7 Things to Ask Your Doctor About Ovarian Cancer

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This article is sponsored by beBRCAware. Dr. Elizabeth Swisher was not compensated for her participation in this article.

Each year, more than 22,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. But since the symptoms can be nonspecific and there aren’t any standardized tests specific to ovarian cancer detection, the disease can be tough to catch before it spreads. In fact, the American Cancer Society reports that only 15% of women are diagnosed early, when treatment is most effective.

What’s my risk?

On top of being difficult to diagnose, this form of cancer can also be hereditary. In fact, 10% of ovarian cancers come from inherited genetic mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that are present from birth, according to the CDC. Although everyone carries BRCA genes, it’s only when they become mutated or defective that cancer cells can begin to grow out of control. Women with an inherited BRCA1 mutation have a 35-70% lifetime risk of ovarian cancer, while women with an inherited BRCA2 mutation have an estimated risk between 10% and 30% by age 70, according to the American Cancer Society.

Not all genetic mutations are inherited: some mutations, including BRCA mutations, can be acquired after birth and only located in the ovarian cancer tumor. These are referred to as somatic mutations.

Can I do anything about it?

The good news: Whether or not you have ovarian cancer, it’s important to know and fully understand your BRCA mutation status. For starters, genetic testing (typically a blood or saliva test) can determine your BRCA mutation status and help you understand your ovarian cancer risk if you have not yet been diagnosed. Meanwhile, tumor testing (in which a sample of the tumor is tested for genetic mutations) can help guide treatment decisions if you’ve been newly diagnosed. Here’s a breakdown of what you should discuss with your doctor:

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1 Your family history
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Let your healthcare provider know about any first- or second-degree relatives who’ve had ovarian, breast, or colorectal cancer. The more details you can provide—like the relative’s age at diagnosis, the outcome, and the results of any past genetic testing—the better.

Don’t forget to consider family members on both sides. “Your dad’s family matters as much as your mom’s,” says Elizabeth Swisher, MD, professor in gynecologic oncology, adjunct professor in medical genetics and director of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Program at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

2 Your risk
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Along with having a family history of ovarian cancer, the American Cancer Society says that other risk factors include:

Age: Half of ovarian cancer cases develop in women 63 and olderHaving a BMI of 30 or greaterNever carrying a full-term pregnancy or having children after 35Using estrogen-based hormone therapy after menopause, particularly if estrogen is taken alone for 5-10 years without progesteroneIf you previously had breast cancer

3 Any unusual symptoms that persist
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Symptoms like bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, indigestion, or difficulty eating may mean you have a stomach bug—but they can also be signs of ovarian cancer.

If they seem to persist, take action. “If you have a new onset of symptoms that are not your baseline and they last for two weeks, you should discuss them with your doctor and consider having a pelvic ultrasound,” Swisher says.

4 Whether genetic testing is right for you
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Genetic testing (a blood or saliva test to determine if you have inherited a BRCA mutation) can help you determine next steps to reduce your ovarian cancer risk, depending on the results.

If you’ve already been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, your BRCA status can help inform treatment options or clinical trial eligibility. Basically, your doctor or a genetic counselor will collect a DNA sample from your blood or saliva and have the results back within a few weeks.

For more information on BRCA mutations and testing, visit www.beBRCAware.com.

5 If you should have your tumor tested
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Studies have shown that somatic BRCA mutations are sufficiently common in ovarian cancer. Having a BRCA mutation helps inform treatment decisions and eligibility for targeted therapies.

Fortunately, ovarian cancer research has helped move treatments forward. And if you’ve been recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, tumor testing (which involves testing a sample of the tumor to see if there are mutations in the tumor) can help inform your treatment plan and help determine whether targeted therapy is right for you.

6 How to build healthy habits
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In general, an unhealthy lifestyle including poor eating habits and lack of exercise may increase your risk of developing cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. In fact, studies show active women may have a lower risk of ovarian cancer compared to their sedentary counterparts.

7 Your screening options
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Regular screenings can play a valuable role in catching ovarian cancer early, which can drastically increase the odds for survival. But current options (like transvaginal ultrasounds and blood tests that check for certain proteins) aren’t always reliable.

There’s also no official consensus on whether high-risk women (such as those with BRCA mutations or a first-degree relative with ovarian cancer) ought to get regular ovarian cancer screenings. “My practice is to recommend screening for BRCA1 carriers starting at age 30 and for BRCA2 carriers at 35,” Swisher says. Talk to your doctor about the pros and cons.

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Halima Aden Will Be First Sports Illustrated Model in a Hijab and Burkini

The Somali-American model Halima Aden will be the first woman to wear a hijab and burkini in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, an annual edition perhaps best known for its pictures of bikini-clad models frolicking on the beach, the magazine said Monday.

It was not clear on Monday if Ms. Aden would be the first Muslim model to appear in the swimsuit issue, which has been published for decades. But the magazine said she would be the first Muslim model to appear wearing a burkini, a full-body swimsuit worn by some observant Muslim women.

Halima Aden makes history as the first model to wear a hijab and burkini for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: https://t.co/8WFD4hHmiH. pic.twitter.com/OsBthnjoLY

— Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) April 29, 2019

Ms. Aden referred to herself as a “burkini babe” in a video shared on Twitter by the magazine and called her appearance in Sports Illustrated “a dream come true.”

“Growing up in the States, I never really felt represented because I never could flip through a magazine and see a girl who was wearing a hijab,” Ms. Aden said in the video.

“Ladies, anything is possible,” Ms. Aden wrote on Instagram on Monday. “Being in Sports Illustrated is so much bigger than me. It’s sending a message to my community and the world that women of all different backgrounds, looks, upbringings … can stand together and be celebrated.”

Ms. Aden was born in the Kakuma refugee camp in northeastern Kenya and moved to the United States when she was 7. She returned to Kenya for the photo shoot, the magazine said, and was photographed by Yu Tsai on Watamu Beach on the Indian Ocean.

Representatives for Ms. Aden and the magazine did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment on Monday evening. The swimsuit issue will be on newsstands on May 8, Sports Illustrated said in a statement.

M.J. Day, the editor of the swimsuit issue, said in a statement that she and Ms. Aden “both believe the ideal of beauty is so vast and subjective.”

“We both know that women are so often perceived to be one way or one thing based on how they look or what they wear,” she said. “Whether you feel your most beautiful and confident in a burkini or a bikini, you are worthy.”

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Ms. Aden described the culture shock she felt upon her arrival in the United States.

“We landed in St. Louis, like the most impoverished part,” she said. “I remember stepping off and thinking, ‘This is a refugee camp, I want to go back home!’ We moved to St. Cloud, Minnesota, and life started looking up from there.”

Ms. Aden rose to prominence in 2016 when she wore a hijab and burkini during the swimsuit competition of the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. She said that also made her feel a bit of culture shock.

“It is not my culture to do pageantry, it is very much an American culture,” she said in the video. “But that has always been my message: Don’t be afraid to be the first.”

Amputee forced to crawl after scooter battery was confiscated

AN amputee was forced to drag his body across the floor for his entire holiday after the battery for his portable scooter was confiscated at the airport.

Sixty-eight year old Stearn Hodge, who was celebrating a wedding anniversary with his wife, said the experience left him feeling humiliated.

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Stearn lost his arm and his leg in a workplace accident

Stearn, who lost his arm and his leg in a workplace accident in 1984, needs the scooter to get around every day.

But when the retiree was travelling from Calgary Airport in 2017, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) and a member of staff from United Airlines would not allow him to fly with the $2,000 (£1,114) battery for his scooter due to safety concerns, according to CBC Canada,

Lithium-ion batteries are not normally allowed on board flights as they can be a fire hazard.

However, passengers with a disability or medical condition are allowed to take it in their carry on bags, according to the advice given by International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Stearn told CBC how he had received permission to take the batteries in his carry on bag before boarding – only for it to be taken away.

As a result, Stearn was forced to spend most of his three-week holiday bed-bound, only pulling himself across the floor to the bathroom.

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He showed CBC what it was like when he hasn't got his scooter

Stearn said: "Having to crawl across the floor in front of my wife is the most humiliating thing that I can think of.

"They're taking my legs — and not only that, my dignity. I haven't been the same since."

He was offered a wheelchair at the airport but Stearn was forced to ask how a "one-armed guy" was going to use it – his wife Jan had recently undergone treatment for cancer, and was too weak to push him.

Stearn was later offered a $800 (£457) travel certificate by the airline.

The retiree is now taking the case to the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Despite having to sell one of his prized cars to pay for the legal fees, he said the changes in the laws are more important than compensation.

A United spokesperson told Sun Online Travel: "We are looking into the allegations, and because of the pending litigation, we are unable to provide further comment.

"That said, the experience described falls far short of our own high standard of caring for our customers.

"We are proud of the many steps we have taken over the past few years to exhibit more care for our customers and we are proud to operate an airline that doesn’t just include people with disabilities but welcomes them as customers."

Britain's best B&Bs named in AA awards – but who's serving up the best brekkie?

THE best B&Bs across Britain have been announced in the annual AA B&B Awards.

There are winners named in categories including the friendliest, the most unique and of course, the best breakfast.

 The best B&Bs for 2019 have been revealed

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The best B&Bs for 2019 have been revealed

B&Bs applying for AA recognition are visited by an AA inspector, who stay anonymously.

They check for everything from the accommodation and food to the levels of hospitality.

The best B&Bs also offer something unique, from locally sourced breakfasts to hypoallergenic pillows, setting them apart from the rest of the crowd.

Read on to find out who won this year….

AA Friendliest B&B of the Year

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Woodlands Farm is found near the moors of North Yorkshire

Woodlands Farm – Thimbleby, North Yorkshire

The Grade II listed B&B can be found on the edge of the stunning North Yorkshire Moors.

It uses local and seasonal ingredients to create the award-winning breakfast.

AA B&B Story of the Year – sponsored by Eviivo

 Dogs are welcome at Wold View

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Dogs are welcome at Wold View

Wold View House B&B – Market Rasen, Lincolnshire

Located on top of Bully Hill, the B&B has the stunning view of Lincolnshire Wolds.

Dog lovers can bring their pets as the B&B is animal friendly.

AA Unique B&B of the Year – sponsored by Eviivo

 Brightham House features eccentric interior and vintage features

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Brightham House features eccentric interior and vintage features

Brightham House – Salcombe, Devon

This Victorian house has been renovated with personality,  thanks to the bold wallpaper used in the dining area and the industrial themed rooms featuring retro fittings.

The breakfast is best enjoyed in the conservatory as the glass ceiling provides natural light throughout.

AA Inn of the Year

 Alcohol fans should try the great beers and wines at The Swan

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Alcohol fans should try the great beers and wines at The Swan

The Swan – Bampton, Devon

The Swan is a cosy B&B, offering good beers and wine in the pub in the front.

Allergy sufferers will also sleep easy thanks to the comfy double beds featuring hypoallergenic pillows.

Breakfast of the Year – Scotland

 Craigmhor Lodge have the best breakfast as well as hampers and sandwiches to take away

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Craigmhor Lodge have the best breakfast as well as hampers and sandwiches to take away

Craigmhor Lodge & Courtyard – Pitlochry, Perth & Kinross

Found in the heart of Pitlochry, this property also won the Best Guest House in Scotland last year.

Not only do they locally source their breakfast ingredients, but they also offer guests packed lunches and supper hampers to enjoy while exploring the area.

Breakfast of the Year – England

 Gotten Manor has been redesigned from the original 17th century interiors

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Gotten Manor has been redesigned from the original 17th century interiors

The Old House at Gotten Manor – Ventnor, Isle of Wight

The 17th-century house has embraced the history of the rooms with antique bathtubs and rustic bedrooms.

With just two rooms available at The Old House, it is a perfectly secluded spot for visiting the island.

Breakfast of the Year – Wales

 Guests will enjoy fancy L'Occitane toiletries at Ramsey house

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Guests will enjoy fancy L'Occitane toiletries at Ramsey house

Ramsey House – Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

Breakfast at Ramsey House is prepared by a Michelin trained chef, with traditional Welsh food on offer.

The rooms themselves have flat screen TVs, white waffle bathrobes and slippers and L'Occitane toiletries.

AA Restaurant with Rooms of the Year

 The Lodge is found on the edge of the loch in Scotland

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The Lodge is found on the edge of the loch in Scotland

The Lodge on Loch Goil – Lochgoilhead, Argyll and Bute

Tucked into the head of the Loch, the wooden lodge is easily accessible by train and boat – the Caledonian Sleeper goes there from London.

While the bedrooms are beautiful, book the secluded summer house on the waterfront for some extra privacy.

AA Guest Accommodation of the Year, sponsored by Gilchrist & Soames – Scotland

 Tigh Na Leigh Guest House was once the home of a Victorian doctor

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Tigh Na Leigh Guest House was once the home of a Victorian doctor

Tigh Na Leigh Guest House – Alyth, Perthshire

Standing for The House of the Doctor in Gaelic, the Victorian building was once the home of, well, a doctor.

Now, it's a luxury guesthouse with just six rooms.

AA Guest Accommodation of the Year – England

 Views of Lake Windermere are best enjoyed at Lindeth Fell

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Views of Lake Windermere are best enjoyed at Lindeth Fell

Lindeth Fell Country House – Winderemere, Lancashire

Lindeth Fell overlooks the stunning Lake Windermere thanks to its unique location.

It has just 14 rooms, and has won scores of awards since it was taken over by the Kennedy family in 1984.

AA Guest Accommodation of the Year – Wales

 The authentic Welsh breakfast at Ael y Bryn should not be missed

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The authentic Welsh breakfast at Ael y Bryn should not be missed

Ael y Bryn – Crymych, Pembrokeshire

The views of the Preseli mountains are the key attraction for this property, which features a large conservatory.

There's also a music room, library and an authentic Welsh dinner is available upon request, too.

2019 Tony Award Nominations: The Full List Of Broadway’s Contenders

Oh, what a beautiful morning! The Tony noms are in & we’re gearing up for the big show on June 9.

Refresh this page for live updates. There’s no business like show business and there’s some tough competition this Broadway season, with so many wonderful on-stage productions! This morning, Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon and Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth will reveal the 2019 Tony nominations live on CBS This Morning starting at 8:30 AM. Tootsie, The Prom, Ain’t Too Proud and Hadestown have all been predicted as frontrunners this season in the Musical categories, while the play, To Kill A Mocking Bird, is a clear favorite as it continues to break its own records since opening at the Shubert Theater in December. This season, are 34 musicals and 21 plays eligible for nominations. The 73rd Tony Awards will take place on June 9th at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, hosted by James Corden!

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

Paddy Considine, The Ferryman
Bryan Cranston, Network
Jeff Daniels, To Kill a Mockingbird
Adam Driver, Burn This
Jeremy Pope, Choir Boy

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Annette Bening, All My Sons
Laura Donnelly, The Ferryman
Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery
Janet McTeer, Bernhardt/Hamlet
Laurie Metcalf, Hillary and Clinton
Heidi Schreck, What the Constitution Means to Me

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

Brooks Ashmanskas, The Prom
Derrick Baskin, Ain’t Too Proud
Alex Brightman, Beetlejuice
Damon Daunno, Oklahoma!
Santino Fontana, Tootsie

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block, The Cher Show
Caitlin Kinnunen, The Prom
Beth Leavel, The Prom
Eva Noblezada, Hadestown
Kelli O’Hara, Kiss Me, Kate

Best Revival of a Play

Arthur Miller’s All My Sons

Burn This

The Boys In The Band

Torch Song

The Waverly Gallery

Best Revival of a Musical

Kiss Me Kate

Oklahoma!

Best Play

Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney
The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus by Taylor Mac
Ink by James Graham
What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck

Best Musical

Ain’t Too Proud

Beetlejuice

Hadestown

The Prom

Tootsie

Best Book of a Musical

Ain’t Too Proud, Dominique Morisseau
Beetlejuice, Scott Brown and Anthony King
Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell
The Prom, Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin
Tootsie, Robert Horn

Best Original Score

Beetlejuice, Eddie Perfect
Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell
The Prom, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin
To Kill a Mockingbird, Adam Guettel
Tootsie, David Yazbek

Best Choreography

Camille A. Brown, Choir Boy
Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me, Kate
Denis Jones, Tootsie
David Neumann, Hadestown
Sergio Trujillo, Ain’t Too Proud

Best Orchestration

Hadestown

Tootsie

Kiss Me, Kate

Oklahoma!

Ain’t Too Proud

Scenic Design Of a Play

To Kill A Mokcing Bird

Ink

The Ferryman

Garry: The Sequel To Titus Androconis

Network

Best Scenic OF A Musical

Ain’t Too Proud

King Kong

Hadestown

Oklahoma!

Beetlejuice

Costume Design Of A Play

The Ferryman

Bernhardt/Hamilton

Tortsong

Gary

To Kill A Mockingbird

Costume Design Of A Musical

Hadestown

Beetlejuice

Tootsie

The Cher Show

Ain’t Too Proud

Sound Design Of A Musical

Beetlejuice

King Kong

Ain’t Too Proud

Oklahoma!

Hadestown

Lighting Dsign Of a Play

Ink

Gary

The Ferryman

To Kill A Mockingbird

Network

Lighting Of A Musical

The Cher Show

Ain’t Too Proud

Hadestown

King Kong

Beetlejuice

Best Direction of a Play

Ink

The Ferryman

To Kill A Mockingbird

Network

Gary

Best Direction Musicak

Hadestown

Tootsie

Oklahoma!

Ain’t Too Proud

The Prom

Best Performance By An Actor in a featured role

Bernie Carvel, Ink

Robin DeJesus, obys In The Band

gideon Glick, To kill a mocking bird]Brandon Uranqistz, Burn This

All My Sons

Actress in Ft Role In A Play

Finelaferryman

Celia, To Kill A MOcking Bird

Christine Nielson, Gary

Julie White, Gary

Ruth Wilson, King Lear

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

Andre Deshield, Hadestown

Andy Tootsie

Patrick Page, Hadestown

Jeremy Pope, Ain’t Too Proud

Ephraim Sykes, Ain’t Too Proud

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

Lilli Cooper, Tootsie

Amber Gray, Hadestown

Sara Styles, Tootsie

Ali Stroker, Oklahoma!

Mary Testa, Oklahoma!

 

United forced to cover cameras on seats after insisting they're NOT used for spying

PASSENGERS travelling with United, American Airlines and Delta will now find the cameras built into the in-flight entertainment screens covered up.

The airlines recently made the announcement despite previously denying the cameras were used for spying.

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Airlines are covering the cameras spotted on the screens

Earlier this year it was revealed that the entertainment systems located on the back of some airlines’ seats have small cameras built into them.

These are reportedly a common feature from manufacturers, who use standard tablets for the screens, and they are not activated.

According to a statement obtained by Fox News, a United Airlines spokeswoman claimed: "None of these cameras were ever activated, and we had no plans to use them in the future; however, we took the additional step to cover the cameras.

"The cameras are a standard feature that manufacturers of the system included for possible future purposes such as video conferencing."

Spotted by @sricola: sticker covers over the seat back cameras in United premium economy https://t.co/hXDsqBS5tl pic.twitter.com/hUGZQAXdXl

— nic nguyen (@itsnicolenguyen) April 26, 2019

Delta told Buzzfeed they would be adding the covers "as a visible way to reassure customers".

An American Airlines spokesperson also told the website they were installing covers for the cameras.

The new stickers were recently spotted by Twitter user Sri Ray while travelling on United Airlines.

Singapore Airlines dealt with a similar issue in February, when a passenger discovered a camera embedded in the in-flight monitor.

The cameras were discovered on the airlines' newer planes, Forbes reported.

Hi there, thank you for reaching out to us. We would like to share that some of our newer inflight entertainment systems provided by the original equipment manufacturers do have a camera embedded in the hardware. (1/2)

— Singapore Airlines (@SingaporeAir) February 17, 2019

The airline said on Twitter that the cameras are in "selected Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class."

At the time, the company said the cameras were disabled and that there were no plans to use them.

The Forbes report cited an airline spokesman interviewed in another paper that said the systems can be found on their Airbus 350, A-380 and other planes in the fleet.

The systems were produced by Panasonic.

Price comparison site icelolly.com is selling naked holidays for nudists

A MAJOR package holiday comparison site is now offering a number of holidays tailored for "naturists, nudists and swingers".

The holidays are listed under icelolly.com's Naked Holidays Collection, offering package deals to destinations around the world.

 Ice Lolly have released a number of nudist and naked holidays

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Ice Lolly have released a number of nudist and naked holidays

Examples include a five star nudist retreat in Mexico from £1699pp, to a week in Zante at a naturist resort from £339pp.

Others include an adults-only resort in Mexico with topless swimming pools and pole dancing, and a swingers' resort in Jamaica.

One hotel describes the hedonistic experience as an "adults-only playground" with "pure self indulgence of the body, spirit and soul, not for the faint-hearted."

Icelolly.com credit the increase in the unusual experiences to a number of TV shows, such as Channel 4's Naked Beach and Netflix's Bonding.

 Brits looking for a clothing-optional holiday can peruse the Naked Holiday Collection

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Brits looking for a clothing-optional holiday can peruse the Naked Holiday Collection

Claire Willoughby, product director at icelolly.com, said: "Naturist, nude and hedonistic holidays were seen as quite niche in the past, but it is a rapidly growing sector."

Brits looking for a new experience can spend seven nights in Rhodes at the Naturist Angel Nudist Hotel with return flights for just £316pp.

Otherwise a trip to Spain, with seven nights in Andalucia at the nudist Vera Playa Club hotel with return flights is just £284pp.

Naked or nudist holidays are on the rise across the board.

A clothing-optional cruise with Temptation launching next year, while a naturist home letting service NaturistBnB is already taking bookings.

Luton Airport staff to strike ahead of May Bank Holiday for 11 DAYS

LUTON Airport passengers are set to face over two weeks of travel disruption as security guards announce their intention to strike.

The strike, which will affect baggage checks and security across the airport, will start from tomorrow (Wed 1) at 4:30am and last until 8:59pm on May 5.

 Luton Airport security guards are to strike tomorrow

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Luton Airport security guards are to strike tomorrow

A second strike will then take place from May 7 at 4:30am to 8:59pm on May 13.

More than 96 per cent of workers voted to strike after a disagreement over shift patterns.

Unite claim that a new pattern, which will affect 120 security guards, will result in staff working an extra 15 days a year.

Unite regional officer, Jeff Hodge said: "Luton Airport is taking a very heavy- handed approach by trying to force security guards to work an extra 15 days.

 Travellers will face two weeks of disruption

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Travellers will face two weeks of disruption

"As a result the airport has now provoked strike action over the bank holiday weekend. "Security guards at Luton Airport work hard and have an incredibly important job to do.

"The airport needs to take responsibility for the staff shortages by doing what’s needed to recruit new staff rather than heaping all the burden on to its workforce.

Spanish airport strikes leave passengers stranded in Barajas, Madrid

"The union offered to put the strike on hold to allow talks to continue but management is pressing ahead with its changes.

"The airport now faces serious disruption over the bank holiday unless management urgently enters into genuine negotiations."

A Luton Airport spokesperson told Sun Online Travel: "We are disappointed Unite is pressing ahead with industrial action, however we have robust contingency plans in place to minimise disruption to passengers.

Most popular May Bank Holiday spots in Europe – and there are Airbnbs from £12pp

KRAKOW, Malaga and Palermo are among some of the hottest destinations for Brits looking to travel this May Bank Holiday weekend.

And for those looking for a last-minute getaway, there are still properties available from as little as £12 per person per night.

 Bed down in one of these dreamy apartments

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Bed down in one of these dreamy apartments

Comparing bookings for early May Bank Holiday travel in Europe, Airbnb has found that Krakow in Poland is the most popular destination this year.

The eastern European city has seen a 160 per cent increase in bookings compared to the same time last year.

Turin in Italy was the next most popular, seeing 100 per cent increase in bookings .

Joining it on the list is Palermo in Italy, which has seen 69 per cent increase in bookings.

Also on the list were three Spanish destinations – Malaga (83 per cent), Valencia (58 per cent) and Seville (57 per cent).

But despite their popularity, there are still gorgeous properties available to rent for the weekend ahead.

So for those looking for a spontaneous weekend away, here are the best places to stay:

Krakow, Poland

 This property will sleep up to four people

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This property will sleep up to four people

 There's a separate bedroom on the mezzanine

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There's a separate bedroom on the mezzanine

Krakow has seen the biggest surge in bookings on Airbnb in Europe, but this lovely property is still available from May 5.

It's perfect for families as it sleeps up to four people – there's a sofa bed in the lounge and a separate bedroom on a mezzanine.

The apartment is available from £46 per night, working out to just £11.50 per person.

Turin, Italy

 This spacious studio apartment will sleep up to four people

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This spacious studio apartment will sleep up to four people

 It's well positioned to explore the city

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It's well positioned to explore the city

This spacious property might look luxurious but it's available from a bargain rate of just £54 per night.

As it can sleep up to four people, it works out at just £13.50 per person.

It's well positioned for exploring the city as well – it's near Valentino Park and to explore other areas of Turin, it's also within walking distance to the Metro.

Malaga, Spain

 This Mongolian-style yurt makes an unusual holiday apartment

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This Mongolian-style yurt makes an unusual holiday apartment

 Guests will have access to the swimming pool on site as well

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Guests will have access to the swimming pool on site as well

For an unusual stay in Malaga, try this Mongolian-style yurt.

It's located in the Andalusian countryside, in the middle of the Los Montes de Malaga national park, giving you a chance to get away from it all.

The yurt sleeps two guests and starts from £47 per night, working out to £23.50 per person.

Palermo, Italy

 This room for two is inside a noble palace

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This room for two is inside a noble palace

 Guests will have access to a lovely roof terrace

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Guests will have access to a lovely roof terrace

This property is located in the heart of Palermo, inside a noble palace.

It's a self-contained room with bathroom, and you will have access to the communal kitchen and lounge.

The room starts from £38 per night for two people, working out to be £19 per person.

Valencia, Spain

 This airy apartment is in the centre of Valencia

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This airy apartment is in the centre of Valencia

 It can sleep up to four guests and is owned by a super host

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It can sleep up to four guests and is owned by a super host

For an apartment in the centre of Valencia, there's this Airbnb Plus apartment.

The owner is a trusted Super Host with five star reviews but this apartment is just £73 per night.

It sleeps four guests, meaning it costs just £18.25 per person.

Seville, Spain

 This luxurious apartment can sleep four people

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This luxurious apartment can sleep four people

 There's even a private rooftop pool

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There's even a private rooftop pool

On the pricier side of things is this apartment, sleeping up to four guests.

It features a terrace solarium with private pool and was recently renovated.

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Virginia Men’s Basketball Will Not Go to the White House

When the University of Virginia men’s basketball coach, Tony Bennett, announced Friday that his team would decline an invitation to celebrate its N.C.A.A. championship at the White House, he continued a trend of basketball champions’ spurning the traditional fete during the polarizing Trump administration.

In Virginia’s case, the move was particularly poignant as it highlighted widespread outrage over President Trump’s response to the white-nationalist rally two years ago in Charlottesville, the team’s hometown.

“We have received inquiries about a visit to the White House,” Mr. Bennett said in a statement posted to the team’s Twitter feed. “With several players either pursuing pro opportunities or moving on from U.V.A., it would be difficult, if not impossible to get everyone back together. We would have to respectfully decline an invitation.”

It was not immediately clear whether an invitation had already been extended or whether the two sides had engaged in any talks over a visit. Team and university spokesmen declined to comment Saturday. A White House spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.

Several members of the team have declared for June’s N.B.A. draft and are likely busy preparing for workouts with teams. This month, Virginia defeated Texas Tech in overtime, 85-77, to win the program’s first men’s national title.

However, several former and current players also appeared to make their anti-Trump sentiments known Friday in response to the announcement.

De’Andre Hunter — who hit a 3-pointer to force overtime against Texas Tech — tweeted Friday, “No thanks Trump.” The tweet was later deleted.

London Perrantes, who graduated from Virginia in 2017 and now plays professionally in France, tweeted an emoji indicating praise in response to Mr. Bennett’s statement.

“You’d have to be incredibly naïve to believe it was a scheduling conflict,” said Larry J. Sabato, the director of the university’s Center for Politics.

The N.B.A.’s Golden State Warriors, who have won two championships since Mr. Trump took office, have famously and loudly declined to entertain a White House visit. Many of the team’s most prominent members, including Stephen Curry and Coach Steve Kerr, have been openly critical of Mr. Trump. The league’s biggest star, LeBron James, campaigned for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and referred to Mr. Trump as a “bum” during a Twitter spat between Mr. Trump and Mr. Curry.

It is common for White House visits to quickly follow championships in college basketball, where teams win in early April and may graduate players soon after. N.B.A. teams generally schedule their visits to coincide with a game the next season against the Washington Wizards.

Baylor University, a Baptist school in Texas, announced that its championship women’s basketball team would celebrate at the White House on Monday with Mr. Trump.

A contingent of mostly white players from Clemson’s football team visited the White House one week after defeating Alabama for the national title in January — and were greeted by a now-infamous spread of fast food, paid for by the beaming president, he said, because the federal government was shut down at the time.

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Tony Bennett, the head coach of the University of Virginia’s men’s basketball team, cited scheduling issues in explaining why the team would not visit the White House.CreditSteve Helber/Associated Press

“We could have seen you in about two months, and I know a lot of you are off to all sorts of camps and they’re all checking you out,” Mr. Trump told the team during the visit.

Virginia was facing pressure from beyond its locker room. More than 15,000 people signed a petition, organized by a Virginia graduate, urging the team “to skip the White House visit in protest of Trump and his support of white supremacy.”

Charlottesville has become a byword for white nationalism since the summer of 2017, when neo-Nazis and white nationalists marched through town in protest of plans to remove Confederate statues. One of the protesters, who had expressed support for Nazi policies and violence against African-Americans, rammed his car through a crowd of counterprotesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Afterward, Mr. Trump defended the marchers, saying some of them were “very fine people.”

That comment resurfaced this past week when Joseph R. Biden Jr., the former vice president, invoked Charlottesville in announcing his presidential candidacy. Mr. Trump responded Friday by defending his remark.

In an interview on Saturday, Michael Signer, who was Charlottesville’s mayor at the time of the rally, said that until Mr. Trump’s comments on Friday, he thought the team should make its own choice about visiting the White House.

“A lot changed — everything changed — over the last day,” said Mr. Signer, a lecturer at the university.

Mr. Signer added that he expected that Virginia’s fans would support the team’s choice not to go.

“I trust Coach Bennett’s instincts entirely, both on the court and off,” he said. “And I think many Charlottesvillians will see this as a wise and judicious decision.”

It was not clear how Virginia reached its decision, but one member of the university’s powerful Board of Visitors — its version of a Board of Regents — said Saturday that the board as a whole had not been involved. The decision, though, was not that surprising to some Virginia supporters who are among the president’s sharpest critics.

“Trump has turned everything into a culture war,” said Terry McAuliffe, the former governor of Virginia who was in office during the deadly riot in Charlottesville. “The symbolism of the University of Virginia basketball team from Charlottesville going to the White House to see a president who condoned the racists, bigots and anti-Semites? I’m very happy Tony made this decision.”

Mr. McAuliffe, who attended the N.C.A.A. championship game in Minneapolis, said he took Bennett “at his word” regarding scheduling, but he said the coach had little choice.

“You cannot put Donald Trump and the word Charlottesville together again,” he said. “He failed us that day, he failed Virginia, he failed America and he failed the world.”

Virginia is the latest addition to a growing number of basketball champions — among Division I men’s, Division I women’s, the N.B.A. and the W.N.B.A. — to skip the White House during the Trump administration, though some were never officially invited. In fact, the Baylor’s women’s team will become the first basketball champion from those four leagues to visit Mr. Trump.

In contrast, President Barack Obama, a serious basketball fan, hosted many champions in the sport during his eight years in the White House and is known to play golf with Mr. Curry.

While champions in several other sports, both college and professional, have visited the White House during Mr. Trump’s tenure, basketball is perhaps notable for its dominance by African-American players and more progressive fans.

As of Saturday afternoon, Mr. Trump had not publicly addressed Virginia’s announcement.