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8 gentle and effective ways to remove facial hair

<p>Removing facial hair is not one of the most pleasant activities, but with so many methods available, it is becoming even easier to get rid of the fuzz along your upper lip, chin or between your brows.</p> <p>Here are the most effective ways to remove facial hair.</p> <p><strong>1. Plucking</strong></p> <p>Plucking is one of the most widely used methods of facial hair removal as tweezers are commonplace in most households.</p> <p>"Tweezing is better for smaller, localized areas like your brows and chin since it's much more labor intensive," dermatologist Lavanya Krishnan told the <a href="https://www.goodhousekeeping.com"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>Good Housekeeping Institute</strong></em></span></a>.</p> <p>"I recommend cleansing your tweezers once per day with warm soap and water, then storing them in a dry place."</p> <p><strong>2. Waxing</strong></p> <p>When you wax, you can either opt to use a soft wax which is pulled off with cloth strips or a hard wax which is pulled off on its own.</p> <p>Although waxing is loved by many for being thorough, cosmetic surgeon Michelle Yagoda warns of its consequences. </p> <p>“Waxing can cause irritation because the skin can be sensitive to the products being applied to the surface," she said. </p> <p>"An inexact technique may result in incomplete extraction of the hair follicle and breakage of the hair shaft, so the skin surrounding the hair shaft can then become inflamed."</p> <p>If the retaining hair follicle becomes entrapped, it may lead to an ingrown hair. Before going to a new beautician for a wax, it is always worth reading their reviews first.</p> <p><strong>3. Shaving</strong></p> <p>Many prefer not to shave their facial hair because of the belief that it will make hair grow back thicker, however, Dr Krishnan confirmed that this old wives’ tale is just a myth.</p> <p>"It's just a myth that your hair will grow coarser and more densely after shaving," said Dr. Krishnan. </p> <p>"The follicle gets cut in half so it feels pricklier, but it's not any thicker."</p> <p>If you choose to shave facial hair, it is important to take precautions to avoid irritation. Pre-shave oil can help avoid razor burn and using a razor with only two blades help reduce the potential of causing redness. It is also recommended that you apply a hydrating moisturiser to the face after you are finished.</p> <p><strong>4. Threading</strong></p> <p>Threading, a practice common in Middle Eastern and Asian countries, involves using a doubled cotton thread pulled super-taut to roll over spots where you want hair removed. To try this method, you will need to visit a professional who specialises in threading.</p> <p><strong>5. Depilatory creams</strong></p> <p>Depilatory creams work by applying the cream to the area you wish to remove your hair, and then wiping the cream away with the hairs.</p> <p>"Depilatory creams use chemicals such as calcium thioglycolate or potassium thioglycolate, which break disulfide bonds in keratin, thereby weakening the hair," said dermatologist Christine Choi Kim.</p> <p>If you want to try these creams, it is important to always do a patch check first to check for any allergies.</p> <p><strong>6. Topical prescriptions</strong></p> <p>As well as over-the-counter creams, you can also receive prescriptions from a dermatologist for hair removal creams.</p> <p>"There are prescription meds like Vaniqa, which is a topical once-a-day treatment used to reduce hair growth," explains Dr. Krishnan. While they are effective, the hair will grow back when you stop using the cream.</p> <p><strong>7. Laser hair removal</strong></p> <p>If you are looking for a permanent option you can try laser hair removal, however, sessions can be pricey.</p> <p>"Lasers shoot a certain wavelength of light that's specifically absorbed by the hair follicle itself," said Dr. Krishnan. When the laser is absorbed, it converts into heat and kills the hair follicle. Laser hair removal requires a few sessions to fully destroy the follicles.</p> <p><strong>8. Electrolysis</strong></p> <p>Similar to laser hair removal, electrolysis is a permanent hair removal option but it destroys each follicle one at a time to prohibit hairs from growing. </p> <p>Which hair removal method do you recommend? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman’s heartfelt message to drought-stricken farmers: “We want to do our bit”

<p>They are one of the most loved celebrity couples and now, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have sent a heartfelt message to Aussie farmers as they continue to battle the country’s devastating drought.</p> <p>The stars shared that they have donated $100,000 to Nine’s Fighting For Our Farmers Drought Relief Appeal, and encouraged others to also contribute to the cause.</p> <p>During the video for the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Today</em> show, Keith said: “We wish we could be with you today but I'm on tour, but it's very important for us to be a part of this today and do our bit for the farmers.”</p> <p>Nicole added: “We love Australia and we realise there's been a crippling drought crisis and the rural communities are doing it really, really hard right now so we want to do our bit.</p> <p>“We would like to donate $100,000 to the Farm Aid Telethon and we're asking anybody else out there that would like to do anything, this is how you can do it.”</p> <p class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fiwakeupwithtoday%2Fvideos%2F1797425870378409%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>The couple appeared emotional as they made the plea for Aussies to join together to support struggling farmers.</p> <p>Nine’s Drought Relief Appeal has so far raised over $7 million, with the first $1 million being distributed between three organisations.</p> <p>The Lions Club’s Need For Feed project has received $500,000 for livestock and feed resources, the Queensland Country Women’s Association has been given $250,000 to help farmers pay for groceries and bills, and the New South Wales CWA has been allocated $250,000 to assist farmers with groceries and bills.</p> <p>On Sunday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the financial aid for drought-stricken Australian farmers will be increased to $1.8 billion.</p> <p>“I want to say to our farmers, we have your back. There is no set-and-forget,” Turnbull told reporters in the New South Wales town of Forbes.</p> <p>“We are constantly working to ensure that you get every support you can, and of course let's all pray for rain,” Turnbull added.</p> <p>To donate to the Fighting For Our Farmers Drought Relief Appeal, <a href="https://www.9now.com.au/today/2018/extras/latest/august/drought-relief-fund"><strong><u>click here.</u></strong></a></p>

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True love: 98-year-old shows his devotion to sick wife by walking 10km every day to see her

<p>At 98 years old Luther Younger, a Korean War veteran, walks 10 kilometres each way to visit his wife, who is currently paralysed and hospitalised according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="http://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/rochester/news/2018/08/17/elder-man-walks-miles-to-be-alongside-hospitalized-wife" target="_blank">Spectrum News Rochester</a></em>.</p> <p>Having been married for over 50 years, Luther’s devotion to his wife Waverlee is inspiring to say the least.</p> <p>“I ain’t nothing without my wife,” Luther told Spectrum News. “It’s been a rough pull. It’s been tough.”</p> <p>Luther and his wife both live with their daughter, Lutheta Younger. Working with her sister Joyce Johnson, they both have taken responsibility for their parents and vouch to take care of them the same way their mother did when she and her siblings were younger said Lutheta.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Luther Younger and his wife, Waverly, have been married more than 50 years. Due to health issues, she's been hospitalized for nearly two weeks. Even in the rain, he walks to be by her side. <a href="https://t.co/O1NbFS9hOP">pic.twitter.com/O1NbFS9hOP</a></p> — Spectrum News ROC (@SPECNewsROC) <a href="https://twitter.com/SPECNewsROC/status/1030296964968140800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">17 August 2018</a></blockquote> <p>“I moved them out of their house, moved them in with me,” she said.</p> <p>According to Lutheta, her father has been making the 10-kilometre trip for a long time now.</p> <p>“He doesn’t have to, but he wants to. I can drive him. He just doesn’t want to wait; he’s impatient.”</p> <p>Waverlee has suffered from brain cancer since 2009, but Luther still remembers the good times they shared together.</p> <p>“She’s the best cup of tea I ever had,” he said.</p> <p>“She would come in and kiss me and say ‘baby’ and feed me in bed, and this is what I need right here.”</p> <p>“The whole time she was sick, he would stay overnight [in the hospital],” Lutheta said, “You know, he just wants the best for my mom.”</p> <p>A <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gofundme.com/luther-and-waverlee-yonger" target="_blank">GoFundMe</a></em> page has been set up for Luther and his family to help with hospital expenses and travelling costs to and from the hospital.</p>

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Thrifty mums share $19 Kmart hack for transforming laundries

<p>Thrifty mums have shared their genius Kmart hacks for transforming their laundries into stylish, organised spaces.</p> <p>One popular tip, posted to a Facebook group, involves turning a $19 drink dispensing station into a clever way to store and dispense fabric softener and laundry liquid.</p> <p><img id="i-7885303e7667ee51" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/20/02/4F399B8C00000578-6076965-Clever_mums_have_revealed_how_this_19_drinks_dispenser_pictured_-a-5_1534727662912.jpg" alt="Clever mums have revealed how this $19 drinks dispenser (pictured) from Kmart can be transformed into a chic and stylish laundry liquids station" width="634" height="683" /></p> <p>The hack was so well-received that several mums shared photos of how they’ve used the dispensing station in their laundries.</p> <p><img id="i-efbe7f25673da0e7" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/20/02/4F39995B00000578-6076965-The_drinks_dispenser_along_with_a_jar_and_a_black_placemat_makes-a-6_1534727662965.jpg" alt="The drinks dispenser along with a jar and a black placemat makes for a stylish nook " width="634" height="724" /></p> <p><img id="i-22bd2c2eec77cee4" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/20/00/4F39996800000578-6076965-image-a-104_1534722934483.jpg" alt="Melynda revealed how a quote board added to her corner made for an interesting touch " width="634" height="845" /></p> <p><img id="i-c86153dd09d89cfb" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/20/00/4F39996300000578-6076965-image-m-106_1534723034735.jpg" alt="This laundry uses both the drinks dispenser and quote board, however, a grey caddy helps to store extra products  " width="634" height="448" /></p> <p>Another mum also revealed how she used a $10 Big W ladder and $6 Kmart felt baskets to create extra storage in her laundry room.</p> <p>Queensland mother-of-six, Joelle Skinner, shared ton her blog: 'Phase two of laundry room organisation, a place for all of the kids' shoes! I thought and thought on this one, whether to use shelves or drawers or even purpose built shoe storage. But finally came up with this, which fits perfectly in this little space!”</p> <p>“I found this bamboo ladder at Big W for $10 and these felt baskets for $6 each at Kmart, I added an extra dowel on top and voila, it's like they were made for each other!” she added.</p> <p><img id="i-17267e801984bac7" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/04/26/03/4B8F1BE700000578-5657957-Posting_on_her_page_Jedi_Mum_Tricks_Mrs_Skinner_recently_shared_-a-132_1524709348165.jpg" alt="Posting on her page, Jedi Mum Tricks, Mrs Skinner recently shared a number of ways she's simplified the process - the latest 'hack' involving $6 felt baskets from Kmart and a $10 ladder from Big W" width="634" height="845" /></p>

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Jamie Oliver faces backlash over new product

<p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">An English MP has accused Jamie Oliver of cultural appropriation after the celebrity chef launched a new product.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Jamie has released a new range of ‘punchy jerk rice’ and the £2.30 (AUD$4) product has been hit with a wave of criticism for copying an original Jamaican recipe.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The MP in north west London, Dawn Butler, suggested the father of five used the word 'jerk' to increase sales of his rice.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Ms Butler tweeted: “#jamieoliver @jamieoliver #jerk I'm just wondering do you know what #Jamaican #jerk actually is?"</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">“It's not just a word you put before stuff to sell products. @levirootsmusic should do a masterclass. Your jerk Rice is not ok. This appropriation from Jamaica needs to stop.”</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: center; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><img style="width: 443.3566433566433px; height:500px;" src="/media/7820336/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0392f065cceb4f3593e7f7611a5214f4" /></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Jerk is a type of cooking that originates in Jamaica, where meat is marinated or dry-rubbed in a seasoning made up of allspice, Scotch bonnets, but usually also contains garlic, cayenne pepper and cinnamon.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Some critics also slammed the chef for using ingredients that aren’t traditional.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">"I saw this description of Jamie Oliver's Jerk Rice. On what planet can "garlic, ginger and jalapenos" be described as 'Jerk'?"</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Others have been quick to jump to Jamie’s defence, arguing that the UK is a multicultural country and that cooking different cuisines isn’t the same as cultural appropriation.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">One person tweeted: "Now while I do think Jamie needs taking down a peg or three you're all getting very silly over this appropriation stuff."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">"If no one cooked/ate food from other cultures in the world what a boring life we'd lead."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Replying to Ms Butler’s tweet, UK MP Neil O’Brien wrote: “If Jamie Oliver isn’t allowed to make Jerk chicken because it’s cultural 'appropriation' she’s going to go mad when she finds out about 'Jamie’s Italy'."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">What are your thoughts? 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“We failed two years in a row”: Heartbreaking reason Shannon Noll is raising his voice for our Aussie farmers

<p>Having risen to fame after coming second on television show Australian Idol, Shannon Noll is now raising his voice for a good cause.</p> <p>Noll, who was raised on a farm with his older brothers, remembers the time when he worked alongside his father in Condobolin in NSW’s Central West.</p> <p>With some of his most precious memories created amongst sheep and growing calves, Noll said he wouldn’t change country life for anything in the world.</p> <p>But after his father's passing due to a farming accident, the place that he once found great solace in was taken due to the drought, and while he held onto hope that one day the farm would become what it once was, the absence of rain made that harder to envision as the days went on.</p> <p>“We failed two years in a row and it’s just crippling to see your crops dying,” Noll told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/08/17/14/47/shannon-noll-drought-nine-farm-aid-telethon-farmers-jason-owen-dubbo-new-south-wales-condobolin" target="_blank">9NEWS</a></em>.</p> <p>“We were in so much debt but also not being able to feed your stock is one of the most heart-wrenching things in the world,” he added.</p> <p>After facing financial downfall, Noll made a mutual decision with his brothers to sell the farm that had been in his family for almost a century.</p> <p>“To walk off that property that my grandfather’s father bought was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. We felt like we let everyone down, let dad’s memory down.</p> <p>“But those two years were the first of a 10-year drought, we just never would have made it through.”</p> <p>Because of this, Noll feels a personal connection with the Australian farmers who are currently facing this exact situation at this present moment.</p> <p>With NSW and Queensland facing the worst drought in over 70 years, farmers are forced to either sell their animals or watch them die due to lack of resources.</p> <p>“I was talking to a merino breeder in Condo recently and after this shearing, they have to make a decision about how many of their flock they’ll have to sell to keep the rest alive,” said Noll.</p> <p>“There’s no water in the dam and not a blade of grass in sight. I don’t think some people realise it’s not just about their farmers’ livelihoods; it’s about their history and their heritage.</p> <p>“Some of these families have been working on bloodlines for 30 or 40 years. You wouldn’t believe how hard that is.”</p> <p>This is why Noll has travelled to Dubbo where the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9now.com.au/today/2018/extras/latest/august/drought-relief-fund" target="_blank">TODAY show</a></em> will air a special Farm Aid Telethon to recognise our farmer's hard work through a time of immense hardship. Joining him will be former X-Factor contestant Jason Owen who comes from a town in the central west of NSW with a population of only 12 people.</p> <p>“I’ve honestly never seen it this dry in my life and it is so hard to go home and see friends and family struggling,” Owen told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/08/17/14/47/shannon-noll-drought-nine-farm-aid-telethon-farmers-jason-owen-dubbo-new-south-wales-condobolin" target="_blank">9NEWS</a></em>.</p> <p>“The weather is something completely out of our control, but we certainly can still try to make a difference in the lives of these people.”</p> <p>As they struggle to make ends meet, many farmers are struggling with their mental health and Owen has a message out there for our Aussie farmers.</p> <p>“People do care and please don’t ever think there is no one out there for you. No matter how hard the times, people want to listen and are there.”</p> <p>The singer has promised to donate 100 per cent of his profits from his two recent shows and his new song to the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.westernmagazine.com.au/story/5181366/hay-runners-to-help-drought-stricken-farmers-this-australia-day/" target="_blank">Burrumbuttock Hay Runners</a></em> – a charity that donates bales of hay to farmers.</p> <p>“If the stock isn’t getting fed they are dying and then the farmers are faced with the horrible decision of putting them down.</p> <p>“I wouldn’t wish that suffering on anyone.”</p> <p>Nine’s Fighting for our Farmers Drought Relief Appeal has already raised over $4.3 million. If you wish to donate, then you can jump online, visit any Westpac branch or call 1800 732 165 between 5.30 am and 10 pm AEST on weekdays or 7 am to 10 pm AEST this weekend.</p> <p>Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.</p>

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Roger Federer's rare outburst as Novak Djokovic makes history

<p>Novak Djokovic made tennis history on Monday, and for once it was the great Roger Federer on the receiving end of it.</p> <p>The Serbian won the only ATP Masters title that had eluded him thus far in his glittering career, beating the Swiss favourite 6-4 6-4 at Cincinnati.  </p> <p>Djokovic is the first man to win all nine Masters tournaments since the concept was introduced in 1990.</p> <p> “Thanks for letting me win here once,” Djokovic joked to Federer at the trophy presentation. “I didn’t play my best tennis today, but I managed.</p> <p>“It’s been a rollercoaster week.”</p> <p>As usual Federer was gracious in defeat, saying post-match: “Novak, he’s a great champion and this is what this should be about, this press conference. Not about me missing second-serve returns, it’s about him making history. That’s my opinion.”</p> <p>However, Federer’s temper flared during the match and he was handed a code violation for a rare outburst of obscenity. His frustration continued to show as the Swiss superstar angrily stared down a spectator behind him who yelled out just before he served.</p> <p>In his victory, Djokovic managed to break one of Federer’s most remarkable streaks.</p> <p>Federer has held serve in 100 consecutive games at the US tournament — which he has won seven times — but with the score locked at 3-3 in the opening set, Djokovic stopped Federer from making it 101.</p>

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The surprising way Coles staff dealt with the latest blunder from the supermarket giant

<p>Staff members at Coles have been applauded for their conduct as they worked through a technical difficulty on Sunday afternoon. After an IT glitch caused a nationwide system issue, the staff were seen handing out food, freebies and vouchers to apologise for the situation.</p> <p>The glitch, which ran for approximately three hours, caused Coles to shut down stores around the country as it was unable to process sales. Capital cities affected were Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.</p> <p>Customers took to social media to praise staff members for the way they handled the issue, with many calling for pay rises for the workers.</p> <p>“Wow! I really feel for the staff members lately! Plastic bag debacle, mini shop, issues with online shopping, plastic bag backflip again, now this! They all need a pay rise!” one user wrote.</p> <p>“These things happen. Thank you for your communication throughout the process. It’s a rare occurrence that you’re not open so I don’t think you should be criticised on the off chance you’re unable too. Keep up the great work Coles,” said another.</p> <p>A spokesperson from Coles told <em><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6075567/Coles-staff-praised-following-minor-problems.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail Australia</a></em> that they couldn’t be happier with the way their workers behaved during the glitch.</p> <p>“We are always really proud to hear these wonderful stories about team members and want to thank them for their efforts,” the spokesperson said.</p> <p>“Also, thank you to those customers who provide this positive feedback.”</p> <p>The company went on to explain the glitch and how it stopped customers from purchasing products and processing payments.</p> <p>“Due to circumstances beyond the control of our team members, some of our stores around Australia are unable to open this morning until further notice due to an IT issue which is affecting some of our registers,” the statement said.</p> <p>“We thank customers for their patience during this time and would like to assure them that we are working hard to ensure all of our stores are open again as soon as possible.”</p> <p>The outage comes after the criticism of Coles' overuse of plastic with their Little Shop campaign and the decision it made to offer plastic bags at no charge.</p> <p>The backlash came predominantly from environmentalists and customers who are conscious shoppers.</p>

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Why Aldi is the worst offender at this one thing

<p>The use of plastic packaging in supermarkets is the most trending topic at this current moment, with supermarkets such as Coles and Woolworths constantly under fire for their environmentally damaging ways.</p> <p>But this time, critics have hit back at Aldi, a supermarket that has always charged for plastic bags. However, this time it isn’t their bag policy that’s causing a stir. Instead, the German giant is being criticised for its plastic-wrapped fruit and veg.</p> <p>While all supermarkets wrap their produce in cling wrap, Aldi seems to be the worst offender with having the highest amount of plastic covered fruit than any other supermarket.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/aldi-big-offender-when-it-comes-to-plasticwrapped-fruit-and-veg/news-story/ec40035adab6ee4c151554bbbf2fcd2d" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em>, Aldi said that while they were committed to minimising the use of plastic, their current practices help their stores run more efficiently.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://iview.abc.net.au/show/war-on-waste?WT.srch=1&amp;WT.mc_id=Corp_TV%7cAdWords:war%20on%20waste_e_g_283530391664_&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-f210dPe3AIVDK6WCh32rgAQEAAYASAAEgICNfD_BwE&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds" target="_blank"><em>ABC’s War on Waste</em></a> program, host Craig Reucassel, teamed up with a group of activists as they took part in a so-called “plastic-attack".</p> <p>Anita Horan – one of the campaigners, took Reucassel to her local Aldi.</p> <p>“So, we have two types of cut celery both sealed in plastic and I don’t see any loose celery at all, so they are forcing you to buy plastic,” she said.</p> <p>Alongside that was a three-pack of avocados wrapped in plastic, with Ms Horan highlighting the wasteful nature of bulk buy packs.</p> <p>“A lot of people say it increases your food waste because you have to buy half a kilo and I might only want a few grams.”</p> <p>Produce such as corn cobs, iceberg lettuce and zucchini were just some of the few veggies that were covered in plastic packaging.</p> <p>“I bet this is about being quick at the till. They don’t care about [the plastic] and then that pile at the end was enormous,” said Reucassel about the issue.</p> <p>Aldi is known for efficiency, so Reucassel’s theory has been backed by the head of Aldi Australia, Tom Daunt.</p> <p>“It adds a tiny amount of incremental cost to add packaging, but it keeps the product fresher and it keeps customer’s hands off,” he told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nine.com.au/" target="_blank">Nine</a></em> last year. It’s also easier to stack plastic cartons on shelves, and the plastic packaging ensures that staff can scan produce instead of weighing it.</p> <p>In the end, the quicker the till service, the less staff you need, and wages are a large cost for any company.</p> <p>While Woolworths and Coles are also <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/money-banking/why-woolies-and-coles-are-refusing-to-serve-customers-with-plastic-containers" target="_blank">guilty of this practice</a>, the key difference is that plastic-free produce is readily available at the two supermarkets.</p> <p>An Aldi spokeswoman told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/aldi-big-offender-when-it-comes-to-plasticwrapped-fruit-and-veg/news-story/ec40035adab6ee4c151554bbbf2fcd2d" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em> that the company is looking into ways to be more environmentally friendly.</p> <p>“We are actively focused on reducing our reliance on plastics. As a first step, we are working to improve packaging solutions that include greater use of recyclables and recycled content,” she said.</p> <p>“The packaging of our fresh produce helps with the product quality and preservation, as well as the efficiency of our operations. For example, the packaging protects product, extends its shelf life and enables a more efficient checkout experience.</p> <p>“We are working towards improving our practices and will continue to reduce reliance on packaging. Over the coming years, our customers can expect to see changes in our stores that reflect our commitment to protecting the environment.”</p> <p>Do you prefer your produce wrapped in plastic or do you buy them loose? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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How the Royal Family celebrated Princess Anne’s 68th birthday

<p>The Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, celebrated her 68th birthday in private with her loved ones on August 15. But the royal family did take to their official social media accounts to wish the Princess Royal’s a very happy birthday.</p> <p>The Queen's Twitter account shared a beautiful photo of Her Majesty's daughter in a turquoise ensemble, taken in June when Anne attended Ascot.</p> <p>The photo was caption: "Wishing HRH The Princess Royal a very Happy Birthday! #HappyBirthdayHRH</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Wishing HRH The Princess Royal a very Happy Birthday! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HappyBirthdayHRH?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HappyBirthdayHRH</a> <a href="https://t.co/HXdM43qa5i">pic.twitter.com/HXdM43qa5i</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1029641201752920064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 15, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>It was revealed earlier this year that Princess Anne is the hardest working royal, fulfilling 540 official duties so far this year. This feat did not go unrecognised by the royal family, who acknowledge the Queen’s daughters hard work.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The Princess Royal has a busy schedule of engagements which see her travel widely across the UK and overseas. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HappyBirthdayHRH?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HappyBirthdayHRH</a> <a href="https://t.co/ra8WYowLoW">pic.twitter.com/ra8WYowLoW</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1029644377768046592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 15, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>"The Princess Royal has a busy schedule of engagements which see her travel widely across the UK and overseas. #HappyBirthdayHRH," the Royal Family captioned a series of snaps of Anne serving her royal duties.</p> <p>The 68-year-old's tireless charity work as well as her love for equestrian were also acknowledged on her birthday.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Known for her love of horses and an equestrian career which saw her compete in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, Her Royal Highness is involved with riding for the disabled organisations across the Commonwealth. <a href="https://t.co/1tEMrRCYBB">pic.twitter.com/1tEMrRCYBB</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1029644484378877952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 15, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Sharing a flashback photograph of Anne and one of her horses, the royal family wrote on Twitter: "Known for her love of horses and an equestrian career which saw her compete in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, Her Royal Highness is involved with riding for the disabled organisations across the Commonwealth."</p> <p>Charles, The Prince of Wales, and Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, also took to their official social media account to share their well wishes.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Happy Birthday to HRH The Princess Royal. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HappyBirthdayHRH?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HappyBirthdayHRH</a> <a href="https://t.co/61MsC1BOy1">pic.twitter.com/61MsC1BOy1</a></p> — Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) <a href="https://twitter.com/ClarenceHouse/status/1029647506655916033?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 15, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>"Happy Birthday to HRH The Princess Royal. #HappyBirthdayHRH," Clarence House captioned a picture from 2009 of Prince Charles and his sister laughing.</p> <p> </p>

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Why Prince Charles might not be King Charles

<p>When the Prince of Wales eventually succeeds his mother to the British throne, there is a chance that he might opt to use another name in his new position rather than Charles.</p> <p>The Queen ‘s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter, who wrote the book On Duty with the Queen, has revealed that Charles may choose one of his middle names for his official title when he is crowned king.</p> <p>In an interview with <a href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">Hello</em></strong></span></a> magazine, Mr Arbiter said: “He might choose one of his other names Philip, Arthur or George.”</p> <p>Charles would join a long list of his royal ancestors who also opted to change their names once they ascended the throne.</p> <p>Charles’s maternal grandfather Albert Frederick Arthur George, known to his family as ‘Bertie’, chose to go by King George VI in honour of his late father.</p> <p>King Edward VII’s first name was Albert, but chose his second name, Edward.</p> <p>Charles will also gain other significant titles, including the Duke of Lancaster, Defender of the Faith, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Head of the Commonwealth, and King of other Realms and Territories.</p> <p>“[Charles will] also be Lord of the Man (Isle of Man) and Duke of Normandy,” Mr Arbiter said.</p> <p>“But generally he’ll only be known as King.”</p> <p>Mr Arbiter also believes Camilla will become Queen Consort when her husband becomes King.</p> <p>Mr Arbiter shared that he thinks Camilla will be a good support to Charles, because of her “sense of fun and humour”.</p> <p>The title Camilla will receive when Charles become King has been long debated since the pair married in 2005, with Clarence House maintaining it is “intended” she will be known as “Princess Consort”.</p> <p>However, royal insiders have reportedly said that Charles wants to see her receive the title of Queen Consort.</p> <p>Earlier this year, Clarence House and Buckingham Palace removed any mention of her possible titles from their official websites.</p> <p>“This is one question that Clarence House has not been asked by the public for some time, which is why it no longer features,” a spokesman said at the time.</p> <p>What name do you think Prince Charles should choose when he becomes King? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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10 hours lost at sea: Woman "lucky to be alive" after falling from cruise ship

<p>A British woman has been miraculously rescued after spending 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night after she fell from a cruise ship.</p> <p>Kay Longstaff, 46, fell from a Norwegian Star ship, which was sailing from Port of Vargarola near Pula, Croatia.</p> <p>She was taken to hospital on Sunday in the town of Pula and is believed to be out of danger.</p> <p>The woman fell from the ship about 95 kilometres off Croatia’s coast shortly before midnight on Saturday (8am AEST).</p> <p>A Croatian rescue ship found her swimming in the water on Sunday morning not far from where she was believed to have fallen.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="i-amphtml-fill-content i-amphtml-replaced-content" src="https://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/thumbnails/image/2018/08/19/20/kay-cruise-rescued.jpg?width=745&amp;height=558&amp;mode=max" alt="The Norwegian Star was 60 miles off the coast of Croatia when the woman fell" title="The Norwegian Star was 60 miles off the coast of Croatia when the woman fell" width="745" height="558" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Kay, who fell overboard, being interviewed by local media. </em></p> <p>Speaking after the rescue, Kay told reporters <span>she felt "very lucky to be alive".</span></p> <p>“I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star and I was in the water for about 10 hours. These wonderful guys rescued me," she said. </p> <p>A hospital official confirmed: “The British woman brought to the hospital and her life is not endangered.”</p> <p>Croatian authorities are set to examine CCTV footage from the ship to find out how the woman fell overboard.  </p> <p>David Radas, the spokesman from Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs told <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7050800/british-woman-fell-off-cruise-ship-croatia-saved-10-hours/">The Sun</a>: “It is still not confirmed whether the British woman has fallen off or jumped from the cruising ship.</p> <p>“Norwegian Star will examine their CCTV cameras.”</p> <p>A spokesman for the cruise company said: “A report was made that a guest aboard Norwegian Star had gone overboard while the ship was returning to Venice.</p> <p>“As soon as the report was made the ship began a search and notified the appropriate authorities.</p> <p>“The ship will be delayed on her return to Venice.”</p> <p>Ship captain Lovro Oreskovic added: “The British woman was exhausted when we pulled her out of the water.</p> <p>“We were extremely happy for saving a human life.”</p>

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Qantas plane’s terrifying mid-air plunge as pilot is left incapacitated

<p>An investigation has been launched by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) after an incident on a Qantas-owned cargo plane left a pilot incapacitated due to lost cabin pressure.</p> <p>The Boeing 737 departed from Brisbane on Wednesday night making its way to Melbourne when the crew were alerted to a “wing body overheat warning” causing a reduction of cabin pressure.</p> <p>The drop forced the crew to wear oxygen masks and descend 20,000 feet over Narrandera in southern NSW.</p> <p>Due to the First Officer becoming incapacitated, the captain was then forced to descend a further 8,000 feet and divert the aircraft to Canberra a little while after midnight.</p> <p>Emergency services were waiting at the airport from 11.46 pm on Wednesday, with firefighters and paramedics on standby. Both pilots were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.</p> <p>As it was a freight service, no passengers were on board.</p> <p>The bureau is currently compiling evidence to find out exactly what caused the incident.</p> <p>“As part of the investigation, the ATSB will collect and examine information on the aircraft’s flight data recorders and interview maintenance and flight crew,” it said in a statement.</p> <p>The VH-XMO Boeing 737-376 was operated by Express Freighters Australia – a cargo airline based in Sydney. It is a subsidiary of Qantas.</p> <p>The airline claimed that the air conditioning system was partially at fault for the incident.</p> <p>“The Boeing 737 freighter diverted into Canberra on Wednesday night following a fault with the cabin on-board air conditioning system that affected the ability to maintain pressure in the cabin,” a Qantas spokeswoman said.</p> <p>“The aircraft landed normally in Canberra and the pilots went to the hospital as a precaution. They were discharged shortly after.”</p> <p>Qantas will be conducting its own investigation and the plane is currently being inspected by engineers.</p> <p>A final investigation report is expected by the end of the year.</p>

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Michael Schumacher’s new $47 million hideaway

<div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Champion Formula One driver Michael Schumacher is in the process of moving into a $47 million (AUD) mansion located in Majorca, Spain, nearly five years after he suffered a catastrophic brain injury due to a skiing accident.</p> <p>Purchased by his wife Corinna, the mansion was previously owned by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and is an estimated 161,000 square feet.</p> <p>Schumacher, who has not been seen publicly since 2013, was in a medically induced coma for six months after his accident and has been incredibly private about his life since. It is said that he is receiving full-time care at his current home in Switzerland.</p> <p>Schumacher’s lawyer told a court in 2013 that he “cannot walk” after a German magazine falsely claimed he could “walk again”. As a result, they were forced to pay Schumacher $78,000 dollars for invading his privacy.</p> <p>Katia Rouarch, the mayor of Andratx (a municipality in Majorca), confirmed the Schumachers' purchase of the Spanish property to Swiss magazine <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.illustre.ch/magazine/majorque-se-prepare-accueillir-michael-schumacher" target="_blank">L’Illustre</a></em>.</p> <p>“I can officially confirm Michael Schumacher is going to move into our municipality and that everything is being prepared to welcome him,” she said.</p> <p>The mega mansion, which contains two swimming pools, a helipad and guest villa, is surrounded by scenic views and extravagant properties.</p> <p>While it is not confirmed when the German racing legend will arrive, or how long he will stay, the location is memorable to the couple as Schumacher and his wife Corinna spent time on the island before his tragic accident.</p> <p>German tabloid <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bild.de/" target="_blank">Bild</a></em> claims that Corinna has bought the property in order to spend time with family and friends.</p> <p>Real Madrid president Perez had bought the house for $39 million but decided to sell the property after the death of his wife Mari Angeles Sandoval.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Don’t get fooled by this annoying airport prank

<p>Most travellers are familiar with the urgent scan in an airport for an available power outlet, so that you can charge up a dying device before boarding a flight.</p> <p>Now, airport pranksters are preying on traveller’s desperation for battery power with a new trick.</p> <p>The jokesters are placing stickers of fake power outlets at airport gates and then watching with amusement as people unknowingly attempt to plug their charger into a sticker.</p> <p>The stickers look realistic, causing even the savviest to fall victim to the stunt.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Whoever put up this fake sticker of an open outlet at the airport, you are now my enemy for life. <a href="https://t.co/TYEJKmY6Zg">pic.twitter.com/TYEJKmY6Zg</a></p> — Brandon #BeForTheGame (@Atrioc) <a href="https://twitter.com/Atrioc/status/1026327505072869376?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Sadly, the prank has gained a lot of traction and has started occurring in airports all over the world.</p> <p>“Whoever put up this fake sticker of an open outlet at the airport, you are now my enemy for life,” one person said on Twitter.</p> <p>The stickers have been placed in various places around the airport, including on garbage bins.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Will the person who’s putting fake outlet stickers all over the airport please die already thanks <a href="https://t.co/zamnWgQMlh">pic.twitter.com/zamnWgQMlh</a></p> — Alish Erman (@alishisthebest) <a href="https://twitter.com/alishisthebest/status/1019787984583847936?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 19, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>According to <em>The Sun</em>, the pranksters are getting their hands on these fake power point stickers by purchasing them online.</p> <p>Have you seen one of these power outlet stickers while travelling? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Billy Connolly’s sad new battle

<p>Comedian Sir Billy Connolly is suffering from the dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease.</p> <p>Close friend of Connolly, Sir Michael Parkinson, revealed in an interview on <em>Saturday Morning with James Martin </em>that the star “no longer recognises close friends”.</p> <p>The Scottish comedian announced his Parkinson’s diagnosis five years ago, but now one of his oldest friends confirmed that the disease is beginning to have an impact on his mind.</p> <p>During the interview, Michael recalled a recent catch-up with the 75-year-old, revealing they shared an “awkward dinner”.</p> <p>He said: “The sadness of Billy now is that wonderful brain is dulled.</p> <p>“I saw him recently — he’s now living in America — and it was very sad, because I was presenting him with a prize at an awards ceremony.</p> <p>“We had an awkward dinner together because I wasn’t quite sure if he knew who I was or not.</p> <p>“But we were walking out after the presentation to go down and have our picture taken, and he turned to me and put his hand on my shoulders.”</p> <p>Connolly was diagnosed with the long-term degenerative disorder in 2013, after having surgery for prostate cancer.</p> <p>Side affects of Parkinson’s include involuntary shaking, stiff muscles, slow movement, memory problems and balance issues.</p> <p>Sir Michael Parkinson became close with Connolly after the comedian made multiple appearances on his chat show.</p> <p>Michael added: “To know someone as long as I knew and loved Billy … it was an awful thing to contemplate, that that had been taken from him in a sense.</p> <p>“He was just a genius and the best thing that happened to me on the show.”</p> <p>Last year, Connolly was knighted for his contribution to the entertainment industry as well as his charity work, which has involved raising awareness for Parkinson’s disease in recent years.</p> <p>At the time the comedian revealed: “When I’m in front of people and performing, I don’t give it much attention.</p> <p>“And I perform despite it. That’s why I put on the song A Whole Lot of Shakin’ Goin’ On — just to stick two fingers up to it.</p> <p>“There’s a whole lot of shaking going on. It’s kind of weird, this instability,” he said.</p> <p>“The only time it stops is when I’m in bed and then I can’t roll over. I’m like a big log.</p> <p>“It’s the first thing I think about in the morning because getting out of bed is quite hard.”</p> <p>Previously, the 75-year-old explained to a British documentary the moment he received his diagnosis.</p> <p>“The doctor said to me, ‘You realise this isn’t curable?’ and I thought ‘What a rotten thing to say to somebody.’</p> <p>“I always thought he should have said, ‘You realise we are yet to find a cure?’ to put a little light at the end of the tunnel. There’s a lot to be said for that.”</p>

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How doctors know you're lying about how much you drink

<p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__intro sics-component__story__paragraph">It seems "Trust me, I'm a doctor" doesn't cut both ways. New research has found that 71 per cent of GPs think their patients, when asked about how much alcohol they drink, are economical with the truth.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">As someone who worked as a doctor for six years, to say we all think you're a bunch of liars with a can of petrol-strength lager hidden in every pocket is something of a misrepresentation. It's more that it's medically important that we know how much you're actually drinking, rather than how much you tell us you are.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">It's strange, perhaps, in a culture where the ability to down more beers than you can count on two hands is a badge of honour (or even a vote-winner, as William Hague apparently thought in 2000), that boozy pride tends to evaporate as soon as you walk into the waiting room. But we know you're embarrassed by it, and that you guilt-trip yourself over those six glasses of rosé you knocked back at the weekend.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"><span>We know you don't really tot up every drink, or remember the recommended limits, and we know how easy it is to underestimate. We get it – just like people upgrade their CVs to make that summer job in Starbucks seem like they were running the company single-handedly.</span></p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">We're good at reading people; we meet a lot of you, often for very short periods of time, and we're not accusing you of lying.</p> <div class="sics-component__ad-space sics-component__ad-space--storybody "> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">But sometimes it's crucial, life-saving, even, that we don't take everything we're told at face value. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">So don't make our lives harder than they have to be. Being straight with us about the little things saves us all time and lets us get to the heart of the matter. Rest assured, you won't be the person who drinks the most in that morning's clinic – and that includes the doctor.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Doctors are human, and we totally get it. Don't forget, once we clock off we don't just go sit in a cupboard and recharge our batteries for the next day – sometimes we're the ones getting overly rosé-happy on a Friday night. We have lives, and families, and we know how scary it is to be a patient. Sometimes, we are the patients.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">We also make poor decisions, say the wrong things when we're stressed and get embarrassed. Don't underestimate the relief that comes from being open about your issues: the truth feels good once it's out there, so let's say it how it is. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"><em>Written by Adam Kay. Republished by permission of <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/106276454/trust-me-doctors-know-youre-lying">Stuff.co.nz.</a></em></p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"> </p> </div> <div class="sics-component__ad-space sics-component__ad-space--storybody "></div>

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Do you breathe through your mouth? It could be seriously affecting your health

<p>If you breathe through your mouth, then chances are your health could be at risk. Sydney-based dentist, Dr Lewis Ehrlich, believes in the holistic approach when treating patients, one that focuses on the link between oral health and their overall well-being. He is also responsible for informing people of the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/body/dentist-reveals-the-scary-impact-of-one-gin-and-tonic" target="_blank">dangers gin and tonic have on teeth enamel.</a></em></p> <p>While it is known that breathing through the mouth can cause damage to teeth enamel and be responsible for tooth decay, the habit can also make you sick.</p> <p>According to Dr Ehrlich, breathing through the mouth causes an influx of bacteria and toxins to enter your body that your nose would usually filter out.</p> <p>“Nose breathing gives us the best possible chance of dealing with this challenge because within the nasal passages there are many filtration mechanisms at play,” he told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health/health-advice/why-breathing-through-your-mouth-can-make-you-seriously-sick/news-story/66b84012a0eb46e01dd0aed3c2c64a69" target="_blank">Body + Soul</a></em>.</p> <p>The nasal filtration system is a mechanism that is made up of fine hairs inside the nostril, the adenoids, turbinates (which regulate the airflow in nasal passages) and mucous membranes of the sinuses.</p> <p>Dr Ehrlich says that breathing through the nose instead of the mouth helps “warm, filtrate and humidify” the air.</p> <p>According to him, this will minimise several health risks, such as breathing problems, allergies, hay fever, enlarged tonsils and other chronic respiratory issues.</p> <p>He also emphasises how breathing from the mouth can have a negative effect on the body overall. And breathing from the nose allows for a balanced flow of both oxygen and carbon dioxide (CO2) and prevents people from over breathing.</p> <p>“When we 'over-breathe', CO2 levels decrease, and it makes it difficult for oxygen to be released from the bloodstream into our tissues for use,” he said.</p> <p>Plus, there are also many psychological benefits of breathing through the nose. Dr Ehrlich says research has proven that feelings of stress and anxiety can be regulated with the use of deep nasal breathing techniques.</p> <p>“This is the basis of many meditation practices, and has been established by numerous studies,” he said.</p> <p>If you struggle with breathing through the nose, elevating your head while you sleep and sleeping on your side or stomach is known to help. Also, removing any allergens present in the house and maintaining a good posture are great ways to get into the habit of breathing through the nose.</p> <p>Do you breathe from your mouth or nose? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

Caring

Lifestyle

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Karl Stefanovic's heartfelt open letter: "Divorce is rough on everyone"

<p>Karl Stefanovic has responded to his ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn by taking the unusual step of penning a column defending his relationship with his children and detailing his divorce, saying he and Cassandra are doing “the best we can”.</p> <p>The <em>Today</em> host, who split with Cassandra two years ago but divorced last October, made headlines last week after <strong><u><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/cassandra-thorburn-opens-up-about-her-new-life">Thorburn gave a candid interview</a></u></strong> to <em>Women’s Weeky</em> magazine.</p> <p>“We’re dead to his family and almost anyone from our old life,” Cassandra told the publication.</p> <p>“There has been practically no contact. I feel like we’ve been discarded and disposed of, replaced by a whole new line-up of starters. It has been a real adjustment period for me.”</p> <p>In a <strong><a href="https://honey.nine.com.au/2018/08/18/14/02/karl-stefanovic-divorce-statement"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">column published on </span><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">9Honey</span></em></a></strong> yesterday, Stefanovic, who announced his engagement to designer Jasmine Yarbrough in February, denied suggestions he’d distanced himself from his children, while also saying he’s “proud” of his ex-wife.</p> <p>His full column reads: <em>“I wasn't planning on commenting publicly, but I feel the need to put some words around things to avoid further speculation on something that really matters to me.</em></p> <p><em>I'm a good journalist. I'm a terrible prankster.</em></p> <p><em>We all know my dad jokes are bad.</em></p> <p><em>I love a beer and a rum and coke on the weekends.</em></p> <p><em>But first and foremost, I'm a dad. I have three incredibly special kids.</em></p> <p><em>They're just the most beautiful, funny, innocent, exquisite people in my life. </em></p> <p><em>They've got iphones. They're on social media. (Too much for my liking, but what are you going to do!)</em></p> <p><em>They know what people are saying. </em></p> <p><em>When you're on TV you open yourself up to public scrutiny.</em></p> <p><em>I can wear that.</em></p> <p><em>I'm in your homes every morning on the show, so I know it comes with the territory.</em></p> <p><em>But within that, it's my responsibility to shield my kids from the media spotlight when the lines between my job and our family become blurred, and to give them the sanctuary they deserve, especially now. </em></p> <p><em>I don't want my silence, or the fact that my children aren't visibly front and centre with me for everyone to see, to be misinterpreted as absence.</em></p> <p><em>That couldn't be further from the truth.</em></p> <p><em>It just means I want to protect them from scrutiny as much as I can.</em></p> <p><em>I'm their dad and I'm not going anywhere.</em></p> <p><em>I love my kids. I just love them. They know that.</em></p> <p><em>And that's what matters.</em></p> <p><em>Divorce is rough on everyone. Both Cass and I are doing the best we can. </em></p> <p><em>I've read Cass' new book and I think it is fantastic.</em></p> <p><em>I'm proud of her.</em></p> <p><em>She is the mother of my children and I'll always want her to do well.</em></p> <p><em>I encourage everyone to check it out. It’s called "Leo Lion's Big Bed" and you can grab a copy at <a href="http://www.cassandcara.com/">www.cassandcara.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em>I want to thank everyone for the support they've shown both of us.</em></p> <p><em>This country's a beauty.</em></p> <p><em>Let's keep smiling.” </em></p>

Relationships

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Duchess Kate reveals the unique nickname Prince Harry has given her

<p>The royal family really are just like us, with each member of the family having a special nickname of their own. With Queen Elizabeth being known as “Lilibeth”, Duchess Meghan as “Meg” and Duchess Camilla as “GaGa”, the tradition of nicknames has now extended to Duchess Kate.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=839&amp;v=nDKGAPppxwU" target="_blank">BBC Radio One</a></em><span>, it was revealed that Prince Harry likes to call Duchess Kate, “Cath” – a short form of her full name Catherine.</span></p> <p>Presenter Scott Mills asked, “That really confused me because everyone else calls you Kate – all the press call you Kate. Is this a thing just in the family?”</p> <p>“I’m not sure, actually,” said the Duchess. “I’m not that familiar with it, I have to say. But I’ll answer to most things, to be honest.”</p> <p>The Duchess has previously revealed her childhood nickname: Squeak – a name that she shared with her pet hamster.</p> <p>Speaking to the children at St Andrew’s School in Pangbourne, Berkshire in 2012, she mentioned that, “There was one called Pip and one called Squeak because my sister was called Pippa and I was Squeak.”</p> <p>Though in her later years, the Duchess was known to prefer the name Catherine when being referred to, a name that Prince William still calls her by.</p> <p>Do you have a special nickname? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

Family & Pets

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Woman complains after boyfriend buys her a $2.3K engagement ring

<p>A bride-to-be has been criticised for complaining about the amount of money her boyfriend spent on her engagement ring.</p> <p>After finding his receipt, the woman took to <em>Mumsnet</em> to vent her frustration that he had only spent £1,300 (AU$2275) on her ring.</p> <p> "DP (Dear Partner) proposed and presented me with the ring he'd chosen - a diamond solitaire in white gold," read the post, which has since been deleted.</p> <p>"I was so happy and excited to accept but was disappointed when I first saw the ring. The first word that entered my head was 'small'.</p> <p>"There's nothing to dislike about the type of ring per se, as a diamond solitaire would have been my choice, but it's the whole thing - the colour of the gold, the setting, the small stone and relatively chunky shoulders.</p> <p>"His salary is nearing a six-figure sum and he's usually very generous. Having seen the receipt I know he paid £1,300 for it - which is a lot less than I would have imagined he would have spent on such a significant piece of jewellery."</p> <p>While some <em>Mumsnet</em> users agreed with the bride-to-be being disappointed, others were appalled at her complaint.</p> <p>"The cost is not as much of a factor but you must be happy with the look of the ring. Just tell him you are not keen on the setting and you would prefer to choose another ring together," wrote one person.</p> <p>"I think you sound grabby. Why is it about the size of the diamond? He's making a commitment to you. It doesn't have to be about money or 'flashiness," wrote another.</p> <p><em>Republished with the permission of <strong><u><a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/love-sex/106280309/woman-complains-after-boyfriend-buys-her-a-25k-engagement-ring">Stuff.co.nz.</a></u></strong> </em></p>

Beauty & Style

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Princess Mary dazzles in crimson dress

<p>Princess Mary has dressed up for a glamorous night out without the kids to celebrate the 175th anniversary of one of Denmark’s most popular tourist attractions, Tivoli Gardens.</p> <p>The 46-year-old Crown Princess looked elegant in a crimson evening gown decorated with mirrored sequins and a blush-pink silk wrap.</p> <p>The Australian-born Danish royal attended the event with Queen Margrethe’s sister, Princess Benedikte, who wore a green and blue floor-length dress.</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/Bmgnc36AE7O/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 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/Bmgnc36AE7O/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">A post shared by DET DANSKE KONGEHUS (@detdanskekongehus)</a> on Aug 15, 2018 at 11:29am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Mary’s husband, Prince Frederik, was absent from the event as well as their four children, Prince Christian, 12, Princess Isabella, 11, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, seven.</p> <p>Tivoli Gardens was created by Georg Carstensen and inspired Danish writer Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale, The Nightingale.</p> <p>The amusement park was visited by Walt Disney before he opened Disneyland in 1955, and it is believed he was so captivated by the atmosphere of the attraction, that he sought to recreate it in his own park.</p> <p>Mary and her family frequently visit the amusement park, with the royal children attending an event there last year while their parents were away in Japan.</p> <p>Recently, the family enjoyed a sailing trip around Denmark, documenting their <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/international-travel/danish-royals-holiday-album-inside-princess-mary-and-prince-frederik-s-summer-getaway/"><strong><u>holiday photos</u></strong></a> on Instagram.</p>

Beauty & Style

Finance

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Family's despair after power bills increase by 400% due to law change

<p>When Lee and Warren Mullaly purchased their new home in Forster, NSW they were thrilled. Having pre-installed solar panelling would ensure that their electricity bill would remain low, and while that was the case for a period of time, this year, the semi-retired couple are paying over $400 each quarter.</p> <p>“The government incentive finished and even though we were aware this was going to happen, we still thought our bills were going to be significantly lower,” Lee Mullaly told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/money/costs/changes-to-solar-feedin-tariffs-have-caused-huge-increases-to-power-bills/news-story/a5bafadf063bcb2f99b0d739feac0296" target="_blank">News.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p>Without a battery, the Mullaly's only find their solar panels beneficial during the day as the power produced must be used immediately.</p> <p>And in the evenings when the panels are not generating electricity, any power they use during that period comes from the grid. With their bill previously coming in at $95 a quarter, they are now facing an increase of $1400 more than what they paid the year before.</p> <p>This is the consequence of the Solar Bonus Scheme that was initiated by the NSW Government, ending on 31 December 2016. With the scheme paying households 60c or 20c per kilowatt an hour for the electricity they provided to the grid, many families benefited greatly.</p> <p>Now, as the scheme has shut down, households have taken a hit, and with a battery costing $15,000 to install for the semi-retired couple, the Mullaly's believe that the outlay wouldn’t be worth it.</p> <p>“We’ve got to watch what we spend, we haven’t got a lot of money coming in and we’ve got to weigh up the benefits,” said Lee Mullally.</p> <p>The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) sets a recommended price for retailers, but it is not mandatory for retailers to follow. This year, the suggested benchmark dropped by 44 per cent due to below average wholesale electricity prices.</p> <p>Solar expert and ShineHub co-founder Alex Georgiou said this year’s changes to feed-in tariff rates could see families losing around $300 a year on a 5-kilowatt system.</p> <p>“If a person is not home to use solar power during the day, around 75 per cent of this is sent back to the grid,” he said.</p> <p>While an average household could have earned $657 a year selling power to the grid at a price of 12 cents, this year, that price would drop to $355 if they get 6.5 cents.</p> <p>When asked if she would consider a solar panelling system now, Mrs Mullaly said she would never do it without installing a battery first.</p> <p>“If you are thinking about getting panels you need to get a battery because ultimately it will be a huge saving and will take the worry away.”</p> <p>Do you have solar panelling on your home? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

Retirement Income

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$4 product takes out top spot on CHOICE's best laundry detergents list

<p>Despite many Aussie households forking out hundreds of dollars a year on laundry detergents, a new report by a consumer watchdog has revealed that some products on supermarket shelves have the same effect as doing a load of washing in plain water.</p> <p>CHOICE tested 100 laundry detergent brands and have ranked the best and worst on the market.</p> <p>Surprisingly, the top-performing laundry detergent was not a pricey option but Coles’ Ultra Front that is only $4.</p> <p>In second place was OMO Ultimate Front which retails at $21.99.</p> <p>It was followed by OMO Ultimate which is priced at $21.99.</p> <p>Aldi’s $5.69 Trimat Advanced Laundry Powder ranked fourth and OMO Active Clean came in fifth, which is priced at $10.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 457.9524680073127px; height:500px;" src="/media/7820330/top10.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/efafa64e73244c8294dfcd31b420e77a" /></p> <p>The consumer watchdog also revealed which products performed no better than water.</p> <p>The products that were ranked at the bottom of the list include Ecostore Laundry Liquid Top (46 per cent), Fab Gold Absolute Liquid Top (46 per cent), Surf Beautiful Botanicals Top (46 per cent), BioZet Attack 3D Clean Action Top (46 per cent) and in last spot, Supreme Heavy Duty Laundry Liquid Top (45 per cent).</p> <p>Does this list surprise you? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

Money & Banking

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Kyle Sandiland's new TV show: "It’s just like Judge Judy but it’s me instead of Judy"

<p>Kyle Sandilands news TV show <em>Trial By Kyle</em> is one of eight new shows that will air as part of Channel 10’s Pilot Week, which kicks off this Sunday night.</p> <p>As Sandilands puts it, the show is “just like <em>Judge Judy</em> but it’s me instead of Judy”.</p> <p>He is joined by <em>The Bachelor </em>winner Anna Heinrich, a criminal lawyer, who will assist Sandilands in analysing evidence in each case.</p> <p>“The thing that’s great about it, apart from me and Anna, is the Australian problems are very different from the American problems,” Sandilands said.</p> <p>“On <em>Judge Judy</em> they’re always arguing about someone owing someone some money for some meth … but ours are real problems, like boobs jobs, paparazzi fights, friends falling out over loan money. We have different problems but they’re really quite interesting.”</p> <p>Just like <em>Judge Judy,</em> if Sandilands decides that someone owes money to another person the show will cover the costs.</p> <p>“Screentime Australia (which produces the show) covers the costs,” Sandilands confirmed.</p> <p>“But I was a real stinge. We had quite a big budget but I would only give what felt right. I don’t want to give you money if I think you’re a f***ing idiot. Just because I’ve got a budget doesn’t mean I’m going to use it.”</p> <p>Only one episode of the show will go to air before Channel 10 chooses which show gets picked up and aired in full next year.</p> <p>But Sandilands has already declared he doesn’t care if his TV pilot gets picked up or not.</p> <p>“I think everyone hopes it will go (ahead) but I also don’t give a f**k if it doesn’t,” the KIIS FM host told news.com.au.</p> <p>“I’m not going to cry and be on Xanax or anything. I don’t care.”</p> <p>Sandilands says there’s already interests from other networks for his show.</p> <p>“I got the international rights and people are already interested in buying it,” he said. “So that’s my only interest. I’m only motivated by money and fame,” Sandilands said, before laughing.</p> <p>Asked where he’ll be watching his new show, he quipped: “At home, in bed, in my undies.”</p> <p><strong><em>Trial By Kyle</em> is set to air next Thursday, August 23, at 8.30pm </strong></p>

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Why Woolies and Coles are refusing to serve customers with plastic containers

<p>Woolworths and Coles have come under fire for not allowing environmentally conscious shoppers to bring their own containers for deli items.</p> <p>Both supermarket companies use health and safety as reasons for the ban, but customers who have been refused the plastic-saving option are not satisfied.</p> <p>Frustrated shoppers have stated that the rule has not applied when shopping at smaller retailers as one woman said she was “very disappointed” after being denied by deli staff when wanting to use a container she brought from home at her local Coles store in Southland, Victoria.</p> <p>“When I asked the Store Manager as to why, I was told that due to hygiene reasons, company policy did not allow for this,” she posted on the Coles Facebook page.</p> <p>“I am shocked and appalled just how much plastic waste is generated in your store daily (and not just from the deli section, the fruit and veg and general groceries too), so I have taken my business to a local shop that happily allows me to use my own tongs, container and reusable plastic bags.</p> <p>“Coles, please rethink your policy and help reduce what is a massive waste issue. Thank you.”</p> <p>And she wasn’t the only one disappointed in the supermarket's policy, as other shoppers have also voiced their concerns on the company’s social media page.</p> <p>“This was a container from a previous purchase of olives from this store and was obviously clean and undamaged. The young lady seemed surprised when I said I didn’t want any if I can’t reuse my container. Well, I won’t be shopping at Coles again,” a man said.</p> <p>Competitor Woolworths also received the same treatment with several customers demanding a more environmentally-friendly alternative.</p> <p>“Would love it if we could bring our own clean reusable containers to the deli counter too, or just have products weighed and wrapped in paper,” said a user on the company's Facebook page.</p> <p>“Any plans to change your store policy about not accepting reusable containers at the deli counter?” asked another.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/major-supermarkets-dont-allow-customers-bring-reusable-containers-084928132.html" target="_blank">Yahoo7</a></em>, a spokesperson from Woolworths said: “This is not something we can offer due to food safety and operational reasons.</p> <p>“We continue to work hard on the reduction of unnecessary plastics right across our stores, this included taking 3.2 billion single-use plastic bags out of circulation every year, and trials to remove plastic packaging from 80 fruit and vegetable lines over the next year.”</p> <p>Coles also agrees with these sentiments as it believes it’s a health and safety risk, saying it made it “very difficult for us to do a thorough investigation if a customer becomes ill and we are unsure where the used container came from".</p> <p>What do you think of Coles and Woolworths' plastic container policy? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

Money & Banking

Entertainment

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The cast of A Place To Call Home prepare to say farewell

<p>As the sixth and final season of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">A Place To Call Home</em> airs, the actors have opened up about their fondest memories on the show.</p> <p>In an interview with <a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">TV Week Close Up</em></strong></span></a>, the stars looked back at their time on the show and the impact it’s had on Aussie viewers.</p> <p>The series creator, Bevan Lee, set the drama in the 1950s, showcasing all the various attitudes attached to the time.</p> <p>"It set out to show us what has been, but also what still is," said Craig Hall, who plays Dr Jack Duncan.</p> <p>“It was a measuring stick for how either far we've come, or how little we've travelled."</p> <p>The show also tackled issues such as intolerance and bigotry, through David Berry’s character, James Bligh – scoring the actor a Logie nomination for his performance.</p> <p>"I could see it was about issues that are often taboo in families and we know we've opened people's minds – and that's powerful," Noni Hazlehurst, who plays Elizabeth Bligh, said.</p> <p>Marta Dusseldorp, who plays Sarah, says she was captivated with the show after reading the script of season one.</p> <p>"I still relish that first season," the 45-year-old said.</p> <p>"I've never read anything like it. I felt so excited to be a part of that."</p> <p>Craig said he appreciated the sense of nostalgia the story evoked.</p> <p>"It represents a time when we think, 'Ah, those were the days,'" he said. "In the first two seasons, you think, 'It'd be nice to live in this world.'"</p> <p>However, in the following seasons, viewers are then exposed to the destructive family secrets that begin to unravel.</p> <p>"I've learnt a lot about the damage caused by secrets and by not being who you are – they are the strong themes of the show," Noni said.</p> <p>The actors also reflected on how the show was dropped by Channel Seven, before being saved by Foxtel.</p> <p>"We were all devastated when it ended on season two; there was unfinished business," David, 34, said.</p> <p>"And now that there's a definite ending, there's a sense that we get to define it – that's empowering and exciting."</p> <p>Will you be watching the final season of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">A Place To Call Home</em>? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

TV

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The internet is baffled by who this star is – do you know?

<p>A star has appeared on the September cover of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">InStyle </em>magazine, but fans have criticised the photoshoot for making her almost unrecognisable.</p> <p>Despite working in the film and TV industry since the '70s, fans had a hard time identifying the 61-year-old actress.</p> <p>Do you recognise who it is?</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/BmQt07_AeNc/?utm_source=ig_embed" 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/BmQt07_AeNc/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">A post shared by Laura Brown (@laurabrown99)</a> on Aug 9, 2018 at 7:17am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The actress appearing in this shoot is none other than <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Working Girl </em>star Melanie Griffith.</p> <p>The photoshoot, where Griffith dons a black dress with a plunging neckline, has been slammed by fans for the heavy use of editing.</p> <p>“Unrecognisable. Poor thing,” one wrote.</p> <p>“Um who is this person??” asked another.</p> <p>Another added: “Celebrating the same destructive message … ageing is bad. Of course she looks beautiful, but who is she? She’s certainly not Melanie anymore.”</p> <p>Some were confused if the obvious changes to her appearance were the result of plastic surgery or the use of Photoshop.</p> <p>“This is simply outrageous how much Photoshop was used. Is there something wrong with looking older? Who will believe that her boobs and neckline look like she’s 20? A horrible thing,” a user responded to <em style="font-weight: inherit;">InStyle</em>’s post.</p> <p>“There’s a lot of Photoshop happening in there! To compensate all the botox?” someone else wrote.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7820316/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/58e3fc86469f48f0a96199a6f88a76d6" /></p> <p>In an interview with <em style="font-weight: inherit;">InStyle</em>, Griffith shared how the movie industry changes for actresses as they get older.</p> <p>"It's a different deal when you're older," she said. </p> <p>"And we're old. I don't mean it badly, and I don't mean it like, 'Oh, poor me,' or anything like that. It's just a different deal when you're an older person. It's different from being the hot stuff to being the old hot stuff."</p> <p>She revealed that she is planning on pursuing theatre work to avoid the cameras.</p> <p>"That's my dream. I think that theatre is kinder on a 60-year-old face," she said.</p> <p>The star admitted to having plastic surgery 20 years ago, but tried to reverse the work after she received online criticism.</p> <p>“No, I didn’t [realise] until people started saying, ‘Oh my God, what has she done?!’ I was so hurt,” she told <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Porter </em>magazine in 2017.</p> <p>“I went to a different doctor, and he started dissolving all of this s*** that this other woman doctor had put in.</p> <p>“Hopefully, I look more normal now.”</p>

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“Greatest of all time”: World reacts to Aretha Franklin’s death

<p>Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has died from advance pancreatic cancer at home in Detroit, aged 76.</p> <p>The music icon was surrounded by family and friends when she died at 9.50am on Thursday local time.</p> <p>“It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul,” her family said in a statement issued by her publicist.</p> <p>“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart.</p> <p>“We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”</p> <p>Her family thanked friends and supporters from all over the world for their prayers.</p> <p>“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received,” the statement read.</p> <p>“We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”</p> <p>The death of the legendary singer, known for such enduring hits as <em>Respect</em> (1967), <em>Natural Woman</em> (1968) and <em>I Say a Little Prayer</em> (1968), sparked an outpouring of love and tributes for the remarkable woman from around the world.</p> <p>Diana Ross said she was “sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.”</p> <p>Smokey Robinson said in a statement: “This morning my longest friend in this world went home to be with our father. I will miss her so much but I know she’s at peace.”</p> <p>Barbra Streisand shared a photo of herself performing with Franklin in 2012, writing: “It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world.”</p> <p>John Legend tweeted: “Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I’ve ever known.”</p> <p>Barack and Michelle Obama said in a statement: “Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade-our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect.</p> <p>“She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I’m sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.</p> — Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) <a href="https://twitter.com/DianaRoss/status/1030100713093967873?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance – a benefit for <a href="https://twitter.com/ejaf?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ejaf</a> at St John The Divine Cathedral. She was obviously unwell, and I wasn’t sure she could perform. But Aretha did and she raised the roof.</p> — Elton John (@eltonofficial) <a href="https://twitter.com/eltonofficial/status/1030101482731962369?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha &amp; I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer,but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world <a href="https://t.co/Px9zVB90MM">pic.twitter.com/Px9zVB90MM</a></p> — Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) <a href="https://twitter.com/BarbraStreisand/status/1030096939109556229?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <p> </p> <p>US President Donald Trump opened a Cabinet meeting at the White House today by expressing his “condolences to the family of a person I knew well”. He said Franklin “worked for me on numerous occasions,” and her “legacy will thrive and inspire” many generations.</p> <p>“She was terrific — Aretha Franklin — on her passing,” said the President, who also tweeted about the singer. “She’s brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come. She was given a great gift from God — her voice, and she used to well. People loved Aretha. She was a special woman. So just want to pass on my warmest best wishes and sympathies to her family.”</p> <p>Clive Davis, the music mogul who helped revive Franklin’s career in the 1980s, said he was “devastated” by her death.</p> <p>“She was truly one of a kind,” he said in a statement. “She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world.</p> <p>“Apart from our long professional relationship, Aretha was my friend. Her loss is deeply profound and my heart is full of sadness.”</p> <p>Berry Gordy, founder of the Motown record label, said in a statement: “A national treasure to everyone. But to me personally, Aretha Franklin was my dear, dear friend, my homegirl, and I loved her a lot.</p> <p>“From seeing her as a baby singing and playing at the piano at her father’s home, to her giving a rousing performance at the White House, she has always been amazing. No matter how the music has changed over the years, she remained so relevant.”</p> <p>In her decades-long career that spanned multiple genres, Franklin’s powerful voice that stretched over four octaves defined her place in American music history.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. <a href="https://t.co/bfASqKlLc5">pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5</a></p> — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/1030129887623958538?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">What a life. What a legacy! <br />So much love, respect and gratitude.<br />R.I.P. <a href="https://twitter.com/ArethaFranklin?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ArethaFranklin</a> <a href="https://t.co/400K1U5IHI">https://t.co/400K1U5IHI</a></p> — Carole King (@Carole_King) <a href="https://twitter.com/Carole_King/status/1030096175993475079?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">One of the highlights of my career was singing with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ArethaFranklin?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ArethaFranklin</a> at The Tony Awards. It was an out of body experience for me. One of greatest singers of all time. You will be missed by all. <a href="https://t.co/L8dIIhyR9Y">https://t.co/L8dIIhyR9Y</a></p> — Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) <a href="https://twitter.com/RealHughJackman/status/1030098224156209153?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The choir of angels now have the greatest voice of all time to lead, praise and join in to sing before Jesus. I wanted to share this photo because it shows just how soulful Aretha was without uttering a word. To say I was humbled to be in her presence would be an understatement. <a href="https://t.co/R2lxjXwDO8">pic.twitter.com/R2lxjXwDO8</a></p> — Faith Hill (@FaithHill) <a href="https://twitter.com/FaithHill/status/1030110318826074112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!</p> — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1030116078125568006?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul <a href="https://t.co/jW4Gpwfdts">pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts</a></p> — Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulMcCartney/status/1030103284881805312?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2010, <em>Rolling Stone</em> magazine named her the greatest singer of all time, male or female.</p> <p>The Hall of Fame issued a statement titled “Lady Soul”, which read: “The first woman inducted into the Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin was an artist of passion, sophistication and command, whose recordings remain anthems that defined soul music. Long live the Queen.”</p>

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Hollywood star Gregory Peck’s lookalike grandson cast in new movie

<p>The grandson of Hollywood icon Gregory Peck has been announced to play the new Mr Spock in the Star Trek television franchise.</p> <p>Ethan Peck, 32, will play the character in the second season of <em>Star Trek: Discovery</em>, which premieres in January.</p> <p>“We searched for months for an actor who would, like [the late Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto], bring his own interpretation to the role,” showrunner Alex Kurtzman told <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/star-trek-discovery-casts-spock-ethan-peck-1134570"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>The Hollywood Reporte</strong></span>r</em></a><em>. </em></p> <p>“Ethan Peck walked into the room inhabiting all of these qualities, aware of his daunting responsibility to Leonard, Zach, and the fans, and ready to confront the challenge in the service of protecting and expanding on Spock's legacy.”</p> <p>After the news was announced, Ethan took to Twitter to thank the Nimoy family for giving him their blessing to take on the role.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Thanks to the Nimoy family for your open arms, warm welcome, smiling curiosity and support, for making me feel worthy, as I embrace and take into my heart the iconic half alien we know as Mr. Spock. It is an incomparable honor. 🖖🏼 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StarTrekDiscovery?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StarTrekDiscovery</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LLAP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LLAP</a> <a href="https://t.co/jEXG1T253Z">pic.twitter.com/jEXG1T253Z</a></p> — Ethan Peck (@ethangpeck) <a href="https://twitter.com/ethangpeck/status/1029416376736215040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 14, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Although he has appeared in various TV and movie projects over the years, Ethan is most known for being the grandson of Oscar winner Gregory Peck.</p> <p>The <em>To Kill a Mockingbird</em> star sadly died in 2003 of bronchopneumonia.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7820301/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4fdcfbbbcf254d0ea9d7bd79030fbf0f" /></p> <p>Ethan has welcomed all comparisons to his late grandfather, with some saying he inherited Gregory’s deep voice, thick brows, black hair and defined jawline.</p> <p>“It's a very wonderful comparison,” Ethan told <em>Hollywood Today Live </em>in 2016.</p> <p>“I think before it was a little more difficult to stomach because people just kind of want to see him, which is understandable and that's cool. And also wonderful, like he's wonderful, what a great comparison!”</p> <p>Do you think Ethan Peck looks like his famous grandfather? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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