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Queensland borders to NSW to reopen "within weeks"

<p><span>Queensland could be up and running for NSW residents within just weeks, one of the country’s leading tourism figures have claimed.</span><br /><br /><span>Flight Centre boss Graham Turner predicts that Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will be left with no other choice other than to open up their state as other Australian jurisdictions start to ease their border controls.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’m pretty sure that the borders – the NSW border with Queensland will open within the next three or four weeks. I don’t know that for sure. But it seems logical,” he told the Today show on Friday morning.</span><br /><br /><span>“The only thing that will stop it I believe is a serious outbreak in NSW somewhere.</span><br /><br /><span>“There’s got to be a good reason. If there’s a very good reason, safety, health, but I think that’s done and dusted now. That’s over. So I think pragmatism will reign and I’m pretty confident the borders will open because I don’t think there is any choice.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837943/flight-centre.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/21e1256717ae4b8ea6eae947cdf17507" /></p> <p><em>Flight Centre boss Graham Turner</em><br /><br /><span>Mr Turner said the tourism industry was “suffering”, especially on the Gold Coast and in North Queensland.</span><br /><br /><span>“They do all right at the weekends, you know, from the Brisbane traffic, but during the week, it is absolutely dead,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Everyone’s suffering. Travel, tourism, airline, airports, it’s a bit of a disaster.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Turner hoped by March that his business would be back to “some level of normality”.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837944/borders-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/79e7dc73d6a143c0b20db050cfab5f7f" /><br /><br /><span>“International will take a little bit longer. But it’s just JobKeeper has been pretty generous, probably too generous in some cases.</span><br /><br /><span>“You know, businesses like ours or airports and airlines, if we get the domestic travel back full-on, we will get back to a break-even situation with a little bit of luck.</span><br /><br /><span>“I think most of the major airlines, Virgin and Qantas, and the airports, will feel the same way.”</span></p>

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Prince William and Kate reveal Charlotte and Louis' latest obsession

<p><span>Prince William and Duchess Kate are both fiercely protective parents over their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis.</span><br /><br /><span>However they do tend to share a few details about their adorable clan, and most recently they have revealed that Princess Charlotte has a new obsession.</span><br /><br /><span>At 5-years-old, it may come as no surprise that little Char has developed a new love for construction equipment.</span><br /><br /><span>While the proud parents spoke to employers helping people find jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic, they met Lloyd Graham, the community engagement manager for construction company Keltbray.</span><br /><br /><span>He told the royal couple the company is hiring workers and offering apprenticeships for demolition work.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837941/royal-kids-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/623ecfffa9814dfca18e481ede0fc8c9" /><br /><br /><span>"The children — especially Louis — would love to come and watch that, to see the diggers, they love it," Prince William said.</span><br /><br /><span>Kate, then jumped in adding: "Don't forget Charlotte! She'd love it too."</span><br /><br /><span>Prince William previously revealed their two-year-old son is also a big fan of tractors.</span><br /><br /><span>"We've been lambing with the children this week," the 38-year-old admitted after the Wales vs France Six Nations Match in February.</span><br /><br /><span>"Charlotte wasn't sure at first, but George was straight in there. Louis loves the tractors. They love seeing the lambs and feeding the lambs."</span></p>

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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan to ditch their royal titles

<p><span>Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are making their TV debut soon, and they won’t be using their royal titles when we do see them.</span><br /><br /><span>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will go by just Harry and Meghan when they make their TV debut to celebrate Time magazine’s annual list of the world’s most influential people.</span><br /><br /><span>In a new promo shared by E! News, the pair were introduced by their first names.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFQmLf1FUA_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFQmLf1FUA_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Cantante Kattia Rizor (@cantantekattiarizor)</a> on Sep 17, 2020 at 6:23pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Notably, in the credits they were listed as “the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.”</span><br /><br /><span>This follows as the Sussexes were said to be unhappy with the final conditions of quitting from their royal duties.</span><br /><br /><span>The main one includes the Queen banning the couple from using the word “royal” in any of their branding.</span><br /><br /><span>The TIME event will be held on September 22 in the US.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFQPPb8nqlB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFQPPb8nqlB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (@loveprinceharry1)</a> on Sep 17, 2020 at 3:03pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>It is the first time ever TIME 100 Most Influential People will be broadcast on television, rather than exclusively in its magazine.</span><br /><br /><span>Other guests on the show will be Trevor Noah, Sandra Oh, Kumail Nanjiani and John Legend. There will also be performances by Halsey, Jennifer Hudson and The Weeknd.</span><br /><br /><span>It seems Taylor Swift is among those who will be on the coveted list.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFPm5fSju0n/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFPm5fSju0n/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Storm⛈ (@storm_watchh)</a> on Sep 17, 2020 at 9:10am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>“In a year in which we are unfortunately unable to convene the TIME100 community together in person, we are excited to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the members of this year’s list with a brand-new experience on ABC that will allow more people to participate than ever before,” TIME studios president Ian Orefice wrote in a statement.</span></p>

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Princess Mary opens Australian War Memorial in Copenhagen

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has unveiled a new Australian War Memorial in Copenhagen.</p> <p>She attended the event at Churchill Park on Thursday and was joined by Australian AMmbassador Mary Ellen Miller for the unveiling.</p> <p>Princess Mary placed a wreath with a ribbon decorated with her monogram on the monument.</p> <p>The memorial reads: "This stone stands in memorial to Australian servicemen of the first and second world wars who are at rest in Danish soil. Their valiant sacrifice stands testament to the common devotion to freedom and democracy that our nations share.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFPPkgJAGE8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFPPkgJAGE8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by DET DANSKE KONGEHUS 🇩🇰 (@detdanskekongehus)</a> on Sep 17, 2020 at 5:47am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"They shall not grow old as we are left to grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.</p> <p>"Lest we forget."</p> <p>The memorial was developed and funded by the Australian Embassy in Copenhagen as the Australian army and service personnel helped liberate Denmark during WWII.</p> <p>This was after the country was invaded by German forces despite declaring Denmark as neutral.</p> <p>Australian forces joined the British in freeing Denmark from German occupation.</p> <p>Princess Mary also attended a World Health Organisation meeting to discuss the toll of the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>She participated via video link and spoke of the "uncertainty, worry and sadness" of recent months.</p> <p>"I am sure that you, as I, have experienced uncertainty, worry and sadness in recent months, as we try to find meaning in rapidly changing events, as we are unable to follow the familiar patterns of daily life, and as we are prevented from spending time with friends and loved ones," <em>Royal Central</em> reports the royal as saying.</p> <p>"For many, the psychological, emotional, social and economic costs of the pandemic will be felt for years to come," she added.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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We studied what happens when guys add their cats to their dating app profiles

<p>These photos don’t just relay attractiveness; a recent study suggested that 43% of people think they can get a sense of someone’s personality by their picture. You might guess that someone who has included a photo of themselves hiking is an outdoorsy type of person.</p> <p>But as scientists who study human-animal interactions, we wanted to know what this meant for pet owners – in particular, male cat owners.</p> <p>If you’re a guy who owns a cat, what kind of effect does it have on suitors if you post a picture posing with your favourite feline?</p> <p>Prior studies suggested that women do judge a potential male partner based on whether he has pets. While they favour men with dogs, the results showed that they also give men with cats an edge over non-pet owners.</p> <p>Because of this, we reasoned that men pictured with cats would probably be viewed as more attractive and desirable than men who didn’t pose with any animals.</p> <p>In our study, we recruited 1,388 heterosexual American women from 18 to 24 years old to take a short anonymous online survey. In the survey, we presented them with photos of one of two young white men in their early 20s either posing alone or with a cat. To avoid biasing the women’s responses, we randomly presented which photo they saw first. Each participant only rated one man, with and without a cat.</p> <p>Each time the participants saw a photo, we asked them to rate the man pictured on several personality attributes, including his masculinity, femininity and date-ability. We also asked the women if they defined themselves as a “cat person,” “dog person,” “neither” or “both.”</p> <p>Most of the women found the men holding cats to be less dateable. This result surprised us, since previous studies had shown that women found men with pets to have higher potential as partners. They also thought the men holding cats were less extroverted and more neurotic, agreeable and open. Importantly, they saw these men as less masculine, too.</p> <p><strong>This last point may explain our findings.</strong></p> <p>Prior research suggests that women often seek masculine men – both in terms of physical appearance and behaviors. So the fact that women in our study found the photo of the man alone more masculine and more dateable supports the idea that women are likely to look first for clues related to masculinity when determining date-ability.</p> <p>We suspect old cultural norms may be playing a role in the responses. Past research suggests that male femininity and homosexuality are still perceived to be connected. Since cats are sometimes associated more closely with female owners – and therefore, considered a feminine pet – posing with cats may have primed the women taking our survey to default to this outdated trope, despite some popular media efforts to elevate the status of male cat owners.</p> <p>Alternatively, the perception of male cat owners as less extroverted and more neurotic, agreeable and open may have nudged our respondents to put these men in the “friend zone.” In other words, perhaps seeing a man pose with the cat suggests he might be a better confidant than date.</p> <p>It’s important to note that whether the women identified themselves as “cat people,” “dog people,” “both” or “neither” affected their perceptions. Women who self-identified as “cat people” were more inclined to view the men pictured with cats as more dateable or say they had no preference.</p> <p>Of course, like any research, our work has its limitations. Our sample is a very specific population – heterosexual, primarily white women, aged 18 to 24 years and living in the United States. We don’t know how these results would change if we surveyed, say, bisexual or gender-fluid women, men interested in men or individuals from different cultural backgrounds.</p> <p>And that’s the best part. This is a new, growing area of research, and it’s only one of a handful of potential studies on the relationship between pet ownership and first impressions on dating apps. This means we have our work cut out for us.</p> <p>But in the meantime, if heterosexual men are looking to get a match, it’s probably a good idea if they save showing off their photos with their favourite felines for the first or second date.</p> <p><em>Written by Misha Ketchell. This article first appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/we-studied-what-happens-when-guys-add-their-cats-to-their-dating-app-profiles-144999">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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13 medical reasons you’re tired all the time

<p>You feel like you’re always going to bed early, but when your alarm goes off, it’s hard to open your eyes and you’re in a fog all day. You may feel like no matter how much sleep you’re getting, you’re still tired. But how do you know how much sleep you need?</p> <p>How much sleep you need varies by age. While newborns under three-months-old may need up to 19 hours of sleep and adults over 65 may need as little as five hours, most adults need about seven to nine hours of sleep a night. While not getting enough sleep can hurt your health in these sneaky ways, oversleeping and constantly being tired can be a sign of a problem.</p> <p>What’s best, according to Dr Jacob Teitelbaum, who specialises in sleep, fibromyalgia, and pain, is to sleep the amount of time that leaves you feeling the best. “If you are needing more than 10 hours of sleep to feel restored, however, then that suggests that your sleep quality is poor and needs to be addressed,” he says.</p> <p>If you’re getting enough sleep on a good schedule or are even oversleeping and still feel tired, it could be a sign of health problems.</p> <p><strong>You’re tired because…you’re oversleeping on weekends</strong></p> <p>You may think skimping on sleep during the week and oversleeping during the weekends will help you feel well-rested, but it’s actually hurting your sleep. This habit is called “social jetlag” which is brought on by shifts in your sleeping schedule during the week versus on the weekends. “Your body prefers routine, but still appreciates you making up the sleep, so it’s best to find a steady balance you can stick to,” adds Dr Teitelbaum.</p> <p><strong>You’re tired because…you’re anaemic</strong></p> <p>When you visit your doctor and complain of feeling tired all the time, the first things they’ll often check for is anaemia or thyroid disorder because you can detect those with a blood test, says Dr Amy Shah. “When a patient says ‘I’m tired,’ it’s such a broad term and could be so many things, but if someone says ‘I’m tired and feeling a little more short of breath,’ or, ‘I’m having trouble exercising,’ that tends to be anaemia.” Anaemia is when your blood doesn’t carry enough oxygen to the rest of your body and the most common cause of anaemia is iron deficiency. Anaemics may also experience feeling cold, dizzy, irritable, or have headaches in addition to feeling tired.</p> <p><strong>You’re tired because…you have a condition that causes chronic pain</strong></p> <p>People who suffer from conditions, such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism, and anaemia, often require sleep. “For fibromyalgia, the person is not able to go into deep restorative sleep because the sleep centre (the hypothalamus) is not working,” explains Dr Teitelbaum. “For rheumatoid arthritis, the pain often disrupts deep sleep, so it takes more sleep to get the same recharging of your battery.” In hypothyroidism and anaemia, extra sleep over nine hours doesn’t really help.</p> <p><strong>You’re tired because…you have a thyroid problem</strong></p> <p>If you have a thyroid issue, like an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), in addition to feeling tired, you might also feel like your skin is really dry and you’re constipated a lot, along with the lack of energy, says Dr Shah. Hypothyroidism is a condition that occurs when your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of certain important hormones. While women are more likely to have hypothyroidism, thyroid function tests can diagnose hypothyroidism easily and if you have an issue, your doctor may prescribe a synthetic thyroid hormone.</p> <p><strong>You’re tired because you…may have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes</strong></p> <p>Most people who have high blood sugar due to type 2 diabetes have insulin resistance. “Insulin is the key that opens up our cellular energy furnaces called mitochondria and allows sugar to enter to be burned for fuel,” explains Dr Teitelbaum. “Because this key is not working, sugar cannot get into the furnaces to be turned into energy, leaving people tired.”</p> <p><strong>You’re tired because…you’re depressed</strong></p> <p>If you feel like you’re tired all the time, don’t want to get out of bed in the morning, and/or have trouble sleeping, you could be suffering from depression. Your primary care physician should do a depression screening during a regular visit, says Dr Shah. Your doctor can use a screening tool to determine if you’re experiencing an ongoing depressive disorder, or whether a life stressor or alcohol affects your emotional state. “Depression, alcohol abuse, and fatigue are very tightly knit,” says Dr Shah. Sometimes people will treat depression with alcohol and then be tired, she says.</p> <p><strong>You’re tired because…you may have gut issues or food sensitivity</strong></p> <p>Your gut is supposed to be a very closed system of cells where nothing from inside of the gut gets into the outside– like a pathway where the body absorbs what it needs without having things enter the rest of the body, says Dr Shah. “If you’re eating poorly, especially a lot of processed foods, the gut cells can become a looser, net-like structure instead of a tight structure and proteins that aren’t supposed to be in our bloodstream leak into our bloodstream, which creates an inflammatory response,” says Dr Shah. The inflammatory response is thought to possibly manifest as bloating, fatigue, moodiness, headaches, or weight gain. Some people call this leaky gut, although this condition hasn’t been clinically proven. If you have food sensitivities (to foods like wheat and dairy) you can feel fatigued, get rashes, and experience bloating or brain fog. “There’s no real good test for food sensitivities,” says Dr Shah. Following an elimination diet of possible food culprits and then slowly introducing them back in may help you identify what you’re sensitive to. If you remove all wheat from your diet and feel great, and then add it back and feel lethargic, that could be a tell-tale sign of a food sensitivity to wheat, Dr Shah says.</p> <p><strong>You’re tired because…you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue</strong></p> <p>“Adrenal fatigue isn’t a Western medicine term, it’s a functional medicine term, and a lot of Western doctors don’t recognise it as a medical [issue],” says Dr Shah. There’s a disconnect because it’s hard to show with lab testing, she says. These hormone imbalances could be brought on by a stressful situation in your life, like family problems, or it could be constant stress at work, lack of sleep, over-exercising, having a poor diet, or drug or alcohol abuse, says Dr Shah. Those circumstances can push your stress hormones high and then eventually leave you exhausted and depleted, like a bank account that you’re overdrawing on and not putting money back into.</p> <p><strong>You’re tired because…you have an infection</strong></p> <p>Doctors will often check for chronic infection as a cause of fatigue due to such infections as the Epstein-Barr virus (mononucleosis) or Lyme disease. Both of these medical issues can present with extreme fatigue.</p> <p><strong>You’re tired because…you have sleep apnea</strong></p> <p>If you have sleep apnea, your throat starts to close when you’re asleep, which is why people with the condition tend to snore. Not getting enough oxygen sounds scary, but your brain won’t let you suffocate. “Sleep apnea prevents you from going into the deep restorative stages of sleep, so people are unable to get rested and fall asleep frequently during the day,” explains Dr Teitelbaum. “Falling asleep easily during the day with a shirt collar size over 42 centimetres, high blood pressure, being overweight and snoring tell you that you should check for sleep apnea.”</p> <p><strong>You’re tired because…you have heart failure</strong></p> <p>When you have heart failure, your heart can’t keep up with the body’s needs for blood. Your body will start to bring blood away from body tissues so it can keep vital organs fully supplied. With less blood in your leg muscles, even everyday activities can feel exhausting. Plus, fluid gets backed up in your veins leading away from your lungs. This increases pressure and allows fluid to leak into the lungs, making you lose your breath suddenly. When you’re asleep, it could wake you up and make for a restless night.</p> <p><strong>You’re tired because…you have hypersomnia</strong></p> <p>Heneghan says oversleeping may be a sign of hypersomnia, a chronic neurological condition where you’re tired no matter how much sleep you get. According to the US Hypersomnia Foundation, you may have this condition if you’re tired during the day no matter how much sleep you get at night. The condition usually crops up in adolescence or early adulthood and can seriously affect sleep quality, as well as your ability to function during the day.</p> <p><strong>You’re tired because…you have haemochromatosis</strong></p> <p>Nearly 10 per cent of the Caucasian population carries a genetic marker for this condition, which causes the body to store too much iron. In addition to fatigue and weakness, haemochromatosis can also cause joint pain, stomach upset, depression, liver disease, heart trouble, and diabetes. While people are born with the condition, symptoms often don’t become obvious until people reach their 50s and 60s. Doctors can test for the condition using various blood screens; if you have any combination of these signs, talk to your GP about being tested.</p> <p><em>Written by Diana Kelly. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/13-medical-reasons-youre-tired-all-the-time?pages=1">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Tony Abbott’s major boarding pass blunder

<p><span>Tony Abbott is not the only Aussie to share a screen grab of his boarding pass onto Instagram, however it has been revealed that it took hackers only 45 minutes to get private information about the former Prime Minister purely due to one simple mistake.</span><br /><br /><span>Australian tech expert Alex Hope said he was able to retrieve Mr Abbott’s phone number and passport details from the Instagram post in March.</span><br /><br /><span>“A big thank you to all the team on QF26 from Tokyo. Hope to see you flying again soon!,” Mr Abbott captioned the photo, which has since been deleted. Pity.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Hope said he took on the challenge to hack the former PM after he was dared by a friend in his group chat that asked: “Can you hack this man?”.</span><br /><br /><span>The “hacker” says finding the information was easy as he simply took the details from the image on Mr Abbott’s Instagram to log into Qantas’ booking page.</span><br /><br /><span>He was able to read the HTML code and find Mr Abbott’s phone number and passport number within minutes.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837940/tony-abbott-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ebd8ba1c75634c80a6a7672b0641ae1c" /><br /><br /><span>In a blog post, the self-described “hacker” noted that he had tried for six months to alert Mr Abbott to what had happened.</span><br /><br /><span>“I had Tony Abbott’s passport number, phone number, and weird Qantas messages about him. I was the only one who knew I had these,” he wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“Anyone who saw that Instagram post could also have them. I felt like I had to like, tell someone about this. Someone with like, responsibilities. Someone with an email signature,” he added.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Hope said he tracked Mr Abbott’s personal assistant down after many months of trying.</span><br /><br /><span>He then had a quick chat with Mr Abbott one-on-one.</span><br /><br /><span>“Mostly, he wanted to check whether his understanding of how I’d found his passport number was correct (it was). He also wanted to ask me how to learn about ‘the IT’,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“He asked some intelligent questions, like ‘how much information is in a boarding pass, and what do people like me need to know to be safe?’, and ‘why can you get a passport number from a boarding pass, but not from a bus ticket?’.</span><br /><br /><span>“The answer is that boarding passes have your password printed on them, and bus tickets don’t. You can use that password to log in to a website (widely regarded as a bad move), and at that point all bets are off, websites can just do whatever they want.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Hope says Qantas fixed the bug that allowed him to retrieve Abbott’s private details was fixed in July thanks to his warnings.</span><br /><br /><span>He says that he hopes this incident will make people think twice about what they post to social media.</span><br /><br /><span>“The point is that if someone famous can unknowingly post their boarding pass, anyone can,” Mr Hope wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>Qantas say they have tightened their protocols.</span><br /><br /><span>They urge passengers to keep their booking details private.</span><br /><br /><span>“Our standard advice to customers is to not post pictures of the boarding pass, or to at least obscure the key personal information if they do, because of the detail it contains,” a spokesperson said.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Abbott has since been issued a new passport number.</span></p>

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Man charged after threatening to kill Annastacia Palaszczuk

<p>A man from Gold Coast has been charged after making threats to kill the Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young.</p> <p>Police searched a home at Nerang on Wednesday night and arrested and charged a 43-year-old man.</p> <p>He has been charged with one count of using a carriage service to make a threat to kill.</p> <p>The man in question is not being held in custody, but has been issued a Notice To Appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on October 7.</p> <p>Queensland police revealed they have been concerned for the safety and wellbeing of the Chief Health Officer.</p> <p>"Where there is information that gives us concern for the wellbeing of anyone we will take action — either they will come to us or we will go to them and give them advice on their safety," Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming said.</p> <p>"My understanding is police have engaged with the CHO and given her some advice."</p> <p>Dr Young compared the threats to the turmoil people are currently facing due to the pandemic.</p> <p>"It has taken an enormous toll on me but then, this has taken an enormous toll on nearly every single person in our community.</p> <p>"Of course it is tough, but as I say, this is tough for an enormous number of people."</p> <p>Dr Young said she appreciated the Government and police’s support.</p> <p>"[It] has made me feel much, much safer doing what I need to do," she said.</p> <p>Dr Young has been under constant pressure from the Opposition and the Federal Government over the state’s extreme border restrictions, saying people should be allowed to enter on compassionate grounds.</p>

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Scott Morrison responds after being "banned" from QLD

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison has responded to being banned from entering Queensland under Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s new border rules.</p> <p>The state's coronavirus rules say that the Prime Minister is allowed to enter for work purposes, but has to undergo 14 days of mandatory hotel quarantine first.</p> <p>‘Elected representatives can enter Queensland from a declared COVID-19 hotspot, such as the ACT, to return to their electorate or to perform official duties,” A Queensland Health spokesman told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/health-safety/scott-morrison-cant-enter-queensland-for-election-campaign-unless-he-quarantines/news-story/2c0098998754db9095d5d9d502e422ac" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">news.com.au.</a></p> <p>‘They must enter via air and will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the date of arrival as per global quarantine requirements.’</p> <p>Morrison appeared on <em>Sunrise</em> to explain how he felt about the rules.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">"I should be subject to the same rules like everyone else"<br /><br />Prime Minister <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ScottMorrisonMP</a> responds after effectively being banned from entering Queensland under the state's strict coronavirus border closure. <a href="https://t.co/z8Xf0FNni9">pic.twitter.com/z8Xf0FNni9</a></p> — Sunrise (@sunriseon7) <a href="https://twitter.com/sunriseon7/status/1306348078450966528?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 16, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“I don’t think there should be double standards about these things... I think the same rules should apply,” he told Kochie on Thursday.</p> <p>He said that "he should be subject to the same rules as everyone else", but said he doesn't plan on visiting the state anytime soon.</p> <p>“We’ve got parliament sitting through all that period and we’re doing the budget as well, so whether I was ever going to get to Queensland anyway is a secondary issue.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="upper-row"></div> </div> </div>

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Deadly tiger snake found hanging around petrol tank

<p><span>A deadly tiger snake was found curled up around a petrol pump at a suburban service station in Melbourne.</span><br /><br /><span>The deadly reptile had completely wrapped itself around a bowser at the Coles Express in Nunawading, in the city's east on Wednesday.</span><br /><br /><span>Snake catcher Raymond Hoser was called in to remove the one-and-a-half metre tiger snake after it crawled out from under a car.</span><br /><br /><span>"They are deadly, you get bitten by a tiger snake and it's pretty intense… they're quite erratic," he told Nine.com.au.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837920/snake-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/53b9fbe5696740d28697ba6db0affc5f" /><br /><br /><span>Mr Hoser said snakes will often crawl up the wheels of parked cars and into the engine cavity, and when the car stops somewhere else it will slither away "and no one knows any different".</span><br /><br /><span>However the snake proved to be unique after emerging from the vehicle and crawling around the gas pump.</span><br /><br /><span>Tiger snakes are the most common snake in Melbourne.</span><br /><br /><span>They are often found along the Yarra River and in the creeks that run off them, Mr Hoser said.</span><br /><br /><span>However, the expert has warned people not to approach the deadly creatures and said they will usually keep moving if they are not bothered.</span><br /><br /><span>"One wrong move by one wrong person is just destruction."</span></p>

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Ejected: Mum's humiliation at being kicked off flight

<p>A mum has revealed she felt “super humiliated” after being kicked off a flight because her toddler pulled down his mask to eat a snack.</p> <p>Mum Jodi Degyansky and her two-year-old son were sitting on a flight due to depart to Fort Myers in Florida for Chicago on Saturday.</p> <p>As they waited for takeoff, her son decided to have a snack.</p> <p>The mum said she was approached by flight attendants after the plane had pushed back from the gate and was taxiing to takeoff.</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><em>Fox 5 Vegas,</em><span> </span>she said there was “no heated discussion” but the flight soon returned to the gate and they were asked to leave. </p> <p>“I’m super humiliated,” she said, adding her son replaced his mask once the attendants approached her.</p> <p>“Flight attendants kept coming over asking if we would wear it for the full flight, and I said he would,” she told<span> </span><em>NBC</em>.</p> <p>“It definitely was a struggle but something we’re working on.”</p> <p>She said she tried her best to keep the mask on her son’s face but they were eventually told to leave the flight. </p> <p>“A couple minutes later, we were pulled back into the gate and I was asked to leave the plane, accompanied by the manager, the supervisor, the flight attendants and the pilot,” she said.</p> <p>The airline said they are investigating the incident, but stand by their mask policy.</p> <p>Ms Degyansky has been given a refund by Southwest Airlines for her tickets.</p> <p>“If a customer is unable to wear a face covering for any reason, Southwest regrets that we are unable to transport the individual,” a spokesperson from Southwest Airlines told<span> </span><em>NBC</em>.</p> <p>“In those cases, we will issue a full refund and hope to welcome the Customer on-board in the future, if public health guidance regarding face coverings changes.”</p> <p>They later flew back to Chicago on a different flight on Saturday night.</p>

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Would you pass? Aussie citizenship test undergoes major change

<p>The Australian citizenship test will be updated for the first time in over a decade to include a section on Australian values.</p> <p>The new test will have questions such as: “Should people in Australia make an effort to learn English?” and “In Australia, do religious laws override Australian law?”</p> <p>There will also be some more confronting questions such as whether it is acceptable for a husband to be violent towards his wife if she has disobeyed or disrespected him. Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said he wanted would-be citizens to have a better understanding of the country’s values before they were declared an Australian.</p> <p>“The updated citizenship test will have new and more meaningful questions that require potential citizens to understand and commit to our values like freedom of speech, mutual respect, equality of opportunity, the importance of democracy and the rule of law,” he said.</p> <p>“We are asking those who apply for citizenship to understand our values more deeply before they make the ultimate commitment to our nation.”</p> <p>The updated citizenship test will have 20-multiple choice questions, including five on Aussie values.</p> <p>Those taking the test will be required to correctly answer all five questions on Australian values, and have a mark of at least 75 per cent to pass.</p> <p><strong>Questions from the updated citizenship test</strong></p> <p>• Why is it important that all Australian citizens vote to elect the state and federal parliament?</p> <p>• Should people in Australia make an effort to learn English?</p> <p>• In Australia, can you encourage violence against a person or group of people if you have been insulted?</p> <p>• Should people tolerate one another where they find that they disagree?</p> <p>• In Australia, are people free to choose who they marry or not marry?</p> <p>• In Australia, is it acceptable for a husband to be violent towards his wife if she has disobeyed or disrespected him?</p> <p>• In Australia, do religious laws override Australian law?</p> <p>• Do you agree that men and women should be provided equality of opportunity when pursuing their goals and interests?</p> <p>• Should people’s freedom of speech and freedom of expression be respected in Australia?</p>

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Victoria police ramps up offensive against protests

<p>There’s something very disturbing about scenes from the anti-lockdown protest at the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne over the weekend.</p> <p>There’s a series of video footage posted online which shows scores of heavily armed and riot squad police far outnumbering protestors standing around, or sitting, or shopping, and many are chanting: chanting “peace and love” and “freedom”.</p> <p>And yet, 74 people were arrested and $280,000 in fines were handed out to those caught breaching lockdown restrictions. In one video, three police officers tackle a protestor, <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-13/victoria-coronavirus-anti-lockdown-protest-arrests-melbourne/12659410">and an officer can be clearly seen kneeling on the man’s neck</a> while he is face down, being handcuffed.</p> <p>The protest’s leader is now also facing an <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/police-arrest-pregnant-woman-over-social-media-post/">incitement charge</a> as police prepare a search warrant for his home in Burwood East.</p> <p>Who is ‘policing’ the police?</p> <p>In the wake of the protest, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews praised the work of police ‘who did a good job in very difficult circumstances.’ He also added that: ‘protesting is stupid and dangerous and those who do it will be dealt with.’</p> <p>It’s a worrying sign of the erosion of democracy when the state’s Premier fails to see the one thing that is pretty clear to most other Australians: Melbournians are tired of the lockdowns, the heavy police presence around their city and the fact that people’s movements are being monitored 24/7, all of which show no signs of abating.</p> <p>And, before Covid-19, and before the states implemented strict public health laws to mandate public gatherings and individual social distancing, protesting was a perfectly normal way for Australians to express their views.</p> <p>But now, of course, that right is denied. In Melbourne public gatherings are strictly forbidden and people are confined to their homes except for one hour a day when they can travel for limited purposes and only within 5 kilometres from home without an exemption.</p> <p>A number of checkpoints are in operation around the metropolitan areas, and police are using number plate recognition technology to detect vehicles registered to ‘stage four’ areas.</p> <p>Police abusing their powers</p> <p>Many Australians are also starting to be very concerned that the extra powers afforded to police under Covid-19 public health enforcement laws have allowed them too much leeway to be able to ‘bend’ some of the rules of otherwise ‘normal’ policing. For example, that ‘<a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/recent-changes-to-police-powers-in-nsw/">arrest should be a measure of last resort</a>.’</p> <p>A Victoria police spokesman said many of the weekend lockdown protesters were aggressive and threatened violence towards officers, with one <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/criminal/offences/assault/assault-police/">charged with assaulting a police officer in execution of their duty</a>.</p> <p>But much of the <a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsMelbourne/status/1304973920437641217">video footage refutes that statement.</a> While a handful of protestors were agitated, and some threw fruit, by and large the crowd seemed compliant, although some did shout: “This is not a police state” and “you’ve got to be on the right side of history”.</p> <p>The ‘threatened violence towards officers’ is a cry that we often hear from police, and sometimes a difficult one to prove, despite the fact that there is a constant stream of video footage, not just from the weekend protests but of <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/police-officer-chokes-and-trips-woman-who-is-not-wearing-a-mask/">various incidents in recent times</a> in which clearly, police after often the ones using unnecessary force.</p> <p>Woman ‘dragged from her car’</p> <p>In fact, the weekend protests in Melbourne were sparked by video footage posted on social media by a Victorian woman, Natalie Bonnet, who was dragged from her car by police for not stating her name at a vehicle checkpoint. She had been stopped for allegedly not having a legal phone charging device mounted to her car.</p> <p>In the video – <a href="https://www.facebook.com/817678571/posts/10160115606228572/?extid=LykdgdNsQXbvpNH8&amp;d=n">which has been shared thousands of times online </a>–  she tells the police officer she is ‘scared’ to leave her vehicle because he is armed. Following this, the police officer reaches over her, unbuckles her seatbelt and manhandles her, pulling her out of the vehicle.</p> <p>She alleges four officers had their knees in her back and she couldn’t breathe as they handcuffed her.</p> <p>It’s understood she will face charges including: driving with obscured vision, failing to produce a licence, failing to state her name and address, resisting arrest, assaulting police and offensive language.</p> <p>As tensions escalate between police and the general public, there’s also a growing sense of mistrust in the police force, particularly in Victoria, but it’s not isolated to the state, and it’s it only further perpetuated by these incidents in which people are intimidated and manhandled. There is no doubt that being the victim of such behaviour can have lasting detrimental emotional effects.</p> <p><em>Written by Sonia Hickey. Republished with permission <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/victoria-police-ramps-up-offensive-against-protests/">of Sydney Criminal Lawyers. </a></em></p>

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Family heartbreak as newborn baby mauled to death by "jealous" dog

<p>A family has been left in shock after a newborn baby has been mauled to death by the family's dog.</p> <p>12-day-old Elon was attacked in Doncaster, northern England by a chow chow cross.</p> <p>The baby suffered from serious injuries and was taken to the hospital but later died.</p> <p>The family had celebrated the birth of Elon by posting pictures on Facebook, with mother Abigail and father Stephen commenting “Our gorgeous baby boy. Love him to bits”.</p> <p>The couple were arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter after the attack, but have both been released on bail.</p> <p>The baby's uncle said that the baby had been lying in his bassinette when the dog ran inside after escaping from a pen in the yard.</p> <p>The father and uncle tried to save the baby, but to no avail.</p> <p>“It was horrible and we’re all in total shock,” the uncle said.</p> <p>“My sister is in bits. She’s lost her baby.</p> <p>“Teddy’s not a dangerous dog... I think he was jealous when the baby came along.</p> <p>“Or maybe he thought the baby was a toy – he was a tiny thing.”</p> <p>One of Abigail's closest friends said that the mum was a "brilliant" parent.</p> <p>“She loves dogs and would never have a dog around the kids if she thought they were dangerous,” the friend said.</p> <p>Ellis' other three children were at the house at the time of the attack.</p> <p>The dog has been removed from the home as investigations continue.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: </em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/newborn-baby-mauled-to-death-by-familys-jealous-dog-c-1323940" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">7News</a></em></p>

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How Lindy Chamberlain is finally moving on from her tragic past

<p>Having suffered one of the worst injustices in Australian history when she was wrongly convicted and jailed for murdering her baby daughter, it would be understandable if Lindy Chamberlain was full of resentment.</p> <p>Instead, the inspirational mum could teach many about the art of forgiveness.</p> <p>Now, four decades after the horrifying incident when a dingo savagely snatched her daughter from a tent at Uluru – and the terrible aftermath to her tragedy - she’s haunted by the loss of Azaria.</p> <p>Speaking to <em>Woman’s Day</em> she said, “you can’t turn it off”.</p> <p>"You dwell on different memories over time, and there are aspects of it that soften – little insignificant parts of it. But others, I can just close my eyes and re-roll the film. I can see her in my arms. I can still clearly see expressions on her face when I was feeding her and talking to her, and the way she'd respond.”</p> <p>Recently she spoke about forgiveness and how she’s focusing on the positives and letting the past go.</p> <p>"It's not what happens that counts, it's how you choose to deal with what happens," she said at a National Christian Family Conference in Sydney.</p> <p>"You can choose if you're going to live with anger, regret and revenge and miserably think yourself a victim. Or you can choose to be a hero in your own life and forgive the past and move on. It doesn't happen immediately. Sometimes I go back and have to remind myself to start all over again. It isn't easy."</p> <p>But then Lindy has never had it easy since the tragic night on August 17, 1980 when she screamed into the night, “The dingo’s got my baby.”</p> <p> </p>

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27 teeny pick-me-ups for when you’re having the worst day ever

<p><strong>Take a walk outdoors</strong></p> <p>Beat a bummer day with a quick stroll outdoors. It’s no surprise that fresh air and nature can lift your spirits and reduce anxiety but it may surprise you to know just how little walking it takes to have a positive effect. Just five minutes walking through a park, trail or other green space is enough to spark a cascade of feel good brain chemicals, according to a study published in Environmental Science &amp; Technology.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Nibble some dark chocolate</strong></p> <p>There’s a good reason so many of use a little chocolate therapy to deal with a bad day – it works! Eating just 42g of dark chocolate lowered stress hormones in people, according to research published in the Journal of Proteome Research. And the news gets better: People who regularly ate dark chocolate reported lower feelings of depression over time.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Soak your feet in a warm tub</strong></p> <p>Tired tootsies are just one small side effect of a tough day but when your feet hurt, everything else does too. A quick foot soak in a warm tub of water can do wonders for both your sore feet and your sore spirit. Or if you have time, take a long, luxurious full-body soak. Add some epsom salts to help relax tight muscles and feel your worries wash away.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Watch a funny cat video on the internet</strong></p> <p>Let’s be honest: Cat videos are pretty much why the internet was invented. And it’s a good thing! Because of their innocence, enthusiasm and total inability to understand modern life, animals are funny in a way that people just can’t be. Plus they don’t care if you laugh at them.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Text a friend or loved one</strong></p> <p>Feeling like you haven’t a friend in the world is a major part of most terrible days. It’s easy to forget just how many people love and care about you. But thankfully it’s also just as easy to get a quick reminder. Send a quick text to your bestie, sister or mum and tell them you need a little love. We’re guessing you’ll be showered with heart emojis in no time!</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Write down three things you’re grateful for</strong></p> <p>When you’re in the midst of a horrible day, nothing is farther from your mind than counting your blessings but that may be the best thing to help you feel better, according to a study done by the University of California. Writing down a list of things you’re thankful for refocuses your mind on the positive and provides an instant lift to your mood. In fact, this simple trick works so well that the researchers reported that it even helps people with depression who don’t respond to other treatments.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Switch your hair part</strong></p> <p>Flipping or combing your hair to the other side of your head may seem like a ridiculously small change but hair experts say it’s one of the quickest ways to give yourself a new look. The new part will change the way your hair frames your face and because it goes against your hair’s natural tendencies, it can give you more volume. At the very least, it’ll make you laugh!</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Send a kind anonymous note to someone</strong></p> <p>Handwritten notes aren’t utilised enough in our digital society but there’s something very personal and touching about taking the time to write out a thank-you note or compliment. It doesn’t have to be much (one Post-It note is plenty) but jot a few thoughts down, stick it to a co-worker’s desk, a friend’s car or a family member’s lunch and watch the happy roll in. Their joy will make your worries disappear, or at least help put them in perspective.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Count the stars</strong></p> <p>Sometimes it takes staring at the infinite expanse of universe to help us realise that our problems, no matter how significant they feel in the moment, are small in the grand scheme of things. Counting the stars in the night sky will help you put things in perspective, get some fresh air, and have some quiet time alone with your thoughts.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Snap a selfie</strong></p> <p>Selfies aren’t just for supermodels and teenagers with too much time on their hands. In fact, taking a quick, silly pic of yourself and sharing it with friends and family is an instant bad-mood buster, according to a study published in the Psychology of Well-Being. The researchers noted that strategic selfie sending helped ameliorate stress and anxiety from common problems like financial difficulties, feelings of loneliness and isolation and work issues. And don’t worry too much about how you look, the point isn’t to take a news-worthy headshot but just to connect with loved ones.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Have a little caffeine</strong></p> <p>Caffeine is the world’s most commonly used mood-altering drug and with good reason, according to a study done by the University of Florida. In as little as 10 minutes it provides a slight sense of euphoria along with an invigorating burst of energy. Of course, as anyone who’s ever had a few too many cappuccinos knows, the detail is in the dosing. Too much caffeine will have the opposite effect, making you anxious, jittery and unable to sleep. Instead aim for 30 to 90 mg, the amount in one cup of coffee, and make it an occasional indulgence.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Call your grandma</strong></p> <p>When it comes to life, our grandparents have done and seen it all so they’re a rich source of support and wisdom. Really, is there any trouble a loving grandma can’t fix? Plus you know it will make them just as happy as it does you. Don’t have a surviving or loving elder to call? Remedy that stat by adopting an elderly neighbour or other relative. Maintaining close social connections are one of the best things you can do to keep a positive attitude even in the face of a no-good, very bad day.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Buy yourself a small gift</strong></p> <p>Getting a little something special can put a smile on anyone’s face. What? It’s not your birthday, you say? No matter! Make your own holiday if you like but you don’t need an excuse to treat yourself. Just make sure it’s something that won’t break the bank (causing even more bad days in the future) and is something you really like.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Better yet, buy someone else a gift</strong></p> <p>Giving yourself a little something is fun but if you want to maximise the feel-good benefits, use that money to give something to someone. People who were given cash and spent it on a gift for a loved one or a stranger felt happier and their happiness lasted twice as long as people who spent the money on themselves, according to research done by Harvard. And it doesn’t have to be much – just five dollars spent on someone else gave a week’s worth of good vibes.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Avoid the internet</strong></p> <p>While the internet has plenty of fun, interesting and educational things, it’s also home to people’s worst thoughts – thoughts that many are all too willing to share. People who use the internet to the point where it interferes with their real lives have a much higher risk of being depressed and even of committing suicide, according to a study published in Psychopathology. And it makes sense on a smaller scale as well. Whether you’re reading the latest government conspiracy, cringing at vitriolic diatribes on celebrities, or participating in flame wars in the comment sections of articles, it’s guaranteed to bring you down, especially when you’re already feeling fragile from a hard day.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Buy yourself flowers</strong></p> <p>There’s no need to wait for a special occasion or for someone to send you a bouquet as a gift. Flowers are the perfect antidote to a bad day with their bright colours and fresh scent. In fact, simply smelling a flower alters your gene activity and blood chemistry, soothing stress and giving you an immediate mood boost, according to a study done by The American Chemical Society. Plus, this way you’re guaranteed to get your favourite blooms!</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Eat a cookie</strong></p> <p>Comfort food is called such because it’s genuinely comforting, according to a study published in Psychological Science. They found that eating a warm chocolate chip cookie or a plate of gooey lasagne induces a rush of feel-good chemicals to the brain, specifically fighting feelings of loneliness and depression. For your health’s sake this probably shouldn’t be your primary method of dealing with a bad day but every once in awhile it’s totally fine to eat your favourite foods and relish the comforting memories and feelings that come with them.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Have a good cry</strong></p> <p>Too many of us resist crying as we fear looking weak or silly but there’s a healing power in tears, say scientists at Tel Aviv University. A good cry can release pent-up emotion so you can let it go and move on. In addition to the emotional benefits, they note that crying can also strengthen social ties, another way to combat a bad day.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Listen to a comedy sketch</strong></p> <p>Laughter really is the best medicine, especially for a day that’s been filled with bitter pills. And thanks to the internet, satellite radio and podcasts, a funny comedy sketch is never more than a few clicks away. Letting yourself laugh won’t fix all your problems but it may help you see the humour in them and feel a little less alone in your human predicaments.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Play with a pet</strong></p> <p>Taking Fido for a walk or giving Fluffy a snuggle has been shown in multiple studies to help reduce depression and loneliness while improving mood in everyone from university students to the elderly to people with chronic pain. And it’s easy to see why a pet can be such a powerful positive force – their combination of unconditional love, an (adorable) listening ear, and soft fur to pet is just what you need to feel better fast. Don’t have a pet? Consider volunteering at a local animal shelter or visiting a neighbour’s pet (with their permission, of course).</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Give a kid a high-five</strong></p> <p>Kids get a lot of flack for crying in public places but while they do cry a lot, they also laugh a lot – and it doesn’t take much to get a smile. So if you see a little one having a bad day, offering a silly smile or a high five is a great way to make both your days better.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Do a little dance…</strong></p> <p>Whether you love to swing your hips in a salsa, practise your kicks in a line dance, tap your toes in a tap dance, or just go free form in your own living room, moving to music is a quick and easy way to boost your mood. And the effect lasts even after the tunes are turned off. According to a study done by IOS Press, dancing of any kind increases brain volume which has all kinds of physical and emotional benefits in the long run.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Make a little love…</strong></p> <p>Sex: Curing bad days since the dawn of humanity! You don’t need a scientist to tell you that a session of good lovemaking can make you feel better but what may surprise you is what kind of sex works best. According to a study done by Penn State, the sex that makes people feel the best afterward lasts an average of 3 to 13 minutes – good news for people who are exhausted and feeling down from a tough day.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Get down tonight!</strong></p> <p>There is some real truth to the old adage “everything looks better in the morning.” In a study of identical twins, researchers from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that over half of people who got five hours or less of sleep a night reported being depressed. But this is not a case of more is always better as they also found a similar rate of depression in people sleeping 10 or more hours a night. The sweet spot for happiness is to get 7 to 8.5 hours of shut-eye a night. So if you’re having a rotten day, one of the best things you can do to make sure tomorrow is better is to hit the sack early.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Read a novel<br /></strong>Diving into another world via a novel is escapism at its finest! Reading a good book actually helps us take on the thoughts and feelings of the characters, providing temporary relief from our own woes, according to a study published in Psychological Science.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Try a headstand</strong></p> <p>Yogis know that doing an inversion – any posture where your head is lower than your heart – can have major health benefits, including mood elevation. Sometimes it takes literally changing your perspective to help you see your problems in a new light. But no worries if you’re not Cirque du Soleil. If trying a headstand against a wall is too much, try a gentler pose like laying on your back, planting your feet near your bottom and raising your hips.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Stay off social media</strong></p> <p>The more active you are on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, the more likely you are to be depressed, according to a study published in Depression and Anxiety. Researchers think that it’s because people tend to only post the best versions of themselves, leading others to compare their own lives negatively. So save yourself the pain of comparing your waistline, hairline, job or home to people you stopped talking to after high school by checking out of social media and checking in with friends IRL.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Written by </em><em>Charlotte Hilton Andersen</em><em>. This article first appeared on </em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/conditions/mental-health/27-teeny-pick-me-ups-for-when-youre-having-the-worst-day-ever?pages=1"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><em>here’s our best subscription offer</em></a><em>.</em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/conditions/mental-health/27-teeny-pick-me-ups-for-when-youre-having-the-worst-day-ever?pages=1"></a></p>

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Bindi Irwin shares sweet update on her pregnancy

<p>Bindi Irwin has shared the latest on how she's feeling in her first trimester of pregnancy.</p> <p>She's currently expecting a baby with her husband Chandler Powell and gave fans a sneak peek into how she's coping.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFNxWaSh7SV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFNxWaSh7SV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a> on Sep 16, 2020 at 4:03pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"I was taking one of those lovely pregnancy naps the other day (first trimester, tired all the time right?) and jumped a mile when I woke up," Irwin captioned the photo of a bird staring at her through the window. "This guy was watching me out my window, right next to my head! Had to share..."</p> <p>She announced that she was expecting her first child on August 11.</p> <p>"Baby Wildlife Warrior due 2021," she captioned a photo holding a tiny Australia Zoo uniform. "Chandler and I are proud to announce that we're expecting! It's an honour to share this special moment in our lives with you. Though I'm still in my first trimester, we really want you to be part of our journey from the beginning of this new life chapter. We couldn't wait to share the news as this beautiful little being has become the most important part of our lives. Your support means the world to us. Please let me know your best advice and send good vibes &amp; prayers to our little sweetheart. Love &amp; light."</p> <p>The couple were wed on March 25th with a small number of family and friends due to coronavirus restrictions.</p>

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Family tragedy unites rivals Lisa Curry and Tracey Wickham

<p><span>After the loss of Lisa Curry’s daughter Jaimi Kenny on Monday, tributes have flown in to the family.</span><br /><br /><span>A joint statement from Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny revealed their beloved oldest daughter Jaimi had passed away in hospital that morning after a battle with a long-term illness.</span><br /><br /><span>While many across the nation shared their condolences to the family, there was one from a long-time rival that particularly stood out.</span><br /><br /><span>Tracey Wickham and Curry were both swimming stars the 1980s, and won more than 20 international gold medals combined.</span><br /><br /><span>Despite the Aussie duo dominating between the lanes, out of the pool their relationship was far from friendly.</span><br /><br /><span>This was obvious when media caught wind of a frosty moment the two shares ahead of the 1982 Commonwealth Games when Curry slow clapped her rival as she walked out to the pool.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837918/snake-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e95e8d8a81734f4588f289f9d1211eff" /><em>Wickham (left) and Curry (middle)</em><br /><br /><span>But after the tragic announcement of Jaimi’s death, Wickham put their rivalry aside and reached out to Lisa.</span><br /><br /><span>“Lisa, my heart breaks for you and your family,” she wrote on Curry’s Instagram.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s a tragic time when losing a child. I can’t believe we both have lost our beloved daughters.</span><br /><br /><span>“God bless you and hoping everyone holds you tight. Big hugs … much love. Tracey.”</span><br /><br /><span>Wickham lost her daughter Hannah Ciobo in 2009 after a five-year battle with the rare disease, synovial cancer.</span><br /><br /><span>Hannah, 19, was first diagnosed with synovial sarcoma — a rare and aggressive cancer — in 2004.</span><br /><br /><span>While she did beat it after several operations and rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, it sadly returned for the final time in early 2009.</span></p> <p><span>She died three hours after achieving her final wish — marrying Tom O’Driscoll in a hospital wedding.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair met two years earlier in a cancer ward.</span><br /><br /><span>Wickham said her daughter was in a hospital gown and on oxygen, but was aware of the ceremony.</span><br /><br /><span>The heartbreaking nuptials were attended by 20 family and friends including Hannah’s dad and brother Daniel.</span><br /><br /><span>“There was love in her eyes,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Tom was alone with her, and he saw her slip away.</span><br /><br /><span>“She was too young to die. Hannah was a fighter until the end, just like her mother.</span><br /><br /><span>“She passed away peacefully with family and friends.”</span><br /><br /><span>Curry thanked the outpouring of love after she made the heartbreaking announcement of her daughter’s death.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFLUI5KDRgA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFLUI5KDRgA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lisa Curry AO (@lisacurry)</a> on Sep 15, 2020 at 5:10pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>She also issued advice to fellow parents in an Instagram post.</span><br /><br /><span>“Right now, go and give your children the biggest hug and tell them how much you love them, and do that everyday because you’ll never know if it’s the last day,” she wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>Sadly Curry was forced to hit out on social media when a fundraiser was set up by internet scammers.</span><br /><br /><span>“SOME PEOPLE !!! Someone has started a go fund me page on Mark Andrew Tabone FB page … this is NOT US,” Ms Curry wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s also sending friend requests. PLEASE DO NOT OPEN ANYTHING FROM THIS FAKE ACCOUNT.”</span></p>

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"Fan favourite" ALDI cult classic is back

<p>ALDI's popular 3-in-1 barbecue and pizza oven is set to make a comeback and fans are thrilled. </p> <p>The oven is set to appear in Saturday's September 26 Special Buys sale for just $179.</p> <p>An Aldi spokesperson described the popular item as a "fan favourite".</p> <p>"This week, the fan-favourite Special Buy Woodfire Pizza Oven will be returning to the middle aisle," they wrote.</p> <p>"While a trip to Italy might be off the cards for now, for just $179 you can cook up a storm in your own backyard."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837935/aldi-pizza-oven.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e350992d9e1a472696e13fc03c32dbe1" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>While the last pizza oven was $30 cheaper, an ALDI spokesperson confirmed that improvements have been made on the latest oven.</p> <p>"This year, the pizza oven comes with an improved heatshield to the oven, to help maintain a high temperature when cooking so you can perfect a crispy base. For recipe inspiration, visit ALDI.com.au."</p> <p>Excited fans are already thrilled with the news.</p> <p>"I have this one. We love it."</p> <p>"We have had ours for 2 years it's great."</p> <p>"It's great! My dad and partner both have one."</p> <p><em>Photo credits: <a rel="noopener" href="https://kitchen.nine.com.au/latest/aldi-bring-back-fan-favourite-3-in-1-woodfire-pizza-oven/054663f9-02a4-401d-b20a-45a328930852" target="_blank">Honey</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Coles addresses Christmas food shortage fears

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Supermarket giant Coles has reassured customers that there will be no food shortages around the festive season.</p> <p>As there's only 99 days until Christmas, supermarket bosses held crucial talks with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to ensure that the hard lockdown won't lead to food shortages around the nation.</p> <p>Coles' Chief Operating Officer Matthew Swindells told <em>Today</em> that the company is prepared for the Christmas boom.</p> <p>"(There's) lots of work still to do, we are not through it all yet, but things are looking very promising," Swindells told <em>Today.</em></p> <p>"We are all very much aligned and playing as a team to make sure we can do two things; The first is keep our customers and team members safe. The second is maintain food supply through to the community. </p> <p>"We just need to plan for that and continue to work together."</p> <p>The company's current concern is making sure food comes down the right supply channels.</p> <p>Lockdown and coronavirus has complicated things as Coles starts preparing for the festive season six months in advance.</p> <p>"It's a big logistics challenge. The team are up for it, they do a great job every year," he said.</p> <p>"There is a large amount of fresh food, as you can imagine, we all like turkey, hams, we want them as fresh as possible, we want the best food in front of our families. </p> <p>"Whilst this will be a different Christmas, a COVID-safe Christmas, I think everyone is really looking forward to celebrating."</p> <p>Swindells has urged customers to use online shopping and click-to-collect methods to ensure that they don't miss out on the items they need.</p> <p>"Don't leave it to the last minute," he said.</p> <p>"Try and pick quieter times to do shopping, maybe don't pick Saturday or Sunday afternoon.</p> <p>"There is a way in which we can all work together and make sure we get through this and all celebrate Christmas in a COVID safe way."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Death tax: Seniors may be asked to sell family home

<p><span>Baby Boomers may be asked to sell their family property when they die in order to pay for aged care costs they accrued while living under a new plan for an effect on death tax on seniors to fund their care.</span><br /><br /><span>Former Treasurer Peter Costello has urged the Morrison Government to consider an expanded pensioner loans scheme while at the Royal Commission into Aged Care.</span><br /><br /><span>This new proposal would give seniors the option to sell their family home when they die or have other assets liquidated.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Costello has called for debate on expanding a pension loans scheme to use the family home as an asset.</span><br /><br /><span>Under this plan, the retiree’s home could be sold once they die to pay off any debts or costs.</span><br /><br /><span>“I mean, financial products that can allow people to raise accommodation bonds against the family home, which is generally their greatest asset, I think there’s a much more scope for them and I think the Government could assist there,” Mr Costello said.</span><br /><br /><span>“The Government has a thing called the Pension Loan Scheme which it says is available. The private sector has what is called a reversible mortgage or equity drawdown mortgages.</span><br /><br /><span>“But I do think, you know, this is a classic area where those people that do use residential care and do have assets should be asked to make a contribution and guaranteed a return of their deaths.”</span><br /><br /><span>However Mr Costello has stressed that informed consent was the key to the proposal.</span><br /><br /><span>He said that family members would have to understand the cost would ultimately come out of the estate.</span><br /><br /><span>“Even today, if you’re asked to put up an accommodation bond, you can raise that bond with your own house as security,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I mean, the point I’d make is that I think people should do it knowingly and in advance and there should be products that allow them to do that during their lifetime. If you come around and try to take their assets after they’ve died, I think you can expect to run into a lot of opposition there.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Costello pushed debate on the option as an extension of reforms he introduced during the Howard Government.</span><br /><br /><span>“I felt you were never going to be able to run residential aged care with the ageing of the population off the taxpayer alone and you had to get private money and we introduced what we then called accommodation bonds,” Mr Costello said.</span><br /><br /><span>The longest-serving treasurer did admit that the red tape and forms around aged care were extremely complex - too complex for even him.</span><br /><br /><span>“Now, the members of my family I have attempted to fill in these income and assets tests. You all ought to do them,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’m reasonably financially literate. I had a lot of trouble filling it in. I don’t know how a person going into a nursing home would ever be able to fill it in.</span><br /><br /><span>“We’re talking about people who might be 80 or 90 years of age. How do they do this? My suspicion is that a lot of them just don’t.”</span><br /><br /><span>Former Treasury secretary Ken Henry told the inquiry he believes that a compulsory tax levy to fund aged care is necessary.</span><br /><br /><span>However he did echo the same concern and Costello had about the complexity of the system.</span><br /><br /><span>“My principal source of discomfort is that the system overall is horribly complex and it contains a very high level of uncertainty for people,” Dr Henry said.</span><br /><br /><span>“People who are elderly, people who are vulnerable, people who are suffering emotional and psychological stress, many, of course, unfortunately are mentally impaired to some extent, too many have little or inadequate family support and they confront the aged care system knowing nothing about it, knowing that they have no real option but to throw themselves into the system because it’s quite simply impossible for them to continue to look after themselves.</span><br /><br /><span>“And they’re bewildered. This system is unsustainable. It’s underfunded, it’s under resourced and it will not be tolerated. In particular, it will not be tolerated by the Baby Boomers themselves when they find themselves in this system.”</span></p>

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"Karen" assaults old man after trying to steal Ooshies from him

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>A "Karen" has gone viral after she allegedly got into a physical altercation at a Woolworths after trying to steal Ooshies from an old man's trolley.</p> <p>The details of the fight were posted on Reddit by a shopper who witnessed the incident.</p> <p>“So this literally just happened about half an hour ago and it p*ssed me off,” the shopper wrote on Tuesday.</p> <p>“I finish up my shopping and the total came to $60, so I went collected the 3 Ooshies,” the shopper wrote, saying they first offered them to an elderly woman who “respectfully declined”.</p> <p>“I then see an older gentleman and ask again. He said yes and that they would love them as his oldest [grandchild] is only 7.”</p> <p>“Perfect, so I hand them over (to the elderly man) and that’s when I hear a troll clearing her throat. I turn around to see a ‘Karen’ staring at me standing next to her son as he just looked at his phone. I wasn’t in the way of anything so I just gave her a confused look.”</p> <p>The shopper explained that the "Karen" then argued with them about the Ooshies.</p> <p>“What about my son,” the "Karen" said adding, “If you‘re giving them away you should give some to him.”</p> <p>The shopper said that 14 was a "little old" and that they wanted to give the Ooshies to someone with younger kids.</p> <p>The "Karen" suggested a trade of the unopened Ooshies for some of her son's duplicates.</p> <p>“Thank you but I’d rather the kids open them as that’s half the fun,” the elderly man said.</p> <p>She then offered six Ooshies to the shopper for their unopened three, opening up her bag showing she has a swag of the collectibles.</p> <p>“Sorry these are for my grandkids,” the elderly man said.</p> <p>“Just give me the damn things,” the woman allegedly said.</p> <p>According to the account on Reddit, things got physical.</p> <p>“She then lunges forward and snatches them out of his cart, I see this coming so I grab her around the wrist stopping her from taking them,” the shopper wrote. “People started watching the incident.”</p> <p>“Let go or I’ll have you arrested for assault,” she is reported to have said.</p> <p>“Only after you let go,” the shopper said.</p> <p>A store manger then had to intervene between the group, and the woman walked off.</p> <p>“The manager apologised to the old man and he even cracked a joke about how he hasn‘t had something stolen off him since the white man came to Australia (he was Aboriginal) and thanked me.”</p> <p>Others were quick to comment, saying that they've seen similar issues play out when small items are given away.</p> <p>“I remember the beanie-baby craze and when McDonalds was giving away mini-beanie-babies with their happy meals and people were crazy about those things (my mother collected them). They were SO expensive too! I bet she was going to re-sell no doubt,” one user commented.</p> <p>“I worked there during the first teeny weeny Beanie Bratz craze,” another said. “We had a limit of 2 that you could buy without a happy meal purchase, and only were giving out one version at a time until those boxes were gone, then moved on to the next."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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A computer can guess more than 100,000,000,000 passwords per second. Still think yours is secure?

<p>Passwords have been used for thousands of years as a means of identifying ourselves to others and in more recent times, to computers. It’s a simple concept – a shared piece of information, kept secret between individuals and used to “prove” identity.</p> <p>Passwords in an IT context <a href="https://www.wired.com/2012/01/computer-password/">emerged in the 1960s</a> with <a href="https://www.techopedia.com/definition/24356/mainframe">mainframe</a> computers – large centrally operated computers with remote “terminals” for user access. They’re now used for everything from the PIN we enter at an ATM, to logging in to our computers and various websites.</p> <p>But why do we need to “prove” our identity to the systems we access? And why are passwords so hard to get right?</p> <p><strong>What makes a good password?</strong></p> <p>Until relatively recently, a good password might have been a word or phrase of as little as six to eight characters. But we now have minimum length guidelines. This is because of “entropy”.</p> <p>When talking about passwords, entropy is the <a href="https://www.itdojo.com/a-somewhat-brief-explanation-of-password-entropy/">measure of predictability</a>. The maths behind this isn’t complex, but let’s examine it with an even simpler measure: the number of possible passwords, sometimes referred to as the “password space”.</p> <p>If a one-character password only contains one lowercase letter, there are only 26 possible passwords (“a” to “z”). By including uppercase letters, we increase our password space to 52 potential passwords.</p> <p>The password space continues to expand as the length is increased and other character types are added.</p> <p>However, the problem with depending on password complexity is that computers are highly efficient at repeating tasks – including guessing passwords.</p> <p>Last year, a <a href="https://www.cbronline.com/news/stolen-user-credentials">record was set</a> for a computer trying to generate every conceivable password. It achieved a rate faster than 100,000,000,000 guesses per second.</p> <p>By leveraging this computing power, cyber criminals can hack into systems by bombarding them with as many password combinations as possible, in a process called <a href="https://www.kaspersky.com/resource-center/definitions/brute-force-attack">brute force attacks</a>.</p> <p>And with cloud-based technology, guessing an eight-character password can be achieved in as little as 12 minutes and cost as little as US$25.</p> <p>Also, because passwords are almost always used to give access to sensitive data or important systems, this motivates cyber criminals to actively seek them out. It also drives a lucrative online market selling passwords, some of which come with email addresses and/or usernames.</p> <p><strong>How are passwords stored on websites?</strong></p> <p>Website passwords are usually stored in a protected manner using a mathematical algorithm called <a href="https://www.wired.com/2016/06/hacker-lexicon-password-hashing/">hashing</a>. A hashed password is unrecognisable and can’t be turned back into the password (an irreversible process).</p> <p>When you try to login, the password you enter is hashed using the same process and compared to the version stored on the site. This process is repeated each time you login.</p> <p>For example, the password “Pa$$w0rd” is given the value “02726d40f378e716981c4321d60ba3a325ed6a4c” when calculated using the SHA1 hashing algorithm. Try it <a href="https://passwordsgenerator.net/sha1-hash-generator/">yourself</a>.</p> <p>When faced with a file full of hashed passwords, a brute force attack can be used, trying every combination of characters for a range of password lengths. This has become such common practice that there are websites that list common passwords alongside their (calculated) hashed value. You can simply search for the hash to reveal the corresponding password.</p> <p>The theft and selling of passwords lists is now so common, a <a href="https://haveibeenpwned.com/">dedicated website</a> — haveibeenpwned.com — is available to help users check if their accounts are “in the wild”. This has grown to include more than 10 billion account details.</p> <p>If your email address is listed on this site you should definitely change the detected password, as well as on any other sites for which you use the same credentials.</p> <p><strong>Is more complexity the solution?</strong></p> <p>You would think with so many password breaches occurring daily, we would have improved our password selection practices. Unfortunately, last year’s annual <a href="https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/91461-the-worst-passwords-of-2019">SplashData password survey</a> has shown little change over five years.</p> <p>As computing capabilities increase, the solution would appear to be increased complexity. But as humans, we are not skilled at (nor motivated to) remember highly complex passwords.</p> <p>We’ve also passed the point where we use only two or three systems needing a password. It’s now common to access numerous sites, with each requiring a password (often of varying length and complexity). A recent survey suggests there are, on average, <a href="https://www.newswire.com/news/new-research-most-people-have-70-80-passwords-21103705">70-80 passwords per person</a>.</p> <p>The good news is there are tools to address these issues. Most computers now support password storage in either the operating system or the web browser, usually with the option to share stored information across multiple devices.</p> <p>Examples include Apple’s <a href="https://www.computerworld.com/article/3254183/how-to-use-icloud-keychain-the-guide.html">iCloud Keychain</a> and the ability to save passwords in Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox (although <a href="https://www.howtogeek.com/447345/why-you-shouldnt-use-your-web-browsers-password-manager/">less reliable</a>).</p> <p><a href="https://tech.co/password-managers/what-is-a-password-manager">Password managers</a> such as KeePassXC can help users generate long, complex passwords and store them in a secure location for when they’re needed.</p> <p>While this location still needs to be protected (usually with a long “master password”), using a password manager lets you have a unique, complex password for every website you visit.</p> <p>This won’t prevent a password from being stolen from a vulnerable website. But if it is stolen, you won’t have to worry about changing the same password on all your other sites.</p> <p>There are of course vulnerabilities in these solutions too, but perhaps that’s a story for another day.</p> <p><em>Written by Paul Haskell-Dowland and Brianna O’Shea. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/a-computer-can-guess-more-than-100-000-000-000-passwords-per-second-still-think-yours-is-secure-144418">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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"They make you question yourself": Senior loses life savings in elaborate police scam

<p>Ann Miles had no idea what she would be getting herself into when she answered a call from what appeared to be the St George Bank fraud team.</p> <p>She was alarmed when the person told her over the phone that she had been scammed and although she was initially hesitant of their legitimacy, she ended up believing them after they gave her a number to call back on.</p> <p>“And the girl said to me 'St George bank fraud section can I help you?' It was how a business should operate,” she told A Current Affair.</p> <p>The scammer went on to convince Ms Miles that they needed her to play a role in an AFP operation that would catch a network of scam artists.</p> <p>"I love to help people, I'd do anything for anybody – and I thought, wow, to be able to help the AFP to bust up a scamming ring would be fantastic," Ms Miles explained.</p> <p>The scammer informed Ms Miles that she was involved in a highly confidential situation and that the details needed to remain top secret.</p> <p>Over the course of two weeks, he instructed her to attend St George branches and withdraw significant amounts of money from her account.</p> <p>The scammer then told Ms Miles that she had to drive to a bank and deposit the money into the account number they gave her.</p> <p>Each time, she was assured the deposits were catching thieves and con artists.</p> <p>All in all, Ms Miles was scammed out of $36,000 and she believed she was helping federal police the entire time.</p> <p>Ms Miles was devastated when she realised her mistake.</p> <p>“I just went to water, I just lost it then,” she said.</p> <p>Nick Savvides, Chief Technology Officer for APAC at Forcepoint told <em>A Current Affair</em>: "No bank is going to call you and ask you to be a part of a police sting.</p> <p>"They're not going to ask you to put your own money at stake, your own safety at stake and to help them catch a criminal."</p> <p>Mr Savvides says scammers have adapted their methods of scamming their victims, and one way is by encouraging people to take out their own money at atm’s and banks so no red flags are raised.</p> <p>"If you turn up to the bank and say I want $5000 of my own money and you have the right documents and identification verifications with you, they're going to give it to you,” he said.</p> <p>“It's your money after all."</p> <p>Mr Savvides has urged consumers to protect themselves by turning on two-factor authentication, signing up for SMS alerts, having a unique and complex password, hanging up on people who claim to be the bank and instead call them back on their website’s number or off the back of your card.</p> <p>"Don't call them from the details that are in that communications because the scammers controls those," Mr Savvides said.</p> <p>"Scammers understand human psychology. They know which buttons to push.</p> <p>"They create a sense of urgency and they make you question yourself, so you don't question them."</p>

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Behind the new Samsung Fold: how the quest to maximise screen size is driving major innovation

<p>To enlarge a phone, or not to enlarge a phone? That is the question. In the world of flagship smartphones, there seems to be one clear trend: bigger is better.</p> <p>Manufacturers are trying to strip away anything that might stand in the way of the largest possible slab of screen. There is also growing demand for thinner phones with diminishing <a href="https://www.lifewire.com/bezel-4155199">bezels</a> (the area surrounding a screen).</p> <p>This trend has now culminated in the latest innovation in smartphone design, the <a href="https://www.t3.com/au/news/best-folding-phones">foldable screen phone</a>. These devices sport thin <a href="https://www.techradar.com/au/news/what-is-oled">OLED</a> self illuminating screens that can be folded in half.</p> <p>The newest release is the <a href="https://www.theverge.com/21427462/samsung-galaxy-z-fold-2-review">Samsung Galaxy Z fold 2</a> – a device that is almost three-quarters screen and has extravagant overtones rivalled only by a hefty <a href="https://www.samsung.com/au/smartphones/galaxy-z-fold2/buy/">A$2,999 price tag</a>.</p> <p><strong>Hear from them</strong></p> <p>But to prevent the phones themselves from growing to unwieldy size, manufacturers are having to find ways to balance size with usability and durability. This presents some interesting engineering challenges, as well as some innovative solutions.</p> <p><strong>Internal design complexities of folding phones</strong></p> <p>Modern phones still typically use a thin LCD or plastic OLED display covered by an outer glass panel.</p> <p>Folding displays are a new category that exploit the flexibility of OLED display panels. Instead of simply fixing these panels to a rigid glass panel, they carefully engineer the panel so that it bends – but never quite tightly enough to snap or crack.</p> <p>Internal structural support is needed to make sure the panel doesn’t crease, or isn’t stressed to the point of creating damage, discolouration or visible surface ripples.</p> <p>Since this is a mechanical, moving system, reliability issues need to be considered. For instance, how long will the hinge last? How many times can it be <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/4/20898484/samsung-galaxy-fold-folding-test-failure-durability">folded and unfolded</a> before it malfunctions? Will dirt or dust make its way into the assembly during daily use and affect the screen?</p> <p>Such devices need an added layer of reliability over traditional slab-like phones, which have no moving parts.</p> <p><strong>Large screen, thin phone: a recipe for disaster?</strong></p> <p>Each generation of smartphones becomes thinner and with smaller bezels, which improves the viewing experience but can make the phone harder to handle.</p> <p>In such designs, the area of the device you can grip without touching the display screen is small. This leads to a higher chance of <a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/study-19-percent-of-people-drop-phones-down-toilet/">dropping the device</a> – a blunder even the best of us have made.</p> <p>There’s an ongoing tussle between consumers and manufacturers. Consumers want a large, viewable surface as well as an easily portable and rugged device. But from an engineering point of view, these are usually competing requirements.</p> <p>You’ll often see people in smartphone ads holding the device with two hands. In real life, however, most people use their phone with <a href="https://www.smartinsights.com/mobile-marketing/mobile-design/research-on-mobile-interaction-behaviour-and-design/">one</a> <a href="https://alistapart.com/article/how-we-hold-our-gadgets/">hand</a>.</p> <p>Thus, the shift towards larger, thinner phones has also given rise to a boom in demand for assistive tools attached to the back, such as <a href="https://www.androidcentral.com/best-popsockets">pop-out grips and phone rings</a>.</p> <p>In trying to maximise screen size, smartphone developers also have to account for interruptions in the display, such as the placement of cameras, laser scanners (for face or object identification), proximity sensors and speakers. All are placed to minimise visual intrusion.</p> <p><strong>Now you see it, now you don’t</strong></p> <p>In the engineering world, to measure the physical world you need either cameras or sensors, such as in a fingerprint scanner.</p> <p>With the race to increase the real estate space on screens, typically these cameras and scanners are placed somewhere around the screen. But they take up valuable space.</p> <p>This is why we’ve recently seen tricks to carve out more space for them, such as <a href="https://www.techradar.com/au/news/this-is-the-worlds-first-smartphone-where-half-the-screen-is-a-fingerprint-scanner">pop up</a> cameras and <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=phone+screen+hole+for+camera&amp;source=lmns&amp;bih=598&amp;biw=1280&amp;rlz=1C5CHFA_enAU871AU871&amp;safe=active&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=2ahUKEwjXvcyoveDrAhUwhUsFHXvqBYMQ_AUoAHoECAEQAA">punch-hole</a> cameras, in which the camera sits in a cutout hole allowing the display to extend to the corners.</p> <p>But another fantastic place for sensors is right in front of us: the screen. Or more specifically, under the screen.</p> <p>Samsung is one company that has suggested placing selfie-cameras and fingerprint readers behind the screen. But how do you capture a photo or a face image through a layer of screen?</p> <p>Up until recently, this has been put in the “too hard basket”. But that is changing: Xiaomi, Huawei and <a href="https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/262497-samsung-patent-shows-phone-camera-inside-display">Samsung</a> all have patents for <a href="https://www.phonearena.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s21-s30-under-display-camera_id125174">under-display cameras</a>.</p> <p>There are a range of ways to do this, from allowing a camera to see through the screen, to using <a href="https://www.rp-photonics.com/microlenses.html">microlenses</a> and camera pixels distributed throughout the display itself – similar to an insect’s <a href="https://www.britannica.com/animal/insect/Nervous-system#ref250944">compound eye</a>.</p> <p>In either case, the general engineering challenge is to implement the feature in a way that doesn’t impact screen image quality, nor majorly affect camera resolution or colour accuracy.</p> <p><strong>Laptops in our pockets</strong></p> <p>With up to 3.8 billion smartphone users <a href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/330695/number-of-smartphone-users-worldwide/">expected by 2021</a>, mobile computing is a primary consumer technology area seeing significant growth and investment.</p> <p>One driver for this is the professional market, where larger mobile devices allow more efficient on-the-go business transactions. The second market is individuals who who <a href="https://www.statista.com/topics/779/mobile-internet/"><em>only</em> have a mobile device</a> and no laptop or desktop computer.</p> <p>It’s all about choice, but also functionality. Whatever you choose has to get the job done, support a positive user experience, but also survive the rigours of the real world.</p> <p><em>Written by Andrew Maxwell. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/behind-the-new-samsung-fold-how-the-quest-to-maximise-screen-size-is-driving-major-innovation-145700">The Conversation.</a></em></p>

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Samantha Armytage puts wedding to Richard Lavender “on hold”

<p>Samantha Armytage has revealed that her plans to marry her businessman fiancé Richard Lavender is now “on hold”. </p> <p>While speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sam-armytage-sunrise-hosts-wedding-plans-revealed-nuptials-pushed-back-to-2021/news-story/c828d9bbb2747ad5038e077e91c60b57" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a>,<span> </span>the<span> </span>Sunrise<span> </span>host says the wedding may now be postponed to 2021. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCPMBl-nNp6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCPMBl-nNp6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Samantha Armytage ⭐️ (@sam_armytage)</a> on Jul 4, 2020 at 3:41pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 44-year-old shared that she dreamt of having a large wedding filled to the brim with her and Richard’s loved ones but unfortunately the pandemic had made that impossible.</p> <p>Sam said: “Because we want to have a party with more than 20 people, we have sort of put it on hold.”</p> <p>She went on to add that they are not in any hurry to tie the knot.</p> <p>“We will get married but put the planning on hold because there is no point until we can actually make a proper plan in booking anything so no plans yet but we will get there.”</p> <p>The journalist shared her engagement with fans in late June.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4iT4POn5On/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4iT4POn5On/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Samantha Armytage ⭐️ (@sam_armytage)</a> on Nov 6, 2019 at 11:42am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Earlier this month her Sunrise co-star Edwina Bartholomew accidentally let slip that the couple would be celebrating their nuptials in a “paddock”.</p> <p>“Happy birthday @sam_armytage Next time we are drunk in a paddock will be on your big day,” the 37-year-old captioned the post.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-i6tInHXzS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-i6tInHXzS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Samantha Armytage ⭐️ (@sam_armytage)</a> on Apr 3, 2020 at 9:29pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>While Edwina didn't give any further details on where Sam plans on tying the knot, it is likely that she was referring to one of the rural properties owned by Sam and Richard in the Southern Highlands of NSW. </p>

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Where are the films starring successful women entrepreneurs?

<p><a href="https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/the-inventor-out-for-blood-in-silicon-valley">The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley</a>, now streaming in Australia on Binge, depicts Theranos founder and former CEO Elizabeth Holmes as a bewitching sociopath.</p> <p>Holmes wanted to revolutionise health care by providing a simple and cheap way to perform blood tests using only a finger prick. In 2003, she founded Theranos, with a vision of the company’s machines in every home in America.</p> <p>But, as the Wall Street Journal’s John Carreyrou <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/theranos-has-struggled-with-blood-tests-1444881901">revealed</a> in 2015, Holmes created an intricate web of deception. Even as machines found their way into chemists and were being used by medical insurance companies, they never actually worked.</p> <p>Holmes put patients’ lives at risk and cost investors millions of dollars.</p> <p>The documentary is compelling viewing, but as it enters a very slim field of movies about female entrepreneurs it is worth questioning the impact of the stories we choose to tell.</p> <p><strong>Fall from grace</strong></p> <p>The journey Holmes took from young idol to spectacular failure is a story about systemic issues and the <a href="https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/silicon-valley-work-culture/">sometimes toxic</a> culture of the world of start-ups.</p> <p>Prior to the scandal breaking, Holmes was <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/12/15/blood-simpler">celebrated in the media</a>. She was portrayed as a Stanford University dropout with a vision for changing the world. She raised hundreds of millions of dollars from powerful men in a start-up landscape known for its <a href="https://hbr.org/2020/01/how-the-vc-pitch-process-is-failing-female-entrepreneurs">discriminating funding practices</a>.</p> <p>She made the <a href="https://www.forbes.com/profile/elizabeth-holmes/#338f337c47a7">cover</a> of Forbes magazine in 2014 as the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire. Holmes represented a heady mix of tech, science and business. She was the golden girl of the start-up world.</p> <p>This made her fall from grace even more spectacular.</p> <p>But compare Holmes’ portrayal with another well known example of a deceitful male entrepreneur: <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/feb/28/wolf-of-wall-street-jordan-belfort-sex-drugs">Jordan Belfort</a>, the “wolf of Wall Street”.</p> <p>Belfort ran an elaborate crime scheme linked to manipulating the stock market and was jailed for 22 months for securities fraud. Nonetheless, his <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/522776.The_Wolf_of_Wall_Street">autobiography</a> and Martin Scorsese’s 2013 <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993846/">film adaptation</a> depict Belfort’s story as celebration of wealth and power, rather than a critical review of his fraudulent behaviour.</p> <p><strong>Where are all the good stories?</strong></p> <p>Feature films about female entrepreneurs are few and far between.</p> <p><a href="https://journals.aom.org/doi/abs/10.5465/AMBPP.2020.21276abstract">Research</a> from one of the authors examined English-language films from 1986 to 2016 with female entrepreneurs as the central character. Over the 30-year period, only 11 films about women entrepreneurs were identified – fewer than the number of <a href="https://www.macworld.co.uk/news/apple/steve-jobs-movies-documentaries-to-watch-3786148/">films about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs</a> alone.</p> <p>From <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092605/">Baby Boom</a> (1987), where Diane Keaton’s character starts a baby food business, to Melissa McCarthy’s brownie empire in <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2702724">The Boss</a> (2016), these films overwhelmingly depicted female entrepreneurs as running small-scale kitchen table businesses in female-dominated industries.</p> <p>These movies told stories of cleaning, as in <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2446980/">Joy</a> (2015) and <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0862846/">Sunshine Cleaning</a> (2008); fashion, as in <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2361509/">The Intern</a> (2015); and not-for-profit work, as in the <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116313/">First Wives Club</a> (1996).</p> <p>Businesses depicted typically had low numbers of paid employees. The entrepreneurs were resource-poor, and most often it was a supporting male character who helped the female entrepreneur succeed.</p> <p>Additionally, the study found a woman starting her own business is seemingly not enough to hold audience attention: all films included a parallel romantic storyline.</p> <p><strong>The female entrepreneur as role model</strong></p> <p>Celebrating successful female role models <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167487011000353">encourages women</a> to dream big and succeed in male dominated arenas.</p> <p>Role models provide a source of inspiration and contribute to self-belief. As the quantity of entrepreneurship related media increases, so does the amount of <a href="https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11365-006-0018-8.pdf">entrepreneurial activity</a>.</p> <p>However, negative portrayals of careers may <a href="https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1997-04591-001">prevent</a> people from considering a profession.</p> <p>The case of Holmes and Theranos is damaging for the <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-03-14/theranos-misled-investors-and-consumers-who-used-its-blood-test">betrayed</a> customers and investors, but also for the field of entrepreneurship, which only in recent decades has seen its reputation overhauled.</p> <p>Entrepreneurship was once the <a href="http://cup.columbia.edu/book/a-brief-history-of-entrepreneurship/9780231173049">domain of racketeers</a>. Over time, it has evolved to be the domain of tech celebrities, socially conscious founders and a vehicle for upward social mobility – but still, too often, a domain of men.</p> <p><a href="https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429279836/chapters/10.4324/9780429279836-26">One study</a> investigated how female entrepreneurs are featured on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine. Women were vastly outnumbered by men on the cover, and were often portrayed in a stereotypical female fashion.</p> <p>Words surrounding images of women tended to be about nurturing, health, beauty and fashion. Wording accompanying images of male entrepreneurs talked of power, innovation and risk taking.</p> <p>Women were “glamified” in full make-up and focus given to their face, while men were more likely to be standing and set against a corporate colour palette.</p> <p>How we tell stories of female entrepreneurs matters.</p> <p>In order to achieve equity in entrepreneurship, we need to acknowledge the role of the media in filling the entrepreneurship pipeline.</p> <p>Positive depictions of innovative women act as a mirror, showing girls and women what they can achieve. We need more, and better, stories about female entrepreneurs so stories about female innovation aren’t limited to failure and fraud.</p> <p><em>Written by Bronwyn Eager and Louise Grimmer. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/the-inventor-tells-a-story-of-a-fraudulent-female-billionaire-where-are-the-films-starring-successful-women-entrepreneurs-145922">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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Outraged fans announce "death" of J.K. Rowling

<p>J.K Rowling's new book called <em>Troubled Blood</em> has made fans furious, as it features a male serial killer who dresses as a woman while on violent killing sprees.</p> <p>Rowling has previously made controversial comments about the transgender community, including a range of tweets comparing hormone therapy to gay conversion therapy.</p> <p>Hormone therapy is where transgender people take sex hormones to align their bodies more closely with their gender identity and gay conversion therapy refers to the discredited practice of trying to change sexual orientation using psychological or spiritual means.</p> <p>Fans have had enough and have declared her "dead" by sending the hashtag #RIPJKRowling to the top of the Twitter trending charts. </p> <p>“In memory of jk rowling. she ain’t dead, but she killed her own career by proudly hating trans people &amp; no one would really miss her that much anyway,” wrote one Twitter user.</p> <p>“#RIPJKRowling she (ain’t) dead but her career is,” added another.</p> <p>“Imagine getting cancelled so hard, we have to pretend that you died,” chimed in someone else.</p> <p>J.K Rowling has published five books under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith and <em>Troubled Blood</em> is the latest.</p> <p>In <em>The Silkworm</em>, the second novel in the series, Rowling portrays a trans character as being “unstable and aggressive.”</p> <p>“The meat of the book is the investigation into a cold case: the disappearance of GP Margot Bamborough in 1974, thought to have been a victim of Dennis Creed, a transvestite serial killer,” wrote the <em>Telegraph</em> in a review of the novel.</p> <p>“One wonders what critics of Rowling’s stance on trans issues will make of a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress.”</p> <p>Rowling defended her past comments in an essay.</p> <p>“I’m concerned about the huge explosion in young women wishing to transition and also about the increasing numbers who seem to be detransitioning (returning to their original sex), because they regret taking steps that have, in some cases, altered their bodies irrevocably, and taken away their fertility,” she wrote.</p>

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Hemsworth brothers list stunning Malibu retreat for $4.9 million

<p><span>Australian brothers Chris, Liam and Luke Hemsworth are looking to let go of their Malibu home that they shared for $4.9 million.</span><br /><br /><span>Together the trio have lifted the price $1.45 million more than they paid for the place using a trust four years ago, real estate records show.</span><br /><br /><span>While there were not many changes made to the 4,612-square-foot floor plan, with its polished concrete floors, warm woody accents and shiny marble finishes - they did touch up the landscape and exterior of the house.</span><br /><br /><span>The home hosts four marvellous bedrooms, four bathrooms, a sunny chef’s kitchen and a wine cellar.</span><br /><br /><span>It also features a spacious media room that is decked out with purple walls and carpet floors.</span><br /><br /><span>The back patio includes a sauna and beyond that is serene tiered gardens that overlook a grassy lawn and unbelievable mountain dunes.</span><br /><br /><span>Altogether, the Malibu retreat is 1.3 acres and is above Point Dume.</span><br /><br /><span>Chris Hemsworth, 37, is best known for his role as Thor in the Marvel cinematic universe.</span><br /><br /><span>Liam Hemsworth, 30, gained fame for his role as Gale Hawthorne in “The Hunger Games” trilogy.</span><br /><br /><span>Luke Hemsworth, 39, plays the part of Ashley Stubbs on HBO’s critically acclaimed sci-fi western show “Westworld.”</span></p>

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DIY “man cave” tips for the perfect home escape

<p><em>Building a private space in your home where you can get away and relax is the perfect DIY project. Kennards Hire equipment specialist ‘Benny from The Block’ shares his tips to help get your man cave up and running.</em></p> <p>“Man cave” might conjure up a vision of Pirelli calendars and poker nights, and you’re partly right. But today’s man cave can be a music room, TV room, party room, or workshop. The important thing is that it's a private space where you can get away from the routines of domestic life.</p> <p>One person that knows the benefits of some quality ‘me time’ is <em>The Block’s</em> equipment specialist, Benny. Besides working all hours keeping contestants supplied with quality equipment, he’s also a busy dad to a 3-year-old. Building a private space in your home where you can get away and relax is the perfect DIY project, and Benny’s happy to share his tips to help get your man cave up and running.</p> <p><strong>Budget friendly</strong></p> <p>“Building a man cave from scratch is a big task but converting a garage to a man cave is a way to make the job budget-friendly, and well within the skillset of the average DIYer,” said Benny.</p> <p><strong>Back to basics</strong></p> <p>First you need to work out how big of a space you’re working with. Measure up, get some graph paper and work out how you might use it.</p> <p>Then decide all the fittings. How many power points and lights are needed? Will you need heating or cooling? Will your man cave have a sound system, bar fridge or computer? These are all important questions to ask yourself when getting started.</p> <p>“After deciding on your budget and how you will use the space, it's time to de-clutter and give the garage a good vacuum to create a blank canvas. An <a href="https://email.directgroup.com.au/owa/redir.aspx?C=ulyvlZG98NNcNzH7AG52u2087iAAWXJ5KXOcQLR76o6ECYvF0FfYCA..&amp;URL=https%3a%2f%2fwww.kennards.com.au%2fvacuum-cleaner-industrial.html%3ftrackParams%3d2467-1-4-99.33">industrial vacuum cleaner from Kennards Hire</a> makes this easy," said Benny.</p> <p><strong>Fixing the floor</strong></p> <p>A concrete slab is a ready-made and durable floor, which saves you money on putting down a new one. Benny suggests a <a href="https://email.directgroup.com.au/owa/redir.aspx?C=2H9Aub9kukGYFu4c09CES5tpNtzL7y9kw4XLI-eAThSECYvF0FfYCA..&amp;URL=https%3a%2f%2fwww.kennards.com.au%2fconcrete%2fsurface-preparation%2fconcrete-renovator1.html">concrete renovator</a> to remove paint, epoxies, resins, grout and adhesives, then take a high speed <a href="https://email.directgroup.com.au/owa/redir.aspx?C=PhhWYzygov2a4m7kJcpgOIffRKKXCkBdWFuUMvzJHTiECYvF0FfYCA..&amp;URL=https%3a%2f%2fwww.kennards.com.au%2fconcrete%2fsurface-preparation%2fburnisher-400mm.html">concrete burnisher</a> to buff the surface to a fine, smooth finish.</p> <p>The final step is to apply a high gloss epoxy floor coating such as <a href="https://email.directgroup.com.au/owa/redir.aspx?C=LFktHd_U2JUVVoRBck3geb1EK6hQgHa6JB4rrW14pMOECYvF0FfYCA..&amp;URL=https%3a%2f%2fwww.kennards.com.au%2ffloor-sealer-epimax-pro-333wb-xp-clr-20l.html%3ftrackParams%3d5670-1-1-100">Epimax Pro</a>, a water-based concrete sealant that’s easy for any DIYer to apply and clean up.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Insulating for year-round use (and soundproofing!)</strong></p> <p>Next is temperature control. Is your garage insulated? Good insulation will make your man cave more comfortable, all year round, and helps reduce heating and cooling costs. Insulation will also reduce noise transfer to give you some peace and quiet.</p> <p><strong>Interior lining</strong></p> <p>If your garage is brick, you might want to line the interior walls to lighten up the space. Plasterboard is reasonably easy to install with two people, and it’s forgiving if you make mistakes. But it can also be a slow and messy job if you’re doing it by hand and hiring a <a href="https://email.directgroup.com.au/owa/redir.aspx?C=SnJeBJZCu8QJX0ANcktuLeAFpcRHrHt-pntseAO9B5aECYvF0FfYCA..&amp;URL=https%3a%2f%2fwww.kennards.com.au%2fsander-plasterboard-includes-vacuum.html%3ftrackParams%3d4130-1-1-94.15">plasterboard sander with vacuum</a> from Kennards Hire can reduce the time and mess.</p> <p><strong>Finishing touches</strong></p> <p>“Paint is a cheap and easy way to achieve the look you want for your man cave - whether you're going for a bright and airy studio or a bar after dark vibe. If you have a large area to cover or you just want to speed up the job, an <a href="https://email.directgroup.com.au/owa/redir.aspx?C=UOOoCIM86WWYC_i760FbW4YcKsk0o6Plv35kl6IIAPGECYvF0FfYCA..&amp;URL=https%3a%2f%2fwww.kennards.com.au%2fsprayer-airless-large.html%3ftrackParams%3d3382-1-3-99.37">airless sprayer</a> can speed things up,” said Benny.</p> <p>“Finish off by furnishing the space. A pool table, a bar, surround sound TV, bookshelves, a piano, a potter’s wheel … the only limit is your imagination and your budget.”</p>

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