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Queen Elizabeth’s subtle tribute to Prince Philip over live video stream

<p><span>The Queen has long been a fan of making subtle but succinct statements with her jewelry, and as her husband remains in hospital, she has paid tribute to him in the best way she knows how.</span><br /><br /><span>While on a live video call, the 94-year-old monarch donned a sentimental brooch which she first wore in her official 1947 engagement photos.</span><br /><br /><span>The stunning Diamond Clematis Brooch has been featured several times throughout the years and has six distinctive diamond petals.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840056/queen-elizabeth-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/35cc5caddc9f47b49e7626d7624f5c2c" /></p> <p><em>Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, 1947. </em><br /><br /><span>It comes as Philip recovers in a London hospital after he admitted himself over two weeks ago with complaints of an infection.</span><br /><br /><span>The Queen and Philip received their COVID vaccines in early January, and the monarch is urging Britons to get the jab, claiming it “didn’t hurt at all”.</span><br /><br /><span>She was joined by people overseeing the vaccine rollout, including Dr Emily Lawson, chief commercial officer of NHS England and Derek Grieve from the Scottish Government’s vaccinations division.</span><br /><br /><span>“Once you’ve had the vaccine you have a feeling of, you know, you’re protected, which is I think very important,” the Queen said.</span><br /><br /><span>“And the other thing is that it is obviously difficult for people if they’ve never had a vaccine or they’ve had to um, but they ought to think about other people rather than themselves.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Queen and her husband have been staying at Windsor Castle while seeing through England’s current coronavirus lockdown.</span></p>

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Why Prince Philip summoned Prince Charles to his bedside

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>As Prince Philip, 99, continues to recover from an infection in his longest-ever hospital stay, he's summoned Prince Charles by his side to talk about the future of the royal family.</p> <p>A former press spokesman for the Queen, Dickie Arbiter, told True Royalty TV's weekly<span> </span><em>The Royal Beat</em><span> </span>that the Duke of Edinburgh would've wanted to speak to Prince Charles to "lay the ground".</p> <p>"He was just saying to Charles, 'one day you are going to be the leading man of the family'," Arbiter said.</p> <p>Mr Arbiter told The Royal Beat: "I think it was at the request of the Duke that the Prince of Wales visited.</p> <p>"To lay the ground. Look the man is 99, he is in with an infection.</p> <p>"My guess is that he will come out, he will walk out and he will go back to Windsor.</p> <p>"But eventually he is going to die and he was just saying to Charles, ‘one day you are going to be the leading man of the family’".</p> <p>Prince Charles was the first member of the royal family to visit Prince Philip since he was admitted to the hospital for observation and rest.</p> <p>Buckingham Palace has released a statement saying that the Duke of Edinburgh was going to remain in the hospital for "several days more".</p> <p>“The Duke of Edinburgh remains at King Edward VII's Hospital where he is receiving medical attention for an infection.</p> <p>“He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days.”</p> <p>The Queen is allegedly leaning on "loved ones for support" after an insider spoke to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/the-queen-is-leaning-on-loved-ones-amid-philips-hospitalization/" target="_blank"><em>US Weekly</em></a><span> </span>about how she was handling her husband being in hospital.</p> <p>“It’s a lot to take on, but as usual, Elizabeth is handling the stress and sadness with dignity," the insider said.</p> <p>“Prince William, Duchess Kate, Duchess Camilla and Prince Charles and Princess Beatrice are rallying around Elizabeth, even Princess Eugenie who has just given birth is checking in.</p> <p>"Prince Charles, in particular, is making an effort to step up. Elizabeth is the first to admit that he has been her pillar of strength."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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The most important things that will occur when Prince Philip passes away

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p><strong>1. Operation Forth Bridge</strong></p> <p>Just as there is a plan in place for precisely what will happen upon the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II (Operation London Bridge), Operation Forth Bridge dictates what will happen when the Queen’s husband, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, passes. The Duke has been closely involved with the details of the Operation Forth Bridge, just as the Queen has been with Operation London Bridge. The name refers to a suspension bridge linking Edinburgh to Perth; the Queen and the Duke attended the dedication ceremony for the bridge in 1964.</p> <p><strong>2.</strong><span> </span><strong>We might hear of it before it happens</strong></p> <p>Customarily, the public is forewarned that a royal is on his or her deathbed via Palace bulletin, as was the case with Queen Victoria and George V, reports<span> </span><em>The Guardian</em>.</p> <p><strong>3. But nothing really happens without a Royal Command</strong></p> <p>At that time, whoever is the Lord Chamberlain (the Head of the Queen’s household; currently, it is The Earl Peel) will consult with the Prime Minister (currently, Boris Johnson) and then seek the Queen’s specific commands regarding the death announcement and the funeral. No other action is taken until the death is formally announced by Buckingham Palace. If the Queen predeceases her husband, then these commands will be made by the reigning sovereign (most likely Prince Charles).</p> <p><strong>4. How and when the news will reach the public</strong></p> <p>It’s expected that all of this coordination will happen, and Buckingham Palace will announce Prince Philip’s passing to the media within hours. If death occurs overnight, however, the announcement will come most likely at 8 am. Traditionally, the BBC was the first to know of the death of a member of the Royal Family. That is no longer necessarily the case, with the announcement going out as an alert to the Press Association.</p> <p><strong>5. We will see pre-recorded news segments</strong></p> <p>Almost every major news organisation have pre-recorded films, articles and news segments already recorded or written. “The Times is said to have 11 days of coverage set to roll out, while Sky News and ITN, which have been practising for years substituting the name ‘Mr. Robinson,’ have signed contracts with royal experts who will speak exclusively on their channels,”<span> </span><em>The Week</em><span> </span>reports.</p> <p><strong>6. A national period of mourning will begin</strong></p> <p>Upon the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, the United Kingdom (which includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) will enter a national period of mourning that will last until the funeral, according to The Greater London Lieutenancy. The national mourning period is to be “observed by all,” including national representatives serving abroad.</p> <p><strong>7. What happens during a national mourning period</strong></p> <p>During the national mourning period:</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">Flags will be lowered to half-mast, with the exception of the Royal Standard flag, which flies above Buckingham Palace and will not be lowered because it never is (since it represents the monarchy, which is continuous).</li> <li class="li1">The ceremonial “mace” will be draped in black or adorned with a black bow.</li> <li class="li1">Members of Parliament will wear black armbands (8.25cm wide) on their left arm and, in the case of male members, black ties.</li> <li class="li1">Local governments (cities, towns, villages, etc.) will be asked to give “careful thought” to their carrying on of official business.</li> </ul> <p><strong>8. What we’ll see the royals doing during national mourning</strong></p> <p>As soon as the death is announced, members of the royal family, royal households, and representatives of the royal family will be required to wear dark colours and mourning bands, which is why they pack such things when travelling. During the national mourning period, all social engagements will be cancelled, but official engagements may be fulfilled.</p> <p><strong>9. The Queen’s mourning period</strong></p> <p>During the national mourning period, the Queen will most likely not conduct any affairs of state, which, among other things, means no new laws will be passed.</p> <p><strong>10. The funeral</strong></p> <p>As the Queen’s Consort, Prince Philip is entitled to a state funeral (which involves lying in state in Westminster Hall and burial at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle). But it is believed Prince Philip has elected a private military style funeral at St. George’s Chapel with burial at Frogmore Gardens, where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are interred.</p> <p><strong>11. Who will attend the funeral?</strong></p> <p>Based on Prince Philip’s wishes, it is expected that only his family, friends, and heads of state from the Commonwealth countries will attend the funeral service, according to the<span> </span><em>Independent</em>.</p> <p><strong>12. Everyone will stand when the royal family enters the funeral</strong></p> <p>The funeral of Prince Philip will be one of the rare occasions when the royal family attends a private funeral. Traditionally, they only attend state funerals, sending royal representatives to private funerals instead. When the royal family enters the chapel, the entire congregation will rise as they make their way to their seats, according to Debrett’s, a leading expert on British etiquette.</p> <p><strong>13. After the funeral</strong></p> <p>After the funeral of her husband, it is expected that the Queen will resume her royal duties. However, there is no guarantee that she will. After Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, passed in December 1861, Victoria remained in seclusion for years, not even appearing for the opening of Parliament (the Queen is expected to open each session of Parliament). When she did finally appear, she refused to speak (as is customary), leaving that to the Lord Chancellor instead.</p> <p><strong>14. The line of succession won’t change</strong></p> <p>Since Prince Philip was not in the royal line of succession, it will not be affected by his death. Queen Elizabeth II will remain on the throne until her death, at which time Prince Charles, her eldest son, will ascend to the throne.</p> <p><em>This article originally appeared on<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/14-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-philip-dies?pages=2" target="_blank">Reader's Digest Australia</a>.</em></p> </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> </div> </div> </div>

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Johnny Ruffo reunites with “bestie” during cancer battle

<p><span>Johnny Ruffo has taken to Instagram to share a photo with his former co-star, melting the hearts of fans across the nation.</span><br /><br /><span>The star is currently battling brain cancer and is clearly taking time to catch up with those who mean the most to him, including former co-star and friend Lynne McGranger.</span><br /><br /><span>“Always a pleasure catching up with this beautiful lady,” Johnny captioned his snap.</span><br /><br /><span>Lynne’s partner Paul McWaters also tagged along.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840002/johnny-ruffo-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bbbfaedeae9242c0949fec28981ee625" /><br /><br /><span>The 32-year-old opened up about his cancer battle in November 2020, sharing that he had been in remission for about a year.</span><br /><br /><span>“After an unexpected week of seizures and excruciating headaches it is with a heavy heart that I have to let you know I now have another huge battle ahead of me as my brain cancer has returned,” he wrote at the time.</span><br /><br /><span>“Though I will dig deep and beat this s**t disease again.”</span><br /><br /><span>Johnny announced in August 2017 he had undergone surgery to remove a brain tumour.</span><br /><br /><span>It was revealed to him after he had been hospitalised for a migraine.</span><br /><br /><span>He praised his friends, family and fans for their continuous support.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840001/johnny-ruffo-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fb457419013b4b089bb614a10c24efc5" /><br /><br /><span>“It’s about the support group around you, and not being afraid to ask for help,” Ruffo said on <em>The Morning Show</em> at the time.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s not just related to my experience with cancer. Everyone goes through something that’s tough, that they might feel is too hard to handle on their own.</span><br /><br /><span>“And when you do go through these things, there’s always someone to help you.”</span></p>

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Why the Queen hasn't visited Prince Philip in hospital yet

<p><span>Buckingham Palace has made a public announcement finally revealing the cause behind </span><span>Prince Philip’s hospitalisation.</span><br /><br /><span>A week after the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted, the palace said he is “receiving medical attention for an infection.</span><br /><br /><span>"He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days."</span><br /><br /><span>Sources have always ruled out the possibility of Prince Philip’s illness being COVID-related as he and the Queen received their first vaccines in January.</span><br /><br /><span>Many have wondered if Her Majesty has had the chance to visit her husband, but it seems only Prince Charles has been able to visit his 99-year-old father as a “precautionary measure”.</span><br /><br /><span>Prince William has since told journalists, "Yes, he’s OK, they’re keeping an eye on him," with a wink while he visited a vaccination centre in eastern England.</span><br /><br /><span>Prince Edward also told Sky News his father is "a lot better".</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840020/daily.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1291db43b4534382bb2fcf8e6c97a8a2" /><br /><br /><span>"He’s looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing, so we keep our fingers crossed," the Earl of Wessex said.</span><br /><br /><span>When asked if his father was frustrated in the hospital, Edward laughed and said "just a bit."</span><br /><br /><span>"I think that gets to all of us, and then, you can only watch the clock so many times and the walls are only so interesting," he said.</span><br /><br /><span>"We’ve had some brilliant and lovely messages from all sorts of people, and we really appreciate that and so does he," the earl added. "I’ve been passing them on. It’s fantastic, thank you."</span><br /><br /><span>The Palace initially said Prince Philip was expected to stay there "for a few days of observation and rest" when he was first admitted.</span><br /><br /><span>The Queen has been isolating at Windsor Castle, with Buckingham Palace yet to announce whether Her Majesty will make the 41km journey to visit her husband. With visitors only allowed in "exceptional circumstances",  royal fans worry that the moment the Queen does visit Philip, it could be a clear sign that his condition has seriously worsened.</span><br /><br /><span>The Duke was last hospitalised in December 2019, where he spent four nights in hospital before Christmas.</span></p>

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Olivia Newton-John finally speaks out about missing ex-boyfriend

<p>It's been 16 years since Olivia Newton-John's boyfriend Patrick McDermott disappeared under baffling circumstances from a fishing charter.</p> <p>His body has never been recovered and there have been multiple alleged sightings of him with a new girlfriend over the years in Mexico.</p> <p>For Olivia, Patrick's disappearance has become year another tragedy in her troubled life.</p> <p>"The why's and what-ifs of Patrick's disappearance have troubled Olivia for years," says a source.</p> <p>"She's never really had closure – or lost hope."</p> <p>According to Woman's Day, the 72-year-old is coming to terms with the tragedy by writing a memoir with her close friend, Patrick's ex-wife, detailing the fallout of the 2005 incident.</p> <p>Titled<span> </span><em>What Are The Chances</em>, a play on the name of Yvette and Patrick's now 28-year-old son Chance, Yvette says, "[This is a] memoir that's been screaming to 'get out of me' for many years now, so I decided to put it all out there. I'm not alone, and that's what keeps me going."</p> <p>It's been reported that the book, which currently does not have a release date, is being written with the help of Olivia, who reported Patrick missing when he failed to return from the Freedom vessel when it docked in LA's San Pedro harbour.</p> <p>"Yvette and Olivia have become very close over the years," says a source. "They're bonded by their grief and confusion over the whole thing."</p>

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Surprise early start to COVID-19 vaccines

<p>The Australian rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine began early as a World War II survivor and Prime Minister Scott Morrison were among the first people to get the vaccine.</p> <p>The pair are among a small number of people to receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a medical clinic in Castle Hill, NSW.</p> <p>Jane Malysiak, 84, sat alongside Morrison and was one of two aged care residents to receive the vaccine.</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/CLiUVsHruQO/?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/CLiUVsHruQO/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Scott Morrison (@scottmorrisonmp)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p>The large-scale rollout of the vaccine nationwide will begin tomorrow.</p> <p>Morrison told the media that he had elected to go first in receiving the Pfizer vaccine in order to boost confidence in the shot.</p> <p>"I have, by my own example today, joined by the Chief Nurse of Midwifery and the Chief Medical Officer of our country, together with those Australians who are in the top priority of this vaccination program, to say to you, Australians, it's safe, it's important," Mr Morrison said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-vaccine-rollout-pfizer-shots-land-in-sydney-melbourne-queensland-adelaide/5ecc12e7-a470-4541-a045-983f8b3528b5" target="_blank"><em>7NEWS</em></a>.</p> <p>He also said he was proud that the nation had "made its Australian way" through the pandemic and hopes it'll continue to do so as the vaccination program is rolled out.</p> <p>"Greg (Hunt) talked about putting shoulders to the job," he said.</p> <p>"Today I put my shoulder to the job and that is what I am asking Australians to do, in joining me and all of their fellow Australians as we continue on the successful path we have been on."</p> <p>Phase 1A of the vaccination program is to begin tomorrow, with up to 1.4 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to be given to quarantine workers, frontline healthcare workers and age care staff and residents in the following weeks.</p> <p>Greg Hunt, Minister for Health, has said he hopes to see 60,000 vaccinations across Australia in the next week.</p> <p>This would incorporate people from 240 aged care centres and 90 towns and suburbs nationwide from "Alice Springs to Albany to Altona and so many others", he said.</p>

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Serena Williams tearfully quits press conference after loss

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Tennis legend Serena Williams made a tearful exit from a press conference after losing to Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semi-finals.</p> <p>Osaka defeated Williams 6-3 6-4 in a match that only lasted 75 minutes.</p> <p>Rumours were flying as Williams made an emotional exit after the loss by putting her hand on her heart and waving goodbye to the crowd at Rod Laver Arena.</p> <p>“I don’t know. If I ever say farewell, I wouldn’t tell anyone, so...” she said, keeping quiet.</p> <p>The press conference quickly turned as a reporter asked about her performance against Osaka.</p> <p>“The unforced errors through the match, considering how well you played to get to this stage, what do you feel caused that? Was it just one of those bad days at the office?” he asked.</p> <p>Williams barely responded and she began tearing up, leaving the room and ending her press conference early.</p> <p>“I don’t know. I’m done,” she said, getting out of her seat as she finished speaking.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Tennis star Serena Williams broke down in tears and cut short her post-match news conference after her semi-final defeat to Naomi Osaka.<br /><br />Read more here: <a href="https://t.co/QcGhpSkfDC">https://t.co/QcGhpSkfDC</a> <a href="https://t.co/AYJgHfLVGL">pic.twitter.com/AYJgHfLVGL</a></p> — Sky News (@SkyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/1362357518937321475?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 18, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Before Williams' departure, she admitted unforced errors were the difference in winning the match.</p> <p>“Honestly, it was opportunities where I could have won. I could have been up five-love. I just made so many errors,” Williams said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Ashley Judd opens up about traumatic incident in Congo jungle

<p>Ashley Judd has gone into detail about her horrific experience after shattering her leg in the Congolese jungle, revealing it was locals who saved her.</p> <p>The beloved actress, who was in the Congo to track endangered Bonobos, explained that she sustained “massive catastrophic injuries” after tripping over a fallen tree. “What was next was an incredibly harrowing 55 hours,” she said. She then told fans how she lay on the forest floor in agony, with the belief that her “internal bleeding would have likely killed her".</p> <p>However, she says she owes all her thanks to a man named Dieumerci, who “stretched out his leg and put it under my grossly misshapen left leg to try to keep it still. It was broken in four places and had nerve damage. Dieumerci (“Thanks be to God”) remained seated, without fidgeting or flinching, for five hours on the rainforest floor.”</p> <p>The actress then described another local man named Papa Jean who spent five hours searching for her, gave her a stick to bite on, then went on to readjust the shattered pieces of her leg.</p> <p>“It took five hours, but eventually he found me, wretched and wild on the ground, and calmly assessed my broken leg. He told me what he had to do,” she wrote.</p> <p>“I bit a stick. I held onto Maud. And Papa Jean, with certainty, began to manipulate and adjust my broken bones back into something like a position I could be transported in, while I screamed and writhed. How he did that so methodically while I was like an animal is beyond me. He saved me.”</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/CLW2-QohZps/?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/CLW2-QohZps/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ashley Judd (@ashley_judd)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She then went on to say a group of men improvised a hammock and spent three hours carrying Judd through the forest to find transportation.</p> <p>The actress’ story does not end there though, as she told fans that her dear friend, a man named Maradona, volunteered to ride with her for six hours on a motorbike and kept her from falling off.</p> <p>She wrote: “Didier drove the motorbike. I sat facing backwards, his back my backrest. When I would begin to slump, to pass out, he would call to me to re-set my position to lean on him. Maradona rode on the very back of the motorbike, I faced him.</p> <p>“He held my broken leg under the heel and I held the shattered top part together with my two hands. Together we did this for six hours on an irregular, rutted and pocked dirt road that has gullies for rain run off during the rainy season. Maradona was the only person to come forward to volunteer for this task.”</p> <p>Judd wrote that she made the decision to come forward about the accident as a way to spread the word about “what it means to be Congolese in extreme poverty with no access to health care, any medication for pain, any type of service, or choices.”</p> <p>“The difference between a Congolese person and me is disaster insurance that allowed me, 55 hours after my accident, to get to an operating table in South Africa,” she says, adding that villages in<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://deadline.com/tag/congo/" target="_blank">Congo</a><span> </span>lack not only electricity but “a simple pill to kill the pain when you’ve shattered a leg in four places and have nerve damage.”</p> <p>The actress now lies in her hospital bed in South Africa, saying: “I wake up weeping in gratitude, deeply moved by each person who contributed something life giving and spirit salving during my gruelling 55 hour odyssey.”</p>

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Grieving family livid after devastating funeral mix-up

<p>A Sydney funeral director has apologised after a shocking mix up where a beloved husband and father was buried two hours before his funeral.</p> <p>Despina Nicolopoulos was preparing to say goodbye to her husband of 57 years, Angelos, at a Greek Orthodox Church in Bankstown late Friday when the mistake was discovered.</p> <p>The service was nearing the end when the group opened the casket to find the wrong body inside.</p> <p>Speaking to 2GB’s Ben Fordham, Euro Funeral Services director Spiro Haralambous said he takes full responsibility for the tragic bungle.</p> <p>“If I could turn time back to prevent this trauma, naturally I would,” he said.</p> <p>“I am so sorry. I wouldn’t want this to happen to me.</p> <p>“We need to be transparent with no spin-doctoring … and I’ll do everything I can to rectify this, less the trauma.”</p> <p>Mr Haralambous explained the two men were placed in identical coffins and had died on the same day.</p> <p>There were two different lids with the men's names engraved onto them, which were placed on the wrong caskets, he revealed.</p> <p>Staff cross-referenced the date, but failed to check the names matched the corresponding lids.</p> <p>“The drivers checked the lids, but of course, the wrong lid was on the wrong coffin,” Mr Haralambous said.<br /><br />He said the funeral company had organised more than 1000 services over the years and never experienced a mistake of this stature.</p> <p>Additional checks will now be done before a coffin is allowed to leave the business, he said.</p> <p>Staff were also traumatised by the bungle.</p> <p>“The girls in the office were crying and I didn’t know who to console,” he said.</p> <p>“It was just trauma left, right and centre, but at the centre of their trauma was the family’s trauma.”</p> <p>Ms Nicolopoulos earlier told 7 News her daughter noticed the man in the coffin was not her father.</p> <p>“Terrible thing to happen,” she said.</p> <p>Her husband was farewelled at a second funeral days later.</p>

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Bryan Brown addresses "rubbish" COVID-19 rumour

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Actor Bryan Brown has spoken out after he and his wife Rachel Ward were falsely linked to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Northern Beaches last year.</p> <p>The Palm Beach star faced an abundance of hate online after it was claimed that he and Ward were responsible for the Avalon cluster after a spike in cases resulted in new restrictions and lockdown.</p> <p>“I’m not on social media so I didn’t know anything about it until suddenly I was getting phone calls from everyone,” Brown told Confidential.</p> <p>It was falsely claimed that Brown and Ward had caught the strain of the virus from the US after a recent trip and that it was spread after a personal training class at their home.</p> <p>“It was a load of rubbish ... I have no idea how this started,” Brown said.</p> <p>“I haven’t been overseas in 18 months. I didn’t have COVID-19. I don’t have a personal trainer. I don’t live on the Northern Beaches. I have no idea how it happened.”</p> <p>At the time, Ward also set the record straight on social media.</p> <p>“Just to set the record straight. I haven’t been to US for over 5 yrs [sic],” she wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>“I don’t have a personal trainer. I’ve been in mid north coast for past 10 days. I don’t have Covid. Pic taken 15 mins ago. Pick on another witch.”</p> <p>The couple once owned a home north of Avalon but moved to Inner West.</p> </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> </div> </div> </div>

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Allison Langdon opens up about “drastic injuries”

<p><em>Today<span> </span></em>co-host Allison Langdon has told fans she is in disbelief over her accident after she suffered a nasty injury while filming a stunt for the Channel 9 program.</p> <p>Langdon hurt her leg while she was “hydrofoiling” in the Gold Coast. She would then go on to have surgery on Monday.</p> <p>“I have a nice amount of metal in my knee now and have to wait a further five weeks before I can put any weight on my right leg,” she in the<span> </span><em>Today<span> </span></em>show’s official newsletter.</p> <p>“Patience has never been a strength of mine so let’s see how we go.</p> <p>“I can’t believe what looked like a pretty innocent fall has resulted in such drastic injuries.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839858/allison-langdon-accident-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/eabf49d6640a49ebad926508e32b7785" /></p> <p><em>Footage of Allison's accident was shown on Today. </em></p> <p>Due to COVID restriction, Langdon’s children have not been allowed to visit their mum.</p> <p>“Little Mack, who turned four last month, told his daycare yesterday that he hurt his leg and thought maybe an ambulance should take him to hospital so he can get it fixed with Mummy,” Langdon said.</p> <p>“Hopefully I’ll head home tomorrow though as I am desperate to hug the kids.”</p> <p>Langdon went on to thank Leila McKinnon who has been filling in for her alongside Karl Stefanovic on the<span> </span><em>Today<span> </span></em>show.</p> <p>“I texted her on the first morning at 3 am to see how she liked the early alarm as it can be a real shock,” Langdon wrote.</p> <p>“The response was something like ‘you owe me Langdon’.</p> <p>“Leila I really do,” she went on to say.</p> <p>“From the bottom of my heart I mean it – thank you.”</p> <p>Karl Stefanovic was the one to break the news of Langdon’s accident on air last Friday.</p> <p>“She had a bit of an accident yesterday … she hurt herself really badly. She’s in hospital this morning,” he said.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJ94llrDNN7/?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/CJ94llrDNN7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Allison Langdon (@allisonlangdon)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In a statement following the sad incident, Channel 9 said: “After nearly an hour of incident-free filming of a segment about hydrofoiling, Ally fell awkwardly as she headed back to the marina at the end of the shoot.</p> <p>“It was an unfortunate accident, and she was immediately taken to hospital.</p> <p>“Both Karl and Ally had looked forward to the experience, and both had a wonderful time.</p> <p>“They had a comprehensive safety induction, and a thorough run-through of all aspects of hydrofoiling.</p> <p>“As with every shoot, safety requirements, briefings and subsequent after-care, are strictly followed and prioritised.”</p>

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Woman goes viral for sharing therapist’s simple tip to fall asleep

<p>One woman has shared this simple yet effective tip to combatting your insomnia.</p> <p>Emily Bronchu took to TikTok to reveal her therapist’s trick to help you sleep better.</p> <p>“So a therapist gave me this trick for when you can’t sleep, I’m gonna share it with you for free cause I paid for the information,” she said.</p> <p>“So I was laying in bed and I can’t sleep. I put on my Sleep Stories, I went to bed at a normal time, I just couldn’t sleep. I was tossing and turning, tossing and turning, tossing and turning.”</p> <p>Emily says the key to fixing this is setting a “time limit”.</p> <p>“If you’re not sleeping within 20 minutes, get up and write down everything that you’re thinking about and do it until you’re tired and then go back to sleep. And it works,” she said.</p> <p>“The reason it’s important to get out of bed is that if you stay in bed your brain will eventually connect with ‘I’m supposed to be awake when I am here.’ You don’t want that connection to make you stay up super late, and when you go to bed you’re gonna be tired.”</p> <p>The post racked up over 98,000 likes and a number of comments from people sharing this trick had worked for them. Hundreds of people commenting on the clip, with many saying it had worked for them too.</p> <p>One person wrote, “I do something similar when I can’t sleep bc of stress. I get up and write down every single thing I’m stressed about, gets them out of my brain.”</p> <p>Another added, “I’ve recently been writing down all my thoughts in my journal before I go to bed and it helps me clear my mind so that I’m not thinking about every possibility.”</p>

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Six-week-old baby dies of heart attack following baptism

<p>There are growing calls for Romania's Orthodox Church to overhaul its baptism ritual after a six-week-old baby tragically died.</p> <p>The baby went into cardio-respiratory arrest on Sunday, after was immersed three times during his baptism at a church in Suceava, north-eastern Romania.</p> <p>“The boy was crying, but the priest immersed him three times in water and he inhaled water,” the child’s distraught father told local media.</p> <p>Over 61,000 people have signed a petition demanding an overhaul of what they believe is an "absurd" tradition.</p> <p>“Given the tragic situations in which infants died after immersion in the water in the baptismal font, the CHURCH must urgently regulate this practice,” the petition reads.</p> <p>“We do NOT demand the cancellation of the practice of Baptism but its modification, so that these are prevented from unnecessary and even absurd risks!</p> <p>Vasile Bănescu, a spokesman for the Romanian Patriachate emphasised that priests are trained to use a specific technique during the baptism.</p> <p>“It is, without a doubt, a tragic case, a case that will have to be investigated. Let’s not imagine that a child can be put in water without covering his nose, mouth and ears,” told Antena 3 Monday.</p> <p>“There is a technique that an experienced priest always uses. This is how a baptism is celebrated with the utmost care “, Bănescu added.</p> <p>Vladimir Dumitru, who started the online petition, told CNN that he did not want to abolish the ritual of Orthodox baptism “but to change that sometimes brutal practice that involves the risk of drowning, especially in the case of children with health problems.”</p> <p>“The petition is not directed against the institution of the Church or against the priests but has a constructive intention,” he told CNN.</p> <p>“Through this petition we want the practice of baptism to be symbolic by sprinkling the baby on the top of the head and not its complete immersion three times, and this non-invasive practice to become mandatory in all Orthodox Churches in Romania and in the Diaspora,” he said in an email.</p>

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Allison Langdon update after worrying hospital bout

<p><span>New details have emerged after <em>Today</em> show host Allison Langdon was rushed to hospital last week after injuring herself during filming.</span><br /><br /><span>Alison Langdon is taking time off to recover after she was injured while filming a segment for <em>Today</em>.</span><br /><br /><span>The 41-year-old was rushed to hospital last week and will reportedly require knee surgery after she hurt herself while she was filming a segment on “hydrofoiling” in Queensland.</span><br /><br /><span>The <em>Today</em> host is set to take a “lengthy break” from her hosting duties and is set to have surgery in Sydney after she “fell awkwardly” at the end of the segment.</span><br /><br /><span>Channel 9 said in a statement that it was an "unfortunate accident" and despite the mishap, both Karl and Ally "had a wonderful time".</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 282.413350449294px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839789/allison-langdon-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8593cbdd71dd45bf8ce3396808ef3f1d" /><br /><br /><span>“They had a comprehensive safety induction, and a thorough run-through of all aspects of hydrofoiling," the network said to <a rel="noopener" href="/News.com.au." target="_blank"><em>News.com.au.</em></a></span><br /><br /><span>“As with every shoot, safety requirements, briefings and subsequent after-care, are strictly followed and prioritised.”</span><br /><br /><span>Dramatic footage was aired on the <em>Today</em> show on Friday, which showed Ally in the water wearing a life vest as she was guided to shore by two men.</span><br /><br /><span>Karl Stefanovic was seen helping Ally take her helmet off and later revealed the shocking news about the 41-year-old on air.</span><br /><br /><span>“She had a bit of an accident yesterday, she's doing fine,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“She hurt herself really badly. She's in hospital this morning. She's OK,” he added.</span><br /><br /><span>Leila McKinnon is currently filling in for Ally while she recovers.</span><br /><br /><span>“So I got the call last night and I was in my pyjamas,” Leila said on Friday in an Instagram story on the official <em>Today</em> show page.</span><br /><br /><span>“Ally’s had a bit of a mishap so I quickly got changed and headed up the road."</span></p>

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"Feeling great": Olivia Newton-John provides update on cancer battle

<p>Olivia Newton-John has plenty to be grateful for.</p> <p>Newton-John has been battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer since 2017, but that hasn't dimmed her light despite being diagnosed with the disease three times.</p> <p>"I'm so lucky to still be doing all these things," Newton-John told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/music/olivia-newton-john-feeling-great-after-cancer-diagnosis-looking-forward-to-daughters-wedding/" target="_blank"><em>People</em></a>. "I don't think I imagined living this long! I feel very blessed."</p> <p>The 72-year-old revealed she has been "feeling great" and credits the unwavering support she has received from her husband John Easterling.</p> <p>"I'm very lucky to be married to a wonderful man who is a plant medicine man, and he has great knowledge," she said. "Now he's growing medicinal cannabis for me, and it just has been wonderful. It helps me in every area."</p> <p>Newton-John has been quarantining in California with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi. The actress has admitted that she's been enjoying spending quality time with her.</p> <p>"I worked my whole life, and the longest period I can remember being home was my pregnancy with Chloe and the first year or two of her life," Newton-John said. "So it's been wonderful reconnecting with my baby. She is my reason to be."</p> <p>Newton-John established a foundation to finding new ways to fight breast cancer. The actress has been through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation in her fight to beat the disease.</p>

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Frightening photo shows why children should never wear blue while swimming

<p>This terrifying photo shows how important it is for children to wear bright-coloured clothing while swimming as a child in a blue swimsuit is near impossible to spot.</p> <p>At first glance, the photo seems to show an empty swimming pool.</p> <p>But at closer look, a dark patch can be spotted which turns out to be a child wearing pale blue swimming shorts.</p> <p><img style="width: 498.9539748953975px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839750/screen-shot-2021-02-04-at-1-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8a8d48619b6343f8abe58d77d162d3f1" /></p> <p>The Australian Facebook group CPR Kids, which is run by registered nurses, posted the photo and issued a warning to parents, advising their child should be dressed in bright colours so they are visible in a pool.</p> <p>Nurse Sarah Hunstead also said it was “vital” to “actively supervise” kids and learn CPR.</p> <p><img style="width: 498.9561586638831px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839749/screen-shot-2021-02-04-at-1-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d36cecb4938f4c98abfb207ea007db56" /></p> <p>Hundreds of people have shared or commented on the image.</p> <p>“That is so scary! I couldn’t see the child at all,” one woman said.</p> <p>“Oh my god, how terrifying,” another said.</p> <p>A third wrote: “This makes me feel sick.”</p> <p>But many parents pointed out how difficult it is to find brightly coloured swimwear when shopping for children - especially boys.</p> <p>“Would be great if you could tell the manufacturers of swimwear!” one wrote.</p> <p>“Once kids get to 7yr it’s all blue/black/white.”</p> <p>Others who came across the photo promised to only dress their children in fluorescent colours.</p> <p>“All future swimwear is going to be hideous and fluoro,” one mum tagged her husband and wrote.</p>

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