The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child is due in April – but the date isn’t all good news

We now know the couple’s baby is due next year (Image: WENN.com)

Unless you’ve been living under a sound-proofed rock for the past few weeks, you will have noticed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridgeare expecting their third child.

In spite of the fevered speculation – which encompasses anything and everything from the sex of the baby to his or her name – we only know two things about this pregnancy.

Number one, Kate was once again floored by hyperemesis gravidarum .

Number two, the baby is due in April.

Whether this was planned and the couple aimed for a spring baby, we’ll obviously never know.

The baby would have been conceived over the summer (Image: Getty Images Europe)

But, believe it or not, a baby’s due date does apparently matter.

We know September 26 is the most popular day of the year to be born, possibly because parents want to make sure their child’s birthday falls early in the school year, to avoid them being one of the youngest or smallest.

What also characterises autumn babies, the Telegraph reports, is not just their academic advantage, but also their sporting prowess and the fact they’re more likely to reach their 100th birthday, apparently.

And what of spring babies?

Well, it’s a mixed bag according to the Telegraph.

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Woman who was duped in online dating scam and left devastated gets happy ending in uplifting twist

Once upon a time, catfishing was a new and shocking concept.

However, online and app dating has been around for a while now, and catfishing stories have become a regular part of the narrative – in addition to every other annoying dating trend out there.

But Emma Perrier’s experience is a little different.

Namely because, rather than ending in misery, disillusionment and disappointment, it ends happily.

It began in 2015, when Emma, who is from France but lives in the UK, dipped a toe into the murky waters of online dating.

As The Atlantic explained, Emma was newly-single and working long hours as a barista in a City coffee shop, meaning she wasn’t really meeting the sort of man she wanted to date. So, like many an intrepid dater before her, she signed up to a site – in this case, Zoosk.

Things got off to a good start, with the first match she made being the very handsome Ronaldo “Ronnie” Scicluna, a 34-year-old electrician from the West Midlands who said he was Italian.

Except, when Emma messaged him in his purported native tongue, he had no idea what she was saying.

This might have been the first alarm bell, but Ronnie had an explanation. His mum was English and his dad seldom spoke to him in Italian, so there hadn’t been much opportunity to pick it up. It seemed totally plausible, and Emma accepted it.

Their relationship went from strength to strength.

That is, online.

While they enjoyed an intense correspondence – even saying “I love you” to one another – by the six month mark, they’d still not actually met in person.

They were speaking every day and had both deleted their dating profiles, but every time plans were made, Ronnie had an excuse.

Of course, this should have been the huge giveaway, but it in fact took one of the waiters Emma worked with to spell it out for her to do some investigating.

One quick image reverse search on an app revealed the truth, but it took Emma a little longer to uncover it in its entirety.

Ronnie was not a dreamy electrician from the West Midlands. His pictures were actually of a Turkish actor and model called Adem Güzel, and after a long and bizarre confrontation with “Ronnie” during which he accused her of being crazy, it turned out he was Alan Stanley, a 53-year-old builder and decorator.So in September 2016, Emma found Adem and messaged him to warn him that his photos were being used by 53-year-old decorators to catfish.

As it happens, Adem had received quite a few of these messages, as this was not the first time this had happened, and he initially wasn’t going to reply to her.

But then something told him to – and it’s just as well as he did, because their exchange resulted in him coming to London to meet her, their first date, a kiss and now they’re together.

And, in a weird way they have Alan to thank.

Robert Mugabe is appointed a ‘GOODWILL ambassador’ by the World Health Organization – after life expectancy in Zimbabwe plummets under him

Robert Mugabe has been controversially appointed as health ambassador for the World Health Organisation.

The 93-year-old president of Zimbabwe – who oversaw plummeting life expectancy in his own country – will supposedly co-ordinate the United Nations organisation’s battle against heart disease, cancer and diabetes across Africa.

The role – which comes with the title of ‘WHO goodwill ambassador’ – will be to encourage African governments to introduce policies to reduce smoking and drinking, improve diets and increase exercise.

Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe’s foreign affairs minister, said the appointment was a ‘major diplomacy coup’ for the country and claimed Mugabe is ‘very passionate about non-communicable diseases

The 93-year-old president of Zimbabwe – who oversaw plummeting life expectancy in his own country – will supposedly co-ordinate the United Nations organisation’s battle against heart disease, cancer and diabetes across Africa

He told Zimbabwe’s Daily News: ‘President Mugabe has in the past acquitted himself in health diplomacy.’

Mugabe: The history

Mugabe took power in Zimbabwe in 1980, overseeing the worst episode of hyperinflation and economic collapse ever seen anywhere in the world.

Life expectancy in Zimbabwe dropped from 61 in 1985 to 44 in 2003, according to World Bank figures, largely down to the nation’s crumbling economy and widespread poverty. Life expectancy has since recovered – but is still not as high as it was in the mid-1980s.

Mugabe is widely seen as creating the crisis by breaking up the farms that had provided the back-bone of Zimbabwe’s economy, seizing the land from white farm owners and redistributing it to gain political support.

At the height of the crisis in 2009, the UN was feeding seven million Zimbabweans, more than two-thirds of the population.

Yet Mugabe has pledged never to give up the presidency.

MUGABE’S RECORD IN ZIMBABWE

Mugabe took power in Zimbabwe in 1980, overseeing the worst episode of hyperinflation and economic collapse ever seen anywhere in the world.

Life expectancy in Zimbabwe dropped from 61 in 1985 to 44 in 2003, according to World Bank figures, largely down to the nation’s crumbling economy and widespread poverty.

Life expectancy has since recovered to about 60 – but is still not as high as it was in the mid-1980s.

Mugabe is credited as the architect of his country’s economic crisis by breaking up the farms that had provided the back-bone of his country’s infrastructure, seizing the land from white farm owners and redistributing it to gain political support.

At the height of the crisis in 2009, the UN was feeding seven million Zimbabweans, more than two-thirds of the population. Yet Mugabe has pledged never to give up the presidency.

He told African Union last year: ‘I will be there until God says come, but as long as I am alive I will head the country, forward ever, backwards never.’

Health scares 

Despite his longevity, Mugabe has suffered several health scares.

He repeatedly flies to Singapore and the Middle East for medical treatment – rather than relying on hospitals in his own country.

In 2008 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer – an illness his wife Grace, 52, attributed to ‘poor diet advised by enemies within the security department’.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, said: ‘I am honoured to announce that President Mugabe has agreed to serve as a goodwill ambassador on non-communicable diseases for Africa to influence his peers in his region.’

He said: ‘Zimbabwe [is] a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies to provide health care to all.’

WHO ambassadors are appointed for an initial period of two years and are unpaid.

Immediate complaints 

The British Government immediately complained to the WHO about the decision, warning the appointment could ‘overshadow’ the organisation’s efforts to tackle global health.

The decision is all the more bizarre because the United Nations imposes trade embargoes on arms deals against Zimbabwe.

The UK and EU also have separate financial sanctions against the country, which they say will not be lifted until ‘progress has been made on democracy, human rights and the rule of law’.

A Government spokesman said last night: ‘President Mugabe’s appointment is surprising and disappointing, particularly in light of the current US and EU sanctions against him.

‘We have registered our concerns with WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Although Mugabe will not have an executive role, his appointment risks overshadowing the work undertaken globally by the WHO on non-communicable diseases.’

The appointment additionally drew condemnation from 24 international health organisations including Cancer Research UK, the World Heart Federation and Action Against Smoking. They said they were ‘shocked and deeply concerned’ by the decision, citing Mugabe’s ‘long track record of human rights violations’.

Human Rights Watch added that the dictator’s regime ‘continues to violate human rights [and] has intensified repression against thousands of people who peacefully protest human rights violations and the deteriorating economic situation’.

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SexZeeNation: How to tell if women are lying to you in a text – Zee Adamu

While it isn’t always easy to tell when someone is lying to your face, spotting deceit in a text message can be far more difficult.

But now, researchers have discovered the patterns in a text message that indicate a person isn’t telling the truth.

A new analysis of hundreds of conversations has revealed women tend to use more words when they’re lying, along with self-oriented words such as ‘I’.

Male liars, on the other hand, may be harder to pin down, as they appeared to lack many of the linguistic cues – likely because they use fewer words in messages to begin with.

While it isn¿t always easy to tell when someone is lying to your face, spotting deceit in a text message can be far more difficult. But now, researchers have discovered the patterns in a text message that indicate a person isn¿t telling the truth. Stock image

While it isn’t always easy to tell when someone is lying to your face, spotting deceit in a text message can be far more difficult. But now, researchers have discovered the patterns in a text message that indicate a person isn’t telling the truth. Stock image

WHAT THEY FOUND

The data revealed that text messages containing lies were, overall, longer than truthful texts.

The study also revealed that liars were more likely to use self-oriented words than they were to use ‘you.’

And, both men and women were found to use non-committal phrases more when they’re lying, which the researchers note is ‘not surprising.’

For example:

Female’s text: ‘[name] gift is fine. hard to really tell. maybe it looks better in person?’

Explanation:

‘I thought the gift(s) were so-so, but my sister was REALLY excited by them, so I didn’t want to tell her that her opinion wasn’t good.’

In the study, published to arXiv, the researchers from Cornell University developed an Android messaging app to collect sample texts from a large number of participants.

Over the course of seven days, the team gathered a total of 1,703 conversations.

They then removed the conversations that did not contain any lies, leaving them with 351.

After separating the lying and truthful messages, the team averaged word counts for each type of message, as well as for gender and student status.

They also looked at the percentages of ‘self-words’ (such as I/I’m), ‘other-words,’ (you), and noncommittal phrases (probably, possible, sure, etc).

‘Pronouns are particularly interesting in deception because one actively chooses which pronouns he/she wants to use when communicating,’ the authors explain in the paper.

‘Self-oriented pronouns show ownership and responsibility while other-oriented pronouns can signal distance and lack of accountability.’

The data revealed that text messages containing lies were, overall, longer than truthful texts.

On average, deceitful texts contained 8 words, while truthful texts contained 7.

And, the researchers also found this differed between the sexes.

While women use an average of 8 words in a text message, they tend to use 9 when they’re lying.

Men, however, use about 7 words in both truthful and deceitful texts.

The data revealed that text messages containing lies were, overall, longer than truthful texts. On average, deceitful texts contained 8 words, while truthful texts contained 7. And, the researchers also found this differed between the sexes. Stock image

The data revealed that text messages containing lies were, overall, longer than truthful texts. On average, deceitful texts contained 8 words, while truthful texts contained 7. And, the researchers also found this differed between the sexes. Stock image

The study also revealed that liars were more likely to use self-oriented words than they were to use ‘you.’

But, when examined by gender, the researchers again noticed some key differences.

‘Earlier we found that self-oriented words were used more in lying; however, when we break the data down by gender, women use self-oriented words more across the board and other-oriented words less while lying, disproving our hypothesis,’ the authors wrote.

‘Men, on the other hand, use “I” significantly less but have an increased use of “my”, and “me”.’

Both men and women, though, were found to use non-committal phrases more when they’re lying, which the researchers note is ‘not surprising.’

For men, ‘sure’ was most likely to appear, while women tend to include the word ‘try.’

*Culled from Mailonline

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Tourists warned about travelling to Madagascar as outbreak of PLAGUE strikes paradise island leaving 90 dead

British tourists have been warned about travelling to Madagascar as an outbreak of plague has struck the paradise island leaving 90 dead.

An unusually large outbreak in the country has taken 94 lives, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

The number of suspected cases has reached 1,153, Dr. Ibrahima Soce Fall, Africa emergencies chief for the U.N. health agency, told reporters in Geneva.

British tourists have been warned about travelling to Madagascar as an outbreak of plague has struck the paradise island leaving 90 dead. Pictured, Red Cross volunteers talk to villagers about the plague outbreak

British tourists have been warned about travelling to Madagascar as an outbreak of plague has struck the paradise island leaving 90 dead. Pictured, Red Cross volunteers talk to villagers about the plague outbreak

An unusually large outbreak in the country has taken 94 lives, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Pictured, a girl wears a face mask inside a hospital in the capital Antananarivo

An unusually large outbreak in the country has taken 94 lives, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Pictured, a girl wears a face mask inside a hospital in the capital Antananarivo

More cases are expected, ‘but we think we can affect the curve very quickly thanks to the deployment of human resources and all types of intervention,’ he said.

International agencies have sent more than one million doses of antibiotics and deployed medical teams.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: ‘There is currently an outbreak of pneumonic and bubonic plague in Madagascar.

‘Outbreaks of plague tend to be seasonal and occur mainly during the rainy season, with around 500 cases reported annually.

Madagascar, off the coast of Africa, is a popular destination with British and European travellers

More cases are expected, ‘but we think we can affect the curve very quickly thanks to the deployment of human resources and all types of intervention,’ he said

International agencies have sent more than one million doses of antibiotics and deployed medical teams

A Foreign Office spokesman said: ‘There is currently an outbreak of pneumonic and bubonic plague in Madagascar’

‘Whilst outbreaks are not uncommon in rural areas, the latest outbreak has seen an increase in reported cases in urban areas, including Antananarivo.’

Madagascar, off the coast of Africa, is a popular destination for British and European travellers.

Plague is endemic in Madagascar, but this year’s outbreak is unusual because for the first time the disease has affected the Indian Ocean island’s two biggest cities, Antananarivo and Toamasina.

More than 70 per cent of the cases are pneumonic plague, a more virulent form that spreads through coughing, sneezing or spitting and is almost always fatal if untreated.

More than 70 per cent of the cases are pneumonic plague, a more virulent form that spreads through coughing, sneezing or spitting and is almost always fatal if untreated

In some cases, it can kill within 24 hours.

Like the bubonic form that often is found in Madagascar’s remote highlands, it can be treated with common antibiotics if caught in time.

WHO has said the risk of global spread of the outbreak is low and it advises against travel or trade restrictions. It seeks $5.5 million to support the plague response.

The Red Cross is sending its first-ever plague treatment center.

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Missing California Hikers Found In Embrace After Apparent Killing-Suicide

A young California couple who vanished during a hiking trip in the desert almost three months ago died in a murder-suicide near a trail, investigators said Friday. Their embraced bodies were discovered in Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California.

Joseph Orbeso, 22, fatally shot his girlfriend, Rachel Nguyen, 20, and then used the gun on himself, according to a statement from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department. Orbeso’s handgun was found on the scene, investigators said. Their bodies were discovered in a remote canyon Sunday by a search team that included Orbeso’s father, Gilbert Orbeso.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the deaths and what motive there would have been for the killings. The couple may have been lost in the 800,000-acre desert park and losing hope.

“It appears they had been rationing their food and had no water,” the sheriff’s department said a statement. They were found beneath a tree and were using clothing to protect their skin from the sun.

The Joshua Tree park’s website advises visitors not to undertake difficult hikes in extreme heat and warns hikers to take an “ample” water supply. There’s no cellphone service in the park.

The two were reported missing in late July when they failed tocheck out of a local bed-and-breakfast after leaving for a hike in high temperatures. A massive hunt was launched after their empty car was found in the park. Sheriff’s deputies, helicopter crews, horse and canine teams and rescue volunteers spent about 2,000 hours searching for the missing pair.

 “I want Joseph to be remembered as a kind, caring and thoughtful person,” Orbesco’s father, Giberto, told the Southern California News Group before information about the suspected murder-suicide was released. “The way he was found beside Rachel, holding her as they were seeking shade under the brush, says everything you need to know about him as a man and as a human being.”

The two were in the park to celebrate Nguyen’s birthday, according to KTLA-5 TV in Los Angeles.

Gilberto Orbeso said he was relieved the bodies were finally found. “I feel that we have closure,” he told KESQ-TV in the Coachella Valley. “That was our main goal … to find them. I hope they can rest in peace now.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

George W. Bush: ‘Bigotry seems emboldened’ in Trump era

In a rare public speech on Thursday, former President George W. Bush blasted the state of discourse that has marked President Trump’s first nine months in office.

“Bigotry seems emboldened,” Bush said in his opening remarks at the Bush Institute’s Spirit of Liberty event in New York City. “Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”

“We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty,” the former president continued. “At times, it could seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization.”

Bush did not mention Trump by name. But his comments came just three days after the president falsely suggested that neither he nor former President Barack Obama had called to offer their condolences to the families of fallen soldiers.

And the 43rd U.S. president — who was among those who strongly condemned the violence that erupted during a white supremacist rally in August in Charlottesville, Va. — seemingly had Trump’s “America first” doctrine in mind.

“We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism,” Bush said, warning that “bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed.”

He continued: “Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children. The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.”

Former President George W. Bush speaks in New York on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Though they are both Republicans, Bush and Trump are far apart when it comes to how they speak about racial and religious minorities.

After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Bush visited a Islamic center in Washington D.C., to plead for tolerance towards Muslims even as he vowed to seek retribution for the terrorists. Trump once reacted to terrorism abroad by touting a baseless anti-Muslim war-crime tale.

“We’ve seen the return of isolationist sentiments,” Bush said, “forgetting that American security is directly threatened by the chaos and despair of distant places, where threats such as terrorism, infectious disease, criminal gangs and drug trafficking can reemerge.”

The former president then unveiled a “call to action,” outlining five recommendations for restoring “America’s identity.” Among them: confronting Russia’s interference in the U.S. election.

“According to our intelligence services, the Russian government has made a project of turning Americans against each other,” Bush said. “This effort is broad, systemic and stealthy. It’s conducted across a range of social media platforms. Ultimately, this assault won’t succeed. But foreign aggressions, including cyberattacks, disinformation and financial influence, should never be downplayed or tolerated.”

Bush also said the United States must engage with world leaders on the international stage.

“We cannot wish globalization away,” he said.

Finally, Bush said, elected officials must project “cultural and moral leadership” in order to combat “a crisis of confidence.”

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