U.S. Army releases final photo taken by combat photographer of blast that killed her

The final moments before a young combat photographer died were captured on film – through the lens of her own camera.

In 2013, Spc. Hilda I. Clayton was serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, photographing the military’s training efforts with the Afghan National Army in Operation Enduring Freedom.


During a live-fire training exercise on July 2, 2013, a mortar tube accidentally exploded, killing Clayton and four Afghan soldiers.

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Nearly four years after Clayton’s death, the military, along with Clayton’s husband, released the final image that she captured on her camera, depicting the force and power of the explosion that claimed five lives.

The 22-year-old was training an Afghan soldier in combat photography, who was also killed when the explosion occurred. His final image was also released.

The photos were first published in the May-June issue of the Military Review, a professional journal published by the U.S. Army.

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The journal’s managing editor, William Darley, told Global News that Clayton’s story punctuated their latest issue’s theme of implementing gender equality as a policy in the military.

“She was out in the front line, doing her job as a journalist and recording the training that was going on with the Afghan military, and a couple of these photos were taken at the cost of her life,” said Darley.

Clayton was a member of the 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera), the only active-duty photojournalism unit in the U.S. Army.

According to the journal, she was the first visual-information specialist to be killed in Afghanistan. Following her death, 55th Signal Company named an award after Clayton where teams compete in a tactical and technical combat-photography competition. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Spc. Hilda I. Clayton Best Combat Camera Competition.

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An ancient doppelgänger? Quebec artist matches people with 2,000-year-old doubles

Have you ever wondered if there’s someone out there who looks just like you?

An exhibition on ancient doppelgänger, doubles and lookalikes is in the works at Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City.

The aim is to find people who look just like statues taken from the collections of the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève and the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art.



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    The exhibition is the brainchild of the museum’s former director, Michel Côté.

    “He just asked me, ‘Well, we’re doing this exhibit of ancient sculptures, and what do you think of finding lookalikes of ancient sculptures?’ I always say ‘Yes’ to special ideas,” said Montreal photographer François Brunelle.

    Over the last few months, the museum invited people from all over the world to submit photographs of their faces in the hopes of finding their ancient twin.

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    Of 75,000 submissions from around the world, about 30 will be chosen to be featured in the museum’s exhibition.

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    “I always like challenges. I always like to do the impossible,” Brunelle told Global News.

    “At first, we were supposed to find lookalikes from Quebec City, and then we got all these calls and photos from all over the place.”

    The world-famous photographer said he’s hoping to travel, no matter where they are in the world, to photograph them.

    Their portraits will stand next to their ancient statuette doppelgänger.

    “I hope when people get inside this room, when they see the sculptures and the photos of the people, that they get excited,” Brunelle told Global News.

    “My personal goal is that if you see some figures, I think there’s a Cesar in there, then you have this guy who works as an electrician from Laval and he looks like Cesar exactly and you say, ‘Cesar could have been an electrician.’”

    WATCH BELOW: People searching for their 2,000-year-old double

    The Sherbrooke native has gained incredible recognition for his project Je ne suis pas un sosie ! (I’m Not a Lookalike!).

    Since 1999, the photographer has travelled the world looking for people who look alike, and photographing them together.

    “When I take this photo, I play with their expressions: ‘Look sad, smile,’ and finally I try —; I’m not sure if I succeed all the time —; I try to find a common expression [between the doubles],” explained Brunelle.

    “With a statue, it has one expression, and sometimes it’s quite neutral because it’s a statue.”

    “I already have photos of the statues from many angles, so we may decide, say we take this guy from Montreal or Quebec City or Russia and say, ‘Oh, he looks like this statue.’”

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    So far, there are a handful of near-perfect matches to several Greco-Roman antiquities and Egyptian funerary portraits.

    “It’s exciting. It’s a connection in time. I call it time travel,” Brunelle told Global News.

    The Betaface API face identification process works like this:

    The face is detected in the picture and its position.Facial features are extracted (nose, eyes, mouth, etc.)The features are normalized as a set of connected points, or “template.”They are compared with a previously compiled database of statue templates.The results are presented and expressed as a percentage of similarity.

    Take a look at all the statues looking for their modern-day doubles here.

    My 2,000-Year-Old Double is expected to be on display from Oct. 24, 2018, to Oct. 27, 2019.

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Ontario government to test giving seniors retirement home stays to ease overcrowded hospitals

TORONTO – Offering recuperating seniors free stays in retirement homes is one of the measures the Ontario government will be testing as it tries to tackle the issue of overcrowded hospitals.

The province announced in its budget last week that it would test a program that gives seniors vouchers for their stays in retirement homes in an effort to free up hospital beds, but it has not specified how long the stays will be or which communities the measure will be tested in.


Health Minister Eric Hoskins said the program aims to help so-called alternative-level-of-care patients, who are well enough to leave a hospital but don’t do so because they’re not able to live independently and don’t yet have a spot in a long-term care home or a home-care arrangement.

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Such patients, many who are seniors, are an enormous expense to the health-care system and being stuck in a hospital isn’t good for their physical or mental health, Hoskins said.

“There are very few patients in ALC beds that love being there, or want to be there,” he said on Monday. “So the way I look at it is, the savings we accrue, we can afford to invest out of hospital, often at a fraction of the price and a better patient experience.”

The government has been facing mounting calls to act on overcrowded hospitals, where patients have ended up in hallways, boardrooms and even cafeterias when regular beds fill up.

In the budget, the government announced $24 million for “innovative” ways of dealing with patients in alternative-level-of-care hospital beds.

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Those funds will go towards what the government calls “demonstration projects,” one of which will be the voucher program, the health ministry said. The government will test the program, which is expected to be running this year, and use the results to inform future policies.

The voucher would cover the cost of recuperating in a private-pay retirement home until a senior is ready to move back home or into government-funded long-term care. Hoskins said the stays provided through the vouchers would be transitional.

A similar program has been running in the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network since October 2014, giving seniors temporary stays in retirement homes at a fraction of the cost of keeping them in hospital beds, according to the LHIN.

Alternative-level-of-care patients make up about 15 per cent of patients in Ontario hospitals, according to the government. And in over-capacity hospitals, they take up beds that are needed by patients with acute medical problems.

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Ontario Retirement Communities Association CEO Laurie Johnston said her organization, which represents most of the province’s retirement homes, has been in talks with the government about using the voucher program.

She said retirement homes have long worked with the province’s home and community care organizations in getting government-funded respite and support services to their residents.

“This is really just an extension of the program to a segment of the population who perhaps would have had difficulty affording private-pay retirement living while they recuperate,” Johnston said. “This would make an opportunity for them to recuperate and build their strength as they move on to their next step.”

Linda Haslam-Stroud, president of the Ontario Nurses’ Association, said she’s also spoken with senior civil servants about the use of the voucher program and she’s hopeful they’ll be successful in moving alternative-level-of-care patients out of hospital more quickly, freeing up beds for other patients.

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It’s needed, she said, as all year round nurses have to care for patients who are left in hallways as they wait for a bed in a hospital room.

The 2017 budget includes an increase of $518 million in hospital funding, a three-per-cent boost, which came after five years of funding restraint and warnings from hospitals that their funding hasn’t allowed them to keep up with the increasing demand for care.

The budget also promises an extra $9 billion for hospital construction projects over 10 years, and announced newly approved hospital construction projects in Niagara, Windsor, Hamilton, Mississauga and the Weeneebayko hospital replacement project in northern Ontario, as well as a new $2.5 million for the planning of an expansion to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

‘I think it’s taking too long’ : Expectant mother concerned over delay in midwifery care in N.B.

A New Brunswick mother who is hoping to have her baby delivered by a midwife in Fredericton is worried that she is running out of time.

It has been five months since the province announced a midwifery care pilot project would be launched in Fredericton, N.B. and Madeleine Nickerson said there is still no clinical services available in the city.

“Honestly when I got pregnant I honestly thought for sure that I would have a midwife by this point,” said Nickerson, who is 33 weeks pregnant.


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In December the provincial government announced the first regulated midwifery pilot practice would be in place in Fredericton in four to six months.

Now, with only a month before the government’s deadline, Nickerson is concerned that the program won’t be set up in time for the birth of her second child.

“I definitely think it is taking too long,” she said.

Rachelle Lanteigne with New Brunswick Families for Midwives, says a new lead midwife has been hired by the province and is starting her new role in Fredericton next week.

“Right now if a family in Fredericton is expecting a child and wants to have midwifery care they can’t right now because nothing has been set up yet,” said Lanteigne.

Midwives normally work in teams of at least two people.

“By herself [the midwife] is not able to offer clinical care and there is also no physical location that has been announced,” said Lanteigne.

The province says its in the process of carrying out its annoucned plan.

“Our Lead Midwife will start on May 8. We are currently in the process of hiring a second midwife, with the plan to hire four in total. We are working to identify a location in Fredericton to provide midwifery services,” wrote Stephanie A. Neilson-Levesque, spokesperson for Horizon Health Network, in an email to Global News.

But the province did not give a time line on when expectant mothers will be able to actually access a midwife.

Nickerson hopes it will be soon, because she says that her baby may not be able to wait much longer.

“We’ve got almost two months to go so hopefully they can get themselves together by then”

Nova Scotia connection to Sierra Leone a highlight of navy deployment

Two Royal Canadian Navy sister ships have returned to Halifax after spending just over two months in West Africa.

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“It was really just a great trip and the word going around the ship is what a spiritually rewarding deployment it was,” said Lt.-Cmdr. Paul Smith, the commanding officer of HMCS Summerside.

Smith, alongside the crew of HMCS Moncton, the other Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel that was deployed, visited five West African ports during their travels.

One of the highlights included retracing a historic Nova Scotia connection to Freetown, Sierra Leone.

“In Freetown, being founded by Nova Scotian settlers and to be able to see that there are still pieces of Nova Scotia that are over there including a plaque that I finally got to see at The Cotton Tree, thanking the Nova Scotia settlers for settling Freetown,” Smith said.

The name of the mission was “Neptune Trident 17-01.”

The goal was to engage new partners and train alongside allied nations in the Gulf of Guinea.

The crews made plenty of stops in communities throughout the coast, including a friendly soccer match in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia and the delivery of school supplies to students in Sierra Leone.

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The deployment was a humbling experience for many, including Lt.-Cmdr. Nicole Robichaud, HMCS Moncton’s commanding officer.

“The fact that people live the different lifestyles that they do, the fact that there’s poverty, it’s just truly made my crew more appreciative for what they have,” Robichaud said.

Babies at higher risk of autism if father is too young or too old: study

If women plan on having kids, they are regularly reminded to do so before their biological clock strikes 35, otherwise the quality of their eggs diminish and they – and their child – are at a higher risk for various complications.

Men, on the other hand, have never had that same pressure – until now.


According to a new study by the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai in New York, fathering a child before the age of 25 and over the age 51 puts the child at a higher risk for developing autism and other social disorders.

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“Our study suggests that social skills are a key domain affected by paternal age,” the study’s author Magdalena Janecka said in a statement. “What was interesting is that the development of those skills was altered in the offspring of both older as well as very young fathers. In extreme cases, these effects may contribute to clinical disorders. Our study, however, suggests that they could also be much more subtle.”

Researchers looked at 15,000 twins in the U.K. between the ages of four and 16.

To find out if children’s social skills were impacted by their father’s age, the team looked for differences in the development patterns of social skills and other behaviours, including conduct and peer problems, hyperactivity and emotionality.

What the study also found was that these children tend to be more advanced than other kids as infants, but then begin to fall behind by the time they hit their teenage years.

“We observed those effects in the general population, which suggests children born to very young or older fathers may find social situations more challenging, even if they do not meet the diagnostic criteria for autism,” Janecka said.

Genetic analysis then showed that the development of social skills was mostly influenced by genetic factors rather than environmental. Those genetic effects, the team says, became even more important as the age of the father increased.

Janecka and her team believe that there could be different mechanisms behind the effects at these two extremes of paternal age.

Despite the behaviour of these children being similar, Janecka says the causes could be “vastly different.”

She also believes the developmental differences pinpointed in the study are most likely the result of alterations in the brain maturation.

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No link was found between the age of the mother and the development of their child’s social skills development.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). 

According to the Government of Canada, one in six couples experience infertility.

Three times out of 10, the cause of infertility is in men.

Common signs and predictors of infertility in men may include experiencing a testicular torsion and having surgery as a child for an undescended testicle.

Men should get tested if they experience premature ejaculation or lack of ejaculations, have a history of a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and/or had cancer treatment in the past.

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Texas company makes $9M from jail phones contract, Saskatchewan government $1M

A Texas-based company that supplies phone service for Saskatchewan jails has made nearly $9 million, while the province has only received $1 million.

NDP Justice critic Nicole Sarauer says that money should have stayed in the provincial coffers and SaskTel should be delivering the service.

Synergy was awarded the contract for phone service for inmates in 2010.


Drew Wilby, a Ministry of Justice spokesman, says the government was looking for security improvements to jails after six inmates escaped from the Regina Correctional Centre nine years ago.

Wilby says one recommendation was to get a phone system that could record calls, and there were no Saskatchewan companies that could do that.

He also said SaskTel did not express any interest in the contract at the time.

“It’s a specialized technology that’s required, due to the nature to record the calls, as well to hold them, be able to play them back and utilize that,” said Wilby.

“So, I’m not sure if SaskTel could provide that service or not.”

Sarauer says giving the contract to a U.S. company makes no sense.

“We have a Crown corporation here that could be doing that work. The profits could be then going to the Saskatchewan people through the Crown, instead of going to a company in the United States.”

The government recently renegotiated a new telephone contract with Synergy, which is set to last seven years.

Now, all inmates are allowed one free daily call. Long-distance calls are going down by $5, from $7.50 for 20 minutes, to $2.50 for 20 minutes. Local calls are going up by more than one dollar, from $1.35 for 20 minutes, to $2.50 for 20 minutes. Inmates can also pay $35 a month to make two calls a day on 15 days.

The government says the division of profits from the phone calls remains similar to that of the previous contract.

“Between about $125,000 and $150,000 a year has been returned to the inmate trust, so that’s about 10 per cent of the revenue,” said Wilby.

When asked to explain the cost structure for phone calls, Synergy declined to comment, citing confidentiality.

Charges upgraded to 2nd-degree murder in bloody west Edmonton ‘drug debt’ attack

Two men originally charged with attempted murder in connection with a west Edmonton machete attack are now facing charges of second-degree murder after the victim died in hospital.

At around 2 p.m. on Saturday April 15, police were called to a disturbance at a high-rise apartment building near 173 Street and 69 Avenue.


A 34-year-old man was found suffering from multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma inside a 17th-floor apartment suite. He was rushed to hospital where he died seven days later.

Family members identified the victim as Dustin Horsethief. Police said the victim was known to police. An autopsy revealed he died as a result of sharp and blunt-force injuries.

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Several other people were found in the apartment suite, police said. Their wrists were zip-tied and they were face down on the floor. Some suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

EPS spokesperson Scott Pattison said police believe the accused “forcibly” took those individuals to the suite. Several of them are known to police.

“We believe it’s a drug debt,” Pattison said. “Police also confiscated a machete that’s also alleged to have been used in the attack.”

Two men covered in blood were taken into custody as they came off an elevator in the building. They were later arrested and charged with attempted murder.

READ MORE: Bloody ‘drug debt’ attack in west Edmonton leads to attempted murder charges for 2 men

On Tuesday, police said the charges against Trevor Auger, 36, and Jason Hope, 38, were upgraded to second-degree murder. The pair was also charged with numerous other offences, including aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and unlawful confinement.

With files from Emily Mertz, Global News.

Mother’s Day in Hollywood: The biggest mama’s boys (and girls)

Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate all the lovely things that your mother does for you year-round.

Some Hollywood stars get tribute tattoos or take part in public declarations of mom-love, but what we see most often is actors bringing their mom as a red carpet date to the latest award show or movie premiere.

In honour of Mother’s Day, here are some celebrities that celebrate their moms in the best possible ways.

Mama’s Boys

Ryan Gosling:

Ryan Gosling frequently walks the red carpet with his mother, Donna, on his arm. In 2013 he brought her to the Los Angeles Premiere of Gangster Squad.

The also actor brought her to the 2011 premiere of Ides of March. 


They’ve also appeared on other red carpets together, including the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards in November 2010 and the 79th Oscars, where he brought both his mom and sister Mandi Gosling in 2007.

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In 2012, he also made sure that his girlfriend, Eva Mendes, spent quality time with his mother early on in their relationship. The same year, Gosling watched as his mother graduated from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Gosling also gushed about the women in his life at a 2015 screening of Lost River: “I grew up with two incredible women, my mother and sister, and naturally my way of looking at the world was shaped by a female perspective.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson:

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shared a touching personal story on Mother’s Day in 2015, as he and his mother, Ata Johnson, reflected on his success after years of struggling to make any money at all.

He posted a photo of his mother sitting on an airplane about to eat breakfast and wrote: “I’m sittin’ across from my mom when out of the blue she looks around the plane, then looks at me and says “Son, I can’t believe the life I have… grandma and grandpa would be so proud.”

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Cool Mother’s Day story.. early am flight and I’m sittin’ across from my mom when out of the blue she looks around the plane, then looks at me and says "Son, I can’t believe the life I have.. grandma and grandpa would be so proud." I asked her, "Are you happy ma?". Just then the flight attendant placed my moms breakfast down on the table and my mom said to me, "Am I happy?.. I used to worry about how I was going to buy groceries for us and now I just had my breakfast placed down in front of me". She bursts into tears and says "Yes, son I couldn’t be happier". This is the woman who when I was 14yrs old we were evicted out of our apartment in Hawaii ’cause we couldn’t afford the $180 per week rent. At this moment Im shaking my head and smiling quietly (as my mom blows her nose;) ’cause she just told me she’s happy. And y’all know when our parents tell us they’re happy, its so satisfying for us, ’cause it means we’ve done a good job for them as their kids. Happy Mother’s Day to all the deserving amazing mamas out there. And Happy Mother’s Day to my amazing mom who will no doubt kill me for posting this crying pic. #EnjoyBreakfastMom #GratefulTears #TryNotCryInTheEggs

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“This is the woman who when I was 14 years old we were evicted out of our apartment in Hawaii ’cause we couldn’t afford the $180 per week rent. At this moment I’m shaking my head and smiling quietly (as my mom blows her nose) ’cause she just told me she’s happy.”

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He bought his mom a car in 2012 and posted her reaction on Facebook. “At 14 I saw my mom crying about our only car being repossessed.This felt good,’  Johnson wrote after he bought his mother a Cadillac Escalade.

The former WWE star has graced many red carpets with his mother by his side. They attended the HBO Ballers Season 2 red carpet premiere together on July 14, 2016.

The actor also recently brought his mom to the premiere of Moana.

Leonardo DiCaprio:

Leonardo DiCaprio‘s mother, Irmelin DiCaprio, has been his date for several of his red carpet appearances, from Titanic to many film festivals.

DiCaprio thanked his mother while accepting his BAFTA award for best actor for The Revenant in 2016. “There’s one person I have to thank. I would not be standing up here if it weren’t for this person. I didn’t grow up in a life of privilege – I grew up in a very rough neighborhood in East Los Angeles, and this women drove me for three hours a day to a different school to show me a different opportunity. It is her birthday today. So Mom, happy birthday. I love you very much.”

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The Oscar winner dropped more than $13,000 on a Chanel purse for his mother in 2015 while attending the Heart Fund Gala in Cannes. The bag was sold as part of an auction to benefit the charity, and DiCaprio told reporters that he purchased the accessory for his mom. He didn’t get the purse easily, as he had to endure a bidding war against Paris Hilton.


Toronto rapper Drake has celebrated his mother, Sandi Graham, by often dedicating lyrics, songs and social media posts to her.

“Happy Mothers Day to my tiny hero. Love you so much,” Drake captioned a photo in 2015 on Instagram (below).

Drake wished his mom a happy birthday by posting a video of her blowing out candles on Instagram in 2016.

“I do this all for you. Happy Birthday my angel,” he captioned the video.

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I do this all for you. Happy Birthday my angel.

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His song You & The 6, which appeared on his surprise album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, is a tribute to his mom with the lyrics: “They will not tear nothing down I built this home for you mama/ Know I don’t call enough mama/ I just been working with so little time for personal mama/ Hard labour let me pay the price/ You and the Six raised me right that s**t saved my life.”

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Drake and his mom have been spotted at many events together, including the Juno Awards and numerous sporting events.

On November 25, 2015, the pair sat courtside while they watched the Toronto Raptors play against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Air Canada Centre.

On August 14, 2015, Drake and his mother were spotted at Toronto’s Aviva Centre watching Serena Williams play against Roberta Vinci at the Rogers Cup.

In an interview in 2013, Drake said of his mother, “My mother is an incredible woman… I talk about her a lot on this album [Nothing Was The Same, released Sept. 24]. She’s brought me to this point single-handedly… She’s the most important person in my life.”

On Drake’s latest album, More Life, his mom quotes Michelle Obama in the song Can’t Have Everything. Sandi reminds her son to stay confident and avoid negative energy near the end of the song.

It sounds like a voicemail being played over top of the track. His mom can be heard saying: “You know, hon, I’m a bit concerned about this negative tone that I’m hearing in your voice these days.” She concludes her message with the Obama quote, “When others go low, we go high.”

Mama’s Girls

Kate Hudson:

When Kate Hudson first burst onto the Hollywood scene in the movie Almost Famous, many people couldn’t help but notice her uncanny resemblance to her mother, Goldie Hawn.

In 2013, when Hawn and Hudson were asked if they see the resemblance, Hawn admitted she does.

Hudson said, “I used to say, ‘Why do people say that? I look nothing like my mom,’ but I sometimes walk across a mirror and just get a glance and I see it.”

“What makes mom the best is that she never put any expectations too high on the kids,” Hudson told People in 2016. “She just wanted us to be doing the things that made us happy, as long as we were working hard, but we never had to live up to something.”

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When asked about the best advice her mom has ever given her, Hudson said, “It’s not really advice so much as she’s my confidante and we talk about our life and her life, and we support each other now that I’m an adult. Where she’s really wonderful is leading an authentic life and a truthful life.”

Hudson paid a loving tribute to her mom and Kurt Russell by sharing a throwback photo of the famous couple from the 1980s on Instagram in March.

“Mama Goldie and Pa killing it 80’s style. I forgot to post a note on my parents 34th Anniversary so I figure why not now. A belated happy one my dear parents. Love you madly, deeply, profoundly ❤,” she captioned the photo.

Hawn and Russell celebrated their 34th anniversary together on Valentine’s Day this year.

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My #tbt is these two love 🐦’s! Mama Goldie and Pa killing it 80’s style. I forgot to post a note on my parents 34th Anniversary so I figure why not now. A belated happy one my dear parents. Love you madly, deeply, profoundly ❤#HairGoals #Love @officialgoldiehawn

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After a 15-year hiatus, Hawn is making her return to the big screen in the comedy Snatched.

Her daughter interviewed her for the May issue of Interview Magazine.

“This is very dangerous,” Hudson began the interview by stating. “I’ve never had the opportunity to ask you about your career. People always ask me, ‘What advice has your mother given you?’ And my answer is always, ‘We don’t talk about that kind of thing.’”

Hudson also questioned her mom on why she chose to wait 15 years to make her next movie. “Because I believe that life is about doing. It’s about changing. It’s about transitioning,” Hawn answered.

Kris Jenner’s children (Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall, Kylie & Rob)

Kris Jenner has six uber-famous children —Kourtney, Khloé, Kim, Rob, Kendall and Kylie — who celebrate her all the time for being their mom and their “momager.”

Jenner turned the Kardashian name into a multi-million dollar brand and she manages all six of her kid’s careers, as well as her own.

Kim recently shared a photo of herself on Instagram dressed exactly like her mother, and captioned the photo “Kris Jenner vibes.”

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Kris Jenner vibes

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All her daughters shared their love for her 61st birthday last November when they took to their apps with tributes.

Kendall, 21, said: “Happy birthday to the most amazing mom a girl could ever ask for!”

Kylie, 19, wrote: “Happy birthday to the best mother ever!!! You’re the one person I admire most and you inspire me in everything I do. I can only hope to be half the businesswoman you are! I love how close we are and the sweet little texts you send me.”

Khloé, 32, said: “It’s the HBIC’s (Head B*tch In Command) bday!! Kris Jenner is hands down the ultimate momager.”

Kourtney, 38, wrote: “Love you. Happy birthday mommy!!! I will treasure you always for the incredible things you do for us, the invaluable lessons you have taught us, and for the unconditional way you love us. Have the best day.”

At the time, Kim, 36, still remained silent and out of the limelight after being robbed at gunpoint during Paris Fashion Week last October. But her Kimoji team shared a nice message and offered some gifts for her fans to purchase.

“In honor of Kris Jenner’s birthday, the KIMOJI team turned her into a KIMOJI!”

When Jenner turned 30 years old in 1985, she made a music video to share with her family and friends. For her 60th birthday, the Kardashian-Jenner women recreated that video with a little help from their friends. They introduced their parody video of I Love My Friends to her new friends alongside a cast of other famous faces, including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Cindy Crawford.

>Just like the original video, the scenes are shot in Southern California and inter-cut many celebrities telling the camera, “She loves you!” The original music video was a play on I Love LA by Randy Newman.

The family shared the video at Jenner’s Great Gatsby-themed birthday party.


Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, has been by the singer’s side in the music business since 1990 when she was a member of girl group, Girl Tyme.

Most recently, the Lemonade songstress paid a touching tribute to her mother online after raising almost $1 million at her inaugural Wearable Art Gala.

The gathering was held at the California African American Museum to raise funds for Knowles-Lawson’s new WACO (Where Art Can Occur) Theater Centre, which she co-founded with her husband, Richard Lawson.

Beyoncé shared photos from the event on Instagram, posing with her mother, her sister Solange and former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland.

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I am super proud of my beautiful mother for creating such an awesome event. Close to $1 million was raised for The WACO Theater Center to benefit young people through their mentorship programs and the arts. Mom, you inspire us all to be generous, selfless, positive, to have empathy, to love and to praise creativity in the world. It brought tears to my eyes to be a witness to what you and Richard have created together. WACO is a safe place truly Where Art Can Occur. I love you.

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“I am super proud of my beautiful mother for creating such an awesome event,” she wrote.

“Mom, you inspire us all to be generous, selfless, positive, to have empathy, to love and to praise creativity in the world,” she continued. “It brought tears to my eyes to be a witness to what you and Richard have created together. WACO is a safe place truly Where Art Can Occur. I love you.”

The New York Times published a profile of Knowles-Lawson in January and for the profile, the publication got the chance to ask Beyoncé a couple questions, which she answered “on email, coordinated through a publicist.”

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“I think it was important to my mother to surround us with positive, powerful, strong images of African and African-American art so that we could reflect and see ourselves in them,” Beyoncé said. “My mother has always been invested in making women feel beautiful,” she continued, “whether it was through someone sitting in her hair chair or making a prom dress for one of the girls at church. And her art collection always told the stories of women wanting to do the same.”

Before Beyoncé stepped on stage at this year’s Grammys, Knowles-Lawson had the opportunity to give a heartfelt introduction.

“I am proud of their accomplishments, their self-confidence, and their desire to make a difference,” she said. But she admitted that what makes her most proud “is the devotion and love” she sees Beyoncé has for Blue Ivy and for “all of those around her.”

Zoë Kravitz:

Zoë Kravitz and her mother, Lisa Bonet, may be the most convincing mother-daughter lookalikes in Hollywood.

Kravitz and the former The Cosby Show actress attended the Met Gala in 2015 with Bonet’s ex-husband and Zoë’s father, Lenny Kravitz.

The former couple, who were married from 1987 to 1993,  also attended the 2016 Saint Laurent at the Palladium event in Los Angeles in February 2016, with Zoë.

Speaking about her parents’ relationship, Zoë told Ocean Drive magazine in March 2015 that the two “have so much love for each other,” and that Kravitz and her stepfather, Jason Momoa, “get along really well.”

When news of the Bill Cosby case came about, many people were questioning Kravitz if her mother had more information on the case. In an interview with The Guardian, Kravitz revealed that Bonet tends to keep her mouth shut regarding the situation.

“She hasn’t, she really hasn’t [talked],” Kravitz said. “She’d plead the fifth, even to me. I think she’s just staying out of it. She’s just as disgusted and concerned as everyone else is, but I don’t think she has any insight. It’s news to her as well.”

Kravitz said she understands why people might assume her mother has inside information.

“Of course,” she says. “She was on the show for a long time. She’s also a beautiful woman. It makes people wonder.”

READ MORE: Zoë Kravitz: Mom Lisa Bonet is ‘disgusted and concerned’ over Bill Cosby scandal

Bonet presented her daughter with the Breakthrough Style Star award onstage during the InStyle Awards at Getty Center in October 2015.

Calvin Klein released an ad in January 2016 featuring the pair. “Mother daughter #ckminute. @ZoeKravitz + Lisa Bonet, as feat. in the 2016 Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry campaign,” the fashion brand wrote.

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Young, single women turning to sperm donors to conceive

When she was 31 years old, Montrealer Geneviève Roy decided she was tired of waiting around for Mr. Right to come by — and she knew she didn’t want to be in her 40s when she had her first child.

“I knew that it would not be easy every day, but I also knew that I was able to handle it,” the now 38-year-old told Global News.

“I’ve never stopped myself from doing anything in life, so that was kind of natural for me to have kids alone.”



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    Roy, a government worker, spent six to 12 months looking up everything she needed to know to have children via a sperm donor.

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    Since she was still young, Roy was told she had a 25 per cent chance of the treatment would work, and that most people conceive within four to six months.

    After six rounds of insemination using an anonymous sperm donor, Roy welcomed her daughter, Flavie, into the world.

    “When you do fertility treatments, you live on a roller coaster: two weeks of hoping, one week down, one week to try again,” she said.

    “So, the emotions are also on a roller coaster.”

    A few years later, just months before her 36th birthday, little Justine was born, using the same donor.

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    “It was really important for me to use the same donor, so the kids can be 100 per cent related,” Roy told Global News.

    File photo of a pregnant woman.

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    Dr. Neal Mahutte, medical director of the Montreal Fertility Centre, explains the first instinct of many young women is to inquire about freezing their eggs.

    Nevertheless, there are some who walk through the clinic’s doors, set on having a child as soon as possible with a sperm donor.

    “I think there may be more awareness, which is a good thing,” he told Global News.

    “Women are more aware than they have been in years past about the fact that their age affects their fertility and they have some limits as to when they may or may not be able to have children in terms of their own eggs.”

    He explained that, while in the 70s, women were having children in their 20s, nowadays, the inclination is to wait.

    “For a whole variety of societal reasons, people are delaying having kids,” he said.

    Single mother by choice

    Roy’s girls are now five and a half and three years old; she said if she had to do it all over again, she’d only change one thing.

    “I should have done it earlier — two or three years earlier,” she told Global News.

    She explained the experience has been an empowering one.

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    “I have friends saying that they are alone with the kids for 48 hours and do not know how they will handle it,” she said.

    “[I wanted to be able to] spend some quality time with the kids while still in shape and have the energy to play.”

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    She added that she’s always been very open with her children about where they came from.

    “They always knew. It’s very important for me. For now, it’s still in kid terms, but they know,” Roy told Global News.

    “They know I went to a clinic to see the doctor who had baby seeds.”

    What happens if Mr. Right stumbles along?

    “If he really likes me, he will like my kids as well,” Roy declared.

    Thinking about the future

    Susanna Josef, 31, says she’s been mulling over the idea of having a child via sperm donor for quite some time.

    “I have never found a man that I can love yet. I went through many many relationships and not one of them had what it takes to be called a strong one,” she told Global News.

    “And yet, I’ve always wanted to be a mother of more than one child.”

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    Josef had her first daughter, Myra, at the age of 29 and has been a single mother ever since.

    “[I had to decide between] wanting a perfect family of a mother and a father for my children or doing it the way I always wanted to do it — as just me, one single loving parent providing a healthy environment with no stress, hate or fights,” she told Global News.

    Susanna Josef with her daughter, Myra.

    Susanna Josef

    The Montrealer said she doesn’t want her daughter to grow up without a sibling.

    “Having to be in this spot with my daughter taught me a lot and made me sure I am able to do it with another child,” Josef said.

    “Going through the hardships of being a single mom taught me a lot and I don’t want my marital status to have any effect on my vision of having a loving family that I have made.”

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    Josef said if she decides not to conceive via a sperm donor, she will start looking into adoption.

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