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Eagle-eyed royal fans spot unusual Buckingham Palace detail

<p>In a new photo of Buckingham Palace released this week, eagle-eyed royal fans have spotted an unusual detail. </p> <p>A photo of the royal residence was shared to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1448259206776246278" target="_blank">Royal Family's Twitter account</a>, following Her Majesty's private audience with British pianist Imogen Cooper to present her with the Medal for Music. </p> <p>As the picture was posted, royal spectators were quick to zoom in on the image to hunt for hidden elements and insights into royal daily life. </p> <p>As the image was examined, fans noticed an unseen collection of photographs kept on one of the Queen's side tables. </p> <p>While the Queen is known for displaying family photos throughout her various properties, one photo in the collection stood out to royal fans.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844889/buckingham-palace.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/19967d78ffeb445faf62f3dce9b77a1e" /></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p>The photo to the left of the vase of roses is of Peter Phillips, the Queen's eldest grandson, and his ex-wife Autumn.</p> <p>While it is unclear when the framed photo was captured, the couple finalised their divorce in June 2021 after 13 years of marriage. </p> <p><span>Other images spotted include a black-and-white wedding photo of Zara and Mike Tindall from 2011 and a photograph of Prince William and Kate Middleton from their engagement photoshoot in 2010.</span></p> <p><span>The fourth photo in a smaller gold frame has caught a lot of attention, as it shows a picture of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from 2018. </span></p> <p>A number of social media users were quick to share their reactions to the background photographs, with many calling them “beautiful”.</p> <p>“Lovely to see a photo of Meghan and Harry on display,” one person tweeted.</p> <p>“Her Majesty said even though they've left their jobs they would always be members of the family and great to see a reflection of that.”</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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"I can't feel this yet": Pink's emotional tribute to late father

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pink has shared a heartbreaking tribute to her late father, Jim Moore, on what would have been his 76th birthday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The singer </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/entertainment/music/pink-breaks-her-silence-following-her-fathers-death-with-emotional-message-c-4260010" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">shared</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> a photo of her father’s grave on social media, along with a message for him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the photo, the singer placed a stack of doughnuts in front of a temporary plaque and a small American flag, with a single candle on top of the stack.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pink’s poetic message touched on the changing nature of the relationship she had with her dad, as well as the grief she feels.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Dad. I only knew you for 42 years this time,” she began the caption.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That’s a long time / That’s not that long / When I reach into my memories of us to try to understand our relationship I remember our fights first. Screaming. Crying. Misunderstanding.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And then like a parallel universe simultaneously I remember the way you would pat my hand and say ‘aww’ to remind me to be gentler, to remind me that I was nicer than that thing I said.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She continued to describe the conflicting nature of their relationship, writing, “How you would tell me that the world was out to get me, but that the world was full of animals that needed our help.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Nature that needed to be revered. Silence that needed to be listened to. You taught me that no fight was too small, except the ones that chipped away at your soul.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The singer shared how she was continuing to process her father’s death.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t even know that I can handle the cold hard truth that I miss you yet,” she wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I wanna act like this is one of those times that I’m busy and not calling. I can’t feel this yet.”</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/CVEZchbpgqb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CVEZchbpgqb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by P!NK (@pink)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pink posted the tribute on Friday, October 15, and noted that she was “ashamed to say” that she wasn’t sure that she “remembered to send a card”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You and  i’s hearts have always been a bit broken,” she continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And you’re the only one that understood that without having to talk about it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t know where you are. And therefore I don’t know where I am either. Anyways Happy birthday Daddy Sir.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She concluded the tribute with a poignant message, writing, “Gone but not forgotten. I won’t miss you yet. I’m not ready.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The photo and tribute come two months after her father passed away following a battle with prostate cancer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pink shared the devastating news in August, around the time of his reported death, and paid tribute with two black-and-white photos and the caption, “Til forever”.</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/CTELWkAM6BR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CTELWkAM6BR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by P!NK (@pink)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The day before, Pink shared another photo of the pair from their performance of “I Have Seen the Rain” in New York City in 2006.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pink first shared that her father was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer in July last year, with a photo showing Jim smiling in a hospital bed before surgery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is my dear Dad this morning heading for surgery,” she wrote.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844894/p-nk1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/49da48058a004bb5a3fbc7f990afcb56" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @pink / Instagram</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He just finished his second round of chemo for prostate cancer, fell off a ladder and fractured his back, lost function in his legs until my battered and bruised husband shared his brilliant doctor.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But here he is, my Dad, scared and in pain sitting with the love of his life, our Grace, and what’s he doing??? Smiling. Cracking jokes. Making everyone else feel better.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @pink / Instagram</span></em></p>

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The funniest reactions to Perrottet’s baby announcement

<p dir="ltr">Newly-minted NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announced on Sunday night that he and his wife Helen are expecting their seventh child, a girl, due next year.</p> <p dir="ltr">Posting to Facebook, Perrottet wrote, “Exciting family news.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Our family photo wall is going to need another frame! Helen and I are thrilled to announce we have a little girl due next year.</p> <p dir="ltr">“With five sisters already, William is looking on the bright side - more bench depth on the family basketball team.”</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to well wishes, many people saw the opportunity to rib the Premier about the number of children he and his wife have had.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Waiting for Josh Frydenberg to ask Dan Andrews why he only has 3 kids when Dom Perrottet is about to have 7</p> — Thor (@thunderson23) <a href="https://twitter.com/thunderson23/status/1449697699960279049?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Some social media users pointed out how different the response might be if the Premier were a woman; anyone who remembers the commentary around Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s marital and parental status will understand that frustration.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">So, if Dominic Perrottet was a woman, we'd be questioning how he was going to run a state with a new bub...let alone having 7 young kids total...<br /><br />Amirite?<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ManPinions?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ManPinions</a></p> — No one, because nobody cares (@gabs247) <a href="https://twitter.com/gabs247/status/1449867186999201795?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">One Facebook commenter wrote, “How is he going to balance a newborn and his job as Premier? Why didn’t he think this through before signing up? Wow, journalists should have asked him if he was planning on having a baby whilst in office, then no one would have chosen him as premier. Silly little boy, keep your legs closed.” while another said, “Trying to have it all, I see. Maybe he should take a break from his job to focus better on his family”.</p> <p dir="ltr">While some saw the opportunity for political humour and ran with it…</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Atleast in 19 years time he’ll be able to use his children for all the branch stacking 😂</p> — Patrick Malone (@pattymalone2000) <a href="https://twitter.com/pattymalone2000/status/1449668654128267271?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2021</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Dominic Perrottet has announced his wife is pregnant with their seventh child. <br /><br />He is a Liberal but his wife has always been in Labour.<br />🤔🤔🤔🥴🥴🥴🥴</p> — Barry Mulligan (@BazzaCC) <a href="https://twitter.com/BazzaCC/status/1449867488104050689?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">...others seized their chance to be a bit more crude.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">He doesn’t put the Dom in condom</p> — BEERBOY-182 🍹 (@beerboy182) <a href="https://twitter.com/beerboy182/status/1449679608668852225?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 17, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Perrottet and his wife already have six children - five girls and one boy. When asked earlier this month how he would juggle being Premier with family responsibilities, he acknowledged it would be demanding, and that finding a balance was a struggle for every working parent. He added, “Ultimately, what I might lose in time, I gain in perspective”.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Dominic Perrottet/Facebook</em></p>

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Neighbourhood taken over by world’s largest rodents

<p dir="ltr">Meet the world’s largest rodent: the capybara. They’re semi-aquatic, meaning they love to swim, and have webbed feet designed for that exact purpose. It also means they can swim underwater for up to five minutes without surfacing for air. They grow up to 2 feet, or 60cm, in size, and can weigh anywhere between 35 to 66 kilograms. They’re native to South America, where they’re known by many names, including carpincho, chigüiro, and capivara.</p> <p dir="ltr">They’re widely adored on the internet, primarily for their friendly yet calm demeanour that allows them to make friends of all species, including cats, rabbits, deer, turtles, as well as their close relatives, guinea pigs. They’re also known for enjoying Japanese hot springs, a country they are not native to but nonetheless have taken by storm.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">there is one imposter among us <a href="https://t.co/JiXGytI4O7">pic.twitter.com/JiXGytI4O7</a></p> — CAPYBARA MAN (@CAPYBARA_MAN) <a href="https://twitter.com/CAPYBARA_MAN/status/1367517585626046468?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">What More Is There To Life? <a href="https://t.co/yKgic1TA7A">pic.twitter.com/yKgic1TA7A</a></p> — Wholesome Cat! (@GoldenHappyCat1) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoldenHappyCat1/status/1445880269718921217?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 6, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">But recently, they’ve been making headlines for an entirely different reason: home invasions. Okay, they aren’t stealing into people’s homes in the dead of night to swipe their valuables, but they have been accused of invading one exclusive Argentinian neighbourhood in large numbers and committing crimes such as soiling lawns and “bullying” pets.</p> <p dir="ltr">Nordelta is a gated community in the north of Buenos Aires, and was established in 1999. While it is now home to titans of industry and sports stars, it was once home to wildlife like the capybaras, who are at home in the wetland environment provided by the nearby River Paraná.</p> <p dir="ltr">While residents of the enclave have issued calls for the capybaras to be castrated or relocated, supporters both in Argentina and around the globe have rallied around the rodents, holding them up as a symbol of class divisions and environmentalism.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Mural in Buenos Aires, celebrating the capybara invasion of Nordelta, Argentina’s most exclusive gated community, an enclave of the ultra rich, built in a lush area on the wetlands of the Paraná river. <a href="https://t.co/TKhzCx74aB">pic.twitter.com/TKhzCx74aB</a></p> — Radical Graffiti (@GraffitiRadical) <a href="https://twitter.com/GraffitiRadical/status/1430541217889079300?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 25, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">One longtime resident, real estate broker Gustavo Iglesias, told the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/rodents-the-size-of-st-bernards-swarm-an-exclusive-gated-community-11633882543?fbclid=IwAR1BxC7KRD6Syy5fQRVQ_O0QelWfsoz2VC5XkgDmXrYkklbw6GS-SuZFDtA" target="_blank"><em>Wall Street Journal</em></a><em>,<span> </span></em>“I’m not anti-capybara; I want to scratch their cute little bellies as much as anyone else.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The problem is that their population is out of control, and people are too scared to do anything. No one wants to look like they’re opposed to nature.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Iglesias complains that his lakeside garden is used by roughly a dozen invading capybaras as a toilet daily, but the last straw was when his dog Lucho came home sporting two deep gashes “that looked like the handiwork of rodent incisors.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Critics of the neighbourhood include environmentalists like Enrique Viale, who said, "wealthy real-estate developers with government backing have to destroy nature in order to sell clients the dream of living in the wild – because the people who buy those homes want nature, but without the mosquitoes, snakes or carpinchos". Viale told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/22/argentina-capybaras-giant-rodents-gated-community" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em></a><span> </span>that describing the takeover as an invasion would not be accurate, saying, “It’s the other way round: Nordelta invaded the ecosystem of the carpinchos.” Viale has been part of a decade-long campaign to get congress to pass a law protecting the wetlands from further development.</p> <p dir="ltr">While wealthy residents may not appreciate the return of the capybaras to their native habitat, people from around Argentina have taken to visiting the neighbourhood just to encounter the friendly creatures. The locals should be happy about this - tourism is good for the economy, after all.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Nunca pensé que iba a estar vivo para ver a los carpinchos domando chetos y librando la madre de todas las batallas en Nordelta.<br /><br />Estoy así: <a href="https://t.co/Gy6t7viQUS">pic.twitter.com/Gy6t7viQUS</a></p> — Portgas D.🇦🇷 (@CoupeFuego_) <a href="https://twitter.com/CoupeFuego_/status/1427827864053952514?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 18, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Magali Cervantes/AFP via Getty Images</em></p>

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Hero dog honoured for saving over 100 koalas

<p><em>Image: Nine News</em></p> <p>A former rescue dog who saved over 100 koalas during the catastrophic Black Summer bushfires has been honoured for his work in the United Kingdom.</p> <p>Bear, a six-year-old Australian koolie, was honoured by the International Fund for Animal Welfare at the House of Lords earlier this week.</p> <p>He appeared via video link to accept the award.</p> <p>Bear’s handler Romane Cristescy, of the University of the Sunshine Coast, couldn’t be prouder of the former rescue dog.</p> <p>“We think Bear really deserved this award,” she said.</p> <p>“He’s been such a good boy in helping us find and rescue a lot of koalas, especially during the bushfires but he works throughout the year to help us in our job to make a better and safer place for koalas.</p> <p>“We’ll give bear extra pats and extra play for his award.”</p> <p>Bear was one of two dogs honoured during the ceremony.</p> <p>Jasper, a cockapoo, won “Animal of the Year” for his work in supporting frontline NHS staff through the pandemic.</p> <p>Bear’s boundless energy made him a perfect candidate for the Detection Dogs for Conservation program at the University of the Sunshine Coast.</p> <p>He was trained to recognise the scent of koalas’ fur.</p> <p>Over the 2019-2020 bushfire season Bear is credited with saving 100 marsupials after the habitats were scorched.</p> <p>Once he’d detect their smell, Bear would drop silently to the ground at the base of the tree, to ensure it is not disturbed.</p> <p>A total of 33 people lost their lives in the fires which burned across NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.</p> <p>Three billion animals are estimated to have died over, 24 million hectares of land was burnt, and 3000 homes were lost.</p>

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Why Elizabeth, Charles and Camilla may miss Lilibet Diana's christening

<p dir="ltr">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first daughter, Lilibet Diana, named for Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana, is five months old and hasn’t been christened yet, which prompted speculation from royal watchers on where and when a christening would eventually take place.</p> <p dir="ltr">This speculation prompted a spokesperson for the family to say yesterday that plans for the christening “have not been finalised”. A palace insider said there would not be a christening in the UK.</p> <p dir="ltr">Speaking to<span> </span><em>The Sun,<span> </span></em>author and editor of Majesty Magazine Ingrid Seward that if the christening took place in the United States, where Harry and Meghan now live, much of Harry’s immediate family would be absent.</p> <p dir="ltr">The reason key members of the Royal Family, including great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth, grandparents Prince Charles and Camilla and uncle Prince Charles and aunt Kate may miss Lilibet’s christening is that their schedules simply wouldn’t allow for it.</p> <p dir="ltr">Seward said, "I don't think any members of the immediate Royal Family would have time [to fly over], their schedules are organised six months in advance.”</p> <p dir="ltr">When the couple’s first child, Archie, was christened at Windsor Castle in 2019, the Queen and Prince Philip did not attend as they were in Sandringham. The Queen also did not attend the christening of William and Kate’s youngest child, Prince Louis.</p> <p dir="ltr">It has been reported that Lilibet could be baptised into the Episcopal Church of the US, which is a member of the Anglican Communion. The Bishop who delivered the sermon at Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018, Bishop Michael Curry, is the head of the Episcopal Church and could officiate.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, Lilibet would not automatically be considered a member of the Church of England until she came to the UK and joined a local congregation. Seward said Harry and Meghan could baptise their daughter privately at Windsor Castle, which is what they did with Archie.</p> <p dir="ltr">Potential godparents that have been suggested by royal watchers include Princess Eugenie, Zara and Mike Tindall, or even Oprah Winfrey. Seward said the couple would choose someone particularly close to them, because, "with godparents you usually want someone who you've known all your life."</p> <p dir="ltr">Meghan herself was baptised into the church ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: NDZ/Star Max/GC Images/Getty Images</em></p>

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Check out some of the 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners

<p>The winners of the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition have been announced, and the photos are predictably stunning. The competition has been held by the Natural History Museum in London every year since 1965, with categories for children and teenagers as well as adults.</p> <p>Without further ado, here are some of our favourite winners from this year's competition.</p> <ol> <li><strong>Winner, plants and fungi (main image, featured above): </strong>Rich reflections, by Justin Gilligan, Australia</li> <li><strong>Winner, behaviour: birds: </strong>The intimate touch, by Shane Kalyn, Canada</li> <li><strong>Winner, 11-14 years: </strong>Sunflower songbird, by Andrés Luis Dominguez Blanco, Spain</li> <li><strong>Winner, oceans: the bigger picture: </strong>Nursery meltdown, by Jennifer Hayes, US</li> <li><strong><span>Winner, urban wildlife: </span></strong>The spider room, by Gil Wizen, Israel/Canada</li> <li><strong><span>Winner, behaviour: mammals: </span></strong>Head to head, by Stefano Unterthiner, Italy</li> <li><strong>Winner, 15-17 years: </strong>High-flying jay, by Lasse Kurkela, Finland</li> <li><strong>Winner, rising star portfolio award: </strong>Cool time, from land time for sea bears, by Martin Gregus, Canada/Slovakia</li> <li><strong><span>Adult Grand Title Winner: </span></strong>Creation, by Laurent Ballesta, France</li> <li><strong><span>Young Grand Title Winner: </span></strong>Dome home, by Vidyun R Hebbar, India</li> </ol> <p>You can view all of the winning entries <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy/gallery" target="_blank" title="here.">here</a>.</p>

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Anxious cats just want real cuddles from their human

<div> <div class="copy"> <p>Anxious cats aren’t comforted by the scent of their absent human alone.  It just reminds them that their human is gone.</p> <p>Most cats that love their human form a strong bond and feel less stressed in their presence. You might often see your kitty snuggling up in your clothes and enjoy being around things that smell like you.</p> <p>However, in a new <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0168159121002318?via%3Dihub" target="_blank">study</a> published in <em>Applied Animal Behaviours Science, </em>researchers found that the scent alone isn’t enough to keep them happy when they are alone.</p> <p>“Olfaction (smell) is an important sense for cats, and it’s related to their social behaviour.  But in our study, [owner-scented objects] did not have a stress-reducing effect,” says Kristyn Vitale of Unity College, US, who was part of the study. “The smell might even make matters worse for some.”</p> <p>As part of the study, cat owners put an item of clothing with their pets in an unfamiliar testing room.  The owner then sat on the floor for a while before exiting the room and leaving the scented item with the cat.</p> <p>Most of the kitties paid no attention to the scented item and acted just as stressed as when there were no ‘comfort items’ available. In fact, 38% of actually became more vocal when the scented item was in the room.</p> <p>This suggested that the scent reminded them of their absent human and made them sad.</p> <p>But when the owners returned, most of the happy cats rubbed against their owners in a display of bonding. This is a sign of the Secure Base Effect, where the cats felt happy and secure in the presence of their human. In this simulation, the researchers showed that a scented item did not elicit the same secure base effect.</p> <p>The researchers suggest that leaving an item with a cat just isn’t as good and a real cuddle. Instead, they encourage owners to be present with their cat as much as possible to reduce anxiety.</p> <p>If it lets you.</p> <!-- Start of tracking content syndication. Please do not remove this section as it allows us to keep track of republished articles --> <img id="cosmos-post-tracker" style="opacity: 0; height: 1px!important; width: 1px!important; border: 0!important; position: absolute!important; z-index: -1!important;" src="https://syndication.cosmosmagazine.com/?id=166105&amp;title=Anxious+cats+just+want+real+cuddles+from+their+human" alt="" width="1" height="1" /> <!-- End of tracking content syndication --></div> <div id="contributors"> <p><a href="https://cosmosmagazine.com/nature/anxious-cats-just-want-real-cuddles-from-their-human/">This article</a> was originally published on <a href="https://cosmosmagazine.com">Cosmos Magazine</a> and was written by <a href="https://cosmosmagazine.com/contributor/dr-deborah-devis">Deborah Devis</a>. Deborah Devis is a science journalist at Cosmos. </p> <p><em>Image: VictorHuang/Getty Images</em></p> </div> </div>

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Are vampires real?

<div class="copy"> <p>When asked to describe a vampire, most people think of a tall, pale creature, with fangs and a cloak. But were the creatures of folklore inspired by real traits seen in the animal kingdom? </p> <h3>1. Vampire trait: drinking blood</h3> <p>The primary characteristic of a vampire is feeding on blood. Although many ectoparasites such as mosquitoes and <a rel="nofollow noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiQ08f6AoqM" target="_blank">leeches also drink blood</a>, the vampire bat is the only species of mammal that is truly haematophagic (feeds exclusively on blood).</p> <div class="embed-container"><iframe class="note-video-clip responsive-embed" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/iLp-ls8AoaU?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLp-ls8AoaU" target="_blank">Vampire bats</a> prey on warm-blooded animals such as livestock, locating blood hotspots with their inbuilt infra-red heat sensors, and even utilise a protein called <a rel="nofollow noopener" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9795244" target="_blank">“draculin”</a> to keep their prey’s blood flowing.</p> <p>But they also need to feed every two days in order to survive, and finding prey this frequently is a challenge. Fortunately, vampire bats live in communal roosts, so have evolved a mechanism of <a rel="noopener" href="https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151117-vampire-bats-blood-food-science-animals/" target="_blank">food sharing</a> whereby they regurgitate blood for starving individuals. This is often done in a tit-for-tat manner – so individuals that have benefited in this way will reciprocate later by donating to the bats that helped them.</p> <h3>2. Vampire trait: immortality</h3> <p>Although vampires are often considered immortal, there are few animals that possess the same quality. Animals such as whales and <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/11/400-year-old-greenland-shark-is-the-oldest-vertebrate-animal" target="_blank">sharks can live for over 200 years</a>, and tardigrades (a tiny, water-dwelling creature) can exist in a state of suspended animation indefinitely – coming back to life when hydrated.</p> <p>The <a rel="noopener" href="https://thebiologist.rsb.org.uk/biologist/158-biologist/features/1510-everlasting-life-the-immortal-jellyfish" target="_blank">immortal jellyfish</a>, however, is reborn repeatedly. Rather like a caterpillar starting life as an egg and developing into a butterfly, the jellyfish begins life as an egg, develops into a larva, grows into a polyp, then buds into a medusa that grows to just 4.5mm when fully mature.</p> <p>The jellyfish is “immortal” because it can change from a medusa back into a polyp when stressed. This “transdifferentiation” – reverting back to a previous form then redeveloping into the latter form – could aid our understanding of <a rel="nofollow noopener" href="https://singularityhub.com/2011/04/25/immortal-jellyfish-provides-clues-for-regenerative-medicine/#sm.000dzk9t91awufhzyj41dybsrlkxe" target="_blank">repairing and regenerating damaged tissues</a>.</p> <p>Although most medusae succumb to predation or disease eventually, this jellyfish has the potential to regenerate indefinitely, making it pretty much immortal.</p> <h3>3. Vampire trait: avoiding sunlight</h3> <p>Like many vampires, animals often avoid light. These tend to include invertebrates that prefer to inhabit dark conditions, or nocturnal species that are adapted to feeding at night. Nevertheless, there are a few species that are hypersensitive to light and actively avoid it at all costs, including some <a rel="noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/there-be-dragons-creatures-you-might-find-on-a-real-journey-to-the-centre-of-the-earth-57905" target="_blank">cave dwellers</a> that spend their lives in permanent darkness.</p> <div class="embed-container"><iframe class="note-video-clip responsive-embed" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/A5DcOEzW1wA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <p>Perhaps one of the strangest-looking creatures is the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5DcOEzW1wA" target="_blank">naked mole rat</a>, which inhabits underground burrows in Africa. Like vampires, they are pale, avoid sunlight and are known for their longevity. They also possess a colonial lifestyle, similar to ants and bees – workers acquire food, maintain the tunnel system and protect the nest of the breeding queen, akin to a vampire sire.</p> <h3>4. Vampire trait: heightened senses</h3> <p>Vampires are often depicted with heightened senses such as vision and hearing. But many animals have also evolved <a rel="noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/five-comic-book-superpowers-that-really-exist-in-animals-81352" target="_blank">super senses</a> far exceeding those of both humans and vampires.</p> <p>Vampires, for example, seem to have a particularly keen sense of smell. This characteristic is mirrored in animals such as bears, which can <a rel="nofollow noopener" href="https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ramesh_Padodara/publication/262932824_Olfactory_Sense_in_Different_Animals/links/02e7e53958d94f129c000000/Olfactory-Sense-in-Different-Animals.pdf" target="_blank">smell food from up to 18 miles away</a>.</p> <p>Although it is often stated that sharks can smell a single drop of blood from a mile away, this is an <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.ripleys.com/weird-news/sharks-smell-blood/" target="_blank">exaggeration</a> – it is more like a single drop in a swimming pool. Nevertheless, sharks have nostrils that give them a directional sense of smell, allowing them to pin-point prey with incredible accuracy. Their nostrils also have only one function: to detect odours. Perhaps undead vampires have such an impressive sense of smell because they don’t have to breathe either.</p> <h3>5. Vampire trait: morphing</h3> <p>Vampires can also morph into another form, such as a bat, often behind the shroud of a cloak. Species such as the mimic octopus are similarly capable of <a rel="noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/some-shape-shifting-animals-that-can-morph-to-fool-others-39616" target="_blank">changing shape</a> to avoid a tricky situation. Unfortunately, they can’t turn into a bat and fly away, but this is essentially what a caterpillar does when it morphs into a butterfly and flutters skywards – although this process takes them weeks rather than an instant.</p> <p>Like vampires that disappear in a puff of smoke, squid are also capable of producing <a rel="nofollow noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/09/why-do-cephalopods-produce-ink-and-what-on-earth-is-it-anyway" target="_blank">clouds of ink</a> – confusing predators and creating the illusion that they have vanished.</p> <div class="embed-container"><iframe class="note-video-clip responsive-embed" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gepRyOILsxE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <p>But what about the cloak? Nothing resembles a textbook vampire quite like the black heron. These birds <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gepRyOILsxE" target="_blank">create a cloak</a> of plumage around themselves, forming a shadow that both enables the birds to see prey in the water, and creates a dark trap that fish dart into, assuming it’s cover.</p> <p>There are many animals that possess vampiric qualities, so it is likely that stories of vampires or mythical blood suckers, such as the <a rel="nofollow noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161109-the-truth-about-a-strange-blood-sucking-monster" target="_blank">chupacabra</a>, are based, in part, on these characteristics.</p> <p>And they all have one more thing in common, too: all can be killed with a stake through the heart.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><!-- End of code. If you don't see any code above, please get new code from the Advanced tab after you click the republish button. The page counter does not collect any personal data. 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Mum saves baby’s life while on hold to triple zero

<p>A Melbourne mother has recalled the terrifying moment she had to save her daughter's life after being placed on hold to triple zero for eight minutes.</p> <p>Sophea Mutsez leapt into action to save her four-month-old daughter Madeline, who stopped breathing after an epileptic fit on Wednesday night. </p> <p>She started performing CPR and dialled triple zero for help. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“I just did whatever I could do,” she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/melbourne-mother-forced-to-perform-cpr-on-baby-for-eight-minutes-while-on-hold-to-triple-zero-c-4207405" target="_blank">7NEWS</a>.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“I knew I had to do something because if I didn’t I was going to lose her."</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>“All of a sudden I noticed her eyes went back into her head, her tongue came out of her mouth and her body went stiff.”</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>Sophea kept </span>performing CPR as she expected a seizure to take over. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Meanwhile, the phone kept ringing as Sophea "freaked out a bit" while she waited to be put through to an emergency operator. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">After eight long minutes on hold, Sophea's call was answered and an ambulance arrived to help Madeline five minutes later. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Madeline has spent the last four days recovering in hospital and is on the road to recovery. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>Triple zero operator ESTA is receiving a record 3000 calls every day, placing an unprecedented strain on the system.</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>A third of the phone calls they receive don't require an ambulance. </span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>“I could have lost my little girl because of someone taking up the line over a runny nose,” Sophea said.</span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><em>Image credit: 7News</em></p>

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TWINS! Jana Pittman reveals she is pregnant

<p>Jana Pittman has announced that she is pregnant with twins. </p> <p>The <em>SAS Australia</em> favourite shared the news in a <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.newidea.com.au/jana-pittman-pregnant-with-twins" target="_blank">New Idea exclusive</a> on Monday, saying she was concerned about the "logistical nightmare" of being a mum of six kids. </p> <p>The Olympian-turned-doctor said, "<span>I never thought I'd have six children, I don't know how we are going to cope. How will we all fit into my car? I can see life is going to be a logistical nightmare."</span></p> <p><span>Jana fell pregnant soon after SAS Australia wrapped filming, and tried to hide her big news for several weeks. </span><span></span></p> <p><span>However, due to her extreme morning sickness, she found the first weeks very difficult. </span></p> <p><span>Recalling the moment she was forced to tell her employers at the hospital about her pregnancy, Jana admitted she'd vomited mid-way through performing a caesarean. </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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CU3LmD3B8M7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CU3LmD3B8M7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jana Pittman (@janapittmanofficial)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Jana is now 11 weeks along in her pregnancy, and said she won't be having any more children in the </span>future and is looking forward to spending her life with her "Brady Bunch family".</p> <p>Jana and her husband Paul <span>welcomed their first child, a son named Charlie, in December last year.  </span></p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Paul, who prefers to stay out of the media spotlight, married Jana in a private wedding ceremony just a few months before she gave birth. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Two of Jana's children, daughters Emily, six, and Jemima, four, were born via IVF and through an anonymous sperm donor.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">She also has a 14-year-old son, Cornelis, from her marriage to her first husband and former coach, Chris Rawlinson. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font"><em>Image credits: Instagram @janapittmanofficial</em></p>

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Outback wrangler helps his son tackle a two-metre python

<p>The world famous "outback wrangler" has divided the internet after sharing a video of his two-year-old son wrestling with a python. </p> <p><span>Matt Wright, who runs the Top End Safari camp in the Northern Territory, posted a video to Instagram of his son Banjo grappling with an olive python's tail, one of the largest snakes in Australia.</span><span></span></p> <p><span>Matt, who also hosts the popular National Geographic show <em>Outback Wrangler</em>, captioned the video "learning the ropes", as Banjo follows in his dad's footsteps. </span></p> <p><span>In the video, Banjo is seen dressed in his outback khaki outfit, as he desperately tries to pull the massive snake away from the family's property.</span><span></span></p> <p>“Pull him out buddy, pull him out,” Wright said, as Banjo holds onto the snake’s tail.</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/CUdYl01hDbV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CUdYl01hDbV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by MATT WRIGHT - OUTBACK WRANGLER (@mattwright)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>“Oh no, he’s wrapped up, here I’ll help you,” he added, as the python wraps himself around the pole and heads towards Wright’s feet.</span></p> <p><span>Matt helps his son untangle the snake from the pole of the house's exterior, before encouraging Banjo to keep pulling the snake back towards the bushes. </span></p> <p>When the snake refuses to budge, Banjo drops the tail and yells, “Oh no, oh no” before running back to his dad.</p> <p>Matt continues to encourage his son, before sweeping him off the ground when the toddler almost puts himself in a dangerous position. </p> <p>“Watch out, he’ll bite ya,” Wright said.</p> <p>“What are we gonna do? Go back and grab the tail. There you go, grab the tail. Two hands! Two hands!”</p> <p>Banjo appears to lose interest in taking the snake back to the bushes, with Wright trying to encourage his son again.</p> <p>“Quick, grab him, he’s going to bite Dad,” Wright jokes.</p> <p>The video was praised by many, with a lot of commenters comparing Matt's relationship with Banjo to the late Steve Irwin's relationship with Bindi. </p> <p>Despite the many positive comments, the wild clip wasn't received well by some. </p> <p>“Normally I love your videos but I’m not a fan of this behaviour. No need to stress the animal just for an Instagram video,” one wrote.</p> <p>“In America they would call child services lol,” another added.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram @mattwright</em></p>

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King in the making: Child chess prodigy plays his way off the streets

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">11-year-old Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi has big dreams for his chess career, and has already made some big steps towards making them come true.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After he became a national chess master earlier this year - making him the 28th youngest person to claim the title - Tani now hopes to become the youngest ever grandmaster.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m aggressive, I like to attack,” he </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/sunrise/entertainment/child-prodigy-rescues-his-family-from-a-homeless-shelter-by-playing-chess--c-4151705" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">told</span></a> <em><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN Sport</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">. “It’s just the way I think in general: I want to checkmate my opponent as fast as I can.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He would have to outperform the current record-holder, 12-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra, but Tani is working hard to get there.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844643/tani1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/cd6c1ac32b764e9c866e3c488bc95cf7" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: GoFundMe</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As well as attending school in New York, Tani practices his chess moves for seven hours a day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When he isn’t at school, the chess prodigy can put in between eight and 10 hours of practice a day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though he has collected a suite of trophies, Tani considers one to be particularly special - the 2019 New York State chess championship title - because of the life-changing effect it had on his family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That’s the one that really boosted us up to become where we are today, and also me and my chess,” Tani said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nearly two years prior to the win, Tani and his family fled Northern Nigeria amidst fears of attacks by extremist group Boko Haram.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After arriving in the US, the family lived in a homeless shelter, while Tani joined the chess club at his school.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When the news came of his win, his family received a flood of financial support.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“One family, they paid for a year’s rent in Manhattan, one family gave us in 2019 a brand-new Honda, and the Saint Louis Chess Club in Missouri invited the family and the coaches to come and pay a visit,” Tani’s father, Kayode Adewumi, told </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN Sport</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A lot of people helped us, a lot of people gave us financial [support] and money … they donated money for us to get out from the shelter.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844644/tani2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/aa64769f6fbc4575a07179ce9eb793b4" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: GoFundMe</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The family initially started a </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/w9t6p-just-tani" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">GoFundMe</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> page to help them cover housing, legal, and educational costs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Additional donations are being funnelled towards the Tanitoluwa Adewumi Foundation, which supports underprivileged children.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We need to give back to the needy, because we know what it takes - we’ve tasted everything,” Mr Adewumi said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When we were in the shelter, some people are still there. We need to help the needy, especially the chess community and the people that need help. That’s why we put the money into the foundation, to help people.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Through the foundation, the family has also contributed money to a chess organisation in Africa with the hopes of encouraging more people to take up the game.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tani’s life has some common traits to that of the protagonist in the Netflix series </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Queen’s Gambit</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Tani said he has watched the series and that he “definitely did” see himself in it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Chess is everything to me, it’s my life,” he said. “That’s how we came to where we are today.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: GoFundMe</span></em></p>

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Dad goes viral after warning other parents about ‘inappropriate’ dolls

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An American dad has taken to TikTok to complain about the ‘inappropriate’ LOL Surprise Dolls his daughter asked him to buy for her. He starts the video by showing off dolls he considers wholesome - namely, Tiana and Anna, two Disney princesses. These are then contrasted with the ‘inappropriate’ LOL Surprise Dolls, rotating one as he exclaims, ‘This one’s dressed up like a hoochie!’</span></p> <blockquote style="max-width: 605px; min-width: 325px;" class="tiktok-embed" data-video-id="7010070257020783878"><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@official.patrick.johnson" target="_blank" title="@official.patrick.johnson">@official.patrick.johnson</a> <p>I Can't Believe I Bought This For My Daughter <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/fyp" target="_blank" title="fyp">#Fyp</a> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/protectthechildren" target="_blank" title="protectthechildren">#protectthechildren</a> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/tag/wth" target="_blank" title="wth">#wth</a></p> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/music/original-sound-7010070167258532614" target="_blank" title="♬ original sound - Official.Patrick.Johnson">♬ original sound - Official.Patrick.Johnson</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Patrick Johnson, father and pastor, said in the video, "I don't know what we doing these days, my baby wants LOL dolls and I'm upset y'all, look at these dolls. What are we doing to our children, y'all?! We've got to be careful what we're giving to our girls! I don't want her thinking this is the way women dress!" </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two of the dolls he shows are wearing two-piece outfits with stockings underneath, and a third is wearing a one-piece leotard. It is unclear whether anyone pointed out that women can be seen wearing similar outfits every day of the week at his nearest beach. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 305.1948051948052px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844641/screen-shot-2021-10-06-at-21900-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2c7e7dd452cd447a944dd6d287d40996" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Commenters’ responses were mixed, with one joking that all of the dolls were wearing Savage x Fenty, Rihanna’s lingerie brand, and another saying, “That’s what I wear to work… I work at a strip club”. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One user said they were less concerned about the clothes and more concerned about the unrealistic body expectations the dolls might convey, with many asking why the dolls looked like they’d received ‘BBLs’ (Brazilian butt lifts). Another suggested the pastor use it as a teachable moment, writing, "I don't disagree that the dolls are scantily clad, but can't we teach our children to respect others no matter how they dress?" </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Big W </span><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8645483/Woolworths-removes-kids-LOL-dolls-furious-Aussie-mum-exposed-hidden-sexual-lingerie.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">previously</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> took LOL Surprise Dolls off the shelves following a number of complaints from parents last year, the result of another viral video from an outraged parent who had discovered the dolls' ‘hidden’ feature - underwear. </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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CUa01rzPWZE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CUa01rzPWZE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bratz (@bratz)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Long-time toy consumers may remember when similar criticisms were levelled at Bratz dolls, which were known for their pouty smiles and on-trend fashion sense, as well as their removable feet. The American Psychological Association actually </span><a href="https://www.apa.org/monitor/sep06/dolls"><span style="font-weight: 400;">expressed concerns</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that Bratz dolls were sexualising young girls and teaching them that sex is a commodity. Interestingly, Bratz dolls are made by the same company as LOL Surprise dolls, MGA Entertainment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Even further back, Barbie copped flack for being “</span><a href="https://theworkingparent.com/lifestyle-articles/a-history-of-barbie/#.YV0SsxBBw-Q"><span style="font-weight: 400;">too adult</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">” because she, like many adult women, had breasts. More recently, a </span><a href="https://uk.style.yahoo.com/tattooed-barbie-doll-is-overly-sexualised-and-inappropriate-say-parents.html?guccounter=1&amp;guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&amp;guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAGiAVVTJpYOGsp_Yf0dFBG7octIZEm2ZHes1-pYZVsf5nPNCKeIiEu9y_oEsBGizvDWdWIcnLjf9HZRl4K59Zc4zWwqkpshe33GBtDoTmKfj3FRPg2tf5a7ANBK6MW6cSq77Cred7twHcrVWUecAZAzoTPDmLcjH4vLN36odkota"><span style="font-weight: 400;">tattooed Barbie doll</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was criticised for being overly sexual, despite sporting a full-length off-the-shoulder shirt, a skirt, and leopard print leggings. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Jack Taylor/Getty Images</span></em></p>

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"My little mate": Ben Fordham shares devastating loss

<p>Ben Fordham has broken down in tears live on his breakfast radio show while discussing a heartbreaking loss in his family. </p> <p>Ben announced the death of his "little mate" Luca, <span>the five-year-old son of his cousin Tori, on <em>Ben Fordham Live</em> on Tuesday morning. </span></p> <p><span>After suffering an unexpected stroke in November 2020, Luca has been at the Children's Hospital in Randwick. </span></p> <p><span>"I have been steeling myself to say this," Fordham started, already fighting back tears.</span></p> <p><span>Ben said he "had a little bit of personal news", after he had previously spoke about Luca's ongoing condition. </span><span></span></p> <p><span>"He's my little mate who's five years of age and he's the only child of my beautiful cousin Tori," Fordham continued.</span></p> <p><span>"Sadly Luca has passed away over the weekend, and I want to tell you a little bit about what's happened to Luca," he said, pausing to fight back tears. </span></p> <p><span>"And I'm gonna do my best to keep it together because it's obviously very sad." </span></p> <p><span>Luca suffered the stroke on November 29th 2020, on Ben's birthday, just one day after he was fit and healthy after being </span><span>at Fordham's mother's house "swimming with his cousins in the swimming pool".</span></p> <p><span>"The next day he was running along kicking a soccer ball, and the next thing his legs just gave out from underneath him and he was airlifted from Wollongong to Sydney, where he went to the children's hospital and it was discovered he'd suffered a stroke," Fordham continued.</span></p> <p><span>Ben said Luca suffered a "complete system breakdown" and remained in hospital fighting for his life until his death at the weekend.</span></p> <p><span>"His mum Tori, who's a single mum with a lot of help from my mum and my sister, have been doing everything they can to get the best medical advice from around the world and that's been assisted in a great way by the children's hospital at Randwick," he continued.</span></p> <p><span>"But there was just nothing they could do for him in the end, and he had several moments over the last year where things got very, very difficult for him because he'd get sick in hospital. He didn't have the strength to fight it."</span></p> <p><span>Ben shared that he was visiting Luca on Saturday </span>morning because "we knew his life was coming to an end".</p> <p><span>"And he died on Saturday afternoon," Fordham shared.</span></p> <p><span>Ben went on to thank the dedicated staff at Sydney Children's Hospital who did everything they could for Luca, before listing the names of some of the medical professionals who cared for Luca personally. </span></p> <p><span>The radio host ended by praising his cousin Tori, saying, "How you've done it, we've got no idea."</span></p> <p><span>Ben also shared the news to his Instagram account with several photos of Luca. </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/CUoQAXoBC2_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CUoQAXoBC2_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ben Fordham (@benfordham9)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>In his caption, he said, "We’ll miss Luca terribly and plan to farewell him on October 25th which would have been his 6th birthday."</span></p> <p><span>He continued, "We send our love to all the other families who have kids stuck in hospital.</span></p> <p><span>"Hang in there and hold them tight."</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images / Instagram @benfordham9</em></p>

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Fat Bear Week is here and it’s full of chunky Ursidae

<div class="copy"> <p>On the northern Alaskan Peninsula, thousands of brown bears have busily spent the last few weeks gorging themselves on salmon to fatten up and survive the winter. Unbeknown to them, the entire world is watching with a burning question – who will be crowned the Fat Bear Week Champion 2021?</p> <p>Over the next seven days, the chubbiest bears in Katmai National Park and Preserve will be pitted against each other in a series of knockout rounds. The public can <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://explore.org/fat-bear-week" target="_blank">vote online</a>, using any criteria they see fit – such as weight, age, cuteness, or other circumstances – and then next week, a single bear will remain standing.</p> <div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <div class="entry-content-asset"> <div class="embed-wrapper"> <div class="inner"><iframe title="Fat Bear Week Contenders 2021" width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/u_kBdhuCVIE?feature=oembed&amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;origin=https://cosmosmagazine.com" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>“From its humble beginnings of Fat Bear Tuesday in 2014 to over 640,000 votes cast last year in 2020, celebrating fat bears and Katmai’s healthy ecosystem has since become a tradition,” the US National Parks Service (NPS) <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.nps.gov/katm/learn/fat-bear-week.htm" target="_blank">wrote</a> on its website.</p> <p>The bears are all winners because a fat bear is a healthy bear – fat equals survival.</p> <h2>The annual Fat Bear Week competition</h2> <p>Each year, bears enter a winter den where they remain for the entirety of the long, cold months, unable to eat or drink until they emerge in spring. Over this time, they burn up to a third of their body weight as they draw on their fat reserves just to survive.</p> <p>This makes the six months they spend out in the world crucial – they need to find and eat a year’s worth of food.</p> <div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <div class="entry-content-asset"> <div class="embed-wrapper"> <div class="inner"> <div class="twitter-tweet twitter-tweet-rendered" style="display: flex; max-width: 500px; width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"><iframe id="twitter-widget-0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true" class="" style="position: static; visibility: visible; width: 500px; height: 734px; display: block; flex-grow: 1;" title="Twitter Tweet" src="https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=true&amp;embedId=twitter-widget-0&amp;features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&amp;frame=false&amp;hideCard=false&amp;hideThread=false&amp;id=1441568250127470592&amp;lang=en&amp;origin=https%3A%2F%2Fcosmosmagazine.com%2Fnature%2Ffat-bear-week-is-here-and-its-full-of-chunky-ursidae%2F&amp;sessionId=1bd0186a6f7f9719aa8434fd2276c9725d98d3a3&amp;theme=light&amp;widgetsVersion=fcb1942%3A1632982954711&amp;width=500px" data-tweet-id="1441568250127470592"></iframe></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <h2>Tasty Salmon</h2> <p>Cue the salmon. These fish are one of the most important components of the Pacific ecosystem. After years at sea, they return to their home rivers in autumn months to spawn. It is an epic journey – and the final leg of their lives. From the moment they hit freshwater, their bodies begin to change and decay, but thousands still struggle upstream to the place they were born, in an attempt to reproduce.</p> <p>Bears flock to these rivers to gorge themselves on the protein-rich salmon. In times of plenty, bears will strip away the most nutritious parts of the body, such as the brain, skin and eggs, and cast the rest aside for scavengers.</p> <p>The salmon also end up fertilising the temperate rainforest adjacent to rivers and streams, with benefits for plants, fungi, algae and insects – so to appreciate the gloriously chunky bears is to also have an appreciation of the greater ecosystem.</p> <p>Katmai is home to one of the largest and healthiest runs of sockeye salmon in the world, with the fish pouring up the rivers from late June to September. The bears rely on the annual return of these fish from their ocean migration. They can chow down dozens of salmons and tens of thousands of calories per day, ready to get them through the lean winter.</p> <div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <div class="entry-content-asset"> <div class="embed-wrapper"> <div class="inner"> <div class="twitter-tweet twitter-tweet-rendered" style="display: flex; max-width: 500px; width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"><iframe id="twitter-widget-1" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true" class="" style="position: static; visibility: visible; width: 500px; height: 727px; display: block; flex-grow: 1;" title="Twitter Tweet" src="https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=true&amp;embedId=twitter-widget-1&amp;features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&amp;frame=false&amp;hideCard=false&amp;hideThread=false&amp;id=1178765565273559041&amp;lang=en&amp;origin=https%3A%2F%2Fcosmosmagazine.com%2Fnature%2Ffat-bear-week-is-here-and-its-full-of-chunky-ursidae%2F&amp;sessionId=1bd0186a6f7f9719aa8434fd2276c9725d98d3a3&amp;theme=light&amp;widgetsVersion=fcb1942%3A1632982954711&amp;width=500px" data-tweet-id="1178765565273559041"></iframe></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>This year, 12 finalists have been selected out of the thousands of bears that call the park home.</p> <p>You can check out <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.nps.gov/katm/learn/fat-bear-week-2021.htm" target="_blank">photos of the finalists</a> on the NPS website. Find more info about how and when to vote <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://explore.org/fat-bear-week" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <h2>Fat Bear Junior</h2> <p>This year, NPS also announced a new segment of the competition: Fat Bear Junior. It’s even more adorable than it sounds. Pictures of the tubby cubbies can be found <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.nps.gov/katm/learn/fat-bear-junior-2021.htm" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <div class="entry-content-asset"> <div class="embed-wrapper"> <div class="inner"><iframe title="Fat Bear Jr! Everything You Need To Know About These Chubby Cubbies!" width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/A9JPoz_jesM?feature=oembed&amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;origin=https://cosmosmagazine.com" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></div> </div> </div> </div> <p>You can also keep up with the week’s action on Katmai’s <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.nps.gov/katm/learn/fat-bear-week.htm" target="_blank">website</a>, as well as its <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://twitter.com/KatmaiNPS" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/KatmaiNPP/?ref=page_internal" target="_blank">Facebook</a> pages. You can also livestream the bears into your own home through the park’s <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://explore.org/livecams/brown-bears/brown-bear-salmon-cam-brooks-falls" target="_blank">bear cams</a>.</p> <p>All of this is leading up to the fateful day, Tuesday 5 October, when one bear will reign supreme.</p> <p>As NPS writes: “All bears are winners but only one true champion will emerge.”</p> <!-- Start of tracking content syndication. 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She holds a BSc in physics from the University of Adelaide and a BA in English and creative writing from Flinders University.</p> <p><em>Image: 747 NPS Photo/N. Boak</em></p> </div>

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"Confronting": Ally Langdon gives first look at controversial new show

<p>Parenting is one of the most discussed topics, with everyone seeming to have an opinion on what the best way to raise children is. </p> <p>A new show looks closer at 10 different styles of parenting, as everyone asks what the 'right' way to parent could be. </p> <p>Hosted by <em>Today</em>'s Ally Langdon, <em>Parental Guidance</em> sees 10 sets of parents put their own unique parenting styles to the test through a series of challenges. </p> <p>The 'styles' of parenting that will be observed are:</p> <ul> <li>Strict</li> <li>Disciplined</li> <li>Helicopter</li> <li>Tiger</li> <li>French</li> <li>Free range</li> <li>Nature</li> <li>Attachment </li> <li>Home school</li> <li>Routine</li> </ul> <p>Ally Langdon, who has two children of her own, will be joined by Australian parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson to guide the parents through their challenges and reflect on how well everyone performed. </p> <p>Each couple will also be able to weigh in on how well they think other parents did, and critique their preferred methods. </p> <p>"You haven't seen this before. I do need to warn you, it is confronting," Ally says to the group of parents in the first-look promo for <em>Parental Guidance</em>.</p> <p>She then asks, "Put your hand up if you ever have smacked your child."</p> <p>We get an inside look at each family's unique situation, including one family that lives in a tent. </p> <p>"Can they read and write?" Ally asks a man who appears to be the father of that family.</p> <p>"They will read when they are ready," he firmly responds.</p> <p>Some parents make bold and controversial admissions to the group, as one mother says, "We brush their teeth with soap."</p> <p>Another says, "We see a smack as one tool."</p> <p>While there are some controversial moments of kids having tantrums (or as one mother puts it "big feelings"), there are also wholesome moments of development and bonding. </p> <p>The preview shows <span>NRL star Sam Thaiday telling his child it only takes "one second to be brave" when the child is looking upset. </span></p> <p><span>While everyone has different parenting techniques, they all can agree that parenting is no walk in the park. </span></p> <p>As Dr Coulson tells the group, "This is going to change the conversation about parenting in this country."</p> <p><em>Parental Guidance</em> is coming soon to Nine and 9Now.</p> <p>Check out the preview here:</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0ieK2pPRfcQ" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em>Image credits: Channel Nine</em></p>

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Paws up! Six puppies join the NSW Police Dog Unit

<p>Six German Shepherd puppies have joined the elite, and adorable, NSW Police Dog Force Unit to report for duty. </p> <p>Four furry females and two males were born in May to mum Bonnie and dad Vegas, and have each been named by the patients at Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick. </p> <p>The female pups are Carrie, Cali, Carol and Cody, and their brothers are Coops and Charger. </p> <p><span>Superintendent Michael Rochester, Dog and Mounted Commander, said the kids of Sydney Children's </span>Hospital left an important legacy on the Dog Unit by naming their newest recruits.</p> <p><span>"Unfortunately, this year the kids weren't able to meet the pups in person because of the pandemic, but we were very glad we could get them involved virtually," Supt Rochester said in a statement.</span><span></span></p> <p>"If these pups are successful through their training, they'll go on to help the community in many ways."</p> <p>"Our dogs are used to find missing people, assist in pursuits, detect drugs, explosives and other paraphernalia, and have a variety of other specialist functions which make them an invaluable law enforcement capability."</p> <p>The adorable puppies have begun their foundational training, as they are being exposed to new a range of new experiences and environments. </p> <p>The NSW Police force shared the news of the puppies on their Twitter account, along with the backstory to each dog's name. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The NSW Police Force's newest police pups have been named by patients from Sydney Children's Hospital. <br /><br />“I wanted to name the puppy Cody because my best friend’s name is Cody, and dogs are her favourite animal,” said eight-year-old Alice.<a href="https://t.co/9skvOMkOOj">https://t.co/9skvOMkOOj</a> <a href="https://t.co/n7SdeQRTsn">pic.twitter.com/n7SdeQRTsn</a></p> — NSW Police Force (@nswpolice) <a href="https://twitter.com/nswpolice/status/1442652246060060676?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 28, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>They said on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news/news?sq_content_src=%2BdXJsPWh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGZWJpenByZC5wb2xpY2UubnN3Lmdvdi5hdSUyRm1lZGlhJTJGOTc2MzguaHRtbCZhbGw9MQ%3D%3D" target="_blank">their website</a> that naming the dogs became a wonderful distraction for the kids, who had to spend time in the hospital for various reasons.</p> <p>Eight-year-old Alice chose the name Cody after being inspired by this closest to her. </p> <p>She said, <span>“I wanted to name the puppy Cody because my best friend’s name is Cody, and dogs are her favourite animal.”</span></p> <p><span>Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott welcomed the new furry recruits, thanking those who named them. </span></p> <p>“These pups represent the next generation of the Force’s Police Dog team, one of the most highly-trained and respected in the world,” Mr Elliott said.</p> <p>“I join the children, who named the pups, in following the progress of the C-litter; I know they will achieve great things in the future,” he said.</p> <p><em>Image credit: NSW Police</em></p>

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Lisa Curry's sweet words for son Jett after emotional episode

<p><em>Image: channel 7 </em></p> <p>Jett Kenny has opened up about the death of his sister, Jaimi, in emotional scenes on SAS Australia.</p> <p>Drawing praise for his “courage” from his mother Lisa Curry after the program aired, she told him: “Jaimi would be so proud of you.”</p> <p>As part of a confronting challenge on Tuesday night’s episode, the recruits had to stand in front of their fellow contestants and talk about something they’re most ashamed of.</p> <p>The 27-year-old ironman told the group he “never fully understood” Jaimi’s health battles with alcohol and an eating disorder, which claimed her life in September last year at only 33.</p> <p>Jett said his sister had an ongoing battle with mental health issues for 15 years prior to her death, and at one stage, he attempted to have a heart-to-heart with her about it.</p> <p>“For me it was kind of just, ‘Why are you doing this to yourself?’ And never fully understood it,” Jett said.</p> <p>“There was one thing I said at her funeral. I’m not gonna say it because it was very personal but I remember saying it to her the night that she asked me….this question, and I gave her the honest truth. And I was hoping that was the harsh reality that she needed – hearing it from her younger brother.</p> <p>“But she’s gone now. I kind of regret not being there for her more.”</p> <p>Speaking in a piece-to-camera interview afterwards, Jett said his family, including famous Olympian parents Grant Kerry and Lisa Curry, did everything they could to support Jaimi through her struggles.</p> <p>“We did everything we could as a family and for Jaimi to try bring her out of it but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. She got told she wasn’t gonna make it to 30. She got to 33,” he said.</p> <p>“To me, it was like, you have the willpower to change your life and turn things around. But that’s me. I can’t speak for someone who’s going through mental health issues because I’ve never been there.”</p> <p>“Everyone has to do the best they can for the people they love, but when you can’t it makes you question yourself. Like, ‘Was I a good enough brother?’” Jett added.</p> <p>As he sat back down, he was comforted by his fellow recruits where he began to shed a tear. “It’s my older sister. Of course I’m going to miss her.”</p> <p>Jett was interrogated one-on-one toward the end of the episode, where he recalled his final goodbye with Jaimi.</p> <p>“I remember with my sister passing in September we were all sitting around the hospital bed with her, saying our last goodbyes. And I just remember seeing them (his parents) sitting there, holding her hand, just being, like, ‘What more could we have done?’.</p> <p>“Mum said it perfectly, she was fighting a demon in her head. And unfortunately the demons got her in the end. She’d beat some away and then more would come back.</p> <p>“It was good in a way because it was almost like her suffering was over. So she battled on for another eight and a half, nine hours from when I last saw her to when they took the life support off.</p> <p>“And that’s what she was, she was a fighter. From day one until the very end.”</p> <p>Jett’s mother Lisa posted a heartfelt to her Instagram account after the episode aired.</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/CUYUhSqBJUT/?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/CUYUhSqBJUT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lisa Curry AO (@lisacurry)</a></p> </div> </blockquote>

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Gabby Petito's dad breaks down during eulogy

<p>Gabby Petito has been honoured at an emotional memorial service in her hometown of Long Island, where her tearful father hinted at long-standing relationship troubles with her fiancé. </p> <p>Gabby was farewelled at a funeral home packed with mourners, exactly one week after her body was found at a campsite in Wyoming. </p> <p><span>“The entire planet knows this woman’s name,” her father, Joe Petito, told the crowd. </span></p> <p><span>“And she’s inspired a lot of women and a lot of men to do what’s best for them first. Put yourself first. And do it now while you have time.”</span></p> <p><span>“I couldn’t be more proud,” he added. “If there’s a relationship that might not be the best for you, leave it now.”</span></p> <p><span>The hint at Gabby and Brian's tumultuous </span>relationship comes after <a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/gabby-petito-s-father-slam-s-her-fianc" target="_blank">Joe slammed Brian Laundrie</a>, who remains on the run after refusing to cooperate with police. </p> <p>Joe went on to tell those at the memorial, “I don’t want you guys to be sad.”</p> <p>“Gabby didn’t live that way. That wasn’t her way,” he said.</p> <p>“As a matter of fact, if you knew Gabby she was always a pretty happy girl. People gravitated toward her. Her nature was always to smile and treat everybody kindly.”</p> <p>He went on to speak of her "ridiculous blue eyes" that managed to keep her out of trouble as a child, as he said <span>“Gabby is the most amazing person I’ve ever met.”</span></p> <p><span>Gabby's stepfather James Schmidt shared a tearful embrace with Joe at the service, as he began to speak about Gabby. </span></p> <p>“I spent a good portion of my life working and trying to earn money to provide for our family and our kids, to give them the best life,” Mr Schmidt said.</p> <p>“And Gabby, at 22 years old, helped teach me that you can always make money, but you can’t make up for lost time,” he said. “Gabby loved life and lived her life every single day, every day.”</p> <p>“She is an example for all of us to live by. To enjoy every moment in this beautiful world as she did. Love and give love to all, like she did.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844433/petito-memorial-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1e3c0f244d084034920492491138d414" /></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p>The entire wall of the fun real home was decorated with photos of Gabby, with an urn and candles in the centre. </p> <p>The service was open to members of the public, and was also livestreamed from the Holbrook funeral home and many tuned in to pay their respects. </p> <p>Among those in the crows were <span>more than 100 firefighters to support Mr Schmidt, who is also a firefighter.</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844434/petito-memorial-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e5bd39b2ebaf4b0bbd3583c53ad0c980" /></span></p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty Images</em></p> <p>The exact cause of Gabby's death remains unknown, as coroners have ruled her death a homicide.</p> <p>Gabby's fiancé and number one person of interest Brian Laundrie remains on the run after trying to evade <a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/finance/legal/new-witnesses-in-gabby-petito-homicide-as-fbi-issue-warrant" target="_blank">a warrant for his arrest</a> issued by the FBI.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images/Holbrook Funeral Home</em></p>

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