News / UK and world by Press Association April 9, 2019, 1:17 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter A 21-year-old who lost more than 10 stone said she feels “like a queen” after proving her childhood bullies wrong. At her heaviest, Lucie Hadley, a school worker from Peterborough, weighed 19st 3lbs (122kg), and feared going to school and joining her mother on shopping trips. However, after years of hiding in the changing rooms to avoid PE, Lucie has lost 10st (64kg) and now weighs 9st 3lbs (58kg), and has fallen 16 dress sizes. After being crowned Slimming World’s Young Slimmer of the Year for 2019, she said: “It’s been a brilliant experience, I feel like a queen right now, I cannot believe this has happened. I used to look at my body wishing it was a suit I could just tear off, now I’m ready to show off my body.” She added: “I’ve got a zest for life, I’m so bouncy and bubbly and confident … [Read more...] about ‘I feel like a queen’ says top slimmer Lucie, after dropping 16 dress sizes
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Women were a big focus of Sunday's 61st Annual Grammy Awards, with host Alicia Keys and the biggest winner of the night, country music artist, Kacey Musgraves. The show opened with special guest, former First Lady, Michelle Obama, who stood alongside Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Picket Smith, and Keys to talk about sisterhood and music."Music helps us share ourselves - our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys," Obama said. "It allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in. Music shows us that all of it matters, every story within every voice, every note within every song."The show paid tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, with performances by Yolanda Adams, Fantasia, and Andra Day. Jennifer Lopez and Smokey Robinson paid tribute to Motown while Dolly Parton took part in her 10-minute tribute with co-singers Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Little Big Town, among others.Musgraves also performed "Rainbow" off of her album of the year, … [Read more...] about Kacey Musgraves takes top prize, Cardi B and Childish Gambino make history at Grammy Awards
opinion Dan Fredendall Published 10:14 PM EST Jan 30, 2019 That impersonal word “infrastructure” harbors many practical implications for our economy and way of life here in Michigan. It concerns how we make a living, the safety of the roads and bridges we drive over and the quality of the water we drink. In the past year we were reminded regularly of the impact that infrastructure has on our daily lives. Big stories included the continuing resolution of the Flint water crisis, new reports on contamination of drinking water through chemicals used by industry and in firefighting and the oil and gas pipelines, including those under the Straits of Mackinac, that course through our state. As we embark on another new year we should briefly review some key infrastructure issues facing our state. A well-worn road All Michigan residents want something to be done about our state’s crumbling roads and bridges. A recent high-tech study conducted by Lyft … [Read more...] about Top three infrastructure needs facing Michigan
STARTING primary school for the first time involves more planning than just buying a new uniform and pencil case. Getting a four or five-year-old ready for the huge transition from home, childminder or nursery needs plenty of preparation and support. This is something early years specialist Claire Russell and nursery teacher Suzanne Roberts know all about. As Russell, founder of Playhooray.co.uk which provides play ideas and prompts for young children, says: "When it comes to preparing your child for school it's not all academic, it's about supporting and preparing them from a social, emotional and general wellbeing perspective too. "Parents shouldn't panic or put any pressure on themselves or their young children," she adds. "Don't forget children will pick up on your own anxieties about them starting school, so it can be really beneficial to prepare together for the new chapter in both of your lives." Russell and Roberts have compiled these 14 tips to help parents and children … [Read more...] about Start school the smart way: top tips to help parents prep kids for Primary
THE mysterious case of a wife who vanished 36 years ago after discovering her teacher husband’s affair with a pupil is closer to being solved thanks to a chart-topping podcast. The Teacher’s Pet examines how housewife Lyn Dawson disappeared from the suburban home she shared with ex-rugby star Chris and their two young daughters. Even though Lyn’s body has never been found, two separate coroners in Sydney, Australia, have concluded that Chris killed her. The director of public prosecutions in New South Wales twice ruled there was insufficient evidence to charge Chris with murder. Chris, who now lives in Queensland with his third wife, denies murdering Lyn — and bizarrely claims to have spotted her in the background of an episode of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow filmed in Padstow, Cornwall. But many people interviewed for the hit podcast are adamant that he was responsible for Lyn’s death. Journalist Hedley Thomas, who put together the podcast … [Read more...] about Will sensational podcast The Teacher’s Pet solve 36-year mystery of missing mum Lyn Dawson, her rugby ace husband and his teen lover?