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More than 5,000 children rescued after being left in cars across Australia

<p>More than 5,000 children are rescued after being left unattended in a car each year across Australia, Kidsafe Victoria reported.</p> <p>The charity has issued a red alert in time for summer as it launched its annual campaign Do Not Leave Children Unattended in Cars.</p> <p>“The temperature inside a parked car can be 20-30 degrees warmer than the outside temperature,” Kidsafe Victoria general manager Jason Chambers said on Friday.</p> <p>“This means that on a typical Australian summer day, the temperature can reach over 50 to 60 degrees in a matter of minutes.”</p> <p>Chambers warned that dehydration and heat stroke can be life threatening to children.</p> <p>Tests conducted by the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland found that when car windows are left open by 10 centimetres, the inside temperature is only five degrees cooler than when the windows are closed.</p> <p>“There’s never a safe amount of time to leave a child or pet locked in a car,” RACQ spokeswoman Clare Hunter said.</p> <p>“Even with the windows down, a car can reach high temperatures in minutes, which can prove dangerous.”</p> <p>Leaving a child unattended “for an unreasonable time without making reasonable provision for the supervision and care of the child” is an offence in Queensland and Victoria.</p> <p>Any person who leaves a child in a vehicle without proper supervision to the point where it causes emotional distress or health impairment will be liable to 200 penalty units in NSW, and a fine of $36,000 and imprisonment for 3 years in Western Australia.</p> <p>Over 1,000 calls for children left unattended in cars every year are answered by emergency services and roadside assistance in Victoria, Kidsafe said.</p> <p>Earlier this month, <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/travel-trouble/5-year-old-girl-placed-in-coma-after-being-found-in-boiling-car?fbclid=IwAR0IzEc9Kjyqhnxgtb-R9ilXGy7UtUXQPSLj6F_L22RFEOg1vSSW-TeMjeI">a five-year-old girl found in a car parked in the driveway of a Hunter family home</a> died in hospital. The week prior, 27-year-old Kerri-Ann Conley was charged with two counts of murder after her two toddlers were left in the car for about six hours.</p>

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"Mad and dangerous": Greta Thunberg cops another round from Jeremy Clarkson

<p>Jeremy Clarkson has made his feelings known about teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg again as he now believes she is “dangerous”.</p> <p>He was speaking to Seven’s<span> </span>Sunrise<span> </span>Europe bureau chief Hugh Whitfeld to promote his TV series<span> </span>The Grand Tour<span> </span>when he made the claims.</p> <p>Initially, Clarkson spoke about the impacts of global warming in Southeast Asia and how it had changed his view.</p> <p>“I don’t think I have ever actually seen the effect of global warming. When you see those houses on stilts in the show … and the water is miles away, that is a remarkable thing,” he said, according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/current-affairs/jeremy-clarkson-lashes-out-at-dangerous-greta-thunberg-once-more/news-story/f933f9d235e01981965499b5e5727ac2" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</em></p> <p>“And I know there will be a load of kids go, ‘Ha, you see. There you are’. Fine. Now go to school, learn science and do something about it.”</p> <p>However, his views on Thunberg have not changed.</p> <p>“She is mad and dangerous, and she is causing young children sleepless nights,” Clarkson said.</p> <p>“I think she needs to go back to school and shut up.”</p> <p>This isn’t the first time he has lashed out at Thunberg, as he said that she was a “spoilt brat” after her passionate speech at the United Nations.</p> <p>“We gave you mobile phones and laptops and the internet. We created the social media you use every day and we run the banks that pay for it all,” Clarkson said in a column for<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10022396/greta-thunberg-meltdown-wont-help-world/" target="_blank">The Sun</a>.</em></p> <p>“So how dare you stand there and lecture us, you spoilt brat.”</p>

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"I want to get out": Panic as man tries to open door mid-flight

<p>A man who was suffering from a panic attack was restrained by fellow passengers after attempting to open the door of the plane mid-flight.</p> <p>Without warning, an agitated man tried pulling on the lever on the door at the back of the plane screaming “I want to get out!” in broken English.</p> <p>It was here that his fellow passengers intervened, but it wasn’t until half a dozen air stewards rushed down the aisle with one carrying handcuffs that the passengers felt safe.</p> <p>Ian McNally, who first spotted what was happening, was shaken up by the incident, but praised the efforts of another passenger.</p> <p>“I was mightily relieved when I saw him rushing to help,” he added.</p> <p>Another witness who did not want to be named was frozen in panic, according to <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/dec/03/man-restrained-after-trying-to-open-door-of-ba-aircraft-in-midair?CMP=aff_1432&amp;utm_content=The+Independent&amp;awc=5795_1575396722_23a2856c3503f3524c8a7f4b83339901">The Guardian</a></em>.</p> <p>“I thought that was it,” he said. “Everyone who intervened were heroes.”</p> <p>Passenger Dean Whyte, who is a shocking 2 metres tall and a boxer, also intervened with the anxious man, telling him to “calm down”.</p> <p>“It was like something out of a movie. When I got there, he was shouting ‘I want to get out’ in broken English.</p> <p>“I managed to grab him and was preparing to slam him hard if necessary but myself and the steward could see he wasn’t quite right in the head, so I held him and tried to calm him down. Eventually it worked.”</p> <p>Whyte later took a screenshot of the article from <em>The Guardian</em> and said that he was just “happy I was there to help”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Just Happy I Was There To Help<a href="https://t.co/613bYU1ZRi">https://t.co/613bYU1ZRi</a> <a href="https://t.co/TlrtXY7RRm">pic.twitter.com/TlrtXY7RRm</a></p> — Dean Whyte (@DeanWhyte8) <a href="https://twitter.com/DeanWhyte8/status/1201791740409241600?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 3, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>A British Airways flight attendant said that they had “never seen anything like that before”.</p> <p> </p>

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Groom shot and killed at bachelor party

<p>A man was shot and killed while out celebrating his bachelor party, less than two weeks before his wedding.</p> <p>41-year-old Christopher Smith was celebrating with friends on Friday night at Jake’s Pub in Indianapolis when patrons noticed a man carrying a handgun.</p> <p>Smith’s future sister-in-law Shanon Singer-Mann said he attempted to stop the man.</p> <p>“They had yelled out, ‘This guy has got a gun. Call the cops, this guy has got a gun.’ When they did that, my brother-in-law jumped up and tried to charge the guy to try and keep him from doing anything,” Singer-Mann told <em><a href="https://fox59.com/2019/12/02/man-shot-and-killed-while-celebrating-bachelor-party-on-indys-south-side/">Fox59</a></em>.</p> <p>When Indianapolis Metropolitan police officers arrived at the scene, they found two men shot with the second victim said to be in “stable condition”, the outlet reported. No other injuries were reported.</p> <p>The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said a suspect has been identified but detectives are still investigating the case and speaking with witnesses from the incident.</p> <p>Smith, a pastor, was set to marry his fiancée Schena Singer in less than two weeks from his bachelor party.</p> <p>“To go from supposed to be going to your bachelorette party to having to go and plan your fiancé’s funeral, it’s just so tragic,” Singer-Mann said. “You’ll never understand why something like this happens, never.”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fshanon.singermann%2Fposts%2F1229535543900602&amp;width=500" width="500" height="681" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Jake’s Pub was closed on Saturday following the tragedy.</p> <p><em>Photo: Shanon Singer Mann</em></p>

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Mother's fury after autistic son is kicked off flight

<p><span>A mother says that she’s furious after her and her 21-year-old autistic son were kicked off a flight as staff claimed her son Nicco was “too violent”.</span></p> <p><span>She spoke to <a href="https://globalnews.ca/news/6135935/hamilton-mother-son-disabilities-swoop-airline-flight/"><em>Global News CA</em></a> about the incident.</span></p> <p><span>“He’s 21 but he’s mentally like a small child,” said Nicco Iavarone’s mother, Andrea Iavarone.</span></p> <p><span>“So if a small child were on an airplane and had a little temper tantrum and hit and pulled their mother’s hair, would they kick that mother off the airplane? Because it was exactly like that.”</span></p> <p><span>Andrea said that the airline staff were aware that Nicco was special needs as they let them pre-board under those circumstances.</span></p> <p><span>As the plane left the runway, Nico started acting out and hitting Andrea as well as pulling her hair.</span></p> <p>“He’s special needs. He’s non-verbal, so he doesn’t really have a way to voice what frustrates him —  so sometimes you get moments of agitation where he gets a little bit frustrated,” said Andrea.</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/B4U3CXFF04p/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4U3CXFF04p/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">#Discrimination #Swoop #FlySwoop #swoopairlines Nicco is a special needs child who is just kicked off swoop airlines because they say he is violent… And they were concerned about the safety of other passengers even though he had the window seat and his mother was sitting next to him at the time . Shocked and in disbelief. Please share this post as this is discrimination in the worst way!</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/livebe4udie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Andrea Iavarone</a> (@livebe4udie) on Nov 1, 2019 at 7:22am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>One flight attendant saw the incident and spoke to another attendant, where they quickly informed that “Nicco’s not going to be flying with them today”.</p> <p>“They said, ‘He’s violent’ and ‘We’re worried for the safety of our passengers.’ I said, ‘How can you be that worried about the safety of other passengers?'” added Andrea, who said she was in disbelief.</p> <p>“Then [the flight attendant] said, ‘We’re worried about your safety’ and I said, ‘I deal with this everyday and he’s fine once he gets up in the air. We’re going to be just fine,'” she said.</p> <p>After expecting to speak to someone in charge, the attendant denied this request and the family were escorted off the plane.</p> <p>The family were offered a credit with the airline, but nothing for the cost of Nicco’s ticket.</p> <p>Gabor Lukacs with Air Passenger Rights was unhappy with the outcome.</p> <p>“At best, from the airlines, this was a misunderstanding. At worst, this was a discrimination of a person with disabilities,” he said.</p> <p>“The least they should’ve done once it was clear that this is not an unruly passenger but someone with mental disabilities, is make it as good as possible by putting them on the next available flight on whatever airline is available.”</p> <p>After Andrea posted the story online, the airline has now refunded both tickets and hopes that the incident sparks change within the airline industry.</p> <p>“He’s special needs. He doesn’t have a voice so I need to speak up and make people aware how they’re being treated,” she said. “Instead of making accommodations or trying to find ways to try and make the flight easier, they’re just deciding that they would rather not deal with him and have him off the plane.”</p>

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“I love you, Mum”: Mother’s final words from son before tragedy struck

<p>A mother has faced heartache after her son, aged 25, was found dead in the Outback after he’d said “I love you” for the last time.</p> <p>Trent Grose, from Broken Hill in rural New South Wales, was found dead under a tree near Maxwelton in far North Queensland on Sunday. </p> <p>A search launched for Mr Grose two weeks ago when his four-wheel-drive was found broken down near a remote property - just a heartbreaking 17km from where he was found a few weeks later deceased. </p> <p>The 25-year-old told his mother Karen he was driving from Richmond, southwest of Townsville, to Toowoomba, near Brisbane for a job interview at a cattle station.</p> <p>His car battery ran flat and he had little water and no way of getting into contact with anyone for help. </p> <p>Miss Grose said she spoke to her son before he started the 16-hour journey in search of work. </p> <p>She told the<span> </span><a href="https://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/"><em>Townsville</em><span> </span><em>Bulletin</em></a><span> </span>that the last words she ever heard from her boy were “I love you mum.”</p> <p>“We spoke two weeks ago. It was a general talk about where he was going for work next and what he was doing. We always ended with 'I love you mum',” Ms Grose said.</p> <p>“Trent was a people person with a big heart - he'd do anything for anyone.</p> <p>“(He was) an all round top bloke who was loved by all that knew him.”</p> <p>Police are not treating Mr. Grose’s death as suspicious. </p>

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Whopping fine issued for driver caught by police

<p>A driver has been issued a massive fine of $2482 after being caught going more than 50km/hr over the speed limit.</p> <p>NSW Police pulled the South Australian man over in Parkes in the state’s central west and he had been clocked going 111km/hr in a 60km/hr zone.</p> <p>He was issued with an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by over 45km/hr and was handed a $2482 fine.</p> <p>He also lost six demerit points and has had his licence suspended for six months.</p> <p>Although the fine might sound steep, it’s nothing compared to the new mobile phone laws that are slowly being enforced around the country.</p> <p>Queenslanders who are caught using their mobile phones while driving will face the highest laws in the country from next year.</p> <p><span>Any Queenslander found</span> on their phone while driving will be fined $1,000 from the 1st of February. This amount is more than double the current fine amount of $400.</p> <p>Thanks to the introduction of this steep penalty, this puts Queensland well ahead of the rest of the states when it comes to fines.</p> <p>The current amount you’ll be fined for each state for using your phone while driving is:</p> <ul> <li>$534 for South Australia</li> <li>$484 for Victoria</li> <li>$470 for ACT</li> <li>$400 for Queensland and Western Australia</li> <li>$337 for New South Wales</li> <li>$326 for Tasmania</li> <li>$250 for Northern Territory<span> </span><span> </span></li> </ul> <p>The fine hike by Queensland came just days after NSW confirmed its spending $88 million on fixed and portable cameras at 45 spots across the state to spot drivers who text and drive.</p> <p>NSW Roads Minister Andrew Constance said that the move was about saving lives.</p> <p>“I want [driver] behaviour to change and I want it changed immediately,” he said to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/qld/2019/11/28/qld-fine-mobile-phone-car/" target="_blank">The New Daily</a></em>.</p> <p>Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey said that they also have plans to trial cameras that are being used by NSW.</p> <p>“They are the toughest laws in Australia … because this problem has been escalating,” he told ABC radio on Thursday.</p> <p>“I just can’t accept the road toll – we’ve got to deal with this.”</p> <p>“The safest thing for people to do is to change their behaviour right now because that means safer roads.”</p>

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John Newcombe warns Nick Kyrgios to “zip it”

<p>Tennis great John Newcombe said Nick Kyrgios will have to “learn to zip it up” ahead of the Australian Open season.</p> <p>Kyrgios will still be on his six-month probation at the grand slam after the ATP penalised the 24-year-old for his “<a href="https://www.atptour.com/en/news/atp-concludes-kyrgios-investigation-september-2019">aggravated behaviour</a>“ at the Cincinnati Masters in September.  </p> <p>He faces a US$25,000 fine and 16-week suspension if he commits “verbal or physical abuse of officials” or “unsportsmanlike conduct” during this period.</p> <p>Speaking in Melbourne, Newcombe said the pressure at Rod Laver Arena may make it tough for Kyrgios to toe the line.</p> <p>“I can’t speak for him but if it was me it would be tough having that ban hanging over you. But I guess you’ve just got to learn to zip up,” Newcombe said.</p> <p>The seven-time grand slam singles champion said while Kyrgios’ return to tennis through the Davis Cup was a welcome opportunity, the firebrand’s injury may prevent him from giving his best performance in five set tennis next month.</p> <p>“I thought it was great that Nick played in the Davis Cup but it’s a bit of a worry that he has recurring injuries, especially around where the muscles join the joints and that’s going to be an ongoing problem for him it seems,” Newcombe said.</p> <p>“At the Davis Cup he’d only played four sets of singles and his shoulder started to play up again and when you’ve got an injury like that it’s hard to go out and practice a lot.</p> <p>“Leading into the Australian Open – five sets is a big ask for him.”</p> <p>Newcombe also said Australian men’s number one Alex de Minaur is unlikely to win his first grand slam for another five years.</p> <p>“He’s a probable top 15 and hopefully top 12 or 10 as long as he can stay injury free as every question asked of him he’s come up with the right answers,” the 75-year-old said.</p> <p>“But I can’t see him contending in a grand slam the next 12 months, that’s a little quick - I think he’s a couple of years away from that.</p> <p>“I would think Alex would be playing his best tennis around 25 or 26 years of age.”</p>

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Second victim in London Bridge attack named

<p>Saskia Jones, who was described as a “funny, kind and positive influence” has been named as the second victim of Friday’s London Bridge terror attack.</p> <p>The 23-year-old former Cambridge University graduate had only just applied to the police’s graduate scheme, with the intention to specialise in victim support, when her life was brutally stolen from her.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5iw2h9lqCY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; 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text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5iw2h9lqCY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kushal Roy (@unapologetickushal)</a> on Dec 1, 2019 at 12:26pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In a heartbroken statement, her family said her loss would leave a huge void in the lives of everyone she had met.</p> <p>“Saskia was a funny, kind, positive influence at the centre of many people’s lives,” they said.</p> <p>“She had a wonderful sense of mischievous fun and was generous to the point of always wanting to see the best in all people.</p> <p>“She was intent on living life to the full, and had a wonderful thirst for knowledge, enabling her to be the best she could be.</p> <p>“Saskia had a great passion for providing invaluable support to victims of criminal injustice, which led her to the point of recently applying for the police graduate recruitment programme, wishing to specialise in victim support."</p> <p>Miss Jones had been attending a prisoner rehabilitation initiative, when convicted terrorist Usman Khan attacked volunteers and delegates with two larges knives.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5gP5uKIzMD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5gP5uKIzMD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ideologiekritische Aktion (@ideologiekritische_aktion)</a> on Nov 30, 2019 at 1:00pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She died alongside another Cambridge graduate, Jack Merritt, who was as equally committed to helping others ­ specifically prisoners’ who wanted to turn their lives around.</p> <p>Khan was released from prison last year after serving eight years of a 16-year sentence for plotting to blow up the London Stock Exchange and other targets.</p> <p>He had been invited to attend the event to discuss his experiences, however, began stabbing at least five people and fatally wounding Miss Jones and Mr Merritt.</p> <p>Director of the Institute of Criminology, at Cambridge Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe, shared a heartfelt statement about her former student.</p> <p>"Saskia's warm disposition and extraordinary intellectual creativity was combined with a strong belief that people who have committed criminal offences should have opportunities for rehabilitation,” she said.</p> <p>"Though she completed her MPhil in Criminology in 2018, her determination to make an enduring and positive impact on society in everything she did led her to stay in contact with the Learning Together community. </p> <p>"They valued her contributions enormously and were inspired by her determination to push towards the good."</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5ilhR7Jft1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5ilhR7Jft1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by JD dan (@janined62)</a> on Dec 1, 2019 at 10:47am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She also made a heartfelt tribute to Mr Merritt: "All of us at the Institute will miss Jack's quiet humour and rigorous intellect. Jack's passion for social and criminal justice was infectious. He was deeply creatively and courageously engaged with the world, advocating for a politics of love. He worked tirelessly in dark places to pull towards the light."</p> <p>Just last month, Miss Jones shared a post onto her Facebook page which relayed a heartfelt sentiment about appreciating the little things in life.</p> <p>“I hope I never get tired of the night sky, of thunderstorms, of watching cream make galaxies in my coffee,” the post read.</p> <p>“This world is ugly. I hope I never grow to be someone who can no longer see the small beautiful things.”</p>

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The parking fine that could now cost you $533

<p>A Queensland parking fine has been doubled with warnings that drivers found breaching the rule will be “harshly penalised”.</p> <p>The Queensland government announced on Tuesday that the fine for drivers who illegally park in disability parking area will be doubled from $266 to $533.</p> <p>“Drivers who illegally occupy disability parking spaces should expect to be harshly penalised,” Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said in a statement.</p> <p>“Expanding the permit criteria to include people who are legally blind means about 18,000 more Queenslanders could require these spaces.</p> <p>“We believe there are enough spaces to cater for that added demand, but we also need to hit the message home that taking up spaces reserved for people with a disability is unacceptable.</p> <p>“It’s arrogant and selfish behaviour that the community does not support.”</p> <p>The fine hike will be applied next year.</p> <p>In the same announcement, it is also revealed that disability parking permits will be expanded to people with vision impairments from mid-2020.</p> <p>“Queenslanders with vision-impairment and their carers have shared their stories with me about how challenging it can be to negotiate busy car parks,” said Bailey.</p> <p>“They felt the current laws, which were introduced in 1998, ignored their situation and I think that’s a fair assessment.”</p> <p>Minister for Communities, Disability Services and Seniors Coralee O’Rourke said the expansion will provide vision-impaired drivers with safer and more convenient access in car parks across the state.</p> <p>“The changes will bring Queensland into line with New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, which both include legal blindness as a criteria in their permit schemes,” O’Rourke said.</p> <p>The state government is also cracking down on use of mobile phones behind the wheels, as the current penalty of $400 is set to be increased to $1,000 from February 1. Drivers caught twice within a year will risk losing their licence.</p> <p>“They are the toughest laws in Australia ... because this problem has been escalating,” Bailey told <em>ABC </em>radio on Thursday.</p> <p>“The safest thing for people to do is to change their behaviour right now because that means safer roads.”</p>

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Australian model lands herself in hot water again

<p>A Sudanese-Australian model who narrowly avoided jail time in the US after a drunken rampage on a flight, has been arrested again and this time - has been sitting in an immigration detention center since September. </p> <p>Adau Mornyang, 25, reportedly attacked a male flight attendant, called his colleague a “white trash b” and hit an air host when she was cut off from drinking on a United Airlines flight from <span>Melbourne to Los Angeles in January.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>The model faced 21 years in jail after being found guilty of assault in March, but narrowly escaped with 100 hours of community service and three years probation.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BTLT5V0BgvO/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BTLT5V0BgvO/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Pageant Times (@pageanttimes)</a> on Apr 21, 2017 at 10:58pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span></span><span>However it has been revealed Mornyang had been arrested on September 17 by US immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a surprise ambush. </span></p> <p><span></span><span>“Adau was shocked, since she knew she never entered the United States illegally nor overstayed her visa,” her sister Maria wrote on a GoFundMe page to raise funds to cover her legal costs. </span></p> <p><span></span><span>Maria said her sister entered the US with a valid 01 visa that expires on December 26, 2021.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>“She's not in the country illegally,” she wrote.</span></p> <p>A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson confirmed the department is assisting an Australian being held in US detention.</p> <p>“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to an Australian detained in the US. Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment,” a spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.<br />The GoFundMe page claims ICE agents revoked Mornyang's visa without telling her as pay back for her avoiding a prison sentence. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BUQMivNDshw/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BUQMivNDshw/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Black Pageant Queens (@blackpageantqueens)</a> on May 18, 2017 at 5:01pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“This no-jail outcome must've infuriated ICE officials who proceeded (without Adau's knowledge) to revoke her valid visa and subsequently arrested her for being in the country illegally,” Maria wrote. '</p> <p><span>“Meanwhile, a judge never ordered that Adau should leave the country. My sister has been in jail for over two months, she's not been given any trial since arrest by ICE nor found guilty of overstaying her visa, just kept in jail indefinitely.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>“Adau expected that she was going to be deported after her arrest on September 17, 2019 - that didn't happen either.” </span></p> <p><span></span><span>The 25-year-old, who was born in South Sudan before moving to Australia as a refugee when she was 10, was convicted of felony interference with a flight crew and misdemeanour assault. </span></p> <p><span></span><span>She was acquitted of a third count of assaulting an air marshal.</span></p> <p>In March a jury heard Mornyang ordered “several glasses of wine” on the January 21 United Airlines flight. </p> <p>Passengers complained to staff about Mornyang's behaviour around nine hours into the flight. </p> <p><span>“When the flight attendant approached to assess the situation, Mornyang began to shout at the flight attendant and then slapped him across his face,” the court heard.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>After she was reportedly cut off from drinking more, she yelled obscenities, struck a flight attendant, had to be handcuffed by an air marshal, refused to leave a toilet and had to be held at the rear of the plane.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>The flight attendant said he was so shocked after he was assaulted he “could not physically do anything except sit for nearly half an hour to process what had happened to him”.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>Prosecutors said air marshals had to come out from undercover to help deal with her.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BUik6LPlibU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BUik6LPlibU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Adau M (@themodeladau)</a> on May 25, 2017 at 8:20pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span></span><span>The former Miss Australia finalist claimed to have no recollection of the commotion.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>“All I remember wa</span><span>s waking up after sleeping for eight hours,” she said in a text message after the incident occurred. </span></p> <p><span></span><span>The models claims to have mixed two glasses of wine with prescription pills to help her sleep, but flight attendants say it was closer to five or six glasses before she had to be cut off.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>Mornyang said she “was so confused and begging and pleading for them to tell me what I did.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>“I was ignored, I was in and out of consciousness, and was later locked up in federal prison still with no memory of what I was arrested for.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>“This whole alleged slapping is a big shock to me and I cry every night wondering why I have no memory of it. How I could of done it while asleep,” she said.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>In March, a Los Angeles jury found Mornyang guilty of a felony charge of interference with a flight crew member and a misdemeanour count of assault.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>Mornyang was required throughout her three-year probation to submit to drug tests and receive counselling for mental health issues. </span></p> <p><span></span><span>The model was previously a global campaign face for makeup giant Sephora and was a Miss World Victoria top eight state finalist in 2017.</span></p> <p><span></span><span>Mornyang arrived as a refugee to Australia when she was just ten and used her promising modelling career as a platform to become an outspoken advocate on social issues, particularly any plaguing South Sudanese communities.</span></p>

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Australia’s “sh*ttest town” accuses popular Facebook page of bullying

<p>The hugely popular Facebook page known as “<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/shittownsofaustralia/" target="_blank">Sh** Towns of Australia</a>” has ruffled a few feathers with their latest judgement of saying that the industrial South Australian town of Port Pirie is the “sh****t town in Australia”.</p> <p>The owners of the page, Geoff Rissole and Rick Furphy, stand by their harsh judgement of the town.</p> <p>“I wouldn’t feel safe going back to Port Pirie,” Rissole told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/australias-shttest-town-port-pirie-in-sa-accuses-popular-facebook-page-of-bullying/news-story/e839dfbace8acd02ee685c7432805866" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</p> <p>“And that’s only partly because of the anger towards us.”</p> <p>The industrial town was reviewed by the page in the beginning and the town was not happy at all with the judgement.</p> <p>“They reacted quite badly,” Rissole said. “They were very, very angry. It was one of our early reviews and we thought it’d be funny to keep winding them up. It’s only gotten funnier.</p> <p>“They keep getting angry about it and so it’s become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”</p> <p>The Facebook page now has 165,000 followers who are eagerly awaiting to see if their town makes the list.</p> <p>Every week, a new “power ranking” is published of the 10 worst towns in the last week. No matter what’s happened during the week though, Port Pirie always makes the list with the justification that it’s “still sh*t”.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fshittownsofaustralia%2Fphotos%2Fa.504757439959396%2F797121977389606%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="614" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Independent MP Geoff Brock who represents the town in State Parliament says that it’s “bullying on social media”.</p> <p>However, Rissole says that those who are offended “don’t pick up on the context” of the page.</p> <p>“It’s written very tongue-in-cheek. It’s meant to be over the top and a bit cartoonish. Some people just don’t pick up on that context,” Rissole said.</p> <p>“Particularly with older people, there’s a belief that if something is written down then it has some credibility or authority, rather than just being two people on the internet having a laugh. We often get Boomers messaging us saying: ‘Why does Facebook let you do this?’”</p> <p>Mount Gambier is another town who’s not pleased with their judgement of having a “sh*t town”.</p> <p>“I spoke to someone in Mount Gambier recently who said they had three days of talkback radio segments with Boomers just p*ssed off,” Rissole said.</p> <p>“But that week, the biggest headline in the paper was about the Baker’s Delight moving shops down the road. There’s not a lot going on in Mount Gambier.”</p>

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Soccer star slams airline: “What a joke. Jetstar won't let me travel”

<p>Matildas' soccer star Sam Kerr has slammed Jetstar after claiming the budget airline refused to let her on a flight because her passport had damage.</p> <p>26-year-old Kerr shared photos of travel documents which appeared to have slight wear and tear to them on Wednesday afternoon and claimed it was the reason she was denied entry onto the plane.</p> <p>Kerr became Australia’s highest-ever paid female footballer in any code when she signed with the Chelsea club two weeks ago, on a $2 million deal.</p> <p>“What a joke. @JetstarAirways won't let me travel due to a damaged passport,” she wrote in a furious Twitter post with photos of her Australian passport attached.</p> <p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">What a joke . <a href="https://twitter.com/JetstarAirways?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JetstarAirways</a> won’t let me travel due to a damaged passport <a href="https://t.co/oeiS4Z57Qu">pic.twitter.com/oeiS4Z57Qu</a></p> — Sam Kerr (@samkerr1) <a href="https://twitter.com/samkerr1/status/1199541872160436224?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 27, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>While it is not sure where Kerr was planning to travel to, it is believed she was on her way to a three-week holiday before beginning training for the second half of the Women’s Super league season.</p> <p>A spokesperson for Jetstar said the airline was entitled to not let her board on the flight because of the demands placed on them by the immigration authorities.</p> <p>“Our crew don’t like being the bearer of bad news, but they have to enforce the immigration requirements of the countries we fly to,” they said.</p> <p>“Some countries are more strict than others on this and won’t let you enter the country with a damaged passport.”</p> <p>Kerr has fast become the face of Australian women's soccer since debuting with the Matildas at the age of 15.  </p>

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Popular tourist destination to be closed in 2020

<p>Faroe Islands are a beautiful and popular string of islands that are home to a colony of puffins.</p> <p>However, the islands are going to be closed for a portion of 2020 so that the ecosystem can be preserved from the droves of tourists that descend on the shores of the islands.</p> <p>Faroe Islands are located between Iceland and Norway, but if you’re still itching to see the puffin colony that calls the islands home, you can still go to the islands.</p> <p>You just have to volunteer your time to step foot on the islands.</p> <p>14 tourist sites will be closed for a portion of 2020, but volunteers that help rejuvenate the island are able to stay on the island for free during the maintenance period, which is during the weekend of April 16 – 17 2020.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B37xx4cHMp3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B37xx4cHMp3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Faroe Islands (@faroeislands)</a> on Oct 22, 2019 at 1:33pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Guðrið Højgaard, Director at Visit Faroe Islands, said successful applicants will need to apply quickly as the 2019 program saw thousands reach out to offer their assistance.</p> <p>"For us, tourism is not all about numbers," Højgaard told <em><a href="https://www.cnn.com/travel">CNN Travel</a></em> earlier this year.</p> <p>"We welcome visitors to the islands each year, but we also have a responsibility to our community and to our beautiful environment, and our aim is to preserve and protect the islands, ensuring sustainable and responsible growth."</p> <p>The first batch of volunteers included travellers from Mexico, Australia, China and the United States.</p> <p>The Faroe Islands’ capital of Tórshavn has a population of about 13,000 and visits to the islands have increased by 10 per cent over the last few years.</p>

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5-year-old girl placed in coma after being found in boiling car

<p><span>A five-year-old girl has been placed in an induced coma after being found unresponsive in a parked car in NSW’s Hunter region.</span></p> <p><span>The child was discovered inside a car parked in the driveway of a family home in Tanilba Bay near Port Stephens. Police were called at about 4.30pm on Tuesday after passers-by spotted the girl.</span></p> <p><span>The girl was treated at the scene before being flown to John Hunter Children’s Hospital in a critical condition, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service said in a statement.</span></p> <p><span>According to <em><a href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/child-in-car-nsw-hunter-tanilba-bay/06e2a187-ac1c-43e2-8b50-534f8b87121a">9News</a></em>, the girl is believed to have climbed into the car herself and become trapped.</span></p> <p><span>“The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation by detectives from Port Stephens,” a police spokesman said in a statement.</span></p> <p><span>Temperatures reached 35C in the area on Tuesday afternoon.</span></p> <p><span>The incident came days after the death of two Queensland toddlers, who were allegedly left in a hot car by their mother.</span></p> <p><span>One-year-old Chole-Ann and two-year-old Darcey-Helen died inside a black station wagon parked across the front yard of their family home in Logan on Saturday. </span></p> <p><span>The sisters’ mother, 27-year-old Kerri-Ann Conley, has been charged with <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/father-demands-the-truth-about-his-daughters-death-in-boiling-car">two counts of murder and two drug-related offences</a>.</span></p>

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Parking fine reveals identity theft problem that costs $1.6 billion a year

<p>A man realised his identity had been stolen after receiving a fine for a car that he doesn’t own.</p> <p>As he filed a statement at the police station, he was told by police that this happens “all the time”.</p> <p>Identity fraud is an offence that is easy and common as of late.</p> <p>Estimates by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department indicate that identity crime costs Australia upwards of $1.6 billion a year, with the majority ($900 million) being lost by individuals through credit card fraud, identity theft and scams.</p> <p>“Your identity is one of the most valuable things you have. Being able to prove who you are is important for most aspects of your life – from getting a home loan to starting a new job to buying something online,” said NSW’s Financial Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Linda Howlett to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/security/parking-fine-reveals-identity-theft-a-problem-costing-us-16-billion-per-year/news-story/fb1b3bf86bc2ee5713cd532d37a5d047" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</em></p> <p>“Your identity can be stolen if criminals gain access to personal documents, such as your passport, driver's licence or utility bills.</p> <p>“We know mail theft is the start of a greater fraud problem and once your identity has been compromised, it is a difficult process to reclaim it.”</p> <p>There are a number of measures you can take to protect yourself against identity theft.</p> <ul> <li>Clear the mail daily</li> <li>Dispose of unwanted mail in a way that makes sure no one else can make use of it (shredding etc)</li> <li>Ensure your mailbox is in good condition<span> </span><span> </span></li> </ul> <p>It’s said that identity crime continues to be a key enabler of serious and organised crime, which in turn costs Australia around $15 billion a year.</p>

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Prince Charles expresses concerns for his grandchildren’s future as climate change reaches “tipping point”

<p>Prince Charles was extremely candid about the risk of climate change as he gave a speech at<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.lincoln.ac.nz/News-and-Events/Prince-of-Wales-delivers-powerful-keynote-address" target="_blank">Lincoln University</a><span> </span>in New Zealand.</p> <p>He admitted that he fears for his grandchildren’s future as “we face an urgent global crisis”.</p> <p>“For the past 40-50 years, I have been driven by an overwhelming desire not to be confronted by my grandchildren demanding to know why I didn't do anything to prevent them being bequeathed a poisoned and destroyed planet,” he said.</p> <p>The grandchildren in question are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, Prince Louis, one and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s child Archie.</p> <p>The Prince of Wales has been a keen climate change activist for years and said that humanity is at “a tipping point”.</p> <p>“If we were to think about nature and her assets as humanity's own bank account, it is clear that we have been on a dizzying spending spree for centuries.</p> <p>“We now find ourselves dangerously overdrawn and urgently need to figure out how we are going to repay the mounting debt,” he explained.</p> <p>“And, if we were to think of this planet as a patient, any self-respecting doctor would long ago have made a precautionary intervention on the basis of the symptoms displayed.”</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/B5LXgCjAZRo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5LXgCjAZRo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">"We simply must be bold and we must make choices that are right for the future, not just convenient for today. We must think seven generations ahead, and start thinking and acting in the interests of our grandchildren, great grandchildren and those that will follow them. How much longer can we dither and delay?" . Read The Prince of Wales's speech on the environment, delivered today at @lincolnuninz during the #RoyalVisitNZ, by following the link in our bio.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/clarencehouse/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Clarence House</a> (@clarencehouse) on Nov 22, 2019 at 10:22am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Prince Charles urged those listening that they “must be bold” in their choices that will impact future generations.</p> <p>"We simply must be bold and we must make choices that are right for the future, not just convenient for today. We must think seven generations ahead, and start thinking and acting in the interests of our grandchildren, great grandchildren and those that will follow them.</p> <p>“How much longer can we dither and delay?"</p> <p>The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived in New Zealand on the 17th of November to kick off their week-long royal tour. </p>

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Princess Mary and Prince Frederik blasted over deer hunt pictures

<p>Princess Mary of Denmark and her husband Prince Frederik have been slammed by animal rights activists for their involvement in an annual hunting event that saw dozens of deer killed.</p> <p>The Danish royal family celebrated the King’s Hunt at Gribskov forest on Wednesday and were then photographed outside the Fredensborg Palace standing before rows of deer carcasses.</p> <p>Photos from the event show Princess Mary and Prince Frederik smiling and chatting with other people in the crowd in front of the slain deer. The prince could also be seen inspecting the slain ‘proceeds of the day’.</p> <p>“This morning, the King’s Hunt was held in Gribskov, and this afternoon there was a game parade in front of Fredensborg Castle, where H.M. The Queen, the Crown Prince couple, and the participants of the hunt watched the proceeds of the day,” an <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5GW3NFALto/">Instagram post</a> on the Danish royal family’s official account read.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5GW3NFALto/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5GW3NFALto/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by DET DANSKE KONGEHUS (@detdanskekongehus)</a> on Nov 20, 2019 at 11:40am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p> The royal pair has been criticised for setting “poor” example to their four children – Prince Christian, 14, Princess Isabella, 12, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, eight – by participating in the hunting parties.</p> <p>Animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) told <em>Yahoo Lifestyle </em>that the couple’s support for “violent blood sport” may encourage violent behaviour in their children.</p> <p>“There is nothing noble about shooting defenseless animals for fun,” a PETA spokesperson said.</p> <p>“Given the now well-established link between cruelty to animals in childhood and violent behaviour in adulthood, not only is it insensitive for Prince Frederik and Princess Mary to teach their children that killing animals is acceptable, it’s also a poor parenting decision.</p> <p>“Few people today view hunting as anything other than a violent blood sport, a cheap thrill at taking a life and a display of wanton power over the powerless. It is surely the parents’ responsibility to help children grow into compassionate leaders for their country, with respect for all living beings.”</p> <p>Throughout the years Princess Mary has also copped backlash over her frequent use of real fur, including <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/peta-danish-royal-family-seal-fur-stamp-attack-a7374211.html">seal fur traditionally used in Greenland</a>.</p> <p>“Times have changed, and unless Danes wish to be viewed as callous and out of touch, they should start creating new traditions that celebrate compassion and replace those tired, cruelly produced furs with new eco-friendly and humane fabrics,” PETA said.</p> <p><span>See the images <a rel="noopener" href="https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/peta-slams-danish-princess-mary-over-annual-deer-hunt-012023732.html" target="_blank">here</a> (warning: graphic).</span></p>

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Former royal employees reveal Prince Andrew’s huge ego and massive meltdowns

<p>Following a painfully awkward interview with the BBC where Prince Andrew said a number of odd things, royal ex-staffers have come forward to talk about his “incredibly rude” demeanour and arrogance.</p> <p>The Duke of York has reportedly burnt many bridges throughout the years, including with one former aide to the British family, who confided to<span> </span><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/"><em>The Sun</em></a> they’d seen the royal treat his staff in a shocking, appalling way.</p> <p>“He’s been incredibly rude to his personal protection officers, literally throwing things on the ground and demanding that they ‘f***ing pick them up’. No social graces at all.”</p> <p>The anonymous source may not have come forward with their name, but other ex-staff members have, including a former royal protection office, Paul Page.</p> <p>Page said Prince Andrew likes to get his own way, even if it means hurling abuse at innocent bystanders or well-meaning staff, and recalled a moment where the royal screamed at a member of security after investigating an intruder in the corridor near the Queen’s bedroom – whereupon finding the shadowy figure, consequently found out it was actually the Duke.</p> <p>“This is my f***ing home, I can go where I want, now f**k off,” he allegedly yelled into the face of a number of officers.</p> <p>Unfortunately, these are not the only people to face the royal’s wrath.</p> <p>Sir Ivor Roberts, an ambassador to Rome between 2003 and 2006, revealed Prince Andrew “rubbed people up the wrong way.”</p> <p>According to Roberts, when a head of a major fashion house introduced herself, he rudely responded: “Never heard of you.”</p> <p>Sir Ivor said it was down to his team to clear up the mess Prince Andrew had made.</p> <p>The Duke of York is not in the good graces of people he is supposed to be courting either, including Tatianna Gfoeller, Washington’s ambassador to Kyrgyzstan in 2008.</p> <p>In 2010, Wikileaks revealed a secret cable from a US ambassador who described Prince Andrew’s bad behaviour that “verged on rude” during an official engagement.</p> <p>Gfoeller had written of “rude language a la British” and stated how the royal had  railed against the Senior Fraud Office and journalists.</p> <p>Not only does he have enemies on the ground though, it appears he has offended people for his rude habits in the air too.</p> <p>Dubbed “Air Miles Andy,” for his incessant jetting around the world, the Duke apparently had a meltdown in Melbourne Airport in 2005 and refused to go through the normal security procedures like everyone else did.</p> <p>Thankfully, airline officials did not step down and later complained of his attitude.</p> <p>“Who does he think he is? What a pompous prat,” an indignant official told reporters after the ordeal.</p> <p>“Everyone has to go through security screening. He should be happy to do so and set an example.”</p>

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