A forty-something mother is leaving internet users baffled by appearing in viral videos alongside her ‘identical’ teenage daughter.
American parent Stacie Smith, 41, has stumped many TikTok users with her clips alongside Madison, 16, who many say looks more like her twin than her child.
In one clip, which has quickly racked up over 1 million views, the nursery teacher and the teenager can be seen wearing matching outfits and dancing for the camera, while the caption read: ‘Aren’t you that mother/daughter duo that people think are twins? Since it’s said so often, we went there. Still don’t see it!’
Many social media users said they’d been left stunned by the duo’s likeness, with one commenting: ‘To say that I was shocked in the resemblance is an understatement! Twins.’
American parent Stacie Smith, 41, has stumped TikTok users by filming clips alongside her daughter Madison, 16, with many saying she looks more like her twin than her child.
The nursery teacher often shares hilarious videos on the social media platform alongside her teenage daughter
The mother has filmed a series of clips with Madison and often challenges her 20,000 followers to tell them apart.
With their matching shoulder-length blond locks, big blue eyes and identical beaming smiles, it’s not hard to see why the mother daughter duo often confuse viewers.
And to add to confusion, Stacie regularly shares Tiktoks where she and her daughter dance together in identical outfits.
And in a recent viral clip, the pair donned matching striped jumpers and denim shorts, leaving many commenters questioning who was the parent and who was the daughter.
The mother-daughter duo recently went viral with a clip dancing in matching striped sweaters and denim shorts
One user commented: ‘3D printers have come a long way…’
Meanwhile, another added: ‘God literally said, ‘Copy and paste.”
Another person wrote: ‘I’ve watched this 10 times trying to figure out which one was the mum. Had to come to the comments to find out.’
‘Why did I think this was the reflection filter?’ another commented.
Stacie insisted that despite what viewers say, she doesn’t believe she looks like her daughter’s twin (pictured, in another dancing video)
One added: ‘Wow. I was waiting for mom to wait in then saw she was there the whol time.’
Stacie responded to many comments on the now viral clip to say they ‘made her day’ before clarifying that she is the one on the left.
After one person jokingly asked if she had Madison ‘when [she] was two’, the mum replied: ‘Bhaahha I’m dying! I had her when I was 25. I’m 41. She’s 16.’
Social media users were left baffled by the clips, with many calling Stacie and Madison ‘identical’
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Young working women bearing the brunt of the UK’s second wave of coronavirus, according to SAGE
Young women are ‘bearing the brunt’ of coronavirus during the disease’s resurgence, government scientific advisers have warned.
Analysis of hospital records shows there has been a significant rise in the number of females aged 20 to 40 being admitted for serious Covid-19 infection since August.
SAGE suspects the rise is due to women in this age group being more likely to work in customer-facing jobs that make them vulnerable to contracting the disease.
The problem is being compounded due to fraying adherence to social distancing rules putting young women at risk, according to Professor Calum Semple, an infectious disease expert at Liverpool University and a member of SAGE.
During the first wave of the pandemic in Britain, men were disproportionately struck down by coronavirus — a trend that has been seen worldwide.
Professor Semple’s analysis shows that, from January to August, 56 per cent of the 130,000 Covid-19 admissions were men and 44 per cent were women.
But, since August 1, women have made up 48 per cent of those treated in hospital, with the vast majority of admissions among women aged between 20 and 40.
From January to August, 56 per cent of the 130,000 Covid-19 admissions were men and 44 per cent were women. But, since August 1, women have made up 48 per cent of those treated in hospital, with the vast majority of admissions among women aged between 20 and 40
Young women are ‘bearing the brunt’ of coronavirus during the disease’s resurgence. Experts say this is because they work in customer-facing jobs in retail and hospitality (file)
Professor Semple believes the problem has been caused by a combination of women being more likely to work in hospitality and retail — where they come into contact with customers regularly — and people ignoring social distancing rules.
He told the Guardian: ‘We’re seeing a big excess. Something is wrong in the way society is being managed because women between 20 and 40 are currently taking the brunt of this second wave.
‘It’s clear to me that these working women are being exposed to the virus and that can only be because other parts of society are not taking heed of the guidance. The message is that Covid is real and it does affect younger adults.’
Professor Semple spotted the trend in data he has been gathering from hospitals in England, Wales and Scotland throughout the crisis for the Covid-19 Clinical Information Network, or Co-Cin.
Office for National Statistics data from 2013 shows women are disproportionately more likely to work in the care, leisure, retail and hospitality sectors
Dominic Raab warns second national shutdown is on the cards if Britons don’t obey new laws
The Foreign Secretary said a second shutdown ‘is what we want to avoid’ but the nuclear option remains in the Government’s ‘arsenal’ if all else fails.
Mr Raab said he hoped ‘if everyone plays by the rules’ then the nation will be able to go into the Christmas period without a national lockdown being imposed.
He also defended the Government’s plans to allow the police to ask the Army for help in order to boost Covid-19 enforcement.
Mr Raab said military personnel could be drafted in to ‘relieve capacity’ and allow officers to concentrate on enforcing rules as he dismissed claims that soldiers will be patrolling the streets as ‘scaremongering’.
The Foreign Secretary’s intervention came as critics blasted the Government for seemingly failing to take any of the responsibility for the spike in cases despite ministers presiding over numerous chaotic U-turns and policy changes in recent months.
Tory MPs said the Government’s handling of the crisis has been a ‘total shambles’ and that repeated shifts in official guidance had left many people across the country confused as to what the rules actually are.
Meanwhile, it was claimed that Professor Chris Whitty has told Mr Johnson that England will likely have to follow Scotland’s lead in banning visits between separate households.
Co-Cin has been feeding weekly updates on the disease’s trajectory to the Department of Health and Social Care.
Professor Semple believes there has been an uptick in young women who work in the care and leisure sectors testing positive for the virus, which has contributed to the rise.
But there was no evidence that the reopening of schools has had any effect on infections.
Women’s charities said the finding was ‘deeply concerning’ and claimed measures to kick-start the economy over summer had disproportionately affected women.
Sophie Walker, the chief executive of the charity Young Women’s Trust, told the newspaper: ‘It is deeply concerning that women who have been on the front line of our care response and economic recovery might also be at increased risk from the virus.
‘We urge the government to analyse closely the impact on young women from close contact with the virus via the paid and unpaid work they have been asked to shoulder – from work in care homes, shops, pubs and restaurants to unpaid caring for children who are sent home from school.
‘If directives such as ‘eat out to help out’ and the focus on the school return are having a disproportionate impact on women’s health we need to have an urgent response plan.’
In the last month, daily hospital admissions in England have risen by five-fold. On August 30, there were just 38 patients taken to hospital after falling ill with the virus.
Whereas 205 people with Covid-19 were admitted on Friday – the most since June 27, when the figure was 209.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned hospitalisations are doubling every eight days, a trend which, alongside other troublesome statistics, has prompted the rollback of draconian social curbs.
Yesterday Boris Johnson imposed a 10pm curfew on all restaurants, bars and pubs across England from Thursday with the hospitality sector also being restricted to table service only.
A requirement to wear face coverings will be extended to include retail workers and customers in indoor hospitality settings, except for when they are seated at a table to eat or drink.
He also announced the end of the Government’s back to work drive as he said he is now ‘asking office workers who can work from home to do so’.
The Government has been actively encouraging workers to ditch working from home and yesterday’s U-turn represents a humiliating climbdown for the PM who earlier this month had told his Cabinet that ‘people are going back to the office in huge numbers across our country and quite right too’.
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Tubes and trains are packed as thousands of office staff vow to battle on for sake of UK economy
Tens of thousands of Britons vowed to battle on to save the economy today as they headed back to work after the Prime Minister’s call to avoid the office.
Some of the county’s biggest firms declared ‘nothing had changed’ following Boris Johnson‘s desk-banging performance last night.
Most had already been allowing staff to split time between home and the office and said their business needs meant it would continue.
Meanwhile the City of London Corporation said the government needed to find a way to deal with coronavirus that ‘Doesn’t cripple the economy’.
Among those still in are head offices for supermarket chains, as well as high street banks who need to have personnel in their buildings.
Asda, who last month said staff could return to its Leeds HQ, said they could still attend but had told workers not to come in unless they had to.
NatWest and RBS, who had 10,000 staff back in throughout the pandemic to help customers, are still having them in their offices to help customers.
But in stark contrast, Barclays were revealed yesterday to have told 1,000 staff who had come back to go back to a working from home set-up.
KPMG is also understood to expect a large number of its 5,000 workers to continue working from home.
An industry source told MailOnline: ‘Most businesses have covid-secure settings and need people in offices to be able to help their customers.
‘Nothing has changed for many after the Prime Minister’s speech.’
A NatWest Group spokesperson said its priority had been looking after staff and customers.
They added: ‘Enabling the majority of our colleagues to work from home has allowed us to support our customers in a safe way. For most people, this will continue into 2021.
‘However, we have more than 10,000 colleagues working in branches and offices across the UK – as we have throughout the pandemic – to make sure our customers have access to the support and services they have need.’
Public transport also told the same story with workers packing trains as they headed to their jobs.
Just 12 hours after the Prime Minister’s speech:
- Business leaders urged Mr Johnson to think about other ways to stifle the spread of coronavirus
- Traffic data from the UK’s biggest cities showed no change following his big speech to the country
- Commuters on the way to the office blasted his guidance as ‘conflicting’ and ‘confusing’
- One banker warned the mixed messaging would inflict a ‘devastating impact on the economy’
- Catherine McGuinness, policy chair for the City of London Corporation, said it was ‘disappointed’ with the work from home suggestion and said ‘We feel that this will set back the recovery’
- Transport eateries Upper Crust and Caffe Ritazza reported a £1.3billion lockdown loss
The Tubes were jam-packed again this morning as thousands of Britons continued to make their way into work, defying the Prime Minister’s call to avoid the office
Scores of passengers wearing masks make their way off an Underground train on the Jubilee Line this morning
The Underground was packed with commuters again this morning, despite the Prime Minister’s pledge to stay at home
Furious Tory MPs have turned on ‘authoritarian’ Boris Johnson as he ordered the British public to obey his draconian new coronavirus restrictions – or face an economically devastating second national lockdown
Executive recruitment consultant Greg Comer, 29, was heading to his office in Waterloo from his home in Greenwich this morning.
He said: ‘I saw the Prime Minister’s speech last night about working from home if you can.
‘I believe there has to be a balance struck between pushing forward economic activity and concerns over health.
‘Personally I find working in an office environment much more beneficial in terms of work rate and practicality.
‘I enjoy interacting with members of my team in person to get a bit of a buzz going.
‘The office has been open since July 16 and I’ve been in every working day since.
‘We’re working to about 25 per cent capacity, there’s about 10-12 of us In the office out of a team of 40 so we’re able to easily observe social distancing guidelines.
‘Maybe going in to the office is a risk, maybe travelling in on public transport is a risk but until we get a much more distinct set of instructions from the government, like during the first lockdown, then I think many people will continue to take those risks.’
Waterloo Station was at the same level of use as before the Prime Minister’s announcements yesterday to the public
Waterloo station had workers milling around to head to the office during rush hour this morning
Transport eateries lose £1.3billion in lockdown
Upper Crust and Caffe Ritazza owner SSP has said nearly two-thirds of its sites still remain closed as it revealed a sales hit of around £1.3 billion due to the pandemic.
The group said it has reopened around 1,100 outlets since lockdown, which decimated trading at its food and drinks sites in airports and railway stations as passengers numbers plunged.
SSP said sales are set to plummet by around 86% in its second half to September 30, with revenues down about £1.3 billion, while operating losses will be in the middle of its predicted £180 million to £250 million range.
The group recently warned that up to around 5,000 jobs are under threat – more than half of its 9,000-strong peak season workforce – as it looks to slash costs in response to the pandemic.
It had warned that only around a fifth of its sites in the UK would open by the autumn, but it has been able to reopen more sites as sales have improved slightly since full lockdown restrictions eased.
A slight improvement in passenger demand has seen weekly sales declines narrow to around 76% from 95% in its third quarter, it said.
In the UK, it said there had been a small recovery in air travel, although it was held back by ever-changing quarantine restrictions, while rail travel remained very weak with a slow recovery as workers tentatively returned to offices.
The latest restrictions brought in on Tuesday by the Prime Minister, including instructions for office staff to work from home where they can, are likely to deal another blow.
SSP cautioned that demand “may well remain subdued” over the winter months.
Simon Smith, chief executive of SSP Group, said: “We have seen some improvement in passenger demand since the start of the crisis and we have reopened units swiftly and profitably in response to this, with over one-third of our units now trading.
“Our model is flexible and we will continue to align unit openings with demand, meeting the needs of our customers whilst managing operating costs and cash flow tightly.
“In the medium term we expect to see the gradual return of passenger travel to more normalised levels.
“The actions we are taking to rebuild the business will enable us to emerge fitter and stronger.”
At Bank underground station, workers were defiantly returning to work, claiming the Government’s guidelines were confusing and that they were far more productive working in an office rather than home.
James Jeffs, 47 director of Vir2ue Comms, a telecoms company based in the City of London said: ‘I could work from home, but you can’t create the same atmosphere as you can in the office. You can’t bounce ideas off other people and I also miss the banter.
‘The Government is sending out very mixed messages about working from home. My fear is that telling people not to come to the office again is going to have a devastating impact on the economy. Just look at the City. All the shops, cafes and restaurants are empty.
‘Boris has got this wrong. He should be encouraging people to return to work while maintain all the coronavirus guidelines, not sit at home.’
Jas Bhachu, 47, a finance director of an international payments company said: ‘We are getting conflicting messages from the Government and once again, they had done another major U-turn over its latest announcement on working from home.
‘I’m not going to listen and will continue coming into the office. I could work from home if I wanted to, but I find that I’m a lot more productive when I’m in the office. Some of our staff have been furloughed while others did work from home for a while but we’re all now back in the office.
‘I like the office environment; you get through things a lot quicker.
‘The Government doesn’t really have a plan. They keep changing their minds and it’s causing a lot of confusion.’
Max Porter, 24, director of a charity said: ‘Like most people, I’m quite confused by the Government’s latest announcement. First, they told us to stay at home, then they told us to return to work and now they’re telling us to stay at home again.
‘I’ve been coming into the office since July and I prefer it to working from home. It’s a lot more productive and professional. The Government needs to make up its mind on what it wants us to do.’
Banker Jerry Wu, who is also studying for an MBA said: ‘I’m from Hong Kong and the Government there has a far clearer idea of what it wants people to do during this pandemic.
‘The British Government keeps changing its mind. This is confusing people and will have a devastating impact on the economy. The messaging is all wrong and not being delivered properly.
‘I think it’s better for people to be in an office environment because that will also help kick start the economy.’
Mr Wu added: ‘I know one bank which employs 700 people and only five of them turned up for work today following the Government’s announcement.’
Following the huge U-turn, the premier faced fire from all sides, with small business owners saying they will go bust if staff stayed home.
Traffic from some of the UK’s biggest cities showed no sign of motorists heeding advice to stay home
Catherine McGuinness, policy chair for the City of London Corporation, the local authority for the Square Mile, said it is “disappointed” over new coronavirus guidance for workplaces.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Clearly safety has to come first and we’re at a moment when measures need to be taken.
“But we are disappointed at the blanket call for office workers to return to working from home where possible.
“Firms have taken huge steps to make sure that their offices are Covid-secure. It’s clear that this virus isn’t going to go away quickly so we need to find a way of living with it that doesn’t cripple our economy.”
She claimed other financial centres had people back in the office without apparent related increases in infection and called on the Government to look “really closely” at coronavirus evidence.
Ms McGuinness said the City of London Corporation would be asking companies to comply with government guidance, but highlighted that the fourth-quarter forecast was “looking very bad” and there were “job losses down the road”.
She also said she was “concerned” about the knock on effect on local supporting businesses.
“We’re not happy, we are disappointed and we feel that this will set back the recovery, but… we have to take steps at this difficult time,” she added.
Rush hour in Bristol saw the usually packed M5 extremely quiet after the Prime Minister’s address to the nation last night
Queues of traffic were nowhere to be seen as motorists shunned motorways in their cars after the speech from Number 10
Further restrictions, which could last for well into next year, will see pubs and other leisure and hospitality businesses like restaurants face a 10pm curfew from Thursday.
People working in retail, those travelling in taxis, and staff and customers in indoor hospitality will also have to wear face coverings – except while seated at a table to eat or drink.
In a grave Commons statement the Prime Minister warned that the new curbs could last for six months – taking them well beyond Christmas – ‘unless we palpably make progress’.
Mr Johnson was barbed for introducing new measures including a 10pm pub curfew and £200 fines for mask rule-breakers among new restrictions on social settings in England.
The PM also announced he is making the British Army available to help the police enforce stringent new coronavirus rules.
He said officers will now have the ‘option to draw on military support where required’ to free up staff so more can crackdown on rule-breakers as he revealed fines are being doubled to £200.
But Downing Street ruled out deploying soldiers on the streets, saying they would be used for ‘backfilling certain duties, such as office roles and guarding protected sites, so police can be out enforcing the virus response’.
Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation Ken Marsh slammed the announcement as ‘a nonsense’ and National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales John Apter said it ‘lacked any detail’.
Meanwhile Chief Executive of UKHospitality Kate Nicholls described the restrictions as ‘another crushing blow’ for many businesses.
Responding to the address, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said: ‘We all want nothing more than to beat this dreadful virus and get back to normal.
‘Sadly, today’s statement from the Prime Minister confirms this is a long way off and there will be difficult times ahead.
‘The Prime Minister must take responsibility for what has gone wrong, and apologise for the chaotic failure of his ”world beating” test and trace system. It is inexcusable that this vital test and trace operation has been totally overwhelmed in recent weeks.
‘Ministers must outline details of the practical steps they are taking to fix the test and trace system as quickly as possible. This is the only way to avoid yet more restrictions.
‘With millions of people worried about their jobs, businesses and livelihoods, the Prime Minister must also urgently set out a new economic plan, including the extension of furlough and more help for the self-employed and small business.’
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Chinese drug trafficker facing death sentence escapes jail through sewage pipes in Indonesia
A Chinese drug trafficker on death row has escaped from a jail near Indonesia‘s capital after digging a 30-metre (100 feet) tunnel from his cell, police said.
Cai Changpan, sentenced to death in 2017 for trafficking 110 kilogrammes (230 pounds) of methamphetamine, broke out of Tangerang prison in Banten last week via the narrow tunnel, which connected to a sewer, officials said.
Authorities said they had recovered a crowbar, chisel, screwdriver and other tools used to dig the hole, speculating he may have got them from building work being done on a prison kitchen.
Cai Changpan, sentenced to death in 2017 for trafficking 110 kilogrammes (230 pounds) of methamphetamine, broke out of Tangerang prison in Banten last week via the narrow tunnel
Officers checking the culvert used by a Chinese death-row prisoner to escape in Tangerang
Officials said the 37-year-old, who also used the name Cai Ji Fan, had invited his cellmate to join him, but the inmate had declined.
‘This is the second time he escaped,’ said Tangerang police’s chief Sugeng Hariyanto, adding he also managed to get out of the National Police Criminal Investigation Department cells in Jakarta while on remand.
Cai’s first escape was in January 2017 via a hole he made in a bathroom wall using an iron rod.
Along with other prisoners, he then climbed a 2.5-metre (eight-feet) wall, but was recaptured in West Java three days later.
Authorities said they had recovered a crowbar, chisel, screwdriver and other tools used to dig the hole, speculating he may have got them from building work being done on a prison kitchen. CCTV footage shows the fugitive emerging from the pipe network and walking away
Although rare by foreigners, jailbreaks are common in Indonesia, where most prisons are overcrowded and poorly staffed.
In 2018, some 90 inmates escaped a prison in Banda Aceh after tearing down a fence during a prayer gathering.
A year earlier more than 400 inmates broke out of an overcrowded prison in Riau province.
Also in 2017, four foreigners dug their way to freedom from Bali’s notorious Kerobokan jail.
A Bulgarian and Indian were captured in East Timor a week later, but an Australian and Malaysian were never found.
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