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“Super brave girl”: Rafael Nadal's heartwarming gesture towards ball girl

<p>Rafael Nadal’s sweet gesture towards a ball girl has moved tennis fans around the world.</p> <p>The world number one player was on track to score a straight-sets win against Argentina’s Federico Delbonis on Thursday.</p> <p>But on the third set of their second-round match on Rod Laver Arena, Nadal slammed a forehand that hit a young ball girl on the head by accident.</p> <p>The girl gave a thumbs up to indicate she was fine, but Nadal and Delbonis went over to check on her. Nadal lifted the girl’s hat before kissing her on the cheek, drawing cheers from the audience.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">😱(🎥<a href="https://twitter.com/Eurosport_RU?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Eurosport_RU</a> ) <a href="https://t.co/IR5B2Z42fu">pic.twitter.com/IR5B2Z42fu</a></p> — doublefault28 (@doublefault28) <a href="https://twitter.com/doublefault28/status/1220321521077489665?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Nadal went on to win the match 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-1.</p> <p>“For her, probably it was not a good moment,” Nadal said after the match. “I was so scared for her, honestly.</p> <p>“She’s a super brave girl.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">*𝒯𝒽𝒶𝓉* ballkid moment, narrated by <a href="https://twitter.com/RafaelNadal?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RafaelNadal</a> 📚<br /><br />❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AO2020?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AO2020</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AusOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AusOpen</a> <a href="https://t.co/tElLurAnQ1">pic.twitter.com/tElLurAnQ1</a></p> — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) <a href="https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen/status/1220324139296329730?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2020</a></blockquote>

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Here’s what will happen the moment Prince Charles is crowned king

<div id="page1" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>Unlike his mother, who unexpectedly became queen at just 25 years old when her father, King George VI, died suddenly, 71-year-old Prince Charles has spent his entire life in preparation to wear the crown. He’s the longest waiting heir apparent and will be the oldest British monarch to ever take the throne – and it’s still uncertain when that will happen. Although Queen Elizabeth II is 93 years old and the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.royal.uk/her-majesty-the-queen" target="_blank">longest-reigning</a> British monarch ever, longevity runs in her family: her father may have died young, but her mother lived to the age of 101. But with recent <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/01/world/europe/prince-charles-andrew-queen.html" target="_blank">reports</a> asserting Prince Charles is now taking charge of the monarchy more than ever, could he become king sooner than expected? We explore the different scenarios that may play out when the beloved Queen dies – or maybe even before.</p> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"><strong>1. The Queen may still be alive when Prince Charles becomes King</strong></div> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"> <div id="page2" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>Rumours have been swirling in the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4785166/Is-Queen-preparing-abdicate.html" target="_blank">British press</a> that as the Queen becomes older, she may pass the crown to her son, who’s fully prepared to take on all the responsibilities of the monarchy while she is still alive. This would be called a ‘regency’. But, there are many reasons<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-reasons-queen-elizabeth-ii-will-never-give-up-the-throne" target="_blank">Queen Elizabeth will never give up the throne</a>.</p> <p>“I think it is unlikely that the Queen will officially retire, or that the Prince of Wales will formally assume the title of regent,” says Carolyn Harris, PhD, historian and author of <em>Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting</em>. “In a radio broadcast on her 21st birthday, she vowed to devote her whole life, whether it was long or short, to the service of her people.”</p> <p>Although <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/monarchy-church-and-state/accession-and-coronation/planning-next-accession-and-coronation#Q11" target="_blank">comparison</a> has been made to other older European monarchs who have abdicated in recent years, Harris points out they were sworn into office through secular installation ceremonies rather than the Queen’s religious coronation ceremony in 1953, which contained sacred oaths. Even practically speaking, “the Queen is sovereign of 16 Commonwealth realms, and not all of them have a formal provision for a regency,” Harris says. “A regency might complicate the appointment of new Governors General in some of the Commonwealth realms.”</p> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"><strong>2. If the Queen is incapacitated, Prince Charles will become regent</strong></div> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"> <div id="page3" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>But in the event that the Queen cannot actually act as queen, such as in the case of severe illness of mind or body, a regency with Prince Charles as Regent would be formed. According to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/monarchy-church-and-state/accession-and-coronation/planning-next-accession-and-coronation#Q11" target="_blank">Constitution Unit</a> of the University of London’s (UCL) School of Public Policy, medical evidence is required, and three people out of the following have to agree to declare the sovereign is incapacitated: the Queen’s consort (her husband, Prince Philip), the Lord Chancellor, the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Lord Chief Justice, and the Master of the Rolls.</p> <p>But, this isn’t the most probable scenario. Instead, what will likely happen as the Queen ages is, “The Queen will retain her title and certain royal duties, while her son the Prince of Wales assumes a greater number of her public engagements and increased decision-making power behind the scenes,” Harris says. “The Prince of Wales already undertakes overseas travel to the Commonwealth on the Queen’s behalf, and in the coming years, he will assume more of the Queen’s duties in the United Kingdom.”</p> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"><strong>3. Upon Queen Elizabeth's death, Prince Charles will immediately become King</strong></div> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"> <p>So, in all probability, the Queen will retain the crown until she passes. Here’s<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/drama/16-things-will-happen-once-queen-elizabeth-ii-dies" target="_blank">what will happen when Queen Elizabeth dies</a>: At the moment of her death, Prince Charles will become king. An ‘<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.royal.uk/accession" target="_blank">Accession Council</a>’, consisting of the group of advisors to the sovereign known as the Privy Council, will convene at St James’s Palace, London, to formally recognise the transition and to proclaim Charles as the monarch. The King will then take an <a rel="noopener" href="https://privycouncil.independent.gov.uk/privy-council/the-accession-council/" target="_blank">oath</a> to, interestingly enough, preserve the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.royal.uk/queens-relationship-churches-england-and-scotland-and-other-faiths" target="_blank">Church of Scotland</a> (this is because the sovereign is only the head of the Church of England, not the Presbyterian Church of Scotland). Parliament will then be recalled for its members to take oaths of allegiance.</p> <p><strong>4. Prince Charles might not be King Charles</strong></p> <div id="page5" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>‘Charles’ was an interesting choice for Queen Elizabeth to name her future heir, because the first two King Charles are associated with the 17th-century English Civil War, when the monarchy was ousted for the first and only time in <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.royal.uk/kings-and-queens-1066" target="_blank">British history</a>. Charles I was beheaded, although Charles II was eventually restored to the throne and well-liked. But Elizabeth, who kept her given name as Queen, was actually unusual in doing so: most other British monarchs changed their names upon taking the throne. For example, Queen Victoria’s first name was Alexandrina. That said, “the Prince of Wales has been known by the public as Prince Charles for his whole life, so it is certainly possible that he will retain Charles as his regnal name as King,” Harris says, making him King Charles III. “Charles also has the option of choosing one of his middle names. If he were to choose George, he would be George VII, with his grandson Prince George of Cambridge likely to eventually become George VIII.”</p> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"><strong>5. Charles may change one of his titles</strong></div> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"> <div id="page6" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>His first name may not be the only part of his title Prince Charles changes when he becomes King. The full title of the current sovereign is “Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.” That’s a mouthful, but there’s one part of it – one little word, actually – Charles has an issue with. “Prince Charles has taken a strong interest in interfaith dialogue, and there has been speculation that he would prefer the title of Defender of Faiths [or Faith] rather than Defender of the Faith,” Harris says.</p> <p>Charles has since rolled back his initial statements on the wording, though. “I said I would rather be seen as Defender of Faith all those years ago because…I mind about the inclusion of other people’s faiths and their freedom to worship in this country,” he told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/feb/08/prince-charles-expresses-alarm-about-radicalisation-in-britain" target="_blank">BBC</a>. “And it always seems to me that while at the same time being defender of the faith you can also be protector of faiths.” Charles does have a say in the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/monarchy-church-and-state/accession-and-coronation/planning-next-accession-and-coronation#Q11" target="_blank">wording</a>, UCL says, so we’ll have to wait until his coronation to see what he finally settles on.</p> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"><strong>6. The coronation may be different</strong></div> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"> <div id="page7" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>Speaking of the coronation, which as Harris says is a religious ceremony, Prince Charles may adapt this ritual as well. This ceremony is traditionally presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Westminster Abbey and takes place several months after the last monarch’s death to allow for a period of mourning. At the ceremony, the new sovereign takes the coronation oath, which includes a promise to maintain the Church of England, and is ‘anointed, blessed and consecrated’ by the Archbishop,” the royal family’s <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.royal.uk/coronation" target="_blank">official website</a> states.</p> <p>But what about Charles? “The coronation will continue to be an Anglican service, but finding a place for other Christian denominations and other religions, as happened at the recent royal wedding,” UCL’s <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/monarchy-church-and-state/accession-and-coronation/planning-next-accession-and-coronation#Q11" target="_blank">Constitution Unit</a> says. “Such people may be invited to give readings; and religious leaders other than Anglicans are likely to be seated prominently, as happened at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee service at St Paul’s in 2012.”</p> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"><strong>7. Camilla may be queen</strong></div> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"> <p>Although it didn’t always seem likely, right now the feeling among royal watchers is that Camilla will be named Queen Consort. “The longer the couple are married before Charles’s accession to the throne, and the greater Camilla’s public profile, the more likely she is to be formally styled Queen when Charles becomes King,” Harris says. Why wasn’t it thought previously that she’d be Queen? It had to do with her choice of current title. “Camilla is entitled to be Princess of Wales, as the wife of the Prince of Wales, but she instead uses another one of her titles, Duchess of Cornwall, as the title of Princess of Wales was closely associated with Prince Charles’s first wife, Diana, Princess of Wales,” Harris says.</p> <p>“Camilla’s use of a secondary title prompted speculation at the time of her marriage to Charles that she might be styled Princess Consort instead of Queen when Charles becomes King.” But as her popularity is increasing, this seems less likely now.</p> <p><strong>8. All eyes will be on Prince William</strong></p> <p>When Charles becomes King, Prince William will take on new titles, including the traditional styling given to the king-in-waiting. “William becomes Duke of Cornwall when Charles becomes King, and will be invested [formally named] as Prince of Wales,” Harris says. But that’s not the only way William’s role will change: because his father is already at an advanced age, it might not be long before Prince William takes the throne himself. “As the Prince of Wales will be in his 70s when he succeeds to the throne, there will be a lot of public interest in William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and how William will be preparing to eventually assume the throne,” Harris says.</p> <p><strong>9. Charles will likely be a more outspoken monarch</strong></p> <p>The sovereign is supposed to be above politics, but Prince Charles is actually somewhat of a rebel in his <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/1206933/prince-charles-news-royal-family-queen-elizabeth-ii-monarchy-collapse-spt" target="_blank">tendency</a> to express his views on social and environmental issues. “In contrast to the Queen, who is careful to avoid expressing strong opinions in public – and instead encourages the people she meets at garden parties, receptions and walkabouts to speak about their own experiences – Charles is known to hold firm opinions on a variety of subjects including organic farming, architecture and sustainable development,” Harris says. “Climate change and environmental conservation are key political issues in the 21st century, and Charles will certainly not be seen as an impartial figure on these subjects, as his views are well-known.”</p> <div id="page10" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"><strong>10. But, he may temper his opinions</strong></div> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"> <div id="page11" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>Prince Charles noted in a recent <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46133114" target="_blank">BBC</a> interview, though, that his vocal manner will be toned down when he becomes king. “The idea somehow that I’m going to go on in exactly the same way, if I have to succeed, is complete nonsense,” he said. “I do realise that it is a separate exercise being sovereign.” But, he also expressed that the line between charitable works and “meddling” in politics isn’t always clear; for example, when he created the Prince’s Trust in 1976 to help underprivileged youth. “I’ve always been intrigued, if it’s meddling to worry about the inner cities as I did 40 years ago,” he said. “If that’s meddling, I’m very proud of it.”</p> <p>Plus, the Prince’s candidness may only be unusual when compared to the current monarch. “Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for such a long time, that her approach to her duties has become synonymous with constitutional monarchy in the popular imagination – her predecessors sometimes expressed open political opinions, but the Queen has been careful to remain above politics in the United Kingdom,” Harris says. Even so, “Charles will likely moderate his own approach to public duties to follow the Queen’s example, as the public expects the monarch to remain above politics.”</p> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"><strong>11. The monarchy may shrink</strong></div> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"> <p>Another change that the Prince of Wales reportedly will institute has had royal watchers buzzing: he may trim down the monarchy in terms of the number of royals actively carrying out official responsibilities. “Prince Charles favours a more streamlined royal family with fewer people undertaking public duties,” Harris says. “In the Queen’s reign, her cousins the Duke of Kent, the Duke of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra undertake public duties, and the entire extended family gathers for pre-Christmas lunch and at Trooping the Colour in June. In Charles’s reign, there will be a strong focus on the monarch’s immediate family – his sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren – and less of a public role for the extended royal family.” However, given Harry and Meghan’s recent defection, it remains to be seen how this will affect Charles position.</p> <p><strong>12. The Prince's brother may get the axe as well</strong></p> <div id="page13" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>The notion of trimming down the monarchy gained steam recently after the Queen’s second son and Prince Charles’s brother, Prince Andrew, gave a disastrous interview about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The brothers had <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2180012/Princes-war-How-Charles-plans-slimmed-monarchy-driven-dagger-Andrews-heart--sparked-Palace-power-struggle.html" target="_blank">reportedly</a> already been on the outs over the idea of a streamlined monarchy since 2012 when only Prince Charles’ family stood on the Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. In the wake of this public scandal, Andrew made an <a rel="noopener" href="https://thedukeofyork.org/other/a-statement-by-his-royal-highness-the-duke-of-york-kg/" target="_blank">announcement</a> that he would “step back from public duties for the foreseeable future”. Prince Charles – and Prince William –<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2019/11/prince-charles-prince-andrew-showdown" target="_blank">reportedly</a> were in damage control and advised the Queen that Andrew had to be removed. With a smaller monarchy expected once Prince Charles becomes King, it may be <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7699443/RICHARD-KAY-asks-time-Prince-Charles-plan-streamlined-monarchy.html" target="_blank">unlikely</a> Andrew will return.</p> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"><strong>13. The sounds and sights of Britain will be different</strong></div> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"> <p>In accordance with the normal changes that occur when a new British monarch takes the throne, certain differences will be apparent in the United Kingdom – including the wording of the national anthem. Instead of ‘God Save the Queen’, the wording of the national anthem will be ‘God Save the King’. The royal family’s <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.royal.uk/national-anthem" target="_blank">official website</a> states that although there’s no authorised version of the national anthem, “words are a matter of tradition…substituting ‘Queen’ for ‘King’ where appropriate.” In addition, the royal cypher (basically a fancy monogram), which appears on England’s iconic red postal boxes, will change from ‘ER’ for ‘Elizabeth II Regina’ to the new King’s cypher. <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.postalmuseum.org/blog/royal-cypher-appearances/" target="_blank">The Postal Museum</a> notes that this will only happen when new postal boxes are added; old ones won’t change. In addition, new stamps and banknotes will bear the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/830010/banknotes-when-queen-elizabeth-dies-prince-charles-new-10-ten-note" target="_blank">King’s likeness</a>.</p> <div id="page14" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p><em>Source: <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.rd.com/culture/what-happens-prince-charles-becomes-king/" target="_blank">RD.com</a></em></p> <p><em>Written by Tina Donvito. This article first appeared in </em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king" title="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-things-that-will-happen-when-prince-charles-becomes-king"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. 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Ex-PM Malcolm Turnbull says he “can’t explain” ScoMo’s decision to go to Hawaii

<p>Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has accused the current Prime Minister of “downplaying” the risk of the bushfire crisis in a brutal new interview with the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-51202534" target="_blank">BBC</a></em>.</p> <p>The former Liberal prime minister said that “everybody knew” Australia was tinder dry last year and that Morrison should have done more to prepare the country for the horrific bushfire season.</p> <p>“I do not know why Scott Morrison has acted the way he has. I mean to be very frank with you, I worked with him very closely, I’ve known him for 20 years at least, and I can’t explain his conduct,” he said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">"Why is Australia as a nation, not also in the frontline of taking action to reduce climate change...?"<br /><br />Ex-Australian PM <a href="https://twitter.com/TurnbullMalcolm?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TurnbullMalcolm</a> says climate change has been "turned into an ideological issue" when "it's simply a question of physics" <a href="https://t.co/aRdbYWoTNl">https://t.co/aRdbYWoTNl</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Newsnight?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Newsnight</a> <a href="https://t.co/hc74qZjVTh">pic.twitter.com/hc74qZjVTh</a></p> — BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCNewsnight/status/1219968482168791040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 22, 2020</a></blockquote> <p> “I can’t explain why he didn’t meet the former fire commissioners who wanted to see him in March last year to talk about the gravity of the threat.</p> <p>“Everybody knew we were in a very dry time and as a consequence the fire season was likely to be very bad. So rather than doing what a leader should do and preparing people for that, he downplayed it and then of course chose to go away on holiday in Hawaii at the peak of the crisis.</p> <p>“It’s just not consistent with the way in which a Prime Minister would or should act in a national crisis like this.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">“Trump is the leading climate denier in the world.”<br /><br />Malcolm Turnbull, former Australian prime minister, says the conversation around global warming has turned into an ideological issue when it’s just a question of physics <a href="https://twitter.com/TurnbullMalcolm?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TurnbullMalcolm</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Newsnight?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Newsnight</a> <a href="https://t.co/38HBTrhufh">pic.twitter.com/38HBTrhufh</a></p> — BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCNewsnight/status/1219758377661800448?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 21, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Despite Morrison apologising for causing “great anxiety” to the Australian public, Turnbull has said that climate change denial is rampant throughout Australia and blames Tony Abbott.</p> <p>“How many more coral reefs have to be bleached? How many more million hectares of forest has to be burnt? How many more lives and homes have to be lost before the climate change deniers acknowledge they are wrong?” Turnbull questioned.</p> <p>“If a country like Australia is not prepared to grapple with these issues seriously - itself being on the front line of the consequences and being an advanced, prosperous, technologically sophisticated country with the means to do so - why would other countries take the issue as seriously as they should?”</p> <p>Turnbull then took aim at US President Donald Trump, saying he is playing a “destructive role”.</p> <p>"Trump is playing a very destructive role in terms of climate action. Trump makes no bones about it. He says global warming is rubbish," Mr Turnbull said.</p> <p>"Trump is trying to put a brake on global action to reduce emissions. The lack of American leadership is extremely damaging."</p>

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Prince Harry vows to “stop” The Crown series

<p>Prince Harry reportedly made a vow to a reporter to “stop” the popular Netflix series,<em> The Crown,</em> which focusses on the lives of his family.</p> <p>The Duke of Sussex made the startling statement to Royal Biographer Angela Levin during her appearance on breakfast TV, when she met him.</p> <p>"I'm going to make sure I stop it before they get to me," Levin claims Prince Harry had said.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7lqR75nqNi/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B7lqR75nqNi/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by FAN PAGE (@mxghanmarkle)</a> on Jan 21, 2020 at 8:29am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>While standing beside<span> </span><em>The Crown'</em>s historical consultant Robert Lacey while appearing on <em>BBC Breakfast</em>, Levin chimed in about Harry's views on the series after Lacey was asked if the drama was likely to cover the recent Sussex crisis.</p> <p>"When I went to interview Harry at the palace, the first thing he said to me when he shook my hand was 'Are you watching <em>The Crown?'</em>," the author revealed.</p> <p>"And I had been at the time and I felt very embarrassed," she also said.</p> <p>Skipping forward to the very end of their interview, Levin said: "I got up and he said 'I'm going to make sure I stop it before they get to me'".</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Time tests us all. Queen Elizabeth II, played by Olivia Colman. <a href="https://t.co/U93SDwh3rk">pic.twitter.com/U93SDwh3rk</a></p> — The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheCrownNetflix/status/1187746324885704704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 25, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The admission follows after both Prince Harry and his wife Meghan announced they would be taking a step back from their senior royal duties in order to see a self-funded lifestyle.</p> <p>Memes and trolling images popped up on social media just days after, which showed Duchess Meghan –who starred on the Netflix series<span> </span>Suits<span> </span>– appearing on<span> </span><em>The Crown</em><span> </span>as herself.</p> <p>However, the executive producer of the award-winning show, says it is highly unlikely to ever happen.</p> <p>"To be honest, whatever the life of <em>The Crown</em> is after where we are now, I doubt we'll ever go as far into the present day," Suzanne Mackie told<span> </span>PA.</p> <p>Season Three of the series, which is the latest season and currently streaming, is covering the royal events between 1964 and 1977.</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/B7lqZDBgNzB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B7lqZDBgNzB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Alquilistas (@alquilistas)</a> on Jan 21, 2020 at 8:30am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Olivia Coleman stars as Queen Elizabeth II, Tobias Menzies is Prince Philip and Josh O'Connor plays as a young Prince Charles.</p>

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Pay the piper: Authorities finally move on cancer fraud Belle Gibson

<p>Authorities have moved in on cancer fraud Belle Gibson after a warrant was issued to raid her home to seize her assets, according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7913879/Belle-Gibson-Warrant-issued-cancer-fakers-assets-seized-sold-off.html" target="_blank">The Daily Mail</a></em>.</p> <p>Gibson has previously claimed that she wasn’t “in a position” to pay back her $410,000 fine six months ago, but the warrant executed a “seize and sell” warrant on her home, which means that her assets have been seized to pay back what she owes.</p> <p>She has been living free and seemingly happy since her fine for duping Australians was handed back in September 2017.</p> <p>The amount Gibson owes has since ballooned to more than $500,000 as this figure includes fines, interests and other penalties.</p> <p>Consumer Affairs Victoria quietly filed for the warrant at the Federal Court in late December, which was issued this week and officers descended on her home for retrieval for the assets.</p> <p>In a statement, a spokeswoman for Consumer Affairs Victoria said:</p> <p>“Sheriff's Officers visited an address in Northcote today to execute a warrant of seizure and sale on items belonging to Ms Gibson.</p> <p>“Consumer Affairs Victoria is committed to recovering the debt Ms Gibson owes the Victorian public and will continue to pursue Ms Gibson until it is repaid in full.”</p> <p>It is unknown what was seized from Gibson’s property, but her mysterious finances continue to be of interest to the court system.</p> <p>In court, Gibson explained that she could not afford the fine.</p> <p>“I'm not in a position to pay a $410,000 fine at this time”, she said.</p> <p>However, Carl Moller, who was the barrister for Consumer Affairs Victoria, told Gibson that she had spent $91,000 over a two-year period.  This was spent on clothing, cosmetics, accessories and a shocking $45,000 was listed as “discretionary spending”.</p> <p>Moller asked if Gibson had money to pay off the fine.</p> <p>“Can you find some money to pay off the fine?” he asked.</p> <p>“No,” Gibson replied.</p> <p>Moller also was curious as to who deposited $1,600 as this funded a trip overseas to Bali.</p> <p>“Is it seriously your evidence that $1600 was deposited into your account, in three deposits in the space of about a week, and you don't know who deposited it?” Moller asked.</p> <p>“I'd have to speculate and I'm not willing to do that,” Gibson replied.</p> <p>Earlier this year,<span> </span><em>A Current Affair</em><span> </span>revealed that Gibson had gone on a trip to South Africa, which was met with fury from the public.</p> <p>“Don’t you think it’s more important to be paying back that fine rather than going on an overseas trip?” a reporter asked Gibson upon her return to Australia. Gibson said nothing.</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.9now.com.au/a-current-affair/2019/clip-cjsmy77ur003e0gqx90kvztwa" target="_blank">Gotcha Belle!: A Current Affair 2019</a></em></p>

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Blind woman “stalked” by Woolworths robot in supermarket

<p>A blind woman has lashed out at Woolworths over a “silly” robot who “stalked” her while she was shopping with her guide dog at a Melbourne supermarket.</p> <p>On Tuesday, Casey Hyde took her guide dog Bridget through a Woolworths store when she was confronted by a tall, white robot.</p> <p>Speaking to <em>Yahoo News Australia</em>, Ms Hyde, who has 10 per cent vision, said the robot kept following her down the aisle as it yelled the word “obstruction”.</p> <p>“It’s designed to find things blocking the aisle and the robot thought Bridget was an obstruction,” she said.</p> <p>“It scared the dog and also distracted her.”</p> <p>She said the robot followed her closely as she walked around the supermarket and believes that because Bridget is black and weighs about 39 kg she may have been mistaken for a bin.</p> <p>“It was confronting for me – the robot wasn’t helping me feel comfortable,” Ms Hyde said.</p> <p>She claimed that a stranger helped her complete her shopping because “she could not see if the robot was coming or not”.</p> <p>The robot, which is called “Greggles” has not been popular amongst shoppers, one of them being Ms Hyde.</p> <div id="fb-root"></div> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2555330141458134&amp;set=p.2555330141458134&amp;type=3" data-width="auto"> <blockquote class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <p>Modern technology might stop me from working. This robot in Woolworths checks on shelves for empty low...</p> Posted by <a href="#">Bridget Hyde</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2555330141458134&amp;set=p.2555330141458134&amp;type=3">Monday, January 20, 2020</a></blockquote> </div> <p>“This issue should not ever come up,” she said.</p> <p>“It shows a bit of ignorance towards people with disabilities – how are people in wheelchairs or with prams supposed to get through the aisle with this robot?”</p> <p>She added that she’s “really concerned” is the “silly robots” gets rolled out to even more stores across the country, that it may make it difficult for people to do their shopping.</p> <p>“I just want people to be able to enjoy their shopping instead of worrying about being stalked by a penis-shaped robot,” said Ms Hyde.</p> <p>A Woolworths spokesperson told<span> </span><em>Yahoo News Australia</em><span> </span>that they want all customers “to feel welcome” and regret that, on this occasion it “wasn’t the case”.</p> <p>The spokesperson revealed that someone has gotten in touch with Ms Hyde and “will look into details with the robot manufacturer as a priority”.</p> <p>“The safety robot is part of a trial designed to improve customer safety and experience in the store, and we’re closely monitoring customer feedback on it,” they said.</p> <p>“These robots operate in hundreds of stores across the world and have been subject to extensive safety testing by the manufacturer. They have sensors built in and are programmed to stop or move away from any fixed or moving objects.”</p>

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Nick Kyrgios scoffs at reporter’s question after Australian Open win

<p>Nick Kyrgios celebrated his first-round win by cleaning up the area surrounding his chair on Melbourne Arena.</p> <p>The tennis star spent so much time cleaning up his equipment and the rubbish that would have been left behind that it forced Channel 9 to delay its post-match, on-court interview with tennis legend John McEnroe.</p> <p>The 24-year-old seemed to get a little too invested at one point as he tossed his official gear and towels into the screaming section of crowd directly behind the umpire’s chair.</p> <p>He even tossed a banana peel to one fan after he ran out of things to offer.</p> <p>The fan seemed to be even more excited than those who received free towels.</p> <p>But in his post-match press conference, Kyrgios wasn’t in the mood to talk about his kind gestures after he scoffed when a reporter asked him to explain the decision.</p> <p>“You’ve got to do better than that bro,” said Kyrgios. “Is that a serious question? Oh my god. Next question.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Nick Kyrgios; literally just vibing. 😎 <br /><br />Watch: <a href="https://twitter.com/Channel9?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Channel9</a><br /><br />Stream: <a href="https://t.co/yizqD30Pp8">https://t.co/yizqD30Pp8</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9WWOS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9WWOS</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AusOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AusOpen</a> <a href="https://t.co/MAVoqTfR1G">pic.twitter.com/MAVoqTfR1G</a></p> — Wide World of Sports (@wwos) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwos/status/1219556307998560257?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">21 January 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Earlier on, Channel 9’s Jim Courier said Kyrgios’ charitable act was equivalent to a “yard sale”.</p> <p>“He’s doing some housekeeping. He’s cleaning up the bench before he gets over to have a chat to John McEnroe,” said Courier.</p> <p>“It’s a new Nick. Giving away a few souvenirs. He’s making his Laver Cup captain wait. He’s done that before. Looks like a yard sale out there.”</p> <p>Kyrgios also scoffed when he was asked about the moment in the match when the lights inside Melbourne Arena went out for over a minute.</p> <p>He said it didn’t affect him.</p> <p>When asked if it impacted his concentration, he replied: “I won the match in straight sets. I wouldn’t say it was too much of a distraction.</p> <p>“The lights just dimmed. What sort of response do you want from me right now?”</p>

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A most peaceful passing: Folk-rock legend quietly passes away onstage

<p>Singer and songwriter David Olney has passed away at age 71, after falling silent and dropping his head while in the midst of a performance at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida on January 18.</p> <p>The performer had taken a pause on his stool, leading audience members and musicians playing alongside him to think he was simply taking a moments break, before realisation dawned and they lowered him to the stage.</p> <p>Olney was giving his second performance of the day at the festival as part of an “in the round” song-swap show with Amy Rigby – who was sitting next to him and described his last moments.</p> <p>Rigby wrote on Facebook. “He was very still, sitting upright with his guitar on, wearing the coolest hat and a beautiful rust suede jacket we laughed about because it was raining like hell outside the boathouse where we were playing — I just want the picture to be as graceful and dignified as it was, because it at first looked like he was just taking a moment.</p> <p>“Scott Miller had the presence of mind to say we needed to revive him. Doctors in the audience and 30A folks were all working so hard to get him to come to … We all lost someone important last night.”</p> <p>Miller himself said the situation was as “gentle” as he was.</p> <p>“David was playing a song when he paused, said ‘I’m sorry’ and put his chin to his chest. He never dropped his guitar or fell of his stool. It was as easy and gentle as he was. </p> <p>“We got him down and tried our best to revive him until the EMTs arrived. … The world lost a good one last night. But we still have his work. And it still inspires. And always will. RIP.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7834086/sg-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/96a14a6178c54dfca52d157aa3f83f73" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>David Olney performing during the Dave Alvin's ' West of the West ' train tour at the Soiled Dove in Denver, Colorado on April 23, 2015.</em></p> <p>Olney was considered a remarkable figure in his own right, for his contribution to the folk-rock genre and along with producing over 20 albums, many artists including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury and his former roommate Steve Earle went on to cover his music.</p> <p>The late Townes Van Zandt famously said of Olney: “Any time anyone asks me who my favorite music writers are… I say Mozart, Lightnin Hopkins, Bob Dylan and Dave Olney. Dave Olney is one of the best songwriters I’ve ever heard — and that’s true. I mean that from my heart.” </p> <p>Emmylou Harris brought attention to Olney’s song writing skills with her covers of “Jerusalem Tomorrow” in 1993 and “Deeper Well” on her essential 1995 album “Wrecking Ball.”</p> <p>Olney first came to attention as a member of the band<span> </span>X-Rays<span> </span>which was signed to the Rounder label in the 1980s and notably opened up for Elvis Costello.</p> <p>The singer had only just finished recording a new album for fans.</p> <p>Brett Ryan Stewart wrote on his Facebook page: “Yesterday, myself, Anana and Irakli had spent the day making final revisions to the album we made with David Olney.</p> <p>“In the very same moment that we hit the save button, collectively yelling ‘We did it!’ we got the news that David, who was in Florida performing, had passed away, on stage. </p> <p>“It’s all very surreal. … I am so grateful for our time together. I recognized a kindred spirit in him from day one. His stories, his encouragement, his wisdom.</p> <p>“Hands down was of the funniest, gentlest, most thoughtful and charming curmudgeons to have graced the earth. Was really looking forward to more.” </p> <p>Olney was completing his third performance of the fest when he sadly passed away, having performed the previous night in-the-round with Amelia White and Mary Bragg before his solo show Saturday afternoon.</p> <p>Olney was scheduled to appear this week at the Folk Alliance gathering in New Orleans.</p> <p>Emmylou Harris said Olney had a way of telling “marvellous stories, with characters who cling to the hope of enduring love, all the while crossing the deep divide into that long, dark night of the soul.”</p> <p>Olney is survived by his wife, Regine, daughter, Lillian, and son, Redding. Services have not yet been set.</p>

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"Why is mine such a big deal?”: Karl Stefanovic slams speculation about his divorce

<p>Karl Stefanovic has opened up about his divorce and admitted he doesn’t understand why it was “such a big deal”.</p> <p>He left his wife of 21 years, Cassandra Thorburn, in 2016 and the pair finalised their divorce a year later.</p> <p>It was just five months later that Stefanovic started a relationship with Jasmine Yarbrough, who he married in December 2018.</p> <p>The divorce and new relationship affected his popularity, especially with female viewers of the<span> </span>Today<span> </span>show and after months of pressure, Stefanovic was sacked at the end of 2018.</p> <p>“Personally, it was a bit hard because I thought a lot of people do go through relationship difficulties and, unfortunately, for me that was in a very public way, but that’s what happens when you’re a public person,” Stefanovic told Neil Mitchell on <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.3aw.com.au/ally-langdon-crashes-karl-stefanovics-interview-with-neil-mitchell/" target="_blank">3AW</a> yesterday.</p> <p>“But I thought, ‘Well hang on, a lot of people go through this, and why is mine such a big deal?’ I still don’t know why it was.</p> <p>“I got divorced, I did find love again, and I’m sorry if people are offended by that, but it’s made me really happy.”</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/B5yaw5PFw5n/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B5yaw5PFw5n/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Happy Anniversary my love! Such a beautiful journey with you. I’m so lucky to be navigating this world with you by my side. I love 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/jasyarby/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Jasmine Stefanovic</a> (@jasyarby) on Dec 7, 2019 at 2:21pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Stefanovic explained that he spent a year in exile and said he went through some “genuinely black times”.</p> <p>“Look, my life hasn’t been that difficult, and I think there are people out there who have far worse going on … so I’m not going to rabbit on about how difficult my life was,” he said. “But there was certainly periods where I thought, ‘Oh my god, all I’ve ever done is really work hard and try and do the best I could for a show or network’. And then I thought, ‘Well, hang on a second, how have I got it so wrong?’”</p> <p>Things didn’t stay dark for Stefanovic for long as he’s back on the<span> </span>Today<span> </span>show alongside Allison Langdon, who he says is handling the pressure “incredibly well”.</p> <p>“It’s a difficult job and she’s handled all the pressure incredibly well,” he said.</p> <p>“I think that the most difficult thing … something that Lisa Wilkinson did incredibly well and still does, is just be able to converse on air like you’re having a cup of coffee with someone. Allison has got that … She’s able just to talk freely about things, and that’s difficult to do on air.”</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/B6ZEvNbJ3c3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B6ZEvNbJ3c3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">It all starts... JAN 6, 2020! #9Today</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/thetodayshow/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> thetodayshow</a> (@thetodayshow) on Dec 22, 2019 at 2:40pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Stefanovic isn’t worried about the dip in ratings either, as rival breakfast show<span> </span>Sunrise<span> </span>continues to dominate with 269,000 viewers last week.</p> <p>“It doesn’t really worry me at this point because we have to get chemistry right first, we have to get content of the show right first. Having a look now is like opening a Christmas present weeks before Christmas,” he said.</p> <p>“I know we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Stefanovic continued. “Come Easter I think we’ll have a pretty good idea on how we’re going.”</p>

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“Suicide by cop”: Victorian police officer defends hitting disabled pensioner

<p>A Victorian Police officer said that he genuinely felt he was facing a “suicide by cop” scenario when he repeatedly hit a disabled pensioner with a baton and stood on his head during a welfare check.</p> <p>Pensioner John was also pepper sprayed during the ordeal with six police officers and the welfare check was ordered after he failed to return messages from a counsellor and withdrew from opioid medication.</p> <p>Senior Constable John Edney is one of three officers who are fighting assault charges over the September 2017 incident.</p> <p>"I did believe it was a real suicide by cop scenario," he told a contested hearing at Heidelberg Magistrates Court, according to<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/victorian-police-officer-defends-hitting-disabled-pensioner-with-baton/a4596c15-6e83-4e8d-86a3-9319dbae5a29" target="_blank">9news</a>.</p> <p>Edney also said that he believed that John was armed and posed a threat to police officers.</p> <p>Video footage played to the court showed John answering a knock from Edney at his front door and said he wanted to be alone.</p> <p>"I don't want to f------ talk," he screams.</p> <p>"Get off my f------ property.</p> <p>"If you get the crowbar, you'll have to shoot me,” John continued.</p> <p>"I've been maced before and nothing happened."</p> <p>Edney said that his fear increased after that interaction and believed that John had weapons inside his house.</p> <p>"Part of the reason of going into his house was to check for weapons," he told prosecutor Diana Manova.</p> <p>"I did believe he was armed."</p> <p>The officers then pulled the pensioner to the ground and restrained him while Edney hit John’s calf with the baton six times and put his foot on his head.</p> <p>Edney said that both moves were justified as he was concerned John may “bite and spit” at police. When asked if he considered those actions appropriate, Edney said “Yes”.</p> <p>Senior Constable Brad McLeod and Senior Constable Florian Hilgart are also charged over the assault.</p>

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Australia on high alert after increased risk of Coronavirus spreading from China

<p>One of China’s top health experts is warning of the potential for “super-spreaders” to worsen the impact of the new coronavirus strain, which can now be passed from human to human.</p> <p>Zhong Nanshan, the leader of an expert team sent to the city of Wuhan to investigate the deadly virus, spoke to the<span> </span><em>South China Morning Post</em><span> </span>there was evidence one patient alone had spread the disease to 14 medical workers.</p> <p>300 corona virus infections have been confirmed, with six deaths. The majority of cases have occurred in China, but people have also been diagnosed in Thailand, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.</p> <p>It has recently been confirmed that the virus has reached the US, with a man in his 30s being treated in a Seattle hospital after he spent time in China.</p> <p>A man in Brisbane was tested after returning from Wuhan with flu-like symptoms, but was released from home isolation because he wasn’t displaying symptoms of the virus.</p> <p>Sydney Airport is on high alert as they assess passengers for coronavirus.</p> <p>Currently, there are three flights into Sydney each week from Wuhan, China, where the illness originated, and starting from Thursday, medical professionals will be present at the airport as they look to diagnose passengers.</p> <p>“If people have [flu-like symptoms], present to biosecurity staff and NSW Health will be there to assist and assess to determine if they need further testing,” said health protection director Jeremy McAnulty.</p> <p>“Symptoms of the virus include a fever with respiratory symptoms such as a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.”</p>

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Duchess Camilla speaks out on Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s departure

<p>Duchess Camilla has spoken out on Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s departure from their senior royal roles.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cornwall was visiting Prospect Hospice in Swindon on Monday when <em>ITV News </em>royal editor Chris Ship asked about her stepson and daughter-in-law.</p> <p>“Will you miss Harry and Meghan?” the reporter asked.</p> <p>Duchess Camilla paused before responding, “Hmm. Course.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Watch Camilla’s face closely as she answers the question: “Will you miss Harry &amp; Meghan?”<br />The Duchess of Cornwall smiles, pauses, then says “Hmmm. Course!” 😳😳<a href="https://t.co/CbPbb92bAL">pic.twitter.com/CbPbb92bAL</a></p> — Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) <a href="https://twitter.com/chrisshipitv/status/1219319844631384065?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 20, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Despite being involved in the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, Duchess Camilla was not part of the Sandringham Summit that the Queen held last week to discuss the Sussexes’ future.</p> <p>Duchess Camilla’s husband Prince Charles will “still continue to offer private financial support” to Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, according to royal reporter Omid Scobie.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">— Prince Charles will still continue to offer private financial support. <br />— They’ll still happily attend engagements for the Queen (such as Trooping the Colour).<br />— Details, including security and using the name “Sussex Royal” will be shared in due course.</p> — Omid Scobie (@scobie) <a href="https://twitter.com/scobie/status/1218609287246831619?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 18, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The majority of Prince Charles’ income comes from the <a href="https://duchyofcornwall.org/frequently-asked-questions.html#question_10">Duchy of Cornwall</a>, a private estate exempt from corporation tax.</p>

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Walk it off: New pics emerge of Meghan and Archie in the aftermath of Megxit

<p>It appears that spending days inside a mansion has taken its toll on Duchess Meghan as she emerged to take her son Archie for a walk in the woods.</p> <p>She bundled up in layers and took a stroll in Horth Hill Regional Park, which is just a few kilometres away from their oceanfront mansion.</p> <p>The Duchess wasn’t alone, as her two dogs Oz and Beagle accompanied her on leashes.</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/B7kBfO8Huw2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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; 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text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7kBfO8Huw2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Meghan Markle Official Club (@meghanmarkleofficialclub)</a> on Jan 20, 2020 at 5:14pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>As it was cold on the stroll, eight-month-old Archie was all bundled up to keep warm from the chill.</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/B7kC7B8IuUm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B7kC7B8IuUm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Celebrities Clothes And News (@celebclothesnews)</a> on Jan 20, 2020 at 5:26pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It appears that the walk was just what the doctor ordered as the Duchess was all smiles as she tried to keep her black Labrador Oz from sniffing around too much.</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/B7kAt0-H9KD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B7kAt0-H9KD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Archie Harrison Mountbatten (@archieharrisonallthings)</a> on Jan 20, 2020 at 5:07pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Prince Harry jetted back to Canada to be with his new family, but missed his brother William’s first solo reception at Buckingham Palace.</p>

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“We all care for one another”: Federer responds to “selfish” claims

<p><span>Roger Federer has rejected suggestions of moving the Australian Open out of Melbourne amid complaints over poor air quality from the tournament’s qualifiers.</span></p> <p><span>Bushfires in Victoria brought the air quality to hazardous levels with visibility plummeting across Melbourne during the opening days of the qualifying of the Grand Slam event. </span></p> <p><span>Slovenian Dalila Jakupović quit her qualifying match after suffering from a coughing spell, and Australia’s Bernard Tomic sought medical treatment during his first-round loss <a href="https://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2020/01/smoke-haze-again-forces-delay-in-australian-open-qualifying/86838/">when he struggled to breathe</a>.</span></p> <p><span>Canadian qualifier Brayden Schnur said Federer and Rafael Nadal were “selfish” for not speaking out on behalf of all players about the playing conditions.</span></p> <p><span>Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who was seeded 13<sup>th</sup> in the tournament, said he would default a match <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/19/sports/tennis/australian-open-fires.html">if the air quality became hazardous</a>. </span></p> <p><span>“You get warnings from the news telling people to stay inside, that it’s not good for your health to be outside, to be breathing this stuff, and then you get an email from the tournament saying that it’s playable and you guys have to go out there and put your life in jeopardy, put your health in jeopardy,” said Shapovalov.</span></p> <p><span>“You see the effects on players it has right now, the last couple days, but you don’t know what it’s going to do later in our lives, and how it could affect us if we’re breathing this air in for two weeks.”</span></p> <p><span>Organisers released an air quality policy on Saturday following international criticism for allowing players to compete under a blanket of thick smoke haze. The tournament said play would be suspended outdoors if the levels of fine particulate pollution went over the “unhealthy” threshold of 200 micrograms per cubic metre.</span></p> <p><span>Federer said he believed the policy provided a “safe” environment for players.</span></p> <p><span>“Go in the streets, ask the people if they want it to move from Melbourne or from Australia,” the 20-time Grand Slam champion said. </span></p> <p><span>“From what we were told in the player meeting, the Olympic Games and other competitions have the numbers set at 300. Ours is set at 200. From that standpoint, I think we’re moving in a very safe range. We’re not here for six months straight at over 200, 300, you know. That’s when maybe effects really become bad.</span></p> <p><span>“I don’t worry too much, to be honest. I worry more for everybody else who is in the fire, in the smoke. Also we can stay indoors all day, quickly go out and play, go back in again. It’s not like we’re stuck outside at all times. I think we’re going to get through it and it should be fine. It shouldn’t move, no.”</span></p> <p><span>Federer also suggested that other factors, such as the warm weather, might be to blame. </span></p> <p><span>“I think we’re all confused,” he said. “Is it super unsafe or is it totally safe to play? The problem on top of it, it was actually quite hot, too ... some players are not used to playing at 35, 33-degree heat, especially if you’ve practised on the indoor season.</span></p> <p><span>“I’m not saying they’re not ready or whatever it is, but it can always hit you. Of course, everything gets put down on it was the smoke. For sure, it can be nothing else. So what can I do? I can go to the office, speak to them.”</span></p> <p><span>Federer, member of the ATP players’ council, said he could not “do more” than communicating with tournament officials. “I’m on the council. I’ve been on the tour for so long. I came through the lower ranks, the juniors,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>“At the end of the day, we all care for one another.”</span></p> <p><span>The statement came after Federer deflected questions surrounding his sponsor Credit Suisse, which had significant investments in fossil fuels.</span></p> <p><span>“I take the impacts and threat of climate change very seriously, particularly as my family and I arrive in Australia amidst devastation from the bushfires,” he said <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51082875" target="_blank">earlier this month</a>. </span></p> <p><span>“I appreciate reminders of my responsibility as a private individual, as an athlete and as an entrepreneur, and I'm committed to using this privileged position to dialogue on important issues with my sponsors.”</span></p>

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Karl Stefanovic’s fiery clash with Peter Dutton over $100 million scandal

<p>Fury continues to mount over the government’s sports funding scandal, with Peter Dutton coming up with an unconvincing defence as he faced Karl Stefanovic on breakfast television.</p> <p>A damning report this week from the Auditor-General exposed the “biased” operation of a $100 million grants scheme that was manipulated a day before the election to funnel cash into marginal seats the Coalition desperately needed to win.</p> <p>The minister for sport at the time, Bridget McKenzie disregarded advice from Sports Australia and decided to carve out her own process to award 684 payments in a manner that favoured knife-edge seats the government needed to win or was targeting.</p> <p>Dutton appeared on the<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>show this morning to defend the disgraced senator, saying she should not be sacked and insisted that no rules had been broken.</p> <p>“That’s not the point,” Stefanovic fired back. “The point is that nine of the ten electorates awarded the most money were either marginal seats or ones the Coalition were hoping to win.</p> <p>“I mean, that’s a damning figure. That is pork-barrelling of the highest order. It’s been stacked.”</p> <p>An investigation uncovered that over 60 per cent of projects that received funding were not recommended by Sports Australia under the existing selection criteria.</p> <p>“Applications from projects located in those electorates were more successful in being awared funding that if funding was allocated on the basis of merit assessed against the published program guidelines,” found Auditor-General Grant Hehir.</p> <p>Furthermore, the applicants that Sports Australia did recommend was ignored, with Senator McKenzie’s office running its own “assessments”, revealed the audit.</p> <p>“The important point is that the money has gone out, not against recommendations, not to clubs that weren’t deserving of it,” said Dutton.</p> <p>But that statement contradicts what the Auditor-General had found, regarding Sports Australia’s recommendations being ignored by Senator McKenzie.</p> <p>Stefanovic slammed the process as “just not fair” and highlighted the importance of an integrity and corruption body at a federal level.</p> <p>“She’s done something wrong here and something needs to be done about her behaviour,” he said.</p>

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Prince Harry’s final royal appearance: What happens next?

<p>The Duke of Sussex stepped out at Buckingham Palace for the draw of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, as the patron of the Royal Football League.</p> <p>It is his final public engagement before he and his wife, Duchess Meghan, step down as “senior” royals.</p> <p>It is also his first public appearance since his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II accepted the Duke and Duchess’ to reduce their royal roles in Britain and seek a more independent future, separated from the crown.</p> <p>The World Cup draw was the last scheduled engagement for Prince Harry, sixth-in-line to the throne, before he and Meghan begin a "period of transition" and as part of his duty, he was required to witness two countries being drawn against each other.</p> <p>Eyebrows raised slightly when the Sussex Royal Instagram account released footage of his last hurrah as a senior royal, with the accompanying music being a Stones Roses hit that included the line “I’d like to leave the country for month on Sundays.”</p> <p>However, it emerged the indie track is the song choice of the tournament.</p> <p>The Duke also spoke out about the pressures of having to be “tough” and hide your feelings.</p> <p>“Rugby League isn’t just a sport, it’s a community. And one that takes care of its own,” he said.</p> <p>“For many years it has been at the forefront of promoting and supporting good mental fitness, working hard to build a positive mindset for everyone involved in the sport. So I am proud to support the Rugby League World Cup 2021 Mental Fitness Charter.”</p> <p>As he hosted the draws for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 with Olympic rowing champion Dame Katherine Grainger and 2005 Rugby World Cup winner Jason Robinson, he failed to show any signs of distress or turmoil that has overwhelmed the Royal Family.</p> <p> After meeting with a student from St Vincent de Paul Catholic primary school, a reporter from a British tabloid yelled to Harry: “How are the discussions going about your future?”</p> <p>The outburst didn’t deter the Duke from his happy, calm state and simply laughed out loud and continued back into the palace for the draw.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shocked the world last week when they announced they had the intention to reduce their royal duties and spend more time in Canada, while also aiming to become financially independent.</p> <p>The public announcement resulted in a family summit on Monday at her Sandringham estate which was attended by the Queen, Prince Harry, Prince William and heir to the British throne, Prince Charles.</p> <p>It was agreed the couple would split their time between British and Canada, which the Queen stated in a rare and personal statement.</p> <p>"Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family," the 93-year-old monarch said.</p> <p>The couple have said they want a "progressive" new role for themselves and the ability to fund themselves.</p> <p>As of now, the couple are not allowed to seek private income and most of their money comes from the private estate of Harry's father.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

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Now it's real: Edwina Bartholomew opens up on motherhood's "wild ride"

<p>A month into motherhood and TV star Edwina Bartholomew says she has discovered her groove despite dealing with a few bumps along the way.</p> <p>The<span> </span><em>Sunrise</em><span> </span>presenter has revealed her “wild ride” for the first four weeks of being a mum to daughter Molly Matilda in a heartwarming yet emotional post on Instagram.</p> <p>“You are a delight, Molly Matilda,” wrote Bartholomew.</p> <p>“Sure, the full throttle crying is not so delightful but thankfully that’s pretty rare. You just get hangry like your Dad.”</p> <p>She continued: “The first 48 hours of motherhood were challenging in a way I wasn’t really prepared for. I was a total mess, actually. I burst into tears in the kitchen when our midwife arrived, I burst into tears when @neilwrites went to sleep and I couldn’t, and a few more times, just because.”</p> <p>Bartholomew and husband Neil Varcoe welcomed the birth of their daughter Molly Matilda Christie Varcoe on Wednesday December 18, a week after she was initially due on December 11.</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/B7UAFdRFtBS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B7UAFdRFtBS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">One month old today. What a wild ride. Your Uncle took this photo and I think we both look pretty chuffed with ourselves. You are a delight, Molly Matilda. Sure, the full throttle crying is not so delightful but thankfully that’s pretty rare. You just get hangry like your Dad. The first 48 hours of motherhood were challenging in a way I wasn’t really prepared for. I was a total mess, actually. I burst into tears in the kitchen when our midwife arrived, I burst into tears when @neilwrites went to sleep and I couldn’t, and a few more times, just because. Over the past four weeks we have slowly found our groove. You sleep so well and smile so much (or is it wind?) No matter. I suppose both feel pretty good at this early stage. My goals have changed. Have a shower each day is now number one. Ticked that box. Wash my hair, occasionally. I accept I may never pee with the door closed again and it will be a while before I can eat a plate of food without cutting it up onto small pieces. None of my old clothes fit and, although spirits are high, my boobs are most certainly not. In short, it’s been pretty magical. At times I have looked at you with your Dad and felt like I would explode with love. It could still happen. Be warned. I’ll try not to embarrass you when it does. Don’t grow up too quickly. Your Mum xx</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/edwina_b/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Edwina Bartholomew</a> (@edwina_b) on Jan 14, 2020 at 11:54am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She measured 53 cm and weighed 3.44kg on arrival.</p> <p>“Over the past four weeks we have slowly found our groove,” wrote Bartholomew.</p> <p>“You sleep so well and smile so much (or is it wind?) No matter. I suppose both feel pretty good at this early stage.”</p> <p>She also spoke about how her daily goals have shifted ever since she became a mum.</p> <p>“Have a shower each day is now number one,” she said.</p> <p>“Ticked that box. Wash my hair, occasionally. I accept I may never pee with the door closed again and it will be a while because I can eat a plate of food without cutting it up into small pieces.</p> <p>“None of my old clothes fit and, although spirits are high, my boobs are most certainly not. In short, it’s been pretty magical. At times I have looked at you with your Dad and felt like I would explode with love. It could still happen. Be warned. I’ll try not to embarrass you when it does. Don’t grow up too quickly.”</p>

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Duchess Meghan spotted at first public engagement since Megxit

<p><span>Duchess Meghan has been spotted in Canada at her first outing since she and Prince Harry announced their plan of resigning as senior members of the royal family.</span></p> <p><span>The Duchess of Sussex visited the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver on Tuesday local time to meet with volunteers and workers.</span></p> <p><span>The organisation, which was established in 1978, supports women and children in the area by providing food, refuge and shelter as well as peer mentorship, advocacy and skills development.</span></p> <p><span>The Duchess’ visit was impromptu, reports said.</span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FDowntownEastsideWomensCentre%2Fphotos%2Fa.874291395992830%2F2815075718581045%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="491" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><span>The Sussexes spent six weeks on Vancouver Island over Christmas and returned to the UK for an engagement. After announcing their resignation plan last week, Duchess Meghan went back to Canada, where her son Archie had stayed.</span></p> <p><span>Prince Harry is expected to return to Canada soon following his engagement on Thursday, <em><a href="https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a30524625/meghan-markle-vancouver-womens-center-canada-photo/">Town &amp; Country</a> </em>reported.</span></p>

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Karl Stefanovic lets rip on children’s deaths

<p><em>Today<span> </span></em>host Karl Stefanovic has delivered a scathing message into the much-maligned National Disability Insurance Scheme, labelling it a “national disgrace”.</p> <p>A story published by the<span> </span><em>Adelaide Advertiser</em><span> </span>this morning revealed the scheme was particularly bad in South Australia, with the southern state enduring the longest wait time for NDIS support packages.</p> <p>South Australians are having to wait over 200 days to receive support, with kids younger than six waiting seven months to be helped by the government.</p> <p>The abysmal national statistics also revealed over the last three years, 1279 people had died while waiting for support from the scheme. Among the 1279, 65 of those deaths were children – 35 of whom were aged six and under.</p> <p>Stefanovic described the deaths as “disturbing”.</p> <p>“More than 400 people have died every year waiting for access to the NDIS. 65 children, 35 of whom are under six years of age. It’s unbelievable,” he said.</p> <p>“Late last year the minister in charge Stuart Robert said waiting times categorically weren’t a problem. If 65 people dying in this are children, if those figures are to be believed isn’t a problem, then you need help minister.”</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><em>ABC Radio</em><span> </span>late last year, Mr Robert said that he had reduced waiting times for the NDIS.</p> <p>“Waiting times, when I came not the portfolio, in terms of access to a plan, were 130 days. And they have come right down now into the 80s. So, they’re coming down as well,” he said in November.</p> <p>“Importantly, after the election there were over 13,000 Australians waiting over 21 days for access into the NDIS. That, of course, now is zero. There is no waiting list for people to access into the NDIS scheme.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">"If 65 children dying in this country... isn't a problem, then you need help Minister." <a href="https://twitter.com/karlstefanovic?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@karlstefanovic</a> has launched a scathing critique of Minister Stuart Robert after it was revealed 1,200 people died while waiting for NDIS access. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/X10gH9O5XC">pic.twitter.com/X10gH9O5XC</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1217177763884470272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 January 2020</a></blockquote> <p>When the question was raised whether complaints from service providers about wait times were wrong, Mr Robert doubled down.</p> <p>“It’s a large scheme and there’s a lot of people all over the country. And I look at the big macro numbers at the top and I know categorically there is no-one waiting for access,” he said.</p> <p>Issuing a statement to<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>this morning, Mr Robert said the government was “focusing on improving access decision times for the NDIS”.</p> <p>The government also referenced data from December 31 last year that showed access decisions were taking “on average four days to complete”.</p> <p>“I’m not sure where he’s living,” Stefanovic responded.</p> <p>“Those facts aren’t right for a lot of people across this country.”</p> <p>Labor’s NDIS spokesman and former Labor leader Bill Shorten also said there needs to be “more staff and accountability”.</p> <p>“It’s disgraceful more than 1200 people died before receiving equipment or care they needed,” Shorten said.</p> <p>“Well said Bill Shorten,” Stefanovic added.</p> <p>“Those figures are a national disgrace.”</p>

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Olivia Newton John’s daughter to star in Dancing With The Stars: See the full cast here

<p>Channel 10 has kicked off the new year by finally revealing which well known faces we will be seeing shake it up on<span> </span><em>Dancing With The Stars.</em></p> <p>From TV personalities to sporting heroes and reality show sensations, 2020’s<span> </span><em>DWTS</em><span> </span>line-up is not one to be beat.</p> <p>Actress Claudia Karvan, comedians Ed Kavalee and Celia Pacquola, reality stars Angie Kent and Dean Wells, singer Dami Im,<span> </span><em>Amazing Race</em><span> </span>host Beau Ryan, AFL star Travis Cloke and Christian Wilkins, the socialite son of Channel 9 entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins are the celebrities who will be battling for the crown come Sunday February 9 at 7.30pm.</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/B7S0XqLA0Uo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B7S0XqLA0Uo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">How’s this for a lineup? Meet your stars, Australia 🌟 #DWTSau premieres 7.30 Sunday Feb 9 on 10.</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/channel10au/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Channel 10</a> (@channel10au) on Jan 14, 2020 at 12:52am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Among the star-studded members who will compete for the ultimate prize is one star many might find surprising. Olivia Newton John’s actress daughter Chloe Lattanzi, fresh from the US, is a face all in Australia might be familiar with.</p> <p>Lattanzi has made headlines over the years for her heart wrenching ongoing battle with anorexia – a disease she is recovering with – not only under the watchful gaze of her family, but the media and devoted fans as well.</p> <p><em><strong>Scroll through the gallery to see the full Dancing With The Stars cast.</strong></em></p> <p>The 33-year-old has been on reality TV, having pursued a music career for several years, notably via US reality show <em>Rock the Cradle</em> in 2009.</p> <p>During an interview aired on the show, Lattanzi opened up about her early life.</p> <p>"My mum travelled a lot so I think I missed out a lot when I was younger," Lattanzi said.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7UJu8KJ60Q/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B7UJu8KJ60Q/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">I can’t wait to hit the dance floor with you🥰 I promise that I will do my best to look after you and make you look like a princess 👸 . I adore you already💋 #love #dwtsau #cantwait #dancing</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/gustavoviglio/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Gustavo Viglio</a> (@gustavoviglio) on Jan 14, 2020 at 1:18pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"I've spent a lot of time alone in big houses.</p> <p>"That was hard.</p> <p>"I suffered from anorexia and that has been the darkest time in my life and I used music to express it and get through it."</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/B5UCAuSA8dq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B5UCAuSA8dq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Chloe Lattanzi (@chloelattanziofficial)</a> on Nov 25, 2019 at 7:08pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Grease star, Newton-John, split with Chloe’s father Matt Lattanzi in 1995 and has also opened up about her daughter’s struggle with anorexia.</p> <p>"She has had to battle this problem in front of the world, being judged and photographed by paparazzi, and it was hard," said Newton-John on the show as she choked back tears.</p> <p>In 2017, Chloe’s famous 71-year-old mum announced her breast cancer had returned once again – an experience Chloe said was “profoundly painful”.</p> <p>Chloe was thrust into the spotlight as a teenager when she sought treatment for her eating disorder.</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/B4WEjAbnaCf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B4WEjAbnaCf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Chloe Lattanzi (@chloelattanziofficial)</a> on Nov 1, 2019 at 6:37pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In 2016, Olivia spoke of her daughter's mental health battle during an appearance on 60 Minutes.</p> <p>"I think it's hard to be the child of a person in the limelight, I really understand that," she said. "There's privilege but there's also other things that come along with that."</p> <p><em>Dancing With The Stars premieres Sunday, February 9 at 7.30 pm on Ten.</em></p> <p><strong>Scroll through the gallery to see the full Dancing With The Stars cast.</strong></p>

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