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Slice of Charles and Di's wedding cake goes under the hammer

<p><span>Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer wed in a globally broadcasted wedding 40 years ago.</span><br /><br /><span>On July 29, 1981, the chosen guests of their special day were treated to an extravagant slice from a five-tier wedding fruit cake, which was made by Dave Avery, head baker with the Royal Navy.</span><br /><br /><span>Along with their wedding cake, there were 22 others baked and sent out - including one that was made for Clarence House staff to enjoy.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842754/princess-diana-charles-wedding-cake-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/17b9450a439048149d03d4ff800619d3" /></p> <p><em>Image: Supplied</em></p> <p><span>One leftover slice of cake is going under the hammer in the UK and is expected to sell for £500 ($950).</span><br /><br /><span>The piece of cake, weighing in at 800g was given to Moyra Smith, a member of the Queen Mother's household at Clarence House.</span><br /><br /><span>She used glad wrap to preserve the topping.</span><br /><br /><span>Mrs Smith kept the piece of history wrapped and stored in a floral cake tin.</span><br /><br /><span>She topped it with a handwritten label reminding anyone to "handle with care".</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842753/princess-diana-charles-wedding-cake-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7b08a293936241f8a17b18c5496c1096" /><br /><br /><span>The label was signed by Mrs Smith and dated 27 July, 1981.</span><br /><br /><span>Her family sold the piece of cake to a collector in 2008 but it has now found its way back onto the auction block, on their 40th wedding anniversary.</span><br /><br /><span>The cake features white icing, and a 3D sugared image of the royal coat-of-arms coloured in gold, red, blue, and silver.</span><br /><br /><span>It also has a small silver horseshoe and leaf spray..</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842756/princess-diana-charles-wedding-cake.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c7977aa5e32846608bf7e531b8920038" /><br /><br /><span>"It appears to be in exactly the same good condition, but we advise against eating it," Chris Albury from Dominic Winter Auctioneers informed the BBC.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Albury expects the listing to get between £300 and £500 ($570-$950)</span><br /><br /><span>It also includes an order of service, ceremonial details and a royal wedding breakfast programme.</span><br /><br /><span>The auction will take place on August 11.</span></p> <p><em>Images: Getty Images</em></p>

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"Disturbing" Rebel Wilson ad slammed by experts

<p><span>An ad starring Australian starlet Rebel Wilson has been deemed “disturbing” by financial counsellors.</span><br /><br /><span>The Afterpay advertisement stars Wilson telling a young girl that “if credit cards and cash had a baby you could pay it over time without ever paying interest”.</span><br /><br /><span>Financial Counselling Australia chief executive Fiona Guthrie said the campaign has gone a step too far.</span><br /><br /><span>“It minimises the risks of using buy-now, pay-later products and the fact she is talking to a young child, explaining a credit product, is very disturbing,” Ms Guthrie said on Tuesday.</span><br /><br /><span>She went on to say financial counsellors are seeing more and more people who use the buy-now, pay-later scheme calling into increasing debt.</span><br /><br /><span>“People think they’re harmless, but the reality is they are a form of credit and should be treated that way,” she said.</span><br /><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_rCu47xQN34" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> <br /><span>FCA has written a number of complaints about the Wilson clip to Ad Standards, which manages complaints about advertisements under the industry’s self-regulated system.</span><br /><br /><span>“We want it discontinued as soon as possible,” Ms Guthrie said.</span><br /><br /><span>She went on to say the AD is one of several that Afterpay is currently running.</span><br /><br /><span>“Why these celebrities want to associate themselves with a product that can cause such harm is beyond us,” Ms Guthrie said.</span><br /><br /><span>“ASIC’s 2020 report found that one in five people are missing payments. It also found that as a result some people are cutting back, or going without essentials, such as food.”</span><br /><br /><span>“These slick and expensive campaigns only serve to lull consumers into using buy-now, pay-later more. There is a high risk of getting into debt, especially if you are using the product multiple times or have more than one account.”</span><br /><br /><span>In her complaint to Ad Standards, Ms Guthrie said Afterpay wasn’t available for people under 18.</span><br /><br /><span>“It would not be acceptable to explain the benefits of personal loans or credit cards to children in an advertisement and it should not be acceptable in this case,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“The use of children is gratuitous and inappropriate.”</span><br /><br /><span>She said the ad also failed to show how buy-now, pay-later products worked.</span><br /><br /><span>She also went on to say that anyone who missed an instalment would cop late fees.</span><br /><br /><span>“We urge Ad Standards to review this advertisement and ensure it is discontinued from all platforms in Australia as soon as possible,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>Earlier this week, Afterpay and its competitor Zip Co claimed that banks were forcing mortgage applicants to delete their accounts before approving home loans.</span><br /><br /><span>In a statement to TND Afterpay defended its advert, saying it was proud to divert Australians away from credit cards.</span><br /><br /><span>“Afterpay has strict controls in place to ensure that only consumers who are 18 and over can use our product. We verify the identity of all our customers,” the spokesperson said.</span></p>

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New money-saving tech seniors are tapping into

<p>With the effects of COVID hitting the wallet, rising electricity, healthcare and housing costs nearly 9 out of 10 Australians say they are feeling cost of living pressures, or ‘bill burden’.</p> <p>ABC data shows living costs for age pensioner households recorded the largest rise of all household types due to the highest expenditure for automotive fuel and pharmaceutical products. </p> <p>Thrifty Nala Perkins, 75, is one pensioner who found she is able to keep rising expenses under control by tapping into easy money-saving tech platforms that are predominantly used by young Australians.</p> <p>“I save around $4000 a year on groceries and shopping bills by using shopping apps such as Trolley Saver, which compares specials across the major supermarket chains as well as Half Price, which tracks everything reduced by 50% in Coles and Woolies,” says Ms Perkins.</p> <p>“There are so many comparison sites to make sure I can get the best price for my electricity bills and I save on petrol, with Motormouth,” she adds.</p> <p>“Once you get the hang of it, these programs are really easy to use.”</p> <p>“I also make use of special discounts offered on email and always look for the 30% off deals.”</p> <p>“The supermarket receipts can also get my fuel bill down.”</p> <p>“I also make $700 a month by renting out my car to neighbours when I'm not using it, on Car Next Door.”</p> <p>“I have to watch the dollars so you could say I’m thrifty.”</p> <p>“I’m good at getting discounts with my groceries and fuel, and I’m a stickler for paying my credit cards off every month.”</p> <p><strong>Tech savvy pensioner Nala Perkins shares her top 6 Money Saving platforms:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Track specials across all the supermarkets with <a href="http://www.scan2list.com.au/">Scan2List</a>, <a href="https://www.ourgroceries.com/overview">OurGroceries</a> and <a href="https://m.trolleytracker.com.au">Trolley Tracker.</a></li> <li>Find discounted prescription medications and health products through <a href="https://www.pharmacyonline.com.au">Pharmacy Online</a>.</li> <li>Most cars sit idle 96% of the time, <a href="https://www.carnextdoor.com.au/how-to-list-your-car">Car Next Door</a> safely connects neighbours to share cars.</li> <li>Websites such as<a href="https://motormouth.com.au/mobile-app.html"> MotorMouth</a> reveal the cheapest petrol around the country.</li> <li><a href="https://www.getreminded.com/">GetReminded</a> keeps track of when to shop around for household services due to expire. </li> <li>Easy to do all Centrelink business on the mobile app <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.dhs.centrelinkexpressplus&amp;hl=en_AU&amp;gl=US">Express Plus</a>.</li> </ul>

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"WOW!" Beach handball team responds to Pink's amazing offer

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Popstar Pink has offered to pay the fines issued to the Norwegian beach handball team for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms during a match.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After the match between Norway and Spain last weekend, the European Handball Federal (EHF) handed the Norwegians’ a $240 fine per player for “improper clothing”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The organisation said the shorts violated the athlete uniform regulations.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The fines, totalling $2410, caused widespread backlash with athletes and celebrities taking to social media to criticise the decision, including Pink.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The popstar even said she was “happy to pay” the fines for the team, and praised them for protesting the “very sexist” uniform rules.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR “uniform”. The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.</p> — P!nk (@Pink) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pink/status/1419127641068630016?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 25, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In response, the team shared the tweet on their Instagram Stories and thanked Pink for her support.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“WOW! Thank you so much for the support,” the team wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The ruling also drew criticism from Norway officials, who argue that the womens’ uniform requirements were not practical.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In 2021, it shouldn’t even be an issue,” Norwegian Volleyball Federation president Eirik Sordahl told national news agency NTB.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While beach volleyball players have not been required to wear bikinis since 2012, rules from the International Handball Federation (IHF) state that “female athletes must wear bikini bottoms” which have a “close fit”, be “cut on an upward angle towards the top of the leg”, and a side depth of 10 centimetres or less.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Male players, on the other hand, are allowed to wear shorts.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Here are the rules for the men’s vs. women’s uniforms. Ridiculously <a href="https://t.co/8wDXG22sTd">pic.twitter.com/8wDXG22sTd</a></p> — KT SLP (@MrsThornSLP) <a href="https://twitter.com/MrsThornSLP/status/1419246549763244040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 25, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Norway asked the EHF for permission to play in shorts ahead of the tournament, but were told that rule violations would be punishable by fines.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The team complied until their last match.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The EHF is committed to bring this topic forward in the interest of its member federations, however it must also be said that a change of the rules can only happen at IHF level,” EHF spokesperson Andrew Barringer said in an email.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Clothing has been an issue in beach sports for a long time, with some women players finding bikinis degrading or difficult to play in.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Norwegian Handball Association (NHF) had been pushing for changes to the uniform regulations and planned to protest with the thigh-length tights the team wore.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Norway’s team captain told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that the team felt forced to wear bikini bottoms.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So then we are forced to play with panties. It is so embarrassing,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“First we were told about a fine of 50 euros ($AUD 80) per person per match, something that would have landed us a fine of about 4,850 euros ($AUD 7760). We accepted that. However, just before the match we were told that we will be disqualified if we play like that. So we had to go with bikini bottoms.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Instagram</span></em></p>

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Government urges seniors to spend super before they die

<p><span>The Morrison government is encouraging retirees to spend their superannuation balances before the pass away.</span><br /><br /><span>Super funds have been asked to develop strategy funds so it is easier for members to withdraw and draw down their super balances during their retirement.</span><br /><br /><span>The strategy follows after it was revealed a growing number of retirees are dying with a majority of their wealth still intact.</span><br /><br /><span>By 2060, one out of every three dollars paid out of the superannuation system will become an inheritance rather than retirement income, the government’s retirement income review has determined.</span><br /><br /><span>“Partly because they have only ever been primed to save as large a lump sum as possible, retirees struggle with the concept that superannuation is to be consumed to fund their retirement,” the Treasury said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Because retirees struggle to develop effective retirement income strategies on their own, much of the savings accrued by members through the superannuation system are not used to provide retirement income.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Grattan Institute’s economic policy program director Brendan Coates said “most retirees could afford to spend substantially more than they do”.</span><br /><br /><span>“Many retirees seem reluctant to draw down on their capital, and instead live solely on the income their savings generate.”</span><br /><br /><span>The new strategy is one of the latest attempts by the Federal government to address the superannuation issue.</span><br /><br /><span>Initially in 2014, the commonwealth considered requiring super funds to offer members a comprehensive income product for retirement.</span><br /><br /><span>The product would provide retirees with an income for life, no matter how long they went on to live.</span><br /><br /><span>However, the Treasury paper has suggested that the government shouldn’t consider this approach and instead recommended that super funds create a strategy that suits the particular needs of their members.</span><br /><br /><span>“The retirement income needs of members, and the plan to service those needs, may be different from fund to fund, or from cohort to cohort within a fund,” wrote Treasury.</span><br /><br /><span>The Grattan Institute’s Mr Coates cautioned policymakers to “proceed carefully on CIPRs since such products are not well understood by most Australians”.</span><br /><br /><span>The Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees chief executive Eva Scheerlinck has said in a statement she is “pleased the position paper doesn’t propose mandating particular products, such as annuities or the previously proposed CIPRs.”</span><br /><br /><span>“It would not have made sense to mandate a superannuation longevity product, for example, for a member who is likely to retire with $250,000 or less in super, when the age pension will give that member longevity income protection.”</span></p>

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Prince Harry gets the royal treatment with $10k VIP service

<p><span>Prince Harry is reportedly using an exclusive $10.5k VIP service which allows you all the special privileges while travelling at airports.</span><br /><br /><span>As he makes his way between London and Los Angeles, it’s no wonder why he splurged for the package during his latest trip to the UK in July.</span><br /><br /><span>Harry flew from the United States to England to attend the unveiling of a statue of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, at Kensington Palace.</span><br /><br /><span>The royal was in England for just under a week, before spending five days in quarantine at Frogmore Cottage.</span><br /><br /><span>He also attended a charity event and the statue unveiling on July 1.</span><br /><br /><span>Prince Harry was quick to return to his new home in Los Angeles however, to be with his wife and their two children, Archie and Lilibet Diana.</span><br /><br /><span>Harry has paid for his experience through airports to be much more smoother than regular passengers after he used The Private Suite, described as "the most VIP way through the airport".</span><br /><br /><span>This means the Duke is able to exit the plane before other passengers.</span><br /><br /><span>He was reportedly then picked in an SUV and taken to a private terminal to collect luggage and move through passport control all in isolation.</span><br /><br /><span>Members pay $6000 a year to join The Private Suite and another $4600 per trip.</span><br /><br /><span>He also chose a commercial flight for both trips when he came to the UK for the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip in April.</span><br /><br /><span>The Duke of Sussex was forced to defend his wife Meghan Markle however, after it was revealed she used a private plane multiple times around the same time as he launched a global initiative to promote sustainable travel.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842550/daily-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/cf738d2780e746bf9c12c29380bc3909" /><br /><br /><span>Harry and Meghan were heavily criticised for using four private jets in just 11 days during the British summer.</span><br /><br /><span>Speaking at the launch of <em>Travalyst</em> in the Netherlands, Harry revealed he flies commercially "99 per cent of the time".</span><br /><br /><span>He went on to state he chooses to travel with Meghan and baby Archie on private jets in "unique" situations in order to keep his family "safe".</span></p>

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Four ways to snap up a bargain online

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Picking up a bargain buy is always an enjoyable moment, whether it’s in a physical store or while shopping online.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are four tips to help you become a savvy online shopper and save some cash.</span></p> <p><strong>1. Take advantage of the algorithm</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though brands often target customers with ads relating to their most recent searches to tempt them into making a purchase, you can use this to your advantage.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you’re looking for a particular product, search for it and monitor how the price changes in ads so you can nab it when the time (and price) is right.</span></p> <p><strong>2. Look for second-hand first</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Online shopping makes it easier to find pre-loved items that match what you’re looking for - without a hefty price tag.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you have an idea of the item you want - whether that’s a particular garment, device, or model - search second-hand online sales platforms such as Facebook Marketplace, Depop, or Gumtree to ensure you aren’t missing out on a deal.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When buying second-hand, always check the condition and keep any receipts.</span></p> <p><strong>3. Compare and save</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Just as online shopping makes it easier to find pre-loved items, comparing prices across websites is just as straightforward. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As well as comparing the price of a garment or device between retailers, search engines such as </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://compareclub.com.au/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Compare Club</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.paylessdeal.com.au/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">PayLessDeal</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.shopmania.com.au/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">ShopMania</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> can help you find the cheapest version in seconds.</span></p> <p><strong>4. Look out for e-coupons</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When you reach the virtual checkout, adding in a discount code could help you nab free shipping or a general discount.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many of these codes can be found on a brand’s social media accounts or website, or promoted by influencers on their individual social media accounts.</span></p>

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Sydney traffic controller breaks down shocking weekly pay

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An Australian traffic controller has shared her weekly pay, but her tongue-in-cheek post claiming workers needed a pay rise has upset some users.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chloe Taouk posted a video to TikTok outlining how much she makes a day while controlling traffic around Sydney’s construction sites, featuring footage of her and her colleagues on the job.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Working almost 58 hours in six days, she earned a whopping $2949, but it is unclear whether this is before or after tax.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For one fifteen-minute shift on Thursday she took home $148, while a 12.5 hour shift on Sunday earned her $717.40 due to double time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her longest shift was 14 hours on a Wednesday and netted her $611.50, while the higher weekend rates saw her collect $557 on Saturday for nine hours.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Finally, a 12-hour shift on Monday scored her $496 and a 10-hour shift on Tuesday earned her $409.95.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In total, her pay equated to an hourly pay of $50 for her working week.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The average salary for Sydney traffic controllers is $130,000 a year, though the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has revealed some earn up to $180,000 due to Sydney’s booming construction industry.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The video was set to the song </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Beggin</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> by Maneskin, which drew criticism from some users on the platform.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Over paid for doing nothing,” one user commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Your take home pay on an average day is my whole week … and a lot of people make way less. I’m not against you getting a pay rise, but perspective,” another said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Other users came to the woman’s defence, arguing the job is a dangerous one.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For the haters, traffic controllers risk their lives with oncoming traffic to protect the workers. It might look easy, but it’s also dangerous,” one woman wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Traffic control ain’t no easy job. Standing in the sun and rain all day ain’t easy. Plus trying to deal with traffic is hectic,” another said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As good as the pay is, I couldn’t stand there for 12 hours a day doing nothing, that’s a hard job in my book,” a third noted.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Others were also quick to point out that traffic control work is seasonal and that the jobs and money isn’t guaranteed long term.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">chloetaouk2 / TikTok</span></em></p>

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Huge change coming to Coles

<p>A huge change is coming to Coles as the supermarket aims to remove in-house butchers and move towards pre-packaged meat.</p> <p>The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union said that 1,,524 staff who work in the Coles meat department will be impacted.</p> <p>However, Coles said that the restructuring is to meet the demands of the customer.</p> <p>"We are considering a proposal to align our meat operating models nationally in our stores, so that we can consistently deliver high-quality retail-ready meat for our customers whenever they want to shop," a spokesperson said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9768753/Coles-butchers-chopping-block-supermarket-moves-pre-cut-meats.html" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Mail</em></a>.</p> <p>"Under the proposal, our fresh meat range would be supplied to stores as retail-ready products and would not require any preparation to be carried out in-store before being placed on the shelves of our meat fridges for customers to buy."</p> <p>The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union Victorian secretary Paul Conway said that the move had been slow as supermarkets across the nation move away from traditional butchery services.</p> <p>"Woolworths had made a decision some time ago to go retail ready and Coles are now following suit," Mr Conway said.</p> <p>Woolworths made the decision to stop processing beef, chicken and pork in-store of pre-cut and pre-packaged meat in 2018.</p>

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Former Kmart employee shares store secrets

<p>A former Kmart employee is sharing the company's biggest secrets and revealing the hacks that every shopper should know.</p> <p>The video has gone viral with more than 22,000 views.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/H1EcAGvq4q8"></iframe></div> <p>She also explained why checking barcodes is VERY important while shopping at Kmart.</p> <p>"The last digit on the barcode changes after every new season," she said.</p> <p>"So if there are two toasters that look exactly the same and the last digit of one barcode is eight and the other is nine, the one with the eight should be cheaper.</p> <p>"It has to be the same model, they just tweak the product and the price I found doesn’t come up straight away on the system."</p> <p>She also revealed the best time to go shopping, which is between 8 am and 5 pm.</p> <p>“This is when the full-time and very experienced staff members are working, so they are more able to answer your questions," she explained.</p> <p>The best time for bargain hunting is right after Christmas and Easter.</p> <p>"On Boxing Day there’s a whole section that drops down to between five cents and $5 but it is usually wiped out on Boxing Day by customers so it’s good to come in early.</p> <p>"In between campaign periods like “Back To School” they would mark things down because it’s not as busy but a lot of the times, quite randomly, they will slash the prices of a bulk number of books, clothes or appliances.</p> <p>"It’s usually when a newer model/garment has been updated, fixed or isn’t selling.</p> <p>"The price will drop down drastically but the item doesn’t really change by much."</p>

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Elizabeth Hurley speaks out against her son’s grandfather

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Elizabeth Hurley has spoken out against her son Damian’s paternal grandfather, releasing a statement criticising the decision to prevent the 19-year-old from inheriting an expected $330 million AUD (or $354 million NZD) from his family trust.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Damian’s father, Steve Bing, died by suicide in 2020 at 55. He and Hurley dated between 2001 and 2002.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Steve Bing’s father and Damian’s paternal grandfather, multimillionaire Dr Peter Bing, made an appeal against Damian and his half-sister, Kira Kerkorian, to receive a share of Steve Bing’s fortune as they were born out of wedlock.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a statement made to </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Daily Mail</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> over the weekend, Hurley said she was hurt by Dr Bing’s decision, especially after Steve had won a court battle overturning Dr Bing’s attempt to exclude Damian and Kira from the family trust before his death.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When Stephen took his own life, he died thinking his children were going to be taken care of,” Hurley said in the statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Stephen fought very hard in his last year to have his children recognised and repeatedly told me how incredibly important it was to him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What Stephen wanted has not been callously reversed. I know Stephen would have been devastated.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although Damian reportedly didn’t have a relationship with Steve growing up, Steve called Damian and expressed hopes of building a relationship with him on the then 18-year-old’s birthday, according to Hurley.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On the anniversary of his father’s death, Damian shared a tribute on Instagram, saying the “last year has been bloody hard”.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQbk0n3l9kA/?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/CQbk0n3l9kA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Damian Hurley (@damianhurley1)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He was happy beyond belief that the trial verdict ruled that Damian was to be treated like his sister’s children as far as the trust was concerned,” the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Austin Powers</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> star continued in her statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I am just relieved that Stephen will never know that Damian’s relatives - Stephen’s father and the family of his sister Mary - were ultimately successful in their appeal against the original trial verdict.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kira’s mother, former professional tennis player Lisa Bonder, also contributed to the statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As a mum, I wonder why on earth this had to happen. Why make two innocent kids into victims?” Bonder said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following the court’s decision, Steve’s fortune will be split between his sister Mary’s two children, Anton Ellis and Lucy Ellis.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Steve, who founded Shangri-La Entertainment, inherited his fortune when he was 18 from his grandfather, who was a real-estate mogul.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Elizabeth Hurley / Instagram</span></em></p>

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NZ man generously leaves behind millions to charity

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post-body-container"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Former American turned Queenstown resident Yevrah Ornstein sadly died of cancer last week but is leaving millions of dollars to charity.</p> <p>He has stipulated the sale of his Lakeside Estates Solar home and other investments to go to four international charities along with NZ's KidsCan and Save The Children NZ.</p> <p>Ornstein's neighbour Peter Thodey suggested that he set up a trust before he passed.</p> <p>“We were talking one day about what he wanted to do with his estate and I said, ‘why not set up a trust?’ ”</p> <p>Ornstein made notes while he was in the hospital about the charities he wanted to help, which include US-based charities Nature Resources Defence Council and Rocky Mountain Institute, Animal Welfare Institute and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).</p> <p>“Alongside my passion [for] environmental issues resided my always-present reverence for education — be it educating people about the climate crisis along with protecting that we were endowed with by virtue of being stewards of the natural environment.</p> <p>“The charities I have chosen are doing an excellent job protecting and serving children as well as nature.”</p> <p>Friend Kris Lukaszewicz says he was “quite a generous man — I know he‘s been supporting a number of charities throughout his life”.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Facebook</em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Dispute heats up over Prince Charles and Prince Harry's finances

<p>A new argument has broken out between Prince Charles and Prince Harry over money.</p> <p>Newly-released information about accounts has shown that Prince Charles continued to support his son and Meghan Markle as they stepped down as senior members of the royal family.</p> <p>He continued to provide funds to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from his Duchy of Cornwall fund until the last quarter of 2020.</p> <p>In a statement, a spokesman for Charles said that “the Prince of Wales allocated a substantial sum” to Harry and Meghan last year “to support them” with their transition in stepping down and relocating to California.</p> <p>“That funding ceased in the summer of last year.”</p> <p>“The couple are now financially independent,” they added.</p> <p>This contradicts the claims Prince Harry made during that Oprah interview where he said that his father had cut him off financially.</p> <p>A representative for the Sussex family has insisted there is no difference in the timeline.</p> <p>“You are conflating two different timelines and it’s inaccurate to suggest that there’s a contradiction,” the spokesperson said, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/prince-harry-meghan-markle-charles-finances-b1871723.html" target="_blank"><em>The Independent.</em></a></p> <p>“The Duke’s comments during the Oprah interview were in reference to the first quarter of the fiscal reporting period in the UK, which starts annually in April.</p> <p>“This is the same date that the ‘transitional year’ of the Sandringham agreement began and is aligned with the timeline that Clarence House referenced.”</p>

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"Oh my God": Woman discovers $1 billion in her bank account

<p>American woman Julia Yonkowski got the surprise of her life when she went to withdraw $20 from her bank account and saw $1 billion instead.</p> <p>According to the bank receipt she received from Chase Bank, she had $999,985,855.94 in her account.</p> <p>“Oh my God, I was horrified. I know most people would think they won the lottery but I was horrified,” she explained.</p> <p>“When I put in for the $20, the machine came back and said we’ll give you the $20 but that’ll cause an overdraft and you will be charged and I said, ‘Oh just forget it,’”.</p> <p>She hasn't touched her account since Saturday night.</p> <p>“I know I’ve read stories about people that took the money or took out money, and then they had to repay it and I wouldn’t do that anyway because it’s not my money,” she said.</p> <p>“It kind of scares me because you know with cyber threats. You know I don’t know what to think.”</p> <p>She's tried reaching out to Chase Bank several times but gets "tied up" with their automated system.</p> <p>“I just can’t get through. I get tied up with their automated system and I can’t get a person,” she said.</p> <p>However, a representative for Chase Bank confirmed that the high amount of money was a fraud prevention method.</p> <p>It also explains why Yonkowski wasn't able to get the original $20 she tried to withdraw from her account.</p> <p>According to the bank, Yonkowski's late husband was also named on the joint account and the bank requires proper documentation to release the account to a sole individual.</p>

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“It’s real!”: Warning over new Kmart receipt scam

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Kmart customer has shared a worrying receipt scam that may have already affected thousands of shoppers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sharing the details on a popular Facebook page, shopper Amanda revealed how she had discovered the scam when she went to her local store to return some products.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After realising she’d left her receipt behind in a shopping trolley in the belief she wouldn’t need it, the Sydney mum used her internet banking statement to prove her purchases.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It wasn’t until a member of Kmart’s customer service team looked up her transaction that they made the discovery that someone had already returned all the items on her receipt.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s believed the scammer found Amanda’s discarded receipt and collected the items listed on the docket before returning the items at the Kmart service desk and asking for a refund.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Customer Service at Kmart are happy for me to share a nasty experience today,” Amanda wrote on the North Shore Mums (Sydney) Facebook page.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“On Thursday, I purchased a number of items, including five boxes of coat hangers at $10 a box.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“On the way out of the store, I showed the exit attendant my proof of purchase and threw the receipt into the trolley (where it stayed).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I realised I had no receipt when I returned today to bring back the coat hangers (my hubby bought same from IKEA) so went to customer service and showed the transaction on my internet banking - which they matched on their computer,” she continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The Kmart refunds lady informed me that I had already returned all my purchases that day in the Bondi store.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Turns out, somebody picked up my receipt - walked around Kmart collecting the same items, and then took them for a refund!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s a real thing! She promised to share the store manager’s findings when they review the video of the Bondi store.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fellow shoppers were shocked by her story.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The amount of times I’ve accidentally left my receipt in a trolley or in a bin without even thinking,” one said. “Never again. That’s just shocking.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another said: “I always see people’s receipts in the bottom of trolleys. I wonder how many people have been scammed and never even knew?”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Facebook</span></em></p>

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Diana’s car up for sale after decades in hiding

<p><span>The Princess of Wales’ old car, given as an engagement gift from Prince Charles, will soon be sold after being kept in hiding for 20 years.</span><br /><br /><span>The anonymous owner says she bought the vehicle because she is a “big fan” of Diana, and kept the 1981 Ford Escort Ghia Saloon as a second car, only driving it around her local town for years.</span><br /><br /><span>The woman also says she refused to tell locals and neighbours who the vehicle originally belonged to.</span><br /><br /><span>A car given to Princess Diana as an engagement present from Prince Charles will soon be sold at auction after its origins were kept secret for 20 years.</span><br /><br /><span>Prince Charles gifted the car to his future bride in May 1981, and Diana drove it around until August 1982.</span><br /><br /><span>It is expected to fetch between $54,000 - $73,000 when it goes under the hammer at the Reeman Dansie's Royalty, Antiques and Fine Art Sale in Essex on June 29.</span><br /><br /><span>The car still holds its original registration WEV 297W, 83,000 miles (133,575 kilometres) on the clock and has meticulously retained its original paintwork and upholstery.</span><br /><br /><span>A silver frog mascot given as a gift to the Princess of Wales by her sister, Lady Sarah Spencer still sits on the hood of the car, but is sadly just a replica.</span><br /><br /><span>It was reportedly meant to represent the fairy tale of the girl who kisses a frog that later turns into a prince.</span><br /><br /><span>Diana chose to keep the original frog when she sold the car.</span><br /><br /><span>The woman who currently owns the car bought it for $10,000 in 1995 by an antiques dealer as a birthday present for his daughter, before it was passed on to the Diana-crazed fan.</span><br /><br /><span>"Of course I knew when I bought it that it once belonged to Princess Diana, that is why I wanted it," the woman said to <em>The Sun.</em></span><br /><br /><span>"I was a big fan of hers.</span><br /><br /><span>"I have driven it around as a second car ever since. A lot of people ask me why I had it and I used to tell them that it was my first car I passed my test in and that I was attached to it.</span><br /><br /><span>"I felt that its history and provenance were so unique and I didn't want many people knowing."</span></p>

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The weirdest items you've ever bought at Aldi

<p>TV host Osher Günsberg sparked an interesting discussion after he shared his wild purchases from ALDI, the German supermarket chain.</p> <p>His purchases included a chainsaw.</p> <p>“Soy milk, laundry liquid, chainsaw,” he captioned the post.</p> <p>He added: “Went shopping with Audrey Griffin and the Aldi #aisleofdreams did not disappoint today.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CPrsOMyLQL3/?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/CPrsOMyLQL3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Osher Günsberg (@osher_gunsberg)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Australian actor Rob Mills commented saying "it's one of my favourite outings".</p> <p>Others shared their weird purchases from the supermarket.</p> <p>“The other day I went to Aldi and came out with four bananas, three apples and a car battery charger,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“We went in for batteries and came out with a kayak,” another user commented.</p> <p>“My best ever purchase from Aldi was a unicycle, true story,” someone else revealed.</p> <p>Another reader even suggested the bizarre mix of items available on any given day would make a great idea for a TV game show that Günsberg could host.</p> <p>“Give the contestants a couple of hundred dollars in Aldi and see what they buy,” they wrote. “Definitely see who's a smart shopper.”</p>

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How much the Friends cast were paid for the reunion special

<p>The cast of Friends made history in the early 2000s when they negotiated salaries of US$ 1 million per episode, making them the highest paid television stars ever.</p> <p>And due to their previous success, many were left wondering how much they were paid to appear in last week's highly-anticipated reunion special.</p> <p>Reported by the Wall Street Journal, they were originally offered the same as the series, US$1 million each, but according to the publication they turned it down causing further delays to the special which had been in taels for years since the finale.</p> <p>When the reunion was announced to the public in February 2020, Variety reported the stars were being paid at least US$2.5 million each to revisit the show and their characters.</p> <p>Plus, the cast also receive close to US$20 million a year in syndication payments, according to USA Today.</p> <p>When the show began in 1994, the cast were paid $22,500 per episode. As the show's popularity exploded, the six lead actors eventually scooped a then-unprecedented deal for $1 million each per episode.</p> <p>Speaking to News Corp, Lisa Kudrow described how the salary changed her life.</p> <p>“We were the highest paid women in television,” she said.</p> <p>“That afforded me so much freedom after the show ended. Not only did I get to be part of something that was so well written and so beloved and something that sustained interest all those years later, but it also gave me a lot of creative freedom so that I could pursue other things. It was very fulfilling for me.”</p> <p>The reunion episode ended up delivering benchmark viewing around the world and Australia, where it set new records for its streaming provider.</p>

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Annastacia Palaszczuk flips on payrise

<p>Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has been slammed for accepting a pay rise while calling for politician wage increases to be put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>The Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal decided on Monday that her salary should increase from $399,955 to $427,561.</p> <p>This move makes her the second-highest-paid state premier, with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews taking the lead with $441,429 per year.</p> <p>When Palaszczuk was asked why she accepted a pay rise despite wages stagnating in the private sector, she reportedly responded by saying “that’s a matter for the remuneration tribunal.”</p> <p>“We’ve had the pay freezes and it’s nothing more than what the public service are getting paid, in fact it’s less,’’ she said, according to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/what-promise-queensland-premier-annastacia-palaszczuk-reneges-on-preelection-pay-vow/news-story/4ecc1eaee6af971bb22648afb6a0d69b" target="_blank"><em>The Australian</em></a>.</p> <p>The Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal said that it decided to give politicians a pay rise due to the strong economy.</p> <p>“While the economic forecast and outlook continue to remain uncertain as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears that the economy is ­rebounding, and the outlook is more positive than at the height of the pandemic in 2020 when the salary levels of members were last considered by the tribunal,” it explained.</p> <p>Queensland MPs are receiving three pay increases, starting with a 2 per cent rise on September 1 2021, a 2.25 per cent increase on March 2022 and a 2.5 per cent increase on September 2022.</p>

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Harvey Norman slammed for "revolting irresponsible" tweet

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post-body-container"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Department store Harvey Norman has been slammed on social media for a "revolting" response to a tweet from its official company account.</p> <p>The company replied to a tweet from a former employee who claimed that working for the company made them "suicidal".</p> <p>"Working for your god forsaken company drove me to suicide in 6 months," they wrote.</p> <p>"To the 50 people paid $200k a year to manage one account — go f*** yourselves."</p> <p>The HarveyNormanAU Twitter account tweeted two emojis, which were a facepalm and a waving hand.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Lol <a href="https://twitter.com/HarveyNormanAU?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@harveynormanau</a> blocking people for talking about the wage strikes<br /><br />Working for your god forsaken company drove me to suicide in 6 months<br /><br />To the 50 people paid $200k a year to manage to one account - go fuck yourselves. I know you do, that Sydney conference is a fucking mess</p> — Sisyphysical (@sisyphysical) <a href="https://twitter.com/sisyphysical/status/1398244255043260420?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 28, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Twitter users were furious about the company's response.</p> <p>“I made the decision to never step into one of their stores last year,” one man said.</p> <p>“This is the most revolting, irresponsible response to a tweet containing sensitive health information I’ve seen from a corporate entity,” a woman wrote, saying she will never spend another cent there.</p> <p>“Congrats Harvey Norman, you have lost me, my friends and family as customers,” another man said.</p> <p>The day prior to the “out of line” response, the same Twitter handle posted: “Twitter is no longer a customer service channel and is unmanned.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="upper-row"><span class="like-bar-component"></span> <div class="right-box-container"> <div class="post-editor-container"></div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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