Prince William: New Prince is ‘Behaving’ and Sleeping ‘Well’

The new prince may only be three days old, but he’s already “behaving himself” and sleeping “well.”

On Wednesday, new dad-of-three Prince William stepped out to attend an Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey alongside brother Prince Harry and sister-in-law to-be Meghan Markle. And as he arrived, he couldn’t help but gush about the newest addition to he and wife Kate Middleton‘s family. 

Asked how the baby boy is doing, William, 35, said, “Very well, thanks.”

He added that everyone is “in good form, luckily” and said his new son — whose name has yet to be released — is already sleeping well.

“Sleeping’s going reasonably well so far, so he’s behaving himself which is good,” said William.

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William and Princess Kate’s baby boy was born in London on Monday at 11:01 a.m. local time. He weighed at 8 lbs., 7 oz.

Mom and dad — who debuted their son to the world just seven hours after Kate gave birth — have already returned home to Kensington Palace, where they are beginning life as a family of five.

“It completes them,” royal biographer Ingrid Seward told PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. A friend of the couple noted that Kate, 36, “is one of three siblings, and it’s a good family size. Boy-girl-boy is pretty cool as well.”

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Parenthood, the friend added, “suits them really well. They are enjoying it and are very happy.”

Big brother Prince George, 4, and big sister Princess Charlotte, who turns 3 on May 2, “are so excited,” said another friend. “Kate’s worried that Charlotte will feel it the hardest as the youngest, but she’s such a confident little girl and growing up so fast, Kate is hoping she will adjust.”

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Meanwhile, Anzac Day falls every year on April 25 — the anniversary of the landings in the Dardanelles of 1915.

Though originally devised to honor the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought against the Ottoman Empire at Gallipoli in World War I, the day has now become a national day of remembrance for all deceased service members and veterans throughout Australia and New Zealand.

China’s Automakers Want to Dominate World’s Next Era of Driving

On a bright spring day in Amsterdam, car buffs stepped inside a blacked-out warehouse to nibble on lamb skewers and sip rhubarb cocktails courtesy of Lynk & Co., which was showing off its new hybrid SUV.

What seemed like just another launch of a new vehicle was actually something more: the coming-out party for China’s globally ambitious auto industry. For the first time, a Chinese-branded car will be made in Western Europe for sale there, with the ultimate goal of landing in US showrooms.

That’s the master plan of billionaire Li Shufu, who has catapulted from founding Geely Group as a refrigerator maker in the 1980s to owning Volvo Cars, British sports carmaker Lotus, London Black Cabs and the largest stake in Daimler AG-the inventor of the automobile. Li is spearheading China’s aspirations to wedge itself among the big three of the global car industry-the US, Germany and Japan-so they become the Big Four.

“I want the whole world to hear the cacophony generated by Geely and other made-in-China cars,” Li told Bloomberg News. “Geely’s dream is to become a globalised company. To do that, we must get out of the country.”

He’s not alone: At least four Chinese carmakers and three Chinese-owned startups-SF Motors, NIO and Byton-plan to sell cars in the US starting next year. At the same time, Warren Buffett-backed BYD Co. is building electric buses in California; Baidu is partnering with Microsoft, TomTom NV and Nvidia Corp. on a self-driving platform; and Beijing-based TuSimple is testing autonomous-driving big rigs in Arizona.

The industry is set for more upheaval as China unravels a two-decade policy that capped foreign ownership of carmaking ventures at 50 percent. The change may energise companies such as Volkswagen and Ford to seek a bigger piece of the world’s largest car market and allow Tesla to set up a fully owned unit. Carmakers may get better visibility of their futures, and those Chinese companies that fear losing sales at home may sense a greater impetus to go abroad.

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Feng Xingya, president of Chinese carmaker GAC Group

“They are in a better position now than they ever have been,” Anna-Marie Baisden, head of autos research in London with BMI Research, said of Chinese carmakers. “They’ve had so much time working with international manufacturers and have become a lot more mature.”

We’ve seen this movie before from China-in the smartphone industry. The nation used the shift in technology from basic flip phones to hand-sized computers to dominate the manufacturing industry, trouncing then-dominant makers from Finland, Sweden, the US, Japan and Germany.

Last year, three of the top five smartphone handset makers in the world were Chinese, according to Gartner.

Yet the sequel may take longer to become a hit, given the brand loyalty that has existed since Henry Ford debuted the Model T in 1908. How will Chinese automakers convince Midwesterners to give up their Ford F-150 pickups or Tokyo residents to switch from their Toyotas?

“Chinese carmakers intend to come over, but what need will they fill?” said Doug Betts, senior vice president of global automotive practice at JD Power. “What is the reason to buy their cars?”

Chinese cars probably would compete more directly with Japanese and Korean models, said Bob Lutz, the retired vice chairman of GM. American consumers mostly cross-shop Asian brands.

“If they start coming in, they won’t be any more competent than Korean and Japanese cars,” Lutz said. “They would probably take share from other Asian brands because the vehicles will be more Asian in character. They’re not going to get much market share.”

And then there’s President Donald Trump. Trade tensions between the US and China are simmering as both nations move to slap tariffs on each other’s products. This month, China said it would place an additional 25 percent levy on about $50 billion (roughly Rs. 3.34 lakh crores) of US imports, including automobiles and aircraft. The move matched the scale of proposed US tariffs, with Trump threatening an escalation.

That’s not to say the road is impassable. A few decades ago, South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group was knocked for fragile engines and rust-sensitive body panels. Now it’s one of the five biggest manufacturers in the world, selling about 1.25 million cars in the US last year, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. The group also has factories in Alabama and Georgia.

“Competitors emerging from China must be taken seriously,” said Matthias Mueller, former chief executive officer of Volkswagen, Europe’s biggest carmaker. “I visited China for the first time in 1989, and the development that has happened there since then is just impressive.”

The creeping global influence of China’s industry isn’t limited to getting their wheels on US and European roads.

Equally important, the Chinese are getting under the hoods of foreign brands by buying up parts suppliers, making batteries for the world’s EV fleet and corralling supplies of the metals that give those batteries life.

Automakers such as Geely, Chery Automobile Co. and BYD started talking a decade ago about cracking the US auto market with an array of low-cost passenger vehicles. Those efforts stalled, so the industry built a global presence through acquisitions.

Chinese companies have announced at least $31 billion (roughly Rs. 2 lakh crores) in overseas deals during the past five years, buying stakes in carmakers and parts producers, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The most prolific buyer is Li, who spent almost $13 billion on stakes in Daimler and truckmaker Volvo. Tencent Holdings, Asia’s biggest Internet company, paid about $1.8 billion for 5 percent of Tesla.

As software and electronics become just as critical to a car as the engine, China is ensuring it doesn’t lag behind in that market, either. Baidu, owner of the nation’s biggest search engine, announced a $1.5 billion Apollo Fund to invest in 100 autonomous-driving projects during the next three years.

“We have secured a chance to compete in the US market of self-driving cars through those partnerships,” Li Zhenyu, a vice president overseeing Baidu’s intelligent-driving unit, told Bloomberg News. “Everyone has a good chance to win if it has good development plans.”

Baidu and Tencent are among the Chinese corporations racing Alphabet’s Waymo, Uber Technologies and the major automakers to develop autonomous driving, with an aim for mass adoption by 2021.

The government’s aspiration to deploy 30 million autonomous vehicles within a decade is seeding a fledgling chip industry, with startups like Horizon Robotics emerging to build the brains behind those wheels.

Then there’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd., the maker of electric-vehicle batteries that’s planning a $1.3 billion factory with enough capacity to surpass the output of Tesla and dwarf the suppliers for GM, Nissan and Audi.

The Ningde-based company plans to raise 13.1 billion yuan as soon as this year by selling a 10 percent stake, at a valuation of about $20 billion. The bulk of the new funds would pay for a manufacturing plant that would make CATL the world’s biggest maker of Lithium-ion batteries.

CATL already supplies Volkswagen and owns 22 percent of Finland’s Valmet Automotive Oy, a contract manufacturer for Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz.

To juice those batteries, Chinese companies are leading the way in securing necessary raw materials like cobalt and lithium. Chinese companies make about 60 percent of the world’s refined cobalt, according to trading firm Darton Commodities Ltd.

China Molybdenum is the world’s second-biggest cobalt miner after Glencore Plc. The company, with a market value of more than $24 billion, became a major force in battery metal in 2016 after buying control of the cobalt-rich Tenke Fungurume mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Glencore said in March it agreed to sell about a third of its output during the next three years to GEM Co., a Chinese supplier of battery chemicals.

“China has made no secret of its ambition to have a really big and powerful auto industry,” said Michael Dunne, president of consulting firm Dunne Automotive Ltd. in Hong Kong. “China does intend to lead and dominate the electric-vehicle industry.”

The Chinese government sees EVs as its best chance to seize global leadership in an emerging powertrain technology. Cleaning the notoriously smoggy air and reducing a dependency on foreign petroleum are bonuses.

China, already the world’s biggest vehicle market, overtook the US as No. 1 for EVs in 2015. This week’s Beijing auto show will feature 174 EV models, with 124 of them developed domestically. China’s knack for speedy adaptation has put the country in a position to lead the auto industry in new technologies, Toyota’s China Chief Executive Officer Kazuhiro Kobayashi said.

President Xi Jinping showed his determination to rewrite the rules of the automotive industry during a 2014 trip to Shanghai. “Developing new-energy vehicles is the only way for China to move from a big automobile country to a powerful automobile hub,” he said when visiting SAIC Motor Corp., a Shanghai government-owned company that partners with GM and Volkswagen in China.

That set off a chain reaction. SAIC, the country’s largest automaker by unit sales, invested more than 20 billion yuan in new-energy vehicles, or NEVs, which include electric cars, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles.

Western companies dominated for almost a century because they refined the internal-combustion engine. The electric motor threatens to erase that disadvantage, said Hu Xingdou, an economics professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology.

“NEVs can help China to become a global leader in the auto industry,” Hu said. “China and the rest of the world can now start from the same starting line.”

First in the blocks is Li, a 54-year-old former photographer who started his career with 2,000 yuan from his father and now has a net worth estimated at about $12 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Though Chinese-branded passenger cars are sold throughout Southeast Asia and Africa, none have made it to the US or Europe. Li first promised at the 2006 Detroit auto show that he would crack the US market within two years with Geely’s Free Cruiser compact.

That didn’t happen, so he came up with what he considers a better method: make Lynk’s new SUV-called the 02-in Belgium. The car will be available from the first half of 2020 in Europe, and then Li plans to hopscotch across the ocean.

“This is the next step,” said Mike Jackson, chief executive officer of AutoNation, the largest US auto-dealer group. “And it’s a doable step.”

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Twitter axed 142k spammy apps and 130M ‘low-quality’ Tweets in 1 week of Q1 – TechCrunch

Twitter is making good on its pledge to fight the persistent problems of spam, bots, harassment, and misinformation that have plagued the social platform for years. Today, in its generally positive Q1 earnings report, the company announced that changes that it has made related to TweetDeck and its API — two of the most common spam vectors on Twitter — in in the past quarter have translated into real numbers that point to overall improvements in quality on the service.

Specifically, according to figures published in the company’s letter to investors, 142,000 apps, accounting for 130 million Tweets, have had their API access revoked; and there are now 90 percent fewer accounts using TweetDeck to create junk Tweets.

To note, Twitter’s new changes took effect only on March 23, and the earnings report covers only activity for the three months ending March 30 — meaning these numbers are just covering a week of activity. In other words, the effect over the longer term will likely be significant.

The TweetDeck stat covering 90 percent fewer users using TweetDeck to create false information and automated engagement spam are both a result of changes to TweetDeck itself, as well as a new and more proactive approach that Twitter is taking.

In February, Twitter stopped allowing automating mass retweeting — or TweetDecking, as it’s been called by some — in which power users turned to TweetDeck to retweet posts across masses of accounts they managed, as well as across smaller user groups of people who managed masses of accounts, a technique that helps a Tweet go viral. Some weeks later it moved to suspend a number of accounts that were guilty of the practice.

Policies and enforcement around the company’s API have also been tightened up. The 142,000 applications that are no longer connected to the API were responsible for no less than 130 million “low-quality Tweets”. It’s a sizeable volume on its own, but — given the Twitter model — it’s even more impactful since they spurred a number of interactions and retweets outside those spam accounts, perpetuated by individuals. As with TweetDeck, the API changes were part of the larger overhaul Twitter made around automation and multiple accounts.

It’s an interesting turn for the company: given that the mass-action Tweeting ability has been so hugely misused, it’s a wonder why Twitter ever allowed it in the first place. It may have been one of those badly-conceived moments where Twitter thought it would help with traffic and activity on the site at a time when it needed to demonstrate growth, and perhaps just to bring more activity to the platform when it was smaller.

Beyond its own desire to be a force for good and not abuse, it’s also something that Twitter has been somewhat forced to address. Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have proven to have a huge role in helping to disseminate information, but that spotlight has taken on a particularly pernicious hue in recent times. The rise of fake news and what role that might have played in the outcome of the EU referendum in the UK and the most recent presidential election in the US; and extreme cases of harassment online, are two of the uglier examples of where social sites might have an obligation to play a stronger role beyond that of simply being a conduit for information. Twitter taking better control of this is an important step, and perhaps one it would rather control itself.

In any case, this appears to be just the start of how Twitter hopes to raise the tone, and generally make its platform a safer and nicer place to be. “Our systems continue to identify and challenge millions of suspicious accounts globally per week as a result of our sustained investments in improving information quality on Twitter,” the company notes.

There are also some interesting plans in the pipeline. The company has been on a “health” kick of late, and has been looking to crowdsource suggestions for how to improve trust and safety, and reduce abuse and spam, on the platform. An RFP that it issued to stakeholders — and anyone interested in helping — has so far yielded 230 responses from “global institutions”, the company said. “We expect to have meaningful updates in the second quarter, and we’re committed to continuing to share our progress along the way.”

We are listening to the earnings webcast and will update with more related to this as we hear it.

Who is Debbie Lesko? 3 things to know about Arizona’s newest congresswoman

Running as a Republican in the special Arizona House race, Debbie Lesko knows her district and has experience representing it at the state level.

Lesko narrowly defeated Democrat Hiral Tipirneni in the April special election. The congressional seat became vacant after Republican Rep. Trent Franks resigned in December.

After her win, President Trump tweeted his congratulations, saying she “will do great things.”

Here’s three things to know about Arizona’s newest congresswoman.

She’s been involved in the state Republican Party for some time

Lesko recently resigned as a state senator, a position she held for three years, to run for Congress. Prior to that, she was a state representative for six years.

Lesko, a mother of three, got her start in Republican politics first with an elected volunteer position as district Republican chairman. Eventually she would become a county Republican officer, and then a state Republican officer.

“I was just really engaged,” Lesko told Fox News. “When an opening came up in the legislature in 2008, people approached me and asked if I wanted to run, and I did and won.”

As a state representative, she participated in a golf cart parade

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Lesko said she gained a reputation of working to directly address her constituents’ concerns – including when it came to golf cart regulations.

In 2014, then a state representative, Lesko championed legislation that allowed people to drive golf carts – the preferred mode of transportation in large retirement communities – along the side of the road. At the time, more than 30,000 golf carts were registered in Maricopa County, Arizona, and up to 50 percent of households in Sun City, a large retirement community, used a golf cart, according to the Arizona Republic.

Residents, along with Lesko and then-Gov. Jan Brewer, celebrated with a parade of more than 100 golf carts.

She’s passionate about domestic violence issues

As a survivor of domestic violence, Lesko says she recognizes the importance of speaking out about the issue and making sure other women know they are not alone.

“Domestic violence is a very prevalent problem, and it can happen to anyone,” Lesko said. “It doesn’t matter what their status is, what their education background is.”

“It happens to so many women, and I just want them to know they can get out of it and become successful because I did it,” she said. “I’m living proof of it.”

“It happens to so many women, and I just want them to know they can get out of it and become successful because I did it. I’m living proof of it.”

– Debbie Lesko

Lesko said she isn’t sure if there’s much Congress can do in terms of legislation in order to combat domestic violence.

“You can’t legislate the behavior of people,” she said. “I think those of us who got out of the situation, it’s just important that we talk to other women and tell them to just get out because chances are it’s not going to get any better [in that relationship].”

She added, “There is hope. You have a future. There are organizations out there that will help you – help you financially, give you a place to stay.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

How Michelle Knight Found Love and Married After Captivity

After 11 years as a prisoner in the Cleveland home of her abductor, Michelle Knight wasn’t hopeful about her chances of finding love.

Knight was 20 when she was kidnapped in August 2002 by Ariel Castro. Along with two other captives, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, Knight endured unimaginable torture and sexual abuse before the trio escaped on May 6, 2013.

“The whole world had heard the story of how I had been damaged by a filthy older man,” Knight, 37, writes in her new memoir, Life After Darkness: Finding Healing and Happiness After the Cleveland Kidnappings, which is excerpted exclusively in this week’s issue of PEOPLE.

“Who would ever want me after that?”

Her ordeal seemed to follow her after she was free: Numerous sensory triggers in her daily life returned her to her trauma and she applied for jobs but got rejected by employers who said that her high profile was a distraction.

“It was all just another reminder that trying to be a normal person living a normal life was out of reach — for the moment anyway,” Knight writes in her book.

But in the ensuing years, she built up a sense of normalcy and self-esteem. She changed her name to Lily Rose Lee and began to feel worthy of love.

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From left: Miguel Rodriguez and Michelle Knight

From left: Miguel Rodriguez and Michelle Knight

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Knight met Miguel Rodriguez, a 39-year-old courier, through mutual friends on Facebook. They had been speaking on the phone for a period of time until fortuitously meeting in person for the first time by running into each other at a restaurant.

“I looked up and said, ‘I’m not catfished. You’re really, really real,’ ” she recalls to PEOPLE.

As their bond grew stronger, Knight nonetheless remained anxious about physical intimacy. In addition to Castro’s sexual abuse, Knight had been abused as a child by a relative.

“I had some fears that any intimacy might feel like what Castro had done to me, what others had done to me,” she writes in Life After Darkness.

“We waited; we took our time,” she writes. “When it did happen, I realized I didn’t have anything to fear. The experience was entirely different. What made the difference was love.”

Knight and Rodriguez enjoy watching movies together and share a love of animals, including their pit bull, Peanuts, who Knight rescued after Peanuts was thrown in her yard and abandoned.

The couple married on May 6, 2016 — on the third anniversary of Knight’s freedom from Castro’s house.

While in captivity, Knight fantasized about her wedding as a survival mechanism. Castro had given her a pencil and paper, which she used to design her fantasy wedding dress.

“When you’re confined and have nothing to do except wait to be abused, imagining the details of a wedding that will never happen is a survival strategy: Focus on the impossible,” she writes.

But when the big day arrived, Knight realized she “didn’t want our wedding to be about luxury or glitz.” She was overjoyed enough that she and Rodriguez had found each other.

“Oh my gosh,” she tells PEOPLE. “My wedding was the most extraordinary and interesting, heartwarming — oh my gosh — explosive day ever.”

Paralyzed Chris Norton and Emily Summers Walk Down The Aisle

Just before sunset at the Abacoa Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., on April 21, Chris Norton and Emily Summers exchanged their wedding vows and nearly identical white gold rings. Almost 200 guests watched tearfully as they then prepared to take the 7-yard walk down the aisle as a married couple.

They took in the moment as every bride and groom does, but for them it was extra special because it’s something Norton thought would always just be a mere fantasy. For the past seven years, 26-year-old Norton has been confined to a wheelchair after a football accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.

As Summers leaned down, she wrapped her arms around her husband and used all of her strength to pick up him out of his wheelchair.

Together, the newlyweds slowly made their way 7-yards down the aisle — a goal they had been working towards for years.

“The accident brought me to her,” Norton, of Port St. Lucie, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, “and that is the biggest blessing.”

The Day His Life Changed Forever

It was on October 16, 2010, just six weeks into Norton’s freshman year at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, when he was on the football field for a game against Central College. In the third quarter, he mistimed a play — one that he had been trained to do thousands of times before — which caused the 18-year-old to suffer a spinal cord injury.

Lying on the ground he remembers feeling like “someone had turned the power off to my body,” he says, while the entire stadium fell silent. “I’m trying to push [myself up] off the ground, but nothing’s working. I prayed to God to please let me just get up and walk off the field.”

After being airlifted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, he was told that he had fractured his C3-C4 vertebrae and had a three percent chance of ever moving anything below his neck ever again.

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“I wasn’t going to accept that,” he says, firmly. “I was going to be part of that three percent.”

After a year of grueling rehabilitation, with his tight-knit family never leaving his side, Norton began to regain some strength and was able to return to college as a sophomore in August 2011.

Just one year later, in 2012, he started the Chris Norton Foundation, which has since raised over $800,000 for people with spinal cord injuries.

Chris Norton in 2010 before the accident at Luther College

Chris Norton in 2010 before the accident at Luther College

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When he got back to school, Norton’s biggest struggles and fears weren’t just caused by his physical limitations. He wondered if he’d ever find his “dream girl” who would want to spend her life with him.

“I wanted to be a dad and have a wife,” says Norton. “But I didn’t want to burden somebody with everything I needed.”

After dating a few women who he didn’t have a strong connection with he decided to give online dating a try.

It wasn’t long after setting up that profile in August 2013, that he matched with Emily Summers, who was studying at Iowa State University and, like Norton, had been raised in a close-knit family with a strong Christian faith.

“I was waiting for that girl who made me feel alive and someone I wanted to spend the rest of my life with,” he says, “and then here comes Emily. I knew she was on the one.”

Drawn to her compassion, beauty and hard ethic, he saw that she didn’t even notice his wheelchair. And for 25-year-old Summers, the connection was just as immediate and strong.

Emily Summers, Chris Norton and one of their foster children in Port St. Lucie, Florida

Emily Summers, Chris Norton and one of their foster children in Port St. Lucie, Florida

“I was extremely drawn to him and his story,” she says, “and how he wasn’t just going to give up. That’s how we first connected.”

Over the next month, Summers says she began to realize that “no matter what, things were going to be okay with him.”

In It Together And Forever

It also didn’t take long for Norton to express to Summers that he wanted to become physically strong enough to make his way across the stage at his college graduation in May 2015.

Summers, who worked for a group home for abused youth, put all of her obligations to the side, did research and heard about the Barwis Method in Plymouth, Michigan, a facility for injured athletes in Plymouth, Mich.

“It was incredible to see how motivated he was,” she says. “When he sets his mind to something, he does it. That’s why I fell in love with him.”

The night before the walk, Norton proposed and the next morning as an engaged couple they walked across the stage together as 3,000 people cheered them on. That video was seen by more than 300 million people around the world.

“The walk wouldn’t have been possible without Emily, literally and figuratively,” he says.

Their Next Goal

Norton and Summers decided then and there that they’re were going to set their next goal: To walk down the aisle at their wedding.

At the same time, the couple are also raising five foster children — something Summers has always wanted to do — who are all under the age of eight.

“What I love about Emily is that she has the biggest heart in the world,” says Norton, who works full time as motivational speaker. “She has so much compassion and empathy.”

While training for the walk, Fotolanthropy, a non-profit organization that celebrates stories of hope of those who have defied odds, started to work on a documentary about Norton, Summers, and their ambitious goal to make it down the aisle. The organization needs $250,000 to finish the film and already raised over $111,000. At the wedding, they were to document every moment of the day.

The newly married couple wants to continue to “give people hope and inspiration that they can overcome anything they’re going through,” Norton says.

He adds: “There have been a lot of moments where we’ve struggled. But anything is possible if we don’t give up. We want to be an example that life can be remarkable. I’m so blessed and happy with where I am.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

OnePlus 6 India Launch Date Is May 17, Fans Invited to Event Too

OnePlus 6 India launch event will take place only a few hours after its debut in China, the company has revealed. OnePlus on Wednesday officially announced that the launch event for the OnePlus 6 will be held at the Dome at NSCI, Mumbai, on May 17 – it will kick off at 3pm IST, while the China launch is scheduled for 10am CST (7:30am IST). Separately, OnePlus is set to unveil the OnePlus 6 at an event in London on May 16, a day ahead of its launch in China and India. The London event, which will take place at 5pm BST (9:30pm IST) on May 16, is expected to highlight all the key features and specifications of the OnePlus 6. However, OnePlus 6 price in India and China, as well as the availability details, are likely to be announced at the respective events.

OnePlus will start selling the entry vouchers publicly for the OnePlus 6 India launch event from 10am on May 8; tickets to the event are priced Rs. 999 each. Those who buy the tickets will get OnePlus voucher worth Rs. 999, a cash cannon, and company-branded tote bag, cap, t-shirt, and notebook. Users can subscribe for alerts regarding the handset from the company’s official website by entering their phone number. The launch event will also be live streamed through the Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts of OnePlus India.

“Over the past four years, OnePlus has been built and shaped around its community. To celebrate the announcement of OnePlus 6 in India, the company will host the biggest ever community event in its history,” OnePlus wrote in a press note.

The availability schedule of the OnePlus 6 may have also been leaked. A report claims that OnePlus has sent emails to OnePlus phone owners that the upcoming flagship will be launched on May 21. Apparently, the reader has been selected for trial as part of the company’s new Lab programme started last week. The report states that the email sent out to selected testers includes all terms and conditions as well as the launch.

As part of the programme, invited buyers will be able to use the OnePlus 6 before launch and be able to write detailed community reviews of the flagship. Submissions are open till 10pm EDT (7am IST) on May 2 and the final reviewer squad will be announced by 10pm EDT (7am IST) on May 12.

The India launch schedule of the OnePlus 6 comes days after Amazon India announced its exclusive partnership with OnePlus for selling the OnePlus 6 in India. It also emerges shortly after the OnePlus 5T went out of stock in the country.

Last week, OnePlus announced its partnership with The Walt Disney Company-owned Marvel Studios that hinted the arrival of an Avengers-themed OnePlus 6. The Chinese company last year tied up with Walt Disney Studios to launch the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition model exclusively in India.

OnePlus hasn’t revealed the price of the OnePlus 6. Nevertheless, much about the next flagship has already been confirmed. The new OnePlus smartphone is currently being promoted with the tagline “The Speed You Need” and is expected to arrive with a Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of onboard storage. The handset is also likely to feature a notch-design and a glass back panel as well as include a 3.5mm headphone jack. As per the recent reports, the OnePlus 6 will come with a 6.28-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with 18:9 aspect ratio. It could also support wireless charging and a battery bigger than that of the OnePlus 5T.

Roland Mouret’s New Foray Into Footwear – WWD

Newbark x Roland Mouret


NEW PERSPECTIVE: Roland Mouret is renewing his focus on footwear with the launch of a capsule collection created in collaboration with the L.A.-based label Newbark.

Newbark, created by stylists Maryam and Marjan Malakpour, is best known for its minimalist aesthetic and focus on androgynous silhouettes such as loafers and brogues.

For Mouret, working with the design duo was an opportunity to explore uncharted territory, understand women’s needs and join forces with good friends: “It was nice to collaborate with a brand that focuses on flat shoes, it’s so relevant today. For me, [the collaboration] offered another approach to understand what women want. I wanted my customer to see how these amazing flat shoes can fit into their life and be the perfect accessory to any of my clothes,” said the designer, who had previously worked with the sisters on celebrity dressing. “Maryam and Marjan are the embodiment of women who inspire me, women who I respect — they understand what the right product is, that women need in their life. That’s what I loved.”

The collection consists of three signature Newbark styles — the loafer, the lace-up sandal and the leather slipper — done in monochromatic black and white leather or a romantic floral-printed fabric referencing Mouret’s latest runway show.

Newbark x Roland Mouret

Newbark x Roland Mouret 
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To mark the collaboration, the designers also created a series of images featuring Maryam Malakpour dressed in a Roland Mouret minidress or a feminine tweed skirt and shoes from the new range.

A limited 195 pairs will be released on Wednesday, which will be sold exclusively at the Roland Mouret flagships in London and New York, as well as on the brand’s web site. Prices range from 364 pounds to 514 pounds.

The designer said that he will continue to look for new collaborators as a means of challenging himself and introducing fresh product to his offer: “When a product that I trust and love is created, I like to curate it and mix it into my work. Collaborations allow me to introduce different products to my customer, bring it to their lives and show them how it can work with my clothes. It’s something that, as a brand, we want to continue to do.”

Newbark x Roland Mouret

Newbark x Roland Mouret 
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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 Looks Eerily More Familiar Than Season 1

In the second season of Handmaid’s Tale, everything is different. It has to be. For one, the first season’s plot burned through almost all of its source material, Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel of the same name. For another, the inaugural season was filmed during the 2016 election cycle—a time when many thought America might be on the way to its first female presidency—and Season 2 was written and filmed entirely during the administration of President Donald Trump.

To say those factors influenced the latest installments of Hulu’s Emmy-winning show would be an understatement. From its deep dives into crackdowns on the rights of LGBTQ people to its déjà vu-inducing scenes of ICE agents herding people at airports, a great many things in Season 2 feel familiar, like watching MSNBC rather than a streaming show. That’s no accident. The show has a writers’ room full of news junkies, says showrunner Bruce Miller, and it was inevitable that what they read and saw on in the news would find its way into their scripts.

“All of those things influence discussion in the writer’s room. Not specifically like, ‘Hey, we should do this for this TV show because it’s happening now,'” Miller says. “But a lot of Gilead [the show’s fictional country] is people saying things that you’re shocked they still believe. And when that’s happening in the real world, as disquieting as it is, it does help us understand.”

One of the most disquieting of those moments, at least in the first few episodes, comes in a flashback the life of Emily/Ofglen (Alexis Bledel) before America became Gilead. Back then she was a college professor who was married to, and had a child with, a woman named Sylvia (Clea DuVall). As the new government begins cracking down on queer rights, the couple decides to try to go to Canada, leading to a harrowing scene where immigration agents inform them that Sylvia and their young son can leave, but Emily cannot because their marriage is no longer valid. Watching it, it’s hard not to be reminded of both the years-long struggle for marriage equality and the chaotic scenes at US airports after Trump issued his travel ban in early 2017. Miller acknowledges news images from that time influenced that scene, as did scenes from Nazi Germany and refugee crises in places like Rwanda and Darfur. “We certainly get visual cues and a really good sense of what would really happen [from real-world scenarios],” Miller says, “but we try to stay focused on telling our story because otherwise it just ends up being us gluing modern things into this story just to make a point.”

Handmaid’s Tale, however, definitely still has points to make. (Though, if you’re wondering, it still occasionally struggles with how to handle race.) As June/Offred (Elisabeth Moss) attempts her escape from Gilead at the start of the second season, she hides out in the vacant building that once housed The Boston Globe. June—still wondering what happened to the country she once knew—is left in its offices trying to put together the pieces.

The image of a once-bustling newsroom abandoned is one Miller found quite powerful. “For us, what we do is think, ‘What would Gilead hit first?'” he says. “And the same way that people in power who don’t like news coverage start attacking the press, we think, ‘What’s the next step? After you attack the press verbally, do people start to attack the press physically?’ There’s no free press in Gilead, so when did the press become unfree?”

As June sorts through old issues of the Globe looking for missed warning signs of the regime to come, it’s easy to be reminded of the surprised responses of many Americans to not only the policies of the Trump administration but also to things like the vocal white supremacist demonstrations that took over Charlottesville last summer. Most people, like June, just wanted to know, Why didn’t anyone see this coming?

“It’s not our job to do the nightly news; it is our job to be dramatic storytellers, but our themes so reflect unfortunately this pre-Gilead existence we have under the Trump administration. So we reflect that.”

“It’s not our job to do the nightly news; it is our job to be dramatic storytellers, but our themes so unfortunately reflect this pre-Gilead existence we have under the Trump administration. So we do reflect that,” says executive producer Warren Littlefield. “But boy, the fight for human rights, the fight for feminist rights, those are reflected in the world we’re living in and they’re certainly essential to Gilead.”

And they were also crucial in Atwood’s book. Even though much of Season 2 of Hulu’s show focuses on events not contained in her novel, they still very much revolve around Atwood’s themes. Miller began talking with the author about what could happen once the story moved beyond her pages during the first season and ultimately he hopes that although his staff is working in the “terrifying sandbox of national treasure Margaret Atwood” they are doing so with her endorsement. To that end, they’re exploring the worlds she only flicked at, like the colonies where “unwomen” who can’t have children are sent to clean up toxic waste and the places in Canada where American refugees settle. “The interesting thing is that the person who was most excited about going beyond the book and communicated no fear about that was Margaret Atwood,” says Littlefield.

But just because the dystopian near-future of this season of Handmaid’s Tale was able to borrow from current events, doesn’t mean the show’s creators think society is doomed. In fact, they see their show as optimistic, rather than a cautionary tale.

“Season 2 is a powerful ride, but we lace it with hope,” says Littlefield. “I’m old enough to have lived through the Vietnam War protests; I was arrested in Washington. Out of that adversity and corruption in the Nixon administration came tremendous social change, and so we don’t want to be hope-less. That’s an important element of what we brought to Season 2.”

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Max Minghella On Why You Should Still Trust Nick This Season

In The Handmaid’s Tale, the 32-year-old plays Nick, a government spy and brooding love interest to Offred (Elisabeth Moss). Season one ended with (spoiler alert!) Offred being carted off to an uncertain fate. As a big, black van is about to drive her away, Nick opens the door and whispers to her, “Just go with it. Trust me.” So why, exactly, do we root for this guy again?

GLAMOUR: Last season ended on an ambiguous note. Can we really trust Nick?

MAX MINGHELLA: Yeah. I mean, I trust Nick. I stand by him! I don’t want to give anything away, but all the characters in this show are capable of doing good and bad things, which is one of the reasons it’s so compelling to watch. I think, at the root of Nick, he’s a good person. Whether he always does the right thing is a different question.

GLAMOUR: By virtue of his gender, he’s guilty until proven innocent. Thoughts?

MM: I mean, I feel all men are guilty until proven innocent, in general. Maybe that has to do with the fact that women have been subjugated for so long, or that men can be gross in a way women rarely are. Having been a man for 32 years, I’ve always had a very cynical view of my gender. I’m relieved the rest of the world is now sharing it.

GLAMOUR: The show does such a good job of showing how complicated sex can be. For example, women can still get pleasure from sex during trying times. Has the show impacted your own views about sex?

MM: I’m a big advocate of sex, and I actually like exploring it a lot! I often find myself shooting sex scenes on the show. I don’t find them to be super straightforward. We always try and make them complicated and as dense as a heavy dialogue scene. You know, there’s no reason for them to be exploitative. One of the things I thought was so fascinating when I first read this show, almost two years ago now, was that the sex in the show was often quite perverse and disturbing and multilayered, and I thought that that was a new and exciting way to approach that subject.

THE HANDMAID'S TALE, (from left): Max Minghella, Elisabeth Moss, 'Birth Day', (Season 1, ep. 102,

PHOTO: ©Hulu/Courtesy Everett Collection

GLAMOUR: Nick is the strong silent type, which can be very appealing to many women. How are you in real life?

MM: I don’t think Nick and I are super far away from each other. I mean I do think again [our showrunner] Bruce is very clever about seeing who we are as individuals and finding ways to incorporate that into the characters, especially in season two. I think we all have um an essence, which is close to who we’re playing, which makes it a lot easier.

GLAMOUR: How has being someone who listens more and understands the power of silence served you in real life—in your dating life, in any other scenarios?

MM: I don’t know if it serves me at all. I think sometimes I wish I was much more charming than I am or better in a crowd. I often feel like I don’t know what to do in sort of a large group of people, so I think I’d like to be more fun. Nick and I could both use is a bit more lightness.

GLAMOUR: You’ve said that, growing up, you were concerned with being cool. Do you regret that?

MM: I never felt “present” in high school. I was always concerned with having as much fun as possible. And I definitely thought, That’s going to be easier to do if you’re hanging out with the right people. Like, the math club is probably going to less-good parties than the football team. I don’t think I was wrong. I had an amazing time.

GLAMOUR: What’s the biggest trouble you got yourself into back then?

MM: That’s a dangerous question! I think I did cause my parents endless anxiety. I started working when I was about 16. It’s very difficult to go back living under your parents’ roof when you’ve been living on your own, and that’s when I felt a lot of tension was, but I’m going to leave out specifics…

GLAMOUR: You’ve called yourself a pop-culture whore. Go on…

MM: It’s completely true. I’m obsessed with pop culture. I really am. I’m not, like, a great intellectual. I’m a Top 40 guy, I’m really into Riverdale. I love that it’s so clean and pop-y on the surface with something so sinister underneath.

GLAMOUR: We have to ask—your best friend, Jamie Bell, married your ex-girlfriend Kate Mara. How does that work?

MM: Nobody’s ever asked me about that. I will tell you this: It’s a beautiful part of my life. I see them every single morning, and Jamie’s son is my godson. I can understand why the optics might be very confusing, but it’s not a complicated thing for us.

The Handmaid’s Tale returns to Hulu on April 25th