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Trump sneaks in one more official pardon

<p><span>Former President Donald Trump has made one last pardon in his final hours of presidency.</span><br /><br /><span>Fox News host Jeanine Pirro has successfully lobbied the US politician and TV star to pardon her ex-husband after learning he was not on Trump’s final pardon list, which was released on Wednesday.</span><br /><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839598/trump.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a9279398dfe647fe8a4a5ccf923fd558" /><br /><span>Albert J Pirro Jr was convicted on conspiracy and tax evasion charges after improperly deducting $1.5 million (US$1.2 million) of his personal expenses in business write-offs.</span><br /><br /><span>Reports via CNN claim Mr Pirro was not on the pardon list, before his ex-wife lobbied for Mr Trump’s help.</span><br /><br /><span>Aides were told midmorning in the middle of changing over duties to the new administration, that Mr Pirro’s pardon needed to be done.</span><br /><br /><span>CNN reported the order came as a surprise as they rushed to fulfill the pardon before Trump’s reign ended at midday.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Pirro joins a number of individuals who received last-minute pardons and commutations yesterday from Mr Trump.</span><br /><br /><span>This includes his onetime political strategist Steve Bannon, former top fundraiser Elliott Broidy and well-known rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839597/trump-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fc751a69ff784ee0aea117755511ff77" /></p> <p><em>Donald Trump with rapper Lil Wayne. </em></p> <p><span>Jeanine Pirro is one of Fox News’ highest-rated weekend hosts, and has gotten cozy with Mr Trump for being one of his most vehement defenders.</span><br /><br /><span>She attended his annual New Year's Eve party in December 2020.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Trump, and Pirro clearly have developed an alliance as he called for Fox News to bring the host “back” after she was reportedly suspended by the network following commentary that doubted the patriotism of Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar.</span><br /><br /><span>"Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro," Trump tweeted.</span><br /><br /><span>"The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well."</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Pirro targeted Ms Omar, who is one of the few Muslim members of Congress.</span><br /><br /><span>She pointed out the political figure’s religious head covering.</span><br /><br /><span>"Think about it: Omar wears a hijab," Ms Pirro said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?"</span><br /><br /><span>Her remarks prompted Fox to release a statement, "We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro's comments" and went on to say that the views she expressed "do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly."</span></p>

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Dolly Parton announces family tragedy

<p><span>Dolly Parton has announced the death of her youngest brother, Randy Parton, who has died at just 67-years-old.</span><br /><br /><span>The world-renowned musician told fans that her dear brother “lost his battle with cancer” on her official website.</span><br /><br /><span>“The family and I are grieving his loss but we know he is in a better place than we are at this time,” she wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“We are a family of faith and we believe that he is safe with God and that he is joined by members of the family that have gone on before and have welcomed him with joy and open arm.”</span><br /><br /><span>Randy Parton was one of Dolly’s eleven siblings.</span><br /><br /><span>He went on to follow in his big sister's footsteps and became a musician too.</span><br /><br /><span>“Randy was a great singer, writer, and entertainer,” she wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“He sang, played guitar and bass in my band for many years. He has headed his own show at Dollywood since it opened in 1986.</span><br /><br /><span>“He’s had several chart records of his own, but his duet with me on ‘Old Flames Can’t Hold A Candle To You’ will always be a highlight in my own career.”</span><br /><br /><span>“We will always love him and he will always be in our hearts.”</span><br /><br /><span>Parton announced the news of her brother’s death just days after she celebrated her 75th birthday on January 19.</span></p>

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Princess Diana’s twin! Charles Spencer shares rare photo

<p><span>Princess Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, has shared a photo of his mother – showing just how much she looked like Diana.</span><br /><br /><span>Royal fans could not help but point out the uncanny resemblance of Princess Di and her mother, Frances Shand Kydd.</span><br /><br /><span>Charles Spencer, Diana's younger brother, took to Instagram to share a stunning portrait of his late mother to mark her birthday on January 20.</span><br /><br /><span>The resurfaced image depicts a young Frances, with a blonde wavy bob, rosy cheeks and blue eyes.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKQuAVOFVAD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKQuAVOFVAD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Charles Spencer (@cspencer1508)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>"My mother - on this, her 85th birthday. She was born in Sandringham, Norfolk, on the very same day that King George V died - in the same parish," Charles wrote in the caption.</span><br /><br /><span>"She died 3 days after the 50th anniversary of her marriage to my father. This portrait is to be found in the Library at @althorphouse."</span><br /><br /><span>Charles is the 9th Earl Spencer and currently resides at Althorp House where the portrait is hung.</span><br /><br /><span>Fans were quick the point out how alike the mother and daughter looked.</span><br /><br /><span>"Looks just like the little one. The eyes are always the giveaway. Spencer genes are strong," one fan commented.</span><br /><br /><span>"So beautiful. You and Princess Diana look like her. ♥️" another said.</span><br /><br /><span>"'Beautiful, I can see where Diana got her stunning looks from," a third added.</span><br /><br /><span>Frances wed Earl Spencer Johnnie at just 18 years of age in 1954.</span><br /><br /><span>However the marriage did not last and the couple divorced in 1969.</span><br /><br /><span>She passed away at age 68 in her home in Scotland.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839594/diana-mother-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ad07461f5d46448e8d7010683ee524ea" /><br /><br /><span>Charles was candid about his relationship with his sister in the two-part ABC television event, The Story of Diana.</span><br /><br /><span>The 53-year-old discussed his state of mind following his sister's untimely passing, admitting he partly blamed himself.</span><br /><br /><span>"I was furious, I wasn't just angry," he said. "[I thought] what could I have done.</span><br /><br /><span>“But you always think, God, I wish I could've protected her. It was just…it was devastating."</span><br /><br /><span>He then added: "I always felt…intensely protective towards her."</span></p>

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Grant Denyer and Dipper caught in heated exchange

<p><span>Tension has flared up between Grant Denyer and Dipper on <em>I’m A Celeb.</em></span><br /><br /><span>The two celebs had a tense confrontation in a scene that showed Dipper threatening Denyer after he fell asleep while cooking rice and beans for the campmates' lunch.</span><br /><br /><span>Dipper did his best to salvage the food, but his fellow stars were less than impressed.</span><br /><br /><span>“Oh my god, this is bad,” Paulini said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’ll eat anything, but I won’t eat that,” Ash Williams said.</span><br /><br /><span>“That was the worst rice I’ve ever tasted.”</span><br /><br /><span>“Honestly, I cannot believe how bad two ingredients taste,” Abbie Chatfield said.</span><br /><br /><span>An annoyed Denyer had a dig at Dipper, saying: “Hey Dip, that food’s no good, man. Not a good start, mate. We can’t afford to miss a meal. I think if we’re on cooking duties we need to be up and awake.”</span><br /><br /><span>Dipper did not say a word to Denyer, and simply turned his back and walked away.</span><br /><br /><span>Travis Varcoe later informed Dipper: “The guys are a little bit upset about the rice.”</span><br /><br /><span>The former AFL legend was angry that people were talking behind his back, and he later stood up in front of the group to clear the air.</span><br /><br /><span>“Has anybody else got something to say to anybody here?” Dipper said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Let’s get it all out. Anybody? If you’ve got something to say, speak up.”</span><br /><br /><span>Denyer assumed the comment was aimed at him and replied: “Hey Dip, are you angry at me for saying something about lunch?”</span><br /><br /><span>“You did say something … I thought that was a little bit personal,” Dipper said.</span><br /><br /><span>“At the end of the day, I’ll take responsibility.”</span><br /><br /><span>“I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings or anything,” Denyer said.</span><br /><br /><span>“None of us want to lose an entire meal, that’s all.”</span><br /><br /><span>Dipper didn’t take the comment very well, responding: “No, but say it one more time (and) I’ll come and see you over there.”</span><br /><br /><span>“Are you serious?” Denyer said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Let’s just leave it at that, all right, Grant Denyer,” Dipper told him.</span><br /><br /><span>The tense stand-off is one of the few scenes of conflict viewers have seen this season.</span><br /><br /><span>Network Ten’s head of entertainment and factual programs Stephen Tate told news.com.au this year’s cast was the closest he’d ever seen.</span><br /><br /><span>“There’s probably less conflict on this series but I think that’s probably a good thing given the current environment,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“We kind of noticed it after the first week or so that the cast had gelled in a way that perhaps that other casts didn’t quite do or took longer to do.”</span></p>

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"I felt violated": Mum finds intruder living in her roof

<p>A Queensland mother has been left in a state of shock after discovering a stranger had been living in her roof.</p> <p>Monica Green from Norman Gardens in Rockhampton said she had noticed things were out of place in her home in recent months, but had dismissed her own concerns.</p> <p>However, on Monday, she arrived home early from a doctor's appointment and discovered the house to be a mess.</p> <p>The air conditioner was turned on, the back door was left open, and a half cooked meal of chicken nuggets was left on the kitchen counter, prompting Ms Green to immediately call the police.</p> <p>The police had discovered an attic door, which had been left askew.</p> <p>“I felt like it was something out of a horror film,” she said.</p> <p>“Why was he in the roof? What was his intentions? Was he here to harm us? Was he here to steal one of my kids?</p> <p>“I’m meant to be the one that protects them and I feel like I’ve failed.”</p> <p>Before she was made aware of the intruder, she had noticed food had gone missing, and her security camera had been disabled.</p> <p>Jason Milner from Queensland Police said the incident was “certainly unique”.</p> <p>“It’s not a usual break and enter occurrence”.</p> <p>“I felt violated. I felt like my personal space had been invaded. I felt shocked, terrified, scared,” Ms Green told the<span> </span><em>Courier Mail</em>.</p> <p>She believes they initially gained entry to her home by stealing her car keys.</p> <p>Queensland Police are investigating the incident.</p>

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Ash Barty promises to "be better" after COVID-19 breach

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Australia's world No. 1 tennis star Ash Barty has promised she will "be better" after accidentally committing a COVID-19 faux pas while shopping in Melbourne.</p> <p>She was in Coles shopping and forgot her mask after a pre-Australian Open training session at Melbourne Park.</p> <p>She ran into a Sky News reporter, who recognised she was maskless and took to Twitter to share the incident.</p> <p>“I accidentally forgot to wear a mask in a supermarket (on Thursday) in Melbourne,” Barty said.</p> <p>“I apologised as soon as I realised my mistake.</p> <p>“I understand we all need to do our bit to keep the community safe and I will be better next time.”</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/CGRVvxjB97s/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CGRVvxjB97s/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ash Barty (@ashbarty)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Barty has spent the last 10 months in Queensland where restrictions are much more relaxed than they are in Melbourne.</p> <p>She's making her first on-court appearance since last February alongside Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka and men's legends Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic next Friday.</p> <p>She can't wait to return to the court.</p> <p>“We are so lucky in Australia to have a home grand slam; the support of the Australian fans means the world to me and I always want to do well here,’‘ Barty said.</p> <p>“I understand this year will be different in many respects but I hope I can do the local fans proud.</p> <p>“The circumstances around this year’s event are definitely challenging and I understand the frustration of all the players who have had to quarantine.</p> <p>“But keeping Melburnians safe and making sure we put health first has to be the priority.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Greta Thunberg’s parting shot to Donald Trump

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg has farewelled former US President Donald Trump with a clever tweet.</p> <p>Thunberg used Trump's words against him as she wrote: "He seems like a very happy old man looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!"</p> <p>The remark was just one of many Trump made about Thunberg in the past.</p> <p>The quote came from Trump after Thunberg's address to the Davos summit in 2020, saying that she "seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future."</p> <p>Thunberg's tweet was a hit with fans, reaching over 690,000 likes on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">He seems like a very happy old man looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see! <a href="https://t.co/G8gObLhsz9">pic.twitter.com/G8gObLhsz9</a></p> — Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1351890941087522820?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 20, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>As many social media platforms banned Trump from using their services, he is unable to respond to Thunberg at this time.</p> <p>This isn't the first time the two have had a war of words, with Trump claiming that Thunberg's 2019 Time "Person of the Year" was "so ridiculous".</p> <p>"Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!" he tweeted at the time.</p> <p>Thunberg sat on his words until Trump prompted electoral officials to "STOP THE COUNT" during the Presidential election race.</p> <p>"So ridiculous. Donald must work on his Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Donald, Chill!" Thunberg tweeted.</p> <p>Thunberg and Trump never met during his presidential term, with Thunberg saying it would have been a "waste of time".</p> <p>"I don't think I would have said anything because obviously he's not listening to scientists and experts, so why would he listen to me?" she told BBC Radio 4.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Dan Andrews outraged at Margaret Court’s impending honour

<p>Furious backlash has ensued after it was reported that controversial tennis legend Margaret Court will be receiving the country's highest honour on Australia Day.</p> <p>Claims emerged on social media on Friday morning that Ms Court will be appointed the Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC) for her sporting success.</p> <p>A Melbourne broadcaster leaked the news on Twitter.</p> <p>The names of those receiving the honour are not meant to be released until 10 pm on Monday.</p> <p>Court has become a controversial figure as of late due to her outspoken views on homosexuality and conversion therapy.</p> <p>Tennis Australia has faced repeated pressure to distance themselves from her, as well as a campaign to rename Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park.</p> <p>Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he "quite sick" of discussing Ms Court after being asked about the backlash to her ward during a press conference on Friday.</p> <p>“I’m quite sick of talking about that person every summer,” he said.</p> <p>“I do not support that but I don’t give out those gongs, that’s not a matter for me, that’s for others.’</p> <p>Andrews stated Court's views were "disgraceful and hurtful", adding they "cost lives".</p> <p>“Calling out bigotry is always important. This bigoted quackery costs lives.”</p> <p>The premier then took to Twitter to reiterate his comments, saying Ms Court's sporting achievements don't give her the right to spew hatred.</p> <p>“I don’t want to give this person’s disgraceful, bigoted views any oxygen,” he said.</p> <p>“But when others insist on rewarding them with this country’s highest honour – I think it’s worth saying again: Grand Slam wins don’t give you some right to spew hatred and create division. Nothing does.”</p> <p>Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese also hit out at the award, claiming Ms Court has “already been honoured for her tennis prowess”.</p> <p>“She’s already an Officer of the order of Australia,” he wrote</p> <p>“I think it’s clear for everyone to see that making her a Companion of the Order of Australia has nothing to do with tennis.”</p> <p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison refused to comment on the situation when asked about the backlash during a press conference on Friday.</p> <p>“I can’t comment on an award that’s done through an independent process that hasn’t been announced or I have no official knowledge of,” he said.</p> <p>“This is a completely independent set of processes. It is an announcement that will be announced on that day. It is a system that recognises the full spectrum of individuals across this country.”</p>

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Cities could get more than 4°C hotter by 2100

<p>In cities around the world, temperatures could rise by more than 4℃ by 2100 under a high-emissions climate change scenario, suggests research published this week in Nature Climate Change.</p> <p>It comes as the Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement, released today, shows 2020 was Australia’s fourth-warmest year on record, despite being an “La Niña” year, which usually leads to cooler temperatures.</p> <p>Cities occupy just 3% of Earth’s surface. As this portion of land is so small, they’ve typically been left out of most climate models, which generally make projections on global scales.</p> <p>Yet more than half the world’s population live in urban environments (set to jump to 70% by 2050). This is why the researchers call for “multi-model projections” of local climates for cities.</p> <p>In the study, the researchers say their predictions on climate will give “urban planners and decision-makers in any city […] access to city-specific projections for any planning horizon they need”.</p> <p>It’s important these planning horizons include the cooling and shading provided by green infrastructure — the network of green spaces such as street trees and green walls — in urban areas.</p> <p>For Australia, this means getting a national green infrastructure policy that provides for green spaces within our cities, open spaces and buildings to help with increasing density and rising global temperatures.</p> <p><strong>What the research found</strong><br />Heat events, such as heatwaves, pose a significant health risk and can hit people harder in cities.</p> <p>Cities are hotter than in surrounding regional areas due to “the urban heat island” effect, a result of heat created by all the densely packed people, vehicles and industries, and the heat retained among buildings and other infrastructure.</p> <p>Despite having the highest population density, the researchers point out that urban areas aren’t often represented in the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project. This project is important because it informs the global authority on climate change (the International Panel on Climate Change).</p> <p>So the research authors built a statistical model emulating a complex climate model with urban regions. And they estimate that, by the end of the century, average warming across global cities will increase by 1.9℃ under an intermediate emissions scenario, and 4.4℃ with high emissions.</p> <p>Urban warming would most affect mid-to-northern parts of the United States, southern Canada, Europe, the Middle East, northern Central Asia and northwestern China.</p> <p>They also predict that the heat index would increase faster than air temperature alone over almost all cities. “Heat index” refers to how hot the human body actually feels, a combination of relative humidity and air temperature. This would mean urban residents would experience higher heat stress.</p> <p><strong>What does this mean for Australia?</strong><br />While the research found most urban warming would occur in the northern hemisphere, Australian cities are also projected to continue to warm. But we need only look to the recent record-breaking years to realise climate change will result in more extremely hot days here.</p> <p>2019 was Australia’s hottest (and driest) year on record. And today’s annual climate statement from the Bureau of Meteorology shows the highest temperature ever recorded in the Sydney Basin, at a whopping 48.9℃, occurred in 2020, on January 4. It also found the average national temperature for 2020 was 1.15℃ higher than normal.</p> <p>These are nationwide findings, but how Australia manages climate in urban areas is particularly important as around 80% of population growth occurs in capital cities.</p> <p>In fact, 2020 research found we’re increasingly facing more frequent and prolonged heatwaves that intensify urban heat islands in places such as Sydney, by raising inland temperatures by as much as 10℃ more than in coastal zones.</p> <p><strong>Keeping cities cool</strong><br />The best way to ensure our cities are kept cool is through greening urban spaces. Green spaces can be developed by planting trees in streets, yards and parks for shade, recreation and relief from the heat. This will create cooler urban “microclimates” for social interaction and natural retreats from city life.</p> <p>Greater Sydney, for example, has a welcome new policy to ensure five million more trees are planted by 2030. This is an important long-term goal as 2016 research from Canada found tree cover in daytime reduced air temperature by up to 4℃ in Montreal city.</p> <p>The design of buildings and their immediate surroundings are also important to help manage increasing heat in our cities.</p> <p>Our open spaces are places of exercise, retreat, relaxation and, in a new COVID world, socially distant interactions. The pandemic has allowed us to rediscover the importance of our community and local connections in these spaces.</p> <p>Multi-storey buildings also provide opportunity for vertical greening. The Victorian government, for example, is seeking to increase the amount of green infrastructure in our urban areas to help us cope with predicted warmer conditions.</p> <p><strong>Australia needs a national planning policy</strong><br />Urban planning and greening urban spaces is largely a local government responsibility, usually overseen by state and territory governments.</p> <p>And there is national recognition of the importance of green cities through the federal government’s Smart Cities Plan. It states:</p> <p><em>Green, sustainable cities […] improve the quality of air and water, reduce the heat island effect, protect biological diversity and threatened species, and enhance general amenity.</em></p> <p>But what’s needed, urgently, is a national planning framework of green city principles so no regions get left behind. Climate change is a national issue, and all urban residents from all socioeconomic backgrounds should benefit from green cities.</p> <p>This national planning policy would describe how our cities across the nation should develop appropriately spaced trees and other vegetation, to better manage and prepare for increasing density and greater activity as climate change brings hotter weather.</p> <p>And importantly, more research is needed to better inform climate models. We need more information into the ways our climates will change within different land areas — whether rural, suburban or in cities — so we can develop better national plans for how we will live and work in the future.</p> <p><em>Written by Mark Maund, Kim Maund, Marcus Jefferies and SueAnne Ware. This article first appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/cities-could-get-more-than-4-c-hotter-by-2100-to-keep-cool-in-australia-we-urgently-need-a-national-planning-policy-152680">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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New coronavirus mutations on the rise

<p>The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly appearing, and the longer we wait for a vaccine, the more likely it is that a variant can surpass current tests and treatments.</p> <p>Coronavirus is quickly becoming more genetically diverse, and health officials say the high rate of cases is the main reason.</p> <p>Each new infection gives the virus a chance to mutate as it duplicates itself, threatening to undo all the progress made to control the pandemic.</p> <p>On Friday, the World Health Organisation urged more effort to detect new variants.</p> <p>The US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) said a new version first found in the United Kingdom may become dominant in the US by March.</p> <p>Despite not causing severe illness, it will lead to more people being hospitalised because it spreads so quickly.</p> <p>"We're taking it really very seriously," Dr<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/world/coronavirus-us-anthony-faucci-receives-vaccine/495cd851-a3bf-4244-93da-720b0b5cbd1f" target="_blank">Anthony Fauci</a>, the US government's top infectious disease expert, told NBC on Sunday.</p> <p>"We need to do everything we can now ... to get transmission as low as we possibly can," Harvard University's Dr Michael Mina said.</p> <p>"The best way to prevent mutant strains from emerging is to slow transmission."</p> <p>Currently, vaccines are proving to be effective, but there are some signs that the new mutations may undermine tests for the virus and reduce the efficacy of antibody drugs as treatments.</p> <p>"We're in a race against time" because the virus "may stumble upon a mutation" that makes it more dangerous, Dr Pardis Sabeti, an evolutionary biologist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, said.</p> <p>Younger people may be more relaxed when it comes to wearing masks and shunning crowds, as the current strain isn't detrimental to them, but Dr Sabeti warned "in one mutational change, it might".</p> <p>So what needs to be done?</p> <p>"We're seeing a lot of variants, viral diversity because there's a lot of virus out there," and reducing new infections is the best way to curb it, Dr Adam Lauring, an infectious diseases expert at the University of Michigan, said.</p> <p>Loyce Pace, who runs the nonprofit Global Health Council and is a member of President Joe Biden's COVID-19 advisory board, said the same precautions scientists have been advising all along "still work and they still matter".</p> <p>"We still want people to be masking up," she said on Thursday on a webcast hosted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.</p> <p>"We still need people to limit congregating with people outside their household.</p> <p>"We still need people to be washing their hands and really being vigilant about those public health practices, especially as these variants emerge."</p>

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Djokovic hits back at wish-list criticism

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has defended himself on Twitter after criticisms went viral about his open letter to Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley.</p> <p>Djokovic wrote the letter to the Australian Open boss with "suggestions" on behalf of players, including permission to visit trainers or a coach as well as move as many players as possible to private residences with tennis courts.</p> <p>The requests came after many Australian Open players were doing their compulsory 14-day hotel quarantine in Adelaide.</p> <p>Djokovic took to Twitter before midnight saying that his suggestions were made with good intentions and he didn't mean to convey a "selfish, difficult and ungrateful" attitude.</p> <p>"This couldn't be farther from the truth," he said in the Twitter post.</p> <p>"I genuinely care about my fellow players and I also understand very well how the world is run and who gets bigger and better and why.</p> <p>"Hence, I use my position of privilege to be of service as much as I can where and when needed."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/A6r9BKWENg">pic.twitter.com/A6r9BKWENg</a></p> — Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) <a href="https://twitter.com/DjokerNole/status/1351863407830585347?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 20, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Djokovic said that the letter was "misconstrued" and that he used his good relationship with Tiley to "brainstorm potential improvements".</p> <p>However, this was quickly shut down by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, saying "the answer is no".</p> <p>Djokovic explained that the letter came from suggestions made by other players and that there was "no harm" in putting ideas forward.</p> <p>"There was a general impression that the players (including myself) are ungrateful, weak and selfish because of their unpleasant feelings in quarantine," Djokovic said.</p> <p>"I am sorry it has come to that because I know how grateful many are.</p> <p>"We all came to Australia to compete. Not being able to train before the tournament starts is really not easy."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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How to feel like you are on holiday every day

<p>That holiday feeling... without the holiday<br />Whether Covid-19 has derailed your travel plans (or meant that money is too tight for a holiday this year), or whether you simply want to continue to enjoy that holiday feeling year-round, fear not. We show you how to make every day feel like a holiday.</p> <p>Make sleep a priority<br />Not only does a good night’s slumber improve learning but studies also show that not spending enough time between the sheets can have a negative impact on your daily life. People who are sleep deprived have a harder time controlling their emotions, making decisions, paying attention, and managing stress.</p> <p>“When you’re tired, you tend to cope poorly, eat worse, and have bad habits [such as caffeine consumption] that reinforce poor sleep,” says Dr. Atul Khullar, medical director of the Northern Alberta Sleep Clinic and senior consultant for MedSleep, a nationwide network of clinics that treats sleep disorders.</p> <p>“If you’re sleeping better on vacation, you should really examine your sleep habits in your own bedroom.” Dr. Khullar says that the most important thing is to not bring any problems to bed, which is what happens if you have your phone, computer, or television in the bedroom. It also helps to remove the clock (or angle it) so you can’t watch it and make sure that the room is dark and cool. Finally, you should aim for at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night. If you’re falling short, start by going to bed 10 to 15 minutes earlier. “Added up over a week, it can make a big difference,” he says.</p> <p>Get moving<br />Exercise is one of the best and most effective ways to lower stress, and it’s inexpensive and healthy for you. On holiday, you do it without even thinking about it by walking around a new city. At home, you should build it into your day.</p> <p>“Even moderate-intensity activity, such as going for a brisk walk, releases ‘happy hormones’ like epinephrine, adrenaline, and serotonin, which improve your mood and increase your energy,” says Zilkowsky. “It also lowers all of the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety.” Start with 15 minutes of daily exercise, which is enough time to increase your heart rate and begin to reap the benefits.</p> <p>Cycle to work, do a mini-yoga session or dust off the treadmill in your basement and walk while you watch TV. “It doesn’t have to be a long marathon run or CrossFit session,” says Zilkowsky. As well, she recommends building regular movement breaks into your workday, where you get up from the computer to get a drink of water or stretch.</p> <p>“It increases productivity and helps you stay focused,” says Zilkowsky. Set a notification reminder to help you remember.</p> <p>Eat mindfully<br />On holidays, we enjoy long drawn-out restaurant meals with loved ones; in real life, we scarf down processed foods in the car on the way to hockey practice. It’s a fact that stress leads to poor food choices, says Andrea Holwegner, a registered dietitian.</p> <p>“We have really good research to support that families that eat together have less anxiety, less depression and a reduced risk of obesity,” she says. “They score higher on tests academically, all because they’re simply eating together.”</p> <p>Holwegner recommends that families eat at least one meal a day together to connect and eat healthy (no technology allowed). If dinner isn’t ideal because of work commitments or kids’ activities, let breakfast be the backup. To make meal planning less onerous, ask the question “What’s for supper?” the day before and take something out of the freezer so you won’t have any excuses.</p> <p>Find a restorative practice<br />You know that moment when you lie back on your beach towel, toes in the powdery sand, tropical sun on your face, and literally sigh? That’s called the “ahh feeling,” and it’s important to make time for it daily to unplug, calm your mind and body and take a break from the world, says Zilkowsky.</p> <p>“There are so many ways you can get that feeling, and it doesn’t mean you have to go to the spa,” she says. It could be quiet time with a good book, breathing exercises or meditation, which is gaining more fans as a method to manage stress.</p> <p>“A restorative practice can be anything that makes you feel better,” says Martin Antony, a professor of psychology at Ryerson University and author of The Anti-Anxiety Workbook.</p> <p>“For some, it may be a hot bath or massage; for others, it’s getting social support.” Carve out space for your “ahh” time and schedule it into your day or week until it becomes a habit.</p> <p>Learn how to teach yourself to meditate and beat stress.</p> <p>Make “no” your default answer<br />It’s tempting to be a yes person, assigning yourself to school fundraisers and volunteer committees even though you don’t have the time. That’s the beauty of holidays: We only say yes to things we want to do. Ziplining? Heck, yeah! Hula lessons? Not so much.</p> <p>“Most people say yes to everything, and then they start getting stressed out and have to backtrack,” says Holwegner, who also coaches clients on workplace wellness and stress management.</p> <p>“We see so many overextended people. People have to be very intentional about what their priorities are in life and create boundaries around what’s really meaningful.”</p> <p>If you’re uncomfortable saying no to a request right away, ask for time to think about it. If it’s your boss asking and you really can’t say no, make sure to clarify what items can slide down the priority list to make time for the new project.</p> <p>Be a tourist in your own town<br />Part of what makes a holiday so exciting is the novelty of a new place. You eat at trendy restaurants, sign up for bicycle tours, and try activities like surfing. In short, you do things that bring you joy and let you discover a destination.</p> <p>The good news is, it’s easy to be a tourist in your own town, especially on weekends. Make a point of checking out that hot new jazz bar or signing up for a food or brewery tour. Try a new hike or visit a museum.</p> <p>“Day in and day out, we get up, go to work, come home, and turn on the TV while we’re doing chores,” says Zilkowsky. “We’re in a rut. A lot of that stuff empties our cup. So how do we fill it back up?” In other words, what will make you feel alive, right here, right now? Go and do it.</p> <p>Express gratitude daily<br />Giving thanks is good for you: It breeds optimism, boosts immunity and helps people cope with stress. Every day on vacay is a little shout-out – we feel so fortunate and lucky to be spending time with friends, loved ones or even alone. It’s much harder to practise gratitude back at home while living the daily grind, but it’s tremendously important.</p> <p>“Find gratitude in small, everyday moments,” says Lisa Jones, owner of Spark for Life Coaching. “Put your head down at the end of the day – even if you’re just grateful for surviving the day! That can really improve your mood, your happiness and your sense of fulfillment.”</p> <p>When we become consciously aware of all we have to be thankful for, whether by writing it down in a journal or just making a mental note of it, it puts the little aggravations into perspective.</p> <p class="p1"><em>This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/conditions/mental-health/7-ways-feel-you-are-vacation-every-single-day"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. 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Victoria's borders REOPEN to majority of NSW

<p class="p1">In just hours, Victoria will downgrade border restrictions on the majority of the local government areas in New South Wales from red to orange.</p> <p class="p1">On Monday, Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews said the health team spent the weekend to assess each case in the Sydney region.</p> <p class="p1">In total, 25 out of 35 LGAs will be switched from red to orange.</p> <p class="p1">This means, residents from those zones can get an automatic permit to travel back to Victoria but must get tested within 72 hours of arrival and isolate for a negative result.</p> <p class="p1">From 6pm on Monday, all LGAs will be downgraded from red to orange except for the following:</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Bankstown City</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Burwood</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Canada Bay City</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Canterbury-Bankstown</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Cumberland</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Fairfield City</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Inner West</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Liverpool City</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Parramatta City</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Strathfield Municipality</li> </ul> <p class="p1">Those 10 LGAs remain in the red category and anyone who has visited those areas in the last 14 days are not allowed to enter the state without prior permission.</p> <p class="p1">“We’re not seeing spread or contacts in isolation in those other 25 local government areas,” Andrews said.</p> <p class="p1">The Blue Mountains and Wollongong will also be downgraded from red to orange.</p> <p class="p1">NSW border towns with Victoria will move to the green zone from 6pm one Monday.</p> <p class="p1">These include Albury City, Balranald Shire, Bega Valley Shire, Berrigan Shire, City of Broken Hill, Edward River Council, Federation Council, Greater Hume Shire, Hay Shire, Lockhart Shire, Murray River Council, Murrumbidgee Council, Snowy Monaro Regional Council, Snowy Valleys Council, City of Wagga Wagga and Wentworth Shire.</p> <p class="p1">The permits are available <a href="https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/border-permit/home"><span class="s2">here</span></a>.</p>

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"Day of mourning": Calls to scrap Australia Day grow louder

<p>Every year, right before January 26, Australians clash over a date that some see as a celebration and others see it as a day of mourning.</p> <p>This year will be no different. The Australia Day public holiday has seen thousands of Aussies take to the streets to protest, as they call it Invasion Day.</p> <p>The Invasion Day rallies call for a changing of the date to reflect the fact that for some it represents more than the beginning of British colonialism when the First Fleet arrived at Sydney Cove in 1788.</p> <p>They want it to be moved because that same date represents the “continued genocide of Aboriginal people”.</p> <p>This year, due to the pandemic, Victorians won't be able to gather for an Australia Day rally, but Melbourne City Council has approved an Invasion Day Dawn Service.</p> <p>Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp says the seated, 250-capacity service at Kings Domain is “a way of supporting an event that reflects that ancient Australian history”.</p> <p>On social media, calls to scrap Australia Day entirely are being shared in huge numbers.</p> <p>“I cannot celebrate a country built off the continued genocide of Aboriginal people,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“A place where Aboriginal people, including children are incarcerated at a higher rate than any people in the world. Where over 445 Aboriginal people have died in police custody since just 1991 with no one held accountable. Where governments and corporations continue to destroy sacred land for their colonial pursuits.</p> <p>“January 26th and every other day of the year represents continued genocide, mourning, resistance and strength. Until there is meaningful First Nations led change, there will be no right day to celebrate so called Australia. Sovereignty was never ceded.”</p> <p>Another person wrote that “changing the date isn’t our end game”.</p> <p>“Changing the outcomes for our people is. However, we cannot change our outcomes until we as a nation COLLECTIVELY acknowledge the past wrongs of history and how they still til this day are affecting our people. Don’t tell us to get over it because it happened 100s of years ago while we continue to remember the ANZACS. Don’t tell us that you didn’t invade Australia when you’re still benefiting from the dispossession and genocide of our people.”</p> <p>Lidia Thorpe, the first Indigenous woman in Victorian Parliament, is asking for change.</p> <p>On Twitter, she wrote: “Too many Australians still think January 26 is a day of celebration, but for Aboriginal people across this country, it’s a Day of Mourning.</p> <p>“That’s why I’m inviting communities, councils and organisations to fly the Aboriginal flag at half-mast on #InvasionDay.”</p>

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Recall issued for ice cream contaminated with COVID-19

<p>Coronavirus was found on ice cream produced in Eastern China, prompting an urgent recall of cartons from the same batch.</p> <p>According to the Chinese government, the Daqiaodao Food Co, Ltd in Tianjin was sealed and 1,662 employees are being tested for the coronavirus and placed in quarantine.</p> <p>There was no indication that anyone had contracted the ice cream, but a recall has been issued regardless.</p> <p>A total of 935 boxes of ice cream were in Tianjin, with only 65 being sold to markets. This is out of 2,747 boxes that entered the market, with authorities notifying others of sales to their areas.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Authorities in the northern Chinese municipality of Tianjin are tracing ice cream contaminated with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a> after three samples produced by Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Co., Ltd. tested positive for the virus on Wednesday. <a href="https://t.co/7oTLu2e1Us">pic.twitter.com/7oTLu2e1Us</a></p> — Sixth Tone (@SixthTone) <a href="https://twitter.com/SixthTone/status/1349944516938231808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 15, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>The ingredients of the ice cream included New Zealand milk powder and whey powder from Ukraine.</p> <p>The Chinese government has suggested that the coronavirus came from abroad and has highlighted what it says are discoveries of the coronavirus on imported fish and other food.</p> <p>Foreign scientists are sceptical of these claims, with a virologist claiming it's "probably a one-off".</p> <p>“It’s likely this has come from a person, and without knowing the details, I think this is probably a one-off,” Dr Stephen Griffin, a virologist based at the University of Leeds, told<span> </span><em>Sky News</em>.</p> <p>“Of course, any level of contamination is not acceptable and always a cause for concern, but the chances are that this is the result of an issue with the production plant and potentially down to hygiene at the factory.”</p> <p>Griffin also stressed that there is no reason to panic.</p> <p>“We probably don’t need to panic that every bit of ice cream is suddenly going to be contaminated with coronavirus,” he added.</p>

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ALDI's bold move to pay employees to take COVID-19 vaccine

<p>The US arm of grocery chain ALDI will provide its employees with up to four hours of paid time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.</p> <p>Announcing the move overnight, ALDI US said it will provide up to two hours of full pay for each dose of the vaccine staff receive.</p> <p>Due to the current vaccine requiring two doses, the total number of hours equates to four.</p> <p>Employees on salaries will be given more flexibility to receive the vaccine at their own convenience.</p> <p>ALDI US will also set up on-site vaccination clinics at its warehouses and offices.</p> <p>CEO Jason Hart said the grocer was focused on supporting frontline workers without forcing them to take a day off to receive the vaccine.</p> <p>"Since the onset of the pandemic, our entire ALDI team has worked to keep stores safe and stocked, and serve communities without interruption," Mr Hart said.</p> <p>"Providing accommodations so employees can receive this critical vaccine is one more way we can support them and eliminate the need to choose between earning their wages and protecting their well-being."</p> <p>Speaking to 9News, ALDI Australia said it will follow government advice when the vaccine is introduced locally.</p> <p>"We have and always will continue to support all Government health advice regarding the management of COVID-19 in Australia; the roll-out of a COVID-19 vaccine will not be exempt from this approach," an ALDI spokesperson said.</p> <p>"We remain committed to supporting Australia's leading health professionals to take all recommended measures to maintain the safety of our employees, business partners and customers."</p>

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Princess Mary’s stirring message to followers

<p><span>Crown Princess Mary has delivered a stirring message for followers of the Danish Royal Palace.</span><br /><br /><span>The official Instagram page for the family showed Mary working from her first residence in Denmark, with it being the first glimpse of Mary in 2021.</span><br /><br /><span>The caption referenced the Australian royal’s virtual meeting with the ICPD25 High Level Commission, established by the UN Population Fund.</span><br /><br /><span>"The Commission was set up to work to ensure that women and girls have the necessary knowledge and tools to ensure that they can control their own bodies and thus their own lives," The Palace explained.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKPHGxBAzRd/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKPHGxBAzRd/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by DET DANSKE KONGEHUS 🇩🇰 (@detdanskekongehus)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>"The meeting today focused on the work of ensuring that every pregnancy is desired, that every birth is safe and that no one is exposed to gender-based violence or harmful customs such as girl circumcision or child marriage.</span><br /><br /><span>"These are major challenges that require focus, commitment, investment and a common strong will. Especially now that COVID-19 has rolled the development back in so many areas," the caption continued.</span><br /><br /><span>"We know that COVID-19 reinforces existing challenges. For example, 25 million unsafe abortions are performed worldwide each year, and due to COVID-19, another three million women are expected to have an unsafe abortion this year."</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839582/meghn-princess-mary-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e80aabad26214bf6a0d93581a187f74f" /><br /><br /><span>The post concluded by explaining that gender-based violence statistics are also worrying. "We heard that the increase in some places was up to 40 percent ... There is a lot to be done to create a better world," the caption roughly translated to.</span><br /><br /><span>Princess Mary has done a substantial amount of work surrounding women and girls, especially in the realm of education.</span><br /><br /><span>While the royal has been unable to travel across the globe as she usually does, she has continued working hard from her Danish base with regular virtual meetings.</span></p>

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16 things to never do at the gym

<p>Don’t be that person<br />It makes sense that you get ‘in the zone’ at the gym, enjoying your ‘me time’ and doing your utmost to make the most of your fitness time. But gyms are still public places! You still need to be respectful of others, and that means avoiding these behaviours that’ll make your fellow exercisers give you the stink eye (perhaps literally). Of course, now with the rampant spread of COVID-19 leading to some gyms being closed and others enacting strict rules to reduce the spread, there is a whole new set of gym faux pas.</p> <p>Don’t leave a mess behind<br />So, you need a mat, Bosu ball, an assortment of free weights, a foam roller, an incline bench, and a few kettlebells to complete your workout? Great – but when you’re done, remember the cardinal rule of any gym. “At the end of your workout, or as you’re done with each piece of equipment, put everything back,” says Dawn Bartolini, a lifestyle and weight-loss coach (who happens to have lost more than 45 kilos). “Your mama doesn’t work here!” On that note, put everything back where it belongs, not where it’s convenient.</p> <p>Don’t grunt the entire time<br />Look, we get it: you’re lifting sooo much weight. But no one is impressed: “Lifting heavy weights is hard, but if you’re grunting on every single set – you’re a tool,” says trainer, James Shapiro. “No one is impressed, you’re awarded no points, and no one will talk to you. Please relearn how to breathe properly, which will also help you make greater increases in strength and lean muscle.”</p> <p>Don’t make the locker room public<br />There’s really no need to catch up with your boyfriend on video chat while you’re touching up your makeup in the locker room. Please move this to the top of your list of things to never do at the gym, says Eve Dawes, trainer and yoga, spin, and Zumba instructor. “Do not FaceTime in the locker room. We are trying to shower and get changed, not be part of a peep show.”</p> <p>Don’t set up camp by the weight rack<br />There’s an unspoken ‘no-lift zone’ in every gym, and it’s called the weight rack. In fact, consider one and a half metres all around the weight rack off limits for your workout. “If you start a set of bicep curls while standing right in front of the rack, you block the entire gym from accessing the weights,” says certified personal trainer, Dani Singer. “Grab the weights you need, and find an open spot on the weight floor to perform your workout. Stay out of the weight rack area, unless you’re grabbing or returning your weights.”</p> <p>Don’t praise a stranger’s progress<br />Just as you would never assume a woman is pregnant, you should never offer unsolicited praise to fellow gymgoers –­ even if you think you are being kind by giving them a compliment. “I am not a skinny woman,” says Jeanette DePatie, a plus-sized, certified fitness instructor. “I have had several people come up to me over the years and say things to me that they believe are encouraging – like, ‘good for you!’, ‘Stick with it, and you’ll lose the weight in no time,’ or ‘It’s so great that you’ve started on your fitness journey.’ Obviously, they are completely unaware that I’m a 20-year licensed fitness teacher who is not exercising to lose weight. Don’t assume you know where somebody is in their exercise journey or that you know why they are exercising.”</p> <p>Don’t be a machine hog<br />There are only so many machines and pieces of equipment to go around at a gym – and during peak times that may mean you have to remember the lessons you learned in the sandbox during preschool. “Be courteous of others when you’re using the equipment,” says certified personal trainer, Michael Kuang. “If you see someone waiting to use the same thing, tell them how much longer you will be. Or better yet, offer to let them work in between your sets.”</p> <p>Don’t throw your weights<br />Unless you’ve joined a power-lifting or CrossFit gym, there’s no reason to bang your weights down on the ground in between sets. “Besides giving people a heart attack when a 100-kilo bar slams to the floor, you are seriously putting people at risk for a broken foot,” warns personal trainer, James Cappola. “If you are in a regular gym with a general population, you have to act accordingly. Don’t be the guy who comes in, attempts to lift a 100-kilo barbell, and then throws them to the floor because the last few reps are too much.” Either use a spotter or use less weight, bro.</p> <p>Don’t crowd the squat racks<br />If you aren’t doing a compound exercise – like a squat, deadlift, or shoulder press – then stay out of the squat racks. “This isn’t the place to do your bicep curls, because you can use dumbbells or other bars specifically for that,” explains Nick Rizzo, who has spent six years as a competitive powerlifter and four years training others. “This applies to all other types of random exercises you see people doing in squat racks.”</p> <p>Don’t belt out a tune<br />You’re in the zone and your playlist dishes up your favourite tune. What do you do? Start singing? No, thank you. You’re not at home in your shower and everyone outside your headphones can hear your hums, whistles, not to mention profanities as you try to rap alongside Cardi B. “Please, no singing at the top of your lungs,” says Bartolini. “Nobody needs to hear your ‘na-na-nas!’” Yes, you can have fun during your workout, but not to the point of distracting others.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Jill Schildhouse. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/fitness/16-things-to-never-do-at-the-gym?pages=1"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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ALDI shopper slams "rude" customer

<p>A woman has shared her shopping experience on Facebook at ALDI, but other commenters have pointed out that she might not be in the right.</p> <p>“I’m so angry with my experience at my local ALDI today,” Trisha wrote on the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/1034012533313136" target="_blank">Aldi Mums</a><span> </span>Facebook page.</p> <p>“Another customer was picking at the grapes on display, I was getting mine from the fridge.</p> <p>“As I get up to go to my trolley she drops a whole bunch of grapes on the floor, [then] proceeds along with her shopping.”</p> <p>Trisha then decided to confront the other shopper about dropping the grapes.</p> <p>“Me: ‘You dropped those grapes,” Trisha wrote.</p> <p>“Her: ‘Oh yeah.’</p> <p>“Me: ‘Are you going to keep walking?’</p> <p>“Her: Looks straight ahead and keeps walking.</p> <p>“Me: ‘Are you seriously going to walk away leaving those grapes everywhere on the floor?’</p> <p>“Her: Keeps walking.”</p> <p>Trisha alerted staff at the register about the mess, who said they'd clean it up, but the drama didn't end there.</p> <p>“I head back and she is literally stopped in the aisle watching me cleaning them up with the worker,” Trisha said.</p> <p>“Me: ‘Oh we cleaned them up for you.’</p> <p>“Her: ‘Yeah thanks.’”</p> <p>People commended Trisha, saying they would've done the same thing, but others weren't so sure.</p> <p>“People are so rude and selfish,” said one. “That would’ve annoyed me too. Good you did the right thing.”</p> <p>“It’s easy to judge but I have trouble picking things up off the floor,” said one .</p> <p>“I guess you never know what someone’s situation might be.”</p> <p>Said another: “How do you know she isn’t intellectually impaired? There are so many different reasons why this could have happened.”</p>

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Unexpected Prince Harry cameo in Biden's inauguration leaves fans stunned

<p>While people around the world tuned in to watch Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' historic inauguration, eagle-eyed royal fans spotted a sneaky appearance by Prince Harry.</p> <p>A large portrait of Prince Harry was spotted in the background of photos taken during President Biden's official visit to Arlington Cemetery.</p> <p>Royal reporter Omid Scobie shared the photo.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo by a royal at President Biden’s <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/InaugurationDay?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#InaugurationDay</a> visit to Arlington Cemetery. Well, kinda.<br /><br />Eagle-eyed fans were quick to spot a giant photo from Prince Harry’s 2013 visit hanging in the background while <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeBiden?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JoeBiden</a> caught up with the Clintons. <a href="https://t.co/qWtJrFwRrL">pic.twitter.com/qWtJrFwRrL</a></p> — Omid Scobie (@scobie) <a href="https://twitter.com/scobie/status/1352023086263132163?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 20, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>"A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo by a royal at President Biden’s #InaugurationDay visit to Arlington Cemetery. Well, kinda. Eagle-eyed fans were quick to spot a giant photo from Prince Harry’s 2013 visit hanging in the background while @JoeBiden caught up with the Clintons," he joked.</p> <p>Prince Harry has close ties to the Biden family after working closely with Dr Jill Biden after the pair met during a reception for wounded soldiers at the British Ambassador's Residence in Washington.</p> <p>Jill then travelled to London to attend Prince Harry's Invictus Games in 2014 and was joined by her husband at the 2016 games in Orlando.</p> <p>Biden has joked that he was a "little worried" about the pair's friendship, stating: "Jill went to London for the last Games. She spent too much damn time with Prince Harry."</p> <p>An insider close to Prince Harry's wife Meghan Markle told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://hollywoodlife.com/2021/01/20/meghan-markle-prince-harry-inauguration-emotional-joe-biden-kamala-harris/" target="_blank"><em>HollywoodLife</em></a><span> </span>that the inauguration was "very personal" for the couple.</p> <p>"Harry's been friends with Joe and [wife] Jill [Biden] for years and Meghan has a huge amount of respect and admiration for them and for Kamala Harris," the source claimed.</p> <p>"It's just a monumental moment in history — watching the first female VP being sworn in will for sure be emotional for Meghan."</p>

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Sylvia Jeffreys shares 11-month-old Oscar's latest milestone

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Sylvia Jeffreys has revealed the latest milestone that her 11-month-old son Oscar has picked up while exploring the world.</p> <p>She shared it on Instagram, showing off that he had taken a sweet snap of himself.</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/CKN4G8LLnrT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKN4G8LLnrT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Sylvia Jeffreys (@sylviajeffreys)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Found this in my camera roll. Baby’s first selfie. Impressive for an 11-month-old, but he needs some urgent guidance on angles," she jokingly captioned the pic.</p> <p>It won't be long until little Oscar is teaching his little brother how to take unflattering photos of mum as Sylvia and her husband Peter Stefanovic announced they were expecting baby number two.</p> <p>"When you find out you're getting a best bud for life. Oscar's little brother due in April next year. We are so lucky. 💫💫💫" Sylvia captioned the photo.</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/CGbwg6hHQ7V/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CGbwg6hHQ7V/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Sylvia Jeffreys (@sylviajeffreys)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Sylvia revealed on air that it was a struggle going through IVF but she was grateful that it had made her fall pregnant again.</p> <p>"We're so thrilled after not the easiest path first time around; we're grateful for this gift, another boy," Sylvia told<span> </span><em>Today Extra</em><span> </span>viewers.</p> <p>"Two boys under two is going to be wild. If you have any advice how to handle the chaos, let me know!"</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Daughter forced to tell father he'd lost his wife and three daughters

<p><span>A heartbroken big sister and step daughter to a slain family was forced to tell her father of the horrific circumstances.</span><br /><br /><span>Shana Kikuchi’s step mother and three sisters perished in a fire on January 10, at the family’s Glen Waverley home, in Melbourne’s southeast.</span><br /><br /><span>The tragedy took the lives of Kaoru Okana, and her three little girls – Ako, Uta and Enna.</span><br /><br /><span>Shana’s father Hiroyuki Kikuchi, 50, had been dragged away from the fire by firefighters and was taken to hospital in a sedated coma.</span><br /><br /><span>Victoria Police Detective Senior Sergeant Neville Major has horrifically revealed their bodies were found huddled together in the debris of the bathroom.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Kikuchi said her stepmother was a great friend of hers and was born to be a mum to her three little sisters.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839575/kituchi.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c3c55165a38940929c9f282c9edeae75" /><br /><br /><span>“I will love you to the end of time,” Ms Kikuchi wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>Ako, 8, was described as a hard worker and always aiming to make her parents proud by always studying and playing the piano.</span><br /><br /><span>Five-year-old Uta was the cheeky middle child who loved to give her family a laugh and wasn’t afraid to verse her step-brother Jake in video games.</span><br /><br /><span>The youngest daughter was three-year-old Enna, who was described as “the littlest with the biggest personality”</span><br /><br /><span>“There was not a day you would see her without drawings on her arms. She was a real artist!”</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Kikuchi said telling her father what had happened is a moment she will never forget.</span><br /><br /><span>“My dad has lost everything, his beloved children, his wife Kaoru, their two cats Nixon and Tsuppy, and their home and everything in it,” she wrote on a GoFundMe page.</span><br /><br /><span>“On top of all this, his business was decimated this year from Covid-19 and the financial hardship it caused, leaving them with nothing.</span><br /><br /><span>“When I saw him in hospital after the fire, he literally had no clothes on his back – absolutely everything is gone.”</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Kikuchi is asking for donations in order to give her family a beautiful funeral, as well as trying to fly Kaoru’s parents from Japan to the ceremony.</span><br /><br /><span>The GoFundMe page since Thursday morning, has reached over $105,000 of its $150,000 goal.</span><br /><br /><span>The leftover money will help Hiroyuki get back on his feet, and put a roof over his head.</span><br /><br /><span>“Every little bit helps,” Ms Kikuchi wrote.</span></p>

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The big mistake you're making when checking into COVIDSafe venues

<p>Every time you walk out of a restaurant or cafe, you could be setting yourself up for mandatory 14 days of isolation because of one small mistake.</p> <p>For those residing in NSW, every time you visit a hospitality venue, you must check in and out using the ServiceNSW app.</p> <p>Since January 1, the state government has made it mandatory for all businesses to use the ServiceNSW app for contact tracing purposes.</p> <p>Most venues already had the app in place before the mandate.</p> <p>However, if you forget to "check out" after you leave, you could land yourself in trouble.</p> <p>The "check out" feature was added on November 16 2020, to help contact tracers pinpoint the exact movements of active COVID-19 cases.</p> <p>It means if an active case visits a venue you were at hours after you, but you haven't "checked out", you could be made to self-isolate for 14 days.</p> <p>Roughly two out of three NSW patrons forget to check out.</p> <p>A spokesperson for the government told 7NEWS they had recorded 9.2 million (checkouts) since November 2020 - which is 35 per cent of people using the app.</p> <p>That means around 17 million people haven't checked out.</p> <p>The spokesperson said “The ‘Check Out’ feature is not mandatory for customers – and businesses don’t need to ask them to do so – but it is strongly encouraged.</p> <p>“An update to the ‘Check Out’ feature is one of many enhancements in the pipeline for the COVID Safe Check In.”</p> <p>To check out of a venue, you need to go back into the ServiceNSW app and tick "check out".</p> <p>If you have closed the app then you need to navigate back to the home screen, click "COVID Safe Check in" then click "Last Check-in".</p> <p>Data on the COVID Safe Check is deleted by the government after 28 days.</p>

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Meghan Markle asks for urgent court ruling over “breach of privacy”

<p><span>Meghan Markle’s lawyers have asked a judge to settle her lawsuit against a newspaper before it goes to trial.</span><br /><br /><span>The 39-year-old Royal is suing Associated Newspapers for an invasion of privacy and copyright infringement over five articles published in the<em> Mail on Sunday</em> and the <em>MailOnline</em> through February of 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>Her legal team have asked a British judge to rule that the publication released a "deeply personal" letter to her estranged father that was "a plain and a serious breach of her rights of privacy".</span><br /><br /><span>The publications included portions of a handwritten letter to her father, Thomas Markle, after her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.</span><br /><br /><span>Associated Newspapers is contesting the claim, and a full trial is due to be held in the autumn at the High Court.</span><br /><br /><span>It is set to be one of London's highest-profile civil court showdowns for years.</span><br /><br /><span>The Duchess is seeking a summary judgement that would find in her favour and dismiss the newspaper's defence case.</span><br /><br /><span>Her lawyer, Justin Rushbrooke, has that the publisher has "no real prospect" of winning the case.</span><br /><br /><span>"At its heart, it's a very straightforward case about the unlawful publication of a private letter," he said at the start of a two-day hearing, held remotely because of coronavirus restrictions.</span><br /><br /><span>Rushbrooke said Meghan had an understanding that "a heartfelt plea from an anguished daughter to her father" would remain private.</span><br /><br /><span>Lawyers for the Duchess say Thomas Markle, a retired television cinematographer, caused anguish for Meghan and Harry before their May 2018 wedding.</span><br /><br /><span>He gave multiple media interviews and posed for wedding-preparation shots taken by a paparazzi agency.</span><br /><br /><span>He did not attend the wedding ceremony after suffering a heart attack.</span><br /><br /><span>Rushbrooke said Meghan's letter was "a message of peace" and it’s aim was "to stop him talking to the press."</span><br /><br /><span>He said the Duchess took steps to ensure the five-page, 1,250-word letter would not be intercepted.</span><br /><br /><span>She sent it by FedEx through her accountant to her father's home.</span><br /><br /><span>The letter begged Thomas Markle to stop speaking to the media, saying: "Your actions have broken my heart into a million pieces."</span><br /><br /><span>The last sentences, read out in court, were: "I ask for nothing other than peace. And I wish the same for you."</span><br /><br /><span>Lawyers for Associated Newspapers however have argued that Meghan likely knew the letter would one day be published.</span></p>

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"Particularly appalling": Petrol prices set to soar before long weekend

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Petrol prices are set to soar as Aussies get prepared for the long weekend.</p> <p>Peter Khoury from the NRMA in Sydney told<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>that most capital cities will see prices above 140 cents a litre, and branded the hike "appalling".</p> <p>"It's particularly appalling," Mr Khoury said, adding "I would be social distancing myself from all companies from the next week or so at least.</p> <p>"The price cycles in Australia are now defying gravity. They are going up three times faster than they fall.</p> <p>"It's absurd in the middle of a pandemic to be doing this when we know so many families are struggling. I'm lost for words, to be honest."</p> <p>Sydney is tipped to hit 145 cents a litre, while both Brisbane and Melbourne will see prices of 150 cents a litre.</p> <p>Perth will hit 137.5 cents a litre and Adelaide is a bit lower hitting 139.2 a litre.</p> <p>Canberra and Hobart will hit 125.0 cents a litre and Darwin will have the nation's lowest prices at 119.2 cents a litre.</p> <p>Mr Khoury urged shoppers to use fuel comparison apps to get the most bang for their buck.</p> <p>"We're getting ripped off," he said.</p> <p>"In every one of those cities, there are a whole bunch of servos that are still sitting between $1 and $1.10 some $1.15, go and find them. Fill up there.</p> <p>"Drive past the $1.50 servos, don't give them your business, go to the cheaper servos... as long as we put our money into those servos we will keep having some degree of competition."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Abused, neglected, abandoned — did Roald Dahl hate children as much as the witches did?

<p>Described as “the world’s greatest storyteller”, Roald Dahl is frequently ranked as the best children’s author of all time by teachers, authors and librarians.</p> <p>However, the new film adaptation of Dahl’s controversial book, The Witches, warrants a fresh look at a recurrent contrast in Dahl’s work: child protection and care on one hand and a preoccupation with child-hatred, including child neglect and abuse, abandonment, and torture on the other.</p> <p>Dahl himself once admitted he simultaneously admired and envied children. While his stories spotlight children’s vulnerability to trauma, his child protagonists show how childhood can be an isolating but ultimately triumphant experience.</p> <p><strong>Anti-child or child-centred?</strong><br />While Dahl’s fans champion his “child-centredness” — arguing that anarchy and vulgarity are central to childhood — Dahl’s critics have ventured to suggest his work contains anti-child messages.</p> <p>In Dahl’s fiction, children are often described unfavourably: they are “stinkers”, “disgusting little blisters”, “vipers”, “imps”, “spoiled brats”, “greedy little thieves”, “greedy brutes”, “robber-bandits”, “ignorant little twits”, “nauseating little warts”, “witless weeds”, and “moth-eaten maggots”.</p> <p>Frightening female character on stage. Children behind.<br />The cruel and imposing figure of Miss Trunchbull in the stage musical Matilda. MANUEL HARLAN/Royal Shakespeare Company/AAP<br />With the exception of Bruce Bogtrotter, “bad” children are usually unpleasant gluttons who are punished for being spoiled or overweight. Augustus Gloop is ostracised because of his size. After he tumbles into Willy Wonka’s chocolate river and is sucked up the glass pipe, he’s physically transformed. “He used to be fat,” Grandpa Joe marvels. “Now he’s as thin as straw!”</p> <p>From Miss Trunchbull to the Twits, Aunts Spiker and Sponge, and even Willy Wonka, many of Dahl’s adult characters are merciless figures who enjoy inflicting physical and emotional pain on children.</p> <p>In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wonka not only orchestrates the various “accidents” that occur at the factory, but he stands by indifferently as each child suffers.</p> <p>In Wonka’s determination to make the “rotten ones” pay for their moral failings, he not only humiliates the children (and their parents), but permanently marks the “bad” children through physical disfigurement. When gum-chewing champion Violet Beauregarde turns purple, Wonka is indifferent. “Ah well,” he says. “There’s nothing we can do about that”.</p> <p><strong>Red-hot sizzling hatred</strong><br />The Witches is centred around the theme of child-hatred.</p> <p>“Real witches,” we are told, “hate children with a red-hot sizzing hatred that is more sizzling and red-hot than any hatred you could possibly imagine”. At their hands (or claws), young children are not only mutilated but exterminated.</p> <p>Indeed, the ultimate goal of The Grand High Witch is filicide: she plans to rid the world of children — “disgusting little carbuncles” — by tricking them into eating chocolate laced with her malevolent Formula 86: Delayed Action Mouse-Maker.</p> <p>In The Witches, as in many of Dahl’s fictions for children (he also wrote adult erotica), authoritarian figures are revealed as bigoted and hypocritical, or violent and sadistic. Primary caregivers are neglectful or absent.</p> <p>So the real threats to the child protagonists of The Witches, Matilda and James and The Giant Peach are not monsters under the bed, but adults whose hatred of children is disguised behind a mask of benevolence.</p> <p>In The Witches, the young narrator initially finds comfort in the fact he has encountered such “splendid ladies” and “wonderfully kind people”, but soon the facade crumbles.</p> <p>“Down with children!” he overhears the witches chant. “Do them in! Boil their bones and fry their skin! Bish them, sqvish them, bash them, mash them!”</p> <p><strong>Necessary evil</strong><br />Although the violence present in Dahl’s work can be easily perceived as morbid, antagonism towards children is a necessary part of Dahl’s project.</p> <p>The initial disempowerment of the child lays the groundwork for the “underdog” narrative. It allows downtrodden children to emerge victorious by outwitting their tormentors through their resourcefulness and a little magic.</p> <p>Initially, violence is used to reinforce the initial “victimhood” of the child, then it is repurposed in the latter stages of each tale to punish and overcome the perpetrator of the mistreatment.</p> <p>James’s wicked aunts get their comeuppance when they’re squashed by the giant peach. In The BFG, kidnapped orphan Sophie emerges as the unlikely hero, saving herself and exerting a positive influence on her captor.</p> <p>Dahl’s fiction is perhaps considered dangerous for a different reason: it takes children seriously.</p> <p>The author dispenses humour alongside his descriptions of violence to create a less threatening atmosphere for young readers. Children revel in the confronting depictions even while being shocked or repulsed. Dahl — perhaps drawing on childhood trauma of his own — creates a cathartic outlet for children to release tension through laughter, especially at situations that may tap into the reader’s experiences of helplessness.</p> <p>Such fiction provides children a means of empowerment. Seeing themselves reflected in literature can be an important part of a child’s processing of adversity.</p> <p>Dahl’s work raises important questions about the safety of children, encouraging them to find their power in the most disempowering situations.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Kate Cantrell, India Bryce and Jessica Gildersleeve. This article first appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/abused-neglected-abandoned-did-roald-dahl-hate-children-as-much-as-the-witches-did-152813">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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The Voice's Guy Sebastian shares how new season will be different

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>With a whole new lineup of judges on<span> </span><em>The Voice</em>, Guy Sebastian has revealed what changes eager fans can expect on the 10th season of the show.</p> <p>The new coaching panel features singers such as Rita Ora, Keith Urban and Jessica Mauboy, with Sebastian keeping his spot on the panel.</p> <p>Sebastian shared on<span> </span><em>The Morning Show</em><span> </span>that the show is going back to its roots.</p> <p>“What we really want is just to get back to finding great talent and just finding normal people who have normal lives and great stories behind them who are just desperate to be heard,” he told Larry and Kylie.</p> <p>He also shared his excitement for the new judges.</p> <p>“I love Keith, I’ve done a couple of things with him and he’s just such a pure-hearted guy,” he said.</p> <p>“It’s going to be really great to have Rita Ora, I’ve never worked with her before, but she’s a pro.”</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/CI1Zo-xn6so/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CI1Zo-xn6so/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Voice Australia (@thevoiceau)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Keith Urban shared his excitement in a statement.</p> <p>“The stars have finally aligned again! Ten years after spinning in the first season, and just before getting back on stage around the world, I’ve been invited back alongside a very cool and musically diverse panel.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="upper-row"><span class="like-bar-component"></span> <div class="right-box-container"> <div class="post-editor-container"></div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster reunite after 30 years

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Movie legends Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster reunited via Zoom to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of<span> </span><em>The Silence of the Lambs</em>.</p> <p>The pair were happy to see each other and reminisced about their experiences during and after filming.</p> <p>"It's a life-changing adventure, that movie, for both of us," Foster said during a one-hour remote conversation for<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://variety.com/2021/film/news/jodie-foster-anthony-hopkins-silence-of-the-lambs-30th-anniversary-1234887496/" target="_blank">Variety's Actors on Actors</a>.</p> <p>"I'm sure you still get people who come up to you and say, 'Would you like a nice Chianti?'" she joked to Hopkins.</p> <p>"Oh yeah, they do!" he agreed.</p> <p>Hopkins also revealed the real-life inspiration behind his iconic character, the manipulative killer known as Dr. Hannibal Lector.</p> <p>"He's like a machine. He's like HAL, the computer in 2001: 'Good evening, Dave.' He just comes in like a silent shark," Hopkins explained.</p> <p>"I remember there was a teacher at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and his name was Christopher Fettes. He was a movement teacher. He had a cutting voice, and he would slice you to pieces. His analysis of what you were doing was so precise; it's a method that stayed with me for all my life.</p> <p>"When I was doing it, I thought, 'This is Chris Fettes. This is the voice. This man is merciless.' I remember the cage scene, when I said, 'No!' Wrong, try it again. That, to anyone, to the observer, the recipient of that, is lethal and charismatic."</p> <p>He also recalled one of his favourite scenes involving Foster, which is where her character FBI cadet Clarice Starling gets into a Quantico elevator with her much taller male colleagues.</p> <p>"I'm like, 'This is brilliant, because you are a smaller person in this big, macho male world, coming in as the hero,'" Hopkins noted.</p> <p>Foster then shared the most important part of her character was nailing her rural West Virginia accent.</p> <p>"She had this quietness. There was almost a shame that she wasn't bigger, that she wasn't stronger, this person trying to overcome the failure of the body they were born in,' she explained.</p> <p>"I understood that was her strength. In some ways, she was just like the victims - another girl in another town. The fact that she could relate to those victims made her the hero."</p> <p>The classic film went on to win the five big Academy Awards, which are best picture, best director (Jonathan Demme, best actor (Hopkins), best actress (Foster) and best adapted screenplay (Ted Tally).</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Carrie Bickmore's hilarious return to The Project

<p>Carrie Bickmore and Waleed Aly have returned to The Project, and the pair have already started making "Not Safe For Work" jokes live on air.</p> <p>The panellists, along with show regular Peter Helliar, couldn't help themselves when presenting a news story about Gwyneth Paltrow's vagina candle exploding in somebody's living room.</p> <p>“Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina candle is living up to the description of being, quote ‘beautifully unexpected’, said Carrie.</p> <p>“A British woman’s exploded into flames and caused an inferno in her living room. Jody Thompson says she’s never seen anything like it, with flames half a metre in the air.”</p> <p>Carrie was expecting the story to end on a tragic note, but was relieved when she found out that wasn't the case.</p> <p>“When I saw the headline, ‘vagina candle explodes’, I thought the outcome was more dire. I’m relieved, that’s all I’m saying.”</p> <p>“Luckily she didn’t burn her curtains,” Helliar quipped.</p> <p>“Somehow, for some reason, inferno is not the most offensive thing in that story, it’s the vagina scented candle. Does your house smell like vagina forever? The walls?” asked co-panellist Jan Fran.</p> <p>“How are you using your candle, Carrie?” asked Helliar.</p> <p>“You said off air you would share your personal experience which says to me you have an experience,” Waleed asked the blonde beauty.</p> <p>“We’ve run out of time. I don’t think Pete can handle it,” she replied.</p> <p>“You’ve been in a flap about this story all day.”</p> <p>“See what I mean? Alright.”</p> <p>Carrie returned to the show after her Christmas break, donning a shorter hairdo.</p> <p>The TV host showed off her cropped and bleached style.</p> <p>“Your hair looks amazing - pure beauty,” one viewer commented, while another wrote: “Yay you’re back. Love your hair. Welcome back.”</p> <p>“You look fantastic love your new hairdo.”</p> <p>“I love your hair Carrie, it looks amazing. I wish I could rock your look.”</p>

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Victory for terrorised tenants

<p><span>A family who claimed their Christmas was ruined after their landlords began camping out in their backyard have had a surprising development.</span><br /><br /><span>Nicky and William first made headlines when they spoke out about their landlord refusing to leave the backyard of their home, claiming it left them traumatised.</span><br /><br /><span>However, local council have since come to the family's aid, advising the landlord their stay was no longer permissible and could result in an infringement notice.</span><br /><br /><span>The council told 9News that the landlord has since returned to Sydney and does not plan to repeat their cruel conduct.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839492/landlord-tenant.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bc13f56064644c8aa22aa23e179e33c7" /><br /><br /><span>The couple's fallout with their landlord Pascale Hubert and her partner began after Nicky received a shock text on Christmas night.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Hubert advised the family that the couple would now be occupying the backyard.</span><br /><br /><span>"The text message said, 'Dear Nicky and William, I am the owner' … there was no names, no introductions, anything like that and it just said, 'as of tonight I will be occupying the rear yard'," Nicky told <em>A Current Affair</em> at the time.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839491/landlord-tenant-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7b004ccc23ba42b286c0a83e2eede300" /><br /><br /><span>The couple soon found Ms Hubert and her partner near the rear end of the property with a camp set up.</span><br /><br /><span>Nicky and William said the campsite at the back of the property had a shed, however there was no running water or toilet.</span><br /><br /><span>It left the couple wondering where exactly they were leaving their bodily waste.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839492/landlord-tenant.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bc13f56064644c8aa22aa23e179e33c7" /><br /><span>"I noticed they've got a bucket, been doing poos and wees in the bucket. It's disgusting," William said.</span><br /><br /><span>Nicky and William also claimed the landlord's partner was aggressive and that they had filmed the family in their own home.</span><br /><br /><span>Not only that, but the couple claim their trampoline was dragged out of the backyard, and reinforcements were put in place when the couple tried to ask for help.</span><br /><br /><span>Police had no idea how to handle the situation, and even the real estate agent managing over the property was stunned when they heard of the backyard bust up.</span><br /><br /><span>Funnily enough, the backyard is not part of the lease, but it is all on the one title.</span><br /><br /><span>"They can actually stay on the property in a tent for two days at a time, so they're allowed to stay here in the backyard for two days at a time but no more than 60 days in a 12-month period," Nicky said.</span><br /><br /><span>In a statement to <em>A Current Affair</em> Clarence Valley Council said: "They were advised that occupying the property for longer than is permissible may result in Council issuing an infringement notice."</span><br /><br /><span>"Mrs. Hubert contacted us immediately on receipt of the letter to advise she was unaware of the regulation and apologised for staying longer than permissible."</span><br /><br /><span>The couple's lease ends in April and they're now looking for a new place to live.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839493/landlord-tenant-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e484bc0a393041b796448c98e2916ae7" /><br /><br /><span>The full statement from Laura Black, the Acting General Manager of Clarence Valley Council, as provided by Nine News reads:</span><br /><br /><span>“On Thursday 7 January we issued advice to the property owner of ... Clause 77 of the Local Government (Manufactured Home Estates, Caravan Parks, Camping Grounds and Moveable Dwellings) Regulation 2005, which states that</span><br /><span>'The prior approval of the council is not required for: (a) the installation of not more than 2 caravans, campervans or tents on any land, so long as they are not occupied for more than 2 days at a time and are not occupied for more than 60 days (in total) in any single period of 12 months'.</span><br /><br /><span>“They were advised that occupying the property for longer than is permissible may result in Council issuing an infringement notice.</span><br /><br /><span>“Mrs Hubert contacted us immediately on receipt of the letter to advise she was unaware of the Regulation and apologised for staying longer than permissible. She and her husband had by then returned to Sydney and do not plan to return and repeat offend.</span><br /><br /><span>“We also advised the tenants of ... of the action taken.</span><br /><br /><span>“We will work together with local real estate agents to help them to better understand the rules around camping on private property. The attached fact sheet with more information is available to the community on our website.”</span></p>

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"That smell!": Permanent portaloo upsets neighbours

<p>NSW Central Coast residents are furious with their neighbour who abandoned a caravan and portaloo five years ago in their suburban street.</p> <p>The caravan is on an overgrown section on the street, but it's the portaloo that infuriates neighbours.</p> <p>"Disgusting, absolutely disgusting," neighbour Kylie Griffith told<span> </span><em>A Current Affair.</em></p> <p>"It looks like a bogan's house, like someone that doesn't care for it."</p> <p>Although things are bad now, they were worse when owner Hervander Bhandari was living there.</p> <p>He submitted plans to build a grand home after buying the site for $135,000 in 2014.</p> <p>"It was five storeys high," neighbour Stephen Crampton said.</p> <p>"The bricks turned up, the portaloo and virtually he was staying in it all the time."</p> <p>Neighbours were disgusted as they watched his personal routine, which included showering with a garden hose.</p> <p>That didn't bother them as much as the smell from the portaloo.</p> <p>"When he flushed the toilet, the water used to come back out of the port skip here and down the roadway, down his block of land into the neighbour's driveway, down the gutter and into the stormwater," Mr Crampton said.</p> <p>"It was disgusting. It was shocking. You would go, 'oh no, not again, that smell'.</p> <p>"We would have to have all our windows up and everything, we couldn't put up with it."</p> <p>Mr Crampton had enough and contacted the Central Coast Council, who instructed him to keep a diary of his movements.</p> <p>After enough evidence, the council took Mr Bhandari to the NSW Land and Environment Court, claiming that his living situation was illegal.</p> <p>Mr Bhandari told the court he has no interest in taking part in the case and it's currently understood that he has moved home to India.</p> <p>The Central Coast Council has said that Mr Bhandari has until January 17th to clean up the site before council moves in.</p> <p>Neighbours are upset at the decision as the council has told them they will only remove the portaloo, which means that the stack of bricks and the caravan will stay on the land.</p> <p>"They need to get rid of that stinking old caravan cause the smell is still here," Mr Crampton said.</p>

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Why Victorian retirees are chasing the sun north to Queensland's Hervey Bay

<p><strong>With State borders once again open, there’s never been a better time for Victorians to enjoy a warmer climate and become part of a friendly community by moving north to Queensland’s stunning Hervey Bay.</strong></p> <p><strong>Why Hervey Bay?<span> </span></strong> </p> <p>Located just a three-and-a-half hour drive or 40-minute flight from Brisbane, and with a population of around 50,000 people, Hervey Bay is renowned for its visiting humpback whales and pleasant climate.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839405/hervey-bay-is-known-as-a-whale-watching-mecca.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1a61ad41a7f9404d926326585ac73922" /></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><em>Hervey Bay is known as a whale watching mecca</em></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> <p>Hervey Bay boasts average high temperatures of 23 degrees, which compares very favourably to average August high temperatures of a chilly 16°C in Melbourne.</p> <p>Hervey Bay’s relaxed appeal and pleasant climate makes it a perfect year-round destination for swimming, sailing, fishing, yachting, waterskiing, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkelling and more.</p> <p>The township’s golden beaches stretch for about 14 kilometres, with the gorgeous calm waters sheltered from winds and swells by Fraser Island.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839404/hervey-bay-has-14km-of-stunning-beaches-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/37cacecda4db4a419e2a6fe2cd688146" /></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><em>Hervey Bay has 14km of stunning beaches</em></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> <p>The cosmopolitan and alfresco cafes on the main Esplanade running alongside the bay also add a further seaside charm.</p> <p><strong>About the Fraser Shores retirement villages in Hervey Bay</strong></p> <p>Many of Hervey Bay’s incoming residents are finding their way to the two conveniently located<span> </span><strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.frasershores.com.au/" target="_blank">Fraser Shores retirement villages.</a></strong></p> <p>Operated by Blue Care (a service group of UnitingCare Queensland), these two villages are collectively home to some 441 single-storey homes.</p> <p>Importantly, these villages are providing the social benefits and community interaction that research shows many over 50s are craving in the post-COVID-19 environment.</p> <p>Residents at the Fraser Shores retirement villages came together to have fun and support each other during the worst of COVID-19.</p> <p>This same great sense of community means it is easy for incoming residents to meet new friends and be part of an active and supportive network.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839403/the-fraser-shores-villages-have-a-great-community-spirit-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4565e66373aa4b4d937344c679290fb8" /></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><em>The Fraser Shores villages have a great community spirit</em></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> <p>A well-organised residents’ committee arranges functions and social activities, including outdoor and indoor bowls, pool and billiards, movie nights, tai chi, line dancing, yoga, arts and crafts, exercise and computer classes.</p> <p>Residents at the Fraser Shores villages can also receive individually tailored support and care for peace of mind from a range of Blue Care community services, if and when they need it.</p> <p>In addition, the homes at Fraser Shores are surrounded by amazing resort style facilities, giving residents unlimited use of the full-sized bowling green, swimming pool, community centre, licensed bar, fitness centre, craft and computer room, outdoor barbeque areas, libraries and so much more.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839402/enjoy-the-full-sized-bowling-green-at-fraser-shores.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0cce54b726094314ab79aa779a2e7827" /></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><em>Enjoy the full-sized bowling green at Fraser Shores</em></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> <p><strong>Room to move in the Fraser Shores homes </strong></p> <p>COVID-19 has<span> </span><strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.downsizing.com.au/news/787/Downsizing-no-more-Australian-over-50s-want-more-living-space-and-independence-due-to-COVID-19" target="_blank">accelerated</a></strong><span> </span>many over 50s housing trends already underway, including the desire for independent living and more personal space in or around the home.</p> <p>More than half of respondents to a survey of over 50s Australians say two or more bedrooms are essential, up from 48 per cent in a survey undertaken before the pandemic.</p> <p>At Fraser Shores, incoming residents can choose from a wide selection of spacious brick-and-tile, two- and three-bedroom homes – including an executive model with three bedrooms, two en-suites and a hobby room. Home prices range from $250,000 to $505,000.</p> <p>All designs offer careful orientation and large doors and windows for maximum cross-ventilation. This helps village residents take advantage of coastal breezes. All homes are built at ground level for easy access and feature spacious modern kitchens, bedrooms and living areas.</p> <p>Finally, each home is equipped with an emergency call system, which is monitored on-site 24 hours a day by trained staff with first aid certification.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839401/enjoy-a-dip-at-the-fraser-shores-swimming-pool.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/024a264bcaf449f28148d7de045f3580" /></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><em>Enjoy a dip at the Fraser Shores swimming pool</em></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> <p><strong>Your perfect grey nomad adventure starting point</strong></p> <p>For the grey nomad brigade chasing fun, sun and adventure, the Fraser Shores villages represent the perfect home base. It’s an ideal starting point to explore the rest of Queensland’s coast and highly diverse inland environment. </p> <p>For instance, Bundaberg, home to the famous rum, sugar cane industry and the Mon Repos turtles, is little more than an hour's drive away.</p> <p>Maryborough, one of Queensland's most historic towns, is also a short trip, while further south, you can take in the natural beauty of the Great Sandy National Park with its massive dunes, wide ocean beaches and towering cliffs.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839400/the-great-sandy-national-park-is-a-fantastic-spot-for-grey-nomads-to-explore.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9fb6f28f80bd4debb7c14058e118cbeb" /></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><em>The Great Sandy National Park is a fantastic spot for grey nomads to explore</em></div> <div style="text-align: left;"> <p>Fraser Shores residents can utilise onsite recreational vehicle, caravan and boat storage, while also knowing their home will be in a safe and secure environment when they leave to go on their travel adventures.</p> <p>The villages are also close to a commercial and professional centre, housing medical specialists, a large general medical practice and a wide variety of shops and services. The new state-of-the-art St Stephen’s Hospital is also just down the road.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>Given the above, it’s no surprise that so many over 50s are making the move north to Queensland.</p> <p>In fact, during 2018-19, Queensland’s over 50 population swelled by 6,970 - more than any other State - thanks to interstate migration. At the same time, Victoria’s over 50 population dropped by 650 due to interstate migration.</p> <p>Fraser Shores Retirement Villages embody quality, resort-style living among a friendly and like-minded community, in an attractive coastal environment which is the envy of the rest of Australia.</p> <p>To make an inquiry about Fraser Shores,<span> </span><strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.frasershores.com.au/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839399/the-mini-golf-course-and-full-sized-bowling-green-at-fraser-shores.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/770aad7d1a1746aeb75ec801257f0d66" /></strong></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><em>The mini-golf course and full-sized bowling green at Fraser Shores</em></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><em><span>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.frasershores.com.au/" target="_blank">Fraser Shores. </a></span></em></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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