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Outrage over McDonald’s major change to loyalty card

<p>Australia’s leading fast food chain has come under fire for “technology discrimination" after ditching its paper loyalty coffee cards.</p> <p>Over the last few years, McDonald’s had been gradually phasing out paper coffee cards but the cut was made permanent throughout Australia for the past six weeks. Now, if a customer wants to cash in and save money, they must first download the MyMacca’s app to access the “buy five, get one free” deal.</p> <p>Customers are unhappy with the change, some going as far as reporting glitches resulting in “stamps” lost. Others are enraged by how unfairly they believe it impacts older customers.</p> <p>McDonald’s is Australia’s largest fast-food chain and most popular go-to spot for coffee with over 800 locations nationwide. The restaurant sells around a quarter of a million cups of coffee a day.</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/6BE-dzBa4A/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/6BE-dzBa4A/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">The perfect morning starts with a view, and the fresh aroma of a barista made coffee from McCafé.</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/mcdonaldsau/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> McDonald's Australia</a> (@mcdonaldsau) on Aug 5, 2015 at 2:30pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Customers have even flocked to social media to complain about the change.</p> <p>“My mum… nearly 80… does not have a smart phone, does not use the app and uses your coffee cards constantly… So now she misses out?” Dearne Carroll wrote on the McDonald’s Facebook page.</p> <p>"I have multiple cards in multiple places all with multiple stamps on them. If they will not be honoured, I am not going to be impressed.”</p> <p>One disgruntled customer told <a href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/mcdonalds-ditches-paper-coffee-cards/news-story/28e7734576bb37fdfa88866febe71dac">news.com.au</a> his phone is unable to run the latest app as he carries an 8-year-old HTC Desire phone.</p> <p>“That cuts me out from the loyalty system immediately,” he explained.</p> <p>“Then I thought of the many people that just use a flip phone — they’ll be left out too. And also, the many older folk that don’t bother with mobile phones. This is ‘technology discrimination’.”</p> <p>Cornel Brophy also expressed his dissatisfaction with the new system.</p> <p>“My usual 3 min drive thru experience turned into 10 to download the stupid app then at the window the code wasn’t processing, cars banking up behind me peeved I’m taking so long.</p> <p>“What a stupid decision McDonalds have made!” he wrote.<br /><br /></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/8SNe1PBa_q/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/8SNe1PBa_q/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">We hope you took some time to enjoy a McCafé moment today #InternationalCoffeeDay</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/mcdonaldsau/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> McDonald's Australia</a> (@mcdonaldsau) on Sep 30, 2015 at 11:14pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>A spokeswoman for the fast food restaurant told news.com.au McDonald’s had received “great feedback from customers on the app and more people than ever before are taking advantage of our coffee loyalty program”.</p> <p>“We’re proud to always offer our customers great value regardless of whether they are dining in our restaurants, using our MyMacca’s app, or ordering McDelivery through UberEats,” she said.</p> <p>“Customers with a seniors card continue to be able to take advantage of offers which entitle them to a free coffee, juice or soft drink with a purchase in our participating restaurants.”</p> <p>Are you happy about McDonald's changing its paper loyalty cards to a digital app you need to access on a mobile phone? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Duchess Meghan’s dad breaks silence about private letter: "I love my daughter"

<div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Duchess Meghan’s father has spoken out about his decision to publish a private letter that the Duchess had written to him. The letter was private and said that her heart was broken.</p> <p>"If you love me, as you tell the press you do, please stop. Please allow us to live our lives in peace. Please stop lying, please stop creating so much pain, please stop exploiting my relationship with my husband,” the letter from Meghan to her father is reported to have said.</p> <p>However, in a video that has been published by <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8424380/meghan-markle-letter-dad-loves-her/" target="_blank">The Sun</a>, her father, Thomas Markle Sr, spoke to media in Mexico, asking: <span>"Why did you release the letter your daughter sent? Do you guys think you'll ever speak again?"</span></p> <p>"Read the papers," Markle Sr replied.</p> <p>"Are you sad, do you feel hurt, is it depression you're going through?" the reporter asked.</p> <p>"I love my daughter very much, I'm very sad," Markle Sr said, as he got into his car.</p> <p>Although the letter was date stamped August 2018, Markle Sr released it to the media a week after there were reports in <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/royals/meghan-markle-dad-shares-letter-confirming-her-friends-account/" target="_blank">People</a> saying how hurt the Duchess was by her father’s actions.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/media/7823285/gettyimages-1082207960.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ff5579a436214e87bf417f2aa35b1580" /></p> <p>Markle Sr initially kept the letter private “out of respect for Meghan”, but released it due to false reports surfacing about the specifics of it.</p> <p>The letter goes into detail about how Duchess Meghan tried to help her father before the royal wedding in May 2018. It reportedly says: </p> <p>"So the week of the wedding to hear about you having a heart attack through a tabloid was horrifying.</p> <p>"I called and texted… I begged you to accept help – we sent someone to your home … and instead of speaking to me to accept this or any help, you stopped answering your phone and chose to only speak to tabloids."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Deb Knight roasted live on radio over Today’s ratings slump

<p>Deborah Knight has responded to comedian and radio host Mick Molloy’s taunts on her new role on the <em>Today</em> show, only to be roasted further.</p> <p>Molloy, who hosts Triple M's <em>Kennedy Molloy</em> radio show with Jane Kennedy, started the online campaign #JaneForToday to champion his co-host to take over the breakfast show’s new line-up.</p> <p>In response to the joke campaign, Knight called in to the radio show for an on-air interview on Wednesday afternoon.</p> <p><iframe src="https://omny.fm/shows/triple-m-national-drive/5-40-pm-deborah-knight-calls-in-response-to-janefo/embed" width="100%" height="180px" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Get around it! <a href="https://twitter.com/mickmolloy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mickmolloy</a> has officially started a campaign to get <a href="https://twitter.com/Jane_L_Kennedy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jane_l_kennedy</a> to host the Today Show <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/JaneForToday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#JaneForToday</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IWakeUpWithJane?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IWakeUpWithJane</a> <a href="https://t.co/lJ8aIw5FTJ">pic.twitter.com/lJ8aIw5FTJ</a></p> — Kennedy Molloy (@kennedymolloy) <a href="https://twitter.com/kennedymolloy/status/1095197771781496833?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">12 February 2019</a></blockquote> <p>While Kennedy said she supports Knight and Georgie Gardner as <em>Today</em>’s new co-hosts, Molloy suggested the show should let him present the weather forecast or an aerobics-style segment on the program.</p> <p>"A bit of Lycra with you would go down a treat … we want to boost ratings Mick, we don't want them to go down any more, goodness me," Knight replied.</p> <p>"The ratings are boosting, and it’s great to see two women fronting a show," said Kennedy.</p> <p>"Well, there's only one way they could go, which is up," said Molloy. "I've had two shows axed by Channel 9, Deborah, welcome aboard!"</p> <p>Molloy’s first show on Channel 9, <em>The Mick Molloy Show,</em> was taken off air after only eight episodes following poor reviews and complaints from the audiences. His second show, <em>The Nation,</em> was also cancelled in 2007 within a few months from its first episode airing.</p> <p>The <em>Today</em> show has been struggling with its ratings since the debut of the new line-up earlier this year. Last Wednesday, only 177,000 metro viewers tuned in to <em>Today</em> while the show’s main competitor, Channel 7’s <em>Sunrise</em> gained 300,000 viewers.</p> <p>In January, Knight said it is not her job to be concerned about the ratings. </p> <p>"That is for others to work at and worry about, my job is just turning up and being me," Knight told <em>Sydney Confidential</em>. </p> <p>"I try to limit the impact that the chatter and the white noise has on me."</p>

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What Queen Elizabeth forgot about her youngest son Prince Edward

<p>Prince Edward is the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, however despite being the baby of the family reports say the Earl of Wessex’s birthday was forgotten while in his 20s by his mother.</p> <p>Now 54 years old, Prince Edward had a rather sobering experience in his younger life that the public took to social media to extend their sympathies.</p> <p>Jeremy Paxman’s new Channel 5 documentary is delving into the early life of the Queen’s children, and his biographer Ingrid Seward described him as a young lonely royal who found it difficult to find his place in Buckingham Palace.</p> <p>Seward, the editor-in-chief of<span> </span><em>Majesty</em><span> </span>magazine, said he was the “overlooked” third son.</p> <p>“At Buckingham Palace, he was lonely.</p> <p>“One year on his birthday he went to have breakfast with the Queen, and nothing was said. No card, no present. She didn’t know it was his birthday,” Seward recounted.</p> <p>Previously she had mentioned the same experience in her 2005 book<span> </span><em>Prince Edward: A Biography</em>, where she described the Q<span>ueen eating her toast and marmalade and sipping her special blend of homemade tea.</span></p> <p>The Prince’s demeanour hadn’t changed throughout breakfast, however, when a royal aide was made aware of the situation, the Queen was alerted, a “hasty” phone call was made, and presents were delivered to him a few hours later.</p> <p>"If it had been Prince Edward’s 20th or his 30th, his mother would not have forgotten,'" Steward wrote.</p> <p>She also noted the Queen’s second “heroic” son Andrew, who fought in the war, was her favourite son.</p> <p><em>Daily Mail</em>’s Richard Kay told Jeremy Paxman that Prince Edward never really knew where he fit in.</p> <p>“His royal aides once told me that the trouble with Prince Edward is that he can never decide whether he is His Royal Highness or Edward Windsor.</p> <p>“He couldn't tell whether he was one of us or a member of the royal family,” Kay said.</p> <p>This news comes days after the surprising revelation that <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/prince-charles-surprising-admission-prince-andrew-wants-to-be-me" target="_blank">Prince Charles claimed his younger brother, Prince Andrew, wanted to be him.</a></p> <p>The dynamic that existed between Prince Charles and his youngest brother, Edward, was extremely separate.</p> <p>“Charles is 16 years older than Edward and they weren't close,” Stewart admitted.</p> <p>She also confirmed their was a time where Prince Charles was the ‘leading’ son of the family.</p> <p>“On one of those occasions Prince Edward went upstairs and found some of the Duke of Windsor's old kilts which of course were all the tartans that the Prince of Wales is entitled to wear, and he thought, 'Ooh those look rather fun.' So, he put one on, and it fitted.</p> <p>“He went down to dinner in a tartan which was that of the Duke of Rothesay, and as he went into the dining room Charles went apoplectic and said, ‘What are you doing wearing that? I am the only one entitled to wear that kilt. It is a kilt for the Prince of Wales. Go upstairs and take it off.’”</p> <p>“Edward being such a calm person just went, 'OK', went upstairs and took it off and never mentioned it again.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Prince Edward through the years.</p> <p>Are you surprised by the Queen forgetting Prince Edward’s birthday? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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The place you never thought an alligator might end up

<p>A woman was given the fright of her life when she checked to see who, or in her case,<span> </span>what<span> </span>was pounding on her door when she realised an 113-kilogram alligator was on her porch.</p> <p>Geri Staples says she heard loud knocking on her front door on Tuesday morning in Merritt Island, Florida and after peering outside through some windows, she noticed the large reptile on her door step.</p> <p>It was then the Florida woman realised she needed to get as far away from the deadly alligator as possible.</p> <p>“I wasn’t sure, if he kept pounding like that, if he could actually open the door with his snout if he hit hard enough,” she explained to NBC Wash 2 reports.</p> <p>“So, I wasn’t taking any chances.”</p> <p>Staples says she fled to the upstairs area of her home, closing as many doors as she could.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7823620/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/63cd31e4e4784982b17529491cda47ab" /></p> <p>While she fled, neighbours attempted to wrestle and trap the alligator but found it to be too violent and combative so turned to authorities, the United Press International reported.</p> <p>An alligator trapper later came and shot the animal dead.</p> <p>Florida is known for inhabiting the dangerous reptiles but Corey Larkam, a neighbour to Geri Staples told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.clickorlando.com/news/man-spots-giant-gator-at-neighbors-front-door-in-merritt-island" target="_blank">WKMG-TV</a><span> </span>the alligator was the largest he’d seen in Merritt Island.</p> <p>“That’s the biggest gator that has been here in the last 20 years that we have seen,” Mr Larkam said.</p>

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The naughtiest kids’ names revealed

<p>The top names for naughtiest children have been revealed in a new poll.</p> <p>A research conducted by <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.motherandbaby.co.uk/baby-names/girls/revealed-the-names-that-the-nicest-and-naughtiest-children-have" target="_blank">School Stickers</a> looked at 63,000 school children in the UK and their behaviour in class by tracking the rewards they gained in online sticker books.</p> <p>After looking at the data, the company was able to identify the top 20 naughtiest boys' and girls' names.</p> <p>Ella topped the list as the naughtiest girl's name, followed by Bethany and Eleanor. Meanwhile, the naughtiest boy’s name is Joseph, with Cameron and William taking the second and third spots respectively.</p> <p>The poll also revealed the names of the nicest children, with Amy at the top of the girls’ list and Jacob ranking first on the boys' list. <a rel="noopener" href="https://mccrindle.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Baby-Names-Report-2018.pdf" target="_blank">Australia’s most popular baby names,</a> <span>Oliver and Charlotte also made the nice list.</span></p> <p>See the naughtiest and nicest kids’ names below.</p> <p><strong>Naughiest girls:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Ella</li> <li>Bethany</li> <li>Eleanor</li> <li>Olivia</li> <li>Laura</li> <li>Holly</li> <li>Courtney</li> <li>Amber</li> <li>Caitlin</li> <li>Jade</li> </ul> <p><strong>Naughtiest boys:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Joseph</li> <li>Cameron</li> <li>William</li> <li>Jake</li> <li>Joshua</li> <li>Jamie</li> <li>Lewis</li> <li>Benjamin</li> <li>Ethan</li> <li>Luke</li> </ul> <p><strong>Nicest girls:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Amy</li> <li>Georgia</li> <li>Emma</li> <li>Charlotte</li> <li>Grace</li> <li>Sophie</li> <li>Abigail</li> <li>Hannah</li> <li>Emily</li> <li>Alice</li> </ul> <p><strong>Nicest boys:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jacob</li> <li>Daniel</li> <li>Thomas</li> <li>James</li> <li>Adam</li> <li>Harry</li> <li>Samuel</li> <li>Jack</li> <li>Oliver</li> <li>Ryan</li> </ul> <p>Is your grandkid’s name on any of these lists? Tell us in the comments.</p>

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“This is disgusting”: Woman’s startling discovery in Youfoodz meal

<p>For many, it’s their favourite part of the day, when you sit down to enjoy a meal you’ve been eyeing all day.</p> <p>There’s no better feeling of curbing your hunger with a satisfying meal, but unfortunately, for one Youfoodz customer, what she discovered in her food put her off the delivery company forever.</p> <p>Sabz Sid took to Facebook to share a series of images of her meal after she spotted a large caterpillar hidden amongst the vegetables.</p> <p>“Youfoodz I’m super grossed out. This is disgusting. Enjoying my meal and half way through I find this. Argh. I’m gonna [sic] be sick!”</p> <p>Ms Sid was not expecting a caterpillar to be one of the ingredients in her Cajun baked fish and chips, which was pre-prepared and pre-cooked by the meal service. It didn’t take long for users to share their opinions, with multiple people commenting on the lack of care from the meal provider.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsabz.sid%2Fposts%2F10161236568225591&amp;width=500" width="500" height="586" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“Oh my. That’s horrible! Enough to make anyone super sick,” said one user.</p> <p>“Ewwww that’s gross, imagine you didn’t see it and ate it,” said another.</p> <p>One user said: “No apology can make up for this.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7823536/caterpillar1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bc9ab870219e4ebf82159710d73ecce7" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The large caterpillar found in Ms Sid's food</em></p> <p>Ms Sid issued a complaint to Youfoodz after her startling discovery but was unsatisfied with the response. After sending the meal company the images, they requested for her to confirm the expiry date on the package.</p> <p>To which Ms Sid replied: “Unfortunately I do not have the packaging anymore as I threw it out last night so I can’t confirm the expiry. But I doubt expiry has anything to do with the bug. It was there even if it was fresh or 10 years old.”</p> <p>Over60 reached out to Youfoodz who stated that they have escalated the case to their Quality Assurance team.</p> <p>“The caterpillar has likely made its way into the meal stowed away in a head of broccoli,” they said. “All of our produce is farm-fresh, and our process for treating this product with care involved thorough washing, blanching, and ice-water dipping. However, due to its fresh nature, a case like Sabz’ can happen on rare occasion.”</p> <p>Ms Sid has claimed that she has been put off from ordering anymore meals from the company in the future, and that their definition of fresh is different to others.</p> <p>Speaking to Over60, Ms Sid said: "I understand they use fresh produce for their meals and it's cooked and sealed so it can be refrigerated for a few days to enjoy the meals at our convenience [but] definition of fresh is different for Youfoodz than it is when we for example buy farm fresh veggies or [pick them] from our own garden."</p> <p>What would you do in this situation? Would you have lost your appetite? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Leigh Sales grills Peter Dutton: The one question he refused to answer

<p>ABC journalist Leigh Sales has gone head-to-head with home affairs minister Peter Dutton on last night’s episode of <em>7.30</em>.</p> <p>Sales, who became increasingly frustrated with the minister's attempt to spin facts, lashed out and asked, “It’s a simple question, why can’t you answer?”</p> <p>Dutton’s appearance on the show came shortly after the Government’s historic 75-74 defeat in the House of Representatives regarding a bill that would see refugees on Manus Island and Nauru transferred to Australia if they require urgent medical assistance.</p> <p>The asylum seekers will only be allowed to enter the country if two doctors and a minister consider their condition to be either life-threatening or on the verge of causing disability.</p> <p>This is the first time a government has been defeated in a substantive policy vote on the floor of the House since 1941.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Watch <a href="https://twitter.com/leighsales?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@leighsales</a> interview with <a href="https://twitter.com/PeterDutton_MP?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PeterDutton_MP</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/abc730?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#abc730</a> <a href="https://t.co/BaSBRB2QGT">pic.twitter.com/BaSBRB2QGT</a></p> — abc730 (@abc730) <a href="https://twitter.com/abc730/status/1095249521850761217?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">12 February 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Dutton, who tried to place the blame on the opposition, said that due to Labor’s misguided decision, multiple boats carrying refugees will reach Australian shores.</p> <p>“This puts Australia back on the map for people smugglers and Bill Shorten has that on his shoulders,” he told Sales.</p> <p>“We’ve closed 19 detention centres and Mr Shorten, along with the Greens, has taken a decision that he will unravel that success,” he added.</p> <p>According to Dutton, the coalition removed any children that were residing in camps, and that they did not send children to offshore detention.</p> <p>He also stated that many adults are now undergoing the process of being relocated to the United States and possibly New Zealand.</p> <p>But Sales remained unconvinced, as she latched on to a specific accusation Dutton had made.</p> <p>“Under these arrangements tonight, we have people that can come to our country from Manus or Nauru; people that have been charged with child sex offences or allegations around serious offences including murder,” said Dutton.</p> <p>“And how many of those [people] are on Nauru and Manus?” asked Sales.</p> <p>“I would suggest to you that Australians don’t want those people,” he said before Sales interrupted, as she was visibly agitated that Dutton claimed that those in detention were violent criminals but had no proof to back up his statement.</p> <p>“How many are on Nauru and Manus? People charged with serious offences like child sex offences?” she asked.</p> <p>“We will release that detail if it is appropriate,” answered Dutton.</p> <p>“Well you’re the relevant minister, I’m asking you tonight,” Sales snapped back, but Dutton firmly stood his ground.</p> <p>This was just one heated exchange the pair were embroiled in.</p> <p>Sales then interrogated Dutton on his claims that people smugglers would bring back their boats due to the legislation passing.</p> <p>“The bill only applies to people who are currently on Nauru and Manus. How is it going to make it attractive and fill the place?” she asked.</p> <p>“At the last election Bill Shorten was saying there was no difference on Operation Sovereign Borders between the Labor Party and the Liberal Party,” Dutton responded.</p> <p>“No, that’s not what I asked,” interjected Sales, who was trying her best to make the minister answer her question.</p> <p>“The point I’m making, is you couldn’t believe what Bill Shorten says when it comes to border protection. He says one thing before the election and he does the opposite after,” said Dutton.</p> <p>But that wasn’t the end of the heated exchange, as the journalist asked a question that Dutton refused to answer.</p> <p>In what would be the biggest conflict of the night, Sales proceeded with saying that she had never gotten the chance to ask this question as Dutton hadn’t appeared on <em>7.30</em> since the August leadership spill.</p> <p>“Malcolm Turnbull was asked why he wasn’t the Prime Minister anymore and he replied it is a question he can’t answer, and that people should ask you among others. So why isn’t he?” she asked.</p> <p>Dutton's response was blunt, as he said he had answered that question during Christmas time and refused to get into it.</p> <p>“I’m sure our viewers would be interested to hear your response, whether you’ve answered it before or not,” said Sales.</p> <p>“I dealt with these issues at Christmas,” he repeated.</p> <p>“It is a pretty simple question isn’t it? Why isn’t Malcolm Turnbull still Prime Minister?”</p> <p>“I answered it at Christmas,” he said once again.</p> <p>“Don’t you think viewers might be bothered that you can’t answer that in a straightforward manner?” pushed Sales.</p> <p>“I want to make sure that we can stop the boats and keep our economy strong and that’s the only thing I’m focused on,” he said.</p> <p>“We’ve gone through that,” said Sales as she continued, saying, “But you were stopping boats and keeping the economy strong under Malcolm Turnbull?”</p> <p>But once again Dutton responded with one word, simply saying, “Christmas”.</p> <p>“One sentence. One sentence. Why did you change leaders?” asked Sales.</p> <p>But no luck, as Dutton said the word “Christmas” six times, and none of those were in reference to Christmas Island – a place where asylum seekers once arrived to find refuge. </p> <p>Did you see Leigh Sales' heated exchange with Peter Dutton on<span> </span><em>7.30</em>? What do you think of the interview? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Aussie baker hits back at customer's negative review: "$6 croissant is a joke"

<p>A Sydney bakery has defended its $6 croissants against a negative review.</p> <p>When a customer took to social media to complain about the croissants from bakery Flour and Stone, founder Nadine Ingram responded with a thorough explanation.</p> <p>On Sunday, a customer wrote on the business’s Facebook page about her less than impressive experience. "Not the best croissants I have eaten. They're too buttery. 6 dollars [for] the croissant is a joke."</p> <p>Ingram replied with a long statement, which she shared on Facebook and Instagram, to justify why the item is priced so high.</p> <p>"It's true $6 is a lot for a croissant and you're not the only one to raise an eyebrow or two at the price increase," Ingram wrote. "The $6 croissant pays for the training, the ingredients, the purpose."</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fpermalink.php%3Fstory_fbid%3D2127585853988397%26id%3D191275080952827&amp;width=500" width="500" height="664" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>She explained that the price increase was to facilitate pay rises and training for her staff.</p> <p>"I allocate 3 training shifts a week just on croissant for the bakers in my team because they said that’s what they want to learn," she wrote.</p> <p>“In addition I have a career mentor program where my staff go and spend the day with one of my peers making coffee, cheese, bread or chocolates. Flour and Stone pays for this and I add, this type of scheme is almost unheard of in hospitality. It’s my purpose.”</p> <p>She also said the use of quality materials for the baked goods, such as Pepe Saya butter and Country Valley milk, also influences the price.</p> <p>She also mentioned her refusal to reduce the number of employees on her payroll.</p> <p>"Did you know there are manufacturers out there getting creative about avoiding payroll tax (a privilege I will have for the first time this year) by investing in machines and reducing their workforce? I’m not going to do this! Because I don't believe this is a sustainable way for Australia to move forward."</p> <p>Many of the bakery’s fans have applauded Ingram’s response.</p> <p>"Excellent response. I would rather pay $6 for a great croissant than $2-$5 for a crap one," commented one user on Instagram.</p> <p>"It's a tough gig running a bakery and people just don't understand the price of ingredients from paddock to plate, adding on wages, electricity... and so many more," another chimed in.</p> <p>However, some customers also came in defense of the reviewer.</p> <p>"It's totally out of line to berate a customer personally with feedback in this condescending manner. [The reviewer] is entitled to leave an honest review of their experience with your product," a Facebook user replied.</p> <p>"I don't think it's reasonable to expect everyone to know what goes in to making the highest quality croissants (or what Pepe Saya butter is)," another customer wrote on Instagram. "A lot of people don’t grow up being able to access high quality produce. So it's great to teach people about what does go into producing your amazing and high quality products, but I don't think it's a good idea to undermine people who don't know."</p> <p>Ingram told <a rel="noopener" href="https://kitchen.nine.com.au/2019/02/11/15/41/six-dollar-croissant-bakery-flour-and-stone-outrage" target="_blank"><em>9Honey Kitchen</em></a> she did not expect her posts to stir up an outrage.</p> <p>"I went to a hospitality symposium before Christmas and listened to a lot of people in the industry who are hurting every day. People who are trying to keep prices low but maintain their integrity,” she said.</p> <p>"I made this flippant remark at the end that there should be a revolution to change the way people perceive food to be produced."</p> <p>What do you think of the baker's explanation on her $6 croissants? Share your thoughts in the comments.</p>

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Naomi Osaka’s shocking announcement that has stunned everyone

<p>The 21-year-old tennis star who just took out the Australian Open, Naomi Osaka, has shocked the tennis world by announcing she will no longer be working with her coach just weeks after winning the grand slam in Melbourne Park.</p> <p>The star just recently added her AUS Open Championship to her first Grand Slam at the US Open last year and on Tuesday announced through Twitter she has split from her coach Sascha Bajin.</p> <p>Osaka sent shockwaves throughout the tennis world when she wrote she would be parting with Bajin.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Hey everyone, I will no longer be working together with Sascha. I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future.</p> — NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@Naomi_Osaka_) <a href="https://twitter.com/Naomi_Osaka_/status/1095064722293096448?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 11, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The tennis star's former coach also took to Twitter to comment on the split.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Thank you Naomi 🙏🏽 I wish you nothing but the best as well. What a ride that was. Thank you for letting me be part of this.</p> — sascha Bajin (@BigSascha) <a href="https://twitter.com/BigSascha/status/1095071608908251142?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 11, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Osaka jumped to the top of the tennis ladder in the last year, a far cry from her former position at 72nd in the world.</p> <p>She became the first Asian to hold the top ranking after beating Czech Petra Kvitova in a close final in Australia. Last year she memorably beat the beloved Serena Williams at the US Open women's final, earning thousands of fans for her talent and graceful win.</p> <p>Osaka has firmly established herself as a force to be reckoned with after taking out a second Grand Slam and becoming the world number one.</p> <p>Her stunning rise to the top has made it all the more confusing for tennis fans when they became aware of the split.</p> <p>Concerned supporters of Osaka took to Twitter to discuss the matter.</p> <p>“Is February 11 in Japan the same as April 1 in Germany?” one user joked.</p> <p>“All the best to him but this is quite a shocker. Hope everything is okay,” another fan said to the star.  </p> <p>People also speculated on the split.</p> <p>“What? Something had to have happened. You two were perfect for each other,” a concerned Twitter user wrote.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">WTF? How is this even actually true. Unbelievable. Big Sascha is out in the Osaka camp after coaching her to back to back slams. Whhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaat. <a href="https://t.co/8sQDmOdxnP">https://t.co/8sQDmOdxnP</a></p> — But My Emails.... (@AgentTinsley) <a href="https://twitter.com/AgentTinsley/status/1095076004031131649?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 11, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/iEveBzzd4O">pic.twitter.com/iEveBzzd4O</a></p> — Ari (@halepsbckhand) <a href="https://twitter.com/halepsbckhand/status/1095066867562094593?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 11, 2019</a></blockquote>

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The harsh verdict of Roger Federer's new ad for comfy jeans: "Hideously bad"

<p>Roger Federer may be one of the greatest tennis players of all time, but the athlete has been stung by harsh criticism for his acting skills, after appearing in a clothing advertisement as part of his $US300 million sponsorship deal.</p> <p>Starring in an ad for Japanese clothing company Uniqlo, Federer has been criticised for his “hideously bad” acting as he tries his best to promote a pair of jeans.</p> <p>The ad shows the 20-time Grand Slam winner playing Bach on the piano as he issues life advice to those watching.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/I2Oyte-pkqQ" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>“My time off the court is just as important as my time on, because tennis is just the beginning of my story,” he says.</p> <p>“I’m just getting started.</p> <p>“My life. My Jeans. Authentic jeans with all-day comfort.”</p> <p>Australian advertising magazine <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.bandt.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>B&amp;T</em></a> reviewed the ad, complete with the headline: “Double fault! Tennis ace Roger Federer stars in hideously bad Uniqlo ad”.</p> <p>The review claimed the TV spot was “truly awful” due to Federer’s acting.</p> <p>“It’s unclear who the agency is that’s behind this rather awful ad, however, a spokesperson for the brand has described the spot as a visual story of the tennis champion ‘enjoying life at home in jeans’, wrote <em>B&amp;T</em>.</p> <p>And they weren’t the only ones that were unhappy, as<em> </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://brandinginasia.com/" target="_blank"><em>Branding in Asia</em></a> said the ad was “less than inspiring”.</p> <p>“We’re ranking this quite low on the inspiration scale, and let’s be honest, Federer’s acting could use a bit more passion,” wrote the site.</p> <p>Matt Butler, from UK’s<em> </em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://inews.co.uk/tag/writing/" target="_blank">Writing for iNews</a>,</em> said the ad was not a good look for the 37-year-old.</p> <p>“Poor Roger Federer. The man widely regarded as the world’s greatest tennis player in history is only seven months into his deal with clothing giants Uniqlo and they have already made him look an absolute plum,” wrote Butler.</p> <p>“The Swiss player is no stranger to toe-curling advertising campaigns, of course. We are of course talking about the man who donned a ghastly, preppy cardigan or an off-white blazer to wear on his centre-court walk-ons during Wimbledon in the Noughties, because Nike told him to.</p> <p>“But his latest foray into salesmanship raises the face-palm bar way, way higher than a garment which combines technologically advanced fabric and large, easy-to-close buttons.”</p> <p>After ending his partnership with Nike after almost 20 years, the tennis champion signed on to a 10-year contract with Uniqlo late last year.</p> <p>Federer, who is now the face of the brand, will still be working with the Japanese fashion retailer even after his career ends. </p> <p>What do you think about Roger's acting in the ad? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. </p>

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Karl Stefanovic to make his TV comeback after being axed from Today

<p>Karl Stefanovic is set to return to Channel 9, months after being axed from the<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>show.</p> <p>Stefanovic, who co-hosted the<span> </span>Today<span> </span>show for 14 years before <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/breaking-karl-stefanovic-to-leave-today-show">stepping off in December</a>, will continue filming<span> </span><em>This Time Next Year</em><span> </span>later this month.</p> <p>The 43-year-old, who is still under contract with Channel 9, filmed the first half of the series last year when he met with people who pledged to change their lives in 12 months.</p> <p>He will be interviewing the participants to discuss their journey over the past year in a taping session at Fox Studios in Sydney from February 26, according to the<span> </span><a href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/fiona-byrne/gossip-queen-karl-stefanovic-making-a-tv-comeback/news-story/518296d56525a40764137942880d2781?login=1"><em>Daily Telegraph</em></a>.</p> <p>At the end of last year, Stefanovic along with brother Peter Stefanovic and wife Sylvia Jeffreys were cut from the morning show after a recording revealed the brothers had been complaining about the network’s management and co-host Georgie Gardner in an Uber.</p> <p>Following Stefanovic’s departure, the<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>show was revamped in January with Georgie Gardner and Deborah Knight as the co-hosts alongside newsreader Tom Steinfort, sports reporter Tony Jones and entertainment reporter Brooke Boney.</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/Bslat8BgwYc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/Bslat8BgwYc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Georgie Gardner (@georgiegardner9)</a> on Jan 13, 2019 at 10:22am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Post-Stefanovic<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>show has been struggling to pull audiences. Earlier this month,<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>managed to earn only 177,000 metro viewers, falling further behind Channel 7’s<span> </span>Sunrise<span> </span>which gained 300,000 metro viewers on the same day.</p>

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The letter Duchess Meghan wrote to her father after her wedding

<p>The Duchess of Sussex wrote a letter asking her father to “stop victimising” her, a new report reveals.</p> <p>Thomas Markle Sr has claimed in numerous media appearances that he has been “frozen out” by the royal family, and that he has no way of contacting his daughter.</p> <p>However, five of Duchess Meghan’s close friends have come forward to deny the allegations in a new interview with <a href="https://people.com/royals/meghan-markle-dad-thomas-markle-letter-after-wedding/"><em>PEOPLE</em></a>.</p> <p>“He knows how to get in touch with her. Her telephone number hasn’t changed,” a friend said. “He’s never called; he’s never texted. It’s super painful, because Meg was always so dutiful.”</p> <p>The 74-year-old skipped his daughter’s wedding on May 19 last year after he was revealed to be staging paparazzi photos ahead of the event. He said he checked himself out from the hospital after suffering from a heart attack so that he could attend the nuptials. However, after the paparazzi arrangement became public, he decided not to go.</p> <p><img style="width: 333.496px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7823351/thomasmarkle.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/206d5406ebab4eb0afd2ed5e46421f76" /></p> <p>One of the Duchess’s friends said after the paparazzi photos emerged, Prince Harry and Meghan still focused on getting the bride’s father to London, but to no avail.</p> <p>“Tom wouldn’t take her calls, wouldn’t take Harry’s calls … [Later] Meg heard he had a heart attack and she’s calling and texting, even up to the night before the wedding. It was like, ‘Please pick up. I love you, and I’m scared.’”</p> <p>The friend said the 37-year-old reached out to Thomas via a letter in an attempt to fix their relationship.</p> <p>“She’s like, ‘Dad, I’m so heartbroken. I love you. I have one father. Please stop victimising me through the media so we can repair our relationship’ … He writes her a really long letter in return, and he closes it by requesting a photo op with her.</p> <p>“And she feels like, ‘That’s the opposite of what I’m saying. I’m telling you I don’t want to communicate through the media, and you’re asking me to communicate through the media. Did you hear anything I said?’”</p> <p>The friends also denied the claims made by the Duchess’s estranged half-sister, Samantha Markle, about the royal’s alleged neglect of their father. </p> <p>Samantha, who is Thomas’s daughter from his first marriage, has been critical of the Duchess on social media and interviews, accusing Prince Harry’s wife of being “selfish”, “cruel” and “<a href="https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2018/12/inside-the-meghan-markle-family-breakdown-thomas-samantha-markle">isolating family</a>”.</p> <p>The 53-year-old is planning to release a two-part tell-all memoir this year titled <em>In the Shadows of The Duchess</em>.</p> <p>A friend said Samantha was not a part of the Duchess’s life.</p> <p>“They’ve been made to appear as siblings who were very close and then they had this falling out, and that’s not the truth at all … And then she began this career capitalizing on Meg. Everyone who knows Meg knows that the two of them have no relationship.”</p>

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Tennis writer sparks huge Anna Kournikova debate – do you agree?

<p><em>New York Times</em> tennis reporter Ben Rothenberg has caused a bit of a stir after he made a shortlist of his most influential women in tennis history.</p> <p>It all started with a simple tweet from the International Federation of Tennis, who were celebrating Chinese New Year.</p> <p>The tweet was about Li Na, who was the first Chinese Grand Slam Champion. Na also went on to win the French Open in 2011 and the Australian Open in 2014 before retiring the same year.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Crushing stereotypes and inspiring millions, Li Na’s extraordinary journey to becoming China’s first-ever Grand Slam champion is a story like no other 🇨🇳<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ChineseNewYear?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ChineseNewYear</a> <a href="https://t.co/8DGHCSXSlX">pic.twitter.com/8DGHCSXSlX</a></p> — ITF (@ITF_Tennis) <a href="https://twitter.com/ITF_Tennis/status/1092643226975010817?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">5 February 2019</a></blockquote> <p>This tweet was quick to make its way through the tennis media, with Women’s Tennis Association Insider podcast host Courtney Nguyen saying that Na was a lock for the top 10 most important women in tennis history.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">“Be the bird that sticks out.”<br /><br />Easily shortlisted for Top 10 most important women in tennis history. <a href="https://t.co/X7CoYJhJiM">https://t.co/X7CoYJhJiM</a></p> — Courtney Nguyen (@FortyDeuceTwits) <a href="https://twitter.com/FortyDeuceTwits/status/1092679158461677568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">5 February 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Rothberg decided to join in and named his top 10, which included Serena Williams, Steffi Graf and early 20th century champion Suzanne Lenglen.</p> <p>However, one name caught everyone’s attention. Anna Kournikova, who came in before Serena Williams on his list at number 8 and 9 respectively. The list is in chronological order, and not the order that Rothberg favours the players.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Oooh ooh I'll play this game ok:<br /><br />Lenglen<br />Gibson<br />BJK<br />Evert<br />Navratilova<br />Graf<br />Seles<br />Kournikova<br />Serena<br />Li</p> — Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenRothenberg/status/1092827239077593088?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">5 February 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Safe to say, tennis fans weren’t happy with Rothberg’s inclusion of Kournikova.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">...Kournikova? <a href="https://t.co/luZwseJJJs">pic.twitter.com/luZwseJJJs</a></p> — Eve Honeywell (@captcitrus) <a href="https://twitter.com/captcitrus/status/1092875431869669378?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">5 February 2019</a></blockquote> <p>However, Rothenberg explained that she “paved the road for a massive post-Soviet wave that followed, completely redefined what success and value could mean in women’s tennis and changed how the sport was seen”.</p> <p>Kournikova was one of the world’s most known tennis players, although she never won a singles title. She had much more success in doubles, reaching world number one and winning the Australian Open doubles title with Martina Hingis in 1999.</p> <p>Rothenberg also pointed out that there’s a difference between importance and performance.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Ok upon further review, Graf is out, Venus is in.<br /><br />Everyone is getting mad about Kournikova, but “most important” is a *very* different metric from “winningest” or “most impressive.”</p> — Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenRothenberg/status/1092878761341652995?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">5 February 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Ken Merritt, who coached Kournikova, explained the influence that she had on the world in a <a rel="noopener" href="https://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/09/sport/anna-kournikova-tennis-sport-marketing-sponsorship/index.html" target="_blank">2015 interview with CNN. </a></p> <p>"Construction workers were watching tennis, business people were watching tennis. It wasn't just normal country club corporate clients that were watching tennis now," Merritt explained.</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/2rRkN1O20Q/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/2rRkN1O20Q/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by 🐾 Anna 🎈Аня (@annakournikova)</a> on May 14, 2015 at 1:43pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Women's tennis had a lot of TV deals after she was playing. There's a lot of things Anna did for the sport that went well beyond the box scores of wins or losses."</p> <p>Were you a fan of Anna Kournikova when she played professional tennis and agree she brought a positive influence to women's tennis? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Peter Stefanovic breaks his silence on life after Channel 9

<p>Former Channel Nine foreign correspondent Peter Stefanovic has broken his silence about life after he quit the network.</p> <p>Having spanned a career of 15 years with Nine, Stefanovic announced his resignation in December in a shock move, as rumours were rife that the network was going to sack the journalist.</p> <p>Appearing on Sky News’ <em>The Front Page</em> with Peter Gleeson, the 37-year-old said he was using his time off to “reset”.</p> <p>When asked about how he was adjusting to his new life, Stefanovic said: “Well, you know, it hasn’t been without its challenges, that’s for sure.</p> <p>“Believe it or not, I’m usually quite a shy sort of person, so seeing so much negativity play out in the press for weeks and months on end does have its challenges and can be difficult to deal with at times.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/peterstefanovic?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@peterstefanovic</a>: It hasn’t been without its challenges. Seeing so much negativity play out in the press for months can be difficult at times. <br /><br />I just choose to focus on work. I had 15 wonderful years at channel nine. <br /><br />MORE: <a href="https://t.co/jvAwqcR6SA">https://t.co/jvAwqcR6SA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/frontpage?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#frontpage</a> <a href="https://t.co/6ZIk7x0wRv">pic.twitter.com/6ZIk7x0wRv</a></p> — Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) <a href="https://twitter.com/SkyNewsAust/status/1092766182921228288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">5 February 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The former <em>Weekend Today</em> co-host was embroiled in controversy last year, after he was heard airing the network’s dirty laundry in an Uber.</p> <p>Executives for Nine blamed Stefanovic for the incident after he was caught bad-mouthing his fellow colleagues on speakerphone to his brother Karl Stefanovic.</p> <p>An insider at Nine said that the scandal was responsible for his ultimate demise.</p> <p>But Stefanovic appeared to be in high spirits as he said he was trying his best to focus on his work.</p> <p>“It’s what I’ve always done,” he said. “I had 15 wonderful years at Channel 9 now this is a great opportunity to kind of reset and try new products, which is very exciting.</p> <p>“You’ve sort of got to put things into perspective as well: look at the difficulties that the people of Tasmania are going through at the moment, or even the people of Townsville as well, so my problems are very small compared to theirs. A lot of people don’t have their homes anymore, which is awfully tragic. So, I’ve had some difficulties but it’s a good time now.”</p>

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The one word the royal nanny is banned from saying

<p>Maria Borrallo has a very strong working relationship with the children she works with. After all, they just so happen to be Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.</p> <p>Doesn’t sound like a bad job, especially when you come to realise that she gets to live in Kensington Palace.</p> <p>However, there is one word that the royal nanny is banned from saying.</p> <p>Maria Borrallo has trained at the famous Norland College in Bath. This is one of the country’s top child training facilities available.</p> <p>As a part of Borallo’s education and subsequent duties as a royal nanny, she must never utter the word ‘kids’.</p> <p>According to a documentary maker who studied at the college that Borrallo attended, it’s meant as a “mark of respect towards the children as individuals”. The documentary maker, Louise Herren, studied the college intensely for a year.</p> <p><img style="width: 400.167px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7823283/gettyimages-479559080.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d6a0ebd60d44416b82c95bb7f45c6f30" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Maria Borrallo greeting The Queen</em></p> <p>"Given what we have seen of Catherine when she is out in public, she's very hands on,” Herren explained to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/secret-tricks-prince-george-princess-13929073" target="_blank"><em>The Mirror</em></a>.</p> <p>"I imagine her relationship with Maria is very close and they collaborate greatly on the care of the children.</p> <p>"I've spoken to nannies who have worked with other royal families and life is pretty normal.</p> <p>"You get up, have breakfast, you go to school and you wear your school uniform whether you like it or not.</p> <p>"It would be quite like the average British school children."</p> <p>Although it might be difficult to imagine Princess Charlotte chucking a tantrum because she doesn’t want to wear her uniform, apparently it happens! </p> <p>Are you surprised by the word the royal nanny isn't allowed to use? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Prince Charles and Camilla's Aussie 'love child': "Princess Diana knew about my birth"

<p><span>A man in Queensland, Australia, who claims that he is the secret love child of Prince Charles and Camilla has spoken out again in a new interview. Simon Dorante-Day, 52, was born in Gosport in April 1966 and adopted at 18 months old by a British couple.</span></p> <p>Over the years, Dorante-Day has claimed that he was put up for adoption at the time by 18-year-old Camilla Shand.</p> <p>A new interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.newidea.com.au/camillas-secret-son-bombshell-picture-proof" target="_blank"><em>New Idea</em></a> has Dorante-Day saying that Princess Diana knew about his birth and that she was preparing to go public with the information before her death in 1997.</p> <p>“At the time, there were all sorts of rumours flying around about the royal family, and my existence was one of them.</p> <p>“I think Diana was at a point where she was finding out answers about her life, how she was wronged, and she was going to go public with it,” Dorante-Day explained.</p> <p>Dorante-Day also runs a Facebook page, under the name of PrinceSimonCharles, where he posts photos of his family to further support his claims of being the love-child of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FPrinceSimonCharles%2Fphotos%2Fa.511414595724976%2F1034715043394926%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="670" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The caption reads: <span>“Noticed yesterday someone had commented on my facial bone structure being the same as Her Maj on a tiny photo i'd uploaded to this page. Came across this photo tonight of My adopted sister and Grandparents (Winifred and Ernest) and I thought you'd appreciate the share - Good quality shot - the Camilla style Hair doesn't miss.”</span></p> <p>Some commenters claim to see the resemblance, with one poster saying: “William looked a bit like you at this age.”</p> <p>However, others admit that they can’t see it. Some are blunt and straight to the point, saying “nope nothing alike” whereas others are more thorough in their claims, with one commenter saying:</p> <p>“I really don’t see any resemblance at all to any of the royal family. I even took my glasses off and put phone up to my face. Nope, still nothing.”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FPrinceSimonCharles%2Fphotos%2Fa.921403711392727%2F1033139620219135%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="579" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Dorante-Day’s adoptive parents formerly worked for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in the royal household and that they believed he was the love child of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall.</p> <p>"[My grandmother] didn’t just hint at it, she told me outright," Mr Doronte-Day said. </p> <p>Are you able to see any resemblance? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Kerri-Anne Kennerley addresses racism row on Studio 10: "Let me make myself perfectly clear"

<p>Kerri-Anne Kennerley has opened up about the controversial “racism” dispute that occurred last week with Yumi Stynes.</p> <p>Appearing on <em>Studio 10</em> last week, the 65-year-old TV host and 43-year-old radio star butt heads as they discussed changing the date for Australia Day.</p> <p>It didn’t take long for the conversation to escalate, as Kennerley questioned protesters about whether they had visited outback Australia to see where “children, babies, five-year-olds are being raped” – an issue that she believes takes precedence over the changing of the date.</p> <p>Stynes responded by telling Kennerley that she was “sounding quite racist”, saying, “That is not even faintly true, Kerri-Anne. You’re sounding quite racist right now.”</p> <p>Now, a week later, the 65-year-old <em>Studio 10</em> host has broken her silence by writing an open letter for <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/kerrianne-kennerley-let-me-make-myself-perfectly-clear/news-story/b2dacc926ef70f5bb5ece7ca5a397aac" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Telegraph</em></a>, defending her choice of words.</p> <p>“The ‘racist’ word became the burning headline … the spark that started the fire and what a burn it has been,” Kennerley wrote. “The definition of racism is considering another culture inferior or considering a culture superior. Abuse and violence whatever the culture is wrong and should be called out.”</p> <p>But despite Kennerley standing her ground regarding her comments, she does believe her delivery “could have been smoother and clearer".</p> <p>“So, let me make myself perfectly clear. I am talking about abuse here and now. That issue only. I can let others debate the merits of Australia Day,” she wrote. </p> <p>“To me, the much more pressing issue for not only the indigenous community but the nation as a whole is the horrific rape of children, babies and women in indigenous communities as reported by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The reports are online for all to see. I encourage you to read them. It’s simply mind-boggling.</p> <p>“At no stage did I suggest that all indigenous communities or men were guilty. I simply asked what is being done to sort these horrendous crimes, which are much more pressing and important than protesting Australia Day,” she further added.</p> <p>“How can people turn a blind eye to this? Where are the protests against these crimes? Isn’t this more important than arguing about the merits of a date for a public holiday?”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/yumichild?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@yumichild</a> was scheduled to be on the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Studio10?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Studio10</a> panel today but she has decided not to join us. <a href="https://t.co/Pu46caanNT">pic.twitter.com/Pu46caanNT</a></p> — Studio 10 (@Studio10au) <a href="https://twitter.com/Studio10au/status/1090004965966266368?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 28, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>In her lengthy piece, Kennerley also touched on Stynes’ not showing up the next day, as she believed it “would have been walking into a trap".</p> <p>“Yumi felt so strongly about the issue that when she was invited back the following day she, well, had the day off. ‘I’m not coming in because I really urgently want to lie around and do nothing,’ she said. Each to their own,” wrote Kennerley.</p> <p>Do you agree with Kerri-Anne? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Bindi Irwin's touching new fight to save dad Steve's legacy

<p>Bindi Irwin is devastated that her father Steve Irwin’s life work has been pushed aside due to the Queensland State Government, which <span>recently passed legislation to take 5,</span><span>000 crocodile eggs from the wild every year.</span></p> <p>Bindi has asked her followers on social media for their help in reversing the legislation and thanked them for their help in protecting the species that her father loved so dearly.</p> <p>The 20-year-old shared an Instagram photo of her late father holding a saltwater crocodile and explained the situation:</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/BtOxKpqB5M2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtOxKpqB5M2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">I am utterly devastated that legislation has been passed to take 5,000 vulnerable crocodile eggs from the wild every year. These beautiful hatchlings will be used to turn into boots, bags and belts. The saltwater crocodile numbers in the wild are under severe pressure in Queensland. Our decades long research with the University of Queensland indicates that it would be devastating to the crocodile population to take their babies. I watched my dad fight for years to protect these important modern day dinosaurs. I’ll never give up on ensuring this legislation is revoked. Visit this link to sign our petition, you can even sign if you’re living internationally. Thank you so much for your support. TOGETHER we can make a difference: www.australiazoo.com.au/petition/ 💙 I believe in the Queensland Government to change this! 💙</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/bindisueirwin/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Bindi Irwin</a> (@bindisueirwin) on Jan 29, 2019 at 11:47am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I am utterly devastated that legislation has been passed to take 5,000 vulnerable crocodile eggs from the wild every year. These beautiful hatchlings will be used to turn into boots, bags and belts,” the caption read.</p> <p>“The saltwater crocodile numbers in the wild are under severe pressure in Queensland. Our decades long research with the University of Queensland indicates that it would be devastating to the crocodile population to take their babies.</p> <p>“I watched my dad fight for years to protect these important modern day dinosaurs. I’ll never give up on ensuring this legislation is revoked.”</p> <p>Bindi's younger brother, Robert Irwin, also shared a photo on his Instagram account, urging his followers to help reverse the legislation.</p> <p>“This [legislation] comes at a time when so many species including crocs are on the decline and vulnerable to extinction. Now it is up to us to work collectively to protect these vital animals and employ our First Nation Australians in jobs that honour their totem,” Robert wrote to his fans. </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/BtO5N6nAWOP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtO5N6nAWOP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Our dad dedicated his life to wildlife conservation and crocs were particularly special to him. Here in Australia, in our state of Queensland, the @qldgov have allowed Croc eggs to be harvested from the wild to be killed for their meat and skin. This comes at a time when so many species including crocs are on the decline and vulnerable to extinction. Now it is up to us to work collectively to protect these vital animals and employ our First Nation Australians in jobs that honour their totem. You can make a difference by signing our petition to stop this, link in bio. Thank you 🙏❤️</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/robertirwinphotography/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Robert Irwin</a> (@robertirwinphotography) on Jan 29, 2019 at 12:58pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>All three Irwins, including mum Terri, have voiced their opinions about the crocodile egg legislation being passed, with the mother-of-two going on <em>The Project</em> and explaining her view.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">“When you take the crocodiles out of the system… it’s the same as taking a starfish out of a tide pool - all of a sudden the whole tide pool dies.”<br /><br />The QLD government is now allowing licenced harvesting of crocodile eggs and <a href="https://twitter.com/TerriIrwin?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TerriIrwin</a> is not happy about it. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheProjectTV?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheProjectTV</a> <a href="https://t.co/W1sWpzOpld">pic.twitter.com/W1sWpzOpld</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1085110174820356096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 15, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>"When you take the crocodiles out of the system, it’s the same as taking a starfish out of a tide pool – all of a sudden, the whole tide pool dies” Terri explained during her appearance on <em>The Project</em>.</p> <p>You can sign the petition <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.australiazoo.com.au/petition/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>What do you think? Should the crocodile egg legislation be reversed? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Fifi Box's emotional moment on daughter Trixie's first day of school

<p>School’s back in session for 2019 and many parents are sending off their little ones to primary school for the very first time.</p> <p>Radio presenter, Fifi Box, was one of those proud parents.</p> <p>Her daughter, Trixie, has turned five, which means that she’s off to kindergarten.</p> <p>Box, naturally, was very excited but emotional as well.</p> <p>The radio presenter posted a snap of her and Trixie as a baby, toddler and child with the caption:</p> <p>“The night before my baby starts prep tomorrow and I have gone totally emo! How did this happen! She was just born”</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/BtSsr_dgLys/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtSsr_dgLys/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Do you think I could hold her any tighter? 🤣</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/fifi_box/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Fifi Box</a> (@fifi_box) on Jan 31, 2019 at 12:25am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Many parents who follow Box shared their thoughts as well.</p> <p>One user commented: “You blink and they’re grown up. You must treasure each milestone and live one day at a time. Sending lots of love.”</p> <p>Another said that the tears and emotional feelings were totally normal.</p> <p>“I’m such a sook! I balled when both kids started kinder, finished kinder, started primary school, finished primary and no doubt once again at the end of this year when my eldest finishes secondary school!”</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/BtSsiLmg1w4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtSsiLmg1w4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">This happened today 😭😭😭 Trixie was so happy to go to prep she didn’t even notice @lizzierosiebox taking off with her favourite doll 🤣</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/fifi_box/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Fifi Box</a> (@fifi_box) on Jan 31, 2019 at 12:24am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Box then shared a very sweet photo of Trixie ready and eager for prep school.</p> <p>“This happened today. Trixie was so happy to go to prep she didn’t even notice lizzierosiebox taking off with her favourite doll”</p> <p>After a long day of prep school, Box then then shared another photo of Trixie exhausted from a very big first day.</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/BtS06HAglL9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtS06HAglL9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">My baby exhausted after her big day at school. So proud of her 👼🏼 (yes I sleep with makeup on, I know it’s bad for my skin but I’m lazy🤦‍♀️and excuse the nanna nighty)</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/fifi_box/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Fifi Box</a> (@fifi_box) on Jan 31, 2019 at 1:37am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>The caption read</span><span>:</span></p> <p>“My baby exhausted after her big day at school. So proud of her (yes I sleep with makeup on, I know it’s bad for my skin but I’m lazy and excuse the nanna nighty).”</p> <p>How did you react on your children's first day of school? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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