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Lisa Curry reunites with ex Grant Kenny as they bond with their grandson

<p>It’s been four months since Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny became first-time grandparents after their daughter welcomed her baby, Flynn Melchior Gruell.</p> <p>On Thursday, Lisa gave fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her family life, posting a photo with her ex-husband Grant and their grandson Flynn.</p> <p>In the snap, the Olympic swimmer is seen cuddling her grandson next to the former Ironman.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BlZEI_rBhX9/" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BlZEI_rBhX9/" target="_blank">Grannie and Pa... loving our time with our grandson 💙 @morgangruell @jaimileekenny @jertkenny</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/lisacurry/" target="_blank"> Lisa Curry AO</a> (@lisacurry) on Jul 18, 2018 at 4:35pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Lisa captioned the sweet photo: “Grannie and Pa… loving our time with our grandson.”</p> <p>Fans were quick to point out the resemblance Flynn shared with his grandparents, with many saying he looked a lot like Grant.</p> <p>"Nice photo he has grown so much he looks a lot like his Pa," one person said.</p> <p>"He's definitely a Kenny. So cute," another added.</p> <p>In March, the new grandparents told <a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/parenting/celebrity-families/lisa-curry-grant-kenny-grandparents-50013"><strong><em><u>Woman’s Day</u></em></strong></a> how excited they were to meet little Flynn.</p> <p>"I cried because it was like our baby's having a baby," Lisa said at the time.</p> <p>"I couldn't wait to get to the hospital to meet him," Grant admitted.</p> <p>Lisa and Grant split nine years ago but have remained on good terms.</p> <p>The exes have three adult children together, daughters Morgan and Jamie, and son Jett.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkjAJDeB3lO/" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkjAJDeB3lO/" target="_blank">When your son walks you down the aisle ... 😊💕 Not sure if our guests were watching me or Jett😂 I know 1 person didn’t take his eyes off me💕💍🤵🏻👰 @mark66andrew @jertkenny @jaimileekenny @morgan__kenny @marilyncrystellebridal @mondofloraldesigns @houseofkdor</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/lisacurry/" target="_blank"> Lisa Curry AO</a> (@lisacurry) on Jun 27, 2018 at 4:41pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p>In May, Lisa’s son Jett gave her away at the alter as she married Elvis entertainer Mark Tabone. </p>

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Melania Trump’s priceless reaction after shaking Vladimir Putin’s hand

<p>A video has emerged of Melania Trump’s priceless reaction after shaking Vladimir Putin's hand during her husband Donald Trump’s summit with the Russian president.</p> <p>Putin smiles and nods in the clip as he is introduced to Melania by US President Trump in Helsinki, Finland on Monday.</p> <p>Melania also smiles during the handshake, but as soon as she steps back into position she pulls a bizarre face that many have labelled as shock or horror.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://imagesvc.timeincapp.com/v3/mm/image?url=https%3A%2F%2Fpeopledotcom.files.wordpress.com%2F2018%2F07%2Fmelania-trump.jpg&amp;w=1100&amp;q=85" alt="Melania Trump and Vladimir Putin" title="Melania Trump and Vladimir Putin" /></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://imagesvc.timeincapp.com/v3/mm/image?url=https%3A%2F%2Fpeopledotcom.files.wordpress.com%2F2018%2F07%2Fmelania-trump-12.jpg&amp;w=1100&amp;q=85" alt="Melania Trump, Donald Trump (left) and Vladimir Putin" title="Melania Trump, Donald Trump (left) and Vladimir Putin" /></p> <p>The video has now gone viral, prompting many readings of Melania’s facial expression.</p> <p>“She looks like she just stared into the eyes of evil,” one user said of the video.</p> <p>“The only one in the room who understands how dangerous this man actually is,” said Aaron McCord.</p> <p>“I think she looked scared to death,” another said.</p> <p>Others have jumped to Melania’s defence pointing out her countenance looks neutral.</p> <p>What do you think? Judge for yourself below.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-7yM0Av0au0" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>And if you can't quite catch it, here's another video: </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Watch Melania's face and body language after shaking Putin's hand. She is scared to death of him.<a href="https://t.co/4tEj7rXuLl">pic.twitter.com/4tEj7rXuLl</a></p> — KT CounterIntelligence (@KremlinTrolls) <a href="https://twitter.com/KremlinTrolls/status/1019612069379887105?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 18, 2018</a></blockquote>

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House Rules star reveals struggle to love her son

<p><em>House Rules</em> star Chiara Clarson has revealed her battle with postnatal depression, telling of her despair at not feeling an immediate connection with her son Seth – and the shame that stopped her talking about her feelings. <br /><br />Speaking to <em><strong><u><a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/house-rules-star-ciara-clarson-opens-up-on-her-battle-with-postnatal-depression/news-story/00cd0ff34e56a52c68ceffbebaba5a40?utm_source=Daily%20Telegraph&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=editorial">The Daily Telegraph</a></u></strong></em>, Chiara said that she had expected to fall “instantly in love” when her son was born in 2010, but was shocked when she felt a lack of connection during his first six months. <br /><br />“The day after he was born I was laying in my own filth in the bed not being able to move my legs from the caesarean with this baby on my chest,” she told the publication. <br /><br />“I just looked at him and thought ‘I don’t even know who you are, I just don’t know how I’m supposed to love you’.”</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="irc_mi" src="https://www.who.com.au/media/17147/chiara-and-david.jpg" alt="Image result for chiara and david house rules" width="529" height="353" /><br /><br />Chiara, who stars on the renovation reality show with husband David, didn’t know it at the time but she had postnatal depression. <br /><br />She said it took her almost half a year to bond with her son, who is now eight. <br /><br />“I didn’t know what to do,” said Chiara. “It was a really tough time and it wasn’t until he was six months old and he could sit up and giggle that I was like ‘you’re actually really, really cute’ and my love then instantly grew.” <br /><br />Mental health charity beyondblue says one in seven women ­experience postnatal depression, which can develop up to one year after the birth. <br /><br />Chiara, who is now mum to Taya, six, and Ellie Mae, three, said she didn’t speak about her post-birth fears because she felt “embarrassed”. <br /><br />“So many friends of mine who had kids were saying ‘I was instantly in love, it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me’ and I kept a lid on it and kept it inside,” she said. <br /><br />“Getting it off your chest and talking about it is important, whether that’s with someone professional or someone close to you. <br /><br />“Seeking help is not something anyone needs to be embarrassed about. Life isn’t perfect and anyone that says it is lying, it’s about getting the help you need.” <br /><br /><em>If you are troubled by this article, you can call Lifeline 131 114 or beyondblue 1300 224 636 or visit lifeline.org.au or beyondblue.org.au.</em></p>

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Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding details revealed by Buckingham Palace

<p>As Princess Eugenie’s wedding on October 12 draws closer, Buckingham Palace has announced new details about her special day.</p> <p>Similar to her cousin Prince Harry’s royal wedding earlier this year, Princess Eugenie and her fiancé Jack Brooksbank will also be saying their vows at St George’s Chapel and will invite 1200 members of the public to witness the nuptials from the grounds of Windsor Castle.</p> <p>The members of the public will include representatives of charities the couple support, schools they attended, as well as members of the Royal Household staff.</p> <p>The remaining spots will be available for people to apply for via a public ballot.</p> <p>After the couple emerge from the chapel on the West Steps after their wedding ceremony, they will also set off on a small carriage procession around Windsor.</p> <p>Their route will be more similar to Prince Edward and Sophie’s than Harry and Meghan’s, as it will be shorter and go through Castle Hill to the Hight St and back through the Cambridge Gate for the reception.</p> <p>In January, Eugenie, who is the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, announced her engagement to the 32-year-old.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BiUVHQxAq-g/" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BiUVHQxAq-g/" target="_blank">A post shared by Princess Eugenie (@princesseugenie)</a> on May 3, 2018 at 6:52am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In an interview with BBC’s <em>The One Show</em>, the Queen’s granddaughter said the proposal was "a complete surprise”, revealing that he popped the question while they watched the sunset over a lake in Nicaragua.</p> <p>"The lake was so beautiful. The light was just a special light I had never seen,” she said.</p> <p>“I actually said this is an incredible moment, and then he popped the question, which was really surprising even though we have been together seven years. "I was over the moon. [It was a] complete surprise. But it was the perfect moment, we couldn't be happier."</p> <p>Mr Brooksbank said: "It was amazing."</p> <p>Following the proposal, Eugenie said the Queen and Prince Philip were delighted for her.</p> <p>"Granny actually knew right at the beginning [of the engagement]. She was very happy as was my grandfather."</p> <p>The couple started dating in 2011 after meeting while both skiing in the Swiss resort of Verbier.  </p>

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The phone scam so elaborate it’s tricking Australians out of millions

<p>The Australian Federal Police is warning the public about an elaborate new scam that has duped Australians out of millions of dollars. <br /><br />It starts with a phone call in Mandarin, telling the potential victims they either have a parcel to collect, or that it is someone from the Chinese Embassy calling. <br /><br />Targeting Chinese-Australians, the caller transfers victims to someone else who convinces them their credit card or money has been used in a crime, or they’re embroiled in other fraudulent activity back home. <br /><br />Making the scam appear real, the phone numbers are masked so it appears the scammer is calling for an official channel. The caller will even encourage sceptical victims to search the number of the embassy or police station they claim to be from to appear legitimate. <br /><br />Shockingly, some people have even been convinced to stage their own kidnappings under instruction from the scammers to exhort money from their family. <br /><br />But then once the money is sent there's no more contact, numbers go dead and emails go unanswered. <br /><br />The AFP knows of 54 victims who have lost more than $5 million collectively. But state police have data which suggests the number is even higher. <br /><br />Sydney businesswoman Wendy* told <strong><em><u><a href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/07/18/13/51/phone-scam-chinese-embassy-recorded-message-fake-kidnapping-ransom-warning?app=applenews">9News</a></u></em></strong> how she had received a terrifying call in May claiming she was embroiled in an international money laundering operation. <br /><br />“They transferred me to China, to a police station in Shanghai, and they said I sold my bank account to a criminal,” Wendy told the publication. <br /><br />The scammers had used personal details to convince her of their legitimacy. They had even threatened the property she owns in Australia, saying it could be in jeopardy if she did not comply. <br /><br />“They said I have to … to clear myself, they led me through all of these tricks,” she said. <br /><br />“They sent me a photocopy of what to me looks like official documents from Chinese government… showed me all these documents that looked official. <br /><br />“They said if I did not cooperate with them they will work with the federal government and police here to arrest me. <br /><br />Wendy was told if she didn’t believe them to look up the phone number to check its authenticity. <br /><br />“I just didn’t realise they could use something to change the number… I didn’t know that,” she said. <br /><br />Wendy was scammed out of about $100,000 via Australian and Chinese currency when suddenly the calls stopped. She then realised she had fell victim of a scam. <br /><br />“I am in big debt now, half of the money is loaned and lots of money I borrowed from my family,” she said. <br /><br />“I thought I wouldn’t be that stupid, I just want to clear myself because I didn’t do anything wrong so I just approved everything so eventually it would be okay. <br /><br />Wendy, who has been running a business in Australia for more than 30 years, shared her story so others would hopefully not be duped like her. <br /><br />“I just want to let smart people know – never send any money to anybody no matter what they say,” she said. <br /><br />It may seem unbelievable that anyone could wire so much money to a stranger over the phone, but identity security counsellor at ID Care, Suli Malet-Warden said the scam is successful because it hits at something primal. <br /><br />“The person is wired to respond in fight or flight, turning on the limbic brain, turning off their pre-frontal cortex - rational part of the brain, the planning part, the part that would say to us 'huh that sounds really weird,'” Malet-Warden told 9News. <br /><br />“This is really good for the criminal... what this does is push us to a really primal state. <br /><br />“I've had people say they were scammed over a matter of days and in some cases staging their own kidnappings in order to get family to send money.” <br /><br />Malet-Warden said victims are terrified to the point of being in an “almost hypnotic state”, and they don’t tell anyone because they are petrified.</p>

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Aussie drivers stumped by this weird road rule question

<p>All motorists should have a sufficient grasp on road rules, but one scenario has left many motorists stumped on how they would respond.</p> <p>Queensland’s Department of Transport has tested motorists by asking them what they would do if they encountered a spooked horse on the road.</p> <p>The Department asked the tough question to its Twitter followers to see if drivers knew how to handle the situation correctly.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">You know your road rules, and now’s your chance to prove it.<br /><br />The rider's signalling that they're having trouble controlling their horse. What must the driver of the orange car do? <a href="https://t.co/gR3swu0eTO">pic.twitter.com/gR3swu0eTO</a></p> — Transport Main Roads (@TMRQld) <a href="https://twitter.com/TMRQld/status/1018655031103352832?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>“You know your road rules, and now’s your chance to prove it,” read the caption on the image.</p> <p>“The rider’s signalling that they’re having trouble controlling their horse. What must the driver of the orange car do?</p> <p>“It’s for the rider’s safety, the horse’s safety, and for yours”, the Twitter post read.</p> <p>If you would respond by quickly moving around the animal, then you could receive a $2600 fine in the Sunshine State.</p> <p>In the scenario, the driver is expected to pull over to the side of the road and turn off the engine, in order to avoid distressing the horse.</p> <p>A driver can “not move the vehicle until there is no reasonable likelihood that the noise of the motor, or the movement of the vehicle, will aggravate the restiveness of the horse”.</p> <p>Other states in Australia have similar rules about giving adequate space to horses on the road, but breaking the rule in QLD can result in a maximum penalty of 20 units, which equals $2611.</p> <p>However, the rule only applies if the horse rider has raised their hand and pointed to the horse, signalling that the animal is distressed.</p> <p>Under Australian law, horses are considered vehicles and are able to be ridden on the road.</p> <p>Were you aware of this road rule? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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The world’s best new airline revealed

<p>Singapore Airlines has been named as the world’s best airline in a prestigious award by Skytrax.</p> <p>The airline, which was once known as the Queen of the Skies, took the top spot from last year’s winner Qatar.</p> <p>Qatar came in second place followed by ANA All Nippon Airways, Emirates and EVA Air.</p> <p>The awards, which included more than 335 airlines, are based on the ratings of more than 20 million travellers between August 2017 and May 2018.</p> <p>Singapore Airlines also received the Best First Class award and the Best First Class Airline Seat.</p> <p>The airline also received the title of the world’s best airline in March by TripAdvisor, after vowing to win back customers.</p> <p>Singapore’s vice president of customer experience, Yeoh Phee Teik, told <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/worlds-best-airlines-2018/index.html"><strong><u>CNN</u></strong></a>: “We’re very ecstatic.</p> <p>“I think we can attribute this to the hardworking team, which has continued to elevate the customer experience. We’re glad that our work has been recognised and our customers have voted for us to be the world’s best.”</p> <p>The win comes just one year after Singapore Airlines introduced a revamped first class product.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BjCDDazB2BO/" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 62.5% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BjCDDazB2BO/" target="_blank">A post shared by Singapore Airlines (@singaporeair)</a> on May 21, 2018 at 1:00am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted said: “We congratulate Singapore Airlines on this fabulous achievement, being voted the World’s Best Airline by customers for a fourth time in the awards history.</p> <p>“A key ‘wow’ factor for customers is consistency and this proved to be a real asset for Singapore Airlines who scored highly across both product and service. I am sure Singapore Airlines will also take great pride in winning the World’s Best First Class award, less than one year after they introduced their new first-class suites.”</p> <p>World’s best airlines:</p> <ol> <li>Singapore Airlines</li> <li>Qatar Airways</li> <li>ANA All Nippon Airways</li> <li>Emirates</li> <li>EVA Air</li> <li>Cathay Pacific Airways</li> <li>Lufthansa</li> <li>Hainan Airlines</li> <li>Garuda Indonesia</li> <li>Thai Airways</li> <li>Qantas Airways</li> <li>Swiss International Airlines</li> <li>Japan Airlines</li> <li>China Southern Airlines</li> <li>Etihad Airways</li> <li>Austrian Airlines</li> <li>Air New Zealand</li> <li>Turkish Airlines</li> <li>KLM Royal Dutch Airlines</li> <li>Hong Kong Airlines</li> </ol>

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Postie leaves ‘warning messages’ on letters

<p>An Australian Post worker has sparked a debate online after leaving a series of “warning messages” on letters to a Melbourne homeowner. <br /><br />“Please clean the area in front of your letterbox,” the first letter read to homeowner Johnson Ong, who posted the photos to the Australia Post Complaints Facebook group.   <br /><br />A second letter read: “You need to clean the area in front of the letterbox. Not a small part. I have to ride through. There are rocks. All the front yard.” <br /><br />A third envelope came with an ultimatum: “Good morning. I won’t be delivering anymore if front of yard is not clear 1m in front and 1m side of letterbox. Thank you.” <br /><br />“Please last notice. Clean the area in front of letterbox,” a final letter said.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/c09b480e7eec9e34fd7f2ffc22f91791" alt="He began receiving these “warning messages”. Picture: Johnson Ong/Facebook" width="650" height="366" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/5a185d573bbf534fa8784ba243247117" alt="He said his garden had looked the same for 12 years. Picture: Johnson Ong/Facebook" width="650" height="366" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/a4dea230cdbfb1d58a7f17312dddcb5e" alt="The postie threatened to stop delivering his mail. Picture: Johnson Ong/Facebook" width="650" height="366" /></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/81c71eb3a2ff5656bfc5097355e76180" alt="Many on Facebook supported the postie’s actions. Picture: Johnson Ong/Facebook" width="650" height="366" /><br /><br />Mr Ong wrote on Facebook that his garden had not changed in the past 12 years and the “warning messages” had only started within the past month. <br /><br />He agreed safety was “definitely very important”, adding: “Riding over nature strips in wet weather is not safe as it could be slippery, mud can get into his wheels, spreading to neighbours’ driveways. Encouraging all riders or drivers to use [the] driveway is the safest for themselves and others.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/4f581346cf6febb7aecb55be575c9b67" alt="The offending mailbox — is this too hard to get to? Picture: Johnson Ong/Facebook" width="650" height="366" /><em>Johnson Ong's front garden and mailbox. </em></p> <p>Mr Ong contacted Australia Post, but the representatives sided with the postie. <br /><br />“Looking at the photo of your mailbox, the area around it is not clear,” a customer service representative wrote. <br /><br />“I apologise if you think the driver is threatening you, however they are entitled to ride across nature strips. This is to ensure safe, accurate and fast deliveries.” <br /><br />“I would recommend cleaning the front area and removing the shrubs that are obstructing the mailbox,” the rep advised. <br /><br />An Australia Post spokesman said: “We have apologised to the customer and are working with them to improve access to their letterbox. We’re glad that in this case we have been able to reach a satisfactory outcome. <br /><br />“Posties are allowed to ride on the nature strip while delivering mail and for their own safety, require easy and safe access to letterboxes. We encourage them to report any access hazards to their manager who then works with the customer to fix the issue.” <br /><br />Social media users were split on the issue, with many defending the postie’s messages and others believing the homeowner is in the right. <br /><br />“You want your mail delivered, make sure it is a safe place for the postie,” wrote one person. “After all it is his workplace and he deserves safety!” <br /><br />Another user described the garden as “atrocious” but others were quick to decry the criticism. <br /><br />“It’s hardly atrocious, it’s a bit of fallen leaves,” another replied. “My kid could ride his tricycle safely over that, is your postie that frail?” <br /><br />One said, “If he can’t find the letterbox he should hand in his licence or go to Specsavers.” <br /><br />However, one user pointed out that “you can be sued if the postie gets injured and you didn’t do anything to resolve the issue”. “At least the postie gave you some chance to fix it,” they wrote.</p>

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Thai cave boys speak for the first time about their ordeal after leaving hospital

<p>For the first time, the Thai cave boys trapped underground for two weeks have answered questions at a press conference following their recovery in hospital.</p> <p>All 12 players and their coach were greeted with cheers from a crowd outside as they entered the government hall, looking healthy and happy after their terrifying ordeal.</p> <p>The only member of the team to speak English, Adul Sam-on, described the moment he heard the rescuers first coming.</p> <p>“I started to listen and it became reality, the [talking]. I asked Mick to go down, because [he] was holding the torch,” he said.</p> <p>“Quickly, go down to have a look, otherwise they might go past us.”</p> <p>Adul said his teammates hesitated, so he took the torch and investigated the noises himself.</p> <p>“I greeted them, I said, ‘Hello.’ I heard, ‘Hello.’ Someone was raising their head above the water and said, ‘Hello’."</p> <p>“I went in there and the noise asked, ‘Hello, is anyone there?’</p> <p>“When they came out of the water, I was surprised. I didn’t know what to talk to them.</p> <p>“I said ‘hello’, or something like that.</p> <p>“When they said ‘hello’ to me, I said ‘hello’ back. It was so magnificent. I didn’t know questions to ask. It took me a while before I could answer them, when they asked me how I was. I answered them, I was so surprised. The person asked me how many of us there were. I said ‘13' … They answered, ‘Brilliant,’ and the person was very happy knowing there was 13 of us.”</p> <p>Another boy said the group had difficulty understanding the dive team because their English was not very good.</p> <p>“Everyone was so happy when they heard the noise of the divers … It was the first noise from outside in 10 days. They asked me to go up, go higher. They asked me how many days have we been in here and I answered him … I said ‘10 days’.</p> <p>“At that time, my brain wasn’t working. In my brain … there was no maths, no arithmetic, no English. At that time, I was so hungry as well.”</p> <p>The media conference was the first time the team have spoken about the experience after recovering at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital.</p> <p>All the questions from the press conference were submitted in advance and screened by psychologists to ensure the wellbeing of the team.</p> <p>The 25-year-old coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, answered most of the questions and recalled the moment when they discovered they were trapped in the cave system.</p> <p>“We went in there and saw a couple of pools of water. This time we went further than that. I said, ‘Do we want to go?’</p> <p>“One of the boys said, ‘Within one hour we have to come back, we have to come out before 5pm, because someone has to get home.’”</p> <p>When the boys went to leave, they realised they were trapped by water.</p> <p>After discovering even more water, the team became disorientated and it quickly became dark.</p> <p>“We were determined to find a way out. We tried to calm down. I told everyone to fight on, to have a good spirit, don’t give up.”</p> <p>The soccer team thought of a plan to “dig a passageway” for the water to flow through, however, it didn’t recede at all.</p> <p>“Everyone decided, ‘OK, let’s go and find a place to sleep, don’t worry, maybe it was just because the water rose and then it would recede later.’”</p> <p>“We had determined that we were going to spend the night there. We did not prepare any bedding materials at all."</p> <p>The team agreed they would stay near the water and “pray to the gods”, the coach explained.</p> <p>“At this time we were not afraid. I thought on the next day the water would recede and then someone would come and find us.”</p> <p>When the second day arrived, the boys were starting to feel weak and hungry.</p> <p>They were fearful the torch would run out of battery, so they used it sparingly.</p> <p>The youngest team member said he felt “dizzy and weak” and tried to battle his pain by not thinking about food.</p> <p>The Wild Boars team spent a lot of their time digging holes with stone pieces to keep themselves busy and licked water from the stalactites in the cave to keep hydrated.</p> <p>They knew there was a way out at the end of the cave but understood how far away it was.</p> <p>"We have only one chance, to go to the other end of the cave,” said one boy.</p> <p>“My opinion was — if we are not able to find that way out, then we will die in the middle. So, we came back. We had two choices … First, to go this way and the second is to wait there and let other people come to discover us. Water started to flow into our direction. After a while, within one hour, the water started to rise.”</p> <p>The boys, who attended the press conference in their Wild Boars soccer uniforms, revealed how happy they were to be able to watch the final game of the World Cup after they had been rescued.</p> <p>As the team members shared with the press their plans for the future, one boy said he promised to be “a good person, a good citizen”.</p> <p>Several boys revealed they wanted to be Navy SEALS one day, which drew an immediate applause in the audience.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Respect! The rescued <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Thai?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Thai</a> cave boys pose with a photo of Saman Gunan, the Thai Navy SEAL diver who died while trying to rescue them. <br /><br />Photo: AP <a href="https://t.co/YIYgD73pjO">pic.twitter.com/YIYgD73pjO</a></p> — Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ostrov_A/status/1019551406544519168?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 18, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>During the conference, the boys also paid tribute to former Thai Navy SEAL, Saman Gunan, who died delivering them oxygen tanks.</p> <p>To honour Saman, the boys will enter the monkhood and donate the merit to him.</p> <p>In Theravada Buddhist practice, this is one of the greatest marks of respect one person can give another. </p>

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Why Prince George might not be king

<p>Although he is third in line to the throne, new reports suggest that Prince George may have a choice in whether he wants to become king or not. </p> <p>Leading child psychologist Emma Kenney has said that despite traditional royal succession rules, she believes he will be able to decide whether he wants to become the future monarch. </p> <p>Speaking to <a href="https://au.be.yahoo.com/"><strong><u><em>Yahoo Lifestyle,</em></u></strong></a> Emma said the five-year-old heir will be "brought up with a dialogue" about his birthright. </p> <p>However, she believes his progressive parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will not take away his autonomy. </p> <p>“I think [William and Kate] are the kind of parents that will say, ‘If this isn’t for you, then there’s a choice.’ And I genuinely believe that,” Emma said during an episode of <em>Yahoo’s</em> <strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://uk.style.yahoo.com/tagged/royal-box" target="_blank"><u><em>The Royal Box</em></u></a> </strong>series.</p> <p>“I’m sure he will go down the traditional route [and become king] but I do think they would never take away his autonomy.</p> <p>“There has been a whole generation within the royals at this age, the younger generation, that’s born of autonomy and choice. And whilst some accept it, I don’t think that necessarily will be the case forever. I think tradition has changed.”</p> <p>Royal historian Kate Williams agreed, suggesting that there could soon be a change in careers for the next generation of royals. </p> <p>“We might see George becoming a doctor and training as a junior doctor and then, when he’s 40 or so, moving to become the heir-in-waiting,” she said.</p> <p>“We know how much Prince William loved doing his job as a search and rescue pilot and Prince Harry loved being in the army – unfortunately he was exposed by the Australian magazine and had to come back from the theatre of war, which he is always devastated about.”</p> <p>Kate added how the public "loves to see" members of the royal family working. </p> <p>The royal commentators believe that in the future, George, Charlotte and Louis, could increase their popularity by having a 'real job' in addition to carrying out their royal duties. </p> <p>What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Why Prince Charles and Prince William made the Queen meet Trump alone

<p>Following President Trump's visit with the Queen at Windsor Castle, many have speculated the noticeable absence of two key people, Prince Charles and Prince William. </p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.thesun.co.uk"><strong><em><u>The Sun</u></em></strong></a>, the two royals announced they did not want to get involved in the President's four-day visit. </p> <p>The result of their alleged decision meant the 92-year-old monarch hosted the US President and his wife Melania for tea by herself. </p> <p><a href="http://www.thetimes.co.uk"><strong><em><u>The Sunday Times</u></em></strong></a> reported that both Charles and William were reluctant to meet Trump. </p> <p>A palace insider told the paper, the father and son "simply refused" to attend the meeting, adding: "This business of Prince Charles and Prince William not being there for the Trump visit was a snub.</p> <p>"It's a very unusual thing for the Queen to be there on her own. Usually she is accompanied by somebody." </p> <p>Describing Charles, the royal insider said: "He goes to what he wants to go to, and if he had wanted to be there he could have been."</p> <p>While the Queen was meeting Trump, Charles attended a meeting for his company AG Carrick at Highgrove while William played polo in a charity match. </p> <p>Following the reports of Prince Charles and Prince William's snubs, the palace released a statement explaining why the Queen met with Trump by herself. </p> <p>"In line with standard practice for guests of government visits, the President was received by The Queen as Head of State. The arrangements were mutually agreed between the Palace and the U.K. and U.S. governments," a royal spokesperson told <a href="http://www.people.com"><strong><em><u>People</u></em></strong></a>.  </p> <p>"There was never a suggestion that other members of the family would take part." </p>

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That smile! Prince Louis is the happiest baby in newly released portrait with mum Kate

<p>Little Prince Louis has one gorgeous smile!</p> <p>In a newly released photo from his christening last Monday, the youngest royal laughed as he was photographed in the arms of his proud mum Kate.</p> <p><img style="width: 441px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://imagesvc.timeincapp.com/v3/mm/image?url=https%3A%2F%2Fpeopledotcom.files.wordpress.com%2F2018%2F07%2Fprince-louis-1-2000.jpg&amp;w=1100&amp;q=85" alt="" /></p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared the additional photograph to accompany the which took place in Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace on July 9.</p> <p>“Their Royal Highnesses hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do,” the office of Prince William and Kate at Kensington Palace <strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1018782335360290816" target="_blank">said in a statement on Monday.</a></strong></p> <p>The picture of 11-week old Louis was taken by photographer Matt Porteous in the garden at Clarence House following the christening, offering a much more candid and relaxed glimpse into the christening.</p> <p>Porteous previously photographed Louis’ brother Prince George when he turned three in 2016.</p> <p>The official family photographs were taken by Matt Holyoak which were released at the weekend.</p> <p>Missed Prince Louis' official christening album of photos? See all the <a href="http://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/books/2018/07/prince-louis-official-christening-portraits-released/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>official pictures of the christening here. </strong></span></a></p>

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Carrie Bickmore flaunts baby bump in bikini on Hawaiian family holiday

<p>She's about to welcome her third child but before the new arrival, Carrie Bickmore has headed to Hawaii for some quality holiday time with her family.</p> <p>On Monday night, <em>The Project </em>host took to Instagram to share happy snaps from her holiday album with husband Chris Walker, and two children Ollie, 11, and Evie, three.</p> <p>The 37-year-old showed off her growing baby bump in a striped halter-neck bikini as she frolicked in the surf and sand with her kids.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7476b50c1819443d8dfcd7f81a644a07" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 416.667px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7819840/carrie-1.jpg?width=500&amp;height=416.6666666666667" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7476b50c1819443d8dfcd7f81a644a07" /></p> <p>“[I’m wearing] the same bathers I have worn for 3 pregnancies (eek!) but who wants to shop for bathers when pregnant,” she revealed on Instagram.</p> <p>“They are old and crusty and used to be white and now are a mix of fake Tan, sunscreen and salt, but they do the job just fine.”</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0e723385ed9644e8806397b9ab130d79" /><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/media/7819841/carrie-2.jpg?width=0&amp;height=0" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0e723385ed9644e8806397b9ab130d79" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 416.667px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7819841/carrie-2.jpg?width=500&amp;height=416.6666666666667" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0e723385ed9644e8806397b9ab130d79" /></p> <p>Although Carrie is yet to confirm a due date, she revealed she’s finally over the “relentless” morning sickness that has plagued her for months.</p> <p>"Happy Hawaiian holiday over back to work tomorrow. But not complaining. Had such a good break. It was the first week I haven't felt sick in months and I am genuinely pumped to go back to work to jobs I love. Will be nice doing them nausea free!!!" she penned on Instagram.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/01fde0adeea547609cc061f05870041f" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 416.667px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7819842/carrie-4.jpg?width=500&amp;height=416.6666666666667" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/01fde0adeea547609cc061f05870041f" /></p> <p>Capping off her "holiday spam", Carrie admitted she was going to miss not being around the kids every day.</p> <p>"Really gonna miss hanging with the fam 24/7 though. Something nice about the pace of summer holidays. Last holiday as the 4 of us. Next one we'll be outnumbered, anyway last holiday spam I promise."</p>

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The $5 Kmart hack caravanners swear by

<p><span>There is nothing quite like hitting the open road with your caravan, with endless towns to visit and sights to take in.</span></p> <p><span>But no matter where you travel, chances are that you are going to encounter some bumpy roads.</span></p> <p><span>After stocking your caravan kitchen cupboards with various tumblers and wine glasses, the last thing you want is to have them break while rolling around in your cupboards.</span></p> <p><span>To keep your crockery safe, caravanners recommend purchasing a $5 Kmart product before you start your trip.</span></p> <p><span>Caravanners can purchase non-slip matting from Kmart, which can be cut to size depending on the purpose.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><img width="500" height="163" src="/media/7819689/1_500x163.jpg" alt="1 (169)"/><br /></span></p> <p><span>Another option is to buy small slabs of foam and cut out mug and bowl-sized holes.</span></p> <p><span>And if you have any kitchen appliances, pack them in a drawer with towels to avoid any damage.</span></p> <p><span>When you are travelling on rocky roads, it is also guaranteed that anything that is not sealed or stored properly will make a mess.</span></p> <p><span>To avoid this surprise, put a rubber band around any item that can unravel or pop open, even toilet paper rolls. </span></p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p><span>It is also important to make sure all cupboards and drawers are latched. To save space inside your caravan, also consider buying collapsible homewares that fold into themselves, such as collapsible washing up tubs.</span></p> <p><span>What is your best caravan hack? Share it in the comments below. </span></p>

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The Australian passport just became even more powerful

<p>The Australian passport is now even more powerful than it was last year.</p> <p>According to the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.henleypassportindex.com/assets/PI_2018_INFOGRAPHS_GLOBAL_180709.pdf" target="_blank">Henley Passport Index</a>,</strong></span> which compares each nation for its ease of travelling around the world, Australia ranked sixth alongside Greece.</p> <p>One spot higher than last year, Aussies now have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 183 destinations around the world.</p> <p>The index, which has been running annually since 2013, places us one position above neighbouring New Zealand.</p> <p>However, there were 20 countries with stronger passports than Australia.</p> <p>Topping the list was Japan and Singapore whose residents have access to 189 countries without needing a visa, followed by former number one Germany in second position with 188.</p> <p>Sweden, Finland, Italy, Spain, Denmark, France and South Korea were all ranked joint third with 187.</p> <p><img width="650" height="488" src="https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/b13af67d3e4132fc79efc8190a1b0742" alt="The global passport rankings by Henley." style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>Dr Christian H. Kalin, group chairman of Henley &amp; Partners, said a passport is much more than a simple travel document.</p> <p>“It is a gateway to international opportunities or a barrier to those same opportunities,” Mr Kalin said.</p> <p>“The Henley Passport Index enables individuals to assess where they lie on the spectrum of global mobility and helps governments understand the relative value and power of the passports they provide.”</p> <p>The results are based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association.</p> <p> </p>

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5-year-old boy helps write his own obituary before tragic cancer death

<p>A 5-year-old boy, who died of cancer, helped his parents write his obituary before his heartbreaking death earlier this month.</p> <p>Garrett Matthias, from the US, was diagnosed with alveolar fusion negative rhabdomyosarcoma – a rare form or cancer – in September.</p> <p>The cancer attacked Garrett’s cranial nerve, inner ear and temporal bone, reported the<strong><em> <a href="https://www.desmoinesregister.com/"><u>Des Moines Register</u></a></em></strong>.</p> <p>Before Garrett died on July 6, the spirited young boy with a sharp sense of humour helped his parents plan his funeral, which included assisting them write his obituary.</p> <p>The super-hero enthusiast’s mother, Emilie Matthias, told the <em>Des Moines Register</em> that Garrett couldn’t understand why the funerals of other cancer patients were sad.</p> <p>“He would say, ‘Why are funerals so sad? I’m going to have bouncy houses at mine,'” she said.</p> <p>Emilie said she would talk to her son about death after watching a melancholy movie.</p> <p>“I’d say things like, ‘When I die, I want to turn into a star,’” she said. “He’d say, ‘I want to be burned like in ‘Thor,’ and then I want to become a gorilla.’”</p> <p>Emilie and her husband then decided to ask their son what he wanted at his funeral.</p> <p>“We really tried to use his words, and the way that he talked,” she said. “Garrett was a very unique individual. What I really didn’t want was for his obituary to be ordinary and to have a really sad funeral. We’ve cried oceans of tears for the last nine months.”</p> <p>In the end, Garrett helped his parents write his obituary in which he included all his favourite things in the world.</p> <p>He said his favourite colours were “blue and red and black and green” and his favourite superheroes were “Batman and Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk and Cyborg".</p> <p>Garrett said he wanted to be a professional boxer when he grew up and that his favourite people were his family.</p> <p>He also included the two things he hated most: pants and “dirty stupid cancer”.</p> <p>Garrett said when he died he was “going to be a gorilla and throw poo at Daddy”.</p> <p>The obituary continued by talking about Garrett’s sense of humour.</p> <p>“Garrett endured nine months of hell before he lost his battle with cancer. During that time he never lost his sense of humour and loved to tease the doctors and nurses. From whoopee cushions and sneaking clothes pins on their clothes to ‘hazing’ the interns and new staff doctors, he was forever a prankster. Nothing caught people off guard as his response to ‘see ya later alligator’,” the obituary read.</p> <p>Garrett concluded the piece with: “See ya later, suckas! — The Great Garrett Underpants.”</p> <p>The young boy’s childcare was able fund five bouncy castles for his funeral on Saturday, just as he had wanted.</p> <p>A <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/garrett-mathiasmathias-family"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>GoFundMe</strong></span></a> page was set up for the Matthias family, which has raised over US$68,000.</p>

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Aussie mum's dire warning after hot water bottle explodes on 4-year-old son

<p>A Queensland mother has warned other Aussies of the dangers of using a hot water bottle, after one exploded on her four-year-old son.</p> <p>Harmony Arrowsmith’s son was rushed to hospital in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast with second degree burns after a hot water bottle exploded.</p> <p>The boiling water leaked onto his upper things and groin area, narrowly missing his genital area.</p> <p>She posted photos of her son’s horrific injuries to a Sunshine Coast community Facebook page to warn other parents.</p> <p>“I'd never thought to check our hot water bottles and I am full of regret,” Ms Arrowsmith posted.</p> <p>“Please PLEASE check your hot water bottles before using them or giving them to your little ones and make sure you know what to do in the unfortunate circumstance something like this happens.”</p> <p>After her was taken to Maleny Hospital he was admitted to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane for further treatment to his wounds.</p> <p>He was released 10 hours later and it is expected that his burns will not leave any scars.</p> <p>“I was shocked when the nurses told me how common these injuries are – I hope sharing this will prevent some from happening,” the mum posted.</p> <p>“I'm counting my lucky stars and so grateful, it could've been so much worse.”</p> <p>After the horrifying incident, Ms Arrowsmith realised the water bottle was three years old and was unaware they needed to be replaced regularly.</p> <p>“I had the [bladder] wrapped in a fluffy case and I'd never taken it out to check. I'll never make that mistake again,” she told the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-17/hot-water-bottle-warning-winter-safety/10003248">ABC</a></strong></span>. </p> <p>Do you regularly use hot water bottles? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Confusion as some Australians discover My Health Record profile already set up

<p>Australians have until October 15, 2018 to opt out of the federal government’s My Health Record, an online summary of their healthcare information, but users logging in from Monday have been shocked to discover profiles already set up for them.</p> <p>The national digital database aims to give Australians greater access to documents about their health and increase communication between doctors – but people who have tried to opt out due to privacy concerns have found they already have a record set up online.</p> <p>The<span> </span><em><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-07-18/my-health-record-opt-out-confusion/10000008">ABC report</a></span></strong></em><span> </span>that people accessing My Health Record for the first time have found several to hundreds of documents already uploaded.</p> <p>According to the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA), almost 6 million Australians currently hold a My Health Record.</p> <p>An ADHA spokesperson said: "Some people may have forgotten that they have one and not known that the name of the record has since changed.”</p> <p>Once called the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR), old records could be pulling in the data for My Health Record profiles.</p> <p>The scheme has been in the works for a long time and medical professionals have praised the potential benefits to patient care it will provide.</p> <p>Australian Medical Association (AMA) president Dr Tony Bartone says the new system was necessary to move from a “prehistoric” way of information sharing in the medical industry.</p> <p> “It will bring data presently located in many different parts of the health system … and attempt to bring it into an online repository in the one place,” he told news.com.au. “Your health data is already in various portals. What isn’t there yet is this online, connected repository … that will facilitate a communication revolution.”</p> <p>But advocacy groups such as Digital Rights Watch have expressed concerns about the security of My Health Record, and are urging everyone to opt out.</p> <p>“No guarantees have being given that individual citizen’s personal information will be kept safe and secure,” Digital Rights Watch chairman Tim Singleton Norton warned.</p> <p>“Health information is incredibly attractive to scammers and criminal groups.</p> <p>“There are also concerns of the current or future access being granted to private companies.”</p> <p>Adding to the frustration, many users are experiencing long waits and technical difficulties as they try to get out of the My Health Record system.</p> <p>People were unable to complete the process online and others using the telephone hotline faced long waiting times and even when some got through, call centre workers were unable to help because of systems crashing or slowing.</p> <p>A spokesman for the Australian Digital Health Agency said the site had not crashed, but acknowledged a “minor connection issue” with the call centre on Monday, as well as “some human error issues”.</p> <p>“The My Health Record consumer opt out portal is operating normally and has continued to do so throughout the opt out process,” the spokesman said in a statement to news.com.au</p> <p>“There have been some human error issues, with consumers not having the right information to correctly opt out which has slowed down the process for some people.</p> <p>“There was a minor internal connection issue yesterday in an Agency call centre which was compounded by the high level of callers on the first day who did not have the correct information to opt out. This issue was resolved quickly and the call centre resumed normal operations on Monday afternoon.”</p>

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Terri reveals Steve Irwin’s eerie premonition before death

<p>Terri Irwin has revealed she's never overcome her grief of losing 'soulmate' Steve Irwin, after his shock death in September 2006.<br /><br />In the first episode of the new season of ABC's <em>Anh's Brush With Fame</em>, the 53-year-old American-Australian burst into tears as she recalled the heartbreaking moment she found out that he had died.<br /><br />The mother-of-two told host Anh Do she'll never move on from Steve and find another partner, saying: “I'm just lonely for Steve.”<br /><br />“I always felt with Steve, if I hadn't married Steve I wouldn't have gotten married,” Terri said.<br /><br />The pair tied the knot in the US in June 1992, four months after getting engaged.<br /><br />She said when she first met Steve she wasn't even looking for love, but they had an instant connection.<br /><br />“I wasn't even dating, I wasn't even looking. I was 27 years old and figured my life was going to be my work and met Steve and fell instantly in love,” she recalled. <br /><br />Terri described Steve as her ‘soulmate' and said to this day, she isn't interested in meeting anyone new.<br /><br />“I feel that we had that soulmate thing. And in the 10 years since, I haven't dated or even thought about it. Because I'm not afraid to be on my own,” she said.<br /><br />“It's just really hard not having Steve. I'm just lonely for Steve if that makes sense.”<br /><br />Terri also revealed how her late husband may have predicted his life was about to be 'cut short' in the months and weeks leading up to his shock death.<br /><br />“You know he never thought he would have a long life. He just always kind of had this sense that his life would be cut short,” she told Anh.<br /><br />“I remember him saying to me, 'I don’t think I am going to film anymore, I think I am just going to spend time with my kids’,” she said.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">  <br /><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FABCTV%2Fvideos%2F10160448114540543%2F&amp;show_text=1&amp;width=476" width="476" height="587" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>Although it’s been 11 years since Steve was killed by a stingray in a freak accident, Terri spoke about how she’s still grieving.<br /><br />“Grief hits you at the most bizarre times. So I might be talking to biology students and it will remind me of Steve and I will burst into tears.”<br /><br />She added: “You don't ever get over grief. It changes, but you never wake up one morning and go, 'Oh, I'm done with that.'<br /><br />“That was the challenge in the journey after Steve died.”<br /><br />Their children Bindi was eight at the time of her father's death, while Robert was just two years old. <br /><br />Terri spoke about the last time she and the kids saw Steve, recalling it was when he was waving goodbye to them as they caught the plane to Tasmania.<br /><br />“I felt so bad for Robert because he was too little,” Terri said. <br /><br />“He was in his seat belt and fun police [referring to herself] didn't take the seat belt off so he could see his dad and wave goodbye. And that was the last time we saw him,” she said.  <br /><br />Terri said she arrived in Tasmania and was told to call a zoo manager, who told her about Steve's death.<br /><br />“I just remember this<span class="CmCaReT" style="display: none;">�</span> incredible sense of responsibility,” Terri said.<br /><br />“This feeling of overwhelming grief but, it was like, ‘What do I do next?’ So I kind of collected my thoughts and then I had to go out to the car and tell Bindi and Robert, which was really hard.”<br /><br />Terri cried as she remembered how she chose to drive herself and the children to the plane.  <br /><br />She said: “I drove myself, got in the plane and went home. But the thing I didn't expect or understand was just how it affected everyone.<br /><br />“So we got back and it was dark, and we drive into the zoo and there's all this media out front of the zoo.<br /><br />“And I thought, ‘You've done the story. It has been on the five o'clock news. Why are you still here?’ But then no one would have been more surprised than Steve at that, just outpouring of grief and love,” Terri said.  </p>

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Meghan turns heads with edgy outfit in latest royal outing

<p>The Duchess of Sussex turned heads on Tuesday with an edgy ensemble as she stepped out with Prince Harry at an exhibition marking the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.</p> <p>Wearing a blush sleeveless trench dress from up-and-coming Canadian label, NONIE, Meghan batted away criticism that her style had been muted ever since she became a royal with the edgy modern take of the classic trench.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class=" lazyloaded" src="https://www.who.com.au/cdnstorage/cache/9/b/9/d/e/0/x9b9de0526ddace6cfd3ccdd50d59b0095c992eca.jpg.pagespeed.ic.KQcGlb3zeL.webp" alt="meghan markle trench dress" data-src="cdnstorage/cache/9/b/9/d/e/0/x9b9de0526ddace6cfd3ccdd50d59b0095c992eca.jpg.pagespeed.ic.KQcGlb3zeL.webp" /></p> <p>She and Prince Harry met special guests including Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, a fashion designer and entrepreneur.</p> <p>The newlyweds paid tribute to the anti-apartheid icon at an exhibition dedicated to celebrating his incredible life. Mr Mandela met Princess Diana during a private visit to South Africa in 1997 just months before her tragic death.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class=" lazyloaded" src="https://www.who.com.au/cdnstorage/cache/b/9/5/7/3/c/xb9573c6c9e3355a97b52f820522822f670d136fb.jpg.pagespeed.ic.iXpqJ9e5FC.webp" alt="meghan harry" data-src="cdnstorage/cache/b/9/5/7/3/c/xb9573c6c9e3355a97b52f820522822f670d136fb.jpg.pagespeed.ic.iXpqJ9e5FC.webp" /></p> <p>The exhibit commemorating the hundredth year of his birth depicts Mr Mandela’s career from activist to president through six themes — character, comrade, leader, prisoner, negotiator and statesman.</p> <p>It is the first time the exhibition has been shown in the UK after successful runs around the world.</p> <p>Former anti-apartheid campaigner Lord Peter Hain, who is chair of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, welcomed the royal support.</p> <p> “The Mandela Centenary Exhibition at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, which is free to visitors from 17 July — 19 August, will depict the anti-apartheid freedom struggle and Mandela’s vision of a non-racial rainbow democracy based upon justice, equality and human rights,” he said.</p> <p>“We are delighted the duke and duchess will be supporting it.”</p>

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The truth about Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan's inspiring 30-year love story

<p>They fittingly met on the ‘80s hit show<span> </span><em>Family Ties</em>, but it wasn’t love at first sight for Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan. In fact, both were seeing other people at the time and it would be several years before the pair coupled up to become one of Hollywood’s most enduring relationships.</p> <p>Although their characters Alex P. Keaton and Ellen Reed were loved up on<span> </span><em>Family Ties</em>, in real life Pollan was in a serious long-term relationship with Kevin Bacon and Fox was dating<span> </span><em>Facts of Life</em><span> </span>actress Nancy McKeon.</p> <p>"I always thought [Tracy] was cool," Fox told People years later, "but it was like a couple of married people who worked together and liked each other."</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://hips.hearstapps.com/clv.h-cdn.co/assets/17/39/768x980/gallery-1506544204-gettyimages-140631084.jpg?resize=480:*" alt="" width="402" height="512" /></p> <p>It wasn’t until 1987 when the Pollen and Fox worked together in a movie called<span> </span><em>Bright Lights, Big City</em><span> </span>that a romance began to blossom.</p> <p>Pollan told Winfrey in 2002: "From the beginning, I loved his sense of humour and that brain of his. He's so smart."</p> <p>Fox <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/archive/cover-story-getting-back-to-his-future-vol-32-no-23/" target="_blank">told People in 1989</a></strong></span><span> </span>of hearing that Pollen and Bacon had split: "It sounds really horrible, but it was one of those things. Someone goes, 'Did you hear that so-and-so aren't together anymore?' and you go, 'Hmm, that's too bad. Where's the phone?'"</p> <p>Seven months after they started dating, he proposed on December 26, 1987.</p> <p>"I wasn't really worried that she would say no," he recalled. "The toughest part was trying to figure out when to get married, and then to figure out how nobody else could know about it."</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://hips.hearstapps.com/clv.h-cdn.co/assets/17/39/768x995/gallery-1506542281-gettyimages-529485432.jpg?resize=480:*" alt="" width="400" height="518" /></p> <p>The couple tied the knot in an outdoor ceremony at Vermont's West Mountain Inn on July 16, 1988. Fox, who is Episcopalian, and Pollan, who is Jewish, had an interfaith ceremony with both a minister and rabbi.</p> <p>"Michael seemed a little nervous," Rev. Joan O'Gorman later told People. "In fact, they seemed just like any other young and loving couple who were excited to be getting married."</p> <p>Their first child, a son they named Sam Michael, was born on May 30, 1989. Fox and Pollan loved being parents, and would go on to have twin girls, Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances, in 1995, and one more daughter, Esmé, in 2001.</p> <p>"I kind of shut the door and said to everyone we love who wanted to see the baby, 'Just give us a little bit of time to get used to it ourselves,'" Fox said after the birth of Sam. "What's interesting is that the parental instinct just kicks in. The next thing you know, you've got a sore hip because you're holding him all the time."</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://hips.hearstapps.com/clv.h-cdn.co/assets/17/39/980x1001/gallery-1506543551-gettyimages-1319529.jpg?resize=480:*" alt="" width="394" height="402" /></p> <p>The couple grew even closer when faced with one of life’s biggest challenges – Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at age 29 in 1991 (though it wasn’t until 1998 that he shared the news publicly).</p> <p>"A lot of my adjustment has been dictated by Michael's point of view," Pollan said in <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/oprah-interviews-michael-j-fox-and-tracy-pollan" target="_blank">a 2002 interview with Oprah Winfrey</a></strong></span>. "He's so relaxed and so accepting of where he is, and that makes it easier for me, the kids, and everyone around him."</p> <p>But when the couple first received the news, it completely shocked and devastated them. Fox fell into a depression and started drinking heavily, before eventually getting a handle on his new reality.</p> <p>"I used to drink to party," the actor recalled on The Howard Stern Show in 2013, "but...now I was drinking alone and to just not be [present]. Every day."</p> <p>"So once I did that," he continued, "then there was about a year of, like, a knife fight in a closet, where I just didn't have my tools to deal with it. Then after that, I went into therapy and it all started to get really clear to me."</p> <p>He said he realised he just had to take life "one day at a time” and "then everything started to really turn the other way. My marriage got great, and my career..."</p> <p>Stern interjected here to suggest Fox's marriage "got great" after he realszed that Pollan wasn't going anywhere after his diagnosis. "Exactly," Fox agreed.</p> <p>Fox later told Winfrey: "There were a lot of questions I was afraid to ask Tracy. "Like, 'Does it scare you that I'm sick? Do you not love me because I'm sick?' I didn't ask her those questions. But nothing Tracy was doing was showing me that she didn't want to be with me."</p> <p>When Fox publicly revealed that he had Parkinson's disease in 1998, he began in earnest his life’s mission of raising awareness and money for Parkinson’s through the Michael J. Fox Foundation. As of April 2017 the foundation has funded more than $700 million in research.</p> <p>"The reason I wasn't telling was that I wondered if people would still laugh if they knew I was sick," Fox told Winfrey. "Can you laugh at a sick person [on TV] and not feel like an a--hole? I finally thought, let me not worry about that. What other people think is none of my business. I just have to have faith in the audience. If it's funny, they'll laugh."</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="image--full" src="https://akns-images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/2018612/rs_1024x759-180712134829-1024-mjfox-tracy-nba-game.jpg?fit=inside|900:auto&amp;output-quality=90" border="0" alt="Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan, 2011" width="444" height="329" /></p> <p>And every day the couple deal with Fox's condition, but always as a team.</p> <p>"Tracy wasn't sentimental or romantic about it at all," he <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.aarp.org/entertainment/style-trends/info-2017/michael-j-fox-aarp-magazine.html" target="_blank">told AARP magazine</a></strong></span> in 2017 about how his wife reacted to his Parkinson's diagnosis. "No terror. No big windy... So, no exhibition of grief and fear. Tracy was just like, 'You've got a stone in your shoe. We'll do what we can until you can get it out. In the meantime, if you limp with the stone, that's all right. You can hold my hand, and we'll get over that.'"</p> <p>Pollan added that, of course, there were tough days, but they both knew they were in this together.</p> <p>"Through it all we've loved each other," Fox said. "And that love never died," Pollan added. "We had a solid foundation to begin with."</p> <p>When Winfrey asked if Fox felt Parkinson's had been a blessing for their marriage, giving them no choice but to become stronger, Fox replied: "I've often referred to Parkinson's as the gift that keeps on taking. It's a gift in that it really gave me a whole different appreciation for life. I discovered that I wasn't me minus Parkinson's. I was me plus it. I have been enriched by what it has opened up for me. It hasn't allowed me to take anything for granted."</p> <p>Before the diagnosis, "I had been constantly taking care of this and making sure that was okay, and now Tracy and I are just in it."</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://hips.hearstapps.com/clv.h-cdn.co/assets/17/39/980x654/gallery-1506544626-gettyimages-693930746.jpg?resize=480:*" alt="" width="446" height="297" /></p> <p>When asked about their then-27-year marriage in 2015, Pollen said: "It's like dog years!"</p> <p>She told People that "giving each other the benefit of the doubt" has been key to keeping their marriage strong.</p> <p>"There are so many times when you have arguments, when you have things come up, and it really doesn't have anything to do with what he did, or said – it's how I am projecting that onto myself," Pollan continued. "A lot of times he'll just say to me, 'You know who I am, would I ever say anything to try to hurt your feelings? Just give me the benefit of the doubt.'"</p> <p>"I'm irritating but lovable, I have that effect on everybody," Fox said during the Daily Shot interview.</p> <p>"[I] won the lottery in the wife department," he later added.</p>

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Mushrooms recalled from Woolworths, Coles and Aldi due to safety fears

<p>Punnets of sliced mushrooms have been recalled from across the country due to safety fears about the potential presence of large pieces of white plastic.</p> <p>Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) alerted consumer on Friday that 200 gram, 375g and 500g punnets with best before or use by dates up to and including July 19, 2018 are affected.</p> <p>The punnets from Australia's largest supplier of pre-packed mushrooms producer Costa Mushrooms Exchange are on sale in Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and independent supermarkets and greengrocers in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT.</p> <p>The food recall notice states there is a “potential hazard” if the plastic pieces are swallowed.</p> <p>Customers should return the packs to the store of purchase for a refund.</p> <p>In a statement Costa said: “Following discovery of damage to plastic rollers on a packaging line at its Victorian mushroom production facility, the Costa Mushroom category has issued a consumer alert advising that some punnets of sliced mushrooms could contain large pieces of white plastic, and that the product is being recalled.</p> <p>“As soon as the issue was detected, even though there were no reported incidents, Costa advised food safety authorities of the intention to conduct a recall, and retailers were notified to withdraw the product from sale.”</p> <p>However, Costa has played down safety fears.</p> <p>“While the probability of consumer impact is extremely low, and the large pieces of white inert plastic would be highly visible, consumers who have not used the sliced mushrooms are advised to return the product to the store of purchase to receive a full refund.”</p> <p>The company said bagged sliced mushrooms sold under the Coles, Woolworths, Karidale (Aldi) or Costa brand were not affected.</p> <p>The affected products include:</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.abc.net.au/cm/lb/9992566/data/affected-mushroom-products-as-part-of-national-recall-data.jpg" alt="Affected mushroom products as part of national recall." width="446" height="568" /></p> <p>Find more information at <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/industry/foodrecalls/Pages/Sliced-Mushrooms---Brown-and-White---200g,-375g,-500g-punnets.aspx" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Food Standards Australia New Zealand</strong></span> </a>food recalls website.</p>

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Bring your own coffee cup at these cafes – and save 50c!

<p>Australia’s two leading coffee chains have join the ban against plastic, promising 50-cent discounts for patrons who bring in reusable cups for their coffee.</p> <p>As an incentive to cut down on plastic waste, Starbucks Australia is increasing its discount for customers who bring in their own cups from 40c to 50c, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/coffee-chains-join-ban-on-plastic-with-price-incentives-to-use-reusable-cups/news-story/fb5c64900286a8da4b0a70532a7c2722?login=1" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a></strong></em></span> reports.</p> <p>The Coffee Club, which has 54 cafes across NSW, is also giving a 50c discount off the price of takeaway coffees from Saturday when customers bring their own reusable cups in.</p> <p>The move by the international coffee chains comes after Starbucks in the UK introduced a controversial “latte levy” last week, a five-pence – or 10c – surcharge on disposable coffee cups.</p> <p>Starbucks has also recently announced its commitment to eliminate all single-use plastic straws from stores by 2020.</p> <p>But experts are sceptical that the discount incentives will work.</p> <p>Marketing and consumer behaviour expert Dr Rohan Miller of University of Sydney said that people were used to living in a “convenience society”.</p> <p>“We know we always get coffee but it’s a habitual decision … we don’t really think about it,” Dr Miller said. “We want to take our own cup but it’s cumbersome, it’s a hassle so there have to be better ways of doing it.</p> <p>“That has to be almost the Italian cafe management-style where you stand at a bar, drink your coffee, give them back the cup and then go.”</p> <p>Rather than giving customers a discount, Dr Miller said charging to use plastic cups would be a more effective solution. “I think people would prefer to save money than not save money and if there’s a cost disincentive that recognises an externality associated with a single-use cup then that’s good,” he said.</p>

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Karen Ristevski's daughter breaks her silence in court

<p>The daughter of accused wife killer Borce Ristevski has appeared in court, saying her mum would sometimes wander off when upset but her father was the calming influence in the relationship.</p> <p>Sarah Ristevski, 23, was called to give evidence for the court hearing into the death of her mother, Karen.</p> <p>Sarah’s father is accused of murdering Karen at their Avondale Heights home in Melbourne’s west on the morning of June 29, 2016.</p> <p>Mr Ristevski, 54, has continued to deny any involvement in the death of his wife.</p> <p>The father told police that his wife went for a walk to clear her mind after an argument and never returned.</p> <p>When Ms Ristevski was called to the witness box by her father’s defence lawyer David Hallowes, she told the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court her parents fought every few weeks, but her father was “the calming influence” and “never demonstrative”.</p> <p>“I didn’t grow up in a household where there was lots of arguing,” she said.</p> <p>“Dad was a calming influence. Mum would get annoyed quickly. Dad was always the calm one, calming her down.”</p> <p>Ms Ristevski described her family as “very, very close”, when asked if they were a tight unit.</p> <p>She became emotional when recalling an example of a typical argument between her parents.</p> <p>“An example is when Mum would be cooking dinner and she’d realise there was no milk.”</p> <p>She said her father would go to the shops for milk but return with a box of Arnotts Shapes.</p> <p>“She’d say to him, ‘What have you done? You’ve gone and got all this stuff’ ... ‘I’ll eat it and my thighs will get fat’.”</p> <p>Police allege Mr Ristevski murdered his wife then drove her black Mercedes-Benz to Macedon Regional Park to get rid of her body, killing the signal on his mobile on the way.</p> <p>In court on Monday, it was alleged that Mr Ristevski conducted some Uber driving before having dinner at his parent’s house with his daughter.</p> <p>There will be two weeks of witness statements that will determine if there is enough evidence for Mr Ristevski to stand trial for murder.</p> <p>Ms Ristevski said she did not find it strange that her father waited a day before telling her that her mother was missing.</p> <p>“He was extremely worried,” she said.</p> <p>“People who know him, knew he was distressed. He was very concerned about where my mum was.”</p> <p>On the day her mother went missing, Mr Ristevski claims Karen told him: “I’m going to clear my head”.</p> <p>Her daughter said this was not unusual as it was “one of her sayings”.</p> <p>On Monday, the case against Mr Ristevski was presented in summary by lead prosecutor Matt Fisher, who said the couple’s boutique fashion store Bella Bleu had been losing money for years.</p> <p>Karen Ristevski’s remains were discovered by two horticulturalists eight months after she had gone missing.</p>

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Kmart fans meltdown as cult favourite disappears from shelves

<div>Kmart fans have expressed their dismay after one of the discount retailer's most sought after kitchen appliances has disappeared from shelves. </div> <div>The $29 pie maker, that even has its own Facebook page with over 16,000 members, is currently unavailable in stores because of its sheer popularity. </div> <div>The affordable and versatile pie maker can be used to create pies, scones, quiches and even doughnuts all under 10 minutes.</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:300px;" src="/media/7819826/kmart-pie-maker.jpg?width=500&amp;height=300" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9e4e2164b6c54d36a18547ae41781f08" /></div> <div> "When your 3 Kmarts in the area are sold out of pie makers and they don't know when the next delivery is -- why?!" one shopper wrote on the Kmart Pie Maker Recipes Australia Facebook page. </div> <div>"The pie maker continues to be sold out. Kmart has even removed it from their website now!" another added. </div> <div>"Kmart have them for $29 but most stores are sold out and I believe from comments today online they have disappeared?" one fan wrote. </div> <div>According to <a href="http://www.news.com.au"><strong><u>news.com.au,</u></strong></a> Kmart has confirmed that the pie maker has sold out but the retailer hopes to have them back on shelves in September. </div> <div>"Due to popular demand the Kmart pie maker is currently sold out," the spokesman said. </div> <div>"Deliveries of stock will arrive in stores across the next six weeks with a larger shipment due in September. We thank our customer for their patience."</div> <div>Last month, one Kmart shopper revealed how she used her pie maker to create Nutella filled doughnuts only using eight ingredients. </div> <div>Others have shared their creative recipes using the pie maker, which include making cupcakes, muffins and quiche. </div> <div>Do you own the Kmart pie maker? If so, share how you use it in the comments below. </div>

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Christopher Reeve’s grown up son hopes his parents are proud of him

<p>The son of the late actor Christopher Reeve has written an emotional letter to his 13-year-old self about the “lowest point” in his life.</p> <p>Will Reeve, 26, wrote his vulnerable thoughts for <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/note-to-self-will-reeve/"><strong><u>CBS</u></strong></a>’s series ‘Note to Self: Inspiring Words From Inspiring People’.</p> <p>The sports journalist lost both of his parents at a young age after his famous dad died in 2004 and his mum, Dana Reeve, died less than two years later from lung cancer.</p> <p>Will told his younger self that in all his life, there is “no obstacle greater” than learning to move through life without his parents.</p> <p>While he admits that he still doesn’t have it all figured out, he said that his focus is to live a life that will make his parents proud.</p> <p>Read his full letter here:</p> <p><em>Dear Will,</em></p> <p><em>I've got good news and bad news. I'll start with the bad, because you always need to know exactly what's going on, no matter what. That won't change, by the way. The bad news is: You're at the lowest point of your life. You're in a hospital room in New York City, and you've just said your final goodbye to Mom.</em></p> <p><em>You're 13. She's 44. Lung cancer. Never smoked. Gone, just like Dad, who died a year-and-a-half ago, which at the time was the lowest you had been. Now you're at a new bottom and you're terrified and confused and just so sad.</em></p> <p><em>But! Here's the good news: this is the low point. There's nowhere to go but up, and that's exactly where you're headed.</em></p> <p><em>You will always remember the good stuff. Dad in the driveway teaching you how to ride a bike just by telling you what to do, you trusting him so fully that you just do it. Mom's singing voice filling the air with sweetness at home and in the car to school.</em></p> <p><em>How lucky are you that in her final moments, when she finally had to accept that she was dying, Mom knew where to put you? She signed you over to the Pucci's, your next-door neighbors, your second family and now your adoptive family. You'll move in with them and love them as fiercely and fully as they love you.</em></p> <p><em>There will be times when you will feel lost. You will feel insecure, less about the braces and bad haircut you have now and more about the choices you make, the direction of your career, missteps in relationships and social settings, but don't worry.</em></p> <p><em>You'll keep playing sports and singing in musicals and you'll get good grades and make great friends and you'll feel encouraged, supported and loved.</em></p> <p><em>You love to write and it will be essential at your dream job, reporting and anchoring at ESPN, where you promised mom and dad you would work one day. When you get that call, you'll want to call them and tell them the great news and of course, you can't, but you know that they already know.</em></p> <p><em>To millions of people, they embody love and loyalty, commitment and courage, perseverance and hope. You'll make them proud by honoring your family name, not by using it for special treatment but by living a life worthy of its legacy.</em></p> <p><em>Some days, like when you join the board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, you'll feel like you're doing a great job. Other times, like when your work-play balance gets a little too skewed toward fun, or you're lazy or rude or selfish, you'll feel nothing but shame.</em></p> <p><em>It sounds simple and clichéd, but just be you. Because you are what will make mom and dad most proud. Every moment you spent with them, they were preparing you for a life without them. You have their values and Mom's eyes and Dad's smile.</em></p> <p><em>I want you to know that we do not have all of this figured out. But you know that in the years ahead, you will face no obstacle greater than the one you are starting to overcome right now, and no matter which way your journey leads, mom and dad will be there with you every step of the way. How lucky are you?</em></p> <p><em>Sincerely, Will</em></p>

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First look at The Crown’s new Queen

<p>Fans of the hit Netflix series rejoice! The official Twitter account for cult show <em>The Crown</em> has unveiled the first look at the new Queen Elizabeth.</p> <p>Replacing the show’s current leading lady, Claire Foy, in the Golden Globe-winning series, Olivia Colman has now stepped in to play the Queen for the next two seasons, which is currently in production.</p> <p>On Monday, Netflix gave the world a sneak peek of Colman in character as the new Queen Elizabeth on the set of <em>The Crown</em>, releasing a first look of the upcoming series on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Patience. <a href="https://t.co/7F2f2aBON3">pic.twitter.com/7F2f2aBON3</a></p> — The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheCrownNetflix/status/1018752145192050688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">16 July 2018</a></blockquote> <p>In April, Colman expressed her excitement over her chance to play the role of Queen Elizabeth in a statement, which was also released on Twitter.</p> <p>"I'm so thrilled to be part of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Crown</em>," the actress exclaimed. </p> <p>"I was utterly gripped watching it. A proper 'just one more' feeling. I think Claire Foy is an absolute genius. She's an incredible hard act to follow. I'm basically going to re-watch every episode and copy her."</p> <p>As the series progresses through the decades of the monarchy, other cast members that are also set to be replaced are Matt Smith’s character as Prince Philip, who will be played by Tobias Menzies. Meanwhile, Helena Bonham Carter will take over the role of Princess Margaret, which was played by Vanessa Kirby.</p> <p>Bonham Carter told <em>Variety</em> at the <em>Ocean’s 8</em> premiere recently that she had already “started prepping” ahead of filming her new TV role.</p> <p>"It's exciting. We start in a few weeks, and I think we're all – we're completely terrified," Bonham Carter admitted.</p> <p>"I think also because the first two seasons were such a success, we have the onus of inheriting the responsibility of doing justice to all these genuinely famous people, and then on top of it, inheriting them from this previous generation of actors who've done such good jobs."</p> <p>Are you a fan of <em>The Crown</em>? What do you think of these new cast replacements? Tell us in the comments below.</p> <p> </p>

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Lisa Wilkinson's surprise return to Channel Nine

<p>Former Nine star Lisa Wilkinson made a surprise cameo on the network to support her son, Louis, as he competed on <em>Australian Ninja Warrior</em>. </p> <p>Lisa made her famous exit from the <em>Today</em> show in October last year but returned to Channel Nine studios in December 2017, when the episode was filmed. </p> <p>While Louis's two siblings, Billi and Jake, and his father, Peter FitzSimons, ran alongside him while he competed the course, Lisa supported him from the bleachers with the rest of the audience.</p> <p>Lisa was seen smiling as Louis attempted the challenging obstacle course, recording his efforts on her phone. </p> <p>"Although I am my parent's son, I am my own man, and I'm here to prove that today," Louis said before starting the course. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.53846153846155px;" src="/media/7819818/louis.jpg?width=500&amp;height=281.53846153846155" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/41d1a55e34864fb29ebdd9d685cb7d90" /></p> <p>Louis, who described himself as "a strange guy who loves a good hug", said he'd "always enjoyed the weird, the wonderful and the impossible". </p> <p>Louis made it up to the third obstacle in the Ninja Warrior course, when he was wiped out at the 30-second mark. </p> <p>However, he still made it to the semi-finals, finishing in 15th place for the night. </p> <p>Lisa first hinted at her son's involvement on the show after she posted a photo of her family on the night the episode was filmed. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BcUPmUJhlOo/" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 62.5% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BcUPmUJhlOo/" target="_blank">A post shared by Lisa Wilkinson (@lisa_wilkinson)</a> on Dec 5, 2017 at 1:56am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p>She wrote, "Family excursion... but someone is missing for a very special reason. Would love to tell you more but I'm sworn to secrecy. Great thing is, these days I can stay up late on a school night!!! #WheresLouis?"</p>

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Palace releases official photo album of Prince Louis’ christening

<p>It has nearly been a week since Prince Louis was christened at The Chapel Royal at St James’ Palace, and now the royal family have released the official portraits from the day.</p> <p>The photos were taken by Matt Holyoak in the Morning Room at Clarence House following the christening.</p> <p>The official portraits show the 11-week-old royal being photographed with various members of his family.</p> <p>The photoshoot included three group shots and one shot of the Duchess Catherine cradling her son in the gardens of Clarence House.</p> <p>The photographer behind the royal snaps talked about what an honour it was to take the photos.</p> <p>"I was truly honoured at being asked to take the official photographs at the christening of Prince Louis, and to witness at first hand such a happy event,” he said.</p> <p>"Everyone was so relaxed and in such good spirits, it was an absolute pleasure. I only hope I have captured some of that joy in my photographs."</p> <p>Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge was baptised into the Church of England on July 9.</p> <p>The christening was an intimate gathering, with only 30 people attending the ceremony.</p> <p>Among the guests were Louis’ grandfather Prince Charles and his wife Duchess Camilla, uncle and aunt Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, and his brother and sister Prince George and Princess Charlotte.</p> <p>Also attending the service was the Middleton family, which included Carole Middleton, Michael Middleton, James Middleton and Pippa Middleton.</p> <p>Sadly, the Queen and Prince Philip did not attend the christening.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the beautiful official christening portraits of Price Louis and his family. </p>

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