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Driver claims phone detection camera proves his innocence

<p>A driver slapped with a hefty fine for allegedly being on his phone while driving believes photographic "evidence" sent to him proves otherwise.</p> <p>Scott Phillips was photographed by a phone detection camera while driving along the Hume Motorway away from Bowral, in the NSW Southern Highlands, he told Ben Fordham on 2GB Tuesday.</p> <p>Two weeks later he received an infringement notice with a photo that was meant to show him using his phone.</p> <p>"I had a look at the photo, and there is something blurry in my left hand resting against my leg, while the phone is clearly obviously on the dash," Mr Phillips told listeners.</p> <p>The photo shows the phone sitting in a cradle on the dashboard.</p> <p>Mr Phillips said he couldn't remember exactly what he was holding in his hand at the time, but it could have been a chocolate or a pair of sunglasses.</p> <p>"It's definitely not my mobile phone, because you can see it on the dash," he said, arguing that he never used his phone while driving.</p> <p>The penalty for using a mobile phone while driving in NSW is five demerit points and $349.</p> <p>"If you can't definitely say that is obviously and definitely a phone, how do you get five demerit points and a $349 fine for something that might be a phone, but might be sunglasses, or might be chocolate?" Mr Phillips said.</p> <p>Fordham joked that it made sense that Mr Phillips could have been craving a chocolate bar, given the photo was taken at 12:01 pm.</p> <p>Motorists in NSW risk a $349 fine and five demerit points if they are caught using their phone, while those in the ACT are fined $470 and four demerit points.</p>

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Tourist survives 35m fall off a CLIFF

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Tourist Alex Tridico, 28, has survived a fall off a 35-metre cliff into the sea in the UK.</p> <p>Tridico fell off Old Harry Rocks in Dorset while he was out for a walk with some friends.</p> <p>He told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14839044/tourist-incredible-escape-death-dorset-cliff/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a><span> </span>that he believes he survived by pushing away from the edge of the cliff as he fell.</p> <p>“It’s just sheer luck I survived, everybody is stunned I’m not dead, I’ve only got minor injuries considering how far I fell,” he explained.</p> <p>"I had about three or four seconds when I realised I was going to drop, I thought 'right, well this is it I'm going to die'.</p> <p>"It was terrifying, but I knew I had to push myself away from the cliff edge, otherwise I'd land in too shallow water.</p> <p>"I'm incredibly lucky to still be alive."</p> <p>Tridico currently remains in hospital with a punctured lung and three fractured ribs.</p> <p>He was luckily rescued by some kayakers who gave him first aid before he was whisked away by an ambulance.</p> <p>Lifeboatman Ian Brown said that it was a miracle Alex survived the fall.</p> <p>"The tide was in at the time and he landed in the water.</p> <p>"It wouldn't have been that deep, probably 4ft at most.</p> <p>"He is incredibly lucky to have suffered relatively minor injuries."</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14839044/tourist-incredible-escape-death-dorset-cliff/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Mum who gave birth while flying admits she had “no idea” of pregnancy

<p>Lavinia Tiana Mounga was on a Delta flight from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Honolulu, in Hawaii, when she went into labour mid-way through a six-hour flight.</p> <p>Thankfully, there was a family medicine doctor, a physician’s assistant and three neonatal intensive care unit nurses on the flight.</p> <p>Together they spent three hours in the air before the plane landed and emergency medical service crew met them at the tarmac to transport the family to the hospital.</p> <p>The baby boy was named Raymond Kaimana Wade Kobe Lavaki Mounga and has been described a "miracle" by family.</p> <p>Raymond’s dad, Ethan Magalei, is yet to meet him in person.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841052/mum-birth-pregnancy-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/afecd9f83ba749b4b15ca37c04d14920" /></p> <p>"Life. It’s a crazy thing. It’s strange knowing that millions of people on the internet know about a birth that took place on a Delta flight from Salt Lake City, Utah to Honolulu, HI. A birth I could not be there for but still blessed to see videos of," he wrote to Facebook on Sunday.</p> <p>He thanked the medical professionals who helped deliver his son and admitted he and his partner were unaware they had a baby on the way.</p> <p>"The birth came as a shock to us both as we had NO idea that she was pregnant," part of his post read.</p> <p>Raymond has remained in hospital as he was born premature at just 26 or 27 weeks, according to one of the nurses who delivered him.</p> <p>Raymond’s aunty has launched a fundraiser for the family as they will be staying in Honolulu until it is safe to fly back to Utah.</p> <p>"Our miracle baby nephew was born with three hours left on our flight and was such a strong trooper. Our sister did not know she was pregnant so she was just as shocked as the rest of us when our nephew was born," the page read.</p> <p>"Lavinia and baby will be staying in Hawaii longer while baby gets healthy enough to fly back home to Utah. Any donation is much appreciated to help our sister during her stay here.</p> <p>"We love our little baby... and can’t wait til we are able to bring him back home to Utah."</p>

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"We miss you a lot": David Warner shares sweet message from daughter

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Australian cricket legends including David Warner and Steve Smith are isolating in India after the Indian Premier League was suspended due to the shocking coronavirus outbreak.</p> <p>A senior Indian cricket board official has said that players of other countries will begin returning home from Wednesday.</p> <p>“We have been working on their travel plans in consultation with their respective boards so that each of them reach home safely,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official said requesting anonymity.</p> <p>“Some of them will return home tomorrow.”</p> <p>The cricketers are urgently trying to return home after the tournament was suspended indefinitely.</p> <p>As Warner is currently in India, he shared a sweet and touching message from his daughter who wants him to "come home straight away".</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/COckwierDzF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/COckwierDzF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by David Warner (@davidwarner31)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Please Daddy come home straight away. We miss you a lot and love you,” the message signed by his three daughters Ivy Mae, Indi Rae and Isla Rose read.</p> <p>As India currently has more than 20 million active COVID-19 cases and more than 220,000 deaths from the virus, the tournament has been suspended.</p> <p>“The tournament stands suspended,” IPL chairman Brijesh Patel said.</p> <p>“Right now, we can’t say when we can reschedule it.”</p> <p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also spoken about the ban, saying that it'll last until May 15th and currently has threats of five years in jail and fines of up to $66,000 for people who try to return.</p> <p>Former Australian cricketer Michael Slater, who was in India as a broadcaster for the IPL, said that Morrison has "blood on his hands" and said that the ban was a "disgrace".</p> <p>Morrison has said that the likelihood of anyone being charged or fined is "pretty much zero" after intense backlash from Australians and human rights lawyers.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Outrage over COVID travel double standards

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Critics have accused the government of leaving stranded Aussies “in the lurch” after it was revealed that people can travel overseas to attend weddings and return to take a spot in quarantine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australians hoping to travel to India for weddings and funerals are not included in this rule, as the government has fully restricted travel to the country as it combats one of the world’s worst current COVID-19 outbreaks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Immigration Minister Alex Hawke confirmed on Wednesday, April 28 that these restrictions would not be extended to other countries.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kristina Keneally, Labor home affairs spokeswoman, said the government had left the 34,500 Australians hoping to return home “in the lurch, confused and left behind.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Seriously, this tired old Liberal government doesn’t know if it’s coming or going. What a mess,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Let’s remember, if Scott Morrison kept his promises - like bringing all the stranded Aussies home by Christmas last year or rolling out a vaccine this year - we wouldn’t be in this mess right now.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ScottMorrisonMP</a> is leaving Australians at home &amp; overseas in the lurch, confused &amp; left behind<br /><br />Let’s remember, if the PM kept his promises - like bringing all of the stranded Aussies home by Christmas, or rolling out a vaccine this year - we wouldn’t be in this mess right now</p> — Kristina Keneally (@KKeneally) <a href="https://twitter.com/KKeneally/status/1387299962531160072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 28, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Appearing on </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sky News</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> earlier, Mr Hawke said Australians could still be granted exemptions for overseas travel, which could include attending a wedding.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Host Tom Connell asked Mr Hawke, “So next week someone could still go overseas, go to a wedding and come back through quarantine?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Yes. There can be situations, but maybe not to India at this moment,” Mr Hawke answered.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Approving overseas travel for weddings has become contentious, particularly following the revelation that a recent COVID-19 outbreak in Western Australia originated from an individual who had been allowed to attend a wedding in India.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the Australian Border Force’s operational directive for outbound travel exemptions does not mention weddings, individuals applying for exemptions to attend a family member’s funeral overseas were “generally” approved.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Last week, WA Premier Mark McGowan said it was “just nuts” to allow guests to risk bringing the virus home to Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Every returning traveller also takes one of the limited spaces in hotel quarantine, adding to the long list of Australians registered with DFAT waiting to return home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Why (can) that person go off to a wedding when someone else is wanting to get home because they need to get home, because they can’t earn money anymore?” Connell asked.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the cap on places in hotel quarantine, Mr Hawke rejected claims it was a “zero sum game” and that the issue was more complex.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s never about exactly one place versus another. It’s flight availability. Affordability has changed several times during the pandemic,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Hawke also said that though the government had ramped up charter flights, many overseas Australians had “changed their minds” about returning.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A DFAT spokesperson confirmed 512,000 Australians have returned since the government released recommendations to reconsider overseas travel.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following the suspension of all flights from India on Tuesday, April 27, until mid-May, roughly 9000 Australians have been stranded in India, including up to 650 people listed as vulnerable.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australian cricketers, including Steve Smith, are also stuck after travelling to compete in the Indian Premier League.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Their return would not be expedited, according to Mr Hawke.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That’s a difficult situation, everyone’s in a difficult situation,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“(But) the government’s put a priority on vulnerable Australians … I think Australians would expect us to have that priority.”</span></p>

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The travel bubble loophole that could land you in jail

<p>Travellers who are considering using the newly-opened travel bubble to New Zealand to head to other countries risk receiving massive fines and even jail time.</p> <p dir="ltr">With quarantine-free flights now available between New Zealand and Australia, news of a ‘loophole’ appeared that could enable Australian travellers to enter other international destinations.</p> <p dir="ltr">Current COVID restrictions mean that Australians have been banned from leaving the country unless they have an exemption.</p> <p dir="ltr">But, since Aussies can now travel to New Zealand, our kiwi neighbour could act as a stepping stone to other foreign countries.</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/CN1YbWXDwFT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CN1YbWXDwFT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by New Zealand (@purenewzealand)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">To prevent unnecessary travel, Health Minister Greg Hunt signed off on a new amendment to the Australian Government’s<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2021L00456?fbclid=IwAR1laL3vGPRQAr_JErYR1Uf59sHszZ15SjuCjd0YIN-HCyoR628MXhSOhyk" target="_blank">Biosecurity Legislation (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential)</a>, which comes into effect on Monday.</p> <p dir="ltr">The change will see Australian citizens and residents penalised if they travel to a foreign country beyond New Zealand unless they have an exemption to travel for a compassionate reason, such as the death or serious illness of a close family member, or they require medical treatment that isn’t reasonably available in Australia or New Zealand.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to the document, those who break the rules “may contravene a civil penalty provision’ set out in section 46 of the Biosecurity Act.</p> <p dir="ltr">The minimum penalty for failing to comply with entry and exit requirements in the Biosecurity Act starts at $6300.</p> <p dir="ltr">But, the penalty listed on the Australian Parliament website is much harsher, with people who intentionally disobey the rules facing up to five years’ jail time and a $63,000 fine.</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite still being in its early days, a new community COVID case in Auckland has Australian health authorities concerned that the trans-Tasman bubble could pop.</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/CGYrBcPj2eH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CGYrBcPj2eH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Aussiepomm (@aussiepomm)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">New Zealand’s Ministry of Health announced the case just a day after the quarantine requirements were lifted for those travelling between Australia and New Zealand.</p> <p dir="ltr">The case is believed to have contracted the virus from a passenger who arrived on an international flight from a ‘red zone’ (high risk) country.</p> <p dir="ltr">Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the new case shouldn’t impact the trans-Tasman travel arrangements.</p> <p dir="ltr">‘These are the kind of scenarios where we would anticipate movement continuing,’ she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">‘Our Minister of Health has kept in touch with his counterpart. They’re directly communicating and so are our officials.’</p>

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Police reveal cause of horrific Tiger Woods car crash

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Authorities have revealed that golf star Tiger Woods was driving at an "unsafe" speed nearly double the 70km/h speed limit when he crashed in California in February.</p> <p>The SUV was travelling up to 140km/h before it veered off the road and rolled several times, leaving Woods with a shattered right leg.</p> <p>“The primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway,” said Alex Villanueva.</p> <p>“Estimated speeds at the first area of impact were 84 to 87 miles per hour (135-140km/h).”</p> <p>There were “no signs of impairment” or evidence of any “distracted driving”, and Woods voluntarily allowed the results of the investigation to be made public, officials said.</p> <p>Fans have complained that Woods hasn't been charged for speeding, but police said as there were no witnesses or police present, he won't be charged.</p> <p>The crash would have been investigated further “if there was a significant injury or fatality” and had involved another person, said Captain James Powers.</p> <p>Woods himself doesn't recall the incident, but investigators did not check his phone or test his bloodwork as there was "no evidence of any impairment or intoxication", according to Powers.</p> <p>Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed this in a Facebook Q&amp;A with reporters.</p> <p>“He was lucid, no odour of alcohol, no evidence of any medication, narcotics or anything like that,” Villanueva said. “That was not a concern so no field sobriety test and no drug expert needed to respond. This is what it is — an accident.</p> <p>“We don’t contemplate any charges whatsoever in this crash.</p> <p>“This remains an accident. An accident is not a crime, they do happen unfortunately.</p> <p>“The Deputy on the scene assessed the condition of Tiger Woods and there was no evidence of any impairment whatsoever.</p> <p>“He was not drunk … we can throw that one out.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Family devastated by death of "vanlife" travel star

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Young woman Lee Macmillan, who was known for her road trips alongside Aussie ex-partner Max Bidstrup, took her own life last week.</p> <p>Her devastated loved ones have launched hashtag #speakupforlee to raise awareness about depression and mental illness in her honour.</p> <p>The news was announced by their popular Instagram page @maxandlee_, who had more than 74,000 followers watching their "vanlife" trips.</p> <p>Announcing on Instagram they were going “their separate ways”, the pair admitted it was “incredibly difficult for us to talk about on here”.</p> <p>The post on Wednesday revealed Lee had suffered from depression for a long time.</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/CNEjvGAhzEr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CNEjvGAhzEr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Max &amp; Lee + Occy | Vanlife (@maxandlee_)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“After living an extraordinary life, and fighting a brave battle with depression, our hearts are shattered to share that Lee took her life on Friday,” the post reads.</p> <p>“She was the brightest light, a magnetic force of nature and was loved by so so many.</p> <p>“If we can do one thing for Lee now, in the midst of this soul-crushing loss, it’s to spread the message that mental health is just as real as physical health.</p> <p>“And that illness can strike anyone, no matter how unlikely they may seem.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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How Brisbane's lockdown will affect long weekend travel

<p>It was supposed to be the first public holiday in Australia without border restrictions since the start of the pandemic.</p> <p>But a sudden lockdown in Brisbane, only a few short days before Easter long weekend, has left Australians uncertain about their Easter travel plans will be affected.</p> <p>Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a three-day lockdown on Monday for Greater Brisbane as the state recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19, including four locally acquired infections.</p> <p>The lockdown applies to Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands and started at 5pm, Brisbane time, on March 29.</p> <p>It is expected to end on Thursday, just before the Good Friday public holiday.</p> <p>Some states have already shut borders to parts of Queensland in response to the announcement.</p> <p>Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown was tough but necessary as the new cases were the highly infectious UK strain.</p> <p>“We‘ve seen what’s happened in other countries. I don’t want to see that happen to Queensland. I don’t want to see that happen to Australia. I know in is a really big call. I know it is really tough,” she said.</p> <p>“We have Easter coming up, we have school holidays coming up, but let’s do it now and let’s do it right and let’s see if we can come through it at the other end.”</p> <p>Those travelling from interstate and within Queensland to Greater Brisbane during the lockdown period will be required to follow lockdown rules, which means people cannot leave their house except for food, exercise, essential work and medical reasons.</p> <p>But there is less certainty around travellers who were expecting to visit the city from Friday onwards, as well as people from Brisbane travelling to other states.</p> <p>Who has shut its border to Queensland?</p> <p>In light of the Brisbane lockdown, states and territories have changed border conditions and issued travel advice.</p> <p>It is not clear at this stage how long the border restrictions will last, and whether they will extend beyond Brisbane's three-day lockdown period and into the Easter weekend.</p> <p><strong>Victoria</strong><span> </span>has shut the border to Greater Brisbane, with the council areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region and Redlands City designated as a "red zone" under the state's travel permit system.</p> <p>This means non-Victorian residents from Brisbane cannot enter the state without an exemption.</p> <p><strong>Western Australia<span> </span></strong>has reclassified Queensland as a “medium risk” state and from today, will reintroduce a hard border closure with Queensland. This means only travellers with exemptions can enter WA from Queensland.</p> <p>Those arriving in WA from Queensland since March 27 have to self-quarantine for 14 days and be tested for COVID-19.</p> <p><strong>Tasmania<span> </span></strong>has shut its border with Greater Brisbane. Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein said on Monday anyone travelling to the state from Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich or the Redlands will not be able to enter without quarantining for up to two weeks.</p> <p><strong>South Australia<span> </span></strong>closed its border to Greater Brisbane at 4 pm on Monday, including Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan.</p> <p>From that time, only South Australian residents, essential workers or people relocating will be able to enter SA from Queensland, and they will have to self-isolate for 14 days. They’ll also have to be tested on days one, five and 13.</p> <p>Anyone who has arrived from that Greater Brisbane hotspot area since March 20 must get tested immediately and self-isolate until they get a negative result.</p> <p>“We are not happy to do this, in fact, we know that this is going to be a huge inconvenience to people, especially in the lead-up to this Easter period,” South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said.</p> <p>“We know there is a flight which is due into South Australia at 4.45 pm and that is why we have pulled this press conference together as quickly as possible to give that advance notice to people who might be on that flight coming into South Australia.”</p> <p>The<span> </span><strong>Australian Capital Territory<span> </span></strong>now considers Greater Brisbane a hot spot area and is urging people against travelling there at this time.</p> <p>Mandatory quarantine applies to all people entering Canberra since March 15.</p> <p>The<span> </span><strong>Northern Territory</strong>’s chief health officer said on Monday travellers from the Queensland council areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswitch, Logan, Redlands and Gladstone since March 25, or from Byron Shire Council in NSW since March 27, must self-quarantine and get a COVID-19 test in the next 72 hours. They must remain in self-quarantine until a negative test is returned.</p> <p><strong>NSW<span> </span></strong>has said it will not close its border with Queensland despite the three-day lockdown.</p> <p>However, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said people should reconsider their Easter travel plans.</p> <p>“New South Wales is in a cautious position, we are not shutting down our border,” Ms Berejiklian said on Monday.</p> <p>“In relation to Easter, we recommend people who are considering going to Greater Brisbane, change your plans, and consider changing your plans if you’re going anywhere in Queensland.”</p> <p>NSW says those arriving in the state from the Brisbane City and Moreton Bay council areas on or after March 27<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates#travellers-from-queensland" target="_blank">must complete a self-declaration form</a>.</p>

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Parramatta Eels and staffer respond to Scott Morrison’s viral clip

<p>The Parramatta Eels have addressed a viral clip that made its way through Twitter after it was posted by the club's sports scientist Tahleya Eggers.</p> <p>The video took aim at Scott Morrison after their win over the Sharks on Saturday night.</p> <p>Eggers could be seen crossing her arms, looking unimpressed by the politician who was making the rounds in the Eels dressing room, shaking hands with players after the game.</p> <p>Ladies Who League took to Twitter, writing: “I’m sick to my stomach. Scott Morrison doesn’t have time for women but has time to hang around with the Sharkies at the footy. I’m disgusted."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">She is all of us <a href="https://t.co/SHLecsnPMX">pic.twitter.com/SHLecsnPMX</a></p> — Social Kristancing (@DesignedToFade) <a href="https://twitter.com/DesignedToFade/status/1375763483522830339?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 27, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>The Prime Minister has copped backlash in recent weeks after he failed to meet with organisers of the ‘March 4 justice’ rally in Canberra, however, chose to make appearances at the AFL and NRL.</p> <p>The organisers were asked to meet Morrison in private, but they rejected the offer and asked that the PM meet them in an outdoor setting instead.</p> <p>A spokesman for Morrison said there was a standing offer for a private meeting, but the meeting never eventuated.</p> <p>Addressing her viral reaction on Sunday, Eggers wrote in a tweet that is now deleted: “Proud to claim this one."</p> <p>“I will not respect a man who has the time to shake hands of men who have won a football match but is ‘too busy’ to attend the March for Justice.”</p>

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New "Polar Bear Hotel" in China sparks outrage

<p>A hotel that bills itself as the world's first "polar bear hotel" has opened in China's far northeastern Heilongjiang province, drawing both guests and criticism for its central feature: live polar bears.</p> <p>The Polar Bear Hotel, part of the Harbin Polarland theme park, opened its doors on Friday with the promise of round-the-clock polar bear viewing from all 21 guest rooms.</p> <p>“Whether you’re eating, playing or sleeping, polar bears will keep you company,” Harbin Polarland’s official WeChat account said in a post dated March 11.</p> <p>Yang Liu, a spokeswoman for Harbin Polarland spoke to Reuters and revealed the bears remain indoors and are let outside when temperature and air quality permit.</p> <p>She said interest in staying at the hotel was "very high", saying it is fully booked through a trial period.</p> <p>Conservationists criticised the hotel.</p> <p>“Polar bears belong in the Arctic, not in zoos or glass boxes in aquariums - and certainly not in hotels,” Jason Baker, senior vice president at animal rights group PETA, told Reuters.</p> <p>“Polar bears are active for up to 18 hours a day in nature, roaming home ranges that can span thousands of miles, where they enjoy a real life.”</p> <p>“It is shocking and heartbreaking to see an enclosure like this, in this time and age, that houses polar bears in such appalling environments purely for entertainment,” ACRES co-CEO Anbarasi Boopal said.</p>

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"Never seen anything like it": Snake catcher's horrific find in family home

<p>A snake catcher was left in shock after finding 57 snake skins in a family's attic in Queensland.</p> <p>Reid Newell from Snake Catchers Brisbane &amp; Gold Coast was called to the home where he found 57 snake skins in a 7 x 7 metre roof space of the family's new home.</p> <p>"I've never seen anything like it, I've been in quite a lot of roofs, and the most I've seen before that was maybe four or five, so this was a massive jump," Mr Newell told the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/stuff-of-nightmares-terrifying-evidence-that-home-was-infested-with-snakes/news-story/c18e563771c4025dece7236dc4024d02" target="_blank">Courier Mail</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fwww.snakecatchers.com.au%2Fposts%2F1532113400310601&amp;width=500&amp;show_text=true&amp;height=677&amp;appId" width="500" height="677" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; picture-in-picture; web-share"></iframe></p> <p>Newell said that the photo only showed a small amount of the shedded skins he found in the property.</p> <p>"I couldn't say how many snakes it was from, but it definitely wasn't one. It wasn't just from the one species either, there was carpet python sheds in there, and also common tree snake sheds."</p> <p>He predicted that the former owners of the home had poultry which attracted mice to the home which then attracted snakes.</p> <p>Newell didn't find a single snake on the property, which was surprising to the family who called him in.</p> <p>"The owners were pretty cool about it, they were also shocked," he said.</p> <p>"I told them the amount of skins from multiple species was crazy to me and I think they thought that was pretty cool."</p>

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Sydney on alert after hotel quarantine worker tests positive to COVID-19

<p>Sydney is on alert this morning after multiple exposure sites including two public transport routes were added to the list of places visited by an infectious case of COVID-19.</p> <p>After almost two months of remaining virus-free, Sydney is grappling with a possibility of yet another outbreak following a serious breach at one of the city's quarantine hotels.</p> <p>A security guard has tested positive for the virus, despite receiving his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.</p> <p>NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said authorities were notified of the locally acquired case late on Saturday night and urgent contact tracing and genome sequence was underway.</p> <p>The 47-year-old man works in security at two quarantine hotels, the Sofitel Hotel in Wentworth and the Mantra Hotel in Haymarket.</p> <p>Mr Hazzard said he had worked while infectious.</p> <p>The guard attended several venues during that time, with anyone who attended the Pancakes On The Rocks at Beverly Hills on March 13 between 10.45 am to 12 pm now considered a close contact.</p> <p>People who visited the venue at that time have been ordered to self-isolate for 14 days regardless of a negative test result.</p> <p><strong>Hotspot locations</strong></p> <p><strong>Anyone who was a customer at the following venues at the listed times should monitor for symptoms:</strong></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">Bexley - Aquatic Centre on Saturday March 13 between 9 am to 9.30am</li> <li class="li1">Haymarket - Dae Jang Kum Korean restaurant on Saturday March 13 between 12.15 am to 12.25am;</li> <li class="li1">Haymarket - 7 Eleven on Saturday March 13 between 12.20 am to 12.25am;</li> <li class="li1">Hurstville - Hudson's Coffee shop, Hurstville Private Hospital on Monday March 8 between 8.30 am to 9am; Tuesday March 9 between 8.30 am to 9am; Wednesday March 10 between 8 pm and 9pm; Thursday March 11 between 8.30 am and 9 am and Friday March 12 between 8.30 am and 9am</li> <li class="li1">Hurstville Station - Coles on Wednesday March 10 between 8 pm to 9pm</li> </ul> <p><strong>Anyone who travelled on the following train services during the below times should also monitor for symptoms:</strong></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">T4 line, Hurstville to Central - Friday March 12 departing 6 pm Hurstville and arriving Central 6.30pm.</li> <li class="li1">T4 line, Central to Hurstville - Saturday March 13 departing Central at 7 am and driving Hurstville at 7.30am.</li> </ul>

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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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