Deborah James had a ‘special gift’ to connect with the public, says charity boss

Dame Deborah James had a “special gift” which allowed her to have “difficult conversations” with the public that would ultimately save “countless lives”, a charity boss has said.

The podcaster, who died on Tuesday, became a patron for Bowel Cancer UK following her diagnosis in 2016 and worked to raise money for and awareness of the charity.

Its chief executive Genevieve Edwards said her legacy would live on through her campaigning work.

She said: “Deborah has been an incredible force for good, for our charity and others. Since the day of her diagnosis she has shone a bright light on bowel cancer.

She has raised over £7 million pounds for charity and the number of money she has raised has increased since her death yesterday.

Good Morning News, 11:20AM

Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls

Ghislaine Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for luring young girls to massage rooms for disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse.

The 60-year-old looked straight ahead and showed no emotion as a judge in the Southern District of New York passed sentence in front of a packed public gallery.

Her accusers came face to face with her on Tuesday as several women read victim impact statements to the court – describing her as a “manipulative, cruel and merciless person.”

Minutes ahead of her sentencing, Maxwell apologised to the victims of her abuses and said she hopes her prison time will allow them “peace and finality.”

Good Morning News, 10:20AM

Airbnb makes global party ban permanent

Airbnb has announced its global ban on parties and events at homes on its platform will be made permanent.

The home rental platform began the crackdown in 2019 after a fatal shooting at a party in a Californian house. At that time, the company prohibited advertising parties at Airbnb locations on social media.

But the number of parties at Airbnb locations increased during the pandemic, Airbnb said, as people moved gatherings from bars and clubs to rented homes. That led to a temporary ban in 2020.

Good Morning News, 9:45am