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Royal fan faints while meeting Prince Charles

<p>A supermarket worker who proved to be a massive fan of Prince Charles fainted while meeting him for the first time, a video clip shows.<span> </span><br /><br />While both the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were making the rounds at a distribution centre for the supermarket retailer Asda, in Bristol, the royals got to meet a very excited fan.<br /><br />To give their thanks and show their appreciation for the workers, they chatted with employees but when Prince Charles began talking to one man, he began to sway back and forth before dramatically falling to the ground.<br /><br />Prince Charles reached out as the man fell, with several people rushing to the employee’s aide.</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/tv/CCbkcPWg6kV/?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/tv/CCbkcPWg6kV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by A.NEWS🇲🇺 (@a.newsmru)</a> on Jul 9, 2020 at 11:07am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In video from the incident, Prince Charles could be heard speaking and saying, “Dear oh dear,” and “Goodness,” as the man received medical attention on the ground.<br /><br />The employee quickly recovered and later got the chance to finish his conversation with Prince Charles.</p>

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Health breach at Sydney airport has passengers from Melbourne disembark without health screening

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Passengers flying home from Melbourne to Sydney on a Jetstar flight on Tuesday night were able to get off the plane without undergoing a health screen for symptoms of coronavirus.</p> <p>The major health breach was confirmed by Jetstar to NCA NewsWire and allows some people to enter the major city without being tested. </p> <p>A Jetstar spokesman said crew assisted health officials who were reportedly not present at the time the plane landed by locating passengers in the terminal.</p> <p>The airline also provided officials with the aircraft manifest to assist them in contacting passengers who were not found in the terminal.</p> <p>“Together with Sydney Airport, we have refined our disembarkation procedures to prevent this situation from occurring again,” the spokesman said.</p> <p>Passengers had been screened in Melbourne but it is government policy that they are tested again before disembarking in Sydney.</p> <p>This process usually begins after health officials arrive at the gate and signal to plane crew that they are ready to receive disembarking passengers, but under the new protocol, planes will not be able to pull up to the gate before NSW Health Officials are ready.</p> <p>The screening test includes a temperature check and questions about whether passengers have experienced coronavirus symptoms and if they have travelled to any hot spots in the past two weeks.</p> <p>The NSW Government introduced new laws on Tuesday night that prohibits anyone from Greater Melbourne from travelling into the state. </p> <p>NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant said the government was “in the process” of chasing up the passengers.</p> <p>“If anyone is found to have travelled in breach of any orders we’ll refer them to police and take the appropriate action, depending on whether anyone is symptomatic, to ensure the community is protected,” she said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Starbucks worker under fire for writing 'ISIS' on Muslim customer's coffee order

<p><span>A Muslim advocacy group is demanding an employee of Starbuck’s he fired after they were caught writing “ISIS” on a customer’s coffee cup.</span><br /><br /><span>The incident took place at a store in St Paul, Minneapolis in early July.</span><br /><br /><span>According to a Muslim customer, she told the employee her name when first asked but the employee chose to label the cup “ISIS” before she was finished.</span><br /><br /><span>ISIS is a commonly-known acronym for terrorist organisation Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.</span><br /><br /><span>The employee has claimed they misheard the woman’s name, which is Aishah.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836845/isis-starbucks.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e5f19eff67ae4c23b3452d0a9f7f65a3" /><br /><br /><span>The Council on American-Islamic Relations, however, believe the incident is a result of Islamophobia and is demanding the worker be fired.</span><br /><br /><span>“After noticing the writing on the cup, she asked the employee why ‘ISIS’ was written on the cup,” it said in a statement.</span><br /><br /><span>“The employee claimed that she had not heard her name correctly.</span><br /><br /><span>“Later, a supervisor told the Muslim customer that ‘mistakes’ sometimes happen with customers’ names, suggesting that this is not the first incident.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Starbucks, which is operated by a Target store in Minneapolis, have since apologised for the incident.</span><br /><br /><span>According to local outlet Pioneer Press, it says the incident was “not a deliberate act but an unfortunate mistake”.</span><br /><br /><span>“We are very sorry for this guest’s experience at our store and immediately apologised to her when she made our store leaders aware of the situation,” a spokesperson told the publication.</span></p>

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New swine flu with pandemic potential found in China

<p>Researchers in China have discovered a strain of swine flu that is capable of triggering another pandemic.</p> <p>A report published in peer-reviewed science journal <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</em> earlier this week identified the G4 EA H1N1 strain of flu, which is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009.</p> <p>It has “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus”, scientists at Chinese universities and China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in the study.</p> <p>Researchers took 30,000 nasal swabs from pigs between 2011 and 2018. A total of 179 swine flu viruses were isolated, the majority of which were a new kind that has been dominant among pigs since 2016.</p> <p>Following various experiments, G4 was found to be highly infectious, replicating in human cells and causing more severe symptoms in ferrets than other viruses do.</p> <p>Any immunity humans gain from exposure to seasonal flu does not protect against G4, <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-swine-flu-china-researchers-pandemic/" target="_blank">tests also showed</a>.</p> <p>As many as 4.4 per cent of the general population appeared to have been exposed to the virus, therefore showing that it has passed from animals to humans. There is no evidence yet that the virus can be passed between humans.</p> <p>“Controlling the prevailing G4 EA H1N1 viruses in pigs and close monitoring in human populations, especially the workers in swine industry, should be urgently implemented,” the study authors said.</p> <p>The World Health Organisation will read the Chinese report carefully, spokesman Christian Lindmeier told a Geneva briefing on Tuesday.</p> <p>“It … highlights we cannot let our guard down on influenza and need to be vigilant and continue surveillance even in the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.</p> <p>There is no imminent threat of a new pandemic despite the virus’ capability to infect humans, said Carl Bergstrom, a biologist at the University of Washington.</p> <p>“There’s no evidence that G4 is circulating in humans, despite five years of extensive exposure,” he said on Twitter. “That’s the key context to keep in mind.”</p> <p>The new swine flu is still “in the stage of examination”, said Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.</p> <p>It’s not “an immediate threat where you’re seeing infections, but it’s something we need to keep our eye on, just the way we did in 2009 with the emergence of the swine flu.”</p>

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Road rule question divides the internet

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads has confused drivers again with a quiz about a road rule on social media.</p> <p>The department posed the age-old question as to how much space should be left between two cars.</p> <p>“You know your road rules, and now’s your chance to prove it,” the department wrote.</p> <p>“The weather conditions are fine and there’s no traffic on this road – so what’s the minimum safe following distance the blue car should be maintaining?”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">You know your road rules, and now’s your chance to prove it. <br /><br />The weather conditions are fine and there's no traffic on this road—so what's the minimum safe following distance the blue car should be maintaining? <a href="https://t.co/QRe38PxItD">pic.twitter.com/QRe38PxItD</a></p> — Transport and Main Roads Queensland (@TMRQld) <a href="https://twitter.com/TMRQld/status/1277361324461301761?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Many said that the blue car was "travelling too close regardless of weather conditions" and others said that the "minimum safe following distance was two seconds" or "one car length behind the car in front".</p> <p>“As a rule of thumb 2 seconds. But it also depends on the speed you are travelling,” one user wrote on Facebook.</p> <p>“The faster the speed the greater the distance.”</p> <p>Others were quick to disagree, saying that the orange car was "going too slow for the speed you're wanting to go".</p> <p>“No other traffic – then overtake,” another user wrote.</p> <p>“Teach people to not drive slow in the right-hand lane on freeways. Every freaking day on the Centenary Highway it’s the same thing,” commented another.</p> <p>“According to the truck driver that was behind me on the Bruce Highway last night it’s OK to have 20+ tonne only 2ft behind my car,” commented another.</p> <p>Some used the question to air their grievances against the Department of Transport, saying “Queensland Transport drivers tailgate all the time. So I guess the answer is ‘As close as you want’.”</p> <p>The answer is <strong>at least two seconds behind the vehicle in front of you</strong>.</p> <p>“Following another vehicle too closely is what we call ‘tailgating’ – and if you’re tailgating it can make it a lot harder to stop safely in time to avoid a crash,” the Department wrote.</p> <p>“In ideal conditions, you should leave *at least 2 seconds* behind the vehicle in front of you.</p> <p>“If the conditions are poor or you’re towing a trailer or caravan, you should increase your following distance.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Always beware of the live mic": Poulter unleashes on first tee

<p><span>There seemed to be a slight wind blowing in on the first hole.</span></p> <p><span>Unfortunately for golfer Ian Poulter, the PGA Tour has mics covering the entire premises and in a hilarious moment, he was caught letting out a fart on live TV during the final round of the Travellers Championship.</span></p> <p><span>As Greg Chalmers teed off on the first hole Sunday morning, Poulter very audibly let one rip just as he had finished his swing. The broadcast captured the fart in vivid detail, and the golfers were heard laughing immediately after.</span></p> <p><span>“Did you get that?” Poulter asked.</span></p> <p><span>“Stay over there,” Chalmers joked in response. “Is that supposed to be more silent than that?”</span></p> <p><span>Poulter admitted his actions on Twitter, tweeting: “3 club wind this morning on the first tee. Always beware of the live mic.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">3 club wind this morning on the first tee. Always beware of the live 🎙 <a href="https://t.co/tzFGtf2mSS">https://t.co/tzFGtf2mSS</a></p> — Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) <a href="https://twitter.com/IanJamesPoulter/status/1277325666942357508?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The best bit everyone thinks it was you 🤣</p> — Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) <a href="https://twitter.com/IanJamesPoulter/status/1277330881590460416?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>The PGA Tour had placed mics on players since they resumed play this month, a new wrinkle added to broadcasts since there are no fans in attendance at events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. </span></p>

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Awkward video pinpoints the moment Meghan was "told to leave"

<p>A video on Twitter has shocked royal fans as they believe it's the first sign of tension between the royal family.</p> <p>The video was taken at Prince Charles' 70th birthday party, which was a garden party event at Buckingham Palace. </p> <p>The outing was the Sussex family's first outing as newlyweds, which was just three days after they tied the knot.</p> <p>It seems all was not peachy at the event, as the resurfaced 2019 video appears to show Harry and Meghan allegedly being asked to leave the event.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Remember the garden party held in honor of Charles’ 70th? And <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/themarkles?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#themarkles</a> were asked to leave 40 min in because of Meghan’s behavior? They were escorted out along with their entourage. M was not happy! <a href="https://t.co/7jCQE5QuU8">pic.twitter.com/7jCQE5QuU8</a></p> — Meg’s Legs (@Megs_Legs_) <a href="https://twitter.com/Megs_Legs_/status/1186430397300793345?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 21, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The couple were greeting guests and Prince Harry was pulled aside by Prince Charles.</p> <p>An unintelligible conversation followed before Harry rushed to Meghan's side and the pair leave the event, with Meghan looking confused.</p> <p>Prince Charles did not say goodbye to his new daughter-in-law at the event.</p> <p>The turn of events was surprising as Prince Harry had just given a speech 15 minutes earlier.</p> <p>The unveiled footage comes after a tell-all book being published, which details the royal couple's first public appearance going down like a lead balloon.</p> <p><span>In the book, Lady Colin claims Meghan demanded her and Prince Harry leave the event 15 minutes in, after she said she was ‘bored’.</span></p> <p>Despite Lady Collin's claims being unable to be proven due to the short video, her claim holds merit. This is due to her tell-all book on Princess Diana that had previously unknown details that were proven to be true. </p>

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New Lamborghini wrecked 20 minutes after owner bought it

<p>A brand new Lamborghini has been written off 20 minutes after its new owner picked it up.</p> <p>The car had broken down due to a mechanical failure and was hit from behind by an "innocent motorist".</p> <p>The supercar is worth an estimated $360,000 and was hit by a van.</p> <p>Photos of the incident were shared by the Twitter account of West Yorkshire Police in the UK which shows the damage.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">M1 Ossett today - It’s only a car ! But on this occasion a 20 minute old brand new Lamborghini that stopped due mechanical failure in lane 3 them hit from behind by an innocent motorist <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/couldhavecried?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#couldhavecried</a> <a href="https://t.co/S1f9YEQGcD">pic.twitter.com/S1f9YEQGcD</a></p> — WYP Roads Policing Unit (@WYP_RPU) <a href="https://twitter.com/WYP_RPU/status/1275860418058235904?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The officers seemed to take the incident to heart as they used the hashtag #couldhavecried.</p> <p>There are no details on how the owner feels, but Twitter users had a lot to say about the incident.</p> <p>“I don’t even know the person and could cry for them,” one person responded.</p> <p>“I really hope that was insured,” another wrote.</p> <p>Some were confused as to why the car broke down.</p> <p>“Feel sorry for the Lamborghini showroom that sold it! Boy are they gonna get an angry phone call!” one person wrote.</p> <p>“Mechanical failure after twenty minutes? So my ten-year-old Kia is better than a Lamborghini. Good to know,” another said.</p> <p>Others hoped that everyone left the incident unscathed.</p> <p>“Assuming nobody was hurt, I can’t help but find this hilarious,” one person commented.</p> <p>“The insurance company might be crying when they get the bill ... as will the driver who hit it,” another suggested.</p> <p>“I hope there were no injuries, other than the owner’s pride,” a third added.</p>

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Investigation launched after 38 dead puppies found on plane

<p><span>Workers were confronted with a tragic scene after a Ukrainian International Airlines plane arrived in Toronto after what is usually a routine 10-hour flight.</span></p> <p><span>Inside were 500 crated puppies, according to Canadian authorities. Many were dehydrated, weak and vomiting. 38 of them were found dead.</span></p> <p><span>The horrifying discovery on June 13 began an investigation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. And it shed light on a growing international market for dogs, which lawmakers say needs more restrictions.</span></p> <p><span>“The number of dogs imported into the U.S. has skyrocketed in the past few years, and we are screening less than one percent of them,” Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.), a veterinarian who last month co-sponsored a bipartisan bill called the Healthy Dog Importation Act, said in an email. “We need to do more to protect these animals and those already in the country.“</span></p> <p><span>Details about the flight remain relatively unknown, including whether Canadian authorities were aware of the large number of puppies arriving into the city. The government, which claims to have “rigorous standards” when it comes to importing animals, has released very little information. </span></p> <p><span>Ukraine International Airlines said in a statement on Friday that it regretted the “tragic loss of animal life” and is working with local authorities to make “any changes necessary to prevent such a situation from occurring again.”</span></p> <p><span>Animal advocates said flying 500 dogs on a single plane is unusual, if not unprecedented. Dogs require water and other care when being crated on tarmac and during flights, said Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of the Humane Society International in Canada.</span></p> <p><span>“You’re relying on the staff of the airport and the airline to do that care,” she said. “If those animals are transported in those numbers, it would be physically impossible to provide that kind of care.”</span></p> <p><span>The puppies flown from Ukraine were French bulldogs, according to Canadian news reports. The breed is one of several brachycephalic, or snub-nosed dogs, which are known to be so vulnerable to respiratory problems that some US airlines refuse to transport them.</span></p>

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“White Lives Matter” banner flown above football match

<p>Burnley have criticised a banner displaying “White Lives Matter Burnley” after it was flown above the Etihad Stadium, during a game against Manchester City on Monday night.</p> <p>The club quickly put out a statement after the banner, which was towed by a plane, flew over the grounds of the stadium.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Hey <a href="https://twitter.com/AirAds2?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AirAds2</a> - care to comment in your ad plane that flew above Burnley FC today towing a banner bearing the legend "White Lives Matter"? For instance, who bought that ad space? <a href="https://t.co/LqUQ5IEhjG">pic.twitter.com/LqUQ5IEhjG</a></p> — Di Middleton QC (@di_middleton_QC) <a href="https://twitter.com/di_middleton_QC/status/1275158013591027713?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 22, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Just a few minutes before, team members and match officials had taken a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.</p> <p>“We wish to make it clear that those responsible are not welcome at Turf Moor,” the statement read.</p> <p>“This, in no way, represents what Burnley Football Club stands for and we will work fully with the authorities to identify those responsible and issue lifetime bans.</p> <p>“The club has a proud record of working with all genders, religions and faiths through its award-winning Community scheme, and stands against racism of any kind. We are fully behind the Premier League’s Black Lives Matter initiative and, in line with all other Premier League games undertaken since Project Restart, our players and football staff willingly took the knee at kick-off at Manchester City.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">So apparently there was a plane carrying the flag" White lives matter" big disgrace, burnley <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MCIBUR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MCIBUR</a> <a href="https://t.co/auGrYN2o3w">pic.twitter.com/auGrYN2o3w</a></p> — GROOt (@UncleDr77939074) <a href="https://twitter.com/UncleDr77939074/status/1275144914158878723?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 22, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“We apologise unreservedly to the Premier League, to Manchester City and to all those helping to promote Black Lives Matter.”</p> <p>After Manchester City took the victory 5-0, Burnley defender Ben Mee took aim at the banner, saying: “We can talk about football, but there’s something I want to speak about first: the plane banner.</p> <p>“I’m embarrassed and ashamed at the fans bringing that out. They’ve completely missed the point. These people need to come into the 21st century and educate themselves.”</p> <p>“It doesn’t represent what we’re about, what the club’s about, what the players are about and what the majority of our fans are about. We’d heard some whispers that it might happen and the club tried to stop it. I hope it doesn’t happen again. I’m upset that it’s associated with our club, my club.”</p> <p>The former Manchester City defender Micah Richards, said on Sky Sports: “It’s so disheartening, especially with how far we’ve cone in these last couple of weeks. It really does hurt me.” </p> <p>European quality body, Fare, released a statement slamming the stunt.</p> <p>“The racist backlash against the Black Lives Matter movement across Europe is a trend we have seen and documented,” Fare’s executive director, Piara Powar said.</p> <p>“Set against the BLM message of equal rights ‘White Lives Matter’ can only be motivated by racism and a denial of equal rights. It shows exactly why the fight for equality is so important and why the majority of people have supported it.</p> <p>“At this stage we don’t know who is behind this, but it’s clear they don’t see the relevance of the message to football or the impact that racism has on so many peoples lives. So be it. The movement, the issues that are being discussed and the change that will arise is unstoppable. History will judge that this was a moment that led to change.”</p>

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​Fury as politician calls for renaming of Australian states

<p><span>An Australian politician has caused controversy after demanding the states Queensland and Victoria be renamed so as not to honour a former British monarch and head of empire that “murdered people”.</span><br /><br /><span>Lidia Thorpe represented the Greens in the Victorian Legislative Assembly in 2017 and 2018 and says the states that have their names are due to an “invasion of country” that “caused harm” to Indigenous Australians.</span><br /><br /><span>However Ms Thorpe, who is the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the Parliament of Victoria, was quickly accused of “jumping on the bandwagon”, with some pointing out that even her own last name, “Thorpe”, has English origins and therefore should also be changed under her own reasoning.</span><br /><br /><span>Tory MP Mark Francois told <em>MailOnline</em>: “Unless I am mistaken several years ago Australia voted democratically in a referendum to retain HM the Queen as head of state.</span><br /><br /><span>“In light of that decision it seems to me that there is unlikely to be overwhelming support in Australia for this proposition. We would all be better to focus on the exciting prospect of a new trade deal between Britain and Australia.”</span><br /><br /><span>Queen Victoria granted permission to become a separate colony in 1859, and the new colony was named Queensland (Queen's land) in her honour. Similarly, Victoria was also named after Queen Victoria when the colony was established in 1851.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Thorpe suggested the Victoria name change in an interview with </span><em>The Herald Sun</em><span>, in which she said: “Anything that's named after someone who's caused harm or murdered people, then I think we should take their name down.”</span><br /><br /><span>“Maybe that's something they (the Queensland government) could negotiate (in a treaty),” she explained to news.com.au.</span><br /><br /><span>“Given we're all talking about the colonial past and how everything's named as a result of invasion of this country, why wouldn't we negotiate that (name changes)?</span><br /><br /><span>“It may be that it stays the same. But why wouldn't we put that on the table? Maybe we need to be making decisions, changing place names, state names and anything else that causes harm.”</span><br /><br /><span>Victoria and Queensland are the second and third most populous states in Australia, with 5.6 million and 4.6 million inhabitants respectively.</span><br /><br /><span>Meanwhile, there are also growing calls for statues of Captain James Cook to be removed, although Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended Cook’s legacy by declaring there “was no slavery in Australia”.</span><br /><br /><span>It is a comment that he has since apologised for.</span><br /><br /><span>The petition for the Cairns statue to be removed has been signed by more than 12,000 people and reads: “Since 1972, the James Cook statue on Sheridan Street has stood as a symbol of colonialism and genocide.</span><br /><br /><span>“It's a slap in the face to all indigenous people,” it read.</span><br /><br /><span>“For us it represents dispossession, forced removal, slavery, genocide, stolen land, and loss of culture - among many other things.</span><br /><br /><span>“I am calling on Cairns Regional Council and Cairns Mayor Mr Bob Manning to take action today and remove this statue. This would be a huge step forward in uniting the community and honouring our First Nation's people.</span><br /><br /><span>“I also call on non-indigenous Australians to stand with us. The #BlackLivesMatter movement is as urgent here on your own doorsteps as it is on the streets of Minneapolis.</span><br /><br /><span>“For you to demand the removal of this offensive and outdated statue shows your willingness to look Australia's ugly history right in the eye, and say 'no more'.”</span><br /><br /><span>Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told 9News he wants the statues to stay.</span><br /><br /><span>“I don't think ripping pages out of history books and brushing over parts of history you don't agree with or you don't like is really something the Australian public is going to embrace,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“There are good and bad parts of our history. You learn from that.”</span><br /><br /><span>Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has also voiced his support for the statues to stay.</span><br /><br /><span>“You can't rewrite history, you have to learn from it,” he told Sydney radio 2GB.</span><br /><br /><span>“The idea that you go back to year zero of history is, in my view, just quite frankly unacceptable.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Morrison has previously said he wanted to help the public to gain a better understanding of Captain Cook's historic voyage.</span><br /><br /><span>“That voyage is the reason Australia is what it is today and it's important we take the opportunity to reflect on it,” the PM said.</span></p>

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Hundreds join anti-vaxxer group’s national bus tour

<p>Hundreds of people in NSW have signed up to join a national anti-vaxxer bus tour, which has been slammed as “inappropriate” and “irresponsible” by health experts.</p> <p><em><a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/hundreds-turning-out-for-antivaxxer-bus-tour/news-story/8c6754cdef85c9095be981b59c1faab9">The Daily Telegraph</a> </em>reported four hundred people from NSW have registered their interest in the “Vaxxed” bus tour, which is set to hit the road in mid-July.</p> <p>Meryl Dorey, spokeswoman for The Australian Vaccination-risks Network told <em><a href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/anti-vaxxers-mount-new-campaign-in-australia-to-counteract-blatant-censorship-on-social-media-c-1086415">7News</a></em> the road trip will spread the supposed “dangers of compulsory vaccination” around the country.</p> <p>The tour will also include screenings of <em>Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe</em> and <em>Vaxxed II: The People’s Truth </em>among others. Andrew Wakefield, who directed the first <em>Vaxxed </em>film and appeared in the second, was struck off the medical register in 2010 due to ethical misconducts related to his <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8695267.stm">controversial research</a>.</p> <p>The announcement of the tour has been met with condemnation from public health experts.</p> <p>“The benefits of vaccination have been proven over and over again on a worldwide basis,” Dr Kean-Seng Lim, immediate past president of the Australian Medical Association told <em>The Daily Telegraph</em>.</p> <p>“A lot of the anti-vax movement is based on rumours and untruths … any process which increases the misinformation out there is harmful to our society.”</p> <p>Robert Booy, professor of paediatrics at the University of Sydney, said local councils must ban the group from using public venues and facilities during its bus tour.</p> <p>“It is totally inappropriate that local councils allow false scientific information [to be spread] in their communities,” he told <em>7News</em>.</p> <p>The World Health Organisation has declared <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/23/health/anti-vaccination-movement-us.html">vaccine hesitancy</a> as one of the biggest threats to global health.</p> <p>Sydney Health Ethics lecturer Dr Claire Hooker said health experts should have “great understanding and kindness” towards people who are worried about the side effects of immunisation.</p> <p>“It’s reasonable for parents to want to know about and understand something they’ve been told they must do,” she told <em>7News</em>.</p> <p>”And if they are laughed at or mocked and their concerns put aside, they could be inclined to move closer towards the anti-vaxxer position.</p> <p>“It is important for people in public health to provide opportunities for communication with parents who are unsure about where to get accurate information.”</p>

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Royal slap: The prince fined thousands for breaking lockdown laws

<p>A Belgian prince who contracted coronavirus after breaking lockdown rules in Spain has been fined 10,400 euros (AU$17,200).</p> <p>Prince Joachim was issued with the penalty after attending a private party in Córdoba with 27 guests on May 26, two days after arriving in the country for an internship. At the time, international arrivals were required to quarantine for 14 days, and gatherings were limited to a maximum of 15 attendees.</p> <p>The day after the event, Joachim began experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, and later tested positive for COVID-19.</p> <p>The 28-year-old prince, nephew of King Philippe and 10th in line to the throne, has since apologised.</p> <p>“I would like to apologize for traveling and not having respected the quarantine measures,” Joachim said in a statement.</p> <p>“I did not intend to offend or disrespect anyone in these very difficult times and deeply regret my actions and accept the consequences.”</p> <p>Joachim has 15 days to pay or <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/prince-joachim-belgium-fined-spain-for-breaking-coronavirus-lockdown-rules-party-in-cordova/">appeal</a> the fine. According to <em>El País</em>, the amount of the fine will be reduced by half if he complies with the deadline.</p> <p>He is the second member of the Belgian royal family to have contracted COVID-19, after Princess Claire.</p> <p>More than 27,000 have died from coronavirus in Spain, while Belgium’s coronavirus death toll has passed 9,600.</p>

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Teen driver in horrific Townsville accident revealed to be on bail

<p><span>A 14-year-old boy who drove the vehicle of a stolen car that caused the deaths of four other teens was on bail at the time of the incident.</span><br /><br /><span>The vehicle was being driven on the wrong side of a Queensland road when it clipped a roundabout and rolled, killing four teenagers on board, police have said.</span><br /><br /><span>Lucius Baira-Hill, 13, Aaliyah Tappa Brown, 17, Rayveena Coolwell, 15, and Cayenne Nona, 14, died at the scene in Townsville on Monday morning.</span><br /><br /><span>Witnesses said the car was “doing at least 120km/h” before it hit the roundabout and flipped.</span><br /><br /><span>The car that was involved in the crash had been reported stolen earlier on the same morning.</span><br /><br /><span>Emergency crews were called to the corner of Duckworth Street and Bayswater Road at Garbutt just before 4.30 am after the car crashed into a light pole.</span><br /><br /><span>The 14-year-old driver was taken to Townsville Hospital in a stable condition after suffering minor injuries.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Teenager charged over multiple fatality fatal Townsville crash <a href="https://t.co/b51Mwxm0qn">https://t.co/b51Mwxm0qn</a> <a href="https://t.co/l8DpTx3Soe">pic.twitter.com/l8DpTx3Soe</a></p> — JohnBlackman (@johnblackmanhey) <a href="https://twitter.com/johnblackmanhey/status/1269767146608881665?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>7News reports he was released on bail about two weeks prior on unrelated property offences and the teen has since been charged with dangerously operating a motor vehicle causing death.</span><br /><br /><span>The young teen has also been charged with two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and burglary, as well as a count of possessing dangerous drugs.</span><br /><br /><span>He did not apply for bail when he faced Townsville Children’s Court onTuesday morning.</span><br /><br /><span>People were spotted laying flowers and tributes where the incident occurred.</span><br /><br /><span>One sign wrote, “Fly high Luie”.</span><br /><br /><span>An anonymous witness, who claimed he saw the vehicle speeding moments before the crash, told the Townsville Bulletin that he was absolutely sure an accident was about to occur.</span><br /><br /><span>“They were doing at least 120km down Hodges Crescent and I said to my missus they’re going to kill someone, there were no police around, just these two cars and they just kept doing blocks,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>Superintendent Glen Pointing said police had seen the car earlier that night.</span><br /><br /><span>“And there was another stolen vehicle getting around to Townsville last night, and there were some reports that those vehicles were getting around the streets driving dangerously,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>Superintendent Pointing made it clear that at no time did they pursue the car or attempt to intercept it.</span><br /><br /><span>Debris was found across the road, and even a type had been found hundreds of metres away from the crash.</span><br /><br /><span>“Any event like this is a tragedy. We don’t like going to these incidents,” Superintendent Pointing said.</span><br /><br /><span>“As I said, it is a tragedy for the children involved, it is a tragedy for their families, and it is all so confronting to first responders, whether they be police, fire, ambulance. Everyone involved.”</span></p>

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French princess in coma after “serious” crash

<p>A French royal is reportedly in a coma after suffering a “serious” motorcycle crash.</p> <p>Princess Hermine of Clermont-Tonnerre is believed to have been injured in a road accident on Monday, June 1, as reported by French news outlet <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.lavoixdunord.fr/760743/article/2020-06-03/hermine-de-clermont-tonnerre-princesse-et-jet-setteuse-dans-le-coma-apres-un" target="_blank">La Voix du Nord</a>.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836378/hermine-de-clermont-tonnerre-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/63db7f99f8c948c3b982b4c4a0ee0989" /></p> <p>The 54-year-old actor and renowned Parisian jetsetter is the daughter of Charles Henri, the 11th Duke of Clermont-Tonnerre, and Anne Moranville.</p> <p>Though she is not technically considered a princess, the royal author is dubbed by French press as “Princesse Hermine de Clermont-Tonnerre”</p> <p>She has two children, Allegra and Calixte, from her decade-long marriage to French businessman Alastair Cuddeford which ended in 2009.</p> <p>French film producer and friend Thierry Klemeniuk posted about news of the accident in a post on Facebook that has since been deleted.</p> <p>“Let us all pray for our princess,” he said, according to La VDN.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836380/hermine-de-clermont-tonnerre.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e4ec81db71bc43268e07ca3bf652a2b8" /></p> <p>In a separate post, event manager Viviane Zaniroli asked others to join her in prayer.</p> <p>“For our Mimine, Hermine de Clermont-Tonnerre, in a coma following a motorcycle accident, we think of Allegra and Calixte her children. My darling princess you are a warrior, fight,” she said.</p> <p>Ms Zaniroli is the creator of the Princesses’ Rally – a women-only car rally in which Hermine has raced multiple times.</p> <p>The royal is also renowned for her passionate love of Harley Davidson motorcycles.</p> <p>French celebrity magazine <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gala.fr/l_actu/news_de_stars/video-hermine-de-clermont-tonnerre-dans-le-coma-cest-tres-grave-confie-jean-luc-lahaye_449361" target="_blank">Gala</a> reported she is in a “worrying” state after the crash.</p>

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Sunrise crew “worse for wear” after police attack during George Floyd protests

<p><span>Seven News reporter Amelia Brace has provided a grim update on her and her cameraman’s condition after police officers “turned on” them as they reported on protests in Washington DC.</span></p> <p><span>Brace and Timothy Myers ACS were reporting live from the White House to provide an update on the ongoing protests at Washington DC when they were aggressively pushed and hit by heavily-armed police.</span></p> <p><span>The incident occurred at 6:30 pm as police began shoving crowds 30 minutes before a curfew was due to come into effect and went to air live on Australian television.</span></p> <p><span>Appearing on </span><em>Sunrise</em><span> this morning, Brace said they were both “worse for wear” today, admitting they were probably running on “adrenaline” in the wake of the attack.</span></p> <p><span>"I can feel across the back of my shoulders where I got whacked by the baton, and we have these welts from the rubber bullets - it's similar to if you got shot too closely by a paintball gun," the reporter explained.</span></p> <p><span>"We just are glad that the bullets were rubber and not real bullets - I would have panicked if I hadn't realised that it was not a real bullet."</span></p> <p><span>While Brace was in the firing line of police yesterday, it was Myers that appeared to have suffered the most, with footage showing an officer hitting him with a riot shield before punching him in the face.</span></p> <p><span>"He's a bit flat today - but the way Tim handled the situation yesterday was just amazing," Brace said of her colleague.</span></p> <p><span>"He really copped it at the start there, and then to go on to get rubber bullets to the back and then the tear gas... We had to really keep our heads down to try to avoid the gases as we were trying to sneak through the crowd, just desperately trying to get away from those police officers.</span></p> <p><span>"It was a terrifying experience, but we came through it, and an hour later, I finally had a chance to give him a hug and say, 'Are you OK?'"</span></p> <p><span>Brace, who is a full-time US correspondent for Seven News, was disappointed by what she had witnessed that day.</span></p> <p><span>"I am really disappointed... It's not just about the media and the fact that we were attacked while we were doing our job, but it's the fact that it was before curfew," she told </span><em>Sunrise</em><span> hosts David Koch and Samantha Armytage.</span></p> <p><span>"Every single person had a legal right to be there and to see these people tear-gassed, to make way for a photo opportunity for the president, is just outrageous.</span></p> <p><span>"This is not the United States that I know at the moment. It's a police state, martial law, and to see civilians treated like that is really upsetting."</span></p>

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Pauline Hanson launches GoFundMe page to battle QLD border closures

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Controversial One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson is hoping to file a case against the Queensland Government after they refuse to open their borders to tourism.</p> <p>She claims that the closures have become unconstitutional and that there is no official advice from federal authorities saying they’re required.</p> <p>If the Queensland Premier is unable to provide official documents stating why the borders have to remain closed by tomorrow afternoon, High Court action could be just weeks away.</p> <p>As taking cases to the High Court isn’t cheap, Hanson has set up a GoFundMe page to help fund the case, with the goal of raising $1,000,000.</p> <p>The fight to take the issue to the High Court came after the Queensland Premier said that the borders would stay closed until at least September, a statement that was backed up by the state’s chief medical officer.</p> <p>Pauline Hanson has this morning told <em>The Today Show</em> there’s no reason the borders shouldn’t open now.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">"I'm all for leadership but this is a dictatorship and it's ridiculous." Pauline Hanson is threatening to take Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to the High Court if she doesn't reopen the state's borders. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/6XFDH49mmO">pic.twitter.com/6XFDH49mmO</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1265377851353763840?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 26, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“We may not have a cure for the coronavirus, a vaccine for another year or two, we can’t keep the borders closed that long.</p> <p>“It’s a virus that we have to live with. Just because you get coronavirus, doesn’t mean that it’s a death sentence.</p> <p>“It will affect those people with underlying health issues, but the whole fact is that we’re destroying our economy more so than what the coronavirus is.</p> <p>“Tell me, 100 deaths because of the coronavirus, and last year we had over 900 because of the flu.</p> <p>“So go figure there, we didn’t close the borders because of the flu, so we have closed them because of coronavirus.</p> <p>“People are getting depression, suicide, businesses are closing, losing homes, losing businesses.</p> <p>“And the majority of people last that I’ve heard, 67 percent wants the borders opened.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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