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Australia's new golden couple?

<p>After being spotted looking cosy, Olympic superstars Emma McKeon and Kyle Chalmers are rumoured to be dating. </p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/emma-mckeon-and-kyle-chalmers-australian-swimmings-new-golden-couple/news-story/b034ca1f084444dfd71b087a0e064a60" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a> reported that the swimming pair were seen looking smitten with each other while attending an induction session after the Olympic swimming trials in June. </p> <p>Both Emma and Kyle were seen in Naples last week as part of the <span>International Swimming League where both are on the London Roar team, with Luke as the co-captain. </span></p> <p><span>The pair are two of the most influential names in Australian sport, with both Emma and Kyle coming out on top at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. </span></p> <p><span>Following her incredible show in the pool at Tokyo, Emma became <a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/emma-mckeon-shines-on-australia-s-best-ever-day-in-olympic-history-very-very-special" target="_blank">Australia's most decorated Olympian</a> ever, with her seven medals bringing up her career total to 11 Olympic awards.</span></p> <p><span>The 27-year-old blitzed her competition, winning gold in the 50m freestyle, 100m free, 4x100 women’s medley and freestyle relays, and bronze in the 100m butterfly, 4x100m mixed medley relay and 4x200m freestyle relay.</span></p> <p>Kyle went on to win a silver medal in the 100m freestyle, when he was unable to defend his 2016 gold position in the race by a small margin. </p> <p><span>He also won bronze in the men’s 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle races, including breaking the individual 100m world record</span></p> <p><span>Following their hotel quarantine, Emma and Kyle headed to Europe which churned the rumour mill, as they giggled and flirted their way through a London Roar podcast last week, speaking of plans to remain in Europe for the remainder of the season.</span></p> <p><span>The romance reportedly began after Kyle split with fellow Aussie swim star Madison Wilson, who was McKeon’s relay partner at the Olympics, having dated since 2015.</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Nirvana superfan’s unique tribute

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One inventive cyclist has found a unique way to pay tribute to the 30th anniversary of Nirvana’s </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nevermind</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> album. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adelaide’s Peter Stokes took to the streets to recreate the iconic image of a baby swimming towards a dollar bill. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Using the popular fitness app Strava, which tracks exercise routes, Peter traced out the image using the streets of Adelaide as his canvas.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Stokes said the project took several months of planning to carve out his route, and took eight hours in total to complete. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844441/never-mind.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ff7e5bec975e42eb9fbba9962f88cce7" /></span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Instagram</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He also said he listened to the 12-track album for the entirety of the 150 kilometre journey. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Definitely it was something I'd thought about a lot and been quite keen to do, to be a tribute to what I think is a really great album," Peter said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Earlier in the year [I was] going through my old record collection and going, 'Oh my God, that album's 30 years old this year', and just thinking, 'You know what, that deserves its own little piece'."</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nevermind</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was released on September 24th 1991, and features Nirvana’s most iconic hits </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Come As You Are</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Smells Like Teen Spirit</em>.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Peter timed his pilgrimage to coincide with the date of the album’s release, as he stretched his journey from Campbelltown in the north-east to Plympton in the south-west.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The face was really difficult … but it's good enough," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We've got so much green space, so many parks which, from my point of view for doing this, are great to be able to cut through and take shortcuts."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Nirvana album cover was not Mr Stokes’ first cycling artwork, as last year he completed a depiction of composer Ludwig van Beethoven.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He's already setting his sights, and his handlebars, in the direction of even more ambitious street art projects. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I'd kind of be really keen to do some major artworks," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I did start playing around with trying to design one for Van Gogh's Starry Night, but that got a bit tricky, so I might have to try some simpler artworks first."</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Shutterstock / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Dolly Parton drops first TikTok video, immediately banned

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dolly Parton has made her debut on TikTok in the sweetest way, sharing an inspiring message with her fans.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The country-music star is the latest to join the popular video-sharing platform after posting her first video on Sunday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the clip, the 75-year-old bounces onto screen dressed in a yellow shirt with matching blue-and-yellow patterned flared pants before sharing a message with her fans.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Why hello, I guess I’m on TikTok!” Parton said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I just dropped in to say that it will be okay. You keep the faith.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Parton then launched into a song, singing to her followers, “If I can do it, so can you … I believe in you.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, the singer’s video and account soon </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@itsdollyparton/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">disappeared</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and fans took to Twitter to </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.justjared.com/2021/09/27/dolly-parton-fans-put-tiktok-on-blast-after-her-account-was-banned/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">call out</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> the platform for banning her account.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Tiktok banned Dolly Parton?!?!??!! <a href="https://t.co/Ep7mBQkxWc">pic.twitter.com/Ep7mBQkxWc</a></p> — Grāinne 🌻🦔 (@grainnemquirke) <a href="https://twitter.com/grainnemquirke/status/1442598990512627712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 27, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Others shared images suggesting that Parton’s account was banned “due to multiple Community Guidelines violations”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.makeuseof.com/things-that-will-get-you-banned-tiktok/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">reasons</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for banning an account including sharing graphic, sexual, or violent content, promoting illegal activity, blackmail threats, and impersonation and misinformation, it seems unclear as to why Parton was banned.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the original clip, Parton told fans she would be reading a story later that night, but fans reported they couldn’t find her doing so.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 255.126953125px; height:500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844445/faur28mvuaifbnr.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6ec61f3aff2b4b1286c2c9803ba50d39" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @lorellxislegit / Twitter</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A </span><a href="https://www.tiktok.com/@itsdollypartton"><span style="font-weight: 400;">new account</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has since been made claiming to be Parton’s official account and has posted a shorter version of the original clip.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fans flocked to the new video and shared their joy over the star returning to the platform.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“TikTok just got brighter with Dolly joining!!!” one TikTok user said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I love you and your positive attitude!” another commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“TikTok just got a whole lot better now that you’re here Ms Dolly,” one fan wrote. “So glad to see your beautiful face here. Woohoo!”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">OverSixty</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> reached out to TikTok for a comment on Parton’s ban, a representative clarified that Parton's account was removed for violating rules around impersonation. At the time of writing, the platform did not have an on-the-record statement about the ban.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @itsdollyparton / TikTok</span></em></p>

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Willie Nelson announces new family-centric album

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The country music legend is releasing a new studio album, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Willie Nelson Family</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, with contributions from said family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nelson’s sister Bobbie, his daughters Amy and Paula, and his sons Lukas and Micah are all expected to make an appearance on the album.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Paul English, long-time drummer and a close friend to Nelson, will also feature after passing away early last year aged 87.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Excited to announce The <a href="https://twitter.com/WillieNelson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WillieNelson</a> Family record is coming out on November 19! The whole family came together for this and we can’t wait for you to hear it. Pre-order and listen to our new version of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FamilyBible?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FamilyBible</a> now: <a href="https://t.co/jYVKpuCImI">https://t.co/jYVKpuCImI</a> <a href="https://t.co/aSwyXdUwEU">pic.twitter.com/aSwyXdUwEU</a></p> — Lukas Nelson &amp; Promise Of The Real (@lukasnelson) <a href="https://twitter.com/lukasnelson/status/1441092641777541129?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 23, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The album itself will contain Nelson’s own stylings of George Harrison’s </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">All Things Must Pass</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Kris Kristofferson’s </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why Me</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and A.P. Carter’s </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Keep it on the Sunnyside</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The new album isn’t the first time Nelson’s family has shown off their musical talents, as son Lukas has been building a career just like his dad’s.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lukas was recently brought on to the film </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Star Is Born</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> as an “authenticity consultant” by Bradley Cooper, who took inspiration for his character’s look and sound from Nelson.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lukas also came away from the movie with soundtrack credits and screen time, making an appearance alongside his band Promise of the Real as Cooper’s backing group.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">So proud of this band, working on the set of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AStarIsBorn?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AStarIsBorn</a> <a href="https://t.co/6GxI9o5Yya">pic.twitter.com/6GxI9o5Yya</a></p> — Lukas Nelson &amp; POTR (@POTR) <a href="https://twitter.com/POTR/status/863446561094750208?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2017</a></blockquote> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Willie Nelson Family</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is Nelson’s second album released this year, following his second volume of Frank Sinatra’s covers, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">That’s Life</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, which was released in February.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nelson has also had an eventful year outside of music, after celebrating his 88th birthday over a four-day online event in April, hosted by daughter Paula, her siblings, and Nelson’s sister Bobbie.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Annie Nelson, wife of iconic Texas Musician Willie Nelson was out providing COVID19 vaccinations at Kelly Reeves Stadium Monday morning.Annie volunteered after she &amp; Willie got their second shot-was deputize by family hospital systems to work the vaccination line <a href="https://twitter.com/fox7austin?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@fox7austin</a> <a href="https://t.co/LMIm5ngHgF">pic.twitter.com/LMIm5ngHgF</a></p> — rudy koski (@KoskionFOX7) <a href="https://twitter.com/KoskionFOX7/status/1366444493919162371?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Earlier in March, Nelson’s wife Annie was spotted administering COVID-19 vaccinations as a volunteer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nelson’s latest album is due to be released on November 19.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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How art museums are helping to heal their audiences

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The COVID-19 pandemic saw a worldwide increase in depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As a response to the global mental health problems, art galleries and museums are responding to the collective trauma with specialised art installations and programmes. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The last 18 months has seen a drastic increase of museum-based healing initiatives, that are available online and in person. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Queens Museum in New York has launched La Ventanita/The Little Window, an online art therapy program for recent immigrants and students at local elementary schools. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Florida, the Tampa Museum of Art is expanding both in-person and virtual offerings in connections, a community art engagement program geared toward people with depression, memory loss, and PTSD.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the country of Doha, a medical research centre has teamed up with the National Museum of Qatar to design an art therapy program to help alleviate depression and anxiety in children. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another New York museum has developed an online “care package” with an option to meditate amid chanting monks in a virtual version of its shrine room.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The programmes are not the first time art has been used to heal individuals of traumatic experiences. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some have previously been influenced by social change, such as the Black Lives Matter movement, to help those in mourning and those dealing with mental turmoil. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Art has long been used to help people heal from trauma, as a means to discuss the relationship between art and health. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 2017, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts hired a full-time art therapist and permitted physicians to formally “prescribe” free access to their galleries, which drew in a lot of global attention. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Art therapy originally arose in the 1940s and ’50s, as specialised exhibitions helped researchers in the mental health field study the brain’s response to art. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Shutterstock</span></em></p>

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Paws up! Six puppies join the NSW Police Dog Unit

<p>Six German Shepherd puppies have joined the elite, and adorable, NSW Police Dog Force Unit to report for duty. </p> <p>Four furry females and two males were born in May to mum Bonnie and dad Vegas, and have each been named by the patients at Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick. </p> <p>The female pups are Carrie, Cali, Carol and Cody, and their brothers are Coops and Charger. </p> <p><span>Superintendent Michael Rochester, Dog and Mounted Commander, said the kids of Sydney Children's </span>Hospital left an important legacy on the Dog Unit by naming their newest recruits.</p> <p><span>"Unfortunately, this year the kids weren't able to meet the pups in person because of the pandemic, but we were very glad we could get them involved virtually," Supt Rochester said in a statement.</span><span></span></p> <p>"If these pups are successful through their training, they'll go on to help the community in many ways."</p> <p>"Our dogs are used to find missing people, assist in pursuits, detect drugs, explosives and other paraphernalia, and have a variety of other specialist functions which make them an invaluable law enforcement capability."</p> <p>The adorable puppies have begun their foundational training, as they are being exposed to new a range of new experiences and environments. </p> <p>The NSW Police force shared the news of the puppies on their Twitter account, along with the backstory to each dog's name. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The NSW Police Force's newest police pups have been named by patients from Sydney Children's Hospital. <br /><br />“I wanted to name the puppy Cody because my best friend’s name is Cody, and dogs are her favourite animal,” said eight-year-old Alice.<a href="https://t.co/9skvOMkOOj">https://t.co/9skvOMkOOj</a> <a href="https://t.co/n7SdeQRTsn">pic.twitter.com/n7SdeQRTsn</a></p> — NSW Police Force (@nswpolice) <a href="https://twitter.com/nswpolice/status/1442652246060060676?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 28, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>They said on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news/news?sq_content_src=%2BdXJsPWh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGZWJpenByZC5wb2xpY2UubnN3Lmdvdi5hdSUyRm1lZGlhJTJGOTc2MzguaHRtbCZhbGw9MQ%3D%3D" target="_blank">their website</a> that naming the dogs became a wonderful distraction for the kids, who had to spend time in the hospital for various reasons.</p> <p>Eight-year-old Alice chose the name Cody after being inspired by this closest to her. </p> <p>She said, <span>“I wanted to name the puppy Cody because my best friend’s name is Cody, and dogs are her favourite animal.”</span></p> <p><span>Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott welcomed the new furry recruits, thanking those who named them. </span></p> <p>“These pups represent the next generation of the Force’s Police Dog team, one of the most highly-trained and respected in the world,” Mr Elliott said.</p> <p>“I join the children, who named the pups, in following the progress of the C-litter; I know they will achieve great things in the future,” he said.</p> <p><em>Image credit: NSW Police</em></p>

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Italy’s Robinson Crusoe starts a new life

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After being the sole inhabitant of the Mediterranean island of Budelli for over 30 years, Mauro Morandi has moved away and started a new life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Known as </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/international-travel/italy-s-robinson-crusoe-asked-to-leave-island?fbclid=IwAR1KUnOTb2pRGUyFn9SavR4zqBOUHmdFky9n9Ah91K_f8e-6l1r7vxP8_Wo" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Italy’s Robinson Crusoe</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Mr Morandi was the caretaker of the island, which lies in a stretch of water between Sardinia and Corsica, since he washed up there in 1989.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 82-year-old has protected the island for decades, but years of pressure from marine park authorities who wanted to evict him has seen his time on the island come to end.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The authorities told </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> they were upholding the law by “restoring the illegal structure” Mr Morandi lived in - a former second world war radio station.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:375px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844454/176562232_504251944321186_6029451781535021283_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7f41cb48a6cf439380e579309443ffe0" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 19th century structure on Budelli. Image: @maurodabudelli / Instagram</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They said the caretaker “had no title” to remain on the island, after La Maddalena’s National Park took over ownership of the island in 2015.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Morandi gained a devoted following after sharing moments from his island life on Instagram, with many supporters petitioning for him to be allowed to remain on Budelli.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After sharing an image of the shore and distant horizon with the caption, “last evening”, he left.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/COQF6ynpaES/?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/COQF6ynpaES/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Mauro Da Budelli (@maurodabudelli)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the sudden change in his life, Mr Morandi says it’s more than possible to move on and readjust.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s never really over,” he </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://travel.nine.com.au/latest/what-italys-famous-hermit-did-next/93dc7240-0a9f-4439-8ad2-9eda6e4a023f" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">told </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN</span></em></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m the living proof that a second, new life is possible. You can always start all over again, even if you’re over 80, because there are other things you can experience, a totally different world.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since leaving Budelli, Mr Morandi has moved back to civilisation on the nearby, inhabited island of La Maddalena.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m happy and I have rediscovered the pleasure of living the good life and enjoying everyday comforts,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After using his pension from his prior career as a teacher, Mr Morandi bought an apartment that came with all the luxuries he lacked on Budelli.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He has also been working on his skills as a communicator and is eager to talk to people, exchange views and share photos on social media.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For a long time I have lived alone, and for too many years after I first landed on Budelli I didn’t feel like talking to anyone,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“True, I cannot enjoy the island’s solitude anymore but my life has taken a new turn, focused on communicating with others and being near other people.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite regaining luxuries such as a fully-equipped kitchen, a bedroom with a king size bed, shelves of books, and a shower, Mr Morandi says he still lives a simple life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Savouring dishes he hasn’t had in decades, Mr Morandi is indulging in a simple dish which was impossible to have on Budelli: fish.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTIZb-htLHG/?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/CTIZb-htLHG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Mauro Da Budelli (@maurodabudelli)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I still keep leading a simple life, in the morning I go down to Cala Gavetta to buy fresh fish from the net. Finally after so many years of abstinence, I can enjoy fish again. This might sound incredible, but I can’t have enough platefuls of fresh and crispy fried fish,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“On the island I had no boat so I couldn’t fish, and the food was scarce and limited. I always had to wait for people to bring me groceries from the mainland, and when they wouldn’t come, I had to make do with what I had.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Here, if I need to buy anything I just walk into town.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He has since rekindled an old flame, and now lives in his new home with a sweetheart from his youth.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Morandi has also been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, is happy to wear a mask in public, and enjoys mingling with locals.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 400px; height:500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844453/240655263_598357078002846_2962138352093797634_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/22efc83f43b64589a09966c8597eb5d9" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @maurodabudelli / Instagram</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was amazed at how many are friendly, and I’m usually invited for coffee, lunch or dinner,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was worried locals would not give me a warm welcome. I’m happy that not everyone hates me, just those who were jealous of the life I led on Budelli.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Many are fond of me. They come up to me and congratulate me on my fight, they want to take pictures with me.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though he has settled into his new home, Mr Morandi worries about the future of Budelli.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t long for it,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“However I might be willing to return as caretaker only if this time round I get paid to do my job. I won’t work for free again.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @maurodabudelli / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Alzheimer’s marker found in the brain

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A new study has linked an area of the brainstem called the locus coeruleus (LC) to several of the main features of early Alzheimer’s disease.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The team of researchers concluded that the health of the LC could be used as an indicator for early Alzheimer’s.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They also suggest that monitoring the changes in this area of the brain could shed light on the possible trajectory of the disease in individual patients.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Being able to detect and measure the initial site of pathology will be critical to improve early detection and identify individuals eligible for clinical trials aimed at delaying the disease process,” they write.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Affecting more than 44 million people worldwide, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, resulting in memory loss and declining cognitive abilities.</span></p> <p><strong>Plaques and tangles</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Alzheimer’s disease is characterised by an accumulation of plaques and tangles in the brain.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These two structures are believed to be responsible for damaging and killing nerve cells, which results in the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Protein plaques are deposits of a protein fragment called beta-amyloid, which build up in between nerve cells.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another protein, called tau, can build up inside cells and its fibres can twist into tangles that are neurotoxic.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Researchers have previously identified the LC as an initial site where tau builds up, but it has been unclear how this relates to the progression of the disease.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This new study has found that a decline in the integrity of the LC is linked to a larger amount of tau tangles, by comparing brain scans of healthy and cognitively impaired individuals.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For those individuals with poorer LC health, the team found they had more severe disease symptoms and a faster decline in memory and executive functions, including poor attention, an inability to manipulate objects, and an inability to selectively concentrate on one sense.</span></p> <p><strong>Why this matters</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The research could pave the way for improved diagnosis, especially for individuals under 65 who may be diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With no current cure for Alzheimer’s, this finding could also assist healthcare professionals monitor the progression of the disease in their patients.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The study was published in </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/scitranslmed.abj2511" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Science Translational Medicine</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Kyle Sandilands rips into producer for anti-vax stance

<p><em>Image: Instagram </em></p> <p><span>Kyle Sandilands has outed his radio producer on-air for refusing the Covid-19 vaccination.</span></p> <p>During Monday morning’s Kyle and Jackie O Show, the 50-year-old shock jock asked why one of his producers, Pedro, wasn’t in the studio.</p> <p>“Where’s Pedro?” Kyle asked, with someone telling him, “He’s working from home.”</p> <p>Sandilands said, “Oh, because he’s still ‘I’m not vaccinated’. Stupid prick. What a bloody pain in the arse.”</p> <p>His brutal statement prompted his co-host, Jackie ‘O’ Henderson, to defend Pedro, saying, “You can’t say that!”</p> <p>But Kyle doubled down on Pedro the next day on air, declaring he wouldn’t attend his colleague’s funeral if he died from the virus.</p> <p>“He’s made his stance. What does he do now? Look like the fool?” he said. “Or he gets the virus. He’ll probably be the one that dies of it.</p> <p>“Will I show up to the funeral? No, I will not. Will I send a message? No, I will not.”</p> <p>Pedro lives in an LGA of concern in Sydney’s west and has been forced to work from home due to his decision to not get the jab.</p> <p>In late July, Pedro opened up on-air about his anti-vaccine views and being “into conspiracies.”</p> <p>Sandilands asked him if he was an “anti-vaxxer”, to which Pedro replied, “I am, but I won’t be discussing it.”</p> <p>The radio host has been a fierce advocate for getting vaccinated, even writing his own “vaccine anthem” in July, Get Vaxxed Baby, set to the music of Vanilla Ice’s<span> </span><em>Ice Ice Baby</em>.</p> <p>An ARN spokesperson released a statement saying the company understood vaccination was a “personal choice”.</p> <p>“ARN are keen to do our part in helping Australian businesses get back on their feet and for everyone to reconnect face-to-face in the community,” a spokesperson said.</p> <p>“Vaccination is the pathway to getting there. To make it easy for people to vaccinated, everyone at ARN can receive paid vaccination leave to ensure more flexibility when scheduling and attending their vaccination appointment.</p> <p>“While we understand vaccination is a personal choice, in line with NSW government health orders people who are from the LGAs of concern and are not vaccinated are required to work from home.”</p>

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“Who are the Dees?”: Author’s controversial AFL tweet divides social media

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australian author Jane Caro has divided Twitter for her take on sport’s place in Australian culture.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Melbourne Demons broke a 57-year bout of premiership losses after winning against the Western Bulldogs over the weekend, and fans and players were overjoyed with the long-awaited win.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Caro wasn’t watching the game and shared her divisive views on Twitter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Dear most Aussies, who are the Dees? What is the thing you all care so much about? Actually, no, please (PLEASE) don’t explain. This tweet is just for all those kids like I once was who could not give a toss &amp; felt weird &amp; had to pretend. It’s OK. One day you can just ignore it,” Caro wrote.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Dear most Aussies, who are the Dees? What is the thing you all care so much about? Actually, no, please (PLEASE) don’t explain. This tweet is just for all those kids like I once was who could not give a toss &amp; felt weird &amp; had to pretend. It’s ok. One day you can just ignore it.</p> — Jane Caro (@JaneCaro) <a href="https://twitter.com/JaneCaro/status/1441707021846265862?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 25, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The author and journalist continued to share her thoughts in response to comments agreeing and disagreeing with her.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After one person wrote, “you do not know what you’re missing,” she replied: “No. Lovely way to live, frankly. Have you read all of Dickens and Austen and Gaskell? If not, you don’t either. Such is life.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In another reply, Caro shared: “I don’t like any sport. I don’t even watch the Olympics. I make no judgement as to which is good or bad. All equally incomprehensible to me.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She went on to say “it can make you feel isolated when you don’t feel what everyone else feels” and that “it’s an interesting ride being an Aussie who does not like sport. I feel your pain”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her tweet received a large response from many with their own shared experiences, along with a significant number who opposed her views.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some argued her attitude was condescending to Australian sports fans, with sports journalist Matt Gottlieb describing her take as the “most sneeringly snobbish thing I’ve seen on social media for a while”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m gonna turn up to the opera and loudly tell everyone that I don’t care about the opera because it’s important that the people who like opera know that I don’t care about opera,” he tweeted.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Other journalists described Caro as a “wet blanket” and called her out for yucking “someone else’s yum”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In total, more than 1500 people “liked” Caro’s initial tweet.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Jane Caro, Getty Images</span></em></p>

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“Please. God. No”: Basil Zempilas mocked for AFL grand final suggestion

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Basil Zempilas, Lord Mayor of Perth, probably didn’t anticipate quite this level of backlash when he shared an idea on Twitter on Friday morning, posting, “TOMORROW @OptusStadium - 20.21 in the first quarter #AFLGF - we’re asking everyone in the stadium to stand for one minute and applaud - a nod to our friends around the country who are doing it tough &amp; to let them know we’re with them in this difficult time. Let’s do it WA”.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">TOMORROW <a href="https://twitter.com/OptusStadium?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@OptusStadium</a> - 20.21 in the first quarter <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AFLGF?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AFLGF</a> <br />- we’re asking everyone in the stadium to stand for one minute and applaud - a nod to our friends around the country who are doing it tough &amp; to let them know we’re with them in this difficult time. Let’s do it WA 👏💪🏆</p> — Basil Zempilas (@BasilZempilas) <a href="https://twitter.com/BasilZempilas/status/1441170568972095495?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 23, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The match, set to take place in Perth on Saturday night between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs, comes at a time when WA’s borders are closed to the majority of Australians, and will most likely remain closed for the foreseeable future. As many responses to Zempilas’ tweet pointed out, this hardly engenders feelings of solidarity.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">No offence but this is a horse shit idea. I couldn't go to Perth last year for my grandmother's funeral. My brother and nieces haven't met my almost 2 year old son. WAs borders are constantly closed off to the rest. Don't give us the "we are all in this together" crap.</p> — Adam Hoskins (@hosko) <a href="https://twitter.com/hosko/status/1441199359262003204?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 24, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An overwhelming number of responses focused on the families kept apart by Premier Mark McGowan’s tough approach to fighting the spread of COVID-19, and also pointed out that WA’s low vaccination rate was only prolonging these separations (</span><a href="https://twitter.com/CaseyBriggs/status/1441274845996535809/photo/1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">WA currently has the lowest vaccination rate in the country</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">).</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Instead of clapping I would love WA to hurry up and get vaccinated so Mark can open the border and my kids can see their grandparents again <a href="https://t.co/nYYxL2f0ZR">https://t.co/nYYxL2f0ZR</a></p> — Chryssie Swarbrick (@chryssieswarbs) <a href="https://twitter.com/chryssieswarbs/status/1441230427847462913?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 24, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Other footy fans said they’d rather everyone just got on with the game, frankly:</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">It’s a nice thought Baz but I reckon most of us footy fans on the east coast would rather the crowd just focus on and enjoy the game</p> — Michael Sleap (@michaelsleap) <a href="https://twitter.com/michaelsleap/status/1441191160936951808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 24, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One Twitter user pointed out that amidst interstate sniping over lockdowns and vaccination distribution, it’s almost heartwarming to see the country come together to make fun of Zempilas’ terrible suggestion:</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Australia's a very fractured country right now. But it's been nice to see everyone united against this terrible idea. <a href="https://t.co/sgFTMm6luk">https://t.co/sgFTMm6luk</a></p> — Vince Rugari (@VinceRugari) <a href="https://twitter.com/VinceRugari/status/1441227932937064455?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 24, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">ABC Melbourne sport reporter Catherine Murphy even got the hashtag #NOBASILNO going, encouraging users who share her belief that Victorians have been subjected to enough to post using the hashtag in order for her to get an idea of just how many people found the suggestion patronising and meaningless.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Please. God. NO. <a href="https://twitter.com/AFL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AFL</a> <br /><br />Can we just STOP the week?!!!<br />😩😩😩😩😩<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NoBasilNo?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NoBasilNo</a> <a href="https://t.co/iwlyqTPQQz">https://t.co/iwlyqTPQQz</a></p> — Catherine Murphy (@CathMurphySport) <a href="https://twitter.com/CathMurphySport/status/1441225144035250179?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 24, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pre-match festivities kick off at 6.15pm on Saturday and include performances from John Butler, Eskimo Joe, Abbe May, Stella Donnelly, Men at Work’s Colin Hay, and Baker Boy. Birds of Tokyo will perform during half-time alongside the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Victorian cop under scrutiny for vicious takedown

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">WARNING: DISTRESSING FOOTAGE</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Victorian police officer will be investigated after footage has emerged showing an officer slamming someone to the ground in Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The footage was posted to Twitter late Wednesday night, seemingly captured from a Facebook post, and depicts a man talking to a police officer before another officer walks up behind him, grabs him, and throws him to the ground. </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">🚨⚠️WARNING ⚠️🚨<br />GRAPHIC CONTENT <br />at Flinders St Station <br /><br />When Shane Patton said they won’t hesitate to use force <br /><br />I think this was his vision 😬😬😬 <a href="https://t.co/zpdLDa5ttL">pic.twitter.com/zpdLDa5ttL</a></p> — Dee (@_Dee_1982) <a href="https://twitter.com/_Dee_1982/status/1440715488821055489?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 22, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The original caption says the man was unconscious, with blood and urine everywhere, but as no victim has come forward, these details remain unconfirmed. </span></p> <p><a href="https://www.3aw.com.au/shane-patton-says-confronting-vision-will-be-investigated/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Appearing on 3AW</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> on Thursday, Victoria Police’s Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said Professional Standards Command would likely look into the matter. “We’ll investigate it with an open mind and look at it to determine whether they’ve acted appropriately,” Patton told 3AW. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the alarming nature of the footage, Patton also said they would not be “jumping to conclusions” about what happened. “There is always a before and after with these matters, and context, and I think that’s important.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Victoria Police also released a statement, saying that the exact circumstances are yet to be determined and are under investigation by both the Transit Safety Division and Professional Standards Command. The spokesperson added that police were keen to speak to the person who filmed the incident, as well as the person who was thrown to the ground.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The footage comes amidst several days of ongoing protests in Melbourne, including outside the CMFEU offices and at the </span><a href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/not-a-place-for-protest"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shrine of Remembrance</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews </span><a href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/appalling-dan-andrews-rips-into-protestors-after-nurses-are-spat-on"><span style="font-weight: 400;">criticised</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> the “appalling behaviour” of some protestors after there were reports of nurses being spat on near Melbourne Town Hall. In addition, the Victorian Department of Health confirmed that one of the protestors who was in the CBD on Wednesday has tested positive for COVID-19, and is now being treated in a Melbourne hospital.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Diego Fedele/Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Greta Thunberg calls out Jacinda Ardern over emissions

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Climate activist Greta Thunberg </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/world/climate-change-greta-thunberg-takes-another-swipe-at-jacinda-ardern/8606cc8d-4c73-4c0b-840b-493451825c60" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">has called out</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> world leaders, including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, for not doing enough to combat climate change.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">During an interview with </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/sep/25/greta-thunberg-i-really-see-the-value-of-friendship-apart-from-the-climate-almost-nothing-else-matters?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Guardian</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Ms Thunberg said she couldn’t think of any politician who has impressed her.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When asked about Ms Ardern specifically, Ms Thunberg noted that New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions haven’t decreased.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s funny that people believe Jacinda Ardern and people like that are climate leaders. That just tells you how little people know about the climate crisis,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Obviously the emissions haven’t fallen. It goes without saying that these people are not doing anything.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CUSA2t1sOGe/?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/CUSA2t1sOGe/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Greta Thunberg (@gretathunberg)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In December, Thunberg described New Zealand’s commitment to reducing 1 percent of emissions by 2025 as “nothing unique to any nation”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In April, it was revealed that New Zealand’s emissions increased by 2 percent in 2019.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though emissions fell by 4.5 percent in the year ending in March 2020 due to the pandemic, levels began to increase towards the end of the recorded year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Climate Change Minister James Shaw said Ms Thunberg was correct to say New Zealand’s emissions hadn’t increased.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That is why the work our Government is doing is so important - and clearly we have a lot of work to do,” he told </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/300416129/greta-thunberg-takes-another-swipe-at-jacinda-arderns-response-to-climate-change" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stuff</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> on Sunday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is a marathon event involving every minister and every part of Government.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From 2022, the Climate Commission wants New Zealand to meet a decreasing “carbon budget”, which details the amount of greenhouse gas the country can “spend” each year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In December, Ms Ardern responded to Ms Thunberg’s initial comments by clarifying that New Zealand had bigger goals than one emissions target.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If that was the sum ambition of any government, then that would be worthy of criticism; it is not our sum ambition and it is not the totality of our plans on climate change,” the Prime Minister said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But again, I think that it is actually for us just to get on with the business of fulfilling our obligations and expectations.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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14 staycation ideas for a great getaway close to home

<p><span>Holidays are one of life’s best pleasures, but sometimes your mini-getaway is not an option – like now, for many of us! </span></p> <p><span>Whether it’s because you’re travel ideas have been curtailed by lockdowns, it’s not in the budget this year, you don’t have enough time off, or you just feel safest staying local, you can have all the fun with way less hassle by trying one of these staycation ideas.</span></p> <p><strong>Have a pillow fort sleepover</strong></p> <p><span>Don’t just build a pillow fort; build the best pillow fort ever! </span></p> <p><span>Go all out, draping sheets over furniture and building an indoor adventure. Hang fairy lights. Bring in a TV. Whip together recipes for a picnic. Break out the classic board games. </span></p> <p><span>The dress code is strict: Jammies only! Then when it’s bedtime, you have the perfect setup for a sleepover.</span></p> <p><strong>Have a fondue night</strong></p> <p><span>Eating a fondue meal is a unique culinary experience, and it’s one you can bring to your home. </span></p> <p><span>Heat up a fondue pot (or two!) and lay out a spread of dippables. </span></p> <p><span>Start with savoury dishes like meat cubes, bread and steamed vegetables dipped in melted cheese. </span></p> <p><span>Then finish with dessert, dipping fruit, cake and marshmallows into melted white and dark chocolate.</span></p> <p><strong>Visit a nearby national park</strong></p> <p><span>Our national parks are underrated treasures. </span></p> <p><span>With over 500 of them, there’s bound to be something for everyone. </span></p> <p><span>There’s plenty of hiking, but most national parks have other things to do as well, including wildlife spotting, horseback riding, swimming or kayaking, and so much more.</span></p> <p><strong>Set up an outdoor movie theatre</strong></p> <p><span>Projectors have gotten better and cheaper, making it easier than ever to set up a DIY backyard movie theatre. </span></p> <p><span>Pick a blank side of your house (garage doors often work great), set up your laptop and projector, and pick a holiday-themed movie. </span></p> <p><span>Invite your neighbours to bring their lawn chairs (if you’re able), add popcorn and drinks, and you have a perfect night out, err, in.</span></p> <p><strong>Tour your own city</strong></p> <p><span>Every state has some must-see tourist attractions. </span></p> <p><span>When people come to visit, you probably have a list of sights they should see and things they should do.</span></p> <p><span> Now is the time to use that list yourself! Visit a museum, go to a concert, check out historical buildings, walk on the pier, or hike those hills. </span></p> <p><span>View your city as a tourist might. Heck, you can go so far as to buy the souvenir mug.</span></p> <p><strong>Go to a drive-in movie</strong></p> <p><span>It’s true that there aren’t nearly as many of them as there once were, but those remaining drive-ins offer a much safer big-screen experience than a regular cinema. </span></p> <p><span>Find a drive-in movie theatre near you, check show times, and stock your car with goodies to eat and drink. </span></p> <p><span>Or find a friend with a pickup truck and put a mattress in the back for more comfortable viewing.</span></p> <p><strong>Take a bike tour</strong></p> <p><span>Riding a bike is a great way to see your city or a destination. </span></p> <p><span>It’s faster than walking, but you don’t have to worry about parking a car or finding an Uber. </span></p> <p><span>Plus, you get to be in the fresh air. Many places offer guided bike tours, or you can come armed with a list of sights to stop.</span></p> <p><strong>Indulge in a spa day</strong></p> <p><span>Tired mums will love getting a day to relax and pamper themselves, although this is definitely one of the staycation ideas that most people will enjoy. </span></p> <p><span>You can schedule a full day at a local spa and get the deluxe treatment, or you can put one together at home. </span></p> <p><span>Get a fluffy bathrobe, stock up on sheet masks for your face, and choose a new nail polish. </span></p> <p><span>T</span><span>hen top off your glass of wine and fill the bathtub for a relaxing soak.</span></p> <p><strong>Have a girls' or guys' night in</strong></p> <p><span>Some of the best types of holidays are guys’ or girls’ weekend getaways. </span></p> <p><span>Don’t want to risk it during the pandemic? Host your pals at home for the night. </span></p> <p><span>Invite a small group friends for a girls’ or guys’ night in (current restrictions notwithstanding!). </span></p> <p><span>Mix a signature drink, play a fun game, watch a movie, or just talk. </span></p> <p><span>Or set up the guest room and make a weekend of it.</span></p> <p><strong>Have an outdoor dance party</strong></p> <p><span>Dancing with others is fun and good for you. </span></p> <p><span>But going into crowded dance clubs probably isn’t at the top of your to-do list right now. </span></p> <p><span>Thankfully, all you need for your own dance party is an outdoor speaker and a flat spot for dancing.</span></p> <p><span> String up some lights, fill a couple of coolers with drinks, and invite your neighbours or some close friends.</span></p> <p><strong>Hit the beach</strong></p> <p><span>This is one of the most popular staycation ideas and for good reason. </span></p> <p><span>A day at the beach is like its own form of meditation. If there’s a body of water nearby, chances are there’s some type of beach. </span></p> <p><span>Bring a beach picnic, set up a sun umbrella, lay out your towels, and spread out the sand toys. </span></p> <p><span>Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen.</span></p> <p><strong>Take part in a house swap</strong></p> <p><span>Got friends that live in fun places? </span></p> <p><span>If you’re not in a locked down area, you can still skip the hassle and uncertainty of a hotel by swapping houses for a weekend. </span></p> <p><span>Each of you gets to check out a new place with a comfortable home base to come back to at night. </span></p> <p><span>Be sure to also swap lists of the must-see sights in your areas.</span></p> <p><strong>Camp under the stars</strong></p> <p><span>Avoid crowds, stay close to home, and take in the night sky by going camping. </span></p> <p><span>Keep it simple and head to a nearby scenic spot for one night. </span></p> <p><span>Pack a light backpacking tent, but if temperatures are mild and skies are clear, you may not even need it. </span></p> <p><span>Sleeping under stars is one of those life-changing experiences that we’ve nearly forgotten about in modern society, making it one of our favourite staycation ideas.</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Shutterstock</em></p> <p><em>This article first appeared in <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/travel-hints-tips/14-staycation-ideas-for-a-great-getaway-close-to-home?pages=2" target="_blank">Reader's Digest</a>.</em></p>

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"I couldn't believe it": Drone footage at Loch Ness

<p><em>Image: Richard Mavor Youtube</em></p> <p>A British camper claims to have inadvertently captured drone footage of the fabled Loch Ness monster lurking on the water’s edge.</p> <p>As the lore goes, the legendary creature is rumoured to live in Scotland’s Loch Ness – the largest and second deepest body of fresh water in the British Isles.</p> <p>There have been several reported sightings in history dating back as far as AD 565, and sightings as recent as this year.</p> <p>In August, Richard Mavo, 54, had been filming his journey as he paddled through the area as part of the Great Glen Canoe Challenge, raising more than $28,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.</p> <p>After sharing the lengthy video on his YouTube channel, Richard Outdoors, several eagle-eyed viewers noticed something strange about four minutes in.</p> <p>They say the thin figure, just beneath the water’s surface – with a long neck and a large body – matched the description of Nessie.</p> <p>“The last thing I want to do is make a Nessie claim,” Mavor told<span> </span><em>The Post</em>.</p> <p>“I’m the most sceptical of people but watching this I think yeah, there’s something a bit strange here.”</p> <p>Mavor said the group had just parked their canoes and he decided to get some drone vision of the beach, oblivious to what may been lurking nearby.</p> <p>“I couldn’t believe it,” he told<span> </span><em>The Daily Record.</em></p> <p>“I had to rewind the footage several times and have watched it several times since.”</p> <p>“There was no driftwood or anything like that so who knows. It could be a trick of the light but we can’t be sure. </p>

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Archaeologists baffled by ‘mystical’ find in Scottish cave

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though mummies are mostly associated with ancient Egypt, archeologists have found evidence suggesting mummification also took place on Scottish shores.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The team of researchers explored the Coversea Caves, just north of Inverness, with their exploits captured by the Smithsonian Channel’s documentary, </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://youtu.be/jV9dIhAn0Zg" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mystic Britain: Mummies</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The caves are among Scotland’s most impenetrable caverns, but evidence suggests that Bronze Age Britons made the “hazardous journey time and time again carrying the bodies of their dead”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For prehistoric people to make the effort and to make the journey would have been really arduous to do,” said Dr Lindsey Buster, a researcher at the University of Edinburgh.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When archaeologists first started excavating here, the floor was strewn with human bones.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844377/mummies1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/cd4d07e5cece43f98dac6f01c7867e14" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Smithsonian Channel / YouTube</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Unlike bones previously found in Britain, these bones still had fragments of soft tissue on them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s not something we expect when we’re excavating a site that’s 3000 years old,” Dr Buster added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That’s a really significant find.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is possible that these bones once belonged to a fully-fleshed corpse that had been preserved in the unique conditions in the cave.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844378/mummies2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9b3a3dadecad4377b3c1c426a3dbaa70" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Traces of ligaments can still be seen on the remains. Image: Smithsonian Channel / YouTube.</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The team also found evidence of fires being lit in the cave “at the same time presumably as bodies are being laid out”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The smoke could actually probably have helped to preserve bodies and body parts,” Dr Buster said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Buster suspects Bronze Age people came to the caves to purposefully mummify their friends and relatives.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think once bodies began to be brought into the cave and were behaving in ways that they didn’t normally do on above-ground sites, those characteristics were probably well-noted and became a factory of people coming back again and again over centuries to deposit their dead.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Smithsonian Channel / YouTube</span></em></p>

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"It's been unbearable": Sarah Jessica Parker finally breaks silence on fallen co-star

<p>Actress Sarah Jessica Parker has broken her silence on the death of her friend and <em>Sex and the City</em> co-star Willie Garson. </p> <p>Willie died on September 21st after a battle with pancreatic cancer. </p> <p>A flood of <a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/health/caring/tributes-pour-in-for-willie-garson-who-has-died-at-57" target="_blank">tributes poured in</a> for the 57-year-old following the news of his death, with SJP saying at the time, "It's too soon". </p> <p>But on Friday, she penned an emotional tribute to her late friend, saying "It's been unbearable."</p> <p>Her caption reads, “Sometimes silence is a statement. Of the gravity. The anguish. The magnitude of the loss of a 30+ year friendship.”</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/CUNtHhyFBf0/?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/CUNtHhyFBf0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by SJP (@sarahjessicaparker)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“A real friendship that allowed for secrets, adventure, a shared professional family, truth, concerts, road trips, meals, late night phone calls, a mutual devotion to parenthood and all the heartaches and joy that accompany, triumphs, disappointments, fear, rage and years spent on sets (most especially Carrie’s apartment) and laughing late into the night as both Stanford and Carrie and Willie and SJ.”</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“Willie. I will miss everything about you. And replay our last moments together,” Parker’s post continued.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“I will re-read every text from your final days and put to pen our last calls. Your absence a crater that I will fill with blessing of these memories and all the ones that are still in recesses yet to surface."</p> <div class="hide-print ad-no-notice css-qyun7f-StyledAdUnitWrapper ezkyf1c0"> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“My love and deepest sympathies and condolences to you dear Nathen. You were and are the light of Willie’s life and his greatest achievement was being your Papa."</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“These were his last words to me. ‘Great bangles all around.’ Yes. Godspeed Willie Garson. RIP. X, SJ,” she ended her post.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Along with the lengthy emotional caption, Sarah shared a series of photos of the pair from both on and off screen, as both colleagues and friends. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">The two had recently been working together on the set of <em>And Just Like That...</em>, in which Willie returned to his role as Stanford Blatch, Carrie Bradshaw's lifelong friend. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Other Sex and the City alumni shared tributes to the actor, including Cynthia Nixon, executive producer of the show Michael Patrick King, and Willie's on-screen partner Mario Cantone. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I couldn’t have had a more brilliant TV partner. I’m devastated and just overwhelmed with Sadness. Taken away from all of us way soon. You were a gift from the gods. Rest my sweet friend. I love you. <a href="https://t.co/Ia4tg1VK1Y">pic.twitter.com/Ia4tg1VK1Y</a></p> — Mario Cantone (@macantone) <a href="https://twitter.com/macantone/status/1440466454160101382?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 22, 2021</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">So deeply, deeply sad we have lost <a href="https://twitter.com/WillieGarson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WillieGarson</a>. We all loved him and adored working with him. He was endlessly funny on-screen and and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a consummate professional— always. <a href="https://t.co/G63EJIj8lG">pic.twitter.com/G63EJIj8lG</a></p> — Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) <a href="https://twitter.com/CynthiaNixon/status/1440481643936948238?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 22, 2021</a></blockquote> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><em>Image credits: Instagram @sarahjessicaparker</em></p> </div>

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Game-changing cancer treatment enters second clinical trial

<p>Game-changing low-cost and non-toxic treatment could offer people battling cancer a new alternative to chemotherapy.</p> <p>Researchers at The Australian National University have discovered a way to use dead bacteria to help kickstart the body’s immune system and shrink the cancer.</p> <p>Aude Fahrer, lead research at ANU said ongoing clinical trials of the Complete Freund Adjuvant treatment had shown promising results and could significantly improve outcomes for patients battling the disease.</p> <p>“We do think it could be a game charger. If this works well, it will be a new treatment option with far fewer side effects, which will be available for cancer patients,” Associate professor Fahrer said.</p> <p>Complete Freund Adjuvant is made up just three ingredients: mineral oil, surfactant, and dead bacteria.</p> <p>Associate Professor Fahrer’s team tested the treatment on eight cancer patients at Canberra Hospital.</p> <p>“They were all late stages, but in one case in particular we were able to significantly improve the patients’ quality of life,” she said.</p> <p>The new treatment was able to reduce the amount of liquid around the patient’s lungs and shrunk their tumour.</p> <p>Associate Professor Fahrer said the new approach was less time-consuming and physically taxing than other cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.</p> <p>“The best things about this new treatment is that it requires few dosages, is simple to administer, and has how side effects,” she said.</p> <p>Extreme hair loss, nausea, fatigue, and physical pain are just some of the impacts of chemotherapy.</p> <p>And while some cancer immunotherapy treatments can cost up to $40,000, the ANU researcher’s new treatment is very affordable – clocking in at just $20 per dose.</p> <p>The bacterial-based immunotherapy is a simple, but unusual approach to treating tumours.</p> <p>“It involves injecting a slow-release solution of dead mycobacteria directly into the cancer,” Associate Professor Fahrer said.</p> <p>“The idea is this will bring immune cells into the cancer to attack the bacteria, even though they’re dead, and as a side effect cause the immune cells to attack the cancer as well.</p> <p>“Once the immune cells multiple they can travel around the body, so it would not only attack the cancer at the injection site, but any metastases – where the cancer has spread to another part of the body.”</p> <p>While trials have only been conducted on late-stage human cancer patients so far, Associate Professor Fahrer said the new treatment was able to eliminate some earlier stage tumours in animal studies.</p> <p>If the new treatment continues to show success in clinical trials, researchers say the treatment has the potential to help treat all forms of solid tumour cancer.</p> <p>Ms Fahrer’s research was largely funded by the Lea Chapuis Memorial Fund, a cancer patient who’s dying wish was to improve treatment options for sick Australians.</p> <p>“Lea asked people to contribute to the research in lieu of flowers when she passed way,” Associate Professor Fahrer said.</p> <p>A second clinical trial of the new treatment at the Canberra Hospital has already been approved.</p>

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Harry Potter star speaks about "scary" collapse

<p>Harry Potter star Tom Felton has taken to social media to update fans on his condition after suffering a “scary” health related incident.</p> <p>The 34-year-old actor assured his followers that he was “on the mend” after collapsing during a celebrity golf match at the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin last week.</p> <p>“Hello everyone, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the lovely well wishes as of recent,” Felton said in the video.</p> <p>“Bit of a scary episode, really – but on the mend, people have been taking really good care of me. So thank you very much to anyone who has sent messages of get well soon because I am on the mend, officially.”</p> <p>Switching into a singing voice he added: “Don’t you worry ‘cause Tom will be doing fine…So don’t you worry, Tom will be doing fine.”</p> <p>Tom was loaded onto a stretcher on the golf course on Thursday after reportedly collapsing at the 18th hole, and driven off for medical attention.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844428/new-project-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d35583503cf7435bbf3d5fe3d6735134" /></p> <p>Image: Getty</p> <p>The PGA of America confirmed the incident in a statement to CNN shortly afterwards.</p> <p>“In today’s Ryder Cup Celebrity Match, actor and Musician Tom Felton experienced a medical incident on the course while participating for Europe,” A spokesperson said.</p> <p>He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. No further details were available.</p> <p>Felton is best known for playing Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise – a role he landed at 14 years old. He went on to appear in all eight Harry Potter movies.</p>

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“Always listen to mummy”: Kid who refused to take off mask for school photos gets $30k

<p><em>Image: Facebook</em></p> <p>If Nicole Peoples ever wondered whether her son followed her instructions when she’s not around, she now has her answer and a sweet photo as proof.</p> <p>Mason Peoples refused to take his face mask off, even for his school photos. His mother told him only to take it off to eat and he knows to: “always listen to his mummy.”</p> <p>Ms Peoples posted about the young boy’s exchange with the school photographer on her Facebook account.</p> <p>When it came time for his photo to be taken, the photographer encouraged the first-grade student to take off his mask even for two seconds, but he politely declined.</p> <p>“I said ‘No thank you, my mum told me I can’t’,” the boy told CNN proudly.</p> <p>“We had a conversation at the beginning of school about the importance of safety and how germs can be spread if he didn’t have his mask on, so he makes sure to have it on at all times,” his mother told CNN.</p> <p>“He’s very proud and he loves to show me how he’s followed the rules so that’s why he was so excited to come home and tell me about this picture story.”</p> <p>“You should be proud!” said one of the Facebook commenters. “It has to be hard to stand up to an adult, but he had the confidence to stand up for what he thought was right. Good job mama!”</p> <p>“What an incredible keepsake for this crazy era we’re living through” remarked another.</p> <p>Ms Peoples said many people have reached out asking her if they could send her money to reward Mason’s diligence with a treat, so she set up a GoFundMe page with the goal of $7.</p> <p>A total of AU$30,000 has been donated and will go towards Mason’s college fund.</p> <p>His mother was thankful at the “outpouring of love”.</p> <p>“Thank you for showing him honesty and integrity will make a big difference in this world,” she said.</p> <p>Ms Peoples told CNN that Mason was taught to take the virus very seriously, especially after the death of her grandfather in January due to COVID-19 complications.</p> <p>“He was a very significant part of our daily life, so Mason was impacted, they’ve seen it firsthand,” Ms Peoples said.</p>

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How to use the 5 love languages, according to therapists

<p>Your love language isn’t English, Italian, German, Portuguese, or any other verbal language you can learn in school. The term refers to the ways in which people give and receive love in their lives.</p> <p>Although this includes romantic love, it may also affect how we prefer to give and receive love in friendships and other relationships too.</p> <p>They can also shed light on your personal habits or behaviour that might not seem to be linked to love languages or relationships at all.</p> <p>For example, a viral TikTok pointed out that your love language could be linked to self-destructive habits.</p> <p>If your preferred love language is words of affirmation, you might be prone to negative self-talk, or if your love language is gifts, you may tend to over-spend.</p> <p>That’s just one of the many ways people might use love languages to learn more about relationships and their own mental health.</p> <p>Not sure what your love language is? Here’s what you need to know about the five love languages, including love language examples, how to determine yours, and other insights and relationship advice from therapists.</p> <p><strong>The history of the five love languages</strong></p> <p>The love language concept comes from the book <em>The 5 Love Languages</em> by Gary Chapman, which was first published in 1992.</p> <p>In it, he describes the most common ways that people communicate love, based on his experience in marriage counselling and linguistics.</p> <p>Everyone has a different idea of how to express love to those around them, explains Sanam Hafeez, a neuropsychologist.</p> <p>The trick is avoiding language barriers when your love language differs from that of your partner, family, or friend.</p> <p>Couples need to find balance and harmony given their respective styles and differences to make sure they speak the language of love, says Jane Greer, a marriage and family therapist and author of several books, including <em>What About Me? Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship.</em></p> <p><strong>What are the five love languages?</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Acts of service</strong></em></p> <p>“Some of us prefer to express our appreciation through various acts of service, like running errands for our partners,” Hafeez says.</p> <p>This love language essentially refers to the things loved ones do for each other to make their lives easier.</p> <p><em><strong>Gifts</strong></em> </p> <p>Giving or receiving gifts is a somewhat straightforward love language. People value the thought and effort that goes into the gift-giving process.</p> <p>“People who speak this language cherish the gift and the time and thought put into the gift,” Hafeez adds.</p> <p><em><strong>Physical touch</strong></em></p> <p>Physical signs of affection, like hugging, kissing, holding hands, cuddling, and having sex, are ways to connect and communicate appreciation for those who prefer this love language.</p> <p>“The love language physical touch includes those who require physical attention to express and know that they are loved,” Hafeez says.</p> <p><em><strong>Quality time</strong></em></p> <p>Those who identify with this love language prioritize spending attentive time with their partner or loved one.</p> <p>People who rely on quality time to express their passion need undivided attention from their loved ones instead of a simple “I love you,” according to Hafeez.</p> <p>Speaking this love language may look like identifying a favourite activity to do together, acknowledging it, and doing it together.</p> <p><em><strong>Words of affirmation</strong></em></p> <p>People who prefer this love language value verbal and/or written communication and acknowledgment.</p> <p>Those who speak this language prefer to express and receive their love through spoken words, rather than just spending time together, per Hafeez.</p> <p><strong>What is my love language?</strong></p> <p>Determining your love language requires looking at how you prefer to express and receive love. Hafeez notes that you can identify with more than one.</p> <p>“Not everyone has just one way that they like to show their appreciation,” she says. “It’s common to have a combination of the five.”</p> <p>Paul Hokemeyer, a clinical and consulting psychotherapist and author of <em>Fragile Power: Why Having Everything Is Never Enough</em> adds that not only is it possible to have more than one love language, but it’s also beneficial.</p> <p>“Humans are dynamic and multidimensional. We change and grow over time,” he says. “As such, we need to be able to communicate in a host of languages. The ability to do so opens up our lives and our hearts and enables us to have rich and meaningful lives.”</p> <p>And, no, one language isn’t “better” than another.</p> <p>“I think to make a judgment over which is better or not is to ultimately limit the way love is conveyed, shared, and expressed,” Greer says.</p> <p><strong>The pros of love languages</strong></p> <p><span>Hafeez says that knowing each other’s love languages can be very helpful for both parties while in a relationship. </span></p> <p><span>Hokemeyer agrees, saying the concept of love languages is brilliant. Here’s how they may help:</span></p> <p><em><strong>Deepen understanding</strong></em></p> <p>Rather than question whether you’re meeting your partner’s needs, discuss love languages to get a deep understanding of what they need, recommends Hafeez.</p> <p>“Knowing how to communicate and express your love eliminates miscommunication in the relationship,” she says.</p> <p>Greer adds that another benefit is that love languages help your partner appreciate what’s important to you, what you consider loving, and what you appreciate.</p> <p><em><strong>Improve communication </strong></em></p> <p>People can form better relationships with more communication if they know how to express and receive love, according to Hafeez.</p> <p>For example, if someone knows they need words of affirmation to feel loved, they can communicate that to their partner, making the relationship much healthier.</p> <p><em><strong>Simplify love</strong></em></p> <p>Love languages give people a concrete way to think about how to give and receive love in a meaningful way, according to Hokemeyer.</p> <p>“They provide us with language to talk about what can be a very abstract feeling,” he says. This helps people manage the raft of consuming negative feelings when we intuitively know the relationship isn’t right.</p> <p><em><strong>Build the relationship</strong></em></p> <p>Romantic relationships require reciprocation to be meaningful and enduring, Hokemeyer says. That means that there must be an emotional and physical give and take.</p> <p>“Love languages enable people to figure out what they want to take and what they need to give,” he says. “They are helpful in that they provide a starting point from which couples can learn about their partner and themselves.”</p> <p>For this reason, it’s important to look at them as an art form that you are constantly practising and striving to improve, Hokemeyer says.</p> <p><strong>The cons of love languages</strong></p> <p>A 2017 study in the journal <em>Personal Relationships</em> looked at whether couples with aligned love languages experience more relationship satisfaction.</p> <p>The researchers looked at 67 couples and found that neither sharing the same love language nor knowledge of a partner’s primary love language corresponds with higher relationship satisfaction.</p> <p>So although the experts see value in this concept, there are limits to the benefits.</p> <p><em><strong>It can be narrow-minded</strong></em></p> <p>Hafeez says that, in some cases, love languages can hurt a relationship. “If all the focus is put on speaking in your partner’s love language, you can sometimes forget to listen to what they are saying,” she says.</p> <p>In addition, love languages can change throughout a relationship, so just sticking to one love language can eventually become irritating, according to Hafeez.</p> <p>That’s a real downside, according to Hokemeyer, who says identifying your love language may cause you to see it as fixed and exclusive.</p> <p>“The truth of the matter is that most people are bilingual – they can enjoy multiple love languages,” he says.</p> <p>It’s key to remember these languages are dynamic. They can change throughout life as people mature and come to value different aspects of love and romance.</p> <p><em><strong>It could cause competition </strong></em></p> <p>Another problem: love languages can create an issue of “who does more” overall for the relationship.</p> <p>For example, one person can feel as if they are speaking their partner’s love language all the time, but maybe their partner isn’t stepping up to the plate, Hafeez explains.</p> <p>“This can create a sort of score-keeping attitude and create ongoing issues, such as feeling like one person loves more in a relationship or that the relationship is unequal,” she says.</p> <p><em><strong>The discussion may be misread</strong></em></p> <p><span>Another con that could come out of discussing love languages is that sometimes, when you tell your partner what you like, want, or need, they can translate it as a demand. </span></p> <p><span>They may misinterpret it as a control tactic, Greer explains.</span></p> <p><strong><em>It's not a cure-all</em></strong></p> <p><span>It’s important to remember that knowing each other’s love language will not cure all your relationship troubles, Hafeez notes.</span></p> <p><em>Image credit: Shutterstock</em></p> <p><em>This article first appeared in <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/relationships/how-to-use-the-5-love-languages-according-to-therapists" target="_blank">Reader's Digest</a>. </em></p>

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The secret to the Holy Grail of hot chips

<div class="copy"> <p><span>Perfectly golden, crunchy on the outside but fluffy pearly white in the centre, the perfect hot chip is a thing of undeniable beauty.</span></p> <p>The Belgians and Dutch know a thing or two about chips, but we do pretty well too – except for pubs that put the schnitty on top of chips.</p> <p>When that plate hits the table you know you’re in for a disappointing time.</p> <p>A soggy, mushy mess, it’s a waste of everyone’s time and money and quite frankly heads should roll.</p> <p>“Texture plays a very important role in why we accept or reject food,” says <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/people/gie-liem" target="_blank">Gie Liem</a> from <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.deakin.edu.au/exercise-nutrition-sciences/research/centre-for-advanced-sensory-science-cass" target="_blank">Deakin University’s Centre of Advanced Sensory Science</a>.</p> <p>Gie is a legend who decided to investigate the perfect hot chip. Someone had to.</p> <p>“This can be cultural, for example, <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.japan-talk.com/jt/new/neba-neba" target="_blank">some cultures like slimy food</a>, while in other cultures that might be a sign that the food is off."</p> <p>"But we find that crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside is one of the texture combinations that is universally liked, and this is a key characteristic of good hot chips.”</p> <h3>Crunchy is the Goldilocks of food textures</h3> <p>This preference of crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside went back to <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4163920/" target="_blank">evolutionary factors</a>, ensuring humans were able to identify the right food to eat.</p> <p>“A lot of fruit and vegetables are crunchy on the outside when ready for consumption. When they’re too hard to bite into it means they’re not quite ready to eat and when they’re too soft then that means they’re overripe."</p> <p>"So in that way ‘crunchy’ can be like the Goldilocks of food textures, it tells us something is just right.”</p> <p>However, Gie says all our senses play a part in how we perceive the texture of food.</p> <p>“<a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.livescience.com/60752-human-senses.html" target="_blank">Sight</a> and <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.livescience.com/60752-human-senses.html" target="_blank">taste</a> all play a big part, and so does hearing the crunch. We consume food every day without thinking much about it, but there is a whole lot of science behind what we choose and why,” he says.</p> <h3>The recipe for hot chip success</h3> <p>So, what is a scientist’s perfect chip recipe? You gotta go for fresh fries to get the perfect crunch says Gie.</p> <p>He advocates celebrity chef <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/heston-blumenthals-triple-cooked-chips" target="_blank">Heston Blumenthal’s thrice-cooked method</a>.</p> <p>“People seem to be getting more serious about their chips…use fresh potatoes and take the time to cook them properly.”</p> <p>“That means starting by cooking the cut potatoes in water and then thoroughly drying them out in the fridge. Then fry them first on a low temperature, let them dry out again, then fry them at a high temperature before serving immediately for that super-crunch.”</p> <p>For those who are contending with the crowds at oval tuckshops, Gie recommends keeping an eye out for a fresh batch before swooping in.</p> <p>“It’s best to eat chips as soon as they’re out of the fryer or the moisture on the inside will start to come out and make the chips soggy.”</p> <p>“At sporting events the food outlets will make a lot of chips and they can sit there for a while. So if it looks soggy then it is soggy, use all your senses.”</p> <h3>The fraught question of sauces?</h3> <p>Once you’ve got the crunch right, it’s now all about what you put on top, and that choice might be influenced by where you are.</p> <p>“Sauce seems to be a cultural thing. While tomato sauce is popular here and in the US, vinegar is much more popular in the UK, mayonnaise in France, Belgium and the Netherlands, while it’s curry sauce in Germany, or gravy and curds in Canada."</p> <p>“While some of these seem to align with what we know about taste science – for example vinegar provides something acidic to cut through the fatty fries – they can also be counter-intuitive. Pouring on vinegar is the fastest route to a soggy chip.”</p> <p><em>Image credit: Shutterstock</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>This article was published for <a rel="noopener" href="https://cosmosmagazine.com/asc-edits/the-secret-to-the-holy-grail-of-hot-chips/" target="_blank">cosmosmagazine.com</a>.</em></p> </div>

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Kevin Bacon shares playful insight into his laundry

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kevin Bacon made an interesting discovery about his wife Kyra Sedgwick while doing their laundry and took to social media to share it with fans.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 63-year-old shared a photo on Instagram of a lacy G-string belonging to his wife, which has been monogrammed with a cheeky message.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Sometimes doing laundry can be full of surprises,” the actor captioned the photo, with the underwear showing the words “I [heart] KB” bejewelled in rhinestones.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CUAu6WRpP--/?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/CUAu6WRpP--/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sedgwick playfully responded in the comments, writing: “Thanks for airing my dirty laundry </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">😉❤️”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fans reacted with their own jokes and comments, with many noticing Bacon’s face reflected in the washing machine dial.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I have that same pair,” one person joked.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another asked, “where do I get these”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pair recently celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary, with the Footloose star sharing a sweet post on Instagram to mark the occasion.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTaPu97JdAa/?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/CTaPu97JdAa/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Here’s to dancing through life with you @kyrasedgwickofficial,” he wrote alongside a black and white photo.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Happy anniversary. You are the reason.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bacon and Sedgwick married in 1988 and share two children: 28-year-old actress Sosie and 31-year-old musician Travis.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: kevinbacon / Instagram</span></em></p>

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“We won’t stand for segregation”: Sydney cafe to support unvaccinated customers

<p dir="ltr">A Sydney café has made the <a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/sydney-cafes-bold-move-to-support-unvaccinated-customers-001318307.html" target="_blank">controversial decision</a> to stay open for takeaway only until unvaccinated customers can also dine inside.</p> <p dir="ltr">Anthony Milotic, the owner of Bare Wholefoods, shared an “open letter to the community” via Instagram, stating that he wants “everyone to feel welcome” in his café and “won’t stand for segregation”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Right now the path out is unknown, but we do know one thing. We won’t stand for segregation. We are one, we are family!” Mr Milotic wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I want everyone to feel welcome at all times and I will never put profit before people.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Milotic said he is “choosing love, accepting differences and a community in unity is what we need right now”.</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/CT6h1HfldLU/?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/CT6h1HfldLU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bare Wholefoods (@bare.wholefoods)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“So we have chosen to continue to operate as takeaway only until everyone is free to dine-in,” he wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We will always value family and hope that you feel the same.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Bare Wholefoods, which has venues on the North Shore and the Northern Beaches, shared the open letter last week to a flood of comments.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though many supported the decision, others argued that treating those who choose not to be vaccinated differently to vaccinated people isn’t segregation.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Segregation is a term that is used to describe separation from normal society a group of people that have inherent characteristics such as race or religion or sex. Being non-vaxxed is a decision, not an inherent characteristic,” one user wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You insult all those people that have experienced true segregation for their whole life by suggesting that non-vaxxers are being segregated.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s a couple of weeks at the most until they are free to do their own thing and it’s to protect their own health. Seems like more of a publicity stunt than anything really meaningful.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The post comes as hospitality and retail venues across Greater Sydney will be able to reopen to fully-vaccinated customers in early October when 70 percent of the state is fully vaccinated.</p> <p dir="ltr">The state is expected to hit the milestone around October 11.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though some venues have said they are “open to all”, Bare Wholefoods have stated its continued closure until unvaccinated patrons can also dine in.</p> <p dir="ltr">Other venues have confirmed they will follow the suggestion from the NSW Government to only open to vaccinated customers.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Berejiklian believes the state will reach 70 and 80 percent vaccination rates in “two to three weeks”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“NSW will be the first state that in all likelihood hits 80 percent double dose, but there will also be a point in time after that where unvaccinated people will be able to participate in activities,” the premier said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“So that is the information we are providing this week to make very clear when those key milestones will occur.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: bare.wholefoods / Instagram</em></p>

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Manhunt underway after nurse attacked

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A manhunt is underway after a nurse was allegedly assaulted while administering a COVID-19 vaccine at an inner Sydney medical centre.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emergency services were called to Glebe Medical Practice on Monday August 27 at around 11.45am following reports of an assault. Officers were told a 37-year-old nurse was administering a COVID-19 vaccination to a patient outside the practice when she was allegedly assaulted by an unknown man. The patient was vaccinated outdoors as they lived in one of the 12 COVID hotspot LGAs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s alleged the man grabbed the nurse by the wrist in an attempt to stop her from administering the vaccine. Police have searched for the man to no avail, and have now released CCTV footage of a man they believe may be able to assist with ongoing inquiries.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Police release CCTV following alleged assault of healthcare worker - Glebe<a href="https://t.co/CKXUi130so">https://t.co/CKXUi130so</a> <a href="https://t.co/L8a1I5R7PS">pic.twitter.com/L8a1I5R7PS</a></p> — NSW Police Force (@nswpolice) <a href="https://twitter.com/nswpolice/status/1442357471331319810?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 27, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The man is shown wearing a black cap, a red bandanna around his neck, a black t-shirt, dark blue tracksuit pants with a white stripe down the side, leather fingerless gloves, and sneakers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Anyone who witnessed the incident or believes they know the identity of the man, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: NSW Police</span></em></p>

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New evidence Prince Charles KNEW about Simon Dorante-Day

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Simon Dorante-Day, the Queensland man claiming to be the secret son of Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, has shared new explosive evidence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Dorante-Day has made global headlines after going public with his case and continues to share new evidence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My grandmother, who had worked for the Queen, told me outright that I was Camilla and Charles’ son many times,” he told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">7NEWS.com.au</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 55-year-old revealed his latest evidence, an email from Detective Inspector Dave Smith of the UK Metropolitan Police’s Royalty and Specialist Protection unit which could be crucial in assisting in his case.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Detective Inspector Smith sent an email to Mr Dorante-Day on July 7, 2015, confirming that he had hand-delivered a letter from Mr Dorante-Day to Prince Charles’ aides.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:212.3236822568671px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844437/241520460_259289839535029_7314315210199105916_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2220738e6df44f6c9f0e516a4c49e386" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Simon Dorante-Day / Facebook</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the letter, the Queensland engineer outlined his belief that Prince Charles and Camilla are his parents.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Just to confirm that I received the letter you sent by airmail addressed to me,” Detective Inspector Smith wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I opened the outer packaging containing my details. The inner letter addressed to the Prince I took by hand, unopened to the Princes’ correspondence team.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I hope this is suitable.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Dorante-Day believes the email confirms that Prince Charles and Camilla are aware of his claims, despite refusing to publicly comment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Making “No Comment” doesn’t make the issue go away, nor does it negate their responsibility for what we are enduring,” Mr Dorante-Day said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said he released the email to show the effort he made to solve the matter privately before going public with his claims.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The depth to which I had already acted before this issue broke the media, or was even on Facebook or the TV, is just not clearly understood,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This evidence is from July 2015 when my letter was handed to Prince Charles’ private secretary by D.I. David Smith of SO14 and the Metropolitan Police Professional Standards Unit.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I authored the letter, but it was reviewed and approved by a leading Australian Family Law Firm before it was despatched.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The email evidence comes a week after Mr Dorante-Day shared a suite of images comparing himself to Prince William and Francois Graftieaux, the alleged love-child of Prince Edward, the Duke of Windsor.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844435/dorante-day2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3b5ff8d71dbe4d24afb1c2242968d5f3" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Simon Dorante-Day / Facebook</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You resemble [Graftieaux] more than you do William. The familial likeness is undeniable,” one Facebook user wrote.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 357px; height:280px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844438/242419439_255726669891346_6744475498948158942_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6be80be326c441e985a6c26d32c90b26" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Simon Dorante-Day / Facebook</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Wow! The resemblance is quite incredible,” another wrote of the comparison between Mr Dorante-Day and Prince William.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There is no doubt that he is your brother,” another said.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Simon Dorante-Day / Facebook</span></em></p>

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Fresh twist in toddler's suspicious death

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An arrest has been made in relation to the 2005 death of 21-month-old Jordan Thompson, who died on March 19, 2005, with antidepressants in his system.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cecil Kennedy, 49, was arrested on Monday afternoon in Sydney over Jordan’s death. Kennedy was the partner of Jordan’s mother, Bernice Swales, when Swales left Jordan in Kennedy’s care while she left to run errands. She returned home to find Jordan unresponsive and rushed him to Singleton Base Hospital, but he could not be revived.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A statement issued by NSW Police said that police were told Jordan had been found face down in the bathtub, but that a post mortem later found a lethal dose of antidepressants in his system.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A coronial inquest was established in 2008, and in 2018 Deputy State Coroner Elaine Truscott found that Jordan died because he had been deliberately administered anti-depressant medication.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Homicide Squad detectives established Strike Force Kyeama to investigate the circumstances surrounding Jordan’s death. In 2015, Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Troy Grant said Jordan’s family deserve closure, adding “It’s now been just over a decade since Jordan died, and yet his mother and family still don’t know have any answers about his death.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following further investigations and the offer of a $100,000 reward for more information, Kennedy was arrested at his home in Doonside and taken to Blacktown Police Station where charges are expected to be laid.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Current Affair </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">after the arrest, Ms Swales said she appreciated all the work the police had done: “I'm really grateful for all of the work that has been done for my son. I just want to say thank you, a special thank you to the detective who made this and worked very hard and made sure he never gave up, he never gave up and I'm so grateful for all the work that's been put in.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: NSW Police</span></em></p>

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No alibi: Fresh twist in William Tyrrell case

<p><span>A key person of interest in the high-profile William Tyrrell case has been unable to give investigating police an alibi for the day of the boy's disappearance.</span></p> <p>A <a rel="noopener" href="https://7plus.com.au/7news-disappearance-of-william-tyrrell" target="_blank">7News investigation</a> revealed that convicted pedophile Frank Abbott was living approximately 12 kilometres from the town William went missing from in September 2014. </p> <p>The elderly man is now serving time in jail for the sexual assault of three young children, to which he maintains his innocence over.</p> <p>Police repeatedly questioned Abbott about his movements on the day William disappeared, and has been unable to provide a suitable alibi or someone to vouch for his movements. </p> <p>Despite the mounting suspicions, Abbott maintains he has nothing to do with the disappearance. </p> <p>A witness in the case named Steve, whose true identity is suppressed by a court order, claims a lot of the key evidence points to Abbott. </p> <p><span>“I believe that he, Frank, dropped (friend Ray Porter) off at hospital and had access to Ray’s car,” Steve told 7NEWS.</span></p> <p><span>When asked whether the car claim supports evidence supplied by William’s foster mother, Steve replied, “100 per cent.”</span></p> <p><span>Child protection advocate Adam Washbourne claims police had relented to disclosing the number of pedophiles living near the town of Kendall at the time of William's disappearance. </span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“There were 20 sex offenders in the Kendall area,” he said.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“Do you think there’s a street where there isn’t a registered sex offender? I’ve got news for you if you do."</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“They are in every town, every suburb, the safest places. They are monsters, predators, stalkers, and they live among us.”</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>It’s hoped that the findings of a coronial inquest into William's disappearance will shed more light on the case, after out concluded in October last year due to the pandemic. </span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><span>In September, police returned to where William was last seen on the seven year </span>anniversary of his disappearance, saying, "<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/legal/shock-twist-in-seven-year-search-for-william-tyrrell" target="_blank">Further information has come to light</a>."</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">William was only three years old when he disappeared from his grandmother's home in Kendall, NSW, on Friday September 12th 2014. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Despite hundred of volunteers, emergency services workers and locals scouring the town, no one could find a trace of the missing boy. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020"><em>Image credits: NSW Police/PR Image</em></p>

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Resurfaced video shows Gabby Petito right after Sandy Hook tragedy

<p>At just 14 years of age, Gabby Petito starred in a music video titled “Irreplaceable” in an effort to raise awareness about violence against children after the tragic Sandy Hook massacre in the US.</p> <p>She and her younger brothers appeared in the 2013 music video for a song that was produced and sung by fellow Long Island native Deb Henson, who told<span> </span><em>The Sun<span> </span></em>that the inspiration for the song was the school shooting that left 26 people dead, including 20 kids, in Newtown, Connecticut.</p> <p>In the video, Ms Petito – whose death has been ruled a homicide after her body was found near a Wyoming campsite – is seen holding a sign that reads: “I’m irreplaceable”.</p> <p>“The lyrics are almost eerie now. It’s ironic and tragic that she’s in the video and that this has happened to her,” Ms Henson told the news outlet.</p> <p>“This song isn’t just about violence against kids. It’s about domestic violence and violence in general. It’s just God awful really, what happened to Gabby,” added Ms Henson who recalled the “magical weekend” when they shot the video.</p> <p>“It was two days of filming on a Saturday and Sunday, and I just remember it was really hard for everybody because of the subject matter – and Gabby was such a bright light, even at 14,” she told News Long Island.</p> <p>The leading actress, Maija Polsley, a close friend of the slain women’s stepmother, Tara Petito, arranged for the three siblings to take part in the production according to<span> </span><em>The Sun</em>.</p> <p>“Gabby was just the sweetest kid, she was just so full of love, she just wanted to help and be involved in any way she could,” Ms Henson said.<br />“It breaks my heart. It gets me. It’s just so sad.”</p> <p>She said she hopes that, eventually, “something great will come out of this tragedy,” adding that all proceeds from the video on iTunes and Spotify will go toward a fund helping the grieving family.</p>

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"I stand with you": Grey’s Anatomy star speaks out after decade of silence

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Katherine Heigl, who played Dr. Izzie Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy from 2005 to 2010, has spoken out once more about the “cruel and mean” working conditions on the show. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a 2009 interview with David Letterman on his late-night show, she told Letterman about her experience working on the Shonda-Rimes-created medical drama, saying, “Our first day back was Wednesday. It was … I’m going to keep saying this because I hope it embarrasses them, a 17-hour day, which I think is cruel and mean.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The backlash to that interview was swift and immense, with US broadcaster Diane Sawyer informing Heigl “no one feels sorry for you”, and whispers of Heigl being “difficult to work with” and “ungrateful” following her for the decade since.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Posting on Instagram in support the ​​International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) strike over the weekend, Heigl wrote, “Some of you may remember over ten years ago I was very vocal about the absurdity of the working hours crews and actors were being forced into by production. Even Diane Sawyer interviewed me and not so kindly informed me “no one feels sorry for you.” I very publicly and for many many years after got my ass kicked for speaking up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When I first spoke up I was speaking on behalf of myself and my crew on Grey’s. Today things are a little different for me. I am in the fortunate position of being able to say no. To turn down a job if it requires more than I can bear. And in all honesty… I’ve kind of aged out of giving a shit if I piss people off by creating boundaries that protect my health, sanity and work. So this post is not for me. It is for the crew. It is for my family from another mother. It is for the champions and support systems and talented bad asses that I have the privilege of working with. I stand with IATSE. It is time for reasonable and fair work conditions, wages and hours to be more than just a priority, they need to be the norm. Period. To all the crews on all the sets all over this great big world of ours. I support you. I stand with you. I thank you. Not one show. Not one movie. Can exist without you.”</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/CUOOQdWvBCm/?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/CUOOQdWvBCm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Katherine Heigl (@katherineheigl)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Heigl’s post comes ahead of a strike vote amongst IATSE members, following the breakdown of talks between the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. IATSE members are campaigning for, amongst other things, longer turnarounds between production days and improvements on meal and rest periods. The union is concerned about harmful working hours (which Heigl addressed in her 2009 comments and recent Instagram post), unlivable wages for the lowest-paid workers and consistent failure to provide reasonable rest during meal breaks, between workdays, and on weekends.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In an </span><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2021/01/28/katherine-heigl-firefly-lane-profile/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">interview with the Washington Post</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> earlier this year, Heigl talked about the anxiety she experienced during the “shunning”, culminating in her decision to seek help in 2015, following a flare-up of anxiety after the birth of her son. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Welcome to Telosa: the $400 billion city built from scratch

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The city of Telosa: where everyone is equal, the future is sustainable, the opportunities are innovative and the city is for everyone. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While this utopian city sounds like the perfect place to live, it doesn’t actually exist yet. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Telosa is the latest project from former Walmart executive and e-commerce billionaire Marc Lore, who wants to create the world’s first “woke” city from scratch. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He unveiled his elaborate plans with an </span><a href="https://cityoftelosa.com/#telosa"><span style="font-weight: 400;">interactive website</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, where he explains that the name Telosa comes from the Ancient Greek word Telos, meaning “highest purpose.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The mission of Telosa is to create a more equitable, sustainable future. That’s our North Star,” Lore said in a promotional video. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are going to be the most open, the most fair and the most inclusive city in the world.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The city will run to Lore’s unique economic vision that he dubs “Equitism” in which the land upon which the city is built will be donated to a community endowment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If you went into the desert where the land was worth nothing, or very little, and you created a foundation that owned the land, and people moved there and tax dollars built infrastructure and we built one of the greatest cities in the world, the foundation could be worth a trillion dollars,” Lore told </span><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2021-09-01/how-diapers-com-founder-marc-lore-plans-to-build-utopian-city-telosa"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bloomberg Businessweek</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And if the foundation’s mission was to take the appreciation of the land and give it back to the citizens in the form of medicine, education, affordable housing, social services: Wow, that’s it!”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The city aims to tackle America’s rapidly growing wealth gap, which Lore believes is “going to bring down America”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“While the current economic system is a growth engine, it has led to increasing inequality,” the project’s website explains. “Equitism is inclusive growth.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The beginning phase of the project will be built to accommodate 50,000 residents across roughly 1,500 acres at a cost of $25 billion, and is targeted for completion by 2030.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The project’s planners have yet to commit to a location for Telosa, but the website identifies Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Texas and the Appalachian region as possible sites.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Digital renderings of the utopia show an expanse of space for pedestrians to stroll through the metropolis, as well as including aircrafts known as the electric “air taxi” start-up, in which Lore is a key investor. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another image on the site shows a skyscraper called Equitism tower that houses elevated water storage, aeroponic farms and an energy-producing roof.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the buzz about the unique city, Sarah Moser, an associate professor of geography at Montreal’s McGill University, puts Lore’s chances of success at roughly zero.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She cites approximately 150 similar projects that have been pitched, and all resulted in failure. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: cityoftelosa.com</span></em></p>

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"That's rude": Tina Arena's explosive comment to Angela Bishop

<p>Australian music icon Tina Arena has slammed the lack off support given to the entertainment industry throughout the pandemic in a passionate plea on <em>Studio 10</em>. </p> <p>The singer, who will be featured in the upcoming <em>Young Talent Time</em> 50th anniversary special, blasted the "double standard" of the government cancelling music shows across the country, but sporting events still being allowed to go ahead. </p> <p>“I also hate the differentiation between sport and arts in Australia. As the artistic community, we will draw the line in the sand now and say, ‘No more of your double standards now,’” she continued.</p> <p>“Sport is a great thing, but life is not just about sport, life is about art and culture … I would encourage the artistic community to come forward, and I’d encourage anybody else to start thinking straight now.”</p> <p>Entertainment reporter Angela Bishop agreed with Tina, noting how much events has been cancelled on short notice, but "<span>never the footy match”.</span></p> <p><span>Tina was visibly outraged, </span>saying "That's a categoric disrespect."</p> <p>Tina Arena is one of millions of Melbourne natives who have been coping with seemingly endless lockdowns, <span>which is due to have had the most days under lockdown of any city in the world on October 4th. </span><br /><span></span></p> <p><span>“I’ve really struggled, and I’m comfortable in saying that. I’ve had a very difficult time, like many people. I’m profoundly against being locked up – the injustice is too much,” Arena said.</span></p> <p><span>Continuing on the injustice of the music industry, Tina noted how little financial support the arts have received during the pandemic. </span></p> <p><span>“I’m sorry, that’s rude, disrespectful, and shouldn’t be at all allowed to play out." </span></p> <p><span>"Never, ever silence an artist – we play an important role in the social fibre of any country. It’s freedom of expression, and I’ll fight for it until the day I die.”</span></p> <p><span>Angela Bishop noted that one of Tina's few stage performances in recent years was the February 2020 Firefight </span>concert to raise money for those affected by the bushfires. </p> <p><span>“It seems people have forgotten about the arts community when </span>they’re <span>in need,” Angela suggested, to which Arena agreed.</span></p> <p>“If anything goes wrong, the artistic community has always lifted their sleeves up."</p> <p>"We’ve gone in there and done what we needed to do. We’re very happy to play that role to help people – it’s what we do,” said Arena.</p> <p>“Now we’re in trouble, is someone helping us? No. It’s amazing how people just fly away and disappear..."</p> <p>“You know what? DONE. We’re done, and now we’re saying it. Just stop this ridiculous, preposterous behaviour. It’s got to stop,” she said.</p> <p>Tina's impassioned speech struck a chord with viewers ion Studio 10, as many agreed that more should be done to support Australian artists. </p> <p>One fan tweeted, "I'm ready for Tina Arena to be PM."</p> <p>Another said, "Tina articulating how we all feel. We are an incredibly resilient community but we are beyond exhausted."</p> <p><em>Image credit: Studio 10</em></p>

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“Absolutely a farce”: Mitch’s expletive-ridden tirade against judges

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mitch has unleashed on judges Shaynna Blaze, Neale Whitaker, and Darren Palmer, after he and Mark received the lowest score for their kitchen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pair received harsh criticism for their “dumb” decision to use drawers to store dry food in their main kitchen, with Neale describing it as “all style over substance”.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844413/mitch-mark1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1834c04c394d4162bae9a10681ee0192" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Channel 9</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The comments are stupid. I have no respect for the judges so I shouldn’t let somebody hurt me that I have no respect for,” Mitch said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mark also emphasised that they would not take on any of the judge’s suggestions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Channel 9’s censors were working overtime during the episode, as Mitch said “F*** you!” each time host Scott Cam revealed one of the scores for their kitchen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m supposed to listen to them? Go f*** yourselves!” Mitch said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m not interested in their feedback. Their feedback is irrelevant.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mitch and Mark were also fuming over the appearance of Luke’s fiancé, Olivia, on the show once again, after she was spotted helping Luke and Josh prepare for the room reveals.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844414/mitch-mark2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0d9777a11c5343adb725db7bd3fde052" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Channel 9</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Olivia was filmed helping the twins clean and style their kitchen in a breach of the rules.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite being spotted doing the same thing in master bedroom week, her help didn’t affect the brothers’ scores or even receive mention on judgement day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The boys (twins Josh and Luke) brought in help last night that Scotty clearly knows about because it’s all on camera and yet it has no impact,” Mitch said to a producer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So, this is absolutely a farce.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite their frustrations, Mitch and Mark were still good sports over Kirsty and Jesse’s win.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The country musicians won $120,000 in prizes for their navy blue and gold kitchen, which received a perfect score from Neale and Shaynna.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844415/mitch-mark3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/83e9eacaf9da4bc892e34c32c36c0427" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Channel 9</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My [arm] hair is standing on end that’s how perfectly they have done the five-zone kitchen in this space,” Darren said, awarding them a 9.5 score for not including a second bin in their butler’s pantry.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Neale said the room was “everything he wanted to see and feel in a kitchen”, joking that his hair was also standing on end despite being bald.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ronnie and Georgie came second for their neutral kitchen, after receiving criticism for their small cupboards.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tanya and Vito’s pink and terrazzo kitchen came in fourth, with Neale noting: “This is a kitchen that says love me or hate me, but don’t ignore me.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shaynna pointed out that the fridge was in the wrong place, there was no bin, and their terrazzo benchtop offered little space for people to sit at or prepare food.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It makes me sick because they imported this [stone bench] and it is stunning but there’s no way to do anything different with that,” Darren commented.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Channel 9</span></em></p>

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How retirement villages are Uniting people

<p>In wisdom, we realise that our confidence comes from a sense of belonging. Being connected to a community is what gives us a sense of belonging. Over time our ability to socialise in our free time expands while our community and neighbourhoods are changing.</p> <p>COVID-19 has had a particularly strong influence on people seeking different needs from home design and also their communities. At Uniting we realise that confidence comes from belonging and sharing memorable moments with like-minded people.</p> <p>That’s why community and caring are built in at every Uniting NSW/ACT retirement village. Moving into the next phase of your life should be an exciting occasion. Uniting believes that everyone should enjoy the confidence of belonging<strong>.</strong></p> <p>One person who knows this intimately is Leonie.</p> <p>Leonie decided to move to Uniting Mayflower Gerringong in 2010 after taking part in a village tour.</p> <p>She had already experienced the village when her father had previously lived there. She jumped at the opportunity and set off to make sure she could become part of the community.</p> <p>“One of the first things I did was set up a veggie patch,” says Leonie. “I was a talker like Dad, so it was a great excuse to have a chat.”</p> <p>Leonie’s veggie patch became her own social sanctuary. Many of Leonie’s good friends now do the gardening together at Mayflower and the veggie patch has become its own community centre.</p> <p>“There is something special about our village,” she says. “There is a spirit of caring, not just among the staff but among all the people who live here.</p> <p>“This is a little village and we all belong to each other. We’re family.”</p> <p>Since joining the village at Gerringong, Leonie has seen her social network expand and sees it as her true home.</p> <p>Leonie also enjoys the freedom that retirement living has given her. No longer does she have to worry about mowing the lawns or the letterbox filling up while she is away. Uniting’s specialist staff take away the hassle of maintenance for her property and allow her to focus on what truly matters.</p> <p>“You don’t realise the friendships and the interdependence you’ll develop when you move in,” Leonie explains. “Every day I am surrounded by things to do with my friends. There are more activities going on than anyone could ever hope to get to!”</p> <p>Uniting has had more than 50 years’ experience to consider each and every detail that makes retirement living more enjoyable. People like Leonie live the Uniting values and ethos. And it can only be a home when you are in a community where you belong.</p> <p>Everyone deserves to discover new passions in the comfort of their home. A community full of respectful, social and like-minded individuals, and their pets should they choose.</p> <p>Uniting wants you to retire happily, with easy access to a social network, new friends and other supports whenever you want it.</p> <p>There are many spaces to explore at your leisure, to entertain yourself and to entertain your loved ones, whether that be communal vegetable garden for the green thumbs, the villages’ dedicated clubroom for trivia and crafts, or the outdoor courtyard perfect for barbecues.</p> <p>A Uniting village is a perfect place to find your new home and your new forever friends.</p> <p>In that community, we are Uniting People.</p> <p>Book a tour by calling 1800 864 846 or go to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://ad.doubleclick.net/ddm/trackclk/N1080016.1907402OVERSIXTY.COM.AU/B26377396.312727685;dc_trk_aid=505567170;dc_trk_cid=157190802;dc_lat=;dc_rdid=;tag_for_child_directed_treatment=;tfua=;ltd=" target="_blank">uniting.org/retirementliving</a></p> <p><strong><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://ad.doubleclick.net/ddm/trackclk/N1080016.1907402OVERSIXTY.COM.AU/B26377396.312727685;dc_trk_aid=505567170;dc_trk_cid=157190802;dc_lat=;dc_rdid=;tag_for_child_directed_treatment=;tfua=;ltd=" target="_blank">Uniting</a>.</em></strong></p>

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Inside Frank Sinatra's most-filmed mansion

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Frank Sinatra’s seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom home has been put on the market for a whopping $USD 21.5 million ($AUD 29.4 million).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fans of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mad Men</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Californication</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dreamgirls</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> or </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ali</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> are sure to recognise the residence, which has been used as a backdrop for countless films and tv shows over the years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Widely known as the Frank Sinatra Byrdview Estate, the singer called the 758-square-metre mansion home during the 1950s and 60s.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home sits on 13.7 acres in Chatsworth, California, and overlooks the 1,325-acre Chatsworth Reservoir nature reserve.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Inside, the home has undergone a $USD 1 million renovation and boasts light wood accents set against white walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an open-plan design.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Along with a formal dining room and living room with a full bar, the house also features a deluxe ensuite that overlooks the backyard, a formal sitting room, and a piano room where Sinatra reportedly spent most of his time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Outside, the home has a patio and a 15-metre swimming pool that includes its own wet bar.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property also features a guest house where Marilyn Monroe reportedly stayed, which has its own backyard and pool, as well as a gym and massage room in a separate building.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Boss Hunting</span></em></p>

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Calls for urgent changes in building regulations as family home demolished

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The mother of a disabled woman is calling for urgent changes to be made to building regulations in Australia following the demolition of their brand-new, purpose-built home. 24-year-old Paige was left with severe brain damage as a child after a hospital mistake, and was awarded $5.5 million in compensation from Queensland Health four years ago. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 280px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844345/screen-shot-2021-09-23-at-35143-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b2850aa7004940eea0c1eefa38f90da4" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Part of that money was used to build a home that would meet all of her needs, but after less than a year of living in their new Redcliffe home, the house had such a severe mould problem that it was decided it had to be demolished.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Paige’s mum, Linda Hartman, told </span><a href="https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair/new-development-severely-disabled-queensland-womans-toxic-house-demolished/765a998a-a0d2-40ef-a74d-feb6d86e58e1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Current Affair</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">that the situation has caused her and Paige severe stress, but the minister responsible, Mick de Brenni, won’t agree to meet with them to discuss the issue.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Current Affair </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">initially met the family when they were attempting to dry the moisture in order to keep the mould at bay, but those attempts failed, and the only remaining solution was demolition.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Hartman told reporters she was relieved that the entire building, including the concrete slab, had to go, as it meant she wouldn’t have to deal with the builder anymore. "I'm quite relieved because now I don't have to deal with the builder because dealing with the builder it was just horrific.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 277.86624203821657px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844346/screen-shot-2021-09-23-at-35148-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c63309e684504d57b3425856725c68ab" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The builder in question was PJ Burns – the director Rick Burns admitted to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">ACA </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">that there were problems at the property and that he was “going to fix them”. In early March, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) identified the cause of the mould as "rising damp through the slab due to faulty installation of the damp proof membrane" and found that Burns had failed to rectify structural defects, ultimately deciding that the "demolition and rebuilding of the dwelling" was "reasonable and necessary". </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">QBCC approved a claim of $200,000 under the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme, which was less than a third of the actual cost. The trustee of Paige’s settlement money has now commenced legal proceedings against PJ Burns, as well as finding a new builder, with the hope of having a new home ready for the family by Christmas 2022.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 284.5786963434022px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844347/screen-shot-2021-09-23-at-35210-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/194a66899a64440b95b790b9dada2ea6" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The builder has to be held accountable for what he has done to us and I don't want this to happen to anybody else," Ms Hartman told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">ACA.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Ms Hartman believes that QBCC’s lack of action “ruins people’s lives”. She believes PJ Burns’ work is so bad that it should be listed as Tier 1 defective work, which would result in an automatic three-year ban. Ms Hartman feels like the QBCC is “protecting the builder”, while the QBCC claims it is “empathetic to [her] situation” and that its officers have “worked continuously to keep her updated and informed during her case.” A spokesperson for the regulator said, "This builder has been subject to regulatory action and may be subject to further regulatory action in the future.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr de Brenni said in a statement that the QBCC had been in regular contact with Ms Hartman, and his recommendation is that homeowners check the QBCC website before hiring a builder.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: A Current Affair</span></em></p>

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