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'Meet the Pharks': TV presenter Lauren Phillips marries Lachlan Sparks

TV presenter and Myer ambassador Lauren Phillips has married Lachlan Sparks on Victoria’s picturesque Mornington Peninsula. About 180 guests, including well-known faces from television and sport, attended the wedding, held at a private property at Flinders on Saturday. For the garden ceremony, Phillips wore a strapless ball gown with pearl beading and a plunging back by Melbourne couturier Con Ilio, before changing into a slinky “party dress”, which featured a sheer beaded skirt over what appeared to be white shorts. Sparks, formerly a news producer with Channel 7 who now runs his own…

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Dove ad that shows a black woman turning herself white sparks consumer backlash

The Dove brand sheepishly admitted that it had “missed the mark” with a not-so-vaguely racist advertisement that has made it the latest target of consumer rage. The Dove ad that has people up in arms.  But many angry and befuddled Dove lovers spent the weekend wondering what mark Dove was trying to hit in the first place. The ire-inducing advertisement – a static compilation of four photos – was released Saturday afternoon. The first frame shows a dark-skinned woman in what appears to be a bathroom, a bottle of Dove…

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Europe heatwave sparks health warnings as temperatures soar

Media playback is unsupported on your device Parts of Europe are experiencing their most extreme heat in more than a decade as temperatures hit 44C (111F). Several countries have issued health warnings as this week’s record-breaking weather conditions continue to affect swathes of the continent. Sweltering temperatures in Italy have sparked wildfires, and dozens of towns and cities are on the health ministry’s maximum heat alert. The heatwave has left some regions facing the threat of severe drought. Health warnings are in place in the parts of Europe where temperatures…

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Native American healing class sparks unique health textbook

Laughter can combat trauma. Spiritual cleansings could be used to fight an opioid addiction. Cactus extract may battle diabetes and obesity. These insights are from curanderismo — traditional Native American healing from the American Southwest and Latin America. University of New Mexico professor Eliseo “Cheo” Torres’ has included these thoughts in a new, unique textbook connected to his internationally-known annual course on curanderismo. “Curanderismo: The Art of Traditional Medicine Without Borders,” released last week, coincides with Torres’ annual gathering of curandero students and healers around the world at the University…

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Nokia 3310 sparks wave of nostalgia as it goes on sale

Media playback is unsupported on your device The rebooted Nokia 3310 has gone on sale, nearly 17 years after the original made its debut. The phone, which has a two megapixel camera and relies on 2.5G connectivity to offer only limited internet access, is being sold for £49.99. The battery is claimed to offer up to 22 hours of talk time, and up to a month in standby mode. One expert said its success depended on how much people would be willing to pay for a device that “oozes nostalgia”….

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