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Christine Holgate to receive huge pay out

<p>Former CEO of Australia Post Christine Holgate will be paid a hefty $1million termination payment from the federal government after being forced to step down from the business last year.</p> <p>The decision comes after extensive mediation between the two parties before a former Federal Court judge over several weeks.</p> <p>Australia Post has also agreed to pay Ms Holgate an additional $100,000 to cover any legal costs throughout the proceedings.</p> <p>Ms Holgate left Australia Post following nation-wide controversy over gifting four of her top executives Cartier watches as bonuses in 2018.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 318.0633520449078px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842829/aus-post.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9198cc86be164bfca2a00270dff9a7ae" /></p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty Images</em></p> <p>A representative form Australia Post commented on the settlement, stating it "acknowledges that it has lost an effective CEO following the events on the morning of 22nd October 2020."</p> <p>Australia Post added that it "wishes Ms Holgate the best in her future endeavours", as she was appointed head of Global Express, a rival courier company in the profitable parcel segment.</p> <p>Ms Holgate continues to express her appreciation for the staff, partners and licensees of Australia Post, despite now leading a rival operation.</p> <p>The statement says, "Ms Holgate wishes the employees, partners and licensees of Australia Post her best wishes as they strive every day to provide a vital and affordable service to all Australians no matter where they reside."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Nine News/Shutterstock</em></p>

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Pensioner charged over possession of World War II tank

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An 84-year-old man has been convicted by a German court for the illegal possession of weapons.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His illegal, personal arsenal of weapons, including a Panther tank, a flak cannon, and other World War II military equipment, was discovered by authorities in 2015.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The man’s storage facility in northern Germany was raided by police in 2015 during an investigation into black market Nazi-art.</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HMUUQJB6LJw" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The investigation had turned up two bronze horse statues that stood in front of Adolf Hitler’s Chancellery in another man’s possession.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Instead of art, authorities found a cache of machine guns, automatic pistols, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to local media, the man was outspoken about his weapons collection and even used the tank as a snowplough during one bad winter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The man was handed a suspended prison sentence of 14 months and ordered to pay a 250,000 euro ($400,00) fine, German news agency dpa reported.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The defendant was also ordered to sell or donate the 40-tonne tank and anti-aircraft cannon to a museum or a collector within the next two years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Geral Geocke, the man’s lawyer, spoke outside court, saying the suspended sentence reflected that the weapons were intended as museum pieces rather than for harming others.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Video: shz.de</span></em></p>

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Bin Laden's notorious Pink Palace up for sale

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ibrahim bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s brother, has listed his Bel Air mansion for sale, with an asking price of $AUD 38.1 million ($US 28 million) according to the </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://nypost.com/2021/07/30/osama-bin-ladens-bel-air-estate-is-on-sale-for-28m/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">New York Post</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Property records show that Ibrahim, the older half-brother of the late terrorist, has owned the property for nearly four decades.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When he purchased the Mediterranean-style mansion in 1983, Ibrahim spent $US 163,000 at the time - equating to roughly $US 5.5 million after adjusting for inflation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the home has been unoccupied since the September 11 attacks in 2001.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ibrahim was vacationing overseas at the time of the attack, but never returned to the US.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The listing describes the home as “ready for redoing, owner has not been here for over 20 years”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since the property has been long abandoned, interior photos of the home are hard to find, and the hefty price tag is based on “land value only” and location, rather than the state of the home itself.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The almost 100-year-old home, in the prestigious lower Bel Air neighbourhood, spans 600 sqm and sits on more than 8100 sqm of land.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The seven-bedroom, five-bathroom mansion was built in 1931 and features an unusual exterior of concrete that has been painted pink.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property was previously owned by Hollywood producer Arthur Freed, who produced </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Wizard of Oz</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">An American in Paris</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Singin’ in the Rain</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ibrahim lived in the home with his former wife, Christine Hartunian Sinay, and employed “full-time groundskeepers, household help, chauffeurs, and private security”, according to Steve Coll’s biography, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Realtor.com</span></em></p>

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Hugh Jackman’s plea: “Don’t be like me as a kid”

<p><span>Hugh Jackman has urged fans to look after their skin in a blunt Instagram post.</span><br /><br /><span>The 52-year-old <em>Greatest Showman</em> star has been treated for skin cancer more than six times, and took to social media after a recent visit to the doctors and dermatologist.</span><br /><br /><span>"Hey guys, I just wanted to let you know," he said while pulling down his face mask to show a small BandAid on his nose.</span><br /><br /><span>"I just went to see Lisa and Trevor, my amazing dermatologist and doctors. They saw something that was a little irregular so they took a biopsy, getting it checked. So if you see a shot of me with this on, do not freak out."</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/CSE_N1FHu78/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CSE_N1FHu78/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>"Thank you for your concern," he went on to say.</span><br /><br /><span>"I'll let you know what's going on but they think it's probably fine."</span><br /><br /><span>Jackman wrapped up the video by saying: "Remember, go and get a check and wear sunscreen. Don't be like me as a kid. Just wear sunscreen."</span><br /><br /><span>The <em>Wolverine</em> star has been treated for skin cancer on his nose five times.</span><br /><br /><span>"A couple of notes ... please get skin checks often, please don't think it won't happen to you and, above all, please wear sunscreen,” he wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>In April, Jackman shared a clip of his ear bandaged up, revealing he had gotten a necessary skin check-up.</span><br /><br /><span>"OK guys, I recommend getting a skin check. Regularly," he began in the video, adding that Aussies are more likely to develop sun spots and skin cancer.</span><br /><br /><span>"I know I've said it before, I know I may be boring you with this but it's super easy to do and it's really, really important to be pre-emptive with these things."</span><br /><br /><span>"So, if you're like me and you didn't really know any better when you were young, and you didn't wear sunscreen, and you were in the Australian sun, then you need to get a check-up even more," he went on to say.</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/CP3KnvNj0VW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CP3KnvNj0VW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>"But if not, doesn't matter who you are. Next time you are with your doctor or with a specialist if you can, if you are with your doctor just say 'can you please give me a skin check?', at least once a year.</span><br /><br /><span>"I just had mine done, I just had a little biopsy, it's pre-cancerous, it's not much, but I'm really really glad I went."</span><br /><br /><span>Jackman has mentioned in the past how lucky he is to have not had any major cancer scares.</span><br /><br /><span>"It's just something I have to get out after being an Aussie with English parents, growing up in Australia, it's sort of the new normal for me," he said during a chat on Live! With Kelly back in 2017.</span><br /><br /><span>"One sunburn, you're susceptible to cancer. One. And all of this is 25, 30 years after, the doctor told me.</span><br /><br /><span>"Our rule, as kids, growing up, was you get burned and peel two or three times, then you're set."</span></p>

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Meet Benjamin Jesty: The unsung hero of vaccinations

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">More than 250 years before the first case of COVID-19 was announced, another deadly virus - smallpox - was spreading across Europe.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The smallpox epidemic led to the development of the first vaccine, credited to Gloucestershire physician, Edward Jenner.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the technique which Jenner became famous for had been pioneered more than 20 years earlier by a Dorset dairy farmer whose social status prevented him from receiving any credit.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It wasn’t until microbiologist Patrick Pead, who was holidaying in Dorset in 1985, found a booklet in a Worth Matravers village called ‘Benjamin Jesty: The First Vaccinator’.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I thought ‘that’s not right, it was Edward Jenner’,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We went to the churchyard and saw his tombstone and that day changed my life.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 307.37704918032784px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842847/_119356027_561b6ee2-0976-4b53-ac10-2677da1907fa.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/806cca2aa4094d378377c4193b187d8e" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Julia&amp;keld / Find a Grave</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Over the following years, Pead went to work, piecing together what little information was known about Jesty. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This included the tracking down of the only portrait of the famer, which was believed lost for more than a century before it turned up on the other side of the world.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jesty’s story starts in 1774, when the farmer deliberately infected his family with cowpox to protect them from the smallpox virus, which was the leading cause of death at the time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Most people became infected during their lifetimes, with about 30 percent of those infected not surviving.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, Jesty had contracted cowpox as a boy and knew that milkmaids seemed to somehow be immune from smallpox.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Using pus taken from lumps on a cow’s udder, he scratched the infectious material into the skin of his wife and two sons using a stocking needle.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though his wife eventually recovered after being seriously ill, Jesty was vilified.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The last trial for witchcraft had been less than 40 years earlier,” Pead said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Jesty was reviled, people were suspicious.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In those days, everybody would go to church on Sunday and the human body was sacred but here was a guy taking something from a beast and poking it into a human body.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jesty’s experiments were later proved to be successful after attempts to infect his sons with smallpox failed, indicating they were immune.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Edward Jenner is believed to have heard of Jesty’s experiments through his dining club, carried out a similar test in 1796 on an eight-year-old boy, but his findings were rejected by The Royal Society.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After additional experiments, and with support from his colleagues and the king, Jenner was awarded a total of </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">£</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">30,000 ($AUD 56,270 or $NZD 59,360) by parliament between 1802 and 1807.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, Jesty’s efforts were not unrecognised, with doctors and clergy calling for his recognition in the discovery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite their attempts to give him credit where it was due - including in the commission of Jesty’s portrait - Jenner’s well-connected supporters succeeded, leaving Jesty to become a footnote in the history of medicine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In his quest to uncover more about Jesty, Mr Pead was able to locate the portrait - which had passed to the Pope family of the Eldridge Pope Brewery in Dorchester - after receiving the phone number of a Pope family descendent in South Africa.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I rang them straight away - it was about 10 o’clock at night. They said, ‘it’s hanging here above the fireplace in the family home’,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After a drawn-out process, the portrait returned to the UK and was restored over two years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The painting finally went on display, first in Dorchester’s Dorset Museum, then at the Wellcome Collection galleries.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Interest in Jesty’s story has grown ever since, and Pead has written books and articles, given hundreds of talks, and was awarded a Fellowship of the Historical Association for his efforts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m a scientist working in medicine and I know all of the progress is built on the findings of others,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Vaccination wasn’t plucked out of the air by Benjamin Jesty or by Edward Jenner, it was built on out of what went before - that’s why Jesty does deserve recognition.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Wellcome Collection</span></em></p>

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Savage Garden refuses to sell out their famous song

<p>Hayes said he’s been approached recently by an advertising company wanting to use the band’s 1997 major hit – <em>Truly Madly Deeply</em> – which Hayes wrote.</p> <p>The singer made his fans laugh on Twitter by sharing the lyrics the advertising company wanted to use and Hayes posted: “If you knew how much money I turn down and how hard I fight to protect your high school memories.”</p> <p>The lyrics the company had pitched to him were:</p> <p><strong>VERSE 1</strong></p> <p><em>I’ll bring you Greek, I’ll bring you French, I’ll bring you Japanese. </em></p> <p><em>I’ll bring you Thai, Steak from the Pub, bring all the food that you need. </em></p> <p><em>Close to your door with every step, I’m outside holding your food. </em></p> <p><em>It will be warm, It will be tasty ‘cause I’m counting on a real good rating.</em></p> <p><em>That’s the reason I’m bringing, you Deep Fried Chicken </em></p> <p><strong>CHORUS 1</strong></p> <p><em>I want to stand with you on food mountain </em></p> <p><em>I want to float with you in some cheese. </em></p> <p><em>[insert brand name] Like this forever </em></p> <p><em>Until more fries rain down on me. </em></p> <p>Twitter users thanked the singer for not selling out and they described the advertising company’s lyrics as “truly madly cringy”, “awful” and “a travesty.”</p> <p>“These lyrics make me want to throw myself off food mountain,” tweeted <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/music/savage-garden-star-darren-hayes-rejects-companys-awful-pitch/news-story/@daggerandpe" target="_blank">@daggerandpen</a>.</p> <p>“‘I want to float with you in some cheese’ is my new pick-up line,” wrote <a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/clairenelson/status/1422342652658425858?s=20" target="_blank">@clairenelson</a>.</p> <p>And <a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/timbyrneses/status/1422343095534854154?s=20" target="_blank">@timbyrneses</a> tweeted: “Could you still record it? The people need to hear this cringe.”</p> <p><em>Truly Madly Deeply</em> was a huge hit for Hayes and his Savage Garden bandmate, Daniel Jones, when it was released in 1997.</p> <p>The song went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US and it became the first song in the chart’s history to spend a full 52 weeks inside the top 30.</p> <p>In Australia it won the ARIA award for Single of the Year and was nominated for Song of the Year but lost out to another Savage Garden song, <em>To the Moon and Back</em>.</p> <p>Savage Garden won 10 ARIAs that year from 13 nominations.</p> <p><em>Image: Wikimedia Commons</em></p>

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World’s most relatable Olympic Athlete

<p><span>In a bittersweet moment, the entire nation watched as the affable hurdler Nicholas Hough battled in the semi-final of the 110m on Wednesday.</span><br /><br /><span>While he sadly failed to reach the finals, he did cross the line in 13.88 - just half a second slower than his heat time.</span><br /><br /><span>However, Hough made international headlines after colliding with every single hurdle on his way through.</span><br /><br /><span>It has been revealed the Australian Olympian was dealing with an injury he’d suffered from due to his previous race.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Nicholas Hough just put in a lovely trial to represent the <a href="https://twitter.com/NSWWaratahs?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NSWWaratahs</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/110mHurdle?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#110mHurdle</a></p> — Matt Taylor 🐎💨 (@DreamTeamMatt) <a href="https://twitter.com/DreamTeamMatt/status/1422740467934851083?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>"I'm just happy I got out there on the track today, I had a bit of a sore calf after the heat yesterday," Hough said.</span><br /><br /><span>While the sportsman was able to run on the injury, he was forced to limit his preparation for the big semi-final.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842844/nicholas-hough.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6b233c7062014609babcd7a49b0a332b" /></p> <p><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p> <p><span>"I didn't know how bad it was gonna get, but I got through the race. Be a bit sore tomorrow, but that's OK.</span><br /><br /><span>"It was a bit of a struggle to warm up, didn't have much power getting going and driving through the hurdles - but it's great to be out here representing Australia."</span><br /><br /><span>American Grant Holloway qualified fastest for tomorrow's final, with a time of 13.13.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Nicholas Hough is a legend.<br /><br />Injured, but still ran. He knew what it meant.</p> — Johnny Worthington (@jworthington) <a href="https://twitter.com/jworthington/status/1422774692591534081?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>Hough is determined to spend the next three years building up for the 2024 games in France.</span><br /><br /><span>"It's a big couple of years - Paris is my time, that's going to be the big one for me,” he said.</span></p> <p><em>Image: Instagram <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/nick_hough/?hl=en" target="_blank">@Nick_Hough</a></em></p>

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Jacqui Lambie blows up over Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

<p>The Tasmanian Senator shouted her questions at Attorney-General, Michaelia Cash, during question time on Tuesday, demanding to be told why the royal commission had been delayed for quite a few months.</p> <p>Senator Lambie – a veteran herself - asked: “You already decided you were having a royal commission back in April. Why couldn't you have asked for (legal) tenders back then?”</p> <p>“Why can't the government walk and chew gum at the same time?”</p> <p>Then she shouted: “Why are we so far behind?”</p> <p>Senator Cash said she didn’t agree the commission was falling behind and she said the government “recognises the importance of those engaging with the royal commission”.</p> <p>But Senator Lambie asked for more information – especially for those taking part in the commission. She questioned Senator Cash about what legal financial support would be provided to veterans.</p> <p>“They want to be called to give evidence at the hearing. But before they can do that, a lot of them need funding for legal advice,” Senator Lambie said.</p> <p>“It's been three months since the prime minister announced the royal commission. When will people know what the plan of attack is here?” she added.</p> <p>Senator Cash confirmed a legal financial assistance scheme would be provided for those who engaged with the commission, but as it was independent from government, the commission itself would ultimately determine how hearings would be run.</p> <p>This only seemed to frustrate Senator Lambie more and she retaliated: “To save everyone some hurt here – we just want to know: if we get called up in front of the royal commissioner will we have funding to use our own lawyers?”</p> <p>“That is what I would like answered, please. We need to know this!” she said.</p> <p>But the Speaker cut Senator Lambie off before she could say any more.</p> <p>Senator Cash then said that along with legal financial assistance, counselling and support services would also be made available to people engaging with the royal commission.</p> <p>Senator Lambie has been a vocal supporter of defence veterans having been discharged from the Australian Corps of Military Police herself after her career ended because of a spine injury.</p> <p>The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide was established in July after many people said it was necessary to address the high rates of mental illness and suicide among Australia’s returned servicemen and servicewomen.</p> <p>The commission will be required to deliver an interim report by August next year and a final report by June 2023.</p> <p><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Elderly man collapses when arrested for not wearing a face mask

<p>A video of the incident has been posted on social media, showing the elderly man crumpling to the ground and going into spasm just minutes after being arrested.</p> <p>The man was arrested for ‘not wearing a mask in public’ in Brisbane where there is a snap lockdown due to an increase in COVID cases and one of the conditions of the lockdown is that face masks must be worn in public at all times.</p> <p>However, this elderly man allegedly has an official exemption due to a serious medica condition.</p> <p>The distressing incident was filmed on Monday morning in Brisbane's Botanic Gardens after Queensland's lockdown was extended to stem the spread of Covid in the community.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" id="molvideoplayer" title="MailOnline Embed Player" src="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/embed/video/2472921.html" width="698" height="573" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>According to the man's son, who shared the footage online, the elderly man suffers from a medical condition which causes him breathing difficulties and heart problems.</p> <p>During the arrest, he fell to the floor and started to spasm, gasping for air with his hands waving as he tried to reach for his backpack - which contained his medication.</p> <p>When the police realised the man was in serious distress, they called an ambulance and paramedics arrived on the scene shortly after. They couldn’t identify a medical issue but they took the man to hospital as a precaution.</p> <p>The distressing scenes were filmed by the elderly man's partner. The video appears to show four police officers questioning the man as they arrest him and lead him away from the park for failing to answer their questions.</p> <p>The elderly man’s partner repeatedly tries to tell the officers the man has an exemption to wearing a mask. But an officer was recorded as stating he “was not confident [the man] would comply with directives” if he were to remove the handcuffs.</p> <p>As the man was led away from the park in handcuffs, the footage shows him dramatically dropping to the floor and beginning to spasm.</p> <p>The officers immediately respond, trying to turn the man on his side as his partner screams for help, explaining there is medication in a pocket of his bag.</p> <p>An officer was filmed explaining he was legally not allowed to administer the medication, while a female policewoman reassured the woman that an ambulance had been called.</p> <p>The elderly man’s son has posted the video on social media, stating: “He did not do anything illegal, he did not retaliate in a violent manner. He was conducting himself peacefully and not looking for trouble.”</p> <p>He then posed several questions to the officers who arrested his dad, wanting to know exactly what he did to wind up in handcuffs and under arrest.</p> <p>Queensland is in the midst of a Delta COVID variant outbreak. As a result, the Sunshine State is enduring a week-long snap lockdown in an attempt to keep cases at bay.</p> <p>Chief Health Officer, Jeanette Young, has mandated that face masks be worn everywhere outside the home to minimise the risk of spreading or catching the virus.</p> <p>Police have stated they are investigating the incident to check if any possible offences were committed on that day.</p> <p><em>Image: Courtesy of Instagram</em></p>

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Sunrise host reports at Tokyo Olympics in the middle of an earthquake

<p><span>Bizarre television footage has captured the moment a <em>Sunrise</em> TV host was caught in the middle of a 5.8 magnitude earthquake during the Tokyo Olympics.</span><br /><br /><span>Reporter Mark Beretta was standing atop one of the 10-storey temporary broadcasting towers outside the stadium when the grounds were rocked by a quake.</span><br /><br /><span>“Welcome back to the Olympic city where we are currently in an earthquake, an earth tremor,” the startled journalist said.</span><br /><br /><span>“The roof above us is moving and you might notice our lights and camera are moving as well.”</span><br /><br /><span>The earthquake continued for around 30 seconds, before Beretta could shakily continue undisturbed</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">"Welcome back to the Olympic city where we are currently in an earthquake"<a href="https://twitter.com/MarkBeretta?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MarkBeretta</a> just powered through his sports report while Tokyo was being hit by a tremor 👊🏻 <a href="https://t.co/O4pUxM1yHD">pic.twitter.com/O4pUxM1yHD</a></p> — Sunrise (@sunriseon7) <a href="https://twitter.com/sunriseon7/status/1422664463157653507?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 3, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>Japan is prone to shakes, so thankfully most of the buildings for the Tokyo olympics are “earthquake proof,” Beretta said.</span><br /><br /><span>“That was quite an unusual moment, I have not been through an earthquake before,” Beretta told concerned co-hosts David Koch and Natalie Barr, who were watching from a Sydney studio.</span><br /><br /><span>“We’re in a tower, which at home would be made of scaffolding, but here it is made of construction steel.”</span><br /><br /><span>The 5.8 magnitude tremor hit at 5.33 am local time.</span><br /><br /><span>The German Research Centre for Geosciences reported that the epicentre of the tremor was out at sea, off Tokyo’s coast, at a shallow depth of 10km.</span></p>

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“Unacceptable behaviour”: Aussie Olympians blasted for rowdy flight home

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A written complaint from Japan Air Lines to the Australian Olympic Committee has placed the Olyroos and rugby Seven’s mens Olympic teams under immediate investigation during their flight home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Both teams were engaging in rowdy and unsafe behaviour during the 10-hour flight from Tokyo to Sydney, with passengers telling News Corp they were “loud, singing, refusing to sit down when requested, rowdy and obnoxious”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Obviously they weren’t wearing their masks as they were drinking all the time,” said one passenger from the flight which touched down on Friday morning.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">About five hours into the flight, some players were drunk and more than one began vomiting.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The athletes refused to listen to instructions from airline staff to sit down and stop taking alcohol from the galley at the rear of the plane, to the frustration of the staff on board.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The soccer players were sitting at the rear of the plane while the rugby players were seated near the front, with the antics starting when some of the rugby players came to the back.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Players hadn’t seen each other during the Olympics and so this was the first time they had a chance to catch up,” one source said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another passenger and member of the Australian Olympic Team said he was “mortified” by the players’ behaviour.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The rugby team was also read the riot act by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) in a separate incident, where players left their team meeting room in poor condition after a night of partying prior to their departure from Japan.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a statement, Rugby Australia said they have been made aware of the incident during the flight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Rugby Australia has begun its own internal investigation into the matter based on the information provided by the AOC,” the statement said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A spokesperson from Football Australia said it was aware of the behaviour and will also investigate the incident.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Football Australia is discussing the matter with the AOC and is taking responsibility to investigate the involvement of any footballer.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll said the behaviour was “extremely disappointing”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But both Rugby and Football have told me that such behaviour is certainly not acceptable within their sports and have sincerely apologised to the Australian Olympic Team. The CEOs have undertaken to take the appropriate action and report back to us,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The athletes remain under the control of the AOC until they exit two weeks of quarantine.</span></p>

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“I’m in shock”: Olympian stuns the world with “impossible” run

<p><span>Norway’s Karsten Warholm has had an incredible run by smashing his own “impossible” world record, taking the gold in the men's 400m hurdles.</span><br /><br /><span>Warholm clocked in at a remarkable 45.94 seconds.</span><br /><br /><span>He beat his previous world best of 46.70sec.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842812/norway-world-record-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4a6da1c59057416f9b46990d2d57993b" /></p> <p><em>Image: Supplied</em></p> <p><span>He went head to head with American Rai Benjamin, who came under the previous world record mark and won silver.</span><br /><br /><span>Brazil’s Alison Dos Santos claimed bronze in 46.72.</span><br /><br /><span>Warholm’s feat is something never-before-seen, as only four runners in history have ever clocked sub-47sec times, let alone sub-46.</span><br /><br /><span>Seven of the eight runners also recorded their personal best times.</span><br /><br /><span>The race was one that came down to the final 20m.</span><br /><br /><span>As Warholm’s world record time flashed on the big screen, he roared and ripped open his shirt.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842813/norway-world-record.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/60445dd9738a4b799bc26111795783a6" /></p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em><br /><br /><span>Aussie icon and commentator Bruce McAvaney, described the win as one of the most iconic performances ever seen at the Olympics.</span><br /><br /><span>He said it competed with Usain Bolt's 9.63sec 100m run at the London Olympics.</span><br /><br /><span>"It will go down as the greatest 400m hurdles ever run and arguably the greatest race we have seen at an Olympic Games. What a contest," McAvaney said.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Karsten Warholm's 45.95 in the 400-meter hurdles took .75 of a second off of the world record.<br /><br />To take that much off of the WR in an event human beings have been running for 120+ years should not be possible. It should not be possible!</p> — Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) <a href="https://twitter.com/jgault13/status/1422399636698923010?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 3, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>Former Aussie athletics star Tamsyn Manou said the shock of the race left her speechless.</span><br /><br /><span>"I'm in shock. Bruce, I'm in shock. I cannot believe for the men's 400m hurdles there is a 45 second run," she said.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Ppl, I don’t think you realize what you just watched. A man just ran Sub 46 in the 400M Hurdles. That’s Beamon’s jump in Mexico City, Bolt’s sub 9.6 in 100 meters. I saw Kevin Young run 46.78 in Barcelona, still can’t believe Warholm ran that fast. Geeeeezzz</p> — shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) <a href="https://twitter.com/ShannonSharpe/status/1422400410812252165?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 3, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>"We've taken this event to a place where I don't think anybody (expected).</span><br /><br /><span>"Everybody was talking about a world record, but I don't think anybody would have said it will be won in sub-46 seconds."</span><br /><br /><span>American sports commentator Tom Harrington said: "That 400 meters hurdles was the greatest in history".</span></p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Barack Obama facing backlash over his 60th birthday party during surge of COVID-19 cases

<p>Barack Obama has come under fire for planning an extravagant 60th birthday party as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the US. </p> <p>The former President is expecting to have hundreds of guests at his luxurious 30-acre property <span>on Martha’s Vineyard island in Massachusetts this weekend. </span></p> <p><span>According to Axios, over 400 family, friends and staff are expected to arrive, as well as celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, George Clooney and more.</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 280.7971014492754px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842823/marthas-vineyard.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6afee518ef74465ba0ee2a01986940e3" /></span></p> <p><em>Image credit: LandVest</em></p> <p><span>The rock band Pearl Jam are also rumoured to be performing at the prestigious event. </span></p> <p><span>The party, booked for August 7th, is facing criticism as it comes at a time when the highly-infectious Delta strain of Coronavirus is devastating the US, with an average of 70,000 cases per day.</span></p> <p><span>White House press secretary Jen Psaki stepped in to defend Obama's birthday plans, </span>stating he is following guidelines put in place by <span>Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will have safety protocols adhered to. </span></p> <p><span>Psaki also said that Obama "has been a huge advocate of individuals getting vaccinated", and will require guests to be jabbed ahead of time to be allowed into the event. </span></p> <p><span>Guests will also receive a COVID test upon arrival, and anyone with symptoms will not be let in. </span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p> </p>

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“Heroic” officers and bystanders free trapped baby

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shocking footage has captured the moment police officers and bystanders lifting a car to save a trapped baby.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The incident happened in the town of Yonkers in New York on Friday, when a 43-year-old driver allegedly crashed into a car then careened across the road and into the front of a local barber shop.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the car moved across the road, a woman was crossing the street with her eight-month-old daughter in her arms. The pair were hit by the car and landed on the bonnet as it crashed into the shop.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two police officers, who were nearby ordering breakfast, rushed to the scene to investigate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once it was discovered the baby was trapped underneath the car, the officers and several bystanders worked together to lift the car and free the baby.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Luckily, two veteran officers of Yonkers’ finest just happened to be getting breakfast next door and quickly took action along with members of the community to rescue a child trapper under the vehicle and render aid to her mother,” Police Commissioner John Mueller said in a statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The actions taken are nothing short of heroic.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The mother and daughter were left with serious injuries but are expected to survive.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The mother suffered a fractured femur and the baby had a fractured skull and third-degree burns on her back and foot, according to police.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The driver, David Poncurak, was uninjured.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He was charged with several offences, including second-degree vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Yonkers Police Department</span></em></p>

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Hidden Aussie beach cracks the top 10 in the world

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Sydney-based content creator has gone viral for his footage from beaches that are very definitely off-the-beaten track.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adam Rikys shares clips on </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@adamrikys/video/6985683756568808706?lang=en&amp;is_copy_url=1&amp;is_from_webapp=v1" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tiktok</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> where he drops a pin on a new location in Australia using Google maps, then zooms in with stunning images of the beach, proving we’re a country full of hidden beachy treasures.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In one of his latest videos, the creator chooses Turquoise Bay in Western Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Found in Cape Range National Park near Exmouth, Turquoise Bay was ranked as the sixth best beach in the world in Trip Advisor’s 2021 Travellers’ Choice Awards earlier this year.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLqMB0vJg2E/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLqMB0vJg2E/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Perth is OK! (@perthisok)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With its crystal clear waters and white sand, it’s easy to see why it scored a top spot.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the area is prone to strong currents, with inexperienced swimmers advised to take caution.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Venture Wanderer / Instagram, Hike Australia / Instagram</span></em></p>

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“Very lucky”: Samuel Johnson gives health update from home

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Actor Samuel Johnson has shared his latest health update from home after he was hit by a car over a month ago.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The former </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Home and Away</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> star shared details from the incident and a message for his supporters via his charity Love Your Sister’s </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/loveyoursister/photos/a.346145412147147/4306798182748497" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Facebook page</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Woot, I’m home!” his post began.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So, I got into a dust-up with a small white vehicle, and lost badly! Huge props to the gang at Ambulance Victoria, VicPol, The Alfred and The Epworth for putting this Humpty back together again.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Won’t bore you with all the medical stuffski, suffice to say I’ve been surrounded by a gang of experts, including the Occupational Therapist, who says it’s OK for me to go back to work on ‘light duties’ today!” Johnson wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Full recovery is within my grasp, I’ve just got a lot more work ahead of me.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 43-year-old said he has to spend the next four weeks in a neck brace.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Johnson ended the message saying he is “very lucky to be OK”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Having seen the “difference that medical research can make” first-hand, the star is encouraging his followers to “lend [him] a hand while [he’s] getting better” and support his charity </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.loveyoursister.org/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Love Your Sister</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, which raises money for cancer research.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Johnson and his late sister Connie, who suffered from several forms of cancer throughout her life, started the charity in 2012, with the goal of raising $10 million for cancer research.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Love Your Sister / Facebook</span></em></p>

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How creative are you? Take this test to find out

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">How do we know if we’re creative? While it can be a hard concept to define, and even more difficult to measure, scientists have developed a way of assessing one aspect of our creativity with a simple test.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You can take the test yourself and it only takes a few minutes, but it is most accurate if you don’t know how the score is generated.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Head over to the </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.datcreativity.com/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">project page</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, have a go, and come back to read all about it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Done? </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here’s a breakdown of how your score was calculated and why it matters.</span></p> <p><strong>How the test works</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Divergent Association Task (DAT) asks participants (including you) to name ten nouns which are as far apart in meaning as possible.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For example, “cat” and “pineapple” would be more different than “cat” and “dog”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A computer algorithm then measures the semantic distance - how far apart the words are in meaning and how often they are used in the same context - between the nouns the person submitted.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The test aims to measure an individual’s verbal creativity and their ability to come up with diverse answers to an open-ended problem, also called divergent thinking.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After analysing responses from 8,914 volunteers, the researchers found the DAT test is comparable to current methods of predicting how creative a person is.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Several theories posit that creative people are able to generate more divergent ideas,” the researchers wrote in their paper, </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.pnas.org/content/118/25/e2022340118" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">published</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If this is correct, simply naming unrelated words and then measuring the semantic distance between them, could serve as an objective measure of divergent thinking.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The newly-developed test was compared against two that are already used to measure creativity: the Alternative Uses Task - involving thinking of as many uses as possible for an object; and the Bridge-the-Associative Gap Task - where you link two words using a third word.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The results found the DAT test was just as useful as the more complicated measures currently used.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Additionally, the data suggests the test is effective across different demographics, making it a suitable choice for conducting large studies.</span></p> <p><strong>Why this matters</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though many of us won’t be conducting studies on creativity any time soon and only one aspect of creativity is scored here, this new test could make the difficult task of studying creativity a little more simple.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our task measures only a sliver of one type of creativity,” said psychologist Jay Olsen from Harvard University, who is the paper’s first author.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But these findings enable creativity assessments across larger and more diverse samples with less bias, which will ultimately help us better understand this fundamental human ability.”</span></p>

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“Last straw”: Close friends open up on Dieter Brummer’s tragic death

<p>Those who knew Dieter Brummer well say Sydney’s latest COVID-19 lockdown was the “last straw” for the late <em>Home and Away</em> actor.</p> <p>Family, friends and fans have mourned the death of the well-known actor who died last Saturday. While he’d been out of the acting spotlight for many years, he was a household name throughout much of the 1990s.</p> <p>Recently, he’d been working as a window cleaner but work had begun to dry up during Sydney’s lockdowns.</p> <p>In fact, according to the <em>Daily Mail Australia</em>, Brummer’s last Facebook post, on July 15, was to thank a friend for securing him some work.</p> <p>Brummer wrote: “It’s been a long time since I rescued you and you have finally returned the favour.”</p> <p>“I am looking forward to a future working high above COVID which is ‘apparently’ ‘ravaging’ Sydney (sic).”</p> <p>Brummer started work on the new job but only had a few days before the restrictions on construction work came in and he was no longer able to.</p> <p>A week after the restrictions were announced, on July 24, Brummer’s body was found at his parents’ Glenhaven home.</p> <p>“He was really excited and really grateful about the job,” his friend and employer said. “The lockdown took the wind out of his sails.”</p> <p><strong>Struggling financially for some time</strong></p> <p>The actor’s mother Dawn, 84, said he had been struggling financially for some time. She added she’s planning to write a biography about her son to help anyone who might be struggling with mental health issues.</p> <p>“At the moment I am writing a book on his life, all the details of his frame of his mind will be included in that,” she said. ‘The lockdown took the wind out of his sails.’</p> <p>Brummer played Shane Parrish on <em>Home and Away</em> between 1992 and 1996. He won two Gold Logies for Most Popular Actor, in 1995 and 1996.</p> <p>While he did continue acting, he said later he wasn’t comfortable being in the spotlight at a young age. After some other acting work, he moved away from the television industry, saying he’s enjoyed working as a high-rise window cleaner.</p> <p>“As great as it was, I wanted to prove to myself I could get my hands dirty and sweat for a buck as easily as standing around on set, being primped and preened,” he said at the time.</p> <p><strong>If you need help in a crisis, call</strong> <strong>Lifeline</strong> <strong>on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondblue on 1300224636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.</strong></p> <p><em>Image: Supplied</em></p>

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“Fit” Sydney mum details battle with COVID Virus: “This virus is hell”

<p><span>A Sydney woman diagnosed with COVID has shared her hellish battle in a series of heartbreaking posts.</span><br /><br /><span>Melissa Green knew something was very, very wrong when she was admitted to hospital on 19 July after her oxygen levels dropped.</span><br /><br /><span>She described that she and her partner Dion were both “fit and healthy” when they were struck down with the virus.</span><br /><br /><span>Eventually, it also infected their three-year-old daughter Lola.</span><br /><br /><span>Melissa told <em>7NEWS.com.au</em> that she and her family had been “shocked” to receive positive results for COVID, after taking all the necessary precautions.</span><br /><br /><span>She said in a detailed post that her family were “all OK”, aside from Dion who lost his sense of smell and taste.</span><br /><br /><span>However just a day later, Melissa reported that fingertip oxygen monitors showed her oxygen level was “lower than it should be” and her heart rate higher than normal.</span><br /><br /><span>“Nothing to worry about, just body aches, chills and headaches,” the mum wrote at the time.</span><br /><br /><span>“Dion is just feeling really fatigued like he has run a marathon but just been in bed. We will get through this,” she said.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842787/melissa-covid-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2c992b894da841749ea3ca49f7b5576c" /><br /><span>Sadly just 48 hours later, the mum explained her partner was rushed to the hospital when he began to suffer from “severe chest pains” and had “difficulty breathing”.</span><br /><br /><span>“He is one of the strongest and fittest people I know so this has been a total shock,” Melissa wrote on July 18.</span><br /><br /><span>Dion was able to return home a day later, but Melissa’s oxygen levels were plummeting and she was taken to Emergency.</span><br /><br /><span>Sharing a devastating image of herself in a hospital bed on July 20, Melissa urged people to “take this seriously.”</span><br /><br /><span>“Vaccinate or not it’s everyone’s choice. But if you think our hospital system can deal with the virus by opening up, you have another thing coming,” Melissa wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“This variant is attacking the young, old, fit and healthy as well as those with health issues. Please take this seriously.”</span><br /><br /><span>Melissa reported the next day she was still in hospital and facing her “hardest day yet”.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’ve been fighting temps of 40C all day. I am still on oxygen and tomorrow I will start on tocilizumab and remdesivir and hopefully that will give me some relief,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I found out today that there are another 14 people here in the hospital and a good few in ICU.</span><br /><br /><span>“Dion is still at home with Lola managing on his asthma plan but severely fatigued and short of breath but doing a great job taking care of our baby.</span><br /><br /><span>“Hopefully tomorrow is a better day. One thing about this virus is you are up and down but when you hit the deck it’s worse than the time before.</span><br /><br /><span>“The nurse tells me the next few days could be even harder.”</span><br /><br /><span>Melissa came to Facebook the next day to share that her symptoms were on the up, noting that while she no longer had as much pain, she’d “lost control of things no one would wish to experience”.</span><br /><br /><span>“This virus has torn me apart,” she wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“I am away from my baby and my partner all alone in a fishbowl of a room trying to fight to get back home to the two people I love with all my heart.</span><br /><br /><span>“All I want is to get home and hold my baby tight.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842786/melissa-covid-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/936b9a61bd014462b423c6568451dc61" /><br /><br /><span>“Fingers crossed I’m on the way up.”</span><br /><br /><span>On July 23 Melissa told family and friends in another post how she was likely to remain in hospital for another five days.</span><br /><br /><span>“That’s another five days of no hugs with my baby, no hugs with my partner.</span><br /><br /><span>“I cried and cried today all alone in a room fighting the hardest fight.</span><br /><br /><span>“They tried to get me up and walking and I lasted 40 seconds before I collapsed on the bed - this is insane!</span><br /><br /><span>“For someone who plays numerous games or netball and umpires weekly and now I can’t even walk for 40 seconds. What has this virus done to me? How long will I take to recover? Who knows?</span><br /><br /><span>“I know everyone is doing it tough but trust me this place is the toughest both mentally and physically. Stay home everyone and stay safe.”</span><br /><br /><span>On July 24, Melissa revealed it was her “hardest day yet”.</span><br /><br /><span>“I woke this morning with the lowest levels of oxygen I have had since being here and had to fight with the doctors to leave me on the ward as I didn’t want to go to ICU,” she wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“At least where I am I have a window to the outside world.”</span><br /><br /><span>Melissa said watching the Sydney lockdown protests left her “saddened”.</span><br /><br /><span>“I believe in freedom and people’s rights but ... those out protesting have cost us all more time under lockdown so you only have yourselves to blame,” she wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>After a week in hospital, Melissa admitted her heart was “breaking”.</span><br /><br /><span>“This virus is hell,” she wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“It separates people from loved ones, rips your health apart and challenges you mentally.</span><br /><br /><span>“Can people not see how contagious it is? Seriously, stay home so we can all see an end in sight.”</span><br /><br /><span>Melissa told Facebook after eight days in hospital, she was finally home.</span><br /><br /><span>“Recovering slowly, but I’ll get there,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Stay home and stay safe.”</span></p> <p><em>Images: Supplied</em></p>

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"So THAT'S how they're made?!" A home cook's perfect recreation of McDonald's chicken nuggets goes viral

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A talented home cook has gone viral on TikTok for his almost perfect recreation of McDonald's chicken nuggets, with his video racking up over 4.6 million views and counting. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Online sensation and cookbook author Joshua Weissman has accumulated a following of 5.7 million TikTok users with his recreations of fast food favourites, as he takes on the McDonald's staple in his latest video which he also shared to Instagram.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Weissman's viral video, he claims it was "not my first nugget rodeo", as he creates the mixture from scratch before adding a selection of flavour enhancers that he believes are preferred by the international fast food brand. </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/CRKuvNsj_ey/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRKuvNsj_ey/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Joshua Weissman (@joshuaweissman)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Among the ingredients he uses are chicken skin, celery powder, white pepper, sugar, salt and even the popularly divisive MSG, to which he states "McDonald's does it. We're doing it."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After individually shaping and frying each piece, Weissman puts his creations up against the original nuggets in a blind taste test, where his delicacy came out on top.</span></p> <p><span>The recipe has left many TikTokers surprised at the quality, and astonished at the level of effort required in his recreation.</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 333.3333333333333px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842815/shutterstock_1839497737.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/30eb8f8b4c124ee080ceb875ef1514e4" /></span></p> <p><em>Image credit: Shutterstock</em></p> <p><span><span>One critic even named the cook "The new Gordon Ramsey," while another cheekily tagged the official McDonald's account and brutally informed them, "he's better".</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Joshua Weissman made a name for himself with his YouTube cooking tutorials, that boasted his talent in the kitchen along with his not-so-serious attitude. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>He has since burst onto the TikTok scene with his signature witty commentary, making him a culinary staple in the online </span></span>community.</p>

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“My life turned upside down”: IVF mix-up sees mum looking for her real baby

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A woman has shared the shocking story that resulted in her giving birth to someone else’s baby.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Olga Alyokhina, from Chelyabinsk in Russia, loves the son she gave birth to but wants to find out if her biological baby was born to another woman.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 33-year-old suspects the biological parents of her son, two-year-old Denis, may be raising her child and has shared the story in an effort to find the woman she met at an IVF clinic who she believes may have been mistakenly given her fertilised egg.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The state-run Chelyabinsk Regional Perinatal Centre, where Olga underwent the procedure, has paid Olga </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">£</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">29,500 ($AUD 55,675) in compensation for the mix-up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The day I went in for the extraction of biomaterial, I met a woman in the same ward,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We exchanged a few words but I just cannot remember her name.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She said she and the unnamed woman both had 10 eggs extracted.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We met again at the ‘insemination’, sharing the same ward … I have not seen her since.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The IVF treatment was successful, with Olga giving birth in November 2018.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, before leaving the hospital the new parents were shocked to discover their son’s blood type was A.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My blood type is B, my husband has O. Our son cannot have such a blood type,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My life turned upside down. I was in a deep state of shock and panic.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The doctors conducted new blood tests and a DNA test, with the results arriving three months later.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We were told neither of us were the biological parents of our son.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following the revelation, the hospital suggested she leave the baby with an orphanage and abandon looking for her biological son.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What were they talking about? Denis is not a piece of dried bread in a bakery shop that I don’t want to take,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I accepted my son. He is our child.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Please try to understand me - he is our boy. My husband supported me 100 percent.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the hospital paid the parents compensation, no apology was issued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The parents’ request to know the name of the other woman in Olga’s ward, or any other IVF mother who may have been implanted with her egg, was refused by the hospital for medical secrecy reasons.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The hospital never apologised,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Their representative behaved so arrogantly.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They looked at us as beggars who came to ask a favour. No regret, no sympathy.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the pursuit to find their biological child, the couple hopes to establish contact with the family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If we find them - we would love to establish normal contacts. We could potentially relocate to where they live. Or they would relocate close to us,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think there is no chance we will swap the kids back.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I would never give up on Denis. I breastfed him. He is our long-awaited child.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“His biological parents could have Denis for holidays if they felt like it. I just want to establish a relationship with them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They have a right to know they have a son,” she said.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Facebook</span></em></p>

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"In your face, ALDI!": Shopper shares hack to slow down checkout

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An ALDI customer has shared a hack for beating the fast pace of the store’s checkouts and has received a mixed response from others online.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">ALDI staff are known for their high speed scanning of groceries at the checkout, and a shopper has shared an image of the simple thing she does to slow them down.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The photograph shows a series of grocery items spaced out along the conveyor belt, with around 30cm between each item.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She claims this trick ensures she has enough time to pack items into her trolley or bag at the other end of the checkout.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In your face ALDI! Just so we got time to pack!” she captioned the photo.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 351.4548238897397px; height:500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842759/56af82373d000fbf58e0cc7cf01a0e13364e9926-161x229-x0y67w459h653.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/53b9ae1571cb47468cd7c6896aa0f03f" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Facebook</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While many have praised the technique, others were angry and accused the shopper of being “selfish” and “annoying”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Stop trying to pack your bags at the checkout. Put your groceries back into your trolley after they’ve been scanned and pack them at the packing area like you’re supposed to. You don’t need to do stupid things like this if you just follow the rules,” one person said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“People like you packing their bag at the register is so annoying and selfish. Try packing them at the bench like everyone else,” another added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If you are selfish enough to do that I hope they really throw them at you,” a third wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“How childish,” another said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A former ALDI worker also contributed to the debate, saying she had come across this tactic in the past.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When I worked at ALDI and people did this, I would hold the first item back from the sensor with my arm until everything piled up,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Meanwhile, others praised the idea and told people “to lighten up”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Great idea. Might try it next time I don’t feel like taking on the ALDI ninja fast cashiers lol,” said one.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Facebook</span></em></p>

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Nurse fired for giving leftover Pfizer jabs to her family

<p>A Sydney nurse has been sacked after administering leftover Pfizer vaccinations to her family members. </p> <p>The woman was vaccinating residents of an aged care facility when she had three doses of the highly sought-after vaccine leftover at the end of the day. </p> <p>Instead of letting these soon-to-be expired vaccines go to waste, she gave them to her daughter and two nephews, who were all eligible to receive Pfizer.</p> <p>The nurse of 40 years was fired on the spot from her not-for-profit contractor, despite several pleas to keep her job in the face on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. </p> <p>The woman told 2GB that she believes she "did the right thing."</p> <p>"<span>I mean part of the code of conduct is to be smart and cost-effective”, she said.</span></p> <p><span>The woman's former employer, Healthcare Australia, said she was let go after failing to comply with the federal government's strict excess dose policy.</span></p> <p><span>The policy states doses should be given to those aged care residents who can provide immediate consent, before being given to facility staff, resident's family members or carers, or those who frequent an aged care facility. </span></p> <p><span>A spokesperson for Healthcare Australia said the nurse should've followed the instructions for vaccine disposal, despite Dr Kerry Chant stressing she did not want to see "any wastage of Pfizer".</span></p> <p>Around 460,000 vaccines were administered in New South Wales last week, as the Delta variant continues to ravage the state.</p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty Images</em></p>

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Mum turned away from Woolies for shocking reason

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A woman has shared footage of her treatment by a security guard who refused her entry to a NSW Woolworth store, shocking many online.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The single mother claimed the security guard told her she wasn’t allowed into the supermarket with her children due to COVID-19 lockdown laws.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the clip uploaded to the </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@inkedmumma91/video/6991046348254629122?_d=secCgYIASAHKAESMgowDKul4lTnu3lBMd1H%2Bf2kTvHK8UAjZDpGoDSvKOVd%2BsWKm0ynAGK00E4w4XG8DMgGGgA%3D&amp;%3Bchecksum=bc4e7162b4daf19ec4b877a2d0034b3bd6a95980f1daf885b5759fee7cd2de64&amp;%3Blanguage=en&amp;%3Bpreview_pb=0&amp;%3Bsec_user_id=MS4wLjABAAAAqxEUhxMLypEleSbtQu7vDjAbj1PeYqHltE3jEgTDuPSbgEh0AV8dgJa_Lm3iPixx&amp;%3Bshare_app_id=1233&amp;%3Bshare_item_id=6991046348254629122&amp;%3Bshare_link_id=7AEF8C78-585D-467C-A144-1C141BFC0A5C&amp;%3Bsource=h5_m&amp;%3Btimestamp=1627791789&amp;%3Btt_from=copy&amp;%3Bu_code=de94ic730f2haj&amp;%3Buser_id=6868051825850287105&amp;%3Butm_campaign=client_share&amp;%3Butm_medium=ios&amp;%3Butm_source=copy&amp;%3B_r=1&amp;is_copy_url=1&amp;is_from_webapp=v1" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">woman’s TikTok account</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the security worker can be heard telling the customer she would have to leave her children at home if she wanted to shop in the store.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If you haven’t got people who can look after your children that’s unfortunate,” he can be heard saying.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It is unfortunate and that’s why I have to bring them with me,” she replied.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Obviously [I don’t have any friends who can look after them] so that’s why they’re with me.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the caption displayed over the top of the footage, the mum wrote, “apparently you can’t take your kids to the shops when [you’re] a single mum … this rent-a-cop refused entry to a mum and her kids at Woolworths”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Later in the clip, she told him that he was “making [her] children uncomfortable”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is understood that the guard is not employed by Woolworths and that all customers and their children are welcome to shop in their stores.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Other TikTok users were shocked by her poor treatment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What do they expect? How can a single mum during lockdown get someone to watch her kids just so she can shop? When we can’t even have visitors?” one said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m assuming you are in NSW, it is on the NSW Health website that you can take dependents with you if they can’t stay at home alone,” another explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He’s wrong. I would actually call Woolworths and let them know what happened so he doesn’t do this to other single mums,” a third wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That’s terrible, and I can’t imagine how you felt. I’m devastated for you and your beautiful kids. Unbelievable,” another commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yahoo News</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the Imperial shopping centre issued a statement apologising for the incident and stating that the worker’s actions were not consistent with current public health orders.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are aware of an incident which took place over the weekend involving an employee of our security contractor,” a spokesperson said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The contractor has since been removed from site and will not be returning to Imperial Gosford. We wish to extend our sincere apologies to the woman involved.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our staff and contractors are expected to observe the NSW guidelines, while ensuring that customers feel safe and welcome in our centre.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We apologise that this was not reflected during her visit.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: TikTok</span></em></p>

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RECALL: Popular sunscreen pulled over cancer-causing chemical contamination

<p><span>Johnson &amp; Johnson has begun a recall of their popular Neutrogena aerosol sunscreen, after cancer-causing chemicals were found in some samples. </span></p> <p><span>Batches of the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray SPF 50+ with the expiry date of 30th August 2023 or earlier have been flagged by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), as customers are being warned of possible health risks linked to benzene.</span></p> <p><span>Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen, a substance that has the potential to cause cancer depending on the length and severity of exposure. </span></p> <p><span>The chemical is not an ingredient of the product, but is often used in the manufacturing process. </span></p> <p><span>The Neutrogena sunscreen is sold at a various Australian retailers, including Chemist Warehouse, Coles and Woolworths. </span></p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“Johnson &amp; Johnson Consumer Inc product testing detected benzene at concentrations less than 3 ppm in 2 of the 17 batches supplied in Australia,” the TGA explained in a statement on Monday.</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">“Exposure to benzene in this sunscreen product, at the levels detected, would not be expected to cause serious adverse health effects, but to reduce the risk to consumers, Johnson &amp; Johnson Pacific Pty Ltd is recalling all batches of the affected product supplied within Australia.”</p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">Consumers of the product are being urged to contact their GP or healthcare provider if they are concerned, or experience any issues relating to the product in question. </p> <p class="css-1316j2p-StyledParagraph e4e0a020">The recall comes less than a month after Johnson &amp; Johnson pulled other <span>Neutrogena and Aveeno brand aerosol sunscreen products from their US markets over similar concerns of benzene </span>contamination. </p> <p><span> </span></p>

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“Make yourself heard!” Why Kerri-Anne Kennerley is suing the government

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kerri-Anne Kennerley is taking a stand for older Australians, with plans to sue the Federal Government.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After her husband John suffered a fall over a garden hedge and became a quadriplegic, he required 24/7 care.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, Kerri-Anne and John quickly found out that they wouldn’t be receiving support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), all because of their age.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Instead, they and many others aged over 65 who are disabled were put into the My Aged Care package for senior Australians.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Under the scheme, John received ten hours of care a week.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was pathetic,” Kerri-Anne said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though she and John were able to afford the extra help he needed, many Aussies aren’t as lucky.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Helen Bonning is one of those people, who is in a wheelchair and receives just a few hundred dollars a year from the scheme to go towards helping her in her daily life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In comparison, someone with her level of disability who is under 65 years old would receive about $80,000 a year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If you were declined the NDIS because of your colour, age or sexual orientation there’d be a public outcry,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But it seems it’s OK to discriminate against age?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The differences between the NDIS and My Aged Care often means many older Australians are going without the equipment and care they need.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My wheelchair needs to be upgraded every five years, it costs $25,000. The hoist to get me out of bed is $10,000. I just don’t have that sort of money,” Helen said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This lack of support for older Australians is why Kerri-Anne has led her support to the cause of getting them some fairness, urging all of us to “make yourself heard”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So many people will be affected in the future,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So many people are affected now … make some noise!”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Kerri-Anne Kennerley / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Will Dwyer finally issues statement about pregnancy scandal

<p><span><em>Farmer Wants A Wife</em> heart throb Will Dwyer has issued a public statement after contestant Hayley Love announced she was pregnant with his baby.</span><br /><br /><span>Dwyer has said he is “sad” the issue has played out in public, but didn’t fail to question whether the child “is in fact” his.</span><br /><br /><span>Love went public last week about her scandalous pregnancy earlier this month.</span><br /><br /><span>She had been paired with Farmer Matt Trewin for the show, however claims that she secretly started a relationship with Dwyer after filming wrapped up.</span><br /><br /><span>She went on to say their short, fiery relationship came to a halt after she revealed she was pregnant.</span><br /><br /><span>Dwyer, 39, took to Instagram to say he wants “what’s best for Hayley” but also values “discretion” about their situation.</span><br /><br /><span>Sharing a vintage photo of his own father, he wrote: “My family are my world, and my parents were the perfect role models. When the time comes, I will be the best Dad I can be. If this is in fact my child, I’ll be there whenever the child needs me. Even if as parents we can’t be a couple, our family will be filled with love for our child.</span><br /><br /><span>“But one thing I learnt from my Father is that discretion is the better part of valour. I’m sad that this has played out in public. I want only the best for Hayley. I’ll say what needs to be said in private and let my deeds do the talking.”</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/CSEJwV-HB5M/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CSEJwV-HB5M/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Will Dwyer (@farmerwillau)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>In her original statement to news.com.au, Love, 25, admitted why she had decided to come forward with her story.</span><br /><br /><span>“I am speaking my truth before it gets misconstrued by the public and tabloids who don’t know the full story,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“This is my story to tell.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRIHon6iHJq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRIHon6iHJq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Farmer Wants A Wife (@farmeraustralia)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>She went on to reveal that she was prepared to raise the baby by herself: “I’ve tried to keep things amicable with (Will), to be clear on what his involvement with our child will be,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“At the end of the day I have decided to keep the baby because I have enough love for this child with or without a biological father. I will be enough for him or her.”</span><br /><br /><span>In another statement, Love revealed she had been “absolutely terrified” to come forward.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was absolutely terrified to come out with a statement as I am struggling with my mental health,” she wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“While the rumours were spreading I became a complete wreck. I removed myself from social media to recover from all the awful comments I was reading about myself and even other girls/farmers.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Farmer Wants a Wife reunion episode is set to air next Wednesday, August 11 on Seven.</span></p>

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Matt Damon’s unprompted confession sparks backlash from fans

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Matt Damon has received criticism following his recent revelation that he didn’t see an issue with using a homophobic slur up until “months ago”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 50-year-old star told </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sunday Times</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> he used “the f-slur” while “at the table” with his family, prompting one of his daughters to tell him off.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The word that my daughter calls the ‘f-slur for a homosexual’ was commonly used when I was kid, with a different application,” he told the publication.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I made a joke, months ago, and got a treatise from my daughter. She left the table. I said, ‘Come on, that’s a joke! I say it in the movie </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Stuck on You</em>!</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">’,” he added, referencing his role as a conjoined twin with Greg Kinnear in the 2003 film.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She went to her room and wrote a very long, beautiful treatise on how that word is dangerous. I said, ‘I retire the f-slur!’ I understood.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jason Bourne </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">actor shared the personal story unprompted, but has been met with backlash online from many who say they have “lost respect” for him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The fact that Matt Damon’s daughter had to explain to him that saying a slur is wrong is insane,” one person tweeted.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I’ve lost some respect for Matt Damon for two reasons:<br /><br />1. Being a 51-year-old Harvard-educated person who only realized using homophobic slurs was a bad thing *months* ago; and<br /><br />2. Being foolish enough to think that was a cute story he should share with the world. <a href="https://t.co/WtudX2fGtb">pic.twitter.com/WtudX2fGtb</a></p> — Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) <a href="https://twitter.com/BettyBowers/status/1421933607170490374?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The chief TV critic for the </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hollywood Reporter</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> wrote in a tweet: “As a member of the press, I like when celebrities talk to the press, but it’s always illuminating to hear the stories that folks like Liam Neeson or Matt Damon think are humanizing and charming, but actually reveal insulation and isolation (among other unsavory stuff) instead.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The interview was part of a feature story about the changing face of masculinity and the #MeToo movement which started in 2017.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein were first emerging,” Damon said: “As the father of four daughters, this is the kind of sexual predation that keeps me up at night.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The comment also drew criticism, with many pointing out he should be angered about the issue for more reasons than just his role as a father.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In his recent interview with </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Times</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, he said he understands the anger and that “anybody should be offended by that behaviour”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Twenty years ago, the best way I can put it is that the journalist listened to the music more than the lyrics [of an interview]. Now your lyrics are getting parsed, to pull them out of context and get the best headline possible,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Everyone needs clicks. Before it didn’t really matter what I said, because it didn’t make the news. But maybe this shift is a good thing. So I shut the f**k up more.”</span></p>

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Will Dwyer speaks out about Farmer Wants a Wife pregnancy

<p><span>A farmer from the hit show <em>Farmer Wants a Wife</em> has responded to major claims from contestant Hayley Love who alleged he is the father of her unborn child.</span><br /><br /><span>The harsh criticisms clearly don’t seem to phase Will Dwyer, who paired with Jaimee on the show, but struck up a secret relationship with Hayley after filming ended.</span><br /><br /><span>Will declined to comment on her public announcements, but took to Instagram to post a graphic that read: “A WOLF DOES NOT CONCERN HIMSELF WITH THE OPINIONS OF SHEEP”.</span></p> <p><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842749/will-dwyer-hayley-love-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c9a65a4a09bf4dd6b8017897dd53efc4" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Will chose Jaimee on Farmer Wants a Wife. Image: Supplied</em></p> <p><span>Hayley was originally paired with Farmer Matt Trewin on the show, and came forward to allege she and Will connected after the finale episode in December, and before the reunion episode that was taped in January.</span><br /><br /><span>Hayley alleges they split in April after she told Will she was pregnant.</span><br /><br /><span>In a statement, she revealed she had “decided to keep the baby, because I have enough love for this child with or without a biological father. I will be enough for him or her.”</span><br /><br /><span>In a follow-up statement posted to social media, Hayley admitted she had been “absolutely terrified” to come forward and share her story.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842750/will-dwyer-hayley-love-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ac984a25d9264646bbd3a3f8ca94489c" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Hayley at her first ultrasound. Image: Instagram</em></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span>After weeks of blind items about a “<em>Farmer Wants a Wife</em> pregnancy scandal”, the story hit FWAW fans like a bomb yesterday.</span><br /><br /><span>“I started my relationship with Farmer Will in December, before the reunion episode was filmed a few weeks later in January,” Hayley wrote in her statement on Thursday.</span><br /><br /><span>“He told me he wasn’t with Jaimee, and Jaimee was in contact with me before the reunion,” she added.</span><br /><br /><span>“We’d started chatting online. (Then) I visited him at his house in Longwood and when our sexual relationship started, he told me he had feelings for me and I had feelings for him.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842748/will-dwyer-hayley-love-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/61fbd80a1e084d3e9534683d7a6483a4" /><br /><br /><span>“From there, I saw him as often as I could, staying at his house for a few days at a time.”</span><br /><br /><span>It is understood Farmer Will and Jaimee will still appear together in the reunion episode.</span><br /><br /><span>The reunion will air on Seven on August 11.</span></p>

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Hollywood A-lister made Hugh Jackman clean up vomit in his trailer

<p>The Hollywood star wasn’t happy when Hugh Jackman’s best mate since kindergarten – Gus Worland - vomited in his trailer and he made the Aussie actor clean it up.</p> <p>Worland recapped the whole story on KIIS FM’s <em>Kyle and Jackie O Show</em> today and then he challenged listeners to call in and guess who the Hollywood star was.</p> <p>The incident happened in the earlier days of Jackman’s career when Worland was visiting Jackman on a movie set. One of Jackman’s co-stars invited them both to have a drink in his “much bigger trailer”.</p> <p>Worland said he walked into the trailer “… and it’s got a Cuban cigar in each corner with a cigar cutter … and there’s a tub of drinks and stuff.”</p> <p>“We sit down and start having a conversation and I’m struggling to get the words out because I’m so excited that I’m in his company,” Worland said about Jackman’s co-star.</p> <p>Worland’s nerves got the better of him and he said he was “drinking a little bit too quickly” and he found himself not feeling well, he said on the radio show.</p> <p>“Jacko’s looking at me going: ‘Are you OK, mate?’ I said, ‘I’m fine, I’m fine.”</p> <p>But he wasn’t. He added: “I’m smoking this cigar, I’m drinking these drinks and I’m hammered within an hour. I just go, ‘Oh no, I can’t hold this.’ I tried to shimmy out of the horseshoe [table] set up … which is a difficult thing to do … and I don’t quite get to the door of the trailer and I throw up everywhere.”</p> <p>Worland said that Jackman found it fairly funny but the other celebrity didn’t have the same sense of humour about the situation and he told Jackman he’d have to clean the whole thing up.</p> <p>“That takes Jacko about 20 minutes,” Worland recalled.</p> <p>Kyle Sandilands asked Worland: “He got Hugh Jackman to mop up your chunder?”</p> <p>“Yeah,” Worland said.</p> <p><strong>So, who was the Hollywood A-lister who wasn’t impressed?</strong></p> <p>Eventually a listener called through with the right answer – it was John Travolta and it was when Travolta and Jackman were filming <em>Swordfish.</em></p> <p>Worland was on the <em>Kyle and Jackie O Show</em> to promote a new initiative for his Gotcha4Life Foundation called the ‘Mind Your Mate’ campaign.</p> <p>“I want everyone to write down a list of all the people in their life that they love and actually go to our website <a href="https://www.gotcha4life.org/">gotcha4life.org</a> and pledge your mateship to them,” Worland said. “And I can send you some tips and tricks to make sure your relationship is stronger than ever before.”</p> <p>Gotcha4Life is an Australian mental fitness charity which Worland set up which takes action to engage, educate and empower people to improve their mental health and end suicide.</p> <p><strong>Image: Getty Images</strong></p>

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Jimmy Barnes lists ENORMOUS warehouse home

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rockstar Jimmy Barnes and Jane Barnes are selling their Botany warehouse residence at auction on August 28.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The decision comes as the family has been spending almost all of their time at their longtime home in the Southern Highlands.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The four-bedroom, four-bathroom property has been listed through Firmstone Pappas Properties and MyPlace, and is expected to sell for over $4 million.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The family bought the property for a hefty $1.6 million in 2004, which had received a $400,000 makeover from the previous owner, including the installation of a full recording studio.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since first purchasing the warehouse, the former Cold Chisel frontman has had renovation works undertaken, including the addition of a second soundproof studio.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home also features an overscale kitchen, a cinema lounge, a private front courtyard with undercover spaces for three vehicles, and a separate first-floor residence with its own kitchen, dining area, and lounge room.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home is walking distance from Botany shops, public transport, cafes and schools, as well as a park and aquatic centre.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Jimmy Barnes / Instagram, Firmstone Pappas Properties</span></em></p>

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Pete Evans quietly lists “health lab” one year after opening

<p><span>Pete Evans is offloading his health lab business in Byron Bay, 11 months after the grand opening.</span><br /><br /><span>He is looking for a “below replacement” price advertised at $295,000.</span><br /><br /><span>The Evolve Health Lab launched in September last year and offered a number of unorthodox services including a cryotherapy chamber, in which people expose their body to low temperatures.</span><br /><br /><span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Telegraph</em> </a>also reports the health lab has red light therapy and a hyperbaric treatment chamber.</span><br /><br /><span>Raine and Horne is managing the sale and advertised the build as “a brand new stunning interior layout” that is suited to a buyer “who is currently in the health and beauty or other allied business to add to their offering.”</span><br /><br /><span>“The space can be further utilised to add in other services as there are 4-6 treatment room options in the 98m2 space,” the advertisement continues.</span><br /><br /><span>“The owners are involved in other business interests that are taking up most of their time so are reluctantly selling this business.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842769/pete-evans.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d3f5f04d911a486da6d159446f2cff6d" /><br /><br /><span>“This offering is a walk-in walk-out opportunity with training provided if required.”</span><br /><br /><span>Real estate agent Sophie Christou told <em>The Daily Telegraph</em> that the business went on sale a few weeks ago.</span><br /><br /><span>“We have had interest but I’m not at liberty to say any more,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>The controversial former celebrity chef who become a well known face on the TV show <em>My Kitchen Rules</em>, has been at the centre of major scandals in recent years.</span><br /><br /><span>Early this month he came under fire for his support of a controversial hippie commune project.</span><br /><br /><span>He recently promoted <em>Nightcap</em>, a proposed 3500-acre village development located in Byron Bay.</span><br /><br /><span>For $290,000, investors can buy a plot of land in the commune.</span><br /><br /><span>According to Evans’ website, they will “get back to the tribal wisdom of living in harmony with Mother Nature as well as the fundamental lore of Doing No Harm”.</span><br /><br /><span>Nine program, <em>A Current Affair</em> reported however that at least 20 mum-and-dad investors are still chasing more than $2 million they lost in a different scheme flogging the same land just a few years ago.</span><br /><br /><span>The former retreat was dubbed Bhula Bhula before it went bust.</span><br /><br /><span>Channel 7 has cut ties with Evans over his anti-vaccination views.</span><br /><br /><span>He was also removed from Facebook and Instagram for spreading misinformation, resulting in the destruction of his lucrative cookbook.</span></p>

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“Almost magical”: Oprah quietly sells luxe estate for nearly $19 million

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Oprah Winfrey has quietly sold one of her investment properties for a cool $US 14 million ($AUD 18.9 million).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The sale of the former talk show star’s waterfront estate on Washington’s remote Orcas Island was recorded on Tuesday and conducted off market, according to vice president of Coldwell Banker Bain’s global luxury division Jen Cameron, who represented the buyer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There was a rumour that the property might be for sale or the seller might consider selling it,” Ms Cameron said. “And so, with the interested party, we approached the representative to see if that was true - and that’s pretty much how it went.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Winfrey bought the 43-acre estate known as Madroneagle in 2018, paying $US 8.3 million ($AUD 11.2 million).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The property includes a 950 square metre mansion which Winfrey has remodelled, as well as several other houses, a greenhouse, a 800-metre beach, a shop, and a mother-in-law apartment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Windermere broker Wally Gudgell represented Winfrey in the sale, and dealt with her property manager and fitness guru Bob Greene both for the original purchase and the latest deal.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They just figured she’s too busy and never going to really use it, and that’s why they were willing to sell it,” Mr Gudgell said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home also features a slew of luxury amenities, including a wet bar, wine cellar, decorative wood-fire pizza oven, and heated floors.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There are very few properties as magnificent as this,” Ms Cameron said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I know what went into it - the thoughtfulness, the detail, the architecture, the quality. The home is so special in itself, but the whole property is magnificent.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There’s a reverence in it - a place where you go to restore yourself and rejuvenate. It’s incredibly magical.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was really excited that somebody would have interest in really opening this property and making memories there.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The buyer of the home is listed in property records as Lophodytes LLC, but Ms Cameron declined to comment on their identity.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: A.J. Canaria and John Duffy / Puget Sound Business Journal</span></em></p>

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