Passenger 'forced to sit in her own pee during 7-hour flight'

A PASSENGER claimed she were forced to sit in a seat soaked in her own urine during a seven hour flight after crew refused to let her use the bathroom.

The 26-year-old woman was travelling from Dublin to Colombia with Air Canada last month when it happened.

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A woman wet herself after being banned from using the loo before a flightCredit: Alamy

She explained to Dublin Live that the first half of the flight from Dublin to Toronto was delayed for two hours.

Despite begging cabin crew to let her use the bathroom while they waited as it was an "emergency", they refused.

She said: "I asked four times over a two-hour period if I could use the toilet".

After being "aggressively" told to stay in her seat, she was unable to hold it in and wet herself on the seat.

She claimed she was then forced to sit in the seat, which was soaked with her urine, for the seven hour flight.

 The flight was delayed for two hours, where crew would not let her wee

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The flight was delayed for two hours, where crew would not let her weeCredit: Alamy

The Air Canada passenger said she was "completely humiliated" and was ignored by crew for the rest of the journey.

She also added that she tried to complain to the crew who refused to let her use the bathroom, only to find them "hidden at the back of the plane".

After landing in Toronto for a stopover, she was forced to pay for a hotel so she could clean herself up.

She also complained to the airline when she found out that another passenger had been allowed to use the bathroom during the delay.

Air Canada reportedly offered her flight vouchers for approximately £300 in compensation – which she refused as she would "never use it" after what happened.

Female American Airlines passenger told to pee in a bag as flushed nappy causes problems on plane

Couple's fury as firm cancels Thomas Cook replacement trip after charging £900

A COUPLE are furious after a firm sold them a replacement for their cancelled Thomas Cook holiday – then cancelled the replacement hours after charging them £900.

Several heartbroken holidaymakers have told The Sun Online that after their holidays were left in tatters by Thomas Cook's demise they bought replacement trips with Loveholidays.

 Calvin Jeff, 56, and Urszula Patela, 51, had their bookings cancelled in around five hours

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Calvin Jeff, 56, and Urszula Patela, 51, had their bookings cancelled in around five hours

But after having full payments taken from their banks, frustrated travellers had their trips cancelled just hours later.

The customers have also been left unable to find alternative travel as refunds take up to five working days to be returned to their accounts.

Calvin Jeff, 56, from Dumfries, Scotland, lost his £1,200 trip to Turkey with partner Urszula Patela, 51, when Thomas Cook went bust.

After booking a £900 replacement break for mid-October with Loveholidays, he was told the holiday had been cancelled around five hours later – with the money having already been taken from his account.

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He said: "It's added insult to injury, it's been another 40-odd phonecalls with no-one picking up just trying to sort another refund.

"Clearly the holiday wasn't confirmed but they took the money anyway.

"That's money we could be using to find another holiday which has been taken from us for absolutely nothing.

"If this is happening to hundreds of people then presumably that's also thousands of pounds passing through their accounts earning interest.

"Throughout all of this the focus on the customer has been non-existent it's just been about getting money, money, money."

£4,300 HOLIDAY CANCELLED WITHIN HOURS

Kevin Percy, 48, from Hucknall, Notts, paid nearly £4,500 for his holiday to Cancun, Mexico, in November before being left in turmoil when Thomas Cook folded.

He paid £4,300 for a replacement holiday with his partner Crystal, 38, only for it to be cancelled the next day, leaving him further in the lurch.

He said: "We're sick to the back teeth of the way we've been treated, it seems like it's all about getting the money and worrying about the customer service later.

"We're thousands of pounds down now and extremely angry at the amount of our time and energy that's being wasted as well.

"Luckily we were able to book another holiday while we waited for the refund from Loveholidays but for most people it would have left them completely in limbo."

Karen, 60, from Northumberland, booked her original Thomas Cook holiday to Cyprus through Loveholidays and was left disappointed again when her replacement holiday booked through the firm collapsed.

It is certainly not our intention to accept a customer’s payment and then not proceed to confirm their holiday.

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She said: "I was surprised they took the full payment before the holiday had even been confirmed and the communication was poor.

"The refund came through in the end without any problems but it's very disappointing to have gone through all that twice and be left without a holiday."

Thomas Cook's demise left 160,000 passengers stranded overseas and thousands more with ruined holiday plans.

Hotels across the world have also been left chasing debts left behind by the doomed firm.

Loveholidays said the UK holiday market has been left struggling to cope in the wake of the disaster and as a travel agent it needs to take money from customers in order to secure bookings on their behalf.

A spokeswoman said: "As already widely reported, the demise of Thomas Cook has caused significant volatility in the price and ​impacted the availability of flights with some airlines tripling or even quadrupling fares.

"In a small number of cases, loveholidays has been trying to book flights on behalf of customers and unfortunately the airline is simply unable to fulfil the request.

"This is highly frustrating for all concerned and not reflective of the service that ​has made us so popular with the public. We have brought in additional staff to help deal with this situation.

Thousands of Thomas Cook customers may WRONGLY think their holidays have been cancelled

"It is certainly not our intention to accept a customer’s payment and then not proceed to confirm their holiday. However, due the aforementioned issues with the airlines, this is something which is entirely outside of our control and is affecting a large number of travel agents​.

"We do sincerely apologise to any customer who have had their refund delayed, however please be assured that we are working as quickly as possible to ensure funds are returned in the quickest possible time.

Conde Nast Traveller's top 10 places to visit in 2020 includes PLYMOUTH & Galway

CONDE Nast Traveller has revealed the top destinations to travel to in 2020.

Surprisingly, two places in the UK make the list – Plymouth and Galway.

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Conde Nast Traveller have revealed the top places to visit in 2020Credit: Getty – Contributor

With Plymouth celebrating 400 years since the launch of the Mayflower and Galway being the 2020 European Capital of Culture, it is a great time to visit them both next year.

Other locations in Europe on the top list include Paris in France, thanks to a number of new hotel openings such as Soho House, and Egadi Islands in Sicily, which remain remarkably untouched by tourists.

With the 2020 Olympics also taking place next year, there are a number of great places to add to the bucket list.

We reveal the top ten places you should head to, according to the travel magazine.

1. Portland, Maine, US

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Portland in Maine is not to be confused with Portland in OregonCredit: Alamy

The harbour city of Maine is not to be confused with Portland in Oregon, despite both being popular locations for foodies.

This US city has an abundance of cuisines to choose from, such as locally caught seafood and Mexican tacos.

Newspaper fans can stay at The Press Hotel – where the Portland Press Herald was once headquartered.

2. Dakar, Senegal

 Dakar is the perfect spot to visit in West Africa

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Dakar is the perfect spot to visit in West AfricaCredit: Alamy

Located in West Africa, Dakar offers a combination of African and French architecture and culture.

Travellers can easily travel to the city thanks to flights with TAP Air and Iberia.

With the 30th Fashion Week next year in June, as well as the first design hotel of the city, Bantu Wax, the politically stable city is one to visit in 2020.

3. Plymouth, UK

 The British city is a foodie hub following the revamped Barbican

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The British city is a foodie hub following the revamped BarbicanCredit: Getty – Contributor

Plymouth was voted "one to watch" thanks to the influx of famous chefs at the Barbican including Marco Pierre White and Mitch Tonks.

The city in Devon is also celebrating 400 years since the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth to the US, with a number of celebrations planned throughout the year.

With some of the largest concentrations of cobbled streets in Britain, be sure to wear your comfortable walking shoes.

4. Salvador, Brazil

 Salvador is still popular with tourists despite the Amazon fires

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Salvador is still popular with tourists despite the Amazon firesCredit: Getty – Contributor

Brazil hit the headlines earlier this year following the Amazon fires, although experts claimed that tourism is as big as ever.

The capital Bahia recently launched a new metro line from the airport to the city centre, making it easier for visitors.

Art Deco fans will also enjoy the rich history and architecture of Salvador.

5. Paris, France

 The popular Paris has exciting new hotels opening next year

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The popular Paris has exciting new hotels opening next yearCredit: Getty – Contributor

While one of the most popular cities in the world, Paris is one to add to the bucket list next year thanks to a number of new hotels opening in the city.

A new Soho House will open in 2020 along with the Bulgari Hotel Paris.

Modern art fans can also head to the new Bourse de Commerce, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

6. Egadi Islands, Sicily

 The five Egadi islands all have something different to offer

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The five Egadi islands all have something different to offerCredit: Getty – Contributor

The five islands of Egadi in Sicily are special for their own reasons, and not just because they remain relatively untouched by tourists.

Favignana, shaped like a butterfly, is the largest and is easily biked around, while Levanzo, the smallest, is great for scuba divers thanks to the Roman shipwreck remains.

The other three have their own stories – Marettimo was once considered to be the home of Odysseus.

7. Siargao, Philippines

 Siargao is the new Bali just without the tourists

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Siargao is the new Bali just without the touristsCredit: Getty – Contributor

Siargao is Bali before the tourists came, according to experts.

Just one tenth of the size, surfers flock to try the famous Cloud 9 barrelling wave on the shores.

There are a number of eco-hotels and establishments on the main island as well as the nearby islets.

8. Kyoto, Japan

 Japan is to face an influx of tourists thanks to the 2020 Olympics

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Japan is to face an influx of tourists thanks to the 2020 OlympicsCredit: Getty – Contributor

Brits will be flocking to Japan next year thanks to the 2020 Olympics.

The games have meant that a number of new hotels are opening in the capital.

But it's worth detouring to Kyoto, which offers authentic Japanese experiences including onsen bathing and ryokan-inspired homes.

9. Galway, Ireland

 The Irish city is the 2020 European Capital of Culture

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The Irish city is the 2020 European Capital of CultureCredit: Getty – Contributor

Galway is also having a moment next year having been voted 2020's European Capital of Culture.

The Irish west-coast city will host numerous events featuring high-profile celebrities, including Margaret Atwood on the International Women's Day march.

The world's longest oyster festival, having run for 65 years, will take place later in the year.

10. Kangaroo Island, Australia

 Kangaroo Island is home to amazing wildlife

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Kangaroo Island is home to amazing wildlifeCredit: Getty – Contributor

Just 70 miles from South Australia, Kangaroo Island is home to its own sub-species of the animal it is named after.

A third of the island is protected due to the local wildlife.

Eco-warriors will be able to reduce their cabin footprint thanks to new eco-tents and hotels opening next year.

9 Ways to Instantly Free Up Space on Your Phone

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You never want to see the dreaded “storage almost full” message pop up on your phone. That means you’ve filled up your phone with so much stuff—apps, docs, photos, videos, secret files—that you can’t cram anything else on it, leading to questions like these: Which apps should you delete first? Do you really need every photo from the last five years? Why even bother downloading music in the streaming era, anyway?

But here’s the good news: Just as it’s shockingly easy to accumulate all that crap very quickly, it’s actually pretty simple to get rid of it without having a breakdown. So here are the most straightforward (and surprising) ways to free up a ton of space on your phone.

If You Have an iPhone:

First thing’s first: What’s the level of urgency here? If your iPhone hasn’t given you a warning message about your storage almost being full, or being full, you could have some time on your hands. But it’s probably smart to do a check anyway, in case you suddenly run out of space while trying to capture a once-in-a-lifetime photo.

1. Set up iCloud Photos, stat.

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iCloud keeps all your photos and videos in their original high-res format, and when you sign up, Apple automatically gives you 5 GB of free storage space. You’ll have to pay up for additional space, but the cost is easy to stomach: Plans start at 99 cents for 50 GB per month. Small price to pay for all that space and some peace of mind.

But a word of caution: iCloud does not automatically back up your photos in the sense you’d normally think, because any changes you make on one device will be mirrored across others, like your iPad or Mac. So deleting a photo from your phone will delete it elsewhere. To prevent that, make sure you keep backup copies of everything important.

📲 On your device, with iOS 10.3 or later installed, go to Settings > (your name) > iCloud > Photos. Select “Download and “Keep Originals” and import them to your computer.

Another way to save space is to compress the size of your files. Since photos and videos are already saved in their original hi-res version in iCloud, you can save space on your iPhone with the “Optimize Storage setting.

📲 Tap Settings > (your name) > iCloud. Then, tap Photos > Choose Optimize iPhone Storage.

If you don’t want to pay for anything beyond 5 GB of storage, you can make like an Android user and download Google Photos, which gives users unlimited space for high quality photos and videos and has an option to delete everything on your phone that’s already backed up. But if you want the original, highest resolution of the photos, you’ll have to pay once you get up to 100 GB. That’ll cost you $1.99 per month.

2. Buy a MicroSD reader for Lightning.


This method might bring back memories of floppy disks and flash drives, but you should consider buying a MicroSD Reader with a lightning connection to plug into newer iPhones. Basically, the deal is exactly the same as with a USB drive: plug it in, move files to the external memory card, and now you can take them anywhere and remove them from the actual device, freeing up space and avoiding cloud fees. You’ll have to buy both the reader and a MicroSD card of your choosing. It’s basically a hack to mimic the SD card slots that many Android phones have.

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3. Delete your apps without mercy.

Start dumping the pre-installed ones that you never use, like the compass (come on), stocks (if you’re not into investing) or voice memos (if you’re not a songwriter). After that, you’ll have some tough decisions, but there’s some quantitative data you can unlock to make it a bit easier.

📲 Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > tap “Manage Storage” and you’ll get a full report on which apps are taking up the most space.

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4. Delete conversations from years ago.

For some truly awful reason, Apple’s software keeps the logs of all your texts stored on your phone by default. So if you’ve had the same phone for three years, you can imagine the world’s longest grocery store receipt of your full conversations with your ex from two years ago, or every time your mom asked you what you were up to.

📲 Go to Settings > Messages > Message History > Keep Messages > then select a time frame of 30 days, one year, or forever.

Magically, the old messages disappear and free up space you should have had all along.

5. Subscribe to Apple Music if you haven’t already.

It’s worth the money. For students, it’s $4.99 per month; for individuals, it’s $9.99; for a family plan with access for up to six users, it’s $14.99. Pro tip: If you’re an adult without your own family (or your family members use flip phones), just round up some friends and split the cost.

You can stream up to 50 million songs ad-free, so you’ll never need to download music unless you have an extremely limited data plan or you’re taking a long flight. (But even then, lots of airlines have WiFi now.) You can add your favorite songs to a library in the cloud, and if you choose to, you can download select songs and albums to your device.

Plus, Apple Music is also now available to Android users. Speaking of …

If You Have an Android Device:

Depending on the type of Android phone you have, these instructions may slightly vary. For reference, I tested these tips out on a maxed-out, 64-GB Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in desperate need of a cleanse.

6. Use a cloud-based photo app.

It’s pretty likely that you’ll have Google Photos and Google Drive installed on your device by default, considering Google’s dominance over Android software, so you really just need to create an account. (Scroll up to the first tip in the Apple section of this article for more on cloud services).

7. Clear your cache.

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Android phones often store cached versions of websites—a version of a webpage or app at a certain point in time that serves as a backup if a link is broken. That way, you can still see the most recent version. On phones, that also means faster load times, as websites are already partially stored.

The downer, of course, is that cached pages take up tons of space—and you don’t really need them. If there are some sites or apps that you know take particularly long to load, you can leave ’em alone and cleanse your cache on an app-by-app basis.

📲 If you’re looking for a quick fix, go to Settings > Storage (or Device Maintenance > Storage) and select “Optimize Now.” Watch as your phone cleans up advertisement files, cached data and more.

That freed up another 2.3 GB on my Samsung.

8. Purge your Downloads folder.

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Most Android phones now come with a built-in file management system. To find the Downloads folder, in particular, check under Settings or try searching on the Apps page.

Once inside your settings look for the Downloads folder. Just know it’s going to look a bit nightmarish in there, full of tons of unnecessary, potentially embarrassing files. You’ve been warned.

There’s always the option to delete files one by one, but if you’ve already set up a backup process hosted on a cloud-based service (see tip #1), you’re safe to Select All and press Delete. It feels scary at first, but it’s worth the leap. I had 144 files to delete, so I’m definitely happy I had the option to wipe ’em all. That freed up just about 1 GB of space.

9. Move your apps to an SD card.

Just because you have an SD card, that doesn’t mean you’re using it correctly. If there’s one thing to take away from this article, let it be that all Android users with an SD card should scoot those storage-hungry apps from internal memory to the memory card.

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On my phone, I had over 40 GB of app data saved on my internal drive, which was making it so hard to download any new apps that I constantly had to delete one to make room. I even got a warning message that my storage was so full that my phone’s performance would decline as a result. Yikes.

📲 Move those suckers to the SD card by going to Settings > Applications > Application Manager > then tap the app you want to move > select “Move to SD card.”

If the app can’t be moved from the device, the button that says “Move to SD card” will be grayed out.

And if none of these tips help, maybe it’s truly just time for an upgrade.

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Christian Coleman Wins Track Gold Amid Doping Test Controversy

DOHA, Qatar — Christian Coleman has earned the right to be called the fastest man in the world, but some question whether he even should have been in the running.

Coleman, a 23-year-old American, sailed to victory on Saturday night in the men’s 100-meter final at the world track and field championships, easily outdistancing the field in 9.76 seconds — the best time in the world this year. But Coleman’s inclusion in the race was debated in the buildup to the race, which lacked pizazz without the presence of Usain Bolt.

After Coleman missed three drug tests in a one-year period, the U.S. Anti-Doping Association charged him with a violation this summer that could have resulted in a two-year ban. But because of a rule that called for one of those missed tests to be backdated outside the one-year period, Usada dropped its charges against him and cleared him to compete.

Coleman grew up in Atlanta before competing in college at Tennessee and has maintained his innocence, going so far as to release a video on YouTube called “My Perspective.” In a news release earlier this month, Usada said that Coleman had been drug tested 20 times since 2018.

After Saturday’s race, Coleman said he was aware of his naysayers.

“It’s pretty disheartening to know that there are people out there saying things, especially when they don’t know me personally at all,” he said, adding: “I thought logic would prevail. But obviously people just think what they want to think. So I can’t spend much time explaining a situation to people who aren’t interested in the truth.”

Michael Johnson, the four-time Olympic gold medalist who now works as a commentator, has been among Coleman’s harshest critics.

“It completely disqualifies him, at this point, from ever being that face of the sport,” Johnson told BBC Sport before the start of the world championships. “This will follow him, as it should.”

It was the first major 100-meter final without Bolt since 2005, and fans were scattered inside Khalifa International Stadium, leaving huge patches of empty seats. The upper deck was covered with a tarp. Doha may not be the most accessible destination for track fans, but Bolt, the most decorated sprinter on the planet, was an enormous draw before he retired in 2017.

If nothing else, the sport has not figured out how to fill his void — or find a new face. Coleman’s topsy-turvy month leading into the race did not help.

“There doesn’t necessarily have to be one face,” Coleman said. “I’m just happy to be a part of that group.”

Justin Gatlin, who has his own polarizing past, placed second in 9.89 seconds, and Andre De Grasse of Canada was third.

Akani Simbine of South Africa, who finished fourth, was asked whether Coleman should have been allowed to compete.

“I’d rather not comment on that,” he said.

Gatlin, a 37-year-old American and a two-time world champion in the 100 meters, has twice served bans for doping violations, most recently from 2006 to 2010. He has been a constant presence on the global stage since then, however, and he indicated after Saturday’s race that he was already looking ahead to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, when he will be 38.

“But right now,” he said, “all I’m thinking about is some beer, some pizza, some hot dogs, kick my feet up and watch some cartoons with my son and enjoy myself a little bit before I get started for Tokyo 2020.”

Disgusted passengers catch woman brushing her wig using the tray table

PLANE passengers were left horrified after a woman removed her wig during a flight – and combed it over the tray table.

Many said it was "disgusting" and "gross" that she was doing it in public.

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A passenger was caught brushing her weave during the flightCredit: Instagram

The woman, whose identity has been hidden, was exposed on Instagram account Passenger Shaming, which regularly shares images of badly behaving passengers.

In the picture, the woman has taken off her weave and tucked it into the tray table.

It's held in place by the latch so it stays in place while she attempts to comb it.

The man sitting next to her looks over at her as she brushes the hair.

 Social media users slammed the woman for brushing the hair in public

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Social media users slammed the woman for brushing the hair in publicCredit: Instagram

The image, captioned "don't mind me, just combing the airplane for my wig," has been liked over 5,500 times, and has left social media users conflicted.

An Instagram user said: "Anything you would do in your bathroom don’t do in public."

One woman said: "For a moment she was my hero; I thought she slammed an over-the-seat-hair-hanger’s hair in the tray. But nah. Just another flying freak."

Another added: "Now that’s disgusting."

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However, others thought it wasn't that awful.

One social media user said: "I wouldn’t do it personally, but it’s not a hanging offence. Also, the whole world is real dirty."

Someone else wrote: "I see nothing wrong with this at all. The only thing that’s wrong is the extensions are now dirty from the table."

Former flight attendant Shawn Kathleen who runs the account hit back at people who thought it wasn't that bad, saying: "If you're cool with hair on the surface you eat off of, awesome!"

Hotel chef arrested after ‘using cannabis as a flavour for his dishes’

A CELEBRITY chef has been arrested after he was caught using cannabis to "experiment with new flavours".

Chef Carmelo Chiaramonte is famous in Italy as a TV personality and a chef at the Katane Palace Hotel in Sicily.

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A celebrity chef has been arrested after being caught using cannabis in his food

He told police that he was working on the new flavours for "contemporary cuisine" according to The Local Italy.

Carmelo, who hosted a TV cooking show, was found in the possession of two large marijuana plants and 1kg of Indian hemp.

Other items found at his home included cannabis-infused wine, coffee, olives and tuna, which were taken by police.

In one of the shows called "Immoral Recipes and Aphrodisiac Foods," he previously said that cooks were like a "drug addict and an alchemist".

 Carmelo Chiaramonte is famous in Italy for his cooking programmes

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Carmelo Chiaramonte is famous in Italy for his cooking programmes

 He was also a chef at a hotel in Sicily

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He was also a chef at a hotel in Sicily

The chef, who lives in the village of Trecastagni near Mount Etna, told police that he was an "agro-food consultant for third millennium cuisine".

He has been released pending a trial.

Hotels in the US are offering food and drink infused with cannabis to be delivered to your door.

Nine states have legalised the sale of cannabis oil – something which is not currently legal in Italy.

Meet the marijuana-growing NUNS who rake in £850,000 a year selling cannabis-based products

Maisie Williams And Boyfriend Reuben Selby Match Their Outfits And Their Make-Up

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Celebrities twinning with their other half is something we’ve grown accustomed to: Britney and Justin in head-to-toe double denim, Posh and Becks (as they were then known) in head-to-toe leather, and more recently, Hailey and Justin in head-to-toe comfies.

But this weekend Maisie Williams and her boyfriend Reuben Selby took things up a notch by matching their outfits AND their make-up.

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The Game of Thrones actress and her creative and model agent other half sat in fully-coordinated glory on the front row of the Thom Browne show in Paris, sharing the benches with Cardi B and Anna Wintour.

The outfits, both by Browne (of course) consisted of almost-but-not-quite-identical checked suits (hers with a mini-skirt, his with shorts), black leather shoes, neck-ties on white shirts and black knee-high socks, both with white stripes across only the left one. We stan for the attention to detail.

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The cherry on top was the make up look, with Williams and Selby both working a mirror image of each other’s bare glowing skin and bright, bold wash of coral-pink eyeshadow. A look that would not be out of the place on the catwalk they perched on, the statement colour was applied up towards the eyebrows and cheekbones, giving it a bold 80s feel.

This isn’t the first time the fashion-forward couple have showed us matching can be as cool as it is cute. Back in June when Williams was sporting pink hair, Selby hit the bottle too as they posed with their co-ordinated bubblegum locks (and all white outfits) for a friend’s wedding.

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With Selby also heavily involved in the design of William’s most recent Emmy’s dress (alongside JW Anderson) it seems the bounds of the young pair’s sartorial partnerships are endless. We can’t wait for the couple’s next collaboration.

Tea Tree Oil Is Back, But Is It Still The Best Option For Acne?

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Tea tree oil has been used to treat blemishes for as long as we’ve been alive, but in a world where advanced ingredients and next-gen formulas steal all the focus, is it still the best option for tackling problem-prone skin?

To call tea tree oil the OG of the skincare world wouldn’t be an understatement – in fact, it’s been used to heal wounds and aid with minor illnesses for centuries. Fast-forward to more recent years, and it’s likely you’ve already used tea tree oil to treat your skin at some point, whether it was a well-steeped cotton bud administered to teenage breakouts, or a spot cream laced with this natural bacteria-fighting powerhouse.

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But when those max-strength tubes of benzoyl peroxide and potent salicylic acid spot creams are winking at you from the aisles (not to mention the new guard of cute blemish stickers), has humble tea tree oil been replaced by more efficacious newcomers?

Not if the latest skin launches are anything to go by. From new (and Liberty-approved) brand Skin Regimen, to Insta-famous Disciple Skincare, several brands are returning focus to this humble natural oil. So, what’s behind the revival, and should we be placing tea tree back in our bathroom cabinets?

What is tea tree oil?

Simply speaking, tea tree is an essential oil extracted from a small tree native to Australia. It has a strong, camphorous odour, and can be pale yellow or clear in its pure state.

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Can tea tree oil help with acne?

According to Kirsty Eaton, National Trainer at Skin Regimen, tea tree is still an effective weapon in the fight against acne. ‘It contains compounds with an effective antibacterial action, so reduces the chance of imperfections by killing the bacteria that causes them.’

Indeed, studies have proven that tea tree oil naturally possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, meaning it can both reduce the acne-causing bacteria on your skin and calm any irritation that has already set in.

Are there any downsides to using tea tree oil?

However, just because tea tree oil is a natural product, it doesn’t mean you should apply it to aggravated skin with abandon. ‘Using too much tea-tree oil can be damaging and it should not be ingested as it is poisonous,’ warns Eaton. ‘With that in mind though, it’s important to remember that products containing tea tree oil have been carefully formulated to be safely used as directed.’

Tea tree oil for skin and acne

Filippo Fortis

Is tea tree oil the best option for acne and blemishes?

Several studies have shown that tea-tree oil is just as effective as benzoyl peroxide at reducing the severity of acne – although it takes longer to see the same results. As Eaton explains, the benefit of using tea tree oil is that it is much more gentle and less irritating for the skin.

What’s more, tea tree is a great team player, and can be used alongside skin-clearing ingredients such as mild AHAs and BHAs – think glycolic or salicylic acid – to deliver a holistic treatment for easily congested skin. ‘By combining tea tree with an alpha hydroxy acid you can keep the skin clear of dead skin cells,’ says Eaton.

Even better, tea tree oil can deliver bonus benefits that benzoyl peroxide can’t. ‘Tea tree is a powerful antioxidant while benzoyl is not,’ explains Nataliya Robinson, holistic facialist and Founder of Quantum Botanika. ‘It can create free radical formation, so it may be that the spot will go quicker, but this ingredient will highly irritate the skin surrounding the spot and possibly create free radicals that can lead to skin cell damage.’

Tea tree oil for acne

Matteo Scarpellini

How to use tea tree oil for acne

When using tea tree oil to treat breakouts or acne, you have options. Either apply it neat, in its pure state, or look for a product that contains it.

When using a bottle of pure tea tree oil, Robinson advises applying it via a cotton bud directly to dry skin, diluting with water or aloe vera if your complexion is easily sensitised. Alternatively, try blending a few drops of pure tea tree into your regular moisturiser or serum.

If you don’t fancy becoming your own dermatologist, you can reach for one of the best new tea-tree oil products for acne on the market. A far cry from the sticky, smelly gels of old, these next-gen innovations combine this wonder extract with a host of soothing and clearing ingredients to deliver consistent, reliable benefits to your skin.

Virgin's new A350 has its best economy seats yet and there's no painful ear pop

VIRGIN Atlantic’s brand new Airbus A350-1000 has taken flight this month, promising customers a cocktail of comfort, luxury and technology.

And the new aircraft features big upgrades across all three cabins as I found aboard one of its first flights from London to New York.

 Virgin's first A350 is called Red Velvet

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Virgin's first A350 is called Red Velvet

The first thing all passengers will notice when boarding is the wider and taller cabin, made possible thanks to the new composite material Airbus is using.

It means more room for passengers and a more spacious feel to the cabin.

The cabin is also pressurised to a much lower altitude for a more comfortable flight – it's especially good for babies and young kids as your ears are less likely to pop.

In Economy, super-thin chairs leave plenty of legroom, while the screens are now a whopping 11.6 inches – that’s even bigger than Virgin’s old Upper Class screens.

As well as over 100 hours of movies and 300 hours of TV shows, a new tail cam offers all customers an incredible high definition live view from outside of the aircraft.

Plus, if passengers want to watch a movie but still see where they are on the map, you can now pair your smartphone or tablet to use as a second screen.

 The economy seats now offer more legroom

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The economy seats now offer more legroomCredit: Virgin Atlantic

 Passengers can see their journey via the tail cam

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Passengers can see their journey via the tail cam

There’s the obligatory USB port for charging, more storage and a six-point adjustable headrest for trying to get some shut-eye.

Passengers in the middle of the plane will find a redesigned Premium cabin with custom leather seats, multiple USB ports and a larger 13.3 inch screen.

While in Virgin’s famous Upper Class, it’s a world of luxury.

Here, guests will have their own private booth in the sky with seats, complete with an 18.5-inch touch screen.

Almost as soon as you’re in the air, Virgin Atlantic’s world-class flight attendants get busy preparing your food. Options included a prawn salad, Hertfordshire short rib and a chocolate hazelnut tart.

 Upper Class is completely lie flat

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Upper Class is completely lie flatCredit: Virgin Atlantic

 Every Upper Class passenger gets an eco-friendly amenity bag

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Every Upper Class passenger gets an eco-friendly amenity bag

 Probably the best pie in the sky

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Probably the best pie in the sky

Plastic containers are none-existent in the Upper Class cabin. Instead, you are given proper metal knives and forks with actual plates. Having a cup of tea? You get it in a real mug.

Virgin’s iconic bar area has been replaced by The Loft. The airline’s largest in-air communal space yet, it feels more like a hotel lobby than a pub, making it a better space for those who don’t drink.

And if the personal 18.5 inch screen in front of the lie flat seat isn’t big enough, then Upper customers can connect bluetooth headphones to The Loft’s 32 inch screen.

Daniel Kerzner, Virgin's vice president of customer, told Sun Online Travel: "We’ve been working on this project for over four years.

 The Loft is perfect for mingling

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The Loft is perfect for minglingCredit: Virgin Atlantic

"We’ve looked at every detail of the aircraft from the upper class suites, the Loft social space, premium seats to the economy cabin.

"What’s really unique for us at Virgin Atlantic is that it’s our most comfortable economy cabin ever.

"The screens in economy are actually bigger than the Upper Class screens in the rest of our fleet. We’ve really tried to give our passengers the best experience we can.”

Virgin Atlantic has 12 Airbus A350-1000s on order with all due to be in operation by 2021.

For now, you can catch them between Heathrow and NYC, with LA receiving the A350 from next year.