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Named and shamed: Full list of Sydney protestors charged

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After thousands of unmasked protestors travelled to the Sydney CBD to protest the city’s lockdown measures, detectives have fined and charged over a dozen people who attended.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The individuals were identified through social media posts, CCTV footage, and thousands of reports submitted by members of the public.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An estimated 3500 people attended the “freedom” rally on Saturday, July 24, gathering at Victoria Park, opposite Broadway Shopping Centre, before marching into the CBD and back.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since the controversial event, over 6000 reports have been made to NSW Police, equating to nearly two reports per person who attended.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The full list of offenders who were charged or fined, as reported by </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts-nsw/nsw-people-arrested-in-lockdown-protests-and-their-suburbs/news-story/ceedf135601e9aeb6a75552cd256704d" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Daily Telegraph</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, include:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kristian Pulkownik - the man who allegedly struck a police horse, who has appeared in short hearing and charged with animal cruelty, unlawful assembly, and breaching health orders.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Remon Korkise - a second man charged with animal cruelty for allegedly striking a police horse, who was also charged with assaulting an officer and breaching health orders.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Joseph Mekhael - a known Covid denier, charged with participating in the rally and breaching bail. He was granted strict bail that allows him to leave his home for court or medical appointments.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nikola Dedovic - a protestor who travelled from Wollongong to attend, where he allegedly pushed a police constable on a pushbike before running into the crowd.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jon-Bernard Kairouz - a Tiktok star who recently went viral for ‘predicting’ NSW’s daily Covid case numbers, and has been ordered to appear in court for breaching public health restrictions.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Anthony Mundine - a Covid denier and former boxer, Mundine was among the several people issued with court attendance notices for breaching public health rules.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Allan Omer - a 52-year-old who attended the rally and pleaded guilty to charges of resisting an officer, failing to comply with police directions, and defying COVID-19 public health orders.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Guerino Scevola - a man who allegedly assaulted </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">7 News</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> reporter Robert Ovadia during the rally and was refused bail at Newtown Local Court.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Thomislav Mijic - police allege he assaulted an officer during the protest, and he was denied bail when he appeared before a magistrate at Liverpool Local Court.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">John Ruddick - a Liberal Democratic candidate for the seat of Warringah, Rudick received a $1000 fine for breaching Covid restrictions. He also said the rally would be an “experiment” to see whether “corpses would pile up” after the mostly maskless protestors marched.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ali Bazzi - the alleged senior member of the Comanchero bikie gang received a $1000 fine for attending the rally, where he took a selfie with former NRL player Taylor Winterstein.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Frank Winterstein and Taylor Winterstein - International rugby league player Frank Winterstein and his wife Taylor - both anti-vax campaigners - were both issued with $1000 fines for attending the rally, and shared videos and photos of themselves not wearing masks at the event.</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">High-profile individuals, business owners, and a NSW Ambulance paramedic were among those who attended the rally but have not had any action taken against them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Daily Telegraph</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, these people included:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nellie Tilley - a socialite and high-profile interior designer, who claimed she was not an “anti-vaxxer” or against wearing masks but attended because she wants to visit her sick father in hospital.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sally-Ann John - a NSW Ambulance paramedic who live streamed the protest on social media. Her employer has referred her to police for investigations.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kiran and Kirt Mallie - Central Coast cafe and yoga studio owners who shared footage from the rally on social media.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rhyss Keane - a gym owner who has previously been fined for keeping his business open during lockdown.</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller made his position clear on any further attempts to defy lockdown orders and march this coming weekend.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Can I just put this warning out now to everyone: We will be heavily policing that event,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We will take the ground very early.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You will be arrested.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The community has spoken about that behaviour ... and it won’t be tolerated.”</span></p>

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Watch out! This type of Facebook post could cost you $11,000

<p>The State Opposition has called for harsher, targeted public health orders to crack down on anti-lockdown rally organisers and viral social media spruikers.</p> <p>These tough new measures include $11,000 fines for people sharing information on social media about illegal rallies and inciting others to attend.</p> <p>As well, protest organisers would be fined $20,000 and unlawful attendees would be fined $5,500 which is an increase from the current $1000 penalty.</p> <p>Shadow Police Minister, Walt Secord, said these fines would be a deterrent for those spreading anti-vax sentiments and other incorrect information: “We should throw the book at these idiots who spread misinformation and lies along with the Delta variant,” he said.</p> <p><strong>Police Commissioner calls them “anarchists”</strong></p> <p>These new measures come after Police Commissioner, Mick Fuller, warned about “online chatter” on a possible second protest this Saturday. Commissioner Fuller described the organisers as “anarchists” who would not respond to court injunctions.</p> <p>Because of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, fines for not wearing a mask have more than doubled - increasing from $200 to $500.</p> <p>The NSW government has reported there will be thousands of extra officers hitting the streets across Greater Sydney to enforce these tighter controls, as they continue to deal with the growing outbreak.</p> <p>Police have also been handed greater powers to close down business, construction sites and other premises which are not complying with the current health orders.</p>

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Babysitter charged with murder of baby 35 years later

<p>In 1985, Terry McKirchy was given a light sentence of attempted murder for shaking five-month-old Benjamin Dowling so severely, he suffered permanent brain damage.</p> <p>But the baby never recovered from his injuries and lived his entire life with severe disabilities. He was never able to communicate, needed metal rods inserted near his spine to keep him upright and used a feeding tube to eat.</p> <p>In 2019, a medical examiner from Florida said Dowling finally succumbed to his injuries and died, aged 35.</p> <p>At the time of the incident, McKirchy, 59, told his parents Dowling had fallen off the couch, according to Fox News. The baby was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with shaken infant syndrome.</p> <p>When his mother, Rae, saw him on the night he suffered his injuries, she told police her boy's hands "were clenched and he was turning blue," according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.</p> <p>Ms Dowling and her husband, Joe, said their first son never progressed past a five-month-old after suffering his injuries and continued to depend on his family and others for support all his life.</p> <p>The couple said in a statement: “Benjamin never crawled, fully rolled over, walked, never talked, never fed himself, he never enjoyed a hamburger or an ice cream cone, he could never tell us when he had an itch or anything hurt."</p> <p>“When he cried in pain, we as a family and caregivers had to guess as to what was wrong and hope that we could satisfy his need,” they added.</p> <p>The babysitter spent weekends in jail as part of her sentence but a Broward County Grand jury recently indicted McKirchy as guilty of first-degree murder and she is now jailed near her home in Sugar Land, Texas, pending her return to Florida.</p> <p>Confusion as to why McKirchy wasn't charged with a harsher sentence at the time centres around the fact she was pregnant at the time. David Weinstein, a Miami defence lawyer and former prosecutor who's not involved in the case, said perhaps witnesses were not available or the available medical evidence was not strong.</p> <p>Now the homicide case appears stronger because the medical and scientific evidence has progressed. As prosecutors said in a statement: “The passage of time between the injuries sustained and the death of the victim were considered by the forensic experts who conducted the autopsy and ruled the death was directly caused by the injuries from 1984."</p> <p>“This case was presented to the grand jury, which determined that this was a homicide.”</p> <p>Mr Dowling’s parents said their son “would never know how much he was loved and could never tell others of his love for them.”</p> <p>“Benjamin did smile when he was around his family, although he could never verbalise anything, we believe he knew who we were and that we were working hard to help him,” they said.</p> <p><em><strong>Image credit: AAP</strong></em></p>

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“That’s not a cliff”: Ben Roberts-Smith downplays fresh allegations in court

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The case between Ben Roberts-Smith and <em>The Age</em>, <em>The Sydney Morning Herald</em>, and <em>The Canberra Times</em> newspapers, as well as several journalists, has recommenced, with an Afghan villager currently testifying.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The man has told the court a radio device was planted on the farmer’s dead body the day he was allegedly killed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The claim ties into the central allegation that the war veteran kicked a handcuffed, unarmed famer named Ali Jan over a cliff during a September 2012 mission.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nine Entertainment Co, the publisher of two of the papers, alleges Mr Roberts-Smith made an agreement with Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) colleagues to execute Ali Jan, which the soldiers then attempted to cover up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Roberts-Smith has denied all wrongdoing and previously recalled in court that he encountered a suspected Taliban spotter in Darwan who was legitimately engaged and killed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mohammad Hanifa, who says he is Ali Jan’s step-nephew, told Sydney’s Federal Court through an interpreter and via video link that he and Ali Jan were interrogated and beaten up by soldiers during a raid on the village.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said one soldier told him to “shut up” and pointed a pistol at his forehead after he denied being a Taliban member.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Hanifa said there was an interpreter with the group and described one of the men as a “big soldier” with “blue eyes”, who punched him “many times”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said he warned Ali Jan not to laugh or smile, and that he saw Ali Jan “kicked really hard” by the big soldier after Ali Jan smiled again.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He was rolling down, rolling down, until he reached the river,” Mr Hanifa said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The soldier was looking at him, he was standing there and looking at him.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said he then heard a shot and saw two soldiers “dragging” Ali Jan.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When the witness was shown a photograph of the dead man, he identified the man as Ali Jan and became animated when he saw a device in the photo.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“These other things, the bag and the other device, they were not there,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They have put these things on his body.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barrister Nicholas Owens SC, who is representing Nine, asked the witness whether he had seen Ali Jan carrying a radio that day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“By God, by God, he had nothing with him,” Mr Hanifa replied.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Earlier, Mr Hanifa said the farmer was not connected to the Taliban.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He was providing for his children and he was protecting his family and his property.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The trial had been on hold for a month due to Sydney’s COVID-19 outbreak, but has since resumed after concerns were raised regarding the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan which could make it difficult to hear from Afghan witnesses.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Hanifa’s testimony comes as </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sydney Morning Herald </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">and </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Age</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> revealed an image of Mr Roberts-Smith which was altered by the Department of Defence.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 335px; height: 223px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842683/7ab17256de68be9cbd6e333ff20fcb433ddc0944.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2e9957241a6b46a6a632eda515190197" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: ADF</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The photo, released in early 2011, shows Mr Roberts-Smith wearing a blank patch on the front of his uniform.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The newspapers allege they have obtained the original photo, taken on April 6 2010, which shows Mr Roberts-Smith wearing the Crusader’s Cross.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Crusader’s Cross symbol dates back to the Crusades in the Middle East during the 11th and 12 centuries.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many Muslims find the symbol offensive, especially when it is displayed by western soldiers in their country.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">EDITOR’S UPDATE</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While under cross-examination by Bruce McClintock SC, Mr Roberts-Smith’s barrister, the farmer agreed that he referred to the soldiers who had conducted the raids on the villages as infidels.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr McClintock asked whether Mr Hanifa “hated” the soldiers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If they are coming to our houses, go inside to our women, of course that’s what you call them - infidels,” the witness said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr McClintock also accused Mr Hanifa on several occasions of lying to the court, including his description of the uniform of the “big soldier”, which he described as wet and sandy. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The court had previously heard Mr Roberts-Smith had swum across a river to catch a suspected Taliban member prior to the raid.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The evidence you’ve given about seeing the big soldier wet is completely untrue, isn’t it?” Mr McClintock asked.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Whether you call it a lie that’s up to you, but I have seen this person with my own eyes,” Mr Hanifa replied.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Key images of the “cliff” from which Ali Jan is alleged to have been kicked have also been released to the public.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The photographs of Mr Hanifa’s village had been marked by Mr Roberts-Smith while he gave evidence several weeks earlier.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 199.41634241245137px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842692/capture.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c144cfe3755e4628938144e11a1abd37" /></span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Federal Court of Australia</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One of the locations, marked as point “B” on the photograph, is a source of contention, with Mr Roberts-Smith saying it represented a rooftop where his squad waited for extraction after the mission, whereas Nine claim it represents the area where Ali Jan was kicked into the creek bed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While looking at photographs and images showing a steep embankment down into the creek, the veteran told the court: “A cliff is a cliff - and that’s not a cliff to me.”</span></p>

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Urgent warning over deadly pet food

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dog owners have been warned about a disease outbreak in Victoria, with owners being asked to check the origin of their pet food.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Agriculture Victoria has issued a warning for pet owners that pet food sourced from Gippsland between May 31 and July 1 should not be fed to dogs, due to potential contamination that has resulted in pets suffering liver failure.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a statement issued last week, Agriculture Victoria identified indospicine, a toxin found in </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Indigofera</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> species of native plants, as the cause of the illness.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While herbivorous animals can often consume large amounts of plants from this species, dogs are especially susceptible to the toxin.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The current outbreak has resulted in 54 dogs being affected across Victoria, including 17 that have died.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The department has said all affected dogs were found to be “young, healthy and vaccinated”.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Owners who have unwell dogs that were fed fresh or frozen raw pet food bought between 31 May and 3 July, should contact their vet immediately. <br />Ag Vic is supporting a PrimeSafe investigation into a cluster of dogs affected with severe liver disease.<a href="https://t.co/ks2ccPzwFd">https://t.co/ks2ccPzwFd</a> <a href="https://t.co/BibteOC9Ab">pic.twitter.com/BibteOC9Ab</a></p> — Agriculture Victoria (@VicGovAg) <a href="https://twitter.com/VicGovAg/status/1416285537959235589?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 17, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In their investigation into the cause of the deaths, the department has identified pet food to be one line of inquiry, and has issued a voluntary recall of fresh and frozen meat from a Gippsland knackery which is under investigation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“At this stage the investigation has no conclusive evidence of how the dogs have ingested the toxin, with pet food sources remaining a primary focus,” the department said in the </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/about/media-centre/media-releases/primesafe-and-agriculture-victoria-statement-dog-liver-disease-cluster" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">statement</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This complex investigation is ongoing with multiple lines of inquiry across the pet supply chain and testing continuing at laboratories across Australia.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The knackery under investigation issued a statement on their Facebook page.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our hearts go out to all people and pets that have suffered or are still suffering as a result of the illness no matter how it was caused. We know people and animals are hurting - we are passionate dog and horse lovers ourselves - we understand people’s genuine pain, hurt and anger,” the statement reads.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to Agriculture Victoria, this is the first incidence of indospicine toxicity in the state.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Animals including cattle, camels, and horses are known to carry the toxin, according to the department, particularly in northern Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the source of the toxin is yet to be determined, a number of samples of raw meat intended for pets are currently being analysed according to Yahoo News Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These samples may include prescribed animals such as horses, fallen stock, and sealed dressed game such as kangaroos.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following concerns regarding the spread of the disease to humans, Agriculture Victoria said in a statement the current outbreak is believed to only be affecting dogs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Pets suffering from liver disease associated with indospicine toxicity do not pose a risk to people,” the department said in a statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There are no indications of any risk to human health nor of human food safety issues associated with these cases to date.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Currently, a number of products issued between May 31 and July 3 have been recalled as a precaution, including:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maffra District Knackery Mince</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maffra District Knackery Kennel</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mafra District Knackery Horse</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Backman’s Greyhound Supplies Mince</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Backman’s Greyhound Supplies Kennel</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Backman’s Greyhound Supplies Horse</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Anyone who returns their product is entitled to refunds or exchanges.</span></p>

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Olympic athlete jailed for 25 years

<p><span>Olympic kayaker and silver medallist Nathan Baggaley has been jailed for 25 years, over an elaborate plot to smuggle more than 500 kilograms of cocaine into Australia in 2018.</span><br /><br /><span>His brother Dru was handed down a sentence of 28 years’ jail.</span><br /><br /><span>Both brothers were convicted of attempting to bring in 650 kilograms of white powder (with an estimate of 512 kilograms ro be considered pure cocaine).</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842696/nathan-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/465a8cf904c049858f187dae4733fc26" /></p> <p><em>Nathan <span>Baggaley, 45. Image: Getty Images</span></em><br /><br /><span>A Brisbane Supreme Court jury has found both the brothers guilty over the detailed high-seas plan to import cocaine worth up to $200 million.</span><br /><br /><span>Defence barrister Mark McCarthy, argued Dru should be handed a 20 year prison sentence, while Nathan’s defence lawyer, Anthony Kimmins, recommended his client should get 14.</span><br /><br /><span>Justice Ann Lyons handed the brothers their punishment, telling them: “It is clear that I must impose a sentence on both of you which is to punish your drug-related crime in a way which signals plainly to anyone who considers like offending that courts are both able and willing to make it clear that actions of this nature will receive quite substantial penalties.”</span><br /><br /><span>Justice Lyons said to Nathan: “You could have easily removed it [the boat] from the ability of Dru to use it … you knew full well what was happening, and you went along with it ... You played an essential role, it was one where you were trusted.”</span><br /><br /><span>To Dru she said: “You did not cooperate with law enforcement officials … you were caught red handed and on film disposing of the cocaine.”</span><br /><br /><span>A last-ditch bid for leniency by the lawyers defending the brothers failed on May 24.</span><br /><br /><span>Justice Lyons rejected a last-ditch bid for leniency on May 24, after Dru argued that thought he was picking up tobacco packages.</span><br /><br /><span>She decided that Nathan knew what the boat he bought was going to be used for.</span><br /><br /><span>Dru and boat driver Anthony Draper were both arrested on July 31, 2018.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842697/nathan-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fe801c64b7d54e64bae7ff31460e3de1" /></p> <p><em>Dru <span>Baggaley, 39. </span>Image: Supplied</em><br /><br /><span>NSW law enforcement had to employ a surveillance plane, a navy ship and a RAAF plane,</span><br /><br /><span>The dramatic chase was ended by a number of specialist heavily armed SERT officers on a Queensland Water Police vessel.</span><br /><br /><span>Nathan had claimed his brother told him he was buying the boat for a proposed whale-watching business at Byron Bay and that he was unaware of the drug plot.</span><br /><br /><span>Dru claimed he thought he was going to get packages of tobacco, not cocaine, and alleged he was kidnapped and forced to go on the long voyage.</span></p>

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Man who killed wife on cruise ship found dead

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A man who admitted to beating his wife to death on a cruise through Alaska has been found dead in his cell one month after being sentenced to 30 years in prison.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kenneth Manzanares from Utah, US, was found unresponsive in his cell at a facility in Juneau, Alaska on Wednesday morning local time, the Alaska Department of Corrections said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The department said life-saving measures were attempted but he was later pronounced dead.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Betsy Holley, a department spokesperson, said information “related to an inmate’s medical condition is confidential” but no foul play was suspected.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His death, the seventh to occur in the department’s custody this year, will be reviewed by the Alaska State Troopers and state medical examiner’s office.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Manzanares pleaded guilty last year to second-degree murder of his wife, 39-year-old Kristy Manzanares, on a 2017 Alaska cruise.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 43-year-old was sentenced last month, with the federal judge overseeing the case describing it as violent and brutal.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A court filing states that Manzanares’ attorneys argued he had brain abnormalities and suffered from bipolar disorder that was undiagnosed at the time, as well as “a problematic combination of prescribed medication and alcohol [which] resulted in an aberrant episode of violence”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prosecutors disputed the medical claims, describing Manzanares actions as intentional and “triggered by his wife telling him she wanted him to leave the cruise ship and that she wanted a divorce”, according to court documents.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">US District Court Judge Timothy Burgess said Kristy’s life was “viciously ended” by her husband in the attack, which was partly witnessed by two of the couple’s children.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kristy’s brother and father were also on the cruise and responded to and witnessed the scene afterward, according to prosecution documents.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A statement released by Kristy Manzanares’ family said the sentencing “brings us neither joy nor anger. Rather, simply a sense of resolution”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We believe that the court made a fair and just determination. However, the legal system does not and is not intended to fill the emotional void of our loss.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“While this marks the end of another chapter of this unimaginable ordeal, the fact is that Kristy’s three girls are still without both of their parents, and our focus now is to support them as best we can,” the statement said.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Supplied</span></em></p>

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Law & Order actor faces murder charge

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Actor Isaiah Stokes was indicted for murder on Friday by a grand jury in Queens, New York.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The former </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Law &amp; Order</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> actor is accused of fatally shooting a man who was sitting in a parked car in Jamaica, Queens, in February this year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The defendant is accused of unloading nearly 11 shots during this brazen afternoon shooting,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a press release.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Gun violence is all too prevalent in our neighbourhoods. We will not allow it to become the norm.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stokes was called before Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder on a three-count indictment, charged with second degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prosecutors contend that video surveillance from February 7 shows Stokes exiting a car and approaching the driver’s side window of a parked Jeep, before allegedly firing 11 gunshots into the car and fatally injuring Tyrone Jones, 57.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">No motive for the shooting has been reported by police.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stokes faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Representatives for Stokes declined to comment on the matter.</span></p>

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So can I park here or not!?

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A video of a confused Sydney driver and a bizarre parking sign has gone viral on Tiktok, with many sharing his bemusement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mark McLachlan uploaded the clip after spotting something was off about the sign last week.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Erected next to a strip of street parking bays, the sign featured a “no parking” symbol and seemingly contradictory words: “motor vehicles excepted”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the clip, he switched between the sign and himself looking at it with utter confusion several times.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The humorous video saw hundreds of 122,000 viewers joining in on the fun in the comments.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So you can park there as long as you don’t park there,” one person jokingly suggested.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“No parking? But yes parking?” another queried.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Others pointed out the sign was referring to trailers, boats, horse floats, and caravans being prohibited in the parking bays.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think they’re trying to tell you not to park motorhomes and trailers, but truly I cannot be 100 percent sure,” one wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many others simply appreciated Mr McLachlan’s take on the situation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You captured the essence perfectly in this video, I felt every part of the confusion,” one said.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tiktok: marcmclachlan1 / Tiktok</span></em></p>

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“Every second feels like hours”: Amazing moment a kidnapping is foiled

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Terrifying bodycam footage has been released by US authorities of the moment police foiled the kidnapping of a six-year-old girl.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The video shows the moment when Jason Burba, an officer from the Louisville Metro Police Department, approached a red sedan after the suspect was in custody, opened the passenger door and found the child who had been snatched from her bike and thrown into the car.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After saying “hello”, the officer began to reassure the little girl.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s OK,” he told her as he picked her up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Come here, it’s OK.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Burba is then seen walking to a police vehicle while the child, who was not physically harmed, can be heard crying, “I want my daddy.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">During a police press conference, Burba, who is a father of four, admitted the cry went straight to his heart.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was tough,” Burba told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">WAVE 3 News</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> while fighting back tears.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You have kids.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Burba’s sergeant, Joseff Keeling, is also a dad to a young child.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Both officers said they felt the same panic as any parent would if their child had been kidnapped.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Keeling said all police units stopped what they were doing when they received reports a man had pulled a child off her bike before throwing her in the back of his red vehicle by her collar.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Neighbours who had followed the car wrote down three of the digits on the licence plate and gave them to police.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s like the world stops,” Burba said of the search.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Like every second feels like hours.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Keeling told radio station </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">WHAS</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that he saw the car and followed it as it pulled into a driveway.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Keeling’s bodycam footage, he can be seen pulling the vehicle over and ordering the driver to get out of the car with his hands up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When I approached the vehicle, I didn’t know what was going to be behind that door,” he told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">WAVE</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The windows, the tint was so dark.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Robby Wildt, 40, was arrested, charged with kidnapping a minor, and booked into Louisville Metro Corrections on a US $1 (AUD $1.34) million bond.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In an interview with </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">WHAS</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Keeling credited the witnesses for providing a good description of the car and recording part of the number plate.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Louisville Metro Police Department</span></em></p>

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Baby’s death mourned by locals

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A family’s pet dog has been seized and euthanised after it mauled their five-week-old baby on the NSW Central Coast over the weekend.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emergency services were called to the Kariong home early on Sunday morning after receiving reports a baby had been attacked by a six-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Officers and paramedics both performed CPR on the baby but were unable to revive him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The dog, which was desexed and registered, was seized by the Central Coast Council and has since been euthanised.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking to 7NEWS, a Central Coast Council spokesperson said Council Rangers were “asked to assist with removing the six-year-old American Staffy Terrier from the home”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Rangers have taken the dog to a vet and it has been euthanised.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this terrible time. The incident remains a police investigation."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Council confirmed that a report had been lodged against the dog last month, after it mauled a neighbour’s dog that got into the family’s backyard.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The family was undertaking a breed and temperament assessment at the request of Council.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Detective Superintendent Darryl Jobson said the incident was “a matter of tragic proportions" but that there were no suspicious circumstances related to the death.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our thoughts are certainly with the parents, the family friends and also the first responders involved,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our police did perform first aid upon arrival. They did their best in the circumstances and they are no doubt shaken by the incident.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a tribute to the five-week-old baby boy, locals in Kariong have come together to erect a tennis court mural after one woman, Lisa, posted the idea to a Facebook group.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I only saw it on the news tonight about the tragedy of the Kariong family whose baby died earlier this morning,” she posted on a Facebook group.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I can’t imagine the pain and grief. I don’t know the family. But I am wondering if anyone has come up with a way to express some love for them in a public place in our community?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I am planning to weave a big heart in the tennis court fence wire (with strips of scrap fabric) tomorrow at 4pm and take up some candles.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I know we are in lockdown. I am not suggesting a group gather. I will walk there for my daily exercise. If you would like to add to it please do. I will take responsibility for tidying anything up in a week or so.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Rest in Peace little one and may we wrap your family in love.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Alongside the heart, other locals attached bouquets of flowers, handwritten notes, and a teddy bear to the fence.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Kariong Local Community NSW</span></em></p>

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Dramatic arrest of Rashays co-founder after mask dispute

<p>Rashays, a high-profile restaurant chain has been involved in a massive crackdown after they did not adhere to COVID lockdown compliances.</p> <p>Rami Ykmour, the founder of the popular eatery was arrested, and two of his staff were fined for not wearing masks.</p> <p>The confrontation began when over 100 officers began patrolling the Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield and Liverpool local government areas on Friday.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">COVID Arrest: A Rashays co-founder has been charged after a tip-off that a number of workers weren't wearing masks.<br /><br />Rami Ykmour said his staff put their masks back on after eating, but he was led to a police van after allegedly refusing to provide details. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19NSW?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19NSW</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sydney?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Sydney</a> <a href="https://t.co/LQ3Voyn2hg">pic.twitter.com/LQ3Voyn2hg</a></p> — 10 News First Sydney (@10NewsFirstSyd) <a href="https://twitter.com/10NewsFirstSyd/status/1413270911722000387?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 8, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>It was announced on Thursday that officers were showing extra show of force to ensure compliance: with lockdown restrictions as the city faces a surge of COVID-19 transmission.</p> <p>Footage that has since gone viral on Facebook shows Mr Ykmour speaking calmly with officers in the front of the office on Ferngrove Place at Chester Hill.</p> <p>Police were reportedly tipped off about a Covid-19 health order breach by an anonymous caller about 3.50 pm on Thursday.</p> <p>Two staff members allegedly became aggressive with police and the Rashays co-founder refused to provide his details.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842350/rashay-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8269026daf3a44f2a1c8f8dd8c0eb54f" /></p> <p>The video shows police pointing at staff who are not wearing masks, to which Mr Ykmour says is not a good enough reason to fine the restaurant as the workers could have been eating lunch or blowing their noses.</p> <p>“I'm here to follow the law,” Mr Ykmour can be heard saying to the officer.</p> <p>“You've just got to understand that these people here, are here supporting people who are unemployed. That's what we're doing, during a pandemic.”</p> <p>The argument escalated after Mr Ykmour asked the officer to wait in the lobby, but he refused to do so as “an offence has been committed.”</p> <p>Several officers soon appeared.</p> <p>“He's calling for backup,” Mr Ykmour can be heard saying to the camera.</p> <p>“Look how many police officers he's got. He's got 10 officers.”</p> <p>A staff member sitting at the reception desk can be seen becoming emotional.</p> <p>“One, two, three, four,” Mr Ykmour says while pointing around at the officers.</p> <p>“There's 20 people here for a young girl.”</p> <p>The woman then collapses onto the floor and Mr Ykmour calls an ambulance while yelling at the officers.</p> <p>“A police officer walks in and says to me there's 30 people in here, I got an anonymous call, that 30 people in here don't have a mask on,” he recalls calmly.</p> <p>The other officer confirms that police received the anonymous call to the shock of Mr Ykmour.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842349/rashay-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/02a7d5173aeb48f59e9ca1a84b4607b5" /></p> <p>A NSW Police spokesperson said two staff members have since been issued $200 fines for not wearing face masks.</p> <p>Mr Ykmour was arrested and issued a Field Court Attendance Notice for hinder police.</p> <p> </p>

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Bill Cosby’s first words upon release revealed

<p><span>Bill Cosby is out of prison and it seems he is not accustomed to a life of luxury anymore after being convicted on three accounts of aggravated assault.</span><br /><br /><span>The former star’s first moments have been revealed to the public, after Cosby’s friend and spokesperson Andrew Wyatt opened up about the hours that followed.</span><br /><br /><span>Wyatt told Daily Mail that Cosby’s first words were: “Andrew, is this a dream?”</span><br /><br /><span>“He said, 'Are you real?' I said, 'I'm real, touch me.'</span><br /><br /><span>“He said, 'Look, people can sometimes feel things in dreams.'</span><br /><br /><span>“And I said, 'Mr. Cosby this is real. You're free.'”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842367/bill-cosby-6.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/eded8278e8264eaaaa7ee00bea88a098" /><br /><br /><span>Wyatt also revealed Cosby had been able to reunite with his wife Camille. 77.</span><br /><br /><span>He had not allowed her to see him in prison, but spoke to his wife on the phone everyday.</span></p> <p><span>Cosby was sent to prison on three counts of aggravated assault, after nearly 60 women accused the once beloved celebrity of sexual assault.</span><br /><br /><span>Wyatt says that when the Supreme Court ruled that Cosby could walk free despite his crimes, he kept the news to himself.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842368/bill-cosby-7.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a2654a37b60745f8a3fe4574951f9fd9" /><br /><br /><span>“I didn't tell anyone because it's been a roller-coaster and so many people have come with information saying that he's not going to be sentenced, he's not going to be charged, he's not going to be convicted…It's emotionally and mentally draining,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I called Mrs. Cosby and said, ‘You’re not going to believe this.</span><br /><br /><span>“‘They've vacated his entire conviction. They threw it out in perpetuity.’</span><br /><br /><span>“And she said, ‘No, we need to check this.'''</span></p> <p><img id="__mcenew" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842365/bill-cosby-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/34f0b45c484b46288be75f78debcdb63" /><br /><br /><span>Wyatt said at the moment Cosby was awoken from a deep sleep when guards to him to “get up” as he was “free.”</span><br /><br /><span>Wyatt said, “He said, 'I heard all these inmates shouting, kicking the doors, shouting 'Get outta here Bill, Uncle Bill, the Godfather.”</span><br /><br /><span>Cosby has gone blind, having lost his sight to glaucoma many years ago and told Wyatt, “I thought it was a fight going on. I don't know what's happening.”</span><br /><br /><span>A US court overturned Cosby’s conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 15 years ago, which allowed his release from prison.</span><br /><br /><span>The state Supreme Court found that through an agreement with a previous prosecutor, it prevented him from being charged for allegedly drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004.</span></p>

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RECALL on multiple IKEA items sold across the country

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Several Ikea products have been taken off the shelves due to concerns they could cause serious injuries during use.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The recall was issued for Ikea’s Heroisk and Talrika plastic plates, bowls, and mugs, amid fears the products could break when filled with hot liquids and increased risks of burns, scalding, or serious injuries.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Heroisk bowls, plates, and mugs were sold in two-packs while the Talrika range was sold in sets of four.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Talrika plates that have been recalled include the light green, red, and dark blue versions, and the light red mug is also included.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height:214.6153846153846px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842247/ikea-plates.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/93c0d45eaaf74a14aa76dd14de60ce38" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the Heroisk range, the green and yellow bowls, the light red and yellow mugs, and the red, green, and blue plates have also been recalled.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Ikea received reports these products could break and potentially cause burns due to hot content,” the retail giant said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Customers have been urged to return the products to Ikea for a full refund or exchange, and a proof of receipt is not required.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The products were sold across the country between August 2019 and May 2021.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Full details and product IDs are available </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/ikea-pty-limited-heroisk-and-talrika-plates-bowls-and-mugs" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">here</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Ikea Australia / Instagram, news.com.au</span></em></p>

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Young woman hits back at claims she “doesn’t look disabled” enough

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A young Melbourne woman has hit back at critics who dispute her use of disability parking spots because she “doesn’t look disabled”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rhiannon took to </span><a href="https://www.tiktok.com/@daddyrhi?referer_url=https%3A%2F%2Fhoney.nine.com.au%2F&amp;referer_video_id=6981250889914830081&amp;refer=embed&amp;is_copy_url=1&amp;is_from_webapp=v1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">TikTok</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to explain that she has been receiving criticism for using disability parking spaces even though she is “legally disabled”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I am legally disabled and as much as old motherf***ers would like to square up with me about it, I’m legally disabled,” she said at the start of the video.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rhiannon has fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that causes muscle pain and tenderness throughout the body, often accompanied by fatigue and problems with memory and concentration.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Starting to experience symptoms when she was 20, the model was diagnosed with the condition at 21 after seeing multiple doctors and pain specialists.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the clip, she can be seen holding up her disability parking permit, which is usually displayed on the left-hand-side of the car’s windscreen, and says, “See this, [this permit] is really hard to get.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I park in my disabled parking, and put up [my permit] - tell me why this old f***er comes up to me and thinks that it is their business to go, ‘You don’t look disabled’.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m about to make you legally disabled in a minute, I will tell you that much,” Rhiannon said, before explaining that some people don’t understand that disabilities aren’t always physically visible.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Do you want me to cut off my f***ing legs so that I look disabled enough for you?” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What the f***. Like, ‘Oh let me get out of the car and be bent over and limping just so I fit your idea of disabled.’ Shut the f*** up.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The video soon went viral, receiving 226,000 likes and 1.3 million views in just one day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Commenters were quick to share their support and similar experiences of their own.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I have a sticker on the back of my car that says ‘Invisible disabilities are still disabilities’ … it happens CONSTANTLY,” one user commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I get it all the time. I have arthritis and [am] on chemo. I can literally walk into a shop and barely make it back. And still get abused. Lord feel,” another wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a follow-up video, Rhiannon explained her condition for viewers who didn’t know what fibromyalgia was, joking that if she had known her other video would get so many views, she “definitely would have sworn less”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rhiannon explained that she doesn’t use the disability parking spots very often, as she understands “there are people who are not as lucky as [she is] in [her] disability, and need it more” since some days she feels “perfectly fine” and can take a different spot.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On the day she posted the original video, she explained she was going to an appointment to help with her pain and that she was “finding it a harder day than normal and felt the distance walking from another car park was a bit too much for [her]”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She said she didn’t understand why people had an opinion on where she parks, and that if she could “give up” her condition and be able to park in a different spot, she would.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To anybody that is going through what I have been now, my heart is with you, I’m sending you all the love in the world,” she said at the end of the video.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I know it’s really hard, just don’t give up.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: daddyrhi / Instagram, TikTok</span></em></p>

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Julianne Moore calls for “sexist” term to be scrapped

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Actress Julianne Moore is questioning how women are viewed and talked about as they age, calling for one particular term to be dropped completely.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Moore, who turned 60 in December, criticised those who use the phrase “ageing gracefully” in the latest issue of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">As If</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> magazine, according to </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">People</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQ03jz0DeEw/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CQ03jz0DeEw/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Julianne Moore (@juliannemoore)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">he described the term, especially when used while speaking about women, as “totally sexist”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There’s so much judgement inherent in the term ‘ageing gracefully’,” Moore told the publication.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Is there an ungraceful way to age? We don’t have an option of course. No one has an option about ageing, so it’s not a positive or negative thing, it just is,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Moore questioned the perception that women in particular had some kind of influence over, so they could opt in or out of doing it “gracefully”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s part of the human condition, so why are we always talking about it as if it is something that we have control over?” she asked.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stressing the value of “inner growth”, Moore argued that people should be more concerned with how they continue to evolve as they age instead.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are given a narrative as children that we keep growing through school, maybe go to college then, after school is finished, the idea of growth is done … But we have all this life left to live,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“How do we continue to challenge ourselves, to interest ourselves, learn new things, be more helpful to other people, be the person that your friends and family need or want? How do we continue to evolve? How do we navigate life to have even deeper experiences?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Moore also endorsed a comment Helen Mirren made last year during an interview for O, The Oprah Magazine, where she hit back against the phrase “anti-ageing”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Ageing is a requirement of life: You either grow old or die young,” Mirren said during the interview.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I take great issue with the term, actually. You can’t avoid ageing. The way I see it, you have two choices in life: You can either get older, or die,” the 75-year-old said at the time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And I want to continue to see what life has in store. I think about Kurt Cobain and all that he missed. I mean, how sad is it that he never knew about GPS.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Julianne Moore / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Driver shamed after blocking traffic for photoshoot

<p>A woman has enraged hundreds of people after parking in the middle of a busy road to take photos of her car.</p> <p>Her antics were captured on video by a Canberra local and shared to Facebook on Friday where she was put on blast by a dozens of peeved locals.</p> <p>The person who filmed the incident, which took place at the start of May in the inner city suburb of Red Hill, said the woman blocked the road for 15 minutes while her friends took photos of her car.</p> <p>When people told her to move her car, she refused,” he wrote to a Facebook group.</p> <p>More than 200 people weighed in on the incident, many labelling the woman a “nuisance”.</p> <p>“She is a public nuisance and should be fined,” one person asserted.</p> <p>Someone else agreed, saying “she should be fined” over her “self absorbed behaviour”.</p> <p>“She’s breaking the road rules parking in an unsafe manner and should be lucky she didn’t get seen by the police,” another said.</p> <p>“Just shows lack of consideration for other people. An indication their basic respect for others is non existent,” someone else added.</p> <p>While most drivers were furious, some rugged it wouldn't have been difficult for drivers to simply go around her.</p> <p>“What’s the big deal? You could drive a Mack truck through the gap beside her. Let her take her photos, it’s not doing any harm,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“Why can’t people just be nice? Let her take the photos and move on,” another said.</p> <p>Many were left scratching their heads at how there were people defending her behaviour, with some arguing it was never acceptable to park in the middle of the road.</p> <p>“This is never OK, nor is it ever not absolutely baffling,” one wrote.</p> <p>“She should’ve pulled to the side instead of being inconsiderate of other drivers,” another said.</p>

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“Should be illegal”: Aussie star makes worrying Britney claim

<p>Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has shared her experiences working with Britney Spears, as the pair teamed up for the 2015 single Pretty Girls.</p> <p>She made the statements on Twitter, saying that she supported Spears' court claims that her conservatorship is an "abusive" situation.</p> <p>“It’s basic human decency to at the very least remove a person Britney has identified as abusive from her life. This should be illegal,” she wrote.</p> <p>“During the time we worked together in 2015, I personally witnessed the same behaviour Britney detailed in regards to her father last week and I just want to back her up and tell the world that: She is not exaggeration [sic] or lying.</p> <p>“I saw her restricted from even the most bizarre and trivial things: Like how many sodas she was allowed to drink. Why is that even necessary?” Azalea continued.</p> <p>“Her father conveniently waited until literally moments before our BMAs performance when I was backstage in the dressing room and told me if I did not sign an NDA he would not allow me on stage. The way he went about getting me to sign a contract, sounded similar to the tactics Britney spoke about last week in regards to her Las Vegas show.”</p> <p>“Britney Spears should not be forced to coexist with that man when she’s made it clear it is negatively impacting her mental health.</p> <p>‘This is not right at all,’ she concluded.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FreeBritney?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FreeBritney</a> <a href="https://t.co/UPg7rkq0lW">pic.twitter.com/UPg7rkq0lW</a></p> — IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) <a href="https://twitter.com/IGGYAZALEA/status/1410433707052204034?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>The public statement comes after Azalea told fans she's trying to support Britney in a way that's "helpful and mindful".</p> <p>“Britney has said in her own words, she’s embarrassed to even share this with the world,” she wrote on June 26. “If she needed me to speak on her behalf, that message has been delivered to her.</p> <p>“I’ve done what I’m supposed to do, I’ve reached out. I’m not supposed to be mindlessly telling you all whatever was happening because half of these people are just here for entertainment not to help.”</p>

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