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The X-rated joke that left The Great Australian Bake Off judges speechless

<p><span>A cook may have broken The Great Australian Bake Off’s PG rating with a crude joke.</span></p> <p><span>71-year-old Dennis Mews, one of the contestants on the baking competition, has left judges and fellow amateur bakers in shock with his quip on Thursday night’s episode.</span></p> <p><span>The Melbourne man was presenting his edible biscuit box to judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran when he explained why he was satisfied with his creation.</span></p> <p><span>“I’m very pleased I got to construct it without it collapsing,” Mews said. “If I may say, my last two erections have been a big disappointment.”</span></p> <p><span>Silence ensued before Beer broke out in laughter, while Moran became visibly horrified before also cracking up.</span></p> <p><span>“Sorry, we’re gonna need a cup of tea for Maggie,” host Mel Buttle offered. “Maggie, talk about Dennis’ erection please.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Here for biscuits and pleasure. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BakeOffAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BakeOffAU</a> <a href="https://t.co/6UCfDJFiiJ">pic.twitter.com/6UCfDJFiiJ</a></p> — #BakeOffAU (@BakeOffAU) <a href="https://twitter.com/BakeOffAU/status/1184790386398547969?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span>However, Mews’ wisecracking could not save him from elimination as he became the third person to leave the competition this season.</span></p> <p><span>Moran said Mews would “go down as having said one of the funniest things on TV”.</span></p>

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How to cut queues at immigration – with maths

<p>When going on holiday to a foreign country, there’s one part of the journey that everybody dreads: border control. Everyone has to have their passport checked by an immigration official when entering a new country – and even when leaving some – so queues are almost inevitable.</p> <p>At Heathrow airport – <a href="https://www.internationalairportreview.com/article/32311/top-20-largest-airports-world-passenger-number/">one of the largest in the world</a> – many arriving passengers are <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-6030399/BA-boss-criticises-two-hour-queues-Heathrow-Airport-border-farce.html">experiencing waiting times</a> of up to two hours at passport control. Border control officials seek to manage these queues through staff rosters – and when there aren’t enough staff rostered on to meet the number of arriving passengers, then queues at passport control can become excessively long.</p> <p>Staff rostering presents what’s known in industry as an “optimisation problem”. It is used in hospitals for nurses, in call centres and even in schools, <a href="http://www.optimisationintherealworld.co.uk/2018/04/13/challenges-in-producing-a-staff-roster/">for playground supervision</a>. The main goals are typically to ensure that services are completed in a reasonable amount of time, and to reduce the cost of staff.</p> <p>But these two goals are often contradictory – since paying more staff usually leads to better service. And because of this contradiction, staff rostering can be a very difficult optimisation problem to solve.</p> <p><strong>Meeting requirements</strong></p> <p>To balance these two aspects of staff rostering, organisations or regulatory bodies typically impose “service requirements”, in the form of expected service times. At Heathrow airport, the <a href="https://www.heathrow.com/company/company-news-and-information/performance/airport-operations/border-force">service requirements</a> state that 95% of passengers should be processed at passport control within 25 minutes for EEA citizens and 45 minutes for everyone else.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the border force at Heathrow has been unable to meet the services requirements for non-EEA immigrants since February 2018. July saw the worst performance, with 24.5% of all passengers entering the UK through terminals three and four experiencing waiting times of more than 45 minutes at passport control. In <a href="https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/977533/british-airways-heathrow-airport-passport-control-queues-UK">June</a>, <a href="https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/991733/summer-holiday-travel-delay-Heathrow-airport-luton-airport-manchester-airport">July</a> and <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-6030399/BA-boss-criticises-two-hour-queues-Heathrow-Airport-border-farce.html">August</a>, there have been reports of passengers waiting longer than two hours.</p> <p>Having lots of valid data is critical to making a good roster and reducing waiting times. The main components of staff rostering are modelling demand, scheduling days off and assigning staff to shifts or tasks. If the demand is known exactly in advance – for example, if the number of playground supervision tasks are the same every day throughout the school year – then staff rostering only needs to consider the last two components.</p> <p>In more dynamic environments, such as airport arrivals, demand modelling plays a crucial role in staff rostering. In an airport, the demand for passport control is directly related to the arrival times of aircraft, which can in turn be delayed. For example, in May 2015 only <a href="https://www.caa.co.uk/Data-and-analysis/UK-aviation-market/Flight-reliability/Datasets/Punctuality-data/Punctuality-statistics-2018/">75.93%</a> of flights arriving into Heathrow airport were on time. <a href="https://www.caa.co.uk/Data-and-analysis/UK-aviation-market/Flight-reliability/Datasets/Punctuality-data/Punctuality-statistics-2018/">Of the remaining flights</a>, 17% were delayed by less than an hour, and about 7% were delayed by longer. Since <a href="https://www.heathrow.com/company/company-news-and-information/company-information/facts-and-figures">94% of passengers</a> are international travellers, border control is massively affected by flight delays.</p> <p><strong>Digging into the data</strong></p> <p>One of the worst options, in regard to meeting service requirements, is to roster staff according to the scheduled arrival time of all flights. Although this would be relatively cheap, it ignores the fact that air travel is routinely subject to delays.</p> <p>A better way for border force to reduce delays at passport control is to roster staff so that the largest expected demand can be served within the set service requirements. Basically, this would mean opening as many booths at passport control as possible, at the busiest time for arrivals – taking into account any expected delays.</p> <p>But this is a very impractical and expensive solution, and there are limitations with respect to the number of available staff – especially since <a href="https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmhaff/421/42105.htm">border force is already struggling</a> with insufficient numbers of staff. Fortunately, there is lots and lots of data relating to air travel, which can be used to model demand more accurately, and roster staff and employ other available technologies accordingly.</p> <p>Historical records of flight arrivals, the number of EEA and non-EEA citizens arriving and the demand at passport control are all available. Through the use of statistical and data science techniques, such as <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forecasting">forecasting</a>, a sophisticated model of demand at passport control can be developed.</p> <p>Performing staff rostering with such a demand model may be conservative, meaning a higher overall cost, but it will be more likely to fit with the reality of air transportation. Yet proper demand modelling can also highlight situations – periods of time when predominately EEA citizens are arriving – where automatic passport scanners could provide flexibility in rostering staff, and which could decrease costs.</p> <p>Given the excessive delays reported at Heathrow border control, we can only assume that there is significant limitations to the demand model currently being used for staff rostering. By making better use of statistical techniques and drawing on the large amount of data that is available, it’s possible to significantly reduce the waiting time for passport control – even when flights are delayed.<!-- 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/100988/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><!-- End of code. If you don't see any code above, please get new code from the Advanced tab after you click the republish button. The page counter does not collect any personal data. 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“For goodness’ sake”: Jacqui Lambie blasts Labor’s deal with the Coalition

<p><span>Independent senator Jacqui Lambie has slammed Labor’s decision to strike a deal with the Coalition government, allowing it to abolish a $4 billion education investment funding and redirect the money to disaster relief.</span></p> <p><span>The opposition signed on to the emergency response fund on Wednesday night despite objections from the education spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek.</span></p> <p><span>“Australian communities will be better prepared to face the threats from natural disasters this summer because of commitments Labor has secured from the government to significantly increase the amount of money spent on disaster preparedness,” said shadow minister for emergency management Murray Watt.</span></p> <p><span>Lambie, who has been pushing for <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/lambie-demands-funds-for-tafe-in-tas/news-story/b1a4d349296074cdb7ad1b7a5fc6af9a" target="_blank">up to $100 million</a> in funding to upgrade ageing TAFE facilities in Tasmania, said the government and the opposition were “failing our children” by passing the legislation.</span></p> <p><span>“You may as well have shut down the [Education Investment Fund] and transferred all the money to ‘curling up on a rainy day with the good book fund’,” Lambie told the parliament on Thursday.</span></p> <p><span>“Here they are, the last election, we’re gonna build up our TAFEs. Fifty million bucks? God almighty. I can get more out of the government with just one of me than what you people can with you all together.</span></p> <p><span>“For goodness’ sake.</span></p> <p><span>“What you’ve done is absolutely rip off our kids for the future.”</span></p> <p><span>Watt said while the abolishment of the education fund was disappointing, the government’s commitment to provide an additional $50 million per year to TAFE encouraged Labor to lend support to the emergency response fund bill.</span></p> <p><span>“As a result of climate change, we do face the certainty of increased frequency and scale of natural disasters into the future,” Watt told the upper house.</span></p> <p><span>The Greens <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/17/labor-agrees-with-coalition-to-redirect-education-funding-to-disaster-relief" target="_blank">lambasted the arrangement</a>, with Senator Mehreen Faruqi saying that Labor “used to be the party of public education”.</span></p> <p><span>Some Labor MPs, including Plibersek and former research minister Kim Carr, have also expressed objections over the fund diversion. Last month, Carr said shutting down a dedicated national research infrastructure fund “is to court disaster”.</span></p>

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Queen gives special message to Aussies

<p><span>The Queen has delivered a special message to Australian families. </span></p> <p><span>Her Majesty sent a text of condolences to the Governors of New South Wales and Queensland following the recent bushfires, which saw devastation throughout both states. </span></p> <p><span>"Prince Philip and I have been deeply saddened to hear of the tragic loss of life and property caused by bushfires affecting communities and businesses across northern New South Wales and South East Queensland," the 93-year-old royal wrote.</span><span></span></p> <p><span>There were 65 active bushfires burning across the region with an estimated 21 lost and two lives taken. </span><span></span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7831852/queen-elizabeth-aus.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/02fb3962d00946e1aeb2c9dff2e223cc" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Queen Elizabeth in Sydney Australia on March 13, 2006. </em></p> <p><span>Queen Elizabeth also said she felt inspired by the community joining together in the wake of the horrific tragedy.</span></p> <p><span>"I am heartened that once again the richness of spirit that defines Australians has drawn people together to support those in need," she wrote.</span></p> <p><span>She signed off the message as 'Elizabeth R' which stands for Elizabeth Regina.</span></p> <p><strong>Read Queen Elizabeth II’s full message here:</strong></p> <p><em>Her Majesty The Queen has sent the following message of condolence to the Governors and people of New South Wales and Queensland: </em></p> <p><em>Prince Philip and I have been deeply saddened to hear of the tragic loss of life and property caused by bushfires affecting communities and businesses across northern New South Wales and South East Queensland. </em></p> <p><em>I am heartened that once again the richness of spirit that defines Australians has drawn people together to support those in need. </em></p> <p><em>Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims.</em><br /><em>Elizabeth R</em></p>

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Hundreds of racehorses sent to slaughterhouses for pet and food consumption

<p><span>Racehorses are being slaughtered in New South Wales and Queensland for pet food and human consumption, an <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-18/slaughter-abuse-of-racehorses-undermines-industry-animal-welfare/11603834" target="_blank"><em>ABC </em></a>investigation has revealed.</span></p> <p><span>The practice is occurring “on an industrial scale” at abattoirs and knackeries despite industry rules and animal welfare policies, the report found.</span></p> <p><span>The <em>ABC </em>found dozens of thoroughbreds were sold to NSW knackeries and abattoir to be used for pet food production and human consumption.</span></p> <p><span>“We’re talking about destroying animals on an industrial scale,” said Paul McGreevy, professor of animal behaviour and welfare science at the University of Sydney. “I don’t think anyone in the industry can defend this.”</span></p> <p><span>In one Queensland abattoir, 300 racehorses were slaughtered in just 22 days. According to Elio Celotto of the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, the Meramist Abattoir slaughters an estimated 500 horses a month for imports to Japan and various European countries.</span></p> <p><span>The workers at the abattoir were also recorded beating and abusing the horses before the slaughter. Some animals were kicked and given electric shocks while others were hit with a hose.</span></p> <p><span>“There’s no denying the footage. This is the sort of material that will shake the industry to its core,” said Celotto.</span></p> <p><span>While the killing of racehorses is not illegal in Australia, it is against Racing NSW’s policy and rules which state that the animals should be rehomed and treated “sympathetically and humanely” when they leave racing.</span></p> <p><span>Racing NSW and Racing ACT also prohibited horses from being directly or indirectly sent to an abattoir or knackery.</span></p> <p><span>Racing NSW chief Peter V’Landys said people who have breached the rules “will be dealt with pretty severely”.</span></p> <p><span>“We’ll put the full force of the rules of racing against anyone that does that because it’s a severe breach of our rules and our terms and conditions of being in the thoroughbred racing industry,” he told <em><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/7.30/the-dark-side-of-the-horse-racing-industry/11614022">7.30</a></em>.</span></p>

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7 rarely seen photos of royal siblings

<p><span>We’ve pulled together some rarely seen photos of members of the English royal family – past and present – with their brothers and sisters.</span></p> <p><strong>A future Queen and her little sister</strong></p> <p>In 1933, the future Queen Elizabeth II stands beside her four years younger baby sister, Princess Margaret Rose, holding a handbag that was reportedly made by disabled soldiers.</p> <p><strong>Same family, divergent destinies</strong></p> <p>Elizabeth and Margaret were born “minor” royals in that they were the daughters of the Duke of York, who was the second son of the King and therefore not expected to become a monarch. But when King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in December 1936, the Duke of York ascended, thrusting Elizabeth into the role of heir presumptive. Nevertheless, the two always remained close, although this photo from 1955 (when Elizabeth had been Queen for three years already) poetically catches the sisters as they gaze on in different directions.</p> <p><strong>Cheeky sisters</strong></p> <p>Princess Beatrice of York and her little sister, Princess Eugenie of York, enjoy playing in the snow in Switzerland. Both women are first cousins of Prince William and Prince Harry and are natural redheads, just like Harry.</p> <p><strong>Prince Harry and Prince William head off to school</strong></p> <p>In the mid-1980s, Prince Charles’s two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, head off to the Wetherby School in London, a private pre-K program. That’s their mum, Princess Diana, standing behind them in red.</p> <p><strong>The future kings with their sister, Princess Mary</strong></p> <p>Pictured when they were much younger, Edward and Albert are shown with their sister, Princess Mary, who would one day become Princess Royal. The title, “Princess Royal” is an honour the monarch may bestow on his/her eldest daughter. The current Princess Royal is Princess Anne.</p> <p><strong>The four siblings together</strong></p> <p>Marking their forthcoming Diamond Wedding Anniversary at Clarence House in London in 2007, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh enjoy a photo opportunity with their four children, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Prince Charles.</p> <p><strong>Siblings and the next generation of siblings</strong></p> <p>In 1988, Princess Anne and Prince Charles brought their respective kids together, along with their parents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. The children, pictured left to right, are Prince Harry, Zara Phillips (the daughter of Princess Anne), Prince William, and Peter Phillips (the son of Princess Anne).</p> <p><em>Written by Lauren Cahn. This article first appeared in </em><span><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/thought-provokinginspirational/19-rarely-seen-photos-of-royal-siblings"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA93V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a></span></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Jennifer Aniston breaks Harry and Meghan’s world record

<p>Jennifer Aniston’s Instagram account has broken the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s world record for obtaining the most amount of followers in the shortest time.</p> <p>The 50-year-old, best known for her role of Rachel in<span> </span><em>Friends</em>, joined Instagram on Tuesday this week and managed to quickly break the internet.</p> <p>Her first photo was an image of herself and her five<span> </span><em>Friends</em><span> </span>co-stars including close friends Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow.</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/B3o8vWDhlOh/?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/B3o8vWDhlOh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">And now we’re Instagram FRIENDS too. HI INSTAGRAM 👋🏻</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/jenniferaniston/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Jennifer Aniston</a> (@jenniferaniston) on Oct 15, 2019 at 6:03am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The post alone has reached over 12 million likes since the time of posting and has broken Harry and Meghan’s record for gaining followers.</p> <p>The famous couple gained a million followers in six hours after they launched their joint Instagram account @SussexRoyal, in April this year.</p> <p>But Jennifer surpassed that feat, gaining the same amount of followers in under five hours and 16 minutes. With the record announced by the Guiness World Records yesterday evening.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see Jennifer Aniston's best moments.</p>

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Hopping wet: Stubborn kangaroo jumps back into river after police rescue

<p><span>Police on a jetski were filmed rescuing a kangaroo who went for a swim in a lake in ACT yesterday.</span></p> <p><span>The video of the attempted rescue was filmed on the edge of Lake Burleigh Griffin and featured a very happy marsupial just going for a swim.</span></p> <p><span>Police officers on a jetski pulled the kangaroo onto their jetski in an attempted rescue and dumped the animal on shore, hoping it would hop away to safety.</span></p> <p><span>However, the kangaroo had other ideas.</span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ul087KosE8g"></iframe></div> <p><span>As soon as the kangaroo was put onto shore, he turned around and jumped back into the water and swam away.</span></p> <p><span>The video ends with disgruntled police officers jetting back to the marsupial.</span></p> <p><span>Commenters were thrilled with the animals determination to keep swimming, as many had never seen a kangaroo in the water before.</span></p> <p><span>“Obviously wants to get to the other side! Kangaroos are great swimmers,” one commenter said.</span></p> <p><span>“Feet like flippers,” another said.</span></p> <p><span>ACT Police spoke to </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/police-jetski-rescue-foiled-by-stubborn-swimming-kangaroo/news-story/c8d10ff0ae037d66c0b4b15d6044671b" target="_blank">news.com.au</a> </em><span>about the incident, saying that after the camera stopped rolling, the kangaroo was rescued again and taken to the bush.</span></p> <p>“ACT Water Police officers were alerted to a kangaroo in the Central Basin of Lake Burley Griffin,” a spokesperson said.</p> <p>“Officers rescued the kangaroo from the lake, and handed it to parks workers who relocated the kangaroo to a bushland location.”</p>

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Pauline Hanson breaks down on Alan Jones’ show: “Give me an opportunity to keep fighting”

<p>One Nation leader Pauline Hanson broke down in tears on Alan Jones’ morning radio show during a discussion about the plight of dairy farmers in Australia. </p> <p>The politician spoke about her fight to introduce a code of conduct so dairy farmers are given a guarantee for farmgate price for their milk. </p> <p>Senator Hanson has gotten the support of Labor and various crossbench senators, but was still opposed by the Coalition and independent politician Cory Bernardi.</p> <p>Hanson had an emotional moment during the show where she broke down in tears. </p> <p>"Give me an opportunity to keep fighting," she told Jones on 2GB.</p> <p>"I don't want these farmers to give up."</p> <p>Jones went on to speak about Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s comments about farmers on Thursday.</p> <p>When Senator Hanson began to talk again, Jones interrupted and urged her to “go and have a rest”. </p> <p>"She's worn out, as are the farmers."</p> <p>Jones also choked back tears on Tuesday during his Sky News show. </p> <p>He criticised the Prime Minister for his handling of the drought. </p> <p>"I begged him to provide food, water and freight so farmers wouldn't have to send their breeding stock to slaughter. He just didn't understand," Jones said.</p> <p>"Canberra had better start understanding the gravity of the situation it's not addressing.</p> <p>"There must be a moratorium on bank debt. There must be help with water and electricity. Where things stand politically today is this: drought and the farmer are now a massive political issue."</p> <p>On Friday morning, Jones suggested Mr Morrison was referring to himself when he described people being “panicked” about the drought. </p> <p>"I mean, a lot of people are running around at the moment getting all panicked and wanting crisis measures," the Prime Minister told 2SM on Thursday. </p> <p>"Well, no, look, we just need to keep our heads, keep our discipline, not go and blow the Budget."</p>

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“You’ve got to stay connected”: Scott Morrison talks about his mental health

<p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison has shared the most valuable piece of advice he was given before he entered parliament in his new role.</p> <p>“It was about maintaining your relationships outside of the parliament, outside of your workplace,” the Prime Minister tells<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/mind/scott-morrison-talks-about-his-mental-health/news-story/72b81b810630b5970c846e9b4f336f7c" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</p> <p>“Ensuring that you have time to spend with family and friends, I think, is critically important. You’ve got to be careful you don’t isolate yourself in the challenges that you face. You’ve got to remain connected to people.</p> <p>“I don’t just mean those you work with, but particularly those outside your work, who can bring some balance and perspective to your life.”<span> </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/B12dXiyHwYD/?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/B12dXiyHwYD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Thanks girls (and Jen and Buddy) for a wonderful Father’s Day morning.</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/scottmorrisonmp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Scott Morrison</a> (@scottmorrisonmp) on Aug 31, 2019 at 6:55pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Morrison freely admits that his job can cause him anxiety.</p> <p>“That comes with the job, and it always has. It’s not unique to my position, or anyone else’s for that matter. I mean, what you’re talking about is being human. And, yes, I can happily admit to that, with the same vulnerabilities that others face,” he says.</p> <p>However, he’s aware that isolating yourself does more harm than good.</p> <p>“The problem is that people sort of fold in on themselves. As the pressures mount, they withdraw even more, and what you need is the exact opposite,” Mr Morrison says.</p> <p>There are things you can do to ease the pain you’re feeling, he says.</p> <p>“Talk about it. Talk about it. That’s the most important thing. And ensure that you’re maintaining your relationships to have that opportunity to talk about it,” he says.</p> <p>“That’s always been very important to Jenny and I. And look, Jenny is an enormous support in making sure that we do that, and that I remain connected in that way. Family and friends, my church community and all of these things are very important in maintaining balance in life.</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/B2jHmOznf11/?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/B2jHmOznf11/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Doesn’t Jen look gorgeous! We’re off to a ball tonight in Canberra.</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/scottmorrisonmp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Scott Morrison</a> (@scottmorrisonmp) on Sep 18, 2019 at 3:11am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>“Internalising it can only create greater stress. And not just on your </span><span>mental health. That can manifest itself in physical health problems as well.”</span></p> <p>The Prime Minister has his own ways of dealing with anxiety when the pressure gets too much.</p> <p>“What I try to do is keep a fairly balanced routine, as much as is possible in this job. And getting some headspace by jumping in the pool and doing my laps most days, is probably one of the most important things I do in terms of managing that,” he says.</p> <p>“People obviously need me to be at my best, and in order to do that, I’m quite disciplined about ensuring that I have those opportunities built into my program. My team around me understand that very well, and they’re very supportive of ensuring that, you know, if the PM doesn’t get his swim he’s going to be a bit grumpy.”</p>

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83-year-old may be evicted for taking too many cookies

<p>Elsie Cruey was left shocked when she received an email telling her she could be kicked out of her apartment. </p> <p>The 83-year-old grandmother of five was issued with a strange violation that apparently could result in her losing her home - taking too many cookies from a community event. </p> <p>The apartment block, located in Virginia, U.S, was made with 62-year-old’s and up in mind. </p> <p>“On 06/12/2019 — The Resident was stopped from taking a partial gallon of milk by the Assistant Community Manager at Breakfast,” the email read, the<span> </span><em><a href="https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/world/shes-83-and-might-get-kicked-out-of-her-apartment-among-her-violations-taking-too-many-cookies/ar-AAISZBq?li=AAgfYrC">Washington Post</a><span> </span></em>read. </p> <p>“During Mix and Mingle the Resident was observed by the Community Manager taking a plate full of cookies.</p> <p>“On 06/13/2019, the resident and Community Manager had a conversation and the resident admitted to taking the cookies and having them with milk before bedtime.”</p> <p>“The Resident must immediately cease taking and/or attempting to remove food, beverages and other service items from the community events.”</p> <p>Cruey says another email popped into her inbox on September 16, this time it told her she would have to be out by October 17. </p> <p>However, Cruey says she will put up a fight and does not want to leave. </p> <p>“I adjusted to it,” she says. “And I’d be happy to stay here the rest of my life. If it takes negotiation, whatever it takes, I’d like to stay right where I am.”</p> <p>Elsie’s daughter, Sandra, said the apartment was a “perfect fit” for her mother who thrives in atmospheres where she is able to live independently. </p> <p>“I want my mother to stay, but if she can’t, I want other people to know they need to be careful before they sell their parents’ property,” she said. </p> <p>“They might think they found somewhere for their loved ones to stay long-term and later realize they were wrong.</p> <p>“You might think you found a great place, but things might change.”</p> <p><em>Images: (Theresa Vargas/TWP)</em></p>

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Pain relief without the risks: World-first discovery of opioid alternative found in Tasmanian mud

<p>Australian scientists think they have found the world’s first alternative to opioid pain relief. </p> <p>The catch? It is in the form of a tiny fungus. </p> <p>The organism was discovered 16 years ago embedded in mud on a boat ramp in Huon Valley, Tasmania. </p> <p>Researchers at the University of Sydney and Queensland University told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/health-news-pain-killing-drugs-alternative-to-opioids-found/7e2e1c11-4895-47b8-b060-86963cef3b69" target="_blank">9News</a><span> </span>they discovered the fungus had an unusual molecule which looked almost identical to endorphins, used as a natural pain relief mechanism. </p> <p>"The molecules we've found hit that opioid receptor just as potent as morphine, but we are very hopeful we have good scientific evidence to believe that they will not have the same adverse side effects," Professor Rob Capon from the University of Queensland said. </p> <p>"No one has ever looked at microorganisms, bacteria and fungi before as a source of pain drugs."</p> <p>One of the dangerous side effects of opioids is that they are able to induce respiratory depression.</p> <p>However researchers are confident this new drug will provide the same pain relief without that risk. </p> <p>"Overdose deaths should decrease dramatically with this drug" Professor Macdonald Christie from the University of Sydney told reporters. </p> <p>"If it's not addictive, then that's even better, because part of the problem is people become addicted to opiates, they use too much, they start to use them illicitly and that's where the problem is."</p> <p>The drug is currently in the discovery phase and scientists are looking for industry partners to take up licenses to their patent. </p> <p>However, it may still be decades before the product hits shelves.</p>

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5 secrets hotels won’t tell you

<p>Hotel receptionists spill their best secrets – from how to score a discounted room to how to get that Wi-Fi charge waived from your bill!</p> <p><strong>Insider tips to get the best from your next hotel visit</strong></p> <p>Hotel receptionists spill their best secrets – from how to score a discounted room to how to get that Wi-Fi charge waived from your bill!</p> <p><strong>Don’t try to bargain with the reservations number we give you</strong></p> <p>The 1-800 reservations number will probably send you to a central office with set rates. If you call the hotel directly instead, you can negotiate.</p> <p><strong>We don’t get everything from online booking sites</strong></p> <p>Hotels can pay a commission of up to 30 percent to online hotel booking sites. So offer me 20 percent less than the online price, and we both come out ahead.</p> <p><strong>Don’t expect a discount if we are not independently owned</strong></p> <p>Independently owned hotels are far more likely to give you a discount. Some chains baulk at dropping the rate.</p> <p><strong>Give the housekeepers time</strong></p> <p>If you show up at 11 a.m. and check-in time is 2 p.m., please don’t be upset if your room isn’t ready. I can’t make the housekeepers go any faster. And you don’t want them to rush.</p> <p><em>Written by Michelle Crouch. This article first appeared in </em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/travel-hints-tips/21-secrets-hotels-wont-tell-you?slide=all"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a><span><em> </em></span></p> <p><span class="CmCaReT" style="display: none;">�</span></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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What you didn’t know about the Philippines

<p>The Philippines has more than 7641 lush tropical islands surrounded by turquoise water. For years, this incredible destination has gone under the radar. But Australian travellers are starting to take note.</p> <p> “It’s an incredible destination that is perfect for Australians’ considering their love of adventure, travel and passion for discovering unexplored destinations,” Norjamin Delos Reyes, Tourism Attaché at Philippine Department of Tourism Australia and New Zealand says.</p> <p>“Our lush, tropical backdrops, stunning sunsets, and dreamy tropical beaches make the Philippines one of the most exotic holiday destinations.</p> <p>“As a destination, it is still relatively undiscovered and offers unparalleled value, so there’s no better time to get to know our tropical archipelago, world-renowned for its abundance of beauty, wildlife and bio-diversity.”</p> <p>Here are 10 things you may not know about the Philippines according to Norjamin:</p> <p>1. The Philippines officially has 7641 islands. The number increased in 2018 when more islands were officially recognised and counted.</p> <p>2. We are a county of smiling, highly skilled, English-speaking people. Don’t be shy about approaching a Filipino and starting a conversation. We’re not just fun, we’re officially friendly too. Forbes.com ranked the Philippines as the friendliest country in Asia and the eighth friendliest place in the world.</p> <p>3. The Philippines is officially home to the ‘Best Islands in the World’, with the stunning destination’s islands consistently recognised in the highly acclaimed Conde Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice. In October 2018, the awards were categorised into regions, with the Philippines scooping the top three best islands in Asia: Siargo, Boracay and Palawan were listed respectively.</p> <p>4. The Philippines was also named ‘Asia’s Leading Beach Destination 2018’ at the prestigious World Travel Awards.</p> <p>5. The Philippines offers excellent value for money, with a bottle of beer only $1.</p> <p>6. The town of Vigan in the province of Ilocos Sur was officially inaugurated as one of the Seven Wonder Cities of the World in May 2015.</p> <p>7. The Philippines is the heart of marine biodiversity. The Philippines archipelago is located within the Coral Triangle and has 76 per cent of the world’s coral species, six of the world’s seven marine turtle species and at least 2,228 reef fish species.</p> <p>8. The ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines’ marketing campaign, stemmed from a single question asked to the Department of Tourism ‘why would a tourist want to come to the Philippines?’</p> <p>9. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature.</p> <p>10. The Philippines was named in honour of King Philip II of Spain. Spanish explorer Ruy Lopez de Villalobos, during his expedition in 1542, named the islands of Leyte and Samar Felipinas after the then Prince of Asturias. Eventually, the name Las Islas Filipinas would be used to cover all the island of the archipelago.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.mydiscoveries.com.au/stories/philippines-facts/">MyDiscoveries.</a> </em></p>

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Walk your way to better health

<p>Hippocrates said that “walking is man’s best friend”. Nietzsche claimed that “all truly great thoughts are conceived while walking”. Thomas Jefferson insisted that “walking is the best possible exercise”. Are these just meaningless musings, or were they really on to something? Let’s take a closer look.</p> <p><strong>Stimulate the circulatory system</strong></p> <p>Getting in motion has obvious advantages for getting the heart rate up and the blood pumping, but there are also reports that it helps lower cholesterol and control high blood pressure. That’s good news for heart health and stroke risk reduction, but try to make it a brisk walk for at least 30 minutes a day to achieve some real benefits.</p> <p><strong>Improve immunity</strong></p> <p>Want to help keep diseases like type 2 diabetes, asthma and some cancers at bay? Then take a walk. Experts say that pacing the pegs can have a positive impact on the risk of diabetes. It can also help prevent colon, breast and womb cancers.</p> <p><strong>Watching your weight</strong></p> <p>Walking may not be enough in itself to lose masses of weight, but keeping it regular and as vigorous as possible will certainly burn more calories than you may first think. Best of all, it’s so easy to do; no preparation or equipment required. Just put one foot after the other!</p> <p><strong>Defending against dementia</strong></p> <p>We all know the prevalence of dementia in our society, especially as we grow older. Studies show that there can be demonstrable reductions in dementia risk from regular activity such as walking.</p> <p><strong>Build up your bones</strong></p> <p>Walking obviously puts your body weight onto your lower limbs and in doing so it assists in preventing osteoporosis – a major issue for those of us getting on in years.</p> <p><strong>Better balance</strong></p> <p>The intricate workings of our brain that keep us balanced when we are in motion are stimulated and improved when we walk – particularly on uneven surfaces, such as hiking trails. Train your brain and it will help prevent falls as we get older.</p> <p><strong>Open your mind</strong></p> <p>Walking certainly doesn’t take much concentration to execute, which leaves our brains free to think, create and problem-solve. Maybe Nietzsche really was right!</p> <p><strong>Mobile meditation</strong></p> <p>Our western lifestyle doesn’t really embrace the practice of sitting still and meditating all that well, but walking provides a great opportunity to allow your mind time to tune out from the tumult and give it space for serenity.</p> <p><strong>Aiding arthritis</strong></p> <p>Any type of exercise is generally difficult for arthritis sufferers to bear, but walking can be a gentle alternative that can provide benefits to assist combating this condition.</p> <p><strong>Extra energy</strong></p> <p>Walking can help give you a lift in spirits and make you feel more alive, but it also helps you sleep more soundly. This, in turn can boost your energy levels and help you live life more fully.</p> <p><em>Written by Tom Raeside. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/exercise/walk-your-way-to-better-health.aspx"><em>Wyza.com.au.</em></a></p>

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Don’t lose sight of what’s important – get your eyes examined

<p>As life moves on, it is important to sustain quality of life so that you don’t fall behind. While macular degeneration may not sound like something that every mature Australian may have to deal with, the truth is that this eye disease is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia.</p> <p>Many of us consider vision loss to be a normal part of the ageing process, however an eye condition known as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) can cause blindness if left unchecked</p> <p>This condition causes damage to the macula, a small spot located near the centre of the retina that you are using in order to read this article. It is progressive and painless, leading to blurred sight and even black spots in your central vision.</p> <p>Approximately one in seven Australians over 50 show symptoms of this disease and the impact on one’s independence and quality of life can have a much wider “ripple effect” on family, friends and carers.</p> <p>But the good news is, early detection can help save your sight.</p> <p>The earlier you visit the optometrist for an eye examination, the earlier you can begin treatment to preserve your vision. Preserving your macula vision is imperative to continue doing the things that you love – reading, recognising loved ones, driving, watching television and other activities that require detailed central vision.</p> <p>There are two forms of late AMD: dry and wet. Dry macular degeneration is caused by the gradual loss of cells in your macula, leading to the gradual loss of central vision.</p> <p>Whereas dry AMD tends to progress over many years or decades, wet AMD can appear suddenly, such as overnight. Wet macular degeneration is the most severe form of the disease that causes the abnormal growth of blood vessels under the retina, leading to severe vision loss.</p> <p>You can have early signs of AMD without even knowing – which is why it is vital not to lose sight of what’s important and get yourself an eye examination.</p> <p>While there is currently no cure for AMD, there are treatments available to stabilise and maintain the best vision for as long as possible.</p> <p>Don’t assume changes to your vision are simply an everyday part of the ageing process; instead, seek out your local optometrist and learn more about your eye health.</p> <p><em>Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd are working together on the common goal to raise awareness of age-related macular degeneration in the community. <a rel="noopener" href="https://seewhatsnext.com.au/" target="_blank">See What’s Next</a> is an awareness campaign developed by Novartis. By supporting this campaign MDFA is not endorsing any specific treatment or therapy.    </em></p> <p><em>This article is sponsored. </em></p>

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Are you always hungry? 8 reasons you can’t stop eating

<p>Can't understand why you're always feeling so hungry? Chances are you're not getting enough sleep, you're spending too much time on Facebook and you're not drinking enough water.</p> <p><strong>You went to bed too late</strong></p> <p>Skimp on sleep and you mess with your hunger hormones: ghrelin surges, leaving you feeling hungry, and leptin (which helps you feel full) sinks. Sleep loss also appears to boost blood levels of a chemical that makes eating more pleasurable – similar, believe it or not, to the effects of marijuana, according to a small, recent study from the University of Chicago. Participants who slept only about four hours at night (instead of a healthier 7.5 hours) couldn’t resist what the researchers called ‘highly palatable, rewarding foods fit for the munchies, like cookies, candy, and chips – even though they had a big meal two hours before. Your goal, starting tonight: seven to nine hours of shut-eye.</p> <p><strong>You opt for the short stack instead of the omelette</strong></p> <p>And almost every time, not long enough after your last syrup-slathered bite, your stomach is grumbling and you’re left wondering how that’s even possible. Oh, but it is: researchers at the University of Missouri found women who ate a high-protein sausage and egg breakfast felt less hungry and fuller throughout the morning, and even ate fewer kilojoules at lunch, compared to women who had a low-protein plate of pancakes and syrup in the morning, or skipped breakfast altogether. And speaking of bypassing breakfast, try not to: in another study using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), results showed eating a healthy breakfast, especially one high in protein, reduced brain signals controlling food motivation and reward-driven eating behaviour, compared to breakfast-skippers. “Protein can fight off cravings and increase satiety at meals,” says dietician Angela Ginn-Meadow, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.</p> <p><strong>You only eat low-fat this and fat-free that</strong></p> <p>Those processed foods aren’t necessarily better for you: some have extra sugar, others more salt, and many might not even save you kilojoules. But we digress. You’re right to try and avoid trans fats, and not go crazy on the saturated versions. But you can (and should) make room for a little heart-healthy unsaturated fat in your diet, because similar to protein and filling fibre, it can also help you feel full: “Fats slow stomach emptying, as well as trigger satiety hormones,” says registered dietitian Cynthia Sass<em>.</em> All fats, including the healthy fats in olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados, are high in kilojoules, so stick to proper portions. The American Heart Association recommends healthy adults limit fat to 20 to 35 per cent of total daily kilojoules. </p> <p><strong>You need water</strong></p> <p>Those pangs of hunger may actually be your body telling you you’re thirsty, says Ginn-Meadow, who serves as senior education coordinator for University of Maryland Centre for Diabetes &amp; Endocrinology. So before grabbing a snack from the pantry, sip some water or have a cup of tea and wait a little to see if your cravings pass. Staying well-hydrated may also help you manage your appetite and weight, according to a study from the University of Illinois. Scientists studied the dietary habits of more than 18,300 adults and found the majority of people who upped their daily water intake by one, two, or three cups cut up to 850 daily kilojoules, as well as reduced their consumption of saturated fat, sugar, sodium, and cholesterol.</p> <p><strong>You sweat all the small stuff</strong></p> <p>We’ve all been that person mindlessly munching through a bag of chips while frantically trying to meet a deadline, or spooning ice cream from the container after getting into a fight with a friend. But when you’re stressed out all the time, cortisol hormone levels remain high, which then trigger hunger hormones. “Also, chronically elevated cortisol produces glucose, leading to increased blood sugar levels, and is also tied to insulin resistance, which increases the risk of type 2 diabetes,” adds Sass. “In this state, when blood glucose is high, but insulin isn’t functioning normally, hunger is increased, because the body thinks the cells are being starved.”</p> <p><strong>You (still) eat white bread</strong></p> <p>You have absolutely heard the advice to switch to whole grain versions: they contain fibre, so they are more filling; they contain more nutrients, so they’re healthier for you; and they are a good source of complex carbohydrates – the kind that take longer to digest, so blood sugar rises more slowly and steadily. Refined grains – found in that white bread you insist on using, as well as white rice and many sugar, white-flour foods like biscuits and crackers – have been stripped of their fibre and cause blood sugar levels to spike, then plunge, leaving you hankering for more bread, or another biscuit or three, soon after. “Essentially when your blood sugar drops it signals a need for fuel, even if kilojoules have just been stored,” explains Sass. Another reason to break the white-bread habit: researchers tracked the eating habits and weight of more than 9200 Spanish university graduates for an average of five years, and found those who only ate white bread were more likely to become overweight or obese than those who favoured whole grain bread.</p> <p><strong>You wait too long between meals</strong></p> <p>Four to five hours apart is about right. If it’s going to be closer to six hours, have a small snack in between, says Ginn-Meadow. “Eating on time allows you to better recognise hunger and satiety cues,” she says; “it also lets your body completely digest complex carbs and protein, which can help maintain a healthy metabolism.” Just make sure your meals are balanced with nutrient-rich foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, dairy, and lean protein.</p> <p><strong>Your social feeds are filled with food pics</strong></p> <p>You scroll through shot after shot of the gorgeous birthday cupcakes your sister-in-law Instagrammed. You know she totally did not bake them herself, and yet your stomach is still grumbling. There’s a reason, according to a scientific review published in the journal <em>Brain and Cognition</em>. Researchers say when we see an attractive image of food, blood rushes to the parts of our brain associated with taste. So even if we’re not physically hungry, we want to eat.</p> <p><em>Written by Teresa Dumain. This article first appeared in </em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/diet/always-hungry-8-reasons-you-cant-stop-eating?slide=all"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a><span><em> </em></span></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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“It’s something that I never thought I would do”: Emma Watkins opens up about surgery battle

<p>Emma Watkins has opened up about her struggle with endometriosis, sharing why she had been reluctant to have a surgery for the debilitating condition.</p> <p>Endometriosis, which affects more than one in 10 Australian women, is a disease in which a tissue similar to the womb lining grows in locations outside the uterus.</p> <p>The Yellow Wiggle was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 28 after experiencing years of pain she assumed to be normal.</p> <p>“I think there is definitely that element of fear, women are really scared to talk about it,” she told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://honey.nine.com.au/latest/emma-watkins-yellow-wiggle-endometriosis-surgery-update/396a0ad6-d52e-41a7-be29-bab4a28b5c04" target="_blank"><em>9Honey</em></a>.</p> <p>Last year, she sat out the Wiggles’ Australian tour to undergo surgery, a decision that she said she did not take lightly.</p> <p>“It’s something that I never thought I would do,” the 30-year-old said.</p> <p>At the time, she told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/wiggles-star-endometriosis-freaked-surgery-042516154.html" target="_blank"><em>The Herald Sun Weekend</em></a><span> </span>that her condition was worsening in the lead up to going under the knife.</p> <p>“What was freaking me out leading up to the surgery was I was starting to feel not great doing lots of shows,” she said then.</p> <p>“I lost so much blood I had an infusion, and that’s when it started to hit me.</p> <p>“I had had really bad periods since school pretty much, but when the doctors are actually in there, they can see the severity.”</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/BhvMvJ0HAo6/?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/BhvMvJ0HAo6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Emma_Wiggle (@emma_wiggle)</a> on Apr 18, 2018 at 8:47pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She said of the procedure, “I try to be nice to my body and I didn’t really want the surgery in the first place, but now I can see it’s really helped me and my body – it’s so different than it was two years ago.”</p> <p>While the procedure improved her symptoms, she said she still needs to manage her condition with pilates, yoga and a balanced diet.</p> <p>Watkins said since she went public with her diagnosis, she had been approached by other women, including young mums, who said they started seeking help for their symptoms because of her.</p> <p>“So many people have reached out and it’s something that has really affected a lot of people in a positive way,” she said.</p> <p>The entertainer is encouraging people to see a health professional if they are experiencing pain.</p> <p>“Even if your symptoms don’t sound right, it doesn’t mean you don’t have it,” she told<span> </span><em>9Honey</em>.</p> <p>“It’s really about listening to your body, and if you don’t feel that something is right it is best to find someone you can talk to.”</p>

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5 science facts you never learned in school

<p>The world has many strange but amazing true facts making it a really marvellous and mysterious place. </p> <p><strong>The human stomach can dissolve razor blades</strong></p> <p>On the rare occasion that you swallow a razor blade, don’t fret. The human body is more capable than you think. Acids are ranked on a scale from 0 to 14 – the lower the pH level, the stronger the acid. Human stomach acid is typically 1.0 to 2.0, meaning that it has an impeccably strong pH. In a study, scientists found that the “thickened back of a single-edged blade” dissolved after two hours of immersion in stomach acid.</p> <p><strong>A laser can get trapped in water</strong></p> <p>Yes, really. A cool thing called total internal reflection is applied when pointing a laser beam through a container of water. When light travels through water, it’s slowed by the heavier particles in water, as described here. Thus, the laser beam effectively gets “trapped” in the water.</p> <p><strong>Earth’s oxygen is produced by the ocean</strong></p> <p>Ever stopped to think where oxygen comes from? Your first thought may be a rainforest, but marine organisms take the bait. Plankton, seaweed and other photosynthesisers produce over half of the world’s oxygen.</p> <p><strong>Animals use Earth’s magnetic field for orientation</strong></p> <p>Lost land animals may not be able to find their way home, but sea animals might. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), “there is evidence that some animals, like sea turtles and salmon, have the ability to sense the Earth’s magnetic field and to use this sense for navigation.”</p> <p><strong>A cloud can weigh over a million pounds</strong></p> <p>Your childhood dreams of floating on a weightless cloud may get rained on with this fact: the average cumulus cloud can weigh up to a million pounds. A million pounds! That’s about as heavy as the world’s largest passenger jet.</p> <p><em>Written by Claire Nowak. This article first appeared in </em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/science-technology/25-science-facts-you-never-learned-in-school?slide=all"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a><span></span></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Elderly care staff accused of running a dementia patient fight club

<p><span>Three employees at an American assisted living facility have been accused of running a fight club, where police say dementia patients were encouraged to fight.</span></p> <p><span>Marilyn Latish McKey, 32, Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, 20, and Taneshia Deshawn Jordan, 26 were arrested and charged with assault on an individual with a disability in connection to the elder abuse at the Danby House in North Carolina.</span></p> <p><span>According to court documents reviewed by the <em><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2019/10/14/elderly-care-staff-accused-pitting-residents-against-each-other-dementia-fight-club/">Winton-Salem Journal</a></em>, the three women encouraged two residents – aged 70-year-old and 73-year-old – in the house’s “special care unit” for dementia patients to fight each other as they watched and filmed on a phone.</span></p> <p><span>The accounts reported by the <em>Journal </em>alleged that one of the fighters was heard yelling, “Let go! Help me! Help me! Let go!”</span></p> <p><span>In response, one of the three staffers could be heard saying “stop screaming”, while another attempted to confirm that the phone was actually recording the clip so that it could be sent to her later.</span></p> <p><span>In a separate occasion, one of the employees reportedly physically assaulted a resident by shoving her into her room, while the other two recorded and did not offer help to the woman.</span></p> <p><span>Police announced the three healthcare workers’ arrests on Friday following an investigation into a tip received in June.</span></p> <p><span>“When you’re talking about someone who can’t take care of themselves, we’ve got to give specific attention to that,” Lt Gregory Dorn told <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/at-work/assisted-living-facility-accused-of-running-fight-club-with-dementia-patients/news-story/81859addf7a652241523f7a4317847f9">Fox 8</a></em>.</span></p> <p><span>Danby House said the three employees were fired in June when managers were alerted on the events.</span></p> <p><span>“Danby House has a zero-tolerance policy for the mistreatment of those in our care and as such, McKey, Tyson, and Jordan were terminated immediately in June when community management was alerted to this situation,” the facility said.</span></p> <p><span>“Administrators have been working closely with the Winston-Salem Police Department throughout its investigation to ensure justice is served. Additional staff training and a more rigorous vetting process for all new and existing employees at Danby House has been implemented.</span></p> <p><span>“Danby House has undergone leadership changes in recent months, and we look at situations like these as opportunities to improve upon the high standard of care we provide for our residents.”</span></p> <p><span>The three women face Class A misdemeanours, with a maximum penalty of 150 days of incarceration and a discretionary fine. They have been released on bond and are due to appear before court on November 14.</span></p>

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How being friends with someone who has dementia can be good for you both

<p>Each year, in the final few hours of the last day of December, many people all across North America gather with friends to raise a glass and sing Robert Burns’ famous ballad, “<a href="http://www.scotland.org/features/the-history-and-words-of-auld-lang-syne">Auld Lang Syne</a>.” Standing at the brink of a New Year, arms around each other, they ask: “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?”</p> <p>The question is meant to be rhetorical, of course – the answer is “No.” The years may pass, but we should hold on to our friends.</p> <p>For many older adults, however, this question takes on a different meaning, as they confront the onset of dementia in a friend. Dementia, which <a href="http://www.karger.com/Article/Pdf/109998">afflicts an estimated 3.8 million people</a> in the U.S. alone, affects cognitive abilities <a href="https://www.alz.org/documents_custom/2017-facts-and-figures.pdf">such as language and memory</a> that are often understood as the necessary foundation for individual identity and human personhood.</p> <p>As such, dementia raises questions about what are the boundaries of the human, what is required to have meaningful social relationships and more generally what makes life worth living (or no longer worth living).</p> <p>Research has long shown that <a href="http://jnnp.bmj.com/content/85/2/135.long">feelings of loneliness accompany the onset of dementia</a>. And research has suggested that <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2424087/">social interaction is beneficial for the person with dementia</a>.</p> <p>I recently conducted research that took these findings a step further. It appears that the opportunities for personal growth exist not only for the people with dementia but also for their friends.</p> <p><strong>A dreaded illness, worsened by loneliness</strong></p> <p>In the U.S., <a href="https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X10000693">people with dementia are often rhetorically and metaphorically likened to zombies</a>, and dementia is often described as a condition ambiguously positioned between life and death.</p> <p>Such ideas contribute greatly to the stigma, fear and shame that commonly attend a diagnosis of dementia.</p> <p>And if dementia is one of the most dreaded forms of decline associated with aging, it is also one of the most common. The condition affects about 14 percent of people over age 71. The <a href="http://www.karger.com/Article/Pdf/109998">prevalence of dementia</a> increases with age, rising from about 5 percent among people in their 70s to 24 percent of those in their 80s – and of those who reach age 90, approximately 40 percent are affected.</p> <p>What is it like for people to experience the onset of dementia in a friend, and how do they respond? Close family members are often expected to step up to meet the challenges of dementia, and many try to do so. It is less clear, however, what role friends can or should play. Little research has addressed the topic.</p> <p>I recently published <a href="http://rdcu.be/tFtH">an article</a> and <a href="https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/successful-aging-as-a-contemporary-obsession/9780813585338">a book chapter</a> based on interviews with individuals who self-identify as friends of someone with dementia (as well as some health care providers and family members).</p> <p>The basic idea behind this research is that there may be lessons to learn from those who have found both reasons and ways to maintain relations of friendship after the onset of dementia – lessons that could be shared with others who find themselves confronting similar situations. The friend who remains in a relationship with a friend who has dementia may gain knowledge about the illness and grow in unexpected ways.</p> <p>The research documents how some people find value, interest, meaning and pleasure in friendships with people who are living with dementia. Among the findings, several stand out.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Through experience, people gain specific forms of knowledge about how to interact well with the person who has dementia. How the condition affects people can vary enormously, and there is no instruction manual for interacting well with people who have dementia. Still, some of the techniques and approaches that these friends have developed may be worth trying for others, as well.</p> </li> <li> <p>Talking about dementia – in other words, making this sometimes difficult and uncomfortable topic “speakable” – can be a critical first step toward approaching it collectively, as something for a community to deal with instead of only as an individual problem.</p> </li> <li> <p>People I interviewed describe friendship with the person who has dementia as a relationship that is capable of changing, rather than simply enduring.</p> </li> <li> <p>People who have remained engaged as friends after the onset of symptoms describe dementia as an impetus for personal and interpersonal transformations that can involve learning, growth and unexpected gifts – as well as sadness and loss.</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Friends play important role in wider support circle</strong></p> <p>How friends respond to dementia is important for a number of reasons.</p> <p>First and foremost, friendships matter to older adults with dementia for all the same reasons that friendships matter to anyone: They are sources of pleasure, support and social identity.</p> <p>Second, the difficulties and burdens faced by informal, unpaid caregivers of people with dementia (mostly female relatives) <a href="https://www.nap.edu/catalog/23606/families-caring-for-an-aging-america">might be less overwhelming</a> if friends and other social connections remained more present in the lives of people with dementia.</p> <p>Third, there is a large and growing number of older adults with dementia who – due to changing patterns of marriage, childbirth, longevity, living arrangements and geographic mobility – simply <a href="https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/law_aging/2003_Unbefriended_Elderly_Health_Care_Descision-Making7-11-03.authcheckdam.pdf">do not have family members available and willing</a> to <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.14586/full">make medical decisions</a> or step into caregiver roles. For them, how friends, neighbors, co-workers and others respond can be <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/29/health/near-the-end-its-best-to-be-friended.html?_r=0">a matter of life-and-death</a>.</p> <p><strong>Light in the darkness</strong></p> <p>Dementia can seem like a frightening and depressing topic, but this research gives reasons to feel hopeful. While medicine has at present no cure and <a href="https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/All-Disorders/Dementia-Information-Page">few effective treatments</a> to offer, that does not mean that there is nothing we can do.</p> <p>There is a lot we can do to make life better for older adults with dementia. And we ought to do what we can – not only because people with dementia are fellow members of our human community, but also because any one of us might find ourselves affected in the future.</p> <p>One of the verses of <a href="http://www.scotland.org/features/the-history-and-words-of-auld-lang-syne">“Auld Lang Syne”</a> that is less often sung by New Year’s revelers includes the line: “We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for Auld Lang Syne.” Helping people faced with the onset of dementia in a friend learn from others how to fill, share and take sustenance from that “cup of kindness” is one of the ways that anthropological research strives to make the world a bit better place.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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Republished with permission of </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/how-being-friends-with-someone-who-has-dementia-can-be-good-for-you-both-76750" target="_blank"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>. </em></p>

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The beautiful ways Bindi Irwin will honour dad Steve Irwin on her wedding day

<p>Bindi Irwin is set to wed Chandler Powell next year at Australia Zoo and now Bindi Irwin has revealed she will honour her late father, the iconic Steve Irwin, at the ceremony. </p> <p>The conservationist and animal expert has been carrying out the Crocodile hunter’s legacy since he passed away in 2006 alongside her family, revealed that her brother and mother will become an important part of the special day. </p> <p>“I really want to include Dad on the day and make sure that he is with us in some way,” Bindi told<span> </span>People.</p> <p>“Just little bits of Dad that will make it feel like he’s there with us.”</p> <p>Bindi says her and Chandler will hold a candle lighting ceremony for Steve. </p> <p>“So we’ll be able to all get up as a little family and light a candle in his honour and share a few words on what an amazing dad he was and still is.”</p> <p>Bindi announced her engagement to Chandler on her 21st birthday in July, after the couple had been dating for over six years. </p> <p>Steve irwin passed away on the documentary series<span> </span>Ocean’s Deadliest<span> </span>when he was attacked by a stingray off the coast of the Great Barrier Reef on September 4, 2006. He was 44. </p> <p>“Out of everyone in our family, Dad would always get the most emotional out of everyone,” Bindi said. </p> <p>“We’re all very emotional people, but Dad, anytime we would achieve anything as kids, he would just start crying. </p> <p>“I remember the first time I ever filmed with little ants on camera, I was telling the camera that these little ants are so important to protect and he just started crying.”</p> <p>“It was really special that he was the one that was so excited about the big moments in our lives and there isn’t a bigger moment that I can think of than getting married to Chandler,” she added. </p> <p>“It’s going to be a really special day.”</p>

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What you need to know about capital gains tax

<p>Capital gains tax is perhaps one of the most misunderstood taxes, but it is also one that can have major impacts on the efficiency of your investment plans. The quick guide below will help you get to grips with the basics of how it may apply to you.</p> <p>As always, it is essential to consult a qualified tax adviser to obtain complete advice on your tax situation and to speak to a financial planner to help form an investment strategy to take full advantage of your tax position.</p> <p><strong>What is capital gains tax?</strong><br />Capital gains tax relates to the gains or losses you make when you sell certain types of capital assets. The difference between the purchase cost and sale cost of the asset will determine whether there is a capital loss or gain. This tax may apply to any asset purchased after 20 September 1985, which is when the tax was first introduced.</p> <p>Assets purchased for personal use, such as your home, car and furniture, are generally exempt from capital gains tax, but assets purchased for investment purposes, such as an investment property or shares, may incur the tax.</p> <p><strong>How capital gains tax is applied</strong><br />Realised capital gains are actually treated as income in the tax year in which the gain was made. Gains on the sale of a non-exempt asset must be reported in your income tax return and the capital gain is added to your income and taxed at your marginal rate.</p> <p>However, if the asset has been held for more than a year, then a capital gains tax discount will apply and only half the capital gain is taxed.</p> <p>If you incur a capital loss on the sale of an asset you may also be able to apply that loss against any capital gains you have made on the sale of other assets, thereby reducing your tax liability.</p> <p><strong>Capital losses can be carried forward</strong><br />Even if you don’t have any capital gains to report in a particular tax year, any capital losses you incur in that year should always be reported on your tax return because they can be applied against capital gains in future years.</p> <p><strong>How are managed fund investments treated?</strong><br />Managed fund investments generate returns based on dividends and capital gains on the assets they invest in. If you own units in a managed fund then any capital gains made within the fund need to be taken into account in your tax return.</p> <p>Fortunately, most managed funds will provide you with a statement which details any net capital gains or losses that apply to your stake in that managed fund, so you can use that information in preparing your tax return.</p> <p>Capital gains may also apply if you switch from one fund to another, so consult your financial planner to discuss the ramifications if you intend to do this.</p> <p><strong>It’s all in the timing</strong><br />Timing the disposal of an asset can be critical if you're trying to minimise your capital gains tax liability. For example, if you're approaching June 30 and you want to sell an asset, it may be wise to defer the sale until after June 30.</p> <p>This is especially the case if you're expecting your income in the new tax year to be lower, perhaps due to retirement or taking unpaid leave. The lower income may put you in a lower tax bracket, thereby reducing the amount of capital gains tax paid on that asset sale.</p> <p><strong>Capital gains tax on property</strong><br />Capital gains tax does not apply to your primary residence. Some people see this tax benefit as being a good reason to put spare funds into extra mortgage repayments or renovations on the family home. This can reduce the diversity and liquidity of your investment portfolio so it's best to consult a financial planner about using this as an investment strategy.</p> <p>If you have an investment property, your capital gain (or loss) will be based on proceeds from the sale of the property less the purchase cost, and any other costs associated with buying, renovating and selling.</p> <p>The capital gains discount described earlier will also apply if you sell the property more than a year after purchase. However, it is vital to note that the sale date is based on the date of the contract of sale and not on the settlement date.</p> <p><strong>What if you inherit an asset?</strong><br />If you inherit an asset from a deceased estate you do not incur any capital gains tax liability until you later dispose of the asset. Things can get a bit more complicated when it comes to an inherited home. The amount of capital gains tax will depend on a number of factors, such as:</p> <ul> <li>Whether the deceased person acquired the dwelling on or after 20 September 1985</li> <li>The amount of time between the time you inherit the dwelling and the time you sell it</li> <li>If it was the deceased person’s main residence or not</li> </ul> <p>These complexities make it advisable to seek some professional advice from your legal adviser and financial planner to assess how inherited assets may be best integrated into your investment strategy.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/money/financial-planning/what-you-need-to-know-about-capital-gains-tax.aspx"><em>Wyza.com.au.</em></a></p>

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Cancer fraud Belle Gibson spotted on school run despite not paying back $410k in fines

<p><span>Cancer fraud Belle Gibson has stepped out months after “locking herself away” after being ordered to explain why she hasn’t paid off her $410,000 in fines.</span></p> <p><span>Gibson was fined $410,000 for defrauding hard-working Aussies by pretending she cured cancer through healthy living. She was found guilty of five breaches of consumer laws.</span></p> <p><span>However, despite the warning and the substantial amount of fines to pay off, Gibson remains a free person in the community and dropped off her child at school.</span></p> <p><span>Gibson quickly became annoyed when she realised a photographer was taking her photo and indignantly raised her mobile phone to take pictures of the photographer.</span></p> <p><span>She quickly made headlines after falsely claiming she had brain cancer and healed herself with natural remedies, giving those who legitimately suffered from cancer new hope for finding a cure for their disease.</span></p> <p><span>She lied to well meaning consumers who supported her Whole Pantry app as well as book sales as she said she would donate money to various charities as well as a boy with inoperable brain cancer, but never ended up donating the money.</span></p> <p><span>Gibson received $440,500 from sales from her book and her app, but only donated around $10,000 to charity.</span></p> <p><span>What angers people more is that despite claiming that she has no money to pay off the funds, she has been seen going on holidays to Bali and Africa and has spent $90,000 over two years.</span></p> <p><span>Cameron Miller, who runs the Shaun Miller foundation said that the damage Gibson has done is “wrong”.</span><span> </span></p> <p>“I just think it's disgusting that she's taken advantage of these people,” he said to<em> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7569563/Carefree-Belle-Gibson-pictured-school-run-paid-fines.html" target="_blank">The Daily Mail</a></em>. <span></span></p> <p>“She's out there parading like she's Lady Muck. I just think it's wrong.”</p> <p><span>Miller also said that she was giving a bad name to reputable charities.</span></p> <p><span>“When you have people like this it makes it hard for other foundations to convince people to donate money when you've got shonks out there,” he said. </span></p> <p><span>“I just can't get over it ... she's laughing at all these people. She should have been prosecuted (by police). She's a fraudster. She is a con-woman and she should have been prosecuted to the whole letter of the law but she just thinks it's funny.”</span></p> <p><span>While Gibson was grilled in the Federal Court earlier this year over why she hasn’t paid the fines, she claimed she was “not in a position to pay a $410,000 fine at this time”.</span></p>

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Coles launches new meal kits

<p><span>Coles has expanded into the meal-kit business with its new offerings to compete with HelloFresh and Marley Spoon.</span></p> <p><span>On Wednesday, the supermarket giant launched its <em>What’s for Dinner </em>range, with 48 recipe-based bundles of ingredients that shoppers can add to their online order.</span></p> <p><span>The prices of each kit vary between $15 and $30, with each kit containing two to four serves. Also available are meat-free options, including broccoli fried rice and ricotta and spinach pasta.                                                                   </span></p> <p><span>Coles chief marketing officer Lisa Ronson said the range was developed based on one of the supermarket’s “biggest customer studies ever”.</span></p> <p><span>According to the research, 55 per cent of Australians only decide what they want to have for dinner on the day, with ingredient preparation being the biggest pain point.</span></p> <p><span>“We have created meal plans to help customers with some of the biggest challenges they face preparing dinner every night – from lack of time to cook from scratch to kids who turn their noses up at healthy options, and boredom with cooking the same handful of dishes every week because it seems too hard to try something new,” Ronson said.</span></p> <p><span>Retail analyst Neil Rechlin said he is not surprised that Coles is entering the fresh food delivery market, which has grown significantly in the past five years and shifting customers away from supermarkets.</span></p> <p><span>“Customers are buying Marley Spoon and HelloFresh, and Woolworths and Coles have been losing business to those companies,” Rechlin told <a href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/meal-kits-what-are-the-best-hello-fresh-marley-spoon-coles-woolworths/613bc7c0-df0d-4e3a-a37e-e49f0239cc48"><em>9News</em></a>.</span></p> <p><span>“This is a way to keep customers in the Coles store.”</span></p> <p><span>In June, Woolworths announced that it would <a href="https://www.woolworthsgroup.com.au/page/media/Latest_News/woolworths-group-invests-a30-million-into-strategic-partnership-with-leading-subscription-based-meal-kit-provider-marley-spoon">invest $30 million</a> into Marley Spoon over the next five years, which will lead to the supermarket owning a nine per cent stake in the meal kit company. </span></p> <p><span>Last month, Woolworths said it will add an extra $4 million into the investment, bringing the total amount to $34 million.</span></p>

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Looking to rent a home? 6 things that will help or hinder you

<p><a href="http://shelter.org.au/site/wp-content/uploads/The-Australian-Rental-Market-Report-Final-Web.pdf">Two-thirds</a> of tenants in Australia rent through a real estate agent. A <a href="http://shelter.org.au/site/wp-content/uploads/fly-factsheet-australia-updated-16-September-2014.pdf">national shortage</a> of private rental housing forces these tenants to impress the real estate agent to secure a property – their application needs to stand out from other applications.</p> <p>An analysis of articles on leading online real estate sites www.realestate.com.au and www.domain.com.au identifies six aspects of interactions between the real estate agent and tenant that affect a tenant’s ability to secure a rental property. <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02673037.2019.1621271?journalCode=chos20">My research</a> reveals the power of the agent over the tenant. Agents strongly stigmatise certain tenant characteristics during the property search.</p> <p>These real estate articles typically fail to recognise the systemic issues of housing shortages in Australia. As <a href="https://theconversation.com/affordable-housing-lessons-from-sydney-hong-kong-and-singapore-3-keys-to-getting-the-policy-mix-right-123443">owner-occupied housing becomes more unaffordable</a> and <a href="https://theconversation.com/focus-on-managing-social-housing-waiting-lists-is-failing-low-income-households-120675">public housing becomes less available</a>, a variety of household types are competing in a high-demand private rental market.</p> <p>Households have differing economic, cultural and social capital. This puts some applicants for a rental property at a disadvantage. But real estate sites present the issue of secure rental housing as an individual problem that can easily be overcome once a tenant understands how to highlight their desirable characteristics when applying for a rental property.</p> <p><strong>How do agents assess tenants?</strong></p> <p>When assessing a rental application, the two most important qualities a real estate agent looks for are a tenant’s ability to pay the rent on time and their ability and/or willingness to care for the rental property.</p> <p>In addition, a tenant’s ability to impress the real estate agent matters. My research identifies six aspects of interactions between agent and tenant that affect the ability to secure a rental property:</p> <ol> <li>responsibility – positive reference/s from previous agents and/or landlords help demonstrate this</li> <li>making an impression – dress appropriately and be on time for inspections, engage with the agent and present an easy-to-read, error-free application form</li> <li>established relationships – a previously established relationship with the agent or landlord improves the tenant’s chances</li> <li>honesty – tenants are encouraged to be honest with their agent about their lifestyle</li> <li>flexibility – be flexible about lease length and the cost of rent</li> <li>creative thinking – for example, bringing cupcakes to a rental inspection.</li> </ol> <p>Through these interactions, tenants can highlight their desirable characteristics while downplaying their undesirable characteristics.</p> <p><strong>Selection process reinforces disadvantage</strong></p> <p>The ability to make a good impression on the agent, however, is largely based on a variety of factors that place some tenants at a disadvantage.</p> <p>For example, tenants are advised that several lifestyle factors may hamper their ability to secure a property. These include pets, dependent children, age, a negative rental history and other potential housemates.</p> <p>These findings match those of an <a href="http://shelter.org.au/site/wp-content/uploads/The-Australian-Rental-Market-Report-Final-Web.pdf">Australian survey of private renters</a>, commissioned by Choice, National Shelter and the National Association of Tenant Organisations. It found 50% of renters have experienced discrimination in the private rental sector. This includes discrimination on the basis of: pets (23%), receiving government payments (17%), age (14%), having young children (10%), being a single parent (7%), race (6%), needing to use a bond loan (5%), gender (5%), disability (5%) and sexuality (2%).</p> <p>Further, when it comes to making an impression, some tenants are at a significant advantage. For example, factors such as English proficiency and the ability to “dress to impress” are often a reflection of economic and cultural capital.</p> <p>The articles assume that presenting an application form with no spelling and grammatical errors is simply a matter of taking a little extra care. However, a newly arrived migrant may find this difficult, not because of laziness but because they may not yet be proficient in English.</p> <p>The articles also highlight a tenant’s willingness to be flexible as important. Flexibility is presented in the following ways:</p> <ul> <li>where demand for properties is high, tenants are advised to offer more rent</li> <li>when a tenant has no rental history, they are advised to offer to pay rent in advance</li> <li>tenants are also advised to cater to the needs of the real estate agent and landlord by being flexible about the length of the lease.</li> </ul> <p>Tenants’ ability to be flexible in these ways varies greatly. For example, not all tenants have the means to offer more rent or pay rent in advance. The ability to be flexible about lease length also differs depending on individual circumstances.</p> <p>My research shows the process of securing a rental property could reinforce the disadvantage of some tenants. This raises an important question. When private rental housing is the only option, what happens to those tenants who fail to impress the real estate agent?</p> <p><em>Written by <span>Bronwyn Bate, PhD Candidate, Urban Research Program, Western Sydney University</span>. Republished with permission of </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/looking-to-rent-a-home-6-things-that-will-help-or-hinder-you-123753" target="_blank"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>. </em></p>

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Budget ways to dress up your home

<p>I want to expand on that post, by showing you that when it comes to the finishing touches in your home, budget can be beautiful.</p> <p>There’s nothing better than decking out your home without spending a lot of money, and below I’m going to tell you which pieces of decor and furniture you can skimp on that are still incredibly stylish.</p> <p><strong>Lamps<br /></strong>Mood lighting in a space is super important, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money here. You have my full approval to spend around $60 on a table lamp and under $150 for a floor lamp. With table lamps, opt for varieties with a large base and shade. They’ll take up more space on a table, which means more visual impact.</p> <p>The one thing to look out for with floor lamps is sturdiness. Some cheaper floor lamps can have unstable, wobbly legs (especially tripod varieties). So give your lamp a shake in-store to make sure it’s well grounded. </p> <p><strong>Art prints<br /></strong>I’m a big fan of investing in original art from local artists when decorating a living room, for example. But if you’re dressing a spare room, hallway, office or other room that you don’t spend a tonne of time in, a cluster of budget art prints is the way to go. </p> <p>There are tonnes of online stores that sell prints for around $20 or $30 each (quote art is still on-trend and I love it). Buy four prints, pop them in some cheap IKEA frames, and hang them in a line down your hallway. Instant update for under $200 total. </p> <p><strong><u>Bonus tip:</u></strong> Canvas art is usually priced really well too, it’s light as a feather, and makes a big impact for minimal spend. </p> <p><strong>Mirrors<br /></strong>If your budget is tight, cheap mirrors are the way to go. The beauty of the more affordable ones is that they’re smaller and lighter, so they’re easy to hang using velcro Command hooks or similar.</p> <p>If you want to make a big impact with your mirror, consider four smaller square mirrors hung on the wall in a grid. It’ll take up the space of a much larger mirror, but without the price tag and hassle of hanging something so heavy. </p> <p><strong>Stools<br /></strong>I usually say that anything you sit on should be invested in, because comfort is essential. However, stools are the exception. The truth is, you won’t spend a lot of time on the stool itself (15 minutes while having a tea or coffee), so you don’t have to spend hundreds here.</p> <p>To ensure sturdiness, though, go for a metal bar stool that comes in one piece. That way, the legs won’t wobble and you don’t ever have to worry about it falling apart underneath you. Pop a cushion on top if you need some extra comfort.</p> <p><strong>TV unit<br /></strong>The TV unit is one of the furniture pieces I always advise clients to skimp on if they’re on a budget. This is because you generally don’t even look at it when watching TV, and it’s not a piece built for comfort. It’s literally a rectangular box that elevates your television off the floor.</p> <p>I suggest you go cheap here and save your money to spend on other items. There are TV units on the market for under $70 that come on wheels and still have cavities in them for your DVD player, stereo or set-top box. </p> <p><strong>Hall table<br /></strong>I love a hall or entry table inside the door of a home. It’s a great place for dropping keys and mail. And if nothing else it gives you a space to decorate! The good news is that you can go cheap here too.</p> <p>The one thing to be careful of is not sitting anything too heavy on a hall table. The height of a hall table means that it’s already quite fragile. Cheaper versions often feature thin legs. So either secure it to the wall so it can’t topple over, or ensure it only holds light decor that won’t smash should it get knocked over.</p> <p><strong>The moral of the story<br /></strong>I like a home to have a mix of new and old, pieces you’ve splurged on and items you’ve gotten for a steal. It makes your space feel more well-rounded and personal. So don’t be afraid to go cheap when you need to. It saves you money and then you can invest in more costly design elements that really matter!</p> <p><em>Written by Chris Carroll. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/property/budget-ways-to-dress-up-your-home.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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Hugh Jackman receives hilarious 50th birthday message from actor Ryan Reynolds

<p>Ryan Reynolds has delivered a very special message to Australian actor Hugh Jackman </p> <p>The<span> </span>Deadpool<span> </span>star and the<span> </span>Wolverine<span> </span>actor have been at a playful head for years now, but for Jackman’s birthday Reynolds has pulled out all guns so the former Marvel movie star can return to his character and appear next to Reynolds for a film. </p> <p>Reynolds kept the trolling going with a 50th birthday message for Jackman during his<span> </span><em>The Man. The Music. The Show. </em>concert at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.</p> <p>In a surprise video posted to social media, Jackman shared a hilarious Reynolds wearing a birthday party hat starting off a sweet message to his friend. </p> <p>“Hello Hugh. I was just going to wish you a happy birthday,” the Deadpool star said. </p> <p>“Then I saw what you said. In a word, ‘hurtful.’ Enjoy the show, Hugh Jackman.”</p> <p>Reynolds then belted out the “Happy Birthday” song for the Aussie star — but ended it with his own expletive-filled message.</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/B3kABhRlKUS/?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/B3kABhRlKUS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Man The Music The Show 🎩 (@themanthemusictheshow)</a> on Oct 13, 2019 at 7:56am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“And I’m not even f—ing professionally trained Jackman you piece of s—,” Reynolds yelled at the camera as he gave the middle finger, which was censored, at the very end of the video.</p> <p>In his tweet featuring the birthday message video, Jackman wrote, “At first I thought – Ugh, now I actually have to apologize. But then … @VancityReynolds.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the duo’s hilarious years together. </p>

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