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"Unbearable pain": Olympic hopeful dies after training accident

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Olympics hopeful Alegna Osorio Mayari has died aged 19 after being hit in the head by a hammer in a tragic training accident.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The teenage athlete was struck by a hammer at a track and field stadium in Cuba in April.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After going into a coma as a result of her severe head injuries, it has been confirmed that she passed away on Tuesday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We share this unbearable pain with her family,” said Osvaldo Vento, the president of Cuba’s national sports institute.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Cuban athletes are in mourning. After an accident during training and a tough battle for her life, athlete Alegna Osorio passed away,” said Reynaldo Varona Martinez, a Cuban sports director.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“From Deporcuba we send the most sincere message of support to [her] family, friends and the great family of Cuban athletics in this difficult hour.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Rest in Peace, Lots of light for your soul.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Team USA hammer thrower Gwen Berry also shared her condolences with Mayari’s family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Wow. Sending love to her family during this time. This is so sad,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mayari won bronze at both the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics and the 2019 Pan-American under-20 championships.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cuban media outlet </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://noticiascuba.net/fallece-atleta-medallista-de-los-juegos-olimpicos-de-la-juventud/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Noticias Cuba</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> have described Mayari as one of the country’s “young promises of athletics”.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Osoldo Vento / Twitter</span></em></p>

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New reports show lockdowns may push into 2022

<p>As Australia's Covid crisis rages on, it's been reported that Scott Morrison and national cabinet leaders are preparing for targeted lockdowns which will run into next year. This has been backed up by the PM’s own refusal to rule out 2022 lockdowns, when he stated “No one can give those guarantees.”</p> <p>“The virus is unpredictable and it would be irresponsible to do so,” Morrison added.</p> <p>According to <em>The Australian</em>, the Doherty Institute has prepared scenarios to be presented to national cabinet today which show the outcomes of the different approaches including the vaccination rates we need for Australia to start opening up.</p> <p>The Treasury department will then work on the economic cost of different outcomes and they will use this data to formulate our future COVID-19 policies.</p> <p>This news comes as Greater Sydney's lockdown has been extended by another month with NSW recording its worst day since the pandemic began on Thursday with 239 new infections.</p> <p><strong>Hard-hit hot spot zones say they have an “unfair deal”</strong></p> <p>The mayors from Sydney's eight hot spot zones have taken to social media and other means to state they feel they’re not being treated fairly.</p> <p>Cumberland mayor Steve Christou joined in today telling the <em>Today</em> show, his community was getting an "unfair deal".</p> <p>"I'm just here trying to do the best and represent the interests of my community, who, at the moment, are getting an unfair deal," he told the program.</p> <p>"They don't deserve this," he added.</p> <p><strong>Growing push to restrict the unvaccinated</strong></p> <p>There's a growing push to make moves to restrict the movements of the unvaccinated when Australia opens up after the pandemic.</p> <p>Speaking to 3AW, NAB boss Ross McEwan said a bank survey had found 80 per cent of the population planned to get the jab, while 10 per cent were undecided and 10 per cent were against it.</p> <p>McEwan said those who got the jab should be rewarded: “Let’s target the 80 per cent who do want to get the job done and get the vaccination into their arms. Then work on the 10 per cent who can be swung across. Then let’s open this economy up because everybody’s had a chance," he said.</p> <p>“Let’s get 90 per cent of the population vaccinated and give them freedom. For those that don’t want the vaccination, well they can stay at home.” he said.</p> <p>There are also plans to ease travel restrictions on those who are vaccinated, including international travel and quarantine-at-home when arriving back from overseas trips. Other plans include restrictions on restaurants and cinemas for those who aren’t vaccinated.</p> <p><strong>Image: Getty Images</strong></p>

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Johnny Ruffo pens heartwarming tribute to healthcare workers

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Former </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Home and Away </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">actor Johnny Ruffo has shared a heartwarming tribute to healthcare workers on social media, as he continues to undergo treatment for brain cancer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Alongside his expression of gratitude for the hardworking nurses who have been treating him, Ruffo posted a picture of himself, masked-up, with a nurse dressed in PPE gear and also wearing a mask.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Grateful for the nurses at Life House keeping me entertained and putting up with my s*** talk during treatments,” he wrote in the caption.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You guys are the real heroes!”</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/CR3QXHxnq6v/?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/CR3QXHxnq6v/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Johnny Ruffo (@johnny_ruffo)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The former </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">X-Factor</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> star has been providing regular updates on his battle with brain cancer with his hundreds of thousands of followers, often with his partner Tahnee Sims by his side.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In an earlier update from July 20, Ruffo shared photos of himself in hospital, with one image showing his head wrapped in bandages, and others showing his sutured head.</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/CQVKtgol1zW/?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/CQVKtgol1zW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Johnny Ruffo (@johnny_ruffo)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the discomfort he looked like he was in, Ruffo was still smiling as he underwent treatment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His latest post has been flooded with positive comments from his fans and fellow celebrities, including comedian Dave Hughes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Onya mate! You’re a bloody legend,” Hughesy wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Keep fighting Ruffo, us aussies need you in our lives,” one fan commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A true inspiration to all of us,” another added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ruffo has been battling brain cancer for a second time, after it returned in November last year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“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 on Instagram on November 24.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I will dig deep and beat this s*** disease.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Johnny Ruffo / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Tragic update from wife of terminally ill veteran

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Queensland man whose battle with terminal cancer saw Wiggles star Anthony Field commit </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/health/caring/veteran-with-terminal-cancer-speechless-after-blue-wiggle-s-kind-act" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">an act of kindness</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has died at the age of 30.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brendan Nikolajew, an army veteran who served in Afghanistan, had been fighting cancer on-and-off for more than three years after a small lump was discovered on one of his testicles.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He was recently given the devastating news that he had weeks to live and on Tuesday, his wife Leah shared a tragic update.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To all our beautiful friends and family, it breaks my heart to let you all know that my beautiful husband passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon,” she wrote on Instagram.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I held him close and lay next to him until his last breath. I made sure he knew how loved he was by everyone who knew him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The last few days of his life were extremely hard for him as he struggled to breathe and was quite confused, he fought right to the end and did not want to leave but eventually made the decision to finally be at peace and watch us from the stars.”</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/CRzjAkAhR1v/?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/CRzjAkAhR1v/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Brendan Nikolajew (@brendans.cancer.fight)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Leah said her “little family” were “absolutely broken” after his passing and “still can’t imagine how we are going to continue on in this life without our sun and moon and our rock”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He lived life to the fullest and loved the people around so bloody hard and I am proud to be his wife,” Leah continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I hope we can all keep his memory alive by never giving up and living our life with Brendan’s ferocity and passion.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Thank you all for the beautiful kind messages of love.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Blue Wiggle Anthony Field, who previously pledged to donate the royalties from the group’s new album to Brendan’s wife and children, shared his own tribute to Brendan.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Rest In Peace Brendan. <a href="https://t.co/pak9Uf79dH">pic.twitter.com/pak9Uf79dH</a></p> — Anthony Field (@Anthony_Wiggle) <a href="https://twitter.com/Anthony_Wiggle/status/1419777483537215490?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 26, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Rest in Peace Brendan,” he wrote on Twitter, sharing a photo of the veteran with his family.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: brendans.cancer.fight / Instagram</span></em></p>

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"Bigger boobs and bad dreams": Steve Price's take on vaccine side-effects

<p>Carrie Bickmore has revealed she noticed a subtle change to her breasts after having the Pfizer vaccine.<br /><br /><em>The Project</em> co-host admitted to her fellow panelists Waleed Aly, Peter Hellier and Steve Price on Monday night’s program that she couldn’t help but notice the “lump” on her chest..</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/CPzOiPhn7n9/?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/CPzOiPhn7n9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Carrie Bickmore (@bickmorecarrie)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Reports have revealed a number of women have noticed their boobs had increased in size after receiving the jab.<br /><br />The Australian Department of Health has stated that inflamed lymph nodes are a less common side effect, but like many other women, Bickmore couldn’t help but notice the small bump on her chest.<br /><br />“This is exactly what happened, and I will admit I clicked on the clickbait today because mine didn’t go up a size, but I was thinking when I was in the shower, after I got my Pfizer, I noticed a lump, and I thought, ‘that’s weird, I will keep an eye on that’,” Bickmore said.<br /><br />“I texted a girlfriend who had the jab around the same time as me the next day and asked how she was feeling.<br /><br />“She said, ‘Fine, but my lymph nodes are up under my arms’, and I was like, ‘of course, that’s what it is!’”<br /><br />Price complained his side effects weren’t quite as interesting.<br /><br />“You get bigger boobs and I get bad dreams from the second jab of AstraZeneca,” Price told Bickmore.<br /><br />“That was the side effect I had.”<br /><br />The side effect which has been labelled the “Pfizer boob job”, is temporary according to experts.</p>

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Greta Thunberg's first vaccine comes with global statement

<p>Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, took to social media, tweeting: "Today I got my first COVID-19 vaccination dose. I am extremely grateful and privileged to be able to live in a part of the world where I can already get vaccinated."</p> <p>But then she went on to blast the more wealthy countries for taking more than their fair share of the vaccines. She wrote: "The vaccine distribution around the world is extremely unequal.</p> <p>The Swedish climate activist, 18, tweeted a photograph of herself wearing a fox-print face mask with a bandaid on her upper arm, using the hashtags '#VaccineEquity' and '#VaccineForAll'.</p> <p>Thunberg is one of a number of famous people, encouraging others to get the jab as soon as it's available to them. What she says about the distribution of the vaccines has been backed up by media such as the <em>New York Times </em>which reported recently: <em>"</em>84 percent of shots that have gone into arms worldwide have been administered in high- and upper-middle-income countries. Only 0.3 percent of doses have been administered in low-income countries.''</p> <p>Other celebrities including David Beckham and Billie Eilish, have asked world leaders to share surplus COVID vaccines with poorer countries.</p> <p>Before the G7 summit in June, Unicef ambassadors warned in an open letter how important it would be to ensure the "fair and equitable" supplies of vaccines internationally or the world would continue to be at risk from future mutations of the virus.</p>

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"Not a number": Friends mourn shock death of young COVID victim

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A woman in her 30s who died from COVID-19 in Sydney over the weekend has been identified as Adriana Takara, a Brazilian national and resident of Sydney’s CBD.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the death of the 38-year-old on Sunday, extending her condolences to the woman’s family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to those families, the loved ones who are grieving today,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney’s inner west on Saturday night.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Berejiklian also confirmed that Ms Takara has no known pre-existing illnesses.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shocked friends have since paid tribute to the accounting student.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Marlene Coimbra, who knew Ms Takara, said she was “mortified” by the news while speaking to </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Daily Telegraph</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The virus debilitated her very, very quickly. It’s shocking,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She was healthy, happy, working; she had a boyfriend. It’s shocking.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a Facebook post, Ms Coimbra wrote that she was grieving “the loss of not a number but a sister and a friend”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Adrianna is a daughter, sister, aunty, nice and specially [sic] a friend. An amazing friend, not only my friend but friend of so many people,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Tonight when you look at the sky, it will be brighter and the shiniest star will be my friend is peace away of all this madness [six].</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I can’t thank enough all the doctors for doing their best.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A migration agent who also knew Ms Takara told </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sydney Morning Herald</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> “all goodbyes were said via Zoom to audiences in Australia and Brazil”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The death of a woman in 70s from south-west Sydney was also announced on Sunday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Berejiklian said Ms Takara’s death highlighted the dangers COVID-19 posed even to young and healthy people.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If anybody thinks this is a disease just affecting older people, please think again,” she said.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Again, I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to those families, their loved ones who are grieving today, but please note that younger people without pre-existing conditions can also fall victim to this cruel disease.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Facebook</span></em></p>

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"Look after your neighbours": Amanda Keller breaks down on air

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post-body-container"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in">Amanda Keller has opened up about the difficulty she is having during Sydney’s latest lockdown, in a new segment for WSFM’s <em>Jonesy &amp; Amanda</em> today.<br /><br />The broadcaster and TV host repeatedly had to choke back tears as she publicly pleaded for answers on when the current Covid lockdown would come to an end.<br /><br />“I had a tough day yesterday … someone from Melbourne was telling me that week five was the hardest. I think that’s what we’re in now – week four, week five?” Keller said.<br /><br />She admitted she had shed “a few tears” while watching Wednesday’s NSW press conference, announcing 110 new cases (Thursday’s figure is worse, with 124 new cases).</div> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842628/daily-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3a1a4f5135df4c9d8e42be500791e634" /><br /><br />“I feel weepy talking about it now … I could feel the difference in the energy of that press conference yesterday.<br /><br />“People are frightened. People are frustrated. We’re told we’ll only come out of this when we’ve got 80 per cent vaccination – when’s that happening? That’s not soon,” she said.<br /><br />“Our premier says, ‘I’m confident we’ll come out of this.’ When? What if we don’t? What is it?”<br /><br />Keller became more emotional while describing the toll the lockdown had taken on her two sons.<br /><br />“That’s what I was in tears about yesterday. I was thinking about everyone’s mental health … this is so hard.<br /><br />“I’ve got a son who’s 20 – I want him, and everyone’s kids, to take a year and go travelling. Where’s Contiki for our kids! I’ve got a son in year 12 – he said to me yesterday, ‘Have I had my last day of school?’” she revealed, her voice breaking.<br /><br />“I’m an optimistic person, (but) I just feel, where’s the end? And what people are angry about this time as opposed to last year is, why are we in this position?”<br /><br />Keller called the situation “emotionally and psychically hard,” as her co-host Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones tried to console her.<br /><br />“No one has the answers, and that’s why this is hard. Look out for your neighbours, look out for your friends, because everyone’s having a hard time,” she said.<br /><br />There were 124 new locally acquired cases of coronavirus recorded in the 24 hours to 8 pm on Wednesday.<br /><br />Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said the number of those people infectious in the community before being detected was still worryingly high.<br /><br />Greater Sydney is due to end its lockdown on July 31, but that is an unlikely proposition as the days creep closer to the end of the month.</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 class="share-email-container"></div> <div class="watched-bookmark-container"></div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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"Of course I'm not ok": David Campbell in tears on set

<p>David Campbell was left in tears after he watched a viral video during <em>Today Extra</em>, on Friday.<br /><br /></p> <p>The TV host revealed they’d be giving viewers some “Friday feels,” but his co-host couldn’t have been prepared for Campbell’s emotional response.</p> <p><br /><span>US toddler Benjamin Olson has not been able to make too many friends during the pandemic, but thankfully his beautiful 99-year-old neighbour Mary was the perfect fit for the tiny tot.</span><br /><br /><span>As video of the pair playing rolled, it proved too much for David, who was sporting pajamas for National Pyjama Day.</span></p> <p dir="ltr">Today is National Pyjama Day where thousands of Aussies are wearing their PJ's to work or school in support of children in foster care. 💙 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/ovypiJinNP">pic.twitter.com/ovypiJinNP</a></p> <p>— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1418355931088310272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 22, 2021</a> <span></span><br /><br /><span>"Don't," he said.</span><br /><br /><span>When cameras panned back to David, he was wiping his eyes.</span><br /><br /><span>"That was just so nice and I wasn't ready for it," he said.</span><br /><br /><span>His co-host Belinda Russell asked if he was OK.</span><br /><br /><span>"No," he responded.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842637/9news-david-campbell.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d510356ff5b14b8d8179d95593bbcd7c" /></p> <p><em>Image: Supplied</em><br /><br /><span>"It's week four of lockdown. Of course I'm not ok. I'm crying at a video, it's 9:17."</span><br /><br /><span>You can watch the adorable clip on their <a rel="noopener" href="https://9now.nine.com.au/today/viral-video-leaves-david-campell-in-tears/724e037d-fb03-4b11-8921-e86478b8cadd?ocid=social-today" target="_blank">site.</a></span></p>

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Family fights to be with cancer-stricken daughter

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The parents of a critically-ill little girl have been granted an exemption amid tough hospital restrictions to stay by their daughter’s bedside.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Four-year-old Lara Yaroslavceff was only recently diagnosed with leukaemia, in a diagnosis that forced her parents Stacey and Matt to uproot their lives in Orange, New South Wales, so she can be treated in Sydney.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We had to leave our two children, who are three and nine months, in Orange, which is four hours away, indefinitely,” Mrs Yaroslavceff said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Orange has just gone into lockdown, so we can’t go back and see our other children and they can’t come here and see us.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Then, the already isolated parents were told they would have to separate from each other and care for their daughter in hospital during rotating 24-hour shifts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“One parent per day, no swapping, it is just one parent per day, we are allowed a 15-minute changeover to discuss how Lara has gone in the last 24 hours.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In an emotional changeover this morning, Mr Yaroslavceff swapped out with his wife with the knowledge that his young daughter was about to have her first surgery without him there.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She definitely is struggling not having both of us there,” Mr Yaroslavceff said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For us especially, just 200 metres away looking out the window, I can see the hospital, we’re not going off-site, we’re not going into the community, we can’t go home because that’s three to four hours away so we’re literally on-site and swapping, so that doesn’t seem to make sense.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple are staying at the Ronald McDonald House, which sits on the grounds of Randwick’s Children’s Hospital.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the strict restrictions being put in place for the safety of sick and vulnerable patients, Health Minister Brad Hazzard agreed to a request from </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Current Affair</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to reconsider Lara’s case.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shortly after, the decision was made that both Mr and Mrs Yaroslavceff would be able to stay at Lara’s bedside together.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“An exemption for the Yaroslavceff family was arranged on Wednesday, 21 July,” a spokesperson from Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network said in a statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Exemptions are always considered and our clinical teams are committed to working with families on a case-by-case basis, according to the patient and family’s individual needs, and the safety of other patients, family and staff.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Families are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns directly with their child’s health care team, so their specific circumstances can be carefully considered.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: A Current Affair</span></em></p>

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Deb Knight opens up about miscarriage heartbreak: “A cloud of sadness”

<p><span>Deb Knight knows pain and heartache all too well, she has admitted in an interview with <em>9Honey</em>.</span><br /><br /><span>The Channel 9 star, who currently is a <em>2GB</em> host has revealed after two miscarriages and 11 cycles of IVF, that the pain is like a “cloud of sadness”.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842573/daily-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7fcbfda77ffb4772b72474d1c4efd2e0" /></p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em><br /><br /><span>"It was like a cloud of sadness was hanging over me at the time because it is that emotional rollercoaster, that cliché very much rings true with IVF," Deb said.</span><br /><br /><span>"I would turn up to work and put on the brave face of presenting the news, which is what I was doing at the time.</span><br /><br /><span>“And I look back at myself then and I don't relate to who that person was because I was just very sad."</span><br /><br /><span>Deb and her partner Lindsay Dunbar thankfully got their happy ending, when they welcomed their son Darcy who is 11, and Elsa who is 9, through IVF.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842572/daily-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/95285d2fc3804e28a7b4222a86cb5f08" /></p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em><br /><br /><span>However that would not be the only baby joy for Deb, who naturally fell pregnant at the age of 42 with her baby girl Audrey – nearly six years after she had Elsa.</span><br /><br /><span>"It completely caught us unawares and changed everything," Deb admitted.</span><br /><br /><span>"But the body is just a wonder and sometimes stuff happens and it happened to us.</span><br /><br /><span>Audrey came along and we can't imagine not having her in our lives."</span></p>

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Olivia Newton-John gives heartfelt cancer update

<p><span>Olivia Newton-John has shared with fans a rare update on her ongoing battle with cancer.</span><br /><br /><span>The <em>Grease</em> superstar told </span><em>Closer</em><span> magazine this week she feels "very good" and attributes that to her husband, John Easterling, who is helping her manage the pain.</span><br /><br /><span>"There are a lot of herbs that I take," Newton-John told the UK magazine.</span><br /><br /><span>"And over the last 10 years, I've used cannabis. My husband makes me tinctures that help me immensely with pain, inflammation, sleep and anxiety. I'd like to research all that and find out what else is going on because I feel good."</span><br /><br /><span>In the interview, the 72-year-old also opened up about her diet that was inspired by her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi.</span><br /><br /><span>"I've also been eating vegan because my daughter was visiting me and she's a vegan," Newton-John added.</span><br /><br /></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/CQO9buxDdDE/?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/CQO9buxDdDE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Olivia Newton-John (@therealonj)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>"I feel very good. I try to do something for myself every day that I love, like seeing my horses or sitting in the garden."</span><br /><br /><span>The Australian actress was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992.</span><br /><br /><span>She was then diagnosed for the second time in 2013, as this time the cancer spread to her shoulder.</span><br /><br /><span>Despite the actress once again overcoming the illness, she was sadly told in 2017 that it had metastasised and spread to her bones.</span><br /><br /><span>Newton-John remains positive despite the cancer diagnoses throughout the years, telling </span><em>People</em><span> Magazine back in February that she still feels so blessed.</span><br /><br /><span>"I'm so lucky to still be doing all these things," she admitted.</span><br /><br /><span>"I don't think I imagined living this long! I feel very blessed.</span><br /><br /><span>"I'm very lucky to be married to a wonderful man who is a plant medicine man, and he has great knowledge.</span><br /><br /><span>“Now he's growing medicinal cannabis for me, and it just has been wonderful. It helps me in every area.”</span></p>

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Grandmother killed on freeway remembered for her kind acts

<div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Melbourne grandmother Luda Syzonenko who was killed helping a driver on the freeway had made a point to help others in distress before.</p> <p>She has been remembered as loving, kind-hearted and caring and recently becoming a grandmother.</p> <p>She had stopped her car on the Monash freeway in Melbourne's southeast and was on her way to assist a driver who had hit traffic lights about 3:15 am.</p> <p>Her son Phillip described her as a “kind, loving mother” who was “always happy to help anyone”.</p> <p>“Work colleagues say she’s the first to come and help always the first to come,” he told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/news/vic/melbourne-grandmother-killed-helping-driver-on-monash-freeway-had-helped-others-previously-c-3447757" target="_blank">7NEWS</a></em>.</p> <p>Her family had warned her not to stop on the freeway for others as she'd done previously.</p> <p>But she responded, “if someone needs help, I’m going to do it.”</p> <p>“She’s always happy to help anyone and she didn’t deserve go to out like this,” said Phillip.</p> <p>“She was really excited to be a grandma. We lost our mum and lost a grandma to my little boy.”</p> <p>Detective Acting Sergeant Christopher Hayes said her decision to "brave those dark conditions unfortunately might have cost her her life".</p> <p>“You can’t help but admire the spirit with which that person has conducted themselves,” he said.</p> <p>“To think the outcome is so horrific, a real shame.”</p> </div>

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Sydney man under 40 gets FOUR vaccine jabs

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Sydney man who received four doses of coronavirus vaccine has defended his decision on </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Project</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to mixed reactions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tom Lee rejected suggestions from Waleed Aly that he could have been taking vaccine doses from someone else who needed the jab.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t think I was. I was as entitled to Pfizer as anyone else. I had the AstraZeneca, I took the risk with AstraZeneca as other people are doing and I thought that I earned the right to Pfizer by doing that,” he said.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">While most under-40s struggle to get one Covid-19 vaccine shot, 34-year-old Sydneysider Tom Lee has managed to have four.<br />He’d already picked up two shots of AstraZeneca and as of this week, he’s scored two Pfizer. We chat with Tom to find out why… <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheProjectTV?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheProjectTV</a> <a href="https://t.co/Vg9Sfozw9n">pic.twitter.com/Vg9Sfozw9n</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1415601124757884930?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 15, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I have been telling people and there are a range of reactions to it. I just wanted to be fully vaccinated and have as many antibodies against the coronavirus as I could. We are in the middle of an outbreak here and I am feeling pretty good about it now.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For that last Pfizer shot that I had last Monday I had to go through south west Sydney and I was a bit spooked, I thought, ‘God are the three jabs I have had enough?’ but now I feel like I could go for a walk through south west Sydney and I’ll be alright,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Lee said he did his homework before getting the jabs and found that mixing vaccines was an effective way to immunise people against the virus, though Australian health officials haven’t endorsed this yet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I didn’t go into it blind there have been studies on mixing the vaccines. I read the summary about a study done in England where they were mixing AstraZeneca with Pfizer and the results were good. Apparently 10 times the amount of antibodies in the mix than anyone was getting on plain AstraZeneca. When the opportunity to get Pfizer came up I thought, ‘let’s go, let’s do it, let’s get as many antibodies as you can get’,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I read today that one of the medical workers in Sydney who was fully vaccinated has got the coronavirus, maybe if she did the same thing I did then she wouldn’t have got the virus.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In reality, the trials studying the benefits of mixing vaccines involved the administration of one dose of each vaccine, rather than the two full courses that Mr Lee had.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Additionally, a small percentage of fully vaccinated individuals can still contract COVID-19, which may be due to the person becoming infected before the body has built up enough protection against the virus.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Soumya Swaminathan, WHO’s chief scientist, recently discouraged individuals from deciding for themselves to get third or fourth doses of either vaccine after receiving a full course of one vaccine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s a little bit of a dangerous trend here where people are in a … data-free, evidence-free zone as far as mix and match,” she said. “It will be a chaotic situation in countries if citizens start, you know, deciding when and who should be taking a second, or a third or a fourth dose.” </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Individuals should not decide for themselves, public health agencies can, based on available data. Data from mix and match studies of different vaccines are awaited - immunogenicity and safety both need to be evaluated <a href="https://t.co/3pdYj4LUdz">https://t.co/3pdYj4LUdz</a></p> — Soumya Swaminathan (@doctorsoumya) <a href="https://twitter.com/doctorsoumya/status/1414657053180809224?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 12, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An OverSixty reader even hopped online to email us directly about the controversial segment. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Just saw on The Project an interview with a man under 50 years old who claims to have had 2 AstraZeneca vaccines and 2 Pfizer vaccines," wrote the OverSixty reader.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The Project treated it as funny. In my view they should have condemned him for 1: having Pfizer at his age and 2: for having two lots of vaccine. That amounts to stealing someone else’s vaccines. I hope he is made to pay for the extra vaccines, at least."</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: news.com.au</span></em></p>

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"This is why we do what we do": Paralympian responds to fan

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The announcement of Woolworth’s newest collectible promotion has resulted in a heartwarming moment for one little girl.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her mother took to Instagram to share her daughter’s “thrilled” reaction to the new Aussie Heroes collectables launched by the retailer last week.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sharing a photo of the seven-year-old girl, Mia Stewart, wearing a prosthetic leg brace and smiling in front of a banner featuring a photograph of Paralympic swimmer Ellie Cole, Mia’s mother wrote: “Representation matters!”</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/CRBJjEksog1/?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/CRBJjEksog1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Mia Stewart (@miasbigadventure)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You have no idea how excited Mia was when she saw Ellie Cole at Woolworths today! She was beyond thrilled!” she continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“MUMMMM she has a leg like me!”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mia’s Instagram biography states that the little girl suffers from Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD) and has had rotationplasty surgery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The newest range of collectable items celebrates Australian Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the form of collectable stickers that customers can earn with select purchases.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Woolworths spokesperson has said they are “moved” by Mia’s story.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our goal with this collectable is to celebrate some of Australia’s greatest athletes and future champions, as well as inspire younger generations to live active and healthy lifestyles,” the spokesperson told </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/woolworths-new-collectables-spark-special-reaction-from-girl-7-080139721.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yahoo News Australia</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We were moved by Mia’s story and her excitement to see Ellie in the collection.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Ellie exemplifies what the Aussie Heroes collection is all about and we’ll be cheering her on as she competes in the Tokyo Paralympics!”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ellie has also shared Mia’s story on her own Instagram page, attracting supportive comments from dozens of athletes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sharing the same photo of Mia, Ellie wrote: “This is why we do what we do. My heart.”</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/CRAwT_jh0r-/?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/CRAwT_jh0r-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ellie Cole (@elliecoleswim)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mia’s mother responded to the post, saying that Mia has been avidly collecting the stickers in the hopes of getting one of her favourite Paralympian.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m not allowed to shop anywhere else until she gets an Ellie,” her mother wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ellie told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">News.com.au</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that Mia’s photo “really hit in the heart strings”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When I was her age, I didn’t have any Paralympic role models, I didn’t even know that people with disabilities could play sport,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mia has also been given the chance to meet her idol on the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Today Show</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Appearing on the breakfast show, Ellie spoke to Mia about the post and gave her some advice for the future.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Understand that you are unstoppable and just go for anything you want to,” she told Mia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When asked by host Richard Wilkins whether she’d like to be an Olympic swimmer like Ellie, Mia enthusiastically replied “yes”.</span></p>

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Princess Charlene’s sad reality without her kids

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Princess Charlene of Monaco has given a glimpse into her recovery from surgery, after weeks of “painful” separation from her husband and children. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 43-year-old former Olympic swimmer took to Instagram to share several snaps from her call with her two twins, six-year-old Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Spending time with Jacqui and Bella,” she wrote. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Making blankets for the crèche next door. Wish me luck,” she added. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Princess Charlene has been in her home country of South Africa for the last few months to undergo anti-poaching work while her husband, Albert and their children remained behind in Monaco. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The royal sported skinny jeans, a green turtleneck jumper and tan boots while blowing kisses to her children via a FaceTime call. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842429/princess-charlene-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e2d60b3631c84397a7b28a8b600e7fe1" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In another photo, Princess Charlene is seen showing several colourful wildlife conservation posts on the wall. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Zimbabwe-born royal sadly developed a worrying ear, nose and throat infection that required surgery in May. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The royal had a second surgery a month later “to address complications from a previous operation,” the palace confirmed in a statement to<em> PEOPLE Magazine. </em></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Charlene will remain in South Africa “indefinitely” to undergo more procedures, meaning she has not seen her kids and husband since early June when they last came to visit the conservationist royal. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842430/princess-charlene-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c2bbd37e7daf4da59a30b5bcc0c1045b" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her recovery also prevented Charlene from returning to Monaco to celebrate her tenth wedding anniversary with Prince Albert on July 1. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"This year will be the first time that I will not be with my husband on our wedding anniversary in July, which is difficult and saddens me," she said in a statement shared prior to the big day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"However, Albert and I had no choice but to follow the instructions of the medical team, even if it was extremely difficult. He has been the most incredible support to me," she added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842428/princess-charlene-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e7f728f8f32e4091ab9eb121f56f79ce" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Charlene also opened up about the painful reality being separated from her husband and kids.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's been a trying time for me. I miss my husband and children dearly," she told South African News Channel24.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Albert is my rock and strength and without his love and support I would not have been able to get through this painful time."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Albert and the twins are planning to visit Princess Charlene in South Africa. </span></p> <p><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Three-year-old dies after dental visit

<p><span>A mother in the US has been left broken-hearted and in desperate need of answers after a simple dental procedure for her three-year-old son resulted in his passing.</span><br /><br /><span>Nancy Valenzuela, a mother of three from Scott City, Kansas, said she took her son, Abiel Valenzuela Zapata, into Tiny Teeth Pediatrics Dentistry for a check up.</span><br /><br /><span>A simple procedure was necessary – a teeth extraction after a nasty gum infection.</span><br /><br /><span>“We didn’t expect to come out of there without a child,” Valenzuela explained.</span><br /><br /><span>Abiel died on Tuesday after being transported to a Wichita hospital.</span><br /><br /><span>Valenzuela revealed she and her son had visited two dental offices in southwest Kansas, but was told both times that her son needed to have teeth pulled.</span><br /><br /><span>She sadly went on to say her boy was fine before he went into surgery, and only asked for comfort while getting a shot.</span><br /><br /><span>“I told him, ‘Papi, everything’s going to be okay. You know you’re fine,’” said Valenzuela.</span><br /><br /><span>Wichita police officers later reported that the anesthesiologist claimed Abiel was doing fine for about 30 minutes under sedation.</span><br /><br /><span>However, disaster slowly ensued for the family.</span><br /><br /><span>While the specific details surrounding Abiel’s procedure, the doctor reported he’d never seen “anything like that”, especially in someone so small without any known allergies.</span><br /><br /><span>Valenzuela said she didn’t know there was a medical emergency at the office for her son until he was brought out to the ambulance.</span><br /><br /><span>“As a mother, you feel like you failed him because you didn’t do anything to protect him,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I really thought that I made the right choice.”</span><br /><br /><span>Valenzuela sadly never saw her son alive again, but that didn’t stop her from making one final promise to him.</span><br /><br /><span>“‘I couldn’t do anything for you, but I will investigate.’ It’s what I told him. It’s the only thing I can do and bring awareness,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>The mother said it’s been difficult on her other children, including Abiel’s older brother.</span><br /><br /><span>“I asked him later on in the night, ‘Where is Abiel,’ and he pointed up, and he said he is with God,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>She said the family would have to take it one day at a time.</span><br /><br /><span>“He’s in a better place, he was just so young, and we loved him a lot,” said Valenzuela.</span><br /><br /><span>Police officer Trevor Macy said in a statement that there is no criminal investigation underway “at this time.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry has released a statement on the three-year-old’s death.</span><br /><br /><span>“Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry is devastated by the death of Abiel Valenzuela Zapata,” the statement reads.</span><br /><br /><span>“Like Abiel’s family, we, too, want to understand how this tragic event may have occurred.</span><br /><br /><span>“Our practice has never experienced an incident like this, and we had no reason to expect this procedure would be anything other than routine.</span><br /><br /><span>“We would like to thank the EMS first responders who arrived only a few minutes after we called 911.</span><br /><br /><span>“They continued the CPR efforts we had begun and worked feverishly to save Abiel.”</span><br /><br /><span>The family has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for funeral costs.</span></p>

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Russell Crowe spotted queueing up for COVID jab

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One of Australia’s top film stars has been spotted in the queue with thousands of Sydneysiders waiting to get vaccinated.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Russell Crowe has spent much of the COVID-19 pandemic in New South Wales and took to Twitter to confirm he was one of tens of thousands to get the jab over the weekend.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“How I spent my Sunday. Lining up with 7000 good citizens to get shot 1 of vaccine,” he tweeted on Tuesday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Book yours via NSW Health,” he added, along with a link to the Service NSW website.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">How I spent my Sunday. Lining up with 7000 good citizens to get shot 1 of vaccine. <br /><br />Book yours via NSW health <a href="https://t.co/WcppFuTlFO">https://t.co/WcppFuTlFO</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZyON96npWu">pic.twitter.com/ZyON96npWu</a></p> — Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) <a href="https://twitter.com/russellcrowe/status/1414704323544555520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 12, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Karen Price, President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) applauded Crowe for publicly supporting the vaccine rollout, responding: “Follow Russell’s example and roll up your sleeve to get your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It doesn’t matter if you are an accountant, construction worker, small business owner or Hollywood movie star - we all have a role to play in fighting this pandemic.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since the end of February, about 2,728,897 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the state. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">20,749 of the doses were administered in the last 24 hours.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Russell Crowe / Twitter</span></em></p>

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Veteran with terminal cancer speechless after Blue Wiggle’s kind act

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Queensland army veteran has been left lost for words after finding out about how one of Australia’s biggest music stars plans to set his young family up for life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wiggles member Anthony Field has pledged to donate the royalties from the group’s new album, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lullabies With Love</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, to Brendan Nikolajew’s wife and children.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nikolajew is in palliative care as he combats late-stage terminal cancer at home in Moreton Bay.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I never thought that I’d be receiving support and admiration from such a legend,” Nikolajew said of Field’s kind act on Instagram on Tuesday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Anthony has given so much and it’s too humbling.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For this to be put into words is the hardest part … Just a massive thanks to everyone involved!”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 30-year-old war veteran, who served in Afghanistan, has been battling cancer for more than three years after a small lump was found on one of his testicles.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After treatment of the lump, his cancer returned in November last year and was found in other areas of his body.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite undergoing immediate chemotherapy treatment, he was recently given the terminal diagnosis and is making himself as comfortable as possible at home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His friend, Matthew James, spoke to 7NEWS in July, describing Nikolajew as “a positive guy”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He’s the guy in the group who would try to pick you up if you were feeling down,” James said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He’s definitely the most genuine bloke you could meet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For the past three or so years he’s been really going through it, it’s never really sunk in.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He’s always been a positive guy. It’s kind of really starting to hit home. It’s a really rough time.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Field, the blue Wiggle who started the beloved children’s group in the 1990s, also served in the military.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His gesture will be set to benefit Nikolajew’s wife Leah, their four-year-old daughter Georgie, and their two-year-old son Roman.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">More than $12000 has also been raised through a GoFundMe for the family.</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/CQ9SMwzhuxc/?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/CQ9SMwzhuxc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Brendan Nikolajew (@brendans.cancer.fight)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“These two and my wife, are the reasons I fight/fought so hard, so long and gave whatever it took,” Nikolajew said on Instagram recently.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I also lived my bloody life, which I’m proud of.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Brendan Nikolajew / Instagram</span></em></p>

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"I'm in hospital": Lisa Curry shares scary hospital experience

<p>Former Olympian Lisa Curry has shared that she has been in hospital for the last five days as she was admitted for chest pains.</p> <p>Even more surprisingly, no clear cause had been found yet.</p> <p>"I'm in hospital. It's day 5 after coming in with chest pain, a wide squeezing band around my chest and back. All my tests are good. Everyone is stumped,"<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/tags/lisa-curry" target="_blank">Lisa</a><span> </span>wrote.</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/CRSC5bzLc7E/?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/CRSC5bzLc7E/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lisa Curry AO (@lisacurry)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She shared a photo of her late daughter Jaimi, saying that you "can't test for heartache".</p> <p>"For every beautiful photo of our girl , there are 10 sad ones. As I lie here thinking about our Jaimi, I wanted to show you how much she hurt too. Broken hearted by things that people said to her and did to her."</p> <p>"There are many people, like Jaimi, who are beautiful, soft, fragile, sensitive, and are taken advantage of, their trust misused and abused," she continued.</p> <p>"There are some really questionable people who take advantage of others who are fragile, who go on to live their lives not having a clue the damage they've left."</p> <p>"You don't go through each one and tick it off - they overlap, they come and go constantly," she wrote.</p> <p>"You never know what will trigger the heart ache, or the tears… it could be a word, a thought, a song, a photo, a memory, a hug from a stranger… all we need is a hug… and understanding… nothing even needs to be said."</p> <p>She ended the post pleading with her followers to seek medical help if they've experienced any kind of chest pain.</p>

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