Love Island star Laura Anderson claims age discrimination cost her job opportunities


A UK reality star has blasted the age discrimination she says has cost her jobs and led to online abuse.

Though just 31, Love Island’s Laura Anderson is trolled on social media for being “past it”.

Now the former air hostess is calling out the double standard that sees men celebrated no matter their age, The Sun reports.

“I get called a ‘wrinkly, washed-up has-been’ or they’ll say, ‘You don’t look a day over 50’, tell me I’m ‘past it’ or ask, ‘Why are you in a club? Go home, Grandma’,” Laura said.

“If I’m pictured with a guy, they’ll say I look like I could be his mum. There is this obsession with age and so much judgment over a woman’s appearance, which men simply don’t get.

“When a man is single at a certain age he’s ‘sought-after’ or ‘eligible’. If he has grey hair and lines, he’s seen as wise and distinguished. Men are said to get better with age but women are pressured to remain eternally youthful.”

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Laura, of Scotland, said she is dismayed by the assumption that her goal should be to “find a man” and settle down and that she must fear her biological clock is ticking.

“I get people saying I must be ‘desperate’ because of my age and not being married and that hurts. It’s the opposite of what I am. I’m independent and I’ve been quite lucky with men.

“I’ve had lovely relationships. I know my worth and I’m definitely not desperate. I’m pretty happy by myself, thanks very much, and yet people feel sorry for me.”

Laura said she gets comments on Instagram saying, ‘I can’t believe you’re single, you’re going to meet the man of your dreams someday’.”

“That can feel patronising,” she added.

She explained that she once felt “ashamed” of her appearance.

“We have this thing that finding your perfect man is the be-all and end-all. But I’d have hoped that was all changing by now. When the time comes, I can be the best mother I can be because I’ve been able to have all these life experiences. I’m chilled about it and I trust the process. There’s no need to rush.”

Laura had never given ageing a second thought until she joined the 2018 series of Love Island UK and found, at 29, she was the oldest in the show.

At times she felt out of place and was shocked when she left the Majorcan villa to discover there had been a public debate over whether she was in fact older than she claimed.

“I just hadn’t experienced ageism before. But on the island it became very apparent that I was the older girl,” she said.

“When I learned that my dad had to get my birth certificate to show I wasn’t lying about my age, it was horrible.

“After the show people would compare me with the other girls and they would definitely get jobs over me because they were younger.”

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‘TOO OLD’ FOR A JOB

Laura recalls a top fashion brand dropped her from its campaign because it said she was too old for its market.

“I was so excited to join some of the other Love Island girls to work with this brand, which I loved to wear,” she said.

“Unfortunately, it was explained to my agent that my age demographic didn’t tie in and that on this occasion – not that I’d ever get any younger – it couldn’t commit to us working together.

“I felt, for a second, ashamed of my appearance and my years on this planet.”

There is no question that Laura looks different to when she appeared on TV but she would rather not discuss the treatments she has had done for fear of “glamorising it”. However she does admit to regretting some of them.

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“I definitely feel pressure being in the public eye. There are so many treatments thrown at us for free that it can be tempting. I’ve made a few mistakes in the past,” Laura admitted.

“I’m trying really hard now to do things the safer and healthier way.

“All these things come with so many dangers. I had my boobs done and then reduced and now I’m left with these huge scars. If I could turn back time, I wouldn’t have bothered in the first place. For now, I am just trying to go back to basics with facials and skincare. I’m not going to be the same as I was when I was 20 and I am OK with that.”

Fashion brands H&M and Mango regularly work with older models and Laura wants to see more follow suit.

“I did see a campaign recently with a woman who had long, grey hair. I only noticed it because it doesn’t happen that often so it would be nice for it to be normalised,” she said.

“There has been a huge shift in advertising regarding body shapes and sizes and racial diversity, but ageism seems to be a bit slow with changes.”

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Laura is single since splitting from boyfriend Tom Brazier, 37, a fitness coach, last year.

She returned to Scotland and works as a newspaper columnist and is training to be a TV presenter.

“Tom was looking to settle down. I’m not very good at hurting people. I would prefer to be dumped than do the dumping. But I had to be honest and take control of my life and go with my gut.

“He’s a good guy and we’re still very much friends but I just knew it wasn’t right. He was upset and I genuinely did love him and want him to be happy. It was one of the most awful things I’ve done.

“Moving up to Scotland was quite a big decision for me but it’s been a good move so far.”

Laura has changed her mindset so that she now looks at getting older as a privilege.

She says: “I wish I could tell my younger self to enjoy the moment more and stop stressing.

“The whole journey is part of the fun and as I’m getting older, my outlook on life is becoming a little bit younger.

“I’m worrying less about what people think and I’m trusting myself a lot more. No one knows how to live your life better than you.”

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OWN TV Host Dr. Laura Berman’s Son Dead at 16 After Apparent Overdose – E! Online


Dr. Laura Berman is mourning the loss of her teenage son.

On Monday, Feb. 8, the New York Times best-selling author and sex therapist confirmed on Instagram that her 16-year-old son Samuel Berman Chapman passed away from a drug overdose.

“My beautiful boy is gone. 16 years old. Sheltering at home. A drug dealer connected with him on Snapchat and gave him fentanyl laced Xanax and he overdosed in his room,” Dr. Berman shared on social media. “They do this because it hooks people even more and is good for business but it causes overdose and the kids don’t know what they are taking. My heart is completely shattered and I am not sure how to keep breathing. I post this now only so that not one more kid dies.”

The Language of Love podcast host added, “We watched him so closely. Straight A student. Getting ready for college. Experimentation gone bad. He got the drugs delivered to the house. Please watch your kids and WATCH SNAPCHAT especially. That’s how they get them.”





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Jack Sock married, Laura Little, no masks, photos, reaction


America continues to find itself in the gripes of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cases and deaths are still soaring more than half a year after the deadly virus landed on its shores. The virus has griped the entire world and forced many into a new way of living.

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One tennis star however raised eyebrows after sharing several photos of his glamorous wedding to his partner over the weekend in South Carolina.

American Jack Sock and partner Laura Little had originally planned on having 150 guests at their magical day, unfortunately those numbers took a hit due to the pandemic.

The two tied the knot at The Ocean Course Clubhouse on the barrier Island of Kiawah, south of Charleston. Charleston County has recorded more than 22,000 COVID-19 cases with 316 deaths.

What captured the attention of many however was the fact not a single mask could be seen on any of the guests in attendance at the luxurious wedding.

New York Times reporter Ben Rothenberg couldn’t help but point out how governments around the world were in the middle of debating if it were safe to bring tennis stars to their shores. The timing of Sock’s photos could not have come at a worse time.

“As governments around the world contemplate if tennis players can be trusted to act responsibly during a pandemic (specifically the men, really), I can’t think that an ATP player posting photos of his completely undistanced wedding helps their case. (Mazel tov, but yikes),” Rothenberg tweeted.

The tweet from Rothenberg garnered a host of angry reactions from fans, who couldn’t believe another male star had shown complete disregard for the deadly virus.

One user wrote: “It’s truly amazing to me how the men in tennis just don’t give a single f*** about this virus.”

Another wrote: “Are there any athletes more entitled than tennis players?”

A third added: “Selfish, ignorant, ugly behaviour. Par for the course when it comes to male tennis players.”

The Australian Open has been pushed back to a February 8 start time, after concerns over hosting the event too soon after Victoria had endured a second wave.

The revised 2021 ATP Tour calendar included the later start to the first Grand Slam of the year with a series of lead-up events also to be played in Melbourne at the end of January.

Australian Open men’s qualifying will take place from 10-13 January in Doha, and the allocated dates of 15-31 January will then allow for travel and a 14-day quarantine period for all players and support staff travelling to Melbourne.

The controlled environment quarantine period will enable players to prepare ahead of a 12-team ATP Cup in Melbourne, which will be played alongside the relocated Adelaide International, as well as an additional ATP 250 tournament, all held in Melbourne.

The Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season, will follow from 8-21 February.



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Havas New York CEO Laura Maness: Listen, Learn, and Lead


LAURA MANESS: There was such an emphasis for me personally for many years, and I think what I realized through that journey is that had I put that same level of attention and focus on truly fighting for justice and really prioritizing and putting the emphasis on our black and BIPOC employees, where would we be?

PORTER BRASWELL: From HBR Presents, this is Race at Work – the show where we explore how race affects our careers AND our lives. I’m Porter Braswell. I left a Wall Street career to start a company called Jopwell – because I wanted to help corporate America build a more diverse workforce. Each week, we talk to a different leader about their journey with race, equity, and inclusion. These are the conversations we don’t usually have at work. But this show is a safe place to share and learn from each other.

PORTER BRASWELL: Do you ever think about the people who create the ads we all talk about? Do you ever wonder how their backgrounds and experiences influence their work? Work that can be so influential to our culture? This week, Laura Maness is here to talk about the business case for improving racial representation in the advertising industry. Laura is the CEO of Havas New York – one of the world’s largest and most influential ad agencies. Their work has included campaigns for BIG brands like Dos Equis, IBM, Unilever, and Citigroup – to name just a few. Our conversation started with Havas’s recent efforts to make its culture more inclusive and equitable.

PORTER BRASWELL: Let’s get into a little bit the recent movements that have happened within Havas. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, I believe Havas went out and did a survey around understanding your employees’ race within the U.S. Out of the 4,000 employees, it revealed that six percent were black and just under three percent of the executives are black. When you saw those numbers, what was your first, honest reaction?

LAURA MANESS: It’s a starting point. Releasing the data was really about understanding where we are – to see where we can go. Clearly the mix needs to shift. We released our “Commit to Change” plan, I believe it was in the middle of July. And really took a 360 view on the level of inherent bias that is part of really every aspect of the company. It’s in our community. It’s in society. I think to really understand that, at the most intimate level, it was about starting with our employees and having one on one conversations with hundreds of people to really understand what it’s like and focusing at home first. There’s a tendency to – we’re fixers and we’re fighters. People want to immediately take action and write a check or do things that claim the narrative. For us, it was about a much more thoughtful 360 approach to unpacking those experiences and trying to listen and learn and understand what we need to do. This is not designed to be a short-term fix. There are things that are in the plan that don’t cost anything. It’s about focus and prioritization and intention and driving accountability at scale.

PORTER BRASWELL: Yes but what was your first personal reaction? I understand, from a corporate perspective, it was – this is a starting place, so here are the things we have to do. But that moment when you saw it, take us inside of your personal thoughts. Were you shocked? Were you not surprised? What hit you?

LAURA MANESS: I was definitely taken aback, but not shocked because I think it’s clear, just in the numbers and we had several employees that hadn’t self-identified. It hadn’t been a requirement. Even to be able to transparently share and release the data we had to unpack some of the systems that enable us even collecting that. Really understanding where we are and recognizing that we need to accelerate change for all the programming and efforts to build a culture of consciousness and creativity and to not have it equally represented is unforgivable and it needs to change.

PORTER BRASWELL: What was it that sparked, we have to now address it? Whether it’s Havas or the larger ad industry more broadly, the lack of representation has always been a challenge. So why now?

LAURA MANESS: The level of intensity and I think the events of George Floyd certainly refocused. We had, like I said, for years we’ve had an all-in global DE&I [diversity, equity, and inclusion] approach. We’ve always believed, as a company, and even personally, I’ve railed against a bit a single role, owning the accountability for this. This is a shared accountability. It needs to be owned by every single person in the company and every single leader, in order to drive the impact and change. When we reflected on our all-in approach and across our US agencies what was the focus. And here we are in New York as the flagship, role modeling behavior on behalf of the globe. And realizing that for the efforts – and certainly there have been considerable efforts along the way – it just hasn’t yielded a different mix. That’s what needs to change.

PORTER BRASWELL: Do you find that with the representation that currently exists, and has existed in the past, has that influenced or impacted the type of work that Havas can go after as you are setting out to advise clients on creating authentic brands that help resonate with, in many instances, diverse communities?

LAURA MANESS: I do think it’s front and center and will continue to be a new lens in which partnerships are shaped, absolutely. I think it starts by really understanding what we all mean when we say diversity and where it’s rooted and how that needs to show up in the work. It’s interesting, I was recently in an assembly and we were talking about how important language is and starting to dissect the roots of diversity. People often misunderstand that it’s not about sitting next to one another or having people in the room necessarily, but it is about focusing on equity and justice and history and references and points of view that are going to shape the work itself. And so it’s not about being in the room and feeling superficially like you’ve checked the box on having a diverse team. It’s about the whole experience and how that comes to life in the work and creating a safe environment.

PORTER BRASWELL: I know that you are a big proponent for advancing the culture and driving better representation. As an ally, what are some of the things that you do to help show up and make that impact?

LAURA MANESS: It’s an everyday experience. It’s continuously being willing to be vulnerable. It’s about putting myself in uncomfortable conversations and getting to the root of that and learning as I go and then bringing that experience back into the agency and shaping that as a leader to make sure that the values are clear, that the accountability is there and felt, and is being driven no different than you would a client or working on a pitch to drive to an outcome.

PORTER BRASWELL: Do you have examples for listeners for specific times, when you reflect back, when you were a very powerful ally? Or other times where you look back and you’re like, I should have done it differently?

LAURA MANESS: Yeah I think one of the lessons that I’ve learned is it’s about shifting power and getting out of the way and de-centering. Again, I think as fixers and fighters, there was such an emphasis for me personally for many years, and we talk about this journey of trying to raise consciousness and build healthy rituals into the business and really put an emphasis on women and championing women and creating programming specifically designed to help accelerate and up level women from the mid-level into the c-suite because we had seen that drop off. And we saw incredible results. We saw promotions. Almost every department in New York is run by a woman. We have retention that is twice the industry norm. We see that what you put your attention toward and when you set an intention like that, the evidence is there – when you measure it, you track it, and you put your focus there. I think what I realized through that journey is that had I put that same level of attention and focus on truly fighting for justice and really prioritizing and putting the emphasis on our black and BIPOC employees, where would we be? We see three years of “Fem Forward” and what that’s yielded as a result across our company – and not just in the major cities where we’ve piloted these programming, but even globally as a majority. The fact that Havas is majority women is something that, when I started eight years ago, was certainly not the case. I can equate that experience to personally being a better ally, not for women, and largely women of privilege, but for our Black community, which is the emphasis and the priority right now.

PORTER BRASWELL: I appreciate you being so specific about where the emphasis needs to be. And can you explain the why behind that? Why should it be on Black employees?

LAURA MANESS: Because of the systemic and inherent bias of the system. It has been oppressed and it needs to be the focus. You know, the invisibility of racism and our own language that almost hides the emphasis and depositions in a way. We were talking about this coming out of a recent talk that I sat through. And I have a seven-year-old – he just turned seven. We were talking about Rosa Parks and the example that they used was through language. Rosa Parks had to sit at the back of the bus because of the color of her skin. It’s not the color of her skin. It’s not about her specifically. But if we don’t start to create language that’s more clear and direct – to be able to say that Rosa Parks had to sit at the back of the bus because there were racist laws that required her to do so, and then start to get into the actual context and realities around that and actually talk about racism. That’s something that happens at our household with our seven-year-old. That’s something that also needs to feed back in as a CEO of Havas. It’s language creates reality. And it’s just been amazing, I think, just how much my perspective has changed when we’ve really taken a step back and really looked at the business from a bias point of view. Because even things like our real estate footprint or our merger and acquisition strategy or all of the components of the business, we have tons of systems and processes that exist in our community. It has to start there. It’s unpacking that system and then working through the actions against that change. I do think that it’s been incredibly, like I said, enlightening. It continues to be a daily journey of listening and learning, but I’m really starting to see the impact of the dialogue. I know that over time, we’re going to see the impact of the change.

PORTER BRASWELL: So how do you hold people accountable? What will you do to ensure that this now bleeds through the culture of Havas?

LAURA MANESS: The first thing is, in launching the “Commit to Change” plan, we were intentional about time gating everything to really drive that level of accountability. We’re looking at all facets of this. One of the first things we did in North America was launch a committee. The committee is representing across our group, so we’re divided up into Creative, Health, and Media. We have nine members that really represent Black, Asian, Hispanic, LGBTQ community. And their role in this is to really help create a forum to scale and accelerate the accountability. But it is a cohesive approach across the entire region. That’s just one example. Our goals, our compensation is tied to this, and everyone in the company is accountable for this. You know, we’ve talked a lot about education and ownership and skip level and up level promoting. And we have a program underway right now that’s a talent assessment that’s completely deconstructing and re-engineering the way that we assess talent and promote. We have a management development program in the works. It’s measured. It’s tracked. And it’s exciting. I’ve never seen this level of energy around this. And I’m feeling the impact already and we’re nowhere near the kind of impact that we can yield. But I think it’s about maintaining this intensity and continuing to take these actions and continuing to hold everybody accountable for them.

PORTER BRASWELL: I love the energy and passion. And I love that diversity is bleeding throughout the entire organization and it’s not just one person’s job. If it was, it wouldn’t be successful. But we talked about the focus on the Black population within Havas and more broadly within the industry. That’s a new, very specific, focus. So what happens when employees disagree? How do you have that conversation internally? How do you get them on their journey or remove them if they’re really not down to be a part of that? How do you deal with that as a leader?

LAURA MANESS: I think it is a thousand small decisions. We have ERG’s and we are doing a better job of connecting those across the group to help address the – I’m the only one, or I’ve been the only one – in different pockets of the organization. We have a program called “Press Pause,” which is now running through our DE&I [diversity, equity, and inclusion] filter because it’s important that we hold each other accountable. I think culturally, the strength of that – I mean, one of the insights, and like I said, it’s about being vulnerable. One of the insights came from an employee that said, “Stop saying family. We’re not a family. Family owned, seventh generation, family-owned Havas. Yannick Bolloré, the Bolloré family – they’re family. We’re not family. We’re coworkers. And it’s offensive.” That was like – take a step back for a moment and I didn’t realize the impact of what we thought of as endearing to bring people together was actually alienating and excluding. Again, it’s a thousand learnings. It’s a thousand small decisions and interactions, but it’s about creating a safe space to enable people to recognize the impact of their language, to actually be able to say their race and people want to hear that. I think it’s going to be a journey.

PORTER BRASWELL: And for listeners, can you clarify who Yannick is in that story?

LAURA MANESS: Yannick is our Chairman of Havas and Vivendi. He took the reins for Havas in 2013, I think it was end of 2012, beginning of 2013.

PORTER BRASWELL: Awesome. I appreciate that. Is there a message that Havas wants to lead with that, if the industry is going to effectively help companies and brands more authentically connect and engage with this country. As there are changing demographics in this country and of course globally there are changing demographics – what does that mean for the industry and how it has to start to look if the industry wants to remain relevant in being able to advise brands on the best way to authentically connect and engage as they’re changing demographics?

LAURA MANESS: Yes, absolutely. It’s our collective role to dismantle racism and it does require everyone. And it’s not about risk management. It’s about being equity first.

PORTER BRASWELL: As you think about the future, if Havas starts to resemble what this country looks like and globally – what’s the output? How does that change the messaging for brands that you work with?

LAURA MANESS: Yes, I think it’s more representative of the reality. And it’s unfortunate because I think, you know, our peers in the industry feel like they need to run out and hire as many demographics as possible. And often we’re pulling from each other’s own mix. That’s not actually addressing the core issue. And it’s actually not going to do anything to change the systemic problem in the industry. And it’s not going to show up in the work and the bias that exists inherently in the work.

PORTER BRASWELL: Last question, and this is a question that I ask all of our guests. Should race be discussed at work?

LAURA MANESS: Absolutely.

PORTER BRASWELL: And why?

LAURA MANESS: Because it helps us gain a more in-depth understanding of how we can better support and be active anti-racists. It’s important, I think, to understand the context and to be willing to approach these complex, emotional, personal, and professional conversations about race – wherever you are. And to be able to show up as your whole self wherever you are, and to really be more attuned to the language of what’s required for us to really make change in this justice movement. I do think that the sensitivities and the opportunities for learning are there and the discussion is the enabler of those learnings and of that action. We all have the opportunity, I think, to flip the script. And for all the ways in which race is currently being hidden and weaponized, it’s our collective responsibility, I think, to have the common sense and to come together and be able to have these conversations and learn together and grow together.

PORTER BRASWELL: Awesome. I think that, for me, what I take away from this conversation and what I hope listeners take away is that there is an acceptance that representation needs to be a focus of the industry more broadly. And with Havas being the leader and you being the leader of that, that this is something that you are taking seriously. You’re willing to engage in these dialogues. These should be public conversations. We’re all learning through it. I think that, to me, that came across in this conversation. That’s the goal. That’s why we’re doing this show.

LAURA MANESS: My big thing is, and I say it all the time, words matter very little without action. To be a leader in the company or even in our industry and in society at this time – and I don’t care what vertical you’re in just as a modern leader – if you’re not taking accountability for this, and sustainability, you’re not going to be a leader, let alone the viability of the business moving forward. So it’s a necessity. And I do think that at its core, it’s about providing the most meaningful work experience for everyone.

PORTER BRASWELL: Well, I truly appreciate you taking the time and sharing your journey and your thoughts and your insights with us. Havas clearly plays a major role within the advertisement and public relations world. And so, I’m optimistic that if you all get this right, everybody else will follow. And that’s impactful. So I appreciate you taking the time to have this conversation with us.

LAURA MANESS: Thank you so much.

PORTER BRASWELL: That’s Laura Maness, CEO of the advertising and public relations agency, Havas New York. This episode was produced by Amy Chyan and edited by Anne Saini. I’m Porter Braswell. Thanks for listening to Race at Work – part of the HBR Presents network.



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Laura Roberts: Exceptionally Talented Fitness Model Unfolds her Workout, Diet and Beauty Secrets


Laura Roberts is a Colombian fitness model, she started exercising at the young age of 10 years. she started going to gym in the age of 15 years. She followed a fitness program called ‘Fit Plan Lifestyle’ for four years.

At the age of 18 years she moved to United States. There she took part in a competition and stood 4th in the open category ‘Bikini’. With perseverance, hard work and endurance she is now an accomplished fitness model and competitor.

Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar did a candid interview with exceptionally talented fitness model and competitor talks about her workout, diet, hair & skincare, and her success story.

Namita Nayyar:

You were born in Columbia and later moved to the USA for your professional career. At a young age, you use to do skating but later at the age of 15 years you joined a gym and went into fitness training. When you turned 18, you took to start your career in fitness competitions. This propelled your modeling career to the height where you have been at the top of the world of fashion and glamour modeling. Tell us more about your journey of success based on discipline, hard work, perseverance, and tenacity?

Laura Roberts:

I was born in Colombia in the city of Cali, I always liked skating but I wasn’t able to enroll myself because of funds so at the age of 15 I signed up at a gym instead. I didn’t know anything about it but I liked it so much and gained so much experience throughout the years that I got certified and developed a methodology based on real evidence called “FitPlan Lifestyle” with which I have helped many people transform their body and improve their lifestyle.  At the age of 18 I traveled to the United States and performed my first competition & placed 4th in the open bikini category.  After that I made the decision to live in the United States to showcase my personal fitness brand and help others.

Namita Nayyar:

You move from Columbia to the United States for your professional career. For a fitness model adjusting to new countries with their own cultures, it must be difficult and then to adjust with modeling career in the new foreign land, what advice you can give to fellow models in a similar situation?

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Laura Roberts:

When you make a decision because that’s what you want, you’ll do it with love. My decision was to move to the United States because I wanted something different so I was happy with a new culture, besides that here I felt more free. I felt free to do everything I wanted without anyone commenting negatively but instead supporting me.

Namita Nayyar:

You are a world-leading media personality, fitness model, fitness expert and brand ambassador. How do you manage such a remarkable multidimensional lifestyle? 

Laura Roberts:

I love what I do! It’s my lifestyle and whatever this lifestyle includes, I’ll do  with love and work hard because it’s my passion.

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Sydney Sixers in paperwork blunder; Sophie Devine masterclass for Perth Scorchers, Laura Kimminince goes big against Melbourne Stars


The Sixers’ finals chances are effectively over as the side faces a reprimand for a paperwork mix-up that blighted their six-wicket loss to the Melbourne Renegades.

Sixers youngster Hayley Silver-Holmes was brought back into the squad for the game against the out-of-contention Renegades but, because she’d been replaced on their list, she wasn’t eligible.

A fast-bowling allrounder, Silver-Holmes didn’t bat and the Sixers self-reported their mistake with her not taking the field for the second dig.

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The Sixers could be hit with a breach by the WBBL but it was unclear on Saturday night what the sanctions might be, with the league saying an update would be provided “in due course”.

Her absence was felt during the Renegades innings, with Sydney having to find four extra overs as the Renegades took advantage of a poor fielding effort to chase home the 4/166 total.

South Arfrican Renegade Lizelle Lee was brilliant, scoring 79 (45), ably supported by cameos from Amy Satterthwaite 17 (17) and Courtney Webb 46* (28).

Silver-Holmes was saved from having to bat by an opening stand of 104 runs by Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry which laid the foundations for Sydney to set a massive score, before two Molly Strano wickets in three balls ended their partnership.

THE QUOTE

“The WBBL is aware of an administrative error pertaining to player selection in the Sydney Sixers-Melbourne Renegades match on Saturday,” the WBBL said in a statement late Saturday night.

“The Sixers self-reported an issue relating to Hayley Silver-Holmes’ paperwork shortly after the Sixers-Renegades game had commenced. Silver-Holmes did not bat nor take the field for the Renegades’ run-chase.

“The WBBL will provide an update on the matter in due course.”

THE MOMENT

Just one run after the dismissal of Healy, Perry skied one from Strano towards cover. Enter the Renegades’ Courtney Webb, who ran back with the flight of the ball to take a grab Nick Riewoldt would be proud of over her right shoulder. Webb, a former Carlton AFLW player, showed her poise under the lights but undid her great work just a few balls later when spilling a much easier catch at deep long-off.

THE KNOCK

Lizelle Lee dragged her team to close to the finish line with a sublime nine fours and four sixes in her 45-ball 79. The South African kept her lowly side in a contest few would have expected when Sixers Healy and Perry rocketed the Sixers out of the blocks. By the time Lee headed for the bunker, the Renegades needed just a run a ball to secure a win that well and truly sets a cat among the pigeons in WBBL10.

DEVINE’S DEVASTATING KNOCK ON SCORCHERS RETURN

Perth remains well and truly in the hunt for a WBBL finals position after dispatching the floundering Hobart Hurricanes at North Sydney Oval.

Perth openers Beth Mooney and the returning Sophie Devine made short work of the Hurricanes total of 6/134, reaching the target with more than five overs to spare.

Devine smoked the last ball of the innings to reach 87 not out off 53 deliveries, supported ably by Mooney, unbeaten on 48 (36).

“We just wanted to win,” Devine said.

“Sometimes you forget your first job out there is to win the game.”

The mind-bending maths for the finals series would make Messrs Duckworth and Lewis blush but the Scorchers did their cause no harm with a handy win and boost to the net run rate.

The ‘Canes, officially out of contention, lost leading runscorer this season Rachel Priest (8) early but rebuilt through a 50-run partnership between Nicola Carey and Chloe Tryon.

Hobart hit the drinks break off the back of an 18-run over from Heather Graham but any hope of a decent Hurricanes score was diffused by Sam Betts in the 12th over, with two brilliant catches by keeper Beth Mooney and Sarah Glenn to remove both.

THE KNOCK

Fighting off a back injury, Scorchers skipper Devine returned in devastating form ahead of finals with a dominant 87 not out. The contrast was clearest when the experienced Kiwi dispatched two rank full tosses from young Hurricanes leggie Amy Smith for 10 in the eighth over. Her innings featured five sixes and eight fours.

THE MOMENT

Scorcher Betts effectively won the game for her side with her sublime over in the 12th. In the three overs prior, the ‘Canes had racked up 34 runs. Betts removed Carey by chasing her when she backed away, with an inside edge expertly caught by Mooney. Glenn then took hold of a high ball to remove Tryon to snuff out the Hurricanes’ chances of setting a big target.

THE SPELL

Taneale Peschel was impossible to get away, going for just 13 runs in her four overs. A sharp catch from Chloe Piparo removed Rachel Priest, the Canes’ leading runscorer this season with the score on just nine. From there, Peschel bowled at all the crucial junctures to restrict the Hurricanes’ efforts like a python choking its prey.

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Batting powerhouse goes big again as Heat roll on

– Emma Greenwood

The Brisbane Heat have notched a sixth successive win to beat competition leaders Melbourne Stars and stake a claim for a third consecutive WBBL title.

After Stars young gun Tess Flintoff restricted the Heat to just two runs in the penultimate over, Laura Kimmince iced the game with consecutive boundaries to hand the Heat a three-wicket victory in one of the highest-quality games of the season.

It was the third consecutive starring performance at the death from Kimmince, who pummelled 19 runs from just five balls to seal the win.

The Stars posted a strong total of 151 in the top-of-the-table clash at Drummoyne Oval despite losing Australian captain Meg Lanning for a duck after just three balls.

But the Stars are loaded with talent and internationals and South African Mignon du Preez (51 off 38) and Englishwoman Natalie Sciver (33 off 27) stepped up to lead them to a more-than-competitive total.

“In the past I’ve always got going but I haven’t converted those starts,” du Preez said.

“Now I’m converting them into 50s but hopefully there’s one big score coming in the near future.”

The Heat also lost an early wicket, with Grace Harris dismissed in the third over but Jess Jonassen and Georgia Redmayne steadied the ship with a 49-run partnership before Redmayne and Georgia Voll combined for another 44 runs.

Redmayne was sensationally run out by Katherine Brunt, though, with the Heat’s run chase slowing in the next four-and-a-half overs until Kimmince strode to the crease.

The victory cements the Heat’s position in second place on the ladder and maintains their momentum in the back half of the season, marking them as genuine title contenders following several off-season changes.

After just their second loss of the season, the Stars will hold their position at the top of the table, regardless of the result of their final fixture against the Sydney Sixers on Sunday.

“Obviously we would have liked to keep the momentum going but even though we’ve lost two games, we still managed to take it all the way to the end,” du Preez said.

“The Renegades was a super over, and then today with four balls to spare, so there’s something that we’ve done really well this season is to keep on fighting all the way to the end.”

THE MOMENT

The Heat may have eventually conceded 151 runs but they were on the front foot after dismissing Aussie captain Meg Lanning in the opening over of the match. In sensational form, Lanning has not been out for a duck this season and her scalp was key to the Heat’s win.

THE KNOCK

Mignon du Preez blasted 51 off 37 balls to set up the Stars’ innings with a sensational knock after the early dismissal of captain Meg Lanning. Du Preez hit eight fours and a magnificent six in her innings, and was only dismissed by a catch from Grace Harris not far inside the long-on boundary as she tried to push the pace.

THE SPELL

Grace Harris finished with just two wickets for the Heat but it was the double breakthrough in the 17th over that earns her the bowling spell of the match. With the Stars looking set to post a mammoth total, Harris dismissed internationals Annabel Sutherland (three off six balls) and Natalie Sciver 33 off 28), conceding just one run in a pivotal moment in the match.

THE QUOTE

“We want to finish the tournament on a high and get some momentum going into finals weekend, so hopefully we can pull off another fabulous team performance (against the Sydney Sixers) tomorrow.” – Mignon du Preez

THUNDER STORM INTO FINALS

– Emma Greenwood

Teen star Phoebe Litchfield has showed maturity beyond her years to lead the Thunder to a five-wicket win over the Adelaide Strikers that all but seals Sydney’s place in the WBBL finals.

Litchfield made just 16 runs (14 balls) but kept a cool head after the late loss of Australian vice-captain Rachael Haynes (30 off 23) to help the Thunder eclipse the Strikers’ total of 133 at Drummoyne Oval with just two balls remaining.

It was the second successive match in which Litchfield played a key role after her 46 off 36 deliveries in the Sydney derby earlier in the week almost led to an unlikely victory.

The Thunder remain in third place on the competition ladder after the win while the Strikers drop out of finals contention following the loss.

Haynes looked set to guide the Thunder home after an opening partnership of 44 between Tammy Beaumont (23 off 20) and Rachel Trenaman (38 off 40) set their innings up.

But she was stumped with one ball remaining in the penultimate over, leaving Litchfield and fellow young gun, Tahlia Wilson, 21, to get them home.

Thunder all-rounder Sammy-Jo Johnson said the team had full faith in the youngers to get Sydney home.

“After the way that Phoebe performed in our last game against the Sixers, you’d back her in any day of the week,” Johnson said.

The Strikers’ total seemed achievable, thanks in large part to the bowling of Johnson, whose spell of 3-25 – including the wicket of Katie Mack – helped pin down the Adelaide side.

With Mack (58 off 52 balls) having just brought up her half-century and Stafanie Taylor on 33 (29), the Strikers seemed poised to explode in the final overs.

But a mix-up led to Taylor being run out in the 17th over and the Strikers made just 24 runs in the final 3.2 overs, with the Thunder taking another three wickets down the stretch.

“It would have been nice to put a few more (runs) on the board and then they had a really good power play,” Mack said, lamenting early-season losses that cost the Strikers their finals chance.

Having watched the Melbourne Stars and Brisbane both passed 150 runs in Saturday’s early game at Drummoyne, Johnson believed the Strikers’ target was achievable.

“We knew that we’d bowled well, it was just about playing smart cricket shots and that would get us over the line,” Johnson said.

THE MOMENT

With Mack and Taylor putting together a promising partnership for the Strikers, a mix-up in the 17th over led to Taylor being run out just as she was set and looking to ramp up the tempo. Having reached 33 off 29 balls, the West Indian looked ready to explode in the final overs but ended up back in the pavilion.

THE KNOCK

She ultimately finished on the losing side but Mack’s 58 off 52 balls, which included five fours and a six, helped the Strikers post a competitive total. But trying to force the pace against Sammy-Jo Johnson, she scooped the ball to short fine leg and was caught by Sam Bates.

THE SPELL

Sammy-Jo Johnson finished with 3-25 from her four overs, picking up the key wickets of openers Tahlia McGrath and Mack. The wicket of Mack was key after she reached her half-century and Johnson followed it up with the scalp of Madeline Penna for a duck in the same over to slow the Strikers in the final overs.

THE QUOTE

“I wouldn’t look just at this game, I’d look at a few games where we were pretty close and should have won earlier (in the season) and not left it to the last two games.” – Strikers opener Katie Mack laments her team’s missed semi-final opportunity.

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Laura Kimmince belts Scorchers with the bat before taking stunning catch


Brisbane Heat powerhouse Laura Kimmince is bordering on unstoppable.

The big-hitter put her team on track for a third consecutive WBBL title after an outstanding display with the bat sealed a stunning come-from-behind win over the Perth Scorchers on Wednesday.

While teen gun Charli Knott hit the winning runs with four balls remaining, it was Kimmince who ensured the win with a masterful innings of 40 off just 17 deliveries, finishing not out.

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In her last three bats, Kimmince has scored 104 runs, off just 37 balls, including 14 fours and seven sixes.

After restricting the Scorchers to 8-137, the Heat would have fancied their chances at Sydney’s Hurstville Oval.

They were reeling at 3-12 after losing senior players Grace Harris and Jess Jonassen for ducks in the opening over before Georgia Voll holed out in the second over.

Then Kimmince got going again to push them to victory.

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“I haven’t really (thrived in that situation) before but I guess the last couple of games proved otherwise,” Kimmince said. “I think it’s a bit more belief now that I do have the freedom to play my own game and if it comes off, it comes off.

“We bat right the way through (the order), so when you’re backed in at that number (six) to go out there you want to keep the game moving forward otherwise you’re putting pressure on everyone else that comes in after you.

“We’re just excited to be back in the winners’ circle again, we had a tough couple of games in the middle there but (we decided) to keep backing ourselves and aren’t afraid to play with that freedom,” she said. “Watching the last few games there’s been a massive turnaround.”

The win – the Heat’s fifth in a row – pushes them to second place on the ladder and all but seals their place in the top four, while the Scorchers remain in contention for a semi-final spot despite the loss.

THE MOMENT

With Beth Mooney on the cusp of a half-century and threatening to lead the Scorchers to a big score, Laura Kimmince took a screamer to dismiss the Aussie representative.

Mooney had been frustrated the ball before by Kiwi spinner Amelia Kerr and played an uncontrolled cut shot the following ball with Kimmince diving full length to take a spectacular one-handed catch to dismiss Mooney for 49 (39 balls).

THE KNOCK

Kimmince displayed power and restraint in her matchwinning innings, belting four fours and three sixes but keeping her wicket intact as the Heat fought back from a disastrous start to their innings.

THE SPELL

English leg spinner Sarah Glenn picked up four wickets in a mercurial spell for the Scorchers.

After conceding five wides from her first ball, she snared the wickets of Grace Harris and Jess Jonassen for ducks in her first over before bowling Maddy Green to break a key Heat partnership and finish her spell with the scalp of Kiwi international Amelia Kerr.

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Melbourne Renegades have finally found some form, but is it too little too late?

Despite being bottom of the WBBL06 ladder, the ‘Gades will have real impact on shaping who makes the finals, because when they’re on fire – as they were with both bat and ball in their seven-wicket win over the Adelaide Strikers at Sydney Showground on Wednesday – they can beat anyone.

The win was built on the back of a solid day from allrounder Sophie Molineux, who took 1-18 with the ball and then opened the batting, making 52 off 43 balls before Tahlia McGrath sent her bails scattering.

As for the Strikers, just as their family and friends back home were being told they would be in strict six-day lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they looked somewhat out of sorts: from collapsing with the bat to 6-88 by the end of the 18th over (able to manage 6-122 thanks to more big-hitting from Maddie Penna), to their bowlers being whacked across the oval.

The ‘Gades reached the winning target with 15 balls to spare.

Their third win of the season keeps their very slim chances of making finals alive. In fact it will take an absolute miracle; but, hey, Christmas is coming …

They’ll need to win their remaining two games – and win them big – and then have other results fall their way – to make finals by a whisker, but the commanding win against Adelaide was a good start.

THE MOMENT

Molineux was handed the ball for the second over with immediate effect, breaking the opening partnership, having Katie Mack caught for 4 (6). The inability of the Strikers openers to have any decent partnership, set the tone for the game, with wickets falling regularly and the recognised batters unable to make significant inroads into a big total.

THE KNOCK

The Renegades’ opening partnership between Lizelle Lee and Sophie Molineux was electric: notching up the 50-run milestone by the end of the sixth over in their best power play performance of the season so far.

Lee in particular was in a mood, taking Darcie Brown for 14 runs in over number two and continuing on to hit long sixes over deep mid-wicket. Lee’s innings came to an end on 48 (33), caught by Megan Schutt off the bowling of Amanda-Jade Wellington. Her knock included six fours and two sixes.

THE SPELL

Renegades quick Carly Leeson again proved her worth, taking figures of 3/14 from her four overs. She picked up two key wickets of Stafanie Taylor (16 runs off 22 balls) and Wellington (3 from 5) two balls apart in the 17th over. But most important of her trio was the excellent caught-and-bowled to dismiss big-hitting Laura Wolvaardt who topscored for Adelaide with 36 (40). That wicket was key to slowing the Strikers momentum with the bat. She was Player of the Match.



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Laura Siegemund Vs Petra Kvitova, quarterfinals, ‘That’s bulls***’, umpire, time violation, Marijana Veljovic


Seventh seed Petra Kvitova made it through to the French Open semi-finals for the first time since 2012 after a 6-3 6-3 win over German Laura Siegemund but it wasn’t without controversy.

After a dominant first set to Kvitova, the match was on break points in the second set.

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At 2-all in the second, Siegemund was down 0-40 on serve and fought back to deuce when umpire Marijana Veljovic called her for a time violation as she had just started her serve.

Veljovic received her gold badge for umpiring in 2015 and has officiated some of the world’s biggest events, including the 2018 Australian Open women’s singles final and the 2019 Wimbledon women’s singles final as well as the 2019 Fed Cup Final. She was also widely praised for her professionalism at the 2020 Australian Open but also drew attention for her beauty.

But Siegemund, who was easily on the best Grand Slam singles run of her career, was far from happy with the key call.

“I was just starting my serve,” the 32-year-old Siegemund said.

Veljovic replied: “I called it before you started.”

“I’m here (ball in the air) and you’re giving me a time violation,” Siegemund raged. “I was moving my arm.”

“I cannot start saying it before the clock hits zero,” Veljovic hit back.

“Exactly and I was moving my arm which is why my arm is here (in the air) not here (at her racquet),” Siegemund said.

Veljovic: “We are talking about half a second.”

Siegemund: “Exactly and half a second I have so …”

Veljovic: “And the clock went to zero before you started.”

Siegemund: “No because I am having the arm up so that’s bulls***.”

Veljovic: “Well I was calling it.”

Siegemund: “OK … So are you giving me a violation or no?”

Veljovic: “Yes.”

Siegemund: “If I have to stop one second beforehand next time just to be clear.”

The commentators were on Siegemund’s side.

“I thought that was a bad time to call it,” Chris Bowers said as the exchange began.

Fellow commentator Sophie Amiach said: “I love the exchange here, she’s right actually.”

“She is right,” Bowers agreed. “I think the umpire was over officiaious there.”

Kvitova won the advantage and Amiach added that “that was a huge point there.”

“She’d come back and it was hard already to come back from 0-40 to 40-all and then this kind of call happens,” she said.

“I’m all for this and I don’t think they should have 25 seconds to be honest but I don’t think you call it when the player has their arm going up for the service toss,” Bowers said. “That’s just in my view.”

On the Eurosport coverage, the commentators also took aim at the umpire.

“I‘m still fuming about that situation we’ve just seen,” Annabel Croft said after the time violation.

“I‘ve never seen an umpire … either she had her eyes down on her stopwatch and wasn’t noticing that the player was actually midway through her serve.

“She has had to stop her service motion, and now you are going to delay it even more because you have stopped her just before her serve.

“So what was the point of that? Her arm was already up and she was already putting the ball in the air.

“I’ve never seen that before. I really hope this umpire has a look at that, actually maybe even makes a statement because I think she totally got that wrong.”

Fellow commentator Chris Bradnam added: “I think that was absolutely absurd and completely unnecessary.”

Siegemund started up again at Veljovic after the match.

“As far as I know, the rule is before the clock goes to zero I have to start my movement. She is very sharp every time I have her on the chair. She gives me a violation the first opportunity she gets,” Siegemund told reporters.

“So it makes a big difference when they press the button when the clock is running and I think that is where the rule is very unprecise.

“When the clock is zero and I‘m starting my movement, then give me a break. If every time I need 40 seconds, that’s a different thing. But this was just exaggerated.”

Siegemund also said she thought she was faster than she had been in the past and called for the umpires to “Be a little more gentle in the way you interpret the rules.”

It saw Kvitova ultimately break and go to 3-2 in the second.

It was the beginning of the end for Siegemund who was then treated for a back injury immediately afterwards.

Despite breaking back in the next game to make it 3-all in the second, Kvitova broke again to make it 4-3 and went on to win the second set 6-3 to book a place in the semi-finals.

It sees Kvitova face fourth seeded American Sofia Kenin in the semi-final, while unseeded pair Iga Swiatek and Nadia Podoroska face off on the other side of the draw.



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Laura Craik on LFW’s digital emancipation



To covidiot, quarantini, WFH, self-isolating, R-rate, unmute and bubble, we can add another sexy new linguistic term: ‘digital activation’.

So it isn’t actually new (for those yet to encounter digital activation, it describes the integration of online marketing channels, the goal of which is to connect your brand with consumers — told you it was sexy), but thanks to London Fashion Week, it’s about to go mainstream. Think of it as like zooming, only with better hair.

By necessity, London Fashion Week will be different: gender-neutral, and also digital-first, with only a handful of physical shows versus 71 online presentations. So god bless digital activation, for enabling LFW to be one of the few international events still going ahead in this town. That these presentations will be accessible to everyone (go to londonfashionweek.co.uk for more intel) feels like the right move at the right time for an industry that has previously thrived on elitism. It shouldn’t take a global pandemic to flush out the pointless hubris of hierarchy, but it did. The front row is dead. Long live the sofa. Long live the butcher, the baker, the scented candle-maker and anyone else with an interest in fashion who can now freely watch London’s designers doing their thing.


What that ‘thing’ is has never been more anticipated or more fraught. Where will inspiration come from when designers haven’t been able to jet off to Bali, or even find it on the street? The streets have been empty, devoid of the trends they usually spawn. Besides, what role do trends play anyway, when there’s nowhere to wear them and only five other people to opine that they like your new skirt? Into this void, designers are charged with breathing new life and relevance, answering the question of what fashion is for, and what place it has in this mad new world. It won’t be easy, but if anyone can rise to the challenge it’s Christopher Kane, Vivienne Westwood, Jonathan Anderson and all the other British designers whose creativity seems only to thrive in difficult times. Good luck to all of them.

A frock away from the flock

What’s the dress of the season? It’s a stupid question. At least quarantine has finally killed off That Zara Dress. But what will people want to wear if they can’t be inspired by the people around them?

This is a fine time for the individualist but the sheep among us will be missing their flock. Hopefully shoppers will find their dream dress not from the high street but from fledgling designers who need their patronage more. Justine Tabak, Kemi Telford, O Pioneers, &Daughter and Olivia Rose are five small British brands whose dresses might turn out to be your dress of the season, with the added advantage that they won’t be everyone else’s.

Bare-faced cheek

In spring, the streets are strewn with cherry blossom. But as summer makes way for autumn, it’s not just leaves the streets will be strewn with. What’s blue, rectangular and saturated with potentially lethal pathogens? The face masks being discarded on pavements all over the city. Oy. Stop flinging. It’s minging. Who do you think is going to dispose of them when you can’t be arsed? The very people who need protection most: those on low wages, for whom studies show the Covid-19 mortality rate is higher. Street cleaners are essential workers and we should treat them with as much respect as any other essential worker. It’s called a bin. Use it.



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‘This state rebuilds fast’: Donald Trump surveys Hurricane Laura damage in Louisiana | US News


Donald Trump has visited a city badly hit by Hurricane Laura, surveying widespread damage and receiving briefings on relief efforts.

His trip to Lake Charles came just two days after the category four storm ravaged the Gulf Coast, particularly Louisiana and Texas.

At least 16 people were killed, more than half due to carbon monoxide poisoning from the unsafe operation of generators.

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Donald Trump visited ravaged neighbourhoods in Lake Charles

Ahead of the storm making landfall more than half a million people were ordered to leave their homes near the Texas-Louisiana state line.

A storm surge as high as 15 feet (4.5m) drowned buildings and pushed over trees in states as far north as Arkansas, forcing hundreds of thousands of coastal residents to evacuate despite ongoing coronavirus lockdown measures.

Tall buildings in Lake Charles had their windows smashed by Hurricane Laura’s 150mph (240kmph) winds, which left glass and debris scattered across the city.

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Hurricane Laura’s flood devastation seen from above

A 68-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl were among at least four people killed by trees falling on top of their homes, officials said.

Hundreds of thousand of people in the state currently have no access to power or water, which could continue for months as the hot summer stretches on in the southern states.

Homes in Louisiana were flattened by the hurricane
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Homes in Louisiana were flattened by the hurricane

“I’m here to support the great people of Louisiana,” Trump said in a press conference in Lake Charles, adding: “It was a tremendously powerful storm.”

He said he knew one thing about the state of Louisiana: “They rebuild it fast.”

US President Donald Trump poses with National Guard troops in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on August 29, 2020. Trump surveyed damage in the area caused by Hurricane Laura. - At least 15 people were killed after Laura slammed into the southern US states of Louisiana and Texas, authorities and local media said on August 28. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP) (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)
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The president posed with National Guard troops in the city

The president spent just over two hours in the city, during which time he met local and state officials as well as relief workers, but not with any residents whose homes and businesses had been ripped apart by the storm.

The president is due to visit the city of Orange in Texas next, located on the border with Louisiana.



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