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“She wants to live her life”: End in sight for Spears conservatorship

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Jamie Spears requests to terminate the power he has over his daughter, but some are questioning whether it’s under the right intentions.

Jamie Spears to free his daughter from conservatorship

After a long 13-year battle, Britney Spears’ father Jamie Spears, has filed a petition to end the conservatorship arrangement that controlled his daughter’s life.

The request came unexpectedly, with Mr Spears telling a Los Angeles court it was Britney’s plea to end the deal which led to his request for termination.

“She wants to be able to make decisions regarding her own medical care, deciding when, where and how often to get therapy [among other things],” Mr Spears says.

“In short, she wants to live her life as she chooses without the constraints of a conservator or court proceeding.”

The events which occurred in the lead-up to the arrangement’s cancellation also contributed to Mr Spears’ decision, with the public eye questioning if Britney’s circumstances justified whether the conservatorship was necessary.

Mr Spears’ lawyer says Jamie wants the best for his daughter and is willing to give her a chance to handle her own life if she believes she is capable.

Is the end in sight?

Britney’s described her father’s conservatorship as “abusive”, addressing the court twice within the last year for him to be removed from his role.

The legal arrangement – usually put in place for those who are old and frail – was instated in 2008, with a series of mental health issues to blame for its purpose.

It meant Britney’s father had control over her finances, healthcare and personal life.

While Jamie Spears did step down in 2019, a licensed conservator now fulfils his role.

In protest, the pop star has refused to perform since 2018 and continues to do so, as long as she’s under her father’s rule.

A word from Britney’s lawyer

While Britney’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, sees this as a win for his client, he says Mr Spears is trying to avoid taking responsibility for the alleged trauma he has caused his daughter.

“It appears that Mr Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath, but as we assess his filing (which was inappropriately sent to the media before it was served on counsel) we will also continue to explore all options,” Rosengart told AP in an email.

This was the first time in the last 13 years where Britney was permitted to choose her own attorney.

The case’s next hearing is scheduled for 29 September.

Written by Rebecca Borg

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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan

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China initiated military ‘punishment’ exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan in response to the newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te.

These drills come amid escalating tensions in the region, with Beijing asserting its sovereignty over Taiwan, denouncing the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te and labelling this one of several “separatist acts”, as reported by Reuters.

These military manoeuvres are seen as a show of force and a warning to Taiwan and its supporters against any moves perceived as challenging China’s territorial claims.

President Lai has repeatedly offered talks with China but has been rebuffed.

He says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future, and rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims.

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Apple Music’s controversial top 10 albums of all time

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Apple Music has released its highly anticipated “100 Best Albums of All Time” list, with the top 10 rankings causing a bittersweet symphony of destruction for some music lovers.

The list was curated by a panel of experts and based on various factors including cultural impact, critical acclaim, and commercial success, with the aim to celebrate the most influential and timeless albums across genres.

As reported by the official Apple Music Newsroom blog post, the top ten best albums of all time are the following:

10. Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé

9. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana 

8. Back to Black (2006), Amy Winehouse

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), Kendrick Lamar

6. Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Stevie Wonder

5. Blonde (2016), Frank Ocean

4. Purple Rain (1984), Prince & The Revolution

3. Abbey Road (1969), The Beatles

2. Thriller (1982), Michael Jackson

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill

In other news, Apple recently became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before falling just below that milestone, as reported by Reuters.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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