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Hollywood star Gregory Peck’s lookalike grandson cast in new movie

<p>The grandson of Hollywood icon Gregory Peck has been announced to play the new Mr Spock in the Star Trek television franchise.</p> <p>Ethan Peck, 32, will play the character in the second season of <em>Star Trek: Discovery</em>, which premieres in January.</p> <p>“We searched for months for an actor who would, like [the late Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto], bring his own interpretation to the role,” showrunner Alex Kurtzman told <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/star-trek-discovery-casts-spock-ethan-peck-1134570"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>The Hollywood Reporte</strong></span>r</em></a><em>. </em></p> <p>“Ethan Peck walked into the room inhabiting all of these qualities, aware of his daunting responsibility to Leonard, Zach, and the fans, and ready to confront the challenge in the service of protecting and expanding on Spock's legacy.”</p> <p>After the news was announced, Ethan took to Twitter to thank the Nimoy family for giving him their blessing to take on the role.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Thanks to the Nimoy family for your open arms, warm welcome, smiling curiosity and support, for making me feel worthy, as I embrace and take into my heart the iconic half alien we know as Mr. Spock. It is an incomparable honor. 🖖🏼 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StarTrekDiscovery?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StarTrekDiscovery</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LLAP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LLAP</a> <a href="https://t.co/jEXG1T253Z">pic.twitter.com/jEXG1T253Z</a></p> — Ethan Peck (@ethangpeck) <a href="https://twitter.com/ethangpeck/status/1029416376736215040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 14, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Although he has appeared in various TV and movie projects over the years, Ethan is most known for being the grandson of Oscar winner Gregory Peck.</p> <p>The <em>To Kill a Mockingbird</em> star sadly died in 2003 of bronchopneumonia.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7820301/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4fdcfbbbcf254d0ea9d7bd79030fbf0f" /></p> <p>Ethan has welcomed all comparisons to his late grandfather, with some saying he inherited Gregory’s deep voice, thick brows, black hair and defined jawline.</p> <p>“It's a very wonderful comparison,” Ethan told <em>Hollywood Today Live </em>in 2016.</p> <p>“I think before it was a little more difficult to stomach because people just kind of want to see him, which is understandable and that's cool. And also wonderful, like he's wonderful, what a great comparison!”</p> <p>Do you think Ethan Peck looks like his famous grandfather? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Do you breath through your mouth? It could be seriously affecting your health

<p>If you breathe through your mouth, then chances are your health could be at risk. Sydney-based dentist, Dr Lewis Ehrlich, believes in the holistic approach when treating patients, one that focuses on the link between oral health and their overall well-being. He is also responsible for informing people of the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/body/dentist-reveals-the-scary-impact-of-one-gin-and-tonic" target="_blank">dangers gin and tonic have on teeth enamel.</a></em></p> <p>While it is known that breathing through the mouth can cause damage to teeth enamel and be responsible for tooth decay, the habit can also make you sick.</p> <p>According to Dr Ehrlich, breathing through the mouth causes an influx of bacteria and toxins to enter your body that your nose would usually filter out.</p> <p>“Nose breathing gives us the best possible chance of dealing with this challenge because within the nasal passages there are many filtration mechanisms at play,” he told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health/health-advice/why-breathing-through-your-mouth-can-make-you-seriously-sick/news-story/66b84012a0eb46e01dd0aed3c2c64a69" target="_blank">Body + Soul</a></em>.</p> <p>The nasal filtration system is a mechanism that is made up of fine hairs inside the nostril, the adenoids, turbinates (which regulate the airflow in nasal passages) and mucous membranes of the sinuses.</p> <p>Dr Ehrlich says that breathing through the nose instead of the mouth helps “warm, filtrate and humidify” the air.</p> <p>According to him, this will minimise several health risks, such as breathing problems, allergies, hay fever, enlarged tonsils and other chronic respiratory issues.</p> <p>He also emphasises how breathing from the mouth can have a negative effect on the body overall. And breathing from the nose allows for a balanced flow of both oxygen and carbon dioxide (CO2) and prevents people from over breathing.</p> <p>“When we 'over-breathe', CO2 levels decrease, and it makes it difficult for oxygen to be released from the bloodstream into our tissues for use,” he said.</p> <p>Plus, there are also many psychological benefits of breathing through the nose. Dr Ehrlich says research has proven that feelings of stress and anxiety can be regulated with the use of deep nasal breathing techniques.</p> <p>“This is the basis of many meditation practices, and has been established by numerous studies,” he said.</p> <p>If you struggle with breathing through the nose, elevating your head while you sleep and sleeping on your side or stomach is known to help. Also, removing any allergens present in the house and maintaining a good posture are great ways to get into the habit of breathing through the nose.</p> <p>Do you breathe from your mouth or nose? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Woman loses $60,000 to romantic scammer on online game Words With Friends

<p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__intro sics-component__story__paragraph">A new wave of romantic scammers are targeting victims on the online game Words With Friends, leaving one Kiwi woman $60,000 out of pocket. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">The game, owned by American social game developer Zynga, is similar to Scrabble in that players build words in a crossword-style against an opponent online. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Once signed up as a member, a player can send game requests and accept them from others around the world and players can chat to one another. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">But that messaging feature is now being used by scammers posing behind fake profiles, who attempt to woo players in the hope they will eventually send them money. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"><em>The Sydney Morning Herald</em><span> </span><a href="http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/romance-scammers-prey-on-players-of-online-scrabble-like-word-game-20180731-p4zuof.html"><em>reported earlier this month</em></a><span> that a scammer using the name Richard Bricks was using a photo of Argentinian actor Juan Soler in his pursuits on Words with Friends. </span></p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Manager of Fraud Education at the Commission for Financial Capability, Bronwyn Groot, said scammers often told their victims "lots of beautiful things" and sent links to love songs by artists including Celine Dion. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"Their poetry is cut and paste, whether they take it from a Hallmark cards website - I don't know, but you put it into Google and it links it back to tonnes of scams."</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">The scammers call their victims 'dear' or 'darling', seldom using their first name.  </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"Probably because they're running multiple scams and they don't want to get caught out," Groot said.  </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">The scammers use a similar narrative; they are working on an oil rig overseas, or for the United Nations in places such as Afghanistan or Syria. Some have lost family members, or their wives have died and they are widowed.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Groot said one woman she dealt with, who couldn't be named, lost around $60,000 to a romantic scammer on the Words With Friends game.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"She got an invitation to accept someone's friendship and she didn't accept it, then they reached out again and she didn't accept it, then the third time they said 'why don't you wanna talk to me?' and she said, 'because I don't know you' and that was how the conversation started," Groot said.  </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"It was only a few months, but it was a few months long enough for her to think he was legitimate and also send him lots of money." </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Once somebody gets caught up in a romantic scam it can be really difficult to get out of and often the victim will be in denial, Groot said.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"The lady I was dealing with so desperately wanted to believe it was real," she said. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"It is devastating ... she had sent the money and had no chance of getting it back, then had to face the reality of having lost someone she had a romantic connection with." </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">It is unclear how many New Zealand Words With Friends players have been targeted, but the game's discussion forums are teeming with warnings and scam stories from players. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">One player wrote about her experience  of getting "involved" with another member.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"We 'met' on WWF in April and he used all the sweet talk, when I questioned things, he always had the right answers that seemed to make sense at the time and he was so smooth at convincing me it was all in my head," she wrote.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"I should have listened to my little voice but I am embarrassed to say I was convinced."</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">The profile which scammed $60,000 from the Kiwi woman is still active on the site and Groot had doubts about whether Zygna was adequately addressing the problem. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Groot's concerns were echoed on the Zygna discussion forums. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"It is disappointing that Zynga appears to do nothing to stop this. Every user I have reported is still active ... I even provided sources of information found," one player wrote. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Dalziel, of the High Tech Crime Group, said police regularly received reports of scams but their frequency and the way in which scammers operated varied. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">"Sadly there will always be some people who try to use online sites to scam and rip people off for money, and we advise that people always exercise caution when interacting online."</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Anyone who believes they are the victim of a crime, in person or online, should report the matter to police, he added.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">Zynga was approached<em> </em>for comment but said they were "unable to provide comment at this time". </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"><strong>HOW TO AVOID BEING FALLING VICTIM TO A ROMANTIC SCAM:</strong></p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">- Never send money to someone you've never met. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">- Run a reverse Google search of images you are sent to check for previous use. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">- Read forums on game sites to stay informed about current scams. </p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph">- Be wary when people profess strong feelings for you early on.</p> <p class="sics-component__html-injector sics-component__story__paragraph"><em>Written by Charlotte Carter. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/106254141/romantic-scammers-preying-on-players-of-online-game-words-with-friends">Stuff.co.nz</a>.</em></p>

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“She’s chucking it in”: Denise Drysdale responds to claims she has quit Studio 10

<p>New claims have emerged that Denise Drysdale is walking away from the breakfast TV show,<em> Studio 10. </em></p> <p>During a radio segment on <em>The Kyle and Jackie O Show</em>, entertainment journalist Peter Ford revealed that the 69-year-old is “chucking it in”.</p> <p>Denise’s departure follows a recent string of exits on <em>Studio 10</em>, with the recent resignation of Ita Buttrose and Jessica Rowe.</p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black;">“<span style="letter-spacing: -.1pt;">She's quitting the <em>Studio 10 show</em>. She's chucking it in,” Peter told Kyle Sandilands and Jackie "O" Henderson. </span></span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white; min-height: 0px; orphans: 2; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;" class="xxmol-para-with-font">Peter then went on to suggest the possible reasons for her departure, saying: “She's now got the house all built on the Gold Coast. She's got a new baby [a dog] on the way. She's adopted a dog.”<span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">Following the segment, a spokesperson for Network Ten said that Denise would address Peter’s claims that morning. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">On-air this morning, Denise revealed that she won’t be leaving the show, but she will be taking a break. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">She said: “I have been touring for 54 years in this job and I am sick of the travel and sick of sleeping in other people's beds."</span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white; min-height: 0px; orphans: 2; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;" class="xxmol-para-with-font">She continued, “I spoke to our executive producer and said, 'I need to go'. I had a meeting and they said, ‘We don't want you to go. Have a break. Then come back’. So I am lucky to still be working at my age and have an opportunity to have a little break.”<span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">In 2016, Denise transitioned from being a fill-in presenter to a permanent host on the breakfast TV show. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">Throughout her time on <em>Studio 10</em>, Denise faced rumours of tensions between her and former co-host Ita Buttrose, 76. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">The speculation was heightened after Denise threw a brussels sprout at Ita in an on-set incident last November. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">Fans were also quick to comment on the pair’s relationship during Ita’s farewell segment in April, when Denise stayed noticeably silent. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">However, in a statement to <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk"><em><strong><u>Daily Mail Australia</u></strong></em></a><u>,</u> Network Ten denied the claims there was a rift between the two, labelling the allegations “offensive”. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">Ita’s departure came a month after Jessica Rowe told viewers on-air that she was resigning to spend more time with her family. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bg7xS9BBoIC/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 36.94444444444444% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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/Bg7xS9BBoIC/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">A post shared by Studio 10 (@studio10au)</a> on Mar 29, 2018 at 9:26pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt; background: white;">“After much soul searching and discussions with my family, it is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave Studio 10,” Jessica said. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">The resignations have also impacted <em>Studio 10</em>’s ratings, with the show only averaging 63,000 viewers a day in April this year.</span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p style="background: white;" class="xxmol-para-with-font"><span style="color: black; letter-spacing: -.1pt;">In January 2014,<em> Studio 10</em> was averaging more than 90,000 viewers a day across Australia. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; color: black;"></span></p> <p>Would you be sad to see Denise Drysdale leave <em>Studio 10?</em> Tell us in the comments below.  </p>

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"You can't beat it": The budget mascara being sold every 2.5 seconds

<p>A $12.95 mascara is selling out in mere seconds as women take to social media to praise the budget-friendly beauty product.</p> <p>Available at any Australian supermarket store or your local pharmacy, the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara has earned rave reviews from women who claim it works better than high-end products.</p> <p><img id="i-f749a63f7ba5a226" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/15/03/4F19934800000578-6061547-image-a-247_1534300766461.jpg" alt="One tube of the classic $12.95 Maybelline Great Lash Mascara sells every 2.5 seconds" width="306" height="528" /></p> <p>Beauty blogger Caitlyn Ann, from Michigan, shared her glowing review on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7bFe2vza48"><strong>YouTube</strong></a>, along with a before and after shot of her eyelashes after using the product.</p> <p>“I very impressed with this mascara. I didn't think I was going to like it but it gives your eyes a very natural look... It does a nice job,” she said.</p> <p>“Look how beautiful that is. I'm obsessed with this product, I should have tried it a long time ago,” she said.</p> <p><img id="i-98e68194ae06a1fc" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/15/03/4F19935D00000578-6061547-image-a-248_1534300799147.jpg" alt="'I'm obsessed!' Beauty blogger Caitlyn Ann, from Michigan, shared her glowing review on YouTube, along with a before and after shot of her eyelashes after using the mascara" width="634" height="417" /></p> <p>Other women agreed, with many branding it the “best mascara ever”.</p> <p>“The best mascara I've ever found! It's enough to keep my eyelashes longer and volumnised and its very light so my eyelashes stay up and curled throughout the day,” one woman raved.</p> <p>Another said: “I've tried so many high end brands of mascara and came back to this one. It does just as good of a job if not better.”</p> <p>“This is the best mascara out there, period. I have tried many different brands, including prestige and this is hands down the best one! And for the price, you really can't beat it! I highly recommend it,” one poster wrote.</p> <p>One said: 'It's a no fuss mascara and perfect for giving your lashes a naturally defined look. It spreads on thinly and does not leave clumps in your lashes, giving them a natural look without looking fake.”</p> <p>And another said: “This is a cult classic mascara that has been around ever since I can remember. I remember my mum using this when I was younger, and I'm pretty sure it was the first mascara I ever purchased.</p> <p>“I still use it to this day, it's great quality for a great price. It does a good job at coating and separating lashes. It isn't the best mascara for volume or thickness, it's more suited to an everyday natural look.”</p> <p>The “all day wear” mascara, which hit shelves 47 years ago, promises a “full lash look without clumps or globs” and “dries within seconds”. </p> <p>What are your beauty product recommendations? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Michael J Fox reveals he "drank heavily" after Parkinson's diagnosis

<p>He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 when he was only 30, and now Michael J Fox has opened up about the shock of the news and how he struggled to cope with illness.</p> <p>In the new issue of <a href="https://people.com/tv/michael-j-fox-tracy-pollan-happy-marriage/"><strong>People</strong></a>, the 57-year-old star, who has been married to actress Tracy Pollan since 1988, revealed that he took to drinking soon after he was diagnosed – and it got so bad that he was hiding wine bottles from his wife.</p> <p>“I was isolating myself from my family,” said the Back to the Future star, adding his drinking caused friction in his marriage.</p> <p>Tracy added: “It was scary because you just don't know how it is going to turn out.”</p> <p>Michael recalled the tipping point came when Tracy found him passed out on the floor one morning. She let him know she was “over it” and instead of being angry, she looked “bored”, he said.</p> <p>Tracy asked him: “Is this what you want? Is this what you want to be?” And then she walked out the door.</p> <p>It was a turning point for Michael, who cleaned up his act, and started on his path to help others with Parkinson’s.</p> <p>He launched his foundation to raise awareness and money for Parkinson's research, which has so far raised nearly $1 billion. Michel believes that in five years doctors will be able to 'predict' Parkinson's.</p> <p> </p>

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7 ways to revamp your living room without spending a fortune

<p>If your living room feels dull and lifeless it's time for a new look. Using a balanced combination of light, colour and texture, you can transform a tired space into a room you don’t want to leave. And the best part? It doesn't have to cost you a fortune.</p> <p><strong>1. A floor rug</strong></p> <p><span>A floor rug can bring visual warmth and ties in the elements of a room creating a succinct space. In open plan areas it can also help ‘zone’ the living room and segregate it from the dining room. Note: Make sure you consider the size of the rug. A rug too big or too small can change the dynamics of a room. You can find a reasonably priced rug discounted through some wholesalers.</span></p> <p><strong>2. Couch pillows and a throw</strong></p> <p><span>Pillows and throws are a great way to revitalise a room. Simply changing the materials and colours of them can transition your room from summer to winter in a matter of minutes. Bold colours, pastels and thin materials can be great for summer, yet thick materials, heavy textures and muted tones are perfect for winter. Note: Mix and match colours of the same season. </span></p> <p><strong>3. Framed prints</strong></p> <p><span>Framed prints can form interest in a room, create a talking point with visitors and set the style of your living room. You can find some fantastic pieces from secondhand stores. Just remember that you want to match the ‘style’ of the room with the print, not necessarily the colours.</span></p> <p><strong>4. A vase and flowers</strong></p> <p><span>It is surprising how flowers can liven up a room. They bring a pop of colour and a sweet scent that cannot be artificially mimicked. Try keeping the vase a neutral colour or using a large recycled jar, and chose flowers that last, such as natives, kale flowers or greenery fillers.</span></p> <p><strong>5. A coffee table</strong></p> <p><span>Consider the shape and size of the coffee table to suit the layout of your sofa’s. You may find you need to compromise on the size of the table to fit the space. Think about the finish of the table. A timber table top may not always look good with timber floors.</span></p> <p><strong>6. A lick of paint</strong></p> <p><span>Paint is an easy way to transform a room and you can do yourself. Try a feature wall to give new backdrop to framed prints or paint the entire room for a complete overhaul. If you are confident with your decorating skills, try your hand at stenciling. Tip: Make sure you use a complementary hue if you are creating a feature wall.</span></p> <p><strong>7. A side table</strong></p> <p><span>It’s a useful piece of furniture to have. You can move it to suit the room layout and it can be used to sit a lamp, an indoor plant or just your cup of coffee! Like the coffee table, you may want to think hard about the shape and size of the table, and try not to match it with the coffee table. </span></p> <p><em>Written by <a href="http://www.ellevidovichcopywriter.com.au"><strong><u>Elle Vidovich.</u></strong> </a></em></p>

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Take the quiz: What type of eater are you?

<p>When it comes to losing weight, one in four Australians will fail. Many of us want to know why and what we can do about it. But the issue rarely lies with the diet — it lies with the dieter. Psychologist Dr Meg Arroll and respected journalist Louise Atkinson’s mutual interest in the psychology of dieting has led to them developing an effective strategy which allows readers to gain a deeper understanding of their eating habits, helping them to pick the right diet, stick to it more effectively, lose weight and actually keep it off – forever.</p> <p>So what type of eater are you? Are you a…</p> <ul> <li><strong>Rebel </strong>who’s either fully immersed in a diet or thoroughly ‘off message’</li> <li><strong>Scrambler </strong>forever nibbling, grazing, snacking on the hoof</li> <li><strong>Traditional </strong>adhering to deeply established dietary conventions</li> <li><strong>Gourmet </strong>who lives to entertain and indulge</li> <li><strong>Soother </strong>who finds comfort and solace in food</li> <li><strong>Magpie </strong>flitting from one sparkly new diet plan to another?</li> </ul> <p><strong><u>TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT</u></strong></p> <p><strong>Which of these most closely describes your friendship style?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>My friends are <em>extremely </em>important to me, but I struggle to keep up</p> <p><strong>B </strong>I enjoy the company of people who share my interests</p> <p><strong>C </strong>I have a small number of very core ‘best’ friends</p> <p><strong>D </strong>My partner/family are my best friends</p> <p><strong>E </strong>I’m not too interested in making new friends, I stick close to my old buddies</p> <p><strong>F </strong>I enjoy meeting new people and building new friendships</p> <p><strong>What is your most-cherished dream?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>To live a fabulous life free from mundanity</p> <p><strong>B </strong>To achieve tip-top health</p> <p><strong>C </strong>To be truly, deeply happy</p> <p><strong>D </strong>To be mortgage- and debt-free and financially secure</p> <p><strong>E </strong>To be the best of the best in everything I do</p> <p><strong>F </strong>To get to the end of each day without some mini disaster</p> <p><strong>If you invite friends over for dinner you are most likely to serve up:</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Fine food made from exquisite ingredients, laboriously prepared and beautifully presented</p> <p><strong>B </strong>A healthy and nutritious meal featuring the latest superfood ingredients</p> <p><strong>C </strong>A simple but delicious curry with rice, naan and all the trimmings</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Shepherd’s pie with peas/carrots or lasagne (with garlic bread)</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Steaks (preferably medium rare)</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Pre-prepared chicken/salmon breasts with bagged salad</p> <p><strong>When someone says CAKE do you think:</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>‘Which recipe is this? What are the ingredients?’</p> <p><strong>B </strong>‘Does it contain gluten? Sugar? Refined flour? Is it organic?’</p> <p><strong>C </strong>‘Mmmm, delicious!’</p> <p><strong>D </strong>‘If only I had a cup of tea to go with it’</p> <p><strong>E </strong>‘No thanks, I’m trying to be good . . . oh go on then’</p> <p><strong>F </strong>‘Can you wrap me a slice to go?’</p> <p><strong>How would you best describe your grocery shopping style?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>I like to browse independent delis and shop locally when possible</p> <p><strong>B </strong>I’m a fan of health food shops and the ‘free from’ aisles</p> <p><strong>C </strong>I find it hard to stick to my list and I’m easily tempted by offers</p> <p><strong>D </strong>I stick closely to my usual shopping list or my online ‘favourites’</p> <p><strong>E </strong>I’ll grab something at the express supermarket close to work</p> <p><strong>F </strong>I have an online food delivery every week and I’m always on the look-out for BOGOF deals</p> <p><strong>Which celebrity impresses you most?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Barack Obama</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Gwyneth Paltrow</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Oprah Winfrey</p> <p><strong>D </strong>David Attenborough</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Bear Grylls</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Davina McCall</p> <p><strong>What kind of books do you prefer?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>World events/politics</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Literary prize winners</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Romance</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Celebrity autobiographies</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Personal development/specialist magazines</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Audio books</p> <p><strong>What movie genre is your favourite?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>A foreign film with subtitles</p> <p><strong>B </strong>True stories/docu-dramas</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Romantic comedies</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Classic action movies like James Bond</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Horror</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Sci-fi</p> <p><strong>What’s your preferred breakfast option?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Homemade muffin warm from the oven or organic Greek yoghurt</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Green juice or smoothie</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Porridge</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Cornflakes or toast and jam/marmalade</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Protein shake</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Black coffee</p> <p><strong>Your perfect holiday would be:</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>The latest word in high-end luxury</p> <p><strong>B </strong>A fastidiously researched city break with a packed itinerary</p> <p><strong>C </strong>A super-chilled villa/beach/pool holiday</p> <p><strong>D </strong>The same place you love to go back to each year</p> <p><strong>E </strong>High-octane adventure/trekking</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Fun family holidays that involve inevitable compromise</p> <p><strong>What’s your perfect kind of car?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Lexus (high-end luxury)</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Tesla (economical/environmentally sound)</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Volvo (super-safe)</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Land Rover 4x4 (practical/useful in all conditions)</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Porsche (sexy sports car)</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Ford S-Max (practical/useful)</p> <p><strong>What’s your confrontational style?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>What confrontation? I’m usually right</p> <p><strong>B </strong>I try to read the signs before working out the best option</p> <p><strong>C </strong>I’ll usually do anything necessary to find a swift resolution even if this means compromise</p> <p><strong>D </strong>I try to avoid conflict and keep things to myself if I can</p> <p><strong>E </strong>I’ve been known to flounce off in a huff</p> <p><strong>F </strong>I’m good at conflict resolution and sorting things out</p> <p><strong>What’s your preferred snack option?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Smoked almonds or olives</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Granola bar</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Chocolate</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Biscuits</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Energy ball</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Diet cola</p> <p><strong>What would you typically choose for lunch on the hop?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Homemade soup with sourdough bread and cold French butter</p> <p><strong>B </strong>A packaged salad</p> <p><strong>C </strong>A baked potato with cheese and baked beans</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Ham or cheese sandwich on sliced bread (pre-packed)</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Canteen meal or pub lunch</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Chocolate or a couple of biscuits</p> <p><strong>Chocolate of choice?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Minimum 85% cocoa solids</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Cacao nibs</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Quality Street/Celebrations</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Cadbury’s Dairy Milk</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Chilli-infused chocolate</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Freddo, Finger of Fudge, fun-sized Milky Way</p> <p><strong>How do you best like to chill in your spare time?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>With friends, food and wine</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Reading or researching</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Box set/Netflix</p> <p><strong>D </strong>DIY/gardening</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Working towards my latest goal/challenge</p> <p><strong>F </strong>What spare time?</p> <p><strong>What’s your preferred work style?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Entrepreneurial: I like to forge ahead and find new opportunities</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Flexible: I’m happy to balance work from home with the office</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Collaborative: I strive to ensure the team is happy and effective</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Conventional: I like a clear plan and set deadlines</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Managerial: I’m happiest when others let me take charge</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Eclectic/diverse: Some of my best work is done at night</p> <p><strong>What is your favourite tipple?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Pastis/schnapps/brandy</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Obscure label gin</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Prosecco</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Whisky/Rioja</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Beer</p> <p><strong>F </strong>White wine (in a large glass)</p> <p><strong>What is your favourite drink on the go?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>Fresh ground coffee</p> <p><strong>B </strong>Smoothie</p> <p><strong>C </strong>Latte with a flavoured syrup</p> <p><strong>D </strong>Tea</p> <p><strong>E </strong>Energy drink</p> <p><strong>F </strong>Instant coffee</p> <p><strong>What do you look for in food labels?</strong></p> <p><strong>A </strong>I prefer to buy fresh artisan food which doesn’t have labels</p> <p><strong>B </strong>I scrutinise the labels looking for sugar derivatives, preservatives and gluten</p> <p><strong>C </strong>I rarely look at food labels</p> <p><strong>D </strong>I’m brand loyal for familiar names from my childhood (Heinz, Kraft, etc.) and I don’t tend to look at nutritional information.</p> <p><strong>E </strong>I’ll check protein content</p> <p><strong>F </strong>I’m more interested in price, offers and deals</p> <p><strong><u>RESULTS</u></strong></p> <p><strong>Mostly As: You could be a GOURMET</strong></p> <p>You love food – but not just any food. It has to be the finest you can find. The process of sourcing and preparing food is as important to you as the ingredients, and hosting well-catered parties is an outlet for your exuberant personality. You have a flair for storytelling and you are socially adept. Your curiosity and fascination also spans current affairs, politics, and you have a deep interest in those around you. Any negative issues with food and eating behaviour only appear because you find it incomprehensible not to consume the best food and drink – surely that’s what life is all about?</p> <p><strong>Mostly Bs: You could be a MAGPIE</strong></p> <p>Magpies love to experiment with sparkly new health approaches. You are a trendsetter in many things, moving on from the ‘next big thing’ before most of your friends have even heard of it. Your keen investigative skills spill over to all areas of life – you are the go-to person to organise holidays and you are flawless in planning and execution. You also keep an eye on all health news and file it away in your vast memory. The Magpie can quickly lose interest in one diet plan and switch to the next, causing confusion (and overeating), as well as diet fatigue.</p> <p><strong>Mostly Cs: You could be a SOOTHER</strong></p> <p>Soothers are highly intuitive, and you care deeply for those around you. You soak up other’s pain and heartache and, as a truly compassionate soul, you strive to make everyone happy. Food is truly comforting due to its neurochemical and rewarding effects that you don’t receive elsewhere, so you seek to self-soothe with food. This makes it very hard to resist carb-laden foods and stick to diets when feelings start to peek out from under the surface.</p> <p><strong>Mostly Ds: You could be a TRADITIONAL</strong></p> <p>As a Traditional, you hold your core values very dear. You have great respect for law and authority and you strive to ‘do the right thing’. You know what you like and what you don’t and you’re not comfortable taking risks. You do like the idea of adventure and spontaneity, but it takes quite a bit of persuading. Friendships and relationships might take longer to build, but once established they are secure. The Traditional sticks close to long-established patterns of eating and will be frustrated by changes in nutritional dogma and the fact that the old dietary rules and portion sizes no longer serve to keep you slim.</p> <p><strong>Mostly Es: You could be a REBEL</strong></p> <p>The Rebel is a very black and white thinker – success and goal-meeting are extremely important. You take everything to the max and you’re more than happy to lead by example. You’re no shirker, and you will exercise to the point of exhaustion, but you’ll think nothing of meeting friends in a bar afterwards and drinking double the calories you just burned in the gym. You’ll show exemplary willpower and stick to the toughest, most rigid diet plan – with impressive results – then blow everything on an all-you-can-eat buffet.</p> <p><strong>Mostly Fs: You could be a SCRAMBLER</strong></p> <p>The Scrambler is busy. Really busy. Whether you’re juggling young children, ageing parents, a demanding job, committee work, voluntary positions, you love the challenge of keeping all those plates spinning.</p> <p>For you, life would feel dull if every minute wasn’t a multi-tasking challenge. But amid all this organised chaos, it is all too easy to forget to take care of yourself – it can be tough to work out which plate you are going to have to drop to make room. With so little time for proper meals you graze and nibble your way through the day or find yourself starving and out of control in the evenings.</p> <p><em>This is an edited extract from </em>The Shrinkology Solution<em> by Dr Meg Arroll and Louise Atkinson published by Quadrille RRP $19.99 and is available where all good books are sold. </em>Find more: <span><a href="https://www.shrinkology.co.uk/">https://www.shrinkology.co.uk/</a></span></p>

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Why Prince Charles might not be King Charles

<p>When the Prince of Wales eventually succeeds his mother to the British throne, there is a chance that he might opt to use another name in his new position rather than Charles.</p> <p>The Queen ‘s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter, who wrote the book On Duty with the Queen, has revealed that Charles may choose one of his middle names for his official title when he is crowned king.</p> <p>In an interview with <a href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">Hello</em></strong></span></a> magazine, Mr Arbiter said: “He might choose one of his other names Philip, Arthur or George.”</p> <p>Charles would join a long list of his royal ancestors who also opted to change their names once they ascended the throne.</p> <p>Charles’s maternal grandfather Albert Frederick Arthur George, known to his family as ‘Bertie’, chose to go by King George VI in honour of his late father.</p> <p>King Edward VII’s first name was Albert, but chose his second name, Edward.</p> <p>Charles will also gain other significant titles, including the Duke of Lancaster, Defender of the Faith, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Head of the Commonwealth, and King of other Realms and Territories.</p> <p>“[Charles will] also be Lord of the Man (Isle of Man) and Duke of Normandy,” Mr Arbiter said.</p> <p>“But generally he’ll only be known as King.”</p> <p>Mr Arbiter also believes Camilla will become Queen Consort when her husband becomes King.</p> <p>Mr Arbiter shared that he thinks Camilla will be a good support to Charles, because of her “sense of fun and humour”.</p> <p>The title Camilla will receive when Charles become King has been long debated since the pair married in 2005, with Clarence House maintaining it is “intended” she will be known as “Princess Consort”.</p> <p>However, royal insiders have reportedly said that Charles wants to see her receive the title of Queen Consort.</p> <p>Earlier this year, Clarence House and Buckingham Palace removed any mention of her possible titles from their official websites.</p> <p>“This is one question that Clarence House has not been asked by the public for some time, which is why it no longer features,” a spokesman said at the time.</p> <p>What name do you think Prince Charles should choose when he becomes King? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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“We owe them”: The adorable initiative that’s helping our Aussie farmers

<p>Rachel Allen, a sheep farmer based in Yass, NSW has been hand-feeding her sheep for over two months in an attempt to keep them alive throughout the worst drought in almost a hundred years. Now, she’s facing another problem – mothers are rejecting their newborn lambs due to low feed.</p> <p>During droughts, mothers tend to reject their young, so they could look after their own survival. After having lost three lambs to the harsh weather conditions, Ms Allen ordered 10 hand-knitted jumpers for the babies in the hopes that it will keep them warm.</p> <p>With the conditions deteriorating for our Aussie farmers, Ms Allen said she only had 10 bales of hay left, and to be able to afford costs, she sold three of her horses.</p> <p>“It’s pretty bad,” she said. “We’re hand-feeding every two days to all our sheep and feeding horses twice a day. There’s just no grass for anything.”</p> <p>With very little grass left, Ms Allen along with other farmers, are desperately hoping for rain. In the meantime, <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.cwaofnsw.org.au/" target="_blank">The Country Women’s Association (CWA)</a></em> has asked knitters across Australia to come together and knit for a good cause.</p> <p>The jumpers, which are knitted for lambs, are helping them stay warm and alive.</p> <p>“The lambs are weakened from the extreme cold and the lack of feed available. The mothers have been rejecting the weakest lambs, so before the jumpers came I was keeping the weakest ones inside in a box next to the heater,” said Ms Allen.</p> <p>The initiative was started by Marie Knight – a sheep farmer from Tannabar, a town south of Coonabarabran in NSW. Having launched the campaign through Facebook in late July, she now has the support of the CWA and is hoping to better the conditions after witnessing first-hand how the weather can affect lambs and farmers around the nation.</p> <p>“Many farmers are stressed about how long this drought has been going, and a lot of ewes are having twins for some reason, so they are struggling to feed their babies,” says Ms Knight.</p> <p>“The jumpers are very easy to make.</p> <p>“You can save an animal’s life and put a smile on the face of a farmer – and they could really use that right now!”</p> <p>Crafty Frog, a craft shop located in Canberra, is also sending woolly jumpers to farmers around NSW and surrounding regions of the ACT. Store owner Laura MacKinnon said that she gets countless requests each day from farmers requesting jumpers and quilts for their lambs.</p> <p>“If farmers haven’t already requested the jumpers, we seek out farmers and offer them our knitting, crocheting and sewing services.</p> <p>“These jumpers are helping to keep the lambs warm and alive,” Ms MacKinnon said.</p> <p>“We owe them. It’s time to support our farmers and show them that we love and care for them and their livelihood”.</p> <p class="content-body__paragraph" data-reactid=".rrxsn04uu4.0.0.4.0.0.0.1.0.3.$7.$0">Have a go using the pattern below:</p> <p class="content-body__paragraph" data-reactid=".rrxsn04uu4.0.0.4.0.0.0.1.0.3.$7.$0">The jumper is knitted all in one.<br />Use ONLY 8 ply acrylic yarn (pure wool not suitable for conditions).</p> <p data-reactid=".rrxsn04uu4.0.0.4.0.0.0.1.0.3.$7.$1"><a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/news/real-life/baby-lamb-jumper-knitting-pattern-50649"><em>Women's Day</em></a> Knitting Pattern</p> <p data-reactid=".rrxsn04uu4.0.0.4.0.0.0.1.0.3.$7.$1">As a tension guide:<br />Size 5mm needles<br />(tight knitters)<br />Size 4.5mm needles<br />(loose knitter)<br />Cast on 44 stitches, work<br />18 rows in K2, P2 rib.<br />Work 30 rows in<br />stocking stitch.</p> <p data-reactid=".rrxsn04uu4.0.0.4.0.0.0.1.0.3.$7.$2">To shape sleeves:<br />Cast on 12 stitches at beginning of next two rows, at the same time change to rib stitch for 22 more rows.</p> <p data-reactid=".rrxsn04uu4.0.0.4.0.0.0.1.0.3.$7.$3">Shape neck:<br />First row rib 21, cast off<br />26 stitches, rib 21.<br />Next row rib 21, cast on<br />26 stitches, rib 21.<br />Work 22 rows in K2, P2 rib.<br />Work 30 rows in<br />stocking stitch.<br />Work 18 rows K2, P2 rib.<br />Cast off.</p> <p data-reactid=".rrxsn04uu4.0.0.4.0.0.0.1.0.3.$7.$4">Please send your baby lamb jumpers to:<br />Coonabarabran Times<br />44 Dalgarno Street (PO Box 6)<br />Coonabarabran NSW 2357</p> <p>If you’re wanting to lend a helping hand, then check out <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/CraftyFrog/" target="_blank">Crafty Frog Facebook page</a></em> or the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/lambjumpershelpingourfarmers/" target="_blank">Lamb Jumpers “Helping Our Farmers” Facebook page</a></em> for more information.</p>

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Georgie Gardner’s horror interview with MP

<p>Fraser Anning took to live TV this morning to double-down on why he used a term associated with the Nazi plan to kill millions of Jews in his maiden speech to Parliament yesterday.</p> <p>In his controversial speech, the Queensland crossbench senator called for a “final solution” plebiscite on which migrants come to Australia, as well as calling for a Muslim ban and a return to the White Australia policy.</p> <p>Appearing on the Today show, host Georgie Gardner asked him why he was targeting Muslims.</p> <p>“I think that we can’t take the risk of bringing people into this country that commit crimes like the Bourke Street massacre or the one we just saw in London today,” he said. “I think we have to protect Australian citizens.”</p> <p>He claimed that for every 1000 Muslims brought into Australia, there are “50 that want to kill us”. He also added that “Apex gangs in Melbourne” are entirely made up of Muslims.</p> <p>“I don’t want those people in this country,” he said. “People are being murdered by these people.”</p> <p class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fiwakeupwithtoday%2Fvideos%2F1120618881420675%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>When asked about his use of the Nazi term “final solution” in his speech yesterday, he said he “didn’t even think” about whether it would be offensive.</p> <p>“All I said was the final solution to the immigration problem is a vote of the Australian people,” he said. “That has nothing to do with the ‘Final Solution’, the thought police got onto that.</p> <p>“For everyone to take it out of context is a joke and try and shutdown debate.”</p> <p>Gardner replied that it was “far from a joke” and asked whether he would like to apologise.</p> <p>But Anning refused, saying: “Good men died for our right to say whatever we want to say and use whatever words we want to use.</p> <p>“If people want to take it out of context that’s entirely up to them. It was never meant to denigrate the Jewish community and it’s two words and if that offends anyone unfortunately that’s the way it has to be.</p> <p>“I don’t regret anything Georgie. I’m not going to apologise or regret anything I say.”</p> <p>He finished the interview by bizarrely claiming Australia was on a “march towards another communist state”.</p> <p>Yesterday, the Katter’s Australia Party upper house MP called for an end to Muslim immigration and an immigration program that favours “European Christian” values.</p> <p>In his speech, Anning also claimed a majority of Australian Muslims live on welfare and do not work.</p> <p>“While all Muslims are not terrorists, certainly all terrorists these days are Muslims,” Senator Anning said.</p> <p>“So why would anyone want to bring more of them here?” He called for the government to ban all welfare payments to migrants in the first five years of living in Australia, labelling many asylum seekers as “welfare seekers”.</p> <p>Senator Anning also wants a plebiscite on who comes to the country to allow people to decide whether they want “wholesale non-English speaking immigrants from the third world”.</p> <p>“The final solution to the immigration problem is of course a popular vote,” he said.</p> <p>The speech immediately prompted a backlash from politicians, as well as thousands on social media.</p> <p>But the Senator refused to backdown, releasing a statement overnight to “repudiate baseless allegations”.</p> <p>He said that people on the left were trying to shut down immigration debate.</p> <p>“Claims that the words meant anything other than the ultimate solution to any political question is always a popular vote are simply ridiculous,” Senator Anning said in a statement.</p> <p>“Anyone who actually reads them in context will realise this.”</p>

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The sad reason Australia's dwindling koala population is under threat

<p>The NSW Government has revealed its 'road kill' <span>numbers are increasing per year despite having special tunnels, bridges and fencing in place to avoid coming into contact with wildlife. One of the many incidents where an innocent koala was killed, took place was in 2017 and it was recorded on video.</span></p> <p>The heartbreaking footage shows a young koala trapped inside St Helena tunnel, near Byron Bay in NSW, as it attempts to crawl to safety but sadly does not make it in time.</p> <p>The driver, who refused to follow tunnel operators’ instructions as they attempted to save the koala’s life, merges into the closed lane, giving the poor koala no chance.</p> <p>The video, which is one of many in the ‘road kill’ files belonging to the State Government, was obtained under freedom of information laws from NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).</p> <p>The files, which highlight where koalas are being killed around NSW, includes five years of incident reports from the Pacific Highway, where 68 koalas have been killed to date.</p> <p>With dozens of koalas being killed every year, their population is lessening on the NSW north coast, and they are being classified as ‘locally endangered’.</p> <p>The video shows the event that happened after an RMS tunnel operator saw “something flapping” on a surveillance camera.</p> <p>The operator realised the object was an injured koala after zooming in to the footage.</p> <p>The report states that around 3:00am: “The tunnel operators turned the UHF radio on Channel 29 and questioned why the truck driver had disobeyed traffic directions and ran over the animal. [The] truck driver brushed it off stating there is no need to rescue the animal now.”</p> <p>The tunnel was then shut down for incoming traffic as rescue volunteers attempted to recover the koala's body.</p> <p>According to the <em><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-13/nsw-government-road-kill-files-reveal-states-koala-plight/10088916" target="_blank">ABC</a></em>, no charges were made against the truck driver for failing to listen to instructions or for killing the koala. </p> <p>Have you ever hit a wild animal by accident whilst driving? Share your story with us in the comments below. </p>

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Michael Schumacher’s new $47 million hideaway

<div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Champion Formula One driver Michael Schumacher is in the process of moving into a $47 million (AUD) mansion located in Majorca, Spain, nearly five years after he suffered a catastrophic brain injury due to a skiing accident.</p> <p>Purchased by his wife Corinna, the mansion was previously owned by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and is an estimated 161,000 square feet.</p> <p>Schumacher, who has not been seen publicly since 2013, was in a medically induced coma for six months after his accident and has been incredibly private about his life since. It is said that he is receiving full-time care at his current home in Switzerland.</p> <p>Schumacher’s lawyer told a court in 2013 that he “cannot walk” after a German magazine falsely claimed he could “walk again”. As a result, they were forced to pay Schumacher $78,000 dollars for invading his privacy.</p> <p>Katia Rouarch, the mayor of Andratx (a municipality in Majorca), confirmed the Schumachers' purchase of the Spanish property to Swiss magazine <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.illustre.ch/magazine/majorque-se-prepare-accueillir-michael-schumacher" target="_blank">L’Illustre</a></em>.</p> <p>“I can officially confirm Michael Schumacher is going to move into our municipality and that everything is being prepared to welcome him,” she said.</p> <p>The mega mansion, which contains two swimming pools, a helipad and guest villa, is surrounded by scenic views and extravagant properties.</p> <p>While it is not confirmed when the German racing legend will arrive, or how long he will stay, the location is memorable to the couple as Schumacher and his wife Corinna spent time on the island before his tragic accident.</p> <p>German tabloid <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bild.de/" target="_blank">Bild</a></em> claims that Corinna has bought the property in order to spend time with family and friends.</p> <p>Real Madrid president Perez had bought the house for $39 million but decided to sell the property after the death of his wife Mari Angeles Sandoval.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Don’t get fooled by this annoying airport prank

<p>Most travellers are familiar with the urgent scan in an airport for an available power outlet, so that you can charge up a dying device before boarding a flight.</p> <p>Now, airport pranksters are preying on traveller’s desperation for battery power with a new trick.</p> <p>The jokesters are placing stickers of fake power outlets at airport gates and then watching with amusement as people unknowingly attempt to plug their charger into a sticker.</p> <p>The stickers look realistic, causing even the savviest to fall victim to the stunt.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Whoever put up this fake sticker of an open outlet at the airport, you are now my enemy for life. <a href="https://t.co/TYEJKmY6Zg">pic.twitter.com/TYEJKmY6Zg</a></p> — Brandon #BeForTheGame (@Atrioc) <a href="https://twitter.com/Atrioc/status/1026327505072869376?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Sadly, the prank has gained a lot of traction and has started occurring in airports all over the world.</p> <p>“Whoever put up this fake sticker of an open outlet at the airport, you are now my enemy for life,” one person said on Twitter.</p> <p>The stickers have been placed in various places around the airport, including on garbage bins.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Will the person who’s putting fake outlet stickers all over the airport please die already thanks <a href="https://t.co/zamnWgQMlh">pic.twitter.com/zamnWgQMlh</a></p> — Alish Erman (@alishisthebest) <a href="https://twitter.com/alishisthebest/status/1019787984583847936?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 19, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>According to <em>The Sun</em>, the pranksters are getting their hands on these fake power point stickers by purchasing them online.</p> <p>Have you seen one of these power outlet stickers while travelling? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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“Never ever again”: Passenger slams British Airways for serving inedible food aboard flight

<p>A businessman travelling with his family has slammed British Airways for serving food that made him ‘wretch’ as he claims to have been given ‘burnt chicken nuggets’ and substandard meals on his flight home from Mauritius.</p> <p>Adam Ball posted photos of the disappointing food on his social media, claiming that it was ‘truly awful’ and ‘inedible’. Mr Ball would have paid around $4,400 for return tickets to Mauritius.</p> <p>The images, which were posted on August 12, show three meals all appearing as unappetising as the next. Burnt chicken nuggets, vegetable lasagne and sausage, egg and burnt beans were all part of the menu.</p> <p>Mr Ball, who runs a plumbing and heating firm in Surrey, England said that the chicken nuggets were a part of the children’s meal and that he doesn’t think it’s "appropriate to feed to a dog let alone children".</p> <p>The vegetable lasagne was so terrible that it almost made Mr Ball vomit as was the sausage, egg and burnt beans.</p> <p>After filing a complaint with British Airways, Mr Ball said that he received a generic response from customer services and that he will "never ever again" fly with British Airways after this shocking experience.</p> <p>But the food wasn’t the only thing wrong with the flight, as Mr Ball claimed that there were "countless other problems with our recent long-haul BA flight."</p> <p>The comments on the British Airways Facebook page seemed to agree with his sentiment as the airline's social media is flooded with countless complaints.</p> <p>“The sad thing is, we are paying such extortionate prices for these flights – flights are often delayed, and service is terrible,” said Facebook user Dianne Gornall.</p> <p>Other users have pointed out the lack of communication from the airline as Debbie Leung asked: “Does BA actually respond to any complaints? We travelled with them in January from Hong Kong to London, cabin crew was rude, and the air quality was awful.”</p> <p>A spokeswoman from British Airways has said: “We pride ourselves on the quality of the meals we offer on board and have recently launched a multi-million-pound investment programme into our World Traveller catering.</p> <p>“Our team of expert chefs from around the world develop new menus every month to ensure our meals are full of flavour at 35,000ft.</p> <p>“We are sorry that our standards fell below our customer’s expectation on this occasion.</p> <p>“Feedback is always passed on to our catering teams who check the quality of the food we serve on board every week.”</p> <p>Have you ever had a terrible in-flight experience? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Fatal bridge collapse in Italy: Race to save survivors

<p>Hundreds of emergency rescue workers are in a race against time to find as many survivors as they can after a major highway collapsed in Italy’s city of Genoa.</p> <p>The incident, which occurred during a violent storm, saw 80 metres of the 50-year-old Morandi bridge collapse, sending vehicles, concrete debris and steel into a nearby river, railroad tracks and industrial zone below.</p> <p>Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte revealed that 26 people have been found dead so far and 15 injured, although he fears the death toll will continue to rise.</p> <p>Mr Conte described the incident as an “immense tragedy”.</p> <p>Reportedly, unidentified fire brigade sources told Italy’s ANSA news agency that 35 people were confirmed dead.</p> <p>Mr Conte also thanked the hundreds of rescue workers working in the aftermath, saying “they saved people who fell 45 metres and are now alive and in the hospital”.</p> <p>Rescue official Emanuele Giffi said: “We’re not giving up hope, we’ve already saved a dozen people from under the rubble.</p> <p>“We’re going to work round the clock until the last victim is secured.</p> <p>“There are buildings that have been hit but it seems that all the victims were on the bridge,” Mr Giffi said.</p> <p>The cause of the collapse was not immediately clear, although a storm warning had been issued for Tuesday morning.</p> <p>The national motorways body said on its website that “maintenance works were being carried out on the base of the viaduct”.</p> <p>Experts say the collapse was likely caused by a construction flaw or long-term wear and tear.</p> <p>Due to a public holiday on Wednesday, the industrial zone below the highway was luckily almost empty when the incident occurred.</p> <p>Genoa resident Elizabeth told the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/"><strong><u>BBC</u></strong></a>: “The state of the bridge always concerned us. Nobody has ever crossed that bridge with a light heart.</p> <p>“Everybody has always done it praying that the bridge wouldn’t fall down. Today that happened.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Si capisce meglio la portata con questo video <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/pontemorandi?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#pontemorandi</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/genova?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#genova</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/video?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#video</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/crollo?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#crollo</a> <a href="https://t.co/c4XFXm4HuC">pic.twitter.com/c4XFXm4HuC</a></p> — Farmacia Serra (@farmaciaserrage) <a href="https://twitter.com/farmaciaserrage/status/1029332110606315520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 14, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The Morandi Bridge connects the A10 highway that goes toward France and the A7 highway that continues north toward Milan.</p> <p>The bridge was designed by the engineer Riccardo Morandi, and was built between 1963 and 1967 by the Italian Society for Water Pipelines.</p>

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“I would be starving”: Michelle Bridges' tiny lunches criticised

<p>Former <em>The Biggest Loser</em> trainer Michelle Bridges is famous for her tough stance on health and fitness.</p> <p>But her latest promo of her new range of lunch boxes has fans questioning her small portion sizes.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram, Bridges shared photos of her homemade lunches – which look delicious but on the small side.</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/BmcUTqUgVKn/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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/BmcUTqUgVKn/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">Getting quite addicted to finding new and colourful combos for my take-to-works 😋🍽 Today's #5minutelunchbox is brought to you by hot smoked salmon (store bought but totes inspired to smoke my own this weekend @commandosteve 🐟), lemon hummus, leftover brown rice and fridgy bits and pieces. Looks good right 😎👌 #mblunchboxrevolution @woolworths_au @bigwaustralia</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/mishbridges/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank"> Michelle Bridges</a> (@mishbridges) on Aug 13, 2018 at 7:25pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <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/BmJ7NP9AJy7/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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/BmJ7NP9AJy7/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">Had to take a snap 📸 of my #5minutelunchbox this morning, even though this caption will take me longer to write that it took me to put this together! Last night's quinoa (made a cup or so extra), chucked together with some fridge staples while I boiled a couple of eggs🥚🥚 #sosimple #mblunchboxrevolution @Woolworthsau @bigwaustralia Love Mish 💋❤️</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/mishbridges/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank"> Michelle Bridges</a> (@mishbridges) on Aug 6, 2018 at 3:59pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <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/Bl1rBNugK0z/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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/Bl1rBNugK0z/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">Today's #lunchsorted in 10 minutes this morning thanks to my MB Meal Prep Kits 🙌 Cauliflower 'fried' rice with vegetables, pan fried chicken breast and a very portion controlled serving of my incredibly moorish tamari seed mix from the pantry 😋 #mblunchboxrevolution @woolworths_au @bigwaustralia</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/mishbridges/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank"> Michelle Bridges</a> (@mishbridges) on Jul 29, 2018 at 7:13pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Many of Bridges’ followers commented on her tiny lunch photos, noting these portions would not keep them full throughout the day.</p> <p>“I would be staaaaarving still after eating that,” one person wrote. While others said “That would keep me going for about seven minutes” and “My 1 year old eats more than this.”</p> <p>Another wrote: “Love the colours these come in but I don’t think they are big enough!”</p> <p>However, many followers leaped to the personal trainer’s defence saying the smaller size would help them avoid overeating.</p> <p> “Where do you get these trays - they look perfect for portion control,” one commenter wrote.</p> <p>“Love these, hubby and I both use the set I bought to take our lunches to work,” another said.</p>

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Dentist reveals the “scary” impact of one gin and tonic

<p>A Sydney dentist has revealed the terrifying impact just one sugary beverage can have on teeth.</p> <p>Dr Lewis Ehrlich shared confronting before and after images, with the dentist saying carbonated drinks leave teeth with “more holes than Swiss cheese”.</p> <p>“You only get one set of adult teeth,” he said.</p> <p>“If these drinks can dissolve the hardest part of your body it’s scary to think what they would be doing elsewhere.”</p> <p>First, Dr Ehrlich shared a magnified photo of a healthy tooth with a “smooth” intact surface, after being exposed to still drinking water.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:269.140625px;" src="/media/7820273/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6ef92d32990c42eb8ebe66c707c50760" /></p> <p>He explained that when sugary and acidic beverages are consumed, it can damage tooth enamel and leave holes.</p> <p>He then shared an image of tooth enamel after drinking just one sweetened “sugar free Vodka cruiser”.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:269.140625px;" src="/media/7820274/2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9b4e77c818a24aedbcc820b3e5e3305f" /></p> <p>“There are more holes than Swiss cheese,” Dr Ehrlich said of the impact of this pH 3.2 beverage.</p> <p>Finally, the dentist showed how tooth enamel is impacted after drinking a very acidic pH 2.2 Gin and Tonic.</p> <p>“The enamel has seen better days after a late night,” he said.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:269.140625px;" src="/media/7820275/3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/78d4847f126a48ff8763cd59581d37a1" /></p> <p>Dr Ehrlich encouraged people to avoid “carbonated and sweetened drinks where possible” but gave some advice to those who couldn’t.</p> <p>“If you’re going to have them, drink them through <span style="font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit !important;">a (biodegradable) straw</span> and chase them with a water,” he said.</p> <p>“Wait at least 30 mins before brushing your teeth, and it’s not a bad idea to have some healthy food around to help stimulate saliva and protect those chompers.”</p>

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Quiz fail: How this contestant’s hilarious mix-up cost him $100K

<p>A contestant on a US game show has made people scratch their heads after they witnessed what could go down as the most embarrassing quiz fail ever.</p> <p>Brooklyn comedian Evan Kaufman faced internet scrutiny after he made a terrible attempt at answering a seemingly simple question on the ABC’s <em>The $100,000 Pyramid</em> on Sunday (local time).</p> <p>Playing for $50,000, Kaufman was asked to name someone who has the surname, Obama. Mr Kaufman panicked and blurted out the name of former Al-Qaeda leader – Osama Bin Laden.</p> <p>What followed was <em>Saturday Night Live</em> alum Tim Meadows sitting across from Kaufman, stunned and unable to register what he had just heard. Alongside the backlash from those on social media.</p> <p>With some people laughing at the seemingly innocent mistake, many were labelling Kaufman as a racist for not knowing the difference between Obama and Osama.</p> <p>One Twitter user asked: “What kind of idiot would think, ‘People with the last name Obama’, would think Bin Laden?”</p> <p>The video, which has now gone viral, has prompted the comedian to respond to the backlash via his Twitter account.</p> <p>In a series of tweets, Kaufman explained that he and his partner had just recently welcomed a baby and the exhaustion had gotten to him.</p> <p>“Let me tell you the story about perhaps the most embarrassing moment of my life,” he starts off by saying.</p> <p>“The first square flips. I breathe. I read, ‘People Whose Last Name is Obama.’ I freeze. There’s only one. BARACK OBAMA. The man I would have voted for three times,” he wrote.</p> <p>“What I should have said was, ‘Michelle, Sasha, Malia, Bo! The PORTUGUESE WATER DOG BO!”</p> <p>But what seemed to be a mind blank quickly became one of the most unforgettable moments of Kaufman’s life.</p> <p>“Here’s what my brain decided. Who is associated with Obama? Who did he kill? What sounds like Obama!” he admitted.</p> <p>While he didn’t take home the top prize, Kaufman walked away with a cool US$8,500 (A$11,740) and managed to leave plenty of laughs behind.</p>

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“I’m really battling”: Grieving father of murdered children reveals heartbreaking struggle

<p>The father of four children who were killed in a murder-suicide near Margaret River has revealed he is struggling to get through the days.</p> <p>Three months on from the tragedy that shocked Australia, Aaron Cockman said he has been in constant pain since his daughter and three sons were killed.</p> <p>“To be honest, I’m really battling, really battling. I make it halfway through the day and I think I only have half more to go – and then the next day comes,” Mr Cockman told Sunrise on Thursday morning.</p> <p>“I really miss the kids. I even miss Katrina.</p> <p>“The sadness that I am going through, it should never have happened … as soon as the lawyers got involved, everything went downhill really really fast.”</p> <p>On May 11, Mr Cockman’s estranged father-in-law Peter Miles, 61, shot dead his 58-year-old wife Cynda, 35-year-old daughter Katrina and her four children – daughter Taye, 13, and sons Rylan, 12, Arye, 10, and Kadyn, 8.</p> <p>Mr Cockman is preparing to meet with Health Minister Greg Hunt on Wednesday about changing Australia’s family legal system, warning of the potentially devastating consequences of court involvement in family separation.</p> <p>“Things just began to spiral out of control,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.</p> <p>“There was no turning back. I backed away because I could see the enormous strain she [Kat] and the family were under.</p> <p>“We need to find a better, safer way of dealing with family separation than the family court,” Mr Cockman said.</p> <p> </p>

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Cassandra Thorburn opens up about her new life: “I feel like we’re dead to Karl’s family”

<p>It has been two years since Today host Karl Stefanovic split with his wife of 21 years, Cassandra Thorburn.</p> <p>In an exclusive interview with <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/news/local-news/cassandra-thorburn-life-without-karl-stefanovic-50576">Women’s Weekly</a></strong></em></span>, Thorburn has opened up about finding herself– as well as her confidence and resilience – again after the divorce left her in a very dark place.</p> <p>"Thankfully I've been gifted with enough resilience and strength to have got us all through these past two years," Thorburn tells the publication.</p> <p>"Last year, I declared that Karl really was dead to me, a man I no longer know, but the children still have their father."</p> <p>"The flip-side of that is I feel like we're dead to his family and almost anyone from our old life."</p> <p>"There has been practically no contact. I feel like we've been discarded and disposed of, replaced by a whole new line-up of starters."</p> <p>"It has been a real adjustment period for me."</p> <p>Thorburn, who shares three children with Stefanovic, also revealed that she was embarking on a new career as a children’s book author. Together with her close friend, Cara Campbell, she has co-authored <em>Leo Lion’s BIG Bed!</em>, which is set for release this month.</p> <p>A former journalist, Thorburn put her own career on hold to be a stay-at-home mum for her children – Jackson, now almost 19, Ava, 13, and River, 11 – while Stefanovic pursued his journalism career.</p> <p>Stefanovic is now one of the highest paid TV personalities in the country. Despite all that’s happened, Thorburn doesn’t regret her decision at all, saying being a stay-at-home mum does not mean she’s lost out.</p> <p> “I’ve had an incredibly full and interesting life and wouldn’t give up the years of being there for them for anything,” Thorburn said.</p> <p>“It incenses me that stay-at-home mums are, on the one hand, applauded for putting family first, making the choice to forgo careers for the sake of our children.</p> <p>“But then, when there is a split, we’re either accused of manipulating the children or criticised for asking for the money that is rightfully ours — you can’t win.”</p> <p>Stefanovic’s family has responded to Thorburn’s interview, releasing a statement to <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://celebrity.nine.com.au/2018/08/15/18/32/karl-stefanovic-family-comments-cassandra-thorburn">Nine’s TheFIX</a></strong></span>: “We are disappointed Cass would claim such inflammatory suggestions that we have alienated Karl’s children from our family.</p> <p>“Nothing could be further from the truth. Karl regularly co-parents his children and has his loving family around them.</p> <p>“We refuse to keep a running dialogue of the children. There are custody and financial matters before the Family Court and Karl has abided by every single one of them and we will not jeopardise it. Family is often compromised when parents go through a painful divorce and we do our best to continue our love and support for the children.”</p>

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Then and now – how the concept of arranged marriage has changed throughout the years

<p>At the age of 24, Meera Patel had set her sights on finding a husband within a year, and she did exactly that with the help of her parents and the age-old tradition of arranged marriage.</p> <p>Having never dabbled in the world of dating, let alone marriage, the Sydney pharmacy student made sure to keep her expectations realistic. Speaking to the <em><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-15/why-indian-australian-millennials-choosing-arranged-marriage/10113718" target="_blank">ABC</a></em>, she said that she wasn’t planning on “casting positive thoughts into the universe".</p> <p>As a Gujarati Indian woman, the concept of arranged marriage is common but over the years, it has modernised to become adaptable with today’s society. The method, which is a popular form of matchmaking in South Asia, dates to thousands of years.</p> <p>A study on the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/indian-youth-is-a-strange-mix-of-conservative-and-liberal-attitudes/articleshow/58319013.cms" target="_blank">youth of India</a></em> conducted in 2016 found that 84 per cent of married couples had an arranged marriage.</p> <p>The tradition – which has a stigma attached to it – has evolved over the past 50 years, according to Nonie Tuxen, a PhD student and resident of Mumbai.</p> <p>“If you speak to a lot of people here in India over the age of, say, 75, many of them did not see or speak to their spouse prior to their wedding,” she said.</p> <p>“Whereas nowadays, young people both here in India, and in the diaspora, have a great deal of say in who they marry.</p> <p>“There’s a lot of confusion about whether an arranged marriage is forced in some way – it never is, forced marriage is an entirely separate issue.</p> <p>“The decision ultimately lies with them … it doesn’t lie with their families.”</p> <p>Which is why, when Meera believed the time was right, she asked her parents to help her find a husband.</p> <p>Meera’s close friend, Hemangini Patel, says that the lines between “love marriages” and arranged marriages are blurring.</p> <p>“I just thought that your parents introduced you to someone and you had to get married in, like, a month,” she says.</p> <p>But according to Hemangini, Meera felt overwhelmed by the world of dating once she had reached her 20s, which is when marriage becomes a commonly spoken about topic amongst the Indian community.</p> <p>“I was doing a Master’s degree which was a two-year course … so [I had] no time to think about anything except for work and studying” says Meera.</p> <p>“I would have no idea where to go and look for a person.</p> <p>“So, when my parents approached me with the idea [of arranged marriage] … I’m like, ‘Yes! You do all the work for me and I’m happy with whatever!'”</p> <p>But Meera was never dreaming about Prince Charming, and her list of expectations in her potential partner had nothing to do with outward appearance, but rather she was focused more on his culture and beliefs.</p> <p>Meera’s Prince had to be Hindu and belong to the BAPS Swaminarayan faith.</p> <p>“I’m very religious, so I wanted someone with the same religious background as me, to make it easier for us to understand each other,” she said.</p> <p>“We have some dietary requirements – we don’t eat onion and garlic, and we’re very strict vegetarians, as well, so I wanted someone who can understand that.”</p> <p>Language was also an important factor that had to be considered. The BAPS Swaminarayan faith, which was established in the east-Indian state of Gujrat, has a majority of Gujarati speakers.</p> <p>“I wanted someone who could not only communicate with my parents but everyone else in my family,” says Meera.</p> <p>After Meera approached her parents about the possibility of an arranged marriage, they got in touch with Gujarati families across the world.</p> <p>While they went through many potential suitors, it was ultimately a New Zealand man, Rushi, who stole Meera’s heart.</p> <p>“My dad contacted his dad, and after that we exchanged numbers,” she said.</p> <p>After getting to know each other through text and phone calls, Meera and Rushi flew to one another to meet each other’s families.</p> <p>That was two years ago. Now, as Meera and Rushi get ready to marry each other in January, they know each other better than they know themselves.</p> <p>“It’s going to be a big wedding from what I hear because it’s going to be planned by parents fully,” she says.</p> <p>“As long as they’re happy, I’m happy.”</p>

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Family of four! Tennis champ Mark Philippoussis and wife welcome second child

<p>Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis and his wife Silvana Philippoussis have announced the happy news that they have welcomed their second child into the world.</p> <p>The 41-year-old athlete shared a photo of his family while announcing the name of their baby daughter, Maia Maria Philippoussis.</p> <p>"So incredibly happy, grateful and blessed to announce the birth of our little girl Maia Maria Philippoussis, born August 12th at 9:05pm, weighing 6.9lbs," he posted.</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/Bmb1Np7hwaH/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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/Bmb1Np7hwaH/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">A post shared by Mark Philippoussis (@mark_philippoussis)</a> on Aug 13, 2018 at 2:53pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Mark and Silvana are already parents to their four-year-old son, Nicholas.</p> <p>In an interview with <a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/womansday"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>Woman’s Day</u></em></strong></a><u>,</u> Silvana shared how important it was to teach Nicholas his parents' family values.</p> <p>The model mum said: "Number one, I want to instill strong family values. I tend to believe that a strong foundation can help you deal with whatever life has to throw at you.</p> <p>"As long as he [Nicholas] feels love, he'll be able to open up and talk to me and Mark."</p> <p>Days before she went into labour, Silvana shared a photo playing with Nicholas.</p> <p>"Take time to tickle, To kiss and to hug; Take time to giggle, To talk and to love. Perhaps there's a lot That needs done today, But take just a minute To stop and to play..." she wrote.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmXM95Hlgni/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 55.18518518518518% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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/BmXM95Hlgni/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">A post shared by SILVANA PHILIPPOUSSIS (@sphilippoussis)</a> on Aug 11, 2018 at 7:45pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>This week is full of celebrations for the family, with Mark and Silvana also celebrating their five-year wedding anniversary.</p> <p>"Happy Anniversary my love, 5 years! Words can't describe how much I love you and what you mean to me, thank you for your love and support, thank you for the mother you are to Nicholas and soon to be daughter, we are all so incredibly lucky and grateful," Mark shared. </p>

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The sentimental piece of jewellery Duchess Meghan is saving for her daughter

<p>While Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's wedding was only a few months ago, it seems the former actress has always dreamt of having children. In an interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://ca.hellomagazine.com/fashion/02015090318539/meghan-markle-biggest-splurge-must-have-fall-pieces" target="_blank"><em>Hello! Magazine</em></a> from 2015, Meghan revealed an item that she plans on using as a family heirloom.</p> <p>To celebrate the success of her show <em>Suits</em>, the Duchess splurged on a Cartier watch which would have pushed her back close to $10,000. But she plans on keeping it around for a very long time.</p> <p>“I’ve always coveted the Cartier French Tank watch,” she said. “When I found out <em>Suits</em> had been picked up for our third season – which, at the time, felt like such a milestone – I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version.”</p> <p>Meghan even had the classic watch engraved with a personal message: ‘To M.M. From M.M.’ </p> <p>“I plan to give it to my daughter one day,” Meghan explained. “That’s what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them.”</p> <p>Following their royal wedding in May, the world now awaits potential baby news from the couple, but don’t hold your breath, as you may be waiting a while.</p> <p>While the royal couple have no intentions of starting a family soon, Prince Harry did add that they will “hopefully start a family in the near future".</p> <p>Though, whenever the two decide to have children of their own, there will be a difference between their child and Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – as Harry and Meghan’s children will have <a href="http://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/why-harry-and-meghan-s-children-will-have-a-different-surname-...">different surnames</a>.</p> <p>With all of Queen Elizabeth’s and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren sharing the historical surname Mountbatten-Windsor, there is a high chance that Harry and Meghan’s children will carry the surname Sussex.</p> <p>With William and Harry being known throughout their schooling as William and Harry Wales due to their father being Prince Charles of Wales, it is thought that Harry and Meghan’s children will adopt their parents’ titles.</p> <p>Likewise, Prince William and Kate’s family are known as the Cambridge’s due to the couple being the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It is said that this tradition allows the royal children to adapt to their environment more easily. </p>

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Urgent safety recall: Harvey Norman bunk bed could trap kids

<p>A bunk bed sold at Harvey Norman at Mascot, NSW,  has been recalled due to the risk of entrapment. The Domino bunk bed was being sold at the south-east Sydney branch without the required infill on the top bunk side panel.</p> <p>The company has taken the measures to recall the bunk bed as it runs the risk of injuring children. The bed supplied by Dixie Cummings Enterprises Pty Ltd is a wooden bunk bed intended for children.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7820280/bunk-bed.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/73b88395803e4817bac8f200a74d251a" /></p> <p>The <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/dixie-cummings-enterprises-pty-ltd-domino-bunk-bed" target="_blank">Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)</a></em> has published a recall notice on its website saying the product "does not comply with the mandatory standard Trade Practices Act 1974".</p> <p>As stated on the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/dixie-cummings-enterprises-pty-ltd-domino-bunk-bed" target="_blank">ACCC’s</a></em> website, customers who have purchased the bed will be contacted by Harvey Norman via phone or mail, to organise a new timber panel and label that will be supplied and installed free of charge.</p> <p>Consumers can get in touch with the Aftersales Administrator by emailing <a rel="noopener" href="mailto:aftersalessupport@dixiecummings.com.au" target="_blank">aftersalessupport@dixiecummings.com.au</a> or via phone on (03) 9762 2988.</p>

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“I worked for $2.46 an hour”: Drought-stricken farmer slams Coles and Woolies over milk prices

<p>A dairy farmer has shared a video online, which criticises Australia’s major supermarkets for paying him a painfully low wage for a full month’s work of delivering dairy products.</p> <p>In the Facebook video, NSW farmer Shane Hickey revealed he was paid the equivalent of $2.46 per hour for the month of July from retailers such as Coles, Woolworths, ALDI and IGA.</p> <p>“I'm a proud dairy farmer and I work very hard,” he said, while choking back tears in the emotional video.</p> <p>“Something's got to change. People can't expect farmers to continually work for nothing. It's basically slavery.”</p> <p class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F100010237748509%2Fvideos%2F700862226931696%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>&gt;</p> <p>Mr Hickey revealed that production at his farm is down 50 per cent compared to the same period last year because of the drought.</p> <p>The farmer questioned where the major supermarkets would get their products from if the drought continued.</p> <p>“Water is disappearing quickly and is most likely going to be in restrictions in a very short period of time – it's looking rough,” he said.</p> <p>“So thanks Coles and Woolies, $2.46 an hour – you pay your staff more than that.”</p> <p>Mr Hickey said as well as running his dairy farm, he also has to look after his three children and pay off the mortgage.</p> <p>“I'm not irrigating at the moment because my irrigator's broken and I have to work within a budget, but there's no money in the budget so I've just got to try and do it myself,” he said.</p> <p>The video has since generated many comments from Aussies, with some calling the situation “disgraceful” and “appalling”.</p> <p>Others asked what shoppers could do to support drought-stricken farmers like Shane.</p> <p>Speaking to <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">Daily Mail Australia</em></strong></span></a>, a spokesperson for Woolworths said the price a dairy farmer receives for milk, known as the farm gate price, is set by dairy processors and not supermarkets.</p> <p>“We know there are many Australian farmers doing it tough with the drought and that's why we've been working closely with Rural Aid to ensure more support can be provided to those impacted,” a Woolworths spokesperson said.</p> <p>While a Coles spokesman did not address Mr Hickey’s claims, he said the Coles Nurture Fund was set to provide $5 million in grants and interest-free loans for farmers.</p> <p>“Coles is also raising money in stores across the country for the Country Women’s Association’s drought relief efforts, to provide more immediate assistance, and Coles is matching every donation dollar-for-dollar,” he told<em style="font-weight: inherit;"> Daily Mail Australia</em>.</p> <p>“In just over two weeks, together we have raised over $1.8 million.”</p>

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Lisa Marie Presley to testify against estranged husband in bitter divorce case

<p>Lisa Marie Presley will testify against her estranged husband when their bitter divorce trial goes to court on Monday.</p> <p>Presley split with musician Michael Lockwood in 2016 after 10 years of marriage. They share nine-year-old twin daughters, Finley and Harper.</p> <p>She says that her estranged husband has been trying to claim a share of the inheritance left to her by her late father, rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley.</p> <p>According to legal documents, the 50-year-old is set to take the stand to testify that her husband had "assured her that he was not that guy" after she told him prior to their 2006 wedding that she "would not marry someone who would come after her for her money."</p> <p>Presley, once worth a staggering $87 million, asked Lockwood to sign a post-nup for peace of mind after their marriage. The post-nup was signed by both parties and stated that neither would pursue the other for support "at any time, regardless of the circumstances."</p> <p>"So much for assurances," Presley's attorney, Gary Fishbein, said of Lockwood, who is now contesting the post-nup with Presley.</p> <p>Lockwood, 57, is arguing the document be void because he was coerced into signing it, and his lawyer at the time, who has since died, failed to properly explain the terms of the agreement.</p> <p>"Lockwood cannot now complain that he's sorry he entered the agreement because he doesn't like the terms," said Fishbein. "He knew what he was signing, was represented and cannot invalidate the agreement because he has a case of sour grapes."</p> <p>In her count documents, Presley has claims that she is $22 million in debt, with $14 million owed in back in taxes. However, Lockwood refutes this, claiming Presley earns around $5.8 million every year, or $480,000 a month, thanks to a trust set up by her father.</p> <p>The trial is expected to last four days.</p>

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Look out Aldi and Woolworths: Huge US supermarket heading to Australia

<p>American retail giant Walmart could soon be on its way to Australia, adding fierce competition to grocery stores such as Aldi and Woolworths.</p> <p>Coles is soon to be separated and floated on the Australian Stock Exchange by its owners Wesfarmers, which means there is room for change within the retail sector.</p> <p>Experts believe that Walmart making an investment in Coles would be an opportunity that should not be passed up, as this allows for the American supermarket to make room for itself down under.</p> <p>Sue Mitchell from the AFR wrote that the merging of UK supermarket Asda with Walmart has freed up billions in capital for the company.</p> <p>Kevin Moore wrote for <a href="https://www.smartcompany.com.au/industries/retail/walmart-new-owner-coles/"><em>Smart Company</em></a> – an Australian business website, that now is the perfect time for US companies to bring their investments to Australia. With the dollar at its best and the country having a rising employment rate ensures that retail businesses would boom.</p> <p>Moore believes that it’s only a natural progression for Walmart to move to Australia as it’s a well-regulated market, there is no language barrier, and there are direct flights between the two countries.</p> <p>Alongside that, the retail chain also has experience with Aldi, who it sees as direct competition.</p> <p>Another benefit is that tax rates for American businesses have been reduced, which results in big businesses looking at investing in companies that have an established market share and earnings that are attractive enough to shareholders.</p> <p>With Wesfarmers having 20 per cent ownership of Coles and obtaining a portion of their Flybuys loyalty program, the company will become part of the top 30 listing on the ASX.</p> <p>Wesfarmers, which is a corporation based in Perth is known for having ownership of multiple farming and mining businesses alongside Bunnings, Officeworks and Kmart.</p> <p>Would you shop at Walmart if it came to Australia? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Revealed: The staggering salaries of breakfast TV stars

<p>Former <em>Studio 10</em> television producer, Rob McKnight, has revealed the staggering salaries of breakfast TV stars, as well as his own impressive former yearly wage.</p> <p>Rob, who most recently worked as executive producer of Channel Ten's morning show<em> Studio 10</em> and has worked at Channel Seven and Nine previously, was speaking on his podcast <strong><em><u><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/tv-blackbox/id1415436461?mt=2&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D4">TV Blackbox</a></u></em></strong><em>,</em> said he was initially on a salary of $220,000 at Studio 10.</p> <p>He later landed a $100,000 bonus, increasing his salary up to $320,000, including superannuation.     </p> <p>Talking about the increase, Rob joked: “The CEO said, ‘go and pay off your house.’”</p> <p>When asked what breakfast TV presenters, like Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson, could be taking home, Rob said the millions reported in the press are fairly accurate.</p> <p>“You know what I was on, so you can expect they were in the ballpark [figures which have been reported],” he said.</p> <p>“Don't forget breakfast and morning TV have the potential to make good money. Breakfast TV is reaching more people than prime time.”</p> <p>Rob’s comments come after Lisa's shock departure from Channel Nine over a salary dispute last October.</p> <p>At the time, Channel Nine CEO Hugh Marks said he could not offer Lisa a $500k raise on top of the $1.8 million she was earning at the time on the Today show.</p> <p>“I went to an incredible amount of trouble to build that ($1.8 million) package for her,” he told <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/tv-rich-list-karl-stefanovic-tops-australias-10-highestpaid-television-stars/news-story/a678d441e5e927aa47254797a86457df"><strong><em>The Daily Telegraph</em></strong></a> at the time.</p> <p>“She wanted $2.3 million. It wasn't a $200,000 shortfall to [Karl Stefanovic's] $2 million magic number. It was $500,000.”</p> <p>When Lisa joined Channel 10’s <em>The Project</em>, she was replaced on <em>Today</em> by Georgie Gardner, who received a big raise for the new role.</p> <p>Georgie's salary was increased from $500,000 to $1 million, <em><a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/georgie-gardner-is-the-new-cohost-of-today-show-with-word-her-salary-has-been-almost-doubled/news-story/cbb5cb4531ffe4f177e605b36ce5e08d"><strong>The Daily Telegraph</strong></a> </em>reported.</p> <p> </p>

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Have you been stung by this dodgy Coles supermarket scam?

<p>Aussies are being warned about the latest scam that is stinging supermarket shoppers.</p> <p>Coles shoppers have been sent a fake text message from the scammers, informing them that they have won $1000 credit cards.</p> <p>The ‘winners’ were then instructed to claim their prize within 24 hours by handing over personal details.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcoles%2Fposts%2F1977144675682871&amp;width=500" width="500" height="612" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>With many customers confused by the legitimacy of the text messages, the Coles Facebook page has been bombarded with screenshots of the scam asking if the texts are from the supermarket.</p> <p>“Hi Coles, I just got this message on my phone and it looks like a scam. Can you verify please?” wrote one person.</p> <p>"Take it this is a scam? And no, I didn’t put it under Coles in my phone that came up all by itself,” another added.</p> <p>Some savvy shoppers were able to see through the scam immediately by noticing various mistakes, such as the message being addressed to the wrong name.</p> <p>“If only my name was Anita,” wrote Jody Cookson after receiving the message.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcoles%2Fposts%2F1977172652346740&amp;width=500" width="500" height="594" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Coles posted on their Facebook page to remind customers to be “alert to potential scams via text messages, phone calls and emails".</p> <p>“Many scams use our logo, pretend to be representatives of Coles and promote Coles Gift Cards or other gift cards in an attempt to appear legitimate,” a spokesperson for the supermarket wrote.</p> <p>“Coles will never request personal or banking details in unsolicited communications and legitimate businesses or government agencies will never request payment in gift cards.”</p> <p>Have you been sent this text message scam? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s sons look just like their Beatles dads in rare photo

<p>John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s sons have shared a rare snap together on social media.</p> <p>Sean Ono Lennon and James McCartney show a striking resemblance to their famous Beatles dads in a selfie shared online.</p> <p>Sean Ono Lennon shared the photo to his 176,000 followers on Instagram with the caption: “Peekaboo…”</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/BmbE-dcHL1G/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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/BmbE-dcHL1G/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">A post shared by Sean Ono Lennon (@sean_ono_lennon)</a> on Aug 13, 2018 at 7:52am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Sean, 42, is the only child of Yoko Ono and John, who was assassinated in 1980.</p> <p>Sean also has a half-brother, 55-year-old Julian, who his famous dad shared with ex-wife Cynthia Lennon.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7820268/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c626035e6aaf4610b9a30ddb07b62e20" /></p> <p>James McCartney, 40, is the fourth child of Sir Paul and the late Linda McCartney.</p> <p>Paul and his late wife also shared three daughters, Heather, Mary and Stella.</p> <p>The singer also has a 14-year-old daughter, Beatrice, with Heather Mills, who he was married to from 2002 to 2008.</p> <p>Paul has been married to Nancy Shevell since 2011.</p> <p>Paul's only son followed in his famous dad’s footsteps, releasing two EPs and two albums.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7820267/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3b8573f2870f4dd79ab0a27f688e5138" /></p> <p>In March, Paul joined protesters at the New York City March for Our Lives protest and reminded the world how gun violence had robbed him of one of his closest friends.</p> <p>Without going on camera, Paul told a CNN reporter: “As you know, one of my best friends was shot not far from here. It is important to me.”</p> <p>The musician was paying an understated tribute to John Lennon, who was gunned down outside the Dakota Building by Mark David Chapman in December 1980. </p> <p>Do you think Sean and James have a striking resemblance to their famous dads? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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You won't believe what child stars Sophia Grace and Rosie look like now

<p>Do you remember Sophia Grace and her little cousin Rosie?</p> <p>In 2011, a video of the duo rapping to Nicki Minaj’s ‘Superbass’ went viral. It was enough for a then eight-year-old Sophia and five-year-old Rosie to be invited on <em>The Ellen Show,</em> which catapulted them to even more fame.</p> <p class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/odhUPMYXpX4" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Seven years on, Sophia is now 15 years old. The aspiring singer has released a new single “Number 1” and is a certified social media influencer. She boasts a 3.1 million-strong following on YouTube, where she regularly posts make-up tutorials and vlogs. She also posts daily updates to her 1.2 million Instagram followers.</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/BmQ1N4xAV0d/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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/BmQ1N4xAV0d/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">🌧💓🎆💖🕊</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/therealsophiagrace/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank"> s o p h i a</a> (@therealsophiagrace) on Aug 9, 2018 at 8:22am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <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/BhuNRb6Bpb7/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 62.5% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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/BhuNRb6Bpb7/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">thanks for all ur birthday wishes love you guys 💞</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/therealsophiagrace/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank"> s o p h i a</a> (@therealsophiagrace) on Apr 18, 2018 at 11:33am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>As for her partner-in-crime Rosie, she’s stayed rather quiet. But it appears the now 11-year-old is dabbling in music, releasing her own single <em>Handstand</em> to her YouTube channel back in May.</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/BkYICzfn8Qj/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 62.5% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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/BkYICzfn8Qj/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">Happy National Pink Day! #pink #nationalpinkday 💗</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/rosiergm/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank"> Rosie McClelland</a> (@rosiergm) on Jun 23, 2018 at 11:18am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </p>

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