Kristin Cavallari Reveals Her Due Date!

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Kristin Cavallar‘s baby on the way is almost here!

The soon-to-be mother of two exclusively reveals to E! News that she is due to give birth in May.

The host of E!’s Fabulist announced in February that she and hubby Jay Cutler are having a baby boy, taking to Instagram to gush, “We decided to announce that…we’re having another boy!! We couldn’t be more excited!

Cavallari and the Chicago Bears quarterbackare already parents to 1-year-old son Camden. In November, the blond beauty revealed that both of her pregnancies have been a breeze

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“I’m lucky,” the former Laguna Beach and Hills star exclusively told E! News shortly after revealing her second pregnancy. “Both pregnancies have been really easy for me, I’ve just been really tired. It’s just one of those things where I could literally sleep all day everyday but I’m snapping out of it a little bit now that I’m in the second trimester.”

At the time, Cavallari didn’t know the sex of her baby and said she’d pleased either way. “I honestly don’t care, I mean there’s great things about both. Another boy would be fun, Cam would have a little buddy and then I’d be the woman of the house…but of course I want a little girl, so I don’t know. Either one would be great.”

 

Kate Middleton Looks Perfect While Trying to Stay Dry, Prince George Continues to Be Royally Adorable

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Kate MiddletonREX USA/Tim Rooke

While precipitation may dampen one’s wardrobe choices (pun intended), Kate Middleton proves that nothing can rain on her fashion parade (they just keep coming).

The Duchess of Cambridge looked picture-perfect while trying to stay dry in New Zealand, wearing a piece by local designer Rebecca Taylor. The blue skirt suit was prim and proper like most of Kate’s outfit choice, but we’re just loving the color choice because we think it looks amazing on Middleton.

We don’t know how Prince William felt about her latest fashion choice, however we’re almost positive he liked it more than some of her recent outfits.

PHOTOS: The royal family Down Under

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of CambridgeHagen Hopkins/Getty Images

While the couple was on hand for a meet-and-greet in their namesake town of Cambridge in New Zealand, a local woman revealed the duchess’s emerald green Erdem coat didn’t sit too well with Prince George‘s father.

Bev Hayes recently told reporters, “I complimented her on her green coat. She said she liked it but Prince William thought it was a bit bright.”

A bit bright?! Oh, Wills. We’ll let you slide on this one. But maybe one of our favorite things about the gorgeous royal is that she isn’t above repeating an outfit.

Middleton is known to recycle some of her staple pieces, including her red skirt-suit by Italian designer Luisa Spagnoli, her navy Zara blazer and her navy Jenny Packham dress (to name a few).

Fort Phantom Hill

 

 

Fort Phantom Hill, built in the mid-1800s, was given such a spooky moniker simply because it didn’t have a legal name. Interestingly, it was built in the wrong place: Instead of being built on Pecan Bayou as originally ordered, the general in charge mistakenly had it constructed in this barren land. Now a historical landmark with legends of hauntings attached, the fort has been seen on TV’s Unsolved Mysteries. Native American ghosts have been seen on the grounds, and other apparitions, footsteps and feelings of being watched have been reported by visitors and employees. Phantom Lake has its own stories as well. One legend surrounds the apparition of a Native American woman. According to legend, she is Nadassa, who drowned herself in Phantom Lake after her warrior lover was lost in a flash flood. Another legend tells of an apparition of a woman in a tattered dress, said to be an officer’s wife who set out to find her missing husband, but she drowned when a storm capsized the boat. However, some dispute the stories because Phantom Lake is a manmade reservoir not created until 1938.

Southern Slavery “The US government’s support of slavery was based on an overpowering practicality. In 1790, a thousand tons of cotton were being produced every year in the South. By 1860, it was a million tons. In the same period, 500,000 slaves grew to 4 million.

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On 14 March 1794, Eli Whitney patents his innovation, the cotton gin (“gin” being short for engine). The machine succeeds in making the growing of cotton profitable for farmers in the south by speeding up by 50 times the separation of the cotton bolls (the fluffy part) from the seeds. The plantation system, based on tobacco growing in Virginia, North Carolina, and Kentucky, and rice in South Carolina, now expands into lush new cotton lands in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Tropical cotton flourishes in these states and its soft fibres are easy to grow. The unforeseen side effect of Whitney’s invention is that it increases the demand for slaves to pick the cotton. Between 1790 and 1808, when it becomes illegal to import African slaves, 80,000 slaves are brought to the American South. By 1830, the South accounts for half the world’s cotton. By 1841, New Orleans is the heart of the slave trade. By 1850, it accounts for three quarters of world cotton production.

Cotton is called white gold and the slavery that supports it, is a big, billion dollar business. Slaves are fattened for auction and even the grey hairs of the elderly are darkened to fetch a better price. Mostly, males fetch a higher price than females but the highest price is fetched by light skinned female virgins. Rape is common.

It’s not just the immorality that offends the North. Northern free labour can’t compete against slaves. But it’s Mexico that increases the American division. In 1829, it abolishes slavery and many Southerners see this as a hostile act. The South can’t allow Mexican Texas to become a refuge for slave runaways. The 1835-6 Texan war of Independence and the 1846-8 Mexican war (which further took New Mexico and California) demonstrate the South’s willingness to wage war to protect slavery.

Concerns over Chinese worker immigration into these new states and the constant fear that the Republicans in the North would politically end slavery means the Democrat party is favoured in the South. And after the American Civil War, it’s the Democrats who use the near hung election of 1876 to make a deal with Republican president, Rutherford B Hayes, to withdraw federal troops. Without their protection, black civil rights devolve into the infamous Jim Crow laws. The North’s Civil War dead had died in vain.

Tailor-made holidays to Japan

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From the stunning landscapes of Hokkaido in the temperate north to the sub-tropical islands of Okinawa in the south, the calm of Japan’s Zen temples, the majesty of its ancient castles, the peaceful beauty of Mount Fuji and the neon-lit urban futurescapes of Tokyo make this one of our favourite and most rewarding destinations.

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Visit Tokyo and Kyoto – the must sees of any trip to Japan, along with the quiet Kiso Valley. Travel by bullet train throughout, with independent sightseeing and some private excursions

Lack of clean water a major concern for flood-hit Solomon Islands

A child sleeps in his father's arms at a relief centre in the Solomons. (Source: ONE News)

A child sleeps in his father’s arms at a relief centre in the Solomons. – Source: ONE News

Getting water back on tap is a major concern in the Solomon Islands after last week’s floods which killed 24 and destroyed large parts of the capital.

Nearly 10,000 people are living in shelters in Honiara and a lack of toilets and water is causing fears about the risk of disease.

Half of Honiara doesn’t have access to running water and Solomon Water general manager Richard Austin said it could be weeks before the supply is fully reconnected.

“We have to be sure we are disinfecting the water correctly and that, in a way, has held us up in introducing what would have been very dirty and not safe water into the system.”

Authorities are starting to count the cost of rebuilding, but it is a daunting task as much of the country’s economic centre has been destroyed.

Loti Yates, disaster management committee chairman, said: “Just looking at it, it is going to be pretty bad for the government and the private sector.”

Honiara will likely need to be redesigned as much of it is built on high-risk areas.

“With every heavy rainfall you have to swim in the roads so it is about proper planning,” said Mr YFlood damaged homes in the Solomon Islands. (Source: ONE News)

Flood damaged homes in the Solomon Islands. – Source: ONE News

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New Zealand has so far given nearly $1.6 million towards the disaster and sent aid workers, defence and health teams.

A second Hercules is due to fly out tomorrow morning with additional relief supplies and technical experts to help with the recovery.

Northern Ireland: Gay rights campaigner in fatal overdose hours after homophobic assault

Terry McCartney was found dead in his Londonderry flat on 5 February 2013Terry McCartney was found dead in his Londonderry flat on 5 February 2013

An inquest has heard police took three hours to gain entry to a flat where a gay man had taken an overdose.

Terry McCartney, a 42-year-old gay rights campaigner, was found dead in his flat in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on 5 February 2013.

At 2.50 am, on the morning of his death, he had been in an altercation with a group of men at Shipquay Gate, and was punched to the ground in a suspected homophobic assault, however, his injuries were not major.

After a post mortem police ruled that his death was not suspicious.

At an inquest the Belfast Telegraph reports Mr McCartney had taken a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol.

The coroner heard that an hour before his body was found, Mr McCartney’s sister Caroline Ferry found a Facebook message from him that read: “Thank you for everything. Tell mum I’m sorry.”

The inquest heard that police had received an emergency call at 6.30am on 5 February, 2013 from Mr McCartney’s friend, Christine Hegarty.

She was very distressed after a telephone conversation she had just had with him, in which Mr McCartney told her repeatedly: “It’s too late, it’s over.”

A short time into the call Mr McCartney’s speech became very slurred and he started making gurgling noises and could be heard gasping for air.

Ms Hegarty told the court she then used a second phone to call the police while trying to keep her friend talking.

But she ended the call to Mr McCartney on the advice of police — without having obtained an exact address for him on John Street.

Police were dispatched 10 minutes after Ms Hegarty made the call.

But it then took officers several hours to find the right flat.

A Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) officer told the court there was no policy or procedure for keeping contact details for keyholders to apartment blocks in the city, or on how to gain entry to them.

By the time police gained entry to Mr McCartney’s flat at around 9.30am, he was already dead.

Coroner Jim Kitson, Kitson voiced his concern about the delay, saying: “If something like this happened in the city tonight does it not concern you that you would not be able to gain entry?”

The officer said it was a matter of concern but added: “There is a large number of apartments in the city so it would be quite a task to actually go around and get codes into all of them.”

Mr Kitson said that this failure to gain entry “was one factor in this case”. He ruled that Mr McCartney had died as a result of choking.

He said this had been brought on by a failure of his gag reflexes due to the effects of the high levels of alcohol and prescription drugs in his body.

“Having heard from Terry’s family and friend Christine and from his GP it is clear that Terry was a gentleman who clearly had issues around substance abuse who had previous indulged in self harm and had attempted suicide,” said the coroner.

“I am not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that this was a serious suicide attempt, but was a cry for help.”

Mr McCartney’s substance abuse was confirmed in a statement from his GP who also provided evidence that Mr McCartney had a history of self-harm and previous suicide attempts.

Terry McCartney’s grieving mother wept as she listened to the inquest.

Margaret McCartney, who is wheelchair bound, was comforted by her family during proceedings.

Mr McCartney’s death was a severe blow to the McCartney family, which lost another son to suicide over a decade ago.