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Women will be told not to be afraid of smear tests in new NHS campaign, after shocking figures show thousands are ignoring cervical cancer screening because they are ‘too embarrassed’

Women will be told not to be afraid of having their smear test as part of a major NHS awareness campaign.

It follows widespread alarm at figures showing uptake of the cervical screening programme is at an all-time low.

The trend has been blamed on embarrassment, as well as a lack of GP appointments.

Yesterday’s Daily Mail highlighted research by a charity showing 80 per cent of women had delayed the tests because they felt body conscious. Experts warn that millions are putting their lives at risk because they are too embarrassed to be tested for cervical cancer.

The new campaign, overseen by Public Health England, begins in six weeks’ time. It will involve adverts on TV and social media explaining the importance of smear tests.

Screening has been credited with saving an estimated 5,000 lives in the UK each year by detecting abnormal cells before they turn cancerous. bandarkiu

The campaign will also highlight risk factors for cervical cancer, including infection with the sexually transmitted HPV virus, smoking and taking the Pill. It is the most common form of cancer in women under 35, with 3,000 new cases in the UK each year and 1,000 deaths.

The PHE campaign, Be Clear On Cancer, comes almost ten years after the death of Jade Goody on March 22, 2009. The reality TV star, who was only 27, had missed numerous smear test appointments despite having previously received abnormal results. Her death initially led to a spike in smear test attendances, which became known as the ‘Jade Goody effect’.

However, the latest figures from NHS Digital show that only 71 per cent of women are up to date on screening, with approximately five million overdue.

This has dropped from a high of 75.7 per cent in 2011 – two years after Miss Goody’s death – and is at its lowest rate since records began. According to Jo’s Trust, the cervical cancer charity, the fall is partly due to embarrassment as well as a lack of GP appointments outside working hours.

The test is offered every three years for women aged 25 to 49, and then every five years for those aged 50 to 64.

It checks for abnormal, pre-cancerous cells in the cervix which can be removed before they become harmful.

Around one in 20 women are found to have abnormal cells but not all will need to have them surgically removed.

Professor Anne Mackie, Public Health England’s director of screening, said: ‘The Be Clear On Cancer campaign will play a vital role in raising the awareness of cervical screening, as it’s a real concern that fewer women – particularly younger women – are taking screening up.

‘We know that for some women worries about embarrassment or discomfort can put them off taking the test.

‘We hope the campaign will make it clearer to them what the test involves so they can decide if it’s right for them.’

Yesterday’s research by Jo’s Trust involved polling 2,000 women aged 25 to 35.

A total of 81 per cent said they felt embarrassed about smear tests, 71 per cent scared and 67 per cent reported not having control over the process.

Comedian Peter Kay, 45, appears in good health as he is seen out in public for the first time in nine months after cancelling his most recent tour for ‘family reasons’

Comedian Peter Kay appeared happy and healthy as he was spotted out in public for the first time in nine months.

The 45-year-old comedian was pictured wrapped up warm in a black coat, fleece and hat in his hometown of Bolton, Greater Manchester, last Thursday.

The sighting – published in in The Sun today – comes nearly a year after his last public appearance, at Blackpool Opera House during a charity showing of a Car Share episode on April 7, 2018.

Kay, who lives in a low-key manner with his wife Susan and their three children, cancelled his first live tour in eight years for ‘family reasons’ in December 2017. bandar qiu

The comedian’s surprise appearance in Blackpool last April is the only time he has been seen in public since the shock announcement about the 112-show tour.

Last November his Car Share co-star Sian Gibson, who plays Kayleigh, said the duo had been working a new script together with ‘something in the pipeline’.

Kay’s remarkable rise to stardom from working in a bingo hall and a factory making toilet rolls has seen him amass a fortune which now stands at £32million.

His 2010-11 tour secured its place in the Guinness World Records as the most successful of all time after he performed to more than 1.2million people.

Kay has made a point of putting his family first – a decision influenced by the early loss of his father Michael aged just 59, before his son had hit fame.

Speaking to the Sunday Post in June 2016, he said: ‘I still go to Tesco, I still do my big shop, I think you’ve got to. You can’t be agoraphobic, you’ve got to live your life.

‘I think you’d go insane if you didn’t. When you live a normal life and keep your ears pricked, you hear all sorts of funny things.’

Mother, 28, nearly loses her baby to sepsis after GPs and hospital staff turn her away dismissing the deadly disease as ‘only a virus’ and telling the pair to go home

The vital need for the NHS to get on top of the sepsis scandal has been highlighted after health staff failed to recognise the deadly condition in a baby girl.

Eleven-month-old Peggy Bradford almost died after she was turned away by a GP and a hospital.

Her distraught mother Emma said she was repeatedly told the infant had a virus and should go home. bandar poker online

But the 28-year-old beautician woke in the early hours to find her daughter’s skin had turned grey and her lips were blue – and called 999.

Peggy was taken to hospital, where doctors confirmed she had the potentially deadly condition sepsis.

Mrs Bradford yesterday decided to speak out to warn other parents – and said her baby would have died if it weren’t for her ‘mother’s instinct’ that told her something was wrong.

Hitting out at the ‘catalogue of NHS blunders’, she said: ‘If I’d listened to both my GP and hospital staff who were telling me my baby just had a virus then she wouldn’t be here now.

‘It’s only because I knew that something was seriously wrong with her. No-one would listen to me, and that is quite terrifying when you are convinced that your tiny baby is really ill.’

The Daily Mail’s End the Sepsis Scandal campaign has battled to prevent needless deaths from the condition, which is notoriously difficult to diagnose.

But it seems cases are still being missed despite a Government-funded awareness campaign and tough new NHS rules designed to speed up diagnosis and treatment.

Mrs Bradford took her daughter to her GP with a temperature on January 11 but claims her concerns were dismissed.

She asked for a second opinion and was told to take her to Peterborough City Hospital.

But nurses allegedly told her it was a virus and sent her home later that day with the painkiller Ibuprofen.

It was only when her husband Craig, 31, a lorry driver, got up for work at 3.40am the next day and turned their bedroom light on that Mrs Bradford saw how poorly Peggy was and called for an ambulance.

STEPHEN GLOVER: Why can’t the Queen and Philip just obey the law like the rest of us — and buckle up?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s car accident last Thursday could have been much more serious.

The nine-month-old baby in the car involved in the collision with his Land Rover might have been badly injured, even killed.

True, one of the two women in the car broke her wrist.

Everyone, except perhaps the baby who is too young to have understood what happened, must have suffered shock. But, thank God, a catastrophe was avoided.

And yet over the following days Royal officials and Prince Philip himself have contrived to turn what was a happy escape into a rather discreditable story which, at the very least, will have puzzled some members of the public.

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First there was the almost instant delivery to Sandringham of a replacement Land Rover. This somehow conveyed the impression of an unrepentant Prince, who was impatient to take to the road again in a Mr Toad-ish way.

And, indeed, this is exactly what he did. In a way, his wish to go on as though nothing had happened was admirable.

The 97-year-old former war hero and all-round action man was not going to change his ways because of a common-or-garden prang.

Nevertheless, his eagerness to put aside the accident, and continue as before, invited the criticism that he had not considered whether a man of his age should be driving on public roads. agen ceme

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Being photographed at the wheel without a seatbelt 48 hours after a crash was not great PR. Nor was the Queen’s identical lapse a day later.

Probably the worst faux pas was not sending some sort of immediate message of sympathy to the two women in the other car.

It may be that lawyers advised against such an overture on the grounds that an apology implies fault. We can’t be certain the Duke was responsible.

But a simple expression of sorrow doesn’t indicate culpability, and would have been far preferable to what was offered — a message delivered by a police family liaison officer that the Queen and her husband wanted to extend their ‘well-wishes’ to the victims of the crash.

Emma Fairweather — the lady who broke her wrist — was perhaps expecting too much when she told a Sunday newspaper she had been hoping to be telephoned by the Queen.

A bouquet of flowers, accompanied by a hand-written note, should have done the trick.

As a result of all these relatively small, though cumulatively significant, errors, the Queen and Prince Philip have found themselves touched by controversy for the first time in many years, and the subject of criticism.

The oddity is that the Queen normally has such a sure touch, though there have been a couple of striking exceptions.

In 1992, after Windsor Castle had been largely destroyed by a fire, she mistook the public mood by expecting that the Government would cheerfully pay for very costly repairs. Many people did not like this assumption.

There was argument which led to an agreement that she should give up her exemption from income tax.

And then, in 1997, she again misread public sentiment by showing initial reluctance to allow the Union Flag to be flown at half-mast over Buckingham Palace after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Although it’s true that the Duke of Edinburgh still commits the occasional gaffe, in recent years they have tended no longer to be offensive, and have provoked much more amusement than opprobrium.

So, until the past few days, the Queen and Prince Philip had for two decades sailed majestically above the storms that have engulfed some less conscientious members of the Royal Family.

Admittedly the row over the Prince’s driving has been less rancorous than the two previous incidents I have mentioned. That said, I have met ardent Royalists over recent days who are aghast at the reaction of the Queen and Prince Philip.

Why shouldn’t they buckle up like the rest of us? We tell our children to do so, and expect to be chided by police, even prosecuted and fined, if we don’t wear seatbelts.

There is a kind of national conversation going on, with many people wondering why the Queen and Prince Philip are not prepared to observe the same laws which everyone else is expected to obey.

Are they aware of the effect of their bloomers? Do their advisers understand? My worry is that if what was mercifully a fairly minor event can spiral out of control so easily, something similar might happen in the future. Is there a failure in the system that needs to be put right?

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Royal officials should have advised the Prince not to return to the open road so quickly and, if he had ignored them, urged that he fulfil his lawful duty of wearing a seat belt — the more so as cameras were certain to be pointing at him.

And these same officials should have sprung into action, and acquired a bouquet of gorgeous flowers, to deliver to Emma Fairweather and her friend after the accident, along with a sympathetic note written by the Queen or her husband. Even now, nearly five days after the accident, no such offering has been received.

Either the courtiers were inexcusably sleepy, or they lacked the presence of mind to stand up to Prince Philip and remind him of a few basic rules of public relations — and, indeed, of sensible behaviour and good manners.

It’s said his present crop of advisers lack the worldly acumen and such strength of character as might be respected by the Duke, who is a headstrong and forthright man. Predecessors such as Miles Hunt-Davis, Prince Philip’s private secretary from 1993 until 2010, were not easily brushed aside.

Of course I realise that when things go wrong it’s easy to pin the blame on supposedly deficient courtiers. I can’t be sure that one or two of them did not give the Prince sound advice which was disregarded. But it is surely undeniable that the older we get, the more we are in need of guidance.

Truths

And not just from advisers. When I am old and sillier than I am now, I hope my wife and children will do me the service of telling me if I am in danger of making a fool of myself or inadvertently causing harm to others.

I realise his children will probably quail at the thought of spelling out a few home truths to such a domineering father as the Prince has been.

However, there comes a time when even the most fearsome patriarch must be tamed.

It’s true he has withdrawn from public life, and so the scope for embarrassment has been narrowed. And yet, as we have seen, he is still out and about. And the Queen carries out many public duties.

Both of them need and deserve better advice and more support than, to judge by this unfortunate event and its aftermath, they are getting.

The advice should be that although most people do not begrudge the great privileges of the Royal Family, they expect the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to live by the same rules and standards as the rest of us.

It’s time the Queen gave her rude, stubborn, insensitive, arrogant and dangerous Duke of Hazard his driving marching orders

Prince Philip is the rudest human being I have ever met.

Suffice it to say, that doesn’t necessarily make him a bad person.

Lots of people are rude to me, and often with perfectly good reason.

But Philip was quite breathtakingly off-hand, and it gave me a rare personal insight into what a disagreeable character the grand old Duke can be when he chooses.

My run-in with him came 20 years ago at his son Prince Charles’s 50th birthday party at Buckingham Palace.

I was Editor of the Daily Mirror newspaper at the time, and was standing with the Editor of our rivals, The Sun.

Philip loomed into view as we sipped cocktails, and marched towards us.

I offered my hand for him to shake but he ignored it.

‘Who are you?’ he barked menacingly, as he screwed up his eyes trying to read our chest-emblazoned nametags.

‘Well sir,’ I replied, ‘I’m afraid you are currently surrounded by the tabloid press.’

He stared at me like I’d just told him I’d like fried Corgi for supper, with open-mouthed disgust and revulsion radiating from every crevice of his weather-beaten face.

Philip didn’t say a single further word.

Instead, he brushed off my still outstretched hand, and turned abruptly left before marching off as fast as he’d arrived.

A few yards on, he passed another guest and, looking back at me, loudly sneered to him: ‘My God, you just can’t tell from the outside, can you…’

(Ironically, that guest was also a tabloid editor, this proving Philip’s point.)

Now, I don’t blame Philip for being so damn rude to me.

If someone published endless stories about my family, many scandalous and embarrassing, then I’d be just the same if I met them too.

But what staggered me was how he was prepared to be SO rude to someone who was an invited guest at his son’s birthday party.

That takes some kind of brass neck.

I was reminded of our extraordinary encounter over the past few days, when the whole world has got to see just how brassy Philip’s neck can really be.

Last Thursday, he was involved in a serious car crash on a public road near the royal estate of Sandringham in Norfolk on the East Coast of England.

Philip, driving a Land Rover Freelander, drove out from a side road into a busy main road and collided with a Kia carrying two women and a nine-month-old baby.

Emma Fairweather, the passenger in the Kia, broke her wrist.

Her friend, the driver, suffered minor injuries, and the baby, thankfully was unhurt.

Philip, miraculously given he is 97 years old and his Land Rover rolled over onto its side, was also unhurt.

He has reportedly blamed bright sunshine for temporarily blinding him, so he was unable to see the Kia coming when he pulled out into its path.

Other witnesses have suggested it was a cloudy day, and the more likely explanation is his old age impaired his ability to drive.

Frankly, I don’t believe ANY 97-year-old should be allowed to drive a car – especially if they have a whole array of servants and bodyguards who can do it for them.

But that’s not what bothered me most about this story.

No, what ENRAGED me is what happened next.

The very next day, a new Land Rover was ostentatiously delivered to Philip in full view of the media.

And within just a few hours he was driving it around public roads without wearing a seatbelt – an illegal act.

The pictures showed a defiant Philip snarling at the wheel.

His message was clear: ‘You won’t stop me driving, I’m rich enough to get a new car whenever I like, and I don’t care about obeying the law of the land.’

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Emma Fairweather, the passenger in the Kia, broke her wrist. Her nine-month-old baby was in the back seat

And frankly, he made me sick to my stomach.

What astonishing arrogance!

And how staggeringly insensitive to the people whose car he smashed into only hours earlier!

Just imagine the outrage that would have erupted if a famous footballer like David Beckham had behaved like this?

He’d have rightly been crucified both in the press, and in the court of public opinion.

He’d have also faced almost certain prosecution.

Yet Philip, we’re told, has been given just a friendly warning by police.

To make matters worse, he hasn’t even bothered to contact the people he hit. Instead, an aide for his wife, the Queen, left a voicemail message saying they were ‘thinking of you very much’.

Really?

It doesn’t seem to me that Philip has been thinking of anyone but himself, in the most selfish, aloof and inconsiderate possible manner.

I’m a big fan of the royals; I think they do a huge amount of good for Britain, and our image around the world, that fully justifies – and repays – the vast amount of tax-payer money we spend on them.

I also think, notwithstanding his extreme aversion to media people like me, that Prince Philip is an extraordinary man who has devoted most of his life to serving his country superbly well in myriad ways.

He certainly fully deserves his recent long-overdue retirement from public life. bandar poker online

But he needs to understand this incident has shown him at his privileged worst, and reflects badly on all the royals.

The bottom line is he nearly killed three of Her Majesty’s subjects with his reckless driving, then compounded his victims’ distress by refusing to apologise to them, and getting straight back on the road in a new car, with no seatbelt.

To be so openly, flagrantly contemptuous of public opinion, members of the public, and the law of the land is completely unacceptable – especially if you’re the husband of the Queen.

Where is his contrition, or common courtesy?

Philip, as I know to my cost, won’t care what I have to say about his conduct.

And he won’t care what the rest of the media thinks either.

Nor, it is sadly obvious, does he seem to care about the on-going condition and feelings of the people he careered into.

It’s equally apparent he is refusing to listen to a word any of his protection officers are saying to him – because they would have surely begged him not to go back out driving on his own on public roads so soon after an accident, without even belting up.

No, there’s only one person in the world who Philip ever listens to and that’s his wife.

So I respectfully suggest Her Majesty now has a very firm word in the Duke of Hazard’s cantankerous, belligerent ear, tells him to stop being such a stubborn callous fool, and orders him to give up driving.

For his sake, and ours.

Who are the world’s richest people? The 26 individuals including Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg who have as much wealth as the poorest 3.8billion

Just 26 billionaires now own as much wealth as the poorest 3.8billion people – half the world’s population – combined, according to Oxfam.

A new report by the charity says the 26 richest men and women in the world control a combined £1.1trillion – equal to everything owned by the bottom 50 per cent of all people. cemeqq

But Oxfam was criticised for alleged flaws in its report and for pushing a hard-Left agenda that goes beyond its remit as a fundraising body. The charity counts anyone whose debt is greater than their assets as poorer than someone who is debt-free.

For example, a Harvard law graduate with £100,000 of student debt who has just landed a job with a massive salary would be judged poorer than an Ethiopian farmer who is debt free.

Matthew Lesh, of the free market Adam Smith Institute, described the report as ‘complete hogwash’. But an Oxfam spokesman said: ‘The way our economies are organised, wealth is increasingly and unfairly concentrated among a privileged few while millions of people are barely subsisting.’

Here, MailOnline looks at the 26 wealthiest men and women in the world, according to the Forbes rich list – and starting with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos:

1) JEFF BEZOS

Age: 55

Wealth: £86.8billion

Lives: Seattle, Washington

Known for: Amazon founder

Family: Separated from wife MacKenzie Bezos; four children

Education: Bachelor of Arts/Science, Princeton University


Jeff Bezos owns 16 per cent of Amazon, which is now the world’s biggest internet company by revenue. As the world’s richest man, Oxfam said he could fund the health budget of Ethiopia with just 1 per cent of his estimated £87billion fortune. Mr Bezos founded Amazon in 1994, one year after marrying his novelist wife MacKenzie Bezos. They met while working at hedge fund DE Shaw in New York and the couple later moved to Seattle, where Mr Bezos started his business in his garage. However he now faces the most expensive divorce in history after revealing earlier this month that he would be separating from Mrs Bezos after 25 years of marriage.

2) BILL GATES

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Bill and Melinda Gates run a foundation which invests in health and poverty projects

Age: 63

Wealth: £69.8billion

Lives: Medina, Washington

Known for: Microsoft co-founder

Family: Married to Melinda Gates, three children

Education: Harvard University (dropped out)


Bill Gates founded software firm Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1976, but now owns just 1 per cent of its shares. However he remains a board member and has donated £28billion worth of Microsoft stock to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest private charitable foundation – which he chairs with his wife. It invests in health and poverty projects – and among its current interests are working with Rotary International to eliminate polio. Speaking about his wealth in 2011, he said: ‘I can understand wanting to have millions of dollars, there’s a certain freedom, meaningful freedom, that comes with that. But once you get much beyond that, I have to tell you, it’s the same hamburger.’

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Warren Buffett and his wife Astrid Menks

3) WARREN BUFFETT

Age : 88

Wealth : £65.1billion

Lives: Omaha, Nebraska

Known for: Berkshire Hathaway holding company

Family: Married to Astrid Menks, three children

Education: University of Nebraska Lincoln and Columbia University


Warren Buffett made his money through hugely successful investments which led him to be known as the ‘Oracle of Omaha’. He runs Berkshire Hathaway, which owns more than 60 firms including insurer Geico and battery maker Duracell. Mr Buffett has promised to give away more than 99 per cent of his fortune – and has so far donated £27billion.

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Bernard Arnault with his wife Hélène Mercier

4) BERNARD ARNAULT

Age: 69

Wealth : £55.8billion

Lives: Paris, France

Known for: LVMH

Family: Married to Hélène Mercier, five children

Education: Ecole Polytechnique de Paris


Bernard Arnault is head of LVMH, the world’s largest luxury-goods company, which includes Louis Vuitton, Dior, Moët & Chandon champagne and Hennessy cognac. He oversees 70 brands and is the richest person in fashion – and in France. Mr Arnault is married to Helene Mercier, a concert pianist whom he is said to have wooed by playing Chopin and other classical composers.

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Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan

5) MARK ZUCKERBERG

Age: 34

Wealth : £55billion

Lives: Palo Alton, California

Known for: Facebook

Family: Married to Priscilla Chan, two children

Education: Harvard University (drop out)


Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook with his college friends while at Harvard University in 2004, and is still the the social media giant’s chief executive. It was founded when he was just 19 as a network for students to match names with faces in class. Facebook had its initial public offering in 2012, in what was the most hotly anticipated share sale since Google’s in 2004. Similar to Warren Buffett, Mr Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged to give away 99 per cent of their Facebook stake over their lifetimes.

Amancio Ortega Gaona, who is the founding shareholder of the Inditex fashion group +18
Amancio Ortega Gaona, who is the founding shareholder of the Inditex fashion group

6) AMANCIO ORTEGA

Age: 82

Wealth: £54.3billion

Lives: La Coruna, Spain

Known for: Zara

Family: Married to Flora Pérez Marcote. three children

Education: Left school aged 14


The 82-year-old Spanish business tycoon is founder of the Inditex fashion group, which includes high street favorite Zara. His company also has brands including Massimo Dutti and Pull & Bear, with about 7,500 stores around the world. Mr Ortega, who is the world’s wealthiest retailer, has also invested heavily in real estate in London, Madrid and New York.

Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim Helu controls Latin America’s biggest mobile telecom firm +18
Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim Helu controls Latin America’s biggest mobile telecom firm

7) CARLOS SLIM HELU

Age: 78

Wealth: £52billion

Lives: Mexico City, Mexico

Known for: America Movil

Family: Widowed from Soumaya Domit, six children

Education: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico


The Mexican business magnate was the world’s richest person from 2010 to 2015. He has made his fortune from buying into Mexican companies, and accounts for 40 per cent of the listings on the Mexican Stock Exchange. He and his family control America Movil, Latin America’s biggest mobile telecom firm. He has a museum in Mexico City dedicated to his huge art collection which was designed by his son-in-law.

Koch brothers Charles (left) and David (right)
Koch brothers Charles (left) and David (right)

8 & 9) CHARLES AND DAVID KOCH

Ages: Charles, 82; David, 78

Wealth: £46.5billion each

Lives: Charles – New York; David – Wichita, Kansas

Known for: Koch Industries

Family: Charles – married to Liz Koch, two children; David – married to Julia Flesher, three children

Education: Both at Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Brothers David and Charles Koch share majority control of Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held firm in the US. The company, which operates pipelines and makes toilet paper among other interests, has revenues of £78billion. Charles has funded various think tanks, while David is a well-known philanthropist.

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California-based tycoon Larry Ellison co-founded software company Oracle in 1977

10) LARRY ELLISON

Age: 74

Wealth: £45.3billion

Lives: Woodside, California

Known for: Oracle software

Family: Divorced from Melanie Craft, two children

Education: University of Chicago (drop out)


The 74-year-old American co-founded software company Oracle in 1977, before giving up his chief executive role in 2014. However he is still board chairman as well as being the owner of the sixth largest Hawaiian island, Lanai, and his own racing yacht team. Among his philanthropic acts was a £155million donation pledge to a cancer treatment centre in California in 2016.

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Michael Bloomberg and partner Diana Taylor

11) MICHAEL BLOOMBERG

Age: 76

Wealth: £38.8billion

Lives: New York

Known for: Bloomberg LP

Family: In a relationship with Diana Taylor, two children

Education: Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School


Michael Bloomberg co-founded media company Bloomberg LP in 1981, and still has an 88 per cent stake. He spent three terms as New York City mayor between 2002 and 2013, before becoming a major philanthropist. Mr Bloomberg, who owns six homes including one in London, attended the Conservative party conference in Blackpool in 2007.

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Larry Page, the co-founder of Google

12) LARRY PAGE

Age: 45

Wealth: £37.8billion

Lives: Palo Alto, California

Known for: Google

Family: Married to Lucinda Southworth, two children

Education: University of Michigan and Stanford University


Larry Page co-founded search engine Google in 1998 with Sergey Brin, who was a fellow PhD student at Stanford University in California. They invited Google’s PageRank algorithm together – and Mr Page is now chief of its parents company Alphabet. He is known to be a keen backer of green energey, with his homes using fuel cells and geothermal energy.

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Sergey Brin and his ex-wife Anne Wojcicki

13) SERGEY BRIN

Age: 45

Wealth: £36.8billion

Lives: Los Altos, California

Known for: Google

Family: Divorced from Anne Wojcicki, two children

Education: Stanford University and University of Maryland


Sergey Brin is president of Google’s parent firm Alphabet, and was previously behind the Google X division, which built the unsuccesful Google glasses. He co-founded Google in 1998 with Larry Page, whome he met while studing computer science at university. Moscow-born Mr Brin is the richest immigrant in America.

14, 15 & 16) JIM, ROB & ALICE WALTON

(From left) Rob, Alice and Jim Walton appear at a Walmart shareholders meeting last June
(From left) Rob, Alice and Jim Walton appear at a Walmart shareholders meeting last June

Ages: Jim, 70; Rob, 74; Alice, 69

Wealth: £36billion each

Lives: Jim and Rob – Bentonville, Arkansas; Alice – Fort Worth, Texas

Known for: Walmart

Family: Jim – married to Lynne McNabb, four children; Rob – married to Melani Lowman-Walton, three children; Alice – divorced, no children

Education: Jim and Rob – University of Arkansas; Alice – Trinity University


The Walmart heirs have a combined wealth of more than £100billion, thanks to the success of the world’s largest retailer by revenue. Sam Walton founded Walmart in 1962 – and two of his children, Rob and James, have been involved in running it. His third, Alice, has not taken an active role and instead has worked in the arts. His fourth child John died in 2005 aged 58.

Ma Huateng – also known as Pony Ma, chairs Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings
Ma Huateng – also known as Pony Ma, chairs Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings

17) MA HUATENG

Age: 47

Wealth: £35.1billion

Lives: Shenzhen, China

Known for : Tencent Holdings

Family: Married to Wang Danting

Education: Shenzhen University


Ma Huateng – also known as Pony Ma, who chairs Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings, is known for his secretive and low-key lifestyle. His company’s social messaging app WeChat has more than one billion users. Tencent is also one of the world’s largest video game publishers, and is behind the likes of Call of Duty and Dungeon Fighter Online.

Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers (right) inherited the L’Oreal fortune after the death of her mother Liliane (left) aged 97 in 2017 +18
Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers (right) inherited the L’Oreal fortune after the death of her mother Liliane (left) aged 97 in 2017

18) FRANCOISE BETTENCOURT MEYERS

Age: 65

Wealth: £32.7billion

Lives: Paris, France

Known for: L’Oreal

Family: Married to Jean-Victor Meyers, two children


Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers inherited the L’Oreal fortune after the death of her mother Liliane Bettencourt aged 97 in 2017. This has led her to vie with Walmart heiress Alice Walton for the title of the world’s richest woman. The Bettencourt family founded L’Oreal and has a 33 per cent stake in the firm. She owns properties including a villa in Neuilly-sur-Seine and secluded island in the Seychelles.

Mukesh Ambani chairs and runs the Indian oil and gas giant Reliance Industries +18
Mukesh Ambani chairs and runs the Indian oil and gas giant Reliance Industries

19) MUKESH AMBANI

Age: 61

Wealth: £31.1billion

Lives: Mumbai, India

Known for: Reliance Industries

Family: Married to Nita Ambani, three children

Education: University of Bombay


Mukesh Ambani, who chairs and runs the oil and gas giant Reliance Industries, a company founded in India by his late father Dhirubhai in 1966 as a small textile manufacturer. The firm launched 4G phone service Jio in 2016, sparking a price war through it offering very cheap data services and smartphones. Last month Mr Ambani gave away his daughter Isha to billionaire industrialist Ajay Piramal’s son Anand in a wedding estimated to have cost nearly £80billion.

Jack Ma, co-founder of the Alibaba Group +18
Jack Ma, co-founder of the Alibaba Group

20) JACK MA

Age: 54

Wealth: £30.2billion

Lives: Hangzhou, China

Known for: Alibaba Group

Family: Married to Zhang Ying, three children

Education: Hangzhou Teacher’s Institute


Jack Ma is the co-founder and chair of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, although he is set to step down as chairman this September. Five years ago in New York, the group had the world’s biggest public stock offering on record, raising £20billion. The former English teacher, who also has a stake in entertainment firm Huayi Brothers, owns a vineyard in France and is known to be a martial arts fan.

Sheldon Adelson, the chief executive and chairman of casino firm Las Vegas Sands +18
Sheldon Adelson, the chief executive and chairman of casino firm Las Vegas Sands

21) SHELDON ADELSON

Age: 85

Wealth: £29.8billion

Lives: Las Vegas, Nevada

Known for: Las Vegas Sands

Family: Married to Miriam Ochsorn, five children

Education: City College of New York (drop out)


Sheldon Adelson, the chief executive and chairman of casino firm Las Vegas Sands, is the son of immigrants from Lithuania and Wales. He first got into the casino industry in 1988 and made his first fortune in 1995 when selling a computer trade show for £670million. One of his first ventures was selling newspapers on a street corner in Boston aged 12, after buying the rights for $200 thanks to a loan from his uncle.

Steve Ballmer is the former chief of Microsoft +18
Steve Ballmer is the former chief of Microsoft

22) STEVE BALLMER

Age: 62

Wealth: £29.8billion

Lives: Hunts Point, Washington

Known for: Microsoft

Family: Married to Connie Snyder, three children

Education: Harvard University


Steve Ballmer was chief executive of Microsoft between 2000 and 2014, through a time that saw Google advance in search engines and Apple in mobile phones. When Mr Ballmer – who was in the same class as Bill Gates at Harvard – retired he bought the NBA basketball team Los Angeles Clippers for more than £1.5billion.

Li Ka-shing is the chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings +18
Charasmatic businessman Li Ka-shing is the former chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings

23) LI KA-SHING

Age: 90

Wealth: £27.1million

Lives: Hong Kong

Known for: CK Hutchison Holdings

Family: Widowed from Chong Yuet Ming, two children

Education: Left school aged 15


Li Ka-shing started Cheung Kong plastics aged 21 with £5,000 in savings and loans from family members – and turned into one of Asia’s top businessman. Dubbed ‘Superman’, he said it took him five minutes to decide to invest in Facebook in 2007 despite its lack of revenue. He retired as chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings last May but is still an advisor.

Property tycoon Hui Ka Yan is a football fan
Property tycoon Hui Ka Yan is a football fan

=24) HUI KA YAN

Age: 60

Wealth: £23.5billion

Lives: Shenzhen, China

Known for: Evergrande Group

Family: Yang Huiying, two children

Education: Wuhan University of Science and Technology


Property tycoon Hui Ka Yan, also known as Xu Jiayin, is the founder of developer Evergrande Group, based in the southern city of Guangzhou. The former steel technician is known as an avid supporter of Chinese football and has invested in the sport domestically.

Lee Shau-Kee, who is a father of five, co-founded property developer Sun Hung Kai
Lee Shau-Kee, who is a father of five, co-founded property developer Sun Hung Kai

=24) LEE SHAU-KEE

Age: 90

Wealth: £23.5billion

Lives: Hong Kong

Known for: Henderson Land Development

Family: Divorced, five children

Education: Wuhan University of Science and Technology


Lee Shau-Kee, who is a father of five, co-founded property developer Sun Hung Kai – before starting Henderson Land Development in 1976. He grew up in a poor family but has donated more than £300million of his wealth towards education.

Wang Jianlin, Dalian Wanda Group chairman
Wang Jianlin, Dalian Wanda Group chairman

26) WANG JIANLIN

Age: 64

Wealth: £23.5billion

Lives: Beijing, China

Known for: Dalian Wanda Group

Family: Married to Lin Ning, one child

Education: Liaoning University


Wang Jianlin is chairman of commericial real estate developer Dalian Wanda Group, which has hundreds of plazas in China. The tycoon, who served in the Chinese military from 1970 to 1986, also owns US cinema chain AMC and film studio Legendary Entertainment through his group.

Chef, 20, ‘broke baby step-daughter’s bones just weeks before he shook or punched the 23-month-old to death’

A chef accused of murdering his 23-month-old step-daughter broke her arm and vertebrae just weeks before he shook or punched her to death, a court has heard.

Martin Johnson, 20, told police he had been playing ‘high fives’ with Erin Tomkins at her home in the Gleadless area of Sheffield when she suddenly collapsed.

But prosecutors told a jury how medical experts found a number of bruises on Erin’s body, including ’10 areas of injury to the head and face’.

A postmortem found Erin, who was just a few weeks short of her second birthday, also suffered a broken arm and a number of fractures to her spine in the weeks leading up to her death.

These injuries had been explained by Johnson as Erin ‘falling off the settee when she was asleep’, the court heard.

However, the fractures were found by the pathologist to be ‘forced extension of the spine’ – which the prosecutor said ‘could be caused by whiplash-type forces, the sort of thing that might happen in a car crash’.

David Brooke, QC, prosecuting, told the jury how Erin was taken to hospital on May 21, 2018, after Johnson phoned 999 from his partner’s home in Leighton Road. ceme99

Staff at Sheffield Children’s Hospital found bruises on Erin’s face and body, bruising and bleeding to the surface of her brain, which was also swollen.

Erin died just after midnight on May 22.

Mr Brooke explained that Johnson was staying with his partner Kira Tomkins, then 18, who was Erin’s mother. He said the couple also have a younger daughter together.

Mr Brooke said: ‘He (Johnson) denied shaking Erin. He thought that he was good with her. He was trying to be her dad.’

Ms Tomkins told police herself and Johnson ‘had some arguments’ and Johnson told Kira she favoured Erin over their own daughter.

She said she had also noticed that Erin would scream when Martin tried to put a nappy on her, and ‘Martin would get angry with Kira if Erin cried and say that she needed to stop being ‘clingy’.

In Johnson’s 999 call, which was read to the court by Mr Brooke, the defendant said: ‘She’s going through a stage of liking her mum more.’

Mr Brooke told the jury that Erin’s injuries were part of a ‘pattern of behaviour’ by Johnson.

He said: ‘The prosecution suggest that this was not a one-off fit of pique or temper but someone who had struck at a very young child more than once, and if you accept it, had broken her bones.’

Mr Brooke said: ‘The pathologist who examined Erin’s body after her death found unequivocal evidence of multiple impacts to the head and face from external bruising.’

Mr Brooke said a pathologist ‘strongly suspected punching’ caused a number of bruises around the little girl’s ear.

The prosecutor said: ‘The prosecution suggest that there can be no doubt at all that this was non-accidental head injury. The only real question is who was responsible.’

Mr Brooke said: ‘In the opinion of the experts, the findings are simply not reconcilable with the description that the defendant gave to the doctors of Erin watching television and playing ‘high fives’ just before her collapse.

‘In other words, given he admits being the only person with her at the time, all the medical evidence points to the defendant being the only person who could have been responsible.’

Johnson denies murder and two counts of causing Erin grievous bodily harm with intent. The trial is expected to last three weeks at Sheffield Crown Court.

Oxford grooming gang who plied lonely, friendless 14-year-old girl with drink and drugs before raping her when she was comatose are all jailed for life

A gang of three man who groomed and raped a vulnerable schoolgirl in a horrific campaign of child sex abuse have been jailed for life.

Mohammed Karrar, Bassam Karrar and Anjum Dogar befriended the ‘lonely, friendless’ 14-year-old girl and began grooming their victim by taking her to parties and giving her alcohol and drugs before making demands for sexual acts.

The victim was so vulnerable – and so deceived that the men were her friends – she felt unable to refuse their demands.

She did not recognise their treatment as abusive, as a result of their insidious and long-running grooming campaign.

Police said their predatory behaviour in Oxford came to an horrific head when the men put the victim in a state of being comatose, using a cocktail of drugs and drink at a party.

She woke up with terrible injuries and realised that she had been viciously attacked and raped by the gang, a police spokesman said.

To her horror, she later discovered that she had become pregnant as a result of the attack and had an abortion.

The gang carried out their abuse between 2002 and 2005. At the time their vulnerable victim was aged between 14 and 16.

But in 2015 she disclosed her ordeal to a social worker and was then contacted by Thames Valley Police, who made a number of arrests following warrants in Oxford in 2016.

A jury took just five hours and three minutes to find them all guilty by a unanimous verdict, following their trial at Oxford Crown Court which ended in December.

Bassam Karrar, 39, from Oxford, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 10 years, for one count of indecent assault and one count of rape. +3
Bassam Karrar, 39, from Oxford, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 10 years, for one count of indecent assault and one count of rape.

At the court today Judge Peter Ross handed down life sentences against each of them for the horrific campaign and sexual abuse.

Mohammed Karrar, 44, from Oxford, was sentenced to life imprisonment – to serve a minimum of 18 years – for three counts of indecent assault, one count of rape and one count of conspiracy to rape.

Bassam Karrar, 39, from Oxford, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 10 years, for one count of indecent assault and one count of rape.

Dogar, 36, from Oxford, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 20 years for one count of indecent assault and three counts of conspiracy to rape.

Senior investigating officer Mark Glover, of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: ‘These men’s behaviour was predatory, callous and designed purely to sexually exploit a vulnerable teenage girl.

‘She put her trust in them at a time when she felt lonely and friendless. These men pretended to be her friends when in fact they only wanted to subject her to sexual abuse.

Mohammed Karrar, 44, from Oxford, was sentenced to life imprisonment – to serve a minimum of 18 years – for three counts of indecent assault, one count of rape and one count of conspiracy to rape +3
Mohammed Karrar, 44, from Oxford, was sentenced to life imprisonment – to serve a minimum of 18 years – for three counts of indecent assault, one count of rape and one count of conspiracy to rape

‘Their grooming of her was so elaborate that the victim did not realise that she had been groomed until many years later. It is thanks to her courage in talking to police officers and giving evidence during the trial, that these men have been sentenced for their crimes.

‘I know the effect that their actions have had on the victim, and the effect they continue to have on her life and relationships. I hope that their sentencing will help her to continue to move on her with her life. menang ceme

‘Grooming and sexual abuse destroys lives. If you have been a victim of abuse, even if it did not happen recently, please come forward and report it. Thames Valley Police will always take your reports seriously, will offer you support and will carry out investigations wherever possible in order to ensure that offenders are brought to justice.’

An NSPCC spokesman said: ‘These men subjected a vulnerable young girl to a campaign of vile abuse but her tremendous courage has helped unveil the extent of their abhorrent crimes and ensured they spend longer behind bars where they cannot harm other children.

‘It’s vital that she receives continued help and that all victims of sexual abuse know it is never their fault and that they will be supported when they speak out against the perpetrators.

‘We must all be vigilant to the signs of grooming and act on our concerns by contacting the police or the NSPCC Helpline for advice.’

‘He made it very clear he didn’t love me’: Aspiring model whose terminal brain tumour made her gain five stone accuses fiancé of dumping her via FACEBOOK just a week before their wedding

A woman with terminal brain cancer has told of her devastation after her fiancé dumped her just a week before their wedding.

Emily Nicholson, 24, from York, saw her weight soar by five dress sizes within six weeks after she began taking steroids as part of her treatment.

The aspiring model moved to Australia in 2012 where she worked as a bar manager and club promoter before being diagnosed with astrocytoma brain cancer in February 2016.

In spite of the disease, Emily and her then-boyfriend Jamie Smith, 24, had already began making plans to get married when she was given the devastating news in January 2017 that she had just a year left to live.

The once slender size 6 claims Jamie called off their engagement just one week before they were set to get married using Facebook Messenger – a claim he denies.


Emily (pictured before her diagnosis) gained 5 stone within just six weeks due to steroids taken as part of her treatment, and was later dumped by her fiancé

Emily, who gained 5 stone as a result of treatment for her tumour, initially planned to wed Jamie in August 2016 but the couple had to postpone their wedding until March 2017 because she needed surgery.

The pair also discussed freezing Emily’s eggs so she could one day have IVF if she recovered.

Speaking about the moment she received the message from New Zealander Jamie, saying he wanted to ‘call it a day’, Emily says: ‘Jamie messaged me and said he didn’t want to be with me and he hadn’t loved me for a long time.

‘It was horrendous. He made it very clear that he didn’t love me. I felt it was because of the way I looked and what had happened.

‘Now I don’t feel anything about him, he hurt me but there’s no point getting upset over it. I’ve just had to be strong about it all.’

‘He told me he didn’t love me anymore. For months he’d been going out with his friends but obviously I couldn’t do that.

‘We were looking to build our lives together in the time we had left.’

Emily and her family settled in Perth, Western Australia in the hopes of starting a new life in October 2012.

Emily’s mother Joanne Nicholson, 51, who became her full time carer recalled how a series of seizures led to the diagnosis of brain cancer Astrocytoma.

What is an astrocytoma?
Astrocytomas are the most common type of primary brain tumour within the group of brain tumours called gliomas, according to The Brain Tumour Charity. Primary means they have originated from the brain instead of spreading from elsewhere. About one third of all brain tumours diagnosed in the UK are astrocytomas.

They grow from a type of cell in the brain called an astrocyte, which is the most abundant cell in the brain. They support and protect the neurons (nerves) and help to pass messages between them. Astrocytes, therefore, are vital in processing information in the brain.

‘Emily was doing so well, she had her own house and a good job as a bar manager and she was also picking up work as a model and nightclub host.

‘She was vivacious, fun loving and a bit wild. She’s always been a ferociously hard worker.

‘She was blossoming, she loved life and now it’s all gone.

‘When she kept having seizures, we just thought it was stress because she was working so hard.

‘When we went into the doctor’s office and he told us our world just fell apart.

‘I look back and think how did we even get home? I remember breaking down crying, Emily looked at me and asked me to help, and there was nothing I could do.

‘I had no power and everything was taken out of our hands.’

Joanne was with Emily at the time Jamie ended the engagement.

She says: ‘Emily had the surgery and had a month to go till the wedding. We were sat with her when it happened, she just burst into tears.

‘He went on his stag do on the Saturday evening even though he’d called things off. I was angry at him, but as time has gone on I’m not angry at him anymore.

‘He was lovely, he was a really nice lad and it got to the point where she couldn’t go out and she was getting bigger.

‘When you go through something like this, life is too short to hate anyone – he did his best but I don’t blame him, it got too much for him

‘Emily’s illness has been hard but as a parent we needed to be here for her. There are some moments when I think that I’m the unluckiest person in the world.

‘People say to me I’m so strong but what’s the alternative? We have to keep fighting.’

Jamie, who works as a cable layer, has denied the allegations stating he broke up with Emily just before they were due to marry.

He says: ‘It was the other way around, she actually left me, I never left her. And, secondly, I never left her for anything to do with her weight gain.

‘If that was the case I would have left her months before we split up, because she started putting weight on before that. It had nothing to do with that at all.’

Emily’s family moved back to the UK in July 2017 after Emily was given her diagnosis and set up a GoFundMe page in the hopes of fundraising enough money for her to have access to the pioneering immunotherapy vaccine which will cost £30,000.

The former model has already defied the life expectancy estimated by doctors.

Emily and Joanne both claim Jamie’s suggestion she broke up with him is categorically untrue.

Back in 2012 I emigrated with my family, mum dad and brother to Perth Western Australia.

I had just turned 18 and life was amazing, I worked so hard to get where I was. My first home, driving licence and a great job, amazing friends and things were looking good.

Then in February 2016 only 3 months into my new independence my whole life changed. I had my first of 4 seizures, I lost everything, my home , driving licence and job as I couldn’t drive anymore.

I moved back home and had surgery in August, they found an Astrocytoma Grade 3 wild gene. Classed as high grade brain cancer, completely devastated.

I became very sick over Christmas and in January was told it was terminal and gave me 12-18 months. I took to Facebook to tell all my friends and family the devastating news. There response was amazing, straight away they started fundraising to get me back for a holiday and one last party and believe me they like a party. aduq online

Three weeks later we came back to York, home sweet home.

Our time back in York was so special, I didn’t want it to stop. As soon as we got back to Perth, I told mum and dad I didn’t want to die in Australia so they put the house up for sale. Even my amazing brother Matthew turned down a place at university so we could all be together, he is an awesome brother .

It’s been 18 months since we’ve been back. We lost everything, mum and dad were declared banckrupt because they couldn’t sell the house quick enough. Matthew was refused student funding to go to university as he has to be here for 3 years and has his own tumour scare, they are monitoring his.

We were given a council house from York City Council, which we can’t thank them enough as we were 2 weeks away from being homeless. Through all this I was having daily maintenance chemo, it made me really sick.

We got through all this because we love each other and won’t give up.

But my biggest battle has begun, the cancer has spread to apart of my brain that they can’t get too.

I spent most of Christmas in hospital trying to get strong for the fight ahead , I lost use of my left side and facial palsy.

My only hope now is to be well enough to get to Germany for immunotherapy vaccine, but it’s very expensive.

We will be selling everything we have to go towards the cost but need your help.

Brain cancer kills more children and young people under the age of forty than any other cancer .YET it receives less than 1 percent of funding.

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