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Prince William to appear on cover of gay magazine Attitude

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Prince William will appear on the cover of Britain’s leading gay magazine to speak out against homophobic bullying, the publication has revealed.

The prince, second in line to the throne, is the first member of the British royal family to be photographed for the cover of a gay publication.

The announcement came just days after 49 people were gunned down in a deadly assault on a gay nightclub in Florida.

In an interview with Attitude magazine, Prince William spoke out about homophobic bullying after meeting members of the gay community at his Kensington Palace home to hear about their experiences of abuse due to their sexuality, and the impact on their mental health.

“No-one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason and no-one should have to put up with the kind of hate that these young people have endured in their lives,” he said.

“The young gay, lesbian and transgender individuals I met through Attitude are truly brave to speak out and to give hope to people who are going through terrible bullying right now.

“Their sense of strength and optimism should give us all encouragement to stand up to bullying wherever we see it.”

Attitude said gay people suffer disproportionately from mental health issues.

Prince William, 33, was told how bullying had led to low self-esteem, suicide attempts, eating disorders, depression and drug addiction.

In a message to young people being bullied over their sexuality, the Duke of Cambridge said: “Don’t put up with it — speak to a trusted adult.

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Over 70% of deep-sea fish of Atlantic Ocean have ingested plastic : Study

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Fragments of plastic are found throughout the world, from nearly every continent to nearly every body of water. But, researchers recently have found 73 percent of Northwest Atlantic deep-sea fish are also eating it — the highest reported frequency of plastic-eating fish in the world.

Plastic particles were found in some of the most remote parts of the Atlantic Ocean with almost three quarters of a sample of more than 230 deep-water fish collected by NUI Galway scientists having ingested plastic particles.

The contamination level among the fish species, located in the northwest Atlantic thousands of kilometres from land and 600m down in the ocean, is one of the highest reported frequencies of microplastic occurrence in fish worldwide, according to the study published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.

The NUIG scientists, as part of the study, participated in a transatlantic crossing onboard the marine institute’s Celtic Explorer vessel.

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PhD candidate and lead author Alina Wieczorek said, “Deep-water fish migrate to the surface at night to feed on plankton [microscopic animals] and this is likely when they are exposed to the microplastics.”

During this research cruise they took dead deep-sea fish from midwater trawls such as the spotted lanternfish, rakery beaconlamp, stout saw-palate and scaly dragonfish.

Microplastics are small plastic fragments that commonly originate from the breakdown of larger plastic items entering the ocean. Other sources may be waste water effluents carrying plastic fibres from clothing and microbeads from personal care products. Due to their low density, most of these microplastics float at the sea surface.

The fish ranged in size from the smallest species the Glacier Lantern at 3.5cm to the largest species, the stout saw-palate at 59cm.

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