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Foreign ship convicted of dumping garbage on Great Barrier Reef

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A foreign shipping company and the chief officer of one of its vessels have been convicted for dumping food scraps on the World-Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.</p> <p>The Liberian bulk carrier Iron Gate dumped the equivalent of 120-litres of a garbage bin filled with food waste into the reef in 2018.</p> <p>The chief officer approved the discharge of garbage between Brisbane and Gladstone.</p> <p>Fines against both parties totalled $6,600 and were persecuted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).</p> <p>“Australians and tourists alike visit Lady Elliot Island to swim with manta rays and turtles – not blended food waste from merchant ships,” ASMA general manager of operations Allan Schwartz said.</p> <p>“We take a zero-tolerance approach to pollution from shipping and that is why, after detecting this breach during a routine inspection of Iron Gate in 2018, we detained the ship and later charged the chief officer and company, Kairasu Shipping S.A.”</p> <p>He said the conviction would impact the company's reputation.</p> <p>“Dumping garbage into the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef isn’t something you want on your professional record,” he said.</p> <p>“These convictions should serve as a reminder to other industry operators that in Australia, we make sure polluters pay.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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15 vertigo treatments to finally cure your dizziness

<p>What is vertigo?<br />It’s the feeling of false movement – as if the world is spinning like a carnival ride and you can’t get off.</p> <p>It is a symptom of many conditions and diseases that target the inner ear, according to the National Organisation for Rare Disorders (NORD). They include:</p> <ul> <li>benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)</li> <li>Ménière’s disease</li> <li>ear infections</li> </ul> <p>Other conditions that can cause vertigo involve the central nervous system. These include:</p> <ul> <li>concussion</li> <li>multiple sclerosis</li> <li>alcohol or medication toxicity</li> <li>stroke</li> <li>viral meningitis</li> </ul> <p>The vertigo treatment that’s right for you will likely depend on the root cause of your condition.” An accurate diagnosis is essential, especially to rule out central nervous system causes. Diagnosis most commonly includes an MRI of the brain. Audiology tests of the workings of the ear can also be helpful,” says neurologist, Arif Dalvi.</p> <p>Consider vestibular rehabilitation<br />Many of the conditions which cause vertigo affect the vestibular system, a pathway located within the inner ear which regulates balance, equilibrium and spatial orientation. According to VeDA – a group focused on inner ear disorders – vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) can be effective at reducing vertigo and dizziness. VRT is an exercise-based program customised for each patient. The exercises focus on improving balance, reducing dizziness and dealing with other symptoms of vertigo. Your doctor will refer you to a physical therapist for this program.</p> <p>Try the Epley manoeuvre<br />“For benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), a vestibular exercise called the Epley manoeuvre can be helpful,” says Dr Dalvi. BPPV is the most common cause of vertigo, and it’s the result of calcium crystals (otoconia) coming loose in the inner ear. According to the Mayo Clinic, the manoeuvre (also called “canalith repositioning“) is best performed by a medical professional because of the risk of neck or back injury. By laying back and then shifting the head, the process moves the crystals to a less sensitive area where they can be reabsorbed by the body. Your doctor will prescribe the Epley manoeuvre for right or left side BPPV.</p> <p>Change your diet<br />When migraines include vestibular symptoms such as dizziness, loss of balance and vertigo, they are called vestibular migraines. Alterations in your diet may be a good initial vertigo treatment. Changes in diet that help prevent migraines can reduce or even eliminate vertigo and other vestibular symptoms associated with this type of headache, according to VeDA. “From a dietary standpoint, it is important to avoid alcohol, foods high in salt, and excessive caffeine, as any of these can make symptoms worse,” says Dr Derek Bennetsen, emergency physician.</p> <p>Gently ride out the storm<br />Your vertigo may clear up on its own. Sometimes, says Dr Bennetsen, all you need is to lie down and remain calm and quiet. “Vertigo may be alleviated by remaining still, and limiting changes in position as much as possible,” says Dr Bennetsen. In a dark, quiet room, lie still taking care not to move your head or even your eyes, he says. Even if your symptoms resolve on their own, you’ll still want to get checked out, he advises.</p> <p>Take an antihistamine<br />As the name suggests, antihistamines block the effects of histamine, which can cause allergic reactions, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and vertigo. Internal medicine specialist, Lisa Ashe, recommends trying over-the-counter Benadryl or the prescription meclizine.</p> <p>Migraine medicines may help<br />A study published in Otology &amp; Neurotology in 2018 suggests that preventative medications for migraine, including tricyclic antidepressants, were effective in decreasing dizziness and vertigo in patients.</p> <p>Try sedatives<br />According to The American College of Cardiology (ACC), sedatives may reduce the spinning associated with vertigo by calming down brain activity and reducing anxiety. Dr Ashe recommends benzodiazepines, such as Valium, Ativan and Xanax. These medications may be a particularly effective vertigo treatment for reducing vertigo caused by inner ear problems, the ACC notes.</p> <p>Diuretics for Ménière’s disease<br />Ménière’s disease is an inner ear disorder that can trigger vertigo. Doctors often prescribe so-called water pills – diuretic medication – and a low-salt diet, says Dr Bennetsen: “This is because the condition is thought to be the result of an excessive build-up of endolymph fluid, in the inner ear.”</p> <p>Antiviral medications may help<br />Do you get earaches? Inner ear infections can lead to dizziness and – unlike middle-ear infections – a virus may be responsible. Occasionally, a systemic viral infection like mononucleosis, herpes or the flu can lead to vertigo, according to Cleveland Clinic. “Viral infections may respond to antiviral medications, alleviating symptoms,” says Dr Dalvi. Examples of anti-viral drugs include Tamiflu and Acyclovir.</p> <p>Drink more water<br />You need water – and so do your ears. Dehydration is a cause of dizziness, says the Mayo Clinic. Dr Bennetsen also recommends avoiding substances that can deplete fluids such as alcoholic beverages, salty foods and caffeine.</p> <p>Surgical solutions<br />In some rare instances, surgery may be the only treatment that can ease your symptoms of your vertigo. Dr Dalvi says an acoustic neuroma – a benign tumour – can grow on the vestibular nerve between the inner ear and brain, disrupting balance and hearing. According to the Mayo Clinic, your doctor may monitor this slow-growing neuroma, choose to treat it with radiation or advise surgical removal. Another rare source of vertigo is a malignant brain tumour.</p> <p>Check your medications<br />Many popular prescribed medications can trigger side effects like dizziness and vertigo. Or drugs can interact to disturb your balance. Let your doctor know about over-the-counter meds you take and don’t forget to include supplements and herbs. According to the experts at the Mayo Clinic, prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs that may cause dizziness include:</p> <ul> <li>antidepressants</li> <li>anti-seizure drugs</li> <li>blood pressure-lowering drugs</li> <li>sedatives</li> <li>tranquilisers</li> </ul> <p>Healthy habits may help<br />A healthy lifestyle is another vertigo prevention strategy that you need to do no matter what the cause. Try reducing stress and making sure to get enough sleep. Eat a diet full of produce and lean proteins, and stay active (given your condition).</p> <p>Bone up on vitamin D<br />Falling short of this vital nutrient can harm your bones – your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. Patients with the most common type of vertigo (BPPV) who were deficient in vitamin D may have benefitted from supplementing with D, per 2016 research in Auris Nasus Larynx. Patients were less likely to suffer a relapse of symptoms. (One limitation, however, was the lack of control group in the study.)</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Corey Whelan. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/15-vertigo-treatments-to-finally-cure-your-dizziness"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Parents condemned for crazy clifftop camping spot

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A couple has been slammed for camping with their child on the edge of a cliff in Yorkshire, UK.</p> <p>The Coastguard in the UK was furious and needed to move the family away from the area.</p> <p>“Today’s call was to attend a section of the Cleveland Way to issue safety advice to two adults and a child camping on the cliff edge,” the Staithes Coastguard said.</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fstaithes.coastguard%2Fposts%2F1857131324439338&amp;width=500&amp;show_text=true&amp;height=752&amp;appId" width="500" height="752" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share"></iframe> <p>“An Officer from North Yorkshire Police also attended due to breach of coronavirus restrictions.</p> <p>“Safety advice was given from Coastguard Rescue Officers due to the dangerous location of their tent, especially with recent landslips.</p> <p>“If you see anyone at risk or in danger at the coast, immediately call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”</p> <p>As a social media post was put up about the incident, people have slammed the couple for being "braindead".</p> <p>“Not just being stupid for themselves &amp; putting a child in danger but using up valuable time with the coastguard when they could be elsewhere,” one user wrote.</p> <p>Another agreed, saying: “Beggars belief! You can see where the ground has partially broken away! Braindead”.</p> <p>People were particularly angry as the trail where the family were found has recently seen devastating landslides.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Tragic scenes as clifftop cemetery collapses into the sea

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A landslide has caused hundreds of coffins to end up in the ocean on the Italian coast near Genoa.</p> <p>The Camogli cemetery was built more than 100 years ago and is situated along an area of rocky seaside cliffs.</p> <p>Francesco Olivari, the mayor of Camogli, called the collapse an “unimaginable catastrophe.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Camogli?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Camogli</a> (GE), frana cimitero: prosegue da parte di specialisti <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sommozzatori?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#sommozzatori</a> e nautici dei <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/vigilidelfuoco?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#vigilidelfuoco</a> la ricerca e il recupero delle centinaia di bare finite in mare lunedì pomeriggio. Droni in volo per monitorare le operazioni delle squadre e l’area del crollo <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/24febbraio?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#24febbraio</a> <a href="https://t.co/cRFxHw0KJe">pic.twitter.com/cRFxHw0KJe</a></p> — Vigili del Fuoco (@emergenzavvf) <a href="https://twitter.com/emergenzavvf/status/1364576829546364928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 24, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Maintenance was being performed on Saturday alongside the areas of the coastline when it was stopped after workers noticed cracks in the rocks.</p> <p>“We were doing work on a portion of the rocky coast - it was close to the area that fell today,” Olivari told CNN on Monday.</p> <p>“Some signs of fissures were seen. We decided to close the cemetery.”</p> <p>On Tuesday, officials said they will continue work on recovering the coffins and corpses.</p> <p>It is estimated 200 coffins had fallen, but only 10 have been recovered.</p> <p>Recovering the rest of the coffins will "depend on the sea in the coming days", according to Giacomo Giampedrone, regional assessor of civil protection.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Shocking New York Times cover reveals the human cost of COVID-19

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The New York Times has gone with a heartbreaking cover that reveals the human cost of the handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the USA.</p> <p>The image is simple and spans almost the entire page, with a dot representing a life lost to COVID-19.</p> <p>There are nearly 500,000 dots on the page, which means that more Americans have died from COVID-19 than on the battlefields of World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined.</p> <p>“Each death has left untold numbers of mourners, a ripple effect of loss that has swept over towns and cities. Each death has left an empty space in communities across America: a bar stool where a regular used to sit, one side of a bed unslept in, a home kitchen without its cook,” the newspaper read.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The front page of The New York Times for Feb. 21, 2021, as the U.S. nears 500,000 dead from Covid-19. Each dot represents a life lost. <a href="https://t.co/YAAEvQIszZ">pic.twitter.com/YAAEvQIszZ</a></p> — The New York Times (@nytimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1363498989652426754?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 21, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>“The living find themselves amid vacant places once occupied by their spouses, parents, neighbours and friends – the nearly 500,000 coronavirus dead.”</p> <p>Almost 91,000 are projected to die from the disease by June 1, with more concerns raised over the spread of new mutations.</p> <p>“It’s terrible. It is historic. We haven’t seen anything even close to this for well over 100 years, since the 1918 pandemic of influenza,” Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to US President Joe Biden, said on NBC’s<span> </span><em>Meet The Press</em>.</p> <p>“It’s something that is stunning when you look at the numbers, almost unbelievable, but it’s true.”</p> <p>There is hope for Americans however, as cases and hospitalisations plummet due to the vaccination effort in the US.</p> <p>More than 42.8 million Americans have received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with 17.8 million people being fully vaccinated.</p> <p>Current US President Joe Biden is aware that the program to administer vaccines is complicated, as there are intense challenges of manufacturing the vaccine in huge quantities quickly.</p> <p>“There has never, ever, ever been a logistic challenge as consequential as what we’re trying to do, but we’re getting it done,” he said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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10 hilarious stories about travelling with kids

<p>1. Drive-by egging<br />Driving home with the shopping in the backseat and looking on the floor thinking, “Why is there water down there?”</p> <p>It took a few moments to realise it wasn’t water. It was egg.</p> <p>Then I looked at my daughter and saw what was in her hand… just as she threw it at the back of my husband’s head. She had opened the eggs and thrown them all over the place!</p> <p>That will teach us to turn around more often I guess. – Julie Riley</p> <p>2. Rubbing salt in the wounds<br />We went to Adelaide with a three-year-old and a six-month-old and decided a day trip to Lake Bumbunga was a good idea. It’s one of the pink lakes, sometimes blue, where you can take cool photographs. Except it was dry and muddy and not pink. So Miss Three tried to do a runner away from the boring lake. But she lost a shoe. And when my husband went to rescue her, he found the only sinkhole in the entire land. He was up to his knees in mud – black, not pink – and to add insult to injury, the salt from the lake got in his wounds.</p> <p>Now he likes to tell people that he’s travelled with kids and has the scars to prove it. I, meanwhile, just got a good laugh. – Amelia Masters</p> <p>3. Stayin’ alive<br />Our trip to New Zealand in a campervan with our four children was full of laughter. As soon as the tape got stuck in the cassette player at the beginning of our two-week journey, they knew every word of the Bee Gees. Amazing what you remember about a trip! – KL Day</p> <p>4. Not so plain sailing<br />We recently took our kids sailing on our yacht. We spent 18 months on the water, exploring the Coast of Australia. We planned to sail to New Caledonia, but 50 miles out of Surfers Paradise our autopilot broke and we were forced to return.</p> <p>We arranged a new autopilot and waited for the next suitable weather window, to make the six-day journey to New Caledonia. This time, 200 nautical miles off the coast of Australia, on what was our second attempt, the new autopilot failed. Again we sailed back into harbour shaking our heads.</p> <p>We were soon to discover that the mechanic who installed the autopilot had taken a shortcut and failed to drill in one grub screw, which would have prevented the autopilot from failing.</p> <p>Exhausted and feeling defeated, we sailed the Whitsundays up to Cairns … what a fabulous second prize. The experience was amazing for the kids. Their confidence grew. They learnt new skills that you don’t learn at school and they met some amazing other kids. They also managed to do schooling online and via Skype with their fabulous distance education teacher.</p> <p>Maybe next year will be our year to sail to New Caledonia. Let’s wait and see. – Yvette Fishburn</p> <p>5. Sweetly poetic<br />Travelling with kids is beloved and funny, especially amidst differences in currency and money.<br />A whole world out there to explore, something as simple as finding a coin on the seashore.<br />Inspires a little heart that now has a vision to collect many treasures as his every day is filled with wonder &amp; pleasure. – Kylie Turner</p> <p>6. Pardon?<br />While on holidays in Fiji my daughter, after reading the dessert menu, requested a Bar Fart from the waiter.</p> <p>After lots of laughing and a couple of questions we realised she actually wanted a Parfait. ­– Sarah Harvey</p> <p>7. One way to jump the queues<br />We had dragged our four-year-old out all day around Paris and as art lovers we really wanted to see the Louvre and the Mona Lisa. We waited in line, finally got in and walked the thousands of steps to find her.</p> <p>We were at the back of the line waiting to get to the front to see the painting when our four-year-old absolutely chucked a tantrum, started screaming the place down and cried so much she made herself vomit all over me and the floor of the Louvre.</p> <p>Needless to say the crowds disappeared pretty quickly, and although we were mortified, at least we then got to have a front-row seat to see the painting, albeit apologising the whole time to the cleaning staff. – J’aime Newland</p> <p>8. Chaos on the high seas<br />The time we went to New Zealand on a cruise for 14 nights with two adults and four kids under five. The first night we all got food poisoning and spent the next three days in bed. Then when we got off the boat one kid got bitten by a bee and we discovered he was allergic, so we spent two days in the hospital. Then on the second-to-last day we lost one kid for four hours. He had found a ‘friend’ and was on the top deck getting a tan! – Skye Danaher</p> <p>9. Where the wild things are<br />Sleeping in tents on Kenya’s Maasai Mara was exciting, thrilling to go to sleep listening to the sounds of lions in the distance. But I was shocked to hear, three years later, the kids (then aged seven, 10 and 12) confess that one night they woke up and went roaming on foot, seeing elephants and wildebeest in the distance! – Sarah Gover</p> <p>10. Forget something?<br />Memorable in a scary ‘bad Mum’ way: I rounded them up, I made sure the boot was packed and closed, I shrieked at the spilled Coke, eyed the traffic and took off… minus a child.</p> <p>Not far down the road a timid voice from the back asked if we were going to go back for T.</p> <p>I broke traffic laws and the sound barrier getting back just in time to see T wandering out of the loo. Sigh. – Sue Bouquet</p> <p>This one isn’t quite as bad: she only drove off and forgot her cake… on the roof of the car.</p> <p class="p1"><em>This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/10-most-memorable-moments-while-travelling-kids"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Woman lashes out at bus driver over mask request

<p>Footage of a woman berating a Sydney bus driver and punching his screen after being asked to wear a face mask has emerged.</p> <p>The video, shared to TikTok, shows the furious passenger standing at the front of the bus arguing with the driver after he asked her to comply with the law which requires all passengers to wear a face mask.</p> <p>Failure to wear a mask on public transport in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong could result in a $200 on-the-spot fine.</p> <p>After being asked to put a mask on, the woman pulled out her phone and began to take photos of the bus driver, prompting him to raise his hands up in front of his face.</p> <p>“I’ll take a photo of you, I’ll take a photo of you. I’ll take you down because you made me miss my appointment!” she rants in the clip.</p> <p>She then proceeds to punch the bus driver's screen multiple times, yelling "why" causing the perspex to shake.</p> <p>“That’s enough. Get off,” the driver demands.</p> <p>After exiting the bus, the woman continues to yell profanities through the closed door, screaming and hitting her hands against the bus.</p> <p>The bus driver calls to her to “have a nice day”, before pulling away from the kerb.</p> <p>The clip has gone viral, gaining more than 54,000 views and prompting commenters to condemn the woman’s behaviour.</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://news.com.au/" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>, a spokesman for Transport NSW said they have been “made aware of an incident that occurred on a metropolitan bus service involving a female passenger and a driver”.</p> <p>“The matter is currently being investigated and next steps will be assessed once more detail is available,” he added.</p> <p>“Transport for NSW expects all customers travelling on our services to respect frontline workers who have continued to do an incredible job maintaining full service levels across public transport throughout the pandemic.”</p>

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Shark attack victim recounts horrifying ordeal

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>54-year-old Perth man Cameron Wrathall was attacked by a bull shark in the Swan River and spoke about how he almost died from his injuries.</p> <p>He said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/news/wa/swan-river-shark-attack-victim-cameron-wrathall-recounts-his-terrifying-ordeal-c-2121537" target="_blank"><em>7NEWS</em></a><span> </span>that the shark was almost three metres wide and attacked him with such force that it broke his hip.</p> <p>“The shark hit me really hard, it’s the biggest impact I’ve ever felt of something hitting me. It was then trying to shake from side to side to tear part of me away,” he said.</p> <p>“It all happened very quickly, and I just did a kick onto part of it and a thrust down on my hands to push it off me - and hit it pretty hard with the palms of my hands, and it went.”</p> <p>After fighting off the shark and swimming to shore, Wrathall's injuries were severe.</p> <p>He was left with a broken hip, one leg paralysed and had gaping bite wounds from his groin to his buttocks.</p> <p>“In the ambulance, I did die, most likely from blood loss, and I’m very thankful to the ambulance officers for bringing me back,” he said.</p> <p>Wrathall nearly died in hospital from his injuries and was unconscious for two days as trauma surgeons rushed to save him.</p> <p>“I’m very happy to be here and I can’t thank you enough for all you and the people in this hospital have done for me,” he said.</p> <p>Ironically, Wrathall used to swim in the ocean but switched to the river as he wanted to avoid sharks.</p> <p>Despite the fact it may be almost two years before he can walk again as his sciatic nerve was severed in two places, Wrathall is just thankful to be alive.</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/news/wa/swan-river-shark-attack-victim-cameron-wrathall-recounts-his-terrifying-ordeal-c-2121537" target="_blank">7NEWS</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Unreal": Hilarious Bunnings' car park fail leaves people in stitches

<p>The driver of a hatchback has sparked a hilarious reaction online after they were spotted leaving a Bunnings store with a large metal pole in a particularly ambitious position.</p> <p>An passerby took a photo of the small blue Toyota Yaris in the Port Kennedy store's car park, south of Perth in Western Australia, on Monday.</p> <p>A metal pole measuring to be approximately six metres in length was pictured projecting both out of the driver's side window and out the bottom of the car's boot, nearly scraping the ground.</p> <p>What made it even funnier was the fact the driver had attached a small red flag to the back end of the pole, which is a measure required by law to avoid other driver's colliding with overhanging material.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:334.02922755741133px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839742/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1d80ac90242245b49059793538cd506b" /></p> <p>Over 1000 people couldn't contain their amusement at the hilarious photo after it was uploaded to the 973 Coast FM Facebook page.</p> <p>Many joked about ways they thought the pole could come in handy for its new owner.</p> <p>“Wow a jousting competition in the car park!! What people do for distanced entertainment?,” one wrote in a comment.</p> <p>“Obviously needed a new toilet roll holder after raiding the shops,” said another, referring to the recent panic buying in WA.</p> <p>“Is that the new bicycle distance measuring device?,” someone else said.</p> <p>“Glad they went to the effort of putting that tiny little flag on the end,” another wrote.</p> <p>One described the scene “unreal” and said they “hope it missed the driver”.</p> <p>The true reason for the driver’s trip to Bunnings was not clear.</p>

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"Horrified" locals share "disgusting" changes in swimming spot

<p>South Auckland locals are "horrified" by their local swimming spot that has been forced to close due to an increase in E.coli bacteria.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2021/01/waiuku-locals-disgusted-after-waitangi-falls-closed-over-faeces-e-coli-pollution.html" target="_blank"><em>NewsHub</em></a><em>,<span> </span></em>the popular swimming spot at Waitangi Falls in Waiuku is so full of both animal and human faeces that residents have been avoiding the spot all summer.</p> <p>The smell coming from the once-popular swimming spot has is enough for people to stay far away.</p> <p>"It's horrifying, it's rubbish," one person says.</p> <p>"I wouldn't even go closer than I am now," another adds.</p> <p>"I'm just absolutely horrified, I'm disgusted that you come down for a swim and this is what you're greeted with. It's soul-destroying," a third agreed.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">'It's horrifying': Waiuku locals disgusted after popular Waitangi Falls closed over faeces, E.coli pollution <a href="https://t.co/ZIRHyZNcJc">https://t.co/ZIRHyZNcJc</a></p> — Newshub (@NewshubNZ) <a href="https://twitter.com/NewshubNZ/status/1355790427102666757?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 31, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Resident Dorothy Hoskins has said that the council should've acted sooner.</p> <p>"We need action. Seven days have gone now, seven days of literally shit pouring into the Manukau Harbour - this is a beautiful harbour, people live on this harbour. Something needs to be done and needs to be done now," she says.</p> <p>In a statement, the Council says its pollution response team is "monitoring levels and will continue to do so until water quality is back to normal".</p> <p>"The cause of this pollution is now under investigation," it added.</p> <p>But locals say something needs to be done now to clean it.</p> <p>"We have to act," Hoskins says.</p>

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Recall issued for ice cream contaminated with COVID-19

<p>Coronavirus was found on ice cream produced in Eastern China, prompting an urgent recall of cartons from the same batch.</p> <p>According to the Chinese government, the Daqiaodao Food Co, Ltd in Tianjin was sealed and 1,662 employees are being tested for the coronavirus and placed in quarantine.</p> <p>There was no indication that anyone had contracted the ice cream, but a recall has been issued regardless.</p> <p>A total of 935 boxes of ice cream were in Tianjin, with only 65 being sold to markets. This is out of 2,747 boxes that entered the market, with authorities notifying others of sales to their areas.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Authorities in the northern Chinese municipality of Tianjin are tracing ice cream contaminated with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a> after three samples produced by Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Co., Ltd. tested positive for the virus on Wednesday. <a href="https://t.co/7oTLu2e1Us">pic.twitter.com/7oTLu2e1Us</a></p> — Sixth Tone (@SixthTone) <a href="https://twitter.com/SixthTone/status/1349944516938231808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 15, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>The ingredients of the ice cream included New Zealand milk powder and whey powder from Ukraine.</p> <p>The Chinese government has suggested that the coronavirus came from abroad and has highlighted what it says are discoveries of the coronavirus on imported fish and other food.</p> <p>Foreign scientists are sceptical of these claims, with a virologist claiming it's "probably a one-off".</p> <p>“It’s likely this has come from a person, and without knowing the details, I think this is probably a one-off,” Dr Stephen Griffin, a virologist based at the University of Leeds, told<span> </span><em>Sky News</em>.</p> <p>“Of course, any level of contamination is not acceptable and always a cause for concern, but the chances are that this is the result of an issue with the production plant and potentially down to hygiene at the factory.”</p> <p>Griffin also stressed that there is no reason to panic.</p> <p>“We probably don’t need to panic that every bit of ice cream is suddenly going to be contaminated with coronavirus,” he added.</p>

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"Too much skin": Woman forced to change before takeoff

<p><span>A young woman was left embarrassed and confused after she claimed a Virgin Flight staff member approached her before she boarded her flight, telling her she was showing “too much skin”.</span><br /><br /><span>Catherine Bampton, 23, said she was waiting to board her flight VA1447 from Adelaide to the Gold Coast on Wednesday morning, when she said she was approached by a staff member.</span><br /><br /><span>The Gold Coast resident said she was “publicly embarrassed” by the female staff member.</span><br /><br /><span>“She told me in front of everyone that the pilot was refusing for me to board the plane because of the clothes I was wearing,” Miss Bampton from Palm Beach said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was in so much shock and was so confused because my clothes weren’t revealing.”</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839499/virgin-airline-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d3fc9c931a434a679690244a62f3b579" /><br /><span>Miss Bampton then claimed that the crew member asked if she had another top to put on and was asked to change into it.</span><br /><br /><span>“It was so embarrassing and humiliating,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Everyone else waiting to board the plane was sitting there watching … and you could see they were staring in shock with their mouths open.”</span><br /><br /><span>The university student went on to ask the staff member what was wrong with her previous attire.</span><br /><br /><span>According to Miss Bampton, the woman responded with: “The pilot doesn't like people showing too much skin.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839500/virgin-airline.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e2ac5849bdf5445a90deac056d0f7142" /><br /><br /><span>“I asked her if you couldn’t show your arms and back and she didn’t know what to respond.”</span><br /><br /><span>Miss Bampton was wearing sneakers with high-waisted trousers and a high-necked halter top at the time.</span><br /><br /><span>She is now wanting an apology from the pilot and wants the airline to be aware of the situation.</span><br /><br /><span>“I don't want them to do it to other people because they shouldn’t be allowed to do that.”</span><br /><br /><span>Virgin Australia’s website states that there are minimum dress requirements that travellers must meet.</span><br /><br /><span>However, the website states that wearing singlets is acceptable.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839500/virgin-airline.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e2ac5849bdf5445a90deac056d0f7142" /><br /><br /><span>Virgin Australia states: “The dress guidelines on our aircraft are similar to other airlines here in Australia and the vast majority of those who fly with us meet or exceed them,” a Virgin Australia Group spokesman said.</span><br /><br /><span>“As Australia’s most loved airline, it’s always been our intention that those who travel with Virgin Australia feel welcome and have a comfortable journey.</span><br /><br /><span>“We are undertaking a review of the incident, and while no formal complaint has been received by the guest as yet, we’ve proactively tried to reach out to better understand what happened.”</span></p>

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"I was petrified": Rebel Wilson reveals she was kidnapped at gunpoint

<p>Rebel Wilson has spoken about the horrifying moment she was kidnapped at gunpoint by a group of men in rural Africa.</p> <p>The Australian actress appeared on the UK TV special Ant Middleton &amp; Rebel Wilson: Straight Talking, where she was interviewed by SAS Australia instructor Ant Middleton.</p> <p>Speaking to the 40-year-old, Wilson was asked about the moment where she felt the most fear in her life.</p> <p>She revealed that she had been travelling with a group of women in Mozambique when they were ambushed by armed men.</p> <p>“We were on this cattle truck and these men came on another truck with a lot of guns. (They pulled up beside us) with the big guns and they were like, ‘Yeah, you’ve got to get off your truck.’” she said.</p> <p>Wilson said the group was taken to a house and held hostage overnight.</p> <p>“I felt like I was very good in the crisis. I was like a team leader,” she added.</p> <p>“They sat us down, and I said, ‘Everybody link arms,’ because I was petrified in the night that they might want to take one of the girls or something.”</p> <p>They were allowed to leave the next day.</p> <p>“They came and said, ‘Your truck is ready now. You can go, go, go,’” she said.</p> <p>“We just got back on that truck and got out of there and crossed the South African border a few hours later.”</p> <p>The Pitch Perfect star still doesn't know the reasoning behind the kidnapping, but she's developed her own theory.</p> <p>“I think maybe those guys, maybe, used us to smuggle illegal things in the bottom of the truck,” she added.</p> <p>She did not specify when the incident happened.</p>

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The blunt comment from Dan Andrews' wife that made him cut his holiday short

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has revealed that he returned to work two weeks earlier than planned after a cheeky comment from his wife.</p> <p>He had been taking a holiday over the Christmas and New Year's period but revealed his wife was the reason for his early return.</p> <p>“To be honest, Cath said to me last night ‘you’re on the phone, 20 hours a day, you should just go back’,” he told reporters when asked about his unplanned return on Thursday.</p> <p>This is due to Andrews monitoring the recent coronavirus spike in Victoria from home.</p> <p>“I’ve been at home. About 25 minutes from here,” he said.</p> <p>“So yes, I did not plan on being here with you today, but I am almost sure I think I was due to come back on about the 20th.</p> <p>“It’s not about me, I’m not, I’m not seeking your collective sympathy. Their job is a job to be done … I’ve been following things very closely and very actively and this is the right thing to do.”</p> <p>The premier came under fire for taking leave as Victoria recorded its first cases of community transmission in 61 days.</p> <p>"Why is Dan Andrews on holidays? I'm sure we all remember the outrage last year when Scott Morrison went on leave," one man tweeted.</p> <p>Another added: "Where is the faithful leader Dictator now? Martin Foley, said Victoria is in a crisis right now, panicking, scared, all the leftards wanted to smash Scott Morrison for being on his pre-arranged holiday. Where is the Dictator?"</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Regional NSW on alert after positive test 200km from Sydney

<p>Residents at two popular holiday destinations are on alert after a person who tested positive to COVID-19 visited a local store and a restaurant.</p> <p>New advice has also been issued for those at a local cricket match.</p> <p>An infected person was at the Nostalgia Factor Shop at Kangaroo Valley on December 27. Anyone there between 11:20 am and 11:30 am has been told to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.</p> <p>The same goes for anyone who at the Taj Indian Restaurant in the beachside town of Huskisson.</p> <p>People who dined there on December 27 between 4:45 pm and 5:20 pm must get tested.</p> <p>Further, those who played a game of cricket at the Ollie Webb Cricket Ground in Parramatta for almost four hours on December 28 are considered close contacts and must get tested and isolate for two weeks regardless.</p> <p>Those sitting on the grand stand should also get tested and isolate until negative.</p> <p><strong>Here is the list of venue alerts:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Birdie Noshery &amp; Drinking Est, Orange:</strong><span> </span>January 3 from 12 pm to 2pm</li> <li><strong>BWS Berala:</strong><span> </span>Various times from December 22 to 31</li> <li><strong>Coffee Club, Stockland Shellharbour:</strong><span> </span>December 27 from 11.30 am to 12.45pm</li> <li><strong>Gourmet Cribtin, Broken Hill:</strong><span> </span>January 2 from 10 am to 10.40am</li> <li><strong>Earlwood Bardwell Park RSL:</strong><span> </span>December 28 from 8.52 pm to 11.30pm</li> <li><strong>#HairManagement, Bass Hill:</strong><span> </span>December 24 from 11.15 am to 12.30pm</li> <li><strong>La Piazza, Bankstown Sports Club:</strong><span> </span>December 28 from 12 pm to 2pm, and 10 am to 12pm</li> <li><strong>Monkey Mania, Bankstown Sports Club:</strong><span> </span>December 28 from 10 am to 12pm</li> <li><strong>OKS Beauty and Hair, Lidcombe:</strong><span> </span>December 31 from 10.30 am to 12pm</li> <li><strong>Ollie Webb Cricket Ground, Paramatta:</strong><span> </span>December 28 from 7.30 am to 11am</li> <li><strong>Reading Cinema Auburn:</strong><span> </span>December 30 between 10.10 am and 12.10pm</li> <li><strong>Saravanaa Bhavan Indian restaurant, Parramatta:</strong><span> </span>December 28 from 10.20 am to 10.50am</li> <li><strong>St Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church, Wollongong:</strong><span> </span>December 27 from 9 am to 10.15am</li> <li><strong>Sydney Marina Dine In &amp; Takeaway, Pendle Hill:</strong><span> </span>January 3 from 12.30 pm to 12.50pm</li> <li><strong>Sydney Murugan Temple, Mays Hill:</strong><span> </span>January 1 from 12.46 pm to 1.06pm</li> <li><strong>Sydney Marina Dine In &amp; Take Away, Pendle Hill:</strong><span> </span>January 3 from 12.30 pm to 12.50pm</li> <li><strong>Venus Nail Salon, Bass Hill:<span> </span></strong>December 24 from 12.30 pm to 1pm.</li> </ul> <p>The full list of venues, including for casual contacts, can be found<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and-alerts.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>

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Virus rules change mid-flight for shocked passengers

<p><span>Footage shared on Twitter by ABC journalist Bridget Fitzgerald shows the bizarre moment police told passengers they would be required to self-quarantine following a cluster of cases in NSW’s Northern Beaches.</span><br /><br /><span>Authorities boarded the flight soon after landing in Perth and informed passengers there had been “changes” to legislation while they were in the air.</span><br /><br /><span>“Unfortunately while your aircraft has been in the air, there have been some changes to legislation in relation to quarantining,” he informs the packed-flight.</span><br /><br /><span>Those travelling from NSW to WA will now be required to self-quarantine under changes that have immediately followed following a COVID-19 outbreak in the eastern state.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Things changing quickly this evening with regard to Sydney’s Northern Beaches covid cluster, which is now at 17 confirmed cases.<br /><br />Passengers on this flight that arrived in Perth from Sydney this afternoon told to get tested ASAP &amp; self-isolate while awaiting results. <a href="https://t.co/lIjkc6PWnW">pic.twitter.com/lIjkc6PWnW</a></p> — Bridget Fitzgerald (@msbfitzgerald) <a href="https://twitter.com/msbfitzgerald/status/1339484608681844737?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 17, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>WA Premier Mark McGowan was forced to announce the changes on Thursday afternoon following a cluster in Sydney’s Northern Beaches that has ballooned to 17 cases.</span><br /><br /><span>Anyone who has arrived from NSW since December 11, or was in NSW from December 11 and subsequently arrived in WA, must self-quarantine as soon as possible.</span><br /><br /><span>Those people must also present for a COVID-19 test within 24 hours and then return to self-quarantine until a negative test result is confirmed.</span><br /><br /><span>Anyone that has been in NSW on or after December 11 must take a test at Perth Airport on arrival or at another COVID-19 clinic within 24 hours.</span><br /><br /><span>It is now required they follow the same self-quarantine requirement until a negative test result is confirmed.</span><br /><br /><span>Those who have arrived from NSW after December 11 will be contacted by police.</span><br /><br /><span>“These are extra precautionary and immediate steps the state government is taking to protect all Western Australians, based on our expert health advice,” Mr McGowan said.</span><br /><br /><span>“As I have said previously, we will not hesitate to change our border controls if the health advice recommends,” Mr McGowan said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I understand these changes will cause some frustration and uncertainty for some people.</span><br /><br /><span>“We ask for your patience and understanding as we take these steps to protect the health of all Western Australians.”</span><br /><br /><span>The first case was an aircrew van driver who lives in southern Sydney followed by two cases in the Northern Beaches that were confirmed on Wednesday.</span><br /><br /><span>17 cases have since arisen in the Sydney area.</span><br /><br /><span>“Whilst that might be upsetting for people, we’ll do what we have to do to keep having a great record in WA and keep the health and welfare of West Australians paramount,” Mr McGowan said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’m very sympathetic to people who want to visit family and catch up with parents and children over the course of the Christmas period.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s been a long year and we know that many people are excited.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr McGowan said he was told one of the cases confirmed had been waiting on a test but had not quarantined, which was “unacceptable conduct”.</span><br /><br /><span>“These sorts of things are the threat vector to Australia,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>Before the self-quarantine requirement was announced, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters “Mark’s a cautious guy” but he would make decisions based on advice.</span><br /><br /><span>“I know there are lots of people looking to reunite with their Western Australian families over Christmas,” Mr Morrison said.</span><br /><br /><span>“They wouldn’t want to be seeing those plans disrupted, and I’m sure the Premier is very conscious of that.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr McGowan said WA had set a world record of 250 days without a case of community transmission.</span><br /><br /><span>“Nowhere else in the world can say that,” the Premier said.</span><br /><br /><span>“It has now resulted in outstanding economic outcomes for our state.</span><br /><br /><span>“I just want to keep that record in place.”</span></p>

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