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Stay younger for longer – why travelling is a must

<p>Seasoned travellers may understand the excitement of landing in a new city or country for the first time, and all the benefits that come from exploring new sights, sounds and tastes. But for those who have yet to embrace travel, the benefits might not be as obvious. For retired Australians, now is the perfect time to get travelling. With your work life behind you, and a new, relaxing chapter ahead, travel has numerous benefits.</p> <p>Make the most of your golden years, and maybe even delay the move to <span><a href="https://www.agedcareprepare.com.au/">aged care</a></span> a little longer with some local, or even international travel. In collaboration with Aged Care Prepare, here are a couple of reasons why travel can help you stay younger for longer.</p> <p><strong>Healthy body</strong></p> <p>We all know that increased physical activity helps keep your body in shape, and your blood pressure low, but regular travel helps your body even further. Studies have shown that by taking a complete break from your everyday environment through regular travel, you can make a positive impact on your risk of heart disease.</p> <p>The well-known <span><a href="https://www.framinghamheartstudy.org/">Framingham Heart Study</a></span><u>,</u> which began in 1948, took 5,209 participants and gathered information about their lifestyle and behaviour. The results of their 20-year study on women aged 45 to 64, found that those who took a holiday at least twice a year had a much lower risk of having a heart attack or heart-related death compared to women who only travelled every six years or so.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the results of a nine-year study on men found that those who took a holiday every year had 20 per cent less chance of a heart-related death than those who did not. These studies took into account previous health issues, as well as wealth, and concluded that travel was the factor that contributed to a decreased risk of heart-related issues.</p> <p>While travelling does increase the amount of daily activities you do, and keeps you in shape in the present, it also contributes to the long-term wellbeing of your heart. This is because it has a positive effect on stress levels. As you take time out from the daily routine, whether it be with family, friends or just your loved one, your body takes a well-deserved break from potentially stressful demands and activities.</p> <p><strong>Healthy mind</strong></p> <p>While travel increases physical activity, so too does it increase mental activity. Research from the <span><a href="https://globalcoalitiononaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/destination-healthy-aging-white-paper_final-web-1.pdf">Global Coalition on Aging</a></span> has found that travel provides a level of mental stimulation necessary for prolonged brain health. A walk in the park may lift your spirits, but travelling to an entirely new place, where your brain has to take in and process new sights, smells and cultures, challenges it at a cellular level. Challenging your brain in this way fights off the onset of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, keeping your brain fitter for longer.</p> <p>Within this research, Dr. Paul D. Nussbaum, a clinical neuropsychologist and Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery, states that, “Travel is good medicine. Because it challenges the brain with new and different experiences and environments, it is an important behaviour that promotes brain health and builds brain resilience across the lifespan.” Novelty is a brain stimulator, the perfect requirement in maintaining and improving cognitive health.</p> <p>Whether it’s a short local holiday to a new part of Australia every six months, or an annual or two-yearly trip to a new country, taking a break from the everyday has far-reaching benefits on your life. While it reduces any current feelings of stress and provides a new, stimulating experience, it also improves long-term heart and brain health.</p> <p> </p>

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9 clever ways to make your kitchen safer

<p>No matter how prepared we are, there comes a point where we need to accept and work with the limitations and restraints of our bodies. The good news is, we can do this by removing any unnecessary strain required to perform everyday household tasks in our home, as well as eliminating or reducing risk factors like slippage or other hazards.</p> <p>If you find it difficult to manage regular day-to-day functions in the kitchen, you can use the following strategies to make using the hub of the home both a safer and more practical environment. When the kitchen is easier and safer to use, everyone can benefit from cooking healthy home-cooked meals like this <a href="https://www.hellofresh.com.au/recipes/mushroom-risotto-579eff2477d68df04d8b4568">delicious mushroom risotto</a>.</p> <p>Here are 9 ways you can make the kitchen safer and easier to use.</p> <p><strong>1. Install easy-hold handles on doors and cabinets</strong></p> <p>As we age and become more fragile, what may seem like minor falls and bumps can result in injury or even death for some people. A fall that causes someone to seriously injure themselves often results from them failing to hold onto a surface they’ve leveraged their weight against.</p> <p>A common-sense approach to reduce the risk of this happening in the kitchen is to invest in easy-hold handles that can easily replace existing handles. These easy-hold handles are designed to be non-slip so anyone with wet hands can still maintain a strong grip.</p> <p><strong>2. Adjust the height of the dishwasher</strong></p> <p>If you would like to continue using and <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/home-garden/the-ultimate-guide-to-stacking-your-dishwasher">stacking the dishwasher</a>, then it’s a smart idea to raise the height of it so there’s no need to bend as much. It’s no secret that back problems are a common issue as we age, so this strategy can do you a lot of good.</p> <p><strong>3. Remove carpets and rugs</strong></p> <p>While carpets and rugs can look and function beautifully as furnishings in your home, they present a significant hazard to anyone in wheelchairs or who have difficulty walking. We can often slip on loose or soft surfaces, and wheelchairs can get tangled in the frayed textiles.</p> <p><strong>4. Install brighter light bulbs</strong></p> <p>Visibility is another area that’s important for safety in a kitchen, particularly as our eyesight naturally deteriorates over our lifetime. The utility of brighter lights is pretty obvious; it will mean having an easier time seeing what we’re doing and are less likely to injure ourselves with a misstep.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7828022/hello-fresh-body.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9b78d95992f449b6a5a10e9ba6fb7df1" /></p> <p><strong>5. Invest in appliances that can turn themselves off automatically</strong></p> <p>Ever feel like you may have forgotten to switch off the stove or some other appliance and you might burn the house down? Even things like kitchen sink faucets can pose a significant risk if left running, as they could wet the floor and create a trip hazard.</p> <p>This is why it’s a good idea to invest in <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/food-wine/the-13-kmart-kitchen-item-shoppers-are-loving">new kitchen items</a> that are able to automatically switch themselves off after they detect a period of inactivity. These features are also great because they help reduce power and water wastage, reducing utility bills.</p> <p><strong>6. Adjust the height of countertops</strong></p> <p>Just like the dishwasher, countertops can be raised or lowered to a more convenient height for anyone that may require the use of a wheelchair or need to be seated whilst performing certain tasks in a kitchen. It can also be useful to modify the edges of the countertops with distinct colours so that anyone with poor vision can distinguish certain areas of the kitchen.</p> <p><strong>7. Install anti-slip flooring</strong></p> <p>Marble or tiled flooring is popular in many kitchens for its aesthetic quality, but it actually presents a big slip risk hazard. When these slick surfaces get wet, they become a major accident waiting to happen for anyone with unsure footing.</p> <p><strong>8. Install extra railings and hand bars</strong></p> <p>While they aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing home inclusions, assistive bars and <a href="https://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Temporary-Handrail-System">handrail systems</a> have saved lives and shouldn’t be overlooked. Basically, you can install extra surfaces that you can grip around the kitchen so that you can more easily and confidently navigate the space.</p> <p><strong>9. De-clutter the kitchen</strong></p> <p>Removing unnecessary things from the kitchen can make it safer to use, as there will simply be less opportunities for something to go wrong. The biggest benefit is that you create more physical space to move around in, meaning you are less likely to bump into something.</p> <p>Built-in appliances, such as a microwave that’s built into a cabinet nook, are great as they free up some surface space on the countertops. All of this means less hazards are present and there’s less risk of something going wrong.</p>

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Heartbreaking decision – is Israel Folau’s wife risking it all?

<p>It has been almost two years since Maria Tutaia married her rugby star husband, Israel Folau, in November 2017.</p> <p>The journey has proven not to be easy; Maria has stood by her embattled husband even if it means risking her own career as well.</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/BpqkIaggDFk/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpqkIaggDFk/" target="_blank">A post shared by MARIA FOLAU (@mariatutaia)</a> on Nov 1, 2018 at 9:47pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>As Folau prepares for a major legal fight to save his own career, after he was sacked from Rugby Australia last month for publicly voicing his anti-gay beliefs, his 32-year-old wife has used her own social media platforms to back him.</p> <p>But there are concerns the professional New Zealander netballer could be at risk of jeopardising her own career by showing her public support.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7828053/maria-folau.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/231c40aa0cc74824b5dc05a249816232" /></p> <p>Last week, she publicly donated her own money to his legal battle, Folau telling his own donors when setting up his GoFundMe page that he and Maria had “already spent over $100,000".</p> <p>However, the Adelaide Thunderbirds – the team Maria plays for – has released their own statement on her public endorsement of her husband.</p> <p>“While Netball SA in no way endorses the reposting, we do not believe Maria has contravened our social media policy,” the organisation said.</p> <p>The club also went on to say Maria was a good ambassador for the sport, by taking part in youth and community projects to inspire other young players to pursue a career professionally.</p> <p>However, other professional players do not see eye to eye with the Adelaide Netball Club.</p> <p>Aussie Netball legend Liz Ellis took to Twitter calling for Maria to be sacked.</p> <p>“Anyone who is seen to support or endorse homophobia is not welcome,” she wrote.</p> <p>“As much as I love watching @MariaFolau play netball I do not want my sport endorsing the views of her husband.”</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/BjJqpBwgWI-/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BjJqpBwgWI-/" target="_blank">A post shared by MARIA FOLAU (@mariatutaia)</a> on May 24, 2018 at 12:00am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Maria is currently training for next month’s World Cup in Auckland where she will play for the national New Zealand team in the UK. </p> <p>She will be sure to face a number of uncomfortable questions regarding her personal beliefs.</p> <p>Netball New Zealand said in a statement the professional sportswoman had not broken any social media policy.</p>

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Why these 2 people are suspected to be baby Archie’s godparents

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The next time royal fans and watchers will get to see Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be at his christening in July.</p> <p>A question that continues to loom is who exactly the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will choose to be their first child’s godparents?</p> <p>Royal biographer Angela Levin believes it is likely the new parents will opt for two people Prince Harry relied on during his younger years when he experienced some of the most difficult times of his life.</p> <p>Back in 1996 when his parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorced, and later in 1997 when his mother passed away.</p> <p>“I think there are two people who were in Harry's life who saved him when his mother died or when his parents divorced,” Levin explained to Yahoo's, <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://uk.style.yahoo.com/tagged/royal-box/?guccounter=1&amp;guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&amp;guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAI-3SnxF9NQzWUesJZDAHy3OMjQn7IG4DRV12zoWkUpCQ6iJyDNPBAiGsfYeL8Y_ZTCne-Xy4OaEBIw7ZZ33i6I9s_Ib8EUk9KGpDmOsOr9LdscmCrq6B9mh_Qrj9pSR9ahUtKGJYLvyRXDuhQAQujsvj6f-7DXlJoDxxSuvvVEa" target="_blank">The Royal Box.</a></em></p> <p>“One is Tiggy and the other is Mark Dyer, who took over as a sort of male nanny – a grown-up, male nanny.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7828034/harry.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/037bfe404d9740ab9a226f5a1cd472fb" /><em>Mark Dyer and Prince Harry</em></p> <p>In the '90s, Mark Dyer was appointed as Prince Harry’s “equerry” or “surrogate father” and accompanied the royal to Africa following the tragic death of Princess Di.</p> <p>It is believed this safari trip is what sparked a love for Africa in the Prince, who even took Duchess Meghan to the continent when they had first started dating.</p> <p>Tiggy Legge-Bourke is another fixture in Prince Harry’s life as she joined the royal household in 1993 and served as a nanny to both the princes until 1999 and was a comfort to them while they felt the loss of their mother.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.3333333333333px;" src="/media/7828033/harry-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/247452ddc9f44900929dde07440846df" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Tiggy Legge-Bourke and Prince Harry</em></p> <p>Their close relationship is apparent, even going as far to make both Prince William and Prince Harry godfathers to her two sons: Fred and Tom.</p> <p>It is speculated Archie will be christened at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, where his parents were married in 2018.</p> <p>The ceremony is likely to be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Fans spot major change to Duchess Meghan’s engagement ring

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The Duchess of Sussex has made her first appearance since giving birth to baby Archie.</p> <p>The eagerly awaited return was widely praised by royal fans all over the world and naturally all eyes were on Duchess Meghan who had not been seen for months before the Trooping the Colour parade.</p> <p>Royal watchers did not miss a single detail when it came to the glowing new mother, and were quick to point out a stunning new addition to her finger – a diamond eternity band.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.61888701517705px;" src="/media/7828037/meghan.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5d9477b0b72349f0a987a42ebf7c5a69" /></p> <p>It is likely the dazzling change to the royal’s hand is a present from her husband in honour of either the birth of their first child or one year of blissful marriage together.</p> <p>However, amongst all the excitement of the new addition – fans and eagle-eyed watchers happened to graze over a massive change to the Duchess’ three-stone engagement ring.</p> <p>For this year’s annual celebration of the Queen’s birthday, pictures taken of Duchess Meghan appear to show the ring has been reset and now instead of the original solid yellow gold band, it is now an ultra-thin micro-pavé one.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.05590062111804px;" src="/media/7828039/ring.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ea003702728043e5b32a78ce16d013ae" /></p> <p>Reports are not clear on when the Duchess made the significant change – but thankfully it has not gone unnoticed.</p> <p>During her final months of pregnancy, Duchess Meghan opted to go without her engagement ring – possibly due to her fingers swelling.</p> <p>During Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s first interview together to confirm their engagement, the prince said the ring was “obviously” yellow gold as it is her favourite.</p> <p>“…The main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the little diamonds either side are from my mother's jewellery collection, to make sure that she's with us on this crazy journey together,” he said.</p> <p>The Duchess went on to add: “Everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of Princess Diana’s stones and obviously not being able to meet his mom,”</p> <p>“It’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div></div>

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Deborah Knight's tense clash over Israel Folau controversy: “I'm not able to go into detail"

<p>The Australian Christian Lobby has not been able to confirm where the excess money raised for Israel Folau’s legal funds will be diverted to.</p> <p>Speaking on the <em>T</em><em>oday </em>show this morning, Martin Iles said he could “not go into detail” about where any money above the $3 million mark would go.</p> <p>The Christian group’s fundraiser is growing rapidly, after their original crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe was taken down by the organisation. As of this morning, supporters have helped raise $1.5 million in less than 24 hours.</p> <p>After Deborah Knight asked the question about excess donations, Mr Iles said: “It will be distributed in a way that is consistent with …”</p> <p>Knight then interjected, asking: “Distributed where, though?”</p> <p>“It will go to different causes that completely consisted with the intentions of the original donors,” he responded.</p> <p>When asked for further information, Mr Iles said: “I am not able to go into the detail at this stage.”</p> <p>Which is when Knight prodded further, as she asked if the money raised will be used for personal reasons.</p> <p>“Absolutely not personal use, absolutely not the ACL,” he said. “They bought into Israel because they see him as somebody they want to champion. They see him as somebody they identify with, and there is a great deal of trust built up there.</p> <p>“That is not misplaced at all. This money will be used well and will actually end up making a difference regardless of where it goes.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">“It’s all under this language of inclusion, but not so inclusive that they can include someone with beliefs they disagree with.” <a href="https://twitter.com/MartynLloydIles?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MartynLloydIles</a> from the <a href="https://twitter.com/ACLobby?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ACLobby</a> on the Israel Folau saga and promises the $1.5 million will “absolutely not” be used for personal use. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/coUD95G0oF">pic.twitter.com/coUD95G0oF</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1143618094033600512?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">25 June 2019</a></blockquote> <p>She later questioned Folau’s need for money, as he was previously on a multi-million dollar contract and is the owner of a number of properties.</p> <p>To that, Mr Iles said there were “two angles to that question".</p> <p>“One is that it is a very Australian thing to say that someone has been on a good wicket, therefore we just leave them alone. I think that the cost to Israel Folau has been serious in the sense that he lost his career, he has been banned for life from the two sporting codes he can play,” he said.</p> <p>“He has the funds to live on for a very long time. He is a human. This has taken its toll on him. He found it is a great challenge. People want to say there is more with you than against you, but there is the other side. Look what he has been able to achieve.</p> <p>“We can talk about this for days in the media. They have been able to achieve giving a voice to so many people who want to buy into this campaign, and these people feel like they are part of a movement. They are being heard and are actually making a difference.”</p> <p>According to the leader, the campaign is being championed by “people feeling stifled”, a “pinch of political correctness” and the “language used against Israel".</p> <p>“When GoFundMe shut it down, it only confirmed their concerns. They said, ‘Here you go, here it is again’,” he said.</p> <p>“As a result, they gave a whole lot more. They feel like they are having their voice heard, so that is having an impact.</p> <p>“They want to be able to put more money in, raise their voice for their freedom and make a difference. These are what we call the quiet Australians.”</p>

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How to make your holiday better for the environment

<p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/ng-interactive/2015/jan/20/costa-del-concrete-mediterranean-coastline-then-now-in-pictures">Recently surfaced before and after shots</a> of Benidorm – a seaside resort on the eastern coast of Spain – capture the physical transformations that have taken place in the region in less than 50 years.</p> <p>Gone is the small fishing village of single story houses and olive groves, and in its place has arisen the <a href="https://rua.ua.es/dspace/bitstream/10045/27662/6/benidorm_evolution.pdf">highest density of skyscrapers in Europe</a>. The economic and social opportunities that have accompanied these changes have altered traditional lifestyles just as dramatically. And it has even been proposed Benidorm <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/benidorm-one-of-the-cultural-wonders-of-the-world-976708.html">should be made a World Heritage Site</a> in recognition of its tourism-driven cultural transformation.</p> <p>But despite the obvious benefits tourism can bring to an area, the change can be disruptive, and development can challenge preexisting economic, social and environmental models. In the Isle of Man, for example, where I conduct much of my research, a current controversial proposal is to build a <a href="http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=36142&amp;headline=Meeting%20about%20proposals%20for%20development%20at%20Glen%20Truan%20golf%20course&amp;sectionIs=news&amp;searchyear=2017">caravan park</a> in an isolated area of natural beauty.</p> <p>But of course, tourism also has many positives and it often paves the way for empowering minorities. <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160738396000515">Research in Goa</a>, India, for example, shows that tourism enterprises tend to be owned mainly by women, giving them a source of income, independence and respect in a traditionally male dominated society.</p> <p><strong>From Costa Rica to the Scottish Highlands</strong></p> <p>This is why <a href="https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/5839GSDR%202015_SD_concept_definiton_rev.pdf">sustainable development</a> – an approach which tries to balance social, environmental and economic needs long term – is essential to make sure tourism brings impacts that are more on the positive side and less on the negative.</p> <p>Involving local people in tourism is usually the place to start, because it is local people who ultimately establish the atmosphere of a destination. Carefully planned <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/229681727_Ecotourism_impacts_in_the_Nicoya_Peninsula_Costa_Rica">eco-tourism in Costa Rica</a> for example, has involved local residents with the new developments to ensure any problems that arise are resolved.</p> <p>Similar involvement over in Scotland, has seen the <a href="https://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/42890/4/HamiltonAlexander_ATR2013_organic_community_tourism.pdf">West Highland Railway Line</a> run by local volunteers. And it is their enthusiasm that has helped to create a welcoming and award winning tourist attraction. By contrast, <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/267927716_The_Janus-Faced_Character_of_Tourism_in_Cuba">research in Cuba</a> found local people who felt excluded from tourism developments turned their frustrations towards visitors – damaging the island’s reputation as an enjoyable place to holiday in the process.</p> <p><strong>Expecting the unexpected</strong></p> <p>But of course, the ultimate aim of sustainable development is to protect the existing economic, social and environmental landscapes of a place. These are after all, what tourists come to explore. So rather than making a quick profit for a few, the idea is that sustainable tourism is something that will stand the test of time and bring diverse benefits for many.</p> <p><a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259434808_Global_economic_value_of_shark_ecotourism_Implications_for_conservation">Shark tourism</a> is one example of a fast growing and lucrative activity which encourages people to enjoy, and make reliable livelihoods from these creatures – rather than <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/oct/27/shark-conservation-gaining-momentum">eat them into oblivion</a>, or kill them to sell their <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/06/24/traditional.treatment/">fins for traditional medicine</a>.</p> <p>But <a href="http://www-tandfonline-com.libaccess.hud.ac.uk/doi/abs/10.1080/09669582.2013.819876">tourism can be an unpredictable industry</a> and various challenges have left many formerly successful tourist destinations struggling to maintain visitor numbers. A series of terrorist attacks in Tunisia, for example, has seen the number of tourists <a href="http://www.tourisme.gov.tn/en/achievements-and-prospects/tourism-in-figures/figures-2016.html">drop by a third since 2014</a>.</p> <p>Changing tastes and increased competition has also seen many formerly vibrant seaside towns both in the UK and overseas struggling. Malta, for example, has had to work hard to <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261517710000634">rebrand</a> itself as a cultural destination rather than a budget sun, sea and sand one.</p> <p><strong>On the down</strong></p> <p>So what happens when the tourists stop visiting? Well, if it’s not managed carefully, it can undermine the whole economic, social and environmental fabric of a place – and <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160738301000020">can lead to many socioeconomic problems</a>. High levels of poverty, unemployment, and ill health can be found in many former coastal resorts of the UK – which have struggled to find new sources of economic diversity. Blackpool, England’s emblematic seaside town for example, was recently estimated to have the <a href="http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/lancashire-insight/area-profiles/local-authority-profiles/blackpool.aspx">lowest life expectancy</a> for men and women in the country.</p> <p>Not far away from Blackpool on the <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jtr.883/full">Isle of Man</a>, much of the beautiful Victorian architecture built to serve the once large tourist crowds have been demolished. Yet fearless riders come every year to ride in the island’s legendary <a href="https://www.iomtt.com/">Tourist Trophy</a> (TT) motorbike races. Cheered on by crowds of visiting enthusiasts, this century old event keeps tradition alive, and at the same time it has evolved to stay relevant. In 2010, the first <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TT_Zero">TT Zero</a> race involving electric bikes took place.</p> <p>So when it comes to planning your holiday destination for the year ahead, try and choose somewhere that protects the local environment and respects human rights – and use local businesses rather than multinationals.</p> <p>It’s also worth reconsidering resorts that may have fallen out of fashion but still have much to offer. You’ll still have a great time, and take some lovely photos, but it might just be that by choosing somewhere off the beaten track, you can make a difference to another person’s life in the process.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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Republished with permission of </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/in-the-age-of-cheap-flights-city-breaks-and-world-cruises-how-to-make-your-holiday-better-for-the-environment-85478" target="_blank"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>. </em></p>

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Prince William’s best friend is getting married – to Prince George's teacher!

<p>Prince William’s best friend has found love with someone very familiar to the royal family – Prince George’s teacher!</p> <p>Thomas van Straubenzee – a lifelong friend of the Prince and godfather to Princess Charlotte – proposed to Lucy Lanigan-O’Keeffe, the assistant head teacher at the prep school that the Duke’s son goes to, <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/prince-georges-teacher-to-wed-his-dad-the-duke-of-cambridges-best-friend-x7qdbbmwn" target="_blank"><em>The Times</em></a> reported.</p> <p>31-year-old Lanigan-O’Keeffe teaches outdoor learning and mindfulness at Thomas’s London Day Schools in Battersea. She and 36-year-old van Straubenzee reportedly met a year ago through a friend.</p> <p>This will be van Straubenzee’s second marriage following his separation from Lady Melissa Percy, daughter of the Duke of Northumberland, in 2016.</p> <p>Van Straubenzee and his brother Charlie attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire with both Prince William and Prince Harry. It is speculated that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex may ask Charlie to be the godfather to Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who will be <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/bazaar-brides/a28162639/prince-george-teacher-engaged-prince-william-friend/" target="_blank">christened in July</a>.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7828054/kms2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ca733a17664241b69d8b9092cfe98a43" /></p> <p>According to <em>The Times</em>, Prince William will serve as an usher and may make a speech at the wedding. Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who will also be attending Thomas’s Battersea in September, are also expected to be pageboy and bridesmaid at their teacher’s wedding.</p>

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“Vindictive and selfish”: Peter Dutton's harsh words for Malcolm Turnbull

<p>In a new TV documentary series which premieres on Sky News tonight, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton did not hold back when talking about former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.</p> <p>The series called <em><a rel="noopener" href="http://badblood.skynews.com.au/" target="_blank">Bad Blood/ New Blood</a> </em>showcases the rise of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.</p> <p>Dutton claims that Turnbull’s resignation was “vindictive and selfish”.</p> <p>“He chose to leave in a way that John Howard never would,” Dutton said to <a rel="noopener" href="https://thewest.com.au/politics/federal-politics/peter-dutton-spills-beans-on-former-pm-malcolm-turnbull-ng-b881240191z" target="_blank"><em>The West</em></a>.</p> <p>“In a way that Kevin Rudd didn’t, in a way Julia Gillard didn’t and it was done simply out of spite.”</p> <p>The two part documentary series exposes the details of “spill week” and beyond to David Speers. Part one of the documentary looks at what happened to Turnbull.</p> <p>The documentary reveals how the leadership spill started, which due to a heated argument between Turnbull ally Craig Laundy and Queensland MP Luke Howarth.</p> <p>“When I got there Craig said something like, ‘You’re not supporting this madness, are you’ and then we just had a frank discussion,” Howarth said.</p> <p>“It was pretty straightforward and honest. What I was going to suggest to Malcolm is that actually he resign so we didn’t need a ballot and we didn’t need any division.”</p> <p>Laundy backs up this claim by explaining his side.</p> <p>“We lost our temper,” he said. “It was a tense exchange.”</p> <p>After the exchange, Laundy reached out to Turnbull to warn him about the potential move against him.</p> <p>“Malcolm said to me very clearly I would rather live on my feet than die on my knees,” Laundy said.</p> <p>A snap leadership spill was called the very next morning.</p> <p>The toxic relationship between former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull is also explored throughout the series.</p> <p>Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce said that “it was pathological”.</p> <p>“If you put them both in the room, there wouldn’t have been a metaphorical fight, it would have been a literal fight.”</p> <p><em>Bad Blood/New Blood</em> airs at 6 pm tonight on Sky News.</p>

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Awkward interrogation: Lisa Wilkinson's brutal Israel Folau question on The Project

<p>The leader of the Australian Christian Lobby has faced an awkward interrogation from Lisa Wilkinson on <em>The Sunday Project</em>, as he refused to answer whether or not he agrees with sacked Wallabies star Israel Folau’s statement that gay people are going to hell.</p> <p>Martin Iles is responsible for the contentious and enormous crowd funding campaign that raised close to $700,000 for Folau’s legal proceedings against Rugby Australia and Rugby NSW.</p> <p>The controversial leader wasn’t expecting the line of questioning Lisa Wilkinson undertook as she asked what everyone at home was thinking.</p> <p>Folau was sacked from Rugby Australia in May after posting a homophobic rant on Instagram saying “hell awaits” for gay people. A tribunal found him guilty of a “high-level” breach of the organisation’s code of conduct, terminating him from his $4 million contract.</p> <p>He has retaliated by seeking up to $10 million in damages, and has launched legal proceedings in the Fair Work Commission.</p> <p>“Martyn, just quickly before we let you go – speaking of feeling marginalised, do you believe homosexuals go to hell?” asked Wilkinson.</p> <p>To which Iles responded: “Mainstream Christian belief on this is that all of us are born going to hell.</p> <p>“We’re all sinners and I don’t think it’s helpful to say that Israel Folau’s post targeted homosexuals – it didn’t,” he said.</p> <p>“I was on the list. I think each of us were on the list. We’re all sinners. We will be judged by God and we will be found wanting. I think that’s something that some Australians find offensive.</p> <p>“But it is actually a Christian belief which runs to the very heart, soul and core of Christianity. And yeah, we’ll be judged on our sexual behaviours. Me, as a straight man, will be judged on my sexual behaviours and found wanting.</p> <p>“And that’s what Israel was saying when he was talking about salvation in Jesus Christ available to all, and millions of Australians believe that. So if we want to argue about that set of beliefs, we should actually argue about it.</p> <p>“But I don’t think that the politically correct baseball bat should be wielded to do a guy out of a job, pull the rug from under his feet, get rid of his salary, then drag his name through the mud in the media. That’s not the kind of society I think we should live in to deal with issues like this.”</p> <p>His answer then triggered co-shot Hamish McDonald, who publicly came out as gay at the<span> </span><em>GQ</em><span> </span>Gentleman’s Ball earlier this month, as he asked, “I’m not clear what you think. Do you think homosexuals go to hell or not?”</p> <p>Iles replied: “I don’t think it’s that simple. I think we decline the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, and will be judged.”</p>

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“Incredible human being”: Ash Barty’s heartwarming act after becoming World No. 1

<p>Instead of taking in her incredible achievement of becoming Australia’s first female World No.1 tennis player since 1973, Ash Barty’s immediate thoughts were with her defeated opponent.</p> <p>The pair put their special bond aside for a moment as they went head to head in Sunday’s final of the Birmingham Classic.</p> <p>The match ended in a stunning defeat for German Julia Goerges 6-3 7-5, leaving the Aussie athlete not only securing the world No. 1 ranking but also top-seeding status for Wimbledon starting on July 1.</p> <p>But despite her accomplishment, the 23-year-old remained humble as she paid tribute to her opponent in her victory speech.</p> <p>“I couldn’t think of a better person to share the court with,” she told Goerges, who was in tears.</p> <p>“You’re one of my best friends on tour and you’ve been there for me since I was a little ‘tacker’.”</p> <p>“She’s the most incredible human being with the most amazing team.”</p> <p>The dynamic duo then shared a heartwarming embrace, garnering praise from around the world.</p> <p>The tennis champion also had a slew of famous faces impressed by her performance, such as Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe tweeting their congratulations.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Ash Barty. <br />#1. <br />Brilliant.</p> — Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) <a href="https://twitter.com/russellcrowe/status/1142789849654673413?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 23, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Barty is the fifth Australian tennis player to be given the title of World No. 1 since 1973, when rankings were first introduced. She joins the likes of Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Pat Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt and John Newcombe.</p>

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Who’s at fault? Dash cam footage divides the nation

<p>A video shared on the Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook page has left viewers divided as it shows a slow speed collision between two cars on a road in Victoria.</p> <p>The footage shows cars lined up behind roadworks in Ballarat, separated only by a few orange cones.</p> <p>Assuming the driver was impatient to wait his turn, the owner of the silver Ford Focus decided to overtake stationary cars on the wrong side of the road.</p> <p>But it doesn’t end well, as during his attempt to cut the line, the driver of a blue Mercedes convertible begins to make a U-turn before crashing into the Ford.</p> <p>The video left users stuck on who’s side to choose, as they claim both drivers made a failure in judgement.</p> <p>“I would love to hear the argument between the two drivers,” wrote one person.</p> <p>“No indication but heading down wrong side of the road. Good luck on this insurance claim,” wrote another.</p> <p>A few believed the silver car was the one at fault.</p> <p>“U-turn legal, no lines, no signs OK. Car on wrong side of the road (is) 100 per cent wrong,” commented one user.</p> <p>“That’s what happens when you get impatient in a roadworks area and ignore the cones to sneak onto the wrong side of the road to overtake and make a right turn,” wrote another.</p> <p>But others disagreed, saying the driver of the Mercedes should have checked before turning.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FDashCamOwnersAustralia%2Fvideos%2F351217129111046%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>“(Blue) car at fault – one must give way to overtaking vehicles,” wrote one person.</p> <p>“Mirrors. They’re on vehicles for a reason,” said another.</p> <p>Looking into Victoria’s Roads may have seemed like a no-brainer, but instead, it left people scratching their heads.</p> <p>According to VicRoads, this is when you cannot make a U-turn: “If there is: A single continuous line down the centre of the road; double continuous lines down the centre of the road; a ‘no U-turn’ sign.</p> <p>“When making a U-turn you must give way to all other vehicles and pedestrians.”</p> <p>But despite the driver of the Mercedes copping a blow, it doesn’t leave the Ford in the clear.</p> <p>“It is an offence to: Drive on the wrong side of a divided road (or) pass to the right of a right turning vehicle or a vehicle making a U-turn from the centre of the road.”</p>

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Mysterious “blob” 130 kms wide causes confusion amongst meteorologists

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A “blob” that appeared on the US National Weather Service’s radar had meteorologists worried as they thought it was a massive storm on the way.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The mass, which was about 130 kilometres wide went over San Diego County in Southern California.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, on closer inspection, it appeared to be a massive swarm of ladybugs. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Meteorologist Joe Dandrea told </span><a href="https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ladybugs-on-radar-20190604-story.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Los Angeles Times</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that the ladybugs were spread throughout the sky and flew at an altitude of between 1500 kilometres and 2700 kilometres.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The most concentrated group was about 16 kilometres wide. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t think they’re dense like a cloud,” he said. “The observer there said you could see little specks flying by.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">The large echo showing up on SoCal radar this evening is not precipitation, but actually a cloud of lady bugs termed a "bloom" <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CAwx?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CAwx</a> <a href="https://t.co/1C0rt0in6z">pic.twitter.com/1C0rt0in6z</a></p> — NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWSSanDiego/status/1136115889516867586?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">5 June 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As California is home to about 200 species of ladybugs, it’s not yet known what type of ladybugs were causing the phenomenon.</span></p>

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“Most amazing video you’ve ever seen”: Rare footage emerges of giant squid

<p>Footage captured by scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Journey into Midnight project has shed some light on the elusive giant squid.</p> <p>The video footage obtained by the crew shows the huge squid wrap its tentacles around the recording device before speeding off after realising that the device is not food.</p> <p>The team have estimated that the juvenile squid is at least 3.7 metres in length.</p> <p>The team wanted to be sure of their discovery and confirmed it with one of the world’s best squid experts, Michael Vecchione.</p> <p class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/344212279" width="640" height="468" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; fullscreen" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://vimeo.com/344212279">Giant Squid</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/oversixty">OverSixty.com.au</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> <p>However, as the scientists are 160 kilometres off the coast of New Orleans, the weather can get pretty rough. A lightning strike knocked out the internet, so the team were anxiously waiting for it to come back online so that the sighting of the giant squid could be confirmed.</p> <p>Luckily, Vecchione confirmed it was a giant squid.</p> <p>Edie Widder, who was among the group of scientists exploring the Gulf of Mexico, said that the capture is “the most amazing video you’ve ever seen”.</p> <p>Widder also explained why he thinks giant squids are “amazing”.</p> <p>"It's got eight writhing arms and two slashing tentacles," Widder explained to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/rare-giant-squid-captured-camera-us-225728843.html" target="_blank">Yahoo!</a> </em></p> <p>"It has the largest eye of any animal we know of, it's got a beak that can rip flesh.</p> <p>“It has a jet propulsion system that can go backwards and forwards, blue blood, and three hearts. It's an amazing, amazing life form we know almost nothing about."</p> <p>Widder was also part of the team responsible for the first time a giant squid was captured on camera off the coast of Japan in 2012.</p> <p>Scientists observed that the squid was intrigued about the artificial jellyfish that is used to capture footage of creatures in the deep, which is affectionately referred to as the “Medusa”.</p>

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There is a new way to cruise around Australia – and it’s breathtaking

<p><span>The Vasco da Gama, formerly known as Pacific Eden, has undergone a modern premium fit-out and is now sailing as a sister ship to the popular ASTOR. This boutique sized cruise-liner now provides a more traditional leisurely cruising style with a friendly onboard atmosphere. Join this stylish ship for her maiden Australian season and save 33% if you book now – exclusive to Discover Australia Holidays.</span></p> <p><span>An exciting range of cruise options between December 2019 and March 2020 include a Broome &amp; Kimberley adventure, Sydney to Adelaide, Adelaide to Perth, circumnavigation of Tasmania, Kangaroo Island, an epic cruise to Broome and Bali, plus Christmas and Australia Day themed cruises.</span></p> <p><span>Discover Australia Holidays has <a href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/cruise/vasco-da-gama?utm_medium=referrer&amp;utm_source=OverSixty&amp;utm_campaign=VdG_Cruise_Summer_Sale_2019">Vasco da Gama</a> all-inclusive packages covering all cruise options. Each cruise can also be combined with the Indian Pacific to form an amazing Rail and Sail experience. And right now, all Vasco da Gama packages are available at incredible Summer Travel Sale prices at Discover Australia Holidays.</span></p> <p><strong>Indian Pacific with Vasco da Gama Broome &amp; Kimberley Cruise</strong></p> <p><span>The most popular Vasco da Gama package is the 11-day classic cruise along Australia’s spectacular Indian Ocean coast to the Kimberley with ports of call in Geraldton, Broome and Kuri Bay. The Rail and Sail version adds the world-famous Indian Pacific.</span></p> <p><span>Experience an unforgettable and luxurious cruising adventure aboard the Vasco da Gama north through turquoise and emerald waters of Australia’s stunning Indian Ocean to the incredible Kimberley Coast. Cruise from the historic port town of Fremantle, along the Coral Coast to Broome, with ports of call in iconic Broome, the Kimberley’s Kuri Bay and the Geraldton.</span></p> <p><span>This all-inclusive package includes AN 11-day cruise in a contemporary Ocean View Cabin, all meals aboard Vasco da Gama, all flights, Perth Hotel and personalised transfers. Right now, the 14-day <a href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/broome-kimberley-coast-vasco-da-gama-cruise-with-perth-stay-mp410.html?utm_medium=referrer&amp;utm_source=OverSixty&amp;utm_campaign=VdG_Cruise_Summer_Sale_2019">Vasco da Gama Broome &amp; Kimberley Cruise</a> package is just $2902, a saving of 33%. </span></p> <p><span>Why not add the Indian Pacific? Experience the kaleidoscope of Australian landscapes onboard the 4-day train journey from Sydney to Perth. You’ll enjoy the comfort of your private cabin with ensuite. Experience the included off-train training and activities, such as Broken Hill, Barossa, Adelaide, Cook and Rawlinna. Savour the food and wines matching the destinations you pass through. Relax in the spectacular Queen Adelaide restaurant car and mingle with fellow adventurers in the Outback Explorer lounge car. Right now, you can book the 15-day <a href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/indian-pacific-perth-with-broome-kimberley-coast-vasco-da-gama-cruise-mp392.html?utm_medium=referrer&amp;utm_source=OverSixty&amp;utm_campaign=VdG_Cruise_Summer_Sale_2019">Indian Pacific with Vasco Da Gama Broome &amp; Kimberley Cruise</a> from $4946, a saving of 22%.</span></p> <p><span>It’s only available from Discover Australia Holidays, with limited availability in February 2020.</span></p> <p><strong>The Vasco da Gama Experience</strong></p> <p><span>Catering for just 1220 privileged guests ensures a more personal touch from the attentive crew. You can indulge in the wonderful array of activities, entertainment and premium facilities designed for a more traditional and sophisticated cruising experience.</span></p> <p><span>The Vasco da Gama boasts stylish cabins and impressive contemporary public areas, with a choice of five lounge bars, a pool bar and four entertainment venues each with its own individual style. The ship also offers a casino, library, card room and shopping galleria, plus extensive deck areas, two swimming pools, sports courts, spa amenities and a gym.</span></p> <p><span>Experience top ‘big show’ entertainment in the two-tiered show lounge Hollywood’s. Enjoy the panoramic seascapes of The Dome during the day, then this is the place to be to dance the night away to all your old favourites. Relax with some musical entertainment at the Blue Room. For more leisurely options, stroll around extensive deck areas, catch a movie in the cinema, visit the casino, bridge and card room, arts and crafts area or ship’s library. Plus, there’s Cappuccino’s coffee shop and Gelato’s ice cream bar to tempt you. The impressive three-decked atrium is the focal point of the ship with its own shopping galleria.</span></p> <p><span>Enjoy flexible dining at your leisure at any of the three main restaurants: Waterfront Restaurant, Waterfront Mediterranean or Waterfront Eurasia. Perhaps indulge at The Grill or Chef’s Table or relax at the buffet-style Club Bistro. Vasco da Gama’s chefs excel in creating new and delicious dishes which will have you craving your next meal. A selection of Australian and European wines are available to complement your meal, plus Australian draught beers are available at the ship’s bars. You will savour every day on board the Vasco da Gama.</span></p> <p><strong>Compare Vasco da Gama Options</strong></p> <p><span>Whatever Vasco da Gama cruise you are looking for, you’ll find the perfect all-inclusive package at Discover Australia Holidays. </span></p> <p><span>Right now, you can save up to 33% with the Summer Travel Sale prices across the <a href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/cruise/vasco-da-gama?utm_medium=referrer&amp;utm_source=OverSixty&amp;utm_campaign=VdG_Cruise_Summer_Sale_2019">full range</a> – exclusive to Discover Australia Holidays. But hurry, they’re selling out fast.</span></p> <p><span>Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the sights you can discover with Vasco da Gama.</span></p> <p><em>This is sponsored content brought to you in conjunction with Discover Australia Holidays.</em></p>

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Workers exposed to unsafe radiation at Sydney nuclear facility

<p>Production has been halted at a newly opened nuclear facility in Sydney’s Lucas Heights after two workers were exposed to an unsafe amount of radiation.</p> <p>The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has confirmed production was stopped at its $168 million nuclear medicine facility after three of its staff were “attended to by radiation protection personnel” following a contamination on a container carrying Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) on Friday morning.</p> <p>Initial assessments found that two of those workers were exposed to “a radiation dose above the statutory limit”.</p> <p>“Early calculations indicate that the radiation dose received by two of the workers involved in medicine processing was equivalent to that of a conventional radiation therapy treatment,” an <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-24/lucas-heights-nuclear-facility-workers-exposed-to-radiation/11242278" target="_blank">ANSTO spokesperson said</a>.</p> <p>“An occupational physician will continue to provide ongoing observation. All three workers involved are receiving ongoing support from ANSTO.”</p> <p>The spokesperson said an investigation is underway, and the manufacturing of their Mo-99 would take place at other facilities in the meantime.</p> <p>The incident came less than two weeks after ANSTO was granted a licence to enter into full production of Mo-99, which is the parent isotope of Technetium-99m used in hospitals and nuclear medicine centres to diagnose a range of heart, lung, organ and muscular-skeletal conditions.</p> <p>It is the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jun/24/two-workers-exposed-to-unsafe-radiation-dose-at-lucas-heights-nuclear-facility" target="_blank">second contamination scare</a> at the Lucas Heights facility in recent months. In March, three employees were taken to the hospital after being exposed to a sodium hydroxide spill.  </p>

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Ash Barty's injury setback: Pulls out of tournament one day after becoming World No. 1

<p>Australian tennis star Ash Barty has suffered a flare up of an existing arm injury and has withdrawn from the Eastbourne International to recover ahead of Wimbledon.</p> <p>The new World No. 1 female tennis player insists she will be fit to enter the line up as the number one seed for the event.</p> <p>"It's an injury I've had to manage since I was 16 years old," Barty said to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-25/ash-barty-pulls-out-of-eastbourne-to-rest-ahead-of-wimbledon/11243222" target="_blank">The ABC</a>.</p> <p>"It happens when I have a spike in load, it's just a bone stress injury and I need to look after it.</p> <p>"We know how to manage it but it is important to get on top of it straight away.”</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/Bx-lSOSoWRj/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bx-lSOSoWRj/" target="_blank">🔲 Black and white 🔲</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/ashbar96/" target="_blank"> Ash Barty</a> (@ashbar96) on May 27, 2019 at 12:33pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Barty was set to play her second-round match on Tuesday, but is instead taking it easy and is hoping to catch Australia’s Cricket World Cup clash with England at Lord’s instead.</p> <p>"If it works out, we'll try and get to the cricket, If not, we'll be watching on telly," Barty said at Devonshire Park on Monday.</p> <p>"I've been in touch with most of [the players]. I heard from JL [Justin Langer] yesterday and we've been in touch over the last few months.</p> <p>"Hopefully I can get there."</p> <p>However, Barty is aware that a potential injury flare up could impact her chances at Wimbledon.</p> <p>"I really need to look after it, particularly in the first few days.</p> <p>"We pulled out of the doubles [in Birmingham] to give it the best chance to be ready for singles.</p> <p>"It's about rest, time off court and then monitoring how many balls I do hit when I am on court.</p> <p>"It's just certain times of the year I need to be careful."</p>

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How imaginary friends from our childhood can continue to affect us as adults

<p>Crabby crab is my four-year-old son Fisher’s imaginary friend. Crabby appeared on a holiday in Norway by scuttling out of his ear after a night of tears from an earache. Like other childhood imaginary friends, Crabby should be an indication that Fisher’s mind <a href="https://theconversation.com/how-imaginary-friends-could-boost-childrens-development-108525">is growing and developing positively</a>. Indeed, research shows that invisible companions can help boost children’s social skills.</p> <p>But what happens when children grow up and their imaginary friends disappear? Will Crabby have influenced Fisher into adolescence or adulthood? And what if you continue to have imaginary friends as an adult? The <a href="https://global.oup.com/academic/product/imaginary-companions-and-the-children-who-create-them-9780195146295?cc=gb&amp;lang=en&amp;">vast majority of the research</a> on imaginary friends looks at young children as this is the time when these playmates are most likely to appear. But researchers have started looking into the impact of imaginary childhood friends in adolescence and adulthood.</p> <p>Imaginary friends in childhood <a href="https://jamanetwork.com/journals/archneurpsyc/article-abstract/646325">are classified</a> as invisible beings that a child gives a mind or personality to and plays with for over three months.</p> <p>It is very rare that adults have imaginary companions. But there are a few different types of behaviour that could be considered a form of imaginary friendship. For example, adult authors can be seen as prolific creators of imaginary friends in the form of characters. That’s because their characters <a href="https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.2190/FTG3-Q9T0-7U26-5Q5">have personalities and minds of their own</a>, and authors often report their characters leading the writing rather than vice versa. Tulpas, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulpa">objects created</a> through spiritual or mental powers in mysticism, are also a sort of imaginary friend.</p> <p><strong>Social skills in adolescence</strong></p> <p>Research has shown that the positive effects of having imaginary friends as a child continue into adulthood. Adolescents who remember their imaginary playmates have been found to use <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/12097456_Dear_Kitty_you_asked_me_Imaginary_companions_and_real_friends_in_adolescence">more active coping styles</a>, such as seeking advice from loved ones rather than bottling things up inside, like their peers. Even adolescents with behavioural problems who had imaginary friends as children have been found to <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20677857">have better coping skills</a> and more positive adjustment through the teenage years.</p> <p>Scientists think this could be because these teens have been able to supplement their social world with imagination rather than choosing to be involved in relationships with more difficult classmates. It could also be because the imaginary friends help to alleviate these adolescents’ loneliness.</p> <p>These teens are also are more likely to <a href="https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1997-03619-001">seek out social connections</a>. Some older research suggests that such adolescents have higher levels of psychological distress than their peers who do not remember having imaginary playmates. But the majority of research being done points to mainly positive outcomes. Current research being done now by my student, <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tori_Watson">Tori Watson</a>, is taking this evidence and looking at how adolescents who report having imaginary friends as children deal with bullying at school. We suspect that teens who remember their imaginary friends will be better at dealing with bullying.</p> <p><strong>Creativity and hallucinations</strong></p> <p>Adults who had imaginary friends, meanwhile, report that <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/47348555_The_personality_correlates_of_adults_who_had_imaginary_companions_in_childhood">they are more creative and imaginative</a> than those who did not. We also know that they are <a href="http://dro.dur.ac.uk/18217/">better at describing a scene</a> that they have constructed in their imagination. This could be because they were more imaginative to start with and/or that playing with an imaginary friend in childhood helped boost such capabilities.</p> <p>There are also other discrepancies in how adults see and interact with the world around them that scientists think stems from the use of imagination when playing with an invisible friend as a child. For example, adults who had imaginary friends <a href="https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2012-09526-001">talk to themselves more</a>. This is thought to be because they have grown up being more comfortable talking when no one else real is around. Interestingly, research has shown that talking to yourself <a href="https://theconversation.com/is-talking-to-yourself-a-sign-of-mental-illness-an-expert-delivers-her-verdict-77058">can be a sign of high cognitive functioning</a> and creativity.</p> <p> </p> <p>Adults who had imaginary companions as children may become used to seeing things that aren’t really there and explaining them to people. For this reason, imaginary friends have been looked at as a type of hallucination that is experienced by normally developing children. Importantly, the children know that these friends <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17995485">aren’t actually real</a>. Adults similarly can have hallucination experiences when going in or coming out of a deep sleep. We sometimes also see or hear things that aren’t there, for example in the corner of our eye – knowing it’s our mind playing tricks on us.</p> <p>My team and I recently investigated whether people who had imaginary friends as children also report more such hallucination experiences. Interestingly, our study, <a href="https://pure.hud.ac.uk/en/publications/adult-report-of-childhood-imaginary-companions-and-adversity-rela">published in Psychiatry Research</a>, found that this actually is the case. Importantly, these individuals were not a greater risk of developing psychosis or schizophrenia, they were just more likely to have common forms of hallucinations. We know that because we also tested other perceptual experiences like unusual thoughts and ideas as well as symptoms of depression. These experiences, in combination with more intense hallucinations, can put people at higher risk of developing schizophrenia.</p> <p>But people who had had imaginary friends didn’t show this combination of symptoms. There was one exception, though – individuals who had also suffered child abuse. These people were more likely to have both unusual thoughts and ideas, and depression, possibly making them more vulnerable to psychosis. It’s unclear whether this link has got anything to do with imaginary friends or whether it is all down to the trauma of having suffered child abuse, with imaginary friends instead playing a comforting role.</p> <p>So while we know a lot about childhood imaginary friends such as Crabby Crab, and the positive effects they can have, there is still a lot to learn about imaginary friends and how our childhood experiences with them might make us see the world differently.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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What you can do to resist fake news

<p>Although the term itself is not new, fake news presents a growing threat for <a href="https://qz.com/africa/1473127/africas-fake-news-problem-is-worse-than-in-the-us/">societies across the world</a>.</p> <p>Only a <a href="https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0207383" title="Information-theoretic models of deception: Modelling cooperation and diffusion in populations exposed to fake news">small amount of fake news is needed</a> to disrupt a conversation, and at extremes it can have an impact on democratic processes, <a href="https://theconversation.com/trump-may-owe-his-2016-victory-to-fake-news-new-study-suggests-91538">including elections</a>.</p> <p>But what can we do to avoid fake news, at a time when we could be waiting a while for <a href="https://en.unesco.org/fightfakenews" title="Journalism, Fake News and Disinformation: A Handbook for Journalism Education and Training">mainstream media</a> and <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/08/fake-news-is-going-to-get-worse-unless-companies-take-action-dnc-cto.html">social networks</a> to step up and <a href="https://www.marketplace.org/2018/08/24/tech/one-problem-fake-news-it-really-really-works">address the problem</a>?</p> <p>From a psychology perspective, an important step in tackling fake news is to understand why it gets into our mind. We can do this by <a href="https://theconversation.com/why-two-people-see-the-same-thing-but-have-different-memories-104327">examining how memory works</a> and <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Memory-Distortion-Brains-Societies-Reconstruct/dp/0674566769">how memories become distorted</a>.</p> <p>Using this viewpoint generates some tips you can use to work out whether you’re reading or sharing fake news – which might be handy in the coming election period.</p> <p><strong>How memory gets distorted at the source</strong></p> <p>Fake news often relies on <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/200105/the-seven-sins-memory">misattribution</a> – instances in which we can retrieve things from memory but can’t remember their source.</p> <p>Misattribution is one of the reasons advertising is so effective. We see a product and feel a pleasant sense of familiarity because we’ve encountered it before, but fail to remember that the source of the memory was an ad.</p> <p><a href="https://www.researchgate.net/profile/David_Rand2/publication/327866113_Prior_Exposure_Increases_Perceived_Accuracy_of_Fake_News/" title="Prior Exposure Increases Perceived Accuracy of Fake News">One study</a> examined headlines from fake news published during the 2016 US Presidential Election.</p> <p>The researchers found even one presentation of a headline (such as “Donald Trump Sent His Own Plane to Transport 200 Stranded Marines”, <a href="https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/donald-trumps-marine-airlift/">based on claims shown to be false</a>) was enough to increase belief in its content. This effect persisted for at least a week, was still found when headlines were accompanied by a factcheck warning, and even when participants suspected it might be false.</p> <p>Repeated exposure can <a href="https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/10/5/16410912/illusory-truth-fake-news-las-vegas-google-facebook">increase the sense that misinformation is true</a>. Repetition creates the perception of group consensus that can result in collective misremembering, a phenomenon called the <a href="https://theconversation.com/the-mandela-effect-and-how-your-mind-is-playing-tricks-on-you-89544">Mandela Effect</a>.</p> <p>It might be harmless when people collectively misremember something fun, such as a <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/christopherhudspeth/crazy-examples-of-the-mandela-effect-that-will-make-you-ques">childhood cartoon (did the Queen in Disney’s Snow White really NOT say “Mirror, mirror…”?)</a>. But it has serious consequences when a false sense of group consensus contributes to <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/the-signal/are-anti-vaxxers-having-a-moment/10957310">rising outbreaks of measles</a>.</p> <p>Scientists have investigated whether <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/acp.3274" title="Public Attitudes on the Ethics of Deceptively Planting False Memories to Motivate Healthy Behavior">targeted misinformation can promote healthy behaviour</a>. Dubbed false-memory diets, it is said that false memories of food experiences can encourage people to <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/11/magazine/falsememory-diet-the.html">avoid fatty foods</a>, <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3627832/" title="Queasy does it: False alcohol beliefs and memories may lead to diminished alcohol preferences">alcohol</a> and even <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25116296" title="Asparagus, a love story: healthier eating could be just a false memory away">convince them to love asparagus</a>.</p> <p>Creative people that have a strong ability to associate different words are <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Thomas_Ormerod/publication/251531367_Convergent_but_not_divergent_thinking_predicts_susceptibility_to_associative_memory_illusions/" title="Convergent, but not divergent, thinking predicts susceptibility to associative memory illusions">especially susceptible to false memories</a>. Some people might be more vulnerable than others to believe fake news, but <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/24/world/asia/pakistan-israel-khawaja-asif-fake-news-nuclear.html">everyone is at risk</a>.</p> <p><strong>How bias can reinforce fake news</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/200105/the-seven-sins-memory">Bias</a> is how our feelings and worldview affect the <a href="https://theconversation.com/why-two-people-see-the-same-thing-but-have-different-memories-104327">encoding and retrieval of memory</a>. We might like to think of our memory as an archivist that carefully preserves events, but <a href="https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781351660020/chapters/10.4324/9781315159591-4" title="New Directions in the Philosophy of Memory">sometimes it’s more like a storyteller</a>. Memories are shaped by our beliefs and can function to <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/autobiographical-memory">maintain a consistent narrative rather than an accurate record</a>.</p> <p>An example of this is selective exposure, our tendency to seek information that <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4797953/" title="Feeling Validated Versus Being Correct: A Meta-Analysis of Selective Exposure to Information">reinforces our pre-existing beliefs</a> and to avoid information that brings those beliefs into question. This effect is supported by evidence that television news audiences are <a href="https://www.journalism.org/2014/10/21/political-polarization-media-habits/">overwhelmingly partisan</a> and exist in their own echo chambers.</p> <p>It was thought that online communities exhibit the same behaviour, contributing to the spread of fake news, but this <a href="https://theconversation.com/the-myth-of-the-echo-chamber-92544">appears to be a myth</a>. Political news sites are often populated by people with <a href="https://www.academia.edu/34506137/The_Myth_of_Partisan_Selective_Exposure_A_Portrait_of_the_Online_Political_News_Audience">diverse ideological backgrounds</a> and echo chambers are <a href="https://medium.com/trust-media-and-democracy/avoiding-the-echo-chamber-about-echo-chambers-6e1f1a1a0f39">more likely to exist in real life than online</a>.</p> <p>Our brains are wired to assume things we believe <a href="https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0146167203259933" title="Evolving Informational Credentials: The (Mis)Attribution of Believable Facts to Credible Sources">originated from a credible source</a>. But are we more inclined to remember information that reinforces our beliefs? <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/247781236_Do_Attitudes_Affect_Memory_Tests_of_the_Congeniality_Hypothesis" title="Do Attitudes Affect Memory? Tests of the Congeniality Hypothesis">This is probably not the case</a>.</p> <p>People who hold strong beliefs remember things that are relevant to their beliefs but they remember opposing information too. This happens because people are motivated to defend their beliefs against opposing views.</p> <p>Belief echoes are a related phenomenon that <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-correcting-donald-trump--or-anyone-else--doesnt-work/2016/01/08/9e5ef5d4-b57d-11e5-a842-0feb51d1d124_story.html?utm_term=.912e5b8e4409">highlight the difficulty of correcting misinformation</a>. Fake news is often designed to be attention-grabbing.</p> <p>It can continue to shape people’s attitudes after it has been discredited because it produces a vivid emotional reaction and builds on our existing narratives.</p> <p>Corrections have a much smaller emotional impact, especially if they require policy details, so should be <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/258180567_Misinformation_and_Its_Correction_Continued_Influence_and_Successful_Debiasing" title="Misinformation and Its Correction Continued Influence and Successful Debiasing">designed to satisfy a similar narrative urge</a> to be effective.</p> <p><strong>Tips for resisting fake news</strong></p> <p>The way our memory works means it might be impossible to resist fake news completely.</p> <p>But one approach is to start <a href="https://qz.com/858887/how-to-know-if-fake-news-is-fake-learn-to-think-like-a-scientist/">thinking like a scientist</a>. This involves adopting a questioning attitude that is motivated by curiosity, and being aware of personal bias.</p> <p>For fake news, this might involve asking ourselves the following questions:</p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>What type of content is this?</strong> <a href="https://theconversation.com/australians-born-overseas-prefer-the-online-world-for-their-news-84355">Many people rely on social media and aggregators as their main source of news</a>. By reflecting on whether information is news, opinion or even humour, this can help consolidate information more completely into memory.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Where is it published?</strong> Paying attention to where information is published is crucial for encoding the source of information into memory. If something is a big deal, a wide variety of sources will discuss it, so attending to this detail is important.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Who benefits?</strong> Reflecting on who benefits from you believing the content helps consolidate the source of that information into memory. It can also help us reflect on our own interests and whether our personal biases are at play.</p> </li> </ul> <p>Some people <a href="https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3023545" title="Who Falls for Fake News? The Roles of Bullshit Receptivity, Overclaiming, Familiarity, and Analytic Thinking">tend to be more susceptible to fake news</a> because they are more accepting of weak claims.</p> <p>But we can strive to be more reflective in our open-mindedness by paying attention to the source of information, and questioning our own knowledge if and when we are unable to remember the context of our memories.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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Republished with permission of </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/how-fake-news-gets-into-our-minds-and-what-you-can-do-to-resist-it-114921" target="_blank"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>. </em></p>

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Sarah Ferguson reunites with Prince Andrew at Royal Ascot – and shares royal secret

<p>Sarah Ferguson has added a colourful flair to royal life – from her outfit choices to her relationship rollercoaster with Prince Andrew, 59.</p> <p>It would be easy to assume the royal could tell a few juicy stories about her life as a member of one of the world’s most well-known and documented families.</p> <p>However, one secret the Duchess of York is ready to tell has little to do with her and instead is an in-depth look into one of the royal family’s most heart-wrenching tragedies.</p> <p>Almost two centuries since the death of the Queen’s great-great-great grandmother Princess Louise – mother to Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert – a history of the royal’s sad and troubled life has been documented by Fergie.</p> <p>The Princess was separated from her two young sons and banished to a German hamlet where she would never be allowed to see her children again.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7828019/princess-louise-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0223f29a543140f4b6f2a3dbc79d360a" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Princess Louise</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;">In an exclusive interview with <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2019062374448/sarah-ferguson-exclusive-interview-hello-documentary/" target="_blank">Hello</a>!</em>, Sarah revealed she has made a documentary in Germany with the aim of uncovering Princess Louise’s footsteps through historical archives, and a visit to her tomb.</p> <p>"She was discarded by her husband – Ernst I, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld – and sent to St Wendel," Sarah said.</p> <p>"Whatever she had done to upset Ernst – who it seems was tired and bored of her and wanted to divorce – to have to leave her two boys and never see them again was, for me, beyond words.</p> <p>"I wanted to know what Louise had done so terribly wrong that she should be taken from her children on that dank, rainy 26 August day – Albert's fifth birthday – put in a carriage, discarded and written out of history."</p> <p>During filming, the 59-year-old was hit with emotions, as her own mother, Susan Barrantes, left her family when she was just a young girl.</p> <p>"I just don't know what it would be like for me to not be with my girls. I really couldn't fathom it," the Duchess said, who is mother to Princess Beatrice, 30, and Princess Eugenie, 29.</p> <p>"One of the best things I've done with my life is that my daughters and I are like a tripod. The girls are very supportive of me and I am very supportive of what they do.</p> <p>"The key is to always be there, but never to wrap them in cotton wool. We work in unity and [ex-husband Prince] Andrew and I are focused on being good parents together.</p> <p>“We are bigger than friends. We learn from each other, support each other and understand it's about communication, compromise and compassion."</p>

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Lisa Wilkinson's best travel tips

<p><a href="http://www.lisawilkinson.com.au/">Lisa Wilkinson</a> shares her favourite travel memories from the Northern Territory and more.</p> <p>After a distinguished career in magazine editing, at just 21 she was the youngest ever magazine editor of a national magazine teen magazine Dolly and four years later she became the editor or Cleo, <a href="http://www.thefordhamcompany.com.au/lisa-wilkinson-awarded-am-for-media-charity-mentoring-work/?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=lisa-wilkinson-awarded-am-for-media-charity-mentoring-work">Lisa Wilkinson AM</a> had been the co-host of Channel 9’s <em>Today</em> since 2007 before transitioning to <em>The Project.</em></p> <p><strong>Have your travel interests changed over the years?</strong> <br />Sure, more than anything I now love diversity in the places I travel to and what I can do when I’m there.  And I just love a place that inspires me photographically.  </p> <p><strong>Has your way of travel changed over the years?</strong> <br />No, planes have always seemed pretty good to me.  Although I do love a fast train these days, particularly when I’m in somewhere like Europe.  Much less fussing at train stations rather than airports when you’re crossing borders.  And back home I’m really keen to do the Ghan all the way from Adelaide up to Darwin.  Everyone I know who has done it has absolutely raved.  </p> <p><strong>Best travel experience when you were young? </strong> <br />A holiday house mum and dad rented for a week down at Huskisson on the NSW south coast when I was about 5.  Such a beautiful spot and I still remember watching my brother jump off the bridge into the river and hoping one day that I would be big enough to do that. The shop did the best fish and chips wrapped in newspaper. And don’t even get me started on the pineapple fritters!  </p> <p><strong>Best recent travel experience?</strong> <br />Santorini in <a href="http://travel.wyza.com.au/search-result/greece">Greece</a>. I hadn’t been for 27 years and now I’m wondering why I stayed away so long.  </p> <p><strong>Favourite place in Australia? Why?</strong> <br />The <a href="http://travel.wyza.com.au/Destinations/Northern%20Territory">Northern Territory</a>, for it’s stunning and diverse landscapes, huge range of activities, beautiful waterfalls, night skies, great bars and restaurants, and the best sunsets anywhere. And if you go, you have to visit the Devil’s Marbles outside of Tennant Creek.  It’s a landscape that is unlike anything I’ve seen anywhere on the planet.  The word “stunning” goes nowhere near describing just how extraordinary and other-worldly this place is. Take your camera!  </p> <p><strong>Favourite place in the world?</strong>   <br />Apart from my own home, it would have to be a toss-up between <a href="http://travel.wyza.com.au/search-result/paris">Paris</a> and <a href="http://travel.wyza.com.au/search-result/new%20york">New York</a>.  Both cities just have most incredible energy, mixed with beautiful parks, great streetlife, restaurants. I walk everywhere, which is a great way to get to know a city.  </p> <p><strong>What are you looking forward to?</strong> <br />Making that trip on the <a href="http://travel.wyza.com.au/Specials/The%20Ghan">Ghan</a>.  </p> <p><strong>Pet peeve when travelling?</strong><br />Long queues. My husband and I once stood in a queue for four hours at the incredible Gaudi church Sagrada Familia in <a href="http://travel.wyza.com.au/search-result/barcelona">Barcelona</a>, only to get to the ticket office and discover that we hadn’t registered on the “app”.  Sooo not happy.  </p> <p><strong>Never leave home without?</strong> <br />My Canon camera.  </p> <p><strong>I’ll never …</strong> <br />Say never.  I’m open to anything when I travel. The proof is probably in the time I bungee-jumped off a perfectly good bridge above the Zambezi river in Africa, three weeks after another Aussie had done the same, only to have the elastic ropes snap when she was at the bottom of the fall. Crazy I know, but I’m so glad I did it. And it scored me huge brownie points with my kids!  </p> <p><strong>My travel dream is …</strong> <br />The <a href="http://www.salzburg.info/en/sights/guided_tours/tours_from_salzburg/sound_of_music">Sound Of Music tour</a> in Austria.</p> <p><em>Written by Lisa Wilkinson. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/travel/insider-travel-tips-lisa-wilkinson.aspx"><em>Wyza.com.au.</em></a></p> <p> </p>

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What is your love style?

<p>Love is a complex and powerful force, one that plays out in a number of emotional, cognitive and social ways.</p> <p>When we love a person, we feel emotional arousal in their presence. We will also have a set of thoughts (or cognitions) about that person, and our previous experiences can shape our ideas about what we expect in our relationships. For example, if you believe in love at first sight, then you are <a href="http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00998862">more likely to experience it</a>.</p> <p>But we use love in many different contexts. You might say that you love your partner, or your family, or your best friend, your job or even your car. Clearly, you’re using the term in different ways that highlight the various dimensions of love.</p> <p>The ancient Greeks described <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_words_for_love">several different types of love</a>. Following the Greeks, the sociologist and activist John Alan Lee suggested that there are <a href="https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Colours_of_love.html?id=5g4RAQAAIAAJ">six broad styles of love</a>.</p> <p>It is good to keep in mind that although these love styles can be thought of as “types”, we are not necessarily <a href="http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/014616727700300204">locked into only one</a>. We might have a predominant love style, but we will also have some elements of the other styles.</p> <p>Similarly, our love style might change over time based on our experiences and interactions with our partners.</p> <p><strong>Eros</strong></p> <p>This style is typically experienced as a romantic, fairytale-type love. Physical beauty is important to this love style. Attraction is intense and immediate (“head over heels”), and the Eros lover feels an <a href="http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0265407510389126">urgent drive</a> to deepen the relationship emotionally and physically.</p> <p>Because these individuals love the feeling of being in love, they tend to be serial monogamists, staying in a relationship as long as it feels fresh and compelling, then moving on so they can experience those same feelings again with someone new.</p> <p><strong>Storge</strong></p> <p>Storgic types tend to be stable and committed in their relationships. They <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01463370601036515">value</a> companionship, psychological closeness and trust. For these individuals, love relationships can sometimes grow out of friendships, so that love sneaks up on the pair. This love style is enduring, and these individuals are in it for the long haul.</p> <p><strong>Ludus</strong></p> <p>People with a ludic style view love as a game that they are playing to win. Often this can be a multiplayer game! Ludic individuals are comfortable with deception and manipulation in their relationships. They tend to be low on commitment and are often emotionally distant.</p> <p>Because ludic individuals are more focused on the short term, they tend to place greater importance on the physical characteristics of their mate than do the other love styles. They are also <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00224490009552023">more likely</a> to engage in sexual hookups.</p> <p><strong>Pragma</strong></p> <p>Practicality rules for this type. Logic is used to determine compatibility and future prospects. This doesn’t mean that these individuals use an emotionless, Spock-like approach to their relationships, rather they a place a <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01463370601036515">high importance on whether a potential mate</a> will be suited to meeting their needs.</p> <p>These needs might be social or financial. Pragmatists might wonder if their prospective partner would be accepted by family and friends, or whether they’re good with money. The might also evaluate their emotional assets; for example, does a would-be partner have the skills to be calm in times of stress?</p> <p><strong>Mania</strong></p> <p>This refers to an obsessive love style. These individuals tend to be emotionally dependent and to need fairly constant reassurance in a relationship. Someone with this love style is likely to experience peaks of joy and troughs of sorrow, depending on the extent to which their partner can accommodate their needs.</p> <p>Because of the possessiveness associated with this style, <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165032714007277">jealousy can be an issue</a> for these individuals.</p> <p><strong>Agape</strong></p> <p>Agapic individuals are giving and caring, and are centred on their partner’s needs. This is largely a selfless and unconditional love. An agapic partner will love you just as you are. But they will also be particularly appreciative of acts of care and kindness <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01463370601036515">that they receive back</a> from their partner.</p> <p>Perhaps because these individuals are so accepting, they tend to have <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pere.12112/pdf">very high levels</a> of relationship satisfaction.</p> <p><strong>The truth about love</strong></p> <p>The kind of love that we feel towards our significant other is <a href="http://www.elainehatfield.com/uploads/3/2/2/5/3225640/34._hatfield_1985.pdf">likely to change over time</a>. At the start of a relationship we feel anticipation about seeing our partner and we are excited every time we see them.</p> <p>These are the heady feelings we associate with being in love, and are very characteristic of romantic love. But in almost all relationships, these intense emotions are not sustainable, and will fade over months to a couple of years.</p> <p>Those passionate feelings will then be replaced by deeper connection as the people in the partnership grow to truly know each other. This stage is “companionate love” and can last a lifetime (or beyond).</p> <p>Unfortunately, many people do not realise that the evolution from romantic love to companionate love is a normal – and indeed healthy – transition. Because the ardent feelings of adoration subside, sometimes people will think that they have fallen out of love, when in fact the intimacy and closeness of companionate love can be extremely powerful, if only given the chance.</p> <p>This is a shame, as these individuals might never experience the <a href="http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/sbp/sbp/2004/00000032/00000002/art00007">life satisfaction that is associated with companionate love</a>.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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Republished with permission of </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/there-are-six-styles-of-love-which-one-best-describes-you-72664" target="_blank"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>. </em></p>

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How Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>On June 19, 1999, Prince Edward – who is the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip – married Sophie Rhys-Jones.</p> <p>The Earl and Countess of Wessex married in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in a particularly unique service where guests were informed not to wear hats.</p> <p>The televised ceremony attracted an estimated 200 million viewers around the world.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The Earl and Countess of Wessex at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RoyalAscot?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RoyalAscot</a> - the day before their 20th wedding anniversary 📷 Chris Jackson &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamDavyPA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AdamDavyPA</a> <a href="https://t.co/mxwp4ZoCX0">pic.twitter.com/mxwp4ZoCX0</a></p> — PA Royal Reporters (@PARoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/PARoyal/status/1141031255888355328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The unlikely pair met at a tennis event in the early 1990s, where Sophie was a public relations professional.</p> <p>It has been two decades since the royal couple tied the knot, and since the royal couple have welcomed two children – 14-year-old Lady Louise Windsor and James, viscount Severn who is 10.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the last two decades the Earl and Countess of Wessex have spent together.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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It's no good just fining them: When drivers don’t mean to speed

<p>Blaming motorists for their speeding may at times be undeserved. We have recently shown that, rather than intentional wrong-doing by drivers, cognitive factors <a href="http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2014-22380-001/">can explain speeding behaviour</a>.</p> <p>Policies and enforcement measures to tackle speeding rely on the idea that driving too fast is always intended by drivers as a result of their attitudes (lack of consideration of the possible consequences) and their willingness to act inappropriately. But speeding is not always a deliberate action.</p> <p><strong>School zone risks require lower speed limits</strong></p> <p>It is standard across Australia to find variable speed limits within school precincts. At times when children are travelling to and from school, a substantially lower limit applies, usually reducing a general urban speed limit to 25-40 km/h in the school zone.</p> <p>It is important for drivers to comply with lower speed limits within <a href="http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/School-road-safety/Safe-school-travel-safest/Speed-limits-in-school-zones.aspx">school zones</a> given the increased activity by pedestrians (especially children) in these areas. This creates increased risks and greater consequences of a collision involving pedestrians.</p> <p>Despite this, speeding in school zones <a href="http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/reckless-drivers-put-children-at-risk-speeding-through-school-crossings/story-fni0cx12-1226929329950">remains common</a>. In response to the <a href="http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/safety/national_road_safety_strategy/">“significant risks associated with low-range speeding”</a>, police and policymakers have relied on enforcement, harsher penalties and education to reduce speeding behaviour. However, in school zones this <a href="http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/more-drivers-than-ever-before-caught-speeding-in-school-zones/story-fnihsrf2-1226821956049">often does not work</a>.</p> <p><strong>Why might drivers speed in school zones?</strong></p> <p>We argue that drivers may recognise that they are in a school zone and slow down at the entry point when they see the speed limit signage and signals, but they forget to drive slowly as they transit the entire school precinct.</p> <p>So how do drivers forget they’re in a school zone? We tend to think of memory as the recollection of past events, but memory also plays a part in planning and deciding on future behaviour. This is prospective memory – the memory for future intentions – and it is very important for our everyday lives.</p> <p>But prospective memory is not foolproof. Errors can occur where individuals forget to perform an intended task. Typically this happens when the “normal” flow or sequence of behaviour is interrupted.</p> <p>A failure to remember to complete an intended behaviour can have serious, unsafe consequences. For example, in commercial aviation interruptions to pre-flight procedures and subsequent <a href="http://hsi.arc.nasa.gov/flightcognition/Publications/Dismukes_07.pdf">prospective memory errors</a> have been shown to contribute to planes crashing. <a href="http://www.sagepub.com/upm-data/14143_Chapter9.pdf">Mid-procedure disruptions</a> have resulted in physicians leaving instruments or sponges in patients following surgery.</p> <p>We propose that if drivers are speeding within a school zone, their behaviour may be the result of a failure of prospective memory caused by some interruption. A major interruption in some school zones occurs when drivers are required to stop at traffic light intersections. Traffic light “interruptions” may lead to prospective memory error in the following ways:</p> <p>1. Because of the relative abruptness of the traffic light change from green to amber to red, drivers may have little opportunity to encode the future intention to resume travelling at the reduced school zone speed limit. This memory error can be further promoted if additional distractions attract attention – for example, pedestrian movements or the presence of other vehicles, as well as in-car events such as a radio broadcast or conversation with a passenger. Prospective memory suffers when attention is divided.</p> <p>2. Cues in the environment that are associated with the resumption of driving – for example, the change from red to a green traffic light, a clear path ahead to continue their journey – may lead an individual to accelerate to the speed at which they would typically drive when school zone hours do not apply. The driver has simply failed to recall the need to resume the interrupted and deferred task of driving at the lower speed limit.</p> <p>3. On driving resumption, there are scant cues in the environment to prompt memory retrieval for the deferred task of travelling at a reduced speed. If the route is regularly travelled, the available cues probably suggest habitual driving at the usual (non-school zone) speed.</p> <p><strong>What did our study find?</strong></p> <p>We found that when a driver was able to choose the speed at which they travelled – that is, where the road was clear and there were no vehicles ahead to slow them down – then if they had been interrupted by stopping at a red traffic light, they resumed driving at higher speeds. These speeds related to the normal speed limit, rather than the temporary lower limit.</p> <p>When there was no traffic light interruption, drivers progressed through the school zone at slower speeds, which were closer to the school zone limit.</p> <p>When we placed a reminder cue after the traffic light – simply signage featuring twin amber flashing lights and a sign “Check Speed” – then drivers were able to correct (or fully avoid) a prospective memory error. The driving speeds on resumption were fully compliant with the school speed limit.</p> <p><strong>What this research means</strong></p> <p>We are not arguing that it is invalid to treat speeding behaviour as an intentional act. A number of <a href="http://casr.adelaide.edu.au/rsr/RSR2007/FleiterJ.pdf">researchers</a> have found that drivers do deliberately and consciously intend to speed.</p> <p>What we are arguing is that, in some circumstances, the way the road infrastructure is designed may encourage and prompt motorists to engage in otherwise avoidable illegal speeding behaviour. We have shown that such a phenomenon can occur when traffic lights interrupt drivers in school zones.</p> <p>Drivers appear not to notice their behaviour. But if reminded to think about their speed, they adopt a correct, safe speed.</p> <p>The same cognitive process may also apply in circumstances where drivers fail to slow at speed cameras sites, at roadworks sites or in the transition from rural to urban speed zones.</p> <p>A serious attempt to create a <a href="http://c-marc.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/CMARC%20Fact%20Sheet%201%20Towards%20Zero.pdf">“Safe System”</a> of road use must take this evidence into account. For example, we have shown that placing reminder cues downstream from a known point of interruption can be an effective low-cost solution that eliminates most speeding in high-risk locations.</p> <p><em>Written by Julia Irwin, Bree Gregory and Ian J. Faulks. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/where-drivers-dont-mean-to-speed-its-no-good-just-fining-them-32747">The Conversation.</a></em></p>

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Folau slap-down: Kochie hit with blunt comeback on Sunrise

<p>A prominent voice who is in support of Israel Folau has gone head to head with Sunrise host David Koch on Monday morning.</p> <p>Australian Christian Lobby boss Martyn Iles is a vocal supporter of Israel Folau and backed the crowd-funding effort to raise $10 million before it was later taken down by GoFundMe.</p> <p>“I suppose a big issue is why does he need to raise money from other people? He is pretty well off himself. The core case could earn him $10 million. To use other people’s money to earn $10 million,” Koch said.</p> <p>“It could earn $10 million but it could also cost $3 million,” Mr Iles countered.</p> <p>“Firstly, what is the point of the fundraising campaign? Is it for money? It is actually about creating a grassroots support network. It’s more about PR for the case, it’s more about raising the profile of the case.</p> <p>“People have been asking me for days before this happened how we could be a part of it. He has offered that. But also, I will offer this — how much should it cost him? I mean, it’s cost him his job, it’s cost him his career. He’s banned for life.”</p> <p>Koch countered by saying, “Yeah, it could earn him $10 million.”</p> <p>Mr Iles confirmed while the lawsuit could earn him a hefty figure, that the money would go to other causes.</p> <p>“He’s not going to keep the $3 million that people are giving him. That’s going straight into trust, and it can only be distributed for legal expenses, so it’s pretty secure.”</p> <p>After further discussion, the pair discussed free speech, with Mr Iles stating he did not believe it was Folau’s intention to be purposefully inflammatory.</p> <p>“Didn’t he bring it on himself? Why did he need to be so inflammatory? Everyone believes in free speech, there’s no doubt about that, but what’s the line you draw between free speech and hate speech?” Koch asked Iles.</p> <p>Mr Illes replied: “Well look, he doesn’t believe himself that he was being inflammatory.</p> <p>“I mean if you look at his social media record, he’s got a lot of posts on there which are scripture, he’s got a lot of posts on there which talk about themes like repentance and judgment and all that stuff.</p> <p>“He’s just expressing his religious beliefs. He believes he has to share the Bible with his fellow man, and that is something that all Christians believe.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The Australian Christian Lobby says Israel Folau's fundraising campaign is about "creating a grassroots support network, raising the profile of the case and giving people a voice to buy into the whole thing". <a href="https://t.co/WSNxNjbkPL">pic.twitter.com/WSNxNjbkPL</a></p> — Sunrise (@sunriseon7) <a href="https://twitter.com/sunriseon7/status/1142914164387540992?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 23, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>However, the conversation took a tense turn after Kochie said the Bible is a “bit weird in parts” and further said it condones slavery.</p> <p>“Well it doesn’t,” Mr Iles replied.</p> <p>“Well it does. There are parts of it that do condone slavery,” Koch continued.</p> <p>“There are other parts that say men should value their goats and their cows more than their wives. Divorce is adultery.</p> <p>“So, you should basically, an extension of that, anyone who divorces should go to hell. So, there are some weird things in there that just are not relevant to today’s society, and make Christians look bad," Kochie added. </p> <p>Iles shot back by saying, “Well, I won’t turn to you for theological advice.”</p> <p>“No, no, no, I’ll give you the list if you like. I’ll come up with a list of all the weird...” Koch countered back.</p> <p>“There’s a messy amalgamation of things there, but let’s put that to one side,” Mr Iles tersely replied.</p> <p>“These conversations should be able to be had. We should criticise, we should debate, but what it’s cost him is unreasonable. Which is that he has posted scripture, which is part of the mainstream beliefs of millions of Australians, and the politically correct baseball bat has been wielded against him," Mr Iles exclaimed. </p> <p>“He’s lost his job, he’s lost his livelihood, he’s actually been dragged through the mud in the media quite badly.”</p> <p>The fundraising campaign claims to be about “creating grassroots support network, raising the profile of the case and giving people a voice to buy into the whole thing,” according to the Australian Christian Lobby.</p> <p>Mr Iles appeared on <em>The Sunday Project</em> on Sunday evening where <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/awkward-interrogation-lisa-wilkinsons-brutal-israel-folau-question-on-the-project" target="_blank">he was asked by host Lisa Wilkinson if he agreed gay people would go to hell.</a></p> <p>He said the “mainstream Christian belief on this is that all of us are born going to hell”.</p> <p>“We’re all sinners and I don’t think it’s helpful to say that Israel Folau’s post targeted homosexuals. It didn’t,” he said.</p> <p>“I was on the list. I think each of us were on the list. We’re all sinners. We will be judged by God and we will be found wanting.</p> <p>“And yeah, we’ll be judged on our sexual behaviours. Me, as a straight man, will be judged on my sexual behaviours and found wanting.</p> <p>“And that’s what Israel was saying, when he was talking about salvation in Jesus Christ available to all, and millions of Australians believe that.”</p>

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Who was in the wrong? Cyclist slams driver for causing car crash

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A driver has been slammed by cyclists for “brake checking” and causing a group of bike riders to collide into each other. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The video, from Victoria shows a Toyota Landcruiser ute driving behind six cyclists travelling down a two-lane road. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After overtaking the riders, the motorist appears to stop suddenly and turn into a driveway, causing two cyclists to crash and fall from their bikes. </span></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" width="698" height="573" scrolling="no" id="molvideoplayer" title="MailOnline Embed Player" src="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/embed/video/1933750.html"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While one cyclist shouted to warn the others, it didn’t make a difference as they still collided with one another and crashed to the ground. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The riders were riding in pairs. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some Facebook users took to the comments to shame the driver, one writing: “Dangerous driving by the d*** in the ute.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Driver was being malicious! That's what the actions suggest,” another added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One user wrote the 4WD driver could have been less impatient and “waited five seconds to turn behind the riders instead of overtaking braking and then turning.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, while there was a flurry of support for the cyclists, others took aim at the riders. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Funny how the first two folks on bikes don't come undone but the second pair do? Yes, the driver was impatient, but no-one contacted the vehicle,” one user wrote. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another added: “Perhaps single file cycling could have been a way of avoiding the impatient car driver. You cyclists bring this type of driving on yourselves.”</span></p>

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Check your fridge: Second milk recall announced at Coles, Woolies and IGA

<p>A second milk recall has been announced this month over fears of possible E.coli contamination.</p> <p>Dairy company Lactalis Australia announced a recall for milk sold at Coles, Woolworths, IGA and other stores in Victoria and parts of NSW.</p> <p>The company said the contamination cannot be detected by taste, smell and sight, and might make people sick if consumed.</p> <p>The company has identified the source of contamination “and has taken the necessary steps to address it and prevent any recurrence of this problem in the future”, <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-14/milk-recall-coles-pauls-rev-physical-vic-nsw-supermarkets/11208432" target="_blank">it said</a>.</p> <p>Last week, the same company recalled one-litre milk under the brand Coles, Pauls, REV and PhysiCAL due to fears that a cleaning solution had made its way Into the batch.</p> <p>Lactalis said the affected milk may have “<a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/food/has-my-milk-been-recalled-full-list-of-contaminated-coles-and-woolworths-milk-c-176486" target="_blank">yellowish colouring</a> and/or metallic chemical taste”.</p> <p>Shoppers who have bought the milk brands are advised not to consume the products and return them for a refund.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FFood.Standards%2Fphotos%2Fa.281651821862481%2F2728926730468299%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="687" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Below is the full list of the recalled milk brands:</p> <ul> <li>Coles Full Cream Milk 1L Bottle (use by date: 25 and 26 June 2019)</li> <li>Coles Low Fat Milk 1L Bottle (use by date: 25 and 26 June 2019)</li> <li>Coles Skim Milk 1L Bottle (use by date: 25 June 2019)</li> <li>Coles Fresh Full Cream Milk 2L Bottle (sold only at Coles Express with a use by date of 2 July)</li> <li>Pauls Full Cream Milk 1L Bottle (use by date: 26 and 27 June 2019)</li> <li>Pauls Smarter White Milk 1L Bottle (use by date: 25, 26 and 27 June 2019)</li> <li>REV 1L Bottle (use by date: 28 June 2019)</li> <li>PhysiCAL Low Fat 1L Bottle (use by date: 26 June 2019)</li> <li>PhysiCAL Skim 1L Bottle (use by date: 27 June 2019)</li> <li>7-Eleven Lite Milk 2L Bottle (use by date: July 2)</li> <li>Gippy Full Cream Milk 2L Bottle (use by date July 2)</li> <li>Gippy Lite Milk 2L Bottle (use by date July 2)</li> <li>Maxi Foods Lite Milk 2L Bottle (use by date July 2)</li> <li>Pauls Professional Cafe Crema Milk 2L Bottle (use by date July 2)</li> <li>Pauls Smarter White 2% Fat Milk 2L Bottle (use by date July 2)</li> <li>Rev Low Fat Milk 2L Bottle (use by July 2)</li> <li>Rev Low Fat Milk 1L Carton (use by July 2)</li> </ul>

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Spooky: Can you spot what’s wrong with this photo of Kate Langbroek?

<p>Kate Langbroek may be living the dream on her family “gap year” in Italy, but a recent snap seems to tell a different story.</p> <p>The Hit Network radio host recently moved into an 800-year-old home in Bologna earlier this year and took to Instagram to share a selfie from one of its ancient rooms.</p> <p>But shortly after, Kate’s followers noticed something unusual in the background … can you spot it?</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/BzDyScvgS_Y/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BzDyScvgS_Y/" target="_blank">People who are following our family’s move to Italy may know of our waiting waiting waiting (Italian style) to move onto our permanent apartment - so when @davoandy and @tashprendergast blew into bologna, we took them on a tour to check on its progress. It’s in an old palazzo... some of it built in the 1300s, and there are three giant mirrors in the lounge, apparently from the 1700s. So much age. I said to Tash “I always think if I turn around really quickly, I’ll be able to see the past in this mirror...” So we were laughing, and decided to take a selfie to see if anything would appear. Look over my head. WTF is that??? Also, I hope if that white apparition is a ghost that it at least pitches in with the renos so we can finally move in.🙏 👻 #wescreamed #withlaughter #sixtakeitaly❤️🇮🇹💚 #possiblyseven #romewasntbuiltinaday</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/katelangbroek/" target="_blank"> Kate Langbroek</a> (@katelangbroek) on Jun 23, 2019 at 9:34am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It may look like any other selfie, but fans were quick to point out that a ghostly figure photobombed the image, resulting in an eerie background.</p> <p>The spooky spirit wore a white cloak and had black circles for eyes. Alongside it stood a second, shorter creature covered in a black hood.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7828047/kate.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a4b7d217b55f405abd9b775f0493db56" /></p> <p>They were both shown in the dusty mirror behind the pair, gazing directly into the camera.</p> <p>It was only when Kate went back to look at the photo that she noticed she was not alone.</p> <p>“Look over my head … WTF is that???” she wrote in the caption.</p> <p>“OMG is that for freaking real?!” commented one user.</p> <p>Another person said, “There is definitely two [ghosts] … the figure closest to the window looks like a nun with rosary beads around her neck.”</p> <p>One person commented: “I can see a statue of the Holy Mary.”</p>

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"I never saw any evidence of marriage": New book claims Donald and Melania Trump lead separate lives

<p>A new book on Donald Trump has claimed that he and his wife Melania Trump live separate lives, with the 45th US President and First Lady only remaining together out of an arrangement.</p> <p>Following his commercially successful expose <em>Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House</em>, Michael Wolff has released another book on Trump’s presidency.</p> <p>In new book <em>Siege: Trump Under Fire</em>, Wolff claims that the speculations surrounding the First Lady – including rumours of a body double, an extended hospital stay, delayed relocation to the White House and multiple on-record slip-ups – are indications that the Trumps’ relationship is merely for publicity purposes.</p> <p>Wolff told <a href="https://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/inside-the-trump-marriage-michael-wolff-book-claims-donald-and-melania-lead-separate-lives/news-story/782af09528c7696217d116fd1460ff7d"><em>The Australian</em></a> that the couple’s marriage is a “deal” that is akin to the rumoured relationship contract between Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.</p> <p>The book, which cites more than 100 sources, features Trump’s former director campaign and adviser Steve Bannon. </p> <p>“I never saw any evidence of a marriage,” Bannon said as quoted in the book. </p> <p>He told Wolff that most mentions of the First Lady “drew a puzzled look from Trump, as if to say, ‘How is she relevant?’”</p> <p>Wolff also claimed that the First Lady’s delayed move from New York to the White House also spoke volumes.</p> <p>“Indeed, a distraught Melania, repeatedly assured by her husband during the campaign that there was no possibility he would win, had originally refused to move to Washington,” Wolff wrote.</p> <p>“And, in fact, the First Lady was not really in the White House. It had taken Melania almost six months to officially relocate from New York to Washington, but that was in name only.”</p> <p>However, many news outlets have expressed doubts over the claims in Wolff’s new book. </p> <p>“The book is full of stuff that is lurid and sensational, but so dubious in its attributions that even in a review setting I’m afraid to repeat them,” wrote Matt Taibbi of <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/michael-wolff-siege-book-taibbi-review-844398/" target="_blank"><em>Rolling Stone</em></a>.</p> <p>According to CNN political analyst Ryan Lizza, the book also contains “factual errors that mar the author’s credibility”.</p> <p>While Trump has not commented on the new <em>Siege</em> book, he rejected Wolff’s claims in <em>Fire and Fury</em>, describing the book as “the Fake Book of a mentally deranged author, who knowingly writes false information”.</p>

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5 films not to miss from the 2019 Sydney Film Festival

<p>A “top five” list from a major film festival will inevitably annoy many people, because, by necessity, there are many films that one is not able to see, and the scheduling at this year’s Sydney Film Festival involved significant clashes.</p> <p>Still, perhaps the best thing about large film festivals is that they make people watch films they normally wouldn’t. Of the 30 or so I did catch, there were fewer spectacular ones - and notably, fewer duds - than in years past. Here are my five stand-outs.</p> <p><strong>1. School’s Out</strong></p> <p>Directed by Sébastien Marnier, <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7175992/">School’s Out</a> was my pick for best film at the festival. The narrative follows Pierre (Laurent Lafitte), a substitute teacher who takes over a class of elite students at a French private school, after the suicide of their teacher in the film’s opening scene. What begins as mere attitude from the arrogant students, led by Apolline (brilliantly played by Luàna Bajrami in her first feature film), turns into something more menacing as the film progresses.</p> <p>For the most part, the film is told from Pierre’s point of view, and this creates a sense of claustrophobic paranoia as he feels increasingly threatened by his students. We can never quite put our finger on the reason for this and this interplay between his sense of danger and the objective perspective of the other teachers regarding the saintliness of the elite students drives the tension.</p> <p>The whole thing is undergirded by a deep ecological anxiety that endows the film with a sense of significance greater than the ostensible clash between a teacher riven with an inferiority complex and his precocious students. It is as if we are watching a staging of the struggle between entrenched power, which continues to destroy the planet, and the nihilistic youth who are in tune to this, following their final, fatal attempts to do something about it.</p> <p>This thematic material is engaging enough. But it is the sheer control with which Marnier manages the tension and manipulates the viewer (whilst avoiding thriller cliches) that makes School’s Out a masterpiece. A magnificently wrought, flawless film, it also happens to be incredibly engaging at an affective level.</p> <p><strong>2. Bacurau</strong></p> <p>The “people hunting people for sport” sub-genre has produced some of the most disturbing – and effective – films in genre cinema, dating back to The Most Dangerous Game of 1932. Cornel Wilde’s The Naked Prey (1965) remains one of the best, as does John Woo’s Hard Target (1993), one of the only genuinely good Jean-Claude Van Damme films. <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2762506/?ref_=rvi_tt">Bacurau</a>, an excellent genre thriller from Brazilian writer-directors Juliano Dornelles and Kleber Mendonça Filho, marks another entry on this continuum.</p> <p>Set sometime in the near future, the film revolves around a hamlet of the same name in the sertão in north-east Brazil. The inhabitants notice that Bacurau has disappeared from GPS mapping. This is quickly followed by a series of murders of the inhabitants, the victims of a squad of mercenary killers led by Michael (played by the inimitable Udo Kier). Most of these killers are from the US, and, whilst there are political motivations underpinning their invasion of the town, they seem to be mainly doing this for the fun of it (which includes only hunting with old-fashioned weapons such as Tommy Guns!).</p> <p>The inhabitants catch wind of the situation pretty quickly, and, led by guerrilla freedom fighter Lunga (Silvero Pereira), organise their resistance to the coloniser, which, needless to say, involves a great deal of blood. The second half of the film, channelling the films the directors clearly love in staging this struggle (ie those made by Sam Peckinpah and John Carpenter), is more effective than the first half, which is a little meandering in its kind of loose, new wave style.</p> <p>It is an extremely violent – and extremely funny – film, with bad taste aplenty. And this will, surely, alienate many viewers. But Bacurau will not disappoint those of us who like trashy genre films.</p> <p><strong>3. The Brink</strong></p> <p>The Brink follows alt-right puppeteer Steve Bannon, after his dismissal as Trump’s Chief Strategist, as he sets about fostering a populist, anti-immigration movement uniting Europe and the US in the lead up to the US congressional election of 2018. Filmmaker Alison Klayman is given extremely close access to Bannon, and we see him strategising in meetings with European leaders of far-right parties, in “fly-on-the-wall” style – there is no clear exposition, and no talking heads and voice-overs here.</p> <p>The viewer (like Klayman) simply accompanies Bannon throughout his self-styled campaign. The intimacy she is granted is, perhaps, testament to Bannon’s vanity - he and his team are very open about their activities (for instance, they laugh at a supporter’s house at one point), and he does seem to be performing for the camera a lot of the time.</p> <p>What is particularly interesting, though, is the insight the film gives into Bannon and his motivations. Often presented as a kind of fringe lunatic and extreme right zealot in the popular media, Bannon is revealed here as little more than a cynical Machiavellian who will do whatever he can to maintain his power – and class privilege. (Like Trump, he pretends he is an outsider who appeals to blue collar workers but most of his support comes from white collar workers. He is, after all, the ex vice-president of Goldman Sachs, and was educated at elite universities.)</p> <p>We see, perhaps more than anything, how Bannon relies on personal charm, irony and humour to try to disarm his critics and opponents. Bannon appears as a man desperate to be liked – a bit of a loner, a nerd – unwilling to face any direct confrontation or challenge of his views. When a Guardian reporter, for example, challenges his antisemitic rhetoric, Bannon responds by touching the man’s arm and trying to laugh it off in a blokey way.</p> <p>The Brink offers a thrilling, energising insight into political strategy. To call Bannon deceptive – or to moralise about his actions – would be to miss the point. The film suggests Bannon’s aim is to consolidate power, and the ways he goes about this reveal important lessons for anyone interested in politics and populism.</p> <p><strong>4. The Mountain</strong></p> <p>American indie director Rick Alverson’s <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7950334/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">latest film</a> is an exquisitely photographed and scored exercise in weirdness featuring Jeff Goldblum as a kind of snake-oil salesman who drives around the American west in the 1950s hawking lobotomies and electroshock therapy treatments to willing hospitals. Andy (Tye Sheridan), a young man with his own mental health issues, is employed as his photographer, visually documenting his surgeries and his patients’ experiences.</p> <p>There is an eerie starkness to the film – the white of winter snow (with faint echoes of The Shining), of lab coats, of asylum walls – that grounds its at times heavy-handed attempts at strangeness.</p> <p>Although a little pretentious in places, The Mountain is so beautifully made, and the story offers such an effective mixture of comedy and horror, that it is one of the strongest “strange cinema” films of recent years. At the same time, The Mountain, for all its hammy weirdness, does mark an effective intervention into narratives of medical progress through its measured depiction of the brutal treatment of mental illness in America.</p> <p><strong>5. God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya</strong></p> <p>Despite the irritating title (which perhaps works better in its native language, Macedonian), <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8054608/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1">God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya</a> is a delightful parable from Macedonian writer-director Teona Strugar Mitevska. Set in a small Macedonian town, the film follows the social ostracism and persecution of unemployed Petrunya (Zorica Nusheva), when she wins a religious game traditionally played by men involving the retrieval of a cross cast by a priest into a freezing cold river. She is hounded by police, representatives of the Church, and an increasingly violent mob of men, yet refuses to return the cross to the Church.</p> <p>Her persecution is in tandem with journalist Slavica (played by the director’s sister, Labina Mitevska) and her attempts to present the hapless Petrunya as some kind of champion of womens’ rights, a modern day feminist martyr suffering for gender equality in the Balkans.</p> <p>Despite the incisive points the film makes about small town politics in general, it has a whimsical and gentle humour. Every image is beautifully framed, and realised with a subtlety rare in films on the festival circuit. Remarkably, the film is based on real events that happened in the town in which it is set and shot.</p> <p><strong>And the rest</strong></p> <p>There are, of course, several other excellent films that screened at the festival. Some of these, like Meeting Gorbachev, Werner Herzog’s latest documentary, could easily have been in the top five. Herzog’s study of the Soviet leader shows his usual cruel and absurd brilliance. It interweaves footage from 1980s USSR and US with commentary about the fall of the Soviet Union and contemporary interviews with Gorbachev himself and figures from the time who worked against or alongside him.</p> <p>Peter Strickland’s In Fabric – a demented tale involving a coven-like department store and a demonic red dress – could also feature in the top five, and is definitely something to watch and re-watch.</p> <p>Other highlights included the anime film Children of the Sea – typically enigmatic, and great to watch on a big screen – the bloody and comical horror thriller Come to Daddy, starring Elijah Wood as a son returning to his prodigal father, the intense, extremely well-made French cop thriller Les Misérables, the ambitious Australian medieval fantasy, Judy and Punch, the sentimental but effective film from Emilio Estevez about the position of the public library in an America of have-nots, The Public, and Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory, a stately reflection on ageing with Antonio Banderas playing a subdued filmmaker reflecting on his childhood and career.</p> <p>The only real disappointment was Claire Denis’ High Life, a space film starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche that seemed to confuse being obscure with being interesting. This film has all the right elements. Its premise is great – deep space experiments into sexual reproduction involving death row inmates – as is its cast (and budget). But nothing really works, and, aside from a moderately interesting final 20 minutes or so, the whole thing was something of a bore.</p> <p>One of the annoying aspects of festivals playing across multiple screens – and Sydney has been expanding its number of screens in recent years – is that one seldom gets to see everything one wishes to see. Some of the bigger films I missed, this year, which are, from all reports, excellent, include: Thomas Vinterberg’s submarine thriller, Kursk, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away, Korean auteur Joon-ho Bong’s Parasite – which won the festival prize – the Mongolian thriller Öndög, and the Jim Jarmusch zombie film The Dead Don’t Die.</p> <p>Most of these will see general theatrical release in Australia, so perhaps festival tickets are better used catching films otherwise impossible to see on a big screen.</p> <p><em>Written by Ari Mattes. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/five-films-not-to-miss-from-the-2019-sydney-film-festival-118775"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>.</em></p>

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“He looks just like him": Fans blown away by Elvis Presley's lookalike grandson

<p>Lisa Marie Presley has shared a rare and sweet photo of herself and her four children on Twitter and Instagram.</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/By8tI88F-Eo/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/By8tI88F-Eo/" target="_blank">Mama Lion with cubs ❤️🖤💚💙🦁🥰</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/lisampresley/" target="_blank"> Lisa Marie Presley</a> (@lisampresley) on Jun 20, 2019 at 3:34pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In the photo are her 10-year-old twins Harper and Finley, her son Benjamin, 26, and her daughter Riley, 30.</p> <p>The family photo appears to be from a get-together at the end of May in celebration of Riley’s 30th birthday, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/music/lisa-marie-presley-shares-photo-all-kids/" target="_blank"><em>People</em></a>.</p> <p>The photo has sent fans into a spin as they believe that her son Benjamin looks just like his grandfather – and Lisa Marie's father – Elvis Presley.</p> <p>An Instagram follower was stunned by the likeness, saying:</p> <p>“Is that your son? Wow, he looks just like your dad.”</p> <p>Another agreed, providing side by side proof on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">You have your opinion and I have mine! I would say they look alike! <a href="https://t.co/pHxxXJavt5">pic.twitter.com/pHxxXJavt5</a></p> — Lisa Reimund (@ya_reimund) <a href="https://twitter.com/ya_reimund/status/1142413146193321985?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">22 June 2019</a></blockquote> <p>51-year-old Lisa Marie often posts photos of her children on social media, and last shared a photo of herself with Benjamin a year ago with the caption:</p> <p>“Flashback!!!! With Ben at Sun Studios filming @goodmorningamerica at Sun Studios on 5/12/2012 during the release of ”Storm &amp; Grace”.”</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/BkRMEX1BF5C/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkRMEX1BF5C/" target="_blank">Flashback!!!! With Ben at Sun Studios filming @goodmorningamerica at Sun Studios on 5/12/2012 during the release of ”Storm &amp; Grace”.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/lisampresley/" target="_blank"> Lisa Marie Presley</a> (@lisampresley) on Jun 20, 2018 at 6:38pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote>

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