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Woolworths confirms trial video surveillance on self-serve checkouts

<p>Woolworths have confirmed they are trialling video surveillance at its self-serve check-outs in hopes of officially stamping out theft for good.</p> <p>Melbourne shopper Branwell Travers was the one who first called out the change when he took to Twitter to explain how he had seen a video of himself appearing on the screen of a self-serve checkout.</p> <p>"For how long has Woolworths been filming me while using self-check-outs?" he captioned the photo.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836311/woolies.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/902af3252a5049e0a9f1054dc722c419" /></p> <p>Mr Travers told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/woolworths-security-self-serve-checkout-trial/" target="_blank">Pedestrian TV</a> he first thought the checkout must have been glitching to have recorded him.</p> <p>“I was kinds confused and thought maybe it was a malfunction or something,” he said.</p> <p>“But I looked over my shoulder and saw the person next to me had the same thing.”</p> <p>Another customer also shared they were “shocked” to discover they were also being filmed at another Woolies self-service checkout kiosk.</p> <p>A Woolworths spokesman told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/eat/woolworths-trialling-video-surveillance-at-selfservice-checkouts/news-story/29b75c97c5fba310071318b6ef87a459" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>: “We know the vast majority of our customers do the right thing at our self-serve check-outs. This is a new security measure we're trialling for those that don’t.</p> <p>“Our stores have staffed checkout lanes for customers who would prefer not to take part in the trial.”</p> <p>Video taken by Woolworths at the self-service kiosk is not recorded or stored and the cameras cannot see the card PIN pad section.</p> <p><em>Image: Branwell Travers viaTwitter</em></p>

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Karl Stefanovic shares rare glimpse into crowded mansion

<p>Karl Stefanovic has shown off his beautiful home while sharing a hilarious message about his own bed being taken away from him.</p> <p>The 45-year-old <em>Today </em>host shared a picture to Instagram on Saturday night of his mother-in-law Cheryl taking his place in bed alongside wife Jasmine, and baby Harper May.</p> <p>“Reckon I'm on the couch tonight. Again,” Karl captioned the sweet picture inside the couple’s $7.3-million waterfront mansion on Sydney's lower north shore. </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/CAzuJu6J278/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAzuJu6J278/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by karl stefanovic (@karlstefanovic_)</a> on May 30, 2020 at 3:10am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Karl and Jasmine welcomed their first child together on May 1st. </p> <p>He recently let slip on <em>Today</em> that Jasmine's mother Cheryl was still living with the couple in Sydney, weeks after the birth.</p> <p>While hosting the Nine breakfast show on May 18, Karl accidentally admitted Cheryl was still there with the couple in Sydney: “My mother-in-law is still living with me... She has got to go back home at some point.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B__eUX3lYXq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B__eUX3lYXq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jasmine Stefanovic (@jasyarby)</a> on May 9, 2020 at 8:11pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Stefanovic did not hesitate to mention that his mother-in-law had been a massive help to both him and Jasmine with their newborn.</p> <p>“She's a great help, I love her,” he said with a chuckle.</p> <p>Jasmine gave birth to the couple's first daughter in Sydney on May 1, and the pair were able to take their beautiful girl home from the hospital on May 6.</p> <p>The shoe designer's family, who usually reside in Queensland, travelled interstate for the incredible moment and have not been able to go home.</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/B9OU3TTJkcn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9OU3TTJkcn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by karl stefanovic (@karlstefanovic_)</a> on Mar 2, 2020 at 12:02am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“It's my first Mother's Day and my heart is so full because of you Harper May,” Jasmine gushed on Instagram, where she paid tribute to her mother.</p> <p>Karl is a father to three older children, Jackson, 20, Ava, 15, and River, 13, whom he shares with ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn.</p> <p> </p>

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Turn off the porch light: 6 easy ways to stop light pollution from harming our wildlife

<p>As winter approaches, marine turtle nesting in the far north of Australia <a href="https://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/2eb379de-931b-4547-8bcc-f96c73065f54/files/national-light-pollution-guidelines-wildlife.pdf">will peak</a>. When these baby turtles hatch at night, they crawl from the sand to the sea, using the relative brightness of the horizon and the natural slope of the beach as their guide.</p> <p>But when artificial lights outshine the moon and the sea, these hatchlings become disorientated. This leaves them vulnerable to predators, exhaustion and even traffic if they head in the wrong direction.</p> <p>Baby turtles are one small part of the larger, often overlooked, story of how light pollution harms wildlife across the <a href="https://theconversation.com/getting-smarter-about-city-lights-is-good-for-us-and-nature-too-69556">land</a> and <a href="https://theconversation.com/bright-city-lights-are-keeping-ocean-predators-awake-and-hungry-68965">underwater</a>.</p> <p>Green Turtle’s Battle For Survival | Planet Earth | BBC Earth.</p> <p>Today, more than 80% of people – and 99% of North American and European human populations – <a href="https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/6/e1600377">live under light-polluted skies</a>. We have transformed the night-time environment over substantial portions of the Earth’s surface in a very short time, relative to evolutionary timescales. Most wildlife hasn’t had time to adjust.</p> <p>In January, Australia released the <a href="https://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/publications/national-light-pollution-guidelines-wildlife">National Light Pollution Guidelines for Wildlife</a>. These guidelines provide a framework for assessing and managing the impacts of artificial light.</p> <p>The guidelines also identify practical solutions that can be used globally to manage light pollution, both by managers and practitioners, and by anyone in control of a light switch.</p> <p>The guidelines outline six easy steps anyone can follow to minimise light pollution without compromising our own safety.</p> <p>Although light pollution is a global problem and true darkness is hard to come by, we can all do our part to reduce its impacts on wildlife by changing how we use and think about light at night.</p> <p><strong>1. Start with natural darkness. Only add light for a specific purpose</strong></p> <p>Natural darkness should be the default at night. Artificial light should only be used if it’s needed for a specific purpose, and it should only be turned on for the necessary period of time.</p> <p>This means it’s okay to have your veranda light on to help you find your keys, but the light doesn’t need to stay on all night.</p> <p>Similarly, indoor lighting can also contribute to light pollution, so turning lights off in empty office buildings at night, or in your home before you go to sleep, is also important.</p> <p><strong>2. Use smart lighting controls</strong></p> <p>Advances in smart control technology make it easy to manage how much light you use, and adaptive controls make meeting the goals of Step 1 more feasible.</p> <p>Investing in smart controls and LED technology means you can remotely manage your lights, set timers or dimmers, activate motion sensor lighting, and even control the colour of the light emitted.</p> <p>These smart controls should be used to activate artificial light at night only when needed, and to minimise light when not needed.</p> <p><strong>3. Keep lights close to the ground, directed and shielded</strong></p> <p>Any light that spills outside the specific area intended to be lit is unnecessary light.</p> <p>Light spilling upward contributes directly to artificial sky glow – the glow you see over urban areas from cumulative sources of light. Both sky glow and light spilling into adjacent areas on the ground can disrupt wildlife.</p> <p>Installing <a href="https://www.ledlightexpert.com/Light-Shields-Explained--Outdoor-Parking-Lot-Light-Shielding_b_42.html">light shields</a> allow you to direct the light downward, which significantly reduces sky glow, and to direct the light towards the specific target area. Light shields are recommended for any outdoor lighting installations.</p> <p><strong>4. Use the lowest intensity lighting</strong></p> <p>When deciding how much light you need, consider the intensity of the light produced (lumens), rather than the energy required to make it (watts).</p> <p>LEDs, for example, are often considered an “environmentally friendly” option because they’re relatively energy efficient. But because of their energy efficiency, LEDs produce between two and five times as much light as incandescent bulbs for the same amount of energy consumption.</p> <p>So, while LED lights save energy, the increased intensity of the light can lead to greater impacts on wildlife, if not managed properly.</p> <p><strong>5. Use non-reflective, dark-coloured surfaces.</strong></p> <p>Sky glow has been shown to <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/srep01722">mask lunar light rhythms</a> of wildlife, interfering with the celestial navigation and migration of <a href="https://science.sciencemag.org/content/313/5788/837">birds</a> and <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/424033a">insects</a>.</p> <p>Highly polished, shiny, or light-coloured surfaces – such as structures painted white, or polished marble – are good at reflecting light and so contribute more to sky glow than darker, non-reflective surfaces.</p> <p>Choosing darker coloured paint or materials for outdoor features will help reduce your contribution to light pollution.</p> <p><strong>6. Use lights with reduced or filtered blue, violet and ultra-violet wavelengths</strong></p> <p>Most animals are sensitive to short-wavelength light, which creates blue and violet colours. These short wavelengths are known to suppress melatonin production, which is known to disrupt sleep and interfere with circadian rhythms of many animals, <a href="https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/22/6400/htm">including humans</a>.</p> <p>Choosing lighting options with little or no short wavelength (400-500 nanometres) violet or blue light will help to avoid unintended harmful effects on wildlife.</p> <p>For example, compact fluorescent and LED lights have a high amount of short wavelength light, compared low or high-pressure sodium, metal halide, and halogen light sources.</p> <p><em>Written by Emily fobert, Katherine Dafforn and Mariana Mayer-Pinto. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/turn-off-the-porch-light-6-easy-ways-to-stop-light-pollution-from-harming-our-wildlife-132595">The Conversation.</a></em></p>

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Whoever invents a coronavirus vaccine will control the patent – and who gets to use it

<p>With research laboratories around the world racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine, a unique challenge has emerged: how to balance intellectual property rights with serving the public good.</p> <p>Questions of patent protection and access to those patents has prompted an international group of scientists and lawyers to establish the <a href="https://opencovidpledge.org/">Open COVID Pledge</a>.</p> <p>This movement calls on organisations to freely make available their existing patents and copyrights associated with vaccine research to create an <a href="https://www.taylorwessing.com/en/insights-and-events/insights/2020/04/patent-pools---an-easy-licensing-option-for-covid-19-drugs-and-sars-cov-2-vaccines">open patent pool</a> to solve a global problem.</p> <p>The EU is <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-15/coronavirus-vaccine-patent-pooled-guarantee-who/12250186">leading the charge</a> to create such a pool by drafting a resolution at the World Health Organisation. The US, UK and a few others have been <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/17/us-and-uk-lead-push-against-global-patent-pool-for-covid-19-drugs?CMP=share_btn_tw">opposed to this idea</a>.</p> <p>For now, however, there are very few pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations participating in the pledge, raising questions over whether the initiative will work.</p> <p>Instead, universities, publicly funded research institutes and pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations are working on vaccine research through international consortia or public-private <a href="https://www.clinicaltrialsarena.com/analysis/covid-19-pharmaceutical-company-partnerships-for-coronavirus-vaccines-development/">partnerships</a>.</p> <p>If one group does develop a viable vaccine, this raises other questions that will soon need to be addressed:</p> <ul> <li>who is funding the research, and who has the rights to any patents coming out of it?</li> <li>can governments compel the owners of those patents to license other manufacturers to make the vaccines or medicines?</li> </ul> <p><strong>What are patent rights and why are they important?</strong></p> <p>Patent rights are a form of intellectual property rights. They provide creators of new inventions, like novel vaccines and medicines, with a limited-term monopoly over those inventions in the marketplace to help recover the costs of research and development.</p> <p>In other words, patents are an incentive to invent or innovate.</p> <p>Patents are granted by individual nations, but don’t apply across borders. To gain global protection, an inventor needs to apply for patents in every country – something that could be critical when it comes to vaccines. The <a href="https://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/registration/pct/">Patent Cooperation Treaty</a> helps to streamline the process, but it is still expensive and time-consuming.</p> <p>The limited-term monopoly on the market is balanced by the requirement that patent holders share information about their inventions in a register to make it available for anyone to use after the patent protection expires. The <a href="http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/pa1990109/s67.html">term of a standard patent</a> is usually 20 years.</p> <p>During the patent period, patent holders have exclusive rights to manufacture and sell their inventions. Or, they can choose to license the technology to others to manufacture and sell to the public.</p> <p>Such licences include a specified time limit and geographical area to exploit the patent. In return, the patent holder receives royalties or licence fees, or both.</p> <p>So, the race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 is not just about saving lives during a pandemic, it’s also about owning the patent rights. This gives the owner control over the manufacturing and distribution of the vaccine in the countries where the patent rights are granted.</p> <p><strong>Who is currently researching a coronavirus vaccine?</strong></p> <p>The race currently includes universities, publicly funded research institutes and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, <a href="https://www.clinicaltrialsarena.com/analysis/covid-19-pharmaceutical-company-partnerships-for-coronavirus-vaccines-development/">some working in partnership</a> with government institutions.</p> <p>The company that <a href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/coronavirus-vaccine-human-trials-by-moderna-show-promising-results-c-1045340">just announced early positive results</a> on a vaccine is Moderna, a biotech company based in the US, which is working with the National Institutes of Health. A <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2020-05-24/coronavirus-vaccine-race/12277558">number of other developers</a> are also doing human trials globally, including many in China.</p> <p>When private companies and government institutions partner on developing a vaccine, it may result in joint ownership of a patent. This gives each owner the <a href="http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/pa1990109/s16.html">right</a> to manufacture the vaccine, but only together they can license the manufacturing to third parties.</p> <p><strong>What about the rights of nations?</strong></p> <p>Even if patent ownership is in the hands of private companies, the state may still have the right to use them for its <a href="http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/pa1990109/s163.html">own purposes</a> or in the case of <a href="http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/pa1990109/s163a.html">emergencies</a>. Many countries have specific laws to facilitate these arrangements.</p> <p>In the US, the <a href="https://www.unemed.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/35-U.S.C.-200-212-Bayh-Dole-Act.pdf">Bayh-Dole Act 1980</a> ensures the government retains sufficient rights to use patents resulting from federally supported research.</p> <p>Under these rights, <a href="https://www.unemed.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/35-U.S.C.-200-212-Bayh-Dole-Act.pdf">the government can be granted</a> a free license to use the patent itself or the right to arrange for a third party to use the patent on its behalf.</p> <p>In cases where the patent holder of a publicly funded invention refuses to licence it to third parties, the Bayh-Dole Act gives the government <a href="https://www.unemed.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/35-U.S.C.-200-212-Bayh-Dole-Act.pdf">“march-in” rights</a>.</p> <p>Under specific guidelines, this means a forced licence can be granted to a third party on reasonable terms. This includes in cases when the “action is necessary to alleviate health or safety needs” or to ensure the patented invention is actually manufactured within a reasonable time.</p> <p>In the case of COVID-19 research, this means the US government could order a corporation or university that invents a vaccine with federal funding to license the patent to others to make it.</p> <p>In Australia, the government can exploit the patented inventions of others under right of “<a href="https://www.alrc.gov.au/publication/genes-and-ingenuity-gene-patenting-and-human-health-alrc-report-99/26-crown-use-and-acquisition/crown-use/">crown use</a>”. In these cases, the patent holder is <a href="http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/pa1990109/s165.html">entitled to financial compensation</a> from the government.</p> <p>Like most other members of the World Trade Organisation, Australia also has compulsory licensing rules in its <a href="https://www.alrc.gov.au/publication/genes-and-ingenuity-gene-patenting-and-human-health-alrc-report-99/27-compulsory-licensing/compulsory-licensing/">patent law</a> that force inventors to license their patents to third parties on reasonable terms in specific circumstances.</p> <p>In reality, though, such compulsory licences are under-utilised in countries like Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Japan, and rarely granted, if at all.</p> <p><strong>Working together for the common good</strong></p> <p>This brings us to the <a href="https://opencovidpledge.org/">Open COVID Pledge</a>, which is designed to make the relevant intellectual property freely available under an <a href="https://opencovidpledge.org/licenses">open licence</a>.</p> <p>Such open-access licensing has been used in the publishing industry for years, for example with <a href="https://creativecommons.org/about/program-areas/open-access/">Creative Commons</a> publications online, and in the technology industry through <a href="https://opensource.com/resources/what-open-source">open-source</a> licences.</p> <p>If more of the public-private partnerships working on a coronavirus vaccine do sign up to the pledge, perhaps it will be one of the positives to come out of the pandemic. It could allow open-access licences for lifesaving technologies to become accepted practice.</p> <p><em>Written by Natalie Stoianoff. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/whoever-invents-a-coronavirus-vaccine-will-control-the-patent-and-importantly-who-gets-to-use-it-138121">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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Discover the resort-like over 50s communities that tick every box for Australia’s grey nomads

<p>For the last three years, dedicated ‘grey nomads’ Sue and Ross Coburn have explored much of eastern Australia, including visiting Far North Queensland and parts of outback NSW.</p> <p>Now, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Coburns have realised the importance of moving into an over 50s community that provides the ideal springboard for their future travels.</p> <p>In late April, the Coburns moved into a new home at <a rel="noopener" href="https://hometownaustralia.com.au/nsw/mid-north-coast/beachfront-hallidays-point/" target="_blank">Beachfront Hallidays Point</a>, on the NSW Mid-North Coast. Beachfront is one of 48 land lease communities operated by <a rel="noopener" href="https://hometownaustralia.com.au/" target="_blank">Hometown Australia</a> across Queensland, NSW and South Australia.</p> <p>The Coburns had just sold their home in Werribee South in Victoria and were beginning a new round of grey nomad adventures when they found themselves marooned on the NSW Mid-North Coast due to coronavirus travel restrictions.</p> <p>“We were staying in a caravan park at Hallidays Point, and not moving, but we liked the area so we decided to look at Beachfront. We found it was exactly what we wanted as a base,” Ms Coburn said.</p> <p>“Being able to walk directly on to the beach, from the resort, was really important to us,” Ms Coburn said. “In addition, being able to park our caravan in a carport on one side of the house, and the car on the other side, was great. </p> <p>“We loved the home layout and the big deck on the back. I also look forward to using the community pool, as I am a keen swimmer, along with the clubhouse.”</p> <p>In addition, the Coburns enjoy the fact they don’t need to worry about home or garden maintenance, or home security, while they travel around the country.</p> <p>Once the coronavirus pandemic lifts, the Coburns intend to live at Beachfront for six months of the year, and then travel for the other six months.</p> <p>They won’t be alone. According to the latest figures from Tourism Research Australia, Australia’s grey nomads account for around 17 million visitor nights each year – higher than any other market segment. </p> <p>With states now beginning to lift travel restrictions, and many retirees getting itchy feet after being cooped up at home or on the road, Australia’s grey nomads are expected to be hitting the road in large numbers in the coming months and years.</p> <p><strong>Hometown delivers for grey nomads</strong></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://hometownaustralia.com.au/" target="_blank">Hometown Australia</a> allows grey nomads such as the Coburns to select their perfect home base from Australia’s largest range of over 50s residential land lease communities. </p> <p>Many of these communities are located in some of Australia’s best-known coastal holiday spots, including Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast regions, NSW’s Mid-North, North Coast and Port Stephens regions and South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula.</p> <p>Hometown community homes suitable for grey nomads start at just $250,000. The affordable price point of these homes allows many retirees to top up their retirement savings, after selling their family home and moving into a Hometown community.</p> <p>In addition, buyers in Hometown communities do not have to pay any stamp duty, nor exit fees. They may also be eligible for Commonwealth rental assistance.</p> <p>Most Hometown community homes have two-bedrooms, a study and either 1.5 or two bathrooms. Many of these homes have dedicated caravan and boat parking, in the form of a high-roofed carport next to the dwelling.</p> <p>Importantly, the communities are generally also pet-friendly, which means it is easy to take Rover or Sootie on your grey nomad travels.</p> <p><strong>Secure communities suit grey nomads</strong></p> <p>Hometown Australia joint managing director and CEO Kevin Tucker said he was pleased to see many grey nomads beginning to realise the benefits of having a permanent base in one of his company’s communities.</p> <p>“If you want an affordable holiday there is no better holiday than caravanning around Australia and meeting great people along the way and making new friends,” Mr Tucker said. </p> <p>“Across the vast majority of our communities, we will cater for the grey nomad buyer.</p> <p>“This includes the fact that our homes support low-maintenance living, which makes it easier for residents to lock up and leave for extended periods of time. If necessary, we will even maintain the gardens for our residents.</p> <p>“In addition, for the most part our communities are secure, so our residents feel like they are leaving their home in a safe environment.</p> <p>“And then our communities typically will also have caravan storage, and that is important for a lot of people to be able to store their caravan on-site and easily access it if they need to pack it up and head off.</p> <p>“We have 40-50 communities in various locations across Australia, with a nice range of affordable and quality housing that can cater for just about anyone.”</p> <p><strong>Find out more</strong></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://hometownaustralia.com.au/" target="_blank">Hometown Australia’s new website</a> allows potential buyers to easily search communities across Australia and see what facilities and homes they offer. </p> <p>The details of the community manager are listed alongside each community, allowing you to easily find out more information.</p> <p><em>This is a sponsored article written in partnership with </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://hometownaustralia.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>Hometown Australia</em></a><em>.</em></p>

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Kate and William to take legal action against magazine for “cruel and disgusting” story

<p>Kate Middleton and Prince William are taking legal action against UK magazine, Tatler, for publishing a “cruel, sexist and woman-shaming” about the Duchess.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have legal letters to the magazine demanding its profile of Kate be removed from the internet, <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8372889/Kate-William-sue-Tatler-cruel-sexist-woman-shaming-article.html" target="_blank">the Mail on Sunday newspaper claims.</a></p> <p>As of Sunday, however, the story which was headlined<span> </span>Catherine The Great,<span> </span>remained online.</p> <p>While the article does initially appear as flattering, Kensington Palace issued a rare statement bashing the publication for its “inaccuracies and false representations.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836329/kate-middleton.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/962562a548a941bc914524b1033fa32d" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Tatler Magazine</em></p> <p>It is widely reported the royal family felt particularly enraged by the suggestion that Duchess Catherine was feeling exhausted and trapped by an increased workload after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle withdrew from being senior members for The Firm.</p> <p>They were also infuriated at the “disgusting” line about her being “perilously thin.”</p> <p>The story compared the Duchess’ figure to eating disorders Princess Diana suffered from.</p> <p>“That is such an extremely cruel and wounding barb,” a royal source told the UK paper.</p> <p>“It’s sexist and woman-shaming at its very worst.”</p> <p>The source says that the William and Kate were only taking legal action because the article was “full of lies.”</p> <p>“It’s ironic that the Royals’ favourite magazine is being trashed by them,” the source noted.</p> <p>“Tatler may think it’s immune from action as it’s read by the Royals and on every coffee table in every smart home, but it makes no difference.”</p> <p>Tatler’s Editor-in-Chief, Richard Dennen says he “stands behind the reporting” although Kensington Palace slammed the UK magazine for its “inaccuracies”.</p>

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Trump’s presidency is sinking deeper into crisis – but will he still get re-elected?

<p>Violence has <a href="https://www.thestar.com.my/news/world/2020/05/30/protests-flare-around-the-united-states-over-minneapolis-killing">erupted across several US cities</a> after the death of a black man, George Floyd, who was shown on video gasping for breath as a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck. The unrest poses serious challenges for President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden as each man readies his campaign for the November 3 election.</p> <p>If the coronavirus had not already posed a threat to civil discourse in the US, the latest flashpoint in American racial politics makes this presidential campaign potentially one of the most incendiary in history.</p> <p>COVID-19 and Minneapolis may very well form the nexus within which the 2020 campaign will unfold. Trump’s critics have assailed his handling of both and questioned whether he can effectively lead the country in a moment of crisis.</p> <p>And yet, he may not be any more vulnerable heading into the election.</p> <p><strong>A presidency in crisis?</strong></p> <p>As the incumbent, Trump certainly faces the most immediate challenges. Not since Franklin Roosevelt in the second world war has a US president presided over the deaths of so many Americans from a single cause.</p> <p>The Axis powers and COVID-19 are not analogous, but any presidency is judged by its capacity to respond to enemies like these. With <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/america-at-boiling-point-how-one-death-rocked-a-nation-numbed-by-100-000-20200529-p54xpw.html">pandemic deaths now surpassing 100,000</a>, Trump’s fortunes will be inexorably tied to this staggering (and still rising) figure.</p> <p>Worse, the Minneapolis protests are showing how an already precarious social fabric has been frayed by the COVID-19 lockdowns.</p> <p>Americans have not come together to fight the virus. Rather, they have allowed a public health disaster to deepen divisions along racial, economic, sectional and ideological lines.</p> <p>Trump has, of course, often sought to gain from such divisions. But the magnitude and severity of the twin crises he is now facing will make this very difficult. By numerous measures, his is a presidency in crisis.</p> <p>And yet.</p> <p>Trump, a ferocious campaigner, will try to find ways to use both tragedies to his advantage and, importantly, makes things worse for his challenger.</p> <p>For starters, Trump did not cause coronavirus. And <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-21/trump-accuses-china-of-coronavirus-mass-killing/12270140">he will continue to insist</a> that his great geo-strategic adversary, the Chinese Communist Party, did.</p> <p>And his is not the first presidency to be marked by the conflagration of several US cities.</p> <p>Before Minneapolis, <a href="https://www.history.com/topics/1960s/1967-detroit-riots">Detroit</a> (1967), <a href="https://www.britannica.com/event/Los-Angeles-Riots-of-1992">Los Angeles</a> (1992) and <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/08/08/ferguson-missouri-riots-5-years-since-shooting-race-tensions-worse/1952853001/">Ferguson, Missouri</a> (2014) were all the scenes of angry protests and riots over racial tensions that still haven’t healed.</p> <p>And in the 19th century, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/03/science/civil-war-toll-up-by-20-percent-in-new-estimate.html">750,000 Americans were killed in a civil war</a> that was fought over whether the enslavement of African-Americans was <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/09/how-the-constitution-was-indeed-pro-slavery/406288/">constitutional</a>.</p> <p>Trump may not have healed racial tensions in the US during his presidency. But, like coronavirus, he did not cause them.</p> <p><strong>How Trump can blame Democrats for Minneapolis</strong></p> <p>Not unhappily for Trump, Minneapolis is a largely Democratic city in a reliably blue state. He will campaign now on the failure of Democratic state leaders to answer the needs of black voters.</p> <p>Trump will claim that decades of Democratic policies in Minnesota – including the eight years of the Obama administration – have caused Minneapolis to be one of the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/30/minneapolis-racial-inequality/">most racially unequal cities</a> in the nation.</p> <p>Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis will never be mistaken for the late, great General Douglas McArthur or great fighter General George Patton. How come all of these places that defend so poorly are run by Liberal Democrats? Get tough and fight (and arrest the bad ones). STRENGTH!</p> <p>In 2016, Trump <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-jasg-_E5M">famously asked African-Americans</a> whether Democratic leaders have done anything to improve their lives.</p> <p><em>What do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump?</em></p> <p>He will repeat this mantra in the coming months.</p> <p>It also certainly helps that his support among Republican voters has never wavered, no matter how shocking his behaviour.</p> <p>He has enjoyed a stable <a href="https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/coronavirus-polls/">80% approval rating</a> with GOP voters throughout the coronavirus crisis. This has helped keep his approval rating among all voters steady as the pandemic has worsened, <a href="https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/coronavirus-polls/">hovering between 40 and 50%</a>.</p> <p>These are not terrible numbers. Yes, Trump’s leadership has contributed to a series of disasters. But if the polls are correct, he has so far avoided the kinds of catastrophe that could imperil his chances of re-election.</p> <p><strong>Why this moment is challenging for Biden</strong></p> <p>Biden should be able to make a good case to the American people at this moment that he is the more effective leader.</p> <p>But this has not yet been reflected in polls, most of which continue to give the Democrat <a href="https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/president-general/">only a lukewarm advantage</a> over Trump in the election.</p> <p>The other problem is that the Democratic party remains discordant. And Biden has not yet shown a capacity to heal it.</p> <p>Race has also long been a <a href="https://www.history.com/topics/us-politics/democratic-party">source of division</a> within Biden’s party. Southern Democrats, for instance, <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/znycnrd/revision/4">were the key agents of slavery</a> in the 19th century and the segregation that followed it into the 20th.</p> <p>After the 1960s, Democrats sought to make themselves the natural home of African-American voters as the <a href="https://www.history.com/news/how-the-party-of-lincoln-won-over-the-once-democratic-south">Republican party courted</a> disaffected white Southern voters. The Democrats largely succeeded on that front – <a href="https://press.princeton.edu/ideas/why-are-blacks-democrats">the party routinely gets around 85-90% of black votes</a> in presidential elections.</p> <p>The challenge for Biden now is how to retain African-American loyalty to his party, while evading responsibility for the socio-economic failures of Democratic policies in cities like Minneapolis.</p> <p>He is also a white northerner (from Delaware). Between 1964 and 2008, <a href="https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-makes-southern-democrats-unique/">only three Democrats were elected president</a>. All of them were southerners.</p> <p>To compensate, Biden has had to rely on racial politics to separate himself from his primary challenger – <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/03/bernie-sanders-black-voters/607789/">Bernie Sanders struggled to channel black aspirations</a> – and from Republicans. And this has, at times, caused him to court controversy.</p> <p>In 2012, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYtEuuhFRPA">he warned African-Americans</a> that then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would put them “all back in chains”. And just over a week ago, <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/28/heres-why-black-americans-were-mad-bidens-comment-even-if-theyd-say-same-thing-themselves/">he angered black voters</a> by suggesting those who would support Trump in the election “<a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-23/joe-biden-apologises-for-aint-black-comment/12279428">ain’t black</a>”.</p> <p>Biden is far better than Trump on racial issues and should be able to use the current crises to present himself as a more natural “consoler-in-chief”, but instead, he has appeared somewhat flatfooted and derided for being racially patronising.</p> <p>The opportunities COVID-19 and the Minneapolis unrest might afford his campaign remain elusive.</p> <p><strong>There is reason for hope</strong></p> <p>America enters the final months of the 2020 campaign in a state of despair and disrepair. The choice is between an opportunistic incumbent and a tin-eared challenger.</p> <p>But the US has faced serious challenges before – and emerged stronger. Neither the civil war in the 19th century or the Spanish flu pandemic in the early 20th halted the extraordinary growth in power that followed both.</p> <p>Moreover, the US constitution remains intact and federalism has undergone something of <a href="https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2020/05/04/covid-federalism/">a rebirth</a> since the start of the pandemic. And there is a new generation of younger, more diverse, national leaders being forged in the fire of crisis to help lead the recovery.</p> <p><em>Written by Timothy J. Lynch. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/as-minneapolis-burns-trumps-presidency-is-sinking-deeper-into-crisis-and-yet-he-may-still-be-re-elected-139739">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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MasterChef judge Andy Allen shares secret to “restaurant quality” scrambled eggs

<p>MasterChef Australia judge Andy Allen has shared his cooking tricks to make the perfect “restaurant-quality” scrambled eggs in just 10 seconds.</p> <p>The co-owner of Three Blue Ducks said that how he makes scrambled eggs for breakfast is one of the most common questions he gets asked.</p> <p>You only need three simple ingredients, which are eggs, salt and oil.</p> <p>“We call them ‘the 10 second eggs’,” Andy said in a 'how-to' MasterChef video.</p> <p>To make one serve of fluffy scrambled eggs, he whisked two eggs in a bowl and seasoned them with a pinch of salt after the eggs have a “smooth” consistency.</p> <p>“Here's the trick, we want a nice hot pan,” Andy explained.</p> <p>“I'm using grape seed oil, which has got a high smoke point. You can also use rice bran or vegetable oil,” Andy said.</p> <p>“We want to stay away from olive oil for this [dish] because we put the eggs in just before our oil starts to smoke.”</p> <p>Andy then poured the mixture into the pan over high heat, and as the curds started to form, he expertly used a silicone spatula to move the eggs around.</p> <p>“Have your spatula ready because this only takes 10 seconds,” he said.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836330/egg-hack-body.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3f69df1d451e4e90a99cfc2bc0082abc" /></p> <div class="body_text "> <p>“Eggs in to a nice hot pan... you can see that they're just starting to cook around the outside, and in one kind of big smooth motion, we're just moving the eggs.”</p> <p>After 10 seconds, Andy said you should see the eggs are “just set”.</p> <p>“We take them out [of the pan],” he said.</p> <p>“There it is, 10 second eggs, no excuses. All you'll need is a hot pan, two eggs and 10 seconds, everyone can do that,” he added.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Ten</em></p> </div>

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World erupts in protest following George Floyd murder

<p><span>The world has refused to stand still after watching in horror as US citizens took to the streets to protest the vicious death of George Floyd, a black man who died when a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck until he could no longer breathe.</span><br /><br /><span>The civil unrest came to its breaking point this week after a number of deaths left Americans feeling helpless.</span></p> <p><span>Floyd's death on May 25 in Minneapolis was the latest in a series of deaths of black men and women at the hands of police in the US.</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/CA3thNJA07j/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CA3thNJA07j/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by george floyd justice (@georgefloydjustise)</a> on May 31, 2020 at 4:23pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Protestors gathered together in central London on Sunday to offer support to all the American demonstrators. They held signs including "No justice! No peace!" and waving placards with the words "How many more?" at Trafalgar Square.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836306/trafalgar-square-central-london.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/efba07d54d354c25a1c68d8b839982d2" /><em>Trafalgar Square, Central London</em><br /><br /><span>Protestors then marched to the US Embassy, where a long line of officers surrounded the building.</span><br /><br /><span>Protesters in Denmark also converged on the US Embassy on Sunday carrying placards with messages including “Stop Killing Black People”.</span><br /><br /><span>Several hundred more people took to the streets on Sunday in the capital's Kreuzberg of Berlin, Germany with signs saying "Silence is Violence," "Hold Cops Accountable," and "Who Do You Call When Police Murder?"</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836307/copenhagan.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7bb215669d644ad5bdd3ce11ab61eebe" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>Copenhagan, Denmark</em><br /><span>In Italy, the Corriere della Sera newspaper's senior US correspondent Massimo Gaggi said that the reaction to Floyd's killing was "different" than other cases of black Americans killed by police and the ensuing violence.</span><br /><br /><span>"There are exasperated black movements that no longer preach nonviolent resistance," Gaggi wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>He went on to note that the Minnesota governor is warning that "anarchist and white supremacy groups are trying to fuel the chaos.''</span><br /><br /><span>Russia denounced Floyd’s death as the latest murder in a series of police violence cases against African American people. The country has accused the United States of "systemic problems in the human rights sphere.''</span><br /><br /><span>"This incident is far from the first in a series of lawless conduct and unjustified violence from US law enforcement,'' the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.</span><br /><br /><span>"American police commit such high-profile crimes all too often.''</span></p>

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Spot the serial killer: Fan in The Stands takes a surprisingly dark turn

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The NRL is still finding ways to delight fans from their homes as they’re currently not allowed to attend matches due to coronavirus.</p> <p>Luckily, the NRL have been running a Fan in The Stands promotion, which gives fans the opportunity to buy a cardboard cut-out to fil out the seat in the stadiums.</p> <p>For $22, fans can pay to have their likeness or any image they send in the crowd at an NRL game.</p> <p>Naturally, some fans have been taking advantage by getting their dog in on the action.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">My dog was just on national TV. Best $22 I've ever spent <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NRLRoostersSouths?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NRLRoostersSouths</a> <a href="https://t.co/YaKXNWdATX">pic.twitter.com/YaKXNWdATX</a></p> — Matt Bungard (@TheMattBungard) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheMattBungard/status/1266312156716232704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 29, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>On Sunday’s match between the Penrith Panthers and the Newcastle Knights, fans were quick to realise that amongst the die-hard cardboard cut-out fans, there was also a serial killer.</p> <p>Reddit pointed out that Harold Fredrick Shipman made an appearance on top of a Canberra Raiders cut out.</p> <p>Shipman was an English doctor believed to be the most prolific serial killer in history, with estimates that he may have had more than 250 victims. He was found guilty of murder of 15 patients in 2000, but took his own life in 2004 after being sentenced to life in prison.</p> <p>Some saw the lighter side to it, but others thought it was disrespectful to the families of the deceased.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Dr Harold Shipman taking his dog to the <a href="https://twitter.com/NRL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NRL</a> today. Dominic Cummings was there on Thursday. Whoever is doing this is genius 😂😂😂 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Penrith?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Penrith</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/newcastleknights?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#newcastleknights</a> <a href="https://t.co/1YKolNh0v7">pic.twitter.com/1YKolNh0v7</a></p> — Steve Robins (@Robins79) <a href="https://twitter.com/Robins79/status/1267017814243708928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 31, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>NRL head of marketing Peter Jarmain still supports the cardboard cut-outs, saying it is good for the players and clubs.</p> <p>“We wanted to make sure the lifeblood of the NRL, our members and fans, had the chance to pull on their jerseys, don their club colours and support in a really fun way,”<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/05/29/cant-get-to-game-fan-in-stand-the-next-best-thing/" target="_blank">he said, according to NRL.com</a>.</p> <p>“I know the players and clubs will appreciate the support, even if the fans aren’t able to shout, celebrate and jump around for the tries and hits as they usually would.”</p> <p><em>Hero image credit:</em><a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/TheMattBungard/status/1266312156716232704" target="_blank"><em><span> </span></em><em>Matt Bungard</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div>

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“Fly high with mum”: Brother pays tribute to Willow Dunn

<p>Willow Dunn’s brother has paid tribute to the four-year-old Brisbane girl whose father is charged with her murder.</p> <p>“Rest in peace Willow,” the brother said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “It’s so heartbreaking things have turned out this way, but you will forever be in our hearts. Fly high with mum.”</p> <p>Their mother Naomi Dunn died giving birth to Willow in November 2015, <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/crime/vigil-held-for-little-willow-dunn-as-her-father-is-charged-with-murder/news-story/483638fcb52d0a10d6927dfc7ed7a79a">News.com.au</a> </em>reported.</p> <p>It is understood that the brother did not live with Willow in her Cannon Hill home.</p> <p>An online vigil was held for Willow, who was discovered dead by police in the home on Monday morning. Police will allege the girl died on or around May 23, two days before her body was found.</p> <p>Willow’s father Mark James Dunn was charged with her murder on Monday night. The 43-year-old man has been detained in custody and will <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-27/willow-dunn-alleged-murder-online-vigil-for-toddler/12289664">face court on July 20</a>.</p> <p>Queensland’s minister for child protection Di Farmer described Willow’s death as “horrific”.</p> <p>“I think everyone felt sick and I can tell you in my community people are overwhelmed,” she said.</p> <p>According to <em><a href="https://7news.com.au/news/qld/willow-dunns-brother-pays-tribute-as-police-continue-investigations-into-alleged-murder-c-1067202">7News</a></em>, Willow’s case was active in the child protection system and she was visited by officers within a month of her estimated death.</p> <p>Farmer said she was legally unable to comment on whether the case was known to the Department of Child Safety. “In any instance where a child dies, and they are known to Child Safety, then we immediately instigate an internal investigation,” she said.</p> <p>Shadow police minister Dan Purdie raised concerns if more could have been done to save the girl.</p> <p>“In all tragic deaths like this, big questions need to be asked about what more could have been done to prevent the tragic death of a vulnerable young child,” he told <em>7News</em>.</p>

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Egg alert: NSW eggs suspected in salmonella outbreak

<p>At least three people have gotten salmonella food poisoning after purchasing eggs from a well-known supermarket.</p> <p>The infection is believed to have come from eggs bought in the Melbourne suburb of Werribee.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><em>The Weekly Times</em>, the eggs were supplied from farms in New South Wales.</p> <p>However, a spokesman for the NSW Department of Primary Industries disputed those claims.</p> <p>“There is no evidence to suggest the reported illnesses in Victoria are connected to NSW eggs, or even eggs. The matter is an active investigation being undertaken by Victorian authorities.</p> <p>“There are no current recalls of eggs in NSW and no warnings with regards to eggs.”</p> <p>Since 2012, 12 farms have been identified to be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria and have been working to eliminate the infection.</p> <p>Once bacteria affects poultry, it can be difficult to eradicate as it infects hens’ ovaries, where it is then excreted into their eggs as they are formed.</p> <p>The infection spread rapidly between the farms as the farmers buy and sell eggs from each other.</p> <p>Most infections were discovered in 2019 and the majority of the farms have had their hens removed, but the NSW DPI is still clearing three properties.</p> <p>There are still salmonella cases in humans in NSW which are linked to a yet-to-be-identified farm.</p> <p>Salmonella poisoning occurs when salmonella bacteria is ingested which is carried in the faeces of infected animals.</p> <p>It is most commonly transmitted through eating undercooked foods or poor hygiene practices, and can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever, chills, throwing up and an upset stomach.</p>

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Hidden talents of the British royal family

<p>You'll never guess which members of the British royal family possess these surprising hidden talents!</p> <p><strong>Guess who can change a spark plug?</strong></p> <p>Queen Elizabeth II got her hands dirty working on cars during World War II. After months of begging her father, King George VI, the 18-year-old then-Princess Elizabeth joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service. Known as “Elizabeth Windsor,” she trained not only as a mechanic but also as a truck driver.</p> <p><strong>Guess who can toot a flute?</strong></p> <p>When Kate Middleton was in college with her future husband, Prince William, she was playing flute in the St Andrews Inaugural Chamber Orchestra, as well as with a group known as the “Tootie Flooties.” Other musically inclined royals include:</p> <p>King Henry VIII – lute, organ, recorder, flute, harp and his own singing voice.</p> <p>Queen Elizabeth I – lute and harpsichord, which were also mastered by Queen Mary (also known as Bloody Mary) and Mary, Queen of Scots.</p> <p>Queen Victoria – piano, an instrument also played by her husband, Prince Albert.</p> <p>Prince Charles – cello, which he played in the Trinity College Orchestra.</p> <p><strong>Guess whose penmanship has no "Blurred Lines"?</strong></p> <p>Meghan Markle is a foodie and was an avid food blogger. But what might come as a surprise is Meghan’s talent for calligraphy, at which she became so proficient in the early 2000s that she was hired by Robin Thicke (performer of the song “Blurred Lines”), to address his wedding invitations.</p> <p><strong>Guess who's a talented children's book author?</strong></p> <p>Sarah, Duchess of York, the ex-wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, is an accomplished and prolific children’s book author. Her works include <em>Ballerina Rosie</em>, <em>Tea for Ruby</em>, and the Little Red series. She also wrote a memoir, <em>Finding Sarah</em>.</p> <p><strong>Guess who's a long-distance runner?</strong></p> <p>Princess Beatrice of York is the first member of the royal family to complete the London Marathon, which she did in 2010. The then-21-year-old princess ran the 42.2-kms race through London’s streets as part of a 34-person “human caterpillar” tied together with bungee cords. And she did it for charity.</p> <p><strong>Guess who does impressive impressions?</strong></p> <p>She has been played by many on screen, but if Queen Elizabeth were to meet you, she’d probably be able to do an astonishingly accurate impression of you and your accent. That’s right, Queen Elizabeth is an accomplished mimic. For that matter, so is her eldest son Prince Charles.</p> <p><strong>Guess who grows his own black truffles?</strong></p> <p>Only one person’s ever succeeded in cultivating black truffles on English soil, and that’s Prince Philip. A passionate and patient gardener, after toiling at truffle-coaxing since 2006, the Prince Consort has finally succeeded in producing the French Perigord black truffle, a rare and now highly-sought-after delicacy. That said, there are many gardening aficionados in the royal family, including Philip’s eldest son, Prince Charles.</p> <p><strong>Guess who's an Olympic athlete?</strong></p> <p>Princess Anne competed in the three-day equestrian event during the 1976 Montreal Olympics, making her the first royal to compete in the Olympics. Her daughter, Zara Phillips, competed in the same equestrian three-day event at the 2012 Olympics in London, in which Great Britain won the silver medal. Of course, many in the royal family are accomplished equestrians, including the Queen, Prince Philip and Princes William and Harry, both of whom are accomplished polo payers.</p> <p><strong>Guess who's a secret videographer?</strong></p> <p>Among her many talents, the Queen is an accomplished videographer, having received her first Box Brownie as a gift from her father, King George VI, before the start of World War II. Keeping pace with advancing technology, Queen Elizabeth II has become known for her “effortless knack of capturing her family at their most informal and most relaxed,” according to the <em>Daily Mail</em>.</p> <p><strong>Guess the royal with the diving skills?</strong></p> <p>In the more than two decades since the tragic, untimely death of Diana, Princess of Wales, lots of little-known facts about the People’s Princess have turned up. But what remains little-known about Diana is that she was an accomplished diver. Her “Spencer Special” was a dive into a pool that barely left a ripple, according to biographer Andrew Morton in <em>Diana: Her True Story</em>.</p> <p><strong>Guess who has a pilot's licence?</strong></p> <p>This one shouldn’t be that tough considering there are at least five that come to mind, right off the top of our heads. These include Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Philip.</p> <p><strong>Can you name the many talented royal painters?</strong></p> <p>We’re not talking about artists who painted members of the royal family, but members of the royal family who were actually quite good with a paintbrush. These include:</p> <ul> <li>King George III</li> <li>Queen Victoria</li> <li>Prince Albert</li> <li>King Edward VII</li> <li>Queen Alexandra (the Queen Consort of King Edward VII)</li> <li>Queen Elizabeth II</li> <li>Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh </li> </ul> <p><strong>Can you name the renowned royal sculptor?</strong></p> <p>The fourth daughter and sixth child of Queen Victoria, Princess Louise is widely considered Victoria’s most “unconventional” child. From an early age, Louise showed considerable talent in drawing and painting, but what she really wanted to do was sculpt. And she was incredibly talented at that as well, with her 1893 sculpture of her mother Queen Victoria on display in front of Kensington Palace.</p> <p><strong>Guess which royals were polyglots?</strong></p> <p>Both Prince George and Prince Charlotte are showing a knack for speaking French, but if they want to compete with the most accomplished royal polyglots (masters of many languages), they’ll need to study these as well:</p> <p>German – Queen Victoria’s first language (although she spoke English at Court and mastered many other languages).</p> <p>French – traditional “royal court” language in Europe, spoken now by the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.</p> <p>Hindustani – After Queen Victoria became Empress of India in 1877, she grew fond of Indian culture and languages, which she learned through her many Indian servants.</p> <p>Mandarin, Arabic, Spanish, Swahili, and Vietnamese (which Charles and William have studied).</p> <p><em>Written by Lauren Cahn. This article first appeared in <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/hidden-habits-of-the-british-royal-family?pages=2">Reader’s Digest.</a> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, here’s our best <a href="https://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V">subscription offer.</a> </em></p> <p><a href="https://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V"></a><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Couple who caught coronavirus on Ruby Princess “can’t wait to cruise again”

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Despite catching coronavirus on the Ruby Princess, a couple say they can’t wait to cruise again.</p> <p>Ursula Steinberner and Leon Sharp both caught the illness while on board, with Steinberner spending 10 days in intensive care thinking they were going to die.</p> <p>The couple explained that they “can’t wait to go on another cruise” to<span> </span>ABC’s<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-28/couple-caught-coronavirus-on-ruby-princess-but-will-cruise-again/12283368" target="_blank">7:30</a>.</p> <p>"We've already been down and seen them at Helloworld where we booked our last one," Mr Sharp said.</p> <p>"A lot of people said, 'You got rocks in your head. Why?' I said you've never been on a cruise. This was our first cruise and it won't be our last."</p> <p>Ms Steinberner explained that the cruise ship was “beautiful”.</p> <p>"It was something like being in Las Vegas," Mr Sharp added. "It was just like a floating hotel. Magnificent.</p> <p>"Everything on board was just a highlight. The shows, the staff were fantastic, couldn't do enough for you."</p> <p>The pair recalled feeling ill after returning home to Port Augusta, South Australia.</p> <p>"[I] just started to perspire, I was wringing wet. Ursula saw me and she said, 'What's wrong with you?' And I feel that hot I'm burning up.</p> <p>"I've never been so sick in my life."</p> <p>As Ms Steinberner was a kidney transplant recipient, the virus hit her extremely hard.</p> <p>"I did at one stage think this was curtains for me. You only get so many chances," she told 7.30.</p> <p>The pair are not blaming the cruise company for what happened to them.</p> <p>"It was I think a big case of bad luck, and if you live your life worrying about what you're going to get while you're travelling, you're not really living your life, are you?" Ms Steinberner said.</p> <p>"You'll never go anywhere and that's what we want to do. We're going on another cruise."</p> <p>Their next cruise will take the couple from Singapore to Thailand, Cambodia and Bali.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-28/couple-caught-coronavirus-on-ruby-princess-but-will-cruise-again/12283368" target="_blank">ABC</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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The pure magic of Cardrona

<p>The first snow of the winter creates a kind of mass lunacy in a community like Wanaka in the deep south of New Zealand’s South Island. At the mere mention of those magical words, ‘snow-to-low-levels’, people’s behaviour changes. They gather in groups (socially-distanced this year) to sniff the air and study the cloud formations, making wise prognostications about how much of the precious white stuff will fall, from which direction, what field will get the most, whether it will suit skis or snowboards best, and how early to hit the slopes — before heading home to tune their gear.<br /><br />Far away in the North Island, I too sense a change in the air and start to study weather forecasts in great detail, wondering when the first snows will arrive. I look longingly at my ski gear and can't wait to pile on layers of merino wool and down, and head south to the place of my birth.<br /><br />This year, there’s been the added suspense of not knowing if New Zealand’s ski resorts would actually be able to operate due to the Covid-19 restrictions on social distancing and travel.<br /><br />But the great news is that now the country is at Alert Level 2, most fields are planning to open, including Cardrona Alpine Resorts which owns Cardrona and Treble Cone near Wanaka. By the time the season gets under way in late June, New Zealand will hopefully be at Alert Level 1 which should make life easier for ski field operators.<br /><br />There’s a high level of excitement at Cardrona this winter because the resort is due to celebrate its 40th anniversary. I’ve skied there almost every year since 1980 and have witnessed the field grow from a rope-tow and a tin shed to an internationally-renowned alpine resort. It’s my favourite winter playground. Everyone’s treated like a VIP at Cardrona — whether you’re a first-time skier or snowboarder, there on a ski holiday with your family, or training for the Olympics. No matter who you are, you’re welcomed with genuine Kiwi hospitality, like one of the family.<br /><br />The 40th will be a scaled-down version of the grand event they had planned before Covid-19 threw a giant spanner in the works but the milestone will not slip by unmarked. We’ll definitely be there to help them celebrate. Hopefully our Aussie mates will be able to join us too when our bubbles finally merge.<br /><br />This is also a landmark season for neighbouring resort Treble Cone which was purchased by Cardrona five months ago. The two fields are vastly different, “yin to each other's yang”, as Cardrona general manager Bridget Legnavsky said when the sale was announced in January this year. Trebles’s terrain is steep and challenging while Cardrona’s wide bowls are gentle and cruisy.<br /><br />In a few years, Soho Basin, a private field which adjoins Cardrona’s southern boundary, will also be added to the mix, effectively more than doubling the skiable terrain, creating New Zealand’s largest alpine resort. I had a fantastic day’s skiing at Soho last year. When development is complete, a network of lifts will unite the two fields but in the meantime, skiers are transported up the mountain by snowcat.<br /><br />While I wait for the snow to arrive, I’m tuning my skis and dreaming of my last day at Cardrona in 2019, a pristine blue-bird day after a massive spring dump. The day was pure magic, the stuff of legends.<br /><br />The mountain had a huge smile on its face — the sun was beaming down from a cloudless sky on slopes sparkling with late-season powder snow that squeaked underfoot. It was a week day outside of any holidays so the queues were non-existent and there was no wind, not even a zephyr, which is unusual for Cardrona. My new Dynastar skis, which just happened to match my jacket, were humming. There’s nothing to equal the euphoria of swishing through powder, silent except for the rhythmic whoosh of your skis floating lightly through weightless snow.<br /><br />The Eagles’ ‘Take it Easy’ was blasting from the PA system at Captain’s Express and the lifties were dancing while dispensing sunblock to skiers and boarders, in between sneaking off for a run or two.<br /><br />At Captains Café, a fancy-dress lunch was in full-swing. We sat in the sun drinking ice-cold cider, watching the shenanigans. They sure know how to party at Cardy.<br /><br />Super-relaxed, we skied better than ever in the afternoon, and kept going until the lifts stopped and there were only a handful of people left on the mountain. Our last run of the season, as always, was Queenstown Return — a scenic glide along the cat-track on Cardrona’s southern boundary, with breath-taking panoramas of row-upon-row of the Southern Alps, the entire Wakatipu Basin . . . and the vast untouched slopes of Soho Basin where we’ll be skiing in a few years’ time.<br /><br />Born a Southerner, I took lungfuls of pure mountain air and eyefuls of alps to sustain me in the tame, green North Island landscape I now call home.<br /><br />On the way back to Wanaka, we stopped off at the iconic Cardrona Hotel for glühwein beside the roaring outside fire. Wispy snowflakes began to fall from the darkening sky.<br /><br />"Snow-to-low-levels," the forecast said.<br /><br />"Let it snow so hard the airport will be closed for days and we’ll have to stay on," I prayed.<br /><br />No such luck...</p> <p><strong>If you go:</strong></p> <p><span>Everything you need to know is on the <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.cardrona.com/winter/" target="_blank" data-auth="NotApplicable">Cardrona</a> website.</span></p> <p><span>Pick up a rental vehicle from <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.jucy.com/nz/en/" target="_blank" data-auth="NotApplicable">JUCY</a> at Queenstown Airport.</span><span> </span></p> <p><span>Fly <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/" target="_blank" data-auth="NotApplicable">Air NZ</a> direct to Queenstown. Check the latest timetable here: <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/" target="_blank" data-auth="NotApplicable">https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/</a></span></p>

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Irish locals "protecting Matt Damon like a glorious gem"

<p>Matt Damon has been quarantining in a tiny Irish village with his wife and children, and it seems everyone including the locals are loving it.</p> <p>The Hollywood heavyweight has become one of the world’s “nicest” celebrities and while living in Ireland to wait out the coronavirus, the star says it has been a “fairy-tale”.</p> <p>The US-based actor has been renting out a home in Dalkey, Ireland, on the outskirts of Dublin, since early March when he arrived with his family to finish shooting <em>The Last Duel</em> with Ridley Scott.</p> <p>However, the star, his wife and his three younger daughters chose to stay put rather than rush home on a private jet when the world plunged into a pandemic.</p> <p>While his presence in the small town was a tightly-kept secret, he was pictured taking a swim with his towel in a supermarket bag.</p> <p>The sight was quickly reported to a local radio station.</p> <p>“I honestly feel like I’m about to throw up … this doesn’t seem real,” said Nathan, of the <em>Fully Charged with Graham and Nathan</em> show.</p> <p>“I don’t know if you are aware but the Dalkey people are protecting you like a glorious gem,” he said. </p> <p><span>Damon laughed at the news and said he had “no idea” but it made him “realise how great this place was.”</span></p> <p>“It’s incredible, this is one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been. Obviously what’s going on in the world is horrible but for my family it timed out.”</p> <p>The star explained that he moved there for what the family thought would be just eight weeks to shoot the movie.</p> <p>He and his wife also brought teachers for their three younger children as they would be out of school.</p> <p>“We’ve got what nobody else has which is actual live human beings teaching our kids. We feel guilty. We’ve got this kind of incredible set up in this place.”</p> <p>“It feels a little like a fairytale here.”</p> <p>The woman behind the photo of Damon explained excitedly what happened the day she bumped into him having a swim at a local beach.</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/CAIKcAKnBIY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAIKcAKnBIY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Siobhan Berry (@mummycooks)</a> on May 13, 2020 at 5:10am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“We were out for a family swim and we bumped into Matt and his family. It was all very cool – no one else around … just his (and my family) enjoying the freezing cold water and having a laugh!” Siobhan Berry of Mummy Cooks wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>“As we were all leaving, he very politely obliged for a photo, leaning in with his @supervalu_irl bag keeping the social distance!”</p> <p>“As he confirmed on the radio, he was holding a bag of swim gear and towels – not cans!!”</p> <p>She said the pair had initially agreed not to share the photo, but it leaked out via a family WhatsApp group.</p> <p>“We felt awful and really sorry about the whole situation; we wrote an apology letter to him but never got to deliver it. After hearing him on radio today, he obviously sees the funny side and the fact that the photo ultimately turned into one of the feel-good stories of the early summer.”</p>

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Grandfather recovering from COVID-19 treated to special surprise

<p>A German grandfather who contracted coronavirus whilst on-board a cruise ship has celebrated a life milestone in hospital as he recovers.</p> <p>Johann Steinborn was one of 81 passengers and crew who contracted the virus, despite having no symptoms beforehand.</p> <p>Steinborn’s health quickly took a turn for the worse and he was evacuated and put on an incubator.</p> <p>"I only remember I was brought here from the ship and had to wait in a special room, then nothing – cut off, complete black," he told<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-wa-artania-cruise-ship-fremantle-hospital-grandfather-recovery-80th-birthday-surprise-covid-19/02fdec57-4ecb-4cec-8ec6-8a45642d12dc" target="_blank"><span> </span>9News</a>.</p> <p>"I don't know what happened to me."</p> <p>His wife was flown home to Germany as she was healthy, but Johann remained behind as he has spent the last three weeks in a coma.</p> <p>"Four weeks ago, I couldn't stand," he said.</p> <p>"After lying in a coma, (my) muscles had disappeared."</p> <p>After recovering from coronavirus, he is celebrating his 80th birthday and despite being away from his family, the nurses who are caring for him surprised him with photos from home and his favourite traditional treats.</p> <p>Steinborn said that there were no signs of sickness during his time on the Artania until it docked in Sydney, where it took on an extra 100 passengers.</p> <p>When the boat had reached Perth, the virus had rapidly spread, with almost 15 percent of Western Australia’s cases being linked to the cruise ship.</p> <p>Three people died from the virus on-board.</p>

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Rebel Wilson gets real about weight loss journey: “I’m working hard”

<p>Rebel Wilson has not been afraid to share the highs and lows of her health journey to her loyal followers, and has remained committed to staying on the right path. </p> <p>The Australian actress has recently been seen showing off her healthy figure, but has gotten real with her fans about what exactly keeps her motivated. </p> <p>“I’ll be honest with you guys - with my ‘Year of Health’ mission I’m trying to get to 75kg’s and career wise am trying to get one of my movies into production before the end of the year!” the star wrote in a post to Instagram. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAoYTmWpAYU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAoYTmWpAYU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Rebel Wilson (@rebelwilson)</a> on May 25, 2020 at 5:27pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Both of these things are requiring a daily effort and there’s constant setbacks - but I’m working hard x.”</p> <p>Wilson left her followers with some words of encouragement to help motivate others who may need a hand during difficult times.</p> <p>“Even if you have to crawl towards your goals, keep going x it will be worth it. Try and give a little bit of effort each day…” the 40-year-old said. </p> <p>“I know some days are frustrating as hell, you feel like giving up, you get annoyed at the lack of progress...but good things are coming your way.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B_zPYMcpiNq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B_zPYMcpiNq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Rebel Wilson (@rebelwilson)</a> on May 5, 2020 at 2:11am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In January, Wilson announced that she would be making 2020 the year she changed her life around. </p> <p>In 2016, the actress admitted she didn’t feel any pressure to lose weight while working in Hollywood. </p> <p>“You know what? People say, ‘Don’t lose weight,’” Wilson told E! News. </p> <p>“You don’t want to be in that weird range of ‘are you skinny or are you fat’? Because how do you class yourself then? Weirdly, a lot of people say don’t.</p> <p>“But then I guess when you’re doing movies with actresses who are super skinny and whatever and you got to do a photo shoot side by side … then you notice you’re twice the weight they are.”</p> <p>Wilson says she is just focussing on her happiness: “You never want to be, like, too unhealthy because that’s bad. But you just want to be comfortable with who you are, whatever your size.”</p>

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Roger Federer congratulates Alan Jones for stellar radio career

<div class="body_text "> <p>Tennis legend Roger Federer sent a surprising congratulatory message to radio heavyweight Alan Jones as he prepares for his final show on 2GB on Friday.</p> <p>Jones announced earlier this month that he was retiring from his popular breakfast show for health reasons, explaining that doctors had warned him: “If you don’t stop, you’ll drop.”</p> <p>The video message to Jones was aired on Sky News, where Jones also works as a TV host.</p> <p>“Alan, it’s Roger here. I wanted to wish you all the very best for what’s to come, and many congratulations on an amazing 35-year career in the media business,” Federer said.</p> <p>“Take care and all the best.”</p> <p>Olympic sprint king Usain Bolt also sweetly sent Jones an audio message earlier, congratulating Jones on retiring at the “top of his game”.</p> <p>“I just want to say congratulations on retiring at the top of your game,” he said.</p> <p>“Thirty-odd years on the radio, you were magnificent, you impacted so many lives so continue doing what you’re doing and stay up, alright.”</p> <p>Jones’ heavy workload in the media combined his radio, TV and print commitments, which doctors advised him stepping back for the sake of his health.</p> <p>“I don’t want to dramatise this, but he (his doctor) said to me: ‘If you don’t stop, you’ll drop’,” the 79-year-old told The Australian. “There’ll come a time that your system will say it’s too late. You might be walking down the street when it happens.”</p> <p>Jones also thanked his loyal listeners as he announced his retirement on-air two weeks ago.</p> <p>“When the program ends at 9:00, it doesn’t end,” he said. “Another world begins. I’ve always taken the view that my listeners are my best researchers. The correspondence is given relevance and strength to the program content but answering it is immensely demanding.</p> <p>“I’m immensely grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given to share ideas, help people and even argue with people on behalf of someone else. These are privileges in this industry that should never be taken for granted.”</p> </div>

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How to stay safe in restaurants and cafes

<p>Now we have fewer cases of COVID-19, and restrictions are lifting, many of us are thinking of rejuvenating our social lives by heading to our local cafe or favourite restaurant.</p> <p>What can we do to reduce the risk of infection? And what should managers be doing to keep us safe?</p> <p>COVID-19 is an infectious disease <a href="https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/what-you-need-to-know-about-coronavirus-covid-19#:%7E:text=The%20virus%20can%20spread%20from,your%20mouth%20or%20face">spread</a> directly from person to person, carried in droplets from an infected person’s breath, cough or sneeze. If the droplets come into contact with another person’s eyes or are breathed in, that person may develop the disease.</p> <p>Those droplets can also fall onto surfaces, where the virus can survive <a href="https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2004973">for up to 72 hours</a>. If someone touches these surfaces, then touches their face, they can also become infected.</p> <p><strong>Eating out has led to several clusters</strong></p> <p>We know people around the world have become infected while eating out.</p> <p>Back in late January and early February, <a href="https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/7/20-0764_article#tnF1">three clusters</a> of COVID-19 cases in China were connected to dining in a single restaurant. A total of 10 people became ill over the next three weeks.</p> <p>The air-conditioning had apparently carried contaminated droplets from an infectious diner to nearby tables. This prompted the researchers to recommend restaurants increase their ventilation and sit customers at tables further apart.</p> <p>In Queensland, more than 20 people connected with a <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/coronavirus-covid-19-infected-noosa-sails-restaurant-stayed-open/12097336">private birthday party</a> at a Sunshine Coast restaurant contracted the virus. Four were staff, the rest guests. We don’t know the source of infection.</p> <p>Other outbreaks have been linked with restaurants in <a href="https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/04/14/authorities-investigate-cluster-coronavirus-cases-tied-kona-restaurant/">Hawaii</a>, <a href="https://la.eater.com/2020/5/4/21246555/morning-briefing-restaurant-news-los-angeles-covid-19-coronavirus-restaurant-cases-list">Los Angeles</a> and a <a href="https://www.muswellbrookchronicle.com.au/story/6759018/victoria-virus-cases-up-11-caution-urged/?cs=7">fast food restaurant in Melbourne</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="440" height="260" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kGQEuuv9R6E?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span class="caption">Here’s how the coronavirus can spread in a restaurant.</span></p> <p><strong>The path to infection</strong></p> <p>Let’s consider the risk of infection from the moment you arrive at a restaurant or cafe.</p> <p>When you open the door, you may have to put your hand on a door handle. If that handle has been touched by a person while infectious, they may leave behind thousands of individual virus particles. If you then touch your face, you run the risk of the virus entering your body and establishing an infection.</p> <p>If you avoid the doorknob trap, you may pick up the virus when you take your seat at the table, by touching the chair or the tabletop. Again, if you touch your face, you are risking infection. Similarly, you risk exposure by touching the menu or the cutlery.</p> <p>When the waiter comes to take your order, they will likely enter your breathing space. This is usually considered to be a circular zone of about <a href="https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-why-should-we-stay-1-5-metres-away-from-each-other-134029">1.5 metres</a> around your body.</p> <p>If the waiter is infected but not yet showing symptoms, you may be exposed to droplets containing the virus on their breath or the breath may contaminate the tableware in front of you.</p> <p>Now, your food is delivered and there’s good news. The virus <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=&amp;ved=2ahUKEwjl1cOhotPpAhUC63MBHS5pAt4QFjANegQIBxAB&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fapps.who.int%2Firis%2Frest%2Fbitstreams%2F1274400%2Fretrieve&amp;usg=AOvVaw2XBucHbnVtIWNHQnwm8cmV">is <em>not</em> transmitted</a> through food.</p> <p>But wait. The air-conditioning can help the virus travel through the air from the infected person at the next table who has just choked on a crumb and is coughing uncontrollably.</p> <p>Later, on a quick trip to the bathroom, you again open yourself to the risk of infection by touching the door and other surfaces. However, this trip allows you to take one very important step to prevent infection. You wash your hands with soap, taking care to hum Happy Birthday twice as you scrub and rinse.</p> <p>Unfortunately, you fail to dry your hands thoroughly. Wet hands <a href="https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1757177418815549">are much more likely</a> to pick up microbes, so you may recontaminate your hands as you open the door and go back to your table.</p> <p>When you go to pay your bill, you may be worried that cash may be a source of infection. While there were concerns about this initially, there is no evidence to date of any cases linked to handling money. Just in case, you use your credit card, but inadvertently transfer the virus to your finger as you type in your PIN.</p> <p>On your way out the door, you not only pick up more virus from the doorknob, but transfer some of the ones on your hand in return, ready for the next unwary diner.</p> <p><strong>How can I protect myself?</strong></p> <p>There are some simple (and familiar) things you can do to protect yourself as venues reopen.</p> <p>Keep washing and drying your hands, thoroughly and regularly. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Wash or sanitise after handling money, touching surfaces, before eating and after visiting the bathroom. Avoid touching your face, including wiping your eyes or licking juice off your fingers. If you must touch your face, use hand sanitiser first.</p> <p>Maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people, unless they are people you share close contact with.</p> <p>Sit outside if you can. Direct transmission is <a href="https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.28.20029272v2">much more likely</a> indoors.</p> <p>Finally, think about using a credit or debit card with a contactless transaction, rather than having to enter a PIN.</p> <p>To avoid infecting other people, stay home if you have any symptoms or suspect you might have been in contact with a person who has tested positive.</p> <p><strong>What should cafes and restaurants be doing?</strong></p> <p>Regulations about the number of patrons allowed in cafes and restaurants vary between states and territories. But there are certain common rules of thumb.</p> <p>First, tables need to be spaced at reasonable distances. This allows patrons to be outside others’ 1.5-metre breathing zones and also takes into account the potential effect of air conditioning.</p> <p>While COVID-19 doesn’t appear to be spread through air conditioning systems, they do boost air flow. This means droplets may travel a little further than 1.5 metres. This spacing will also reduce the number of people in the venue at the same time.</p> <p>Some venues <a href="https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/hong-kong-economy/article/3050085/coronavirus-hong-kong-restaurants-install-physical">overseas</a> are using plastic screens to separate diners to try to reduce the risk of person-to-person spread. This should not be used as a substitute for correct distancing if there is sufficient space.</p> <p>Tables and chairs need to be sanitised, <a href="https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/industry-and-businesses/resources-and-fact-sheets-for-industry/covid-19-cleaning-and-disinfection-recommendations">using a chemical sanitiser such as diluted bleach</a>, between patrons.</p> <p>Cutlery and tableware cannot be left ready on the table. They must be stored to prevent contamination in the kitchen and brought to the patron with their meal. Afterward, they need to be cleaned and sanitised as usual.</p> <p>Disposable cutlery should never be left out for self-service; it should only be provided with food or on request.</p> <p>All frequently touched surfaces must be regularly sanitised – including door handles, refrigerator and freezer doors, taps, light switches, hand rails, PIN pads and touch screens.</p> <p>Staff must maintain safe distances from patrons at all times and must <em>never</em> be allowed to work if they have respiratory symptoms or are suspected to have had contact with a COVID-19 positive person.</p> <p><strong>We need to be vigilant</strong></p> <p>Coronavirus cases in most states and territories are now very low. So, the chance of coming into contact with an infectious person is unlikely and is why restrictions are now gradually being lifted.</p> <p>However, we musn’t become complacent. We need to continue to take precautions to reduce the risk of infection via our cafes and restaurants. It only takes one instance of carelessness to start the viral ball rolling again.</p> <p><em><a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/lisa-bricknell-1043565">Lisa Bricknell</a>, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health, <a href="https://theconversation.com/institutions/cquniversity-australia-2140">CQUniversity Australia</a></em></p> <p><em>This article is republished from <a href="https://theconversation.com">The Conversation</a> under a Creative Commons license. Read the <a href="https://theconversation.com/how-to-stay-safe-in-restaurants-and-cafes-139117">original article</a>.</em></p>

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The $9 ALDI item people can’t get enough of

<p><span>If there’s one thing we’ve been doing a lot more of in lockdown, it’s eating to our heart’s content, and if you’re feeling the same way, then you’ll definitely want to keep reading about these gems from ALDI.</span></p> <p><span>Called everything from “superb” to “the best” and even “COVID lockdown survival food”, ALDI’s $9 pack of gyoza have been a huge hit with shoppers.</span></p> <p><span>While the snack isn’t a new addition to the store’s offerings, a post on Facebook has brought together people who can’t live without it, as they swapped notes on the best way to cook them.</span></p> <p><span>It’s not a surprise they’re winners with foodies, as they come in at just $9 for 26 gyozas.</span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Faldimum%2Fphotos%2Fa.178645435514805%2F2067888636590466%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="595" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><span>“I think I’ve bought a million of these. My son loves them covid lockdown survival food,” one person wrote. </span><br /><span>Someone else said that they are “value for money” and simply “delicious”.</span></p> <p><span>Others revealed the best way to cook the gyoza to get the most flavour out of them.</span></p> <p><span>One said to pop them in the microwave while another said to pan fry them with sesame oil and ¼ cup of water.</span></p> <p><span>“First you have to pan fry them on the two flat sides, so they get some colour and brown a little. After this you put a small amount, around 1/2-1/3 cup of water to soften them and cover with a lid. Then take the lid off, and when all the water has dissolved then it is ready,” another person wrote. </span></p>

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ScoMosas! Scott Morrison gets creative in the kitchen

<p>If you thought you were the only one that was cooking up a storm during quarantine, you couldn’t be more far off. </p> <p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison showed off his kitchen skills by making his own version of the South Asian delicacy samosas, calling them “ScoMosas”. </p> <p>The politician paired it with mango chutney and social media is devouring it. </p> <p>Sharing a photo of himself on Twitter, Morrison was shown to be holding a platter of the delicious snack. </p> <p>In his post on Twitter, he wrote, “A pity that my meeting with Narendra Modi this week is by video link. They’re vegetarian, I would have liked to share with him.” </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center"> <p dir="ltr">Sunday ScoMosas with mango chutney, all made from scratch - including the chutney! A pity my meeting with <a href="https://twitter.com/narendramodi?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@narendramodi</a> this week is by videolink. They’re vegetarian, I would have liked to share them with him. <a href="https://t.co/Sj7y4Migu9">pic.twitter.com/Sj7y4Migu9</a></p> — Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP/status/1266952463464071171?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 31, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>For those who are unfamiliar with samosas, they are a triangular-shaped fried or baked snack with a savoury filling. <span>They can either be vegetarian or contain meat depending on the region. </span></p> <p><span>In response, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the samosas look delicious. "Once we achieve a decisive victory against COVID-19, we will enjoy the Samosas together," tweeted Modi. </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center"> <p dir="ltr">Connected by the Indian Ocean, united by the Indian Samosa!<br /><br />Looks delicious, PM <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ScottMorrisonMP</a>! <br /><br />Once we achieve a decisive victory against COVID-19, we will enjoy the Samosas together. <br /><br />Looking forward to our video meet on the 4th. <a href="https://t.co/vbRLbVQuL1">https://t.co/vbRLbVQuL1</a></p> — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) <a href="https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/1267006484543606786?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 31, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>Ever since the post was shared, it has garnered close to 17,000 likes, 4,000 retweets, and has caused an influx of amusing reactions from India and Australia. </span></p> <p><span>Many even suggested pairing the snack with a hot cup of chai (tea) to really make it an authentic experience.</span></p>

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Meghan Markle lookalike! Can you believe they’re not the same person?

<p>Christine Primrose Mathis has made a name for herself on social media for her incredibly unique trait – being a spitting image of American royal Meghan Markle.</p> <p>The 32-year-old, who works as an air hostess, claims she first started being compared to the Duchess of Sussex when Meghan was working as an actress in the hit show<span> </span>Suits.</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/B8_pENipWxf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8_pENipWxf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Christine Primrose Mathis (@christineprimrose)</a> on Feb 25, 2020 at 7:10am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, Ms Mathis says she didn’t take much notice of the comparison until Meghan’s face was plastered on every blog, social media site and newspaper.</p> <p>The look-alike’s dark hair and tan complexion mixed with the wash of freckles the Duchess of Sussex has become known for, dazed many people as Ms Mathis roamed the streets of her hometown.</p> <p>So much so, she decided to join a look alike agency in 2019.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836297/meghan-markle-christine-6.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/83256144f01b49578392f71c8a417531" /></p> <p>“Five years ago I was working in first-class as a flight attendant and passengers would say 'hey, you look like that girl from Suits' every so often,” Ms Mathis explained.</p> <p>“I could see the resemblance, but I just brushed it off but when Meghan and Harry got engaged, that's when I started hearing it a lot more often.</p> <p>“At first, I was confused but I definitely took it as a compliment because I thought she was so beautiful.”</p> <p>The lookalike went on to add: “Last year, I signed up with a lookalike agency because after they got married, it became a lot more frequent.</p> <p>“Hopefully, I can get some corporate work and TV work. I've been acting since I was very young and I'm working on getting an audition with my agent. That would be the absolute dream.</p> <p>“Social media can be cruel, I've had people comment that I'm trying to be her or that my hair and make-up is the same. I feel like I've always done my hair like that. I try to ignore the people who are being mean.”</p> <p>The royal twin admitted she even went on to post a video of her to the social media app TikTok where she dressed like Meghan Markle and claimed “people couldn’t believe the resemblance.”</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/CAGvgKmJ8Az/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAGvgKmJ8Az/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Christine Primrose Mathis (@christineprimrose)</a> on May 12, 2020 at 4:00pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I have had a lot more opportunities from looking like her; she's so famous.</p> <p>“I think most of my following comes from people thinking I am Meghan Markle but at the same time I hope they also like my personality.</p> <p>“A lot of people look up to her and because they can't get in direct contact with her, I guess I'm the next best thing.”</p>

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Devastated family warns against common house plant that killed their puppy

<p>A seemingly innocent $5 house plant has caused family devastation after their one-and-a-half year old French bulldog died because she ate parts of it.</p> <p>In early May, Lily ingested her family’s sago palm and had to spend a week at an emergency vet in Wisconsin, in the US, before being brought home to continue fighting for her life with a feeding tube and medication.</p> <p>On May 16, the little pup took her final breaths in the arms of her owners, offering them “a couple of butt wiggles just before she couldn’t fight any longer”.</p> <p>“We loved her so very much and gave her all the love and care in the weeks since the incident we could possibly give. We are truly devastated,” her owner Kate Wagner wrote in a post to Facebook.</p> <p>She is now urging other dog owners to be wary of the poisonous plant, and has asked people to avoid buying them or placing them well out of their pet’s reach.</p> <p>Ms Wagner said the traumatic incident could have been avoided had she done a quick online search before buying plants for inside her home.</p> <p>“Every attending emergency vet said that the sago palm is very toxic and gave us grim odds from the start,” she told<span> </span><em>Yahoo News Australia</em>.</p> <p>“I would advise other pet owners that the resource is right at their fingertips as they browse the plant aisles.</p> <p>“There is an extremely helpful tool on the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) website that could have saved Lily’s life—in hindsight, I wish I would have known.”</p> <p>Injuries and deaths caused by the sago palm are incredibly common in Australia too, according to Sydney vet Simon Ilkin.</p> <p>“It’s a surprisingly popular type of palm that we normally group into what we call cycads. We have seen many cases where dogs are nauseous and showing signs of liver failure,” Dr Ilkin told<span> </span><em>Yahoo News Australia</em>.</p> <p>He said the only way the animal could have a chance of survival is if symptoms were caught early on.</p> <p>“The toxins are a nasty gut irritant, sometimes if we’re lucky the animal will have vomiting and diarrhoea which will work to purge it out of their system.</p> <p>“We really worry when it has been absorbed and starts to cause things like neurological issues, clotting, spontaneous bleeding, jaundice, and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC).”</p> <p>He said the only certain way to avoid risk of a dog suffering from the effects of consuming the plant was to remove it from the home completely.</p> <p>“I would get rid of it. They might be fine for 10 years but one day randomly decide to get into it. You never know with dogs because they will try and eat anything.”</p> <p>“It’s not something that any dog owner would want to be picking up the pieces of.”</p> <p>Sago palms are available in most Australian plant retailers including Bunnings and Flower Power.</p>

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Kmart worker spills three secrets that’ll save you cash

<p>A Kmart worker has spilled three shopping “secrets” she claims will get you better discounts and treatment in store.</p> <p>Georgia Cook from Sydney shared three tips on TikTok, where it received a lot of attention from bargain hunters.</p> <p>The 23-year-old answered questions from those who wanted to know more, much to the delight of bargain hunters.</p> <p>“We give a 20 per cent or more if something is damaged, just ask,” Georgia said in the video, which was her first tip.</p> <p>She went on to say that “half the workers don’t know where stuff is either”, which is the second tip.</p> <p>The third and final tip was the one that delighted bargain hunters the most, with Georgia saying that “if you ask us if something is out of stock, we will say yes if you’re rude and annoying”.</p> <p>One woman was quick to dispute Georgia’s claims, saying that she was only given a 5 percent discount for her damaged goods.</p> <p>“All Kmarts are different for damaged items, that’s what we do with ours. It’s more if you accidentally bring a damaged item up and you still want it, you can ask for a discount,” Georgia replied.</p> <p>Not everyone was happy with the tips, saying that it was “your job” to show people where items are, even if they were unkind.</p> <p>“I worked retail and even if someone was rude I’d check because that’s what I was getting paid to do,” one said.</p> <p>Others warned she could “lose her job over this” to which she replied: “I didn’t expect it to blow up.”</p> <p>Georgia’s TikTok is now on private and it is unknown if she has lost her job due to the popularity of the video.</p>

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Look out, ALDI: Coles just launched a deal to rival ALDI’s ‘Special Buys’

<p><span>Shoppers go mad for the weekly Special Buys at ALDI – and now Coles is following in their footsteps.</span><br /><span>On Friday, Coles launched a fortnightly “Best Buys” sale, offering items traditionally not sold in supermarkets.</span></p> <p><span>There are 30 cookware items available in the limited deal – which is also currently only available in 28 select stores in Victoria and Western Australia – including a Dutch oven, priced at $19.99 and an air fryer.</span></p> <p><span>A spokesperson for Coles remained tight-lipped when asked if the grocery giant was hoping to rival ALDI with the move, as there’s no denying the similarities.</span></p> <p><span>ALDI recently had a sale on a range of cast iron cookware, all of which were under $30 and caused a stampede among shoppers.</span></p> <p><span>Dutch ovens can set people back close to $530 when sold by designer brands, making Coles $20 offering extremely alluring – and five dollars less than ALDI’s which was on sale for $24.99.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FALDI.Australia%2Fphotos%2Fa.637019469688891%2F3370712356319575%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="677" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><span>Coles was also selling a 3.5 litre digital air fryer for a reasonable $69.99 – while ALDI recently had an 8-litre version of the appliance for $99.</span></p> <p><span>Coles General Manager for Health &amp; Home Jonathan Torr said the supermarket giant is constantly looking for ways to inspire customers and offer them great value.</span></p> <p><span>“We have introduced Coles Best Buys to add some sparkle to the shopping experience as well as provide convenient and affordable options to our customers,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>“Customers have told us they love it when they can get all of their needs in the one store. We think they are going to love our new Coles Best Buys range, which is a great example of the good things we’re doing to inspire customers by offering them great quality, value and going beyond what they expected when they walked into our store.”</span></p> <p><span>Other items on sale include a dog bed, tupperware and silicone cooking utensils.</span></p> <p><span>In Victoria, the deals are available at Oakleigh, Brimbank, Dandenong, Roxburgh Park, Traralgon, Waurn Ponds, Sunbury, Craigieburn, Cranbourne Park, South Morang, Lavington and Shepparton stores.</span></p> <p><span>In WA, those visiting the Maddington, Forest Lakes, Beechboro, Bassendean, Innaloo, Dianella, Warnbro, Haynes, Wanneroo, Mirrabooka, Bunbury, Lakelands, Whitford, Kalamunda and Gosnells stores can pick up the deals.</span></p> <p><span>If you don’t reside in the above locations, don’t fret as the fortnightly sale will be rolled out across the country over the next few weeks – so the rest of Australia will not be left out.</span></p>

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What COVID-19 means for the people making your clothes

<p>Workers everywhere are feeling the impact of COVID-19 and the restrictions necessitated by COVID-19.</p> <p>In Australia, <a href="https://theconversation.com/which-jobs-are-most-at-risk-from-the-coronavirus-shutdown-134680">retail and hospitality</a> workers have been particularly hard hit. In other countries, it’s <a href="https://theconversation.com/the-real-economic-victims-of-coronavirus-are-those-we-cant-see-133620">manufacturing</a> workers, hit by disruptions to value and supply chains.</p> <p>A <a href="https://www.investopedia.com/terms/v/valuechain.asp">value chain</a> is the process by which businesses start with raw materials and add value to them through manufacturing and other processes to create a finished product.</p> <p>A <a href="https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/supplychain.asp">supply chain</a> is the steps taken to get a product to a consumer.</p> <p>Most of the time we don’t think about them at all.</p> <p><strong>Cotton is complex</strong></p> <p>Our research project with the <a href="https://www.crdc.com.au/">Cotton Research Development Corporation</a> is investigating strategies for improving labour conditions in the value chain for Australian cotton.</p> <p>This is the chain in which our cotton is spun into yarn, woven or knitted into fabric, and turned into garments and other items which are sold to consumers.</p> <p>When we began our project in mid-2019 the world was a very different place.</p> <p>The changes brought by COVID-19 have had a significant impact on those working throughout the chain – particularly in garment production, but with flow on effects to other tiers.</p> <p>The tiers in the diagram are numbered backwards.</p> <p>The first is Tier 4, where Australian cotton is grown and harvested. The next is Tier 3 where it is turned into yarn, usually overseas.</p> <p>Tier 2 is the production of fabric, Tier 1 is the production of garments and other products, and Tier 0 is retailing and selling to retailers.</p> <p>Tier 0 (brands and retailers) has been hit by delays in shipments due to factory closures at Tiers 1 and 2.</p> <p>However this has been matched by a decline in demand as social distancing and lock-down arrangements discourage or prevent consumers from shopping in person.</p> <p>In Australia retailers such as <a href="https://www.countryroad.com.au/">Country Road</a>, <a href="https://cottonongroup.com.au/">Cotton On</a> and <a href="https://www.rmwilliams.com.au/">RM William</a> temporarily closed, taking short-term retail job losses to <a href="https://www.afr.com/companies/retail/djs-stays-open-as-retail-job-losses-hit-50-000-20200328-p54ew8">50,000 or more</a>.</p> <p>Globally, many multinationals have closed their doors.</p> <p><strong>Shocks along the chain…</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/news-analysis/nikes-sales-expected-to-drop-3-5-billion">Nike</a> is expecting sales to drop by US$3.5 billion. While seemingly immune from some of the social distancing provisions, online retail is also likely to take a hit due to a drop in demand.</p> <p>Tier 1 (garment manufacturing) has been hit by falling demand as retailers cancel orders or ask for delays in payment. It has also faced disruptions in the supply of fabric, especially from China.</p> <p>Fabric producers in Tier 2 and cotton spinners in Tier 3 have had to contend with a decreased supply of raw materials and demands to retool to produce medical equipment.</p> <p>For cotton growers in Tier 4, the fall in demand has pushed prices down from US 70 cents at the start of the year to US 50 cents, the lowest price in a decade, before a partial recovery to US 58 cents.</p> <p><strong>…with human costs</strong></p> <p>Reports of losses of tens of thousands of jobs in <a href="https://www.mmtimes.com/news/more-woes-myanmar-garment-industry-eu-cancels-orders.html">Myanmar</a> and <a href="https://english.cambodiadaily.com/business/garment-workers-in-cambodia-myanmar-and-even-asia-lose-jobs-as-covid-19-hits-them-hard-162747/">Cambodia</a> paint a bleak picture.</p> <p>In <a href="https://sourcingjournal.com/topics/sourcing/bangladesh-factories-open-coronavirus-lockdown-bgmea-rubana-huq-202342">Bangladesh</a> estimates have 1.92 million workers at risk of losing their jobs as factories receive notice of US$2.58 billion worth of export orders cancelled or on-hold.</p> <p>Making things worse, many workers in Tiers 1-3 were receiving less than a <a href="https://wageindicator.org/salary/living-wage">living wage</a> defined as the minimum needed to provide adequate shelter, food and necessities. This has made it hard for them to plan or save for emergencies.</p> <p>Many are <a href="https://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/globaldocs/730/">migrant workers</a> without funds to return home.</p> <p>Even the workers who manage to hang on to their jobs aren’t in the clear. Programs set up to improve their working conditions have been disrupted.</p> <p> </p> <p>The <a href="https://bangladeshaccord.org/">Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh</a> is a legally-binding agreement between brands and unions set up in the wake of the collapse of the the Rana Plaza factory in 2013 which killed 1,133 people and critically injuring thousands more.</p> <p>Inspections under the program have been suspended, as have <a href="https://www.sedexglobal.com/sedex-response-to-coronavirus/">audits</a> due to the closure of borders.</p> <p>The problems are cumulative – delays in orders due to interruptions in supplies will need to be addressed when factories scale back up, creating demands from buyers that might result in pressure for workers to work unpaid and involuntary overtime, or even worse, <a href="https://www.hrw.org/report/2019/04/23/paying-bus-ticket-and-expecting-fly/how-apparel-brand-purchasing-practices-drive">subcontract to the informal market</a> where there is a high risk of human rights violations.</p> <p><strong>Shoots of hope</strong></p> <p>Amid the <a href="https://www.just-style.com/news/timeline-how-coronavirus-is-impacting-the-global-apparel-industry-free-to-read_id138313.aspx">havoc</a> are some shoots of hope.</p> <p>Companies along the value chain have been asked to produce and supply medical equipment such as surgical gowns, face masks and materials and elastics.</p> <p>Dozens of brands and retailers have <a href="https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/intelligence/in-the-face-of-a-global-crisis-what-is-the-fashion-industry-doing">donated funds</a> and activated their logistics networks to support the effort.</p> <p>As orders slowly start returning, cotton and textile associations have joined forces in <a href="https://www.just-style.com/news/cotton-textile-sectors-call-for-collaborative-action-amid-covid-19_id138758.aspx">calling for greater collaboration</a> throughout the value chain. Governments have announced <a href="https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/news-analysis/coronavirus-crushes-asias-garment-industry">aid packages</a> for their workers, and the European Union has provided an <a href="https://www.mmtimes.com/news/eu-provides-eu5-million-emergency-cash-myanmar-garment-workers.html">emergency fund</a> to support the most vulnerable garment workers in Myanmar.</p> <p>Longer term, the supply risks highlighted by the disruption might cause companies along the value chain to diversify their suppliers and even produce locally.</p> <p> </p> <p>The crisis has demonstrated forcefully the importance for manufacturers and retailers to be agile. Yet this can best be done when workers have been well trained and have access to the best technology and equipment.</p> <p>For now, we watch and see. Cotton is as good an indicator as any other of the brittleness of supply chains and the ways in which what we produce and consume affects the livelihoods of those further down the chain.</p> <p>In the short-term, a best-case scenario would see a revaluing of garment work as “essential” in order to produce protective/medical equipment that we need in a way that benefits the people who help make them.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/134800/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><!-- End of code. 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Read the <a href="https://theconversation.com/what-covid-19-means-for-the-people-making-your-clothes-134800">original article</a>.</em></p>

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Police charge 51-year-old man with murder of Nicole Cartwright

<p>A Sydney man has been charged with the murder of Nicole Cartwright, whose body was found dumped in a suburban car park in 2018.</p> <p>Police announced that detectives arrested a 51-year-old man at Parramatta Police Station around 12:45pm.</p> <p>He was charged with murder, refused bail and is due to face Parramatta Local Court today.</p> <p>According to Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, Ms Cartwright met the man through dating apps and social media.</p> <p>Police believe the murder occurred on October 1 but the body was dumped two days later on the morning of October 3.</p> <p>"It will be alleged this man took her from an address to the reserve and, unfortunately, dumped the body like some piece of unwanted refuse," the homicide squad commander told reporters.</p> <p>"It's a cold-hearted act. It's a callous and heinous criminal act."</p> <p>Det Supt Doherty revealed Ms Cartwright was “brutalised” before callously murdered. Her body was found wrapped in a bed sheet.</p> <p>Yesterday, Ms Cartwright’s brother Ben thanked authorities and the public on behalf of the family for their part in the arrest.</p> <p>"It's hard to express in words what our family has been through since Nicole's death," wrote Ben Cartwright.</p> <p>"Nicole was very much loved as a sister and daughter; a cherished member of our family.</p> <p>"We grieve daily for Nicole and the life she never got to live, and we are still struggling to comprehend that she will never be coming home.</p> <p>"On behalf of our family, we want to thank the community for sharing our appeals for information, and also thank those who provided information to the police.</p> <p>"Thank you also to the NSW Police Force detectives, who have supported our family during this time and worked tirelessly to help bring justice for Nicole.</p> <p>"As we continue to process this news, our family has requested privacy at this time."</p>

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“This hurts”: Guy Sebastian drops bombshell on The Voice leaving Delta speechless

<p><em>The Voice’s<span> </span></em><span>Delta Goodrem was left speechless on Sunday as Guy Sebastian revealed he’s close friends with contestant Matt Gresham, after she unknowingly stopped them from working together by using her ‘block’ button.</span></p> <p><span>Seconds after Delta blocked Matt from choosing Guy as his mentor, the singer revealed the two had a very close relationship.</span></p> <p><span>“You don’t know this, but Matt’s a really good mate of mine. That’s why the block hurts, because we go way back together,” he explained in frustration.</span></p> <p><span>Each coach has two ‘blocks’ they can secretly use during auditions this year. This means they’re able to block another coach from getting a singer that they want.</span></p> <p><span>After Matt finished his rendition of </span><em>Bruises</em><span> by Lewis Capaldi, Guy was unable to be his mentor due to being blocked. The coach then demanded to know who had blocked him.</span></p> <p><span>“Okay it was me, I did it. I definitely pressed the block button. I did it with the best intention because that's how much I love your voice. It came from the right place,” explained Delta, unaware of Matt and Guy's relationship.   </span></p> <p><span>Guy then revealed that Matt is a “really good mate of mine”, Delta couldn’t believe it.</span></p> <p><span>She muttered “oh, sorry” as Guy complimented Matt, saying: “I seriously love you and know what you're capable of. Your voice is full of storytelling and life experience.”</span></p> <p><span>Delta told the singer: “Your voice is everything that I want on my team.”</span></p> <p><span>Explaining why he chose to audition on </span><em>The Voice</em><span>, Matt said: “I'm from Western Australia, about two years ago I suffered with some really bad PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and depression and basically just quit music.</span></p> <p><span>“I haven't really been able to do anything until this.”</span></p> <p><span>Guy and Matt seem to share an incredibly close friendship as the contestant has previously toured with the judge and have spent years gushing over each other on social media.</span></p> <p><span>In December 2017, Matt accompanied Guy on stage at Carols in the City. </span></p> <p><span>Last year, Matt shared a photo of with Guy sharing a beer just before the ARIA Awards.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-m7ut4nl05/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-m7ut4nl05/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Missing my brother in sydney @guysebastian</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/mattgreshammusic/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> mattgreshammusic</a> on Apr 5, 2020 at 10:55am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>“So proud to call Guy Sebastian a friend, an inspiration and a brother,” he wrote. </span></p>

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Home and Away’s Ray Meagher says it’s “fabulous” to return to work

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Channel Seven’s long-running drama<span> </span><em>Home and Away</em><span> </span>has resumed filming after a nine-week shut down due to coronavirus.</p> <p>The show hasn’t been filmed since March, but the longest serving cast member is eager to get started.</p> <p>Ray Meagher, who plays beloved Alf Stewart, is excited to return after two months in isolation.</p> <p>“It is so fabulous to be back on set and to get out of the house,” Ray Meagher told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/home-and-away-resumes-filming-after-9week-coronavirus-break/news-story/ff6ccb60852f8bb7dfa7b772ef865074" target="_blank">Confidential</a></em>.</p> <p>“It’s wonderful to be here — we just need to keep our wits about us and make sure we all do the right things.</p> <p>“When you first arrive, it’s a temperature test, and once you’ve passed that then you wash your hands … in fact my hands are cleaner than they’ve ever been, I reckon I could perform open-heart surgery.”</p> <p>Meagher was quick to explain that their management are following protocol.</p> <p>“There are signs everywhere that our management are following the protocols to a tee, which is fantastic because now that we’re back, we want to stay back so we’re all very conscious of doing it the right way.”</p> <p>A spokesman for Channel Seven has confirmed this.</p> <p>“A range of measures will be in place to minimise risk for the cast and crew, to be overseen by dedicated safety officers.</p> <p>The measures include temperature check on arrival, increased hygiene practices and rigorous cleaning schedules.”</p> <p>Actors will also be able to socially distance on set thanks to some clever rewrites, the spokesperson continued.</p> <p>“Scripts will also be reworked to reduce closer contact, in constant consultation with the cast and crew to ensure the health and safety of all,” the statement said. </p> </div> </div> </div>

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Guy Sebastian reveals why he and his brother aren’t working together on The Voice

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Viewers were left surprised when Guy Sebastian’s brother Chris ended up auditioning for <em>The Voice</em> and turned chairs.</p> <p>They were even more surprised to see Chris go with Kelly Rowland’s team.</p> <p>However, Guy has revealed why the pair aren’t working together to <em>Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa</em>.</p> <p>“...We are very very close and I’ve always kept stuff separate with work and that type of thing. I would hate for any of that to get in the way of our relationship,” he told hosts Ryan Fitzgerald and Michael Wipfli.</p> <p>Guy also revealed that he promised that if none of the other judges wanted him, Guy would save him.</p> <p>“We knew early on he would go with someone else, I said "if no one turns Chris which is quite an unlikely scenario then I’ll turn for you",” he said.</p> <p>Guy hoped that by being honest, it would stop “conspiracy theories” about his brother being on the show.</p> <p>“We talked about it, there is a lot at stake because he’s my brother so people are gonna get very caught up in the competition side of things and have little conspiracy theories and he knew he’d cop it little bit,” he added.</p> <p>Chris’ audition on Monday was overshadowed by viewers saying he should not have been allowed on the competition due to his family link and how it was “unfair” on other contestants.</p> <p>"I absolutely feel like Chris shouldn't [have] been allowed to audition,' one viewer tweeted after the episode, while another added, 'Chris Sebastian, Guy will hire him."</p> <p>Naturally, Chris had anticipated the backlash and denied the competition was “rigged” before his audition was aired.</p> <p>Chris also spoke to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/womansday" target="_blank"><em>Woman’s Day</em></a><span> </span>about how he didn’t want to be on his brother’s team.</p> <p>“I had him ruled out from the beginning. I'd hate people to think I wasn't there for my own abilities or it was rigged,” Chris explained.</p> <p>“I didn't want anyone to think I was getting special treatment.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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A beginner’s guide to reading and enjoying poetry

<p>One of the things you get asked most when people find out that you’re a poet is whether you can recommend something that could be read at an upcoming wedding, or if you know something that might be suitable for a funeral. For most people, these occasions – as well as their schooldays – are the only times they encounter poetry.</p> <p>That feeds into this sense that poetry is something formal, something which might stand to attention in the corner of the room, that it’s something to be studied or something to “solve” rather than something to be lounged with on the sofa. Of course, this needn’t be true.</p> <p>We’ve seen over the past couple of months how important poetry can be to people. It’s forming a response in advertisements and marketing campaigns, it’s becoming a regular part of the public’s honouring of frontline heroes and, for people who write poetry more often, it’s becoming a way to create a living historical document of these unprecedented times – this latter point was the aim of the new <a href="https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/write/">Write where we are Now project</a>, spearheaded by poet Carol Ann Duffy and Manchester Metropolitan University.</p> <p>In years to come, alongside medical records and political reporting, historians and classes of schoolchildren will look to art and poetry to find out what life was like on a day-to-day basis – what things seemed important, what things worried people, how the world looked and felt and was experienced. Write where we are Now will, hopefully, be one such resource, with poets from all over the world contributing new work directly about the Coronavirus pandemic or about the personal situations they find themselves in right now.</p> <p><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/407507872" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>So the crisis has perhaps brought poetry – with its ability to make the abstract more concrete, its ability to distil and clarify, its ability to reflect the surreal and strange world we now find ourselves in – back to the fore.</p> <p>Many of you might be thinking now is the time to try and get to grips with poetry, maybe for the first time. A novel might feel too taxing, watching another film just involves staring at another screen for longer, but a poem can offer a brief window into a different world, or simply help to sustain you in this one.</p> <p><strong>How to enjoy poetry</strong></p> <p>If you’re nervous around poetry or are scared it might not be for you, I wanted to offer up some tips.</p> <p><strong>1. You don’t have to like it</strong></p> <p>Poetry is often taught in very strange ways: you’re given a poem and told that it’s good – and that if you don’t think it’s good then you haven’t understood it, and you should read it again until you have, and then you’ll like it. This is nonsense. There are poets and poems for every taste. If you don’t like something, fine. Move on. Find another poet. Anthologies are great for this, and a good place to start with your poetry journey.</p> <p><strong>2. Read it aloud</strong></p> <p>Poetry lives on the air and not on the page, read it aloud to yourself as you walk around the house, you’ll get a better understanding of it, you’ll feel the rhythms of the language move you in different ways – even if you’re not quite sure what’s going on.</p> <p><strong>3. Don’t try and solve it</strong></p> <p>This is something else that goes back to our educational encounters with poetry – poems are not riddles that need solving. Some poems will speak to you very plainly. Some poems will simply move you through their language. Some poems will baffle you but, like an intriguing stranger, you’ll want to step closer to them. Poems aren’t a problem to be wrestled with – mostly poems are showing you one small thing as a way of talking about something bigger. Poems aren’t a broken pane of glass that you need to painstakingly reassemble. They’re a window, asking you to look out, trying to show you something.</p> <p><strong>4. Write your own</strong></p> <p>The best way to understand poetry is to write your own. The way you speak, the street you live on, the life you’ve lived, is as worthy of poetry as anything else. Once you begin to explore your own writing, you’ll be able to read and understand other people’s poems much better.</p> <p>I would say this as a poet, but poetry is going to be even more central to how we rebuild after this current crisis. Poetry, especially the teaching of how we might write it, has this wonderful ability to create a new language, to imagine new ways of seeing things, to help people to articulate what it is that they’ve just been through. The way we move forward, as a community, as a society and, in fact, as a civilisation, is to push language to new frontiers, to use language to memorialise, reimagine and rebuild, but also to remember that poetry can be an escape, something to be enjoyed, something to cherish.</p> <p>With that in mind here is a poem I wrote for Write where we are Now.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/137321/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><!-- End of code. 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The sea-change trend sweeping Australia’s east coast

<p>There’s a classic cartoon in which an elderly man, clearly some way from his prime, is laid back in an armchair doing a crossword. With a furrowed brow he calls out to his wife: “Honey, I need a seven-letter word for catatonic.”</p> <p>His wife thinks hard for a moment, and calls back:</p> <p>“Try <em>R. E. T. I. R. E. D.</em>”</p> <p>Of the many misconceptions about retirement – when it should be done, what it should look like – one of the more pervasive is the notion that retirement is necessarily a process of reduction: a well-deserved winding down after decades spent on hard work.</p> <p>But there’s a new trend in retirement on Australia’s east coast that is quickly dismantling the cartoonish stereotype of retirees idling about in community villages. No more Hawaiian shirts. No more bridge club. A huge number of retirees are embracing a particular type of sea-change retirement that, according to several of its fans, involves trading a lifestyle of work for a lifestyle of play.</p> <p>We spoke to three couples who are residents of <a href="https://harringtonwaters.com.au/">Harrington Waters</a>, a hidden gem on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales, where a community of like-minded residents are being drawn to this unique style of living.</p> <p>Margaret Spours, who lives in Harrington Waters with her husband Stan, radiates positive energy when she talks about her new home:</p> <p>“Oh, we moved here not to sit in the home and watch TV,” she says, smiling.</p> <p>“We want to be out! Outside – down at the beach or walking along the river. Living on Harrington Waters, you can basically walk to everything, and that’s what really attracted us. My husband’s a golfer, so he’s a member of the Golf Club. And me, I love walking along the Riverwalk and to the other parts of Harrington Waters – it’s nice flat, scenic walks, with stunning sunsets. And when our family comes up to visit, it’s nice to go to the beach and explore around Crowdy Head, the beaches, even whale and dolphin spotting.”</p> <p>The distinctive lifestyle offered by Harrington Waters is made possible by Roche Group, one of Australia’s premier development companies with more than 20 years of experience. The waterside community has been deliberately conceived as an offering unlike anything else in Australia, offering a one-of-a-kind lifestyle for the recently retired. This is an area where you’re <span>more likely to see rock fishing than rocking chairs, and friendly neighbours that embrace an active, fun-filled lifestyle, surrounded by an award-winning golf course, shopping village, cafés, a medical centre, newsagency, bakery, Harrigan’s Irish Pub, community centre, library, national parks, Crowdy Head Beach and more.</span></p> <p><span>“There’s just a genuine village feeling,” says resident Adrian McCallister, a retired university teacher who moved to Harrington Waters six months ago with his wife, Annette.</span></p> <p><span>“Something about it’s very peaceful and open, so we can do a lot. It’s where the Manning River meets the ocean, so we can stroll along the beaches, or we can walk over near the river. It’s just very enjoyable and relaxing. There’s a sense of connection in the community village, neighbours become close friends. Bowling is very popular, and golf, even tennis.” </span></p> <p><span>Annette adds in, “...also fishing, boating, biking. And you see dolphins and turtles while walking along the sea wall. There’s so much activity.”</span></p> <p><span>The sea wall Annette refers to is a paved breakwall that extends two kilometres over the Manning River, offering residents a pedestrian walkway with stunning panoramic views overlooking the river to the west and the open ocean to the east.</span></p> <p><span>Annette sees the move as one of renewal; a new lease on life.</span></p> <p><span>“We both had a very full and busy life,” she says. </span></p> <p><span>“I taught dance for 30 years. We came up here to rejuvenate. And from here we can travel up to Brisbane. We can travel down to Sydney and back in a day. We still have children on the Central Coast. We very regularly pop down there to visit and come back.”</span></p> <p><span>Being centrally located allows a number of Harrington Waters residents to have regular visits with friends and family, with Margaret’s husband even commuting to the Central Coast every week for work. </span></p> <p><span>“We have a caravan that he stays in during the week and then he comes home on the weekends,” Margaret says. “It’s easy! He leaves early, and there’s not much traffic at all.”</span></p> <p><span>The final conversation we have is with Mario Schembri, a retired local that moved to Harrington in December, and a keen fisherman. After a brief exchange, he asks for a call back. Several hours later, he confesses:</span></p> <p><span>“When you called earlier, I was on one of the jetties out here catching Blackfish, and I had a bite on the line when you called me, which is why I asked <em>‘Can you call me back?’ </em>I caught a bunch of fish today, it was good. And they’re big ones too, so even better!”</span></p> <p><span>With a local boat ramp, countless jetties and nearby beaches, every home in Harrington seems to be located within easy reach of some of the best fishing spots on the Manning River.</span></p> <p><span>Asked about his experience with the design and construction process, Mario is unequivocally delighted:</span> <span>“The house is 100% perfect, as far as I’m concerned. It’s a RIBA Home, and I’d definitely build with them again. We’ve built a number of houses over the years and this was the least stressful house I’ve ever built. Once the process was underway,” Mario says, “Mate, we didn’t have to do anything. Everything came together. They were about six weeks ahead of schedule. RIBA are a really good company, and they build a real quality home as far as I’m concerned. I’ve had a few homes over the years and this one is by far the best.”</span></p> <p><span>Annette, whose home won Design of the Year last year, was similarly full of praise. “We’re quite chuffed about the house itself,” she chuckles. “The home, by RIBA Homes, was actually designed for our block. The living areas are at the back, so it’s very quiet.”</span></p> <p><span>Life at Harrington Waters certainly seems to have a distinctive charm. A number of modern, brand new homes are being moved into, and some residents are buying land on which to design and build their dream home, close to everything that keeps their life active, social and fun.</span></p> <p><span>—</span></p> <p><span>There are many misconceptions about retirement, most notably the idea that it’s necessarily a process of reduction, a winding down; a lifestyle of stasis or quiet calm. </span></p> <p><span>As for Harrington Waters, and its warm, genuine residents like Mario that are embracing a distinctively new type of retirement, he insists the area is dynamic, and suits a range of personalities and lifestyles: “It’s what you make it. It can be a quiet place. But there’s an Irish pub, a bowling club, tennis. There’s a bit of nightlife if you want to go out. And it’s only 40 minutes from Forster, 20 minutes from Taree and 40 mins from Port Macquarie.”</span></p> <p><span>Toward the end of our conversation, Mario pauses. “It’s just such a nice area,” he says. “Plus, it’s priced right. It’s priced very well.”</span></p> <p><span>Breaking into an endearing laugh, he adds, “So, please don’t tell too many people about it, alright?”</span></p> <p><span>Don’t worry, Mario. There are plenty more Blackfish in the sea.</span></p> <p><strong><em>Our sincerest thanks to Mario and Therese Schembri, Adrian and Annette McAllister, and Stan and Margaret Spours for sharing their photos, stories and the unique lifestyle of Harrington Waters with us. Below are some of our favourite photos, and you can learn more about the hidden gem of Harrington Waters at </em></strong><a href="https://harringtonwaters.com.au/"><strong><em>harringtonwaters.com.au</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>This article was written in partnership with Over60.</em></p>

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“Works awesome!”: New cleaning hack will get rid of tough shower stains

<p>A new shower cleaning hack has gone viral, much to the delight of people who clean around the world.</p> <p>The new trick sees people using a magic sponge with a dishwasher tablet inside the sponge which helps remove tough stains.</p> <p>One mum shared her impressive results with the popular Facebook group<span> </span><em>Mums Who Clean</em>.</p> <p>“My husband is a mechanic, so our shower cops a lot from all his hand washes to get the grease off,” Lauren said.</p> <p>“I tried the magic sponge and dishwasher tablet. Five minutes and not much effort!”</p> <p>She revealed her technique, explaining that she lets the magic sponge get very wet before removing part of the sponge and inserting the dishwasher tablet into the sponge.</p> <p>Lauren explained that she removed the “power ball” part of the dishwasher tablet.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836176/body-shower.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c465a27f9a174cbaa03c3359a3a28a69" /></p> <p>Other group members excitedly revealed that they had tried the hack with exciting results.</p> <p>“I did the same thing tonight! Amazing results here too!” said one.</p> <p>Added another: “Works awesome! Did mine today with the same trick, it’s never been this clean before!”</p> <p>Wrote a third: “I gave it a go and worked a dream. Didn’t even have to scrub hard.”</p> <p>Said one more: “I used this as well on shower I had scrubbed with everything. Worked like a charm.”</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/mumswhoclean/" target="_blank">Facebook / Mums Who Clean</a></em></p>

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Catherine Zeta-Jones shows off inside beautiful New York mansion

<p>Catherine Zeta-Jones and her family can definitely say they are one of the lucky families that get to relax and self-isolate during lockdown in their New York mansion.</p> <p>While she nor the rest of her family give many details away about their beautiful home, fans have been given a glimpse of the rooms, including their spectacularly regal black and white theme.</p> <p>Recently, Catherine shared a photograph of her husband Michael relaxing on their gorgeous cream sofa.</p> <p>The Darling Buds of May actress shared the picture on Instagram over the weekend, revealing that her puppy, Taylor, had taken over the sofa.</p> <p>The actress lives in a gorgeous Georgian mansion in Irvington, New York, which is not too far away from Manhattan.</p> <p>Her and Michael share their home with their two children, Dylan, 19, and Carys, 17.</p> <p>Their stunning property boasts magnificent views of the Hudson river and has a sprawling garden, complete with an impressive outdoor kitchen.</p> <p>The home also includes an indoor swimming pool, a library, a gym, and a games room, where Catherine has been spending a lot of time learning how to play pool during the lockdown.</p> <p>There are also ten bathrooms in the house, which are all themed differently, ranging from a gothic all-black design to a spa-like area complete with a roll-top bath.</p> <p>The family has an expansive property portfolio, including a spacious apartment overlooking Central Park on New York's Central Park West, as well as a large family home in Catherine's hometown of Swansea, Wales.</p> <p>While in quarantine, the family have been enjoying spending quality time together and fans have been able to indulge virtually with the family.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see Catherine and Michael’s incredible mansion.</p>

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