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Woman finds £35,000 dress shoved in a cupboard

<p dir="ltr">A UK woman has made an amazing discovery while cleaning out her grandmother’s attic, finding that it’s also worth a small fortune too.</p> <p dir="ltr">After finding her grandmother’s 50-year-old Christian Dior dress, Adeline Vining took to <a href="https://www.tiktok.com/@adelinevining/video/7102111792570141957?is_from_webapp=1&amp;sender_device=pc&amp;web_id=7112642336690570754" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TikTok</a> for help on dating the dress.</p> <p dir="ltr">She received plenty of advice from viewers, as well as fashion history expert Henry Wilkinson, and decided to take the dress for valuation at Kerry Taylor Auctions, where she discovered that the forgotten gown was actually worth £35,000 ($AUD 61,986 or $NZD 68,266).</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was a bombshell,” Vining said. “£35,000 worth of dress shoved in a suitcase in an attic for 50 years. Given to me, which was then shoved in a bag in a cupboard for 25 years.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Vining believes the mystery garment is the ‘Hortense’ dress, designed by Christian Dior as part of the Fall/Winter 1949-50 collection.</p> <p dir="ltr">She also believes the dress was made especially for her grandmother, as its hem doesn’t match the Hortense dress kept at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite its eye-watering monetary value, Vining stresses that her personal connection to the dress is more important to her, as it has helped her unravel stories about her family, especially as her grandmother passed away relatively young.</p> <p dir="ltr">“For me, the dress has never been about its value,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I wanted to wear it, I still do want to wear it, Kerry [the valuer] told me never to wear it.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Before the valuation, Vining wore the dress a few times, even washing the dishes while wearing the gown in one of her videos.</p> <p dir="ltr">In one of her most recent videos, Vining made another surprise discovery about the gown: it has pockets.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I can never get rid of this dress, it’s the most perfect dress in the world,” she says in the <a href="https://www.tiktok.com/@adelinevining/video/7113649573414931718?is_from_webapp=1&amp;sender_device=pc&amp;web_id=7112642336690570754" target="_blank" rel="noopener">clip</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Now, she is unsure about what to do with it or where she could even wear it.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The only time I can wear a dress like that is the Oscars, and no one is ever going to invite me to the Oscars,” Vining said.</p> <p dir="ltr">She has told fans she may even donate it to a museum, and has apologised for wearing the dress so casually.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m sorry to the dress and to everyone out there who recognised its value straightaway.”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-94bef713-7fff-b92a-c419-25f391e48662"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: @adelinevining (TikTok) </em></p>

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Qantas staff to be given $5,000 bonus

<p dir="ltr">Qantas has announced a nice $5,000 bonus to 19,000 of its employees as the carrier continues to recover after Covid. </p> <p dir="ltr">The Australian carrier’s net debt had risen to an eye-watering $6.4 billion due to next to no flights during the two years of closed borders. </p> <p dir="ltr">The net debt now sits well below pre-covid levels at $4 billion as more customers are opting to travel with Qantas. </p> <p dir="ltr">Qantas is now set to give 19,000 of its employees a one-off recovery boost of $5,000.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to the bonus, Qantas group will look at increasing permanent wages by two per cent, which were also frozen during lockdown and closed borders. </p> <p dir="ltr">It is expected that the entire ordeal will cost Qantas a whopping $87 million in the 2022 Financial Year. </p> <p dir="ltr">Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said recovery of the carrier began in December when the company decided to bring its workers back before borders opened. </p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s been a tough few years for everyone in aviation but we promised to share the benefits of the recovery once it arrived,” he said. </p> <p dir="ltr">“For our people, the recovery really started last December when we made the decision to bring everyone back to work ahead of schedule and well before all borders opened.</p> <p dir="ltr">“In February, we announced a bonus scheme that gives employees at least 1000 shares in the national carrier if key conditions are met, which are on track.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We’re announcing a one-off payment that goes some of the way to acknowledging the sacrifices our people have made, including long periods of no work and no annual wage increases. It also recognises the great work they are doing as we restart the airline, which has been challenging for everyone.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This comes at a time when travel demand is rebounding but our people are facing a unique set of cost of living pressures, which frankly they’d be in a better position to handle if aviation hadn’t been so badly hit over the past two years. That’s now changing.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We can’t afford to permanently increase salaries beyond the two per cent threshold we’ve set, but we can afford to make this one-off payment on top of the Qantas share rights we’ve already given.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Getting our permanent cost base right is how we’re able to reinvest, which ultimately means more opportunity for our people.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The structure of our business means many of our people see their salary increase significantly as their careers progress. That progression often relies on the business growing, so the recent investments we’ve announced in new aircraft and new ventures will see employees share in the benefit as the national carrier enters a new phase.” </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Qantas</em></p>

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The W word is tough to talk about, but we need to be better prepared

<p dir="ltr">Widowhood isn’t a topic that is widely discussed. Yet with some women left financially ruined after the unexpected death of their spouse or partner – especially if they suddenly find themselves single parents. It is a discussion we should be having, both to support newly widowed women and to lessen the financial burden on those who may follow.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>‘My partner is gone and I don’t know how I’m going to make ends meet.’ </em>This is a situation that no one wants to face, yet many women sadly do. And it isn’t just elderly women or those in retirement.</p> <p dir="ltr">Between 2018 and 2020, suicide and accidental poisonings were the two <a href="https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/life-expectancy-death/deaths-in-australia/contents/leading-causes-of-death" target="_blank" rel="noopener">leading causes of death among 25-44 year-olds</a> – both of which can occur without warning. For the partners left behind, their grief is compounded by another painful loss – the loss of financial stability.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>‘It won’t happen to me’</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Too many women overestimate their financial resources and protections, while believing their partner will always be there to cover their back. Can you afford to pay the bills after the sudden loss of income – which may have been the bulk of your household earnings? Do you have the full picture of your, and your partner’s, assets, and debts? How will you juggle your job with the new-found constraints of being single, and potentially a single parent? If your partner was self-employed, is the business still profitable or even viable if they’re gone? Has its value suddenly diminished?</p> <p dir="ltr">These are just several of many issues widows face, at an already stressful time.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Preventing the worst</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">While we can’t control death, I think there are two equally important preventative actions women can – and must – take to avoid becoming cash-strapped widows. Firstly, ensure your partner looks after themselves. Men especially often ignore their own health, until it’s too late. Be a source of encouragement and support, and hopefully keep them earthside much longer, with a good diet, regular exercise, stress-relieving activities, and regular medical check-ups for physical and mental health.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, healthy lifestyles don’t guarantee a long life. Which is why contingency plans are crucial. Protecting yourself and your/your partner’s dependents should they die includes having:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Emergency cash fund</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Household savings and investment plan</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Life insurance</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Funeral cover</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Current will</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Nominated superannuation/trust beneficiaries (which are separate from a will)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Succession/exit plan for any business owned</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Self-employed people paying their worker’s compensation and superannuation</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Qualified tax and financial advice</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Good debt management</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Coping with loss</strong></p> <p>To every widow, let me first say I am so sorry for your loss. You may feel overwhelmed by your new reality. Money worries will only add to this. Some immediate options to ease this pressure and let you focus on processing your grief with loved ones include:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Time off: Work may seem like a good distraction, but you risk making poor decisions under clouded judgement. Take bereavement/annual leave to keep money coming in. For the self- employed, have a business partner/senior employee cover for you.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Notify your partner’s employer: To pay out remaining wages and entitlements.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Life insurance, funeral cover: Check your partner’s policies, including through their superfund. Lodge a claim as soon as you can – it takes time to be processed and paid out.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Get support: You may be eligible for <a href="https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/what-help-there-when-adult-dies?context=60101" target="_blank" rel="noopener">government support measures</a>, including deferred obligations and bereavement payments.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">If your partner died at work: Worker’s compensation or other payouts could be owed to you.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Counselling: Free services include <a href="https://griefline.org.au/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Griefline</a> or your/your partner’s Employee Assistance Program.</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Life as a single woman</strong></p> <p>It’s now entirely up to you to manage money and save for retirement. I recommend getting good professional advice to work through:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Transferring assets to be under your name</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Maintaining a roof over your head – which may mean downsizing to a more affordable home</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Adjusting to life on one income</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Maximising earnings; minimising tax</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Investing larger payouts – your late partner’s superannuation, insurances, compensation</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Business strategy – how and whether to sell or continue trading</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Updating your will; providing for dependent children/elderly parents</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Meeting debt obligations</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Should you enter another relationship down the track, whether a binding financial<br />agreement is needed</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">The death of a partner is emotionally devastating. Yet it needn’t devastate you financially too. No matter your situation or life stage, I implore you: take an active role in managing your money. The death of a partner will necessitate it, but you’ll make a difficult situation that bit easier by having financial strategies already in place to fall back on.</p> <p><strong>Helen Baker is a licensed Australian financial adviser and author of the new book, On Your Own Two Feet: The Essential Guide to Financial Independence for all Women (Ventura Press, $32.99). Helen is among the 1% of financial planners who hold a master’s degree in the field. Proceeds from book sales are donated to charities supporting disadvantaged women and children. Find out more at <a href="http://www.onyourowntwofeet.com.au" target="_blank" rel="noopener">www.onyourowntwofeet.com.au</a>  </strong></p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-b1756543-7fff-b2bd-5ecc-d2a34edf3b13"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Readers Respond: What was life like for you in the ‘80s?

<p dir="ltr">We always sit and reminisce about the good ol’ days. </p> <p dir="ltr">And according to some of your responses, the ‘80s was a great time to be alive. </p> <p dir="ltr">None of us in the office would know, but this helps us get a glimpse of what life was like back then no matter if it was sad or happy.</p> <p dir="ltr">Check out some of your responses below. </p> <p dir="ltr">Jenny Jones - I had my kids. My health. A husband. A car. Huge house. Everything was great.</p> <p dir="ltr">Michael Woodhouse - A damn better sight than it is now.</p> <p dir="ltr">Vicki Johnson - A great time for me. All my children were born in the 80s. I had a lovely life as a stay at home mum. So very different to today's world.</p> <p dir="ltr">Kathryn Potter - Much, much better than now. Was in my 30s, had a great job, more money, a beautiful little car and enjoyed life to the fullest. Did not have a care in the world. Life was good. I just wish we could go back to those days, but sadly all gone!</p> <p dir="ltr">Gillian Boyd - Busy was my first thought. The ‘80s passed me by in a whirl of pregnancy, babies, toddlers and endless washing of nappies.</p> <p dir="ltr">Yvonne Doney - Was too busy being a wife/parent to notice.</p> <p dir="ltr">Harriott Smedley - Yes, the best time of my life. I had met John, we married in 1983 and had a wonderful life together - 40 years all up. I miss him everyday.</p> <p dir="ltr">Michele Garfield - Working hard and a bad break up with the man I lived with.</p> <p dir="ltr">Sharron Millsteed Barker - Married the best man in the world in the ‘80s and had the most gorgeous son.</p> <p dir="ltr">Diane Beatty - Working part time and coping with teenagers.</p> <p dir="ltr">Share some of your memories <a href="https://www.facebook.com/oversixtys/posts/pfbid02cHg9tugrVxTSzM3RFjmsVtYAHe2ovhdufEdfzSXZuc21yGDPzRMXugjn8Zy94Txyl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Yet again, the census shows women are doing more housework. Now is the time to invest in interventions

<p>The Australian Census numbers have been released, showing women typically do <a href="https://www.abs.gov.au/census/find-census-data/community-profiles/2021/AUS/download/GCP_AUS.xlsx">many more hours of unpaid housework</a> per week compared to men.</p> <p>It’s not a new development. In <a href="https://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/home/2016+Census+National">2016</a>, the “typical” Australian man spent less than five hours a week on domestic work, while the “typical” Australian woman spent between five and 14 hours a week on domestic work. Before that, the <a href="https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/7d12b0f6763c78caca257061001cc588/c0e6e1069c8d24e9ca257306000d5b04!OpenDocument">2006 census</a>showed, again, that more of the domestic workload is shouldered by women.</p> <p>So, in the 15 years since the Australian Census <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/census-to-count-unpaid-work-20060226-ge1ty0.html">started collecting</a> unpaid housework time, women are shown to do more than men. Every. Single. Time.</p> <p>What is unique about these latest census numbers is Australians filled out their surveys during one of the greatest disruptors to work and home life – the COVID pandemic.</p> <h2>Pandemic pressures</h2> <p>We have a breadth of <a href="https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?hl=en&amp;user=EHPbrxgAAAAJ&amp;view_op=list_works&amp;sortby=pubdate">research</a> showing the pandemic disrupted women’s – especially mothers’ – work and family lives, in catastrophic ways. </p> <p>Economic closures knocked women out of employment at <a href="https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/the-policy-lab/projects/projects/worsening">higher rates to men</a>, forcing them to rely more heavily on their savings and stimulus payments to make ends meet. All this while managing intensified housework, childcare and homeschooling.</p> <p>The <a href="https://read.dukeupress.edu/demography/article/59/1/1/286878/Research-Note-School-Reopenings-During-the-COVID">transition</a> to remote and hybrid learning meant mothers, not fathers, reduced their workloads to meet these newfound demands. </p> <p>Fathers picked up the slack in the home – doing <a href="https://theconversation.com/covid-forced-australian-fathers-to-do-more-at-home-but-at-the-same-cost-mothers-have-long-endured-154834">more housework</a> at the start of the pandemic and <a href="https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1097184X21990737">holding it</a> over time.</p> <p>Yet, as my colleagues Brendan Churchill and Lyn Craig <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/gwao.12497">show</a>, fathers increased their housework but so did mothers, meaning the gender gap in that time remained. </p> <p>So, while men should be applauded for doing more during the unique strains of the pandemic, we <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/gwao.12727">show</a> mothers were the true heroes of the pandemic, stepping into added labour at the expense of their health and well-being.</p> <p>Quite simply, the pandemic placed unparalleled pressures on Australian families. So it is perhaps no surprise our surveys are showing <a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/the-juggle-is-real-parents-want-greater-flexibility-in-return-to-office-20220325-p5a820.html">Australians are burnt out</a>.</p> <p>(As discussed in <a href="https://theconversation.com/dont-give-mum-chocolates-for-mothers-day-take-on-more-housework-share-the-mental-load-and-advocate-for-equality-instead-182330">previous articles</a>, the chore divide in same-sex relationships is generally found to be more equal. But some critiques suggests even then, equality may suffer <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/16/upshot/same-sex-couples-divide-chores-much-more-evenly-until-they-become-parents.html">once kids are involved</a>.)</p> <h2>Time for action</h2> <p>So, where to now? </p> <p>We pay upwards of <a href="https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/mediareleasesbyReleaseDate/1B9C46E8DBFC05FFCA25847D0080F9A2?OpenDocument">$640 million dollars</a> every five years to document Australia through the census. </p> <p>And, in each of these surveys we find the same result – women are doing more housework than men. </p> <p>This <a href="https://theconversation.com/sorry-men-theres-no-such-thing-as-dirt-blindness-you-just-need-to-do-more-housework-100883">parallels decades of research</a> showing women do more housework, even when they are employed full-time, earn more money and especially <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1741-3737.2008.00479.x">once kids hit</a>the scene.</p> <p>Men have increased their <a href="https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-21635-5_2">housework</a> and <a href="https://aifs.gov.au/aifs-conference/fathers-and-work">childcare contributions</a> over time and <a href="https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00113921211012737?journalCode=csia&amp;fbclid=IwAR0Vgrre91fTarMY_EFLmDl1iJk7hPms6p3FhfM0E0y52Bbe9bZqmJ7Gs1A">younger men want</a> to be more present, active and attentive in the home.</p> <p>Simply put: men want to step into greater care giving and women are suffering from “doing it all”.</p> <p>We have documented these trends for decades – enough. Now it is time for action.</p> <h2>Creating a fair future</h2> <p>These are the critical questions we are asking through <a href="https://www.unimelb.edu.au/futureofwork">The Future of Work Lab</a> at the University of Melbourne – how do we create a future that is fair to everyone, including women and mothers? </p> <p>A few key projects illuminate some of the next steps towards clear interventions. The first is to provide Australian families with a comprehensive safety net to support their care-giving lives.</p> <p>All of us will be, at some point, called upon to care for a loved one, friend, family member or colleague. At these moments, work becomes difficult and housework demands soar. </p> <p>So, providing <a href="https://theconversation.com/if-were-serious-about-supporting-working-families-here-are-three-policies-we-need-to-enact-now-105490">care-giving resources</a> beyond just paid time off is critical. This underscores the need for </p> <ul> <li>universal free high-quality childcare</li> <li>paid caregiver leave, and/or </li> <li>better and longer term cash payments for caregivers.</li> </ul> <p>Second, we need comprehensive policies that allow <a href="https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/flexible-families-workplace-equality">men to step</a> into care-giving roles without fear of retribution and penalty at work.</p> <p>Australians work more <a href="https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=AVE_HRS">annual hours</a>, on average, than their Canadian and United Kingdom counterparts, working hours more similar to the overwork culture of the United States. And, only <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/may/28/only-one-in-20-fathers-take-primary-parental-leave-in-australia">one in 20 Australian fathers</a> take paid parental leave following childbirth, an abysmal rate relative to other high-income countries. </p> <p>We can do better. </p> <p>The pandemic created the space for many men to step into larger care-giving roles with great pleasure and showed workplaces that flexible work is feasible.</p> <p>Next, the Australian workplace must become more supportive of men’s right to care.</p> <h2>Unpaid domestic work and the mental load</h2> <p>Finally, we must redress the challenges of unpaid domestic work and the <a href="https://theconversation.com/planning-stress-and-worry-put-the-mental-load-on-mothers-will-2022-be-the-year-they-share-the-burden-172599">mental load</a> on women’s physical, mental and <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13668803.2021.2002813">economic health and well-being</a>.</p> <p>Perhaps tech holds some solutions. </p> <p>The demand is clearly there with some super impressive women building out concrete tech solutions to reduce the mental load and unpaid domestic work - like <a href="https://getmelo.app/">Melo’s mental load app</a> or <a href="https://www.yohana.com/">Yohana’s virtual concierges</a>. </p> <p>Others are using old tech solutions – like <a href="https://www.fairplaylife.com/the-cards">Eve Rodsky’s Fair Play</a> cards – to help couples equalise the often unseen, and undervalued household chores. We are working on a research project to understand the impact of these different resources on families’ unpaid domestic loads and lives more broadly. </p> <p>The census is valuable in showing us we remain unchanged. </p> <p>But, now, is a time to invest in intervention and innovation to make us better versions of ourselves into the future.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images </em></p> <p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/yet-again-the-census-shows-women-are-doing-more-housework-now-is-the-time-to-invest-in-interventions-185488" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Conversation</a>. </em></p>

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5 times the Mona Lisa was threatened

<p dir="ltr">Since the <em>Mona Lisa</em> began hanging in the Louvre Museum in Paris in 1804, many have attempted to either vandalise or steal the priceless artwork. </p> <p dir="ltr">Leonardo da Vinci’s <em>Mona Lisa</em> is widely considered one of the most beloved artworks in the world, with millions of people each year flocking to see her elusive smile. </p> <p dir="ltr">This level of fame has left the <em>Mona Lisa</em> vulnerable to threats of vandalism and theft, with five notable attempts leaving the artwork subject to much higher security. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>1911: The <em>Mona Lisa</em> is stolen</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">In 1911, Italian handyman Vincenzo Peruggia and his two accomplices hid in a closet in the Louvre until the museum closed to steal the <em>Mona Lisa</em>. </p> <p dir="ltr">The artwork, which was considered a minor work by da Vinci at the time, was taken by the men and stashed in the floorboards beneath Peruggia’s Paris apartment. </p> <p dir="ltr">Two years after the theft, Peruggia attempted to sell the work to a dealer in Florence, Italy, who inevitably called the police on the thief. </p> <p dir="ltr">Peruggia spent six months in prison and the painting was returned to the Louvre. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>1956: A rock is thrown at the <em>Mona Lisa</em></strong></p> <p dir="ltr">In the year of 1956, the <em>Mona Lisa</em> was vandalised twice by two different assailants. </p> <p dir="ltr">First, the vandal attempted to take a razor blade to the painting, though no damage ended up being inflicted. </p> <p dir="ltr">Then, a Bolivian man named Hugo Unjaga Villegas tossed a rock at the painting. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I had a stone in my pocket and suddenly the idea to throw it came to mind,” he said at the time.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thankfully, the painting was already behind glass, meaning the rock did no permanent damage. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>1974: The <em>Mona Lisa</em> is nearly damaged while on tour in Tokyo</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">When da Vinci’s masterpiece was on display for a limited time at the National Museum in Tokyo, 1.15 million people came to see the painting. </p> <p dir="ltr">One of those people was Tomoko Yonezu, a 25-year-old Japanese woman who tried to spray paint the canvas in red on its first day on view.</p> <p dir="ltr">In the days before the opening, the presentation had been the subject of discussion among disability activists, who claimed that in refusing access to those who needed assistance in the name of crowd control, the National Museum was discriminating against the disabled. </p> <p dir="ltr">In an act of defiance, Yonezu managed to spray between 20 and 30 droplets of paint on the artwork, which was able to be restored. </p> <p dir="ltr">Yonezu was convicted of a misdemeanour and made to pay a fine of 3,000 yen, as the National Museum set aside a day when the disabled could exclusively visit the <em>Mona Lisa</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>2009: The <em>Mona Lisa </em>is hit with a teacup</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">On an otherwise ordinary day at the Louvre, a Russian woman came to the gallery in 2009 and smashed a teacup against the iconic artwork. </p> <p dir="ltr">She had come to the museum with the cup concealed in her bag, with representatives at Louvre claiming she had let loose because she had been denied French citizenship. </p> <p dir="ltr">Thanks once again to her glass case, the <em>Mona Lisa</em> was not damaged. </p> <p dir="ltr">Still, some took the attempted vandalism as proof that greater security was needed, as the Louvre eventually upgraded the glass on the <em>Mona Lisa</em> in 2019. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>2022: The <em>Mona Lisa </em>gets caked</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">In May 2022, the painting was targeted by climate change activists who <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/finance/legal/mona-lisa-gets-caked-in-climate-activist-stunt">smeared cake</a> on the protective glass of the artwork. </p> <p dir="ltr">The 36-year-old man who staged the vandalism had arrived at the museum in a wheelchair dressed as a woman, as some caught the aftermath of the event on video and posted it to social media. </p> <p dir="ltr">“There are people who are destroying the Earth,” the man said in one video, speaking in French. “All artists, think about the Earth. That’s why I did this. Think of the planet.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The man was immediately detained, and the Louvre has filed a criminal complaint, with the <em>Mona Lisa</em> once again remaining intact. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Own a slice of TV fame in Byron Bay’s hinterland

<p dir="ltr">Amileka, the striking, modern homestead won by <em>Love Island Australia </em>competitors Mitch Hibberd and Tina Provis in the show’s third season, has hit the market - and it could be all yours, as long as you’re willing to spend somewhere between $11.5 and $12.5 million.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-40997721-7fff-75a2-84e2-5bb289af27f3"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">The five-bedroom home at Federal in the Byron Bay hinterland sits on a sprawling 25 acres that hosts an 18-metre pool, a fire pit area, an orchard of limes, lemons, mandarins, and oranges, as well as a veggie garden, chooks and a 100-year-old blackbean tree often featured on the show.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CWXU0JlF4za/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; 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border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; 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Tragedy in Texas: 3 people in custody after 46 migrants found dead inside truck

<p>Three people have been taken into custody in Texas after the bodies of 46 migrants were found dead in a truck. </p> <p>Authorities are continuing to work at the scene in San Antonio's south-west where the vehicle was found with the 46 people dead inside, according to Fire Chief Charles Hood. </p> <p>Sixteen people, including 12 adults and four children, were found alive and have been rushed to hospital.</p> <p>Chief Hood added that the survivors were all suffering heat-related injuries. </p> <p>Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard confirmed two of the survivors were from Guatemala.</p> <p>The truck was found next to railway track in a remote area of San Antonio, as Ebrard confirmed the vehicle had EU number plates designed to circulate without inspection.</p> <p>"Very likely the responsibility of traffickers," he said.</p> <p>San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said a worker nearby heard a cry for help around 5pm Texas time and went to investigate.</p> <p>"(They) found a trailer with the doors partially open and opened them up to take a look and found a number of deceased individuals inside," McManus said.</p> <p>Chief Hood said one body was discovered outside the truck, with the remainder of the deceased people being found inside the trailer. </p> <p>McManus said three people have been taken into custody however it is not clear whether they are "absolutely connected or not".</p> <p>He also added the tragedy is now a federal investigation as police officials work to determine an official cause of death. </p> <p>San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg called it a "horrific human tragedy".</p> <p>"We hope those who are responsible for putting these people in such inhumane conditions are prosecuted to the full extent of the law," he said.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Five dead and dozens injured after stadium collapses during Colombian bullfight

<p dir="ltr">Dozens have been injured and at least five people have died during a bullfight in Colombia after the improvised wooden stadium collapsed.</p> <p dir="ltr">Footage shows the stands crumbling during a “correlaja”, an event where spectators jump into the ring to run alongside the bulls, in El Espina in Tolima as part of the annual San Juan and San Pedro festivities, per <em><a href="https://www.9news.com.au/world/colombia-stadium-collapse-multiple-fatalities-after-improvised-venue-crumples-during-bull-fight/3256acdc-3af3-4226-b9ea-0afdc1dc5e5a" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9News</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to reports, at least one bull has escaped the stadium into neighbouring streets.</p> <p dir="ltr">“At this moment, we have four (dead) victims confirmed - two women, an adult man and a minor - plus about 30 people seriously injured,” Governor Ricardo Orozco told local radio outlet BlueRadio Colombia.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-257bf633-7fff-b827-91a5-bf0574a854f1"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“Of course, we have activated all the hospitals and ambulances we can work with.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="es"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SOSEspinal?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SOSEspinal</a> necesitamos el apoyo de los organismos de socorro, ambulancia, médicos para atender la emergencia, hay una emergencia. <a href="https://twitter.com/DefensaCivilCo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DefensaCivilCo</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NoticiasCaracol?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NoticiasCaracol</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CanalRCN?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CanalRCN</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MONYRODRIGUEZOF?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MONYRODRIGUEZOF</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/cruzrojacol?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@cruzrojacol</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DCoronell?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DCoronell</a> <a href="https://t.co/2BI5sEuziS">pic.twitter.com/2BI5sEuziS</a></p> <p>— Ivan Ferney Rojas M. (@IvanRojasCR) <a href="https://twitter.com/IvanRojasCR/status/1541134357565476868?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 26, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">However, there are fears the number of injured could be much higher, with Major Luis Fernando Vélez, director of the civil defence department, telling a local radio station that “there is talk of 500 wounded”.</p> <p dir="ltr">A statement released by the Mayor’s Office of Espinal said they “deeply regret what happened in the building”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We want to call for calm to the entire community,” it read.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Once the emergency became known, the relief agencies acted immediately, achieving the evacuation of the injured for primary care at the San Rafael Hospital in the municipality.”</p> <p dir="ltr">But, one local councillor told newspaper <em>El Tiempo</em> that local hospitals are struggling to cope with the influx of patients.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-fac3fd25-7fff-d9f7-5fdc-dc8ba1b8829c"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“We still need support from ambulances and neighbouring hospitals, many people are still unattended,” Iván Ferney Rojas told the publication.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="es">Espero que todas las personas afectadas por el derrumbe de la plaza de El Espinal puedan salir airosas de sus heridas.</p> <p>Esto ya había sucedido antes en Sincelejo. </p> <p>Le solicito a las alcaldías no autorizar más espectáculos con la muerte de personas o animales. <a href="https://t.co/dMAq6uqlKX">pic.twitter.com/dMAq6uqlKX</a></p> <p>— Gustavo Petro (@petrogustavo) <a href="https://twitter.com/petrogustavo/status/1541138473532493826?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 26, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The incident has also brought bullfighting into the spotlight, with president-elect Gustavo Petro calling for the events to stop.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This has already happened before in Sincelejo,” he tweeted.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I ask the mayors not to authorise more shows with the death of people or animals.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Orozco also confirmed on <a href="https://twitter.com/Ricardo_Orozv/status/1541169975439892488" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitter</a> that the incident is being attended to by the departmental risk management committee and extraordinary security council.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-dce2ef09-7fff-1623-916a-0a3f34b6f23c"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: 9News</em></p>

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Four people injured in stabbing frenzy

<p dir="ltr">Four members of the public have been horrifically stabbed in what police have described as an “isolated” incident. </p> <p dir="ltr">The alleged offender randomly stopped four people in Murrays Bay on Auckland's North Shore about 11.18am on Thursday before stabbing them with “quite a large knife”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Another member of the public stepped in and stopped the alleged attacker with a clutch before police apprehended him. </p> <p dir="ltr">Luckily, none of the victims were severely injured but are being treated in hospital. </p> <p dir="ltr">Waitematā district commander Superintendent Naila Hassan commended the random person’s efforts, saying it could have been “a lot worse”. </p> <p dir="ltr">"This was an isolated incident," she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"This offender was on the move, he was on foot, it started in Murrays Bay [where he stabbed members of the public], and he continued to walk through to Mairangi Bay.</p> <p dir="ltr">"A number of members of the public were following him and eventually one of them intervened.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It could've been a lot worse and that's why I really need to acknowledge the bravery of those members of the public that intervened to bring this to a conclusion."</p> <p dir="ltr">Superintendent Hassan gave a special shoutout to the members of the public who helped prevent the situation from getting any worse.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I really need to acknowledge the bravery of the members of the public who intervened," she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">A thank you to the public was also released on the North Shore, Rodney &amp; West Auckland Police Facebook page.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We would like to acknowledge members of our community for their actions, who put aside their own personal safety to get involved in the events earlier today,” the statement read.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Whilst Police generally discourage intervening, we greatly appreciated their efforts today which undoubtedly prevented further harm.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We also want to thank those who called emergency services.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Understandably the community will be shaken by what has occurred today and I would like to reassure them that this was an isolated incident and we have the person responsible in custody. </p> <p dir="ltr">“There will be an increased Police presence across the community as a result of what has occurred.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We would like to thank the community for their patience as scene examinations and area canvases taking place.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The alleged attacker remains in North Shore Hospital under police guard where he is being treated for his injuries. He is yet to be charged.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: RNZ</em></p>

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The benefits of a night-long stopover on a long haul flight

<p dir="ltr">When it comes to long-haul flights, there is nothing easy about being stuck in a plane for hours on end. </p> <p dir="ltr">Flying is exhausting, and can impact us in many physical and mental ways.</p> <p dir="ltr">While boarding a plane is undoubtedly exciting as you jet off to begin your holiday, looking at a long flight ahead can also make you dread the air travel. </p> <p dir="ltr">One solution to these long, sleepless hours on a plane is to break up your travel with a night stopover along the way to your destination. </p> <p dir="ltr">Say you’re flying from Australia or New Zealand to somewhere in Europe, taking 24 hours to recharge in Asia can make all the difference. </p> <p dir="ltr">Here are just a few reasons that taking a night stopover on a long haul flight is something you should consider on your next overseas journey. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Adjusting to jet lag</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Flying from one side of the world to the other often means travelling through multiple time zones that can mess up your body clock. </p> <p dir="ltr">Stopping along the way can often help you ease into a new time zone a lot easier, even if the time in your stopover destination is different to your final stop. </p> <p dir="ltr">Taking a few hours off the plane and living in a new time zone often helps beat the jet lag when you arrive at your final destination, making the first days of your holiday a breeze.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Giving your body a break</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Air travel physically affects your body in many different ways. </p> <p dir="ltr">From dehydration, stress on your ears, swelling limbs, and exposing you to germs in the recycled air, the physical toll of flying is no joke. </p> <p dir="ltr">Taking a much needed break from these harsh elements can limit how long these effects hang around for. </p> <p dir="ltr">You are able to rewind these physical effects much quicker with a break in your air travel, meaning you are able to bounce back from the second leg of your trip easier to enjoy your time away. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Being able to rest and recharge</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">It's no secret that being able to get good quality sleep on a plane is near impossible. </p> <p dir="ltr">Having a night stopover along your journey means you can get a shower and good nights rest to make the rest of your journey feel like a walk in the park. </p> <p dir="ltr">Breaking up two long-haul flights with a sleep, refresh and good quality meal is sometimes all it takes to make air travel feel much easier. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Exploring somewhere new</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Stopping somewhere along the way to your final destination means you get to explore a new place that you might not have thought of visiting. </p> <p dir="ltr">Experiencing a new culture along the way to your holiday spot is a great way to discover new destinations, even if it’s only for a short while. </p> <p dir="ltr">You could easily fall in love with your stop-over destination and all it has to offer, giving you a reason to start booking your next holiday. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Eight-year-old girl hospitalised after e-scooter collision

<p dir="ltr">An eight-year-old girl has been left with serious injuries after being run over by a man on an e-scooter. </p> <p dir="ltr">Lilli Ritzka was walking along a footpath in North Coogee in Perth’s west on Sunday when she was hit by a rider doing 40km/h. </p> <p dir="ltr">She was flung almost 10m in the air leaving her with serious injuries to her forehead, cheek, nose and bottom lip. </p> <p dir="ltr">"The e-scooter was riding in the middle so he just crashed into me," little Lilli told <a href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/perth-e-scooter-crash-father-calls-tougher-laws/26ea4c13-6cd1-41e8-862d-a9d3795adb26" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nine News</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Her father Volker rushed her to hospital where she spent two nights there in fear of permanent scarring.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was a strong impact, a big, big scooter, a really heavy vehicle,” he told <a href="https://www.theaustralian.com.au/breaking-news/eightyearold-girls-very-shocking-and-very-painful-escooter-ordeal/news-story/41e6dbfdacf36fd756dd8be06b00a227" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Australian</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It could have been much worse easily.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Volker said the rider apologised but then rode off despite his best attempts at getting him to stay. </p> <p dir="ltr">A man in his 20s was later arrested but was released without charge. </p> <p dir="ltr">St John executive director ambulance operations Deon Brink said many riders are not adhering to the speed limit and almost all injuries involving e-scooters are serious. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Wear a helmet, abide by speed limits, ride responsibly and preferably not late at night or in the early hours of the morning,” he said. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Nine News</em></p>

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Investigations continue after 21 teens die in tavern

<p dir="ltr">South African police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the mysterious deaths of 21 people in a local tavern, as survivors describe trying to escape the jam-packed premises.</p> <p dir="ltr">Officials have ruled out a stampede as the cause of the deaths at Enyobeni Tavern in the town of East London, a provincial safety official told AFP news agency, as there were “no visible wounds”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Seventeen people died inside the bar, with another four later dying in hospital. </p> <p dir="ltr">Police minister Bheki Cele has said the youngest victim was just 13 years old, with the remaining victims ranging in age from 13-17 - though a detailed list of the victims hasn’t been produced yet, per the <em><a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-61941170" target="_blank" rel="noopener">BBC</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Unathi Binqose, a government official on safety, told the AAP that it is suspected that the cause of their deaths may have been in something they ate, drank, or inhaled while in the tavern.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It has never happened that our country loses children in this manner,” Elleck Nchabeleng, the chair of the parliamentary committee on education and technology, sports, arts and culture, said.</p> <p dir="ltr">It has been reported that those who went to the tavern were celebrating the end of school exams.</p> <p dir="ltr">Sinovuyo Monyane, one of the survivors who was hired to promote an alcohol brand, said she was still “confused” about what happened but felt lucky to be alive.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We tried moving through the crowd, shouting, ‘Please let us through,’ and others were shouting, ‘We are dying, guys,’ and ‘We are suffocating’ and ‘There are people who can’t breathe’,” she told AFP.</p> <p dir="ltr"> She later regained consciousness after water was sprayed on her.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I could have died,” the 19-year-old said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I saw two people, they died.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Luhlemela Ulana, a resident DJ who was also celebrating his birthday that night, said a rush of revellers forced their way into the already-packed venue.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though he turned off the music to discourage the revellers, it was to no avail.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-4629c71b-7fff-9d91-6fef-ef4446b21e56"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">South African President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his “deepest condolences” to the victims’ families.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">My deepest condolences go to the families of the 22 teenagers who lost their lives at a tavern in Scenery Park, East London, in the early hours of this morning.</p> <p>— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 (@CyrilRamaphosa) <a href="https://twitter.com/CyrilRamaphosa/status/1541018709594185733?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 26, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“This tragedy is made even more grave by its occurrence during Youth Month - a time during which we celebrate young people, advocate and advance opportunities for improved socio-economic conditions for the youth of our nation,” he wrote on Twitter.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-d54a7cee-7fff-d28b-51bd-583726f5a3dc"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Twitter</em></p>

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Sydney commuters warned of travel chaos

<p dir="ltr">Sydney commuters will once again face a disruptive commute this week due to industrial action. </p> <p dir="ltr">Travellers will see up to a 50 percent decrease in peak hour train services on Tuesday, as trains won’t travel any faster than 60km/h. </p> <p dir="ltr">From Wednesday, a whopping 75 percent of services will be cut as well as the reduction in speed for all trains. </p> <p dir="ltr">The protected industrial action comes as unions fight for the ongoing safety concerns for their employees, as well as refusing to drive the intercity fleet which was built in South Korea and deemed unsafe. </p> <p dir="ltr">Transport for NSW is urging commuters to limit their travel over the four day strike period and have warned that roads could be busier due to the industrial action.</p> <p dir="ltr">A significant reduction in Intercity and regional services to the Central Coast, Newcastle, Hunter, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South Coast lines is also expected on Thursday and Friday.</p> <p dir="ltr">A limited supply of buses will be available to help commuters to get to their required destination. </p> <p dir="ltr">Rail, Tram and Bus Union NSW secretary Alex Claassens said the industrial action was due to the government’s inaction.</p> <p dir="ltr">“All we want is for the government to deliver on the basic safety and workforce issues that we’ve been talking about for many months,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This has always been about safety for us.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Facebook</em></p>

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Nat Barr speechless over "disgusting" live tattoo reveal

<p>Sunrise hosts Natalie Barr and Michael Usher were left stunned on Monday morning, after their colleague Katie Brown debuted her “disgusting” tattoo live on-air.</p> <p>Katie, who is a sports reporter for <em>7NEWS Queensland</em>, revealed that she had “lost a bet” to her NSW colleague, Michelle Bishop after Queensland were defeated in the second State of Origin Game.</p> <p>“Sorry mum and dad, this is a morning of firsts,” she said, before lifting her sleeve to show a ‘GO THE BLUES’ tattoo on her left forearm.</p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/Tattoo-reveal.jpg" alt="" width="758" height="397" /></p> <p>“Yeah, it’s disgusting. It is so disgusting.”</p> <p>The hosts in the studio gasped at the reveal, while sports presenter Mark Berretta laughed in disbelief and remarked that she wouldn’t be allowed back in her home state.</p> <p>“I always told mum and dad I wouldn’t get a tattoo and look, it’s pretty real,” she added.</p> <p>Nat, who had been watching the situation unfold in complete shock, chimed in and asked Katie how late she had gotten the tattoo done.</p> <p>“How late? It was pretty early,” she replied with a laugh. “It was a quick job, It only took a couple of minutes actually. I was pretty impressed with the stencil work, it wasn’t freehand.”</p> <p>At the end of the segment, Michael told his fellow hosts that he’s excited to learn “what the revenge bet” will be for Michelle if Queensland wins the third State of Origin game in Cairns next month.</p> <p><em>Images: Sunrise</em></p>

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Writer's hilarious yet emotional obituary for her mother brings the internet to tears

<p>A writer has brought the internet to tears over her hilarious yet poignant obituary for her late mother. </p> <p>Caity Weaver, a journalist for the New York Times, posted the heartfelt tribute to her late mother, Dr. Maureen Brennan-Weaver, who passed away on June 14th in her hometown in Pennsylvania. </p> <p>Caity's post has since gone viral, in which she described her late mother as "riotously funny" and "pathologically generous".</p> <p>In the tribute to her mother, Caity described her amazing ability to find a good deal and how she would use this skill to treat her loved ones. </p> <p>"Maureen was six-foot and loved strays of all species," Caity wrote. "She could outthink any opponent, was riotously funny and pathologically generous."</p> <p>"If you mentioned a thing you liked, she'd get you 11 when she found them at a great price."</p> <p>"Maureen's true joys were helping people, and anyone anywhere saving money. She briefly employed a skilled housekeeper but found her a more lucrative job."</p> <p>"She clipped coupons for diapers and left them in the grocery store baby aisle. Decades ago, she acquired a huge box of toothbrushes for pennies on the dollar and has kept her family in toothbrushes ever since."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Got the worst news I’ve ever gotten last week. My mom and I made each other cry laughing all the time. I hate to think about all the deals she’s going to miss out on. I hope she guides me to the best sales forever. <a href="https://t.co/dZoWdIu86C">pic.twitter.com/dZoWdIu86C</a></p> <p>— Caity Weaver (@caityweaver) <a href="https://twitter.com/caityweaver/status/1539735766863069190?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 22, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>Caity spoke of her mother's fearlessness, saying, "Maureen had a cackle that crashed through rooms. She died before discovering what, if anything, she was afraid of."</p> <p>In the obit, which has been retweeted more than 32,000 times, the writer joked that her mum's death "shocked all who loved her" since she was "ahead of schedule for the first time in her life."</p> <p>She added that Maureen is remembered by her husband of 33 years, John, who she provided "selfless care" throughout his "prolonged infirmity."</p> <p>Caity went on to explain that Maureen, who worked as a podiatrist, was "treasured" by her patients, who often "showered her with homemade treats."</p> <p>"Dr. Brennan-Weaver could not stop herself from buying shoes for patients if she spotted just what they needed while shopping. She categorically did not do house calls, except for patients she 'really liked'."</p> <p>Caity concluded the tribute with an emotional statement about her mother, saying, "No amount of time with the astonishing Maureen would have been enough for her family and friends, though she gave us enough toothbrushes and memories to last several lifetimes. Oh, how we loved her!"</p> <p>Many users were moved by Caity's tribute to her mother, with readers saying it made them "laugh and cry at the same time".</p> <p>One person praised her obituary and offered condolences, saying, "I’m sorry for your loss, but it seems we are to be the beneficiary of a number of her fine qualities for some years to come."</p> <p>Another person said, "I can only dream of writing a tribute like this, that captures someone’s exuberance and boundless generosity. I’m so sorry for your loss. She sounds simply wonderful."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Twitter</em></p>

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Heartbroken husband speaks after honeymoon tragedy

<p>Grief stricken and heart-broken, the husband of Marina Morgan has shared an emotional tribute following the death of his new wife.</p> <p>Robbie Morgan was driving the buggy last Monday the 20th of June, when he and his wife of 10 days were involved in the tragic incident.</p> <p>Robbie is believed to have been performing a U-turn when it tipped over, resulting in Marina suffering fatal injuries.</p> <p>The 30-year-old Sydney man took to Facebook over the weekend to share a touching post in memory of his wife.</p> <p>“My heart is broken and my world shattered with the tragic loss of the most beautiful girl in the world.. my angel.. my saint.. my wife Marina Hanna,” he said..</p> <p>“My rock, my partner, my confidant, my angel, my saint, my everything! The world will never be the same…</p> <p>“I will love you forever and ever and EVER!”</p> <p>Meanwhile, Marina’s family have also shared their heartache following the tragic loss.</p> <p>“I will always love you sis. You will always be our angel. We miss you and are shattered,” her brother Mark Hanna posted on Facebook.</p> <p>Her brother-in-law Matthew Morgan paid tribute to the new wife of his brother Robbie Morgan.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfGU9NDJSlJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfGU9NDJSlJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Matty Morgan (@matty.morgan1)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“May your soul rest in paradise for all of eternity as you watch over us in the heavens above. I love you forever sis.”</p> <p>On Wednesday the 22nd of June, Hamilton Island resort operators issued a fresh statement, saying guests were encouraged to safely use golf buggies.</p> <p>“A number of different registered vehicle types including golf buggies operate to service the Island, all in accordance with Queensland Government road rules and requirements,” they said in a statement.</p> <p>“These are underpinned by our highest priority which is the safety and well-being of our guests, residents and staff.</p> <p>“Golf buggies on Hamilton Island, like other vehicles, are equipped with appropriate safety equipment including seatbelts and rules for operation.</p> <p>“Hamilton Island and Queensland Police enforce these rules and regulations and actively encourage all our guests, residents and staff to adopt a safety-first mindset when operating any vehicle on Hamilton Island."</p> <p><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Why carers need time out too

<p>When we think of “aged care”, all too often our thoughts leap to hard-working nurses caring for the elderly, either in respite centres, retirement villages or via in-home care. But what about the unsung heroes of aged care we don’t hear quite so much about?</p> <p>Those unsung heroes are the everyday family and informal carers who take the time to look after an older family member or loved one to ensure they are comfortable – and yet they often do so without receiving the support or help they deserve.</p> <p>In fact, incredibly, there are a surprising number of people in that position who aren't even aware they ARE considered official "carers", and as such are entitled to support for their own health and wellbeing.</p> <p>It’s so important for these carers to be given the chance to take a break from their responsibilities, so that they can continue to look after their loved ones properly.</p> <p>That’s why <a href="https://www.resthaven.asn.au/about-us/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Resthaven</a> places such an emphasis on looking to improve the quality of life not just for elderly Australians but also their carers.</p> <p>To this end, they offer quality residential aged care and in-home care services, retirement living, and wellness services in Adelaide and regional South Australia – all while campaigning to challenge the negative stereotypes that often come with aged care, and continuously looking to better their services.</p> <p><img class="alignnone wp-image-60627 size-full" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/O60_Resthaven-Carer-Photo-1.jpg" alt="Resthaven" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p>To begin with, there are a few basic questions that <a href="https://www.resthaven.asn.au/support-for-carers/about-carer-support/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Resthaven</a> asks so that carers are actually aware they are carers in the first place, and therefore entitled to valuable support.</p> <ul> <li>Do you provide daily support to a person without being paid?</li> <li>If you did not provide this support, would this person be unable to complete the tasks themselves? (Support may include shopping, paying bills, assisting with showering, making meals, providing transport etc.)</li> <li>Is the person unsafe when left alone for long periods of time?</li> <li>Has the person been diagnosed with dementia or a severe disability?</li> <li>Is the person you support frail or aged (over 65)?</li> </ul> <p>If any of these situations apply to you, then you are recognised as a carer and are entitled to support for your own health and wellbeing.</p> <p>Resthaven is committed to assisting carers alongside their everyday activities ranging from work, social engagement, an appointment, medical procedure, a volunteer commitment among other things.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-60632" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/O60_Resthaven-Carer-Photo-2.jpg" alt="Resthaven" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p>“A little respite support can sustain carers so they can continue their caring role, and the person they care for can stay living at home for longer,” a Resthaven spokesperson says.</p> <p>“Respite also provides carers and the people they care for with an experience of different care facilities that may be required in the future.”</p> <p>Resthaven offers caring, high-quality services for the person under your care and is also flexible to work around your schedule.</p> <p>The different types of respite on offer from Resthaven include:</p> <p><strong>In-home Respite<br /></strong>If the older person you’re caring for prefers to stay in their home, then Resthaven staff provide assistance by supporting their lifestyle. Support and activities are tailored depending on each individual as well as their needs, interests and requirements.</p> <p><img class="alignnone wp-image-60628 size-full" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/O60_Resthaven-Carer-Photo-4.jpg" alt="Resthaven" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p><strong>Group Respite</strong><br />Older people who are involved in group programs are able to take advantage of social clubs and group outings offered by Resthaven.</p> <p><strong>Respite Cottages</strong><br /><a href="https://www.resthaven.asn.au/carer-respites/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Respite cottages</a> are perfect for a day or short-term overnight getaway in one of Resthaven’s home-style environments. Respite cottages tailor planned group respite programs during the day according to the attendees’ needs and preferences. There is no minimum stay, instead a maximum stay of two weeks.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-60579" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/O60_Toorak-Respite-Cottage.jpg" alt="Resthaven" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p><strong>Carer Support Groups</strong><br />Carer Support Groups provide information, referrals, support groups, social groups, therapy and allied health services and counselling.</p> <p><strong>Residential Respite</strong><br /><a href="https://www.resthaven.asn.au/carer-respites/residential-respite/#map" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Residential respite</a> is available at any of Resthaven’s aged care homes across South Australia, with a minimum stay of two weeks to a maximum 63 days per year. Based on a member’s government assessment process and availability, a suitable place in Resthaven is then considered. A short period of residential respite offers carers the opportunity to have a break, a holiday, or simply some time out from their busy schedule. The person being cared for will be able to access the benefits of the site’s activities, social programs, library and internet café.</p> <p><img class="alignnone wp-image-60630 size-full" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/O60_Resthaven-Carer-Photo-3.jpg" alt="Resthaven" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p>So if you’re in need of support or would simply like to know more about Resthaven’s aged care options, now’s the time to find out how they can be of service to you.</p> <p><em>All images: Courtesy of Resthaven.</em></p> <p><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with <a href="https://www.resthaven.asn.au/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Resthaven</a>.</em></p>

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If you’re renting, chances are your home is cold. With power prices soaring, here’s what you can do to keep warm

<p>If you’re feeling the cold this winter, you’re not alone. About a quarter of all Australians have trouble keeping their homes warm enough in winter. That figure is likely to soar this year, due to poor quality housing and the rapidly escalating energy crisis. </p> <p>Renters are particularly at risk, but our research has shown many home owners are in the same boat as well. We’ve collected data over the last few years on how many Australians have cold homes, find it <a href="https://theconversation.com/forget-heatwaves-our-cold-houses-are-much-more-likely-to-kill-us-83030">difficult to stay warm</a>, and can’t afford their heating bills. </p> <p>What counts as cold? The World Health Organization recommends a <a href="https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-CED-PHE-18.10">minimum home temperature</a> of 18℃ for health and wellbeing. About a fifth of Australian renters, for example, <a href="https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-022-01136-5">have cold homes</a>. Our <a href="https://able.adelaide.edu.au/housing-research/research/healthy-housing-cre/cold-in-australian-homes#0">current research</a> has shown this applies to home owners as well, with 26% of people across all housing types unable to stay warm at least half of the time during winter. </p> <p>Australia’s energy crisis is likely to see soaring rates of energy poverty, meaning being unable to keep your home warm or cool enough. Here’s why this is such a problem – and what you can do about it. </p> <h2>Cold homes affect our health</h2> <p>If you’re cold at home, you have a higher risk of developing <a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00484-017-1379-0">respiratory problems</a>and <a href="https://journals.lww.com/jhypertension/fulltext/2014/08000/Stronger_association_of_indoor_temperature_than.8.aspx?casa_token=TFv1eApy3hQAAAAA:9tc6eHiZCAk72mWgrmcgSxQT7kLczUDd7XNpXvNvoIFcMF6pJPSGpORK3SI-Veu4oc994saGXCWuJFBCs3pYN4g">high blood pressure</a>. People in the coldest homes face a higher risk of <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935114003661?casa_token=vWpvR-oc8iMAAAAA:q72pW312N2oWIm1Gf9jpTTGUr3sH8uM_DankOAVzziVRT8_OPPnPjxJzDIC_x5j4Pr7O_Uuq">dying in winter</a>. Cold can have a flow-on impact on our health system, which is already struggling.</p> <p>Australia’s south-east has had the coldest start to winter <a href="https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2022/06/09/cold-winter-weather-australia/">in decades</a>. Melbourne hasn’t been this cold this early since 1949, while Sydney hasn’t seen these temperatures in early June since 1989.</p> <h2>Double trouble: cold weather and the energy crisis</h2> <p>If you’ve been hit by the recent cold snap, chances are you’ll have been reminded how cold your home can get. This is not a surprise given how badly <a href="https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/research-data-and-insights/research/energy-efficiency-and-reducing-emissions/household-retrofit-trials">existing homes</a> and <a href="https://theconversation.com/australias-still-building-4-in-every-5-new-houses-to-no-more-than-the-minimum-energy-standard-118820">new housing</a> perform in keeping an even temperature.</p> <p>The cold has made many people doubly worried, because the energy required to heat our leaky, poorly insulated homes is about to get <a href="https://theconversation.com/expect-more-power-price-hikes-a-1970s-style-energy-shock-is-on-the-cards-183911">very expensive</a>. </p> <p>Early results from <a href="https://able.adelaide.edu.au/housing-research/research/healthy-housing-cre/cold-in-australian-homes#0">our survey</a> of over 350 Australians found 25% of people were experiencing shortages of money to the point they will be unable to adequately heat their homes. One third of our respondents said energy was unaffordable. Some reported making trade-offs, such as skimping on food or healthcare to pay energy bills. </p> <p>These people are experiencing energy poverty, where a household is unable to properly heat or cool their home or face significant financial difficulty doing so. </p> <p>While data about energy poverty in Australia is patchy, we know around 180,000 households <a href="https://vcoss.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Persistent-Energy-Hardship-FINAL-Web-Single-Page.pdf">in Victoria</a> had persistent bill payment issues as of 2018, and 45,000 households were consistently unable to heat their homes. </p> <h2>Energy price increases hit lower income households hardest</h2> <p>Lower income households are more at risk from the cold. That’s because they’re more likely to live in homes that are in <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10852352.2016.1197714?casa_token=D_2YbBQ9wRkAAAAA%3A5Z_XqM42cmGunbSwhVJ-EaaHrtV4w3nORhDq9ZoaqAMBx700PldV7_9VVPdAWy7mm2hi3KYLOij3">poor condition</a> and hard to heat. One quarter of low income households told us they struggle to stay warm. Insulation may be a key factor, with 25% of our respondents reporting their rental properties did not have insulation. </p> <p>Insulation matters, because heat escapes homes through <a href="https://www.yourhome.gov.au/passive-design/glazing">single-pane windows</a>, or poorly insulated walls and ceilings. As a result, poorly insulated homes <a href="https://environmentvictoria.org.au/resource/10-tips-warm-house/">cost more to heat</a>. </p> <p>This makes life harder for low income renters, given they have little control over insulation or other home modifications. Worse still, heaters that are cheap to buy are often the most <a href="https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/top-tips-improve-home-energy-efficiency/#:%7E:text=Shoot%20for%20the%20stars%3A%20Top%20tips%20to%20improve%20your%20home's%20energy%20efficiency,-26.11.21%20By&amp;text=Compared%20to%20a%206%2Dstar,amount%20of%20electricity%20we%20use.">expensive to run</a>. </p> <p>While an efficient reverse cycle air conditioner would save money and heat the space better over the longer term, it is often difficult for renters to negotiate installation with property managers or landlords – especially given the intense competition for rentals at present in many cities. That can mean renters will suffer in silence, unwilling to ask for something that will make their lives better.</p> <h2>What can renters do?</h2> <p>Low income renters face real threats from energy poverty this year. While we need systemic change to improve the outlook for Australia’s renters, there are low-cost DIY ways to improve how <a href="https://www.yourhome.gov.au/">your house retains heat</a> this winter. </p> <p>The first step: check your current heating appliances are working efficiently. Many people don’t clean the filters on their reverse cycle air conditioners. This makes them less efficient, and can drive up energy bills.</p> <p>Poorly sealed windows and doors make it hard to stay warm. </p> <p>Using <a href="https://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/heating-and-cooling/insulated-curtains.htm">thermal curtains</a>, and keeping them closed makes a big difference. Putting a piece of plywood or even a scarf between the curtain rail and the wall to make a <a href="https://environmentvictoria.org.au/2011/07/05/take-the-chill-out-of-winter-with-diy-pelmets/">DIY pelmet</a> also helps keep the heat in. If you have single glazed windows, consider <a href="https://renew.org.au/renew-magazine/buyers-guides/window-buyers-guide/">window films</a> as a way to improve performance for a fraction of the cost of double glazed windows.</p> <p><a href="https://blog.csiro.au/draught-proof-house/">Sealing the cracks</a> around windows, under doors and around the wider home is also important. Silicon or expanding foam can be used for gaps and cracks. Draughts under doors can be stopped with door seals or door snakes.</p> <p>Close the doors to your bathroom, laundry and other rooms not in use to keep the heat where you need it most. Hanging a blanket over a doorway can also be a cheap way to seal off a room and concentrate heat.</p> <p>It’s also worth checking what rebates and concessions your state government or council is offering. These might include energy efficiency improvements or extra help with heating costs. If you’re renting, your home must meet <a href="https://www.energy.vic.gov.au/energy-efficiency/minimum-rental-standards">minimum standards</a>, so make sure you check what you are entitled to as these vary by state. </p> <p>Everyone deserves a warm home. Our health and well-being depend on it. Building new, energy efficient homes is only part of the answer. We also have to make our 10.8 million <a href="https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/economy/price-indexes-and-inflation/total-value-dwellings/latest-release#:%7E:text=Total%20value%20of%20dwelling%20stock,-Download&amp;text=Range%3A%206400000%20to%2010400000.&amp;text=End%20of%20interactive%20chart.&amp;text=The%20preliminary%20estimate%20of%20the,in%20the%20December%20quarter%202021.">existing dwellings</a> warmer.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/if-youre-renting-chances-are-your-home-is-cold-with-power-prices-soaring-heres-what-you-can-do-to-keep-warm-184472" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Conversation</a>. </em></p>

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The skincare essential you’ve probably never heard of

<p dir="ltr">When it comes to anti-ageing skincare, there are a lot of things to consider when questioning what products are right for your skin. </p> <p dir="ltr">As the harsh winter months continue to wreak havoc on our skin, there is a vital ingredient you should be looking for that not only helps to rewind the visible signs of ageing, but also helps to keep your skin hydrating and radiant. </p> <p dir="ltr">Enter peptides: the unsung hero of all your skincare needs. </p> <p dir="ltr">Collagen peptides are short chains of amino acids that are the building blocks for collagen, keratin, and elastin. These precious proteins are the ingredients that give your skin that luminous younger-looking skin. </p> <p dir="ltr">Utilising peptides in your skincare is an easy way to absorb collagen into your skin to improve the skin barrier, reduce wrinkles, create elastic skin, ease inflammation and clear pesky break outs. </p> <p dir="ltr">While peptides are a vital part of skincare, sometimes one isolated ingredient isn’t enough. </p> <p dir="ltr">That’s why esmi Skin Minerals, a vegan and cruelty free Australian-owned brand, have perfected their new products with a specialised multi-ingredient approach. </p> <p dir="ltr">The two new products released by esmi Skin Minerals are a match made in heaven, with ingredients targeting anti-ageing and overall skin improvement. </p> <p dir="ltr">First up is the <a href="https://www.esmi.com.au/collections/esmi-shop/products/esmi-firming-face-moisturiser">esmi Skin Minerals Firming Moisturiser</a>: a lightweight moisturiser to revitalise and illuminate. </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ce10jbehZAL/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ce10jbehZAL/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by esmi® Reset Your Skin 🇦🇺Aussie (@esmiskinminerals)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">This moisturiser feeds your skin with peptides to help smooth and restore skin, bakuchiol to help stimulate skin cell renewal and improve tone, and Butterfly Pea Extract: an antioxidant to reduce inflammation.</p> <p dir="ltr">Partnered with this revolutionary moisturiser is the <a href="https://www.esmi.com.au/products/esmi-golden-anti-ageing-serum">esmi Skin Minerals Golden Anti-Ageing Serum</a>, which aims to enrich the skin deeply and visibly plump fine lines and brighten.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Cd4hf2kvURO/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Cd4hf2kvURO/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by esmi® Reset Your Skin 🇦🇺Aussie (@esmiskinminerals)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">This serum feeds your skin with peptides to help smooth and restore skin, Vitamin C to brighten complexion, Soy Protein to help condition the skin, and Vitamin E to moisturise and strengthen the skin barrier.</p> <p dir="ltr">With the help of these new esmi Skin Minerals products, your skin is destined to be looking younger and radiant as ever through the winter months and beyond. </p> <p dir="ltr">These products, along with the entire esmi Skin Minerals collection, are available exclusively on the <a href="https://www.esmi.com.au/">official esmi website</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Readers Respond: What is your favourite memory of your parents?

<p dir="ltr">Growing up we were constantly scolded for not spending enough time with our parents.</p> <p dir="ltr">That still stands true today with most, if not all of us, having our heads stuck in our electronic devices not paying attention to anyone. </p> <p dir="ltr">Admittedly, it’s sad. Before you know it, your loved ones have grown old or have gone.</p> <p dir="ltr">Let's cherish your memories together and see what the OverSixty readers shared about their favourite memory about their parents. </p> <p dir="ltr">Mary Perrott - Sitting by the fire and mum telling us stories of when she was a little girl growing up in Poland.</p> <p dir="ltr">Beverley Asmus - Watching my parents gazing into each other’s eyes while dancing. I was 13 and it was apparent how my father adored my mother.</p> <p dir="ltr">Evelyn Hampton - I remember my dad sitting on the floor in front of the open fire while mum shelled peanuts and popped them into dad's mouth, they loved their peanuts. When I was in my late twenties I was out with my parents and as dad wasn't much of a dancer mum was dancing with one of her brothers-in-law, dad came over to me and put his arm around me and said "Just look at your mum, isn't she lovely.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Bethne Crisafulli - Every moment they were together. Their love was tangible. It gave me a pattern for my own beautiful marriage. They were much older than I when they met and were blessed to have had ten more years together than I did. </p> <p dir="ltr">Anne Butler - Playing checkers with my dad on the front porch. Me performing amazing acrobatics on the front lawn and him cheering and marveling at my skill!. Love my Dad.</p> <p dir="ltr">Sharon Crager - Mum and the many batches of Christmas fudge I helped her make every year. She made it for everyone, except me. I could make mine because she had taught me. She had just watched me. Dad kept all my cards and notes I had given him all my life  in a drawer. I found them after he passed. That was special. </p> <p dir="ltr">Judy Stokes - My dad and I going to Rosehill races together or greyhound racing. Mum didn’t like it so I went and just loved being with him. Dad died Valentine’s Day in 2000. I miss him so much.</p> <p dir="ltr">Lynn Schrandt - Singing in the car going to the beach each weekend.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pauline Waterworth Skinner - So loving and supportive!</p> <p dir="ltr">Beryl Martin - The love that was always in the house. </p> <p dir="ltr">Lyn Hurtig - Mum's cooking and dad's kindness.</p> <p dir="ltr">Share your memories <a href="https://www.facebook.com/oversixtys/posts/pfbid0Ms8CUHUmatE52Vtce9g6EDL8LmPBfakT219GeJeYZysRDYgJ7PDUvShyVwEK5bcml" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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The 10 best emotional support dogs

<p><strong>What is an emotional support dog?</strong></p> <p>Emotional support animals (ESA) provide comfort and attention and can be any species from the animal kingdom. We’re most familiar with dogs as being the primary animal to fill this role. When people care for their dog, whether feeding, grooming, or walking, it creates a sense of purpose and can distract attention away from the things causing anxiety and other mental health issues. And while dogs can’t offer advice, they are excellent listeners (or at least appear to be) – and that’s a tremendous help for those who want to talk it out without being judged.</p> <p><strong>Can emotional support dogs really make a difference?</strong></p> <p>Dog lovers inherently understand that dogs make people feel better. When we pet a dog, it brings a smile to our faces, our blood pressure goes down, and stress and anxiety fade into the background even during a chance encounter.</p> <p>Even so, it’s validating to know that some studies show companion dogs can decrease anxiety and depression and improve overall mental health. A 2018 review published in BMC Psychiatry included 17 studies that featured measurable evidence relating to the ups and downs of pet ownership, how people connect with pets, the multiple ways companion animals help mental health conditions, and the psychological impact of losing a companion animal. In a nutshell, the review found pets provide benefits to those with mental health conditions.</p> <p>A more recent study conducted at the University of Toledo showed people who adopted companion animals experienced reduce depression, anxiety and loneliness. Though more research is needed, so far, studies point to companion animals as being a beneficial partner in human health and well-being.</p> <p><strong>What makes a good emotional support breed?</strong></p> <p>“The most important aspect to consider is the connection between the dog and the owner,” says Angela Logsdon-Hoover, ABCDT, a certified dog trainer and canine behaviourist.</p> <p>In her experience, the person’s current dog is the best fit for the person who needs an ESA. “The dog already has a strong bond and the dog likely already naturally picks up on the owner’s stress response to triggers and can offer calm, comfort and security,” says Logsdon-Hoover. If a person doesn’t have a dog, the connection factor is equally important when looking for an emotional support dog. Additionally, the dog should already have good doggy manners at home, in public, and with other people and dogs. If not, you can learn together with basic obedience training.</p> <p>Ideally, emotional support dogs are tuned into their human and react accordingly to what their person says or does, whether that’s with a celebratory dance, cuddling on the couch, or crying when they’re having a tough time.</p> <p>With that in mind, our experts shared some of their favourites. Note that this is by no means an exclusive list. Any breed – or mixed breed for that matter, has the potential to be an excellent emotional support dog.</p> <p><strong>Cavalier King Charles Spaniel</strong></p> <p>Cavaliers were initially created to be companions dogs, so their genetics run deep as warm-hearted comforters. They are undeniably cute, well-mannered, and petite in size, making them <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/13-best-apartment-dogs" target="_blank" rel="noopener">great apartment dogs</a>. “For people who want the companionship of their emotional support dog in a metropolitan area, the Cavalier King Charles spaniel is a good pick for a canine friend,” says Stacy Chocznski Johnson, DVM. They love adults, children and animals and are “irresistible to pet on a city street,” says Dr Chocznki Johnson. They could act as an ice breaker and help socially awkward situations and reassure or console you when you’re back at home.</p> <p><strong>Labrador Retriver</strong></p> <p>As one of the most popular dog breeds, it’s no shocker the loveable Labrador retriever is also a top-notch emotional support dog. As temperament goes, they’re happy, laid-back, and nothing seems to bother them much. They are trustworthy, dependable and always there to lick your face – or your ice cream cone. “This breed is super food motivated,” says Nicole Ellis, a certified professional dog trainer. Because of this, it’s easy to train them and teach them helpful tasks, such as laying beside you, resting their head on you, or providing deep pressure therapy, which is used to help reduce anxiety. It can be brought about by hugging, weighted blankets, and yes, by brushing a dog or a dog laying across your body, Ellis explains.</p> <p><strong>Corgi</strong></p> <p>“Corgis are happy, playful, easygoing dogs, making them a great choice for an emotional support dog,” says Dr Chocznski Johnson. “Watching a Corgi play can bring entertainment and joy to anyone. Seeing them zip around with their short legs and rotund hind ends can easily bring a smile to your face.” And you can have your pick of two types of Corgis – the Cardigan Welsh Corgi or the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. The Cardigan is slightly larger and has a fox-like bushy tail and the Pembroke, a docked tail. They do share similar temperaments – fun-loving, playful, clever and affectionate with a touch of boldness. After all, they are classified as herding dogs and have a strong instinct to protect their human.</p> <p><strong>The Great Pyreness</strong></p> <p>“If you find stress relief in repetitive motions like hair brushing, this is the perfect breed, as they require a significant amount of grooming for their thick luxurious coat,” says Dr Choczynski Johnson. And at around 45 kilograms, there’s going to be a lot of hair. (If you’re not keen on heavy shedding and brushing, consider one of these equally cute <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/pets/25-dog-breeds-that-dont-shed-that-much" target="_blank" rel="noopener">dog breeds that don’t shed too much</a>.) The Great Pyrenees is also exceptionally calm and mellow, and they’re not particularly active, which makes them a good fit for someone who prefers a leisurely stroll over countless rounds of fetch.</p> <p><strong>Poodles</strong></p> <p>Of the three sizes of poodles, the standard poodle is the largest at around 22 to 27kg. If you’ve ever seen a poodle in the show ring, you may think they look too “foo-foo” and self-absorbed to be emotional support dogs. Not a chance – they are actually quite lovey-dovey, eager to please, and easy to be around you 24/7. When it comes to grooming, poodles have hair that grows like humans. “These non-shedding dogs are often goofy and have an uplifting personality, which will surely rub off and brighten your day. They’re also super smart and can usually read their pet parents,” says Ellis. With proper care and nutrition, they’ll be by your side for years to come because poodles are one of the <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/pets/dog-breeds-that-live-longest" target="_blank" rel="noopener">dog breeds that live the longest</a>.</p> <p><strong>Great Danes</strong></p> <p>The Great Dane makes quite an impression with its towering physique. That may be very appealing for someone who wants a four-legged bodyguard or a buffer zone when interacting with other people. The Great Dane is by no means unfriendly, but as a guard dog breed, their loyalty, protection and affection lie with you first. They tend to be aloof with people they don’t know, yet incredibly friendly with their human. “I love Great Danes, as they truly are gentle giants. Their affection and compassion is endless, and being so large a good snuggle can help with some deep pressure therapy,” says Ellis.</p> <p><strong>Maltese</strong></p> <p>If you’re looking for a silky white pint-size cuddle bug with big expressive eyes, the Maltese might be the emotional support dog for you. When they’re not cosying up on your lap, they are the life of the party, even if it’s just a party for the two of you. “The Maltese is a good choice for a single adult, as they tend to have a favourite person that they attach to,” says Dr Choczynski Johnson. They can’t give therapeutic advice, but they’ll comfort and soothe you with a lick or muzzle snuggle. As an emotional support animal, the Maltese is probably nearby most of the time.</p> <p><strong>Golden Retriever </strong></p> <p>The golden retriever’s number one skill set is loyalty, says Dr Choczynski Johnson. “Their classic cuddle involves a heart-melting heavy chin on the lap and an upward gaze. This form of bonding and emotional support, pair with unbridled enthusiasm when arriving home makes the golden retriever a great candidate,” she says. A routine of feeding, walking and grooming a dog provides stability. They are excited to see you, but like all dogs, also eager to stretch their legs and get some exercise – and after you take a pleasant stroll together and a few rounds of fetch, the golden will be content to hang out with you.</p> <p><strong>Yorkshire Terrier</strong></p> <p>In addition to being one of the cutest lap dogs, the Yorkie is a blue-chip candidate as an emotional support dog for many reasons. For starters, Yorkies are portable. They’re petite puptarts at just 2-3kg and 20cm tall – perfect for when you need a spunky and confident sidekick to help you navigate social situations that make you feel uneasy. At home, they’re playful, energetic and oh-so affectionate snugglers. Yorkies aren’t intimidating guard dogs by any means, but by nature, they are very protective of their human. As such, they are first-rate watchdogs and will alert you of anything suspicious with a hearty bark.</p> <p><strong>Mixed Breeds</strong></p> <p>There’s no getting around it. Mixed breed dogs are some of the cutest dogs on the planet and often the best of many breeds. In addition to being adorable, a mixed breed can check all your boxes, whether you want an active dog to get you out of the house or a <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/pets/15-lazy-dog-breeds-that-are-expert-nappers" target="_blank" rel="noopener">champion napper</a> for cosy nights in. They all have the potential to be loyal and affectionate. Plus, mixed breeds tend to be the healthiest of many breeds because they come from a wider gene pool and are less prone to hereditary issues. <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/pets/15-surprising-benefits-of-adopting-a-shelter-dog" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Adopting a dog from a shelter has surprising benefits for you too.</a> “Rescuing a dog can sometimes have even greater meaning emotionally, as many times, after some time has passed, it may feel like they actually rescued you,” says Ellis.</p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Claims political parties are illegal deemed “obvious nonsense”

<p dir="ltr">The leader of the unregistered AustraliaOne Party has claimed that political parties are actually illegal under the Australian constitution - but experts have hit back, declaring his claims as false and “obvious nonsense”.</p> <p dir="ltr">In a video interview shared on Facebook and YouTube, Riccardo Bosi makes the claim that “parties are actually illegal under the constitution”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Just because we have it doesn’t mean it’s legal… The constitution actually says you must direct the elector - that’s you, don’t call yourself a voter, call yourself an elector - the elector must directly elect their representative,” he says at around the four-minute mark of the nearly two-hour-long <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcNiPDmSymQ&amp;ab_channel=NUNN2K" target="_blank" rel="noopener">video</a>.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-2d78716f-7fff-296d-29cb-77ce4be09961"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“Now, when you put a party in there, it has interposed itself between the elector and the representative, which is unconstitutional.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/politics-whacko1.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Riccardo Bosi (right) says that political parties are unconstitutional in Australia. Image: YouTube</em></p> <p dir="ltr">Experts have since weighed in, with Professor Graeme Orr, an expert in electoral law at the University of Queensland, telling <em><a href="https://www.aap.com.au/factcheck/party-on-constitution-claim-judged-as-utter-nonsense/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">AAP FactCheck</a></em> that Mr Bosi’s claims were “obvious nonsense at many levels”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The claim that political parties are illegal under the Australian Constitution is false,” Dr Ben Saunders, an associate professor at Deakin Law School, said, adding that “the constitution does not attempt to prohibit the existence of political parties in any way”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Professor Orr explained that Mr Bosi’s argument that “the elector must directly elect their representative” also has no bearing on whether political parties exist and that it refers to having elections.</p> <p dir="ltr">“‘Directly’ chosen simply means there must be an election with the names of possible MPs on the ballot,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Bosi’s claims come after he unsuccessfully stood for the seat of Greenway in western Sydney during May’s federal election, receiving just <a href="https://tallyroom.aec.gov.au/HouseDivisionPage-27966-122.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3.25 percent</a> of votes.</p> <p dir="ltr">Under Section 15 of the constitution, which is the only part to explicitly mention political parties, it notes that if a senator leaves a vacancy and “he was publicly recognised by a particular political party as being an endorsed candidate of that party”, the person who fills that vacancy “shall… be a member of that party”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Citing this section, Professor Anne Twomey, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Sydney, told <em>AAP </em>it is “implausible to argue that political parties are illegal under the constitution”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Even Australia’s first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton, was a member of a political party called the Protectionist Party.</p> <p dir="ltr">Dr Saunders added: “Far from being illegal, the existence of parties was in fact a key assumption upon which our constitution was built.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7cdd6b56-7fff-6547-4036-195040c6abd7"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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“You are disgusting”: Prince William accuses man of stalking his children

<p dir="ltr">The Cambridges seem to be embroiled in a row with YouTube, after the family claim a video that breaches their privacy has been viewed thousands of times despite attempts to block it.</p> <p dir="ltr">The video, which clocked 20,000 views on Monday according to the <em><a href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/you-are-disgusting-duke-of-cambridge-confronts-stalker-who-came-looking-for-his-children/G2V23LT2HCTYNTOZKGGDJBUQ44/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">NZ Herald</a></em>, shows Prince William confronting a photographer after he was filmed on a bike ride with his family near Sandringham, Norfolk, sometime last year.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-a49da7cc-7fff-6cab-c9d3-8092ba55f520"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">William is seen reproaching the man, who was videoing the prince, while Kate and their three children are off-camera nearby.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Obsessed with Prince William kicking off <a href="https://t.co/NgKgyU5eLZ">pic.twitter.com/NgKgyU5eLZ</a></p> <p>— I Don't Know Her (@l_dont_know_her) <a href="https://twitter.com/l_dont_know_her/status/1541554976689897474?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 27, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“If you want to have this altercation we can have this altercation,” William says in the clip, while appearing to be calling someone on his mobile phone.</p> <p dir="ltr">Kate can be heard in the background, telling the man, “We came with our children.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“I know, I know, I just realised who it was and I’ve stopped,” the man said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You didn’t, you’re out here looking for us,” William replied.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You drove past us outside our house, I saw you,” Kate said, which the man denied doing. </p> <p dir="ltr">The man claimed he wasn’t following the family, to which William replies: “Yes you are, you are stalking around here looking for our children”.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Duke of Cambridge then references the incident where the man followed the family while on a bike ride, lashing out when the man denies following them.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You are outrageous, you are disgusting, you really are. How dare you behave like that,” William says.</p> <p dir="ltr">The short clip was uploaded over the weekend, over a year after the incident occurred.</p> <p dir="ltr">Kensington Palace has responded by claiming the clip is a breach of the family’s privacy, with William shown to be on a private bike ride with his family, who were blurred out in the video.</p> <p dir="ltr">It is understood that staff are seeking the removal of the video in line with their usual policy about privacy, which seems to have been successful as of publication.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, versions of the clip continue to circulate on other social media platforms, including TikTok and Twitter.</p> <p dir="ltr">The balance between William’s family’s privacy and their roles in the public eye is something he has spent many years negotiating with the British media, in which he has authorised a small number of photographs of the children to be released each year while insisting on otherwise total privacy.</p> <p dir="ltr">Traditional British print media doesn’t publish videos or photos of the royal family in private situations, particularly when Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are involved.</p> <p dir="ltr">But images are often posted on social media and sold to European publications working under different laws.</p> <p dir="ltr">A spokesperson for YouTube is yet to comment on the situation.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7133d0e2-7fff-91e7-880d-93501fb7d3c1"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Twitter</em></p>

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"You can't be in two places at once": ATO boss warns of new tax crackdown

<p>As our lives have changed quite a bit over the past two years, the ATO has warned one particular group of Australians are not reflecting this change when processing their tax returns.</p> <p>The ATO says Australians who drive to work have become accustomed to filing a number of expenses for their car, but those types of expenses could land them in trouble this year.</p> <p>In an interview, the ATO assistant commissioner Tim Loh said it would be looking very carefully at car-related expenses this tax time.</p> <p>“What we are seeing is people continuing to claim car and travel expenses at pre-pandemic levels,” he said.</p> <p>“We do expect car and travel expenses to go down quite significantly because if you’ve been working from home, you can’t be at two places at once.”</p> <p>According to the ATO, travel to and from work cannot be claimed as a tax deduction but petrol costs for trips to a job-related task can be submitted.</p> <p>If you are to be audited, you will have to prove to tax officials you used your car for work, and not just to buy groceries or visit your mates.</p> <p>The ATO is preparing to crack down on Australians who are over-claiming work-related expenses to help with the rising cost of living.</p> <p>One of the steepest rises in everyday goods is in petrol prices. We’ve seen them hit record highs in recent months as the war in Ukraine squeezes supplies.</p> <p>With the national petrol price at 211.9 cents a litre, CommSec calculated an average Aussie family spent $296.66 a month filling up their car – just shy of the recent record high of $297.50 in May. It means that the average monthly fuel bill has increased by $74.48 compared to the beginning of 2022.</p> <p>However, It’s not just motoring expenses the ATO will be keeping a close eye on. Rapid antigen tests are also an area the ATO will be looking at.</p> <p>He said Australians who claimed rapid antigen tests on their tax return would also need to prove it was work-related and not for personal use.</p> <p>“Now with those rapid antigen tests used for work purposes, you need to satisfy three rules: you must have spent the money yourself and not be reimbursed by your employer,” Mr Loh said.</p> <p>“It must be related for work-related purposes.”</p> <p><strong>Big change to work-from-home expenses</strong></p> <p>After the lockdowns of the past 12 months, many of us will be claiming deductions for working from home. The good news is that this year, there is still an easy system in place for working out how much you’re owed.</p> <p>Since the pandemic began in March 2020, professionals have been able to claim a flat 80 cent-an-hour rate for their expenses instead of having to manually add them up.</p> <p>The flat-rate was meant to have ended on June 30, 2021 but the tax office extended it for another year as Sydney and Melbourne were put into long lockdowns.</p> <p>That means you can use it on this year’s tax return, which you have until October 31st<br />to complete.</p> <p>However, a big change is coming from July 1st, meaning that from the next financial year you will be required to keep your electricity, internet and phone bills and manually add up your expenses to claim a lower 52-cent an hour deduction if you’re working from home permanently.</p> <p>It basically means that those of us working from home will have to get into the habit of keeping receipts in the new financial year.</p>

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‘Teacher’s Pet’ journalist takes stand in Chris Dawson trial

<p dir="ltr">The journalist whose podcast, <em>The Teacher’s Pet</em>, brought global attention to Lynette Dawson’s disappearance has taken the stand in Chris Dawson’s murder trial, telling the court he wasn’t out to “condemn” Mr Dawson.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hedley Thomas, a journalist with <em>The Australian</em>, is one of the final witnesses the prosecution will call in the Supreme Court trial, during which Mr Dawson has denied killing his wife Lynette 40 years ago, per <em><a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/300562138/the-teachers-pet-chris-dawson-to-face-murder-trial-over-death-of-his-wife-whose-body-has-never-been-found" target="_blank" rel="noopener">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Dawson’s disappearance from her home on Sydney’s northern beaches in January, 1982, was the subject of investigation in Mr Thomas’ podcast, which was downloaded 60 million times internationally.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Thomas began investigating the case in 2017 and spoke with Ms Dawson’s family about seeking “justice”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Justice for Lyn meant to you, didn’t it, the prosecution of Christoper Dawson?” Pauline David, Mr Dawson’s barrister, asked Mr Thomas on Monday.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Yes, I think that that is a fair call, yes,” Mr Thomas answered.</p> <p dir="ltr">Under Ms David’s questioning, Mr Thomas said he hadn’t met Mr Dawson but had formed an opinion of him after interviewing those close to the case and reading material from the two inquests into Ms Dawson’s disappearance.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I don’t think you need to meet someone to form a view about them,” Mr Thomas said, after the court was told of an interview Mr Thomas had with 60 Minutes where he described Mr Dawson as “despicable”, “severely narcissistic” and “dangerous”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“People can form views about tyrants, for argument’s sake, without ever having met them, study materials, talk to people and form a view.<br />“At that stage it was my view and it hasn’t changed.”</p> <p dir="ltr">However, Mr Thomas denied that the podcast amounted to an attempt to “incite evidence” against Mr Dawson, saying he would have broadcasted evidence that contradicted his theory that Mr Dawson murdered his wife.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There was no doubt from the outset of the podcast it was going to be an exercise in condemning Christopher Dawson?” Ms David asked.</p> <p dir="ltr">“No, I disagree,” Mr Thomas said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“If I had uncovered or received information from anybody that disrupted, changed the narrative, that disputed the findings by coroners or anyone, that would have become a very significant part of the podcast.”</p> <p dir="ltr">As the case draws to a close, the court heard on Monday that Mr Thomas would be one of the final witnesses called by the prosecution, which argues that Ms Dawson was killed on or about January 8, 1982.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Dawson argues that on the morning of January 9, 1982, he drove Ms Dawson to a Mona Vale bus stop so she could go shopping, and that she later failed to meet him at the Northbridge baths, where he worked as a part-time lifeguard.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to Mr Dawson, Ms Dawson called him from the baths, telling him she needed time away.</p> <p dir="ltr">His version of events were said to be corroborated by a woman - known for legal reasons as KB - who worked at the baths and was interviewed by former detective Damian Loone in March 2001.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Loone didn’t take a statement from her, and told the court that he didn’t turn a blind eye to evidence that supported Mr Dawson’s account.</p> <p dir="ltr">He disagreed that KB told him she remembered the phone call.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I want to suggest your failure to take a statement from (KB) was consistent with your approach to the investigation, which was that if inquiries supported Christopher Dawson you would not take a statement,” Ms David said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“That’s incorrect,” Mr Loone replied</p> <p dir="ltr">The trial continues under Justice Ian Harrison.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-3115052c-7fff-d64e-efd1-950d7f9c7ad2"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Nine</em></p>

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Chrissie Swan butts heads with Steve

<p dir="ltr">Chrissie Swan and Steve Price butted heads in a heated argument about protestors on <em>The Project</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The co-hosts were discussing the Blockade Australia’s unauthorised protests in Sydney on June 27 when Price voiced his opinion, not leaving any room for Swan to talk.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m not quite sure what throwing rubbish into the street and disrupting an entire city for a week is going to do except lose support for anything those people are doing,” Price asserted.</p> <p dir="ltr">Swan tried to converse by saying “I know that it’s deeply inconvenient…” before she was cut off by a passionate Price.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s pathetic! And disruptive!” Price continued with Swan saying, “Okay I’m terrified,” and giving a sideways glance at the producers.</p> <p dir="ltr">“They deserve to go to jail,” Price continued.</p> <p dir="ltr">This prompted co-host and comedian Peter Helliar to jump in and point out Price’s hypocrisy about people being disruptive.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Chrissie’s trying to chat and you’re saying [the protesters are] disruptive,” he declared.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I think on the bell curve of passion, the price for apathy is extreme caring like that,” Swan continued.</p> <p dir="ltr">“What, breaking the law?” Price asked.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Well, yeah I’m OK with it. I would never do that, but I think that’s the price of democracy,” Swan concluded.</p> <p dir="ltr">Price, however, had the last word: “They’re breaking the law and they need to go to jail.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You can have a protest like a march down the street that police endorse and let you do. [But] they do not tell people where they’re going and it’s disgraceful.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: The Project</em></p>

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Discover the wonder of classical music in Prague Castle

<p dir="ltr">Uncovering a city’s most underrated experiences is one of life’s great pleasures when travelling through places you have never seen. </p> <p dir="ltr">These breathtaking moments are often found lurking in the most unlikely of places, but are ones you are likely to never forget. </p> <p dir="ltr">One of these stunning experiences not to be missed on your next travels is the wonder of a classical music performance in the extraordinary Prague Castle. </p> <p dir="ltr">Performed by members of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, a one hour performance is open to the public each and every day. </p> <p dir="ltr">Complete with a trio of a flute, viola and a piano, these talented musicians play a selection of the world’s most celebrated pieces of classical music from composers such as Vivaldi, Mozart and Beethoven.</p> <p><iframe title="YouTube video player" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZKmd7y2ol28" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">The intimate environment of the Lobkowicz Palace within the walls of Prague Castle boasts the ultimate conditions to enjoy the performance, as audience members can also enjoy the stunning art surrounding them. </p> <p dir="ltr">The Lobkowicz Collections comprise one of the oldest and largest private art collections in Central Europe, bringing an artistic experience for all the senses.  </p> <p dir="ltr">While in the grounds of the castle, explore the castle complex that dates back to the 9th century and is rich with extraordinary history, breath-taking architecture and a stunning view point that gives amazing views of all of Prague.</p> <p dir="ltr">With <a href="https://www.prague-castle-concert.cz/en/">tickets</a> available for an extremely reasonable price, the midday classical concerts at Prague Castle are a must see for any music lover. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Supplied</em></p>

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Royal fans claim they spotted Queen Elizabeth at Glastonbury Festival

<p>Royal fans have hilariously claimed they spotted Queen Elizabeth in the crowd at the annual Glastonbury Festival.</p> <p>Glastonbury is a five-day festival that takes place in Somerset, England, with this year featuring artists such as Diana Ross, Glass Animals, Kendrick Lamar, Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney and many more. </p> <p>During Robert Plant's performance on the final night of the festival, spectators thought they saw a familiar face in the crowd that looked very similar to Queen Elizabeth. </p> <p>The woman, who is most definitely not the Queen, wore a jacket with a hood up and sunglasses and bore a striking resemblance to Her Majesty. </p> <p>The three second clip of the Queen's doppelganger has been making the rounds on Twitter and has since gone viral.</p> <p>It was shared by royal fan Andy on Twitter along with the caption, "Lovely to see the Queen enjoying a bit of Robert Plant at #Glastonbury."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Lovely to see the Queen enjoying a bit of Robert Plant at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Glastonbury?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Glastonbury</a>. <a href="https://t.co/Ra4jyNz9lZ">pic.twitter.com/Ra4jyNz9lZ</a></p> <p>— Andy (@alreadytaken74) <a href="https://twitter.com/alreadytaken74/status/1540427529705627653?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 24, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>"Classic Liz," one person responded. </p> <p>It is, of course, extremely unlikely that Her Majesty would be in the Glastonbury crowd, considering the fact that her currently health condition has prevented her from attending many recent official engagements. </p> <p>The monarch recently celebrated her Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years on the British throne.</p> <p>Increasing mobility issues meant she was unable to attend most engagements but any appearance she did make was appreciated by royal fans.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Twitter / Getty Images</em></p>

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"Greedy and despicable" rental renovation causes outrage

<p>A renovated rental apartment has received a flood of attention for all the wrong reasons. </p> <p>The newly listed studio apartment in North Adelaide has caused a nationwide stir online, with many slamming the bizarrely designed rental renovation as “real life satire.”</p> <p>The studio not only features a kitchen with no oven, but a giant glass walled bathroom wedged between the living area and kitchen. </p> <p>The bathroom only comes with a glimpse of privacy in the form of a metre wide section of frosted glass. </p> <p>The apartment at 4/201 O’Connell Street is described as a fully furnished, open plan studio apartment, “ideal for anyone looking for comfortable city living.”</p> <p>The $400 per week studio has served as a prime example of Adelaide's deepening rental crisis, as many prospective tenants are left struggling to find homes for a reasonable price that preferably don't have a bathroom in the middle of the kitchen. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Look at this listing. They’ve turned a single room from a house into a “self-contained” apartment that violates soooooo many regulations it’s not funny. Because it’s in North Adelaide they want $400 a week. <a href="https://t.co/uA3286cIkj">pic.twitter.com/uA3286cIkj</a></p> <p>— Jamie Moffatt (@Guestyperson) <a href="https://twitter.com/Guestyperson/status/1541061037239050240?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 26, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>The listing quickly garnered attention, with one person on Facebook writing, "I honestly can't believe what I'm seeing."</p> <p>“This reminds me of my bedsit in London in the 80s,” said another.</p> <p>Others were quick to point out that you would be able to “cook and s**t at the same time” before “washing your dishes while you shower.”</p> <p>While questions remain over exactly how the 25-square-metre apartment pulled off such an unusual design choice with building approvals and planning permits, at $400 a week people can’t decide if they “want to laugh or cry.”</p> <p>“The rental crisis is real,” one social media user commented after the listing was posted online.</p> <p>“I mean it’s funny, but it’s also not,” another chimed in. “Someone will be desperate enough to take that rental just to have a roof over their head.”</p> <p>“Completely shameless,” someone else said. “Whoever owns this property is greedy and despicable.”</p> <p>According to a recent rental vacancy report by Domain, Adelaide has the tightest market in the country, with vacancy rates in May sitting at just 0.3 per cent.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Domain</em></p>

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Update your home interior with these stylish tips

<p dir="ltr"> If your home needs a revamp, it’s reasonable to think a major change is needed to see any difference - but you might be surprised to find that even the smallest of changes can add some new life into your home’s interiors.</p> <p dir="ltr">Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux’s Colour and Communications Manager, says making your home reflect your unique style that just a couple cans of paint could be all you need.</p> <p dir="ltr">“People often underestimate the power of paint as a cost-effective and impactful way to jazz up your space,” she says. “Additionally, colour can be introduced in a number of ways to help tailor and refresh interiors, all whilst keeping the structure and integrity of the home intact!”</p> <p dir="ltr">Paint can be a particularly helpful tool in revitalising your space if you’re renting and can’t knock down walls to your heart’s content, or if you’re looking for change that won’t cost an arm and a leg.</p> <p dir="ltr">To prove just how effective painting can be at revitalising your space, Dulux Trend Forecaster and Stylist, Bree Leech, took to her own rental home with a paintbrush or two.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-2fce05c2-7fff-1636-6c0d-fffb27457698"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“Our dining room had a feature that didn’t work for us and I’d wanted to fix it for some time!” Bree explains. “It was a neutral space that had a cut-out in the wall so you could look through the adjoining room. The cut-out feature was serving no real purpose and the dining area just felt a bit flat.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/home-interiors1.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Before and after Bree Leech revamped her dining room with a lick of paint and some simple changes. </em></p> <p dir="ltr">She solved this problem with fluted wall panels that covered the cut-out feature, which she then painted with bright colours that were fun, joyful, and reflected her personal style.</p> <p dir="ltr">Those wanting to achieve something similar won’t have to work it all out on their own either, thanks to these tips from Bree herself.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Colour isn’t just for walls</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Bree says: “Painting dining chairs or a table is also a great way to achieve this look whilst renting. Add artwork that references your colour scheme to bring it all together.”</p> <p dir="ltr">But, Bree adds that having an overall mood or style is critical for selecting colours.</p> <p dir="ltr">“When selecting colours, always have an overall mood or style in mind and select colours that help bring this idea to life. It’s helpful to have a visual you can refer to like a mood board, materials board or a Pinterest board,” she explains. “This helps keep your colour scheme cohesive and gives you a reference point to work out your proportions as this can dramatically change the mood of the space.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Small changes work just as well as going bold</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a17f3c09-7fff-5f3c-5231-ab6c37bc7f85"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“When it comes to scheming, going bold with colour can really pay off but equally, small changes can make a big difference,” Bree says. “If you want to introduce smaller pops of colour, choose furniture items or highlight small areas of a wall, door or even your ceiling.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/home-interiors2.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Work with what you have</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">If you’re renting or following a strict budget, you may need to work with the existing fittings and features - but that doesn’t mean you’ll need to compromise on your style.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Working with existing fittings and fixtures can often mean a clash in colourways,” Bree adds. “While you may not be able to pull up the carpet or replace the kitchen benchtop, you can always add rugs for a tonal effect to get you closer to your desired palette. Dulux also offers a wet room coatings range (Renovation Range) which allows you to paint over existing benchtops, cabinetry and tiles for a bespoke, premium look.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Test your colours with this simple trick</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Since the colours you see in-store might look different in your home (or even at different parts of the day), it’s worth testing how the colour will look before you decide using this hack from Bree.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Paint a cardboard slip or piece of paper and leave the painted swatch up on the walls for a few days,” she says. “Move it around the room at different times of the day to ensure you love the colours(s) under different lighting conditions – both natural and artificial.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-fcffa6b1-7fff-aa38-0e20-fc649c1624fa"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: </em><em>Dulux Colour Forecast 2022 - Wonder Palette, Bree Leech (Dulux Colour Forecaster &amp; Stylist), Mike Baker (Photography), Wall Panel: Colour -</em><em>DULUX Harmonious, Product - DULUX Wash&amp;Wear, Supplied by Surround by Laminex; Chairs: Colour - DULUX Plunder, Product -</em><em> DULUX Aquanamel; </em><em>Rug supplied by Halcyon Lake </em><em>(</em><em>Supplied)</em></p>

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Unlikely hack makes ironing a thing of the past

<p>Wishing you could find a way to make ironing a thing of the past?</p> <p>Well, you’re in luck. This clever grandma has come up with a genius hack for crease-free clothing – and best of all, there is no iron in sight.</p> <p>The savvy nan called Babs, also known as brunchwithbabs on Instagram, shared the hack on her page and she’s gone viral.</p> <p>The US-based grandmother who calls herself the “internet mom/grandma you didn’t know you needed” shares all kinds of advice on her page gaining her quite the following.</p> <p>Captioning the video showing how to remove creases from clothes without an iron, Babs writes:</p> <p>“Babs Hack *tip: high heat, works great on cotton and another option is throwing in a damp rag which also works like a charm.”</p> <p>In the footage, Babs asks viewers, ”Do you like to iron on a beautiful sunny day? Me neither.</p> <p>”Try ice cubes instead.”</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cdalnisloi4/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cdalnisloi4/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Babs (@brunchwithbabs)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Four to five ice cubes right in,” she revealed, before adding that you should let the ice cubes do their magic for 10 to 15 minutes.</p> <p>At the end of the video, Babs can be seen removing the dresses and showing they are wrinkle-free.</p> <p>The video has been viewed more than 50,000 times and her fans are impressed. Let us know if you've tried this genius hack.</p>

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Supermodel Kristy Hinze Clark makes super profit on Florida mansion

<p dir="ltr">Kristy Hinze Clark and her husband, American tech titan Jim Clark, have just sold their sprawling Florida home for a record-breaking sum.</p> <p dir="ltr">The couple’s 16-acre home in Palm Beach is expected to sell for more than $US 175 million ($AUD 253 million) in an off-market deal, according to <em><a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-billionaire-bought-a-florida-home-for-94-2-million-last-year-now-hes-selling-it-for-around-175-million-11655323328" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Wall Street Journal</a></em>, in a deal far exceeding Florida’s current sales record of $US 130 million.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hinz Clark and her billionaire husband are set to make around $US 81 million ($AUD 117 million) from the sale, which was a “spur of the moment purchase” 15 months ago.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to <a href="https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2000-S-Ocean-Blvd_Lantana_FL_33462_M57433-88058" target="_blank" rel="noopener">property records</a>, the oceanfront home was bought by the couple on March 8, 2021, for $US 94,173,300 ($AUD 136,580,949), when they thought they were going to live in Florida most of the time.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Clark told the Wall Street Journal that, although they fell in love with the aesthetics and other features the home offered, they decided to stay in New York and enrol their two daughters there.</p> <p dir="ltr">“In the end, we sort of thought, ‘How much will we come down here?’” he recalled. “I knew there was someone who wanted it and I beat them to it so I thought, ‘Let’s see if they want it again’.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Boasting a total of 30 bedrooms spread across the 12-bedroom main home, two four-bedroom beachside cottages, the seven-bedroom Mango House, and a guest or staff house comprised of four studios.</p> <p dir="ltr">Other luxe features include a swimming pool, tennis court, golfing area, half-basketball court, fitness centre, and a spa, as well as access to a dock and pier on Lake Worth.</p> <p dir="ltr">The home itself has 360-degree views and is surrounded by 1200 feet of beach facing the Atlantic, and 1300 feet of frontage on the lake.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to the listing from its 2021 sale, the home is also within a “singular microclimate” created by the Gulf Stream, meaning it is treated to “refreshing breezes and warmer waters, even when cooler weather prevails in Miami”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“These unique conditions allowed for the creation of extensive botanical gardens that showcase neqarly 1,500 tropical species that replicate a ‘walk through the Caribbean’,” the listing reads.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Look, it’s a phenomenal property,” Mr Clark said. “You can’t find anything like that in Florida.”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-edce07b8-7fff-9f42-4baa-b880783b24ea"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Getty Images, Realtor</em></p>

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