'Just like a five star hotel' - what Kate Middleton will be treated to in lavish $20k per night maternity ward with birth of third baby imminent

Most women can only dream of the pampering and five star treatment which will be lavished on Kate Middleton as she gives birth to her third child in the Lindo Wing of London's exclusive St Mary's Hospital.

Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are expecting the arrival of their third baby, with royal fans already camped outside the hospital eager for any news as the due date has arrived.

Speaking to The Sun, Ana Klemencic Cabuk, 36, of Richmond, south west London, talked of her experience in the swanky Lindo Wing, revealing what is in store for Kate Middleton.

Ms Cabuk gave birth to her first child in the Lindo Wing in October 2016 and compared the nearly $20,000 a night service and amenities to that of a five star hotel more than that of a maternity ward.

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"Everything was nice and clean, and the bathroom had a good selection of toiletries and cosmetics – shampoos, conditioners, body lotions," Ms Cabuk told The Sun.

"You choose your food from the menu; you have a few options and every day they came and asked what my husband and I would like.

"On delivery day I had a huge breakfast. They offered a full English, pastries, freshly squeezed orange juices. It was just like a five star hotel.

"They also had an afternoon tea, which was like a restaurant. You got sandwiches, cakes, cookies, and different teas like English Breakfast, camomile, and peppermint. It was also possible to have champagne, but I don't drink much and was breastfeeding so I didn't have any.

"The dinner menu had things like lasagne, and a panna cotta dessert – that was my favourite, I had it twice. But I always tried something different.

"They also had very nice, refreshing soups, which was really needed after delivery," she continued clearly impressed with the food selection.

Ms Cabuk says she paid an extra $2000 for an epidural, making for a largely pain free 12 hour labour.

She and her husband were so impressed with the experience they plan on having their second child there this September.

Prince William and Kate Middleton and their new baby. Source: Breakfast

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Flooding in Florida up to roof level as Hurricane Michael continues destructive path inland

Supercharged by abnormally warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday with potentially catastrophic winds of 155 mph, the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in nearly 50 years.

Its winds shrieking, Michael crashed ashore in the early afternoon near Mexico Beach, a tourist town about midway along the Panhandle, a lightly populated, 200-mile stretch of white-sand beach resorts, fishing towns and military bases.

It battered the coastline with sideways-blown rain, powerful gusts and crashing waves. It swamped streets, flattened trees, stripped away limbs and leaves, knocked out power, shredded awnings and sent shingles flying. Explosions apparently caused by blown transformers could be heard.

"We are catching some hell," said Timothy Thomas, who rode out the storm with his wife in their second-floor apartment in Panama City Beach. He said he could see broken street signs and a 90-foot pine bent at a 45-degree angle.

The meteorological brute quickly sprang from a weekend tropical depression, becoming a furious Category 4 by early Wednesday, up from a Category 2 less than a day earlier. It was the most powerful hurricane on record to hit the Panhandle.

"I've had to take antacids I'm so sick to my stomach today because of this impending catastrophe," National Hurricane Center scientist Eric Blake tweeted as the storm - drawing energy from the unusually warm, 84-degree Gulf waters - became more menacing.

More than 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast were urged to evacuate as Michael closed in. But emergency authorities lamented that many people ignored the warnings and seemed to think they could ride it out.

"While it might be their constitutional right to be an idiot, it's not their right to endanger everyone else!" Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson tweeted.

Satellite imagery of Hurricane Michael as it makes landfall at Florida about 1pm local time (6am NZT).
Satellite imagery of Hurricane Michael as it makes landfall at Florida about 1pm local time (6am NZT). Source: NOAA

Diane Farris, 57, and her son walked to a high school-turned-shelter near their home in Panama City to find about 1,100 people crammed into a space meant for about half as many. Neither she nor her son had any way to communicate because their lone cellphone got wet and quit working.

"I'm worried about my daughter and grandbaby. I don't know where they are. You know, that's hard," she said, choking back tears.
Hurricane-force winds extended up to 45 miles (75 kilometers) from Michael's center. Forecasters said rainfall could reach up to a foot (30 centimeters), and the life-threatening storm surge could swell to 14 feet (4 meters).

Based on its internal barometric pressure, Michael was the third most powerful hurricane to blow ashore on the U.S. mainland, behind the unnamed Labor Day storm of 1935 and Camille in 1969. Based on wind speed, it was the fourth-strongest, behind the Labor Day storm (184 mph, or 296 kph), Camille and Andrew in 1992.

The storm appeared to be so powerful that it is expected to remain a hurricane as it moves over Georgia early Thursday. Forecasters said it will unleash damaging wind and rain all the way into the Carolinas, still recovering from Hurricane Florence's epic flooding.

At the White House, President Donald Trump said the government is "absolutely ready for the storm." ''God bless everyone because it's going to be a rough one," he said. "A very dangerous one."

In Panama City, plywood and metal flew off the front of a Holiday Inn Express. Part of the awning fell and shattered the glass front door of the hotel, and the rest of the awning wound up on vehicles parked below it.

Hurricane Michael's Eye over the coast of Florida, about 6.30am NZT (1.30pm local time).
Hurricane Michael's Eye over the coast of Florida, about 6.30am NZT (1.30pm local time). Source: NASA

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Watch: Houses left underwater, some torn to pieces as Hurricane Michael hits Florida

The scale of destruction from Hurricane Michael is starting to be seen, with entire houses washed away in the Category-4 storm.

Images from Mexico Beach show flooding of at least six to eight feet of water, with buildings unable to withstand the sheer force of the hurricane

More than 375,000 people in total up and down the Gulf Coast have been warned to evacuate.

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Canada is legalising marijuana – the second country to do so

Canada is legalising adult use of marijuana on Oct. 17 and will be the second and largest country to do so. The federal government established the broad outline of the legalisation law but left it up to provinces and territories to fill in some of the details - such as whether to allow home grows, to establish a legal purchase age of 18 or 19, and whether to sell through government-run pot shops or private outlets.

Here's a look at how the industry will look, as well as some key differences between Canada's approach and that of the nine U.S. states that have legalized so-called recreational marijuana:

WHAT'S ALLOWED

Canada's Cannabis Act allows people 18 and older to buy marijuana online or in retail stores. Most provinces have raised the minimum age to 19, however, to align with the drinking age. In the US, states with recreational legalisation have an age limit of 21, which matches the drinking age.

Canadian law sets a 30-gram limit on how much people can buy at once or possess in public. That's just over an ounce, which is the possession limit in all but one of the US states with legal pot - Maine's limit is 2.5 ounces (71 grams). However, there's no limit on how much Canadians can possess in their homes.

The Canadian law also allows for residents to grow up to four plants at home, though two provinces - Quebec and Manitoba - opted to forbid home-growing. U.S. states including California, Nevada, Alaska and Colorado allow home-growing of up to six plants.

WHAT'S AVAILABLE


Unlike in the US, where many types of products are available, Canada is for now allowing sales of only dried cannabis flower, tinctures, capsules and seeds. Marijuana-infused foods and concentrates are expected to be available in about a year.

Residents across Canada will be able to buy marijuana online, through websites run by each province - a handy resource for cannabis users in any cities that might decide to ban pot shops. Most provinces will have at least some stores open next Wednesday, ranging from 20 in New Brunswick to a single store in British Columbia. Hundreds more are expected to open nationwide over the next year.

Federal taxes will total $1 per gram or 10 percent, whichever is more. The feds will keep one-quarter of that and return the rest to the provinces, which can add their own markups. Consumers also will pay local sales taxes.

GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT


A key difference between the Canadian and American models is government involvement. The main federal effort in the U.S. is to enforce drug laws that still treat marijuana as a controlled substance.

In Canada, the federal government regulates producers. Canada so far has licensed some 120 growers.

The provinces are tasked with overseeing distribution. Some will buy wholesale marijuana and deliver it to retail stores and, through the federal postal service, to online customers. The government involvement in distribution could help control prices, keeping them at a level that is competitive with the black market without allowing overproduction to threaten the viability of licensed producers, experts say.

In some US states, especially Oregon, an oversupply of legal pot has raised concerns about product being diverted to other states.

The Ruatoria company has just become the first business in New Zealand granted a licence to cultivate the plants.
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Wave of water ploughs through St Llorenc as flooding claims nine lives on Spanish island of Mallorca

At least nine people have died on the Spanish island of Mallorca after a torrential rainstorm caused flash flooding that left a trail of piled vehicles and damaged infrastructure from surges of water and mud.

Two British citizens and a Dutch woman were among the victims found, one day after the rainfall, a spokeswoman with the regional emergency service said.

The only missing person as of this morning was a 5-year-old boy who disappeared with his mother. The Civil Guard found the mother's body. Before floodwaters dragged her and the boy away, the woman reportedly managed to bring her 7-year-old daughter out of their vehicle, according to unidentified Civil Guard sources quoted by Spanish private news agency Europa Press.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said during a visit to the eastern coast of the island that the impacted area would be declared a "zone of catastrophe," which unlocks funds for recovery, reconstruction and compensation of victims.

The military has been called in to help emergency services deal with the scale of the devastation. Source: BBC

"Given the magnitude of what happened we are going to unleash all resources necessary to return their lives to their everydayness, but the most urgent thing right now is to find those people disappeared," Sanchez told reporters.

Authorities said the rainstorm was unlike any people could remember. They described it as both intense and localized in a narrow stretch of land, which led to the overflowing of a creek that cuts through the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, about 60 km east of Palma de Mallorca.

Videos shot on mobile phones by local residents showed a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore trees on its way down the streets of the town of 8,000.

At least nine people are dead after the flooding on the Island of Mallorca. Source: Breakfast