acquainted with the Quaker tradition, drawn by their dedication to peace, civil rights, and direct social action. In 1977, when Greenpeace purchased their first ship - the Aberdeen trawler renamed, the Rainbow Warrior - Jon signed on as first mate, working with skipper Peter Bouquet and activists Susi Newborn, Denise Bell and Pete Wilkinson.

In 1978, Wilkinson and Castle learned of the British government dumping radioactive waste at sea in the deep ocean trench off the coast of Spain in the Sea of Biscay. In July, the Rainbow Warrior followed the British ship, Gem, south from the English coast, carrying a load of toxic, radioactive waste barrels. The now-famous confrontation during which the Gem crew dropped barrels onto a Greenpeace inflatable boat, ultimately changed maritime law and initiated a ban on toxic dumping at sea.

After being arrested by Spanish authorities, Castle and Bouquet staged a dramatic escape from La Coru?a harbour at night, without running lights, and returned the Greenpeace ship to action. Crew member Simone Hollander recalls, as the ship entered Dublin harbour in 1978, Jon cheerfully insisting that the entire crew help clean the ship's bilges before going ashore, an action that not only built camaraderie among the crew, but showed a mariner's respect for the ship itself. In 1979, they brought the ship to Amsterdam and participated in the first Greenpeace International meeting.

In 1980 Castle and the Rainbow Warrior crew confronted Norwegian and Spanish whaling ships, were again arrested by Spanish authorities, and brought into custody in the El Ferrol naval base.

The Rainbow Warrior remained in custody for five months, as the Spanish government demanded 10 million pesetas to compensate the whaling company. On the night of November 8, 1980, the Rainbow Warrior, with Castle at the helm, quietly escaped the naval base, through the North Atlantic, and into port in Jersey.

In 1995, Castle skippered the MV Greenpeace during the campaign against French nuclear testing in the Pacific and led a flotilla into New Zealand to replace the original Rainbow Warrior that French agents bombed in Auckland in 1985.

Over the years, Castle became legendary for his maritime skills, courage, compassion, commitment, and for his incorruptible integrity. "Environmentalism: That does not mean a lot to me," he once said, "I am here because of what is right and wrong. Those words are good enough for me."

Brent Spar   Action at Brent Spar Oil Rig in the North Sea, 16 June 1995

One of the most successful Greenpeace campaigns of all time began in the summer of 1995 when Shell Oil announced a plan to dump a floating oil storage tank, containing toxic petroleum residue, into the North Atlantic. Castle signed on as skipper of the Greenpeace vessel Moby Dick, out of Lerwick, Scotland. A month later, on 30 April 1995, Castle and other activists occupied the Brent Spar and called for a boycott of Shell service stations.

When Shell security and British police sprayed the protesters with water cannons, images flooded across world media, demonstrations broke out across Europe, and on May 15, at the G7 summit, German chancellor Helmut Kohl publicly protested to British Prime Minister John Major. In June, 11 nations, at the Oslo and Paris Commission meetings, called for a moratorium on sea disposal of offshore installations.

After three weeks, British police managed to evict Castle and the other occupiers and held them briefly in an Aberdeen jail. When Shell and the British government defied public sentiment and began towing the Spar to the disposal site, consumers boycotted Shell stations across Europe. Once released, Castle took charge of the chartered Greenpeace vessel Altair and continued to pursue the Brent Spar towards the dumping ground. Castle called on the master of another Greenpeace ship, fitted with a helideck, to alter course and rendezvous with him. Using a helicopter, protesters re-occupied the Spar and cut the wires to the detonators of scuppering charges.

One of the occupiers, young recruit Eric Heijselaar, recalls: "One of the first people I met as I climbed on board was a red-haired giant of a man grinning broadly at us. My first thought was that he was a deckhand, or maybe the bosun. So I asked if he knew whether a cabin had been assigned to me yet. He gave me a lovely warm smile, and reassured me that, yes, a cabin had been arranged. At dinner I found out that he was Jon Castle, not a deckhand, not the bosun, but the captain. And what a captain!"

Again, British naval police evicted the occupiers, but Castle and the crew kept up pursuit. Then the Spar suddenly altered course, heading towards Norway. Shell had given up. The company announced that Brent Spar would be cleaned out and used as a foundation for a new ferry terminal. Three years later, in 1998, the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR) passed a ban on dumping oil installations into the North Sea.

"There was no question among the crew who had made this possible, who had caused this to happen," Heijselaar recalls. "It was Jon Castle. His quiet enthusiasm and the trust he put into people made this crew one of the best I ever saw. He always knew exactly what he wanted out of a campaign, how to gain momentum, and he always found the right words to explain his philosophies. He was that rare combination, both a mechanic and a mystic. And above all he was a very loving, kind human being."

Moruroa

After the Brent Spar campaign, Castle returned to the South Pacific on the Rainbow Warrior II, to obstruct a proposed French nuclear test in the Moruroa atoll. Expecting the French to occupy their ship, Castle and engineer, Luis Manuel Pinto da Costa, rigged the steering mechanism to be controlled from the crow's-nest. When French commandos boarded the ship, Castle stationed himself in the crow's-nest, cut away the access ladder and greased the mast so that the raiders would have difficulty arresting him.

Eventually, the commandos cut a hole into the engine-room and severed cables controlling the engine, radio, and steering mechanism, making Castle's remote control system worthless. They towed the Rainbow Warrior II to the island of Hao, as three other protest vessels arrived. 

Three thousand demonstrators gathered in the French port of Papeete, demanding that France abandon the tests. Oscar Temaru - leader of Tavini Huiraatira, an anti-nuclear, pro-independence party - who had been aboard the Rainbow Warrior II when it was raided, welcomed anti-testing supporters from Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Canada, Germany, Brazil, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, the Philippines, and American Samoa. Eventually, France ended their tests, and atmospheric nuclear testing in the world's oceans stopped once and for all.

“Moral courage”

Through these extraordinary missions, Jon Castle advocated "self-reflection" not only for individual activists, but for the organisation that he loved. Activists, Castle maintained, required "moral courage." He cautioned, "Don't seek approval. Someone has to be way out in front... illuminating territory in advance of the main body of thought."

He opposed "corporatism" in activist organisation and urged Greenpeace to avoid becoming "over-centralised or compartmentalised."  He felt that activist decisions should emerge from the actions themselves, not in an office. We can't fight industrialism with "money, numbers, and high-tech alone," he once wrote in a personal manifesto. Organisations have to avoid traps of "self-perpetuation" and focus on the job "upsetting powerful forces, taking on multinationals and the military-industrial complex."

He recalled that Greenpeace had become popular "because a gut message came through to the thirsty hearts of poor suffering people ... feeling the destruction around them."  Activists, Castle felt, required "freedom of expression, spontaneity [and] an integrated lifestyle."  An activist organisation should foster a "feeling of community" and exhibit "moral courage." Castle felt that social change activists had to "question the materialistic, consumerist lifestyle that drives energy overuse, the increasingly inequitable world economic tyranny that creates poverty and drives environmental degradation," and must maintain "honour, courage and the creative edge."

Well loved hero

Susi Newborn, who was there to welcome Jon aboard the Rainbow Warrior way back in 1977, and who gave the ship its name, wrote about her friend with whom she felt "welded at the heart: He was a Buddhist and a vegetarian and had an earring in his ear. He liked poetry and classical music and could be very dark, but also very funny. Once, I cut his hair as he downed a bottle or two of rum reciting The Second Coming by Yeats."

Newborn recalls Castle insisting that women steer the ships in and out of port because, "they got it right, were naturals." She recalls a night at sea, Castle "lashed to the wheel facing one of the biggest storms of last century head on. I was flung about my cabin like a rag doll until I passed out. We never talked about the storm, as if too scared to summon up the behemoth we had encountered. A small handwritten note pinned somewhere in the mess, the sole acknowledgment of a skipper to his six-person crew: ‘Thank You.’” Others remember Castle as the Greenpeace captain that could regularly be found in the galley doing kitchen duty.

In 2008, with the small yacht Musichana, Castle and Pete Bouquet staged a two-man invasion of Diego Garcia island to protest the American bomber base there and the UK's refusal to allow evicted Chagos Islanders to return to their homes. They anchored in the lagoon and radioed the British Indian Ocean Territories officials on the island to tell them they and the US Air Force were acting in breach of international law and United Nations resolutions. When arrested, Castle politely lectured his captors on their immoral and illegal conduct.

In one of his final actions, as he battled with his failing health, Castle helped friends in Scotland operate a soup kitchen, quietly prepping food and washing up behind the scenes.  

Upon hearing of his passing, Greenpeace ships around the world - the Arctic Sunrise, the Esperanza, and the Rainbow Warrior - flew their flags at half mast.

Jon is fondly remembered by his brother David, ex-wife Caroline, their son, Morgan Castle, born in 1982, and their daughter, Eowyn Castle, born in 1984. Morgan has a daughter of eight months Flora, and and Eowyn has a daughter, Rose, who is 2.   

The former Northern Ireland secretary stood down in January because of his health.
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Dolores O’Riordan‘s family is grieving the “sudden and unexpected” loss of the singer, who died Monday at the age of 46.

James Walton, a parish priest of Ballybricken, Ireland — where O’Riordan grew up — tells PEOPLE The Cranberries singer was “very close to her family.”

“She was a really lovely person and very pleasant to meet,” Walton said. “There were no airs and graces with her — she was just a simple country girl.”

Walton spoke with the O’Riordan family shortly after her death was announced and said “they are devastated.”

“It is as shocking as the death of any family would be when it’s so sudden and unexpected,” he says. “They are just still trying to come to terms with it. They are still waiting for information to come from England.”

The Irish musician was in London for a recording session at the time of her death, her publicist confirmed in a statement to the BBC.

Her death came as a shock to many, and Walton says “it’s too early to talk of a funeral.”

“They haven’t discussed that with me because they don’t know what’s happened with Dolores,” says Walton.

The priest said the singer’s family received a phone call with news of O’Riordan’s death on Monday morning. The community of Ballybricken has rallied around the family, he adds.

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“People are still a bit in shock because it’s so out of the blue,” Walton explains. “The family themselves at the moment are trying to come to terms with it, and in the coming days the rest of the community will be calling on them with their sympathies.”

He continues, “We are all sitting here trying to get our heads around the whole thing, just trying to understand and come to terms with it ourselves. It’s not easy.”

Investigators for Scotland Yard have told PEOPLE that they are dealing with a “sudden death” in the Westminster district of London. “Officers were called at 9:05 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 15 at a hotel in Park Lane. A woman in her mid-40s was pronounced dead at the scene. At this early stage, the death is being treated as unexplained and inquiries continue.”

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Last July, The Cranberries were forced to cancel their North American and European tours, citing O’Riordan’s health problems as the cause.

“Unfortunately Dolores O’Riordan’s recovery from her ongoing back problem which forced the cancellation of most of the band’s European tour this Summer has not been going as well as expected to such extent that her Doctors have now instructed her to cancel her upcoming almost sold out tour of North America with the band,” read a statement posted to the band’s Facebook page at the time.

Just a little more than three weeks before her sudden death, O’Riordan assured her fans she was now “feeling good” following the tour issues.

“Hi All, Dolores here. Feeling good!” she wrote on the band’s Facebook account. “I did my first bit of gigging in months at the weekend, performed a few songs at the Billboard annual staff holiday party in New York with the house band. Really enjoyed it! Happy Christmas to all our fans!!”

She was married to Duran Duran’s tour manager, Don Burton, but split from him in 2014.

O’Riordan is survived by her three children, 20-year-old son Taylor, 16-year-old daughter Molly and 12-year-old daughter Dakota.

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The Northern Ireland Secretary resigns due to ill health and is thought to require lung surgery.
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Health correspondent Marie-Louise Connolly found shocking scenes at an Northern Ireland emergency department.
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Meghan Markle's life is about to change drastically when she ties the knot with Prince Harry in May 2018. Not only is she saying goodbye to the United States and becoming a citizen of the United Kingdom, but she is also putting her acting career behind. As she says goodbye to Hollywood for good, she is taking on another exciting role: patron.

During her BBC interview with Harry following their engagement announcement, Meghan added that she is very excited to "focus even more energy" on the causes that have been very important to her. As she preps for her life as a royal, we can't help but wonder which causes those will be. Kate Middleton herself is very active with organizations surrounding mental health awareness. While it's unclear if Meghan will continue to be a patron of the following organizations once she gets married, the causes will most likely impact which charities she will support once she becomes an official royal.

One Young World

Meghan has been a counsellor for the non-profit organization's summit on two occasions: in Dublin, Ireland, in 2014, and in Ottawa, Canada, in 2016. During the 2016 summit, she even spoke up about gender inequality as she called out the Suits creator for continuously writing scenes where her character was half-naked.

World Vision

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Meghan is a global ambassador for the organization. In an article for Time, she detailed how her trip to Delhi and Mumbai opened her eyes to the stigma surrounding menstrual health. In 2016, she also supported World Vision's Clean Water Campaign by traveling to Rwanda to visit with children.

UN Women

Meghan, a self-proclaimed feminist, is a big advocate for women's rights, as evidenced by her work with UN Women. During the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference of Women in Beijing, Meghan talked about how she "unknowingly" became a female advocate at the young age of 11 when she campaigned against a sexist dish-washing liquid commercial.