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'Theresa May's silence on women's issues is deafening'

Le 6 décembre 2016, 05:02 dans Beauté 0

She may be the UK’s second female prime minister, but Theresa May’s silence on women’s issues has been “deafening”, the leader of the Women’s Equality party has said, criticising the government for its lack of action on pay transparency, childcare and social care.

Ahead of the party’s first annual conference in Manchester, Sophie Walker said 2016 had been a testing time for women in politics, despite May’s elevation to No 10, adding that the election of Donald Trump meant politicians could no longer deny the scale of sexism in politics.

On the steps of Downing Street after she became prime minister, May said the gender pay gap was one of the key issues of economic inequality that she was determined to tackle. “She has done nothing and it has been a huge disappointment,” Walker said.

“There was this hope she had come into the job with an understanding of what needed to be done for equal opportunities. The Conservatives said they would axe section 78 of the Equalities Act and insist businesses move towards total pay transparency and we were delighted, but since then, nothing.

“The government said it would issue guidelines this autumn to companies and we’ve seen absolutely nothing. There’s nothing in the autumn statement about childcare or social care. The silence is deafening.”

Walker, a former London mayoral candidate, called Trump’s victory in the US a “devastating blow” and said her party expected to see a jump in membership figures in the weeks to come.

“At least now we don’t have to debate if misogyny exists. We don’t have to debate sexism,” she said. “I’m so used to starting interviews with people who begin by saying, ‘women are equal, come come, there isn’t a problem’.

“In some respects, now all that awfulness is exposed to the light, it is very clear what we are up against and there is a real push for an alternative.”

Formed 18 months ago, Walker said many of the party’s 65,000 members and registered supporters had expressed interested in standing in strategic seats, though the party has joined the Greens in a progressive alliance in Richmond Park to give its backing to the Lib Dems’ Sarah Olney, who is fighting the former Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith, now an independent.

As well as stepping up its electoral strategy, Walker said the party would continue to “challenge the idea that affordable childcare, fair pensions, ending violence against women are somehow something to be done once the more important stuff has happened”.

The party has devised specialist training for candidates to prepare them for being in the public eye. “It is very difficult for women to be public figures. They come under levels of abuse that are entirely disproportionate and are specific to our sex,” Walker said.

“I am very conscious, doing this job, I am saying, ‘come with me, be part of this, let’s stand together’ and I am aware what a big ask that is because you are offering yourself up to abuse. But the more women there are in politics, the more we can look out for each other and normalise women’s voices.”

The cystitis and cranberry juice myth: New research exposes 'cure' as complete nonsense

Le 10 novembre 2016, 04:52 dans Lifestyle 0

For years people have believed that cranberry juice can fight bladder infections - but now scientists are saying it's a myth.

New research published by the Yale School of Medicine has found no evidence that the superfruit can fight off injections in the bladder or kidneys in women, and that includes cystitis. 

The study took two sample groups from nursing homes – where urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common infection – and provided half of the women with cranberry capsules. The others were given a placebo pill.

The cranberry tablets contained 72mg of the active ingredient proanthocyanidin which is equivalent to just over one pint of cranberry juice a day.

Over the course of a year the cranberry treatment made no difference to the presence of white blood cells or bacteria in the urine of the women, a common and tell-tale sign of urinary tract infections. 

In fact, the difference between the treatment group and the control group was just 0.1 per cent; the first measuring 29.1 per cent and the placebo team not far behind at 29.0 per cent. There was also no reduction in the number of bladder problems the women experienced.

“Many studies of cranberry products have been conducted over several decades with conflicting evidence of its utility for UTI prevention”, Dr Manisha Juthani-Mehta said.

“The results have led to the recommendation that cranberry products do not prevent UTI overall.

“This trial did not show a benefit of cranberry capsules in terms of a lower presence of bacteriuria plus pyuria among older women living in nursing homes.”

Remarkably, bacteriuria - the presence of bacteria in the urine – is found in 25 to 50 per cent of women while a staggering 90 percent suffer from pyuria - the presence of pus in the urine, typically from bacterial infection.

In many instances, cranberry is used to drive out the infection despite this method not being backed by science

Dr Lindsay Nicolle of the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, said: “The continuing promotion of cranberry use to prevent recurrent UTI in the popular press or online advice seems inconsistent with the reality of repeated negative studies or positive studies compromised by methodological shortcomings.

“Any continued promotion of the use of cranberry products seems to go beyond available scientific evidence and rational reasoning.

“Recurrent UTI is a common problem that is distressing to patients and because it is so frequent and costly for the health care system.

“It is time to identify other potential approaches for management. It is time to move on from cranberries.”

So why are cranberries promoted as a super food? Well, while they might not be effective at curing UTIs they do contain compounds such as flavonoids which contribute to your health with some serious heart health benefits. They are also an anti-inflammatory which helps to promote good cholesterol and lowers blood pressure. 


Le 15 octobre 2016, 11:04 dans Mode 0

Sometimes in life you look around and wonder, WTF is actually going on in the world.  But before Trump became a presidential candidate and back in the days when phones were just phones, life was simpler. And nothing embodies these simpler times quite like the outfits worn by the cast of The Hills. 

For six glorious seasons we watched Lauren, Heidi, Audrina, Lo and Whitney make it and break it in the city of angels. And between the heartache, scripted drama and unfulfilled Paris trips (she really will always be that girl who didn’t go to Paris) there were: the outfits. And boy were they good. So come with us as we travel back in time to the golden years between 2006-2010 - from Audrina’s pre-Missguided cut out swimming costumes (she really was a decade ahead of her time) to Lauren’s incorrigible use of headbands, those really were the days…. 

Before ombre and platforms there were ringlets and strappy heels

The girls went for snazzy metallics and draped tulle for this season premiere of The Hills. Lauren, as per, shows a penchant for curls that even Jane Austen would be jealous of and Whitney reminds us that before she moved to New York she really didn’t like fashion and instead enjoyed dressing up as a ladybird. 

When Lauren wore a panama hat and Whitney wore we don't even know what

The end of Season 3 was a real turning point for the girls and their style. This is the last time you’ll ever see Whitney Port try to pull of a hoody and tight cut off shorts and its certainly the last time you’ll see Lauren try and pull off a black shirt and a panama hat that no one ever has pulled off. Maybe MTV gave them a pay rise or something.

Can we talk about LC’s headbands though

And the pearls…  This must be when Lauren started out at Teen Vogue. We can tell by the super enthusiastic manner in which she’s conducting herself which is indicative of how she always conducted herself in the workplace. Or maybe this is when she’s realised she will always be the girl who turned down a Teen Vogue internship to hang out with her boyfriend. 

And then there was Stephanie Pratt: the prequel

Before she started causing trouble in Chelsea Stephanie Pratt was busy wearing pink animal prints and spending hours ironing her hair. In other hair news this is also the point when LC and Whitney swapped their hand held curlers for the full on LA blowdry and hairdressers everywhere rejoiced as the female population of the western world followed suit.

Whit you are our everything

Whitney actually has a post on her blog where she looks back at all her dodgy fashion moments on The Hills, but weirdly this one doesn’t feature... 

The Not Properly Famous Yet red carpet look

When you’re famous enough for Perez Hilton to write about but not famous enough for stylists… 

When Heidi couldn't be bothered to dress up

We can’t imagine Heidi leaving the house dressed like this now but for a while the unkempt am-I-still-in-my-pyjamas-you’ll-never-know thing was totally her jam. Who needs skin tight dresses and boob jobs when you have grey woolly jumpers and knee high boots? No one, that's who.

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