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Is Kylie Minogue really engaged?

<p>Dannii Minogue has shot down rumours her sister Kylie Minogue is engaged to her Welsh boyfriend Paul Solomons.</p> <p>The rumours were sparked in February when Solomons' stepmother, Gloria Solomons, who has been married to his father Mark for three decades, spoke to a UK tabloid.</p> <p>Speaking to the Daily Mail, Gloria said: “She’s very nice, I’m thrilled they’re engaged. It’s very exciting."</p> <p>Kylie later sent out a tweet, making it very clear that they are in fact not engaged, saying the rumours were "getting out of hand".</p> <p>When asked on Sunrise whether her sister was preparing to tie the knot, Dannii said: “There’s no news, but we absolutely adore him and they’re a divine couple."</p> <p>The 50-year-old revealed she has spent a lot of time with her sister recently as the singer moved back to Australia from London to escape coronavirus.</p> <p>“We were crossing paths the last two years, as I would arrive she would leave, and we’ve just got to spend so much good time together,” she said.</p> <p>Dannii described her sibling’s other half as a “gorgeous, beautiful dude” and said that if he does pop the question, she’d love to be part of the wedding.</p> <p>“I’ve walked down the aisle before, so if there is a wedding, I know what to do, I know where to go!”</p> <p>Kylie has been dating Paul Solomons, the 46-year-old British<span> </span><em>GQ</em><span> </span>magazine creative director, since 2018.</p>

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Lisa Wilkinson questions COVID outbreak timing: “What is it about outbreaks and public holidays?”

<p>Lisa Wilkinson couldn’t help but bring attention to an interesting point during The Project on Thursday night.</p> <p>Her comments followed after Waleed Aly revealed the latest Sydney COVID outbreak, saying there are struggled that will come with it restrictions being on Mother’s Day weekend.</p> <p>“Here we are again. The Mother’s Day thing is interesting. Indoor is the main issue with COVID,” Aly said.</p> <p>“We know that from experience. And the weather in Sydney over the weekend is meant to be wet, which means Mother’s Day will probably be inside. Which does increase the risk. It’s not a great situation.”</p> <p>Lisa then brought up her own point, asking: “The other thing with this virus, what is it about outbreaks and public holidays?”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841113/lisa-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/13dbe0a2c9004647a97c3d5adf45ac5a" /></p> <p>“We got Mother’s Day coming up, Christmas was a disaster in Sydney... Anzac Day in Perth, Easter we had a problem, Valentine’s Day...”</p> <p>Interestingly enough, a large number of COVID outbreaks have coincided with big public holidays.</p> <p>On Thursday, NSW Health released an updated list its list of exposure sites, placing a new public health alert.</p> <p>The list of venues has expanded to 21 and NSW Health is urging anyone who has or will visit these sites to get tested and possibly isolate.</p> <p><strong>• Bondi Trattoria, Bondi Beach:</strong><span> </span>April 29, 12.45 pm to 1.30pm</p> <p><strong>• Fratelli Fresh, Sydney:</strong><span> </span>April 27, 1.15 pm to 2.15pm</p> <p><strong>• The Stadium Club, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park:</strong><span> </span>May 3, 11.30 am to 12.30pm</p> <p><strong>• Azure Cafe, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park:</strong><span> </span>May 3, 12.pm to 1.00pm</p> <p><strong>• The Royal Sydney Golf Club, Rose Bay:</strong><span> </span>May 3, 5.30 pm to 9.00pm</p> <p><strong>• Rug Cleaning Repairs Hand Rug Wash, Brookvale:</strong><span> </span>May 4, 12.30 pm to 1.00pm</p> <p><strong>• Alfresco Emporium, Collaroy:</strong><span> </span>May 4, 1.00 pm to 1.30pm</p> <p>•<strong><span> </span>Smith Made, Balgowlah:</strong><span> </span>May 4, 2.30 pm to 2.45pm</p> <p><strong>• Chemist Warehouse, Double Bay:</strong><span> </span>May 4, 3.45 pm to 4.00pm</p> <p><strong>• Woolworths, Double Bay:</strong><span> </span>May 4, 3.45 to 4.00pm</p> <p><strong>• District Brasserie, Sydney:</strong><span> </span>April 30, 11.00 pm to 12.00pm</p> <p><strong>• HineSight Optometrist at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth:</strong><span> </span>April 30, 12.00 pm to 1.00pm</p> <p><strong>• Barbetta, Paddington:</strong><span> </span>April 30, 1.30 pm to 2.30pm</p> <p><strong>• Screening of The Courier at Event Cinemas, Westfield Bondi Junction:</strong><span> </span>April 30, 6.00 pm to 8pm</p> <p><strong>• Figo Restaurant, Rushcutters Bay:</strong><span> </span>April 30, 8.45 pm to 11.00pm</p> <p><strong>• Joe’s Barbecues &amp; Heating, Silverwater:</strong><span> </span>May 1, 1.30 pm to 2.30pm</p> <p><strong>• Tucker Barbeques, Silverwater:</strong><span> </span>May 1, 1.00 pm to 1.45pm</p> <p><strong>• Barbecues Galore, Annandale:</strong><span> </span>May 1, 2.00 pm to 3.00pm</p> <p><strong>• Barbecues Galore, Casula:</strong><span> </span>May 1, 4.00 pm to 5.00pm</p> <p><strong>• BP, Mascot:</strong><span> </span>May 1, 4.30 pm to 5.00pm</p> <p><strong>• The Meat Store, Bondi Junction:</strong><span> </span>May 2, 3.00 pm to 4.00pm</p>

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Ellen DeGeneres moves in with Courtney Cox

<p>Courtney Cox has a new A-lister roommate.</p> <p>Ellen DeGeneres revealed she has been staying with the former<span> </span><em>Friends<span> </span></em>star as she had recently sold her Beverly Hills home.</p> <p>She also took a moment to dispel any marriage problems with wife Portia de Rossi.</p> <p>“I’m not having marital troubles,” the talk show host explained on<span> </span><em>Ellen</em>.</p> <p>“I’m not living with Courtenay Cox because I’m kicked out of my house.”</p> <p>Cox says while she is happy to have her friend bunking with her, she did say Ellen is not much of a respectful house guest.</p> <p>“You’re my style guru, so I was nervous about you staying there, being that I haven’t redone it. I haven’t been there in a year,” Cox said.</p> <p>“I had it cleaned. I moved everything off of the right side of the bathroom, so you’d have your space in the drawers. I was just really ready for you.”</p> <p>Cox revealed she sent her assistant over to the home to make sure DeGeneres had settled nicely, only to hear she done more than that.</p> <p>“And all of the sudden it was like, ‘Wait a minute. Ellen’s toothbrush is on my side!’ I had her open the drawer and I was like, ‘Well, where’s my makeup?’” Cox recalled.</p> <p>“So essentially you’re a terrible roommate. You took over my side and your side.”</p> <p>“That was Portia who took over your side,” DeGeneres joked in defence.</p> <p>“I only have one side. She happened to be there one night.”</p>

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Pregnant woman discovers “sickening” find in Coles salad

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Coles shopper has shared the shocking find in a pre-prepared salad she purchased from her local store in Perth.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Aleisha - who is also eight months pregnant - shared her story on Facebook and said she was shocked to discover a dead praying mantis in the ready-to-eat Coles Kitchen Garden Salad Bowl.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In photos the mum-to-be posted, the insect she found in the salad mix appeared to be about the same size as a carrot straw.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Concerningly, Aleisha claimed she was halfway through eating the salad before finding the large insect.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Bought this garden salad … last night and was halfway through eating it when I found a dead praying mantis in it,” Aleisha said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m eight months pregnant and the thought of the bacteria this would have is sickening.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though some users were concerned about eating pre-made salads while pregnant, others directed the conversation back to the main issue.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t see how the comments on whether pre-packaged salad should or should not be eaten while pregnant is even relevant,” one wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Let’s not take away the focus from the bug in the salad that is the problem here,” another commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Yuck,” said a third.</span></p> <p><strong>Image Credit: 7NEWS</strong></p>

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Sore jaw or damaged teeth? You might be suffering from bruxism

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you’re feeling stressed, you might notice you’re snappier with people or having trouble getting enough sleep. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, one area of the body that is greatly affected but seldom talked about when it comes to stress can be found in your mouth.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Teeth grinding - also known as bruxism - can occur in almost anyone and result in broken fillings and cracked teeth.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before you get too worried about your oral health, you should know that everyone grinds their teeth at least a little bit.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Everybody grinds their teeth a little bit at night, it’s normal and we do it subconsciously - usually during dream sleep,” Dr Tami Yap, a lecturer in oral medicine at Melbourne University, told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Age</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If sleep is fragmented, you’re not getting solid sleep cycles, or you have a period of stress where you mood is impacted into the night-time, you will probably grind more.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The problems arise when grinding causes the teeth to become worn down or break, or if it causes the muscles in your face to ache.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Additional symptoms can vary, from temperature sensitivity or a sore jaw to tension headaches or pieces of your teeth breaking off in your mouth.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though there isn’t a simple way to “switch off” tooth grinding, Yap explained, there are some things you can do to manage it.</span></p> <p><strong>What makes us grind our teeth?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to Dr Elizabeth Milford, a dentist and scientific relations consultant for Oral-B, tooth grinding can be triggered by increased anxiety, not getting enough exercise, and poor sleep habits.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Other habits can also exacerbate night-time tooth grinding, such as smoking, drinking large amounts of alcohol, and taking recreational drugs. But these habits are more influential on how much we grind our teeth during the day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Daytime tooth grinding is often triggered by our mood, habits, and stress levels.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When we are worried or highly stressed, we are physiologically perceiving a low-grade threat,” Yap explained. “And when this happens, stress hormones run around the body and the sympathetic system is engaged because the body is prioritising you to fight or flight.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With this comes extra tension in your muscles, with people often holding their teeth together like you would clench your fist.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And if you were clenching your fist, it would be very clear you shouldn’t be doing that. Similarly, if you’re touching your teeth together at times other than eating, you’re going to be loading your teeth more, and you’re going to get cracks, and possibly muscle pain.” </span></p> <p><strong>What can you do about it?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Minimising tooth grinding requires a holistic approach. Consciously choosing the position of your mouth and jaw and thinking about what our facial muscles are doing can help reduce it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Teeth should only be touching when you’re eating, maybe when you phonate certain words and sometimes when you swallow,” Dr Yap said. “That amounts to a few minutes a day, the rest of the time the teeth should actually be apart.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Yap recommends focusing on breathing, since this helps you become “more aware of how your mood and your stress is impacting changes on your body”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Treatment can also include jaw exercises, relaxation techniques, and custom-made dental appliances that reduce pressure on teeth.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dentists often recommend night guards, but becoming more aware of how we’re feeling and how our body is reacting will pay off in the long run.</span></p>

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This new pasta is whacky but sustainable

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The way we make our pasta is being challenged, with researchers developing a style inspired by flat-packed furniture.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed a flat kind of pasta that becomes a more conventional shape as it cooks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This approach could make pasta production more sustainable, with potential savings on packaging, transportation and energy costs, while tasting like the food we all know and love.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">By taking advantage of the expanding and softening that occurs when pasta is boiled, the scientists were able to create flat pasta that turns into rigatoni-like tubes, fusilli-like spirals, and long noodles.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ye Tao, one of the researchers involved in the project, tested the flat-pack pasta on a hiking trip and found it didn’t break en route and could be cooked on a portable stove while camping.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The morphed pasta mimicked the mouthfeel, taste and appearance of traditional pasta,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since traditional pasta can be difficult to package and take up a lot of space, the researchers hope their pasta can become a more sustainable option.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We were inspired by flat-packed furniture and how it saved space, made storage easier and reduced the carbon footprint associated with transportation,” said Lining Yao, director of the Morphing Matter Lab at CMU’s School of Computer Science.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We decided to look at how the morphing matter technology we were developing in the lab could create flat-packed pasta that offered similar sustainability outcomes.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The researchers also applied their pasta-making technique, published in the journal </span><a href="https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/19/eabf4098"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Science Advances</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, to swelling silicon sheets and believe it could be useful in the world of robotics and biomedicine.</span></p>

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Playful behaviour could be why we’re so brainy

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Though being called a birdbrain is insulting, birds can be quite clever which might be due to how playful they are. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Studies in animal cognition have traditionally tested the cognitive abilities of different animals by seeing how well they can use tools, birds included.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, recent research published in </span><a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-76572-7"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nature Scientific Reports</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> suggests that the brain size of different Australian native birds might have more to do with their ability to play than knowing how to use tools.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In particular, scientists found that birds who played with others (called social play) had the largest brains relative to body size and lived the longest.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It also found that there was no significant association between tool use and brain mass, and that play behaviour could be a significant driver in how larger brains evolved in a number of species, including humans.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Research investigating the effect of tool use on brain size follows a classic theory called the “technical intelligence hypothesis”, which posits that humans and other animals developed larger brains because circumstances forced them to use increasingly sophisticated tools.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this new study of 77 native Australian bird species found that there was no link between tool use and brain size or life expectancy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Instead, different kinds of play were found to be associated with brain size, where birds that didn’t play at all had the smallest average brain size, followed by birds that played on their own, then birds that play with objects and birds that play in groups of two or more.</span></p> <p><strong>What does this mean for humans?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though more research is needed to establish a connection between human and bird behaviour and brain size, both species have similarities in their stages of development, which could be significant.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Human offspring, along with offspring of great apes and other primates, develop slowly, have lengthened childhoods and play extensively, just like a surprising number of Australian antive birds.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While playing with others might just be a good way to pass the time, embracing our playful side could be a evolutionary driver for intelligence and a long life.</span></p>

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Cooking with gas? It could be wreaking havoc with kids’ health

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Climate Council has released new research finding the use of gas is Australian households puts kids at a higher risk of asthma.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Additionally, the </span><a href="https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/gas-habit-how-gas-harming-health/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kicking the Gas Habit: How Gas is Harming Our Health</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> report also found that gas-powered cooking has more harmful impacts on Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Using gas for cooking and heating harms our health, while the extraction process exposes communities to hazardous substances.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Far from the ‘clean and natural’ image that the gas industry markets, gas cooktops are known to produce contaminants that increase the risk of childhood asthma, in particular, nitrogen dioxide and certain forms of particulate matter, like PM2.5,” the report said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Climate Council also found that children and those in poorer households are at the highest risk from gas use in home and schools.</span></p> <p><strong>How does gas at home affect kids?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kate Charlesworth, Climate Council spokeswoman and report author, compared the risk of a child developing asthma from living in a home using gas to a child living with household cigarette smoke.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Cooking with gas is estimated to be responsible for up to 12 per cent of the childhood asthma burden in Australia,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Asthma Australia CEO Michele Goodman called on families to do everything they can “to improve health outcomes for our children”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Australia has some of the highest rates of asthma in the world, and it is the leading cause of disease burden among school-aged children,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Some people will be shocked to learn that cooking dinner on a gas stove could be contributing to their child’s asthma symptoms, we need education to improve awareness for indoor air pollution,” she continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To reduce the risk, Goodman says people should increase the ventilation at home by using “modern extraction fans over gas stoves, flues for gas heaters, and simple measures like opening windows.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, she said “this won’t eliminate the risk completely.”</span></p> <p><strong>Gas extraction also harms communities</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The report also found that people living near coal seam gas developments in Queensland’s Darling Downs “were more likely to be hospitalised for tumours, as well as blood and immune diseases.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It called on the government to shift away from gas and adopt cleaner energy alternatives like solar or wind power.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Gas is a polluting fossil fuel. Governments can prevent health issues, and reduce harm, by helping households and the country move away from gas,” the report said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gas extraction and processing was also found to “involve many hazardous substances, including those that cause cancer, interfere with childhood development, trigger asthma and contaminate the local environment through airborne pollution and wastewater.”</span></p> <p><strong>What is the Climate Council?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to </span><a href="https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">its website</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the Climate Council is the country’s leading climate change communications organisation that has been providing advice to the public on climate change and science-based solutions since its inception in 2013.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re made up of some of the country’s leading climate scientists, health, renewable energy and policy experts, as well as a team of staff, and a huge community of volunteers and supporters who power our work.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As an independent voice on climate change, we get climate stories into the media, produce hard-hitting reports, call out misinformation as we see it and promote climate solutions such as the transition to renewables.”</span></p>

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Who wore it best? Julia Morris and Angela Bishop’s awkward onscreen moment

<p>Julia Morris and Angela Bishop expertly diffused a potentially-awkward live television moment on Friday after both showing up wearing the exact same dress on Studio 10.</p> <p>The beloved television personalities laughed the moment off as they attempted to avoid a repeat of the infamous #jacketgate moment of 2017.</p> <p>Appearing on Studio 10 to discuss her new book, tongue-in-cheek self-help book Julia Morris Makes it Easy, with Beau Ryan and Sarah Harris, Morris appeared on screen in a stunning purple and pink dress, only to be interrupted a few moments later by Bishop in the very same floral outfit.</p> <p>“Can I just interrupt … Can I get a piece of advice Julia: What happens when you turn up on national television wearing the same frock as someone else?” Bishop asked as the panel erupted in laughter.</p> <p>“What I wanna know Ange is who wore it breast?” Morris quipped, standing up with her chest to the camera.</p> <p>“You took the words right out of my mouth,” Ryan joked, before Morris added: “You look gorgeous … I have to get my own modesty board but check this out,” she said as she lifted her leg up to show off sneakers.</p> <p>Bishop replied by saying she'd paired the dress with classic black Christian Louboutins.</p> <p>It’s certainly not the first time a live cross has seen two presenters in the same outfit.</p> <p>In 2017, off-air footage of Channel 9 reporter Julie Snook being berated by newsreader Amber Sherlock for wearing a similar colour top to her during a live cross made headlines across the world, forever to become known as #jacketgate.</p>

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New photo of Archie released for his second birthday

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated their son Archie’s birthday on May 6 by sharing a new photo of the now two-year-old.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the photo, Archie has his back to the camera while holding a large bunch of balloons.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fans of the royal couple haven’t seen a photo with the toddler’s face since his first birthday, when Meghan released a video of her reading a book to Archie.</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/COhetHNnNZQ/?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/COhetHNnNZQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Meghan Markle 🔵 (@meghanmarkle_official)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For his second birthday, the couple are asking fans to donate to vaccine equity.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they are “deeply touched” by “the warmth and support for our family”, thanking fans for their donations to charities in Archie’s name.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Many of you donate to charities on his behalf, and mark the occasion by giving back or doing an act of service - all through the goodness of your hearts,” they said in a statement on their Archewell website.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Having recently been campaign chairs for the Global Citizen Vax Live concert, they told fans that a US$5 (AUD$6.45) donation would pay for a single dose and that each donation would be matched by other organisations to increase the number of doses available for people in developing countries.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We cannot think of a more resonant way to honour our son’s birthday,” they said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If we all show up, with compassion for those we both know and don’t know, we can have a profound impact. Even a small contribution can have a ripple effect,” the couple continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Together we can uplift, protect, and care for another.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though it is tradition for the royals to release a new portrait to mark royal children’s birthdays, it remains to be seen whether the couple will uphold the tradition after their departure from the British Royal Family last March.</span></p>

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Leila Abdallah dedicates award to “all the bereaved mothers out there”

<p>The Sydney woman who lost three of her six children when they were struck by a drunk and drugged driver last year has been named mother of the year.</p> <p>Leila Abdallah and her husband Danny lost son Antony Abdallah, 13 and daughters Angelina Abdallah, 12, and Sienna Abdallah, eight when they were killed alongside their cousin Veronique Sakr, 11, on February 1 2020.</p> <p>The kids were riding their bikes on a footpath in Oatlands, northwest Sydney, when a Mitsubishi Triton ute hit them just before 8pm.</p> <p>The man behind the wheel, Samuel William Davidson, 31, was sentenced to 21 years behind bars with no parole last month at Parramatta District Court after pleading guilty to multiple charges including four counts of manslaughter, each carrying a maximum of 25 years in prison.</p> <p>Leila and Danny inspired others by forgiving Davidson, saying their frustration lay with the "way our culture loves drugs and alcohol".</p> <p>After winning this year’s annual accolade, Leila said she dedicated her award to all women grieving the loss of a child.</p> <p>“I’d like to dedicate the award to all the bereaved mothers out there,” she told Sydney radio 2GB on Thursday.</p> <p>“A lot of people have been inspired and touched with the forgiveness and they were able to forgive in their own family and accept their grief.</p> <p>“Kids are the biggest joy any parents can have.”</p> <p>Davidson had been drinking for 12 hours at his home nearby and was driving up to 133km/h just moments before he crashed into seven kids who were on their way to buy ice cream.</p> <p>Judge James Bennett said Davidson’s “horrific” actions and “menacing” driving that day revealed he had abandoned all moral responsibility.</p> <p>“The manner of driving was such that tragedy was inevitable,” Judge Bennett said. “The magnitude of the tragedy extends to the unimaginable.”</p> <p>The seven children were making their way to a local IGA store when they were blindsided by the out-of-control ute around 7:50pm.</p> <p>Family Voice Australia said Leila “has demonstrated grace, charity, and peace beyond measure despite the horrific loss she and her husband have suffered and continue to suffer”.</p> <p>“There could be no better example of how to deal with such a significant and life-changing family disaster than Mrs Abdallah has demonstrated, even though her heart must still be breaking daily because of the loss of three of her precious children.</p> <p>“Yet she continues to express forgiveness rather than seek revenge.”</p> <p>Family Voice Australia is hosting the annual Mother of the Year award for the first time this year, after Barnardos Australia revealed they will not be running the award after 25 years in February.</p>

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Strange new twist in Stuart MacGill’s kidnapping

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One of the men arrested over the </span><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/stuart-macgill-kidnapped-and-threatened-at-gunpoint"><span style="font-weight: 400;">kidnapping of Stuart MacGill</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> three weeks ago has been identified as the brother of the cricketer’s former partner.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">MacGill was abducted in an alleged targeted kidnapping and extortion attempt outside his home in Sydney’s lower north shore.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police allege a man known to MacGill confronted him at around 8pm on April 14 before two more men arrived, forced him into a car, and drove him over 60km away.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police also allege MacGill was driven to a property in Bringelly where a fourth man joined the alleged kidnapping and the cricketer was assaulted and threatened with a firearm. Then he was driven to Belmore an hour later and released.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The man known to him is allegedly Marino Sotiopoulos, the brother of MacGill’s recent partner Maria O’Meagher.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sotiropoulos was arrested along with three other men - Son Minh Nguyen and brothers Frederick and Richard Schaaf - on Wednesday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sotiropoulos was charged with participating in a criminal group and supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">MacGill currently works at Greek eatery Aristotle’s in Neutral Bay as a general manager and has recently been in a relationship with former owner of the restaurant O’Meagher.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sotiropoulos is also listed on business records as a former owner of the eatery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police have confirmed MacGill reported the incident on April 20, adding he did not owe the men money.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The delay in reporting was due to the significant fear instilled in the man,” detective acting superintendent Anthony Holten said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Everyone experiences trauma differently.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Holten continued, saying that anyone who had been in MacGill’s shoes would “be pretty worried for your own personal safety and the safety of your family and friends.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police will be “closely monitoring” MacGill’s welfare, with officers visiting him on May 6 to check on him and update him on the outcome of the arrests.</span></p>

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Farmer’s mistake alters the French border

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Along the border between Belgium and France, the boundary between the two countries is usually marked by a series of stone markers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, when local enthusiast David Lavaux was walking through the forest, he noticed one of the stone markers had moved 2.29m.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Belgian farmer behind it was apparently annoyed by the stone being in his tractor’s path and moved it to be inside French territory instead.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The incident that could have caused international uproar has instead been met with smiles on both sides of the border.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He made Belgium bigger and France smaller, it’s not a good idea,” Mr Lavaux, who is also the mayor of the Belgian village of Erquelinnes, told French TV channel TF1.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was happy, my town was bigger,” the Belgian mayor said with a laugh. “But the mayor of Bousignies-sur-Roc didn’t agree.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Aurélie Welonek, mayor of neighbouring Bousignies-sur-Roc, said with amusement to La Voix du Nord, “We should be able to avoid a new border war”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The farmer will be asked to return the stone to its original location by local Belgian authorities. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But if he refuses to comply, the case could end up involving the Belgian foreign ministry, which would have to summon a Franco-Belgian border commission which has been dormant since 1930.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Lavaux also noted non-compliance could see the farmer facing criminal charges.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If he shows good will, he won’t have a problem, we will settle this issue amicably,” he told Belgian news website Sudinfo.</span></p> <p><strong>Image Credit: David Lavaux</strong></p>

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Italy’s Robinson Crusoe asked to leave island

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though being alone on an island might be a nightmarish situation for some, Mauro Morandi has been doing that exact thing by choice for 31 years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Morandi’s catamaran washed up on the shore of Budelli Island, found in a stretch of water between Sardinia and Corsica, in 1989. When he learned the island’s caretaker was looking to retire from his post, Morandi sold his boat and took on the job.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After decades protecting one of Italy’s most beautiful islands, Morandi, known as Italy’s Robinson Crusoe, has surrendered his post in response to years of pressure from authorities.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Budelli Island is one of the seven islands that make up Maddalena Archipelago National Park and is considered the most beautiful of them all because of its Pink Beach. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the early 1990’s, the Italian government claimed Pink Beach was a place of “high natural value” and closed off to protect its fragile ecosystem. With only some areas accessible to visitors, the island quickly went from hosting thousands of people a day to only one inhabitant calling it home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fast forward to 2016, when Maddalena National Park challenged Morandi’s right to live on the island after a three-year legal battle ruled the park owned the island.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A petition with over 18,000 signatures opposing his eviction pressured local politicians to delay the move indefinitely. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, Morandi announced in a Facebook post that he had decided to leave the island at the end of April 2021 after several eviction threats from authorities.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I hope[d] to die here and be cremated and have my ashes scattered in the wind,” the 81-year-old told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">National Geographic</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Because he believes all life will reunite with the Earth, he has stayed on the island without compensation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Morandi has guarded the island’s environment with fervour and educated summer visitors about the ecosystem and how to protect it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m not a botanist or a biologist,” Morandi said. “Yes, I know names of plants and animals, but my work is much different than this. To be able to care for a plant is a technical task - I try to make people understand [why] the plant needs to live.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">During the winter is a much lonelier time. Morandi would go for periods of more than 20 days without any human contact. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m sort of in prison here,” he said. “But it’s a prison that I chose for myself.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Wi-Fi eventually came to the island, Morandi took it in his stride and shared his lifestyle with the world through social media to expose people to its beauty.</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/CN20W0VpNzj/?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/CN20W0VpNzj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Mauro Da Budelli (@maurodabudelli)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Love is an absolute consequence of beauty, and vice versa,” Morandi said. “When you love a person deeply you see him or her as beautiful, but not because you see them as physically beautiful … you empathise with them, you’ve become a part of her and she’s become a part of you. It’s the same thing with nature.”</span></p>

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Driver claims phone detection camera proves his innocence

<p>A driver slapped with a hefty fine for allegedly being on his phone while driving believes photographic "evidence" sent to him proves otherwise.</p> <p>Scott Phillips was photographed by a phone detection camera while driving along the Hume Motorway away from Bowral, in the NSW Southern Highlands, he told Ben Fordham on 2GB Tuesday.</p> <p>Two weeks later he received an infringement notice with a photo that was meant to show him using his phone.</p> <p>"I had a look at the photo, and there is something blurry in my left hand resting against my leg, while the phone is clearly obviously on the dash," Mr Phillips told listeners.</p> <p>The photo shows the phone sitting in a cradle on the dashboard.</p> <p>Mr Phillips said he couldn't remember exactly what he was holding in his hand at the time, but it could have been a chocolate or a pair of sunglasses.</p> <p>"It's definitely not my mobile phone, because you can see it on the dash," he said, arguing that he never used his phone while driving.</p> <p>The penalty for using a mobile phone while driving in NSW is five demerit points and $349.</p> <p>"If you can't definitely say that is obviously and definitely a phone, how do you get five demerit points and a $349 fine for something that might be a phone, but might be sunglasses, or might be chocolate?" Mr Phillips said.</p> <p>Fordham joked that it made sense that Mr Phillips could have been craving a chocolate bar, given the photo was taken at 12:01 pm.</p> <p>Motorists in NSW risk a $349 fine and five demerit points if they are caught using their phone, while those in the ACT are fined $470 and four demerit points.</p>

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Tourist survives 35m fall off a CLIFF

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Tourist Alex Tridico, 28, has survived a fall off a 35-metre cliff into the sea in the UK.</p> <p>Tridico fell off Old Harry Rocks in Dorset while he was out for a walk with some friends.</p> <p>He told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14839044/tourist-incredible-escape-death-dorset-cliff/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a><span> </span>that he believes he survived by pushing away from the edge of the cliff as he fell.</p> <p>“It’s just sheer luck I survived, everybody is stunned I’m not dead, I’ve only got minor injuries considering how far I fell,” he explained.</p> <p>"I had about three or four seconds when I realised I was going to drop, I thought 'right, well this is it I'm going to die'.</p> <p>"It was terrifying, but I knew I had to push myself away from the cliff edge, otherwise I'd land in too shallow water.</p> <p>"I'm incredibly lucky to still be alive."</p> <p>Tridico currently remains in hospital with a punctured lung and three fractured ribs.</p> <p>He was luckily rescued by some kayakers who gave him first aid before he was whisked away by an ambulance.</p> <p>Lifeboatman Ian Brown said that it was a miracle Alex survived the fall.</p> <p>"The tide was in at the time and he landed in the water.</p> <p>"It wouldn't have been that deep, probably 4ft at most.</p> <p>"He is incredibly lucky to have suffered relatively minor injuries."</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14839044/tourist-incredible-escape-death-dorset-cliff/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div>

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7 morning brain exercises to clear your mind

<p><strong>How can I sharpen my brain?</strong></p> <p>It can be mentally exhausting to try and resume your “normal” schedule during coronavirus. You may be working remotely, helping your children adapt to hybrid learning, keeping your family safe from coronavirus, or all of the above. Add trying to practice self-care in this mix of endless responsibilities. All this stress can zap your concentration, make you irritable or depressed, and potentially damage your professional and personal relationships.</p> <p>However, brain exercises, especially before work, can help get you through your day. “Working out areas of the brain before a full day can set us on a path of increased agility and flexibility in our thinking and enable us to communicate more calmly and effectively with our colleagues,” says Dr Jennifer Wolkin, a clinical neuropsychologist. Fold a mix of these brain exercises into your morning routine and you’ll find yourself working smarter and more efficiently from the get-go.</p> <p><strong>Relax with a good read</strong></p> <p><span>In today’s fast-paced day and age, it’s hard to remember to unplug and take time for the simple things that relax and stimulate the mind. Reading is certainly one of those—be it a chapter book, newspaper, or online article. “Some of the best activities to perform are ones that enrich the brain with new information, like reading,” says neurosurgeon Dr Jason Liauw. “Taking in a good book or the morning paper is not only a calming way to start your day, but it also can help you reorient your priorities, taking you momentarily out of the daily grind from yesterday before today’s begins.” Most importantly, reading can also cause a frameshift in your mind, so that when you’re in the middle of your day, you may be able to look at your routine and tasks through a different lens.</span></p> <p><strong>Do exercise</strong></p> <p><span>You probably know how important of a role exercise plays in your health and mood, but there are some additional brain-boosting reasons to sneak in a workout before work. “Exercise actually alters brain chemistry and has even been likened to the effect of taking antidepressants,” says Wolkin. “It signals the release of several key neurotransmitters, many of which play a vital role in keeping our brain sharp as we age.” Exercise also helps pump blood flow and oxygen to the brain, allowing your grey matter to work to its highest capacity, which translates to better and sharper decision making, judgment, and memory.</span></p> <p><strong>Practise meditation</strong></p> <p><span>“Studies have found that the amygdala, known as the brain’s ‘fight or flight’ center and the seat of our fearful and anxious emotions, decreases in brain cell volume after mindfulness practice,” says Wolkin. “The impact mindfulness exerts on our brain is born from routine—a slow, steady and consistent reckoning of our realities, and the ability to take a step back, become more aware, more accepting, less judgemental and less reactive.” Meditators also show a greater ability to recall information faster, leading researchers to believe that the ability to quickly “screen out” mental noise, allows the working memory to search and find information needed more quickly and efficiently, says brain expert Daniel Amen, double-board-certified psychiatrist, physician, and author of </span><em>Time for Bed Sleepyhead</em><span>.</span></p> <p><strong>Play classical music in the background</strong></p> <p><span>The gentle, peaceful sounds of classical music from the likes of Mozart and Beethoven have long been touted as beneficial to the brain and productivity in general. “Listening to classical music while getting dressed in the morning or exercising is a one-two punch of neural circuitry that’s been shown by researchers to significantly improve verbal fluency, cognitive functioning, and overall focus and concentration,” says Dian Griesel, entrepreneur and business and health spokesperson.</span></p> <p><strong>Play a fast logic-based game</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>Lifelong learners are definitely onto something, as continued education—not just higher education—promotes brain health and creates new neural connections. “Even just taking a stab at a crossword puzzle or taking online quizzes that challenge your mind, can help build cognitive reserves,” says Wolkin. The best tasks for the brain are not only challenging, but are varied and novel—think Sudoku, or memory-recall games or apps.</p> <p>“It’s important to keep brain-boosting activities constantly changing with increasing complexity as well as cross-training brain activities that use different parts of the brain,” says Dr Kristin M. Mascotti. “Consistency is key, and many of these techniques can be done in just a few minutes every day with different skills tested on different days.”</p> <p><strong>Make a gratitude list</strong></p> <p><span>When you bring your attention to the things in your life for which you’re grateful, your brain actually works better, especially with a gratitude list. “Brain imaging studies show that negative thought patterns change the brain in a negative way, but that conversely, practicing gratitude literally helps you have a brain to be grateful for,” says Dr Amen. Every day, write down five things you’re grateful for—whether that’s your dog, your job, or that the football season has started back up again.</span></p> <p><strong>Get a good night's rest</strong></p> <p><span>It sounds obvious, but between 33-45 per cent of adults report they get insufficient sleep at least one night per month, according to the Sleep Health Foundation. “Sleep is proven in countless studies to help our ability to recall—which directly affects our capability to control both our behaviour and learning,” says Griesel. “Sleep deficits actually result in performance comparable to intoxication.” The best way to prime your body for a great work performance the following day is to stick to a sleep schedule. Make sure that it doesn’t change much on the weekends. Also, remember to practice a relaxing bedtime ritual, like reading a book. Make sure your room is dark and cool at an ideal temperature of around 19 degrees celsius.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Written by Jenn Sinrich</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. This article first appeared in </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/7-morning-brain-exercises-to-clear-your-mind" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Reader’s Digest</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Find more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></em></p>

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“Sad” detail in Queen’s birthday post for Archie

<p>The Queen, along with other members of the royal family have shared a "Happy Birthday" message via her social media account for her great-grandson Archie's second birthday.</p> <p>But royal fans have discovered a "sad" detail, as the photos used by the family include a snub.</p> <p>"Wishing Archie Mountbatten-Windsor a very happy 2nd birthday today," the caption on the monarch's post read.</p> <p>The photo was of the Sussex family, which was taken two years ago when Archie was first introduced to the world.</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/COhWKhMnDFe/?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/COhWKhMnDFe/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>William and Kate chose a large family photo from Archie's Christening, while the Clarence House account of Charles and Camilla also used a photo from the same day, but appear to have cut Meghan out of the snap.</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/COhdfeWFx6y/?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/COhdfeWFx6y/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@dukeandduchessofcambridge)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Now royal fans have pointed out how 'awkward' it is that the old images seemed to be the only ones there were to use for the birthday posts.</p> <p>"Is that the only photo they have, taken two years ago?" one person asked.</p> <p>"Happy birthday to Her Majesty's grand child. (Sad this page can't use more recent pic.)" another also noted.</p> <p>While a third wrote: "It's sad that The Royal Family doesn't have an updated photo of Archie. The heartbreak... 😢"</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/COhct4fDCqb/?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/COhct4fDCqb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Clarence House (@clarencehouse)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Very sad state of affairs when the supposed future king cuts the mother of his grandchild out of the photo with which he chooses to share. Yes, they haven’t seen Archie for over 12mnths, but to not include Meghan," was another comment.</p> <p>Meghan and Harry have made a touching request of the public on their son Archie's second birthday, saying they "cannot think of a more resonant way" to honour him.</p> <p>In a statement published on their website titled "Join Us in Advocating for Vaccine Equity on Archie's Birthday", they invited people to “contribute whatever you can — if you have the means to do so — to bring vaccines to families in the world’s most vulnerable places.”</p> <p>The Duke of Duchess of Sussex said they had been “deeply touched over the past two years” to feel the “warmth and support” offered to their family on their son's birthday.</p> <p>They also acknowledged those who donate to charities on their behalf during monumental occasions, saying they were "incredibly grateful".</p> <p>Meghan and Harry, who are campaign chairs for the Tax Live concert to raise money for vaccine access, said that $5 could "cover the cost of a dose for someone in need”.</p> <p>The couple have secured matching support from several organisations so that every $5 donated up to $3 million will automatically turn into $20, funding four vaccine doses.</p> <p>The California-based royals noted: “While some places are on the verge of healing, in so many parts of the world, communities continue to suffer. As of today, around 80 percent of the nearly one billion COVID-19 vaccine shots that have been given were administered in wealthier countries. While we may feel that normalcy is around the corner, we remind ourselves that in much of the world, and especially in developing countries, vaccine distribution has effectively yet to start.”</p> <p>Donations to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/connect/duke-duchess-sussex-covax-donation/" target="_blank">Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance</a><span> </span>can be made via advocacy group Global Citizen.</p> <p>“We cannot think of a more resonant way to honour our son’s birthday,” the pair added. “If we all show up, with compassion for those we both know and don’t know, we can have a profound impact. Even a small contribution can have a ripple effect.”</p>

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Sam Newman casually predicted wife's death

<p>Geelong Cats legend Sam Newman has revealed how he predicted his wife's death on his podcast<span> </span><em>You Cannot Be Serious</em>.</p> <p>He was delivering a heartfelt tribute when he made the casual comment about how he knew something was wrong when he was unable to reach his wife, Amanda, 50.</p> <p>Newman, 75, told listeners that he was concerned after being unable to reach his wife.</p> <p>“I’d been working on a boat, which Amanda hated incidentally, and I was working with someone on it 300m from where she was… and we’re going down to get fish and chips to eat for dinner, and I thought Amanda might want to come with us,” he said on his podcast.</p> <p>“We get down to where we’re going… and I tried to ring her to ask if she wanted to come down. We’d rung her, I’d rung her six times.</p> <p>“So we got down there, we’re sitting around eating the fish and chips and I said, ‘I wonder where Amanda is’ and we all… I don’t know if I should say this.”</p> <p>He paused before continuing.</p> <p>“We’re joking about, ‘She might be out at a venue or out at the pub or out with the girls or out doing something’ and I said, ‘She’s probably lying dead up in the flat’, just as an aside,” Newman said.</p> <p>“And I said, ‘Oh, she could have been in an accident’.</p> <p>“I get home and I walk in the door and the television’s on in the bedroom.</p> <p>“So I look down there and lying in her underwear — she’d obviously been in bed or she got out of bed to get something to eat.</p> <p>“She’s lying there on the tiles outside the laundry and as soon as I saw her I knew she was dead, I just knew it.”</p> <p>Newman's heartbreaking experience wasn't over as he was asked to perform CPR on his wife for 20 minutes until emergency services arrived.</p> <p>“So I rang triple-zero and the very helpful person on the end said you better try and give CPR and she talked me through that and I had the phone on speakerphone and I’m pumping this poor woman who’s lying there looking so peaceful (but) obviously to me, dead,” Newman said.</p> <p>“But the operator said just keep doing it in case there’s a spark of life in her. So I did that for 20 minutes, giving CPR to what I knew was a corpse.</p> <p>“Then everyone arrived and when it all ended it was futile trying to get into bed after that so I thought what else do you do. So I lay down for half an hour then I got up and I wrote this, and I’m going to read it out.”</p> <p>Newman teared up while reading the letter.</p> <p>“It’s been 24 hours since I arrived home and found dear Amanda lying on her side on the tiles beside the laundry. She looked so gentle and calm and innocent but somehow I knew instantly she was dead,” he said.</p> <p>“So why am I writing this? Maybe it’s cathartic or maybe I want to share what a relationship means to me because at 75 years of age it has taken three-quarters of a century to discover the formula.</p> <p>“I’ve married and loved a number of women, and for extended periods of time have enjoyed a harmonious existence with them all but sadly not an everlasting one, obviously.</p> <p>“The reason they did not endure are complex yet so simple. Relentlessness, tension, ego, simmering angst and above all stubbornness to yield.</p> <p>“In her 20s, Amanda’s mission in life was for me to be her man. She told the person she lived with, a boy, as much.</p> <p>“I kept noticing her the same places I was at and enjoyed her company, I thought it was just a coincidence but it wasn’t - she wanted me.</p> <p>“I knew exactly where she came from and what she did and while my friends were somewhat bemused, my friends are real friends, unconditional.</p> <p>“For the last 15 years, we lived together and had not one verbal or physical confrontation. Some strong words occasionally for sure but she had the knack of not prolonging such rifts due to her innate nature of compromise.</p> <p>“I have never been happier in the last decade and arriving home at the end of a day was such a genuinely pleasant thing I looked forward to as there was never any harbouring angst pent up in either of us.”</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/sport/afl/sam-newman-recalls-freakish-prediction-just-moments-before-finding-wife-dead-c-2769660" target="_blank"><em>7NEWS</em></a></p>

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“Cruel and heartless”: Board denies request for Oatlands memorial

<p>The heartbroken family of the four young children killed in the horrific Oatlands car crash last year have once again been denied a permit to build a memorial at the place they passed.</p> <p>The Abdallah children, Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna, 8, and their cousin Veronique Sakr, 11, were tragically run down and killed by a drunk driver on the outskirts of Oatlands Golf Club, in Sydney's northwest, last year.</p> <p>The driver, Samuel William Davidson, was sentenced to a minimum of 21 years in jail last month.</p> <p>But the families' hope to build a spot to honour their four children has been struck down once again by the board of the Oatlands Golf Club.</p> <p>A statement from the families today asked the board to reconsider its refusal of the commemorative garden.</p> <p>“We love our children dearly and we will always grieve the loss of our beautiful kids,” the families said.</p> <p>“Our proposed commemorative garden simply honours our children, Antony, Angelina, Sienna and Veronique and our survivors Liana, Charbel and Mabelle.</p> <p>“We respectfully ask the board to reconsider its decision so that our children can be honoured and the community can have a place to remember the Oatlands tragedy, which had such an impact on our nation.”</p> <p>The planned garden, designed in collaboration with Parramatta City Council, has now been rejected twice by the board.</p> <p>Their latest decision was on the grounds the garden would "unduly remind neighbours of the tragedy".</p> <p>Oatlands Golf Club general manager Sam Howe emailed members in March, claiming the council’s designs were “well outside the scale of what had been communicated as appropriate”.</p> <p>“The board and management recognise the terrible tragedy caused by this accident, while at the same time recognising our responsibility to the club and its members,” Mr Howe said.</p> <p>The memorial would take up a very small amount of bushy space on the golf course.</p> <p>Local MPs are also throwing their support behind the memorial, with their constituents pushing for a decision.</p> <p>“I think you need to use your influence, Geoff Lee, to advise the board at the Oatlands Golf Club that refusing a memorial seat for the four children that died in the car accident is offensive, cruel, heartless and not community minded in anyway,” one of Mr Lee’s constituents wrote.</p>

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Pregnant woman’s record-breaking birth

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Malian woman who was expecting to give birth to seven babies at a Moroccan clinic left doctors in shock after she had an additional two babies and became the first recorded woman to survive nonuplets.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a statement from Mali’s Minister of Health, the five girls, four boys and their mother “are all doing well”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">25-year-old Halima Cisse gave birth via caesarean section on Tuesday, May 4 in Morocco, having been sent to Morocco for special care according to Mali’s top health official.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Reporters from the Associated Press saw some of the babies wiggling their hands and feet inside incubators in Casablanca’s private Ain Borja clinic.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Cisse had been expecting seven babies and was sent to Morocco for the births by doctors, under government orders, because hospitals in Mali are poorly equipped to care for cases of multiple pregnancy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The clinic’s director, Youssef Alaoui, told Moroccan state TV Ms Cisse had given birth prematurely at 30 weeks, but is now in a stable condition after heavy bleeding for which she received a blood transfusion.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to The Guinness Book of World Records, its current record for most living births at once is eight, and it is currently verifying the Morocco birth.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The current record-holder is American Nadya Suleman, who in 2009 gave birth to eight premature but healthy children.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Alaoui said that Ms Cisse had not used fertility treatments as far as he was aware.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, Yacoub Khalaf, a professor of reproductive medicine at King’s College London said such births would be extraordinarily unlikely without fertility treatment, and that multiple births pose several dangers to the mother and her children.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said the mother “was at severe risk of losing her uterus or losing her life”, while the babies “could suffer physical and mental handicaps”.</span></p>

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The couple with 39-year age gap open up about fertility struggle after welcoming twins

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following a six-year battle trying to conceive, Sam, 37 and Max Delmege, 76, have opened up about their journey to becoming new parents.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Defying the odds since their marriage in 2015 with a 39-year age gap, the couple thought they would be ready for the journey of starting a family via IVF.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite attempting IVF 23 times and suffering multiple miscarriages, “Team Delmege” kept persevering and were rewarded in January this year </span><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/family-pets/couple-with-39-year-age-gap-welcome-twins"><span style="font-weight: 400;">when they welcomed twins Tommy and Lexie</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> into their family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I remember feeling excited at the time but very emotional that we had finally got there,” Mrs Delmege told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Current Affair</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It all just happened really fast … I was sitting here having dinner one night, had a few pains, rang the obstetrician, in hospital and within two hours was in theatre - babies out.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mrs Delmege gave birth following a difficult pregnancy, during which she suffered severe morning sickness and was admitted to hospital at 23 weeks at risk of going into early labour.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Staying for 50 days on round-the-clock bed rest, she made it to 35 weeks before the babies decided they were ready to come out.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To see them come out was unbelievable to see, they seemed to be healthy and happy, it was just wonderful,” Mr Delmege said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After spending three weeks in the hospital’s special care nursery, Tommy and Lexie are now settling in their Gold Coast home, while Mr and Mrs Delmege enjoy life as a family of four.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Of the long IVF journey they went through, Mr Delmege said it was “certainly worth it when you look at these two beautiful, little children.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For Mr Delmege, the twins represent his second time at fatherhood, already having two adult sons who he regrets not spending enough time with.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When I am sitting here at 4.30 in the morning feeding them, once I feed her she starts to laugh and we talk and I’m looking at her and I thought, gee I’m a very lucky guy,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the first few months haven’t been easy for both parents, especially as Mrs Delmege adjusts to being a first-time mum, she said she wouldn’t change it for the world.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At just four months old, the twins are already an aunt and uncle to five nieces and nephews - the oldest 19.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite their slightly unusual family tree, the couple said they have been well supported on their 11-year journey from newlyweds to parents.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You’re always going to have a few people who don’t agree with things but the majority of the people have supported us,” Mr Delmege said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr and Mrs Delmege also hope their story will help others struggling with conceiving.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Don’t give up, at the end of the storm, as they say, there’s always a rainbow and there really is, you’ve just got to keep pushing through no matter how hard it is,” Mrs Delmege said.</span></p>

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Furious bride's reaction as mother-in-law upstages wedding

<p>A bride has revealed her anger towards her mother-in-law after she shared a major announcement in the middle of her wedding day.</p> <p>The 24-year-old took to Reddit to reveal the moment her mother-in-law, 42, asked to say “a few words”.</p> <p>"Stupidly we figured she would talk about us at our wedding, so we never asked what she planned to say. Big mistake," she said.</p> <p>"She announced that she's expecting a baby."</p> <p>The bride said that the moment was a "huge shock" and "completely took over the night".</p> <p>However the horror did not stop there.</p> <p>The bride went on to say that she was also expecting and had planned to share the happy news in her speech but decided to ditch the idea as "everything felt a bit sour for me after that."</p> <p>She went on to say she "felt like the attention was taken away from us without our permission and it was so unfair to spring that on us."</p> <p>"Apparently I ruined my own wedding because I was obviously p—d off about the good news and that I was being 'totally selfish'," she said.</p> <p>"It was my wedding day that was already ruined by a pandemic!"</p> <p>She said her husband was on her side, along with other users who took to the comment section to support the woman. </p> <p>"Wow, she could have at least asked your permission," one person said.</p> <p>In an updated post, the newlyweds revealed they had decided to cut ties with his family, after an attempt to smoot things over didn’t go well at all.</p> <p>The mother "apologised immediately" and "started sobbing", but still blamed the couple for ruining her pregnancy announcement, "so if anything we were both to blame".</p> <p>"Eventually my husband told her that he was really happy about the baby but that she should have asked us, and she pointed at me and said "she wouldn't have let me" which just told us she knew EXACTLY what she was doing, and I have zero regrets now. We tried," she wrote.</p> <p>"We did not mention our pregnancy at all.</p> <p>"She still doesn't know, and we probably won't tell her ourselves because she doesn't deserve that."</p>

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"Finally": Jacinda Ardern announces wedding date

<p>New Zealand Prime Minister has finally announced when she's getting married to her fiance Clarke Gayford after two and a half years of engagement.</p> <p>Ardern, 40, revealed on<span> </span><em>Coast Radio</em><span> </span>that the happy couple would finally get married.</p> <p>“We have finally got a date. Finally,” she joked, but declined to reveal the specific date, hinting it would be "this coming summer".</p> <p>“When I say we’ve got a date, that doesn’t mean we’ve told anyone yet. I feel like we should probably put some invites out!”</p> <p>Ardern usually keeps a tight lid on her private life, declining all internationally-based media requests and only doing a few Australian media appearances about the trans-Tasman travel bubble.</p> <p>She spoke to Kiwi magazine<span> </span><em>Thrive</em><span> </span>about how much her fiance helps her with their daughter Neve.</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/CKKuH6aMxvx/?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/CKKuH6aMxvx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Clarke Gayford (@clarkegayford)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Thank God Clarke is a morning person,” Ardern said to<span> </span><em>Thrive</em>.</p> <p>“I don’t think I’ve talked about this before but he has consistently been the night and morning person for our daughter.</p> <p>“He will bring me a cup of tea every morning without fail. Which sounds like its a little thing but it’s not.</p> <p>“He’ll make me breakfast if I’m in a rush. He checks I’ve eaten before I’ve gone out the door and he checks in on my day.</p> <p>“He knows the bits I find hard and he’ll send a nice little text before I go into it. He’s always thinking of me.”</p> <p>Gayford is a television and radio personality who hosts the fishing program<span> </span><em>Fish of The Day</em><span> </span>and is Neve's primary caregiver as mum Ardern runs New Zealand.</p>

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Princess Diana’s “shame bike” sells at auction for hefty sum

<p>A bicycle once used by Princess Diana has sold at auction for a shocking $79,000.</p> <p>Barry Glazer, Baltimore attorney, bid $79,000 for the blue Raleigh bicycle during a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.burstowandhewett.co.uk/news/auction-find-lady-diana%E2%80%99s-bicycle/" target="_blank">Burstow &amp; Hewett Auctioneers</a><span> </span>auction in East Sussex last week.</p> <p>The bike was used by Princess Diana before her marriage to Prince Charles and had to be sold as the palace thought it was "not fit for a princess".</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841108/diana-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/cb97f448a64f467cb69dcbf0ad38eea3" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.sussexlive.co.uk/news/sussex-news/princess-dianas-shame-bike-sold-5353641" target="_blank">press</a><span> </span>quickly began calling it Diana's "shame" bike and the Princess quickly sold it.</p> <p>Glazer has big plans for the bike as he will be "setting up a memorial dedicated to the British Family's basic racist roots".</p> <p>"The memorial will be set up in an enclave in his office located in a historic building, utilised by the underground 'railroad' to assist slaves to freedom in Baltimore," the statement said.</p> <p>African slaves were shipped to Baltimore by the English in 1642 to work on tobacco plantations.</p> <p>Glazer's firm said that the bike had become a "famous symbol of Diana's oppression".</p> <p>He also referenced comments made about racism by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their interview with Oprah Winfrey.</p> <p>"The memorial is particularly relevant now considering the present controversy with Harry and Meghan accusing their Royal Family of racism," the statement continued.</p> <p>"[Glazer] explained that the Royal Family's claim for superiority is rooted in the logic of white supremacy," the statement said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Recall issued for popular treadmill after child dies

<p><span>Peloton has recalled more than approximately 125,000 of its treadmills after previously claiming their equipment was not dangerous.</span><br /><br /><span>There have been injuries to at least 29 people and a child has died.</span><br /><br /><span>The company said it would now offer full refunds for the Peloton Tread+ treadmills.</span><br /><br /><span>They retail for more than $US4,200 ($5,400). It will also stop selling them.</span><br /><br /><span>The recall follows after the US Consumer Product Safety Commission warned on April 17 that owners of the Tread+ treadmill with children and pets should immediately stop using them.</span><br /><br /><span>The warning came after a six-year-old child died after being pulled under the machine.<br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841088/daily-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/62969fb9a8134ecfa95e73a191db208e" /></span><br /><br /><span>Peleton initially denied the safety commission, saying the warning was "inaccurate and misleading" and there was no reason to stop using the machines.</span><br /><br /><span>Company chief executive John Foley also said at the time he had "no intention" of recalling the treadmills.</span><br /><br /><span>However, a little less than a month later, Mr Foley apologised and said the company "made a mistake" in their initial response to the safety commission.</span><br /><br /><span>Peloton is best known for its stationary bikes, but it introduced treadmills about three years ago.</span><br /><br /><span>In the last three months of 2020, Peleton brought in $US1 billion ($1.3 billion) in revenue due to most gyms being closed throughout the year in response to COVID-19.</span><br /><br /><span>Peloton said it received 72 reports of adults, kids, pets or other items, such as exercise balls, being pulled under the treadmill.</span><br /><br /><span>29 of those reports were of children who suffered injuries, including broken bones, cuts and the one fatality.</span><br /><br /><span>Joseph Martyak, a spokesman at the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said it appeared the design of the machine could make it more likely to pull people, pets and items under the machine than other brands of treadmills.</span><br /><br /><span>A full refund is being offered until November 6 from Peloton.</span></p> <p><span>Peloton said they would move the treadmill free of charge if the owner did not want to get rid of it, to a room where children or pets could not access it.</span><br /><br /><span>Peloton said it would also update the software so a passcode was required to unlock it.</span></p> <p><span><em>Images: Peleton</em></span></p>

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13 things rich people never waste their money on

<p><strong>Impulse buys</strong></p> <p><span>Sure, it might be enticing to snag the cashmere sweater in the store window or the newest car on the lot. But making a purchase on a whim is something you will never see a wealthy person do. “If you buy things you do not need,” billionaire investor Warren Buffet told Forbes, “soon you will have to sell things you need.” It doesn’t mean millionaires don’t buy lavish items, they just put thought into them and their bottom line before swiping their credit card. Here are 13 nearly effortless ways to be more thrifty.</span></p> <p><strong>Extreme inheritances</strong></p> <p><span>It’s fantasy to think we can all leave a mountain of money to our children and grandchildren, so they don’t have to budget as we did. But large inheritances are something rich people don’t use their money for. Why? Well, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg both said they want their children to find their way rather than relying on a handout, according to CNBC. Instead, both billionaires are giving significant portions of their fortunes to charity to help those who need it most.</span></p> <p><strong>TV channels and video games</strong></p> <p><span>Rich people didn’t amass their fortune sitting around staring at a screen all day. That’s why they don’t waste money on jumbo TV packages or the latest video games. According to 2015 data from Nielsen, adults in households with annual incomes below $25,000 spent considerably more time consuming media (through TV, video games, or radio), compared to adults in households with annual incomes over $75,000. “We expected high-income households to own more devices, but we did not anticipate that low-income consumers of all devices had greater usage,” says Glenn Enoch, Nielson’s SVP of Audience Insights. Thomas Corley, the author of Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals found that 67 per cent of “rich” people say that they don’t watch TV.</span></p> <p><strong>Luxury brands</strong></p> <p><span>Millionaires can afford the latest fashions from the top designers, but that doesn’t mean they’re spending their hard-earned money on high-end apparel. In fact, the founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad, told Newsweek that he doesn’t wear anything that is not from a flea market to “set a good example,” and Bill Gates told Time that he still wears a $10 watch despite being able to afford a closet full of Rolexes.</span></p> <p><strong>An over-priced home</strong></p> <p><span>Although their home-buying budget is considerably higher, rich people still look for deals. They want to feel like they’re getting the most value for their dollar and not like they’re getting ripped off. Yes, they might be spending millions, but they’re going to try to bargain with the list price like anyone else. Some wealthy individuals even go so far as not to purchase an extravagant home at all. According to U.S. News and World Report, Warren Buffett may be the third-richest man in the world, but he still lives in the home he bought in 1958 for $31,500.</span></p> <p><strong>Buying instead of renting</strong></p> <p><span>Some rich folks are going so far as to not even deal with the hassle of buying a home. Many are opting to rent, according to Extra’s Mansions and Millionaires host Michael Corbett. “Renting is more popular than ever, even among the wealthy,” he told huffingtonpost.com. “While it once made sense for people who could afford it to buy a home and flip it after two years, and the market has improved moderately this year, we’re hardly in a boom.”</span></p> <p><strong>Pricey grooming</strong></p> <p><span>Everyone needs a trim once in a while, but some famous rich people don’t think it warrants whipping out the wallet. John Caudwell, businessman and billionaire cuts his own hair, according to TIME, and IKEA founder, Ingvar Kamprad told Newsweek that he’s had his hair cut when he is in developing countries as a way of giving back.</span></p> <p><strong>Multiple credit cards</strong></p> <p><span>It’s understandable that a wealthy person might not want to walk around with a ton of cash in their wallet. But don’t think for a second that their wallet is filled with a credit card from every bank. Tom Corley, author of the best-selling book Rich Habits: The Daily Habits of Successful People, told U.S. News and World Report: Only 8 per cent of rich people use more than one card. Meanwhile, 77 per cent of poor people have multiple credit cards. With more cards, there are more fees to keep track of, more finance charges to accrue, and generally more opportunity to buy things you don’t need.</span></p> <p><strong>Late fees</strong></p> <p><span>No one likes to pay pesky late fees when they miss a bill or payment, especially rich people. That’s why they’re diligent about setting up auto-pay on all their accounts, from mortgages and car payments to credit cards and insurance, according to David Bach, author of Smart Women Finish Rich. As he told Learnvest, “late fees can add up to a fortune.”</span></p> <p><strong>Things that don't last</strong></p> <p><span>Even if rich people have the money to replace an item that wears out or breaks, they still don’t want to waste their money that way. “Wealthy people understand that the cheapest route isn’t always the most valuable,” Peter Bush, a wealth management expert, told Learnvest. “They can take the long view and consider how what they pay today compares with the worth over time.”</span></p> <p><strong>Stuff over experiences</strong></p> <p><span>Research has shown that money and material things can generate only so much happiness. Instead, it’s meaningful experiences that lead to a truly fulfilling life. According to Jaime Tardy, author of The Eventual Millionaire, the wealthy choose once-in-a-lifetime experiences over new gadgets. As Tardy told The Week, she knows several millionaires that have old iPhones rather than the newest model.</span></p> <p><strong>Retirement</strong></p> <p><span>Now, look: No one is going to advise you against investing money in your superannuation savings. But for rich people, retirement isn’t a focus mostly because self-made billionaires don’t plan to retire, according to CNBC. A 2010 study from Barclay’s Wealth, published on CNBC, revealed that 54 per cent of millionaires want to work right through their retirement years, and 60 per cent of people with a net worth of $15 million plan to work “no matter what their age.”</span></p> <p><strong>Gambling</strong></p> <p><span>Of course, rich people don’t need to play the lottery since they’ve already struck it rich. But they are still against wasting their money on gambling. Warren Buffet has bashed the whole idea, saying it’s the government preying on its citizens. “A government shouldn’t make it easy for people to take their social security cheques and [waste them pulling] a handle,” he has said. He also put a slot machine in his home to show his children that when he gave them their allowance, they would fall into temptation and end up spending it all in one day.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Written by <span>Jordi Lippe-McGraw</span></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. This article first appeared in </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/money/13-things-rich-people-never-waste-their-money-on" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Reader’s Digest</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. 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11 things to stop buying that’ll save you tons of cash

<p><span>You can save a heap of money when you’re a little more savvy about where, and what you’re spending it on. Cut these simple things out of your life and you’ll be amazed how much you can save.</span></p> <p><strong>Lunch bags</strong></p> <p>Sure, your plastic lunch bags are convenient, and we’ve gotten into the habit of buying box after box. But the frequent buying of single-use plastic bags does add up at the end of the year. And they are contributing (negatively) to our mounting plastic pollution problem.<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.torontoenvironment.org/how_long_does_it_take_for_a_plastic_bag_to_break_down" target="_blank"><span> </span>In fact, plastic bags may spend 500 to 1,000 years or longer in landfill</a>. Although you will have to outlay more for reusable silicon sandwich bags initially, they are endlessly useful. Easy to wash (you can even stack them upside down in the dishwasher) and re-use, these non-toxic bags seal well, are biodegradable (when they have finally passed their use-by-date) and are also microwave safe.</p> <p>As we’ve discussed, the world is drowning in plastic, but there are<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/home-tipsscience-technology/9-brilliant-ways-other-countries-are-replacing-plastic" target="_blank">many countries that are leading the way in how they deal with the plastic pandemic</a>.</p> <p><strong>Impulse buys</strong></p> <p><span>We’re not just talking about the items that catch your eye when you shop hungry or wait in the checkout line ­– but certainly resist those too. The amount of time we spend online makes it easy to see something we never knew we wanted and then, thanks to a few touches and swipes, have it heading our way within minutes. To resist impulse buys, make a rule that all items must sit in an online shopping cart for a minimum of one day before buying. Bonus: some companies offer you a discount when they notice you haven’t yet popped in your credit card details. But, be sure in the end, that need, not the discount, informs your decision.</span></p> <p><strong>Cleaning products</strong></p> <p><span>So many of the store-bought cleaning products taking up your cupboard space really could be replaced with a few pantry items (cleaning vinegar and baking soda are two that top the list). </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/home-tips/why-clean-with-herbs" target="_blank">DIYing your own </a><span>is easier than you think – it’s mostly a matter of getting into the habit – and the right formulas really do work. Commit to replacing just one of your regular cleaning products with a homemade option. Get used to that, then keep going!</span></p> <p><strong>Unnecessary groceries</strong></p> <p>One third of all food produced for human consumption ends up being uneaten and discarded every year – around 1.3 billion tonnes of food – costing the global economy close to $940 billion. That’s bad news for your wallet and the environment.</p> <p>Some tips to help:</p> <ul> <li>Check the fridge before you shop, plan your meals and make a shopping list.</li> <li>Get creative with leftovers – overripe fruit and veggies make great smoothies. If you don’t want a smoothie right there and then, pop the overripe fruit and veg in the freezer to use at a later date.</li> <li>When eating out and you don’t finish your food, ask for a ‘doggy bag’.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Paper towels</strong></p> <p><span>While microfibre cloths will cost you more than paper towels, they will last you way longer. Invest in a stash of pretty cloth napkins, colour-coded for different cleaning jobs, and pop them in the washing machine when they get grotty. This way you will effectively keep paper products out of your kitchen.</span></p> <p><strong>Greeting cards</strong></p> <p><span>All those $3 and $5 purchases really do add up. Switching to free ecards instead of sending across the kilometres saves you money on postage, too. Can’t stand the thought of not giving them something to have and to hold? If making cards is up your alley, go for it! (Hold an afternoon card-making session to build up a stash.) Or, just buy an inexpensive box of all-occasion cards, and you’re good to go for years to come.</span></p> <p><strong>New clothes</strong></p> <p><span>Stop before you buy new and consider less expensive (and more eco-friendly) thrift and vintage items instead. When looking for current fashion, visit op shops. There are plenty of online alternatives to op shop, too. Vintage items – those 25 years or older – are great for special occasions and statement pieces. They’re easiest to score at local vintage stores or specialised online sites such as the Etsy vintage section.</span></p> <p><strong>Eating out</strong></p> <p><span>Dining out costs Australian households almost $5,000 a year, according to </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.the-drop.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/EatingOutinAustralia_2017_Respondent-Summary.compressed.pdf" target="_blank">Eating Out In Australia</a><span>. While no one wants to give up going out altogether, there are all kinds of ways you can bring that number down. Plan to take lunch to work or school more often. (Make it fun so it doesn’t feel like you’re skimping.) Go out during happy hour, meet for lunch instead of dinner, or opt for a potluck meal at home – using whatever food is available in your kitchen – instead of an evening out once in a while.</span></p> <p><strong>App and in-app purchases</strong></p> <p><span>Schedule some time to review your app subscriptions and quit any you no longer use. (Subscriptions that are automatically billed each month are easy to forget about.) If there are any you do use that have a particularly high in-app purchase rate, research free or low-cost replacements. You could also set a monthly limit that you’re comfortable with, and disable in-app purchases once you’ve met it. And here’s an idea: use apps to save money instead. Apps like You Need a Budget are designed to do just that.</span></p> <p><strong>Bottled water</strong></p> <p><span>If you haven’t already, it’s time to stop paying for bottled water when you can get it at home for virtually nothing. If you’re concerned about taste or quality, invest in a water filter. Sparkling water isn’t exactly cheap, either. If you’ve developed a fizzy-water habit, consider a Soda Stream and make your own. You’ll also be cutting down on piles of plastic. And you won’t have to lug home heavy shopping bags full of something you can get out of your tap or water filter. Also, invest in a reusable water bottle so you can take water with you while out and about, and refill at water stations.</span></p> <p><strong>Name-brand items</strong></p> <p><span>While it’s true that some generic items don’t compare quality-wise to their higher-priced brand-named counterparts, it’s also true that some generic products are literally identical. This is true of hundreds of items, including patent medicines, food and household items.</span></p> <p><em><span>Written by Elizabeth Flaherty</span><span>. This article first appeared in </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/money/11-things-to-stop-buying-thatll-save-you-tons-of-cash" target="_blank"><span>Reader’s Digest</span></a><span>. Find more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </span><a href="https://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V"><span>here’s our best subscription offer</span></a><span>.</span></em></p>

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Ally Langdon surprised by live cross featuring her family

<div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p><em>Today</em><span> </span>weather presenter Tim Davies gave host Ally Langdon a welcomed surprise after her family popped up on the live weather cross in Wauhope, NSW.</p> <p>Davies arranged the special guests as a surprise as he was on location in Langdon's home town.</p> <p>Ally was overjoyed, but had a sneaking suspicion something was up.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Timmy's coming to us from the hallowed halls of Wauchope High this morning which just so happens to be the former school of one Allison Langdon! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/biYPwDb7Xx">pic.twitter.com/biYPwDb7Xx</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1390415319642959872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 6, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>"Mum didn't answer the phone yesterday," she exclaimed.</p> <p>"Made me start thinking this morning that something was up. She can't tell a lie."</p> <p>Davies insisted Ally's mother Helen was a late addition.</p> <p>"I didn't know, Allison, until quarter past six this morning," Helen said.</p> <p>Ally's mother, Helen, her father Heath and her brother David all showed up, much to Ally's delight.</p> <p>She greeted her dad who couldn't resist making a jab at Karl Stefanovic.</p> <p>"I can't believe how big Allison's shoulders are getting, but I guess it had to happen from carrying Karl this long," he said.</p> <p>"Boom," Ally said as the team burst into laughter.</p> </div>

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In 20 years of award-winning picture books, non-white people made up just 12% of main characters

<p>A highlight for Australian children’s literature is the announcements of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year award winners. This year’s winners will be announced on Friday October 16 — right before the start of CBCA’s Book Week on October 19.</p> <p>Making the <a href="https://cbca.org.au/shortlist-2020">shortlist</a> brings great exposure for the books and their creators. The shortlisted books are put on special display in public school libraries and supermarket shelves. They are even made into teaching <a href="https://petaa.edu.au/w/Teaching_Resources/CBCA2020/2020_CBCA_Guide.aspx">resources</a>, suggesting an exploration of the book’s themes, for instance.</p> <p>Crucially, award lists contribute to the “canon” of literary works that become widely read. This canon is distributed through libraries, schools and homes. Sometimes, benevolent relatives <a href="https://theconversation.com/5-reasons-i-always-get-children-picture-books-for-christmas-127801">give them as gifts</a>.</p> <p>We investigated the diversity — including ethnicity, gender and sexuality — of the 118 shortlisted books in the early childhood category of Book of the Year between 2001 and 2020. We also examined diversity among the 103 authors and illustrators who have made the shortlist over the past 20 years.</p> <p>Our yet unpublished study found most (88%) human main characters in the shortlisted books were white; none of the main characters were Asian, Black or Middle Eastern.</p> <h2>Why diversity matters</h2> <p>The <a href="https://cbca.org.au/">CBCA</a> was formed in 1945, as a national not-for-profit organisation promoting children’s literary experiences and supporting Australian writers and illustrators. The first awards began in 1946.</p> <p>There were originally three categories for Book of the Year: older readers, younger readers and picture book.</p> <p>In 2001, “early childhood” was added as a category. This was for picture books for children up to six years old.</p> <p>Picture books are significant for not only developing early literacy skills, but also for the messages and values they convey about society. They <a href="https://www.betterreading.com.au/podcast/new-6-part-podcast-series-a-conversation-about-diversity-in-childrens-books/">help children learn about their world</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p>The diversity children see represented in that world <a href="https://theconversation.com/bias-starts-early-most-books-in-childcare-centres-have-white-middle-class-heroes-130208">affects their sense of belonging and inclusion</a>. At this age, cultural values and bias settle in and become the foundation for how we develop. These values and biases have a profound influence on our successes and struggles in our adult lives.</p> <h2>A positive for gender diversity, but not ethnicity</h2> <p>We used visual content analysis to examine ethnic diversity, we well as gender, disability, sexuality and linguistic variation in the 118 early childhood category shortlisted books — between 2001 and 2020.</p> <p><a href="https://images.theconversation.com/files/363296/original/file-20201013-13-1teg5bo.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1000&amp;fit=clip"><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/363296/original/file-20201013-13-1teg5bo.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=237&amp;fit=clip" alt="The cover of picture book Go Home Cheeky Animals" /></a> <span class="caption">Illustrator Dion Beasley.</span> <span class="attribution"><a href="https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/childrens/picture-books/Go-Home-Cheeky-Animals-Johanna-Bell-illustrated-by-Dion-Beasley-9781760291655" class="source">Allen &amp; Unwin</a></span></p> <p>We also examined diversity among the 103 authors and illustrators who have made the shortlist over the past 20 years. Only one person — Alywarr illustrator Dion Beasley, from the Northern Territory, and winner in 2017 for <a href="https://cbca.org.au/book/go-home-cheeky-animals">Go Home Cheeky Animals</a> — identifies as Indigenous.</p> <p>Female authors and illustrators, however, were more represented (66%) than male (34%).</p> <p>Looking at the picture books, we first identified four major types of characters: human (52.5%), animal (41.5%), object (4.4%) and imaginary (1.4%).</p> <p>We then distinguished between main characters and those in supporting roles that make up the story world in which the main characters act.</p> <p>One of the most encouraging findings was the gender parity among main characters. We identified 52 solo human main characters across all 118 books. Fifty-one of these are children, with 25 boy and 24 girl main characters (two main characters were not identified by gender).</p> <p> </p> <p>This placed boys and girls equally in the role of the protagonist, which stands in contrast to <a href="https://theconversation.com/i-looked-at-100-best-selling-picture-books-female-protagonists-were-largely-invisible-115843">previous research looking at best-selling picture books</a>.</p> <p>But in terms of ethnicity, the human main characters are overwhelmingly white (88%). There are just two Indigenous main characters and one who is multiracial. There have been no Asian, Black or Middle Eastern main characters.</p> <p>Looking at the wider story world, supporting characters are still overwhelmingly white. But this world does marginally include characters of Asian, Black and Middle Eastern heritage. Overall, human characters appear in 85 (72%) of the 118 books.</p> <p>White characters appear in 74 of these books, and only nine books have no white characters. Non-white characters appear in a total of 18 books (21%).</p> <p>Our results for ethnic diversity don’t correlate well with the <a href="https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/population/migration-australia/latest-release">latest Australian census data</a> (from 2016). The cultural heritage of Australia’s population is described as: 76.8% white, 10% East and Southeast Asian, 4.6% South Asian, 3.1% West Asian and Arabic, 2.8% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, 1.5% Maori and Pacific Islander, 0.7% African, 0.6% Latin American.</p> <p><a href="https://images.theconversation.com/files/362846/original/file-20201012-12-21c85x.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1000&amp;fit=clip"><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/362846/original/file-20201012-12-21c85x.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="" /></a> <span class="caption">The 2020 Early Childhood Book of the Year shortlist.</span> <span class="attribution"><a href="https://cbca.org.au/shortlist-2020" class="source">CBCA/Screenshot</a></span></p> <p>The CBCA early childhood shortlist minimally represents other forms of diversity. We see only two main characters living with a disability and no characters who are sexually and gender diverse.</p> <h2>Other types of diversity</h2> <p>Linguistic variation is also minimal, in only four books, which does not reflect the linguistic diversity of the wider Australian population.</p> <p>In response to our queries regarding their judging criteria, the CBCA said:</p> <blockquote> <p>we do not select books for entry into our awards. It is the publishers and creators who select the books for entry. Our main criterion is literary merit, we do not actively exclude diversity, themes or genre.</p> </blockquote> <p>Only two of the six 2020 shortlisted books in the early childhood category have human main characters. And these are both white.</p> <p>The age of zero to six years is a crucial stage of development. It is important for young readers to see people and surroundings that are like their own to cultivate a sense of belonging. It is equally important to see a different world they are not familiar with.</p> <p> </p> <p>If award-winning books sit at the top of reading lists, these books also need to embrace and reflect the full and rich diversity that makes up our country.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/147026/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><!-- End of code. If you don't see any code above, please get new code from the Advanced tab after you click the republish button. The page counter does not collect any personal data. 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Claims Meghan Markle copied her children's book

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Meghan Markle delighted fans after announcing this week that she was writing her first children's book called<span> </span><em>The Bench</em>.</p> <p>The book is based on a Father's Day poem that Markle wrote after the birth of Archie.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has written a children's book for <a href="https://twitter.com/PenguinUKBooks?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PenguinUKBooks</a>' Random House called The Bench, about the “special bond between father and son as seen through a mother’s eyes”! More here: <a href="https://t.co/ZWcRhWj2Or">https://t.co/ZWcRhWj2Or</a> <a href="https://t.co/IuZkcAj4cF">pic.twitter.com/IuZkcAj4cF</a></p> — The Bookseller (@thebookseller) <a href="https://twitter.com/thebookseller/status/1389598440275992582?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>However, fans on Twitter pointed out that the book is really similar to another book called<span> </span><em>The Boy on The Bench</em>.</p> <p>One person tweeted: "Almost identical to Corrinne Averiss book 'The Boy On the Bench', even the cover."</p> <p>"I hope the author she ripped off is going to sue her, the cheek of this woman! The Boy on the Bench by Corrinne Averiss," another tweeted.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Almost Identical to Corrinne Averiss book “The Boy,on the Bench” Even the cover, identical 😠😠 <a href="https://t.co/C7p1o3n3Uy">https://t.co/C7p1o3n3Uy</a></p> — Lielikealady (@JudithNeile) <a href="https://twitter.com/JudithNeile/status/1389772937402601474?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 5, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Averiss herself spoke out on the issue and slammed claims that the books are similar.</p> <p>"Reading the description and published excerpt of the Duchess's new book, this is not the same story or the same theme as The Boy on the Bench," she tweeted.</p> <p>Adding: "I don't see any similarities."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Reading the description and published excerpt of the Duchess’s new book, this is not the same story or the same theme as The Boy on the Bench. I don’t see any similarities.</p> — Corrinne Averiss (@CorrinneAveriss) <a href="https://twitter.com/CorrinneAveriss/status/1389918927073988608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 5, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><em>The Bench</em><span> </span>will be published by Random House Children's Books in the US and distributed in Australia, New Zealand and other countries via Penguin Random House.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Thor or Gladiator? Race to play Steve Irwin tightens

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rumours are continuing to grow as a </span><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/movies/biopic-rumours-about-steve-irwin-run-wild"><span style="font-weight: 400;">new Steve Irwin biopic</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> gains momentum in the big studios.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to movie insiders, the feature-length dramatised film about the Wildlife Warrior’s life has big names like Chris Hemsworth and Russell Crowe vying for the chance to play Steve.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Woman’s Day</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has been told that Terri Irwin is considering lesser-known actors such as Lincoln Lewis too.</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/CJa5G8oFiJ8/?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/CJa5G8oFiJ8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lincoln Lewis (@linc_lewis)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Steve’s international appeal, particularly to American audiences, is helping fuel enthusiasm for the project, while friends of the family say the arrival of Bindi Irwin’s baby Grace has given them “a real sense of closure” in terms of losing Steve.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The timing’s right to honour Grace’s grandad,” the insider added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The family will want Aussie actors for the film, which will pretty much tell Steve’s life story.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The film is also expected to include “real footage of the family as they are now”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The insider said, “It’s a project they’ve considered before, but now they’re finally ready to give it the green light.”</span></p>

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Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough settle into Sydney with new home

<p>Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough have purchased their first home together in Sydney.</p> <p>The pair are reportedly proud owners of an exclusive harbour-side home in the suburb of Castlecrag.</p> <p>Karl and Yasmin tied the knot in December 2018 and have finally secured a home after years of prowling the market.</p> <p>The couple and their one-year-old daughter Harper have been living in the lower North Shore suburb since March in an $8 million rental property with views of Middle Harbour, however they have been on the lookout for a forever home since their rental sold.</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/CKaJiBJplpJ/?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/CKaJiBJplpJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by karl stefanovic (@karlstefanovic_)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The home is reportedly a “modest three-bedder" home which will be used as their Sydney HQ in between regular visits to Queensland.</p> <p>The couple are building their property portfolio rapidly after they also purchased a home on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland for $3.6million in January last year.</p> <p>The Stefanovic’s celebrated their daughter’s birthday this week as well, with Jasmine sharing photos of the little tyke surrounded by family, love and a load of presents.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841111/karl-jas-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1e7227346ed343319f6f0a504dcfb7be" /></p> <p>"One year ago today you came into our world and filled our hearts with so much love. You are the most precious soul who we love beyond words," Jasmine wrote.</p> <p>"Thank you for making my world Harper May! You have completely filled Mummy's heart 💗."</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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Mind-blowing historical “time capsule” discovered in café rafters

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When workers were peeling back the old walls of the Liverpool eatery, they weren’t expecting to find a fragile piece of culinary history.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The menu, dated from Wednesday, 15 January 1913, belonged to the former Yamen Caf</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">é</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in Bold Street and was just one of the artifacts found in the rafters of LEAF, the ca</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">é</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that now occupies the same site on Bold Street.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Staff of the LEAF Caf</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">é</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in central Liverpool said the discovery had “blown their minds”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The historical menu offered an appetising selection of “refreshments, luncheons and afternoon teas”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">LEAF founder and owner Natalie Haywood told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that the discovery was almost “creepy” since LEAF sells specialty teas just like its predecessor.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Specials of the day included sweetbreads and peas, irish stew, and banana fritters, and the set menu featured boiled fowl, tournedos bearnaise, and meringues chantilly with pears, reflecting the cosmopolitan character of the port city at the time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A bowl of tomato on the menu cost four old pennies, the equivalent of £1.20 (AUD$2.14) today.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 499.99999999999994px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841121/_118384859_menu.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/16062d041de84dfea92c5f15a5773802" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Haywood said, “When I saw it I was staggered, it’s like a time capsule hidden in the walls.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To see what they were doing then, how forward-thinking and creative as a restaurant, is so inspiring.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We have always known this is a historic building but having the menu in our hands has made it all feel real, something dating back to the First World War.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to a food historian, the menu wasn’t the typical fare for average working class Liverpudlians of the time and the prices were out of reach for most.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bryce Evens, associate professor in history at Liverpool Hope University, said it was aimed at an “upper middle class clientele” and that the “meaty” menu had a continental influence “typical only of the better-off in Britain at the time”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As a bustling maritime city, the foreign dishes and wider use of vegetables on Yamen’s menu illustrated Liverpool’s “cosmopolitanism” and “status as a major city of empire and trade and exchange”, Mr Evans said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the area now has a “bohemian” feel, Bold Street was the equivalent of London’s Bond Street in 1913, boasting car showrooms, high-end clothing stores, and fine dining.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841120/_118385638_hat.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/095667b65361449884f60465b7e60e46" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Along with the 108-year-old menu, other finds included a waiter’s hat with “Yamen” embroidered on the rim, instructions for the English card game whist, and a packet of playing cards.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Haywood said the items were found in the rafters of the mezzanine, which was being transformed from an office space into an area for private events.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Down came fluttering from the ceiling this menu from 108 years ago. It’s in absolutely unbelievable condition,” Haywood said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With this find, LEAF now plans to recreate some of the dishes as a tribute to the Yamen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two permanent additions to the menu will be the Irish stew and Welsh rabbit.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once lockdown restrictions are lifted in England and the refurbishment is complete, Haywood also plans to host a special evening where a more extensive range of the menu items will be served.</span></p> <p><strong>Image credits: LEAF</strong></p>

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Sally Pearson strikes gold again after offloading Gold Coast home

<p><span>Olympian Sally Pearson has sold her Gold Coast mansion for $950,000.</span><br /><br /><span>The Gold Coast Bulletin reported that she and her husband made a clean profit off the newly renovated pad, after originally buying it for $710,000 in 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>The single-storey home features four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage.</span><br /><br /><span>Additionally, the home has an extra bit of space with a detached office or studio space.</span><br /><br /><span>Wooden floorboards, a grey stone kitchen, and a modern grey and white bathroom adorn the home along with an immaculate garden, with a large grassy area that is perfect for families and pets.</span><br /><br /><span>Sally is one of Australia's greatest athletes.</span><br /><br /><span>The champion hurdler retired back in August 2019 due to injury but her achievements will last for a lifetime.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841087/daily-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fa0e49ae38fd44bc8452448673594b4e" /><br /><br /><span>At the time, she told The Sunday Mail that she had cried over her decision to retire and would be seeing a psychologist to deal with the heartache.</span><br /><br /><span>“Even now it's done and out in the open, I don't know if I feel any better for it. I feel maybe some sense of relief but still I feel like I've got a long way to go before I feel comfortable with what I'm doing,” she said</span><br /><br /><span>In July last year, she and her high school sweetheart Kieran welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Rudy Elizabeth.</span></p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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First look at controversial Bondi development plans

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images of a proposed beach club at Sydney’s Bondi Beach have been released, as its creator prepares to lodge the development application for the venue.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If approved, the Amalfi beach club, named after the coastal Italian town, will take up 1.3 per cent of the beach and will operate out of two shipping containers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 875 metre-squared pop-up venue is expected to operate through the summer from November 12 to February 27.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Its creator, Janek Gazecki, told 7NEWS.com.au that while the likelihood of the club being approved is slim, it would have social and economic benefits.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Last year, over 30,000 locals opposing the development signed a petition to stop the beach club from going ahead.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Given the current level of misinformation in the community, fuelled not just by a very vocal social media contingent, but also political grandstanding, our chances of success at the moment are very slim,” Gazecki said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height:374.61538461538464px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840998/3928d73585ccdfd6edc77cdcd17d7098c7be6ca5.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d8aa351dd18e4eb0a33d765b216046ff" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“However, if our proposal is assessed democratically on its merits, then its chances would become overwhelmingly high, given it is based on existing and successful beach clubs across Australia, and is highly beneficial both socially and economically.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My commitment to our supporters, and the Bondi Beach business community, it to see it through to the end and put forward the best argument I can.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That is all I can do.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The former lawyer intends to lodge plans for the club this week, adding the club will support local restaurants by hosting them on rotation and will act as a promotional platform for local brands, products, and produce.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height:316.64098613251156px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841000/bondi-beach-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/dc18bc625aa547fe8a84b3d12727e4e9" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With plans for at least 100 patrons to be seated at the club per session, “it will add vibrancy to a beach that has been largely empty since international tourism ended, and will generate approximately $5 million in economic benefits, as well as $1.9 million in jobs,” Gazecki said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It will be a fantastic tourist attraction and a thoroughly enjoyable experience for every Australian who wishes to enjoy our favourite beach in this way.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It is free to enter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For everyone else, the remaining 98.7 per cent of the beach remains to be enjoyed in the way it always has, and there is certainly plenty of empty space on it for everyone at the moment.”</span></p> <p>Summer at the beach</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The club is proposed to operate four days a week in summer from 12pm-9pm on Thursdays through Sundays.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Socially-distanced cabanas and daybeds will be available for patrons to book across four sessions each day. Walk-ins will also be allowed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When it comes to the club’s look, Gazecki said, “The idea was to recreate an old Italian coastal building, complete with bay windows, shutters, planter boxes and a stucco render peeling away in a few places, for added authenticity.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Not a squeaky clean modern building, but something replete with history which conjures up quintessential connotations of a laid back European summer."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height:333.0769230769231px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841001/bondi-beach-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fe8996a997d94952a5fad16a255e1227" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gazecki outlined in his proposal that the beach club will be family-friendly and offer ways for those who are less mobile to enjoy the sand</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our fenced children’s section within the club will mean young families will enjoy the beach in a more relaxed context,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They will not have to lug around beach umbrellas, seating or Eskies whilst juggling kids, nor will they have to be on constant lookout to ensure their children don’t wander from view.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gazecki also considered the issue of safe alcohol consumption around the water, saying “guests will be generally discouraged from swimming after alcohol consumption, especially during challenging conditions, and a breathalyser as well as a defibrillator will be installed for patrons.”</span></p> <p>Community opposition</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Waverly Council spokesperson said any decision made on the proposed club would need to come after Planning Minister Rob Stokes consented, since Bondi Beach is Crown Land.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stokes previously opposed the idea and called it “elitist”, and has doubled down on his comments.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My previous views about this kind of proposal remain unchanged and I will step in to stop a proposal to carve off part of the beach for private use,” Stokes said in a statement to 7NEWS.com.au.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The NSW Government has poured millions into programs to assist local businesses, especially hospitality, get back on their feet after the unprecedented impacts of the pandemic last year.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stokes continued, “Comparing a restaurant, one-off festival or the outdoor cinema at Centennial Park with this proposal is ridiculous.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our beaches are for everyone and should be free.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In his application, Gazecki countered that several commercial activities had been held on or near Bondi beach, such as the City2Surf race, The Dinner en Blanc event, The Iconic Swimwear Launch and the Borat Movie launch.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Allegations of elitism levelled against our project were not only completely offensive, unfounded and based in pure conjecture, but were also profoundly ironic,” he said.</span></p>

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