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Hospitalised driver cops fine after dodging flying couch

<p><span>A driver has been handed a hefty fine after he reportedly swerved his car because a couch fell from a truck travelling in front of him.</span><br /><br /><span>Jake Singer was driving with his girlfriend from Boca Raton, in the US state of Florida, on February 20 when a couch from a truck fell in front of him, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Singer swerved and flipped his car to avoid the couch.</span><br /><br /><span>He and his girlfriend were both hospitalised as a result of the accident.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Singer told the Sun-Sentinel. People "could not believe" he and his partner were okay.</span><br /><br /><span>However Mr Singer is not happy after he copped a fine over the crash.</span><br /><br /><span>He told reporters a police officer arrived at the hospital to give him the ticket.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840155/driver.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/eda143eb9d7a4df3970552ec552ad352" /></p> <p><em>Image: Twitter</em><br /><br /><span>“TIL (today I learned) that if you swerve to avoid a flying couch on I-95N in FL [Florida], make sure not to change lanes or you’ll get a citation for improper lane change from FL Hwy Patrol [Florida Highway Patrol],” he tweeted.</span><br /><br /><span>“Even if your car crashes into the median and flips over, totalled. (We’re both fine, somehow).”</span><br /><br /><span>According to the paper, a police officer gave Mr Singer a US$166 (A$213) ticket for “failing to drive in a single lane”.</span><br /><br /><span>Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant Yanko Reyes said the ticket had to be issued.</span><br /><br /><span>“Remember, in Florida it is recommended to have at least a two-vehicle length between your vehicle and the vehicles in front of you because that way you have enough time to react in case something like this happens, in case somebody brakes, in case debris falls on the roadway, you’re able to avoid any and all difficulties,” he told the Sun-Sentinel.</span><br /><br /><span>The explanation didn’t sit well with Mr Singer, who took to Twitter to write: “I hereby challenge Lt Reyes to drive two car lengths behind a flying couch at 80mph (128k/h) and avoid it without leaving your lane.</span><br /><br /><span>“Hope you have enough time to look at the totality of the circumstances.”</span></p>

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Linda Reynolds faces defamation lawsuit for “lying cow” comment

<p><span>Lawyers for Brittany Higgins have revealed they’ve served letters threatening to sue Linda Reynolds for defamation after she called Higgins a “lying cow.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Defence Minister reportedly made the slur against Higgins on February 15 after she alleged that she was sexually assaulted in the minister’s office in March 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>Higgins’ lawyers reportedly intend to sue Reynolds for “hurt and distress” caused by “malicious remarks”, unless the minister goes forward with a full public apology.</span><br /><br /><span>Lawyers for Higgins accuse the Senator of making a “demeaning and belittling” statement that was “highly defamatory”.</span><br /><br /><span>“The cavalier manner in which those words were spoken make it plain that they were not spoken privately or in confidence,” the letter has stated.</span><br /><br /><span>“You are also aware that this distasteful character assassination of our client has been republished widely, causing her immense hurt and distress.</span><br /><br /><span>“Our client is appalled that an apology has not been extended to her.”</span><br /><br /><span>Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday that Reynolds “deeply regretted” making the remarks.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; 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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/CLnVhHNpon2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by mUMPIRE (@mumpire_au)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>He said she had let the comment pass I her private office to staff members after “a stressful week”.</span><br /><br /><span>“That doesn’t excuse it, not for a second,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“And she made the appropriate apologies to her staff and rectified that.”</span><br /><br /><span>Morrison said the comment came after articles stated that Higgins didn’t feel supported by the government following her alleged rape.</span><br /><br /><span>“She was not making those comments, as she said to me this morning, in relation to the allegation of sexual assault,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Her comments, she said to me, related to the further commentary about levels of support provided and her frustrations about how she felt that they were doing everything they believed in their power to provide support.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; 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Body language expert assesses Christian Porter

<p><span>A body language expert has claimed that the historical rape allegations made against Attorney-General Christian Porter has taken a “heavy toll” on him.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Porter ousted himself as the federal minister accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in 1988, and insists it never happened and he will not stand down from his position.</span><br /><br /><span>In a live press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Porter was grilled over the allegations which were investigated by police who closed the case on Tuesday and concluded there was not enough evidence to proceed.</span><br /><br /><span>The 50-year-old former public prosecutor said he attended a debating competition at Sydney University with his accuser when he was 17 and she was 16.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840115/christian-porter-5.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/839e354496424b089e7392265861c2c4" /><br /><br /><span>He denied however, sleeping with the woman, who has since taken her own life.</span><br /><br /><span>Body language and speech expert Michael Kelly said the man came across as “aggrieved” and righteous, but also dejected.</span><br /><br /><span>“He gave a genuine presentation of himself and his ideas. He was very measured,” Mr Kelly told <em>Daily Mail Australia.</em></span><br /><br /><span>“But you can tell it has taken a heavy toll on him.”</span><br /><br /><span>He went on to say: “His eyes were watery and red, his voice was trembling and he had trouble taking intakes of breath about five minutes in.”</span><br /><br /><span>He said Mr Porter showed a wide range of emotions during the 30-minute press conference.</span><br /><br /><span>The Attorney-General’s red eyes showed a man harrowed and pained while his grieved facial expression signaled remorse, regret, and resignation, Mr Kelly claimed.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840116/christian-porter-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/dc7c1520f0aa484baac1d378daf3877f" /><br /><br /><span>“He’s a public figure accused of some serious allegations and that stress showed through his words, body language and gestures,” Mr Kelly said.</span><br /><br /><span>“He showed to be not hiding or covering anything up.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Kelly also addressed Mr Porter's message to the family of his deceased accuser.</span><br /><br /><span>He told them they didn't deserve the frenzied politicisation in the past week of the circumstances of her death.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Porter pleaded with the family to understand why he was deny their loved one's claims of historic sexual assault however didn't want to impose anymore on their grief.</span><br /><br /><span>“His pained, facial expression and flushed facial skin (lack of blood to the face) signal that his vitality; some of his life force has been ‘drained’ due to the accusation,” Mr Kelly said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Throughout the delivery, there was a thin, tremulous voice signalling remorse, resignation, sorrow and empathy (for the family) about the incident.”</span><br /><br /><span>In reference to Mr Porter’s sharp intakes of breath while being grilled by reporters, Mr Kelly said: “He appears frustrated about the position he's in but he doesn't shut them down.”</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840117/christian-porter-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/62f8c1f08a144938874b3acba4b3e75a" /><br /><span>“His face showed no inconsistencies. If you look at the whole piece, it all fits, there was nothing out of place.</span><br /><br /><span>“He’s earnest in trying to do his job.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Porter has refused to stand down from his position.</span><br /><br /><span>“If I stand down from my position as Attorney-General because of an allegation about something that simply did not happen, then any person in Australia can lose their career, their job, their life's work based on nothing more than an accusation that appears in print,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“My guess is if I were to resign and that set a new standard there wouldn't be much need for an attorney-general anyway because there would be no rule of law left to protect in this country.</span><br /><br /><span>“So I will not be part of letting that happen while I am attorney-general and I am sure you will ask and I will state to you, I am not standing down or aside.”</span></p> <p><em>Images: Getty </em></p>

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Let her go: 76 experts demand Kathleen Folbigg’s freedom

<p><span>Seventy-six of Australia’s top scientists and doctors are demanding that proclaimed “baby killer” Kathleen Folbigg be released from jail and pardoned immediately.</span><br /><br /><span>The 53-year-old was jailed for 30 years in 2003 over the murders of her children Patrick, Sarah and Laura between 1992 and 1999.</span><br /><br /><span>The mother was also found guilty of the manslaughter of her firstborn child, Caleb, who was just 19 days old when he died in Newcastle in 1989.</span><br /><br /><span>However, 76 eminent researchers, including two Nobel laureates and several Australians of the Year, claim that new medical evidence about a mutant gene carried by two of the Folbigg children ­creates a “strong presumption’’ that the babies died from natural causes.</span><br /><br /><span>They have called on NSW Governor Margaret Beazley to pardon Folbigg and release her from jail.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840113/kathleen-folbigg-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bab5deda582f4dde898ee1ada8e61dac" /></p> <p><em><span>Folbigg with her baby daughter Sarah. Image: Supplied</span></em><br /><br /><span>They have called for an end to the “miscarriage of justice’’ they say the Folbigg has suffered.</span><br /><br /><span>“The entire time that Kathleen Folbigg has been in custody is a result of a miscarriage of justice. This year, Ms Folbigg has been incarcerated for 18 years of her life,” they said in a joint statement.</span><br /><br /><span>“The executive prerogative of mercy is designed to deal with failures of the justice system such as this one. It is incumbent on the Governor to exercise her power to stop the ongoing miscarriage of justice suffered by Ms Folbigg. Not to do so is to continue to deny Ms Folbigg basic human rights and to decrease faith in the New South Wales justice system.</span><br /><br /><span>“Ms Folbigg’s case also establishes a dangerous precedent as it means that cogent medical and scientific evidence can simply be ignored in preference to subjective interpretations of circumstantial evidence.”</span><br /><br /><span>Folbigg was found to have smothered her children, however the experts say that is not possible and their deaths were all from natural causes.</span><br /><br /><span>They say a genetic mutation called CALM2 G114R was found in Sarah and Laura’s DNA, inherited from their mother.</span><br /><br /><span>This mutation can cause sudden cardiac arrest in infants.</span><br /><br /><span>They argue that at least those two children likely died of natural causes, and therefore creates reasonable doubt over the convictions.</span><br /><br /><span>“Mutations in this gene are one of the best recognised causes of sudden death in infancy and childhood,” the petition read.</span><br /><br /><span>“The medical evidence that now exists … creates a strong presumption that the Folbigg children died of natural causes.</span><br /><br /><span>“A reasonable person should have doubt about Ms Folbigg killing her four children. Deciding otherwise rejects medical science and the law that sets the standard of proof.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840112/kathleen-folbigg-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d8e0530e580945c19ce43c7dd98b75cc" /></p> <p><em><span>Scientists discovered the mutation in Laura (left) and Sarah (right) Folbigg. Image: Supplied. </span></em><br /><br /><span>Folbigg is considered Australia’s worst female serial killer and “most hated woman”, she has always maintained her innocence.</span><br /><br /><span>Her murder convictions that were based largely on entries she wrote in her diary, have been upheld through numerous legal challenges.</span><br /><br /><span>She had an inquiry in 2019, but it only again affirmed the guilty verdict.</span><br /><br /><span>The experts who signed the petition said this was at odds with medical and scientific evidence, however.</span><br /><br /><span>“This is because a natural cause of death for each of the children has been ascribed by qualified experts, and there was no evidence of smothering,” the petition reads.</span><br /><br /><span>“The Governor should have no doubt that the case against Kathleen Folbigg is entirely circumstantial.</span><br /><br /><span>“It is based on the proposition that the likelihood of four children from one family dying of natural causes is so unlikely as to be virtually impossible.</span><br /><br /><span>“It resulted in medical evidence being rejected in favour of inculpatory interpretations of Ms Folbigg’s vague journal entries, which contained no admissions of guilt.”</span><br /><br /><span>“The executive prerogative of mercy is designed to deal with failures of the justice system such as this one,’’ a letter accompanying the petition and obtained by News Corp Australia states.</span><br /><br /><span>“It is incumbent on the Governor to exercise her power to stop the ongoing miscarriage of justice suffered by Ms Folbigg.</span><br /><br /><span>“Not to do so is to continue to deny Ms Folbigg basic human rights and to decrease faith in the NSW justice system.</span><br /><br /><span>“Ms Folbigg’s case also establishes a dangerous precedent as it means that cogent medical and scientific evidence can simply be ignored in preference to subjective interpretations of circumstantial evidence.’’</span><br /><br /><span>The diary entries used to convict Folbigg have been the subject of much legal debate.</span><br /><br /><span>In her 2019 inquiry, she was questioned extensively about them.</span><br /><br /><span>Chris Maxwell QC for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions questioned her over her diary entries which led to an emotional response from Folbigg.</span><br /><br /><span>“I don’t know why any of my children died, but I didn’t kill them,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I didn’t kill my children and these diaries are just a record of how depressed (I was) and how many issues I was having.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840119/kathleen-folbigg-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a44b89d290bc4948a7afc08c83cc3524" /></p> <p><em>Laura Folbigg with her mother Kathleen. <span class="image-source">Source: Supplied.</span></em><br /><br /><span>Mr Maxwell grilled Folbigg over the phrases she used in her diaries — such as “dangerous mood” and “losing control”.</span><br /><br /><span>“In my most dangerous mood I’m not a very nice person to be around,” she wrote in one of the entries.</span><br /><br /><span>Folbigg said of them: “Dangerous mood means depression to me. When I’m depressed or a little cranky, don’t come near me.”</span><br /><br /><span>She further argued in 2018: “Those diaries are written from a point of me always blaming myself.</span><br /><br /><span>“I blamed myself for everything. I took so much of the responsibility, because that’s, as mothers, what you do.”</span><br /><br /><span>The petition argued her latest appeal could take years to finalise.</span><br /><br /><span>“Ms Folbigg has suffered and continues to suffer emotional and psychological trauma and physical abuse in custody,’ the petition read.</span><br /><br /><span>“She has endured the death of her four children and has been wrongfully incarcerated because the justice system has failed her. We the undersigned seek her immediate pardon and release from jail.”</span></p>

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How missing feet washed up on Canadian beaches is helping solve the Melissa Caddick mystery

<p><span>The strange phenomenon of dismembered feet sweeping up on Canadian beaches may just help investigators into understanding what happened to missing Sydney businesswoman Melissa Caddick.</span><br /><br /><span>The 49-year-old’s severed foot drifted ashore Bournda Beach on the NSW south coast – hundreds of kilometres from her home in the eastern suburbs.</span><br /><br /><span>Other remains have now washed up on other south coast beaches – a holiday spot in Mollymook, at Cunjurong Point near Lake Conjola, and Warrain Beach at Culburra.</span><br /><br /><span>Forensic testing is currently being done on the remains to figure out whether they are animal or human, and if so, whether they match to Ms Caddick’s DNA.</span><br /><br /><span>A senior investigator who spoke to The Daily Telegraph revealed that the condition of the body parts that have been discovered means that she was most likely on the run for weeks before her death.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840095/daily.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/113aa55b8cd945fdb990a299d92e0cbf" /><br /><br /><span>However, a forensic pathologist has pointed to a bizarre phenomenon in Canada which could possibly point to an alternative theory which is that she met her death in Sydney.</span><br /><br /><span>21 disembodied feet so far have washed up along the British Columbian coast since 2007.</span><br /><br /><span>A coronial investigation that has been ongoing for over a decade, has ruled out that the feet came from people who were killed either in accidents or by suicide, and the feet detached during the normal decomposition process.</span><br /><br /><span>The feet were usually found inside of sneakers, just like Melissa Caddick’s, which the coroner believed was responsible for both keeping the feet buoyant enough to eventually wash ashore.</span><br /><br /><span>The shoes also allegedly gave the feet enough protection from decomposition.</span><br /><br /><span>Dr Matthew Orde, a forensic pathologist with the University of British Columbia, told the Sydney Morning Herald that a modern running shoe provides protection and buoyancy.</span><br /><br /><span>He revealed the decomposing feet were often found “many, many miles” from where they first entered the water.</span><br /><br /><span>“One of the theories is that those running shoes, by virtues of the air pockets in them, are quite buoyant,” Dr Orde said.</span><br /><br /><span>Police are set on searching waters near Caddick’s home in Dover Heights, follow a senior investigator’s doubts over whether her foot could have floated 400km to where it was discovered.</span><br /><br /><span>Superintendent Joe McNulty, Commander of the NSW Marine Command said he has never heard of a case where a body in water could float hundreds of kilometres down the south coast.</span><br /><br /><span>“Something in the water for that long, say a bit of flotsam or jetsam that washes on to the shore, has got green growth on it,” he told The Daily Telegraph.</span><br /><br /><span>“At first examination the shoe doesn’t appear to have been in the water for three months. The shoe needs extensive analysis to see how long it was in the water. It’s a vital clue where hopefully marine biology can provide some answers.”</span><br /><br /><span>Investigators are also exploring the possibility that Ms Caddick is still alive somewhere, without her foot.</span><br /><br /><span>Speaking to Weekend Today on Saturday, University of Newcastle Associate Professor of Criminology Dr Xanthe Mallett said that losing a foot doesn’t automatically spell out death.</span><br /><br /><span>“When it was just a foot I would caution against the possibility that somebody is deceased. You can survive without your foot,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Caddick disappeared on November 12 od 2020 after she left her home for what her husband believed was a morning run at 5.30am.</span><br /><br /><span>She has been accused of swindling her friends and family out of millions of dollars through her finance business Maliver Pty Ltd.</span></p>

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The bizarre reason passenger caused $500 fine

<p><span>A driver has been fined a little more than AU$500 after police realised one strange detail about their passenger.</span><br /><br /><span>The motorist was pulled over in the carpool lane in Baldwin Park, California on February 19 and California Highway Patrol noticed that the driver’s “passenger” was indeed not a passenger at all.</span><br /><br /><span>They quickly realised it was actually a dummy that was put in the passenger seat and fully dressed in a flannel T-shirt, glasses, a Cleveland Indians baseball cap and none other than a face mask.</span><br /><br /><span>“By far, one of the best dummies we have ever seen,” police said.</span><br /><br /><span>“To clarify, we are referring to this fake passenger.</span><br /><br /><span>“At least he was following CDC guidelines by wearing his face mask.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840102/daily-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8f1d69d6b3964614a49e8deec2e44bde" /></p> <p><em>Image: Supplied</em><br /><br /><span>Officer Rodrigo Jimenez told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that the driver “didn’t say much”.</span><br /><br /><span>“Other than that he’s been driving with the mannequin, and he’d been getting away with it for a year and a half,” he revealed.</span><br /><br /><span>The driver had a dummy beside him to show he had a passenger so he could use the carpool lane.</span><br /><br /><span>It is illegal in several US cities to use a carpool lane with only just the driver in the car.</span><br /><br /><span>The fine was around $514, however the driver was allowed to keep the dummy.</span></p>

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High-profile horse trainer suspended over disturbing photo

<p><span>An image of top horse trainer Gordon Elliott posing for a photo while sitting on a dead horse has resulted in horror and anger from the public and British racing circles on Monday.</span><br /><br /><span>The Irishman is one of the sport’s most celebrated figures and has apologised for the disturbing image after it resurfaced on Saturday.</span><br /><br /><span>It depicted him sitting on a horse that had just died of a heart attack after a training run.</span><br /><br /><span>Elliott has since been suspended from horse racing, as reported by the <em>BBC</em>.</span><br /><br /><span>One of his most high-profile employers, Cheveley Park Stud, said they are "truly horrified" by the image.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840081/daily-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a5af72eeb8b8423abfbf5ad18536013a" /></p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em><br /><br /><span>Bookmaker Betfair dropped Elliott as an ambassador, saying his actions were not consistent with its "values".</span><br /><br /><span>A scathing statement from the British Horseracing Authority slammed the star.</span><br /><br /><span>"People who work in our industry believe their values — of caring for and respecting our horses — have been deeply undermined by this behaviour," the statement read.</span><br /><br /><span>The BHA said it was "appalled" by the image, saying: "On behalf of all horse-lovers, we say loudly that British horseracing finds this totally unacceptable."</span><br /><br /><span>Elliot defended his actions, saying the incident occurred “some time ago” and the picture was taken while he waited for the body of the horse to be taken away.</span><br /><br /><span>He went on to explain that he had received a phone call and had sat down on the dead animal “without thinking”.</span><br /><br /><span>The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board is investigating the incident and the BHA said it is "considering its own regulatory options".</span><br /><br /><span>Both bodies have temporarily banned Elliott.</span><br /><br /><span>Elliott has been a Grand National-winning trainer three times, first taking the prize in 2007 with Silver Birch.</span><br /><br /><span>He would go on to train Tiger Roll to become the first back-to-back winner of horse racing's most gruelling jumps race — in 2018 and '19 — since Red Rum in the 1970s.</span><br /><br /><span>He has trained 32 winners at the Cheltenham Festival.</span><br /><br /><span>Tiger Roll owner, Michael O'Leary, is one of the few to come out in support of Elliott.</span><br /><br /><span>"We accept that this photograph was a grievous but momentary lapse of judgement by Gordon," said O'Leary, who runs the Gigginstown House Stud operation and is also CEO of budget airline Ryanair.</span><br /><br /><span>He continued: “and not in keeping with our 15-year experience of his concern for and attention to the welfare of our horses.</span><br /><br /><span>"We all make mistakes, and what is important is that we learn from them and ensure we do not repeat them. We accept Gordon's sincere, profound and unreserved apology and we will continue to support him and his team."</span><br /><br /><span>The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has said their investigation will be dealt with "as quickly as possible".</span></p>

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Night at the opera: Keith Urban reveals what really happened

<p>Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman love a night at the opera, but not when they're attacked with programs by avid opera fans.</p> <p>The pair found themselves in a heated exchange against an opera lover at the Sydney Opera House, where the man allegedly hit Kidman with her program.</p> <p>Of course, this was all just rumours until Urban confessed the story was true on<span> </span><em>The Kyle and Jackie O<span> </span></em>show.</p> <p>"We were sitting down with Nic's mum and we were clapping. It was a bloody great performance and everyone was cheering and cheering," Keith said.</p> <p>"I looked around and I see a few people standing and a few more and I thought 'oh I'm getting up'.</p> <p>"And then this guy behind me just whacked Nic, like really hit her, with the program."</p> <p>"It's a bit of a pickle I was in because I'm a husband and you want to defend your wife but it took a lot of restraint. I was pretty upset," he said.</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/CHdzh1KHS1c/?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/CHdzh1KHS1c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Nicole Kidman (@nicolekidman)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Keith explained that it was his first time at the opera and was unaware standing up was a bad thing.</p> <p>"We did not know you are not supposed to stand in the opera. Having not been to the opera before ever in my life, I am sensitive to the etiquette," he said.</p> <p>It's unclear whether the pair have plans to return to the opera after the exchange.</p>

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"It's disgusting": Nursing home slammed for leaving double amputee on roof for hours

<p>Lea Hammond has told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-25/regis-nedlands-nursing-home-residents-sunburnt-and-stepped-on/13179166" target="_blank"><em>ABC's 7:30</em></a><span> </span>the heartbreaking story of her father's death and how he was left for hours on a roof in a heatwave in scorching Perth sun.</p> <p>She received a phone call from her father's nursing home, Regis Nedlands, saying that an ambulance was taking her father to the hospital.</p> <p>“[The staff member said] dad had been taken to hospital due to sunburn. They told me they couldn’t find him, they didn’t know where he was,” Lea said.</p> <p>Lea arrived at the hospital, horrified to see her father Brian Hunter delirious and suffering serious blisters and burns.</p> <p>“He was slumped over in the bed, and his back was exposed. I could see his back was really terribly burnt, his whole back was burned. And he was not speaking to us. He was semi in and out of consciousness,” Lea said, speaking about it for the first time to 7.30.</p> <p>The family discovered that her 86-year-old double amputee father had been left on Regis Nedland's rooftop for two hours.</p> <p>Police were involved and checked the CCTV footage, showing that a Regis staff member entered the access code for Brian to go onto the roof and let him propel himself onto the rooftop.</p> <p>Staff at the nursing home are supposed to do hourly checks on residents, but no one noticed Brian was missing.</p> <p>He was rescued after another resident's visitor saw him outside on the roof unconscious.</p> <p>Lea says the incident is "disgusting".</p> <p>“It’s disgusting that anyone would open a door on a 40-degree day and let a man outside with no water,” Lea said.</p> <p>“No-one knows where he is for two hours. I mean, if that carer put him outside, shouldn’t she have reported that he’d gone outside? Why didn’t they know where he was for two hours?”</p> <p>The nursing home did a report on the incident and found that Brian entered the access code to open the door to get onto the roof, not a carer.</p> <p>Lea is furious about this version of events and disputes it.</p> <p>“I felt quite angry about it that they would say something like that,” she said.</p> <p>“I’ve visited so many times at Regis, and he really found it quite difficult to remember the key code number.</p> <p>“Every time I went there, I would have to put the code in for him.”</p> <p>The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has already sanctioned Regis Nedlands for putting residents at "serious risk" after finding 30 allegations of rough handling or unwanted sexual contact.</p> <p>The Commission said it would continue to “closely monitor” Regis Nedlands, and if there were ongoing concerns about care and services it “may consider further regulatory action, including whether to vary or revoke the service’s accreditation”, according to an exclusive from the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-25/regis-nedlands-nursing-home-residents-sunburnt-and-stepped-on/13179166" target="_blank"><em>ABC's 7:30</em>.</a></p> <p>It wasn't the first incident Brian suffered at Regis, as he had a fall in November that left him with a black eye and a bleed on his brain.</p> <p>After recovering from the burns, Brian lied in his bed for four weeks before passing away, with Lea saying no one from the nursing home called.</p> <p>“At the end of his life, Dad barely spoke. He wasn’t speaking at all. They had to feed-tube him because he couldn’t swallow. And he barely recognised us,” she said.</p> <p>“He was just a great father, wonderful grandfather, fantastic husband. This is just so distressing to see him being treated in that manner.</p> <p>“I think he was just totally neglected, it’s awful.”</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-25/regis-nedlands-nursing-home-residents-sunburnt-and-stepped-on/13179166" target="_blank"><em>ABC</em></a></p>

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Urgent recall issued for popular tea sold by major supermarkets

<p>A popular herbal tea has been removed off Australian supermarket shelves over fears of chemical contamination.</p> <p>Authorities said some batched of Nerada Organics Lemon &amp; Ginger Organic Herbal Infusion Tea was found to have ethylene oxide contamination inside its tea bags.</p> <p>Food Standards Australia has issued a warning to customers, saying they should not consume the tea that is widely sold in Woolworths, Coles and IGA.</p> <p>Nerada Tea Pty Ltd is conducting the recall due to the product potentially causing illness or injury from anyone who consumes it.</p> <p>Ethylene oxide exposure can cause local irritation of the skin, eyes, and upper respiratory tract, affect the nervous system and in extreme long-term cases has also been associated with increases in cancer rates, according to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/factsheets/Pages/ethlyene-oxide.aspx" target="_blank">NSW Health</a>.</p> <p>“Consumers should not consume this product and should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund,”<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/industry/foodrecalls/recalls/Pages/Nerada-Organics-Lemon-&amp;-Ginger-Organic-Herbal-Infusion-Tea-60g-.aspx" target="_blank">Food Standards Australia said on Monday.</a></p> <p>The product was sold in Woolworths in NSW, the ACT and Queensland.</p> <p>Coles customers in NSW, ACT and Victoria have also been warned.</p> <p>It was also on shelves in IGA in NSW, ACT, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and WA.</p> <p>The recall relates to any products with Best Before dates showing from 08/01/23 up to and including 22/01/23.</p>

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Maggie Beer warns fans of "despicable" scam

<p>Beloved cooking icon Maggie Beer is urging people to beware of a "despicable" scam that's falsely using her name and image to sell a "cure all" made from cannabis.</p> <p>Fake stories published online show Maggie Beer appearing to promote CBD dummies, including a phone interview motored to look as if it was published by The Australian Women's Weekly.</p> <p>"I want everyone to be aware there are scams circulating using my image, my name," Maggie said in an emphatic warning to her fans. "They've stolen this. I have nothing to do with any of these purported products that I am supposedly endorsing. It is nothing to do with me.</p> <p>"Please check your facts and take care not to be taken in by these despicable people."</p> <p>Maggie and<span> </span><em>The Weekly</em><span> </span>have no association with the product and are urging anyone who has seen the endorsement not to click on it.</p> <p>"Please don't click on any links or give any personal information or payment details to these people, they will take your money," Maggie's website says in an official statement.</p> <p>One of the fake stories claimed Maggie used CBD gummies to treat her husband's type-2 diabetes.</p> <p>Unfortunately, many of Maggie's followers have already fallen for the predatory marketing ploy.</p> <p>"Unfortunately I didn't check in to this page until after I was scammed out of $338," one woman commented on a Facebook post warning of the scam.</p> <p>"I ordered the oil in the hope it would help my arthritis," the woman wrote.</p> <p>Another woman wrote, "Got done myself this morning. Thought I was savvy enough not to get caught. Unfortunately I wasn't."</p> <p>One woman reported she had seen the same ad endorsed by Olivia Newton-John.</p> <p>"Exact same offer and same label on bottles. Scam address in Vegas, no information, no rebate, no invoice or receipt," Michelle wrote.</p> <p>If you have been caught by this scam immediately report the fraud to your bank.</p> <p>You can also report the fake ads to the ACCC via<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam" target="_blank">https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam</a></p>

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ALDI shopper's grim warning after purchasing explosive appliance

<p>An ALDI supermarket shopper has issued a warning to customers after a vacuum cleaner she purchased from her local store "exploded" and caused burns to her foot.</p> <p>Taking to Facebook, shopper Diana said her Easy Home Multicuclonic Vacuum Cleaner caught on fire and set off her smoke detectors at her home.</p> <p>The bagless vacuum cleaner has been recalled due to a defect that could see the motor overheat and result in a fire.</p> <p>However, Diana was unaware of the recall, leading to the unfortunate incident.</p> <p>“Just a caution for those of us who purchased the bagless vacuum last year,” wrote Diana on the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/1034012533313136" target="_blank">Aldi Mums</a><span> </span>page.</p> <p>“Well today mine exploded and caught on fire, triggering the house smoke detectors and leaving me with burns to my foot.</p> <p>“According to ALDI, there was a recall of the bagless vacuums for this reason which I was not aware of.</p> <p>“Just thought I would put it out there for those who are not familiar with the recall.”</p> <p>A spokesperson for the company urged customers who still own one of the recalled appliances to urgently take it back to their local store.</p> <p>“It is unfortunate that this product has not met our strict safety and quality standards,” an ALDI spokesperson said.</p> <p>“We are actively encouraging anyone who purchased the Multicyclonic Vacuum Cleaner to return the product to any of our stores for a full refund.</p> <p>“We have been promoting this recall on our<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.aldi.com.au/" target="_blank">website</a>, in stores and on our Facebook page.”</p> <p>For more information on the recall, head<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/recalls/aldi-easy-home-multicyclonic-vacuum-cleaner-recalled-over-fears-it-could-catch-fire--c-1852023" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>

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Security guards "unlocked office" for alleged Parliament assault

<p>The former director of security operations at Parliament House quit his job in the wake of the "tragic" alleged sexual assault of Brittany Higgins after raising concerns over how the matter was dealt with.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://news.com.au/" target="_blank">News.com.au</a>, Peter Butler, a former sworn New South Wales Special Constable has raised concerns over the March 23, 2019 incident for years.</p> <p>A secret parliamentary inquiry into the security at Parliament House has spent months trying to figure out how the alleged sexual assault was dealt with, with former and current security guards providing confidential submissions.</p> <p>Security officers who are aware of the circumstances on the night of the alleged sexual attack have told news.com.au that they checked on Ms Higgins’ welfare in the early morning of March 23, 2019 for two reasons.</p> <p>They say the first reason is that on the night the incident occurred, the male staffer took an intoxicated Ms Higgins to an office which he did not have a key for.</p> <p>A whistleblower claims that security officers from the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) not only signed the two in without security passes but opened the door to then-Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynold's office for the male staffer.</p> <p>Due to opening the office for him, it was their duty of care to ensure the office was properly secured after they had left.</p> <p>But CCTV footage showed the male staffer leaving with no sign of the woman.</p> <p>“Two went in, but only one came out,’’ a former security officer told news.com.au.</p> <p>The second reason security returned to Senator Reynolds' office is to determine what had happened to the woman who had been brought in "falling down drunk" and barely able to sign her own name.</p> <p>They found Ms Higgins disorientated and half-naked in the Defence Minister’s office, where she had been left by the male staffer who had brought her there.</p> <p>Despite what they came across, the DPS did not think a sexual crime had been committed.</p> <p>The next morning there was a dispute on whether the office should be cleaned before people returned to work on Monday.</p> <p>The disagreement caused friction between DPS bureaucrats and those who raised concerns over whether this was the correct course of action.</p> <p>Parliament’s former security director Mr Butler told news.com.au that he could not comment on any of the specifics outlined but he was happy to cooperate with any future inquiries.</p> <p>“In my previous role as the Director Security Operations for DPS at the time of this tragic incident, I provided assistance to police undertaking certain inquiries,” he said.</p> <p>“As this is an ongoing matter I may be called upon to provide further assistance to the authorities so it would be inappropriate for me to comment further and potentially compromise any potential inquiries or investigation.”</p> <p>“Also as an ongoing Commonwealth Public Servant I am unable to make any comments on this matter to the media.”</p> <p>It is the divisions within DPS over the decision to call in cleaners that led to complaints being made to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the subsequent investigation into whether a potential crime scene had been tampered with by cleaners.</p> <p>The DPS says the AFP investigation found that because it did not know at the time it was a potential sexual assault that no “criminality” was involved in the clean.</p> <p>“The AFP has advised DPS that it had conducted enquiries into the action of DPS staff in the initial handling of the incident, including whether there was any criminality identified, such as attempts to conceal or interfere with a suspected crime scene,’’ the DPS spokesman said.</p> <p>“The AFP advised that there were no disclosures of sexual assault made by the complainant on the day of the incident and therefore actions taken by them (DPS) were not in response with a suspected crime”.</p>

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8-year-old denied life-saving surgery until $1.5 million fee is paid

<p>A Nigerian boy travelled with his parents to the UK for a small surgery then discovered he had cancer but a quirk in the system means the life-saving surgery is out of reach.</p> <p>His parents will be required to pay £885,000 (AU$1,580,000) up front before the NHS can legally operate on him.</p> <p>Nathaniel Nabena had one of his eyes removed in Nigeria in order to treat the cancer and stop its spread.</p> <p>But then in November last year, he travelled to the UK to be fitted with a prostethic eye.</p> <p>The surgery was meant to be quick and painless but the 8-year-old soon fell sick and tests revealed he had leukaemia.</p> <p>Nathaniel desperately needs a stem cell transplant to stay alive, but doctors won’t operate on him until his parents pay the fee - which is so high because patients from non-EU countries are charged 150 per cent of the NHS price for hospital treatment.</p> <p>“If we do not manage to raise the funds, we have been told that hospice care is the next step,” his father Ebisidor wrote on a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/Raise-money-for-Nathaniels-Stem-Cell-Treatment" target="_blank"><em>GoFundMe page</em></a>.</p> <p>Nathaniel has been battling cancer for the past three years, and his parents believed the worst was over before they were hit with the leukaemia diagnosis.</p> <p>He had a myeloid sarcoma under his left eye which caused it to swell up so badly, removal was the only option.</p> <p>Nathaniel is currently in the Croydon University Hospital.</p> <p>Medical practitioners are charging £825,000 to cover their expenses for tests, chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.</p> <p>Nathaniel’s dad described his son as “a bright, wonderful child”.</p> <p>“It has been a long, hard journey but we will never stop fighting for Nathaniel. He deserves a life free of cancer,” Ebisidor Nabena said.</p> <p>A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/boy-9-diagnosed-leukaemia-uk-23496109" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a><span> </span>in a statement: “Every taxpayer supports the health service and so it is only right that overseas visitors contribute towards their treatment costs.</p> <p>“As the rules stand, NHS care must be paid for in advance of providing non-urgent treatment and any debts that do arise from providing urgent care will be followed up with.</p> <p>“The NHS will always provide high standards of care for those who need it and repayment plans can be agreed with the provider.”</p>

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"Visibly furious" Jacinda Ardern berates Scott Morrison in press conference

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was "visibly furious" at the Australian Morrison government, claiming that Australia did "not act in good faith". This is after an alleged ISIS terrorist travelled to Syria on an Australian passport and was detained in Turkey with her two children.</p> <p>The detained woman held dual citizenship for Australia and New Zealand, but her Australian citizenship was revoked as part of a new policy to strip dual-citizenship from terrorists.</p> <p>As the woman travelled on her Australian passport, she was detained and is now considered legally to be only a New Zealand citizen, despite not living in the country since the age of six.</p> <p>This left Ardern furious.</p> <p>“I never believe that the right response was to simply have a race to revoke people’s citizenship … We will put our hands up when we need to own the situation, we expected the same of Australia. They did not act in good faith,” Ms Ardern said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Ms Ardern said her government “firmly believe” the woman should return to Australia, and has “repeatedly communicated that view to the Australian government at the highest levels”.</p> <p>“It is wrong that New Zealand should shoulder the responsibility for a situation involving a woman who has not lived in New Zealand since she was six, has resided in Australia since that time, has her family in Australia and left for Syria from Australia on her Australian passport.</p> <p>“Any fair-minded person would consider this person an Australian and that is my view too,” Ms Ardern said.</p> <p>Ardern has said that the chief priority is the welfare of the two children.</p> <p>“These children were born in a conflict zone through no fault of their own,” Ms Ardern said.</p> <p>“Coming to New Zealand, where they have no immediate family, would not be in their best interests. We know that young children thrive best when surrounded by people who love them. We will be raising these points with the Australian Government.</p> <p>“We will be engaging with the Turkish authorities, and given there are children involved, their welfare will be top of mind in our response.”</p> <p>When Mr Morrison was asked about New Zealand's response, he said that it was his job to put "Australia's national security interests first".</p> <p>He also pointed out that as a part of the legislation, citizenship can be cancelled "automatically and that has been a known part of Australia's law for some time".</p> <p>“There is still a lot more unknown about this case and where it sits and where it may go next,” Mr Morrison added.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Postman's disgusting act after finding elderly woman lying in the snow

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Distressing footage has emerged of the moment a postman appears to leave an elderly woman lying on the frozen ground after she had fallen outside of her home.</p> <p>Captured on the neighbour's doorbell camera, the interaction shows 72-year-old grandmother of two Patricia Stewart and the Royal Mail employee as he was delivering a package in Bainsford, Scotland, on Thursday.</p> <p>Stewart was lying on the path in the snow when the postman arrived.</p> <p>In the footage, shared by her niece Sheryl Harkins, Steward can he heard asking the postman for help, before he says: “I can’t help pal, I’m knackered”, and walks away.</p> <p>Thankfully, the grandmother did not face any serious injuries.</p> <p>Harkins says another delivery worker arrived a short time later and called the neighbours for help.</p> <p>“Thank goodness for that girl because this could have been a very different situation if she hadn’t turned up when she did,” she wrote.</p> <p>“I honestly don’t have the words for how disgusting this is, for a human being to treat another human being in this manner.</p> <p>“Words fail me.”</p> <p>A Royal Mail area manager has since apologised to Stewart for the incident.</p> <p>“Royal Mail expects the highest standards of behaviour from our people while out on deliveries and collections at all times,” a spokesperson told local media.</p> <p>“We regularly remind our postmen and postwomen of the important role they play in their local communities.</p> <p>“We were very sorry to learn about this incident, and for the distress this incident has caused.</p> <p>“We are in touch with the customer concerned and will be investigating this incident.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="upper-row"></div> </div> </div>

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