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Four people injured in stabbing frenzy

<p dir="ltr">Four members of the public have been horrifically stabbed in what police have described as an “isolated” incident. </p> <p dir="ltr">The alleged offender randomly stopped four people in Murrays Bay on Auckland's North Shore about 11.18am on Thursday before stabbing them with “quite a large knife”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Another member of the public stepped in and stopped the alleged attacker with a clutch before police apprehended him. </p> <p dir="ltr">Luckily, none of the victims were severely injured but are being treated in hospital. </p> <p dir="ltr">Waitematā district commander Superintendent Naila Hassan commended the random person’s efforts, saying it could have been “a lot worse”. </p> <p dir="ltr">"This was an isolated incident," she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"This offender was on the move, he was on foot, it started in Murrays Bay [where he stabbed members of the public], and he continued to walk through to Mairangi Bay.</p> <p dir="ltr">"A number of members of the public were following him and eventually one of them intervened.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It could've been a lot worse and that's why I really need to acknowledge the bravery of those members of the public that intervened to bring this to a conclusion."</p> <p dir="ltr">Superintendent Hassan gave a special shoutout to the members of the public who helped prevent the situation from getting any worse.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I really need to acknowledge the bravery of the members of the public who intervened," she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">A thank you to the public was also released on the North Shore, Rodney &amp; West Auckland Police Facebook page.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We would like to acknowledge members of our community for their actions, who put aside their own personal safety to get involved in the events earlier today,” the statement read.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Whilst Police generally discourage intervening, we greatly appreciated their efforts today which undoubtedly prevented further harm.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We also want to thank those who called emergency services.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Understandably the community will be shaken by what has occurred today and I would like to reassure them that this was an isolated incident and we have the person responsible in custody. </p> <p dir="ltr">“There will be an increased Police presence across the community as a result of what has occurred.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We would like to thank the community for their patience as scene examinations and area canvases taking place.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The alleged attacker remains in North Shore Hospital under police guard where he is being treated for his injuries. He is yet to be charged.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: RNZ</em></p>

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Lisa Wilkinson lawyers up

<p>Lisa Wilkinson has called in top lawyer Matthew Collins after he called her Logies speech "ill-advised", in which she discussed the high-profile case of Brittany Higgins. </p> <p>Matthew Collins, president of the Australian Bar Association, told Seven’s Sunrise on Wednesday morning that The Project host may be in serious trouble following scathing comments made by ACT Chief Justice Lucy McCallum, who made the decision to <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/finance/legal/serious-legal-fallout-of-lisa-wilkinson-s-logies-speech" target="_blank" rel="noopener">delay the trial</a>. </p> <p>“It’s certainly possible that the authorities will be looking at speech she made to the Logies and assessing that speech went against the standard which applies in this branch of the law,” Dr Collins said.</p> <p>“That standard is, did anything that she did have a tendency to interfere with the administration of justice?”</p> <p><a href="https://www.theaustralian.com.au/subscribe/news/1/?sourceCode=TAWEB_WRE170_a&amp;dest=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theaustralian.com.au%2Fbusiness%2Fmedia%2Flisa-wilkinson-hires-barrister-matthew-collins-after-he-labelled-her-logies-speech-illadvised%2Fnews-story%2F721bab3f1373c77706d4ac393cbcb740&amp;memtype=anonymous&amp;mode=premium&amp;v21=dynamic-warm-test-score&amp;V21spcbehaviour=append" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Australian</a> claims that just hours after Collins made these comments, he was contacted by Network Ten and Lisa Wilkinson. </p> <p>Ten confirmed that Dr Collins had been called upon to represent the network and Wilkinson, adding that Ten “fully supports Lisa Wilkinson”.</p> <p>“Both Network 10 and Lisa Wilkinson take their legal obli­gations very seriously, including in the preparation and delivery of her speech given at the Logies event,” a spokeswoman said.</p> <p>“In light of the continuing proceedings, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”</p> <p>While on Sunrise, Collins added that journalists in the mainstream media “understand the risk inherent in talking about cases which are about to go to trial before courts, particularly serious, high-profile cases”.</p> <p>“So clearly this was ill-advised,” he said.</p> <p>“The whole point is that everybody in our community facing a serious charge like this is entitled to the presumption of innocence, and that means that going into the courtroom there should be no preconceptions one way or the other, so that the jury just sits and focuses really keenly on the evidence as it unfolds in the witness box, and puts out of their mind anything which they might have seen in the media, or God forbid and often far worse, in social media.”</p> <p>Due to the high-profile speech, ACT Chief Justice Lucy McCallum called for the trial of Bruce Lerhmann, who is accused of sexually assaulting Brittany Higgins in 2019, to be delayed. </p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Former swim coach Dick Caine arrested for alleged historical sexual abuse

<p dir="ltr"><em>Content warning: This article includes mentions of child sexual abuse (CSA).</em></p> <p dir="ltr">Former swimming coach Dick Caine has been arrested and charged over the sexual abuse of two teenagers he trained in the 1970s.</p> <p dir="ltr">Police arrested the 76-year-old at a home in Condell Park, in Sydney’s south-west, and took him to Bankstown Police Station on Wednesday morning, according to a <a href="https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news/news_article?sq_content_src=%2BdXJsPWh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGZWJpenByZC5wb2xpY2UubnN3Lmdvdi5hdSUyRm1lZGlhJTJGMTAxOTgzLmh0bWwmYWxsPTE%3D" target="_blank" rel="noopener">statement</a> from NSW Police.</p> <p dir="ltr">He was charged with nine offences relating to the alleged abuse of two teenage students at a swim school in Carss Park, south of Sydney.</p> <p dir="ltr">After a woman reported to police that she was targeted while she was a student at the swim school, investigators under Strike Force Coco uncovered further allegations of another teenage girl being abused at the same swim school.</p> <p dir="ltr">Acting Superintendent Chris Nicholson said police will allege the victims were aged 16 and 17 at the time of the alleged offences, which he said took place “in a number of locations in and around the southern Sydney area”, per <em><a href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/dick-caine-former-swim-coach-arrested-on-allegations-sexual-abuse-teenage-female-athletes-in-1970s/c856a380-f722-4513-a4f1-d0fbd326b809" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9News</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The charges laid against Caine include six counts of carnal knowledge by a teacher of a girl aged 0-17, and three counts of indecent assault.</p> <p dir="ltr">Caine has been refused bail and is due to face Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday.</p> <p dir="ltr">Nicholson also praised the women who came forward for their “courage and bravery” and shared a message for other survivors.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I would like to say to all survivors of sexual abuse living in our community that the NSW Police Force wants to listen to your story,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“What today should show is that whether the NSW Police Force receives an allegation of sexual violence that occurred yesterday, or last week, or last year or 50 years ago, that we will investigate all matters that come to our attention with our full potential and we will wrap our full support around victim-survivors as they tell their story.”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-4a138780-7fff-b32f-558f-302c88a98b3e"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: TeamCaine.com.au</em></p>

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Update to tragic honeymoon death on Hamilton Island

<p dir="ltr">A newlywed woman has died in a horrific golf buggy crash on Hamilton Island while on her honeymoon.</p> <p dir="ltr">Marina Hanna, 29, and husband Robbie Morgan married in a lavish wedding in Sydney’s Doltone House on June 11.</p> <p dir="ltr">The loved up couple then jetsetted to Queensland’s Hamilton Island to celebrate their honeymoon.</p> <p dir="ltr">The pair were travelling on a buggy between holes on a golf course on Monday when Morgan did a U-turn, causing the buggy to tip over.</p> <p dir="ltr">A doctor, off-duty dentist and off-duty firefighter rushed to the scene and desperately performed CPR for 35 minutes on Marina, who unfortunately could not be revived.</p> <p dir="ltr">Queensland Police Inspector Anthony Cowan announced in a press conference that Marina was not wearing a seatbelt while in the buggy.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was just a tragic accident with a golf buggy,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There may have been some inexperience driving those type of vehicles while turning it has rolled on its side and the woman has fallen out and sustained life-threatening injuries.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“It just appears inexperience in driving that type of vehicle, turned too quick and rolled on its side and unfortunately, it has ended up with this result.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It appears there was no seatbelt worn at this point in time; we come back to the Fatal Five but now is not the time to dwell on what they should have done.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Inspector Cowan confirmed that no drugs, alcohol or dangerous driving caused the accident.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Beauty queen dies at just 27

<p>Beauty queen Gleycy Correia has tragically died at 27 following a routine medical procedure.</p> <p>Correia was crowned Miss United Continents Brazil in 2018. She passed away earlier this week, only two months after undergoing surgery to have her tonsils removed.</p> <p>A priest for the pageant star's family confirmed her death, revealing Correia died on the 20th of June at a hospital in the Brazilian city of Macaé. She reportedly suffered a brain hemorrhage and a heart attack following the operation and never recovered.</p> <p>She had surgery to remove her tonsils late in March and after five days at home, she suffered a haemorrhage. "She went to [the local hospital] Unimed and had a cardiac arrest on April the 4th," the family's priest, Lidiane Alves Oliveira said.</p> <p>"Since then she was in a coma, with no neurological activity … [and] she passed away."</p> <p>Tributes were shared on social media, including a touching message from Pastor and family friend, Jak Abreu.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfCAXdvOqr-/?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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfCAXdvOqr-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Jak Abreu (@jakabreu1)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"God chose this day to collect our princess. We know that she will be greatly missed, but she will now be brightening the sky with her smile," Pastor Abreu wrote. "To everyone who prayed, thank you very much. May the Lord reward every prayer of love and all these days together."</p> <p>Correia was proud of her humble upbringing in Brazil and often used social media to reflect on her childhood.</p> <p><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Greens leader slammed for rejecting Australian flag

<p dir="ltr">Greens leader Adam Bandt has been accused of "virtue signalling" after refusing to stand next to the Australian flag while speaking at a press conference on Monday.</p> <p dir="ltr">Before Mr Bandt spoke at Sydney's Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices on Monday, a member of staff was seen moving the flag from behind the podium so that only the Aboriginal flag and Torres Strait Island flag could be seen.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Bandt said he removed the flag because it “represents lingering pain” for some Australians, sharing his view that Australia should become a republic with a new flag.</p> <p dir="ltr">“For many Australians, this flag represents dispossession and the lingering pains of colonisation,” Mr Bandt said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Through Treaty with First Nations’ Peoples and by moving to a Republic, we can have a flag that represents all of us.”</p> <p dir="ltr">However, his "stunt" prompted severe backlash with Minister for Government Services Bill Shorten describing it as a divisive act.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-876c3067-7fff-f984-ba88-829f5fbcb98d"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“Antics like this, this virtue signalling saying, ‘I love First Nations People more than anyone else’ ... it turns more people off than turns them on,” he told Today.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Ahead of a press conference with Greens leader Adam Bandt, a Greens staffer has just moved the Australian flag out of the TV camera shot. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/auspol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#auspol</a> <a href="https://t.co/g524GbpKKH">pic.twitter.com/g524GbpKKH</a></p> <p>— Isobel Roe (@isobelroe) <a href="https://twitter.com/isobelroe/status/1538733802037846016?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">2GB’s Jim Wilson also told the show it was “highly offensive” and “insulting”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We had a Royal Commission into Veteran Suicide resume in Townsville yesterday - men and women who fought under the Australian flag. On the same day, you have this peanut who goes on and removes the Australian flag,” Wilson said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I find it deeply offensive and not the Australia we want to embrace.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Have all three flags, but don’t remove the national flag.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Indigenous leader Warrne Mundine also weighed in on Mr Bandt’s display shortly after, questioning whether it was appropriate for federal parliament and whether the Greens “actually hate Australians”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s idiotic,” Mr Mundine said. “Are the Greens actually in the Australian federal parliament? Seriously? Do they actually hate Australians that much? Aboriginals call themselves Australians all the time.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The Greens are just a fringe university type group trying to run down the country.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Bandt primarily spoke about Labor’s approach to emissions during the press conference, claiming the party is “an obstacle to greater climate action” and that they aren’t listening to the Australian people..</p> <p dir="ltr">“Labor is bringing a weak target to parliament that means the end of the Great Barrier Reef,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Labor is now an obstacle to greater climate action and they are refusing to listen to the will of the people who have just delivered a big mandate for climate mandates at the election.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Image: Getty Images</p>

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Deadly crash claims seven family members from three generations

<p dir="ltr">A Year 11 student is one of two to survive a crash that killed seven of his relatives, including his younger brother and mother.</p> <p dir="ltr">Luie Lagud, 16, was travelling in a van with family members spanning three generations on a whirlwind trip across the length of New Zealand’s South Island when the vehicle was involved in a head-on crash with a truck on Sunday morning.</p> <p dir="ltr">The crash left the Toyota Hiace van completely destroyed and is the deadliest incident to occur in the country since April 2019.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to the <em><a href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/picton-crash-final-days-of-family-killed-in-collision-with-truck/CKLDFVI22ETOVBK2DT7FZMUW2E/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">NZ Herald</a></em>, the family have since given permission for the names of the deceased to be published.</p> <p dir="ltr">Among the victims were Diseree Brown, 48, her husband Paul Brown, 61, and their son Mark. </p> <p dir="ltr">Desiree’s sister, 56-year-old Divine Dolar, Divine’s daughter Flordeliza Dolar, 19, were also among those who died.</p> <p dir="ltr">Luie and his older brother, 26-year-old Pedro Clariman, were the only two to survive. </p> <p dir="ltr">However, Luie was in a coma and undergoing surgery on Monday after suffering significant spinal and head injuries and remains in intensive care.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pedro’s partner and his infant daughter, Mika, tragically died in the crash. </p> <p dir="ltr">Diseree’s three other children, David, Princess, and Joanna, didn’t travel with the family.</p> <p dir="ltr">The night before, the family stayed in Rolleston, outside Christchurch, with a family friend. The man who identified himself as Bill called Newstalk ZB on Monday to confirm members of the “vibrant” family had died.</p> <p dir="ltr">“They spent some of their last hours on earth with me on Saturday night, Sunday morning,” he told Canterbury Mornings host John MacDonald.</p> <p dir="ltr">Having left Bill’s home at 2.30am on Sunday morning to catch a Cook Strait ferry back to the North Island, the van crossed the centreline and collided with a refrigerated goods truck in Picton at about 7.30am.</p> <p dir="ltr">The truck driver suffered minor injuries.</p> <p dir="ltr">The family had started their journey by travelling to Gore for the funeral of an elderly aunt, which 21-year-old David Lagud said he didn’t attend because he had to work and because he suffered from motion sickness.</p> <p dir="ltr">“In a blink of an eye, it’s all gone,” David told the <em>NZ Herald</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Videos posted throughout the trip showed the family laughing together, spending time with Pedro’s young daughter, and travelling across the country.</p> <p dir="ltr">Since the incident, the principal of Pukekohe High School - which two of the family members were attending - emailed parents to advise them that two students were involved in the crash.</p> <p dir="ltr">“One of our Year 10 students died at the scene of the accident. His older brother, in Year 11, remains in hospital. Our thoughts and condolences are with their family and close friends,” the email read.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Students and staff who knew the two students well are being supported and cared for in school today. Additional counselling support has been made available, and the school is closely following advice from the Ministry’s Traumatic Incident team.”</p> <p dir="ltr">David has also spoken to Pedro since the crash, who he said had minor injuries and was able to walk with difficulty.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pedro told his brother what happened in the leadup to the crash, saying he had been driving when the family left Christchurch so that Paul could sleep in the front passenger seat for another four hours.</p> <p dir="ltr">After that, Paul swapped with Pedro to complete the trip to the ferry and was well-rested when took the wheel.</p> <p dir="ltr">Before falling asleep in the passenger seat, it is understood Pedro spent some time playing with his daughter.</p> <p dir="ltr">Being asleep when the vehicles collided, it’s believed Pedro woke up to the carnage.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He saw my dad’s body on the road and then my brother Luie, he was awake and then he collapsed,” David said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Then the next minute, the helicopter was there, taking my little brother to hospital.”</p> <p dir="ltr">David said Pedro was grief-stricken to discover both his partner and daughter had died.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He was devastated, he was crying a lot. Both of his loves are gone.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The <em>NZ Herald</em> reported that police said the incident would be referred to the coroner for investigation.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ccd454a3-7fff-bdbf-a53a-3ebd1960f77e"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: NZ Herald</em></p>

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Historic change made for transgender swimmers

<p dir="ltr">The swimming world will be the first sport to allow transgender athletes to compete at an elite level separate to men’s and women’s competitions, after the International Swimming Federation (FINA)’s president Husain Al-Mussallam announced the new category on Monday.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I do not want any athlete to be told they cannot compete at the highest level,” Mr Al-Mussallam told the FINA Extraordinary Congress in Budapest, Hungary, per <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/sport/more-sports/swimming-makes-historic-decision-to-segregate-transgender-athletes/news-story/3832900944e167a1b19c817f35dfb7be" target="_blank" rel="noopener">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I will set up a working group to set up an open category at our meets. We will be the first federation to do that.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Al-Mussallam announced the change after FINA unveiled an inclusivity policy which was then approved by members.</p> <p dir="ltr">Brent Nowicki, the CEO of FINA, said the organisation was determined to maintain separate competitions for men and women.</p> <p dir="ltr">“(FINA) recognises that certain individuals may not be able to compete in the category that best aligns with their legal gender alignment or gender identity,” he added.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Nowicki explained that under the rules, the male competition would be open to everyone. However, “male-to-female” and intersex athletes would only be allowed to compete in the women’s competition or set a world record “if they can prove they have not experienced any element of male puberty”.</p> <p dir="ltr">This prompted immediate backlash from some sections of the swimming world, with Dr Christer Magnusson, a member of FINA’s medical committee, among those complaining that it implied that boys as young as 10 would have to decide to start transitioning to compete as female athletes.</p> <p dir="ltr">David Gerrard, a fellow member of the medical committee and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Otago, New Zealand, also criticised the policy.</p> <p dir="ltr">“To ask or expect an 11, 12-year-old boy to make a decision that will affect the rest of his life is a big ask,” Professor Gerrard said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Others were more receptive to the decision. American swimmer Alex Walsh cautiously welcomed it after she won the women’s 200m medley at the world championships on Monday morning.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m happy that FINA are … re-evaluating the rules,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I am not really sure what the answer is to keep things fair but obviously I hope that everyone is able to compete and as long as they are finding a way to do that then I am happy.”</p> <p dir="ltr">FINA’s decision and policy come after the International Olympic Committee asked sports federations to create their own “sport-specific” rules about transgender athletes last year.</p> <p dir="ltr">FINA created three committees - one legal, one medical, and one of athletes - to consider the issue, with the medical committee finding that transgender women retained some advantages from being assigned male at birth.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Some of the advantages males acquire in puberty are structural and are not lost with hormone suppression,” said Dr Sandra Hunter of Milwaukee’s Marquette University.</p> <p dir="ltr">“These include larger lungs and hearts, longer bones, bigger feet and hands.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Meanwhile, the legal experts found that the policy of excluding most transgender swimmers would be legal.</p> <p dir="ltr">“(It is) necessary and proportionate to achieve a legitimate objective,” London-based barrister James Drake said.</p> <p dir="ltr">The new gender inclusion policy will come into effect on June 20, 2022, according to the <a href="https://www.fina.org/news/2649715/press-release-fina-announces-new-policy-on-gender-inclusion" target="_blank" rel="noopener">FINA website</a>.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-0046eca1-7fff-fd6e-1c04-a0526785f8d0"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @fina1908 (Instagram)</em></p>

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Penny Wong says Australia has “a lot to learn” from New Zealand

<p dir="ltr">Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong has said the country has “a lot to learn” from New Zealand when it comes to indigenous foreign policy.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wong met with New Zealand’s Foreign Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, at Parliament in Wellington for their first official bilateral talks since the new Australian government came into power under Anthony Albanese, as reported by the <em><a href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/penny-wong-says-australia-has-lot-to-learn-from-nz-on-indigenous-issues-china-pacific-discussed/RV4VARZMDACZKX7JATZMXSRPQM/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">NZ Herald</a></em>.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-aef07535-7fff-46b6-f1fb-c90b150fc0fa"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">The pair spoke at length in their private meeting, covering climate change, issues in the Pacific, Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Pacific Islands forum next month, and working together on Indigenous-based foreign policy.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ce3RI5xPA9M/?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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ce3RI5xPA9M/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Penny Wong (@senatorpennywong)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Wong’s visit to Parliament began with a traditional pōwhiti ceremonial welcome, led by mana whenua Te Āti Awa (one of New Zealand’s Awa tribes).</p> <p dir="ltr">Mana whenua and Mahuta’s side of the room sang Purea Nei, with Wong and her Australian delegation responding with E Toru Ngā Mea.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wong described the experience of being welcomed as “very moving”.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-322366d0-7fff-5f13-2e30-6fd2b189b192"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s an act of respect and honour, you feel the power of that. Being welcomed into someone’s land, you feel the importance,” she said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="ro">Australia Foreign Minister Penny Wong and her delegation sing the Māori waiata E Toru Ngā Mea during pōwhiri led by mana whenua Te Āti Awa at Parliament <a href="https://t.co/KznD0Xj6WI">pic.twitter.com/KznD0Xj6WI</a></p> <p>— Michael Neilson (@mr_neilson_) <a href="https://twitter.com/mr_neilson_/status/1537270105943715840?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 16, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Wong said one of the main reasons she sought to work in her current role was to be part of a government that implemented the Uluru Statement of the Heart, which calls for constitutional change to give Indigenous Australians representation in Parliament and a Makarta Commission for treaty making and truth telling.</p> <p dir="ltr">She said she appreciated learning on the topic from Mahuta - who is of the Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Manu iwi (tribes) - who has a “depth of personal wisdom”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Having read Mahuta’s statements and speeches, Wong said she found the use of Māori concepts “extraordinarily powerful”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We can learn a lot from your country,” Wong said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We are a modern, multicultural, diverse nation and we have the privilege of one of the oldest continuing cultures on Earth.</p> <p dir="ltr">“And we should integrate that much more into how we engage with the world and how we talk to and with the world and about ourselves.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The pair went on to discuss tensions in the Pacific region, stemming from a security pact signed by the Solomon Islands with China in March, with Wong noting that previous governments hadn’t done enough in the region.</p> <p dir="ltr">She pledged to “do more” for the “Pacific family” and said Australia’s partnership with New Zealand was “indispensable”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We know we can always rely on each other,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We’re allies, we’re friends, and we’re partners in the region and the world that, as the minister said, is experiencing a much sharper set of challenges.”</p> <p dir="ltr">When the topic of the controversial 501 deportation policy arose, Wong gave no further information besides saying that Mr Albanese and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had discussed the issue when they met in Sydney.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We understand the concerns have been raised. We’ll take those into consideration,” Wong said.</p> <p dir="ltr">After their meeting, Wong will be meeting with the Prime Minister and Cabinet ministers in the Solomon Islands, while Mahuta will travel to Rwanda to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9355f1e9-7fff-74b8-f1aa-cabccfba67cd"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Bombshell testimony rocks Chris Dawson trial

<p dir="ltr">An explosive bombshell detail rocked Chris Dawson’s judge-only murder trial on Thursday as Dawson’s former rugby league teammate testified that he was approached by Dawson and asked if he knew someone who could help “get rid” of his wife.</p> <p dir="ltr">Former Newtown Jets player Robert Silkman told the court that six years before Lynette Dawson disappeared, her husband approached him on a flight to the Gold Coast and posed the question to him.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was sitting there and Chris come along and kneeled down to my level where I was sitting and asked me did I know anyone who could get rid of his wife,” Mr Silkman told the court, <a href="https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/courts-law/get-rid-of-his-wife-chris-dawsons-teammates-bombshell-claim/news-story/0d90c610d2f21f701d972e9e1557968c" target="_blank" rel="noopener">news.com.au</a> reported.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Well, I was taken aback. I said, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, ‘For good?’ He said, ‘Yeah’.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I said, ‘Look, I’ll talk to you when I get back to Sydney’. That was the end of the conversation.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Silkman told the court that he did not engage in any further conversation with Dawson.</p> <p dir="ltr">Then the former Newtown Jets player’s past was questioned due to his friendship with fellow teammate Paul Hayward, who was the brother-in-law of infamous criminal Arthur “Neddy” Smith.</p> <p dir="ltr">Neddy, a convicted murderer, drug trafficker and armed robber, spent most of his life in jail and died in 2021.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Silkman told the court that he was only socially acquainted with Neddy due to his friendship with Mr Hayward.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Yeah, I wasn’t actually drinking with (Smith), I was drinking with Paul Hayward who took me to the hotel with him,” Mr Silkman told the court.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Neddy Smith was in the company.”</p> <p dir="ltr">This then led to Dawson’s barrister Pauline David questioning Mr Silkman’s criminal history and accusing him of willingly lying if there’s a “dollar” in it, the publication reported.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You have a very loose relationship with the truth,” Ms David said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“That’s not correct,” Mr Silkman said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Chris Dawson has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife Lynette, who went missing from the family home in Sydney's Northern Beaches in January 1982.</p> <p dir="ltr">The trial continues.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Nine News</em></p>

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Melissa Caddick’s husband’s surprise request

<p dir="ltr">The husband of fraudster Melissa Caddick has asked for the Federal Court action against him to be dropped. </p> <p dir="ltr">The conwoman, 49, was last seen leaving her $15 million property in Dover Heights in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on November 11, 2020. </p> <p dir="ltr">Caddick was being investigated by Australian Investment and Securities Commission (ASIC) before her disappearance and was accused of stealing millions of dollars from her victims - mostly friends and family - to fund her lifestyle.</p> <p dir="ltr">She disappeared a day after the raid and her hairdresser husband Anthony Koletti, 39, has been dismissed of any wrongdoing. </p> <p dir="ltr">ASIC estimated that Caddick owed $23 million and seized various assets which also saw her husband caught in the mix. </p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Koletti was ordered in May to move out of the mega-million mansion which cost only $6.2 million in 2014 which Caddick bought from unsuspected investors. </p> <p dir="ltr">He agreed to move out but also argued that he was entitled to the $4 million Edgecliff apartment, $7 million in shares and $2 million in jewellery and clothes, <a href="https://www.news.com.au/national/courts-law/melissa-caddicks-husband-anthony-koletti-wants-federal-court-proceedings-against-him-stopped/news-story/49d48995c5787466f7062f51a6bd927a?utm_campaign=EditorialSB&amp;utm_source=news.com.au&amp;utm_medium=Facebook&amp;utm_content=SocialBakers" target="_blank" rel="noopener">news.com.au</a> reported.</p> <p dir="ltr">The court documents also showed that Mr Koletti asked for almost $100,000 worth of “personal property” to be returned to him.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Edgecliff property includes five paintings, jewellery, Mr Koletti’s $26,500 wedding band as well as a Gucci wedding dress.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Wednesday, the court heard that Mr Koletti wanted the legal proceedings against him dropped, the publication reported.</p> <p dir="ltr">His lawyer Judy Swan said that the property was not as valuable as he thought and of no concern, particularly after how the media portrayed him. </p> <p dir="ltr">The request is being considered and Ms Swan is hoping for the proceedings to be dropped by the time the case returns to court on July 25.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Supplied</em></p>

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"Plenty of fire in his belly": Derryn Hinch confirms big plans

<p dir="ltr">Media personality and former senator Derryn Hinch has confirmed he will be planning to run for a seat in Victoria’s state election in November.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 78-year-old, who founded Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, shared the news on Tuesday night via Twitter.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Yes… it is true,” he tweeted in response to a question about his run.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hinch is looking to claim a seat in the Victorian Upper House after failing to keep his seat in the federal Senate last month, per <em><a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/derryn-hinch-confirms-vic-parliament-230902577.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Yahoo News</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Stuart Grimley, the Victorian Justice Party leader, also took to Twitter once the news broke.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The secret is out! Derryn, our Party Leader, will be running for State Parliament this November!” Grimley wrote.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-49fa64ad-7fff-ed64-25bb-d24379bb308f"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“Still plenty of fire in his belly in standing up for justice issues!”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">The secret is out! Derryn, our Party Leader, will be running for State Parliament this November! Still plenty of fire in his belly in standing up for justice issues! <a href="https://t.co/6XhT6QwxIH">https://t.co/6XhT6QwxIH</a></p> <p>— Stuart Grimley (@stuartgrimleyMP) <a href="https://twitter.com/stuartgrimleyMP/status/1536815777377964032?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 14, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">According to his website, Hinch describes himself as “a man of the people” who promises to do “what is right and just, no matter the cost”, with policies calling for tougher parole and bail legislation and the creation of a public sex offenders register.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hinch has previously been jailed for breaching suppression orders against the names of sex offenders and in relation to a trial involving the murder of Jill Meagher.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-cebdaa16-7fff-0b4a-06bc-e46b2e521069"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @derrynhinch (Instagram)</em></p>

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"It's a date": Serena Williams drops huge news

<p dir="ltr">Serena Williams has revealed she will be returning to the tennis court for the first time in a year, after it was announced she has been granted a singles wildcard to play at Wimbledon.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-742152a8-7fff-f4ac-2037-5a83d4c6974d"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion took to Instagram to share the news - after teasing fans with the caption: “I’m thinking of something that may make you go bananas - stay tuned!”</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CeoCZQGLUr8/?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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CeoCZQGLUr8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday night, Williams posted a photo of her white trainers on grass with the caption: “SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022, see you there.”</p> <p dir="ltr">It comes after Williams suffered an injury during her first-round match at last year’s Wimbledon tournament, and having not played since then, she has dropped to 1,208 in the world rankings.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b2bf9284-7fff-1919-6adc-39d44cbef374">But Wimbledon won’t be the first opportunity for Williams to pick up her racket once again, with the 40-year-old making her return to tennis at next week’s Eastbourne International after also being granted a wildcard - this time in the doubles competition with Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, as reported by <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/sport/tennis/serena-williams-comeback-announcement-stuns-tennis-world/news-story/3d463a20cbebbef0dd3dfd5ec03e07e2" target="_blank" rel="noopener">news.com.au</a></em>.</span></p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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); 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border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CeyIHfeuVLh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“I am excited to return to the Rothesay International Eastbourne in England and to be back on the grass - a surface that has been so good to me throughout my career,” Williams said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Eastbourne has a unique charm that you don’t see anywhere else on tour and I’m looking forward to playing in front of the fans again.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Her upcoming appearance at Wimbledon is expected to be Williams’ best chance of claiming a 24th Grand Slam singles title, equalling Margaret Court’s all-time record.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wimbledon board member Tim Henman, who reached four semi-finals at the tournament, said Williams had actually requested the wildcard several weeks ago.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It is a good selection on the women’s side,” Henman said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Serena requested (a wildcard) actually a couple of weeks ago and she is going to play down at Eastbourne. Hopefully she will get a good chance of getting some grass court preparation in.”</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Whoopi weighs in on Rebel Wilson furore

<p dir="ltr">Whoopi Goldberg has come out swinging against the Sydney Morning Herald columnist who was accused of threatening to expose Rebel Wilson’s relationship.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Aussie actress revealed that she is in a relationship with fashion designer Ramona Agruma on Instagram by sharing a smiling selfie.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, behind those wide smiles was something more sinister - a deadline of exposing her relationship before she was even ready. </p> <p dir="ltr">Andrew Hornery, the journalist who penned the piece about Rebel’s relationship, was called out for his “threatening email” which gave the actress a deadline. </p> <p dir="ltr">This has not sat well with many, with the news reaching as far as the US and now renowned Hollywood actress Whoopi Goldberg, has weighed in. </p> <p dir="ltr">“There’s a lot of speculation that (Wilson came out) to get ahead of a tabloid story in the Sydney Morning Herald about her relationship. Now, the man who wrote it even apologised, saying it was ‘never his intention to “out” her’ … Well, you know that’s not true, because if it wasn’t your intention you wouldn’t have done it,” Whoopi said on <em>The View</em> alongside other panelists.</p> <p dir="ltr">“If you didn’t want to do it, you shouldn’t have done it – you knew exactly what you were doing.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It seems these are the only moves people have to get in front of a story before it’s all over social media or every other media … and there’s got to be a better way to do it."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">CELEBRITIES DISCLOSING NEWS ON THEIR TERMS? After Justin Bieber revealed a mystery illness paralyzing part of his face and Rebel Wilson shared her new romance when a newspaper gave her two days to comment on the relationship before they published it, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheView?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheView</a> co-hosts discuss. <a href="https://t.co/toyAVzCIFp">pic.twitter.com/toyAVzCIFp</a></p> <p>— The View (@TheView) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheView/status/1536402606720950273?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 13, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Co-host Sara Haines joined in the argument by saying that Andrew Hornery is also a gay man himself expecting to have some “empathy”. </p> <p dir="ltr">"It’s sad that (celebrities) are even in this situation, where they need to release stories they aren’t ready to talk about,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“But I think that’s a better way to own the narrative, I wouldn't give a quote or talk to a place that’s forcing me to talk about something I’m not ready to talk about.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Whoopi said that what “people want to know” should be thrown away when it comes to people’s private relationships.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I don’t care what people ‘want to know’, frankly,” she continued.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I want to keep my privacy, and the fact that people constantly say, ‘oh well, if you don’t tell us, we’re going to tell it however we want to’ – I now say, ‘go ahead!’</p> <p dir="ltr">“They’re not going to stop because you told them the truth, they don’t care. It’s insane.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Hornery came out and apologised for the article which has since been replaced with the apology. </p> <p dir="ltr">He explained how the situation unfolded and didn’t realise how bad it was after news broke about his deadline which was taken as a threat by many.</p> <p dir="ltr">“At 9.27am last Thursday I wrote: ‘Good morning. I am a journalist from The Sydney Morning Herald and I was hoping I could get a comment from Rebel regarding her new relationship,” Hornery said. </p> <p dir="ltr">“While I realise Rebel’s partner has not been mentioned as yet, I have several sources who have confirmed their status and I have enough detail to publish.</p> <p dir="ltr">“However, in the interests of transparency and fairness, before publishing I am reaching out to Rebel to see if she will engage in what I believe is a happy and unexpected news story for her, especially given the recent Pride celebrations.</p> <p dir="ltr">“My deadline is Friday, 1pm Sydney-time. Regards, Andrew Hornery.”</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CelyiLZLHa2/?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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CelyiLZLHa2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Rebel Wilson (@rebelwilson)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">He said that he received no reply from Rebel which was “entirely her right” and reiterated that his email was not intended as a threat.</p> <p dir="ltr">“My email was never intended to be a threat but to make it clear I was sufficiently confident with my information and to open a conversation,” he continued.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It is not the Herald’s business to ‘out’ people and that is not what we set out to do. But I understand why my email has been seen as a threat. The framing of it was a mistake.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The Herald and I will approach things differently from now on to make sure we always take into consideration the extra layer of complexities people face when it comes to their sexuality.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Sydney Morning Herald editor Bevan Shields also came in defence of his employee by saying that the same process would have happened had Rebel been with a man. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Our weekly Private Sydney celebrity column last week asked Wilson if she wished to comment about her new partner. We would have asked the same questions had Wilson’s new partner been a man,” he wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“To say that the Herald ‘outed’ Wilson is wrong.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Like other mastheads do every day, we simply asked questions and as standard practice included a deadline for a response.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Shields’ response however was also slammed by fellow panelist Sunny Hostin who said that they “knew it was wrong” after pulling the story down. </p> <p dir="ltr">“When his editor came out and said, ‘no, no, we would have done this with anyone, we would have done this if she was dating a man, there’s nothing wrong with it’ … Then a day later, they pulled the column, so they knew it was wrong,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You have to understand, kids that come out to their families, there’s a lot of suicides that happen, they generally get a 50 per cent negative reaction when they come out. these are stats that you can easily look up. I’m just really surprised that a journalist would do this, it’s horrible.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram/Twitter</em></p>

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Beloved Seinfeld star dead at 90

<p>The prolific and beloved character actor Phillip Baker Hall has died at 90 years of age. Known for his roles in films like Boogie Nights and Magnolia and shows such as Seinfeld and Modern Family, he had an impressive career spanning over six decades.</p> <p>Hall's wife of nearly 40 years, Holly Wolfle Hall, confirmed the news, saying he died on the 12th of June in Glendale, California, surrounded by loved ones.</p> <p>His most memorable roles in film include playing the IRS Boss in Say Anything, Sydney in Hard Eight, Floyd Gondolli in Boogie Nights, Jimmy Gator in Magnolia, Jack Baylor in Bruce Almighty, Sherwood Morrill in Zodiac and a CIA director in Argo.</p> <p>When it came to TV, Hall gave over 200 guest performances, including as library cop Joe Bookman on Seinfeld, Senator Matt Hunt on The West Wing, Dr. Morrison on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Walt Kleezak on Modern Family.</p> <p>Born in Toledo, Ohio on September the 10th, 1931, Hall began his career as a United States Army translator in Germany and a high school teacher before pursuing acting as he entered his 40s.</p> <p>His career in film really picked up during the '80s, when he starred as Richard Nixon in Secret Honor (1984) and held supporting roles in movies like Garry Marshall's Nothing in Common (1986), Midnight Run (1988) starring Robert De Niro, John Hughes' classic rom-com Say Anything (1989) and Ghostbusters II (1989), in which he played the police commissioner.</p> <p>Hall also began working with Paul Thomas Anderson during the decade, starring in his short film Cigarettes &amp; Coffee in 1993, which then led to his directorial debut Hard Eight (1996) in which Hall stars alongside John C. Reilly.</p> <p>Later appearing in Anderson's films Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999), playing an adult theatre magnate and a children's game show host.</p> <p>Hall's career in film continued to grow in the '90s and 2000s with films such as The Truman Show (1998), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Insider (1999), Dogville (2003), Bruce Almighty (2003), Zodiac (2007) and Argo (2012).</p> <p>Phillip is survived by his wife, his brother, four daughters and four grandchildren and will be missed by his fans and family.</p> <p>Image: Getty</p>

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“Our hearts are broken”: Top chef dead at just 38

<p dir="ltr">The founder of a popular Japanese burger chain Ume Burger has died suddenly aged 38.</p> <p dir="ltr">Kerby Craig worked at Michelin star restaurants in the United Kingdom and Canada before coming back to Australia and started a new burger joint known as Ume Burger.</p> <p dir="ltr">The company announced the devastating news on their Instagram page, revealing that Kerby passed away on June 9. </p> <p dir="ltr">“With deep sorrow, we announce the unexpected passing of our founder, our dearest son and brother, mentor and friend, Kerby Craig,” they wrote. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Words can barely express our grief. Today, as we celebrate his life well-lived we also acknowledge the 10 year anniversary of the Ume brand established by Kerby in 2012 with a much loved fine dining Japanese restaurant in Surry Hills.”</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CeuRPUcvkOR/?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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CeuRPUcvkOR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Sydney Food Umeburger (@umeburger)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The business spoke about Kerby’s hard working ethic and passions from the age of 15, which eventually led to him creating the Ume Burger chain.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Kerby strived to live out his passions and worked tirelessly to make Ume what it is today, bringing joy and fun to people through good food. He was driven and free-spirited, pursuing his goals with a determination very few people possess,” the post continued.</p> <p dir="ltr">“From a young age, Kerby’s independent nature revealed he would pave his own way through life, forging beautiful friendships and experiences along the way. At the age of 15 he left school and began working as an apprentice chef at Tetsuya Wakuda’s Rozelle restaurant, sparking a formidable career and life-long love of food and hospitality.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He worked his way through the best restaurants in London, Canada and Sydney to achieve what he set out to in his short life. There’s no easy passage to great success in hospitality, as many will know. </p> <p dir="ltr">“The long hours and hard work in Michelin star restaurants in the UK and hatted restaurants in Sydney took Kerby to his first great achievement of earning 6 consecutive hats at Koi, Woolwich. Following his departure from Koi he opened Ume and won his very own hat as both chef and owner.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Kerby’s devotion to cooking and business peaked through the creation of his pride and joy, Ume Burger. Through establishing Sydney’s premier fast-casual Japanese burger restaurant, Kerby created a living legacy that tens of thousands of foodies have experienced and loved, and will continue to across two landmark venues with a future vision we hope to deliver on.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Kery was described as outspoken, passionate, carig, loyal and charismatic larrikin with a “larger than life personality”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“For anyone who spent any time with Keby, you walked away feeling happy and full. He loved Sydney hospitality, Japan, his sweet dog Bobby, his popcorn, snacks and adored his family and friends. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Kerby always found time for you, he had the biggest heart and an even greater laugh.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We extend our heartfelt thanks for your condolences. We express our gratitude to all who have supported Kerby in his journey and supported his businesses. We respectfully request privacy at this difficult time. A proper tribute wll be made in the coming week. </p> <p dir="ltr">“The Ume restaurants will be open for business as usual, just as Kerby would have wanted. We are bereft. He was our everything. Our hearts are broken. Rest in Peace.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Ash Barty's huge weekend

<p dir="ltr">The Queen’s Birthday long weekend has been anything but dull for retired tennis champ Ash Barty, having joined a lengthy list of Aussies recognised on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and taking part in an icy plunge in the name of charity.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 26-year-old was appointed an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) after ending her tennis career having won this year’s Australian Open - making her a three-time grand slam singles champion.</p> <p dir="ltr">Barty also took part in Big Freeze 8 - an annual sporting event that raises funds for Motor Neuron Disease (MND) - which saw her slide down the iconic Big Freeze slide into icy waters.</p> <p dir="ltr">With costumes encouraged, Barty took to the slide while dressed as Rafiki, the baboon from <em>The Lion King</em>, re-enacting an iconic moment from the movie with a small Simba toy in hand.</p> <p dir="ltr">In an <a href="https://7news.com.au/sport/afl/ash-barty-steals-the-show-as-big-freeze-returns-to-packed-mcg-on-queens-birthday-c-7146375" target="_blank" rel="noopener">interview</a> during half-time of the event’s clash between the Collingwood Magpies and Melbourne Demons, Barty showed her true classy colours while reflecting on the slide.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The moment’s about Simba. It’s not about me, it’s about Simba!” she told Hamish McLachlan and Tim Watson.</p> <p dir="ltr">“At this point I’m thinking, ‘I can’t breathe, I need to get this wool off me’.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Then it is Simba’s moment. This is the iconic moment from the movie! Why not, right?”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-c61192e4-7fff-0f68-9072-560a12cbd5ea"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">McLachlan said: “The beautiful thing about Ash, it is never about Ash. It is always about someone or something else. It happens to be Simba.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">"The moment is about Simba" 😂</p> <p>Ash Barty walks us through her Big Freeze 8 slide 💙 <a href="https://t.co/Y3VzDUTnJQ">pic.twitter.com/Y3VzDUTnJQ</a></p> <p>— 7AFL (@7AFL) <a href="https://twitter.com/7AFL/status/1536236886825480193?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 13, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">But Barty wasn’t the only one to have a momentous weekend, with the 992 people featured on the Queen’s Birthday Honours Lists including individuals involved in the country’s pandemic response, the first female premier of NSW, scientists and philanthropists championing for good causes, and athletes and politicians.</p> <p dir="ltr">Shane Warne was posthumously appointed an AO in recognition of his distinguished service to cricket - with 708 wickets under his belt - and her service to the community through charitable initiatives.</p> <p dir="ltr">"On behalf of all Australians, I congratulate the Australians recognised in today’s Honours List," the Governor-General said in a <a href="https://www.gg.gov.au/queens-birthday-2022-honours-list" target="_blank" rel="noopener">statement</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Recipients share some common traits – including selflessness, excellence and a commitment to service. They’re from different backgrounds, their stories are each unique, and each has served in different ways. This diversity is a strength and each has impacted their community and made it better.</p> <p dir="ltr">“For that, we thank them and, today, we celebrate them.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Collectively the recipients, whose achievements span community service, science and research, industry, sport, the arts and more, represent the very best of Australia.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Some of the Queen's Birthday honours recipients include:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Teacher's aide Jill Smith</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Managing Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Nicholas Heyward</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Chief defence scientist Tanya Monro</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Former deputy prime minister John Anderson</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Physicist Anne Green</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Cook and author Donna Hay</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Chef Matthew Moran</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Former Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Golfer Adam Scott</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Author Susan Marsden</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Founding director at The Immunisation Foundation of Australia Catherine Hughes</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Former Nationals politician Larry Anthony</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">For a full list of Australians included on this year’s Honours List, head <a href="https://www.gg.gov.au/queens-birthday-2022-honours-list" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c8ec2967-7fff-52ba-2d35-7cd7936f1a84"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @7AFL (Twitter)</em></p>

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Schoolgirl reveals how she survived Texas massacre

<p dir="ltr">An 11-year-old girl has recalled the moment she survived the horrific Texas school shooting which saw her classmates and teacher shot dead.</p> <p dir="ltr">Miah Cerrillo, a fourth grader at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas spoke to lawmakers in a pre-recorded interview at the House of Representatives committee on Wednesday.</p> <p dir="ltr">She explained how she smeared her dead classmate’s blood on her and played dead to avoid being shot by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos on May 24. </p> <p dir="ltr">"He... told my teacher 'good night' and then shot her in the head. And then he shot some of my classmates and the whiteboard," Miah said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Miah then grabbed her dead teacher’s mobile phone and dialled 911 - which has since seen police’s response <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/texas-police-admit-wrongdoing-following-school-shooting" target="_blank" rel="noopener">heavily criticised</a> for not doing anything while they were being attacked. </p> <p><iframe title="YouTube video player" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NOOIN48HnxE" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">The fourth grader fears that another mass shooting would occur at her school and called for “more security”. </p> <p dir="ltr">Gunman Salvador was armed with a gun when he stormed Robb Elementary School on May 24 and shot dead 19 children and two teachers.</p> <p dir="ltr">Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw admitted that the tactical decisions made during the response to the events leading up to the shooting were wrong.</p> <p dir="ltr">“From the benefit of hindsight where I’m sitting now, of course it was not the right decision. It was the wrong decision. There’s no excuse for that,” he said. “A decision was made that this was a barricaded subject situation, there was time to retrieve the keys and wait for a tactical team with the equipment to go ahead and breach the door and take on the subject at that point.</p> <p dir="ltr">“That was the decision, that was the thought process at that particular point in time.”</p> <p dir="ltr">According to audio evidence from the time of the shooting, Ramos fired almost 100 shots inside classrooms 111 and 112 about 11.30am.</p> <p dir="ltr">Two minutes later, three officers entered the school from the same back door Ramos came in from.</p> <p dir="ltr">About 12.03pm, there were at least 19 officers standing in the hallways but it was only at 12.50 pm that police used a key from the janitor to open the classroom doors.</p> <p dir="ltr">It was then they shot Ramos dead.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: YouTube </em></p>

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Search for missing 11-year-old escalates

<p><em>Latest:</em></p> <p>An 11-year-old boy who was reported missing after failing to return home from school has been found.</p> <p>NSW Police shared the fantastic news on Thursday morning.</p> <p>"An 11-year-old boy reported missing from Annangrove has been located safe and well in the nearby area by a member of the public!" they wrote.</p> <p>"He’s cold, but with no visible injuries. He is being assessed by NSW Ambulance paramedics.</p> <p>"A BIG thank you to all the media and members of the public for sharing our appeal."</p> <p><em>Earlier:</em></p> <p>The search for a missing 11-year-old boy who failed to return home from school has escalated after temperatures dropped to a freezing 4 degrees overnight.</p> <p>Christopher Wilson did not return home from school on Wednesday afternoon in what police have described as “extremely out of character”.</p> <p>The student was last seen getting off the school bus on Annangrove Road, Annangrove in Sydney’s north-west about 3.20pm on Wednesday. </p> <p>When he did not return home, police were immediately notified and a search for Christopher began. </p> <p>“Obviously, they’re extremely distressed, particularly overnight with the temperatures the way they have been up here in the Hills,” Superintendent Darrin Batchelor said.</p> <p>“They’ve been out looking overnight as well, so we’ll keep updating them as we go along.”</p> <p>Police believe Christopher would still be wearing his Annangrove Public School uniform – a blue T-shirt with maroon and white trim, grey pants and red and black sneakers. </p> <p>He was also believed to be wearing a black and white jacket and carrying a black backpack.</p> <p>He is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Island appearance, about 120 centimetres tall with a slim build, short brown hair and brown eyes.</p> <p>CCTV managed to capture Christopher walking along Annangrove Road towards Rouse Hill about 4.45pm. </p> <p>“We can only hope Christopher’s found his way into a shed or put his head down overnight and managed to stay warm,” Mr Batchelor continues. </p> <p>Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers to ensure Christopher is found. </p> <p>Police have sent a geo-targeted text to The Hills area from +61 444 444 444 and asked residents not to block the number as it is not a scam. </p> <p><em>Images: NSW Police</em></p>

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