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Who is cheaper? Woman’s shares shocking supermarket shopping list

<p>Catherine Hoge has proven she is a pro when it comes to finding a bargain, however even she was shocked to realise how much cheaper her produce is from a local grocer rather than a major supermarket.</p> <p>The 52-year-old nurse from Manly, Brisbane, says she often bulk-purchases when it comes to fruits and veggies for herself, her pet pig and her friend’s 10 miniature horses. </p> <p>Ms Hodge says she can easily become carried away and spend much more than she needs to every few weeks, so believes it is important to keep a steady plan when it comes to large purchases. </p> <p>“I always keep an eye out for the Woolworths catalogue and print off the half price specials and buy that,” she says. </p> <p>However, not even Ms Hoge realised just how “crazy” the price difference was when she compared her local grocer’s prices to woolies. </p> <p>Sharing her huge savings to the popular Facebook group Simple Savers, Ms Hoge revealed that for 11 different types of items including bananas, rockmelon, strawberries and oranges, she managed to save $129.75. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837155/jetstar-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/eb931c9a424346adb6b90cab0449a387" /></p> <p>How she managed to do it was by simply opting to shop at her local Birkdale Farmers market in Brisbane.</p> <p>“The differences are crazy,” she said. </p> <p>“Price comparison. Suburban fruit ’n’ veg market vs local Woolies. $79.33 saved … 61 per cent cheaper!”</p> <p>She later edited the post to reveal she in fact saved about $130.</p> <p>The list showed insane price comparisons including lady finger bananas to be $1.99/kg at her local grocer but $7.50/kg at Woolworths Mayfair Village.</p> <p>Respectively strawberries cost her $6.98/kg compared to $11.20/kg.</p> <p>Rockmelons were what shocked her the most. </p> <p>At just 9 cents each, she decided to buy 12, but the price left her so stunned she asked a staff member if it was correct.</p> <p>“I asked the lady it was a mistake, if they actually were 9 cents … it’s just crazy. I knew I was saving a massive amount but I never expected it to be this much,” Ms Hoge told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/womans-supermarket-comparison-list-reveals-crazy-price-difference/news-story/9a5ad91f1428f28ecf0e2d6b14def6dc" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</p> <p>She says her woolies didn’t have candy melons and instead used the cost from Coles to make the comparison.</p> <p>All in all, choosing to buy from Woolies would have set her back $180.17.</p> <p>“I buy whatever is cheapest,” she said, “which is mainly for the animals.</p> <p>“I have a pet pig and while he stays at my friend’s place, he is my responsibility. But on his acreage he also has 10 miniature horses so anything they like which is usually apples and carrots, I also buy.</p> <p>“I just started stockpiling recently and it’s not at all about panic buying – I just see huge benefit in buying in bulk.”</p>

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"Absolutely livid": Mayor furious as 400 allowed to gather at Sydney mosque

<p>A decision made by NSW Health has been slammed by local officials who claim that they weren't told about the latest exemptions as 400 worshippers gathered at a mosque to celebrate EID.</p> <p>Current COVID-19 social distancing restrictions in NSW prevent more than 100 people from gathering in places of worship, but NSW Health gave permission for four times that number to attend the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque in western Sydney on Friday for Eid al-Adha prayers, which is a major religious event.</p> <p>The worshippers that attended wore masks but Cumberland City Council Mayor Steve Christou said that he was "absolutely livid" about the government's decision to allow the event.</p> <p>"This kind of behaviour from the state is inexcusable and I am absolutely livid that they would potentially jeopardise the health and wellbeing of our residents and the health of greater Sydney residents," he told<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/parramatta/coronavirus-nsw-auburn-mosque-cumberland-mayor-slams-decision-to-allow-400-worshippers/news-story/611f46da61d8f68c51138cb71d11fbe5" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"> The Daily Telegraph</a>.</p> <p>"We either have a pandemic, which we acknowledge and adhere to the relevant health directives for one and all, or we don’t."</p> <p>Attendees had to sign in and were split into four zones, which included two levels of the mosque, a function hall and a car park.</p> <p>Up to 100 people were allowed inside and attendees also wore stickers to designate the zone to which they'd been assigned. </p> <p>Mayor Christou claimed he found out about the decision through media and said that he would have opposed the exemption had he known about it.</p> <p>"I don’t understand how NSW Health can pick and choose who is at risk and who warrants an exemption," he said.</p> <p>NSW Health said in a statement that the mosque developed a "comprehensive safety plan" and that the government body was on site on the day to ensure procedures were being followed.</p> <p>The mosque's president Abdurrahman Asaroglu had said previously the venue had implemented appropriate measures to reduce the risk of a coronavirus outbreak.</p> <p>"Our community is really understanding and they are OK to follow these measures — no shaking hands, no hugging — making sure that they just pray," Dr Asaroglu told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-31/auburn-mosque-granted-coronavirus-exemption-for-eid-al-adha/12508358" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">ABC</a>.</p> <p>"If everyone does the right thing I don't think there will be any issues."</p>

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Portia de Rossi speaks out on wife Ellen deGeneres

<p>Portia de Rossi is standing by her wife Ellen DeGeneres as scandals and controversy continue to surround the daytime talk show <em>The Ellen DeGeneres Show</em>.</p> <p>There have been multiple reports about the toxic work culture and environment on the show, with many former staffers speaking anonymously about the culture of "racism, fear and intimidation".</p> <p>This didn't stop de Rossi from expressing her support for her wife on Instagram.</p> <p>"To all our fans, we see you. Thank you for your support," she wrote. The Australian actress concluded her post with the hashtags #stopbotattacks, #IStandWithEllenDeGeneres, #IStandByEllen, #IstandByEllenDeGeneres and #bekindtooneanother, the phrase DeGeneres uses to close out her show.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDb1I_Jp2S1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDb1I_Jp2S1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">To all our fans....we see you. Thank you for your support. #stopbotattacks . #IStandWithEllenDeGeneres #IStandByEllen ‪#IstandByEllenDeGeneres ‬ . . #ellendegeneres #ellen #theellenshow #ellenshow #bekindtooneanother</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/portiaderossi/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Portia de Rossi</a> (@portiaderossi) on Aug 3, 2020 at 10:03am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>De Rossi's attempt might have backfired, as angry fans were quick to comment.</p> <p>“This can’t be real. Have some accountability. It isn’t made up when it’s dozens of employees and years of bad stories. Stop acting like she is a victim when there are real victims,” one user wrote in a comment which attracted nearly 2,000 likes.</p> <p>“Do you think those employees who are coming out and complaining are liars?” another asked.</p> <p>Her post comes just one week after WarnerMedia announced it was launching an internal investigation into the talk show after the accusations went viral.</p> <p>Ellen DeGeneres also addressed the accusations in an apology to her employees.</p> <p>"My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that," she wrote. "Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues. As we've grown exponentially, I've not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I'd want them done. Clearly some didn't. That will now change and I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again.</p> <p>"We all have to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others, and I'm glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention. I promise to do my part in continuing to push myself and everyone around me to learn and grow. It's important to me and to Warner Bros. that everyone who has something to say can speak up and feels safe doing so."</p> <p>Dozens of former employees from the show have also spoken out about alleged incidents of sexual misconduct and harassment by top executives as well as outraged stage crew who had been kept in the dark about their employment on the show but watched on as non-union crews helped Ellen run the show from her home.</p>

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Sam Newman rages about being unable to play golf

<p>The spread of coronavirus has forced Victorians into an extreme lockdown but the only thing Sam Newman wants to know is why he can’t play golf.</p> <p>The former host of the<span> </span><em>Footy Show</em><span> </span>has been vocal over the past few months as he criticised Premier Dan Andrews for preventing people from hitting the fairways as the pandemic brought life to a grinding halt.</p> <p>That changed as restrictions started loosening once Australia looked to be beating the virus, but after an alarming increase in Victorian cases, a state of disaster has been declared - and unfortunately for Newman, he’s had to put his clubs back in the bag.</p> <p>Greater Melbourne has been forced to implement a nightly curfew from 8 pm to 5 am but Newman is more concerned about why golf courses have ben forced to close.</p> <p>“Open: bottle shops and liquor stores. Shut: golf courses,” Newman tweeted.</p> <p>“Dilemma — sit a home and get s**t-faced OR step into the wide open spaces, well away from others, exercising as you do, by playing GOLF. And the lunacy goes on.”</p> <p>After someone on social media responded, saying there are much bigger concerns right now - such as the effect of Victoria’s lockdown on unemployment rates - Newman still believed his complaint was valid.</p> <p>“The 100,000 out of work may want to play GOLF — seeing as they’re out of work,” Newman wrote.</p> <p>In April, Newman marched on Victoria’s Parliament House in Melbourne to demand the state’s golf courses be re-opened immediately.</p> <p>But Andrews responded by saying, “no round of golf is worth someone’s life” as Newman repeatedly attacked the Premier’s leadership.</p>

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"NSW on a precipice": Kerryn Phelps warns on Q+A

<div class="body_text "> <p>Former Australian Medical Association (AMA) president Kerryn Phelps made her feelings clear about the "nonsensical" mask debate on last night's episode of <em>ABC's Q&amp;A</em>.</p> <p>She was appearing on the panel with other medical practitioners, including respiratory physician Dr Lucy Morgan and clinical nurse Abbey Fistrovic and was initially asked whether or not she felt there should be criminal charges for people breaking quarantine.</p> <p>Phelps deflected the legal question but made a call for all Australians to wear masks in public.</p> <p>"The thing that we can do, which is such a simple thing, is to have everyone in the community in masks," the former AMA chief said.</p> <p>"We need to anticipate that there will be a next wave in New South Wales.</p> <p>"At the moment, the numbers are relatively low but there's nothing to say they will remain low."</p> <p>Host Hamish McDonald inquired as to whether she thought masks should be "compulsory".</p> <p>"We need to head towards them being compulsory," Dr Phelps said.</p> <p>"We know with aerosol transmission now, airborne transmission, wearing a mask is some of the best protection that you can have — you protect yourself, you protect others.</p> <p>"There's been a nonsensical debate for months now, which has been so frustrating because it has not been evidence-based about wearing masks.</p> <p>"It is one of the single-most responsible things that we can do as members of the community to protect each other."</p> <p>When asked a question about whether Australian families will be able to gather interstate at Christmas, she said that NSW would be well served if it shut its air border with Victoria.</p> <p>"I'm concerned that there are still planes coming in from Melbourne to Sydney without any checking and with people just being asked to self-isolate in Sydney when they arrive," she said, to a question about whether Australian families will be able to gather interstate at Christmas.</p> <p>"We don't know how many people are actually doing the self-isolating when they arrive.</p> <p>"There are 17 planes coming from Sydney to Melbourne tomorrow [Tuesday] — that's not a closed border.</p> <p>"We know there are thousands of active cases in Victoria, there could be up to 10 times as many people who are infected who don't know it and we're just letting people get on planes without having a test before they get on the plane, arriving in Sydney and dispersing into the community.</p> <p>"NSW is on a precipice and unless we take it seriously and actually have an effective closed border, we are going to see leakage of these cases from Victoria over to New South Wales."</p> </div>

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Dr Chris Brown calls it quits with model girlfriend

<p>In what feels like just days after Dr Chris Brown went official with model girlfriend Brooke Meredith, it seems the couple have already called it quits.</p> <p>Despite the TV host and veterinarian keeping busy as he films popular show The Living Room, it seems a lot was going on behind the scenes.</p> <p>In an Instagram post, the 41-year-old shared a photo of himself holding a cat, captioning it: “Over the last few months, there’s been no more dependable partner in the pandemic than a face like this.”</p> <p>The post came after he spent a number of weeks in his home town of Newcastle and is now believed to be travelling around remote Australia while Brooke, 29, has stayed in Sydney.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CC-wlXaJqsE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CC-wlXaJqsE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Over the last few months, there’s been no more dependable partner in the pandemic than a face like this. So after giving so much to us with comfort and companionship, we thought it was time to give something back to those pets that are most in need; our rescues. Tomorrow night on @livingroomtv you’ll see how we help transform the lives of rescue dogs and cats at @animal_rights_and_rescue</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/drchrisbrown/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Chris Brown</a> (@drchrisbrown) on Jul 23, 2020 at 3:05am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The two have not been spotted together since May.</p> <p>In April, Woman’s Day reported Brown was seen purchasing house cleaning items with Brooke from Bunnings Warehouse.</p> <p>This confirmed the two spent lockdown together in Chris’ Clovelly home. </p> <p>"They looked very much like a couple."</p> <p>"She [Brooke] was giggling as she wandered the aisles with Chris. They were buying mops and brooms."</p> <p>It is believed the two met through mutual friends.</p>

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Adele shows off incredible new figure in rare post

<p>Adele has shown her support for Beyoncé’s brand-new experimental album<span> </span>Black is King<span> </span>in her latest Instagram post, however her transformation almost overshadowed the sweet sentiment.  </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/CDWzJe8A5Xz/?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/CDWzJe8A5Xz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Adele (@adele)</a> on Aug 1, 2020 at 11:09am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>On Friday, Beyoncé’s much-anticipated visual album finally dropped at midnight on Disney+.</p> <p>The 85-minute film which is based on the music of last summer’s The Lion King: The Gift, it is a “a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience.”</p> <p>Adele, who is a proud fan of the performer, took to social media to broadcast her excitement.</p> <p>“Thank you Queen for always making us all feel so loved through your art,” she wrote.</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_1VGc5AsoZ/?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_1VGc5AsoZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Adele (@adele)</a> on May 5, 2020 at 9:38pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She also wore the same body suit as Beyonce in the album, which showed off her beautiful figure.</p> <p>A beach picture in January surfaced this year, revealing that the artist lost around an estimated 40 kilograms.</p>

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Karl Stefanovic issues apology to Tony Jones

<p>Karl Stefanovic has issued an apology to Tony Jones after mocking him over his awkward attempt to kiss Rebecca Judd.</p> <p>The cringe-worthy moment aired on Nine News in 2016, and Karl, played the clip on the Today Show last week when Tony appeared via video link.</p> <p>It seems Tony wasn’t too impressed by the stunt, as the breakfast host was forced to issue an apology on The Footy Show on Sunday night.</p> <p>He said at length: “This is not easy for me to do, it is not often I will admit that I am wrong. </p> <p>“To the people of Victoria, but more importantly to the much loved Tony Jones himself, I say from the bottom of my heart I am truly sorry.</p> <p>“To use what many still refer to as one of Australian TV's top five moments as a cheap gag for LOLs was juvenile. </p> <p>“Tony, I love you and I promise the Today show will never ever, ever ever play it again, at least while I am in the chair.”</p> <p>Tony replied that he understood that the Today show did not know it was a 'sore point' for him but that he never wanted to see the clip again. </p> <p>On July 23rd, the Karl discussed the topic of social distancing on the Today show.</p> <p>As he introduced it, Tony, who was appearing through video link, snapped: “Don’t even go there, Karl. Don’t go there. Don’t go there! Do not”.</p> <p>Tony looked upset after the clip aired and Karl tried to joked, “Oh come on TJ”.  </p> <p>However Tony replied sternly: “No, Karl, what you obviously don't realise is there was a ban put on that footage”.</p> <p>Concerned, Karl looked off camera, perhaps to a producer, and replied, “No I wasn't aware of that”. </p> <p>He tried to laugh it off before saying, “apologies to everyone out there... nah, it was worth playing the footage”. </p>

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Victoria enters new state of emergency

<p><span>Across metropolitan Melbourne on Sunday 2 August, stage four restrictions began and will continue throughout the city for six weeks.</span><br /><br /><span>Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, says the new restrictions have been put in place to get community transmission of the virus under control.</span><br /><br /><span>Andrews says that without the government’s new strict rules and curfew in place, stage three restrictions would need to last six months.</span><br /><br /><span>Here are some of the main things you need to know about the stage four restrictions for Melbourne.</span><br /><br /><strong>When does the lockdown start?</strong></p> <p><span>The stage four restrictions go across metropolitan Melbourne from Sunday 2 August and will carry on for six weeks until Sunday 13 September.</span><br /><br /><strong>When can I leave my house?</strong></p> <p><span>People are only allowed to leave their home for four reasons which includes shopping for groceries and essential items, care and caregiving, exercise and essential work.</span><br /><br /><span>Employers must support you to work from home if you can work from home.</span><br /><br /><span>In the stage four restrictions, the government has enforced a curfew on Melbourne residents between 8 pm and 5am.</span><br /><br /><span>Those who leave their home to give care must be under the following: shared custody arrangements, babysitting, caring for animals housed elsewhere, visiting someone in an aged care home and visiting someone in hospital.</span><br /><br /><span>The government has advised that anyone can leave their house if they are at risk of family violence or to apply for an intervention order, and to attend court or a police station.</span><br /><br /><span>You can also leave your house to access medical services. This time around, that explicitly includes leaving your house to give blood.</span><br /><br /><strong>How far can I travel from home?</strong></p> <p><span>Those shopping for food and other necessary supplies must not venture out past a 5km distance from their home unless their closest supermarket is over 5km away.</span><br /><br /><span>Only one person per household can leave to go shopping per day.</span><br /><br /><span>Exercise must also take place within 5km of home, and must be in metropolitan Melbourne.</span><br /><br /><span>Exercise is limited to one hour, once per day.</span><br /><br /><strong>What are the rules for wearing masks?</strong></p> <p><span>It has been required for everyone living in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell shire to wear face coverings in public since midnight on Wednesday 22 July.</span><br /><br /><span>That rule is extended to the entire state from midnight Sunday 2 August.</span><br /><br /><span>People must wear a mask or covering whenever leaving the house. There are a few exceptions which include people who have a medical reason, or children younger than 12.</span><br /><br /><span>Those who have a professional reason are also exempt and “if it’s just not practical, like when running”.</span><br /><br /><span>However the government has noted that those people will still be expected to carry a face covering at all times “to wear when you can”.</span><br /><br /><span>In schools, teachers will not need to wear a face covering while teaching.</span><br /><br /><span>However students attending classes will. Both teachers and students will need to wear a mask on the way to and from school.</span><br /><br /><span>Andrews said “common sense” would guide how the new rules are enforced.</span><br /><br /><span>Breaking the rules is punishable with a $200 fine.</span><br /><br /><span>All local government areas within metropolitan Melbourne will be affected. These include: </span><span>Banyule, Hume, Moreland, Bayside, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Boroondara, Knox, Nillumbik, Brimbank, Manningham, Port Phillip, Cardinia, Maribyrnong, Stonnington, Casey, Maroondah, Whitehorse, Darebin, Melbourne, Whittlesea, Frankston, Melton, Wyndham, Glen Eira, Monash, Yarra, Greater Dandenong, Moonee Valley, Yarra Ranges, Hobsons Bay.</span><br /><br /><span>Regional Victoria will return to stage three restrictions from Wednesday.</span><br /><br /><strong>Can I have visitors to my house? Can I see my partner?</strong><br /><br /><span>People are not allowed to have visitors or go to another person’s house unless it is for the purpose or giving or receiving care.</span><br /><br /><span>You can leave your house to visit a person if you are in an “intimate personal relationship” with them, even during curfew hours.</span><br /><br /><span>If your partner lives outside Melbourne and/or 5km of your home you can still visit them.</span><br /><br /><strong>What are the rules for exercise?</strong><br /><br /><span>Exercise is still a permitted reason to leave your house however they are not permitted to leave metropolitan Melbourne to exercise.</span><br /><br /><span>So this means long bush walks or leaving Melbourne to go fishing or surfing is no longer permitted.</span><br /><br /><span>Exercise can only happen within 5km of home, and must be in metropolitan Melbourne. Exercise is limited to one hour, once per day.</span><br /><br /><span>Swimming pools, playgrounds and gyms will be shut, and community sport will also stop.</span><br /><br /><span>You can exercise with one other person, including members of your household. You can also hire a personal trainer.</span><br /><br /><strong>What is happening with schools?</strong><br /><br /><span>Year 11 and 12 students, along with all other students, will return to remote learning from Wednesday across Victoria, except for children of permitted workers and vulnerable children.</span><br /><br /><span>Childcare and kindergarten classes will be closed except for children of permitted workers and vulnerable children.</span><br /><br /><strong>What if I break the rules?</strong><br /><br /><span>Andrews says police will be monitoring traffic seeking to leave metropolitan Melbourne.</span><br /><br /><span>Officers have also been granted the ability to enforce the restrictions within the city.</span><br /><br /><span>Victoria police can issue on-the-spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 to businesses.</span><br /><br /><span>Andrews indicated more penalties were being considered.</span></p>

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Racist accusation over teens embroiled in border chaos

<div class="body_text "> <p>The brother of one of three Queensland women who tested positive to coronavirus has said that the attention on the trio is motivated by race.</p> <p>Two of the three women face one count of providing false or misleading information, as well as a serious fraud charge. The pair have also been hit with $4,000 fines after a trip to Melbourne.</p> <p>Another 21-year-old who police allege travelled with faces the same charges.</p> <p>One of the girl's brother Eddie spoke to <em>A Current Affair</em> on Thursday about the incident.</p> <p>“You need to think about this … think about my sister … she couldn’t even breathe, some days she couldn’t even breathe out of her airways,” he said.</p> <p>Eddie said his sister and the other two women hadn’t spread coronavirus deliberately.</p> <p>“It’s not something that we sat down and thought about yeah, it’s a f**king mistake,” he said.</p> <p>“I reckon if someone else did this yeah, that wasn’t of colour, you’d be f**king protecting them. You wouldn’t be doing all of this s**t.</p> <p>“Just because we’re f**king black, you all want to run all the way to the media, talking all of this s**t bro.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Three women have been accused of lying on their QLD border declarations. Two of them have tested positive to Covid-19.<br />We spoke to the brother of one of the girls, who says he's unhappy about how his family has been treated. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9ACA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9ACA</a> <a href="https://t.co/dfYCiukjX7">pic.twitter.com/dfYCiukjX7</a></p> — A Current Affair (@ACurrentAffair9) <a href="https://twitter.com/ACurrentAffair9/status/1288836751709085696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 30, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Arif Mendes, who owns the restaurant where the pair dined after being tested for coronavirus, said that it was "disappointing".</p> <p>“People say we’re in this together … well clearly not for some people, that’s disappointing.”</p> <p>“Two cocktails hardly seems worth all this pain.”</p> <p>Queensland's chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young said that one of the women had not been co-operating in an initial decision that may have cost tracers hours a valuable time.</p> <p>“Unfortunately the second confirmed case has not wanted to let us know where she has been,” Dr Young said.</p> <p>“I don’t know where that second case has been.</p> <p>“I am worried about the second individual who had not been cooperative and has not shared where she has been.</p> <p>“People should be very cautious … this is the time to go and get tested.”</p> <p>Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll explained that she was "bitterly disappointed".</p> <p>“They went to extraordinary lengths to be deceitful and deceptive and … that has what has put the community at risk,” she said.</p> <p>Ms Carroll said the women would face court to send a message that “we will not tolerate this behaviour at our borders”.</p> <p>On whether they should face potential jail time, she said “I think that the courts will hopefully look at this very, very seriously, as is the public.”</p> </div>

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Why teenagers travelled to VIC before bringing COVID-19 to QLD

<div class="body_text "> <p>Queensland is on edge after three new cases of coronavirus have emerged, with two being teenage women who allegedly lied on their border declaration and brought coronavirus into QLD's south-east.</p> <p>Their actions have been labelled as reckless, as major testing and tracing operation is underway to stop the spread.</p> <p>The two 19-year-old girls travelled to Melbourne, allegedly intending to commit thefts on high-end fashion stores.</p> <p>The pair also attended an illegal party on July 19 and were handed $1,600 fines for ignoring restrictions.</p> <p>On July 21, the pair flew from Melbourne to Sydney and by not leaving the terminal, they avoided border checks.</p> <p>The pair arrived in Brisbane and allegedly provided fake names and false border declarations.</p> <p>Hundreds of anxious members from the Parklands Christian College community are angry and fearing that they have been infected as the pair travelled to the area.</p> <p>“I think it’s disgraceful, how did they get up from Victoria?” one person asked.</p> <p>“I’m very very disappointed. I think it was reckless,” another told <a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/news/qld/why-pair-of-teenagers-travelled-to-melbourne-before-bringing-coronavirus-back-to-queensland-c-1203213" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>7NEWS</em></a>.</p> <p>Queensland Police state disaster coordinator Steve Gollschewski said that an investigation into the women's movements was ongoing.</p> <p>“This is a criminal investigation we’re conducting,” he said.</p> <p>“This is a clear representation of how the actions of a few can impact many,” said Queensland Health’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young.</p> <p>“Because of the decisions of these two women, that brought the virus back to Queensland, thousands more will have to be tested and self-isolate.”</p> <p>Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has declared drastic action.</p> <p>“Queensland will now be declaring greater Sydney a COVID-19 hotspot,” she said on Wednesday.</p> <p>“it is going to cause an inconvenience to families, and I know there may be a lot of events planned, but it is too important,” Palaszczuk said.</p> <p>“We must protect our elders.”</p> </div>

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Why retail workers are wearing a second badge

<p>Since the start of the pandemic, retail workers have been at the forefront of people’s frustrations as they copped abuse on the daily.</p> <p>In April, one woman was filmed racially abusing workers at a Telstra store in Sydney, telling a staff member to “go back to China, while this week another customer berated retailers over their face mask policies, saying such views “have no basis in science or fact”.</p> <p>In a bid to curb the rise of abuse, particularly during COVID, staff at some of Australia’s biggest chains will now wear a second name badge.</p> <p>Employees at stores such as Woolworths, Target, Big W and KFC will have a tag on their uniform stating either “I’m a mother”, “I’m a father”, “I’m a son” or “I’m a daughter” to remind customers they are someone’s family member.</p> <p>A Woolworths employee recently went viral on TikTok after she explained the importance of the badge.</p> <p>“A lot of people have been asking on my videos what this says and it says ‘No one deserves a serve, I’m a daughter’,” Dakota Rae Shaw said in the video.</p> <p>“Basically the union brought them out to us so that people could imagine if it was their daughter they were speaking to.”</p> <p><img style="width: 323.727px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837116/screen-shot-2020-07-29-at-30527-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e6d21d25f98e44dd8f805dd04bf6cbd9" /></p> <p>According to the union, over 85 per cent of workers are being abused while they work.</p> <p>SDA NSW secretary Bernie Smith said there has been a reported 44 per cent reduction in customer aggression since the badges were rolled out.</p> <p>“The idea of the badges is to humanise the person behind the counter, so the customer sees them as a person rather than somebody processing their sale,” he told Yahoo.</p> <p>“They’re someone who’s part of a family and part of a community, and the badges make people think twice.”</p> <p>A Facebook user recently shared her experience of a staff member wearing a badge saying “I’m a son” at Woolworths store at Lennox Head, on the northern NSW coast, on Saturday.</p> <p>“He was wearing a second badge … I started asking questions as to why, and he said it was an attempt stop the abuse that they cop,” she wrote.</p> <p>“He said he hasn’t experienced it in Lennox yet but in Byron Bay he did all the time because of (in his words) ‘the sense of entitlement most people there had’.</p> <p>“It breaks my heart that young people just trying to do their job, especially during a pandemic, have to put up with this c**p.</p> <p>“If you witness it, call it out. Not ok.”</p>

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Massive new fines for drivers rolled out

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Mobile phone detection cameras are going to be implemented in Queensland and Victoria from this week, ready to catch those who are texting and driving out.</p> <p>The cameras are already in use in New South Wales and are focusing on reducing the rising number of accidents caused by distracted drivers.</p> <p>Two cameras will be in operation in Victoria and Queensland but will be shifted around suburbs.</p> <p>“The trial – which begins this Wednesday, July 29 – will ensure the technology operates accurately and is appropriate for use on Victorian roads before a potential rollout,” Victoria Roads said in a statement.</p> <p>“Research shows drivers who use a mobile phone while driving are four times more likely to cause a fatal road accident.</p> <p>“Texting, browsing and emailing increase the crash risk even further – up to 10 times.”</p> <p>A grace period will be afforded with a warning letter to those initially caught out, just like in NSW.</p> <p>The fines for being caught out are steep, with Victorian drivers being fined $496 and four demerit points deducted while Queensland drivers will be fined $1,000 and also lose four demerit points.</p> <p>The technology being used in the cameras is a world-first, with high-definition cameras capturing images of the front seats of vehicles and artificial intelligence is then used to automatically review the images and detect if a driver is using their phone.</p> <p>If the automated system pings an offending driver, the image is reviewed by a human before issuing a penalty.</p> <p>The world-first cameras raised $7 million in fines in the first month of operation in NSW, with an extra 11,790 offences detected.</p> <p>NSW Shadow Transport Minister John Graham said that it was clear that drivers still hadn't gotten the message.</p> <p>“This is a dramatic number of fines … We need to educate drivers,” he told 9 News.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: </em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/money/costs/mobile-detection-cameras-with-huge-fines-coming-to-victoria-and-queensland/news-story/069613ae7fac4ba1cc4e99fa93826901" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">news.com.au</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Fit and healthy Melbourne nurse shares unexpected COVID-19 symptom

<p>A young and health nurse who works in the emergency department at the Royal Melbourne Hospital has revealed that she suffered from an unusual symptom before testing positive for coronavirus.</p> <p>Emily Morris, 32, told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-27/more-than-700-victorian-healthcare-workers-with-covid19/12494330" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>ABC's 7:30 Report</em></a><em> </em>that she felt a strange pain in her lower legs a week and a half ago.</p> <p>She knew it was different from anything she ever experienced as she was used to being on her feet for hours on end.</p> <p>"I was at work when I developed some aching to my lower legs and I spoke to my manager and she got me tested straight away," she said.</p> <p>She said she self-isolated herself until she got her results 24 hours, which confirmed she had coronavirus.</p> <p>Other common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, dry cough and tiredness.</p> <p>"I was absolutely devastated. I think that as a health care worker, there is a little bit of shame and stigma around being diagnosed as COVID positive," she said.</p> <p>"I'm young, I'm fit, I'm healthy. I was doing the right things and I got coronavirus."</p> <p>She is now isolating in a government apartment so she doesn't risk exposing her housemates to coronavirus.</p> <p>"I feel terrible. I haven't felt like eating and have difficulty keeping down fluids," she said.</p> <p>Morris suspects she contracted the virus within the community.</p> <p>"I work in the respiratory emergency department, which means that I wear an N95 mask. Then on top of that, I wear a face shield, hair coverings as well as a full length gown," she said.</p> <p>"Considering the high quality of the PPE that we have and the procedures that we have in place, I am very certain that this was a community acquired transmission."</p> <p>Morris is sharing her story and is urging others to follow social distancing measures as well as wearing a mask.</p> <p>"The discomfort that you think you feel wearing [a mask] does not compare to the discomfort that you will experience if you test COVID-positive," Ms Morris warned in a video posted on social media. </p> <p>"[To] become short of breath that even walking from the couch to the toilet is a mammoth effort.</p> <p>"Wear a mask, wash your hands, engage in social distancing. There is nothing more inconvenient and uncomfortable than catching corona. </p> <p>"I can tell you. I know from experience."</p>

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“I wouldn’t be alive”: Scott Morrison saves injured senior on Sydney beach

<p>An injured senior is alive and recovering after a nasty fall during a walk along a Sydney beach – and it is all thanks to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his security team.</p> <p>68-year-old Cheryl Ferguson told reporters she believes she may have died after she suffered a bad trip and crashed into rocks that left her with a broken arm and severed artery at Kurnell Beach last week.</p> <p>In an incredible coincidence, the prime minister and his highly trained security detail happened to be strolling through the area when they saw her fall and rushed to her rescue.</p> <p>“I didn’t realise at first that it was him,” Cheryl said on <em>Sunrise</em>.</p> <p>“Somebody called out ‘are you ok’ and it was ScoMo. I was very lucky they were there!”</p> <p>The senior says the team’s response reminded her of a scene from a Hollywood movie when the PM sent a member of his security detail to rush to Cheryl’s aid.</p> <p>“This gorgeous young man came dashing across the rocks in his beautiful tailored suit and I said, ‘who are you’ and I thought he was going to say ‘Bond... James Bond,” she explained.</p> <p>“He pulled out a tourniquet and then he explained he was part of ScoMo’s police protection unit.”</p> <p>Cheryl says Mr Morrison sat with her and reassured her until paramedics arrived to take her to hospital.</p> <p>“ScoMo came to join and he was a lovely calming presence there.”</p> <p>Cheryl has decided the best way to thank him is with a good old-fashioned Aussie BBQ.</p> <p>“My anaesthetist told me I wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for his team being there at that exact moment,” she said.</p> <p>The prime minister has since responded, saying he and his team were simply in the “right place at the right time”.</p> <p>“We were in the right place at the right time and were able to give Cheryl immediate first aid, support and comfort as they waited for paramedics to arrive.</p> <p>“I’m pleased Cheryl is on the road to recovery and hopefully can get back to her walks again.”</p>

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Bunnings boss responds to anti-mask tantrum

<div> <div class="reply-list-component"> <div class="reply-component"> <div class="reply-body-component"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply-body-wrapper"> <div class="reply-body-inner"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The CEO of Bunnings’ parent company has responded after footage between a customer refusing to wear a mask and a manager in a Melbourne store went viral.<br /><br />The clip went viral on Sunday and showed a woman walking into the store and telling a manager she does not need to wear a face mask as it is her “right as a living woman to do whatever I want”.<br /><br />The manager was filmed calmly responding to the anti-masker, who said it was “discriminatory” that she was asked to wear a mask.<br /><br />“We’re not trying to discriminate against anybody, would you please stop filming me?” he says.<br /><br />She replies: “No you are, no I’m not going to stop.<br /><br />“I don’t care, it doesn’t apply to me,” she says after being told it’s a condition of entry for all customers.<br /><br />More footage shows the police confronting the\ woman in a car park outside of the store.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">A woman refusing to wear a mask inside a Victorian Bunnings has confronted workers claiming it's discrimination to be asked to wear one. No one deserves this at work.<br /><br />Read the full story: <a href="https://t.co/1bwOXWaRND">https://t.co/1bwOXWaRND</a> <a href="https://t.co/mwEveUACLm">pic.twitter.com/mwEveUACLm</a></p> — news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) <a href="https://twitter.com/newscomauHQ/status/1287266399841263622?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 26, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><br />Wesfarmers CEO Rob Scott responded to an article of the incident online on Sunday afternoon.<br /><br />Former Federal Treasurer Chris Bowen shared the clip, writing: “A big shout out to these Bunnings employees and all the others quietly and calmly doing their bit to protect public health in the face of selfish, aggressive and inappropriate behaviour by a very small number of people.”<br /><br />Scott replied that he was “very proud of the team at Bunnings for doing their best to keep people safe”.<br /><br />Bunnings Chief Operating Officer Deb Poole explained to 7NEWS.com.au that the customer’s behaviour was “completely unacceptable”.<br /><br />“The customer’s behaviour towards our team was completely unacceptable and we’re proud of the way our team calmly and professionally handled the situation,” she said.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Bunnings anti-mask woman strikes again

<div class="body_text "> <p>A new video has emerged of a woman trying to bait an Australia Post worker into a confrontation over wearing a face mask in Victoria.</p> <p>The woman in the video is believed to be the same person responsible for refusing to wear a mask inside a Bunnings store in Melbourne.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Wait til this Karen finds out about 'no shoes, no shirt, no service'. <a href="https://t.co/2dvLE90dOa">pic.twitter.com/2dvLE90dOa</a></p> — cam smith (@sexenheimer) <a href="https://twitter.com/sexenheimer/status/1287174291138572288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The newly resurfaced clip shows the Australia Post worker wearing a mask, but does not say anything during the video.</p> <p>It's believed that the male employee asked the woman to put on a mask before approaching the desk. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/TfCZaZREJX">pic.twitter.com/TfCZaZREJX</a></p> — cam smith (@sexenheimer) <a href="https://twitter.com/sexenheimer/status/1287252585301172224?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 26, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>"I do not need a mask," the woman can be heard saying. </p> <p>"If you could stamp that, that would be wonderful.</p> <p>"I suggest you update yourself on what the Department of Human Services have put on with regards to masks and who needs to wear them."</p> <p>The woman was previously in a confrontation with Bunnings staff, as it was asked if she had a mask yesterday.</p> <p>"You are not authorised to ask me or question me about it," the shopper told the female staff member, who directed her to a manager.</p> <p>The woman was told she would need a medical certificate to be exempt from wearing a mask, while another staff member explained it was a condition of entry into the store.</p> <p>"You're discriminating against me," she said in footage uploaded online, and then claimed that being asked to wear a mask was in breach of her human rights.</p> <p>"It is in breach of the 1948 charter of human rights to discriminate against men and women," she said.</p> <p>The staff member explained that the rule applied to everyone and that the woman was not being targeted.</p> <p>"I don't care it doesn't apply to me," she said.</p> <p>"I am going to continue going in here and getting what I need because it is unlawful to do that.</p> <p>"It is my right as a living woman to do whatever I want."</p> <p>Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth has said that the incident in Bunnings was "intolerable and completely unacceptable".</p> <p>"That sort of behaviour has to stop. I acknowledge that wearing a mask can be difficult," Dr Coatsworth said yesterday.</p> <p>"It may take a while to get used to but in all seriousness, it is just having a mask on."</p> <p>"We understand that social distancing and testing is important, but if the icing on the cake is to wear masks and cut that transmission rate down so Victorians can get on that other side of the curve as quickly as possible."</p> </div>

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Martha Stewart receives 14 proposals after sultry snap

<p>Martha Stewart has sent fans into a frenzy with a recent pool selfie, taken just over a week before her 79th birthday.</p> <p>So much so, 14 men have slid into her DMs with “proposals”, she revealed this week.</p> <p>The US lifestyle guru shared the sultry snap as she enjoyed a sunny day in her East Hampton pool, pouting to the camera with her garden on display in the background.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CC7Jt__gG4P/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CC7Jt__gG4P/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Change of plans: From now on you can find us at @marthastewart48’s pool with a Martha-rita in hand. 🍹 #regram via @marthastewart48 . Pomegranate Martha-ritas - serves 4 large drinks 2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice 2 cups tequila blanco 1/2 cup triple sec 1/2 cup pomegranate concentrate Add ice cubes and blend! . 📺 Watch Martha make the recipe on our IGTV tab</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/marthastewart/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Martha Stewart</a> (@marthastewart) on Jul 21, 2020 at 5:28pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><em>E! Online’s</em><span> </span>podcast<span> </span><em>Daily Pop</em><span> </span>this week, the 78-year-old said it attracted quite a bit of attention.</p> <p>“I’ve had 14 proposals, I don’t know what for, but they’re proposals,” Martha told E!’ s Morgan Stewart. ”I haven’t checked lately, that was the first day.”</p> <p>The star is set to celebrate her 79th birthday in a few short days.</p>

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AFL star Ben Brown's heartbreaking baby tragedy

<p>North Melbourne star Ben Brown has posted a heartbreaking photo on Instagram to reveal he and his wife Hester’s baby tragedy.</p> <p>Brown, who is in Queensland ahead of his team’s match with the Adelaide Crows on Saturday at Metricon Stadium, revealed his family had lost one of their twin babies, due in 2021.</p> <p>Sharing a message from his wife, Brown said the couple had lost one of their baby twins before they were even able to hear a heartbeat or see the child for the first time through an ultrasound. </p> <p>The couple, who celebrated the birth of their daughter Aila in December 2018, revealed they were shattered to have lost their precious second twin. </p> <p>The heartbreaking news was presented with an emotional image which showed an ultrasound of their child. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDQZ8TWl9Co/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDQZ8TWl9Co/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Posted @withregram • @hestermary --–--------------------------------------------- From Hester: "This is bittersweet to announce, but I believe that if we don’t talk about difficult things we will never come to know that we aren’t alone. I knew I had two babies from the very start. They came to me in a dream and I knew I could feel them there. The hyperemesis felt like an indication too. But between being relocated around the country several times and quarantine periods we didn’t get to hear a heartbeat or see our babies until there was just one to see. We are very grateful to have another beautiful baby join our family next year and we know that we are fortunate and will cherish what we have but we will also carry broken hearts for the beautiful twin who we will never hold in our arms. I know that miscarrying/vanishing twins are common. But that doesn’t take the hurt away. And I just want to extend my love and my hand to anyone who has or is going through this. You are not alone."</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/bdbrown50/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Ben Brown</a> (@bdbrown50) on Jul 29, 2020 at 11:34pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“This is bittersweet to announce, but I believe that if we don’t talk about difficult things we will never come to know that we aren’t alone,” Hester said.</p> <p>“I knew I had two babies from the very start. They came to me in a dream and I knew I could feel them there. The hyperemesis felt like an indication too. But between being relocated around the country several times and quarantine periods we didn’t get to hear a heartbeat or see our babies until there was just one to see.</p> <p>“We are very grateful to have another beautiful baby join our family next year and we know that we are fortunate and will cherish what we have but we will also carry broken hearts for the beautiful twin who we will never hold in our arms.</p> <p>“I know that miscarrying/vanishing twins are common. But that doesn’t take the hurt away. And I just want to extend my love and my hand to anyone who has or is going through this. You are not alone.”</p> <p>North Melbourne posted a brief statement on Twitter confirming the tragedy.</p> <p>“Our thoughts are with Ben and Hester Brown at this incredibly tough time,” the club said.</p> <p>The couple were married in Tasmania in 2017 at the historic Shene Estate and Distillery near Hobart.</p>

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Alzheimer’s breakthrough discovery

<p>Australian researchers are optimistic as they believe they have discovered a treatment that could revise the impacts of memory loss in people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.</p> <p>The Macquarie University Dementia Research Centre study builds on previous research that found an enzyme in the brain could modify a protein so it prevents the development of Alzheimer’s symptoms.</p> <p>The latest research went further by finding the gene responsible for the enzyme that could help restore or improve memory in mice suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s disease.</p> <p>The study also suggests the gene therapy, which involves genetic material being introduced to cells to help replace abnormal genes, may also be helpful for those who are in their 40s and 50s and suffer from dementia.</p> <p>Researchers have discovered gene therapy is safe when given in high doses and for a long period of time.</p> <p>Dr Arne Ittner, one of the leaders of the study, says a better understanding is required of what happens to the molecules in the brain during dementia.</p> <p>"Our work delivers a very powerful piece in this puzzle," he said in a statement.</p> <p>His brother and co-research leader, Professor Lars Ittner, said he was ecstatic to see a decade worth of research transition into clinical development that could benefit those living with dementia.</p> <p>"This provides hope as there is a lot of therapy out there focused on prevention but not much for those already affected by the disease," he said.</p> <p>The two researchers said the possible success of this new therapy could be within reach in five to 10 years.</p>

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Heidi Klum’s cheap secret to feeling “nourished”

<p><span>Model Heidi Klum has shared a beauty secret that she has been implementing into her daily routine for years.</span><br /><br /><span>The star says she has developed an obsession with cheap, store bought coconut oil.</span><br /><br /><span>“I love using just plain, old coconut oil that you get in the supermarket,” she admitted to <em>Who What Wear.</em></span><br /><br /><span>“Especially in Los Angeles right now, everything is so dry and I'm outside a lot.</span><br /><br /><span>“I love to lather up some coconut oil in my hair and on my body too.”</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/B_q80HaJOjz/?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_q80HaJOjz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Heidi Klum (@heidiklum)</a> on May 1, 2020 at 8:53pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The former Victoria's Secret supermodel says she finds the glorious gem that can be found in supermarkets for around $8 a jar.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s so inexpensive and it just makes everything feel so yummy and nourished,” the mother of four said</span><br /><br /><span>“In general, I like going more towards the natural things instead of the sorts of products that are full of perfumes and astringents.”</span><br /><br /><span>Klum also advised older women to try out coconut oil as its one habit she has had difficulty shaking after many years.</span><br /><br /><span>“I really love trying all of those things but very rarely do I actually stick with it. I'd rather use coconut oil.”</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/CCrB7xhph1N/?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/CCrB7xhph1N/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Heidi Klum (@heidiklum)</a> on Jul 15, 2020 at 11:12am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Heidi also said beauty ”comes down to common sense.”</span><br /><br /><span>The international supermodel feels that the “basics” include eating well and drinking lots of water.</span><br /><br /><span>She added that these basics are the “most important” when developing a routine.</span><br /><br /><span>“A lot of beauty comes down to common sense,” the 47-year-old said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I get bombarded with products from all over the world, and I love trying all of those different things, but for me, the basics are most important.</span><br /><br /><span>“When I eat well and keep hydrated I can see the difference in my face when I look in the mirror.</span><br /><br /><span>“You’ve got to look in the mirror and see if there is something up. That way, you know if you breakout it could be because of the garbage you ate.</span><br /><br /><span>“If you look dry and your skin doesn't snap back, you're not hydrated. If you just look at yourself and listen, you know what to do.”</span></p>

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Millions earned in coronavirus fines

<p>Across Australia, each state and territory has enforced their own public health orders to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, by handing out fines and penalties to encourage Aussies to comply. </p> <p>While Australia's two biggest states have not disclosed the total amount of revenue they have received from these fines, the ABC reports that an estimate of $5.2 million has been raked in since pandemic laws came into effect in March this year.</p> <p>States like Tasmania are keeping the financial penalty relatively low at $756, however in Victoria, which is facing the nation's worst outbreak, a fine could cost up to $1,652.</p> <p><strong>Queensland</strong></p> <p>In Queensland, the maximum fine for breaching the state’s public health order is $4,003.</p> <p>QLD police have issued 2,168 infringement notices worth $2,998,872 from March 27 to July 27.</p> <p>Due to Queensland's Public Health Act, state and local government officers can hand out infringement notices. </p> <p>A Queensland Government spokesperson says funds from fines go towards the state's consolidated revenue.</p> <p>"Tough penalties apply to those who do the wrong thing by deliberately breaching the rules and putting the lives of others at risk," the spokesperson told the ABC.</p> <p>"Queenslanders have done a great job in uniting against COVID-19 … by complying with health rules, we can keep ourselves, our families and all Queenslanders safe."</p> <p><strong>Western Australia</strong></p> <p>In WA, people infringing the rules will cop a $1,000 fine.</p> <p>A WA Government spokesperson said the total fines issued had not exceeded $140,000.</p> <p>"In the rare cases where police have issued infringements, the breaches have been pretty obvious and careless of other people's health, safety and lives," the spokesperson said.</p> <p>"The McGowan Government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars responding to the pandemic and is investing billions of dollars on projects to drive economic and social recovery across the state."</p> <p><strong>South Australia</strong></p> <p>South Australia's first infringement was handed out on March 29, and a total of 448 notices totalling $503,750 have now been issued.</p> <p>A spokesperson has said any revenue received from fines was placed into "consolidated accounts in accordance with section 17 of the Expiation of Offences Act 1996".</p> <p>A consolidated account is a set of accounts that combines a number of separate smaller accounts.</p> <p><strong>Tasmania</strong></p> <p>Tasmania Police has issued a total of nine infringements to individuals, at $756 each which totals $6,804.</p> <p><strong>ACT</strong></p> <p>In the ACT, police issued the territory's first fine for a breach of coronavirus restrictions from July 17.</p> <p>Any revenue collected from infringements and fines in the ACT is "redirected into support for our local business community and health system to support Canberra through the COVID-19 pandemic", a spokesperson said.</p> <p><strong>Northern Territory</strong></p> <p>Northern Territory police has so far issued 146 infringements for coronavirus-related breaches at $1,106 each which totals out to $161,476.</p> <p>Authorities in NT had conducted more than 30,000 compliance checks as of July 30.</p> <p><strong>Victoria</strong></p> <p>Victoria Police have the power to issue on-the-spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses which don't follow the directives of the Chief Health Officer.</p> <p>Fines of $200 are also issued to individuals who refuse to wear a mask.</p> <p>A spokesperson has said that all the revenue from infringements is being used to pay for the state’s key services and infrastructure.  All revenue from infringements was used to pay for the state's key services and infrastructure.</p> <p>Victoria does not and will not release the money made from penalties, fines, and infringements, and instead will be aggregated and published into the Victorian budget later this year.</p> <p><strong>New South Wales</strong></p> <p>It is not clear as to where the money made from penalties is going, or how much exactly the state has raked in.</p>

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Hidden cellar found at Maddie McCann suspect's house

<p>German police has reportedly discovered a hidden cellar at the former home of the suspect in the Madeleine McCann case.</p> <p>After digging for three days, using resources such as an excavator, ground penetrating radar, sniffer dogs and a drone, authorities were desperate for crucial evidence.</p> <p>The cellar was discovered as investigators dug a deep hole 15 meters wide in the garden of a secluded holiday chalet outside Hanover.</p> <p>Suspect Christian B, a German drifter, is thought to have lived in a camper van on the site in 2007, shortly after Madeleine vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal.</p> <p>One police theory is that the suspect took Madeleine with him as he drove back to Germany, a journey of more than 24 hours.</p> <p>The German prosecutors investigating Christian B’s alleged involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance have confirmed the search is part of the inquiry, but said nothing further.</p> <p>Thomas Dressler, who runs a water sports centre close to the riverside search site, said: "None of us really know the people that stay there.</p> <p>"Yesterday I saw they were doing the investigation and I thought about how young my daughter was at that time, oh God and so close. That gave me the fear and panic of a father.</p> <p>"I believe the police are looking for Maddie. It's gruesome and I find it chilling that it could happen and so close to us. But of course, I have never seen him myself."</p>

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COVID-19 conspiracy theorist dramatically arrested

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>After going viral for publicly defying authorities at a COVID-19 checkpoint, conspiracy theorist Eve Black went out with a bang as she was dramatically arrested by police.</p> <p>In the initial video that was posted to her Facebook page called "SCAMdemic", Black can be seen reading lines from a piece of paper before being waved through.</p> <p>“Have I disturbed the peace today?”, “Have I committed a crime?” were lines from the paper and was waved through without answering the questions.</p> <p>"Oh my god, I feel so good," she said to the camera.</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F9News%2Fvideos%2F2880340798854849%2F&amp;show_text=false&amp;width=734&amp;height=411&amp;appId" width="734" height="411" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe> <p>After her initial success, the 28-year-old tried the same trick again in the suburb of Carlton in Melbourne, but was far less successful.</p> <p>"She was asked to provide her name and address which she refused to do. Police then directed her to produce her driver's licence and explain her reason for travel, which she also refused to comply with," Victoria Police said.</p> <p>"This led to police arresting her. During the arrest, police were forced to break the woman's car window as she refused to speak to them, wind down her window, or step out of the vehicle."</p> <p>She was arrested at 1:55 pm on Wednesday and charged with failing to hand over her driver's licence, not giving her name and address, breaching coronavirus public health orders as well as traffic offences.</p> <p>After the initial video went viral, Black was widely condemned and threatened with arrest from Victoria's assistant police commissioner.</p> <p>'Our members are out there all day and all night working incredibly hard to keep our community safe,' Assistant Commissioner Rick Nugent said on Friday.</p> <p>"This was a selfish and childish act... it was ridiculous, it was unnecessary. </p> <p>"If that woman lived in that area or had a good reason to be in that area, she would be allowed through.</p> <p>"If not, she's breaking the law."</p> <p>"I'm sure she'll be looking forward to a knock on the door from Victoria Police members," Police Minister Lisa Neville said. </p> <p>"Whether you are trying to get through a roadblock, trying to get away with not wearing a mask, whether you're trying to have a party, Victoria Police will be there."</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Facebook</em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Madeleine McCann case leads to German police digging in back garden

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>German police are currently investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal in 2007 and have searched a garden plot in the city of Hannover in connection with their probe. </p> <p>Julia Meyer, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office in Braunschweig, confirmed to local media that police investigators had been at the garden plot since Monday.</p> <p>Meyer said she could not give any further details on the procedure, adding only that police would “still need some more time to finish.”</p> <p>At the time of writing, it is not clear what police believe might be at the site they are searching. </p> <p>Sniffer dogs, a tent with observation technology, an excavator as well as a large team of police have been spotted at the scene.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837107/maddy-body.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3705bfcb53964e92964ac0e7e10e0e23" /></p> <p>It is understood that the investigation of the site will continue until Wednesday.</p> <p>Madeleine was three years old at the time of her 2007 disappearance from an apartment while her family vacationed in the town of Praia da Luz in Portugal.</p> <p>German authorities have since identified a 43-year-old German citizen as a suspect in the McCann case and are investigating him on suspicion of murder. </p> </div> </div> </div>

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Ellen DeGeneres could be replaced

<p>Rumours are rife that a frontrunner has already emerged to replace Ellen DeGeneres - despite the star not yet confirming is she’s saying goodbye to her TV hosting gig.</p> <p>According to reports by The Sun, host of the Late Late Show James Corden is “in line” to replace DeGeneres, and “could be the shock winner after dozens of employees accused the $50 million-a-year presenter of turning a blind eye to racism, bullying and sexual harassment on her hit daytime show”.</p> <p>The publication revealed insiders claim Corden has been seen as DeGeneres’ “long-term successor” even before the recent allegations came to light.</p> <p>It follows reports over the weekend that the 62-year-old is soon to call quits on her hugely successful show, due to negative publicity and workplace allegations. </p> <p>According to the Daily Mail, the host has told executives at TelePictures and Warner Bros that she’s had enough and wants to walk away.</p> <p>“She feels she can’t go on and the only way to recover her personal brand from this is to shut down the show,” a source told the publication.</p> <p>“The truth is she knew what was going on, it’s her show. The buck stops with her. She can blame every executive under the sun – but Ellen is ultimately the one to blame.”</p> <p>Staff was also left unimpressed by the apology letter she had sent out last week, saying she’s a “phony” and claiming anyone who complained to her about ongoing issues “would’ve been fired”.</p> <p>“Don’t think for a minute anything she has said in that apology means anything. She created and then enabled this toxic culture to go on for so long,” one staffer said.</p> <p>“If anyone had come to her or those three (executive producers) to complain, they would’ve been fired.”</p> <p>“Inside Telepictures we’ve had enough of her. She is a phony who does not practice what she preaches,” another source told Daily Mail.</p> <p>“The behaviour of her show executives has been appalling, but (Ellen) is no better. In fact, she is the worst. It’s outrageous that she is trying to pretend that this is all a shock to her. The fish rots from the head, and Ellen is the head.”</p> <p>The insider went on to claim that DeGeneres “hates coming to work”, “struggles to be nice to people” and has “utter contempt for her audience”.</p> <p>“She has been phoning it in for so long, and only staying for the money and celebrity it affords her,” the source said.</p> <p>“We’ve dealt with her BS for so many years, she’s not innocent at all, she’s not nice and the show is not filled with happiness.”</p>

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Lisa Wilkinson slams “mixed messages” over face masks

<p>As Victoria is forced to adopt an extraordinarily tight lockdown complete with a curfew, many are confused over the mandatory use of masks to help contain the spread of coronavirus.</p> <p>Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Sunday afternoon the state would now enter stage four restrictions, after an additional 671 new cases were confirmed.</p> <p>The Project host Lisa Wilkinson said mixed messages from state and federal leaders have confused many as the calls for New South Wales to introduce a mandatory policy grow louder.</p> <p>“One of the biggest questions people have been asking since the beginning of the pandemic is do we wear a mask or don’t we,” she said.</p> <p>“The messages have been mixed. Now in Victoria it’s mandatory. Gladys Berejiklian in NSW is saying she’s encouraging everyone to do it.</p> <p>“Today the Prime Minister put on social media a photograph of himself in a mask.”</p> <p>On Sunday, the Berejiklian urged those who live in New South Wales to wear masks when visiting known hot spots and closed public areas such as shopping centres and churches.</p> <p>“I want to stress it’s not compulsory but it’s a strong recommendation from health,” Berejiklian told reporters. “I can’t stress enough that the next few weeks will make or break us.”</p> <p>But the comments weren’t adequate for NSW opposition leader MP Jodi McKay, who said the government’s reluctance to commit a mandatory policy has created ambiguity.</p> <p>“Make face masks mandatory on public transport,” she tweeted.</p> <p>“It’s good the premier is finally inching closer, led by Labor, businesses and the community, but her position is still confusing.</p> <p>“By the time she gets there, we don’t want a second wave to have washed over us.”</p> <p>University of Melbourne epidemiologist Professor Tony Blakely issued a warning, saying NSW is dangerously close to a second wave as aggressive as Victoria’s.</p> <p>“I’m really concerned about NSW,” he said, speaking on Channel 10’s The Project</p> <p>He said, despite contact tracing in NSW has been more proactive, community transmission is still taking place as seen by the multiple outbreaks across Sydney.</p> <p>“I’m very concerned NSW is going to tip over into something like what Victoria was four or six weeks ago,” Prof Blakely said.</p> <p>“If I was the Chief Health Officer in NSW, I might become unpopular for saying this, I would be doing mandatory face masking but I’d put Sydney into stage three lockdown now before things get worse because you don’t want to end up where Victoria is.”</p> <p>Berejiklian explained to media on Sunday her changing position on face masks, saying people in NSW should wear them in four circumstances.</p> <p>These include if you’re in an enclosed space like public transport or a supermarket.</p> <p>“Firstly, if you are in an enclosed space and you cannot guarantee social distancing, such as public transport, such as when you are buying groceries, you should be wearing a mask,” she said.</p> <p>“We would also like to see more staff to a customer facing wearing masks, whether they are in hospitality venues or whether they are in retail. Whenever they are facing customers, we strongly recommend that they wear masks.</p> <p>“If you are attending a place of worship, we want you to wear a mask. If you are attending a church, synagogue or mosque, we would like you to wear a mask.</p> <p>“And finally, if you are in an area where there is high community transmission or a number of cases, we want you to wear a mask.”</p> <p>The Premier described wearing a mask as “the fourth line of defence”.</p>

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Ellen DeGeneres pens open letter to staff

<p>Ellen DeGeneres has penned a letter to the staff of her talk show in the wake of allegations of a toxic workplace culture.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>, the note to crew is part of an effort to change the culture behind the scenes of<span> </span><em>The Ellen DeGeneres Show</em>, which will reportedly also see one of the show’s producers ousted.</p> <p>In her apology note published by<span> </span><em>THR</em>, DeGeneres insisted that steps will be taken to “correct the issues” going forward.</p> <p>“As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again,” she writes.</p> <p>DeGeneres opens the letter with an apology, saying that what has happened was “the opposite” of what she intended for the show.</p> <p>“Hey everybody – it’s Ellen. On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show,” she writes.</p> <p>Elsewhere in the letter, DeGeneres says she’s “learning that people who work with me and for me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I am and that has to stop”.</p> <p>The talk show host said if it wasn’t for the pandemic, she would have “done this in person”, and said she was “so sorry” to those who did not have a good experience working on the show.</p> <p>The Ellen DeGeneres Show is reportedly under investigation after numerous accusations by former staffers that it is a “toxic” work environment.</p>

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Heartwarming footage of Princess Anne's fumbly Zoom call with the Queen

<p>It appears that everyone is having trouble adapting to our new normal, including the Queen herself.</p> <p>As the coronavirus pandemic has forced many to isolate, many have used Zoom to communicate with their loved ones.</p> <p>However, it can be tricky to use, which the Queen quickly found out and her daughter Princess Anne had to guide her through it.</p> <p>In a preview for a new ITV documentary about Princess Anne, which is airing in celebration of her 70th birthday, footage of a video conference is included with the Queen and Princess Anne herself.</p> <p>"Can you see everybody? You should have six people on your screen," the Princess royal tells her mother.</p> <p>The Queen, who was tuning in from Windsor Castle tells her: "Yes, well, I can see four anyway."</p> <p>"Ok fair enough. Actually, you don't need me," Anne then jovially adds.</p> <p>"You know what I look like."</p> <p>The sweet clip was shared by ITV royal correspondent Chris Ship.</p> <p>"Watch how Princess Anne tried to teach her elderly mother about @zoom_us. But her elderly mother is, err, the Queen," he joked.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">NEW: A first look behind the scenes of those royal video calls 💻 <br />Watch how Princess Anne tried to teach her elderly mother about <a href="https://twitter.com/zoom_us?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@zoom_us</a>. <br />But her elderly mother is, err, the Queen.<br />🎥 A great clip from tomorrow’s documentary ‘Anne: The Princess Royal at 70’ on <a href="https://twitter.com/ITV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@itv</a> 9pm 👇 <a href="https://t.co/duHzozH2x5">pic.twitter.com/duHzozH2x5</a></p> — Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) <a href="https://twitter.com/chrisshipitv/status/1288164903111602176?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Royal fans loved the new clip.</p> <p> "I want to see the Queen with an accidental tropical island backdrop," one joked.</p> <p>Another fan wrote: "I love it! The whole world deals with zoom in the same way: 'Can you see me?' 'Can you hear me?' 'Am I on?' 'Is my background neat &amp; tidy?' Love their humanity, their humility, and their graciousness."</p>

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Discover this leafy retirement oasis on Sydney’s upper north shore

<p>A spacious and light-filled apartment – with a view into the treetops – has helped deliver the perfect retirement lifestyle for Joy and Greg Newling.   </p> <p>Eighteen months ago, Joy and Greg made the decision to downsize into a newly-built retirement village apartment at <a href="https://www.uniting.org/services/retirement-and-independent-living/facility/uniting-bowden-brae-normanhurst?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=bowdenbrae">Uniting Bowden Brae</a>. </p> <p>Apart from freeing up some capital for retirement, the couple also wanted to continue to live within northern Sydney and be able to entertain friends on a large balcony.  </p> <p>The Uniting Bowden Brae project at Normanhurst caught their eye. </p> <p>They were shown through a three bedroom plus two bathroom apartment with generous ceiling heights and large living spaces.</p> <p>The couple particularly loved the view through the huge windows into the treetops of the project’s green space.</p> <p>Soon after, Joy and Greg, who are in their 70s, moved in.</p> <p>“The move out of our old home in Wahroonga also meant we could sell the lawnmower for good, which I loved,” Greg said. “And the best thing is that we still have our independence, while enjoying strong community connections and support here.”</p> <p><strong>Additional homes under construction at Uniting Bowden Brae</strong></p> <p>Joy and Greg bought into the first stage of <a href="https://www.uniting.org/services/retirement-and-independent-living/facility/uniting-bowden-brae-normanhurst?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=bowdenbrae">Uniting Bowden Brae</a>. All 39 apartments in this stage have already been built, with only two remaining for sale.</p> <p>In addition, expressions of interest are now open for a further 101 apartments, which feature either two, two plus study or three bedrooms. These apartments, along with the project’s community facilities, are expected to be complete by mid-2021.</p> <p><span>Like the apartment purchased by the Newlings, these stage two apartments seek to provide generous living spaces, a flowing layout and high-quality finishes and appliances, including stone benchtops and a ceramic cooktop. Full-height glazed doors and windows are designed to bathe the homes in natural light, while the open plan living area and apartment courtyards and balconies will make it easy to entertain.</span></p> <p>Importantly, the apartments and the Uniting Bowden Brae project also include a range of features which will allow future residents to age-in-place.</p> <p>The apartments themselves will be constructed to be easily accessible by people with mobility limitations. For instance, the bathrooms will include zero-threshold shower recesses and a towel rack which doubles as a strong grab rail. </p> <p>A range of Uniting assisted living and home care services will be available to residents, including personal care, cleaning, gardening, transport and meal preparation. </p> <p>Uniting will also be able to help manage any clinical services residents may need, including nursing and allied health support.</p> <p>Finally, the new retirement village apartments will be located alongside an existing Uniting residential aged care facility, allowing apartment residents to move into this facility if their care needs change.</p> <p><strong>Extensive community facilities allow residents to enjoy the great outdoors</strong></p> <p>Meanwhile, the project’s extensive community facilities have been planned to encourage friendly interaction and healthy living.</p> <p>These facilities will include a café, gymnasium, indoor pool, library, consulting rooms, clubroom and communal dining and lounge areas. </p> <p>Residents will also be able to enjoy the project’s ‘Village Green’, a large landscaped area designed to link the apartments and community facilities and encourage community connection. </p> <p>Across the 1.38 hectare site, landscaped gardens will blend well-established trees with new plantings to provide a leafy canopy of shade. Residents can take full advantage of these shared spaces, without needing to maintain them.</p> <p>Two major hospitals are a stone’s throw from Uniting Bowden Brae, and there’s a large major supermarket just a 10-minute drive in either direction. Buses pass the village, and the railway station is less than a 10-minute walk away.</p> <p>The nearby suburb of Wahroonga boasts coffee shops and eateries, and all the essential services, such as banks, a post office and a railway station. </p> <p><strong>Newlings look forward to more neighbours</strong></p> <p>Joy and Greg Newling say they are looking forward to welcoming more residents into the Uniting Bowden Brae family.</p> <p>“We’ve met some fantastic neighbours here who share similar interests of ours, it’s really expanded our friendship circle in life moving here,” Greg says.</p> <p>The couple have always been active members of their local community, sitting on numerous committees over the years, and have already gained many friends at Uniting Bowden Brae.</p> <p>Joy didn’t hesitate to put up her hand to host a thankyou party when she stepped down as President of her local Rotary Club last year.</p> <p>More than 20 friends gathered in the living room of her new apartment to celebrate the occasion.</p> <p>“We opened up the big glass sliding doors onto the balcony so our friends could spill into our outdoor space,” Joy said. “We had people standing around here with drinks and finger food, it was great.”</p> <p>Making their own lifestyle decisions was important to the couple.</p> <p>Once they moved in, their son and daughter agreed that Joy and Greg had done the hard yards by taking matters into their own hands. </p> <p>“In some ways we felt too young for retirement living, but we also knew the time was right,” Greg said.</p> <p>“We had to make all the decisions on living arrangements for three of our parents, which wasn’t easy. The experience made us determined to make our own decisions that worked for us, and save our family from having to make those decisions.” </p> <p>Not one to rush their decision, they compared Uniting Bowden Brae with other properties on the market, including attending open homes, reading brochures and visiting other independent living villages.</p> <p>However, nothing compared to Uniting Bowden Brae, so they signed on the dotted line.</p> <p>The fact that the complex was run by Uniting sealed the deal. “We liked the attitude and knowledge of the sales staff that we met,” Greg said.</p> <p>Joy and Greg also take comfort in the fact that there’s a residential aged care facility on-site should they need it down the track.</p> <p>“Accessing this will be far easier from here than a private residence should the day come that we need it,” Greg said. </p> <p><em>With 100 years of experience providing accommodation and care for older Australians, you’re in expert hands with Uniting. For more information about the Uniting Bowden Brae, including to book a tour of our display apartment, please </em><a href="https://www.uniting.org/services/retirement-and-independent-living/facility/uniting-bowden-brae-normanhurst?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=bowdenbrae"><em>click here</em></a><strong><em>.</em></strong></p> <p><em>(Please note that a departure fee will apply when you leave the village)</em></p> <p><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with </em><a href="https://www.uniting.org/services/retirement-and-independent-living/facility/uniting-bowden-brae-normanhurst?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=bowdenbrae"><em>United Browden Brae</em></a><em>. </em></p>

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Anthony Hopkins sells off glorious Malibu retreat for eye watering price

<p><span>Renowned actor Anthony Hopkins is saying farwell to his longtime Malibu reatreat for an eye watering $10.5 million.</span><br /><br /><span>The gorgeous home that spans over one-acre, is located on Point Dume Bluff, and did not seem to be a difficult sell for Hopkins who listed it in February with a $11.5 million price tag.</span><br /><br /><span>The 4,010-square-foot home may not have left his hands for the extra million, it is a definite jump in profit from the $3.8 million he paid for the property back in 2001.</span><br /><br /><span>The main part of the home boasts a glorious four bedrooms and four bathrooms, along with a stunning white stone-framed fireplace in the living room.</span><br /><br /><span>The kitten is a marvel in itself and is fitted with stainless steel appliances, wood cabinetry, terra-cotta style floors and built-in shelving.</span><br /><br /><span>The property also includes a pool and spa, along with gardens and an impressive deck space.</span><br /><br /><span>On another part of the property, there is a spacious guest house which has a private one-bedroom, one-bathroom guest house, as well as a pool house..</span><br /><br /><span>Hopkins and his wife, Stella, are selling the home because they want to be closer to Los Angeles.</span><br /><br /><span>The couple already own three homes in the city.</span><br /><br /><span>Along with a two-bedroom Pacific Palisades condo, they also maintain a $6.6 million contemporary house in the neighborhood, which they bought in 2018.</span></p>

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Slip sliding away: Coastal homes under dire threat

<p>Residents along the NSW Central Coast have been left concerned after days of extreme surf caused severe erosion, putting the beachfront homes in danger of collapsing.</p> <p>A powerful low pressure system across Australia’s east coast earlier this week created large swells and high waves smashing the beaches.</p> <p>Police, State Emergency Services (SES) and NSW Fire and Rescue were called to homes on Ocean View Drive in Wamberal on Thursday night following reports of erosion at the properties, the <em><a href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/wild-weather-leaves-nsw-homes-at-risk-of-structural-collapse-due-to-beach-erosion-20200717-p55cwm.html">Sydney Morning Herald</a> </em>reported.</p> <p>“Dunes are collapsing, people’s houses are at risk of falling into the sea,” a resident told <em><a href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/sydney-erosion-fears-wild-weather/c1d0baad-688a-4bc6-8a8e-58177aee69af#:~:text=Residents%20living%20along%20the%20NSW,homes%20exposed%20to%20the%20elements.&amp;text=%22We%20have%20massive%20erosion%20on,%2C%22%20one%20resident%20told%209News.">9News</a></em>.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Ffrnsw459%2Fposts%2F1918254264978574&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=552&amp;height=740&amp;appId" width="552" height="740" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Emergency services brought large concrete blocks along the stretch of coast to help support homes from the risk of landslide.</p> <p>SES controller Rolf Garda said this erosion damage was the worst he had seen in the last 30 years.</p> <p>“There’s always been impact on that area but for some reason this event has taken away far more land than we expected,” Garda told the <em><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-17/nsw-coastal-erosion-from-large-swell-pummelling-coast/12465398">ABC</a></em>.</p> <p>“We identified that some houses were pretty close to the slump line. We worked with Council to walk up and down and talk to the residents and advised them of the potential dangers.”</p> <p>Local café worker Amanda Keanelly said the coastal erosion was “so scary” for the residents. “A guy came in yesterday and he told us that his home was a metre away from going in. He was heartbroken,” Keanelly told the <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/17/nsw-central-coast-huge-swells-wamberal-homes-risk-collapse-beach-erosion">Guardian</a></em>.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/centralcoastcities.shtml">Bureau of Meteorology</a> forecasted large and powerful surf conditions until at least Saturday.</p> <p><em>Photo: ABC News</em></p>

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