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Golf club owner Kerri-Anne Kennerley is suing over husband's fall is a long-time "friend"

<p>On the evening of March 6, 2016, Australian TV personality Kerri-Anne Kennerley’s life changed forever after her husband John fell from a verandah at the Bonville International Golf Resort which caused him to fracture his C3 and C4 vertebrae.</p> <p>He was paralysed from the neck down following the incident and sadly passed away three years later in March 2019 at the age of 73.</p> <p>Now, news has emerged that the golf course is being sued for negligence due to the accident, but the place is owned by a friend of Kerri-Anne’s as well as being a former Australian Olympian.</p> <p>Peter Montgomery, 69, represented Australia in four Olympic campaigns from 1972 to 1984 before serving as chairman of the Australian Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission and vice-president of the AOC from 2001 to 2016, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/olympian-peter-montgomery-owns-golf-course-kerrianne-kennerley-is-suing-over-husbands-fall/news-story/f828ef5503ab6baeaf7fb55fe7e5b2ce" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Telegraph</em>.</a></p> <p>The real estate portfolio owned by Montgomery includes the Bonville International Golf Resort, which is now being sued for unspecified damages, interests and costs filed by John Kennerley five months before his death.</p> <p>Montgomery’s company Ironhill Services has denied that the fall was its fault and that the accident occurred due to John not looking where he was walking.</p> <p>"The defendant says if the plaintiff suffered injury, loss and damage as alleged, such injury, loss and damage was caused or contributed to by the plaintiff's own negligence," read the court document in an NSW Supreme Court filing.</p> <p>Ironhill claim that John “failed to look where he was walking, stepping into a garden bed (and) failing to take care not to step onto an object, prize, on the floor”.</p> <p>However, John’s lawyers are arguing that a “reasonable person” from the golf resort’s perspective would have implemented measures to ensure patrons cannot get hurt at the golf course residence.</p> <p>Kerri-Anne spoke to <a rel="noopener" href="https://celebrity.nine.com.au/latest/golf-course-kerri-anne-kennerley-husband-died-being-sued-friend-former-olympian/9bb4599b-b4c2-460c-b4c9-ecc21bcdf0d5" target="_blank">News Corp</a> earlier this week about the incident.</p> <p>"John and I survived for three years but other people could not and that does actually make me angry,” she said.</p> <p>"Whatever the circumstances are, for an accident for any insurance company to drag something out for almost three-and-a-half years is despicable."</p> <p>The incident is said to have strained things between the former friends, but John Eales, an ambassador of Bonville Golf Resort, has said that Montgomery is “a man of the highest integrity”. </p>

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Easy ways to save money

<p>There are many benefits to getting a little bit older. Kids flying the nest, working fewer hours (if you’re lucky), feeling a little bit wiser and caring much less about what others think. Today we live longer than our grandparents and enjoy better health. And with any luck, most of us are a little more financially secure, giving us the freedom to enjoy our leisure time. That’s a lot to be thankful for.</p> <p>However, there may be even more rewards there for the taking that you’re not taking advantage of. Discounts and concessions can make a huge difference to your budget, freedom and enjoyment of life. It’s important to be aware of exactly what you’re entitled to at every stage of life, to ensure you’re not missing out on what’s due to you.</p> <p>Perhaps the most important concession is the Australian Seniors Card. This piece of handy plastic can save you money on everything from travel to energy bills. Registration is free, and each state has its own card scheme, with a published list of participating businesses from which you can claim a discount, whether you’re eating in a restaurant or buying a new fridge.</p> <p>You’ll find you can get money off insurance costs, new cars, legal fees, medical and dental treatments, taxi fares, even beauty products. You name it, there’s probably a discount for it. Not all states are equal – for instance, in Queensland you can get a concession for your boat registration, while in the Northern Territory, hot-air balloon across the outback will cost you less if you hold a Seniors Card.</p> <p>Most cards will be accepted interstate, and it’s also worth taking your card with you when you travel overseas – many international businesses accept cards, particularly in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, Canada and the UK. All you have to do is ask.</p> <p>We’ve listed below all the information you need to get the best out of this handy card in each Australian state.</p> <p><strong>Australian Capital Territory</strong><br />Eligibility: You must be over 60, a permanent resident of the ACT and working no more than 20 paid hours per week. Up to 300 Government and non-Government organisations participate in this discount scheme. For a full directory of participating outlets <a href="http://www.actseniorscard.org.au/Documents/SeniorsDirectory2013_v10.pdf">click here.</a></p> <p>There is no online application process. To apply for an ACT Seniors Card, you have to visit a Government shopfront in person. A list of participating outlets can be found <a href="http://www.actseniorscard.org.au/eligibility.htm">here.</a></p> <p><strong>New South Wales</strong><br />Eligibility: You must be 60 or over and a permanent resident of NSW working no more than 20 hours of paid work per week. You must also be the holder of a valid Medicare card. Thousands of outlets are signed up to the scheme in NSW. For a full directory, <a href="http://www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au/Memberguide/Discount_Directory.asp">click here.</a></p> <p>Apply for a NSW Seniors card <a href="http://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-nsw-seniors-card">here.</a></p> <p>Hot tip: the Senior Shopper helpline 1300 366 265 can find you the best deals on a wide range of products. Just call them and tell them what you want, and an agent will do all the legwork, then call you back with the best price.</p> <p><strong>Northern Territory</strong><br />Eligibility: You must be over 60 and a permanent resident. More than 200 businesses support the scheme providing discounts on goods and services all over the territory. A directory can be found <a href="http://www.dcm.nt.gov.au/strong_community/seniors/seniors_directory">here.</a></p> <p>There is no online application process. Download the application form <a href="http://www.dcm.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/58502/seniors_card_application_form.pdf">here</a>, and apply by post, or call 1800 441 489.</p> <p><strong>Queensland</strong><br />Eligibility: You must be a permanent resident of Queensland , 65 years or older and working less than 35 paid hours per week or 60-64 and working less than 35 paid hours per week and holder of one of four Commonwealth concession cards. See the website <a href="http://www.qld.gov.au/seniors/legal-finance-concessions/applying-seniors-card/">here</a> for more information.</p> <p>Queensland has thousands of participating businesses and services, which can be found in an online searchable directory <a href="https://secure.communities.qld.gov.au/chiip/SearchDiscounts.aspx">here.</a> </p> <p>Apply for a Queensland Seniors Card <a href="https://secure.communities.qld.gov.au/chiip/SearchDiscounts.aspx">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Hot tip:</strong> The state also has a free telephone Senior Shopper service (1300 366 265) in which a consultant will shop around for the best deal on your behalf.</p> <p><strong>South Australia</strong><br />Eligibility: You must be aged 60 or over, and a permanent South Australia resident working not more than 20 hours paid employment per week. For the full directory of participating businesses <a href="http://www.sa.gov.au/topics/seniors/seniors-card/seniors-card-discount-directory-your-lifestyle-guide">click here</a>. </p> <p>Apply for your South Australia Seniors Card <a href="https://www.bizgate.sa.gov.au/xml_forms1/site/page.cfm?action=frameset&amp;id=82&amp;action_frame=display">here.</a></p> <p><strong>Tasmania</strong><br />Eligibility: You must be a resident of the state, aged 60 or over and not working more than 20 paid hours per week. More than 730 businesses take part in Tassie. For a directory of services, take a look <a href="http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/csrt/programs_and_services/seniors_card/for_cardholders/find_a_discount/directory_search">here.</a> </p> <p>There is no online application process. You can download the application form <a href="http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/232965/Seniors_Card_Application_Form_Revised_MAY2013_press.pdf">here.</a></p> <p>Then take your completed form to a Government shopfront, along with three original pieces of identification. For the full list of outlets <a href="http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/csrt/programs_and_services/seniors_card/for_cardholders/how_to_apply">click here.</a></p> <p><strong>Victoria</strong><br />Eligibility: You must be aged 60 or over, a permanent resident of Australia, residing in Victoria, working less than 35 paid hours per week. Thousands of outlets participate in Victoria. For a full directory <a href="http://www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/Home/Seniors-Card/Your-Seniors-Card/Get-Discounts-and-Benefits/Discount-Directory?q=directory">click here.</a></p> <p>To apply for a Victorian Seniors Card <a href="http://www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/Home/Seniors-Card/Your-Seniors-Card/Apply-for-a-Card">click here</a>. </p> <p><strong>Western Australia</strong><br />Age eligibility will change soon. Until 30 June 2015 you have to be:<br />60 years and a permanent resident of WA, working 25 paid hours or less per week.</p> <p>Apply before 30 June with application form including statutory declaration to confirm eligibility, signed by an approved witness. From 1 July, the eligible age will increase by a year, every two years to 65 by 2023-24. You’ll still need to be permanent resident working 25 paid hours or less. You’ll also need to provide 100 points of identification to be approved for a WA Seniors Card.</p> <p>For the WA directory of discounts <a href="http://www.communities.wa.gov.au/Documents/Seniors%20Card/SC_DiscountDirectory_2014-16.pdf">click here.</a></p> <p>Apply for your WA Seniors Card <a href="http://www.communities.wa.gov.au/Documents/Seniors%20Card/SeniorsCard_ApplicationForm.pdf">here.</a></p> <p><strong>Did you know</strong> the Australian Government have pledged $1.3 million to supply free access to computers and internet training for 97,000 senior Australians? Read all about it <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/lifestyle/boomer-life/broadband-support-for-seniors-keeping-everyone-in-touch.aspx">here</a>. </p> <p><strong>Other handy resources</strong><br />The Commonwealth Seniors Health Card is available to self-funded retirees only.<br />It provides discounts on prescription medicines and Government-funded medical appointments and treatments. You must be at least 65, but not qualify for the Age Pension. For more information, <a href="http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/commonwealth-seniors-health-card">click here</a>.</p> <p>If you work past retirement age, you may be entitled to a <a href="http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/work-bonus">Work Bonus</a> for remaining in the workforce. The payment is calculated automatically by the Government. You do not need to apply. <a href="http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/subjects/payments-for-older-australians">Visit the Department of Human Services</a> to make sure you are receiving all the benefits to which you are entitled.</p> <p><strong>See also</strong><br /><a href="http://www.moneysmart.gov.au/life-events-and-you/over-55s/your-money">ASIC’s</a> Money Smart - for over 55's.<br /><a href="http://www.nationalseniors.com.au/">National Seniors Australia</a> – membership scheme providing an independent voice for over 50s.</p> <p><em>Written by Ali Wright. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/work/employment/easy-ways-to-save-money.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Controversial new road rule leaves motorists outraged

<p>The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads has sent users into a state of confusion as they try to figure out whether they know the road rules or not.</p> <p>It started out with a simple question posted on Facebook and a graphic with three cars parked at a T intersection.</p> <p>The Department of Transport post asked:</p> <p>“You know your road rules and now’s your chance to prove it.</p> <p>“The red, blue and orange cars are parked along the side of the continuing road at this T-intersection. Are all three cars legally parked?”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FTMRQld%2Fphotos%2Fa.295748123801411%2F2381855518523984%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="639" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>However, the question left fellow road users baffled.</p> <p>“Well I always thought it was illegal to park opposite an intersection so I would say all three were parked illegally,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“Yes, no signage or line marking to say otherwise,” another countered.</p> <p>One Facebook commenter was quick to say that the blue car will have a bit of trouble getting out.</p> <p>“They could have given the blue car more room to get out,” they said.</p> <p>The Department of Transport finally answered the question and revealed the correct answer.</p> <p>“Yes, all cars are legally parked. A driver is allowed to stop along the continuous side of the continuing road at a T-intersection, provided they comply with any other parking restrictions,” the department wrote.</p> <p>They also explained that while you can be fined for parking within 10 metres of an intersection, the rule is different if it is along the continuous side of the continuing road.</p> <p>But people were not happy with the answer.</p> <p>“The law is poorly designed, does not improve road safety … in fact it compromises road safety,” one person replied.</p> <p>There are similar rules in place across almost all Australian states.</p> <p>In NSW, ACT and Western Australia, drivers are allowed to park along the continuous side of the road at a T-intersection without traffic lights.</p> <p>In Victoria and South Australia, parking on the side of the road across from a T-intersection is also allowed.</p> <p>Tasmania is where it’s different. Motorists are still allowed to park along a T-intersection, but they must leave a three-metre clearance beside their vehicle to allow room for traffic.</p>

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How woman successfully rorted Centrelink of $200,000 over 15 years

<p>A Sydney woman has appeared in court after rorting over $200,000 in Centrelink payments to care for her daughter, despite her having passed away 15 years ago.</p> <p>Alison Christie Mains awaited sentencing today at Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court on three charges of obtaining a financial advantage by deception and another three counts of defrauding the Commonwealth.</p> <p>In total, she obtained $209,114 for her child, Tyler Marie, from 1998 all the way up until 2013. But despite the continuing payments, the severely disabled girl had died five months after she was born in August 1998.</p> <p>However, the now 41-year-old mother received Child Carer Allowance, Family Tax Benefit and Parenting Payment Single for years afterwards.</p> <p>Her lawyer's argument was that Ms Mains has “limited cognitive ability” which meant that she was unable to lodge an application for the welfare payments she was entitled to, and that the money that she has received so far would have amounted to what she was supposed to get in the first place.</p> <p>But despite it all, she contacted Centrelink multiple times to ask for advance payments to help take care of her deceased child.</p> <p>Her first welfare claim was made in October 1998 when she said her child was still alive. Telling Centrelink that her daughter was born with a severe neurological disability, she failed to mention that she had passed away over a month before the claim was lodged.</p> <p>Defence counsel Martin Bernhaut argued that his client understood that her actions were unacceptable.</p> <p>“Ms Mains accepts that she received a range of payments relating to a deceased child during a period when she was not entitled to.</p> <p>“She absolutely accepts that, and she did make false representations to Centrelink that her child was alive and in her care and had various disabilities that required additional care.”</p> <p>But despite it all, her solicitor asked the judge to consider that her daughter “died in horrific, tragic, circumstances aged five months”.</p> <p>Due to the trauma she had faced, paired with her inability to read and write meant she was “never going to be able to work due to her range of conditions".</p> <p>He also mentioned that her child’s death took such a toll on her that she began “dressing up a doll and pretending it was her daughter”.</p> <p>Mr Bernhaut said his client has already returned $25,000 of the stolen funds.</p> <p>The sentencing was adjourned until 18 September.</p>

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The major brawl brewing over Bob Hawke's will

<p>Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s daughter and his widow are currently battling it out over his multi-million dollar will.</p> <p>His daughter, Rosslyn Dillion, is preparing to take legal action against Blanche d’Alpuget and let her stepmother know of her intentions in a tense phone call.</p> <p>The contestation of the will comes after Dillon discovered that after the payout of $750,000, which includes the proceeds of the $15 million sale of a Northbridge home, there are no further provisions for his three children in the will.</p> <p>The rest of the estate will be going to d’Alpuget, his wife and biographer, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2019/07/16/bob-hawke-will/" target="_blank"><em>The New Daily</em></a>.</p> <p>The current arrangement that was struck up separately to Mr Hawke’s will has his three children, Susan Pieters-Hawke, Stephen Hawke and Rosslyn Dillon being awarded around $750,000 immediately upon his death in a payment from d’Alpuget.</p> <p>The payment was also awarded to d’Alpuget’s son, Louis Pratt, upon the death of Mr Hawke.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 258.385px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7828669/1563191989-screen-shot-2019-07-15-at-94113-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/336f1b0b04b34e2e993ba38cc103a07c" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Rosslyn Davis talking to ABC's 7:30</em></p> <p>Unless a private agreement is struck between the parties, the matter will proceed to the NSW Supreme Court. It will be on the grounds of inadequate family provision.</p> <p>Mr Hawke’s three children were estranged from their stepmother for many years after their father remarried in 1995, but had repaired the relationship in recent years.</p> <p>However, there was a hint of family issues at the memorial of Mr Hawke, as d’Alpuget mentioned his “eldest daughter Sue Pieters-Hawke” twice in her speech but did not mention her two siblings.</p> <p>d’Alpuget also hinted at family issues in her book<em> Hawke: Prime Minister</em> as she outlined that Rosslyn first ran away from home as a 15-year-old schoolgirl. She was later found by her father and his friend in a drug den in Sydney.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7828671/blanche.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2124f4e2c2b3468989855dbba5ad7149" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Bob Hawke and Blanche d'Alpuget at the book launch of Hawke: The Prime Minister</em></p> <p>“It was obvious to everyone who knew Rosslyn and her husband, who partied with the Brett and Wendy Whiteley crowd, that they were using heroin; everyone, that is, except her parents, who clung steadfastly to the belief that their daughter did not use hard drugs,” d’Alpuget wrote.</p> <p>“The news from the hospital in the first week of August that the new mother was so wasted by heroin she could soon be dead fell on Hawke like a blow from an axe.”</p> <p>In 2011, there was also reports of an “airport brawl” between Sue Pieters-Hawke and d’Alpuget.</p> <p>“I approached her to say a friendly hello, but she slapped me hard three or four times, and yes, I was shaken,” Ms Pieters-Hawke said to ABC’s <em>7:30</em>.</p>

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Human remains found "likely" Seinfeld and Golden Girls actor

<p>Human remains found in a remote part of the United States are expected to be that of missing actor Charles Levin.</p> <p>Levin played a number of roles in successful television comedies including <em>Seinfeld</em>, <em>Golden Girls </em>and <em>Night Court</em>.</p> <p>The 70-year-old actor was reported missing on July 8 by his son after he hadn’t seen his father for a number of days.</p> <p>Levin went missing from Grand Pass, Oregon and was driving an orange 2012 Fiat.</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/Bz9u9KQgGJi/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz9u9KQgGJi/" target="_blank">A post shared by Quell (@quell_the_movie)</a> on Jul 15, 2019 at 9:41pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MISSING?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MISSING</a>: Have you seen Charles Levin?<br /><br />He was moving to a home on Redwood Avenue from a residence near SW G Street in <a href="https://twitter.com/GrantsPassOR?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GrantsPassOR</a>. He drives an orange 2012 Fiat with an Oregon license plate.<a href="https://t.co/UG2u3KcKI6">https://t.co/UG2u3KcKI6</a></p> — 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐞𝐞 (@brian_schnee) <a href="https://twitter.com/brian_schnee/status/1149069462928125952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 10, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>On Saturday evening, a resident in the Grants Pass area found Levin’s car in a “very remote and almost impassable road,” according to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.</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/Bz6vCttn2BZ/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz6vCttn2BZ/" target="_blank">A post shared by Bea Arthur Thots (@bea.arthur)</a> on Jul 14, 2019 at 5:45pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Sadly, Boo Boo Bear the dog was found passed away inside the vehicle which was positioned off the road.  </p> <p>Crew members conducted a thorough search throughout the area and after several hours found human remains.</p> <p>“Based on the circumstances, there is a high probability that the remains are those of Charles Levin,” the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said.</p> <p>Levin’s other TV credits also include <em>Alice<span> </span></em>and <em>Doogie Howser, M.D</em>.</p> <p>He also appeared in movies including <em>The Golden Child</em>,<span> </span><em>Annie Hall</em> and <em>This is Spinal Tap</em>.</p>

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Volunteering: How it holds the key to self-fulfilment

<p>If someone had asked you to do a days work for no pay a few years ago, you probably would have laughed it off. <br /><br />But did you know that more than six million people or 36% of Australians aged over 18 take part in voluntary work each year?<br /><br />Even though there may not be the usual financial gain at the finish line, volunteering is the perfect way to self-improvement. People report greater levels of satisfaction and fulfilment.<br /><br />66-year old Matilda Di Certi is semi-retired and regularly volunteers.<br /><br />“My enjoyment in volunteering began with the Sydney 2000 Olympics. I had just cut back from full-time to part-time work and I had heard about a friend of mine who was volunteering at the Olympics. I signed up and just got so much personal satisfaction from helping out with one of the biggest events our nation has seen,” she said.<br /><br />She continues to volunteer at major national sport and arts events whenever she can.<br /><br />“Volunteering keeps my mind and body active and makes me feel like I’m part of something much bigger,” she added.<br /><br />Statistics also show that more women than men volunteer and the group with the highest rates of volunteering is aged between 45 and 54.<br /><br />Sport and physical recreation organisations are the most common type that people volunteer for while others include:<br /><br />• Community/welfare<br />• Religious groups<br />• Parenting, children and youth<br /><br /><strong>How to get started volunteering<br /></strong><br />If you’ve thought about volunteering, but don’t know where to start visit <a href="http://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/">volunteeringaustralia.org</a> as a first port of call.</p> <p>Another way to get onto the volunteering path is to ask yourself what you are passionate about. Are there any causes close to your heart that you never had the time for? What skills could you contribute? Speak to peers and family. They might be able to give you some inspiration or direction.<br /><br />Volunteering can be what you make of it. You can give your time to large-scale organisations and events like museums, charities and concerts or smaller local events and organisations such as fairs, schools, councils and churches. <br />Always remember to do what suits you. Before you sign up, ask yourself how much time you want to devote and don’t over-commit yourself if you are unsure and haven’t volunteered before.</p> <p>Below are some charitable organisations you might want to approach for volunteering:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.rspcansw.org.au/">rspcansw.org.au</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.thesmithfamily.com.au/">thesmithfamily.com.au</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.acas.org.au/">acas.org.au</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.redcross.org.au/">redcross.org.au</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.projects-abroad.com.au/">projects-abroad.com.au</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.missionaustralia.com.au/">missionaustralia.com.au</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Written by Danielle Cesta. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/work/employment/volunteering-holds-the-key-to-self-fulfillment.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Secrets of real estate millionaire Josh Altman

<p>Los Angeles real-estate-agent-to-the-stars <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fit-s-your-move-josh-altman%2Fprod9780062369253.html">Josh Altman</a> has the easy laugh of someone who has made millions and lost them during the span of his career.</p> <p>A classic rags-to-riches story <a href="http://www.joshaltman.com.au/">Altman</a>, originally from Massachusetts, arrived in LA 13 years ago with no money and started flipping houses while working in a mail room. A millionaire at 26, he lost everything at 27 when the US economy collapsed.</p> <p>“It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you recover from it. It’s how you bounce back from an experience like that,” he says.</p> <p>And bounce back he did. <a href="http://www.joshaltman.com.au/">Altman</a> is one of the most successful US real estate agents working in the high end of the market – he’s sold more than $1.5 billion worth of property over the past three years. A self-confessed workaholic, <a href="http://t.dgm-au.com/c/185116/69171/1880?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booktopia.com.au%2Fit-s-your-move-josh-altman%2Fprod9780062369253.html">Altman</a> is enjoying riding the wave of success. “Right now, I’m at the top of my game,” he says.</p> <p>So naturally, he’s a man in demand. Spending time in Australia this week (with his brother and business partner Matt) to impart his expert knowledge, Altman, 37, will talk about a hot topic he – and many of us – are obsessed with: the real estate market and how to make it work for you. </p> <p>He’s well-known to Aussie audiences. Altman accepted a central role on US reality TV show Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles six years ago, and viewers have got to know his aggressive, alpha male style (his nickname is The Shark) over the seasons. The Bravo network hit show is broadcast in 70 countries.</p> <p><strong><em>If you buy smart, even if you don’t get as much square footage, I always say go for the location</em></strong></p> <p>Altman says if you do your homework the more likely you’ll achieve your real estate goals. “At the end of the day, it comes down to people feeling comfortable where they’re putting their money,” he says.</p> <p>“It doesn’t matter what market you’re in, always buy in a prime location, even if it costs you a little more, he advises. “If you buy smart, even if you don’t get as much square footage, I always say go for the location."</p> <p>“I’ve been in down markets and I’ve been in up markets, and the people who get hurt the least in a down market are the ones who still lived in a prime location. I also like to look at places or areas that can’t be replicated.”</p> <p><strong><em>I’m a big fan of holding onto property for as long as possible</em></strong></p> <p>While he mixes with Hollywood celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Ashton Kutcher as well as business leaders and political heavyweights, Altman says it doesn’t matter who you are, the principles involved in buying and selling property are the same for everyone, including those who are 50+.</p> <p> “I’m a big fan of holding onto property for as long as possible,” he says. “My mentors told me hold onto it until you can’t hold it any more to see quite a return on their investment.”</p> <p>Altman still enjoys flipping houses – buying a house that needs work and doing it up and making a tidy profit – but it’s more of a hobby these days. He says it’s a great way to make money and get to know the real estate market. What you need to achieve success is an experienced, reliable team, he says.</p> <p><strong><em>Make sure you’re talking to local agents who are experts in the area and have a good track record</em></strong></p> <p>“Most of the problems I see with flipping houses occurs when people are not familiar with the process and haven’t got people around them to help,” says Altman. “You need to have tradespeople you can trust, a project manager you can trust. There’s a lot of money to be saved if you have the right people doing it for you.”</p> <p>But, when it comes time to selling, don’t leave anything to guesswork. When putting a property on the market, Altman says shop around. “It’s important to meet with a few agents,” he shares.</p> <p>“Make sure you’re talking to local agents who are experts in the area and have a good track record. Talk about your options. Use your gut instincts to choose an agent you believe will do the best job for you. But keep it all business.</p> <p>“One thing sellers do is that they take offers for their property too personally, that can be a mistake. When you’re selling a house, you really have to step out of the situation. You have to realise it’s an investment. Work with your agent and remember that with a very low offer you can negotiate up.”</p> <p>Another component, especially when starting out in your real estate search, is to surround yourself with a solid support system. Networking plays a part, too, so don’t be afraid to get out there and meet people.</p> <p>“The best thing you can do is call and meet up with a bunch of local agents. Take them out for lunch or dinner and pick their brains,” says Altman. “Also, talk to your friends. The last thing I would do is invest with somebody I don’t know or hasn’t been referred to me by someone or doesn’t have a track record. You need to find an agent who wants to help you because they want to earn your business.”</p> <p>For those interested in investing in real estate in a bid to secure a safe or early retirement, Altman says it’s best not to be too risk-averse, though it’s wise to be fiscally sensible.</p> <p>“I’ve made some pretty good money off some small investments. Make sure before you commit to anything that you can afford to lose it. That’s important,” he says.</p> <p>You can buy an investment property where you know the rental market is very strong.<br />Whether you buy an investment property near where you live or in an area far away from you is a personal choice, says Altman, but he prefers to keep a close eye on the bricks and mortar he buys. “I personally like to be able to see the properties I invest in,” he says. “I like to be able to drive by, see them and touch them.”</p> <p>Altman adds it doesn’t matter if you want to invest in property in another state or another area of the city you live in as long as you are confident you have made the right decision.</p> <p>If you’re in your 50s and haven’t taken that first step in buying property, Altman says it’s never too late to start. His motto is: “Recognise an opportunity when it’s in front of you, go after it and capitalise on it.”</p> <p>Take your time and build up your knowledge. Being confident about the decisions you make is a crucial step in the process.</p> <p><strong><em>With their monthly payment when they own a house is often going to be cheaper than renting</em></strong></p> <p>“Sit down with a local agent, those who haven’t bought yet could perhaps be surprised at how cheap it is to buy something right now with interest rates they way they are right now, a lot of people don’t realise that with their monthly payment when they own a house is often going to be cheaper than renting,” says Altman. “If they have a nice nest egg saved up it’s a great way to get into the market.</p> <p>“You can buy an investment property where you know the rental market is very strong. And you can buy something and keep it for a long time and rent it out. You can get some great returns on that.”</p> <p>Of course, everyone wants to know the secret to Altman’s incredible success. He says he’s passionate about what he does but there is one thing that has helped him tremendously.</p> <p><strong><em>I love real estate. I’d be doing it even if I wasn’t making the money I’m making</em></strong></p> <p>“You want to listen a lot more than you talk,” he advises. “That is a classic mistake that people make, you know when other people talk and you listen, and if you ask the right questions, there’s a lot of tips that other people give away.</p> <p>“I love real estate. I’d be doing it even if I wasn’t making the money I’m making. In days gone by, in my free time, I used to drive around and look at houses just for the love of it.”</p> <p>While many viewers of the show may see Altman as a driven businessman, they would also have seen a man increasingly prepared to show his vulnerable side, particularly his admission that he’s made many mistakes, both professionally and personally.</p> <p><strong><em>Never buy what you can’t afford</em></strong></p> <p>He says, “I’ve made dozens of mistakes! Right before the [US] economy collapsed, I bought a house that I really shouldn’t have been able to afford, but I reached for it because I got emotional about the property. Never buy what you can’t afford.<br />“It’s important to accept any mistakes you make. Learn from them and stay strong no matter what you’re doing.” </p> <p>And that includes his love-live. Altman’s worn his heart on his sleeve about nearly losing his now-wife, fellow real estate agent Heather Bilyeu, whom he married in April after admitted that working relentlessly had nearly lost him the most important person in his life. </p> <p>“Being on television has opened doors and given me opportunities I wouldn’t probably have had. If it all ended today, I’d go back to just being a real estate realtor [agent]. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.</p> <p>“I’m having fun. It could end any day; that’s okay. It’s been an amazing ride and learning experience. And I got to meet my wife on the show.”</p> <p><strong>Josh and Matt Altman are at The Star Sydney on June 14 and at The Plenary MCEC in Melbourne on June 15. The Brisbane event has been cancelled. For more information on how to buy tickets, visit his website <a href="http://www.joshaltman.com.au/">here</a>.</strong></p> <p><em>*Disclaimer: The advice given in this story is of a general nature. Seek professional advice before selling, investing or buying property.  </em></p> <p><em>Written by Robin Hill. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/secrets-of-real-estate-millionaire-josh-altman.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Urgent ALDI food recall – do you buy this popular snack?

<p>ALDI has issued a recall for Whopper products sold at stores across NSW and the ACT due to the presence of undeclared allergens.</p> <p>Food Standards Australia &amp; New Zealand said the malted milk balls sold in the 141g boxes contain previously undisclosed allergens milk, wheat, barley, peanuts and tree nuts.</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/BsjQWTBFL0j/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsjQWTBFL0j/" target="_blank">A post shared by Chef Angela Rose Capanna (@eatyourheartoutedibles)</a> on Jan 12, 2019 at 2:13pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Consumers who have an allergy or intolerance to any of the above ingredients may have a reaction after consuming the snack.</p> <p>Australia’s Food Standards Code specifies that a number of allergens – peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, sesame seeds, fish and shellfish, soy and wheat and lupins – must be declared on the food label.</p> <p>The recall applies to all best before dates.</p> <p>“Customers should return the product to the place of purchase for a full cash refund,” the supermarket said in a statement.</p> <p>“ALDI Stores takes product quality and safety seriously and we apologise for any inconvenience.”</p>

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“How is it possible?” Intruder breaks into Buckingham Palace

<p>An intruder has broken into Buckingham Palace on Wednesday morning.</p> <p>The Queen was just metres away from where the man broke into the massive palace in what has been labelled a “major security breach.”</p> <p>The 22-year-old man is assumed to have climbed over the front gates of the palace before banging down the front doors.</p> <p><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.express.co.uk/" target="_blank">Express</a></em> reported it took four minutes for police to apprehend the man and check if he was carrying weapons.</p> <p>It is widely believed the young man was attempting to replicate a similar situation done almost 37 years ago by Michael Fagan who broke into the Queen’s bedroom.</p> <p>Metropolitan Police have confirmed they arrested the 22-year-old on suspicion of trespassing.</p> <p>“Officers have arrested a man on suspicion of trespass, contrary to section 128 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005,” the statement read.</p> <p>“The 22-year-old man was arrested at approximately 02:00 hrs on Wednesday, 10 July by officers from the Met's Royalty and Specialist Protection Command after he climbed over the front gates at Buckingham Palace.</p> <p>The man was not found in possession of any offensive weapons and the incident is not being treated as terrorist related.</p> <p>“He remains in custody at a central London police station.”</p> <p>The Queen was in the Palace at about 2 am when the young man entered the premises however a spokesperson has declined to comment to say if she was told about the security breach.</p> <p>In 1982, Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace at 7:15 am on July 9 by claiming over the walls and entering the Queen’s bedroom.</p> <p>The 31-year-old schizophrenic told the Queen about his family problems and while Her Majesty called the panic button – there was no response.</p> <p>After being forced to call the palace switchboard, the operator believed it was a practical joke.</p> <p>During the ordeal Fagan smashed a glass ashtray and warned he would slash his own wrists.</p> <p>Thankfully the Queen was rescued after being spotted by butler Paul Whybrew as he was returning back to the Palace after walking her corgi dogs.</p>

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Man robs banks with avocado – flees with $12,000

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A man will sit trial after being accused of robbing two banks with an avocado. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 47-year-old has been arrested after allegedly robbing two banks in Beershaba, Israel using a whole avocado, according to the </span><a href="https://www.timesofisrael.com/man-holds-up-two-banks-armed-only-with-an-avocado/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Times of Israel.</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The man entered a Postal Bank branch at a shopping mall in May and handed over a note demanding she hand over cash. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Hand over the money in the drawer,” the note read according to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">112 News</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When the cashier hesitated, the robber spoke, saying: “Put the money in the bag quickly or I’ll throw this grenade.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The “grenade” however turned out to be a piece of fruit he painted black. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The performance happened once more at another bank a few days later. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The accused will stand trial for stealing more than AUD$12,000 in total. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police were able to track the robber down using his mobile device. </span></p>

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“Two points I want to address”: Senator Penny Wong delivers a message to Israel Folau

<p>Labor Senator Penny Wong had a two-fold statement to give to Israel Folau on ABC’s <em>Q&amp;A</em><span> </span>last night.</p> <p>Wong was responding to a question from an audience member that asked whether the response to Folau’s comments would be different if he was a Muslim instead of a Christian.</p> <p>Wong took a moment to compose herself before answering the question.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">If Israel Folau were a Muslim would the Attorney-General be considering new laws to protect religious freedoms? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QandA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QandA</a> <a href="https://t.co/rMNFdTomkn">pic.twitter.com/rMNFdTomkn</a></p> — ABC Q&amp;A (@QandA) <a href="https://twitter.com/QandA/status/1148208502046724096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 8, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“OK, two points I want to address,” Wong began.</p> <p>“First, in relation to Mr Folau, can I say — first on an emotional level — I wish that we could have more expressions of love and forgiveness rather than condemnation when it came to belief.</p> <p>“I wish public figures, politicians, sporting stars, may consider … where their words land with vulnerable Australians.”</p> <p>Wong is a practicing Christian herself who attends Pilgrim Uniting Church in Adelaide and made it clear that she sees the religion that herself and Folau share very differently.</p> <p>“He is entitled to his beliefs,” she said. “I disagree. I think we ought remember he doesn’t speak for all Christians.</p> <p>“In terms of the broader issue, we are an accepting, tolerant nation … Whatever happens in this current debate around religious freedom, I think we mustn’t lose sight of those key characteristics of Australian identity.</p> <p>Wong continued by explaining that the aim of religion isn’t to become less “tolerant”.</p> <p>“We don’t want to become less accepting, less tolerant. We don’t want to abrogate our agreed view that people are entitled to equality before the law, that we believe that people are equal, regardless of gender, race, faith, sexuality, disability, etc.</p> <p>“We should hold to those objectives, that we’re not seeking to diminish that. I’m open to a discussion about how we deal with religious protections.</p> <p>“But I would make this point: There is a distinction between a right to belief and the assertion that that belief should lead to you being treated differently before the law.”</p> <p>Human rights lawyer Diana Sayed, who was also on the panel, said that the Morrison Government must not “give people a licence to discriminate”. This is in reference to the religious discrimination bill that has been developed in response to the controversy around Folau.</p> <p>“It is really important that this bill strikes a balance that people who are free to practice their religion are not granted a licence to discriminate,” she said.</p>

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“I was stupid”: Mum falls victim to $225 million lottery scam

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A single mother has fallen victim to a $225 million lottery scam after falling for a sob story and false promises of a portion of a multi-million-dollar jackpot win. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The mother who remains unidentified, from Birmingham in the UK handed over 5,000 pounds (AUD$9165) in a number of instalments to a scammer after he had tricked her into believing she had won a $225 million Euromillions jackpot. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I wasn’t naive, I was stupid,” she told the </span><a href="https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/all-about/sunday-mercury"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sunday Mercury.</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> “In this day and age, I find it really hard not to help people. That’s my downfall – I’m still in the 1980s.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 44-year-old woman first met the conman at her workplace where he approached her and handed the mother a fake lottery ticket. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The man then asked her to confirm the win with the lottery agency via his phone, under the claim his English was poor. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When the mother spoke to a woman on the phone, it was “confirmed” the gambler had won the $225 million. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The victim and the con-artist maintained contact where he told her his mother needed money for an open-heart surgery in Pakistan that could just not wait for the money to come through. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Falling for the scam, the 44-year-old mother agreed to hand the man $9000 and in return was promised a reimbursement of $900,000. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The mother later met the man at a McDonald’s restaurant where she handed him the last instalment of her loan and brought along her brother, who admitted the whole situation felt fishy. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He was very smooth, very plausible,” he explained. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Half the time, he was in tears... ‘I can’t believe what you guys have done’ he told us. ‘I don’t even know you guys, and you’ve done this for me when my own friends won’t give me a tenner’.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Yes, I smelled a rat, but, by then, my sister was in too deep.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Up until the “last seconds,” the mother said she believed the con-artist was genuine. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Realisation only truly hit the 44-year-old on June 18 when she arrived at the Royal Bank of Scotland to meet with the “gambler” to get her reward. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, just ten minutes before they were supposed to meet, the man’s phone “died.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t think I could help someone now. I now look on anyone as possible scumbags. This has knocked me out, this has turned my house upside down,” she said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The conman has not been located; however, the victim’s brother did manage to get a copy of the con man’s Drivers License during their brief meeting at McDonald’s. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a brief statement, a spokesperson for the Camelot lotteries warned the public to be aware of scams: “If something looks too good to be true, it probably is.”</span></p>

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Major car recall: Do you own a Mazda, Dodge, Jeep or Toyota?

<p>Models of Mazda, Dodge, Jeep and Toyota cars have been recalled over a range of safety concerns.</p> <p>The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls" target="_blank">recalls</a> for thousands of vehicles due to safety issues such as defective brake pedals, faulty windshields and improperly installed components.</p> <p>One of the models recalled, the Mazda 3, has a manufacturing flaw which could lead to loosened wheel nuts after continued use, increasing the risk of loss of vehicle control and accidents. 3,323 cars in this model were affected.</p> <p>The list of the recalled vehicles is as below:</p> <ul> <li>Mazda 3 Hatch 2019, sold from 8 April 2019 to 21 June 2019</li> <li>Jeep Cherokee 2008, sold from 20 June 2007 to 11 June 2010</li> <li>Jeep Cherokee 2010, sold from 6 June 2009 to 12 June 2012</li> <li>Dodge Nitro 2007, sold from 21 June 2006 to 12 June 2009</li> <li>Dodge RAM 2500 2010<span> </span>and<span> </span>Dodge RAM 3500 2010, sold from 21 June 2009 to 21 June 2012</li> <li>Jeep Compass 2007<span> </span>and<span> </span>Dodge Caliber 2007, sold from 1 June 2006 to 31 January 2010</li> <li>Dodge Nitro 2007-2009<span> </span>and<span> </span>Jeep Cherokee 2008-2009, sold from 5 June 2007 to 20 June 2011</li> <li>Toyota Prius C 2018-2019, sold from 19 March 2018 to 29 March 2019</li> </ul> <p>The ACCC said affected owners will be contacted by the manufacturers. Customers are also encouraged to make an appointment at their car dealer for a free repair.</p>

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Perth mum fined $750 for smacking daughter with wooden spoon

<p>An Australian mother has been charged with common assault after smacking her nine-year-old daughter with a wooden spoon.</p> <p>Tania, 35, has faced Perth court over an incident in their home in Ellenbrook last year.</p> <p>The mother hit her daughter in a “moment of frustration” according to her lawyer.</p> <p>Police explained that the assault happened after the child took old meat from the fridge and ate it.</p> <p>Tania had warned her not to touch it as it had medicine for the dogs inside the meat.</p> <p>“My daughter actually took out some food that I had in the fridge that was meant for the dogs the next day, and it had medication for the dogs,” Tania told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/perth-mum-convicted-for-smacking-her-daughter-with-a-wooden-spoon-wa-news/bae00af3-22be-48cf-adc3-7103801fdf45" target="_blank"><em>9News</em></a>.</p> <p>“I woke up in the morning, she was nice and quiet just sitting in the theatre room eating away these burgers that were supposed to be for the dogs.”</p> <p>Tania explained that she “panicked” and has had “a lot of difficulties with her [daughter’s] behaviour".</p> <p>The young girl was left with a bruise.</p> <p>The Magistrate handed down a suspended $750 fine and a spent conviction.</p> <p>“You struck your nine-year-old with a wooden spoon and by your plea you accept that the force you used was more than necessary to correct her,” he said, according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/perth-mum-taken-to-court-after-hitting-daughter-with-wooden-spoon-20190703-p523r7.html" target="_blank">WAToday</a></em>.</p> <p>“I’m satisfied this is unlikely to happen again.”</p>

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The major new road rule changes hitting Australian drivers

<p>Major changes surrounding road rules will soon be implemented including an increase in licence fees, registration fees and fines.</p> <p>The new laws will be introduced in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, but the state that would be affected the most is Northern Territory where the fine for using a mobile phone when behind the wheel will be doubled.</p> <p>Spokesperson for RACQ Clare Hunter said the changes will take place in Queensland on July 1.</p> <p>“Once again drivers will be paying more to renew their licences and they’ll be out of pocket more to keep their vehicles registered. The cost of a driver licence will increase to as much as $180.70 for a five-year licence,” said Ms Hunter.</p> <p>She also revealed that the penalty unit will be increasing by 2.25 per cent as of July 1 – making fines more costly than they already are.</p> <p>“Don’t say you weren’t warned, the cost of breaking the law like speeding or hooning just got more expensive,” she said.</p> <p>New South Wales has already faced a major change regarding drink driving on May 20 this year.</p> <p>The law now states that first time offenders caught above the blood alcohol limit will face a penalty of $561 and an automatic three-month licence suspension.</p> <p>It also applies to first time offenders caught driving while on illicit drugs as they will also be fined $561 and a three-month licence suspension.</p> <p>In Victoria, those who hold an international license or are relocating to the state will be required to obtain a Victorian licence within six months according to the Road Safety Drivers Regulations.</p> <p>Those who are caught driving without a Victorian licence after that time period will be charged with an unlicensed driving offence.</p> <p>Those living in Western Australia will be forced to slow down as the speed limit could be reduced by 10km/h across the board.</p> <p>The intense initiative would be the biggest change the state has seen in decades.</p> <p>However, nothing compares to the changes being implemented in the Northern Territory starting from August with the fine for drivers using a mobile phone being doubled from $250 to $500.</p> <p>A $500 fine will also be put in place for those who use any type of screen that is deemed as a distraction while driving.</p> <p>Motorcyclists will now be allowed to lane filter when traffic is moving at less than 30km/h.</p> <p><strong>2019 road rule changes</strong></p> <p><strong>Queensland</strong></p> <ul> <li>From July 1 an increase in licence fees will be put into place along with higher car registration fees. The penalty unit for fines will also increase by 2.25 per cent.</li> </ul> <p><strong>New South Wales</strong></p> <ul> <li>Since May 20, drink drivers on their first offence will face an automatic three-month licence suspension and a $561 fine. The same rule applies for drug driving.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Northern Territory</strong></p> <ul> <li>From August 1 the fine for using a mobile phone while driving will double from $250 to $500. Those caught driving on the road with screens deemed to be distracting will also be penalised $500.</li> <li>Motorcyclists will be able to lane-filter through traffic travelling at less than 30km/h.</li> <li>When in a 60km/h or less speed zone, motorists are required to leave a one metre passing distance when overtaking a cyclist. When the speed limit is above 60km/h, the gap increases to one and half metres.</li> <li>Cyclists will be permitted to ride slowly across pedestrian crossings.</li> <li>Learner drivers will not be allowed to ride a moped.</li> <li>Children under one year of age travelling in commercial passenger vehicles will be allowed to be nursed on the lap of a passenger over 16 years of age, if there is no child seat available.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Victoria</strong></p> <ul> <li>Those moving to Victoria from interstate or overseas will be required to convert their existing licence into a Victorian licence within six months.</li> <li>Demerit points will be put in place for motorcycle riders who are caught without a high-vis vest.</li> </ul>

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Big inheritance: Gloria Vanderbilt leaves bulk of her fortune to son Anderson Cooper

<p>Before she passed away last month, Gloria Vanderbilt told her son, journalist Anderson Cooper, that he should not expect any trust fund.</p> <p>“My mom’s made clear to me that there’s no trust fund,” Cooper said in a 2014 interview with Howard Stern. “There’s none of that.”</p> <p>However, the <a rel="noopener" href="https://pagesix.com/2019/07/01/gloria-vanderbilt-leaves-almost-everything-to-anderson-cooper/" target="_blank"><em>New York Post</em></a> reported that the late socialite left Cooper almost all of her estate, which was estimated to be worth US$200 million.</p> <p>Vanderbilt’s will, which was reportedly filed in court on Monday, stated that Vanderbilt’s eldest son Leopold Stokowski will get her Manhattan pad, but “all the rest” of her property is going to the CNN news anchor.</p> <p>Her will did not leave anything to Vanderbilt’s middle son, Chris Stokowski, who has reportedly been estranged for 40 years.</p> <p>Cooper has previously said he does not believe in inheriting money.</p> <p>“I think it’s a curse,” he said. “From the time I was growing up, if I felt that there was some pot of gold waiting for me, I don’t know that I would’ve been so motivated.”</p> <p>Vanderbilt – the great-great-great granddaughter of railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/a-life-in-pictures-remembering-gloria-vanderbilt" target="_blank">died at the age of 95</a> on June 17 after a long battle with stomach cancer.</p> <p>She made her success as a fashion designer and businesswoman with her own lines of <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/style/gloria-vanderbilt-built-denim-empire/" target="_blank">denim</a>, apparels, fragrance and household goods.</p>

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Boy George music festival: Fans aged 40-60 caught with drugs

<div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Almost 30 people were found to be carrying illicit drugs on their way to a Boy George music festival, with the majority aged over 40 and a number of fans in their 50s.</p> <p>Police charged 28 people – including a 60-year-old woman – found to be in possession of cocaine and/or ecstasy at Sydney’s Ivy club on Saturday.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/boy-george-at-the-ivy-woman-60-among-several-people-aged-over-40-with-mdma-and-cocaine/news-story/d07f2d5b42451cca5c18ad7b466823e9">police</a>, all were on their way to a music festival held at the club where the star act Boy George started at 1pm.</p> <p>“On the afternoon of Saturday, June 29, officers from the Sydney City Proactive Crime Team, assisted by the Dog Unit, conducted an operation in and around a licensed premises on George Street, Sydney, during a music event,” police said on Monday.</p> <p>“Officers subsequently charged 13 men and 15 women — aged between 23 and 60 — with a total of 31 offences.</p> <p>“All those charged were issued with court attendance notices and ordered to appear at the Downing Centre later this month.”</p> <p>NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann, who attended the concert, said the drug operation was “over-the-top”.</p> <p>Faehrmann wrote on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/greencate/photos/a.772308536121417/2558059617546291/?type=3&amp;__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARB6UD33nfeVcnuidWZBNKyPDMNFyMT7X-Sjw-alpCA7-yasmMysjtEy7EGoQwyUEqSM5VkiGgYEuXIuUCP4wYXcLqP7EqAOivkAt_lZp0WRGBNKRlGEYJRj87X4eCORdIWrt0YoGU10lD0xtO-SAj_NaRugtx_UsJ5eCdIdYAOPvm4BNvX_wqGWqA7p18cyKqIZ8q8bPMNnfs1a8aou4HLOOw1pxhNE3XdGgu-EbXODf72OnmSqV9-pTavwRv_FMRVRvuDCF7samj3YIfTfgyyYPADnI2TT9mnCUk8gTdcsdZo8TLCiPFuo4WkUXS-QL6h9Daq00URymRIFdsq2B5O6Ug&amp;__tn__=-R">her Facebook page</a>: “It was a daytime party, starting at 1PM and finishing at 9PM. The police presence was completely over-the-top with sniffer dogs and dozens of cops forming a line that all patrons had to walk through.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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This driving habit may soon land you a $1000 fine

<p>Queensland drivers who are caught peeking at their phone screen behind the wheel may soon be hit with a hefty fine.</p> <p>As part of its effort to curb road deaths, the Queensland government plans to introduce a $1,000 on-the-spot fine for motorists who use mobile phones while driving – more than double the current penalty of $400.</p> <p>Those caught offending for the second time may also have their licences revoked.</p> <p>Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey said the move is necessary to discourage distracted driving. “I think increasing the value of the fine to $1,000 for distracted driving and similar offences will deter this dangerous behaviour,” said Bailey.</p> <p>“People are literally killing themselves and killing others because they can’t keep their hands off their phone.”</p> <p>The government said it had been reviewing penalties for driving offences after 40 people died on Queensland roads in the past two months. Bailey said 38 people were killed and 1,224 hospitalised by distracted drivers in the state in 2017.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/drivers-to-be-hit-with-1000-on-the-spot-fines-for-using-a-mobile-phone-while-behind-the-wheel-queensland-news/140fd9d3-9934-4727-8241-5e0dfbc04ff0" target="_blank"><em>9News</em></a>, the new laws are likely to be introduced by the end of the year.</p> <p>Should the rule be established, the fine will be the highest in Australia. The same offence currently attracts a fine of $534 in South Australia, $484 in Victoria, $470 in the ACT, $337 in NSW, $250 in the NT, $400 in Western Australia and $326 in Tasmania.</p>

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