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“We’re all going through it together”: Eddie McGuire’s touching tribute

<p><span>Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has honoured his mother Bridie, who passed away on Monday night.</span><br /><br /><span>The star took to air on his breakfast radio show on Tuesday morning, and spoke with Channel 7 AFL commentator and Triple M co-host Luke Darcy who is also in mourning after losing his father David over the weekend.</span><br /><br /><span>“Thanks to everybody for the well wishes to both Darce and I over the last couple of days,” McGuire said.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s been a tough couple of days for us, Darce, but everyone is going through it.</span><br /><br /><span>“I think the message both of us were trying to get out, is (we’re) not looking for any sympathy in tough times in our personal lives, but more so just to share that we’re all going through different times and we’re all going through it together and we all support each other.”</span><br /><br /><span>To honour Bridie McGuire, the pair played Rod Stewart’s <em>Everything I Own.</em></span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837174/eddie-mcguire-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/af7955176b1340b3b5d00b58a9260c98" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>Eddie and Bridie.</em><br /><br /><span>“Human interaction, that connection, is a pretty big part of living isn’t it,’’ Darcy said on Tuesday.</span><br /><br /><span>“We’re finding that out in a big way. Ed, thinking of you and your whole family, challenging times for everyone.</span><br /><br /><span>“We’ve covered a bit of ground Ed, over the journey of the Hot Breakfast, from kids being born and all sorts of milestones and tragically the other side of life.</span><br /><br /><span>“I lost my dad on Saturday and feeling for you mate, with the passing of your mum and I know how much she meant to you and the whole family.”</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837175/eddie-mcguire-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a28086fc8d6c443ea0e965d8de44f61e" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>David Darcy and son Luke.</em><br /><br /><span>David Darcy dominated the field in 133 games for the Bulldogs from 1963 to 1971.</span><br /><br /><span>Luke closely followed in his father’s footsteps with a 226-game career at the club.</span><br /><br /><span>The Western Bulldogs are set to wear black armbands as a tribute to David Darcy when they face Brisbane on Saturday.</span></p>

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Appalling discovery along popular national park bike track

<p><span>Cyclists on the central coast of NSW made a horrifying discovery over the weekend while riding through a popular national park.</span><br /><br /><span>Many young families and bikers ride out to Bouddi National Park and Scott Uzelac, who is a keen mountain biker, is one of them.</span><br /><br /><span>While cycling with friends near Maitland Bay which is located inside the park, they were surprised when one suffered a flat tyre.</span><br /><br /><span>The group quickly realised what caused the flat.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837172/park-bike.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c0cece9748e74de2a0d8c3e49747d6cd" /><br /><br /><span>“I thought there must be a sharp root or something there so I started kicking the area and I couldn’t see anything,” he explained to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/central-coast-cyclists-booby-trap-discovery-bouddi-park-track-211146279.html" target="_blank">Yahoo News Australia.</a></em></span><br /><br /><span>Mr Uzelac then saw a leafy area which he also put his foot through, striking something hard.</span><br /><br /><span>“I got down on my knees and saw this row of nails sticking out a piece of 30 by 40 with two big anchor bolts... I couldn’t even count how many nails were sticking out.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837171/park-bike-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/10a1c9b4beac42b288b9eb556e72b106" /><br /><br /><span>Mr Uzelac says it’s an area he visits with his children, and “freaked out” over the startling discovery.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was shocked and a bit dumbfounded. I just couldn't believe somebody's done that, to be honest,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“If [my children] trod on it in the right way, the nails are that long it would have gone straight through their feet and through the other side.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Kincumber resident said many of the trails in the area, including the one he and his friends were on, have been created by mountain bikers due to a lack of routes.</span><br /><br /><span>However he says they are not recognised as official tracks.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837170/park-bike-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/15a52e11bd4d463ba1157dc5ed5d49a1" /><br /><span>The 41-year-old also pointed out that there has been an influx of walkers now using the unofficial tracks, who are furious with the cyclists using the paths.</span><br /><br /><span>“Some of the older walkers think they have the right [of way over cyclists], I’ve heard of some of the older bushwalkers throwing sticks on the trails so people can’t ride through them,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Uzelac took the booby trap to Terrigal police station.</span><br /><br /><span><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/central-coast-cyclists-booby-trap-discovery-bouddi-park-track-211146279.html" target="_blank"><em>Yahoo News Australia</em></a> reports investigations into its placement on the track are ongoing.</span><br /><br /><span>The father said there was growing pressure among riders to have designated routes identified by the local council, to distinguish separate pathways for cyclists and walkers.</span></p> <p><em>Images: Scott Uzelac</em></p>

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Anti-masker smashes policewoman's head into concrete during violent confrontation

<p>An anti-masker who refused to follow coronavirus rules allegedly bragged about abusing a policewoman by pulling out a clump of her hair and smashing her head into concrete.</p> <p>The 26-year-old female Victoria Police officer is at home recovering after suffering a concussion in an alleged attack.</p> <p>Premier Daniel Andrews said the incident was “fundamentally disgusting” and “shameful”.</p> <p>The officer and her partner approached the 38-year-old woman for not wearing a mask at around 5 pm on Monday at Frankston shopping centre.</p> <p>The shopper was asked for her name and was threatened with a $200 fine, according to police.</p> <p>She then responded by dragging the officer to the ground and smashing her head into the concrete multiple times, ripping out her hair in the process.</p> <p>"That's someone who thinks they're above the law," Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">This 26-year-old Constable returned to the station concussed and missing a clump of hair.<br />Because she asked someone to wear a mask.<br />She and many others are sacrificing their safety for our safety.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/protectourprotectors?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#protectourprotectors</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/springst?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#springst</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/tpav?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#tpav</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/covid19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#covid19</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/covid19aus?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#covid19aus</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19Vic?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19Vic</a> cases <a href="https://t.co/Bdjve1YJWR">pic.twitter.com/Bdjve1YJWR</a></p> — TPAV (@PoliceAssocVIC) <a href="https://twitter.com/PoliceAssocVIC/status/1290506806729441280?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 4, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>"They're not wearing a mask, they're approached and asked the reason why not and then to react like that is just completely over the top."</p> <p>Wayne Gatt, the Victorian Police Association secretary said the woman’s actions were “reprehensible” and “not human-like”.</p> <p>"The offender had a clump of our member's hair in her hands and said to our member 'what's it like to have your hair in my hands' or words to that effect," Mr Gatt told reporters in Melbourne on Tuesday.</p> <p>"Most in the community would hear those words and go ... hold your head in shame.</p> <p>"That's a horrible way to treat first responders on the frontline of a pandemic."</p> <p>The alleged offender was taken to a police station and charged with assaulting police, recklessly causing injury, two counts of assaulting an emergency worker, two counts of resisting an emergency worker on duty and refusing to state her name and address.</p> <p>She was also fined $200 for not wearing a mask and bailed due to no criminal history.</p> <p>The woman will face court at a later date.</p>

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Jim’s Mowing boss urges his mowers to break COVID ban

<p>One of the country’s most recognisable names in home services is taking on Victoria’s premier over Stage 4 lockdown restrictions.</p> <p>Daniel Andrews made an announcement on Monday, that under the newly implemented State of Disaster, many services will not be permitted to operate from Wednesday.</p> <p>Speaking to the media, Andrews said: “There will be no cleaners, there will be no mowing your lawns.</p> <p>But founder of Jim’s Group, Jim Penman, has urged franchisees to continue working.</p> <p>He claims the government’s own guidelines say building and grounds maintenance workers are permitted to operate when required.</p> <p>“I’ve had legal advice where there is clear written approval that trumps a verbal statement from a government Minister,” said Mr Penman.</p> <p>“Despite what the Premier says, the written guidelines (from the Department of Health and Human Services) are clear we can operate.</p> <p>“We do a lot of work for the NDIS, elderly people, gutter cleaning, picking up branches and leaves off paths which can be a significant health hazard. If they do it safely, it’s legal for them to work.”</p> <p>Under the new restrictions, Victorians who are caught breaking the law will be hit with a $4,957 fine.</p> <p>Penman says if franchisees are fined he will pay it - and challenge it with the state government.</p> <p>In a letter to his franchisees he wrote: “I urge you to continue working and will take personal responsibility for any problems that arise. In the very unlikely event that fines are imposed, Jim’s Group will challenge and (if necessary) pay them.”</p> <p>The Franchise Council of Australia says Penman is taking it too far.</p> <p>“Encouraging people to break the rules is absolutely irresponsible,” a Franchise Council spokesperson said.</p> <p>Andrews said the decision to enter a State of Disaster was not made lightly.</p> <p>“As heartbreaking as it is to close places of employment, that is what we have to do,” Andrews said.</p> <p>“Throughout all of this, we’ve tried to be as logical as possible to understand intricate and detailed supply chains and be aware of all the consequences of each decision we make.</p> <p>“All of this will be challenging and very difficult but it is what is necessary.”</p>

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James Bond's glorious French chateau up for sale

<p>Sir Sean Connery is selling his glorious French chateau for a whopping $33.87 million.</p> <p>One of the big screen’s most iconic 007 British naval intelligence officers in the <em>James Bond</em> movie franchise, Connery bought the home in 1975, and with glorious views overlooking the city of Nice and Mediterranean sea, it’s not hard to see why he has held on to it for so long.</p> <p>The gorgeous home sits atop a  hill on the Cap de Nice and was used in several scenes of the Bond-movie Never Say Never Again that was filmed in Nice and nearby Monaco.</p> <p>By the time Connery actually into the French chateau, the actor had already achieved wealth in the hundreds of millions and was turning away movie contracts that would have paid him as much as US$450 million for one film.</p> <p>The property spans over one acre and features incredible landscaped terraces that have winding paths to the sea, bright green strips of lawn and a luxurious saltwater pool.</p> <p>The house is built on five levels with an elevator and rooftop terrace, with five bedrooms and baths are distributed between all the floors.</p> <p>The entrance itself is a wonder with floor-to-ceiling windows capturing more views of Nice, mountain and sea.</p> <p>Wrap-around and garden terraces invite lounging, sunset cocktails and dining under the stars.</p> <p>The actor’s home also has insanely beautiful details such as wide-planked parquet floors run throughout the building.</p> <p>Images:<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.knightfrank.com/" target="_blank">www.knightfrank.com</a></p>

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The common household plant that nearly killed a woman’s cat

<p>A horrified pet owner has revealed her cat was nearly killed by a common flower - and the revelation has left many shocked. </p> <p>The woman from the US explained she had pink lilies in her office which her cat Willow was playing with.</p> <p>As she shooed away the cat from the flowers, she noticed Willow was covered in its pollen.</p> <p>Despite not have any concerns, something “in my head” told the owner to Google it, when she discovered that parts of a lily are poisonous to cats.</p> <p>“Even minor exposures (cat chewing on a leaf or getting pollen on his or her hair coat or whiskers) can be fatal,” the woman wrote in a <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/lindzarie/posts/10159295712293268" target="_blank">lengthy Facebook post</a>.</p> <p>In a panic, she gave her cat a quick bath and rushed her to the vet.</p> <p>Fortunately, Willow managed to make it out alive after spending two days in an animal hospital where she was treated “aggressively” by the vets in the hopes that it will save her life.</p> <p>However, her owner was left with “intense guilt” over her “stupid” purchase, saying she felt like a “terrible fur mom”.</p> <p>“I’ve had cats my entire life and have never heard of lily poisoning,” she said, adding the vet’s response to that was “most people only find out the hard way”.</p> <p>After he post went viral, many cat owners commented saying they had “no idea” the flowers were so detrimental to cats.</p> <p>“Quick thinking momma, lilies are my favourite and never knew this. I’m so relieved for you both she will be OK,” one said.</p> <p>“It is very scary.. I’ve never heard of this before,” another wrote.</p> <p>“Did not know this! Glad your baby is doing better! You are not a terrible fur mom – your quick thinking saved her,” someone else added.</p> <p>Others thanked the owner for posting the “insane” story, saying their own pets had been at risk because similar to her, they were also unaware of the dangers.</p> <p>Lilies are extremely toxic to cats because they cause “complete kidney failure” in as little as 36 hours, according to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge-base/why-are-lilies-extremely-toxic-to-cats/#:~:text=Lilies%20(Lilium%20spp%20and%20Hemerocallis,small%20amounts%20of%20lily%20material." target="_blank">RSPCA</a>.</p> <p>“The entire plant is toxic. Ingesting any part of the plant can cause complete kidney failure in 36 to 72 hours. The toxicity may occur by ingestion of, or by mouthing, very small amounts of lily material,” the animal rescue organisation states.</p> <p>“Owners should make sure their cats never have access to lilies of any kind.”</p> <p>If your cat comes into contact with the flower, you should take them to your nearest vet immediately.</p>

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Unbelievable footage as massive explosion rocks Beirut

<p>A large blast in the Lebanese capital of Beirut has killed at least 70 people and injured more than 2,700, the health minister explains.</p> <p>Videos have quickly gone viral of the incident, which show smoke billowing from a fire and then a mushroom cloud after the blast in the middle of the city.</p> <p>President Michel Aoun has tweeted that it was "unacceptable" that highly explosive material was stored in a warehouse for six years, with 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate being stored unsafely.</p> <p>Hospitals are said to be overwhelmed and many buildings have been destroyed.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Terrifying video from a guy driving his car while filming the Beirut explosion...<a href="https://t.co/0XpfqCw22L">pic.twitter.com/0XpfqCw22L</a></p> — Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) <a href="https://twitter.com/RexChapman/status/1290769713539305474?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 4, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Videos taken by shocked residents show a fire raging at the port, which sent up a giant column of smoke. The fire then appeared to catch at a nearby building, which triggered a more massive explosion and sent a cloud of thick smoke and a shock wave over the city.</p> <p>"It was like a nuclear explosion," said Walid Abdo, a 43-year-old school teacher in the neighbourhood of Gemayzeh near Beirut.</p> <p>"I saw a fireball and smoke billowing over Beirut. People were screaming and running, bleeding. Balconies were blown off buildings. Glass in high-rise buildings shattered and fell to the street," a witness told Reuters.</p> <p>Another witness says she saw heavy grey smoke near the port area and then heard an explosion.</p> <p>"All the downtown area windows are smashed and there are wounded people walking around. It is total chaos," she said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Stunning video shows explosions just minutes ago at Beirut port <a href="https://t.co/ZjltF0VcTr">pic.twitter.com/ZjltF0VcTr</a></p> — Borzou Daragahi 🖊🗒 (@borzou) <a href="https://twitter.com/borzou/status/1290675854767513600?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 4, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>President Aoun has declared a three-day mourning period and said that the government would release 100 billion lire ($66 million) of emergency funds.</p> <p>Prime Minister Hassan Diab said that it was a catastrophe and that those responsible must be held to account.</p> <p>Lebanon's prime minister also called for international help: "I make an urgent appeal to friendly and brotherly countries... to stand by Lebanon and to help us heal our deep wounds," Hassan Diab said.</p> <p>UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the "UK is ready to provide support in any way we can, including to those British nationals affected", and US President Donald Trump sent his deepest sympathies after what he called "a terrible attack".</p> <p>France is also sending aid and resources to Lebanon and Israel said in a statement that it had "approached Lebanon through international security and diplomatic channels and has offered the Lebanese government medical and humanitarian assistance".</p> <p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison said one Australian had been killed and Australia's embassy had been "impacted significantly" in the explosion.</p> <p>"We can report all of the staff there are well, but the building that the embassy is in has been significantly compromised. I'm pleased that apart from some cuts and scratches, our staff are all OK," he said.</p> <p>"But our sympathies to all of the people of Lebanon. There is such a large Lebanese Australian community here and they would be worried about loved ones."</p>

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New study places postmenopausal women at higher risk of COVID-19

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>A groundbreaking study has found that post-menopausal women with lower levels of estrogen appear to be at higher risk of developing severe coronavirus.</p> <p>The study, which was led by researchers at King's College in London found that higher levels of estrogen may have a protective effect against coronavirus.</p> <p>Estrogen interacts with the immune system in various ways, including how many immune cells are produced and how they respond to infection. </p> <p>Using data from the COVID Symptom Study App, researchers examined the rate of predicted COVID-19 among post-menopausal women, pre-menopausal women taking the combined oral contraceptive pill and post-menopausal women taking hormone replacement therapy.</p> <p>Results were taken from more than 500,000 women in the UK between May 7th and June 15th in 2020.</p> <p>Researchers hypothesised that estrogen could serve as a protectant against COVID-19.</p> <p>The study quickly found postmenopausal women had a higher rate of predicted COVID-19 than other studied women.</p> <p>Women in the 45-50 age group were most likely to be at risk, with reported symptoms of anosmia (inability to smell), fever and a persistent cough.</p> <p>Women who were using the combined oral contraceptive pill between 18-45 had a lower rate of predicted COVID-19 and corresponding reduced frequency of symptoms.</p> <p>The rate of hospitalisation was also significantly lower in this group.</p> <p>Hormone replacement theory in post menopausal women between 50-65 years was associated with an increased rate of predicted COVID-19 but not with hospitalisation. </p> <p>The researchers advised that hormone replacement therapy should be considered with caution due to the lack of information, route of administration as well as duration of treatment.</p> <p>Joint lead author Dr Karla Lee, from King’s College London, said: “We hypothesised that pre-menopausal women with higher estrogen levels would have less severe COVID-19 when compared to women of the same age and BMI who had been through the menopause, and our findings supported this.</p> <p>“Additionally, when we compared a younger group of women on the combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP) with a similar group not taking the COCP, we saw less severe COVID amongst those taking the COCP - suggesting hormones in the COCP may offer some protection against COVID-19.</p> <p>“More research is certainly needed to further our knowledge.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“I have seen hell today”: Sydney man reports from inside Beirut blast

<p>Scott Morrison has confirmed that one Australian is one of dozens who have died and thousands who have been injured in an explosion in the Lebanese capital of Beirut.</p> <p>The area has now been declared a “disaster zone” and as of Wednesday morning, Lebanon’s health minister says the death toll has reached 78.</p> <p><em>Reuters</em> reports that nearly 4000 people have been seriously injured.</p> <p>While it has not been made clear why exactly the blast in the city’s port occurred, however Lebanon’s PM says a ticking time bomb of 2750 tonnes of fertiliser fertiliser chemical ammonium nitrate was stored on a Beirut dock that fuelled the “nuclear like” explosion.</p> <p>Lebanese officials report that the explosive chemicals had been stored there for six years without adequate safeguards.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837196/beirut-lebanon-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1b06e264557144fcb2b342d155e9f7f3" /></p> <p>“It’s my deep regret to inform you that one Australian has been killed in this horrific blast, we obviously can’t confirm details of that at this stage because there’s contacts with families and others,” Mr Morrison said.</p> <p>“But our hearts go out to all of those in Lebanon and in Beirut in particular at the moment, you can see from the images of the blasts that it’s just absolutely devastating.”</p> <p>There are 20,000 Australians in Lebanon at any one time, but that number may have significantly decreased because of the COVID pandemic.</p> <p>The Australian Embassy in Beirut is a short distance from the blast and was damaged, but no staff were seriously injured.</p> <p>A Sydney man and his 28-year-old daughter were rescued from the explosion when they ran from a café near the port that they were drinking coffee in when they heard the first blast.</p> <p>“We ran outside to see what was happening. I said to my daughter and friends ‘duck’. I heard something like an aeroplane I thought there was going to be an attack,” he told reporters.</p> <p>“I saw this big white wave come towards us. The explosion was deafening. Then we heard the buildings collapsing one after another. The noise was deafening.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837197/beirut-lebanon.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8b6ab6461c5b4484997ca8f8cf8c24da" /></p> <p>“The explosion came from the other side of the cafe. The chairs where we were sitting were gone. The tables were gone everything inside was just gone.</p> <p>“I have seen hell today. People are walking the streets like zombies.</p> <p>“We are now driving around giving out water and taking pallets of water and medication to the hospitals. They don’t have enough supplies for their staff.”</p> <p>Reports say the explosion shattered window up to one kilometre away from the blast site.  </p> <p>The eruption was so loud, it could be heard as far away as Cyprus, 200km away in the Mediterranean Sea.</p>

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Lisa Wilkinson opens up about tense exchange with Kerry Packer

<p>Lisa Wilkinson opened up about a tense encounter with late media giant Kerry Packer during the latest episode of<span> </span><em>Anh’s Brush With Fame</em>.</p> <p>During a candid interview and portrait sitting, Wilkinson spoke to Anh about her upbringing, the death of her father and her prolific media career to date.</p> <p>The turning point for her was the moment she took over as editor of<span> </span><em>Cleo</em><span> </span>magazine at the age of 25.</p> <p>Saying she “followed her instincts” to get rid of the magazine’s long-running nude centrefolds, a move she hadn’t cleared with Kerry Packer.</p> <p>“I announced it on Ray Martin’s Midday show, on the day of my first issue going on sale. I thought Kerry was still overseas,” she recalled of the bold move.</p> <p>Wilkinson was then approached by a grim-looking producer off-air, telling her Packer was on the line.</p> <p>“She said, ‘He’s never called the green room before.’ I just thought, ‘Oh. I think this is going to be OK …’</p> <p>“I breezily grab the phone and said ‘Hi Kerry!’ He said ‘What the [blank] are you doing to my magazine? I’m back. I just saw you on the Midday show. What the [blank] are you doing to my magazine?”</p> <p>Wilkinson trusted her instincts, knowing she’d only have “one crack” at making her vision for the magazine work.</p> <p>“If I’m not strong in my belief that this is the right thing for the magazine, and that I’m not going to falter on this … So I put on my big girl pants and I said, ‘Kerry. Anyone who thinks that this magazine needs to languish in the ’70s any longer shouldn’t be working in magazines. The centrefold has got to go. It’s a very strong statement, and if you have a problem with it, I’ll come and see you right now,” she recalled.</p> <p>“I thought, I’m either about to be sacked, or he’s going to figure I know what I’m talking about. He said to me: ‘Well you’d better know what you’re effing doing,’ and hung up on me.”</p> <p>Wilkinson admitted to feeling a “pressure I’d never felt before … but I was so strong in my belief that it was time for it to go. I heard from Ita not long afterwards and she said, ‘Thank heavens someone’s had the courage to get rid of the centrefold.’”</p> <p>The biggest vindication? A centrefold-free Cleo became an even bigger success than before.</p> <p>“In the 10 years we were there we became the number one women’s lifestyle mag per capita in the world. We just moved it forward – you’ve gotta keep moving!”</p>

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"Absolutely livid": Mayor furious as 400 allowed to gather at Sydney mosque

<p>A decision made by NSW Health has been slammed by local officials who claim that they weren't told about the latest exemptions as 400 worshippers gathered at a mosque to celebrate EID.</p> <p>Current COVID-19 social distancing restrictions in NSW prevent more than 100 people from gathering in places of worship, but NSW Health gave permission for four times that number to attend the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque in western Sydney on Friday for Eid al-Adha prayers, which is a major religious event.</p> <p>The worshippers that attended wore masks but Cumberland City Council Mayor Steve Christou said that he was "absolutely livid" about the government's decision to allow the event.</p> <p>"This kind of behaviour from the state is inexcusable and I am absolutely livid that they would potentially jeopardise the health and wellbeing of our residents and the health of greater Sydney residents," he told<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/parramatta/coronavirus-nsw-auburn-mosque-cumberland-mayor-slams-decision-to-allow-400-worshippers/news-story/611f46da61d8f68c51138cb71d11fbe5" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"> The Daily Telegraph</a>.</p> <p>"We either have a pandemic, which we acknowledge and adhere to the relevant health directives for one and all, or we don’t."</p> <p>Attendees had to sign in and were split into four zones, which included two levels of the mosque, a function hall and a car park.</p> <p>Up to 100 people were allowed inside and attendees also wore stickers to designate the zone to which they'd been assigned. </p> <p>Mayor Christou claimed he found out about the decision through media and said that he would have opposed the exemption had he known about it.</p> <p>"I don’t understand how NSW Health can pick and choose who is at risk and who warrants an exemption," he said.</p> <p>NSW Health said in a statement that the mosque developed a "comprehensive safety plan" and that the government body was on site on the day to ensure procedures were being followed.</p> <p>The mosque's president Abdurrahman Asaroglu had said previously the venue had implemented appropriate measures to reduce the risk of a coronavirus outbreak.</p> <p>"Our community is really understanding and they are OK to follow these measures — no shaking hands, no hugging — making sure that they just pray," Dr Asaroglu told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-31/auburn-mosque-granted-coronavirus-exemption-for-eid-al-adha/12508358" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">ABC</a>.</p> <p>"If everyone does the right thing I don't think there will be any issues."</p>

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Sam Newman rages about being unable to play golf

<p>The spread of coronavirus has forced Victorians into an extreme lockdown but the only thing Sam Newman wants to know is why he can’t play golf.</p> <p>The former host of the<span> </span><em>Footy Show</em><span> </span>has been vocal over the past few months as he criticised Premier Dan Andrews for preventing people from hitting the fairways as the pandemic brought life to a grinding halt.</p> <p>That changed as restrictions started loosening once Australia looked to be beating the virus, but after an alarming increase in Victorian cases, a state of disaster has been declared - and unfortunately for Newman, he’s had to put his clubs back in the bag.</p> <p>Greater Melbourne has been forced to implement a nightly curfew from 8 pm to 5 am but Newman is more concerned about why golf courses have ben forced to close.</p> <p>“Open: bottle shops and liquor stores. Shut: golf courses,” Newman tweeted.</p> <p>“Dilemma — sit a home and get s**t-faced OR step into the wide open spaces, well away from others, exercising as you do, by playing GOLF. And the lunacy goes on.”</p> <p>After someone on social media responded, saying there are much bigger concerns right now - such as the effect of Victoria’s lockdown on unemployment rates - Newman still believed his complaint was valid.</p> <p>“The 100,000 out of work may want to play GOLF — seeing as they’re out of work,” Newman wrote.</p> <p>In April, Newman marched on Victoria’s Parliament House in Melbourne to demand the state’s golf courses be re-opened immediately.</p> <p>But Andrews responded by saying, “no round of golf is worth someone’s life” as Newman repeatedly attacked the Premier’s leadership.</p>

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Sailors rescued from tiny island after writing giant "SOS" in the sand

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Three missing sailors have been found on a tiny island in the western Pacific after a desperate message saying SOS in the sand that was spotted from the air. </p> <p>The men were found on Sunday after they had been missing for three days, and were reportedly "in good health", according to the Australian Defence Ministry. </p> <p>Their call for help was written on the beach of Pikelot Island, 190 kilometres west of where they had set out and was seen by Australian and US aircraft.  </p> <p>A ship, the HMAS Canberra, headed to the sailors' aid and a helicopter landed on the beach. </p> <p>The ship brought water and food for the men as well as carrying out identity and health checks. </p> <p>The men were reportedly sailing between the atolls Poluwat and Pulap, a journey of 42 kilometres when they veered off course and ran out of fuel. </p> <p>A Micronesian patrol vessel, FSS Independence, is heading to the island to pick up the men. </p> <p>Canberra's Commanding Officer Captain Terry Morrison said the response by the ship's company to the operation was outstanding. </p> <p>"The ship's company responded to the call and had the ship quickly prepared to support the search and rescue," Captain Morrison said. </p> <p>"In particular, our embarked MRH90 helicopter from No. 808 Squadron and the four armed reconnaissance helicopters from 1st Aviation Regiment were instrumental in the morning search that helped locate the men and deliver supplies and confirm their welfare. </p> <p>"I am proud of the response and professionalism of all on board as we fulfil our obligation to contribute to the safety of life at sea wherever we are in the world."</p> <p><em>Photo credit: Australian Department of Defence</em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Why teenagers travelled to VIC before bringing COVID-19 to QLD

<div class="body_text "> <p>Queensland is on edge after three new cases of coronavirus have emerged, with two being teenage women who allegedly lied on their border declaration and brought coronavirus into QLD's south-east.</p> <p>Their actions have been labelled as reckless, as major testing and tracing operation is underway to stop the spread.</p> <p>The two 19-year-old girls travelled to Melbourne, allegedly intending to commit thefts on high-end fashion stores.</p> <p>The pair also attended an illegal party on July 19 and were handed $1,600 fines for ignoring restrictions.</p> <p>On July 21, the pair flew from Melbourne to Sydney and by not leaving the terminal, they avoided border checks.</p> <p>The pair arrived in Brisbane and allegedly provided fake names and false border declarations.</p> <p>Hundreds of anxious members from the Parklands Christian College community are angry and fearing that they have been infected as the pair travelled to the area.</p> <p>“I think it’s disgraceful, how did they get up from Victoria?” one person asked.</p> <p>“I’m very very disappointed. I think it was reckless,” another told <a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/news/qld/why-pair-of-teenagers-travelled-to-melbourne-before-bringing-coronavirus-back-to-queensland-c-1203213" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>7NEWS</em></a>.</p> <p>Queensland Police state disaster coordinator Steve Gollschewski said that an investigation into the women's movements was ongoing.</p> <p>“This is a criminal investigation we’re conducting,” he said.</p> <p>“This is a clear representation of how the actions of a few can impact many,” said Queensland Health’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young.</p> <p>“Because of the decisions of these two women, that brought the virus back to Queensland, thousands more will have to be tested and self-isolate.”</p> <p>Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has declared drastic action.</p> <p>“Queensland will now be declaring greater Sydney a COVID-19 hotspot,” she said on Wednesday.</p> <p>“it is going to cause an inconvenience to families, and I know there may be a lot of events planned, but it is too important,” Palaszczuk said.</p> <p>“We must protect our elders.”</p> </div>

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Why retail workers are wearing a second badge

<p>Since the start of the pandemic, retail workers have been at the forefront of people’s frustrations as they copped abuse on the daily.</p> <p>In April, one woman was filmed racially abusing workers at a Telstra store in Sydney, telling a staff member to “go back to China, while this week another customer berated retailers over their face mask policies, saying such views “have no basis in science or fact”.</p> <p>In a bid to curb the rise of abuse, particularly during COVID, staff at some of Australia’s biggest chains will now wear a second name badge.</p> <p>Employees at stores such as Woolworths, Target, Big W and KFC will have a tag on their uniform stating either “I’m a mother”, “I’m a father”, “I’m a son” or “I’m a daughter” to remind customers they are someone’s family member.</p> <p>A Woolworths employee recently went viral on TikTok after she explained the importance of the badge.</p> <p>“A lot of people have been asking on my videos what this says and it says ‘No one deserves a serve, I’m a daughter’,” Dakota Rae Shaw said in the video.</p> <p>“Basically the union brought them out to us so that people could imagine if it was their daughter they were speaking to.”</p> <p><img style="width: 323.727px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837116/screen-shot-2020-07-29-at-30527-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e6d21d25f98e44dd8f805dd04bf6cbd9" /></p> <p>According to the union, over 85 per cent of workers are being abused while they work.</p> <p>SDA NSW secretary Bernie Smith said there has been a reported 44 per cent reduction in customer aggression since the badges were rolled out.</p> <p>“The idea of the badges is to humanise the person behind the counter, so the customer sees them as a person rather than somebody processing their sale,” he told Yahoo.</p> <p>“They’re someone who’s part of a family and part of a community, and the badges make people think twice.”</p> <p>A Facebook user recently shared her experience of a staff member wearing a badge saying “I’m a son” at Woolworths store at Lennox Head, on the northern NSW coast, on Saturday.</p> <p>“He was wearing a second badge … I started asking questions as to why, and he said it was an attempt stop the abuse that they cop,” she wrote.</p> <p>“He said he hasn’t experienced it in Lennox yet but in Byron Bay he did all the time because of (in his words) ‘the sense of entitlement most people there had’.</p> <p>“It breaks my heart that young people just trying to do their job, especially during a pandemic, have to put up with this c**p.</p> <p>“If you witness it, call it out. Not ok.”</p>

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Adele shows off incredible new figure in rare post

<p>Adele has shown her support for Beyoncé’s brand-new experimental album<span> </span>Black is King<span> </span>in her latest Instagram post, however her transformation almost overshadowed the sweet sentiment.  </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/CDWzJe8A5Xz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/CDWzJe8A5Xz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Adele (@adele)</a> on Aug 1, 2020 at 11:09am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>On Friday, Beyoncé’s much-anticipated visual album finally dropped at midnight on Disney+.</p> <p>The 85-minute film which is based on the music of last summer’s The Lion King: The Gift, it is a “a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience.”</p> <p>Adele, who is a proud fan of the performer, took to social media to broadcast her excitement.</p> <p>“Thank you Queen for always making us all feel so loved through your art,” she wrote.</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/B_1VGc5AsoZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/B_1VGc5AsoZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Adele (@adele)</a> on May 5, 2020 at 9:38pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She also wore the same body suit as Beyonce in the album, which showed off her beautiful figure.</p> <p>A beach picture in January surfaced this year, revealing that the artist lost around an estimated 40 kilograms.</p>

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Fit and healthy Melbourne nurse shares unexpected COVID-19 symptom

<p>A young and health nurse who works in the emergency department at the Royal Melbourne Hospital has revealed that she suffered from an unusual symptom before testing positive for coronavirus.</p> <p>Emily Morris, 32, told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-27/more-than-700-victorian-healthcare-workers-with-covid19/12494330" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>ABC's 7:30 Report</em></a><em> </em>that she felt a strange pain in her lower legs a week and a half ago.</p> <p>She knew it was different from anything she ever experienced as she was used to being on her feet for hours on end.</p> <p>"I was at work when I developed some aching to my lower legs and I spoke to my manager and she got me tested straight away," she said.</p> <p>She said she self-isolated herself until she got her results 24 hours, which confirmed she had coronavirus.</p> <p>Other common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, dry cough and tiredness.</p> <p>"I was absolutely devastated. I think that as a health care worker, there is a little bit of shame and stigma around being diagnosed as COVID positive," she said.</p> <p>"I'm young, I'm fit, I'm healthy. I was doing the right things and I got coronavirus."</p> <p>She is now isolating in a government apartment so she doesn't risk exposing her housemates to coronavirus.</p> <p>"I feel terrible. I haven't felt like eating and have difficulty keeping down fluids," she said.</p> <p>Morris suspects she contracted the virus within the community.</p> <p>"I work in the respiratory emergency department, which means that I wear an N95 mask. Then on top of that, I wear a face shield, hair coverings as well as a full length gown," she said.</p> <p>"Considering the high quality of the PPE that we have and the procedures that we have in place, I am very certain that this was a community acquired transmission."</p> <p>Morris is sharing her story and is urging others to follow social distancing measures as well as wearing a mask.</p> <p>"The discomfort that you think you feel wearing [a mask] does not compare to the discomfort that you will experience if you test COVID-positive," Ms Morris warned in a video posted on social media. </p> <p>"[To] become short of breath that even walking from the couch to the toilet is a mammoth effort.</p> <p>"Wear a mask, wash your hands, engage in social distancing. There is nothing more inconvenient and uncomfortable than catching corona. </p> <p>"I can tell you. I know from experience."</p>

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Bunnings boss responds to anti-mask tantrum

<div> <div class="reply-list-component"> <div class="reply-component"> <div class="reply-body-component"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply-body-wrapper"> <div class="reply-body-inner"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The CEO of Bunnings’ parent company has responded after footage between a customer refusing to wear a mask and a manager in a Melbourne store went viral.<br /><br />The clip went viral on Sunday and showed a woman walking into the store and telling a manager she does not need to wear a face mask as it is her “right as a living woman to do whatever I want”.<br /><br />The manager was filmed calmly responding to the anti-masker, who said it was “discriminatory” that she was asked to wear a mask.<br /><br />“We’re not trying to discriminate against anybody, would you please stop filming me?” he says.<br /><br />She replies: “No you are, no I’m not going to stop.<br /><br />“I don’t care, it doesn’t apply to me,” she says after being told it’s a condition of entry for all customers.<br /><br />More footage shows the police confronting the\ woman in a car park outside of the store.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">A woman refusing to wear a mask inside a Victorian Bunnings has confronted workers claiming it's discrimination to be asked to wear one. No one deserves this at work.<br /><br />Read the full story: <a href="https://t.co/1bwOXWaRND">https://t.co/1bwOXWaRND</a> <a href="https://t.co/mwEveUACLm">pic.twitter.com/mwEveUACLm</a></p> — news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) <a href="https://twitter.com/newscomauHQ/status/1287266399841263622?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 26, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><br />Wesfarmers CEO Rob Scott responded to an article of the incident online on Sunday afternoon.<br /><br />Former Federal Treasurer Chris Bowen shared the clip, writing: “A big shout out to these Bunnings employees and all the others quietly and calmly doing their bit to protect public health in the face of selfish, aggressive and inappropriate behaviour by a very small number of people.”<br /><br />Scott replied that he was “very proud of the team at Bunnings for doing their best to keep people safe”.<br /><br />Bunnings Chief Operating Officer Deb Poole explained to 7NEWS.com.au that the customer’s behaviour was “completely unacceptable”.<br /><br />“The customer’s behaviour towards our team was completely unacceptable and we’re proud of the way our team calmly and professionally handled the situation,” she said.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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“I wouldn’t be alive”: Scott Morrison saves injured senior on Sydney beach

<p>An injured senior is alive and recovering after a nasty fall during a walk along a Sydney beach – and it is all thanks to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his security team.</p> <p>68-year-old Cheryl Ferguson told reporters she believes she may have died after she suffered a bad trip and crashed into rocks that left her with a broken arm and severed artery at Kurnell Beach last week.</p> <p>In an incredible coincidence, the prime minister and his highly trained security detail happened to be strolling through the area when they saw her fall and rushed to her rescue.</p> <p>“I didn’t realise at first that it was him,” Cheryl said on <em>Sunrise</em>.</p> <p>“Somebody called out ‘are you ok’ and it was ScoMo. I was very lucky they were there!”</p> <p>The senior says the team’s response reminded her of a scene from a Hollywood movie when the PM sent a member of his security detail to rush to Cheryl’s aid.</p> <p>“This gorgeous young man came dashing across the rocks in his beautiful tailored suit and I said, ‘who are you’ and I thought he was going to say ‘Bond... James Bond,” she explained.</p> <p>“He pulled out a tourniquet and then he explained he was part of ScoMo’s police protection unit.”</p> <p>Cheryl says Mr Morrison sat with her and reassured her until paramedics arrived to take her to hospital.</p> <p>“ScoMo came to join and he was a lovely calming presence there.”</p> <p>Cheryl has decided the best way to thank him is with a good old-fashioned Aussie BBQ.</p> <p>“My anaesthetist told me I wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for his team being there at that exact moment,” she said.</p> <p>The prime minister has since responded, saying he and his team were simply in the “right place at the right time”.</p> <p>“We were in the right place at the right time and were able to give Cheryl immediate first aid, support and comfort as they waited for paramedics to arrive.</p> <p>“I’m pleased Cheryl is on the road to recovery and hopefully can get back to her walks again.”</p>

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Who is cheaper? Woman’s shares shocking supermarket shopping list

<p>Catherine Hoge has proven she is a pro when it comes to finding a bargain, however even she was shocked to realise how much cheaper her produce is from a local grocer rather than a major supermarket.</p> <p>The 52-year-old nurse from Manly, Brisbane, says she often bulk-purchases when it comes to fruits and veggies for herself, her pet pig and her friend’s 10 miniature horses. </p> <p>Ms Hodge says she can easily become carried away and spend much more than she needs to every few weeks, so believes it is important to keep a steady plan when it comes to large purchases. </p> <p>“I always keep an eye out for the Woolworths catalogue and print off the half price specials and buy that,” she says. </p> <p>However, not even Ms Hoge realised just how “crazy” the price difference was when she compared her local grocer’s prices to woolies. </p> <p>Sharing her huge savings to the popular Facebook group Simple Savers, Ms Hoge revealed that for 11 different types of items including bananas, rockmelon, strawberries and oranges, she managed to save $129.75. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837155/jetstar-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/eb931c9a424346adb6b90cab0449a387" /></p> <p>How she managed to do it was by simply opting to shop at her local Birkdale Farmers market in Brisbane.</p> <p>“The differences are crazy,” she said. </p> <p>“Price comparison. Suburban fruit ’n’ veg market vs local Woolies. $79.33 saved … 61 per cent cheaper!”</p> <p>She later edited the post to reveal she in fact saved about $130.</p> <p>The list showed insane price comparisons including lady finger bananas to be $1.99/kg at her local grocer but $7.50/kg at Woolworths Mayfair Village.</p> <p>Respectively strawberries cost her $6.98/kg compared to $11.20/kg.</p> <p>Rockmelons were what shocked her the most. </p> <p>At just 9 cents each, she decided to buy 12, but the price left her so stunned she asked a staff member if it was correct.</p> <p>“I asked the lady it was a mistake, if they actually were 9 cents … it’s just crazy. I knew I was saving a massive amount but I never expected it to be this much,” Ms Hoge told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/womans-supermarket-comparison-list-reveals-crazy-price-difference/news-story/9a5ad91f1428f28ecf0e2d6b14def6dc" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</p> <p>She says her woolies didn’t have candy melons and instead used the cost from Coles to make the comparison.</p> <p>All in all, choosing to buy from Woolies would have set her back $180.17.</p> <p>“I buy whatever is cheapest,” she said, “which is mainly for the animals.</p> <p>“I have a pet pig and while he stays at my friend’s place, he is my responsibility. But on his acreage he also has 10 miniature horses so anything they like which is usually apples and carrots, I also buy.</p> <p>“I just started stockpiling recently and it’s not at all about panic buying – I just see huge benefit in buying in bulk.”</p>

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Duchess Catherine shares rare photo from World War II

<p>The Duchess of Cambridge has banded with her grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II to mark an incredibly special occasion. </p> <p>The 38-year-old royal and Her 94-year-old Majesty also joined forces with Prince Charles to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the British Red Cross. </p> <p>The Duchess shared a statement and an incredibly personal family photo of her grandmother, Valerie Middleton, who was a Voluntary Aid Detachment during World War II.</p> <p>Kate's grandmother can be seen in the centre of the shot wearing a nurses' uniform as she stands alongside her colleagues.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837165/kate-middleton.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7ca9e7eed8964a959cfd6675e9a42c9e" /></p> <p>The Duchess said: "On this anniversary, I would like to thank and remember the many thousands of staff and volunteers who over the years have contributed tirelessly to the organisation's work, including my great-grandmother, Olive and my grandmother, Valerie who both served as a Voluntary Aid Detachment with the British Red Cross."</p> <p>She continued: "Like you and many others, they are both part of the rich history of the British Red Cross, which is helping to ensure many people get the support they need during a crisis. </p> <p>“In recent months, I have been deeply moved by the work you and your colleagues have continued to do throughout the coronavirus pandemic. You have all been doing an inspiring job supporting vulnerable people. "</p> <p>The Queen also paid her respects to those who have served the organisation over the years by saying: "As patron of the British Red Cross I send my warmest congratulations to the staff and volunteers of the Society on the occasion of its one hundred and fiftieth anniversary.</p> <p>"Whether those involved in the Society are assisting people to return home from hospital safely, offering care and support in the aftermath of a disaster, volunteering in a shop, administering first aid or some of the many other activities the British Red Cross encompasses, their contribution is recognised, valued and greatly appreciated. I send my heartfelt thanks and warmest good wishes to you all."</p>

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​Woman named "Hero to Animals" for helping spider regrow its legs

<p>A townsville woman has been rewarded for making the decision to save an emaciated huntsman spider with only two legs. </p> <p>Elina Walsh has been recognised by animal rights group PETA Australia for rescuing and rehabilitating an injured spider. </p> <p>Ms Walsh hand-fed the spider and took “Peggy” under her wing for a month until it grew its legs back. </p> <p>"Initially my thought was she wasn't going to make it and I considered putting her out of her misery," Ms Walsh said, admitting she initially believed it to be a gecko or a bird.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837163/emma-walsh-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fe33732f3a2a41c89772176003d14c23" /></p> <p>"I did a quick Google search and found out that spiders can in fact regrow legs, so I thought I would give it a go.</p> <p>"I am a huge animal lover, normally huntsmen aren't my favourite choice of animal but I kind of felt sorry for her and tried to help her out."</p> <p>The Townsville “hero” spent a little over a month feeding the spider small cockroaches with tweezers. </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/CBenA0kF8CU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/CBenA0kF8CU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by @peggy.the.2leggy</a> on Jun 15, 2020 at 6:55pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In that time, the spider regrew its six smaller legs which became fully functional. </p> <p>She plans to keep Peggy in her care until the spider has one more moult. </p> <p>"Now that she has got her legs back she is able to hunt quite well on her own, but the ones that have regrown are quite a bit smaller," Ms Walsh said.</p> <p>"With her next moult she should have full-sized legs again and I will be quite happy to release her outside."</p> <p>PETA said there was no nomination process for their Hero To Animals awards.</p> <p>PETA spokesperson, Emily Rice, said the organisation saw a post about Ms Walsh's efforts on Facebook and wanted to recognise her compassion.</p> <p>"We take our hats off to this compassionate woman who displayed great care and respect for Peggy and went above and beyond to save her life," Ms Rice said.</p> <p>Ms Walsh said the recognition from PETA Australia was unexpected. </p> <p>"I am just happy that other people can learn about her story and maybe grow a bit of appreciation for these animals as well," she said.</p>

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Paul Keating rips into "greedy" Baby Boomers

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Former Prime Minister Paul Keating has decimated the greed of Baby Boomers, saying that his own generation would never ut up with the low wages, HECS debts and calls to raid their own super accounts for money in the current COVID-19 economy.</p> <p>He has warned that low income younger workers have been asked to raid their own super accounts to the tune of $40 billion, which is around the same amount that the Morrison Government has spent to date on massive stimulus measures such as JobKeeper.</p> <p>He made the statements in a briefing today organised by Industry Super that the legislated pay rise has already been factored into wage negotiations and must not be scrapped.</p> <p>“You cannot have a decent income in retirement without self provision. Otherwise, you would have people on the pension which is now what $23,000 or $540 a week?,’’ he said.</p> <p>“Take my generation, the Baby Boomers. They want everything yesterday and they want it doubled now. If there was no super they wouldn’t be wanting $23,000 they would be wanting $50,000 now.</p> <p>“You look at these young people, I mean a lot of them are on low wages, they carry the HECS charge around their neck before they start, they have trouble accommodating themselves</p> <p>“We are saying, ‘Oh, by the way you can look after the rest of us aged people.’ It’s just fanciful nonsense.”</p> <p>Mr Keating said that if workers failed to save enough super, more will be forced to survive off the aged pension.</p> <p>“Well. The thing is there’s no economic case for it not to go ahead. None. There’s a prejudicial case from some of these baby-faced Liberals,’’ he said.</p> <p>“These first term senators, a particular modest form of political life.”</p> <p>“Look, the thing is this. Anyone born in the 1970s, and I’ve got children born in the 1970s, will live now until 105 or 110,’’ he said.</p> <p>“In other words if they save for 40 years from say 25 to 65, they will be relying on the savings for a further 40 years. This cannot happen with a pool of funds of 9.5 per cent it’s not large enough to do that.</p> <p>“The argument for 12 is a very basic argument for adequacy. If we’ve got people living longer, what case is there possibly to not have 12 per cent?”</p> <p>Mr Keating said he took the Prime Minister at his word that he was "no plans" to scrap the super increase, but warned the Liberal Party has never supported super.</p> <p>“The Liberal Party has never liked mandatory superannuation. They’ve had to be dragged screaming,’’ he said.</p> <p>Former Labor frontbencher and ACTU secretary Greg Combet said the business of allowing workers to raid their super accounts of nearly $40 billion has been a disaster.</p> <p>“It’s been a free for all,’’ he said.</p> <p>“That money has gone into the banks. That to me is all wrong,” he said.</p> <p>“I just think it’s critical that on December 31 the early access scheme is terminated.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Millions earned in coronavirus fines

<p>Across Australia, each state and territory has enforced their own public health orders to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, by handing out fines and penalties to encourage Aussies to comply. </p> <p>While Australia's two biggest states have not disclosed the total amount of revenue they have received from these fines, the ABC reports that an estimate of $5.2 million has been raked in since pandemic laws came into effect in March this year.</p> <p>States like Tasmania are keeping the financial penalty relatively low at $756, however in Victoria, which is facing the nation's worst outbreak, a fine could cost up to $1,652.</p> <p><strong>Queensland</strong></p> <p>In Queensland, the maximum fine for breaching the state’s public health order is $4,003.</p> <p>QLD police have issued 2,168 infringement notices worth $2,998,872 from March 27 to July 27.</p> <p>Due to Queensland's Public Health Act, state and local government officers can hand out infringement notices. </p> <p>A Queensland Government spokesperson says funds from fines go towards the state's consolidated revenue.</p> <p>"Tough penalties apply to those who do the wrong thing by deliberately breaching the rules and putting the lives of others at risk," the spokesperson told the ABC.</p> <p>"Queenslanders have done a great job in uniting against COVID-19 … by complying with health rules, we can keep ourselves, our families and all Queenslanders safe."</p> <p><strong>Western Australia</strong></p> <p>In WA, people infringing the rules will cop a $1,000 fine.</p> <p>A WA Government spokesperson said the total fines issued had not exceeded $140,000.</p> <p>"In the rare cases where police have issued infringements, the breaches have been pretty obvious and careless of other people's health, safety and lives," the spokesperson said.</p> <p>"The McGowan Government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars responding to the pandemic and is investing billions of dollars on projects to drive economic and social recovery across the state."</p> <p><strong>South Australia</strong></p> <p>South Australia's first infringement was handed out on March 29, and a total of 448 notices totalling $503,750 have now been issued.</p> <p>A spokesperson has said any revenue received from fines was placed into "consolidated accounts in accordance with section 17 of the Expiation of Offences Act 1996".</p> <p>A consolidated account is a set of accounts that combines a number of separate smaller accounts.</p> <p><strong>Tasmania</strong></p> <p>Tasmania Police has issued a total of nine infringements to individuals, at $756 each which totals $6,804.</p> <p><strong>ACT</strong></p> <p>In the ACT, police issued the territory's first fine for a breach of coronavirus restrictions from July 17.</p> <p>Any revenue collected from infringements and fines in the ACT is "redirected into support for our local business community and health system to support Canberra through the COVID-19 pandemic", a spokesperson said.</p> <p><strong>Northern Territory</strong></p> <p>Northern Territory police has so far issued 146 infringements for coronavirus-related breaches at $1,106 each which totals out to $161,476.</p> <p>Authorities in NT had conducted more than 30,000 compliance checks as of July 30.</p> <p><strong>Victoria</strong></p> <p>Victoria Police have the power to issue on-the-spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses which don't follow the directives of the Chief Health Officer.</p> <p>Fines of $200 are also issued to individuals who refuse to wear a mask.</p> <p>A spokesperson has said that all the revenue from infringements is being used to pay for the state’s key services and infrastructure.  All revenue from infringements was used to pay for the state's key services and infrastructure.</p> <p>Victoria does not and will not release the money made from penalties, fines, and infringements, and instead will be aggregated and published into the Victorian budget later this year.</p> <p><strong>New South Wales</strong></p> <p>It is not clear as to where the money made from penalties is going, or how much exactly the state has raked in.</p>

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Hidden cellar found at Maddie McCann suspect's house

<p>German police has reportedly discovered a hidden cellar at the former home of the suspect in the Madeleine McCann case.</p> <p>After digging for three days, using resources such as an excavator, ground penetrating radar, sniffer dogs and a drone, authorities were desperate for crucial evidence.</p> <p>The cellar was discovered as investigators dug a deep hole 15 meters wide in the garden of a secluded holiday chalet outside Hanover.</p> <p>Suspect Christian B, a German drifter, is thought to have lived in a camper van on the site in 2007, shortly after Madeleine vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal.</p> <p>One police theory is that the suspect took Madeleine with him as he drove back to Germany, a journey of more than 24 hours.</p> <p>The German prosecutors investigating Christian B’s alleged involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance have confirmed the search is part of the inquiry, but said nothing further.</p> <p>Thomas Dressler, who runs a water sports centre close to the riverside search site, said: "None of us really know the people that stay there.</p> <p>"Yesterday I saw they were doing the investigation and I thought about how young my daughter was at that time, oh God and so close. That gave me the fear and panic of a father.</p> <p>"I believe the police are looking for Maddie. It's gruesome and I find it chilling that it could happen and so close to us. But of course, I have never seen him myself."</p>

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COVID-19 conspiracy theorist dramatically arrested

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>After going viral for publicly defying authorities at a COVID-19 checkpoint, conspiracy theorist Eve Black went out with a bang as she was dramatically arrested by police.</p> <p>In the initial video that was posted to her Facebook page called "SCAMdemic", Black can be seen reading lines from a piece of paper before being waved through.</p> <p>“Have I disturbed the peace today?”, “Have I committed a crime?” were lines from the paper and was waved through without answering the questions.</p> <p>"Oh my god, I feel so good," she said to the camera.</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F9News%2Fvideos%2F2880340798854849%2F&amp;show_text=false&amp;width=734&amp;height=411&amp;appId" width="734" height="411" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe> <p>After her initial success, the 28-year-old tried the same trick again in the suburb of Carlton in Melbourne, but was far less successful.</p> <p>"She was asked to provide her name and address which she refused to do. Police then directed her to produce her driver's licence and explain her reason for travel, which she also refused to comply with," Victoria Police said.</p> <p>"This led to police arresting her. During the arrest, police were forced to break the woman's car window as she refused to speak to them, wind down her window, or step out of the vehicle."</p> <p>She was arrested at 1:55 pm on Wednesday and charged with failing to hand over her driver's licence, not giving her name and address, breaching coronavirus public health orders as well as traffic offences.</p> <p>After the initial video went viral, Black was widely condemned and threatened with arrest from Victoria's assistant police commissioner.</p> <p>'Our members are out there all day and all night working incredibly hard to keep our community safe,' Assistant Commissioner Rick Nugent said on Friday.</p> <p>"This was a selfish and childish act... it was ridiculous, it was unnecessary. </p> <p>"If that woman lived in that area or had a good reason to be in that area, she would be allowed through.</p> <p>"If not, she's breaking the law."</p> <p>"I'm sure she'll be looking forward to a knock on the door from Victoria Police members," Police Minister Lisa Neville said. </p> <p>"Whether you are trying to get through a roadblock, trying to get away with not wearing a mask, whether you're trying to have a party, Victoria Police will be there."</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Facebook</em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Anthony Callea slams Melbourne for breaking COVID-19 rules

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Singer Anthony Callea has blasted the locals of Melbourne who aren't following the new rules in place due to a spike of cases.</p> <p>Residents in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire have to wear a mask or face covering or risk a fine of $200.</p> <p>It appears that some still aren't following the rules, which prompted Callea's latest rant.</p> <p>In a video posted to his Instagram story, he spoke about seeing several people wearing their masks incorrectly.</p> <p>“Just took my dog out for a poo and did a lap around the block,” Callea said.</p> <p>“Part of the reason why Victoria has still got high cases of coronavirus is because there’s too many f******* out there that don’t give a f****** s***.</p> <p>“And sorry about my French, but wearing a mask hanging down is not wearing a mask.</p> <p>“Congregating with five or six people having a coffee and taking your masks off is not wearing a mask.</p> <p>“Stopping in the middle of the street and having a conversation just because there’s another dog owner doesn’t mean take your mask off and have a conversation.</p> <p>“The amount of ignorant people out there is f****** doing my head in.”</p> <p>He also slammed people walking around the beach area in St Kilda who were ignoring social distancing.</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/CDX9HkFj9YR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDX9HkFj9YR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Really Melbourne? Are you f%*king kidding me? This is today along the beach in St Kilda/Middle Park 🙄 Selfish, ignorant and deplorable behaviour! Dickheads! Clearly the message and how it’s delivered is NOT WORKING!!! So angry... 🤦🏼‍♂️ Why do so many people think they are above it all? These self entitled people will be the first to blame other people and the government for the current situation - we ALL have a role to play! 👊🏼 Another sad day for Victoria 😢 To everyone doing the right thing, as a fellow Victorian.... THANK YOU! To my fellow Victorian’s who are not... 🖕🏼🖕🏼🖕🏼(*this is not my footage)</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/anthonycallea/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> A N T H O N Y C A L L E A</a> (@anthonycallea) on Aug 1, 2020 at 10:07pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“So angry... why do so many people think they are above it all,” Callea said.</p> <p>“These self-entitled people will be the first to blame other people and the government for the current situation.</p> <p>We ALL have a role to play!”</p> <p>His anger comes after a six-week state of disaster has been declared in Victoria, with Melbourne residents under curfew. This means no one is allowed out of the house between 8 pm and 5 am each day. </p> </div> </div> </div>

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Heartbreak for Steve Price as lockdown hits home

<p>Melbourne’s unprecedented stage 4 coronavirus lockdown is taking a toll on those residing in the city - including the hosts of The Project.</p> <p>Steve Price couldn’t help but get emotional after presenting a segment on the tough new lockdowns Victorian’s are having to face.</p> <p>“It feels so much different this time, doesn’t it. I feel sad, I feel anxious … I feel sad for all of the businesses that aren’t going to recover. I feel very anxious for the state that I’ve spent much of my life living in, that many of the things we take for granted may never come back. The first time around it was sort of unique; we didn’t really know what it was going to be like. Now we know what it’s going to be like, and you can’t see an end,” he said.</p> <p>Host Carrie Bickmore also shared her sentiments by confessing things have become tougher in her household, as she’d noticed her children “really struggling for the first time”.</p> <p>“(They have) this feeling of, ‘What is this world we’re living in?’ And maybe looking at us for comfort, but we’ve stopped being all, ‘We’ll be right,’” she said.</p> <p>Price then made a confession about his own family situation.</p> <p>“My mother’s in her late 80s; I’ve seen her once this year. She’s in the zone where anything could happen. I just feel gutted that I might never physically see her again. It’s awful. It’s awful,” he said, as his co-stars rushed to console him.</p> <p>“Oh, Steve … You have to have hope that at the end of this we will get on top of it, and you will be able to see her. That’s the sort of stuff you have to look to; you can’t think like that,” Bickmore said.</p> <p>Co-host Waleed Aly agreed: “There’s every chance you will see your mum in the not-too-distant future.”</p> <p>“I hope so, ’cos it just breaks my heart,” Price said.</p> <p>“It would break anybody’s heart – but we can do this. We can,” Aly said.</p> <p>Melburnians are now facing some of the toughest lockdown conditions in the world, as the government tried to desperately contain the number of infections every day.</p>

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"NSW on a precipice": Kerryn Phelps warns on Q+A

<div class="body_text "> <p>Former Australian Medical Association (AMA) president Kerryn Phelps made her feelings clear about the "nonsensical" mask debate on last night's episode of <em>ABC's Q&amp;A</em>.</p> <p>She was appearing on the panel with other medical practitioners, including respiratory physician Dr Lucy Morgan and clinical nurse Abbey Fistrovic and was initially asked whether or not she felt there should be criminal charges for people breaking quarantine.</p> <p>Phelps deflected the legal question but made a call for all Australians to wear masks in public.</p> <p>"The thing that we can do, which is such a simple thing, is to have everyone in the community in masks," the former AMA chief said.</p> <p>"We need to anticipate that there will be a next wave in New South Wales.</p> <p>"At the moment, the numbers are relatively low but there's nothing to say they will remain low."</p> <p>Host Hamish McDonald inquired as to whether she thought masks should be "compulsory".</p> <p>"We need to head towards them being compulsory," Dr Phelps said.</p> <p>"We know with aerosol transmission now, airborne transmission, wearing a mask is some of the best protection that you can have — you protect yourself, you protect others.</p> <p>"There's been a nonsensical debate for months now, which has been so frustrating because it has not been evidence-based about wearing masks.</p> <p>"It is one of the single-most responsible things that we can do as members of the community to protect each other."</p> <p>When asked a question about whether Australian families will be able to gather interstate at Christmas, she said that NSW would be well served if it shut its air border with Victoria.</p> <p>"I'm concerned that there are still planes coming in from Melbourne to Sydney without any checking and with people just being asked to self-isolate in Sydney when they arrive," she said, to a question about whether Australian families will be able to gather interstate at Christmas.</p> <p>"We don't know how many people are actually doing the self-isolating when they arrive.</p> <p>"There are 17 planes coming from Sydney to Melbourne tomorrow [Tuesday] — that's not a closed border.</p> <p>"We know there are thousands of active cases in Victoria, there could be up to 10 times as many people who are infected who don't know it and we're just letting people get on planes without having a test before they get on the plane, arriving in Sydney and dispersing into the community.</p> <p>"NSW is on a precipice and unless we take it seriously and actually have an effective closed border, we are going to see leakage of these cases from Victoria over to New South Wales."</p> </div>

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Ellen DeGeneres could be replaced

<p>Rumours are rife that a frontrunner has already emerged to replace Ellen DeGeneres - despite the star not yet confirming is she’s saying goodbye to her TV hosting gig.</p> <p>According to reports by The Sun, host of the Late Late Show James Corden is “in line” to replace DeGeneres, and “could be the shock winner after dozens of employees accused the $50 million-a-year presenter of turning a blind eye to racism, bullying and sexual harassment on her hit daytime show”.</p> <p>The publication revealed insiders claim Corden has been seen as DeGeneres’ “long-term successor” even before the recent allegations came to light.</p> <p>It follows reports over the weekend that the 62-year-old is soon to call quits on her hugely successful show, due to negative publicity and workplace allegations. </p> <p>According to the Daily Mail, the host has told executives at TelePictures and Warner Bros that she’s had enough and wants to walk away.</p> <p>“She feels she can’t go on and the only way to recover her personal brand from this is to shut down the show,” a source told the publication.</p> <p>“The truth is she knew what was going on, it’s her show. The buck stops with her. She can blame every executive under the sun – but Ellen is ultimately the one to blame.”</p> <p>Staff was also left unimpressed by the apology letter she had sent out last week, saying she’s a “phony” and claiming anyone who complained to her about ongoing issues “would’ve been fired”.</p> <p>“Don’t think for a minute anything she has said in that apology means anything. She created and then enabled this toxic culture to go on for so long,” one staffer said.</p> <p>“If anyone had come to her or those three (executive producers) to complain, they would’ve been fired.”</p> <p>“Inside Telepictures we’ve had enough of her. She is a phony who does not practice what she preaches,” another source told Daily Mail.</p> <p>“The behaviour of her show executives has been appalling, but (Ellen) is no better. In fact, she is the worst. It’s outrageous that she is trying to pretend that this is all a shock to her. The fish rots from the head, and Ellen is the head.”</p> <p>The insider went on to claim that DeGeneres “hates coming to work”, “struggles to be nice to people” and has “utter contempt for her audience”.</p> <p>“She has been phoning it in for so long, and only staying for the money and celebrity it affords her,” the source said.</p> <p>“We’ve dealt with her BS for so many years, she’s not innocent at all, she’s not nice and the show is not filled with happiness.”</p>

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Discover this leafy retirement oasis on Sydney’s upper north shore

<p>A spacious and light-filled apartment – with a view into the treetops – has helped deliver the perfect retirement lifestyle for Joy and Greg Newling.   </p> <p>Eighteen months ago, Joy and Greg made the decision to downsize into a newly-built retirement village apartment at <a href="https://www.uniting.org/services/retirement-and-independent-living/facility/uniting-bowden-brae-normanhurst?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=bowdenbrae">Uniting Bowden Brae</a>. </p> <p>Apart from freeing up some capital for retirement, the couple also wanted to continue to live within northern Sydney and be able to entertain friends on a large balcony.  </p> <p>The Uniting Bowden Brae project at Normanhurst caught their eye. </p> <p>They were shown through a three bedroom plus two bathroom apartment with generous ceiling heights and large living spaces.</p> <p>The couple particularly loved the view through the huge windows into the treetops of the project’s green space.</p> <p>Soon after, Joy and Greg, who are in their 70s, moved in.</p> <p>“The move out of our old home in Wahroonga also meant we could sell the lawnmower for good, which I loved,” Greg said. “And the best thing is that we still have our independence, while enjoying strong community connections and support here.”</p> <p><strong>Additional homes under construction at Uniting Bowden Brae</strong></p> <p>Joy and Greg bought into the first stage of <a href="https://www.uniting.org/services/retirement-and-independent-living/facility/uniting-bowden-brae-normanhurst?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=bowdenbrae">Uniting Bowden Brae</a>. All 39 apartments in this stage have already been built, with only two remaining for sale.</p> <p>In addition, expressions of interest are now open for a further 101 apartments, which feature either two, two plus study or three bedrooms. These apartments, along with the project’s community facilities, are expected to be complete by mid-2021.</p> <p><span>Like the apartment purchased by the Newlings, these stage two apartments seek to provide generous living spaces, a flowing layout and high-quality finishes and appliances, including stone benchtops and a ceramic cooktop. Full-height glazed doors and windows are designed to bathe the homes in natural light, while the open plan living area and apartment courtyards and balconies will make it easy to entertain.</span></p> <p>Importantly, the apartments and the Uniting Bowden Brae project also include a range of features which will allow future residents to age-in-place.</p> <p>The apartments themselves will be constructed to be easily accessible by people with mobility limitations. For instance, the bathrooms will include zero-threshold shower recesses and a towel rack which doubles as a strong grab rail. </p> <p>A range of Uniting assisted living and home care services will be available to residents, including personal care, cleaning, gardening, transport and meal preparation. </p> <p>Uniting will also be able to help manage any clinical services residents may need, including nursing and allied health support.</p> <p>Finally, the new retirement village apartments will be located alongside an existing Uniting residential aged care facility, allowing apartment residents to move into this facility if their care needs change.</p> <p><strong>Extensive community facilities allow residents to enjoy the great outdoors</strong></p> <p>Meanwhile, the project’s extensive community facilities have been planned to encourage friendly interaction and healthy living.</p> <p>These facilities will include a café, gymnasium, indoor pool, library, consulting rooms, clubroom and communal dining and lounge areas. </p> <p>Residents will also be able to enjoy the project’s ‘Village Green’, a large landscaped area designed to link the apartments and community facilities and encourage community connection. </p> <p>Across the 1.38 hectare site, landscaped gardens will blend well-established trees with new plantings to provide a leafy canopy of shade. Residents can take full advantage of these shared spaces, without needing to maintain them.</p> <p>Two major hospitals are a stone’s throw from Uniting Bowden Brae, and there’s a large major supermarket just a 10-minute drive in either direction. Buses pass the village, and the railway station is less than a 10-minute walk away.</p> <p>The nearby suburb of Wahroonga boasts coffee shops and eateries, and all the essential services, such as banks, a post office and a railway station. </p> <p><strong>Newlings look forward to more neighbours</strong></p> <p>Joy and Greg Newling say they are looking forward to welcoming more residents into the Uniting Bowden Brae family.</p> <p>“We’ve met some fantastic neighbours here who share similar interests of ours, it’s really expanded our friendship circle in life moving here,” Greg says.</p> <p>The couple have always been active members of their local community, sitting on numerous committees over the years, and have already gained many friends at Uniting Bowden Brae.</p> <p>Joy didn’t hesitate to put up her hand to host a thankyou party when she stepped down as President of her local Rotary Club last year.</p> <p>More than 20 friends gathered in the living room of her new apartment to celebrate the occasion.</p> <p>“We opened up the big glass sliding doors onto the balcony so our friends could spill into our outdoor space,” Joy said. “We had people standing around here with drinks and finger food, it was great.”</p> <p>Making their own lifestyle decisions was important to the couple.</p> <p>Once they moved in, their son and daughter agreed that Joy and Greg had done the hard yards by taking matters into their own hands. </p> <p>“In some ways we felt too young for retirement living, but we also knew the time was right,” Greg said.</p> <p>“We had to make all the decisions on living arrangements for three of our parents, which wasn’t easy. The experience made us determined to make our own decisions that worked for us, and save our family from having to make those decisions.” </p> <p>Not one to rush their decision, they compared Uniting Bowden Brae with other properties on the market, including attending open homes, reading brochures and visiting other independent living villages.</p> <p>However, nothing compared to Uniting Bowden Brae, so they signed on the dotted line.</p> <p>The fact that the complex was run by Uniting sealed the deal. “We liked the attitude and knowledge of the sales staff that we met,” Greg said.</p> <p>Joy and Greg also take comfort in the fact that there’s a residential aged care facility on-site should they need it down the track.</p> <p>“Accessing this will be far easier from here than a private residence should the day come that we need it,” Greg said. </p> <p><em>With 100 years of experience providing accommodation and care for older Australians, you’re in expert hands with Uniting. For more information about the Uniting Bowden Brae, including to book a tour of our display apartment, please </em><a href="https://www.uniting.org/services/retirement-and-independent-living/facility/uniting-bowden-brae-normanhurst?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=bowdenbrae"><em>click here</em></a><strong><em>.</em></strong></p> <p><em>(Please note that a departure fee will apply when you leave the village)</em></p> <p><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with </em><a href="https://www.uniting.org/services/retirement-and-independent-living/facility/uniting-bowden-brae-normanhurst?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=bowdenbrae"><em>United Browden Brae</em></a><em>. </em></p>

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Anthony Hopkins sells off glorious Malibu retreat for eye watering price

<p><span>Renowned actor Anthony Hopkins is saying farwell to his longtime Malibu reatreat for an eye watering $10.5 million.</span><br /><br /><span>The gorgeous home that spans over one-acre, is located on Point Dume Bluff, and did not seem to be a difficult sell for Hopkins who listed it in February with a $11.5 million price tag.</span><br /><br /><span>The 4,010-square-foot home may not have left his hands for the extra million, it is a definite jump in profit from the $3.8 million he paid for the property back in 2001.</span><br /><br /><span>The main part of the home boasts a glorious four bedrooms and four bathrooms, along with a stunning white stone-framed fireplace in the living room.</span><br /><br /><span>The kitten is a marvel in itself and is fitted with stainless steel appliances, wood cabinetry, terra-cotta style floors and built-in shelving.</span><br /><br /><span>The property also includes a pool and spa, along with gardens and an impressive deck space.</span><br /><br /><span>On another part of the property, there is a spacious guest house which has a private one-bedroom, one-bathroom guest house, as well as a pool house..</span><br /><br /><span>Hopkins and his wife, Stella, are selling the home because they want to be closer to Los Angeles.</span><br /><br /><span>The couple already own three homes in the city.</span><br /><br /><span>Along with a two-bedroom Pacific Palisades condo, they also maintain a $6.6 million contemporary house in the neighborhood, which they bought in 2018.</span></p>

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Slip sliding away: Coastal homes under dire threat

<p>Residents along the NSW Central Coast have been left concerned after days of extreme surf caused severe erosion, putting the beachfront homes in danger of collapsing.</p> <p>A powerful low pressure system across Australia’s east coast earlier this week created large swells and high waves smashing the beaches.</p> <p>Police, State Emergency Services (SES) and NSW Fire and Rescue were called to homes on Ocean View Drive in Wamberal on Thursday night following reports of erosion at the properties, the <em><a href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/wild-weather-leaves-nsw-homes-at-risk-of-structural-collapse-due-to-beach-erosion-20200717-p55cwm.html">Sydney Morning Herald</a> </em>reported.</p> <p>“Dunes are collapsing, people’s houses are at risk of falling into the sea,” a resident told <em><a href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/sydney-erosion-fears-wild-weather/c1d0baad-688a-4bc6-8a8e-58177aee69af#:~:text=Residents%20living%20along%20the%20NSW,homes%20exposed%20to%20the%20elements.&amp;text=%22We%20have%20massive%20erosion%20on,%2C%22%20one%20resident%20told%209News.">9News</a></em>.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Ffrnsw459%2Fposts%2F1918254264978574&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=740&amp;appId" width="552" height="740" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Emergency services brought large concrete blocks along the stretch of coast to help support homes from the risk of landslide.</p> <p>SES controller Rolf Garda said this erosion damage was the worst he had seen in the last 30 years.</p> <p>“There’s always been impact on that area but for some reason this event has taken away far more land than we expected,” Garda told the <em><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-17/nsw-coastal-erosion-from-large-swell-pummelling-coast/12465398">ABC</a></em>.</p> <p>“We identified that some houses were pretty close to the slump line. We worked with Council to walk up and down and talk to the residents and advised them of the potential dangers.”</p> <p>Local café worker Amanda Keanelly said the coastal erosion was “so scary” for the residents. “A guy came in yesterday and he told us that his home was a metre away from going in. He was heartbroken,” Keanelly told the <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/17/nsw-central-coast-huge-swells-wamberal-homes-risk-collapse-beach-erosion">Guardian</a></em>.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/centralcoastcities.shtml">Bureau of Meteorology</a> forecasted large and powerful surf conditions until at least Saturday.</p> <p><em>Photo: ABC News</em></p>

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