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Dolly Parton changes words to legendary song for very special reason

<p><span>Dolly Parton has changed her famous tune Jolene for a very special reason.</span><br /><br /><span>The legendary singer has written hundreds of songs throughout her decades-long career and she has just changed the lyrics of Jolene to encourage fans to get their COVID-19 vaccine.</span><br /><br /><span>“I even changed one of my songs to fit the occasion,” the actor, singer and humanitarian sang in a social media post on Tuesday.</span><br /><br /><span>Just moments before receiving her shot, she could be heard saying: “It goes, ‘Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate’.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CL7me6sDRyA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</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/CL7me6sDRyA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Dolly Parton (@dollyparton)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>In 2020, Parton donated $US1 million ($AUD 1.28 million) to Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee, for coronavirus research.</span><br /><br /><span>Parton told The Associated Press that she wanted to wait until the vaccine became more widely available as she didn’t want to look like she was jumping the line.</span><br /><br /><span>“That didn’t hurt. Just stung a little bit,” she said after checking with the doctor if her hair looked good.</span><br /><br /><span>She then smiled at the camera saying, “I did it! I did it!”</span><br /><br /><span>The Grammy-winning legend turned 75 this year.</span></p>

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Olympic sailor's boat shed on sale at record price

<p><span>A property in Point Piper has been put on the market for a mind blowing price guide of $37-$40 million.</span><br /><br /><span>It’s not unusual for the ritzy Sydney suburb to have such a high price tag, however the property is causing shockwaves as it is simply a boat shed.</span><br /><br /><span>The shed sets a new Australian price record, holding nearly 2000 square metres and is extended to over two storeys.</span><br /><br /><span>Represented by Ken Jacobs and James Hall from luxury auction house Christie’s International, this shed is not a home yet it could very well be.</span><br /><br /><span>The shed has four berths, and can fit yachts up to 26 metres in size.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.11273792093704px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840123/dolly-parton-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fb46041762f44d7cbfb31bdab08013bc" /></p> <p><em>Image: Domain </em><br /><br /><span>The top storey of the boat shed can also be used as accommodation.</span><br /><br /><span>Not only that, but the property also features a waterfront swimming pool.</span><br /><br /><span>The Point Piper address was previously owned by the affluent O’Neil family.</span><br /><br /><span>Property developer and former Olympic sailor Denis O’Neil used to use the private marina to moor his boats.</span><br /><br /><span>The family bought it in 1958 for £9,000 (AU$16,132) from WWII survivors Dr Ignacy and Elvira Listwan before listing it in 2017 for $33 million.</span><br /><br /><span>It sold for $30 million.</span></p> <p><span>Australia’s property market is soaring to previously unseen heights, marking a 2.1 per cent growth in February – the highest one-month growth in 17 years.</span></p>

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Discover the new alternative to nursing homes which provides a kinder care solution for your parent

<p><strong>An innovative new care approach which is centred around delivering personalised solutions and choice is attracting interest from families who don’t want to see their loved ones move into a nursing home.</strong></p> <p>The<span> </span><strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://ldk.com.au/aspire/" target="_blank">Aspire Aged Care</a></strong><span> </span>model is based at LDK’s six-hectare Greenway Views seniors living complex at Tuggeranong, Canberra.</p> <p>Stage one of Greenway Views was delivered at the end of 2019 and includes 210 apartments and a wide range of community facilities. Stage two is due to be completed later in 2021 and will include additional apartments and a beautiful new alfresco bar and entertainment area.</p> <div> <p>Aspire Aged Care is co-located within Greenway Views and has 117 beautifully appointed apartments providing the same level of care as a nursing home, but within the vibrant village community.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840132/downsizing_spon-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3425911efdc34d8a9035c3a2a152f9bb" /></p> <div><em>Apartments at Aspire Aged Care have a modern and attractive interior design.</em></div> <div> <p>Within Aspire Aged Care, residents live in their own homes and receive tailored care services from registered nurses and care staff, who are on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. </p> <p>This is a different approach to that commonly found in nursing homes, in which residents are effectively seen as patients under medical care and therefore part of an institution.</p> <p>“Before we launched Aspire Aged Care, we conducted research to gauge what consumers were looking for,” LDK CEO Bryon Cannon said. </p> <p>“Not only did they want certainty and transparency when downsizing, they also didn’t want to go to a nursing home and wanted to stay at home for as long as possible. </p> <p>"The consumer has changed significantly in the last few decades, so what might have been acceptable for the consumer before might not be suitable for the baby boomers and their families of today.”</p> <p><strong>Modern and spacious apartments and latest technology</strong></p> <p>The modern and spacious studio and one-bedroom apartments in Aspire Aged Care feature their own kitchen, laundry and balcony, with residents having a key to their front door and plenty of space for their own treasured belongings.  </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840131/downsizing_spon-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2962e08a578f4db2a28aafdb8944b3d5" /></p> <div><em>The apartments at Aspire Aged Care include a kitchen, laundry and balcony</em></div> <div> <p>In a move that has been very popular among residents, the apartments are also pet-friendly.</p> <p>Each well-appointed apartment provides privacy and views of the lush natural surroundings as well as access to all Greenway View’s onsite amenities and communal areas. </p> <p>This ensures residents and their families can enjoy the vibrancy of a village environment, while having immediate access to the highest quality of customised care.</p> <p>Innovative and unobtrusive technology is designed to provide peace of mind and a safe environment for residents and their families.</p> </div> <div> <p>Thoughtful design features include responsive circadian lighting to assist the wellbeing of dementia residents and passive sensor monitoring and emergency response systems for immediate assistance.</p> <p>Apart from the physical features, Aspire Aged Care residents and their families are also benefiting from LDK’s customer-centered values and the company’s commitment to staffing excellence.</p> <p>“Our staff must align to the company's culture of Love, Decency and Kindness, which makes up our LDK name,” Mr Cannon said.</p> <p>"We focus very heavily on culture.</p> <p>“We model our business on being a genuine people-first business.</p> <p>“We care for people, and our people care for people, so we need to invest a lot of time and resources into developing our workforce and have their values align to the values of the business, our purpose and our vision. </p> <p>“If we have an engaged workforce, we can deliver the best resident outcomes, and that's what we strive for."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840134/downsizing_spon-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5d5afb5e32f747e5b1f0152bc3b87fcf" /></p> <p><em>Aspire Aged Care residents live in a village environment</em></p> <p>Aspire Aged Care offers all levels of care, including palliative and end of life care, dementia care and private respite care. It also includes a comprehensive activity and lifestyle program for residents.</p> <p>This is part of LDK’s “One Move Promise”, which effectively means residents won’t need to move outside of the village for care reasons.</p> <p><strong>Testimonials for Aspire Aged Care</strong></p> <p>Despite only opening in early 2020, resident and family testimonials are already rolling in for the Aspire Aged Care model.</p> <p>“I’ve had a bit of experience looking in nursing home as a legatee for the last 26 years, it wasn’t what I wanted for my wife,” said Jim Quick.</p> <p>“I saw the advertising for LDK and come over to look.</p> <p>“I was very impressed with the model, I was back within two days to pay a deposit.</p> <p>“We chose to come here for the care that’s available, which in seven months we have found to be faultless.”</p> <p>“We looked at a few nursing homes and retirement villages and were very discouraged by what we saw and what seemed to be available,” said Nancy Cogan.</p> <p>“One day I saw an advertisement in the paper for LDK, what popped out at me was the one move promise, that’s what brought us here.”</p> <p>“Since moving in there was an immediate increase in the care available for my husband.”</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>At LDK, we know every individual’s ageing journey is different. </p> <p>That’s why we partner with each resident to tailor a care plan to suit their individual needs, wishes and preferences.</p> <p>The Aspire Aged care offering is simple, providing services and support in the privacy and comfort of your own home, delivered with Love, Decency and Kindness.</p> <p>Find out more about<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://ldk.com.au/aspire/" target="_blank"><strong>Aspire Aged Care</strong><span> </span></a>here. </p> <p> </p> </div> <p>​<img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840130/downsizing_spon-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ce749ca57d8147b9abe61a29d552d08f" /></p> <div><em>Interior photo of an Aspire Aged Care apartment</em></div> <div></div> <div><em>This article was made in partnership with <a rel="noopener" href="https://ldk.com.au/aspire/" target="_blank"><strong>Aspire Aged Care</strong></a>. </em></div> </div> </div>

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More explosive details emerge from Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview

<p>A new teaser of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey has already let explosive details slide.</p> <p>Markle has just been hit with historical bullying allegations from the palace as US Network CBS preps to release the highly anticipated Oprah interview.</p> <p>Referring to the royal family as “The Firm”, Oprah asks Meghan: “How do you feel about the Palace hearing you speak your truth today?”</p> <p>“I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent when there is an active role that the Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us,” says Meghan.</p> <p>“And if that comes with risk of losing things … there’s a lot that’s been lost already.”</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/CL7IdPIAQV3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</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/CL7IdPIAQV3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by O, The Oprah Magazine (@oprahmagazine)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Two other teaser clips have already been released in preparation for Monday’s full interview, where it shows Meghan stoic and silent while Harry and Oprah speak.</p> <p>In the third clip, viewers were finally able to hear Meghan’s story in her very own words.</p> <p>Another clip shows Harry appearing to take a jab at his father Prince Charles and the rest of the royal family for not supporting his mother, Princess Diana.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840128/oprah-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d9599083fa804102858c317390d30c79" /></p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p> <p>“You know, for me, I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for her [Princess Diana] going through this process by herself all those years ago,” he said.</p> <p>“Because it has been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we had each other.”</p>

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Sylvia Jeffreys accidentally messes up live gender reveal

<p><em>Today Extra</em><span> </span>host Sylvia Jeffreys wanted to celebrate her second son on the way by doing a gender reveal live on air.</p> <p>Despite knowing she was already having a new baby boy, she wanted to try out the trend.</p> <p>Jeffreys went for a simple approach by popping a balloon with coloured confetti inside, blue for boys and pink for girls.</p> <p>"I may not have stuffed up the reveal a little too early by trying to test the strength of the pin," she said as footage of her holding a balloon and pin began to play.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840125/sylvia-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9b7213caccb1427898aabb28f696707f" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Luckily, Karl Stefanovic called for a do-over.</p> <p>"We're just going to ignore what happened before. This is the magic of television," he said.</p> <p>"It's a surprise. You're having a boy," he said.</p> <p>Jeffreys giggled and asked if she could call her husband, Pete.</p> <p>"I might just call my husband and let him know, if that's alright. We feel alright about that?</p> <p>"That was a really happy moment. Thanks for sharing it with me."</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><a rel="noopener" href="https://9now.nine.com.au/today/today-show-sylvia-jeffreys-bungles-own-gender-reveal/6d5ee0d9-3a2a-4364-9c00-a7d14967a2d0" target="_blank"><em>Today</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Body language expert assesses Christian Porter

<p><span>A body language expert has claimed that the historical rape allegations made against Attorney-General Christian Porter has taken a “heavy toll” on him.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Porter ousted himself as the federal minister accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in 1988, and insists it never happened and he will not stand down from his position.</span><br /><br /><span>In a live press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Porter was grilled over the allegations which were investigated by police who closed the case on Tuesday and concluded there was not enough evidence to proceed.</span><br /><br /><span>The 50-year-old former public prosecutor said he attended a debating competition at Sydney University with his accuser when he was 17 and she was 16.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840115/christian-porter-5.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/839e354496424b089e7392265861c2c4" /><br /><br /><span>He denied however, sleeping with the woman, who has since taken her own life.</span><br /><br /><span>Body language and speech expert Michael Kelly said the man came across as “aggrieved” and righteous, but also dejected.</span><br /><br /><span>“He gave a genuine presentation of himself and his ideas. He was very measured,” Mr Kelly told <em>Daily Mail Australia.</em></span><br /><br /><span>“But you can tell it has taken a heavy toll on him.”</span><br /><br /><span>He went on to say: “His eyes were watery and red, his voice was trembling and he had trouble taking intakes of breath about five minutes in.”</span><br /><br /><span>He said Mr Porter showed a wide range of emotions during the 30-minute press conference.</span><br /><br /><span>The Attorney-General’s red eyes showed a man harrowed and pained while his grieved facial expression signaled remorse, regret, and resignation, Mr Kelly claimed.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840116/christian-porter-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/dc7c1520f0aa484baac1d378daf3877f" /><br /><br /><span>“He’s a public figure accused of some serious allegations and that stress showed through his words, body language and gestures,” Mr Kelly said.</span><br /><br /><span>“He showed to be not hiding or covering anything up.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Kelly also addressed Mr Porter's message to the family of his deceased accuser.</span><br /><br /><span>He told them they didn't deserve the frenzied politicisation in the past week of the circumstances of her death.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Porter pleaded with the family to understand why he was deny their loved one's claims of historic sexual assault however didn't want to impose anymore on their grief.</span><br /><br /><span>“His pained, facial expression and flushed facial skin (lack of blood to the face) signal that his vitality; some of his life force has been ‘drained’ due to the accusation,” Mr Kelly said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Throughout the delivery, there was a thin, tremulous voice signalling remorse, resignation, sorrow and empathy (for the family) about the incident.”</span><br /><br /><span>In reference to Mr Porter’s sharp intakes of breath while being grilled by reporters, Mr Kelly said: “He appears frustrated about the position he's in but he doesn't shut them down.”</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840117/christian-porter-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/62f8c1f08a144938874b3acba4b3e75a" /><br /><span>“His face showed no inconsistencies. If you look at the whole piece, it all fits, there was nothing out of place.</span><br /><br /><span>“He’s earnest in trying to do his job.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Porter has refused to stand down from his position.</span><br /><br /><span>“If I stand down from my position as Attorney-General because of an allegation about something that simply did not happen, then any person in Australia can lose their career, their job, their life's work based on nothing more than an accusation that appears in print,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“My guess is if I were to resign and that set a new standard there wouldn't be much need for an attorney-general anyway because there would be no rule of law left to protect in this country.</span><br /><br /><span>“So I will not be part of letting that happen while I am attorney-general and I am sure you will ask and I will state to you, I am not standing down or aside.”</span></p> <p><em>Images: Getty </em></p>

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Let her go: 76 experts demand Kathleen Folbigg’s freedom

<p><span>Seventy-six of Australia’s top scientists and doctors are demanding that proclaimed “baby killer” Kathleen Folbigg be released from jail and pardoned immediately.</span><br /><br /><span>The 53-year-old was jailed for 30 years in 2003 over the murders of her children Patrick, Sarah and Laura between 1992 and 1999.</span><br /><br /><span>The mother was also found guilty of the manslaughter of her firstborn child, Caleb, who was just 19 days old when he died in Newcastle in 1989.</span><br /><br /><span>However, 76 eminent researchers, including two Nobel laureates and several Australians of the Year, claim that new medical evidence about a mutant gene carried by two of the Folbigg children ­creates a “strong presumption’’ that the babies died from natural causes.</span><br /><br /><span>They have called on NSW Governor Margaret Beazley to pardon Folbigg and release her from jail.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840113/kathleen-folbigg-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bab5deda582f4dde898ee1ada8e61dac" /></p> <p><em><span>Folbigg with her baby daughter Sarah. Image: Supplied</span></em><br /><br /><span>They have called for an end to the “miscarriage of justice’’ they say the Folbigg has suffered.</span><br /><br /><span>“The entire time that Kathleen Folbigg has been in custody is a result of a miscarriage of justice. This year, Ms Folbigg has been incarcerated for 18 years of her life,” they said in a joint statement.</span><br /><br /><span>“The executive prerogative of mercy is designed to deal with failures of the justice system such as this one. It is incumbent on the Governor to exercise her power to stop the ongoing miscarriage of justice suffered by Ms Folbigg. Not to do so is to continue to deny Ms Folbigg basic human rights and to decrease faith in the New South Wales justice system.</span><br /><br /><span>“Ms Folbigg’s case also establishes a dangerous precedent as it means that cogent medical and scientific evidence can simply be ignored in preference to subjective interpretations of circumstantial evidence.”</span><br /><br /><span>Folbigg was found to have smothered her children, however the experts say that is not possible and their deaths were all from natural causes.</span><br /><br /><span>They say a genetic mutation called CALM2 G114R was found in Sarah and Laura’s DNA, inherited from their mother.</span><br /><br /><span>This mutation can cause sudden cardiac arrest in infants.</span><br /><br /><span>They argue that at least those two children likely died of natural causes, and therefore creates reasonable doubt over the convictions.</span><br /><br /><span>“Mutations in this gene are one of the best recognised causes of sudden death in infancy and childhood,” the petition read.</span><br /><br /><span>“The medical evidence that now exists … creates a strong presumption that the Folbigg children died of natural causes.</span><br /><br /><span>“A reasonable person should have doubt about Ms Folbigg killing her four children. Deciding otherwise rejects medical science and the law that sets the standard of proof.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840112/kathleen-folbigg-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d8e0530e580945c19ce43c7dd98b75cc" /></p> <p><em><span>Scientists discovered the mutation in Laura (left) and Sarah (right) Folbigg. Image: Supplied. </span></em><br /><br /><span>Folbigg is considered Australia’s worst female serial killer and “most hated woman”, she has always maintained her innocence.</span><br /><br /><span>Her murder convictions that were based largely on entries she wrote in her diary, have been upheld through numerous legal challenges.</span><br /><br /><span>She had an inquiry in 2019, but it only again affirmed the guilty verdict.</span><br /><br /><span>The experts who signed the petition said this was at odds with medical and scientific evidence, however.</span><br /><br /><span>“This is because a natural cause of death for each of the children has been ascribed by qualified experts, and there was no evidence of smothering,” the petition reads.</span><br /><br /><span>“The Governor should have no doubt that the case against Kathleen Folbigg is entirely circumstantial.</span><br /><br /><span>“It is based on the proposition that the likelihood of four children from one family dying of natural causes is so unlikely as to be virtually impossible.</span><br /><br /><span>“It resulted in medical evidence being rejected in favour of inculpatory interpretations of Ms Folbigg’s vague journal entries, which contained no admissions of guilt.”</span><br /><br /><span>“The executive prerogative of mercy is designed to deal with failures of the justice system such as this one,’’ a letter accompanying the petition and obtained by News Corp Australia states.</span><br /><br /><span>“It is incumbent on the Governor to exercise her power to stop the ongoing miscarriage of justice suffered by Ms Folbigg.</span><br /><br /><span>“Not to do so is to continue to deny Ms Folbigg basic human rights and to decrease faith in the NSW justice system.</span><br /><br /><span>“Ms Folbigg’s case also establishes a dangerous precedent as it means that cogent medical and scientific evidence can simply be ignored in preference to subjective interpretations of circumstantial evidence.’’</span><br /><br /><span>The diary entries used to convict Folbigg have been the subject of much legal debate.</span><br /><br /><span>In her 2019 inquiry, she was questioned extensively about them.</span><br /><br /><span>Chris Maxwell QC for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions questioned her over her diary entries which led to an emotional response from Folbigg.</span><br /><br /><span>“I don’t know why any of my children died, but I didn’t kill them,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I didn’t kill my children and these diaries are just a record of how depressed (I was) and how many issues I was having.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840119/kathleen-folbigg-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a44b89d290bc4948a7afc08c83cc3524" /></p> <p><em>Laura Folbigg with her mother Kathleen. <span class="image-source">Source: Supplied.</span></em><br /><br /><span>Mr Maxwell grilled Folbigg over the phrases she used in her diaries — such as “dangerous mood” and “losing control”.</span><br /><br /><span>“In my most dangerous mood I’m not a very nice person to be around,” she wrote in one of the entries.</span><br /><br /><span>Folbigg said of them: “Dangerous mood means depression to me. When I’m depressed or a little cranky, don’t come near me.”</span><br /><br /><span>She further argued in 2018: “Those diaries are written from a point of me always blaming myself.</span><br /><br /><span>“I blamed myself for everything. I took so much of the responsibility, because that’s, as mothers, what you do.”</span><br /><br /><span>The petition argued her latest appeal could take years to finalise.</span><br /><br /><span>“Ms Folbigg has suffered and continues to suffer emotional and psychological trauma and physical abuse in custody,’ the petition read.</span><br /><br /><span>“She has endured the death of her four children and has been wrongfully incarcerated because the justice system has failed her. We the undersigned seek her immediate pardon and release from jail.”</span></p>

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Buckingham Palace investigating bombshell Meghan bullying complaints

<p>Buckingham Palace has vowed to launch a thorough investigation into bombshell claims that the Duchess of Sussex bullied young staff before her and Prince Harry split from the royal family.</p> <p>The complaint was made known after<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/royal-aides-reveal-meghan-bullying-claim-before-oprah-interview-7sxfvd2c3" target="_blank"><em>The Times</em></a><span> </span>reported that the couple's communication chief filed a bullying complaint against Markle in 2018.</p> <p>According to the complaint, some young staff were reduced to tears by Markle's bullying.</p> <p>“Senior people in the household, Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, knew that they had a situation where members of staff, particularly young women, were being bullied to the point of tears,” a source told<span> </span><em>The Times.</em></p> <p>Communications secretary Jason Knauf submitted the complaint in order to protect staff at Kensington Palace, with a former aide agreeing that it “more like emotional cruelty and manipulation, which I guess could also be called bullying.”</p> <p>Allegedly, Prince Harry asked Knauf not to continue with the complaint.</p> <p>The statement from Buckingham Palace was unusual and reads:</p> <p>“We are clearly very concerned about allegations in<span> </span><em>The Times</em><span> </span>following claims made by former staff of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.</p> <p>“Accordingly, our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article. Members of staff involved in the time - including those who have left the household - will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned.</p> <p>“The royal household has a Dignity at Work policy in place for a number of years and does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace.”</p> <p>Markle has outright denied the claims and said she was "saddened" by them through her spokesperson.</p> <p>“Let’s just call this what it is — a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation. We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet,” said the spokesperson for Markle and Harry, in part, to The Times.</p> <p>“It’s no coincidence that distorted several-year-old accusations aimed at undermining the duchess are being briefed to the British media shortly before she and the duke are due to speak openly and honestly about their experience of recent years,” read a separate statement from the spokesperson.</p> <p>“The duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma,” it continued. “She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good.”</p>

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Christian Porter categorically denies rape allegations: "It's just not true"

<p>Attorney-General Christian Porter has denied any allegations of rape.</p> <p>Mr Porter categorically denied that he raped a 16-year-old girl in January 1988 and announced his intentions to go on leave but remain in cabinet.</p> <p>With tears in his eyes, he told reporters and the public: “The things that have been claimed to happen did not happen. I do not mean to impose anything more upon your grief. </p> <p>“I hope that you will also understand that because what is being alleged did not happen. I must say so publicly.”</p> <p>The Attorney-General said he will not go into detail about the allegations made against him out of respect for the family of the accuser who took her own life in 2020.</p> <p>The investigation was suspended in June after the woman committed suicide.</p> <p>“I remember it as a happy time, it was 33 years ago,” he said when recollecting his version of the allegations made against him.</p> <p>Porter has rejected calls for an inquiry into the allegations made against him as he said it would be impossible to disprove something that “didn’t happen 33 years ago.”</p> <p>The Attorney-General also lashed out against what he said was a trial by media against him.</p> <p>He begged the public to believe that his side of the story, saying: “If you could just imagine, and I know that we’re all cynics and this is a hard and tough environment, but just imagine for a second that it’s not true, that for whatever the recollection and belief that I’m sure was strongly held, it’s just not true, just imagine it for a second.”</p> <p>Journalists at the press conference asked Porter, who confirmed he would be going on leave, if he could survive politically, to which he responded: “I’m not commentating on survival and politics... it just did not happen,” he said.</p> <p>His statement follows after NSW Police announced they would not be proceeding with the investigation as they did not have enough admissible evidence to proceed.</p> <p>The woman alleged that the rape took place in Sydney in January 1988 and came forward with the claim to NSW Police in February of 2020.</p> <p>South Australian Police is currently investigating the woman’s death in her home city of Adelaide on behalf of the state coroner.</p> <p>While the alleged victim did come forward with a lengthy statement that documented her ordeal, the NSW Police said she did not provide a formal witness statement and there was no evidence to continue the investigation.</p> <p>“Following the woman’s death, NSW Police came into possession of a personal document purportedly made by the woman previously. NSW Police have since sought legal advice in relation to these matters,” the police said.</p> <p>“Based on information provided to NSW Police, there is insufficient admissible evidence to proceed. As such, NSW Police Force has determined the matter is now closed.”</p>

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"No words": Richard Wilkins and David Campbell pay tribute to Michael Gudinski

<p><span>Critically acclaimed Australian music promoter Michael Gudinski has passed away at the age of 68.</span><br /><br /><span>Known as “the father of Australian music,” he was the founder of Mushroom Music and signed on some of the world’s biggest names, including Kylie Minogue, during the 1980s.</span><br /><br /><span><em>Today Extra</em> host David Campbell and Nine Entertainment Editor Richard Wilkins remembered the legacy left behind by Mr Gudinski with a special tribute.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840093/daily-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8d65ae851e0640b6b04cd58869847465" /></p> <p><em>Michael Gudinksi signed Kylie Minogue to his record label in 1987. Image: Supplied.</em><br /><br /><span>"I personally believe he built this music industry almost single-handedly," Campbell said.</span><br /><br /><span>"Dickie, I don't know if I have words for this," he said, choking up.</span><br /><br /><span>"No, I think you speak for everyone," Wilkins said.</span><br /><br /><span>"Michael Gudinski is one of those people who is known by people around the world. It's impossible to overstate his contribution to Australian music.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840092/daily-6.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1ac1a88a0d88412cac588501a7e8d400" /></p> <p><em>Michael Gudinksi and Jimmy Barnes. Image: Supplied. </em></p> <p><span>"His tentacles touched every part of the industry.</span><br /><br /><span>"It's so sad".</span><br /><br /><span>Campbell remembered Mr Gudinski for supporting Australian artists.</span><br /><br /><span>"Australian music is where it is because of Michael Gudinski," he said on <em>Today</em>.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840090/daily-10.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0bf946e40cda4b1a875d22a1a3deeb5a" /></p> <p><em>Michael Gudinski and Ed Sheeran. Image: Supplied. </em><br /><br /><span>"He believed in Aussie artists and he backed them. He was driven, passionate and one eyed on how great our musicians and artists are.</span><br /><br /><span>"The only thing he was more passionate about was his family. A true giant."</span></p> <p>Russell Rowe made an emotional post to Twitter, praising Gudinski for his significance in the music industry. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">RIP Michael Gudinski. Seems almost impossible. A towering figure on the Australian cultural landscape.<br />I’m not sure we ever agreed on anything, except maybe <a href="https://twitter.com/edsheeran?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@edsheeran</a> . Still didn’t stop us from being mates for 30 years. I’m going to miss him deeply. My love to his family.</p> — Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) <a href="https://twitter.com/russellcrowe/status/1366540830492618755?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 2, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Kylie Minogue also took to Twitter to pay respects to the Australian legend, writing: "MICHAEL GUDINSKI - Legend. Legacy. LOVE.</p> <p>"A Titan of the music industry. One of a kind and forever family to me. My heart is broken and I can’t believe he’s gone. Irreplaceable and unforgettable, I’ll always love you ‘The Big G’."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">MICHAEL GUDINSKI - Legend. Legacy. LOVE. A Titan of the music industry. One of a kind and forever family to me. My heart is broken and I can’t believe he’s gone. Irreplaceable and unforgettable, I’ll always love you ‘The Big G’. <a href="https://t.co/vCk8BcpZbR">pic.twitter.com/vCk8BcpZbR</a></p> — Kylie Minogue (@kylieminogue) <a href="https://twitter.com/kylieminogue/status/1366591508669890562?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 2, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span>Mr Gudinski is survived by his wife Sue and children Kate and Matt.</span></p>

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Car hire cost-cutting tips

<p>Free upgrades<br />It’s worth taking a chance by booking the cheapest car going, which is usually also the smallest. Because these cars are limited in number, the rental agency will sometimes offer you an upgrade. If they initiate the upgrade, make sure you don’t pay more for it – especially if you booked ahead with a credit card.</p> <p>Get insurance gratis<br />About 20% of all consumers always take rental car insurance and another 20% sometimes do, according to a recent study by a Canadian car insurance company. But there’s a good chance they’re already covered under their own credit card’s insurance, which means they’re paying an unnecessary extra.</p> <p>Call the toll-free number on the back of your credit card before you leave to find out what coverage, if any, you have. Check to see if your card offers insurance and then bring along a printout describing the coverage for the rental car agency. The caveat: some cards limit rental-car coverage to premium card holders, and others may not provide coverage for luxury cars, off-road vehicles or campervans.</p> <p>The clock is ticking<br />Most rental car companies use a 24-hour-clock rate when charging you. It pays to know its billing policy – does the day end at midnight, or is it strictly 24 hours? Some companies charge an hourly rate for the first three to four hours late, while others will give you a breathing space of 90 minutes.</p> <p>Airport fees<br />Must you really collect your rental car at the airport? You’ll pay a premium if you do.</p> <p class="p1"><em>This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/tips/car-hire-cost-cutting-tips"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Why Australian international travel ban extended by three months

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The Australian Federal Government has extended the ban on international travel by a further three months, which means the ban will be in place until at least June 17th.</p> <p>The announcement means that the mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine for returned travellers will likely remain in place for the rest of 2021.</p> <p>Health Minister Greg Hunt said that the extension of the "human biosecurity emergency period" was based on medical and epidemiological advice provided by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.</p> <p>"The AHPPC has advised the Australian government the Covid-19 situation overseas continues to pose an unacceptable public health risk to Australia, including the emergence of more highly transmissible variants," he said.</p> <p>"The extension of the emergency period for a further three months is about mitigating that risk for everyone's health and safety."</p> <p>Opposition's foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong called on the government to take responsibility for the border closures.</p> <p>"When Scott Morrison closed the borders he had no plan for the consequences," she said to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/heartache-for-stranded-australians-border-ban-extended-until-june-20210302-p5777o.html" target="_blank">Sydney Morning Herald</a>.</p> <p>"A year later, 40,000 Australians are still stranded overseas, the border closure has been extended and there's still no plan for safe, national quarantine."</p> <p>Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox called for "certainty" on the international borders "as soon as possible".</p> <p>“We are a migrant nation. Our skilled migrants have been a huge driver of our economy,” he said. “Without migration - and the certainty around it - we are diminished economically and culturally.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Parents condemned for crazy clifftop camping spot

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A couple has been slammed for camping with their child on the edge of a cliff in Yorkshire, UK.</p> <p>The Coastguard in the UK was furious and needed to move the family away from the area.</p> <p>“Today’s call was to attend a section of the Cleveland Way to issue safety advice to two adults and a child camping on the cliff edge,” the Staithes Coastguard said.</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fstaithes.coastguard%2Fposts%2F1857131324439338&amp;width=500&amp;show_text=true&amp;height=752&amp;appId" width="500" height="752" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share"></iframe> <p>“An Officer from North Yorkshire Police also attended due to breach of coronavirus restrictions.</p> <p>“Safety advice was given from Coastguard Rescue Officers due to the dangerous location of their tent, especially with recent landslips.</p> <p>“If you see anyone at risk or in danger at the coast, immediately call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”</p> <p>As a social media post was put up about the incident, people have slammed the couple for being "braindead".</p> <p>“Not just being stupid for themselves &amp; putting a child in danger but using up valuable time with the coastguard when they could be elsewhere,” one user wrote.</p> <p>Another agreed, saying: “Beggars belief! You can see where the ground has partially broken away! Braindead”.</p> <p>People were particularly angry as the trail where the family were found has recently seen devastating landslides.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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8 ways to de-stress while travelling

<p>1. Plan out your time<br />If you’re always missing transport connections, look at how you are allotting your time. Your travel guide may say it takes 40 minutes to get to the airport. Allow at least an extra 20 minutes so you arrive feeling fresh and calm.</p> <p>2. Escape briefly<br />Slip away from the hustle and bustle once in a while. Most cities have botanic gardens, and there are always nature trails where you can enjoy the local scenery.</p> <p>3. Avoid unnecessary tech accessories<br />Smartphones, tablets or computers remind us of home. Leave as much technology behind as you can and allow yourself to feel a sense of freedom from everyday life.</p> <p>4. Do just one thing a day<br />For example, if you’re sightseeing, choose one place to visit (instead of four) and make a day of it with lunch or coffee in a nearby cafe.</p> <p>5. Bring snacks<br />Have a bag of non-perishable snacks on hand (try protein bars, dried fruit and nuts, juice boxes, or pretzels). Unexpected delays on a long journey will be more stressful if you’re hungry.</p> <p>6. Once in a while, do nothing<br />Lie down and just unwind.</p> <p>7. Stretch<br />Long bouts of sitting on planes and trains take a toll on your circulation. Lift your knees and stretch your calves for 30 seconds. This reduces the risk of blood clots that can result from sitting too long in one position.</p> <p>8. Keep perspective<br />Your troubles are often smaller than they seem. To remind yourself of that, keep a picture of the Earth taken from space, a starry night, or the ocean, and look at it whenever you feel overwhelmed. Amid countless stars and the crashing of waves against the shore, how important is getting to that third museum, really?</p> <p class="p1"><em>This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/tips/destress-while-travelling"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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32 little life skills everyone needs to be a grown-up

<p>Balance a budget<br />The old advice used to be that everyone needed to know how to balance their chequebook, but thanks to digital banking and credit cards, check registers have gone the way of the woolly mammoth. But that doesn’t mean that budgeting, perhaps the most important household skill there is, should too. In lieu of a physical accounting, make sure you know how to track your income and expenses. You can create your own spreadsheet at home or use an app, but whatever you do, make sure you do it.</p> <p>Say “no”<br />For such a short word, it’s amazing how many of us have a hard time saying it. But learning how to graciously but firmly say “no” – without padding it with excuses or white lies – is a critical life skill. If you’re one of those people who automatically says “yes” when someone asks you to do something and feels guilty saying “no,” try saying “I need to think about it” instead. That will give you time to think through your schedule and decide if it’s something you can really do without the pressure of having the person’s pleading eyes boring into you. And remember: Every time you say “yes” to one thing (like working late), you’re also saying “no” to everything else (like the gym, dinner with your family, and a reasonable bedtime).</p> <p>Boil an egg<br />Eggs are a cheap source of quality protein, and when you boil them you add portable to their list of wonderful qualities. But boiling the perfect egg can be tricky – too short and you end up with gross gooey whites, too long and you have a bouncy ball that crumbles when you try to bite into it. Listen up adults: It doesn’t have to be hard.</p> <p>Accept criticism<br />You did something wrong? Congratulations, you’re human! Unfortunately we often treat mistakes as personal failures, which makes hearing about them upsetting (to put it mildly), and when others try to offer criticism it can unleash your inner Hulk. But if you can teach yourself to see mistakes as learning opportunities instead, it makes them – and the inevitable criticism that comes with them – so much easier to handle.</p> <p>Sew on a button<br />Clothing quality has been markedly decreasing over the years, and unfortunately, so have sewing skills. This means that not only is a popped button, a hanging hem, or a hole in a sweater inevitable (thank you fast fashion!) but you’re stuck buying a new item or relying on safety pins in weird places instead of doing what should be a simple fix.</p> <p>Understand consequences<br />Want to party but not wake up with a hangover? Stuff yourself with cake but not gain weight? Take off every Friday but still have a job on Monday? Speed but never get a ticket? Well, we’re sorry to be the ones to break this to you, but this is not the way the world works. (Usually.) We all know this on an intellectual level, and yet we rage against it on an emotional level, living as if we don’t understand the immutable law of consequences. So here you go: When you make a choice to do something, you are also choosing the consequence. It’s a package deal.</p> <p>Change a tyre<br />The NRMA and roadside service are a godsend for sure, but it takes only one time of having your car tyre go flat on a mountain road two hours away from the nearest town to make you realise the importance of knowing how to change a tyre. You won’t need to use this skill very often (we hope!) but it’s well worth the time spent learning it for the handful of times you do. After all, mountain roads are fun to drive!</p> <p>Have a face-to-face conversation<br />Communicating with another person while looking them in the eye may be humankind’s oldest skill, but in an age of FaceTime, texting and email we’re rapidly losing the talent for robust conversation. Yet nothing shows your interest and commitment more than simply talking with someone in person. Once the conversation is flowing, remember the golden ratio: 51 percent listening, 49 percent talking.</p> <p>Change a nappy<br />Babies are tiny, fragile humans that literally have holes in their skulls, so it makes sense that a lot of people are nervous to be left alone with them. But newborns not as breakable as they first seem, and learning a few basics, including changing a nappy, can go a long way toward making you look and feel like a competent caregiver. Even if you don’t have kids, knowing how to change a nappy can still come in handy in case of a babysitting emergency. Thankfully modern nappies make this a pretty painless process.</p> <p>Pay a bill<br />Paying your bills is Adulting 101, but it’s not as simple as handing over the money. You need to read through the bill and make sure it’s correct, check your bank balance for sufficient funds, ensure you’re paying it in a timely fashion, use the correct method, and make sure they got it and applied it correctly to your account.</p> <p>Do a load of laundry<br />Who doesn’t love the feel of freshly washed sheets? Or the look of white socks? Or the reassurance of clean underwear? No one, that’s who. The importance of learning how to properly use your washer and dryer cannot be overstated.</p> <p>A good work ethic<br />There comes a day in every young person’s life when no one is kicking them out of bed in the morning and telling them where to be and when. It’s a milestone moment when you realise it’s all on you to make sure you get to work, do all your work, and not do too much work – and then get ‘er done.</p> <p>Understand a lease agreement<br />Your parents probably didn’t make you sign a lease to live at home, but it’s likely that everyone you live with thereafter will have some paperwork waiting for your John Hancock. Unfortunately, leases can be full of legalese and tricky to read, often coming with ironclad provisions that can come back to bite you in the butt later if you don’t understand what you’re signing.</p> <p>Do your own taxes<br />Taxes have a bad rep for being hair-pulling, pillow-screaming, papers of frustration. And with good reason. But just because they’re complicated, boring and crazy-making doesn’t give you a pass on doing them. So why not skip the pain and just pay someone else to do them for you? Doing your own taxes, even if it’s just for one year, gives you vital insight into how your own finances work and a better understanding of how the government works.</p> <p>Cook a meal<br />Spaghetti counts. So does chicken and rice. Frozen pizza does not (sorry). Learning to make a meal, from selecting a recipe to shopping for ingredients, to cooking to clean-up, is a vital life skill for anyone who likes to eat. (So, everyone.) You don’t have to be a chef or even make something with more than five ingredients, but you’ll be amazed at how empowering and fun it can be to play around in the kitchen.</p> <p>Write a resume<br />Getting a job helps decide everything from where you live to what you eat to how happy you are, so pick a good one. Step one to getting your dream job? Crafting a solid resume.</p> <p>Shop for groceries<br />He’s making a list and he’s checking it twice – and we’re not talking about Santa, we’re talking about you. Walking into a store without a plan is the fastest way to blow your budget and end up home with three boxes of doughnuts and no milk. Making the effort to plan your meals, write an organised list, and shop from said list will save you money, time and frustration. To make it easier, keep a running list throughout the week, adding items as you go. Some pro shoppers find it helpful to make categories, like produce, dairy and frozen – so you don’t have to zigzag around the store to find all the stuff on your list.</p> <p>Have good table manners<br />Chew with your mouth closed. Know what fork is for which dish. Put a cloth napkin on your lap. Chew with your mouth closed. Don’t pick up food with your fingers. Don’t slurp your soup. Serve food from communal dishes to your plate, not your mouth. Oh, and did we mention chewing with your mouth closed? Make your mother proud and use your good table manners, whether you’re eating at home, at the local cafe, or a four-star restaurant.</p> <p>Drill a hole<br />Basic home repairs like drilling a hole, levelling a picture, unclogging a toilet, fixing a leaky tap, repairing small holes in drywall and other household fixes will make your life simpler and save your hard-earned cash.</p> <p>Navigating public transport<br />Cars are great but buses, trains, trams and ferries are a daily necessity for many city dwellers, so knowing how to use them efficiently is a handy skill. Even if you don’t live in an area where mass transit is a thing, knowing how to navigate public transportation can be a lifesaver when you travel, especially in foreign countries.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Charlotte Hilton Andersen. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/32-little-life-skills-everyone-needs-to-be-a-grown-up"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Queen Elizabeth’s subtle tribute to Prince Philip over live video stream

<p><span>The Queen has long been a fan of making subtle but succinct statements with her jewelry, and as her husband remains in hospital, she has paid tribute to him in the best way she knows how.</span><br /><br /><span>While on a live video call, the 94-year-old monarch donned a sentimental brooch which she first wore in her official 1947 engagement photos.</span><br /><br /><span>The stunning Diamond Clematis Brooch has been featured several times throughout the years and has six distinctive diamond petals.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840056/queen-elizabeth-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/35cc5caddc9f47b49e7626d7624f5c2c" /></p> <p><em>Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, 1947. </em><br /><br /><span>It comes as Philip recovers in a London hospital after he admitted himself over two weeks ago with complaints of an infection.</span><br /><br /><span>The Queen and Philip received their COVID vaccines in early January, and the monarch is urging Britons to get the jab, claiming it “didn’t hurt at all”.</span><br /><br /><span>She was joined by people overseeing the vaccine rollout, including Dr Emily Lawson, chief commercial officer of NHS England and Derek Grieve from the Scottish Government’s vaccinations division.</span><br /><br /><span>“Once you’ve had the vaccine you have a feeling of, you know, you’re protected, which is I think very important,” the Queen said.</span><br /><br /><span>“And the other thing is that it is obviously difficult for people if they’ve never had a vaccine or they’ve had to um, but they ought to think about other people rather than themselves.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Queen and her husband have been staying at Windsor Castle while seeing through England’s current coronavirus lockdown.</span></p>

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"I hope I make it": 7-year-old works to pay for her own brain surgery

<div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Liza Scott, 7, has set up a lemonade stand inside her mother's bakery to raise money for her much-needed brain surgeries.</p> <p>“She has three cerebral malformations,” her mother Elizabeth said. “One is what they call a schizencephaly. So it’s a cleft in the frontal lobe in the right side of her brain, and we think that’s what causing the seizures.”</p> <p>Liza started having Grand Mal seizures and weeks later, doctors discovered that she had an "extra special brain".</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840067/liza-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/947a013cda2d4bf88832369e30bd05eb" /></p> <p>“In most every instance of these rare malformations doctors only see one malformation — in Liza’s case she has 3,” Elizabeth wrote on<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mightycause.com/story/Lemonadeforliza" target="_blank">Liza’s Mightycause page</a>.</p> <p>Liza is getting her first round of surgeries next week, which she is scared about, but her mother is trying to calm her down.</p> <p>“I can’t handle it. So, I hope I make it,” Liza said. “My mom keeps saying I’m going to, but I feel like I’m not.”</p> <p>Her mother, Elizabeth Scott, set up the Mightycause page as she is a single mother and needs financial help to pay for the surgeries.</p> <p>“As a single mom and the financial supporter of both of my children, this is not something you can budget for,” Scott said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://whnt.com/news/i-hope-i-make-it-7-year-old-alabama-girl-selling-lemonade-to-fund-her-own-brain-surgeries/" target="_blank"><em>WHNT</em></a>.</p> <p>The page has gone viral and at the time of writing, $230,844 has been raised for Liza and her much-needed surgeries.</p> </div> </div>

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Why Prince Philip summoned Prince Charles to his bedside

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>As Prince Philip, 99, continues to recover from an infection in his longest-ever hospital stay, he's summoned Prince Charles by his side to talk about the future of the royal family.</p> <p>A former press spokesman for the Queen, Dickie Arbiter, told True Royalty TV's weekly<span> </span><em>The Royal Beat</em><span> </span>that the Duke of Edinburgh would've wanted to speak to Prince Charles to "lay the ground".</p> <p>"He was just saying to Charles, 'one day you are going to be the leading man of the family'," Arbiter said.</p> <p>Mr Arbiter told The Royal Beat: "I think it was at the request of the Duke that the Prince of Wales visited.</p> <p>"To lay the ground. Look the man is 99, he is in with an infection.</p> <p>"My guess is that he will come out, he will walk out and he will go back to Windsor.</p> <p>"But eventually he is going to die and he was just saying to Charles, ‘one day you are going to be the leading man of the family’".</p> <p>Prince Charles was the first member of the royal family to visit Prince Philip since he was admitted to the hospital for observation and rest.</p> <p>Buckingham Palace has released a statement saying that the Duke of Edinburgh was going to remain in the hospital for "several days more".</p> <p>“The Duke of Edinburgh remains at King Edward VII's Hospital where he is receiving medical attention for an infection.</p> <p>“He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days.”</p> <p>The Queen is allegedly leaning on "loved ones for support" after an insider spoke to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/the-queen-is-leaning-on-loved-ones-amid-philips-hospitalization/" target="_blank"><em>US Weekly</em></a><span> </span>about how she was handling her husband being in hospital.</p> <p>“It’s a lot to take on, but as usual, Elizabeth is handling the stress and sadness with dignity," the insider said.</p> <p>“Prince William, Duchess Kate, Duchess Camilla and Prince Charles and Princess Beatrice are rallying around Elizabeth, even Princess Eugenie who has just given birth is checking in.</p> <p>"Prince Charles, in particular, is making an effort to step up. Elizabeth is the first to admit that he has been her pillar of strength."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Dannii Minogue opens up about being “pitted” against Kylie

<p><span>In a candid interview, Dannii Minogue has revealed just what it was like to be the little sister of one of the biggest pop stars in the world, admitting it was anything but easy.</span><br /><br /><span>When the sisters first started out and Kylie blew up into stardom, Dannii told You magazine she felt a lot of judgement when she moved home to Australia from the UK in the 90s.</span><br /><br /><span>The Masked Singer judge said that during that era, supermodels such as Kate Moss were the norm on magazine covers and that “wasn’t her”.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was definitely pitted against my sister: ‘She’s thin and perfect and you’re not, you’re fat and…’ – I’ve had every word said to me. It was difficult,” Dannii said.</span></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/CAtlZISFcOJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</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/CAtlZISFcOJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by danniiminogue (@danniiminogue)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The Aussie singer said she and her big sisters were forced to discuss their issues as she didn’t want it to consume all of their time together.</span><br /><br /><span>Dannii also touched on being a mentor on shows such as X Factor in the UK, revealing it taught her a lot about herself and being a mother.</span><br /><br /><span>“My sister had always said she definitely wanted to have kids, whereas I never thought I would. At all. So then it’s weird that I have a son and she doesn’t have kids – you just never know how it’s going to turn out,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>Dannii has a 10-year-old son Ethan, who she shares with British model Kris Smith.</span><br /><br /><span>Dannii now lives in Melbourne.</span><br /><br /><span>Her return home caused uproar after it was revealed she and her son quarantined at a Gold Coast residence instead of at a government-mandated hotel.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840108/danni-minogue-kylie-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f7ad7c04fdd44dd197afa1ab08edbe1e" /></p> <p><em>Image Source: Instagram</em><br /><br /><span>Queensland’s Health Minister Steven Miles confirmed on ABC radio that Dannii was in isolation at a private home with Ethan.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair returned from the United States, but were not forced to stay in a hotel for 14 days.</span><br /><br /><span>It is believed she was granted permission by the Queensland government to head straight to the Gold Coast property.</span><br /><br /><span>She admitted to TV Week that homeschooling her son was “the hardest” part of lockdown.</span><br /><br /><span>"Seriously, I would do live TV any day of the week rather than try to be a teacher for my son,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>"I'm Googling non-stop.</span><br /><br /><span>“I even called his teacher to ask how she does that each day and then go home to two kids, but she reassured me it's always harder to teach her own kids."</span></p>

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Prince Charles withdraws "financial support" from Prince Harry and Meghan

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Harry and Meghan are being forced to find new arrangements for any mail sent to them after Prince Charles and Clarence House withdrew "financial support" from the couple.</p> <p>The<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-family/2021/02/27/prince-harry-meghan-hunt-new-uk-mail-address-clarence-house/" target="_blank"><em>UK Telegraph</em></a><span> </span>has reported that all professional ties, including the Sussex's mail service in the UK, is being severed by the end of next month.</p> <p>Members of the royal family can receive thousands of letters and cards per month and the Correspondence Section at Clarence House was previously responsible for the Sussex family.</p> <p>Instead, the pair will need to make new arrangements to receive their mail in the US.</p> <p>What is said to have tipped Prince Charles' decision is the new 90-minute documentary that Harry and Meghan are doing with Oprah to discuss why they quit being working royals.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were stripped of their titles in mid-February after they decided to renounce their duties and step away from public service for good.</p> <p>A statement by Buckingham Palace said at the time they are "saddened by their decision" but said Meghan and Harry "remain much loved members of the family."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“Here we go again”: Wonder Woman Gal Gadot’s baby number three

<p>Gal Gadot has spilled major baby news, revealing baby number three is on the way!</p> <p>The <em>Wonder Woman</em> star announced the blissful news on Monday through a social media post.</p> <p>"Here we go again," Gadot wrote alongside a family photo of her, husband Yaron Varsano and their two daughters: Alma, nine, and Maya, three.</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/CL4gL66BkgF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</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/CL4gL66BkgF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Gal Gadot (@gal_gadot)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Gal does not let her family into the public very often, she is not shy from gushing about her two girls in interviews and even let them feature in a special scene for <em>Wonder Woman 1984.</em></p> <p>Her husband Varsano, along with Alma and Maya appeared right at the end of the film where during the Christmas scene you can see Gadot’s oldest throwing a snowball and accidentally hitting Diana.</p> <p>A few minutes later, viewers got to see the actress’ husband standing next to their two-year-old daughter while she rides a merry-go-round.</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/CJc4cJJB-8T/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</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/CJc4cJJB-8T/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Gal Gadot (@gal_gadot)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"It meant a lot, especially in that very special scene," Gadot said.</p> <p>"To have them captured in the film with me, because they are a part of it, meant a lot, and it's an amazing, amazing souvenir that we will forever cherish."</p> <p>Gadot and Varsano married in 2008.</p>

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"No one told me": Woman learns of her mother's death 10 days too late

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A Perth woman has been left devastated after finding out her mother died 10 days after she passed.</p> <p>She only found out due to the nursing home calling her to pick up her mother's belongings from the nursing home.</p> <p>Kaye Davis discovered her mum, Joyce Savage, passed away on Valentine's Day in the hospital.</p> <p>Kaye said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://thewest.com.au/lifestyle/aged-care/joyce-savages-death-ageing-advocates-slam-perth-great-grandmothers-10-day-death-notification-bungle-ng-b881809254z" target="_blank"><em>The West Australian</em></a><span> </span>that she called the nursing home to visit her mother after the lockdown in Perth had ended.</p> <p>She claimed that the nursing home said her mum had a "small cough".</p> <p>“They told me it was ‘nothing to worry about’,” Kaye said.</p> <p>“I just can’t believe it.”</p> <p>Acacia Living Group Menora Gardens was where Kaye's mother was staying.</p> <p>The nursing home had not told Kaye that her mother had been admitted to hospital as her mother was cared for by the Public Advocate, which manages the affairs of people not able to do it themselves.</p> <p>Unfortunately, Kaye had signed over care to the nursing home after a series of back payments meant that she was late making nursing home payments.</p> <p>“My poor mother died alone,” Kaye said.</p> <p>“I’m just angry and upset.</p> <p>“Acacia called to say can I come pick up her things, and ‘Did you know your mother died?’</p> <p>“I couldn’t believe what they were saying.</p> <p>“I found out she passed 10 days later ... She’s been lying in the morgue.</p> <p>“No-one told me.”</p> <p>Acacia Living Group said that notification of Joyce Savage's death was the responsibility of the Public Advocate's appointed legal guardian.</p> <p>The Public Advocate staff said that they had tried to call Kaye Davis but had the wrong number.</p> <p>“Staff were unable to reach the listed family member using the phone contact details that were provided,” Public Advocate Pauline Bagdonavicius said.</p> <p>“It is most unfortunate that this has resulted in a delay in the family being notified.”</p> <p>Bagdonavicius told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/news/wa/perth-woman-kaye-davis-not-notified-of-her-mum-joyce-savages-death-for-10-days-c-2263572" target="_blank">7NEWS</a><span> </span></em>that the Office of the Public Advocate would review its processes</p> <p>“Following this case, Office of the Public Advocate will investigate other mechanisms to notify family in a timely manner when contact attempts are unsuccessful,” she said.</p> <p>“We offer this family our sincere condolences.”</p> <p><em>Photo credits: 7NEWS</em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Melissa Caddick's hidden millions

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The long-awaited report into Sydney conwoman Melissa Caddick's financial affairs has revealed she allegedly misappropriated 25 million of investors' funds.</p> <p>However, the report has been met with disappointment from investors, saying that "nothing's been answered".</p> <p>“It doesn’t reveal a lot we don’t already know,” said one person owed a considerable amount of money by Ms Caddick to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/melissa-caddick-s-missing-25m-report-reveals-scale-of-lost-funds-20210303-p577ju.html" target="_blank"><em>The Sydney Morning Herald</em></a>.</p> <p>“The report is so heavily-redacted it’s hard to make any sense of it,” said another who added that “it doesn’t say where the money’s gone."</p> <p>The report had two parts, the first part diving into Caddick's financial affairs and the second part investigating her company Maliver.</p> <p>According to the report, Caddick would use Maliver as a money-laundering vehicle.</p> <p>“Money went in [to the company] and then money went out,” said one of the investors.</p> <p>The report comes as the search for Caddick enters a crucial phase with NSW Police divers preparing to search waters near her home in Dover Heights.</p> <p>Several theories have emerged around Caddick's death, with many thinking she is still alive.</p> <p>Police have not currently ruled out foul play or that she took her own life.</p> <p>Corporate watchdog ASIC has said that it remains a priority to retrieve funds for investors, with a two-day hearing taking place next month.</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-03/nsw-police-divers-suspend-search-for-melissa-caddick-remains/13210394" target="_blank">ABC</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Woman’s unbelievable $357k discovery

<p><span>A woman cannot believe her luck after she found what is believed to be a piece of expensive ambergris washed up near her beach house.</span><br /><br /><span>Siriporn Niamrin, 49, revealed she was walking along the sand after a rainstorm when she noticed the bizarre mass in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, Thailand, on February 23.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Niamrin investigated the substance and found it had a fishy smell.</span><br /><br /><span>She dragged it back to her house about 500 metres away in hopes that it could be something she could sell.</span><br /><br /><span>The woman asked her neighbours for help and was shocked when they informed her that it could be ambergris, also known as whale vomit.</span><br /><br /><span>Ambergris is a result of sperm whales bile ducts in the gastrointestinal tract making secretions to ease the passage of large or sharp objects.</span><br /><br /><span>The whale vomits the mucilage, which solidifies and floats on the surface of the ocean.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840103/daily-13.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/be514a4bab2f46bba0bbea982437552f" /></p> <p><em>Image: ViralPress</em><br /><br /><span>The solid chunk has a terrible smell at first but after the mucilage dries out, it develops a sweet and fragrance that lasts a long time – making it a deeply sought-after ingredient in the perfume industry.</span><br /><br /><span>They are now waiting for experts to visit her house to confirm that the lump is genuine ambergris.</span><br /><br /><span>The oval-shaped lump weighed in at 7kg and was around 30cms wide and 60cms long.</span><br /><br /><span>The weight gives the chunk of ambergris an estimated value of around A$357,000, based on previous sales.</span><br /><br /><span>"If I really have the genuine ambergris, I can help my community once I find a buyer for it," Siriporn said.</span><br /><br /><span>"I feel lucky to have found such a large piece. I hope it will bring me money.</span><br /><br /><span>"I'm keeping it safe in my house and I have asked the local council to visit to check it."</span></p>

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The bizarre reason passenger caused $500 fine

<p><span>A driver has been fined a little more than AU$500 after police realised one strange detail about their passenger.</span><br /><br /><span>The motorist was pulled over in the carpool lane in Baldwin Park, California on February 19 and California Highway Patrol noticed that the driver’s “passenger” was indeed not a passenger at all.</span><br /><br /><span>They quickly realised it was actually a dummy that was put in the passenger seat and fully dressed in a flannel T-shirt, glasses, a Cleveland Indians baseball cap and none other than a face mask.</span><br /><br /><span>“By far, one of the best dummies we have ever seen,” police said.</span><br /><br /><span>“To clarify, we are referring to this fake passenger.</span><br /><br /><span>“At least he was following CDC guidelines by wearing his face mask.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840102/daily-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8f1d69d6b3964614a49e8deec2e44bde" /></p> <p><em>Image: Supplied</em><br /><br /><span>Officer Rodrigo Jimenez told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that the driver “didn’t say much”.</span><br /><br /><span>“Other than that he’s been driving with the mannequin, and he’d been getting away with it for a year and a half,” he revealed.</span><br /><br /><span>The driver had a dummy beside him to show he had a passenger so he could use the carpool lane.</span><br /><br /><span>It is illegal in several US cities to use a carpool lane with only just the driver in the car.</span><br /><br /><span>The fine was around $514, however the driver was allowed to keep the dummy.</span></p>

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Six Dr Seuss books removed over racist imagery

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Six Dr Seuss books will no longer be published as they contain racist and insensitive imagery.</p> <p>"These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," Dr Seuss Enterprises, the business that preserves and protects the author's legacy, said on Tuesday.</p> <p>"Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr Seuss Enterprises' catalogue represents and supports all communities and families."</p> <p>The six books that will no longer be published are:</p> <ul> <li><em>And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street</em></li> <li><em>If I Ran The Zoo</em></li> <li><em>McElligot's Pool</em></li> <li><em>On Beyond Zebra!</em></li> <li><em>Scrambled Eggs Super!</em></li> <li><em>The Cat's Quizzer</em></li> </ul> <p>The decision to cease sales and publication of these books was made last year after months of discussion.</p> <p>"Dr Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process," it said.</p> <p>"We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalogue of titles."</p> <p>Books by Dr Seuss are popular worldwide, as they've been translated into dozens of languages and are sold in more than 100 countries.</p> <p>Despite passing away in 1991, he earned an estimated 42.3 million before taxes in 2020.</p> <p>However, school districts across the US are moving away from Dr Suess as many believe that Suess' works are "steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures and harmful stereotypes".</p> <p>Dr Seuss Enterprises, however, said it was "committed to listening and learning and will continue to review our entire portfolio".</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Sam Armytage was absolutely spot on

<p><span>A former television executive has revealed exactly what TV bosses say about their on-air stars in private meetings.</span><br /><br /><span>Rob McKnight – who has worked for all three top commercial TV networks in his career and was an executive producer on <em>Studio 10</em> from 2013 to 2017 – said the root of their atrocious behaviour comes from jealousy because “98 per cent of people who work behind the scenes actually want to be on camera”.</span><br /><br /><span>While on the <em>TV Blackbox</em> podcast, he said “I have heard so many executives, production people, the way they speak about on-air talent is actually quite atrocious.</span><br /><br /><span>“They're spoken about like they're thoroughbreds, in a way. They're spoken about like they're horses who, when they get too old, they're off to the glue factory.”</span><br /><br /><span>McKnight went on to say: “there is so much jealousy in the TV industry, it's palpable.</span><br /><br /><span>“And the people behind the scenes love having that power over the on-air talent. ‘I’ll decide if that person gets to stay on air. I'm going to sideline them. They didn't treat me right.’</span><br /><br /><span>“I’ve seen this time and time again and it's because people on TV get paid so much money, they are in the public eye, and there is resentment from people in power behind the scenes who don't get that acknowledgment.”</span></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/CL3pRU5H0nR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</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/CL3pRU5H0nR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Samantha Armytage ⭐️ (@sam_armytage)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>McKnight's revelations follow after Sunrise co-host Sam Armytage told <em>Stellar Magazine</em> about how toxic the TV industry can be.</span><br /><br /><span>“There’s a lot about television that's all about you and that's an awful way to live your life. TV isn't a place that's necessarily very healthy,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s full of sociopaths and narcissists. It can be a dangerous environment, let me tell you.”</span><br /><br /><span>Rumours have been swirling around about whether 2022 will be Sam’s last year behind the screens.</span><br /><br /><span>Reports claim she has plans to leave <em>Sunrise</em> to focus on her family life and husband, Richard Lavender.</span><br /><br /><span>She told <em>The Kyle and Jackie O Show</em> last month that she was “very happy” in her job but could “easily” see herself embracing country life “down the track”.</span></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/CBJe_D9JcVn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</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/CBJe_D9JcVn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Sunrise (@sunriseon7)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Radio host Jackie 'O' Henderson observed: “I get the feeling, Sam, that you're going to give this up next contract or something. Do you ever see yourself [retiring to the Southern Highlands]?” '</span><br /><br /><span>Sam replied: “Oh yeah, I think down the track I could, easily.”</span></p>

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"Incredibly distasteful": Piers Morgan slams Harry and Meghan Oprah interview

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p><em>Good Morning Britain's</em><span> </span>Piers Morgan has slammed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's upcoming interview with Oprah, calling it "incredibly distasteful".</p> <p>This is due to the interview being aired during the Duke of Edinburgh's longest ever hospital stay as he recovers from a formerly unknown heart condition.</p> <p>Morgan slammed the couple alongside co-host Susanna Reid.</p> <p>"If you want privacy and want to be left alone, you don't do Oprah for two hours. It's a complete joke.</p> <p>"And you particularly don't do it after hearing, as they had earlier that day, that the Duke of Edinburgh, aged 99, had been taken to hospital.</p> <p>"He's now on his 13th day in hospital."</p> <p>"I'm sorry, I think we're entitled to say that this is incredibly distasteful."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">A trailer for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's interview with Oprah Winfrey has been released.<a href="https://twitter.com/piersmorgan?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@piersmorgan</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/susannareid100?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@susannareid100</a> debate Harry and Meghan's decision to open up in a TV interview.<br /><br />Watch the full debate 👉 <a href="https://t.co/Iw1C95Tf3q">https://t.co/Iw1C95Tf3q</a> <a href="https://t.co/KZtrwaPbYI">pic.twitter.com/KZtrwaPbYI</a></p> — Good Morning Britain (@GMB) <a href="https://twitter.com/GMB/status/1366410398266613760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Moegan said that his "real argument" with the pair is the amount of money they're earning from the interview.</p> <p>"They use their royal titles to make themselves astonishingly rich whilst doing none of the royal duty that the others members of the royal family have to do," he said.</p> <p>Co-host Reid pointed out that it was the Queen's decision to remain titled The Duke and Duchess of Sussex despite splitting from the monarch, but Morgan wasn't having any of it.</p> <p>"I think we've really got to move past they want to be left alone," Morgan continued. "You still get one-in-three saying 'leave them alone'. They don't want to be left alone obviously. They wouldn't be giving big interviews if they wanted to be left alone."</p> <p>Reid said that the pair just wanted to be away from the "needling, nasty criticism" they've received.</p> <p>"Well they don't want the needling, nasty criticism do they?" she said.</p> <p>"Anyone might like to have a nice life where you're not constantly bashed."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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First look at Oprah interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

<p>The first two promotional videos for<span> </span><em>Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special</em><span> </span>are out, much to the delight of royal fans.</p> <p>The network will air the interview at 8pm, Sunday on March 7th.</p> <p>The trio appear to be socially distanced, with Oprah in an all-pink outfit for the occasion.</p> <p>Only Winfrey and Prince Harry speak in the promos, with Winfrey teasing bombshell revelations. “You’ve said some pretty shocking things here,” she says.</p> <p>“My biggest concern was history repeating itself,” Prince Harry replies. “I’m really relieved and happy to be sitting here, talking to you with my wife by my side because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been for her going through this process by herself all these years ago."</p> <p>“Because It’s been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we have each other,” he continued.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/y7LJrh5UTr4"></iframe></div> <p>The special, which goes for 90 minutes, will see Winfrey ask Meghan questions about every aspect of her life “from stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure,” according to a statement.</p> <p>Prince Harry joins the pair later and speaks about “their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family.”</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MhbRw04ZBx8"></iframe></div> <p>In a surprisingly candid interview, Prince Harry revealed to<span> </span><em>The Late Late Show with James Corden<span> </span></em>that it was the "toxic" British press that made the pair step back from royal duties.</p> <p>“We all know what the British press can be like, and it was destroying my mental health,” he told Corden.</p> <p>“I was like, this is toxic. So I did what any husband and what any father would do.”</p> <p>“They don’t pretend to be news, it’s fictional,” he said.</p> <p>“But it’s loosely based on the truth. Of course, it’s not strictly accurate, but… it gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, what the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that.”</p>

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Radio star Hamish Blake lists glitzy Melbourne home

<p><span>Radio star Hamish Blake and his writer wife Zoe Foster Blake are reportedly selling their glitzy Melbourne home in the heart of Richmond.</span><br /><br /><span>Neighbours told reporters they spotted an expression of interest sign sitting on the lawn of their Rowena Parade home last week – just a month after the pair relocated to Sydney.</span><br /><br /><span>The Blake family have settled down in the ritzy area of Vaucluse, reportedly spending $8.952 million on their new home.</span><br /><br /><span>CoreLogic records show they bought the Richmond home for $4.25m in 2015, and have spent thousands of dollars on renovations.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair have added a pergola-patio space while raising their two children in the home.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840064/hamish-blake-zoe-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d0a3d5046de4416d892f6a18577b7b8e" /></p> <p><em>Image: Instagram @HamishBlakeShotz</em><br /><br /><span>The space had a slot on <em>Grand Designs Australia</em> in 2013, but it is believed they have since updated its interiors.</span><br /><br /><span>Neil Architecture director David Neil was there to witness the original design of the home and returned to build a pergola for the Blake family.</span><br /><br /><span>“When people see it and talk to me, the things that stand out are the chicken run of all things, which is no longer there, and a lift that pops out to the rooftop,” Mr Neil said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Plus it is down a laneway and it was very ambitious. It was quite unique for its time.”</span><br /><br /><span>The polished, well-maintained home is a three-bedroom contemporary residence.</span><br /><br /><span>Not only does it feature new modern updates, but also a pool, a home theatre and stunning concrete floors.</span><br /><br /><span>Hamish confirmed his move to Sydney on Instagram with a heartfelt post, but hinted it may not be his forever city, writing: “Melbourne, you will always be home.”</span></p>

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Ray Hadley offloading stunning Dural home

<p><span>Ray Hadley is selling his stunning acreage, but he doesn’t plan on giving it up easily.</span><br /><br /><span>The 2GB morning radio host’s home has five bedrooms, accommodation for 10 cars and two swimming pools but comes with a hefty price expectation that is “only” in the $7 million range.</span><br /><br /><span>“My children have moved on and the property deserves to have a family living there, not just two people,” Hadley said.</span><br /><br /><span>“As we head towards the next stage of our lives we’ll divide our time between Sydney and the Gold Coast, although my three grandchildren will see me concentrate on Sydney for the time being.”</span><br /><br /><span>Hadley has lived in the mesmerising two hectare Dural lot since the mid 1990’s.</span><br /><br /><span>The home has incredible features, including a car barn as well as a garage, two swimming pools and the option of adding a place for animals, as there are more than enough paddocks that are perfect for horses or alpacas.</span><br /><br /><span>Dural has become the ideal place to live because of its proximity to the city while still offering a rural way of living.</span><br /><br /><span>REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee says buyer demand in Dural skyrocketed in 2020.</span><br /><br /><span>“It appears that during COVID-19, affordability may be of less importance to property buyers … and that lifestyle factors are becoming more important,” Conisbee said.</span><br /><br /><span>LJ Hooker Dural agent Peter Collusso listed the home, saying: “This is a rare opportunity to secure an unrivalled acreage in Dural’s blue ribbon precinct,” he said.</span></p>

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