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The Wizard of New Zealand is officially off the payroll

<p dir="ltr">The Wizard of New Zealand (who isn’t Gandalf) is in reality a man by the name of Ian Brackenbury Channell, and he has been on Christchurch city council’s payroll for 23 years, drawing a salary of $16,000NZD per annum for his work promoting the city through “acts of wizardry and other wizard-like services”. That means he’s been paid roughly $368,000NZD over the course of 23 years to dress up as a wizard.</p> <p dir="ltr">Unfortunately, his tenure has come to an end, with the council electing not to renew his contract in January 2022. While his job title makes it sound like he could be called upon to cast protection spells in times of crisis, and other things wizards (who aren’t Gandalf) do, his primary role was to “conduct lunchtime orations in Cathedral Square” for an hour every weekday between November and March.</p> <p dir="ltr">He was also expected to make up to 200 hours worth of appearances to promote Christchurch, welcome dignitaries, help with tourism promotions and be interviewed by the media. The $40/hour pay rate works out to be roughly eight hours of work a week.</p> <p dir="ltr">Channell was born in England, and began publicly performing as a wizard after moving to New Zealand in 1976. The council initially tried to stop him (they were probably Team Gandalf), but the public protested, with the New Zealand Art Gallery Directors Association describing him as a “living work of art”. Prime Minister Mike Moore eventually asked Channell in 1990 if he would consider becoming the Wizard of New Zealand (he probably couldn’t find Gandalf’s best contact number).</p> <p dir="ltr">In his letter to the Wizard, Moore wrote, “I am concerned that your wizardry is not at the disposal of the entire nation. I suggest therefore that you should urgently consider my suggestion that you become the Wizard of New Zealand, Antarctica and relevant offshore areas … no doubt there will be implications in the area of spells, blessings, curses, and other supernatural matters that are beyond the competence of mere Prime Ministers.”</p> <p dir="ltr">His 23 years of service have seen him perform in Christchurch, raindance across New Zealand and Australia during droughts, and even receive the Queen’s Service Medal in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours.</p> <p dir="ltr">Unfortunately, more recently his behaviour has included making sexist remarks about women, including telling a television host that he liked to tease women by telling them they were devious, and that they used “cunning to get men who are thick”.</p> <p dir="ltr">He went on to say, “I love women, I forgive them all the time, I’ve never struck one yet. Never strike a woman because they bruise too easily is the first thing, and they’ll tell the neighbours and their friends … and then you’re in big trouble.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Following this, the council made the decision to write to Channell, thanking him for his services to Christchurch, and informing him that his contract would not be renewed in the new year.</p> <p dir="ltr">Of this decision, the Wizard said, “I feel really insulted and deeply hurt by the whole thing. I am being airbrushed out of history. They don’t like my vibes.</p> <p dir="ltr">“What I am doing is very delicate. I can’t do it in a commercial environment or a PC environment.”</p> <p dir="ltr">As a result, it looks like Christchurch will be officially farewelling its quirky spokesperson early next year – unless Channell decides to carry on his duties in an amateur capacity.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Joseph Johnson/Getty Images</em></p>

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Amateur diver uncovers 900-year-old treasure

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An amateur diver has found a sword believed to have belonged to a crusader knight from about 900 years ago off Israel’s northern coast.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shlomi Katzin made the discovery while scuba diving off the Carmel coast, as well as finding ancient stone anchors, metal anchors, and pottery fragments.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The sword, which has a one-metre-long blade and a 30-centimetre hilt, was found encrusted with marine organisms and is thought to have emerged after the sands shifted.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844945/sword1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/565203079d5d45c78dd0063de5299054" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The hilt of the sword found by Mr Katzin. Image Shlomi Katzin / IAA</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Katzin took his find ashore after fearing it would be stolen or buried once again in the sands.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After reporting the find to the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Robbery Prevention Unit, Mr Katzin was awarded a certificate for good citizenship.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said the sword would be put on public display once it had been cleaned and analysed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The sword, which has been preserved in perfect condition, is a beautiful and rare find and evidently belonged to a crusader knight,” </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://mfa.gov.il/mfa/israelexperience/history/pages/diver-finds-900-year-old-crusader-sword-on-seabed-18-october-2021.aspx" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">said Nir Distelfeld</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, IAA’s Robbery Prevention Unit Inspector.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was found encrusted with marine organisms but is apparently made of iron. It is exciting to encounter such a personal object, taking you 900 years back in time to a different era, with knights, armour and swords.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CVLK-IToofQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CVLK-IToofQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Israel Antiquities Authority (@antiquities_en)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kobi Sharvit, the head of IAA’s Marine Archaeology Unit, said the Carmel coast had provided shelter for ships during storms over the centuries of shipping activity, making it a hotspot for treasured finds.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“These conditions have attracted merchant ships down the ages, leaving behind rich archaeological finds,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The recently recovered sword is just one such find.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eli Escosido, the IAA’s general director, praised Mr Katzin for coming forward with the discovery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Crusaders fought in a series of religious wars during the medieval period, with the most commonly known campaigns occurring in the eastern Mediterranean region.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Shlomi Katzin / IAA</span></em></p>

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Entire family found dead inside luxury hotel sauna

<p>Police are investigating the highly suspicious death of an entire family in a five-star holiday hotel sauna. Police have suggested they may have been murdered, according to reports citing local law enforcement.</p> <p>The family all died minutes apart from what was initially described as “asphyxia”.<br />Sergey Burenkov, 60 and his wife Natalya Burenkova, 58, from Moscow, Russia were holidaying in Albania with their daughter, Katya, 31, and her partner Nikita Belousov, 37,</p> <p>Initially, attention was focused on the ventilation system of the sauna complex.</p> <p>There were also claims that Chlorine in a pool may have caused these deaths, but was dismissed as a “fabrication” by the Russian embassy in Tirana, the capital of Albania.</p> <p>Other claims that alcohol poisoning may have been responsible have all been rejected amid claims the family members do not drink.</p> <p>Reports say no fault has been found with the sauna or its ventilation system.</p> <p>The family died soon after going for a sauna after arriving at the luxurious Gloria Palace Hotel on the 15th of October.</p> <p>One local report said there are now “suspicions among persecutors that we may be dealing with murder, but it is still too early to come to an accurate conclusion on how it was committed.”</p> <p>If this is true, it is unclear why the tourist family were targeted.</p> <p>Reports say they had ordered drinks and food to sauna complex but by the time a waiter delivered it, they were all dead.</p> <p>“I shouted several times that the drinks and fruit were ready,” the hotel employee said to the Albanian media.</p> <p>“No one answered so I walked inside and saw them all.”</p> <p>“One person was lying on a sunbed, two were on the (sauna) benches. The last one was sitting with his legs in the pool.”</p> <p>“They have all suffocated.”</p> <p>The Russian embassy is working with local police to establish the cause of their deaths</p>

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Rocket Man William Shatner fires back at Prince William

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">William Shatner has taken aim at Prince William after the royal </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/travel-trouble/an-absolute-disaster-prince-william-calls-out-billionaires-space-race" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">criticised space tourism</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> last week.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After taking a space trip on one of Jeff Bezo’s rockets last week, </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/technology/space/william-shatner-fire-rhetorical-rocket-back-at-prince-william-after-future-kings-thinly-veiled-swipe-c-4252766" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shatner said</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> the prince has “got the wrong idea” by saying that Earth’s environmental problems should be solved before people can go on tourist trips into space.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">This was the voyage of the RSS First Step today. Its mission: encounter Earth from incredible views at apogee <a href="https://t.co/Gzsnkv97K9">pic.twitter.com/Gzsnkv97K9</a></p> — Blue Origin (@blueorigin) <a href="https://twitter.com/blueorigin/status/1448385762345488395?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 13, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He’s a lovely, gentle, educated man, but he’s got the wrong idea,” Shatner said during an interview with </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.etonline.com/william-shatner-reacts-to-prince-williams-disapproval-of-space-race-exclusive-173739" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Entertainment Tonight</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The idea here is not to go, ‘Yeah, look at me. I’m in space’,” the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Star Trek</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> actor continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He claimed that space trips like his are a “baby step” towards moving polluting industries to space, saying that a power-generating base could be built 400km above Earth to supply the world with energy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The prince is missing the point,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“All it needs is … somebody as rich as Jeff Bezos [to say], ‘Let’s go up there’.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Without mentioning any names, the Duke of Cambridge criticised the billionaires currently engaged in the space tourism race.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live,” he said in an interview with the <em>BBC</em>.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Behind the scenes of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BBCNewscast?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BBCNewscast</a>, talking about the environment and The <a href="https://twitter.com/EarthshotPrize?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@EarthshotPrize</a> 🌏<br /><br />Look out for more this Thursday 📻 <a href="https://t.co/RLDuATmrmi">pic.twitter.com/RLDuATmrmi</a></p> — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1447865675310055426?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 12, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The prince also stated that he had “absolutely no interest” in going to space, expressing concerns over the environmental impact it would have.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shatner was one of the passengers on a suborbital rocket built by Mr Bezo’s company Blue Origin, which reached the edge of Earth’s atmosphere and saw him become weightless.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 90-year-old actor became the oldest person to launch into space, taking the title from </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/retirement-income/oldest-woman-makes-it-to-space-60-years-after-training" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">82-year-old Wally Funk</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, who was on Mr Bezo’s first suborbital flight.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844888/shatner1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/aad44cc8f1fc4deeb3faa7c3dd081a8b" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shatner described the experience of floating above the Earth as “profound”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said a person couldn’t understand space travel until “you’re up there and you see the black darkness, the ugliness”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“From our point of view, space is filled with mystery … but in that moment, it is blackness and death,” he told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">after his flight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In this moment down here, as we look down, [Earth] is life and nurturing. That’s what everybody needs to know.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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“An absolute disaster”: Prince William calls out billionaires’ space race

<p dir="ltr">Prince William has called out the billionaires currently competing in a space tourism race instead of focusing their efforts on the environmental problems on Earth.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Duke of Cambridge directed thinly-veiled criticism at Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Richard Branson during a BBC interview at Kensington Palace.</p> <p dir="ltr">The three billionaires have been embroiled in a recent race to provide private commercial space travel.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live,”<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-15/prince-william-urges-billionaires-put-planet-before-space-race/100541038" target="_blank">William said</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The interview comes after Mr Musk announced his focus on reaching Mars, and after Mr Bezos said that his inaugural space flight was part of building a road to space “so that our kids and their kids can build a future”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We need to do that to solve the problems here on Earth,” Mr Bezos said.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Amazon founder recently celebrated his second suborbital space flight, which included<span> </span><em>Star Trek<span> </span></em>actor William Shatner among its passengers.</p> <p dir="ltr">The British royal family has made a trend of speaking out on environmental issues, with William following in the steps of his father Prince Charles and late grandfather Prince Philip.</p> <p dir="ltr">Prince Charles has been calling for action to stop climate change for decades, often facing ridicule for his stance.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 72-year-old heir to the throne<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/travel-trouble/prince-charles-shocked-that-morrison-not-confirmed-for-glasgow-climate-conference?fbclid=IwAR0yBM3BrGS_5kZp0-E8kfD0lmaoVumFZDUhBcq0LmueyAmeR1gHv8fOk8I" target="_blank">recently described</a><span> </span>the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow as a “last chance saloon” for combating climate change, sharing how he tries so hard to encourage world leaders to attend and take action.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s been a hard road for him. He’s had a really rough ride on that, and I think he’s been proven to being well ahead of the curve,” William said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“But it shouldn’t be that there’s a third generation now coming along having to ramp it up even more.”</p> <p dir="ltr">William also warned that not taking action now could be “robbing from our children’s future”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“For me, it would be an absolute disaster if [my son] George is sat here in 30 years’ time, still saying the same thing, because by then we will be too late.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Now I’ve got children as well and speaking to other parents, it’s a bit of a cliche, but you do start to see the world differently.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I want the things that I’ve enjoyed - the outdoor life, the nature, the environment - I want that to be there for my children, and not just my children but everyone else’s children.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The prince said the key to tackling the issue was to “bring people with us”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“People have got to feel like there’s hope, there’s a chance we can fix this.”</p> <p dir="ltr">He also echoed his father’s message, saying the upcoming COP26 conference had to result in action.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We can’t have more clever speak, clever words but not enough action,” William said.</p> <p dir="ltr">In response to the issue of climate change, William created the Earthshot Prize, with the aim of using new technologies or policies to solve Earth’s biggest environmental problems.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @KensingtonRoyal / Twitter</em></p>

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Ben Fordham blasts deputy premier over broken promises

<p>Radio host Ben Fordham has blasted the NSW deputy premier Paul Toole over sudden changes to travel restrictions. </p> <p>On Thursday, the newly formed state crisis cabinet backflipped on their plan to allow Sydneysiders to travel to regional parts of NSW once the 80 percent vaccine milestone was met. </p> <p>Appearing on Ben's 2GB morning show on Friday, Mr Toole confirmed that the date has been changed to November 1st. </p> <p>The sudden change has sparked outrage, as families and friends across the state are desperate to be reunited with their loved ones. </p> <p>“I know it’s frustrating and I know it’s not an easy decision being made, but we have a responsibility to keep our regional communities safe,” Mr Toole said.</p> <p>Ben argued that “people have had all the time in the world to get vaccinated”.</p> <p>“Why does it matter when we’ve hit 80 per cent?” he asked.</p> <p>“It’s the quicker the better. I don’t know how many broken promises there are on regional travel. I can’t keep up.”</p> <p>Allowing Sydneysiders to visit other NSW regions was originally promised when the state achieved the 70 percent milestone, but then was pushed back to 80 percent. </p> <p><span>NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet on Thursday argued that the state achieved the 80 per cent target far earlier than anticipated, which had sparked concerns among regional leaders as rural NSW communities catch up to vaccine rates.</span></p> <p>Mr Toole echoed those comments on Friday.</p> <p>“We achieved that target of 80 per cent vaccination quicker than we thought. We thought it would still be a couple of weeks away,” Mr Toole said, before later arguing that the road map had been a clear path.</p> <p>Fordham argued that the people of NSW felt “dudded” by the decision and pushed Mr Toole to confess to breaking a promise.</p> <p>“Do you agree that it’s a broken promise?” he asked.</p> <p>Mr Toole tried to argue that there had been changes to the road map, but Fordham pushed him again.</p> <p>“Do you agree that it’s a broken promise? Yes or no?"</p> <p><span>“I actually think the road map we’ve put forward has had plenty of changes all the way through,” Mr Toole said.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">What a joke. Absolutely pathetic. First they said 70% there would be travel between regional and greater Sydney, then they said 80% and now they move it back a week every day. People who aren’t vaccinated by now probably aren’t getting vaccinated.</p> — Luke Jarvis (@lukethorotek) <a href="https://twitter.com/lukethorotek/status/1448754140818010138?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 14, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span>At Friday's NSW Covid-19 press </span>conference, premier Dom Perrottet also announced new <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/health-safety/regional-travel-pushed-back-to-november-1/news-story/b34dbba46b81e2247950318960111666" target="_blank">changes to the roadmap as of November 1st</a>. </p> <p>From that date, international travellers entering New South Wales will not be required to quarantine in hotels upon entry, as Dom declared hotel quarantine "a thing of the past".</p> <p>In addition to these changes, returning travellers also won't be required to complete any home quarantine before they can explore the state. </p> <p>These new restrictions are only in place for those who are fully vaccinated, until the state opens up for everyone in December. </p> <p><em>Image credits: 2GB</em></p>

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Wild elk finally gets tyre removed from around its neck after two years

<p dir="ltr">A wild elk in Colorado is free after a years-long ordeal to remove a rubber tyre from around its neck. Wildlife officers were<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/News-Release-Details.aspx?NewsID=7971" target="_blank">able to free it</a><span> </span>over the weekend after local residents alerted them to the creature’s location.</p> <p dir="ltr">The elk was a four-and-a-half year-old male weighing over 600 pounds, or over 270 kilograms. He had spent the past few years travelling between neighbouring counties, disappearing for long periods of time, particularly in the winter, and acting normally for a wild animal, not wanting to be around humans.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The saga of the bull elk with a tire around its neck is over. Thanks to the residents just south of Pine Junction on CR 126 for reporting its location, wildlife officers were able to free it of that tire Saturday.<br /><br />Story: <a href="https://t.co/WHfkfPuAck">https://t.co/WHfkfPuAck</a><br /><br />📸's courtesy of Pat Hemstreet <a href="https://t.co/OcnceuZrpk">pic.twitter.com/OcnceuZrpk</a></p> — CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) <a href="https://twitter.com/CPW_NE/status/1447601850878812161?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 11, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Wildlife officers were first alerted to the elk’s plight in June 2019. While conducting a population survey for bighorn sheep and mountain goats, an officer saw the bull through a spotting scope. Wildlife officer Scott Murdoch said, “Being up in the wilderness, we didn’t really expect to be able to get our hands on the elk just because of the proximity or the distance away from civilization.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It is harder to get the further they are back in there and usually the further these elk are away from people, the wilder they act. That certainly played true the last couple of years, this elk was difficult to find, and harder to get close to.”</p> <p dir="ltr">In the past week alone, officers had made four attempts to try and tranquilise the animal. They were finally successful on Saturday evening, after wildlife officer Dawson Swanson found the elk amongst a larger group, and managed to tranquilise it, after which officer Murdoch arrived to aid in the removal of the tyre.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Why we cut the antlers off &amp; not the tire:<br /><br />1⃣ We tried, sawzall was slow going thru steel in the bead of the tire<br />2⃣ The animal was under anesthesia, time was limited<br />3⃣ Does not harm the elk, will grow back next year<br />4⃣ Reduces the chance the bull would be harvested this year <a href="https://t.co/C24rgd5krs">pic.twitter.com/C24rgd5krs</a></p> — CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) <a href="https://twitter.com/CPW_NE/status/1448023318590672896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 12, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Of the removal process, Murdoch said, “It was tight removing it,” even after cutting its antlers off. “It was not easy for sure, we had to move it just right to get it off because we weren’t able to cut the steel in the bead of the tire. Fortunately, the bull’s neck still had a little room to move.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We would have preferred to cut the tire and leave the antlers for his rutting activity, but the situation was dynamic and we had to just get the tire off in any way possible.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Once the tyre had been removed, the officers were surprised to see that the elk’s neck was in relatively good condition. “The hair was rubbed off a little bit, there was one small open wound maybe the size of a nickel or quarter, but other than that it looked really good,” Murdoch said. “I was actually quite shocked to see how good it looked.”</p> <div> <div class="reply-list-component"> <div class="reply-component"> <div class="reply-body-component"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply-body-wrapper"> <div class="reply-body-inner"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p dir="ltr">According to Colorado Parks &amp; Wildlife, "the elk would have gotten the tyre around its antlers either when it was very young, before it had antlers, or during the winter when it shed its antlers. It could have been a big stack of tires that the elk stuck its head in."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Removing its antlers does not hurt the elk, as they will grow back next year.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Twitter/@CPW_NE</em></p>

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No jab, no mail

<p dir="ltr">The regional Victorian town of Merrigum may see its<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/12/tiny-victorian-town-could-lose-its-only-post-office-as-operator-refuses-covid-vaccine" target="_blank">only post office shuttered</a><span> </span>because its operator has refused to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Angela Spedding, who has operated the Merrigum post office and newsagent for more than six years, was told by Australia Post that the post office would have to close if she had not booked in to be vaccinated by the end of this week.</p> <p dir="ltr">Australia Post denied that Spedding had been told to close the office, but said she had told them it would close on Thursday after discussions about her compliance with health orders.</p> <p dir="ltr">Spedding posted on social media about her decision that would result in all postal services ceasing, citing her “freedom of choice”. “As for your street mail, they will have another contractor but where it will go I have no idea. I apologise for the inconvenience this will cause for you all but it’s my freedom of choice.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Under Victorian health orders, about 1.25 million authorised workers are required to be vaccinated by Friday, in an attempt to reduce COVID-19 case numbers before restrictions are eased.</p> <p dir="ltr">Merrigum has a population of less than 700, and is located in the Goulborn Valley, in the LGA of Greater Shepparton. The population is made up primarily of elderly people, many of whom have already been vaccinated.</p> <p dir="ltr">Spedding, meanwhile, has been “adamant” about not being vaccinated, citing concerns over side-effects and mistrust of the government. She said, “I don’t watch TV much but I read on Facebook, I don’t think it [the vaccine] should ever be mandated.</p> <p dir="ltr">“But Australia Post told me I either had to get a vaccine or make an appointment. They’ll be here to clean out all the mail, parcels, everything. If I don’t get vaccinated, they’ll take my business. I don’t want to get it, but it’s throwing what I’ve worked for, for the last seven years, away ... I don’t really have any choice.</p> <p dir="ltr">“When I took this place over it was run down, they had hardly any clientele, and I built it up to be a good community post office. The community support me.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Australia Post said it had been complying with government requirements and health directives throughout the pandemic, and was sorry Spedding had chosen to close. They said that if it closed, all mail would be redirected to Girgarre, more than 20km from Merrigum.</p> <p dir="ltr">Spedding said that with the threat of closure looming, she was beginning to reconsider her decision. The pandemic-induced boom in online shopping and postal deliveries has meant her business is now worth some $250,000, and she hoped to eventually be able to sell the newsagent to fund her retirement. “If they take it away, without Australia Post the newsagent is worth nothing,” she said. “I get $95,000 worth of income from Australia Post a year. I’ve been in tears since I closed at 1 pm today. What am I supposed to do?”</p> <p dir="ltr">Since Greater Shepparton was sent into lockdown, its vaccination rate has improved from one of the lowest in the state to more than 90% of residents having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.<br /><br /><em>Image: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images</em></p>

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Couple shocked to find own dog hiding in suitcase

<p><em>Images: Travel Nine </em></p> <p>A US couple got the shock of a life time when they were told their suitcase was overweight only to discover their pet dog hidden inside.</p> <p>Jared and Kristi Owens were checking into their flight from Texas to Las Vegas when they had to do a quick re-shuffle of their bag after it registered as being too heavy.</p> <p>The suitcase was nearly three kilograms heavier than what it should have been.</p> <p>When Jared opened the hid, he was surprised to see their dog, Icky, looking back at him.</p> <p>“Literally, there’s our dog coming out of my boot, coming out of my boot with her head bopping up,” Jared told radio station KCBD.</p> <p>“She’s the burrower, that’s what she does/ She burrows in clothes, she burrows in, obviously suitcases now.”</p> <p>Icky the chihuahua had managed to sneak herself inside the suitcase, keeping quiet until the moment she was discovered at the check-in counter for Southwest Airlines at the airport in Lubbock.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844787/new-project-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6c094dcfec1d4aeea60f35d6b2e71513" /></p> <p>Thankfully, a caring staff member offered to take care of Icky while Jared and Kristi went to Vegas for the weekend, in late September.</p> <p>“They have got a heck of an employee in Cathy,” Jared said.</p> <p>“She went above and beyond and never made us feel, you know, they could have turned us in saying we were trying to smuggle a day to Vegas or something.</p> <p>“Never acted like that, they were extremely gracious. Like I said she was willing to watch our dog for us while we were gone.”.</p> <p>Their story went global after Jared shared the photos of their discovery to his Facebook page.</p> <p>Jared said the process of checking the bag’s weight most likely saved his dog’s life.</p>

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Tarantula spotted on plane MID-FLIGHT

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The moment passengers realised they had an eight-legged stowaway on their flight has been caught on video and since </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://travel.nine.com.au/latest/stunned-passengers-spot-tarantula-lurking-in-plane-cabin-midflight/da3e6e15-eca8-40a7-9ea8-261c5d2be177" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">gone viral</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> on TikTok.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the clip, the rogue tarantula can be spotted causing a commotion during the flight as it is discovered crawling through the overhead compartments.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">US retailer Hype Socks </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@hypesocksusa/video/7002633090929659141?is_copy_url=1&amp;is_from_webapp=v1" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">re-posted the video</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> on the platform, claiming it was shot by company CEO Josh Wintermantel.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When your CEO sees a tarantula on the plane,” a voiceover says over footage of the spider.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shortly after, a brave cabin crew member captures the tarantula in a clear plastic bag.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Shoutout to the employee who saved our lives,” the company captioned the video.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844762/spider-plane.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/49da05ca1d5a4b15a272189aec1ef1fa" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @hypesocksusa / TikTok</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The clip has since been viewed more than three million times, with viewers sharing a mix of comments.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I know you’re not supposed to make a scene on an airplane but if that thing was above me I would have a VERY hard time not screaming,” one person wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m gonna need all my money back and upgrades for the rest of my life,” another said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Not what I needed to see two days before I am getting on a plane,” a third commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A fourth person added, “Oh HELL NO! I would have jumped mid flight!”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A second clip of the incident was shared by TikTok user </span><a href="https://www.tiktok.com/@directorbrazil/video/7002518575944600838?lang=en&amp;is_copy_url=1&amp;is_from_webapp=v1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">@directorbrazil</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, showing just how large the spider was.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 284.63329452852156px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844763/capture.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e3198776f7294fd9abcce45d07b73e5e" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @directorbrazil / TikTok</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The footage, which has been viewed 3.6 million times, shows the shocked expressions on passengers’ faces as the crew member takes the spider down the cabin’s middle aisle.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The spider appears to be the same size as the staff member’s hand, and many have echoed the same sentiments as those who saw the first video.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is the second video of this spider I’ve seen. I’d be out of the emergency exit the moment someone said spider,” one viewer shared.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: TikTok</span></em></p>

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Prince Charles shocked that Morrison not confirmed for Glasgow climate conference

<p dir="ltr">Prince Charles has expressed shock at reports Prime Minister Scott Morrison wasn’t confirmed for the upcoming COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.</p> <p dir="ltr">Describing the conference as a “last chance saloon” for action on climate change, Prince Charles told the BBC that the world is facing a “disaster” and a “catastrophe”. When the interviewer says, “Scott Morrison, the Australian PM, isn’t even certain that he could make it to the meeting in Glasgow,’’ Charles responds with, “I, is that what he says does he? Mmm,’’ and goes on to explain why he’s tried so hard to encourage world leaders to attend.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The point being that this is a last chance saloon. If we don’t really take the decisions that are vital now, it’s going to be almost impossible to catch up. It will be a disaster. I mean it will be catastrophic. It is already beginning to be catastrophic because nothing in nature can survive the stress that is created by these extremes of weather.”</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/j1EUsGrIgMY" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">The interviewer also asked what Charles would say to the Australian government, as it seems reluctant to “take on board the need to take really serious action on this issue”. Charles’ diplomatic response was, “You gently try to suggest that maybe there are other ways of doing things, otherwise in my case, you lot will accuse me of interfering.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Charles revealed in the interview that he has converted his Aston Martin to run on “surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process” and avoids eating fish or meat on two days each week. He also revealed that he shares many of Greta Thunberg’s concerns, particularly that world leaders “just talk” about climate change without taking any action to combat it. “They just talk. And the problem is to get action on the ground.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Where Morrison was previously unsure whether he would attend the conference or not,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/scott-morrison-likely-to-backflip-on-glasgow-climate-change-conference/news-story/8208d18f843060fa166a616eb7603517" target="_blank">News.com.au reported on Tuesday</a><span> </span>that senior government sources have suggested he will now consider attending, although they rejected the suggestion Charles’ interview has played a factor in Morrison’s decision to reconsider attending.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: BBC</em></p>

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“I'm No.1 in this town!”: Nightmare Jetstar passenger restrained and arrested

<p dir="ltr">A man has been arrested after allegedly becoming so aggressive on a Jetstar flight from Darwin to Adelaide that fellow passengers had to assist police in restraining him.</p> <p dir="ltr">Footage filmed by a witness shows the man confronting the police officers who were waiting for him as the plane arrived in Adelaide. As officers try to restrain him, one passenger can be heard yelling “he’s trying to bite”, and officers then used a baton to restrain him. A passenger approaches the officers asking if they “need a hand”, to which they respond by asking him to hold the man’s legs.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Stunned Jetstar passengers had a front-row seat to a dramatic take-down by police on a flight into Adelaide. <a href="https://twitter.com/ellakduffy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ellakduffy</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9News?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9News</a> <a href="https://t.co/GCF6ZqlrNO">pic.twitter.com/GCF6ZqlrNO</a></p> — 9News Adelaide (@9NewsAdel) <a href="https://twitter.com/9NewsAdel/status/1447465947795755008?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 11, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Speaking to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/adelaide-jetstar-flight-man-arrested-after-becoming-unruly-mid-flight/de44d038-7d59-4069-91c2-180559461d36" target="_blank">9News</a>, one of the passengers, Jamin Tripp, said it was a scary situation, particularly for the children onboard.</p> <p dir="ltr">"He spoke to a few of the passengers in an aggressive way and said he deserved to be off first, saying 'I'm number one in this town'," Mr Tripp said. "It's not very nice when you've got kids on the plane. A few people were pretty distraught and upset."</p> <p dir="ltr">In a statement, Jetstar said the man had been temporarily banned from flying with Jetstar and Qantas. The statement said, "A passenger was intoxicated, refusing to follow instructions and was being verbally abusive towards crew and other passengers.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Following the arrest, the 54-year-old from Mawson Lakes was charged with multiple offences, including two counts of assaulting police. He is due to face court later this month.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: William West/AFP via Getty Images</em></p>

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"Get off my lawn!": Man cops spray for hose-based deterrent

<p>A man has gone viral on TikTok for showing his controversial way of preventing people from cutting across his front lawn. </p> <p>Thomas Lyons' house is located on the corner of two streets, with many using his unfenced front yard as a shortcut to the adjoining street. </p> <p>Thomas was sick of people trespassing on his property and trampling all over his perfect grass, so he devised a cunning plan to stop people using it as a thoroughfare. </p> <p>Thomas has repeatedly asked those who frequently cut across his lawn to stop and use the footpath, but his warnings have since gone unheeded. </p> <p>Taking matters into his own hands, Thomas installed sprinklers that go off whenever they detect any motion, leaving trespassers soaking wet and having to run to the footpath as quickly as possible. </p> <p>Thomas shared a video of his unique methods to his TikTok account, after also posting videos of people trampling on his perfectly maintained lawn at all hours of the day and night. </p> <p>Many people have divided opinions on his tactics, as the video has quickly racked up an impressive 40 million views. </p> <p><span>Many of his followers have praised his efforts, with one person commenting, "There's a sidewalk 10 feet away... constantly walking over the grass will kill it."</span></p> <p><span>"I was always taught not to walk on people's grass but I never knew why," another person says.</span></p> <p><span>"Also, if they tripped and fell on the grass and broke their leg, I'm assuming they would sue the owner," says another understanding user. </span></p> <p><span>While many commenters were quick to praise Thomas' efforts, there were also a lot of comments wondering why he went to such extremes to install a sprinkler system when he could've built a fence around his property instead.</span></p> <p><span>"The level of petty," says one person.</span></p> <p><span>"These are school kids," comments another. "You could just put a stone path. It's just grass, kindness means so much more."</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: TikTok @tgunz81</em></p>

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The oddest road rules you've never heard of

<p>Australian roads are known for having some peculiar road rules and while these can vary from state to state, they pale in comparison to some laws found throughout the world.</p> <p>Anyone who has taken even the shortest trip to Asia will know how different the roads there are from what we’re used to.</p> <p>Even though some parts of Asia are our closest neighbours they surprise many travellers with their weird and wonderful rules.</p> <p>From punishing shirtless drivers to painstakingly micro-managing number plates, the world’s largest continent is full of unexpected regulations. So what are Asia’s strangest road rules?</p> <ul> <li>$123 fine awaits drivers who believe this popular urban myth.</li> <li>Drivers who fail do this on our roads face a $464 fine.</li> <li>$250 fine looms for drivers caught in this lazy act.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Strangest driving rules revealed</strong></p> <p>In some Asian countries, drivers find themselves battling mother nature itself when going out on the roads.</p> <p>Thailand has one such rule where motorists are not allowed to drive their cars whilst shirtless, no matter how hot it may be.</p> <p>Drivers must always ensure they are covered behind the wheel and that includes singlets and bikini tops.</p> <p>It’s a bizarre rule for a country that is situated directly in the tropics and where humidity often sites near 100 per cent.</p> <p>Japanese drivers also find themselves battling their traditions and customers. In a land that is known for their polite nature, drivers can be heavily penalised if they splash any pedestrians walking along the pavement.</p> <p>This is a rule that is slowly being adopted in many developed countries including places like the UK and Canada although a similar law in NSW was repealed in June 2020.</p> <p>Managing road safety</p> <p>Of course, not all road rules are based on cultural customs and most are simply designed to manage safety on the roads.</p> <p>For instance, the Philippines have come up with a novel way to reduce congestion on the roads.</p> <p>They have implemented laws that ban cars from the roads according to the day and the first digit on their number plate.</p> <p>For example, drivers in Manila cannot drive their cars on Monday or Tuesday should their registration plate start with a one or two.</p> <p>It’s a scheme that was originally trialled in Paris a few years ago to the great effect and is something that authorities in Manila hope will have a similar impact on their roads.</p> <p>Pedestrians are also given greater consideration in some major cities too. In Singapore, drivers are required to give pedestrians at least a 50 metre space whenever they are crossing the road.</p> <p>It’s a smart decision considering the non-stop hustle and bustle of city-state’s lifestyle.</p> <p><strong>Drivers must carry first-aid kits</strong></p> <p>Despite these safety rules, nowhere quite beats some of the laws applied in some major cities across India.</p> <p>While India is known for dire conditions on the roads, motorists on the streets of Chennai and Kolkata are required to always carry first-aid kits in their cars.</p> <p>This is because they are expected to carry out immediate first aid treatment to passengers if they are injured in their car.</p> <p>With a potential three-month prison sentence awaiting anyone who fails to do this, it’d be wise to be a Good Samaritan should anything happen on chaotic Indian roads.</p> <p>They are some surprising road rules out there, that’s for sure!</p> <p>It just goes to show that it is always wise to be aware of local regulations before attempting to get behind the wheel while on holiday.</p>

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Video of mum and toddler kicked off flight over masks goes viral

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An American woman and her toddler were kicked off a flight after her two-year-old was unable to keep a mask on.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Amanda Pendarvis was on board an American Airlines flight to Colorado, and claimed on Instagram that her son wasn’t wearing a mask due to suffering from an asthma attack.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Pendarvis said she, her son, and her mother were all removed from the flight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was not refusing to wear a mask, nor did I even say I wouldn’t try to keep a mask on my son,” she </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://travel.nine.com.au/latest/american-airlines-removes-mother-toddler-refusing-wear-mask-onboard/0e144844-75b3-40a3-8ad7-92e3416c425d" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">wrote</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in the caption of the photo she shared on Instagram.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We were escorted off the plane as I was holding a mask over his little face. I don’t even have words.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Pendarvis claimed that the pilot apologised to the rest of the passengers for the flight’s delay over the intercom and said: “We are dealing with a non-compliant traveller.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a short video that was re-shared to Twitter, Ms Pendarvis can be seen attempting to keep a mask on her son while he screams and cries.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">ASTHMATIC two-year-old struggling to breathe during an asthma attack, wasn’t physically capable of wearing a mask on an American Airlines flight.<br /><br />The plane was turned around and mother and baby forced to get off. <a href="https://t.co/p0z63OBmPg">pic.twitter.com/p0z63OBmPg</a></p> — OKIE PATRIOT 76 (@okiepatriot_76) <a href="https://twitter.com/okiepatriot_76/status/1438502182236479492?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 16, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The clip then cuts to a moment after Ms Pendarvis and her son were outside the plane, waiting on the jet bridge with authorities.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a statement to </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fox News</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, American Airlines said the party had refused to “comply with crew member instructions to remain seated while on an active taxiway and to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“After observing a minor in the party laying in the aisle and moving between seats on taxi out, our flight crew made multiple attempts to reinforce safety requirements,” an American Airlines spokesman </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.marketwatch.com/story/american-airlines-responds-to-viral-video-appearing-to-show-a-toddler-kicked-off-a-flight-for-not-wearing-a-mask-11631808473" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">said</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“While addressing the party, our crew also reminded the individuals in the party that federal directives require customers to wear a face covering at all times while on board unless actively eating or drinking,” he continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“At no time was it made known to our crew members that a member of the party was experiencing an asthma attack or trouble breathing.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Pendarvis said she was letting her son walk across the aisle to his grandmother, and that she told flight attendants about her son’s asthma.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After she was removed from the plane, the airline said Ms Pendarvis was rebooked on the next flight to Colorado after agreeing to “adhere to policies instituted for the safety of our customers and crew”.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Instagram</span></em></p>

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Couple may have accidentally photographed Gabby Petito’s missing fiancé in selfie

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An unsuspecting couple may have inadvertently photographed Brian Laundrie, fiancé of Gabby Petito and person of interest in her case, while holidaying in Florida days before she was reported missing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Marci and Kenny Newsom were staying at Fort De Soto Campground in Pinellas, Florida, on the weekend of September 6. Speaking to WBBH, Ms Newson said "Apparently, they were at the campground when we were there, and they were right next to us," referring to Laundrie and his parents. The campground is approximately 120km from the Laundrie family home in Northport, Florida. </span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 306.85131195335276px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844550/screen-shot-2021-10-01-at-115411-am.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4f7f379c2a32404293cf50cc642f963c" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the photo the Newsoms took with friends, a figure can be seen walking in the background, and the Newsoms believe this figure is Brian Laundrie. While this can’t be confirmed, Ms Newsom told WBBH that the three campers who stayed next to them kept to themselves, adding, "They were there, and then they weren't."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Earlier this week, </span><a href="https://oversixty.com.au/finance/legal/they-were-here-dog-the-bounty-hunter-confirms-new-laundrie-lead"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dog the Bounty Hunter said</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> he was able to confirm Laundrie had stayed at a campsite with his parents that weekend. He told Fox News, “We had a very good lead come up today that he was down here in this park, not far away. We checked our lead out. It is confirmed. The parents were down here two times.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was September 1-3 and September 6-8. They registered to stay at this park. Allegedly, what we’re hearing, is ... three people came in on the 6th and two people left on the 8th. I think he’s been here, for sure. He was here, for sure. Not over in the swamp.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Documents seen by CNN show Laundrie’s mother checked out of the campground on September 11, three days before Gabby was reported missing. Laundrie’s parents said on September 17 they had last seen their son three days earlier.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The search for Brian Laundrie has been ongoing, with </span><a href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/could-it-actually-be-him-brian-laundrie-potentially-spotted-on-the-run"><span style="font-weight: 400;">reports of sightings</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> being made from all over Florida. Laundrie is wanted in relation to a federal arrest warrant relating to his actions after Gabby’s death, when he allegedly used a debit card and PIN for accounts that did not belong to him for charges exceeding $1000 between August 30 and September 1.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Instagram, Marci Newsom</span></em></p>

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Kate Middleton shows she has nerves of steel

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A day after <a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/entertainment/movies/royals-hit-the-red-carpet-at-bond-world-premiere" target="_blank">gracing the red carpet</a> premiere of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">No Time To Die</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Prince William and Kate Middleton have made a <a rel="noopener" href="https://honey.nine.com.au/royals/prince-william-kate-middleton-duchess-of-cambridge-northern-ireland/3073b11b-6622-49c2-b939-55f4829b6e40" target="_blank">series of appearances</a> in Northern Island.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">During their first visit to Derry-Londonderry, the couple made a stop at the petting zoo on Ulster University’s Magee Campus, where Kate held a tarantula named Charlotte in the palm of her hand.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A surprise guest appearance from Charlotte the tarantula,” the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrote on social media.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prince William appeared less enthused and seemed to keep his distance from the arachnid in photos.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He also joked that Kate’s bright purple suit prompted the spider to be unusually animated.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Maybe she’s not so keen on purple, or maybe she thinks you’re a flower,” he quipped.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Instead, the Duke of Cambridge was spotted holding a snake, admitting that his eldest son would have loved it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“George is obsessed with snakes, he’s going to be so upset he missed this,” William said of the eight-year-old.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The royal couple then made a stop at the Student Union, which was hosting a “Culture Shock” event, and sampled some local treats, as well as whiskey and Guinness.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Duke and Duchess then played a game with the students that saw them attempt to pronounce Irish words.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m going to have another drink, I’m not doing very well at this,” William joked.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pair also met with some nursing students they had spoken to earlier this year, then kicked a football around with City of Derry Rugby players, coaches, and volunteers involved in the Sport Uniting Communities initiative.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Shakira claims she was attacked and robbed by wild boars in Barcelona

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Latin pop sensation Shakira took to Instagram on Wednesday to talk about an unexpected attack she and her 8-year-old son Milan experienced in a Barcelona park. In a series of now-expired stories, the singer talked about being attacked by several wild boars while walking through the park with her son.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The boars stole her purse, but fortunately she managed to wrangle it back, albeit with somewhat damaged contents. "Look how two wild boars that have attacked me in the park have left my bag," she said, while displaying her muddied backpack.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Shakira fue atacada por unos jabalíes en un parque y casi pierde su bolso. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/C%C3%B3moAmaneci%C3%B3Bogot%C3%A1?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CómoAmanecióBogotá</a> <a href="https://t.co/gczjHnvQOT">pic.twitter.com/gczjHnvQOT</a></p> — Tropicana Colombia (@TropiBogota) <a href="https://twitter.com/TropiBogota/status/1443224942024200196?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 29, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"They have attacked me, they have shattered everything... and they were taking my bag to the forest with my phone. And in the end, they left me the bag/purse because I confronted them," Shakira added. She also shared two photos she took of the boars, which do look quite large and menacing. Fortunately, neither she nor her son were injured.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 300.7692307692307px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844532/screen-shot-2021-09-30-at-42924-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9680355a6bd043c68e622d44c7a61ea5" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While it may sound preposterous for wild boars to even be inhabiting a park in a city like Barcelona, it is apparently a very real problem. According to a </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/30/boar-wars-how-wild-hogs-are-trashing-european-cities"><span style="font-weight: 400;">2019 </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Guardian </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">article</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the boars have been a problem for quite some time, with police logging over 1000 calls about nuisance boars in 2016. The animals cause thousands of road accidents each year, destroy property, hunt ground-nesting animals and their young, including endangered turtles’ eggs, and destroy crops, like fragile vine roots and shoots.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Boars can carry African swine fever, also known as ‘pig ebola’, which kills wild and domestic pigs. In 2014, this risk of disease threatened the global pork industry, and countries responded by erecting physical borders with neighbours, threatening embargos, destroying millions of farmyard pigs, and offering bounties for the culling of wild boars.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Shakira/Instagram</span></em></p>

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