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5 ways that reading with children helps their education

<p>For book lovers, reading to children may seem obvious. Why would they not want to pass on their love of literature? However, researchers have shown there are more benefits for both adult and child that come with reading than just building a bond – particularly when it comes to education.</p> <p>A lot of research has been done into the effects of children engaging with literacy related activities at home. Much of this focuses on the early years, and how the literacy environment helps to develop emergent literacy skills. Shared book reading early on <a href="https://kundoc.com/pdf-picture-book-reading-with-young-children-a-conceptual-framework-.html">stimulates language and reading development</a>, for example.</p> <p>But the home literacy environment doesn’t stop being important once children have learnt to read. The opportunities that a child has to read at the home, and parental beliefs and behaviours, continue to impact on children’s reading throughout the school years. Here are just five ways that reading with your child can help their general education.</p> <p><strong>1. It opens up new worlds</strong></p> <p>Reading together as a family can instill a love of books from an early age. By taking the time to turn the pages together, adults can help children see that reading is something to enjoy and not a chore. Some schoolchildren read because they like it but others do it because they will be rewarded – with stickers in a school reading diary for example. Those children who read because they enjoy it read more books, and read more widely too. So giving your child a love of books helps expand their horizons.</p> <p><strong>2. It can build confidence</strong></p> <p>Children judge their own ability to read from observing their classroom peers, and from conversations with parents and teachers. When sharing a book, and giving positive feedback, parents can help children develop what is known as self-efficacy – a perceived ability to complete the specific activity at hand. Self-efficacy has been shown to be <a href="https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.02056/full">important for word reading</a>. Children who think they cannot read will be less inclined to try, but by using targeted praise while reading together, parents can help children develop belief in their own skills.</p> <p><strong>3. It can build positive reading attitudes</strong></p> <p>Studies have shown that the more opportunities a child has to engage with literacy based activities at home, the more positive their reading attitudes tend to be. Children are more likely to read in their leisure time if there is another member of the family that reads, <a href="https://ila.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1598/JAAL.48.3.1">creating a reading community</a> the child feels they belong to. Parental beliefs and actions are related to children’s own motivations to read, though of course it is likely that this relationship is bidirectional –- parents are <a href="https://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2F0708-5591.49.2.89">more likely to suggest reading activities</a> if they know that their child has enjoyed them in the past.</p> <p><strong>4. It expands their language</strong></p> <p>When reading a book together, children are exposed to a wide range of language. In the early stages of literacy development this is extremely important. Good language development is the foundation to literacy development after all, and increased language exposure is one of the fundamental benefits of shared book reading.</p> <p>Shared book reading early on can have a long-term benefit by increasing vocabulary skills. And if they encounter a word they don’t understand, they have a grown up on hand to explain it to them in a way that makes sense to them. When children are taught to read while sharing a book, it can improve alphabet knowledge, decoding skills, spelling, and other book-related knowledge (such as how to actually read a book). Doing something as simple as sounding out the letters of a word they do not understand can vastly improve a child’s skills.</p> <p><strong>5. It can help their speech and language awareness</strong></p> <p>Formal shared reading can also involve the use of intonation, rhythm and pauses to model what is known as prosody. This is not a skill that is directly taught, but by simply pausing when needed or changing the tone of your voice can help children develop fluency when reading aloud. This is one of the reasons that shared book reading is not just for pre-schoolers. Demonstrating what is involved in reading complex text aloud fluently is very valuable for children of all ages.</p> <p>You don’t need a lot of money, or even hours of spare time to read with children. Even small efforts can have big benefits. Nor does it have to be just at bedtime. Sharing a book, a magazine or a comic can take place any time of the day.</p> <p>The most important thing to remember is to have fun. Interest in reading emerges from enjoying it with a parent. If you’re interested and make an effort, it can have a huge impact on a child’s engagement with reading.<!-- 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/99046/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. More info: http://theconversation.com/republishing-guidelines --></p> <p><em>Written by <span>Emma Vardy, Research Associate, Psychology of Education, Coventry University</span>. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/fives-ways-that-reading-with-children-helps-their-education-99046"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>.</em></p>

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How many healthy years do you have left?

<p>As the old saying goes, the only things certain in life are death and taxes. While death is inevitable, the quality of life you experience until death is often within an individual’s control.</p> <p>This is what our team at the Goldenson Center for Actuarial Research chose to focus on by developing <a href="http://goldensoncenter.uconn.edu/projects/">a rigorous measure of quality of life</a>. How many healthy years of life do you have ahead before you become unhealthy?</p> <p>Everyone understands the benefits of living a long healthy life, but this also has implications for industry and society. Medical costs, financial planning and health support services are directly related to the state of health of an individual or community.</p> <p>We call this measure of quality of life “healthy life expectancy” and its complement “unhealthy life expectancy.” We define entering an unhealthy state as a severe enough state of disablement that there is no recovery, so you remain unhealthy until death.</p> <p>It follows that life expectancy – a measure of the total future years an individual is expected to live – is simply the two added together.</p> <p><strong>Calculating</strong></p> <p>Imagine a healthy 60-year-old male who exercises regularly, has a healthy diet and healthy body mass index and sleeps at least eight hours a night. By our estimate, he could have an additional 13 years of healthy living compared to his unhealthy counterpart. That’s 13 more years of quality living with family and loved ones.</p> <p>This is quite a startling revelation, not only because of the significant difference in healthy life expectancy between these two individuals, but also because this difference is driven by lifestyle choices within the individual’s control.</p> <p>So what factors contribute to a better healthy life expectancy? Two factors that are not lifestyle-related are age and gender. All other things being equal, healthy life expectancy decreases with age. Women have a <a href="http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20151001-why-women-live-longer-than-men">longer healthy life expectancy</a> compared to men.</p> <p>We have already seen that diet, exercise and sufficient sleep positively impact healthy life expectancy. <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/statnt/statnt21.pdf">Other positive factors</a> that we have incorporated in our model include level of education, level of income, perception of one’s own state of health, moderate alcohol intake, not smoking and absence of Type 2 diabetes. The higher the level of education and income, the higher your healthy life expectancy. Having a positive perception of your state of health helps, too.</p> <p><strong>Try it yourself</strong></p> <p>Want to know your own estimate of healthy years ahead? We developed <a href="https://apps.goldensoncenter.uconn.edu/HLEC/">a free online tool</a> that lets you calculate healthy, unhealthy and total life expectancy. This is work in progress.</p> <p>This is the first time such a measurement tool has been developed. While it’s too early to validate the accuracy of our calculations with actual data, we have been careful to ensure that the model assumptions are based on established actuarial sources and the modeling results are logical and consistent.</p> <p>It should be noted that healthy life expectancy is simply an educated prediction. Unforeseen incidents – like being hit by a truck – could render this estimate invalid, no matter how well you manage lifestyle habits. Also, there could be other nonmeasurable factors impacting healthy life expectancy that we have not included in our model, like level of stress, a positive attitude to life or social connections.</p> <p><strong>Putting our model to work</strong></p> <p>Our team plans to explore some of these practical applications of healthy life expectancy in industry.</p> <p>For example, the concept of healthy life expectancy can help with retirement financial planning. Annual retirement spending should not be level across your life expectancy. More discretionary retirement spending should happen during healthy years and less during unhealthy years, while spending on basic expenses increases during unhealthy years.</p> <p>Insurance products can be also designed using healthy life expectancy measures in mind. This can protect an individual against additional basic living expenses during the unhealthy period. One such product could be a deferred long-term care or temporary deferred life annuity, where the deferral period is for healthy life expectancy and the temporary coverage is for the unhealthy period. This can be a significantly cheaper and a more needed product compared to what is available in the marketplace currently.</p> <p>Since healthy life expectancy is also related to quality of life and level of health, a relative index could compare an individual’s results against a benchmark healthy life expectancy for someone with “average” characteristics. This can then be used as an underwriting tool and to predict future health care costs. Our model could also serve as a patient screening tool for medical providers by incorporating more detailed lifestyle and dietary details as well as prior medical history information.</p> <p>We hope that other researchers and practitioners will continue to build on this. Then society could focus on not just prolonging life, but prolonging quality of life using our model. As the saying goes, “In the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”<!-- 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/84498/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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First-time cruiser? Which cruise ship is best for you

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Booking your very first cruise can be an extremely overwhelming experience. With all the options available to us, it is hard to decide which decision is the right one for you. All the choices, from relaxing cruises with luxurious destinations to a glamorous holiday by sea that takes you to the best destinations, can sometimes come with a hefty price tag. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Carefully considering what type of experience you want to have for yourself Is extremely important, while also factoring in the departure port, the length of your trip and your budget. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are just a few things to consider if you’re a first-timer. </span></p> <p><strong>Luxury</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you’re seeking indulgence and luxury, then Celebrity Cruises</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">might be the pick for you. The interior designing is elegantly refurbished, so you feel like you’re getting bang for your buck. The line also dabbles in cuisine dining choices including French, Italian, Asiana and so many more as well as having beautifully decorated restaurants and top-of-the-line service. </span></p> <p><strong>Value</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While P&amp;O does come with a few extra fees, like paying for poolside burgers and ice cream, the cruise line has perfectly catered to the customers of Australia – adding smart refurbishments, celebrity chef restaurants, new menus and a neverending list of itineraries. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cruise deals are constantly offered by P&amp;O, so if you’re looking for an inexpensive getaway, they might be the cruise for you.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Carnival Cruise lines is an alternative option and comes at an extremely affordable price. The downside is it’s also a family favourite spot. Although there are adult-only spaces, this may not be your prime option if you’re looking for a trip far away from children. </span></p> <p><strong>Relaxation</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Princess Cruises is not like any other line available in Australia and New Zealand. While a little pricier than a value cruise, Princess Cruises offer hot deals and bonuses as well as upgrades to balcony cabins and extra spending money to spend onboard. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Relaxation and peace is promised if you choose to travel with Princess as they offer an adult-only pool area, as well as sanctuaries to enjoy the calmness of the ocean.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Celebrity Cruises are also a premium cruise line which is a cut above other ships. Not only does it offer luxury, it promises an oasis to put your feet up and forget your worries. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Will you travel with any of these cruise lines? Let us know in the comments below. </span></p>

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How to end a relationship kindly

<p><span>Breakups are never easy, no matter which side you are on. However, when you are the one trying to end the relationship, the pain from the loss can be exacerbated with the guilt from hurting your partner in the process. Here are things you could consider, to help minimise the damage off the split.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Prepare ahead</span></strong></p> <p><span>Create a loose script with points you want to bring up when you break the news. Lior Gotesman, co-founder and COO of relationship coaching app Relationship Hero, told <a href="https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2019/02/how-to-break-up-with-someone-kindly/"><em>Lifehacker</em></a><em>, </em>“The conversation should involve sharing a few things about the other person that they appreciate, a clear statement about not wanting to be in the relationship any more, and an honest explanation of why they’ve decided to break up.”</span></p> <p><span>Apart from a speech, you should also prepare yourself for the end of the relationship. Dumpers often find themselves having second thoughts, which could make for messy, complicated situations. So do not rush into the decision. “Everyone who wants to break up, every single person, does not voice that the minute they think it,” Guy Winch, author of <em>How to Fix a Broken Heart</em>, told <a href="http://time.com/5406794/how-to-break-up-with-someone/"><em>TIME</em></a>. “They have to process it and be sure and be ready.” Take the time to think through what you want and talk to a trusted friend or professional to sort your feelings if needed.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Don’t assign blame</span></strong></p> <p><span>This is a difficult one – at the end of a relationship, it can be tempting to vent all your grievances about the other person. However, even if you feel your partner is largely the one to blame, the split is still your decision. Framing it as a result of their behaviour (“I’m breaking up with you because you cheated on me”) or other external circumstances that is out of your control (“the timing is not right”) may encourage them to think that the breakup can still be reversed – so take responsibility by acknowledging that it is what you want (“I no longer feel comfortable staying in this relationship”). It helps your partner find closure and process the separation better.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Do it in person (if possible)</span></strong></p> <p><span>In general, it is recommended to break up in person to show respect to the other person and underscore that you find the relationship important. It is less hurtful than announcing the separation through text or <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/books/phone-etiquette-why-we-need-to-stop-expecting-instant-text-message-replies">ghosting</a>, where you simply stop returning messages or calls. </span></p> <p><span>Many experts also advise doing it in a private space such as your partner’s house, so that they could be in a familiar place instead of having to get home in a distraught state.</span></p> <p><span>Some exceptions might apply – for example, if the relationship has been abusive and left you fearing for your safety. If this is the case, call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) for information, counselling or support.</span></p> <p><span>Do you have any tips to ending a relationship in a kind way? Share with us in the comments.</span></p>

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4 things you didn’t know about Adelaide

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adelaide is the city that’s often forgotten about in music tour line-ups, but that doesn’t mean you have to write it off your travel list forever. There’s plenty to see, do and eat in Adelaide. For example:</span></p> <p><strong>1. The beaches</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Glenelg beach is Adelaide’s main tourist beach, and it’s not hard to see why. Wildlife, such as seals, dolphins and fish, are along the beach as well as a variety of walking trails to keep those who aren’t interested in wildlife occupied.</span></p> <p><strong>2. It’s close to everything</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adelaide is affectionately referred to by those who live there as the “Twenty Minute City”, because that’s how long it takes to get anywhere in the city. With some of the best trams and bus systems in the nation, you won’t need to worry about renting a car during your stay.</span></p> <p><strong>3. Don’t forget about the opals</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adelaide is the centre of the opal trade for all of Australia, and if you visit the galleries and art museums scattered throughout the city, you’re bound to see opals on display. If you’re looking to pick some up for your friends or family, there are plenty of kiosks and stalls where you can buy the stones, whether they’re by themselves or incorporated into jewellery.</span></p> <p><strong>4. Hop to Kangaroo Island</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hop is a bit of an overstatement, as it’s a bit of a trip from Adelaide. But definitely go and visit Australia’s third largest island, which is home to white cliffs, black caves and green hills. You’ll be pleased to discover there are a lot of kangaroos on this island, as well as seals, koalas and dolphins. You’re able to stay on the island as well, if you don’t want to make the trip back the same day.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Have you been to Adelaide? What was your favourite part? Let us know in the comments.</span></p>

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Passenger describes horror evacuation on stricken cruise: “Very, very frightening”

<p>A passenger on a doomed cruise has described the horror that ensued after the captain announced “Mayday”.</p> <p>Speaking to the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9now.com.au/today" target="_blank">Today</a> </em>show, Alexus Shepperd recounted the events of the European ship which sparked an emergency situation after it was stranded in dangerous seas.</p> <p>Mrs Shepperd shared a video of furniture sliding around in the ship, as conditions progressively got worse.</p> <p>With waves exceeding eight metres and wind travelling at 70km/h, five helicopters were called to help evacuate passengers.</p> <p>The rescue operation saw each passenger evacuated one-by-one, though once conditions improved, remaining passengers stayed on board.</p> <p>Mrs Shepperd described the events that occurred beforehand, saying that all passengers were ordered to go to their muster stations, and an emergency call was sounded.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center " data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Still waiting for evacuation. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VikingSky?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#VikingSky</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mayday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Mayday</a> <a href="https://t.co/6EvcAjf5D2">pic.twitter.com/6EvcAjf5D2</a></p> — Alexus Sheppard 🏳️‍🌈 (@alexus309) <a href="https://twitter.com/alexus309/status/1109537029912711168?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">23 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“They announced that not only had we gathered there to start putting on our life jackets, but that the captain had also declared a mayday,” she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9now.com.au/today" target="_blank"><em>Today</em></a>.</p> <p>“And being a sailor myself, any time a captain declares a Mayday, it’s a really big deal because it means the vessel is about to be lost. And so that was very, very frightening. And then a few minutes after that, they announced for all the crew to go and immediately close all the watertight doors.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Battery dying and people sleeping everywhere. Probably my last tweet of the night. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VikingSky?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#VikingSky</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mayday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Mayday</a> <a href="https://t.co/ouzegYmHOD">pic.twitter.com/ouzegYmHOD</a></p> — Alexus Sheppard 🏳️‍🌈 (@alexus309) <a href="https://twitter.com/alexus309/status/1109617042817200128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">24 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“And so that’s another sign that they don’t close watertight doors unless there’s water coming aboard somewhere.”</p> <p>Close to 20 people have been transported to hospital, after passengers in the pool and cafes were injured.</p> <p>One of the restaurants had their windows shattered during the ordeal.</p> <p>“The injuries that I saw were mostly injuries from falls that people either lost their footing as the ship was rolling or slipped on wet tiles. There were cuts to the head, cuts to the arms and the legs and I heard some people broke bones,” she said.</p>

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How to date online

<p>Did you know simply by applying a few clever rules you can maximise your chances of finding a more suitable and compatible match. Matt Garrett from <em>Relationships Australia</em>, offers these 7 tips to help you successfully date online.</p> <p><strong>Tip 1: Listen to your gut instincts about when to meet up </strong></p> <p>One of the hardest things to work out is when to move from the online zone to meet up in real life. That can be tricky to pinpoint, but you need to be guided by the feedback you’re getting, says Garrett. He recommends asking yourself some key questions such as: Does the person seem to live up to their profile? Do I feel attracted to them? “Listen to your inner voice about when the time is right, but still hold back a little bit and be a bit cautious,” he advises.</p> <p><strong>Tip 2: Master honest self-flattery </strong></p> <p>You want to be honest about yourself and not tell porkies but you don’t want to be so truthful that you don’t paint yourself in a flattering light. “It’s about finding a balance between truthful information and completely distorted information,” says Garrett. That might mean being a bit creative with your descriptions. For example, are you into painting? You might like to describe yourself as a budding artist instead of a complete novice with no skills. Remember, confidence can be infectious and very attractive to others.</p> <p><strong>Tip 3: Have an open mind </strong></p> <p>Having realistic expectations will keep your online experience enjoyable. You can strike it lucky and find your life partner in your very first encounter but this is the exception rather than the rule says Garrett. He recommends keeping an open mind and being patient. “Meeting people online is just like meeting people in a bar, there are all types and some just won’t be compatible with you. Regardless, you will meet some amazing people and even if you don’t find love straight away you will almost certainly end up with a great circle of friends,” he says.</p> <p><strong>Tip 4: Follow up a description of something you like with a little bit more detail </strong></p> <p>Saying “I love to travel” or “I like movies” is all good and well but that can mean different things to different folks. Here’s a tip: follow up a statement about something you like with more information to give people a little bit more insight into your personality. “If travel is your thing you might say something like ‘I just got back from Vanuatu last week and I had an amazing time,’” says Garrett.</p> <p><strong>Tip 5: Dress smartly </strong></p> <p>Your profile picture should ultimately reflect the sort of person you want to attract, Garrett advises. “You don’t want to dress in a hessian bag, but you also don’t want to look like you’re going to a black tie function on a Saturday night,” he explains. Wearing anything risqué is also a bad idea. He recommends a smart head and shoulders shot with a neat outfit that matches what you’ve said in your profile description.</p> <p><strong>Tip 6: Meet securely and safely when you do meet up</strong></p> <p>Garrett advises following these simple rules for safe and enjoyable meet-ups.</p> <ol> <li>A) Always let someone else know where you’re going and what you are doing</li> <li>B) Always meet in a public place</li> <li>C) Start with a coffee or a drink, don’t go for a full meal</li> </ol> <p><strong>Tip 7: Have fun! </strong></p> <p>Remember it is about the journey and not the destination. Make the best of every situation and remember to be kind. Even if they aren't your true love you may make a new friend or at least have an enjoyable night out.</p> <p>Have you found love or a new friend online? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p><em>Written by <span>Dominic Bayley. </span>Republished with permission of Wyza.com.au.</em></p>

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Prince Andrew and Fergie's "proud parent" moment on Princess Eugenie's birthday

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>As Princess Eugenie turned 29, her parents couldn’t be prouder of their youngest daughter.</p> <p>Prince Andrew shared the love via Twitter and a very sweet photo montage of the family throughout the years.</p> <p>The photos include photos of Eugenie when she was a child, as well as a photo of Eugenie on her wedding day last October.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Wishing Princess Eugenie a very Happy Birthday!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HappyBirthdayHRH?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HappyBirthdayHRH</a> 🎉 <a href="https://t.co/AOg3GHllm6">pic.twitter.com/AOg3GHllm6</a></p> — The Duke of York (@TheDukeOfYork) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheDukeOfYork/status/1109386867965865984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">23 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The caption reads: <span>“Wishing Princess Eugenie a very Happy Birthday!”</span></p> <p>Sarah, Duchess of York, also shared a happy birthday to Eugenie via Instagram.</p> <p>The post featured photos of Eugenie with her husband, Jack Brooksbank, at their wedding reception as well as a photo of Eugenie when she was a little girl.</p> <p>The caption for this snap said: “Happy Birthday my darling girl”.</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/BvXoORqFOFC/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=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/BvXoORqFOFC/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Happy Birthday my darling girl xxx 🥳 @princesseugenie</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/sarahferguson15/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Sarah Ferguson</a> (@sarahferguson15) on Mar 23, 2019 at 4:25pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Big sister Beatrice didn’t make any public birthday wishes, but that’s because she doesn’t have an official social media account.</p> <p>Has your family embarrassed you on social media with old photos? Let us know in the comments.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Jacinda Ardern receives heartwarming tribute: “We are so very proud”

<p>Clark Gayford, the partner of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, has shared a heartwarming post in light of the new gun control measures announced by his other half.</p> <p>In the wake of the Christchurch shooting, Ms Ardern was swift to announce reforms on Thursday, including the immediate ban of military-style semi-automatic guns and rifles.</p> <p>Her partner Clark shared an adorable photo of the couple’s daughter tightly clutching her father’s finger.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">For her 9 month birthday today we received the gift of crawling. <br />While her mum got her the gift of having a safer country to grow up in. <a href="https://t.co/FiCSTn0PM8">pic.twitter.com/FiCSTn0PM8</a></p> — Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) <a href="https://twitter.com/NZClarke/status/1108632466800009216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 21, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“For her 9-month birthday today we received the gift of crawling,” he wrote for the caption.</p> <p>“While her mum got her the gift of having a safer country to grow up in.”</p> <p>The stay-at-home dad has received a mass amount of praise from followers, commending the way the Prime Minister handled herself in the wake of the terrorist attack.</p> <p>The sharp and cutting message has garnered over 7,000 likes and a flurry of retweets.</p> <p>The rare image of the couple’s daughter, Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, which was paired with an emotional and inspiring tribute to his politician partner – has received countless support.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7825099/jacinda-ardern-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d98415c1eed241dc93428d9d4e065e8e" /></p> <p>“Please thank Neve for giving you the strength to give Jacinda the strength to give us all the strength to get through this together,” wrote one Twitter user.</p> <p>“We are so very proud of your mama little Neve,” wrote another.</p> <p>“I hope she is looking after herself too in all of this.”</p> <p>42-year-old Gayford formerly told<em> </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/parenting/celebrity-families/clarke-gayford-tribute-neve-jacinda-adern-54764" target="_blank"><em>Australian Women’s Weekly</em></a> why he put his own career, a documentary show, <em>Fish of the Day</em> on hold to look after baby Neve while his partner lead New Zealand.</p> <p>“We weighed it up and we decided that her job was possibly slightly more important,” he’d joked.</p> <p>“It was always on the cards to work out that way. I've always been completely supportive of Jacinda and I believe in what she's trying to achieve for New Zealand.</p> <p>“So, it was easy for me to make that call. There are plenty of males out there that do that.”</p>

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Scott Morrison slammed after explosive interview with Waleed Aly

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The Project viewers took to social media to note one key aspect of the testy exchange between Scott Morrison and Waleed Aly – The Prime Minister’s “aggressive” body language.</p> <p>The Prime Minister’s office accused <em>The Project</em> of defamation, after Aly stated that the PM once suggested exploiting Muslims for political gain – the two then came head to head on last night’s episode in a special 30-minute commercial free edition of the show.</p> <p>Viewers who tuned in on the special segment took to Twitter and Facebook to comment on the politician’s apparent frustration during the interview, in which he could be seen slouching back in his chair and crossing his legs.</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FTheProjectTV%2Fvideos%2F335749733744694%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe> <p>While Aly questioned him about the Coalition’s views on Muslims, many interpreted Morrison’s body language as “aggressive” and felt he came off as somewhat of a “bully.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">And slouching back in his seat with legs crossed, a foot raised and ready to kick out. Morrison's body language was revealing, to say the least.</p> — RealFakeLiberal (@RealFakeLiberal) <a href="https://twitter.com/RealFakeLiberal/status/1108649928216109056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 21, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Social media users were divided on who appeared stronger throughout the segment, with some commending the Prime Minister’s refusal to “back down” against Aly’s “dribbling” interview.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ScottMorrisonMP</a> did way better than I anticipated. I was disappointed in Waleed's performance though.</p> — Christine Ryan (@ChristineRyan70) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChristineRyan70/status/1108662226435497984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 21, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“To me that means he’s not intimidated by his interviewer,” Pamela Johnson wrote.</p> <p>Isaac Ryan added: “Now sitting comfortably is against the law according to leftist thinkers.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Waleed tried to dig up dirt on our gracious PM who tonight clarified that he stands for uniting, not dividing the Australian people, whether they be Coptic, Muslim, Buddhist etc. But the same can’t be said for Waleed. Its not about composure. It’s about cohesion.</p> — Karen Williams (@KarenWi151515) <a href="https://twitter.com/KarenWi151515/status/1108660161894211585?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 21, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>What did you think of Scott Morrison’s interview with Waleed Aly? Let us know in the comments below.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div></div>

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Mick Schumacher: "Being compared to my father was never a problem for me"

<p>Mick Schumacher says he has no problem being compared to his father, Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher.</p> <p>Speaking ahead of his first Formula 2 season, Mick – who is turning 20 tomorrow – said the comparisons with the seven-time Formula 1 world champion are an "honour" rather than a burden.</p> <p>"Being compared to my father was never a problem for me," Mick said in a new video interview released by the Prema team.</p> <p>"Being compared to the best driver in F1 history is the goal you want to achieve and to have that as my idol and my father is something very special."</p> <p>Mick added, "I feel honoured to be compared to him because I just learn and try to improve."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/SchumacherMick?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SchumacherMick</a> speaks about his upcoming debut in the 2019 <a href="https://twitter.com/FIA_F2?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FIA_F2</a> Championship, his goals for the season, staying with <a href="https://twitter.com/PREMA_Team?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PREMA_Team</a> and joining <a href="https://twitter.com/insideFDA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@insideFDA</a> <br /><br />🎬: <a href="https://twitter.com/autofocusbg?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@autofocusbg</a> <a href="https://t.co/PAVX8WttEn">https://t.co/PAVX8WttEn</a></p> — PREMA (@PREMA_Team) <a href="https://twitter.com/PREMA_Team/status/1108398847968071686?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 20, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Very little has been heard about Michael since his 2013 skiing incident, but Mick has continued to rise into prominence with his own racing career. The young German is driving for the Prema team this year after winning his first major title at the European Formula 3 series in 2018.</p> <p>Mick, who joined the Ferrari Driver Academy in January, also talked about moving from F3 to F2 racing. "The step itself isn't that huge from F3 … it's more understanding the tyre at 100 percent," he said. "That will be the most difficult part … It’s a good challenge."</p> <p>Mick will begin his first Formula 2 campaign in Bahrain next week.</p>

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Aussie traveller's $259,000 medical emergency on overseas holiday

<p>Aussie travellers have racked up as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills during their overseas trips, a new report by a travel insurance company found.</p> <p>According to Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI), Aussie tourists who experienced medical emergencies in the US racked up some of the heftiest bills in 2018.</p> <p>The most expensive claim received by the company in the year was $259,000 from a customer in their 60s who had a cardiac surgery following a heart attack in the States.</p> <p>In the second place was a tourist who had to return home from Canada with a doctor escort after developing severe cellulitis complications, which led to a $208,500 bill.</p> <p>The third most expensive claim came from a Victorian woman in her 60s who broke her hip during a honeymoon trip to Machu Picchu. </p> <p>SCTI’s CEO Chris White said the woman “required two separate air ambulances after [she] broke their hip, one to a nearby city for surgery and another for rehabilitation in a different country”, resulting in a $182,000 bill.</p> <p>“Everyone wants to be able to focus on the adventures of their holiday rather than worrying about what can go wrong,” said White.</p> <p>“Even on a short trip to Bali, a few days in hospital after an accident can interrupt your travel plans and lead to hefty medical bills.</p> <p>“In the grand scheme of things, travel insurance is a small but important cost that has the potential to save a lot of stress and expense.”</p> <p>According to a <a rel="noopener" href="https://smartraveller.gov.au/guide/all-travellers/insurance/Documents/survey-travel-insurance-behaviour-web.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> by the Insurance Council of Australia and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, three out of 10 Aussie travellers (31 per cent) travelled outside the country without insurance between 2013 and 2016. Older travellers were more likely to have travel insurance, with more people aged below 30 believing it is alright to visit developed countries without getting insured.</p> <p><strong>SCTI’s top insurance claims of 2018</strong></p> <p>1. $259,000, US: Heart attack</p> <p>2. $208,500, Canada: Cellulitis complications</p> <p>3. $182,000, South America: Broken hip</p> <p>4. $153,000, US: Broken pelvis</p> <p>5. $132,000, US: Pneumonia and heart failure</p> <p>6. $107,000, US: Haematoma</p> <p>7. $88,500, US: Vertigo from an inner ear infection</p> <p>8. $88,000, Southeast Asia: Pneumonia</p> <p>9. $80,500, Europe: Broken hip</p> <p>10. $71,000, Southeast Asia: Multiple trauma from a fall</p>

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Muralist bringing much needed attention to small Aussie towns

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As Guido van Helten pulled into Brim, a remote town in Victoria of less than 200 people, he had a plan.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Brisbane-born artist has garnered international fame throughout the art world for some of the works he has done across the globe.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, some of his favourites are in Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His personal favourite is a 30-metre-high mural that’s been painted on a collection of run-down murals.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Helten specialises in photorealistic murals, which pop up in odd locations.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Helten revealed to the ABC that a lot of work and research goes into the mural locations before he’s even picked up a spray paint can.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“These sort of towns, I often drove around, but I would just drive straight past,” he explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Helten had often driven past Brim and had some unanswered questions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ve often wondered, what’s it like? What are the people like? Who lives here?”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu-AC_oBcn5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=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/Bu-AC_oBcn5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by ⚡S T E P H A N I E - L E I G H (@steph.the.knowing)</a> on Mar 13, 2019 at 5:33pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Helten’s next project is on the Southern Cross University, which has campuses in Lismore and the Gold Coast.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Gold Coast campus is the one to score an exclusive from Helten, and he’s looking to start painting on March 6</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">on a 43-metre high canvas.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The painting will take about two weeks to complete, but it’s nothing that Helten can’t handle.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He’s just spent the colder months of 2018 painting in Iowa, USA.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt30WMTAekE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=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/Bt30WMTAekE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Guido van Helten (@guidovanhelten)</a> on Feb 14, 2019 at 10:24am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Are you a fan of Helten’s work? Let us know in the comments.</span></p>

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The best European destination for 2019 has been revealed

<p><span>Budapest has been named this year’s “European Best Destination”, beating out 19 other cities and regions across the continent.</span></p> <p><span>Travellers from 153 countries participated in choosing the best destination at the 10<sup>th</sup> annual European Best Destinations, with the competition receiving a record of more than half a million votes this year. </span></p> <p><span>The capital of Hungary emerged on top, with more than 62,000 votes from travellers around the world. </span></p> <p><span>The competition’s website praised the city’s culture, gastronomy scene and heritage sites. “The pearl of the Danube is not only the best European destination, it is also one of the most beautiful and safest cities in the world,” it stated. </span></p> <p><span>“Budapest offers the elegance of Paris, the architectural heritage of Vienna, the charm of Porto, Stockholm’s gentle way of life.”</span></p> <p><span>Portugal’s Braga came at number two with the most votes from Brazilian and UK travellers. “The city offers the best of Portugal in a friendly and warm atmosphere,” the website said.</span></p> <p><span>Italy’s Monte Isola and France’s Metz followed at the third and fourth rank respectively. Both became the most-voted cities in their respective countries in the competition’s 10-year history.</span></p> <p><span>Below are the 2019’s top 15 European Best Destinations:</span></p> <ol> <li><span>Budapest, Hungary</span></li> <li><span>Braga, Portugal</span></li> <li><span>Monte Isola, Italy</span></li> <li><span>Metz, France</span></li> <li><span>Poznan, Poland</span></li> <li><span>Malaga, Spain</span></li> <li><span>Geneva, Switzerland</span></li> <li><span>Cavtat, Croatia</span></li> <li><span>Bratislava, Slovakia</span></li> <li><span>Sainte-Maxime, France</span></li> <li><span>Dinant, Belgium</span></li> <li><span>Athens, Greece</span></li> <li><span>Kotor, Montenegro</span></li> <li><span>Riga, Latvia</span></li> <li><span>Florence, Italy</span></li> </ol> <p><span>Other destinations in the running included Paris, Brussels, Berlin, London and Vienna. The voting took place online across 21 days from January to February.</span></p> <p><span>Last year, Poland’s Wroclaw won the prestigious title, winning over Spain’s Bilbao, France’s Colmar and Croatia’s Hvar Island.</span></p> <p><span>Click through the gallery above to see the top 5 European destinations.</span></p> <p><span>Have you visited Budapest before? Let us know in the comments below.</span></p>

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Discover the sights, sounds and tastes of New Zealand’s North Island

<p>Active volcanoes, island sanctuaries and breathtaking views sound like a dream to many, but can quickly become a reality when visiting New Zealand’s vast North Island. A location rich in Māori culture, the sprawling farmlands and geothermal wonders will give you plenty to talk about and even more to remember as you journey through a trip of a lifetime.</p> <p>The awe-inspiring enclave is one that must be seen to be believed, and there is no better way to truly immerse yourself in the experience of a lifetime than with <span><a href="https://www.princess.com/">Princess Cruises</a></span>. As you make your way around the highly coveted regions of New Zealand, you will feel at ease knowing that you’re touring with a company that prides itself on delivering quality service and an unforgettable experience.</p> <p>Here are three reasons as to why you should visit North Island in New Zealand:</p> <p><strong>1. The picturesque sights</strong></p> <p>The Great Barrier Island is ideal for those who enjoy stargazing. It’s one of only four Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world, which allows people to witness the Milky Way. A Dark Sky Sanctuary is a location that is known for its distinguished quality of starry skies and is an area that has been protected.</p> <p>Dark Sky Sanctuaries are usually in remote locations and there are few if any, nearby threats to the quality of the dark night sky. This means that stargazing at these locations is ideal, as you’re bound to see everything and anything that the sky has to offer.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7825104/great-barrier-island-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e980d6927c784ec2a40792d90c174b1c" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>What the Dark Sky Sanctuary looks like at night</em></p> <p>As the Great Barrier Island is the sixth-largest island in New Zealand, it’s not the easiest place in the world to get to. Princess Cruises recognise this and have expanded their <em>Across the Ditch</em><em> </em>program to include access to the Great Barrier Island. Now, It’s no longer a challenge to get out there.</p> <p>Princess Cruises’ Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, Stuart Allison has explained the reason behind the expansion:</p> <p>“With New Zealand attracting more repeat cruisers than any other itinerary, we’ve broadened our <em>Across the Ditch</em> Program this year by partnering exclusively with a number of regional experts to offer our guests a number of truly immersive and authentic tourism experiences.”</p> <p><strong>2. The serene sounds</strong></p> <p>With specific regional adventures at each New Zealand port, a variety of different sounds will be heard. As Princess Cruises takes you through a number of ports across North Island, you will be able to hear traditional Māori chants that come with the Haka War Dance or Poi Dancing. You’re also able to perform these dances yourself!</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7825103/princess-native-ship.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/943c154d344e458a962ac850d7f9db72" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>A Princess Cruise ship on the sea</em></p> <p>But if you prefer activities that aren’t so high strung, you can choose to experience the complete silence that comes with exploring the glow worms in Auckland, as the Glowworm Grotto will leave you in awe.</p> <p>Princess Cruises has partnered exclusively with a number of regional experts to offer their guests a variety of truly immersive and authentic tourism experiences, like the one mentioned above.</p> <p>Mr Allison explains:</p> <p>“Princess Cruises has a long association with New Zealand and the many regional communities we visit, which share in the success of cruising. We look forward to growing in partnership with communities in ways that support sustainable tourism across culture and landscape.”</p> <p><strong> 3. </strong><strong>The immersive experiences</strong></p> <p>One of the many highlights of the trip takes you off the beaten track as you take a ride through North Island’s gorgeous countryside towards Rotorua.</p> <p>Your driver – who also doubles as your guide – will take you to the first stop of the day, which is Agrodome, a sheep and beef farm complete with scenic views wherever you turn.</p> <p>The tour involves activities appropriate for the entire family, such as sheep shearing demonstrations and the opportunity to watch sheep dogs in action.</p> <p>Also included in the itinerary is Te Puia, home of the internationally renowned spouting Pohutu geyser. And to give you the most authentic experience possible, your guide will be of Māori heritage, and will tell you stories and legends of the beautiful country.</p> <p>The last 45 years, visitors have had the opportunity to immerse themselves in Māori culture with the help of the Te Puia’s Māori Arts &amp; Crafts Institute. During your visit, you will enjoy a delicious lunch and the world-famous haka – a war dance used to frighten enemies.</p> <p>To finish it off, your drive back takes you through the stunning Rotorua and kiwifruit country, giving you the perfect opportunity to take photos and relax.</p> <p>The North Island of New Zealand has a lot on offer, and luckily there’s a way to see it all. Princess Cruises offer a range of packages to suit all budget and time allowances. For more information on Princess Cruises, see a licensed travel agent or visit <span><a href="https://www.princess.com/">www.princess.com</a></span>.</p> <p><em>This is sponsored content brought to you by </em><span><a href="https://www.princess.com/"><em>Princess Cruises</em></a></span><em>.</em></p>

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“I wasn’t prepared”: Grant Denyer opens up about horrifying moment during recovery

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Grant Denyer has opened up about the terrifying hallucinations he had while recovering from his car accident in 2008.</p> <p>The Gold Logie nominee cheated death in a horror rally car crash in March 2008, in Melbourne. The injuries were extensive, leaving the star in bad shape.</p> <p>The monster truck, which was reported to have crumpled up on impact, left Denyer with a broken back and the threat of never having the ability to walk again.</p> <p>Ten years on, both he and wife Chezzi Denyer have opened up about the challenges the couple both had to deal with in the face of tragedy.</p> <p>The <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/worst-time-of-my-life-grant-denyer-reveals-drug-struggle-that-nearly-cost-him-his-relationship" target="_blank">“hardcore” pain Grant faced almost cost him his relationship with his wife</a>, and further revealing the hallucinations he suffered from scared him deeply.</p> <p>Speaking to the<span> </span><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6841545/Grant-Denyer-shares-details-terrifying-hallucinations-suffered-hospital.html"><em>Daily Mail</em></a>, the TV host explained the difficulty of dealing with horror “nightmares.”</p> <p>“I remember I could never distinguish my dreams from reality – or turns out, my nightmares which I was having every night,” he said.</p> <p>“Often the hardest part of an injury is the rehabilitation. And the medication that a hospital can put you on, often you're not prepared for the side effects.”</p> <p>Since then though, the Denyer family are thriving, and his health is better than ever.</p> <p>“It really was an uncomfortable and scary experience, but thankfully I'm 100 per cent and all good now,” he explained.</p> </div> <div class="body_assets"></div> </div> <div class="details"><span class="detail_tools"><span> </span>20m<span class="who_watched"><span class="people_count_container"><span class="people_count current">2</span></span></span><a class="likebtn"><span class="post_like_button icon icon-dapulse-thumb"></span></a></span></div> </div> </div> </div> <div></div>

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Aussie TV star reveals heartbreaking cancer battle to Lisa Wilkinson in emotional interview

<p>Tom Long was well known for his roles on <em>The Dish</em>,<span> </span><em>SeaChange</em><span> </span>and<span> </span><em>Two Hands</em>, but abruptly disappeared from the public eye after a collapse on stage in 2012.</p> <p>He’s taken a break and hasn’t been seen on stage or screen since then.</p> <p>However, he opened up to Lisa Wilkinson on <em>The Sunday Project</em> about the reason behind his sudden disappearance.</p> <p>Shortly before collapsing on stage, Long was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which is a type of rare blood cancer, and had started invasive treatment.</p> <p>“They said two to three years,” the actor told Wilkinson.</p> <p>“Essentially I thought, that’s it.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Tom Long is one of our favourite home-grown actors- star of The Dish, SeaChange and Two Hands. But he’s currently off the screen and in the fight of his life. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheProjectTV?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheProjectTV</a> <a href="https://t.co/B5jHcUsG5m">pic.twitter.com/B5jHcUsG5m</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1109732688582213632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">24 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Despite his grim prognosis, Long wasn’t going to let it get him down and found a new reason to fight.</p> <p>It was after he was diagnosed that he met his now-wife, Rebecca Fleming, and was hesitant in pursuing a new relationship.</p> <p>After meeting through Long’s neighbour, the pair have been inseparable ever since.</p> <p>“That’s why it took so long for us to get together. I didn’t want to put Bec through [the pain]”.</p> <p>Long was soon dealt with more devastating news – doctors told hime he only had 3-12 months left to live.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7825155/tom-long-hero.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2392d1d23ec84fc09219973b22b83244" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Tom Long coming face to face with his prognosis</em></p> <p style="text-align: left;">The pair were quickly married in a close-knit ceremony in country Victoria a few months after receiving the latest prognosis.</p> <p>“It was magical, but yeah. I didn’t think I'd make it. I was so unwell,” explained Long.</p> <p>Long and his family were getting ready for the end, but Long’s current doctor Miles Prince refused to give up. Prince said “stuff that, let’s try this.”</p> <p>“This” would end up being an innovative therapy in the US, known as Car T-Cell therapy. It aims at reworking the immune system by harvesting white blood cells and genetically modifying them.</p> <p>Under the treatment, the new cells are reintroduced to the body and target the cancer cells.</p> <p>“It can cure leukemias when everything else has failed,” Miles told <em>The Sunday Project</em>.  </p> <p>Long will fly to Seattle on Thursday this week to start the treatment and hopes that if it goes well, the treatment will be available in Australia for fellow Myeloma sufferers.</p> <p>“I am very aware that I could be taken any time but I still, it’s the hope I think,” Tom says. “I go for the hope.”</p>

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How to learn while you're asleep

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Can we learn while we’re asleep? The premise might sound too good to be true, but a new study has suggested that it’s possible.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Researchers from Switzerland’s University of Bern have found that people can learn a new language while they’re asleep.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The study, published in </span><a href="https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(18)31672-5?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS0960982218316725%3Fshowall%3Dtrue#secsectitle0010"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Current Biology</em></span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">earlier this year, discovered that people in a deep sleep can learn new vocabularies. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The participants in the study were put in a controlled environment and given headphones to listen through when they slept. Their brain activity was recorded when the researchers played words from a made-up language. These fake words were paired up with their German translations – for example, the fake word “tofer” is paired with “Haus” (house) and “guga” is paired with “elefant” (elephant).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Upon waking up, the participants were given an implicit memory test. Surprisingly, they were able to correctly answer questions on the made-up words, including what they denoted and whether they were the larger or smaller objects compared to the others.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The researchers found that people’s association between the words and their meaning was stronger when the word was played during slow wave sleep, also known as deep sleep, which they described as the best moment for sleep-learning. It is when the body is most relaxed and the brain is performing memory consolidation processes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It was particularly interesting that language areas and the hippocampus – which normally regulate language-learning while we're awake – were also activated when learning the vocabulary learnt in deep sleep," said co-author of the study Marc Züs in a press release.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It seems these structures regulate memory formation independent of whatever state of consciousness we're in – whether unconsciously in sleep, or consciously while we're awake."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is the latest study to support the idea of sleep-learning. In </span><a href="https://www.wired.co.uk/article/learn-languages-while-you-sleep"><span style="font-weight: 400;">2014</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, a team from the Swiss National Science Foundation discovered that listening to foreign languages during sleep helps reinforce vocabulary learning. In 2012, a </span><a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/nn.3193"><span style="font-weight: 400;">study</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> by Israeli researchers found that people could associate sounds with scents that they were exposed to when they were dozing off.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While the researchers said more experiments are needed to support their findings, the study showed promise in continuous learning – even while you’re unconscious.</span></p>

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How to break up with toxic friends

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It may have come to a point in your life where a person you considered a “friend” might not be someone you need or want in your life anymore. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although it can be difficult to end a relationship with someone you cared about and still may care about, it is important to focus on your well-being.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are the options you can consider when breaking up with a friend and still be as amicable as possible afterwards. </span></p> <p>Talk it out</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When people have intimate relationships with others, there is typically a “talk” involved which resolves any awkwardness, nerves, doubts or questions each person has for the other. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Having “the talk” with a friend can help initiate a “break-up” or it can help resolve a friendship so a break up is not necessary at all. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When having the talk, it is important to converse on these goals:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Clarifying boundaries </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Defining the relationship, you share with your friends</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">See where each person stands in the relationship </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Talk about a future with this friend</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This talk, if done properly and clearly with respect, can help resolve or amend hidden resentments, miscommunications, boundaries, misunderstandings, jealousy and old fights. </span></p> <p>Take a break</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All friendships at some point, need a definitive break – whether it is forced or happens naturally. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Especially in circumstances where a difficult talk has just been had, it might help to take some time apart from your friend. </span></p> <p>Be blunt</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There may be a time in your friendship where you can absolutely not take it anymore. If this is the case, your best option might be shaking off all the negativity from your friendship by sharing your thoughts and feelings and going your separate ways from your relationship with this person. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When letting it all out with your friend, state what needs are not being met, clarify your feelings, don’t blame anyone, don’t make excuses and be gentle and kind.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What are your tips for breaking up with a friend? Let us know in the comments below. </span></p>

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Lifestyle

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Home and Away star Bonnie Sveen shares rare photo of twin daughters

<p>Former<span> </span><em>Home and Away</em> star Bonnie Sveen has shared a rare snap on Instagram of her identical twin girls, Myrtle and Emerald.</p> <p>The caption reads: “'You got your hands full' they say… classic."</p> <p>Fans loved the sweet snap, with many sharing their own experiences with identical twins.</p> <p>One fan said “gorgeous bundles of pink” whereas another explained their experience with twins.</p> <p>“I have ID boys, they are 6 months and so much fun… double the love &amp; laughter! Though this teething thing isn’t much fun atm, your girls are gorgeous.”</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/BvWAF3elpga/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=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/BvWAF3elpga/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">“you got your hands full” they say... classic 🐨🐨</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/msbonniqua/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Bonnie Sveen🌙</a> (@msbonniqua) on Mar 23, 2019 at 1:15am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Sveen gave birth to the twins last October with her partner Nathan Gooley.</p> <p>She gushed to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.newidea.com.au/bonnie-sveen-exclusive-identical-twin-girls-nathan-gooley" target="_blank"><em>New Idea</em></a> about the joys of motherhood.</p> <p>“It's the best. It's definitely far from perfect, but it's the most heart-opening, profound experience I've ever undergone.”</p> <p>Speaking about her twin girls left Sveen in awe.</p> <p>“How could I have possibly earned this double miracle in my life?”</p> <p>The family of four have now settled down in rural Tasmania.</p>

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Man’s hilarious response to “nosy” neighbour who complained about his fence

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>A man has decided to hold a silent protest after receiving a zoning violation from the city of Santa Rosa, California, due to a neighbour complaining that his fence was too high.</p> <p>Jason Windus was the recipient of the violation after a neighbour reported his six-foot-fence for blocking a suburban corner and obstructing visibility for drivers at an intersection, as reported by <a rel="noopener" href="https://abc7.com/" target="_blank"><em>ABC 6</em></a>.</p> <p>Speaking to the station, Mr Windus said that he was confronted with a warning informing him of a daily fine that will be put in place until the fence was taken down.</p> <p>“It is very serious,” he said. “They made me freak out.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Jason Windus. It's been four day since he put up the garden party. <br />"I'm waiting. If they didn't like the fence, how do they like this?" Neighbors love it. All except the one who initially complained. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Abc7now?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Abc7now</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/santaRosa?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#santaRosa</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SonomaCounty?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SonomaCounty</a> <a href="https://t.co/eVYytalYvU">pic.twitter.com/eVYytalYvU</a></p> — Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) <a href="https://twitter.com/WayneFreedman/status/1108107188147355648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">19 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Mr Windus immediately took down the fence with some help from a friend, but due to height restrictions, the newly modified fence is unable to contain his two dogs.</p> <p>With the height of his fence being out of his control, the professional mover decided to take some control back in hilarious fashion – by rearranging an assortment of naked mannequins so it appears that they’re having a clothing-optional garden party.</p> <p>“I guess the average person would get angry and cop resentment?” said Mr Windus. “I throw a naked party in my yard.”</p> <p>And despite the height of his fence crossing the boundaries of legalities, his life-sized dummies are well within the law.</p> <p>To keep the display PG, Mr Windus even took the liberty to cover the mannequins' private parts.</p> <p>And the party was open for all, especially the “nosy” neighbour who reported the fence in the first place, with a sign reading: “Reserved seat for the nosy neighbour that complained about my fence to the city.”</p> <p>The anonymous neighbour is yet to respond and remains unidentified.</p> <p>But while the whistleblower may not be a huge fan of the installation, others cannot get enough.</p> <p>“I love it. I think it’s hilarious. More power to him,” a neighbour told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nbc.com/" target="_blank"><em>NBC</em></a>.</p> <p>The only regret Mr Windus has is that his two dogs have nowhere to run around.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">"I was going to use them for target practice," said Jason Windus of the mannequins in his front yard. There's a 3-way stop at the corner, but an unidentified neighbor complained about visibility. "The average person would get angry. I throw a naked party in my yard...” <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/abc7now?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#abc7now</a> <a href="https://t.co/iFjiXMtK0u">pic.twitter.com/iFjiXMtK0u</a></p> — Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) <a href="https://twitter.com/WayneFreedman/status/1108145579345874944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">19 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>But despite that, he’s having a grand ol’ time, saying he hasn’t decided on when the mannequins will be packed away.</p> <p>Joking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nbc.com/" target="_blank"> <em>NBC</em></a>, he said: “I was thinking of putting a barbecue out here next.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Jason told me this morning that he still does not know which neighbor reported the zoning violation with his fence. Feels pretty good about the reaction, he said. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/abc7now?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#abc7now</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mannequin?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#mannequin</a> <a href="https://t.co/djNfUcISmG">pic.twitter.com/djNfUcISmG</a></p> — Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) <a href="https://twitter.com/WayneFreedman/status/1108453104435920897?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">20 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Do you think Mr Windus has the right to be frustrated? Or was the neighbour right for reporting his fence? Let us know in the comments below.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div></div>

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104-year-old woman fulfils her wish to get arrested

<p>A 104-year-old woman just had her biggest wish fulfilled – to be arrested by the police.</p> <p>For the International Day of Happiness, English woman Anne Brokenbrow ticked off her bucket list wish of being placed under arrest by the authorities last Friday.</p> <p>The elderly had put in her wish as part of the Bristol Wishing Washing Line initiative. “My wish is... to be arrested,” Brokenbrow’s request read. “I am 104 and I have never been on the wrong side of the law.”</p> <p>With the help of UK charity Alive Activities, the Avon and Somerset police team granted Brokenbrow’s wish.</p> <p>The elderly was handcuffed at her residence, the Stokeleigh Care Home, and charged with “being a good citizen”.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Faliveactivities%2Fposts%2F2019093208169291&amp;width=500" width="500" height="617" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Faliveactivities%2Fvideos%2F2333549470249801%2F&amp;show_text=1&amp;width=560" width="560" height="464" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>Brokenbrow was then taken to a waiting police vehicle. According to the charity, when asked if she wanted the sirens on, Brokenbrow responded, “Yes please!”</p> <p>After the mock arrest, she posed for a picture wearing a police hat.</p> <p>“It’s something that normally never happens, isn’t it?” the centenarian said. “Now we’ve shown ‘em.”</p> <p>According to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/auhome/index.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>, Brokenbrow worked as a secretary before she retired.</p> <p>Kelly Lewis, the activities coordinator at Brokenbrow’s residential home said the elder’s wish was surprising at first. “She’s really fun, she’s got a really good sense of humour,” said Lewis.</p> <p>“We were surprised when she said it but thinking about it it’s actually quite in character for Anne.”</p>

Retirement Life

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How to tell someone you have cancer and how to respond properly as a loved one

<p>Finding out you have cancer can be devastating. After figuring out what treatments you’re going to undertake, the next daunting step is telling your family.</p> <p>ABC presenter Jill Emberson released a podcast about her experience of living with terminal ovarian cancer.</p> <p>It’s in this podcast that she goes into detail about letting the people in her life know about her diagnosis.</p> <p>"I remember the phone calls I had to make to my family. They're really hard to remember making," she says.</p> <p>"My mother — I could hardly bear having that conversation with her."</p> <p>Speaking to <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/life/telling-people-about-your-cancer-diagnosis-and-how-to-respond/10385738"><em>ABC Life</em></a>, Brenda Clasquin, a support consultant for The Cancer Council says that these conversations are known for being tough. She also says that we shouldn’t feel guilty for not knowing the right thing to say.</p> <p><strong>How to tell your family</strong></p> <p>"A diagnosis like this comes with a huge shock, and people need the opportunity to absorb that shock themselves before they tell everybody else," she says.</p> <p>Clasquin also says it can be helpful to write pointers, just so you say everything you feel like you need to say.</p> <p>"Write down some pointers of what you want to say, and what you want to avoid saying," She says.</p> <p><strong>How to tell your children</strong></p> <p>Telling your children is the next difficult step. Clasquin says even young children will sense something is wrong, despite what they’ve been told.</p> <p>"You do need to prepare to tell your children this news, but they shouldn't be the last to know," she says.</p> <p>"Make sure they feel part of the family and not excluded from what is a really big event."</p> <p><strong>How to receive this news</strong></p> <p>It can be hard enough working up the courage to tell people about your diagnosis. But what about the person who’s receiving the news?</p> <p>Clasquin acknowledges that although receiving the news can be hard to hear, it’s not the role of the person whose diagnosed with cancer to support their family and friends.</p> <p>"Hold yourself if possible and give yourself time to process what you've been told before you respond," she says.</p> <p>Do you have any tips? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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The $7 Kmart gadget people are going crazy for

<p>Shoppers are losing their minds over the new Kmart device that has taken all the hard work out of cooking.</p> <p>People have taken to social media to share their adoration for the store’s $7 2-in-1 Chopper, with many saying it’s replaced the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/money-banking/is-there-anything-kmarts-29-pie-maker-cant-do/" target="_blank">pie maker that previously dominated the talk waves,</a> as their number one product from the discount store.</p> <p>The affordable device, which is available at most stores, chops up your fruit and vegetables in just seconds, making meal preparations much faster.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7825163/kmart.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bbc438339c4849e197450f50772de5bc" /></p> <p>“Pull chopper where have you been all my life!!!! Best Kmart purchase ever. Kids... get ready for all the hidden veggies!!” One Kmart shopper wrote.</p> <p>“I love mine so much I've bought another five as backups!” another comment read.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcaravansalburywodonga%2Fposts%2F2480556015303698&amp;width=500" width="500" height="651" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The easy-to-use appliance simply requires the user to add the ingredients into the container, close the lid and pull the string a few times until you are satisfied with the freshly prepped food.</p> <p>The chopper also has an additional blender attachment, which allows you to blend ingredients for dips, marinades, milkshakes and even whipped cream.</p> <p>Many Facebook users have even gone as far to call the $7 appliance the “best chopper” they have used.</p> <p>“The best new product since the pie maker,” one fan of the Kmart item said.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsilvana.david%2Fposts%2F10157302397032289&amp;width=500" width="500" height="669" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>One excited user wrote the device saves so much time.</p> <p>“Save yourself some time in the kitchen and grab the $7 chopper from Kmart. I was able to chop carrots, zucchinis, mushrooms, celery, garlic and onion all in under 10 mins!”</p> <p>Another wrote: “Pretty sure my new favourite thing is my Kmart $7 pull-chopper thingo.”</p> <p>Will you be trying out this $7 kitchen must have? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Is Australia one of the world's best places to retire?

<p>Australia is ranked in the top third of countries in almost all indices measuring the best countries to retire, according to the <a href="http://cepar.edu.au/sites/default/files/2018_FS_Measuring_Up_International_Indices_of_Ageing_0.pdf">analysis</a> of nine separate ageing and retirement indices.</p> <p>The problem is, experts contriving such indices can’t agree about which ingredients should be included and which are most important.</p> <p><strong>The flaw of averages</strong></p> <p>While composite ageing indices provide us with what appear as simple comparisons, the underlying methodologies are complex, prone to judgement, and can be tweaked to obtain certain results.</p> <p>Using indicators that aggregate outcomes for the older population within a country also ignores differences between people within this population. Sub-indices by gender and more granular age-groups do exist, but one improvement could include an inequality adjustment based on outcomes by socioeconomic status or income.</p> <p>What about just asking people about their life? <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/happiness-report/2017/HR17.pdf">Studies</a> that compare differences in people’s own evaluations of life across countries show these are substantially explained by social and economic differences across countries. And when comparing individuals in high-income countries such as Australia and Britain, good physical and mental health appear most correlated with life satisfaction, while in middle-income countries like Indonesia, income is more important.</p> <p>But that doesn’t differentiate by age. When the OECD asked older people across rich countries what mattered to them, they said that “health” and “environment” were most important while “civic engagement”, “community” and “income” domains were less so. By contrast, younger groups attributed less weight to “environment” and more to “income”.</p> <p>Such indices usually involve scoring a country in several categories and combining these into a composite score and ranking. Done well, these can reveal how life in one location is better than another and in which categories it is lagging.</p> <p>So what do existing indices suggest is important for older people’s well-being? And which countries come out on top?</p> <p><strong>Ingredients for a good old age</strong></p> <p>The ingredients used in an overall index differ, ranging from the employment rates of older people in each country, to their political participation, income, levels of exercise, and life expectancy.</p> <p>These indicators and weights are often chosen subjectively by experts constructing each index. Some comparisons focus on current standards of living and comprise social, environmental, health, and economic indicators. These are probably more immediately relevant to people.</p> <p>By contrast, indices that aim to measure the likely future for older people mostly comprise financial indicators and those that relate to retirement income system design, demography, and economic conditions. These are probably of greater concern for those thinking ahead about the impacts of population ageing.</p> <p><strong>Where to retire?</strong></p> <p>Despite the flaws with such comparisons, few people can help themselves. European countries – particularly Nordic ones – are consistently highly ranked across ageing indices (see figure below). Such results reflect their high health outcomes, high incomes, generous social welfare, and comparatively well-designed retirement income systems. These are also countries that top the subjective happiness rankings.</p> <p>Lower and middle-income countries receive lower rankings from the current well-being indices in which they feature. India and China, where there is low public provision for retirement, occupy high rankings among indices that emphasise fiscal sustainability over the quality of life of older people.</p> <p><iframe id="tc-infographic-251" class="tc-infographic" height="780" src="https://cdn.theconversation.com/infographics/251/a4b6d81ee4291bb9594ed94e7418ca580cb214a7/site/index.html" width="100%" style="border: none;" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Australia is ranked in the top third of countries in almost all indices. It ranks particularly highly in the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index, largely due to the design of its retirement income system.</p> <p>For what it’s worth, one could take an index of these indices to summarise. Such an index, call it the CEPAR meta-index of ageing, indeed shows Nordic countries taking the top three places, followed by Australia and the US, with the UK coming somewhere in the middle of 25 countries – apparently well ahead of places like France and Italy. 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How to avoid common financial scams

<p>Australians aged 40-60 face an increased risk of being involved in cyber-scams, here's a few tips on how to avoid becoming a victim. </p> <p><span>There is an increased surge when it comes to financial security concerns online and beyond. Even Hollywood is recognising the rise of these cyber-scams with the tv show CSI: Cyber on Channel 10. Financial scams and more are being explored with actress Patricia Arquette leading a team of FBI investigators to keep the internet safer for all.</span></p> <p>Many of us are finding it difficult to navigate this often-confusing terrain to keep money we have worked hard for safe. With scams designed to infiltrate your security from every point of entry - your phones, your mail and the internet - it is important for consumers to be aware of integral rules for maintaining financial security. </p> <p>The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) offers sound advice for avoiding the pitfalls of unwise investments and scams. On its SCAMWatch website, the ACCC offers users a useful online resource.</p> <p>Have you seen or experienced something that doesn’t feel quite right? Help others by reporting it.<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/SCAMwatchRadar" target="_blank">The SCAMWatch Radar</a><span> </span>is a section for reporting scams and has a page featuring stories from victims involved in a vast array of dodgy dealings.</p> <p>The ACCC's golden rules for safe dealings are simple yet effective. Take them on board and share them with friends and family to help those you love also avoid scams and fraudulent operators.</p> <ol> <li><strong>Be realistic about the offer:</strong><span> </span>If it looks too good to be true it probably is.</li> <li><strong>Seek independent advice from legal counsel or your business planner:</strong><span> </span>From large investments to odd commitments made online, independent advice can make all the difference.</li> <li><strong>Never agree to an investment on the spot:</strong><span> </span>Take the time to carry out your due diligence and contact your independent professionals.</li> <li><strong>Don't ever send money or share your credit card details with people and sites that you don't know or trust:</strong><span> </span>If they're not known to you, do not proceed to pay an online vendor or contact of spurious origin.</li> <li><strong>Keep your bankcards safe and maintain a good ATM safety regime:</strong><span> </span>With cameras and other scamming devices built into many publicly accessible ATM's, it is best to cover your hands while entering your PIN. Also, never keep a copy of your PIN inside your wallet.</li> <li><strong>Remember that you can always contact the ACCC, ASIC and your state-based office of fair-trading:</strong><span> </span>If you suspect that something is awry, make contact with the authorities and crosscheck your experiences with them. </li> </ol> <p><strong>Identity Theft<br /></strong>It sounds like something from a movie (actress Melissa McCarthy gave it a funny take in her 2013 movie<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO12W35DpsQ" target="_blank">Identity Thief</a> yet in real life it isn’t quite so hilarious). It is difficult to believe that one of the most common and invasive scams is identity theft. This involves dedicated scammers targeting your finances and personal security. It is a dangerous process often resulting in depleted bank accounts and strange financial events being attributed to the victim.</p> <p>To help avoid identity theft, always keep a close eye on where your personal details are entered, and only give out your personal information if it is necessary and if you trust the recipient. The ACCC advises that people shred or cut-up their old bills and personal documents, no matter how insignificant. Really don’t want to get a paper shredder? At least reduce the risk by cutting or tearing up bills with personal details and putting them out in different sections of the rubbish on different days. Or take them in to work to use the paper shredder there. By using a paper shredder your paper documents will not be able to be accessed by scammers. The ACCC watchdog also advises consumers to regularly check their credit report and double-check bank statements for odd purchases.</p> <p><strong>Money transfers<br /></strong>Be wary of sending any money in order to 'claim' or 'win' more money, as this is often a false promise. Be aware of chain letter systems or pyramid schemes; these are often pitched as 'get-rich-quick' systems. In addition to real-world scams, there are many online and phone based deceptions designed to elicit your banking details, so please be aware that any contentious purchase or subscription (mostly online) can come back to bite you. Love entering great competitions? Ensure you only enter on trusted sites.<a target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Phone and Mobile Scams<br /></strong>Whether it's a text from an unknown number, or a seemingly innocuous chat with an over friendly or inquisitive call centre operator based overseas, there are many grifts that target consumers over the phone.</p> <p>Though many telemarketing calls are still legitimate, it is relatively simple to separate the wheat from the chaff by asking the speaker to provide you with their name and the name of the company they represent. Note these details and proceed to finish the conversation. If they say they are calling from the tax office or even a mobile phone company you are with say you’ll call them back through the number you know to be correct from the official website. If they baulk it is an instant sign they can not be trusted so get off the phone immediately. Do not agree to any changes or deals from just a phone call, unless you can definitely trust the caller or verify their connection to you. Unless from a veritable source, never provide the caller with your credit card details or even mobile phone number or email. </p> <p>Identifying mobile SMS and MMS scams are easier to spot: phone numbers beginning with '190' are dubious, as are SMS and MMS messages from numbers beginning with the digits '19'. </p> <p><strong>Online Security<br /></strong>This is an incredibly pertinent issue, given that the majority of our modern communications and transactions take place on the Internet. Even major banking, security and governmental institutions are capable of being penetrated by hackers or being copied by fraudsters. However, with a few simple tips, you can safely browse the web without worrying about breaches of security. </p> <p>Spam and analytic filtering software is the best starting point to limit your exposure and offer protection from those dreaded cyber-thugs. Get an anti-virus program for your operating system and let it manage your security in a simple and easy-to-interpret manner. If you can, add a few extensions to your browser and limit those nasty analytics and advertising bots from peeping into your browsing. <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.ghostery.com/en/" target="_blank">Ghostery</a> is a great free resource to block trackers, and<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere" target="_blank">HTTPS Everywhere</a><span> </span>is an advantageous application that encrypts your communication. In doubt? Next time you get your computer serviced or have a professional update your computer system speak to them about what you need to install to help protect yourself and your bank balance.</p> <p>In terms of browsing, never enter your personal details in pop-ups or sidebar advertisements. Be wary as many of these look like a regular system warning. Similarly, do not follow links within spam emails or communications from unknown sources. Harmful programs can be automatically downloaded to your computer without you knowing, and the end result can be disastrous. Try not to access any sensitive sites in a public Internet cafe or library, and make sure that your passwords are case sensitive, inventive and use different passwords for all of your accounts.</p> <p>Financial security is a major issue for all of us, requiring a good deal of vigilance and attention to detail. With a bit of experience and these simple tips, you'll easily be able to distinguish the scam from the genuine offer. </p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/money/financial-planning/how-to-avoid-common-financial-scams.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Can money buy happiness?

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some of us would go to great lengths to save money, even if it means spending more time and dealing with more inconveniences on the way – be it lining up for coveted bargains or looking for secret tricks to score lower prices. But Ashley Whillans, professor at Harvard Business School believes that another approach is better in bringing us happiness.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the </span><em><a href="https://hbr.org/ideacast/2019/01/use-your-money-to-buy-happier-time"><span style="font-weight: 400;">HBR IdeaCast</span></a> </em><span style="font-weight: 400;">podcast, Whillans said that people will gain the most happiness when they use their money to buy time. She believed we should spend our hard-earned cash not only on the things we like, but also to get out of “negative experiences” like doing the dishes or commuting. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This means paying for goods and services that will reduce the time spent on stressful activities – for example, buying a pricier house that is close to anywhere to avoid getting stuck in traffic.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many people might not be comfortable with the idea of paying someone to perform seemingly basic chores like cooking, shopping or driving. However, Whillans argued that we could shift our perspective on time and money. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I find in my studies that people feel really guilty about outsourcing even though they’re giving up money to have more time that they’ve earned,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But one of her studies found that enlisting the help of “time-saving services” can help reduce stress and improve happiness.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Just the simple act of thinking about giving up money to have more free time seems to make people plan their time a little bit better. If I’m going to incur this cost to have this free time, then I’m going to make sure I really enjoy the free time that I have.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But this doesn’t mean overhauling your budget and outsourcing every task. Whillans recommended starting small and staying away from drastic changes. “Just sitting down and thinking about whether there’s anything you can outsource that you really don’t like, that stresses you out a lot, that you can afford,” Whillans said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Would you spend more money to get quality free time? Share your thoughts in the comments.</span></p>

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Ada Nicodemou's new life – and how Home and Away saved her

<p>Ada Nicodemou has credited her <em>Home and Away</em> “family” and work for helping her get through her divorce with Chrys Xipolitas.</p> <p>The 41-year-old actress, who just marked her 20th year on the long-running TV series, said being on the show helped her through the tough last couple of years of her romantic partnership.</p> <p>In 2014, Nicodemou and then-husband Xipolitas announced that their second son Harrison had been stillborn. The following year, the couple separated after nine years of marriage.</p> <p>“I just couldn’t wait to get back [to work] and it just saved me,” Nicodemou told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/television/ada-nicodemou-on-her-new-life-and-how-role-on-home-and-away-saved-her/news-story/d50c6858d96ea062a830cb65a8bfac03" target="_blank">News Corp Australia</a>.</p> <p>“I just needed to be busy. To be able to have something to come back to was just all I needed and I had this beautiful family here who supported me and loved me.”</p> <p>Nicodemou is now in a relationship with entrepreneur Adam Rigby, whom she met at a Channel Seven event in 2016.</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/Bs0GKdlAepR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=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/Bs0GKdlAepR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ada Nicodemou (@adanicodemou)</a> on Jan 19, 2019 at 3:11am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>After two decades of playing the role of Leah on <em>Home and Away</em>, Nicodemou reflected on the times when she just started out on the popular soap. </p> <p>“It’s odd, I sort of don’t remember my life before being on the show but then it doesn’t feel like it’s been 20 years this year,” she admitted.</p> <p>“I was 22 when I started on this show. I was a single woman, I’ve gone through so much in that time and have changed so much as a person … I don’t know if I would have been able to get through it all if it wasn’t for this fantastic job.”</p> <p>In an interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/stellar/ada-nicodemou-they-call-me-the-black-widow/news-story/b69274aea9c62cf56354776aba4b8c0b" target="_blank"><em>Stellar</em><span> </span>magazine</a> last month, Nicodemou also expressed her interest in staying on the <em>Home and Away</em> set for years to come. </p> <p>“Leah has evolved a lot,” said Nicodemou. “I’d be happy to play her for another 20 years.”</p>

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“Hope we’re still around for her 17th!”: Patti Newton shares heartwarming photo of doting grandad Bert

<p>Patti Newton is a proud grandmother of five. <span>And the TV presenter took to Instagram on Friday to share a photo of husband Bert Newton playing the role of doting grandfather to granddaughter Lola at her seventh birthday party.</span></p> <p>The photo shows the 80-year-old quadruple Gold Logie winner embracing the little tot who was dressed up as Wonder Woman.</p> <p>She captioned the heartwarming snap: “Wonder Woman had her 7th Birthday party today. All her Super Heroes had a great time.”</p> <p>But while the moment was a joyous one, there was a twinge of sadness as the 74-year-old said: “Hope we’re around for her 17th !!!! Lola is just Sunshine.”</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/BvTv52aJgOS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=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/BvTv52aJgOS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Patti Newton (@pattinewtonofficial)</a> on Mar 22, 2019 at 4:15am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The TV power couple tied the knot 45 years ago and have fought through a number of health problems throughout that time.</p> <p>Over the years, the duo had had two children together – Lauren Newton and Matthew Newton.</p> <p>The pair are also grandparents to five cheeky grandchildren, Sam, 11, Monty, two, Eva, nine, Lola, seven and the latest addition to the family, <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/tv-legends-bert-and-patti-newton-are-grandparents-again" target="_blank">Perla who was born in January</a>.</p>

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Barbra Streisand backlash: Issues apology over controversial Michael Jackson comments

<p>Barbra Streisand has apologised for her remarks about Michael Jackson and the two men who have accused him of sexual abuse.</p> <p>Streisand has been slammed after saying in a recent interview that Jackson’s accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, were “thrilled to be there” and that the alleged sexual abuse “didn’t kill them”.</p> <p>Robson and Safechuck, who were featured in the documentary <em>Leaving Neverland</em>, told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-47403951" target="_blank"><em>BBC</em></a> that Jackson abused them from the ages of seven and 10.</p> <p>In an interview with <em>The Times</em>, Streisand said she “absolutely” believed Robson and Safechuck’s claims. However, she added: “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.</p> <p>“You can say ‘molested’, but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”</p> <p>Backlash has ensued following the publication of the interview. “‘His sexual needs were his sexual needs’ – is pedophilia tolerated in parts of the entertainment industry?” said Dan Reed, the documentary’s director.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">“His sexual needs were his sexual needs” - is pedophilia tolerated in parts of the entertainment industry? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/leavingneverland?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#leavingneverland</a> <a href="https://t.co/LTdq1LXLkg">https://t.co/LTdq1LXLkg</a></p> — Dan Reed (@danreed1000) <a href="https://twitter.com/danreed1000/status/1109405584070270976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 23, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Streisand then gave a statement to the Associated Press and posted an extended apology online.</p> <p>“I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims, because the words as printed do not reflect my true feelings,” she said in a statement on Instagram.</p> <p>“I didn’t mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way … Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives.”</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/BvXXNCyH-4c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=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/BvXXNCyH-4c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Barbra Streisand (@barbrastreisand)</a> on Mar 23, 2019 at 1:57pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Over the years, the Jackson estate have denied any allegations that the pop star behaved inappropriately with children.</p> <p>“I want them to understand and know that this documentary is not telling truth,” Jackson’s brother Marlon told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/music/leaving-neverland-doco-why-michael-jackson-s-son-blanket-has-stopped-talking" target="_blank"><em>CBS This Morning</em></a>. “There has not been not one piece of evidence that corroborates their story.”</p> <p>Jackson, who died in 2009, settled out of court for a child molestation lawsuit in 1993 and was acquitted for charges that he molested a 13-year-old boy in 2005.</p>

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